Barnstead NH News

July 12, 2017


Congratulations to Anthony P. Dascoli of Barnstead who was named to the Dean’s List at NHTI for the Spring 2017 semester.  Anthony also was graduated from NHTI with an Associate Degree in Science, majoring in “Information Technology.”  To be named to the Dean’s list, students must maintain a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher and rank in the top 20 percent of their class in their respective college or school.  Way to go Anthony!!



Letter To The Editor


Dear Editor,
Just over a week ago, our One Term Governor, Chris Sununu, stated that he supported the Senate version of the Trump Care Bill sight unseen.  On June 27, he flip-flopped and spoke against it, especially the Medicaid portion of the bill.  According to the article in the June 28 edition of the Concord Monitor, Sununu sent a letter to Senator McConnell saying that the bill would lead to cuts in eligibility, loss of coverage or significant increase in taxes.


Does anyone really believe that he has flip-flopped because he truly cares for the underserved, underprivileged, the addicted, and indigent?  He flip-flopped because of the significant increase in taxes that would be imposed on the states if this bill ever becomes law.  It is always the money folks.  Ask yourselves this question; “When has a Republican ever done anything for me?”


It will be interesting to see how this develops over the coming weeks.  For over 30 years, the Republicans have been doing everything that they can to eliminate Medicaid.  Does anyone think that they truly have changed their spots?


The mid-term elections are coming sooner than we think.  Let us work together to replace Governor Sununu in 2018.


Ronald P. Blais
Center Barnstead



Oscar Foss Memorial Library
Teen Coffee House!


Join us for our second Teen Coffee House at the Maple Street Church! The event will be held on Friday, July 14 at 6pm. Light refreshments will be served. Contact Lindsey by July 11 at if you would like to sign up to perform!


Lego Construction Party!

Come to the library on Saturday, July 15 at 11am for some Lego building fun! Legos will be provided and all the creative constructions will be displayed in the library for the summer. This event is open to all ages. Some light refreshments will be served.


Summer Reading Registration

Registration for our 2017 Summer Reading Program “Build a Better World” has begun 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. Books can be logged online or written down at home. 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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Barnstead Parks And Recreation Summer Concert Series


Barnstead Parks and Recreation Summer Concert Series Presents Friends of Barnstead Featuring Chris Bonoli!  Bring a picnic dinner and your favorite chair for an evening of classic rock and blues with some of your favorite Barnstead Musicians! Chris Bonoli, Ray Mahar, Syd Brooks, Lowell Webber and Roy D’Innocenzo. Please join us Saturday, July 15th 2017 at 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. located in Barnstead N.H. at the Barnstead Parade Grounds. We will also be having a FUNDRAISER for End 68 Hours of Hunger!!! 50/50 Raffle, TV Giveaway, Prizes and lots of fun.

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In addition, Lori Mahar will be collecting cash and food donations at the concert. Save the Date and come share in a community gathering of family, friends and neighbors to enjoy a fun filled evening of great music. See you there RAIN OR SHINE!!  Thunderstorms cancel. If you would like to donate gift certificates or prizes for the fundraiser, feel free to contact Lori Mahar at 603-269-2329.



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Grab Dinner-To-Go From CHaD Benefit Buffet


On Saturday evening, July 15, 2017, a gourmet hot dog buffet will be held to raise funds for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s (CHaD’s) baseball competition Battle of the Badges.  Take out containers will be available to take your dinner to the Summer Concert Series featuring Chris Bonoli that evening at Barnstead Parade.  In-house seating will also be provided.  The benefit buffet will be held at Barnstead Fire-Rescue’s Parade Fire Station from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Cost will be your generous donation.


Also available at the Fire Station during the dinner hours, will be mini-horse cart rides provided by Tiz a Miniature Farm from Barnstead.  Cart rides will be free, although donations toward the ChaD benefit will be gratefully accepted.


Dinner menu will feature grilled hot dogs and buns with ALL the fixings and side dishes you can imagine, served along with scrumptious desserts.  Hot dogs and buns have been graciously donated by the Meredith Hannaford Supermarket.


Battle of the Badges Baseball Classic will pit members of New Hampshire’s firefighting and police communities on August 11, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at Manchester’s Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.  An exciting fireworks display will be presented following the game.  Tickets are $10.00 (children under age 10 are free) and will be available at the benefit dinner on July 15.  Please join us for this benefit dinner to help raise funds for this very important cause.


