May Pole Event in 2015

by on May 6, 2015 in Home Page, Life in Nelson

The Morris teams, Firebird (a team of men and women, newly established and practicing in Harrisville) and Jack in the Green Morris Men welcomed the spring on Sunday May 3rd in the Nelson Common.

A Maypole was erected by David & Heather Bower and music provided by Allison and Hunt Smith.
A Cake walk was part of the Maypole. The Men Who Cook  sold breads to benefit a local charity.
Nelson folks provided plants for a plant swap. Everything from house plants to garden veggies were available.


Nelson Conservation Committee Vernal Pools

Kathy Schillemat led an exploration of vernal pools on Saturday, May 2nd, sponsored by the Nelson Conservation Committee.20150502_10473820150502_11065720150502_102409

Results of the 8th Annual Nelson School PTO Auction

by on April 29, 2015 in Home Page, Nelson School, Promote

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Nelson School 8th Annual Auction update!

What do YOU call Success?

Success can be described in many different ways, but here at the Nelson School we would call the 8th Annual Nelson School PTO auction a huge success! Why?

Because the looks of happiness on the children’s faces as they proudly held up their artwork, a donation that they or their friend had obtained, or something they donated from their family. Their huge eyes of wonderment as Ckris Wallenstein challenged the substantial crowd to dig deeper into their pockets for a few more dollars to make the goal of books for the school a reality. The excitement they showed as they bid on fun items with play money, hoping for that special treasure.

Success is alumni of the Nelson School volunteering valuable time to watch the wee ones of our current families and friends.

Success is the teamwork of educators, parents and friends coming together to achieve a common goal through laughter, life happens moments and family challenges.

Success is many, many community members and businesses donating items and services to ensure the fundraising event meets the school’s goal- BOOKS!

Did we meet that goal? Yes, we did! Together we reached a total raised by the auction, cash donations, food sales and a 50/50 raffle of $10,000.

A huge thank you of everyone in our Nelson School communities and the Monadnock Region and beyone! You did make a difference and from the bottom of our hearts, we all appreciate it!

Joy Birdsey Smith

NS PTO Treasurer

It’s Auction Time!

8th Annual Nelson School PTO Auction, Saturday May 2nd

Nelson Town Hall

Preview 10-4

Children’s Auction 4:30pm (free)

Live Auction 5:00pm

Auctioneer:  Chris Wallenstein

FREE child care available 4:15-until the end

 This year’s Nelson School Auction will prove to be the best ever!  Come check out the many, many items available!  (Helicopter ride for two to the NASCAR race in July, Loudon, NH and return trip, includes tickets to the race, $1,000 certificate to Wilson Orthodontics, gift certificates, massages, local artwork, food entertainment, surprise work of the Nelson School children, crafts, books, kayak and paddle, furniture, auto certificates and detailing, and fun things you need anyway!)

 Think future gift giving, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations, family vacation, Christmas shopping early!

 The children’s this year is much needed BOOKS!

 Can’t come to the auction?  Silent bids are welcome!  Preview all day 10-4!

Can’t attend the preview?  Check out the website listed below and email either or by 4:00pm May 2nd to put in your silent bid!

 Thank you for your continued support!

Telescope at the Library

by on April 15, 2015 in Home Page, Library


The telescope is the equal property of Harrisville Public Library in Harrisville and the Olivia Rodham Memorial Library in Nelson. This telescope was purchased through a program with The New Hampshire Astronomical Society, and particularly it’s Educational Outreach Committee. The goal: To help foster scientific literacy, stimulate an interest in astronomy, and provide people who have never looked through a telescope the chance to experience the excitement that comes from discovery.

This is an Orion StarBlast 4.5-inch Astronomical Telescope, with a zoom eye piece and supportive material. There is an instruction manual, a laminated, spiral-bound 4 by 6 inch copy. The telescope is easy to use and is robust. It has a wooden base, not the usual spindly tripod legs. The telescope is of manageable size, but has a relatively large optical tube. This means that the Moon and deep sky objects will show far more detail than one could see with the common “beginners” telescopes. It also has a large field of view that allows the object to stay in the eyepiece longer.

Patrons (adult)  may borrow this telescope for 2 days, understanding that it may take up to 2 library days to get the telescope. Please pick and return the telescope up on the days agreed upon, so that others can use it too. The Borrower is responsible for returning the telescope during library hours, in good condition. The Borrower will agree to pay for any repairs due to negligence or accident.

Reserving: To reserve the telescope, please call or email the library, or 847-3214.

