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Lorie McClory

January 6, 2012

Do you have your updated tag sticker?

Bring your old transfer station hang tag to the Selectmenís Office for a 2012 sticker. If you have more than one tag, updating the others will cost $10 each. All hang tags must show the current year in order to access the transfer station.


Music, laughter, trivia and wine tasting

Acoustical musician Jason Cann returns to Bistro Nouveau the first Friday of each month beginning Jan. 6. He performs in the tavern at The Center at Eastman from 6 to 9 p.m. Reservations are recommended.

Bistro Nouveau presents Comedy Night with Boston comedians Mike Donovan, Will Noonan and Ted Barrett beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at The Center at Eastman. Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 at the door.

Trivia Nights return for the winter at Bistro Nouveau beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. Kathy Pomer is back for more fun. Teams of six or fewer are welcome to compete for great prizes and bragging rights. Other Trivia Nights will be held Feb. 11 and March 24.

Bistro Nouveau also presents Swine & Wine beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2. Enjoy a four-course, wine dinner featuring pork in every course for $55/person including tax and gratuity.

Contact Bistro Nouveau for more information on any of these events or reservations, 863-8000.


The right attitude for wellness

Start your new year in the right frame of mind. Nancy Sporborg and Pat Piper present "It's Not About the Hike" beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8 at the Newbury Town Office. The program is free and open to everyone. The one-hour, multi-media presentation is inspirational, motivational and about pushing ourselves beyond our comfort zones, overcoming fears, finding passions and living our lives to the fullest.


New library hours have begun

Dunbar Free Library has changed its hours on Mondays and Wednesdays to 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Other hours are Thursday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-12 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information about the library, visit


Polls open Jan. 10

The Grantham polls will be open for the Republican Primary from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 in the lower level of Grantham Town Hall.


Learn about loons Jan. 13

Grantham Garden Club presents "Everything you ever wanted to know about loons" by Susie Burbridge, field biologist and staff member of the Loon Preservation Committee, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13 at the Grantham Town Hall lower level meeting room. If you enjoy these water birds and want to know such things as how fast they fly, where they sleep at night, if chicks return to the nest, and what each of their four distinct calls really mean, you donít want to miss this program.

Refreshments begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by a short business meeting at 10.


Indoor mini-golf Jan. 14-15

The second annual Family Fun Indoor mini-golf weekend, sponsored by the Grantham Parent Teacher Group, will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15 at Grantham Village School. Enjoy an 18-hole round for $5/person or $15/family or foursome. Refreshments will be available 5-7 p.m. Saturday. If you get a hole-in-one on Grantham Pizza Chefís hole during that time, youíll win a free slice of pizza.

The GPTG thanks the Grantham residents, GVS families and local organizations and businesses contributing to this event, including Eastman Community Association, Gilsonís Property Maintenance, Grantham Recreation Dept., Merrimack Mortgage Co., Pizza Chef of Grantham, Sugar River Bank and Trumbull-Nelson Construction Co. Inc.

Special thanks to Fore-U Golf for sharing its golf putters and balls for this event! Questions? Contact Pattie Beek at 863-8001.


Winter events held even without snow

Get outdoors for two fun events even if we donít get snowÖ but BOY! I hope we do!

The annual Nordic Nibbles brunch sampling will be held Sunday, Jan. 15 from the Eastman Cross Country Center. A few spots remain open for the noon tasting. Cost is $10/adults; $5/children ages 5-12; and free for children younger than 5. Reservations are required by calling Eastman Recreation at 863-6772.

A moonlight cross country ski and snowshoe will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 at the Eastman Cross Country Center. Enjoy a casual trek along beginner trails and then enjoy dinner. All levels are welcome. Reservations are required and can be made at the Cross Country Center until Friday, Jan. 13 in person or by calling 863-4500. Cost is $19/person. Dinner will be held regardless of the snow conditions.


Sax at JOSA

Alto saxophonist Greg Abate performs during Jazz On a Sunday Afternoon beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15 at The Center at Eastman. Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for seniors and students. Reservations at 763-8732; day of show after 2 p.m. call 863-8000. Sit in musicians welcome and enjoy reduced ticket price. For more information, visit (Next JOSA is Jan. 29 with vocalist Amanda Carr.)

