New Year…a little late

It is February. I missed the entire month of January! Where have my posts gone to?  Did I go on vacation? Pretty sure I didn’t. Did I win the lottery and move someplace warm? I am sure I would have noticed that. Did I schedule eye surgery and then worry about it? Yes, that sounds like what happened.

No time to write. Had to google everything to do with cataract surgery. Then compare it to what friends were saying about real life. The big day came and it went just like all my friends had said – piece of cake! No pain and incredible vision. The best part was amazing colors! White was really white, no yellow tinge.

So, I am in that middle part. One eye done. Waiting for the other eye to be done (March 22). I have very interesting vision but my guy Alex Thayer at Look Optical in Maynard MA got me set up with a contact lens for the eye not done yet so I can drive. Thanks to BJ Wahl for the suggestion!

So enough about me and my lousy excuses for not writing.

A blizzard is coming. So far the weather genie is saying 10 to 18 inches. That is a pretty big range. At 10 inches I can push it out of the way when I open my door. At 18 inches, I need to call help to shovel out my door. Spring may be here before anyone lets me out!

So as the snow begins it is time for my usual warnings.

  1. Don’t go out driving unless it is an emergency.  Give the road crews time to do their work. You also do not want to go slip sliding away or into another car.
  2. Wait a little to go out cross country skiing or snow shoeing. You do not want to have an accident and get buried out there. I recommend always having your cell phone on  you. You may not get service but the GPS may direct rescuers to you.
  3. Take it easy shoveling. Nothing wrong with taking a break for a little rest and a little hot chocolate.
  4. PLEASE check on your neighbors. Of all ages. You never know when someone will need help. Perfect example – this snow may go over door entryways. Some one will have to be outside to just give a little shovel so the door will open. Maybe the heat has gone off. Maybe the deep snow is blocking the heat vent to the outside and carbon monoxide is building up.  PLEASE just visit. Make sure they have your phone number to call if they need help. Make sure you  mean it!!

Photo time:

Several folks got together at Coffee and Conversation Saturday morning at the library and decided to go snow shoeing on Sunday morning. This was taken by Jim Casey as the group was about half way on their tour of Sullivan Trails. Reports say a good time was had by all.


Personal Note: My thanks to Shelley Richards,  Jim & Leslie Casey, & Carol Sullivan for all their help as I went through the cataract surgery. Little do they realize they will be repeating this in March when the second eye gets done!


Things Going on

Cold!! Cold!! But you have to go out to get to the stuff going on in Sullivan. What is happening?

Remember the ground rule of small town living – If you don’t come to the meetings and make your feelings known, you cannot complain about the results.

First up is January 4. The Sullivan Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Community Planning Ordinance amendments prompted by State Senate Bill 146 on Accessory Dwelling Units, which takes effect June 1, 2017. You can pick up the amendments at the town hall or at the main Sullivan Web Site.  .

January 6, Friday night, is Movie Night at the Library. No meeting, just popcorn and fun. Our movie is “The Big Short” and centers on the banking crisis.

January 10 (Tentative) will be the Public Hearing for the Town and School Budget. The School Committee will be first at 7:00 followed by the Town Budget Committee. Come and see the result of the hard work put in by town committees, the selectmen and and budget committee as well as the school committee. This is your chance to review the budget, make comments, let your feelings be known before the budget is set for town meeting. We have all seen our tax rates go up this past year.  Come check it out.

Movie Night

Movie Night is starting up for 2017. Where else can you get free popcorn? OK, yes Home Depot offers it once and a while but here you can be virtually guaranteed free popcorn on the first Friday of the month.

January 6 is the date. 7:00 PM is the time. The Bit Short is the movie. Rated R

The Big Short is a 2015 American comedy-drama directed by Adam McKay and written by McKay and Charles Randolph, based on the 2010 book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis about the financial crisis of 2007–2008 which was triggered by the United States housing bubble. The film stars Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Melissa Leo, Hamish Linklater, John Magaro, Rafe Spall, Jeremy Strong, Finn Wittrock and Marisa Tomei.

The film began a limited release in the United States on December 11, 2015, followed by a wide release on December 23 by Paramount Pictures. The film was a financial and critical success, grossing $133 million against a $28 million budget, and receiving positive reviews. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Bale and Best Adapted Screenplay, winning the latter.

St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble Returns

An evening of delightful music… 

On Tuesday, December 13th the St. Petersburg (Russia) Men’s Ensemble (founded in 2003) will perform a cappella at the Sullivan Congregational Church at 7:30 pm. Venture into the wonderful music history of Russia. You will be treated to an evening of delightful music of various epochs and styles – from ancient Russian chants and chorales of Western and Eastern Europe to modern music. Their repertoire of Russian traditional music is as engaging and varied as their sincere, warm, humorous and talented personalities. Meet Andre Volikov, Vadim Smantser, Kirill Sokolov, and Sergey Shapinskiy. Experience fine Russian compositions. The St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble’s accomplishments include the Glinka Choir School, the St. Petersburg Conservatory, the State Academic Capella and the Choir of Smolny Cathedral.  Their amazing voices and the wonderful acoustics in the church guarantee to please.  A free-will offering will be received to support their U.S. Tour.

