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Photo of Sunapee’s Harbor House Livery is a contest finalist. Voting is underway.

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Photos of Sunapee’s Harbor House Livery courtesy of Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee.

Sunapee, N.H. — A dramatic winter photograph of the historic Harbor House Livery in Sunapee Harbor Village is one of 50 finalists in Kearsarge Magazine’s First Annual Photo Contest.

Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee, submitted the entry.

“My entry (listed #11 in the magazine contest) was taken on a beautiful January morning,” said Charlotte.

She also submitted a photo of ducks.

“It’s usually quiet in the harbor off-season and several ducks (#26) take advantage of the peaceful water there.”

The Kearsarge Magazine announced its First Annual Photography Contest earlier this year looking for photos of people, places and things in the Lake Sunapee/Kearsarge region.

“Many of the area’s amateur photographers have submitted their best shots and now is the time to vote at the Kearsarge Magazine website,” explained Charlotte. Voting continues until Friday, April 5, 2013.

Sunapee’s Harbor House Livery, seen from the back and reflected in the river, has become Charlotte’s number one subject. She photographs the view throughout the year and at different times of the day.

“I keep my camera with me at all times,” added Charlotte, who is a retired Sunapee schoolteacher.  “I never know when or where I’ll find a photo opportunity and Sunapee Harbor is a great place to visit any day or time.”

To view the contest finalists and pick your favorite, visit the Kearsarge Magazine.

The magazine will publish the winning image in its summer issue.

Sunapee Green-Up Day is May 7th

  • Learn more about Sunapee Green-Up Day by clicking on the poster above…or go to:
  • Download, print and share the 2011 Green-Up Day poster (PDF 262 KB) here: Green-Up Day 2011 Poster
  • Find what you need to know at the Green-Up website. It includes street maps, volunteer forms, and helpful tips for participants.
  • And if you need more information, contact Rhonda Gurney, Sunapee, or Sunapee Road Agent Tony Bergeron.

Remember the rope tows in downtown Sunapee?

Remember when….the rope tows operated in “downtown” Sunapee?  The photo was taken by Lou Thompson, and “it looks like Charlie Boyce bringing a young girl up the hill,” said Ron Garceau, publisher of SooNipi Magazine.

See yesterday’s Sunapee News article—Lost Ski Areas in SooNipi Country

And to share your memories of skiing downtown Sunapee or learning to ski on a rope tow or at one of New England’s lost ski areas, just leave a comment.

The photo–Ski Tow Hill looking across toward High and Elm streets–comes to us courtesy of Ron Garceau, publisher of SooNipi Magazine, which chronicles the people, businesses, recreation, lifestyles and history of the area.

Lost Ski Areas of SooNipi Country

Click on the image for a PDF of the entire article.

As New England ski areas gear up for what they hope to be a busy holiday season, there are others less fortunate. Recent articles have lamented the loss of ski areas in New Hampshire and Vermont, and they often reference the New England Lost Ski Areas Project.

So, what about lost ski areas in the Sunapee area?

Lost Ski Areas of SooNipi Country, an article by John Warren, was published by Soonipi Magazine in the winter of 2007-2008. It also referenced  NELSAP and its website.

With permission from Ron Garceau, publisher of the Soonipi, here it is. Just click on the image or SooNipi Winter 2007-08 P.46-49 (PDF 197 KB).

Sunapee’s Ski Tow Hill

Unlike many lost ski areas that are sold off for private development, Ski Tow Hill on Route 103B in Sunapee is now public property, owned by the town, and has been officially named Harry Tilton Park. It continues to serve the interest of outdoor enthusiasts offering open-space, forest land and recreation. A new play area, the Lynne Peirce Memorial Playground, opened in 2010, and the town rec department is considering other features for the site.

Rope tow is gone and XC is alive at Dexter’s

At Dexter’s Inn on Stagecoach Road, Sunapee, where there once was a rope tow,  cross-country is alive. The inn offers a network of cross-country ski and snowshoe trails that crisscross the 20 acre property. The ski center is managed by the folks from Norsk who built and maintain the trails and give lessons, said innkeeper John Augustine. This year, Dexter’s is adding night snowshoeing (with headlamps) and horse-drawn sleigh rides. And with more snow, some 6 to 12 inches, the ski center can open.

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Sunapee town offices post holiday hours

The Sunapee Transfer Station will close at noon on Friday, December 24, and be closed all day on Christmas day and New Year’s Day. The Sunapee Town Offices will close at noon on Wednesday, December 22, and be closed on Friday, December 24; Saturday, December 25; and Friday, December 31. The Sunapee board of selectmen, with no agenda items scheduled, canceled their Monday, December 27 meeting. (Selectmen meeting agendas and minutes are available on the town website;  minutes are available by subscribing to town news.)

Sunapee artisan stitches whimsical accessories from decorative discards

For Susan, a day just doesn’t seem complete without some hand-stitching.

