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Lorie McClory

January 13, 2011

Updated Jan. 14

Indoor mini golf Jan. 15-16

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. 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.


Greg Abate at JOSA Jan. 16

JOSA continues its 19th season with alto saxophonist Greg Abate on Jan. 16. The show is 4-7 p.m.; doors open at 3. Tickets are $18/adults and $16/seniors/students. Make reservations via credit card by contacting Wightsteeple Productions at 763-8732 or Tickets may also be purchased at the door with check or cash. As always, sit-in musicians are welcome and enjoy reduced ticket prices.

In addition to a wonderful afternoon of music, the JOSA experience includes the culinary delights of Bistro Nouveau prepared by Owner/Chef Doug Langevin and his fabulous staff. For JOSA, they offer an a la carte menu and a full range of beverages from the moment you arrive through the end of the show.

For those who like to plan ahead, worldwide jazz trumpeter and vocalist Christine Fawson will perform Jan. 30. For more information, visit


Holiday closings

The Grantham Town Offices, Dunbar Free Library and Transfer Station will be closed Jan. 17 for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.


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.


Dates announced annual meeting events

Below are dates sent to me by town and school officials for filing for offices, deadlines for petition warrant articles, budget hearings, and the actual annual meetings. Lots to do between now and then!


Jan. 19-28: Filing period for Grantham School District offices. The SAU 75 office is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for individuals interested in picking up candidacy applications. The School District Clerk will be available 3-5 p.m. Jan. 28 at the SAU 75 office in the lower level of the Grantham Town Hall. The following positions will be open: 

School District Moderator – 1-year position

School District Clerk – 1-year position

School District Treasurer – 1-year position

School Board – 3-year position – 2-positions available

School Board – 1-year position – 1-position available


Jan. 19-28: Filing period for Town Offices. Applications are available at the Town Clerk’s office Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and Tuesday and Wednesday evenings 6-8 p.m. Please note: the office closes from noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. On the last day of filing (Jan. 28), the Town Clerk’s Office will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The following positions will be open:



Selectman – 3-year term

Treasurer – 3-year term

Planning Board – 3-year term

Library Trustee – 3-year term

Cemetery Trustee – 3-year term

Trustee of Trust Funds – 2-year term – 1 position

Trustee of the Trust Funds – 3-year term - 1 position

Jan. 31: Deadline for petition articles to be included on the Grantham School District Warrant, 5 p.m. to the SAU # 75 Office, lower level of Grantham Town Hall. 

Feb. 2: The Grantham Board of Selectmen will hold a budget hearing to discuss the proposed 2011/2012 budget and warrant articles at 6 p.m. in the lower level at Grantham Town Hall. (A second public hearing, if needed: 6 p.m. Feb. 9, same location.)

March 1: Grantham School District Annual Meeting, 6:30 p.m. in the Grantham Village School gym

March 8: Election of Town and School Officers, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the lower level of Grantham Town Hall.

March 8: Town Meeting, 5:30 p.m. in the lower level of Grantham Town Hall.


Wetlands inventory on horizon

The Grantham Conservation Commission (GCC) is in the process of conducting a prime wetlands inventory of the Town of Grantham through the use of its Conservation Fund. This inventory involves the mapping and assessment of wetlands greater than one acre in size, as well as the formal evaluation of the highest ranked wetland complexes. The GCC has contracted Dr. Rick Van de Poll of Ecosystem Management Consultants in Sandwich as the principal investigator for this project.

A town Forum has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Grantham Town Hall to acquaint all interested parties with the details of the project. Members of the community who would be interested in participating in making the inventory are asked to contact Merle Schotanus at or Lindsey Dixon at Volunteers will be trained to complete brief visual inspections of wetlands. No previous experience is required; however, internet access is recommended. Training sessions will be held in June and wetland assessments performed during the summer.

Wetlands play a critical role in supporting a continuous supply of fresh clean water to support our personal health and everyday activities as well the wildlife, vegetation and recreation that helps define the rural character of Grantham. If we do not take steps to identify and designate wetlands that are important to maintaining the health of our environment, Grantham’s ability to protect these valuable community resources, and the important functions they serve, from being degraded or lost entirely is curtailed.


Discounts offered on shuttle

Dartmouth Area-Manchester Airport Shuttle, owned and run by Granthamite Randy Heller, is offering discounts for seniors and for anyone in school or working at a school. Full price is $98 round-trip, but seniors and anyone with a school ID can take $10 off the price. Visit or call 802-356-9320 for more details.



• 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.

Visit for official minutes, meeting dates, lists of elected officials 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.

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