History Paddle on the Salmon Falls River

The Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH) and the Southeast Land Trust (SELT) are co-sponsoring a unique guided tour of Rollinsford, South Berwick, and Dover by canoe or kayak on Saturday afternoon, August 1. Learn about the historic points of interest and conservation land along the tidal portion of the Salmon Falls River while enjoying the lovely scenery.

We will depart from the Bill Bray Boat Launch at the Eliot Bridge on Route 101 in South Berwick at 12:30 and return around 3 pm. Bring your canoe or kayak, a life preserver, and your water bottle. A limited number of watercraft is available for loan to those who need them; please notify us of this in advance. Suggested donation is $5. Please sign up by noon on Friday, July 31 by emailing register@seltnh.org or calling 603-778-6088.

Wentworth House Fashion Display

Fashions of the 1700s at the Wentworth House

In conjunction with “Useful and Beautiful,” this summer’s exhibit on New England needle work and textiles, some special programs on 18th century clothing are scheduled in the next two weeks at the historic Colonel Paul Wentworth House in Rollinsford.

Drop in on members of the Wentworth family this Sunday, August 2 for “Tea and Stitchery

as they gather in the parlor to drink tea, sew, and discuss the latest fashions. Costumed interpreters will demonstrate the tools and techniques involved in hand sewing 18th century clothing, including making thread buttons and creating cording with a tape loom or a lucet.

Both completed garments and some in process will be on display. Or visit on August 9 for “A Gentleman of Fashion” when a tailor will be in residence and will demonstrate the techniques used to create men’s clothing in the 1700s. Guided tours of the house and the exhibit will be offered on both days.

The circa 1701 Colonel Paul Wentworth House is located on Water Street in Rollinsford and is maintained by the Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH) as an educational and cultural center. The house is open for tours every Sunday from 1 to 4 pm during the summer, and hosts a variety of events and activities throughout the year. Admission is free to ARCH members and by donation for non-members. For more information, consult the ARCH website at http://www.paulwentworthhouse.org or you may call 742-4747 or 749-1966.

Building Permits

Do You Need a Building Permit?

Are you thinking of improving your house, either inside or out?  Doing some excavation or grading of your property?   Upgrading your electrical service?   If the answer is YES, you probably need a building permit.

There are two instances where a permit is NOT required:  installing a fence around your yard (outside view on your neighbor’s side, please), or painting, repairing/maintaining an existing structure where the cost is less than $1,500.

Building permits are available at town hall and Caroline Lamoureux, our administrative assistant, will be happy to help you with the form.

The Select Board will start the review process of the building permit at the following meeting.  The Board looks to ensure that the plans are in compliance with setbacks and other zoning regulations.

The form will ask you for the value of the planned construction/improvement.   The fee for the building permit is $8 per $1,000 of value plus a $25 administrative fee.

Here is a link to the town’s zoning ordinance on building permits:


Select Board Releases 2015 Quarter 2 Financial Report

Click here to view the report

The Budget Committee will meet Wednesday evening, 7/29/15 at 6:30PM at the Town Hall to review Quarter 2 finanical reports. All Budget Committee meetings are open to the public (unless otherwise noted).

The Select Board meets weekly on Monday evening at 6:30PM at the Town Hall. All meetings are open to the public (unless otherwise noted), and public comment is taken during a scheduled section of each meeting.

Road Closure Notice: Baer Road




Please be advised of the following roadwork schedule for Baer Road.   Baer Road will be closed to the public EXCEPT FOR residents (and their service needs) during the following times:

Monday, July 27, 2015 (7:00 am – 5:00 pm)

  • Culvert work

Monday,  August 3  – Friday, August 7, 2015 (7:00 am – 5:00 pm)

  • Reclamation/grading and paving

The improvements will occur from the Dover line (near Gulf Road) to approximately 66 Baer Road.

Please know that the road work will end with a ¾ “ base-coat.   We expect to complete the work on Baer Road in FY16 and will lay the topcoat on the whole road at that time.

The Select Board thanks you for your patience and we look forward to a better driving experience for all on Baer Road.

Suzanne Huard

Michael Rollo

Jodi Lavoie-Carnes

Family Fun Day Update

Dear Rollinsford Residents,

We have started to plan the 2015 Salmon Falls Family Fun day which will be at the Rollinsford American Legion on September 19. We have created a Go Fund Me account for anyone who wants to help by making a donation for the fireworks and family day activities. The link is below.


I am looking for help to spread the word about family day and sharing the Go Fund Me account if someone would like to make a donation and may not be signed up for the town news e-mails. Keep your eyes open for updates from the town web as well. Also if you would like to help work the day of the event let me know we would love to have you. You can e-mail me at family-day@comcast.net.

Thank you for helping to support bring a smile to families in Rollinsford!

Denise M. Knowles
Committee member