Barnstead NH News

July 19, 2017


Oscar Foss Memorial Library News


Game Night!

Like to play Minecraft, Mario Kart or Zelda? Come to the library on Friday, July 21 at 6:30pm for Game Night! You can play with our WiiU on our large screen, use a tablet to play Minecraft, or bring your own laptop or tablet to play along. Light refreshments will be served.


Better World Bingo!
Bingo for a cause! Join us on Saturday, July 22 at 10:30am at the library for “Better World Bingo.” Bingo cards will cost $1 each and winners will get to choose where to distribute their winnings locally to Barnstead Non-profits! Some organizations on the list include: Barnstead Historical Society, End 68 Hours of Hunger, Barnstead Food Pantry and Thrift Store, Barnstead Adventure Zone, Friends of the Oscar Foss Memorial Library, Barnstead Parks and Recreation, and Barnstead PTO. Light refreshments will be served. Come have some fun and help us build a better Barnstead!


Family Movie Night!
On Friday, July 28th at 6pm we will be showing The Lego Batman Movie at the library! Light refreshments will be served and pajamas and snuggling friends are always welcome.


Trash to Treasure!
Bring your yard sale finds, or items from around your home that need to be updated, to the library on Saturday, July 29 at 10:30am and Danielle will show you how to make freshen them up into lovely items for your home! Registration is required and there will be a $5.00 fee for supplies due the day of the workshop. This workshop is suitable for ages 16 and up. Please register online at, or by calling 603-269-3900.


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 Rec Summer Concert Series Features Children’s Artist


This Saturday, July 22, Barnstead Parks and Recreation welcomes award winning children’s artist Wayne Potash to the concert stage.  Wayne’s music brings an upbeat message with rhythms and melodies perfect for singing along with and dancing to.  One of the top children’s performers in New England, Wayne brings both his solo show and his Music Fun Band to dozens of greater Boston area events each year, his music movement program is featured at numerous Boston area schools, and he even hosts his own music TV show for children on a local Boston cable station.  Families, adults and children of all ages are sure to enjoy this one of a kind show.


The show starts at 6:00.  Remember to bring a lawn chair or blanket and a friend or two.  Barnstead’s Old Home Day Committee will be on hand offering concessions.  As always, smoking and alcohol are prohibited on the Parade Grounds.



Letter To The Editor


New Hampshire is in crisis. Every day more and more Granite Staters fall victim to an opioid addiction and can’t get the treatment they need to overcome these tragic circumstances.


As a state, we have been proactive in our attempts to combat this crisis and provide help to those who need it. But we can’t do this alone; we need help from our federal government.


Unfortunately, by the looks of the most recent Senate healthcare bill, help isn’t coming to the extent that we need it. The senate allocated $45 billion to help opioids. Republican Governor John Kasich of Ohio compared this money to “spitting in the ocean” in terms of its effectiveness and some say it’s only in the bill to earn the votes it needs to pass, not to actually solve the problem. 


Adding onto the limited opioid funds, the cuts to Medicaid will force tens of thousands of Granite Staters off health insurance, denying them access to the treatment they need.


When Granite Staters are healthy, our state can thrive. Instead of eliminating funds, we need to work together to win this battle against opioids so New Hampshire and the people in it can reach their full potential.


Heather Carter



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Save The Date! September 9, 2017 For Barnstead Old Home Day


The theme of this year’s Old Home Day Celebration is “Putting Barnstead on the Map.”  We’re hoping to bring residents of all ages and interests out to celebrate what makes and has made Barnstead special from the beginnings of our town through today.


Our schedule from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. will include food, demonstrations, a car show, line dancing, a great parade, a kid’s bike parade, games with prizes and fun for all ages.  An incredible quilt is being made to be raffled off that will feature old pictures of historic buildings.  There will be an “Ask an Elder” area where you can hear stories of long ago Barnstead.   To top off the day, we’ll have our own local Chris Bonoli featured in an Open Mic time from 1-3 p.m.  If you’d be interested in doing a 15 minute set please feel free to message Christine Bonoli or Kathy Kelley on Facebook or email:


It’s going to be an exciting day with new things happening every hour.  Lots more to be confirmed, so stay tuned!


Tentative Schedule
9 -10 a.m. Dog Presentation/Obstacle Course
10-11 a.m. Man in Motion
11a.m.-12 p.m. Parade
At end of parade (approx. 12 p.m.):
Ceremony to honor Veteran’s at Flag Pole
Cars park for car show
Line Dance Demo
1 p.m. National Anthem
Award Citizen of the Year
Award of People’s Choice for Car Show
1 - 3 p.m. Chris Bonoli Open Mic


If you’re a vendor, booths are available for $25.  There are also opportunities for non-profit organizations to showcase themselves at no charge. Contact Lori Mahar at 603-269-2329 or


If you’re a high school student looking for Community Service Hours, this is an easy and fun way to complete some of them.  Come out and run a game or help the Committee make this a great day for the citizens of Barnstead.  Contact Kathy Kelley at 603-833-1434 or




Doris (DeSchuytner) Dion


Doris (DeSchuytner) Dion, 87, died July 8, 2017 at her home in Center Barnstead, NH, after a lengthy battle with lung cancer.


She was born May 8, 1930 in Chelsea MA, the daughter of Victor DeSchuytner and Catherine (Fitzpatrick) DeSchuytner.She was a graduate of Chelsea High School and was a tireless, dedicated worker at MGH in Boston in the pediatrics department for 40 years before retiring to NH.


She was the mother of the late Donald Dion and is survived by her husband, Norman Dion, and her five loving children: Daniel Dion of Chelmsford MA, Michael Dion of Groton, NH, Cecile Falta of Center Barnstead, Andrea Toolan of Wakefield, MA and Paul Dion of Newton, MA. She also leaves four beloved grandchidren: Melissa Derderian of Chicopee, MA, Sara Dion of Somerville, MA and Jake and Alexis Toolan of Wakefield, MA. She is also survived by her sister, Jean Gutowski, of Washington and also leaves many nieces and nephews.


A memorial service was held Thursday July 13, 2017 at Phaneuf Funeral Home in Boscawen followed by interment at NH Veteran’s Cemetery in Boscawen, NH. 













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