Granite Lake Association Lake Host Program

by on April 15, 2015 in Hikes and Nature, Home Page, Promote

granite lake2Are you interested in volunteering some of your time to become a Lake Host at the Granite Lake Boat Ramp this summer? Our Association has a fantastic group of volunteers who give of their time to sit at the boat ramp and do courtesy boat inspections for the New Hampshire Lake Association. Volunteers have been giving of their time since 2002 and have made a significant contribution to their community. Some of the volunteers don’t even live on the lake, but realize what a beautiful resource the lake is to our town. Becoming a volunteer is easy, a morning of your time to become trained in identifying invasive aquatic species and courtesy boat inspection procedures and you are on your way to becoming a member of a very important group. Sitting at the boat ramp, meeting new and interesting people who share a love of lake are just some of the things you will enjoy during your time as a lake host. Time spent at the boat ramp depends on how much you feel comfortable with, an hour or two is very much appreciated.

We also have some paid lake host opportunities. If you know a young person, 16 years or older who you think would be a reliable individual please have them call me. They would need to be willing to work on the weekends and provide their own transportation.

If you would like more information please call me at 847-3082.

Anita Flanagan

Managing Lake Host Point Person

Low Lily

by on April 15, 2015 in Home Page, Promote

presented by the The Monadnock Folklore Society 


Friday, May 8 – 8:00pm

$15/$12(senior, youth, or in advance)

LOW LILY, formerly called Annalivia, is an American ‘roots and branches’ string trio which draws from tradition and today to create their own brand of new acoustic folk music. The members – Liz SimmonsFlynn Cohen, and Lissa Schneckenburger – are masterful players and have long histories with traditional music, ranging from bluegrass to Irish, Scottish, New England and Old Time Appalachian music. This background, combined with each member’s stellar compositional skills and cutting edge arranging chops, makes for music which sounds rooted yet contemporary. Folk and string-band enthusiasts alike will be drawn in by the expert vocals and songwriting, excellent musicianship, and innovative approach. The members of Low Lily are seasoned musicians and have individually toured and performed with the likes of Ruth Moody, Cathie Ryan, John Whelan, Aoife Clancy, Adrienne Young, Childsplay and Solas, among others.

Bluebird Program

by on April 8, 2015 in Home Page, Library, Promote


 Wednesday, April 15th, at 6pm in the Library.

This program includes bluebirds, other birds that nest in bluebird boxes, nest box management, and more. The focus definitely is on bluebirds, but the speaker, John also shares his passion for the natural world in hopes the audience will take in some broader and deeper messages about nature – and life. The program has variety, feeling, and is thought provoking. Sprinkled throughout are just a few wildflowers, butterflies, and quotes by some of the great naturalists of the past. With beautiful photographs, sounds, and a sincere, enthusiastic presentation style, this program is of interest to anyone who appreciates nature.
Related Personal Background of the speaker:
John has maintained a trail of bluebird nest boxes in central NY north of Syracuse for 4 decades and has fledged over 13,000 bluebirds in boxes he personally monitors. He has done slide programs and workshops for hundreds of groups in 11 states and 2 Canadian provinces. John was a co-founder of the New York State Bluebird Society in 1982 and was elected a lifetime (volunteer) director in 2002. He has received numerous awards for his bluebird conservation work, including the John and Norah Lane Bluebird Conservation Award from the North American Bluebird Society. He is a past board member of that organization. In 2010 he was a recipient of the Hero of Conservation Award from the Syracuse Post Standard. An experienced birder, John is a member of the Onondaga Audubon Society near Syracuse. A retired banker. BA in Biology, SUNY Oswego.



Seed Catalog at the Nelson Library

by on March 31, 2015 in Agriculture, Home Page, Promote

written by Jacqueline Roland

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Snow-covered backyards provide the perfect canvas for imagining your next prolific summer garden! As you develop your garden plans for this year, please consider growing some of the wonderful seeds that are available from the Nelson Library Seed Catalog! The seeds in the catalog are from Nelson seed savers, which means that they’re better suited to our local growing conditions than the seeds you’ll find at a garden supply store.
Seeds that are currently available in the catalog include:
Bush Yellow Wax Beans “Indie”
Yellow Onion
Sweet Pepper “Carmin”
Cucumber “Marketmore”
The Library Seed Catalog is a free resource for Nelson residents! Why not try growing something new this year? You have nothing to lose!

