Each year Center Meeting House extends an honor as part of our ‘Thanks-for-Giving” program. This year we have stepped out of the non-profit arena to honor Jay Gamble, Vice-President and General Manager for Mount Sunapee Resort. It is our ultimate pleasure to give recognition to Jay, who does so very much for our town and community. He is the ‘neighbor’ who is always there to help, whatever the need might be. Jay, who has managed the mountain for over 16 years, will tell you that he is ‘an employee’ who oversees the activities of the Mountain. Many of the key managers on his staff also live in Newbury.
In 1982, Tim and Diane Mueller, whose primary residence is in Newbury, purchased Okemo Mountain Resort and in 1998, were selected by the State of NH to lease and operate Mount Sunapee. They own the business that operates Mount Sunapee and in 2004, purchased Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado.
Following, are many of the things that Jay does for Newbury at the helm of Mt. Sunapee.
For the Center Meeting House, donated $500 to the June 2014 Speaker Series, hosted summer concerts, including the New England Brass concert and the Elizabeth Von Trapp benefit and gave over $10,500 towards the restoration.
For the Town of Newbury, the Mountain hosts the Annual Town Meeting, donating all the beverages; $1,000 is given each year to the town for the Fourth of July fireworks, the Summer Music Series at the Gazebo, the Newbury Beautification Committee and other areas; hosts a Cares and Share Day twice during the ski season during which they offer a discounted lift ticket if a guest brings 5 nonperishable food items. Typically this amounts to 2-3 pick-up truckloads to our local Food Pantry yearly. A gift was made of a bench at Newbury’s Lake Sunapee Harbor and $2,500 to Newbury Public Library for the Outreach Technology Project. In addition, there has been support to the Fells with over $10,000 in the past six years.
Jay’s staff oversees the maintenance of the newly discovered Gunnison Cemetery, which is on Mount Sunapee land and donates scholarships for local schools. In 2003, Mount Sunapee hosted the Bradford Elementary School for four weeks while black mold was eliminated from the school buildings. Most of the children in grades 1- 6 were from Newbury.
We are sure that there are other things of which we are not aware, but would all agree this is such an impressive list that it is hard for us to digest. One thing we can always count on is that Jay and Mount Sunapee are there to extend a helping hand to our community. As the mountain is the highest point in our town, it keeps a watchful eye on Newbury to help make it the wonderful place in which we live. by Judy Healey