Barnstead NH News

March 29, 2017


Concert Saturday Night to End 68 Hours of Hunger with the Funky Divas of Gospel: On Saturday April 1, please join us for a Concert with the Funky Divas of Gospel to benefit “End 68 Hours of Hunger”. The concert begins at 7:00 and will be at 504 North Barnstead Road (the Congregational Church of North Barnstead). Donations of non-perishable foods will be accepted for the Barnstead Food Pantry in baskets as you enter. Reservations are not necessary but if you would like to make reservations or have questions, call Chris Bonoli at 340-1468.

The next meeting of the Barnstead Democrats will take place on Monday, April 3rd at 6:30 pm at the Barnstead Town Hall. The agenda will include reviewing the voting records of our local representatives, quick and easy ways to voice your opinions to your legislators in Concord and Washington, and important action items on the issues that are important to Democrats. Please consider attending the meeting if you want to become more involved in local action or just to connect with the local Democrat community. For more information, please email Heather Carter at



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News
Painted Flower Pot Make & Take


Make your own little bit of spring! Come to the library on Thursday, March 30th at 6:30pm to paint a flower pot and plant some seeds to take home with you. Make and Take will be available until 8pm, or until we run out!


New Improvements & Hours!
OFML is excited to share our newly improved library with the community! We have changed our layout and added some new items to make everything more user friendly and welcoming. Come in anytime during our open hours to check out all our wonderful changes! Our new hours are Tuesday and Wednesday: 10am-6pm, Thursday and Friday: 12pm-8pm, Saturday: 10am-1pm, Sunday and 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 and Wednesday: 10am-6pm, Thursday and Friday: 12pm-8pm, Saturday: 10am-1pm, Sunday and Monday: closed.



Easter Breakfast and Service


Center Barnstead Christian Church will be having a free family breakfast on Easter Sunday, April 16th starting at 8am. We will be serving up a delicious breakfast of pancakes, sausage, ham and other favorites.  Easter Service will follow at 10am.  All are welcome. Center Barnstead Christian Church is located at 116 S. Barnstead Rd, next door to Town Hall.  Call (603) 269-8831 or go to our website for further information.



The Reason For God


Why does the Bible teach one thing, yet followers of the Bible live so differently?  Why are Christians such hypocrites?  If followers of Christ are not supposed to be violent, if they are to be lovers and not haters, then why is the church responsible for so much injustice?


Maybe you are one of those people who cannot identify with an institution such as the church or with individual Christians when you see such an obvious record of injustice and hypocrisy.


If that is you, we would invite you to join our conversation on Sunday, April 2nd at 4:30 PM as we discuss the New York Times bestselling book “The Reason for God” by Timothy Keller.  This conversation will be held at the Center Barnstead Christian Church located across from the Barnstead Town Hall.  Any questions, please call the church at 603-269-8831 or visit our website at



Barnstead Farmers Market Vendors Meeting


The Barnstead Farmers Market is holding a forum April 3rd at the Maple Street Church, 96 Maple Street, Center Barnstead NH at 6:30p.m., to fill out applications and answer questions regarding the upcoming season. DEADLINE IS APRIL 15th for applications.
This is your last chance to sign up to secure publishing in the marketing materials going out in May. The 2017 season is set to begin June 10th and go through Columbus Day Weekend.


The market is looking to expand this year. We are seeking the following type of vendors: maple syrup, honey, corn, bakery sweets and more veggies. We are also seeking licensed breakfast and lunch vendors and musicians to play from 10am to 12 noon. Applications are now available online at or for more information, please call or email: Lori Mahar at 603-269-2329 or



Prospect Mountain High School Drama Club Presents Seussical TM


The Prospect Mountain High School Drama Club presents Seussical TM.  Please come join our students for performances on March 30th, 31st, and April 1st at 7 pm and April 2nd at 2 pm in the high school auditorium in Alton.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for seniors 65+.  Doors open one hour prior to showtime to buy tickets or stop by the PMHS main office to buy tickets early.  General admission seating.   


Based on the Works of Dr. Seuss.  Music by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.  Co-conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, and Eric Idle.  Seussical TM is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.


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Back Row (L to R): Anna Francis (Sour Kangaroo), Justin Boyce (Horton), Maggie Fontaine (Mayzie) Front Row (L to R): Sam Gagne (Cat in the Hat), Shelby Rodger (JoJo).




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John “Jack” W. Hanley


John “Jack” W. Hanley of Barnstead, NH, aged 64, passed away peacefully on March 19, 2017 after a long illness with his family surrounding him.


Jack was predeceased by his parents Leonard M. Hanley and his mother Alice E. (Foley) Hanley and  leaves behind his loving wife of 45 years Michelle (Beaudette) Hanley, his sister, June Russell, three children, Patrick Hanley, Danielle Hinton and Leonard Hanley, three grandchildren Riley Hinton, Shannon Hinton and Ayla Hanley and several nieces and nephews.


Jack was a successful businessman who started his own company with his two business partners 30 years ago, successfully growing it to an industry leader today with his amazing team of employees and belief he had the best people around him.  Jack loved the outdoors and was a well known and respected world class fly fisherman and upland game hunter. He loved nothing more than being at the river or in the field hunting and fishing with his children and friends.


He touched many people’s lives during his lifetime and always thought of others before himself. To those who knew him most, there will never be another Jack.  His stories filled rooms with love and laughter.


First and foremost, Jack loved his family. As Jack, an avid fly fisherman would have wanted, his family asks that any donations be made to Casting for Recovery or Project Healing Waters, two fly fishing foundation causes he helped to fund.


A service was heldon Friday, March 24, 2017 at Peaslee Funeral Home by Fr. Robert F. Cole. Interment will be later in the spring at New Riverside Cemetery in Alton, NH.  To express condolences, please visit:













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