New Member Reception at Walpole Artisans Cooperative
August 26th, 2016


The public is invited to a reception at the Walpole Artisans Cooperative, 52 Main Street in downtown Walpole, NH. This group of talented artisans is pleased to welcome four new members into their gallery: Susan Roston, fused glass artist; Jason Ballard, custom woodworker; Tim Campbell, folk artist; and Philip H. Morgan, realistic bird sculptor. Guests will be treated to light refreshments as they meet the artisans and enjoy each new member’s work.


Susan Roston's Flame Bowl

Susan Roston’s Flame Bowl

Susan Roston‘s work can be seen not only at the Walpole Artisans retail shop, but online at;; and on A resident of Jaffery, NH Susan works in her home studio, firing glass in a kiln that rises to 1500 degrees where separate pieces of glass are permanently joined (fused) to create what she describes as “a puzzle, combining different shapes of glass to form pictures or designs”. These amazing assemblages inspire images of an ice cold landscapes, a mountain lake or a brilliant sunset. Each piece is freestanding, mounted on a custom-made stand that supports the glass and makes placement totally flexible. Recently Susan added fused glass jewelry to the Walpole shop. The same look and technique that one sees in her landscape pieces is miniaturized in pins and pendants as wear-able art.

Jason Ballard's Bowl

Jason Ballard’s Bowl

Jason Ballard, who designs custom woodwork, comes to the gallery from Grafton, VT. Jason’s website says it all “My Minds De-sign” ( Featured in the Walpole gallery are small tables, unique in style and material, just perfect as a focus piece in any setting, as well as carved bowls that rival nature’s own creations. Jason’s studio at 217 Main St. in Grafton, VT showcases this self-taught designer and builder who started his own business in 2008 and stresses that working one-on-one with a customer creates a personalized design that ranges from the simple to the amazingly exotic. Seeing Jason’s work in person is a treat to the eye as well as the hand.


Tim Campbell - Old Homestead

Tim Campbell – Old Homestead

Our third new member, Tim Campbell is as likely found with his Jack Russell Terrier, Otis, as he is with his art in and around Keene, NH. The two go hand-in-hand. Reading about Tim on his website:, re-minds one of the lighter side of art. Tim’s creations inspire thought and humor, sometimes giving found objects a new lease on life and sometimes commenting on the social, political in his folk art. It’s easy to see why Tim’s work was selected by “Early American Life” magazine as the 2010 Best and Listed in The Di-rectory of Traditional American Crafts. Tim’s cards, postcards and Giclee prints are a wonderful addition to the shop’s collection and with Tim’s promise to include some “Walpole” sites soon, the local customers will be thrilled.


Phil Morgan's Loon

Phil Morgan’s Loon

Philip H. Morgan, realistic bird sculptor, goes by the nomenclature “Wooden Wings”. With the expertise of an artist and the background of one who has spent his career in the out-of-doors as a park ranger, the realism of Phil’s birds is truly awe inspiring. The delicate detail, the texture and color of each species is what Phil strives for and based on the sales he has experienced throughout New England, it’s safe to say he has been very successful. In addition to his full bodied, life sized carvings Phil produces his “FEATHERED FRIENDS BACKSCRATCHERS”. These backscratchers have become today’s Folk Art, as they not only serve a purpose but are pleasing to the eye. A visit to the Walpole Artisans will be worth the trip to see all of Phil’s work.

Walpole Artisans Cooperative is open 7 days a week. Sun & Mon11:30-3:00, and Tue-Sat 10- 5. The retail shop/gallery is located at 52 Main Street, Walpole NH. 603 756-3020. For artist who may be interested in joining the cooperative, stop in and talk with the artisit of the day who is working in the shop that day, or download an application from the website.

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Phil Morgan working on a back scratcher

Phil Morgan working on a backscratcher

Jason Ballard's woodworking

Jason Ballard’s woodworking











Susan Roston - Mountain Valley

Susan Roston – Mountain Valley

Tim Campbell's Honey Bee

Tim Campbell’s Honey Bee

The Unknown Side of Playing Cards -8/9/16


For centuries, playing cards, which were once printed on just one side, were repurposed and used for hundreds of other tasks. When a deck became incomplete, the remaining cards were utilized in many secondary ways, both practical and creative. Paper was rare and expensive, and these centuries-old “secondary use cards” can today reveal interesting historical insights into past centuries.  Because of this, these second-use cards are eagerly collected, analyzed, and studied.

Gejus van Diggele is one such collector, scholar, author, and lecturer of second-use cards.  According to him, thrifty New Englanders adopted this form of recycling valuable paper by using these orphaned playing cards as invitations to social balls.  In his collection of over 5,000 cards, he has only been able to glean 52 of these rare New England cards.  In other collections, he has found another 70 from towns like Bellows Falls, Alstead, Rockingham, Chester, Charlestown, Claremont, Westmoreland, and several other nearby towns. Eight of these invitations were issued in Walpole, and seven of those, dating from 1812 to 1817, were addressed to the same girl, Miss Susan Lane.

Mr. van Diggele will present a lecture and slideshow explaining the history of these unique little time capsules and show examples of their uses over the centuries.  He will highlight all that he has learned about the popular Miss Lane, one of nine children born here in Walpole in the late 1700’s.  The event is free, and the public is invited to attend.  Sponsored by the Walpole Historical Society, this Speaker Series event is Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, at 7:00 PM, at the Town Hall.

Golf Tourney & Dinner – 8/13/16

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Zoning Board Agenda – 7/20/16

Agenda for Zoning Board of Adjustment

Wednesday,  July 20, 2016

Walpole Town Hall – 7:30 pm.


Roll Call: Appointment of alternates if needed


Minutes: Review minutes of June, Executive Session.



Old Business: Signage

            Public Hearing:Special Exception:: The Savings Bank of Walpole – Signage, Ames Plaza, map 12, Lot 55-3, commercial district. Zoning Ordinance Article IV. Special Receptions are       required if there are signs within 100 feet of one another. The sign will 32 square feet, two-    sided, free-standing, up-lit and perpendicular to Route 12.


            Public Hearing: Expansion of a Non-conforming use: Lynne and William Reed, 60 Main St., Map 20, Lot 46, the lot is a non-confirming lot. The Reeds wish to put a 3-foot-6-inch by-7-foot roof over the entrance at the north side of the house. It is 7 feet from the nearest abutters.


            Public Hearing: Special Exception. Fuzzy Brothers LLC. 15 Sawmill Lane, Map 13, Lot 34-5. The Fuzzy Brothers want to use the barns and property to store and repair heavy equipment. Article VIII. Part C.


Continued work on matrix or Flow Chart.


Junkyard digital copy.





Next meeting Wednesday,  August 16, 2016

Amy Ballou shared some good news!  so many people worked so hard to see this happen.  Thank you for the work so far with more to come in the fall! – Lil
Just wanted to let you know that the Playground Committee got official word today that we reached our goal of $80,000! We would like to thank the community for all the support and look forward to our community build September 30-October 2nd weekend and will need volunteers:-)

Movie Night – 7/14/16

Justine asked me to let you know that there will be free popcorn, too! – Lil


The Clarion Deadline – July 22nd

Work on the August issue of THE WALPOLE CLARION issue has begun so it will be delivered by the first of August. Deadline for August issue is July 22. There is still room for both articles and advertisements, but to be sure your submission makes it in the issue, the sooner your article arrives the better.

One hundred word, or less, BUSINESS NOTES are welcome, milestones, upcoming events, and human interest stories. Don’t delay. If any questions please email – Thank you, RAY


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