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October 31, 2008

The Haunted Pumpkin Festival brought a great turnout of Grantham's finest goblins.

Winners of the pumpkin carving contest were: first place Alison Dowd and Karli Swensen, second place Jamie Dowd, third place Damon French.

Costume awards went to: most original Emily Hastings, funniest Kira Felch, scariest Andrea Field, and best adult costume Kim Nason. The Grantham Scarecrow raffle was won by Sondra Kempton.  

Pumpkin carving contest winners Karli Swensen (left)  and Alison Dowd, and their prize-winning pumpkin (below). (Photos courtesy of Laurie Field.)

Cross lighting

The cross on the Grantham United Methodist Church was lit Nov. 5 in memory of Kenneth O. Barton by Joyce Barton and family.

Don't miss these great family programs

Raptor Encounter from the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) is coming to the Grantham United Methodist Church Hall at 2 p.m. Thursday. Come for a first-hand experience with falcons, hawks, and owls! Sponsored by the Kettering Foundation, and
hosted by VINS.

Then, come dance, sing and laugh when talented local musician Kathy Lowe returns to Grantham at 10 a.m. Nov. 15 in the Grantham United Methodist Church Hall. Targeted for children ages 0-6 with a caregiver, this wonderful event is sponsored by the Friends of
the Dunbar Free Library.

All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Dunbar Free Library at 863-2172 or visit


Open house and silent auction Saturday

An open house and silent auction will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the new recreation field and building on Shedd Road (Route 10 south to Cote Road to Shedd). 

Stop by and see our new property and make a bid on some great stuff, including Lane furniture, artwork, furnishings, athletic equipment and much more.


Turkey Trot raises funds for needy

The annual Turkey Trot fun run and walk will be held on Nov. 15 from The Center at Eastman. Registration for the five-mile run or two-mile walk begins at 9:30 a.m. and the events begin at 11. Cost in advance is $12 per person, or $14 the day of the event. There is also a family price of $25 for families with children under the age of 18. Fee includes awards and a luncheon following the completion of both events.

Participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated to a Newport food bank. Proceeds will be used to buy gift cards to local grocery stores for families in Grantham, Enfield and Springfield. Register on-line at or contact the Eastman Recreation Office at 863-6772 for a form.


Fundraising auction Nov. 15

A fundraising auction ' both live and silent ' to benefit Turning Points Network will be held on Nov. 15 at Bistro Nouveau at The Center at Eastman. Bid on getaways, ski tickets, artwork and much more while enjoying Bistro Nouveau's wonderful hors d'oeuvres. A limited number of tickets are available. Cost is $25/person and $45/couple.

Turning Points Network, formerly known as Women's Supportive Services, strives to end all forms of domestic abuse, sexual assault and stalking in our community by enhancing the safety and well-being of individuals and families through empowerment and advocacy; helping create a community responsive to all victims and survivors; and working for social change through education, outreach and systems advocacy. For more information, call 542-8338 x 109 or email


Dorr has solo show

Grantham artist Paula Dorr will have a solo show of more than 20 paintings entitled 'Seasons: A Year of Pastel Painting' now through Nov. 30 at Kendal at Hanover, 80 Lyme Rd., Hanover. The exhibit is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. For more information, contact


Free carpal tunnel symptom session

Wondering if you might have carpal tunnel syndrome Do you experience frequent numbness or tingling in your hands that is keeping you up at night or preventing you from enjoying your regular activities If so, now is your chance to learn more about this condition and the variety of treatment options available, including non-surgical approaches. 

Sign up to attend a free educational lecture beginning at 6 p.m. Nov. 19 at Bistro Nouveau at The Center at Eastman and presented by a surgeon from the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Hand Clinic. RSVP by Nov. 14 by calling 650-5609 or visiting


Have a family fire drill

Does your family know what to do if the smoke alarm is going off and the house is filling with smoke in the middle of the night' The Grantham Fire Department suggests having a fire drill with your family. 

Draw a plan of how each member of your family will get out of the house. Having two ways to get out of each room is great in case one route is blocked. Agree where everyone will meet outside. In an emergency call 911 from outside the house. Do not go back into
the house.

To start your fire drill, use either the test button on the smoke detector or another horn to simulate the alarm. Practice crawling out of the house (your kids learned this in school to stay below the smoke), then gather at your meeting spot. Practice, practice, practice.

Thank you for being safe

Tax-deeded properties for sale

The Town of Grantham is accepting sealed bids for the sale of tax-deeded property. Most of these properties are located within the Eastman Community, which is four-season recreational and residential community featuring many amenities, including a golf course, cross-country skiing, six sandy beaches, tennis courts and much more. 

All bids must be submitted to the town of Grantham no later than noon Dec. 10. Bids will be opened beginning at 5 p.m. Dec. 10. For more information, contact the Selectmen's Office at 863-6021.


Tax payments by credit card

At the Oct. 22 meeting of the board of selectmen, Town Clerk/Tax Collector Rita Eigenbrode discussed offering residents the option of paying their tax bills with a credit/debit card. She said there would be no cost to the town to implement it, and residents would be charged a convenience fee of 2.95 percent. She said this is something that is done in other towns.

Grantham Treasurer Chris Morris stated at the meeting he felt it was worth looking into further and requested that, since a third party would be authorized to collect money on behalf of the town, the agreement be carefully reviewed by legal counsel.

Eigenbrode suggested adding a warrant article for Town Meeting. Board Chairman Harold Haddock said the board is in favor of exploring the credit card
payment option further. Eigenbrode will keep the board updated.



  • Dunbar Free Library's Laptime (ages up to 3 years) every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Storytime (ages 3 to 5 years) every Thursday at 10 a.m. 

  • Selectmen meet at 5 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays each month. 

  • Pick up your 2009 Grantham Transfer Station sticker at the Town Hall. 

  • Visit for official minutes, meeting dates and more.


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