Town of Bow Bulletin


July 2018 Edition

Welcome to the monthly bulletin from the Town of Bow.  As part of our commitment to keep citizens informed and involved in the community, we hope you find this information to be useful. Follow the public meeting schedule. Sign up for text and email notifications through NotifyMe®.  Follow Bow Police, Recreation, and Library on social media.

Board of Selectmen
Photo by Eric Anderson

A Word from your Selectmen

Volunteer Recognition
The Board of Selectmen recently hosted a Volunteer Recognition Cookout at the Old Town Hall. 
Thank you to the Bow Men’s Club for preparing and serving the food. The Board appreciates all that our volunteers do for Bow.  We could not do it without you.

Contact Us
As always, citizens are encouraged to contact our Chairman with concerns, words of praise for the terrific job done by Town employees, and to offer suggestions.  Chair Chris Nicolopoulos can be reached at

Town Manager, David Stack
 David Stack, Town Manager       Photo © Eric Anderson.

Town Manager's Report

Thank You to all Town Employees 
The Board of Selectmen and Town Manager recently hosted a cookout for Town employees to thank them for all that they do and for the excellent customer service that they provide to Bow residents.

During the luncheon, the following employees were recognized for having achieved an anniversary milestone for the period dated 1/1/2017 through 6/30/18.

5 Years: Alicia David, Celebrating Children; Michelle Lover, Celebrating Children;
Kevin Marquis, Fire Dept.; Gregory Brown, Fire Dept.; Stephanie Vogel, Police Dept.:
Michael Carpenter, Police Dept.: Michael Aborn, Public Works
10 Years: Nicholas Cutting, Police Dept.; Jessica Ralston, Celebrating Children;
Dale Parker Moore, Fire Dept.; Patrick Nylen, Public Works; Lori Fisher, Baker Free Library; Robert Garland, Baker Free Library; Julie Guerrette, Celebrating Children
15 Years: Joy Van Wyck, Celebrating Children; Kathy Lagos, Celebrating Children;
Emily St. Hillaire, Parks & Recreation Dept.
20 Years: Cindy Greenwood-Young, Celebrating Children
25 Years: Mark Mattice, Fire Dept.; Timothy Sweeney, Public Works Dept.
30 Years: Michele Vecchione, Parks & Recreation

Birchdale Bridge Project Update

Bridge structures have been put in place and the roadway has been brought up to the proper height. Speed radar signs are to be installed on each end of the bridge.


Community Building Compliance Plan

All work on the plan has been completed except for the installation of two fire doors and the separation between the assembly area and the back bays. 

Dunklee/Route 3A Intersection/Bridge Project

Darren Benoit, of Dubois & King, has reported that construction prices have been exorbitant this year and they are concerned about putting this project out to bid this summer. The project be advertise for bid in December/January.

Old Town Hall Accessibility Project

All that is left to do is install a railing on the new ramp.  The Bow Rotary Club received a $2,000 grant from the Rotary District to help defray the cost of the project. A grant report for the project was submitted to the District. 

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Juliana Youth Services Librarian
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Baker Free Library

The Baker Free Library Welcomes Juliana! 

Please welcome Juliana our new Youth Services Librarian, please stop by and say hello.

Summer Reading for all ages through August 22, 2018

This year, participants of all ages will experience how Reading Takes You Places! Each reader no matter what age receives a passport book that is kept at the library and holds your reading log. For children grades 1-6, every three books read earns them a raffle ticket for a weekly prize drawing. For Grades 7 through adult, every book read earns one raffle ticket. New this year for kids: set your reading goal! How many books can you read this summer? Challenge yourself to read more than you normally would. You'll earn special prizes both when you reach your reading goal, and when you are halfway there. Last, we have many special classes and events happening this summer around the theme of traveling the world through reading - visit for more details under the classes and events pages, or download the pdf Summer Calendar from the home page of the site. Final day to log books is Friday 8/17 by 7 pm. Save the Date: the Summer Reading End Celebration will occur on Wednesday August 22, 2018 at 5:30 pm with ice cream and an African drumming session by Akwaaba Ensemble that all can join!

Log Your Summer Reading online

To make it easier for all ages to record their summer reading, we are allowing participants to log books online through ReaderZone this summer!  The staff here at the library will be able to see when you have finished those books you log, and this will earn you raffle tickets, as well as,  incentive prizes for kids!  This is a great opportunity to log books while your family is away on vacation or kids are away at summer camp. To start logging books online, visit our home page and download the PDF brochure to help you get started!

Library Closures
The Lower Level of the library will be unavailable on Saturday July 7, 2018 and Sunday July 8, 2018 due to annual carpet cleaning. The Library will be open on Saturday July 7, 2018 for regular hours but the Friends book sale will not be accessible. Please travel safely during these summer holidays!

Summer Reading T-Shirts

Summer Reading T-shirts can be ordered through July 7th, 2018
Our annual summer reading t-shirts are available for order at $10 per shirt. (see T-Shirt design below) Shirts are grey with our 2018 summer reading logo in blue and lime green (see display in the library for an actual shirt). Please indicate size when ordering. Prepayment by check or cash is required at time of order placement. To order, call 224-7113 during our regular open hours, or email Make sure to include your name, telephone number, and the size shirt you want.

