Barnstead NH News

October 17, 2018



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Masonic Open House

Corinthian Lodge #82

Free & Accepted Masons

 Saturday, October 20

9:00 – 3:00

5 Park Street, Pittsfield


Have you ever wanted to know about Freemasonry or had a family member who was part of the fraternity?  Come and visit us to learn more – all are welcome!



Cow Pie Bingo Winner Announced by Belknap House

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Don House, VP Belknap House, presents the winning check to Jen Mika.


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The two cows, Maverick and Goose, in the pasture at Moulton Farm on the day of the event.


Belknap House, in conjunction with Moulton Farm and Maxfield Real Estate announces that Ticket 103 was the winning ticket at the Cow Pie Bingo fundraiser on Saturday, September 22nd.  On that day, two cows, Maverick and Goose were led onto the gridded pasture at Moulton Farm.  The cows belong to Wes and Brandy Thomas of Meredith, NH.  Wes and Brandy volunteered their time and cows to support this event and Belknap House expressed their gratitude for their assistance.


The gridded pasture contained two hundred twenty-five 4-foot by 4-foot squares.  Each ticket was mapped to one of these unique squares.  Maverick and Goose wandered the pasture eating the grass while the crowd watched and waited.  At about 1:42pm, Goose selected the square in row 2 and column 14 of the grid.  Three independent judges then verified the row and column number containing the cow pie.  The ticket number and owner associated with this square was identified.  


The winning ticket belonged to Jen Mika.  She was notified by Belknap House on the same day and was elated to hear the news.  She received $825 which represented 25% of the $3300 in ticket sales.  Belknap House received $2475 from this event to support its mission of providing a safe shelter for homeless families with children from mid-October to mid-May. The shelter serves the ten towns and one city in Belknap County.  From Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend Belknap House is open as a vacation hostel to raise funds for its homeless shelter mission.


Belknap House thanks all our sponsors for this event.  Moulton farmed provided the pasture and helped market the event.  Maxfield Real Estate and the Tondel Family  were two other sponsors of the event.  Belknap House appreciates all the local residents that purchased tickets for this event.


Belknap House, located at 200 Court St. in Laconia re-opens as a homeless shelter on October 15.  Volunteers are always needed to help run the shelter, maintain the building and grounds, and help with fund-raising activities.  Those interested in volunteering should contact Belknap House (608-527-8097) or sign-up on our website at



Oscar Foss Memorial Librar News

You Read Like a Girl


You Read Like a Girl is a book club focusing on women’s stories. This club will meet at the library on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6pm. Copies of this month’s book, The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent, are available at the library. The next meeting will take place on October 24th.


Adult Book Club

The Adult Book Club meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7pm here at the library. Join us for some great literature and stimulating conversation. Copies of the current book, The Air We Breathe by Andrea Barrett, are available at the library. The next meeting is scheduled for November 7th. 


Please call the library (269-3900) or visit our website ( for more information about 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.



Letter To The Editor


To the Editor:

The 2018 election is the time to vote for positive change in the state legislature by voting for candidates who have fresh ideas and are committed to addressing the major issues – including affordable healthcare and prescription drugs, public school funding, high property taxes and preservation of our environment – with critical thinking based on research and facts. 


We need change and representatives who will face the issues with compassion and an open mind, beginning at the state level, to move forward.


In conversations with Michelle Carter, candidate for state representative in Belknap County District 5, Alton and Gilmanton, I know she has the dedication and experience in science and the environment, in education and in navigating the complex world of health care and medical insurance to work toward finding solutions.  She is an advocate of fiscal responsibility while maintaining and initiating needed programs to benefit our communities.


She will listen to all sides and base her decisions on what is best for the people in her district, not on the tight constraints of a “party line” to maintain the status quo.  When you vote, please consider what is important to you and your family and choose the candidate who represents your values – not just your  habitual choice.   


Voting is our means to express our opinion on how our government should move forward.  Please vote on Tuesday, November 6.  Your vote does count and can make a positive difference!


Thank you very much,

Jeanne Crouse

Alton Bay



Annual Pumpkin And Pine Church Fair

Saturday, November 3 From 9-2


Our annual church fair will feature items from Ghana, Africa - all handmade from their gorgeous handwoven batik fabric: jewelry, all sizes of purses and bags and well as clothing will be displayed.  


Start the morning off with homemade items from our Cafe which will have breakfast and lunch items for sale throughout the day to be enjoyed onsite or taken home.


Other things you will find at the fair:  Christmas items, jewelry, leather purses, collectibles, kitchen items, raffle baskets, a Door Prize, Hand Made in NH items, Special Extra Sharp Cheddar Cabot Farm cheese, baked goods, PIES and one of a kind items.  


The Silent Auction will have 2 pieces of Vintage Church Furniture, a beautiful 9 x 12 Oriental rug, paintings by local artists, beautiful new leather boots (size 5.5), and gift cards for local restaurants and businesses.  


Get your Christmas shopping done in one fun day while supporting the near and far ministries of The Congregational Church of North Barnsead.  The church is located at 504  North Barnstead Road, approximately 2 miles from Route 28. 




Upcoming NH District 8 Legislative Election


NH Legislative District 8 is composed of the Towns of Alton, Barnstead, and Gilmanton.  How you vote on November 6th will determine the future of all the residents of these towns.  It is extremely important that you become an educated voter and make the right choice.


