Grantham
Lorie McClory

June 15, 2012

 

Long one today with lots of info on Old Home Day and the Summer Reading Program. And at the end is information from the Lake Sunapee Region Visiting Nurses regarding sunscreen and skin protection. Have a great week.

Cross lightings

The cross on the Grantham United Methodist Church will be lit on Father's Day in memory of Carl Miles by Pat Masone; in memory of Henry Swenen, Arnold Swensen and Perley Sanborn by Mr. and Mrs. Norman Fontaine, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Swensen and Naomi Sanborn; in memory of Joshua Dunbar by Joey Holmes and John Holmes; and in memory of Dewlos Mutney by Mr. and Mrs. Francis Mutney.

Wine tasting dinner at Bistro

The Wine Tasting Group of Eastman is hosting "A wine journey down the West Coast" beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21 at Bistro Nouveau. Deadline to sign up is June 15. Cost is $55/person, including tax and gratuity. Mailed reservations must be received by June 15 at PO Box 1715, Grantham, NH 03753. For information, call Drew Nelson, 863-6430, or Bob Koester, 863-7378.

Music at The Center

Brooks Hubbard returns with his smooth style during The.Fix@6 in the Tavern at Bistro Nouveau at The Center at Eastman from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 15. No cover charge, but reservations are recommended, 863-8000.

The.Fix@6 continues every Friday through Labor Day weekend. Carlos Ocasia (of Frydaddy) debuts June 22 and Trent Larabee returns June 29.

Eat at Bistro Nouveau and help fight cancer

Dine at Bistro Nouveau on the evening of Saturday, June 16 and help fight cancer! That night, Bistro Nouveau is generously donating a portion of its dinner proceeds to support the Grantham Mountaineers Prouty Team’s fundraising efforts. Grab your family and friends, enjoy a great meal and good company, and help raise money for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Make reservations at 863-8000.

Father-Daughter Dance June 16

The annual Father-Daughter Dance will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16 at the Grantham Town Hall. Each father will receive a complimentary photo to remember the night. Every daughter will be presented with a flower when she comes through the door. The evening also includes hot and cold refreshments and an ice-cream social. The cost is $20 pre-registration per couple; $25 at the door. Each additional daughter is $5. Please RSVP by June 9th. Forms can be found at www.granthamnh.net/activities.

Humane society holds supply drive

The Upper Valley Humane Society is holding a supply drive in June at both Grantham Town Hall and the Eastman South Cove Activity Center. Items most appreciated include cat and dog toys, peanut butter, wet dog food, bleach, fabric softener sheets, laundry and dishwasher detergent, paper towels and garbage bags (30- and 50-gallon size). For more items, visit UVHS website: www.uvhs.org.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Children's Stage Adventures, together with the children of the Grantham community, will present Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" in two performances Friday, June 29. This live theatre experience, sponsored by the Grantham Parent-Teacher Group, will take place at the Grantham Village School Gymnasium at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for ages 5-18 and free for ages under 5.

Alas, the camp is already filled, but don’t miss the performance!

Bach on guitar? Yup, and Gershwin, too

Guitarists Gerry Putnam and Tom Pirozzoli play Bach to Beatles and Brubeck to Gershwin in their highly original take on popular jazz, classical and folk music beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 20 at the Center at Eastman. All welcome and no charge.

Summer Reading Program begins astronomically!

"Dream Big, Read!" is the theme of this year’s Summer Reading Program at Dunbar Free Library, and the kickoff event is "Stars & Constellations" Wednesday, June 20 beginning at 8 p.m. at the Recreation Park off Route 10 South. (Note: The target audience is 5 years and older as this program will go late). The Grantham Recreation Department will provide refreshments. The program, presented by the New Hampshire Astronomical Society, will give you the opportunity to learn about the stars, constellations, telescopes and binoculars. Viewing telescopes will be available or you can bring your own.

