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September 28, 2016

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Free Pancake Breakfast


Come enjoy a FREE PANCAKE BREAKFAST this Saturday!!  Center Barnstead Christian Church will be having a free pancake breakfast Saturday, October 1st from 8:00am to 9:30am.  There will be yummy pancakes, delicious sausages, hot coffee and juice.   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 protected] for additional information.



Girl Scout troop 10070 Presents Buddy Benches

Submitted By Lauren Croft, 6th Grade, Barnstead Elementary School

Girl Scout troop 10070 of Center Barnstead NH presented two buddy benches to their elementary school at a school wide assembly on Friday.  The benches were built and presented as part of the Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can achieve.


During the assembly, the troop of nine Scouts explained to their classmates that the bench is to be used by any student who is feeling lonely and needs a friend.  When a student sits on the bench, it tells other students that they need a friend to play with. 


To earn the Bronze Award, Scouts must learn planning skills to follow through on a project that makes a positive impact on the community.  The Scouts had to plan, purchase, build, and paint the bench.  The project was overseen by troop leaders Kim Penfield, Tanya Pitman, and Nicole Richard .   Barnstead Elementary School Principal Tim Rice was the project advisor.


The original plan was to build one bench, but the Scouts had enough materials to build two benches, one for each playgroup at the school. 


The project was a great learning experience and was a lot of fun for everyone who helped.



Pioneer Clubs Are Coming To Barnstead NH!


The Pioneer Clubs organization has a rich history with social groups and churches, reaching young people with effective programs for more than 75 years. These successful programs are coming to Center Barnstead Christian Church!  Pioneer Club kids will form healthy relationships with friends and caring leaders, all while having a ton of fun.


At Pioneer Clubs, you might play a game called Gooey Gunk, Goofy Golf, Breakout Ball, or Beanbag Balance.  We will learn about topics like Parents, Families, Friends, Talents, and Courtesy.  Our kids will make creative crafts, learn about tools, build something out of wood, cut up food, make a snack, have fun with clay and paint, and develop outdoor skills.


We will meet on Wednesdays from 6pm to 7:30pm at the Center Barnstead Christian Church, located beside the Barnstead Town Hall.  Family Prayer Meeting is held simultaneously.  October 5th is our first Pioneer Club meeting. All kids, Kindergarten to 6th grade, are invited to join! For further information, please contact the church at 269-8831.



Parade Church, Honoring God, Country And Veterans

Submitted By Rev. Sandy Pierson


We at the Parade Congregational Church on the Barnstead Parade would like to invite all the veterans in the area to visit us on Sunday mornings for worship service.  We will devote our Sunday morning services from October 9th to October 30th to honor our veterans, our nation, our national freedom and the understanding of God’s commands regarding our nation, patriotism, our national freedom as well as the support of the military of our nation. The October 30th morning service will be dedicated to our veterans, past and present.


As a church, we have been connected with our national and local military from its very beginning in 1795. Our church stands on a corner of the Parade Ground where our troops mustered to attend instructional sessions and learn the discipline of being a volunteer militia soldier for the protection of the area and in preparation for a call to arms, which occurred more than once.


The Parade on which the church sits today, was used over the years following the American Revelation by local militia and last of all, militarily, by members of the New Hampshire National Guard which was where they mustered and bivouacked before they marched to the train station at the Center of Barnstead and traveled by train to Fort Dix to become part of the American Expeditionary Force as some of the first American troops committed to the war in Europe in 1918.


Member or not, veteran or not, please feel free to join us at 9:00 each Sunday Morning for these special services.



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Become a part of history – Donate a classic!


The Oscar Foss Memorial Library will be celebrating its 100th year in 2017!  One of the many exciting things we have planned for our celebration is a “Classics Collection” located in the Young Adult section of the library. This collection will feature many classics that are assigned as summer reading at the high school, and a few additional classics carefully selected by our staff.  Our hope is to make this collection as lovely and appealing as possible, so we have chosen to include some beautifully bound and illustrated copies of these books. If you would like to donate one of these books to the collection in celebration of our centennial year, you can do so by calling us at 269-3900, filling out the form online at and mailing in your donation check of $15, or sending a note along with your donation to the library. Donations can be mailed to: Oscar Foss Memorial Library, PO Box 219, Center Barnstead, NH 03225. Donated books will include a personalized book plate. Please indicate if your book should display your name, or if you would like to donate in honor of someone else.



