Tuesday, October 30, 2007

School Board Approves The Commons' Wetland Mitigation Proposal

Squamscott staff and architect Joel Bargmann (BH+A) led a walk of the proposed site for The Commons community center. The site walk was requested by the Exeter Plannning Board following the September 25th hearing. All who participated were delighted with the plans and applauded Squamscott's efforts to minimize impact on both abutters and the environment. Discussion focused primarily on the proposed perimeter road which will provide bus access to the Seacoast School of Technology (SST), which was approved by the Cooperative School Board at their October 9th meeting. As the road will pass through an area that has suffered substantial damage from recent floods, The Commons is proposing exchanging fill from the back of the existing school parking lot (directly behind the Annex building) in order to elevate the road out of the flood plain. The exchange will result in a loss of nine parking spaces. The subsequent reconfiguration of the lot will abate storm water run-off to the river, which has suffered severe ecosystem damage during the past several decades. All who attended the walk were very much in favor of the proposal, viewing it as a win-win situation for both SST and the local environment. Other focuses included drainage, lot line adjustments and screening for abutters. Those in attendance included Town Planner, Sylvia Von Aulock; Conservation Commission Chair, Don Clement; Planning Board members Anthony Zwaan and Lang Plumer; Exeter selectman Bill Campbell; and several abutters and Exeter residents.

Friday, October 26, 2007

ECCA's Holiday Fine Arts Fair

The Exeter Center for Creative Arts presents the first annual Holiday Fine Arts Fair featuring the work of local artists. Pottery, paintings, fine fiber arts, jewelry and much more.

Saturday November 17 10-5
Sunday November 18 11-4,

30 Linden Street, Exeter, NH.
For directions or more information please call 603-778-8441.

[Photo by Trey Farmer]

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Help the Environment AND Unclutter Your Mailbox

Did you know that the production and disposal of direct mail alone consumes more energy than 3 million cars? Each year, 8 million trees are consumed in the production of paper catalogs . . . and deforestation contributes to 20-25% of all carbon pollution causing climate changes. Here's an easy way to help the environment AND unclutter your mailbox. Simply go to http://www.catalogchoice.org/ and set up an account that allows you choose which catalogs you'd no longer like to receive in the mail. The mission of Catalog Choice is to improve the efficiency of catalog distribution by reducing the number of repeat and unsolicited mailings, and to promote the adoption of sustainable industry best practices. Catalog Choice is sponsored by the Ecology Center and endorsed by the National Wildlife Federation and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Funding for Catalog Choice is provided by the Overbrook Foundation, the Merck Family Fund and the Kendeda Fund.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Makem & Spain Brothers Rescheduled for October 6th

Enjoy irish folk music, stories, and laughter with the Makem & Spain Brothers, voted the Seacoast's Best Folk Group (2007). Saturday October 6th at 7pm at the Exeter Area High School, 315 Epping Rd. in Exeter. Guaranteed to delight the whole family! Proceeds benefit the Exeter Center for Creative Arts. Tickets are $25. For more information or to purchase tickets call (603) 778-8441.