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December 28, 2010

Cross lightings

The cross on the Grantham United Methodist Church was lit over Christmas in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Swensen, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Swensen, Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Swensen, Jon and Elizabeth Swensen, Clifford Swensen and Perley Sanborn by Mr. and Mrs. Norman Fontaine, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Swensen, and Naomi Sanborn and families.


Transfer station stickers expire Friday

If you didn’t get your 2011 Transfer Station “hang tag” in your stocking this year, pick it up at the Selectmen’s Office by Thursday. The old tags expire Dec. 31 and the town office is closed 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.


Pete Merrigan rings in 2011

Bistro Nouveau at Eastman presents Pete Merrigan in the Tavern from 9 to midnight New Year’s Eve. In addition to the regular menu, there will be appetizer, dinner, dessert and drink specials all night. The restaurant opens at 4 p.m. and will remain open until 12:30, with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Reservations are strongly recommended: 863-8000. Don’t miss this fun filled night of music and dancing close to home.

Also, don’t miss acoustical guitarist Jason Cann, 6-9 p.m. Jan. 7 in the Tavern. Reservations are also encouraged since his monthly shows usually sell out.


Corrected: Holiday closings

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


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 ( ) and Merle Schotanus ( ).

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 for membership information.


Outdoor fun

The skating pond and the sledding hill at The Center at Eastman are open. Both are free and open to the public. The cross country ski and snowshoe trails are also open for a fee. Call the Cross Country Center, 863-4500, or visit for conditions and more information.

Also, there is a women’s cross country ski clinic at 9 a.m. Jan. 8 at the Cross Country Center. It is open to all women interested in fine tuning their skills, from beginner to expert. It includes a morning session, lunch, and another session in the afternoon to apply your skills. Call the Cross Country Center, 863-4500, for details and to sign up. $50 rental/lesson/trail pass/lunch, $40 lesson/trail pass/lunch, $30 lesson/lunch. This clinic always sells out so don’t wait.


Trivia fun indoors

Bistro Brain Buster Trivia Night returns at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at The Center at Eastman. Get your team of two to six people and come for a free night of fun and prizes with hostess Kathy Pomer and her crack team of researchers and mathematicians. A la carte menu and full bar is available. Call 863-8000 for reservations, but walk-in teams are always welcome.


New on-line services (and crafting?) from DFL

“You asked for it, you got it.”? If you log in to Dunbar Free Library’s catalog from home and place your own holds or look to see what’s due tomorrow?you can now renew from home as well. (Some restrictions apply…the system will tell you when you can’t renew.)

Also, DFL would like to offer a series of craft sessions next year with skilled people to leading the instruction. But they want to know, “What kind of crafts would you like to see … quilling, teabag folding, knitting or crocheting, scrapping, quilting?” Let them know and they’ll try to work up a program, 863-2172.


Greg Abate at JOSA Jan. 16

JOSA continues its 19th season with alto saxophonist Greg Abate on Jan. 16. The show is 4-7 p.m.; 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 .

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


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 .


Old photos wanted

Eastman Community Association will be 40 years old in 2011, and Eastman Living Editor Dick Kipperman is looking for some old photos, negatives or slides of “the good old days” to use in the commemorative issue of the magazine this spring. If you have some to share (they will be returned to you unharmed), contact Dick Kipperman at


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!



  • 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.

  • Visit for official minutes, meeting dates, lists of elected officials and more.


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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