Lake Sunapee UMC will hold Open House Sept. 14

Photo by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee, N.H.

Photo by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee, N.H.

Moultonborough Youth Praise Band and Sunapee Time Travelers to sing at Open House!

Sunapee, N.H. — (Announcement/article by The Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church) — There will be an Open House on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at The Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church from 1 to 4 p.m.

Many of us have been to or in the Methodist Church on the corner of Lower Main Street and Route 11. We have been to a meeting there, attended Sunapee Seniors, listened to music at the Community Coffeehouse or attended a wedding or a funeral. Some of us may have even visited a time of worship on Sunday morning.

But did you know that there is more going on that reaches into the community and around the world?

The church family is opening up its doors this weekend with an Open House.

In the parking lot (1-4 p.m.), we will have information tables and displays of some of the community opportunities. We will also have the Moultonborough Youth Praise Band and our own Sunapee Time Travelers singing.

It is a time to get to know us as we get to know you. Continue reading

Students, join the rowing team!

LS Rowing ClubLake Sunapee, N.H., (Lake Sunapee Rowing Club announcement)Avoid concussions. Join the Rowing Team!

Lake Sunapee Rowing Club will start the fall rowing season for all area middle and high school students ages 13 and up on August 26.

Compete regionally, learn a lifelong sport, maintain fitness for your spring sport, and get on the lake. Practice will be Mon. – Fri., 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., August 26 to Oct 31, at the Georges Mills Public Boat Launch.

Coach Brenda Balenger graduated from the Institute for Rowing Leadership in Boston, is US Rowing Level III certified, and is experienced in collegiate, masters, and junior sweep and sculling programs.

Write us: lakesunapeerowing@gmail.com
Look us up: www.lakesunapeerowing.com
Like us on Facebook: Lake Sunapee Rowing Club
Call Brenda with questions: 603-481-2166

Lake Sunapee Rowing Club: You can learn to scull

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You can learn to scull by the end of August!
Small Group Lessons ~ 4-6 Rowers
        Mon, Wed, Thurs,  9:30-11:30 am
 August 5-8, 12-15, and 19-22
$75 per Week
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Sunapee Harbor fireworks on July 6

sunapeeharborpan_jb904x160.jpg Independence Day celebrations will extend into the weekend this year with Sunapee Harbor fireworks set to go off on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at dusk, usually around 9 p.m. It is also flare night on Lake Sunapee.

Earlier in the day, a community parade along Central Street and into the harbor will take place at noon. The parade theme: Relive the 80s.

At 2 p.m., the town will hold the Herbert Welsh Trail dedication and hike at Dewey Woods.

For a listing of summer activities and events, see Recreation Sunapee, Summer 2013 (on FlipSnack).

Note: The Town of Sunapee has a fireworks ordinance and permit process. For more information, go to the town website.

Lake Sunapee Cruising Fleet to host Sailing Day

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The Lake Sunapee Cruising Fleet will host its 2nd Annual Lake Sunapee Sailing Day on Saturday, July 13. Courtesy photo.

Sunapee, NH – The Lake Sunapee Cruising Fleet is hosting its 2nd Annual Lake Sunapee Sailing Day on Saturday, July 13, to promote sailing fun on Lake Sunapee. All sailboats from sunfish to cruisers to racers are welcome to join a “Poker Cruise.”

The “Poker Cruise”

Sailboats are invited to rendezvous at the Lake Sunapee Cruising Fleet Committee Boat just outside Sunapee Harbor at 1 p.m.

At the Committee Boat each sailboat will receive a map of the course and instructions.

Boats will sail to four marks and back to the Committee Boat. At each mark and the Committee Boat each boat will receive a playing card. The Committee Boat and four power boats anchored at the four marks will be adorned with balloons and easy to locate.

Following the cruise, each crew is invited to bring their “poker hand” to a reception sponsored by the Lake Sunapee Cruising Fleet at Pete’s Shed at Sunapee Harbor from 4 to 6 p.m. There will be food and refreshments. Prizes will go to the best “poker hands” and best themed crew costumes.

The Lake Sunapee Cruising Fleet is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to the sport of sailboat racing on Lake Sunapee and creating friendships. It has been in existence since 1984.

All participating sailboats must meet all vessel requirements as outlined in the Boater’s Guide of New Hampshire. The weather day is Sunday, July 14.

To participate with your sailboat or to get more information, contact Fleet Captain Bill Ames at 603-763-4868 or e-mail lake.sunapee.cruising.fleet@gmail.com.

Sunapee Rec Department 2013 newsletter now online

SunapeeRecDeptNewsletter2013What’s happening in Sunapee this summer?

The 2013 Sunapee Recreation Department newsletter is now available online via the town website and it includes information about local events and programs, fun things to do for the whole family.

The booklet is full of photographs and colorful graphics and a calendar listing swim dates, tennis lessons, yoga, sailing, drumming… special events, such as the Welsh Trail Dedication and Nature Walk and the annual Teddy Bear Picnic… and more!

The rec department also distributes hard copies.

