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October 8, 2010

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Local crafters show and sale

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 at 863-6772 to reserve a space.


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


Lunch Bunch meets

The Lunch Bunch will meet at noon Oct. 12 in the downstairs at Grantham United Methodist Church. All are welcome to come for a great lunch and visit with your neighbors. Donations accepted.


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: on your mark

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 here. 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. The following dealerships will show 2011 model vehicles: Holloway Motors Mercedes Benz; Jaguar of Exeter; Ira Lexus of Manchester; Ira BMW of Stratum; The Car Store of Norwich Subaru; and Werner Mazda of Manchester. 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


Ham & Bean dinner Oct. 16

Blue Mountain Snowdusters ORC, welcomes the community to its annual Ham and Bean Dinner beginning at 5 p.m. Oct. 16 in the lower level of the Grantham Town Building. This dinner is in celebration of all the land owners who support the club. All proceeds from this dinner will go back into the community. For more information or to make a donation, please visit or call 863-1551.


Vegetarian dining Oct. 21

The public is cordially invited to another Vegetarian Dining Club dinner, beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 21. Enjoy a three-course vegetarian dinner for $25/person, including tax and gratuity. Drinks additional; vegan option available. This month’s meal features appetizers of grilled tofu in a Cajun-style barbecue sauce, main course of vegetable jambalaya and sweet apple beignets dusted with powdered sugar for dessert. Contact Carol Moses by Oct. 16 to make reservations, or 863-3263. Let her know of any dietary restrictions of if you'd like a vegan meal.


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 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. Items may be dropped off by Nov. 3 at the school, Dunbar Free Library or town hall.


Register to vote in November election

The Grantham Supervisors of the Checklist will hold a public session from 11 a.m. to noon Oct. 23 at the town office for additions and corrections to the voter checklist. No additions or corrections shall be made to the checklist after this session, until Election Day Nov. 2 except as provided in RSA 654:12. RSA 654:8, II.


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.

• Artwork by Grantham resident and artist Nance Driscoll will be featured at Salubre Trattoria, 3 Lebanon St., Hanover during the month of October.

• 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.

 Don’t forget to send your news or events at least two weeks in advance to Let your neighbors know what’s going on.

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