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Lorie McClory

February 27, 2011

Dinner, dessert and BINGO

The Grantham Village School sixth grade is hosting a lasagna dinner and dessert night beginning at 5 p.m. Feb. 25 at the school, followed by BINGO at 6 p.m. It is to raise money for their class fund. I’m sorry I have no more information to give you about that. BUT I do know…


Cookie opportunity!

Grantham Junior Girl Scout Troop #12260 will be selling Girl Scout Cookies towards the end of the BINGO event (approximately 6:30) Feb. 25 at the Grantham Village School. Stop by to get your favorite cookies: Thin Mints (extra thin, extra minty!), Samoas (vanilla cookie, caramel, toasted coconut, striped chocolate), Trefoils (delicate-tasting shortbread), Tagalongs (cookie topped with peanut butter, covered in chocolate), Lemon Chalet Crèmes (vanilla sandwich cookie with zesty lemon crème filling), Do-Si-Dos (oatmeal cookies with creamy peanut butter filling), Thank U Berry Munch (crispy cookie with cranberries and white chocolate chips), and Dulce De Leche (sweet cookie with milk caramel chips). Yum!


Last chance to register

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 Clerk’s 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.


Stuffed friends needed

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).


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.

Plan ahead for the March 13 performance of jazz saxophonist Cercie Miller and vocalist Dominique Eade. For more information, visit


Bi-partisan discussion Feb. 28

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!


Annual meetings begin Tuesday

March 1: Grantham School District Annual Meeting, 6:30 p.m. in the Grantham Village School gym

March 8: Election of Town and School Officers, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the lower level of Grantham Town Hall. The list of those running for office is farther down.

March 8: Town Meeting, 5 p.m. in the lower level of Grantham Town Hall.

March 23: Village District of Eastman annual meeting and election of officers, 7 p.m. at The Center at Eastman


Walking Club and Shamrock Shuffle challenge

The Walking Club is open 7:30-8:10 a.m. through June 7 each day school is in session inside the Grantham Village School gym. Walk 17 miles in the month of March and be one of the winners of our Shamrock Shuffle challenge. Note: 28 laps equals one mile. Hope to see you there with your sneakers on.


St. Patty's Family Quest

Try your luck at winning a pot of gold, worth $25. Beginning March 1, entry forms may be picked up in the town hall foyer or downloaded from the town website (; click Departments, click Activities and follow the link. The winner will be announced on St. Patrick's Day, March 17.


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.


Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Celebrate Read Across America with Our Town and Dunbar Free Library, 6:30-7:30 March 4 at the Grantham Town Hall. The free event begins with an animated story at 6:35. Create your own magnetic bookmark and make a hat like the Cat’s. You could win a book, pencil, movie pass or other great door prize! And of course, there will be birthday cake!


Declared candidates

The following candidates will be listed on the ballots March 8, when polls will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the lower level at Grantham Town Hall. An * indicates incumbents.


School ballot

Moderator for 1-Year Term: *Carl Hanson

School District Clerk for 1-Year Term: *Wayne A. Small

School District Treasurer for 1 Year Term: *Beverly Austin

School Board for One-Year Term (Vote for One): Natalie Mantz, Gail Schmidt

School Board for a Three-Year Term (Vote for Two): Stephen G. Miller, Phillip Schaefer, Carolyn D. Simon


Town ballot

Selectman (3 Years): Russell E. Lary

Planning Board (3 Years): *Charles J. McCarthy, Nicholas A. Cote

Treasurer (3 Years): *Christopher E. Morris

Trustee of Trust Funds (3years): Joyce B. Spatz

Trustee of Trust Funds (2 Years): Robert E. Fogg, Jr.

Cemetery Trustee (3 Years): Open For Write in Candidates

Trustee of Dunbar Free Library (3 Years): Open For Write in Candidates


Water district write-in

Village District of Eastman incumbent Commissioner Duncan Wood will be running a write-in campaign this year. He was out of the country during the filing period. Elections will be held March 23 during the district’s annual meeting.


Street number reminder

When you are having an emergency, the first thing to happen is for you to call 911. The second thing will be for Emergency Services to find your house, whether the ambulance, fire department or the police. As the snow has gotten deep this year, please be sure your street number is visible and not hidden by a snow bank, or brush that continues to grow.

This is also a reminder that town ordinance requires your street number be displayed. The numbers shall be conspicuously visible and legible from the road, visible year round, and 3" tall and a contrasting color to the surface on which they are mounted. The numbers should also be readable from both directions of travel on the road. The easier it is to find your home, the faster Emergency Services can be there to help.



• 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.

• The Grantham Food Pantry at 65 Roses in Rum Brook Plaza is open for food picked up from 4 to 5 p.m. Fridays and 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturdays. A NH license or ID card, or a piece of mail with your NH address is required. For more information, visit or call Caitlin at 603-361-2604. Donations of non-perishable food, toiletry and baby items are accepted. Cash donations go to the Grantham Community Crisis Fund.

• For those who are homebound, Dunbar Free Library offers book delivery service. Call the library at 863-2172 and let them know what you want. To receive announcements of programs and new books via e-mail, send a request to

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

• 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.

• Free ice skating is available on the town pond on Shedd Road every day.

• Men’s pick up basketball, 7 p.m. Sundays at the GVS gym.



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