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.

Campaign underway to protect trailhead for Mt. Sunapee hike to Lake Solitude

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The Andrew Brook Trail climbs through a beech, birch and maple forest for two miles before reaching Lake Solitude, a pristine pond surrounded by conifers.

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.”

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A hiker ascends the Andrew Brook Trail in Newbury. Courtesy photo.

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.

AndrewBrook_MailingMapv5-1In 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

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.

Adirondack folk singer Alex Smith will perform in Sunapee Feb. 27

AlexSmithrev2Sunapee, N.H. — Coming to the Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse on Friday, February 27 is Adirondack folk singer Alex Smith, who brings a rich voice to poignant and thought-provoking songs. The music starts at 7 p.m. at the Sunapee Methodist Church (downstairs), 9 Lower Main Street.

Smith grew up in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains in Long Lake, N.Y., where he began writing and playing traditional folk songs in his early teens. He hasn’t stopped since. Smith is now touring behind his studio album release Hamilton County (Wepecket Island Records).

Enjoy a preview via YouTube, Smith performing “The Ballad of Blue Mountain Lake,” which was in the Emmy award-winning documentary “Songs to Keep: Treasures of an Adirondack Folk Collector” (Mountain Lake PBS production).

The Sunapee CoffeeHouse is an all-volunteer, community-based concert series. The venue is for both professionals and amateurs who wish to play in a quiet setting with an attentive audience. There is no cover charge but the CoffeeHouse will pass the hat for the musicians and to help cover venue expenses. For directions, performance or volunteer info, visit:

Upcoming programs at Sunapee Abbott Library

Program Calendar from Abbott Library

11 Soonipi Circle, Sunapee, N.H.

Friday – February 6 – 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
We’ll supply all the materials so you can make beautiful valentines for the loveys in your life! Everyone welcome!

Monday – February 9 – 6:30 PM
ADVENTURES with GRANDCHILDREN: How to Add Excitement and Memories to Your Retirement Years

Lynn Trainor, Sunapee resident & author of 4 books about adventure trips with his grandchildren, will give a 1 hour presentation on how to enjoy retirement through travel with your grandchildren & how to write memorable books about these adventures. Lynn began his adventure trips 5 years ago, loves the one-on-one time he has with each grandchild, & he would like to share how you can learn to enjoy a similar hobby. Lynn will present recommendations on how to plan your trips, how to write books about your trips, & offer his lessons learned from the four trips he has taken with his grandchildren. Please join us for and evening to expand your retirement interests.

Tuesday – February 10 – 6:00 PM
Are you so frustrated with homework that you dread evenings in your home? Is homework a battleground in your house? Would you like some help?

In this program, Susan will offer tips, tools and strategies for reducing stress around homework for all ages. This program will be interactive and you will be invited to share your real-life situations and struggles. Susan’s warm, caring nature and attentiveness to all participants will leave you feeling heard and understood. You will leave this program with new ideas and knowing that you are not alone in your frustration.

Susan Cowan Morse is an educational coach and consultant based in New London, NH. She enjoys working with students of all ages through a strengths-based approach. While her specialty is AD/HD and executive functions, she works with a broad range of needs.

Friday – February 13 – 3:30 PM
Come and read to our newest volunteer: Bumblebee! Bumblebee is a dog who loves when children read to her. Bumblebee is a 3 ½ year old miniature labradoodle and a certified therapy dog. Bring a book of your own, or choose one from the library shelves.

Cosy Sheridan will perform in Sunapee Feb. 6

Cosy SheridanSunapee, N.H. – Another great performer is coming to the Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse.

Singer, songwriter, and guitarst Cosy Sheridan will be on stage at the CoffeeHouse on Friday, February 6, starting at 7 p.m. Location: Sunapee Methodist Church, 9 Lower Main Street.

Cosy Sheridan’s satirical viewpoints on everyday life have earned her a place in the hearts of fans across the country. Her concerts are wide-ranging explorations of modern mythology, love songs for adults, contemporary philosophy for the thoughtfully-minded and her signature parody on aging and women.

A N.H. native, she first caught the attention of national folk audiences in 1992 when she won songwriting contests at both the Kerrville Folk Festival and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. West Side Folk called her “one of the era’s finest and most thoughtful singer-songwriters.”

Enjoy a preview… selections from her digital album “Pretty Bird,” via:

Her user-friendly  musical philosophy sets her happily apart… She is a wonderfully lively, very funny and enormously amiable entertainer with a keen and wicked eye for the excesses of our fast-food, tv-happy  and noisome culture. – The Boston Globe

The Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse is an all-volunteer, community-based concert series. The venue is for both professionals and amateurs who wish to play in a quiet setting with an attentive audience.

There is no cover charge; the hat is passed for the musicians and to help cover venue expenses. Convenient parking; the entrance is at the rear of the church.

For directions and the performance calendar or to learn about volunteer opportunities, visit:

Sunapee CoffeeHouse Open Mic kicks off 2015 season

SCCoffeeHouseSunapee, N.H. — The Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse will host Open Mic tonight, January 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sunapee Methodist Church, Lower Main Street.

“We love our Open Mics and the people it supports,” says a CoffeeHouse organizer Tom Daniels. “The atmosphere can be magic.”

Professionals to first timers performers are invited to participate. Registration starts at 6:45  p.m. For more information, visit: