Barnstead NH News

September 6, 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.



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Summer Reading Program Ends At Barnstead Library


We had a great summer with our “Build a Better World” summer reading program at Oscar Foss Memorial Library this year. The program started with an exciting kick-off event at the Barnstead Elementary School with Jungle Jim’s Minecraft Madness!


Our weekly Summertime Songs & Stories and Arts & Crafts programs were well attended and enjoyed by all. Children of all ages had a great time listening to stories, singing and creating many different projects relating to our theme.


To end our program this year we had an ice cream social, where everyone got to make an ice cream sundae and those who completed the program received their awards and surprises. Any participants who were unable to attend our ending program can stop by the library to pick up your ending packets by September 30th. Congratulations to all for enjoying reading this summer!


The library would like to thank all of our generous sponsors for helping to make our 2017 Summer Reading Program such a success. The Jack & Dorothy Bryne Foundation, CHILIS, Cogswell Benevolent Trust, the NH State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute of Museum & Library Services, and the NH State Library for the KBA grant that assisted with our kick-off event at the Barnstead Elementary School; The Fischer Cats, Chuckster’s, Gunstock, the Ogunquit Playhouse, Funspot, Bead-It, Canobie Lake Park, Space Center, Cinemagic, Red River Theaters, Sissy’s Sweets and Ice Cream, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, and Cowabungas for all of our amazing raffle prizes. Thank you everyone for a wonderful summer, keep reading and we’ll see you at the library! 


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.



When God

Doesn’t Fix It


Beginning Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 7 PM at Center Barnstead Christian Church, there will be a 6 week community Ladies Bible Study entitled “When God Doesn’t Fix It.”  Grammy Award-winning songwriter Laura Story had a fairy-tale life---until her husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Can blessings arise from broken dreams? Can good results rise out of terrible situations? 


Tackling common myths about God and hardship, Laura Story examines what happens when life doesn’t turn out as we expect---and offers assurance that although our situation may never get better, we can grow because of it. 


The cost for the book and the study guide are normally $27.98 but for this study it has been reduced to $20.00


For more information please call Center Barnstead Christian Church at 603-269-8831, e-mail or go to our website, and go to a link that will give an overview of Laura’s Story.  Center Barnstead Christian Church is located right across from the town hall. 



Carnival Fun For The Whole Family


A Carnival is coming this Sunday, September 10th, at the Center Barnstead Christian Church starting at 9:00 AM.  We are kicking off a new Sunday School year with a 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.  We offer Sunday School classes for all ages every Sunday starting at 9:00 AM. Our regular morning service follows at 10:00 AM. 


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!



Book Signing

At Always In Season, LLC

Rev. Dr. Glenn B. Havumaki


On Saturday, September 9, 2017, the Always in Season Shop at 119 Main Street Alton, NH will host author Rev. Dr. Glenn B. Havumaki for a book signing event from 11:00AM – 2:00PM.  His book, TRASHED OR TREASURED? A SHORT, PRACTICAL THEOLOGY OF AGING was released by Xulon Press on October 27, 2012.  Shortly after publishing the book he was notified that he won second place in the Theology Category of the Xulon Press annual 2012 Christian Choice Book Awards Contest.


The book was written to challenge the church and the family to help older adults live out their years with value and purpose. Why is this important?  Today one out of eight Americans is sixty-five or older and the population is heading toward one out of five by 2029.  Every seven seconds a Boomer (born between 1946 and 1964) is turning sixty-five years old…analogous to a tsunami that will result in seventy-eight million adults over the age of sixty-five, twelve years from now.


The book will motivate you to live out your life with intentionality and purpose, and to help others to do the same. Dr. Havumaki has been ministering to older adults since 1976.  For almost thirty-five years he served as Director of Christian Ministries and Lead Chaplain at the Elim Park Baptist Home in Cheshire, CT.  Prior to that, he served as first chaplain of the Community Chaplain Service in Southern Massachusetts. In his retirement he and his wife are serving as Certified Partners of the Christian Grandparenting Network of Colorado Springs, CO., presenting a seminar titled Courageous Grandparenting.  He and his wife Sandy are owners of a cottage at the Alton Bay Christian Conference Center, and are parents of three married children, and Grandparents to seven grandchildren.


His book is available as an e-book, paperback or hardcover at any of the major book sellers online and can be ordered through local bookstores.  You can view a video trailer on YouTube: 



Locke Lake Social Club Activities

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On August 19th, the Locke Lake Social Club held their annual Picnic/Game Day.  Each member brought their own meal, and goodies to share.  The game winners were:  Bill Moody and Mechelle Goodwin for Bean Bag Toss; and Claire Moody for Lawn Golf.


On September 9th, the club will have their annual “Monkey Golf” at the Locke Lake Golf Course and it is open for all members and guests.  The schedule has been changed this year.  A Pot Luck Breakfast in the lodge will begin at 9:30 a.m., and for those who wish, will go to the course and play “Monkey Golf.”  Registration fee will be $5.00 and will be returned as prize money to the winning team.


Just what is “Monkey Golf?”  First and foremost, it is NOT for any serious golfer, although they are certainly welcomed. It is for those who just wish to enjoy trying to play golf, and have lots of laughs and fun doing so. 


To begin with, only ONE club will be used on the 9 hole course by the four member team, and is selected at random from a selection of  covered clubs. The winning team will have the honor of housing for the rest of the year, the coveted monkey golf statue and also will receive a cash prize.


This is a fun event and it is hoped that members will really try to attend the pot luck breakfast and play gold after.


If interested, please inform Anne at 393-7233 or Jon at 398-0709 so they will know what you are bringing.  Breakfast will be at 9:30 a.m. and then off to the links. We are hoping that this year we will not confuse ourselves thinking that the dandelions are the yellow golf balls!



Local Democrat Meeting: Become Informed About Refugees


September 11th’s meeting of the Tri-Town Democrats of Barnstead, Gilmanton, and Alton will feature special guest Kelsey Forbes from Ascentria (formerly Lutheran Social Services). Ascentria provides refugees with basic services to achieve economic self-sufficiency in their new homeland. Kelsey will dispel widespread myths about the refugee vetting process, explain the New American experience, and discuss the consequences of the new administration’s refugee restrictions.


The speaker portion of the meeting will be followed by action items and community organizing.  


Please join us at the Alton Community Senior Center at 7 Pearson Road in Alton. Come for socializing and potluck any time between 6:15 pm and 6:30 pm. The meeting runs from 6:30 pm to 8:30pm. 


The meeting is open to any and all residents of Barnstead, Alton, and Gilmanton who consider themselves moderate, liberal, or progressive Democrats or like-minded Independents. Potluck items to share are encouraged but not required. For more information, email or visit the “Barnstead, Alton, and Gilmanton Democrats” Facebook page.













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