Suncook Valley Business Directory
Suncook Valley » Home
» Business Directory
» NH Classifieds
» NH Obituaries
» Suncook Valley Sun Archives
» Advertise
» Contact

  Suncook Serves the Towns of:

Barnstead, Chichester, Epsom, Gilmanton, Northwood, and Pittsfield NH

Submit NH Classifieds, Events, Notices, and Obituaries to [email protected].











Business Directory






Suncook Valley Sun Historical Archive


(note: we are NOT affiliated with the Suncook Valley Sun Newspaper.






Barnstead NH News

February 20, 2019

The Suncook Valley Sun News Archive is Maintained by Modern Concepts. We are NOT affliated in any way with the Suncook Valley Sun Newspaper.


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.



Adverse Childhood Experiences 

Submitted By Krista Tesseyman


As parents, we know that if we love, nurture and support our children, they will become the leaders of tomorrow.  But what if the children weren’t always loved, nurtured and supported? What if they they started life surrounded by abuse, neglect and household dysfunction? When love isn’t enough, what happens?


Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) encompasses and examines Abuse (physical, emotional, sexual), Neglect (physical and emotional) and Household Dysfunction (mental illness, mother treated violently, divorce, incarcerated relative and substance abuse). As the number of ACEs increase, so does the risk for negative outcomes.


My kids didn’t ask for it but live at an ACEs score of 10. My 10’s are playing with your 0’s. You should know what that all means. As a member of the Barnstead Community and a mother to two adopted children who were removed from the care of their biological parents, I urge you to get informed. Barnstead is home to the highest number of foster homes in the state of New Hampshire. High ACEs scores are all around us.


At an ACEs score of 6, a person is 4,600% more likely to become an IV drug user and between 4,100% and 5,000% more likely to attempt suicide. Resiliency starts with parents and caregivers. Building healthy relationships with both adults and children will help reduce the effects of ACEs. Having a supportive community that understands and wants to be part of the movement is everything everyone who is affected could ask for.


Please join us on March 6 at 5:30pm at Prospect Mountain High School where Emily Daniels of presents about the impact of ACEs on development and learning, behavior, and overall physical and mental health. ACEs impact all members of community in some way. Please come help build resiliency in yourself, your family and your community. Childcare and Pizza will be provided. There is no barrier for you to be a part of our evolving community!



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Meet the Candidates Night


Meet the Candidates Night will be held Thursday, February 28th at the Barnstead Town Hall at 7:00 p.m. The Oscar Foss Memorial Library is pleased to sponsor this event. All candidates for Town and School offices have been invited to participate. Bring along your questions and have a chance to hear the candidates speak on the issues. We are planning to make a recording that will be available for viewing on our website. There is parking at the Town Hall and also parking behind and beside the Library.


Celebrate Dr. Seuss!

The library invites families to join us on Saturday, March 2nd any time between 10am-1pm to celebrate Dr. Seuss. We will be playing games, doing crafts, and having yummy treats in honor of Dr. Seuss’ Birthday. Come in and have fun celebrating with us Dr. Seuss style!


Teen Advisory Group

The OFML Teen Advisory Group is a group of teens ages 12-18 who assist the library with a number of things such as; program development, tech advisor, and collection development. You can also help out by shelving and covering books, setting up for programs or assisting with preparations for some of our children’s programs. Participation looks great on college applications, and everything qualifies for community service hours! Meetings are held the fourth Thursday of the month at 4pm. You can get started by filling out the form online, or by picking up our brochure at the library. For updates on our YA programs and events, be sure to follow OFML Teen Advisors on Facebook and check out our Instagram and YouTube channel!


Story Hour

Just a reminder that Story Hour will not be held during school vacation weeks. Story Hour is held every Wednesday at 10am from September through May and follows the Barnstead school calendar for days off. Please check our website or WMUR for cancellations due to inclement weather. 


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 Discuss Energy Solutions In Alton


All local Democrats and Independents are invited to attend March’s meeting of the Tri-Town Democrats of Barnstead, Gilmanton, and Alton.


The March 4th guest speaker will be Henry Herndon, the director of Local Energy Solutions for Clean Energy NH. Herndon is committed to working with New Hampshire’s cities, towns, and local energy committees to advance 21st century energy solutions across the Granite State. Henry will discuss ongoing legislative energy issues relating to net metering, municipal and community energy opportunities, and any other pertinent energy 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. This is a great way to take an active role in the committee work and strengthen the group’s efforts in the coming two years leading up to the 2020 presidential election. 


