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Barnstead NH News

May 18, 2016

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Congratulations to Xyelle Lewis of Center Barnstead who graduated with an Associate degree in Liberal Arts on May 7 from Colby-Sawyer College.



The Friends of the Oscar Foss Library in Barnstead wish to congratulate Mary Clark of Barnstead winner of the $25 gift certificate for Clark’s Grain Store.  Also a hardy thank you to Katie Mountain for the donation of plants to our annual plant sale.



Barnstead, N.H. Native Keeps Navy Wing Flying

By Navy Office of Community Outreach Public Affairs

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A 2010 Prospect Mountain High School graduate and Barnstead, New Hampshire native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville, the largest base in the Southeast Region and third largest in the nation.


Petty Officer 3rd Class Mike Loan is a naval air crewman (electronic warfare operator) serving with Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11.


A naval air crewman is responsible for tracking submarines.


“I operate the radar, cameras, and other systems to identify submarines and surface ships,” said Loan. “Flying has to be the best part of my job, especially flying at low altitudes over water. I like the people I work with and I get to interact with officers and learn more about my job.”


According to Navy officials, Wing 11’s history and reputation remain unparalleled since being commissioned on August 15, 1942. Throughout the decades, Wing 11 has continued to fly combat missions in direct support of the troops on the ground and delivered traditional maritime capabilities, real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.


Beginning in the 1960s, the P-3C Orion, a land-based, long-range anti-submarine warfare patrol aircraft, replaced the P-2V Neptune fleet. After 50 years of faithful service and the 50th anniversary of Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force, the P-3C Orion is being phased out of the fleet, according to Navy officials.


The P-8A is a modified Boeing airframe featuring a fully connected, state-of-the-art, open architecture mission system designed for long-range anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface warfare; and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, Navy officials explained.


“The U.S. Navy sometimes asks the impossible of our people. It is sailors that make the impossible possible,” said Capt. Anthony Corapi, Commodore, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11. “Petty Officer Loan is one example of a selfless servant of our nation. These heroes ask for very little recognition and perform their daily job with pride and professionalism defending freedom and our way of life around the world. Each member of the Navy’s combat team is crucial to our success. I am very proud to have Petty Officer Loan on our team!”


Loan is part of a crew that is transitioning to the P-8A Poseidon and preparing for deployment in the future.


“I am proud to be a part of this command,” said Loan. “Although I recently checked onboard I have felt welcomed by everyone and they have been very helpful.”


According to Navy officials, the Navy continues to meet milestone after milestone on this world-class mission and is providing an aircraft with superior capabilities to the men and women in uniform that will have a lasting legacy promoting a global maritime strategy.


“The Navy has taught me that I am capable of living on my own and taking on more responsibilities in my job,” added Loan.



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Teddy Bear Picnic!


Grab your favorite stuffed friend and a blanket and head to the Oscar Foss Memorial Library on Saturday, May 21st for a “Down on the Farm” themed Teddy Bear Picnic! Festivities will begin at 10:30am on the front lawn (weather permitting) where we will gather for snacks and a story. Then we will move inside for crafts and games. You and your stuffed friend can also have fun posing for pictures in our farm photo booth! This event will be held rain or shine.


After School Story Hour

Join us at the library on Friday, May 27th for a special afternoon Story Hour at 3pm. There will be stories, music, art and snacks. This program will be appropriate for preschoolers and young elementary school children.


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.








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