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 www.paulwentworthhouse.org.

Winter Parking Ban

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.

Holiday Food Baskets by the RPBA

The Rollinsford Police Benevolent Association will be distributing food baskets to the less fortunate for Thanksgiving and Christmas, a service we began in 1983. 

 The RPBA is accepting donations for the Annual Holiday Food Basket Program. Items needed: cash, Market Basket gift cards, non perishable items such as canned vegetables, canned pie fillings, canned gravy, canned cranberry jelly/sauce. 

 Please contact Chief Robert Ducharme at 742-8549, ext. 303, or at rducharme@rollinsfordpolice.org for more information or to arrange for delivery to the station or pickup. 

 Should you know of a deserving Rollinsford family please contact the Chief. 

 The RPBA is a non profit charitable organization and is registered as such with the NH Attorney General and the IRS.

Polling Location Reminder

 Voting will take place at the Rollinsford American Legion from 7AM to 7PM on Tuesday, November 8th.

The Town Clerk and Tax Collector’s offices will be closed Tuesday 11/8 and Wednesday 11/9 due to voting.

Tree Update

“I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree

You may or may not remember the start of the Joyce Kilmer poem about trees but if you are a fan of healthy, beautiful trees, here are some town updates about our trees – going and coming and, hopefully, staying healthy:

Tree Cutting

Earlier this year, road agent Jeff St. Jean worked with Urban Tree Service to identify almost 60 trees in the town’s rights of way that are dead.   While the Board can’t address all of these trees this year, we have contracted with Urban Tree Service to remove approximately 20 of them.    From 11/14-11/18, teams from Urban Tree will be taking down dead trees, mostly on the following roads:  Highland, Baer, Clement, Pine and Locust.   The Board will be continuing its dead-tree pruning in 2017.

Tree Planting

In case you haven’t noticed, some new trees have sprung up around town:  there are 4 new trees planted along Main Street in the State’s right of way near Paul’s Integrity Garage, a couple of new trees by the mills and most recently, a new tree in Morton Park (the small park across by the Fire Department, abutting the cemetery).    The town thanks its generous resident (who prefers to remain anonymous) for these lovely additions to our streetscapes.

Please stay tuned for more information on a tree-planting initiative recently started by the RGLSC a/k/the Garden Club with the help of Robin Aikman, the garden club’s newest Board member.