Richards Free Library Celebrates Poetry Month

Newport, N.H. — The Richards Free Library, 58 N. Main Street, Newport, is celebrating National Poetry Month on April 24 at 7 p.m.. Bring your favorite poem to read or just come to listen. Everyone is invited. Refreshments will be provided.

At the Richards Free Library on April 28 (at 3:30 p.m.),  Dr. Robert Scott will read and talk about his new book for children, Horatio’s Hometown Hero. The book was written in conjunction with Ambassador Joseph and Augusta Petrone as part of the Inspire Future New Hampshire Heroes program. Admission is free.

The book tells a simple story: To be a hero you do not have to be rich, powerful or beautiful, all you need is a giving heart that cares and shares with others.  “Yes, we all can become a hero,” is the book’s motto.

Upper Valley Naturalist Training Registration Now Open

UVLT Naturalist Training-walk in the woodsUpper Valley, N.H. — The Upper Valley Land Trust and Hulbert Outdoor Center are sponsoring an Upper Valley Naturalist Training from April 23-May 17, 2013.

The Upper Valley Naturalist Training program is an in-depth introduction to the ecosystems and wildlife found in the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire.

The training is designed to be accessible for the beginning naturalist, but also of interest to more seasoned naturalists, particularly those looking for a way to share their knowledge with the larger community.

The training will include four Wednesday evening classroom presentations and four Saturday field sessions.

Topics will be presented by local experts and include geology, plant communities, wetland ecology, birds, interpretive techniques and more. Space is limited, so interested participants should register now.

For more information and the training schedule, visit or call 603-643-6626.

Sunapee Seniors to host candidates forum

The Sunapee Seniors will hold their annual Candidates Day meeting on Monday, February 24 at 1 p.m. at the Sunapee Methodist Church, Lower Main Street. The public is invited to attend. All candidates for Sunapee school and town offices have been invited to present their views and qualifications. Election Day is Tuesday, March 11.

Also, at the Seniors meeting, Sunapee Town Manager Donna Nashawaty and Superintendent of Schools Russell Holden will answer questions about town and school warrant articles and Director Mary Danko from Abbott Library will give a progress report on the new town library under construction.

If the weather is inclement, the meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 25 at 1:00 at the Sunapee Methodist Church.

40th Annual Apple Pie Crafts Fair

NewportApplePieFair_2011Newport, N.H. — The 40th Annual Apple Pie Crafts Fair will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2013, from 9 to 3 p.m., rain or shine, on the Newport Town Common in Newport, N.H.

The fair features nearly 100 booths of traditional crafts, including pottery, woodworking, blown glass, quilting, fiber arts, and more.

Fair-goers will enjoy live music throughout the day, as well as the famous apple pie sale and contest, and the Newport Firemen’s chicken barbecue.  Adjacent to the Fair, the Richards Free Library’s Library will hold a festival & book sale that features crafts for kids and a cookie walk.

For more information, contact the Library Arts Center. Courtesy photo.

Richards Free Library hosts an evening with Wesley McNair


The Richards Free Library in Newport invites the public to an evening with poet and author Wesley McNair on Monday, July 15. Photo by Benjamin Magro.

Newport, NH – The Richards Free Library in Newport, will host an evening with New Hampshire native Wesley McNair on Monday, July 15, 2013, at 7 p.m.

McNair will read from his memoir.

Beginning in poverty and a broken home, McNair went on, through family hardships and setbacks, to become what poet Philip Levine has called “one of the great storytellers of contemporary poetry.”

McNair will talk about how he developed into a poet against the odds, incorporating his struggles into his art.

McNair’s latest books are Lovers of the Lost: New and Selected Poetry and The Words I Chose: A Memoir of Family and Poetry. He is the poet laureate of Maine.

