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Lorie McClory

March 3, 2011

Cross lighting

The cross on the Grantham United Methodist Church will be lit on March 14 in memory of Ed Masone by Pat Masone.


Rescheduled: Dinner, dessert and BINGO March 4

The Grantham Village School sixth grade is hosting a lasagna dinner and dessert night beginning at 5 p.m. March 4 at the school to raise money for their class fund. The dinner will be followed at 6 p.m. by BINGO sponsored by the Grantham Parent Teacher Group and a sixth grade basket raffle. And following that…

Cookie opportunity!

Grantham Junior Girl Scout Troop #12260 will sell Girl Scout Cookies toward the end of the BINGO event (approximately 6:30) March 4 at the Grantham Village School. Stop by to purchase your favorite cookies.


Dr. Seuss night cancelled

The celebration of Dr. Seuss scheduled for March 4 is cancelled because of the rescheduling of the above events.


Grantham entertainers at Bistro

Grantham’s own Randy White will perform in the Tavern from 6 to 9 p.m. March 4. Randy, who is a member of The 4 of Clubs, is playing in place of Jason Cann, who is unavailable for health reasons.

Pianist and vocalist John Lovejoy will ply his skills from 6 to 9 p.m. March 11 at the Bistro. John plays many favorites and it’s always fun to sing along.


Public AED training March 5

Are you curious as to what an AED is?  Did you know the Town of Grantham, (including the library) owns several of the kind that saved the basketball ref just a while ago? Come to the lower level of Town Hall at 2:30 March 5 and see Automatic External Defibrillators and hear NH Preparedness Coordinator William Wood explain what they are, what they do and how to use one if you happened to be the only available person when it was needed.


Community potluck

The monthly community potluck supper will begin at 6 p.m. March 5 in the downstairs meeting room at the Grantham United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome.


Last call for stuffed animals

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).


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.


Indoor Pickleball begins March 7

The New London Outing Club’s next session of Pickleball begins March 7. Play is held on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays. For more information, contact Program Coordinator/ Coach Chelsea Gill at or 526-8321.


Election of town and school officers March 8

The following positions will be elected at the polls March 8, when polls will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the lower level at Grantham Town Hall. There are two write-in candidates listed below as well. An * indicates incumbents.

Town ballot

Selectman (3 Years): Russell E. Lary and *write-in candidate Warren Kimball

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): *Write-in candidate Susan Mellow


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 meeting March 8

The annual town meeting will begin at 5 p.m. March 8 in the lower level of Grantham Town Hall. Don’t miss this opportunity to vote on the FY11/12 budget as well as appropriations for the athletic fields, a replacement police cruiser, many other warrant articles and perhaps amendments from the floor. It’s an important night for our town. Please attend.


Artist and students win awards

Grantham artist Paula Dorr won first place and an honorable mention in the enhanced photo category of the Elden Murray Photography Exhibition and Competition at Hanover’s Howe Library, sponsored by the Hanover Camera Club. The exhibition is on display through March. Additionally, middle school students taught by Dorr won seven awards in the show.


Special Italian Night

Bistro Nouveau will hold Italian Night beginning at 5 p.m. March 12. You choose the ingredients and your dinner is made to order right in front of you. Comes with cheesy garlic bread and caesar salad. Cost is $15.95/adult and $7.95/child; tax, gratuity and beverages additional. Reservations strongly recommended: 863-8000.


Sax and vocals featured at JOSA

JOSA continues its 19th season with saxophonist Cercie Miller and vocalist Dominique Eade March 13. 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


Social media for businesses

Interested in learning more about social media? The Grantham Chamber of Commerce is hosting "Social Media for Small Business" with speaker Andrew Hemingway of Hemingway Consulting Service, beginning at 7 p.m. March 14 in the lower level at Grantham Town Hall.

The evening will focus on how to use social media to generate leads, create opportunities and ultimately produce sales. If you want to create a brand, there are many strategies to promote and create brand loyalty via the social media. Experts are saying that the social media is "word of mouth on steroids," networking to the masses.

Hemingway is an online community management consultant. After his presentation, there will be a panel discussion with representatives from Bacon Graphics of Newport and Sensible Solutions of Claremont.

Grantham chamber members are admitted free; non-members pay $5. For more information on the Grantham chamber, contact President Don Gobin at 863-6725.


Final winter moonlight event

Sign up by March 16 to attend the March 18 moonlight ski and snowshoe dinner at Bistro Nouveau and the Eastman Cross Country Center. Cost is $18/person and all levels of skier are welcome. All other events this season have sold out, so call soon: 863-4500.


Musical program March 16

Eastman resident and pianist Joe Henderson will perform a "Chamber Music Conversation" with three musician friends, featuring music by Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms, beginning at 7:30 p.m. March 16 at The Center at Eastman. Free and open to the public.


E-book reader available at DFL 

Do you want to try an e-book reader before buying one? The Dunbar Free Library has acquired a KOBO, and it will be on loan within a month to patrons who are 18 years of age or older. The staff is starting a waiting list: 863-2172.


Eastman project gets gold

Eastman Community Association has been notified by the U.S. Green Building Council that the South Cove Activity Center has won a gold LEED certification. During the South Cove project approval process, ECA set an objective for the project to be silver certified. The award of gold is a major accomplishment by the community and demonstrates Eastman's commitment to environmental stewardship.

LEED is an internationally recognized, green-building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.


Water district meeting and elections

Village District of Eastman annual meeting and election of officers will begin at 7 p.m. March 23 at The Center at Eastman. Incumbent Commissioner Duncan Wood was out of the country during the filing period and will be nominated from the floor of the water district’s annual meeting.



• 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 pick up from 4 to 5 p.m. Fridays and 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturdays. A NH driver 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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