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Lorie McClory

September 17, 2009

Lots of news here, so grab your calendar, sit back and enjoy!

Quartet plays Canaan

The Sunflower Quartet will present Mozart and others at 4 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Canaan Meeting House. The concert is free; donations are appreciated. Refreshments will be served.The Sunflower Quartet, which has played many times in Grantham, comprises Grantham’s Ann Givens on flute; Steve Jordan on oboe and English horn; Tom Norton on clarinet, and Earl North on bassoon. The quartet performs a variety of music from Mozart to Joplin. The Sunflower Quartet can be reached at 523-4274 or


Help populate Grantham with scarecrows

Help build Grantham’s scarecrow population beginning at 3:15-ish Sept. 24 at the new town park, 119 Shedd Rd. All supplies will be provided. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult. The event will be rescheduled if weather is bad. More details from Laurie Field, 863-9143 or


Community Market ends

Don’t miss the last Community Market of the season from 3 to 6 p.m. Sept. 25 in the Old Town Hall/Church parking lot (inside if raining). There you’ll find pies, canned goods, pizza jewelry, handcrafts, vegetables and more. If you’d like to set up a table to sell things, there is a $5 vendor fee, and tables are available for an additional $5. There is also a Community Table that also accepts items, with 10 percent of sales going to the Market to pay the sales person and the vendor fee. Items sold will be recorded and money will be given to the vendor. Questions? Call 863-2014.


Tour Grantham’s cemeteries

Grantham Historical Society hosts NH Old Graveyards Association’s fall meeting with a talk and visits to Grantham’s cemeteries beginning at 11 a.m. Sept. 26 at the Grantham Historical Society, 34 Dunbar Hill Rd. Allen Walker will speak at 11, and tours of the cemeteries will begin at 1 p.m. Choose from the Mountain Cemetery at Four Corners led by Renee Gustafson and Bob Champagne (hiking boots and water bottle recommended) or the Dunbar Hill/Brown Cemeteries led by Allen Walker.

Bring a bag lunch if you plan to come for the morning talk and afternoon tour. Desserts and drinks provided. Everyone is welcome.

Contact Pat Andrews, 526-2740, or more information.


Snowdusters meet

The Blue Mountain Snowdusters ORC, Inc. will hold its annual meeting at 4 p.m. Sept. 26 at Willie Newhall’s, 938 Route 10 South. More information on this group can be found at


Looking for golfers

Golfers are needed for an18-hole, scramble golf tournament beginning at noon Sept. 27 at Eastman Golf Links. The tournament benefits the Lebanon High School Golf and Hockey teams. The cost of $80/golfer ($60 if you’re an EGL member) includes greens fee and cart, and a cook out and awards reception. Registration begins at 11 a.m. The group is also looking for hole and tee sponsors for $100 each.

Contact Lorie McClory if you’re interested in sponsoring or playing, 863-0850 or Individuals as well as foursomes are welcome to enter.


Chowder galore on Sept. 27

Mark your calendar for the Sept. 27 annual Chowder Challenge in Sunapee Harbor. Between 12 and 3 p.m., taste soups and chowders and vote for your favorite. Cost is $10/person, with children 12 and younger free. Proceeds benefit the Sunapee PTO.

The event, which is co-sponsored by the Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce, includes a raffle, special children’s events, music and more. More information is available at


Open house at GFD

The Grantham Fire Department invites everyone to an open house at the fire station from 9 a.m. to noon October 3. The event will include station and truck tours, an auto accident extrication demonstration at 10:30 a.m., children’s activities and refreshments, as well as the ever-important opportunity to and thank our firefighters.


Flu shots and health information

The annual Grantham Health and Safety Fair will be held 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 3 at Grantham Town Hall and is sponsored by Friends of New London Hospital, the Lake Sunapee Region Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, and the Town of Grantham. Flu shots are $40 for people who do not have Medicare, Medicaid, Anthem or Pilgrim Health Care; insurance cards must be presented at the clinic. A $5 discount will be offered if paid at time of clinic with cash or check. People must be 19 years or older to receive a shot. There will also be a myriad of displays, screenings and demonstrations, including chair yoga at 10 a.m. I enjoy this event and learn so much every year. Try to make it if you can.


