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Lorie McClory

January 7, 2010

Immediate openings

The Town of Grantham is seeking two volunteers to fill vacant positions of Trustee of Trust Funds, which involve managing the Town of Grantham Trust Fund Accounts. If you feel your skills might match this opportunity, please call Town Administrator Becky Newton, 863-6021.

Attention sledders

The sledding hill at the Recreation Park on Shedd Road is closed until further notice. The sledding hill at the Eastman Cross Country Center is free and open to the public.


Trivia fun!

Brain Busters Trivia Night returns at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at Bistro Nouveau at The Center at Eastman. Bring your team of two to six players and get ready for a fun night of trivial information. Reservations are strongly recommended, 603-863-8000. Pub menu and full service bar available.


School district budget work continues

The Grantham School Board will hold budget work sessions beginning at 5 p.m. Jan. 11 and Jan. 25 in the Jerry Whitney Room at Grantham Town Hall.

The next regular school board meeting is 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at 6:30 in the Jerry Whitney Room.


Lunch Bunch

January’s Lunch Bunch community luncheon begins at noon Jan. 12 in the basement of the Grantham United Methodist Church on Route 10. Come at 11:45 for a free blood pressure screening. Donations are accepted and everyone is welcome; you don’t have to live in Grantham.


Storytime dates corrected

Storytimes at Dunbar Free Library resume next week: Jan. 13 at 10 a.m. (and each Wednesday) for infants and toddlers up to age 3 with an adult, and Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. (and each Thursday) for preschool-aged children with an adult.


Learn about Primulas

The Grantham Garden Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 15 at the town hall. Speaker will be Marianne Kuchel on Primulas. The program is free and open to the public. Call 863-8163 for more information.


Ski and eat at Nordic Nibbles

The third annual Nordic Nibbles will be held at the Eastman Cross Country Center on Jan. 17. Choose your time (11 a.m. or noon) and ski to six stations for a toasty fire and some delectable food provided by local vendors and restaurants (including Grantham’s own Bistro Nouveau and Rumbrook Market!). This event is reservation-only. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12, under 5 free. To reserve your spot via credit card, call the Cross Country Center, 863-4500. To use check or cash, stop by the center.


JOSA means great music

Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon (JOSA to those in the know) comes to The Center at Eastman every other Sunday into April. The next performance with Grammy nominated alto saxophonist Greg Abate will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Jan. 17. Cost is $18 for adults and $16 for seniors (62+) and students (-17). A bistro menu and full service bar is offered during all performances by Bistro Nouveau. Make reservations by contacting the Wightsteeple Box Office at 603-763-8732 or Information about specific shows is available at


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. 19 at the Grantham Town Hall. Free blood pressure screenings. Basic toenail care will be $20; a soak, trim, file, clean and lotion will be $25. People who are diabetic will need a doctor’s order for the foot care. Call 526-4077 to schedule a time.


Calling all foodies…

The Vegetarian Dining Club is open to anyone who is interested in vegetarian dining. The next event will begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 21 at Bistro Nouveau at The Center at Eastman. The three-course dinner is $25 per person, which includes tax and 18 percent gratuity. All beverages are additional. The deadline for reservations is Jan. 16. RSVP to Carol Moses at 603-863-3263 or When making your reservation, please let Carol know if you want the vegan option or have any food allergies.


Voter names being checked

The Supervisors of the Checklist will hold a public session for corrections to the voter checklist on from 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 19 at Grantham Town Hall in the Jerry Whitney Memorial Conference Room. Changes in party registrations will also be accepted.


Consider running for office

If you’ve ever had an inkling to run for a town or school office, now is the time to act. The filing period for school and town offices is Jan. 20 to Jan. 29. Election for all school and town officials will be held all day March 9 at the Grantham Town Hall. Specific times will be announced later.


Applications are available at the SAU office Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Declarations of Candidacy for offices must be filed with School District Clerk Wayne Small, 863-0834. For the last day of filing, Jan. 29, the School District Clerk will be available at the SAU 75 Office from 3 to 5 p.m. and the SAU Office will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The following positions will be open: School District Board Member (three-year term); School District Clerk (one-year); School District Treasurer (one-year); School District Moderator (one-year).

