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January 6, 2011

Free pickleball clinic

There will be free pickleball clinics at the New London Outing Club 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 8 and 3-5 p.m. Jan. 9. Bring sneakers; equipment and instruction provided.

What is pickleball? It’s an easy to learn and fun sport for all ages, a cross between tennis and ping pong played on a court one-third the size of a tennis court, and one of the fastest growing sports in the United States.There are indoor pickleball events each week at the New London Outing Club and the Newport Recreation Center. Visit for a complete schedule and information on costs, or contact Fred Dunfey at or 863-9248 with questions.


Potluck and Gospel music

The Middle River Gospel Concert will be held in conjunction with this month’s community potluck, which begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8 in the lower level of the Grantham United Methodist Church. You do not need to be a member of the church or live in Grantham to attend. All are welcome; just bring a dish to share. Contact Priscilla Small for more information, 865-5128.


Trivia fun indoors

Bistro Brain Buster Trivia Night returns at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at The Center at Eastman. Get your team of two to six people and come for a free night of fun and prizes with hostess Kathy Pomer and her crack team of researchers and mathematicians. A la carte menu and full bar is available. Call 863-8000 for reservations, but walk-in teams are always welcome.


Key programs and services to help businesses

All business people are invited to attend a presentation by Warren Haggerty, business development specialist from the NH SBA District Office and SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business, hosted by the Grantham Area Chamber of Commerce beginning at 7 p.m. Jan. 10 in the lower level of Grantham Town Hall. The briefing will cover the resources and services available through the SBA. You do not need to be a member of the chamber to attend. For information on the full array of SBA programs available, visit


Lunch bunch

The community luncheon will be held at noon Jan. 11 in the lower level of the Grantham United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome. A donation is requested.


Inexpensive fun for the whole family

The Grantham Parent Teacher Group Family Fun Indoor 18-Hole Miniature Golf Weekend will be held Jan. 15-16 at the Grantham Village School. The course will be open for play 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 15, with pizza, popcorn and refreshments available from 5 to 9. The course will be open noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 16, with the last group allowed off at 4:15. 

This event will be fun for families looking to chase away winter doldrums and a great challenge for golfers wishing to improve their putting! Cost is $5 per family or foursome. Get a hole in one on the Pizza Chef 18th hole between 5 and 9 p.m. Jan. 15 and win a free slice of pizza.

Thanks in advance to Fore-U Golf, which is lending their balls and putters, and Eastman Golf Pro Mark Larrabee, who will be the first player through the course and will be awarding ribbons for holes that are the most challenging, most creative, etc. 


The GPTG also thanks the Grantham residents, GVS families, and local organizations and businesses that contributed to this event, including Eastman Community Association, Gilson’s Property Maintenance, Grantham Recreation Department, Greenwood Kitchen and Bath, Merrimack Mortgage Co., Mitchell Automotive, M.J. Hayward Mechanical and Electrical, Pizza Chef of Grantham, Sugar River Bank, and Trumbull-Nelson Construction Co. Inc.Contact GPTG President Pattie Beek at 863-8001 for additional information.


Blood pressure and foot clinic

Blood pressure and foot clinic with the Lake Sunapee Region Visiting Nurses and Hospice will be held 9:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 18 at the Grantham Town Hall. Free blood pressure screenings. Basic toenail care – a soak, trim, file, clean and lotion – is $20, unless you have diabetes. In that case, the cost is $25 and you will need a doctor’s order for the foot care. Call 526-4077 to schedule a time.


Carbon Monoxide Information - From the Grantham Fire Department

By now we hope everyone has a carbon monoxide (CO) detector. Recent events in the news have demonstrated that CO is deadly. It is odorless and colorless, and thus not detectable in your house without a detector. There may be many different causes for a build-up of CO in your home, including malfunctioning appliances, a furnace or woodstove with a blocked chimney, or operating a vehicle or generator in a garage or too close to the house.

If your CO alarm activates, the first thing is to get everyone out of the house. Call 911 for the fire department from your cell phone or a neighbor’s house. At this point do not open your windows or leave your door open; the fire department may not be able to identify the source of the CO if the house has been ventilated. Firefighters wearing self-contained breathing apparatus and using a CO gas detector will go into the house to measure the level of CO and try to determine the source. If equipment is the cause, it can be shut down, and the fire department will ventilate the house. Once the house is determined to be safe, you may return; however, the equipment that caused the problem should not be used until a qualified technician services it.

Meanwhile medical personnel from the FAST squad will check anyone who was in the house. Although moving to fresh air may be enough, they will determine if additional evaluation or treatment is recommended. Children, the elderly and people with respiratory issues are especially susceptible to CO poisoning.

CO and smoke detectors require some regular maintenance. They should be tested monthly and batteries should be kept fresh. The life of the CO detector is only 5-10 years from the date of manufacture, depending upon the type; check the owners manual (many are online) for your specific detector and replace the detector if it is due.



• Grantham United Methodist Church offers Sunday service at 10 a.m. each week.

• The town has a food collection box in the town hall foyer. Food donations are brought alternately to The Listen Center and the Newport Food Pantry.

• Men’s pick up basketball, 7 p.m. Sundays at the GVS gym. (Must be able to run and breathe at the same time.)

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