Barnstead NH News

May 17, 2017


Oscar Foss Memorial Library News


Tick Talk

Join us at the library on Friday, May 19th at 6:30pm for a presentation about ticks with entomologist Dr. Alan Eaton from UNH Cooperative Extension. Ticks can transmit several human diseases, and New Hampshire is home to many species of ticks. Learn what ticks look like, how they live, the diseases they spread, how to manage tick problems, and how to protect yourself from tick-borne diseases.


Prom Makeover Event!
Come to the library on Saturday, May 20th and get a free makeover before the Prospect Mountain High School prom! Mary Kay representative Angela MacKinnon will be on hand to do makeup, and stylists will be available to do hair as well. Bring along your prom dress to have your picture taken while getting ready! Registration is required and appointment times will be assigned between 10am and 1pm. You can register online at or call the library at 269-3900.


Hair stylists are still needed for this event. If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact us at or call 269-3900. Thank you!


 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.



Colby-Sawyer Celebrates 2017 Graduates


On Saturday, May 6, Colby-Sawyer College celebrated its 179th Commencement, recognizing students and other individuals for academic excellence, outstanding contributions to society, and service to the college and community.


Xyelle Lewis of Center Barnstead graduated with a B.S. in nursing.


Beau Pingree of Northwood graduated with a B.A. in graphic design. He was the recipient of the Graphic Design Capstone Award.


David Sykie of Gilmanton graduated with a B.S. in health care management.



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Tri-Town Democrat Meeting
Submitted By Heather Carter


A large crowd of liberals, progressives, and Independents from Barnstead, Gilmanton, and Alton gathered at the Barnstead Town Hall on Monday, May 1st for the Tri-Town Democrat meeting.


The featured speaker was Steve Marchand, the former mayor of Portsmouth, who has announced his bid for the 2018 Gubernatorial race. His talk covered issues such as quality public education, sustainable energy, infrastructure, health care, the importance of inclusivity and entrepreneurship, and how addressing all of those issues are necessary for New Hampshireís economic development. Marchand said, ďWe need to re-stich the social safety net in fundamental ways, not just because itís the right thing to do, but because itís key to growing the economy in the future. And thatís true for LGBTQ rights, and thatís true for immigration, and thatís true for the way we do health insurance, and itís true for why we need Americaís strongest public education system. Itís why we need to invest in infrastructure. Itís why you have to be serious about holistic solutions as they deal with opiate and alcohol recovery and itís why we need a culture of entrepreneurship.Ē


The next Tri-Town meeting will be held on June 5th at the Alton Community Senior Center at 7 Pearson Road in Alton at 6:30 pm. Juneís featured speaker is Erin Turmelle, Political Director for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. The meeting is open to any and all residents of Barnstead, Alton, and Gilmanton who consider themselves liberal, progressive, or like-minded independents. Refreshments to share are welcome but not necessary. For more information, please contact Heather Carter at or visit the ďBarnstead, Alton, and Gilmanton DemocratsĒ Facebook page.



Family Hope And Recovery Rally To Be Held In Concord =


Addiction knows no boundaries; it affects everyone regardless of ethnic background or financial status.  If you have suffered a family loss or know someone battling addiction, this rally is here to help you connect with resources to cope and have hope.


Rollins Park will be the venue for the Family Hope and Recovery Rally this year on May 20th.  This is a spin-off from last yearís Heroin Awareness Walk.  People that have been impacted by the heroin/opiate crisis can often feel like theyíre alone and donít know where to go for education, understanding and assistance.  This rally will bring many of those resources together for you.


Come and get trained on how to administer Narcan (naloxone).  Take home a FREE Narcan kit!  Education and Distribution by Capital Area Public Health Network.  No cost kits are provided by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. Thank you, Mary, Stacey, Anni and your amazing team of volunteers!  Find more information at:


What is Narcan you ask? Narcan can reverse the effects of an overdose from heroin or other opioids. See or


There is also an APP you can install on your cellphone called NarcanNow.  Check it out!


There will be a special performance by Martin Toe and The River Band.  Guest Speakers will include: Saul Kane, Rich Walters, William Marotta, Aimee Pacios, Tim Craft, TJ Skeith, Billy Pfaff and Frank Huntley.  Hamburgers, hot dogs, and water will be available, either free or by donation.


This rally will bring together groups such as CareNet, Learn to Cope, Celebrate Recovery, His Mansion, Hope for NH Recovery, and Anchor Recovery, to name a few.  People will be available for prayer, encouragement and to discuss treatment.


A HUGE Thank-you to Anchored Recovery, Inc. in CA, who will sponsor 5 people in need to be set up for detox/90 day treatment starting on 6/1/17.  Thanks also to Grace Capital Church, Bethal Builders, and Associated Grocers of New England, for helping make this event possible.


Do you know of an organization that has resources that can assist people in this situation?  Are you interested in having a table? Contact Lisa at 781-831-0071 and sheíll get you on the list.


Itís time to break the silence and stigma associated with addiction. This disease is impacting families all over The United States. By working together, giving Hope, showing Love and connecting people with resources, we can impact individuals in the midst of their addiction and change and save lives.



Letter To The Editor


I want to thank everyone who turned out and voted for me on March 14, 2017! I lost by only ten votes. I was hoping to help out at the school and keep the cost of running the school at a manageable level.   I would be new and as such have ideas on how to control costs and fresh ideas to make the school better.


School board members who are on the board year after year just go through the motions and donít bring fresh ideas to the table on improving anything.  These school board members get so itís like a social club and donít want to leave nor allow anyone with opposing views to get on the school board.


These school board members will even stoop to fraud in an election to prevent anyone but whom they pick to win an election. They will conspire with people they know to run for office because their views match the members of the school board.  They will ask people to get their spouses to run as a write-in and then endorse those candidates and ask everyone to vote for them using their extreme influence over the voters.


I put an article in the paper about myself in the Baysider and Suncook Sun.  I have been serious about being on the school board for over 6 years even though I know itís difficult with the reputations of board members who go for reelection every three years.  I worked as a janitor for 5Ĺ years at the elementary school and used to clean Julie Couchís room.  I even had asked Julie Couch what it was like being on the school board as her husband, Keith Couch, was a school board member for a long time. 


To Be Continued


Kevin  Genest




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Wayne T. Pethic


A graveside service will be held for Wayne T Pethic on May 20, 2017 at 11:00 am at the River View Cemetery in Barnstead Parade NH.


Wayne T. Pethic died at the Concord Hospice House on Dec 12,  2016 in Concord, NH at the age of 72 with family by his side.


Wayne is survived by his wife Jane Flanders Pethic. Daughters Michele Newcomb of Concord NH. Erika Robinson and husband Robert of Epping, NH Grandchildren Alexander W. Pethic and wife Indy of Rochester NH, Rachel A. Robinson, Robert A. Robinson Jr. of Epping, NH. Great grandchildren Noah A, Adalyn E, and Kayden J. of Rochester NH. Wayne is preceded in death by his parents Everett L.Pethic and Helen (Morris) Pethic of Barnstead NH. Brother Willis (Bill) Pethic of FL. Nephew Bruce Pethic of CO.


Wayne was born on May 20, 1944 in Meredith, NH. to Everett and Helen Pethic. He graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1963. He then went on to receive a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Harvard University while working full time in construction. Wayne was a faithful and active member of First Congregational Church in Pittsfield serving as a Deacon for many years and leading Bible Study classes which he loved doing. He loved spending time with family and friends and sharing stories about life. Wayne will always be remembered for his smile, his Jolly laugh and many stories of his life.













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