Grantham
Lorie McClory

October 26, 2012

 

Final registration before Nov. 6 election

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.

 

Poe featured at Haunted House and in book discussion

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 at Grantham Village School.

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.

 

Youth group meets Oct. 28

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.

 

Music Nov. 2

Bistro Nouveau presents Jason Cann from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Tavern at The Center at Eastman. Reservations are recommended for an evening of great music: 863-8000. No cover charge. Open to the public. 

 

GUMC events for November

The Grantham United Methodist Church will host the following events in the lower level of the church. Both are open to everyone.

Saturday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. Potluck Dinner. Bring a dish to share.

Tuesday, Nov 13 at Noon Community Thanksgiving Lunch. $3 donation requested.

 

GPTG pie orders due Nov. 6

The Grantham Parent Teacher Group is holding its annual Thanksgiving pie sale. Pumpkin, apple and pecan pies are $15 each, and all proceeds support the GPTG. Order forms are available at Closet Treasures, Grantham Pizza Chef and Dunbar Free Library and must be returned with payment by Tuesday, Nov. 6. Pies may be picked up in the Grantham Village School foyer on Monday, Nov. 19 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. or from 2:30 to 6 p.m.  Contact committee chair Bridget Taylor at 843 7365 or psteacher25@yahoo.com for more information.

 

Nov. 6 election information

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.

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

A sample ballot for election day in Grantham is available at http://sos.nh.gov/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=27170

There will also be three constitutional amendment questions on the ballot (see text at the bottom of this week’s Grantham News). A voter’s guide with an explanation of the two proposed constitutional amendments is available at http://sos.nh.gov/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=27481

Please remember to VOTE.

 

Art opening Nov. 7

An autumn art opening will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 at Alice Williams Interiors, 50 Greensboro Rd. in Hanover. Among the featured artists is Grantham’s Paula Dorr.

 

Taylor presents on one-room schools

Steve Taylor, a perennial favorite, presents "One-Room Rural Schools" beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 in the lower level of Grantham Town Hall.  Hundreds of one-room schools dotted the landscape of New Hampshire a century ago and were the backbone of primary education for generations of children; their legacies echo today.  The program, which is hosted by the Grantham Historical Society, is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served.

 

Landscape architect featured Nov. 9

The next Grantham Garden Club meeting will be held Friday, Nov. 9 featuring landscape architect John Sullivan presenting ideas on using stone to create patios, walkways, walls and outdoor spaces. The social begins at 9:30 a.m. in the lower level of Grantham Town Hall, followed by a business meeting at 10 and the program at 10:30. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Turkey Trot benefits families in need

The annual Turkey Trot Fun Run/ Walk at Eastman Community Association will be held Nov. 10 to benefit needy families within the Upper Valley, providing turkey dinners for Thanksgiving and non-perishable food items for local food banks.  The 5K run and two-mile walk begin from the Eastman’s South Cove Activity Center, located at 25 Road Round Lake in Grantham.

The 5K is a scenic, hilly course on paved and unpaved roads. The two-mile walk is an out-and-back, wooded trail. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at the activity center, and the race starts at 11 a.m.  Individual registration is $15 in advance, and families (parents and dependent children ages 18 and younger) can participate for $32 in advance. Event day registration is slightly more. All fees include a hearty lunch, and fresh, homemade pies are awarded to the winners. On-line registration is available.

 

NEHSA seeks volunteers

New England Handicap Sports Association will hold a new member orientation beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 in the Spruce Lodge at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury. Complete details at http://nehsa.org/news/articles/2012-New-Member-Orientation-Flyer.pdf.

 

Toy workshop and luncheon for local families

Guild of NH Woodworkers’ member Hal Liberty will be teaching adults and children of all ages how to build a wooden toy from scratch during a Toy Workshop from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany ("The Stone Church"), 2 Cedar St., Newport.

For a fee of $5, anyone can build a toy to take home. A lunch buffet of soup, sandwiches, drinks and dessert will be offered for an additional $5 fee per person. Handmade gifts will also be available for purchase. Proceeds for the event benefit the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, which donates food backpacks each week to needy children in the Newport schools, along with many other important causes throughout the year.

 

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.

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.

 

Family roots raffle continues

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 Steve Taylor event Nov. 8 (see above). Drawing will be held at the Holiday Crafts Fair, Nov. 18, at the Grantham Town Hall.

 

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 Sawyer 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.

 

What? You still didn’t get your flu shot??

With the flu season now upon us, DHMC continues to offer free public flu clinics. If you have not yet received your flu shot, you may drop in at the Aging Resource Center at DHMC between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15th; this clinic is open to all adults and children ages nine and older.

 

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.

 

2012 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT QUESTIONS

Constitutional Amendments Proposed by the 2012 General Court

1. "Are you in favor of amending the second part of the constitution by inserting after article 5-b a new article to read as follows: [Art.] 5-c. [Income Tax Prohibited.] Notwithstanding any general or special provision of this constitution, the general court shall not have the power or authority to impose and levy any assessment, rate, or tax upon income earned by any natural person; however, nothing in this Article shall be construed to prohibit any tax in effect January 1, 2012, or adjustment to the rate of such a tax." (Passed by the N.H. House 256 Yes 110 No; Passed by State Senate 19 Yes 4 No) CACR 13

2. "Are you in favor of amending article 73-a of the second part of the constitution to read as follows: [Art.] 73-a [Supreme Court, Administration.] The chief justice of the supreme court shall be the administrative head of all the courts. The chief justice shall, with the concurrence of a majority of the supreme court justices, make rules governing the administration of all courts in the state and the practice and procedure to be followed in all such courts. The rules so promulgated shall have the force and effect of law. The legislature shall have a concurrent power to regulate the same matters by statute. In the event of a conflict between a statute and a court rule, the statute, if not otherwise contrary to this constitution, shall prevail over the rule." (Passed by the N.H. House 242 Yes 96 No; Passed by State Senate 19 Yes 5 No) CACR 26

Question Proposed pursuant to Part II, Article 100 of the New Hampshire Constitution.

3. "Shall there be a convention to amend or revise the constitution?"

 

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