Hippity Hop! Sunapee’s Easter Egg Hunt is March 30


Hippity-hop! Sunapee’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on March 30 at Tilton Park, Route 103B. Photo by Charlotte Carlson.

Five days and counting. Are you ready to hop into spring?

In Sunapee, the Recreation Department is getting ready for is annual Easter Egg Hunt that will be held on Saturday, March 30, at Tilton Park on Route 103B. It starts promptly at 11 a.m.

The community event is for children ages 8 and younger. Bring your own basket and join the fun. There will be over 2000 eggs filled with surprises AND extra special eggs, as well.

Arrive early, as parking is limited, advises Rec Director Scott Blewitt. Additional parking can be found along Maple and Beech streets. The festivities will be held at the Sherburne Gym, Route 11, if the weather is inclement.

Did you know…

Sanctuary Dairy Farm, Sunapee, donates eggs with free ice cream coupons to the Easter egg hunt. The farm donates over 200 eggs to the towns of Sunapee, Newport and New London.

To share your perspective about spring’s arrival this year as well as community news and event announcements, please use the contact page.

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 Coffeehouse: The music line up for March 2013

Now in its ninth year, the Sunapee Community Coffeehouse continues to bring live music to downtown Sunapee.  For March, the Coffeehouse has lined up performances by EJ Tretter, Kenny Weiland, Fat Hands (brothers Dominic and Walt Kutylowski), and James Krueger.

Coffeehouse concerts are held seasonally on Friday nights at the Sunapee Methodist Church, Lower Main Street, Sunapee. Time:  7 – 9 p.m. Light refreshments are available. There is no cover charge. The MC for the evening passes the hat for the musicians. For more info: www.SunapeeCoffeehouse.org.

Sunapee Coffeehouse: March 2013

Friday, March 1 – Singer-songwriter EJ Tretter, who hails from the Lebanon area, plays a “solid six- and 12- string guitar. He’s been described as a cross between Leo Kottke and Leonard Cohen,” says the press release. “Music in the finger picking style of James Taylor and Paul Simon.”

The Coffeehouse host for the evening will be Debbie Blesedell. Mountain Spirit Institute is the sponsor. (Concert sponsors and volunteers help sustain Coffeehouse.)

Kenny Weiland

Kenny Weiland

Friday, March 8 – Kenny Weiland, with a solo career that spans nearly 30 years, is a popular performer around the Concord (N.H.) area. Kenny’s music is jazz and swing oriented, covering old standards from the 30’s and 40’s, but he is equally comfortable playing blues, folk rock, and contemporary songs by Jamie Cullum, Van Morrison, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, The Beatles, John Prine, and others.

Kenny will be joined by Brad Myrick on lead guitar. Listen to Kenny’s music at myspace.com/kennyweiland.

Al “Doc” Rogers will host.

Friday, March 15 – Fat HandsTwo brothers, Walt and Dominic Kutylowski, on guitar and bass, return to the Coffeehouse by popular demand.

Their songwriting and performances are stunningly sincere and professional, says the Coffeehouse release. “Without a doubt, some of the best songs and performance you’ll see and hear.”

For a preview, go to www.myspace.com/fathands.

Tom Pirozzoli will MC the Fat Hands show. Sponsor: Mountain Spirit Institute.

James Krueger

James Krueger performs in Sunapee on March 22.

Friday, March 22  – James Krueger - “Extraordinary!  An extraordinarily talented writer with a real talent for poetic imagery.  Impressive poetic lines, beautiful and original.  Remarkable work!” said the judges of the Great American Song Contest. Listen via James Krueger.com.

James’ music is inspired by traditional folk while remaining contemporary and original. He has five solo albums, including his latest CD “The Unspoken Hope of Love.”

James’ poetry comes from a connection between the landscapes and the seasons of the northeast.  The emotion and spirit of James’ music is touching. – Jay Ungar, noted American fiddler, composer and folklorist

James is from the central Catskill Mountains of New York.

Judy Thackaberry will  be the MC for the evening. SunapeeNews.com is the sponsor.

No open mic this March.

Sunapee Sightings: Field of snow

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It’s a cold winter’s day.

Lined by fencing,

framed by clouds,

a field of snow

fills the rolling landscape.

