Barnstead NH News

November 14, 2018


Letter To The Editor


New Hampshire residents are feeling some relief with one of the best economies since the 60’s.  Citizens need time to enjoy this economic boom and recover from the job killing regulations and anti-business atmosphere created by Obama and Democrats for eight long years.


Unfortunately, on the heels of an improving economy comes an increase in property taxes.  On the Barnstead website the assessors noted that 1/3 of valuations went down, 1/3 remained the same and 1/3 went up.


My tax bill valuation was $16,000 higher than Zillow which is generally 20% higher than actual home values.  I have heard similar stories from others.


A broad-based tax is not the answer as tax revenue would not reach the intended need; education.  When Democrats were in power during the Shaheen and Lynch years, they squandered millions on “feel-good” programs.  Tax dollars collected through an income tax have never reduced property taxes long term wherever it has been instituted; depending who was in power our legislators would spend like drunken sailors.


If Barnstead residents were aware that the reassessments would result in a high valuation, they might have thought twice about constructing a new police station or purchasing of a new pumper truck for the fire department.  Not that those are not desired improvements, but, they also increased the tax rate.


Barnstead has a great school, the road agent maintains our roads well and the police are responsive. The staff at Town Hall is efficient and friendly.   I question the assessors; their logic, accuracy and fairness and will do my own evaluation; hopefully our elected leaders and public servants realized the same sharp increase in property taxes, we shall see.  I am doing an evaluation of my own and will reveal those results in my next letter to this newspaper.


Bill Bunker






Hey there, Stoneman Dan: I like your idea about getting back to where we used to be. I clearly remember when neighborhood folks took care of each other. Local communities really mattered. I’m only 78˝, so that wasn’t that long ago.


What do you think of intentional communities (communes) for old people where young people help take care of business? That’s what gray Panthers did years ago.


Bruce Shearer

for permaculture design



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Fancy Nancy Tea Party!


On Saturday, November 17th at 11:00am the library will be hosting a “Fancy Nancy Tea Party”! Everyone should bring their favorite teacup and of course dressing-up in your ‘Fancy Nancy finest’ is always the best part. Food and beverages will be provided by the library, as well as some other fabulous fun and surprises! Our seating is limited, so please call 269-3900 or register online at to reserve your place today. 



Mary Ellen Shannon, RYT offers two yoga classes at the library every Tuesday afternoon, Simply Yoga at 4:15pm for beginners and an All Levels Class at 5:30pm. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. If you have blocks and straps, please bring those also. Classes are by donation and all are welcome and encouraged to attend, regardless of ability to donate. Mary Ellen has been a resident of Barnstead for 18 years and a yoga practitioner for even longer. If you have further questions, please contact Mary Ellen at 269-5030.


Holiday Hours

The library will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 for Thanksgiving.


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.



Holiday Events Happening At Center Barnstead Christian Church


Center Barnstead Christian Church has exciting events lined up for this holiday season.  We will be hosting a Dessert Social on November 20th at 6:30pm.  This is your opportunity to try some delicious Thanksgiving Day desserts and family favorites 2 days early!  Stop in for a sweet treat and even sweeter company as we give thanks together during this special season. This event is for the whole family, young and old.


Following this we will be having a Ladies Christmas Tea on December 1st at 6pm.  The Christmas Season should be filled with joy, peace and celebrations of the generous gift of God to man.  Too often it is filled with hustle and bustle, noise and anxiety.  Come join us for a peaceful night with delicious food.  This will be a time of worship and reflection on the birth of our Messiah, Jesus Christ.  All adult women are invited to attend this celebration of the wonder that is the Christmas season. 


For information on these events, or our Sunday worship and Kids for Christ Program, please visit our website at or call us at (603) 269-8831.  We are located next door to the Town Hall on Rt. 126.



Exciting New Christmas Show Coming Soon 


Center Barnstead Christian Church is hosting a brand new Christmas Show called “All Is Bright”, at Prospect Mountain High School on December 7th at 7pm.  This show is a fun-filled Christmas celebration for the whole family created and performed by Word of Life Bible Institute.  Join us for a night of festive worship as we sing your favorite Christmas songs, tickle your funny bone and present the true meaning of Christmas.  Tickets are free but must be reserved.  Visit for the link to reserve tickets or call us at (603) 269-8831 for help in reserving your tickets.













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