Barnstead NH News

February 14, 2018


The Congregational Church of North Barnstead (CCNB) cordially invites the public to attend a candlelight Taize’ Ash Wednesday Worship Service, February 14 at 7:00 p.m.


This peaceful candlelight service lasts 45 minutes. CCNB, a “year round” church built in 1820, is at 504 North Barnstead Road. Please come and join in as they begin the season of Lent. All are welcome!



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Middle School Graphic Novel Club


The Middle School Graphic Novels Club meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 3:45pm. Join Maddison in discussing and discovering interesting graphic novels. This group is geared towards ages 9-13. Next meeting date is February 21st. If you have any questions, contact Maddison at 603-269-3900 or email


Teen Advisory Group

The OFML Teen Advisory Group is a group of teens ages 12-18 who assist the library with a number of things such as Program Development, Teen Tech Advisor, and YA Collection Development. You can also help out by shelving and covering books, setting up for programs or assisting with preparations for some of our children’s programs. Participation looks great on college applications, and everything qualifies for community service hours! Meetings are held the fourth Thursday of the month at 7pm. Next meeting date is February 22nd. You can get started by filling out the form online at or at the circulation desk in the library. If you have any questions, contact Lindsey at 603-269-3900 or email


Game Night!

Like to play Minecraft, Mario Kart or Zelda? Come to the library on Friday, February 23rd at 6:30pm for Game Night! You can play with our WiiU on our large screen, use a tablet to play Minecraft, or bring your own laptop or tablet to play along. Light refreshments will be served.



Coffee Talk!


Parents, do you need a little adult time with other people “your age”? Come to the Oscar Foss Memorial Library on the fourth Saturday of the month at 10:30am for coffee and conversation. Children ages 2 and up can be dropped off in the Children’s area for story time and crafts while you get to know other parents in our community! Arrange playdates, start a book group, plan a car pool, or just have an hour of peace and quiet. Next meeting date will be Saturday, February 24th.


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



CBCC To Host Chili, Soup, And Chowder Cook-Off


The Center Barnstead Christian Church is hosting this extravaganza on Saturday, February 24th at 5 pm. If you would like to enter your best chili, soup or chowder, please register on our CBCC website no later than Monday, February 19th  There is no entry fee. Donations will be accepted at the door but are not required.  All donations will be going towards a mission’s trip to Hungary to renovate cabins for their youth camp.  This cook-off will be fun and yummy for the whole family!  On the day of the event we are asking those that are bringing a crockpot of award-winning soup to drop it off at the church between 4:15-4:30pm. Make sure it is all warmed up and ready to be judged. Then at 5:00pm the eating and judging will begin.  Save the date and see you there!




Ronald Williams

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CENTER BARNSTEAD- Mr. Ronald Williams, 62, of Center Barnstead, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family after a lengthy illness on February 6, 2018 in the care of the Colonial Hill Center and Cornerstone VNA in Rochester.


Born in Boston, Ron was the son of the late Willard and Caroline (Struzziero) Williams.  He was educated in Nashua and was a graduate of Howe High School.  


Ron was the proud owner and operator of Venture Transportation for over 20 years.  An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed snowmobiling as well as fishing and hunting with his grandsons.  He also loved his motorcycle and was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan.  He was always willing to help in any way he could.


He was predeceased by his brother and sister, Jeanne and Roger.


He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Karen (French) Keller-Williams.  He was the father to Stephen Williams and his wife Nancy of Gardner, NC, Rhonda Gagnon and her husband Sam of Center Barnstead and the stepfather to Elizabeth Sixx and her significant other James of Pittsfield.  He was the brother to Laraine, Jack, Al, Teddy, Kirk and Ralph.  He is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild as well as many nieces and nephews.


A Funeral Service was held in the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home on Saturday, February 10th.  Spring burial will take place in Riverview Cemetery in Barnstead.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Ron’s memory may be sent to the Cornerstone VNA, 178 Farmington Rd. Rochester, NH 03867. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit













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