Barnstead NH News

December 2, 2009


Gift Baskets And More
90 Shackford Corner Road
Center Barnstead, NH
Friday, November 27th
Sunday, December 6th
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Nancy Boyd Kennedy


Don’t forget the Craft Fair being held at the First Congregational Church in Pittsfield this Saturday, the 5th of December from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A wonderful variety of crafts, handwork, Christmas greens and much, much more.



To Brothers and Sisters of the United States of America:
I just had to say something, over the ruling made by a U.S. District Judge,  in South Carolina, over a cross  in front of stain glass window along with the words “I Believe” on a license plate. I understand his ruling was unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment ban on establishment of religion by government.

My first question has he read the First Amendment of our Constitution?

Has he read what Thomas Jefferson wrote about our Constitution and Amendments?

Thomas Jefferson said “On every question of construction, (let us) carry ourselves Back to the time when the Constitution was adopted,  recollect   the spirit    manifested   in the debates, and  instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, Conform to the probable one in which it was  passed.”

1ST. Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,  or  prohibiting  the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

How do they get ban of establishment of religion out of these words? As Thomas Jefferson said nothing hidden. I see that the Judge in question and all judges that have ruled against religion, [ the wording separation of church and state does not exist in our constitution, or any amendments,] have violated the 1st Amendment by prohibiting the free exercise of religion. Remember our Supreme Court and U.S. District Justices can only make rulings on constitutionality and can not make law.

Read the Constitution of The United States by National center of constitutional studies 2009. Our Forefathers wanted God in our country.

God Bless America
Andy Houle, N.H.



Fox Tale Books To Hold Ladies Night Out

Fox Tale Books is having its first “Ladies Night Out” Wednesday, Dec. 2nd from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  This is an evening that ladies can get out and shop at their leisure without husbands pulling them one way and children pulling them the other. And because it is for ladies only, we are featuring several specials and events for women only.  It is a great way to meet new people and connect with those you haven’t seen lately.

At 6:45 p.m. we are lucky to have Alton’s own Patty Belanger reading and signing her hit book I’m on Pause. A collection of poetry, it humorously deals with that time in every woman’s life when she begins to sweat like a pig, turn into a monster and become bright red for no reason at all. If you don’t relate to this time in your life yet, you soon will. We will be auctioning off two t-shirts to two lucky attendees.

Also attending will be Darlene McKenzie of Dove Chocolate Discoveries, one of the most respected names in the business. Dove uses only the best ingredients in all their products. There will be plenty of chocolate samples to try, including their decadent chocolate martini. These make wonderful presents all year long, but especially during this holiday season.

Pam Nason will also be here supplying hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Wildtree Herbs. You won’t find hydrogenated fats, preservatives, artificial flavors and additives in these food products. But you will find many sauces, spices and oils that will make your food preparation easier and tastier. A great idea for gift baskets this season.

Constantly forgetting to get that card in the mail?  Marcie of Send Out Cards has the solution for you.  Imagine having your computer alert you when you need to send out a card, printing the card with the image you want and the sentiment you want, signing your signature and sending it out. This is a great service for the harried lady who is trying to do it all.  What a great present for the woman who doesn’t have enough hours in the day.

Fox Tale Books is located at 5 Monument Square(where Rte. 140 meets Rte. 11) in Alton.  To reserve a copy of I’m on Pause or if you have any questions, please call 875-3690 or email us at  We are also on Facebook.



Republicans Announce Meeting/Christmas-Hanukkah Party

The Barnstead-Alton Republican Committee (BARC) will hold their next monthly meeting on Tuesday, December 8 at J.J. Goodwin’s Restaurant (upstairs), 769 Suncook Valley Rd (Rt 28), Center Barnstead - (603) 364-9780. Following our normal format, dinner (at your option) is at 5:30 pm; the meeting will begin at 6:30 pm.

At all previous meetings, BARC has featured notables including current office holders as well as Republican candidates for office in the upcoming 2010 elections as our guest speakers. Last month, US Senate candidate Ovide Lamontagne was the guest speaker, taking numerous questions from those in attendance. At the next meeting (December 8), BARC is pleased to announce that yet another candidate for US Senate, Jim Bender, will be the featured guest speaker.

Mr. Bender has more than 25 years as a businessman and entrepreneur who has used his problem-solving and management skills to turn-around and expand underperforming businesses.

With a background in technology, finance, and economics, Jim hopes to use his private sector expertise to address the challenges facing New Hampshire. His goals as a Washington “outsider” include growing the economy and increasing the number of jobs in New Hampshire, while at the same time demonstrating fiscal responsibility, good governance, and public trust.