Richards Free Library is at 58 N. Main Street. For more information, email:

Capture the heat: Workshop on geothermal energy for the home

Logo of the Geothermal Energy Association.Experts to describe ‘the magic of geothermal heating/cooling’ at free workshop in Andover, New Hampshire

Andover, N.H. — A workshop on residential geothermal energy systems, which capture the nearly constant 50-60-degree (f) temperature trapped below the earth’s surface and use it to heat and cool the home, will be offered by two local experts on Saturday, April 6, in Andover, New Hampshire. The program will be held at the Andover Town Hall meeting room, Main Street, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The workshop is open to the public at no charge and is the second in a series sponsored by the Andover Energy Group, a local organization of volunteers. The first, held in February and focusing on solar energy, attracted over 80 attendees.

Leading the workshop will be Dan Grace of Dunbarton, whose Capital Well Clean Water Center is described as “one of New Hampshire’s most experienced geothermal well installers,” and Bill Wenzel, head of a Merrimack heating and air-conditioning business that bears his name. Wenzel is a certified installer for the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association, a non-profit organization established to advance geothermal heat pump technology.

Experienced in team presentations, Grace and Wenzel will offer an illustrated “Geothermal 101” session describing “the magic that is geothermal heating and cooling,” and answering questions. Refreshments and handout materials will be available..

Advance registration is encouraged but not required. For more information and to register, e-mail Maria Glorioso at or call 603-735-6128.

Established in 2011, the Andover Energy Group has offered several public workshops and an “energy awareness day” featuring guided tours of local homes using alternative energy sources. It also oversees local distribution of the Green Energy Times, a bi-monthly newspaper devoted to clean energy. A workshop on home weatherization and another on financing alternative-energy installations are tentatively planned for later in the spring.

UVLT offers training for naturalists

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The Upper Valley Land Trust and Hulbert Outdoor Center are sponsoring an Upper Valley Naturalist Training from April 23 to May 19, 2013.

The training is designed to be accessible for the beginning naturalist, but also of interest to more seasoned naturalists, particularly those looking for a way to share their knowledge with the larger community.

The Upper Valley Naturalist Training program is an in-depth introduction to the ecosystems and wildlife found in the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire.

The training will include four evening classroom presentations and four weekend field sessions. Topics will be presented by local experts and include geology, plant communities, wetland ecology, birds, interpretive techniques and more.

Space is limited, so interested participants should register early. For more information and the training schedule, visit or call 603-643-6626

An invite to Kearsarge Valley Going Local

Tina Clarke

Transition Trainer Tina Clarke will be the guest speaker at Kearsarge Valley Going Local, a community-wide gathering to be held on the campus of Colby-Sawyer College, New London, on Saturday, March 30, from noon to 5 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

New London, N.H. — A community-wide gathering to build self-reliance and resilience, while promoting sustainability and enhancing quality of life in the Kearsarge Valley Region, will be hosted in the Ware Campus/Student Center on the Colby-Sawyer College campus in New London on Saturday, March 30, from noon to 5 p.m.

The event—Kearsarge Valley Going Local: Local Food, Local Business, Local Skills— is organized by the Kearsarge Valley Transition Initiative Task Force and students in the Environmental Studies Community-Based Research Project class.

The public is invited to attend.

Organizers want to draw upon the ideas, skills and experiences of area residents to develop positive localized solutions to discuss the regional impacts of larger global issues such as economic insecurity, environmental instabilities, and dependence on non-renewable energy.

The day will begin with an optional brunch (noon to 1:00 p.m.) that will feature live music from one of the area’s favorite folk artists, Click Horning. Brunch is $6 for adults, $3 for children.

The activities to follow will offer opportunities to find shared interests, to learn about local resources, to network share contact information, and to develop practical strategies that can be implemented in the Kearsarge Valley.

The overall direction and focus for the day will also be guided by participants’ own ideas and strategies for:

  • sustaining health and well-being,
  • creating a strong regional food system,
  • supporting a vibrant local economy and
  • developing more resilience in our region.

