seeking Community Service volunteers on Saturdays to assist patrons
with their recycling needs.
contact Lisa at 435-6237 if you would like to help out.
Adverse Childhood Experiences
Submitted By Krista Tesseyman
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?
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.
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.
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.
join us on March 6 at 5:30pm at Prospect Mountain High School where
Emily Daniels of herethisnow.org
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
Oscar Foss Memorial Library News
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!
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!
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!
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
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.
Democrats Discuss Energy Solutions In Alton
local Democrats and Independents are invited to attend March’s
meeting of the Tri-Town Democrats of Barnstead, Gilmanton, and
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.
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.
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.
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
Residents Named To Fall 2018 Dean’s List At Saint Michael’s College
following students were named to the Dean’s List at Saint Michael’s
College for the Fall 2018 semester.
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
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.
D. Sanborn, a Senior biology major who is the son of Jane Sanborn of
Gilmanton, and a graduate of Gilford Middle High School.
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
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
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
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.
fought in numerous wars for Israel, spending five years in the
country, before returning to England.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.