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Lorie McClory

September 23, 2011

Cross lighting

The cross on the Grantham United Methodist Church was lit on Sept. 11 in memory of Eleanor Barton by Joyce Barton and family.


(Updated) Mini golf tournament with big prize

Fore-U Golf Center in West Lebanon is holding a miniature golf tournament beginning Saturday, Sept. 24 and continuing through the finals on Oct. 22. The prize: $750 toward a golf membership at one of 10 Upper Valley golf courses chosen by the winner. This is open to anyone of any age.

There will be four weeks of qualifying, and you can attempt to qualify as many times as you’d like. The top three finishers each week will be in the finals.

Cost to enter is $20, and each subsequent qualifying round is $10 additional. For more information, contact Peter Harris, director of golf at Fore-U, at 667-6571.


This time, it’s true!

The new Grantham Village School website is up and running! Enjoy:


Lovejoy tickles the ivories

Come to Bistro Nouveau at The Center at Eastman from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 to enjoy a night with Grantham’s Piano Man John Lovejoy. Reservations are strongly recommended, 863-8000.

Next week, enjoy acoustical music with Brooks Hubbard, 7-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30.


Build a Grantham Scarecrow

It’s time for the scarecrows to return to Grantham. Don’t miss your opportunity to help make more at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Town Park on Shedd Road, where more than 20 scarecrows will be waiting to be dressed. These autumn guests will then be placed along Route 10 for travelers and residents to enjoy through the month of October.

In the event of rain we will be inside the town hall.

Would your business like to own an original Grantham Scarecrow? Call or e-mail Laurie Field before Sept. 18 at 863-9143 or


Chowder Challenge returns

The 11th annual Lake Sunapee Chowder Challenge will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 25 in Sunapee Harbor to benefit the Sunapee Parent Teacher Group. Cost is $10 per person; children 12 years and younger free. Besides tasting and voting on great chowder, the day includes artisan vendors, children’s games, music and more.


Art show in Quechee features local artists

Artists in The Barn will have an art show at The Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm from Sept. 25 through Nov. 3. The opening reception is 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25.


All singers welcome

Every Monday at 5 p.m. the Eastmanaires singing group holds rehearsals for the Dec. 11 Christmas concert at The Center at Eastman. The Eastmanaires are based in Eastman, but the group is open to anyone. No advanced registration is necessary, just show up for rehearsals at The Center at Eastman and you will be welcome.


Country music Sept. 28

"The Acoustical Coalition," a group of country musicians, will play country music and talk about it beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28 in the Draper Room at The Center of Eastman. This is free and open to the public.


Appreciation party for Haddocks

There will be a farewell open house for Harold and Margot Haddock from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 at The Center at Eastman. The Haddocks have moved to Hanover. Harold served for many years on the Grantham Board of Selectman and the Eastman Board of Directors. Come express your appreciation for his years of service. Snacks and coffee will be served; cash bar available. There will also be donation boxes for the Grantham Community Crisis Fund and Eastman Charitable Foundation for anyone who would like to make a donation in the Haddocks’ name.


Potluck open to everyone

There will be a community Pot Luck supper at the Grantham United Methodist Church hall at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. All are welcome, just bring a dish to share.


Snowdusters annual meeting

The Blue Mountain Snowdusters, O.R.C., will hold its annual meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday Oct. 2 at Willie Newhall's and Eryn Bagley's home, 938 Rt. 10 South. Enjoy great food and company. This is a great time to meet our members, officers, directors and hear about projects for the up-coming season. You can even join the club that day. For additional information, please visit or call Jodie Jones-Poljacik at 443-0432.


Power line discussion Oct. 2

The Eastman Charitable Foundation will host a discussion about the proposed high voltage direct current transmission line from Quebec through New Hampshire beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2 at South Cove Activity Center in Eastman. The program is free and open to the public. Reception will follow.

Guest speakers are Will Abbott, vice president of policy and land management for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, and Marie T. van Luling, vice president of communications for Northeast Utilities Systems (PSNH's parent company). Hear both representatives address economic and environmental concerns related to this project and then ask your questions.

