Barnstead NH News

August 23, 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.



Tots Soccer-for preschool to kindergarten will be starting soon.


Registration is open currently and will close on 8/25/2017.


You can pick up a registration form at the Barnstead Town Hall, you can send us a message on Facebook or you can email us at


We are also having a sign up night at the Parks and Rec building (behind the Barnstead Police Station) on Saturday 8/19/2017 from  10:00am to 12:00pm.


The cost is $35 and is due at the time of registration.  Once all the teams are set the coach will email you the schedule for practices.



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Barnstead Parks And Recreation Summer Concert Series


Please join Barnstead Parks and Recreation in welcoming the JC Underhill Band to the concert stage on Saturday, August 26.  It’s hard to put a label on this band, but you can expect a fun, energetic, entertaining evening from a group of seasoned musicians.  Consisting of Dave “Cocktoasten” Rather (guitar/vocals), Ray “Alan” Russell (guitar/vocals), Joy “Gail” Maglio (vocals), Brett “Walker” Costa (drummer/vocals), and Walt “Chief Karlin” Archambeault (bass/vocals), they will bring you everything from Classic Rock to Dance sets from bands such as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Ramones, to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.


The Barnstead Historical Society will be offering concessions for sale.  This free show starts at 6:00 at the Barnstead Parade grounds.  Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, and a friend or two.  As always, smoking and alcohol are prohibited on the Parade grounds.  Don’t miss the last show of the season!  See you there!



Barnstead Old Home Day Is September 9


What would draw you out to this event to celebrate our town? Currently, the schedule includes:


9 a.m. Dog Demonstration by Megan Arey, CBDT-KA, of Inspire K-9’s Training Center.


10 a.m. Line Dancing Lesson and Demo by Gail Eaton of “On the Dance Floor”


11 a.m. HUGE Parade going from Combustion Motorworks up and around the Elementary School on Maple St.


12 p.m. (or immediately following the parade) a ceremony to honor our Veterans at the flag pole, kids bike parade with prizes, and Motion Man


1 – 3 p.m. Open Mic with Chris Bonoli


A little about some of our entertainment:
Megan Arey, CBDT-KA, of Inspire K-9 has been “in the world of dog,” as she calls it, for 15 years.  She is a certified dog trainer.  She has worked at shelters, has many loving pet parents as clients, and has even taught animal science with a concentration in canine science to high school students.  Through this work, she began to see the need for more education for pet owners.  She loves to help create an even tighter bond between two-legged and four-legged friends.


The description of Jody Scalise, a.k.a. “Motion Man” on his website says: “Take a Mechanical Man, precision Pantomime, lyrical movement, hysterical characterizations, a Chagall, Giant Bubbles, Toilet Plungers, Step Ladders, Gibberish, a Ukulele, Spinning Plates, 8 Foot Streamers, a Parasol, a Floating Hat; Things that Float over the Audience, a man squeezing through a picture frame, giant bubbles and Inspirational Improvisation put them in a blender and...”


Some of his comments include:  “Jody Scalise is a Classic Comic, with a set of gymnastic eyeballs, who sight gags and pratfalls his way through a perfectly timed act.” - Yankee Magazine  “He is  a great clown.” - Marcel Marceau “Jody Scalise stops the show with his myriad transformations and malleable physique.”- Boston Globe  “Thank you for bringing a smile back to my face.” - A teacher from Sandy Hook Elementary


September 9th will be a great day of fun, laughter and entertainment and its’ all free!  There will also be many opportunities for you to buy food and crafts, in addition to ways to get to know the opportunities in our town better such as our library, our Historical Society, and scouting groups.


There is so much more.  You’ll just have to plan to be there so you don’t miss a thing!



Barnstead Historical Society


The Barnstead Historical will be meeting on August 24, 2017, at the Barnstead Town Hall, at 6PM for a” Pot Luck Supper” follow by a business meeting at 7PM. We look forward to seeing everyone and will be making plans for fall activities, including Old Home Day.


Let’s keep History alive in Barnstead! All are welcome. For information call 269-5441.



Financial Peace University Provides Hope To Families In  Center Barnstead


More than 4.5 million people have positively changed their financial future through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU). The nine-week course provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success. The course meets once a week where a different lesson is taught by Dave on DVD followed by a small-group discussion. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing.


