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Lorie McClory

April 29, 2011

With spring here, there’s a lot going on. Let’s get started…

Proud grandparents

Matthew and Jessica Smith are proud grandparents to Tyler Slack (Walker) born April 10, 2011. Tyler was 7.5 pounds and 21 1/2 inches long and, most importantly, healthy.

Congratulations to the whole family.


Scholar athletes named

Congratulations to Lebanon High School seniors Colleen Gilliatt and Haleigh Paquette, who have been named Scholar Athletes by the NH Interscholastic Athletic Association.

Colleen is the daughter of John and Michelle Gilliatt.

Haleigh is the daughter of Chris and Elizabeth Paquette.


Time is UP!!

Existing 2010 dog licenses expire 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


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.


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.


Bistro Nouveau presents…

Acoustical musician Randy White is the featured performer at Bistro Nouveau, 6-9 p.m. May 6. Reservations are recommended. Bring some good friends to have some great food and hear some great music.


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.


Mother’s Day breakfast buffet

Don’t miss this year’s Mother’s Day breakfast buffet, 8-10:30 a.m. May 8 at the Grantham Town Hall. A wonderful breakfast of sausage, orange juice, coffee, egg dishes, pancakes, sausage gravy and biscuits, breads, muffins, corn beef hash and fruit will be served. Cost is $8 for adults and children ages 12 and older; and $4 for children ages 5 to 11. Moms and kids 4 and younger eat free, and every mom gets a flower. Proceeds benefit Grantham’s Music in the Meadow Series. Contact Grantham activities 863-9143 for more information.


May is Mental Health Month

A free, educational presentation of on the PBS program "Minds on the Edge" will begin at 7 p.m. May 9 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Auditorium E. The viewing will be followed by a discussion and questions with panel members representing the various stakeholders in the Upper Valley mental health care community. 

Sponsored by the Upper Valley Affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Step Peer Support Centers and West Central Behavioral Health. Bring your questions and gather information at the resource table. Recovery is possible with valid information, the right treatment and family and community support! For more information, contact D. Stamper at 863-2621.


Sign up for a great menu of topics

"Menu for the Future," a six-week program focusing on the connection between food and sustainability, runs 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays June 13 through July 25, excepting July 4, in the upper meeting room at Grantham Town Hall. Come learn how modern, industrial eating habits have had an effect on culture, society and ecological systems, how farming for the future can help us all to work toward sustainable living, and much more! 

This is a collaboration between the Dunbar Free Library, several Grantham residents and Sustainable Eastman, and is one of many educational opportunities offered by the Catamount Earth Institute. Cost is $11 for the discussion guide. Call soon to join the group so enough guides can be ordered. To register or for more information, contact Aaron Jenkyn, or 863-3956.


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.


Learn to Fish program

This interactive "take me fishing course," offered by the NH Fish and Game Department, includes a field trip to go fishing. The all-day program will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 14 beginning at the Grantham Town Hall. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This program fills up every year, so RSVP now with Grantham Activities Coordinator Laurie field at 863-9143 or



Musical program May 17

The Friends of the Dunbar Free Library present A Night of Music with Two Old Friends with Mac McHale and Emery Hutchins beginning at 7 p.m. May 17 at the Grantham Town Hall. Generously sponsored by the NH Humanities Council and the Friends of the Dunbar Free Library, this is a return of the program that was so popular last year. The program is sure to include some old-time, traditional, country music, Irish sea songs, a good amount of hot picking instrumentals and some great sing-a-longs.  Free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. For more info call 863-2172.


Plant sale May 21

The annual plant sale sponsored by the Grantham Garden Club begins at 9 a.m. May 21 at the Grantham Town Hall, lower level. Make sure you get there early for the annuals and perennials that sell for great prices. There’s ALWAYS a line! Proceeds benefit the club’s scholarship fund.


Grantham Town Wide Yard Sale

This is your chance to make some money selling all the stuff you don’t want… "one man’s trash…" during the annual town wide yard sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 21. Set up at your house and get a free listing on yard sale the map or be centrally located in the hall at the Grantham United Methodist Church for $5 per table. Rain or shine event.

Maps can be picked up at the town hall beginning May 18.

The proceeds pay for advertising the sale.

To be part of this event, either on the map or at the church hall, contact Laurie Field at 863-9143 or e-mail with your address.


Books and Beyond fundraiser

As part of the Grantham Town Wide Yard Sale event on May 21, the Books and Beyond volunteers have scheduled a used book sale in the Grantham Village School foyer from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to raise funds for next year’s reading program. Donations of used books in good condition for all ages can be left in the school foyer in the container marked "Books and Beyond donations."  The Books and Beyond reading program is totally dependent on donations so please give generously. Any questions regarding this fundraiser, please contact Missy Walla at 863-4974.


Help Jessica raise money for cancer research

Grantham’s Jessica Smith has joined thousands of breast cancer supporters for the 2011 Susan G. Komen Boston 3-Day for the Cure 60-mile walk. After months of training and fundraising, Jessica will walk 60 miles July 22-24 to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research and community-based breast health and education programs. This is Jessica’s first time participating.

"Through my participation in this event, I know I am making a personal impact on the breast cancer movement," Jessica said. "I am doing this walk so that my children and my family’s and friends’ children will not have their lives affected by breast cancer."

More than 1.4 million women will be diagnosed with breast cancer globally each year. Each participant must raise at least $2,300. To help Jessica Smith reach her goal by making a donation or joining her team, visit here  (Participant ID 5768062).



• 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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