Barnstead NH News

January 14, 2009


Dyani Riel of Center Barnstead has been named to the Deanís List at The New Hampshire Technical Institute for the fall term where she is enrolled in the Dental Assisting Program. She is a 2007 graduate of Prospect Mountain High School and the daughter of Steven Riel and Deborah Chagnon.

Milena Lodestein-Riel of Center Barnstead has been named to the Deanís List for the fall term at New Hampshire Technical Institute where she is enrolled in the Architectural Engineering Technology Program. Milena graduated from Forestry University in Sofia, Bulgaria with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. She is the wife of Colter Lodestein-Riel and daughter in-law of Kevin Riel of Center Barnstead.


Menís Breakfast

Calling all men! The Center Barnstead Christian Church will be having a free Menís Breakfast on Saturday, January 17th at 7:30 AM. This will be a good time of food and fellowship. Due to the weather, the Menís Breakfast was canceled in December, so we will be doing the gift exchange this month. If you would like to participate, please bring a small gift ($5.00 or less) with you. There will also be a brief update given on the Proverbs Men. We look forward to seeing you there! The Center Barnstead Christian Church is located next to the Town Hall on Route 126, off Route 28. For more information, please call the church at 269-8831.



Barnstead  Town Employee Suffers Medical Emergency

On December 27, 2008, Tim Smith of Barnstead, New Hampshire suffered a ruptured aneurysm on the right side of his brain while driving a Barnstead Highway Department plow truck.  Although he was able to stop the truck without injury to himself or damage to the vehicle, Tim was left slumped over the wheel of the truck. Medical assistance was summoned by another driver, and Tim was transported by Barnstead Fire Rescue ambulance to Concord Hospital and then on to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.

Emergency surgery was performed that afternoon to repair the aneurysm and to remove the debris from the rupture. After a four and one half hour surgery, Tim was transferred to Intensive Care.  There, he remains in a coma, while his life-partner, Amy Hall and his two daughters, Kayley and Mariya, remain strong in spirit through the long wait for Tim to awaken from the coma. Also in attendance are his brother and sisters, numerous relatives and many friends. A journal of their vigil and many messages of encouragement can be read at

A native of Barnstead, Tim has been a long-time member of Barnstead Fire Rescue, Inc., is very active in fire company activities, and currently serves as a Lieutenant for the Barnstead Fire Rescue Department. He worked for many years for Eastern Propane. He has recently joined the Barnstead Highway Department as a member of the Road Crew.  He is loved and appreciated by many family members and friends.

A fund has been established at Citizens Bank to help Tim and his family with the expenses of his hospitalization and recovery.  Donations to the Timothy Smith Benefit Fund can be made by any of the following actions:

ē Bring to any Citizens Bank branch in the Concord/Lakes Region area.
ē Mail to the Citizens Bank Pittsfield branch at 54 Main Street, NH-437, Pittsfield, NH 03263.
ē Mail to Barnstead Fire Rescue, Inc. at P.O. Box 117, Barnstead, NH 03218, or
ē Bring to the fire station in Center Barnstead beside Town Hall.

Please make all checks payable to the Timothy Smith Benefit Fund.













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