There are a number of different ways you can give to your community and library. Adults can join the Friends of the Oscar Foss Memorial Library, which has a variety of things individuals can participate in. This group meets at the library on the third Monday of each month at 7pm. Teens can also help and get community service hours by joining our Teen Advisory Group. The teens meet at the library on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7pm.


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.



“Barnfield” Christmas Tournament 2016

Submitted By Craig & Jamie Thoroughgood and Carroll & Brenda Hodgdon Jr.

2016 Barnfield Christmas Softball Champions


“Barnfield” is a unique name made up from parts of the Town of “Barn”stead and the Town of Pitts”field.” The “Barnfield” Christmas Softball Tournament was an adult coed softball tournament that was held to benefit the children of Barnstead and Pittsfield. Nine softball teams played the entire weekend of September 17th & 18th in the sun and rain to raise money for the towns children. We would like to thank the PYBA for use of the fields for the weekend.


Thank you to the following coaches and their teams for playing. The “Slammers” coached by Carroll Hodgdon, Jr. of Pittsfield, The “Wild Things” coached by Zachary Thoroughgood of Barnstead and Ken Borelli of Alton, “Morse Crew” coached by Luke LaFreniere of Alton, The “Mizfitz” coached by Larry DeanE of Barnstead, “Zombie Rendezvous” coached by Matthew Smith of Northfield, DILLIGAF coached by Kirk Levesque of Epsom, The “Screw Balls” coached by Lenny O’Keefe of Boscawen, “Guns and Hoses” coached by Tim Henninger of Pittsfield, and “Tims Truck Capital” coached by Ashley Cleasby of Barnstead.


Congratulations to the “Morse Crew” for taking home the championship, “Zombie Rendezvous” for coming in 2nd place,  and the “Mizfitz” for coming in 3rd place!


We would like to publicly thank the following businesses and community members that donated to the event: Tami Mousseau-BHHS Verani Realty, Main Street Grill & Bar, Bell Brothers, Donna Ward-Exit Reward Realty, Buzy Beez Child Care Center, Rasco Plumbing and Heating, LLC, Globe Firesuits, Town Pizza, Custom Ink, Combustion Motorworks, LLC, Cleasby’s Hair Salon, Tim’s Truck Capital, P. R. Russell, JAR Race Engines, Center Barnstead Christian Church, AMENICO, Crown Trophy, and Jay and Heidi Darrah. I would like to thank Bud and Linda Bedell for running concessions all weekend. A special thank you to Jon Brooks of Barnstead for umpiring games for us all day Saturday. I would also like to thank the 5 Prospect Mountain High School students who came to volunteer and left with community service hours.


We are happy to say the the tournament was a HUGE success and raised $2,300.00. Each town received a certified check in the amount of $1,150.00! The stipulation is that the money has to be used towards Christmas gifts for needy children this year. Shelli Vardaro accepted the check on behalf of the Barnstead Elementary school and Estella Henninger accepted the check on behalf of the Pittsfield Fire Department. The PYBA will receive a total of $782.22 in concession and 50/50 sales. 


As you can see it takes a “small army” to stand behind us to make this such a success. It is an amazing feeling to see people come together and do such a positive thing for two communities, which some are not a part of. To all involved be proud to be a part of an amazing community. We will definitely make Christmas morning very special for some children this holiday season!



Nighthawk Hollow Seniors

Submitted By Beverly A. Goodrich, Secretary


Members of the Nighthawk Hollow Seniors were invited to the cottage of president Christine Sanborn on Lower Suncook Lake on September 7. We enjoyed delicious picnic lunches, the beautiful weather, also watching the pontoon boat as the men were doing “Milfoil control.”


Our next meeting will be held at noon at the Barnstead Town Hall at 205 South Barnstead Rd., Barnstead. Please pack a picnic lunch.

Membership dues are $4.00. For information, please call teh president, Christine Sanborn, 875-2676.








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