September - October 2003

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                                                                                                                                Fire Station: 878-1972

                                                                                                Police Station: 878-3474

                                                                                                Emergency: 911


Temple Town Clerk: 878-3873

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00 am - 2 pm


Tax Collector: 878-3873

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9 am-2 pm


Secretary to the Selectmen: 878-2536

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9:30 am-12:30 & 1:00-5:00 pm

Selectmen Meetings: 2nd & 4th Tuesday’s at 7 pm


Mansfield Library: 878-3100

Monday & Friday 1:30-5 pm; Tuesday 10 am-12 & 1-5:30 pm;

Wednesday 1:30-5 pm & 7-9 pm;  Saturday 2-5 pm


Wilton Recycling Center: 654-6150

Tuesday 7:30 am-5 pm; Thursday 1 pm-5; Saturday 9 am-5 pm; Sunday 8 am-12 pm


Newsletter Notes

The deadline for the November/December 2003 issue is Oct. 22.  Typed or handwritten copy is accepted.  Please E-mail an electronic file, saved in any major Windows-based word processing file format, to sfiske1@juno.com, or drop off a typed or handwritten copy at the store.  Keep in mind when writing, that it’s important for submitted articles to be appropriately written for the general public.  The purpose of the newsletter is to provide information for upcoming events and pertinent information regarding community organizations.  While some editing might take place, all items are subject to editing for length (if greater than 250 words) or inappropriate content.  Also, personal or commercial advertising is available for a fee.




The Fire Dept. Auxiliary is offering subscription service to the newsletter.  If you wish to have the newsletter mailed to your house, please mail $5.00 for a subscription, along with your name and address to: Boxholder, PO Box 80, Temple, NH 03084.  All subscriptions expire at year-end.  Make checks payable to the Temple Fire Dept. Auxiliary.



Newsletter Donations

Donations are needed to help the Temple Newsletter pay for production costs.  Any organizations in town that rely on the newsletter for communication are asked to consider a donation.  Individual donations are also welcome.  Please make checks payable to the Temple Fire Auxiliary and mail to PO Box 80, Temple, NH 03084. Thank you for your support.


Library News


Wanted: Good used books and home made pies for our sale at Harvest Festival on Sept. 21.


Sept. 1             Closed

Sept. 21            Book sale & pie sale 10-2

Sept. 23            Book discussion

Oct. 8              Trustees meeting

Oct. 13            Closed

Oct. 28            Book discussion

Remember that we have free tickets to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  The new photo history on Temple is ready and available at the library.


New Acquisitions:

To the Nines, Janet Evanovich                                                  A Place Of Hiding, Elizabeth George

An Intriguing Murder, Roderic Jeffries                                   The Book Of the Crossbow, Ralph Gallwey

Exit Wounds, J.A. Jance                                                                     Clear & Convincing Proof, Kate Wilhelm

Murder In the Museum, Simon Brett                                       The Curious Incident Of the Dog In the Night-time, Mark Haddon

First Meetings in the Enderverse, Orson Scott Card                                Flirting With Pete, Barbara Delinsky

The Altman Code, Robert Ludlum                                                  Betrayed, Brendan DuBois

White Death, Clive Cussler                                                        Johnny Angel, Danielle Steel

The Deserter, Jane Langton                                                       Dark Secret, Peter Turnbull

New Englander’s Garden Guide, Jacqueline Heriteau                                The Lake House, James Patterson

The Probable Future, Alice Hoffman                                 A Death Left Hanging, Sally Spencer

Wish Come True, Eileen Goudge                                                     Women’s Health & Wellness


For the younger reader

Harry Potter & the Order Of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling Stanley Yelnet’s Survival Guide To Camp Green Lake, Louis Sachar

The Secrets of Droon: Dream Thief, Tony Abbott                    The Secrets Of Droon: The Coiled Viper, Tony Abbott

Magic Tree House—2 new titles                                                       The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book I and Book II

The Cat Who Liked Potato Soup, Terry Farrish                  Skateboard, Constance Loizos

Patiently Alice, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor                                   Blizzard’s Wake, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Bernie Magruder & the Bats In the Belfry, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Summer Of My German Soldier, Bette Greene



Fire Department Auxiliary

The Auxiliary will be having its annual Fall Rummage Sale on Saturday October 18th from 9 am to 2pm at the Temple Fire Station.  We have a great selection of clothing, shoes, domestics and white elephant items.  Stop by and pick up a new sweater or jacket or pick out something outrageous for your Halloween costume.  Buck-A-Bag starts at noon.

