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February 4, 2011

Davidís House benefit begins Feb. 4

Feed the Birds for Davidís 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 díoeuvres and a cash bar.

You can view the feeders online or 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.

More information on Winter Fest is below.


Music at Bistro Nouveau

Upper Valley favorite Jason Cann performs at 6 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Tavern at Bistro Nouveau. Make reservations at 863-8000.


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.


Ice skating on the town pond

Donít miss Family Fun Sunday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 6 at the town recreation park on Shedd Road. Enjoy music while you skate on the townís pond, free hot chocolate and a marshmallow roasting station, and hot dogs while they last! There are also some skates available if you donít have a pair. Come have some fun! 

Free ice skating is available on the pond every day.


Recreation Committee meets

The next Recreation Committee meeting will be 6 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Jerry Whitney Room (upstairs) at the town hall.


Declared candidates

The following candidates will be listed on the ballots March 8, when polls will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the lower level at Grantham Town Hall. An * indicates incumbents.


School ballot

Moderator for 1-Year Term: *Carl Hanson

School District Clerk for 1-Year Term: *Wayne A. Small

School District Treasurer for 1 Year Term: *Beverly Austin

School Board for One-Year Term (Vote for One): Natalie Mantz, Gail Schmidt

School Board for a Three-Year Term (Vote for Two): Stephen G. Miller, Phillip Schaefer, Carolyn D. Simon


Town ballot

Selectman (3 Years): Russell E. Lary

Planning Board (3 Years): *Charles J. McCarthy, Nicholas A. Cote

Treasurer (3 Years): *Christopher E. Morris

Trustee of Trust Funds (3years): Joyce B. Spatz

Trustee of Trust Funds (2 Years): Robert E. Fogg, Jr.

Cemetery Trustee (3 Years): Open For Write in Candidates

Trustee of Dunbar Free Library (3 Years): Open For Write in Candidates


Budget hearings rescheduled

Feb. 7: School District Budget Hearing, 6:30 p.m. in the GVS cafeteria.

Feb. 9: 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.)


Village District annual meetings and elections

The Village District of Eastman also holds an annual meeting and elections. This yearís schedule is:

Feb. 7 - Feb. 18: Filing period for offices. Elected this year will be one commissioner (3-yer term), moderator (1-year) and clerk (1-year).

Feb. 9: Budget hearing, 7 p.m. at The Center at Eastman. If a second hearing is needed, it will be held Feb. 23, same time and location.

March 23: Annual water district meeting and election of officers, 7 p.m. at The Center at Eastman.


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.


New stuffed animals wanted

The Grantham United Methodist Church is conducting the annual drive for new stuffed animal donations for Turning Points Network. This organization provides safe shelter for children and parents experiencing physical, emotional and sexual abuse, homelessness or other crisis situations. Children involved in these circumstances can chose an animal from the many donated to provide comfort during a stressful time.

The drive will continue through February and into the first week in March. Donations can be left at the Grantham United Methodist Church on Route 10 between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Tuesday mornings, and from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday mornings. There are also collection boxes at other sites throughout the town.

For further information, please contact Janet Lowell (863-8820) or Kristie Heath (763-2646).

Moonlight and dinner

Feb. 9 is the deadline to register for the next Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe Dinner event being held at 6 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Eastman Cross Country Center and Bistro Nouveau. Enjoy a casual ski/snowshoe along beginner trails and then have dinner. All levels of experience welcome. Reservations are required at the cross country center or call 863-4500. Cost is $18/person, and dinner is held regardless of the snow conditions. (I donít think we have to worry about THAT!!)


Help survey birds - the bellwethers of wetlands health

Using birds as the bellwethers of habitat health is especially important in determining the health of wetlands. Did you know that about one-third of all bird species rely on wetlands for some resource? The loss or deterioration of wetlands has direct and immediate impacts on bird health and populations in a community


Birds that rely on wetlands respond swiftly and provide easily observed and clear warning signs when wetlands are lost or aspects of their health are compromised. And when warning signs are observed in bird populations, it is an indicator that other aspects of wetlands are in jeopardy, such as their function in ensuring availability of sufficient supplies of safe, clean drinking water.

