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December 2, 2009

Grantham Christmas Lights Contest

There are still a few weeks until Christmas, but there are only 10 days (or fewer, depending on when you read this) to get in on the Our Town Christmas Lights Contest. Judging will begin at 6 p.m. Dec 13, with prizes awarded to first, second and third place. In addition, a special Holiday Spirit Award will be given to the best decorated home or business on Route 10. Enter by sending an email to with your name, address and phone number. Let the Grantham spirit shine!

Contact Laurie Field with questions, 863-9143.


Breakfast with Santa

Come to the town hall between 8:30 and 10 a.m. Dec. 5 for a great breakfast of pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee and milk and a visit with Santa. 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. Both are limited to 10 participants, so register ASAP. Register by telephone (863-2172), email (, or stop by the library.

* Winter Crafts for ages 3 and older with an adult, 9:30-11 a.m. Dec. 5.

* 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.


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.

Soups and chili will be available through the Grantham Area Chamber of Commerce.

Shop locally, save gas and avoid the traffic!


School meetings planned

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

The school board will hold an 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.


New time for registration

The Blue Mountain Snowdusters ORC, Inc. will hold its annual registration night at 6 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Grantham Town Hall. Visit for more information about this Grantham-based organization.


Please help for the holiday

Provide help to others this holiday season through 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. Contact Kristin Farquharson, Listen’s program counselor, at 603-448-4553 to participate.



Warm items needed

Charlotte Broughton is collecting warm clothes, rugs, blankets, etc. to be shipped free via Lebanon Fed-Ex to two Indian tribes in Black Hawk, S.D. The North American Heritage Association, a four-star charity, is appealing on behalf of the four poorest counties in the United States. Unemployment on these reservations is 70 percent, and the need for clothes and money to buy small propane stoves for their flimsy huts is great. Last winter, temperatures dropped to 50-below, resulting in a grandmother on the Rosebud Reservation freezing to death.

If you care to donate and share excess clothing (or would like literature on the Indians), call Charlotte to have it picked up, boxed and shipped, 603-863-5453. Charlotte extends her thanks to everyone, including Fed-Ex who makes this possible.


Soap making class

Karolina Burtt, owner of Kaja Naturals, is holding glycerin soap making classes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 10 and Dec. 12. The course will cover the essentials of glycerin soap making techniques: color, additives and fragrance. Each participant will make four one-pound batches of soap (approximately 16 bars) to take home. Cost is $85 (including $25 for materials). Call or email Burtt to reserve your spot: 603-219-6773 or (put "soap making class" in the subject line). The classes will be held in Burtt’s home studio in Grantham.


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.


Book fair dates corrected

The annual Scholastic Book Fair sponsored by Beta Sigma Phi will be open to the public from 2 to 8 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16 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.



• Storytimes at Dunbar Free Library: 10 a.m. Wednesdays for infants and toddlers up to age 3 with an adult; and 10 a.m. Thursdays for preschool-aged children with an adult.

• Pick up your 2010 transfer station stickers at the Selectmen’s Office.

• Grantham Historical Society needs an accountant to donate probably not more than an hour to help with its tax forms. Contact Kathi Osgood at

Dec. 31 is the deadline to buy a brick to support the community playground. Forms are available at Grantham Town Hall, Rum Brook Market, and 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.

• There are at least three great internet ways to find information on Grantham: (the town’s official site), and

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

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