Congregational Church of North Barnstead (CCNB) cordially invites you to
attend a Taize’ Worship Service, Ash Wednesday, February 18, at 5:30
peaceful service is in candlelight and lasts 45 minutes. CCNB is at 504
North Barnstead Road. Please come and join us as we enter into the
Lenten season. All are welcome!
Saturday February 21: 11-2pm
Essential Oils of Pets & Livestock
Natural Solutions for
the Animals in your life!
us at Five Acre Farm to learn more about caring for your pets and
livestock using Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. We will
be sharing information about supporting the health of our animals on a
daily basis as well as some wonderful recipes to help with common health
Free! Contact Jessica 603.731.5921 or Barbara 603.833.8897
Farm 85 White Oak Rd Center Banstead, NH 03225
old fashioned skills in a modern world.
Valley Sno-riders Poker Run. Saturday February 21st, 2015 at Ballfield
at 177 Tilton Hill Rd., Pittsfield, NH. Registration from 10:00am-12.
Support your local snowmobile club, accessible by vehicle. Lots of Fun!
More information visit us on Facebook or
Barnstead Elementary School, Fisher Cats
Challenge Students To Hit The Books
team literacy program to
students for extra-curricular reading
Fungo, the Fisher
Cats mascot, joined students at Barnstead Elementary School after he
introduced them to the Fisher Cats Reading Challenge presented by Velcro
USA Inc. Pictured with Fungo are students Jasmine Witham, Sam McGrath,
Anthony Hamilton, Erin Rawnsley, Kaitlyn Vigue, Avery McDermott, Dylan
Krull, Vera Littlefield, Laney Henry, Ricky Vasquez, and Ian West.
Elementary School is teaming up with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats this
school year to encourage and reward their students for their
extra-curricular reading. The school hosted Fungo, the team’s mascot,
for a special assembly to kick off their participation in the Fisher
Cats Reading Challenge, presented by Velcro USA Inc.
challenge to the students is simple, yet potentially life-changing.
Students must read at least five books outside of their normal
curriculum in order to earn a special trip to a Fisher Cats Reading
Challenge Game at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium next spring.
For the second straight year, Velcro USA Inc. is providing these
youngsters with a pair of tickets when they accomplish their goal.
commitment to education and life-long learning, Velcro USA applauds the
Fisher Cats’ Reading Challenge and its efforts to fortify reading skills
among children,” said Scott Filion Interim CEO and President, Americas.
“We’re proud to support this program and look forward to strengthening
our connection to the community by bringing families together at
upcoming Fisher Cats games.”
program is simple in its delivery, but it carries a poignant message,”
said Rick Brenner, Fisher Cats President and General Manager. “Students
with strong literacy skills set themselves on a course for a brighter
future. This partnership with Velcro USA Inc. and the schools gives us
a unique opportunity to relay that message in a fun, exciting way.”
Cats’ assembly, one of about 40 that Fungo and the Fisher Cats will make
this school year, highlighted the importance of developing strong
reading skills to these students – both for their immediate goals and
their long-term ambitions. Additionally, the assembly featured
interactive games and healthy living tips like exercising and eating
completing the challenge, the students will receive two tickets to one
of six Reading Challenge games next season. Each game features a
different literary theme, and, new this year, all students who complete
the challenge have the opportunity to be on the field for the National
Anthem before their selected game.
to the individual challenge laid out to students, each school is part of
a team competition. For the fifth straight year, the schools with the
highest student participation will share a $5,000 prize, made possible
by Velcro USA Inc. and the Fisher Cats Foundation. This donation will
raise the total to $25,000 awarded through the reading program since
By the end
of the academic year, the Fisher Cats will distribute approximately
60,000 Reading Challenge bookmarks to students across New Hampshire and
northern Massachusetts, reaching 150 schools. These numbers will raise
the program’s reach to more than 320,000 students since it began in
is available free-of-charge to all schools in New Hampshire and northern
Massachusetts. To book a presentation by Fungo and the Fisher Cats, or
to receive the program information, contact the Fisher Cats Community
Relations team at (603) 641-2005.
Cats Reading Challenge, presented by Velcro USA Inc., is a part of the
Fisher Cats year-round effort to give back to local communities. Since
2007, the Fisher Cats and the Fisher Cats Foundation have generated more
than $3.5 million in monetary and in-kind donations for thousands of
organizations. In that time, the Fisher Cats Foundation has awarded
$230,000 in scholarships to college-bound high school seniors.
Cats open the 2015 season on Thursday, April 9 against the New Britain
Rock Cats (Colorado Rockies) at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. Full
and Half-Season Tickets are on sale now. Season Ticket Holders enjoy a
host of benefits, including monthly all-you-can-eat barbecues, a free
kid’s birthday party, flexible exchange policy, invitation to exclusive
events, and much more. Fans who purchase by February 1 will also
receive double Fisher Cash – up to $100 per seat – to use at concessions
stands or in the Team Store. For tickets, visit
or call (603) 641-2005.
