Barnstead NH News

March 1, 2017


The Reason For God


Who, what and where?  Many of the questions asked about God; who is God, what is God like and where was God when my world was falling apart?  And then you can even throw in the question, does God even exist?


If you have ever asked these questions or other questions about God, you are encouraged to check out a 6-week class based on the New York Times bestselling book “The Reason for God” by Timothy Keller.  Using literature, philosophy, reason, and real-life conversations we will try and answer these questions as well as the question, does believing in a Christian God make any rational sense at all.


The classes begin on Sunday March 5 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



NH Partnership For Schoolyard Action Grants

Announces The 2017 Grant Recipients


The New Hampshire Partnership for Schoolyard Action Grants, a collaboration that supports schools wishing to link the school curriculum and their students with the local environment, is pleased to award over $6,000.00 in action grants to these schools.
Beech Hill School, Hopkinton, NH—Building Bowers, Buffers, and Biodiversity


Loudon Elementary, Loudon, NH—Pollinator Garden


Westmoreland High School, Westmoreland, NH—Nature Trail and Outdoor Classroom


Winchester High School, Winchester, NH—Nature Trail Project


Seacoast Charter School, Dover, NH—Schoolyard Mater Plan


Prospect Mountain High School, Alton, NH—Shade Tree Habitat


Jaffrey Grade School, Jaffrey, NH—Schoolyard Bird Watching


Namaste Montessori School, Goffstown, NH—Namaste Children’s Garden


These eight schools were selected from over twenty-six applicants and represent a diversity of projects from wetland buffers to trail development to pollinator gardens. Projects are underway and will be completed in 2017.


“We are excited and heartened by the dedication school staff and community members who help to make these projects happen.  These educators understand nature is a powerful teacher engaging students on a deeper level” said Judy Silverberg, a spokesperson for the partnership.  Students are involved in planning, creation, and maintenance of the projects.  In addition, the projects incorporate the disciplines of science, mathematics and language arts.


“By working together in the Partnership for Schoolyard Action Grants, NH Audubon, NH Fish and Game, NH Project Learning Tree and US Fish and Wildlife Service are able to offer more resources to schools taking on schoolyard action projects.” said, NH Audubon President Doug Bechtel.


For educators interested in planning a project to submit for a grant in 2018, workshops on schoolyard projects and planning will be held at the NH Science Teachers Association spring conference and in early fall. For more information contact:  Hilary Chapman, or Judy Silverberg at



Rev. Fred Small, Leading Environmentalist, To Preach


The Congregational Church of North Barnstead (CCNB) invites you join us in welcoming our guest preacher and teacher on Sunday March 5th.  The Rev. Fred Small wil present the homily during worship at 10 a.m. and will also meet informally with parishioners and guests after worship at 11:15 to talk informally about “caring for the creation.” 


The Rev. Fred Small is a Unitarian Universalist minister, singer-songwriter, and former environmental lawyer. He was Minister for Climate Justice at Arlington Street Church in Boston, MA.  He was cited by Bill McKibben as “one of the key figures in the religious environmental surge.” Fred recently left parish ministry to devote his energies to climate advocacy.


Please join us on Sunday March 5th at CCNB, 504 North Barnstead Rd. for worship and/or for the conversation with Rev. Fred Small about one of the most pressing concerns of our time.     



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News
Teen Tech Take Apart!


March 5th – 11th is Teen Tech Week and we are having a Tech Take Apart activity here at the library! Ever wondered what the inside of a computer looks like? Join us at the library on March 10th at 6:30pm for some tech fun. We will provide old electronics and tools so you can take them apart and see how they work. Then you can recycle the parts into sculptures, jewelry or come up with your own brilliant invention! Registration is required. Ages 12-18 are welcome. You can sign up online at or by calling the library at 603-269-3900. We are accepting discarded technology to use for the workshop until March 5th. If you have any old computers, phones or electronics to get rid of, we’d love them! Please contact Danielle at if you would like to donate.


1000 Books Before Kindergarten!
The library is participating in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program for toddlers and preschoolers. This program encourages parents and caregivers to provide positive, nurturing early experiences by reading aloud to their children regularly. Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to at home during early childhood. The brain develops more rapidly during the first three years of a child’s life than at any other time during the lifespan. Reading to children from an early age can help close the vocabulary gap and prepare children to enter kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed. Most important, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading. You can sign up at the library or online at Families will receive a packet with information and materials needed for the program.


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.



Parents Of Barnstead Teens – Great News


Parents new to town often ask what there is for teens to do in Barnstead.  As we all know, youth enjoy hanging out with their friends and are full of energy. Now Prospect Mountain High School (PMHS) students can stay at school with their friends and enjoy the 20+ Extra Curricular Activities* and the seasonal Timberwolves Athletics* or meet with faculty for additional guidance and still get back to Barnstead on a late bus. 


Many families have either a single parent or (both) parents at work until late in the afternoon. They are unable to pick up their youth at school after these clubs. meetings and sport activities.  Now PMHS students will be able to enjoy friends in a learning environment and be able to take the 4:30 pm “late bus” from school to Barnstead. 


The students are dropped off at one of four stops: Corner of No. Barnstead and Walker Roads, Blueberry Station, Barnstead Elementary School (BES) and the Oscar Foss Memorial Library.  BES has an after-school program that runs until 6 p.m. and some teens have siblings enrolled and parents stopping at BES on the way home.  The library has adjusted their closing hours to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and to 8 p.m. on Thursday evening.  Check out the new library space for teens soon.


 A flyer is going home this week asking Barnstead families whether they will use the late bus and the home location of their student.  There could be additional stops if there is enough interest.  If you don’t receive a flyer from your student, it will also be posted on the school’s website.  The late bus will only be continued if there is enough participation. 


*PMHS Extra Curricular Activities include Clubs - Outing, Debate, Environmental, History, Drama, World Language, Weightlifting, Acting; Color Guard:  Student Council and Committees; Robotics; NH Quiz Bowl; Jazz Ensemble and Pep Band; Granite State Challenge; Girls & Boys State, Humans Helping Humans and Future Business Leaders of America!  Spring sports will include baseball, softball, track & field, tennis and volleyball.  Fall sports include soccer, cross country, volleyball, golf and bass fishing.  Great opportunities for all our youth!













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