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October 2, 2009

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.


Monthly potluck

Everyone is welcome to the monthly community pot luck, which begins at 6 p.m. Oct. 3 in the downstairs of the Grantham United Methodist Church. Bring a dish to share.


Dems hold fine dining fundraisers

The major fund raising event each year for the Grantham Democratic Committee is a series of dinners/brunches/luncheons. All proceeds go to support local candidates for both state and national office. This year they are offering five dining opportunities in October:

• Oct. 4 at noon: Autumn’s Bounty Brunch at the home of Bob and Judy McCarthy, 11 Fernwood Lane, featuring locally-raised turkey, farm-fresh eggs and locally-grown produce, with home-made bagels, butters and jams from the cook’s kitchen.
• Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m.: A Moroccan Feast
• Oct. 17 at 6 p.m.: Continental Delight
• Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m.: Vegetarian Gourmet
• Oct. 24 at 6 p.m.: Cosmopolitan Cuisine

The cost is $35 per person, which includes wine and spirits. To reserve a place, send your check, made out to the Grantham Democratic Committee, with the event you plan to attend and the names of each person in your party, plus telephone contact information to Phyllis Katz, Grantham Democratic Committee, Box 564, Grantham. For more information, contact Jean Sutherland at 863-1856 or Phyllis Katz at


Join the Harmony Night a Cappella Chorus

Rehearsals are every Monday when school is in session, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Lebanon High School. All ages and experience levels are welcome at this free, intergenerational, educational and fun singing experience! Free. Call director Dan Signor at 863-2319 for information.


Brain Buster Trivia Night Oct. 8

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.


Putting your garden to bed

Elmer C. Brown of E.C. Brown’s Nursery in Thetford will present “Putting Your Garden to Bed” at the Oct. 9 meeting of the Grantham Garden Club beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Grantham Town Hall. The program, which will include a Q&A, is free and open to the public. Call 863-8163 for more information.


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. Space is limited, so register soon:

A short drive but fun

To celebrate the harvest this fall, Cardigan Mountain Art Association invites you to a night of Contra dancing for the whole family beginning at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Enfield Community Center, Route 4. The caller for the night is Dr. Ruth with musical accompaniment by Tonight’s Special. The dance is alcohol and drug free. Suggested donation is $10/person or $25/family. Contra Dancing is a traditional dance of this region with callers and fiddlers, who instruct, accompany and encourage the dancers. The event will be an opportunity for new dancers to learn steps; the entire family is encouraged to participate!! Call 523-7292 for more details.


New business for your convenience

There is a new venture in Grantham. Randy Heller, a former Fortune 400 Executive, has started a business called While you are away (short-term or long) he will visit your home weekly and send you an email with a picture of your home to communicate that all is well – or not (why wait weeks or months to know that you have a tree down in your driveway or that your power is out?). Also, if you are having work done while you are away, Randy will be your eyes and ears by letting tradesmen in, locking up after they leave, checking the work and reporting back to you. In addition, feel free to call Randy if you need anything done like turn the water on or off, pick up your mail, adjust the thermostat prior to your arrival, water plants, fill your refrigerator with basic staples, even pick you up (or drop you off) at the airport! For more information, contact him at or 603-369-2657.


Russian Revolution with Classicopia

Another wonderful Classicopia concert will be held in the Draper Room at The Center at Eastman beginning at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22. The concert is entitled “Russian Revolution” and features two great Russian Piano Trios by Arensky and Shostakovich. It will be a fabulous program, showcasing the brilliant and passionate Arensky and the emotionally powerful Shostakovich, written during WWII as a tribute to the Jews who had died. The performers will be Megumi Stohs, violin; Patrick Owen, cello; and Dan Weiser, piano.  Admission is $15 for adults and free for children 18 and under.


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, orthopedic surgeon at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

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


Leb DMV closed

The Lebanon Motor Vehicle sub-station is closed until further notice. Licensing and registrations can be done at the Claremont office located at 1 Water St. They are open Monday - Friday 8:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.



• 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.

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