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June 4, 2011

Music every Friday at Bistro Nouveau

Bistro Nouveau at The Center at Eastman will feature local musicians from 6 to 9 p.m. each Friday from June 3 through Labor Day weekend beginning with Chad Hollister ( Reservations are strongly recommended each week, 863-8000.

The rest of June features Sarah Wallis (June 10;; PJ Pacifico (June 17;; and Grantham’s own John Lovejoy (June 24).


Potluck date changed

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


Outreach site at Grantham Town Hall

Mobile Outreach, a program of Southwestern Community Services, is offering "outreach sites" to inform community members of services that may be available to them. This may include housing information, fuel and electrical assistance, WIC, Head Start, Rental Assistance, Homeless Services to name a few. Information about other resources that are not SCS programs will also be available, such as Food Stamps, Healthy Kids Insurance and referrals to other agencies if applicable. Most programs are based on income eligibility, which may be determined at the outreach site or, if needed, at your home.

If you are interested in finding out if you qualify for SCS programs or just want more information, please call Becky at 603-719-4134, or visit her at the Grantham Town Offices between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. the 2nd Tuesday of every month.


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 delight.

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!


Special night for fathers and daughters

Our Town will sponsor a Father Daughter Dance from 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 11 at Grantham Town Hall (lower level). Cost is $20 for a father and daughter, and $5 for each additional daughter. Each father will receive a complimentary photo to remember the night and each daughter will be presented with a flower when she comes through the door. The evening will include hot and cold refreshments, and an ice-cream social.


Kindle raffle benefits FDFL

Enter to win a Kindle. The Friends of the Dunbar Free Library are sponsoring a Kindle raffle (a $139 value). Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10. Tickets can be purchased at the Dunbar Free Library during regular library hours and at Old Home Day. The drawing will be held at 2 p.m. July 4 at Old Home Day at the Grantham Recreation Fields. Please note that tickets will only be sold to people age 16 years and older. The proceeds will go to support the Dunbar Free Library.


Register now for toddler/pre-school soccer.
The Grantham Athletics Toddler/Pre-School Summer Soccer Program is a volunteer program in its seventh year of operation. The program focuses on developing soccer skills through fun activities. There are four teams, and children are typically placed with their future school peers. Kids ages 2 through 5/6 who have not entered kindergarten are welcome. Go to and print the registration form and mail it in by June 13. Coaches are always needed.


School board holds goal setting and meeting

The Grantham School Board will hold a goal-setting meeting at 2 p.m. June 13 in the Jerry Whitney Meeting Room at the Town of Grantham Hall.

The Grantham School Board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. June 13 in the Music Room of the Grantham Village School.


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 lower level 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.


Spring, Summer, Night, Dreams

Classicopia returns to The Center at Eastman for a night of "Songs about Spring, Summer, Night and Dreams" beginning at 7:30 p.m. June 17. The evening will feature mezzo-soprano Erma Mellinger and pianist, Daniel Weiser. Cost is $20 for adults and free for children ages 18 and younger.


Summer Reading Program 2011

Storytime at Dunbar Free Library is on hiatus, but will begin again later in June as part of the always fantabulous annual summer reading program.

The Dunbar Free Library invites you to this year’s summer reading program – One World, Many Stories. Join them each week for a fun-filled Storytime of books, crafts and fun activities, generously sponsored by the Friends of Dunbar Free Library.

The kickoff event begins at 2 p.m. June 19 at the Grantham Town Hall (lower level) with World of Fun with Reptiles. Experience live reptiles and learn intriguing facts about them. This hands-on experience introduces children to lizards, snakes, turtles, frogs and even an American alligator or two! Don’t worry parents and grandparents: you don’t have to get too close!

Weekly Storytime begins again June 22 and 23 at the library: each Wednesday at 10 a.m., June 22 through July 27 for children ages 4 and younger, with an adult; and each Thursday at 10 a.m., June 23 through to July 28 for children ages 5 through 9.

Special evening events will include Bedtime Story Hour for all ages at 7 p.m. June 27 (bring your Teddy and wear your jammies); LEGO® & Pizza Night for children ages 9 and older from 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 6; and ‘Tweens Craft & Pizza Night for children ages 9 and older from 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 20.

Preregistration is required for the evening events: 863-2172.