To RSVP, recommended but not required, email: or go to Transition-Kearsarge

Certified Transition Trainer Tina Clarke will be the guest speaker. Clarke, of Turner Falls, Massachusetts, has worked with over 120 Transition communities across the country, and has been a trainer, program director and consultant for 25 years, supporting and guiding leaders in over 400 local, national, regional and local organizations.

Turner has directed citizen training programs for 17 national faith communities, and she directed Greenpeace USA’s national citizen Activist Network. She also founded and led campaigns on energy, environmental justice and toxins for New England Clean Water Action.

Most recently she was a consultant with, the Massachusetts Municipal Association, and the Sustainability Institute.

Turner’s passive solar, Platinum LEED, low-toxic, largely locally-built “Power House” won the Massachusetts utility company-sponsored competition, the Zero Energy Challenge, and the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association’s 2010 Zero Net Energy Award.

To learn more about this event or to RSVP, visit or, or call Jenisha Shrestha, 205-482-2699.

At the Library Arts Center: Peeps contest and student art show

Newport Middle & High School Art Exhibit

Newport Middle School and High School art students have been hard at work preparing for their biennial exhibit at the Library Arts Center, 58 North Main Street, Newport, N.H.

“It is a wonderful thing for our youth to have the opportunity to display their artwork in a professional arts setting for the whole community to enjoy!” said LAC Executive Director Kate Niboli.

You can view the exhibit March 16 – April 10. Gallery hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Friday 10 a.m. – 2p.m.

Opening reception: Friday, March 15, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Peeps Diorama Contest

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From last year’s contest at the Library Arts Center, “Peeper Picked a Peep of Pickled Peepers” by Heidi Bartlett. Photo courtesy of LAC.

LAC’s Second Annual Peeps Diorama Contest takes place March 23 – 30, with an opening Peeps party on March 22, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Similar contests featuring the marshmallow sweets have swept the nation for nearly a decade, with popular contests hosted by urban news publications such as the Washington Post, the Twin Cities Pioneer Press and the Denver Post.

The Library Arts Center’s contest is the first of its kind in the Upper Valley region.

“Last year’s Peeps Diorama Contest was a huge success” said Niboli. “Too often we forget that art is for everyone and that art can be fun and even silly!”

For more information about the Peeps Diorama Contest, contest rules, and entry forms, visit

Sunapee voters approve $975,000 for new library

Voters in Sunapee yesterday approved a $6.065 million town budget and all town warrant articles including Article 11, to borrow $975,000 to help build a new library. The article for the library required a 3/5th vote; it passed by 12 votes, 601-380.

AbbottLibraryvotesign_CCThe proposed $2.7 million library, to be built next to Sunapee Center on Sargent Road, will be funded by a mix of private (60%) and public funds (40%), according to the library’s funding plan.

Voters also passed a school budget of $10.7 million and all other school warrant articles except one. A request for $270,000 to improve and expand the art room at the high school failed, 533-413.

In the selectboard race, incumbents Fred Gallup (697) and Emma Smith (515) defeated challenger Veronica Hastings (362) for two, three-year terms. This was the only contest in town this year.

Michael Ripley and Brian Garland were elected to return to the Sunapee school board for three-year terms.

See the 2013 town and school ballot results via the town website.

MKIM: Growing and saving heirloom plants

CornStalkWarner, N.H. – Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 Highlawn Road, will present a talk by gardener and preeminent seed saver Anne Miller of the VT and NH Seed Savers Organization on Saturday, March 9, at 1 p.m.

Miller will discuss how to grow Native American heirloom plants and how to save their seeds. Admission to the talk is free; admission to the museum galleries, $5.

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum was founded in 1990 by Charles “Bud” and Nancy Thompson as an educational and cultural center to connect visitors with Native American culture, past and present, and to encourage respect for our environment. For more information, go to

Sunapee High students in AVA Gallery exhibit

AVAStudentShow2013Artwork from nine Sunapee High School students is on display in the 2013 Best of the Upper Valley High School Student Exhibition at the AVA Gallery and Art Center, 11 Bank Street, Lebanon. The students taking part in the show are Joshua Drummond, Adeline Cain, Taylor Sanford, Kaitlin Driscoll, Portia Eastman, Megan Brewer, Kevin Parsons, Mary Cox, and Mary Woodward — all nominated by Sunapee Art Teacher Gail Baade.

