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Lorie McClory

January 23, 2009

File now for offices

The filing period to run for town and school offices ends Friday.

Town

Up for election in the town: 

  • Selectman - 3 years (to date, incumbent Harold Haddock and former police chief Russell Lary have filed)

  • Planning Board - 3 years (2 positions)

  • Trustee of Dunbar Free Library - 3 years (2 positions)

  • Trustee of Trust Funds - 3 years

  • Cemetery Trustee - 3 years

Applications are available at the town clerk's office during regular hours. The office will be open for last-minute filings from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

School

Up for election in the school district: 

  • School Board - 3 years (2 positions)

  • Treasurer - 1 year

  • Clerk - 1 year; Moderator - 1 year

Applications are available from the School District Clerk at Grantham Village School daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and additionally on Friday from 3 to 5 p.m.

 

Off Off Off Broadway returns!

Don't miss the Off Off Off Broadway reading of "The Mousetrap" by Agatha Christie beginning at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 and 7 at the Grantham Town Hall. "The Mousetrap" ran for over 25 years in London, so don't miss this evening of fun and baffling "who-done-it." Cost is $5 per person or best offer, with proceeds going to the Dunbar Free Library. Tea and crumpets will be served during intermission.

 

Community potluck Feb. 7

Everyone is welcome to the monthly community pot luck, which begins at 6 p.m. Feb. 7 in the downstairs of the Grantham United Methodist Church. Bring a dish to share.

 

Come hear about wild canids

Christine Schadler is a wild canid ecologist, which means she's an expert on wolves, coyotes and foxes. She will compare coyote and wolf ecology, behavior and social dynamics as well as discuss the return of the wolf to New England beginning at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at The Center at Eastman. Free and open to the public.

 

Budget and warrant hearing

The Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing to discuss the proposed 2009-10 budget and warrant articles at 6 p.m. Feb. 12 in the lower level of the town hall. Copies are typically available at the town office prior to the hearing date and will be available at the hearing.

 

New London Hospital seeks volunteers

New London Hospital volunteers assist many departments not only within the hospital, but also the Clough Center, New London Pediatric Care Center, and Newport Health Center. If you have time, talent or a skill to share, you might consider volunteering.

Ideally, new volunteers should be prepared to commit to one three-hour shift per week, though the program is flexible and able to accommodate vacations and seasonal residents.

Volunteer orientation will be provided and training will be conducted within the department setting. As an "equal opportunity employer," NLH encourages men, women, teenagers, retirees and all others to apply!

There are immediate needs in transport services, The Friends Gift Shop, and the Reception Desk.

For more information about volunteering at New London Hospital, please contact the Volunteer Office at 526-5133, or email nancy.collins@newlondonhospital.org or visit the New London Hospital website at www.newlondonhospital.org

 

Reminders

Get your Grantham Transfer Station sticker at town hall by Friday to avoid being turned away.

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.

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

The Grantham 4-H Club (the Lucky Charms) meets every other Tuesday at the Recreation Park Building on Shedd Road. Eighteen children between the ages of 7
and 14 have joined. Contact Laurie Field for more 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.

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

Snowshoeing for all ages continues Jan. 27 (10 a.m.), Jan. 30 (6:30 p.m.) and Jan. 31 (2 p.m.) from the Grantham Recreation Park facility on Shedd Road. Details at www.granthamnh.net.

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

 

From the Selectmen's Jan. 14 draft minutes:

Emergency Management Director F. Robert Osgood suggested appointing Ken Ryder, general manager of Eastman Community Association, as the Deputy EMD for Grantham. The Selectmen agreed Ryder would be a good choice for the position.

Resident Simon Mayer discussed his concerns with the increase in property taxes and urged the Board of Selectmen to bring down the spending. Mayer stated he felt that certain department budgets were "over loaded" while others, such as the Highway Department, Fire Department, and FAST Squad, weren't funded enough.

Mayer asked about the size of the police department. The Selectmen responded that there is one police chief, four full-time police officers, and two part-time police officers and that there is usually one officer per shift, sometimes two. Mayer asked how many police cruisers there were. Selectmen answered four. Mayer stated he felt the police department was too large for the size of the town and had too many police cruisers; that with only one or two officers on duty at a time, three police cruisers are enough.

Chairman Harold Haddock explained that items such as police cruisers are listed as warrant articles so residents can vote on them at Town Meeting. Mayer stated he didn't agree with voting on warrant articles at Town Meeting because very few people come to vote.

Haddock said the Board would keep Mayer's concerns in mind as they prepared the budget and reminded him to attend Town Meeting on March 10 and vote. Selectman Connie Jones suggested attending the public budget hearing on Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. in the Grantham Town Building, Lower Level Meeting Hall.

Town Building Repairs: Building Supervisor F.R. Osgood reported that all of the building repairs have been completed but said the exterior doors in Town Hall need replacing. Haddock requested Osgood obtain quotes for replacing them.

 

Send your news, births, graduations, events, etc. to grantham-news@comcast.net to let your neighbors know what’s going on.


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