Sunapee Seniors to host candidates forum

The Sunapee Seniors will hold their annual Candidates Day meeting on Monday, February 24 at 1 p.m. at the Sunapee Methodist Church, Lower Main Street. The public is invited to attend. All candidates for Sunapee school and town offices have been invited to present their views and qualifications. Election Day is Tuesday, March 11.

Also, at the Seniors meeting, Sunapee Town Manager Donna Nashawaty and Superintendent of Schools Russell Holden will answer questions about town and school warrant articles and Director Mary Danko from Abbott Library will give a progress report on the new town library under construction.

If the weather is inclement, the meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 25 at 1:00 at the Sunapee Methodist Church.

Sunapee Schools: On the bulletin board

Sunapee, N.H. – Sunapee schools return to class after holiday vacation on Wednesday, January 2, 2012. For the school calendar and other school news, visit the SAU 85 website:

Tuesday, January 8

  • Girls / Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Concord Christian, 5 p.m. / 6:30 p.m., Sherburne Gymnasium, Route 11.
  • Middle School Geographic Bee, 7 p.m., Sunapee Middle High School, North Road.
Wednesday, January 9
  • School Budget Hearing, SMHS Library Media Center,  6 p.m.
  • School Board Meeting, SMHS Library Media Center, 7 p.m.
  • Sunapee Central Elementary School Band / Chorus First Concert, 6:30 p.m., Sherburne Gymnasium (1/10/13 Emergency Date)

Monday, January 14

  • Boys JV / Varsity Basketball vs. Moultonborough, 5 p.m. / 6:30 p.m., Sherburne Gymnasium

Sunapee school board will hold “meet and greet” for new principal

The Sunapee School Board has invited the public to meet Jodi Bergen, the new Sunapee Central Elementary School principal. The meet and greet will be held on Monday, August 20, at the Central Elementary School library, 5:30-7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

“All we will need is you and your family to make the event a success. This meet and greet is open to everyone; you do not need to have a child enrolled at the elementary school to attend,” says the SAU announcement. “We hope to see you there!”

Sunapee school board likely to fill vacancy in August

A vacancy on the Sunapee School Board will likely be filled on Wednesday, August 1, when the school board next meets.

At the June school board meeting, members discussed filling the vacancy, said SAU 85 Superintendent Brendan Minnihan. For the appointment, the board is considering recent school board candidates.

In May, Ed Bailey resigned from the school board because of employment requirements.

Now serving on the school board are Shaun Carroll (chair), Kim Denney (vice-chair), Brian Garland and Paul Skarin, who was elected in March 2012. The other school board candidates this year were Maria Fair, Michael Ripley and Paulette Rowell.

The board also discussed others options, appointing a former school board member or opening the position to all. However, the board is likely to appoint one of the school board candidates to complete the term, which will be up for election in March 2013, according to Minnihan.

As customary, the five-member school board will not meet in July. Meetings resume in August. They are held on first Wednesday of the month in the library media center at the middle high school on North Road.

The school board over-sees SAU 85 with an enrollment of 453 students (pre-school through grade 12, as of October 2011) and an operating budget of $10.7 million for 2012/2013.

Sunapee Schools: On the bulletin board

School Band and Chorus To Perform at Great East Music Festival

The Sunapee Middle School Band and Chorus are scheduled to perform at the Great East Music Festival in Westfield, Massachusetts, on May 25, 2012.

Middle high school music teacher Dana Pruett said the Middle School Band and Chorus will perform, while at the festival, for a panel of adjudicators at Westfield North Middle School during the morning hours. The adjudicators will then conduct a mini-clinic with each group, building on each ensemble’s strengths by offering practical ways to improve.

Following the performances the groups will travel to Six Flags New England for an afternoon of fun in the park.

“The middle school groups thank the Sunapee community for their support throughout the year,” added Pruett.

Other school activities and events: See below and view the Sunapee school calendar and home page.

  • Friday, May 18 ♦ Drop off items for Nature’s Classroom Yard Sale, 5-7 p.m., Sherburne Gym. (Please, NO computers, microwaves, stereo equipment, tires, clothing or stuffed animals.)
  • Saturday, May 19 ♦ Nature’s Classroom Yard Sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Sherburne Gym, Route 11, Sunapee.
  • Wednesday, May 23♦ Sunapee Central Elementary School (SCES) Art Show, 5:30 p.m.> ♦ SCES Grade 5 Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m., Sherburne Gym ♦ Sunapee Middle High School (SMHS) Art Show Opening and Reception, 6:30PM, SMHS Commons. (Art show will be on display through May 30.)
  • Thursday, May 24 ♦ SMHS Academic Awards, 5 p.m., Mount Sunapee Resort (Goosefeathers Pub), Newbury
  • Friday, May 25 ♦ Memorial Day Program, 8:30 a.m., SCES Flagpole
  • Monday, May 28 ♦ Memorial Day Observance – No School
  • Tuesday, May 29 ♦ SMHS Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m., SMHS Gym
  • Wednesday, May 30 ♦ Prize Speaking for Grades 4 – 5, 6:30 p.m., SCES Library ♦ Prize Speaking for Grades 6 – 12, 7 p.m., SMHS Music Room

