Plant sale offers good plants and good prices
The 2013 Sullivan County Conservation District Plant Sale is underway and the deadline to order has been extended to April 5.
A variety of healthy and hardy plants are available at good prices, including fruits (apples, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and peaches), perennial vegetables (rhubarb, asparagus, horseradish and ostrich ferns – for grow-your-own"fiddleheads!"), hardwood and softwood trees (white oak, paper birch, balsam and fraser firs), and wildlife plants (alternate-leaved dogwood, northern bayberry, and a special wildlife pack of five different species). New this year are special and harder-to-find ornamentals, including six named varieties of lilacs (early-, mid- and late-blooming), an azalea, and two kinds of magnolia trees.
Plant pick up will be at Log Cabin Nursery in Claremont on May 4. The Plant Sale catalog and order form are available online on the SCCD website (www.sullivancounty.gov, click on "conservation district"). Paper copies will also be available at the Grantham and Springfield Public Libraries starting Wednesday March 27. For more information, please contact SCCD District Manager Lionel Chute at 863-4297 or email@example.com.
SCCD’s annual event raises fund for the district’s conservation activities throughout the year, including educational workshops, environmental outreach to schools, farms and communities, tours and programs.
Attention March auto registrants:
Due to a paper folder issue the mailing for March automobile renewals was not complete. If you did not receive your registration letter please come into the office with your registration. Questions? Call the town clerk’s office, 863-5608.
Christine Fawson comes to JOSA
Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon continues its 21st year Sunday, March 24 with trumpeter and vocalist Christine Fawson
The program runs from 4 to 7 p.m.; doors open at 3. Tickets are $18/adult; $16/senior or student (62 and older or 17 and younger). Reservations are recommended by contacting the Wightsteeple Box Office at 763-8732 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For reservations after 2 p.m. the day of the show, call Bistro Nouveau at 863-8000. Visit www.josajazz.com for a schedule and complete details on season passes and tickets to individual performances. Bistro menu and full bar available.
The final performance of the season will be April 7 with Cercie Miller and Dominique Eade.
Isles of Shoals is topic
Brenda Watts will make a presentation on the Isles of Shoals beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at The Center at Eastman. Brenda, a Grantham resident, has taught courses about the Shoals at both Adventures in Learning (AIL) at Colby-Sawyer College and Institute for Lifelong Education at Dartmouth (ILEAD), and has hosted five trips to Star Island. She is a member of the Isles of Shoals Historical and Research Associates.
The program is free and open to the public.
Learn about available veterans’ benefits March 27
Wartime Veterans or their Surviving Spouses may be eligible for significant income from the Department of Veterans Affairs. This might be a consideration when looking into assisted living. A program on this issue will be held at Summercrest Assisted Living, 169 Summer St., Newport, beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 (snow date April 3). For more information or to RSVP, contact Leigh Stocker, 863-8181 or email@example.com. Refreshments will be served.
March 30 features Easter Egg Hunt and monthly Storytime
Don’t miss this year’s Easter Egg Hunt beginning at 10 a.m. sharp Saturday, March 30 in the Grantham Village School yard. In the event of poor weather, it will be inside the gym. Bring your favorite basket and your camera to take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Don't forget to look for the golden eggs. This event is free and sponsored by Our Town.
When you’re done with that, go to the Dunbar Free Library for the "Last Saturday Storytime" beginning at 11 a.m. Small children must be accompanied by an adult.
How to download free books to Kindle
Librarian Dawn Huston will offer a new series of computer classes beginning March 30. The first one, being held at 1 p.m. at the library, will be on how to download free eBooks from New Hampshire Downloadable Books Consortium to your Kindle. For best results, have your Kindle and your Amazon username and password with you. If you don’t have a Kindle but might be considering buying one, Dawn will demonstrate on the library’s Kindle.