A la carte menu and full bar service available from Bistro Nouveau during the show.


Great soup for a great cause

Soup's On, a benefit for the Grantham Community Crisis Fund, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 in the Grantham Village School cafeteria. Enjoy a variety of delicious homemade soups, warm artisan breads, salad, cider, cookies and brownies. Visit with friends and neighbors while helping those in need. It's great food for a great cause! Adults are $8; children younger than 12, $4; and children younger than 3 are free! Call 863-7355 for more info.

Please note: In the event of severe weather, the benefit will be held on Sunday, Jan. 22. Check the Grantham Village School website for updates (



Upcoming school meetings

The Grantham School Board will hold the following meetings:

* a special school board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16 in the Music Room of the Grantham Village School.

* the annual School District Budget Hearing at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1 in the Grantham Village School cafeteria.

* its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday , Feb. 6 in the Music Room.

* the annual School District Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1 in the Grantham Village School gymnasium.


A haunting presentation

Dunbar Free Library and the Eastman Community Association present Carl Strutz, a cast member of the TV series "Paranormal Generation," will present "Visiting the Beyond," a guided photo tour through some of the nationís most haunted locations beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the Center at Eastman. The program is free and open to the public.

While "Paranormal Generation" is not shown in New Hampshire, you can find episodes on YouTube.


Annual School Meeting information

The filing period for Grantham School District positions begins Wednesday, Jan. 25 and closes Friday, Feb. 3. The School District Clerk will be available 3-5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3 at the SAU#75 office in the Grantham Town Building. The SAU office is open daily from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. for individuals interested in picking up candidacy applications.

The following positions will be open:

* Moderator - one-year position

* Clerk - one-year position

* Treasurer - one-year position

* School Board - two three-year positions

The election for School District Officers will be held 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 at the Grantham Village School.

Petitions for inclusion in the Grantham School District Warrant must be received by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18. Petitions may be presented or delivered to the SAU Office.


Benefits for Davidís House

Eastman Community Association again plays host for two great events to benefit Davidís House.

The annual Chili Cook-Off will be held noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at The Center at Eastman. Cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children. Come taste many wonderful, homemade chili concoctions and vote for your favorite.

The inaugural Eastman Loppet for David's House will be held Saturday, Feb. 11 from the Eastman Cross Country Center. Reduced pledge amounts are being offered now for anyone who pre-registers before Feb.10. Click this link for complete details.

Contact Eastman Recreation for more information on either event, 863-6772.



ē Grantham United Methodist Church worship service at 9 a.m. each Sunday, with Pastor Patricia Williams. Everyone is welcome to attend.

ē The Grantham Historical Society is selling 2012 calendars for $5 each at the GHS building, 34 Dunbar Hill Road on Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m. and at Rum Brook Market.

ē The Grantham Food Pantry at 65 Roses in Rum Brook Plaza is open for food pick up from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit or call Caitlin at 603-361-2604. Donations of non-perishable food, toiletry and baby items can be dropped off at the Dunbar Free Library, Grantham Town Hall and Eastmanís South Cove Activity Center. Cash donations go to the Grantham Community Crisis Fund.

ē Storytime at Dunbar Free Library begins again Jan. 11 and 12. The programs are held each week at 10 a.m. Wednesdays for children 3 and younger, and 10 a.m. Thursdays for children 4 and older. An adult escort is required.

ē Men and women interested in playing basketball can come to Grantham Village School every Sunday (except holidays) for free fun and exercise. Womenís pick-up ball is from 5 to 7 p.m.; menís, 7 to 9 p.m. The men have a strong group kicking off the season; women interested should contact Susan Martin at 863-9094 to let her know you are attending.

ē Zumba Fitness with instructor Angie Shonts is 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Grantham Village School. Wear comfortable clothes and bring clean workout shoes and water. The first two classes are free. For more information, contact Shonts at 704-214-2271 or



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