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Barnstead NH News

August 15, 2018

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Barnstead Firefighters Association 5K Road Race/Fun Walk


The Barnstead Firefighters Association is pleased to announce its 7th annual 5K Road Race and Fun Walk to start at the Barnstead Parade grounds on August 18 at 9am.


Proceeds from this year’s race will benefit the Barnstead Firefighters Association.


Pre-registration is $20 and must be received by August 14, 2018.  Registration forms are available at; Email: or Call: 603-312-5648.  Online registration is also available at  Race Day Registration is $25.


Hope to see you at the races!



Letter To The Editor


To the editor:

SB 593, a bill to abolish the death penalty in NH, passed both the house and the senate this past session, with bipartisan support, but was vetoed by Gov. Sununu in June.


 The Senate and House will meet on September 13 to vote on whether to override or sustain bills passed earlier this year, but vetoed by the Governor.  This requires a two-thirds majority in both chambers or 16 votes in the Senate and two-thirds of however many Representatives show up on the day of the vote.


I was pleased to see that my 2 representatives (Reps. Comtois and Howard) voted yes on the repeal bill. Though I don’t get to say it often, I thank them both and hope they will be there to vote to override the veto. My senator James Grey, however, voted nay on SB 593. I urge him to reconsider.


The facts are that the death penalty kills innocent people, does not deter crime, is extremely costly to taxpayers, unfairly targets the poor and minorities, has failed victims’ families, and has rapidly diminishing public support. The time has come to end the death penalty. It is not justice.


You can see how your representative voted at (search for SB 593). You can also find contact information there for your senator and representatives – please call or email and urge them to override the veto and repeal the death penalty. It is the right thing to do.


Suzanne Allison

Barnstead, NH



Join us on Saturday evening, August 18th from 6-8pm on the Barnstead Parade Grounds for Swing and Concert music by the Windham Band. The Windham Concert Band was established in May of 1997. The original eight members quickly grew to over 40 members. The Band is a nonprofit organization serving musicians in Windham, Derry, Londonderry and surrounding communities. Musicians of all ages are welcome to join. The Band rehearses weekly and performs 12 to 15 times per year throughout southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts. Most recently the Band performed at the Boston Band Festival in Faneuil Hall. So bring your chairs and dancing shoes for some great music. The Barnstead Parade Congregational Church will be selling refreshments. See you there!!



Calling All Pie Bakers!


Who is the Best Pie Baker in Barnstead?  Want to support families during the Christmas season?  Enter your homemade pie in the Pie Bake Off, hosted by Center Barnstead Christian Church, during the End of Summer Block Party on August 25 at Oscar Foss Memorial Library.


You can pre-register to enter a pie in the Pie Bake Off by going to or register in person at the Pie Table on August 25th from 11am to 12pm.


The pie filling must be completely homemade and must be at least an 8” pie.  We will have no ability to refrigerate the pies.  Also, we recommend you submit your pie in a disposable pie pan because no pie pans will be returned.  You will need to drop off the pie between 11am and 12pm on August 25 at the Pie Table behind the Library.  We will judge the pies starting at 12pm and announce the winner at 1pm. We have some exciting prizes lined up for the winners.


After 1pm we will be selling the remaining pieces of pie (by donation) with all proceeds going to our Christmas Gift Fund.  We use this fund to purchase gifts for families in Barnstead who need a little extra support during the Christmas season and to send shoeboxes packed with gifts overseas via Operation Christmas Child. If you have any questions about the pie bake off, please call Center Barnstead Christian Church at (603) 269-8831.



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Preschool Movie Matinee!


Join us for a showing of “Oliver & Company” on Tuesday, August 21st at 11:00am. We will provide snacks and some comfy seating but extra pillows and stuffies are always welcome!


Outdoor Game Night!

Come join in the fun on Friday, August 24th at 6pm for an outdoor family game night! We will have several outdoor games available and individuals can also participate in a “HORSE” tournament on the basketball court.


Summer Block Party!

Join us on August 25th beginning at 11am for our Summer Block Party and help us say goodbye to summer with a bang! This event will offer activities that include contra dancing with Dudley Laufman at noon, yoga with Mary Ellen Shannon, hot dogs and burgers, a bake and used book sale, games and activities for the kids and more! Summer reading program participants will also be able to pick up awards and prizes. Come spend some time celebrating summer and getting to know your neighbors! We are still in need of volunteers for this event. If you are interested in helping out with event activities, baking or volunteering for the book sale you can sign up by calling 602-269-3900 or online at


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.



Letter To The Editor


To The Editor;

Looking at the voting record of Rep. Raymond Howard, Jr., I continue to find instances where I would have voted differently.  Besides his No votes on the anti-hate crime resolution and on the high school civics teaching and testing, he also voted No on a lead paint bill.  I am a Democrat, but view Mr. Howard’s votes on these issues as out of line with the values of our community.  It is for that reason that I am running for NH House District 8, including Alton, Barnstead, and Gilmanton.


The lead paint bill, SB 247, requires blood testing for lead in all children 2 and under.  It also lowers the lead level that triggers state testing of of lead in rental properties to determine the possible need to remove hazards, and sets up a $6 million program loan guarantee program for lead abatement.


The lead paint bill passed the NH House 266 to 87, with considerable bipartisan support.  The importance of this bill to the health of our children is underscored by the fact that New Hampshire housing stock is among the oldest in the country, much of it built before lead paint was banned in 1978.  Tests done in 2014 showed a significant percentage of NH children to already have lead exposure.


There is no safe level of lead in the blood.  The effects of lead poisoning include neurological damage  often necessitating special education at an added annual cost of $15,000.  Adults exposed to lead as children earn less and are more likely to engage in criminal activity, with enormous costs to the community.  


Voting for the lead paint bill was the right thing to do, for NH children of NH and for NH taxpayers.  I would have voted “Yes;” Rep. Howard voted “No.”


Ruth Larson









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