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Barnstead NH News

April 10, 2013

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The Barnstead Farmers and Gardeners Network is sponsoring a one hour workshop on home garden preparation and local seed/plant selection. Mr. Vin Dell’Ova of the Master Gardener Program will offer this presentation. The workshop will be held at the Oscar Foss Memorial Library in Center Barnstead, on Thursday, April 18th, beginning at 6:30 pm. Beginning gardeners are especially encouraged to attend. Seating is limited to 45 attendees.


For more information, please contact Don Walker at 435-0277 or Robin Donovan at 269-5591.



Sleepy-Time Stories At Barnstead Library!


The Oscar Foss Memorial Library invites the children and families of Barnstead to join us for a relaxing evening of “snuggling” and storytelling on April 25, 2013 from 6-7pm. Wear your “comfy pj’s” and bring your favorite “snuggling friend” and we will provide the rest! Please call us at 269-3900 or come see us at the library to sign up for this event.



Cabin Fever Dessert Concert


If you enjoyed ringing in the New Year with the Milk and Cookies Concert at the Barnstead Town Hall this last December, please come back to the Town Hall for the spring Cabin Fever Dessert Concert on Saturday evening, April 27th from 6:30 to 8:30 with a reception after the concert to follow!  


The evening will include music with assorted drinks and a dessert buffet provided by the Congregational Church of North Barnstead. Tables will accommodate approximately 12 attendees if you would like to organize a group of family and friends, or attend with a community group. Chris Bonoli and the Blues Monsters will host the evening’s entertainers, perform a set and provide sound in addition to 2 or 3 local musicians who would like to donate their time playing 20-30 minute sets.  Any musicians interested in performing and donating their talent are encouraged to contact Chris at 603-776-3616 as soon as possible so the music program can be completed and another press release of the featured performers sent out. 


For more information or to purchase tickets, which will be delivered to your home, please call either Karly West at 856-1052, Chris Bonoli at 776-3616, or Lew Josselyn and Lorraine Burdo at 269-3317. All proceeds will support the mission and ministries of the Congregational Church of North Barnstead.



Women’s Bible Study At Center Barnstead Christian Church


Beginning April 16, Center Barnstead Christian Church will be offering a Women’s Bible study based upon Priscilla Shirer’s book, Resolution for Women. 


Priscilla Shirer calls her vocation Going Beyond Ministries: her goal is to help women go beyond the humdrum experience of “church as usual,” go beyond ecumenical divisions, and focus solely on the Gospel and what It brings into women’s lives today. The message that she wants to deliver caters to the feminine heart. The Gospel alone brings true freedom and empowerment. Through the Scriptures a woman can quit struggling to do things God never intended her to do and focus on her feminine gifts. Her gifts might mean a career, (the “Wife of Noble Character” mentioned in Proverbs 31, who “considers a field and buys it; planting a vineyard), or it may be the gifts of nurturing the family.


The Resolution for Women inspires women with intentional, scripture-filled living from three unique angles. Section one: “This Is Who I Am,” helps a woman define herself as “authentically me, purposefully feminine, surprisingly satisfied, and faithfully His.” Section two: “This Is What I Have,” invites her to value “my best, my blessing, my honor, and my heart.” And Section three, “This Is What Matters To Me,” focuses on joyfully honoring God as a wife, mother, and family member while resolving to live with the grace that leaves a godly legacy. The Resolution for Women is designed to inspire a revolution deep within the heart.


If you are ready to put some serious work into your relationship with God, join your neighbors at Center Barnstead Christian Church.  A weekly series of studies will begin Tuesday, April 16, from 8:30 to 10:00 AM and again at 7:00 PM.  As Spring blossoms, Now is time for all of us to prune the non-productive branches from our Lives and encourage new growth.  For more information please contact Center Barnstead Christian Church, 603-269-8831 The Center Barnstead Christian church is located on Route 126, next to the Town Hall.



Letter To The Editor


To The Suncook Valley Sun,

We feel we have to comment on the historical articles printed in The Sun. They are SO interesting and enjoyable to read. Larry Berkson really need to be commended for his work, time, and knowledge; also, his use of references. THANK YOU so much Larry, without you doing this, all this area history would be lost forever. We so enjoy your articles.


Thank to The Sun, also.



Dick and Holly Bickford

Center Barnstead





The American Legion Auxiliary of Barnstead, Unit 42, would like to offer a unique opportunity for a high school girl, entering her senior year, who is interested in government, politics, and current events. This summer, girls from across New Hampshire will meet with local leaders and American Legion Auxiliary representatives for the 69th session of Granite Girls State. The program is a good opportunity for girls considering college and can teach them the skills necessary to take up leadership roles. For one week, they will learn about the inner workings of government, take part in mock elections, and sponsor and debate their own bills. The week starts out with a focus on local government, gradually branching out to explore party politics and our own state government. Through guest speakers and various programs, Girls State educates young women on the importance of good citizenship, enabling each girl to decide for herself what it means to be an American. Citizens of Girls State will have fun and build lasting friendships, and two girls will be chosen to represent New Hampshire at Girls Nation in Washington DC. In addition, worthwhile scholarships are available. The program will be held at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge from June 23-29th, and any interested families should contact the guidance department and/or Cindy at 776-3091.  More information can be found at and




Karen M. Gosse


Karen Marie Gosse, 58, of Center Barnstead, died at home on Sunday, March 31, 2013.


She was born on September 20, 1954 in Concord, NH to Mary Louise Gosse and Arthur Malcolm Gosse.


Karen was predeceased by her parents and is survived by her siblings William of Center Barnstead, Ann of Somerville, MA, James of Colorado Springs, CO and Robert & his wife Christie of Dover; and a very large extended family.


Karen owned and operated her own business, Signs by Karen in Barnstead.  She touched many people’s lives during her 58 years and will be sincerely missed by everyone.


Services will be private.


The Bennett Funeral Home of Concord is in charge of the arrangements.


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