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Barnstead NH News

May 22, 2013

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Happy Birthday to Robin Locke, whose birthday is May 26.



The Barnstead Parade Congregational Church will be holding their Annual Indoor-Outdoor Plant Sale at the Church in Barnstead on Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 9 to 11 am. Come and find your favorite flowers and shrubs to add to your gardens. There will also be a display of garden ornaments and other items for sale to enhance your gardens. This sale is for our Special Missions.



More News From The Oscar Foss Memorial Library


The Trustees of the Oscar Foss Memorial Library in Barnstead are excited to introduce the community to our new Library Director, Sharon Archambault. Sharon lives in Lee, NH with her family and comes to us with a deep love of libraries and a heartfelt commitment to small town libraries in particular. She impressed the board with her awareness of the library as it connects to the entire community and its role as a centerpiece of a town. Sharon presented with the unique skills needed to bring our terrific library into the next stages of information sharing. “I am looking forward to meeting the residents of Barnstead. This is a very active community and I am excited to be a part of it.”  She has worked in libraries in Groveland, MA and Goffstown, NH and received her Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Rhode Island in 2010.


We hope you will stop by the library and introduce yourself to Sharon. Tell her what your hopes and dreams are for the library. While you are there, remember to sign the “guest book” for our beloved retiring director, Susan Conrad. Please feel free to share a memory, story, or sentiment or just wish Susan well in the next phase of her journey.


So, stop by and see what’s new, what’s enduring, and why you have always loved libraries or learn why they still play a vital role in this new information age.  Be sure to “check it out”… Or, as Dr. Seuss has said, “Oh, the places we’ll go!” See you at the library!  Library hours are: Mon 2-8pm, Tues and Wed 10am-5pm, Thurs 5-8pm, Fri 2-5pm, and Sat 9-noon.



University Of New Hampshire Announces May 2013 Graduates


Congratulations to Austin Ryan Atkins (BSPHYS), Maria Kate Frangione (MED), Kimberly Ann Ruddy (BS), Katie Lyn Chagnon (BSMAED), Nicholas Robert Fegley (BSMATH), Benjamin Winslow Rogers (BSCHEM), Summa Cum Laude, and Kerry Spongberg (BA).



Prayer Meeting


“The one concern of the devil is to keep the saint from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but he trembles when we pray” (Samuel Chadwick).


The Center Barnstead Christian Church meets Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM to pray for the needs in our community, as well as the needs around the world. We believe whether in good times or bad we need to “come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16. 


Jesus wants His church to be a House of Prayer, so with that thought in mind we welcome people to come and pray with us on Wednesday evenings.  If you are unable to come but would like us to pray for you, visit our church website and email us your prayer request.


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



A Variety Of New Hampshire Products Added

At The Barnstead Community Market


Barnstead Community Market has stocked up with New Hampshire products; honey, maple syrup, flours and cooking mixes. We have NH Honey Bee from Gilsum, NH. Pape’s maple syrup is located in Strafford. We have flours and cooking mixes from the Littleton Grist Mill. They grind their own flours and package various mixes including gluten free flours.  We have Mountain View Farm jams and pickles, fresh eggs and goat’s milk.   We will start selling lobsters Memorial Day weekend.


We have some new vendor products; grip potholders, phone cases, luggage tags, jewelry and much more.  We are adding products all the time. Stop by and see what we have and pick up some fresh eggs, goat’s milk, pancake mix or flours, maple syrup or honey.


Barnstead Community Market is located at 13A Parade Road, Barnstead, NH.  Hours are Friday 1 – 7, Saturday 9 – 4 and Sunday noon – 4.  Visit our website at 




Josephine Agnes (Martel) Holmes


Josephine A. (Martel) Holmes, age 91, died peacefully after a period of failing health on Monday, May 13, 2013 at Merrimack County Nursing Home surrounded by her family.


She was born on May 28, 1921 in Barre, VT the daughter of the late Joseph M. Martel and Mary (Sartwell) Martel Elliott.  Her early life was spent in Marshfield, VT on a working dairy farm with her family. After a fire destroyed the farm they moved to Concord, NH to be with other family members.  She always had such fond memories about living on the farm as a child. She was a graduate from Concord High School class of 1940.  She was devoted to her Catholic faith and made sure her family was raised in the faith. Most of her adult life she lived in Concord and Center Barnstead.


Josephine was predeceased by her husband Herbert F. Holmes who passed away in 2009 after 63 years together; and her grandson Jason Milligan in 1994.


She is survived by her daughters, Judy Collins and her husband Daniel of Milan, NH, Joyce Milligan and her husband Michael of Loudon, NH; sons, Peter Holmes and his partner Joanne Scanlon formally of Center Barnstead, David Holmes and his spouse Phillip of Weare; she was also very fond of her daughter-in-law Sally Homes.  She had 10 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.  Her family gave her so much enjoyment and she will be greatly missed.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the McKenna Fund c/o Merrimack County Nursing Home, 325 DW Highway, Boscawen, NH 03303 or to the CRVNA, 30 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH 03301.








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