On the Island

Nor’easter Update

Update, April 20: Sumar & Kristen were on WMUR news last night, talking about the storm! Check out the online companion article “Workers Stranded On Island During Storm”. It includes video (requires a Windows PC, sorry). The story has also been picked up by WCVB in Boston, under the headline “Nor’easter Strands Pair On Island.”

Intrepid Facilities Manager Sumar Maji has reported back with more information on damage to Star over the last few days as high winds and tides repeatedly pounded the island.

“As far as damage goes, we’re in good shape structurally,” he told the office by phone yesterday, but went on to describe some fairly serious weather-related destruction that became evident after he and the Pels examined the island more closely.

He noted a breach to the floodwall around the main pump station that receives waste water from half of the island. Flood waters tossed rocks and debris under the truck trestle, damaging pipes and destroying the pump station’s manifold.

The top surface of the pier was scarred and damaged after being basically underwater through high tide. The entire upper surface has been pockmarked and cracked and the railing washed away.

There was also damage to the roof of Sandpiper which has resulted in a waterlogged and ravaged ceiling.

Tons of debris has washed ashore around the wastewater treatment facility and across the front lawn, which will require significant clean-up.

In general, Sumar hopes the open-up crew and volunteers can help get the island back on track in time for the summer season. More updates to come!

You can check out the great article “Three are stranded but OK on Star Island” by Karen Dandurant in today’s Portsmouth Herald, which features an interview with Sumar.

More photos, courtesy Athena Steinkraus:

On the Island

Report from the Nor’easter

Please note: We have an updated report from Sumar—the damage was more widespread than was first evident.

Facilities Manager Sumar Maji reports minor damage on the island after today’s nor’easter. Details are still being gathered, but it looks like we escaped without too much harm! Sumar and the two open-up Pels who were on the island during the storm, Athena & Kristen, have pictures of the storm and its aftermath to share with everyone. For now, here are a few shots from Athena, showing spray and flooding around the art barn, washed up debris on the front lawn, and some damage to the railing on the pier.

On the Island

End-of-Season and Close-Up Pelican Positions Available

Interested in joining the 2007 Pelican community?

Star Island Corporation hires nearly 100 seasonal positions each year—people who hold these positions are called “Pelicans.” We are now accepting applications for end-of-season and close-up positions.

Towards the end of our conference season, many Pelican positions open up due to staff members with outside obligations (returning to school, etc.). The majority of the end-of-season openings are between mid-August and mid-September. Preference is given to those who can work the greatest amount of time.

Close-up will begin on September 18 and run through the end of October. Priority is given to applicants generic levitra 20 mg vardenafil with specific work experience needed to close the conference center. Those skills range from housekeeping to maintenance. Ability to work independently and to make mature decisions is necessary.

Applicants should be 18 years of age or older, although during the end-of-season we will consider 16 and 17 year olds.

Positions may be filled on a rolling basis; the final deadline for applications is Monday, July 16th, 2007. The application is available in downloadable PDF format or as an online form from our Seasonal Jobs page.

On the Island

Conference Waitlist Update

Your diligent conference registrars have been submitting their latest registration information to us this week, and we have now updated the Calendar page with some waitlist information.

All Star I, All Star II, International Affairs, and Life on a Star I are currently reporting a waitlist. Contact the relevant registrars for details—short waitlists can sometimes clear due to cancellations!

On the Island

The Scoop on Manager’s Cottage

Some conferees have been getting in touch with us to ask questions about Manager’s Cottage, the new housing option for the 2007 season.

Manager’s Cottage is a cozy house on the main footpath between the front porch and the chapel. Traditionally it has housed the island manager or other staff. This year we are pleased to make it available for the first time to conferees as housing for your stay! The Cottage’s three bedrooms, living room, and bathroom make it an ideal comfortable space to share with extended family or groups of friends.

Manager’s Cottage features:

  • 3 double bedrooms
  • Private bathroom with shower* and hot water sink
  • A first-floor living room for socializing with chapel view
  • First-floor suitable for small children

You may request the entire cottage or inquire about partial availability—check your the registration page for rates and contact your conference registrar today to see if Manager’s is still available!

We’ve prepared a flyer with the above information, in case you want to print it out and share it at a church meeting or with friends & family.

* Shower use is only for registered guests of Manager’s Cottage. Showers will be allowed only on regular conference shower days.