Are you interested in joining the Grantham Conservation Commission in collecting data on bird populations in our area? In February, there are two opportunities to participate in bird surveys: 1) N.H. Audubon Societyís Backyard Winter Bird Survey, Feb. 12-13; and 2) the nation-wide 14th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count, Feb. 18-21. For more details on how you can participate in one or both of these events, visit the Grantham Conservation Commissionís website, at


Gates at JOSA

JOSA continues its 19th season with renowned international vocalist Giacomo Gates Feb. 13. The show is 4-7 p.m.; doors open at 3. Tickets are $18/adults and $16/seniors/students. Make reservations via credit card by contacting Wightsteeple Productions at 763-8732 or Tickets may also be purchased at the door with check or cash. As always, sit-in musicians are welcome and enjoy reduced ticket prices.

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, world-class saxophonist Richie Cole performs Feb. 27.

For more information, visit


Social media for businesses

Interested in learning more about social media? The Grantham Chamber of Commerce is hosting "Social Media for Small Business" with speaker Andrew Hemingway of Hemingway Consulting Service, beginning at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Grantham Town Hall.

The evening will focus on how to use social media to generate leads, create opportunities and ultimately produce sales. If you want to create a brand, there are many strategies to promote and create brand loyalty via the social media. Experts are saying that the social media is "word of mouth on steroids," networking to the masses.

Hemingway is an online community management consultant. After his presentation, there will be a panel discussion with representatives from Bacon Graphics of Newport and Sensible Solutions of Claremont.

Grantham chamber members are admitted free; non-members pay $5. For more information on the Grantham chamber, contact President Don Gobin at 863-6725.


Winter Fest and Chili Cook-off

The annual Family Winter Fest and Chili Cook-off to benefit Davidís House will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Eastman Cross Country Center. Enjoy a fun-filled day of outdoor activities, including cross country skiing, sledding, ice skating, body bowling, a scavenger hunt, ice putting, snowball clown toss, tennis ball slingshot and face painting. The world famous Chili Cook-off begins promptly at noon. Cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and younger. All proceeds benefit David's House.


Shake off those winter blues!

Bistro Nouveau wants to give you the chance to shake off your winter blues with the 4 of Clubs, a classic rock band from Grantham! Dance the night away, with no cover charge, from 8 to 11 p.m. Feb. 19 at The Center at Eastman. The 4 of Clubs plays an eclectic mix of rock from the 60s, 70s and 80s, with an occasional current hit thrown in for good measure. Open to the public.


Holiday closings

The Grantham Town Offices and Transfer Station will be closed on February 21st in observance of Presidentís Day.


Morning walking lives on!

Walking in the Grantham Village School gym will continue daily (if school is open) from 7:30 to 8:10 a.m. Feb. 21-June 17. Open to the entire community as safe, warm environment to get fit and visit, this is a healthy activity for kids to do before school begins or for adults before they head off to work. Bring proper footwear to change into to help insure the beauty of our floor and the safety of all walkers.


Farm fresh produceÖ delivered?

Gypsy Meadows Farm wants to deliver to Grantham. A certified-organic, local grower (Plainfield) and supplier to local sources such as the Co-op, Gypsy offers small and large shares of freshly picked produce during the summer growing season. Farmers Michael and Jan already have a couple of Grantham subscribers who pick up their own boxes, but with enough subscribers they can deliver to Grantham.

To find out more check out GMF's 2011 CSA brochure, their website, and their blog. For questions contact Also, feel free to call Jean, one of their subscribers, for "a testimonial," 863-0582.


Museum tickets discounted

Be sure to take advantage of the new discount coupons for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston sponsored by the Friends of the Dunbar Free Library. The MFA has recently expanded, and the Art of the Americas Wing is now open with 53 new galleries! Unlike DFLís other museum passes, this is a discount coupon that does not need to be returned. Pick one up next time you visit the library and use it during your next visit to Boston. The coupons are good through April 30 and each entitles two visitors to $7 MFA admission (normally $20/adult!). Stop by the library for more information or call 863-2172.


95th annual Winter Carnival

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


Who likes (pseudo)Aerosmith?

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



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

ē 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.

ē Menís pick up basketball, 7 p.m. Sundays at the GVS gym.


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