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August 31, 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.



Barnstead Old Home Day is looking for yard sale vendors for September 17th.  Please contact BJ Loan at 520-1141, if interested.



The Lakes Region Wavemakers Continue To Splash

Several members of the Lakes Region Wavemakers enjoyed a season-ending banquet along the shores of Lake Opechee.


There were many heat winners for the Lakes Region Wavemakers at the Summer GSSA Swim Meet held in Manchester, including (left to right) Chloe Wineriter, Lauren Sikoski, Charlotte Philippy, and Grace Shoemaker.


Three whistles blow, then a long whistle. “Take your mark”, bellows the Starter. A flash of light, a horn blow followed by splashes as the swimmers enter the pool. Just like the start of a swim meet the new season for the Lakes Region Wavemakers is about to begin.


The Lakes Region Wavemakers (LRW) Youth Swim Team will be embarking on their 36th season as a competitive swim team in NH.  Last fall, the team faced a huge obstacle when their home pool at the Laconia Athletic and Swim Club shut down on Thanksgiving Day.  That did not stop the team.  The parent board rallied for an emergency meeting and by the end of the Holiday weekend, two pool locations were secured; one at the Gunstock Inn in Gilford, and the second at the Health Club of Concord.  Two pools allowed the team to continue offering 5 practices a week.  Despite the obstacle, the team had a successful fall season and continued through the summer season with 5 team records being broken and a 4th place win at the GSSA Championship Meet in July. 


The Lakes Region Wavemakers is made up of swimmers between the ages of 6 and 18.  As a parent it is amazing to see how a child can grow and develop in the sport of swimming.  Many of the young swimmers that start can barely swim down one length of the pool.  It is incredible to see the improvement after just a few weeks of building stamina and learning proper technique from the coaches.  Words cannot express the look of accomplishment on a child’s face when they complete their first full lap. The kids set goals for themselves, and this goal-setting can be seen out of the pool as well.  LRW has a great coaching staff with Dave Gingrich as the Head Coach.  The coaches focus not only on technique and building endurance, but also respect for their teammates and coaches, team building by holding events out of the water such as mini-golf and other team gatherings.  Swimming at 2 pools has its challenges, but LRW is making it work.


The team will be making waves in the pools starting in September.  The two pool locations now have a variety of swimmers coming from the Lakes Region and Concord areas and new swimmers are always welcome.  For parents, both locations offer health club facilities to take advantage of while the kids are swimming.  For more information on how to become a Wavemaker, and general Wavemaker questions, check out our website at or email Linda Verville at [email protected].



Barnstead Farmer’s Market Health And Wellness Fair


The Barnstead Farmers Market is sponsoring a HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR on September 24th 2016. The Sanctuary Bodyworks and Sauna of Pittsfield will be offering information on “How to strengthen the immune system before the flu season” We are still seeking vendors for this event and encourage all health and wellness providers to apply. For an application and/or more information, please contact our Volunteer Market Manager, Lori Mahar at [email protected] or 603-269-2329. The Barnstead Area Community FARMERS MARKET (BACFM) was developed to provide a venue for local area agricultural business to expand their consumer base and also to provide the local and surrounding area communities to have a one stop shopping place for their consumables. This market also supports local artisans, nonprofit organizations and craftsman. Our market is located off Rte 28, on Maple Street in Barnstead NH.



Prove It Happened


Have you heard of Sodom and Gomorrah? Jericho? And David and Goliath?  Did these stories really take place in history?  Join us on Saturday, September 10th at 7:00 PM as Paul Veit, founder and director of Declare God’s Wonder and The Dinosaur Encounter, will prove that they really did take place.  This will be the second of three meeting Mr. Veit will be speaking at.  The first one is on Friday night, September 9th at 7:00 PM talking about Creation vs. Evolution.  Then he will conclude the weekend 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 with end with a free cook-out 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.





Dear Barnstead Voters,

My name is Barbara Comtois and I am running for State Representative in (Belknap District 7).  I grew up in Pelham, NH and moved to Barnstead in 1998, where we started our family farm and raised our boys.  I have my BSBA from Northeastern University with a major in Accounting.


I am running for State Rep, because we need to bring back the NH Advantage for our next generation.  We are the 2nd oldest state in the nation (aging population), and we need to address the serious problems on the horizon.  We must be mindful of the next generation and plan for THEIR future.


We need to stop putting band aids on our problems, and start looking at real solutions for our state.  As a legislator, I will ask two questions:  1.  Is this Constitutional?  And 2.  How will it affect us years down the road?   As legislators, we need to ask ourselves, what will the unintended consequences be - are they positive or negative?  A vote for my candidacy will be based on honest reflection of the problems at hand and a Constitutional solution to address the challenges we face.


