Barnstead NH News

February 21, 2018


Barnstead Farmers Market Roundtable Event


The Barnstead Farmers Market is sponsoring the 2nd Event in our winter series of Roundtable Events for individuals who are interested in everything you need to know about participating in Farmers Markets. Next event: Selling Successfully at a Farmers Market, is February 26th at 6:30p.m at the Maple Street Church, Community Room, 96 Maple St. Barnstead NH. Nada Haddad, Food and Agriculture Field Specialist, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension will present information and facilitate a Roundtable Discussion, how Farmers Markets work and how to make them successful, Insurance, Regulations and more topics. Please bring your questions for an informative session. To RSVP: Email: or call 603-269-2329.



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Meet the Candidates Night


Meet the Candidates Night will be held Thursday, February 22nd at the Barnstead Town Hall at 7:00 p.m. The Oscar Foss Memorial Library is pleased to sponsor this event. All candidates for Town and School offices have been invited to participate. Bring along your questions and have a chance to hear the candidates speak on the issues. We are trying something new this year for those unable to attend! You can submit questions online at our website ( prior to the event and we are planning to make a recording that will be available for viewing on our website. There is parking at the Town Hall and also parking behind and beside the Library.


Fine Free February!

It’s Fine Free February at the Oscar Foss Memorial Library!  During the month of February, bring in 3 or more non-perishable, unexpired can goods (clearly labeled) and have all the fines on your account waived. Donations will be delivered to the Barnstead Food Pantry and End 68 Hours program at Barnstead Elementary School. 


Story Hour

Just a reminder that Story Hour will not be held during school vacation weeks. Story Hour is held every Wednesday at 10am from September through May and follows the Barnstead school calendar for days off. Please check our website or WMUR for cancellations due to inclement weather. 


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.



Teen Challenge To Visit Barnstead March 4th


Chances are you have someone close to you with substance abuse problems.  These issues are the daily reality for us now.  The Adult and Teen Challenge USA program is successfully working across the US and around the world with a 15 month program at one of their addiction recovery centers, right here in Manchester, NH. It’s the 60th anniversary of Teen Challenge this year!


On Sunday, March 4th the Men’s Choir from the Teen Challenge program will visit the Center Barnstead Christian Church to share their stories and special music at 10am.  This group has visited our church with program participants several times and each occasion is moving and powerful as we hear stories of change, healing, redemption, and new life.


Drop in by 10am on Sunday, March 4th to hear the messages of hope and recovery. Their programs are working to provide “freedom from addiction for adults, teens, and families.”  Call the church with questions 603-269-8831 or visit  Anyone can join us for the service; the gentlemen are willing to answer questions and help you find the answers you need related to substance abuse and recovery.



Letter To The Editor


Folks are stepping up all over New Hampshire to run for office from Library Trustee to Selectperson to members of Congress. We’re all intent on replacing those in office who represent big money with individuals who will represent our communities . Imagine having a state representative here in Barnstead, Alton, or Gilmanton who cared more about living wages, affordable college and healthcare, and services for elderly than scoring points with Americans for Prosperity and their corporate friends.


If towns like Barnstead, Alton, and Gilmanton had elected community-minded representation in 2016, bills like those which our current house members recently opposed (family and medical leave insurance fund, participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, etc.) would be successful. We need to make this a reality for the sake of the health, safety, and welfare of our communities. We desperately need willing individuals to step up for this year’s NH House races. Information about the commitment is readily available as is support for candidates throughout the process. Please contact the Tri-Town Democratic Candidate Recruitment Committee at if you would be willing to explore a run for NH State Representative for Barnstead, Alton, or Gilmanton. 


Heather Carter













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