There will be no news next week but I will try to get something to you between Christmas and New Year. Happy holidays to you all.
Winners announced in lighting contest
Reggie Field of 8 Sturgis Circle took first place in this year’s Christmas lights contest. Judges said: We loved the music.
Second place went to Jack Barton of 96 Dunbar Hill Rd. for his “very festive” decorating. Third place went to the McHugh Family, 512 Dunbar Hill Rd., for their “classic” lighting. The judges’ favorite on Route 10: Joanne Moulton, at 680 Route 10. Take a drive and check them out.
Folk music at Bistro Nouveau
Bistro Nouveau presents The Queen and The Antelope, a local folk music artist, beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 18 in the Tavern. Call 863-8000 for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Tickets also may 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 www.josajazz.com .
Meeting date changed
Selectmen will meet at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20 in place of their regularly scheduled meeting.
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 email@example.com.
Holiday brunch at Bistro Nouveau
Bistro Nouveau at The Center at Eastman will hold a special holiday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 26. The a la carte menu will include eggs benedict, country friend steak, omelets and much more. Those 21 and older will get a complimentary mimosa, and the bloody mary bar will be available. For reservations, call 863-8000.
Town seeking volunteer
Interested in serving your community a few hours per month? Perhaps you have had a career or previous experience in word processing, accounting, banking or finance? Are you computer proficient and enjoy working in Word or Excel and are familiar with email? Then Grantham needs you! There is a vacancy on the Trustee of Trust Funds Board, perhaps one of the most important volunteer posts in Grantham. Please contact Town Administrator Becky Newton if you have an interest, 863-6021
Corrected: Holiday closings
All offices at Grantham Town Hall will be closed Dec. 23, 24 and 31. The transfer station will be closed Dec. 24 and 25, and Jan. 1. Dunbar Free Library will have regular hours Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, and will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
Bistro open for New Year’s Eve
Bistro Nouveau will offer an a la carte menu, drink specials, lively music and a friendly place close to home for New Year’s Eve. The restaurant will open at 4 p.m. Dec. 31 and remain open through the complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Reservations are not needed but are recommended: 863-8000.
BMSD's new direction
The Officers and Directors of the Blue Mountain Snowdusters Outdoor Recreation Club, Inc. have decided to apply for recognition with the IRS under section 501(c)3 as a charitable, non-profit corporation. BMSD’s board firmly believes that the organization operates in compliance with the strict guidelines and is attempting to convey this information to the IRS. Part of this process requires an update to the organization’s Articles of Agreement and By-laws. The board has reorganized the documents and added language required by the IRS. All members will receive a hard copy by US Postal mail of these proposed changes. Please forward comments on these changes to Steve Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Merle Schotanus (Schot@comcast.net ).
Discussion and a vote will take place at our regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 4 in the lower level of the Grantham Town Hall. This meeting is open to the public. In order to vote on the changes, you must be a BMSD member for the 2010-2011 season at the time of this meeting. All members are encouraged to attend this very important meeting. Please visit www.bluemountainsnowdusters.com for membership information.
Key programs and services to help businesses
All business people are invited to attend a presentation by Warren Haggerty, Business Development Specialist from the NH SBA District Office and SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business hosted by the Grantham Area Chamber of Commerce beginning at 7 p.m. Jan. 10 in the lower level of Grantham Town Hall. The briefing will cover the resources and services available through the SBA.
You do not need to be a member of the chamber to attend.
For information on the full array of SBA programs available, visit www.sba.gov/nh .
“Kearsarge Magazine” is now R
Kearsarge Magazine is not just an award-winning publication; it is now a federally registered trademark. Kearsarge Magazine LLC was issued U.S. Trademark Registration No. 3,876,861 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in November.
For more information about “Kearsarge Magazine,” which is produced right here in Grantham by our very own Laura Jean Whitcomb, visit www.kearsargemagazine.com.
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!
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.
Our children in today’s world
From District Superintendent Keith Pfeifer
I am often asked what skills and knowledge will my child need to compete in a global society and are we teaching the foundation for those skills and knowledge at the Grantham Village School. The world within the past couple of decades has changed and so has education. In the past, a student needed to have a desire to learn, work, and apply some “elbow grease.” Today’s economy is not driven by manufacturing but rather technology, innovation and service. Because technology and human knowledge are changing at faster and faster rates, the top 10 in-demand jobs didn’t exist five or six years ago. We grew up in a work environment that stressed longevity and loyalty. Many of our parents, and perhaps my generation, spent their working lives with one company as their employer. The students who are in high school today will likely change careers at least four times by the age of 40 (not jobs or employers but careers). Alvin Toffler has suggested that because of the rapid acceleration of knowledge, the definition of illiterate in the 21st century will not be “can a person read and write” but “can a person learn, unlearn and relearn.”
How do we prepare students for jobs that do not exist today? How do we teach our students knowledge that we have not discovered? Teaching them to read and write, while still important, is not enough. They will need to think, analyze, synthesize, evaluate, compare/contrast, manipulate and apply information. We attempt to integrate the new learning with skill development at the Grantham Village School.
I just thought you might want to know where I stand as your Superintendent of Schools. I welcome your comments and thoughts. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season. I thank you for your support of public education in Grantham and wish you a happy New Year.
I can be reached at 863-9689 or at the Superintendent’s Office in the lower level of the Grantham Town Hall.
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