Town of Bow Bulletin
Bow Board of Selectmen
Seated left to right: Town Manager David Stack, Board of Selectmen Chairman Harry Judd, and Vice-Chair Eric Anderson.  Standing left to right:  Selectman Colleen Anderson, Selectman Christopher Nicolopoulos, Selectman Benjamin Kiniry, and Administrative Assistant Nicole Gage.

August 2017 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 useful from the Bow Board of Selectmen, Town Manager, Departments and Committees.  

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
On July 13th, the Town celebrated the official opening of the new Bow Safety Center.  Cutting the ribbon left to right:  Fire Chief Mitch Harrington, Emergency Management Director Lee Kimball, Selectman Eric Anderson, Town Manager David Stack, and Police Chief Margaret Lougee. (staff photo)
Bow Safety Center
Photo © Eric Anderson.
Bow Safety Center
We had a wonderful turn out of support at the Safety Center's open house in July.  Tours were conducted throughout the evening of Fire, Police and Emergency Management.  Photo © Eric Anderson.

Baker Free Library

Summer Reading End Celebration on 8/23
We're fast approaching the end of summer!  The last day to record your books on your card at the library, or record online at, for prizes, is Friday 8/18. The end of summer reading celebration party takes place at the Library on Wednesday 8/23 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm with ice cream and a magic show by Bob Riordan. Attendees are invited to come dressed as their favorite fairy tale character and have a photo op with our cardboard castle at 5:30, and the magic show starts at 6:00 p.m. The magic show will combine magic, music, comedy, storytelling, and of course some audience participation! Bob Riordan’s Wonder Show offers an unforgettable experience into the world of magic – a world of which you become a part! Questions?  Email or call 224-7113.

Page Position Available Starting 8/22
We have one part-time Page position available: 2.5 hours on Tuesdays, and 2.5 hours every other Saturday, starting on Tuesday 8/22. Time of work must occur during library open hours on those days, and the work days are NOT negotiable. The main job of the Library Page is to put materials away on the library shelves. This is an important task that allows the rest of the library staff to do their jobs well and provide great customer service. We are looking for a detail-oriented individual who can work independently and enjoys physical movement. Ability to alphabetize and a professional demeanor are required. High school students are encouraged to apply if they are able to work the specified hours. Physical requirements include bending, reaching overhead, pushing a book cart, standing, and lifting 25 lbs. To apply, please visit to download the application and job description. Applications will be accepted through 7 pm on Friday 8/4 by email or mail/dropping off at the library. The Baker Free Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

New Digital Resource: HOOPLA
We are pleased to announce a new digital download resource for movies, music, TV, comics, ebooks, and audiobooks: HOOPLA!  This resource has thousands and thousands of titles available to our patrons all of the time - no waiting. The service is made for mobile devices, and the app is available free through Android and Apple stores. Patrons may borrow up to 4 items per month from Hoopla, and that may increase depending on usage. We pay only for the items that are borrowed. Visit for an overview of the service. Questions?  Contact Lori Fisher, Library Director, at

Parks and Recreation Department

Soccer Registration for children as young as 3 through Kindergarten is going on now.  We have Weekday, Weekend and After School (K) classes.  This program will begin the week of September 5th (no classes Labor Day Weekend).  Register today as classes fill quickly.

Summer is still in full swing, but we have our Fall Programs ready to go!  Be on the lookout for our Fall Program Brochure in early August!  Many of our programs will fill up; so, don’t hesitate, register early!

What “Rec” Programs can you look for?

  • Fitness Classes, including: Fitness for Seniors (50+), Body Blast, Bootcamp, Meditation & Movement, Pound, Step & Ball, Yoga and Zumba.
  • Archery for the whole family
  • Art, Floor Hockey, Girls on The Run, Gym Time, Rising Stars Tap & Jazz, Safe Sitter, Soccer, Tip-Tap-Toe Dance, and Tennis for Children.
  • Basketball, Bridge, Dog Obedience, K-9 Nose Work, and Volleyball for Adults.

For full information on all our activities and special events, check out our Parks & Rec webpage.

Police Department

Chief Margaret Lougee recently participated in the Supervisors’ Academy conducted by Primex3, the Town’s insurance carrier. The Supervisors' Academy is a challenging, 3-day experience and participants take an active role in the classroom as they learn about a broad range of immediately useful leadership topics.

Detective Sergeant Stacey Blanchette attended a training program on Active Shooter “Warm Zone,” sponsored by the Allenstown Police and Fire Departments.  

The men and women of the Police Department would like to thank the citizens who joined us on July 13 for our successful Ribbon Cutting and Open House.  What a great turn out.