The TVFD Auxiliary welcomes new members to join our group.  The Auxiliary is made up of men and women of all ages who are interested in supporting the Fire Department.  The Auxiliary holds its monthly meeting on the fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Fire Station.  Come join the fun, learn what we are all about and support your local fire department heroes.  Give as much or as little time as you can, it all helps your community.  Any questions, please contact Sandra at 878-4320.


Business Directory Ads

The newsletter is accepting business card size advertisements for the directory.  The cost is $30.00 per year for a one business card size ad, which will run, for 6 issues.  Purchase of these ad spaces helps to offset printing costs.  If you are interested in advertising your business please contact Sandra at 878-4320.



Selectmen’s Office


The Selectmen’s office has kept busy through the summer with a wide variety of Town business.  Listed below are some highlights of our activities.

As we are all aware, the rising cost of health insurance is an ongoing problem in our country.  Continued increases have created problems not only for Municipalities but also for business and industry nationwide.  Our employees are highly regarded and we appreciate their understanding and dedication to the Town of Temple.

·        The Board approved the expenditure of approximately $4000.00 for the Highway Department to have a study made of the bridge on West Road at Blood Road to determine it’s status for qualification for State Bridge Aid.


How fast should speed limits be on YOUR road??  The Selectmen are considering a change.  Please come to the Sept. 9th Selectmen’s meeting (7:30 p.m.) to participate in the discussion before the final decision is made.  We would like to hear from you.

            The old rails from the Town Common are for sale. They are approximately 3.5” x 3.5” and vary in length between 8-9 feet. Cost is $3.00 each.  Please contact Road Agent Tim Fiske if you wish to purchase any.


The Selectmen meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, meetings are open to the public.  All minutes for Selectmen’s meetings are available at the Municipal Building and the Library.


Ladies Aid

We meet the first Tuesday of the month in Friendship Hall.  New members are welcome.  Because the first Tuesday of September falls the day after Labor Day, the September meeting will be on Tuesday, September 9th at 7:30 p.m.



The first Friday of each month is potluck night; bring a hot dish or a salad and your eating utensils and join us.  September 5th in Friendship Hall, 6:30 p.m.


Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) Update

The Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) meets every 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Town Hall to explore how taxpayers’ needs can be met in the most cost-efficient manner.

            The BAC has met regularly with the Select Board to provide input into the budgeting process and get feedback on its objectives and goals. The two boards are currently developing a Budget Timeline that enables both boards and dept. heads to conduct a two-hearing budget process.

            Members are continually researching what funds are available to meet current needs and investigate cost-cutting strategies that will not jeopardize the quality of town services. The BAC meets regularly with Temple’s state auditor and plans to attend other town budget committee meetings in fall.

            The BAC currently includes Steve Andersen (Chair), Brian Kullgren (Vice-Chair), Rae Barnhisel (Minute-taker), Charlene Eddy, Paul Quinn, and Chris Nolte. Two 1-year positions expire March 2004 with the resulting vacancies becoming two 3-year terms. Potential candidates are encouraged to attend this year’s meetings and hearings to get acquainted with the process.

            BAC minutes are on file at the Library and any member can provide specific information on Temple’s budget. Everyone is encouraged to attend meetings and get involved in this important process.


Zoning Board of Adjustment

The ZBA meets the 1st Thursday of each month.  The public is welcome. Minutes of all meetings are available at the library and at the Municipal Building.  Upcoming dates are:

            Sept. 4                         7:30 p.m. Municipal Building

            Oct. 2                          7:30 p.m. Municipal Building


Planning Board

Please refer to the Temple Website “templenh.info” for the document on Future Land Use for the Master Plan.  We are seeking feedback on this important section of the Master Plan. Thanks for your interest and input!


