Vote on the fate of BowBog Meeting House

Last modified: Sunday, March 06, 2011
A warrant article will be presented to the taxpayers of the Town of Bow at its annual town meeting requesting an appropriation of $25,000 for immediate structural repairs to the split stone foundation and steeple beams and trusses of the Bow Bog Meeting House. This would be the first phase of the repairs recommended by an engineering study authorized by taxpayers last year. The remainder of the project will be addressed at the 2012 town meeting. This article appears as Article 5 of the Town Warrant being considered Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the high school and has the recommendation of the board of selectmen, the budget committee and the heritage commission. The Bow Bog Meeting House, the town's oldest and most authentic publicly-owned building, was recently listed in the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places. The Meeting House was built in 1835 by subscription at a total cost of $800 by noted local builder George Washington Wheeler, according to exacting specifications set forth by the Bow Bog Methodist Episcopal Church and Society. Examples of Wheeler's workmanship can still be seen in the structure of both the Bow Town Hall on Bow Center Road and the Alexander Farm on Robinson Road. George Washington Wheeler's descendants still live in Bow.

• The heritage commission will sell 'Barns of Bow' posters at the community building during voting Tuesday. Sale proceeds will go toward the preservation of Bow's historic buildings. The new spring 2011 note card series will also be available for purchase.

• The recycling committee is taking orders for three different items to help you with your 2011 garden. the kitchen pail for $10, the large compost bin for $50 and the rain barrel for $65. All three items will be on display at the town meeting Wednesday and throughout the month of March at the library. Orders with payment need to be placed by April 1. Order forms are available at the library and online at bow-nh.com. Your check, made payable to 'Town of Bow' must be included with the order. You need not be a resident to take advantage of this opportunity. For more information, e-mail Sarah Brown at sbb22@comcast.net or call 228-6867.

• The Bow Young at Heart Club will meet Wednesday at the community building. A brown bag luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. with beverages and desserts provided. The business meeting will begin at 1 p.m. For information, call 225-2838.

• The Rotary Club of Bow will sponsor a musical comedy revue, The Bobby Darling Show, as a fundraiser in support of the Rotary Foundation's Polio Plus Program, dedicated to eradicating polio from the world, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the high school. Admission is $10, $8 for seniors 65 and older and $5 for students. Tickets are available at Little River Oriental Rugs, 10 N. Main St., Concord, the event's principal corporate sponsor, and the Bow branch of Merrimack County Savings Bank, 503 South St. Tickets will also be available at the door that evening. Anyone wishing to make a monetary contribution to further this cause may send a check made payable to Rotary International addressed to Rotary Club of Bow, P.O. Box 1935, Bow, 03304-1935.

Joyce Kimball