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Lorie McClory

February 5, 2010

Got Creativity?

Looking for something to chase the winter blahs? The Grantham Parent Teacher Group is looking for 20 creative grown-ups for a multi-generational project to make banners for our newly expanded and renovated Grantham Village School.

Groups of two adults and two GVS students will be working to create 10 banners using sun-painting techniques. The teams will meet for three sessions in the afternoon (times and days to be determined), with the goal to display these works of art at the Annual School District Meeting on March 2.

For more information and to sign up, contact Pattie Beek at 863-8001. Call now; they hope to start in early February and that’s now!

This project is funded by a generous grant from the Eastman Charitable Foundation.


Help the UVHS

In addition to the food collection box, there will be a donation box at Grantham Town Hall for the Upper Valley Humane Society for the month of February. Items needed are bleach, liquid laundry detergent, power dishwasher detergent, paper towels, clean towels and clean blankets.


Chili chefs wanted

There are still a few spots left for the annual Chili Cook-off on Feb. 20 at The Center at Eastman to benefit David's House. Individuals and groups wishing to enter can contact Betty Kargacos, 863-6324 or to register or for information.


Date changed for Winter Family Fun Day

The Grantham Activities Department, "Our Town," is still looking for volunteers to help organize a Winter Family Fun Day, which was moved to Feb. 27.

Help is also sought for the annual Old Home Day on July 4.

If you are interested in helping with either of these events, please contact Laurie Field at 863-9143 or


Music, trivia and vegetarian dining

Jason Cann shares his acoustical music 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.


Potluck Feb. 6

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


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. Only the indoor lecture will be held due to snow conditions. 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


BMSD meets Feb. 9

The Blue Mountain Snowdusters changed their February meeting to Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.

The group will host its annual radar run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 20 on Stocker Pond, Route 114, on the right just past Cote & Reney. All classes are welcome – junior and up. Open to all. Cheer on your favorite sled! There will be a grill station and 50/50 raffle. Bathrooms are available. All proceeds from this event go back into the trail system.

Check BMSD’s web site for updates and changes

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 and a link to a news piece done by WCAX can be found at

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


Blood pressure and foot clinic

Blood pressure and foot clinic with the Lake Sunapee Region Visiting Nurses and Hospice will be held 9:30 a.m. to noon every third Tuesday at the Grantham Town Hall. Free blood pressure screenings. Basic toenail care – a soak, trim, file, clean and lotion – is $20, unless you have diabetes. In that case, the cost is $25 and you will need a doctor’s order for the foot care. Call 526-4077 to schedule a time.


Two contested seats; one still vacant

The names are posted for elections, and Grantham will have two contested seats this year.

Running for a three-year stint as town clerk/tax collector are incumbent Rita Eigenbrode and Catherine Laurie. Running for a three-year school board seat are incumbent Jeff Walla and Phil Schaefer.

However, there is no one signed up for the one-year trustee of trust fund position. Anyone interested in filling that vacancy should run a write in campaign, which usually means getting a few of your friends to write you name on the ballot and having them spread the word. You can also email me at for this weekly email.

Hopefully all four candidates for the contested seats, and perhaps some of the other people running for office uncontested, will attend Candidates Night, which begins 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 before voting on March 9.

Polls will be open this year from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the town hall.


Big Read at DFL

There are lots of copies of To Kill a Mockingbird and discussion materials available at the Dunbar Free Library so you can prepare for The Big Read book discussion hosted by DFL 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.



• 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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