Barnstead NH News

October 3, 2018


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Letter To The Editor


To The Editor;

Today I turn to a county, rather than state, issue on which my opponent for the NH House seat for Alton, Barnstead, and Gilmanton (Rep. Raymond Howard, Jr.), and I differ.


In 2017, the county delegation slashed the recommended budget, with Rep. Howard among those pledging not to raise county taxes, not by one penny, not for any reason. The delegation cut the recommended appropriation for the Sheriff’s Department by $135,881, after which Sheriff Moyer indicated that his department would not be able to continue performing per usual under the reduced amount.


Rep. Howard had the perfect solution to the problem. Pointing out that dispatch is not a statutorily mandated duty of the Sheriff, he recommended cutting dispatching to save money, a measure that would save the Sheriff’s Department approximately $500,000.  


The flaw here? If the Sheriff’s Office stops dispatching for the towns, the towns have to do it themselves.  The estimated cost of the Howard solution to the 3 towns in Rep. Howard’s district, all of which receive 24/7 dispatch through the Sheriff’s Department, is approximately $425,000 per town per year, plus an additional $500,00 for initial set-up.  Each of those towns would pay close to $1 million extra the first year, and $425,000 extra each year after.


Fortunately Rep. Howard’s proposal fell flat, with the clear realization that the proposal was penny-wise, pound-foolish, saving $500,000 for the county at a cost of millions to the towns.


Attempts to save the taxpayers a few dollars in the short run can be extremely costly to those same taxpayers in the long run.  My palm card pledge to look for “long term solutions, not quick fixes” referred to exactly this type of situation. If elected, I will give more thought to any solution I propose.


Ruth Larson




Belknap County Republicans Announce October Meeting With Guest Speaker, Senator Bob Giuda


The Belknap County Republican Committee will hold their next monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Laconia VFW, 143 Court St, Laconia, NH.


The Committee is pleased to announce that State Senator Bob Giuda Dist. 2 will share his background, current events and be available for questions as it relates to his position and candidacy. 


Numerous other Republican Candidates will be on site to answer questions.


Belknap County GOP meetings are open to ALL Republicans and like-minded Independents. The Committee recommends that you arrive as early as 5:00 pm to socialize and/or to have dinner (at your option) prior to the start of the meeting at 6:30 pm.


The Committee again encourages its members to continue to bring non-perishable food items for donation to local food pantries.


For more information about the Committee, please check the Committee’s website at or send an email to Vice Chair William “Bill” Wright .



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Lakes Region Comic Con!


The Oscar Foss Memorial Library is sponsoring a multi-community comic con event, with workshops throughout the day, local comic shops coming to do events, and our library clubs putting together fun games and activities for cosplayers and geeks alike. Other events will include a cosplay contest, a movie screening, D&D games, Quidditch games, and more! Join us Saturday, October 6th from 12 to 8 pm for all our comic con festivities! There is still time to sign up for volunteering for this event. If interested please call Maddison at the library at 269-3900.


Read With Mack!

Need a little practice reading or just love dogs? Register to read to Mack our very special Reading Therapy Dog. Mack will be at the library on Thursday, October 11th from 3-4pm. Sessions will run for 15 minutes per family. Come in to the library or call 269-3900 to sign up for a session. 


Family Movie Night!

Join us at the library on Friday, September 12th at 6:00pm for a free night at the movies. We will be showing “Hocus Pocus” (PG) in honor of it’s 25th anniversary! Everyone is encouraged to come in costume to help celebrate but pajamas and cuddling items are always welcome too. Refreshments will be provided. 


Story Hour

Story Hour is held every Wednesday at 10:00 am for preschoolers. This program includes stories, music & movement, arts & crafts, snacks and more! The schedule for this program follows the Barnstead Elementary School yearly calendar. Please check our online calendar or contact Christy at the library if you have any questions. 


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.



World Dock Diving Championships

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Aiden, a one year old Labrador Retriever, from Barnstead, received an invite to the World’s Dock Diving Championship, being held in Knoxville, TN October 8th-13th. This event is invite-only and the dogs must qualify to a certain level to receive an invitation. His owner and trainer, as well as owner of Inspire K-9’s Training Center in Alton, NH, Megan Arey says, “He has been in training for the past two years in many events, just trying to find the right dog sport for him. We have trained and had many qualifying scores and wins in agility, rally obedience, and hunting retriever to include waterfowl and upland hunting”. Megan Arey continued by saying, “While he loves and excels in training, competing, and working for me, there is something about the dock and chasing the bumper he lives for!”  Aiden jumped at the world qualifying event at the Hopkinton State Fair and jumped 22 feet putting him in a shot to qualify for the World’s competition. Megan stated, “in order to get an invite, the dog has to fall in the top 4 in their division for the weekend, which Aiden clearly did, earning him a Master Jumpers title and an invite to compete at the World’s Competition in the Master division.” 


Dock diving is a fun sport that is gaining in popularity. It is a sport that tests a dog’s physically ability and impulse control to listen to their owner’s commands while on the dock. Dogs compete in jumping for the longest distance or longest height into a body of water. The dock measures 40’ long and the dog can jump from anywhere on that dock. The distance the dog is judged on is from the end of the dock to where that base of the tail breaks the water’s surface. Handlers have 90 seconds to get their dog into the water. There will be live stream of Megan and Aiden competing on Inspire K-9’s Training Center facebook page for the first qualifying round on Wednesday, October 9th.


Megan is a certified dog trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. She hopes to heighten visibility of the many sporting opportunities for dogs and their families in Alton, New Durham, Gilmanton, Barnstead and other surrounding towns. Her mission is to showcase to many people that anyone can accomplish many goals with their dogs, while having fun! Megan is also a leader of the 4-H Dog Club, Paws and Effect for children of Alton, New Durham and Barnstead. Spreading awareness about dog sports to the younger generation is something she loves to do and be involved in. 




Michelle (Labrecque) Jimmo 



Michelle (Labrecque) Jimmo, daughter of Albert R. and Pauline (Salice) Labrecque, passed away peacefully at the University of Vermont Medical Center on September 19, after a long illness. Her longtime partner Mike Prayah and some of her family were able to be with her. 


She was a very kind person and avid reader. She also enjoyed knitting, playing games on her tablet, watching classic TV shows like ‘the Nanny’ and tending her garden, of which she was very proud. She also loved animals especially her cat Cuddles and her hamsters Maxine and Susie.


Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers Dennis Labrecque and Michael Labrecque. 


Survivors include her brothers: Paul Labrecque, Webster NH, and Donald Labrecque, Mashpee, MA; and her sisters: Carol Drew, Paula Huggins and Ann Philbrick of Ctr. Barnstead, NH, Donna Riley, Scottsdale AZ, Diane Doner Salice, Concord NH, Cheryl Salice, Wilson NC, Cindy Labrecque, Cook MN, and many extended family members. 


A graveside ceremony will be held for both Michelle and her late brother Michael at Riverview Cemetery in Barnstead N.H., on Oct. 20, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. All family and friends are welcome to attend. A remembrance gathering will immediately follow at Gene and Ann Philbrick’s home at 273 Shackford Corner Road, Ctr. Barnstead NH. 


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the University of Vermont Medical Center Foundation- Renal Dialysis Education Fund, Courtyard at Given 3N, 111 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401.













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