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Barnstead NH News

September 23, 2015

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Barnstead Historical Society


The 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.


We invite all to our meetings, to enjoy the history of our town. We are greatful to accept any pieces of history that would add to our collection.


We look forward to seeing you on September, 24th. For information call: Jeannie at 269-5441.



Letter To The Editor

Way to go Barnstead!


Give up any idea of Barnstead being a charming New England town. We can look forward to The Dollar Store; a chain corporate store that sells cheap stuff much of which is produced in China. Walk right in to an overwhelming, overstocking abundance of Stuff that lacks quality in form or function. And expect it to break in a short period of time and then throw it away to our ever accumulating mass of plastic garbage that is polluting the earth.


We’ve lost the Barnstead Country Store. We thankfully still have Duane’s Family Farm and Market and Salty Dog Pottery on the main road, Rt 28. Both of these businesses are producing locally grown and handcrafted products along with a charming presentation of beautiful gardens and attractive old buildings. There are other unique places in our town on side roads that offer hand made, homegrown, locally produced items.


Why… I ask why would Barnstead allow a chain like the Dollar Store? What happened to American made? What happened to locally produced?


I am so disappointed in our planning board.


Teresa Taylor

Resident of  Barnstead since 1973



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Learn Photography at the Library!


Want to learn how to compose a photograph?  Interested in getting to know your camera better?  Come to the library! Beginning September 24th, Janet Leavitt will be teaching a series of classes designed to help you become a better photographer. Classes can be taken individually or as a group and suit skill levels from beginner to intermediate. Pre-registration for one or all six classes is required. You can register online at or at the library. A Facebook group page has also been created for class participants to ask questions and share their photographs.  


The Oscar Foss Memorial Library will also be collaborating with the Barnstead Grange on a Beautiful Barnstead Photo Contest, where you can show off your new skills!  Details will be posted as we get closer to the contest date.


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.   



Letter To The Editor

Preserve our New England Town Barnstead 


I agree with Teresa Taylor wholeheartedly – What is happening to Barnstead??  I have lived here  twenty eight years, raised a family, volunteered in my community – and now learn our community is waiting for the Dollar Store to break ground on Route 28???  Why are these stores popping up all over rural New England – within a twenty mile radius of Barnstead there are several Dollar Stores.


These stores sell products made in Taiwan, China and other foreign countries – products made inexpensively and hold little value.  They sell smaller sizes of products we purchase at larger grocery stores and consumers think they are getting a bargain, but the product has less – so where is the bargain? 


I am so disappointed to see this store come to our community- perhaps it will employee a dozen local residents, but a restaurant or independent store would bring character and charm, especially to tourists and locals. 


Products Made in America are coming back and we need to find a way to support them.   Shame on our planning board and other town officials for allowing this type of business to be built on Route 28.


Judey Clemons 



Letter To The Editor


A special meeting is arranged at 7 PM, September 23rd at the Barnstead Town Hall to discuss the pros and cons of the entrance of Dollar General.


The film “The Economics of Happiness” will be shown at the conclusion of the meeting.


Please be there.


Barnstead Concerned Residents








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