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Lorie McClory

January 21, 2010

Educators honored

Two outstanding educators from Grantham have been cited for their work.

Helen Schotanus was recognized by the State Senate on Jan. 6 for her years of service to public education. She also received a Governor and Council Commendation on Jan. 13 for her achievements in state kindergarten policy and for her extraordinary effort and achievement with the New Hampshire Reading Recovery Program. Helen is retiring after 38 years in education, including 24 years at the Department of Education.

Dan Clary, assistant principal at Belmont High School, was honored as the New Hampshire Principal of the Year by the New Hampshire Association of School Principals at their mid-winter meeting in Concord on Jan. 12. During the awards ceremony, Cindy Chagnon, chair of the 2010 Principal of the Year Selection Committee, said of Dan, "According to one of his co-workers, as devoted as he is to the faculty and staff, perhaps the best thing about Dan is his commitment to (the) student body. He anticipates their needs and supports them. He is fair. I have seen him when he deals with discipline issues, and students come away from his office feeling as if their concerns have been heard and respected. He truly sets an example for the rest of us."

Congratulations to you both. You make us all proud to live in Grantham.

DMV open in Lebanon

The NH Department of Motor Vehicles has opened a new temporary office in Lebanon at 85 Mechanic St., in the Riverview Commercial Center. The office is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for driver licensing services only. Road tests, which must be scheduled in advance, will be administered on Fridays at the new location.

Vehicle registration services must be carried out at the town clerk’s office or at the Claremont DMV office.

Deadline looms for moonlight trek and dinner

Don’t miss the Jan. 22 deadline to register for the Jan. 30 moonlight ski and snowshoe and dinner. Beginning at 6 p.m. Jan. 30, take a casual ski/snowshoe trek along beginner trails and then enjoy dinner at Bistro Nouveau. Cost is $17/person and all levels of experience are welcome. Reservations can be made at the Cross Country Center, 863-4500. Dinner will be held regardless of the weather.

School district budget work continues

The Grantham School Board will hold a budget work session beginning at 5 p.m. 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.

Grace Kelly comes to JOSA

Award winning vocalist and saxophonist Grace Kelly will be the featured artist at Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon from 4 to 7 p.m. Jan. 31 at The Center at Eastman. 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 bill.wightman@comcast.net. Information about specific shows is available at www.josajazz.com.

Dog behavior is topic

Canine behavior author Barbara Handleman with some of her students. (Photo supplied by Lorie McClorey)

Barbara Handleman will speak on Canine Behavior—keeping your dog safe beginning at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at The Center at Eastman. Guest star will be rescued German Shepherd, Nate. Handleman is the author of Canine Behavior: a photo-illustrated handbook for pet owners and professionals. The talk is free and open to the public.

The Loons are coming!

David’s House at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center will be the beneficiary of the Loon Project, an auction of 16-inch wooden loons uniquely decorated by local artists. A reception with The Loon Project artisans will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Draper Room at The Center at Eastman. Take this opportunity to view all 24 loons, meet the artisans, and submit sealed bids on these beautiful birds. Cost for the reception is $10 a person, which includes hors d'oeuvres. Make reservations through Eastman Recreation at 863-6772. Photos of the loons are being posted at www.davids-house.org/Page.aspx?pid=356.

Final bids will be taken during the Family Winterfest at the Eastman Cross Country Center on Feb. 20.

Men’s chorus forming

There is a new auditioned men’s chorus forming in the Upper Valley. The ensemble is being organized by Dan Signor, choral director at Lebanon Junior High and High School. A cappella music is a focus, but other styles of music will be decided by the group. The first meeting is at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 in the music room at Lebanon High School.  Anyone is welcome to attend the initial meeting; official auditions will begin in April.  For more information or directions, please contact Dan directly at 863-2319 or dan@hmquartet.com.

Grants awarded

The Eastman Charitable Foundation announced the awarding of the following foundation grants to organizations:

  • $2,500 to the Grantham Recreation Park Committee to help complete the construction of the initial phase of a new ball field, soccer field, playground, sledding hill and pavilion;
  • $400 to the Enfield Conservation Commission to provide and enhance protection for Crystal and Mascoma lakes and their watersheds through education of residents and further study of the watersheds with UNH Lay Lakes Monitoring Program and the NHDES Volunteer Lakes Assessment Program;
  • $835 to the Grantham Parent Teacher Group to produce an intergenerational art project;
  • $1,500 in matching funds to the Grantham Area Chamber of Commerce towards the landscaping of the Park and Ride on Route 10;
  • $4,000 to the New Hampshire Lakes Association to incorporate a Lake Conservation Corps Program into the summer youth programs offered by the Eastman Community Association’s Recreation Department for the Eastman Lake watershed;
  • $900 to The Fells to allow Grantham third and fourth grade pupils to participate in its Water Ecology Education Project; and
  • $4,400 to the Eastman Community Association’s Woodlands and Wildlife Committee to preserve and protect a rare and threatened native plant, the Rhododendron Maximum, located within Grantham’s Eastman community.

 

The ECF has distributed almost one-half of available funds; the balance will remain in the endowment for future projects. The next call for grant proposals is scheduled for the winter 2011.

The ECF, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, focuses on funding projects that improve the environment and foster community building around the Eastman Lake watershed area, which covers land in the towns of Grantham, Enfield and Springfield. The foundation welcomes all donations, which are tax deductible. To make a donation, please send your contribution to ECF, PO Box 1825, Grantham, NH 03753.

Last week to file for office!

The filing period for school and town offices ends Jan. 29. Election for all school and town officials will be held all day March 9 at the Grantham Town Hall.

School

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.

Town

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.

Reminders

• 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.

• Storytimes at Dunbar Free Library at 10 a.m. Wednesdays for babies and toddlers with an adult, and at 10 a.m. Thursdays for preschool-aged children with an adult.

• 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.

• Although the Grantham Area Chamber of Commerce Park & Ride tree planting fund has received a matching grant of $1,500, the total goal for planting is $5,500. Mail donations to Park & Ride Tree Project, Grantham Area Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1340, Grantham, NH, 03753. Contact Dan Foster at 863-1839 for more information.

• Visit www.granthamnh.net for official minutes, meeting dates and more.

• Find news and events for Grantham and surrounding towns at www.sunacom.com. 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 - http://GranthamVoice.com.

 

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


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