Three years ago this December, Susan Farland, Sunapee, with a box of handcrafted pins in hand, went over to the Fiber Studio in Henniker. “I was thrilled,” said Susan. “I made my first sale. They bought a batch of  pins.”

Susan combines layers of felted wool with thread and decorative “discards” to create whimsical and colorful accessories: small purses, ornaments and pins (shown here).

So it began, her handcrafted business: Fiber Art by Susan. It stitches together her love of hand sewing and working with wool.

Susan combines layers of felted wool with thread and decorative “discards” to create whimsical and colorful accessories: pins, ornaments and small purses. She also creates wine totes, potted pin plants and small wall hangings.

“I love creating something new from something else.” Cast off clothing—sweaters to socks—and beads, pieces of jewelry, such as a stranded earring, all make their way into designs.

In 2007, Susan found herself flat on her back from an injury. “I was spending my time lying down, reading and watching the bird feeder. A friend came over and suggested that I might want to be more productive…how about a sewing project.”

Her friend then returned with a penny rug kit from the Dorr Mill Store. “I completed it within a few days. I loved it.”

“Wool has taken over my life”

“Through the years, I’ve explored many different crafts…” Mosaics. Block printing. Quilting. “I have a fascination with quilting.”

Susan was a primary school teacher for 20 years in the Kearsarge District, and before taught grades two and three in Unity. “Working with kids and exploring materials and what one can make” influence her work. “I always appreciated children’s art…It would have been fun to be an art teacher, if I was to do it all over again.”

For now, however, one could say, “wool has taken over [my] life.”  And that’s a good thing. She’s also looking forward to having an “official home studio.” Her husband Gerry is building that aspect of the business.

As for selling her handcrafted designs, Susan attends fairs and sells to shops including Allioops! in New London, NH; the antique store Stephen Score Inc in Boston; and the Textile Museum Shop in Washington, DC. And she goes to fairs and festivals. They take her on the road from Bow, New London and Warner to Norwich, VT. She admits, however, “I’d rather be home creating.”

For more information

To contact Fiber Art by Susan, email: Phone 603-763-4887. Prices range from $18 to $28. Small tapestries start at $150.

Susan’s work is also on display at the Newport Library Arts Center in the Gallery of Gifts. The holiday show ends this Saturday, December 18.

Bowers appointed to ED&A House committee

Spec Bowers, Sunapee’s recently elected representative to the New Hampshire House, has been appointed to the Executive Departments and Administration Committee.

“By happy coincidence, Steve Winter from Newbury is on the same committee,” said Bowers (R-Sunapee). “I’ve known him for years and years. I’m glad to be working with him.”

Steven J. Winter (R-Newbury) was also elected to the House in November and represents the towns of Newbury and Sutton, Merrimack County District 3.

It shall be the duty of the Committee on Executive Departments and Administration to consider matters pertaining to the general administration of state laws and changes therein; matters of policy pertaining to the executive departments; matters relating to the New Hampshire Retirement System; matters pertaining to the administration of professional licensing; review of performance audits, and such other matters as may be referred to it. — Committees and Their Duties, 2010-2011 House Rules

Sunapee planners will hold hearing on zoning amendments

The Sunapee planning board will hold a public hearing on seven proposed zoning amendments on Thursday, December 16 at 7:15 pm at the Sunapee Town Office building on Edgemont Road. If approved by voters in March, the changes would rezone residential areas within the town’s village districts; add a new mixed use district in the Avery Road area; and address issues related to signs, erosion control plans, and use of pervious surfaces in shoreline areas. Continue reading

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.

Lake Sunapee Turkey Trot Posts Photos

The 2010 Lake Sunapee Turkey Trot was held Thanksgiving morning. Over 800 runners and walkers participated in this year’s “fun-filled” event.  For a video, visit To view photos, courtesy of Gary Summerton Photography, go to the Turkey Trot photo album on Facebook.

SPTO Fundraiser Will Be Held at Sunapee Harbor Dec. 1st

The Sunapee Parent Teacher Organization is having a fund-raiser Wednesday, December 1st at Tattered Pages, 31 River Road, Sunapee Harbor. From 6 to 9 pm that evening, Tattered Pages–the local children’s book and toy store–will give 10% off all purchases and will donate 25% of all proceeds to the SPTO. One can also enter one’s name for a chance to win a Lia Sophia necklace.

This is the second year for the fund-raiser that benefits both shoppers and the Sunapee Central Elementary School (pre-school through 5th grade). The SPTO is now raising funds for an outdoor classroom, according to SPTO President Paulette Rowell.

For more information about the event and the SPTO, contact Paulette Rowell at

To print and share the flier (37KB pdf), click on: Tattered Pages-SPTO-2010.

Tattered Pages is owned by Sunapee native and long-time teacher Brenda Huff.  The shop offers books, toys, dress up, webkins, stuffed animals, games, puzzles, crafts kits, journals and more. Current hours are Saturday 10 am – 5 pm and Wednesday through Friday, 1 – 5 pm. (The SPTO event on Dec. 1st is 6 to 9 pm.) Phone: 603-763-2539. Tattered Pages is on Facebook.

