Barnstead NH News

March 21, 2018






Per Vote Of The District Committee



Community Calendar Volunteer


The Barnstead community is developing a community-wide calendar where all activities and events are scheduled.  This would be a place where a new family could turn to become involved in the community, or an active  community group could turn to schedule an event so it wouldn’t conflict with a similar event.


We need a volunteer to update this calendar on a weekly basis from notices sent to them and what they find listed in the paper, posted on school websites, etc.  The calendar is through TeamUp and is affiliated with the town library. Once active, it may be linked to other town sites.


The initial startup time involved in developing this calendar may be 10 hours a week; over time it would drop to an average of 5 hours a week.  The position would work closely with the town library Director and a community support group.  Work can be done from home, or there are computers available for use at the library. For additional information contact Danielle Hinton at Oscar Foss Memorial Library (603)-269-3900 or  Volunteer should be personable and comfortable with technology.



April Tri-Town Democrats’ Meeting Notice

Submitted By Evelyn A. Blais


Local Democrats and left-leaning Independents are invited to the April meeting of the Tri-Town Democrats on Monday, April 2nd to hear Congressional District 1 candidate Mark MacKenzie speak.


Mark is a former Manchester firefighter who led the state AFL-CIO for 25 years.  He is a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and is a member of the House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitation Committee.  He is campaigning on the belief that working families deserve an economy that works for them.


These monthly meetings give you the opportunity to learn about local and state political issues and how you can participate in making a difference.  You will share the evening with like-minded individuals, and have the chance to express your opinions and experiences.


The guest speaker will be followed by action items and community organizing.  This meeting of the Tri-Town Democrats of Barnstead, Gilmanton and Alton will be held at the Wagner Barn at 63 French Road in Gilmanton.  Come for socializing and potluck any time between 6:15 pm and 6:30 pm.


This meeting is open to 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, Gilmanton and Alton Democrats” Facebook page.



Letter To The Editor

New Hampshire GOP Accuse Democrats of Gun Grab


Recent propaganda released by the state GOP takes a page directly from the NRA’s playbook.  With an inflammatory title, “Stop the Gun Grab,” it falsely states: “New Hampshire Democrats want to take away our Second Amendment Rights,” and accuses Democrat Steve Marchand of proposing “an invasive gun ban.”


The GOP is trying to score cheap political points after the recent massacre of children in Florida. Clearly they are nervous. In the past year, Democrats have won 9 of 11 special elections, flipping 5 seats from red to blue.  And Marchand intends to run against Sununu in 2018.


Marchand has proposed gun control measures, including a ban on AR-15s, the gun used in many mass shootings, and “other military-style semi-automatic weapons.” 


Recent polls show Americans overwhelmingly want stricter gun laws. Between 61% and 72% want AR-15 “type” weapons banned, and these percentages are rising. Gun experts know this gun is just as dangerous as fully automatic rifles and can easily be modified to shoot continuously. 


Not only have state Republicans refused to suspend rules to allow Democrats to introduce more gun laws, they have chosen to stoke more divisiveness and anger by lying to their base and ignoring the will of the majority of Americans. And Sununu is complicit in this decision.


The GOP and Sununu boast about how “safe” our state is. This is misguided complacency. I am sure the communities of Sandy Hook and Parkland felt exactly the same way before their children were slaughtered. The GOP should be ashamed.


Jane Westlake




Letter To The Editor


NH Senate Bill 193: the “Education Freedom Savings Account.”  Whoever created that name must work for an ad agency. Sounds so patriotic and rooted in “American values” - almost brings a tear to the eye, doesn’t it? 


“Choice!” they say. Parents have the right to choose what is best for their child! Well, yes, but if this bill passes, only some parents will get to choose and only at a cost to the rest of the children and their communities. This so-called school voucher bill (actually an education savings account or ESA) would divert public funds to private, often unregulated schools and create a segregated school system. And our public education system will pay, by having even fewer resources and, in turn, be accused of “failing,” when our representatives are the ones who keep delivering the blows.


There are now multiple versions of SB 193 with varying pools of eligible students and varying costs to the State and towns as the bill makes its way through the process. However, what remains clear is that property taxes will rise, public monies will go to private schooling, with no accountability in place and no assessment of learning outcomes. The experience in other states that have adopted ESAs is not encouraging. Then there is the persistent question about public funds going to schools that can discriminate as to who they accept. 


If SB 193 passes, in whatever form, our communities will get either higher taxes or a reduction in services and programs offered by our public schools. Some choice!


Please talk to your representatives and then see how they vote. If your current elected officials are not representing what is best for all of our children and our communities, be sure to vote for an alternative in November.


Suzanne Allison





Joshua S. Noble

CENTER BARNSTEAD- Joshua S. Noble, 18, of Center Barnstead, passed away on March 11, 2018.


Born in Concord, Joshua was the beloved son of Will and Crystal (Pouliot) Noble.  He was raised and educated in Barnstead and was a graduate of Prospect Mountain High School.  He was currently in his freshman year at the University of Maine studying Computer Science.


Josh enjoyed computers, cross-country skiing as well as rock climbing.


In addition to his parents, he is survived by his two sisters: Angelique Noble of Lebanon and Cassandra Noble of Farmington; his grandparents: Diane Meattey of Center Barnstead, Russell Meattey of Farmington and Leonard Pouliot, Sr. of Manchester.  He is also survived by several aunts, uncles, and cousins.


Calling Hours will be held on Thursday, March 22nd from 4 to 7 P.M. in the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home 1217 Suncook Valley Highway in Epsom.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, March 23rd at 10 A.M. in Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Pittsfield.  Spring burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Barnstead.  To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit



Brenda J. (Rainaud) Smith

CENTER BARNSTEAD- Mrs. Brenda J. (Rainaud) Smith, 77, of Center Barnstead, passed away at the Concord Hospital on March 16, 2018 surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer.


Born in Rochester, Brenda was the daughter of the late Warren C. and Evelyn M. (Garland) Rainaud.  She was raised and educated in Rochester and had been a resident of Barnstead for the past 39 years.


She was previously employed by Sprague Electric and Page Belting Co.  Affectionately known in her family as “Bargain Brenda,” she enjoyed shopping, bingo, traveling, watching “Wheel of Fortune,” reading, and above all, spending time with her family.


She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Smith; two daughters, Justine Trainer and Candee Frost; and her siblings, William, Robert, Burton, Bruce and Barry Rainaud and Barbara Bilger.


She is survived by her daughter, Joy Couch of Epsom; her son, Jeffrey Stinson of Center Barnstead; five grandchildren, Jennifer Trainer, Zachary Whittier, Brittany Frost, Richard Frost, Jr., and Jacob Couch; six great grandchildren, Aaliyah, Aaidan, Carlee, Jenna, Eric and Wyatt; siblings: Betty Edmands of Rochester and Brian Rainaud of West Lebanon, ME; as well as many nieces and nephews and her beloved cat, Walter.


Calling Hours and Reception will be held on Saturday, March 24th from 2 to 4 P.M. in the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home 1217 Suncook Valley Highway in Epsom.  Spring burial will take place at the convenience of the family.


In lieu of flowers, donations in Brenda’s memory may be sent to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, PO Box 32141, New York, NY 10087-2141.  To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit













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