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January 23, 2019

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Congratulations to Center Barnstead resident, Kathryn Mary McGinnis, who has been named to Husson University’s President’s List for the Fall 2018 semester.


McGinnis is a senior who is currently enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Studies/Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program.


Students who make the President’s List must carry at least 12 graded credit hours during the semester and earn a grade point average of 3.80 to 4.0 during the period.



Michael Fife of Center Barnstead, majoring in financial information and analysis, has been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2018 semester at Clarkson University.


Congratulations, Michael!



Couple from Iceland to speak at Higher Ground Ministries in Barnstead


On February 3rd Eyjolfur Steinsson and his wife, Thorgerdur will be sharing how God miraculously intervened in their lives. The service is at 10:00 am at 595 South Barnstead Road. The following is by Eyjolfur. 


Is God still working today? 

Often we don’t notice how God is operating in our lives. I was born in 1964 but it wasn’t until 2005 that I received Christ in my life. At that time somebody told me that I could ask God one question. So I thought carefully about what this question should be. I didn’t want to waste it on anything stupid. About six months later as I was lying on my sofa I dropped the question. “How big are you God?” He showed me in the most amazing way. Immediately I was travelling through the heavens and out of time and space, and I got my answer! 


Ten years later in 2015 God showed me how he had been in my life from a very young age. He protected me many times from death and dangerous circumstances, even before I knew him. I was saved from fire, falling down 26 feet to a concrete floor, multiple car accidents without a scratch on my body, and drowning. He even protected my life when I attempted suicide after a very difficult divorce when I was 29 years old. 


Yes, God is definitely still working today and often when we don’t even notice it. “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” 


John 10:10 KJV 


Come and meet them and hear their incredible testimony and what God showed him in the universe.



2019 Barnstead Old Home Day

Submitted By Kathy Kelley


Come on out to JJ’s on Tuesday night, 1/29 at 7 p.m. to meet some neighbors and discuss how we can make this year’s Old Home Day the best one yet!  We’ll choose a theme, discuss layout, format, BIG Dreams for the day, new ideas and thoughts and pick the date so we can line up some great entertainment.


Coming to this meeting doesn’t commit you to future meetings. It just gives you a chance to share ideas.


Questions: How do we get the info out to people that may not have kids in school, read The Suncook Valley Sun, or stop by the Post Office?  What theme could be a positive message to our beautiful town?  What can you bring to the day?  Want to bring some animals… teach a craft…tell stories?  What gift or talent can you share with your neighbors?


Looking forward to hearing ideas on 1/29 at 7 p.m.



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Bring Your Child to the Library Day!


The Oscar Foss Memorial Library invites the families of Barnstead to come to the library on Saturday, February 2nd any time between 10am-1pm for a special children’s day. The children can enjoy lots of fun activities, check out all our newest books, and even get their very own library card. They may discover some other surprises as well, so come and join the fun! 


Adult Book Club

The Adult Book Club meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7pm here at the library. Join us for some great literature and stimulating conversation. Copies of the current book are available at the library. The next meeting is scheduled for February 6th. 


Teen Writers Group

The Teen Writers Group will be meeting on Thursday, February 7th at 6:30pm. This group meets at the library on the first Thursday of each month. Teens 12-18 years are welcome to attend for sharing, discussing and improving their writing. 



Mary Ellen Shannon, RYT offers two yoga classes at the library every Tuesday afternoon, Simply Yoga at 4:15pm for beginners and an All Levels Class at 5:30pm. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. If you have blocks and straps, please bring those also. Classes are by donation and all are welcome and encouraged to attend, regardless of ability to donate. Mary Ellen has been a resident of Barnstead for 18 years and a yoga practitioner for even longer. If you have further questions, please contact Mary Ellen at 269-5030.


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.



Democrats To Elect Officers, Talk Property Taxes


All local Democrats and Independents are invited to attend February’s meeting of the Tri-Town Democrats of Barnstead, Gilmanton, and Alton. Registered Democrats from all three towns are eligible to vote in the caucus elections for town Democratic committee officers and delegates to the Democratic State Convention and to the county Democratic committee.


The Democratic committees of the towns of Gilmanton, Alton, and Barnstead will be holding elections for four volunteer officers (chair, vice chair, secretary, and treasurer) and one delegate-at-large at this meeting.  This is a great way to take an active role in the committee work and strengthen our group’s efforts in the coming two years leading up to the 2020 presidential election.  These five positions also have voting privileges at the NHDP conventions.


In addition, Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky will address the issues of school funding and property taxes, a subject on the minds of many in Barnstead, Gilmanton, and Alton.  As a lawyer, he has represented school children and communities fighting to protect public funding for schools and has been holding forums around the state informing the public about these issues.


The guest speaker will be followed by action 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.


The February 4th meeting will be held at the Barnstead Town Hall, 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.








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