Shana Stack Band brings line dancing to Grantham March 30
The Shana Stack Band will be performing at Grantham Village School Saturday, March 30. Line dancing lessons begin at 5:30 p.m.; the band plays from 6 to 7:30. Cost is $5/person with a family maximum cost of $20. Ice cream novelties will be available to purchase during the set break while supplies last. The event is sponsored by the Grantham Parent Teacher Group.
The Shana Stack Band focuses on Top 40 country music and original pieces. They have played at Meadowbrook, opening for Sugarland and Reba McEntire. Visit their website www.shanastack.com for more information on the band and links to their music. We will leave plenty of floor space for dancing! It is sure to be a great night!
Email Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Easter Sunday services scheduled (UPDATED 3/25/13)
Change in venue for Easter sunrise service
Grantham United Methodist Church will participate in Easter Sunday Services at sunrise Sunday, March 31 in Sunapee Harbor and at 9 a.m. at the Grantham United Methodist Church. Everyone is invited.
Transfer station closed Easter Sunday
The Grantham Transfer Station will be closed Sunday, March 31 for Easter.
Kindergarten registration for 13/14 school year begins
Grantham Village School kindergarten registration for children who will be 5 years of age on or before Sept. 30, 2013 has begun. Parents and guardians should call 863-1681 before April 5 to register and schedule a screening time for a Friday in May.
Jason Cann at Bistro Nouveau
Upper Valley fave Jason Cann will play at Bistro Nouveau beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, April 6 in the tavern. Reservations are strongly recommended: 863-8000. No cover.
A rabies clinic will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6 at the Grantham Fire Station. Dogs or cats only; $12 per critter. Bring your old vaccination paperwork, otherwise your rabies vaccine will be only good for one year rather than three. Dogs can be licensed with the town at the same time. Call "Our Town" at 863-9143 with any questions.
Dueling pianos offer night of comedy and fun
Don't miss Honky Katz Dueling Piano Show hosted by Bistro Nouveau beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, April 12 at The Center at Eastman. Never before seen in this area, this two-hour show features dancing, singing, laughing, jokes and more! Advance tickets are two for $20 and may be purchased at Bistro Nouveau. Cost at the door is $12/person. If you’d like to have dinner before the show, make reservations at 863-8000.
Dorr earns award, holds reception
Paula Dorr's pastel painting "Georgia on My Mind" has earned an Excellent Composition Award at the Sharon Art Center in Peterborough. The exhibit will be on display until April 26.
On Sunday, April 14, Dorr will hold an art reception of her work, as well as the work of her studio mates, titled "Experience Spring." It will be held at the Quechee Inn At Marshland Farm from 3 to 5 p.m.
Bridge events offer learning and competition
Bridge Adventures week-long program returns to The Center at Eastman April 15-18 with instructors Marti & Gary Ronemus. The program runs daily from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. with two sessions that are broken up with a lunch buffet from Bistro Nouveau. This is suited to all Bridge players (social, party or duplicate), but a basic knowledge of Bridge is required.
The cost of the program is $185/person, which includes the bridge sessions, daily lunch buffet, tax and gratuity. Reservations must made by check payable to Eastman Bridge Club, PO Box 867, Grantham, NH 03753. View a printable flyer with all the details.
Additionally, the Eastman Bridge Club will host a Silver Point Non-Life Master Bridge Tournament (less than 500 ACBL Master Points) at The Center at Eastman Saturday, April 20 (stratified pairs - 2 sessions) and Sunday, April 21 (Swiss teams - 2 sessions), 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Advance Registration is $35/day or $65/both days; day-of registration if available is $40/day. Cost includes continental breakfast, luncheon buffet and lecture on duplicate bridge prior to morning sessions by Certified ACBL Tournament Director Marti Ronemus. View a printable flyer with complete details. Make checks payable and mail to: Eastman Bridge Club, PO Box 867, Grantham, NH 03753.
For more information on either event, contact Jane Verdrager at 865-5508 or email@example.com.
Calling all cyclists, walkers and rowers for the 2013 Prouty!!
