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Lorie McClory

October 15, 2010


Cross Lightings

The cross on the Grantham United Methodist church was lit on Oct. 15 in memory of Kenneth O. Barton by Joyce Barton and Family. It will be lit on Oct. 18 in memory of Douglas Masone by Pat Masone, and Alfred Holmes by Joey Holmes. It will be lit on Oct. 20 in memory of Ed Masone by Pat Masone.

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 a.m., and the 5K Run/Walk at 10 a.m. 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.

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 deadline Oct. 16

The public is cordially invited to another Vegetarian Dining Club dinner, beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 21 but you must make reservations by Oct. 16. 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 to make reservations,

School supplies needed by Oct. 17

This is the last weekend to drop off supplies for the School Kits for Haiti project being organized by the Grantham United Methodist Church. Supplies may be dropped off at the church between 9 a.m. and noon Sunday.

The following new supplies are needed: 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.

Blood pressure and foot clinic

Blood pressure and foot clinic with the Lake Sunapee Region Visiting Nurses and Hospice will be held 9:30 a.m. to noon every third Tuesday (this month Oct. 19) at the Grantham Town Hall. Free blood pressure screenings. Basic toenail care – a soak, trim, file, clean and lotion – is $20, unless you have diabetes. In that case, the cost is $25 and you will need a doctor’s order for the foot care. Call 526-4077 to schedule a time.

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.

School budget is topic Oct. 25

The Grantham School Board will hold a 2011-2012 Budget Forum at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Grantham Village School cafeteria. All are welcome to attend.


Sports-related concussions

“Get aHEAD: Emerging Knowledge and Significance of Sports-Related Concussions” is the topic of a talk beginning at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in Auditorium E at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.
Come hear a variety of experts talk about all aspects of sports concussions, the importance of recognizing if a young athlete has had a concussion and what signs to look for. Plus, learn about neurocognitive and balance testing before and after a concussion. This free event is appropriate for coaches, athletic directors, parents of school athletes, first responders, and anyone who works in contact sports.
Baseline testing for young athletes, ages 11 and older, will also be available at a cost of $40 per child.

Registration is required by Nov. 5. Call (603) 650-8867 or email For more information, visit

Support groups open to all

Lake Sunapee Region VNA and Hospice offers free, public support groups in New London. Advance registration required to Meg Ames, 603-526-4077.

* Parent-Child Program every Wednesday, 9-11 a.m., September-May (runs on school year calendar) at St. Andrew’s Church, 52 Gould Rd.

* Widow To Widow Support Group, the first  Monday each month, 10 a.m.-noon at Lake Sunapee Region VNA, 107 Newport Rd.

* Caregiver Support Group, the first Thursday each month, 1-2:30 p.m. at Lake Sunapee Region VNA, 107 Newport Road

* Bereavement Support Groups, including “Handling the Holidays After You’ve Had a Loss” and “Growing Through Grief.” Call for scheduling details.


• 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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