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Lorie McClory

April 20, 2012

Cross lighting

The cross on the Grantham United Methodist Church will be lit April 28th in memory of Carl Miles by Pat Masone.


Library expansion project needs volunteers

The library trustees are looking for people interested in helping to raise funds for the Dunbar Free Library building expansion project. If interested, please contact any of the trustees: Susan Mellow, Ed Jenik, Wendi Grant, Kevin Hughes or Lorie McClory; or stop in at the library and leave your name and contact information.


Looking for a way to give back on Earth Day?

Come help clean up trash and recyclables thrown out along Croydon Turnpike. The Blue Mountain Snow Dusters and Grantham Conservation Commission are cosponsoring an Earth Day Clean Up beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 22, rain or shine. There will be two starting locations: the warming hut at the top of Miller Pond Road (park in the school bus turn-around) and the top of Walker Road in Olde Farms (park along sides of road). Volunteers of all ages are welcome, but an adult should accompany children. Wear sturdy shoes, weather-appropriate clothing, and bring a pair of work gloves if you have them. Lunch will be provided for volunteers at the warming hut. Questions: call 863-0688 or email


Local tae kwon do for all

Experience tae kwon do here in Grantham for ages 7-Adult. Grantham Athletics is presenting tae kwon do classes instructed by Steve Hopkins from Blue Wave Tae Kwon Do in Hanover beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 in the Grantham Village School gymnasium. Call 863-6124 for more information. Families welcomed! PS: Come learn to break boards!


Grantham DI raising funds to go to Global competition

Back row Left to Right : Manager Kurt Gergler, Pierce Moen, Matthew Eylander, Sophia Miller.  Front row Left to Right: Photo of Manager Deebee Bechta, Rebecca Dore, Shelby Hanks, Erin White

The Destination ImagiNation program promotes child-centered solutions for complex problems without adult interference. During its 9-year history, the Grantham Village School DI program has had a tradition of success at regional and state meets, with two teams qualifying for "Globals," a competition held in Tennessee with every state and many other countries.

This year we have one GVS-based team and two legacy teams (with older Grantham children team members) going to Globals in Knoxville, Tenn. at the end of May. The GVS team is working hard to raise funds to go to the three-day meet. Transportation, housing, food and registration costs for the six team members and the two managers will be approximately $9,000, or $1,125 per person. To help pay for this trip, the team is holding many fundraisers. The team and their families are thankful for any effort you can make to support these efforts… and direct donations are always welcome!


Italian Dinner Night: 5 p.m. Friday, April 27 in the GVS cafeteria. The price is $10 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12 and includes pasta, salad and beverage. Dessert will be available for purchase. (Dinner will be over at 6:15, in plenty of time for everyone to attend the GPTG Family Fun Game Night. This is also a great opportunity to carb-load before the Grantham Get Fit run the next morning! [see info below])


Tickets to June 9 Fisher Cats game: The team is selling tickets for the 7:05 p.m. Saturday, June 9 NH-DI night with the Fisher Cats (vs. Bowie Baysox) at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester. Tickets are $10 each and the DI team gets $4 of each ticket sold. Ticket orders and payment must be received by Thursday, May 3. Cash or checks made out to "Grantham Village School – DI" will be accepted. The team will deliver the tickets to you prior to the game. Contact Laurie Hanks ( or 863-1239) to purchase tickets.


Car Wash: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 12 at the Grantham Fire Department (rain date: May 19)

GVS DI is open to all GVS children who sign up in the fall. The program is volunteer driven, relying on parents and staff members as managers and program support. The Grantham Parent Teacher Group funds team registrations for New Hampshire competition, and the teams fund their own expenses during the year.


Grantham Get Fit 3K Run/Walk

The Grantham Village School Wellness Committee, in conjunction with New Hampshire Local Government Center (LGC) and Millennium Running, invites you to run or walk with members of our community in the Grantham Get Fit 3K Run/Walk beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 28. The out-and-back course is just under two miles long and begins behind Grantham Town Hall. Then, join us for a post-race celebration at GVS for awards and refreshments!

Cost is $10 per adult and $7 per child 12 and younger. The first 200 registrants get a Grantham Get Fit tech hat! Race day registration will be accepted by personal check or cash from 8:30 to 9:45. No entries accepted after that time. For more information and online registration, visit and click on Grantham Get Fit.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Mortimer at Grantham Village School, 863-1681 ext. 54. Let’s promote health and wellness together!


Wanted by police: expired drugs

The Grantham Police Department is once again participating in the National Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 28 at Grantham Town Hall. Please bring your expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal to the Police Department. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.


Youth baseball and softball begins

Spring brings baseball and softball to Grantham. Games begin in early May for children in grades K-6. Please support your favorite local team. Game schedules will be posted on the Grantham Athletics webpage shortly.


Snowdusters hold last meeting of season

The Blue Mountain Snowdusters will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 1 in the Jerry Whitney Room at Grantham Town Hall. This is the last meeting of the season.


Community dinner and Luncheon at GUMC

The monthly community potluck supper will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 5 in the lower level of the Grantham United Methodist Church, Route 10. Bring a dish to share and enjoy the company of your neighbors.

The monthly community luncheon will be held at noon Tuesday, May 8, also at the church. This is a great time to catch up with friends and neighbors.


Plan ahead for Friends of DFL meeting

It may be a bit early, but don’t forget to mark your calendar for the annual meeting of the Friends of the Dunbar Free Library beginning at 7 p.m. May 15. In addition to taking care of business, the incredibly popular Edie Clark, NH history and food author, will talk on "New England: Myth or Reality." For a description of the program, visit the New Hampshire Humanities Council website


Women Who Make a Difference luncheon

The 13th annual Women Who Make a Difference luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 16 at the Ware Campus Center at Colby-Sawyer College, New London. The guest speaker will be Nancy Sporborg, author of It’s Not About the Hike and creator of the Keene Pumpkin Festival. But the real draw is the presentation of the 2012 Woman Who Makes a Difference and High School Woman Who Makes a Difference awards. (Grantham’s Laurie Field was one of the first recipients!)

Cost is $40 per ticket, with proceeds benefitting the Pediatric Program of Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice. Tickets typically sell out, so call 526-4077 to reserve your seats soon.


Stompers to perform at AIL meeting

The 13th annual Adventures in Learning thirteenth meeting will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 17 at Sawyer Fine Arts Center, Colby-Sawyer College. There will be a photo retrospective by Maureen Rosen, a performance by the Granite State Stompers (including Grantham’s Alden Keyser and Bill Zimmerman), and a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception. The event is open to the public as well as AIL members, but reservations are required. Please contact Janet St. Laurent by May 10 at 526-3690 or


Plant sale May 19

The Grantham Garden Club’s Annual Plant Sale will begin at 9 a.m. May 19 in the lower level at the Grantham Town Hall. The proceeds from this rain-or-shine event go to the club’s scholarship fund. Get there early for best selection. It sells out quickly!


Tag sale at MVCS

The Annual Tag Sale at Mid Vermont Christian School will be held 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, May 25 and 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 26 in the high school gym, just off Route 4 in Quechee, Vt. All proceeds benefit the school, which is attended by several Grantham children.



• 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. $5/class with 10% of proceeds going to GVS. Wear comfortable clothes and bring clean workout shoes and water. 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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