Hubert and Seidel are Winners of Lake Sunapee Turkey Trot

“We closed the 2010 Lake Sunapee Turkey Trot with 813 racers!” reads the Turkey Trot website. “Thank you for your support, and we hope to see each of you again next year.”  This year’s race directors were Scott Blewitt, director of the Sunapee Rec Department, Mindy Flater, David Rowell, and Katie Flint. Here are the results for the 5K race held Thanksgiving morning, November 25 at Sunapee Harbor.

               ********** FEMALE OVERALL RESULTS ***********
    1 ARIEL HUBERT         22 NEWPORT         NH   20:54
    2 BONNIE CRUZ          39 SPRINGFIELD      NH   22:08
    3 DOT MARTIN           50 MONTPELIER      VT   22:11
                ********** MALE OVERALL RESULTS ***********
    1 WILLIAM SEIDEL       25 MADISON         WI   16:52
    2 JACOB DUBRE          19 NEW LONDON      NH   17:17
    3 JOE SHAW             29 GRANTHAM        NH   17:32 

                         MALE AGE GROUP:   01 - 17
    1    31 ANDREW FUCINI        16 WEST LEBANON       NH   21:20
    2    33 BRIAN PARSONS        17 SUNAPEE            NH   21:35
    3    37 CASEY HARGBOL        15 SUNAPEE            NH   21:53
                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:   01 - 17
    1   165 BETHANY ALDRICH      17 CLAREMONT          NH   26:41
    2   173 CRISTA HARGBOL       15 SUNAPEE            NH   26:53
    3   174 ABBY ARMSTRONG       14 SUNAPEE            NH   26:54
                         MALE AGE GROUP:   18 - 29
    1     4 CHARLES DEWEY        23 SUNAPEE            NH   17:41
    2     5 ANDREW LANTZ         18 SUNAPEE            NH   17:48
    3     6 NEAL GRAVES          27 CROYDON            NH   18:03
                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:   18 - 29
    1    56 WHITNEY HILTON       23 NEWBURY            NH   22:44
    2    64 JESSICA MERRILL      20 SUNAPEE            NH   23:23
    3    74 KATIE HARDY          29 MEDFORD            MA   23:50
                         MALE AGE GROUP:   30 - 39
    1     7 JAMES KOVACS         30 MONUMENT           CO   18:20
    2    12 BRIAN BETTENCOURT    30 SOMERVILLE         MA   19:17
    3    13 DENIS SWEENEY        30 NEW YORK           NY   19:18
                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:   30 - 39
    1    48 CHRISTINE MUNN       34 NEWTON             MA   22:31
    2    54 KELLY BREYOU         33 BOSTON             MA   22:42
    3    55 CARRIE STAMPFER      35 WELLESLEY          MA   22:43
                         MALE AGE GROUP:   40 - 49
    1    17 RICHARD CRATE JR     41 ENFIELD            NH   19:57
    2    19 DAVID NERROW         43 ACTON              MA   20:00
    3    22 BRIAN REYNOLDS       41 ANDOVER            NH   20:07
                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:   40 - 49
    1    78 SARAH LESTER         40 ANDOVER            NH   24:02
    2    88 KERRY O'TOOLE        47 NORWELL            MA   24:27
    3    90 KIM MCCRACKEN        40 NORTHWOOD          NH   24:30
                         MALE AGE GROUP:   50 - 69
    1    16 LEN HALL             57 ENFIELD            NH   19:42
    2    32 ANDY BOURKE          57 NEW LONDON         NH   21:29
    3    39 GUENTER K. HUBERT    55 NEWPORT            NH   22:02
                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:   50 - 69
    1    66 TRACY W. HAINES      52 NEW LONDON         NH   23:27
    2   292 DIANA PIOTROW        50 NEW LONDON         NH   30:35
    3   316 KATHY SPRINGSTEEN    61 SUNAPEE            NH   31:32
                         MALE AGE GROUP:   60 - 99
    1    83 MARCUS DAVIS         63 SUNAPEE            NH   24:19
    2   147 COURTNEY MARSHALL    60 GRANTHAM           NH   26:20
    3   153 RICHARD DAVIS        61 NEWPORT            NH   26:25
                        FEMALE AGE GROUP:   60 - 99
    1   316 KATHY SPRINGSTEEN    61 SUNAPEE            NH   31:32
    2   346 NANCY PRITCHARD      61 WOODSTOCK          CT   32:44
    3   381 EILEEN QUILL         66 SUNAPEE            NH   34:20

WHUR Chronicles 1821 Tornado that Ripped Through Sunapee

This morning in a series titled Storms That Changed New Hampshire, WMUR aired a segment about the 1821 killer tornado that ripped through Sunapee. “It was a hot, humid early-September day in 1821. A storm that started near Lake Champlain eventually spawned a tornado as it crossed the Connecticut River in the Upper Valley. It was a tornado that produced damage that New Hampshire has never seen again from a summer storm.”

For video and script , go to WMUR Weather:


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