Weekly Storytime every Wednesday and Thursday beginning at 10 a.m. June 20 through to July 18 (with the exception of July 4 and 5); Wednesdays for ages 4 and younger; Thursdays for ages 5 through 9.

Up All Night in New Hampshire, 11 a.m.-noon Thursday, July 5 at Grantham Town Hall, Lower Level. Pre-registration is required for this event – limited to 50 participants. A museum educator will lead children ages 4 to 9 years as they study specimens such as owl talons, examine animal tracks, experiment with night vision, explore animal hearing and listen to nights sounds, smell scents from nature, dissect owl pellets and create an artsy owl.

Bedtime Story Hour, 7 p.m. Monday, July 30 & Monday, Aug. 27 at the library. Open to all ages. Bring Teddy, wear your pajamas and come listen to stories by Miss Dawn.

`Tweens (ages 9 and older only) can enjoy LEGO® & Pizza on Wednesday, June 27 and a campfire on Wednesday, July 18. Both are 6:30-8 p.m. in the library. Pre-registration is required at least one week prior to the event.

Teens have their night as well, with Comic Drawing & Pizza, 6:30-10 p.m. Thursday, July 12 in the library. Pre-registration is required at least one week prior to the event.

Tournament to benefit veterans

The Second Annual Veterans Benefit Golf Tournament will begin at 11:30 A.M. June 23 at Eastman Golf Links. Cost is $100 per person and includes golf, cart, lunch and participation in all three Hole-in-One chances on the course. Prizes will be awarded for top three team scores. Please make checks out and mail to: The Home Depot 3408 Associate Committee, 451 Washington St., Claremont, NH 03743. Contact Kevin Jones at 863-1755 for more information.

Classicopia returns to tango

Classicopia presents "Three to Tango" with violinist Omar Chen Guey, cellist Alexei Gonzales and pianist Daniel Weiser beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 23 at the Center at Eastman. Admission is $20 for adults; free for children 18 and younger. Everyone is welcome.

Don’t miss this unusual, musical performance

An unusual musical program by pianist Joe Henderson and two of his friends from Barre, Vt. – clarinet player John Klimenock and cellist Deborah Black – will play the music of Vermont composer Gwyneth Walker and tangos by Astor Piazzolla beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 27 at the Center at Eastman. All are welcome and no charge.

Golf tournament benefits Norris Cotton Cancer Center

The 29th Annual Eastman Benefit for Norris Cotton Cancer Center Classic Golf Tournament will be held Friday, June 29 at Eastman Golf Links. The day includes golf, a BBQ lunch, after-golf party and prizes for $130/person. A fun event for a good cause! For information and registration, pick up a form in the Eastman Golf Shop or visit eastmannh.org/nc. Contact Polly Richard at 865-5281 or Claire Vogel at 863-5776 for information on sponsorships and Memory Blocks, or visit eastmannh.org/nc.

Old Home Day: Farm & Garden

Old Home Day is Wednesday, July 4 with some new events mixed in with the traditional.

First up is the Pancake Breakfast, 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Grantham United Methodist Church. Donations are accepted rather than having a set cost. Be generous! The kids work hard.

This year’s parade theme is Farm and Garden. The parade, which begins at 11 a.m. (line up at 10:15 at Yankee Board Road), is open to anyone who would like to build a float, ride a bike, walk or show their vehicle in the parade. To participate, contact Laurie Field at field83@comcast.net or 863-9143.

New this year is a softball game beginning at 11 a.m. Contact David Armstrong (armstrd@comcast.net) for more information.

Following the parade, head to the Grantham Recreation Park for a full day of activities, including Curios Creatures noon-1 p.m., the GPTG Fun Run at 12:30 p.m. (cost is $8/person; register on-line here ), sack races, 3-legged race, pie eating, balloon toss, children’s games, face painting, a petting farm, bounce houses, music by Jim Hollis, pony rides, antiques display, exhibits and food, food, food!

That food will include Grantham Fire Department’s Third Annual BBQ! Price is $8 for half a chicken, coleslaw, baked beans, roll/butter and a cold drink. You can’t beat that price with a stick!

