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

Seed Catalog Photo

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 (


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.

Social Contracts of the Early Settlers

by on June 30, 2013 in Home Page, Promote

[Editors Note: The issue of social security is prevalent in our lives today. But this has always been a concern. In exploring our town’s archives, Rich Church has come across information about how people met the needs of being cared for in their later years. In this article (and another to be published in the near future) Rick shows us what solutions were put in place.]

Waterfall on the road to Benjamin Sawyer’s farm house

Waterfall on the road to Benjamin Sawyer’s farm house

Families moving to a frontier town like Packersfield employed a number of strategies to sustain themselves. They often came with others they knew from their hometowns and settled near one another in their new home. Often those clusters of new arrivals were related. In the second generation they often took steps to keep the farm in the family and provide for their old age. The Sawyer Family who settled in the northeast corner of Packersfield did all of these things. Continue Reading »

Farm Table

by on June 12, 2013 in Agriculture, Food, Home Page, Promote

Farm Table The Nelson Congregational Church and the Nelson Agricultural Commission are proud to announce the return of the Sunday Farm Table on the church lawn starting on Sunday June 16 continuing on Sundays through the local growing season to September 15  from 9am-3:30pm.  Available local produce, foods, even flowers will be at table on the grass strip to the right side of the church. The commission and local farmers and anyone with produce to give are encouraged to share their abundance. The Farm Table project was envisioned as farmers had an abundance of produce and our communities have many mouths to feed.

The church and commission will rotate shared responsibility for setup and cleanup.  Anyone wishing to help is welcome to sign up.  Call David Voymas  (Ag .Com. chair for more information, ideas and questions ) at 847-3137.

The Farm Table will be set and a donation box on the table will be available.  All are welcome at the Farm Table.   Proceeds will help fund local missions and needs.

What’s Up With the Town Hall?

by on June 7, 2013 in History, Home Page, Promote

Nelson Town HallThis photograph was recently discovered. It shows our Town Hall, but close scrutiny reveals that it is up a half-story from its present height (see the stairs leading to the door). Stay tuned for more information about this: when was the photo taken, when did the hall get “lowered” , etc. Click on the image for an enlarged view.


Church buzzes with activity after retirement

by on June 1, 2013 in Home Page, Nelson People, Promote

[from the Keene Sentinel, June 1, 2013   – by Susan Reing Sentinel Staff]

Richard P. Church regularly entertains royalty at his quiet home at the end of a dirt dead-end road.

Although it might be more accurate to say it’s the royalty that entertains him.

Church, 69, was expecting a phone call from the post office on a recent afternoon, waiting to hear whether another royal visitor had arrived. Specifically, a queen. A queen bee.

Church is a longtime beekeeper, and currently has seven hives with approximately 350,000 bees at his Nelson home that he tends to on a regular basis. And bees need queens. They can easily anoint one of their own, but Church likes to have new blood. So he continues to seek out queen bees that are fertile, weather- and disease-resistant, that will add to the genetic diversity of the microcosmic communities that are hives.

He got interested in bees in the ‘70s when a fellow worker at Markem Corp. introduced him to the hobby. He joked that he spent the first five years trying to convince his wife that she wouldn’t be stung to death. [read the rest of this article on the Keene Sentinel web site]

Annual Book Sale Preparation

by on May 29, 2013 in Home Page, Library, Promote

Friends of the Olivia Rodham Library Book Sale
We are once again gearing up for the Annual Book Sale held on Old Home Day, Saturday, August 17th at the Town Hall. Sorting is beginning June 6th at 9 a.m. in the Library basement, and the project will continue on subsequent Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  All are welcome to help us sort. The Friends are still accepting donations of books, DVDs, CDs and videos. Items may be dropped off at the library during open hours. The money generated from the sale goes directly to the Library for books, programming and gift certificates for the Summer Reading Program. The Friends  provide additional support for computers and other needs the Library has for equipment.

Note: Please do not donate textbooks, manuals for out-of- date computers, old encyclopedias, or books in really bad shape – they are not able to be sold.


For many years Carol Heath led our sorting process with Betsey Church. As soon as her duties were over at school, Carol was on the job organizing and directing anyone who showed up to lend a hand. She stayed with us and supervised the transporting of the books to the Town Hall Wednesday night, the arrangement of the tables, the labeling, and was present during the Friday night preview for the town residents and then all day for the actual sale. In short, Carol was our rock and our leader. She was also our Secretary, keeping meticulous notes for our records. Carol’s mother Celia Wiechert, was a Library Trustee and encouraged Carol to help with the Book Sale back in the 1990’s. Carol took her job seriously. We are so very grateful for all her help all these years. ~ The Friends of the Library

Summer Reading Program at the Library

by on May 23, 2013 in Home Page, Library, Promote


During this year’s Summer Reading Program, the Nelson Library will be digging into the exciting world that lies beneath our feet!  Kids are invited to join the underground expedition at our weekly programs on Wednesdays at 4pm for an hour of crafts, games, stories, and adventure!

Wednesday, July 10th – Rock and Read

The library will be rocking out this week as we kick off our summer reading program! Come join the rock-related fun and hear about all the cool prizes and activities available at the library throughout the summer. Come join the rock-related fun and hear about all the cool prizes and activities available at the library throughout the summer.

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