Transition Town training to be held in New London, N.H.

New London, N.H. – Students in the Third Year environmental science/studies major at Colby-Sawyer College are helping to build the infrastructure for a Transition Town initiative in the Kearsarge Valley Region as a part of their Community-Based Research Project.

They are hosting a training event for the Kearsarge Valley area on the weekend of November 9th-11th, 2012. Any and all interested community members are welcome to attend the training that will be held on campus in the Curtis L. Ivey Science Center.

“If you love expanding your knowledge while connecting with other enthusiastic community members, then please join us for a weekend full of discovery, excitement, and strategizing,” the release says.

“Transition Initiatives” or “Transition Towns” bring together local networks of individuals, businesses and organizations that are committed to improving the well-being and resilience of their communities.  Drawing upon the ideas, skills and experiences of residents they develop positive localized solutions to discuss the regional impacts of larger global issues such as economic insecurity, environmental instabilities, and dependence on non-renewable energy.

To learn more about this event or to register,  visit or call Jillian Dervishian, 617-791-7910.

Tina Clarke and Simon Dennis, both Certified Transition Trainers, will facilitate this weekend event. Clarke has been an educator, advocate, director and consultant for nonprofit programs since 1985.  She has consulted with over 400 NGO’s and she has trained and advised over three dozen other Transition Initiatives.

Simon Dennis is one of the founders of Transition Town White River Junction, as well as the Center for Sustainable Practice, and has played key roles in organizing two successful community gardens.  He was also the co-founder and co-director of COVER Home Repair and the ReCover Store, a non-profit that works with volunteers to complete the community’s most urgently needed home repairs and sell donated building materials and household goods to support this mission.

This three-day course is an in-depth experiential introduction to the Transition Movement. Packed with imaginative and successful ways to engage your community, the course describes how to catalyze, build, and facilitate a successful Transition Initiative. It delves into the theory and practice of Transition that has worked well in hundreds of communities around the world.

Training Schedule:

  • Friday, Nov. 9th 5:30-9 p.m. Potluck Dinner & Discussion. Free and open to the public.
  • Saturday, Nov.10th 9:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec.11th 12-5:30 p.m.

Number of participants is limited. Cost for the weekend: $90 – a few scholarships are available. For more info and to register, e-mail:

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)

The benefits of on-going education for town employees

By Jessie Levine, New London’s town administrator

This column is one of appreciation to the taxpayers of New London, who may not know that in 2005 the Board of Selectmen voted to add educational assistance and tuition reimbursement as a benefit for Town employees. This decision is revisited every year during the budget process, and every year the Selectmen have voted to continue the benefit to support the ongoing education of Town employees for the benefit of the community. Continue reading

Got Love For Your Community?

Sunapee News often writes about community. Now it’s your turn! We invite you to share your ideas about the things that contribute to your sense of community. A Gallup-Knight Foundation study, described below, discovered unexpected factors that cause people to love where they live. It also suggests new approaches to improving communities.

A three-year Gallup study of 26 U.S. cities has found that peoples’ love and passion for their community may be a leading indicator for local economic growth. Surprisingly, social offerings, openness and beauty are far more important than peoples’ perceptions of the economy, jobs or basic services in creating a lasting emotional bond between people and their community.

The 26 cities in the survey with the highest levels of resident love and passion for their community, or resident attachment, also had the highest rates of GDP growth over time.

“This study is important because its findings about emotional attachment to place point to a new perspective that we encourage leaders to consider; it is especially valuable as we aim to strengthen our communities during this tough economic time,” said Paula Ellis, Knight Foundation’s vice president for strategic initiatives.

