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April 2, 2010

Last day to order compost bins

Do your part for Earth Day 2010… purchase a compost bin or rain barrel to benefit the Grantham Recreation Park. Forms are available at; click on the 2010 Compost Bin Sale link (right above the community calendar) and at the Dunbar Free Library. For more information, contact the Selectmen’s office at 863-6021. Orders must be received by April 2.


Community dinner to benefit Haiti Project

Because of it being Easter week end, the community potluck will not be held April 3. Instead, there will be a public supper and concert held at 6 p.m. April 10 in the downstairs of the Grantham United Methodist Church. Donations will to go to the Haiti Project. Everyone is welcome.


Easter services at GUMC

The Grantham United Methodist Church will hold two services on Easter Sunday, April 4. The first is a sunrise service at 6:15 a.m. at Grey Ledges. The second is at 10 a.m. at the church. Everyone is welcome to attend, regardless of denomination.


Snowdusters meet

The Blue Mountain Snowdusters ORC, Inc. meet at 7 p.m. April 6 in the Grantham Town Hall. More information at


School Board meets April 12

The next school board meeting is 6:30 p.m. April 12 in the Jerry Whitney Conference Room at Grantham Town Hall.


Lunch Bunch munch

The Lunch Bunch community luncheon will be held at noon April 13 at the Grantham United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome. Donations are accepted.


Calling all current and future gardeners

The Grantham Garden Club invites everyone to its next meeting entitled "Gardening for the Future: a Checklist for Thoughtful Gardeners." It begins at 10:30 a.m. April 16 at Grantham Town Hall. For more information, call 603-863-8163.


The Romantic Cello April 16

Reserve April 16 for a wonderful evening of music. Classicopia is performing a program entitled "The Romantic Cello," featuring cellist Patrick Owen and pianist Dan Weiser with music by Mendelssohn and Rachmaninoff. Tickets are $15 for adults and are available at the door. There is no charge for those 18 years or younger.


Blood pressure and foot clinic

Blood pressure and foot clinic with the Lake Sunapee Region Visiting Nurses and Hospice will be held 9:30 a.m. to noon April 20 at the Grantham Town Hall. Free blood pressure screenings. Basic toenail care – a soak, trim, file, clean and lotion – is $20, unless you have diabetes. In that case, the cost is $25 and you will need a doctor’s order for the foot care. Call 526-4077 to schedule a time.


Flavors of the Valley features locally grown and made

Sample delicious local foods and celebrate spring at Vital Communities’ 9th annual Flavors of the Valley from 2 to 7 p.m. April 20 at Hartford High School in White River Junction, Vt. This is the Upper Valley’s premier tasting, informational and buying event for locally grown foods, with over 50 farms, restaurants, grocers and non-profit organizations sampling and selling a range of local products including meats and poultry, produce, sweeteners, dairy, and prepared foods.

Attendees can also meet local chefs who feature local foods on their menus and learn about the increasing array of local foods carried by local grocers. Vendors will offer an enticing selection of food samples––from emu to ice cream. Attendees will be able to shop for locally grown meats, eggs, early spring greens, plant starts, cheeses, jams, and jellies, or buy a share of vegetables for the season from a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm.

Flavors of the Valley is organized by Valley Food & Farm, a program of Vital Communities. Visit the website for directions and list of vendors: For more information contact Debbie Diegoli at (802) 291-9100 ext. 112, or


Musical performance April 23

Camerata New England will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 23 at the Lebanon Opera House. The program includes The Spirit of Russia Variations on a Theme by Tschaikovsky (Anton Arensky); Chamber Symphony Opus 110 A (Dmitri Shostakovitch); Piece for Young Instrumentalists with 20 young string players; Two Pieces for String Orchestra (Nikolai Myaskovsky); and Serenade (Pyotr Tchaikovsky).

Tickets are on sale at or by calling 448-0400.

Learn more about Camerata New England at To be added to their concert email alerts, send email address to



Steve Taylor comes to Grantham

"Cows and Communities: How the Lowly Bovine Has Nurtured New Hampshire through Four Centuries" will be presented by Steve Taylor, former New Hampshire agriculture commissioner, beginning at 7 p.m. April 27 at the Grantham Town Hall.

The free, public program is hosted by the Dunbar Free Library and sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council and the Friends of the Dunbar Free Library. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact the library: 863-2172 or


Time to license your dog

Existing dog licenses expire on April 30. Current rabies certificates are required to obtain a dog license. All dogs who are at least 3 months old and have received a rabies vaccine must be licensed.

Cost is $9/dog; $6.50 if the dog is spayed or neutered. If the dog owner is 65 years of age or older, the cost is $2 for the first dog and the regular price after that.

Licenses may be obtained at the Town Clerk’s Office 

  • Monday – Wednesday 8am – 5pm
  • Thursday 8am – 12:00 and 1pm – 5pm
  • Friday 8am – 12:00 and 1pm – 4pm
  • Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 6pm – 8pm

You can also renew by mail by sending a check and self-addressed, stamped envelop to the town clerk at PO Box 135.

If your "dog situation" has changed, please notify the town clerk at the above address or by telephone at 603-863-5608. That way you won’t get a reminder and bill after April 30.


Playground assistance received

Grantham was chosen as a winner in Pepsi’s Help Refresh Your Town program, which will provide assistance to build the playground at the town fields on Shedd Road. Congratulations to everyone involved.


Burn permits required

Burn permits are now required for any outdoor burning. For a permit application, visit Click on departments, click on fire, then click the link for the application. It takes a few seconds to download.


Walk to stop domestic violence

A group of Grantham residents will be walking in the upcoming Turning Points Network 5K Walk-a-Thon and would like people to join them. The event begins at 10 a.m. May 8 at the Claremont Middle School.

Turning Points Network – formerly Women’s Supportive Services – works to end domestic violence in Sullivan County. You can help by signing up to talk or sponsoring other walkers. More information at

The Grantham contact is Milly Dunfey or 863-9248


Raffles continue

Lebanon High School Project Graduation is selling raffle tickets for two separate drawings: a lovely, queen-sized quilt made by Grantham’s own Jill Williams $1 each or six for $5); and two tickets to a Red Sox/Yankee game on Oct. 2 ($5 each or sox for $20). I have raffle tickets for the baseball game and can get quilt tickets if anyone would like. Just let me know at The drawing will be held at the Project Graduation BBQ on May 21 on the Lebanon Green.


Golf memberships available

Get a 25 percent discount off membership fees for your first season of golf at Eastman. The discounted rate also applies if you have not been a member since 2004. Join the course where the best golfers in the state will be playing the 2010 New Hampshire Golf Association State Amateur Championship in July. For more information, visit or call Daryl Arsenault at 863-7633. The course is scheduled to open April 17, weather permitting.



• 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. NOTE: No Storytime the week of April 21 due to school vacation.

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

• The town has a food collection box in the town hall foyer. Food donations are brought alternately to The Listen Center and the Newport Food Pantry.

• In addition to the food collection box, there is a box to collect new stuffed animals for Turnings Points Network.

• Make your donation to the Grantham Area Chamber of Commerce Park & Ride tree planting fun. The goal is $5,500. Mail donations to Park & Ride Tree Project, Grantham Area Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1340, Grantham, NH, 03753. Contact Dan Foster at 863-1839 for more information.

• Visit for official minutes, meeting dates and more.

• Find news and events for Grantham and surrounding towns at PS: All the Grantham Sunacom columns are still active. They can be retrieved on the Archives page.


Don’t forget to send your news or events at least two weeks in advance to Let your neighbors know what’s going on.

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