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Lorie McClory

October 14, 2011

Supplies needed for flood victims

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

[From Janet Lowell: Please make checks payable to "Lake Sunapee UMC" with "Hurricanes 2011" notation. Send to Lake Sunapee UMC, PO Box 335, Sunapee NH 03782] 

Items needed for each bucket:

  • 5-gallon bucket with resealable lid 

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • one pair work gloves (cotton or leather).

If you have questions or need items picked up, call Janet Lowell at 863-8820. Church address: 418 Route 10 South, Grantham, NH 03743


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. Saturday, 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 trailís land owners. The public is welcome. For more information, please 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.


Introduction to hospice

Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice is hosting a 30-minute Q&A session to answer your questions about Hospice Care beginning at 12:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17 at the Lebanon Senior Center, 10 Campbell St. How is hospice care is paid for? Who qualifies? What services are available to patients and their families? The program will be facilitated by Maureen Healey, licensed medical social worker and Lake Sunapee Region VNA Hospice Team Member. For more information, call 526-4077.


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.


Funds needed for educational trip

"My name is Wolf Tillotson. I am a freshman at Lebanon High School, (home of the Raiders!), and I have been invited to be a "People to People Ambassador" this next summer. I am so excited about this opportunity. This is an educational tour of many important and historical sites across Europe. We will also be participating in a program that helps endangered sea turtles off the coast of Athens. Each ambassador must raise the cost of the trip on their own. I am asking my community for support in helping me reach my goal. Any amount you could find it in your heart to give would be appreciated. Thank you. Call 863-6011 or send to: PO Box 228, Grantham, NH, 03753 or email"


TR to attend GHS meeting

Former President Theodore Roosevelt will be the honored guest at this yearís 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 childís 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 didnít 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 donít BYOBÖ 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.


Events to celebrate Halloween and harvest

The Haunted Pumpkin Festival will be held 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Grantham Village School gym. Come in costume, great fun for the whole family. Purchase tickets at the entrance gate (five for a $1) to enter the haunted house or play games (most games are one or two tickets, play until you win).

While youíre there, visit the Athletic Department sponsored Frank's Cafť food concession. 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.

A Harvest Dance will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Town Hall. This will be an old-fashioned family barn dance with hot and cold refreshments, apple and pumpkin dessert table, door prizes and family foot stompiní music. Come on out and pull up a hay bale; we'll be passing around the cider. Admission is $3 per person; family rate for four or more just $10.


Town Wide Trick or Treat

The fabulous Grantham Police and Fire departments will slow down the traffic and watch over our ghosts and goblins along Route 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Halloween night, Monday, Oct. 31. While youíre out donít forget to stop into the library and fire station for a treat.


Hearing over Miller Pond Road

There will be a public hearing at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9 at the Grantham Town Hall (lower level) to take input on the possibility of declaring the class VI portion of Mountain Road, a/k/a Miller Pond Road, as an Emergency Lane under the provisions of NH RSA 231:59-a. The purpose of this hearing is to determine if there is a "public need" for keeping this road open and passable by firefighting equipment and rescue or other emergency vehicles.



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

ē 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.

ē 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 Eastmanís South Cove Activity Center. Cash donations go to the Grantham Community Crisis Fund.



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