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March 2012

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NELSON TOWN BUILDINGS Update from the Town Buildings Committee reat news! The Town of Nelson has received an award of $3,500 from the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance. This money will be used in 2012 to fund half the cost of an assessment and a plan for the use and preservation of the Town Buildings in the Village Center. The grant must be matched by $3,500 from the town before the award can be used -- This will be voted on at Town Meeting on March 13. The Buildings Committee has selected Rick Monahon to lead town residents through this planning process. Rick is a local architect who has worked on Nelson buildings in the past, and who has a wealth of experience working with old buildings. His work will take advantage of the dollars already spent by the town in 2010, through use of the property survey, wetlands delineation, digitized base drawings of the buildings, and the initial engineering assessment of the Town Hall. Based on reports that the Town has received from both the Local Government Center and the New Hampshire Department of Labor that outline needed improvements, the Committee sees this planning as especially important.


If the warrant article is approved at Town Meeting, then Monahon will complete the following items: • •

Analysis of the base drawings of the current structures. Space availability and needs

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assessment for Town Hall, the Town Offices and the Library. Structural assessments and recommendation for Town Hall framing and foundation. Recommendation for other repairs, including windows, flooring, and heating systems. Recommendations for means to meet Life Safety and ADA requirements. Several public meetings to first gather input from residents and then present options. Development of plan drawings and preliminary cost estimates for recommended measures, for consideration at the 2013 Town Meeting. (continued on page 8)


Nelson School District Meeting Friday, March 9 Nelson Town Meeting Tuesday, March 13 Voting for all offices is done on March 13th

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OPEN HOUSE AT NELSON SCHOOL he Nelson School Board has been providing information and support for a study by the Sullivan Options Committee to evaluate elementary school alternatives. The Sullivan Options Committee was chartered by the Sullivan Selectmen to research issues and make recommendations as to whether the town of Sullivan should consider withdrawing from the Monadnock School District. Sullivan has conducted several public forums, developed comparison matrices, and evaluated the educational value and cost impact of withdrawing. On February 4, open house tours were conducted at the Wells Memorial School and the Nelson Elementary School. In Nelson, all of the classroom teachers, the specials teachers, students, parents, alumni, parents of alumni, all 3 School Board Members, all 3 Selectmen, various other volunteers and community members came out to show the Sullivan community why we love our school. The enthusiasm was contagious. Selectmen greeted people in the parking lot; students and Sullivan Liaison Committee members greeted people at the door, and all through the school children and staff eagerly explained what’s special about Nelson. The Sullivan people took their time visiting and asking questions as they worked their way through the displays and the staff who (continued on page 9)


NELSON TOWN OFFICES O ffic e o f th e To w n o f Ne ls o n Se le c t B o ard ver the last couple of months there have been several changes in the Town Offices. There was an incident that took place with documents being removed from the upstairs that should not have been taken from the Town Offices. Due to the sensitive nature of the documents and the concern of possible litigation against the Town of Nelson and some of its employees, and also the concern of any other documents being removed, the Select Board took the precaution of locking the door to the upstairs until we could speak with Town Counsel and see how best to proceed while protecting the integrity and security of not only the Town of Nelson Offices, but also all of the Town’s employees. After consulting with Town Counsel and the New Hampshire Attorney General, who expressed no disagreement with our decisions, we found it necessary to review and update the Town of Nelson Personnel Policy and Procedure Manual. This work took some time as we had to go over the updates with both the Local Government Center and our Town Counsel. Now that this has been completed, the key to the upstairs has been returned to the Town Clerk/Tax Collector, effective January 12, 2012. The Select Board truly appreciates the respect and patience that all parties involved have displayed during this difficult time. We have also welcomed two new employees to the staff in our Town Offices. Please join us in welcoming our new Town Administrative Assistant, Edie Drinkwater who comes to us with an immense amount of Municipal experience. We also welcome our new Financial Administrator, Anita Treloar. After doing extensive research for an individual who could assist the Town of Nelson with our books, we decided to do some regional resource sharing with another town for this position. Our search initially started with Towns that are in close proximity to our own, but we found no one who was available. So we extended our search and thus found Anita who also works for the Town of



Ashland. She also has an immense amount of Municipal experience and comes to us not only with a strong r esume, but also with h igh recommendations. The Town of Nelson Select Board Margaret Schillemat Warren Hammack Bud French

CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE DINNER ear your green for our famous Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner t be held on Saturday, March 10, at Nelson Congregational Church, from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Once again, Chef Charlie "O"-Lang and his band of precocious leprechauns will be dishing up some traditional dinner fare: Corned Beef, Cabbage, Carrots, Turnips, Onions, Potatoes, Irish Soda Bread, and beverages. The cost is $8.00 per plate for adults and $5.00 for children under 10. Se e y o u th e re !


