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Lorie McClory

April 29, 2010

Hope you’re ready… it’s a long one!

Cross lightings

The cross was lit April 13 in memory of Peg Miles and April 28 in memory of Carl Miles by Pat Masone.

It will be lit May 9 in memory of Elizabeth and Carrie Swensen by Mr. and Mrs. Norman Fontaine, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Swensen and Naomi Sanborn; in memory of Mildred Dunbar by Joey Holmes; and in memory of Estabell Holmes and Nellie Mutney by Mr. and Mrs. Francis Mutney.

It will be lit on May 25 in memory of Douglas Masone by Pat Masone; and on May 26 in memory of Henry Swensen by Mr. and Mrs. Norman Fontaine, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Swensen and Naomi Sanborn.


2010 Perambulation (by Dick Hocker)

On April 23, the Grantham Perambulation team led by Andy Eastman, guided by Gerald Miller, our genius surveyor consultant, and supported by Warren Kimball and Dick Hocker, entered Corbin Park to find the elusive boundary marker between Grantham and Plainfield. A team of four lead by David Grobe represented Plainfield.

Using GPS equipment, Gerald Miller guided us to a point that he thought was within 200 feet of the missing marker. We searched the rough terrain dotted with thick stands of spruce for most of the day without luck. At 2 p.m., the Plainfield team departed, but the tenacious Grantham team persisted. At 2:45, Andy Eastman announced to the world on that quiet mountainside that the marker had been found.

This was the first time in 63 years that anyone had seen and documented the location and condition of the marker, last seen just after the 1953 Grantham Mountain fire had passed through the area. Finding the marker will save the towns of Grantham and Plainfield significant dollars and many hours of administrative time. If the marker had not been found, it would have to be reestablished. This perambulation was the fifth trip into Corbin Park to find this particular marker.


Car wash and tacos

Grantham’s Destination Imagination team is off to Globals again. To help pay their way, the students are holding a car wash and taco station from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 1 at the Grantham Fire Station.


Pot luck and concert

The monthly community pot luck will be held at 6 p.m. May 1 in the downstairs of the Grantham United Methodist Church. The meal will be followed by a concert by Gospel Train. Don’t miss a great meal, fun conversation and a wonderful concert.


Like to sing?

Everyone, regardless of residency, is welcome to join the Eastmanaires as the group begins its spring rehearsals on Mondays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. beginning May 3 at The Center at Eastman. (No rehearsal on June 7.) All ages and experience levels are welcome to this community chorus. This is the first rehearsal for the June 27 patriotic concert "Let Freedom Ring." For more details call 603-252-5148, or just show up!


Snowdusters meet

The Blue Mountain Snowdusters ORC, Inc. will hold its last meeting of the season at 7 p.m. May 4 in the Grantham Town Hall. More information at


Aging programs offered

A series of free informative sessions entitled "High Tea & Crucial Conversations about Aging" will be held at Kendal at Hanover, 80 Lyme Rd. in Hanover beginning May 5. All sessions begin with high tea at 3:30 p.m.; presentations begin at 4. Reservations are required by contacting Anna Ballou at 653-8506 or

Session 1: May 5: Cyber Safety for Seniors will provide tips and advice on keeping your information safe from piracy and your computer safe from scams. Speaker: Bryant Patten, president, White Nitro.

Session 2: May 19: Companion/Caregiver Services: Hiring the Right Person. Learn easy steps for hiring someone privately, using an agency and understanding the law. Speakers: Roberta Berner, executive director, Grafton County Senior Citizens Council; Dana Michalovic, director, ServiceLink Resource Center of Grafton County; Diana Cox, director, Resident Health Services, Kendal at Hanover.

Session 3: June 2: Getting Rid of the Stuff: How to downsize to a new home or de-clutter your current home. Speakers: Marie LeBlanc, Transition Liquidation Services; Kathy Ashton, Home Transitions.


Cann on May 7; Veggie Club on May 20

Jason Cann shares his acoustical stylings from 6 to 9 p.m. May 7 in the Tavern at Bistro Nouveau. Make reservations early since Jason’s a pretty popular entertainer.

The public is cordially invited to another Vegetarian Dining Club dinner, beginning at 6 p.m. May 20. Enjoy a three-course vegetarian dinner for $25/person, including tax and gratuity. Drinks additional; vegan option available. Contact Carol Moses by March 13 to make reservations, or 863-3263. Let her know of any dietary restrictions.


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


Breakfast for Mom

Don’t miss this year’s Mother’s Day Breakfast Buffet from 8 to 10 a.m. May 9 at Grantham Town Hall. The menu includes sausage, OJ, coffee, egg dishes, pancakes, sausage gravy and biscuits, hash browns, breads, muffins, corn beef hash and fruit, and every mom gets a flower. Cost is $8/adult, $4/child 5 to 11, and children 4 and younger are free. Proceeds benefit "Our Town."


