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Lorie McClory

February 11, 2012

Running for office

The following people have signed up to run for office. (I) indicates incumbents.

School district:

* School Board - two three-year positions: Robert McCarthy (I), Phillip Schaefer, Gale Schmidt (I), Dwight Wilder

* Moderator - one-year term: Carl Hanson (I)

* Clerk - one-year term: no one signed up

* Treasurer - one-year term: Beverly Austin


* Selectman - 3-year term: Nicholas Cote, Kenneth Story (I), Michael Whipple

* Planning Board - two 3-year positions: Carl Hanson (I), Karen Ryan (I)

* Trustee of the Trust Funds - 3-year term: Robert Lewis (I)

* Trustee of the Trust Funds - 2-year term: James Coakley

* Cemetery Trustee Ė 3-year term: no one signed up

* Trustee of Dunbar Free Library - two 3-year positions: Wendi Grant (I), Edward Jenik (I)

* Trustee of Dunbar Free Library - two 1-year positions: Kevin Hughs; Lorie McClory (I)

* Town Moderator - 2-year term: Victoria Smith (I)

* Supervisor of the Checklist - 6-year term: Jane Taylor


"The Importance of Being Ernest" Feb. 18 & 19

The deadline to purchase tickets for the dinner theater performances of Oscar Wildeís "The Importance of Being Ernest" directed by Charlotte Broughton is Friday, Feb. 10. The event, to benefit the Dunbar Free Library, begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 at The Center at Eastman and Bistro Nouveau. Cost is $30/person, which includes chicken parmesan on pasta, salad and cannoli as well as the performance.

Another performance will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 at The Center at Eastman. Cost is $10/adult and $5/child younger than 18.

For reservations, contact Carole Wood at 865-7473 or


Stuffed animal drive returns

Itís time again to collect donated new or gently used stuffed animals for Turning Points Network, a Sullivan County agency that provides safety, clothing, housing and educational programs to families in crisis from emotional, physical or sexual abuse. The collection of animals allows every child to choose a special friend to provide comfort during turbulent or transitional times. Please help us continue this mission of caring to those in need. Thank you in advance for your caring!

The drive will continue through the month of February with drop off sites throughout town, and at the Grantham United Methodist Church Tuesday mornings from 9-10:30 or Sundays from 8:30 to 11 a.m. or call 863-8820 or 763-2646 for more information.


Loppet and live bands to benefit Davidís House

The inaugural Eastman Loppet for David's House will be held Saturday, Feb. 11 from the Eastman Cross Country Center. A snowshoe course will be open. Reduced pledge amounts are being offered for anyone who pre-registers by 11:59 p.m. Feb.10. Click to register or contact Eastman Recreation, 863-6772.

Whether you snowshoe or not, there are five live bands playing throughout the day at The Center at Eastman, with donations to benefit Davidís House as well. Entertainment begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Recommended donation is $10/person. Click to view details on the bands.


Valentine craft at DFL

Dunbar Free Library will hold a Valentine craft program from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. This is a drop-in program for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult.


Trivia returns Feb. 11

The first Trivia Night of the season was a rousing success, so you wonít want to miss the next one, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 at Bistro Nouveau with your hostess Kathy Pomer. Teams of six or fewer are welcome to compete for great prizes and bragging rights. Contact Bistro Nouveau for more information or for reservations, 863-8000.


Sax and voice highlighted at JOSA

Saxophonist Cercie Miller and vocalist Dominique Eade perform during Jazz On a Sunday Afternoon beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 at The Center at Eastman. Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for seniors and students. Reservations at 763-8732; day of show after 2 p.m. call 863-8000. Sit in musicians welcome and enjoy reduced ticket price. For more information, visit (Next JOSA is Feb. 26 with saxophonist Richie Cole.)

A la carte menu and full bar service available from Bistro Nouveau during the show.


Your town needs YOU!

The town doesnít only run on paid staff and elected officials. Many committees are populated by appointed volunteers. The town is currently seeking members for the Capital Improvement Program Committee, a town archivist, and a second representative to the Regional Planning Commission. If interested, please contact the Selectmenís Office, 863-6021.


