Barnstead NH News

February 28, 2018


Rebecca Ray, of Center Barnstead, has been named to the Dean’s List at Western New England University for the Fall Semester of 2017. Ray is working toward a degree in Marketing-Communication/Advertising.


Students are named to the Dean’s List for achieving a semester grade point average of 3.30 or higher.


Congratulations, Rebeccca!



Barnstead Teachers’ Agreement


The BEA and the Barnstead School Board have ratified a new proposed agreement.  Barnstead is the only district in the state that does not use the traditional Step & Track form of compensation for teachers.  Instead, we utilize a Hiring Matrix for new hires and a simple percent increase for existing staff.  The current Hiring Matrix has not been changed in four years.  A comparison to districts around us basically put us tied for the second lowest starting salary in the region.  Therefore, our initial efforts were to make starting salaries more competitive and to keep the salaries of our existing staff aligned with the new starting salaries.


The proposed agreement replaces the current health insurance plans with two lower cost plans providing a savings to the district of $70,000 to $102,000 in the first year of the agreement.  The actual amount of savings will be determined once employees make their plan selection during the open enrollment period.  Using the higher premiums to estimate the cost of the proposed contract, the net increases to salaries and benefits over the first three years are 3.4%, 3.2%, and 3.3%.  The goal of both parties was to keep cost increases under 4.0%.


There are additional, non-cost changes to the proposed agreement that benefit the district.  These will be discussed at the school district meeting on March 24th.  We urge you to attend this meeting and support this proposed agreement.



Jamie Irving Appointed To Belknap County Conservation District Board

Jamie Campbell Irving from Meredith was recently appointed to the Belknap County Conservation District Board of Supervisors by the State Conservation Commission.  Donna Hepp, Conservation District Chair said, “Jamie is a terrific addition to our Board.  His education and background in natural resource conservation and passion for helping others match our mission well.”  


Since graduating high school in 1998, Jamie has lived and travelled throughout the United States, Caribbean and Central America. After briefly attending college in both Wyoming and Colorado, Jamie returned to New Hampshire to finish an undergraduate degree in environmental studies at Colby-Sawyer College. He continued on to Antioch New England University for a Master of Science in environmental resource management and administration.  Jamie has worked with and for a number of non-profit organizations focused on conservation and/or environmental education and eco-literacy.  Most recently, Jamie worked with Hidden Resources, a San Diego consulting company on composting initiatives on all scales, from single user to municipal and city-wide programs.  Jamie has been on the Board of Directors for several other organizations including the Merrimack Valley Assistance Program. Jamie currently works with Watermark Marine Construction where he is responsible for contracting construction projects in the Lakes Region and related environmental permits. When Jamie isn’t working, he can be found snorkeling or scuba diving most of the year in the lakes and rivers of Central New Hampshire.


The Belknap County Conservation District is led by a 5-person Board who volunteer their time and expertise in natural resource science and management, farming and forestry.  BCCD has assisted landowners and communities with conserving the County’s natural resources for 72 years.  Projects coming up this year include stream restoration work on Gunstock and Poorfarm Brooks,  conservation information programs for schools and communities including a March 14th Stream Restoration Workshop, a Spring Plant sale and gleaning surplus produce from area farms and gardens for donation to local food pantries.  For more information about BCCD go to



Local Farm To Train Farmers 

And Grow Harvest For Families In Need

Willow Brook Farm & Art Center Receives Grant to Launch New Program to Connect Food Insecure Families with Locally Grown, Healthy Food


Willow Brook Farm & Art Center (WBFAC) recently received a grant from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund to bring sustainably grown organic food to underserved local communities.  The grant will help support farmers in training to grow a range of fresh vegetables this summer that will be distributed to over 50 food insecure families.


Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) refers to a model that connects farms more directly to communities by enabling consumers to purchase shares of a farm’s harvest.  During the growing season, a farm CSA will typically distribute harvested vegetables and other farm products each week to shareholders.  “While the CSA model has been a powerful way to encourage communities to support their local farms, farm shares have traditionally have been priced beyond the means of low income and food insecure families,” said WBFAC Executive Director and farmer, Tim Gaudreau.  “Through this program, we aim to bridge that gap while also training the next generation of young farmers.”


Price is not the only barrier to having low income families access shares of locally grown food.  Knowing how to prepare new or unknown vegetables can also be an obstacle.  “We will overcome these obstacles by offering shares to people in need and by inviting them to get more engaged with the farm,” said Gaudreau. “Through programs, events, and volunteer projects, we will provide uplifting opportunities for food share recipient families to connect with the farm and with each other, strengthening our community and fostering healthy eating habits that will last well beyond the harvest.” 


Founded in 2014, WBFAC’s mission is to is to inspire environmental responsibility and sustainability through permaculture, small-scale organic farming and the arts. To date, WBFAC’s efforts have focused on supporting its signature Beginning Farmer Fellowship.  During the two-year program, Fellows receive access to land, housing, equipment, mentoring and training and a goal to gain valuable hands on growing experience while they also incubate and launch a viable farm business. The fellowship is designed to give young farmers a leg up and help them prepare for successful careers in sustainable farming.  


