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Lorie McClory

March 6, 2009

Get snacks at Town Meeting

Refreshments will be sold at this year’s town meeting by Grantham's Lucky Charms 4-H Club. Please visit their table for drinks, soups, baked goods and more. They are trying to raise funds to help purchase some cool apparel.

Just a reminder: Grantham Town Meeting will be held Tuesday. Voting for school and town officers and for zoning amendments is from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the town hall.

Running this year are: Town: Selectman: Harold Haddock Jr., Russell E. Lary, Simon J. Mayer; Planning Board (two positions): Carl D. Hanson, Tanya McIntire, Karen Ryan; Trustee of Trust Funds: Don Noordsy; Trustee of Dunbar Free Library (two positions) Edward C. Jenik Jr., Tanya McIntire; Cemetery Trustee: no one filed but incumbent Ed Buckman is running a write-in campaign.

School: School Board (two positions): Leslie Brown, Robert McCarthy; Moderator: Carl Hanson; Clerk: no one filed; Treasurer: no one filed.

The town’s deliberative session and voting on the budget and other warrant articles begins at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the town hall. NOTE: Because of this meeting, the Town Clerk/Tax Collectors Office will close at 4 p.m. and will not have evening hours.

The school’s deliberative session and voting on the budget and other warrant articles begins at 7 p.m. March 18 in the school gym.

Town Reports are available at town hall. Contact the Selectmen's Office with questions about town information at 863-6021 or Contact the SAU Office with question about school matters, 863-9689.


Reading incentive program gets grant

The Books & Beyond program at Grantham Village School received a $500 grant from Granite State Reads, a program of the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library. The grant will help provide more copies of high-interest books for the upper elementary school pupils.

The Books & Beyond Program allows GVS pupils to earn free books simply by reading. Special thanks to Sally Caffrey for all her hard work in maintaining this program. This is a great program that Sally was organizing when MY kids were at GVS… and my son’s a junior now!


School addition update

As provided by committee Chairwoman Leslie Brown:

As most residents have probably noted, the expansion wing at Grantham Village School is mostly under roof and the addition will remain lighted moving forward as a security precaution. Concrete floors will be poured on March 9, so it seems a good time to hold a tour. The hope (dependent on the pouring schedule) is to hold a public tour/open house from 10 to 11 a.m. March 14.

Interior sheetrock is expected to go up March 27, after which a second tour will be held.

The Building Committee continues to hold public meetings at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the school library. Current topics include the final stages of kitchen equipment purchases, library furnishings, and exterior building colors (considering red brick with accents of green, yellow and white).

Silent auction

Artful Things (below Salt Hill on the Lebanon Common) will hold a silent auction from 7 to 9 p.m. March 20 to benefit the Cary Armstrong Roth Fund, whose mission is to support relationship building and mentoring. For more details, visit


Input on new super needed

Grantham SAU 75 Superintendent Margaret Sullivan is retiring at the end of June, and a Superintendent Search Committee has convened. Members are Leslie Brown, Denise Buckman, Terry Dorr, Suzanne Greeley, Kurt Gergler, Jeff Walla and Lynn Wallace.

The committee will hold a public forum beginning at 7 p.m. March 24 in the Grantham Village School cafeteria to hear what qualities and qualifications people think should be a priority.


Caring for aging loved ones

Dennis McCullough, M.D., a faculty member of the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School, will speak on "Slow Medicine: Elders, families and health systems working together" at 7:30 p.m. March 25 at The Center at Eastman. This free program is intended for people of all ages who are facing issues related to aging. McCullough is author of My Mother, Your Mother… Embracing Slow Medicine, the Compassionate Approach to Caring for Your Aged Loved Ones.


Going green

Patrick Miller of the New Hampshire Institute of Health Policy and Practice will speak on "Win-Win: Simple actions you can take at home to reduce energy consumption, costs and protect New Hampshire’s changing climate" beginning at 2 p.m. March 28 at the Dunbar Free Library. This program is courtesy of the UNH Speakers Bureau.


Recreation survey

The Sports Management Group at Colby-Sawyer College is doing a survey on recreational interests and needs in the area. To take the survey, visit



• Bring food donations to the collection box in the town hall foyer.

• Selectmen meet at 5 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays each month.

• Storytimes at Dunbar Free Library 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.

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

• Adult volleyball at 7:30 p.m. Fridays at the Grantham Village School gym (Len Angelli at 603-398-4025 or

• Adult basketball at 7 p.m. Sundays at the Grantham Village School gym (Keith Grohbrugge at

• Visit for official minutes, meeting dates and more.

• Find news and events for Grantham and surrounding towns at


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