by on April 16, 2018 in Home Page, Uncategorized

Wondering how to receive maximum SS income?

by on April 3, 2018 in Home Page, Uncategorized

Getting ready to file for Social Security?

Not sure of the next step?

Wondering how to receive maximum SS income?

Josh Houle, Wealth Manager at Monadnock Capital Group, is NSSA certified to counsel and guide you on the best way to claim Social Security (SS) benefits in order to optimize lifetime SS income. Join us for an important SS workshop with Josh on Saturday, April 7, at 11:00 am at the Nelson library.

You can find out more about Josh and Monadnock Capital Group at www.monadnockcapitalgroup.com or


Steward Partners Global Advisory LLC and Monadnock Capital Group maintain a separate professional business relationship with, and our registered professionals offer securities through, Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through Steward Partners Investment Advisory LLC. Raymond James is not affiliated with NSSA.

Two NH Poets Reading in Nelson

by on March 6, 2018 in Home Page, Uncategorized

March 10 at 11 am at the Olivia Rodham Memorial Library


The poems in Begin with Trouble by Martha Carlson-Bradley often lift, erase, disarrange, or
subvert the language of the 1727 New-England Primer—a book read by children
in New England and beyond throughout the eighteenth century and into the
nineteenth. Begin with Trouble captures different voices in the Puritan community,
from white Puritan children struggling with class and mortality, duty
and the afterlife, to a Native American survivor of internment and an enslaved
young man from Africa.
As poet Diane Gilliam remarks, “Martha Carlson-Bradley brings to the
fore, with her own sharp-edged lines, the mortality of all humanly formulated
mandates that arise from the great transpersonal stories. . . . [She] has given us
the kind of book on which our lives depend.”
Martha Carlson-Bradley is the author of several poetry collections and
her poems have been published in many literary
magazines and anthologies. Her awards include
the Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellowship
from the American Antiquarian Society and
an Individual Artist Fellowship from the New
Hampshire State Council on the Arts. CarlsonBradley
has a PhD in English from the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MFA in
Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College,
and a BA in English from Salem State College.

Beating the Bounds, a book by Liz Ahl that explores intersecting
natural and human-made landscapes, “settling down” into domesticity and
community, and what it means to find and make a home.
Readers will recognize places and elements of their lives in many of these
poems—three-season camps, town meetings, rutted mud-season roads, farm
stand sweet corn, and chores like splitting firewood or making trips to the
transfer station.
As fellow poet Ann Hudson shares, “Ahl explores psychological and literal
geographies, what it means to inhabit a space, and the beauties and mysteries
she discovers there. . . . These dazzling poems draw us in to the vibrant spaces
they mark and make.”
Liz Ahl is the author of the poetry collections Home Economics (Seven
Kitchens Press, 2016), Talking About the Weather (Seven Kitchens Press, 2012),
Luck (Pecan Grove Press, 2010), and A Thirst That’s Partly Mine (winner of the
2008 Slapering Hol Press chapbook contest).
Luck received the Reader’s Choice in Poetry
award at the 2011 New Hampshire Literary
Awards. Her poems have appeared in numerous
literary journals, including Prairie Schooner,
Atlanta Review, Able Muse, Measure, Crab
Orchard Review, River Styx, and North American
Review, among others. Her work has also
been included in several anthologies, including
This Assignment is So Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on
the Art of Teaching (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013), Mischief, Caprice, and Other
Poetic Strategies (Red Hen Press, 2004), and A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology
of Contemporary Persona Poetry (University of Akron Press, 2012). She has
been awarded residencies at Playa, Jentel, The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow,
The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and The Vermont Studio Center.
She teaches at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire.

Ice Cream Social and Band Concert


 ​Gather on the lawn of the Nelson Congregational Church on Sunday, Sept 3 for an Ice Cream Social with the Nelson Town Band from 3:00 – 4:30 pm.

There will be ice cream sundaes for $5 including ice cream, homemade chocolate and butterscotch sauces, fresh fruit, an assortment of toppings, and whipped cream.

Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to enjoy the music. For more information, call 847-3424.

Nelson Town Hall : Masters of Scottish Song

by on August 10, 2017 in Home Page, Uncategorized

Colonial-Inspired Kitchen Door Garden

by on July 15, 2017 in Agriculture, Home Page, Uncategorized
If you haven’t had a chance to visit the Colonial-Inspired Kitchen Door Garden behind the library, now is a good time to do so.
Borage flowers are blooming and honeybees have discovered them and we have four Swallowtail caterpillars enjoying the dill plants. Keep an eye out for the caterpillars or their pupa once they mature enough to transition into a butterfly.

Small native pollinators are enjoying the Chamomile and Calendula flowers. The Nasturtium are blooming and spreading.
Volunteers are showing up in the garden. No not volunteers weeding, though those would be welcome. We have a volunteer Borage growing from between the Forget-me-nots and Purslane springing up near the Chamomile.  You might be interested in the fact that Purslane is an edible and can be put into salads, while you are adding to your salad, throw in some Calendula petals and Nasturtium and Borage flowers!

