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April 8, 2011

Register you fall kinder by April 8

Grantham Village School kindergarten registration for children who will be 5 years of age on or before Sept. 30, 2011 has begun. Please call 603-863-1681 by April 8. Screenings will be held on the four Thursdays in May.


Dazzled by dahlias

Expert grower Emily Cleaveland of Springfield will present "Dazzling Dahlias: in the Garden and in the Vase" during the Grantham Garden Club meeting, which begins at 9:30 a.m. April 8 in the Grantham Town Hall, lower level. She will also have bulbs available for sale. The program is open to the public. Donations to benefit the local food bank are welcome.


Needed: people to call balls and strikes

Umpires are needed for Grantham’s Cal Ripken Baseball (grades 3-6; minors/majors) for the May/June season. If interested please call Athletic Director Marsha Googins at 863-6124.


Bistro brings more music to Grantham

Musician Pete Merrigan returns to Bistro Nouveau from 6 to 9 p.m. April 8 at The Center at Eastman. Pete’s a perennial favorite. Come see why.

And later in the month, two musicians make their Bistro débuts: Sarah Wallis on April 15 and Chad Hollister on April 30. Both play from 6 to 9 p.m.

For reservations, call 863-8000.


Library holds expansion open house

Dunbar Free Library will hold an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. April 9 for people to meet the architect involved in the expansion project, view a few design concepts and offer comments. The plan is to have a schematic design in place in July, complete fundraising in 2013 and build in 2014.


Music for a cause

The Four of Clubs will be playing beginning at 8 p.m. April 9 at Whaleback. This is a fundraiser for a Prouty team and donations will be accepted at the door. (Proceeds benefit the Norris Cotton Cancer Center.) The band plays VERY danceable music from the 70s, 80s and 90s, and adds some original and more recent songs to keep it interesting. Don’t miss this opportunity to dance the night away for a great cause!


JOSA finale features sax and vocals

Vocalist and saxophonist Grace Kelly will perform from 4 to 7 p.m. April 10 during the season finale of JOSA at The Center at Eastman. Doors open at 3, and tickets are $18/adults and $16/seniors/students. Make reservations via credit card by contacting Wightsteeple Productions at 763-8732 or Tickets also may be purchased at the door with check or cash. As always, sit-in musicians are welcome and enjoy reduced ticket prices.

In addition to a wonderful afternoon of music, the JOSA experience includes the culinary delights of Bistro Nouveau prepared by Owner/Chef Doug Langevin and his fabulous staff. For JOSA, they offer an a la carte menu and a full range of beverages from the moment you arrive through the end of the show. For more information, visit


Time to license your dog (or report a death)

Existing 2010 dog licenses expire on April 30, so get to the Town Clerk’s Office to renew as soon as possible. Civil forfeiture for not obtaining a dog license is a fine of $25 (RSA 466:13); fines will begin on June 1.

Also, if your dog has passed away in the last year, please notify the Town Clerk’s Office so you are not fined for non-renewal. Call them at 863-5608.


Fees: Male or Female $10; Spayed/Neutered Male or Female $7.50; Senior Citizen (65+) Owner $2 for the first dog, regular fee for others; Puppies (3-6 months old) $7.50.

Town Clerk hours are Monday-Thursday 8AM-5PM; Tuesday and Wednesday evenings 6-8PM; Friday 8AM-4PM (closed for lunch on Thursday and Friday 12-1PM).

License renewals may be obtained through the mail. Send payment with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Grantham Town Clerk, PO Box 135, Grantham, NH 03753.

You may also renew online at


Lunch bunch

Gather for a great lunch with friends and neighbors beginning at noon April 12 in the downstairs of the Grantham United Methodist Church.


Emmy winner makes presentation

Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Caro Thompson of Walden, Vt., will give a video presentation on the making of her PBS program "New England’s Great River – Discovering the Connecticut" beginning at 7:30 p.m. April 13 in the Draper Room at The Center at Eastman. Free and open to the public. Stop in and have dinner at Bistro Nouveau before; it’s "two-fer" night.


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 19 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.


Pianists to perform

"Four Hand French" performed by pianists Philip Liston-Kraft and Dan Weiser will begin at 7:30 p.m. April 16 at The Center at Eastman. The evening will feature works by Debussy, Ravel, Faure, Poulenc and others. Cost is $20 for adults and free for children. Tickets will be available at the door.


Hippity hoppity to the egg hunt

Our Town’s annual free Easter Egg Hunt begins at 10 a.m. (sharp!) April 23 at the Grantham Village School yard, rain or shine. Bring your favorite basket and your camera to take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Don't forget to look for the golden eggs for a special prize!


