Barnstead Old Home Day will be 9/9 from 9-3 at the
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
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 LoriMahar@tds.net. For
other info, please contact Kathy Kelley at
Barnstead Firefighters Association 5K Road Race/Fun Walk
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 www.bfr06.com; Email:
Call: 603-312-5648. Online registration is also available at
Race Day Registration is $25.
Hope to see you at the races!
Eclectic Mix Of Rock From Barnstead Resident Scott Michaud
Saturday, August 12, Barnstead Parks and Recreation welcomes Wall of
Sound to the concert stage. Classic, progressive, and southern
rock from bands such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Supertramp,
Eagles, and Journey, and artists like Elton John, Neil Diamond,
Colin Hayes and Sting have left an indelible mark on our lives and
branded our memories. Scott Michaud, a keyboardist, singer, and
songwriter from Barnstead, has put together an eclectic mix of rock
to pay tribute to the artists that have influenced him and so many
The show starts at 6:00. Remember to bring a lawn
chair or blanket and a friend or two. Members from the
Barnstead Community Grange will be on hand selling homemade goodies
including whoopie pies and cupcakes, and raffle tickets for a
complete Thanksgiving family dinner. As always, smoking and
alcohol are prohibited on the Parade Grounds.
Foss Memorial Library News
Summer Reading Reminder
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.
to play Minecraft, Mario Kart or Zelda? Come to the library on
Friday, August 18 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
Please call the library (269-3900) or visit our website
(oscarfoss.org) 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.
Submitted By Carole Soule
The piglet was stuck under
a fallen tree branch squealing to be released. Bucky, our seven
hundred pound boar, was doing his best to lift the branch off the
unhappy piglet but with only his snout to work with was not having
success. For the past month, Bucky has been the leader of a bunch of
ten-week old piglets who adore him. This is unusual because at best
boars ignore piglets, at worst they kill and sometimes eat them.
Bucky is a gentle boar who takes a real interest in these fourteen
piglets who are his offspring.
We had weaned the fourteen piglets
several weeks earlier and kept them separate from the bigger pigs.
That worked until one day I forgot to latch the piglet’s pen door.
All fourteen piglets, about fifteen pounds each, escaped through the
open door. I found them hanging out with Bucky, their dad. Not only
were all the piglets alive but Bucky seemed to like their crazy
antics and their frequent nuzzle snuzzles. I could see he wasn’t
going to kill them and since they seemed to like his company, I let
them stay together during the day.
Even though I let the piglets
out during the day to socialize with Bucky and four older pigs I
make sure they are secure in their pen at night. Until a piglet is
thirty pounds or so, they are vulnerable to predator attacks.
Coyotes and even owls would love a piglet meal but once the piglets
are thirty pounds they seem to be safe from predator attacks.
don’t know how long Bucky had been working to free the piglet under
the fallen tree branch but once Bruce, my husband, freed the piglet,
Bucky walked away happy for the help. For now, the piglets have an
ever watchful dad to keep them in line and to try to save them from
fallen branches. They may not know how lucky they are but these
little piglets have a guardian boar to watch over them.
Soule is co-owner of Miles Smith Farm, in Loudon, NH, where she
raises and sells beef, pork, lamb, eggs and other local products.
She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
eat, sleep and breathe jewelry,” Sarah Huggins of Gems First says,
but not in the way most women do, “I dream jewelry design.”
Huggins Puts Gems First!
By Meggin Dail
Sarah Huggins sees
herself as sort of a “rock nerd.” We’re not talking rock music but
actual rocks. Well, that’s how it started anyway, her interest in
gemstones. As a kid she loved discovering quartz in her own backyard
in Barnstead, NH. As an adult she has gained the title of Gemologist
and, more recently, Certified Insurance Appraiser ™ in jewelry.
Gems First, LLC, 88 North Main Street in Concord is an oasis from
the busy downtown. It’s one flight up and at the top of the stairs
and an airy showroom with cases of beautiful jewelry as well as
Sarah herself, a very easy to talk to, knowledgeable Gemologist who
not only knows her stones but really wants to help customers
understand their own gems.
Sarah grew up on a dirt road in
Barnstead, NH and still lives in Barnstead today. As a child she was
fascinated by quartz and would spend hours looking at them under a
microscope. That passion stayed with her and when she grew up, found
a job working for Mark Knipe Goldsmith in Concord, who she credits
with taking a chance on her, staying there for 11 years while she
gained more schooling and grew her passion for gems. When Mark Knipe
closed its doors, Sarah saw it as an opportunity for her to pursue a
dream of owning her own shop and thus Gems First, LLC became a
Gems First is not your typical jewelry store, just as
Sarah is not your typical Gemologist. She wants to help you
celebrate those gems that may be hiding in your jewelry box, be they
family heirlooms or heirlooms to be… you see, Sarah also creates
jewelry. Sarah wants to make you one-of-a-kind jewelry. She can tell
you what it is you have and create something for you that you’ll
want to wear every day. “Someone will have a really funky ring
but it has diamonds in it and I can take those diamonds out and make
you a piece that you’re going to love, using the stones and/or the
gold.” She wants you to know what your jewelry should be insured for
whether you come in to have something appraised or need her to come
to you. That’s right, she makes house calls. She’s that passionate
about what she does and wants you to appreciate your gems as much as
she does. “I can absolutely melt some gold from Grandma’s wedding
ring and give you a piece you can wear close to your heart. What I’m
doing is truly making one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry.”
anyone can give you an appraisal sheet saying ‘one gold ring, fifty
bucks’ but they may not have been to school to properly do
that.” Sarah tells me. “There are no regulations. What you want is a
‘Certified Gemologist with training in appraisals.’ That way at
least you know you have a ‘mechanic working on your car,’” she says
with a smile.
Sarah had just returned from Louisville Kentucky
where she underwent classes and testing to not only become a
Certified Insurance Appraiser of Jewelry, but an Insurance
underwriter, spending a lot of time really learning the ins and outs
of not just her trade but the insurance industry as well. She is
able to work alongside your insurance agent to appraise your gems,
even at your agent’s office. “I want to be able to do appraisals for
people even if they can’t get out and about.” In other words, she’s
got your back.
Most popular with Gems First is designing wedding
bands and engagement rings. If you’re wondering about pricing, see
Sarah as the time to create it and the cost can run the gamut
depending on your materials.
You may have noticed Sarah’s company
Gems First advertised in The Suncook Sun on the front page. Go pay
her a visit. She’s a beautiful person with a lot of energy, deep
knowledge and intuition and abundant creative juices to help you
with your creations. She cares about your intentions with your
heirlooms; “If they’re a gardener, I don’t want to necessarily
create a delicate ring for them to move rocks and pull weeds, I want
to make something they can wear all the time that will last. “
Sarah is a Graduate Gemologist of the Gemological Institute of
America, Certified Insurance Appraiser ™ of Jewelry Insurance
Appraisal Institute with training from the American Gem Society and
The Jewelers Education Foundation.