Barnstead NH News

July 5, 2017


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Barnstead Police Help Capture Escaped Cattle...In The Dark
Submitted By Carole Soule


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. 


The dirt road shimmered under my feet in the dark as if walking on stars. Every so often Missy, the Scottish Highlander cow I was leading, swung her horns at one of the six Angus cows following us up the moonlit road. Just two hours earlier I had driven this very same road with those six Angus cows in the stock trailer. We had put them in the trailer but a few miles down the road they weren’t there anymore.


Earlier that evening Bruce, my husband, and I had loaded five calves and two cows in the front section and six black yearling cattle in the back section of our stock trailer.  As it grew dark, I drove the rig back to our home farm with Bruce a few minutes behind me in another vehicle. We were bringing these cattle back to our farm, Miles Smith Farm in Loudon, before moving them to another remote pasture. 


All seemed well until about halfway home when I got a call from Bruce wondering if, “those cattle on the corner of Rt 126 and Tasker Rd were ours?” A quick check of the empty trailer confirmed the worst.  Apparently, in the dark, we had forgotten to latch the rear sliding door and the six cattle, in the far back of the trailer, had jumped out of the moving vehicle out a few miles from the pasture.


I drove the rig back to where Bruce had last seen the cattle but I couldn’t find them. The Barnstead police showed up, lights flashing about the same time friends, Teresa and Tom, arrived to help Bruce and me.  First, we had to locate and then round up the escapees.


So how do you catch six delinquent black cows in the dark on a public road? Easy, with another cow. I drove the trailer, still containing cattle who had not escaped and were watching these events unfold, to our remote pasture a few miles back up the road and put a halter on the first cow I found. My flashlight was dead, so in the dark it was hard to tell which cow I had but when I realized it was Missy, one of our riding Highlanders, I was ecstatic. Missy is easy to lead and trusting. I put a halter on her, put her in the back of the trailer and we drove to the scene of the big escape.


When I returned, the delinquent cattle were hanging out next to the police car, flashing lights off.  I don’t know how he did it, but for fifteen minutes Officer Cremin, with just a flashlight and his voice, kept the delinquents calm and in a group near the road. They listened quietly as he told them more than once, “Behave, and stop pushing each other around.” When I arrived leading Missy, she gave a loud “Mooo,” as if to say, “What are you guys doing here, let’s go.”


The six delinquents, sometimes running ahead but mostly hanging out behind, followed Missy and me back down the road to the pasture they had driven away from just two hours earlier. Some detoured into fields or down side roads but they always came back, walking in the headlights of Tom and Teresa’s car bringing up the rear. Swinging her head every so often to keep them behind her, Missy, probably irritated that she had to make this midnight walk, led the escapees back to the pasture. Grateful, they all seemed unharmed by their jump from a moving vehicle, we got them back through the gate and into the field.  It was midnight by the time I drove the other cattle, still safely in the trailer, back to the farm in Loudon.


How do you catch an escaped cow? The answer is simple, “Not with a horse and cowboy but with another cow.” Besides who needs a cowboy when the Barnstead police come to the rescue?


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Missy, a 9-year-old Scottish Highlander cow, helped capture escaped cattle in Barnstead. Photo by Soule Miles Smith Farm



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News
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.


Playwrights & Performers!
Playwrights and Performers is a Teen/Tween collaboration. The group will meet every other Thursday at 6:30pm beginning July 6. The group will write, produce and perform their own original show! There will also be an opportunity to design sets and costumes. On Saturday, August 26 at 6pm, the production will be put on for the community along with dinner as our summer reading finale event!


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.



Barnstead Firefighters Association 5K Road Race/Fun Walk


The Barnstead Firefighters Association is pleased to announce its 6th annual  5K Road Race and Fun Walk to start at the Barnstead Parade grounds on August 19 at 9am.


The course is an “out and back” that follows the Suncook River from the Parade to the intersection with Rt. 126 and then returns to the Parade along the same route for the Finish.  The race course is USATF certified for accuracy and is considered flat and fast.  Refreshments will follow the race along with a Fun Race for the Kids. 


Part of the proceeds from this year’s race are designated for the Jake Weber Scholarship Fund.  This fund will be used to assist with education costs to those interested in a career in Fire Safety or Emergency Medical Services.


