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Lorie McClory

May 13, 2011


Bistro Nouveau presents…

Don’t miss the return of Sarah Wallis from 6-9 p.m. May 13. Reservations are recommended. Bring some good friends to have some great food and hear some great music.

"Fix at Six" begins June 3 at Bistro Nouveau, with a different musical act each Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. First up: Chad Hollister.

 

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 field83@comcast.net

 

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 "Stark 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. 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 (or find that treasure you’ve 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 field83@comcast.net 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.

 

Conservation Commission Distributing Free Tree Seedlings

In honor of American Wetlands Month, the Grantham Conservation Commission will distribute free tree seedlings to town residents from 9 a.m. to noon May 21. The commission will have a table at the Grantham Garden Club’s Plant Sale in the Town Hall where residents can pick up a Crabapple, Juneberry, or Alternate Leaf Dogwood seedling while supplies last. Directions for planting will be provided. For information about each type of tree, go to www.granthamnh.net/conservation. Supplies are limited, so come early.

 

Come see DFL addition options

Dunbar Free Library will hold an open house 1 to 4 p.m. May 21 for people to look at five design options for an addition. Stop by, look over the plans and give your input. If you can't make it, you can find the plans at www.dunbarlibrary.org under the "Looking Ahead" tab.

 

Get your car washed

And while you’re out buying books and "yard-saling," stop by the Grantham Fire Station to get your car washed by Erin McClory, who is raising money to participate in a Barbizon modeling competition in June.

 

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.

 

Special town meeting May 25

Voters are asked to attend a Special Town Meeting beginning at 5 p.m. May 25 in the lower level at Grantham Town Hall. The purpose of this meeting is to correct some discrepancies that resulted from votes at the March town meeting, after which it was discovered that the selectmen are not named as "agents to expend" on several funds held by the town. Also, there was a challenge to the "Athletic Fields Capital Reserve Fund, citing the original purpose of the fund was for field construction and could not be used for other improvements to the Grantham Recreation Park. Complete details and a warrant can be found on-line from www.granthamnh.net and click on the "Special Town Meeting" link in the May 25 calendar date, or click here

 

Free chamber music performance

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.

 

Capital Improvement Committee needs volunteers

The town's Capital Improvement Committee has vacancies. For more information or to volunteer, contact Becky Newton at admin@granthamnh.net or 863-6021.

 

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, abjenkyn@gmail.com or 863-3956.

 

Attention voters:

The Supervisors of the Checklist will be updating voter records in two ways this year and you need to be proactive to make sure you remain on the voter checklist.

A driver license number or passport for identification or information on where you were born is now required. If you registered to vote prior to 2006, you must go to the Town Clerk’s Office to fill out an updated registration card. The Town Clerk’s Office is open Mon.-Wed. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs. 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.; Fri. 8-noon and 1-4; and Tue.-Wed. 6-8 p.m.

Also, every 10 years they purge the voter checklist between April 1 and Aug. 1. This involves sending out 30-day letters to voters on the list with no recent voting history. Letters returned by the post office will alert them to the fact that the voter no longer lives in Grantham or the supervisors have an incorrect address. If you receive one of these letters and are still living in town but haven’t voted in a few years, please come to the Town Clerk’s Office within the 30 days of receiving the letter to fill out a new registration form.

Both of these processes will help to keep the town’s checklist true and correct.

 

Blue Mountain Snowdusters at Old Home Day

BMSD will be running a grill station serving burgers, dogs, french fries, etc. at Old Home Day on July 4 again this year. The money that is generated from fundraisers goes to ensure the maintenance of the local trail system for all to enjoy.

The group is needs volunteers in a range of positions: cooking, collecting money, greeting individuals at the display booth, setting-up and cleaning-up. Shifts fall between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. This is a great way to show your support of BMSD or for a teenager to get community hours in for college, and your help will be greatly appreciated. If you can help, please contact to Eryn Bagley or Willie Newhall at 603-863-9552 or rjbags19@yahoo.com.

 

Reminders

• 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 www.granthamfoodpantry.org 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.

Visit www.granthamnh.net for official minutes, meeting dates, lists of elected officials and more. 

Find news and events for Grantham and surrounding towns at sunacom.com. 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 grantham-news@comcast.net. Let your neighbors know what’s going on.

And if that’s not enough, there’s always granthamvoice.com.

 

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