Sunapee Rec Department 2013 newsletter now online

SunapeeRecDeptNewsletter2013What’s happening in Sunapee this summer?

The 2013 Sunapee Recreation Department newsletter is now available online via the town website and it includes information about local events and programs, fun things to do for the whole family.

The booklet is full of photographs and colorful graphics and a calendar listing swim dates, tennis lessons, yoga, sailing, drumming… special events, such as the Welsh Trail Dedication and Nature Walk and the annual Teddy Bear Picnic… and more!

The rec department also distributes hard copies.

Sunapee area Tri-Town Assessing upgrades on-line system

The assessing department serving Sunapee, New London and Newbury has employed a new, interactive web application for on-line assessing data and mapping.

Go to: http://www.caigisonline.com/Tri_TownNH/.

Or go to the “assessing” page via the town website: Sunapee, New London or Newbury.

“The good news is we are upgrading at a lower cost to a new product that is more user-friendly,” said Chief Assessor Normand Bernaiche in the Sunapee Town Report.

The system provides access to all the basic assessing information you’d expect as well as important documents such as plans and deeds and aerial views. Also, one can download and print one’s property card.

The Tri-Town Assessing changed from Sustainable Mapping Solutions to Cartographics Associates, Inc., which produces the tax maps for all three towns.

The new system features:

  • Vision Appraisal property cards
  • More assessment information
  • Tax map and aerial views
  • Map layers: Public Works and zoning districts
If you need help with the new system, contact:
>> For Sunapee, Melissa Pollari, 603-763-2212, ext. 13, or assessingclerk@town.sunapee.nh.us
>> For Newbury, Denise Sherrill, 603-763-4940 or denise@newburynh.org
>> For New London, Amy Rankins, 603-526-4821, ext. 20, or landuse@nl-nh.com; or Linda Jackman, 603-526-4821, ext.10, or office@nl-nh.com.

Find your ancestors…at your local library

How much do you know about your family history? Is your family new to New Hampshire, or have you been here for decades—or even for centuries? Where did they come from originally? When and where were they born? What did they do for a living?

Now you can find out.

Through a program initiated by the New Hampshire State Library, public libraries throughout the state now have access to Ancestry.com’s Library Edition, which includes more than 7,000 databases that deliver billions of records using censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, maps and more.

Ancestry.com’s Library Edition is available only at participating libraries; you cannot log in from home. Patrons with laptops can access the information on site at libraries with wireless internet access.

Richards Free Library (Newport), Abbott Library (Sunapee),  Brown Memorial Library (Bradford), and Dunbar Free Library (Grantham) are amongst the participating libraries in the Lake Sunapee area now offering Ancestry.com.

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Lost Ski Areas of SooNipi Country

Click on the image for a PDF of the entire article.

As New England ski areas gear up for what they hope to be a busy holiday season, there are others less fortunate. Recent articles have lamented the loss of ski areas in New Hampshire and Vermont, and they often reference the New England Lost Ski Areas Project.

So, what about lost ski areas in the Sunapee area?

Lost Ski Areas of SooNipi Country, an article by John Warren, was published by Soonipi Magazine in the winter of 2007-2008. It also referenced  NELSAP and its website.

With permission from Ron Garceau, publisher of the Soonipi, here it is. Just click on the image or SooNipi Winter 2007-08 P.46-49 (PDF 197 KB).

Sunapee’s Ski Tow Hill

Unlike many lost ski areas that are sold off for private development, Ski Tow Hill on Route 103B in Sunapee is now public property, owned by the town, and has been officially named Harry Tilton Park. It continues to serve the interest of outdoor enthusiasts offering open-space, forest land and recreation. A new play area, the Lynne Peirce Memorial Playground, opened in 2010, and the town rec department is considering other features for the site.

Rope tow is gone and XC is alive at Dexter’s

At Dexter’s Inn on Stagecoach Road, Sunapee, where there once was a rope tow,  cross-country is alive. The inn offers a network of cross-country ski and snowshoe trails that crisscross the 20 acre property. The ski center is managed by the folks from Norsk who built and maintain the trails and give lessons, said innkeeper John Augustine. This year, Dexter’s is adding night snowshoeing (with headlamps) and horse-drawn sleigh rides. And with more snow, some 6 to 12 inches, the ski center can open.

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Mink and muskrat and the changing season

Jim Block, Etna, recently photographed mink and muskrat and the changing season… See his blog for new photos and “how winter is moving in.”

On NH Public Radio, Dave Anderson, from the NH Forest Society, speaks about the “wondrous” first snow. “The certainty of cold, metallic-blue sunrises or gray, rainy afternoons makes December a time of interminable waiting. Nights grow long and cold. We wait for the holidays, for winter solstice … and that first snowfall…” Visit http://www.nhpr.org/first-snow.

Sunapee News welcomes your favorite seasonal images and stories.

Sunapee’s Abbott Library Offers Mango Language Learning

Do you want to brush up on your conversational French, Spanish or German? Or maybe it’s time to learn a new language, how about Mandarin Chinese or Thai?  Abbott Library in Sunapee now offers a subscription to Mango Languages for on-line learning.

Mango is “designed to help patrons of all kinds learn practical conversation skills for the world’s most popular languages in a fun and engaging formats,” according to library Director John Walden. “The Mango program is accessible via the web from both the library and from home. If you would like to use Mango languages from home just have your Abbott Library card ready and click on the Mango link on the library homepage and start learning a new language today!”

The Friends of Abbott Library funded the Mango subscription.

If you’ve forgotten to return books or media to the Sunapee town library, now is the time to hunt them down and get them back to the library. Abbott Library is waiving all fines during this holiday season.

“Late items returned between November 22 (2010) and  January 3 (2011) will not incur fines. The library is also waiving all older fines as well giving everyone a clean slate for the new year,” according to the library director.

For more information, visit the Abbott Library website or call 603-763-5513.

NHDOT 511 Phone System Discontinued for Needed Upgrades

New Hampshire Department of Transportation

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The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) is discontinuing the  511 Travel Information phone service as of today, December 1st, until a redesign of the system is completed.

“Consumer feedback and market research has shown that the current 511 phone system is not providing the level of quality service desired by travelers,” according to the NHDOT announcement. “The NHDOT is planning to improve its customer service with a newly upgraded system that is scheduled to be put into service in late 2011.”

Both the Web page and mobile device applications for the 511 Traveler Information System continues to be available. All traffic and roadway-related reports will be displayed on the real-time traffic Web site www.511nh.com. Continue reading

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