Fall is coming

A long time since I wrote an update for Sullivan. But today, I sit here in my jeans, sweatshirt, socks, sheepskin slippers and it reminds me fall is coming. I love Fall! While I do love my socks and sweatshirts I also really believe the scenery is come of the best in the world.

Peterborough was having a health fair today and I decided to go with a friend. We took off through the back roads as we wanted to see what was happening in the forest. Needless to saw, we got lost or rather did not get the roads we wanted to take. But old faithful GPS took us some other way which was still back roads. The Swamp Maples were turning red. There were yellow trees, still some green ones. The brooks were all low. The sky was blue with nice white fluffy clouds. Just beautiful.

Fall brings lots of things. Some of you have started Christmas shopping (not me, way to early!).

Some of us are investigating insurance choices for the next year. Once again, I am trying to find the best Medicare Plan  D. I take numerous drugs, some are apparently expensive. When I met the donut hole this year, I almost went broke. So I am looking for a way to spread those payments out.  I know the world is upset over the cost of an EpiPen but let me point out that you only use it rarely. Only in an emergency. Take a look at the cost of Insulin for diabetics. It gets used everyday, several times a day. My cost is about $700/month at this time of year. $80/month at the beginning of the year. So, if you have expensive drugs and like your Plan D, send me a note.

Some of you are cleaning up your lawns or taking care of your gardens. I know the Sullivan Center for Sustainable Agriculture is finishing up a new seeding greenhouse as well as harvesting fall crops. A lot more work than I want to do. I might get around to transplanting some hosta. Notice I said MIGHT!. A couple of trees could stand to come down.  If the winter is bad, I will regret not taking them down. If the winter is mild, I can move it to next summer. But do I trust the Farmer’s Almanac?

A pretty big project on my list before the snow flies is new siding on my house. It is on my list, just not sure where it is on my carpenter’s list. Right now, the garage is one color, a mild yellow. The main house is a kind of grey with green trim (looks like a Forest Ranger dwelling). The addition on the end opposite the garage is the mild yellow with white trim. My goal is to make the main house the mild yellow with white trim so it all looks the same.  If that doesn’t happen, just know it will at some point.

Another very important fall activity is our National Election. I am certainly not going to get into who to vote for, only ask you to please vote. If you are not register, get register. Then come to the polling place (otherwise known as the town hall) and vote. This is not only about a President, it is about a Governor, a US Senator, many other state offices, many will impact your future. Here is the info from the Sullivan Newsletter:


NH’s General Election is Nov. 8th with voting from 8 am to 7 pm at the Sullivan Town Hall. You do not need to declare a party to vote in this election. Remember to bring your photo ID’s to both Elections.

Absentee ballots for either election 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 Days.

Supervisors of the Checklist will be in session for additions and corrections on Sept. 6th from 7 pm to 7:30 pm and on Oct. 29th at the Sullivan Library from 11 am to 11:30 am. Change of party is not allowed at the Sept. 6 session. You may also register with the Town Clerk until Sept. 6 or on Election Day.

Please get out there and enjoy the Fall. Don’t think about what follows!



Ice Bucket Challenge

A couple of years ago, the town of Sullivan participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for ALS research. We raised over $2000 in honor of Sullivan resident Ellen Corindia.  Yesterday many publications were carrying the story of how the Ice Bucket Challenge changed the course of research and helped find another genetic link, making us closer to a cure or prevention.

I do not pretend to understand the research or even the practical implications of what they found. But I certainly do understand that our town of 600+ people participated in something that will make a difference in the WORLD! Here is a simple explanation from Boston Magazine and there are many more in depth articles. What amazes me is that this research was not scheduled to be funded. But because of the $100 million raised by this challenge, there was money to cover the research. In other words, the cold, wet, general public bet on a long shot and it has paid off. Try that at Foxwoods!

If you read many of my writings, you will note that community is a major theme for me. Neighbor helping neighbor, doing things for the greater good, etc. Never have I contributed to a research project and found that there was a breakthrough in my lifetime. I get goosebumps every time I talk about it.

There is another opportunity to keep this research going. Ellen will be participating in the Augies Quest Half Marathon to raise money for ALS research. The fun will be in Brooklyn in October. Ellen and Leif have a goal of $3000. Look up the information and donate to a worthy cause. 100% of your donation goes directly to funding ALS research.  Let’s get Sullivan to help a world wide problem again!


OK, I am whining. I am hot. Not so hot that I want February weather but maybe a  little of October would feel good about now.  That whine is out of the way.

What is happening in town? Flowers are blooming, vegetables are growing. The library is very cool – great place to visit in the heat. Sit and read a magazine, no charge and no dirty looks. Everyone welcome.

The newsletter is out with lots of things to do in the summer. Check it out for those days when the kids say “I’m bored” Visit a museum or a state park or find a fair. Get outside, away from the computer or the game console. Get some fresh air.

