Barnstead NH News

November 22, 2017


The Barnstead Parade Congregational Church will have a time change from 9 am to 10 am starting November 26th until Easter of 2018, for the SundayWorship Service.


There will be no Bible Study after November 22nd until spring. Please note the time change 9am to 10am for Sunday Worship Service.


We look forward to seeing you at our new time.



Holiday Sale


Saturday, Decemer 2nd the Barnstead Historical Society will be holding its 2nd Annual Christmas Sale at the Barnstead Town Hall from 10am-noon.


There’ll be baked goods, crafts and historical memorabilia. Also copies of Malcolm Locke’s book “Last Stories” and Town History’s will be available for sale. Here’s a chance to get a start on Christmas.


Come in and join us for a free cup of coffee, cocoa, or mulled cider while you shop. See you on December 2nd, 10am-noon.



The Northwood CrankPullers Snowmobile Club will be hosting a Snowmobile Safety Course for ages 12-15 at the Lake Shore Farm (275 Jenness Pond Rd, Northwood) on Saturday, December 2nd from 8 am to 3 pm. Lunch will be provided. To register, contact Jeremy DeTrude @ 603-833-7063 (no charge for course but donations are always welcome).  Space is limited so call early. And as always, we really appreciate our landowners and are always looking for new members.



Cookie Swap For The Ladies On December 4th


The Center Barnstead Christian Church is hosting their annual Cookie Swap for Women on Monday, December 4th at 7pm.  To fully enjoy this memorable and fun Cookie Swap, please bring 4 dozen of the same type of cookie (or brownie, fudge, etc).  We will provide containers for you to bring home a wide assortment of beautiful and delicious holiday treats.


There will be treats to sample, fun conversation, a fun Christmas atmosphere, and prizes for the best three cookies.  Please join us for some Christmas-time fun.  Center Barnstead Christian Church is located on Route 126, next door to the Town Hall.  Any questions, please call (603) 269-8831 or visit our website  for more information.



Softball Benefit For Ms. Cove And Memorial for Jake Rowell


This was a one day softball tournament with one purpose: To raise money for Prospect Mountain Teacher Ms. Cove and for the family of Jake Rowell.


As the school year started, Ms. Jennifer Cove had to deal with many health issues. This has caused her and her 13 year old daughter financial struggles. She is currently unable to teach.


Jake Rowell grew up in Pittsfield and graduated from Pittsfield Middle High School. Jake had cancer. Sadly Jake passed away on October 9, 2017, just months after marrying his wife Taylor on August 5, 2017.


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Daddy Hacks


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We would like to thank the PYBA for use of the fields for the weekend. Thank you to the following teams for playing; “Slammers,”  “LRGS,” “Daddy Hacks,” “Team Rowell,” “Team Jake,” “Loudon Country Club,” and “Prospect Mountain.”


Congratulations to “Daddy Hacks” for taking home the championship, “Slammers” for coming in 2nd place, and “LRGS” for coming in  3rd place. 


Thank you RASCO Plumbing & Heating LLC for the generous financial donation.We would like to thank Bud and Linda Bedell for running concessions, Crown Trophy, and to the generous donations that came in anonymously.


We are happy to say that the tournament was a success raising over $1450.00!! The PYBA will receive $445.00 from concession stand sales!


Tammy Rollins, Jake’s mother accepted the check in memory of Jake. Jake loved to play guitar and loved music. Tammy and Taylor will be working with Pittsfield Middle High School in hopes of starting a music scholarship in Jake’s name.


Ms. Cove’s check was delivered to Prospect Mountain High School and will be delivered to her. 


Most have never met Jake or Jennifer, yet came out to play for them. THANK YOU. Out of the sadness of Jake’s death and Jennifer’s health issues, came goodness. You all came together and blessed two families.



Letter To The Editor

State’s Tax Structure Not So Rosy


Recently Jeb Bradley, comparing taxes in New Hampshire and Vermont, painted a rosy picture of our “low” taxes and a dismal one of Vermont’s “high tax woes”. But having fewer or lower taxes does not necessarily equate to fairer taxes. 


Graduated-rate personal income taxes are much fairer than real estate and sales taxes, which are regressive and place a much greater tax burden on the poor and middle class. Such is true of New Hampshire, which relies almost exclusively on real estate taxes to pay for schools and vital services.  Vermont, which has a personal income tax, has been rated as having the 6th least regressive tax structure among the states while New Hampshire is only 27th. Vermont scored 3rd for having more equal rates between low and high-income taxpayers. We scored 44th!


Regressive taxes increase income inequality, a growing problem everywhere. New Hampshire now has the fastest growing income inequality in the US. We also have the highest median income ($76,260). But the median incomes of our towns vary greatly. Compare the highest (Bedford at $123,423) and lowest (Clarksville at $27,917). This inequality is reflected in our real estate tax rates. Wealthy towns tend to have the lowest. An extreme example: New Castle has a rate of $5.85, while Berlin pays $39.19! This is outrageous and unsustainable!


A comparison between our towns of Alton and Barnstead is enlightening. The towns have an almost identical median income ($66,000+) but property-rich Alton pays a rate of $12.86, while Barnstead residents pay more than twice that ($28.90) to ensure a quality education for their children.


It is time to renounce our hackneyed and outdated Pledge. New Hampshire needs fair taxes!


Jane Westlake




NH Legislature Candidate Night For Democrats


Democratic Candidate Information Sessions continue in December on Monday, December 4th at 6:30pm. New Hampshire is well-known for its citizen legislature made up of local residents like you. Are you a passionate local Democrat who has thought about public office? Could you be a NH Senator in the legislature in Concord? Do you have enough time in your life to devote to it? What would it take to get elected? Come listen to NH Senator Dan Feltes (D) speak about his experience in the state legislature and ask him your questions to find out.


The guest speaker will be followed by action items and community organizing.


This meeting of the Tri-Town Democrats of Barnstead, Gilmanton, and Alton will be held at the Alton Senior Community Center at 7 Pearson Road in Alton. Come for socializing and potluck any time between 6:15 pm and 6:30 pm. The meeting runs from 6:30 pm to 8:30pm.  


The meeting is open to any and all residents of Barnstead, Alton, and Gilmanton who consider themselves moderate, liberal, or progressive Democrats or like-minded Independents. Potluck items to share are encouraged but not required. For more information, email or visit the “Barnstead, Alton, and Gilmanton Democrats” Facebook page.













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