Pre-registration is $20 and must be received by August 15, 2017.  Registration forms are available at; Email: or Call: 603-312-5648.  Online registration is also available at  Race Day Registration is $25.


Hope to see you at the races!



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Barnstead Parks And Recreation Summer Concert Series


Please join Barnstead Parks and Recreation in welcoming Studio Two to the summer concert stage on Saturday, July 8.  Hailed as “New England’s Best Beatles Tribute Band”, Studio Two is a headlining Beatles band that pays tribute to the early Beatles years, choosing songs from the pre-Sgt. Pepper era (1960-1966).  Unlike other Beatle acts that try to deliver the entire catalog, Studio Two concentrates only on the most exciting and fun time in The Beatles career.


Featuring graduates from Berklee College of Music and Beatles devotees, Studio Two band mates met in a “cellar full of noise” in a town slightly west of Liverpool (Milford, New Hampshire!) to pay homage to the greatest rock band of all time.  Band members are experienced musicians of today’s generation dedicated to preserving the memory and fan culture of The Beatles’ generation.  By recreating the Fab Four’s music, instruments, and on stage banter, Studio Two performs the most favorite hits that will move the audience to dance.


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 your friends and family, and a lawn chair or blanket.  As always, the Parade Grounds is a smoke-free, alcohol free area.



University Of New Hampshire’s Dean’s List For The Spring 2017 Semester


The following students have been named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Hampshire for the spring 2017 semester.


Aaron Russell of Barnstead, NH with Highest Honors
Julian Brown of Barnstead, NH with Highest Honors
Benjamin Hallman of Barnstead, NH with High Honors
Daryn Clevesy of Barnstead, NH with Honors
Matthew McGinnis of Center Barnstead, NH with Highest Honors
Jay Mousseau of Center Barnstead, NH with Honors
Christina Prescott of Center Barnstead, NH with Highest Honors
Melony Rice of Center Barnstead, NH with Highest Honors
Tanner Shaw of Center Barnstead, NH with Highest Honors
Victoria Rice of Center Barnstead, NH with High Honors
Hope Carazzo of Center Barnstead, NH with Highest Honors
Katherine Lesnyk of Center Barnstead, NH with High Honors
Julia Carter of Center Barnstead, NH with Honors
Casey Gut of Chichester, NH with High Honors
Emily Langlais of Epsom, NH with High Honors
Seth Bean of Epsom, NH with Honors
Vincent Pagano of Epsom, NH with High Honors
Sierra Juneau of Gilmanton, NH with Highest Honors
Sawyer Gardner of Gilmanton, NH with High Honors
David Morrison of Gilmanton, NH with High Honors
Brittany Coulstring of Gilmanton Iron Works, NH with Highest Honors
Cortlynn Danby of Gilmanton Iron Works, NH with High Honors
Randal Coulstring of Gilmanton Iron Works, NH with High Honors
Elizabeth Davies of Gilmanton Iron Works, NH with Honors
John DeButts of Northwood, NH with Highest Honors
Daniel Faiella of Northwood, NH with Highest Honors
Samantha Pollari of Northwood, NH with High Honors
Michael Wolfendale of Northwood, NH with Highest Honors
Jeremy Fenerty of Northwood, NH with Honors
Samantha Corwin of Northwood, NH with Highest Honors
Janais Axelrod of Northwood, NH with Honors
Chloe Bettencourt of Northwood, NH with Highest Honors
Jacob Mele of Northwood, NH with Highest Honors
Ashley LeBlanc of Northwood, NH with Highest Honors
Jeffrey Long of Pittsfield, NH with Highest Honors
Derek Pike of Pittsfield, NH with Honors
Sage Anthony of Pittsfield, NH with High Honors


Students named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Hampshire are students who have earned recognition through their superior scholastic performance during a semester enrolled in a full-time course load (12 or more graded credits). Highest honors are awarded to students who earn a semester grade point average of 3.85 or better out of a possible 4.0. Students with a 3.65 to 3.84 average are awarded high honors and students whose grade point average is 3.5 through 3.64 are awarded honors.



Senator Andy Sanborn, Candidate For Congress In District One, To Address Belknap County Republican Committee


The Belknap County Republican Committee (BCRC) will hold their next monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 12 at 6:30 pm.  Please note the location change – the Committee meeting will be held at the Shang Hai Restaurant, 331 Main Street in Laconia.


