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Lorie McClory

May 20, 2011

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 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 Supplies are limited, so come early.


Get your car washed

And while you’re out buying plants and 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.


Come see library plans

Come to Dunbar Free Library between 1 and 4 p.m. May 21 to see the detailed plans of the proposal that got the most votes during the April open house. This will not be the 3D rendering as originally planned.


Swap shop and mulch pile open!!

The transfer station swap shop is now open. Tickets are required for any bulky items that would normally require a ticket to dispose of it. You cannot leave anything that requires electricity, food or beverage materials, or liquids of any kind. Please see an attendant before dropping items off.

Also, the mulch pile is open. Please see an attendant for leaving materials.


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 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.


Recreation park meeting

A recreation park meeting will be held at 7 p.m. May 26 in the Jerry Whitney Room at town hall.


Grantham students benefit from sale

Five Grantham students who attend Mid Vermont Christian School will participate in the annual tag sale May 27 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and May 28 (8 a.m. to noon) inside the school, West Gilson Avenue off Route 4 in Quechee. A large assortment of household items and clothes, wonderful vegetables and plants, and baked goods will be available. Your support will be greatly appreciated. Please call the school at 802-295-6800 with questions.


Memorial Day closings

Town offices, transfer station and Dunbar Free Library will be closed on May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.


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.


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.


Plan ahead: Magical evening planned

Come see professional poet and prestidigitator Joel Ash as he presents A Magical Evening at Eastman beginning at 7:30 p.m. June 8 at The Center at Eastman. Joel, one of our most-talented and multifaceted local artists, will present an all new evening of magical tricks and sleight-of-hand for your enjoyment.

Heighten your enjoyment for the evening and make a reservation at Bistro Nouveau for dinner before the show: two glasses of wine, two salads and two entrees for $38. Come and have fun!


Pot luck date changed

The June potluck supper has been postponed until June 18 at 6 p.m.


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


Disk golf in Sunapee

Looking for some family (or teenage) fun? Head to Tilton Park in Sunapee for Disk Golf. Bring your own disks, get them from the Sunapee Information Booth or buy them from Tattered Pages in Sunapee Harbor. If you go to the top of the hill at Tilton Park, there is a map of the course. Your goal is to get the discs into the yellow buckets in the least number of tries without getting it stuck in a tree! There are 12 buckets.



• 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.

Visit for official minutes, meeting dates, lists of elected officials 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.

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