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Lorie McClory

May 5, 2011

Cross lightings

The cross on the Grantham United Methodist Church will be lit on Mothers Day, May 8, in memory of Elizabeth and Carrie Swensen by Mr. and Mrs. Norman Fontaine, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Swensen and Mrs. Naomi Sanborn; in memory of Peggy Miles by Pat Masone; in memory of Estabell Holmes and Nellie Mutney by Mr. and Mrs. Frances Mutney; and in memory of Mildred Dunbar by Joey Holmes,

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


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 Eastmanís own Jutta Cord and her husband during World War II to evade Hitlerís revenge.

Ricker Winsor and his group not only play the blues, they talk about its history in "Shades of Blue Ė Delta Blues Seminar" beginning at 7:30 p.m. May 11 at The Center at Eastman. This is one of Rickerís last seminar concerts before he moves to Trinidad to teach. Attendees are encouraged to come early for Bistroís 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 presentsÖ

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.

Donít miss the return of Sarah Wallis on May 13.


Furniture sale

According to a great source of information, 65 Roses Foundation & Store in Rumbrook Plaza is having a big furniture sale, including "free stuff." All proceeds benefit Cystic Fibrosis. For information call 863-3888.


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.


New access to fields and playground

The Town has sold the house and driveway at 119 Shedd Rd. Using the driveway to access the playground and recreation fields is now prohibited. Access is located directly from Shedd Road. You may park on the side of the road or within the boundaries marked out on the field. Your cooperation is appreciated.


Motherís Day breakfast buffet

Donít miss this yearís Motherís 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 Granthamís 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.


Dates set for wetlands inventory training

Granthamís wetlands inventory is underway, and itís 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. Itís 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.


Scholastic Book Fair goes BOGO!

Beta Sigma Phi is holding a Scholastic Book Fair from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 18 at Grantham Village School. This is a great "buy one book and get another of equal or lesser value free" opportunity to buy books for summer reading or gifts.


WWII camp is topic of GHS meeting

The Grantham Historical Society Annual Meeting will begin with a potluck supper at 6 p.m. May 19 at the Grantham Methodist Church, 418 Rt. 10 South. Bring a dish to share. There will be a brief business meeting at 6:45, followed at 7 p.m. by Dr. Allen Koop speaking on "Shark Decency: New Hampshire's World War II P.O.W. Camp." The program, which is sponsored by the N.H. Humanities Council is free and open to the public.


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. Thereís ALWAYS a line! Proceeds benefit the clubís scholarship fund.


Grantham Town Wide Yard Sale

This is your chance to make some money selling all the stuff you donít want (or find that treasure youíve always sought) 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 yearís 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.


American presidency is topic

Linda Fowler, Dartmouth College professor of government and national political commentator, will give a talk on "The Paradox of the American Presidency" at 7 p.m. May 23 in the lower level of the Grantham United Methodist Church. This talk is free and open to the public.


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.



ē 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.

ē 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 Eastmanís South Cove Activity Center. Cash donations go to the Grantham Community Crisis Fund.

ē Grantham United Methodist Church offers Sunday service at 10 a.m. each week.

ē 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.

ē Menís pick up basketball, 7 p.m. Sundays at the GVS gym.


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