AVA contacted 30 regional Vermont and New Hampshire public, private, and vocational high schools, encouraging the art faculty to select works by students who show exceptional promise in one of eight creative disciplines: Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Digital Art, Sculpture and Wearable Art.

Sunapee is one of 20 high schools participating in the show, which is on display through March 1. AVA gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Open to the public free of charge.

Sunapee school news: Spelling and Geography Bee winners

Abby Hanson wins SCES Spelling Bee

On January 31, Sunapee Central Elementary School 4th and 5th graders participated in a Spelling Bee sponsored by the Sunapee Parent Teacher Organization. The PTO funded the school’s registration with the Scripps National Spelling Bee program and Joanne Skarin, Reading Specialist at the school, coordinated the school Bee. After over 20 rounds, Abby Hanson won by correctly spelling ‘morsel’ and ‘orphan.’ Abby and runner-up Carissa Pierce went head-to-head for several rounds before the winner was determined. Abby will now move on to the State Spelling Bee on March 2 at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, N.H.

Will Palin wins Middle School Spelling Bee

Also, participating in the State Spelling Bee in March will be Will Palin, champion of the Middle School Spelling Bee.

Connor Fleury wins Sunapee Middle School’s Geographic Bee

Connor Fleury, an eighth grade student at Sunapee Middle School, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on January 8 and a chance at a $25,000 college scholarship.

The kickoff for this year’s Bee was in November, with thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories participating. The school winners, including Connor, will now take a written test and up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will be eligible to compete in their state Bee, April 5, 2013.

Other school finalists include: Runner-up Ben van Paassen, third place Ryan Fleury, Catherine Clayton, Beth Coverdale, Katie Frederick, Isaiah Gorman, Daniel Santti, Ian Simmons, and Cade Robinson.

Sunapee students take part in Winter Wild Race

25 students from Sunapee School District competed in the Winter Wild race at Ragged Mountain on February 2. The next race will be held at Whaleback Mountain on February 9.

Winter Wild up hill races are held at local ski areas before the mountain opens to the public for skiing and riding.  In an effort to get kids moving, Winter Wild challenged area PTO groups to get students involved with the races:  Students receive free entry to the race and the winning district receives $5000 for their PTO.

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Author reading at Richards Free Library: Deidre Currier

Newport, N.H. – The Richards Free Library, 58 N. Main Street, Newport, is sponsoring an author reading on Friday, February 1, at 3 p.m. Deidre Currier will read from her new book “Tales From the Tub: Growing Old is for the Brave.”

“Currier urges our youth oriented culture to look for the gifts of truth our elders have to share,” says the release. “Currier’s stories have been gleaned from 25 years as a nurse in an assisted living home.” The public is invited to visit with the author as she shares her affectionate and compelling stories.

Thinking solar energy? Free workshop to be held in Andover, N.H.

Kearsarge Valley TransitionAre you interested in learning more about solar energy including the technology used and the economics of installing a system in your home or business? Here’s the program for you!

A free informational workshop on solar-energy installations will be held on Saturday, January 12, from 10 a.m. to noon, in Proctor Academy Chapel on the Village Green in Andover, New Hampshire.

For more information, visit the Meet-Up site for Transition Kearsarge.

Transition Kearsarge brings together local people, groups and businesses committed to sustainability and relocalization through community involvement and action.

Stephen Condon from ReVision Energy, a leading installer of solar electric and solar hot-water systems in northern New England, will lead the workshop. He will answer both your general and specific questions and give a tour of the solar electric system at Proctor Academy.

The Andover Energy Group, a local committee of volunteers, is arranging the program.


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