Are you disgusted with the way NH pays for school funding, throwing the burden on property owners, and landlords, who then pass the tax to their tenants?  Where does your candidate stand on issues such as support for medical insurance for all; restrictions on the use of automatic weapons, and “Bump Stocks”; legalization of cannabis; renewable energy; the Greenhouse Gas Initiative; and term limits for all?


My friend, Ruth Larson, is challenging Raymond Howard, Jr. for the District 8 seat.  Ruth has a BA Degree from Antioch, and, a Juris Doctor Degree from Rutgers University School of Law.  She is a caring person who believes that government exists for the benefit of the people, and not “Big Business”.  She is an accomplished researcher, and will make sure that she is fully knowledgeable before voting on any proposed legislation.  She listens to all points of view and makes her decisions based on facts, not “Party Loyalty”.  She is a free and independent thinker.


I urge you to check the website, Citizens Count, for information about Ruth and the incumbent: and 


Check them both out.  You will see that RUTH LARSON is the choice for District 8.


Ronald P. Blais,

Center Barnstead




Carlene “Carla” Lillian (MacLeod) Booker

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Carlene “Carla” Lillian (MacLeod) Booker, 57 of Center Barnstead, NH passed away unexpectedly on October 9, 2018.


Carla was born in Woburn, MA and was the daughter of Dorothy (Carpenter) and the late Lawrence “Dimpy” MacLeod.  Carla was a graduate of Woburn High School, class of 1979.  It was there that she met her high school sweetheart Charles Booker.  They were married in 1981 and would have celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary this month.  They built a home in Center Barnstead, NH in 1988 where they raised their family.  Carla was most proud of her children, Eric Booker and Nicole Leonard.  She was a loving mother-in-law to Sarah-Beth Booker and Jason Leonard.


Carla so enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren.  She loved doing crafts with her grandson Jayden and loved baking with her granddaughters, Lexie and Chloe.  Carla was thrilled with the birth of her newest granddaughter, Paige, born on September 25th.  


Carla loved her gardens and would spend hours planting and tending to them. She loved to play dice with her husband, they played almost every night.  Carla also enjoyed her time with Charlie at their camper in Chichester, NH.  They spent the summers there where many a night they would play cards and cornhole with their friends Maxine and Tom Pratte.  During the cold winter months Jenga was their game of choice.   


Carla was employed at Millican Nurseries in Chichester, NH for close to 21 years.  She was a most valued employee and will be terribly missed.  Her kindness and loving personality made her one of a kind.  


Carla was the loving mother of Eric Booker and his wife Sarah-Beth and Nicole Leonard and her husband Jason all of Center Barnstead, NH; devoted Grandmother of Jayden and Lexie Booker and Chloe and Paige Leonard; dear sister of Arlene Thibeault, her husband Fred, Kathleen Lundgren, her husband Timmy, Maureen Webster, her husband Billy, Laurene Gonsalves, her husband Robbie, Darlene “Dolly” Murray, her husband Brian and Lawrence “Larry” MacLeod, his wife Dianne all of Woburn; dear sister-in-law to Peggy Brown of Woburn, Joan McPartlin and her husband Jim of Woburn, Carol Lecesse and her husband Paul of Groveland, Robert Booker and his wife Patty of Franklin and Charlene Preston and her husband Al of Petersham; also survived by her aunt Joyce Carpenter, uncle Kenny Carpenter and several nieces, nephews and cousins.


Donations in her memory can be made to the American Heart Association at:



Rhonda J. (Hanson)Bender


Rhonda Jean (Hanson) Bender, age 53, of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, passed away during the night of September 20-21, 2018 in Boscawen, New Hampshire.


She was born in Concord NH, daughter of the late Jean M. Hanson of Pittsfield and Mr. & Mrs. Ronald D. Hanson of Barnstead


She attended schools in Pittsfield, NH and had recently been pursuing classes at Southern NH University.  It was a dream of hers to one day be able to counsel those who experienced similar struggles and challenges as she had. She was determined to pass with high grades, and she was.


Rhonda loved to cook, especially Thanksgiving dinners that she’d recently prepared and enjoyed with her friends.  She liked going to flea markets seeking craft supplies for the beautiful Christmas baskets that she loved to make.  She enjoyed fishing and loved to be outside. She was a free spirit in some respects and had no fear of just picking up and travelling to someplace she wanted to be. Rhonda had overcome many hardships and wanted her friends and family to know that she was in a good place. She tried to be positive about what was next in her life. If her friends needed someone to talk to, she would be there, even in the midst of dealing with her own problems.  She had a very caring, compassionate heart and will leave a lasting mark on all who had the pleasure to know her.


In addition to her parents, Rhonda is survived by her son, Michael A. Bender of Indiana; brothers, Richard Hanson of Tennessee and David Hanson of Barnstead; sister, Cathy Hanson Everett; niece, Payton; and nephews, Rashaun and Trey, all of Barnstead; and aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends that she thought of as family. She was also a proud mom to her dog Bella and her bird Max.


Visiting Hours and a public funeral will not be held.


A graveside service will be held in the spring where her cremated remains with be interred with other family members at Floral Park Cemetery in Pittsfield.













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