Author Dan Szczesny to visit Sunapee July 28

Sunapee, N.H. — When hiker Dan Szczesny and his nine-year-old ward, Janelle, first set foot on the trail to Mt. Kearsarge in Novmber 2011, neither of them knew that this easy hike to one of the state’s most popular mountain tops would change both their lives. But what followed was a hiking odyssey that lasted over a year as the two hikers cross-crossed the state on their way to a 225-mile epic attempt to complete a little-known hiking list called The 52 With a View.

Dan Szczesny, author of The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie, along with Janelle, will present a slide show program and do book signings in Sunapee at Abbott Library, 542 Route 11, on Monday, July 28 at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Abbott Library, phone 603-763-5513.

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.

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 Open House for new library director Mary Danko

Sunapee, N.H. – An open house to welcome Mary Danko, the new director of Sunapee’s Abbott Library, will be held at the library on Saturday, January 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Danko is a graduate of Dartmouth College and received her Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University. She formerly served as director of the Hartland Public Library in Vermont.

Sunapee Town Report honors Bill Roach and Pat Hand

It’s simply stated and deeply felt: “Sunapee will miss them both!”

The 2011 Sunapee Town Report honors William “Bill” Roach and Patricia Hand.  Accompanied by two photos, the memorial page details their many years of service to the town…

Bill Roach (1927-2011) served the community in many different capacities. He was a Sunapee firefighter for 36 years, tax collector for 14 years, water and sewer commissioner for 27 years, and selectman for 10 years. Bill also served on countless committees including Sunapee’s Bicentennial Committee. The Sunapee Fire Department, in 2005, named him Citizen of the Year.

Pat Hand (1942-2010) was the Abbott Library librarian for 28 years, retiring in 2005. Under Pat’s guidance, the library became one of the first small libraries in New Hampshire to computerize its card catalog. Pat also served as secretary and membership chair of the Sunapee Historical Society.

The Town Report is available on-line via the town website, and will be available for pick-up starting Friday, March 2 at the following locations: Town Offices, Transfer Station, Abbott Library and Sunapee Police Department.

Sunapee’s Abbott Library Offers Mango Language Learning

Do you want to brush up on your conversational French, Spanish or German? Or maybe it’s time to learn a new language, how about Mandarin Chinese or Thai?  Abbott Library in Sunapee now offers a subscription to Mango Languages for on-line learning.

Mango is “designed to help patrons of all kinds learn practical conversation skills for the world’s most popular languages in a fun and engaging formats,” according to library Director John Walden. “The Mango program is accessible via the web from both the library and from home. If you would like to use Mango languages from home just have your Abbott Library card ready and click on the Mango link on the library homepage and start learning a new language today!”

The Friends of Abbott Library funded the Mango subscription.

If you’ve forgotten to return books or media to the Sunapee town library, now is the time to hunt them down and get them back to the library. Abbott Library is waiving all fines during this holiday season.

“Late items returned between November 22 (2010) and  January 3 (2011) will not incur fines. The library is also waiving all older fines as well giving everyone a clean slate for the new year,” according to the library director.

For more information, visit the Abbott Library website or call 603-763-5513.

Library Notes from the Lake Sunapee Region

Nov. 13: The Pillsbury Free Library in Warner will be hosting a game day for all ages on Saturday November 13, from 10-1. The library will provide traditional and new board games for groups to play such as Wits and Wagers Family version, Hula Hippo and lots of others, as well as video games for Play Station 3 including Guitar Hero 3, Beatles Rock Band,  Little Big Planet and others; and games on the Wii, such as Wii fit, Wii Play, Wii Sports and Super Mario Bros. This is the third annual National “Gaming at Your Library Day,” writes Library Trustee Laura Milliken. “Come see our newly redecorated meeting room.” Call 456-2289 for more information. Pillsbury Free Library

On-Going: Sunapee’s Abbott Library is now making an Apple IPad available for use at the library. “If you are interested in using the IPad just drop in, email us or call ahead to reserve an hour of time in order to explore all the features the IPad has to offer. A variety of content will be pre-loaded and it will have Internet access via the library wireless network,” reads the announcement on the Abbott Library website.

Nov. 18: At Richard’s Free Library in Newport, Roads Less Traveled: Visionary New England Lives with author John Walters will be presented on Thursday, Nov 18th at 7 pm. Roads Less Traveled tells the life stories of some truly remarkable people — people whose lives are full of passion and purpose. They have devoted themselves to a career, an art form, an idea, or a cause,” reads the announcement. “They have literally taken their own ‘road less traveled.’ Their stories  testify to the breadth of human creativity, and the strength of the human spirit. All are residents of VT or NH.” 

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