NELSON SCHOOL AUCTION he 5th Annual Nelson School LIVE Auction will be on Saturday, April 28, beginning at 6:00 pm at the Nelson Town Hall. Nelson’s own Chris Wallenstein, auctioneer, will again emcee the event, donating his time and expertise. The students and the staff of Nelson Elementary School sincerely hope you plan to attend this year’s event. We also thank the many residents of Nelson who have already donated so many items to ensure that the 5th Annual PTO Nelson School LIVE Auction is a mighty success! There will be even MORE auction items on display the day of the auction! For more info: Joy Birdsey email:


BOY SCOUTS IN NELSON o you have a young man who would be interested in being a Boy Scout? Elaine Giacomo has provided the information you need for getting signed up. Boy Scout Troop 530 - meets every Monday night at 7:00 pm in the Nelson Congregational Church. All boys 11-17 are welcome. Scoutmaster - Richard Crowe 827-3521. Cub Scout Pack 530 - meets the first, third and last Wednesdays of the month at 6:30 pm, either in Nelson or Sullivan. All boys ages 7-10 are welcome. Cubmaster - Elaine Giacomo 847-9019.

D “Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.” - Will Rogers

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WELCOME BACK ANDREW! PC Andrew Fraser, son of Greg and Jennifer Fraser, just returned from Kuwait/Iraq where he completed his second consecutive deployment with the National Guard. Andrew first deployed in September 2010 with the NH National Guard and the 197th Fires Brigade. He was based in Kuwait as a member of a convoy escort team in a MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle). His job was long haul convoy security. This took him all over Iraq. Andrew was also the guideon bearer for the battalion. The 197th returned to the states in August 2011, but Andrew and others stayed behind to help train the incoming troops from Minnesota. Andrew volunteered for his second stay with the Minnesota National Guard and the 1st of the 34th HBCT (Heavy Brigade Combat Teams. He was still based in Kuwait at another base further south. His next assignment involved some office work and more trips into Iraq.


HOMEWORK HELP AT THE NELSON LIBRARY or the month of March a Homework Helper will be at the library to provide students in grades 1-8 with after-school homework assistance. Our volunteer will help students with understanding instructions, completing assignments, and can provide one-on-one assistance depending on availability. The library encourages literate behavior at all times. Our Homework Helper will be here in March on Wednesdays from 3:15 PM to 4:15 PM. For more information call the library at 847-3214.


Andrew’s Convoy Escort Team


ne of the many initiatives to spring from the Nelson Community Forum is a co m mittee to ex p lo r e “activities and outreach.” This committee has gone on to develop a packet of “Welcome to Nelson” information for newcomers to town. Included in the new packet is a Quick Contact Sheet with town offices information and website, local post offices and general store times and contacts, a list of volunteer opportunities, entertainment contact information, websites and other useful numbers. A copy of the yellow Nelson phone number list, a copy of the latest Town report and the latest Grapevine, the Nelson Agricultural & Forestry Products list, a list of regularly occurring activities around Nelson and information about the Keene Transfer Station help fill the packet. Rick Church’s opening remarks from the



Nelson Community Forum are also included to give newcomers a brief history of the place in which they find themselves. The Welcome Packet is made elegant (and undeniably Nelson-ian!) by the original art on the cover, kindly

contributed by Karen Tolman. Committee members Betsey Church, Judith Putzel, Joy Birdsey, Peter Smith, Jan Perry, Darryl Schillemat and Sara MARCH 2012

Sandberg have enjoyed putting this information together and they are now turning to you for help with the next phase of the project: delivery! We are looking for Nelson and Munsonville residents who would be interested in occasionally taking an hour or two to visit with a newcomer to their neighborhood and welcome them into the community. Committee members are happy to accompany volunteers on these visits if they wish, and the Information Packet serves both as a gift for the newcomer and a jumpingoff point for newcomers’ questions and old-timers’ answers. If you are shy, or busy, you can still help by letting the Welcome Committee know of newcomers in town. If you’re interested in taking part in an occasional visit to a newcomer, or if you have a newcomer in your part of Nelson who might benefit from a welcome visit, please get in touch with Betsey Church at . PAGE 3

powerful friends in Washington. Reacher is ordered undercover - to find out everything he can, to control the local police, and then to vanish. Warlord - a new Alex Hawke novel / Ted Bell: When former counterspy Alexander Hawke receives a late night phone call from a friend in desperate need of help, he jumps back into action to stop the maniac determined to murder the British royal family.

