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Lorie McClory

August 6, 2009

Don’t stop reading…
At the end of this week’s column is a list of Grantham students from the Lebanon High School Class of 2009 who received awards this year... or you can skip right to it here.


Soccer registration

The Grantham Recreation Department will hold soccer registration for kindergarten through sixth grade children from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 9 at Grantham Town Hall, lower level. For more information, contact Recreation Director Marsha Googins, 863-6124.


Community luncheon

The monthly Lunch Bunch begins at noon Tuesday, Aug. 11 in the basement of the Grantham United Methodist Church on Route 10. Come at 11:45 for a free blood pressure screening. Donations are accepted and anyone is welcome; you don’t have to live in Grantham.


No meeting Aug. 12

The selectmen will not meet on Aug. 12. The next regular meeting will be at 5 p.m. Aug. 26 at the town hall.


Recreation activities abound in Sunapee this weekend

The annual Lake Sunapee Rock Bass Derby on Aug. 8 offers prizes for young and old. 

No limit to team sizes. Pre-register at Dewey Beach and fish all day starting at 6 a.m. Weigh-in is at 11 a.m. sharp in Sunapee Harbor. No cost to participate. Fishing license required for 16 years and older and can be purchased online at or at Rumbrook Market in Grantham (where you can also get bait). For more information, contact Scott Blewitt at 863-0336.

The Sunapee Harbor Canoe/Kayak Race begins at 1 p.m. Aug. 8.

There are bleacher seats and standing room left for the Aug. 8 performance of Aerosmith tribute band “Draw the Line” with opening band “Road House.” Tickets are $20 each and are on sale at Sunapee Town Hall.

On Sunday, Aug. 9, it’s Love Your Lakes Day with the antique boat parade, exhibits, activities and more between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Free and open to the public.


Puppeteer Aug. 13

Don’t miss puppeteer Martha Dana, who uses beautiful hand-crafted puppets to bring your favorite stories to life, at 10 a.m. Aug. 13 at Dunbar Free Library. This is free and open to the public and generously sponsored by the Friends of the Dunbar Free Library.


Summer Dance Party

The 4 of Clubs returns to Bistro Nouveau at Eastman from 8 to 11 p.m. Aug. 15 with fantastic dance music from the 70s, 80s and 90s. The pub menu will be available in the Draper Room during the event. If you’d like to have dinner before, call now for reservations: 863-8000. For more information about the band, and to hear a sample of their music, visit


Holmes talk Aug. 19

Tom Brydges, president of The Sherlock Holmes Club of the Upper Valley, will speak about “The World of Sherlock Holmes” beginning at 7:30 p.m. Aug 19 at The Center at Eastman. Free and open to the public.


Sen. Shaheen comes to town

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen will hold office hours at Dunbar Free Library from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 21.


Vital Communities news

I receive an email newsletter from Vital Communities of the Upper Valley and I thought some of you might be interested in a few of their programs.

Local First Alliance is a new membership-driven program pursuing a thriving local business economy, vibrant community organizations, and environmental stewardship. Among other things, Local First Alliance is designed to create a strong and sustainable local economy that benefits all Upper Valley residents. Sign up today to be a member at

Valley Quest has expanded the list of towns for you to explore this summer. Learn about life in colonial times in Claremont on our all new Colonial Claremont Quest, and travel the Solar System as you visit all five towns of the Mascoma School District (find Pluto in historic downtown Dorchester). All clues are available on-line with the new searchable Quest directory.

UV Transportation Management Association (TMA) is assisting the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission with their Inter-Modal Facility planning project. The process will gather citizen and stakeholder input on the optimal scope and location for a proposed large transit hub, a key piece of infrastructure necessary to reduce single-occupant vehicle use.

The Smart Commute Program has received funding from the NH Charitable Foundation. On one aspect of the project, Vital Communities is partnering with Resource Systems Group to develop a permanent online survey tool to track employee commuting preferences and possible incentives for members.

Mascoma Savings Bank and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center will be the pilot sites for this project. The actual survey will start in late September.

Valley Food & Farm offers a free e-newsletter that is perfect for everyone who eats! If you are interested in what’s available at any given time - like peas, blueberries and corn - check it out and subscribe (free!) to this twice-monthly treasure:, and keep your ears open for Farmers’ Market Radio Reports on the Point at 103.1 and 107.7.

LHS Class of 2009 awards

Congratulations to the following Grantham residents who received awards during the Lebanon High School Class of 2009 Senior Awards Ceremony.

Kaitlyn B. Arnold: Youth in Action Scholarship Award

Aaron P. Beaulieu: Frank & Olive Gilman Foundation Scholarship; William A. and Helen Kelley Smith Scholarship Award

Anna H. Berg: Art Recognition Award; Glen Hudson Award; President’s Award for Educational Excellence

Katie L. Broughall: Frank & Olive Gilman Foundation Scholarship; Grantham Fast Squad Educational Scholarship; W. Myrick Wood Scholarship; Lebanon Lions Club Award; Yankee Barn Homes Scholarship in Memory of Emil Hanslin

Erin F. Carey: Teresa Bagley Memorial Scholarship; Citizen Bank Foundation High School Achievement Award; Grantham Community/Emil Hanslin Scholarship; Grafton Star Grange #60 in Memory of Ruth Holt Hadley

Stephen A. Clark: U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award; Dr. Burnham Memorial Track Award

Andrea L. Conine: Matilda M. Ernst Science Award; Business Person of the Year Award; Jackson & Mathilde English Educational Trust Fund Award; President’s Award for Educational Excellence

Ashley E. Cornish: Ruth Spaulding Hoyt Scholarship

Jeremy D. Feldstein: Kenneth H. Flewelling Scholarship

Lucas M.F. Giveen: Senior Class Awards for English and Social Studies; D.A.R. Good Citizen Ship Program; Jazz Band Award; National Merit Scholarship – commended; William J. English Memorial Award; President’s Award for Educational Excellence; Beatrice Downs Pierce Sholarship

Dylan J. Guerin: Franklin Lodge No. 6 Masonic Lodge of Lebanon Award; Grantham Fast Squad Educational Scholarship; Erling Heisted “Father of Lebanon Skiing” Senior Ski Award; Mike Hathaway Memorial Award

Matthew S. Hutchins: Frank & Olive Gilman Foundation Scholarship; Wilfred & “Jake” Gaudreau Memorial Ice Hockey Award

Ashley E. Mortenson: Dr. Burnham Memorial Track Award; Ronald Hastings Memorial Award; Ruth Spaulding Hoyt Scholarship

Reed F. O’Brien: Senior Class Award for Outstanding Student of the Year at the Hartford Area Career & Technology Center; James A. Mellow Memorial Award; Trumbull-Nelson Construction Co. Inc. Award; Hartford Area Career & Technology Center Engineering Architectural Design Program Award

Morgan H.S. Pond (formerly of Grantham): Choral Recognition Award

Karli A. Shepherd: Mary Cantlin Softball Award

Kristina M. Smith: Lebanon Lions Club Award

Patrick Sullivan: Hartford Area Career & Technology Center Hartford Chamber of Commerce Business Award

Alison M. Taylor: Art Recognition Award

Merihawi Wells-Bogue: U.S. Army Reserve Scholar Athlete Award; Sharon Ann Link Memorial Scholarship Award; Douglas Townsend Award

Michael A. Wilson: Grantham Community/Emil Hanslin Scholarship; Jackson & Mathilde English Educational Trust Fund Award



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