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July 10, 2013

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Barnstead Historical Society Summer Trip to the Woodman Institute Museum in Dover. We will meet at the Barnstead Town Hall on Wednesday, July 10 at 9:30 am to car pool. The public is welcome; please join us. For more info call Sandy 776-7000.



The Barnstead Farmers and Gardeners Network are pleased to sponsor their last workshop of the season- Preserving Your Harvest.


The workshop will be held at the Oscar Foss Memorial Library on Thursday evening, July 18th. The workshop will start at 6:30 pm and run for one hour.


Seating is limited to 45 people.


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



The 39th Army Band In Barnstead


The 39th Army Band of the New Hampshire Army National Guard will perform at the Barnstead Elementary School Athletic Field on Thursday, July 11th from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM, sponsored by the Maple Street Church. The public is cordially invited to attend this free concert. In case of rain, the concert will be held in the church at 96 Maple Street.


The band is comprised of 25 musicians, representing many communities throughout the state. The members of the 39th Army Band are dedicated soldiers whose high standard of performance is respected and anticipated wherever they perform. Some of the soldiers are professional music educators as well as leaders in their respective towns and cities. The 39th Army Band is a shining example of New Hampshire’s soldiers at their finest.


The 39th Army Band is under the direction of Bandmaster/Commander Warrant Officer Sean Pinsonneault. Mr. Pinsonneault began his military career in 1992.  In 1996 Mr. Pinsonneault enlisted in the 39th Army Band. Through the years he served as the trumpet Section Leader, High Brass Group Leader, Jazz Band Conductor, and Acting First Sergeant. His Army education and training consists of Primary Leader Development Course, Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course, Senior Leader Course, Warrant Officer Candidate School, Modern Army Combative Instructor Level 11 and Airborne School. Mr. Pinsonneault received his appointment at Warrant Officer Candidate School, Fort Rucker, Alabama during the summer of 2011 and assumed the duties of Bandmaster/Commander of the 39th Army Band in January 2012.


The band is stationed in Manchester, New Hampshire at the Manchester Readiness Center located at 1059 Canal Street. The 39th Army Band has represented the United States of America overseas on missions that included St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Athens, Greece and Goodwill Ambassadors to the country of Costa Rica in July 1995. They performed for President George W. Bush during a New Hampshire visit and assisted the State of Louisiana during the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. The 39th Army Band, New Hampshire Army National Guard can trace it lineage back 134 years to its inception in Manchester in 1879.


Bring your lawn chairs and come to Barnstead and enjoy the Concert by the 39th Army Band! Off street parking is provided at the school parking lot and the church parking lot across the street.



Barnstead Resident

Ben Glancy Honored For 25 Years Of Service With Citizens Bank


Citizens Bank recently honored colleagues and retirees with 25 years of service or more at a “Brick Dedication Ceremony” at One Citizens Plaza in Providence, RI.


Barnstead resident Ben Glancy was one of the colleagues honored for his 25 years of service with Citizens Bank. A brick bearing Glancy’s name was placed in the plaza of company headquarters in Providence, R.I.


This year’s ceremony honored 152 colleagues from New England, the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. Honorees were given a brick with their name engraved on it that will be placed outside One Citizens Plaza in Providence as a permanent part of Citizens’ history. This was the 15th anniversary of the “Brick Dedication Ceremony” held during Citizens’ 20th annual Colleague Appreciation Week.



Barnstead Welcomes UNH Survey Experts To Public Meeting


Barnstead’s volunteer Master Plan Committee invites residents to participate in its public meeting Wednesday, July 10 at 7 pm at the Barnstead Parade Fire Station concerning results from the spring’s town-wide planning opinion survey. To help continue this project, the committee seeks more public input on how the next ten years will develop.


Members of The Survey Center of the University of New Hampshire will be on hand to explain why public opinion is essential to local master planning, how it assisted Barnstead in the recent survey, the nature of the results, what they mean and how they can be used. These are important to Barnstead’s Planning Board, Select Board and Town Departments as they develop policies, activities and expenditures for the next ten years.


UNH’s services were selected by competitive bid, based on cost and previous experience with local master planning in New Hampshire.  The four-page questionnaire was developed by the Master Plan Committee and then mailed by The Survey Unit to all residential addresses.  Approximately one-fifth of residents completed and returned the questionnaires to UNH where they were compiled and analyzed. The 226-page report is posted online at:

and includes answers, correlation and residents’ written comments and suggestions.


From the report’s introduction, “When residents were asked what they like the most about Barnstead, 47% cited the town’s rural/country setting, followed by its sense of community (14%), quiet and safety (14%), natural beauty (12%), central location (4%), recreational opportunities (1%) and services (1%). Meanwhile 3% said they did not like anything about Barnstead, 2% had another reason and 2% said they have lived there their whole life.


“When residents were asked what they like the least about Barnstead, 25% said their taxes, followed by the condition of the roads (12%), the distance from various services (11%), the lack of services in the town (11%), the lack of businesses and development within the town (9%), the town government (9%), the development, new people, or the upkeep of property in town (8%), the lack of community or recreation (4%), and the weather (2%). Meanwhile, 3% said that there is nothing that they dislike about Barnstead and 5% had another reason.”


Barnstead is one of several New Hampshire towns currently revising their ten-year plans. A plain-English summary of the purpose and scope is available online by clicking here and generally describes the process that the committee has followed for the past year.


Light refreshments will be available at the meeting. For more information, contact David Brown, Chairman of the Master Plan Committee, at 603-770-3521.



The Gideon’s at CBCC


Center Barnstead Christian Church will be hosting The Gideon’s International, Sunday, July 14, 2013.   A member from the Gideon’s will be at the Center Barnstead Christian Church.  He will be sharing about his organization and the work they do during the Morning Service at 10:00 AM. 


Gideon’s International is an evangelical Christian organization founded 1899 in Janesville, Wisconsin. The Gideon’s primary activity is distributing copies of the Bible free of charge. This Bible distribution is a global enterprise taking place in over 195 countries and in at least 94 languages, with the organization being particularly well known for the copies to be found in hotel and motel rooms. The organization takes its name from the biblical character Gideon depicted in Judges 6.


The Gideon’s began distributing free Bibles, the endeavor for which it is chiefly known, in 1908, when the first Bibles were placed in the rooms of the Superior Hotel in Superior, Montana. Over 84 million Gideon Scriptures were given out in 2012. More than 1.7 billion have been distributed since 1908. On average, more than two copies of the Bible are distributed per second through Gideon’s International.


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








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