Barnstead Historical Society
Barnstead Historical Society will be meeting on Thursday, September 24,
2015 at the Barnstead Town Hall. There will be a pot luck supper at 6PM
and the business meeting and election of officers at 7PM.
all to our meetings, to enjoy the history of our town. We are greatfulto
accept any pieces of history that would add to our collection.
forward to seeing you on Sept, 24th. For information call: Jeannie at
communities of Barnstead, Pittsfield, Alton and others reached out to
help me and Robin during the benefit dinner on Saturday, August 29th at
The Barnstead Parade Fire Station. The number of friends, family and
members of the local community that came to support us with their love
and generous donations was overwhelming. The amount of money raised has
significantly reduced the burden of my medical bills. I would also like
to thank those who have anonymously left gifts. Not only does our
heartfelt gratitude go out to so many who attended, but also to Jim and
Bonnie Kidder (and their whole family), Don and Karen Walker, Joanne and
Tom Locke for planning this amazing event. Thanks to Dave and Eileen
Murley, Denise and Heddy Adjutant, Carol Tiede, Barb Comtois and family,
Rick and Tammy Duane, Steve Winchester, Jeremy Charette and Karen
Montgomery for the food, cooking, setting up, service and clean up. I
know there were countless others involved that I have not mentioned, but
I am sincerely grateful for your help and kindness. In addition, I would
like to thank Eric and Darcy Varney for having the benefit horseshoe
tournament for me as well, which was very much appreciated.
has been a journey. One that I didn’t choose to take, but one that I
couldn’t have made without the help of so many. Robin’s and my family
members; Roland, Wendy and Josh LaBrecque, Hailey Franklin, Karen, Mark
and Nina Montgomery, Joe LaBrecque and Cindy Morrill, Eline, Bernt, Erik
and Kelsey Ruediger; without your help, love and constant encouragement,
we would have been lost.
friends and neighbors who sent cards and never stopped calling or
stopping in to check on me, I thank you for your continued faith and
like to also thank Brad and Doug from Rustic Crust, Rainer from Spyder
Works and Danny from Hillsgrove machine for never giving up on me for
the months that I was unable to work. Your patience, understanding and
incredible generosity has been beyond belief.
you all again for everything you have given me. I owe a debt that can
never be repaid in a lifetime, but hopefully I will have a long and
healthful one and I will be able to return in kind.
Oscar Foss Memorial Library News
Supplies At Your Local Library!
students and parents make their back-to-school shopping lists and head
out to stores to get ready for the new school year. Doing so can be
costly: a recent survey by the Rubicon Project reports that parents plan
to spend $873 per child on back-to-school shopping this year. But
there’s one item to pick up that’s free and is still a major player for
students in all grades: a library card.
American Library Association’s annual “September is Library Card Sign-up
Month” campaign works to make sure that all students have a library
card, allowing them access to information – online resources, books,
periodicals, music and other media – that can help them with their
studies but would be out of reach for most families to purchase
know that a library card gives students access to information that can
help them with their studies,” said Michael York, New Hampshire state
librarian. “But libraries are even more valuable because they have
librarians who can help students navigate through a myriad of sources
and find the information they need to complete their school
Hampshire, students with a library card have access to the more than 2
million physical items in our state’s libraries’ collections, including
magazines, movies and music, as well as books. If a student’s library
does not own a particular item, it can often be requested from another
library in the state. Libraries also offer electronic databases that add
even more depth to the resources students can use to complete their
Your Freedom to Read During Banned Books Week!
of the right to choose books freely for ourselves, the ALA and Oscar
Foss Memorial Library are sponsoring Banned Books Week, September
27th-October 3rd, an annual celebration of our right to access books
without censorship. This year’s observance commemorates the most basic
freedom in a democratic society, the freedom to read freely, and
encourages us not to take this freedom for granted.
inception in 1982, Banned Books Week has reminded us that while not
every book is intended for every reader, each of us has the right to
decide for ourselves what to read, listen to or view. Oscar Foss
Memorial Library and thousands of libraries and bookstores across the
country will celebrate the freedom to read by participating in special
events, exhibits and read-outs that showcase books that have been banned
or threatened. Stop by the Oscar Foss Memorial Library and “check out”
our display of Banned Books.
the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Association of
American Publishers, the American Booksellers Association, the American
Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, and the National Association
of College Stores sponsor Banned Books Week. The Library of Congress
Center for the Book endorses the observance. American libraries are the
cornerstones of our democracy. Libraries provide free access to a world
of information, bringing opportunity to everyone, everywhere. Now more
than ever, celebrate the freedom to read at your library and read an old
favorite or a new banned book during Banned Books Week!
the library (269-3900) or visit our website (oscarfoss.org) 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.
