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February 27, 2019

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Ash Wednesday Taizé Worship Service, March 6, 2019


The Congregational Church of North Barnstead (CCNB) cordially invites you to attend a contemplative, Ash Wednesday Taizé worship service, March 6 at 7:00 p.m.


Taizé is an informal, ecumenical prayer service focusing on reconciliation, peace, and social justice. Prayers, sacred silence, Scripture readings and songs encourage those gathered to enter together into the mystery of God’s presence. Organist and vocalist Cheryl Richardson will lead songs that are short and contain words of Scripture. Sung communally and repetitively, they become a unifying prayer and engender inner peace. For this service, the ritual of “Earth to Earth, Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust” will lead us into the Lenten season.


Taizé worship began 78 years ago in Taize’, a small village in the Burgundy region of France. It has spread world-wide by those seeking to promote peace and reconciliation where they live and work. Taizé attracts over 100,000 people each year.


This peaceful candlelight service lasts 45 minutes. CCNB, a beautiful “year round” church built in 1820, is at 504 North Barnstead Road (turn right at the end of Peacham). Please come and join in as we begin the season of Lent. All are welcome!



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Teen Escape Room!


Join us on Friday, March 8th at 6pm for our exciting Teen Escape Room! Teens in grades 6-12 can stop by or call the library to register. This event is limited to 8 participants, so sign up now!


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 March 6th. 


Teen Writers Group

The Teen Writers Group will be meeting on Thursday, March 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 is a resident of Barnstead and has been a yoga practitioner for many years. 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.



Center Barnstead Christian Church To Host Teen Challenge


Teen Challenge, an addiction rehab center located in Manchester, NH, will be at the Center Barnstead Christian Church, on Sunday March 3rd.  Teen Challenge is a Christian-based organization that first started in New York City in the 1960’s and has expanded not only in the United States but around the world.  Teen Challenge’s vision is “Freeing all people from life-controlling issues through the power of Jesus Christ.” 


According to the CDC, the overall drug overdose death rates in the United States, increased by 21.5 percent in 2018.  Teen Challenge’s program, using their purpose-driven goals and Christ-centered principles have seen their recovery rate consistently exceed government and other private recovery programs.  Many of their recovering clients have continued working with the organization as counselors and mentors.  


Come join us on March 3, 2019 at 10:00 AM to hear testimonies of men that were struggling with addictions of many kinds, but are now set free, on a path that has given them a new life of hope and purpose.


Center Barnstead Christian Church is located next to the Town Hall. For more information please go to our website or call the church at 603-269-8831.





Dear Folks of Barnstead,

I support and encourage voters to re-elect Ed Tasker to Board of Selectman this March. I have lived in Barnstead these past 36+ years, taking note of tradition in a conservative republican. A family legacy, being stoic and steadfast.


Ed Tasker is a man that has fortitude with compassion serving his community through his whole life. As well as a member of the Historical Society, past Conservation, Budget, Zoning Committees and  Planning Board member, he has worked with people honorably, having an open heart listening to his constituents.


Open-minded, thoughtful, and contemporary with the present problems of the day, he is candid with ideas of candle power and luminous intensity. Please vote for Ed Tasker, a patriot with reasonability that “keeps-a-going” for our town.



Doug Darrell

Ctr. Barnstead



Clean Energy Solutions Meeting


Energy solutions are the topic of discussion for the March 4th meeting of the Tri-Town Democrats of Barnstead, Gilmanton, and Alton. Henry Herndon, the director of Local Energy Solutions for Clean Energy NH, will discuss ongoing legislative energy issues relating to net metering, municipal and community energy opportunities, and any other pertinent energy issues. 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.


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


The guest speaker will be followed by action items and community organizing. These monthly meetings (typically the first Monday) 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.




Maureen M. White

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BEDFORD – Maureen M. White, 76, of Bedford, formerly of Auburn, passed away on Monday, February 11, 2019 following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s.


Born on January 28, 1943 in Manchester, she was the daughter of the late John and Catherine (Tierney) Ritter.


Maureen worked for many years at General Electric until her retirement. She enjoyed traveling with her late husband to wherever he would take her, especially the beach. She also enjoyed cooking as well as time spent with her grandchildren.


Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Roger White as well as a brother, Thomas Ritter.


She is survived by her sons, Kevin Bernier and his significant other, Jana Bunker and Robert Bernier; a sister, Nancy Parry and her husband Michael and two brothers, Robert Ritter and his wife Diane and John Ritter, three grandchildren, Michael Bernier, Julia and Colby as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.


A Celebration of Maureen’s life was held on Friday, February 22nd in the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home in Epsom. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit








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