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Barnstead NH News

September 7, 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 Friends of the Oscar Foss Memorial Library is holding a raffle. Tickets are available in the library located at 111 South Barnstead Road, Center Barnstead, NH.  There are great prizes for you or as a gift. The proceeds from the raffle will help provide special resources, equipment and materials, support programming, and assist in funding special events throughout the year.


Donations are always appreciated. The drawing will take place on September 26, 2016 at 7 pm. Winners will be notified by phone. The library hours are: Monday 2pm-5 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday 10 am – 5 pm, Thursday 5 pm – 8 pm, Saturday 9am-12pm. Please call the library with any questions at (603) 269-3900.



Letter To The Editor


Dear Editor,

In a recent letter to the editor, Elaine Swinford touted her conservative positions. Since she is running to represent us in Concord, I think we should examine her past history when she was last there.


According to a 2012 NH Firearms Coalition mailing, Elaine voted against a bill that would have allowed gun owners unjustly denied their right to carry, the right to appeal to Superior Court. It also stated that she worked tirelessly behind the scenes to water down Constitutional Carry.


I personally watched Elaine work against the taxpayers in a County Budget meeting on 3/14/11. In that meeting, any effort at relief for the taxpayers was shot down. Disgusted by all the talk of conservative values, Elaine stated that “There are Conservatives, and there are Republicans.” This she stated in front of the committee and the public, as noted by me in a letter to the Editor at the time.


The voters of Barnstead must decide who they will send to represent their best interests in Concord. With all due respect, for me, that choice is not Elaine Swinford.


Respectfully submitted,

Don Walker



“Barnfield” Christmas Softball Tournament

Submitted By Jamie Thorogood


The “Barnfield” Christmas Softball Tournament is a softball tournament being held to benefit the children of Barnstead and Pittsfield. All money raised will be divided between the Barnstead Elementary School and the Town of Pittsfield Fire Department to purchase gifts for needy children this Christmas. Nine softball teams have committed to play the weekend of September 16-18 for the town’s children. Each team has paid an entry fee of $150.00.


Our goal is for each town to get $1000.00 each. (This will be given in a certified bank check). We are almost there but not quite. I am looking for individuals, businesses or organizations that would be willing to donate financially to this. Any amount helps us get to our goal.


I would like to publicly thank the following businesses that have already stepped forward in helping us by either donating financially or donating items to raffle: 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, and JAR Race Engines.


I would also like to invite everyone to come out and watch a game. The games will take place at Tilton Hill Ball Field-Pittsfield. Concessions will run all weekend; with Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Soda, Ice Cream, etc being sold to benefit the Pittsfield Youth Baseball Association. We will have a 50/50 raffle, as well as raffles for items.


If you would like to help us help the towns, please email me, Jamie Thoroughgood at [email protected]. Thank you!



Rally Day – Kids Dino Fest

Have you ever seen a life-size Leviathan skull?  Or real dinosaur eggs?  Do you have a child who would love to learn more about dinosaurs?  Want a fun (and FREE) event to take the family to?  If so, mark your calendars for Sunday, September 11th, and plan to join us at the Center Barnstead Christian Church for some DINO-mite fun!  Paul Veit, founder and director of Declare God’s Wonder and The Dinosaur Encounter, a creation learning center located in Bridgton, Maine, will be sharing his dinosaur bones, claws and jaws.


Mr. Veit will kick off our Rally Day with a presentation on the true history of dinosaurs starting at 9:00 AM. Then the kids will play a bunch of dinosaur themed carnival games.  Our time together with end with a free cook-out lunch.  This is the third of three meetings at which Mr. Veit will be speaking.  The first one is on Friday, September 9th at 7:00 PM talking about Creation vs Evolution.  The second one is on Saturday, September 10th at 7:00 PM talking about “Prove – It Happened”  looking at three of the most attacked Bible stories and prove they really took place.   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.



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Library Card Sign Up Month!


The Oscar Foss Memorial Library is excited to celebrate National Library Card Sign Up Month in September! A library card lets you access books, e-books, audiobooks, online databases, and much more. Be sure to have any students in Barnstead Elementary School or Prospect Mountain High School sign up for this school year. Everyone who signs up for a card in September will be entered into a surprise raffle! Come on down, get a card, enter the raffle, and “check out” some great literature and all the free services the library has to offer.


