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Lorie McClory

December 10, 2010

Since when does low fat mean just selling two fewer bagels in a package? Just sayin’!!


Cross lightings

The cross on the Grantham United Methodist Church will be lit Christmas week in memory of Epaphras, Nina, Clifford, Henry and Cora Sherman; David, Jennette, Eben, Harold, Wilbur and Doris Reney; Ernest and Mildred Barber; Ora, Eleanor, Kenneth and Stephen Barton; Margret and Roland Hardy; Nina Brunell; Jack, Bernice and Joe Pillsbury; and Mike and Barbara Kimball by Joyce Barton and family.

Also, Christmas week in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Carlton Miles, and Ed and Doug Masone by Pat Masone.


Basketball returns to Grantham!

Season opening games are scheduled for 8:30 (3/4 girls), 9:45 (5/6 girls) and 11 a.m. (5/6 boys) Dec. 11 at Grantham Village School. Come see some good ball played by some great kids and bring some cash… Admission is free but the concession stand will be open! The season continues Dec. 18, skips a couple weeks for the holidays and then picks up again every weekend from Jan. 8 through Feb. 12.


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 These appraisers specialize in early military, Civil War items, early photography, historical documents, clocks, musical instruments, Asian antiques, Japanese and Chinese porcelain, jade, Victorian jewelry, gold, art, some furniture and general old items.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.


Holiday ballet Dec. 11

Performances of "Clara’s Dream," a magical journey through The Nutcracker’s enchanted winter wonderland, will be held at 1, 3:30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Lebanon Opera House. This debut performance by the City Center Ballet and local dancers is a portion of the Nutcracker ballet with music by Tchaikovsky. General admission is $10, and tickets are available on-line at or by calling 448-0400.


Eastmanaires Christmas concert Dec. 12

The Eastmanaires will hold their annual Christmas concert and sing-along beginning at 4 p.m. Dec. 12 at The Center at Eastman. As always, this wonderful holiday tradition is open to the public. A donation of $5 at the door is much appreciated.

Following the concert, stop for dinner at Bistro Nouveau, where the special of the night will be a steak and mushroom shepherd’s pie, just right for a cold night. Call ahead for reservations: 863-8000.


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.


Thanks to the community!

The Grantham Fire Department would like to thank everyone for your response to the first "Drive to Help Our Neighbors." Your generosity was overwhelming! Shepherd Realty’s Coat Drive received 68 coats, the Newport Food Pantry received three moving boxes of food, and Toys for Tots received 75 toys.

We will continue to have the Toys for Tots box, food pantry and coat drop off until Dec 22. Drop off times - Tuesdays and Fridays 6:30-8 p.m. and Wednesdays 10 a.m.-noon. There is still a critical need for boys’ coats sizes 12-18.

A special thank you to the following local businesses for Sponsoring the kids cookie table and refreshments: Closet Treasures, Grantham Hair Headquarters, Greenwood Kitchens and Bath, Grantham Indoor, Hair Therapy, Rum Brook Market and Lake Sunapee Bank Grantham Branch, and thanks to all the bakers who made the cookies and treats!


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 or maybe a special read for yourself!


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.


Last Storytime of 2010

Storytime at Dunbar Free Library will be held for babies and toddlers (with adults) at 10 a.m. Dec. 15 and for preschoolers at 10 a.m. Dec. 16. This will be the last time until 2011. Enjoy!


Park & Ride to Manchester Airport!

Well, Granthamites, thanks to Randy Heller and Car Service Upper Valley, we can now take a shuttle from the Grantham Park & Ride every weekday to and from the Manchester Airport and to the Upper Valley. The only catch: you must purchase your shuttle ticket in advance to ensure it stops for you (no tickets are sold by the driver).

For complete information, including a schedule and prices, visit and click on the MHT Shuttle link on the left, or call 802-356-9320. If the schedule doesn’t work for you or if you have special needs, talk to Randy about other arrangements.


Sax and vocals Dec. 19

JOSA continues its 19th season with saxophonist Fred Haas and vocalist Sabrina Brown beginning at 4 p.m. Dec. 19. Doors open at 3. Tickets 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. 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 Langevin 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.

For more information, visit


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.


Celebrate with stories and gingerbread

Decorate a delicious gingerbread man and receive a new book, all FREE, when you visit the Story Lady at 10 a.m. Dec. 22 in the Grantham United Methodist Church Hall, Route 10, across from the library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Happy holidays from Our Town and the Dunbar Free Library. For more information, contact Laurie at


Holiday closings

All offices at Grantham Town Hall will be closed Dec. 23, 24 and 31. The transfer station and Dunbar Free Library will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 and Jan. 1.


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!



Mark your calendar for Bistro Brain Busters Trivia on Jan. 8. More info to follow.


Voter registration and changes

The Grantham Supervisors of the Checklist will hold a public session from 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 18 at the town office for additions and corrections to the voter checklist.



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

• 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.


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 fireplaces 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. The Grantham Fire Department wishes everyone a safe holiday season.


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