Barnstead NH News

June 14, 2017


Congratulations to Arianna Libenson who has been named to the dean’s list for the sping 2017 semester at the University of Vermont. Libenson, from Barnstead, is majoring in Environmental Sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences.


To be named to the dean’s list, students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class in their respective college or school.


Ice Cream Social & Pick-a-Prize Raffle Wed., July 5, 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Bow Lake Grange Hall, 569 Province Road, Strafford, 4:00-8:00 PM, sponsored by the Strafford Women’s Club. Create your sundae from several ice cream flavors and delicious toppings - $3 for a small sundae; $4 for a large. Add a homemade brownie for fifty cents. Bring your friends & summer guests. Plenty of indoor seating for enjoying your sundae and socializing. Tickets sold at the door for sundaes and the Pick-a-Prize Raffle to be drawn at the end of the second social, August 2. Strafford Women’s Club fundraisers benefit college scholarships and community projects. Call 664-2615.


On Saturday June 24th The Barnstead Parks and Rec will be hosting a kickoff to summer barbecue. Games, prizes, music, food and fun. We are currently still in the planning phases, anyone wanting to join the subcommittee to help plan this event please contact us at


Also, we would like to thank everyone that came out to help On June 3rd for our grounds cleanup day.  We were able to put some new boards up on the ice rink, we painted the basketball court, weeded the horse shoe pits and picked up a lot of trash.  We are not at 100% yet, but we are getting there.  Thank you for all that came out to help with this much needed project, it was greatly appreciated and I am sure it will be enjoyed.


Will you have a student in the music program at Prospect Mountain High School next year?  A group of parents and other interested individuals are forming the PMHS Music Boosters Club.  If you’re a parent, student, alumni or just someone that wants to support the arts at our high school, please come to a meeting on Tuesday, June 27th at 7 p.m. in the Chorus Room at PMHS.  Even though the kids will be off for the summer, this room will be open for us at that time.  Officers will be voted in and upcoming fund raising opportunities as well as ways to support our music teachers, students and programs and the Disney trip will be discussed.



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Barnstead Parks And Recreation Summer Concert Series


The Barnstead Parks and Recreation Summer Concert Series kicks off this Saturday, June 17 with a performance by Catfish Howl, a New England based Zydeco band which offers its own rousing blend of Zydeco, blues, rock, country, and New Orleans Style, with a little Cajun influence.  The band is comprised of: Glen Robertson, who has been a professional musician since 1977 and has performed with many musicians; bassist Butch Black, who was a founding member of Boston Baked Blues, and has performed with Shirley Lewis, Rockin George Leh, and many others; and guitarist Chris Noyes, a Berkley staffer, who has worked with such big name artists as The Cars and Joe Perry.


This free show starts at 6:00 pm on the Barnstead Parade Grounds.  Concessions will be offered for sale by the Barnstead Parade Congregational Church.  Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket.  As always, the Parade Grounds is a smoke-free, alcohol free area.



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Oscar Foss Memorial Library News
Summer Reading Kick Off!


Our Summer Reading kick off was a huge success! Jungle Jim’s Minecraft Madness performance at Barnstead Elementary School on June 6th was fantastic and wonderfully interactive. Children in grades 1-6, staff, and community guests all enjoyed the high energy and comedy of the show.


Summer Reading at the Library!
Registration for our 2017 Summer Reading Program “Build a Better World” will begin June 26th and will continue throughout the program. The program will run from June 26th through August 19th, with weekly activities planned for July and August. Our summer reading program is for all ages and materials will be available for participants at the library. There will be many raffles throughout the program, as well as prizes and awards for participants who complete the program. Participants can register online or at the library and start logging books immediately. Check the events calendar on our website for activities or pick up a printed copy at the library. Please call the library at 269-3900 with any questions about 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.



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Student Council Volunteers From Barnstead Elementary School Raise $250 For Donation


Live and Let Live Farm’s Rescue and Sanctuary is very  proud of the Student council of Barnstead Elementary School whom not only helped to raise money for the feed and medical care of the animals in need but also took a field trip and worked to help clean and care for the animals whom have come to the rescue’s sanctuary at their greatest time of need.


“Our super helpful student council volunteers from Barnstead Elementary School. Not only did they raise $250 to donate to the farm, they also volunteered for the day at Live and Let Live Farm’s rescue & sanctuary. They could do anything they wanted for their student council fieldtrip, and they chose to give back to their community and the animals.


Live and Let Live Farm’s Rescue and Sanctuary is celebrating their 20th year of rescuing animals at 20 Paradise Lane in Chichester NH 03258.  Guided tours are every Sunday at 2:30 for those interested in adopting, volunteering or even just to visit the rescued animals or to make a personal donation.  Please wear closed toe shoes.





Thank you, Gordon Preston, for your well written and poignant letter of June 7, 2017.


As members of the Veterans for Peace, while we protest the concept of war, we praise and salute those of the uniformed service who put their lives on the line to stop the spread of hatred. Germany was a democratic country that was seduced by a charismatic leader using fear, greed, hate, and egotism in his attempt to rule the world. Let us never forget that the crimes of Nazi Germany can happen anywhere in the world. They can happen here. Hatred is the greatest enemy to freedom and democracy.


Peer and Brandee
Barnstead NH



Crafters/Vendors Wanted For 2017 Barnstead Old Home Day!


The town of Barnstead will be having its annual Old Home Day Event Saturday, September 9th, starting at 9am and ending at 3pm. The location will be at the Barnstead Elementary School Grounds. Vendors and Crafters are invited to participate at a low cost of $25. Non-Profits are also invited to participate at no cost. The DEADLINE for applications is August 1st.


