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October 1, 2010

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

The Future of Wind Power in New Hampshire

Ed Cherian of Iberdrola Renewables will discuss the Wind Power Project beginning at 4 p.m. Oct. 10 at South Cove Activity Center in Eastman. The 12 turbines, which can be seen driving down Route10 from Grantham toward Newport, stand nearly 400 feet tall and are projected to offset carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to taking approximately 5,700 cars off the road each year. Hear about the site selection process, local reaction, actual power output, and how wind power fits into the energy picture for New Hampshire. The program, which is sponsored by the Eastman Charitable Foundation, is free and open to all, with a reception following. For more information, call 863-7586 or visit

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.

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

Fall Auto Expo

Grantham’s Jeremy Walla, a senior at Sunapee High School, has developed a Fall Auto Expo to be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 16 on the New London Town Common.  The event is his senior project, with proceeds benefitting The First Tee of New Hampshire, an organization that teaches core values and life skills through golf. Several dealerships will be on hand showing 2011 model vehicles (a list is forthcoming).

Admission is free, but people can test drive the cars for a donation of between $10 and $20 per test drive to The First Tee of New Hampshire. Any dealership interested in participating should call Jeremy at 863-4974. To learn more about The First Tee of New Hampshire, visit

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.

Collections for care packages

The Grantham Parent Teacher Group is collecting at the school items for care packages for the New Hampshire National Guard members who were recently called up to go to Afghanistan. The school children are making cards to go into the care packages, and Staff Sergeant Anthony Jensen of the U.S. Army will be at the school Nov. 5 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. to assist in putting together the care packages for shipping. The items being collected are: baby wipes (packets only no tubs); beef jerky/slim jims; energy bars; sunflower seeds; peanuts; seasoning salt; any candy that is not chocolate, which melts when shipped; powdered energy/electrolyte replacement drink mix; chewing gum; Avon Skin So Soft; AA batteries; personal hygiene gear, i.e. disposable razors, toothbrushes and tooth paste; lip balm; eye wash / drops; heavy, freezer-weight, zipper-style plastic storage bags - assorted sizes.

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.


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.

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