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Lorie McClory

November 3, 2011

Cross lightings

The cross on the Grantham United Methodist Church will be lit Nov. 5 in memory of Kenneth Barton by Joyce Barton and family; Nov. 9-11 in memory of Edward Fisher and Marjorie Fisher-Tuffey by the McClory Family; Nov. 16 in memory of Peggy Miles by Pat Masone; Nov. 24 in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Swensen, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Swensen, Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Swensen, Clifford, Jon and Elizabeth Swensen and Perley Sanborn by Mr. and Mrs. Norman Fontaine, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Swensen and Naomi Sanborn; and Nov. 24 in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Carleton Miles by Pat Masone.


Stolen scarecrow

A scarecrow was stolen from Route 10 near the entrance to Rumbrook Plaza. Owner Mike Clavin is offering a reward for its return. If you know anything about it, please contact Mike at 863-5471.


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.

Plan ahead for Nov. 18 when Bistro Nouveau presents Wayne Canney from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Tavern. This is Canney’s first time playing at the Bistro.


Award presentation for Friends

Please attend the award presentation for the Friends of Dunbar Free Library beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at the library. Our wonderful group has won the 2011 Sue Palmatier Award for Outstanding Support by a "Friends of the Library" Group by the New Hampshire Library Trustee Association. 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.

And mark your calendar now for Storyteller Extraordinaire Odds Bodkin, who will come to Grantham Wednesday, Nov. 30 for a presentation of "Twas the Night before Christmas." The program begins at 7:30 p.m. at The Center at Eastman and is jointly sponsored by the Dunbar Free Library and Eastman Community Association. It is free and open to the public… come early to get a good seat!


Raffle benefits recreation park

The Grantham Recreation Park Committee is holding its first Holiday Raffle to raise funds for a pavilion. Tickets are on sale through Dec. 14 at a variety of events throughout town, including the Holiday Craft Fair Nov. 12, Breakfast with Santa Dec. 3 and many more.

Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. Winning tickets will be drawn each weekday Dec. 1-15 ending with the grand prize drawing for a 32-inch flat screen TV. Other great prizes were donated from Stamper Jewelry, Common Man Inn, New London Hospital, The Clean Team, Vella Photography, Mike and Maia Clavin, Pat Masone, Paula Dorr, Eastman Community Association and many others.

For more information, please contact Marsha Googins at 863-6124 or Missy Walla at 863-4974.


Holiday closures

The town offices, transfer station and Dunbar Free Library will be closed for Veteran’s Day Nov. 11 and for Thanksgiving, Nov. 24. Additionally, the town offices and library will close at noon Wednesday, Nov. 23, and the town offices will be closed Friday, Nov. 25.


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 supper

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.



Grantham holiday craft fairs

It wasn’t very long ago that Grantham didn’t have a holiday craft fair and now we have two!

NOV. 12: Get a jump on your holiday shopping with a mix of 25+ local vendors and craftspeople at the Grantham Town Hall from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. There will be a silent auction to benefit Turning Points Network and a cookie walk to benefit the Grantham United Methodist Church’s Camp Scholarship Fund.

Vendors will include Splashberry Naturals, Creative Memories, Sunshine Carousel Quilt Shop, jams, jellies, canned items & baked goods, Welsh Dragon Gemworks, Scentsy, The Pampered Chef, Doodlebug Crafts, Tastefully Simple, 31 Gifts, Party of Gold (sell your unwanted gold and silver jewelry at the fair), Lucinda Pins, Enfield Bag Lady, hand-made dog collars, leashes & treats, toys & unique hats, hand-made jewelry & gifts, Aihu–Essentials for Healing, Whipscrafts Doll Furniture, Daisy Hill Studio, Juice PLUS+, Lia Sophia Jewelry, and more!

There will also be giveaways, drawings, free samples and ideas for the holidays!

Call 763-2646 for more information

DEC. 11: Many local crafts people will be selling their wares from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at the Grantham Town Hall. Save the date and some of your holiday shopping. More details will follow.


Referees needed for basketball season

Did you ever want to be a referee? Now’s your chance. The Grantham Recreation Department is looking for men, women and teens (ages 16 and older) to referee youth basketball games for the 2011-12 season that begins in December and runs through February. Pay is $10/hour. Two training sessions will be held Wednesday, Nov. 16 and Monday, Dec. 5 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Grantham Village School gym. For more information, contact Rec Director Marsha Googins at


Auction for Project Graduation

Don’t miss this year’s live, silent and raffle auction to benefit Lebanon Project Graduation. The live auction begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Hanover Street School (same location as Lebanon High) and the silent and raffle auctions run throughout the live auction. There are always fabulous items for gifts (or for you), including gift certificates for goods and services at businesses throughout the Upper Valley.

If you’d like to donate something for the auction, contact Joy Gobin, 863-6725.


Harvest Dance Nov. 19

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.


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.


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.


Mini golf hole designers wanted!

Last year the Grantham Parent Teacher Group (GPTG) held an extremely successful Indoor Mini Golf weekend, and they’re doing it again! This year the event will be held Jan. 14-15. A few volunteers are needed to build mini golf holes to make an 18-hole course. A few of the builders from last year are returning this year as they really enjoyed the planning and building process. If you elect to participate, you may build it with another family or keep your design "top secret." Set up is Jan. 13 and holes must be picked up late afternoon Jan. 15. Please contact Pattie Beek at 863-8001 or to claim one of the holes. Pictures of last year’s holes are available so you can get an idea of what others created.


Volunteers needed for VNA, Hospice

Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice is seeking volunteers for its Upper Valley Good Day Respite Program, starting this winter at the Lebanon United Methodist Church on School Street in Lebanon. This adult day program, which provides activities and socialization for individuals with mild to moderate dementia or memory loss, will meet every Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers are needed from 9:45 to 12:15 and from 12 to 3:15. Please contact Laurie D. at 603-526-4077, ext. 240 to learn more or to arrange a personal meeting.



• 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 863-6011 or send a donation to PO Box 228, Grantham, NH, 03753, or email



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