Barnstead NH News

March 23, 2011


A special activity is scheduled at the Pittsfield Community Center on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, March 28, 30, and April 1st.  Folks from Plymouth State University will be meeting with seniors to discuss “Reliability Of Balance Testing In Older Adults”.  This is by appointment only.  You may call the Center at 435-8482 for more information and to make an appointment.

On Tuesday, March 29th, at 11:00 am, a blood pressure check will be provided by Concord Regional VNA.  During lunch, there will be a presentation entitled “Keeping Your Heart Healthy.”

Did you know the Center has bus service?  Call 435-8482 for a schedule and to reserve a seat.

Barnstead Cub Scout Pack 43 will be hosting a Chili and Chowder Cook Off at the Barnstead Elementary School on March 26th from 10:30-2:30. The cost is $5 to enter your chili or chowder. We are also having a judging contest and the cost to enter is $3. If anyone has  further questions contact us at

George H. Green IV, age 51, a well known member of the Barnstead NH and Tewksbury MA community, died Thursday evening, March 10, at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Cambridge, after a courageous two year battle with cancer. A celebration benefit for George will be on April 2nd at TJ Callahan’s in Tewksbury Ma, off Route 38, starting at 5pm until closing.


Letter To The Editor

Dear Editor:
I attended my first Belknap County budget meeting on 3/14/11. I thought that this would be a snap; all republicans with a clear mandate on November 2nd. Boy, was I surprised!

The Chair allowed the public to make comments before closing the meeting and doing business. I was surprised by the size of the crowd and was told that it was larger than normal. As each resident spoke, it was clear that they wanted spending cut. Some members of the committee were not happy to hear from the folks. Some talked among themselves and laughed at some of the speakers. I thought that was very disrespectful.

It looked to me like the committee was evenly split between conservative and liberal republicans. The conservatives tried to cut 7% from the budget. I thought that this was a modest amount. Several votes took place and they ended up in a tie each time. We were told by the Chair that a tie does not pass. The conservatives tried to talk about how they promised the voters that they would cut spending. Several of them tried to show where money could be cut without cutting essential services. The liberal republicans would not support any cuts.

After a 15 minute recess, one of the liberal republicans (I don’t know his name) made a motion to cut $200,000 dollars from a $32 million dollar budget. A vote was taken and it passed. Thus ended any real attempt to bring sanity to the budget and relief to the over burdened taxpayers of Belknap County.

Isn’t it sad that the taxpayers of Belknap County don’t have better representation. Maybe we should remember that in the 2012 elections.

Respectfully submitted,
Don Walker



Spring Cleaning For Meals On Wheels

Do you have a closet full of clothes you don’t wear?  Do you have children or grandchildren that are outgrowing their clothes at rapid speed?  Now that spring is close to being sprung, do you have any winter coats with which to part?  Well, we need you! 
The Alton Senior Center and all senior centers of Elder Services of Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc. are partnering with Planet Aid to collect clean donated clothing, outerwear and shoes/boots, bedding, curtains, belts, handbags and ties for the entire month of April to benefit the Meals on Wheels Program.  Planet Aid will give 5¢ per pound of items collected.  All the monies raised through these donations will be donated by Planet Aid to the Elder Services’ Meals on Wheels Program. 

Planet Aid is a non-profit organization that recycles clothing.  It is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in developing countries and lends support to communities in the region it serves in the U.S.  The goals of Planet Aid are to support communities’ efforts to reduce waste in local landfills, to teach the importance of recycling and making fundraising easy.

Senior hunger is a critical issue on the rise in our country.  According to the Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA), there are reportedly over 5 million seniors who experience some form of food insecurity nationally.  With these alarming statistics in mind, Elder Services is proud to have served 970 Meals on Wheels clients with 221,978 meals from July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010.  With support from Planet Aid and you, Elder Services can continue to be sure no older adult goes hungry in the 38 towns served.

A large yellow Planet Aid box is on the grounds of the Alton Senior Center waiting to be stuffed with these items.  Please call Amy at the Alton Senior Center at 875-7102 to make arrangements for delivering your donated goods. 

Thank you in advance for your support of this fundraising initiative!!!



