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Lorie McClory

October 7, 2011

Buckets for those in flood ravaged areas

The Grantham United Methodist Church is collecting supplies to assemble cleaning buckets for the flood ravaged areas in Vermont and New Hampshire. This is being done through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). There are specific items needed to complete these buckets. Donations may be dropped off at the Grantham church on Tuesday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30, or Sunday mornings from 8:30 to 11. The cost to assemble each bucket is approximately $55, so donations of the specific items needed or monetary donations are greatly appreciated.

Below is  a complete list of items needed:

Five-gallon buckets with lids that reseal; liquid laundry detergent (two 25-ounce or one 50-ounce); liquid household cleaner (12 to 16 ounces) that can be mixed with water (no spray cleaners); dish soap (16- to 28-ounce bottle); can air freshener (aerosol or pump); insect repellent spray (6- to 14-ounce aerosol spray or pump with protective cover); scrub brush (plastic or wooden handle); 18 cleaning wipes ( hand wipes or reusable wipes, no terry cleaning towels); seven sponges; five scouring pads; 50 clothespins; clothesline (two 50-foot or one 100-foot cotton or plastic); 24 roll heavy duty trash bags; five dust masks; two pair disposable kitchen gloves (rubber or latex); and one pair work gloves (cotton or leather).

If you have questions or need items picked up, call Janet Lowell at 863-8820.

Thank you in advance for your support and caring for our neighbors in times of crisis!


Live music continues

Come to Bistro Nouveau at The Center at Eastman from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 to enjoy live music with Upper Valley favorite Jason Cann. Reservations are strongly recommended, 863-8000.


Health fair and flu shots

The annual Grantham Health Fair, sponsored by Lake Sunapee Region VNA and Hospice will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Grantham town Hall. There will be a variety of health-related booths and activities, including flu shots, and blood pressure and glucose screening. Bring your health insurance card for flu shots.


Congratulations, golfers

Collette Schmidt shot a 73 at Campbell’s Scottish Highlands in Salem last week to win the NHIAA girls’ state golf tournament. Collette is a junior at Lebanon High School and a member of the golf team. She is the daughter of Annemarie and Chris Schmidt of Grantham.

Additionally, the Lebanon High School Golf Team placed second in this week’s NHIAA state championship. Congratulations to all!


Raffle benefits recreation park

The Grantham Recreation Park Committee is holding its first Holiday Raffle to raise funds for a pavilion. Tickets will be sold from Oct. 8 to Dec. 14 at a variety of events throughout town, including the Snowdusters Ham and Bean supper Oct. 15, the Haunted Pumpkin Festival Oct. 29, the Holiday Craft Fair Nov. 12, Breakfast with Santa Dec. 3 and many more. 

Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. Winning tickets will be drawn each weekday Dec. 1-15 ending with the grand prize drawing for a 32-inch flat screen TV. Other great prizes were donated from Stamper Jewelry, Common Man Inn, New London Hospital, The Clean Team, Vella Photography, Mike and Maia Claven, Pat Masone, Paula Dorr, Eastman Community Association and many others.

For more information, please contact Marsha Googins at 863-6124 or Missy Walla at 863-4974.


School board holds meeting

The next meeting of the Grantham School Board is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 in the Grantham Village School music room. The public is cordially invited to attend.


New musical group takes the stage

The Eastman Instrumental Ensemble will perform beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12 at The Center at Eastman. This is the inaugural performance by this new group, starring David Nierenberg on cello, Vivian Dolkart and Jane Sachs on flute; Ken Dolkart on guitar, and Mary Lou Schaefer and Caren Calafati on violin. Free and open to the public. Make a night of it and enjoy the Wednesday night two-fer dinner special for $38 before the show. Reservations at 863-8000.


Meeting and budget forum Oct. 13

The Grantham School Board and the Grantham Selectmen will hold a joint meeting with our two General Court representatives and state senator beginning at 6:30 Thursday, Oct. 13 in the Grantham Village School in the cafeteria. Community members are cordially invited to attend and share issues and concerns about all levels of government.
Following that meeting, the Grantham School Board will hold a budget forum for the proposed 2012-2013 budget.


Apply now for holiday basket program

Listen Community Services is asking low income families with children and seniors 65 and older to apply now for the annual holiday basket program. The program provides warm clothing and wish list items for children and seniors and a $50 food certificate for each family. The Grantham Selectmen’s Office has brochures detailing the program, including information on income guidelines.

Families must contact Listen for an appointment to complete an application no later than Nov. 10. Contact Kate at 448-4553 or


Attention Registered Voters!

Any registered voter who wishes to change party affiliation before the primary must do so by Friday, Oct. 14 at the Town Clerk/Tax Collector's office during normal office hours or at the Supervisors public session for corrections and additions to the checklist from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14. You can check your party affiliation on the posted checklists at the Dunbar Free Library and at the Town Hall next to the Selectmen's office.