Along Harding Hill Road, Sunapee. Photo by Joan Chandler, Sunapee.

MV Kearsarge is afloat!


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.


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

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.

Behind the name: Georges Mills

Welcome to Georges Mills. Photo by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee.

Welcome to Georges Mills. Photo by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee.

Sunapee, N.H. – Georges Mills, Muzzey Hill, Cooper Street, Russell Place, all tell interesting stories. However, sometimes the stories behind village names are not readily apparent.

Along busy Route 11, the Newport Road, between exits 12 and 12A off Interstate-89, a sign welcomes you to Georges Mills in the Lake Sunapee area. Georges Mills is an unincorporated village of Sunapee. Daniel George was one of the town’s early settlers and a mill owner.

Sunapee is another New England town shaped by forces of nature and man. Thriving mills once dotted the region’s rivers and streams.

The road skirts the southern shore of Otter Pond and then passes Georges Mills Harbor, at the northern tip of Lake Sunapee, and passes over streams that feed the lake.

In the early 1800s, George built and operated mills along these streams. He operated a grist mill, the first mill in the village, built by Archibald Hersey in 1798. Back then families grew their grains for milling… into flour, cornmeal, buckwheat, and barley.

George was industrious and later built a new grist mill and a saw mill. He also built his home in the village, on the corner of the Springfield and Newport roads. It is nestled next to the present day Georges Mills General Store, which has its own story to tell: It once housed horses and carriages used by “Uncle Charles Russell,” who transported mail from Georges Mills to Sunapee.

Cooper, Muzzey and Russell

Although long gone, another mill built in the village operated under different owners from the 1820s to 1920s. The mill started by carding and dressing wool. Later it turned into a shingling, planing and board sawing mill.

Across the stream from the shingle mill was a cooper shop (1820 – 1825), which bustled with activity manufacturing a variety of wooden measures, barrels, scoops and containers.

These businesses were by the dam on Cooper Street, which loops down to Georges Mills Harbor.

On the hill heading toward Sunapee, in 1818, Moses Muzzey built the first blacksmith shop in Georges Mills. Muzzey Hill remains a common reference point.

Russell Place, now the home of condominiums at the bottom of Prospect Hill Road, also has a story. The building once served as the village post office and store under several owners including the Russell family.


Old Georges Mills, N.H. photo shows T. O. Russell Meats and Groceries (1936-1948) on Prospect HilL Road. Tony Russell owned the store at the time. It also housed village the post office.

In 1898, Charles Russell installed the first telephone company in Georges Mills; it connected the store with Newport. Until 1906 and again from 1936 to 1948, the Russells operated the store, thought to be the oldest in the village and built about 1835 by Burpee & Colcord.

You can find pictures and stories about the enterprising people who settled the area in the “Sunapee Bicentennial 1768-1968,” a booklet reproduced for the Sunapee Historical Society. It’s available for sale ($10) at the Sunapee Historical Society and SooNipi Publishing Company.

Have a local story to share? Contact SunapeeNews.com.

Enjoy Sunapee Harbor Magic on Dec. 1

Sunapee, N.H. – Sunapee Harbor Magic, a community celebration that brings together families, friends and visitors, will fill the harbor with holiday festivities on Saturday, December 1 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

View/download the Sunapee Harbor Magic 2012 poster (PDF 414 KB).

The Sunapee Gardeners have decorated the harbor area for the season. And now more volunteers including students from the high school will help bring on the magic, which will include hay rides, caroling, food, a bonfire, a tree lighting and, of course, a visit from Santa.

Santa’s workshops at Pete’s Shed will offer cookie decorating, holiday stories, crafts and face painting.

The French Club from the Sunapee Middle High School will serve hot cocoa and food dockside, aboard the MV Kearsarge, and the middle-high school Art Club will sell homemade pies at Pete’s Shed.

Local residents and businesses donate to a silent auction, which attracts bidders throughout the afternoon, many looking for interesting holiday gifts. The auction is at Pete’s Shed and the proceeds fund the annual holiday event.

Art and crafts are among the favorite items at the auction. Donations to the auction can be dropped off at the town office building c/o Sunapee Rec Director Scott Blewitt. For pick-up, call Harbor Magic volunteer Rhonda Gurney, 603-763-5696.

