Tuesday, March 14 is town voting day. And, though I
try to always know the candidates I am choosing, sometimes I do not
recognize some names. There have even been times when I felt I had to
skip over a position because I just didn’t know.
This is no
way to treat my voting privilege! And so I would like to introduce
you to two candidates that I do know, on the ballot for two library
Lamontagne is running for a three year term and comes with a depth and
breadth of experience that make her extremely suited to the role. In
addition to her highly skilled professional positions, she has been
active in libraries around the state for many years, including having
served on previous trustee boards. When she and her husband came to
Barnstead, she joined the Friends of the Library, and quickly became
president of that group, guiding the Friends in providing programs,
funds, and other support for the library.
the one year term is Julie Skinner, another highly competent candidate.
As she said at the Candidates’ night last week, the first two things she
did when she moved to Barnstead were get a library card and register to
vote. She has been a faithful volunteer at the library since then and is
highly respected by the staff who work with her.
and Julie will make great trustees. Now there are two names you know a
little about. Please be sure to vote on March 14th and then come to Town
Meeting on March 18 and School District Meeting March 25 to vote on
budget items. This is your chance to have a say in how your town
operates. Thank you.
Barnstead-Alton-Gilmanton Republican Committee (BARC’G) To Meet Tuesday,
Barnstead-Alton-Gilmanton Republican Committee (BARC’G) has announced
that their next monthly meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 14 at
6:30 pm at J.J. Goodwin’s Restaurant (upstairs dining room), 769 Suncook
Valley Highway (Rt 28), in Center Barnstead.
the Committee will hear from your elected representatives in the NH
State House and State Senate about current and pending legislation that
they’ve been reviewing, studying, and voting on.
updated about the Belknap County budget that has been developed by the
County Commissioners and is being reviewed and discussed by the County
Delegation (a.k.a. your State Representatives).
Committee will also discuss the activities in Washington, DC including
legislation, Executive Orders by President Trump, and nominees to the
President’s cabinet and the Supreme Court.
guest speaker has not yet been confirmed, a separate announcement will
be posted on the Committee’s website
www.barc-newhampshire.com prior to the meeting.
meetings are open to all Republicans and like-minded Independents from
Alton, Barnstead, and Gilmanton, and any other towns in New Hampshire.
There is no charge to attend the meetings.
Per their usual meeting
format, if you’re interested in having dinner (at your option) or wish
to socialize before the meeting, plan to arrive as early as 5:30pm.
The Committee reminds you to bring non-perishable food items (cans of
soup, tuna fish, etc) to the meeting for distribution to local food
For more information, please check the
Committee’s website www.barc-newhampshire.com or send
an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concert To Benefit Belknap House
An evening of music by local
vocalist and pianist Dan Carter will be offered on Friday evening, March
10th, at the Laconia Unitarian Church, 172 Pleasant St., Laconia.
Mr. Carter is generously donating all proceeds to Belknap House, the
cold weather shelter for homeless families in Belknap County.
Drawing from the styles of Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Lionel Ritchie and
Sam Cooke, he plays both original compositions and pop classics.
Dan performs throughout New Hampshire and the East Coast and is
well-known for his heartfelt, entertaining, and witty shows.
open at 7pm and the concert starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 in
advance or $12 at the door and are available from Greenlaw’s Music (633
N. Main St, Laconia), Belknap House (200 Court St, Laconia), or Belknap
House board members.
Belknap House opened in February as a
cold weather shelter for families. During the warmer months it
will function as a hostel. Volunteers are needed to work inside
the shelter. Shifts are flexible and schedules are adapted to
match the availability of volunteers. To learn more, volunteer, or
donate, please visit www.belknaphouse.org or
Do Christians have the only way to God; what about Muslims,
Hindus, Scientology, Moonies, Jews etc.? Why aren’t all religions
and belief systems valid? Does religion have to be divisive, does
it matter what you believe?
Come and join the conversation as we
discuss 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 discuss whether believing in God makes any rational sense at all.
This week’s conversation begins on Sunday, March 12th at 4:30 PM.
The classes 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
To the Voters of Barnstead,
I would like to thank you for electing me
to serve on the Barnstead Budget Committee three years ago, in March of
2014. I’m reaching out to you now to let you know that I
have found working on the Budget Committee to be a very rewarding
experience. I’ve also found that the leaders of our town really
take to heart their responsibilities, trying to run their departments in
a responsible and frugal manner.
As a member of the Budget
Committee I have the same goal, asking questions at Budget Committee
meetings to have a better understanding of the goals of each department.
I want to make sure that the Town of Barnstead is providing the
necessary services – Police, Fire, Roads, Schools, etc. - while at the
same time keeping our taxes as low as possible.
I’ve learned a
lot during the past 3 years (actually 4 years due to having been
appointed to fill a vacancy in January 2014) serving on the Committee.
We’ve been able to check explanations for budget requests for the coming
year compared to what we had heard the previous year, or even the year
before that. Our school budget, being the largest part of our
taxes, requires that we ask the tough questions of the representatives
of the School Board. We want the children of our town to grow to
be productive, well-educated citizens. But at the same time,
recognizing that some requests may not be absolutely necessary, we
reduce or cut a budget line item.
It is this philosophy that I
have followed while serving as a member of the Budget Committee, and
which I, if you choose to re-elect me, will continue to follow while
performing my duties. I would appreciate your vote on March 14th.
Candidate for Re-Election
to the Barnstead Budget Committee
Hours Of Hunger
End 68 Hours Of Hunger is having a food drive at the
Barnstead Town Meeting, March 18th 2017 starting at 9:00 am at the
Barnstead Elementary School. Please bring your non-perishable food items
to the Barnstead Elementary School. For more information about End 68
Hours Of Hunger, Please contact Barnstead Elementary School Coordinator:
Meredith Jacques at 603-269-5161 ext. 582.
Suggested Donation Items
• Individual Snacks (All kind)
• Peanut Butter & Jelly
(16 or 28 oz. plastic jars)
• Cereal (any kind, +/- 18 oz.)
Granola/Nutrition Bars (any kind, high calorie, in boxes)
• Soup (any
kind, meaty is best, 18.5 oz. cans or smaller)
• Canned pasta (any
kind, 16 oz. cans or smaller)
• Cup of fruit or canned fruit (any
kind, 15 oz. cans)
• Tortillas (non-refrigerated kind)
tuna or chicken (12 oz. cans)
• Dry Pasta, Tuna, Chicken, Hamburger
• Mayonnaise (plastic squeeze bottles)
I would like to thank everyone in Barnstead who voted for
me last year! I once again am running for Barnstead School
I worked as a janitor at BES for 5½ years, and am very
familiar with the school and what should be fixed and what doesn’t need
I was told that as a school board member your hands are tied!
My personal belief is nothing is ever set in stone!
Even that which is impossible can be and should be fixed! Sometimes
doing the impossible can lead to great things!
When I am on the
school board I will do my best to keep costs down while making sure the
kids get the education they deserve! Things like a short course in
Chinese or Spanish are good for the kids!
I want to see the kids
inspired to learn and not drop out when they get to high school! I
rememberwhen I worked there at BES there was a special class of English,
which students had to sign up for. At the time; I
thought it was a waste of money, but after talking to Mrs. Nelson, who
taught the class, and others about the English class, I realized it was
money well spent! If the kids benefited and increased their
knowledge of English and improved their reading skills; I am
all for it!
I ask for your support and your vote on March 14th; and
am ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work! You vote for me, and I
work for and answer to you! If there are problems at your school, I will
let you know; I don’t believe in sweeping things under the rug! Your
school should be transparent!
Thank you for your support and your