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August 17, 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 earned a Bachelors in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in May, 2016.



Moulton Farm

Dinner To Benefit Belknap House!

Friday, September 9

5:30 pm Farm Tour

6:00 pm Dinner


First a wagon ride tour of the farm followed by a delicious meal prepared from just-picked farm produce and locally sourced meats and seafood! Ticket price is $50.00 per person. Join us by emailing [email protected] or calling 978-973-8693 for reservations. Moulton Farm is very generously donating half of each ticket to Belknap House. Help us fill the tables.



September Indian Summer Concert

Submitted By Chris Bonoli

I’m pleased to announce that the “September Indian Summer Concert” is planned at the Barnstead Town Hall for Saturday night, September 24th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  The featured musicians will be a wonderful family group, the Smith Brothers, who are generously donating the music for the evening.


Don Smith will open the evening on acoustic guitar playing solo, his most loved songs from the 60’s, 70’s on up, with a special appearance by his youngest son Donnie. Norman and Dave Smith will join him on keyboards and drums for the last hour.


Although desserts will be available the entire time, along with some chili and soup for those who need to avoid sweets, a half hour dessert session is planned from 7:45 to 8:15 p.m., allowing plenty of time to socialize and stretch before the second half of the show.


Tickets are $8 and may be reserved in advance by calling me, Chris Bonoli, and leaving a message at 603-340-1468 or emailing [email protected]. I will confirm your phone call or email and the number of tickets you plan to reserve.


Food donations and volunteers are welcomed.  Please call Chris at 603-340-1468 if you would like to donate food or volunteer.  All proceeds support the Congregational Church of North Barnstead’s summer camp program sending children to Horton Center in Gorham, NH.



Free Pancake Breakfast

Come enjoy a FREE PANCAKE BREAKFAST and lawn games.


Center Barnstead Christian Church will be having a free pancake breakfast Saturday, August 20th from 8:00am to 9:30am.  There will be yummy pancakes, delicious sausages, hot coffee and juice.  We will be setting up outside and have fun lawn games for all ages (weather permitting), all located at Center Barnstead Christian Church at 116 S. Barnstead Rd., Center Barnstead, next door to the Town Hall.  Phone (603) 269-8831 or email [email protected] for additional information.



Letter To The Editor


To the Editor,

I’m writing to express my support for Glen Waring for Belknap County Commissioner.  As the County Treasurer, I had the opportunity to work directly with Glen when he was the county’s Finance Director.  I found him to be very knowledgeable, professional, and effective in the position and easy to collaborate with.  Glen kept an open mind with regard to my suggestions and I was able to rely on him to get me accurate answers when I had questions. He was a valuable resource to me and was sorry to see him leave the county’s employment.


Glen’s experience managing the Finance Department for the County has taught him what the County Commissioner position can do to help the organization provide services better, to continue to reduce public tax expenditures, and to keep the public informed.  He has the knowledge, education, & experience to lead the County.


It would be refreshing to return to a time when politics does not interfere with the provision of necessary and often emergency public services.  Glen knows how to get the job done without promoting a personal political agenda through the office of the Commissioners.  He knows how to work through all the “red tape” and where it can be reduced.  He understands the benefits of collaborating with Town and City Officials to reduce the overall tax burden on the public. 


In summary, Glen understands the operation of our county government, he understands the financial impacts, he understands local taxation systems, and he’s motivated to bring about positive change.  If you live in Belknap County District #2 (Barnstead, Belmont, Gilmanton & Tilton), I hope you will vote GLEN WARING for Belknap County Commissioner on September 13th.


Michael G. Muzzey

Belknap County Treasurer




Letter To The Editor


Dear Editor,

The 5th Annual Barnstead Open Farm Day was a great success. We added three new farms to the event, and to our local community.


The Barnstead Farmers and Gardeners Network would like to thank our visitors for making this day so successful for our local farmers. Without your support, this event could not go on. Thank you.


Thank you to all of the participating farms. We appreciate the work it takes to get ready for this event, while you are juggling numerous other important responsibilities. You make this event the unique day that it has always been.


Thank you to our faithful sponsors; KDL Mold Solutions, The White Buffalo Trading Post, Valley Dam Feed, The Local Butcher, Good Stuff Farm, Barnstead Community Grange and our newest sponsors, The Garden Bar and Coop-Da-Hill Farm. Our farmers and the greater community are so fortunate to have you.


Open Farm Day is an annual Barnstead event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of July. Admission is always free. Mark your calendars and we will see you next year. Check us out on Facebook



Submitted by

Don Walker


The Barnstead Farmers and Gardeners Network



Barnstead Parks and Recreation  Summer concert Series

On Saturday, August 20 please join Barnstead Parks and Recreation in welcoming Tore Down House to the concert stage. This is the band’s third year appearing in the summer series.  Lead by vocalist and guitarist Mark Huzar, the band also features Mark’s longtime collaborator and friend, John Michaud, on drums, and Jimmy Howe on bass.  Based out of Manchester, this trio has been performing live for years.  In addition to Mark’s original songs, you will hear many rock and blues favorites, as well as some you rarely hear other bands perform.  Their play list is extensive, so you are sure to hear one of your favorites in the mix.