Attention people with trivial knowledge…

The first Brain Buster Trivia Night of the season will be held Oct. 8 at Bistro Nouveau at The Center at Eastman. Time will be announced, but call now to register your team of two to six people: 863-8000. Don’t miss the chance to be top dog and win fabulous prizes. Bistro’s pub menu will be available.

Land and water conservation are topic

Make reservations to attend the symposium “Water… More important than oil?” from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at the South Cove Activity Center. Sponsored by the Eastman Charitable Foundation, the program will address conserving water and land resources in Grantham, Springfield and Enfield.

Participants will come from the conservation commissions in all three towns, the Eastman Lakes & Streams and SustainAbility committees, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, the Ausbon-Sargent Land Preservation Trust, the Nature Conservancy and the Upper Valley Land Trust.

The three conservation commissions and the two Eastman committees will present their substantive conservation efforts, with special focus on conserving land and water resources on or near Eastman Lake and adjoining watersheds. People from the four non-governmental organizations will discuss the expertise and working tools their organizations can bring to assist with local conservation efforts and activities. A general Q&A session will conclude the event.


There will also be displays to promote the organizations and to graphically illustrate their particular areas of expertise. 

The major goal of the symposium is to inform and educate interested citizens about the resources available to help preserve the rural character of our communities, conserve our water and land resources, and continue to make our communities healthy and invigorating places in which to live --- with abundant and clean water, clear air, and a continuously replenished woodlands and wildlife environment. Space is limited, so register soon:


Arthritis is topic

This is a plan ahead, but many of you won’t want to miss it. Healthy Night is back with “Arthritis: Don't let it wear you down” at 6 p.m. Oct. 28 at The Center at Eastman. Learn about arthritis of the hip and knee, understand common treatment options and get information about some of the latest technologies and surgical techniques with Dr. Stephen Kantor, orthopaedic surgeon at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

The evening includes a health and delicious dinner. Call Kathy Pomer to make your reservation at 865-7414 by Oct. 26.


Grantham has a new voice

From Peter Ericson, Jean Alexander and the crew at The Complete Website: We are proud to announce a new way to receive and communicate news concerning our community -

The purpose of Grantham Voice is to provide town related news, offer a calendar to promote events (yard sale, classes or triathlons... it's free and open to anyone), offer a Groups function to help neighbors with similar interests collaborate (feel free to start one – think hiking, toddler activities, gardening, politics, etc. – on any subject), offer a blogging function for those interested in sharing information, photos or videos on any subject, allow users to promote their personal/professional profiles.

We hope you will enjoy reading and contributing to Grantham Voice and encourage you to subscribe via email, RSS or follow Top Stories on Twitter. Check out the “How to” blog for information on how to participate if you’re so inclined.
This news portal is also a bit of a community experiment (we call it Beta), so if you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to email us at



• Make your donation to the Grantham Area Chamber of Commerce Park & Ride tree planting fun. The goal is $5,500. Mail donations to Park & Ride Tree Project, Grantham Area Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1340, Grantham, NH, 03753. Contact Dan Foster at 863-1839 for more information.

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

• The Four Winds Nature Science Program at Grantham Village School needs volunteers to teach for kindergarten through fifth grades. If you are interested, contact Sally Caffrey at 863-6523.

• Toddler play group, 10 a.m.-noon Mondays at South Cove Activity Center. Contact Melissa Britton, 863-4176.

• Lucky Charms 4H group is for youth ages 7 to 14. Contact Laurie Field at 863-9143 or

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

• Storytimes at Dunbar Free Library at 10 a.m. Wednesdays for infants and toddlers up to age 3 with an adult, and at 10 a.m. Thursdays for preschool-aged children with an adult. Now through Dec. 10 with the exception of Thanksgiving week.

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

• Visit for official minutes, meeting dates 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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