Despite declines in the economy since the study was begun in 2008, the researchers found some surprising constants:

  • The things that create the greatest emotional connection between people and their community – social offerings, openness and aesthetics – have remained stable for three years.  These three things reliably rated highest among 10 drivers of resident attachment, which also included: civic involvement, social capital, education, perception of the local economy, leadership, safety, emotional well-being and basic services.
  • The link between local GDP and residents’ emotional bonds to a place has remained steady despite declines in the economy over the three years of the study.  Communities with residents who are more attached to a place show stronger growth even in tough economic times.
  • People’s perception of their community’s performance in social offerings, openness and beauty has a greater impact on their emotional bonds to a place than their demographic characteristics.
  • Perception of the local economy is not a leading reason residents create an emotional bond to a place.

For complete survey findings, visit

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Sunapee News welcomes your comments.

Sunapee Celebrates Harbor Magic Dec. 4th

Sunapee will host a holiday gathering at Sunapee Harbor on Saturday afternoon, December 4th from 1 to 4:30 pm. Sponsored by the Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce and locally organized, Sunapee Harbor Magic, A World of Celebration in Our Community will include hay rides, holiday crafts, story telling, a silent auction, food and caroling, and a visit by Santa.

Food and beverages will be available aboard the MV Kearsarge. And at 2 pm, the Looney Lunge, organized by the Sunapee Rec Department, will gather lakeside for “a winter splash in Lake Sunapee.” Participants and spectators invited.

To view/print/share the event flyer (455kb pdf), click on Sunapee Harbor Magic 2010. For more information, contact Rhonda Gurney.

At Pete’s Shed

Story telling, 1, 2 and 3 pm with special treats for the children provided by Sunapee Sunapee; Magician performances and face painting, 1 to 4 pm; Drop-in crafts, free of charge/donations accepted; Gingerbread cookie decorations, 1:00, 1:45 and 2:30 pm, ($5, sign up at Tattered Pages, phone 603-763-2539); Sunapee Middle High School Art Club Pie Sale; Silent auction, 1 to 3:30 pm.

At  Sunapee Harbor Village

  • Harbor caroling
  • Hay rides and boat launch/tour of the harbor, 1 to 4:30pm
  • Hot beverages and food on the MV Kearsarge, starting at 1 pm (benefits Sunapee Middle High School French Club)
  • Rec Department Looney Lunge, lakeside, 2 pm
  • Visit by Santa for the parade, arrival 2:30 pm
  • Collections for the Sunapee Food Pantry and Sunapee Toys for Joy
  • Harbor Lighting at the Ben Mere Gazebo, 4:30 pm

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…

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:

Sunapee News: Around and About

In Newport (NH), the Trustees of the Richards Free Library and the judges of the Sarah Josepha Hale Award announced that Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has won this year’s Hale Award. He will accept the award on October 3, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. at the Newport Opera House.

As for other activities, the Richards Free Library will hold a Circle Dance on Tuesday evening, September 8 at 6:30 p.m. Bring comfortable indoor shoes.  No partner is required.  The evening is open to all free of charge. For more information, contact the library, 603-863-3430. The library is located across from the Newport Common at 58 North Main Street.

Lorie McClory has her most recent Grantham column loaded with community news and happenings posted on Speaking of, its publisher Ken Schuster of Newbury also has a photo website that has added to Links, located in the left side column. See Artists/Musicians/Photographers.

Looking for something fun to do locally in the Lake Sunapee area? Or perhaps you’re looking for area travel booklets or what’s happening over the long weekend? Stop by the Sunapee Information Booth (phone 603-763-2201) on Route 11 in the center of town. It’s stocked with a variety of literature including a guide to NH parks, shopping guides, and special event notices; and on the rack one can find the latest edition of the SooNipi Magazine and several local newspapers. (Last week, The Compass, the new regional weekly published by HippoPress, and the InterTown Record out of Sutton were available.) Marilyn Morse, Isabel Torno and Rem Mastin are amongst those that work at the information center. They are longtime Sunapee residents and know the area well.

Sunapee News is looking for help so that we can cover more local news and activities. If you’d like to join the Sunapee News team, let us know. Email: