Barnstead NH News

February 22, 2017



Taize’ Ash Wednesday Worship Service, March 1, 2017


The Congregational Church of North Barnstead (CCNB) cordially invites the public to attend a Taize’ Ash Wednesday Worship Service, March 1 at 7:00 p.m.


This peaceful service is in candlelight and lasts 45 minutes. CCNB, a “year round” church built in 1820, is at 504 North Barnstead Road. Please come and join in as we begin the season of Lent. All are welcome!


Congratulations to Kathryn McGinnis of Ctr. Barnstead, who has been named to Husson University’s Fall 2016 President’s List for the Fall 2016 semester.


McGinnis is a sophomore who is currently enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Studies / Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program.


Students who make the President’s List must carry at least 12 graded credit hours during the semester and earn a grade point average of between 3.80 to 4.0 during the period.



Suncook Valley Sno-Riders Poker Run, Saturday, February 25. Registration at Tilton Hill ball field from 9:00-11:00am. Parking available for snowmobile trailers.



End 68 Hours Of Hunger With The Funky Divas Of Gospel!!


The Funky Divas of Gospel are teaming up with our community to raise funds to “End 68 Hours of Hunger”. As you may know, “End 68 Hours of Hunger” is a school-based program to provide weekend food for school children in need.  Bags of food that are nutritious, child friendly and easy to prepare are assembled and given to children as they head home for the weekend.  This weekend food, along with school lunches, ease kid’s anxiety, reduces absenteeism and improves attention span and school success.


The Funky Divas of Gospel is a seven-piece group who perform regularly in the New Hampshire area, sharing their hard rockin’, reflective, toe tapping, hand clapping, harmonious gospel and roots music.  The Funky Divas’ performances are suitable for all ages and the group regularly performs at a variety of theaters, entertainment venues and churches.  Recently after attending a Funky Divas of Gospel concert, a reporter wrote, “All bluegrass, soul and gospel fans be forewarned: if you miss this funky group (to paraphrase a line in one of their songs) “…it ain’t nobody’s fault but yours.”  The Congregational Church of North Barnstead is hosting the concert at 504 North Barnstead Road – up the hill from Locke Lake!  In addition, baskets will be available as you enter the concert for anyone who would also like to bring food donations for the Barnstead Food Pantry.


The suggested donation is $7 per person.  For more information about the show, to donate to “End 68 Hours of Hunger,” to reserve tickets, to purchase tickets to donate so others may attend, or to purchase tickets for yourself, please contact Chris Bonoli at or call 603-340-1468. For information about The Funky Divas visit their website or find them on Facebook



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News
Meet the Candidates


Meet the Candidates Night will be held Friday, February 24th at the Barnstead Town Hall at 7:00 p.m.  The Oscar Foss Memorial Library is pleased to sponsor this event. All candidates for Town and School offices have been invited to participate.  Bring along your questions and have a chance to hear the candidates speak on the issues. There is parking at the Town Hall and also parking behind and beside the Library.


February Vacation Closing
The Oscar Foss Memorial Library will close during February vacation week, 2/28 – 3/5, so we can spruce up for our Centennial! Any library fees accrued at that time will be waived. During the week, we will be painting, cleaning the floors, and rearranging our layout to make it easier to find what you need. Stop in after March 7th to see our exciting new updates!


We are looking for volunteers to assist us with moving and re-shelving books. If you would like to help out, please contact the library at 603-269-3900, or email us at


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.



The Reason For God


Ever ask the questions or maybe thought to yourself, how could a “Loving God” send people to hell? Why does a “loving God” allow suffering? Can one religion be “right” and the others “wrong”? Maybe you thought but never dared to ask, what gives God, the right to tell me how to live or why is the church responsible for so much injustice. 


If you have ever had these questions or other questions about God, then we would invite you to our 6-week class entitled “The Reason for God” based on the New York Times bestselling book “The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism” by Timothy Keller.


The classes begin on Sunday, March 5th at 4:30 PM and will run until Sunday, April 9th.  The classes are free, the materials are $10 per person or $15 per couple.  The classes will be held at the Center Barnstead Christian Church located across from the Barnstead Town Hall.


To order the class materials or to have any questions answered please call the church at 603-269-8831 or go to our website




Stuart Merrill


Stuart “Twink” Merrill, 83, of Bow Lake Road, died February 16th at the Concord Hospital following a brief illness.


He was born in Lexington, MA, the son of Harvey and Helen (Hutchinson) Merrill. He was a graduate of Pittsfield High School. He was an Army Veteran having served in Japan and he was a member of the Barnstead American Legion Post. He retired after 40 years from the NH State Fish & Game Department of Fisheries. He was a member of the Barnstead Historical Society. He cleaned and maintained all the “old” cemeteries in town for many years. He had compiled a genealogy and published a book on the old early Barnstead families. He loved everything involving the outdoors.


He is survived by his wife Grace (Higgins) Merrill and a daughter Diane F. Merrill, both of Barnstead, a brother Douglas Merrill and wife Nancy of Englewood, FL, and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Earlean Onufrak.


There are no visiting hours. At his request, a private scattering of remains, in the woods, will be scheduled in the spring.


Donations in his memory may be made to The Barnstead Historical Society C/O Treasurer, Jean Terry, 76 Maple St. Center Barnstead, NH 03225


The Waters Funeral Home, David Pollard, Director, assisted the family with arrangements.













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