New Hampshire Downloadable Books and Magazines

by on March 31, 2015 in Home Page, Promote, Uncategorized

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Welcome to the New Hampshire Downloadable Books site! The NH Downloadable Books Consortium is a service of more than 200 public libraries and the New Hampshire State Library and was established to help New Hampshire public libraries provide digital materials to their patrons. The digital collection is comprised of fiction and nonfiction eBooks and audiobooks, which aims to mirror the popular physical collections found in NH public libraries. Digital materials are selected with consideration of patron demand, popularity, availability, and cost of the materials.
The current collection includes:
More than 7000 audiobooks
More than 9000 eBook titles

Digital Magazines Have Arrived!
The New Hampshire Downloadable Books Consortium is happy to announce that patrons can borrow digital magazines — officially Nook Periodicals – on their tablets and smartphones or read them on a Windows 8 computer.

To use this site you will need your 14 digit library number. On the blog page (found in the middle of the downloadable books page) you may read through the instructions for information about compatible devices and what you need to know to set up your device. It only has to be set up once and then you are ready to download books or magazines. Click on the widget below to get started.

These services are free for library patrons. For more information call or email the library (


Trail Committee News

by on March 30, 2015 in Hikes and Nature, Home Page, Promote

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Sunday, March 29, was a beautiful spring day with perfect conditions for the Nelson Trail Committee hike across Nubanusit and Spoonwood to Spoonwood Dam. A dozen happy Nelsonites had lunch at Spoonwood Dam, topped off with hot chocolate provided by our trip leader, Dave Birchenough.


Selectmen – 3 Years, David Upton

Trustee of the Library – 3 Years, Stacia Tolman

Trustee of Trust Funds – 3 Years, Thomas Newcombe

Cemetery Board – 3 Years, Candyce Fulford

Judi Lang

Emergency Management Officer – 1 Year, Dennis Dellagreca

Planning Board Member – 3 Years, Jeff Taylor

Duane Schillemat

Road Equipment Committee – 3 Years, Barry Tolman

Zoning Board of Adjustment k- 3 Years, Dennis Dellagreca

John Cucchi

To Be Decided

Treasurer – 1 Year, John Shea

Game Day at the Nelson Library

by on March 9, 2015 in Calendar, Home Page, Library


 March 14th, Saturday at 11am

until 1 pm

Even in bad weather, a good group has turned for Games at the Library. We’ve played Scrabble, Bananagrams, Dominoes, Mexican Train Dominoes, Trumpet, and assorted other games. A good time was had by all. We encourage you to join us at the new time ( you may come for all or part of this time). Bring your own game or use assorted other games that will be available.
Let’s make use of the Library as a space for Nelsonites to gather . We hope to see you there! This program is free and open to the public. 603-847-3214 for more information.

Black Bear Happenings in NH

by on March 2, 2015 in Hikes and Nature, Home Page, Promote


at the Nelson Library

March 7th at 11am

Join us for an interesting and informational program on black bears.  Our speaker will be Mike Morrison ( he did bobcats in February).  All programs at the library are free and open to the public.  please call 847-3214 or email library@townof for more information.

Hunt Smith: Benefit for Hundred Nights Shelter and Open Doors Resource Center

by on March 2, 2015 in Home Page, Nelson People, Promote

Nelson Town Hall   

 Saturday, March 14th at 7:00 PM

Blues Guitarist Hunt Smith

Featured in a benefit concert for the Hundred Nights Cold Weather Shelter and Open Doors Resource Center 
Suggested donation for this concert is $10+
For more information call (603) 209-3304 or

Hunt is a man of many talents: violin maker, visual artist, and above all, a master of blues and finger-style guitar playing of a type not often heard today. He grew up in and around New York City in the 1950’s and 60’s and was exposed to many of the urban blues legends such as Dave van Ronk, Josh White Jr., John Lee Hooker and many others.”I’ve been playing and singing this stuff for so long that I’m not exactly sure where I learned it,” he says. Asked why he chose to produce a benefit concert for Hundred Nights, Hunt responded, “I lived on the road for many years and I know what it feels like to have nowhere to go.” Hundred Nights, Inc. is dedicated to providing emergency shelter to anyone in need on the one hundred potentially coldest nights of the year—from December 21st through March 31st. The shelter in downtown Keene has become a resource for those who need a helping hand. Hundred Nights Cold Weather Shelter and Open Doors Resource Center have evolved into a welcoming haven with clear rules and mutual respect between guests and volunteers.

Needle Felting

by on February 26, 2015 in Home Page, Library

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The Olivia Rodham Memorial Library in Nelson presents Needle Felting

Saturday February 28, 2015 at 11 am

This program is free and open to the public. Please bring something you would like to decorate. This method can be used to fix holes in wool items too. Some supplies will be available at the library.

