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Lorie McClory

February 12, 2010

Dinner benefits ACS

A Mardi Gras Dinner to benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 13 at Grantham Town Hall, Lower Level. Walk ins are welcome, but RSVPs are appreciated. Cost is a donation to fight cancer. Contact Kristina 863-0688 or AngelsofHOPE.nh@comcast.net.

 

Cross lightings

The cross on the Grantham United Methodist Church was lit on Feb. 7 in memory of Elizabeth Swensen. It will be lit on Feb. 20 in memory of Arnold Swensen by Mr. and Mrs. Norman Fontaine, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Swensen and Naomi Sanborn and family. It will be lit on Feb. 25 in memory of Carl and Peggy Miles by Pat Masone, and on Feb. 27th in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Dunbar by Joey Holmes.

 

Skating fun

The ice rink is now open (weather permitting) on the pond at the Recreation Park on Shedd Road, off of Route 10 south.
Come on Valentine's Day (Feb. 14) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a fun day of ice skating, music, hot chocolate, and a marshmallow and hot dog roasting station while they last! Don't forget to bring a sled and take a ride down our "mini" sledding hill. This Our Town-sponsored event is free and open to the public.
For more information about Our Town, visit www.granthamnh.net/activities  

 

Trivia and Vegetarian Dining Club

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 deadline is Feb. 13 to sign up for the monthly Vegetarian Dining Club dinner, beginning at 6 p.m. Feb. 18. This month, celebrate Chinese New Year with a three-course dinner for $25/person, including tax and gratuity. Vegan option available. Contact Carol Moses by Feb. 13 to make reservations, carolannmoses@comcast.net or 603-863-3263. Let her know of any dietary restrictions.

 

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 Feb. 16 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.

 

Silliness on tap

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 www.dunbarlibrary.org. All events are free and open to the public thanks to the Friends of the Dunbar Free Library. 

 

Special service kicks off Lent

There will be an Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Grantham United Methodist Church. The service is open to anyone who would like to attend.

 

Winter Fest and Chili Cook-off Feb. 20

David's House at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center will be the beneficiary of the annual Winter Fest and Chili Cook-off being held Feb. 20 at the Eastman Cross Country Center. Winter Fest runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; the Chili Cook-off begins promptly at noon and ends when the chili is gone. Cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and younger. The fee includes all events and a daylong pass for the cross country trails.

There are still a few spots left for Chili Cook-off participants. Anyone wishing to enter should immediately contact Betty Kargacos, 863-6324 or abkargacos@comcast.net.

New this year is the Loon Project, an auction of 16-inch wooden loons uniquely decorated by local artists. You can submit sealed bids on each of the 24 birds throughout the week at the cross country center or on-line and during Winter Fest. Winners will be announced at the end of Winter Fest. Photos of the loons, a link to a news piece done by WCAX and a link to place bids can all be found at www.davids-house.org/Page.aspx?pid=356.

Winter Golf Camp


Get yourself ready for the 2010 golf season with Eastman Golf Links Pro Mark Larrabee during his annual Winter Golf Camp. The four-week program begins Feb. 22, and continues for the next three Mondays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Grantham Indoor. You'll learn informative key golf concepts, equipment lingo, critical swing positions, drills and props, golf fitness and golf rules. Video will be used.

Cost is $150 per person, which includes a $50 credit toward any equipment purchase of $150 or more in the 2010 season. Payment by check or cash only. Minimum seven participants; maximum of 14. You will be considered enrolled upon payment. Contact Mark at 526-2768 or mark@eastmannh.org for more information.


Two contested seats; one still vacant

Candidates Night will begin 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. 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. All other seats are uncontested, and there is no one signed up for the one-year trustee of trust fund position.

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

 

Men's chorus forming

There is a new auditioned men's chorus forming in the Upper Valley. The ensemble is being organized by Dan Signor, choral director at Lebanon Junior High and High School. A cappella music is a focus, but other styles of music will be decided by the group. The first meeting is at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 in the music room at Lebanon High School. Anyone is welcome to attend the initial meeting; official auditions will begin in April. For more information or directions, please contact Dan directly at 863-2319 or at dan@hmquartet.com.

 

Ski in the moonlight

A moonlight ski/snowshoe and dinner will be held beginning at 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Eastman Cross Country Center. Enjoy a casual trek along beginner trails and then go inside for a great dinner. All levels of experience are welcome. Reservations required through the Cross Country Center (863-4500) by Feb.19. Cost is $17/person, and payment is your reservation. Dinner will be held regardless of snow conditions.

 

Volunteers needed

The Grantham Activities Department, Our Town, is seeking volunteers to help organize a Winter Family Fun Day on 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 field83@comcast.net.

 

Sticker check March 6

Stickers are required for entry to the Transfer Station. A sticker check will be conducted at the Transfer Station on March 6. If you do not have a 2010 sticker, you will be turned away.
Stickers can be obtained at the Selectmen's Office during regular hours. The license plate number of the vehicle it's going on is required. The first sticker for each household is free; others are $10 each.

 

Big Read at DFL

Hopefully, you are all reading To Kill a Mockingbird in anticipation of the upcoming Big Read book discussion hosted by Dunbar Free Library at 7 p.m. March 18 in the Grantham Town Hall. Free copies of the book and discussion materials are available at the library. 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.

 

Adult triathlon field half full

More than 100 people have already visited website for the eighth annual Splash, Mash and Dash Sprint Triathlon and registered for the June 19 to benefit the Upper Valley Humane Society. The triathlon, hosted by Eastman Community Association in Grantham, has had a full field of adult participants the last three years. Visit www.eastmannh.org/tri  soon so you don't miss the grueling fun.

 

Reminders

  • Make your donation to the Grantham Area Chamber of Commerce Park & Ride tree planting fun. The goal is $5,500. Mail donations to Park & Ride Tree Project, Grantham Area Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1340, Grantham, NH, 03753. Contact Dan Foster at 863-1839 for more information.

  • The next regular monthly meeting for the Grantham School Board is 6:30 p.m. March 1 in the Jerry Whitney Conference Room at Grantham Town Hall.

  • 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 will be brought alternately to The Listen Center and the Newport Food Pantry.

  • 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.

  • Visit www.granthamnh.net for official minutes, meeting dates and more.

Donít forget to send your news or events as the body of an email at least two weeks in advance to grantham-news@comcast.net. Let your neighbors know whatís going on.


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