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September 5, 2018

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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!



Barnstead Parks & Recreation is hosting their first annual fishing derby on September 23! Stop by from 7am to 12pm for our fishing derby (ages 13 and up), kids carnival with fun fishing games, and a cookout starting at 11am! Join us on the rec pond off of Dunbarton Drive. Please bring your own rod (limited extras available for kids)! Our cookout will have hotdogs, chips, and drinks, and donations will go towards Parks & Recreation programs. We hope to see you there!



September Tri-Town Democratic Meeting


Two speakers will headline September’s meeting of the Tri-Town Democrats.  Mike Cryans, candidate for District 1 Executive Council, and Anne Grassie, candidate for District 6 State Senator. All local Democrats and Independents are invited to attend this continuing series of meetings focusing on November’s mid-term elections. 


Mike Cryans has been a teacher, banker, financial consultant, and executive director of a non-profit that dealt with substance misuse.  He was a County Commissioner for 19 years.  His issues of concerns include the exodus of young people, the opioid crisis, improvement to the infrastructure including roads and bridges and internet access, and funding for tourism.


Anne Grassie has 30 years working in child care, is a longtime school board member, served 20 years in the NH House of Representatives and spent 9 years on the NH Children’s Trust Board.  She advocates for access to affordable child care, quality education, and economic opportunity. 



The guest speakers will be followed by actions items and community organizing. 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.


This meeting of the Tri-Town Democrats will be held on Monday, September 10th at 6:30 pm at the Alton Senior Community Center, 7 Pearson Road, Alton.  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.



You Are Invited!


Join us this Sunday, September 9th, as we kick off a new year at the Center Barnstead Christian Church with NEW programs for ALL ages!  We will meet at the church at 9:00 AM for the Morning Service where you will hear about the new programs and times that will be starting the following week, September 16th.  Then we will head up to the Barnstead Elementary School for a quick snack followed by some fun games and time together.  There will be a kickball game and a scavenger hunt!!


After games, lunch will be provided for everyone!  This will be a day of family fun, games, and food.  You are invited to join us for this FREE event. Bring your family and friends, too!  If you have been looking for a church to attend, come this Sunday and see what we are all about.


For more information, contact the church at 269-8831 or visit us online at  The Center Barnstead Christian Church is located on Route 126, next to the Town Hall.



Central VNA Offers Grief Arts Workshops and Grief Out Loud! Coffee House


In a recent Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice grief support group, there were tears, laughter, silences, and storytelling – but perhaps nothing moved our group more than when members brought their own guitars and offered songs once shared with loved ones.  Or in halting voices, read the poems or letters they had written their beloveds.  Or even shared a list on pages of notebook paper, each line a few words naming places travelled to together.


Somehow music, writing, and art can help us reach parts of ourselves that we may not reach as readily in any other way.  And when we truly see and hear each other, there can be a different type of healing and connection for which we have no words – but we can feel.


This fall individuals and families of all ages are invited to tap into this beautiful creative energy through a series of workshops called “Arts Music, Nature, and Hope” guided by local artists and a new “Grief Out Loud! Coffee House” offering an open mic for music, poetry, stories and more.


Two Laconia “Arts, Music, Nature, and Hope” workshops will be offered on Saturdays, September 8 and October 13 from 9:00-11:00am.


Two Wolfeboro “Arts, Music, Nature, and Hope” workshops will be offered on Saturdays, September 29 and October 27 from 9:00-11:00am.


These workshops have welcomed children as young as 5 and people “seasoned” beyond 80 and are free and open to the public.  Activities vary and are guided by local artists.  Past activities have included scrap-booking, painting ornaments, jewelry-making, writing, pottery, harp, fly-tying, and more.  Take home what you create.  Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  


Save the date for the first “Grief Out Loud! Coffee House” which will take place in Moultonboro on Friday, October 19 from 6:00–8:00p.  All are invited.  No experience necessary.  Read a loved one’s favorite children’s book or poem.  Play a song.  Tell a loved one’s favorite joke or a story.  Or simply come to listen, support and be inspired by neighbors connected through our shared loss of a loved one.


For more details, locations, to register for any of these events, or to learn more about other forms of bereavement support offered by Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, please call Dan Kusch, Bereavement Care Coordinator 524-8444 or



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Summer Reading Finale & Block Party!

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We had a great summer with our “Libraries Rock!” summer reading program at Oscar Foss Memorial Library this year. The program started with an exciting kick-off event at the Barnstead Elementary School with Magic By George! Our weekly Summertime Songs & Stories and Arts & Crafts programs were well attended and enjoyed by all. Children of all ages had a great time listening to stories, participating in lots of music & movement activities, and making various musical instruments. To end our program this year we had a huge end of summer block party! Everyone enjoyed the many activities offered, including contra dancing and our annual book sale. Participants who completed the reading program received their awards and surprises. Any participants who were unable to attend our ending program can stop by the library to pick up ending packets by September 30th. Congratulations to all for enjoying reading this summer!


