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February 13, 2019

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BCEP is seeking Community Service volunteers on Saturdays to assist patrons with their recycling needs.


Please contact Lisa at 435-6237 if you would like to help out.



Brian Young, Museum Curator, To Speak In Center Barnstead


Brian Young will make a return visit to New Hampshire to speak at the Center Barnstead Christian Church on Sunday, February 17, at 10:00 AM.  Mr. Young, an internationally known speaker and author, was a Nebraska teacher and principal for ten years before becoming director of Creation Instruction Association and the Semisaurus Mobile Creation Museum.


For over 25 years, Brian Young has been involved in debates at universities, in prisons and sharing at churches, schools and camps around the world to youth and adults alike. He uses scientific demonstrations and high-energy talks filled with both scientific facts and Biblical truth. So come and listen as Brian uses science and the Bible to show us how everything began.


Center Barnstead Christian Church is located right across from the town hall.  Any questions please go to our website or call the church at 603-269-8831. 



Belknap County Sheriff’s Department

Submitted On Behalf Of Sheriff Mike Moyer, Belknap County Sheriff


On February 2, 2019 the Belknap County Sheriff’s Department in partnership with the Belknap County Drug Task Force, Belmont, New Hampton, Tilton Police Departments and the Belknap County Attorney’s Office conducted a drug intradiction operation in the towns of Belmont, New Hampton and Tilton.  This was a combined resources operation targeting drug trafficking and possession of illegal narcotics in and around the communities. 


As a result of the daytime event, Investigators conducted 109 traffic stops, made (6) on-site narcotic violation arrests, (6) outstanding warrant arrests, (1) DWI arrest and (1) arrest for disobeying an officer. Additional arrests may be forthcoming as the investigations continue.


Belknap County Law Enforcement will continue ramping up efforts to identify, arrest and convict those who traffic and possess illicit drug in our community. Funds provided by the 2019 Opioid Reduction Grant, which were awarded to the Belknap County Sheriff’s Department and partners in late 2018, have proven to be beneficial to the efforts of drug intradiction. Our mission is to continue to conduct intradiction operations and illicit drug trafficking, drug distribution and drug possession investigations throughout the remainder of the year. 


“If you are a drug trafficker or drug dealer in our community, let it be known we are looking for you, in time we will find you and we will put you in prison.  We have a compliment of dedicated drug investigators and highly skilled patrol officers who are actively in pursuit of you. Your time is coming.” 


The Belknap County Drug Task Force along with participating area law enforcement agencies cannot be successful without the assistance and support of the citizens. We welcome information as it relates to illicit drug dealing and criminal offenses and will continue to follow up on leads/tips as they are developed. 


Quoted is by Sgt William H. Wright.  For additional information please contact Sgt Wright at 603-729-1259 or [email protected]



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Anti-Valentine Day


On February 14th teens ages 12-18 are invited to celebrate an Anti-Valentine Day at the library. Join us for some fun “anti-mushy stuff” activities and movies. Light refreshments will be available.


Afterschool Club

The library afterschool club meets monthly every third Friday from 3-4pm. The next meeting is scheduled for February 15th. Join us for games, experiments, challenges, art projects, and books. This club is for children in grades 3-6. Please contact Christy at the library with any questions about this program.


Paper Crafting Workshop: Book Page Art

Join us on Thursday, February 21st at 6pm for our paper crafting workshop and make a book page wreath and more! Registration is required for this event.


Family Bingo for Books!

Bring the whole family for a fun night of Bingo and win some books on Friday, February 22nd from 6-8pm! This event is free and light refreshments will be served. 


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.



Community Game Night February 16th


Yeaw, it’s February already.  That big blood red eclipse is history!  I did get to see it though, through my steep skylight, my not so steep one was still covered with snow.  So I had to squeeze up close and look up through a very obtuse angle.  To be honest, I didn’t think it was very red, but what do I know.  I do know that we’re going to have another get together on the 16th for another game night up at Sticks and Stones Farm.  It will be just a few days before this months full moon, so with the snow, it will truly be bright outside if it’s a clear night.  Stop on by and spend some time with us playing games or just sitting by the wood stove.  


Last month it was so cold and windy that everyone kind of congregated in the area around the wood stove.  A couple of new families joined us and we hope they all come back and bring some friends.  There has become a regular cribbage rivalry going on.  I’ve been able to keep up well enough but last month the cards just weren’t very agreeable.  Too many 19’s.  All I can say is at least I didn’t get skunked.  We’ll keep trying.  Home rollin bowlin is always popular as there’s no limit to the number of people who can play at one time.  So we hope to see you there.


It will be happening at Sticks & Stones Farm, which is located at 107 White Oak Road in Center Barnstead. which is located on the right side, not to far from the top of the hill when coming from Route 28. There will be snacks and hot chocolate and cider as well as other goodies I’m sure.  So please consider coming over.  Bring a friend, bring your family, and bringing any beverages you’d like to drink.  It’ll be February 16th from 5 to 9PM so we hope to see you there.  Brought to you by the Barnstead Agricultural Association.  For more information call: 603-776-8989  or email: [email protected]



Barnstead Chili Cook-Off March 9


Center Barnstead Christian Church is hosting the 3rd annual Chili Cook-off Extravaganza at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March the 9th.  You will have your chance to let Barnstead know how well you make chili.  We are sure that there are fire and police employees and other town citizens who have a mouth watering recipe that would satisfy the taste buds of our community neighbors.  


Make a crock pot of your chili.  Bring it to the Extravaganza and let it be judged by our Barnstead tasters.  Everyone is invited to enter even if you entered a pot in the contest in past years.


Contestants can pre-register at the website, * if they wish. Have your chili at the church between 4:30 and 5:00. Doors open for everyone to taste the chili at 5:00. Church members will supply all the corn bread and extras. There is no entry fee.  First, second, and third place cash prizes will be awarded. 



University Of New Hampshire Announces December 2018 Graduates


The following students graduated from the University of New Hampshire in December 2018. Students who received the honor of summa cum laude graduated with a GPA of 3.85-4.0; students who received the honor of magna cum laude graduated with a GPA of 3.65-3.84; and students who received the honor of cum laude graduated with a GPA of 3.50-3.64. Students are only graduated after the Registrar’s Office has certified that all degree requirements have been successfully completed. Participating in the commencement ceremony is the act of honoring and celebrating academic achievement.


James Caron of Center Barnstead


Ella Montminy of Center Barnstead


Zachary Gagnon of Epsom


Jessica Ohrenberger of Northwood


Nicholas Derocher of Northwood








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