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Lorie McClory

June 26, 2009

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Walking tour Saturday

The Grantham Village walking tour, led and narrated by Ken Story, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 27, beginning at the Grantham United Methodist Church parking lot. Rain date is Sunday. Get fun facts about our village’s history, and then go back to the Grantham Historical Society on Dunbar Hill Road for some refreshments. Cost is $10/person; children under 12 are free.


Auto registration process changes

Beginning July 1, motor vehicle owners have to take responsibility to remember to register their vehicles without a letter coming from the Town Clerk’s Office. For most people, registration expires on the last day of their birth month. For some, it’s the month assigned to the leasing company or business name on the registration.
You can renew your registration the old fashioned way – walk into the Town Clerk’s Office with two checks, or you can now renew electronically 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 about the new process, contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 863-5608, or


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.


Storyteller July 1

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.


Athletic field meeting

Grantham Recreation Park Committee will hold a meeting on athletic fields at 7 p.m. July 1 in the Jerry Whitney Memorial Conference Room at Grantham Town Hall.


Say goodbye to Tina

As many of you know from reading the selectmen’s minutes, Town Administrator Tina Stearns has resigned her post effective July 2. The Board of Selectmen invites everyone to come wish Tina a fond farewell and best wishes in her new endeavors from 2 to 4 p.m. July 2 in the Jerry Whitney Memorial Conference Room at the Grantham Town Hall.


Children’s programs at DFL

Don your bathing suit for Sprinkler Mondays each week at 3 p.m. beginning July 2 at Dunbar Free Library.
DFL weekly story times for children begin again on July 8 and 9. Children ages 4 and younger (with an adult) are welcome at 10 a.m. Wednesdays from July 8 to Aug. 5; and children ages 5 to 9 are welcome 10 a.m. Thursdays from July 9 to Aug. 6.

Children ages 9 and older are invited to Wednesday Night Crafts at DFL. Advance registration is required, 863-2172. At 7 p.m. July 15 you can learn to face paint (MUST register by July 6 for materials), and at 7 p.m. Aug. 5 decorate flip-flops (children must supply a pair of flip-flops).


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.

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.


Buy a brick, build a playground

Help build the path to fun by supporting the future Grantham Community Playground. Beginning at Old Home Day, Grantham residents will have the chance to buy a brick and make a memory. The plan is to create a brick walkway at the new town park on Shedd Road with granite bricks that can be engraved with a name or special message, thus providing the funds to purchase playground equipment and preserving your donation as a lasting memory. You can see a sample, and place or pick up an order form at Old Home Day. For additional information, contact Missy Walla at 863-4974.


Senior Luncheon July 8

The monthly Senior Luncheon will begin at noon July 8 in the downstairs of the Grantham United Methodist Church. This includes blood pressure screening. Donations are accepted.


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.


Potluck and speaker July 11

The Dunbar Free Library is hosting a potluck supper and talk by Edie Clark of the New Hampshire Humanities Council Saturday July 11th at 6 p.m. at the Grantham Town Hall, lower level . She will be talking on Baked Beans and Fried Clams: How Food Defines a Region.  All are welcome, just bring a dish to share. All attendees will have a chance to win a seasonal, homemade pie courtesy of Cindy Dyer. Sponsored by the Friends of the DFL.



Make your donation to the Grantham Area Chamber of Commerce Park & Ride tree planting fun. The goal is $5,500. Mail donations to Park & Ride Tree Project, Grantham Area Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1340, Grantham, NH, 03753. Contact Dan Foster at 863-1839 for more information.

Don’t forget to take the DFL survey:

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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