Barnstead NH News

October 31, 2018


Save the Date!!!


The Barnstead Parade Congregational Church will be holding their Annual “Fall Fair” on November 10th from 9am-2pm.


Sylvia’s hot donuts will be available as well as lunch –will also be available to take out.


Come and check us out. We look forward to seeing you!



Snowmobile Safety Course with the Suncook Valley Snoriders. November 10,2018 at the Barnstead Fire & Rescue 8:00a-3:00p. Lunch is provided. Students must be 12years old by the end of the riding season. Parents are encouraged to attend. Please pre-register and any questions contact Joe Hough 603-608-6977.



Suncook Valley Snoriders 18th annual Ham&Bean Supper, November 10,2018 at the Barnstead Parade Fire Station from 5:00p-7:00p.  Adults: $8.50; Ages 6-12 $5.00; Ages 5 and under eat Free. We invite our SVSR trail system Landowners to come on down for a free hot meal and a hearty Thank you from the Suncook Valley Snoriders snowmobile club.




First Annual

Fall Gathering

November 3rd 

5 to 9 PM

Sticks & Stones Farm 

107 White Oak Road

Center Barnstead


There will be games and a place to share food stuff in the old farm stand, for those more comfortable with walls and a roof. 


Please consider bringing some food to share and any beverages you’d like to drink. Brought to you by the Barnstead Agricultural Association.  For more information call: 603-776-8989.



The Women’s Club of OLOL/St.Joseph will be holding their annual Xmas Bazaar on Sat., 11/3/18, from 9:00-2:00 pm in the parish hall in Northwood, NH. (Next to Northwood town hall). There will be a white elephant table, craft items, knitted goods and our cookie walk. We will have a lunch to enjoy while you shop and new this year, a children’s corner where they can shop for Xmas gifts and also enjoy making some crafts. 



Oscar Foss Memorial Library NEWS

Flower Comb Workshop


On Saturday, November 3rd at 11am Ann Cwik of Unless Flower Farm will be conducting a flower comb workshop at the library. Registration and a $5.00 fee is required to cover the cost of materials. 


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 Wednesday, November 7th 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, November 9th at 6:00pm for a special holiday movie night! We will be showing “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and providing a Thanksgiving theme craft project. Light refreshments will be served and pajamas and cuddling items are always welcome.


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.



Annual Pumpkin And Pine Church Fair


The Congregational Church of North Barnstead, located at 504  North Barnstead Rd, will hold their annual church fair on Saturday, November 3.  


There is something for everyone of all ages at the fair!   A specialty extra sharp Cabot cheese will be sold this year and as well as a variety of baked goods including pies.  The School House Cafe will have breakfast and lunch items for sale throughout the Fair: soup and chili, grilled burgers and hotdogs, coffee and lemonade.


The Silent Auction will feature two pieces of vintage church furniture, gift cards, ski tickets, paintings by local artists, fall decor, pet items, a woman’s cross country ski set, vintage clothing items, quilts, etc.  


Featured tables include: Christmas, jewelry, Children’s items, handmade in NH, creative and colorful batik creations from Ghana, Africa.  Raffle items will be available.  


Please join us for our fair fundraiser which supports local community needs and mission projects.  


Please call April at 630-3083 with questions.



Letter To The Editor


Perhaps it is true that all politics is local. I watch what is going on in Washington and, though I try to educate myself on the issues and facts, it can feel overwhelming and I often feel powerless to make a difference.


I know that I have a much better chance of actually knowing and talking to my state legislators – and I have. And while I have never missed an opportunity to vote in any election, whether national, state, or local (e.g. school and select board), the mid-terms occurring on November 6, 2018 seem especially important if there is ever to be a balance of power in our NH house and senate, a return to collaboration and compromise, and an effort to work for what is best for all NH citizens.


