Sunapee’s candidates forum is set for Monday, Feb. 29

Voting DaySunapee, 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:

http://www.town.sunapee.nh.us/Pages/SunapeeNH_Clerk/Town%20&%20School%202016%20Sample%20Ballot

Sunapee’s voting day is Tuesday, March 8.

Filing period for Sunapee town and school offices starts

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.

Sunapee Candidate’s Night set for March 4

SampleBallotSunapee, N.H. — A local candidate’s night will be held on Wednesday, March 4,  at 7 p.m., at the Sunapee Methodist Church, 9 Lower Main Street.

“This is the opportunity for all voters to meet the candidates running for town and school offices. Candidates will make a brief introductory statement and then welcome questions and comments from the audience,” says the public invitation. Sponsoring the forum is Project Sunapee, a community non-profit, which does not endorse or oppose any candidate.

Voting for town and school officers and on the town and school warrants, including budgets, takes place on Tuesday, March 10, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Sherburne Gymnasium, Route 11.

View town and school sample ballots via the town website. For voter registration and election information, visit the Town Clerk‘s office.

Sunapee Seniors to host Health Insurance Marketplace session

HealthCare_have questionsSunapee, N.H. — The Sunapee Seniors will host an educational program about the new Health Insurance Marketplace on Monday, January 13, 2014, from 1 to 2 p.m., at the Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church, Lower Main St., Sunapee. The AARP-led session will explore the implications of the new Marketplace for individuals and families. This event is free and open to the public.

“There’s a lot to learn about the new Health Insurance Marketplace.  And it can be difficult to figure out what it means for you and your family.  That is why Sunapee Seniors is hosting a free one-hour educational session for residents of Greater Sunapee Area,” the release says. “Come and learn about coverage that’s available from the new Health Insurance Marketplace and find out whether you qualify for tax credits.”

“Just about everyone has questions about how the changes will affect them personally, whether they have health insurance, don’t have health insurance, or are covered by Medicare,” says the announcement. “This one-hour educational session will provide an overview of the Health Insurance Marketplace:  who is eligible, how they enroll, tax credits, and options for those with limited incomes.”

For additional information on the Affordable Care Act, visit AARP: www.HealthLawAnswers.org and www.HealthLawFacts.org.

Sunapee celebrates covered bridge opening Sept. 15

SunapeePedBridge2013Sunapee, N.H. — “Following the ribbon cutting, be among the first to cross the bridge!”

Project Sunapee and the Town of Sunapee Bridge Committee invite the public to the dedication and opening of the new pedestrian bridge in Sunapee Harbor village on Sunday, September 15, 2013.

The festivities start at noon along the banks of the Sugar River on River Road.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will include recognizing honored guests and thanking all who donated monies and materials to the project and, most importantly,  thanking the volunteers who actually built the bridge.

The celebration will include music by the Time Travelers and the Whiskey Stones, refreshments from Rocky Cannoli’s hot dog cart and Sanctuary Dairy Farm ice cream, and lemonade and cookies from Sunapee bakers.

For additional information, bridge history and photos, visit: www.projectsunapee.org.

Courtesy photo.

Read related article: Sunapee sets date for placing covered bridge (SunapeeNews.com)

Big happenings at Sunapee Harbor this September

Sunapee opens covered bridge at Sunapee Harbor on Sept. 15

Sunapee dedicates its new pedestrian bridge at Sunapee Harbor on Sunday, September 15, 2013, at noon. The announcement invites the public to gather on the banks of the Sugar River for the ribbon cutting and the opening of the bridge, which connects River Road and Main Street next to the Harbor House Livery.

For more information, visit Project Sunapee, Sunapee Bridge.

Lake Sunapee Chowder Challenge logo

Who has the best chowder around?

Come to the Sunapee Chowder Challenge on Sept. 29.

The Sunapee Parent Teacher Organization will be holding its 13th Annual Sunapee Chowder Challenge on Sunday, September 29, 2013, from noon to 3pm at Sunapee Harbor.

The tasty competition attracts local restaurants and chowder enthusiasts to determining who has the best chowder around!

Last year, The Farmer’s Table, Grantham, won in three categories: Judge’s, People’s, and Kid’s choice awards.

Sunapee’s Sanctuary Dairy Farm with Rich  Ducharme and to Lil’ Red Baron restaurant, Newport, were also recognized for their chowder.

Sunapee Harbor boat ramp to close for Chowder Challenge

The Sunapee Harbor boat ramp will be closed on Sunday, September 29 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Sunapee Chowderfest held at the harbor.

The police will direct the public to use the Georges Mills boat ramp during this time. The selectmen voted to close the ramp at their August 26 meeting.


Sunapee sets date for placing covered bridge

Photo courtesy of Project Sunapee.

Photo courtesy of Project Sunapee.

Sunapee, NH — The idea has been around for decades, but now it’s about to become a reality.

A new pedestrian covered bridge will soon span the Sugar River in Sunapee Harbor village.

The wooden bridge will be moved from River Road, where it has been under construction, onto its abutments that straddle the river on Friday, July 19, according to a town announcement.

The day the bridge is raised and set on the abutments “will be the day you hear cheers over Sunapee,” said Donna Gazelle, a founding member of Project Sunapee, the fiscal agent for the project.

“The exact time that the bridge will be lifted into place is unknown due to the amount of work that is necessary to set up the crane, and due to the time that is necessary to prepare the rigging that will support the bridge during the lift,” the town alert said.

Long-term community planning and an array of volunteer efforts including fund-raising has made the covered bridge a reality.

All construction is being done by Brent Stocker, Sunapee, and his son Josh Stocker, Bradford, with an able crew of volunteers.

The main structural components were designed by and purchased from Western Wood Structures in Oregon, renown experts in the field, and all other materials have been donated by local businesses.

A pedestrian bridge connecting River Road and Main Street at Sunapee Harbor was first envisioned in a town plan in 1985.

A community design charette completed in 2007 that studied the old town hall (Harbor House Livery) and village traffic flow re-enforced the bridge plan. And recent focus on re-use of the town’s Harbor House Livery gave renewed support for the project.

Time for lifting the bridge

“If all goes as planned, and if the weather cooperates, we anticipate the actual lift will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.,” according to the town announcement.

The town also addressed traffic and pedestrian safety that is “critical for success.”

“The Town of Sunapee Police Department will be on site to assist with traffic and pedestrian control. Safety measures will be implemented at the intersection of River Road and High Street, along River Road from Maple Street westerly towards the bridge, and behind the Livery House.”

“River Road will be closed to all through vehicular traffic from Maple Street to High Street during this event. Residents and media personnel will be permitted to enter within the Work Zone of the project.”

“Residents and media personnel who wish to observe the activities will be allowed to do so from locations that will be outside the perimeter of the Work Zone. Public parking for this event is per all applicable Town Ordinances,” according to the town.

For more photos and information about the Sunapee Bridge Project, visit: Project Sunapee.

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