Photo by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee

Sunapee Sports Awards at SMHS gym March 12

Correction: The Sunapee Middle High School Sports Awards will be held March 12, 2012, at the Middle High School gym, 10 North Road. Time: 6 p.m. See the Latest Sports Schedules via

Sunapee School District: On the bulletin board

School calendar notes

March 12, 2012 – Sunapee Middle High School Winter Sports Awards at the SMHS Gym, 6 p.m.

March 14, 2012 – Sunapee School Board meeting, Sunapee Middle High School (Media Center), 7 p.m.

March 14, 2012 – Sunapee Parent Teacher Organization meeting, Sunapee Central Elementary School library, 6:30 p.m.

Voting and Election Day is March 13

Election Day and the second session of Town Meeting to vote on school (and town) warrants is Tuesday, March 13. The polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sherburne Gym, Route 11.

The  school district’s Annual Report, which lists this year’s warrant articles, is now available at various locations around town and on-line at the SAU 85 website.

Four candidates are running for the Sunapee School Board. The five-member board has one position, a 3-year term, up for election.

Meet the candidates for the Sunapee School Board - Sunapee News

Dedication honors Judy Trow

Judy Trow, vice president of the Sunapee School Board, is retiring from the board.

The school district dedicated this year’s Annual Report to Trow.

Beginning with her leadership roles as a student at Sunapee High School, continuing through 20 years of dedicated teaching in the Sunapee School District and now concluding many years of active and enthusiastic service as  a member of the school board, Judy exemplifies the spirit of the small New Hampshire town that has been her home for all of her life. –  Sunapee School District 2011 Annual Report

Hot off the press, Sunapee’s annual school report

A photo of the historic Blodgett House on Lower Main Street is on the cover of the school district's annual report. The renovated building now houses the SAU's business offices.

The Sunapee School District Annual Report (for the year ending June 2011) is now available.

Download the report at the SAU 85 website or here:

Sunapee School Report for year ending June 2011 – (PDF 3.2 MB)

This is the school district’s first independently published report. Prior years, the school and town reports were printed in one book.

Sunapee no longer mails annual reports to all Sunapee households. Reports are available on-line and at locations around town.

The school report is available at the following locations: SAU 85 Office (Lower Main Street), Town Offices (Edgemont Road), Sunapee Post Office (High Street), Abbott Lower (Route 11), Sunapee Transfer Station (as of March 2 – Avery Road), Pizza Chef (Route 11), Lake Sunapee and Sugar River banks (Route 11), and Jake’s store (Route 11, Georges Mills). And it will be available on Election Day, March 13, 2012, at the Sherburne Gym.

If you want the booklet mailed to you, contact Kathy Ward at the SAU 85, 603-763-4627 or, and give your mailing address.

Four in race for one Sunapee School Board seat

Four candidates are vying for one open seat on the Sunapee School Board.  Maria Fair, Michael Ripley, Paulette Rowell and Paul Skarin are seeking the three-year term. Other SAU 85 school district officers and candidates on the 2012 ballot are: Moderator (one-year term) – Harry Gale; Treasurer (one-year term) – Alan Doherty; and Clerk (one-year term) – open.

Town Meeting and Election Day is Tuesday, March 13, 2012, when Sunapee voters decide town and school district business. Sunapee is a  New Hampshire SB2 town, and held its deliberative sessions earlier in February. The warrant articles moved to the ballot at the deliberative sessions are provided here:

2012 School District Warrant (PDF – 106 KB)

2012 Town of Sunapee Warrant ( PDF – 106 KB)

The town warrant and ballot are also available via the town website (under Town News and Notices.)

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The filing period has begun

The filing period runs from January 19 through January 28 for candidates seeking election to local town and school offices in Sunapee. Filing forms for town offices are available at the Town Clerk’s office and, for school positions, at the SAU office. School and town elections will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2011.

Sunapee town offices due for re-election are listed below and on the Town Warrant.

  • 1 Selectman – 3 Year Term
  • 1 Treasurer – 1 Year Term
  • 1 Fire Engineer – 4 Year Term
  • 1 Cemetery Commissioner – 3 Year Term
  • 2 Library Trustees – 3 Year Term
  • 1 Trustee of Trust Fund – 3 Year Term
  • 2 Planning Board Members – 3 Year Term
  • 2 Water & Sewer Commissioners – 3 Year Term
  • 1 Zoning Board Members – 3 Year Term
  • 1 Zoning Board Members – 2 Year Term
  • 1 Zoning Board Members – 1 Year Term

The SAU office at 68 Main Street, Sunapee Harbor, has the filing forms for candidates running for school offices. During the filing period–today through January 28–the office will be open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunapee School District offices up for re-election are listed below and on the school warrant, which is posted in three locations in town (the school, school gym and town hall.  The SAU does not post the Sunapee School District Warrant on-line.)