Additionally, Old Home Day is looking for anyone in the farm and garden business who would like to promote or sell what they do under the Grantham Chamber of Commerce tent. This year's tent will house farmers’ market vendors as well.

This whole day does not run without volunteers, people to park cars, set -up tables and chairs, and clean up. Please contact Laurie at the above email or telephone number.

Town closings for July 4

The Grantham Town Hall, Transfer Station and Dunbar Free Library will be closed for Independence Day on July 4. Please plan accordingly.

Custodian position open

The Town of Grantham is seeking a part-time building custodian.  Basic duties include cleaning the town hall meeting room and kitchen area, interior painting, general building maintenance and snow shoveling. Evenings and weekends a must. Pay range $13-$17, dependent on qualifications.

 Applicant must have a valid driver's license, pass a pre-employment criminal background check, drug and alcohol screening and be able to lift 75 pounds.

 Job description and applications are available at the Selectmen's Office and on our website at www.granthamnh.net/jobs. To apply, send completed application to Town of Grantham, Attention Melissa White, 300 Route 10 South, Grantham, NH 03753.

Volunteer opportunities

The town doesn’t only run on paid staff and elected officials. Many committees are populated by appointed volunteers. The town is currently seeking members for the Capital Improvement Program Committee and someone to serve on the Transportation Advisory Committee for the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission. If interested, please contact the Selectmen’s Office, 863-6021 or mwhite@granthamnh.net.

Reminders

• Grantham United Methodist Church worship service at 9 a.m. each Sunday, with Pastor Patricia Williams. Everyone is welcome to attend.

• The library trustees are looking for people interested in helping to raise funds for the Dunbar Free Library building expansion project. If interested, please contact any of the trustees: Susan Mellow, Ed Jenik, Wendi Grant, Kevin Hughes or Lorie McClory; or stop in at the library and leave your name and contact information.

• 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 www.granthamfoodpantry.org 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 and Grantham Town Hall. Cash donations go to the Grantham Community Crisis Fund.

• The Grantham Mountaineers Prouty Team is now recruiting cyclists, walkers and rowers to participate in the 31st annual Prouty and Prouty Ultimate Friday and Saturday, July 13-14 in Hanover. Participants can cycle, walk or row the Prouty. It is not a race. If you enjoy any of these activities, mark your calendar and join the fun! To join our team, visit the Prouty website at www.TheProuty.org and follow the instructions, or contact Susan Mattson at 863-0746 or susancmattson@gmail.com; or Merle Schotanus at 863-2293 or schot@comcast.net.

• Registration for Colby-Sawyer’s Adventures in Learning summer courses has begun; it ends July 3. AIL is an enriching, learning experience for those with a vigorous interest in the world of ideas and who wish to continue their intellectual growth in an informal setting. To view the summer course offerings and to register online go to www.colby-sawyer.edu/adventures. For more information or to request a catalog, call Janet St. Laurent at 526-3690.

• Lebanon Crew is participating in the Prouty this year. For every individual donation made to the Friends of Lebanon Crew for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Chicago Soft, Ltd. will make a matching donation (up to $500) to Lebanon Crew. If you would like to make a donation to Friends of Lebanon Crew’s Prouty team, use the link below. You can make it as a general team donation or choose a team member that you know here.

Did you know July is National UV Awareness Month?

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun are the main cause of skin cancer and can also cause wrinkles and blotchy skin.

Anyone can get skin cancer, but the risk is greatest for people with:
• White or light-colored skin with freckles
• Blond or red hair
• Blue or green eyes

These are just some of the reasons why Lake Sunapee Region VNA and Hospice is proud to participate in UV Safety Month and help raise awareness of the risks of sun damage. During the month of July, join us in taking action to prevent skin cancer and reduce the risk of UV damage.

You can take steps today to protect your skin and eyes:
• Stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
• Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher
• Cover up with long sleeves and a hat
• Check your skin regularly for changes

 

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