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Barnstead NH News

July 27, 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 Emily Barrett of Center Barnstead, NH, who was graduated from SUNY Oneonta on May 14, 2016, with a BS in Family & Consumer Sciences Ed.



The STRAFFORD WOMEN’S CLUB will hold an Ice Cream Social & Pick-a-Prize Raffle on Wednesday  August 3rd, 4-8 pm at the Bow Lake Grange Hall, 569 Province Road, Strafford. Make your own ice cream sundae with your choice of toppings.  Small sundaes are $2.50; large $3.50, brownies $.50. Pick-a-Prize Raffle drawn at 7:30 PM; Raffle Tickets $1.00.



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Library Mini Golf!


Dust off your putter and practice your swing, it’s Library Mini Golf! Join us after hours at the Oscar Foss Memorial Library on July 30th starting at 12pm for a golfing extravaganza!  We will be transforming the rooms of the library into our very own course complete with challenging obstacles designed by our very own Teen Advocacy Group! This program is suitable for all ages, so bring the whole family for some free weekend fun!


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.



Barnstead Parks And Recreation Summer Concert Series

On Saturday, July 30 please join Barnstead Parks and Recreation in welcoming Just Passing Thru to the summer concert stage.  The evening promises to bring a blend of older country songs, roots rock and original songs penned by Mark Huzar and lyricist Ann Barden.  Lead by vocalist and guitarist Mark Huzar, the band also features Mark’s longtime collaborator and friend, John Michaud, on drums, Jimmy Howe on bass, and Rod Babka on fiddle.


Mark is a regular in the series, having already given a dynamite solo performance in June.  His other band, Tore Down House, which he leads as its singer and guitarist, will be appearing in August.  He also plays the bass guitar with the Yeah Guys.  A multi-faceted musician, Mark writes and sings, and plays guitar, bass guitar, drums and keyboards.  He has been performing for decades.  As to his musical style, Mark has this to say, “I’ve been influenced by music from all over this world.  I really don’t subscribe to putting a label on music, I think that limits the possibilities of what a musician can express… In other words, play what you feel.”  In addition to his extensive musical pursuits, Mark is a skilled luthier who in his free time enjoys riding his motorcycles, creating culinary delights, snowboarding and adventuring.


The show starts at 6:00 pm.  The Barnstead Historical Society will be on hand offering concessions.  Remember to bring a lawn chair or blanket and a friend or three.  As always, smoking and alcohol are prohibited on the Parade Grounds.  Come enjoy this free event and show your support for local music!




Emelyn Ayer Krause

Emelyn Ayer “Skip” Krause, 96, a resident of Barnstead for over 70 years, died June 15th in Concord Hospital.


She was born Emelyn Florence Ayer on June 9, 1920 in Keene, NH the daughter of Andrew J. and Mary Roundy Ayer. Skip graduated from Keene High School in 1937 and Syracuse University where she received her degree in Home Economics in 1941. While at Syracuse she was a member of the Delta Gamma Fraternity and was elected to Phi Kappa Phi.


It was also at Syracuse that she met her future husband, George Russell Krause, whom she married in 1945 after his return home from WWII. During the war Skip taught at the Sherburne Central School in Sherburne, NY.


Returning to New Hampshire in 1946, she began teaching at Pittsfield High School and was the Home Economics teacher for 22 years with a long hiatus in the 1950’s to start a family and help manage the farm. She retired from teaching in 1977 and will always be remembered by the hundreds of young women whom she mentored and helped in so many ways.


Skip was a past president of the Barnstead PTA and active on many school visiting committees during her career. She was a member of the Pittsfield Women of Rotary, NH Retired Home Economists, and the Merrimack Valley Retired Teachers Association.


Always interested in sewing and crafts Skip was also a member of the Barnstead Comet Club for many years.


She leaves two sons, George R. Krause II and his wife Roxann and Jonathan A. Krause and his wife Kathy; five grandchildren, Tiffany, Danielle, Kevin, Jessica and Joelle; and two great grandsons, Kai and Jacob.


She was predeceased by her husband, Russ, her brother Gordon and sister Helen as well as two half sisters, Dorothy and Margaret.


While God did not bless her with a daughter, Skip felt a mother’s love for every young woman she taught during her many years at Pittsfield High School.


A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, August 13th at 10 AM in the Riverview Cemetery, Barnstead. The Rev David Stasiak, Pastor of the First Congregational of Pittsfield will officiate.


The Waters Funeral Home, David Pollard, Director, assisted with arrangements.



David F. Carter


Center Barnstead – Mr. David F. Carter, 83, of White Oak Road, died suddenly Thursday, July 14, 2016 at the Concord Hospital.


Born in Grasmere on November 12, 1932, David was the son of the late Bernard and Ellen (Barr) Carter.


He had worked as a computer technician for the NH Department of Transportation, retiring after 41 years.


He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Beulah (Sargent) Carter; children and their spouses Susan & Phil Bassett, Willie & Brenda Carter, Robert &Bonnie Carter, Jayne & Bob Crevier, Reg & Carol Carter, David & Kathy Carter, Deane & Melissa Carter, Kathleen Carter, Glenda & John Cusano, Daniel Carter, Dawn Carter Little, C. Lucas Carter and Chad Austin, a foster son.  He also leaves 26 grandchildren and 43 great grandchildren; a sister, Eleanor Watts; and nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by sister Carolyn Gamlin and brother Richard Carter.


Services will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be made to Barnstead Parade Congregational Church, Barnstead Parade, Center Barnstead NH, 03218 or  McGreal Association for the Blind, 25 Walker Street, Concord, NH 03301.


Tom Petit of the Still Oaks Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements and offers an on-line guestbook at








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