The March 4th meeting will be held at the Alton Senior Community Center, 7 Pearson Road, Alton at 6:30 pm.  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. Email [email protected] for more information.



Local Residents Named To Fall 2018 Dean’s List At Saint Michael’s College


The following students were named to the Dean’s List at Saint Michael’s College for the Fall 2018 semester.


* Chase L. Plante, a Senior sociology and anthropology & international relations major who is the son of Jamie Carrier-Edge and Derek Edge of Center Barnstead, and a graduate of Prospect Mountain High School.


* Elizabeth J. Donzello-Jewett, a Sophomore biology major who is the daughter of Lori Jewett and Jean Donzello of Chichester, and a graduate of Pembroke Academy.


* Kaitlyn P. Roukey, a Senior English & secondary education major who is the daughter of Angela Roukey and David Roukey of Epsom, and a graduate of Pembroke Academy.


* Owen D. Sanborn, a Senior biology major who is the son of Jane Sanborn of Gilmanton, and a graduate of Gilford Middle High School.


A student who has completed a minimum of fourteen credits of classes with grades, not including classes with a grade “P”, and achieves a grade point average of at least 3.5 in a particular semester is cited on the Dean’s List for that semester. A student whose record includes the grade of I or X (incomplete) in a particular semester is not eligible for inclusion on the Dean’s List, either at the end of the semester or when the I or X is changed to a permanent letter grade.




Gordon Preston

1946 – 2019

Barnstead Preston.jpg

On Sunday, February 10, 2019 my love, my husband of forty-three years, died peacefully at home surrounded by love. I thank everybody for the incredible outpouring of appreciation for Gordon – thank you for the cards, phone calls, messages, flowers, visits, and love from the community.


Gordon grew up in England, the son of a Scottish mother and English father. In his late teens, he became an avid rock climber and started racing motorbikes – a passion that lasted his lifetime. He became an engineer and got his first job with Rolls Royce Aeronautics. In his twenties, he decided to see the world. On his journey through the Middle East, he ended up in Israel, where he worked for the Weitzman Institute of Science, before getting a job building a factory on a Kibbutz. 


When war broke out in Israel, he was asked to leave for his own safety, which he found impossible. How could he leave his friends on the Kibbutz and come back later to ask, “Did you have a nice war?” So, Israel put him in uniform.


He fought in numerous wars for Israel, spending five years in the country, before returning to England.


While living in his home country, Gordon worked for British companies, exporting refinery & building equipment to the Middle East. Throughout this time, his hobbies included lots of dangerous sports – like skydiving, sailing and skiing in dangerous places (and still his beloved motorbike racing). 


Starting to feel that Europe was becoming too crowded for him, he emigrated to America. He wanted to bring up our sons in a freer and more exciting environment. For several years, he exported American equipment and materials to the Middle East. 


He fell in love with this country and grew deep roots in our town of Barnstead. He enjoyed the New England culture of participation in government. Barnstead selected him Citizen of the Year in 2016. Quoting from the annual report: “Since Gordon moved to Barnstead over thirty years ago, he has been involved in our community in various ways. He was a volunteer member of the fire department and rescue squad when his family first moved to town. After he became a United States citizen, he ran for school board and served for multiple terms. Always looking for a new challenge, he ran for Select Board, where he [served] for many years.


Gordon and his family helped many residents after the tornado of 2008. You could find him out with a chain saw, clearing roads and checking on residents who had a difficult time. Friday nights, Gordon had a standing date to visit a restaurant in Concord, where he picked up bread and brought it to Barnstead, bagged it up, and delivered it to the food pantry on Saturday mornings.


Gordon does not like to brag about helping other people; he just gets it done. Barnstead is extremely lucky to have someone like Gordon who gives selflessly to the town and its people.”


He was happiest on his tractor, haying our field for his horses, and loved all aspects of country life. He loved his family. And above all, he believed in standing up for the truth, and never backed down from fighting for his principles. I hope people remember a vibrant, enthusiastic man who loved this town so much.


Gordon is survived by his wife, Kathy Preston, his four sons, and four granddaughters. Instead of a funeral, we are hosting a celebration of his life at our home on July 27 from morning until night. We will have camping, good food, music, and a joyous celebration of this great man. Please come to celebrate with our family.








SiteMap | Home | Advertise | NH Classifieds | About


Copyright © 2007-2019 Modern Concepts Website Design NH. All Rights Reserved.


NH Campgrounds | NH Events

We are NOT affliated in any way with the Suncook Valley Sun Newspaper