  • 1 School Moderator – 1 Year Term
  • 1 School Clerk – 1 Year Term
  • 1 School Treasurer – 1 Year Term
  • 2 School Board Members – 3 Year Term

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2011 Town Warrant awaits Sunapee voters

New London: Interested in getting more involved?

Sunapee School Budget Hearing Jan. 13

The Sunapee School District (SAU 85) will hold its budget hearing tonight, Wednesday, January 13 at the Sunapee Middle High School at 7 p.m.

Candidates for Sunapee school offices can obtain election filing forms at the Sunapee SAU office at 68 Main Street, Sunapee, from January 19 – January 29 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The following offices are due for re-election: school moderator (1-year term), school treasurer (1-year term,  school clerk (1-year term), and two school board members  (3-year terms).

The town’s budget and bond hearing will be held on Tuesday, January 19 at the Sunapee Town Offices at 7 p.m.

Flu Prompts Sunapee to Postpone School Dance

Over the past week, the Sunapee schools have seen an increase in both the level of absences in general and the level of absences due to influenza like illness, including H1N1, according to Dr. Brendan Minnihan, the superintendent of the Sunapee School Administative Unit, SAU 85.

“However, in the past day (Thursday, October 29), the absence levels have decreased from where they were earlier in the week. In any event, the administrative and nursing staffs at the middle high school and elementary school continue to monitor the level and reasons for absences,” Minnihan wrote to “This information is shared daily with the state.”

Sunapee News was no specific numbers as to the current absentee rate in Sunapee.

The NH Department of Health and Human Services reports for the weekend ending October 17 influenza activity in the state was “widespread.”

The flu and related concerns, as well as the number of students and staff absent, did prompt the school to postpone (until further notice) the middle school dance scheduled for tonight.

“The School District is also working with the Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network to plan a H1N1 flu vaccine clinic. The tentative date for the clinic is November 19th.  Parents, students, and siblings who wish to receive the H1N1 vaccine may do so at this time,” Minnihan reported.

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Planning Board and Selectmen Will Discuss the Sunapee Center

Discussion in Sunapee about the Sunapee Center, a 5-acre parcel with buildings on Sargent Road, continues this week when the town’s planning board meets with the board of selectmen on Thursday, August 20 at 7:30 p.m. The planning board continues to work on revisions to the town’s 1998 master plan, a multi-year process that began in 2006. Tomorrow’s session take places as part of the planning board’s master plan meeting, regularly held the third Thursday of the month.

The board of selectmen August 10 met with other town and school representatives, members of the school board and board of trustees of Abbott Library, to discuss possible uses of the Sunapee Center complex. Located across the town’s safety service building, the property is also near the central elementary school and Sherburne gym and adjacent to the state highway that cuts through the center of town. Town leaders and community members are looking at the property to see if it makes sense to acquire the property for future civic needs and to possibly centralize services and create a town center complex.

The property, taken over by Claremont Savings Bank by foreclosure, includes open land and buildings.

For more info: Read the selectmen minutes for August 10, 2009

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Sunapee Officials ‘Have a Go’ at Sunapee Center Aug. 10

“Just want to thank the Sunapee Board of Selectmen for taking the time at their last meeting to listen to the idea of the Town of Sunapee acquiring a 5 acre piece of property,” said Rem Mastin, Sunapee. This occurred after Mastin, in a letter published in the InterTown Record, suggested the town look at the Sunapee Center on Sargent Road for a new complex to eventually centralize town services in one location. He listed different civic projects in the planning stages that might be suitable for the site. (See article: It’s a Unique Opportunity Says Mastin.)

Although not on the agenda, the selectmen took up Mastin’s idea July 27 and agreed to invite the Sunapee school board and library trustees to the August 10 meeting to discuss the possibilities. Continue reading

Sunapee School Board Vacancy as of Aug. 1

The Sunapee school board will soon have a vacancy. When it met July 1, it accepted the resignation of school board member Hershel Strickland effective August 1. Strickland is re-locating out of town, according to the SAU office. The school board will advertise the opening and fill the vacancy by appointment. The term will run until the school elections in March 2010. Sunapee residents interested in serving on the school board can contact the Sunapee school district office (SAU 85) at 68 Main Street, phone 603-763-4627.

Other school board members are Shaun Carroll, Jr., chair, Judy Trow, vice chair, Ed Bailey, Jr. and Kim Denney. Brendan F. Minnihan is the Superintendent of Schools.

Strickland also is known locally for writing a community column that’s been published in area newspapers, most recently in the InterTown Record.


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