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Lorie McClory

November 12, 2010
(updated Nov. 15)

Cross lightings

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

It will be lit on Thanksgiving in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Carlton Miles and Ed and Doug Masone by Patricia Masone; and 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.


Architect sought

The Trustees of the Dunbar Free Library are requesting proposals for professional architectural services for the expansion of the library. Interested parties can obtain more information by contacting Dawn Huston, Director at 863-2172 or


American Floral Design from Traditional to Contemporary

Learn about the history of American floral design through the decades from Peg Birch during the next Grantham Garden Club program, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 12 at the Grantham Town Hall. See arrangements in the various styles, and one lucky person will win one of the arrangements. Open to the public. For more information, call 863-8163.


Family Portrait Day to benefit sixth grade trip

The sixth grade at Grantham Village School is sponsoring a Lifetouch Family Portrait Day from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in the GVS cafeteria as a fundraiser to help defray the cost of their class trip in May to Environmental Camp. The Lifetouch photographer offers several backgrounds for you to choose from and uses digital equipment so you can view your shot on the spot. The sitting fee is $10, which will go to the sixth grade as part of their fundraising. With each sitting fee you will receive a free 8 x 10 portrait of your photo session.

To reserve a sitting time, email Brenda Molloy at


Turkey Trot to benefit needy

Registration is open for the Nov. 13 Turkey Trot to benefit Upper Valley families in need and local food pantries. The annual walk and run, which will be on new routes beginning and ending at Eastman’s South Cove Activity Center, begin at 11 a.m.; on-site registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

The 5.29K run will be along Eastman roads, while the two-mile walk will be along Trail 6 from South Cove to West Cove and back.

Pre-registration is $12/person or $25/family. Registration forms are available at Eastman Recreation at South Cove or register at As always, entry fees benefit needy families in the local communities, and participants are asked to bring non-perishable food items for local pantries.

For more information, call 863-6772.


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.


Pie sale benefits school programs

The Grantham Parent Teacher Group is conducting its annual Thanksgiving Pie Sale. All pies are homemade and the apple pies are made from apples from Grantham's King Blossom Orchard. This year's offerings are pecan, pumpkin, apple and, new this year, blueberry! Pies are $15 each, and proceeds support enrichment activities at Grantham Village School. Pre-orders will guarantee your pie (highly recommended) and can be made by contacting Liz Borger at Pies will be available for pick up the Monday before Thanksgiving (11/22) before school and from 2:30-6:30 at GVS.


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.


Dinner benefits UVHS

A benefit dinner for the Upper Valley Humane Society will be held at the Common Man Restaurant in Claremont Nov. 23. Seatings for the three-course dinners are at 5 and 7 p.m. Cost is $20/person, with 50 percent of the proceeds going to the humane society. Tickets can be purchased by calling 448-6888 ext. 100, or at the Common Man.


Thanksgiving Eve service

There will be a Thanksgiving eve service at the Grantham United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. Nov. 24.


Thanksgiving closings

The town offices, Dunbar Free Library and the transfer station will be closed for Thanksgiving, Nov. 25. Additionally, the library will close at noon Nov. 24 and there will be no Storytime; the library will reopen at 9 a.m. Nov. 26. The town offices will be closed Nov. 26.

Correction: "Thanksgiving Eve service"

"It's not a Thanksgiving EVE service, but a service for Thanksgiving the Sunday before."

There will be a Thanksgiving service at the Grantham United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. Nov. 21. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Thanksgiving closings

The town offices, Dunbar Free Library and the transfer station will be closed for Thanksgiving, Nov. 25. Additionally, the library will close at noon Nov. 24 and there will be no Storytime; the library will reopen at 9 a.m. Nov. 26. The town offices will be closed Nov. 26.


Transfer Station stickers available

The 2011 Transfer Station "hang tag" passes must be picked up by residents at the Selectmen’s Office. The old tags expire Dec. 31. Make sure you know the license plate number of the vehicle the hanger will be assigned to. The first hang tag is free to the property owner; each additional tag and replacement tags are $10.


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.


Craft fair at town hall

The annual Holiday Crafts Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at the town hall. Homemade creations by local artisans will include baskets, ornaments, jewelry, handmade journals/notepads, wooden bird houses/candle holders, woven scarves, felted animals, fiber bags and wall hangings, hand knits, photography, pottery, miniature paintings, lotions/scrubs, baked cookies/candies, and T-shirts.
Lunch will be available to benefit the Grantham sixth grade trip to Nature’s Classroom.

Shop locally, save gas, avoid the traffic!


FYI for fresh produce lovers… 

A Winter Farmers Market will be held at the Lebanon United Methodist Church, 18 School St., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Saturday of each month from January to April. More information as they get closer.


This could have been here!

Taken from the Grantham, UK website: Grantham Hospice’s Nearly New Sale takes place today at Springfield House Conference Centre, in Springfield Road, Grantham.

Guess Springfield and Grantham are near each other there, too! Take a peek to see what you find:



• 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.)

• 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. 11 and Nov. 25).

• A Medicare specialist will be available Tuesday mornings at Grantham Town Hall to help with open enrollment or other issues. Call ServiceLink at 448-1558, leave a telephone number, and the counselor will call you to make an appointment.

• Indoor Pickleball Tuesday and Thursdays from noon-2 p.m. at Newport Recreation Center. Check for latest Upper Valley pickleball news. Milly and Fred have been appointed as USAPA Pickleball Ambassadors for the Upper Valley.

• 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.


• 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.

 Don’t forget to send your news or events at least two weeks in advance to Let your neighbors know what’s going on.

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