Barnstead NH News

August 9, 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.



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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Eclectic Mix Of Rock From Barnstead Resident Scott Michaud


On 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 others.


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.



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.
Game Night!


Like 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 served.


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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Bucky The Boar
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.


I 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.


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. She can be reached at



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“I eat, sleep and breathe jewelry,” Sarah Huggins of Gems First says, but not in the way most women do, “I dream jewelry design.”


Sarah 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 reality.


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.”


“You see 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.













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