2018 Summer Reading Logo
2018 Summer Reading Logo designed by Liz Jackson Bow High School Graduate.

Bow Parks and Recreation Department

Discount Amusement Tickets

Looking to go to Funtown Splashtown, Six Flags New England or Water Country this summer?  We have discount tickets to these venues for you to use any date throughout the summer.  Tickets are limited; so check in early.  It’s a great way to save some money!

Still time to register for some of our Summer Programs
Summer is a great time to try something new or continue with something you enjoy!  Space is still available in the following programs:

  • Lacrosse (ages K-Grade 4)
  • Kickball (ages K-Grade 4)
  • Dance Camp (Ages 3-Grade 6)
  • String Lessons (Grades 1-4)
  • Photography Class (Teens-Adults)
  • Archery (Ages 7-Adults)
  • Tennis Lessons (Grades 4-Adults)
  • Boot Camp, Meditation, Pilates mat Class, Gentle Yoga, Yoga Fitness, Sunset Teen Yoga and Yoga in The Park (Ages 13-Adults)

Check out our Facebook Page Bow Parks & Recreation

This page is updated regularly to keep you informed of “Parks & Recreation Happenings” here in Bow.

Bow Police Department Badge

Bow Police Department 

Confidential Statewide Hotlines

24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline


24-Hour Sexual Assault Hotline


Crisis center advocates are available across the State of NH to provide free and confidential support services to those impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Community Development

Updates from Town Boards and Committees 

The Board of Selectmen together with Bow Planning Board and Business Development Commission held a public meeting on the Exit 1 Preferred alternative to discuss Bow’s concerns and suggestions for the new design.

The Planning Board approved a modification of the Bow Mini Storage site plan for addition of two storage unit buildings.
The Bow Drinking Water Protection Committee conducted testing of well water at the Community Building. Results came out good.
Read the latest meeting minutes for all the Town boards here:

Updates on Businesses in Town

Hews Company, LLC 
Selectman Matthew Poulin and Community Development Director Matthew Taylor paid a visit to the Hews Company located on Dunklee Road. Hews Company is a truck equipment supplier and was established by Roland C. Hews in 1927. 
Coastal Forest Products
Construction is underway for Coastal's new 250,000 s/f distribution facility on River Road  Coastal Forest Products is a wholesale supplier of Cedar, Fir, and other specialty to retail lumberyards. 

Granite State Solar
The firm has received a Certificate of Occupancy for their new office building/warehouse located of Ryan Road. Granite State Solar was founded in 2008.  They are a design, sales, distribution and integrator of photovoltaic energy systems, providing customized energy solutions and services to customers. 

Bow Heritage Commission

The Baker Heritage Room

The Heritage Room at Baker Free Library will be open by appointment only during the months of July and August.  Contact Faye Johnson 603-228-8149 or by email at or Gary Nylen 603-228-8149 or by email for an appointment. 

History Day was a Success

On June 23, 2018, the Bow Heritage Commission celebrated History Day at the Old School House on Bow Center Road.  100 people braved the showers to visit the 1760 Capt. Benjamin Bean House.  Our thanks to Bill and Gisele Emerson for preserving and sharing this 258 year old house. The highlight activity at the 1894 Schoolhouse was the visit of three former students (Norma Dandy, Marilyn Hemphill Reardon and Arthur Cheney) who entertained visitors with their memories of childhood school days. Our thanks to the Bow Men's Club for providing our noontime meal. 

A Brief History Lesson of the Wagon Wheel Jig Stone
According to Art Cheney, the wooden parts of the wagon wheel were laid out on the stone with the hub located in the hole at the stone’s center.  All wooden parts were tightly fitted in place.  The iron rim was heated to expand and then placed on the wheel.  After cooling it provided a shrink tight fit which held the wheel together.

With the help of Department of Public Works and Aerial Crane Services the stone has been moved to the garden in front of the Bow Heritage Commission Meeting Room on Robinson Road.  Stop by to see this unique find.

Gary Nylen and Art Cheney standing behind the Wagon Wheel Jig Stone
Arthur Cheney has donated the granite wagon wheel jig stone used in the Edward A. Cheney Blacksmith Shop on Woodhill Road in operation from around 1900 until 1918., Photo by Eric Anderson

Bow Open Spaces Elects Officers

At a recent meeting of Bow Open Spaces, the organization elected the following officers and board members: :
  • President Harry Hadaway
  • Past President Bob Lux
  • Secretary Eric Thum
  • Treasurer Frank Boucher
  • Membership Director Bob Dawkins
  • Trails Director Hilary Warner
  • Stewardship Director Ken Demain
  • Public Relations Director Martin Murray.
Bow Open Spaces is a non-profit organization established in 1997 with a primary mission of conserving and preserving land and wildlife habitat for the benefit of the citizens of Bow and the general public. The group also develops and maintains multi use trail systems that are open for your enjoyment. Maps are posted at

You can support the important work of Bow Opens Spaces by becoming a member! Register via the website. The next meeting of the organization is scheduled for the evening of September 4, 2018, at the Baker Free Library.

Heritage Commission Purple Sun Catcher
Heritage Commission Purple Sun Catcher

Looking for the perfect Gift?

The Heritage Commission has various items available for purchase at the Town Manager's Office in the Bow Municipal Building, 10 Grandview Road. These sun catchers are made from hand pressed recycled glass,
made by the Old Hancock Glassworks using century old techniques.

Also available are note cards featuring photos taken by Eric Anderson of various buildings and scenery in the town and copies of 100 Acres More or Less, the history of the land and people of Bow, New Hampshire.   

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