Jim has successfully started and grown companies that have ultimately employed hundreds of New Hampshire residents. He hopes to apply the same techniques and problem solving skills as US Senator in helping to pull both the US and New Hampshire economy’s out of the current recession by spurring needed growth in revenue, in jobs, and in investments.

In addition to his business ventures, Jim has been involved in a variety of local charitable causes such as fundraising for a new church in Nashua, and working on many other local projects in and around his home town of Hollis, New Hampshire for the past 23 years. Jim is a family man; he and his wife, Susan, have been married for 28 years, and they have two daughters, Jackie and Lauren, both graduates of Boston College. The entire family has been active in their church’s friendly visitor program for more than ten years.

Jim has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology from Lowell Technological Institute, and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. (See Jim’s website for more details.)

In addition to hearing from Mr. Bender, the agenda also includes:

• Christmas/Hanukkah Celebration
• The regular monthly legislative update from our State Representatives
• Another (yes, another!!) Special Election update – two primaries in December and one in January, followed by general elections, as well as the results of the recount for the State Representative seat in Concord
• Further updates on the ever-changing candidate lineup for the various State and Federal offices
• Discussion of the current “happenings” in Washington, and how to get involved in planned nationwide events

This is an open invitation to all area Republicans; feel free to just walk-in and join us at BARC for some enlightening conversation, debate, and friendship….no RSVP needed! We have members from Alton, Barnstead, Wolfeboro, Meredith, Laconia and other surrounding towns who enjoy the meetings because they’re informal, up close, and personal. The November 2010 elections will be here before you know it; now is the time to get involved so that we can “Change for the Better” rather than simply "Change"!

December 8, 5:30 or 6:30 pm, JJ Goodwin’s Restaurant – it’s time to hop on the band-wagon and join our grass-roots organization!

For more information, please send an email to or visit the BARC website,



Jonathan And Melissa Jackson At Center Barnstead Christian Church

Jonathan and Melissa Jackson will be visiting with the Center Barnstead Christian Church this Sunday, December 6th. Jonathan will be speaking during the 9:00 AM Morning Service and during Sunday School at 10:15 AM.

The Jackson family are missionaries with New Tribes Mission in Papua New Guinea, church planting and sharing the Gospel with those who have never heard. Come this Sunday and hear more about how God is working in this family’s life. The Center Barnstead Christian Church is located on Route 126, next to the Town Hall. For more information please call the church at 269-8831.



Letter To The Editor

On the early morning hours of November 28th we were the victims of someone stealing our snowblower from our locked shed.

We, like most, struggle daily to make our mortgage payments and ends meet with the economy the way it is. We both suffer from underlying medical issues that prevent us from shoveling and relied on the snowblower to get us though the winter. We can’t afford another one as we are barely making it now. We are pleading with the person or persons responsible for this careless act, to return this to us with no questions asked. We can be reached at 207-890-0431 if any one has any information where we can find this. It is a 2007 Tecumseh (Snow King), please return it.

Thanks and Happy Holidays,
Wanda Merrill
Katy Riehl
Locke Lake Colony




Alcide J. Grenier

Center Barnstead - Alcide "Al" Joseph Grenier, 85, of Center Barnstead and Lake Placid, Fla., formerly of Manchester, died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, at Concord Hospital.

Mr. Grenier was born Nov. 2, 1924, in Manchester, to Ledonia and Eva (Daigneault) Grenier. He attended local schools and graduated from Manchester West High School. He lived in Manchester prior to his retirement when he split his time between Center Barnstead and Lake Placid, Fla.

During World War II, he served with the U.S. Navy as a signalman.

Al worked for the Manchester Gas Co. (Energy North) for 33 years, retiring in 1987.

Mr. Grenier was a member of Sweeney Post American Legion in Manchester, a communicant of the former St. Patrick's Church and the St. Vincent DePaul Society at St. Pat's of Manchester and a past member of the Elks in Florida. He was also a past president of the Manchester West Little League.

His favorite hobby was playing his fiddle and putting a smile on everyone's face.

He enjoyed his family and his summer and winter homes.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Jane (McGuigan) Grenier in 1977; and a daughter, Carol L. Grenier in 1974.

Members of his surviving family include his wife of 31 years, Cynthia (Leeds) Grenier of Center Barnstead and Lake Placid, Fla.; a son, James M. Grenier of Manchester; two daughters, Pamela A. Dyrkacz of Manchester and Kelly O. McPherson of Concord; three grandsons; a sister, Rachel Beaudet of Hemet, Calif.; and six nephews.

A funeral service was held Monday, November 30, 2009, at the Concordia Lutheran Church, Concord.

Burial with military honors followed at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen.

Memorial donations may be made to the Concordia Lutheran Church, 211 N. Main St., Concord 03301 or to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 360 Route 101, Bedford 03110.  













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