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March 9, 2012

Plants and flowers are topic

Greg Berger, owner of Spring Ledge Farm in New London, will discuss the types of plants that do well in this region and how to best care for flowers once they are cut during the Friday, March 9 meeting of the Grantham Garden Club. The social portion of the meeting begins at 9:30 a.m.; the business portion, at 10; and Berger’s presentation at 10:30. The meeting will be held in the lower level of Grantham Town Hall.

Everyone is welcome to attend.


Youth triathlon half full; adult field full

The adult field for the 10th annual Splash, Mash & Dash Triathlon being held June 16 is full, but there are still spots available for the youth. There is a waiting list for adults. Don't delay! Get more information and find links there for on-line registration.


Vocalist at JOSA

Vocalist Sheila Jordan performs during Jazz On a Sunday Afternoon beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 11 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 25 with trumpeter and vocalist Christine Fawson.)

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


Annual town meeting and elections

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 at the town hall.


Piano concert March 14

Pianist Jasper James "JJ" Chen will perform a selection of waltzes, etudes and nocturnes composed by Chopin, Liszt and maybe Bach and Debussy beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 at The Center at Eastman. Chen is a psych resident at DHMC and volunteers to play the piano in the hospital lobby. He is also the pianist at the Grantham United Methodist Church. The performance is free and open to the public.


Happy birthday, Lillian Cote!

Help us in wishing Lillian Cote, a Grantham native, a happy 90th birthday on March 23, 2012. If you wish, please send her a card "In Care Of" Kimberly Sleeper, PO Box 1071, Grantham, NH 03753.


Dorr has pastel in show

Paula Dorr’s pastel painting "Van Gogh's Legacy" has been accepted in the 8th annual Northeast National Pastel Exhibition, a national juried exhibit entitled "The View" being held in Old Forge, N.Y. from May 12 through June 30. Dorr is a retired art teacher who lives in Grantham.


Trivia night March 24

The last Bistro Brain Busters Trivia Night of the season will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at The Center at Eastman. Teams of 2 to 6 players come for a free night of friendly competition with hostess Kathy Pomer and her crack team of triviologists. Register in advance at 863-8000. Cash bar and bistro menu available.


Attention dog and puppy owners!

The annual rabies clinic will be held 1-2 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at the Grantham Fire Station. Cost is $12 per pet. Bring your old vaccination paperwork if you have it.

A license is required if all dogs that are 3 to 4 months of age and have received a rabies vaccination. License renewals are due by Monday, April 30 each year and a current rabies certificate is required for obtaining a dog license. The fine for not obtaining a dog license is $25. Licenses can be obtained from the Town Clerk’s office during regular hours.




Looking for career speakers

Career Awareness Week is April 9-13 at Grantham Village School. They would like to expose students to as many career ideas as possible and are looking for folks to talk with a classroom of students and answer questions about their current for past jobs or careers between 8:45 until 9 a.m. any day of that week. If you would be willing to share your experience with the students, please call Kris Widmann at 863-1681.


Bridge Adventure coming to town

If you are a bridge player who is interested in a fun week devoted to improving your game, no matter your current playing level, then this is something you won’t want to miss. The week-long "Bridge Adventure" will be held at The Center at Eastman from April 16 to 20. Each day will include a 2.5-hour presentation in the morning, a lunch buffet from Bistro Nouveau, and followed a 2.5-hour playing session in the afternoon, with instruction and analysis of both the bid and the play of each hand. You do not need a partner. If you have a scheduling conflict, you can always miss a session. There will be printed material for you covering each day’s lesson.

Checks can be made out to ECA and sent to PO Box 53. Grantham, NH 03753. 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 Friday and Saturday, 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



• The Community Walking Club is held every day school is in session through April 13 in the Grantham Village School Gym from 7:30 to 8:10 a.m. Open to all 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.

• 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.

• 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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