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Lorie McClory

July 30, 2010


PYO blueberries

The blueberry patch is now open! Pick your own blueberries at the Grantham Recreation Park, 119 Shedd Road. Cost is $3 per pint. It’s the honor system so please bring the exact change. All proceeds benefit the Recreation Park.



The Grantham Playground Committee is ending its "Buy-A-Brick" fundraiser July 31. At last report they have sold 64 bricks, 22 pavers and 3 benches (all engraved), but they’d still like to reach their goal of 100 bricks.

Forms are available at the Grantham Town Hall or at

This is your last chance to place an order before the installation of the shade garden patio in September at the Grantham Recreation Park.


School board workshop and meeting Aug. 2

The Grantham School Board will hold a work session from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 2 in the library of the Grantham Village School.

The board will hold a regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 2 in the school’s music room.


Grantham holds outdoor music events

The Flames play classic rock, and Aug. 3 is your chance to hear them play during Grantham Recreation's free Music in the Meadow, 6-8 p.m. at the new recreation complex off Rt.10. Bring chairs, blankets, picnic dinner, family and friends and enjoy a great night with a fun, local band. (If you miss them on Aug. 3, catch The Flames from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Norwich Bandstand.)

Don’t miss the Blueberry Jam Festival on Aug. 10 with Jambalaya, which specializes in the blues of varied origin. This evening will have activities centered on the blueberry harvest: a blueberry pie social and a blueberry picking special.

Jim Hollis returns on Aug. 17 to close the inaugural Music in the Meadow program.

Activities, popcorn and an ice cream social are available for a small fee.


ILEAD offers weekly lectures on Middle East

"Perilous Triangle: Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran" runs Wednesdays through Aug. 18 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Spaulding Auditorium at the Hopkins Center in Hanover as part of ILEAD (Institute for Lifelong Education at Dartmouth). The program is open to the public. Cost is $20 per lecture. Aug. 4: "Stones will not stop us: Iran’s indomitable women" with Haleh Esfandiari, author, editor and director at Woodrow Wilson International Center, and "Kashmir: Political flashpoint in a Nuclear Age" with Abigail McGowan, UVM associate professor. Aug. 11: "Failed revolution, failed reform, what’s next for Iran?" with Dartmouth Professor Misagh Parsa, and "Who are our real enemies in the area?" with former CIA Station Chief Haviland Smith. Aug. 18: "A turning point called Kandahar" with NBC Pentagon Reporter Jim Miklaszewski, and Executive Editor and Founder of GlobalPost Charlie Sennot. For details on all the speakers and topics, visit


Tree dedication Aug. 9

There will be a dedication of trees at the Grantham Park & Ride at 6 p.m. Aug. 9. This landscaping project was made possible by all of our wonderful contributors, including the Grantham Area Chamber of Commerce. Thank you so much and we hope to see many of you there.


"Treasure Island" is not to be missed

The Dunbar Free Library and Hampstead Stage Company present "Treasure Island," the fantastical tale of pirates, adventure and buried treasure, beginning at 10 a.m. Aug. 12 in the downstairs at the Grantham United Methodist Church. For more information, contact the library at 603-863-2172 or



Children of all ages in the Grantham vicinity are invited to the Vacation Bible School at Grantham United Methodist Church Aug. 12-14. This year’s theme is "Galactic Blast," and will include Bible stories, music, crafts, discovery time, skits and much more. The program will run 4-6 p.m. Aug. 12 and 13, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 14. Snacks each day and lunch on Saturday will be provided.

For more information or to sign up, contact Robin Palermo at or 863-5933.


Barbershop program Aug. 18
The North Country Chordsmen, an award-winning, a cappella, men's chorus in the barbershop tradition, will be singing at Eastman at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18 in the Draper Room at The Center at Eastman. Free and open to the public.


DFL has tickets for circus

Free children’s tickets to the Walker Bros. Circus on Aug. 10 and 11 are available at the Dunbar Free Library. Performances are 5:30 and 7:30 each night at the Canaan International Speedway. Each ticket allows one child ages 14 and younger to enter the performance with a paying adult. Each paying adult may only bring in two children with free tickets; subject to seating availability. More details are on the tickets, or you may call 603-523-4502.


New mental health program in Lebanon

The National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Upper Valley Affiliate will be offering a free, 12-week educational Family-to-Family program designed for families of an adult person who has been diagnosed with serious and persistent mental illness, as well as those who exhibit behavior that suggests such a diagnosis.

Programs will be held 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays from Sept. 1 through Nov. 17 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.

Family-to-Family helps family members gain a greater understanding of mental illness, cope better, worry less and feel newly empowered to advocate for better treatment and services for their loved one. Family-to-Family balances education and skill training with self-care, emotional support and empowerment.

Registration is required. To register and for more detailed course information, please call Grantham residents Donna S. 603-863-2621 or Janet L. 603-863-8820.



• The Dunbar Free Library’s summer reading program for all ages is on-going.

• Stortytime schedule: Wednesdays through Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. for children ages 4 and younger with an adult; and Thursdays through Aug. 5 at 10 a.m. for children entering kindergarten through grade 4.

• Selectmen meet at 5 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays each month.

• The art exhibit "Friends across the River," featuring Grantham’s Paula Dorr and her friend Karen Gouchberg will be on exhibit through Aug. 12 at the Quechee Inn at Marshland Farms on Main Street in Quechee.

• Grantham United Methodist Church offers Sunday service at 10 a.m. each week.

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

• The DFL Trustees and the Friends of the DFL provide free or discounted passes to the following attractions: Billings Farm & Museum, The Fells, The Currier Museum of Art, the McAuliffe/Shepard Discovery Center, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Squam Lake Science Center, Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Contact the library at 863-2172 for more details on how you can use these passes.

• Burn permits are required for any outdoor burning. For a permit application, visit Click on departments, click on fire, and click the link for the application. It takes a few seconds to download.

• Visit for official minutes, meeting dates, lists of elected officials and more.

• Find news and events for Grantham and surrounding towns at PS: All the Grantham Sunacom columns are still active. They can be retrieved on the Archives page.

Don’t forget to send your news or events at least two weeks in advance to Let your neighbors know what’s going on.



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