The 2013 Norris Cotton Cancer Center Prouty fundraising campaign has begun, and the Grantham Mountaineers BMSD Prouty Team is looking for cyclists, walkers and rowers to participate in the 32nd annual Prouty and Prouty Ultimate on July 12-13 in Hanover. The team goal this year is to raise $22,000 and recruit 55 members.
It is not a race! If you enjoy any of these activities, mark your calendar and join the fun! The team will again be co-captained by Susan Mattson and Merle Schotanus. To join, visit www.TheProuty.org and follow the instructions; or contact Susan Mattson (863-0746, or firstname.lastname@example.org); or Merle Schotanus (863-2293 or email@example.com). If you can’t participate, donations can be made through those channels as well.
New this year to the Prouty: Golf at Hanover Country Club.
For complete details on this year’s event, visit here.
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.
News from Grantham Village School’s Destination Imagination Team
On Saturday, March 16, Destination Imagination teams from Grantham Village School, Lebanon Middle School and Lebanon High School (which had numerous Grantham students as members) participated in a regional competition in Littleton.
Among the winning improvisation teams were: the fourth grade team from GVS; a team of seventh graders, including former GVS students, from Lebanon Middle School; a Grantham-filled Lebanon High School team. Additionally, a partially Grantham-filled team won a different challenge, and another Grantham fourth grade team received a "bye" to the state meet. This means there will be four teams with members from the Grantham School District/Town of Grantham at the state meet!
Depending on the outcome of competition at the state level, one or more of these teams might qualify for a trip to the world competition!
Destination Imagination Teams are managed by many caring adults. Without their support, these students would not be able to work on their challenges and present the results in the competitions. Thanks should go to these adults:
Lebanon Middle School Team - Karen Eylander, Lisa Miller, and GVS Principal Kurt Gergler
GVS 5/6 Grade Team – Mindy Hill
GVS 5 Grade Team – Kulli Bloom and Cierra Bloom
GVS 4 Grade Team – Laurie Hanks and Wendy Sanchez
GVS 3/4 Grade Team – Aurora Matzkin
GVS 2 Grade Team – Lisa Jarvis and Marc Roberts
GVS 1 Grade Team – Michelle Belk and Christine Fitts
GVS 1 Grade Team – Dan McMartin and Will Johnson
GVS Grade 5 teacher Deebee Bechta is the Destination Imagination coordinator for the Grantham Village School.
Congrats to all Grantham students who have competed during the 2012-2013 season of Destination Imagination. We are proud of these students.
What IS Destination Imagination (DI)?
From the Destination Imagination website (www.nh-di.org): "Destination Imagination is an exhilarating after-school activity in which students work in teams to solve mind-bending challenges and present their solutions at tournaments. Teams are tested to think on their feet, work together, and devise original solutions that satisfy the requirements of the challenges. Participants gain more than just basic knowledge and skills—they learn to unleash their imaginations and take unique approaches to problem solving."
For more information about Grantham’s teams, please contact Principal Kurt Gergler at 863-1681.
• Dunbar Free Library’s Laptime for ages up to 36 months is held at 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Storytime for ages 3-5 years is held at 10 a.m. Thursdays. Adults are required to attend with their children.
• The morning walking program continues at Grantham Village School gym from 7:30 to 8:10 a.m. each morning that school is in session until April vacation. Participants must bring clean sneakers to wear while walking.
• Grantham United Methodist Church worship service at 9 a.m. each Sunday, with Pastor Patricia Williams. Everyone is welcome to attend.
• Drop off food at the Grantham Town Hall for local food banks that serve Grantham residents.
• CG Shepherd Realty collects coats year-round to be distributed to people in need. Drop off gently used coats at Shepherd’s Grantham office in Sawyer Brook Plaza, in the coat collections can, or in one of Shepherd’s Smart Cars when you see them parked around town.
• ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge every Thursday at 1 p.m. at The Center at Eastman. $3/person. Everyone welcome regardless of experience. Arrive early to help set up.