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Lorie McClory

January 29, 2009

First Friday at Artful Things

Two artists, and your neighbors from Grantham, JoAnn Pippin and Caren Calafati, will display their watercolor paintings at Artful Things, Whipple Place in Lebanon, Feb. 6-March 4. The title of their show is “Title Zones – Pluff Mud and Downeast Granite.” An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 6, and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 448-5100, email, or visit


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.


Ice Skating Parties

The rink located on Shedd Road is open every day of the week, but Sundays are special.

Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. come for great skating, music and hanging out with your friends. The Recreation Building will be open for warming up, playing games, doing puzzles and free theme specials. Additional snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. These events are sponsored by Our Town. For more information, contact Activities Coordinator Laurie Field at

Feb. 8 - Hershey's Chocolate Day: free cocoa and Hershey bars, and to support Grantham 4-H, pay $1 and receive a plate of goodies you can drizzle with chocolate under our chocolate fountain.

Feb. 15 - Valentine's Day: decorate a heart-shaped cookie and create Valentine cards and tissue paper flowers.

Feb. 22 - Mardi Gras: visit the Recreation Building dressed in purple, green or gold and receive Mardi Gras beads

March 1 - Dr. Seuss's Birthday: drop your name in the raffle for a chance at winning some great books and trinkets.


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 hearings

The Grantham School Board will hold a public hearing to discuss the proposed 2009-10 school budget beginning at 7 p.m. February 11 in the Grantham Village School cafeteria. Contact SAU 75 with questions 863-9689.

The Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing to discuss the proposed 2009-10 town 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.


Fresh produce and milk program

The fresh produce CSA box share will be offered again this summer to local residents. Produce comes weekly from Edgewater Farm, and there is an optional milk program with McNamara Dairy. People can sign up for 8, 12, 14 or 16 weeks, which can begin June 16 or later. Cost ranges from $265 for 8 weeks to $525 for 16 weeks; the milk program is additional. Boxes can be shared.

A meeting to explain the program will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 16 at The Center at Eastman. Although the program is sponsored by the Eastman Recreation Department, it is open to anyone interested. Applications are available at the Eastman Recreation Office on Draper Road.


Meet your candidates

Candidates Night will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at Grantham Town Hall, lower level. 

There are currently three candidates for selectman (incumbent Harold Haddock, Simon Mayer and former police chief, Russell Lary), so an evening that is always interesting should be more so this year.



Anne Goucher continues her six-week lecture and exercise series at 6 p.m. Mondays through March 2 at The Center at Eastman. Cost is $10/week. More information at 863-7659 or

• The Grantham Town Offices and Dunbar Free Library will be closed Feb. 16 for President's Day.

• Leave non-perishable food items in the collection box at the town hall for Listen and the Newport Food Pantry.

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

Storytimes at Dunbar Free Library at 10 a.m. Wednesdays for babies and toddlers, and at 10 a.m. Thursdays for preschool-aged children; adult chaperones required!

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

• Adult volleyball at 7:30 p.m. Fridays at the Grantham Village School gym (Len Angelli at 603-398-4025 or

• Adult basketball at 7 p.m. Sundays at the Grantham Village School gym (Keith Grohbrugge at

• Visit for upcoming programs and events, official minutes, meeting dates 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.


Send your news, births, graduations, events, etc. to to let your neighbors know what’s going on.

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