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Lorie McClory

December 29, 2009

Buy a brick ends

Dec. 31 is the deadline to buy a brick to support the community playground. Forms are available at Grantham Town Hall, Rum Brook Market, and at

Spend New Year’s Eve close to home

Bistro Nouveau again holds its popular New Year's Eve Bash at The Center at Eastman beginning at 9 p.m. with a dessert buffet, dancing, champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. Cost is $30/person or $50/couple. Reservations taken; 4 to a table. Seating is limited to 120 people. Tickets must be purchased in advance. More information at 603-863-8000.

Bistro Nouveau will also be serving dinner off their regular menu from 4 to 9 p.m. in both the Tavern and the Hearth Room. Make reservations by calling 603-863-8000.

Community potluck

Everyone is welcome to the monthly community potluck, which begins at 6 p.m. Jan. 2 in the downstairs of the Grantham United Methodist Church. Bring a dish to share. The potluck is typically the first Saturday each month.

School meetings set

The Grantham School Board will hold a budget workshop at 5 p.m. Jan. 4 in the Jerry Whitney Room at Grantham Town Hall. The board will follow with a meeting at 7 p.m.

Snowdusters meet

The Blue Mountain Snowdusters ORC, Inc. will meet at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 5 in the Grantham Town Hall. For more information on this great outdoor recreation club, visit

Storytime returns

Storytimes at Dunbar Free Library begin again next week: Jan. 6 at 10 a.m. (and each Wednesday) for infants and toddlers up to age 3 with an adult, and Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. (and each Thursday) for preschool-aged children with an adult.

Photographic cruise

Return to the South Pacific beginning at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6 at The Center at Eastman. Join Elaine Bob Koester on a photographic cruise through the Social and Cook Islands to a total eclipse of the sun. Free and open to the public.

Women’s XC clinic

A cross country ski clinic for women will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Eastman Cross Country Center. It is open to all women who are interested in expanding their skills, from beginner to expert. Clinic includes morning and afternoon sessions with lunch served in between. Cost is $40 for lesson/rental/trail pass/lunch; $30 lesson/trail pass/ lunch; and $20 lesson/lunch. Reservations or more information at 863-4500.

Trivia fun!

Bistro Brain Busters Trivia Night returns at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at Bistro Nouveau at The Center at Eastman. Bring your team of two to six players and get ready for a fun night of trivial information. Reservations are strongly recommended, 603-863-8000. Pub menu and full service bar available.

Lunch Bunch

January’s Lunch Bunch community luncheon begins at noon Jan. 12 in the basement of the Grantham United Methodist Church on Route 10. Come at 11:45 for a free blood pressure screening. Donations are accepted and everyone is welcome; you don’t have to live in Grantham.

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 Jan. 19 at the Grantham Town Hall. Free blood pressure screenings. Basic toenail care will be $20; a soak, trim, file, clean and lotion will be $25. People who are diabetic will need a doctor’s order for the foot care. Call 526-4077 to schedule a time.

Warm items needed

Charlotte Broughton is collecting warm clothes, rugs, blankets, etc. to be shipped free via Lebanon Fed-Ex to two Indian tribes in Black Hawk, S.D. The North American Heritage Association, a four-star charity, is appealing on behalf of the four poorest counties in the United States. Unemployment on these reservations is 70 percent, and the need for clothes and money to buy small propane stoves for their flimsy huts is great. Last winter, temperatures dropped to 50-below, resulting in a grandmother on the Rosebud Reservation freezing to death.


If you care to donate and share excess clothing (or would like literature on the Indians), call Charlotte to have it picked up, boxed and shipped, 603-863-5453. Charlotte extends her thanks to everyone, including Fed-Ex for making this possible.

Chili chefs wanted

Participants sought for the annual chili cook-off to benefit David's House. Individuals and groups wishing to enter the Chili-Cook-Off on Feb. 20 can contact Betty Kargacos, 863-6324 or to register or for information.

Donations needed for Park & Ride landscaping

Since November of 2006, the Grantham Park & Ride has been well utilized. It’s not unusual to count 20 to 30 vehicles parked on any given day.

The Grantham Area Chamber of Commerce is continuing an effort to plant trees around the Park & Ride. The NH Dept. of Transportation has provided a planting list of 11 trees and given preliminary approval for placement.

Nearly $1,000 has been raised toward the $5,500 goal. The hope is to have the trees in the ground this spring. Your donation will help turn the Park & Ride into a beautiful and pleasant stop for everyone.

Please mail your donation to: Park & Ride Tree Project, Grantham Area Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1340, Grantham, NH, 03753. If you wish, include your name and mailing address so your donation can be acknowledged. Contact Dan Foster at 863-1839 for more information.

Nordic Nibbles returns

Don’t miss the third annual Nordic Nibbles, a delectable Sunday brunch served on the cross country trails at Eastman Cross Country Center on Jan. 17. At each of six vendor stations, you’ll be greeted by a toasty fire and hardy nibbles from several vendors.

This year’s participating businesses are Bistro Nouveau (Grantham), Rum Brook Market (Grantham), McNamara Dairy (Plainfield), Taylor Brothers Sugarhouse (Meriden), Allan’s Vending Service (White River Jct., Vt.), Salt hill Pub (Newport and Lebanon), The Common Man (Claremont), Lindt Chocolate (W. Lebanon), Garfield’s Smokehouse (Meriden), Laura Powers (Wilmot), The Backside Inn (Goshen) and The Old Courthouse (Newport).

Reservations are taken for 11 a.m. or noon. Costs are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12, and free for children younger than 5. This event typically sells out; call the Eastman Cross Country Center at 863-4500 to make your reservation using a credit card, or stop in to pay by cash or check.

Nordic Nibbles is one of four ski/snowshoe dining events held in the Upper Valley each year. For more information on these family-friendly events, visit

DFL book delivery

For those who are homebound, Dunbar Free Library offers book delivery service. Just call the library and let them know what you want. There is a program through the state for free mail delivery as well, and a program allowing handicapped individuals free downloadable audiobooks. Call the library for more information, 863-2172.

To receive announcements of programs and new books via e-mail, send a request to

Register early for triathlon

The website and registration form are on-line for the eighth annual Splash, Mash and Dash Sprint Triathlon being held June 19 to benefit the Upper Valley Humane Society. The triathlon, hosted by Eastman Community Association in Grantham, has had a full field of adult participants the last three years. That may be the case again this year as people have already begun registering. Visit for information and links to registration forms.


• Grantham United Methodist Church offers Sunday service at 10 a.m. each week.

• Harmony Night a capella chorus begins again Jan. 4.

• There are at least three great internet ways to find information on Grantham: (the town’s official site), and



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