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Lorie McClory

February 17, 2011

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 Mr. and Mrs. Carl Miles by Patricia Masone.

It will be lit on Feb. 27 in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Dunbar by Joey Holmes.


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 districtís annual meeting.


Grantham Food Pantry opens

A food pantry has opened at 65 Roses in Rum Brook Plaza. Food can be picked up from 4 to 5 p.m. Fridays and 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturdays. People need to provide proof of residency in the form of a NH license or ID card, or a piece of mail with your NH address. For more information, visit or call Caitlin at 603-361-2604. Food donations should be non-perishable; other items, such as toothpaste, baby food and diapers, etc., are also accepted. Any cash donations will go to the Grantham Community Crisis Fund.


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!

Granthamís classic rock group 4 of Clubs will perform at Bistro Nouveau from 8 to 11 p.m. Feb. 19. The band plays an eclectic mix of rock from the 60s, 70s and 80s, with an occasional current hit thrown in for good measure. No cover charge; 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 Presidentís Day.


Walk at GVS

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 insure the beauty of our floor and the safety of all walkers.


Wetlands inventory forum Feb. 21

The Wetlands Inventory Public Forum begins at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 in the town hallís lower level auditorium. Attend the forum to learn more about Granthamís on-going wetlands inventory and opportunities to get involved in this important project.


Granthamís 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.


Teen sexuality is topic

Laura Carroll of TLC Educational Services will present "Teen Sexuality in the Culture They Face" beginning at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in the lower level of Grantham Town Hall. This informal, community awareness presentation is open to everyone, including parents, grandparents, educators and adult community members. Call 603-391-4231 with questions.


Meet your candidates

Granthamís 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


Birthday wish

If you see Joey Holmes this week, wish her a happy birthday.


Register to vote in time for March 1 school meeting

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 Clerkís 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.


Sax featured at JOSA

JOSA continues its 19th season with world-class saxophonist Richie Cole Feb. 27. 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 more information, visit


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 Democratic 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!


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.


Kinder registration begins

Grantham Village School kindergarten registration for children who will be 5 years of age on or before Sept. 30, 2011 has begun. Please call 603-863-1681 before April 8. Screenings will be held on the four Thursdays in May.



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

ē 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.

ē New stuffed animals are needed for Turning Points Network. Drop them off through the First week in March 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, or in a one of the collection boxes at other sites throughout the town. For further information, please contact Janet Lowell (863-8820) or Kristie Heath (763-2646).

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

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

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