December Happenings

(Repost from the Sullivan NH Facebook Page)

Hello Sullivan. Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving and did not kill your credit card with all the shopping and giving days.

A few updates to your calendars. There will be no movie night this Friday. But there will be one on the first Friday night in January.

December 3 is Santa Day. A Sullivan tradition primarily for the children. Visit with Santa and have your picture taken (free). Do your Holiday Shopping. All gift items are 25 cents. Some are new, others are gently used. We will have free gift wrapping also. Come and join the fun from 1-3 pm in the Town Hall. Sponsored by the Sullivan Friends of the Library.

The Sullivan Carol Sing will be on December 10, at 6:00 at the Town Hall. Are you looking for Singing, Hot Chocolate, Meeting up with friends, Luminaries and no electronics? Looking for something of small town America? Please come join us. Matt Burke will be leading us in song and playing our accompaniment. Mulled apple cider and hot chocolate provided afterward in the church Friendship Hall.

The Annual Christmas Potluck Dinner will be on Sunday, Dec 19. Dinner will be from 6-7, followed by a visit from Santa from 7-8. Hosted by the Sullivan Recreation Committee, all Sullivan residents are invited to attend. Each family is asked to bring food items for the potluck. All children attending must be registered by Dec 1. The registration form is in the Sullivan Newsletter.

Tuesday, December 13 is the date for the St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble Concert. This group is from Russia and was founded in 2003. This wonderful concert starts at 7:30. Note that this is a return visit. The ensemble was impressed by our church acoustics and those attending were impressed by the amazing voices so a return was arranged. Admission is free. A free will offering will be taken at intermission.

Get out your calendar and put the dates in. Lots is happening in your town.

November is here!

November 8 is Election Day.

Voting will take place at the Sullivan Town Hall from 8 am to 7 pm on Nov. 8.  Sample ballots can be found on the town website, at the town hall, library and post office.  Remember to bring your photo ID!  If you are not registered, you may register at the polls – bring proof of residency, age and citizenship.

Absentee ballots are available from Town Clerk, Mary Hull. Stop by the Town Hall during regular office hours or call 847-3316.

The Town Clerk’s office will be closed on Election Day.

Please note this is not just a Presidential Election (Although that is important!). We are electing a new governor, a senator, local offices, all kinds of things. Just be very grateful that we are not California. Rumor has it their ballot has an average of 18 propositions and then all the folks running for office.

Friday Night is Movie Night

Yep, Friday, November 4, is Movie Night at the Library. This month we are featuring something a little different. An ensemble movie directed by Dustin Hoffman.

Cecily, Reggie, and Wilfred are in a home for retired musicians. Every year, on October 10, there is a concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday and they take part. Jean, who used to be married to Reggie, arrives at the home and disrupts their equilibrium. She still acts like a diva, but she refuses to sing. Still, the show must go on… and it does.

The ensemble features many excellent actors. Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly, Tom Courtney, Pauline Collins are just a few. It is rated PG-13 for brief strong language and suggestive humor and lasts 1 hour and 38 minutes.

Have to admit, I picked this one. Saw it many years ago and saw Dustin Hoffman interviewed about it. I was taken by the incredible cast as well as the wonderful story. No guns, no bombs, no cursing, a little old age humor, just a nice wonderful story.

News & Upcoming Events

October 5th the planning board is having a public session on the proposed cell tower on Apple Hill Rd. They will be looking for your input.

What follows is my opinion! It is pretty wonderful that we have a Sullivan Master Plan. This document lays out how we want our town to look, what we want built where and how. Many folks think it is to restricting, after all this is “Live Free or Die” But unless these things are in place, you have nothing to use to argue against something the town does not want, like a 10 story apartment building. Many times (such as in the case of a cell tower) the Federal Government cuts deals to override our plan but the plan enables us to fight long and hard, making our preferences known. End of personal opinion

October 7th is Movie Night at the library. Our movie is Good Night and Good Luck. This is the story of Edward R. Morrow and Joe McCarthy. An excellent movie. Please join us. Free popcorn. Bring your own drink.

A note from Ron Upton,
Nelson School
Nelson, NH

Hello everyone,

As been the tradition at the Nelson School, we are making plans to have all of our students vote in the upcoming Nov. 8th election.  Mrs. Benner will be working on the details in the next few weeks.  As this is the first time the students from Sullivan will be a part of this process, we felt communicating this event with everyone is appropriate.  All students will board a bus and go to the Nelson Town Hall to participate in their very own “mock” election, just like the adults would.  This is a wonderful opportunity to teach students about government and politics as well as instilling in them the idea about civic responsibility.  All staff will remain neutral in the discussions both before and after the election.  More detailed information will be sent home to families as the date gets closer.  If any parents or community members have any questions about this event, they are encouraged to call the school or email me (  Thanks in advance for spreading the word.
Winter is coming.  I always urge you to check on your neighbors, particularly the senions and singles. This might be a good time to talk with them, let them know you will be checking on them. Maybe even come up with a little signal that says they need help. Put the red bloomers in the door handle. Turn on the light in a room that is not used and can be seen from the street. Maybe have a time for that light to go on and off. If the schedule is not met, they need help.  Come up with something. If they have one of those personal alarms, make sure it is working.