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Lorie McClory

April 23, 2011

Cross lightings

The cross on the Grantham United Methodist Church was lit on April 13 in memory of Peggy Miles by Pat Masone.

It was lit for Easter in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Dewlos Mutney and Mr. and Mrs. John Holmes by Mr. and Mrs. Francis Mutney, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Swensen, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Swensen; in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Swensen, Jon, Elizabeth and Clifford Swensen and Perley Sanborn by Mr. and Mrs. Norman Fontaine, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Swensen and Naomi Sanborn; and in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Miles by Pat Masone.

It will be lit on April 28 in memory of Carl Miles by Pat Masone.


Free workshop on landowner conservation options
UNH Cooperative Extension is offering a free workshop from 7 to 9 p.m. April 27 at the Grantham Town Hall lower level meeting room for New Hampshire landowners and their families to learn about options that are available to them for conserving their land. The workshop will present an overview of the various methods landowners can use to conserve their property and conservation-related income tax benefits and Federal Estate Tax impacts. Information about state and federal programs that may provide funding for landowner conservation projects will also be provided. This workshop is co-sponsored by Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust, Upper Valley Land Trust, and the Grantham Conservation Commission. Pre-registration by April 26 is required. To register, contact Deb Stevens at 603-679-5616 or


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.


Touch rugby clinic April 30

A two-hour touch rugby clinic will begin at 10:30 a.m. April 30 at the Dartmouth rugby field and club house off of Route 10 by Ray School in Hanover. This free, one-day clinic is being run by Alex Magelby, head coach of the Dartmouth Rugby Club, and the Dartmouth rugby team, for elementary age children, but older and younger children are also welcome. Following the clinic, everyone is welcome to stay for the Dartmouth vs. Kutztown State rugby match.

Touch Rugby is played like flag or touch football in that there is no tackling, but a strong focus on maneuver, kicking and throwing the ball, and generally running around and having a good time. There is no blocking in rugby, and play is constant, with no programmed pauses as in football.


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


Hollister at Bistro Nouveau

On April 30, come see Chad Hollister in his Bistro Nouveau debut from 6 to 9 p.m. and order off Bistro’s a la carte, vegetarian/vegan or gluten-free menus. For reservations, call 863-8000.


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.


Varied topics for coming free events

Come see and discuss "Surviving Hitler: A Love Story" beginning at 4 p.m. May 6 at The Center at Eastman. This award-winning documentary film is the true story of the efforts of Eastman’s own Jutta Cord and her husband during World War II to evade Hitler’s revenge.

Ricker Winsor and his group not only play the blues, they talk about its history in "Shades of Blue – Delta Blues Seminar" beginning at 7:30 p.m. May 11 at The Center at Eastman. This is one of Ricker’s last seminar concerts before he moves to Trinidad to teach. Attendees are encouraged to come early for Bistro’s Wednesday night "two-fer dinner," which includes two salads, two entrees and two glasses of wine for $38.

The Sunflower Quartet returns with a great evening of chamber music beginning at 7:30 p.m. May 25 at The Center at Eastman. Again, come early for at "two-fer dinner."

All programs are free and open to the public.


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.


Dates set for wetlands inventory training

Grantham’s wetlands inventory is underway, and it’s time for volunteers to learn how to perform on-site wetland evaluations. The training dates are: 1) May 9, 7-9 p.m. - indoor session, at Town Hall lower level; 2) May 12, 1-5 p.m. - outdoor session, meet at Town Hall; 3) May 14, 9-11 a.m. - indoor session, The Center at Eastman lower level conference room; 4) May 14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. - outdoor session, meet at The Center at Eastman parking lot.

In order to perform on-site evaluations, volunteers are required to attend at least one indoor and one outdoor session, but may attend more. It’s not too late to become a wetlands inventory volunteer! To sign-up, please contact Lindsey Dixon ( or Merle Schotanus ( by May 2.


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 the gym 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.

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

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