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Stratham Select Board Newsletter 4-19-24

April 19th Select Board Newsletter


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Dear Stratham Residents,
Please read below for news and notes from the Town of Stratham.  In this edition:

  • Great Bay Food Truck Festival - May 4
  • Conservation Commission Sponsors Annual Clean Up Day - May 11
  • Stevens Park Update
  • DPW Open House - May 22
  • Clerk's Corner
  • Memorial Day Ceremony
  • Spring Lawn Care Tips
  • Superintendent Community Connections
  • Stratham School Board Vacancy

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The Select Board
Michael Houghton, Chair                   Allison Knab, Vice-Chair                   Joe Anderson

Once again, the Great Bay Food Truck Festival will be coming to Stratham!  Join us on Saturday, May 4th and enjoy over 20 food trucks, lawn games, live music and family fun.  This event was sold out last year, so get your tickets today!  


clean up stratham day
Please come help pitch in to clean up your community during this fun, family-friendly event!  We will be meeting on Saturday, May 11, at the Scamman Pavilion (located near the playground) at Stratham Hill Park from 9 am to 12 pm.  E-mail with questions

One February 8th, the Town of Stratham held a public meeting to review the scope of improvements proposed for Stevens Park.  The meeting was well attended by over 30 members of the public that use the facility on a regular basis.  Parks and Recreation Director, Seth Hickey, provided a slide show to those that attended the meeting.  Here is a link to that slide show.  Emanuel Engineering has been selected as the Civil Engineering firm that will create the plans for this project.  The three main components of the proposed improvements to the drainage in and around the parking lot, to include a pervious overflow parking area to be used at necessary, construction of a pavilion with public bathrooms and expansion of the existing hard court surfaces.  There will be future public meeting regarding these projects.  If you interested in learning more about these improvements, please email,  Funding has been set aside in the 2024 CIP budget to support this project, and additional funding would be needed from another Town Meeting to move forward.

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International truck for saleThe DPW also has two vehicles for sale for parts only.  Follow this link for details.



  • The Town Clerk’s Office will be closed on Wednesday, May 15th for Town Clerk training. 
  • Have you lost your Title to your motor vehicle or trailer?  You can obtain a duplicate through the NH Department of Motor Vehicles for $25.00.  Please allow 30 days for a replacement to be mailed to you.  There is no expedited service for this.
  • All dogs must be registered by April 30th.  Have you registered your furry family member yet?  Click here! 

memorial day
A Memorial Day parade and ceremony will be held on Monday, May 27th at the Veterans Memorial Garden in Stratham Hill Park.  The parade will begin at 1:30 pm; the ceremony will begin at approximately 1:45 pm.  Stratham residents, sports, civics and extra-curricular groups and antique car owners are invited to participate in the parade.  Contact Memorial Day co-chairs:  Jeff Gallagher and Geri Denton

lawnSpring is here along with tips for treating your lawn right!
The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension provides soil analysis and nutrient recommendations for home lawns. (Soil Testing Services | Extension ( The cost is $20 for standard gardening parameters including soil pH (acidity), phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and lead levels. Soil test results provide important information about nutrient and mineral levels in our soil, characteristics of the soil, and recommendations for fertilizer. Without this information, we may end up applying products or using practices that waste time and money, inhibit plant growth, and contribute to pollution. Soil tests are recommended before seeding a new lawn and at least once every three years following establishment.

Other temptations in the spring include fertilizing too early and mowing too short. Different formulations of fertilizer require different minimum temperatures. Hold off on applying until you are sure your soil needs it and the soil temperature is adequate. Likewise, resist the temptation to mow too low. Encourage the early season grass roots to grow deeper into the soil by keeping more of the grass blade growing above ground.

More information on grass seed, watering, mowing, and fertilizing your lawn is available on Stratham’s Webpage at this link: Grass and Fertilizer.

The Wiggin Memorial Library and Superintendent Dr. Esther Asbell will be hosting an informal Community Connections event on May 22 from 5 pm - 6 pm. This is an opportunity for community members to come in, ask questions and learn more about the priorities of SAU 16.  Flyer here.

If you have you ever wanted to be more involved with your school or town, now is your chance.  The Stratham School Board has had a recent vacancy.  To learn more about this important position, please follow this link.



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