Sunapee Selectmen Meet August 24

The Sunapee board of selectmen meets next on Monday, August 24 at 7 p.m. at the town hall on Edgemont Road. The agenda (posted on the town website) shows appointments with Police Chief David Cahill regarding a new officer and with Spec Bowers from the budget advisory committee regarding the 2010 budget. Listed under “selectmen action,” there will be a discussion about parking ordinances also a “discussion regarding granite benches.” Meetings are open to the public and held in the lower level meeting room.

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

Abbott Library Accepts Book Sale Donations

Abbott Library, Sunapee, is now accepting donations for its annual book sale to be held on Saturday, July 11 at the Sherburne Gym. If you intend to donate more than a few boxes or want more information, please call the library at 603-763-5513 or email:

Police Update, PEG-TV, Scenic Byway on Sunapee Selectmen Agenda

The Sunapee board of selectmen, chaired by Stephen “Steve” White, will hold a regular meeting at the town offices at 23 Edgemont Road on Monday, April 6 starting at 7 p.m. The board elected White as chairman at the March 23 meeting. William “Bill” Roach, re-elected to the board in March, was voted vice-chairman. (Selectmen minutes for March 23).

Other members of the 2009 board are Emma Smith, Fred Gallup and new member Charlotte Brown, also, elected in March.

The selectmen agenda for Monday includes a semi-annual update by Sunapee Police Chief David Cahill and an update on PEG access (public, education, government access to local cable television). Also on the agenda are: Public comments, selectmen committee assignments, a review of April and May meeting dates and a report by Town Manager on the Lake Sunapee Scenic and Cultural Byway.

Sunapee Says NO to Several Money Articles. Elects Brown and Roach for Selectmen


Greeting voters at the polls outside the Sherburne Gym in Sunapee: Stephen White (left) holding Roach for Selectman sign, Brian Garland (center) and Charlotte Brown (right).

The recession is everywhere. Like other towns on voting day, Sunapee said NO to several money articles for capital reserve funds and new trucks, equipment and paving. Voters also said NO to building a sidewalk along River Road.

In the only contested election in town, Charlotte Brown (475) and incumbent William “Bill” Roach (446) won three-year terms to the board of selectmen. It was a three-way contest, Brian Garland (373) came up short.

Sunapee said YES (393-337) to the town budget of $5,691,897 and to the school budget of $9,881,537 (456-296).

All water and sewer articles passed including $300,000 to engineer and put out to bid a sewer project for the Perkins Pond area. Approved was $570,000 for an upgrade to the waste-water treatment plant with monies to come from the water and sewer capital reserve fund. It also allows the town to receive any available grant monies and funds from New London to defray project costs.

All but one article for the school passed. Voters said NO to $150,000 for the new school administrative unit (SAU 85) Office Capital Reserve Fund. It failed by 140 votes.

Municipal election results are:

  • Alan Doherty – Town Treasurer
  • Betty Ramspott – Town Clerk & Tax Collector
  • Mark B. Scott – Fire Engineer
  • J. William Scharff – Trustee of Trust Funds
  • Rhonda Gurney, Tracy Nangeroni and Faith Webb Reney – Library Trustees
  • Jeffrey Trow – Cemetery Commissioner
  • Robert Stanley – Planning Board
  • Harry Gazelle and Robert Henry – Zoning Board of Adjustment

The water and sewer commission, planning board and cemetery commission had openings that attracted no candidates.

In uncontested races, Harry Gale was re-elected school moderator, Judith Trow to the school board, and Alan Doherty, school treasurer. No one filed for school clerk.

The turnout was 29% with 775 voters of 2696 casting ballots.

Election results are on the town website.

Related Articles:

Sunapee Votes March 10. Take Our Poll. (Sunapee News)

Sunapee 2009 Town Warrant Voting Results (Sunapee News)

Sunapee Deliberative Sessions Feb. 2 and 3

Monday, February 2

SAU 85 Sunapee School Deliberative Session

Sunapee Middle High School (gym), North Road, at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, February 3

Sunapee Town Deliberative Session

Sunapee Middle High School (gym), North Road, at 7 p.m.

Sunapee Budget Hearing is Wednesday, January 14

sunapeemeetingrmSunapee will hold its town budget hearing tomorrow, Wednesday, January 14 at 7 p.m. in the meeting room at the Town Hall on Edgemont Road. Anyone bringing coffee and cookies? Continue reading

Sunapee Planners Expect to Publish Revised Master Plan in 2009

“You got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there,” said Yogi Berra, the baseball catcher. So, it can be said about community planning to meet the demands of growth, development and environmental protection. One tool town planners use to “get there” is a master plan and the master plan process that involves the community at large.

So, where is Sunapee in its Master Plan process? Continue reading

Public Hearing is Dec. 18 for Zoning Amendments in Sunapee

Thursday, December 18, the Sunapee Planning Board will hold a public hearing on this year’s proposed zoning amendments including a wind turbine ordinance. The hearing starts at 7:15 p.m. at the town hall meeting room.

