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September 12, 2010

Free movie finale

The last of the free outdoor movies, Avatar (PG-13), will be held Sept. 11 in Meadow Park in Newport beginning at dusk, weather-permitting. Bring a blanket or low-back chair for seating. Concessions are available beginning after 6 p.m. 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.


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.


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.

Visit or call 802.674.6300 for more information.


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.


Yard sale Sept. 18

Gray Ledges Condominium Association will be holding its first-ever community yard sale from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 18, rain or shine. No early birds, please.


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


Celebrate Allen Walker

A testimonial to honor Allen Walker for his distinguished service to the Grantham community will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Grantham Town Hall. After a brief recognition program, refreshments will be served. All of us in Grantham are grateful for Allen’s friendship and are fortunate to have benefited from his many contributions to our community. This affords us the opportunity to stop by and thank him. The event is sponsored by the Grantham Historical Society and Allen’s many friends.



Take photographic cruise, "Traveling Down the Danube: Munich and Passau to Budapest." with Andrea Sodano and Chas Norton beginning at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at The Center at Eastman. Free and open to the public.


School kits for Haiti

Once again Grantham United Methodist Church is inviting the community to participate in assembling supplies in the forms of School Kits for Haiti. This will run from September until the second week of October. Collection sites are the GUMC on Tuesday morning from 9:30 AM to 10:30AM and Sunday mornings from 9AM to 12 Noon.


The Kits consist of the following NEW supplies: 1 pair of blunt scissors (rounded tip); 3 pads (or loose leaf) 8 ˝" x11" ruled paper; 1 30-cm ruler; 1 hand-held pencil sharpener; 6 unsharpened pencils with erasers; 1 eraser (2 ˝"); 1 box of 24 crayons; a cloth bag (14" X 16") with either a Velcro, button or snap closure.

Please contact either Robin Palermo (863-5933) or Janet Lowell (863-8820) with questions, concerns or for more information. Thank you so much for your generosity and caring toward those in need.


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.


GFD Auxiliary, anyone?

The Grantham Fire Department is looking for community support through the formation of an auxiliary for people who do not wish to be firefighters, but would still like to help. Some of the functions with which the Grantham Fire Department Auxiliary could help would include providing canteen service (food and beverage) during extended firefighting emergencies, assistance with fundraising events, or helping with fire prevention.

If you would be interested in helping with the formation of a Fire Department Auxiliary please contact GFD Deputy Chief David Beckley at 863-3145. Of course the Grantham Fire Department is also seeking firefighters; please contact them if interested


Health Fair Oct. 2

Grantham’s annual Health Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 2 at the Grantham Town Hall. Flu shots for adults given by the Lake Sunapee Region VNA; they accept Medicare, Medicaid, Anthem and Pilgrim Health Care with cards. Flu shots cost $30 for those without insurance. Various health related tables and booths from New London Hospital, health and safety info from Grantham EMS and Police, and light refreshments will also be featured. PS. The flu vaccine this year has a strain of H1N1 as part of the injection.


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 at For more information, contact or visit



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

• Storytime at Dunbar Free Library: babies and toddlers (with adults) at 10 a.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 15 (except Nov. 24); preschoolers at 10 a.m. Thursdays through Dec. 16 (except Nov. 25).

• 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.

• There is a ban on outdoor burning in Grantham. Typically, 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.

• FYI Hikers/Bikers: NH Bureau of Trails will close the Northern Rail Trail until Oct. 15 for construction between Potter Place in Andover and the Danbury town line.

• 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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