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July 3, 2013

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Early Head Start is accepting applications for children under the age of 3 and for prenatal women who would like to participate in the program. Early Head Start is free for income eligible families. For further information and to jump-start your child’s learning, please call 435-6611.



Summer Reading Program Reminder


Barnstead children and teens who have registered for our “Dig Into Reading!” and “Beneath The Surface” Summer Reading Programs need to have their first book recorded at the library by 12 pm on July 6th. Please join us Wednesday mornings at 10 am for our “Summertime Songs and Stories” and at 10:30 am for “Arts and Crafts.” 


Check out our Facebook page and the town website for other weekly activities or pick up a copy of an “Events Calendar” at the library. As always, these activities are free and open to everyone in the community. Call 269-3900 or stop by the library if you have any questions about our exciting 2013 Summer Reading Programs and events!



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.





After reading newspaper accounts of the recent Mayors Against Illegal Guns rally in Concord, I viewed the videos of the event posted on YouTube. What I saw should appall every citizen concerned with preservation of their own constitutional rights.  John Cantin, a NH man whose daughter was killed by gun violence, was exercising his free speech rights when Daniel Musso got in Mr. Cantin’s face, heckling and harassing the grieving father. A scuffle ensued between Mr. Musso and the police, and Ralph Demicco, Riley’s Gun Shop owner, added to the hostility by cursing the officers. The bullies in the audience, recruited by NH GOP Chair/Tea Party organizer Jack Kimball, cursed religious leaders, attempted to intimidate attendees by brandishing guns and, ironically, loudly chanted “freedom” in attempts to drown out the speakers’ constitutionally protected speech.


Ariel Durant said “A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.” The behavior of these hoodlums, which could be traumatizing to innocent bystanders, would never have been tolerated by civilized NH citizens prior to the Rambo mentality promoted by Bush administration chicken hawks, Hollywood’s glorification of violence, the NRA, and now, by the NH GOP/Tea Party.  Citizens must speak up and take action against this disintegration of the moral fabric of our society and stop tolerating this type of very cruel behavior and the divisive, self-centered propaganda crafted to further the interests of those who apparently run together on this issue – the GOP/Tea Party, Kelly Ayotte, the NRA and Riley’s Gun Shop - and concentrate instead on improving the well-being and safety of our friends and families.


Claire Gendron

Center Barnstead



Results Of Barnstead’s Residential Opinion Survey;

Information Meeting Scheduled For Wednesday, July 10


Barnstead has received the results of its residential opinion survey conducted by mail during the month of April. The questionnaire was developed by the Planning Board’s master plan committee, and the compilation was done by contract with The Survey Center of the University of New Hampshire-Durham. A public information meeting to review and discuss the significance of the results will be held Wednesday,  July 10 at 7 p.m. at the Parade fire station.


The survey was intended to offer residents a chance to give written input to the town’s master plan revision. Approximately two thousand four-page questionnaires were mailed in early spring, and approximately one in five residents completed and returned them with their opinions of town facilities and services, and their preferences for future development.


Among the strongest preferences expressed were those concerning rural character, infrastructure, residential and small business development.  For example, more than sixty percent expressed a preference for preserving Barnstead’s open spaces - farms, fields and forests - and for protecting the town’s wetlands and wildlife habitat.  More than half expressed preferences to improve water quality in the town’s ponds and streams, encourage conservation and maintain the town’s rural character, historic sites and buildings.


On the subject of town infrastructure, there were high preferences for developing and following scheduled plans for improving all town roads and for improving or replacing town bridges. A good majority of residents also favored increasing the town’s paving budget.


On the subject of town recreation and community life, a solid majority expressed preferences for continuing to maintain the outdoor hockey rink, developing trails for walking and snowshoeing, and having recurrent community events such as Old Home Day.


The 228-page report is available at Town Hall and is also at on Barnstead’s website. There are three main sections:  a summary with bar graphs that compare residents’ opinions and preferences, a section of detailed tables that correlate residents’ answers with personal indices such as age, family size, years in Barnstead, etc., and an extensive section of residents’ comments about town life, municipal services and development plans.  Residents are encouraged to review the report in advance of the July 10th public information meeting, and then attend with their questions and ideas for town planning over the next ten years.  For more information, contact David Brown, Chairman of the Master Plan committee, at 603-770-3521.



Strafford Women’s Club Ice Cream Social


Neighbors and summer visitors, come join in the fun at the Strafford Women’s Club Annual Ice Cream Social in Bow Lake Grange Hall, 569 Province Road, at the Bow Lake Dam, 4:00-8:00 PM, Wednesday, July 10th.  Make your own sundae, loaded with your choice of delicious toppings: berries, fruits, nuts, candies, hot sauces, and whipped cream, with a big, red cherry on top. Large sundaes, $3.50; small, $2.50. Add a home-made brownie for 50¢.


Buy tickets for our Pick-a-Prize Raffle for a large assortment of goods and services donated by area businesses and Strafford Women’s Club members. Winning tickets will be drawn at our second ice cream social, August 7.  You need not be present to win. Funds raised will support college scholarships and various community projects.



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David Tothill of Barnstead (left) and John Dickey of Gilmanton (right) take back to

back Men’s B Doubles Championships at Gilford Hills Tennis Club.



Aliens Are Lurking In Our Waters; Come Hear What To Do


On July 18th from 6 to 8 PM at the Laconia Middle School, join other concerned citizens to hear what we can do about the alien invasive plant species that threaten our lakes, ponds and rivers. This meeting includes a presentation from the NH Department of Environmental Services, training on how to identify the plants of concern, the techniques and tools for monitoring them, and information on how to become a volunteer with the Lakes Region New Hampshire Rivers Council River Runners. Meeting attendees are encouraged to bring samples of any water plants you are curious, or concerned about. 


