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Barnstead NH News

July 20, 2016

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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 Samantha Holton, of Center Barnstead, who has been named to the Dean’s Honor List at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for the Spring 2016 semester. The Dean’s Honor List recognizes students who attain a grade point average of 3.50 or better and have no grade below C.


Holton studies Biomedical Engineering.



Congratulations to Arianna Libenson, a Chemistry major, who was named to the Dean’s List in Ithaca College’s School of Humanities and Sciences for the spring 2016 semester.



Jeff Owen


Join us this Sunday, July 24th to hear Pastor Jeff Owen speak at the Center Barnstead Christian Church.  Jeff served as the pastor here for eight years.  He and his wife Carol were married in 1973 and have three adult children. Jeff was a lineman with Public Service of New Hampshire for years before coming to Christ at the age of 26. Carol and Jeff, by God’s grace, were saved the same week in 1978 in a small Baptist church in northern New Hampshire. Jeff sensed the call to the ministry soon after salvation. Jeff will be speaking during our Sunday School time beginning at 9:00 AM and during our Morning Worship time at 10:00 AM.  The Center Barnstead Christian Church is located on Route 126, next to the Town Hall.



Free Pancake Breakfast


Come enjoy a FREE PANCAKE BREAKFAST before going to visit all your favorite farms on Open Farm Day.  Center Barnstead Christian Church will be having a free pancake breakfast on July 23 from 8:00am to 9:30am.  We will have pancakes, sausages, hot coffee and a fun farm craft for the kids.  Come start off Open Farm Day with us at Center Barnstead Christian Church located at 116 S. Barnstead Rd, Center Barnstead, next door to the Town Hall.  Phone (603) 269-8831 or email [email protected] for additional information.



Barnstead Parks And Recreation Summer Concert Series\

Please join Barnstead Parks and Recreation in welcoming the JC Underhill Band to the concert stage on Saturday, July 23.  It’s hard to put a label on this band, but you can expect a fun, energetic, entertaining evening from a group of seasoned musicians.  Consisting of Dave “Cocktoasten” Rather (guitar/vocals), Ray “Alan” Russell (guitar/vocals), Joy “Gail” Maglio (vocals), Brett “Walker” Costa (drummer/vocals), and Walt “Chief Karlin” Archambeault (bass/vocals), they will bring you everything from Classic Rock to Dance sets from bands such as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Ramones, to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.


The Barnstead Community Grange will be offering concessions for sale.  This free show starts at 6:00 at the Barnstead Parade grounds.  Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, and a friend or two.  As always, smoking and alcohol are prohibited on the Parade grounds.  See you at the show!



Victory Workers Taking Part In Barnstead Farm Day On Saturday, July 23, 2016, the Victory Workers 4-H Club will be at Duane Family Farm in Barnstead for the 5th Annual Barnstead Open Farm Day from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be working steer demonstrations and many other animals. There will also be face painting. Come and learn more about the 4-H Club and what it does for the community and how you can become a member or a leader.



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Open Game Day!


Come try out all our new Wii U games on open game day at the library!  The games will begin at 10:00 am on Saturday, July 23rd. The Friends of the Oscar Foss Memorial Library have generously donated 10 brand new Wii U games. Computers and Kindles will be available to play Minecraft and Undertale, but guests are encouraged to bring their own tablets, phones and laptops as well.


The Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Oscar Foss Memorial Library meet at the library on the third Monday of each month at 7pm. Individuals can join the Friends of Oscar Foss Memorial Library at any meeting or by picking up a brochure at the library. The membership fee is $5.00 per person.


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.



Has Anyone Seen Samson?


Has anyone in Barnstead seen the Mtn. Lion? For the past three summers  I have seen him, especially only once or twice. He is a beautiful animal; a light orange with a long tail. His body is as large as a big dog.


A month ago he was in my yard, but he quickly left and went back into the woods. Two weeks ago on a Sunday at 7:00 a.m. I let my cat out. As I closed the door I heard a loud growl. I knew my little cat could not make that noise. I stepped out on my porch and 75 feet away was the MT. Lion growling at my cat! I grabbed my cat and took her inside. Her eyes were as big as bottle caps!


I went outside again in time to see him (I call it a him) walk into the woods with his long tail twitching back & forth. Since then I worry about letting my cat out.


A few days later I was outside when I heard a terrible sound coming from the woods. I couldn’t determine what it was; a big bird  or an animal. Whatever it was,  I knew it was under extreme stress. I’ll never forget that awful sound!


Suddenly, I saw the Mt. Lion chasing an animal through the tall grass into the brush 75 feet from me. There was no more sound, no I knew the Mt. Lion had made his kill.


I called my neighbors, Ken and Anne Carr because the Mt. Lion was headed toward their hen house. Ken went to get the hens in the hen coup. Anne said she had seen the Mt. Lion twice on their property.


Someone suggested I call Fish and Game. I thought they might be interested. What a joke! The first time I called, no one returned my call. I called again. I was willing to bet they wouldn’t believe me. Talk about being disinterested. I wasn’t suprised. “Get a photo,” he said.


For some reason Fish and Game refuse to admit we have a Mt. Lion in NH. Since “he” is on my property, I’ve named him “Samson”! Please call Naomi Avery, 435-6527 if you have seen Samson.



Nighthawk Hollow Seniors

Submitted By Beverly A. Goodrich, Secretary


Members of the Nighthawk Hollow Seniors of Barnstead met at noon on Wednesday, July 6 at the summer cottage of the president, Christine Sanborn, in Barnstead  on Lower Suncook Lake. We enjoyed a picnic lunch and a most enjoyable afternoon of perfect weather. It was decided unanimously to meet there  again for our next meeting on Wednesday, August 3 at 12 noon. Please bring swimsuits. For directions to the President’s cottage, please call 875-2676.








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