‘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.

Kitewings ride spring winds on Lake Sunapee

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Charlie Meding from Skinner’s Ski & Sport, Newbury, was one of almost a dozen “wings” out on Lake Sunapee last weekend. Taken late in the afternoon, this photo by Will Tuthill shows Meding doing a jump with his kitewing.

Last weekend, with March winds filling the air, the wings were out on Lake Sunapee.

And with some good wind this weekend, the kitewings will be back crisscrossing the lake on Saturday and, if conditions are favorable, on Sunday as well.

Once safe ice depths cover Sunapee, the lake attracts many winter sailors, ice boats, windsurfing rigs, kitewings and skate-sails.

First year kite-sailor Sylvain Barriere of Etna recently posted “Funky snowkite, New Hampshire 2013″ that was largely filmed on Lake Sunapee.  See: http://vimeo.com/61991327

In mid-March, after returning to Lake Sunapee from  WISSA 2013 – 2.3-10.3.2013 Kalajoki, Finland, Will Tuthill, a frequent winter sailor on Sunapee, said “we came across epic conditions.”

“That Sunday afternoon the place was abuzz with Kitewings.”

KiteWings filled the air over Lake Sunapee

“Epic conditions” on Lake Sunapee in mid-March welcomed local winter sailors returning from WISSA 2013, the World Ice and Snow Sailing Association competition held in Finland.

Sunapee Sighting: Have you seen a bald eagle recently?

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Sunapee, N.H. – Have you seen a bald eagle recently?

Might an eagle pair be in the process of establishing a breeding territory in the Lake Sunapee watershed?

A recent Sunapee Sighting posted on SunapeeNews.com prompted Rem Mastin, Sunapee, to comment:

“Speaking of Sightings: A few days ago, while heading toward Newport, on Rt. 11 before Rt 103, close to the Treatment Plant road [in Sunapee], I was distracted for a moment as a beautiful BALD EAGLE flew right down the Sugar River by the highway. Did anyone else have any current sightings in that area?”

In mid-December (2012), Susan Parmenter, Sunapee, who is a keen observer of nature and birds, snapped this photo of a bald eagle on a patch of ice in Job’s Creek, Lake Sunapee. At the time, the lake had not yet frozen over. Several days later, she also saw a bald eagle flying along the Sugar River in Claremont, N.H.

A bald eagle “soaring over the Newbury side of Lake Sunapee near the State Beach,” around 4 p.m. on February 16, was posted on BaldEagleInfo.com. And Kittie Wilson, author of “All Things Pleasant on the Lake” wrote about bald eagles sightings this winter around Pleasant Lake in New London.

Bald eagles in the Connecticut River region

The Sugar River, a tributary of the Connecticut River, flows west from the outlet of Lake Sunapee at Sunapee Harbor, along Wendell Marsh, and then through Newport and Claremont. The Sugar River joins the Connecticut across from Ascutney, Vermont.

All tributaries of the Connecticut River north of the Massachusetts state line are part of a “recovery initiative” — the Connecticut River Bald Eagle Restoration and Habitat Protection Project, Chris Martin writes in NH Audubon Afield (Spring 2013). Martin is a senior biologist at NH Audubon. He coordinates a statewide bald eagle monitoring and management program under a contract between NH Audubon and NH Fish & Game.

“An amazing resettlement by eagles is underway on the Connecticut, as pairs reclaim ancestral breeding areas that have been vacant for decades,” Martin reports.

See: Bald Eagles: New Hampshire’s regal predators reclaim the Connecticut by Chris Martin

“Recovery of the bald eagle population across the Granite State mirrors the rebound taking place in the Connecticut River watershed,” according to Martin. “Across New Hampshire in 2012, biologists confirmed 35 territorial pairs of eagles. Twenty of these pairs had productive nests, and a total of 33 young eagles fledged.”

In New England, adult bald eagles live essentially year-round within their breeding territories. They can be found near their nests in any season. Nests tend to be located high in white pines or cottonwoods and close to predictable food resources found in the always-open water below dams, near rapids, or in tidal areas. Other pairs capitalize on food sources available at livestock farms or local highway department road-kill dumps. An eagle pair maintains their nest throughout the year, but nest-building activities really ramp up as the breeding season arrives in February. Most pairs in New Hampshire will lay eggs in March, hatch young in April, and fledge full-sized 11 to 12-week-old juveniles in July. – Senior Biologist Chris Martin for NH Audubon

To comment or if you have an eagle sighting or other Sunapee Sighting to share, please leave a reply.

See NH Audubon (for info and birding resources, including sightings and list serves) and NH Fish & Game.

Sunapee Sighting: Looks like a wet winter storm

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Sunapee, N.H. – A window onto the weather for February 27, 2013

confirms a wet Winter Storm Warning for the Lake Sunapee region:

“rain/snow” followed by “snow/sleet”

“rain/snow” likely for Thursday

MV Kearsarge and Steamboat Kearsarge “Sunk in Ice”

Kearsarge photos_SHSLake Sunapee, N.H. – The similar look of being sunk in ice. The MV Kearsarge (left) sank into the ice on Lake Sunapee in January 2013, and the steamboat Kearsarge (shown in the photo on the right) had a similar experience… some 80 years ago.