The Looney Lunge and more fun!

The celebration includes a very cool, lake-oriented, splash of fun: the Looney Lunge. Participants, many in costume, gather for a  jump into the Lake Sunapee… just for the silly fun of it. Lunge time is 2 p.m. If you’d like to participate, show up in costume! There are prizes, too! For more info about the Looney Lunge, email: recreation@town.sunapee.nh.us.

Santa will then arrive for a parade, carolers will gather at the gazebo, and Sunapee’s volunteer firefighters will set-off a bonfire behind the gazebo.

Organizers will also collect donations: unwrapped children’s toys Sunapee Toys for Joy and needed items for the Sunapee Food Pantry.

The Sunapee Recreation Department and local volunteers host Sunapee Harbor Magic.

Lake Sunapee Turkey Trot is Thanksgiving morning

Sunapee, N.H. – Hundreds of runners and walkers will take part in the Lake Sunapee Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 22. Sponsored by the Sunapee Recreation Department, the Turkey Trot includes a 5K race and 1K fun run for youngsters.

Over 550 people have already registered for the 5K, and that number will surely increase significantly on race day.

On-line registration continues and in-person registration is available on Wednesday, November 21 (at the Knowlton House from 5 to 8 p.m) and Thursday, November 22 (from 7 to 8 a.m.). Visit: www.sunapeeturkeytrot.com.

Read more… Lake Sunapee Turkey Trot: Register on-line (SunapeeNews.com)

New hiking trail in Sunapee honors Herbert Welsh

Through the efforts of Herbert Welsh (1851-1941) both the Mount Sunapee Park lands and the Dewey Woods were conserved for the public. A new trail in the Dewey Woods in Sunapee honors him and provides access to the south side of Rogers Brook Marsh and to the top of Garnet Hill.

Sunapee, N.H. – A new trail in the Dewey Woods in Sunapee honors a pioneer in land conservation: Herbert Welsh (1851-1941). Welsh’s activism and leadership in land protection helped define the regional landscape including treasured acres in Sunapee.

Decades ago Welsh worked to protect the highlands now part of the Mount Sunapee State Park and to secure the Dewey Woods, now Town Forest managed by the Sunapee Conservation Commission.

The Dewey Woods was deeded to the Town of Sunapee in 1928 to “hold, use and manage the said premises for the public use and benefit as a public park and forest reserve forever.”

Barbara Chalmers, Sunapee, suggested the Herbert Welsh trail to the local conservation commission. This was a year ago, and the commission welcomed the idea with enthusiasm.

The walking crusader Herbert Welsh (1851-1941). Image from his book The New Gentleman of the Road, which describes his 450-mile treks from Philadelphia to Sunapee.

“The Welsh Trail idea started back in spring 2011 with the  Mount Sunapee Centennial celebration planning,” said Chalmers, who volunteered to research Herbert Welsh.

“What I discovered… amazed me. He was so ahead of his time. His societal concerns became his life’s work: economic and social justice for the American Indian,  fighting corruption in government and the civil service, and land preservation for future generations.  Welsh not only led the effort to conserve land on Mount Sunapee, but he was responsible for conserving Dewey Woods too.”

“During the Centennial celebration group hike up Mount Sunapee, the morning before Tropical Storm Irene hit, there was discussion of rejuvenating the old trail we were on from the campground to the summit and getting it named the Herbert Welsh trail,” Chalmers said.

“That got me thinking I could do something similar at the Dewey Woods. It seemed like Herbert Welsh was an unsung Sunapee hero.”

Chalmers proposed to the conservation commission a volunteer effort that would layout, cut and mark a hiking trail from the existing trail network at the Dewey Woods to the top of Garnet Hill.

In the 1900s – 1920s, this was a popular hiking destination with its once fabulous views of the lake and Mount Sunapee, Chalmers noted. There are many old penny postcards that depict the views from Garnet Hill.

In June 2012, members of the conservation commission hiked the proposed trail route, made a few adjustments and gave Chalmers the go-head.

In July, Chalmers and three other volunteers, including Herbert Welsh’s great grandson and his great-great grandson, cut the trail, which provides access to the south side of Rogers Brook Marsh and to the top of Garnet Hill.

