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Barnstead NH News

October 16, 2013

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It’s that time of year again!  Barnstead Parks and Recreation presents its second annual Trunk or Treat event on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm in the parking lot at Barnstead Elementary School.  This is a free event for all little ones and school aged children through grade four.  Come and win a prize in our costume contest, and enjoy the evening pumpkin glow, music, other fun activities, and of course “trunk” or treating!  Parents start planning your trunk theme.  Prizes are awarded for the best trunk and best jack-o-lantern.  Hot dogs, popcorn and beverages will also be available for purchase.  Parking begins at 5:00, and “trunk” or treating starts at 5:30.  Parks and Rec will also gladly accept any candy donations from the community.  Please contact us on Facebook or at [email protected] for donations or questions. Happy Halloween!



Crafters, Artists and Farmers Wanted


Barnstead Elementary School PTO will host its third annual Craft Show and Fall Festival on Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 9:00 – 3:00 at the Barnstead Elementary School.  We are currently looking for talented crafters, artists and farmers to showcase their wares to the community.  Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of this year’s show.  To reserve your space, please send an email to  [email protected].



Don’t miss the Fall “Pie Bar” Dessert Concert this coming Saturday, October 19th from 7:00-9:00 at the Center Barnstead Town Hall.  Chris Bonoli will be hosting a variety of local musicians with a great collection of Pies and other desserts.  For tickets call Chris at 603-340-1468!



Remember the good old days when you used to walk up to Green’s Drug Store and get your tickets to the Pittsfield Players’ shows?


Well those days are back - you can purchase Thoroughly Modern Millie tickets on Sat., Nov. 2 from 10-2 and Sunday, Nov. 3 from 11-1 at the Scenic Theatre on Depot Street in Pittsfield.


Tickets are $17/each; $15 for seniors. The show is Friday and Sat., Nov. 8 & 9 at 7:30 PM, Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2PM and Friday and Sat., Nov. 15 & 16 at 7:30PM.



Nighthawk Hollow Seniors

Submitted By Beverly A. Goodrich, Secretary


The Nighthawk Hollow Seniors met at noon on October 2, 2013 at the Barnstead Town Hall. Members enjoyed a delicious pot luck lunch, followed by a business meeting with President Christine Sanborn presiding. 


We accepted the resignation of Treasurer Deborah Fedorchak with regret. She has done a fine job.


We missed several of our regular members and hope they will attend the November 6 meeting. A silent auction is planned.


New members are always welcome. Dues are only $4 a year and meetings are delicious, fun, interesting, and entertaining. Come join us! For information, contact President Christine Sanborn, 875-2676.



Best Wishes to Pamela Welch


Staff and Trustees of the Oscar Foss Memorial Library would like to wish Pamela Welch the best of luck in her new life adventure. She has been our circulation life line for over 12 years and a longtime member of the Barnstead community.  Thursday, October 24th will be Pam’s last day at the library so be sure to stop by and wish her well.  We will miss you!




Patricia G. Wright


Patricia G. Wright passed peacefully at St Luke’s Anderson Hospital, Easton, PA on September 29, 2013, surrounded by the family she loved so dearly.


She was predeceased by her parents, brother, and husband, Harold M. Wright. She is survived by her children: Allen M Wright of Boston, Ma; Carol Lynn Wright of Center Valley, PA; Barbara Wright  of the NH Seacoast; and William M Wright of Winston-Salem, NC. She also leaves 4 grandchildren in whom she took great pride: Emily Patricia Wright Murphy of Poolesville, Maryland; Geoffrey Murphy of New York, NY; Elizabeth Wright Weeks of Rochester, NH; and Stephen Wright-Eaton of Portland, Maine.


Her accomplishments were many. She was salutatorian of her high school class, graduating at the age of 16. She attended Macalester College on an academic scholarship, and met her future husband while working for the Army Air Corps at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, following World War II. She was also a Past Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star, Sunday school teacher, and Red Cross volunteer.  She considered her greatest accomplishment, however, to be raising four children whom she felt were positive contributors to the world.


Although her intellect and gifts equipped her to have an illustrious career, she chose to devote her life to shining the spotlight on those around her, and allowing them to achieve their potential. She loyally supported her husband’s career, enabling him to contribute to the world as a pioneer in rocket science. She supported her children’s education and interests, providing lessons and opportunities, and ensuring their needs were met. She helped those less fortunate, and was kind to all she met.


Her hallmarks were her sense of joy, and the gentle, loving, and kind way in which she interacted with those around her. She had a sweet, gentle soul and a keen sense of humor. She made those around her happier, just by being in her presence.


She will be dearly missed, but her light lives on in the many lives she touched. She made the world a better place, and her belief is that she will be going to a better place. May she rest in peace, and the joy she brought to the world live on.



Wilmon Colwell


Wilmon Colwell, 86, of White Oak Road, died October 12th at the Epsom Health Care Center, following a long illness.


He was born in Boswell, OK, the son of Alonzo and Eva Colwell. He worked for many years as a heavy equipment mechanic for Caterpillar Corp. in Peoria, IL. He was an US Army Veteran of WW II. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Scottish Rite and a member of the Shriners in Illinois. He moved here to live with his daughter in 2012.


He is survived by his wife Doris (Bates) Colwell of Epsom Health Care Center,  two daughters, Carol Colwell of Ctr. Barnstead and Barbara McAllister of Newport, NH, 4 Grandchildren, Wendy Demers, Justin and  John  Thomas and Carol Ann Pierce,  5 Great Grandchildren, a brother, Jarl Colwell,  2 sisters, Dixie Wheeler and Gail Freeman. 


Private Services will be held at the convenience of the family.


The Perkins & Pollard Memorial Home, Pittsfield, is assisting with arrangements. To sign an on line guest book, log on to








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