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Lorie McClory

November 20, 2009

I'll be taking a Thanksgiving break next week, so save this column or make note of the events coming up later. Have a wonderful holiday. Don't forget to send your news or events as the body of an email at least two weeks in advance to

Auction for LHS Project Graduation

Nearly $20,000 in goods and services have been collected for the Nov. 21 Project Graduation Auction being held Saturday, Nov. 21 at Lebanon High School. Doors open at 9 a.m.; auction begins at 10. This is also a great opportunity to buy pies and cakes for Thanksgiving, and there is a concession stand with lunch items and baked goods.

The numerous items include two hand-made Adirondack chairs, leather motorcycle jackets and lots of jewelry (including some from our own Jim Stamper and Marsha Googins), as well as gift certificates for restaurants, retailers and automotive services, many of them right here in Grantham. This is a great chance to get holiday gifts or buy items for yourself that you would buy anyway… but this way the money goes to a great program!


Holiday changes

The next Selectmen's meeting will be 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23 instead of Wednesday due to Thanksgiving.
Also, all offices at the Town Hall will be closing at noon Nov. 25 and will be closed all day Nov. 26 and 27. 
Dunbar Free Library will also close at noon Nov. 25 and will be closed on Thanksgiving.


Run on Thanksgiving

Don't forget to register for the 2009 Lake Sunapee Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving: Early registrants receive free turkey trot T-shirts. Don't forget to register the little "gobblers" as well. Last year 70 children joined in.


Thanksgiving weekend 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.


Christmas tree lighting

Join your neighbors for some carol singing and country spirit at the annual Christmas tree lighting beginning at 4:40 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Grantham Fire Station. A drawing will be held on-site to see who gets to light the tree this year! Sponsored by Our Town.


School meetings scheduled

The following Grantham Village School District meetings are planned. These are great opportunities to voice your opinions while the school budget process is in its early stages.

Long Range Planning Committee Open Forum at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Grantham Village School Cafeteria

Grantham School Board Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Jerry Whitney Conference Room at Grantham Town Hall

Grantham School Board Open Forum on Lebanon Junior High School options with Lebanon Superintendent Dr. Michael Harris and Banwell Architects at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Grantham Village School Cafeteria


Tax assistance needed

Grantham Historical Society needs an accountant to donate probably not more than an hour to help with its tax forms. If you can help, contact Kathi Osgood at


Breakfast with Santa

Yes, it's time for the annual visit and breakfast with Santa at Grantham Town Hall. Stop in anytime between 8:30 and 10 a.m. Dec. 5 for pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee and milk and spend some time with the big man. Donations are $4 for ages 12 and older; 11 and younger are free with the donation of a non-perishable food item. Bring your camera for some great photo-ops. All children receive a candy cane and a gift. Sponsored by Our Town.


Holiday programs at DFL

The following free children's programs will be held at Dunbar Free Library thanks to the generous support of the Friends of DFL. They are limited to 10 participants, so register ASAP.

  • Winter Crafts for ages 3 and older with an adult, 9:30-11 a.m. Dec. 5.
  • Drop in to create decorations to adorn your tree and home this holiday season! Holiday gift making for ages 9 and older, 1 p.m. Dec. 5: Create scented bath products to give as a gift (or treat yourself)!
  • Ornament creations, 1 p.m. Dec. 12: Paint your own ceramic ornament and more to decorate your home this holiday season. Register by Dec. 1 by phone (863-2172), email (, or stop by the library.


Community potluck

Everyone is welcome to the monthly community pot luck, which begins at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 in the downstairs of the Grantham United Methodist Church. Bring a dish to share. What a great opportunity to sit and share a meal with neighbors and friends during the holiday rush!


Holiday craft fair Dec. 6

There will be a Holiday Crafts Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Grantham Town Hall featuring handmade creations by local artisans, including baskets, ornaments, jewelry, hand-blown glass, wooden burl bowls, pottery, goodies, paper goods, and a wide variety of fabric items.
Lunch will be available through the Grantham Area Chamber of Commerce. Shop locally, save gas and avoid the traffic!


Snowdusters registration Dec. 8

The Blue Mountain Snowdusters ORC, Inc. will hold its annual registration night at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Grantham Town Hall. Visit  for more information about this Grantham-based organization.


Please help for the holiday

Listen Community Services Holiday Basket Program, which assists low income, Upper Valley families with children and seniors 65 and older, is in need of donations. 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. Contact Kristin Farquharson, Listen's program counselor, at 603-448-4553 to participate.


Blood pressure and foot clinic

Blood pressure and foot clinic with the Lake Sunapee Region Visiting Nurses and Hospice will be held 9:30 a.m. to noon every third Tuesday at the Grantham Town Hall. The next one will be Dec. 15. Free blood pressure screenings. Basic toenail care will be $20; a soak, trim, file, clean and lotion will be $25. People who are diabetic will need a doctor's order for the foot care. Call 526-4077 to schedule a time.


Well-timed book fair

The always wonderful Scholastic Book Fair sponsored by Beta Sigma Phi will be open to the public from 2 to 8 p.m. Dec. 16 and 17 at Grantham Village School's new cafeteria. This year's theme is "Destination Book Fair... Reading Around the World." There will be lots of books for all ages including more adult books this year! Everyone from the community is welcome. You might find some great gifts for your children, grandchildren and friends.



  • No Storytimes Thanksgiving week. They resume Dec. 2 and 3 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. 
  • Effective Dec. 1, the Town Clerk/Tax Collector's Office will be open Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Pick up your 2010 transfer station stickers at the Selectmen's Office. Bring the license plate number of the vehicle it's going on. The first one is free; additional stickers are $10 each.
  • New containers are in place at the Transfer Station for the collection of brush. Please see the attendant if you are dropping off brush. Also, alas, the "Swap Shop" is closed for the winter. Save your usable unwanteds for spring.
  • Dec. 31 is the deadline to buy a brick to support the community playground. Buy a Brick forms are available at the Grantham Town Office, Rum Brook Market, and online at
  • The Eastman Charitable Foundation is seeking grant applications for projects in Grantham, Enfield and Springfield. For an application form and the guidelines, contact Carol Moses at Application deadline: Dec. 15.
  • 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 can be retrieved on the Archives page.
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