Special note: The TC/TC office will be open an additional hour – from 4 to 5 p.m. – on Friday, Oct. 14 ONLY for people to register to vote or for registered voters to change party affiliation. No other business will be conducted during that hour.

While you’re at it, if you registered to vote prior to 2006, go to the Town Clerk’s Office with a driver’s license or a passport or information on where you were born, and fill out an updated registration card.

Regular hours for the TC/TC office are Mon.-Wed. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs. 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.; Fri. 8-noon and 1-4; and Tue.-Wed. 6-8 p.m. (See special notice below about special hours later for this month.)


Annual ham and bean dinner Oct. 15

The Blue Mountain Snowdusters, O.R.C., will hold its annual ham and bean dinner beginning at 5 p.m. Saturdays Oct. 15 at the Grantham Town Hall, lower level. Featuring ham, beans, desserts and much more, this dinner is in appreciation for the support provided by the trail’s land owners. The public is welcome. For more information, please visit, or contact Terry Beaulieu at or 398-5098.


Bridal Gala 2011 at Bistro Nouveau

Bistro Nouveau at Eastman, the New England Wedding Association and Compass Travel are uniting for Bridal Gala 2011 from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16. In addition to seminars and booths from 35 area vendors, enjoy hot and cold hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. The first 100 brides receive a 3-day, 2 night getaway, and all brides will be eligible for the grand prize: a 7-day condo vacation anywhere in the world! For more information, contact New England Wedding Association at or 603-724-4039.


TC/TC Office hours in October

The hours for the office of the Town Clerk/Tax Collector will be different than normal as follows: Monday, Oct. 17 the office will be open noon to 5 p.m.

Additionally, the office will be closed Oct. 19-21 so staff can attend the annual convention.


Basketball registration

Basketball registrations for children in kindergarten through grade 6 will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 in the lower level at Grantham Town Hall. Call 863-6124 or email for more information or if you cannot make it to registration.

REMINDER: The Athletic Department is always looking for coaches and referees for basketball, if you are interested, please call Marsha Googins at 863-6124.


Honeymooners perform

The Honeymooners, an a cappela quartet performing barbershop, doo-wop, gospel and lots of fun, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19 at The Center at Eastman. The program is free and open to the public.


TR to attend GHS meeting

Former President Theodore Roosevelt will be the honored guest at this year’s annual meeting of the Grantham Historical Society, which begins at 7 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 20 at the Grantham Town Hall. Everyone is welcome.


Free financial workshop

Merrimack Mortgage Company of Grantham, in conjunction with Family Financial Strategies and the Law Offices of Michael J Work, will hold a free day of workshops from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 at Lebanon College. Workshops will include paying for your child’s education, strategies for a comfortable and dignified retirement, legal documents every family must have, and understanding today's mortgage world and credit scores. For more information, visit Call or email to reserve a space: 727-7106 or

Although the workshops are free, attendees are asked to bring a package of Size 3 or 4 diapers as a donation to Hannah House.


Beer on tap

Got your attention didn’t I? Hope not to disappoint, but mark your calendar for "Brewing in New Hampshire: An informal history of beer in the Granite State," which will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at Grantham Town Hall. Anticipating an oft-asked question... sorry, there are no beer samples given out at this lecture. And don’t BYOB… no alcohol is allowed in the town building.

The program, by Glenn A. Knoblock, will explore the fascinating history of New Hampshire's beer and ale brewing industry from Colonial days, from when it was home- and tavern-based, to today's modern breweries and brew pubs. Unusual and rare photos and advertisements document this changing industry and the state's earliest brewers, including the renowned Frank Jones. A number of lesser-known brewers and breweries that operated in the state are also discussed, including the only brewery owned and operated by a woman before the modern era. Illustrations present evidence of society's changing attitudes towards beer and alcohol consumption over the years. Whether you're a beer connoisseur or a "tea-totaler," this lecture will be enjoyed by adults of all ages.


Dispose of unwanted drugs

The Grantham Police Department is once again participating in National Drug Take Back Day. Please bring your expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal to the Grantham Police Department between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.


Frank’s Café returns!

The Athletic Department is holding its Frank's Café food concession during the Our Town Haunted Pumpkin Festival in the Grantham Village School Cafeteria from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Baked goods or other food donations are welcome.  No nut products please!  Call 863-6123 or email for more information. Volunteer help is needed and welcomed.



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

• Storytime at Dunbar Free Library each week at 10 a.m. Wednesdays for children 3 and younger, and 10 a.m. Thursdays for children 4 and older. Adult escort required.

• The Grantham Food 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, visit or call Caitlin at 603-361-2604. Donations of non-perishable food, toiletry and baby items can be dropped off at the Dunbar Free Library, Grantham Town Hall and Eastman’s South Cove Activity Center. Cash donations go to the Grantham Community Crisis Fund.



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