Please pre-register by July 15th; there is no registration fee to attend this meeting. To register please visit this website  This meeting is being hosted by the Belknap County Conservation District. To learn of other New Hampshire Rivers Council events please visit website



Summer Sunday School


Looking for something to do with your family this summer? Something fun, life-changing and free!  Join us this summer at the Center Barnstead Christian Church for our Summer Sunday School. Our program will begin on Sunday, July 7th at 9:00 AM, and will continue throughout the summer every Sunday morning from 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM until August 25th.


There will be two classes offered during this time.  The first one is for kids in Kindergarten through the 6th grade. There will be a story time, activities and crafts for the kids to be involved with.  A nursery will be provided for younger children. The other class will be for the teens and adults taught by Pastor Brian Gower. This class will be going through the book, In What Jesus Said about Successful Living, by Haddon Robinson, which uses the Sermon on the Mount as a springboard to show why the life-changing principles Jesus taught are the way to true happiness.


Come and bring your family this summer! For more information about our Summer Sunday School, please call the church at 269-8831. The Center Barnstead Christian Church is located on Route 126, next to the Town Hall.



Belknap County Republican Committee Announces

Guest Speakers For Their July Meeting


The next meeting of the Belknap County Republican Committee will be held on Wednesday, July 10, at 6:30 pm at the Top Of The Town Restaurant, 88 Ladd Hill Rd, Belmont.  This month the Committee will have two Guest Speakers. Dave Tille, Northeast Director of the Job Creators Network (JCN) will discuss the goals and objectives of JCN which was founded by businessmen Bernie Marcus (Home Depot) and Herman Cain (Godfather’s Pizza and Presidential Candidate). And, Fergus Cullen, former NH GOP Chairman, will offer his perspectives about the hotly debated topic of immigration reform.


In addition, the Committee will be updated with the results of this year’s successful 8th Annual M/S Mount Washington Sunset Dinner Cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee that was held on Friday, May 31st.  


All Republicans and like-minded Independents are invited to attend Belknap County Republican Committee meetings.  Although the meeting begins at 6:30 pm, if you’re interested in having dinner (at your option) and/or wish to socialize before the meeting, please plan to arrive as early as 5:00 p.m.


Once again, members are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to the meeting for distribution to local food pantries in an effort to help those in the community who are less fortunate during these difficult economic times.


For more information, please check or send an email to [email protected].



Teenage Republican, Hudson Ingoldsby Of Alton, To Address 

Barnstead-Alton-Gilmanton Republican Committee (BARC’G) 


The Barnstead-Alton-Gilmanton Republican Committee (BARC’G) has announced that their next monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 9 at 6:30 pm at J.J. Goodwin’s Restaurant, 769 Suncook Valley Highway (Route 28), in Center Barnstead.


The guest speaker at this month’s meeting will be Hudson Ingoldsby of Alton.  Hudson is a teenager who has been very active in politics for the past few years, volunteering on the Romney campaign last Fall, and attending the CPAC Conference in Washington DC this Spring. Hudson will discuss in greater detail his involvement in Republican politics, as well as his plans to form a chapter of the Teen Age Republicans (TARS) here in New Hampshire.  


BARC’G meetings are open to all Republicans and like-minded Independents from Alton, Barnstead, and Gilmanton, and any other towns in New Hampshire.  Per their usual meeting format, if you’re interested in having dinner (at your option) or wish to socialize before the meeting, plan to arrive as early as 5:30 pm.


Once again, in an effort to help those in the community who are less fortunate, the Committee asks that each attendee bring a non-perishable food item to the meeting for distribution to local food pantries.


For more information, please send an email to [email protected] or check out the Committee’s website at




Irene M. Laurie


Irene M. Laurie died peacefully on June 12, 2013 in Center Barnstead, New Hampshire at the home of her son Thomas Laurie.  She was a resident of Dunedin, Florida for the past 35 years.


She was born on September 6, 1922 in Beverly, MA to Arthur and Alma (L’Heureux) Godbout .  She graduated from Beverly High School in 1939.  In 1947 she married Walter E. Laurie and traveled around the world and the country following his Air Force career.  She traveled to Japan by ship to join him where on  January 15, 1953 her son, Thomas was born.


Her husband, Ed died on July 4, 1991.  She will be greatly missed by her surviving family, son Thomas Laurie and his wife Martha; grandchildren Annie Laurie of Portsmouth, NH and Erik Romansky of Dover, NH; her sister Jean Sullivan, nephew Garry Sullivan and his wife Maryellen, niece Laurie Sullivan, nephew Michael Sullivan all of Clearwater, FL and other loving nieces, nephews and long time friends.


She was devoted to her family. She and her son had an arrangement  to talk on the phone every Saturday morning at 8:30 for the past 35 years.  They were thrilled when they got Skype and could see each other. 


Irene was a woman with many talents and interests and she was admired for the way she lived so fully. She was living independently, driving and playing Bridge up until a month and half from her death. Her final advice to her granddaughter was to always laugh and have something enjoyable to look forward to.


She played Golf at the Clearwater Country Club and served on the Board of Directors, was actively involved in the Retired Officer’s Wives and Widows Club, Clearwater Chapter, she was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Dundedin, she actively played duplicate bridge all her life, and she loved reading, movies, cooking, crafts and computers.


There was a private service with her immediate family. We will all miss her dearly.








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