 “What inspires me the most about this opportunity is that the Beginning Farm Fellows, who have been supported by the community, will now have an opportunity to return that goodwill by feeding people in need,” said Gaudreau.  “This program will be the Fellows way to pay forward the experience they are receiving to benefit others.”  


WBFAC will partner with local food pantries in Barnstead and its neighboring communities to identify families that can benefit from the farm shares.  While the New England Grassroots Environment Fund Grant will fund the purchase seeds and supplies to grow this year’s crops, WBFAC needs an additional $13,000 to realize its vision to provide food to 50 families in need. To learn more about the program and to offer your support, go here


About Willow Brook Farm & Art Center 

Willow Brook Farm is a not-for-profit, organic farm and permaculture homestead that seeks to educate the community in sustainable living and engage people to learn and adopt alternative skills that lead to healthier lifestyles and communities. We strive to use the power of example, educational outreach and public arts to redefine the human relationship to nature. We support beginning farmers through farming residency fellowships and apprenticeships. We support environmentally based artists with residency fellowships and commissions. Our Mission is to inspire environmental responsibility and sustainability through permaculture, small-scale organic farming and the arts. For more information visit or call 603-957-1422.


About the New England Grassroots Environment Fund 

The New England Grassroots Environment Fund energizes and nurtures long-term civic engagement in local initiatives that create and maintain healthy, just, safe and sustainable communities using stories, tools and dollars to fuel local activism and social change. Since 1996, the Grassroots Fund’s core grant making program continues to fund nearly 150 grants annually, giving more than $4 million in 20 years to more than 2,000 community groups and initiatives covering more than 60 percent of New England’s cities and towns. For more information, please visit or call 603-905-9915.



Congressional Candidate Lincoln Soldati To Speak In Barnstead


Local Democrats and left-leaning Independents are invited to the March meeting of the Tri-Town Democrats on Monday, 3/5 to hear Congressional District 1 Lincoln Soldati speak.


Lincoln Soldati is a New Hampshire native, veteran, husband, father of four, and grandfather of two. Lincoln has spent over 20 years in public office at the local and county level – most notably serving 9 terms as Strafford County Attorney, as well as serving on the Somersworth School Board, the Somersworth Charter Commission, and as the Mayor of Somersworth. As Strafford County Attorney, Lincoln created the Victim Assistance protocol which has become the state standard for prosecutions and investigations into sexual assault and child abuse cases.


The guest speaker will be followed by action items and community organizing as well as a caucus election for Vice-Chair and Treasurer of the Barnstead Democrats. All registered Democrats in Barnstead are eligible to vote in the caucus election.


This meeting of the Tri-Town Democrats of Barnstead, Gilmanton, and Alton will be held at the Barnstead Town Hall at 108 South Barnstead Road in Barnstead. Come for socializing and potluck any time between 6:15 pm and 6:30 pm. The meeting runs from 6:30 pm to 8:30pm.


The meeting is open to any and all residents of Barnstead, Alton, and Gilmanton who consider themselves moderate, liberal, or progressive Democrats or like-minded Independents. Potluck items to share are encouraged but not required. For more information, email or visit the “Barnstead, Gilmanton, and Alton Democrats” Facebook page.



Letter To The Editor


My name is Lyla Adkins. I’d appreciate your vote for the two-year school board seat.  I’ve lived in Barnstead since 2000, and have two daughters at BES who are in fourth and eighth grades. I’ve served on the school board for the past three years.  Additionally, I’ve been a Girl Scout leader, a member of the Parks and Recreation Commission, a PTO volunteer and former board member, and organized the town’s summer concerts for the past five years.


The children of our community are important to me. I want them to receive a variety of educational opportunities in an environment that is safe, supportive and progressive. I support our educators, and want to be sure that we are doing everything possible to hire and retain the best staff members.  I want to be involved in taking measures to ensure that our school facilities are adequate, appropriate, safe and secure.  I want to support our administration in the development of curriculum guidelines. It has been a pleasure working with our superintendent, Dr. Brian Cochrane.  I am encouraged and inspired by his professionalism, leadership, insight, and initiative. 


In my three years, I served on both BES’s Space Needs and Strategic Planning committees. At PMHS, I served on the Professional Development Committee and the Policy Committee.  If re-elected, I intend to serve on the BES Budget Committee, and will be continuing on the Space Needs Committee, so that we may find a solution to our space issues that is both reasonable and forward thinking.  I bring to the board a positive, friendly, and collaborative attitude, as well as an open mind to discussion on all topics that come before us.


I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve our children and our community.  I thank you for your support.



