Barnstead NH News

August 30, 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.

Congratulations to Gabrielle Beijer of Center Barnstead, who earned a spot on Merrimack College’s Dean’s List for Spring 2017.



Art Show At The Farmers Market!


On September 2nd, from 9:00 am to 12 noon, the Barnstead Farmers Market is showcasing some local artists! Durkish Delights, Clare Bolster, and a few more will be showcasing their talent. If you would like to participate, contact us right away to grab a spot!


Please join us to support our local art community. There will be music by Chris Bonoli, lots of shopping fun at the market and unique art demonstrations by some creative individuals. The Farmers Market is located at the Maple Street Church, 96 Maple Street, Center Barnstead NH. For more information please visit our website: or call Lori Mahar at 603-269-2329 or email:



Rally To The Carnival


Let’s all Rally to the Carnival Sunday, September 10th at the Center Barnstead Christian Church starting at 9:00 AM, as we kick off a new Sunday School year!


This year’s theme is “Rally to the Carnival.”  This will be a day of family fun, games and food.  There will be snacks, prizes, fun carnival games and a bouncy house!


We will be setting up in the church/town hall parking lot.  This is a FREE event, so bring your family and friends!!


If you have been looking for a church to attend, come this Sunday and see what we are all about.  For more information, contact the church at 269-8831 or check out our website - The Center Barnstead Christian Church is located on Route 126, next to the Town Hall.  See you all at the carnival!



Marriage Bible Study


God designed marriage to be between a man and a woman, for better, for worse, for life. A marriage is a relationship, a partnership, a companionship, designed and created by God. But marriages are not without problems. God wants the partnership of your marriage to be the solution to your problems.


In A Biblical Portrait of Marriage, Dr. Bruce Wilkinson outlines six partnership principles and six problem-solving strategies -- enough to move any marriage from bland to grand!


The first six sessions which will be held this fall will cover the partnership aspect of marriage: the roles and responsibilities of husbands, wives, and couples. There will also be a weekend away option for each participating couple, October 13 - October 15, 2017 at a retreat center located in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York.


The second six sessions which will be held in February and March will tackle the toughest problems of marriage: in-laws, money, sex, romance, communication, and loyalty.


With this series, your marriage won’t become perfect -- but it will become a more loving, problem-solving partnership!  So whether your marriage is on life support or it is going well and you just need a refresher course, this very well might be the study for you.


For more information please call Center Barnstead Christian Church at 603-269-8831, e-mail or go to our website  Center Barnstead Christian Church is located right across from the town hall.



Game On!


It’s GAME-ON at the Barnstead Old Home Day! Please join us September 9th 2017 at the Barnstead Elementary School, starting at 9:00a.m., for a fun-filled day of activities for the entire family! A big parade, lots of kids activities including a bouncy house, great food, farmers market, and lots of vendors. Don’t forget to pick up your Game Card to play! Please visit the following sponsors of the game: Alpaca Brats, Avon, Black Dog Farm, Bloom, Vickie, Crooked Run Farm, Diamond B, Fabbio Creations, Farmhouse Country Catering, Gourmet Cupboard, J&B Embroidery, Homestead Gift Shop, Journeys End Maple Farm, Lucas Roasting Company, Lularoe, Mary Kay, Mountainview Farm, Norwex, Remax, Rodan & Fields, Shamrock Hill Home Gardens, Shonyo, Angela, Snow Family Farm, Threads of Love, Tupperware, White Buffalo General Store, WildTree.


How to Play: Stop at the OHD Vendor Check-in Tent and pick up your Vendor GAME CARD. Visit each Vendor and ask them to initial your Game Card. After you have finished collecting all of your initials, come back to the vendor check-in tent and enter to win the Raffle for lots of prizes!!! Please note: You must have at least 15 vendor initials to enter raffle. It’s GAME –ON at Barnstead Old Home Day!



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News
Children’s Programs


Toddler Time and Story Hour will be starting the week of September 12 at the library. 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!


Library Card Sign Up Month!
The Oscar Foss Memorial Library is excited to celebrate National Library Card Sign Up Month in September! A library card lets you access books, ebooks, audiobooks, online databases, and much more. Be sure to have any students in Barnstead Elementary School or Prospect Mountain High School sign up for this school year. Everyone who signs up for a card in September will be entered into a surprise raffle! Come on down, get a card, enter the raffle, and “check out” some great literature and all the free services the library has to offer.


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


Dear Trump Voter,
It has been seven months since Donald J. Trump has been in the White House, and I for one, have not seen him fulfill one of his campaign promises.  The miserable attempt at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care act was a total disaster.  Had the Senate’s Bill passed, millions of you would be without health insurance.    I am not aware of any infrastructure program that is putting millions of unemployed Americans to work. How would his Tax Cut for The Rich Plan help you?


