Congratulations to Arianna Libenson who has been named to the dean’s
list for the fall 2017 semester at the University of Vermont.
Libenson, from Barnstead, is majoring in Environmental Sciences in
the College of Arts & Sciences.
named to the dean’s list, students must have a grade-point average
of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class in
their respective college or school.
Congratulations to Kayla Sliger of Center Barnstead, an elementary
education major, who made the Fall Semester 2017 Dean’s List for
academic achievement at Coastal Carolina University. To qualify for
the Dean’s List, freshmen must earn a 3.25 grade point average, and
upperclassmen must earn a 3.5 grade point average.
Congratulations to Center Barnstead resident, Kathryn Mary McGinnis,
who has been named to Husson University’s Honors List for the Fall
McGinnis is a junior who is currently enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor
of Science in Healthcare Studies/Master of Science in Occupational
Students who make the Honors List must carry at least 12 graded
credit hours during the semester and earn a grade point average of
between 3.4 to 3.59 during the period.
To The Editor
public education system continues to improve, especially in offering
various learning options: online, individual, charter, technical,
collaborations, etc. The role of parents is to support the educators
and to make sure their children are getting the best possible
opportunities. Approving a bill that would allow parents to send
their children to private school using public education tax dollars
would prevent the progress the system is making. There is already a
process for children who need an alternative education system, so
why all of a sudden is there a need for this bill?
that parents want choice, but the $3000 that the child will be
getting will not be enough to allow a low income student to attend a
private school and the students who can afford that private school
don’t need the extra money in order to afford to attend.
Meanwhile, this is all at the expense of our entire public school
population? And now we’ll most likely have increased educational
taxes on the property owner in order to pay for it?
do we draw the line? What makes sense? Let’s ask ourselves these
questions and do what is right for our state and ALL our children.
To The Editor
the recent holiday season, our community repeatedly showed its
generosity towards the less fortunate among us, offering assistance
in a variety of forms, including the donation of time, money and
food and clothing.
stark contrast to this heartening reminder that care for the needy
can cross over partisan divides and can give us all common ground
was a cynical comment made by Representative Ray Howard about his
constituents at the December 8, 2017 Belknap County delegation
meeting. During the public portion of the meeting, I had
urged the delegation to fully fund our support agencies, including
Community Action Program (that supplies Meals on Wheels), Genesis
(that provides mental health treatment), Belknap County Conservation
District (protecting the environment and water safety), etc.
All of these agencies provide vital support to the citizens of
Belknap County and to the future and economy of the region.
support of my plea to fund these outside agencies, and knowing that
many of the representatives, including Ray Howard, are very
conservative, I mentioned that in Alton, perhaps the most
conservative town within Belknap County, the voters have
consistently supported social service agencies by voting in favor of
full funding for them in the warrant articles.
response, Representative Howard expressed a very disparaging
attitude towards his own constituents, viewing us not as decent
people who want to do the right thing, but rather people who “vote
[for] everything” because “the waterfront owners will pay for it.”
Howard’s cynical view of his constituents is wrong. The citizens of
Alton are good people who genuinely want to help the most
vulnerable. It is my hope that he will do the right thing
and fully fund the outside agencies in spite of his negative views
about our community.
To The Editor
Conservation District Makes a Difference
thanks to Belknap County and the County Delegation for past support
of the Belknap County Conservation District (BCCD). I ask that
you continue to invest in our Conservation District to help protect
Belknap County’s vital water, soil and natural resources.
has assisted Belknap County communities and landowners for almost 72
years. This work helps protect the natural setting and quality
of life in Belknap County by focusing on watersheds, flood
prevention, erosion control and resource conservation. These
issues cross town lines and need a long term commitment. BCCD
recruits volunteers and raises funds to provide conservation
information and technical assistance, workshops and on-the-ground
projects. For every $1 contributed by the County, the District
provides $9.50 in products and services to support our natural
all other New Hampshire Counties, Belknap County has
designated funds in its budget for its Conservation District for
decades. This work makes a difference in Belknap County and is
worthy of continued support. 2017 accomplishments include:
assisted with information and technical advice (school groups,
landowners and Towns)
volunteers donated a total of 3,000 hours (value $72,420)
10,000 pounds of fruit and vegetables gleaned from farms and
distributed to people in need (value $40,000)
$105,000 in fund-raising and grant project funding and $305,000 in
value for other BCCD projects and services
Projects include: 3 miles of stream restoration, 2 wildlife habitat
areas,and a Flood Resiliency workshop.
continue services County residents rely upon, BCCD needs County
support to augment its grants and fund-raising. The proposed
2018 County budget includes $85,000 for BCCD, equal to about 75
cents for a $200,000 house. That’s an investment in our
future, I fully support.
Foss Memorial Library News
play Minecraft, Mario Kart or Zelda? Come to the library on Friday,
January 26 at 6:30pm for Game Night! You can play with our WiiU on
our large screen, use a tablet to play Minecraft, or bring your own
laptop or tablet to play along. Light refreshments will be served.
Parents, do you need a little adult time with other people “your
age”? Come to the Oscar Foss Memorial Library on the fourth Saturday
of the month at 10:30am for coffee and conversation. Children ages 2
and up can be dropped off in the Children’s area for story time and
crafts while you get to know other parents in our community! Arrange
playdates, start a book group, plan a car pool, or just have an hour
of peace and quiet. First meeting date will be Saturday, January 27.
call the library (269-3900) or visit our website (oscarfoss.org) for
more information about any of our programs or events. There is
always something happening at the Oscar Foss Memorial Library!
Library hours are; Tuesday and Wednesday: 10am-6pm, Thursday and
Friday: 12pm-8pm, Saturday: 10am-1pm, Sunday and Monday: closed.
Barnstead Farmers Market Seeking Vendors!
Barnstead Farmers Market is announcing its 2018 planning season to
begin June 16th through Columbus Day Weekend. The market is growing
and we need more veggie farms this year. We especially need hothouse
make or sell the following products? We would love to hear from you!
Cheese, wine, craft beer, honey, corn, bakery and gluten-free
products and more. We are also seeking Board Members and Volunteers.
If interested, please come to our next meeting, January 29th 2018 at
6:30p.m., located at the Maple Street Church. Contact Info: Lori
Mahar at 603-269-2329 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit
or our facebook page Barnstead Farmers Market.
long illness of pulmonary fibrosis, Michael L. Stockman died on
January 12, 2018 at the age of 61.
wonderful father to Amanda Gardner and Gregg Stockman,a wonderful
stepfather to Annmarie Clement and Michael Clement, he was a
grandfather to nine beautiful grandchildren. Married to Terry
Stockman for 30 years, he has one sister, Marylee Glidden, three
brothers, Gerrick, Ronny, and Larry, many nieces and nephews, as
well as good friends.
truly loved and will be missed and never forgotten. In the spring
there will be a cemetery service. Details will follow.