For more information, call 863-7586 or visit


Cribbage League begins Oct. 6

Bistro Nouveau at The Center at Eastman will hold a Thursday Night Cribbage League beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 6. There will be league play twice a month and cribbage for fun on off weeks for beginners and "old pros" alike. League membership is $25 per person, plus an optional "29 Pool." You can sign up as a two-person team or as a single and get paired up. There will be weekly food and drink specials and surprise raffles. Four tournaments are planned throughout the winter, and playoffs will be at the end of March. For more details or to sign up, contact Bistro Nouveau at 863-8000.


Kearsarge Magazine Publisher Elected to IRMA Board

Laura Jean Whitcomb, editor and publisher of Kearsarge Magazine, has been elected to the board of directors of the International Regional Magazine Association (IRMA), an association of 35 regional magazines in the United States and Canada.

"We are delighted to have Laura Jean join our board," said Andrew Jackson, IRMA's executive director. "The mix of smaller and larger publications – and the exchange of information among members of different sizes and regional cultures – is one of IRMA's great strengths. A New England and New Hampshire perspective will add depth to IRMA and to the board."

"I am honored to be working with the smart, funny and visionary people of IRMA," said Whitcomb, who started Kearsarge Magazine in 2005 and has been a member of IRMA since 2008. "All of us are working incredibly hard to promote our regions, and it's wonderful to have access to the expertise and encouragement of IRMA members."

Kearsarge Magazine is an award-winning publication that takes a thoughtful look at the people, places and things in the Lake Sunapee/Kearsarge/Concord area of New Hampshire. It is sold at 30-plus retail locations, including Rumbrook Market in Grantham, Colonial Pharmacy in New London and the Dartmouth Bookstore in Hanover. You can find them on the internet at or on Facebook at


Buckets for those in flood ravaged areas

The Grantham United Methodist Church is collecting supplies to assemble cleaning buckets for the flood ravaged areas in Vermont and New Hampshire. This is being done through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). There are specific items needed to complete these buckets. Donations may be dropped off at the Grantham church on Tuesday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30, or Sunday mornings from 8:30 to 11. The cost to assemble each bucket is approximately $55, so donations of the specific items needed or monetary donations are greatly appreciated.

Items are: five-gallon buckets with lids that reseal; liquid laundry detergent (two 25-ounce or one 50-ounce); liquid household cleaner (12 to 16 ounces) that can be mixed with water (no spray cleaners); dish soap (16- to 28-ounce bottle); can air freshener (aerosol or pump); insect repellent spray (6- to 14-ounce aerosol spray or pump with protective cover); scrub brush (plastic or wooden handle); 18 cleaning wipes ( hand wipes or reusable wipes, no terry cleaning towels); seven sponges; five scouring pads; 50 clothespins; clothesline (two 50-foot or one 100-foot cotton or plastic); 24 roll heavy duty trash bags; five dust masks; two pair disposable kitchen gloves (rubber or latex); and one pair work gloves (cotton or leather).

If you have questions or need items picked up, call Janet Lowell at 863-8820 or GUMC 863-7864.

Thank you in advance for your support and caring for our neighbors in times of crisis!



• Grantham United Methodist Church worship service at 9 a.m. each Sunday, with Pastor Patricia Williams. Everyone is welcome to attend.

• Storytime at Dunbar Free Library each week at 10 a.m. Wednesdays for children 3 and younger, and 10 a.m. Thursdays for children 4 and older. Adult escort required.

• If you registered to vote prior to 2006, you must go to the Town Clerk’s Office with a driver’s license or a passport or information on where you were born, and to fill out an updated registration card. The Town Clerk’s Office is open Mon.-Wed. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs. 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.; Fri. 8-noon and 1-4; and Tue.-Wed. 6-8 p.m.

• The Grantham Food Pantry at 65 Roses in Rum Brook Plaza is open for food pick up from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit or call Caitlin at 603-361-2604. Donations of non-perishable food, toiletry and baby items can be dropped off at the Dunbar Free Library, Grantham Town Hall and Eastman’s South Cove Activity Center. Cash donations go to the Grantham Community Crisis Fund.


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