For Barnstead Seniors
less is more. Barnstead may not have its own senior center, but
Barnstead seniors are served by two senior centers – Alton’s and
Pittsfield’s. We are invited to their Open Houses on Thursday, September
24th, between 10 am and 2 pm.
participate at a Senior Center? The answer varies by the individual –
some of us like the exercise classes which include yoga and Tai chi.
Other folks attend a specific class like photography or a dramatic or
musical program. Many like the craft and quilting groups; others enjoy
the games and social events. This summer a number of Barnstead seniors
enjoyed the lake tours on Squam and Winnipesaukee sponsored by Senior
served daily for a nominal fee and for those who are home-bound, there
are delivered meals. Both centers have extensive information about
elder services and resources, including transportation to appointments
and shopping. Visit one of the Open Houses or both if you can.
The Centers have much in common as well as unique programs and services.
Pittsfield Senior Center is on the ground floor of the Pittsfield
Community Center on Main Street and in addition to Pittsfield and
Barnstead, it also serves Chichester, Epsom and Loudon. The Alton
Senior Center is on Pearson Road, off Old Wolfeboro Road near the center
of town and in addition to Alton and Barnstead, it also serves
Gilmanton. Call Roney Delgadillo, manager in Alton at 875-7102 for more
information. Call Carol Schiferle, Manager in Pittsfield at 435-8482
for information about that program. Both centers are sponsored by the
Community Action ProgramBelknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc.
Nighthawk Hollow Seniors
Beverly A. Goodrich, Secretary
Nighthawk Hollow Seniors met on September 2, 2015 at noon at the
Barnstead Town Hall. We all enjoyed picnic lunches.
discussed senior services at great length, which ws very interesting and
reported that one of our members recently underwent hip surgery and is
Wednesday, October 7, we will bring a picnic lunch and drink, and
pictures of ourselves when we were much younger, and we’ll try to
identify each other.
November Saturday, date to be announced, there will be a Pumpkin and
Pine Fair on North Barnstead Rd. which we are interested in attending.
information, please contact President Christine Sanborn, 875-2676.
Colvin, 61, of Barnstead NH passed peacefully of a brief illness on
August 18th. She was surrounded by her family and her loving companion
of 18 years Peter Bartlett who never left her side during her illness.
Frances Villanova on October 29, 1953 in Pittsfield, MA, she was the
daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Villanova. She was a 1971
graduate of Taconic High School. Gwen was a homemaker all her life
raising six children with her late husband Robert F. Colvin, Sr. She
leaves behind her children, Dale, Jay, Amanda, Lisa, Bert and Becky; her
loving sister Joyce, and two brothers Jan and Eric. She also leaves
behind several cherished grandchildren.
for many years in the Pittsfield, MA Public School Department and
enjoyed the experience of working with children.
Gwen was a
kind, loving woman, that when you met her she held a special place in
hummingbirds and enjoyed watching them at her many feeders around her
home. Gwen absolutely loved baking, she was always making family and
friends smile by giving them her homemade sweets and cookie platters.
What Gwen loved the most was spending time with her youngest daughter
Amanda and her grandson Landon with the many sleepovers and the fun
activities they would plan. Gwen was a very caring, giving, outgoing
woman who always made friends everywhere she went and will be deeply
missed by all who were fortunate to have crossed her path.
relatives are invited to Gwen’s Life Celebration on Saturday, September
19, 2015 at 1pm at the Center Barnstead Christian Church, 116 South
Barnstead Road, Center Barnstead, NH 03225. After the service there will
be a gathering in the recreation hall at the church.