Old Coach Farm of Barnstead would like to congratulate its show riders on an awesome 2010 show season!  Year end results were Jensen Stam: Champion Walk Trot Pleasure, Reserve Champion Walk Trot Equitation.  Jessica Baum: Champion Walk Trot Equitation, Third Walk Trot Pleasure.  Sam Caldwell: Fifth Lead Line Pleasure, Sixth Lead Line Equitation.  Deanna Cirelli: Champion Road Hack Senior, Third Open Hunter Equitation, Third Open Hunter Under Saddle. 



Steve Holmes Speaking At CBCC

Steve Holmes will be speaking at the Center Barnstead Christian Church this Sunday, March 27th during the 10:00 am morning service. 

Steve graduated from New Brunswick Bible Institute in 1974, and went on to receive a Bachelor of Theology from Trinity College and Seminary in Newburg, Indiana.  He and his wife, Debra, were married in 1974 and spent 18 years serving with Village Missions and about 7 years in rural churches outside of Village Missions.  They served churches in New York state, Connecticut, Maine and New Hampshire.  They have two daughters and two grandsons who they are now raising in Alton, NH, where they own a home repair and remodeling business. 

Come this Sunday and hear what Steve has to share with us from God’s Word.  Remember, there will also be a free Men’s Breakfast this Saturday, March 26th at 7:30 am at the church.  All men are invited to come.  Center Barnstead Christian Church is located on Route 126, next to the Town Hall.  For more information please call the church at 269-8831.



Barnstead Resident To Hold Book Signing

Several years ago Nolan and Naomi Avery were on their way to Montana to visit Naomi’s brother and his wife.  They were camping in Ontario.  As they were sitting by a campfire, Nolan looked and saw a field mouse sitting on the bumper of their pick-up camper.

The door of their camper was wide open.  Naomi was afraid the mouse would get in the camper.  She ran and slammed the door shut; poor little mouse thought she was after him and he disappeared between the camper and the pick-up side into the wheel well.

The Averys thought they would never see the mouse again, but every night when they camped, he sat on the bumper.  He went thousands of miles with them.

Naomi wrote a story about the mouse and it has been published.  She will be signing her book “Bumper” on Saturday, March 26th, from 10 am to 1 pm at the Barnstead Country Store.



Shown with the 2011 Buick LaCrosse, recently donated to Lakes Region Community College (LRCC), are ten General Motors Automotive Service Education Program (GM-ASEP) students and graduates. Each is employed by Banks Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, GMC on Manchester Street in Concord. Kneeling left to right are Nathan Kendrick (Andover) and William Bodah (Concord). Standing left to right are Michael Van Dyke (Bow), Steven Gard (Gilford), Derek Olson (Epsom), James Gagne (Hooksett), Scott Jackson (Allenstown), James Schwartz (Alton), David Bednar (Hopkinton), and Michael Maynard (Rochester).  “The Banks family has been one of the strongest supporters of GM-ASEP and LRCC,” says LRCC GM-ASEP Professor, Jamie Decato (Belmont-not pictured). “The partnership between General Motors, GM dealerships, and LRCC is a model of success. Providing highly educated, factory trained, and motivated automotive technicians for the changing industry will ensure that GM stays ahead of the competition.”



New Hampshire Students Named to Dean’s List

At Southern New Hampshire University

The following students from New Hampshire have been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2010 semester at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester.  To be eligible for this honor, a student must compile an academic grade point average of 3.0-3.49. 

Center Barnstead
Richard Boudreau, Business Admin/3 Year Program.

Laurelyn Estes, Business Administration.

Katherine Gamblin, Game Design and Development; Michael Leoncyk.

Felicia Labbay, Exploratory Studies; Justin Clough, Business Administration; Michael Cortese, Business Administration.



Community Pot Luck Dinner

The PTO of Barnstead Elementary School and Artist-In-Residence Program Present: Dinner Theatre with Performance by the Hampstead Players.

• When: Wednesday, March 30, 2011.
• Dinner Time: 5:30 p.m.
• Performance Time:   6:15 p.m.
• Where: Barnstead Elementary School Gymnasium.
• Donations: At the Door

Please bring a food dish to share.

The Hampstead Players will be performing:  Alice in Wonderland with help from Barnstead Elementary students.

Raffle tickets will be on sale for 50¢ per raffle ticket    (Barnstead Elementary School PTO member families will receive 4 free raffle tickets).

The raffle will be held on March 30, 2011 and consists of two tickets to one Hampstead Players 2011 Mainstage Show (July or August of 2011).













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