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Lorie McClory

May 22, 2009

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Cross lightings

The cross on the Grantham United Methodist Church will be lit

  • May 25 in memory of Douglas Masone by Ed and Pat Masone.
  • May 26 in memory of Henry Swensen by Mr. and Mrs. Norman Fontaine, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Swensen and Naomi Sanborn and families.
  • Memorial Day, May 30, in memory of Mr. and Mrs. John Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Dewlos Mutney by Mr. and Mrs. Frances Mutney; for Mr. and Mrs. Henry Swensen, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Swensen, Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Swensen, Jon and Elizabeth Swensen and Clifford Swense by Mr. and Mrs. Norman Fontaine, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Swensen and Naomi Sanborn and families.

Public hearing May 27

A public hearing on the town Parks and Recreation Areas Ordinance will be held at 5 p.m. May 27 in the Grantham Town Hall at the start of the selectmen's meeting.


Project Grad BBQ May 29

Lebanon High School's Project Graduation BBQ is from 5 to 8 p.m. May 29 at Colburn Park (Lebanon Common). You can buy in advance until May 26 by contacting a LHS senior or junior. Meals by Blood's Catering include lobster, steak, ribs or chicken, all served with potato salad, corn on the cob, rolls and watermelon. Eat on the common or get it as "take out." There will also be a hot dog stand, bake goods table, live music, a dunk booth, face painting and other family fun activities. A limited number of tickets will be available at the park, but there's no guarantee what will be available for choices. For more information, contact Rita Broughall at 863-4477 or, or Lorie McClory at 863-0850 or


Town Wide Yard Sale next weekend

Whether you're buying or selling, make sure you're ready for the town-wide yard sale on May 30. Between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., sellers will be set-up at their houses as well as centrally located at the Grantham Town Hall. Buyers can get maps that indicate sellers' homes.

If you still haven't signed up as a seller, contact Laurie Field at 863-9143 or to place your location on the map or reserve your space at the town hall ($5 for a table inside or set up outside for free).


Walk NH begins June 1

The third annual Walk NH kick-off for Grantham will be held at 5:30 p.m. June 1 at The Center at Eastman. The goal of Walk NH is a healthier, happier, more fit population. You can walk 70 miles (the width of NH) or 190 miles (the length) between June and September. For more information, visit


Art programs continue

My ARTery's on-going programs include:
Tuesdays: 8:30-10 a.m. ART-tots for pre-schoolers and a parent. Snack and supplies included. $15 drop-in fee or discount for monthly commitment.

Thursdays: 9-11 a.m. Homeschoolers program. Please call 863-7775 for details.

First Friday of each month: 3-5 p.m. Occasional Artist drop-in program for school-aged children. $25 fee includes snack and supplies. Next class is June 5.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 3-5 p.m. After-school art program. $18 fee includes snack and supplies.
Visit for more information.


Golf tournament to benefit Class of 2010

Attention all golfers: the Lebanon High School Class of 2010 will hold a golf tournament at Carter Country Club on June 7. Cost is $30/person for nine holes, barbecue and prizes; $8 to come for the barbecue only. Registration is at 3:30 p.m.; foursomes (and fivesomes) tee off at 4.

The class is also looking for prize and raffle donations, hole sponsors and barbecue donations and more. For more information or to sign up as a golfer or sponsor, contact Joy or Don Gobin at 863-6725 or

It's magic!

"Joel Ash Creates Magic" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. June 10 at The Center at Eastman. Ash is an artistic engineer and magician who lives in Grantham. The program is free and open to the public.


Read now for June 16 discussion

The Dunbar Free Library has many copies of Archer Mayor's Bellows Falls, which is the first of the books for the summer book discussion series "Yankee Crime" sponsored by the DFL Trustees and New Hampshire Humanities Council. Scholar Sandra LeBeau will lead the first discussion beginning at 7 p.m. June 16.

Concert June 20

In this week's draft selectmen's minutes, it was reported that Jeff Figley was granted permission to use the Recreation Park to hold a free, public concert on June 20. I'm sure more details will be forthcoming...


Donations needed for Park & Ride landscaping

Since November of 2006, the Grantham Park & Ride has been well utilized. It's not unusual to count 20 to 30 vehicles parked on any given day.

The Grantham Area Chamber of Commerce is spearheading an effort to plant trees around the Park & Ride. The NH Dept. of Transportation has provided a planting list of 11 trees and given preliminary approval for placement.

The chamber is asking friends, neighbors and businesses to help raise $5,500 for the planting project. The hope is to have the trees in the ground by fall. Your donation will help turn the Park & Ride into a beautiful and pleasant stop for everyone.

Please mail your donation to: Park & Ride Tree Project, Grantham Area Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1340, Grantham, NH, 03753. If you wish, include your name and mailing address so that we may acknowledge your donation.

Contact Dan Foster at 863-1839 for more information.


GVS building project update

As provided by Building Committee Chairwoman Leslie Brown...

This week the Building Committee toured the Trumbull-Nelson millwork shop. The entire shop was working on GVS items - trim molding, cabinets, cubbies, wardrobes and window seats, and the Building Committee is very pleased with the quality. Everything is clear-coated maple and looks beautiful. The first of the window seats were being installed May 22 in the kindergarten classrooms.

Other changes in the building include: the wainscoting has been painted (purple), the door frames to the classrooms are being installed, and the trim around the acoustical ceilings is being added. All-in-all the rooms are finishing out nicely, and we are looking forward to seeing the floors installed and all the color that will bring. Some hints of what is to come for flooring - the boys' bathrooms are green, the girls' bathroom are blue, and there is a giant chess/checker board in the center of the cafeteria.

Next week comes our plea for community help in moving out of the existing school. Please consider volunteering.


Critical conservation land

The preservation and conservation of Grantham's natural resources is vital to the future of the town's cultural, economic and community structure. The Critical Conservation Lands Index is now available. It serves as an inventory of the natural resources in Grantham and provides a basis for land conservation planning.

The written report offers a descriptive inventory of the natural resources within Grantham and makes recommendations on how the town may protect its most valuable natural assets. The natural resource co-occurrence models analyze the available natural resource data to determine where the town should focus conservation efforts.

Our Conservation Commission works hard to make sure we have open space. Take a look.


Art exhibit at The Fells

The Granite Landscape, a juried exhibition and sale of photographs depicting New Hampshire's uniquely beautiful landscape by celebrated New Hampshire photographers, begins May 22 and runs through June 21 in the Main House at The Fells. Visit for more information.



Anyone interested in helping with or who has ideas for Old Home Day 2009 on July 4 should contact Laurie Field as soon as possible: or 863-9143.

Selectmen meet at 5 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays each month.

Storytimes at Dunbar Free Library 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.

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

Adult volleyball at 7:30 p.m. Fridays at the Grantham Village School gym (Len Angelli at 603-398-4025 or

Visit for official minutes, meeting dates and more.


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