Parking Stalls in Village District

The town’s road agent recently oversaw the painting of parking stalls throughout the village district.   The Board approved the repainting of parking stalls as they originally existed in the village; the expansion of parking stalls was not planned by the Board and the Board regrets the lapse in communication that led to the expansion.   We understand and see that several of these stalls abut quite closely to resident driveways.

As in so many municipal situations, interests and concerns are conflicting and competing.  While the Board may or may not have agreed to the expanded parking stalls had they discussed this as a projected plan, we now feel that they provide an organization to the parking in the village that, while not perfect, is an overall improvement.   Additionally, plans to remove or adjust them would carry a cost that the Board is not ready to assume.

We ask affected residents for their patience in living with the change and hope that it becomes manageable for all.

Fire Department Toy Drive 

The Rollinsford Fire Department wants to make sure all the families in town in need of toys this Christmas are served. If you are a family in need or know a family in need, please call the fire department and leave a message (603)742-2803 or email [email protected]. Deadline is 12/16. 

Anyone wishing to donate toys or money for purchasing toys can bring them to the station on a Monday evening between 6 and 9 PM or email [email protected] to make arrangements. 

Recreation Committee – Members Needed

In early September, the Recreation Committee reviewed the 2016 Summer Rec Program in light of the Select Board’s concerns regarding the safety and security of the children.  While safety and supervisory issues were foremost, the Board had also received several questions and concerns regarding the activities being offered.  After much discussion, the committee determined that the current program needs extensive updating to meet compliance requirements, and programming expectations. It was determined that Summer Rec Program will not be offered in its previous format in the coming year.

Since that time, the Board has received several resignations from community members who have served either on the Recreation Committee or the Summer Rec Committee.   The Board is looking for volunteers to serve on a newly-constituted Recreation Committee that will help develop an overall plan for recreation in the town and can advise the Board regarding the future of summer rec offerings.  If you are willing and interested, please email [email protected] or call the town office.

Winter Parking Ban Reminder

The Rollinsford Police Department would like to remind residents the winter parking ban goes into effect November 15 and ends April 1. During this time all vehicles are prohibited from parking on any street between midnight and 6 am. Vehicles found in violation of the ordinance are subject to a fine and if found hindering snow removal operations, towed at the owner’s expense. All residences are required to have off street parking. Occupants of apartments should contact their landlord if additional off street parking is required.

Rollinsford Hydroelectric Project: Notification of Agency/Public Joint Meeting and Site Visit

On behalf of the Town of Rollinsford, New Hampshire, Consolidated Hydro New Hampshire, LLC (CHNH) is preparing to relicense the Rollinsford Hydroelectric Project (Project) with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission). CHNH, a subsidiary of Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA), operates and manages the Project under a lease agreement with the Town of Rollinsford. The Project (FERC No. 3777) is located on the Salmon Falls River, which establishes the border between the States of New Hampshire (NH) and Maine (ME), in Strafford County, NH and York County, ME. The FERC license expires on August 31, 2021.

The Town of Rollinsford to providing notice to interested parties that it will be holding its agency/public joint meeting and site visit on Wednesday November 30, 2016. Details are described in the attached file and below:

Site Visit

Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Time: 10:00 am to Noon

Location: Bicentennial Park (just upstream of the Project dam)

Address: Corner of Front Street and Scoutland Road, Rollinsford, NH 03869

Joint Meeting

Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Time: 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Location: Rollinsford Town Hall

Address: 667 Main Street, Rollinsford, NH 03869

Nesman to Receive Heritage Award

The story of a community is told through the documents and objects people leave behind but sadly, these are often dispersed over the years. In recognition of his efforts to bring these objects home and tell our story, the Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH) has chosen Robert Nesman as the recipient of the 2016 ARCH Heritage Award. Given annually to recognize significant contributions to the preservation of the history, heritage and culture of Rollinsford and the lower Salmon Falls Region, the award will be presented to Nesman this Saturday night, November 12, at the organization’s annual dinner and auction at Spring Hill in South Berwick, Maine.

Over the past twenty years Mr. Nesman has amassed a significant collection of ephemera and objects related to the history of Rollinsford. A lifelong resident of the town, he began collecting in the 1990s when he happened upon a piece from Salmon Falls and realized that more items could be found if he looked for them.

Today Nesman’s collection numbers over 500 pieces, much of it documents such as deeds, wills, letters from mill girls, advertising handbills from local businesses, and postcards but which also includes objects such as police and fire badges, items from fraternal organizations, and a bottle from Nutter’s Pharmacy. The oldest item in the collection is a deed for property in the Baer Road area dating to 1750 and bearing the name of Daniel Clements. His favorite object in his collection? “The one I haven’t found yet!” One of Nesman’s greatest pleasures is reuniting photographs and other items with families which still reside in the area, and he has also generously shared his collection with local historical societies.

A nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of Rollinsford and the lower Salmon Falls region, ARCH maintains the historic Colonel Paul Wentworth House on Water Street in Rollinsford. For more information, please contact (603)742-4747 or consult the website at