Barnstead NH News

November 7, 2018


Veteran’s Day 2018


Commemoration Of The 100th Anniversary Of The Armistice At The Congregational Church Of North Barnstead


Sunday, November 11, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of “The Armistice” that ended fighting on land, sea and air during World War I between the Allies and their opponent, Germany. Six months later a peace treaty was signed in Versailles. 


The treaty was signed by France, Great Britain, and Germany on the 11th day, of the 11th month, at 11th hour. In Europe, this day is known as Remembrance Day. In the United States, we remember our Veterans on November 11th. 


One of our members, a veteran of the Viet Nam War, Allan Brown, will commemorate this day by playing the Last Post Rouse at the War Memorial Arch at the State House in Concord at 11 am. The public is invited to join him as he commemorates this day in Concord. 


Allan will also play the Last Post Rouse at 10 am on November 11th, at The Congregational Church of North Barnstead, UCC, just prior to our morning worship service at 10 am. Some of our local scouts will offer a flag ceremony, there will be a traditional reading, followed by the Last Post Rouse and a benediction. 


We invite all veterans and the community to join us at 10 am, for this brief commemorative service. 


Our Sunday worship will follow at the close of this service, and at 11 am, we will ring our church bell eleven times along with other churches across the United States and around the world, in commemoration of this 100th Anniversary, with hope that someday, peace may peace prevail on earth!


The Congregational Church of North Barnstead is located at 504 North Barnstead Road in Ctr. Barnstead. We are an Open and Affirming and Accessible to All with a ramp and accessible parking. Worship is held every Sunday at 10 am with programming for young children and youth through 9th grade. “No matter who you are where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.” 


Questions? Contact Reverend Nancy Talbott, 603.776.1820.



Barnstead Adventure Zone celebrates LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL

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LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL was recently celebrated by the Barnstead Adventure Zone along with 8400 other programs across the country. Lights On Afterschool is a celebration of after school and extended learning programs. It is estimated that over a million people celebrated this year across the country. 


The Afterschool Alliance organizes Lights On Afterschool to focus attention on the urgent need to invest in afterschool programs, which provide which provide homework help, mentoring, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities, sports and fitness, healthy snacks and meals, art and dance, job- and college-readiness, and opportunities for hands-on, team-based learning. In a recent survey.


To quote the After School Alliance, “This new poll and the massive turnout for Lights On Afterschool this year shows Americans understand the pivotal role that quality afterschool programs play in helping young people develop the skills they need to thrive in school and in life,” said Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant. “All over the country today, people are seeing firsthand the skills students hone and talents they develop at their afterschool programs, which keep kids safe and inspire them to learn through fun, educational, hands-on activities. Unfortunately, there aren’t nearly enough afterschool programs to meet the need. That needs to change because afterschool and summer learning programs help children reach their full potential and ready them for the jobs of tomorrow.” 


In Barnstead, at BAZ, we had “kid favorite” snacks featuring some of the food our participants have made in Fun and Foods Class. Student projects were on display and there were various information sheets about after school available for reading. Our Middle School participants put on a STEM Glow Gym complete with pumpkin decorating, glow Bingo, T-shirt decorating , Glow in the Dark face painting and Makey Makey on the computer and various games in the Gym. 




Gloria J. (Hoffer) Crafts

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BARRE, VT- Gloria Joyce Hoffer Crafts, age 90, peacefully passed away in her sleep on October 21, 2018 at Berlin Health and Rehab in Vermont.


Gloria was born August 6, 1928 in White Plains, NY, the daughter of the late Erik and Cecil (Harris) Hoffer.


During her first marriage, having the name Gloria Joyce (Hoffer) Drury, she became a self-taught wonder of many talents, from motherhood to the community. Gloria appreciated antiques, learning how to refinish, stain, paint, and stencil furniture. She revived The Fremont NH Historical Society, while living there. According to her children, she was the best cook in the world, especially the apple pies and spaghetti sauce; pea soup and sauerkraut not so much. As if that’s not enough, she was an accomplished gardener, superb seamstress, knitter, and creator of gorgeous braided rugs, one truly large.


Gloria is survived by her four children, Susan Drury Buckley formerly of Brentwood NH, presently of Brunswick, GA, Janet Drury Grenier of Randolph Center, VT, Alan Drury of Northwood, NH and Peter Drury of South Royalton VT; along with six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and three sisters Gladys Miller, Eleanor Parian and Myrna Minardi.


Our mom, a devout Christian, has finally been released from the tethers of earth to the Heavens above.


There will be no calling hours.  A Memorial Service will take place at a later date in New Hampshire.  In lieu of flowers or donations, we kindly ask you to hug your mom if at all possible. Assisting the family with arrangements is the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home in Epsom.  To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit



Dorothy C Charlantini

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Dorothy C Charlantini passed away at the Merrimack County Nursing Home, October 26, 2018. 


Daughter of Arthur and Dorothy Wiggin. She leaves sister Donna and husband Steve, of Salem, NH along with many Nieces and Nephews. 


She was predeceased buy the love of her life, Husband Fred and two brothers Gerald and Arthur Jr. 


She was brought up in Newton, Ma. where her love of sports started and continued throughout her life - huge fan of the Red Sox. Would be thrilled with the World Series outcome and would probably think it was for her! 


After moving to New Hampshire, she volunteered at the Pittsfield Medical Center and had a large part working with Paula Weeman in starting “Medication Bridge.” A program very successful through out the State to help qualified people to obtain medications that otherwise wouldn’t be available to them. 


She worked tirelessly for years and then added another volunteering post at Service Link. She helped “her people” navigate Medicare and Part D plus helped direct them to other services available. 


Dorothy had a great sense of humor - being born on the 4th of July she always claimed the fireworks and parades were part of her birthday party. She loved to joke and always had a smile. She would listen to the problems and offer a helping hand. 


She will certainly! be missed 


In lieu of flowers: donations may be made to the McKepna Fund at the Merrimack County Nursing Home, 325 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, NH 03303.


We’d like to sponsor a MCNH residents bus trip to the Fisher Cats Game in the spring in memory of Dorothy. 


She went on those trips and had a terrific time - it certainly would bring a smile to her face and joy to many hearts. If further info is needed: contact Deb Randall 269-3481.













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