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Lorie McClory

October 27, 2010

Update: "Plan for traffic delays Nov. 10

The northbound lane on Route 10 in Grantham, from the Fire Station to Lake Sunapee Bank, will be closed from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 10 for tree removal over Sawyer Brook. Traffic will be down to one lane. Please expect delays during this time."

Sorry to everyone who looks forward to the Grantham News each week. I wrote it last week before I went out of town and forgot to attach it to the emails I send to the folks who distribute, post and print it. Guess I was so excited to see our son after eight weeks that I spaced, or it could be that I’m getting old… I prefer to think the former. You may think what you will.

Halloween weekend events

The Haunted Pumpkin Festival sponsored by Our Town will be held 5-6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Grantham Village School gymnasium. Come in costume; great fun for the whole family (intended for families with children 12 and younger).

Purchase tickets at the door (5 for $1) to enter the haunted house or play games (most games are 1 or 2 tickets, play until you win). There will be a costume contest and people are encouraged to bring their pumpkins for display. Pumpkins may be taken home or left to have on display downtown on Halloween.

While you’re there, support Grantham athletics at Frank’s Café, where you can satisfy your ghoulish appetite with pizza, beverages and baked goods.

On Halloween, trick-or-treaters are encouraged to make their rounds between 5 and 7 p.m. As always, our fabulous Grantham Police and Fire departments will slow down the traffic and watch over our ghosts and goblins along Route 10.

Scarecrow thank you

Thanks to Laurie Field, her family and all her helpers for again decorating our town with the infamous scarecrows. I love the clown hanging upside down from the tree. Enjoy!

Polls open Nov. 2

Don’t forget to vote Tuesday, Nov. 2. Polls are open 8 a.m.-7 p.m. in the lower level of Grantham Town Hall.

Indoor pickleball sessions begin

The director of Newport Recreation, PJ Lovely, has announced that there will be Pickleball sessions from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Nov. 2 at the Newport Recreation Center, 65 Belknap Ave. There will be a $1 fee per person per session, and equipment will be provided as needed.

One or more courts may be reserved at the beginning of each session for introductory lessons for newcomers, and the initial dates will be an open house.

For more information, contact either PJ Lovely (863-1332, or Fred Dunfey (863-9248,

Basketball and cheerleading registration
Registration for grades K-6 for basketball and grades 3-6 for cheerleading will be held in GVS Cafeteria from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 2 and 3, or during normal business hours at the Grantham Town Hall. No registrations will be accepted after Nov. 3. Forms may be printed from Athletic Dept. Web page.

Volunteers are also needed to coach, referee, donate food, drinks or baked goods for the concession stand and man/woman (person?) the concessions.

Contact Marsha Googins at or call 863-6124 for more information on any of the above.

Care package donations due by Nov. 3

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. Items may be dropped off by Nov. 3 at the school, Dunbar Free Library or town hall. The items being collected are: baby wipes (packets only no tubs); beef jerk; 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; assorted sizes of heavy, freezer-weight, zipper-style, plastic storage bags.

Potluck and gospel music

There will be a potluck supper at 6 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Grantham United Methodist Church hall. Music will be by Middle-River Gospel. Everyone is welcome; just bring a dish to share.

Want to share your skills?

The Grantham Recreation/Athletic Department isn't just sports. Marsha Googins welcomes anyone with a particular skill to share to introduce new ideas to our residents and youth, whether it's fencing, dancing or self-defense, she would love to help you showcase your talent. Contact Googins at or call 863-6124.

Lunch bunch

Join friends and neighbors at noon Nov. 9 for lunch in the lower level of the Grantham United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome. Donations accepted.

Plan ahead for concussion discussion

“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 required by Nov. 5 to 603- 650-8867 or For more information, visit


A cappella quartet to perform

The Honeymooners, a mixed quartet of two married couple from the Upper Valley (including the Signors from Grantham), will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at The Center at Eastman. They are an a cappella quartet performing doo-wop, barbershop, gospel, novelty songs and lots of humor. Free and open to the public.

Alaskan Summer

Fred and Millie Dunfey will present “Alaskan Summer” beginning at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at The Center at Eastman. The event, sponsored by the Eastman Woodlands & Wildlife Committee, is free and open to the public. Call 863-8163 for more information.

Old school gamers wanted!

Do you LOVE to play games like Bridge, Cribbage, Scrabble or Backgammon? Marsha Googins is hoping to spark the idea of a once-a-week, winter fun night for folks to gather and chat, compete and share a cup of coffee. Want to help her get this rolling? Contact Marsha at or call 863-6124.

Blood pressure and foot clinic

A blood pressure and foot clinic with the Lake Sunapee Region Visiting Nurses and Hospice will be held 9:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 16 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.

Park’s progress publicized

The installation of the engraved bricks, pavers and benches at the Grantham Recreation Park is complete. The new seating area eventually will be surrounded by a shade garden overlooking the playground. Residents and visitors are welcome to view the latest addition to our town park. Special thanks to the following businesses: Brian Hastings of Hastings Construction, Paul Osgood of Osgood’s Concrete, the Howards of Bouldervale Farm, Grantham Area Chamber of Commerce, Sugar River Bank, and Insource Services Inc. for their generous donations as well as all the other individual sponsors.

DFL book delivery

For those who are homebound, Dunbar Free Library offers book delivery service. Just call the library and let them know what you want. There is a program through the state for free mail delivery as well, and a program allowing handicapped individuals free downloadable audiobooks. Call the library for more information, 863-2172.

To receive announcements of programs and new books via e-mail, send a request to

Hospice Month Events 2010
The following events are sponsored by the Lake Sunapee Region Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice and benefit the Hospice Program.
* Time of Remembrance to celebrate the lives of loved ones at 11 a.m. Nov. 13 at Tracy Memorial Library in New London. All are welcome. 
* The 22nd Annual Hospice Benefit Dinner at 6 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Millstone Restaurant in New London. $50.00 per person (includes hors d’oeuvres and complimentary cocktail)
RSVP by November 12, 526-4077.
* Craft Fair, including food and entertainment, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Kearsarge Community Presbyterian Church in New London. 
Contact Cathy Raymond or Meg Ames for details, 526-4077.

Another Grantham?

Interested in finding out about another Grantham? Use this link to see a sister town in the United Kingdom:


• The next School Board meeting is 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in the GVS cafeteria

• Selectmen meet at 5 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays each month. (There is a meeting scheduled for the day before Thanksgiving, but they may change the time.)

• Closings for November: town offices, Dunbar Free Library and the transfer station will be closed for Veterans Day Nov. 11 and for Thanksgiving Nov. 25. Additionally, the library will close at noon Nov. 24 and the town offices will be closed Nov. 26.

• 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.

• 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.

• Visit for official minutes, meeting dates, lists of elected officials and more.


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