LIBRARY NEWS from Kris Finnegan Wh at's Ne w at th e O liv ia Ro d h am Me m o rial Lib rary tarting the first Wednesday in March the library will be offering after school homework help. Students are welcome to come to the library and a retired teacher will help them with school work. We will try this for the month of March to see if it is a program that people will use. We now have a Facebook community organization page. To find us type Olivia Rodham into the search box on your Facebook page.


Below is a small selection of our new library books and DVD’s. To see more items sign onto our on line web catalog at nin?libraryname=NELSON. The Tree of Life - The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950's that follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father. Jack finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. DVD The Affair - Lee Child: a Reacher novel, Carter Crossing, Mississippi. 1997. A lonely railroad track. A crime scene. A coverup. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has GRAPEVINE-2

narrative account of the twentieth president's political career offers insight into his background as a scholar and Civil War hero, his battles against the corrupt establishment, and Alexander Graham Bell's failed attempt to save him from an assassin's bullet. Beyond the Notches : Stories of Place in New Hampshire's North Country / edited by John R. Harris, Kay Morgan & Mike Dickerman: Country life in New Hampshire.

Agent 6 / by Tom Rob Smith, a novel: A former member of Russia's secret police must stay behind when his wife and two daughters travel to New York and become involved in a political conspiracy that turns tragic. The Night Circus: a novel / Erin Morgenstern. Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus ma gicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love with each other and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways. Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks : (Confessions of April Grace) / by K.D. McCrite. Autumn of 1986 in the Ozarks finds eleven-year-old April Grace adjusting to middle school, coping with her mother's difficult pregnancy, helping Isabel with the church play, and trying to figure out why the new boy at school will not leave her alone. (a kids novel) Saddled: How a Spirited Horse Reined Me In and Set Me Free / Susan Richards: A recovering alcoholic describes her healing journey with a horse companion named Georgia, explaining how their relationship enabled the author to lead a more balanced, committed and loving life. (a young persons book) Snuff - a novel of Discworld / Terry Pratchett: Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch attempts to take a vacation, but, as usual, nothing goes as planned. The Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Medicine, Madness and the Murder of a President - / Candice Millard: A MARCH 2012


FROM MY ROCK-2 Bear in the Berries by Don Bennett id August at about six thirty in the morning brought the brilliant summer sunlight filtered through the hardwood trees over my left shoulder and onto the dew covered power line clearing. The dew hung in crystal drops on each twig and leaf until the light breeze rising with the sun released them to splatter off a branch below and land on the ground to nurture the plants growing there. Berries were ripe and blackberries were especially lush that season. They hung in clusters on the thorny tentacles of the bushes and just pulling them off their branch would leave red juice stains on your fingers. The succulent sweetness was appreciated by man and critter but this morning the critter got there first. Brush on the power line was about halfway between the last and the next


mowing or nearly three feet tall and higher depending on the species. Blackberry bushes bordering the marsh below my rock were at least that high. Stepping to the top and about to put myself down on the rock seat, I scanned the scene spread below me. My eye detected an anomaly where the brush ended at the edge of the marsh below me about fifty yards. Rising just above the edge of the brush line were two black points which appeared to be about six inches apart and moved in unison. I had just reached a sitting position when those two black points suddenly rose together to reveal the rest of a large black head. Immediately the head continued its rise to several feet above the brush and pointed directly at me. I sat extremely still! The slight breeze was in my favor so the bruin did not scent me and bears eyesight is rather poor so as long as I did not move it did not identify me. That fuzzy, shiny black critter stood and looked and sniffed in my direction trying to identify who had interrupted his tasty berry breakfast. Unable to identify me as a threat, but certain there was something out of place Mr. Bruin slowly dropped to all fours and ambled off into the trees to my right. After a few minutes wait to assure the bear did not return I left my rock for the walk home anxious to share the excitement of my bear encounter with Barbara over a hot breakfast and a second cup of coffee.

