Sunapee High graduates 40 in class of 2012

Sunapee High School graduated 40 students this year. Commencement was held Friday, June 8, at the Sherburne Gym. Listed below are the 2012 graduates and their plans followed by a list of this year’s award recipients.

Congratulations, to all!

Class of 2012

Haley Jenna Armstrong – part time technical education

Dale Robert Barrington – workforce

Aaron Christopher Berube – Pace University

Samuel Joseph Borday – U.S. Marines

Liza Mae Bourdon – Ithaca College

Kylie Marie Brewer – Wheaton College

Brian Andrew Brewster – Southern New Hampshire University

Mary Louise Cabral – workforce

Alison Paige Cassidy Trinity College – University of Dublin

Daniel Dylan Chaves – Lakes Community Acting Internship

Scott Reed Coverdale – New Hampshire Technical Institute

Jenny Lois Cox – River Valley Community Technical Center

Connor Megan Denney – Middle Tennessee State University

Troy A. Fowler – University of New Hampshire

Amelia Mae Gallup – Keene State College

Alyssa Anne Goucher – Colby Sawyer College

John Albert Halsted – New England School of Hair Design

Martha Shotwell Howe – Green Mountain College

Chelsie Lorraine Hutchinson – workforce

Franziska Johanna Jarisch – home  in Germany

Samantha Rae Kimball – Bishop’s University

Alexandra Marie Lague – Keene State College

Sofia Wilhelmiina Likhter – travel

Cameron Drake Manson – U.S. Coast Guard

Victoria Jeanne Helen Markarian – University of Maine, Farmington

Cameron John Frost Meehan – The Landing School

Alexander Aaron Milewski – workforce

Dylan P. Modersohn – workforce

Marina Alexa Nekoroski – North Shore Community College

Kieran Michael O’Brien – Lyndon State College

Bradley John Preston – New Hampshire Technical Institute

Molly Elizabeth Puchtler -New England College

Hollie Nicole Reidy – Barnard College

Brett W. Simpson – University of New Hampshire

David L. Swinyer – Norwich University

Nathaniel James Tracey – Lyndon State College

Olga Valeryevna Vavenkova – home to Russia

Theodore Hubert Wacholtz Jr. – University of Tampa

Jacob Tyler Warkentien – University of New Hampshire

Heidi Kate Wiest – Syracuse University

Scholarships and award recipients

67 scholarships totaling $45,150 were awarded to the following students:

Mary Felicia Falzarano (post graduate award) – Ian Sartwell

Sonny M. Armstrong Memorial – Alexandra Lague

Murvin A Bailey Award – Hollie Reidy

Amanda Marie Burrill Memorial – Alyssa Goucher

Hank Carley Memorial Award – Cameron Manson

Charles & Carl Clement Memorial – Scott Coverdale

Community Alliance of Human Services – Victoria Markarian

The Kevin Scott Dalrymple Foundation Art Scholarship – Kieran O’Brien

John M. & Della U. Emerson – Aaron Berube

Mary Felicia Falzarano – Scott Coverdale. Troy Fowler, Aaron Berube, Hollie Reidy and Heidi Wiest

Charles K. Flint Memorial – Alison Cassidy, Heidi Wiest, Alexandra Lague and Jacob Warkentien

Catherine T. Harold – Jenny Cox

Highland Road Farm – Hollie Reidy

Lake Sunapee Bank Citizenship Award – Liza Bourdon

Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church Meacham Scholarship – Connor Denney and Molly Puchtler

Annie G. Leone – Alison Cassidy

Raymond W. Leone Memorial – David Swinyer

McCrillis & Eldredge Insurance – Martha Howe

Jack Milewski Memorial – Amelia Gallup and Kieran O’Brien

John P. Molloy Memorial – Troy Fowler

Sunapee Chapter of the National Honor Society – Liza Bourdon, Kylie Brewer, Troy Fowler, Amelia Gallup and Samantha Kimball

Michael Nemcovich Memorial – Cameron Meehan

New London Rotary Club, Service Above Self Award – Troy Fowler

New London Rotary Club – Kylie Brewer, Connor Denney, Troy Fowler and Hollie Reidy

