Barnstead NH News

January 25, 2017


Colby-Sawyer College has named Jacob Feinberg of Center Barnstead to the fall 2016 Dean’s List for academic achievement. Feinberg is majoring in biology and is a member of the class of 2020.


To qualify for the Dean’s List students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours in graded courses.



Congratulations to Arianna Libenson of Barnstead who was named to the dean’s list at the University of Vermont.


To be named to the dean’s list, students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class in their respective college or school.



Nicole Rott of Barnstead was named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2016 semester at Rivier University in Nashua, New Hampshire. Rott, a senior majoring in Elementary Education and Special Education, earned this status by maintaining a term grade point average of at least 3.5 on a scale of four.





Barnstead Historical Society To Hear About Ash Splint Basketry


Join the Barnstead Historical Society on January 26 and learn about ash splint basketry of the Wabanaki people with Neil English.


For thousands of years the Wabanaki, “The People of the Dawn,” consisting of the Penobscot and the Passamaquoddy Indian tribes of Maine, and  the Mic Mac and the Maliseet Indian tribes of the Canadian Maritimes, took splints from the brown ash tree and fashioned those splints into work baskets, storage baskets and berry gathering baskets.


From 1840 to 1940 some of the Wabanaki basket makers shifted their attention to “fancy” baskets that they wove specifically for sale to the tourists who frequented the grand resort hotels of upstate New York and New England, and a cottage industry was born. The basket makers would weave their baskets throughout the long winter and then transport themselves and their completed wares by carriage, canoe, steamship or train to the grand resort hotels just as the tourist season opened. There, they would set up canvas tents, welcome their new customers and weave additional baskets on demand. They were paid very little for their wonderful work but the proceeds were enough for the basket weaver’s family to get by on.


Returning year after year, the tourists would seek out the basket maker whose work they were fond of, forming a lasting bond between weaver and purchaser. The souvenir baskets were carried back to the cities at the end of the summer to adorn over-stuffed Victorian parlors and bedrooms and, despite their fragile nature, have survived to this day in significant numbers.


While searching for his roots, Neil English became aware that his great grandfather was, indeed, a  Penobscot Indian.  While visiting the Penobscot tribal headquarters on Indian Island in Old Town, Maine in search of genealogical information, English was first exposed to a small Penobscot Indian basket exhibit. That was the impetus for English to throw himself whole-heartedly into both collecting and leaning as much as he could about the ash splint basketry of the Wabanaki.


A pot luck dinner will be held at the Town Hall,along with viewing of some of the baskets from Mr. English’s collection, at 6:00, followed by his presentation at 7pm. For more information, call Denise Adjutant at 269-5871.



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

New Hours!


Thanks to the feedback from our patrons and our community survey, Oscar Foss Memorial Library has new hours! We hope that our more consistent schedule and longer days will make it easier for everyone to use the library. Our new schedule is Tuesday & Wednesday: 10am-6pm, Thursday & Friday: 12pm-8pm, Saturday: 10am-1pm, Sunday & Monday: closed. You can find the new hours on our website, or pick up a bookmark at the library.


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 & Wednesday: 10am-6pm, Thursday & Friday: 12pm-8pm, Saturday: 10am-1pm, Sunday & Monday: closed.



Letter To The Editor


I find it comical that Mr. Jandebeur ends his rant with “Keep your biases to yourself,” when in fact that is exactly the opposite of what he is doing.  One thing my students are taught in my classroom is, if they have nothing nice to say, then they shouldn’t say anything at all.  I’m glad you know 2+2=4, but unfortunately common courtesy and common sense were not something that was taught to him.


I openly invite Mr. Jandebeur into my second grade classroom. My students do in fact know how to do math, but they also know that they are loved and cared for.  I can assure  you that takes me going way past my “contracted” hours.   Not all my students have those “parents” or “churches” to go to that you speak of.  But you know what?  Those students know that they are safe and loved the second that they walk into my classroom.


My students also reach out to their community to help.  This year for Thanksgiving, they donated their prize money to help a local food shelf buy turkeys for needy families.  This was all their idea. And honestly some of them probably spent their Thanksgiving at that very shelter.  They then hosted a bake sale and raised over $200 to donate to the Laconia Humane society for the Holiday season.  They put together all the advertisements, they ran the bake sale, and you better believe they knew how to count money, give change and then add a total amount at the end. 


There are many students lives that are a living hell at home and those 6.5 hours they spend at school with teachers that devote their lives to them are some of the best hours that they may have in their day.    So my suggestion to Mr. Jandebeur? If you have nothing nice to say then don’t say anything at all. 


My best,

Ashley Black














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