Barnstead NH News

June 7, 2017




South Barnstead Cemetery Association will hold its annual meeting on June 11, 2017 10:00 AM at the South Barnstead Church.  Meeting is open to the public.


Congratulations to Nicole Rote of Barnstead who was named to the Dean’s List at Rivier University for the Spring 2017 semester. Nicole also was graduated from Rivier University with a Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, in Human Development/General Special Education/Elementary Education.



Narcan Training Event
Prospect Mountain
High School, Alton, NH
Monday, June 12,
6 – 8 p.m.


Organized by the Health Departments of Barnstead and Alton.


Do you know someone at risk for a drug overdose?  Come to this event to be trained and receive a free kit.


Learn how to help a loved one, yourself, or how to possibly save a life.



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News
Playwrights & Performers!


The library is starting a Playwrights & Performers Club for teens and tweens beginning on Thursday, July 6th at 6:30pm. The group will be writing, producing, and performing their own original show! The club will meet every other Thursday until Saturday, August 19th when the production will be put on for the community as our summer reading finale event.


Re-Fashioned Finds Workshop
The library is offering a Re-Fashioned Finds workshop on Saturday, June 17th. Danielle will meet participants at the Barnstead Thrift Store at 9am to search for some fashion finds (or you can bring something from home). Everyone will then bring their items to the library to learn how to re-fashion them into something stylish with scissors, embroidery, trim, and sewing machines!


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.



Letter To The Editor


On May 29th, as in previous years I attended the Memorial Day events in our little town. As the husband of a Holocaust survivor, I am acutely aware of the enormous sacrifices made by our armed forces that fought from the beaches in Normandy to Berlin to put an end to one of the most bloodthirsty dictatorships and ideologies our world has ever seen.


Without the dedication and raw courage of the thousands of US military, my wife would have ultimately, along with many other children, have reached one of the death camps. I would not have my wife, my children or grandchildren. I was therefore horrified beyond belief when I found out that there are almost one hundred offices claimed by the American Neo Nazi party currently tracked by the organization of the Southern Poverty Law Center that keeps a track of all hate groups. The Neo Nazis are even more despicable than Holocaust deniers as they actively espouse the gruesome principles and hatreds of Adolf Hitler that cost so many American lives. I have personally walked through the cemeteries behind Omaha and Utah beaches in Normandy and wept with thanks for all our young soldiers.


These new Nazis, under the guise of “free speech,” are attempting to resurrect the hatreds and downright evil here in our country.


Gordon Preston
Barnstead NH




Charlotte (Cate) Bunker


Charlotte (Cate) Bunker, 92, of Barnstead, passed Sunday, May 21, 2017, at her home. She was born in Concord, NH in 1925, the daughter of William and Lura Cate. Charlotte married Roland E Bunker, Jr and the couple cut and milled the lumber for the home they built in 1946, where they lived their entire lives.


Charlotte loved to sew, knit, crochet, was an excellent cook and known for her raised doughnuts and decorated cakes. She was also a consummate gardener but especially proud of the tomatoes she grew each season.


Charlotte worked at NH Artistic Web for several years as a weaver and after retirement she took great joy in caring daily for her granddaughters. Her love for her family was unparalleled as was her spirit and determination.


She was predeceased by her loving husband Roland E. Bunker, Jr, brothers William & Solon Cate of Concord, and Milton “Buddy” Cate of Penacook.


Charlotte is survived by her sister Virginia Call of Florida, her daughter Debra Holmes of Moultonborough, her son William Bunker of Barnstead, her granddaughters Heather (Cory) Halvorsen of Barnstead, Haley Bunker of Manchester, Kristen (Tyler) Richey of NC, Erin and Emalee Bunker of Barnstead and great-grandchildren Tyler Thibodeau of SC, Rhiannon O’Gara and Jaiden Halvorsen of Barnstead. Special appreciation to Jacqueline Cate and Deb Foss for all their support, caring and love in helping Charlotte the last few months.


The family would also like to give a heartfelt thanks to the Barnstead Fire Rescue ambulance team for their professional and excellent service and their empathy with the family. Special thanks to the CRVNA for their caring and support.


Per Charlotte’s request, there will be no funeral or calling hours but the family is planning to hold a memorial service at the Barnstead Parade Cemetery later this summer.


In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Charlotte’s name, directly to the Barnstead Fire Rescue, 106 South Barnstead Rd, Ctr Barnstead, NH or the Concord VNA, 30 Pillsbury St., Concord, NH 03301.













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