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Lorie McClory

December 19, 2008

Cross lighting

The cross on the Grantham United Methodist Church will be lit for Christmas:

  • in memory of Epaphras, Nina, Clifford, Henry and Cora Sherman; David, Jennette, Eben, Harold, Wilbur and Doris Reney; Ernest and Mildred Barber; Ora, Eleanor and Kenneth Barton; Margret, Roland and Ethel Hardy; and Nina Brunell by Joyce Barton and Family.

  • in memory of Jack, Bernice, Jerry and Joe Pillsbury; and Mike and Barbara Kimball by Joyce and Stephen Barton.

  • in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Swensen, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Swensen, Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Swensen, Clifford, Jon and Elizabeth Swensen and Perley Sanborn by Mr. and Mrs. Norman Fontaine, and Naomi Sanborn and family.

  • in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Miles and Douglas Masone by Mr. and Mrs. Ed Masone.

Webber on Dean's List

Johanna Webber has made the Dean's List at Keene State College for the Fall 2008 semester. Johanna, who is a sophomore, is the daughter of Sarah and Kenny Barton.


Vacation art camp

MyARTery will hold an art camp on Dec. 22 and 23. There are two sessions each day, 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:20-3:30 p.m., and cost is $35 per session. E-mail Kristin at for more info.


Holiday library programs and closings

The craft planned for after Breakfast with Santa this past Saturday was cancelled due to the power outage. It is rescheduled for 3-4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22.

Don't forget the special edition Pajama-Time Storytime at 7 p.m. Dec. 29, featuring tales of snow. Wear your PJs so you'll be all ready for bed when you get home.

The library staff thanks all the Friends who brought yummy cookies, bread, clementines and juice to the holiday open house.

The library will close at noon Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, and will be closed all day Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. It will be open regular hours on Dec. 26-27, and Jan. 2-3.


Christmas Eve service

There will be a Christmas Eve service at 4 p.m. at Grantham United Methodist Church, featuring a pageant by the church's youth. Everyone is welcome.


A Snowman New Year's Eve!

The theme of the New Year's Eve Family Dance Party has changed into a Snowman! No matter what the theme, this is always great fun for everyone. Come to the Grantham Town Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 31, and for only $5 per person (a maximum of $20 per family) you'll get a noisemaker, party hat or lei, make-your-own ice cream sundae bar, popcorn, beverages, and a balloon drop and ginger ale toast at "midnight" (7:45). There will be dancing, and everyone can put their name in the drawing to be chosen this year's King and Queen of the New Year.

For more information about Our Town events, contact Laurie Field at 863-9143.

Madeline Wolfe, 7, visits with Santa during Grantham's power outage at Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 13. (Photo by Laurie Field) 


Food Sleigh

The town of Grantham has set up a "Food Sleigh" in the foyer of Town Hall for donations of canned goods and non-perishable food items for local food banks. Donations will be delivered weekly. Food banks are always remembered at the holidays, but please be generous year-round.


Community gathering Jan. 3

Everyone is welcome to the monthly community potluck, which begins at 6 p.m. the first Saturday each month in the downstairs of the Grantham United Methodist Church. Bring a dish to share. This month, there may be a special activity included.


Power outage

Our family was not powerless for long, for which I want to thank PSNH and all the people who came from afar to get people back on the grid. 

Keep in your prayers the people who are still without power.
If you have an "outage story" that you'd like to share with people - an angel on your doorstep, an experience at a shelter, "a funny thing happened on the way to the..." - please send it to me and I'll wrap them into an outage column.

I also want to thank PSNH for helping me get my fridge cleaned out and for giving our family some game time (my daughter is now addicted to Risk!). Sometimes it takes drastic measurers to make things happen.


No column next week

Due to Christmas, I will not be submitting a column next week. I'm going to spend time with family and will probably forget anyway. I wish you all a wonderful holiday season, filled with happiness, special family times, good friends, and much love. Stay safe and I'll "see" you in 2009!



 Selectmen will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23. In January, meetings will return to 5 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays each month.
 Pick up your 2009 Grantham Transfer Station sticker at the Town Hall. The 2008 stickers expire at the end of December!
 Visit for official minutes, meeting dates and more.
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