Sunapee Sightings: Along River Road

 

RiverRoad_CC_2014Apr Sunapee Sightings: How about a short walk?  Enjoy River Road in Sunapee Harbor Village, where you can take in the scenery and sights along the Sugar River. Enjoy the new Sugar River Bridge and the Sunapee Riverwalk, a 1/2 mile trail from the harbor dam to the Information Booth on Route 11. To share your favorite walking path or hiking trail in and around Sunapee, leave a reply. Photo by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee.

Sunapee Sightings: The new covered bridge!

CoveredBridge_Falls_CC_2013-07Photo by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee: Above Hames Park falls, a new pedestrian bridge spans the Sugar RIver in Sunapee Harbor Village. It connects River Road and Main Street by the historic Harbor House Livery (old town hall building). On July 19, 2013, a crane put the wooden bridge in place.

View a short video of the bridge being put in place via the Town of Sunapee website and learn more about the project via Project Sunapee.

Read related article: Sunapee sets date for placing covered bridge (SunapeeNews.com).

Sunapee sets date for placing covered bridge

Photo courtesy of Project Sunapee.

Photo courtesy of Project Sunapee.

Sunapee, NH — The idea has been around for decades, but now it’s about to become a reality.

A new pedestrian covered bridge will soon span the Sugar River in Sunapee Harbor village.

The wooden bridge will be moved from River Road, where it has been under construction, onto its abutments that straddle the river on Friday, July 19, according to a town announcement.

The day the bridge is raised and set on the abutments “will be the day you hear cheers over Sunapee,” said Donna Gazelle, a founding member of Project Sunapee, the fiscal agent for the project.

“The exact time that the bridge will be lifted into place is unknown due to the amount of work that is necessary to set up the crane, and due to the time that is necessary to prepare the rigging that will support the bridge during the lift,” the town alert said.

Long-term community planning and an array of volunteer efforts including fund-raising has made the covered bridge a reality.

All construction is being done by Brent Stocker, Sunapee, and his son Josh Stocker, Bradford, with an able crew of volunteers.

The main structural components were designed by and purchased from Western Wood Structures in Oregon, renown experts in the field, and all other materials have been donated by local businesses.

A pedestrian bridge connecting River Road and Main Street at Sunapee Harbor was first envisioned in a town plan in 1985.

A community design charette completed in 2007 that studied the old town hall (Harbor House Livery) and village traffic flow re-enforced the bridge plan. And recent focus on re-use of the town’s Harbor House Livery gave renewed support for the project.

Time for lifting the bridge

“If all goes as planned, and if the weather cooperates, we anticipate the actual lift will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.,” according to the town announcement.

The town also addressed traffic and pedestrian safety that is “critical for success.”

“The Town of Sunapee Police Department will be on site to assist with traffic and pedestrian control. Safety measures will be implemented at the intersection of River Road and High Street, along River Road from Maple Street westerly towards the bridge, and behind the Livery House.”

“River Road will be closed to all through vehicular traffic from Maple Street to High Street during this event. Residents and media personnel will be permitted to enter within the Work Zone of the project.”

“Residents and media personnel who wish to observe the activities will be allowed to do so from locations that will be outside the perimeter of the Work Zone. Public parking for this event is per all applicable Town Ordinances,” according to the town.

For more photos and information about the Sunapee Bridge Project, visit: Project Sunapee.

Sunapee Flash Bash showcases student photos

 

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‘Ice out’ on Lake Sunapee

Ice Out Day on Lake Sunapee was Thursday, April 18, 2013. In the morning, a mass of  ice blocked boat passage north to south on the lake. However, the ice was gone by 2:30 that afternoon. "Ice out" is determined when a boat is able to navigate the length of the lake from Georges Mills to Newbury. Photo by Charleen Osborne, Sunapee.

Ice Out Day on Lake Sunapee was Thursday, April 18, 2013. In the morning, a mass of ice blocked boat passage north to south on the lake. However, the ice was gone by 2:30 that afternoon. “Ice out” is determined when a boat is able to navigate the length of the lake from Georges Mills to Newbury. Photo by Charleen Osborne, Sunapee.

Sunapee, N.H. — “Ice out” on Lake Sunapee was declared on Thursday, April 18, 2013.

Ice blocked boat passage from north to south at the islands at 8 a.m. By 2:30 p.m. the ice mass was gone and “Ice Out” was called by Richard Osborne and his family.

“Ice out” is determined when a boat is able to navigate the length of the lake from Georges Mills to Newbury.

See earlier “ice out” dates via the town website: Lake Sunapee Ice Out Chart.

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: www.ProjectSunapee.org

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: sunapeeflashbash@gmail.com.

Photo of Sunapee’s Harbor House Livery is a contest finalist. Voting is underway.

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Photos of Sunapee’s Harbor House Livery courtesy of Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee.

Sunapee, N.H. — A dramatic winter photograph of the historic Harbor House Livery in Sunapee Harbor Village is one of 50 finalists in Kearsarge Magazine’s First Annual Photo Contest.

Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee, submitted the entry.

“My entry (listed #11 in the magazine contest) was taken on a beautiful January morning,” said Charlotte.

She also submitted a photo of ducks.

“It’s usually quiet in the harbor off-season and several ducks (#26) take advantage of the peaceful water there.”

The Kearsarge Magazine announced its First Annual Photography Contest earlier this year looking for photos of people, places and things in the Lake Sunapee/Kearsarge region.

“Many of the area’s amateur photographers have submitted their best shots and now is the time to vote at the Kearsarge Magazine website,” explained Charlotte. Voting continues until Friday, April 5, 2013.

Sunapee’s Harbor House Livery, seen from the back and reflected in the river, has become Charlotte’s number one subject. She photographs the view throughout the year and at different times of the day.

“I keep my camera with me at all times,” added Charlotte, who is a retired Sunapee schoolteacher.  “I never know when or where I’ll find a photo opportunity and Sunapee Harbor is a great place to visit any day or time.”

To view the contest finalists and pick your favorite, visit the Kearsarge Magazine.

The magazine will publish the winning image in its summer issue.

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