New London, N.H. — Kevin Gardner, tradesman and author of the The Granite Kiss, will be the guest speaker at the annual meeting of the Sunapee Ragged Kearsarge Greenway Coalition (SRKG) on Sunday, March 13, 2016, at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Main Street, New London. Gardner’s talk will start about 6:30 p.m., following a potluck dinner and brief business meeting. The public is invited to attend. (See below.)
Gardner will cover a few of the main topics of his book about New England stone walls, touching on history, technique, stylistic development, and aesthetics.
In his talk, Gardner will explain how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time, and their importance to the New England landscape. Along the way, he will build a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.
A lifelong resident of Hopkinton, N.H., Gardner is like a lot of independent rural Yankees; he’s been a jack of many trades, a builder, logger, writer, teacher, radio voice, even an actor and director.
For more than forty years he has been a stone wall builder in a family business widely known for traditional New England stonework, particularly for historic restoration of antique structures. In 2001, Gardner published The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls.
The program is open to the public. SRKG’s annual meeting starts with a pot-luck supper (5:00 p.m.) held in the lower level of the church. To contribute to the dinner, contact SRKG volunteer Jean LaChance (603-927-4345). If you are attending only the presentation, plan to arrive about 6:30 p.m. For more information about the SRK Greenway, visit its website at www.srkg.org.
Sunapee, N.H. — A Sunapee 2016 Candidates Forum will be held on Monday evening, February 29, at the Sunapee Methodist Church, Lower Main Street.
“This is your opportunity to participate and become informed of candidates’ qualifications and opinions on town and school issues of vital interest to our community’s future,” the release states. Project Sunapee is sponsoring the event as a community service. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for voters to meet with the candidates; refreshments will be available. The forum, moderated by the League of Women Voters, will start at 7 p.m. The snow date is Wednesday, March 2.
This year’s contested races in Sunapee are for the board of selectmen, zoning board, water and sewer commission and school board.
View a sample ballot for town and school offices (and warrant articles) at the Sunapee Town Offices, 23 Edgemont Road, or via the town website:
Sunapee’s voting day is Tuesday, March 8.
Sunapee, N.H. — On Saturday, March 5 from 1 to 3 p.m., Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust will host a snowshoe walk throughout the newly conserved Wendell Marsh North and South properties in Sunapee, N.H.
All participants are asked to meet at 12:45 p.m. at the sewer treatment plant on Treatment Plant Road off Rte.11 in Sunapee. From there, the group will carpool to the start of the hike on Ryder Corner Road and snowshoe down to the treatment plant for refreshments in the Break Room. Participants are invited to take a tour of the plant led by the plant superintendent.
Please RSVP by March 4 by contacting Kristy at Ausbon Sargent at 603-526-6555 or email@example.com.
Read related SunapeeNews.com article: Land conservation effort underway in Sunapee: Wendell Marsh North (2/13/ 2013)
(Photos provided by Ausbon Sargent)
Thinking of running for a local town or school office? The filing period in Sunapee is underway and runs from January 20, 2016, through January 29, 2016. The filing forms for town offices are available at the Town Clerk’s Office during regular business hours. Filing forms for school offices are available at the Sunapee SAU office, 70 Lower Main Street.
The town offices due for re-election are: two selectmen, three-year terms; moderator, two-year term; treasurer, one-year term; one fire engineer, four-year term; one cemetery commissioner, one-year term, and one cemetery commissioner, three-year term; two library trustees, three-year terms; one trustee of trust fund, three-year term; one planning board member, one-year term, and two planning board members, three-year terms; one supervisor of the checklist, six-year term; one water and sewer commissioner, one-year term, and three water and sewer commissioners, three-year terms; two zoning board members, three-year terms.
School offices due for re-election are: moderator, one-year term; treasurer, one-year term; school clerk, one-year term; two school board members, three-year terms, and one school board member, one-year term.
When the Society for the Protection of N.H. Forests (Forest Society) posted on Facebook a plan to buy a property in Newbury that hosts the trailhead of a hiking route to Lake Solitude on Mount Sunapee, hikers who know the Andrew Brook Trail responded quickly.
They posted phrases like “Love this hike,” “One of my favorite spots” and “Best way to hike Sunapee.”
The Andrew Brook Trail ascends along Andrew Brook and climbs through a beech, birch and maple forest for two miles before reaching Lake Solitude, a pristine pond surrounded by conifers. It then connects to the Sunapee Ragged Kearsarge Greenway’s 75-mile trail system and continues to the scenic cliffs of the White Ledges area and Mount Sunapee’s summit.
“Most hikers of these heavily used trails have no idea that only the generosity of a private landowner allows access to the State Park,” said Gerry Gold, of the Sunapee Ragged Kearsarge Greenway Coalition. “Thus it is a rare opportunity when the hikers and the hiking community have an opportunity to help purchase such important access and permanently protect that access for themselves and future generations of hikers.”
There are three major hiking trails on Mount Sunapee, but only one, the Summit Trail, is entirely within Mount Sunapee State Park. The Andrew Brook Trail is one of two others that cross private land before entering permanently protected land in the state park. Access to the trailhead has been at the generosity of the landowner and could be denied by any future landowner.
The Forest Society offered to buy the land, 33 acres off of Mountain Road in Newbury, when it came up for sale recently, and has a purchase-and-sales agreement with the landowner. First, however, the organization must raise $110,000 to cover the purchase, legal fees and future stewardship costs.
“We are reaching out to the hiking community and friends and neighbors in the Newbury area to ask for their support of our plan to protect the trailhead,”said Jane Difley, the Forest Society’s president/forester.
In 2006, the Forest Society led a campaign to purchase a conservation easement on 1,100 acres of land on the eastern slope of Mt. Sunapee. This easement protects the middle section of the Andrew Brook Trail and was a collaboration celebrated by partners including the Newbury Conservation Commission, Cardigan Highlanders Volunteer Trail Crew, the Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway, Friends of Mount Sunapee and the Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway.
In 2010 the Goubert family of Sunapee donated 75 acres of land next to the 33-acre property the Forest Society now seeks to buy.
Difley said the property’s value for hiking is the most obvious reason to protect it, but it also contains hardwood forest that protects water quality of Andrew Brook and several feeder streams, and it provides excellent wildlife habitat. She said the organization is seeking to raise the money necessary to complete the project by Jan. 20.
For more information about the project and how to donate, visit www.forestsociety.org.