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Barnstead NH News

December 16, 2015

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Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Holiday Gift Workshop


Need a last minute gift? Join us at the library on December 17th at 6pm for a “Pinterest Last Minute Holiday Gift Workshop”. Create one of several great gift options to give to someone special this year. There will be a $5 fee payable the day of the workshop and pre-registration is required. Please register online at or by calling 269-3900.


DIY Ornaments & Cookie Swap

Share a little holiday cheer with your community at the library! Bring 2 or 3 dozen of your favorite holiday cookies and spend some time snacking, chatting with your neighbors and making ornaments for your tree or for gifts! Cookie recipes can be submitted on our website or dropped off the day of the event. Recipes will be compiled into an online cookbook that will be shared on the OFML website. Please register for this event at or by calling 269-3900. 


Please call the library (269-3900) or visit our website ( for more information about these or any of our other programs or events. There is always something happening at the Oscar Foss Memorial Library! Library Hours are: Monday; 2pm-8pm, Tuesday & Wednesday; 10am-5pm, Thursday; 5pm-8pm, Friday; 2pm-5pm, Saturday; 9am-Noon.  



Barnstead Seniors: Eating Well


Many seniors live on limited income and skimp on their food budget to help cover other expenses.  Do you know of resources to help make ends meet and keep your diet healthy?


Food Pantry – Barnstead’s Food Pantry is located in the Thrift Shop on Route 28, next door to Bosco Bell.  The thrift shop is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 9 and 3 pm; the Food Pantry on Saturday morning between 10 and noon.  If you need food delivered to you, call the Barnstead Welfare Agent, Elaine Swinford at 235-1895.


Senior Centers’ lunches are served in Alton (875-7102) and Pittsfield (435-8482).  They serve a lunch Monday thru Thursday at noon in Pittsfield and at 11:30 am in Alton (except Tuesday – lunch is at 12:30pm.)   For those 60 and older there is a $2 donation and for those younger, there is a $6 charge.  Please call ahead and make a reservation.  The menu for the month is in their newsletters posted at the library.  Alton Senior Center’s Continental Breakfast is on Tuesday at 9 am.


Meals on Wheels (MOW) are delivered to frail and homebound seniors, while at the same time providing a safety and well-being check.   Barnstead Seniors receive meals delivered from the Pittsfield Senior Center.  Please call the manager Carol Schiferle at 435-8482 for more information and to sign up.  There is a requested $2 donation per meal.


NH Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is free nutritious box of food including such items as cereal, cheese, fruits, vegetables, pasta and juice.  To be eligible seniors must be 60 years of age and older and meet federal income guidelines.  The income guidelines increased in April and are up to: $1276 monthly for a senior living alone and $1726 for a family of two persons.     Call the CAP (Community Action Program) for Belknap-Merrimack Counties at 225-2050 or 1-800-578-2050 to be pre-screened and they will set up an appointment for you in either Pittsfield or Alton.


Community Resources are available with some digging.  You may have already discovered that hospitals serve good food at reasonable rates.  Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro is popular because their cafeteria provides home cooking with good quality ingredients, including locally grown beef.  Another resource is the Alton Bay Christian Conference Center.  They serve a community dinner at 5 pm the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month.  The Barnstead group, Nighthawk Hollow Seniors, meet periodically for lunch and their notices are in the newspaper.








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