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Lorie McClory

July 1, 2011

Read past the Old Home Day section for other upcoming events you won’t want to miss.

Music every Friday at Bistro Nouveau

Bistro Nouveau at The Center at Eastman features Brooks Hubbard (July 1, with his acoustic/pop/rock style as part of its Fix at Six summer music series each Friday through Labor Day weekend.

Next week, don’t miss Chad Gibbs on July 8 ( or Grantham’s Randy White with his acoustic rock on July 15.

Reservations are strongly recommended each week, 863-8000.

Drama camp for K-6 kids

Don’t miss tonight’s performance of "The Fisherman’s Wife" beginning at 6:30, Friday, July 1 at the Grantham Village School. This is the culmination of a weeklong drama camp for children. Admission to the performance is $5 for adults and free for school-aged children.

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. Don’t miss this resurrected event!

Church service changes time

Grantham United Methodist Church will begin worship services at 9 a.m. each Sunday, with Pastor Patricia Williams as the part-time pastor. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Holiday closings

The Grantham Town Offices, Dunbar Free Library and Transfer Station will be closed Monday, July 4.

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 ˝-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; 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

* 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

Women’s golf group at Eastman

The Twilight Ladies' Golf Group meets every Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. get a tip from the pro and tees off at 5:30 for a scramble outing. No membership is required and you can sign up weekly, come when you can and play in a different group each week. Contact the Pro Shop for details, 863-4500.

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.

Special evening events will include LEGO® & Pizza Night for children ages 9 and older from 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 6; and ‘Tweens Craft & Pizza Night for children ages 9 and older from 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 20.

Preregistration is required for the evening events: 863-2172.

The grand finale will be Alejandro’s Olde Tyme Magik Showe with Andrew Pinard beginning at 10 a.m. July 30 in the lower level of Grantham Town Hall.

Keeping kids injury free

"Keeping Kids Sports Safe and Healthy" is the topic of the free presentation beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 7 and given by Dr. Keith Loud, Adolescent Sports Medicine specialist at the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth. Learn how you can help the children in your life avoid injury with proper training, fueling and resting, and how to recognize the early warning signs of a possible injury. Open to the public.


• 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 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.


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