Lorie McClory

July 6, 2012

Please be sure to scroll to the bottom of this week’s news to read the letter from our former Superintendent Keith Pfeifer. It was a pleasure to work with Keith. He always kept us informed about upcoming meetings and events. His work was much appreciated.

Don’t forget to sponsor teams for the Prouty

The 31st annual Prouty is July 13 and 14 and it’s not too late to sponsor someone or a team in the event.

The Grantham Mountaineers Prouty Team again has cyclists, walkers and rowers participating To be a sponsor, visit the Prouty website at and follow the instructions, or contact Susan Mattson at 863-0746 or; or Merle Schotanus at 863-2293 or

Lebanon Crew (which includes many Grantham students) is also participating this year. In addition, for every individual donation made to the Friends of Lebanon Crew for the Prouty, 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

Dorr exhibits work

Paula Dorr is one of 12 emerging artists chosen for a juried exhibit entitled "Seek, Collect and Creat," which is being shown at New London’s Whipple Hall next to the town common from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday, July 7 and Sunday July 8. For more information on the exhibit and events this weekend on the common, visit

Music at The Center

Don’t miss Jason Cann during The.Fix@6 in the Tavern at Bistro Nouveau at The Center at Eastman from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 6. No cover charge, but reservations are recommended, 863-8000.

The.Fix@6 continues every Friday through Labor Day weekend. Dan Walker comes to Bistro July 13, Brooks Hubbard returns July 20 and Eastman’s Pianoman John Lovejoy plays and sings July 27.

Fireworks end holiday week

July 7 at 9 p.m. in Sunapee Harbor (Note: The MV Mt. Sunapee II is offering a fireworks cruise this year, 763-2212. $20/adult and $12/child age 12 and younger)

July 7 at dusk at the Brown Chaddick Field in Bradford, NH

Community Luncheon

The next community luncheon will be held at noon Tuesday, July 10 at the Grantham United Methodist Church. $2 donation.

Rec park work on-going

Construction at the Grantham Recreation Park began July 5 and is on-going. Perimeter fencing has been erected and parking areas designated. Please be mindful and safe when using the park.

Also, the park is a CARRY IN/CARRY OUT area, including all belongings and trash. Porta-potties are for specific use only and not as trash receptacles. Please be respectful of our park and facilities.

Summer Reading Program: Dream Big, Read!

Weekly Storytime at Dunbar Free Library at 10 a.m. every Wednesday and Thursday through July 18 at Dunbar Free Library; Wednesdays for ages 4 and younger; Thursdays for ages 5 through 9.

Teens have a night of their own 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.

`Tweens (ages 9 and older only) are invited to a campfire from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 18 at the library. Pre-registration is required at least one week prior, 863-2172.

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.

Grantham EMS needs volunteers

Grantham’s Emergency Medical Services needs volunteers needed for the fire department, fast squad and auxiliary. Contact Rosie Bard at 863-7967 for more information or to volunteer.

Household Hazardous Waste Day July 14

Grantham will hold its Household Hazardous Waste Day from 9 a.m. to noon July 14 at the Grantham Town Hall, 300 Route 10 South.  You can view the full brochure of what to bring – and not bring – at the town website Remember, this is only held every other year, so get there if you can!

Elisabeth von Trapp comes to Newport

The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany is pleased to host Elisabeth von Trapp, granddaughter of the legendary Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired The Sound of Music. Von Trapp will perform outdoors under the tent at The Old Courthouse Restaurant in Newport at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14. No tickets are required for the performance, but donations are encouraged. First-come, first-choice of seat.


Final Summer Hike

The final hike in the Sunapee Ragged Kearsarge Greenway series will be held next weekend. July 14 (Sat) "The Road Less Traveled Trip" Hike to the Pillsbury/Sunapee Highlands in Goshen and Newbury. We will be hiking the Goshen Historical Society trail to the historic Franklin Pierce lead mine, then continuing on to the highlands along an infrequently used path until intersecting the Sunapee State Park snowmobile trails, finally joining the Five Summers Trail to the Monadnock/Sunapee Greenway and terminating at Lucia’s Lookout. 6+- miles M/D. Tom Lawton  477-1995.

Don’t forget to bring water, lunch or a snack and hiking poles if you want. Call or email the hike leader at least the day before to find out details of the hike - where to meet and times. That way you’ll be on a list to be notified if there is a cancellation. Enjoy your summer!

The Honeymooners perform July 18

The Honeymooners quartet is back beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 18 at The Center at Eastman. This fun group features Grantham’s Dan & Gayle Signor and Norwich, VT’s Lisa & Chris Henderson singing doo-wop, barbershop, gospel and show tunes a cappella. The program is free and open to the public.

Climbing all 67 of New England’s 4,000 footers

Nancy Sporborg and her friend Pat Piper started walking the sidewalks of Keene and ended up climbing 67 of the 4,000-footers in New England. Come hear them speak about their adventures beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 25 at The Center at Eastman. The program, which is presented by the Dunbar Free Library and the Eastman Community Association, is free and open to the public.

NOTE: Nancy Sporburg is the creator of the Keene Pumpkin Festival and the author of It's Not About The Hike

Register now for soccer camp

The Grantham Athletic Department is holding a soccer camp in conjunction with Premier Soccer Academy of New Hampshire of Bedford. This is a great way for your player to have fun while improving their soccer skills! The program runs July 30-Aug. 6 at the Grantham Recreation Park on Shedd Road. It is open to boys and girls of all ages. Times and costs vary by program chosen.

Log on to Athletic Department page at Town of Grantham website ( for complete information and registration info. You can also contact Marsha Googins at 667-1303 or


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

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

Open letter from Superintendent Keith Pfeifer

I would like to thank the Grantham Community for your kindness and support during my tenure as Superintendent of Schools. I would also like to thank those in the Town of Grantham offices who have been a pleasure to work with and who we have cooperated with to provide services to Grantham residents. By working together with the town, we have achieved a lot.

Most of all, I would like to thank the people of Grantham for your support of the school. The Grantham Village School is a wonderful place to grow and learn. The 2008-09 building committee did a great job of creating a school that is a dynamic place to learn. It is efficient to run and a colorful place for the young children of Grantham. The Grantham Village School has a good staff who cares about kids.

Working cooperatively with our school board and the boards of Lebanon and Plainfield, we were able to develop a new Area Agreement. This agreement not only makes financial sense, it makes educational sense. The Lebanon Middle School and Lebanon High School will continue to prepare Grantham students for the complex world they will enter. This year, as in the past two years, Grantham students have continued to thrive and win many awards for their academic performance in Lebanon.

I would like to thank the Grantham School Board and the chair, Jeff Walla. Jeff has been a driving force in running the school district in a transparent and efficient manner.

I wish everyone well in the future. Public education continues to be important in preparing our students for the complex and global world they will enter. Once again, thank you for your support.


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