The Robert and Joyce Oberkotter Family Foundation – Martha Howe and Hollie Reidy

Herb Ripley Memorial – Martha Howe

Herbert B. Sawyer Memorial – Molly Puchtler

School Board Association – Connor Denney

Karen Marie Schrader Memorial – Jenny Cox

John Segalini Memorial – Marina Nekoroski

David & Agnes Sherburne Memorial – Jenny Cox

Sugar River Bank – Liza Bourdon

Sullivan Family and Prospect Hill Antiques:  – Scott Coverdale

Sunapee Alumni Association – Amelia Gallup

Sunapee Firemen – Victoria Markarian and Brett Simpson

Sunapee Lion’s Club – Liza Bourdon and Hollie Reidy

Sunapee Seniors Thrift Shop –  Martha Howe, Connor Denney, Troy Fowler, Amelia Gallup and Marina Nekoroski

Sunapee Teachers Association – Kylie Brewer, Amelia Gallup, Victoria Markarian and Hollie Reidy

Tom & Judy Tuohy Memorial – Amelia Gallup

Universal Physical Therapy – Connor Denney

Herbert O. Williams Memorial – Kylie Brewer

Capital Comments: N.H. community colleges are “technologically savvy”

Scroll down to read about New Hampshire’s Community College System.

From State Senator Bob Odell

I sent a note of apology for missing a committee meeting of the New Hampshire Humanities Council on Wednesday because our Senate session ran late.  The executive director of the council and the spouse of a State Representative replied that no apologies were necessary given the “bruising” time the legislature was going through last week.

Thursday was the last day for either the House or Senate to act on bills this year.  And that meant it was the final chance to take bills off the table, to amend bills to send to the chamber with policies already defeated there, and to pass bills that will require a committee of conference to sort out the differences between House and Senate positions. Continue reading

Dartmouth Club Book Awards recognize 18 area students

On Tuesday, May 8, the Dartmouth Club of the Upper Valley held its annual Dartmouth Club Book Awards ceremony on campus in Hanover at the Top of the Hop, Hopkins Center for the Arts. Eighteen juniors from area high schools were honored for outstanding academic excellence and leadership qualities.

Donald Pease, the Ted and Helen Geisel Third Century Professor of the Humanities and Director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program at Dartmouth, awarded a signed and personalized copy of his biography of beloved author and illustrator Dr. Seuss, Theodor SEUSS Geisel.

The books were provided to the students through the generosity of Wheelock Books of Hanover. Professor Pease prefaced the awards with comments about the book to honorees, their parents, school advisors, and Dartmouth Club members and guests.

Congratulations to the 2012 Dartmouth Club Book Awards honorees:

Jewel Bean – Fall Mountain Regional High School
Elizabeth Ann Haas – Hanover High School
Laura V. Felone – Hartford High School
Benjamin J. Thesing – Hopkinton High School
Conor Terhune – Kearsarge Regional High School
William Thomas Sheehan – Kimball Union Academy
Kang-Chun Cheng – Lebanon High School
Kiah Laramie – Mascoma Valley Regional High School
Darien Pauline Hubert– Newport High School
Brendan Jones – Oxbow High School
Nina Listro – Randolph Union High School
Stacie Lee Wright – Rivendell Academy
Abigail Dutton – The Sharon Academy
Catilin Gracia Nesbitt Cullison – Stevens High School
Jon R. Berthiaume – Sunapee Middle High School
Eliza Wright Hoffman – Thetford Academy
Matthew Grimo– Windsor High School
Anthony Bald– Woodstock Union High School

Sunapee kindergarten registration: March 6 – April 20

Kindergarten registration in Sunapee for the 2012/21013 school year will be held from March 6 to April 20, 2102, and orientation sessions will be held on May 7, 2012. Kindergarten is open to children five-years old. For more information, contact Patty Zimmerman, administrative assistant at Sunapee Central Elementary School, 603-763-5675.

Sunapee School District poster, provided below.

Capital Comments: Forums on education air local concerns

By State Senator Bob Odell

While the pace of activity picks up in Concord with floor sessions in the House and Senate and committees hearing bills in both chambers, legislators never want to forget about listening to what is going on back home.

Those with a stake in the issues before the legislature want their concerns heard before hard decisions are made in the State House. Last week was a good example of the forums created so that legislators can hear what professionals, and in some cases, what some taxpayers have on their minds.