The Grantham School District Meeting is 6:30 p.m. March 2 at Grantham Village School.


Applications are available at the Town Clerk’s Office during their normal business hours.

The following positions will be open: Selectman (three-year); Town Clerk/Tax Collector (three-year); Planning Board (three-year); Library Trustee (2 for three years each); Library Trustee (two-year); Cemetery Trustee (three-year); Trustee of Trust Funds (three-year); Trustee of Trust Funds (two-year); Trustee of Trust Funds (one-year); Moderator (two-year); Supervisor of the Checklist (six-year).

The Grantham Town Meeting will begin at 5 p.m. March 9.


Our Town needs help with events

The Grantham Activities Department, "Our Town," is looking for volunteers to help organize a Winter Family Fun Day for Feb. 6 and the annual Old Home Day, typically held on July 4. If you are interested in helping with either of these events, please contact Laurie Field at 863-9143 or


Chili chefs wanted

Participants sought for the annual chili cook-off to benefit David's House. Individuals and groups wishing to enter the Chili-Cook-Off on Feb. 20 can contact Betty Kargacos, 863-6324 or to register or for information.


Nordic Nibbles returns

Don’t miss the third annual Nordic Nibbles, a delectable Sunday brunch served on the cross country trails at Eastman Cross Country Center on Jan. 17. At each of six vendor stations, you’ll be greeted by a toasty fire and hardy nibbles from several vendors.

This year’s participating businesses are Bistro Nouveau (Grantham), Rum Brook Market (Grantham), McNamara Dairy (Plainfield), Taylor Brothers Sugarhouse (Meriden), Allan’s Vending Service (White River Jct., Vt.), Salt hill Pub (Newport and Lebanon), The Common Man (Claremont), Lindt Chocolate (W. Lebanon), Garfield’s Smokehouse (Meriden), Laura Powers (Wilmot), The Backside Inn (Goshen) and The Old Courthouse (Newport).

Reservations are taken for 11 a.m. or noon. Costs are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12, and free for children younger than 5. This event typically sells out; call the Eastman Cross Country Center at 863-4500 to make your reservation using a credit card, or stop in to pay by cash or check.

Nordic Nibbles is one of four ski/snowshoe dining events held in the Upper Valley each year. For more information on these family-friendly events, visit


Vegetarian dining open to all

The Vegetarian Dining Club returns for another year of great food beginning at 6 p.m. Jan. 21 at Bistro Nouveau at The Center at Eastman. Cost is $25/person for a three-course meal, including tax and gratuity. Contact Carol Moses at or 863-3263 for details or reservations. Let her know if you have food allergies or would prefer the vegan option.


Learn to ice fish

In conjunction with New Hampshire Fish & Game Department, Our Town is organizing a free learn to fish day for Feb. 20. This all-day program begins with classroom work, much hands-on, and includes a field trip to Croydon’s Spectacle Pond. No license is required.

Every child must be accompanied by an adult. They should bring warm clothing and pack a lunch. Fish & Game provides all equipment, bait, materials and instruction free of charge.

RSVP to Laurie Field at 863-9143 or by Feb. 6. Last year’s program filled quickly, so don’t wait until the last minute.



• The Lebanon Motor Vehicle sub-station is closed until further notice. Licensing and registrations can be done at the Claremont office located at 1 Water St. They are open Monday - Friday 8:15 a.m.-4:15 p.m.

• Selectmen meet at 5 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays each month.

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

• Harmony Night a capella chorus sings every Monday when school is in session, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Lebanon High School. All ages and experience levels are welcome at this free, intergenerational, educational and fun singing experience! Call director Dan Signor at 863-2319 for information.

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

• Visit for official minutes, meeting dates and more.

• Find news and events for Grantham and surrounding towns at PS: All the Grantham Sunacom columns are still active. They can be retrieved on the Archives page.

• Another way to receive and communicate news concerning our community -


Don’t forget to send your news or events as the body of an email at least two weeks in advance to Let your neighbors know what’s going on.

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