FPU will be held in Center Barnstead at: Center Barnstead Christian Church located at 116 South Barnstead Road in Center Barnstead, right across from the town hall. The classes will begin Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Please contact Mr. Daniel Ward at (603) 269-8831 for more information or to register.


Through common-sense principles and small-group accountability, FPU gives people the tools they need to change their behavior and succeed financially. On average families who complete FPU pay off $5,300 and save $2,700 in the first 90 days. Following the class nearly 94 percent of these families budget regularly.


“FPU will not only transform the way you handle money, but also your marriage and other areas of your life,” says Ramsey. “This isn’t a boring financial class. We make learning about money fun and easy to understand so people in every situation can benefit from the information.”


Ramsey knows first-hand the pain that financial stress can cause. After creating a net worth of more than a million dollars by age 26, he quickly lost it all. Since then Ramsey has helped families and individuals across the country learn how to get control of their finances and avoid debt so they don’t have to experience the same pain he did.


FPU lessons also include guest speakers Rachel Cruze, speaker and daughter of Dave Ramsey, and Chris Hogan, counselor and speaker for the Dave Ramsey organization.


After purchasing a membership each participant receives a workbook, Dave Ramsey’s Complete Guide to Money, an envelope system and an audio CD library. Participants will also have access to budgeting forms and MP3s of all the lessons. For more information or to purchase a membership, go to


About Dave Ramsey - Dave Ramsey is America’s trusted voice on money and business. He’s authored five New York Times best-selling books: Financial Peace, More Than Enough, The Total Money Makeover, EntreLeadership and Smart Money Smart Kids. “The Dave Ramsey Show” is heard by more than 11 million listeners each week on more than 550 radio stations and digitally through podcasts, online audio streaming and a 24-hour online streaming video channel. Follow Ramsey on Twitter at @DaveRamsey and on the web at



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News
Family Movie Night!


On Friday, August 25 at 6pm we will be showing Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul at the library! Light refreshments will be served and pajamas and snuggling friends are always welcome.
Summer Reading Finale!


Join us at the library on Saturday August 26 at 11am to celebrate a great summer of reading at our Ice Cream Social! You can enjoy an ice cream sundae and pick up your summer reading packet of goodies for completing 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.



Letter To The Editor


To the editor:
One U.S. issue that we can fix is health care. Currently we spend more per person, as well as a percentage of GDP, than any other advanced nation. Yet, we’re not healthier and many still lack access to care and treatment.


We need a system where all people can get the care they need when they need it regardless of income or age. A federally administered single-payer health care program providing comprehensive coverage for all Americans is not only achievable but is morally principled and financially responsible.


Physicians for National Health Program (PNHP) advocates replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with a publically financed national health program that would cover medical care for all Americans by lowering costs and eliminating the profit driven insurance industry. Single payer will actually save money by slashing wasteful bureaucracy and adopting effective cost controls. The savings – over $500 billion annually on overhead alone – are more than enough to cover all.


Approximately 45,000 Americans die every year due to lack of health insurance and many more skip treatments that their insurance company refuses to cover. If you can afford care, you get it; if you can’t, you don’t.  The Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act (H.R 676) would cover all medically-necessary care without co-pays or deductibles. The program would be funded by savings obtained from replacing today’s inefficient, profit-oriented, multiple insurance payers with a single streamlined, nonprofit, public payer, and by modest new taxes based on ability to pay. Premiums would disappear; 95 percent of all households would save money. Patients would no longer face barriers such as co-pays and deductibles and would regain choice of doctor and hospital. Doctors would regain autonomy over patient care.


Ask your US representative in Congress to co-sponsor and support H.R 676. Visit PNHP’s website (


Suzanne Allison




Diane F. Merrill


Barnstead - Diane F. Merrill, 50, of Bow Lake Road, died August 12th at the Concord Hospice House following a brief battle with cancer.


She was born in Concord, September 28, 1966,  the daughter of Stuart and Grace (Higgins) Merrill. She was a graduate of Pittsfield High School. She was employed in the housekeeping department by the State of New Hampshire for over 10 years. She is survived by her mother Grace of Barnstead and aunts and cousins.


At Diane’s request, there will be no visiting hours or funeral services. An urn burial will take place at a later date in the Riverview Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to the Concord Regional Visiting Nurses – Hospice Program, 30 Pillsbury St. Concord, NH 03301


The Waters Funeral Home, Concord, David Pollard, Director, assisted the family with arrangements.













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