Star Island Newsletter

Star Island Newsletter

Winter/Spring 2007

Volume XXXIII, Issue 1

    Inside this Issue:
  • A Pel’s Reminiscence
  • From the Development Office
  • From the Executive Director
  • From the President
  • Passages
  • Poetry: Pass the Stick

On the Island

Natural History Conference Update

NHC has confirmed their boat times—conferees will depart Rye on June 23 at 2:00 p.m. and depart Star on June 30 at 8:15 a.m. (These times supersede those listed in the Blue Book; please confirm all times with your registrar before traveling.)

In addition, NHC has extended their application postmark date to May 1, 2007. Registrations postmarked before then will be treated as if postmarked on May 1. Registrations postmarked after May 1 will be accepted, space available, according to postmark date. The room and board deposit and registration fee are refundable until May 12.

Visit the Registration page and Calendar page for more details.

Please note that several other conferences have extended their application dates in light of this year’s Blue Book production delay. From now on, we will generally post notifications about changes on this News page and the most up-to-date information is always available on the Calendar page.

On the Island

Chapel Access Improvement Plan Update

This letter was recently mailed to Shoalers who expressed an interest in the 2007 Chapel project.

Dear Star Island Community Member,

In January, I informed you that Star Island Corporation will be adding a second means of egress to our historic chapel building. We have now finalized a plan for this project and are excited to tell you about it.

This project has two major components: a door and a path to the door. Both are described below and we have also included drawings of the proposal—an internal rendering and an external topographical view.

Our plan is to put a door in the rear (west-facing) wall of the chapel. The door will go out through the center of the rear wall, through the rear wall of the bell tower. As many Shoalers are aware, there is clear evidence that at one time, likely before the bell tower was constructed, there was a door in this same spot in the chapel. Thus the location of this door has historic precedence. We have had a number of stone masons examine the bell tower to make recommendations about door locations and stability. Putting a door out the rear of the bell tower, rather than using the small existing side door in the bell tower, will allow us to have a standard sized door and an exit that goes directly out of the chapel rather than involving a tight turn. This will be easier on an every day basis, and certainly will be easier in any emergency situations.

Our plan also includes a new path and ramp to the chapel. The ramp will be constructed primarily of earth with stone walls. It will start at the rear of the chapel at the new bell tower doorway. It will swing immediately to the left and will run along the south side of the chapel. It will connect to the main footpath on the east side of the chapel. In a separate decision, the board of directors had decided to surface the footpath between the main ramping system (by Cottage A) up to the chapel to improve access. By surfacing the path and the new ramp with a surface suitable for wheelchair passage we will dramatically improve access for those with mobility challenges. There are parts of the path that are steeper than recommended for wheelchair passage, and thus someone in a wheelchair might need assistance in passing on those parts. However, we see this as a great improvement in chapel access.

As noted in prior letters and discussion, the primary driver of this project has been fire egress. We have met with the Rye Fire Chief and will be submitting this plan to the Rye Historic District for consideration this month. If the plan is approved, we will be able to have 80 people in the chapel rather than our current limit of 50 people. Both the fire chief and the historic district leaders have visited the site and stated verbally they think this is a concept with merit.

As noted before, assuming this approval process goes according to plan we anticipate starting work in September after the last guests have left the island. This project will take several weeks once started, so we felt it was important to start work after summer to assure no one’s chapel experience is disrupted during the season.

How Can You Help?
It is time to raise funds for this exciting project! Already numerous Star Island Community members have stepped forward with donations for this endeavor. Gifts total $16,000 and pledges total $1,500. We believe the total cost of the project will be approximately $45,000. We are still seeking $27,500 in funds, and would very much appreciate the opportunity to include you in this important effort. Any funds raised in excess of the project cost will be placed in the Permanent Trust to continue to build long term financial strength for Star Island.

If you would like to contribute to this effort please send contributions to the Star Island Corporation office, marked for the chapel door project.

Numerous people have inquired about volunteering for this project as well. If you are interested in volunteering please get in touch with Sumar or me (Contact Page). We will be looking at volunteer opportunities as we develop the scope of work for the project.

We very much appreciate your dedication!


Amy L. Lockwood
Executive Director


Star Island Newsletter

Star Island Newsletter

Spring 2006

Volume XXXII, Issue 2

    Inside this Issue:
  • Conferences with Openings
  • From the Development Office
  • From the Executive Director
  • From the President
  • Ninety Years of Stewardship on Star Island
  • Notes from the Underworld
  • Notes from the Underworld: Our Spirit’s Home
  • Passages


Star Island Newsletter

Star Island Newsletter

Winter 2006

Volume XXXII, Issue 1

    Inside this Issue:
  • From the President
  • Volunteer on Star this Spring
  • From the Executive Director
  • From the Director of Development & Community Relations
  • Hiring Update
  • Shoalers in the News
  • Available Positions
  • Passages