I have had the pleasure of getting to know Ruth Larson over the past 20 months or so and even before she announced her candidacy for representative in the floterial District 8 (Alton, Barnstead, and Gilmanton), I saw in her a clear eye, a steady disposition, a deep understanding of issues, an objective and fair outlook, and a good heart.  She knows her neighbors and their concerns. She has worked to give a voice to those who otherwise may not have one. She is committed to her community. She will put “servant” back into the term “public servant,” which is what we used to expect our elected officials to be and yet most seem to have forgotten. Ruth Larson will serve us well. Vote on November 6.


Suzanne Allison

Barnstead, NH



Letter To The Editor


Dear Editor,

I am writing to introduce myself as a candidate for State Representative in Barnstead.


In 1944 I was saved by a stranger who hid me in a hayloft from Nazis. The rest of my Jewish family of 28 were murdered in the Holocaust.


I moved with my husband and sons 37 years ago to Barnstead. I’ve been a volunteer EMT, a 15-year school board member, and I am a current planning board member. 


Recently I was shocked to see neo-Nazis marching here in America, re-energized in the current climate. The hatred in their faces was like those who marched in my hometown 75 years ago. Having experienced persecution, I know the individual duty that exists in guarding the freedoms we all enjoy.


In the past we seemed to be able to find common ground and solutions to problems. Now we are deeply divided. I want to make a stand against this divisive climate, not from a partisan position, but as a neighbor. We have so much more in common than the political climate wants us to believe. As your representative I will promote civil, respectful debate. 


Education should be practical and designed to equip our children for the future. I hope to promote more opportunity for the pursuit of vocational, as well as academic, pathways. 


I wish to reach across the ideological fence to find ways to help fund our schools and services, with an emphasis on alleviating the inequitable financial burden of homeowners. 


I am a public speaker, using my life story as an example of the effect of hatred and prejudice. The way a message of tolerance resonates with youth gives me hope for the future. I always end my talks with the suggestion that instead of hatred, we should try love for a change. 



Kathy Preston






Dear Barnstead Constituents,

It has been an honor and privilege to serve you these past two years. In thinking about what to write in this adversarial political climate, I realized we all have different philosophies on what is the right way to vote. What I learned during my time as a State Representative is that we can all get along and get great legislation passed. In addition, we can work to stop bad legislation as well.


Early on I learned that it is better to stop bad legislation than to pass something just for the sake of doing so. I also realized that the devil is in the details.   


I am currently on the E & A (Environmental & Agricultural) Committee in Concord.  I am one of three farmers on this committee of 20. Although I am an accountant by trade, farming is my passion. Having been involved with our family farm for almost two decades now, farming is crucial to Barnstead and our State. It is important that we create an atmosphere to promote our agricultural roots and persevere for future generations.  As a state we can only feed 6% of our population


The E & A committee works well together and most of the bills that come out of this committee are unanimous – meaning 100% bipartisan. I believe it is the committee work that matters most in Concord.


One of the best privileges is meeting and greeting the BES 4th grade class that visits the State House each year. I was so impressed at the knowledge of these young students and their willingness to engage in a civil, open, and honest debate. Kudos to the teachers and parents of the amazing students.


I am asking for your vote on November 6th to again serve Barnstead in the New Hampshire State House.



Rep. Barbara Comtois

Belknap 7




Terry M. Chagnon


Terry M. Chagnon of Barnstead, NH passed away October 20th at the age of 72 at the Hospice House in Concord.


He was born to Nelson and Pearl Chagnon of Pittsfield.


He is survived by his wife Margaret Chagnon along with his sons Daniel Chagnon and Lance Tasker. His son Shane preceded him in death.


He is also survived by his grandchildren, Amber Allen, Bryon Chagnon, and Levi Charter. He also had two great grandchildren Anastasia and Arora. The second youngest of twelve brothers and sisters, he is survived by four brothers and three  sisters.


Terry was drafted into the Navy and then retired from NH DOT Highway Department. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and  cribbage night with his friends. He was dearly loved and will be missed by all he left behind. A memorial service will be held at the family’s convenience.













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