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Barnstead NH News

October 26, 2016

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The Barnstead Historical Society will be meeting at Barnstead Town Hall on October 27th.


There will be a Pot Luck Supper at 6 pm and the meeting will follow at 7 pm with a Business meeting and Election of officers.


If you are interested in the history of Barnstead, this is the place to come—we welcome everyone. Let’s keep the history in Barnstead alive!


For information call Jeannie at 269-5441.



Halloween Comes to Prospect

Trick or Treat Night


In need of a sweet treat? Come join the National Honor Society at Prospect Mountain High School on October 27th from 6-7:30pm to collect some delicious Halloween candy.  All Alton and Barnstead kids are welcome to come dressed up in their Halloween costume to trick or treat from our different classrooms! There will be a variety of PMHS clubs that will be selling goodies, playing games, and face painting.  Along with all this fun, there will be a pumpkin carving contest; the winners receive a special Halloween prize! The judging will take place at 7:00 pm, so bring your pumpkin anytime before then. The pumpkins will be judged on creativity and there will be a winner for K-4 and 5-8. The pumpkins will be displayed on tables outside the building so feel free to illuminate your pumpkin with a candle. We hope to see you there for a Halloween filled night of fun!



Haunted Halls are Back


Join Prospect’s National Honor Society and Tri-M on October 28th from 6 pm - 9 pm.  See the normal high school halls and classrooms transformed into a frightening version of American Horror Story. Admission is $3 per person.  Please be advised, there will be strobe lights and clowns. We hope to see you and scare you!



Friends of the Oscar Foss Memorial Library will be collecting clean, gently-used books starting on November 1, 2016 for their Annual Fall BOOK SALE


Friday Nov. 11

1 pm – 5 pm


Saturday Nov. 12

9 am – 2 pm


Sale is by Donation Only


Oscar Foss Memorial Library

111 S. Barnstead Rd.

Center Barnstead, NH

(603) 269-3900



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

American Girl Tea Party & Dolly Spa

Join us at the Oscar Foss Memorial Library on November 5th at 10:00am for an American Girl Tea Party and Dolly Spa! Dress up and bring along your favorite doll for a morning of pampering. You can have your hair and nails done (and your doll’s hair!), make a necklace, and dress up in a tutu and crown. Participants can also have a picture taken on our “stage” with your doll to take home with you! All refreshments will be provided by the library. We will also be raffling off a ballerina doll, with proceeds to go towards children’s programming at the library. Raffle tickets are available to be purchased at the library and the winner will be drawn on 11/15. Tickets are $.50 each or 3 for $1. Registration is required and space is limited. You can sign up on our website, or contact the library at 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 Mondays from 2 to 8 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m., Fridays from 2 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.



Ladies’ Tea


Center Barnstead Christian Church will be hosting a Ladies’ Tea on Saturday, October 29th at 10:30am.  There will be plenty of good desserts, and of course tea.  We will be having a guest speaker, Susan Stevens, and even a fun fashion show.  Ladies (and girls) of all ages are invited to attend this fun event.  The tea will take place at Center Barnstead Christian Church located at 116 S. Barnstead Rd, Center Barnstead.  Any questions, please call the church at 603-269-8831.



Locke Lakers News

On Sunday, October 16th the Locke Lakers had their 3rd Annual Soup,Stew, & Chowda Contest.  There was a tie for the First Prize winners.  Ann Shea won with her Shrimp & Corn Chowda, and Jon Martin won with his French Onion Soup. Other delicious soups were brought by Arlene Gilmore, Seafood Chowda;  and Diane Norton with Bean & Sausage Soup.


Adding to the buffet were appetizers brought by Mary Strong, and Bill and Claire Moody finished our meal by bringing yummy desserts.  After our meal the group played Pokeno and enjoy a terrific Sunday afternoon, laughing and socializing.



Keeping The Cupboard Full In Barnstead


Most kids are usually hungry.  And as parents we do what we can to keep good choices in our cupboards.  However there are times when we are short on money to provide the way we would want for our children. 


We are fortunate to have a community here in Barnstead that helps each other.  That’s good and yet it is hard to ask for assistance.  Did you know help is available that is anonymous and which protects your privacy?


If your kids are at school, pick up a form for the National School Lunch Program.  They are in the public file folders at the entrance to the school.  If you think you are eligible, mail it in.  The food service director is the only person who will review your application.  Your child will have the identical process for getting lunch as other children, regardless of the payment source. 


Our school (BES & PMHS) guidance counselors can also help your children get weekend food through the new “End 68 Hours of Hunger” program.  Please speak with one of them.  They will also protect your privacy and arrange for weekend food.  (BES Meredith Jacques 269-5161 x217 and Sara Newell 269-5161 x311 and PMHS Laurie Maheu 875—3800 x3160) The Electronic Benefit Transfer program or EBT card (food stamps) is simple to request and determine eligibility online - again very private.  Shopping with this card is transparent to all except the cashier.  There are computers at the Barnstead library that parents can use to apply for the card (and the librarians are happy to assist with the process.) Barnstead’s Food Panty is a great resource and is located within the Barnstead Thrift Shop where everyone shops.  The food pantry gives a generous amount of food for a 2 week period and there are helpers to carry the boxes out to your car, so you don’t have to be obvious about the food.  Our Overseer of Public Welfare, Elaine Swinford (235-1895) is also available to help with other kinds of assistance.


There are periodic breakfasts and dinners being offered by churches in town.  For those who would like to donate food, you may donate for the food pantry at the thrift shop next to Bosco Bell.  If you’d like to donate to the End 68 Hours of Hunger program, there is a collection box at the entrance of Dollar General and also one inside the BES entrance.








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