DINNERS IN NELSON “GUESS WHO’ S C OMING TO D INNER IN N ELSON” this April? ow about you? Judi Lang and Karen Tolman are orchestrating a fun informal way to gather around the table, share a potluck meal, get to know one another, and enjoy the evening. Have we piqued your interest? The entertaining element of mystery to this evening is this: The host’s address is provided to the guests, but the host doesn’t know who’s coming to dinner. The guests show up at the address, but don’t know who else will be there. In fact, they may not even know their host - even in a small town like Nelson. A fun and relaxing event – that’s it! You bring a potluck dish and show up or you share your table. So guess who’s coming to dinner? Will it be you? Curious? Call Judi 847-3277 or Karen 827-3226 today to find out more and to sign up, either as host or guest. Thanks.


LOCAL FARMERS’ MARKET THIS SUMMER he Agricultural Commissions of Harrisville and Nelson are collaborating to bring you a local Farmers' Market this summer. These community events will be held every other week beginning in Harrisville and thereafter alternating with Nelson. All markets will be held on Fridays, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM except the final market, which will be on Saturday from 10:00 to 2:00 as noted below. Dates for the Harrisville market are June 8, July 6 (Harrisville Old Home Week), August 3, August 31, and September 28. The location is the



parking lot of the Harrisville Store. In case of rain, the market will move indoors to the ground floor of the Old Brick Mill building. Dates for the Nelson market are June 22 , July 20, August 17 (Nelson Old Home Week), September 14, and October 13 (Saturday). The location will be the Village Green, or inside the Town Hall if raining. Locally grown food is delicious, healthy, safe and sustainable. Come join the fun and enjoy the food! For more information, call David Voymas at 847-3137 or Scott Oliver at 827-3973.

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CHURCH NEWS from Hope Lothrop Ne ls o n Co n g re g atio n al Ch u rc h Marc h 10 there will be a Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner from 5-7pm. We will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Come wearing your green and enjoy a great meal and camaraderie. Tickets are on sale now $9 adults $6 children – Contact Joy Birdsey-Smith for more info. Wh at w ill y o u r le g ac y b e ? Does your will include gifts to any of the organizations that are closest to your heart today? It might be the church, the fire department, the town library, a community foundation, a college, an arts organization, the humane society. Even though your main financial legacy may go to your children or other family members, would you also like to designate a chunk, large or small, to help insure the continued success of

Why COMPLICATE Life? Missing someone?.....Call Wanna meet up?.....Invite Wanna be understood?.....Explain Have questions?.....Ask Don’t like something?.....Say it. Like something?.....State it Want something?.....Ask for it Love someone?.....Tell it Nobody will know what’s going on in your Mind.... It’s better to express than Expect... You already have the NO, Take the risk of getting YES We just have one life Keep it Simple Silly:D\=D/


something you believe in? If you have always intended to do this, but never got around to making the arrangements, join the club. But it’s not too late. If you would like to find out more about creating your legacy, if you want some solid practical information about how to do it and what it means, please reserve Saturday, March 31, from 10 to noon, for a free seminar on planned charitable giving. It will be held in our church fellowship hall, and coffee and homemade refreshments will be provided. All questions are welcome, and answers will be offered by several experienced financial planners (who won’t be selling anything). This event is open to the entire community. The Scouts will host their Italian Extravaganza at the Nelson Church on April 21. April 1 – Palm/Passion Sunday worship 9:30 a.m. April 5 – Maundy Thursday 6:00 Soup and Bread, 7:00 Tenebrae Service April 6 – Good Friday, church open for prayer April 8 – Easter Sunrise Service 6:30 a.m., Pancake Breakfast 7-9, 9:30 worship

Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat is to be performed at the Nelson Congregation Church. Yes, you heard it right! We are going to be sponsoring a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. The dates are June 2 & 3 so please put them on your calendar. This will be a full production of the play. If you would like to be in the chorus of the show, speak with Deanna Zilske Ch ap e l-b y -th e -Lake orship services are at 10AM with Bible Study following the Worship service.


Munsonville Ladies Group, 4th Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Call Charlotte Pratt for information 847-3212

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. - Soren Kierkegaard

Save the Date! It’s Time for Boy Scout Troop 530’s Famous

Saturday, April 21, 2012 Nelson Congregational Church 5:30 – 7:00 pm Check the Town of Nelson web site for more information.

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he rabies clinic that is usually held in Nelson this time of year will not occur. If you need to take your pet for a rabies shot you may do so at the Harrisville Rabies Clinic.



