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Lorie McClory

January 19, 2012

School superintendent retiring

From the Grantham School Board

At the School Board’s Jan. 3 meeting, Superintendent of Schools Keith Pfeifer announced that he will be retiring from public education and will leave our district on June 30.

He has made a significant impact on our community over the three years he has been with us.  He helped open the newly renovated and newly constructed school space in the fall of 2009.  Aside from his normal duties as superintendent he has spent countless hours providing service to our community, helping with the recreation park move-in day for the playground equipment, planting flowers in the beds at the school, helping to prepare for Hurricane Irene, and so many more.

Keith helped us to address many areas that had not been touched or challenged in years, such as the scholarship funds and the amounts that could be drawn upon, the new AREA agreement with Lebanon and Plainfield, the long-range plan and the transportation issues we faced with the reduction of service due to a budget cut in 2009.

On behalf of the School Board, we wish Keith a most enjoyable and well-deserved retirement. 


Soup for you…

"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 (


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 nation’s 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.


Benefits for David’s House

Eastman Community Association again plays host for two great events to benefit David’s 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.


Trivia night is NOT trivial

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.

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


Vocalist highlighted at JOSA

Award-winning jazz vocalist Amanda Carr 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 Feb. 12 with saxophonist Cercie Miller and vocalist Dominique Eade.)

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


Upcoming school meetings

The Grantham School Board will hold the following meetings:

* 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.


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 in the lower level meeting room of the Grantham Town Building.  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.


Swine & Wine dinner

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. First course: shredded pork shoulder, beet chip, scallop, horseradish foam, and cauliflower cream. Second course: braised pork belly (bacon) and sweet potato hash. Third course: a classic pork loin roulade. Dessert: a mini apple tart with maple bacon ice cream.

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


Snowdusters meet Feb. 7

The Blue Mountain Snowdusters will hold their regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Gerry Whitney Room (upstairs) at Grantham Town Hall. Please visit or call Jodie 863-1551 with any questions.

Also, mark your calendar for the Feb. 18 Radar Run on Stocker Pond. More details to follow.



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

• 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 Eastman’s South Cove Activity Center. Cash donations go to the Grantham Community Crisis Fund.

• Storytimes at Dunbar Free Library 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 chaperone is required.

• Men and women interested in playing basketball can come to Grantham Village School every Sunday (except holidays) for free fun and exercise. Women’s pick-up ball is from 5 to 7 p.m.; men’s, 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.

• 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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