Pittsfield High School Class of 1984 Reunion
Attention All PHS Class of 1984 members- We are starting to plan for
our 35th High School Reunion!! (next year) Our first meeting
is on Wed., Sept. 19 at 6:30pm at Laurie Deane Vien’s house (132
Ingalls Rd). Please come to the meeting if you’d like to help.
We would like to hear from our classmates with ideas for the
reunion. If you can’t make it to the meeting, feel free to
call Andi Grainger Riel at 435-6346, email at
or find me on Facebook!
Oscar Foss Memorial Library News
Rhyme Time and Story Hour programs will resume the week of September
9th. Rhyme Time is held every Tuesday at 11:00 am for infants and
toddlers. This program involves stories and lots of music &
movement! Story Hour is held every Wednesday at 10:00 am for
preschoolers. This program includes stories, music & movement, arts
& crafts, snacks and more! The schedule for these programs follows
the Barnstead Elementary School yearly calendar. Please check our
online calendar or call the library if you have any questions about
to the library any time during the week of September 2nd and make
your own cards to help celebrate all the wonderful grandparents in
your life! Materials will be provided.
Books Before Kindergarten
Books Before Kindergarten is a program that encourages parents and
caregivers to provide positive, nurturing early experiences by
reading aloud to their children regularly. Research shows that the
most reliable predictor of school success is being read to at home
during early childhood. The brain develops more rapidly during the
first three years of a child’s life than at any other time during
the lifespan. Reading to children from an early age can help close
the vocabulary gap and prepare children to enter kindergarten with
the skills they need to succeed. Most important, sharing books with
children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading. You can sign
up at the library or online at oscarfoss.org.
Families can pick up a packet with information and materials needed
for the program at the library.
call the library (269-3900) or visit our website (oscarfoss.org) 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.
Congregational Church of North Barnstead, UCC was established in
1820. The congregation will celebrate 200 years of service to
the community with a variety of activities in the year 2020.
Affectionately known as CCNB, the church is located at 504 North
Barnstead Road in Barnstead.
bicentennial project is to assemble a church history by collecting
memorabilia, pictures, documents, written records, diaries or any
other items relating to the church from any period during the 200
years. They will be displayed during 2020.
in the area, especially longtime residents, may have collected or
inherited materials illustrating some phase of the church’s life or
its activities in the community. We invite them to consider
contributing the items or copies or pictures or descriptions of them
to the church archives. Donated items, large or small, (no donation
is too small) may be brought to the church or be picked up by
appointment. Call Barbara Moulton at 875-5651. Many of
our members are new to the area, so we appreciate everything that
will help us to learn how the church has operated over the years.
has grown from a few dozen to almost a 100 in recent years.
Active through the 19th century, the congregation voted to operate
in the summers only from the time of World War 1 until the year of
2000. The congregation drew from both year round and summer
lake shore residents. Now in the 18th year of conducting
services full-time, CCNB is again a very active and welcoming church
with a number of mission objectives. Children and youth
activities are a priority, and the church sponsors children
attending the UCC summer camp each year at Horton Center near Gorham
NH. Everyone is welcome to attend worship at 10:00 a.m. each
Nichole Hales of Barnstead, NH, and Andrew John Kelley of
Waterville, Maine, were married on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at the
Elks Lodge in Epsom, New Hampshire. The bride is the granddaughter
of Ms. Susan Crawford of Barnstead. The groom is the son of Jen
White of Haines City, Florida and James Kelley of Smithfield, Maine
and stepson of Misty Futch and Karen Kelley. The Maid of Honor was
the bride’s friend, Franchesca Panniello, of Rochester and the
flower girl was Rori Kelley, daughter of the groom. Misty Futch,
wife of Jen White, accompanied the bride down the aisle and James
Kelley, the groom’s father, served as best man. The bride is a
Ballet Instructor at Concord Dance Academy as well as an insurance
agent at Gregg Jodoin’s Allstate Office in Concord. The groom is
employed as a ramp supervisor for United Airlines at
Boston/Manchester Regional Airport. Following the ceremony, a dinner
and dance reception was held at the Elks Lodge in Epsom. After a
honeymoon to Nassau, the Bahamas, the couple will reside in
VNA & Hospice Offers Two New Parent Circles
fall Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice will offer monthly “Parent
Circles” for those grieving the loss of a child. Groups will be
offered in Wolfeboro and Laconia and are free and open to the
Circles” are monthly gatherings for parents who have lost children
at any age to any circumstance. These gatherings were
initiated by local parents who have said how vital and nourishing it
is have ongoing connections with parents who have suffered a loss
like theirs – to listen, to share, to remember, to give and receive
support, and to bear witness to each other.
affects all of who we are – our bodies, minds, hearts,
relationships, and spirit – and each of us will find different paths
to express and cope with our grief. These groups offer an
opportunity to share and learn alongside others whose hearts and
lives have broken open. Together we discuss common grief
experiences and discuss ways of coping with loss and making our way
in a changed world.
Wolfeboro “Parent Circle” will be offered on the 4th Tuesday of the
month from 6:00 – 7:30pm on August 28, September 25, October 23, and
November 27. For more information about the Wolfeboro “Parent
Circle”, please call Rev. Gina Finocchiaro at 569-1555 or
Laconia “Parent Circle” will be offered on the 2nd Thursday of the
month from 6:00-7:30pm on September 13, October 11, and November 15.
For more information about the Laconia “Parent Circle”, please call
Dan Kusch at 524-8444 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
bereavement support groups are based on a deep commitment to honor
each individual and family’s experience,” Dan notes. “Support
means I will walk with you. I will not try to change how you
feel. I will simply be here beside you.”
the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. this month at the
invitation of the White House Intergovernmental Agency.
Elected officials in the State were sent invitations to have an open
discussion with several agencies. It was a bipartisan
delegation at the meeting that included NH State Representatives,
Sheriffs, a City Mayor, and a NH State Senator.
administration is inviting all 50 states to Washington D.C. in hopes
of having an open and transparent dialogue with us. New
Hampshire was the 25th State invited. We heard from several
people representing the following departments:
Intergovernmental Affairs, Veterans Affairs (specifically Veterans
Benefits), National Drug Policy, Housing and Urban Development,
Domestic Policy, Commerce, Transportation, and Education.
last speaker was the Special Assistant to the President and Deputy
Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. He spoke of a few things, but
most importantly he wanted to let us know that school safety is a
top priority for this administration.
had the privilege of speaking with the Deputy Director of the Office
on National Drug Control Policy regarding the addiction crisis in
the country. We discussed when the Opioid crisis was first
noticed, and why it was not addressed earlier. We discussed
what the bureau is doing to prevent the next addiction crisis.
They were very knowledgeable, and we agreed that being proactive
instead of reactive as we are doing now, is the best course of
action. It was great to hear that these agencies are already
feel free to contact me with any questions/concerns.
Representative Barbara Comtois