Stratham Historical Society

The Stratham Historical Society, along with Wiggin Memorial Library, are presenting the program “The James Homestead of Hampton, NH, Lives Past Lived” on Monday in the Morgera Community Room at the Stratham Fire Department, 4 Winnicutt Road, Stratham.

Stratham program to focus on the James House

STRATHAM — On Monday, the Stratham Historical Society and Wiggin Memorial Library are co-sponsoring the program “The James Homestead of Hampton, NH, Lives Past Lived.”

The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the Morgera Community Room at the Stratham Fire Department, 4 Winnicutt Road, at the corner with Portsmouth Avenue.

Skip Webb, president of the James House museum, will conduct two 30-minute programs, while dressed in 1723 attire.

The first program, “The James Homestead,” will include information on the James House construction, its surrounding property, its history and why the homestead is a National Historic Site.

The second program, “An 18th Century Farmer,” will depict the life of Benjamin James, from his time as a weaver and farmer in Newbury, Mass., his marriage to Susanna Smith in 1702, the purchase of the James property in Hampton in 1705 and building the James House in 1723. It also will explore what farm life was like in the mid-1700s.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The program will be preceded by a business meeting of the historical society at 6:30 p.m.

The snow date is Monday, Jan. 28. For more details, call Tricia or Pam at 772-4346 or visit For more on the James House, go to

NH Audubon birding team to compete in ‘superbowl’

CONCORD — New Hampshire Audubon’s Twitchers in the Rye birding team will compete in the Superbowl of Birding on Saturday, Jan. 19.

The competition happens close to the NFL Super Bowl, but it has nothing to do with football. It involves teams looking for as many bird species as possible in 12 hours and is run by Massachusetts Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center. Teams may compete in Rockingham County or in Massachusetts in Essex County.

After doing their search in Rye for 10 years and winning the Townie Award last year, the team is thinking of trying something different — a search in Hampton.

“We wanted to show people how many birds can be seen in just one town, and Rye is a great place,” said Twitchers team captain Becky Suomala, “but it’s time to see how another town stacks up to Rye.”

This would necessitate a change in the team name to Twitchers out of the Rye. But the team says a variety of great birds were spotted in December in Rye, including a yellow-breasted chat and a white pelican. If those birds stay around, team members might revert to their old haunts. Suomala has until Friday, Jan. 18, to make an official declaration.

Teams are awarded points based on the birds sighted, with rare species worth more points than common ones. Teams are required to report the five-point birds, so that sightings can be shared with other teams. The first team to find a “five-pointer” gets bonus points.

The Twitchers team also raises money to support New Hampshire Audubon and accepts pledges to support New Hampshire Bird Records and NH eBird. The public may pledge an amount per species or per point .

“When the mercury drops and the winds blow, pledges help keep us going — knowing each species or point will help build contributions for conservation,” Suomala said.

To pledge online, go to, where results from previous years is posted, or contact Suomala at or 224-9909 ext. 309.

For Audubon information, including membership, volunteering, programs, sanctuaries and publications, call 224-9909 or visit

Bedford club to learn about Proven Winners

BEDFORD — The Bedford Garden Club’s meeting Monday will feature a program on Proven Winners.

The gathering in the Bedford Public Library’s McAllaster Room, 3 Meetinghouse Road, will start with a social at 6 p.m., followed by the program at 6:30 p.m.

The presenter is Russ Knowles, regional retail account manager for Pleasant View Gardens in Loudon and Pembroke who represents the Proven Winners brand of plants. He will discuss the history and business of Pleasant View Gardens and Proven Winners as well as introduce the Proven Winners for the upcoming season. He also will share design ideas through a slide presentation and handouts. Visitors are welcome.

A business meeting will take place after the program, at 7:45 p.m.

The club serves the Bedford community by providing education in horticulture, conservation and gardening matters and by creating and maintaining community gardens in Bedford. Club programs are open to the public.

For more information, visit or write to the club at 3 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford, NH 03110.

Stamp collectors group to meet Tuesday in Bow

BOW — The Merrimack County Stamp Collectors will host its next monthly meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St.

The group invites all who are interested in stamp collecting to attend, share their interest, buy, sell and trade.

The gathering also is a chance to meet other collectors, learn more about their hobby and enjoy the fellowship of others with varied interests in philatelic resources and issues.

For more information, call Dan Day at 228-1154.

Hooksett Citizen of Year nominations wanted

HOOKSETT — Nominations for the 2019 Hooksett Citizen of the Year, sponsored by the Hooksett Lions Club, will be accepted until Monday, Jan. 28.

Since 1959, Hooksett has honored residents for “making Hooksett a better place in which to live.”

The Lions Club outlined the qualifications, explaining that each applicant must:

• be an outstanding resident of Hooksett;

• be involved in the community as a volunteer, offering extraordinary service and leadership;

• be a positive influence within the community;

• be a person of good character.

Accomplishments may be for this year or may be for lifetime achievements.

Nomination forms are available at Hooksett Town Hall and the Hooksett Public Library or can be downloaded at

Completed nomination forms should be mailed to W. Gehris, COY Nomination Committee, 1465 Hooksett Road, Unit 387, Hooksett, NH, 03106.


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