Sunapee Candidate’s Night set for March 4

SampleBallotSunapee, N.H. — A local candidate’s night will be held on Wednesday, March 4,  at 7 p.m., at the Sunapee Methodist Church, 9 Lower Main Street.

“This is the opportunity for all voters to meet the candidates running for town and school offices. Candidates will make a brief introductory statement and then welcome questions and comments from the audience,” says the public invitation. Sponsoring the forum is Project Sunapee, a community non-profit, which does not endorse or oppose any candidate.

Voting for town and school officers and on the town and school warrants, including budgets, takes place on Tuesday, March 10, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Sherburne Gymnasium, Route 11.

View town and school sample ballots via the town website. For voter registration and election information, visit the Town Clerk‘s office.

Sunapee Student Art Show: Opening reception May 22

SMHA art showSunapee. N.H. – The Annual Sunapee Middle High School Art Show will be on display for a week with the opening reception on Thursday, May 22, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

The show, which will be in the school’s Common area, will include a wide array of artwork from students in grades 6-12, but will highlight the work of seniors.

Both two and three-dimensional pieces will be shown, with the work of underclassmen grouped together in the center and seniors encircling the room with individual sections.

The exhibit will feature not only conceptual development pieces but also the expressive output of individual ideas and imaginations, said Gail Baade, the SMHS art teacher. One will see references to the elements and principles of art, art history, whimsical art and nature.

SMHS Artwork 004The show can also be viewed during normal school hours through the afternoon of May 29.

Photos show a panel of mixed student work (above) and an acrylic by Savannah Borelli, title: “The Squeal” – a parody of “The Scream” by E. Munch.

Sunapee Flash Bash will show student photography

FlashBash Flyer Invite 2014

Sunapee, N.H. — Sunapee will host its 2nd annual Flash Bash, an exhibit of photos by Sunapee students, at the Harbor House Livery (aka Old Town Hall), Main Street, Sunapee Harbor, on May 17 and 18. Using their cameras, students in grades K-12 have captured faces, places and moments in time that tell a Sunapee story. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. The gallery will also be open on Sunday, May 18, from noon to 3 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served.

During the show, a docent for the Harbor House Livery will be present to share information about the landmark building, its history and restoration plans. For more information, contact

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.

Salt Hill Pub wins Lake Sunapee Chowder Challenge

Lake Sunapee Chowder Challenge logo“It was a wonderful day” and the Lake Sunapee Chowder Challenge attracted a “huge turnout,” said Charleen Osborne, co-president of the Sunapee Parent Teacher Organization.  “Thank you to everyone who made this event happen!”

The SPTO held its annual Chowder Challenge at Sunapee Harbor on Sunday, September 29. Local restaurants and chowder enthusiasts competed for the title of best chowder maker.

Salt Hill Pub, with locations in Newport, Lebanon and Hanover, won the top honors in three categories.

This year’s (2013) winners are:

Judges Choice – Salt Hill Pub

People’s Choice
1st Place – Salt Hill Pub
2nd Place – Mountain Edge, Mountain Spirits Tavern
3rd Place – Sanctuary Dairy Farm with Rich Ducharme

Kid’s Choice
1st Place – Salt Hill Pub
2nd Place – Sanctuary Dairy Farm with Rich Ducharme
3rd Place – Mountain Edge, Mountain Spirits Tavern

Best Decorated – Sunapee Cove Assisted Living

Big happenings at Sunapee Harbor this September

Sunapee opens covered bridge at Sunapee Harbor on Sept. 15

Sunapee dedicates its new pedestrian bridge at Sunapee Harbor on Sunday, September 15, 2013, at noon. The announcement invites the public to gather on the banks of the Sugar River for the ribbon cutting and the opening of the bridge, which connects River Road and Main Street next to the Harbor House Livery.

For more information, visit Project Sunapee, Sunapee Bridge.

Lake Sunapee Chowder Challenge logo

Who has the best chowder around?

Come to the Sunapee Chowder Challenge on Sept. 29.

The Sunapee Parent Teacher Organization will be holding its 13th Annual Sunapee Chowder Challenge on Sunday, September 29, 2013, from noon to 3pm at Sunapee Harbor.

The tasty competition attracts local restaurants and chowder enthusiasts to determining who has the best chowder around!

Last year, The Farmer’s Table, Grantham, won in three categories: Judge’s, People’s, and Kid’s choice awards.

Sunapee’s Sanctuary Dairy Farm with Rich  Ducharme and to Lil’ Red Baron restaurant, Newport, were also recognized for their chowder.

Sunapee Harbor boat ramp to close for Chowder Challenge

The Sunapee Harbor boat ramp will be closed on Sunday, September 29 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Sunapee Chowderfest held at the harbor.

The police will direct the public to use the Georges Mills boat ramp during this time. The selectmen voted to close the ramp at their August 26 meeting.

Sunapee Schools: News and Notes

NH DI States 040613SCES Students win Spirit of Discovery and Imagination Award

A team of  six Sunapee Central Elementary third and fifth graders competed in April at the Destination Imagination State Competition in Salem, N.H., and won the Spirit of Discovery and Imagination award for Sportsmanship, Spirit and Volunteerism.

The team also took fourth place overall for their community service project of building an owl house, a bat house and a song bird house for their Outdoor Classroom and for teaching the kindergartens about bird habitat.

Team members were Cameron Summerton (5th grade), Saylor Garland (3rd grade), Molly Reed (3rd grade), Jackson Scheele (3rd grade), Audrey Clayton (3rd grade), and Gabe Humphrey (3rd grade). Fifth grade teachers Danielle King and Lesley Scheele were the team leaders and SCES Principal Jodi Bergen was the team appraiser.

SMHS Art Show

Art teacher Gail Baade has announced the Annual Art Show at the middle high school will be held May 22 – 29 in the Student Commons.

SMHS Graduation

Graduation ceremonies for the high school class of 2013 will be held on Friday, June 7, at 6 p.m., at Memorial Field. In case of inclement weather, there will be alternate plans to hold the ceremonies on school grounds.


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