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Lorie McClory

February 10, 2011

Water district seeks candidates

The filing period for offices in the Village District of Eastman is open through Feb. 18. Candidates are sought for one commissioner (3-year term), moderator (1-year), treasurer (1-year) and clerk (1-year). Paperwork is available at the district office on Draper Road. Elections will be held March 23 during the district’s annual meeting.


Vocalist featured 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


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).


Postponed: Social media for businesses

The Grantham Area Chamber of Commerce has postponed its "Social Media for Small Business" program that had been scheduled for Feb. 16. New information will be forthcoming.


Winter Fest and Chili Cook-off

The annual Family Winter Fest and Chili Cook-off to benefit David’s 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, Transfer Station and Dunbar Free Library will be closed on Feb. 21 in observance of President’s 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.


Landowners – learn more about wetlands inventory at public forum

Does your property contain or border a wetland? If so, you are encouraged to learn more about the Grantham Conservation Commission’s on-going Wetlands Inventory during the public form beginning at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 in the lower level at the Grantham Town Hall.

The project will include mapping and identification of wetlands that are most important to maintaining the quality and quantity of Grantham’s vital water resources, and a field survey and evaluation of those wetlands this summer by Grantham volunteers. The results of this work will be presented at a public forum in the fall.

For additional information please visit the GCC web site:


Grantham’s EMD hosts training

Grantham Emergency Management Director Bob Osgood will host an individual assistance preliminary damage assessment (PDA) training beginning at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 in the lower level at Grantham Town Hall. The presentation will focus on:

* the process of reporting a PDA for damaged homes to obtain individual assistance

* programs offered for individual assistance after a PDA is filled out (disaster declared programs vs. non-disaster declared programs)

* roles for local, state and federal agencies during the process of PDA

* resource activity with examples of various degrees of damage.

This training is free and open to the public. For more information, call Osgood at 603-727-8625.

Meet your candidates

Grantham’s annual Candidates' Night will begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in the lower level at Grantham Town Hall. This is your opportunity to learn more about the candidates who want to represent you. Bring your questions and your appetite; juice and Cindy's famous cookies after, so you have to stay till the end.

Questions? Contact Victoria Smith, 863-2396, or Cindy Towle, 863-3156. Can't make it? Email your questions to


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 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 Clerk’s 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 purge the voter checklist between April 1 and Aug. 1. This involves sending out 30-day letters to voters on our list with no recent voting history. Letters 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 are still living in town but haven't voted in a few years, please come to the Town Clerk’s Office within the 30 days of receiving the letter 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.

The Town Clerk’s Office is open Mon.-Wed. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs. 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.; Fri. 8-noon and 1-4; and Tue.-Wed. 6-8 p.m.


Thai cuisine at Vegetarian Dining Club

The March 3 Vegetarian Dining Club will feature food from Thailand. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. at Bistro Nouveau. The three-course meal is $25/person, which includes tax and 18% gratuity; beverages are additional. Reservations are required by Feb. 27 to Bistro at 863-8000. Please mention if you’d like the vegan option or to add chicken to your meal for an additional $3.


Engaging "Food for Thought"

The Grantham Democratic Committee invites everyone to attend the first of three evenings of dessert, information and conversation, entitled, "Food for Thought," to be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Grantham Methodist Church basement. Sen. Matthew Houde (Meriden), Rep. David Kidder (New London) and newly elected Grantham, Cornish and Plainfield representatives Benjamin Lefebvre and Andy Schmidt (both of Grantham) will engage in a conversation on "What is happening at the State House."

The purpose of these sessions is to provide an opportunity for local residents to stay informed about current governmental issues. Stay tuned for a late-March session on state budget issues, featuring a panel of Republican and Democrat lawmakers, as well as a talk in May by Dartmouth College Political Science Professor Linda Fowler, who will focus on the national political scene. Come to listen and participate!


Coupons for museum discount

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 DFL’s 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.


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.


Travelogue: Israel

Travel by photographs with residents Jeri and Craig Cohen on their trip to Israel beginning at 7:30 p.m. March 2 in the Draper Room at The Center at Eastman. Free and open to the public.



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

• Storytime at Dunbar Free Library begins 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 are brought alternately to The Listen Center and the Newport Food Pantry.

• Free ice skating is available on the town pond on Storrs Drive every day.

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


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