The week started with a Monday breakfast and briefing by administrators of schools in Newport and Croydon on day-to-day issues they face. Everyone agrees that mandates from Washington are much more onerous than those from Concord. But Concord is not entirely innocent of putting tasks on local school districts without money to implement new responsibilities. Continue reading

Redefining “Adequacy” in Education | Front Door Politics

Less than four years after a bipartisan measure in the Legislature met the New Hampshire Supreme Court’s order to define an “adequate education,” a Litchfield lawmaker has filed a bill to change that definition. Republican Rep. Ralph Boehm, vice chair of the House Education Committee, will present House Bill 39 for a public hearing in the committee on Tuesday, Jan. 25. Among other changes, Boehm’s bill would eliminate education in the arts, world languages, health and technology as part of the adequate education requirement for school districts that was passed in 2007 as part of House Bill 927.old fashioned red schoolhouse

via Redefining “Adequacy” in Education | Front Door Politics.

Education Legislation | Front Door Politics NH

Via Front Door Politics New Hampshire ,The Daily Dispatch

It’s a lightning rod in many states, and New Hampshire’s education system is no exception. So far nearly three dozen education-related bills have been filed for the upcoming legislative session. Today we take a look at a handful we find noteworthy at this early stage of the game.

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At least four proposed bills involve home education. Five lawmakers — Rep. David Bates (R-Windham), Rep. Marilinda Gates (R-Salem), Rep. Ralph Boehm (R-Litchfield), Sen. Sharon Carson (R-Londonderry) and Sen. Fenton Groen (R-Rochester) are sponsoring a bill which would repeal “the department of education’s rulemaking authority for home education programs.”

The most recent home education standards were updated by the Department of Education in June. A related bill sponsored by Rep. Laura Jones, (R-Rochester), Sen. Raymond White (R-Bedford), and Sen. James Forsythe (R-Strafford ) would amend “compulsory school attendance statutes to permit parent-directed learning programs and repealing the home education statutes.” Read more via the The Daily Dispatch…

Coalition Communities Point to Looming Education Aid Losses

“‘Donor town’ specter reappears” is the Laconia headline this morning. Reporter Bea Lewis covered a meeting last night in Moultonborough where “taxpayers were told Monday that unless the next session of the Legislature decides to change the existing formula the community will be have to send an estimated $3.4 million to Concord in ‘excess’ Statewide Education Property Tax come July.”

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Recently Sunapee posted a Coalition Communities press release on the town website. It said that “almost half of NH’s municipalities will suffer losses in State education aid as of next July.” Continue reading

Capital Comments: Bits and Pieces

By State Senator Bob Odell

It was a week of many bits and pieces with no overriding legislative action to report from Concord.  But there was still important activity with impacts on our region. Continue reading

Back to School

In Sunapee, school was back in session August 26. For school district info, a school calendar, and bus routes, visit Sunapee is entering its second school year governed by its own School Administrative Unit, SAU 85. The Sunapee SAU office (phone 603-763-4627/email), is located at Sunapee Harbor at 68 Main Street and open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The school board meets the first Wednesday of the month at the Sunapee Middle High, North Road, in the media room starting at 7 p.m.

Students attending the Kearsarge Regional School return to class August 31. Seven towns are in the Kearsarge district, SAU 65, which is governed by a regional school board with nine  members. SAU 65 consists of Bradford, Newbury, New London, Springfield, Warner and Wilmot.

The first day of school for Newport students was Thursday, August 27. Info about the Newport school district, SAU 43, is available at Representatives from Newport and Croydon are on the school board governing SAU 43.

Interested in reporting on school news or back to school activities?

To contact, just click Leave a Comment at the end of each article.

Colby-Sawyer Goal To Be Carbon Neutral

In an article by David Sauerwein sent to by the New London Energy Committee, Colby-Sawyer reports on efforts at the college to become carbon neutral. The college is a charter signatory member of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). Read more…

Sunapee School Board Meets May 6

The Sunapee school board will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 6 at the middle high school (media room) at 7 p.m. Amongst the agenda items are “good news” reports from the central elementary and middle high schools, a report from SAU 85 Superintendent Brendan Minnihan, a pre-school update, discussion on naming of the soccer field, and an update on the Blodgett property.

For a complete agenda click here: SAU 85 school board agenda – May 6, 2009 (20 KB pdf).

