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July 24, 2013

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The Gathering On The Greens will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2013 9 am to 2 pm on the Barnstead Parade Church Grounds.


Please call Jeannie at 269-5441 if you would like to rent a 20 x 15 space. All proceeds go to local missions in the town.





The Oscar Foss Memorial Library would like to invite Barnstead families to The Hampstead Stage Company’s performance of “The Secret Garden” on Saturday, July 27, 2013. This performance will be held at the Barnstead Parade Fire Station at 11:00am. Please call us at 269-3900 or see us at the library if you have any questions about this or any of our other Summer Reading Program activities.



The Barnstead Parade Congregational Church will be celebrating its annual Youth Sunday on July 28th.  All parents and especially youth of all ages are welcome to enjoy the day with us.  Our guest speaker will be Ms. Breanna Owen, a graduate of New Brunswick Bible Institute and recently ministering with Life Bridge Ministries. Ms. Owen will be speaking to the youth of our community during the worship service regarding her plans with Life Bridge Ministries.  We invite you to join us for our 9:00 AM service with refreshments to follow.



Second Annual Barnstead Open Farm Day


The Barnstead Farmers & Gardeners Network are sponsoring the Second Annual Barnstead Open Farm Day being held on July 27. This is a self-guided tour of eight local farms. The tour will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


This event is a family-friendly, free event and anyone in the New England Region is encouraged to attend.


Maps will be available at The Barnstead Community Market, located at 13A Parade Rd., or at Sticks and Stones Farm, located at 107 White Oak Road, both in Barnstead.

Three of the farms taking part in our tour are:


• Sticks and Stones Farm, known for their hydroponic method of raising vegetables. They are also manufacturers of the U-Gro Home Hydroponic System. and


• Granite State Alpaca Farm, which raises beautiful Alpacas for their fleece.


• Tiz A Miniature Horse Farm, which raises miniature horses. This farm is famous for “Einstein”, the smallest stallion born.



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News


Congratulations to all those who participated in the Red Cross Baby-sitting course on Saturday. All of the participants were excited to learn new skills and each earned a Red Cross Baby-sitting certificate. Barnstead is lucky to have a great population of well-trained baby-sitters!


Looking for something to do during those long hot summer days? Check out one of our museum passes! We can provide passes for free admission to Manchester’s See Science Center, Concord’s McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, and our newest pass, to the Wright Museum in Wolfeboro. Considering this week’s temperatures, you’ll be happy to find hours of learning, excitement, and entertainment in an air conditioned setting! Call the library for details and to make reservations.


There is always something happening at the Oscar Foss Memorial Library. Mon. 2pm-8pm, Tues.-Weds. 10am-5pm, Thurs. 5pm-8pm, Fri. 2pm-5pm and Sat. 9am-12pm.



Belknap County Commissioners Update


The County Commissioners would like to keep you updated regarding the planning process to address the existing jail conditions and implement a community corrections model.


We have presented a plan that reflects one scenario based on bed space projections, facility square footage, and costs.  This scenario was carefully evaluated by a planning committee and determined to produce the best outcomes for our county after reviewing with representatives from all participant agencies involved in our criminal justice system.

We have listened and heard many concerns from the Delegation as well as others in the community and are looking at a number of ways to reduce the cost of the project. These include:


Revisit the projection scenarios and attempt to reduce the number of beds required based on alternate admission and length of stay assumptions.  Also consider a different projection threshold (vs. the 25 year projection currently utilized).


Explore alternate options for the Community Corrections Center, new construction or renovate an existing space.


Consider opportunities to work with a neighboring county.


Reduce the overall size of the facility.


The Commissioners look forward to sharing these findings with the Delegation as we move forward in addressing the needs of the incarcerated population in a safe, secure, and rehabilitative environment that saves costs in the long run by reducing recidivism.



Protecting Our Region’s Drinking Water Supply


Water pollution may not come to mind when you decide to repaint your kitchen or stain your deck; however, oil-based paints and stains, along with many other products, can contaminate the Lakes Region’s water supply if disposed of improperly. Examples of other hazardous products include: most household cleaners, fluorescent bulbs, pool chemicals, and lawn and garden products. Most household products that have “Danger”, “Poison”, “Corrosive” or “Toxic” printed on the label need to be disposed of at a household hazardous waste collection event.


This year, twenty-four Lakes Region communities have pooled their resources to participate in the annual Lakes Region Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collections program to ensure proper and safe disposal of unwanted hazardous products. On Saturday July 27, 2013 from 8:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. collections will be held in Belmont, Franklin, Gilford, and Meredith. On Saturday August 3, 2013 from 8:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. collections will be held in Bristol, Center Ossipee, Laconia, and Moultonborough. Residents and taxpayers of Alexandria, Andover, Belmont, Bridgewater, Bristol, Center Harbor, Effingham, Franklin, Freedom, Gilford, Gilmanton, Hebron, Hill, Holderness, Laconia, Meredith, Moultonborough, New Hampton, Northfield, Ossipee, Sanbornton, Sandwich, Tamworth, and Tilton are eligible and encouraged to bring their hazardous waste products to the participating facility that is most convenient. Please note: to be assured of disposal, do not wait to come at the last minute; in the rare case that a site fills up or exceeds its budget, the gates may be closed before noon.


When bringing hazardous material to the collection facility, please be advised that the quantity of hazardous waste accepted from each household is limited to 10 gallons or 50 pounds. Products should be kept in their original container with the lid tightly secured. If there is a leak in the container, place it in a larger container and add an absorbent substance such as cat litter or paint hardener (available at your local hardware store). To ensure safe transport, products should be placed in a cardboard box in the trunk. Items that will NOT be accepted include: latex paint, propane tanks, tires, and alkaline batteries. Check with your local transfer station or waste hauler for proper disposal of these items. 


All participants will be asked to complete a brief survey before proceeding to the drop-off area; those wishing to complete the survey in advance can download a copy at Please remain in the vehicle at all times, for safety’s sake.


If heading to Laconia’s Public Works Garage for drop-off, check out their Swap Table after dropping off your hazardous products. Here participants can pick up an item for reuse that has been verified by a certified chemist. This is a great way of using up hazardous products and diverting them from the waste stream. 


This annual collection process was initiated by the Lakes Region Planning Commission more than twenty-five years ago. In the past three years, more than 58,000 gallons of hazardous waste have been collected from more than 5,000 Lakes Region households. 

For a more comprehensive list of acceptable and non-acceptable items as well as maps and directions to each of the collection sites, please visit: If you have further questions, call the Lakes Region Planning Commission office at 279-8171.








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