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Lorie McClory

October 16, 2008

Straight from London

Pam Goodall, approaching her 60th birthday, set off riding a tailor-made bicycle that would take her around the world - through Europe, Asia, America and part of Mexico - on a 10,000-mile journey alone! Her only certainty was that she never knew where she would be sleeping at the end of each day. Goodall comes from England to take us on her unforgettable journey beginning at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at The Center at Eastman. The event is free and open to the public.


Pie sale for LHS band trip

Members of the Lebanon High School Band will be traveling to Florida in April to compete in a band competition. To raise money for their trip, they are taking orders for bakery-made frozen pies to be delivered in time for Thanksgiving. The 10-inch fruit pies (raspberry, blueberry, strawberry-rhubarb, apple, dutch apple and bumbleberry [berry mix]) are $11 each; 10-inch specialty pies (mud, peanut butter and pecan) are $15 each.

Pies must be paid for when the order is placed. Pies will be delivered the weekend before Thanksgiving. Orders must be placed by Monday. Contact any of the following Grantham band members to order: Mike Cyphers, Colleen Gilliat, Luke Giveen, Shawn McClory, Kyle Paquette, Kenneth Stitt or Greg Williams.


Haunted Pumpkin Fest Saturday

Get out a sheet, cut some eye holes and come to the annual Haunted Pumpkin Festival in the Grantham Village School gymnasium from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. It’s great fun for the whole family, and everyone is welcome come in costume! There will be a haunted house, games, costume contest, pumpkin carving contest, costume parade, prizes and great food! Purchase tickets for the haunted house and games at the door, five for $1 (most games are one or two tickets and you play until you win). 

Kids ages 15 and younger are welcome to bring their jack-o'-lanterns or decorated pumpkins between 5 and 6 p.m. to enter the haunted pumpkin contest. There will be a scarecrow raffle to benefit Our Town for $1 per ticket.

Don’t miss dinner at Frank's Café, where you can dine on haunting treats like a glass of witch’s brew, mummy dogs, or gnaw on a boney bat wing to benefit our Recreation Department. Rec will also hold a raffle, including four tickets for the 2009 season of the Fisher Cats and an authentic autographed photo of Boston Red Sox's Jason Varitek. If you can help out at Frank's Café, contact Recreation Director Marsha Googins at or 863-6124. Contact Laurie Field at 863-9143 or email with questions or to volunteer.


Stranger than fiction

True crime writers Kate Flora & Jayne Hitchcock present "We're Not Making This Up" at the Grantham Town Hall beginning at 7 p.m. Oct. 28. 

Ever wonder what the story behind the story is? Hear from true crime writers and cybersleuths about what really goes on behind the scenes. This free, public program is sponsored by the generous support of the Friends of the Dunbar Free Library. For more information call 863-2172 or visit

Trick or treat Oct. 31

The Grantham Police will provide the children of Grantham with a safe Halloween night. As has been their custom for many years, all officers will be working a special detail from 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31 to ensure that Grantham children have safe roadways on which to travel from house to house in the village area.


Beethoven and Mendelssohn featured

Classicopia brings a piano quartet to The Center at Eastman at 7:30 p.m. Oct.31. Pianist Dan Weiser will accompany three other outstanding artists in a program featuring Beethoven and Mendelssohn. Admission is $15 for adults; 18 and younger admitted free.


Potluck Nov. 1

Everyone is welcome to the monthly community pot luck, which begins at 6 p.m. Saturday in the downstairs of the Grantham United Methodist Church. Bring a dish to share.


Silent auction for recreation park

An open house and silent auction will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 8 at the new recreation field and building on Shedd Road (Route 10 south to Cote Road to Shedd).
Stop by and see our new property and make a bid on some great stuff.


Town Clerk/Tax Collector One-hour closing explained

In response to information in a prior column, I received an email from Deputy Town Clerk/Tax Collector Cindy Towle, who explained that closing the TC/TC Office from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays is necessary because only one person works those days. During that hour, the person on duty goes to the bank and post office and eats lunch.


Chamber elects officers, directors

Two Grantham residents will serve as officers of the Greater Lebanon Chamber of Commerce. Paul Greeley of Dartmouth Medical School is the chairman of the board, and Drew Nelson of Board & Basket is first vice president. Springfield's Rich Wallace of the Valley News, has been elected to the board of directors.



• Dunbar Free Library's Laptime (ages up to 3 years) every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Storytime (ages 3 to 5 years) every Thursday at 10 a.m.

• Selectmen meet at 5 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays each month.

• Pick up your Grantham Transfer Station sticker at the Town Hall.

• Visit for official minutes, meeting dates and more.


Send your news, births, graduations, events, etc. to to let your neighbors know what’s going on.

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