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Barnstead NH News

May 15, 2013

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New this year - the Chamber Yard Sale is being expanded to include all towns from Epsom to Alton on Saturday, June 1 from 8-1pm.  People interested in having a yard sale should submit their LOCATION LISTING to the Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce Facebook page, email to [email protected] or mail to Rt 28 Yardsale/GPCOC, P.O. Box 234, Pittsfield NH 03263. There is no registration form for this year.   GROUP LOCATIONS along Rte 28 are being finalized and will be listed on the Chamber website, if people would like to set up there.  Visit the website for more detailed information or call 435-6346.



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Youth Hunting


Zachary Thoroughgood, 12, of Center Barnstead shot his first turkey on Youth Weekend. He was hunting with his dad Craig and his grampa “Rocket” when he shot about 45 yards and got a 21 pound turkey. Congrats Zach!



Nighthawk Hollow Seniors Of Barnstead

Submitted By Beverly A. Goodrich, Secretary


The Nighthawk Hollow Seniors of Barnstead met at the Barnstead Town Hall on May 1, 2013 at 12 noon and enjoyed a delicious pot luck lunch and a brief business meeting. Members had fashioned beautiful, original, cute and funny May baskets which were judged. Christine Sanborn’s entry won and the prize was a small box of chocolates.


At the June 5th meeting we will play games. There will not be any meetings in July and August. Meetings will resume in September.


New members are always welcome and dues are only $4.00 a year. Please contact President, Christine Sanborn at 875-2676 for more information.



Barnstead Library Digs Into Reading!


The Oscar Foss Memorial Library invites children of all ages to participate in our “Dig Into Reading!” Summer Reading Program. We will be exploring many things that can be found underground; plants, animals, fossils, and more during our weekly activities. Our “Summertime Songs and Stories” and “Arts and Crafts” programs will be held every Wednesday from 10am-12 and are free and open to the public. Make sure you check our schedule for a few other fun activities as well! 


Registration opens June 1st and continues through the month, closing at noon on June 22nd. You can begin to record books on June 24th but your first book must be recorded by July 6th. We are starting our summer program this year with an awesome “Art Mural” kick-off on June 27th, 6-8pm. Call or stop by the library for more information about this exciting event!


A minimum of 6 age/grade appropriate books are required to complete the “Dig Into Reading” program for children in pre-school through grade 6. Parents with children pre-school age and younger are encouraged to participate in our “Read to Me” program. 


This year for teens (grade 7 and up) our program theme will be “Beneath the Surface.” Special group activities have been planned and the minimum reading requirement is 3 age/grade appropriate books (min. 250 pages).   


Everyone’s last book must be recorded by August 10th to qualify for the completion of the program. 


Be on the lookout for more information about our special activities and feel free to call 269-3900 or stop by the library for more information about our exciting 2013 Summer Reading Programs!




Our last Story Hour for this school year is Wednesday, May 22nd at 10am. Story Hour is held on Wednesday mornings and follows the Barnstead Elementary School calendar. We look forward to seeing all our friends return in September. 


Our last Teen Library Club meeting for this school year is Thursday, June 6th at 6pm. The teens meet once a month during the school year for some fun and lots of laughter! All Barnstead teens in 7th grade and up are always welcome. 



Thank You


The family of Roy Sargent would like to thank everyone for their kindness, support, and prayers during his illness and passing.


It was comforting to know Roy touched so many people, which was shown by the phone calls, cards, letters, and food.


We want to thank everyone who sent donations in memory of Roy to the Hospice House and staff in Concord.


A special thanks to all the people who attended his memorial service and wonderful reception.


Janice Sargent

Roy and Denise Sargent

Kenneth and Pamela Welch

Granddaughter Rick and Staci Goonan

Great granddaughter Alexandar Goonan




Another Thank You!


To the groups and individuals who take on the “nasty” job of clearing the trash along our roads, especially Route 28 through Barnstead. This is a continuous job and we appreciate it. Also during Earth Day, a group cleared a portion of our road, White Oak. Thank you to all, it looked great.


A special thanks to our young grandchildren, 8 year old grandson and 7 year old granddaughter and their parents. They cleared both sides of the road from their house to ours, stopping at our house to sort the trash on the way to the dump. Our grandson made the comment, “Some people are very nasty, they have no respect for our earth.” How true! The very next day we picked up several pieces in front of our house.


Thanks again to all involved.


