Phillips Preserve protects 71 acres on Goose Hole Road

Phillips Preserve NL NHNew London, NH — With support from New London voters and the town’s Conservation Commission, the Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust in June, 2013, added the Phillips Preserve to its list of protected lands in the Kearsarge/Sunapee region.

The 71-acre Phillips Preserve easement, on Goose Hole Road in New London, is owned by the town and managed by the New London Conservation Commission.

The property has over 1,600 feet of frontage on Otter Pond and over 700 feet of frontage on Otter Pond Brook, which flows from Goose Hole Pond into Otter Pond.

The Phillips Preserve is open to the public for low impact recreation, offering significant trails on the property. The easement, managed for timber production, had a recent timber cut on the property that created a substantial view of Mount Sunapee.

At the 2012 Town Meeting, the voters of New London voted unanimously to place a conservation easement on the property.

In 1980, as a memorial to her husband, Stephen, summer resident Bessie Wright Phillips of Salem, Massachusetts, gifted these 71 acres on Otter Pond to the Town of New London.

In the fall of 1993, Mrs. Phillips was recognized nationally for her 7,000-acre donation in the Rangeley Lakes region of Maine.

Prior to her death in 1996, Mrs. Phillips granted easements on her five New London properties on Burpee Hill Road, Little Lake Sunapee and Route 103A, which benefits all that enjoy the regional landscape.

Community bike tune-up and swap held in New London

Geordie Sousa ’13, of Colby-Sawyer College and the Kearsarge Valley Transition Initiative, was one of the volunteer “mechanics” at the Community Bike Tune-Up and Swap on May 4th.  Together with Professor Harvey Pine and fellow student Doug Foley ’15, they estimate they tuned-up 35 bikes.

Geordie Sousa ’13, of Colby-Sawyer College and the Kearsarge Valley Transition Initiative, was one of the volunteer “mechanics” at the Community Bike Tune-Up and Swap on May 4th. Together with Professor Harvey Pine and fellow student Doug Foley ’15, they estimate they tuned-up 35 bikes. Courtesy photo.

New London, N.H. – On the New London Town Green on May 4, the Kearsarge Valley Transition Initiative (KVTI) hosted a successful Community Bike Tune-Up and Swap that may become an annual KVTI event.

The bike tune-up and exchange was made possible through partnerships and support from Colby-Sawyer College, the New London Police Department, Pizza Chef, Hole in the Fence Café, Arctic Dreams and Village Sports.

On a sunny Saturday afternoon KVTI members distributed coupons contributed by Arctic Dreams, Hole in the Fence Café and Pizza Chef to the 20 community members who donated bikes.  Those members also facilitated 12 swaps for people who brought in smaller bikes and “traded-up” for a larger size, and eight other people went home with a “new” bike.

In addition, three volunteer mechanics were on hand to offer free tune-ups and advice. Professor Harvey Pine from Colby-Sawyer College and students Geordie Sousa ’13 and Doug Foley ’15 worked on approximately 35 bicycles throughout the day.

Two New London Police Department officers, Patrolman Eben Lamson and Detective Tom Anderson, distributed free helmets, and John Kiernan from Village Sports sized the helmets and was on-hand to provided additional technical assistance and equipment as needed.

Candis Whitney from the Kearsarge Valley Transition Initiative welcomes participants to the Community Bike Tune-Up and Swap as they enter the donation area on the New London Town Green. Over 20 bicycles were donated on the May 4 event.

Live music was provided by Ben Dobrowski, co-owner of Greenhill Collective Farm in Sutton, N.H.

Bikes that were not claimed by the end of the day were donated to local children and to Colby-Sawyer’s Chargers Stable, a free bike-share program for students.

The Kearsarge Valley Transition Initiative encourages the nine towns in the Kearsarge Valley to develop a greater reliance on local resources – food, energy and human resources in particular – to address the impacts of global issues such as economic insecurity, environmental instabilities, and dependence on non-renewable energy.  Its members include Colby-Sawyer College students, faculty and staff, as well as residents from surrounding communities.

For more information visit the KVTI blog or


Ausbon Sargent celebration continues

Debbie Stanley (left), executive director of Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust, presents Marcia Goulart with a house plaque that will be mounted on Marcia’s Main Street, New London home. Ausbon Sargent, the namesake of the land trust, owned and lived in this house from 1930 until his death in 1988. The presentation took place on June 10 at the Spring Ledge Farm Tour, one of many activities planned in 2012 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the land trust. Photo by Sandy DeLaat.