He has delivered nothing on his promises, and managed to get us to the brink of a nuclear war with North Korea.  Everything that comes out of his mouth is a lie. He has demonstrated contempt of the United States Constitution by profiting financially from his position as President.  He demands loyalty from his staff, but does not reciprocate, publically humiliates them, and fires them at will.


He criticized President Obama for taking vacations, yet he flies to his golf resorts regularly, at the taxpayers’ expense.  He is an egotist, a narcissist, a racist, a womanizer, a liar, and is so thin-skinned that he vindictively strikes out at those who differ with him.  He is perhaps guilty of obstruction of justice with his dealings with James Comey.  His barrage of “Tweets” makes him look like a spoiled, petulant little brat.  Our allies do not respect him.


He is ineffective, he is dangerous, and exhibits the characteristics of insanity. 


Before he does any further harm, I urge you to contact our Congressional Representatives to support a Bill of Impeachment.  If that does not appeal to you, urge VP Pence to begin the process of removing Trump from office, using the provisions of Section 4, Paragraph 1, of the Twenty-Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. 


Ronald P. Blais
Center Barnstead



Barnstead Old Home Day Will Be On 9/9, 9-3
Submitted By Kathy Kelley


“Old Home Day” is a time to celebrate the things that make our town a great place to live.  The OHD team has been working hard to get the plans for the day finalized.  The lineup currently includes a dog demonstration at 9, line dancing lesson and demo at 10, big parade from behind White Buffalo up 126 then up Maple Street to the Elementary school at 11, a car show, a salute to our hometown heroes; our veterans, a bike parade (prizes to be awarded), Motion Man, and Chris Bonoli with an open mic to top off our entertainment from 1-3 p.m.  Lucas Roasting will have the coffee on for you in the morning and the Barnstead Farmer’s Market will be joining us on the school grounds so you can get your food, fun, crafts and entertainment all in one place.


A little more about our entertainment:
Chris Bonoli is a great musician that resides right here in Barnstead!  Excerpted from her website:  “…on my 10th birthday, I used all my birthday money to buy a guitar for $10… at Jordan Marsh in Boston.  I just wanted to play the guitar no matter what…”  She’s purchased 15 guitars and 5 guitar amps since then and has built herself quite a following by playing at such local venues such as Maine Street Grill and Bar in Pittsfield, the Broken Spoke in Laconia, the American Legion, the Governor’s Inn, the Belmont Fair, and many others, along with some weddings and birthday celebrations.  She’s been in New Hampshire since 1985 and enjoyed raising a family and working while always having music as part of her life.  A quote from Chris, “Music choices and music loves are like life’s journey; you experience them and then move on. Country, swing, old country, swing tunes of the 30’s, 40’s and big bands always captivated me.  I connect with blue grass, jazz, and gospel.  Life is too short – branch out, listen and enjoy!”


“On the Dance Floor” with Gail Eaton will be out to give us a little line dancing demonstration and then show us some more advanced moves with her more advanced students.  Check out her website at and her YouTube channel (search for Gail Eaton) and learn some of the dances early so you’ll look like a pro!


These entertainers have been generous enough to donate their time and talents so please support them by coming out and enjoying their gifts at Old Home Day on September 9th!


There’s so much happening I can’t get it all in one article.  More to come next week!



Free Screening In Barnstead Of Documentary On American Prisons


View a free special screening on Friday, September 1st of the documentary “13TH,” directed by acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay.


The film will be screened at 7pm at the Oscar Foss Memorial Library in Barnstead.

The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis.


After the film will be a general, non-partisan discussion about the film and the issues it examines. An open exchange of ideas is encouraged.




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Lee E. (Wheet) Dawson


GILMANTON IRONWORKS- Mrs. Lee E. (Wheet) Dawson, 81, of Gilmanton Ironworks, passed away peacefully at home on August 22, 2017.


Born in Barnstead, Lee was the daughter of the late Rexford and Bessie (McDuffie) Wheet.  She was raised and educated in Barnstead and had been a resident of Gilmanton for the past 55 years.


Lee was a longtime member of the Lower Gilmanton Community Club and was later involved with the Church Dump Run Café on Wednesdays.  She greatly enjoyed horses, gardening and flowers, and traveling to Florida, Hampton Beach and Canada.


She was predeceased by her siblings, Margaret Wheet, Vera Brown, Irene Broadbent, Phyllis Willey, Merle Wheet and David Wheet. 


She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Robert W. Dawson; three sons, Robert Dawson of Gilmanton, Kenneth Dawson of Pittsfield and James Dawson of Center Barnstead; and one sister, Mary Prescott of Barnstead.


A Celebration of her Life will be held on Sunday, August 27th at 2 P.M. in the Lower Gilmanton Baptist Church, Rte. 107 in Gilmanton.  Assisting the family with arrangements is the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home in Epsom.  To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit













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