How to Best Protect Our Town

Sunday, August 20th at 2:00 PM

Chief Margaret Lougee and Fire Chief Mitch Harrington welcome anyone with concerns for safety (police or fire) to attend the Chiefs’ “Protect Our Town Campaign” program on Sunday, August 20, 2:00 p.m. in the Training Room at the Bow Safety Center, 7 Knox Road. Chief Lougee and Chief Harrington will engage the public in discussions on HOW TO BEST PROTECT OUR TOWN.  Please join us. We are looking for citizen input and solutions!

Public Works Department

The UNH Technology Transfer Center has announced that the following employees have achieved the following statuses - Dan Freeman, Roads Scholar One; Marc Acebron, Master Roads Scholar and Tim Sweeney, Master Roads Scholar II. The Roads Scholar Program establishes educational and training requirements for municipal level highway practitioners, and recognizes those who have successfully completed specified T2 Center workshops. 

Supervisors Noel Gourley and Todd Drew went and looked at salt sheds in the towns of Nottingham, Laconia and Northfield to see the types of buildings that they use. A proposal will be presented at the next Town Meeting to replace the existing salt shed to meet salt management guidelines and eliminate any impact on the Town’s water supply.

The public works crew has had a busy summer so far. Here are some examples of what the crew has been working on.

  • Cleaning manholes throughout town.
  • Assisted with the installation of new guardrail on Dow Road.
  • Roadside mowing grading drainage swales and fixing washouts from the rain storms.
  • Installed granite posts and a raised stone apron for the entrance sign at the new Safety Center.
  • Lincoln and Juniper Drive were paved and shouldered last month.
  • Foote Road is scheduled to be reclaimed. graded and repaved in August.
  • A much-needed tree pruning and parking lot grading was done at the Coffin Building, located behind the Community Building.
  • The irrigation pump system at Hanson Recreation Area was upgraded to allow for alternate operations between the two pumps in order to spread out the operation of the pumps. 
  • New split air A/C systems were installed at the Municipal Building.

Town Clerk / Tax Collector's Office

How did Bow vote at the special senate election held in July?  View the results (PDF).

Heritage Commission


Saturday, September 16, 2017 – 11 AM  to 2:30 PM
Bow Bog Meeting House
111 Bow Bog Rd.
Entertainment, Displays & Demonstrations
(more details in future ads)
Bow Men’s Club Beef Stew Lunch Available
 Memorial Bell Ringing Service at 1:00
Followed by Free Home Made Pies.
Questions? Email  or call 228-8149.

Town Reports.  We are currently taking inventory of all of the town-owned Reports hoping to find a complete set for preservation, as well as sets for the Select Board, the Heritage Commission and the Library.   Residents interested in reading old town reports can find them on line at the University of New Hampshire's online archives

Historic House Signs.  A 1760’s house with known builder and first owner, and a c. 1835 house with known builder, will be the next buildings with historic house signs.  Applications can be obtained at the Selectmen’s office.  Bow Heritage Commission members will assist owners in obtaining the necessary information.  Our goal is to have as many of the oldest Bow houses as possible with signs by the 300th birthday in 2027.

Baker History Room. We are progressing with our move.  One storage cabinet and the wall shelving have been installed.  A second storage cabinet is on order.  With the cooperation of Library Director Lori Fisher, Mark Leven, Tom Ives and Jim Dimick, most of the original Henry Baker Collection of fine historic books and publications has been sorted, cleaned and shelved. The picture railing has been installed and pictures hung.  We have begun to move some of our collections and preserved original Town books to this climate controlled room in the newly renovated lower level of the Baker Free Library.

We hope to have the room open to the public in late fall on a limited schedule, as staffing is secured, so that the citizens of Bow can do research and enjoy the documented history of Bow.

Thanks to all who have worked to make the Baker History Room a reality.

Bow's Original Boston Post Cane
The original Bow Boston Post Cane hangs in Meeting Room A, 10 Grandview Road.  Photo © Eric Anderson.

Accepting Nominations for Bow's Boston Post Cane

Who is the oldest resident in town?

A tradition that began out of Boston in 1909 is still being carried out today in Bow, New Hampshire as the Selectmen seek nominees for the oldest resident in town. Nominations will be accepted through Sept. 15th, and the only requirement is that the person must be a resident of Bow for the previous 12 consecutive years. Please nominate a neighbor, loved one, or even yourself!  The Selectmen look forward to bestowing an honorary cane and recognition to our oldest resident.  

Download a Nomination Form (PDF).  Nomination forms are also available at the Municipal Building, Library and Recreation Department.   Or you can call (603) 228-1187 ext. 110 to request a form by mail.

Nominations accepted through September 15, 2017.

Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Recycling Day 

Saturday, October 7th, 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Save the date and plan on bringing your hazardous waste and electronics to the annual collection day for Bow and Dunbarton residents.  Fees will apply for electronics. More details / what you can bring.  Organized by the Recycling and Solid Waste Committee.
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