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New London will vote on changing fiscal year

From the desk of New London Town Administrator Jessie Levine

As we approach the end of the calendar year, I thought it would be fitting to dedicate another column to the proposed change of fiscal year from the traditional January 1-December 31 fiscal year to the July 1-June 30 fiscal year.  I have written on this subject before, but since it is a major change that requires voter understanding and approval, it is worth refocusing on it from time-to-time.

On March 9, 2011, voters at the New London Town Meeting will be asked to approve an unusual budget.  Because the Board of Selectmen and Budget Committee voted in 2009 to change the fiscal year in 2011, Town Meeting will be asked to approve an 18-month budget that will cover operations from January 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012, allowing us to make the transition to the July fiscal year. Continue reading

Questions posed to New London’s Citizen Advisory Committee

By New London Town Administrator Jessie Levine

The Board of Selectmen held one of its regular meetings with the Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC) on Saturday, December 11. Selectboard Chair Tina Helm used the opportunity to pose several “what would you have done” questions to the CAC. The dialogue surrounding these three situational challenges revealed the complex nature of issues that seemed, on the surface, fairly straight-forward. Let’s see what you would do: Continue reading

Ten reasons for shopping locally

Sunapee News re-prints a local take about shopping locally by Jessie Levine, New London’s town administrator. To read Levine’s entire article (12/7/2010) titled “Budget Update & Shopping Locally,” visit the New London town website.

By Jessie Levine

You may have noticed that we have some new residents in New London, as the nutcracker soldiers began showing up around town early last week. The nutcrackers are the brainchildren of Destination New London, a group of local businesses working together to encourage people to shop locally this holiday season (and always). I thought I’d take this opportunity to remind everyone why I think shopping locally is important to New London.

Protect Local Character and Prosperity: By supporting locally-owned businesses, you maintain our unique and wonderful community. Our local businesses are here for us – let’s shop here for them!

  1. Enhance Community Well-Being: Locally-owned businesses are good neighbors and contribute to local causes. If we don’t support our local businesses, they will not be here to support our special events, golf tournaments, raffle fundraisers, etc.
  2. Encourage Local Decision Making: Local ownership means that decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions. Local businesses are caring and responsive to our needs.
  3. Keep Dollars in the Local Economy: Dollars spent in locally-owned businesses have three times the impact on the community as dollars spent at national chains. Money spent in catalogs, on-line or in destination shopping centers does not come back to support our local economy.
  4. Create Jobs and Improve Wages: Shopping locally creates jobs and promotes community development. Locally-owned businesses create local jobs with better wages and benefits.
  5. Support Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurship fuels our economy and elevates our families. Empty store fronts do not.
  6. Reduce Public Costs: Local stores in town centers require less infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services than big box stores and shopping malls do.
  7. Advance Environmental Sustainability: Local stores help sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers, which reduce sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution. Save gas – shop here!
  8. Increase Competition: A competitive marketplace of small businesses ensures innovation and low prices. A rising tide raises all ships.
  9. Encourage Product Diversity: A multitude of small businesses selecting products based on the needs of local customers guarantees a broader range of product choices.

Why would you want to deal with Route 12A traffic, anyway? West Lebanon could really use a few roundabouts…

Related information: Destination New London is on Facebook

New London Hosts Button Up for Energy Savings Dec. 8th

“Just as the rest of us have been focusing on Town budgets and personal finances, the New London Energy Committee has quietly been doing the same, working to raise awareness about energy consumption at the Town and household levels,” reports New London Town Administrator Jessie Levine. “On Wednesday, December 8 at 7:00 PM, the Energy Committee will host its second annual “Button Up for Energy Savings” presentation at Tracy Library. Two energy experts from the Coalition for Energy Solutions of Quechee, Vermont, will discuss how simple home improvements such as building up insulation, sealing drafty windows and doors, as well as washing dishes by dishwasher rather than by hand can add-up to even as much as 2:1 savings on energy bills.”

via Dec. 1, 2010 – New London, NH Town Administrator Jessie Levine’s column on

Gold Peaks in Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Area

Yesterday, VisitNH said “pockets of color” still can be seen in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region.” Around Sunapee, the late foliage colors are beautiful.

“Splashes of bright oranges and reds are remaining in the Upper Valley and around Lake Sunapee. Northern red oaks are showing their deep browns among the yellows of the quaking aspen and the birches. Routes 10, 114, and 120 are best bets for scenic drives. Pumpkins, apples and gourds are still available at roadside stands.”

VisitNH : Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee.

And there’s more…at one of our favorite local markets.

In New London this weekend, Spring Ledge Farm on Main Street, will hold a Moonlight Maze on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22 and 23  from 6:30-9:00 pm.

“Explore the maze by the light of the full moon,” reads the invite.

The maze, 3 acres with 1 1/4 miles of paths, will be open every day until November 1st.  Corn Maze Aerial 3Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for kids ages 4-12, and free for kids 3 and under. Parking is available at the farm; follow the signs down the driveway.

