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March 23, 2012

NHToDo shows off G’town

In case you missed the February issue of NHToDo magazine, the following link will take you to the article and photos of the featured town: Grantham! This took a lot of work by a lot of people in town to complete Enjoy.


Birdfeeders and bears

In case you’ve been hibernating, this has been a fabulous, warm lead into spring. Bears are waking up earlier than usual, so it’s time to take down your birdfeeders. Don’t worry: the birds will find food and this will keep the bears from being attracted to your yard.


Election results

Forgot last week, but people are still asking who won. Selectman Ken Story and school board members Bob McCarthy and Gale Schmidt were all re-elected.


Cookies still available

The Grantham Brownie Girl Scout Troop #42060 will sell Girl Scout Cookies from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at Grantham Pizza Chef. There are eight varieties of cookies for $3.50 per box. If you want to support the Girl Scouts without consuming the cookies, you can purchase boxes to donate to the U.S. Troops or the Grantham Food Pantry. If you can't make it to the sale, but still want cookies, contact Amy Cranage at 863-8531 or Thank you for supporting the Girl Scouts!


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.


Next JOSA March 25

Trumpeter and vocalist Christine Fawson performs during Jazz On a Sunday Afternoon beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 25 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 The last JOSA of the season is April 8 with vocalist Rebecca Parris.

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


Naturally Curious program in New London

March is a month of rebirth and awakenings. Sap flows; migrant birds return from their wintering grounds; and mating seasons begin. It’s the month with which Vermont naturalist and wildlife photographer Mary Holland begins her book Naturally Curious: A Photographic Field Guide and Month-by-Month Journey through the Fields, Woods, and Marshes of New England.

Holland will be offering a wildlife slideshow beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 25 at Our Lady of Fatima Church in New London. The program, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Sunapee Ragged Kearsarge Greenway as part of the annual meeting. A potluck supper starts at 5 p.m. If you would like to participate in the potluck dinner, please contact Jean LaChance 927-4345.

Naturally Curious provides about 900 photographs and dozens of annotated lists of animals, plants and fungi you might expect to see or hear at various times throughout the year and is the 2011 winner in the nature guidebook category of the National Outdoor Book Awards. For more information and to get a taste of what to expect, visit Holland’s blog:


Kids’ Learn to Knit class

Youth between 9 and 12 years of age are welcome to the free Learn to Knit class being held Thursdays March 29 and April 12 in the Grantham Village School’s library. No experience or supplies necessary. In just two classes you'll learn how to make a handmade item. Please sign after school March 27 in the gym foyer.


Dodgeball socials

A new youth dodgeball social program will be held Tuesdays in April from 3 to 4 p.m. in the school gym. Parents must register children for these three great, after-school, get-moving games. (Program will not be held during school vacation week.) Register after school March 27 in the gym foyer. The game is free and just for the fun of it.


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.


Dance benefits Humane Society

The Brooks Hubbard Band will have you dancing on your feet and in your seat during the Spring Fling Dance and silent auction fundraiser for the Sullivan County Humane Society’s new cat rescue shelter, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at Bistro Nouveau at The Center at Eastman. Admission is $8 per person or $5 per person if you bring an item for the shelter, including old towels, paper towels, trash bags, rags, cages, cat food, litter, toys, etc. The silent auction begins at 1 p.m. and continues throughout the dance.



Wednesday events feature music and drama

All of the following programs begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Draper Room at The Center at Eastman. They are free and open to the public.

April 4: Come for a fun evening featuring "The Fountain Square Ramblers" from Contoocook … Dixieland Jazz as it should be.

April 11: Shaker Bridge Producer and Director Bill Coons and the two lead players of his current play, "Relatively Speaking," will demonstrate what a director does to make the dialogue fit the drama. Laughs and drama are expected.

April 18: The Eastman Ensemble, featuring residents Jane Sachs (flute), Vivian Dolkart (flute), Ken Dolkart (guitar), Mary Lou Schaefer (violin) and David Nierenberg (cello) will present a wonderful evening of music.

If you’d like to have dinner before, make reservations at Bistro Nouveau; Wednesday night is 2 for $38. Reservations at 863-8000.


Office closing

The Town Clerk/Tax Collector’s office will be closed on April 5 so staff can attend Advanced Motor Vehicle Training.


Easter Egg Hunt

The annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 10 a.m. sharp Saturday, April 7 at the Grantham Village School. Bring your favorite basket and a camera to take a picture with the Easter Bunny. This is a rain or shine event.


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.


Community food events

There will be no community potluck dinner in April.

The community luncheon will be held at noon Tuesday, April 10 in the lower level of the Grantham United Methodist Church. Everyone from any town is welcome.


Delicious event in WRJ, Vt.

Don’t miss the annual Flavors of the Valley at Hartford High School in White River Junction, Vt., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15. Sample lots of local food items, meet local farmers and chefs, and buy their products. About 50 vendors will provide treats and offer products for sale such as plant starts, produce, value added products and CSA farm shares. Cost is $8 per person; children 6 and younger free; $25 maximum per family. Bring your own plate, cup, and napkin along with a checkbook or cash for purchases.


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. 



• 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

• 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. To enter a team or get more info, email Dave Armstrong at

• 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. 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

PS: Don’t forget the birdfeeder!


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