Over the years Mark has become a friend to Barnstead, and is always a favorite in the series.  He brought a dynamite solo performance in June, and his band Just Passing Thru made its debut appearance in Barnstead in July.  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 Friends of the Oscar Foss Memorial Library 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!



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

SRP Block Party!


Come celebrate a summer of reading at the Oscar Foss Memorial Library! Our Summer Reading Program Finale will be held on August 20th at 10am.  Musical group the ABTs will be performing, and there will be games, raffle prizes, awards and snacks. Congratulations on completing another summer of reading!


Late Night at the Library!

Teens! Join us for a special Summer Reading Program Finale event…Late Night at the Library!


On Friday, August 19th from 8pm-11pm, teens will take over the library. There will be movies, games, awards, and prizes. Refreshments will also be provided.


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.



Members of the Chocorua Lodge #51 present a donation to support the efforts of the Belknap House, a cold weather shelter for homeless Belknap County families with children, opening in October.  Standing left to right: Don House- Belknap House Vice-President, Earl Tatham- Past Noble Grand of the Chocorua Lodge, George B. Roberts, Jr.- Noble Grand of the Chocorua Lodge, Colleen Garrity- Belknap House President, Chris Zachowski- Secretary of the Chocorua Lodge, Alfred Columb- Belknap House Treasurer, Pat Tierney- Warden of the Chocorua Lodge, and Arthur Perron- Vice Grand of the Chocorua Lodge and Chairman of the charitable donations committee.The Chocorua Lodge #51 is a non-profit, social and charitable organization of men and women who are part of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. They are organized for the purpose of giving aid to those in need and pursuing projects for all mankind. The local chapter has been generous supporter of the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, the Laconia Little League instructional baseball team, and the Carey House, amongst many other charitable efforts in the county. For more information, please visit our website:



Letter To The Editor


The Belknap County Board of Commissioners has accomplished much during the last nineteen months. In 2015, we inherited a proposed budget from the previous Board that would have raised county taxes by 10%. We cut the increase to 1.3%. Throughout fiscal 2015, we continued to look for savings and ended the year with a $695,000 surplus.  For 2016, we proposed a zero percent increase (no tax increase). We continue to work hard for the taxpayer to find additional savings for 2016.


The long overdue Community Corrections Center is currently being built and will be ready for operation in the fall of 2017. It will include programs, specially designed for our county, to combat substance abuse and to curb recidivism. The previous Board of Commissioners promoted a costly 42-million-dollar solution.  We chose to pursue the of repairing of the existing jail and adding a community corrections wing, not to exceed 8 million dollars.


I ask you to support Glen Waring for County Commissioner September 13th for the towns of Barnstead, Belmont, Gilmanton and Tilton.


Glen Waring is a highly accomplished financial officer with experience in the public and private sectors. Mr. Waring was CFO of a large auto agency and then served as Financial Director of Belknap County.  He is now the Business Administrator for Mascenic Regional School District. The experience and expertise in planning and management of budgets that Mr. Waring has acquired in these positions would make him invaluable as a member of the Belknap County Board of Commissioners.


With Glen Waring joining the Belknap County Board of Commissioners, I am confident we can keep our county taxes among the very lowest in the state, while at the same time providing constructive leadership for a transparent and responsive county government.


David DeVoy

Chairman, Belknap County Board of Commissioners




Letter To The Editor


To the Editor

My name is Elaine Swinford and I am running for Belknap District 7, Barnstead State Representative. 


I have three areas that I will focus on: one is Constitutional Carry.  No law abiding citizen should have to go and ask anyone, i.e. Police chief, selectman, or city councilor for a permit to carry a firearm.  That should be your choice as an American.


Second on my focus is education reform.  As a state we need to disband the State Board of Education, return to teaching what is important to New Hampshire, return to shop classes, home economics, business courses, and writing.  No more calculators in the lower grades.  Basic math, writing, not printing, and reading.  Teachers have to go back to teaching.  We have wonderful teachers who are not able to teach because of Common Core Finally, we need to support our homeschoolers with help with supplies and books.


Third on my focus list is Welfare reform.  The President removed the work provision from the law.  I would like to see it put back in.  You would work either as a volunteer or in a part-time job up to 12 hrs a week to collect welfare.  Also, I believe that drug testing is very important. If you are employed you have to be drug tested, so it seems if you are going to take the money that a hard working person pays into the system, you should be held to the same standard and also be tested.


And finally, all benefit cards should have a picture on the card of the person who is receiving the benefits.  This could also be used as an ID for voting.


I ask for your vote on September 13th

Thank you.

Elaine Swinford

Candidate, District 7









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