Barnstead NH News

August 16, 2017


Save the date!


Barnstead Old Home Day will be 9/9 from 9-3 at the Elementary School.


Entertainment will include a car show, a parade, a line dancing demo, a dog obstacle course, a kids bike parade, kids games with prizes, face painting, vendors and many non-profit presentations.


We’re still looking for vendors and others that would be interested in either being in the parade or having a booth on the grounds. If you’d like to be a vendor, please contact Lori Mahar at  For other info, please contact Kathy Kelley at or 603-833-1434.



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Barnstead Parks And Recreation Summer Concert Series


On Saturday, August 19 please join Barnstead Parks and Recreation in welcoming Mark Huzar’s Roots Society, to the concert stage.  Come witness the debut of our friend Mark’s newest musical project.  Currently a trio, the band features Mark Huzar on vocals and guitar, Carleton Page on guitar, mandolin and banjo, and Ryan Barrett on percussion.  This evening’s performance promises to bring a pleasing mix of blues, country, roots, bluegrass and classic music, along with Mark’s original songs.  Mark and Carleton met in the late 90s when both worked for Daddy’s Junky Music in Manchester.  Mark and Ryan played together in the early days of Tore Down House.


The PMHS Music Boosters will be on hand offering concessions as a fundraiser for their upcoming trip to Disney, where the band will be a part of the big parade.  Remember to bring a lawn chair or blanket and a friend or three or five.  As always, smoking and alcohol are prohibited on the Parade Grounds.  Come enjoy this free event and show your support for local music!  This not-to-be-missed show starts at 6:00 pm.



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News
Summer Reading Reminder


Our 2017 Summer Reading Program, “Build a Better World” will be ending on Saturday, August 19. Individuals who have registered for the program and wish to receive awards and surprises can bring their list of books to the library or log them online anytime through August 19. Participants who complete the requirements will be entered into a raffle and receive surprise ending packets.


Children’s Programs
Join us for Toddler Time and Story Hour at the library starting the week of September 5th. Toddler Time is Tuesdays at 10:30am for children up to 3yrs and Story Hour is Wednesdays at 10:00am for children 3yrs and older. These programs run weekly throughout the school year, with some exceptions during holidays and school vacations. Please check our online calendar at for a full schedule. Come join us for some stories, music & movement, and arts & crafts fun!


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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SNAP Benefits Accepted At Barnstead Farmers Market


The Barnstead Farmers Market accepts SNAP Benefits! Recognizing that food nutrition is vital to everyone especially those who are eligible for the SNAP Program, our farmers market applied for and received a grant to accept the EBT card used for SNAP Benefits.


The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides benefits to low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) works with state agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits.


Our market is full with locally grown vegetables, homemade sauces, jams and jellies and so much more to offer our SNAP customers. Please visit the market located on the corner of Rte 28 and Maple Street in Barnstead. For more information, please visit or contact Lori Mahar at 603-269-2329 or We look forward to serving you.



Barnstead Old Home Day
Submitted By Kathy Kelley


Are you ready for a great day full of fun, entertainment and food? The Barnstead Old Home Day Committee has been working very hard to make that happen! Please put September 9 on your calendar from 9-3 to be at the Barnstead Elementary School for a great celebration of our town and our people.


We’ll be starting off with a trained dog demonstration, then a chance to give line dancing a try, a LARGE parade at 11 (There’s still time to let us know if your group wants to march or enter a float!), a presentation to honor our veterans, kids’ bike parade, Motion Man, antique and specialty car show with a prize for people’s choice, Citizen of the Year will be announced and the entertainment will be rounded out by an open mic with Barnstead’s own Chris Bonoli.


On top of that, there will be games, miniature horses, bouncy houses, face painting, a touch-a-truck event and free balloons! There will be vendors where you can peruse such things as crocheted animals, beauty products, alpaca items, Tupperware, wood crafts and lots of FOOD. Our local farmer’s market vendors will be joining us on the school grounds so you can see everything at the same site.  No charge for entry or parking.  It’s a free day to come out and enjoy our town together!


Buy tickets to get in on the raffles for a 50/50 or better yet, the incredible, personalized quilt that has been lovingly made and generously donated by Eileen Murley, customized just for the Old Home Day theme of “Putting Barnstead on the Map.”


If you’re a non-profit or community organization, we welcome you to make a float or march in the parade, as well as have a free spot to introduce yourselves to the community.  We already have the Barnstead Community Grange, the Oscar Foss Memorial Library, Revolution United Soccer, the Center Barnstead Christian Church as well as our wonderful Barnstead Historical Society signed up! For you photographers, there will be a “Beautiful Barnstead Photo Contest” sponsored by the Barnstead Community Grange.   The Police Department, the Fire Department, and the Highway Departments will also be coming with some surprises of their own.


We’ve had great support from our Board of Selectmen as well as all the town employees as we’ve worked to put the day together. A special thanks to Jeannie Terry who has assisted us with taking in all the vendor applications and keeping the account straight.


Be watching for more information each week as the day approaches.  Can’t wait to see you there!



Barnstead 2017 Citizen Of The Year


This year the Barnstead Old Home Day will be awarding ‘Citizen of the Year’ to one of Barnstead’s deserving residents. Everyone knows of a dedicated and hard-working person that has helped to make Barnstead a better place to live over the years, so please take time to nominate him or her. We are asking for nominations from community members. Recent recipients of the Citizen of the Year award are:


2016 Gordon Preston
2015 Jeannie Terry
2014 Stuart ‘Twink’ Merrill


Other residents that have received this award are Tony Bugieda, Roland Bunker, John Cotton, Francis ‘Jean’ Eastman, Elvia Hetu, Vincent Miller, Dave & Eileen Murley, Ed Neister, Leighton Tasker and Carol Tiede.


If you know of a Barnstead resident that is deserving of this honor, please mail your nomination to:


Barnstead 2017 Citizen of the Year, c/o Barnstead Town Hall, PO Box 11, Ctr Barnstead, NH 03225, or email to: and put Barnstead 2017 Citizen in the subject line. All nominations must be received by August 26 to be considered and the presentation will take place on September 9.













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