Barnstead NH News

April 4, 2018






Per Vote Of The District Committee



Gardening From The Ground Up


On Tuesday evening, April 17th. The Barnstead Community Grange has invited Master Gardener Roz Mason to come and talk about what we all should be interested in, gardening.  At our last get together we had some questions raised about wanting to know about starting a garden and such things.  So we looked around and found Roz, who is all prepared to answer those types of questions and many more.  


You see, Roz has been around gardens all her life, playing in the dirt so they say, but she got really serious a couple of years ago and got herself qualified as an Advanced Master Gardener.  She’s been keeping busy answering questions at the UNH Cooperative Ext. Answer Line and doing presentations like she will be doing on the 17th.


Roz will be touching on: developing a garden plan, choosing a location, creating a layout and getting started, along with information on soil testing, seeds, plants, equipment, supplies, weeds, diseases and pests, harvesting and storage.  It’s been designed for people interested in starting their first garden, but I’ll bet some of you old time gardeners could come by and pick up some useful information for yourself, and maybe even pass on a piece of your own.


So mark the date, Tuesday April 17th at the Oscar Foss Memorial Library in Center Barnstead at 730PM.  This event is being brought to you by the Barnstead Community Grange in Cooperation with the Oscar Foss Memorial Library.  Anyone interested in getting more information on the meeting or the Barnstead Community Grange just search Barnstead Community Grange on Facebook, RSVP to or just come on down, refreshments will be served.



President Of School District Governance Association Of NH To Address Belknap County Republican Committee


The Belknap County Republican Committee (BCRC) has announced that their next monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. at Patrick’s Pub & Eatery, 18 Weirs Rd, Gilford, NH.


This month’s guest speaker is Donna Green, President of the School District Governance Association of New Hampshire. According to their website, the SDGA NH was created “to establish a forum for past and present school district elected officials and others with elected fiduciary responsibility over a school budget.” 


Ms. Green will share details of the organization’s mission, which is to “educate and empower elected school district officials so they can effectively assert their lawful authority and be responsive to their electorate.”  She will also share information about past activities, accomplishments, and future plans for the Association.


With a focus on the upcoming November elections, the Committee invites any Republican residents of Belknap County who may be interested in running for office at the State and County levels to attend the April 11 meeting.  The Committee will also be announcing the details of this year’s June 1st annual Lincoln Day fund raising cruise on the M/S Mount Washington on Lake Winnipesaukee, which has attracted more than 500 people in the past. 


Belknap County GOP meetings are open to ALL Republicans and like-minded Independents. Per their usual meeting format, if you’re interested in having dinner (at your option) and/or wish to socialize before the meeting, plan to arrive as early as 5:00 pm.


The Committee again encourages its members to continue to bring non-perishable food items for donation to local food pantries.


For more information, please check the Committee’s website at or send an email to



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Dinner & a Show!


Come to Barnstead Elementary School on Friday, April 6th at 6pm for a spaghetti dinner and a performance of “Beauty and the Beast” by the Hampstead Stage Company. This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Barnstead Adventure Zone and the Oscar Foss Memorial Library.    


Family Movie Night!

Join us at the library on Friday, April 13th at 6pm for a free night at the movies! We will be showing “Coco” (PG) and providing popcorn. Pajamas and cuddling items are always welcome.


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.





What is it going to take to get the voters in Barnstead to show up for the school meeting? The school meeting on March 24th had 1/2 as many people as the Town Meeting on March 17th.


This is puzzling because the potential tax increase could be significantly higher. Luckily enough, concerned voters showed up to vote down the salary increases. The salary and benefits average about 3% per year. Between 2012 and 2017 your town portion of taxes went up 13% while the school was doubled that at 26%.


Does your job give you a 3% increase yearly? Do the elderly and retired get a 3% increase yearly? It’s time to put a stop to the out of control salaries and benefits and keep our tax burden at its current level or lower. Watch for the special school meeting to address these issues and please attend to make your voices heard.


Thank you,

Roland LaBrecque




Katherine V. Vangjel

Franklin -  Katherine V. Vangjel (Big Gramma), 89 of Franklin, passed away at her home on Saturday,  March 17, 2018, after a short period of failing health. Katherine was born in Northfield to parents James and Irene (Higley) Vangjel and grew up in Northfield attending Tilton - Northfield schools.  Katherine raised her daughter in Concord and was a homemaker and a caretaker for many years.


Katherine loved spending time with her family and visiting the North Country.  She loved people and was a magnet to children.  Her hobbies included search-a-word puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, bingo and card games.


Katherine was pre-deceased by her seven sisters; Rosey Vangjel, Annie Gregory, Eleanor Belisle, Christina Bilodeau, Sophie Copp, Dorothy Riley, Marion Nowak and a brother Peter Vangjel.


She is survived by her daughter Mary Pyne (Little  Gramma) and her husband Robert (and family pet, Allie Marie) of Barnstead, NH; her granddaughter, Melinda Wilson of Gilmanton, NH; two great-grandsons, Evan Wilson and Landon Wilson of Gilmanton, NH, who were the “loves of her life”; one sister Lillian (Marie) Belisle; a brother Leo Vangjel; several nieces and nephews and two very dear friends, Esther Gilbert and Evalyn Sylvester of Franklin, who were always just a phone call away whenever she needed them.


There will be no calling hours. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Those wishing may make memorial contributions to the Franklin VNA, 75 Chestnut St., Franklin, NH  03235.













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