Barnstead NH News

October 4, 2017


Early Head Start is accepting applications for children under the age of 3 and for prenatal women. Fun activities, information, support, and learning experiences are provided through home visiting and playgroups. It is free for income eligible families. For further information and to jump start your childís learning, please call 435-6611.



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

VISTA Volunteer Needed!


The Oscar Foss Memorial Library and Barnstead Adventure Zone program have been approved for a VISTA grant! VISTA stands for Volunteers In Service To America. As a VISTA, you will work for a minimum of one year to build programs, create change and fight poverty in NH communities. The VISTA for our program will work to grow our volunteer base, develop sustainable programming and fundraising and create marketing campaigns that engage the community and increase involvement. For more information please contact Danielle at the library or visit our website.


OFML Celebrating 100 Years!

Join us on Saturday, October 21 for our Centennial Celebration! Festivities begin at 10am and will continue throughout the day for the whole family. Come help us celebrate our 100th anniversary with cake, a history walk, special activities, raffles, and more! We will be unveiling our used book store and our Little Free Book Exchange. Childrenís book characters will also be visiting and available for pictures throughout the day. 


Please call the library (269-3900) or visit our website ( for more information about any of our programs or events. There is always something happening at the Oscar Foss Memorial Library! Library hours are; Tuesday and Wednesday: 10am-6pm, Thursday and Friday: 12pm-8pm, Saturday: 10am-1pm, Sunday and Monday: closed.





To Democrats and Independents,

I am sure that most of you are frustrated with the Republican-controlled administrations, both at the Federal and State levels. Rather than sit by and observe the shenanigans from a distance, why donít you get involved? 


Start at the local and state level. I will bet that some of you do not know who represents you at the town, county, or state level.  Next March, only 6 months away, towns will hold their elections before Town Meeting Season begins.  It is not too early to start to know who the incumbents and challengers will be.  Attend one or two selectmen and school board meetings and see what is happening.  Attend Get to Know Your Candidates events. Make a note of who shows up, and, more importantly, who does not. Listen to what they have to say.  Perhaps when you cast your ballot in March 2018, you will make a more meaningful choice. Maybe you will even decide to go out and take the time to vote, since the turnout at these local elections is dismal.


How about our State Senator, Legislators and County representatives?   Do you even know who they are? Do they represent more than one town?  Where do they live?  Is your town part of a gerrymandered district?  We are all aware of the political situation at the national level, however, we sometimes pay very little attention to who is representing us at the county and state level.  These people have a direct effect on our daily wellbeing. 


Next month, I will tell you how to find out who those folks are, how they have voted in the past, how many times they failed to attend or vote on important issues.


Ronald P. Blais

Center Barnstead













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