Personally, I am watching a load of craftsmen build an addition for me. I say craftsmen because they are! The foundation was poured by our neighbor John Bolles. It is an experience to see all that goes into the job. My project manager/builder is Mark Ide from Marlow. What a perfectionist! Every board is placed just so. Plumber Bob Bedaw of Gilsum has been a great help with suggestions, making sure I have what I want and the quality is there. Electrician Chris Cote of Marlow has also suggested changes for the better and done a wonderful job.  Jim Laliberte of West Chesterfield has done the drywall with great skill and attention to detail. He said his job was so easy because Mark cared so much about getting the base work right. Everyone of these guys is a craftsman. They do an excellent job and they take pride in what they do. I feel very blessed to have all of them working on my small addition.

Will report more as the season goes on.

Library Movie Night – ERROR

A serious error has occurred. Apparently I have trouble reading calendars. Movie night is Friday, July 1 NOT July 2. So get your calendar and make that change.

Movie Night is July 2. Show time is 7 PM. Our movie will be “Best in Show” (Rated PG-13). Yep, an oldie from 2000, but a very funny movie. Directed by Christopher Guest. Written by Guest and Eugene Levy. The cast stars Fred Willard, Eugene Levy, and Catherine O’Hara.

The owners (and handlers) of five show dogs head for the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show. A film crew interviews them as they prepare for the trip, arrive at Philly’s Taft Hotel, and compete. From Florida come the Flecks: she keeps running into old lovers. A wordless ancient in a wheelchair and his buxom trophy wife who may have a thing for the dog’s handler own the two-time defending best in show, a poodle. From the piney woods of N.C. comes a fella who wants to be a ventriloquist. High-strung DINKs feud loudly in front of their Weimaraner. Two outré gay men from Tribeca round out the profiled owners. The dog show brings out the essence of the humans. Who will be best in show?

Please join us. Free popcorn, bring your drink.

Things are Going On…

I need a nap!. This town has things going on. If you think you have moved to a sleepy town, think again.


Thursday night was the Friends of the Library  Meeting.  Yes we discussed our recent Plant and Book Sale but most of the evening was spent on the upcoming Open House on July 9. Come and see all the improvements to the library as well as learn about activities having nothing to do with books. To add to the socializing, we will be providing hot dogs, chips, lemonade and cupcakes for your dining pleasure. Bring a chair or sit on the lawn and have lunch or just a snack. So put it in your calendar, more info later. The FOL are also working on planning the Holiday Craft Fair. A quilt is being made and the squares are being completed. This photo is a preview of coming attractions.

Friday night was Movie Night at the Library. We showed “The Hundred Foot Journey”. This was a wonderful movie you should see so put it on your list. Popcorn provided by BJ Wahl and Bob Switzer was somehow better than usual. We are accepting suggestions for next months movie. As a reminder, Movie Night is the first Friday of the month at 7:00 with popcorn provided. I usually post it here and on the town Facebook page. (But sometimes I miss.)


This Saturday morning our Trails Group met and went to work. Eric White marked the areas in Jewett Park and across the street to be worked and everyone went to it. Weeds, trees, junk, all sorts of things were pulled, clipped, cut, chainsawed and bush mowed. Check out the area off Church Street in Jewett Park. So many thanks to this group of men and women who are volunteering their time to create a beautiful trail system for all to enjoy.

Just love this photo!


I have to include this photo of Roger Sweet walking down Centre Street with his Bush Mower.


Friends of the Library, Trails, Conservation, and so many other groups could use you. If something appeals to you, come on out and play.

On Wednesday, June 8, the Cheshire County Delegation of elected Representatives to the State legislature will hold the first of five public hearings on the future of the County nursing Home.  This meeting will be at the Sullivan Town Hall, starting at 6 PM. In a little clearer language this is the future of care for the elderly in our county. Think of Maplewood in Keene. What do we want to be built.

Maplewood Task Force

The following is from our friend John Hoffman.

Dear Sullivan Friends,

On Wednesday, June 8, the Cheshire County Delegation of elected Representatives to the State legislature will hold the first of five public hearings on the future of the County nursing Home.  This meeting will be at the Sullivan Town Hall, starting at 6 PM.

I strongly urge you to attend this important event.  
The Delegation will be presenting seven options, four of which are consistent with the Maplewood Task Force recommendation of moving the Nursing Home operation to Keene, into a new, state of the art type facility that provides a home like environment with emphasis on personal comfort and integrity, as contrasted with the traditional institutional, hospital like nursing home environment.  The other three options are: 1. Do nothing; 2. Make modest improvements to the existing building in Westmoreland, preserving the existing configuration of double rooms with four elders sharing a single bathroom; and 3. Build a new wing on the Westmoreland building.  Cost estimates will be provided for each option.
A group of concerned citizens known as the Beyond Monadnock Coalition has been advocating for the new, more residential like concept (sometimes referred to as the “Green House Program”), which has been adopted in over 30 states with a ten year record of success for populations similar to that served by Maplewood. An abundance of information is available on the Coalition website, www.beyondmaplwood.org.  A brief description of the Green House Program is attached.
I hope you will come to this meeting and support the concept of a centrally located nursing home operation, providing an enlightened and compassionate system serving our growing population of elders who are unable to care for themselves. And I would welcome the opportunity to discuss the issues with you, and share what we learned about this inspiring new approach.
John E. Hoffman, Jr.
Seward Mountain Farm
279 Bowlder Road,
Sullivan, NH 03445
Tel. (603) 847-9630
Cell (603) 398-4070
Fax (603) 847-3433