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Lorie McClory

June 9, 2010


Cross lightings

The cross in the Grantham United Methodist will be lit for Father's Day in memory of Carl Miles by Patricia Masone; in memory of Joshua Dunbar by Joey Holmes; and in memory of Arnold Swensen and Perley Sanborn by Mr. and Mrs. Norman Fontaine, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Swensen, and Naomi Sanborn.

Bears are out

Joey Holmes reports that a bear took down her neighbor’s bird feeders Friday night and was back Saturday evening to clean up what was left. This is a good reminder for everyone to take down birdfeeders and not leave food or trash out overnight.


Grantham Fire Department Announces a New Fire Chief and Officers

Members of Grantham Fire Department recently elected Jay Fountain as the fire chief. Jay, a native of Grantham, has been a member of the department for the last 15 years. He is also a member of the FAST Squad. Most recently Jay has been lieutenant and training officer for the department, he has served as a department representative to the regional mutual aid association and Haz-Mat teams. Jay has continued to gain training throughout his membership, including trips to the National Fire Academy. Currently, Jay is pursuing a B.S. in fire service administration.

The deputy chief position will be filled by David Beckley, who moved to town in 2002 and joined the fire department shortly thereafter. In addition to his time with the Grantham Fire Department, he has nearly 20 more years of experience in emergency services, including being an EMT and a police officer in his hometown of Amherst. David continues his training through New Hampshire Fire Standards and Training as well as pursuing a degree in fire science.

Kevin LaHaye, who has been a member of GFD for four years, will serve as a lieutenant. Prior to his membership on the Grantham Fire Department and FAST, Kevin earned an associate’s degree from New Hampshire Vocational Technical College in Laconia. He has previously served with fire departments in the towns of Hanover and Gilmanton. He also participates as a representative to the regional Haz-Mat team.

Jason McMahon will also serve as a lieutenant. He joined the department in 2009, arriving with 17 years of firefighting experience and service as an officer with the Goshen Fire Department in Waterford, Ct. Jason maintains his training as an EMT as well as a hazardous materials technician.

Many thanks and expressions of gratitude for the years of service to the town go out to the previous officers of the Grantham Fire Department.


Blood pressure and foot clinic

Blood pressure and foot clinic with the Lake Sunapee Region Visiting Nurses and Hospice will be held 9:30 a.m. to noon every third Tuesday at the Grantham Town Hall. (This month is June 15.) Free blood pressure screenings. Basic toenail care – a soak, trim, file, clean and lotion – is $20, unless you have diabetes. In that case, the cost is $25 and you will need a doctor’s order for the foot care. Call 526-4077 to schedule a time.


Local author to speak

Jennifer Carson, author of To Find a Wonder, will speak and sign books beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 23 at the Dunbar Free Library. Additionally, Jennifer’s book will be a musical production performed Aug. 5 at the New London Barn Playhouse.

The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, call 863-2172 or visit


Calling all (would be) babysitters!

The Dunbar Free Library is hosting the American Red Cross Babysitter Training Course from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 26 at the Grantham United Methodist Church Hall. Cost is $20 per person. Youth ages 11 to 15 are welcome. Advance registration and payment are is required, and there is a limit of 10 participants. Attendees should bring a bag lunch. Call NOW. This course fills up quickly.

Fee includes the Babysitter’s Training Workbook, Babysitter’s Training Emergency Reference Guide, and Babysitter’s Training CD-ROM.

This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Dunbar Free Library.

For more information or to register, visit the library or call (603) 863-2172.


Hazardous waste day June 26

Start cleaning your basement, garage, kitchen and bathrooms and set aside those items you don’t know how to dispose of in preparation for Grantham’s Household Hazardous Waste Day on June 26 in the Town Hall parking lot from 9 a.m. to noon. Use this link for more information. 



Camp Invention: so much fun, no one knows they’re learning!

Grantham will have its own Camp Invention from July 12 through 16 at the Grantham Village School for children entering third through seventh grades in the fall. Cost is $119 per child. The program funs from noon to 4 p.m. each day.

This year’s theme is "In The Wild Blue Y’Under™." This wonderful, national, summer program has been around for years ( Stacy Hogsett will be the camp director, which promises to make it even more fun.

The program is open to children from any location, including vacationing children and grandchildren, anyone with an inventive streak is welcome!

For more information, contact Stacy at 603-236-9084 or


"Visitor" from NY

Joey Holmes found a silver helium balloon in her drive way last week. On one side was written "Hello" and on the other side "Maddie Central NY" written with a magic marker. There was another flying around, but the wind took it somewhere else.


Bakers and eaters needed

Do you like to bake cookies? Do you like to eat cookies? If you answered "Yes" to either of these questions, the Friends of the Dunbar Free Library need your help. They will be holding their Annual Cookie Walk on July 4th at Old Home Day. The cookie walk will begin after the parade at 11:30 a.m. at the Recreation Fields on Shedd Road. You can buy one can for $3 or two cans for $5. Come early; the cookies go quickly.

If you’d like to bake, cookies may be dropped off at the Dunbar Free Library from 9 a.m. to noon July 2 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 3. Please call Susan at 863-7355 if you need more information.


Passes for summer fun

Are you looking for some summer fun? Check out the Dunbar Free Library’s museum passes for free or discounted admission to local venues. The DFL Trustees and the Friends of the DFL provide passes to the following attractions: Billings Farm & Museum, The Fells, The Currier Museum of Art, the McAuliffe/Shepard Discovery Center, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Squam Lake Science Center, Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Contact the library at 863-2172 for more details on how you can use these passes.


Golf tournament benefits trail system

The Blue Mountain Snowdusters Outdoor Recreation Club will be hosting the first BMSD Golf Tournament September 18 at The Newport County Club. The registration fee is $85 per player, which includes green fees for 18 holes, cart and a luncheon buffet. Registration starts at 7 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 8 a.m. As with all golf tournaments, raffle tickets and mulligans will be sold before play begins, and prizes will be drawn during the awards presentation. The hole-in-one prize is a 2010 Toyota Tundra donated by White River Toyota.

Registration forms are available at

Since 1975, the Blue Mountain Snowdusters Outdoor Recreational Club has offered a beautiful trail system that’s used for hiking, mountain biking, snow shoeing, cross country skiing and snowmobiling. The Blue Mountain Snowdusters rely heavily on fund-raising to complete our mission. All money raised at this tournament will go directly back into the community.

If you have question concerning this tournament, please feel free to contact BMSD Tournament Chair Bob Moulton at 603-359-5761 or 603-448-6930 or



• The next school board meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. June 14 at Grantham Village School.

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

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

• The town has a food collection box in the town hall foyer. Food donations are brought alternately to The Listen Center and the Newport Food Pantry.

• Burn permits are required for any outdoor burning. For a permit application, visit Click on departments, click on fire, and click the link for the application. It takes a few seconds to download.

• Visit for official minutes, meeting dates 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.


Don’t forget to send your news or events at least two weeks in advance to Let your neighbors know what’s going on.

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