Grantham
Lorie McClory

October 19, 2012

 TC/TC office closed

The Town Clerk/Tax Collector’s office is closed Oct. 19 and will reopen at 8 a.m. Oct. 22.

 

Brooks Hubbard Oct. 19

Acoustical musician Brooks Hubbard will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 in the Tavern at Bistro Nouveau in The Center at Eastman. No cover charge, but reservations are recommended: 863-8000.

 

Oktoberfest at Eastman

Don’t miss 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. Cost is $25 per person. Call Eastman Recreation, 863-6772, for reservations.

 

Musical program Oct. 24

The Eastman Instrumental Ensemble will perform beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 at The Center at Eastman. The ensemble features Vivian Dolkart and Jane Sachs (flutes), David Nierenberg (cello) Ken Dolkart (guitar) and Mary Lou Schaefer (violin) for an evening of music. All welcome and no charge.

 

Last call for 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.

 

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 – Polls open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Grantham Town Hall. 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.

 

Poe

New Hampshire’s 2012 Big Read is Edgar Allan Poe! As part of the Big Read, DFL will work with Our Town and the Blue Mountain Snowdusters to put Poe-inspired touches on the Haunted House on Saturday, Oct. 27.

There will also be a discussion of Poe short stories with Suzanne Brown at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1. Dunbar Free Library has Poe books behind the circulation desk, including a graphic novel and several collections of short stories and poems.

 

Absentee ballots available

Absentee ballots are available for voters who cannot be at the polls between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 6. Visit the Town Clerk’s Office for your absentee ballot. Please remember to VOTE.

 

GUMC youth group

The Grantham United Methodist Church Youth Group will be held 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 in the church lower level. Everyone is welcome.

 

Have you bought batteries yet?

The Grantham Fire Department, in support of the NFPA’s annual Change the Clock, Change your Batteries campaign, reminds you to put fresh batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be checked monthly. The heating season has begun and, therefore, the associated risks are increased. A working detector can save lives if there is a malfunction with a woodstove, fireplace, heater or furnace. A detector that doesn’t work or has the battery removed doesn’t do a thing.

 

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.

Drug discount card available for all

Sullivan County has a Prescription Drug Discount Card Program that any
county resident can use. The program currently is providing an average of
24% discount on prescription drugs. There are no claim forms to fill out,
no membership fees, and the card can be used for the whole family - even
pets being prescribed a medication that is also used by humans.

The cards may be picked up at the following locations:
* County offices in Newport or Unity
* Town Clerk offices or Claremont City Hall
* Various senior centers and Valley Regional Hospital Emergency Room

The County began the program in April of 2006 and a summary of the program at our County's website here. Also, check to see if your pharmacy participates by clicking on the following link - you can also print a Prescription Discount Card at http://www.nacorx.org.

 

Clothing and coat collections underway

The United Way of Sullivan County has an urgent need for warm winter clothing, especially coats for children, women and men.  Donations can be dropped off at the following locations: 

· Lake Sunapee Bank – all locations

· Sugar River Bank – all locations

· Connecticut River Bank – Charlestown & Claremont

· Claremont Savings Bank – all locations

· Valley Regional Hospital – main lobby

· Sullivan County Nursing Home

· Southwestern Community Services

· Newport Montessori School

· Sullivan County United Way Office – 23 Main St., Newport

Also, Carol Shepherd Realty is holdings its annual coat drive. Coats may be dropped off at her office in Saywer Brook Plaza.

 

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. 

 

Plan ahead for auction

The Lebanon Project Graduation Auction for the class of 2013 will be held Saturday, Nov. 17 in the Lebanon High School cafeteria. Doors open at 9 a.m. and the live auction begins at 10. There is also a silent auction and several raffles. There will be a concession stand featuring pies and cakes suitable for Thanksgiving, as well as food to eat during the auction.

Donations are still being sought. If you’d like to donate to the auction, contact Lorie McClory at 863-0850. If you’d like to donate to the concession stand, contact Denise Buckman, 863-7857.

 

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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