To find out
the ways Velcro Brand can provide solutions for you, and to learn more
about the community efforts of Velcro USA Inc., visit
& Ice With Barnstead Parks And Rec
BPR on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm for this fun,
free event at Big River Recreation Area featuring skating, music, and a
bonfire. Concessions including hot dogs, popcorn, hot chocolate and
more will be available for purchase to benefit BYBSA. BPR has some
skates available to borrow in the shed. Your donation of unused or
unwanted ice skates in any size is most appreciated. We also welcome
the contribution of old pallets, firewood or dry Christmas trees to add
to our bonfire. So that the area will be safe for participants, please
plan to park at the library or Town Hall parking lots. We encourage all
skaters to wear helmets, especially children. We hope to see you there!
Memorial Library News
reminder that Meet the Candidates Night, sponsored by the Oscar Foss
Memorial Library, will be held on Thursday, February 26th at 7pm at the
Barnstead Town Hall. This is your opportunity to ask questions and
gather information from the candidates who are running for school and
town positions. Parking is available at the Town Hall and also at the
Library. There is no snow date scheduled for this event.
“Jack” O’Neil of Bow Mills Road, died January 31st at home following a
He was born
December 25th in Everett, MA., the son of Henry R. and Dorothy (Kelly)
O’Neil and he was raised in Winchester, MA and then resided in Methuen
and Andover Ma. for many years. He moved to Barnstead in 1997. Prior to
his retirement he was employed as a window clerk for the US Postal
Service in Woburn, MA. He was a disabled Vietnam Army veteran. He was a
former Selectman in Barnstead and also served as the Welfare Officer.
He was a
life member of the Disabled American Veterans, The American Legion and
co-founder and Past President of Psychological Operations Veterans
Organization. He was a communicant of St. Katharine-Drexel Catholic
Church and an all-around supporter and friend to all he knew.
survived by his wife Cindy (Perkins) O’Neil and a son, Sean O’Neil both
of Barnstead, a granddaughter, Cadence O’Neil, a sister Jan Downing of
Salisbury, MA, two brothers, Robert O’Neil and wife Karen of
Burlington, MA and Stephen O’Neil and wife Diane of Falmouth, MA,
several nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, February 21st at
11:00 AM in St. Katharine – Drexel Church, Route 28 North, Alton, NH by
the Rev. Robert Cole, Pastor. A collation will follow at the Church. An
Urn Burial will be at the family’s convenience in the NH Veterans
Cemetery, Boscawen. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758518, Topeka, KS 66675
& Pollard Memorial Home, Pittsfield, NH is assisting with arrangements.
Bunker, Jr., 93 passed away peaceably at his home on February 12, 2015.
The son of Roland E Bunker, Sr. and Ruth Evans Bunker, he was born in
Barnstead on February 8, 1922.
from Pittsfield High School, Roland joined the United States Army Air
Force during WWII. Stationed in Italy, he was awarded the Distinguished
Flying Cross for bravery in combat; severely wounded, Bunker worked
feverishly to repair his damaged B-24 and bring the plane and crew home
return home he became well respected in the farm machinery business,
traveling all over New England troubleshooting mechanical issues on
tractors, hay bailers, etc. He also served in the Air Force reserve as
a Senior Master Sergeant at Grenier Field in Manchester and several
other bases along the East Coast.
worked for the US Government as a jet aircraft engine inspector at
Curtis Wright in New Jersey, General Electric in Lynn and later at
General Electric in Hooksett.
He loved to
garden and into his 80’s planted 1-2 acre vegetable gardens. He was
also quite handy as a carpenter. Cutting lumber from his own property
and having it milled, he built his own home in 1947 from scratch where
he lived with his wife, Charlotte, until his passing.
born resident of Barnstead, he was honored as Citizen of the Year in
2012. He loved to march in the annual Memorial Day Parade and never
missed one for 55 years. He served in the Barnstead Planning Board for
many years and was the gate keeper at town elections in his later years
survived by his loving wife, Charlotte Cate Bunker and predeceased by
his brother Robert Bunker and his sister Amelia Bunker Hunt. He is also
survived by his daughter Debra Bunker Holmes and her husband Larry
Holmes of Grafton, NH and William E. Bunker of Barnstead, NH as well as
five granddaughters Heather Halverson of Barnstead, Haley Amelia Bunker
of Nashua, Kristin Ashley of North Carolina, Erin Louise Bunker and
Emalee Ruth Bunker of Barnstead and several great grandchildren.
would like to extend heartfelt thanks to so many of the people who
visited Roland in his final days and especially to the Concord Visiting
Nurses and Hospice team who were so loving and caring through his final
year. Family will have private services in the late Spring. In lieu of
flowers, memorial donations can be made to CVNA or American Legion Post