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July 7, 2011

Cross lighting

The cross on the Grantham United Methodist Church will be lit July 17 in memory of Perley Sanborn by Naomi Sanborn and family.

Music every Friday at Bistro Nouveau

Bistro Nouveau at The Center at Eastman features Chad Gibbs ( July 8 as part of its Fix at Six summer music series each Friday through Labor Day weekend.

Next week, Grantham’s Randy White with his acoustic rock on July 15. Pete Merrigan follows Randy on July 22 (

Reservations are strongly recommended each week, 863-8000.

Retirement celebration for Lea Frey

The Grantham Historical Society will hold an ice cream social from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 9 in the lower level at Grantham Town Hall in honor of Lea Frey who is retiring from her position as Town Archivist. Lea has organized and cataloged old Town records, pictures and family information. She has been a big help to those working on their genealogy. She will be missed! Please join us for a cool treat and a warm thank you to Lea.

Picture this

The Grantham Historical Society is holding a Picture Party from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 16 in the lower level of Grantham Town Hall. Bring in any old pictures, slides or negatives you have of people or properties in Grantham. If possible, please indicate the names of subjects and homesteads for our records. We will have scanners there, so you will not need to leave your photos.

Public hearing on $10,000 disbursement

Pursuant to New Hampshire RSA 36-A, the Grantham Conservation Commission will hold a Public Hearing in accordance with RSA 675:7 beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, July 18 in the Town Hall’s Jerry Whitney Memorial Conference Room for the purpose of comment and discussion on disbursing $10,000 from the Grantham Conservation Fund to the Upper Valley Land Trust for conservation management and stewardship in connection with conservation and protection of Grantham property located on Leavitt Hill Road identified as Lot 208-002. Interested citizens are encouraged to attend the public hearing and express their views.

The Public Hearing is part of the Conservation Commission’s deliberations relating to identifying for conservation a Grantham property vital to conservation and preservation of Town natural resources that may also be used by the Town for wetlands mitigation in connection with obtaining the necessary Dredge and Fill Permit to proceed with construction of the new ball field at the Recreation Park.

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.

Don’t miss the special evening event ‘Tweens Craft & Pizza Night for children ages 9 and older from 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 20. Preregistration is required: 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.

Sixth annual vocal concert

Grantham’s Caren Calafati will perform in her sixth annual vocal concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 20 at The Center at Eastman. She will perform music from Broadway, Ella Fitzgerald favorites and, of course, Italian and foreign language favorites. This year's concert will also include the inaugural performance of the Eastman Instrumental Ensemble. Free and open to the public. Make a night of it and enjoy Bistro Nouveau's two-fer $38 special. Call for reservations, 863-8000.

Kearsarge Magazine's Art & Gallery Guide Wins 2011 Apex Award
Kearsarge Magazine's annual Art & Gallery Guide has received an APEX 2011 Award for Publication Excellence in the New Magazines & Journals category. Kearsarge Magazine is edited and published by Grantham’s own Laura Jean Whitcomb.

APEX 2011 - the 23rd Annual Awards for Publication Excellence - is an international competition that recognizes outstanding publications from newsletters and magazines to annual reports, brochures and Web sites. According to the APEX judges, "the awards were based on excellence in graphic design, quality of editorial content and the success of the entry in conveying the message and achieving overall communications effectiveness." There were 3,300 entries; only 957 Awards of Excellence were presented.
The Art & Gallery Guide is an annual resource that provides information about artists and craftsmen in New Hampshire and Vermont. There are directories of artists, theaters and performers, art museums and historical societies, and retail stores that support local artists - all categorized by state and by town, as well as articles on individual artists, art organizations and galleries.

This is the sixth year in a row Kearsarge Magazine has received recognition from APEX.

The quarterly magazine is available for $5 in shops throughout the region. Visit or for more information.


Old Home Day follow up

The Grantham Volunteer Fire Department made $5,000 at its resurrected auction July 2. That news is reported via the fire station sign.

The Friends of the Dunbar Free Library thanks all who purchased raffle tickets to win a Kindle. The winner was Alice Ely from Grantham. The raffle helped raise $371 for the Friends of the Dunbar Free Library.

Found: Sunglasses. If you stopped by the library table at Old Home Day and are now missing a very nice pair of sunglasses, please call Susan at 863-7355.

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).

The magic and mystery of fairy houses

Come help build fairy houses along the Sunapee Riverwalk from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16 beginning at Tattered Pages in Sunapee Harbor. Dress-up and experience the magic, beginning with face painting, coloring fairy pictures and being sprinkled with fairy dust and followed by building fairy houses along the Riverwalk. Materials will be supplied, or you may bring your own, but remember: only natural materials for fairy homes! Pre-registration is appreciated by calling Tattered Pages at 763-2539.

For information on other fun stuff going on in Sunapee (a few more are posted below), visit and follow the department links to Recreation. At the bottom, click on the newsletter link to view the Summer 2011 newsletter.

Frisbee golf tournaments

If you want to play some fun Frisbee Golf, head to Tilton Park in Sunapee. Bring your own discs, get them from the Sunapee Information Booth or buy them from Tattered Pages in Sunapee Harbor. If you go to the top of the hill in Tilton Park, there is a map of the course. Your goal is to get the discs into the yellow buckets in the least number of tries. Try not to get it stuck in the tree! There are 12 buckets.

There will also be two Frisbee Golf Tournaments July 20 and July 31, both beginning at 6 p.m. They are 18 holes, best Frisbee, bring your own Frisbees. Cost is $20 for a team of two. Prizes will be given in a variety of age categories. Pre-registration at Dewey Beach or sign up at the tournament. Contact Scott Blewitt 863-0336 for more information.

Kayak/Canoe Poker Run

A kayak and canoe Poker Run will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m. July 30 in Sunapee Harbor. Start from Sunapee Harbor and make stops along the route to draw a playing card; play your poker hand later for prizes. Beginner to advanced paddlers encouraged to participate. Those younger than 12 must be with a parent. Bring your own canoe or kayak and life jacket. Pre-registration at Dewey Beach. Cost is $5 per person. Contact Scott Blewitt 863.0336 for more information.


• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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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