Trail head signs, also made by Chalmers, help explain Welsh’s remarkable legacy:

Herbert Welsh (1851-1941) dedicated his life to art, land conservation and humanitarian causes.  His impact on the Sunapee area remains today.

In 1882, after a visit to the Pine Ridge Sioux Reservation, Herbert founded the Indian Rights Association, a national organization to promote fair treatment and education for the American Indian which he led for 40 years.

In 1893, Herbert built a summer cottage on the west shore of Sunapee Harbor. An avid outdoorsman, for many years in late spring, he walked 400 miles from home in Philadelphia to Sunapee and then back again in the fall.

In 1909, Herbert’s concern about clear cutting on Mt Sunapee and the loss of its old growth forest spurred him to begin a fund raising campaign to conserve the upper mountain slopes for future generations. In less than 2 years, Welsh had raised the funds to buy 656 acres and created the Sunapee Reservation in association with the Society for Protection of NH Forests (SPNHF), which in 1948 became Mt Sunapee State Park.

Herbert Welsh founded and led the Sunapee Chapter of SPNHF, a position he held for 20 years. In 1925, Dewey family land north of the Harbor was to be sold and logged.  Herbert mobilized the Sunapee Chapter to raise funds to conserve the land and with $2,000 voted by the Town of Sunapee, the Dewey Woods was purchased in 1928. These acres are part of the public lands managed by the Sunapee Conservation Commission.

This trail honors the memory of Herbert Welsh, Sunapee’s early leader in land conservation efforts.

Neptune’s Car to perform in Sunapee Nov. 17

Neptune’s Car will be at the Sunapee Community Coffeehouse for a Saturday night performance on November 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. The music venue is at the Sunapee Methodist Church on Lower Main Street. There is no cover charge; the Coffeehouse passes the hat for the musicians. Randy Richards will be the emcee, and E J Tretter is Coffeehouse sponsor for the evening.

Holly Hanson, a singer-songwriter from Massachusetts, and Steve Hayes, a guitarist-songwriter from New Hampshire, blend contemporary folk with alternative county. The duo has toured since 2010.

Hanson and Hays share a passion for lighthouses and historical biographic songs and for Neptune’s Car, a clipper ship from the 1800s that sailed the high seas and had for a time a female captain, a true heroine of the sea.

View and listen to the duo’s new music video “Flashing in the Dark” filmed at Rose Island Lighthouse off Newport, Rhode Island. The song is on their second album “Letters from the Road” released in July 2012.

For the Coffeehouse schedule, visit: sunapeecoffeehouse.org.

State Representative-elect Linda Tanner thanks voters

Letter to the Editor

I would like to thank the people of Cornish, Croydon, Grantham, Plainfield, Newport, Sunapee, Springfield, and Unity in District 9 Floterial.  Thanks to all who supported me, hosted signs, sent donations and, most of all, voted for me as your State Representative. I look forward to serving all the people of my district as well as the people of New Hampshire to restore balance and common sense to our House of Representatives.  As a citizen legislator, I will keep your interests at heart and I will work hard to represent you and our communities to solve N.H. issues.

Linda Tanner, Georges Mills, N.H.
State Representative Elect
District 9 Sullivan County

How did Sunape vote in 2012?

Barack Obama and Joe Biden captured New Hampshire’s four electoral college votes in a winning presidential campaign. Obama took each N.H. county, as well. In Sunapee, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan received 1,075 votes. Obama-Biden, 916.

View the Sunapee ballot numbers: General Election Results 2012

Turnout in Sunapee  was at 84.6%: 2,041 ballots cast of 2,411 registered voters. In the 2008, the General Election turnout was 77%.

Democrat Maggie Hassan is the N.H. Governor-elect. She won in Sunapee with 1006 votes against Republican Ovide Lamontagne, 948.

Ann McLane Kuster (D) will be the next Congressional representative for District 2. The Sunapee vote: Kuster, 844. Charlie Bass, 1,047.

Executive Councilor Ray Burton (R) won in District 1. In Sunapee, Burton received 1379 votes, challenger Beth Funicella (D), 626.

State Senator Bob Odell (R-Lempster) won the District 8 race against challenger Ckristopher Wallenstein (D-Bennington). In Sunapee: Odell, 1,378. Wallenstein, 545.