CLICK HERE for our prior article and a correction made in describing proposed Amendment No. 2.

Message of Thanks from Sunapee Christmas Celebration Co-Chairs

sunapee-harbor-christmas-logoSunapee Magical Christmas Co-Chairs Scott Blewitt, Betty Ramspott, Rhonda Gurney and Sharon Thielicke send a message of thanks to all those that participated in this year’s celebration.

The Harbor’s 3rd annual Christmas celebration on December 6st was indeed a “magical” event, thanks to participation by the entire community. We want to extend a heartfelt thank-you to all the elves that helped take this event from a vision to reality, with their generous donations of time, financing, creativity and skill.

“They say it takes a village…. but we know it is a community coming together which makes a special day like this possible,” writes Sharon Thielicke, on behalf of the event organizers. “From the Sunapee Fire Department, EMS Squad, Town Manager, Highway and Police Departments, Mount Royal Academy, Lions Club, Sunapee Central Elementary School, Sunapee Athletic Leadership Council, LSPA Office, Lake Sunapee Chamber of Commerce, Sunapee Recreation, Abbott Library, Sunapee Beautification Committee, Sunapee Gardeners, to the local businesses, residents and established committees, the list of contributing elves is extensive and would fill many pages to include each by name in this publication. Santa and the Grinch were wonderful as they shared the spirit of Christmas in the Harbor!” Continue reading

One of Those Wacky Things: Sunapee Looney Lunge

looney-lunge_in-the-water6“The looney lunge is one of those wacky things that everybody should say they have tried, at least once!” says Scott Blewitt, one of the organizers of last weekend’s holiday celebration at Sunapee Harbor. And if you missed it, there is always next year!

Blewitt is the director of the Sunapee Recreation Department that organized the Looney Lunge. It was one of the activities of the town’s Magical Christmas Celebration December 6. The Rec Department sends special thanks to the Sunapee Fire Department for helping out and ensuring a safe as well as fun event. The department had emergency personnel in the water and on land.

Sunapee Recreation Director Scott Blewitt (left) with Looney Lungers

Sunapee Recreation Director Scott Blewitt (left) with Looney Lungers

Photos of the Looney Lunge courtesy of the Meehans, Sunapee.

For more photos now posted on Flickr, CLICK HERE.

December Sampling of New Materials at Abbott Library

abbottlibraryopenflagHere’s a very brief sampling of new materials at Abbott Library. Visit the library or its website for a complete list.

There’s Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou, and available in print and on audio CD. For an interesting book about NH social issues, how growth and development affects community, read Communities & Consequences : The Unbalancing of New Hampshire’s Human Ecology, and What We Can Do About It by Peter Francese.

For music fans, there’s the book  Hitman: Forty Years Making Music, Topping Charts & Winning Grammys by David Foster; recently you may have seen Foster on PBS Great Performances. On CD, there’s Andrea Bocelli‘s new release Incanto, Faith Hill’s Joy to the World, and The Christmas Collection by Amy Grant.

Non-fiction titles that caught my eye:

  • How to Cook Everything: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman
  • Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Lift and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt by H. W. Brands
  • Etched in Stone: Enduring Words from Our Nation’s Monuments Ryan Coonerty

Abbott Library, corner of Rte. 11 and Main Street, Sunapee: OPEN Mon/Wed 9-8, Thurs/Fri 9-6, Sat 9-1, Sun/Tues Closed.

Related Articles

Sunapee Harbor Riverway vote supports new library

The Board of Directors of the Sunapee Harbor Riverway Corporation has voted to sell the Harbor Hotel lot to the Town of Sunapee for the purpose of locating the new town library.

New library plan for former Harbor Hotel property at Sunapee Harbor

New library plan for former Harbor Hotel property at Sunapee Harbor.

As part of the $400,000 purchase price, the Riverway will accept up to $200,000 in donated Riverway shares owned by members of the community. This action by the Board reduces the total cash price of the purchase to $200,000.

After getting input from shareholders, the Riverway Board took this action, and it hopes that it will assist the library in fundraising.

This historical location should be preserved for use by the Town, and it is uniquely suited for the library, says a Riverway spokesperson.

“The Riverway’s decision is a fantastic one for our community!” says Trustee Chair Rhonda Gurney for Abbott Library.  “This vote of support of the new library is very much appreciated. This is a very generous contribution to the project.” Continue reading

Roach, Wyman and Ramspott honored for service in Sunapee

Ron Wyman, Gordon Ramspott and Bill Roach honored for service to Sunapee

In front of River Road water pump station, Ron Wyman, Gordon Ramspott and Bill Roach honored for service.

An award ceremony, Saturday afternoon October 11 in front of the River Road water pump station in Sunapee, honored the combined 100 years of service to the community of Ron Wyman, Gordon Ramspott and Bill Roach. Continue reading


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