Dick and Holly Bickford

Center Barnstead



Men’s Breakfast


The Center Barnstead Christian Church will be hosting a free Men’s Breakfast this Saturday, May 18th at 7:30 AM. David Baguma will be the speaker this month.  David is from Uganda, Africa, and will be soon married to Heidi Gower.  


As a teen, David came to know Jesus as his Savior and saw the need to impact others for Christ.  He began working with Word of Life.  Then in 2008 he attended Missionary-In-Training where he was brought on board as a WOL missionary.  


Currently, David disciples university students at two universities in Kampala and also helps with the IT needs of the ministry.  David will be sharing more about the ministry both he and Heidi will have when they return to Uganda during the breakfast.  All men are invited to come.


The Center Barnstead Christian Church is located on Route 126, next to the Town Hall.


For more information contact the church at 269-8831. 



Thanks For A Great Night!


Spring was “sung-in” at the Cabin Fever Dessert Concert a couple of weeks ago, just like we brought in New Years with the Milk and Cookies Concert.  We owe many thanks to the Barnstead, Chichester, Northwood, Gilmanton and Alton community members who attended and supported this fabulous benefit concert for the Congregational Church of North Barnstead. With lots of desserts and another sell out crowd who said “more, more, more, more!” what is not to love about great music and lots of desserts?


We enjoyed jazz by Savoya who appear at the Onions Pub in the Tilton Inn and will also be at the jazz bar this summer in the Weirs. With Sureya Felch on vocals, Jeremy Morse guitar, Chris Gilb on bass and Lee Anne Ames on saxophone, this talented young quartet played jazz and Bosa Nova favorites you know and love.


Naughty and Nice kicked off the evening with original folk music that was lyrical, fun and had us all laughing. Cheryl Sager and Peg Chaffee have performed for years in various musical venues and we encourage you to pick up their new CD Mixing it Up to be released soon (or one of their old ones!).  


Our very own Barnstead queen of music, Chris Bonoli and The Blues Monsters are always a hit and they had talent galore!  Sitting in were (sore leg) Lew Joslyn on spoons, Ken Burt and Richard Gardzina on saxophone, TJ Jones (weapons of mass percussion), Chris Gilb on bass, and the one and only Marty Wintje on flaming electric lead guitar.


A night like this is only possible because of community members who care and support it. Thanks for singing “Hey Jude” to properly end the concert once again.  Watch for more information on the fall concert slated for October 5, Saturday night!   If you’re out and about in August, Chris Bonoli and the Blues Monsters will be performing on August 10 for the Barnstead Summer Concert Series.  Stop By!




Arthur Marquis, Sr.


Mr. Arthur Marquis, Sr., 71, died Monday, May 6, 2013, at the Concord Hospital after a sudden illness. And in a final act of unselfishness, Mr. Marquis had chosen to be an organ donor.


Born and raised in Salem, MA, Mr. Marquis was the son of Cecile (Demeule) Marquis of Beverly, MA and the late Arthur P. Marquis. After moving to NH, he and his wife lived in Northwood before becoming residents of Center Barnstead in 1990.


Early in his career, Mr. Marquis moved houses and then worked for Lebel Grove as a mason tender.  He spent more than 25 years as a machinist with PK Lindsay in Deerfield and retired from the Gilford Elementary School in 2007.


Mr. Marquis was an avid hunter and a proud member of the NRA. He held a 3rd degree black belt in karate and was a member of the Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree.

He was the widower of Dianne (Pooler) Marquis, who died in 2008 and was also predeceased by a grandson, Brandon Marquis in 1993.


He is survived by two sons, Arthur Marquis Jr. and his wife Jennifer of Deerfield, and Joseph Marquis and his partner Karyn of Barnstead; three daughters, Suzanne Jenness and her spouse Holly of Bristol, Linda Brasley and her husband Gerry of Epsom, and Deborah Marquis of Center Barnstead; grandchildren, Sheri Nason of Laconia, Ashley, Megan Marquis of Deerfield, and Steven and Tara Brasley of Epsom; two great granddaughters; his fiancée, Alicia Lessard of Center Barnstead; siblings and their spouses, Richard Marquis and Marily of Deerfield, Cecile Robinson of Beverly, MA, Pauline Marston and Bill of Northwood, and Jeannette Hamilton and Robert of Beverly, MA; and nieces and nephews.   


Friends and relatives may call at the Still Oaks Funeral and Memorial Home, 1217 Suncook Valley Highway in Epsom on Friday from 5-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10:30 AM at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Pittsfield. Burial will take place at a later date in the Riverview Cemetery, Barnstead.


For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.


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