Barnstead Parade Congregational Church will have a time change from
9 am to 10 am starting November 26th until Easter of 2018, for the
will be no Bible Study after November 22nd until spring. Please note
the time change 9am to 10am for Sunday Worship Service.
forward to seeing you at our new time.
Saturday, Decemer 2nd the Barnstead Historical Society will be
holding its 2nd Annual Christmas Sale at the Barnstead Town Hall
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
and join us for a free cup of coffee, cocoa, or mulled cider while
you shop. See you on December 2nd, 10am-noon.
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
Cookie Swap For The Ladies On December 4th
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.
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
was a one day softball tournament with one purpose: To raise money
for Prospect Mountain Teacher Ms. Cove and for the family of Jake
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.
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.
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
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
happy to say that the tournament was a success raising over
$1450.00!! The PYBA will receive $445.00 from concession stand
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.
Cove’s check was delivered to Prospect Mountain High School and will
be delivered to her.
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
To The Editor
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!
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
time to renounce our hackneyed and outdated Pledge. New Hampshire
needs fair taxes!
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
guest speaker will be followed by action items and community
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.
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
visit the “Barnstead, Alton, and Gilmanton Democrats” Facebook page.