This month’s guest speaker will be State Senator Andy Sanborn, a recently declared candidate for Congress in District One. Sanborn is currently serving his 4th consecutive 2-year term as a State Senator where he’s the chair of the Health and Human Services Committee, and a member of the Energy & Natural Resources Committee and the Ways & Means Committee.  He’s a New Hampshire native, and a small business owner of The Draft sports bar in Concord. Senator Sanborn will be facing another declared Republican candidate, Eddie Edwards, in a primary next year with the winner moving on to challenge Democrat Carol Shea-Porter.  Sanborn will share his reasons for deciding to run for Congress, and he’ll discuss his goals and objectives if he’s elected.


Belknap County GOP meetings are open to ALL Republicans and like-minded Independents. Per their usual meeting format, if you’re interested in having dinner (at your option) and/or wish to socialize before the meeting, plan to arrive as early as 5:00 pm. 


The Committee thanks its members for their past food pantry donations and wishes to remind them to continue to bring non-perishable food items to the meeting.  


For more information, please check the Committee’s website at or send an email to



Chairman Of NH Young Republicans  To Speak At Barnstead-Alton-Gilmanton Republican Committee Meeting


The Barnstead-Alton-Gilmanton Republican Committee (BARC’G) has announced that their next monthly meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 11 at 6:30 pm at J.J. Goodwin’s Restaurant (upstairs dining room), 769 Suncook Valley Highway (Rt 28), in Center Barnstead.


This month the Committee will hear from Joe Sweeney, the state chairman of the NH Young Republicans.  Joe, a recent college grad, will talk about all the political/social activities that are planned for the younger generation!   However, people of ALL ages are invited to attend the meeting to learn about these activities, and to spread the word that the Young Republicans “have their act together”!


In addition, you’ll have an opportunity to hear from local elected officials (State Representatives, State Senators, County Commissioners) about the results of the latest activities in Concord and in Laconia including various bills that have been signed by the Governor including the state budget, and the latest regarding funding of the Belknap County Department of Corrections and the Sheriff’s Department.


BARC’G meetings are open to all Republicans and like-minded Independents from Alton, Barnstead, and Gilmanton, and any other towns in New Hampshire. There is no charge to attend the meetings.


Per their usual meeting format, if you’re interested in having dinner (at your option) or wish to socialize before the meeting, plan to arrive as early as 5:30pm.


The Committee reminds you to bring non-perishable food items (cans of soup, tuna fish, etc) to the meeting for distribution to local food pantries.


For more information, please check the Committee’s website or send an email to



Local Democrats To Meet


Are you concerned about what your NH State Representatives and Senators are doing in Concord? Do you know how they’re voting and how to hold them accountable? Learn how through Granite State Progress’ “State House Accountability” presentation, which provides resources to increase public awareness and civic participation and to make sure elected officials are voting in the best interest of their constituents.


Granite State Progress’ Executive Director, Zandra Rice Hawkins, will give this helpful presentation at the July meeting of the Tri-Town Democrats of Barnstead, Gilmanton, and Alton on Monday, July 10th at the Temperance Tavern Inn in Gilmanton. Granite State Progress is a progressive advocacy organization that provides a strong voice in advancing progressive solutions to critical issues of state and local concern.  The presentation will be followed by action items and community organizing.


Come for socializing any time between 6:15 pm and 6:45 pm. The meeting runs from 6:45 pm to 8:00pm. The Temperance Tavern is located at 506 Province Road (Rt. 107) in Gilmanton. Parking is available across the street at or behind the Gilmanton Town Offices or along Currier Hill Road. For more information on the Temperance Tavern, please visit


The meeting is open to any and all residents of Barnstead, Alton, and Gilmanton who consider themselves moderate, liberal, or progressive Democrats or like-minded Independents. Refreshments to share are encouraged but not required. For more information, please contact Heather Carter at or visit the “Barnstead, Alton, and Gilmanton Democrats” Facebook page.




Charles “Charlie” A. Roberts, 78, passed away on Wednesday, March 22nd in his “Florida” home, Dade City, FL in the company of his wife Barbara.


Please join family, friends & neighbors for a memorial service/calling hours on Saturday, July 8th from 10 until 11; Masonic service to begin at 11:15.  Luncheon will follow immediately at the funeral home. Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home, 1217 Suncook Valley Highway, Epsom, NH













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