Barnstead NH News

April 6, 2011


Strafford Wind Symphony community concert with University of Maine’s Symphonic Band “Let the Batons Swing” concert, on April 16th, 7:30 pm.

Donations accepted at the door of Sanford Memorial Gymnasium at Sanford High School, ME.

Pieces include a world premier of local composer, Morton Gold’s, II Prayer from Concerto for Oboe and Keith Gates’ Concertino for Flute and Wind Ensemble (1996).
For more information

Pancake Breakfast with the Easter Bunny.
• Sunday April 10th
• 7:00 - 11:00 am
• Prospect Mountain High School café
Help support PMHS baseball teams.


Democratic Minority Leader And Former

Speaker Of The House To Speak  In Laconia

The Belknap County Democrats, in conjunction with the New Hampshire Democratic party, are sponsoring a:

Community Town Hall Meeting
• Monday, April 11th
• 6:00 PM
• At the Laconia High School Library
• Featuring: Democratic Minority Leader, and former Speaker of the House, Terri Norelli and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, Matthew Houde.

They will provide a legislative update and discuss state issues, including the key features of the proposed budget, and the implications and effects for NH’s  cities and towns, its citizens, economy, education, and the future of our state.  Rep. Norelli and Sen. Houde will also answer audience questions.

All members of the community are invited.  This year’s budget will directly and greatly affect every NH resident.  Please join your neighbors in learning more about what is happening and having your questions answered.  For further information, contact Ed Allard, 366-2575.



The Belknap County 4-H Fair Is A Go!

The 4-H Fair meeting held on March 10th drew over 50 people who showed their support and volunteer spirit to continue the tradition of the Belknap County 4-H Fair, which is the only 4-H Fair in the State of New Hampshire. Thanks to the people who showed up and stepped forward to help “share the load” the 68th Annual 4-H Fair will happen this summer on August 13th and 14th.

Meeting attendees talked about what makes the Belknap County 4-H Fair special. Many echoed the same sentiment of the 4-H Fair being a small and intimate agricultural fair, with a family friendly atmosphere, as opposed to the louder carnival atmosphere at the larger fairs.

“Where else can you go and see a kid walking around with his cow and stopping so kids can get up close to pet it and ask questions?” asked 4-H parent Stephanie Davis, “You can hear the animals and it’s a safe place for your children to be,” she added. Others commented that the Yankee craft exhibit barn and the old-fashioned chicken barbecue are also highlights of the fair.

Long-time Fair Board members and volunteers Wendy and Fred French and Paula Glover were relieved and extremely happy that people showed up to volunteer and keep the fair going. Fran Wendelboe accepted the nomination for President and a thunderous round of applause and cheers broke out in the room when the nomination was seconded and approved. Katie Laux volunteered to fill the vacant Treasurer position, another critical position on the board that needed to be filled.

A key theme at the meeting was sharing the workload and developing committees so that board members are not doing all the work and becoming overwhelmed or burned out. The 4-H State Program Leader Wendy Brock attended the meeting and was instrumental in facilitating the discussion on the importance of building a solid infrastructure for the board so it can function to capacity.

Long-time volunteer and former board member Dana Chase volunteered to be the Facilities and Grounds Manager. Jamie Clark volunteered to manage Concessions, and Sherrie Bellerose volunteered her talents to chair the Public Relations and Advertising Committee. Donna Clifford and Don McNulty volunteered to work with the Treasurer on the newly formed Finance Committee. Stephanie Davis offered to be the new Volunteer Manager, a key person to coordinate volunteers and schedule work days with Chase before the fair.

This year’s fair will take place on August 13th and 14th at the Fairgrounds in Belmont. To learn more about the fair, visit Volunteers are still needed, and there are a variety of areas for volunteers to share their time and talents. Contact the 4-H office at 527-5475 or e-mail Volunteer Manager Stephanie Davis at for more information.

Long-time 4-H Volunteers and Fair Organizers Fred and Wendy French enjoyed a rare moment to relax during last year’s 4-H Fair. The Frenches are delighted that new volunteers came forward to help, and the 68th Annual Belknap County 4-H Fair will be held on August 13 and 14.



Senator Jim Forsythe To Address Barnstead/Alton

Republican Committee (BARC)

The next meeting of the Barnstead/Alton Republican Committee (BARC) will be held on Tuesday, April 12 at 6:30 pm (5:30 pm if you wish to have dinner; at your option) at J.J. Goodwin’s Restaurant, 769 Suncook Valley Highway (Rt 28), in Center Barnstead.
Immediately following the business portion of the meeting, District 4 State Senator Jim Forsythe will be our guest speaker.  Senator Forsythe is a member of the Senate Transportation Committee and Vice Chairman of the Senate Education Committee.

Senator Forsythe will share his thoughts about the many bills that have been introduced, including the NH State Budget.  For more information, please send an email to



Sheriff Craig Wiggin To Address Belknap County

Republican Committee Meeting

The Belknap County Republican Committee is pleased to announce that Belknap County Sheriff Craig Wiggin will be the Guest Speaker at their next meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 13 at the Shang Hai Restaurant, 331 South Main St., Laconia. 

Immediately following a short business meeting beginning at 6:30 pm, Sheriff Wiggin will address the Committee explaining the background and workings of the Belknap Regional Special Operations Team.  In addition, Sheriff Wiggin will take your questions and listen to your comments. 

Per the usual meeting format, if you’re interested in having dinner (at your option) or want to socialize before the meeting, plan to arrive as early as 5:30 pm.  For more information, please send an email to




Phyllis P. Beck

Phyllis P. Beck, 85, of 3 Upper Suncook Lane, died March 30th at the Epsom Health Care Center following a brief Illness.

She was born in Brockton, MA., the daughter of William and Lillian Headden, and has lived in Barnstead for over 40 years.

She is survived by her husband Basil Beck of Barnstead; two sons, William Beck and Bryan Beck both of Barnstead;   a daughter Gail Ozuna of Mount Pleasant, TX; ten grandchildren, thirteen  great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren.

There are no visiting hours. Services will be at the family's convenience. Donations in her memory may be made to the Barnstead Fire and Rescue, Barnstead, NH 03218. The Perkins and Pollard Memorial Home, Pittsfield, is assisting with arrangements.













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