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Archive for February, 2009

A lunch for several for $15

With the husband traveling for business, it’s been a pizza week for me. On Wednesday, I met Gordon and Rocky at Newport Village Pizza to talk about their show and have a few slices of pepperoni. Boy, I love a lunch that I don’t have to prepare myself! Then on Friday after a morning of stuffing envelopes, I went down to Pizza Chef in Grantham and picked up a French bread pizza and a ham and cheese sub for the team. I’m pleased to report that both places were busy with lunch crowds. I’ve heard that folks are cutting back on eating out, but I think there are quite a few folks (like me) who are willing to spend money on a convenience that will make their life a little bit easier. And a hand tossed pizza in your hometown is one of those things!

Local community heroes

Have you seen the new The Infinite Persistence Life Television Show with Gordon Weinberger? Well, I haven’t and I really, really want to. I can’t figure out where Grantham fits in the whole local cable channel line up. In the Newport and Sunapee areas, Gordon’s new show is on Channel 10 on Sunday at 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. and in the New London, Wilmot, Warner, Bradford, Sutton and Newbury areas it is on Channel 10 daily at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 10 p.m., and 11 p.m. Did you see Grantham on this list? No, me either. But every so often I can catch Kearsarge Valley Magazine so I know other local programming should be available in Grantham.

img_4297 Anyway, when I can figure out the wonders of my cable box I’ll be able to see Gordon and his guests talk about topics such as the local economy, the New England Handicap Ski Association and Sunapee Recreation programs. I’ll be able to see him make his famous apple pie and watch local bands make some music. But right now, I’ll have to be content with the photos that Beth Rexford, an amazing Newport-based photographer, takes. img_4240

Relay for Life #10

Mark your calendar – the first weekend in June is the 10th Relay for Life of  Kearsarge Lake Sunapee. The Relay is the American Cancer Society’s signature activity, offering everyone in the community an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. Start getting your team together now – you’ll need 3 to 15 people to ensure someone is on the Kearsarge High School track at all times during the 24-hour event. Sutton resident Christine Nelson, last year’s Sandra Labaree Volunteer Values Award winner, is an organizer and a really nice person; she’ll inspire you immediately! If you don’t want to walk, there are many different ways you can help, such as volunteering during the event or donating raffle items.  More information is on the Web at

Flu Central

There’s been a delay in posts, but it’s hard to chronicle the events in the Kearsarge area when you’ve got a head cold that just won’t quit. You know the type: constant nasal drip, but nothing to blow; sinus headache with intermittent earache; annoying cough that keeps you up at night; and the ability to eat and not taste a single thing (no matter how spicy it is). I had the flu shot this year, so I didn’t have the body aches and fever like my son did, but I still missed Newport’s Winter Carnival, most of Valentine’s Day,  Warner’s town-wide scavenger hunt, and Grantham’s Our Town Valentine’s Celebration. All those photo opportunities lost. Darn.

Birthday fun


It’s February, and you need to throw a birthday party. The season means that you probably should to have it indoors…but what will you do with 20 kids in your home? Never fear, Pioneer Gymnastics in Newport has a solution – you can have the birthday party there. My son, who was turning 7, was able to invite all of this first grade friends, have a great time being entertained by Jeff for two hours, eat cake, hop on a trampoline and play with a parachute – and all I had to do was unload the car and cut the cake. What could be better for both kid and mom? On the ride home, my mother said, “That was a birthday party the kids will remember.” Contact Pioneer Gymnastics if you’ve got an upcoming birthday in your household:

Newbury’s historic treasures

I know it’s a bit early, but you might want to mark your calendar for this event: “Newbury’s Historic Treasures: Our Lake Lodges and Farmhouses” on Saturday, August 15. It’s a fundraiser for the Center Meeting House in Newbury, which is currently in the stages of being restored. (You may remember driving on Route 103 and seeing the building lifted up as the foundation was repaired. Quite a sight.) For the cost of a ticket ($15 pre-buy or $20 day of the tour), you’ll be able to tour eight historic homes. I predict great success for this event; everyone likes to look inside other people’s homes and this gives you a chance to do so while supporting a good cause. Tickets are available at Morgan Hill Bookstore in New London or Marzelli Deli in Newbury.

Just imagine the skiing

picture-0021 With all this snow, you can imagine what a great skiing season this has been. These photos are of Mount Sunapee in Newbury. My son skis every Thursday with a school group. With the exception of one day, the skies have been clear and the sun has been shining brightly. Add a base of awesome snow (their web site says 3 to 4 feet of base snow) and he’s had a great time this year.

Grantham isn’t the only school district taking advantage of the mountain; I learned that Sunapee also has a five-week ski program for $50. School kids can take the bus over with a group every Thursday and try out a new sport. Man, I wish I had that opportunity as a kid. I took downhill lessons in my teens – and I was old enough to have some fear and know that falling could be a bad thing. So it was cross country from there on out for me.

Anyway, these kids range in age from 5 to 11, and it is pretty spectacular to see them zooming down the mountain. No fear and having a great time. There were quite a few out-of-town families trying to give their kids the same experience. I chatted with a dad from New Jersey in the warming hut; he and his wife brought their three kids to Sunapee for a week to learn to ski. It was his daughter’s first time on the mountain (she was taking lessons from a Mount Sunapee instructor) and he had the camera clicking away. I realized how lucky I was to live here (we live 20 minutes from the mountain) and it was a good reminder to take advantage of all the opportunities we have here in the Kearsarge area.