Lake Sunapee UMC will hold Open House Sept. 14

Photo by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee, N.H.

Photo by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee, N.H.

Moultonborough Youth Praise Band and Sunapee Time Travelers to sing at Open House!

Sunapee, N.H. — (Announcement/article by The Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church) — There will be an Open House on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at The Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church from 1 to 4 p.m.

Many of us have been to or in the Methodist Church on the corner of Lower Main Street and Route 11. We have been to a meeting there, attended Sunapee Seniors, listened to music at the Community Coffeehouse or attended a wedding or a funeral. Some of us may have even visited a time of worship on Sunday morning.

But did you know that there is more going on that reaches into the community and around the world?

The church family is opening up its doors this weekend with an Open House.

In the parking lot (1-4 p.m.), we will have information tables and displays of some of the community opportunities. We will also have the Moultonborough Youth Praise Band and our own Sunapee Time Travelers singing.

It is a time to get to know us as we get to know you. Continue reading

Sunapee Gardeners: “We could use extra hands”

From the Sunapee Gardeners

Never too late to play in the dirt!

Sunapee Gardeners are seeking volunteers (male or female) to help in the town gardens this summer.

The Sunapee Gardeners are volunteers who come together to enhance our community by planting and maintaining the many gardens in the Sunapee and George’s Mills areas. Our main focus is the beautification of our town through our gardening endeavors and education programs. Sunapee Gardeners have been active beautifying the harbor since 1990. Your participation will bring you pleasure and pride in your community.

Help a little, help a lot. On planting day, June 1, we could use extra hands. If interested, call Peg Chalmers, Sunapee Gardeners chairperson, 603-763-5562.

Photo by Pat Hall, Sunapee

Medical Reserve Corps intern Chris Casey attends WalkBoston

Greater Sullivan County Medical Reserve Corps intern Christopher Casey (right) meets U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin at WalkBoston.

Greater Sullivan County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) intern Christopher Casey, of Colby Sawyer College, attended a special event in Boston Thursday, March 22, 2012.

WalkBoston is a large annual event promoting walkable communities for health and wellness. It was hosted in person by U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin.

Casey walked representing New Hampshire’s Greater Sullivan County MRC.

WalkBoston promotes making walking safer and easier to encourage better health, a cleaner environment and vibrant communities.

Casey is a Bachelor of Public Health candidate at Colby Sawyer College in New London. His internship project at the Greater Sullivan County Medical Reserve Corps has provided him with many experiences that show him how to organize a volunteer team for disaster relief.

Casey is also becoming an Medical Reserve Corps advocate by hosting a volunteer information session in April to recruit new volunteers and by posting health tips on Twitter.

The MRC is a group of willing and able volunteers, who can help the community when a public health emergency strikes.

  • For more information about how to join your local MRC Unit, or for internship opportunities, contact Jessica McAuliff, a regional coordinator of public health and preparedness, at (603) 398-2222.
  • Follow the unit on Twitter at and on the web at

6th Annual Sunapee Harbor Magic Dec 3

Save the date, Saturday, December 3rd. It’s the sixth annual celebration of Sunapee Harbor Magic with an array of holiday activities  planned from 1 to 4:30 pm at Sunapee Harbor village. There will be food and drinks offered on the MV Kearsarge and a sale of homemade pies and an a silent auction at Pete’s Shed on River Road. Also at Pete’s Shed you’ll find Santa’s workshops: gingerbread cookies, Christmas stories, crafts, magic performances and face painting. And at 2 pm the rec department will hold the Looney Lunge with costumed participants splashing into Lake Sunapee. Also, there will be hay rides, caroling and, at 4:30 pm, the harbor lighting. For a complete list of activities, here is this year’s flyer… to view, save and share with others.

Sunapee Harbor Magic 2011 – Flyer (PDF 459 KB)

It’s time to sign up for Sunapee Green-Up

Here’s an opportunity to be outdoors, help the community, and get a good workout, depending on the route you choose. Sunapee’s community-wide clean up is coming. Sunapee Green-Up Day is Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The rain date is Sunday, May 8.

The clean-up brings together families, neighbors and friends, and student and community groups–all pitching in to pick up litter and trash along Sunapee roads and highways and to give organizational support.

Like last year, after the clean up volunteers will gather at Sunapee Harbor at noon for a picnic. Local restaurants–Sunapee Pizza Chef, Sunapee Pizza Market, and Wildwood Smokehouse–will provide the food and the Sunapee Seniors, the desserts.

The more volunteers, the better

Sunapee Green-Up Day attracted 200 volunteers in 2010, and organizers hope more take part this year.

Rose Batts, the coordinator of the zone captains, said the Green-Up needs more people for the more demanding routes, such as routes 11 and 103 that have inclines and banks. She is putting out a call for volunteers to sign up for these more physically challenging sections of state highway. People usually work in pairs along both sides of the road in these areas, Batts said.

You will find a safety check list, helpful tips, road maps, and sign-up information on the Green-Up website.

Click on the links below for the street maps used for volunteer sign-ups and assignments.

For more information, contact Sunapee Road Agent Tony Bergeron ( or Rhonda Gurney (

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.

New London: Interested in getting more involved?

By New London Town Administrator Jessie Levine

Dear Citizens,

Interested in getting more involved with the town?

New London could not function without the time and experience of its many volunteers, both elected and appointed. The following positions will be up for election this year and will be voted upon at Town Elections on Tuesday, March 8, 2011:

1 Selectman – 3 years
1 Trustee of Trust Funds – 3 years
3 Budget Committee Members  – 3 years
1 Budget Committee Member – 1 year
1  Cemetery Commissioner – 3 years
2  Tracy Memorial Library Trustee – 3 years Continue reading

Sunapee Seniors hosts NEHSA at Jan. 10 meeting

Sunapee Seniors will present a program about the New England Handicapped Sports Association on Monday, January 10 at 1 pm at the Sunapee Methodist Church, 17 Lower Main Street. The public is invited to attend. Light refreshments will follow the program. NEHSA Director Tom Kersey will be the guest speaker. He will present a slide show about NEHSA activities including the role of its volunteer members who come from all sectors of the community and occupations….”doctors, nurses, policemen, firemen, students, office workers, plumbers, judges, lawyers, electricians, teachers, realtors, airline pilots, flight attendants, postal workers, UPS employees, information technology managers, pharmacists and machinists, to list a few,” notes the program announcement.

What this diverse group all shares is a common interest in working with students, children and adults, who have a variety of major to minor obstacles to navigate around: visual impairments, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, cancer, amputations, spinal cord injuries and autism…. These challenges do not hold them back from recreation and the snow sports they enjoy at Mount Sunapee Resort.

Joe Internicola is president of Sunapee Seniors and Ray Digiovanni, membership chair. For Sunapee Seniors membership information, contact Ray at 603-763-2937.

It’s a Sunapee Harbor Magic Invite

Get it here! The Sunapee Harbor Magic 2010 Flyer. It’s hot off the press and includes two pages, front and back that you can print and post and share with friends.

Sunapee Harbor Magic, sponsored by the Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce and local volunteeers, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 1 to 4:30 pm at Sunapee Harbor.

Celebrate the magic in our community by singing, sharing stories of your family’s traditions, having a hot cocoa and taking a hay ride, participating in a workshop, visiting Santa or by strolling through the harbor.

For more information and to volunteer, contact our local organizer Rhonda Gurney at And to download/view the Harbor Magic flyer, click here.

Mark Your Calendar: Sunapee Harbor Magic is Dec. 4

This year’s Sunapee Harbor Magic will be Saturday, December 4 from 1 to 4:30 pm at Sunapee Harbor, and the theme—A World of Celebration in Our Community—is inspiring activities of an international flavor.

There will be singing, story telling and the sharing of holiday traditions and treats. On the MV Kearsarge, the Sunapee Middle High School French Club will showcase French holiday traditions and foods. At Pete’ Shed, the school’s Art Club will display original art that has a global flare. They also will offer home cooked pies for sale.

This is Sunapee Harbor Magic’s 5th year and the community event will include children’s activities, crafts, hayrides, hot cocoa and food, and, yes, a visit by Santa at 2:30 pm.

“Hope to see you there,” said organizer Rhonda Gurney. “Come stroll through the harbor and share in the fun.”

For more information and to help out, contact Rhonda at 603-763-5696 or email:

Come if you dare to a Haunted Harbor Halloween


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There are some spooky things planned for Sunapee harbor. A Haunted Harbor Halloween will be held Sunday, October 31st. The invitation reads: Come if you dare.

Sunapee will hold its traditional trick-or-treating from 5 to 8 pm along Central Street and will close the road to vehicular traffic during that time. And there’s  lots stirrin’ at the harbor, as well.

Watch your step in the Ghostly Graveyard!   Jack-O-Lanterns will light your way, but beware of mummies, ghosts, and  things that go bump in the night.

Plans include the 1st Annual Wild Goose Chase, a digital camera scavenger hunt, a costume parade, games, and a haunted pirate ship at the town dock. (See below for details.)

This is the first year for the Haunted Harbor event which extends the town’s trick-or-treating along Central Street. Organizers hope to keep it low-key, more for community children and families. It’s sponsored by Project Sunapee, and has lots of people involved.

This week, Sunapee Middle High School art classes are painting store front windows. And the After School Kids program at the library are making decorations for the large tree at the harbor.

Other participants include the Sunapee Seniors, Sunapee Police Department, Appleseed Cruises, Wild Goose Country Store, and residents of Central Street.

