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October 28, 2011

Dispose of unwanted drugs Saturday

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 you’re there, visit the Athletic Department sponsored Frank's Café 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 stompin’ 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 you’re out don’t forget to stop into the library and fire station for a treat.


GHS selling 2012 calendars

The Grantham Historical Society has published a 2012 calendar, now available at the GHS building, 34 Dunbar Hill Road on Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m. Members may pick up their complimentary copy, and non-members may purchase one for $5 at the historical society office or at Rum Brook Market. Enjoy the great old photos of Grantham homes and citizens.


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

Please attend the award presentation Saturday, Nov. 5 for the Friends of Dunbar Free Library, which was awarded the Sue Palmatier Award for Outstanding Support by a "Friends of the Library" Group by the New Hampshire library Trustee Association. The event presentation begins at 1 p.m. at the library. Come thank the people who help make the library wonderful and find out how and why they do it.


Budget forum 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.


Take this opportunity to help your town

Due to a recent resignation, there is a vacancy on the Grantham Trustees of Trust Funds. They are looking for a person with a finance/investment background or experience who can help evaluate investment options to assure funds administered by the trustees earn an optimal return within statutory and investment policy guidelines. 

Other volunteer opportunities include the Capital Improvement Committee and Town Archivist.

If you are interested in filling any of these vacancies or have any questions, please contact Town Administrator Becky Newton at or 863-6021.


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.


Musical performance includes Ragtime

Come for an unforgettable musical evening with composer-performer extraordinaire Will Ogmundson and hear some of the best ragtime as well as other selections beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9 at The Center at Eastman. The program is free and open to the public.

Come early and enjoy Wednesday's two-fer $38 dinner special at Bistro Nouveau before the show. Reservations are recommended, 863-8000.


Holiday closures

The town offices, transfer station and Dunbar Free Library will be closed for Veteran’s Day Nov. 11.


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.


Chamber members propose petition article

Rationale: Running a business in a small town is challenging. Sandwich board signs are extremely beneficial in exposing customers to information regarding goods and services as well as special sales. As Grantham has very limited Business and Business Light Industrial Districts, such signs would be minimal in number. In this economy, helping our local businesses to thrive is essential.

If you are a registered voter and are interested in signing this petition (text of follows), please visit Closet Treasures located across from the Post Office.

"Pursuant to RSA 675:4, we the undersigned registered voters of Grantham, New Hampshire submit this petition for an amendment to adopt the following Zoning Ordinance, to be included under Article XIII: Signs, with a ballot vote:

SIGN, SANDWICH BOARD: A free standing, A-frame ground sign having a message on both sides shall be allowed in the Business and Business Light Industrial Districts only, and may not be larger than 3 ft. x 4ft (12 square feet) in areas. The sign shall not obstruct visibility of vehicles or pedestrians, and shall not be located within a street or street right-of-way. Only one such sign shall be allowed in front of each business establishment. The sign shall be removed during non-open business hours. The sign shall be properly secured and/or weighted as to not intrude upon, infringe upon or cause a hazard to passers-by and/or the traveling public."


Selectmen move meeting date for Thanksgiving

The Selectmen’s meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 23 has been rescheduled to Monday, Nov. 21 at 5 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room.



• Grantham United Methodist Church worship service at 9 a.m. each Sunday, with Pastor Patricia Williams. Everyone is welcome to attend.

• 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.

• 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 Eastman’s South Cove Activity Center. Cash donations go to the Grantham Community Crisis Fund.

• Lebanon High School freshman Wolf Tillotson has been invited to be a "People to People Ambassador" this summer, participating in a program that helps endangered sea turtles off the coast of Athens. Each ambassador must raise the cost of the trip on their own. If you would like to donate, call 863-601,1 or send a donation to PO Box 228, Grantham, NH, 03753, or email


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