Lorie McClory

October 5, 2012

 Cross lightings

The cross on the Grantham United Methodist Church will be lit Oct. 15 in memory of Kenneth Barton by Joyce Barton and family; Oct. 18 in memory of Steven Barton by Joyce Barton and family; Oct. 18 in memory of Douglas Masone by Pat Masone; Oct. 18 and Oct. 21 in memory of Alfred Holmes by Joey Holmes; and Oct. 20 in memory of Ed Masone by Pat Masone.


Land dedication to Will Hastings

At 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, the Grantham Conservation Commission and Upper Valley Land Trust (UVLT) will hold a dedication ceremony in memory of Grantham native Wilfred "Will" Hastings at a Leavitt Hill Road property. Because of the daily rains this past week, the group hike is cancelled and the dedication ceremony will be in Grantham Town Hall’s Lower Level Meeting Room.

Now called the "Leavitt Hill Wetlands," this piece of land (located about 1.7 miles up Leavitt Hill Road, just off Miller Pond Road) was recently purchased and conserved by UVLT with the financial assistance of the Town of Grantham. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at Grantham Town Hall, Lower Level Meeting Room. For more information, visit the town calendar at and click on the event in the October calendar, or call Kristina at 863-0688.


GUMC October events announced

The following events will take place at the Grantham United Methodist Church. These events are open to everyone.

Saturday, Oct. 6, 6 p.m., Pot Luck Dinner

Tuesday, Oct. 9, Noon, Community Lunch; $2 donation requested.

Sundays, Oct. 14 and Oct. 28, 5-7 p.m., Youth Group

What's Next for New Hampshire?

Friends of the Dunbar Free Library and Eastman Community Association present an evening with Richard Ober, president and CEO of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 at The Center at Eastman. There will be a question and answer opportunity. Free and open to the public.


Flower arranging is topic

The Grantham Garden Club presents an exciting program about flower arranging by Michelle Boleski, owner of Petal's located in White River Junction, Vt. during the Oct. 12 meeting at the Grantham Town Hall, lower level meeting room. The social begins at 9:30 a.m., the business meeting at 10 and the program at 10:30. Everyone is welcome.


Apple Fest Open House at Summercrest in Newport

Everyone is invited to the Apple Fest Open House at Summercrest Senior Living on Summer Street in Newport both Friday, Oct. 12 from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be tours as well as complimentary fresh apple cider, homemade desserts and a gift of locally grown apples for everyone to take home.


Fire Department open house Oct. 13

The Grantham Fire Department will hold an Open House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Everyone is welcome to visit the fire station and meet the town's firefighters. There will be equipment and fire truck tours for children AND adults and pick up some fire prevention material. Refreshments and coffee will be available. There will be a ceremony at 11 a.m. followed by a demonstration of automobile extrication.


Flu shots and health fair Oct. 13

The Town of Grantham and Lake Sunapee Visiting Nurse Association will host its annual Health & Safety Fair and Flu Shot Clinic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 in Grantham Town Hall. Complete details will be posted on the town’s website next week.


Tantalizing Trios with Classicopia

Classicopia presents "Tantalizing Trios," the music of Beethoven, Turina and Piazzolla, performed by pianist Daniel Weiser, violinist Ralph Allen and cellist Iris Jortner beginning at 7:30 p.m. at The Center at Eastman. Tickets are $20 for adults; children 17 and younger are admitted free.



"Uncover your roots" raffle

The Grantham Historical Society is having a raffle to win four hours of family history research ($99 value) from Vast Branches (, who will "Uncover Your Roots."  Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Purchase at GHS on Dunbar Hill Road from 1 to 4 p.m. Fridays, or at the next GHS function Oct. 25. Drawing will be held at the Holiday Crafts Fair, Nov. 18, at the Grantham Town Hall.


Poe is New Hampshire Big Read

New Hampshire’s 2012 Big Read is Edgar Allan Poe! Dunbar Free Library has Poe books behind the circulation desk, including a graphic novel and several collections of short stories and poems. As part of the Big Read, DFL will hold a POEtry Slam on Oct. 18, will work with Our Town and the Blue Mountain Snowdusters to put Poe-inspired touches on the Haunted House on Saturday, Oct. 27, and will hold a discussion of Poe short stories with Suzanne Brown on Thursday, Nov. 1. Get psyched about the Big Read!


Oktoberfest at Eastman

Dust off your Lederhosen or unpack your Dirndl, then come for Oktoberfest beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at The Center at Eastman. Enjoy German food prepared by Bistro Nouveau, beer specials, live music and a best dressed contest. Free beer mugs to the first 60 people who register. Cost is $25 per person. Call Eastman Recreation, 863-6772, for reservations.


Election and voter registration dates

Oct. 23 - Corrected checklist will be posted at the Town Office and the Dunbar Free Library.

Oct. 27 - Last day for Town Clerk/Supervisors to accept voter registration applications before the Nov.6 General Election.

Nov. 6 - General Election Day – bring your photo ID as required by state law.

Between Nov. 1, 2012 and Sept. 1, 2013, any voter who does not present an approved photo ID will be permitted to vote after executing a "challenged voter affidavit." A voter who does not have an approved ID may obtain a free photo ID for voting purposes only by presenting a voucher from their town/city clerk or the Secretary of State to any NH DMV office that issues identification.


Tax aide volunteer needed

AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers are needed in Newport and New London. AARP Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest volunteer-run free federal and state income tax assistance and preparation service for low- and moderate-income taxpayers, with special attention to those age 60 and older.

If you have experience doing you own taxes, some ability working with computers, and a desire to help others, please consider volunteering as a Tax-Aide Counselor. Training sessions are held in early January. Tax preparation runs from Jan. 31 to April 15. Please contact Robert Fairweather, 863-6236 or



• Dunbar Free Library’s Laptime and Storytime have returned for the fall. Laptime for ages up to 36 months is held at 10 a.m. each Wednesday. Storytime for ages 3-5 years is held at 10 a.m. every Thursday. Adults are required to attend with their children.

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

• ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge every Thursday at 1 p.m. at The Center at Eastman. $3/person. Everyone welcome regardless of experience. Arrive early to help set up.

• The Grantham Food Pantry is in need of the following items: pasta, pasta sauce, macaroni & cheese, rice, peanut butter, cereal, soup, beans, veggies, fruit and tuna. Donations can be dropped off at 65 Roses, Dunbar Free Library or Grantham Town Hall.  Please call Caitlin with any questions at 361-2604. The 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, call Caitlin at 603-361-2604 or visit



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