Forest Society Hosts Black Mountain Events

The mountain’s streams and cascades drain to the Blackwater and Warner Rivers. Photo by Jerry and Marcy Monkman, EcoPhotography.

This autumn, the legacy of conserved forest land surrounding the open summit of Mount Kearsarge could see a new chapter as the Forest Society works to purchase 1,025 acres on Black Mountain in Sutton and Warner adjacent to Mount Kearsarge.

Learn more about the conservation project at these upcoming events:

• A hike of Black Mountain on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 10 am to 4 pm. Preregistration is required. Call 603-224-9945 or email

• Informational sessions—Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 7 pm at Tracy Memorial Library, New London, and on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 7 pm at the Sutton Town Hall. Continue reading

LWV Hosts Candidates Forum in New London Oct. 20

The League of Women Voters of the Kearsarge/Sunapee Area will host a candidates forum on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at Tracy Memorial Library, Main Street, New London at 7 pm. Voters can meet candidates for state offices, including state senate and state house. Candidates for US House have also been invited, according to the LWV website. Question and answer session will follow brief presentations by the candidates. The General Election (for Governor, US Senator and US House representatives, Executive Council, state senate and house, and county officials) is Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Candidate forums are also scheduled for Lebanon and Hanover. For more information, visit the LWV.

For a sample ballot in Sunapee, go to the town website.

For reporting on NH politics and public policy visit: Front Door Politics

New London Energy Committee Urges Dim the Lights

New London Energy Committee. Click on the logo for more information about NLEC.

The New London Energy Committee is urging area residents to dim the lights and lend support for Earth Hour at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 27. “We urge you to join Town buildings, Colby-Sawyer College, area businesses and residents ‘in the dark!’”

Earth Hour involves local and global efforts.

Millions of Americans will turn out their lights for one hour in support of action on climate change and toward creating a cleaner, safer and more secure future. 2010 marks the third year of the event, which attracted more than 80 million participants in the U.S. last year and nearly a billion people around the world, as lights dimmed on such global icons as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Sydney’s Opera House, the Great Pyramids of Gaza and New York’s Empire State Building.

On March 27, many notable U.S. landmarks — Mount Rushmore, St. Louis’ Gateway Arch, Sea World in Orlando, the strip in Las Vegas, New York’s Empire State Building, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Washington D.C.’s National Cathedral, California’s Santa Monica Pier and the Space Needle in Seattle — will turn off non-essential lighting for the hour.

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Related article: WWF’s Earth Hour Returns for 2010 in Largest Call for Action on Climate Change in History (

Sunapee Treatment Plant Gets Good News

The Sunapee Water & Sewer Commission received a “preliminary determination” from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) that the proposed upgrade of the Sunapee Wastewater Treatment Plant is eligible for $3.7 million in grant funding being made available by the federal stimulus program—the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. According to a recent town announcement, this would represent 43% of the total cost of the “much-needed upgrade.”

While Sunapee and New London must first approve the project and the USDA determination is not a final decision, this is a good news for the project.

Sunapee and New London will vote on the upgrade Tuesday, March 9th at their respective Town Meetings. Continue reading

Lake Sunapee Scenic Byway Takes the Show on the Road

Lake Sunapee Scenic and Cultural Byway

Lake Sunapee Scenic and Cultural Byway

What does the Presidential Range, Canterbury Shaker Village, Amoskeag Millyard, Moose Path north of the notches, and Lake Sunapee have in common? Each are central to a New Hampshire Scenic Byway showcasing some of the state’s most outstanding scenic, cultural, historical, natural and recreational values.

The Lake Sunapee Scenic Byway is now the subject of a slide show that’s going on the road. Presentations will be shown in Sunapee on Thursday, October 15 at 7 p.m. at the Sunapee Town Offices; in New London on Monday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the New London Town Offices; and in Newbury on Wednesday, October 21 at 7 p.m. at the Newbury Town Offices.

The slide show is a virtual tour of the Lake Sunapee Scenic Byway–a driving route around Lake Sunapee that connects the towns of New London, Newbury and Sunapee along Routes 11, 103, and 103B.

“The purpose of the slide show is to inform the public of the resources along the Byway and to spark discussion about potential future projects or improvements on the Byway,” according to the program announcement.

The Lake Sunapee Scenic Byway committee hopes to expand the route to include the town centers and add Route 103A and a loop through New London along Newport Road, Main Street and King Hill Road.

The slide show presentations are part of a Byway planning project funded by the Federal Highway Administration through the National Scenic Byways Program. For more information,  contact Rachel Ruppel, Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission, at 603-448-1680.


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