Republicans appears to have held on to the Senate in New Hampshire:  13-11.  A re-count will occur in District 9 where Democrat Lee Nyquist lost to Republican Andy Sanborn by less than 200 votes.

The New Hampshire House swung blue and will include two Democrats from Sunapee, Sue Gottling and Linda Tanner. Democrats won a 221 to 178 majority with one race still undecided, NHPR reports.

Former state Rep. Sue Gottling (D-Sunapee) won the District 2 race in Sullivan County defeating Spec Bowers (R-Sunapee), 57-43%. The Sunapee vote: Gottling, 1138. Bowers, 798.  The two-town district includes Croydon, where Gottling and Bowers split the vote, 205-205.

In the eight-town floterial District 9 in Sullivan County, challenger Linda Tanner (D-Sunapee) defeated incumbent Thomas Howard (R-Croydon), 54-46%. Sunapee gave Tanner 896 votes, Howard, 951. The district total: Tanner, 5,525. Howard, 4,759.

County Treasurer Michael Sanders (R) defeated Jim McClammer (D), 9,683 to 9,550. Sunapee gave Sanders 1,071 votes, McClammer, 684.

Also, on the ballot in uncontested races were: Sheriff Mike Prozzo, County Attorney Marc Hathaway,  Register of Deeds Sharron King and Register of Probate Diane Davis.

Democrat Jeff Barrett retained the County Commissioner seat in the 1st District in a race against challenger Donald Clarke (R), 10,431 to 9,073. In Sunapee, Barrett, 744. Clarke, 1,027.

Ethel Jarvis (D) took the Sullivan County Commissioner seat in the 3rd District with 9,902 votes against John Callum (R), 9,484. Sunapee count: Jarvis, 746. Callum, 1,036.

Visit the NH Secretary of State for county results.

Voters in New Hampshire rejected changing the State Constitution as measures failed to get the needed two-thirds approval.

Question 1, the income tax question, sought to disallow the General Court from imposing any new taxes or fees on personal income. Question 2 would have given the legislature concurrent rule making powers for the state’s court system.

The vote in Sunapee on Question 1, Yes 1012, No 796 and on Question 2, Yes 873, No 891.

Click Horning to perform at Sunapee Coffeehouse Nov. 9

Singer, guitarist, composer Click Horning will be joined by Joanie Horning on bass and Justin Ferren on guitar for a Sunapee Community Coffeehouse performance on Friday, November 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. The CoffeeHouse is held at the Sunapee Methodist Church, Lower Main Street. There is no cover charge. The hat is passed for the musicians. Al Peterson, Sunapee, will be the emcee. Paul Howe Photography is the evening sponsor.

Horning has a number of albums to his credit including the favorite: Tracks. He was the lead and front man for Night Kitchen; the group still plays occasionally in the area.

The following Coffeehouse show will be on Saturday, November 17 (7 to 9 p.m.) when Neptune’s Car performs. This is a special Saturday performance.

For more info including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit the Coffeehouse website: sunapeecoffeehouse.org.

Sunapee Dems Gottling and Tanner win N.H. House seats

Sunapee, N.H. – 84.6% of Sunapee’s registered voters cast ballots in this year’s General Election on November 6. The local vote counts are available via the town website (homepage) or you can download them here (PDF 279 kb): Sunapee General Election Results 2012

In Sullivan County House District 2 (Sunapee-Croydon), Sue Gottling (D-Sunapee) defeated one-term incumbent Spec Bowers (R-Sunapee). The vote count: 1,343 to 1,003, 57% to 43%, according to NHPR published results. Gottling won Sunapee (1,138 to 798) and split the Croydon vote (205 to 205).

In Sullivan County House District 9 (Plainfield, Grantham, Croydon, Cornish, Newport, Unity, Springfield and Sunapee) Linda Tanner (D-Sunapee) defeated one-term incumbent Tom Howard (R-Croydon). The vote count: 5,525 to 4,759, 54% to 46%. (Unity confirmed Wednesday morning for SunapeeNews.com the District 9 vote count in Unity, the last town in the eight-town district to report, and it showed Tanner edging out Howard, 349 to 323.)


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