For more information call 847-3214 or email the

Nelson Ballots for 2015

by on February 25, 2015 in Educational, Home Page, Town Government


The inhabitants of the town of Nelson in the county of Cheshire in the state of New Hampshire qualified to vote in town affairs are hereby notified and warned of the Annual Town Meeting to be held as follows:

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at  7:00 PM

Nelson Town Hall Details:  In order to choose the necessary Town Officers for the year ensuing, the Polls will open at 11:00 am and close at 7:00 pm.  Voting will also be conducted at this time to fill positions on the Nelson School Board.

Town Officers:

Selectman , 3 years, Vote for not more than one: David Upton, Dennis Dellagreca, Duane Schillemat
Trustee of the Library, 3 Years, Vote for not more than one: Stacia Tolman
Trustee of the Trust Funds, 3 Years, Vote for not more than one: Thomas Newcomb
Cemetery Board, 3 Years, Vote for not more than two: No one filed
Emergency Management Officer: 1 Year, Vote for not more than one: Dennis Dellagreca
Planning Board Member: 3 Years, Vote for not more than two: no one filed
Road Equipment Committee: 3 Years, Vote for not more than one: no one filed
Zoning Board of Adjustment: 3 Years, Vote for not more than one: Three Years, Vote for not more than three: Dennis Dellagreca, John Cucchi
Treasurer: 1 Year, Vote for not more than one: John Shea

Nelson School Board Candidates:  

School Board Member (3 Years) Vote for not more than one Richard Popovic or Write In
School District Moderator (2 Years) Vote for not more than one Richard P. Church or Write in
School District Clerk (2 Years) Vote for not more than one Katharine Schillemat or Write In
School District Treasurer (2 Years) Vote for not more than one Hope Lothrop or Write In
  An online pdf of the 2015 Nelson Town Warrant  and an online pdf of 2015 MS-636 can be found at

MFS Presents the Short Sisters

by on February 24, 2015 in Concert, Home Page


Fay Baird, Kate Seeger, and Kim Wallach have been singing and performing together since 1979.

They return to the Nelson Town Hall on Sunday, March 15 for a 7:00 PM concert.

Admission is $12/$9(senior, youth, or in advance).

Though they are not really sisters, and not particularly short, they do sound like sisters and share a delight in harmony. The songs chosen by the trio tell stories and paint pictures, conveying strong visual images through music. They favor acapella arrangements but also accompany themselves with guitar, autoharp and banjo.

The Short Sisters challenge the audience’s imagination and invite their participation with compelling words, powerful melodies and elegant arrangements. Audiences comment on more than just the trio’s extraordinary harmonies and choice of material. Their playfulness and pleasure in each other’s company leave listeners energized and cheered. Their repertoire includes intricate rounds, songs from American, African-American and British traditions and material from contemporary songwriters. The Short Sisters’ favorite songs, funny or moving, thought-provoking or frivolous, traditional or newly written, convey optimism about tackling life’s challenges.

The trio’s performance list covers Folksong Societies and Coffeehouses in their home states of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Florida, forays to Michigan and California, and regular appearances in New Jersey, New England and Washington D.C. They have recorded five albums, four of which are available on CD.

Songs both traditional and new: unusual rounds, musical curiosities and chorus songs, Sacred Harp songs, ballads and much more. Whether acapella or with guitar, autoharp and banjo, the Short Sisters blend their voices in stunning and original harmonies.

Candidates Night ( selectmen)

by on February 23, 2015 in Home Page, Town Government

The Red Brick School House

7:00 – 8:15 PM, Tuesday, March 3, Town Hall

The program will begin promptly at 7:00 PM. Come early to submit written questions for the candidates to answer.
Lisa Sieverts will moderate the program.
There are three candidates vying for one three-year term for selectman: Dennis Dellagreca, Duane Schillemat and David Upton.
Refreshments will be served.
  Please call the library if you have any questions.

Nelson School Strings Recital

by on February 18, 2015 in Educational, Home Page


The Nelson School offers a strings program, which provides them with an instrument, music and reduced price lessons.  This program is supported by the Monadnock Folklore Society and is available to every student at the Nelson School.  Encourage these young musicians and hear their recital on Thursday February 19th at 6pm, reception to follow.

Author Sam Osherson To Speak

by on February 18, 2015 in Home Page



On Saturday,February 21st, Sam Osherson Nelson resident, will talk about his new novel. The Stethoscope Cure is about a young psychiatrist struggling to work with Veterans in the New York VA hospital during the Vietnam War. Sam will also talk about the virtues of writing (and reading) fiction v. nonfiction and why he chose to write a novel set during in the late 1960s, a tumultuous time in this country. The program will begin at 11am, and is free and open to the public. For more information call 847-3214 or email the