The grand finale will be Alejandro’s Olde Tyme Magik Showe with Andrew Pinard beginning at 10 a.m. July 30 in the lower level of Grantham Town Hall.

PS: There will also be a Bedtime Story Hour for all ages at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at the library. That’s only two nights before school starts again! Wasn’t THAT a quick summer??


UVHS holds supply drive

In addition, the Upper Valley Humane Society is holding a supply drive in June at both the Grantham Town Hall and the South Cove Recreation Center. Items most appreciated include cat & dog toys; clean towels & blankets (new and used); flat bed sheets; bleach; fabric softener sheets; laundry & dish washing detergent; paper towels; garbage bags (30- to 50-gallon size). For more items, visit


Old Home Day plans coming in

The Grantham United Methodist Church will participate in Old Home Day again this year by holding its annual Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. July 4 to get everyone out of bed and moving! If anyone would like to help or donate ingredients, contact Priscilla Small at 865-5128.

The church will also be represented in the Old Home Day Parade with a float and by handing out ice pops. If you’d like to participate with the church, including helping with the float, contact Nate Heath at 763-2646.

This year’s parade theme is "Your Favorite Old TV Show." The parade steps off at 11 a.m. from Yankee Barn Road, down Route 10, up Dunbar Hill Road and ends at Grantham Town Hall. Line up begins at 10:15 on Yankee Barn Road.

Following the parade, activities will be held at the Grantham Recreation Park off Route 10 South, including the second annual GPTG Fun Run (more information below). Other events will include games, an antique display, the Jim Hollis Band, bounce houses, Curious Creatures, pony rides, a craft fair, a pie eating contest, three-legged and sack races, and a balloon toss. Food vendors will include burgers and fries by the Grantham Snowdusters, the Grantham Fire Department’s chicken BBQ with all the fixings, ice cream, a pie sale, kettle corn, freshly squeezed lemonade and more.

To help out or for more information, contact Laurie Field at


GPTG Second Annual Fun Run

Yes, it was so much fun last year that they’re doing it again! The Grantham Parent Teacher Group will hold its Fun Run for children and adults beginning at 12:30 p.m. July 4 at the Grantham Recreation Field as part of Old Home Day. Races include a ˝-mile run for children ages 7 and younger, and a 1-mile run for ages 8 and older, including any interested adults who think they can run a mile.

Cost is $10/adult and $5/child. A free T-Shirt will be given to the first 30 who register by June 17. Register at; click on Upcoming Events and then Grantham Parent Teacher Group Fun Run; or visit the Grantham Village School’s website.

Thanks to all the Fun Run sponsors: Pizza Chef of Grantham; Belle Terre Property Management; B&L Service; C.G. Shepherd Realty, LLC; Closet Treasures;

Grantham Hair Headquarters; Hair Therapy; Merrimack Mortgage Company, Inc.; Mitchell Automotive; Rum Brook Market; Sugar River Bank; Sugar River Flooring, LLC; The Yoga Connection, LLC; and Tie Up Loose Ends, LLC.


GHS’ Veterans Project

The Grantham Historical Society is assembling a list of Grantham people who served in the military from the Revolutionary War to the present time. So far, 26 different sources of information have been used, some of which conflict with others. They have separate databases for the Revolution, War of 1812, Grantham Militia, Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Middle East conflicts. These are broken into two categories: people who were born in Grantham and/or lived here when they enlisted; and people who moved to Grantham and resided here before or after their military service.

GHS is interested in having full names, rank, branch of service and dates of service, and any other information of interest.

If you would like to find out what GHS already has and/or add names, please email with "Veterans project" in the subject line. They only read emails on Fridays, but will get back to you as soon as possible. You may also stop in at the Historical Society from 1-4 p.m. Fridays to review the information in person. Their office is located on Draper Road, in the old Town Hall building.

Thanks very much with your help with this effort.


GHS Business Photos Project

As the Grantham Historical Society moves forward with The History of Grantham, they have decided that documentation of town businesses is important and this could best be done by taking photos of business signs and/or buildings. We want to include both commercial establishments and home businesses. Pat Andrews and Rae Tober will be taking "drive-by" photos this summer to add to GHS’ collection. If for any reason you do not wish to have a photo taken, please let them know at If you would like to put your name on the list of home businesses for a photo, you may also email them. Some photos may be used in The History, but they will contact businesses for permission in advance. We appreciate your willingness to help with this historical project.


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.



• 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.



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