Rabies Clinic Saturday, March 17, 2012 9 a.m. to 12 noon Harrisville Dogs, cats, ferrets, & rabbits. Pets must be on leashes or in carriers. Bring your current Rabies Certificate. All communities welcome! The Nelson Town Clerk will be at this clinic to register Nelson dogs, too. A reminder that all dogs in Nelson must be licensed annually by May 1. A certificate showing an up-to-date rabies shot must be presented to the Town Clerk at the time of licensing. Also, since 1995, Nelson has had a dog control law that basically requires all dogs to be under the control of the owner and not wandering about getting into mischief.

NORTHERN GRAY FOX SIGHTING recent photo capture of a fox by the Schillemat’s night camera was posted on Facebook recently. A discussion ensued as to whether it was a red fox or a northern gray fox. Both red and gray fox are common in New Hampshire. It was eventually agreed that the picture above is a gray fox. The Red Fox may be identified by its copper red fur and its black stockings. The Northern Gray Fox also has some red in its fur, but really is more gray. The gray does not have the striking black stockings of the red, but will have some black on the legs. When you have tracks to help identify which fox, this chart below will help you.



Cow on Train Tracks A passenger train is creeping along, slowly. Finally it creaks to a halt. A passenger sees a conductor walking by outside. "What's going on?" she yells out the window. "Cow on the track!" replies the conductor. Ten minutes later, the train resumes its slow pace. Within five minutes, however, it stops again. The woman sees the same conductor walk again. She leans out the window and yells, "What happened? Did we catch up with the cow again?"

f your well-loved Nelson tee shirt is hanging in tatters, Cub Scout Pack 530 has good news for you!. Nelson tshirts are once again available, at the same price - $15.00. Available in grey with navy blue writing, or marled burgundy with white. Most large and extra large sizes - some mediums. Larger sizes may be specially ordered for $20.00. For additional information, contact Elaine Giacomo at 847-9019 or



he Nelson Old Home Day Committee has been meeting every month and is beginning to coordinate the activities for this coming August. Old Home Days will be from August 12 to 18, 2012. A new event the committee would like to add is an art exhibit of all town artists - young and old, professional or not. We are working on a venue for showing our residents’ art and will have more news of that in the next Grapevine. What we really need to know now is what interest you may have in submitting your art for such an exhibit. We would welcome seeing the art you do in your spare time. Don’t be shy about your skill; your friends and neighbors would like to see your work. This exhibit will include all ages and all media. The Committee is also looking for a couple new members. Would you like to be a part of this traditional Nelson event? Do you have some ideas or would you like to offer help for Old Home Day? If you would like to exhibit your art or if you would like to be on the committee, or if you just have questions, please call or email Beth Williams at 8479064,

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TOWN BUILDINGS (continued from page 1) This process could begin as soon as April 2012. The Town of Nelson is fortunate to have received this grant from the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, especially in the current era of limited state funding for town projects. The NHPA has worked with towns both large and small across New Hampshire to provide a “simple road map for appropriate treatments, cost estimates, and effective phasing for preservation work, or to develop re-use plans.” The Town Buildings Committee

applied for this grant last Fall, and would like to thank Susan Hansel and Bert Wingerson for their valuable help with the grant application. Contact any member of the committee for further information: Lisa Sieverts (762-0235), Tom Buttrick, Rob Germeroth, Bud French Warren Hammack.


he Johnny Trombly Memorial Scholarship was established by the Monadnock Folklore Society in 2001, at the request of Bob McQuillen who provided an initial endowment. Named in honor of Bob’s mentor, the Scholarship is awarded annually to an individual under the age of 18 who would like to study traditional New England contra dance music. Deadline for applications is March 15. You can download an application from our website: id=12 Larry Ames Monadnock Folklore Society


PARENT YOUTH MEDIATION AVAILABLE TO NELSON ometimes holidays and vacations are not as peaceful as you had hoped. If your family spends these times fighting instead of enjoying each other, mediation may be helpful to you. Cheshire Mediation in Keene provides free parent/youth mediation services to all families in Cheshire County. Call Kate Kerman at 357-9673


MONADNOCK FOLKLORE SOCIETY CONTRA DANCES he Monadnock Folklore Society Second Saturday Dances in the Nelson Town Hall will be continuing throughout the winter. The hall opens at 7:30 p.m. with a workshop for newcomers to learn some basic steps or a refresher for folks who might not have danced for a while. The main dance starts at 8:00 p.m. and goes until 11:00 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for senior citizens and students. Questions about the dance? Call Lisa Sieverts at 762-0235. Upcoming Schedule


Date March 10 April 14

Caller Luke Donforth Marguerite Durant

Musicians Celticladda Brendan Carey Block & Julie Vallimont

Check out the MFS web site for calendar information for many folk music and dance events in the greater Monadnock Region (not just Nelson activities). The site is regularly updated with new articles, local lore, profiles of musicians, and recordings.


