The University of Hartford, College of Arts, and Sciences, recognizing
outstanding scholastic achievement, has placed Jessica G. Russell, of
Barnstead on the Presidentís List and Deanís List for the fall 2011
To be included on the Deanís List, a student must have an average of
3.25 or better out of a possible 4.0 and have no grade below C.
To be included on the Presidentís Honors List a student must have a
grade point average of 3.75 or higher in the semester. She is pursuing a
Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.
An open letter to the residents of Barnstead:
My name is James Barnard. I am one of four candidates running for the
single seat on the Board of Selectmen. In this letter, addressed to my
fellow residents, I am simply asking for your consideration in this
I have been attached to Barnstead all my life; my mother was born and
raised here. I was hired to fill the position as Chief of Police in
December of 1980, and retained that position for 12 years in total. I
spent 6 years on the Budget Committee. I was on the fire study
committee, and spent three years as a member of the Board of Selectmen.
You the voters of Barnstead have to decide whether or not I did a good
job as a member of the Board, I care about this town and its people, our
friends and neighbors, the residents. I will offer, to the best of my
ability, representation of our community without bombarding you with a
lot of signs, and making promises I cannot keep. I will do the best job
I can for the people and the Town of Barnstead.
The four candidates running have taken the time to sign up, and are
asking for your support and vote. In that respect, we are the same. The
question is, which one of the four do you want to represent you over the
next three years and which one can do the best job?
I hope that you find I am the candidate you place in that capacity with
the responsibility of representing our beloved community.
Sincerely and with great respect,
James "Jim" Barnard
Ladiesí Night Out
Ladies Night on March 5th is expected to be a great experience!!
Everyone is to come with a crock pot of their favorite soup or chowder.
After the sampling of soups they will be divided and shared with
everyone to take home and freeze for another meal. Please bring the
recipe for your soup, so that it can be shared and also put into the
upcoming cookbook that is being compiled this year. We also will begin a
friend exchange. Now what is that you may be asking? Any and all that
would be interested, will be drawing a name of someone that is at the
meeting, to get together with sometime during the next month to share a
cup of coffee or a lunch. This should be a great time of fun. All are
invited. The "soup swap" starts at 7 pm at the Center Barnstead
For more information, please contact the church at 269-8831. The church
is located on Route 126, next to the Town Hall.
The Barnstead Farmers and Gardeners Network met on Sunday, February
19th, at the Town Hall. There were 36 attendees who supported forming
the group. A broad range of topics were discussed including support for
local agriculture, forming a co-op, community garden locations and
programs to encourage kids involvement in gardening.
The next meeting will be held on March 18th. A non-hybrid, heirloom seed
swap is planned. All interested town residents are welcomed to attend.
For more information, contact Robin Donovan at 269-5591 or Don Walker at
Friends and neighbors of Barnstead:
I moved to Barnstead when I was 3 years old and over the past 38 years
have seen a lot of change in town. We used to be able to go down to the
Parade and purchase our Television from Carl Knirsch. Now we go to a big
box store or order it online. Riveraís is now JJ Goodwins; Mountains
Store is now the White Buffalo. The Country Store has had several
owners; The church across from the Elementary School is no longer owned
or operated as a church. Timco is gone and these are just to name a few.
There is one thing in town we cannot allow to change and that is our
commitment to providing our Townís children with schools whose number
one priority is our childrenís educational success and do so at the
least amount of taxation to the taxpayers of Barnstead.
If I am fortunate enough to be elected to the Barnstead School Board I
promise to make this my top priority. Too many friends and neighbors
have moved from town sighting high taxes and most recently a poor
economy. Driving around town, I have never seen so many homes vacant or
for sale. Lower taxes could help reduce this troublesome trend.
I feel lucky to have grown up calling Barnstead my home and now am
raising my own family here. I promise I will always listen to residentís
concerns and do whatís best for our town.
Candidate for Barnstead School Board.
Starting a Vegetable Garden
Submitted By Kelly McAdam, Belknap County Extension
Have you considered growing your own vegetables? Kelly McAdam,
Agriculture Educator for Belknap County, will present "Starting a
Vegetable Garden" at the Gilman Library in Alton on Thursday, March 8th
from 6 to 8 pm. Topics to be discussed include preparing the garden
site, amending the soil, what to grow to feed your family for the
summer, and how to manage pests using environmentally-safe practices.
Ideas for growing in small spaces and container gardening will also be
Registration for this free workshop is not required but helpful so we
can plan our program accordingly. For more information or if you require
special accommodations, call UNHCE, Belknap County at (603) 527-5475 or
Local Couple Honored
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Law Enforcement Division
proudly announce Conservation Officer Justin W. Ferland and his wife
Melinda A. Ferland Esq. are the recipients of a 2012 Unsung Hero Award
presented at the State House on February 21, 2012 by Governor John
The New Hampshire Childrenís Trust, Inc. bestows honors upon the
Ferlands who continue to maintain the highest levels of community
leadership, family involvement and professional dedication. The State of
New Hampshire recognizes their efforts and thanks them for everything
they have done for families across the state, enriching local school
systems and improving community relations, while maintaining
professional careers and continuing education.
Madeline Wheeler of Barnstead writes, "They have been through so much,
and are still the nicest most caring people you could meet!"
Barnstead residents, please help us congratulate and thank Justin and
Melinda Ferland on their well-deserved recognition.