Barnstead NH News

May 16, 2018


The Suncook Valley Area Lions Club (serving Pittsfield and Barnstead) is collecting gently used items for the Town Wide Yard Sale.  Spots are available (for $10) for other groups or individuals to set up with the Lions Club at Northeast Earth Mechanics on Barnstead Rd.  If you have any items you’d like to donate or for more information, please contact Laurie Vien at 435-5052. 



PLEASE BRING ALL DISCARDED NEEDLES TO THE BCEP OFFICE IN A HARD PLASTIC CONTAINER - discarded needles do not belong in the mixed paper, the plastic OR any of the recycle bins.   This is very dangerous for the staff to discover used needles “hidden” in the recyclables.  ALSO, soiled personal hygiene products should be disposed of in the trash.  Thank you for your cooperation. Questions gladly answered by any staff member or call 435-6237.



Congratulations to Kayla Sliger from Center Barnstead, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Education in elementary education from Coastal Carolina University.



May Is National Stroke Awareness Month


Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice wants to help you lead as full, active, happy and healthy a life as possible.  In order to do that, here’s some information about stroke prevention:


• Stroke is a leading cause of death and permanent disability

• 4 out of 5 stroke victims have no apparent warning signs

• Up to 80% of strokes are preventable

• Lack of sleep and/or sleep apnea can contribute to a stroke

• Weight and activity are important factors in stroke prevention

• Other causes include smoking, diabetes and alcohol abuse

• High blood pressure is the leading cause of stroke


That’s right – the leading cause of stroke is entirely preventable.  Central VNA offers free blood pressure clinics all around the lake.  Currently you can find regular free clinics in Center Harbor, Wolfeboro, Gilmanton and Ossipee, with more to come.  Check their website regularly for clinics near you.


A great on-line resource is the American Heart Association.  You can find all manner of information at  


Learn what you can, stay on top of your blood pressure, talk to your doctor or Central VNA so you, too, can live a long and healthy life.


About Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice knows that people are happier, and do better, at home.  They can help you stay there.  Birth to bereavement, they have served Lakes Region communities since 1918.  Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is a not-for-profit, Medicare-certified provider and is licensed by the State of New Hampshire. The agency is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees from both the Wolfeboro and Laconia regions and is supported by private and corporate donations.  1-800-244-8549.



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Health and Wellness Event!


On May 18th at 6pm join local resident Lee Briggs for a Health and Wellness event at the library! Lee will be discussing healthy, natural lifestyle choices and botanical products. Light refreshments will be served.


Barnstead Hiking Club!

On May 19th at 11:30 am join us at the library for the inaugural meeting of our Hiking Club! We are hoping to get local individuals together who are interested in hiking to plan outings and discuss local trails and mountains. The library also has some local trail maps available for purchase at $3.


Read It & Eat- Saturday Book Brunch!

Join us at the library on May 19th from 10:30am to 12:30pm for our Saturday Book Brunch! Come see what books are new at the library and give recommendations for some of your favorites. Our book brunch is held monthly on every third Saturday. Refreshments will be served.


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.



Letter To The Editor

They Just Can’t Stand To Lose


By the time this is printed, the vote on the school voucher bill will have been taken.  Regardless of the outcome, the method used by the Republican backers of this legislation mimics the dirty tactics used by their Republican comrades in Washington.


The NH Republican leadership just could not stand to lose on one of their bills that would benefit the rich, and penalize all of the property owners in most of our cities, towns and villages.  This school voucher bill was defeated twice, and some of their fellow Republicans voted correctly by saying no to this downshifting of costs for education to real estate taxpayers in the state.  


In an eleventh hour move, after the legislators had retired for the day, Senator Jeb Bradley, supported by our one-time governor Chris Sununu, tagged HB 193 to an unrelated piece of legislation, thereby insuring another vote on a bill that had failed under a reconsideration move.  “Dirty Republican Politics at its worse.”


Notwithstanding the above, they are fully aware that shifting government dollars to religious institutions is a flagrant violation of our Constitution.  Like good politicians, they are attempting to circumvent this violation of separation of church and state by moving the funds through a sham third party vehicle.  Don’t they realize that the citizens can see right through this sham?


It is time for a change, and the November elections are fast approaching.  


Ronald P. Blais

Center Barnstead



Driveway Culverts


There is a widespread problem in Barnstead with the connections between the residential driveways and town roads.  Last winter, there were a number of areas where washouts and large masses of ice buildup occurred where town roads and driveways met.  The cause of the problem is usually the absence of, or failure of, the driveway culvert.


Driveway culverts and the headwalls on each end of the culvert are the complete responsibility of the property owner. If the culvert is clogged or not functioning properly, it is the responsibility of the property owner to clear the obstructions.  If the culvert is collapsed or structurally compromised, it is the responsibility of the property owner to repair or replace the culvert.  If the headwalls have collapsed or deteriorated, they too are the responsibility of the property owner for repair and maintenance.  


Your cooperation in maintaining the driveway culverts is appreciated as it is necessary to prevent expensive damage being done to the town roads. 


Contact us if you have any questions at 603-269-2091. Please call us if you are having a culvert replaced.  A no fee permit would be required.




Sonja Rae Newman (Shattuck)

June 2, 1958 – May 3, 2018


Sonja R. Newman, 59, of Barnstead, passed away Thursday, May 3 at Concord Hospital.


She leaves her husband, Paul E. Newman, two daughters, Kandy Shattuck and Kelly Hanson, two sons Tom Fletcher and Adam Fletcher, and four grandchildren, Dylan Shattuck, Robert Wilkinson, Katelyn Lank and Hunter Lank. Her mother, Eileen Shattuck, two sisters, Sheila Goss and Sherry Shattuck, and three brothers, Steve Shattuck, Scott Shattuck, and Sam Shattuck. She is predeceased by her father, Francis Shattuck and her sister Sandy Shattuck. She also leaves several nieces and nephews.


Sonja was born and raised in Concord. She worked at Globe Manufacturing in Pittsfield as a stitcher for 20 years.


A service will be held Saturday, May 19 at 10:30 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary church, 180 Loudon Road in Concord. There will be a Celebration of Life immediately following at the Concord Moose Lodge, 170 N. State Street in Concord.


In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the Payson Center for Cancer Care at 250 Pleasant Street in Concord.













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