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Barnstead NH News

May 13, 2015

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Mark L. Jannini, Jr. of Center Barnstead received the Bradley R. Evers ‘94 Outstanding First-Year Student Award from St. Lawrence University during its Moving-Up Day event on April 25, 2015. The Bradley R. Evers ‘94 Outstanding First-Year Student Award is granted to first-year students who best exemplify qualities of good citizenship at the University.


Jannini Jr. is a member of the Class of 2018. He graduated from Prospect Mountain High School.



Ecumenical Friendship Night, May 14, 2015


Are you curious about the beliefs and practices of Quakers? Have you read about their courageous stands on social justice, pacifism; their work on the Underground Railroad a hundred years ago or the motivation for Conscientious Objection during wartime?  On May 14th at 6:30, The Women’s Fellowship of the Congregational Church of North Barnstead (CCNBWF) will host another of our Friendship Nights to promote Interfaith understanding and respect. This year we are presenting a program on Quakers.


Ruth Heath, a member of the Concord Friends Quaker Meeting, will introduce us to Quaker Testimonies (what they believe and how they live out their beliefs), their worship and other spiritual practices and the importance of prayer and silence. Song, silent meditation, questions and answers and refreshments will be part of the evening.   Ms Heath has been a Quaker for 35 years and has served in several leadership roles.


Everyone is welcome to this inspiring and educational event! It will be held at the Congregational Church of North Barnstead (CCNB), at 504 North Barnstead Road (near the junction of Peacham and North Barnstead Roads) Center Barnstead.  Refreshments will be served.


CCNBWF supports the efforts of End 68 Hours of Hunger.  At this community event, we encourage attendees to bring along a donation of non-perishable food items that will be incorporated into backpacks send home with Alton children on weekends and over vacation periods.  Suggested items include: soup, pasta, fruit cups, peanut butter, granola bars, tuna, crackers or cereal. We look forward to welcoming you! 



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David Tothill, of Barnstead and Barry Chapin, of Gilford, win Men’s B Doubles Winter League at Gilford Hills Tennis and Fitness Club.


Local High School Student To Attend 71st Session Of Granite Girls State


Mariah Marston, who attends Prospect Mountain High School, has been selected by the Earl B. Clark American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #42, of Barnstead to attend the 71st session of Granite Girls State.


Mariah will meet approximately 100 other students from communities throughout New Hampshire also selected to attend Granite Girls State, which is being held at St. Anselm’s College in Manchester the week of June 28 – July 3, 2015.


The program is based on New Hampshire state government at town, city, county, and state levels.  It emphasizes the impact of government in today’s world.  Each girl has a chance to learn that government is just what she makes it.  She learns the duties, privileges, rights and responsibililities of American citizenship.  During the week, girls are afforded the opportunity to run for various offices and by the end of the week, elect one citizen to serve as Governor.  Two citizens will be chosen to attend Girls Nation in Washington, DC and represent New Hampshire as our Senators. Nationally, the Girls State program is celebrating 77 years in 2015.


Unlike many other costly summer enrichment programs, Granite Girls State offers an affordable educational program.  The only cost associated to the potential candidate is a non-refundable $50.00 application fee.  The young ladies selected to participate in the program are granted full scholarship from the American Legion Auxiliary Unit. This program is recommended by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).



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Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Winslow of Center Barnstead, NH are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Madelyn Swan to Mitchell Ryan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Daryl Collomy of Hiram, ME. The couple became engaged on April 18, 2015. Madelyn has been employed at Parable Bible Bookstore in Concord, NH for the past year and a half, and Mitchell is employed at Limington Lumber in Baldwin, ME. An August wedding is planned, and the couple will reside in Parsonfield, Maine following the wedding.


Photo credit: Holly Rebecca Photography



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News


Contra Dancing in NH: Then and Now

On May 22nd at 7pm there will be a presentation on “Contra Dancing in NH: Then and Now” at the Barnstead Town Hall. Learn about New Hampshire dance history from barn-calling expert, Dudley Laufman. Dudley is a National Heritage Fellow and performs in the ‘Two Fiddles’ duo with his partner, Jacqueline Laufman. This program is sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council and is put on by the Barnstead Historical Society and the Oscar Foss Memorial Library.


Makerspace Workshop: Sewing for Beginners

On May 23rd at 10:00am we will be having our second class in our Makerspace Workshop series, Sewing for Beginners at the Oscar Foss Memorial Library. In this workshop, individuals will learn the basics of using a sewing machine to create a book tote and fabric bookmark. Participants should bring one yard of their favorite cotton fabric and a matching spool of cotton thread. The library is also looking for 4 or 5 sewing machines to be on loan for this event. Please contact us at 269-3901 if you have a machine you would be willing to lend (or bring with you). Thank you! Class space was limited to 10, and we are already full! But a waiting list has been created and if there is enough interest we will run a second workshop. Ages 8 and up are welcome! Please contact the library at 269-3900 to be placed on our list for a future workshop. 


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.   




Nolan Avery


Nolan Avery 93 of Barnstead, died on May 3rd at his son’s home in Nottingham NH surrounded by family.


He was born in Stafford on November 2, 1921, the son of Reuben and Hattie (Scruton) Avery. He attended school in Rochester, NH. He served in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific during WWII.


He was a well known musician and played tuba in the Rochester City Band, Epsom Town Band, Yeaton’s Old Time Band, Sanbornton Band, Exeter Band and many bands in the area for 60 years.


He lived in Pittsfield with his wife Naomi for 35 years, and raised a son and daughter and many foster children. They moved to Barnstead 35 years ago to live in the restored Barnstead Parade Railroad Depot.


He attended the Barnstead Parade Congregational Church, was deputy chief of police in Pittsfield for 9 years, a member of the Corinthian Lodge #82 Masons in Pittsfield, the Barnstead Historical Society, and American Legion Post 42. For 30 years he assisted his wife with the Lighted Heart Club, which provides recreation for blind individuals.


He retired from Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in 1981, where he was a foreman machinist.


He is survived by his wife Naomi, of 72 years, and son, Mitchell Avery, and wife Lea Ann of Nottingham, daughter Sally Bartels and husband Phil of Barrington, foster sister Caroline Hatley and husband Bill of Barnstead. Other survivors include grandson Will Bartels and his wife Jennifer, adopted grandson, Gary Doucette, and wife Robin, 3 granddaughters, Wendy Neudorf and husband Abe, Denise Sapp and husband Dale, Traci Clark and husband Brian Sorrentino, Melanie Williams and husband Joe, Jillian McCarthy and husband Thomas, 22 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren, the youngest being Nolan named after his great great grandfather.


A graveside service will be held at Riverside Cemetery Barnstead at 1:30 on May 15, 2015. Memorial donations may be made to the Lighted Heart Club, C/O Joan Cirnigilaro, 51 Liberty Street, Manchester, NH 03104.








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