Barnstead NH News

February 29, 2012


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 semester.


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 election.


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 Christian Church.


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 435-0277.





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.


Respectfully submitted,

David Finethy

Candidate for Barnstead School Board.



UNHCE Workshop

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 shared.


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 e-mail



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 Lynch.


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.













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