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Lorie McClory

March 31, 2012

Cross lightings

The cross on the Grantham United Methodist Church will be lit for Easte (April 8) in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Miles by Peg Masone; in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Swensen, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Swensen, Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Swensen, Clifford, Jon and Elizabeth Swensen, and Perley Sanborn by Mr. and Mrs. Norman Fontaine, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Swensen and Naomi Sanborn; Mr. and Mrs. Dewlos Mutney and Mr. and Mrs. John Holmes by Mr. and Mrs. Francis Mutney.

It will also be lit April 13 in memory of Peg Miles by Pat Masone.


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.


Pizza Chef benefits GVS book program

Grantham Pizza Chef will donate a percentage of its sales for Tuesday, April 3 to the Grantham Village School Books & Beyond reading incentive program. Eat in or take out anything off the menu and benefit the GVS readers. Order ahead: 863-5044.


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.


Final JOSA of the season Easter, April 8

Vocalist Rebecca Parris closes the season on 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.

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



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 Luncheon April 10

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


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