With my background in accounting, I will enjoy researching, analyzing, and solving problems.  I would appreciate the opportunity to be your State Rep, to help solve our problems, while honoring my Oath of office to our New Hampshire and U.S. Constitutions.


If you have any questions I can be reached at 603-776-8989, or [email protected] Please vote on September 13th.


Thank you,

Barbara Comtois



Summer Reading Program Ends At Barnsteads Library 


The 2016 Summer Reading Program at Oscar Foss Memorial Library was a great success! We had a total of 101 children & teens participate in our program, with 78 of those participants completing the program’s requirements, and over 1,000 books read! Our program started with two exciting kick-off events, a comedy juggling assembly at the Barnstead Elementary School with Bryson Lang on June 2nd and a “Rock & Read-A-Thon!” here at the library on June 30th. The children and teens really enjoyed all the “fitness” and other “health” themed activities during the six weeks of the program. Our weekly Summertime Songs & Stories and Arts & Crafts programs were enjoyed by all and our Toddler Time continued throughout the summer as well. Children of all ages had a great time listening to stories, singing and creating many different projects relating to our “fitness” theme.


To end our “On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!” Summer Reading Program we enjoyed a wonderful concert given by the “ABT’s” children’s music group and everyone who attended also enjoyed an ice cream treat! The children who completed the program received their awards, free books, and surprises. The teens also celebrated the end of the program with a “Late Night at the Library” party. If participants were unable to attend these celebrations, please stop by the library to pick up your ending packets & free books by September 30th. Congratulations to all for doing such an incredible job reading this summer!


The library would like to thank all of our generous sponsors for helping to make our 2016 Summer Reading Program such a success. The Jack & Dorothy Bryne Foundation, CHILIS, Cogswell Benevolent Trust, the NH State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute of Museum & Library Services, and the NH State Library for the grant that assisted with our kick-off event at the Barnstead Elementary School. The OFML Friends of the Library for donating the funds for the “ABT’s” performance and providing prizes for our raffles. The Woods at Beauty Hill Disc Golf, Children’s Museum, Fisher Cats, Chuckster’s, Gunstock, Ogunquit Playhouse, Funspot, Bead-It, Canobie Lake Park, Water Country, and Krazy Kids for all of our wonderful raffle prizes. Pizza Hut and You’re Fired, for all the certificates in the children’s ending packets, and Wal-Mart for the gift card for supplies. We would also like to thank John Hanley for donating an I-Pod for our raffles and Jerissa Brown for helping us with our new Children’s Garden. Thank you everyone for a great summer, keep reading and we’ll see you at the library!



Locke Lakers Social Club


On August 14th, the Locke Lake Social Club held their “Beach Party, but not at the beach, it was just too darn hot with the oppressive heat,  so up to the Lodge they went baskets, games, desserts.  After enjoying their picnic lunches and desserts, it was game time for cash prizes.  Winners were:  Bonnie St. Jean for Pokeno taking the pot of nickels; The ring toss competition was won by team Dick St. Jean & Dean Archer; Cribbage Cut -Throat  1st round was won by Dean Archer and the 2nd by Dick St. Jean.  Partners winning were Ray Gilmore and Jon Martin; 50/50 winner was Ann Shea. All those attending had a great time with lots of laughs, and good eats, and fun.


With September approaching it is time for Office Manager Jillian Runnals  to dust off Mr. Monkey Golf and get him ready for some lucky team captain to take this trophy home for the year. The date is September 10th at 9a.m. at the Colony Golf Course.  Enterance fee is $5.00(given back in prizes) at the pot luck supper that evening at 6:00p.m.  If you want to take part please call Ann Shea at 393-7233.  ABSOLUTELY NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.  They have teams and are assigned ONE CLUB for the entire run.  It is a wonderful way to get your exercise and at the same time have loads of fun.  Be sure not to confuse the dandelion blossom for the yellow golf ball!!




Vincent Galli


Vincent Galli, 92, died August 21st, at the Concord Hospital following a brief illness. He was born in Boston, the son of Luigi Galli and Immanuella (DeGrizio) Galli on September 23, 1923. He worked in the Boston area as a machinist. He has resided in this area since 1992.


He is survived by his wife Nancy Galli of White Oak Road. Three daughters, Diana Chapdelaine and husband Bill  of Saugus,MA; Cheryl Marazzi of Somerville, MA; and Carol Galli of Malden,MA; 2 step daughters Terri Sabbia of Barnstead,and Debra DeCroteau of Stoneham,MA. 2 stepsons, Paul Musto of Tewksbury, Ma and Richard Musto of Bryant Pond ME. 6 Grandchildren and several great grandchildren A Graveside Service was held on Friday, August 26 in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Stage Road, Gilmanton, NH. The Rev John MacKenzie, Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Pittsfield, officiated. 


The Waters Funeral Home, David Pollard, Director, assisted the family with arrangements








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