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Lorie McClory

February 20, 2009

* Updated Feb. 21

* Updated Feb.21 -  Voting for Town officers & Warrant

Polls will be open 10 am to 7 pm, March 9 at Grantham Town Hall to elect Town officers. The business meeting will begin at 5 pm for discussion and voting on $1,746,333 Warrant appropriations. Download Warrant.


Moonlight Ski deadline Feb. 19

Feb. 19 is the deadline to make reservations for the moonlight ski/snowshoe and dinner 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). Cost is $17/person, and payment is your reservation. Dinner will be held regardless of snow conditions.

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.

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 gorgeous birds 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.

Family fun at town park

Come to Family Fun Sundays at the new town park on Shedd Road (off Route 10 South). Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 21, Feb. 28 and March 7, enjoy music while you skate, free hot chocolate and a marshmallow roasting station, and hotdogs while they last! Bring a sled to take a ride down our mini sledding hill. Come have some fun!

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.

Register to vote

If you are a Grantham resident but have not registered to vote yet, you may do so at the Town Clerk’s office during regular hours until close of business Feb. 26. Or you can register with the Supervisors of the Checklist from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 27 at town hall. Or you may also register to vote at the official election from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 9 at town hall.

Come meet the candidates

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.

Polls will be open this year from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 9 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.

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.

Got Girl Scout Cookies yet?

Don’t miss your last opportunity to buy cookies from the Grantham Junior Girl Scout Troop prior to Town Meeting on March 9. The booth will be open between 3:15 and 5:30 p.m. at the Town Hall. Buy a favorite like Thin Mints, Samoas or Tagalongs, choose from the oldies but goodies – Trefoils and Do-Si-Dos, or grab a newbie – Lemon Chalet and Berry Munch. For $3.50 a box, you are getting great cookies and helping to support the Grantham Girl Scouts.

Big Read at DFL

I’m reading To Kill a Mockingbird for about the 10th time since high school 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. Pick up your free copy 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.

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.

Don’t 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 what’s going on.


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