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Barnstead NH News

December 7, 2016

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On the list of “favorite things,” the Barnstead Parade Congregational Church’s annual Cookie Walk is Saturday, December 10, 2016, 9 a.m. to noon.  Come visit with us and fill a decorated tin with a variety of delicious home-made Christmas cookies.  What an easy way to bring a special treat to your holiday gathering—and, of course, you will need a second tin for home!



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The Barnstead Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts would like to thank all the people who donated to Scouting for Food. We collected over 1000 items for the local Barnstead Food Pantry. Thanks Again!



The Christmas Puzzle


The Center Barnstead Christian Church would like to invite you to our Christmas Musical Program, “The Christmas Puzzle”.   This musical takes place at Grandma’s house, where four cousins are snowed in and all they can find to entertain themselves is an old puzzle.  Each puzzle piece represents a different piece of the Christmas story, and how we’re all part of God’s picture. Refreshments will follow the performance.   


Come and bring the family Sunday, December 11th at 6:00 PM.  The Center Barnstead Christian Church is located on Route 126, next to the Town Hall.  For more information, please call the church at 269-8831.



Eat Out With Friends


We invite you to go out for dinner on Thursday December 8th at Johnson’s Restaurant in New Durham.  If you do, Johnsons will make a donation to the Congregational Church of North Barnstead to fund the steeple repairs.  The more people who come to eat that night, the more money Johnsons can donate.  Ten percent (10%) of the sales that evening will go to the church.


The Congregational Church of North Barnstead was built in 1820. Over the past decade the congregation has been doing project after project – stabilizing beams, new furnace, a well (thanks to neighbors) and septic system, rebuild windows, making the building fully accessible and most recently painting the external walls.  We have one last project to join the 21st Century with style – repair the steeple.


Please come join us, bring family and friends, and enjoy one of our area’s most popular restaurants.  Many thanks to Johnson’s for making this community fundraiser possible.  And please put this date in your calendar – December 8th between 5 and 8 pm.  Come out to eat, Johnsons will cook, and the steeple will look great again. 





To my son, Avery,

Another year has gone by and it’s five years since you passed. Time doesn’t mean much to me because I feel like I’m stuck and I keep replaying that horrible day that you left us. I regret not being in the car with you.


I think about you and everything we did and I miss you so much. You always were kind, funny, and full of love.


You are the best thing that ever happened to me. So when you died, a big part of me died.


Avery, I love you and will forever. I’m so proud that you were my boy and I was your dad. I have some comfort knowing that you knew how much I loved you. Thanks for teaching me what unconditional love was.




Martin Michaud





Avery, you’ve been gone for five years.


For five long years I’ve missed you every day. I still say good morning and good night to you every day.


You always took care of me. If the deck was icy, you’d say “Grammy, hold my hand.” If we heard something in the woods you’d say, “Grammy, stand behind me.” I think it was you that called for help when I had a heart attack and had a triple by-pass in February. I don’t remember even going to the hospital. I think you’re still watching over me from heaven. Thanks honey.


Avery this year your class will be graduating from the 8th grade. I’d like to go and watch your classmates. I’m sure I’ll cry a little, because you should be there and your classmates loved and missed you.


On December 10th we’ll go to the cross and put some flower there. Daddy cleans the snow around it in the winter and cuts the grass in the summer. This Halloween he carved a heart in a big pumpkin for you. Daddy’s lonely without you. We just miss your happy little face.


Much Love,


Pearl Michaud




Eleanor May (LeDuc) Watson

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Center Barnstead- Mrs. Eleanor May (LeDuc) Watson, age 88, of Center Barnstead, died peacefully on November 13, 2016 after a brief illness.


Born in Pittsfield, Eleanor was the daughter of the late John and Gertrude (Weeks) LeDuc.  She was raised and educated in Pittsfield and resided there and in Center Barnstead for most of her life.


Prior to her retirement, she was employed for many years as a bookkeeper and secretary for Pittsfield Box & Lumber.  She was a former member of the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield. Eleanor enjoyed knitting and sewing.


In addition to her parents, Eleanor was predeceased by her siblings.


She is survived by her children: Donna Kuhns of Epsom, Eddie Watson of Barnstead and Ellena Watson of Center Barnstead.  She is also survived by four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.


Relatives and friends attended her Graveside Service on Friday, November 18, 2016 in the Pine Ground Cemetery in Chichester.  


In lieu of flowers, donations in Eleanor’s memory may be sent to the Concord Regional VNA, 30 Pillsbury St. Concord, NH 03301.  Assisting the family with the arrangements is the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home in Epsom.  To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit








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