Celebrate Grandparent’s Day!

Children of all ages are invited to come to the library any time from Tuesday, September 6th through Saturday, September 10th to create a special “one of a kind” card for those special individuals who help to make their lives complete. Grandparent’s Day is Sunday, September 11th.


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.



Local Woman Wins Contest To Sing The National Anthem


Kathy Kelley of Center Barnstead is experiencing her “15 minutes of fame.”  She was one of dozens of entries in the Safety Insurance National Anthem Contest on WOKQ.  Singers sent in links to videos of them singing the National Anthem.  The radio station narrowed it down to five finalists.  Then, during the week of 8/22 – 8/26, one finalist per day was played on the radio and the videos were posted online for the public to cast their votes.  There were about 900 votes cast and Ms. Kelley won with 33%.


Although Center Barnstead has been her home for 20 years, she only recently became more involved in the community when she started working in Pittsfield at Epping Well & Pump on Main Street in February and singing with the worship team at the Pittsfield Campus of Grace Capital Church at 55 Barnstead Road, in June.  She’s also part of the Barnstead Community Grange, (Barnstead Area) Women in Business, Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce, Barnstead Old Home Day Committee and a member of the Dove Singers, whose director, Gayle Troy, is the HR Director at Globe Manufacturing here in Pittsfield.


“Being part of this community, both in Barnstead and Pittsfield, is such a blessing.  We have so many volunteers who give of their time to help connect and serve people. I think many of the votes came from those connections.” said Kelley. “I did it on the spur of the moment and sent in the video the day before they stopped accepting entries.  At 49 years old, I took a leap of faith to leave my company of 25 years and start a new career, which I absolutely love, so when I thought about putting in an entry, I decided to take a second leap of faith and see what happened! 


Once she won, Kathy received a phone call from the Fisher Cats and they invited her to sing the National Anthem at the game on Friday, 9/2.  She figured this would be a great time to practice not fainting while singing in front of thousands of people.


“Sincere thanks to everyone who voted and shared the contest info!”


Good luck to Kathy on October 1st at Delta Dental stadium!



Barnstead Community Grange

Home Food Preservation Workshop


Ann Hamilton is a field specialist in food safety with the food and agriculture team for the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension in Carroll County.  She will be the featured speaker at the Barnstead Community Grange Meeting to be held at the Oscar Foss Memorial Library in Barnstead on Monday night, September 19 from 6:30 – 8:30.  There is no charge for this workshop and finger foods will be provided.


Per Ann, “Gardens are in full production and, hopefully, brimming with an overabundance of vegetables. The joys of gardening are many but what do you do with all those extra vegetables? Your neighbors may start running the other way if you begin to offer too many zucchini or cucumbers. Consider home food preservation. All your hard work and patience will pay off this coming winter when you get to enjoy those summer vegetables. One of the nice things about home food preservation is that you know how the food was grown and prepared. Home food preservation includes both freezing and canning.  Preserving food at home is a rewarding way to capture the taste of New Hampshire grown fruits and vegetables to enjoy all year long!”


We hope many of our Barnstead Community neighbors will come out to learn more about great ways to preserve the fruits of their labors… (or is it the “veggies” of their labors).



Barnstead-Alton-Gilmanton Republican Committee To Meet


The Barnstead-Alton-Gilmanton Republican Committee (BARC’G) has announced that their next meeting will be held Tuesday, September 13 at 6:30 pm at J.J. Goodwin’s Restaurant (upstairs dining room), 769 Suncook Valley Highway (Rt 28), in Center Barnstead.


BARC’G Members and guests have heard from a variety of Republican candidates at their meetings over the past months.  Tuesday’s meeting on the 13th promises to be very interesting; the results of the New Hampshire Primary will be “rolling” in that evening!  Since a number of BARC’G members have been campaigning for themselves and/or for their favorite candidates since candidate signup ended on June 10, this will be the culmination of 3 months of active campaigning.  Of course the intent, immediately upon hearing the results, is for all Republicans to unify behind the primary winners and work to elect their nominees. 


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 check the Committee’s website,, or send an email to [email protected] or [email protected].








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