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NELSON SCHOOL PANCAKE BREAKFAST! ome join us at the Nelson Elementary School at 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 am for another delicious Pancake Breakfast. Cost is $7 per plate. Breakfast Includes: Charlie Lang’s delicious pancakes (Gluten-Free pancakes are available) breakfast meat, potatoes, juice and coffee. A 50/50 raffle will also take place: $1.00 a ticket or an arm’s length for $5.00 All money collected will be divided among the 5th and 6th grade class for their future 6th grade trips. This breakfast is hosted by the 5th/6th grade Class. For more info: Ms. Whippie at the Nelson School 603-847-3408



Things I Love about My Childhood Home by Gretchen Alther that I call it my home even when I live somewhere else herbs, spices, peppers and dried flowers hanging from the beams how the barn, the garden, the woods are extensions of the house memories of a cold, long winter with no central heat log cabin walls and beams and that rustic feel everything ever canned and downstairs wood stacked up on the porch low-flying military planes cobwebs in the corners my parents live there rain on the sunlights when it snows inside peepers in the spring leaves in the fall walking barefoot wooden spoons all the baskets the wolf-pines the migrations munsonville murder hill

in 8 minutes. What a great climax to a successful event. Once again, thanks to all who participated, especially those who came and bought books, videos and DVDs! Susan Hansel Friends of the Olivia Rodham Library

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were proud to show off our technology and our nurturing environment. A very appreciative letter was received from the Sullivan Options Committee after the event stating that the committee Sara Sandberg and Susan Hansel. Lots of had received many positive comments about our school and how much they help was needed moving the books appreciated our efforts as a board, a upstairs to the Town Hall, then boxing them and taking them back to the storage school and a community and admiring the level of community support that was space beneath the library. Rick Church, Pamela White, Owen Iselin, Joy Birdsey, exhibited at the open house. any hands helped to make this Betsy Street, Eric Sandberg, Elaine On March 3 Sullivan toured Keene year’s library book sale a huge Middle School and Keene High School. Giacomo, Alex Mednick, Janie Lindberg, success. Thanks to the help of Barrie Tolman, Martha Collins, Maury On March 16 they will vote on a warrant many Nelson residents the sale Collins, Bob Jones, Trisha Jones, Ian article that would form an official on Old Home Day made $1343.75 to Frederick, Dave Bower, Kyle Jones, Julie withdrawal committee if the townspeople enable the Friends of the Olivia Rodham Meerifield, David Meneses, Andreas vote to start down the withdrawal route. Library to donate $1000.00 for new We look forward to supporting further Meneses, Ivan Meneses, Riley Pratt, books, pay for the Summer Reading discussions with Sullivan as this process Rebecca Pratt, Taylor Meerifield, Lee Certificates for the children and provide Germeroth, Josie Frederick, Jonathan proceeds. money toward children’s programming. Weis and Josh Sturk gave a hand in one Thanks very much to everyone who Books are donated year round so that supported the Nelson Open House. Your or all of those endeavors. there is always a good selection for sale. pride and enthusiasm were greatly An organization called “Got Books” The Friends also encourage everyone to came to collect all the boxes of left-over appreciated. become members of the Friends books to distribute them to schools, knowing that the money goes back to Nelson School Board prisons and homeless shelters. We benefit the library. Kelly French encourage everyone to go to their web Carol Heath and Betsey Church, co- site to see how the books Allison Aldrich chairs, worked all summer sorting the Michael Cornog are distributed. A small group helped to donated and discarded books, DVDs, load the truck: Jennifer Fraser, Kris and videos with the help of Donna Finnegan, Alie Weis, Donna Kidd, Linda Kidd, Russ Thomas, Sandy Ferguson, Cates, Eric and Sara Sandberg. They did it