Conservation Commission

Protecting Temple's open space continues to be the major focus of the Conservation Commission. Members are meeting at 7:00 PM on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month to keep up the strong momentum.

Miller Grange

Miller Grange #34 Open House September 10, 7:30 p.m. at the Temple Town Hall.  Historian to speak on history of Town of Temple.  Grange Deputy to speak on the history of Grange. Refreshments served.


Congregational Church

Don’t come to Church Sunday, September 28!!!

That’s right, do not come to Church, instead, meet us at the McDowell Dam Picnic Shelter at 10:00 a.m. for a Worship Service followed by a Picnic.  There will be lots of good things to eat and games, volleyball, swimming(?!), horseshoes, hiking, and a tour of the dam with Ranger Jim.  Do some, none, or all of these.  The main thing is to have fun together!  The site is near the swimming area and is easily accessible by car.  This will be a great way to kick off the Sunday School year which begins Sunday, October 5.  Parents, please give careful consideration to your children’s religious education.  People say they “want to let their children make up their own mind.”  Fine, we agree that children should have the right to think for themselves, but we also recommend that they be given enough instruction so they can make an informed decision.

            One of the great things about living in Temple is the way people help each other.  There is a need right now.  The Mellon family of Colburn Road needs your help.  John’s cancer has returned; he cannot work.  Vicki needs to help with his care, so she cannot work.  It is difficult.  To help out, the Church is holding a benefit buffet dinner Wednesday, Sept. 17th at 6:30 in the Friendship Hall.  At this time we do not have details, but mark the date on your calendar.  If you would like to donate to the Mellons, you can send it to them, or to the Minister’s Discretionary Fund at the Church.  Blessings and Peace.


Souhegan Lions Club

The Souhegan Lions Club is planning for a busy fall.  We will be holding our Annual Harvest Festival Pancake Breakfast on September 21, 2003, from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the Friendship Hall on Route 45 in the center of Temple.  The menu shall include blueberry and plain pancakes with pure maple syrup, sausage, toast and jelly, orange juice, coffee and tea.  Adults will be charged $4.00, children under 12 $2.50, and children under 4 are free of charge.  Treat yourself and your family to a delicious breakfast, and the Lions will cook and clean up the kitchen for you!

            The club is also planning to continue photo-screening children in our community for vision problems.  Photo screening can detect poor vision or risk factors that interfere with normal visual development.  Early diagnosis and treatment can help to eliminate preventable childhood blindness and visual disabilities.  Clubs in our district have screened nearly 750 children with over 400 children screened by Souhegan Lions Club.

            On Saturday, October 18, Lions will hold a Flea Market at the fire station along side the Firemen’s Auxiliary Rummage Sale.  This year’s flea market will benefit a Temple family in need.  Please contact Bill Moore at 878-1912 or Dick Benotti at 878-2297 if you have any items to donate.

            Lion events like the upcoming pancake breakfast, the New Year’s Day 5K fun run and the annual flea market enable the club to support projects like the new Temple playground, scholarships for local area students, national and international vision and hearing programs and assist those in need.  The Souhegan Lions Club serves Greenville, Mason, New Ipswich and Temple.


Temple Harvest Festival

The 19th annual Harvest Festival will be held Sunday, September 21st, from 10 to 4 on the Temple Common (rain or shine).

8:30–10:00 a.m.   Lions Club Pancake Breakfast, Friendship Hall

10:00 a.m.                Harvest Festival begins. Food … craft sales and displays … food …  free, supervised games, puzzles, contests, and competitions for all ages … food … Mansfield Library used book sale … Food … raffles and door prizes  … food. New this year: Several Temple students will participate in a tae kwon do demonstration sponsored by the Peterborough Black Belt Academy (band tent, tentative time 11:00 to 1:00). Also new this year: Temple T-Shirts will be available to purchase at the Harvest Table.

12:00 noon               Fire Department Chicken Barbecue

12:00–3:00 p.m.   Special exhibition in Town Hall: “Portrait of Temple.” Children will have an art corner where they can create and display their own portraits of Temple; prizes will be awarded. An open silent auction will be conducted for the Ruth Quinn Historic Heirloom Pillow now on display at the Mansfield Library.

