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Gathering On The Green

Saturday, August 24th

9 am - 2 pm

Barnstead Parade Grounds

If you have any questions, please call Jeannie at 269-5441 or Sylvia at 267-7353 for information.



The Barnstead Historical Society will be meeting at the Barnstead Town Hall on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 6 pm. If you have any questions, please call Jeannie at 269-5441



Upcoming Events At Oscar Foss Memorial Library


• An evening with Brady Carlson Monday, September 23 at 7 pm. We are pleased to announce that NH Public Radio’s Brady Carlson, host of All Things Considered, will visit the Oscar Foss Memorial Library to talk about his work and share entertaining stories. Brady is a frequent guest on NHPR’s Word of Mouth and The Exchange, and regularly contributes to the Here’s What’s Awesome segment discussing Internet culture, media and technology. This is certain to be a fun and memorable evening!


• Fall Book Sale Hours Thursday, September 26th 5 pm – 8 pm Friday, September 27th 2 pm – 5 pm Saturday, September 28th 8 am – 12 pm.


• Cooking on a Budget Monday, October 21st at 7 pm. Join Chef Liz Barbour for Cooking on a Budget. The program will include tasting samples and demonstrations of 2 recipes. Spice up your dinner with new recipes from a renowned chef! Sign-up for this free program begins September 3rd.


There’s always something happening at the Oscar Foss Memorial Library.


Hours: Mon. 2 pm – 8 pm, Tues. and Wed. 10 am – 5 pm, Thurs. 5 pm – 8 pm, Fri. 2 pm – 5 pm and Sat. 9 am – 12 pm.



Men’s Breakfast


The Center Barnstead Christian Church will be hosting a free Men’s Breakfast this Saturday, August 24th at 7:30 am.  Lauro Irizarry will be the speaker this month, and he will be sharing his testimony. Come, hear how God has worked in his life through decisions he has made. All men are invited to come. 


The Center Barnstead Christian Church is located on Route 126, next to the Town Hall.


For more information contact the church at 269-8831.



Nighthawk Hollow Seniors News

Submitted By Beverly A. Goodrich, Secretary


The Nighthawk Hollow Seniors of Barnstead will meet at 12 noon on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at the Barnstead Town Hall. This meeting will feature at noon, a pot luck luncheon, will be followed by a brief business meeting, and then Bingo games!


Both men and women are welcome to join. Dues are $4.00 a year. Come join us and enjoy our delicious, interesting, entertaining and fun-filled meetings.


Election of officers will be held in October 2013.


For more information, you may call president, Christine Sanborn at 875-2676.



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Barnstead Parks and Recreation is happy to announce the return of the award winning doo wop and oldies band The Bel Airs to the stage on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 6:00 pm.  The Bel Airs, named “Best of NH, 2012” by New Hampshire Magazine, is New England’s premier doo wop and oldies vocal quintet.  The Bel Airs recently won the “2013 Readers’ Choice” award from the New Hampshire Union Leader, have been featured multiple times on WMUR TV’s “New Hampshire Chronicle” and have been heard on the radio from New England to Florida. This is the last show in this year’s summer concert series.  We hope you enjoyed all of the performances.  We look forward to seeing you again next year.  As always, smoking and alcohol are prohibited on the Parade Grounds.




Joan L. Verrill


Joan L. Verrill, age 66, of White Oak Road in Center Barnstead, NH, died peacefully at home on August 14, 2013.


Born December 20, 1946 in Boston, MA, the daughter of John J. and Elizabeth T. (Donovan) Kraft, she resided in South Boston for many years and had resided in Center Barnstead since 1994.


She had worked as an LPN in the local area. 


Joan was a life endowment member of the NRA, honorary life member of Ducks Unlimited, as she loved duck hunting with her husband and dog.  She was a member of the Hummel Club and a member of the Center Barnstead Christian Church, where she loved spending time with her church family.


She is survived by her husband: Dennis J. Verrill of Center Barnstead; two sons, Donald Houghtaling of Philadelphia, PA and Glen Houghtaling of Concord, NH; three grandchildren, Caleb, Chloe and Christian; two brothers; Gregory Kraft of Kingston, MA and Timothy Kraft of Center Barnstead; several nieces and nephews.


If desired, memorial donations may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society.


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