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Barnstead NH News

April 25, 2018

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The Barnstead Historical Society will be meeting at the Barnstead Town Hall, Thursday, April 26th at 7PM for our first meeting of the year. We ask that you bring something for “Show and Tell.” There will be no supper before the meeting but light refreshments to follow.


All are welcome—Come and keep history alive in Barnstead!



“Don’t be Rash, think outside the Trash”


Consider contacting your local fire department for a burn permit to safely manage your brush removal and take advantage of turning this into a family activity complete with    S’MORES!! Call BCEP at (603)435-6237, for other brush and yard waste disposal alternatives.



Central NH VNA Honors Bush’s Decision


Once again, Barbara Bush’s courage, determination and leadership has come to the fore.  In an announcement Sunday the Bush family announced that the former first lady had chosen “comfort care” for her final days.


Bush had been suffering from congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at the time of her decision.


Shining a light on problems was something Bush did well, and often.  Today, and for the last time, she took a prominent and vocal position, this time on end-of-life care.  “Comfort care” or palliative care focuses on managing patients’ symptoms to keep them comfortable and retain their dignity.  This specialty care is available to all patients, whether in end-life stages or fighting a disease or illness.  


Particularly at the end, when heroics will no longer change the outcome, and may in fact exacerbate and prolong the suffering, palliative care is a good option.  Palliative care services relieve pain and stress and treat the patient in a holistic manner by examining many areas of his or her life.  Symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping and depression can be relieved, allowing for a better quality of life.  Patients with cardiac disease like Bush, or Alzheimers, Parkinson’s, stroke, cancer or other diseases feel immediate relief, and with that stress reduction, often live longer than expected.  And perhaps better.


For more information, feel free to contact Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice at 800-244-8549 or at  Knowing that patients are happier and do better at home, Central VNA provides healthcare and hospice where people live.  Offices are in Laconia and Wolfeboro, and they serve 45 communities around the lake.



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News


Friends of the Library

The Oscar Foss Memorial Library is seeking new members for our Friends of the Library group. There are a number of ways that members can participate to help the library. Please contact the library at 269-3900 or go online to if you are interested in joining. 


Teen Advisory Group

The OFML Teen Advisory Group is a group of teens ages 12-18 who assist the library with a number of things such as Program Development, Teen Tech Advisor, and YA Collection Development. You can also help out by shelving and covering books, setting up for programs or assisting with preparations for some of our children’s programs. Participation looks great on college applications, and everything qualifies for community service hours! Meetings are held the fourth Thursday of the month at 7pm. Next meeting date is May 24th. You can get started by filling out the form online at or at the circulation desk in the library. If you have any questions, contact Lindsey at 603-269-3900 or email


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.



May Tri-Town Democratic Meeting


Local Democrats and left-leaning Independents are invited to the May meeting of the Tri-Town Democrats on Monday May 7th at 6:30 pm.  These monthly meetings give you the opportunity to learn about local and state political issues and how you can participate in making a difference.  You will share the evening with like-minded individuals and have the chance to express your opinions and experiences.


Now is the time to focus on the November mid-term elections.  To date the group has hosted the following guest speakers:  Steve Marchand (candidate for governor), Lincoln Soldati, Terence O’Rourke, Mindi Messmer, and Mark MacKenzie (Congressional District 1 candidates). The first speaker for the May meeting will be Levi Sanders.


Sanders has spent the bulk of his career working as a Social Security benefits specialist.  He has also worked as a part-time senior paralegal for a legal service program in the Boston area.  Levi is campaigning on Medicare-for-all, tuition-free public college, equal pay for women, raising the minimum wage to $15, and sensible gun laws.


The second guest at the May meeting will be NH Representative Edie DesMarais. The recent special election winner in Wolfeboro will join the group to talk about her success story and how it can shape the Tri-Town Democrats’ candidate strategy going forward.


The guest speakers will be followed by actions items and community organizing.  This meeting of the Tri-Town Democrats of Barnstead, Gilmanton, and Alton will be held at the Barnstead Town Hall at 108 South Barnstead Road in Barnstead.  Come for socializing and potluck any time between 6:15 pm and 6:30 pm.


This meeting is open to all residents of Alton, Barnstead, and Gilmanton who consider themselves moderate, liberal, or progressive Democrats or like-minded Independents. Potluck items to share are encouraged but not required.  For more information, email or visit the “Barnstead, Gilmanton, and Alton Democrats” Facebook page. 


This communication does not infer an endorsement or favorability of any kind to any Democratic candidates actively engaged in competitive primary contests.




Michael Francis Tasker

CENTER BARNSTEAD – Michael Francis Tasker, 63, of Center Barnstead, passed away on Thursday, April 19, 2018 surrounded by his family after a brief illness.


Born on July 29, 1954 in Strafford, NH he was the son of the late Francis and Evelyn (Corliss) Tasker.


Mike lived most of his life in Strafford on his family farm. He lived in Florida for a few years and came back to New Hampshire last fall.


Mike was a jack of all trades and anyone who knew him would agree. He loved running equipment and could jump into any piece of equipment and do what needed to be done as well as tinkering on anything for anyone. He loved hunting and spending time with his family. His children and grandchildren were his whole life. He was very active in the South Barnstead Cemetery for many years.


Mike leaves behind his wife of 36 years, Kimberly (Butterworth) Tasker; their children, Carrie Leanne Doliber and her husband Henry of Deltona, FL and Richard David Tasker of Barnstead; his ex-wife, Nancy Wilson Tasker and their son Lance Michael Tasker and his wife Rebecca of Barnstead and Justin Michael Tasker and his wife Kris-Lynn of Loudon. He also leaves behind his “monsters,” Ayden Michael, Rhyana Jean and Everly; his sister, Barbara Geddes and her husband Duncan of Gilmanton, several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.


He will be missed by his family and friends.


Calling Hours will be held on Thursday, April 26th from 5 to 7 P.M. in the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home, 1217 Suncook Valley Highway in Epsom. A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, April 27th at 10 A.M. in South Barnstead Cemetery. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit








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