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Lorie McClory

June 11, 2009
Update June 15

Meeting about fields changed to Wednesday. 

Grantham Recreation Park Committee will hold an athletic field meeting at 7 p.m. June 17 in the Jerry Whitney Memorial Conference Room (upstairs) at Grantham Town Hall.

The meeting date was changed due to a conflict with a youth sporting event.

The Big Move this weekend

This is the weekend of the big move at Grantham Village School. The library and kitchen will be moved Friday afternoon. Staff and volunteers will be moving everything else Saturday and Sunday. Stop by if you can give a couple hours of your time. Check in with Principal Kurt Gergler upon arrival. Thanks!


Vehicle registration changes begin July 1

Starting with July 2009 motor vehicle registrations, the Town Clerk will not be sending out registration letters. For most of you, your registration expires on the last day of your birth month. For some, it’s the month assigned to the leasing company or business name on your registration. We can email a registration letter to you or you can renew registrations via EREG (short for Electronic Registration). Go to and click on the EREG license plate. There is a fee for the EREG service.

If you have questions, contact Town Clerk Rita Eigenbrode or Deputy TC Cindy Towle at 863-5608, or


Toddler/Preschool soccer

Grantham Toddler/Preschool Summer Soccer will be held at 5 p.m. Thursdays from June 25 to Aug. 13 at the Eastman Fields across from South Cove. This is open to all Grantham children ages 2 to 5 who are not yet in kindergarten. Cost is $5/child. Register by mail by June 12. For more information visit or email Erin Ames at


Safety Break at P&R Saturday

The Grantham Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Safety Break at the Grantham Park & Ride from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 13. This is the first weekend of the annual Laconia Motorcycle Week. The chamber will be offering free coffee and spring water, and a "bathroom break."


Meeting about fields Tuesday

Grantham Recreation Park Committee will hold an athletic field meeting at 7 p.m. June 16 in the Jerry Whitney Memorial Conference Room (upstairs) at Grantham Town Hall.


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.


All-comers Track & Field Meet

Newport Recreation invites families of all ages to participate in the first all-comers track and field meet Friday, June 19th at the Newport High School track. Events will include 50-meter, 100-meter, 400-meter, 4x100-meter (competitive and family division), 800- or 1600-meter, long jump and shot put.

So all you old track and field stars, grab the rest of your family and come down to this fun and free event. Any questions please call 863-1332 and ask for Josh!


Summertime… and the reading is easy

The third annual Stories under the Stars begins at 7 p.m. June 22 for children ages 3 to 8 and their families. Don your jammies, grab a blanket, and join us on the library’s back lawn.

All ages are welcome to join us to kick-off Summer Reading with Simon Brooks, a storyteller of energy and wit, at 11 a.m. July 1. Telling folktales, myths and legends from all over the world, Simon brings characters like Ananzi the Spider, the trickster Raven, Merlin and Dionysus vividly to life.


Classicopia June 24

A wonderful evening of your favorite music awaits as Classicopia presents “The Great American Song: Our favorite songs by Gershwin, Cole Porter, Berlin, Harold Arlen and more” beginning at 7:30 p.m. June 24 at The Center at Eastman. The program features mezzo-soprano Erma Mellinger and pianist Daniel Weiser. Admission is $15 for adults and children 18 years and younger are free.


Classic car show June 28

The 11th Annual Antique and Classic Car Show will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 28 at Mt. Sunapee Resort in Newbury. You can enter your auto for $10 or just come as a visitor for $5. Food, fun and free chair lift rides to the top of Mt. Sunapee for all paying entrants. For additional details contact Lindsay Walkinshaw at 763-2863.


Adults and Big Wheels unite!

“Don't tell the kids I broke the big wheel!” will be held at 6 p.m. July 3 at Sunapee Harbor. Participants must be 16 years or older and must bring their own unmodified, store bought Big Wheel, as well as head, elbow and knee protection. Cost is $20 to join in the fun and danger of this race for adults who don’t want to grow up. Contact Scott Blewitt at Sunapee Recreation for more information,

July 4 celebration 

Old Home Day returns on July 4 with a day full of fun beginning with the Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Grantham United Methodist Church.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. with the theme “Fairy Tales.” Line up on Yankee Barn Road beginning at 10:15 and proceed down Route 10, up Dunbar Hill Road and end at the town hall.

Following the parade, join the convoy to the park on Shedd Road for food, children's games, face painting, bounce house, library cookie walk (details below), the Sea Serpent Tunnel, Ozzie's Country Band, Curious Creatures, the bounce obstacle course, exhibits, antiques display, train rides for the whole family, craft fair, and much, much more!

Don’t leave before the annual Grantham Parent Teacher Group Rubber Ducky Race on Stocker Pond beginning at 2:30. You can buy tickets in advance at Mountain Mercantile.

And the fireworks in Sunapee begin at 9 p.m. Sunapee Harbor is the best viewing location. Don’t forget to bring your blankets to cuddle and watch the show! The rain date for the fireworks is July 10.


Cookie Walk at Old Home Day

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. We will be holding our Annual Cookie Walk on July 4 at Old Home Day immediately following 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 on between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. July 2; and between 9 a.m. and noon or 4 and 6 p.m. July 3. Please call Susan at 863-2306 if you need more information.


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 attempting to raise $5,500 for the planting project to 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.


Plan now for July 11 event

The Blue Mountain Snowdusters ORC, Inc., Grantham’s outdoor recreation club since 1975, will enter bicycle and walking teams in the 2009 Prouty Bike Ride/Challenge Walk on July 11. The club raised over $5,200.00 last year and hopes to raise at least $10,000 this year to support cancer research at Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

Merle Schotanus and Mary O’Rourke will co-captain the 2009 BMSD team. Call or e-mail them (Merle at 863-2293 or by e-mail at, and Mary at 863-4197 or by e-mail at to learn how to join the team and how to contribute to this vital campaign.

Log on to the BMSD website at to learn more about Grantham’s Outdoor Recreation Club; and visit the Prouty website at to learn more about the 28th Prouty event and to join the BMSD Prouty Team.


Adults wanted for summer sports

Patrick Dias, event manager for SummerSwing Sports and assistant recreation director for the town of New London, is looking for people interested in participating in adult sport leagues and tournaments. For more information, visit or contact Patrick at



Don’t forget to take the DFL survey 

Sprinkler Mondays each week at 3 p.m. beginning July 2 at Dunbar Free Library.

DFL weekly story times for children ages 4 and younger (with an adult) 10 a.m. Wednesdays from July 8 to Aug. 5; and for children ages 5 to 9 come 10 a.m. Thursdays from July 9 to Aug. 6.

Children ages 9 and older are Wednesday Night Crafts at DFL. Advance registration required, 863-2172. 6:30 p.m. June 17 – tie-dye t-shirts; 7 p.m. July 15 – learn to face paint; and 7 p.m. Aug. 5 – flip-flop decorating (children must supply a pair of flip-flops.

Community potluck the first Saturday each month at 6 p.m. at the Grantham United Methodist Church hall. Everyone welcome.

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

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

Visit for official minutes, meeting dates and more.


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