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Lorie McClory

September 25, 2010


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.


Yard sale planned; donations welcome

The Grantham Democratic Committee will be holding a yard and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 2 at 52 Route 114, in Allen Walker’s yard. The rain date is Oct. 3.  The GDC is accepting donations of salable items in good condition through Sept. 30. NO large electronics (TVs, computers, printers, etc) or baby equipment (cribs, strollers, car seats, etc.) can be accepted. Toys are fine.  Please call 863-5663 or email for more info. 


GFD Open House Oct 2

The Grantham Fire Department will host an open house at the Fire Station from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 2. Tour the fire station, climb aboard the fire trucks and talk with your local firefighters. A children's activity table will be set up as well. Refreshments and coffee will be available.

Ever wonder what happens when a fire starts? The highlight of the open house will be a response to a "room and contents" fire. This real fire demonstration will include the steps to a response and (hopefully) extinguishment of a fire in a home. The demonstration is scheduled for noon.


School supplies needed by mid-October

The successful, annual School Kits for Haiti project is once again being organized by the Grantham United Methodist Church, and the community is invited to help assemble supplies until the second week of October. Supplies may be dropped off at the church between 9:30 and 10:30 Tuesday mornings and 9 a.m. to noon Sundays.

Each kit consists of the following NEW supplies: 1 pair of blunt scissors (rounded tip); 3 pads (or loose leaf) 8 ½" x11" ruled paper; 1 30-cm ruler; 1 hand-held pencil sharpener; 6 unsharpened pencils with erasers; 1 eraser (2 ½"); 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.


Public events at Eastman

Bistro Nouveau presents Upper Valley acoustical guitarist Jason Cann, 6-9 p.m. Oct 1 in the Tavern at The Center at Eastman. Make reservations for a chance to see this popular, Upper Valley, acoustical musician, 863-8000.

Bistro Brain Busters Trivia Night returns at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at The Center at Eastman. Join Kathy Pomer and her crew for a free night of trivial fun and competition. Register your team of 2 to 6 players for an opportunity to win prizes and bragging rights. Full bar and bistro menu are available. Call 863-8000.

The holiday season is just around the corner, so take some time to shop the craft and art displays offered by local crafters during Eastman’s annual craft fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 9 at South Cove Activity Center. Outside space is available if you are an artisan interested in showing. Call Recreation to reserve a space, 863-6772.


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 is limited. Call 863-8001 for details and to register.


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.


Building committee needs chairperson and members

The DFL Trustees have committed to build an addition the Dunbar Free Library and expand the parking area within the next five years. They are in the process of forming a Building Committee to oversee this project and are seeking a volunteer to chair this Committee. They would prefer an individual with architectural/engineering or contract/construction management experience if possible. Interested parties for chairperson or to serve as a committee member should contact Dawn Huston, library director, at or 863-2172.


Channel 20 features local programs

Kearsarge Valley Magazine is a TV show that has been telling the stories of the Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region of New Hampshire for over 20 years. It is changing its name to Kearsarge Chronicle and can be found on Comcast Channel 20 with two editions: on running Monday through Thursday and another Friday through Monday. Check it out. If you’re out of the region, watch programs at You might see someone you know, and if not, you'll at least learn something new about our region.


Aging Resource Center opening

The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Aging Resource Center will hold an open house 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 29 to introduce everyone to its new program and services dedicated to the health and well-being of older adults and those who care for them. Free offerings include:

  • A lending library of books and DVDs, as well as many free materials

  • Computers with internet access

  • Assistance with finding the information and resources

  • On-site professionals from the NH Alzheimer’s Association and the Parkinson’s Center

  • Caregiver education classes

  • Wellness classes

  • Spiritual support

  • Support groups

  • Alzheimer’s Association workshops

  • Presentations on health topics at senior centers and other community locations


The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Aging Resource Center is located in on the second floor of 46 Centerra Parkway off of Route 120 in Lebanon. The library, public computers and reading room will be open to the public 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. If you wish to speak with a staff member or would like assistance finding resources, please call ahead (603-653-3460) to ensure that someone will be available to assist you at the time of your visit. Visit to see complete information about the center, including a list of events, a pdf of their fall brochure and map, and access audio and video of past programs.


Grantham resident’s art featured

Artwork by Grantham resident and artist Nance Driscoll will be featured at Salubre Trattoria, 3 Lebanon St., Hanover during the month of October. The opening celebration will be held during Hanover’s ArtWalk celebration, 4-6 p.m. Oct. 8. Refreshments will be served.


TC/TC office closed

The Town Clerk/Tax Collector’s office will be closed Oct. 13-15 so the staff can attend annual conferences. Please plan accordingly.


Spaghetti Dinner, Oct. 9

Autumn is here and with cooler temperatures it’s time for a good hot dinner. The Grantham Volunteer Fire Department will be holding a spaghetti dinner 5-7 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Town Hall. The dinner includes spaghetti, salad, bread – and desserts, which are being donated by the best cooks in town. Please come and support the Grantham Volunteer Firefighters and enjoy a delicious hot home cooked meal. Adults $8; Seniors and Children 3-12, $5; and children under 3, free.


Viennese music featured

Classicopia will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Draper Room at The Center at Eastman. The concert of Viennese music will feature violinist Nicole Sharlow Diaz and Pianist Dan Weiser. Admission is $20 for adults, and children 18 years and younger are free.


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


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


Plan ahead for benefit fun

Registration is open for the Nov. 13 Turkey Trot walk and run to benefit needy families in the local communities. The annual event will be on new routes beginning from South Cove Activity Center. Cost is $12/person or $25/family. Register now here. The events begin at 11 a.m. The 5K run will be along Eastman Roads with the start/finish at South Cove. The 2-mile walk will be along Trail 6 from South Cove to West Cove and back. Participants are asked to bring non-perishable food items for the local food pantries.



• 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.

• 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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