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LOCAL SERVICES & CLASSIFIEDS For Sale Farm fre s h e g g s - for sale. $3 a dozen. Never more than two days old. Dan & Margaret Schillemat 603-847-0002. Cu s to m Wo o d e n Jig s aw Pu zzle s From your artwork, photos, prints, etc. Call David Beffa-Negrini at Fool's Gold®, 82 7 - 9 8 2 5 o r email: Gran ite Lake Map le Pro d u c ts - Pure NH Maple syrup by Nick Barrett, 66 Old Towne Road, Nelson, NH, 03457. 603-847-3457. Email: granitelakemapleproducts@ Ne ls o n g ro w n y arn , fle e c e and roving from our flock of Romney sheep. Also available are knitting kits and finished products: scarves, hats, mittens, blankets, etc. Call Susan Weaver 847-9763 Hid d e n B irc h Farm - Chevon (Goat Meat) raised on our farm, choice of cuts; meat chickens & Thanksgiving Turkeys. Farm fresh eggs; Livestock Fence installation - 96 Nubanusit Rd - Tiger & Gigi Batchelder 827-2950; Personal Services Tale n te d y o u n g w o m an will help you with your childcare needs, office needs, clerical needs, housecleaning needs, or other miscellaneous projects. Call Gwyneth Tolman 827-4194 Other H arris v ille Ch ild re n 's Ce n te r year-round programs for children 6 weeks to 6 years old. 827-3905. Writin g Le s s o n s -Will teach you, child or adult, to write better than you do now. Ph.D. Tufts, taught writing at Tufts and Harvard Extension. Elizabeth Chapman Hewitt. 847-3118 or 401-2666 Fo r Re n t – Granite Lake summer cottage. Call Mable Bergeron, (603) 363-8086.


Fo r Re n t – Seasonal Cottage right on Granite Lake Call 603-847-3277 or 304-594-3539

Gard e n in g , cleaning, animal care. Organic vegetables in season and cut flowers - Barbara Fraser, 847-9555.

Art Le s s o n s - for children and adults. Watercolor, oil, composition, and drawing. Summer/Fall. Beginner thru advanced instruction. Marylise Reilly Fajal, 847-3382 or 355-7337.

Gard e n in g , pretty, manicured lawns, spring and fall clean-up, brush & chainsaw work Owen Iselin- 933-0680.

Ne w En g lan d Artis an s Stu d io - Visit our online studio where crafts people and artisans throughout New England have the opportunity to present their creations: Building, etc. Eth an To lm an - Excavating, bulldozer, truck, loader/tractor work. Field, driveways, building, moving. Years of experience. 827-3414 Ne w h o m e s , decks, kitchens, and baths - Remodeling our specialty. Nubanusit Building and Remodeling. Ron Trudelle, 827-3251. Exc av atio n - Septic Systems, Driveways, Site work, and Foundations, Trucking, Plowing and Sanding: Phil Hamilton 847-3288 Ad d itio n s , renovations, remodeling, barns, - Steven Reilly. 847-3382 or 3557337. Re s id e n tial Pain te rs - Interior, exterior. Experienced, reasonable, reliable. Heidi Tompkins and Tal Gregory. 847-0000 Home Services Win t e r O d d / C le a n in g Jo b s Responsible, strong hard working 16 year old can sweep, vacuum, wash dishes, stack wood, shovel snow, rake leaves, clear brush, and various other odd jobs. Call Iva at 827-2918 Ru b b is h re m o v al - Granite Lake Services, Ed Schillemat, 847-3290. Re c y c lin g - I can take #1 & #2 plastic (no tops), glass, tin, aluminum; all commingled. Don’t put recyclables in the trash. Let me take them away. Trevor King 313-6446

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SPCo m m Starp o w e r - Home TV and Satellite Systems, High Speed Internet a ccess , 2- way R a d io , S o un d Reinforcement, Home Theatre or Music Mu s ic fo r w e d d in g s and other occasions - New England country dance music, folk, blues, jazz. Nat Hewitt 847-3067. Mu n s o n v ille Au d io Location & Studio Recording / Sound Reinforcement. Pro-grade mixing, high resolution digital recording, microphones & signal processing coupled to custom monitor mixes and an extremely powerful yet well mannered FOH sound system. High quality recordings expertly mixed, mastered & made ready for distribution. Demo recordings a specialty. 603 499-2904 Web: www.MunsonvilleAudio.Com EMail: CJLeake@MunsonvilleAudio.Com Mu s ic Le s s o n s - Banjo, Bass, Electric Guitar and Acoustic Guitar. Rock and Roll, Bluegrass, Country Western, Folk. All levels. Ages 12 to 112. Teaching music for 20+ years. Jonathan Smith 827-3036

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TOWN OF he next issue of the Grapevine-2 will NELSON be published in mid June and is our WEBSITE School Issue.


