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Lorie McClory

June 24, 2011

Music every Friday at Bistro Nouveau

Bistro Nouveau at The Center at Eastman features Grantham’s own John Lovejoy Friday, June 24 tickling the ivories as part of its Fix at Six summer music series each Friday through Labor Day weekend.

The next two weeks feature Brooks Hubbard (July 1, www.myspace.com/brookshubbardmusic) with his acoustic/pop/rock style and Chad Gibbs (July 8, www.myspace.com/chadegibbs). Reservations are strongly recommended each week, 863-8000.

CPR/AED courses available

A CPR/AED Recertification Course will be taught beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, June 28 at Eastman’s South Cove Activity Center. This class is for anyone with Red Cross certificates (lay person or professional rescuer) who needs to remain certified. Registration required. Cost is $85 per person. Call Eastman Recreation, 863-6772, for more information or to register.

The full course of Adult/Infant/Child CPR and Adult/Child AED & First Aid will be taught from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 29 at Eastman’s South Cove Activity Center. Registration required. Cost is $110 per person. Call Eastman Recreation, 863-6772, for more information or to register.

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.

Drama camp for K-6 kids

The Grantham Village School Parent Teacher Group is sponsoring a week-long residency from Children's Stage Adventures from June 27-July 1, culminating in performances of "The Fisherman's Wife" at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 1.

Admission to the performance is $5 for adults and free for school-aged children.

A limited number of camp spots are still available for children who have finished kindergarten through sixth grade. Open to all children... not just those from Grantham. Helpful teen volunteers are also being sought. Please contact Liz Borger at nhborgers@yahoo.com for more information.

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 www.uvhs.org.

NH Fireworks for Independence Day

Fireworks will be held as follows in our immediate area:

July 1 at dusk at the Canaan Fair Speedway

July 2 at 9 p.m. in Sunapee Harbor

July 2 at dusk at the Brown Chaddick Field in Bradford

July 2 at 9 p.m. on Pleasant Lake in New London

July 4 at 9 p.m. at Storrs Hill in Lebanon (Lebanon also has a lot of events going on that evening before the fireworks in celebration of its 250th anniversary. Watch the Valley News for more details.)

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.

Old Home Day July 4

Get ready for some fun, games and community bonding, all on Monday, July 4.

* Start the day at the annual Pancake Breakfast hosted by the Grantham United Methodist Church 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.

* 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. (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.)

* The Grantham Parent Teacher Group’s Fun Run for children and adults begins at 12:30 p.m. at the Grantham Recreation Field. 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. Register at https://registration.strands.com; 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.

* The winner of the Friends of the Dunbar Free Library Kindle Raffle will be drawn at 2 p.m. at the Old Home Day festivities. Tickets are available at the library during regular hours for $5 each or 3 for $10 and will be sold at Old Home Day until the time of the drawing. Please note that tickets will only be sold to people age 16 years and older. Proceeds support the Dunbar Free Library.

* Following the parade, activities will be held at the Grantham Recreation Park off Route 10 South, including the second annual GPTG Fun Run (mentioned above). 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 ice cream, a pie sale, kettle corn, freshly squeezed lemonade and …

* The Grantham Firefighters will be serving chicken dinners at Old Home Days again this year. The dinner will be barbecued chicken, coleslaw, home-cooked baked beans, and rolls, as well as either soda, lemonade or water. The Grantham Firefighters Association provides benevolent support and safety equipment for the firefighters, and provides scholarship for a Grantham student each year. Last year’s chicken earned great reviews. Come enjoy this year’s.

* Blue Mountain Snow Dusters will be running a grill station serving burgers, dogs, french fries, etc. at Old Home Day on July 4 again this year. The money that is generated from fundraisers goes to ensure the maintenance of the local trail system for all to enjoy.

The group is needs volunteers in a range of positions: cooking, collecting money, greeting individuals at the display booth, setting-up and cleaning-up. Shifts fall between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. This is a great way to show your support of BMSD or for a teenager to get community hours in for college, and your help will be greatly appreciated. If you can help, please contact to Eryn Bagley or Willie Newhall at 603-863-9552 or rjbags19@yahoo.com.

* The Friends of the Dunbar Free Library will NOT be having a Cookie Walk at Old Home Day this year, but two other local organizations will have fresh baked goods available for sale to satisfy your sweet tooth.

To help out or for more information on anything related to Old Home Day, contact Laurie Field at field83@comcast.net.

Help Jessica raise money for cancer research

Grantham’s Jessica Smith has joined thousands of breast cancer supporters for the 2011 Susan G. Komen Boston 3-Day for the Cure 60-mile walk. After months of training and fundraising, Jessica will walk 60 miles July 22-24 to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research and community-based breast health and education programs. This is Jessica’s first time participating.

"Through my participation in this event, I know I am making a personal impact on the breast cancer movement," Jessica said. "I am doing this walk so that my children and my family’s and friends’ children will not have their lives affected by breast cancer."

More than 1.4 million women will be diagnosed with breast cancer globally each year. Each participant must raise at least $2,300. To help Jessica Smith reach her goal by making a donation or joining her team, visit here (Participant ID 5768062).

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 www.colby-sawyer.edu/assets/pdf/ailsummercatalog.pdf (scroll to page 3), and a registration form is available at www.colby-sawyer.edu/assets/pdf/ailsummerregform.pdf.

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 granthamhistory@gmail.com 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 granthamhistory@gmail.com. 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.

Reminders

• Weekly Storytime are held each week at the Dunbar Free Library: each Wednesday at 10 a.m. through July 27 for children ages 4 and younger, with an adult; and each Thursday at 10 a.m. through to July 28 for children ages 5 through 9.

• 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 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, 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.

 

Visit www.granthamnh.net for official minutes, meeting dates, lists of elected officials and more. 

Find news and events for Grantham and surrounding towns at sunacom.com. 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 grantham-news@comcast.net. Let your neighbors know what’s going on.

And if that’s not enough, there’s always granthamvoice.com.

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