Dry Calendula petals and make a salve for dry cracked skin in winter. (seeds are available in the library)

Enjoy the photos from this weeks garden. Notes from Val of Ag-Com.

Celebrate Nelson’s 250th

by on June 25, 2017 in History, Home Page, Uncategorized

The Nelson 250th Anniversary Committee invites the community to an all-day celebration of the town’s history on Saturday, July 8th. Activities begin at 10 AM and continue until 7 PM.

The Ebenezer Hinsdale Garrison Re-enactment Group will provide a living history “day in the life” of ordinary folks from the time of the early days of Nelson. Wearing traditional clothing of the mid-18th century, they will demonstrate such things as cooking over an open fire, sewing, embroidery, making a broom, making a basket, butter churning, candle dipping, children’s games, music, demonstrating what a soldier or scout would carry, and possibly even musket firing.

There will be an exhibit of Things Made and Used in Early Nelson from clothespins to samplers at the Old Library.

R. P. Hale, Colonial Printer, will be operating an antique printing press and selling wood-cut prints.

From 3 to 5 PM, there will be an Ice Cream Social ($5.00 to benefit the church) and Town Band Concert on the Nelson Congregational Church lawn.

Beginning at 5 PM, a Colonial Dance will be held in the Nelson Town Hall taught by Allison Aldrich Smith, Mistress of Dance. Music provided by Hunt Smith and R. P. Hale on instruments of their own making. Period dress encouraged but not required.

All ages are welcome. Admission is free. More information is available at http://nelsonhistory.org.

Click on this link  Celebrate Nelson’s 250th  to see all the events planned for the celebration of the founding of Nelson.

Summer Solstice Celebration

by on June 13, 2017 in Home Page, Uncategorized
Larry Ames 
Monadnock Folklore Society

Maple Sugaring

by on February 15, 2017 in Uncategorized

Maple Sugaring with Becky & Nick Barrett

Becky and Nick have a sugar house, tap maple trees and will share their experiences with us.

Interested in trying your hand at making maple syrup?

Then this discussion is for you.

Saturday February 18 , 11am

 at the Olivia Rodham Memorial Library

Backyard Chickens

by on March 10, 2016 in Uncategorized

 Saturday, March 12th, 11 a.m. at the Nelson Library
Learn about a growing trend in the Northeast–backyard chickens! In this presentation, UNH Cooperative Extension Educator Carl Majewski will cover the basics of getting started with a small poultry flock, including breed selection, housing, feeding, and health. 
Carl will be available for Q&A, so bring your chicken questions!

See you Saturday, 

The Nelson Agricultural Commission

Great Meadow Paddle and more…..

 by Dave Birchenough

Saturday August 22nd, a brave cadre of eleven paddle-hikers went deep into Nelson’s Great Meadow wilderness to conquer Nubanusit Creek, tested their skills against beaver construction projects and learned all about flora and fauna from Al Stoops, our intrepid resident wildlife biologist. 

Weather was a challenge. Kidding! It was a perfect day – 75º, sunny with just enough clouds for shade when we needed it and plenty of extra water to slide right over those beaver dams. A few adventurers even triumphed by going over the final six-foot high dam. Don’t miss next year’s paddle-hike. These photos are from another Great Meadow paddle – everyone on Saturday was smart to not bring a camera.

Last week Maury Collins and I rebuilt the main Murdough Hill Meander bridge by eliminating the upstream hand rail to provide more walking space. For safety, we decided to reconstruct the upstream bottom foot rail and moved all the decking to create more tread width. It feels nice and roomy now. The millstone remnants are more impressive every time I see them. Next we plan to improve access to the trail by building a small gravel parking lot at the trailhead on Granite Lake Road.

A workday is planned September 12th at 1PM on a new trail near the Village on land conserved by the Conservation Commission some years ago. The trail will explore the old stone dam built to support Asa Wilson’s sawmill in the nineteenth century and the beautiful brook that runs through the property. Anyone interested in helping with the project is welcome to join us. We’ll be breaking in our new tools acquired with the help of the Nelson Conservation Commission and a grant from the Quabbin to Cardigan Partnership. You’ll find the work party just off Log Cabin Road behind Bert Wingerson’s house.

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 (oliviarodham@gmail.com).


Haying at Tolman Pond

Editors Note: Renn Tolman, son of Newton F. Tolman, grew up in Nelson, and passed away in Homer, Alaska on July 5, 2014  t the age of 80. Betsy Street recently found a few essays written by Renn when he was a student at UNH, in the late 1950s. This one is very slightly edited and transcribed by Karen Tolman.

Haying in Nelson

the old Model A Ford truck with Bobby Curtis and Foster Sisson “making the load” and Pop (Wayland Tolman) looking out the window. Pop was Renn and Barry’s grandfather.

When I was a boy, my grandfather kept three or four cows.  He had just enough hay fields to provide enough hay to last them through the winter, although if the hay crop were particularly poor, perhaps he might have to buy an extra ton or two to tide them through until the cows could be put out to pasture in the spring.