We will be looking for pictures, essays, and other items that have to do with our Nelson students. We would especially love to have stories or essays written by our students, whatever age. If you are a parent or teacher and know of something that our youth have written and others would enjoy reading, please contribute. We always welcome stories, poems, news items, and event listings related to Nelson. You may email submissions (preferred) to or mail them to Elizabeth Williams, 75 Log Cabin Road, Nelson, NH, 03457. Please have items to Beth by May 15. If you have questions you may call Beth at 847-9064.

ould you like to know the list of candidates for the open positions for Town Selectman, School Board and other slots? The best place to find all the up-todate news and stories is our own Town of Nelson website. Besides having the information you’ll want to know for Town Meeting on Tuesday, March 13; you’ll also find stories, updates, news from the library, links to the Nelson School and even pictures of town pets. You’ll find a wealth of information on the website so check it out now.


The Grapevine-2 was printed by our friends at Keene State College in Keene, NH

Mu s ic Le s s o n s Allison Aldrich & Hunt Smith. Voice, Fiddle, Guitar, Ukulele, 5 String Banjo, Mandolin, Recorder, Beginning Piano, Accordion, Concertina, Flute A relaxed, friendly atmosphere where you can learn to sing or play the instrument you have always wanted to master. Call: 603-209-3304 Email: Nelson, NH


GRAPEVINE-2 Grapevine-2 is a quarterly newsletter serving the Nelson/Munsonville community and is sponsored by the Nelson Congregational Church. It is made possible mostly by voluntary donations from readers, with some supplementary assistance from the church. Should donations exceed costs, the surplus goes to the church. Contributions of articles, ideas, photos, or art are always welcome. To contact the Grapevine-2, call Elizabeth Williams (Beth) at 847-9064, or email to:, or snailmail to: Grapevine-2 75 Log Cabin Road Nelson, NH 03457 Grapevine-2 Committee& Friends: Hope Lothrop Kelly French Bert Wingerson Beth Williams Susan Hansel

MARCH 2012

A Nelson Directory Emergency (Mutual Aid). . . . . . . . . . . 911 All fire, illness, and accident calls Selectmen.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 847-0047 Old Brick Schoolhouse; Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 12 noon Tuesday, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Tuesday, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Meeting Thursday, 9 a.m. - 12 noon Bud French, Margaret Schillemat Warren Hammack Town Clerk/Tax Collector. . . . . 847-9043 Old Brick Schoolhouse, Tuesday, 9 a.m.-12 noon, Tuesday, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. - 12 noon Teri Upton - Town Clerk(Notary Public) Edith Notman - Deputy Town Clerk Town Administrative Asst.. . . . . 847-0047 Edie Planning Board. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 847-9082 Old Brick Schoolhouse 2nd Thursday, 7 p.m. David Voymas, Chair Zoning Board-Adjustment. . . . . 847-3403 Old Brick Schoolhouse 1st Tuesday, 7 p.m. Richard Popovic Chair Highway Department. . . . . . . . . 847-9705 Mike Tarr, at Town Barn Fire Chief. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 847-9045 Rick Lothrop Police. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 352-1291 Richard Pratt. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chief Building Sexton.. . . . . . . . . . . . . 933-0680 Bob Jones State Representatives, District 24: Anne S. Cartwright Tara A. Sad Lucy Weber State Senator, District 7 & 8: Andy Sanborn Supervisors of the Checklist. . . . 847-3206 Betsey Church, Chair, Susan Peery Carol Newcombe Olivia Rodham Memorial Library.. . . . . . . . . . 847-3214 Kris Finnegan, Librarian HOURS Monday 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Tues, Wed, Thurs 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Nelson School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 847-3408 School Board - 3rd Thursday, 4 p.m. at Nelson School Kelly French, Mike Cornog, Betsy Street Conservation Commission. . . . . 847-9995 Bud French, Chair Youth Groups: Cub Scouts - Elaine Giacomo.. . 847-9019 Boy Scouts, Rich Crow. . . . . . . . 827-3521


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Nelson Grapevine March 2012  
Nelson Grapevine March 2012  

Community Newsletter for Nelson, NH