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July 3, 2009

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July 4 celebration

Old Home Day returns 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. You won’t walk away hungry!

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 beginning at 2:30. You can buy tickets at Mountain Mercantile or at Old Home Day. Don’t miss your chance at a cash prize!

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 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.


Children’s programs at DFL

Don your bathing suit for Sprinkler Mondays each week at 3 p.m. beginning July 6 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).


Senior Luncheon July 8

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


Local Prouty team seeks sponsors and teammates

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.

Visit the Prouty website at to learn more about the 28th Prouty event and to join or sponsor the BMSD Prouty Team.

Potluck and speaker July 11

Don’t miss “Baked Beans and Fried Clams: How Food Defines a Region,” a potluck supper and talk by Edie Clark of the New Hampshire Humanities Council beginning at 6 p.m. July 11 at the Grantham Town Hall, lower level.  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.


Get tickets early

Tickets for the Aug. 8 concert by “Draw the Line,” THE Aerosmith tribute band, go on sale at 9 a.m. July 11 at the Sherburne Gym in Sunapee. Cost is $20/ticket.


Attention, runners:

The first Frenzy in the Forest, a challenging five-mile trail run through Webb's Forest to benefit the Sunapee High School Athletic Leadership Council, will be held July 11. Preregister through July 9 for $15; day of event registration is $20. Ages 12 and older welcome, but there is also a free kids’ run. More information at; register on-line at; or contact Jon Reed at 763-5615 or for more information.


Take a photographic journey

“Discovering The Peruvian Amazon & Lima, Peru,” a photographic journey with Andrea Sodano and Chas Norton, begins at 7:30 p.m. July 15 in the Draper Room at The Center at Eastman. The event is free and open to the public.


Craft in the Park

The annual, free Craft in the Park program begins at 10 a.m. July 28 and continues each Tuesday through Aug. 18 (rain dates are Wednesdays) at the new town park on Shedd Road. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Brian S. Tilton LLC - Metal Framing & Drywall is again the generous sponsor who makes this program possible. 


Auto registration changes

Payment for the town and state portions of the Motor Vehicle registration will be made with one check, made payable to the Town of Grantham.

And it’s now your responsibility to register your vehicles without a letter coming from the Town Clerk’s Office. You can renew electronically via EREG (short for Electronic Registration) from the town’s website ( 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


Conservation symposium Oct. 11

The Eastman Charitable Foundation is planning a symposium to be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 11 called “Water… More important than oil?” to address conserving water and land resources in Grantham, Springfield and Enfield, the three towns in which Eastman reside. 

The group is working with the conservation commissions in all three towns, the Eastman Lakes & Streams and SustainAbility committees, the Society for the protection of New Hampshire Forests, the Ausbon-Sargent Land Preservation Trust, the Nature Conservancy and the Upper Valley Land Trust.

The major goal of the event is to educate interested citizens about the resources available to help preserve the rural character of our communities, conserve our water and land resources, and continue to make our communities healthy and invigorating places in which to live—with abundant and clean water, clear air, and a continuously replenished woodlands and wildlife environment.

More specifics will be forthcoming as the event gets closer.



The town has a food collection box in the town hall foyer. Food donations will be brought alternately to The Listen Center and the Newport Food Pantry.

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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