New band at Bistro Nouveau

The Debbie and Mark Bond Band will make its inaugural performance in Bistro Nouveauís tavern at The Center at Eastman beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17. Come enjoy a mix of acoustic, indie and rock. Reservations are recommended, 863-8000. Check them out in advance at



Timber harvest tour in Grantham

There will be a timber harvest tour sponsored by the Forest Society in the Donas J. & Margaret Reney Memorial Forest in Grantham beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. (Snow date: Feb. 19.) For complete information or to register, visit


Radar Run Feb. 18

The Blue Mountain Snowdusters, Outdoor Recreation Club will host its annual radar run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 on Stocker Pond (just past Cote & Reney Lumber on the right) at the boat entrance. There will be a grill station, 50/50 raffle and restrooms available. All classes, junior and up, are welcome.

Don't snowmobile? Come out, have lunch and cheer for your favorite snowmobile. All proceeds from this event go back into our year-round trail maintenance. Check our web site for weather updates and changes,, or call Jodie Jones-Poljacik 443-0432.


Holiday closings

The Dunbar Free Library, town offices and transfer station will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20 in observance of Presidentís Day.

There will also be no Storytime that week because of school vacation.


Come meet the candidates

Moderator Victoria Smith will host Candidates Night on Tuesday, Feb. 28 beginning at 7 p.m. in the lower level of Grantham Town Hall. Come hear your candidates and ask a few questions to decide who you want to vote for.


Good Night, Irene! Gala Dance with The Flames

Donít miss a great night of dancing with The Flames and desserts by Chef Doug to benefit the Irene Disaster Relief Fund. The event will be from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 3 at Bistro Nouveau at The Center at Eastman. Cost is $15/person if tickets are purchased before Feb. 24; $20 at the door.

Purchase tickets by mailing your check to Grantham Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 1340, Grantham, NH 03753. For more information, call 863-5129.

This event is sponsored by the chamber, New London Hospital, Hubertís Department Store, Lambert Auto Sales, Carroll Concrete, Sugar River Bank, M.J. Harrington Jewelers, Trumbull-Nelson Construction, Impressions Advertising Specialists, and Lake Sunapee Bank.


Attention Bridge players

Bridge Adventures week-long program is coming to Grantham April 16-20. Don't miss your opportunity to improve your game with Marti & Gary Ronemus. Cost is $199 per person, which includes lunch daily, including tax and gratuity. There is a minimum of 36 participants required. View complete details now. Contact Jane Verdrager for more information or to register. 


Adult Co-Ed Softball League in Grantham

The Grantham/ New London Co-Ed Softball League is recruiting teams for play starting in May 2012 on Sundays at the Grantham Recreation Park on Shedd Rd. The league will be a recreational slow-pitch league utilizing a 6/4 male to female ratio and will be limited to 6 teams. This league will feature double-headers with 14 games planned for participating teams. The regular season will run until late July with a double-elimination playoff scheduled for late July or early August. Team Entry Fee is $425.

To enter a team or get more info, email Dave Armstrong at


Annual meetings

The annual School District Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1 in the Grantham Village School gymnasium. Get cookies here! (see below)

The election for town and school district officers will be held 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 at the Grantham Town Hall.

The annual town meeting will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 13.


Got Cookies??

Grantham Cadette Troop #12260 will be selling Girl Scout Cookies prior to the Annual School District Meeting on Thursday, March 1. Cookies are $3.50 per box. Weíll have Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Do-Si-Dos, Trefoils, Dulce de Leche, Savannah Smiles, and Thank U Berry Munch. Please support our Girl Scouts as they plan a trip to New York City this spring!



ē Grantham United Methodist Church worship service at 9 a.m. each Sunday, with Pastor Patricia Williams. Everyone is welcome to attend.

ē The Grantham Food Pantry at 65 Roses in Rum Brook Plaza is open for food pick up from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit or call Caitlin at 603-361-2604. Donations of non-perishable food, toiletry and baby items can be dropped off at the Dunbar Free Library, Grantham Town Hall and Eastmanís South Cove Activity Center. Cash donations go to the Grantham Community Crisis Fund.

ē Storytimes at Dunbar Free Library are held each week at 10 a.m. Wednesdays for children 3 and younger, and 10 a.m. Thursdays for children 4 and older. An adult chaperone is required. (NO Storytime the week of Feb. 20.)

ē Men and women interested in playing basketball can come to Grantham Village School every Sunday (except holidays) for free fun and exercise. Womenís pick-up ball is from 5 to 7 p.m.; menís, 7 to 9 p.m. Women interested should contact Susan Martin at 863-9094.

ē Zumba Fitness with instructor Angie Shonts is 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Grantham Village School gym. Wear comfortable clothes and bring clean workout shoes and water. The first two classes are free. For more information, contact Shonts at 704-214-2271 or



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