PMHS Drama Club Presents This Business of Murder


Prospect Mountain High School (PMHS) Drama Club will stage This Business of Murder, a murder/mystery dinner theater experience on March 22, 23, and 24 at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and senior citizens and can be purchased by visiting the PMHS Main Office 9:00 am-3:30 pm Monday-Friday, now - March 5, or the PMHS Box Office 4:30-6:30 pm Monday-Thursday, now-March 1, and March 5. Because of the dinner, all tickets must be purchased in advance. There will be no tickets sold at the door. The deadline for ticket sales is March 5th. Dinner selections made at the time of ticket purchase.


A murder/mystery play with audience interaction is a departure for the PMHS Drama Club, whose members have participated in larger musical productions in the recent past. Max DeRoche, a senior, says his time with the club has had “ups and downs.” This production is his third at PMHS. Two years ago DeRoche played Maurice in Beauty and the Beast and last year he was General Genghis Khan Schmitz in Seussical. He remarks on the range of these characters, “It’s been challenging going from playing a frail man to a bombastic general. Nick Brewer is somewhere in the middle. I have really enjoyed working on stage productions much more than I thought I would. I am really going to miss it.”


Senior Brittany Rogers has been involved with the PMHS Acting Club for four years, but didn’t audition for a play until this year. Last year she was called upon to play a Wickersham in Seussical and found she really liked the stage. She is looking forward to this year’s production and enjoying playing Victoria, the less “loopy” one of the Sweetener Sisters. “Interactive participation for the audience makes it more of an experience. Everyone wants to have their say,” (regarding who committed the murder). She is enjoying working with the cast as well. “There are beautiful people here. We have really good chemistry in this play in particular.” This Business of Murder will be her last play at PMHS. “It’s bittersweet to part from PMHS, if I could find one word for it. I’ve been in Alton all my life. It’s weird thinking of going somewhere else.” 


Another senior in this year’s production is Garrett Sherwood, who is also relatively new to the stage. His previous performance was also as a Wickersham in Seussical last year. “I never thought about acting until last year’s play. I absolutely love being on stage.” He is playing Inspector John Sherlock in This Business of Murder. “I get to play this stern, monotone Inspector this year. I have to sell it. My role is to antagonize the characters by making these suggestions, and keep the audience guessing about who could have done it,” (the murder). Sherwood says he has accepted that he will be leaving PMHS in a few months but he plans to continue to working on plays. “It’s been a great opportunity - being the entertainment. It’s something I want to feel and do the rest of my life. I definitely enjoyed PMHS. It was time worth spending.”




Levi N. Parry

Levi N. Parry, 61 of Pembroke, passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at his residence.


Born on November 14, 1956 in Cavendish, VT he was the son of the late Everett D. and Gladys A. (French) Parry.


Levi was employed for a time with O’Reilly Auto Parts as a driver. He enjoyed playing his guitar, playing online pool, going out on the water in the Canoe and being a Papa to his grandson Julian.


Besides his parents, he was predeceased by three sisters, Whanitta Sheetz, Charlotte “Tootsie” Lynch and Charlene Chase-Murray.


He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Dorothy “Dot” (Nault) Parry of Pembroke; daughter, Amber Caron and her husband James of Center Barnstead; son, Krystopher Parry of Columbia, SC; siblings, Theodore “Rusty” and his wife Molly “Booth” Parry of Allenstown, Howard Parry of Springfield, VT, Barbara Elliot of Deltona, FL, Wayne Parry of Cornish, Lee Parry of Henniker and Richard Parry and his wife Terry of Springfield, VT; one grandson Julian Caron, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.


A Celebration of Life will be held at the convenience of the family. Assisting the family with arrangements is the Petit-Roan Funeral Home in Pembroke. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit



Charles “Chip” Elliott

BARNSTEAD – Charles “Chip” Elliott, 63, of Barnstead, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, February 19, 2018 at Concord Hospital.


Born on March 22, 1954 in Concord, NH, he was the son of the late Earl and Molly (Harper) Elliott.


Chip was employed for the last 30 years by Eckman Construction in Bedford as a Construction Superintendent. Unlike alot of people who went to work because they had to Chip went to work because he loved to. Mark Walsh and all the Eckman family meant a lot to him. He was often called a work-a-holic. If he wasn’t working on one of his properties he could be found at someone elses house always wanting to lend a hand.


He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Anita (Coughlan) Elliott of Barnstead; children include: Kyle James Elliott, Steve Summa, Heidi Elliott, Ashley Elliott, Joe Clement & Katie Wood. His siblings include: Richard Elliott, Dana Elliott and wife Lorie, James Elliott and wife Joan. There are many nieces & nephews, as well as 3 beloved grandchildren.


Chip loved to hike, travel, golf, camp; he was an all around outdoorsman. Anita and Chip shared a special love for the ocean, and will always cherish memories of Jamaica, a special place for Chip.


A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 3rd from 1 to 4 PM at the Alton American Legion, 164 Wolfeboro Highway, Alton. The Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home of Epsom is assisting the family with arrangements. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit













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