To volunteer and for more information call: Cheryl Summerton, 763-4397

Haunted Harbor Halloween

  • Digital camera scavenger hunt for groups of four with a parent or adult driver. Register at Flanders Stage at noon.

  • Costume parade to the Ben Mere bandstand. Meet at the SAU parking lot at 4 pm.
  • Games and fortune-telling ’til 6 pm.
  • Haunted pirate ship, come aboard 5 to 8 pm.
  • Tailgate trick-or-treating, and…
  • Double, double, toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble ….The witches will be casting a hocus-pocus spell as they brew eye of newt, toe of frog, wool of bat and other tasty treats at the Old Town Hall coven.”


Lake Sunapee Turkey Trot Registration Underway

It’s that time again. Registration is now open for the 2010 Lake Sunapee Turkey Trot and 1K Chicken Run on Nov. 25 in Sunapee.

“The ultimate goal for the event is to grab your friends and family and get across the finish line together,” wrote event Directors Katie Flint, Scott Blewitt, David Rowell and Mindy Flater.  “We’ve seen competitive runners and walkers, runners pushing double strollers, people in wheelchairs, others strolling with coffee mugs, and even one lucky person getting a piggy-back ride…and we applaud you all.”

HOW TO REGISTER: For online registration or to download an application, visit: You can also keep track of who is signing up and for which age category (check out the “list of entrants” page). Continue reading

Abbott Library Seeks Donations for July 11 Book Sale

The annual book sale sponsored by the Trustees of Abbott Library in Sunapee will be held on Saturday, July 11 at the Sherburne Gym, Route 11 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations to the sale are needed, and may include books, CDs and puzzles. Proceeds raised go towards the library’s operating budget. Also, volunteers are needed to help with the book sale set-up on Friday evening, truck books to the gym and organize the tables. For more information about donations and to volunteer, contact Abbott Library, phone 603-763-5513.

Newbury Meeting House, A Labor of Love

CMHouseSign_ABBy Katie Richardson

Photos by Alena Banks

If you have driven through Newbury (NH) in the past few years, you have noticed that the Center Meeting House on the corner of Route 103 and 103B is undergoing renovations.  Built in 1832 and designed by architect Asher Benjamin, the meeting house has become a labor of love for those spearheading its renewal.

The federal style building features a reverse pulpit layout and, in the words of State Architectural Historian James L. Garvin, “virtuosity in design and execution.”

CMHousePh_ABIn 2005, a group of concerned residents met to discuss what could be done for the rapidly decaying building.  The conclusion: “To restore the building as an historical artifact with no modern improvements.”  Fundraising commenced and the committee’s goal to raise $1,475,000 for the restoration is more than halfway achieved.  Additionally, the town of Newbury voted two years ago to contribute $75,000 through a warrant article.

According to Dan Wolf, president of the Center Meeting House Building Committee, the building is now structurally sound with a new foundation, roof, sills, major beams, trusses, decking and windows.  Wolf stated the group’s wish to make renovations “as historically accurate as possible,” citing the 60 foot hemlock beams milled in Vermont and preservation of the original paint as examples.  He said the next phase of the project is a rehab of the bell tower, which will cost $250,000.

CMHouseTower_ABWolf said donations have slowed somewhat and looks to two fundraisers scheduled for this summer as a much-needed boost.

On July 10, the building committee is sponsoring a Navy band concert at Mount Sunapee Resort.

On August 15, the committee will host an historic homes tour, featuring four lake houses and four area farm houses.

Wolf sees the rehabilitation of the center meeting house as a cooperative effort that will enhance Newbury and the surrounding area for years to come.  He said volunteers are sought to serve on various committees, including publicity and fundraising.

To learn more about the Newbury Center Meeting House project, log on to their website at

ASLPT Holds Monitoring Workshop. Sign Up Now.

The Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust (ASLPT) will  hold its annual Monitoring Workshop on Wednesday, June 10 from 2 to 6 p.m. in New London. The rain date is June 17.  “If you enjoy hiking in the woods and reading maps, you might like to join us and learn how to be a monitor for one of our easement properties,” says ASLPT.

ASLPT is in the land protection business. Since forming in 1987, it’s protected over 6,100 acres and 101 properties in the Mount Kearsarge-Lake Sunapee region.

“We do this by helping private landowners or towns draft legal contracts that protect their land from future development.  For every property the ASLPT protects, we take on the monitoring obligation forever.”

Each of  conservation easement properties must be monitored once a year.  The monitors are responsible for contacting the landowner to discuss any changes that might have taken place on their property in the last year and then walking the property bounds and taking photos.  Most properties take about half a day to monitor and then there is a short form to be filled out and we request that you write a short narrative of your visit.

The training will be held at the ASLPT office at 71 Pleasant Street, New London, and then we will move outside to visit an actual easement property.  To sign up for the workshop, call the ASLPT at 603-526-6555.


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