The old photo (on the right) reads: “Steamboat Kearsarge, Sunk in ice near Davis Cabins, Lake Sunapee – Circa 1933?, Sunapee Historical Society Collection.”

Photos courtesy of the Sunapee Historical Society and local historian Ron Garceau.

Look for these photos in the March 2013 issue of SooNipi Magazine.

Read related articles:

MV Kearsarge is afloat! (SunapeeNews.com)

MV Kearsarge back afloat after small hole detected (UnionLeader.com)

Winter tapestry: Snow weaves across Lake Sunapee

A winter tapestry: A snow weaving on the ice that forecasts more is to come...

A winter tapestry: snow falls steadily this morning and weaves across the ice forecasting more… much more to come. Winter Storm Nemo brings blizzard warnings to New England.  12-24″ of snow predicted for New Hampshire. Photo of Jobs Creek, Lake Sunapee.

Ice warnings issued for Lake Sunapee

The Lake Sunapee Protective Association and the town of Newbury, New Hampshire, are warning people about unsafe ice conditions on Lake Sunapee.

“The changing temperatures have resulted in areas of very thin ice in certain areas of Lake Sunapee,” says the alert issued by Newbury on the town website and in a public notice announcement. “The ice is very thin in the area between Bay Point and The Fells and those using the lake for winter activities should keep away from this area as well as being cautious in other areas of the lake.”

The lake association released an ice warning on February 6. LSPA Executive Director June Fichter wrote:

“We have reports that the lake ice is very thin, therefore unsafe, in the northern section of Lake Sunapee, between Tilson Point and Herrick Cove. We also have reports of thin ice between Bay Point and the Fells, south of Minute Island.”

A nor’easter, expected to hit the region Friday into Saturday, will likely cover the lake with a fresh blanket of snow, which will hide and insulate thin ice below.

Although Lake Sunapee may look safe, these ice warning suggest otherwise. Caution advised.

MV Kearsarge is afloat!

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Sunday, January 13, 2013, MV Kearsarge afloat at Sunapee Harbor. Photos by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee.

The MV Kearsarge is afloat dockside at Sunapee Harbor.

Late yesterday, Saturday afternoon, salvage workers lifted the stern off the bottom of Lake Sunapee.

The restaurant boat took on icy water Thursday evening while at its berth, the town dock. The boat’s stern sank in about eight feet of water.

MVK_CC8“Still foggy, yet quieter at Sunapee Harbor on Sunday,” wrote Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee, who shares these photos. “You can hear the sound of the water pump and see the dinner boat now floating at the dock.”

Saturday the harbor was busy with hundreds of curious onlookers while the salvage crew worked throughout the day to raise the boat.

“A salvage team stabilized the vessel Friday afternoon using a sling wrapped around the boat and secured to a cable from a truck,” wrote Valley News correspondent Patrick O’Grady in the newspaper’s Sunday edition.

“Yesterday, divers placed several large airbags underneath the stern of the boat. When inflated, they began easing the boat out of the water, eliciting cheers from onlookers, many of whom were standing on the harbor ice.”

The owners of the Kearsarge (and its sister boat the MV Sunapee II), the Fenton family, expect to repair the dinner boat and have it in service for the summer.

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Read related article via SunapeeNews.com – Lake Sunapee MV Kearsarge sinks, awaits crane and salvage

Lake Sunapee MV Kearsarge sinks, awaits crane and salvage

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“It’s pretty much sunk, most of it is on the bottom,” said owner Peter Fenton, reports Dan Seufert for the Union Leader.  Read more via MV Kearsarge sinks at Sunapee dock | New Hampshire NEWS07.

The popular local restaurant boat took on water Thursday while tied up at its berth on Lake Sunapee, the town dock at Sunapee Harbor.

Salvage efforts are underway. A crane will be brought in Saturday to lift the boat, according to several news reports. The scene has attracted wide-spread interest and media coverage.

MV Kearsarge has been sailing Lake Sunapee for 30 years. It operates from May to October hosting dinners and special functions.

The boat’s stern settled into the icy water to the bottom of the lake, which is shallow dock side. It makes for a sad sight.

On Facebook posted Friday, the Peter Fentons, owners of the boat and Sunapee Cruises, expressed their thanks “to the community for all the good thoughts and support that you have sent our way these past 24 hours. We are so lucky to live in such a great, thoughtful and caring community.”

“We are very thankful that no one was injured and to be working on a solution with great people. Tomorrow [Saturday], we will be working with a salvage company to determine the best way to raise the Kearsarge. We are still looking into what caused this issue and hope to know more tomorrow. Thank you again for your thoughts and support; this is why we love this area.”

Related article via WMUR: MV Kearsarge restaurant ship sinks

via SunapeeNews.com: Lake Sunapee dinner boat takes on icy water

Photo by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee

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