Lorie McClory

December 17, 2012

 Drop a line to Bob Champagne

Ken Story has informed me that Bob Champagne, who lived with his wife in Old Farms since the early 90s, has had a recurrence of his cancer. Bob has been very active in town, volunteering on a number of town committees in addition to being a stalwart member of the Grantham Historical Society. They are currently in Vero Beach where his doctors have determined that the cancer has returned. Bob is now at home, resting comfortably, and under the care of VNA/Hospice.

Whether you know Bob and Cathy or not, drop them a line to let them know that Grantham is thinking of them: 380 Grove Isle Circle, Vero Beach, FL 32962.


Cross lightings

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


Book Fair Wednesday and Thursday

A Scholastic Book Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 and Thursday, Dec. 20 at Grantham Village School. This annual event is sponsored by Beta Sigma Phi, a women's service sorority, and includes Scholastic, Inc. books and small gifts.


Holiday music performance Wednesday

Full Circle Chorus will perform beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 at The Center at Eastman. This 20-voice group is directed by Jennifer Yocum and is accompanied by Joe Henderson. The Lyme-based chorus has been performing for 20 years. Free and open to the public.


Vigil for the Homeless in Newport on the Winter Solstice

The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany will host the second annual Vigil for the Homeless beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 on the Common in Newport. During the ceremony, the homeless who have passed away in New Hampshire during 2012 will be honored.

After the ceremony, join in a walk around a candlelit labyrinth behind the Episcopal Church followed by a dinner of bread and soup – all just a short walk from the common. After dinner, a Blue Christmas service will begin in the sanctuary. This service offers comfort and hope to those who find the Christmas season to be a lonely and depressing time.

All are welcome to attend any portion of the series of events. Donations are accepted and will be put towards services in the lower Connecticut River Valley area to help those who suffer from lack of a home or food or those who endure abuse. A large donation from last year’s vigil went to the Turning Points Network shelter in Claremont.


Richie Cole comes to JOSA

Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon continues its 21st year Sunday, Dec. 23 with world-class saxophonist Richie Cole at The Center at Eastman.

The program runs from 4 to 7 p.m.; doors open at 3. Tickets are $18/adult; $16/senior or student (62 and older or 17 and younger). Reservations are recommended by contacting the Wightsteeple Box Office at 763-8732 or For reservations after 2 p.m. the day of the show, call Bistro Nouveau at 863-8000. Visit for a schedule and complete details on season passes and tickets to individual performances. Bistro menu and full bar available.

The next performance will be Jan. 13 with saxophonist Greg Abate.

Holiday closings

Grantham Town Offices: closed Monday, Dec. 24, Tuesdays, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1

Transfer Station: closed Monday, Dec. 24

Dunbar Free Library: closed Monday, Dec. 24; closing at noon Dec. 31


GUMC holds Christmas Eve Services

Everyone is welcome to attend the Christmas Eve Services at GUMC: a Family Service beginning at 4 p.m. Dec. 24 and a Christmas Candlelight Communion Service beginning at 11:30 p.m.


Update your transfer station tags

It’s time to update your Transfer Station tags. Bring your old hang tag(s) to the Selectmen’s Office for a 2013 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.


BMSD meeting Jan. 8

The Blue Mountain Snowdusters, ORC will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8 at the Grantham Town Hall.



Dunbar Free Library’s Laptime and Storytime have ended for the year. They will resume the regular schedule beginning Jan. 9 and 10. Laptime for ages up to 36 months is held at 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Storytime for ages 3-5 years is held at 10 a.m. Thursdays. Adults are required to attend with their children.

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

• ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge every Thursday at 1 p.m. at The Center at Eastman. $3/person. Everyone welcome regardless of experience. Arrive early to help set up.

• The Grantham Food Pantry at 65 Roses is in need of the following items: pasta, pasta sauce, macaroni & cheese, rice, peanut butter, cereal, soup, beans, veggies, fruit and tuna. Donations can be dropped off at 65 Roses, Dunbar Free Library or Grantham Town Hall. The pantry is open for food pick up from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call Caitlin at 603-361-2604 or visit




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