The library would like to thank all of our generous sponsors for helping to make our 2018 Summer Reading Program such a success. The Jack & Dorothy Bryne Foundation, CHILIS, Cogswell Benevolent Trust, the NH State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute of Museum & Library Services, and the NH State Library for the KBA grant that assisted with our kick-off event at the Barnstead Elementary School. The Fischer Cats, Gunstock, Rye Airfield, Funspot, Red River Theater, The Piesmith, Bead-It, and Atomic Femme for all of our wonderful raffle prizes. We would also like to thank Sissy’s Sweets and Ice Cream for donating free ice cream cones for all our ending packets. Thank you everyone for a wonderful summer, keep reading and we’ll see you at the library! 


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


Remember the 2015 shock when Martin Shkreli (Turing Pharmaceuticals), raised the price of an anti-parasitic drug from $13.50 a pill to $750 a pill?  Although that example was extreme, skyrocketing US prescription drug prices are a crisis.  Consumer spending on drugs doubled between the 1990’s and 2017 while drug company revenues also increased.  The average annual cost of a brand name prescription drug to treat a chronic health condition was $1,800 in 2007, rising to over $5,800 in 2017, with the 15.5% increase that year being the fourth double digit increase in a row.


With prescription drugs making up approximately 20% of total US health costs, this concerns us all. In 2017 Americans favored transparency in how drug prices are set (86%), allowing Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices (82%) limiting the amount drug companies can charge for high-cost drugs (78%), and allowing us to buy prescription drugs from Canada (71%).


In New Hampshire we have the same problem, with our residents spending over $1 billion in prescription drugs in 2015. Recognizing the problem, our legislators introduced 13 different bills in 2018 to address it, but many of the bills in this hodge-podge were very narrow.


One bill, HB 1418, was more comprehensive, providing for the establishment of a commission to study greater transparency in pharmaceutical costs.  The commission was to propose “changes to NH law” to “reduce the rising cost of pharmaceuticals”, with an ongoing body to gather data and recommend action to control the price increases.


Passed in the NH House by a huge majority (312 to 17), it then passed in the Senate on a voice vote before being signed into law by Governor Sununu.  I would have voted enthusiastically for HB 1418; Rep. Howard (my opponent in the Belknap District 8 race, Alton, Gilmanton and Barnstead), voted against it.


Ruth Larson




Letter To The Editor


Kathy Preston has been my neighbor for many years. The best neighbor you can ask for. Anytime we needed a hand, we would just have to ask. She has worked tirelessly on town committees and boards. Kathy is an amazing woman. An entrepreneur, a business woman, an innovator, a woman of compassion and care, a promoter of the arts and a loving mother and grandmother.


Her projects like the Hampstead Players brought art, and the application of art, into the classrooms for our children. One of the most impressive aspects of our dear neighbor’s career is her belief in the true concepts of freedom. She understands freedom better than any of us. She was born and lived as a child in the Nazi-controlled area of Europe. She saw her family die as victims of the Holocaust. She was hunted. She knows what life is like when all your freedoms are removed. I am a country boy, living in the country for most of my eighty-four years, with the exception of three years Combat Engineering during the Korean War. To me, country is freedom. To me, Kathy is the freedom candidate of the Live Free or Die State.


Vote for Kathy Preston, NH State Representative, Barnstead.


Peer Kraft-Lund

Center Barnstead




Leigh H. Welcome

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Leigh H. Welcome, 93, with residences in Center Barnstead, NH and Apollo Beach, Florida died at Concord Hospital on August 20th.  He was the son of the late William and Leila Welcome.


Leigh is survived by his loving family; his wife of 70 years, Cora (Barnard), a daughter, Carol Borg and her husband John, of Farmington, NH, son-in-law, Allan Brown of Center Barnstead, daughter-in-law, Teresa Brown of Chichester.  Other members of his family include a sister, Barbara Perry of Pembroke, grandsons, Kenneth Carter of Bedford, NY, Owen Borg and his wife, Kelly of Williamsburg, VA, Jaron Borg of Essex, VT, granddaughters, Kristin Carter of Martinsburg, WV, Katie Bennette and her husband, Ross of Chichester, Brittany Bullock and her husband, “Chip”, of Chichester, and his great grandchildren, Isaac and Lexy Dolan, Addisen and Alyssa Borg, Leigh and John Bennette and Colton Bullock. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. He is pre-deceased by a daughter, Gail Carter Brown and a son, Leigh Richard Welcome as well as brothers William, Frederick and Victor Welcome and sisters Norma Dudley and Harriette Hopkins.


Leigh was a lifelong resident of Concord and attended Concord High School until he joined the United States Navy.  He served on the USS Cofer during World War II with action in North Africa and the South Pacific.  Following his naval service, he was employed at John Swenson Granite Co. for many years, retiring as plant superintendent.  After his retirement he sold and built log homes and  served as Lookout Watchman at Oak Hill Tower for the NH Division of Forests and Lands.


In his younger years he was an avid sportsman.  He loved fishing and hunting and snowmobiling. As years went by spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren brought him great joy!


A celebration of his life was held at a Suncook Lake in Barnstead on August 25th.  His interment will take place on a later date at the Soucook Cemetery, Concord, NH.


His family wishes to express gratitude for the wonderful care he received from the nurses and staff of 5 North at the Concord Hospital.








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