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November 5, 2009

Potluck Luncheon Nov. 8

A community potluck luncheon will be held beginning between 11:30 a.m. and noon Nov. 8 at the Grantham United Methodist Church . Bring a dish to share.

Please help for the holiday

The application deadline is Nov. 10 for Listen Community Services Holiday Basket Program, which assists low income, Upper Valley families with children and seniors 65 and older. The program provides warm clothing, wish list items for children and seniors, and a food certificate for each family. Last year’s program assisted 220 households.

If you would like to apply or to donate to this program please contact Kristin Farquharson, Listen’s program counselor, at 603-448-4553.


Snowdusters meet Nov. 10

The Blue Mountain Snowdusters ORC, Inc. will hold its monthly meet at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Grantham Town Hall . Visit for more information about this Grantham-based organization.


Preparing for the holidays

“Wreath Designs for the Holidays” is the topic of the next Grantham Garden Club meeting, which begins at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 13 at the Grantham Town Hall. Peg Birch will be the speaker. Call 863-8163 for more information. Free and open to the public.


Children’s author reads

Join Author Mary Lyn Ray for a reading of her book Christmas Farm at the Dunbar Free Library beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 14. Copies of the book will be available for sale. The program is recommended for ages 4 and older; children must be accompanied by an adult.

In the event of bad weather, this event will be postponed to Nov. 21.


Book discussion planned

A presentation and book discussion of The Sistine Secrets: Michelangelo’s Forbidden message in the Heart of the Vatican will be led by Joel Ash as part of the next meeting of the Sunapee Kearsarge Community Jewish Group beginning at 2 p.m. Nov. 15 at Eastman’s South Cove Activity Center . The program is free and open to the public. Attendees are asked to bring an hors d’oeuvres or dessert to share and their beverage of choice.


Climbing and skiing with photos

A presentation entitled “A View from the Top: Climbing And Back Country Skiing In North America” will be given by Jim Predmore beginning at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at The Center at Eastman. Predmore is a dentist from Hanover who has been climbing and back country skiing for 30 years. The presentation, which includes photographs, is free and open to the public.


Auction for LHS Project Graduation

A live auction will be held on Nov. 21 at Lebanon High School to benefit the annual Project Graduation celebration. Doors open at 9 a.m. ; auction begins at 10. There is also a silent auction and several raffle auctions held. This is also a great opportunity to bid/buy pies and cakes for Thanksgiving. There is a concession stand with lunch items and baked goods as well.

The committee is also still seeking donations. If you would like to make a donation to the auction or a cash donation to Project Graduation, please contact Joy Gobin at 863-6725.


Mark your calendars for performance

Pontine Theatre of Portsmouth will present A New England Christmas beginning at 7 p.m. Nov. 27 in the downstairs at Grantham Town Hall . The 45-minute performance features holiday-themed short stories and poetry by New England authors. The program includes storytelling, toy theatre and holiday music. Following the performance, audience members are invited to meet the performers and get a close-up look at the set and props.

Changing hours

Effective Dec. 1, the Town Clerk/Tax Collector’s Office will be open Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. This is a change from their previous hours.


ECF seeks applications

The Eastman Charitable Foundation is seeking grant applications for projects in Grantham, Enfield and Springfield . The ECF works to promote conservation and environmental education; preserve unique, historic and scenic sights; and support cultural resources and recreational programs.

Proposals are being accepted through Dec. 15. The ECF has developed a set of guidelines to help individuals and organizations determine whether their projects and activities fall within the parameters of the foundation’s mission. For an application form and the guidelines, contact Carol Moses at


Limited number of bricks available

The deadline to buy a brick to support the community playground is Dec. 31. Only 134 bricks will be sold. Bricks will be “engraved” with the name of your business, your family, your children, or maybe a special message. A brick patio shade garden at the new park will be created with the granite bricks, pavers and benches. The sale of the bricks will provide the funds to purchase playground equipment. Buy a Brick forms are available at the Grantham Town Office, Rum Brook Market, and online at


McCarthy named to board

Robert McCarthy, a member of the Grantham School Board, has been elected chairman of the board of directors of the Upper Valley Educators Institute.


Exhibit features local artists

Artwork by Eastman’s Artists in The Barn is on display through Jan. 15 in the main lobby at New London Hospital . Featured artists are Charlotte Broughton, Caren Calafati, Betsy Gardiner, Laurie Hayward, Nancy Kipperman, Shirley Mission, Audrey Monroe, Elizabeth Moore, Ann Paulson, JoAnn Pippin and Katie Winner.



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

• Storytimes at Dunbar Free Library at 10 a.m. Wednesdays for infants and toddlers up to age 3 with an adult, and at 10 a.m. Thursdays for preschool-aged children with an adult. Now through Dec. 10 with the exception of Thanksgiving week.

• Grantham United Methodist Church offers Sunday service at 10 a.m. each week.

• Harmony Night a capella chorus sings every Monday when school is in session, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Lebanon High School.  All ages and experience levels are welcome at this free, intergenerational, educational and fun singing experience! Call director Dan Signor at 863-2319 for information.

• Visit for official minutes, meeting dates and more.

• Find news and events for Grantham and surrounding towns at PS: All the Grantham Sunacom columns are still active. They can be retrieved on the Archives page.

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