Barnstead NH News

January 24, 2018


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.


To be 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 2017 semester.


McGinnis is a junior who is currently enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Studies/Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program.


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.



Letter To The Editor


Dear Editor:

The NH 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?


I get 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?


Where 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.


Lori Mahar,




Letter To The Editor


During 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.


In 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.


In 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.  


In 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.”  


Mr. 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.


Ruth Larson




Letter To The Editor

Conservation District Makes a Difference


My 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.  


BCCD 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 resources.


Like 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: 


• 2000 assisted with information and technical advice (school groups, landowners and Towns)


• 105 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


2018 Projects include: 3 miles of stream restoration, 2 wildlife habitat areas,and a Flood Resiliency workshop.


To 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.


Donna Hepp



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Game Night!


Like to 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.


Coffee Talk!

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.


Please call the library (269-3900) or visit our website ( 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!


The 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 farms.


Do you 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, or visit or our facebook page Barnstead Farmers Market.




Michael L. Stockman


After a long illness of pulmonary fibrosis, Michael L. Stockman died on January 12, 2018 at the age of 61.


A 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.


He was truly loved and will be missed and never forgotten. In the spring there will be a cemetery service. Details will follow.













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