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August 3, 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.



If you have a child under 3 or are pregnant, Early Head Start will have openings soon! Fun activities, information, support, and learning experiences are provided through home visiting and play groups. Free for income eligible families. Call us at 435-6611 to jump start your child’s learning.



If you have a 3 or 4 year old child, Head Start has openings for the fall! We are a 5 day a week preschool program that provides lots of fun and learning to prepare your child for kindergarten. Breakfast and lunch are included. Free for income eligible families. Please call Susan Ireland at 225-3295 for more information.



Congratulations to Zachary Mayo, who was named to the University of Maine at Farmington Dean’s List for the spring 2016 semester.



Candidate For Governor Sen. Jeanie Forrester To Address Barnstead-Alton-Gilmanton Republican Committee (BARC’G)


The Barnstead-Alton-Gilmanton Republican Committee (BARC’G) has scheduled their next meeting for Tuesday, August 9 at 6:30 pm at J.J. Goodwin’s Restaurant (upstairs dining room), 769 Suncook Valley Highway (Rt 28), in Center Barnstead.


With the Gubernatorial election “heating up”, the Committee is pleased to announce that State Senator Jeanie Forrester, a candidate for Governor, will be this month’s guest speaker.  Senator Forrester will address the Committee, sharing information about her background, her accomplishments over the past 6 years as a State Senator, and her goals if elected as Governor. Here’s your opportunity to meet Senator Forrester and to ask her questions about the various issues facing New Hampshire.


Since this is the last BARC’G meeting prior to the September 13 primary, the Committee invites other candidates who will be on the September 13 primary ballot in Belknap County to attend the meeting and to introduce themselves to the Committee’s members.


BARC’G meetings are open to all Republicans and like-minded Independents from Alton, Barnstead, and Gilmanton, and any other towns in New Hampshire. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from the various candidates running for statewide office at this meeting to help you make up your mind regarding whom to vote for. There is no charge to attend the meetings.


Per their usual meeting format, if you’re interested in having dinner (at your option) or wish to socialize before the meeting, plan to arrive as early as 5:30pm.


The Committee reminds you to bring a non-perishable food item (cans of soup, tuna fish, etc, etc) to the meeting for distribution to local food pantries.  


For more information, please send an email to [email protected] or [email protected].



Gubernatorial Candidate Mayor Ted Gatsas And Congressional Candidate Cong. Frank Guinta To Address Belknap County Republicans


The Belknap County Republican Committee is pleased to announce details of their next monthly meeting scheduled for Wednesday, August 10 at 6:30 pm at the Top of the Town Restaurant, 88 Ladd Hill Rd in Belmont, NH.


This month, the Committee will be featuring two guest speakers. Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, a candidate for Governor, will share information about his background, his accomplishments as the Mayor of Manchester, and his goals if elected as Governor.  Also speaking will be current US Congressman Frank Guinta who is running for re-election to his District One seat in Washington.  Cong. Guinta will discuss his accomplishments as our Congressman including the bills he has supported, and his plans for the future if re-elected.  Both of the speakers will also take questions from those in attendance.


In addition, Republican candidates who are facing primary’s on September 13 in Belknap County in the State House, Senate, and county positions will be given the opportunity to introduce themselves and speak briefly about their qualifications.


Belknap County GOP meetings are open to ALL Republicans and like-minded Independents. Per their usual meeting format, if you’re interested in having dinner (at your option) and/or wish to socialize before the meeting, plan to arrive as early as 5:00 pm. 


The Committee thanks its members for continuing to bring food pantry donations to the meetings, and again reminds them to bring a non-perishable food item to this month’s meeting.


For more information, please check the Committee’s website at or send an email to [email protected].



Pancake Breakfast


Come enjoy a FREE PANCAKE BREAKFAST.  Center Barnstead Christian Church will be having free pancake breakfasts every Saturday from 8:00am to 9:30am.  We will have pancakes, sausages, hot coffee and every week will be a different fun activity for the kids.  On August 6 we will have free children’s books to give away and a make your own bookmark craft.  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.



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Lego Construction Party!


Join us on Saturday, August 6th at the Oscar Foss Memorial Library for our Lego Construction Party! The building will begin at 10am, with Legos and snacks provided by the library. The masterpieces will be displayed in the library for the month of August. So come have fun and create something great!


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.



Gathering On The Green


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 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.  Spaces are still available.  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!”








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