Lorie McClory

May 18, 2012

Just a note: If you have a sweet tooth, you don't want to miss the recipe at the end.

Natalie Perriello Scholarship Fund auction & Walk-a-thon

Join us tomorrow, Saturday, May 8, for Auction for Hope Silent Auction to benefit the Natalie Perriello Hope Scholarship fund. This wonderful event will take place in the Lebanon High School Gym from 11 until 2. Over 150 items have been donated by local businesses to benefit the Hope Scholarship Fund. Come bid and win fantastic items. There will be activities for children and a bake sale. This event is open to the public and all are invited.

Make plans now to register and walk in the Walk-a-thon Against Domestic Violence on June 9 from 10 until 2 on the Lebanon High School track. Registration forms are on the Lebanon high school website here.

Join us for one event or join us for both! ALL Proceeds will benefit the Natalie Perriello Hope Scholarship Fund.

Cross lightings

The cross on the Grantham United Methodist Church was lit on Mother's Day for Mildred Dunbar by Joey Holmes and Estabell Holmes, and for Nellie Mutney by Mr. and Mrs. Francis Mutney.  

Music at The Center

Don't miss local musician Brooks Hubbard during the Fix @ 6 in the Tavern at Bistro Nouveau at The Center at Eastman from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 18. No cover charge, but reservations are recommended, 863-8000.

Fix @ 6 continues every Friday through Labor Day weekend. Mark & Debbie Bond will kick off Memorial Day Weekend at a special time: 7-10 p.m. May 25, and Jason Cann sings in June on June 1 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Plant sale May 19

The Grantham Garden Club's Annual Plant Sale will begin at 9 a.m. May 19 in the lower level at the Grantham Town Hall. The proceeds from this rain-or-shine event go to the club's scholarship fund. Get there early for best selection. It sells out quickly!

Classicopia offers DIVA

"DIVA" featuring opera arias, lieder, show and jazz tunes with soprano Elizabeth Roberts and Pianist Dan Weiser begins at 7:30 p.m. May 19 in the Draper Room Center at The Center at Eastman. Adults $20; children 18 and younger free.

Health fair and bike rodeo

Grantham's Get Fit Health Fair and Bike Rodeo will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 19 at the Grantham Village School. Come visit local exhibitors representing a variety of businesses in the health and fitness field, blood pressure screening, samples, demonstrations and giveaways. Enjoy fun activities and learn about bicycle safety.

Bring your bike from 10 to 11 to the G.V.S. parking lot and travel your way through our obstacle course. Register your ride with the Grantham P.D., learn safety skills, visit the "decorate your bike" station and receive free gifts and prizes.

Questions? Contact Laurie Field at 863-9143 or


"So Easy to Preserve" will be presented at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 19 at the Fellowship Church in Charlestown. Topics include how to use pressure canners, basic freezing/canning and up-to-date canning recipes. Pre-register for this free program by contacting Teresa Lock at or 787-6944.More information at

Revels North is holding Summer Solstice Chorus

Weekly rehearsals for adults are held 6:30-9:30 each Monday beginning May 14; and for children, 4:30-5:30 each Monday beginning May 21. (No rehearsal May 28.) $20 fee per participant. More details and registration available at

Concord Coach is topic of meeting

The Grantham Historical Society Annual Meeting will be held Thursday, May 24 in the lower level of Grantham Town Hall. A potluck dinner begins at 6 p.m.; bring a dish to share. Beginning at 7, Peter James will discuss Concord Coach & the History of the Abbot & Downing Co. The program is free and open to all.

Tag sale at MVCS

The Annual Tag Sale at Mid Vermont Christian School will be held 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, May 25 and 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 26 in the high school gym, just off Route 4 in Quechee, Vt. All proceeds benefit the school, which is attended by several Grantham children.

Yard sale benefits Lebanon Crew (which has lots of Grantham members!)

Please come to the Lebanon Crew Multi-Family Indoor Yard & Bake Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 26 at the Northern Stage - Miller Building, 76 Gates Street, White River Junction, Vt. Items for sale include toys, sporting equipment, housewares, delicious baked goods, and more! All proceeds will benefit the Friends of Lebanon Crew Prouty Team.

Also, as part of the Prouty team fundraising, Chicago Soft, Ltd. will match each individual donation (up to $500) to the Friends of Lebanon Crew Prouty Team to benefit the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, and also make a donation to the Friends of Lebanon Crew to support crew!

If you would like to make a donation to Friends of Lebanon Crew's Prouty team, use the following link. You can make it as a general team donation or choose a team member that you know. Remember, your donation will be matched and a separate donation will be made to Lebanon Crew. Click here 

The Lebanon Crew team is a volunteer organization in conjunction with the Upper Valley Rowing Foundation that provides the opportunity for teens on both sides of the river to learn and experience crew through practices and team competitions. Several Grantham students are involved with Lebanon Crew. Please show them your support.

Fundraisers continue for Perriello children

A fundraising dance, raffle and silent auction will be held 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, May 26 at The Center at Eastman, featuring DJ Music to Your Ears. Cost is $10/person; only 21 years and older admitted. If you have something you'd like to donate, please contact Bistro, 863-8000.

A benefit walk-a-thon and yard sale will be held at Lebanon High School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 9. There will be live music and other activities. Pre-registration is $17; day of event admission is $20. Price includes T-shirt.

A benefit car show will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 2 at Thermadyne, 82 Benning St., West Lebanon. Judging begins at 1 p.m. There will be music by DJs, food for sale, raffles and more. Cars, trucks, motorcycles, race cars, Hoopties are all invited. Minimum $10/vehicle to register. Prizes for top three in every class. More details at

A trust fund account has been set up for the children of Natalie and James Perriello and donations can be made at any Lake Sunapee Bank.