The medical programs and services provided to children by CHaD would not exist without the dedicated fundraising efforts of members of our state’s fire and police departments and the generosity of the sponsors and fans.   Barnstead Fire-Rescue’s own Captain Brian Cottrell, a member of this year’s Team Fire, is sponsoring this benefit dinner to raise funds for the Team.



Fly Strike Can Kill A Calf
Submitted By Carole Soule


Even though I had washed several times, two maggots were squirming on my smartphone screen as I called my vet, Christina Murdock. A Highlander calf, born five days earlier, had an army of maggots on her back and legs which we were trying to remove.


About 7:30 pm that night a farmer who, a few years ago, had purchased some Scottish Highlander cows from me called with one question, “What do you do for ‘fly strike?’” Fly strike happens usually to baby livestock and can kill if not treated immediately. Flies lay their eggs on newborn calves and if the calf is wet and cold, the eggs hatch into larvae also known as maggots. The maggots burrow into the baby’s skin and multiply causing toxic shock so the skin dies. If conditions are right, babies, especially sheep or goats, can die in hours.  It had been raining and cold for a few days which is why this calf was so heavily infected. The flies overwhelmed this calf, laying their eggs in her moist fur. Normally a calf warms up during the day killing the eggs or the maggots are brushed away by the mom’s tongue. The cold, wet weather was perfect for the maggots to thrive and this calf was fighting for her life.


Willing to help, I grabbed a set of clippers, “wound cote” spray, a bottle of Ivermectin jumped in my truck and drove to the farm in Plymouth. We clipped the thick Highlander calf hair, washed maggot-infected areas with Betadine and scrapped off the maggots. It wasn’t pleasant having maggots crawl on our arms but we did manage to get most of the creepy crawlers off the calf. We poured some Ivermectin on the calf to help kill the maggots, then sprayed her with “wound cote.” Maggots need air to survive; spraying them cut off their air supply so any remaining maggots wiggled to the surface of the calf’s skin where we scrapped them off.


This calf, thanks to quick action, will live but it is possible to avoid a maggot infestation completely. Calves born in the spring, before flies hatch, or in the fall, after the flies have died, are safe but a calf, born in the summer when flies are abundant, are at risk.  Pouring a little Ivermectin on a calf shortly after birth will kill the eggs as they hatch and protect the calf.


Farming is filled with dangers but who would think that the fly was such a vicious predator? Don’t underestimate the power of the fly; when you see a buzzing fly you could be witnessing a killer in action.


Carole Soule is co-owner of Miles Smith Farm, in Loudon, NH, where she raises and sells beef, pork, lamb, eggs and other local products.  She can be reached at



SWC Ice Cream Social


The Strafford Women’s Club appreciated the excellent community turnout for their first ice cream social in July. The club anticipates similar enthusiasm for the second Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, August 2, from 4:00-8:00 pm at the Bow Lake Grange Hall, 596 Province Road, Strafford. Ask anyone who attended, bought Pick-a-Prize Raffle tickets, sat and enjoyed their self-designed ice cream sundae with friends.  They will say they spent an enjoyable social time and had the opportunity to make new friends.


You can construct your own sundae from your choice of vanilla, chocolate, and/or coffee ice cream. Select toppings from hot fudge, caramel, and marshmallow Fluff. Pile on strawberries, pineapple, rainbow or chocolate sprinkles, toffee crunch, and/or M & Ms.  Sprinkle on some chopped peanuts or walnuts.  Top with a generous spray of whipped cream and finish with a maraschino cherry. $3 for a small sundae; $4 for a large. Add a homemade brownie for fifty cents.


As you sit with friends and savor your sundae creation, spend some time perusing the long list of Pick-a-Prize Raffle items donated by area business. Buy some raffle tickets and place them in the container representing your selection. At 7:00 pm the winning raffle tickets will be drawn. You need not be present to win.


Strafford Women’s Club invites you to be our guest at a meeting on the fourth Monday of the month. If you are interested in learning more about our activities, ask a SWC member working at the social. SWC holds two ice cream socials in the summer as our main fundraisers to provide two college scholarships to high school seniors (either homeschooled or attending area schools) who are Strafford residents with a GPA 90 or higher.  We also award a monetary prize to an eighth grade Strafford School graduate, sponsor the CBNA Band & Chorus Christmas Concert, and donate to Ready Rides & several other community projects during the year. Your participation in our fundraisers is greatly appreciated.  Questions, call 664-2615.













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