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Barnstead NH News

February 3, 2016

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Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Valentines for Veterans


The Oscar Foss Memorial Library is collecting valentines for veterans again this year. Come in any time before Valentine’s Day and make a card (or two!) for us to send as a way to show our appreciation to these brave soldiers. You can also drop off cards for us to send if you prefer to make them at home. Thank you for your support.


2016 Reading Challenge!

Mix up your reading material and participate in this year’s reading challenge. The list includes items like, “A book you were supposed to read in high school but didn’t” and “A book more than 100 years old”, and so much more!  Our 2016 Reading Challenge sheets are available to pick up at the circulation desk. Be sure to grab one next time you visit us or print one off our website at Happy reading!


Library Survey

The library is conducting a survey to find out how we can better serve you in the coming year. To participate in this survey, you can visit our website at or pick up a copy from the circulation desk next time you are visiting the library. We would love to know your thoughts!


Library Closures

Winter has arrived! Unfortunately, so has inclement weather. On stormy days, be sure to check WMUR before braving the elements for a library visit. If weather does not interfere, we will also post a notice on our website and Facebook page in the event that we need to close for the day.


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



Taizé Ash Wednesday Worship Service


The Congregational Church of North Barnstead (CCNB) cordially invites the public to attend a Taizé Ash Wednesday Worship Service, February 10, at 7:00 p.m.


Taizé is an informal, ecumenical prayer service with a focus on reconciliation, peace, and social justice. Comprised of prayers, sacred silence, Scripture readings and songs, its underlying aim is for those gathered to enter together into the mystery of God’s presence. The songs are short, containing words from the Psalms or other Scripture. Sung communally and repetitively, they become a unifying prayer and engender inner stillness. For this service, a special ritual of “Ashes and Light” will lead us into the Lenten season.


Taizé worship began 75 years ago in Taizé, a small village in the Burgundy region of France. It has spread world-wide by people seeking to promote peace and reconciliation where they live and work. Each year, Taizé attracts over 100,000 people.


This peaceful service is in candlelight and lasts 45 minutes. CCNB, a “year round” church built in 1820, is at 504 North Barnstead Road. Please come and join in as we begin the season of Lent. All are welcome!



Frank Edelblut, Candidate For Governor, To Address Belknap County Republicans Wednesday, February 10


The Belknap County Republican Committee has announced that their next monthly meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 10 at 6:30 pm at the Top of the Town Restaurant, 88 Ladd Hill Rd in Belmont, NH.


This month’s meeting will feature Frank Edelblut, candidate for Governor.  Mr. Edelblut has started a number of businesses, has worked as a CPA for one of the largest accounting firms in the world, and served as a Chief Financial Officer.   He currently serves as a State Representative and as Water Commissioner in his hometown of Wilton.


In addition to hearing from Frank, the Committee will discuss the February 6 Presidential Debate that will have taken place at St. Anselm College in Manchester, the results of the February 9 New Hampshire Primary, and speculate on the implications of the primary.


Belknap County GOP meetings are open to ALL Republicans and like-minded Independents. Per their usual meeting format, if you’re interested in having dinner (at your option) and/or wish to socialize before the meeting, plan to arrive as early as 5:00 pm.


The Committee thanks its members for continuing to bring food pantry donations to the meetings, and again reminds them to bring a non-perishable food item to this month’s meeting.


For more information, please check the Committee’s website at or send an email to [email protected].



Barnstead-Alton-Gilmanton Republican Committee


The Barnstead-Alton-Gilmanton Republican Committee (BARC’G) has announced that they will not hold a February meeting since it would be meeting on the same day as the New Hampshire Presidential Primary.


The next meeting of the Committee will be Tuesday, March 8, at 6:30 pm at J.J. Goodwin’s Restaurant (upstairs dining room), 769 Suncook Valley Highway (Rt 28), in Center Barnstead. 


For more information, please send an email to [email protected] or [email protected].



Jim and Irene Derosier of Center Barnstead, NH recently spent the Christmas holidays with their son, Jonathan and his family, in Seoul, Korea. Here they are visiting a palace with their granddaughter, Gabby.




Larry R. Smith


Larry R. Smith, 67, of Garland Road, Barnstead, died January 27th at the Concord Hospice House following a long illness.


He was born in Concord, the son of Irving B. and Alice M. (Colbath) Smith. He worked for and retired from the NH Liquor Commission. He was an animal breeder, breeding miniature horses. He and his late wife, Judith, who died in 2014 owned and operated the Tiz A Miniature Horse Farm in Loudon, moving the farm to Barnstead in 2006.


He is survived by two daughters, Wendy Cray of Loudon and Wanda Mullen and husband Gary of Barnstead; three stepdaughters, Nancy Smith, Wanda Follansbee, and Donna Farrell and husband William all of Loudon; 11 Grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren.


A Memorial Reception will be held Saturday, February 6th from 11:00AM – 2:00 PM at the Pittsfield Community Center. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory maybe made to the Belknap County 4H Club C/O Glen Mc Laughlin, Route 107 Barnstead, NH 03218.


The Waters Funeral Home, director David Pollard, is assisting with arrangements.








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