2:00–4:00 p.m.   Temple Band Concert. (During the break, winners of the Festival’s raffles, contests, and door prizes will be announced and prizes awarded.)

On September 21st, don’t forget to bring surplus produce from your garden to sell at the Harvest Table. And don’t throw out any huge, odd, or truly ugly specimens—they could win exciting prizes in the Veggies of Note contest.

Crafters interested in having a booth at the Harvest Festival should call Vicky Moylan, 878–0765. Anyone who would like to contribute to the special exhibition by lending a photograph, drawing, print, or painting of any Temple place or event should call Ellie or Wally Young, 878–1974.

Temple Harvest Festival proceeds are used to maintain the town’s common areas.





Temple Volunteer Fire Department Newsletter

Celebrating 54 years of Service

Thank you, so much to everyone who made this years Flea Market a success.

When the dust settled over $2600 was raised for the Thermal Imager Fund.  This year our friends at Monadnock Disposal Service donated disposal of over 4 tons of Flea leftovers.  Please see their ad and sister company Red’s in this issue.  Thanks so much for your generous contribution to the TVFD.  We couldn’t do it without you. 

An anonymous donor gave the TVFD several old air packs we were able to trade for one brand new air pack and two ultra-lightweight air bottles valued at over $3600.  This modern air pack will provide years of service to Temple.  We would also like to thank anonymous for donating the high band radio we will install in the new tanker and the red light we will install on the back of the rescue.  The TVFD is looking for some 12” – 20” deep adjustable shelving, 60’ of 1 ¼” conduit, a thermal imager and 2-3 new volunteers.  If you have any of the mentioned items please stop by the station the first and third Mondays at 1900 hrs or the last Sunday morning 0800 hrs.  (Or just leave it in the usual place)

Forestry truck performing well - At our August drill the forestry truck with its two pumps was able to deliver water nearly 2000’ into the woods up an elevation gain of 300’.  Pulling that much hose uphill through yellow jacket nests was a lot of work but all the time you are thinking “I hope we never have to do this for real”.  Structure fires are a sprint, forest fires are a marathon.

            One problem with the forestry truck has proven hard to solve.  No amount of pulling, pushing (or cussing) will get the transfer case to shift from high to low range without crawling underneath with a screwdriver and a hammer.  The linkages are just not getting enough leverage to the case.  If you have any ideas that could help our New Process 205 transfer case behave please give me a call, before anyone else is injured.

Harvest Festival - Please save room in your busy Harvest Festival day plans to pick up a chicken Barbecue dinner from the TVFD.  Every year we work to perfect our secret recipe.  Try it and tell us how we have done.

            We will be demonstrating a thermal imager at the Harvest Festival.  See this innovative technology in action.  By seeing through smoke Thermal imagers can speed the search for fire victims.  Few things are scarier than performing a room search by feel, totally blind in a smoke filled room.  It is nearly impossible to explain to someone who has never done it.  Hopefully you will see the video, understand and donate to this worthy piece of equipment.


The TVFD is fundraising for a Thermal imager.  This amazing technology that allows firefighters to see through smoke has proven itself as an invaluable lifesaving tool.  Thermal imagers have many uses in the emergency services.

·        Quickly search a smoke filled room for an unconscious victim, or a scared child hiding under a bed or in a closet.

·        Safely find the seat of a fire from the outside of a building without risking fire fighters lives.

·        Find hot spots on a chimney fire, underground brush fire, electrical fires and partition fires.

·        Help locate lost persons in the woods by following the heat of recent footsteps.

·        More uses of this tool are being found every day


Small hand held thermal imagers have recently hit the market priced under $15,000.  If you would like to help, please send a donation to the TVFD Firefighters Fund


Fire Chief                                             e- mail                         TVFD

Will Wildes            878-4320                50c1@templefire.org               P.O. Box 80, Temple NH 03084


Burn permits                                         Flea Donations                                

Joe Cournoyer            878-1479                Steve Harling 878-2575



Temple Band Schedule

Francestown Labor Day CelebrationMonday, Sept. 1 2:00 p.m. Parade, Concert following in downtown Francestown, NH.


