Grantham
Lorie McClory

October 12, 2012

 GUMC October events announced

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

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

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 (www.vastbranches.com), 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.

 

Legislative issues discussed

State Representatives Andy Schmidt (D-Sullivan County) and David Kidder (R-Merrimack County) will discuss the ISSUES in the NH Legislature: taxes,  economics of health and education, guns in the live Free or Die State and other issues questioned by the audience beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 at The Center at Eastman.  All welcome and no charge.

 

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.

 

TC/TC office closed

The Town Clerk/Tax Collector’s office will be closed Oct. 17-19 and will reopen at 8 a.m. Oct. 22. Absentee Ballot applications are available on line at www.granthamnh.net, through the Secretary of State’s web site www.sos.nh.gov/elections.aspx and through the Selectmen’s Office during the time this closure. If you apply during the week of Oct. 15, the ballot will be sent to you on when the office reopens Oct. 22.

 

Election and voter registration dates

The Supervisors of the Checklist will sit in session from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct 27 at the Town Hall. This is the last chance for voter registration and corrections to the checklist before Election Day on Nov. 6. You may still register to vote at the polls.

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 volunteers 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 contact Robert Fairweather, 863-6236 or fairweatherR@comcast.net.

 

Delicious opportunity to help the school

The Grantham Parent Teacher Group will again hold its Thanksgiving Pie Sale. Plan ahead to purchase your desserts through the GPTG and benefit the school. More details to come.

 

Donations to Listen for families

Listen’s Holiday Basket program is gearing up for another year of providing assistance to New Hampshire Upper Valley families with children and senior citizens.  Last year, the program was able to assist over 223 households. 

The Holiday Basket Program assists low income families with children and seniors 65 and older who live in Canaan, Enfield, Dorchester, Grafton, Grantham, Hanover, Lebanon, Lyme, Orange, Orford and Plainfield. The program provides warm clothing and wish-list items for children and seniors, and a $50 food certificate for each family.

 For more information or to donate to this program contact Listen directly at 603-448-4553.  The deadline is Nov. 22.  With your help, the holidays are sure to be extra special for area families and seniors. 

 

Reminders

• 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 www.granthamfoodpantry.org.

 

 

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