Vernal pool walk open to public

On April 23, the Grantham Conservation Commission will lead a public walk to explore one or two vernal pools in the Reney Memorial Forest. Vernal pools are critical wetland habitats that support unique and valuable wildlife communities, but they are ephemeral, usually only lasting until late spring or early summer each year. During the walk, there will be discussion of these amazing habitats and investigation of the unique wildlife they support.


The Vernal Pool Walk will leave from the parking area of the Reney Memorial Forest (off Route 10 South, about ½ mile south of Town Hall) at 2:30 p.m. April 23 and will take place rain or shine. The walk will involve a moderate hike, with the first portion mostly uphill. Please dress appropriately for the conditions and leave pets at home. If you have any questions, contact Kristina at


Winter reminder…

Cindy Dyer’s photo "Sap Collector" was accepted and posted to WMUR’s local photo page here.  Nothing personal, Cindy, but I’m kind of glad he’s gone!


Museum tickets discounted

Be sure to take advantage of the new discount coupons for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston sponsored by the Friends of the Dunbar Free Library. The MFA has recently expanded, and the Art of the Americas Wing is now open with 53 new galleries! Unlike DFL’s other museum passes, this is a discount coupon that does not need to be returned. Pick one up next time you visit the library and use it during your next visit to Boston. The coupons are good through April 30 and each entitles two visitors to $7 MFA admission (normally $20/adult!). Stop by the library for more information or call 863-2172.


Scholarship opportunity

Each year the Grantham Garden Club offers a financial scholarship to a New Hampshire resident pursuing a career in some area of landscaping, horticulture, forestry, agriculture, plant sciences or environmental sciences. To be eligible, the person must be enrolled full- or part-time or enrolling in a certified college or technical school program. For an application, please contact Vicki Jepson at (603) 763-5372 or Completed applications are due by May 1.


Next school board meeting in May

The next school board meeting has been moved to 6:30 p.m. May 4 in the Grantham Village School Music Room.


Adult field full but still room for youth tri-athletes

The adult field for the annual Splash, Mash & Dash Triathlon is full! Registration is being taken for the wait list for this June 18 event. There is still room in the Kids’ Tri. Proceeds from the day benefit the Upper Valley Humane Society. Complete information and links at


Calling all cyclists, walkers and rowers!!

The Grantham Mountaineers Prouty Team is recruiting cyclists, walkers and rowers for the 30th annual Prouty and Prouty Ultimate on July 8 and 9 in Hanover.

Established in 2008 by the Blue Mountain Snowdusters (BMSD), Grantham’s Outdoor Recreation Club since 1975, the Grantham Mountaineers Prouty campaign is the BMSD summer companion to its winter Easter Seals fundraising program. The team will again be co-captained by Merle Schotanus and Mary O’Rourke. The team raised over $8,200 last year toward the $2.3 million raised in the Norris Cotton Cancer Center’s premier, annual cancer research and patient support fund raising program. They are aiming to raise over $10,000 this year to help reach the center’s 2011 goal of $2.5 million.

You 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 the Grantham Mountaineers, visit the Prouty website at and follow the instructions, or contact Merle Schotanus at 863-2293 or; or Mary O’Rourke at 863-4197 or

Let’s Prouty!


Home pickup for airport shuttle

Upper Valley Ride to the Airport has adjusted their offering to include picking customers up at their homes! They make three daily round trips to and from Manchester Airport and will pick you up at home. No more worrying about parking or what might happen to your car while you’re away.

For Grantham residents, the prices are $49 per person one-way or $89 per person round-trip, including home pickup. Visit for more details.

They also offer car service to/from Manchester or Boston on your schedule! Contact them at 802-356-9320 or email


Support groups open to all

Lake Sunapee Region VNA and Hospice offers free, public support groups in New London. Advance registration required to Meg Ames, 603-526-4077.

* Parent-Child Program every Wednesday, 9-11 a.m., September-May (runs on school year calendar) at St. Andrew’s Church, 52 Gould Rd.

* Widow To Widow Support Group, the first Monday each month, 10 a.m.-noon at Lake Sunapee Region VNA, 107 Newport Rd.

* Caregiver Support Group, the first Thursday each month, 1-2:30 p.m. at Lake Sunapee Region VNA, 107 Newport Road

* Bereavement Support Groups, including "Handing the Holidays After You’ve Had a Loss" and "Growing Through Grief." Call for scheduling details.



• Walking in the Grantham Village School gym is available to community members and pupils daily (if school is open) from 7:30 to 8:10 a.m. through June 17. Bring proper footwear to change into to insure the beauty of our floor and the safety of all walkers.

• 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

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

• Storytime at Dunbar Free Library begins 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. There will be no Storytime during school vacation week, April 18-22.

• Men’s pick up basketball, 7 p.m. Sundays at the GVS gym.

To Joey Holmes: Many people were glad to hear that the fire station sign was not for you. Nice to see you at the library Thursday!



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