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Lorie McClory

February 24, 2012

Stuffed animal drive ends Wednesday

New or gently used stuffed animals collection for Turning Points Network ends this week. There are 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.

TPN is 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.


Saxophonist Cole returns to JOSA

Saxophonist Richie Cole performs during Jazz On a Sunday Afternoon beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 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 March 11 with vocalist Sheila Jordan.)

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


Cote & Reney chosen for program

Cote & Reney Lumber, one of Grantham’s oldest businesses, has been chosen to participate in the UNH Whittemore School of Business corporate consulting project program, which is the capstone course for the school’s MBA program. Through this program, Cote & Reney Lumber will work with students on business operations and marketing.

If you’ve never stopped in to Cote & Reney, take some time during your next trip to the transfer station. It’s not only lumber, but hardware, great extension cords, paint and more. They’re open every day but Sunday. Visit their website for more information:


Community Walking Club begins

Every day school is in session between Feb. 27 and April 13, the Grantham Village School Gym is open from 7:30 to 8:10 a.m. to all in the community as a free, safe, warm environment to get fit and visit. Please bring proper, indoor footwear to help insure the beauty of the floor.


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. Those candidates are…

[(I) indicates incumbents.]

School district:

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

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

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

* Treasurer - one-year term: Beverly Austin (I)


* 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 – 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



See Sicily Feb. 29

A Travelogue to Sicily with Geri & Craig Cohen begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29 at The Center at Eastman. Program is free and open to the public.


Youth baseball/softball registration

Baseball and softball registration for youth in grades kindergarten through six will be held 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1 in the lower level of Grantham Town Hall.  Contact Marsha Googins for info, 863-6124 or


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). Absentee Ballots are available in the Office of the Superintendent of Schools-SAU # 75 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily. The absentee ballots are for the Annual School District Election on March 13, 2012.

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 Town Clerk/Tax Collector Office will be closed March 13 for elections.

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. We’ll 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!



Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’s birthday party!

You would not want to miss a celebration such as this! Come to the Grantham Town Hall at 6 p.m. Friday, March 2 for an animated reading of The Lorax then create your own magnetic bookmark and make a hat like the Cat’s. You also could win a book, pencil, movie passes and other great prizes and, of course, there will be birthday cake! The event is free.


Jason Cann at Bistro March 2

Jason Cann returns to Bistro Nouveau’s tavern at The Center at Eastman 6-9 p.m. Friday, March 2. Come enjoy some great acoustical music. Reservations are recommended, 863-8000.


Voter registration session March 3

The Grantham Supervisors of the Checklist will hold a public session 11-11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 3 for additions or corrections to the voter checklist. This session is the last opportunity for voter registration until election day/Town Meeting on March 13.


Community "food" events

This month’s community potluck dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 3 in the lower level of the Grantham United Methodist Church. Bring a dish to share.
The community lunch begins at noon Tuesday, March 13 in the same location.


Volunteer opportunities

The town doesn’t 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 Selectmen’s Office, 863-6021.


Good Night, Irene! Gala Dance with The Flames

Don’t 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, Hubert’s Department Store, Lambert Auto Sales, Carroll Concrete, Sugar River Bank, M.J. Harrington Jewelers, Trumbull-Nelson Construction, Impressions Advertising Specialists, and Lake Sunapee Bank.


BMSD, ORC meets March 6

The Blue Mountain Snow Dusters, Outdoor Recreation Club meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 in the Jerry Whitney Room (upstairs) at Grantham Town Hall.


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 on Sundays starting in May at the Grantham Recreation Park on Shedd Road. The league will be a recreational, slow-pitch league utilizing a 6/4 male to female ratio and will be limited to six 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


Calling all cyclists, walkers and rowers!!

The Grantham Mountaineers Prouty Team is now recruiting cyclists, walkers and rowers to participate in the 31st annual Prouty and Prouty Ultimate Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14 in Hanover.

Established in 2008 by the Blue Mountain Snowdusters (BMSD), Grantham’s Outdoor Recreation Club since 1974, the Grantham Mountaineers Prouty campaign is the BMSD summer companion to its winter Easter Seals fundraising program. The team will be co-captained by Susan Mattson and Merle Schotanus. The 36-member team raised a record $16,000 in 2011 to support cancer research and patient services at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center. This year’s goals are to recruit 50 members and raise $20,000.

Participants can cycle, walk or row the Prouty. It is not a race. If you enjoy any of these activities, mark your calendar and join the fun! To join our team, visit the Prouty website at and follow the instructions, or contact Susan Mattson at 863-0746 or; or Merle Schotanus at 863-2293 or




• All roads in Grantham and Eastman are posted for 6 tons until further notice.

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

• 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 Eastman’s South Cove Activity Center. Cash donations go to the Grantham Community Crisis Fund.

• 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.)

• 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; $5 after that. For more information, contact Shonts at 704-214-2271 or


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