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.”
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!
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
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
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.
Barnstead’s Residential Opinion Survey;
Information Meeting Scheduled
For Wednesday, July 10
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Women’s Club Ice Cream Social
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
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.
Lurking In Our Waters; Come Hear What To Do
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.
pre-register by July 15th; there is no registration fee to attend this
meeting. To register please visit this website http://riverrunnerslaconia.eventbrite.com/
This meeting is being hosted by the Belknap County Conservation
District. To learn of other New Hampshire Rivers Council events please
visit website http://www.nhrivers.org/river-runners/
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.
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
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
Guest Speakers For Their July Meeting
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
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.
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
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.
information, please check
http://nhgop.org/belknap or send an email to
Republican, Hudson Ingoldsby Of Alton, To
Barnstead-Alton-Gilmanton Republican Committee (BARC’G)
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.
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
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.
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.
information, please send an email to
[email protected] or check out the Committee’s
website at www.BARC-NewHampshire.org
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.
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.
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.
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
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.