Town of Temple Harvest FestivalSunday, Sept. 21, 2:00 p.m. Concert on the Common in downtown, Temple, NH.


All events are scheduled with provisions to continue under cover in the event of rain.


The Temple Band is an all-volunteer, non-profit, traditional town band first established in 1799.  Our music consists of something for everyone, including marches, show tunes, Dixieland, jazz, novelty pieces, the classics, original compositions, etc.  We can be identified by our tri-corner hats and colonial style red, white and blue shirts, sashes and knickers.


Historical Society

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2003 at 7:30 p.m. in Friendship Hall.  Program – to be announced.

            We want to thank the hard-working committees, all our members, the volunteers, donors and everyone who purchased tickets for the House Tour, Luncheon and Raffle on July 12.  It was well attended and a most successful day.  Proceeds will be used to finish restoration of School House #6.

            Harvest Festival – We will be under the tent on Sept. 21 selling our usual assortment of History Books, coverlets, Maps, pamphlets, etc.  The new “Images of America” book will be available for $20.00.  All these items make wonderful Christmas gifts.  Stop by to see us and do your shopping early.


Animal Control

Just a quick FYI note on the Shelter Requirements for Horses.

            RSA 435:14 – an adequately ventilated and dry barn or a windbreaker roofed with at least 3 sides shall be provided and accessible to horses (November 1 through April 15).  Animals kept in paddocks or pastures with a roofed windbreaker shelter shall not be kept tied but shall be able to move around freely.  Horses housed in barns or other enclosed stables shall have stalls of sufficient size so that the animal is able to lie down.  Suitable exercise shall be made available.

Conservation Commission

The Conservation Commission has continued to meet on the second and fourth Monday's of the month at 7:00. The next meeting (Sept. 8th at 7:00 in Friendship Hall) promises to be an especially interesting one for the public. Guest speaker, Sandra Crystal, from the State's Department of Environmental Security, will address the State's involvement with communities on environmental issues.

Following Jim Koster's recent resignation that was accepted with regret, the Board of Selectmen appointed the following individuals to the Temple Conservation Commission:

                 Roger Hatt as a regular member

                 Charlene Eddy as an alternate member

Congratulations to Roger and Charlene who were recommended by the Commission after advertising the opening that was created by Jim Koster's resignation.


The Commission has been focusing on the following since the last newsletter:

                Drafting a process to be used by the Town to prioritize land conservation opportunities -  Borrowing forms devised by other N.H. towns, the Open Space Committee has developed a scoring system to prioritize projects.  At present the Open Space Committee has identified approximately 25 parcels of land in Town that are either over 100 acres in size or are smaller parcels that have significant conservation value i.e.: view shed, agricultural, water resources, wildlife habitats and/or have important cultural or historical value. Public input will be a valuable resource as this committee and commission works to finalize the prioritization process.

           Rewriting the Commissions by-laws to better reflect the goals and objectives of the organization. - This important document, the foundation for the commission, was in need of an update.  A very special thanks to Bruce Kantner for spearheading this project. This document is available to the public.


Individually members of the Commission continue to work on the Temple Mt. project as part of The Friends of Temple Mt group.


Please support your Conservation Commission.  Your attendance at meetings is welcome!


An independent conservation message

Temple residents should be aware that the action by the NH House and Senate conference committee on the budget in June to cut the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) by almost 90% in the upcoming two-year budget will have significant consequences to towns such as Temple.  This program (LCHIP) was established for the purposes of "conserving the state's most important natural, cultural and historic resources."


What does the State’s slashing of these funds mean to Temple?  The state is placing the onus of land protection on towns that are already struggling with budgetary problems. Added to this is an increasing imminence of threat caused by the condition of our national economy as well as the increasing value of land.  Although the Conservation fund balance is significant, it is very important to consider the increasing cost of protection and the decreasing aid from the State.  The Temple Con Comm. must be ready financially to help conserve and protect "Our Special Places".