Salem Community Patriot October 8, 2010 - 5
Selectmen Hold Water and Sewer Rates at Current Amounts
by S. Aaron Shamshoyan The Selectmen voted Monday night to keep the water and sewer
rates the same for the upcoming year, feeling confident in the current price and also having experienced a surplus in funding due to a dry summer in 2010. The water rate was set at $3.45 and the sewer rate set to $3.35, but Selectman Everett McBride suggested this could change at the Town Meeting in March. The Department of Public Works (DPW) is looking to purchase a JetVac truck, and if the town buys it outright as opposed to a lease, there could be an impact on sewer rates.
A History of New
Hampshire’s Beer and Ale Brewing
by Robyn Hatch Kelley Library recently presented a series on “Brewing in New Hampshire,” which gave an informal history of beer in the Granite State, from Colonial times to the present. Glenn Knoblock served as the guest speaker.
Guest speaker Glenn Knoblock
Knoblock explored the fascinating history of New Hampshire’s beer and ale brewing industry from Colonial days, from when it was home- and tavern-based, to today’s modern breweries and brewpubs. Unusual and rare photos and advertisements documented this changing industry and the state’s earliest brewers, including the renowned Frank Jones, the mayor of Portsmouth in 1868 and 1869, and later a U.S. Representative who represented the 1st Congressional District from 1875
to 1879. A number of lesser known brewers and breweries that operated in the state were also discussed, including the only brewery owned and operated by a woman before the modern era. Many illustrations were shown as evidence of society’s changing attitudes towards beer and alcohol consumption over the years. The history of beer and its brewing in New Hampshire is almost as old as its settlement by English colonists in 1623. At this time, beer was the universal beverage of Englishmen and not just due to matters of taste. At a time when sanitary conditions in England were less than ideal, water was often unfit for drinking. It is very likely that just as in Jamestown, VA in 1607, beer was in short supply during New Hampshire’s earliest Colonial days, forcing the colonists to drink water. Soon enough, though, this hardship was overcome when the colonists became settled, and the ingredients and means were found to brew beer and ale. Beer for the consumption of the early colonists was likely brewed in quantity at Capt. John Mason’s Great House at Strawbery Banke in 1635. From this time on, beer was brewed in New Hampshire in one form or another. In the early days, beer contained hops, while its cousin – ale – did
not. This held true until the 17th century. Beer brewed using hops was not as strong as ale, but had a longer shelf life. Because hops and the normal ingredients to make beer and ale were often totally lacking or in extremely short supply, the colonists often had to resort to alternative ingredients more readily found. Though it may seem unusual to the casual beer drinker today, the modern-day crafting of beers and ales using such ingredients as blueberries, pumpkins, cherries, and the like is really a throwback to Colonial times when such ingredients were used out of necessity. Beer was brewed in a variety of strengths in earlier times. Small beer was the weakest beer in terms of alcoholic strength and was meant to be consumed immediately after brewing. Strong beer and ship’s beer was higher in alcoholic content and kept longer. While beer has been a constant in the everyday life of New Hampshire since its first settlement, its production in the early days is not very well documented. This is not surprising, as beer and ale that was produced on the homestead for family consumption was seldom commented upon, and recipes for such were preserved by oral tradition and seldom written down. In regards to commercial enterprise, the earliest known brewer so far discovered is John Webster of Strawbery Banke (Portsmouth). Not to be forgotten is the role that women played in the brewing business. They also operated taverns, usually as widows, and probably brewed beer for their customers just like male tavern keepers did. From this early beginning down to the days of Frank Jones’ empire,
Portsmouth remained the state’s brewing capital. However, important breweries were established in other parts of the state as its population grew, and the brewing history of New Hampshire as a whole is an interesting expansion of the 19th century.
Another issue that could change the water rate is a water meter replacement program. The meter readouts are failing, causing issues with the billing process. A solution proposed last year at Town Meeting failed, and the selectmen are looking for a solution that better suits voters. The current water and sewer rates will remain in place for next year unless they are changed in March.
NH Continues to Lead Nation for Trust Services and Trust Service Jobs
submitted by Colin Manning New Hampshire, which has the seventh friendliest business climate in the country, continues to be a national leader in financial trust services, which is creating good- paying jobs in the state. Governor John Lynch recently signed legislation reforming the state’s trust laws and continuing the state’s reputation as the best state for trust management services. “Reforming our trust laws is part of an overall effort to keep New Hampshire one of the most business-friendly states in the nation, which will continue attract and retain good, high-paying jobs in the financial services industry,” Governor Lynch said. The trust law reforms were in two separate bills. Senate Bill 421 improves and streamlines rules governing “family trust companies,” encouraging these family-run businesses to locate in New Hampshire so that in-state firms in the legal, financial, and other sectors can better provide services to these trusts. House Bill 1607 includes a provision that confirms long-standing rules that the state interest and dividends tax does not apply to trusts that have only out-of-state beneficiaries.
Outdoors Gun Safety
Traditionally, around this time of year, firearms are pulled out and preparations are made for hunting season. It is also a good time to remember that safety is first priority. Children, non- hunters, and guests may all come in contact with guns; some for the first time. Remember the 10 commandments of gun safety. 1. Treat every firearm with the same respect due a loaded firearm. If you become careless with unloaded guns, you will soon become careless with loaded guns.
2. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot. 3. Identify your target and what is behind it before you shoot. Never shoot at movement and make sure you know what is behind your target before you shoot.
4. Be sure the barrel and action are clear of obstructions and that you only have ammunition of the proper size for the firearm you are carrying.
5. Unload firearms when not in use. Leave the action open. Firearms should be carried unloaded and in a case to and from your shooting or hunting area.
6. Never point a firearm at anything you do not wish to destroy.
7. Never climb a fence, tree, or jump a ditch with a loaded firearm. Always unload the firearm before you cross and never pull a firearm towards you by the muzzle. Never lean a firearm against a tree, fence, wall, or automobile.
8. Never shoot a bullet at a flat, hard surface or water. Bullets can ricochet at odd angles.
9. Store firearms and ammunition separately beyond the reach of children and inexperienced adults.
10. Never mix gunpowder with alcohol or drugs. No one should drink alcoholic beverages or take drugs while hunting and never go hunting with anyone that does.
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Ingram Senior Center Kicks Off Art Classes
by Robyn Hatch The Ingram Senior Center has started up another session of their famous art classes. There is still a long waiting list, but it seems
to move fast. This time, Don Whittemore is the instructor. The class meets once a week for almost three hours of one-on-one instruction with Don Whittemore or Angie Sparta. There is much discussion on the individual works in process—a time to talk, a time to compare, and a time to learn for everybody.
Left: Armand Berard from Pelham works on his second series of classes
Right: Don Whittemore (instructor) works with Jerry Ford and his blue bird
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