Old Home Day was started many years ago for the sole purpose of having a low cost, family-friendly community event at the end of every summer. The day will include, kids’ games and activities, farmers market, vendors/crafters, local food vendors, a parade and car show and so much more. We are inviting vendors, local businesses, nonprofits and families to participate in a fun, family-friendly event!!!


For more information and/or to get an application, please contact Lori Mahar at 603-269-2329 or



Letter To The Editor
Barbara Comtois on the Wrong Side of
Important New Hampshire Legislation


Barnstead’s new representative, Barbara Comtois, is proving by her 2017 votes that she is not on the side of her New Hampshire constituents.  A few examples:


Comtois recently voted down a request by the County Sheriff’s Office for funding to provide adequate 24/7 emergency dispatch coverage for Barnstead and surrounding towns. A positive vote would have amounted to just a few more tax dollars a year.  Instead, Barnstead will be forced to come up with funds on its own and taxpayers will be paying far more, while feeling less safe.


In March, Comtois helped kill a bill to establish a state minimum wage of $9.50 an hour. New Hampshire’s minimum wage is the federal wage of $7.25.  Every other New England state has enacted a minimum wage of between $9.00 and $11.00, as have many states in the country.  It is unconscionable that Comtois helped vote down a wage increase that would have helped our hardworking citizens make ends meet and pay the country’s third highest real estate taxes.


Also in March, Comtois voted to table a bill that would have prevented discrimination against transgender people.  Although the bill passed overwhelmingly in committee, Comtois apparently accepted the hateful myth, with no basis in fact, that the bill would lead to an increase in sexual assaults.


In June, Comtois helped pass a controversial bill purporting to address unproven “voter fraud.” In reality, the bill is a Republican attempt to deprive citizens of their rights by suppressing the votes of targeted groups such as students who usually vote Democratic. And if these voters do not provide proper identification within a specified time, they may be subject to fines and even jail time.


Please contact Barbara Comtois to express your disappointment – (603)776-8989 or


Jane Westlake
Center Barnstead



Barnstead Old Home Day


Are you new to town, been here forever, or somewhere in between?  Barnstead Old Home Day is a day to celebrate your town and what makes Barnstead a great place to live. This year’s event is scheduled to be held on September 9th at the Barnstead Elementary School.


NH Governor Frank West Rollins created “Old Home Week” in 1897.  He wrote, “I wish that in the ear of every son and daughter of New Hampshire, in the summer days, might be heard whispered the persuasive words: Come back, come back. Do you not hear the call? What has become of the old home where you were born? Do you not remember it – the old farm back among the hills, with its rambling buildings, its well sweep casting its long shadows, the row of stiff poplar trees, the lilacs and the willows?”   During this time period, NH towns had been losing population.  Skilled people were going to other areas to build our country.  His thought was to bring people back “home” to buy abandoned farms as summer homes, get donations to support libraries and meeting houses and “awaken them from moral slumber.”  The first Old Home Week in NH was celebrated in 1899.


The theme this year is “Putting Barnstead on the Map.”  The BOHD committee chose this with the hope of bringing all of our sections (North, South, Center, Locke Lake, the Parade, etc.) together.  Some of the goals include asking the historical society to put together a presentation as to the origins of Barnstead and having an “Ask an Elder” event where people that have lived here many years can tell stories of how things were when they were young.  In addition, we’d like to showcase what puts Barnstead on the map today.  Do you belong to a group or have a business that you’d like your neighbors to know about?  Are you passionate about a skill or do you collect something unique?  What makes Barnstead special to you?  The event will be on September 9th from 9-3 with an amazing parade at 11, kids games, vendors, yard salers, a dog presentation, the old jail and our police crew, a booth to bring lightly used books to donate to the library, food, fun and entertainment.  What part could you play in this special day?
The next Barnstead Old Home Day Committee Meeting will be held at JJ’s Restaurant at 6:30 on Tuesday, June 20th.  Please come out and join in the planning and discussion to make this day great and celebrate our town.  For more information, contact



Barnstead Community Grange


Did you know that Barnstead has its own Community Grange?  What is a Grange, you ask?  From the National Grange website: The Grange is a family, community organization with its roots in agriculture.  Founded in 1867, the Grange was formed as a national organization with a local focus. Our members are given the opportunity to learn and grow to their full potential as citizens and leaders.  The family is the base of the organization with full membership beginning at age 14. Women have been equal members since the inception of the Grange. We have a Junior Grange program for children age 5 to 14, that has helped the youngest members of the family learn about community values and citizenship for more than 100 years. Our Grange Youth program develops the leadership skills of our young adults and young married couples.


The group goal is to create a community center for different events and where our incredible agricultural history can be showcased.  Please come out to the next meeting at the library at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20th, to find out more about us.




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Charles Clinton Byers


Barnstead - Charles Clinton Byers  60,  of Garland Street died Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Laconia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.


Charles was born May 30, 1956 in Ruislip, England, son to the late Berton Johnson and Agnes Marie (Duffy) Byers.  He served his country in the United Stated Army National Guard for 25 years and earned the rank of a Sergeant before retirement.


Charles enjoyed playing horseshoes, crossword puzzles and he was also a an avid reader.


Charles is survived by three brothers, Steven Byers of Barnstead, Michael Byers of Concord and Patrick T. Byers and his wife, Dorothy of Chichester; a sister Cynthia Byers and several nieces and nephews.  He is predeceased by his parents.


There will be no calling hours.


A celebration of his life was held June 10, 2017.


Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Service is assisting the family with arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial please visit













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