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Lorie McClory

October 21, 2011

Cross lightings

The cross on the Grantham United Methodist Church was lit Oct. 15 in memory of Kenneth Barton by Joyce Barton and family; Oct. 18 in memory of Alfred Holmes by Joey Holmes; and Oct. 18 in memory of Douglas Masone and Oct. 20th for Ed Masone by Pat Masone.


Free financial workshop tomorrow

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.


Acoustical musician at Bistro Nouveau

Bistro Nouveau presents Upper Valley favorite Jason Cann from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 at The Center at Eastman. No cover charge. Reservations are strongly suggested, 863-8000.


Award presentation for Friends

I mentioned last month that the Friends of Dunbar Free Library were awarded the Sue Palmatier Award for Outstanding Support by a "Friends of the Library" Group by the New Hampshire library Trustee Association. Everyone is invited to attend the award presentation beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at the library. Come meet the people who help make the library wonderful and find out how and why the do it.


Budget hearing and board meeting

The Grantham School Board will meet Monday, Nov. 7 in the Grantham Village School Music Room. A forum on the proposed 2012-13 budget will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will immediately be followed by a regularly scheduled board meeting.


Hearing concerns 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.


Turkey Trot benefits those in need

Registration is open for the annual Turkey Trot 5K run and 2-mile walk being held Saturday, Nov. 12 from the South Cove Activity Center in Eastman. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.; events at 11. You may preregister online. Preregistration costs are $15/person and $32/family (two adults and dependent children up to age 18). Race day registration is slightly more. Net proceeds benefit families in need in Enfield, Grantham and Springfield. Bring a non-perishable food item with you to donate to a local food pantry. Luncheon is served to all participants and homemade pies are given as prizes!


Harvest potluck

Grantham United Methodist Church will host a Harvest Potluck beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 in the downstairs meeting area in the church. This event is open to everyone who would like to gather to share their bounty with their neighbors. Just bring a dish to share and enjoy the festive fellowship as we near the thanksgiving season! Contact Janet Lowell at 863-8820 for more information.



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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