Minutes from the April meeting are not yet available on-line. The March school board minutes are provided here: Sunapee school board minutes – March 5, 2009 (44 KB pdf)

Sunapee school board members are Chairman Shaun Carroll, Judy Trow, Kim Denney, Hershel Strickland and Ed Bailey.

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A Visit with Selectman Leone on North Road

Richard "Dick" Leone outside his home on North Road. His old family home is up the road, to his left.

Richard "Dick" Leone outside his home on North Road. He grew up in the house up the road.

At this year’s deliberative session in Sunapee, Selectman Fred Gallup recognized fellow board member Chairman Richard “Dick” Leone for his “dedication to the town.” Leone did not file for re-election and, thus, his term ends this week.

Leone served as a Sunapee selectman at three different times for a total of 10 years, most recently from 2005 to the present. He also  served the town as a state legislator and school teacher, coach and principal.

North Road is home for Leone. It is there where he or his relatives before him have lived since the early 1900’s.

After graduating from Sunapee High in 1950, Leone entered the US Marines and served as a  “Mud Marine” in the Korean War. He then got his degree from Keene State College and went on to Littleton High School to teach industrial arts and math.

In 1966, Leone decided to return to Sunapee to teach. One year turned into 28 years at the school and a career in education as a: Teacher, guidance counselor, athletic coach and director and then principal for 12 years.

Early on, he earned a Master’s Degree in School Administration and Supervision from Plymouth State. Later he became certified in School Counseling and Guidance through the University of New Hampshire.

As you can image, Leone has seen many changes along the way.

At the school, he was part of major curriculum upgrades in the ’70s that allowed for more teaching and learning through flexible scheduling. It let Sunapee “better complete with larger schools” at a time when many schools were consolidating, he explained.

Leone helped take woman’s sports statewide when Title IX federal law prohibited sex discrimination in educational programming. “We were then able to get our woman’s volleyball and soft ball recognized,” Leone added. That was also in the ’70s.

During his first term as a Sunapee selectman, Leone recalls working with fellow selectmen George Wiggins and Ernest Cutting and selectmen secretary Jo Hill in planning and building the town’s first sewer system. Before that, much of the in-town system flowed directly into the Sugar River.

Serving in the NH legislature from 1996 to 2004 is another aspect of Leone’s public service. He worked on Municipal and County Government, Veterans and Education committees.

Through the years, Leone has worked on many committees and boards. Public service is well worth it, says Leone. He encourages others, especially the town’s younger residents to get involved if time and commitments allow.

While Leone wraps up his work on the board of selectmen this week, he has an eye on the coming season, the planting season and the baseball season. He wants to plant more apple trees and bring back the old orchard down the road from his home and he wants to go to Red Sox spring training. If he does not get to spring training this year, hopefully next, he said.

LAC Spring Term: Art Classes for All

The Library Arts Center in Newport has drawn up a creative Spring Term of art classes for all ages–adults and children. The first of two sessions starts March 16 and has a March 13 deadline for registration.

Susan Parmenter, Sunapee, will be teaching two course for adults: Drawing for Beginners and Painting the Natural Landscape. The four-week drawing class starts March 16th. The painting class, also four-weeks in duration, starts Monday, April 13, at the start of LAC’s 2nd session.

Other adult classes are:

  • Open Studio Oil Painting – Heidi Lorenz, instructor
  • Life Drawing – Heidi Lorenz, instructor
  • Ancient Clay Techniques – Erin Mile, instructor
  • Open Studio Adult Art Group – Thor Carlson, instructor

Teenagers can enroll in adult classes.

Also there are programs for children–art and craft classes in clay, drawing and painting, and paper-making.

For more information, contact the Library Arts Center. Phone 603-863-3040 or email:

Related articles:Library Arts Center Showcases Dartmouth Lake Sunapee Artists (Sunapee News)

Sunapee School Board Meets March 5

Sunapee school board will meet on Thursday, March 5 at the Middle High School media room starting at 7 p.m. Agenda items include an update on the Blodgett property, record of retention decisions for video/audio of school board meetings and email records, approval of the French Exchange Student Project and approval of a proposed 2009-10 calendar year. For an agenda, click here: Sunapee School Board Agenda – March 5, 2009 (20 Kb pdf)

The board usually meets the first Wednesday of the month, but scheduled this month’s meeting on Thursday to avoid a conflict with a semi-final basketball game.

Related website: SAU 85 – Sunapee Schools


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