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Barnstead NH News

March 13, 2013

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Attention Barnstead Parents


BYBSA Baseball and Softball signups will be held on the following dates:


• Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 9:00 am-1:00 pm at the Barnstead Elementary School


• Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 9:00 am-1:00 pm at the Barnstead Elementary School


Anyone with questions about signups feel free to email [email protected]. Please bring back any uniforms you have from prior years. Thank you!



Barnstead Parks And Rec Easter Egg Hunt


On Saturday, March 30th, 2013 at 11:00 am Barnstead children up through Grade 4 to are invited to a fun-filled Easter Egg Hunt hosted by Barnstead Parks and Rec. The event will be held at the Big River Recreation Area (behind the Police Department and across from the Oscar Foss Library). Have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny, play games and hunt for eggs on this special day. Don’t forget to bring along your favorite basket for egg gathering. This is a free event. For more information, please contact the Barnstead Parks and Recreation Commission at [email protected].



March 17th St. Patrick’s At Higher Ground Ministries in Barnstead Church Service at 10:00 am


Free Corn Beef and Cabbage Dinner and Music at 11:45 am. Live Irish Music by the Sounds of the Isles.  


Kilts Welcome. 


Please call 942-7018 and leave a message as to how many are in your party so we can plan on the amount of food.




Do You Remember?


Do you remember when the trains ran to Barnstead Parade and Center Barnstead?  Did you go to school in the Center Barnstead’s two room school or the Parade school? Were you a member of the Volunteer Fire Dept.? Do you remember the mills in Barnstead or know their history?  Do you remember the time before Route 28?  Do you remember the little post office in the Center where Ethel Pinkham was Postmistress, when the ‘new’ post office was built?  Do you remember when the Barnstead Elementary School was built, when Prospect Mountain High School was built?  Do you remember roller skating in Town Hall? Do you remember the dances in Town Hall? Do you remember the firemen’s dances at Barnstead Elemementary School and the street dances and auctions? How about the Firemen’s Fourth of July Celebration and Old Home Day on the parade?


Do you have ancestors who lived in Barnstead?  Have you read the genealogical records of Barnstead families including Twink Merrill’s Barnstead Families? Have you researched your family history? Do you know about the famous people from Barnstead including Harriet Dame, Harrison Thyng (yes, he had a Barnstead connection), Oscar Foss and others? Do you know the names of our war heroes from the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and the World Wars? Are you interested in our agricultural history?  Did you know that Barnstead had many small ‘shops’ including shoe shops, blacksmith shops and cooper shops?  Did you know that Barnstead was a thriving commercial center when the Mills were running?  There were saw mills, a fulling mill, tanning mills and, most recently a weaving mill? Sound interesting? Want to learn more?


Barnstead’s History is worth preserving. Please Vote Yes on Articles 4 and 5 on March 16th at Town Meeting.    


Thank you, 

Sandy Burt



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On February 16th, the Barnstead Bears, coached by Jon Uhouse, won the Suncook Valley Boys 7th/8th Grade Basketball Tournament. They won over Pittsfield Middle High School.



Family Fun Night


The Center Barnstead Christians Church will be hosting a Movie Night on Sunday, March 17th from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. The evening will begin with a picnic dinner of hot dogs and chips. Then we will be showing the movie, “The Velveteen Rabbit,” on the big screen.  This film is a combintion of live-action drama and animated adventure sure to be a hare-raising tale the whole family will enjoy! You may also bring your pillow or favorite stuffed animal with you, as you watch the show. Please plan to join us for this (free!) family fun night! 


The Center Barnstead Christian Church is located on Route 126, next to the Town Hall. For more information please contact the church at 269-8831.



Letter To The Editor


Money still remains tight for all of us, but the citizens of Barnstead have a great opportunity now to improve our Town for our children and grandchildren.


I urge all voters at the March 16th Town meeting to support Articles 4 to purchase the Pinkham property. The Town and the Barnstead Historical Society has been raising money for over 8 years to purchase a building to preserve and display Barnstead’s history. Article 5 is to appropriate the $ 40,000 in the ‘Historical Society capital reserve’ for building improvements. 


The Pinkham family has reduced the cost to the Town by $10,000 for this purchase. The Pinkham property at 96 South Barnstead Road, with 203 foot road frontage, includes an 1859 cape, attached shed and large barn with a garage attached on 1.17 acres in the center of Town. This property abuts the Center bandstand and Center fire station and it connects directly to the 13 acres of back land previously purchased by the Town.


The new Barnstead Historical Society Museum building would provide meeting rooms, display and storage areas for the Town’s history. Our children and grandchildren will be able to enjoy the interesting history of Barnstead and its people. A Town study by citizens, held 7 years ago, emphasized the need for a Town center. This property would make the center more functional and attractive.


The one-time cost to obtain the Pinkham Property would be 40 cents per thousand on the tax rate or $40 per $100,000 of evaluation.  A $200,000 evaluation would add $80 to only this year’s taxes or $6.67 per month for 12 months. Please consider the future of Barnstead and Vote Yes for Articles 4 and 5 on this Saturday, March 16 Town meeting.


Thank you for your consideration.

Ken Burt



LEGO Construction Party At Barnstead Library! 


The Oscar Foss Memorial Library is hosting our second “Lego Construction Party” on Saturday, March 30th at 10 am. We invite Barnstead children of all ages to come participate in the building fun! Various types of blocks/sizes will be provided for the children to use (Legos, Duplo’s, and Mega Blocks) so that we can display all of the children’s wonderful creations in an art exhibit at the library.  Some light snacks and drinks will be provided by the library for this event. The children may also enjoy some other surprises as well! Our space is limited, so please call us at 269-3900 or stop by the library to sign up. We hope to see many of our friends there!




Russell D. Brown


Russell D. Brown, 50, of Barnstead passed peacefully surrounded by love on Thursday, February 28th 2013 following a short illness. He worked all his life as a sawyer. 


He was predeceased by both parents Ralph A. Brown and Vera (Wheet) Brown and an older brother Raymond Brown. He survived by his two daughters, Stephanie Tyler and Marla May Brown; two remaining brothers, Ralph C. and Randy Brown; a sister-in-law, Pamela Rock Brown; nephew Jesse Brown and niece Sahara Brown; two stepsons, Cowin and Ryan Hillsgrove. He also left behind many other family members and friends.


We ask you all to remember all the good times and celebrate the life of Russell Brown, a simple but kind man. No services will be held.








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