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April 15, 2011

Bistro brings more music to Grantham

On April 30, come see Chad Hollister in his Bistro debut from 6 to 9 p.m. For reservations, call 863-8000.


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.


Bistro open for Easter

Although Bistro Nouveau is usually closed Sundays in early spring, they’ll be open for Easter Sunday on April 24 from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. for lunch and dinner. In addition to their new, a la carte menu, specials will include classic eggs benedict with cottage fries and hollandaise, and certified angus prime rib served au jus with baked potato. Reservations recommended: 603-863-8000.


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.


Dispose of your prescription drugs properly

The Grantham Police Department, in conjunction with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, will give the public an opportunity to dispose of expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs during Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 30 at the Grantham Police Department, Grantham Town Hall. Flushing drugs down the toilet or throwing them in the trash poses safety and health hazards. The service is free and anonymous for all are residents.


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: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays. NOTE: The office is closed for lunch between noon and 1 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.

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


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.


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

Fun, yet educational, vacation week opportunity

Be sure to take advantage of the 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 museums' passes, this is a discount coupon that does not need to be returned. Pick one up next time you visit the library, but be warned: the coupons expire April 30. 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 May 4

The Grantham school board meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 4 in the Grantham Village School Music Room.


Community potluck

Everyone is welcome to the monthly community potluck, which begins at 6 p.m. May 7 in the downstairs of the Grantham United Methodist Church. Bring a dish to share.


Solstice participants sought

The annual Revels North Summer Solstice Celebration is in search of participants for its June 21 event in Norwich, Vt. Join them for singing, drumming, dancing, and acting to celebrate the solstice, with Appalachian music and its roots, including some African, Celtic and Native American traditions. Be part of the full chorus, or come sing just your favorite songs. Children and adult choruses begin rehearsals Mondays on May 9, or come to a community rehearsal of old favorite songs on Saturday, June 11, or the young adult theatre group and drum/fiddle workshops June 12. Participants become part of the performance. CDs and scores are available on the website. For more information and to download the registration form, visit


5K run in Newport

Newport Sunshine 5K, including crossing the Corbin Covered Bridge, will be held May 7. The 1Kkids’ race begins at 9:30 a.m.; the 5K at 10 a.m. Pre-register for $15, or pay $20 the day of the race. The first 100 registrants receive a free T-shirt. Children’s race is free. Proceeds benefit Newport Recreation and Newport Montessori School. For more information, contact Lori Richer at 763-2127 or Scott Blewitt 863-1332. Register online at



• 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.

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