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Lorie McClory

November 17, 2011

Because of Thanksgiving, I will not be submitting a column next week. Save this and refer to it next week as well so you don’t miss anything. Enjoy your holiday, and I’ll "see" you in December.


Cross lightings
The cross on the Grantham United Methodist Church will be lit for Thanksgiving in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Dunbar and Alfred Holmes by Joey Holmes; and in memory of Mr. and Mrs. John Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Dewlos Mutney by Mr. and Mrs. Frances Mutney.


Acoustical musician at Bistro Nouveau

Bistro Nouveau presents Wayne Canney from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 in the Tavern. This is Canney’s first time playing at the Bistro. No cover charge. Reservations are strongly suggested, 863-8000.


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.


Adult pick-up basketball begins

Men and women interested in playing basketball can come to Grantham Village School on Sundays for free fun and exercise. Women’s pick-up ball is from 5 to 7 p.m. each week; men’s, 7 to 9 p.m. each week. The men have a strong group kicking off the season; women interested should contact Susan Martin at 863-9094 to let her know you are attending.


Showing benefits the Haven

YOGAWOMAN, a documentary film, will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 at Grantham Town Hall with proceeds to benefit the Upper Valley Haven. Suggested donation is $10. About the movie: Yoga was brought to the west from India by a lineage of male teachers. Now there’s a generation of women who are leading the way. They’re strong, they’re inspiring and they’re radically changing people’s lives.


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.


Thanksgiving eve service

There will be a Thanksgiving eve service at the Grantham United Methodist Church beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23. Everyone is invited to come give thanks.


Holiday closures

The town offices, transfer station and Dunbar Free Library are closed 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. The transfer station and library will be open regular hours Friday, Nov. 25.


Don’t miss A Christmas Carol with Odds Bodkins

You don’t want to miss Master Storyteller Odds Bodkin’s performance of A Christmas Carol beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 at The Center at Eastman. This wonderful performance is jointly sponsored by the Dunbar Free Library and Eastman Community Association. It’s 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.


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.

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 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 others.

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


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. One more training session will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 in the Grantham Village School gym. For more information, contact Rec Director Marsha Googins at


Grantham holiday craft fair

Many local craftspeople will be selling their wares from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at the Grantham Town Hall. Items include baskets, ornaments, handmade journals, birch bark boxes, doll houses, woven scarves, fiber bags and wall hangings, knits, photography, miniature paintings, cookies and candies, fleece hats, honey and beeswax candles, pottery, doll houses and jewelry. Also, the sixth grade will be selling lunch at the craft fair again to help defray the costs of their trip to Nature's classroom in May. You can also buy raffle tickets to benefit the Recreation Department and Historical Society.


New library hours in January

Beginning in January, Dunbar Free Library will change its hours on Mondays and Wednesdays. The library will be open 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., giving us an extra hour each week to enjoy one of our town’s most wonderful resources.

This change keeps the library open from 5-6:30, which means you can stop on your way home from work, but closes it at 7:30 rather than 8:30.

For more information about the library, visit


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.



• 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. Contact the library through the holidays to make sure they are happening: 863-2172.

• 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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