Exactly how many acres his fields totaled is uncertain because they were scattered, irregular fields of a New Hampshire hill farm, but ten was the number he would quote if anyone asked him. Of course this acreage was figured without taking into account the combined areas of the rocks that stuck up in the fields. It is a worn-out joke that New Hampshire fields grow rocks as well as hay.

The only field that you could mow with the assurance that the mowing machine wouldn’t tip over and that was relatively rock-free was the Intervale, a ten-acre field of which my grandfather owned half. The Intervale, however, presented a different problem. It was as flat as a pond and tended to degenerate into a swamp on a wet year. Continue Reading »

A Knock on Your Door

by on January 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

A Knock on Your Door

buttress_sThe Friends of Nelson Town Buildings was formed by a group of Nelson residents to support  the proposed the Town Hall renovation and completion of the lower level of the Library that will be voted on at Town Meeting in March. This weekend we will be going door-to-door in Nelson to let everyone know about these building projects and to encourage them to attend an upcoming walk-through tour of the projects. So when you hear a knock on your door this weekend, please welcome your neighbors who are volunteering their time to help save our historic Town Hall and create space for the Town Archives and a Meeting Room in the lower level of the Library.

2013 Winter Holiday Hours

by on December 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

 Public Notice

Christmas Week

At the Nelson Town Office


Monday December 23, 2013

Town Clerk/Tax Collector  – 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Administrative Office – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM


December 24, 2013 thru December 29, 2013

No Selectmen’s Meeting on Christmas Day

No Selectmen’s Meeting on New Year’s Day


December 31, 2013

Town Clerk/Tax Collector – 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon only

Next Selectmen’s Meeting January 8, 2014 6:00 PM

Scan your historic photos of Nelson

by on August 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

If you have old photos of life in Nelson (perhaps from that cleaning of the attic you finally did this summer?), you’re invited to bring them to the library, where we will scan these photos for the Nelson Town Archive, and eventual inclusion on the history section of town web site (where appropriate).

We will be scanning photos on three different days at the Library:
Monday the 12th from 10 to 1
Wednesday the 14th from 4 to 6
Thursday the 15th from 6-7:30
History Group members will be there to assist.

Tree Trimming

by on August 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

Tree trimming and removal of dead trees on our scenic roads(Leadmine Rd, Apple Hill Rd and Tolman Pond Rd)


If any residents on a scenic road would like to request a “walk through” prior to the cutting with the tree service foreman; please contact imeediately either David Crane of PSNH at 1-800-562-3190 x 3867 OR Vincent Rando of Lucas Tree Service at 603-231-0602.

The Cotton Factory in Munsonville

by Bert Wingerson

Munsonville Cotton Mill

A view of the former boarding house overlooking the mill site.

The solid stone walls of the foundation of the large mill built in Munsonville are all that remain of this early industrial site at the outlet of Granite Lake.  In 1814, Asa Beard built the Cotton Factory, as it was called, and a boardinghouse for mill workers in what was then a remote section of Nelson to take advantage of the waterpower provided by the dammed up Factory Lake.

The boardinghouse is still standing and is now serving as a private residence.  These two structures are the heart of what was to become the village of Munsonville. Continue Reading »

A New School is Built

by on October 23, 2012 in Rick Church, Uncategorized

This is the second installment of a long article on the operation of one of Nelson’s early schools.  The main source for the series is the seventy page record of School Number Seven from 1820 to 1858 which was generously donated to the town archives with many other valuable historical papers by Ethan Tolman. Thanks to a grant secured by Susan Hansel, the record of School Number Seven is preserved and available to the public on a CD at the Olivia Rodham Memorial Library.  The balance of the source documents are the Nelson Town Records preserved in the Town Archives and material on the Woodcock Patent located at the Cheshire County Historical Society. Click here to read the first article in this series.

Nelson SchoolFolks who were in Nelson in the late nineteen-nineties will recall it took the Nelson School District three years to design, achieve political support for and build an addition to the Munsonville School. In 1821 School District Number Seven faced similar issues and dealt with the inadequacies of the old wooden building in a matter of months.

A year after repairing the school roof for $7 the District launched a major project: 1821 February, “voted to appoint a committee to examine the schoolhouse and see what repairs are necessary and report to the next meeting.” The committee members were Bethuel Harris, Palmer Bryant and Samuel Scripture. The committee took a week to do its work. There is no record of their report, but it resulted in a district meeting in March to consider a warrant article to raise $200 to build a new school house or repair the old one.

At that meeting the district voted to build a new school locating it on James Bryant’s land on the east side of the road that led to Dublin from Captain Scripture’s. This is on the Tolman Pond Road across from Scripture Road today. It was to be made of brick and be 20‘ by 23’ with a wooden shed on one end. Major Bethuel Harris was chosen to make out the bill of materials for the project. Then they adjourned for 10 days. Continue Reading »

Nelson Folks Do the Chicken Dance

by on August 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Chicken Barbecues at Nelson Old Home Day, the Nelson Town Band played the chicken dance. Evidently the audience got inspired.