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

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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.

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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

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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.

Sunapee Flash Bash showcases student photos


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Local Flash Bash seeks photos from Sunapee students

FlashBash Flyer 2013Sunapee, N.H. — Project Sunapee announces Flash Bash for Sunapee students: a photography show of places and faces in Sunapee.

All students in the Elementary and Middle High schools are invited to submit photos to the show, which will be on display to the public on Friday, May 10, from 5 to 7 p.m., and Saturday, May 11, from noon to 5 p.m., at the Harbor House Livery, Sunapee Harbor.

The deadline for entries is May 1, 2013.

Each entry can include two images; a committee will choose one to print for the show. For more information including a photo submission form, visit:

A local non-profit, Project Sunapee, in coordination with Meagan Reed’s Law and Government Class at Sunapee High School, is sponsoring the event.

Questions?  Email:

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.

Sunapee High: NHS “Saturday Night Take-Out”

NHSTakeOutFundRaiser2013Sunapee, N.H. – How about take-out on March 16?

Sunapee High School students, members of the National Honor Society, will be serving up “good food for a good cause” on the 16th.

The students are holding a fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society on Saturday, March 16: NHS Saturday Night Take-Out.

The dinner, delivered warm, is designed for a family of four: family size penne and sauce, several mini meatballs, family size Caesar salad, bread sticks or rolls, and four brownies. Cost: $25. Pick-up: 4:30 – 6 p.m. at the Sunapee High School.

Order on-line before March 15.

The fund-raiser benefits the American Cancer Society‘s Relay for Life held in June.

Members of the high school NHS (for 2012-2013) are Bridget Sherwin, Megan Brewer, Erin St. Laurent, Mariah Tenney, Noah Skarin, Nick Skarin, Kristy Sullivan, Aubree Kozie, Katey Fowler and Madison Fowler. Ray Palin is the advisor.

Click on the graphic for more info, including the on-line order form, via the school website.

Sunapee Schools: News and Notes

Feb 13 2013 WAP 011 FINALStudents deliver Valentine boxes to Sunapee seniors

A group of students, staff and parents of Sunapee Central Elementary School delivered decorated Valentine’s boxes to area seniors on February 13. This is the 13th year for the Valentine Community Service Project at the school.

Each classroom preschool through fifth grade decorated three boxes and enclosed a handmade valentine. Appoximately 40 boxes were delivered.

Bags and Bows in Groton, Mass., donated the boxes and SCES staff and families contributed items including candy and baked goods to fill the boxes.

“It was especially gratifying for the generosity of so many people to complete a project and ultimately seeing the response of our seniors who appreciated the gesture so much,” said Patty Zimmerman, administrative assistant at SCES.

Photo courtesy of SCES.

Sunapee students preform at NH music festival

On Saturday, February 16, 2013, seventeen Sunapee Middle High School students performed at the NHMEA (New Hampshire Music Educators Association) Solo & Ensemble Festival. The annual event rotates between UNH, Keene State College, and Plymouth State University. This year students performed at The Silver Cultural Arts Center on the campus of the Plymouth State University in Plymouth, N.H. Read more via the school website…

Winter Break

Sunapee School District is on winter break February 25 – March 1.

School Ballot and Warrant Articles

View/download the Sunapee School District ballot via the Town of Sunapee website. It is posted with the Town ballot. Election Day is March 12, 2013.

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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Sunapee Schools: On the bulletin board

Sunapee, N.H. – Sunapee schools return to class after holiday vacation on Wednesday, January 2, 2012. For the school calendar and other school news, visit the SAU 85 website:

Tuesday, January 8

  • Girls / Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Concord Christian, 5 p.m. / 6:30 p.m., Sherburne Gymnasium, Route 11.
  • Middle School Geographic Bee, 7 p.m., Sunapee Middle High School, North Road.
Wednesday, January 9
  • School Budget Hearing, SMHS Library Media Center,  6 p.m.
  • School Board Meeting, SMHS Library Media Center, 7 p.m.
  • Sunapee Central Elementary School Band / Chorus First Concert, 6:30 p.m., Sherburne Gymnasium (1/10/13 Emergency Date)

Monday, January 14

  • Boys JV / Varsity Basketball vs. Moultonborough, 5 p.m. / 6:30 p.m., Sherburne Gymnasium

Lake Sunapee Chowder Challenge is Sept. 30th

The Lake Sunapee Chowder Challenge is Sunday, September 30, from 12 to 3 p.m. at Sunapee Harbor.

“Who has the best chowder? You be the judge!” headlines the Chowder Challenge release that details the event. The event’s website lists this year’s participants–chowder masters, artisan vendors and sponsors–and prior winners. Check it out at

Tickets: $10 per person, children 12 and under free.

“The Lake Sunapee Chowder Challenge is a community event sponsored by the Sunapee Parent Teacher Association. Local restaurants and chowder enthusiasts compete for the title of best chowder around! Attendees sample the many delicious chowder creations and then cast their vote for the best. Fun for the whole family with local artisans, children’s events, music and much more.” — read more at


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