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Lorie McClory

December 3, 2010

Cross lightings

The cross on the Grantham United Methodist Church will be lit Dec. 4 in memory of Joshua Dunbar, on Dec. 9 in memory of John Holmes and on Dec. 17 in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Dunbar, all by Joey Holmes.


Holiday safety tips from GFD

When setting up decorations inspect lights and power cords. Lights should not be loose, and cords should be in good condition with no frayed or cracked insulation. Also, do not overload outlets or extension cords by plugging in too many sets of lights. Lights should be turned off when you go to bed at night or leave the residence.

Candles should be used only in occupied rooms and should not be left unattended. Set them up where they will not get knocked over and won't come into contact with other decorations such as wrapping paper or evergreens. Children should not be allowed to play with lit candles.

If you choose to decorate with an artificial tree, the tree should be labeled "fire resistant." If decorating with real trees or evergreens, be sure to select a tree that is not dried out and to keep your tree watered. Set the tree up in a location away from fire places or woodstoves and be sure that the location of the tree does not block your exit from the room. Once a tree has dried out (the needles have started to drop or the limbs no longer bend), the tree is unsafe and should be removed. A dried out tree can become fully involved in flames in only a few seconds.

Thank you for your consideration for safety to help keep us all safe this Holiday Season. The Grantham Fire Department wishes everyone a safe holiday season.


Live music at Bistro Nouveau

Acoustical musician Jason Cann will appear 6-9 p.m. Dec. 3 in the tavern at Bistro Nouveau at The Center at Eastman. Reservations can be made by calling 863-8000.


Breakfast with Santa

Our Town’s annual Breakfast with Santa will be held 8:30-10 a.m. Dec. 4 at the Grantham Town Hall. Enjoy pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee, and milk for a donation of $4 for ages 12 through adult. Children 11 and younger are free with the donation of a non-perishable food item. Bring your camera for pictures with Santa. Candy canes and gifts for children.


Fire station helps neighbors

Please join the Grantham Fire Department in our drive to help our neighbors, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at the fire station. Bring the kids to touch a fire truck. Donations being collected are new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots, non-perishable food items for local food banks, and unable coats for Shepherd Realty’s annual Coat Drive. Refreshments will be served. Call 863-5710 if you have questions.


Eastman Cross Country Center opens Dec. 4

The Cross Country Center, located on the lower level at The Center at Eastman, will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends beginning Dec. 4. Purchase your season pass through Dec. 5 to get a 10% discount. To purchase your pass before Dec. 4, stop by Eastman Recreation at the South Cove Activity Center or call 863-6772.


Potluck Dec. 4

The monthly Community Potluck will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 4 in the church hall at Grantham United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome. Bring a dish to share.


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!


JOSA returns Dec. 5

The 19th season of JOSA begins Dec. 5 at The Center at Eastman with Rising Star Sunday, featuring Chloe Brisson, a 15-year-old emerging jazz vocalist from Hanover. Chloe pulls the listener back in time to favorites Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. All shows are from 4 to 7 p.m.; doors open at 3.

Season passes are available for $144 for adults and $126 for seniors (62+) and students (17 and younger). Tickets for individual shows are $18/adults and $16/seniors/students. Make reservations via credit card by contacting Wightsteeple Productions at 763-8732 or Tickets may also be purchased at the door with check or cash only. As always, sit-in musicians are welcome and enjoy reduced ticket prices.

In addition to a wonderful afternoon of music, the JOSA experience includes the culinary delights of Bistro Nouveau prepared by Owner/Chef Doug Langivan and his fabulous staff. For JOSA, they offer an a la carte menu and a full range of beverages from the moment you arrive through the end of the show.

The next show is Dec. 19 with saxophonist Fred Haas and vocalist Sabrina Brown. To find out more about JOSA and the artists, visit


Attention referee wannabes:

The Grantham Athletics department will offer a free basketball referee clinic at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Grantham Village School gym for all high school students and adults willing to support Grantham’s basketball program. For more information contact Marsha Googins at 863-6124.


School district budget work continues

The Grantham School Board will continue to refine the FY12 budget throughout December and January. The next school board meeting is 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Grantham Village School Music Room. Everyone is encouraged to attend.


