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Lorie McClory

September 3, 2010


From Fire Chief Jay Fountain

Due to the extremely dry conditions, the Grantham Fire Department has banned all burning until further notice. Please remember that burn permits are required and that when issued the Town of Hanover Dispatch center needs to be called (603-643-2222) before the fire is ignited. Thank you for your cooperation.

Free movies continue

Enjoy free movies in Meadow Park in Newport every Saturday through Sept. 11. All movies begin at dusk and are weather-permitting. Bring a blanket or low-back chair for seating. Concessions are available beginning after 6 p.m.

September 4: Shrek Rated PG (Sponsored by McCrillis & Eldredge Insurance)

September 11: Avatar Rated PG-13 (Sponsored by Goodrich Oil)

Season Sponsors: Lake Sunapee Bank and Newport Fitness & Spa

In-kind Sponsors: Bacon Graphics, Newport Recreation, Sunapee Recreation, Town of Newport

Office closings

The Grantham Selectmen’s Office, Town Clerk/Tax Collector’s Office, Transfer Station and Dunbar Free Library will be closed on Sept. 6 for the Labor Day holiday.

Additionally, the Town Clerk/Tax Collector's office will be closed Sept. 14 for the state primary election; Sept. 23 for the NH Tax Collectors’ Conference; and Oct. 13-15 for the New Hampshire City & Town Clerks Association Conference.

Time to register for primary

The Grantham Supervisors of the Checklist will hold a public session from 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 7 at the town office for additions and corrections to the voter checklist. No additions or corrections shall be made to the checklist after this session, until Election Day, Sept. 14, except as provided in RSA 654:12. RSA 654:8, II.

Piano teachers sought

A woman has asked if there are piano teachers in the area. If you have a referral or are a piano teacher, email me at by Sept. 9 and I’ll forward the information to the person.

Storytime returns

Bring your little one to Dunbar Free Library for a fun session of reading. Babies and toddlers (with adults) meet at 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 8-Dec. 15 (except Nov. 24). Preschoolers meet at 10 a.m. Thursdays, Sept. 9-Dec. 16 (except Nov. 25).

Gardening and climate change is topic

Grantham Garden Club presents "Gardening in a Changing Climate" presented by Ileana Jones at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 10 at Eastman’s South Cove Activity Center. Jones will summarize the latest evidence for global climate change and talk about how gardening can mitigate climate change, promote biodiversity and build sustainable ecosystems. Jones is a retired science teacher and former department head who is a fourth year presenter with The Climate Project. She developed and taught a course in Environmental Issues for many years and is currently a member of the Cambridge Climate Congress. For more information, call 863-8163.

Recycle old equipment

A computer, electronic and office equipment recycling day will be held for the public at Eastman Community Association 1-4 p.m. Sept. 11 in the overflow parking lot across from Eastman Golf Links on Greensward Drive. The sponsoring organization is Sustainable Eastman, and collecting the equipment will be WinCycle of Windsor, Vt., a non-profit company that recycles the materials. The amount you pay when you drop off your equipment is tax deductible. You will receive a receipt with WinCycle's tax identification number for your use.

If a computer is still usable, WinCycle will securely erase all data stored on it and refurbish it for resale. For non-working equipment, WinCycle will take out usable parts and send the rest to be recycled in an environmentally friendly manner.

They do not accept refrigeration appliances, such as air conditioners, refrigerators or freezers.

VNA benefits discussed

The Lake Sunapee Region Visiting Nurse Association presents "Know Your Benefits" at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at The Center at Eastman. The program is free and open to the public. Presenters Betsy Wotton RN, CHPN, Hospice Director, and Scott Fabry RN, President and CEO, will help people better understand the benefits of receiving care at home and what services are available from the VNA. The program will be followed by a performance by The Hospice Singers. For more information, call Cathy Raymond, 526-4077.


BMSD’s first golf tournament

The Blue Mountain Snowdusters Outdoor Recreation Club will be hosting its first Golf Tournament Sept. 18 at the Newport County Club. Registration fee is $85 per player, which includes 18 holes with a cart and a luncheon buffet. Registration starts at 7 a.m. and a shotgun start is at 8 a.m. As always, raffle tickets and mulligans will be sold before play begins and prizes will be drawn during the awards presentation. The hole-in-one prize is a 2010 Toyota Tundra donated by White River Toyota.

Registration forms can be found on our web site, All money raised will go directly back into the community. If you have questions concerning this tournament, please contact Chair Bob Moulton at 603-359-5761 or 603-448-6930 or

Language classes sponsored by GPTG

Adult Conversational Spanish and German Classes will offered at the Grantham Village School beginning in October. Classes are 6-7 p.m. weekly, German on Tuesdays and Spanish on Wednesdays, for eight weeks. This wonderful program is sponsored by the Grantham Parent Teacher Group. The donation is $100 per person. Space limited. Call 863-8001 for details and to register.

Runners: Mark your calendar

Grantham’s first Run for the Rec! will be held Oct. 16 at the Grantham Town Fields on Shedd Road. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., the Kids’ Race at 9, and the 5K Run/Walk at 10. Parents must sign waivers during registration for their children. The children’s race is $5/person; the 5K is $20/person. Proceeds benefit the Grantham Recreation Park and playing fields.

You may register in advance here.  For more information, contact or visit

New to the website

By special request, Grantham’s website ( has a link for employment opportunities. This link is on the main page just above the community calendar.

School tours in Newport

Newport Montessori School in Newport, a private, non-profit school dedicated to providing nurturing, quality, Montessori preschool, kindergarten and elementary education experiences for children ages 3 to 12, is hosting guided tours of the school at 9 a.m. the second Wednesday of every month throughout the school year. The school is located at 96 Pine St.

Support groups open to all

Lake Sunapee Region VNA and Hospice offers free, public support groups in New London. Advance registration required to Meg Ames, 603-526-4077.

* Parent-Child Program every Wednesday, 9-11 a.m., September-May (runs on school year calendar) at St. Andrew’s Church, 52 Gould Rd.

* Widow To Widow Support Group, the first Monday each month, 10 a.m.-noon at Lake Sunapee Region VNA, 107 Newport Rd.

* Caregiver Support Group, the first Thursday each month, 1-2:30 p.m. at Lake Sunapee Region VNA, 107 Newport Road

* Bereavement Support Groups, including "Handing the Holidays after You’ve Had a Loss" and "Growing through Grief." Call for scheduling details.


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

• Paula Dorr, Grantham, and Karen Gouchberg, Killington, Vt. continue to show their latest paintings at the Quechee Marshland Farms in Quechee, Vt. until Sept. 8. Call 892-295-3133 for more information. Hours are flexible.

• 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.

• 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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