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Lorie McClory

June 10, 2011

Cross lighting

The cross on the Grantham United Methodist Church will be lit June 19 in memory of Carl Miles by Pat Masone; and in memory of Arnold Swensen and Perley Sanborn by Mr. & Mrs. Norman Fontaine, Mrs. Lee Swenson and Naomi Sanborn.

If you would like the cross to be lit in memory of your loved one, contact Joey Holmes.

Scholarship winners announced

Each year the Grantham Garden Club offers a financial scholarship to New Hampshire residents pursuing a career in some area of landscaping, horticulture, forestry, agriculture, plant sciences or environmental sciences. The annual plant sale by the club supports this venture. The club is pleased to announce this year’s recipients are: Samuel Nelson of Newport High School and Carina Pappalardo of Mascoma Regional High School, both of whom will attend the University of New Hampshire; and Alexander Wulff of Kearsarge Regional High School, who will attend the University of Maine-Farmington.

Congratulations to all three students and best wishes for their future success.

Music every Friday at Bistro Nouveau

Bistro Nouveau at The Center at Eastman features Sarah Wallis 6-9 p.m. Friday, June 10; ( as part of its Fix at Six summer music series each Friday through Labor Day weekend.

The next two weeks feature PJ Pacifico (June 17) and Grantham’s own John Lovejoy (June 24). Reservations are strongly recommended each week, 863-8000.

Special night for fathers and daughters

Our Town will sponsor a Father Daughter Dance from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, 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.

Burn permit hours

Effective immediately, the hours to obtain a burn permit are 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. For more information, visit

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 Monday, 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. Monday, June 13 in the Jerry Whitney Meeting Room at the Town of Grantham Hall. That night at 6:30, the Grantham School Board will hold its regular monthly meeting 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 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.

Lunch Bunch June 14

The last Lunch Bunch until fall will be held at noon Tuesday, June 14 in the Grantham United Methodist Church Hall. Everyone is welcome; suggested donation is $2. Come a few minutes early for a blood pressure check from the Lake Sunapee Region VNA.

Firemen’s auction returns

The Grantham Volunteer Fire Department will – after a six-year hiatus – hold its Firemen’s Auction beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 2. Donations are being accepted at the fire station on Route 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday. If you can’t get your items to the fire station, a personal pick up can be arranged for Tuesdays or Thursdays by calling Rosie at 254-5573 or the fire station at 863-5710.

Recreation park meeting

The Grantham Recreation Park Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 16 in Grantham Town Hall, Jerry Whitney Memorial Conference Room.

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. Friday, 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.

GPTG Second Annual Fun Run

The Grantham Parent Teacher Group will hold its Fun Run for children and adults beginning at 12:30 p.m. Monday, July 4 at the Grantham Recreation Field as part of Old Home Day. Races include a ½-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-Shirts 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.

Potluck June 18

The June community potluck supper will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, June 18 in the Grantham United Methodist Church Hall. Everyone is welcome. This is the last community potluck until fall.

Summer Reading Program 2011

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. Sunday, 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!

Special worship service June 26

The Grantham United Methodist Church will hold a Worship Celebration with all ministry team members leading worship, sharing their faith and reflections, beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 26.

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. Monday, 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.


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

Summer Adventure course taught in Grantham

"Give 'em Hell, Harry! The Presidency of Harry S. Truman" is an Adventures in Learning summer course being taught at The Center at Eastman by Gene Lariviere. Classes are 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays July 19-Aug. 9. Cost is $30 for Adventures in Learning members and $35 for non-members. Registration deadline is July 1.

Contact Janet St. Laurent at 526-3690 for more information or to register by phone. On the internet, complete details on the course are available at (scroll to page 3), and a registration form is available at

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 read emails only 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.


• 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.

• 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.

• Mobile Outreach comes to Grantham Town Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month to discuss people’s qualifications for programs provided by Southwestern Community Services. For more information, call Becky at 603-719-4134, or visit her at the Grantham Town Hall.

• If you registered to vote prior to 2006, you must go to the Town Clerk’s Office with a driver’s license or a passport or information on where you were born, and 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.

• 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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