Snowmobile registration night in Grantham

The Blue Mountain Snowdusters will host their annual registration night from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 in the lower level of the Grantham Town Hall. Not a member? Join the club and register you snowmobile(s) and meet other local snowmobilers. There will be pizza, soda and a 50/50 raffle. BMSD’s regular monthly meeting is open to the public and will begin at 7 that evening. Visit or call Jodie at 863-1551 for more information.



Build your own mini-golf hole

The Grantham Parent Teacher Group is looking for 18 individuals or groups to build putt-putt holes to assemble an 18-hole, miniature golf course for an indoor, weekend, community-wide event planned for Jan 14-16 at Grantham Village School. Any materials may be used to build the holes, and businesses are welcome to build one and put their company branding on it.

Contact GPTG President Pattie Beek at 863-8001 to claim a hole!

Thanks in advance to Fore-U Golf, which is lending their balls and putters, and Eastman Golf Pro Mark Larrabee, who will be the first player through the course and will be awarding ribbons for most challenging hole, most creative, etc.

Put your creative juices to work and let’s see what Grantham can come up with!


Appraisal day benefits GHS

The Grantham Historical Society will host an Antiques Appraisal Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 11 in the downstairs of the Grantham Town Hall. While you’re pulling out holiday decorations, look for those old items that might be worth a zillion! These appraisers specialize in early military, Civil War items, early photography, historical documents, clocks, musical instruments, Asian antiques, Japanese and Chinese porcelain, jade, Victorian jewelry, gold, art, some furniture and general old items. The charge is $5 for one item, or $12 for three items; proceeds benefit the GHS. There will also be homemade soups and desserts, so you can just stop, watch and enjoy a nice hot lunch too.

Volunteers are needed to help that day. Please call Kathi Osgood at 863-4726 for additional information. GHS hopes this will become an annual fundraising event.


Town-wide holiday lights contest

Judging for the annual Our Town Holiday Lights Contest will begin at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 12. Do you have the best Christmas lights in town? Prove it! Drop an e-mail to Laurie Field with your name, phone number and address to enter the contest. Prizes will be awarded to the top three decorators, and a special Holiday Spirit Award will be given to the best decorated home or business on Route 10. Let’s show them how Grantham’s spirit can shine.


Support literacy at book fair

Just in time for the holiday, visit the Scholastic Book Fair between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15 in the multi-purpose room at Grantham Village School. This is a great opportunity to support literacy and get some last minute holiday gifts!


Lunch bunch

Join your friends and neighbors for lunch at noon the second Tuesday of each month in the lower level of the Grantham United Methodist Church. This month: Dec. 14. Small donation requested but not required.


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 (this month Dec. 21). 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.


Lower rates at Eastman Golf Links

Eastman Golf Links has announced its rates for the 2011 season: $1,500 for an individual and $2,900 for a family (two adult spouses or domestic partners and dependent children up to at 23). For more details, contact Daryl at or purchase here.  

Also, if you put a $99 deposit on a membership by Dec. 23, you will be entered into a drawing for the use of a golf cart for the entire 2011 season (a $650 value). The drawing will take place on Dec. 24.


Support groups open to all

Lake Sunapee Region VNA and Hospice offers free, public support groups in New London. Advance registration required to Meg Ames, 603-526-4077.

* Parent-Child Program every Wednesday, 9-11 a.m., September-May (runs on school year calendar) at St. Andrew’s Church, 52 Gould Rd.

* Widow To Widow Support Group, the first Monday each month, 10 a.m.-noon at Lake Sunapee Region VNA, 107 Newport Rd.

* Caregiver Support Group, the first Thursday each month, 1-2:30 p.m. at Lake Sunapee Region VNA, 107 Newport Road

* Bereavement Support Groups, including "Handing the Holidays After You’ve Had a Loss" and "Growing Through Grief." Call for scheduling details.



• Selectmen meet at 5 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays each month.

• Storytime at Dunbar Free Library: babies and toddlers (with adults) at 10 a.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 15; preschoolers at 10 a.m. Thursdays through Dec. 16

• Pick up your 2011 Transfer Station "hang tag" at the Selectmen’s Office. The old tags expire Dec. 31. The first hang tag is free to the property owner; each additional tag and replacement tags are $10. You must provide the license number of the vehicle in which the tag will hang.

• 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.

• 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.


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