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Lorie McClory

January 28, 2010

Health kits for Haiti quake victims

The Grantham United Methodist Church would like to invite the community to join them in a project to assist the people of Haiti, devastated by recent earthquakes. UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) has a longstanding presence and commitment to the people of Haiti and one of their requests for initial aid is for health kits. They have already begun shipping these packets of basic hygiene items and more will be needed. Below you will find a contents list. Options include purchasing and donating some of these items, putting together kits and bringing them to be shipped with others, or donating money to make the kits. It costs approximately $12 to make each kit. This has been suggested as a particularly good way to help children understand what is going on and how they can help. No donation is too small and your support is greatly appreciated. (More)


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 Information about specific shows is available at


Lunch Bunch Feb. 2

The Lunch Bunch will meet one week early in February. Come for a great lunch and visit with your neighbors beginning at noon Feb. 2 at the Grantham United Methodist Church. Donations accepted.


Budget hearing Feb. 2

The Grantham School Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2010-11 budget at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 in the school cafeteria. Specific line item information will be available at the budget hearing.

Preliminarily, the Grantham School Board approved a proposed budget for 2010-11 of $6,749,483, which is an increase of $322,137, or 5 percent, over the 2009-2010 approved budget. Major increases are tuition for junior high and high schools ($99,701), wage increases based on collective bargaining agreement ($91,267), and health insurance ($132,393).

The budget proposes combining the second grade into one class next year, eliminating one teaching position. In addition, the guidance counselor position will be eliminated with the retirement of Delores Netzband. The elimination of these two positions saves the district approximately $85,000.


Bistro events for February

Jason Cann shares his acoustical stylings from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Tavern at Bistro Nouveau. Make reservations early since Jason’s a pretty popular entertainer.

Bistro Brain Busters trivia night returns Feb. 13. Sign up with your team of 2 to 6 players and come before 6:30 p.m. for a night of good times and trivial information. The event is free and open to the public. Doors close at 6:30 when the game begins so don't be late!

The public is cordially invited to another Vegetarian Dining Club dinner, beginning at 6 p.m. Feb. 18. Enjoy a three-course vegetarian dinner is $25/person, including tax and gratuity. Vegan option available. Contact Carol Moses by Feb. 13 to make reservations, or 603-863-3263. Let her know of any dietary restrictions.


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


Telemark clinic

Join Mike Denver for an introductory clinic on the equipment, history and technique of telemark skiing beginning at 10 a.m. Feb. 7 at the Eastman Cross Country Ski Center, then apply your technique on selected hills. Cost is $10/person. Contact the Cross Country Center to register, 863-4500.


Tuba player is featured

Grantham resident and professional tuba player Harry Critchley will be a featured musician during the Connecticut River Valley Orchestra’s performance at 1 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Claremont Opera House. The event will feature four renowned classics each with a different narrator: Tubby the Tuba, William Tell, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Peter and the Wolf.

For tickets and information, contact the Claremont Opera House at 603-542-4433 or visit For CRVO donor or volunteer opportunities, contact Executive Director Michael Geilich at 603-643-4026 or visit


Dickinson inspired performance

Camerata New England Piano Quartet will perform music by Vermont composer Gwyneth Walker and others, inspired by the poetry of Emily Dickinson, beginning at 3 pm. Feb. 7 at the Lebanon Opera House. Tickets are on sale at or by calling 603-448-0400. Learn more about Camerata New England at To be added to their upcoming concert email alerts, send email address to

Dog behavior is topic

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.


Crafty and entertaining programs

Create a special Valentine for yourself or someone you love at Dunbar Free Library from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 11.

Don’t miss Todd Wellington – The King of Silly – in the lower level of Grantham Town Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16. The King of Silly has been the opening act for many national talents including Dan Zanes & Friends, Jo Dee Messina, Beatlemania and Rascal Flatts. His juggling, unicycling, balloons, magic and more are fun for all ages.

For more information: 603-863-2172 or All events are free and open to the public thanks to the Friends of the Dunbar Free Library.


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

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


Chili chefs wanted

Participants are 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.


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.


Meet our candidates

Candidates Night will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 in the lower level of Grantham Town Hall. This is your opportunity to see, hear and question the candidates


Big Read at DFL

The Dunbar Free Library will be part of The Big Read: New Hampshire Reads To Kill a Mockingbird in March. The library will host a book discussion at 7 p.m. March 18 in the Grantham Town Hall. Suzanne Brown of Dartmouth College will facilitate the discussion, and light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Dunbar Free Library. This event is free and open to the public, and teens are encouraged to attend. Copies of To Kill a Mockingbird, along with additional discussion materials are available at the Dunbar Free Library.

For more information about the Dunbar Free Library visit For more information about The Big Read: New Hampshire Reads To Kill a Mockingbird, visit



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

• 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.

• Visit for official minutes, meeting dates and more.

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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