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Lorie McClory

October 2, 2008

Love a Scarecrow

Ah...It’s good to love a scarecrow! Lots of children and parents worked at the end of September to build scarecrows that are now scattered throughout Grantham. From left to right are Logan French, Thomas Carr, Hunter Gallien, and Reese and Jaret Armstrong. (Photo courtesy of Laurie Field)

LHS golfers win state titles

The Lebanon High School Junior Varsity and Varsity Golf Teams both won their state titles last week.

Grantham golfers include varsity player Reed O’Brien, and junior varsity players Shawn McClory, Kyle Paquette and Austin Walters.

Additionally, Austin, a freshman, carded the second lowest score in the JV match.


Heating safety tips from GFD

With the heating season upon us, whether heating with wood, oil or propane, the Grantham Fire Department offers a couple reminders that could save your life.

* Now is an important time to test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Testing should be done on a monthly basis per the manufacturers' instructions; batteries should also be replaced on all battery-powered detectors.

* The chimney for your furnace or woodstove should be cleaned and inspected by a qualified person. Dirty chimneys or cracked liners will quickly lead to more serious problems.

Thank you for being safe.


TC/TC office closing and new hours

The office of the town clerk/tax collector will be closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for the annual NH City & Town Clerks’ Association Conference.

Also, their office hours have changed: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday 7-9 p.m.; Thursday 8 a.m.- noon and 1-5 p.m.; and Friday 8 a.m.- noon and 1-4 p.m. NOTE: Customers must be in line 15 minutes before closing to receive service.

At the Sept. 24 selectboard meeting, Joey Holmes asked if the town clerk and deputy town clerk could stagger their lunches so the office would not need to close. The selectboard replied that the board has no jurisdiction over the town clerk’s office.

For more information, contact Town Clerk Rita Eigenbrode at 863-5608 or


Adventures on the Trans-Siberian Railroad

Bob Koester and Bob Friday will give a presentation on their 6,000-mile journey on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, the longest railroad in the world, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Center at Eastman. One of the trip's highlights was viewing the total eclipse of the sun. This informative evening is free and open to the public.


Oktober Fest at Bistro Nouveau

Join the Granite State Stompers for a concert that includes German oom-pah music in addition to their traditional, New Orleans-style Dixieland jazz beginning at 7 p.m. Friday at The Center at Eastman. The German music will accompany the German food and beer being served at Bistro Nouveau. Cost for the concert is $10 per person; under 18 free. Information about dinner and reservations can be obtained through Bistro Nouveau at 603-863-8000.


Car wash and pie sale

The Grantham United Methodist Church will hold a car wash and pie sale at the Grantham Fire Station from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.


Winter sport registrations

Registration for basketball and cheerleading will be held from 3:15 to 5 p.m. Oct. 14 and 16 in the Grantham Village School Gym Foyer.

Basketball is open to boys and girls in kindergarten through sixth grades. Cheerleading is open to boys and girls in third through sixth grades. For more information, please email or call 863-6124.


College planning for K-8 parents

Early College Planning for Parents with children in grade K-8 will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Grantham Town Hall. Presented by the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation, the message is, “It is never too early to begin preparing for a college education.”

Between deciphering admission requirements and deciding how to pay for college, parents can quickly become overwhelmed. This free seminar focuses on the parent’s role in academic and financial preparation for college.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Dunbar Free Library. For more information, call 863-2172 or visit


GHS fall meeting

The Grantham Historical Society’s fall meeting begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at the historical society building on Dunbar Hill Road. Come hear Mary Kronenwetter, Ed.D, present a PowerPoint on Austin Corbin: the History & Legacy of Corbin Park.

This prestigious private hunting park, stocked with many exotic and imported animals, hosted guests including Theodore Roosevelt, Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson, Herbert Hoover and the Prince of Wales.

The presentation will be preceded by a short business meeting. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.


Pastel show at LAC

Newport Library Arts Center, located behind the Newport Library across from the common, is sponsoring a new England Juried Pastel Painting Show until Oct. 17. These are award-winning paintings from all over New England. The LAC is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.


Preserving our rural landscape

Join the Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust for a discussion on preserving our rural landscape through conservation easements and land acquisitions beginning at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Dunbar Free Library.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Dunbar Free Library, this program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 863-2172 or visit


Straight from London

Pam Goodall, approaching her 60th birthday, set off riding a tailor-made bicycle that would take her around the world – through Europe, Asia, America and part of Mexico – on a 10,000-mile journey alone! Her only certainty was that she never knew where she would be sleeping at the end of each day. Goodall comes from England to take us on her unforgettable and most unusual journey beginning at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at The Center at Eastman. The event is free and open to the public.


Haunted Pumpkin Fest Oct. 25

The annual Haunted Pumpkin Festival will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Grantham Village School gymnasium. It’s great fun for the whole family, and everyone is welcome come in costume!

There will be a haunted house, games, costume contest, pumpkin carving contest, costume parade, prizes and great food! Purchase tickets at the door to enter the haunted house or play games. (Tickets are $1 each and most games are one or two tickets and you play until you win.)

Bring your jack-o'-lantern or decorated pumpkin between 5 and 6 p.m. and enter the haunted pumpkin contest. Open to kids 15 and younger. Prizes will be given.

There will also be a scarecrow raffle for $1 per ticket.

Support our Athletic Department – have dinner at Frank's Café. Come dine on haunting treats: a glass of witch’s brew, mummy dogs, or gnaw on a boney bat wing. There will also be a raffle, including four tickets for the 2009 season of the Fisher Cats and an authentic autographed photo of Boston Red Sox's Jason Varitek. If you can help out at Frank’s Café (setting up the cafeteria, preparing food, bussing tables, helping with the raffle, or donating baked goods), contact Recreation Director Marsha Googins at or 863-6124.

As always, this fun event is sponsored by Our Town. Contact Laurie Field at 863-9143 or email with questions or to volunteer.


Transfer station report

It was reported at the Sept. 24 selectboard meeting that the transfer station swap shop will close Nov. 1 and reopen in the spring. Grantham has disposed of 95.38 tons of municipal solid waste and 30.38 tons of construction and demolition debris. We have recycled 6.6 tons of glass, 4.75 tons of light iron and 1,042 pounds of aluminum cans. That’s over 11 tons of recyclables removed from the waste stream! Keep up the good work.


Running for House seat

Laura Ward of Plainfield is running as a Republican for representative of District 1, which encompasses Grantham, Cornish and Plainfield . The election is on Nov. 4.

Ward was born in Hanover , was graduated from Lebanon High and earned a BA in journalism at Keene State . She has worked as a paraprofessional in three local school districts and as a rural mail carrier, and is currently employed at Dartmouth in laboratory support. Ward has been very involved in the Upper Valley community, including 4-H, Girl Scouts, Listen Community Dinners, Odd Fellows, track coach, the Grange and much, much more.

Ward can be reached at 675-5506 or


Reminders and plan-aheads

• Dunbar Free Library’s Laptime (ages up to 3 years) every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Storytime (ages 3 to 5 years) every Thursday at 10 a.m.

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

• Classicopia brings Beethoven and Mendelssohn to Grantham on Oct. 31. Details to come.

• Visit for official minutes, meeting dates and more.


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