Scholarships have been set up at Lebanon and Mascoma high schools in Natalie Perriello's name. Donations may be sent to LHS, c/o Nan Parsons, 195 Hanover St., Lebanon, NH 03766, or Mascoma Valley Regional School District, c/o Business Manager, PO Box 789, Enfield, NH 03748.


Lebanon High School is accepting donations of stuffed animals that will be given to organizations that deal with young victims of violence.

There is also an on-line donation website available:

"Anna Christie" in New London

Don't miss Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer-prize winning drama "Anna Christie" opening in two weeks in New London.

Performances begin at 8 p.m. May 31-June 2 and June 7-9, and at 2 p.m. June 3 performance with a "Talk Back" program with the director and cast immediately following the performance. The venue is Sawyer Center Theater at Colby-Sawyer College.

Cast includes Katrina Ferguson as Anna, John Goodlin as Chris and Milan Dragicevich as Mat, all of whom are members of Actors' Equity. Guest director is Trace Oakley. In this compelling story of love, redemption and hope, O'Neill has captured a larger-than-life, passionate rendering of the human condition, but it is the powerful force of "dat ole devil, sea" that, ultimately, determines the characters' fate.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students; groups of 10 or more, $20 each. Obtain tickets through the box office at 526-4112 or toll-free 855-849-2086; by mail: NNERTC, P.O. Box 1559, New London, NH 03257; in person at Tatewell Gallery in the New London Shopping Center, and at Sawyer Center Theater two hours before curtain. Online ticketing available at

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Grantham Town Wide Yard Sale

Got stuff to sell or looking for something to buy?? Don't miss Grantham's Town Wide Yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 2. Sales are all around town and inside the town hall. Maps of sales and restrooms locations are available at the town hall.

Contact Laurie Field 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.

Community food events

Each of the following events is held in the lower level of the Grantham United Methodist Church and is open to everyone

The monthly community potluck dinner begins at 6 p.m. June 2.

The monthly community luncheon begins at noon June 12.

A Capella featured June 3

The 10th Annual a Cappella Showcase will be held at Lebanon Opera House at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 3. This fundraiser for the LOH was established by Grantham resident Dan Signor, director of choral music at Lebanon Junior High and High schools.

Many Grantham residents will be featured in the show, which attracts a cappella singers of all styles from all over New Hampshire and Vermont. Local groups performing include Harmony Night (the multi-generational community a cappella chorus directed by Signor, his wife, Gaye LaCasce, and daughter, Alexa Beal, and includes many Grantham-ites!); Lebanon school groups Treblemakers, Showtime, Superlatives, Sha Na Na and LHS Chorus; and many other local groups such as the North Country Chordsmen, The Honeymooners, Ompompamusic and Zazzle. Tickets are available through the Lebanon Opera House box office at, and all proceeds are donated to LOH.

Stompers come back to The Center

Plan to attend a great evening of traditionally styled jazz with the Granite State Stompers, including Grantham residents Bill Zimmerman and Alden Keyser, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 6 at The Center at Eastman. All welcome and no charge.

Tournament to benefit veterans

The Second Annual Veterans Benefit Golf Tournament will begin at 11:30 A.M. June 23 at Eastman Golf Links. Cost is $100 per person and includes golf, cart, lunch and participation in all three Hole-in-One chances on the course. Prizes will be awarded for top three team scores. Please make checks out and mail to: The Home Depot 3408 Associate Committee, 451 Washington St., Claremont, NH 03743. Contact Kevin Jones at 863-1755 for more information.


Grantham United Methodist Church worship service at 9 a.m. each Sunday, with Pastor Patricia Williams. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The library trustees are looking for people interested in helping to raise funds for the Dunbar Free Library building expansion project. If interested, please contact any of the trustees: Susan Mellow, Ed Jenik, Wendi Grant, Kevin Hughes or Lorie McClory; or stop in at the library and leave your name and contact information.

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 and Grantham Town Hall. Cash donations go to the Grantham Community Crisis Fund.

Storytimes at Dunbar Free Library are held each week at 10 a.m. Wednesdays for children 3 and younger, and 10 a.m. Thursdays for children 4 and older. An adult chaperone is required.

Zumba Fitness with instructor Angie Shonts is 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Grantham Village School gym. $5/class with 10% of proceeds going to GVS. Wear comfortable clothes and bring clean workout shoes and water. For more information, contact Shonts at 704-214-2271 or

The Grantham Mountaineers Prouty Team is now recruiting cyclists, walkers and rowers to participate in the 31st annual Prouty and Prouty Ultimate Friday and Saturday, July 13-14 in Hanover. Participants can cycle, walk or row the Prouty. It is not a race. If you enjoy any of these activities, mark your calendar and join the fun! To join our team, visit the Prouty website at and follow the instructions, or contact Susan Mattson at 863-0746 or; or Merle Schotanus at 863-2293 or

As requested at the Friends of the Library Annual Meeting

The following recipe is from Laurie Hanks, who made this for the Friends annual meeting. They were SO good

Cracker Toffee
1 sleeve (plus about 7) Keebler Club Crackers
1 cup butter, cubed
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups (12 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup ground walnuts (optional)

Place crackers in a single layer in a foil-lined, 15x10x1-inch baking pan. In a saucepan, bring butter and sugar to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 5-6 minutes, or until mixture is thickened and sugar is completely dissolved. Spread over crackers.

Bake at 350 degrees 7-8 minutes or until bubbly. Remove from oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Bake 3-5 minutes longer until chips begin to melt. Remove from oven and spread chocolate evenly over top. Sprinkle warm chocolate with ground walnuts. Chill for 15-20 minutes until set; break into pieces. Store in the refrigerator. (Editor's note: Actually, just eat the whole pan.)


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