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Lorie McClory

December 2, 2011

School board meets Monday

The Grantham School Board will hold its next regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 in the Music Room at the school.


Acoustical musicians at Bistro Nouveau

Bistro Nouveau presents Jason Cann tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Tavern. No cover charge, and reservations are strongly suggested, 863-8000.

New to Bistroís musical lineup is Dan Walker, who will make his first performance in the Tavern from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. Again, reservations are recommended.


Breakfast with Santa Saturday

Donít miss the annual Breakfast with Santa from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Grantham Town Hall. Enjoy a visit with Santa as well as pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee, and milk. Cost is $4 for ages 12 and older; children 11 and under are free with the donation of a non-perishable food item. Candy canes and gifts for all children. Bring your camera to get pictures with Santa.


Drive to Help Our Neighbors Saturday

Please join the Grantham Fire Department for the second annual Drive to Help Our Neighbors from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at the fire station. Bring the kids to come "Touch-A-Truck," decorate a Christmas cookie, and visit with Santa from 11 to 12. There will also be collections for Toys for Tots, non-perishable food items for the food pantry and Shepherd Realty's annual Coat Drive. Refreshments will be served. For additional information call the Grantham Fire Department at 863-5710.


Tiger kicks off JOSA

International trumpeter Tiger Okoshi kicks off this year's Jazz On a Sunday Afternoon beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at The Center at Eastman.

Season tickets for all nine performances are available for $144 for adults and $126 for seniors (62+) and students (17-). Individual show tickets are available for $18 for adults and $16 for seniors and students. Reservations at 763-8732; day of show after 2 p.m. call 863-8000. Sit in musicians welcome and enjoy reduced ticket price.

A la carte menu and full bar service available from Bistro Nouveau during the show.

(Next one Dec. 18 with vocalist Giacomo Gates.) 


Referee training Monday

Did you ever want to be a referee? Nowís your chance. The Grantham Recreation Department is looking for men, women and teens (ages 16 and older) to referee youth basketball games that begin in Dec. 10 and run through February. Pay is $10/hour. A 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


Blue Mountain Snowdusters registration night

The Blue Mountain Snowdusters will host their annual Registration Night 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 in the lower level of the Grantham Town Hall. You can join the club and register your snowmobile(s) all on one night. This is a great time to meet other local snowmobilers. There will be pizza, soda and a 50/50 raffle as well.

The regular monthly meeting will start at 7 p.m. Please visit, or call Jodie 863-1551 with any questions.



Zumba Fitness with instructor Angie Shonts is being held 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Grantham Village School. Wear comfortable clothes, and bring clean workout shoes and water. The first two classes are free. For more information, contact Shonts at 704-214-2271 or


Update your transfer station tags

Itís time to update your Transfer Station tags. Bring your old hang tag(s) to the Selectmenís Office for a 2012 sticker. If you have more than one tag, updating the others will cost $10 each. In January, all hang tags must show the current year in order to access the Transfer Station.


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 drawings have started, but itís not too late to get in on the Grantham Recreation Park 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 through Dec. 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.


Hanukkah sing

Handel's Judas Maccabaeus Sing-Along with Congregation Shir Shalom in Woodstock, Vt. will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. An open rehearsal will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. For more information, visit Sponsors include the Choral Arts Foundation of the Upper Valley, the Ada Brandon Foundation, the Woodstock Area Jewish Community Board and private donors. Donations appreciated at the door.


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.


Community luncheon

This monthís Community Luncheon is noon Tuesday, Dec. 13 in the lower level of the Grantham United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome.


Koop speaks Dec. 14

Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop will reminisce about his years as Surgeon General and answer questions from the audience when he visits The Center at Eastman at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14. The program is free and open to the public.


Book Fair Dec. 19-21 at GVS 

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to the Grantham Village School Monday, Dec. 19 through Wednesday, Dec. 21 in the Multi-Purpose Room. Please join us for some last-minute holiday shopping. It is a great way for families to connect by reading together and sharing a love for books. For more details, visit


Successful drug collection

Grantham Police collected 92.4 pounds of prescription, unwanted and expired drugs in three boxes during the drug collection day held last month.


Benefit for Davidís House

The Annual Giving Trees for Davidís House Auction and Radiothon will take place on Dec. 15 & 16. Visit to view the great auction items and register to bid, or stop by and join Davidís House and KIXX 100.5 as they broadcast live from Gateway Motors on Sykes Avenue in White River Junction, Vt. from 6 a.m. Dec. 15 to 7 p.m. Dec. 16. There also will be a door prize, Spin-and-Win Wheel and a cash booth, and Santa and his elves arrive by horse drawn sleigh at 5 p.m. both days.


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 townís 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 it closes 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 theyíre 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 yearís holes are available so you can get an idea of what others created.



ē Grantham United Methodist Church worship service at 9 a.m. each Sunday, with Pastor Patricia Williams. Everyone is welcome to attend.

ē 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.

ē 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 Eastmanís South Cove Activity Center. Cash donations go to the Grantham Community Crisis Fund.

ē Men and women interested in playing basketball can come to Grantham Village School every Sunday (except holidays) for free fun and exercise. Womenís pick-up ball is from 5 to 7 p.m.; menís, 7 to 9 p.m. 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.



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