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July 13, 2016

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The Pittsfield High School Class Of 1966 50th Class Reunion  will be held in the Pittsfield Congregational Church vestry on July 23rd from 3-6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. If you can attend call Pete Riel at 603-269-8861.





Barnstead Old Home Day is looking for food vendors on September 17th.  Email contact [email protected]  or you can send a SASE and mail it to the town hall for an application.



Congratulations to Anthony Stohlberg who received Dean’s List honors for spring 2016, completing 12 or more credit hours in the semester and earning a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.



The “Gathering on the Green” will be held Saturday, August 27, 2016, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the Barnstead Parade Church grounds.  Join us for a celebration of community spirit!


Spaces are still available for crafters, yard salers or exhibitors.  If you are interested, please call Robin at 603-717-8167 and leave a message or email [email protected].


The Gathering is sponsored by the Barnstead Congregational Church Missions.  Proceeds go to local needs in the community.  Hope to see you at the Gathering!



Barnstead 2016 Citizen Of The Year.


This year the Gathering on the Green will be awarding ‘Citizen of the Year’ to one of Barnstead’s deserving residents.


Everyone knows of a dedicated and hard working person who has helped to make Barnstead a better place to live over the years so take time to nominate him or her. We are asking for nominations from community members.


If you know of a Barnstead resident that is deserving of this honor, please mail your nomination to: Barnstead 2016 Citizen of the Year, c/o Nancy Carr, 26 Hartshorn Road, Barnstead, NH 03218, or email to: [email protected] and put Barnstead 2016 Citizen in the subject line.


All nominations must be received by August 12 to be considered and the presentation will be made on August 27.



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Family Movie Matinee!


The Oscar Foss Memorial Library invites families to our matinee showing of Zootopia on our big screen! Join us on Friday, July 15th at 3pm for a free family activity at the ‘coolest’ place in town! We will provide snacks and beverages; pajamas and stuffed animals are always welcome.


Trash to Treasure

It’s that time of year! Yard sales and bargains are everywhere!  Ever wonder what to do with some of those really great deals? Come to the Library on July 21st at 7pm for a workshop on upcycling your yard sale finds! Danielle will discuss how to change different yard sale items into home decor. Some ideas will be tin can patio luminaries, cake plates from mismatched china and candlesticks, miscellaneous pots into a beautiful collection of planters and more! The day of the workshop there will be a project available for creating apothecary jars from mason jars. You are also invited to bring your own yard sale finds (or a picture of them) for ideas and feedback on how to turn it into something beautiful for your home! Cost for this workshop is $5.00, payable the day of the event. Space is limited, so registration is required. Please register online at, or by calling 603-269-3900.


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.



Barnstead Parks And Recreation Summer Concert Series

Please join Barnstead Parks and Recreation in welcoming the Rockin’ Daddios to the summer concert stage on Saturday, July 16.  This fun, four man acappella group performs some of the best-loved songs from the 40s, 50s and 60s in a doo-wop style.  The Rockin’ Daddios will share stories about the groups that performed the songs, as well as period trivia, commercial jingles, and TV theme songs.  The music of this bygone era has the power to conjure up many special memories and bring the listener back to a more innocent time.  You’ll hear songs like “Book of Love”, “Blue Moon”, “Teenager in Love” and “Little Star” to name a few. The songs are family friendly and guaranteed to warm your heart and bring a smile to your face.


Inspired from vastly popular “Men’s Medley” originally featured in Irene Descehenes’ “Moments to Remember I and II” 50’s reviews, the Rockin’ Daddios consist of Lakes Region residents Jim Rogato, Bo Guyer and Angelo Gentile, who have been performing together in various shows and reviews for well over 10 years. Collectively, their community theater experience spans six decades! And now featuring the vocals and guitar magic of Drew Seneca. So sit back, relax and enjoy the Rockin’ Daddios. Their music will make you smile.


This free show starts at 6:00 pm at the Barnstead Parade Grounds.  The Barnstead Congregational Church will be on hand offering concessions.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket, and a friend or two.  As always, smoking and alcohol are prohibited on the grounds.  See you at the show!



Barnstead Farmers And Gardeners Network 5th Annual Barnstead Open Farm Day


The Barnstead Farmers and Gardeners Network (BFGN) is pleased to announce we are sponsoring the 5th Annual Barnstead Open Farm Day.


This self-guided tour of 8 local farms is a great family-friendly event. Participating farms are open on Saturday, July 23rd, from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is free to the general public. Come and spend a day with us, and see the wonderful farms that make up our local agricultural community.


There will be vegetables, meats and other items for purchase, so plan to bring a cooler just in case.


Free maps are available to the public at the farms or at most local stores. Come and visit the farms you want, in the order you want, and stay for as long as the farms are open. It’s all up to you! And bring the kids!!!!


Maps will also be available on the BFGN Facebook page. See you there!



Beginning Farming Presentation


Kelly McAdam, Field Specialist, Food & Agriculture Division of UNH Cooperative Extension, will be leading a presentation on “Beginning Farming” at the Oscar Foss Memorial Library in Barnstead on Monday, July 18th at 7 p.m.


Some of the topics she will cover will be: “hobby vs. commercial,” “working with the resources you have,” “equipment and facilities,” and “risk management,” among others.  There will be a potluck at 6:30, so come early, bring a dish to share and meet your neighbors.


This free public event is sponsored by your local Barnstead Community Grange.  They will also have a short presentation about what this group does, the benefits of being a member, friend, or business sponsor of the Grange.  Come out for a fun, friendly, informational night about “Beginning Farming” and creating an agricultural heart in our beautiful community.




Ilse Madeline (Frey) Kelley


Ilse Madeline (Frey) Kelley passed away peacefully Sunday, July 3, 2016, after a period of failing health.


Ilse was born December 7, 1929 in New York City,  New York,  the daughter of the late Leonard and Josephine (Dopfer) Frey. She lived in the Bronx N.Y. until the age of 16, when she moved to Barnstead N.H. She lived there for over 65 years, residing for the last 3 years at Epsom Manor.


Ilse was employed for many years by the Pittsfield shoe factory before becoming a full time homemaker.


Ilse was highly skilled in the domestic arts and enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, music, and reading.  She was also a great baker and excellent cook.Her favorite things were any that involved her family who were always first and foremost in her life.


Ilse was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Edward Kelley in 2003; a brother, Eric Frey in 2014; and a son, David Kelley in 2010. She is survived by her children; her son Richard Kelley and his companion Becki Kerr; her daughter Kathy Kelley; her daughter Linda Watson and her husband Doug;and her daughter Rosemary Robinson, all of Barnstead N.H.; and her son Michael Kelley and his wife Erica of Pittsfield N.H.; 24 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.


There are no calling hours. A graveside service for a life well-lived will be held July 16, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Riverview Cemetery in Barnstead N.H.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the N.H. Association for the Blind, 25 Walker St. Concord N.H. 03301. The Waters Funeral Home, David Pollard, Director assisted with arrangements.








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