Lunch Bunch May 11

The Lunch Bunch will meet at noon May 11 in the downstairs at Grantham United Methodist Church. All are welcome to come for a great lunch and visit with your neighbors. Donations accepted.


Office closed

On May 12, the Town Clerk/Tax Collector's office will be closed from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in order for the staff to attend the Annual Spring Workshop for Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region City and Town Clerks. It will be open from 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.


Friends present Two Old Friends

Mac McHale and Emery Hutchings will perform some of their favorites from the Northeast winds as well as some old-time traditional country music beginning at 7 p.m. May 12 in the lower level of the Grantham Town Hall. The program, which is free and open to the public, is sure to include some of your favorite Irish sea songs, a good amount of hot picking instrumentals and some great sing-a-longs. Refreshments will be served.

This program is generously sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council in conjunction with the Friends of the Dunbar Free Library. For information, call 863-2172.


CRVO ends its `09/10 season

Three residents of Grantham – Andy Bourke, Harry Critchley and Mary Lou Schaefer – will be playing with the Connecticut River Valley Orchestra, a professional symphony based at the Claremont Opera House, when it presents its final concert of the season entitled "An Evening in Paris" at 4 p.m. May 16. Help celebrate the culmination of CRVO’s successful first season when the orchestra transports you to Paris with exciting music by such famous 18th- and 19th-century French composers as Lisle, Bizet, Debussy, Berlioz, Mouret, Saint-Saëns, and Offenbach.

The Claremont Opera House is located at 58 Opera House Square in Claremont. Gold seats are $35; adults $25; seniors $20; students $10; children 12 and younger accompanied by an adult get in free. For tickets call 542-4433 or visit .


Eastman pioneer and long-time resident passes

Lucia Ballantyne, a long-time resident of Grantham, died peacefully on March 3, 2010 at Cadbury Commons Senior Living Community in Cambridge, Mass. at the age of 93.

In 1974, she and Don Ballantyne were pioneers of a sort – the fourth family of permanent residents in the new community of Eastman. There they continued their life-long love of skiing and tennis and helped to shape the new and growing community. Lucia was a regular contributor to the Eastman newsletter and was a participant in various Eastman activities and drama productions. She served on the local election board in Grantham.

Lucia wrote the weekly "See and Ski" column for the Argus-Champion from 1975 to 1991.


BBQ May 21 benefits Project Graduation

The 22nd annual Lebanon Project Graduation BBQ will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. May 21 on the Lebanon Green. Catered by Bloods Seafood, dinners available include 1 ¼-pound lobster ($25), 10-ounce center cut NY strip steak ($22), and BBQ chicken leg quarter and Black Angus hamburger or cheeseburger ($15). Dinners include vegetable pasta salad or garden fresh green salad, corn on the cob, dinner roll with butter, watermelon and drinks. You can eat there under the tent or take it home.

There will also be a bake sale and dessert table, hot dog stand, live music and activities.

Pre-sales required by May 14 due to the limited number of tickets available. If there are tickets available at the park, there is no guarantee for the type of dinner. To purchase tickets, contact any Lebanon High School Senior, including Shawn McClory, 863-0850.


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 (see notice above).


Buy or sell, but don’t miss it

Grantham Town Wide Yard Sale will be held all around town and inside the town hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 22. Contact Laurie Field at 863-9143 or to place your location on the map. For those who would like to be centrally located space is available inside the Grantham Town Hall for $5 per table or outside the town hall for free. This is sponsored by "Our Town," Grantham’s Activities Department.


People needed for Old Home Day

Old Home Day will be celebrated again on July 4. This year’s parade theme is "Celebrate New Hampshire."

Organizers are looking for crafters, entertainers, demonstrators and local produce. Come join us in the field to represent your local club, group or business. Also individuals are needed to run children's games, help with parking, and set-up and clean-up.

If interested, please contact Laurie Field at 863-9143 or Visit here for more details.


Ice Out was in March

The Lakes & Streams Committee announced at last week's Chowda Suppa that Ice Out on Eastman Lake occurred at 4:01 p.m. March 29, 2010. This is the earliest Ice Out on record.

More than 18 people guessed March 29, and the three who guessed the closest times were Aldo Peracchio (4:03 p.m.), who won $200 in the annual Ice Out Contest; Jerry & Linda Edwards (4:16 p.m.), $100; and Bob Peterson (4:30 p.m.), $50.

Proceeds from the contest benefit the Eastman Charitable Foundation.

The Town of Grantham will hold a Household Hazardous Waste Day on June 26, 2010 in the Town Hall parking lot from 9 a.m. to noon. Use this link for more information.



• Selectmen meet at 5 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays each month.

• Storytimes are held 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.

• 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.

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

• 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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