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Barnstead NH News

April 11, 2018

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Per Vote Of The District Committee



Letter To The Editor


To The Editor;

What is wrong with our local representatives?  On February 15, 2018, the New Hampshire House passed a broad resolution against hate crimes by an overwhelming majority.  The resolution had bipartisan sponsorship and the vote was 234 in favor, and 69 against.  Nevertheless, when we look to our two local representatives, Barbara Comtois and Raymond Howard, we see that they both voted against it. Belknap County is making a name for itself as the only county in New Hampshire that voted against a resolution denouncing hate crimes.  Representatives Comtois and Howard, and eight other Republican members of our county delegation can take full credit for embarrassing us all (and the two Republicans who voted in favor).


It should be noted that the resolution was a symbolic gesture that involved no cost to the taxpayers.  All it did was signal that New Hampshire condemns the hate crimes that have become so common.  It was a way of saying we are better than that.  How sad it is that Representatives Comtois and Howard feel otherwise, and could not find it in their hearts to make even this small gesture.


Ronald P. Blais

Center Barnstead



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Preschool Movie Matinee!


Join us for a showing of “Ferdinand” on Tuesday, April 17th @ 11:00am. Children up through age 5 are welcome. We will provide snacks and some comfy seating but extra pillows and stuffies are always welcome. 


Beginner Sew-A-Long

Join us at the library on April 19th at 6:00pm and learn how to make a zippered pouch! Danielle will teach the basics of inserting a zipper and creating a makeup or pencil pouch. If you have your own sewing machine, please bring it along. You will also have the option of learning to sew by hand. There is a minimal cost for supplies and pre-registration is required. Cost is $5 and is due prior to the workshop. Registration can be done online at, or by calling 603-269-3900. This workshop is for ages 12 and up.


Teen Poetry Slam!

April is National Poetry Month! Come share your original poem or recite a favorite poem at our Teen Poetry Slam. The first part of the evening will be scheduled performers, with an open mic to follow. Refreshments will be served. Poems must be submitted in advance to Lindsey or Melissa. They can be dropped off at the library or emailed to or Please add “Poetry Slam” to the subject line and be sure to include your name and contact information. Contact us at 603-269-3900 with any questions you may have.


Please call the library (269-3900) or visit our website ( for more information about our programs or events. There is always something happening at the Oscar Foss Memorial Library! Library hours are; Tuesday and Wednesday: 10am-6pm, Thursday and Friday: 12pm-8pm, Saturday: 10am-1pm, Sunday and Monday: closed.



Friends Of The Suncook River VRAP Training

Ken LeGrow, President of the Friends of the Suncook River, testing the water from the Suncook River.


Please join The Friends of the Suncook River for our VRAP training and information session on Saturday, April 14 at 10 AM in Barnstead! VRAP, Volunteer River Assessment Program, is run by the NH Dept. of Environmental Services. It promotes awareness of water quality in our streams and rivers. In this session, Andrea Hansen, from the Dept. of Environmental Services, will show us the importance of water monitoring and how we can help. We will learn how to use field equipment to test water and report back to the State. Come join us! Coffee and snacks will be provided. To learn more about the event and the group, visit our Facebook page To learn more about VRAP visit 




Barnstead School District


In an effort to comply with State and Federal Laws governing special education, to maintain eligibility for Federal Funding, to engage in sound long range planning and to provide evaluation and programming where appropriate, the Barnstead School District is making a conscientious effort to identify any potentially disabled individuals residing within its jurisdiction. 


Parents of children up to 21 years of age who suspect that a child may be educationally disabled, are invited to contact their special education director. Assessments will be performed to determine if children qualify for special education programs and services. Areas to be screened will include hearing, vision, communication and motor functioning. 


For further information, parents should contact their local school and ask to speak to the Special Education Secretary: Jackie Therrien, Barnstead Elementary School, 269-5161 Ext. 304.




Melanie H. Newton

CENTER BARNSTEAD – Melanie H. Newton, 47, of Center Barnstead, passed away Saturday, March 31, 2018 at her residence, surrounded by her family, following a courageous battle with cancer.


Born on December 23, 1970 in Manchester, she was the daughter of the late Burton A. and Lena A. (Caron) Green.


Melanie worked for over 19 years for the Pittsfield Elementary School as a Program Specialist. She had a passion for kids and it showed through her work over the years. Spending time with family, traveling to the beach, driving up the Kancamagus to see the leaves changing color, or enjoying the sight of the fresh fallen snow on the trees; Melanie never took these things for granted.


She is survived by her husband, Gary Newton of Center Barnstead with whom she shared over 30 years, her son, Cody Newton of Center Barnstead, her daughter, Amanda Newton of Center Barnstead; siblings, Dan Green and his wife Jean Winfrey of Canterbury, David Green and his wife Betty Jo of Loudon, Mark Green of Pittsfield, Dawn Green of Northwood and Scott Day and his wife Melissa of Manchester, mother-in-law, Linda (Divenuti) Rousseau of Concord as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.


A Celebration of Melanie’s Life was held on Friday April 6th with a brief service at the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home in Epsom. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit








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