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Lorie McClory

January 30, 2011

Cross lightings

The cross on the Grantham United Methodist Church was lit on Jan. 5 in memory of Hugh Reney and on Jan. 9 in memory of Ella Reney.


Deadlines and hearings

Jan. 31: Deadline for petition articles to be included on the Grantham School District Warrant, 5 p.m. to the SAU # 75 Office, lower level of Grantham Town Hall. 

Feb. 1: Deadline for petition articles to be included on the Grantham Town Warrant, 5 p.m. to the Selectmen’s Office at town hall. 

Feb. 1: School District Budget Hearing, 6:30 p.m. in the GVS cafeteria.

Feb. 2: Grantham Board of Selectmen budget and warrant article hearing, 6 p.m. in the lower level at Grantham Town Hall. (A second public hearing, if needed: 6 p.m. Feb. 9, same location.)


Ice skating on the town pond

Don’t miss Family Fun Sundays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 30 and Feb. 6. Enjoy music while you skate on the town’s pond at the recreation park on Shedd Road, free hot chocolate and a marshmallow roasting station, and hot dogs while they last!  There are also some skates available if you don’t have a pair. Come have some fun! 

Free ice skating is available on the pond every day.


Music at Bistro Nouveau

Upper Valley favorite Pete Merrigan returns to Bistro Nouveau at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28, and on Feb. 4, Bistro presents Jason Cann at 6:30 p.m. Make reservations at 863-8000.


Fawson at JOSA

In addition to a wonderful afternoon of music, the JOSA experience includes the culinary delights of Bistro Nouveau prepared by Owner/Chef Doug Langevin and his fabulous staff. For JOSA, they offer an a la carte menu and a full range of beverages from the moment you arrive through the end of the show.

For those who like to plan ahead renowned international vocalist Giacomo Gates will perform Feb. 13. For more information, visit


Sixth annual Small Business Day

Small Business Day is an opportunity for small business owners and managers to meet New Hampshire’s top policymakers learn more about legislative issues that could affect the bottom line, and receive valuable information about tools to help your company grow and prosper. This year’s event, sponsored in part by the Grantham Area Chamber of Commerce, is being held Feb. 1 at the Holiday Inn in Concord. Cost is $15 per person and registration is required. To register, call 224-5388 x116 or visit and click on February 1 on the events calendar.

Registration and continental breakfast begin at 7:30, followed by an 8:10 a.m. State Leadership Panel with the topic: top small business issues facing the 2011 New Hampshire Legislature and how our state elected leaders will resolve them. At 9:30, a panel will address Healthcare – Why is it so expensive and what can a small business do about it. The day will conclude with an hour-long Q&A beginning at 10:30.


David’s House benefit begins Feb. 4

"Feed the Birds for David’s House" is a fundraiser featuring 25 uniquely, hand-decorated bird feeders that will be auctioned between Feb. 4 and Feb. 19 in a silent auction format.

Take advantage of the opportunity to meet the artists who freely gave of their time and talent during an Artist Reception beginning at 6 p.m. Feb. 4 at The Center. The sealed bid process begins that evening. Cost to attend is $10/person for hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.


View the feeders for which Eastman currently has photos. You may also see the feeders and place bids at the South Cove Activity Center, on the David's House website (, click on Eastman Events), and at the Winter Fest and Chili Cook-off at The Center on Feb. 19, when winning bidders will be announced. Call Recreation at 863-6772 for information and to sign up.

Community potluck Feb. 5

Everyone is welcome to the monthly community pot luck, which begins at 6 p.m. Feb. 5 in the downstairs of the Grantham United Methodist Church. Bring a dish to share.


Lunch bunch

The monthly community luncheon will be held at noon Feb. 8 in the lower level of the Grantham United Methodist Church. A donation from attendees would be appreciated.


Out of town fun in Newport

Newport: Progressive Campfire dinner on the town common, 5-6:30 p.m. Wed., Feb. 9. Adults $10 and students $5, limited to the first 200 people. You must purchase tickets in advance at the Newport Recreation Department. This is opening night of the 95th Annual Newport Winter Carnival. Each of the eight campfire stops will highlight a tasty course of this wacky dinner by Newport restaurants.

Aerosmith tribute concert to benefit Newport Recreation and Newport Cal Ripken baseball league featuring "Draw the Line," with "Road House" as the opening act, 8-11 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Newport Opera House. Tickets are $15 and available at the Recreation Department.


Voter registration notices

From the Supervisors of the Grantham Checklist: Janet Goodrow, Sandy Noordsy and Donna Stamper

The Grantham Supervisors of the Checklist will hold a public session 11-11:30 a.m. Feb. 26 at the town office for corrections to the voter checklist. If you are not registered, you can do so anytime during the Town Clerk’s office hours; however, this is the last day to register before the School District Annual Meeting March 1 (no new registrations will be taken at School District Meeting) and Election Day March 8.

Also, this year we will be updating our voter records in two ways. 

Years ago it was not necessary to have a driver’s license number or passport for identification or to give information on where you were born. This information is now required. If you registered to vote previous to 2006, we ask that you come into the Town Office at your convenience to fill out an updated registration card so we have the proper information in our system.  

Also every 10 years we are mandated to do a voter checklist purge process between April 1 and Aug. 1, which will involve sending out 30-day letters to those voters on our list with no recent voting history. Those letters that are returned to us by the post office will alert us to the fact that the voter no longer lives in Grantham or we have an incorrect address. If you receive one of these letters and you are still living in town, but haven't voted in a few years, please come to the town office within the 30 days to fill out a new registration form.  

Both of these processes will help to keep our checklist true and correct, and we appreciate your assistance with them. 



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

• The town has a food collection box in the town hall foyer. Food donations are brought alternately to The Listen Center and the Newport Food Pantry.

• Men’s pick up basketball, 7 p.m. Sundays at the GVS gym.


Visit for official minutes, meeting dates, lists of elected officials 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.

 Don’t forget to send your news or events at least two weeks in advance to Let your neighbors know what’s going on.

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