Town & school positions on March ballot

The North Hampton Town and School District Clerk Delores Chase announces the following have filed for the open positions that will be on the March 13, 2007 ballot. If you are interested in any of the open positions you must file by 5 p.m. Friday, February 2nd at the Town Offices.

One Selectman, 3-year term – Ron Dupuis, William Pare’, Craig N. Salomon
One Town Clerk/Tax Collector, 3-year term – Susan M. Buchanan
One Town Treasurer, 1-year term – Penelope “Penny” Kidd
One Trustee of the Library, 3-year term – Emily J. Creighton
Two Budget Committee Members, 3-year terms – No filings as of this time
One Budget Committee Member, 1-year term – Michael W. Golden
One Trustee of Trust Funds & Cemeteries, 3-year term
One Water Commissioner, 4-year term – No filing as of this time
Two Planning Board Members, 3-year terms – Barbara Kohl, Tom McManus

School District Filings
Two School Board Members, 3-year terms – Janet Gorman, Stacy Whittier
One School Board Member, 1-year term – Kari Schmitz
One School District Clerk, 1-year term – No filing as of this time
One School District Treasurer, 1-year term – Kathy Brown
One School District Moderator, 1-year term – William S. Boesch

NECAP state test results

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New Hampshire test scores are out: Tests show steady progress

Scores from statewide tests given in October to students in Grades 3 to 8 held steady or increased slightly across the board in reading and math from fall 2005.

Writing tests given to fifth- and eighth-graders also yielded average scores just above last year’s results.

“This is good information and good news for us,” said Education Commissioner Lyonel Tracy yesterday. “We’ve gone up in scores in almost every grade.”

By the state’s own standards, however, roughly one-third of students are still not performing at grade-level expectations.

NECAP Fall 2006 Results

Find your school here.

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State summary (click to enlarge).

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North Hampton summary (click to enlarge).

(These open into separate pop-up windows so you can compare state and district side-by-side.)

Measured Progress North Hampton School highlights.

Merry flames

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Here we are with friends fighting back against winter cold, early dark, loneliness, boredom, gloom.

Last Saturday was the annual Burning of the Greens. Christmas trees, wreaths and brush made a lovely conflagration.

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Dried out tannenbaums are amazingly sparky.

We skated on the frozen pond, ate from two big pots of chili kept warm on the pondhouse woodstove, drank hot chocolate, wine or beer. Guests brought fabulous desserts.

Some high school kids made an impromptu string trio in the pondhouse, with two violins and cello. One girl brought her camera and took these photos.

The wooded path was lit with small candles hanging in glass from the trees. There was a moon.

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Fiery ghosts of Christmas past.

The fire is the main comfort of the camp, whether in summer or winter, and is about as ample at one season as at another. It is as well for cheerfulness as for warmth and dryness.

– Henry David Thoreau

Simple pleasures

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Beach walkers, two by two

John and I had a nice walk this morning in the conservation land off White’s Lane, with the dog off the leash galloping madly here and there. So many fascinating things to smell, apparently.

It was cold out and there were patches of snow but we could smell spring waiting in the wings.

There is a 5-acre lot for sale right now, on Barbour Road in Hampton, adjoining those woods. John and I fantasized about buying it, subdividing it, and building a few small energy efficient houses. We like this book: The Not So Big House.

I know so many people our age or a little older who are really looking forward to downsizing when their kids are out of the house. Maybe they built their dreamhome, or added on, and now it’s too big. Men sick of mowing big lawns. Women sick of cleaning 4 bathrooms.

I think there will soon be a wave of people tired of big houses, looking for neat little places to live that don’t require so much money and upkeep. So they have more time to enjoy the simple pleasures of, for example, long walks.

Boomers start to downsize

The first house we owned, just west of Chapel Hill, NC, was passive solar. Our electric bill for the 1200 square foot house (electricity being our only energy source besides the sun), averaged $35 per month, back in the late 80’s.

Now we average $480 per winter month for electric, oil and propane (average year-round $330) in this 2700-square-foot house in NH.

Before we renovated and added new windows, Tyvek, siding and roof, and a couple of gas fireplaces, our winter bill was around $580 per month. We used literally twice as much heating oil as we do now.

Speaking of energy efficient lifestyles, Portsmouth resident Adam Purple blogs news, analysis and opinion on energy, alternative energy, the environment and conservation at Seacoast NRG.

I spy Sunday

Sunny and 35˚ this afternoon. Telephoto Spy was out and about. Maybe you saw her in her puffy white vest and black Sorel snow boots, camera in hand.

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Look ma, no sled! Boy at Dearborn Park, North Hampton.

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North Hampton Beach, with washed up lobster trap and Christmas tree. Snow above the high tide line.

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North Hampton Beach, looking southeast. Hooded family.

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Three fish houses, three walkers, one romping rover.

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Surf shop across from North Beach, Hampton Beach.

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White Island Light, Isles of Shoals and a weird atmospheric effect.

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Eel Pond in Rye, with skaters.

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Girl and gulls near Rye Beach Club.

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I bet she borrowed those gloves. I love her coat. And verve.

1 red squirrel

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A squirrel leaping from bough to bough, and making the wood but one wide tree for his pleasure, fills the eye not less than a lion,—is beautiful, self-sufficing, and stands then and there for nature.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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He obeys the orders of nature
Without knowing them
It is what he does not know
That makes him beautiful.
Such a knot of little purposeful nature!

– Richard Eberhart

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If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence. As it is, the best of us walk about well wadded with stupidity.

– George Eliot