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August 24, 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.



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.



The Gathering on the Green will take place on the Barnstead Parade Church Grounds Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 9 am to 3pm.


Crafters, vendors, food and yard sales. Lil Miss Witt and her Steam Engine Friends.  Exhibits by 4-H, face painting. Oscar Foss Library and Friends, Cub/Boy Scouts, Barnstead Conservation Council, Barnstead Historical Society, American Legion and Auxiliary. Presentation of the Barnstead Citizen of the Year.


This country fair is sponsored by The Barnstead Parade Congregational Church. Contact Robin at (603)717-8167 or email [email protected] for further information.


Join us in celebrating community spirit while supporting local missions. “See You at the Gathering!”



The Barnstead Historical Society will be meeting on Thursday, August 25th at the Barnstead Town Hall, at 6pm for a “Potluck Supper.” Please bring something to share and your place setting. The meeting will begin at 7pm for business and prepare for the “Gathering on the Green.” Come and join us on Thursday evening and we hope that you will stop by  and visit our booth an Saturday, August 27th at the Gathering on the Green, from 9am-3pm on the Barnstead Parade Grounds. We will be taking orders on the book, “The Last Stories” by G. Malcolm Locke.


For more information call Jeannie: 269-5441.



Barnstead Parks And Recreation Summer Concert Series

Please join Barnstead Parks and Recreation in welcoming the return of High Range to the summer concert stage this Saturday, August 27.  An energetic roots/folk/bluegrass group with a long list of rave reviews from national publications, they highlight original music with a mix of cover songs on guitar, upright bass, mandolin, fiddle, banjo and drums.  One reviewer is quoted as saying, “High Range has forged a tight, compelling ensemble sound that is highly musical and thoroughly entertaining.”


Bring your lawn chair or blanket, and come check out their unique sound for yourself.  This free show starts at 6:00 pm at the Barnstead Parade Grounds, and is the final show in this year’s series.  As always, smoking and alcohol are prohibited on the grounds.  See you at the show!



Barnstead Elementary Back To School Night


The Barnstead Elementary School will be having their back to school night on Tuesday, August 30th, from 5pm to 7pm! Bring your kids by to meet your awesome teachers and staff. Don’t forget to stop in and say hi to your new board members of the PTO.


The PTO will be offering items for purchase as well as a raffle for a $50 Walmart Gift Card! Please consider signing up to be a member of the PTO! With every new membership you receive a FREE raffle ticket! The PTO will have several exciting programs on schedule for this year and needs your help!


Please contact PTO president Vicki Currier at [email protected] for questions or to sign up!



Belknap House Receives Grant From NH Charitable Foundation


Belknap House recently received a $35,000 grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation for the installation of a fire sprinkler system. During the cold weather months of October 15 to May 15, the shelter will provide temporary living quarters for homeless Belknap County families with children.  Families will be helped to find housing and to increase self-reliance.  The shelter must have a code-approved sprinkler system in place before opening.


In accepting the grant, Belknap House Board President Colleen Garrity remarked, “This is such a generous donation from a group who understands the needs of children and the concerns of homeless families during cold weather months. I speak for the Belknap House Board of Directors in saying how grateful we are for the support of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. We cannot do this alone.  We need the community support of individuals, businesses, and civic organizations. The grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Lois G. Roy Dickerman Fund will be truly instrumental in moving us forward.”


Belknap House is a non-profit organization founded in 2014 to provide families in Belknap County with safe shelter during cold weather months.  It is at this time that homeless children are particularly at risk.  The shelter will link families with the resources and educational opportunities needed to become self-sufficient.  Belknap House plans to open in October 2016 through the generosity of residents and local businesses as well as charitable, community and religious organizations.  Further information may be obtained by contacting [email protected]  or visit The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation was created in 1962 by and for the people of New Hampshire, and is dedicated to strengthening communities across the Granite State. The Foundation manages a growing collection of 1,700 philanthropic funds created by generous families, individuals and businesses, and awards more than $30 million in grants and scholarships every year. The Foundation invests charitable assets for today and tomorrow; works with generous and visionary citizens to maximize the power of their giving; supports critical work happening in New Hampshire communities and leads and collaborates on high-impact initiatives. For more information, please visit or call 603-225-6641.



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Yoga at the Library!


Mary Ellen Shannon, RYT will be continuing to offer two yoga classes at the library every Tuesday afternoon, Simply Yoga at 4:15pm for beginners and an All Levels Class at 5:30pm. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat (some will be available to purchase for $12).  If you have blocks and straps, please bring those also. In celebration of International Yoga Day, the first class will be free, with subsequent classes being by donation.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend, regardless of ability to donate. Mary Ellen has been a resident of Barnstead for 18 years and a yoga practitioner for even longer.  She is excited for the opportunity to share the benefits of yoga with our community! If you have further questions, please contact Mary Ellen at 269-5030.


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.



Halfmoon Lake Association Celebrating 50th Anniversary


On Saturday, August 27th, The Halfmoon Lake Association will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary and is inviting all lakefront members to attend.


The celebration will be held at Camp Mi-Te-Na, 65 YMCA Road, in Alton, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. It promises to be a day filled with fun activities including a kickball competition, a balloon & egg toss, three-legged and sack races, Climbing Wall, four-way tug-of-war and much more! There will be something for everyone to enjoy, including music from our lake resident DJ, Dave Williams.


The YMCA Camp Staff has graciously offered to provide a barbeque that will include hamburgers, hotdogs, vegie burgers, salad, fruit, cake and beverages. In addition, we are asking each family to bring a side dish to share. Please be sure to join us. You may send your RSVP to Clare Bolster with the number of adults and children attending: [email protected] or 603-776-1622.



Free Pancake Breakfast


Come enjoy a FREE PANCAKE BREAKFAST and take home some school supplies.  Center Barnstead Christian Church will be having a free pancake breakfast Saturday Aug 27th from 8:00am to 9:30am.  There will be yummy pancakes, delicious sausages, hot coffee and juice.


We will also have some school supplies that were lovingly donated for the children to take home.  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.



Nighthawk Hollow Seniors

Submitted By Beverly A. Goodrich, Secretary


On August 3, members and four guests of the club met at the cottage of our president, Christine Sanborn on Lower Suncook Lake and enjoyed picnic lunches. The weather was perfect and we enjoyed watching a pontoon boat with “Milfoil Control” emblazoned on its side, the and the divers hard at work removing milfoil.


Christine invited us to meet there once again for our September 7 meeting at 12 noon. We are so grateful for her hospitality!


Dues are only $4.00 a year. For directions to the meeting place, please call 875-2676.



Creation VS Evolution


What lived with the dinosaurs? How old are the dinosaurs? What really killed them?  Friday night, September 9th at 7:00 PM Paul Veit, founder and director of Declare God’s Wonder and The Dinosaur Encounter, will be sharing about fossil evidence for Creation and the Flood with a focus on dinosaurs.


This will be the first of three meetings Mr. Veit will be speaking at.  A second meeting will be on Saturday, September 10th at 7:00 PM, and then he will conclude on Sunday, September 11th at 9:00 AM with a Kids Dino Fest.  This will also be our Rally Day – Kick off to a new Sunday School Year.  There will be a bunch of dinosaur themed carnival games. Our time together will end with a cookout lunch.


Mark your calendars!! You won’t want to miss this DINO-mite weekend September 9-11th.  This will be a fun and exciting time for the whole family!  All events will take place at the church.  The Center Barnstead Christian Church is located on Route 126, next to the Town Hall.  For more information, please contact the church at 269-8831.








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