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.
Barnstead Cemetery Association annual meeting will be on June 10,
2018 10:00 AM at the South Barnstead Church, Route 126, Center
BCEP Holiday Reminder
facility will be closed on Monday AND Tuesday, May 28th and 29th in
observance of Memorial Day. When a holiday falls on a normal
day of closure, the facility will observe the following day as its
no different than the Federal guidelines when the holiday falls on a
Sunday, the following Monday is observed as the holiday.
Garden Accent Sale - Saturday, May 26, 8:00-11:00AM at Bow Lake
Grange Hall, 569 Province Road, Strafford, NH. Strafford
Garden Club will offer locally grown plants, herbs & heirloom
vegetables. A raffle for your choice of many prizes donated by
local businesses will be held. Funds raised will help beautify
the town gardens and also provide a college scholarship.
Please contact Bev Nemetz, 603-664-2552 for any information.
Democrats Invited To Hear Candidate
Democrats and left-leaning Independents are invited to the June
meeting of the Tri-Town Democrats on Monday, June 4th at 6:30 pm.
These monthly meetings give you the opportunity to learn about local
and state political issues and how you can participate in making a
difference. You will share the evening with like-minded
individuals and have the chance to express your opinions and
guest speaker for this meeting will be District 1 Congressional
Candidate Maura Sullivan. Sullivan attended Northwestern on a
Navy/Marine ROTC scholarship. She joined the United States
Marine Corps where she rose to the rank of Captain. She spent
two years stationed in East Asia before being deployed to Fallujah,
Iran. Maura served in the Obama administration as an Assistant
Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, a Commissioner on
the American Battle Monuments Commission, and at the Pentagon.
She helped to implement the Veterans Access, Choice and
Accountabilty Act of 2014. Sullivan continues to work to
improve veterans’ access to quality health, gender integration, and
reforming LGBT policy across the Defense Department.
guest speaker will be followed by action items and community
organizing. This meeting of the Tri-Town Democrats of
Barnstead, Gilmanton, and Alton will be held at the Alton Senior
Community Center at 7 Pearson Road in Alton. Come for
socializing and potluck any time between 6:15 pm and 6:30 pm.
meeting is open to all residents of Alton, Barnstead, 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
visit the “Barnstead, Gilmanton, and Alton Democrats” Facebook page.
communication does not infer an endorsement or favorability of any
kind to any Democratic candidates actively engaged in competitive
Letter To The Editor
six months, on November 6, you and I will have the opportunity to
vote in the mid-term elections. We’ll cast our votes for, among
other positions, NH State Representatives and Senators, County
Attorneys and Commissioners, Executive Councilors, US Congress
Representatives, and Governor. Please don’t be fooled by the lack of
media coverage just because there won’t be a presidential election
this November. This election is a very big deal.
profoundly disappointing that, historically, the people who get
elected to these positions—people who make the decisions that
regulate so many aspects of our lives—are given that power by so few
people, and that is particularly true in mid-term elections.
Recent studies have shown that the youth vote has been especially
low. In the 2016 general election, only about half of eligible
voters aged 18 to 29 voted (Tufts University, 2016). What makes
voter turnout even more important is how often races are won
or lost by only a few votes.
registered to vote? Do it now. Go to your town hall. It’s an easy
process. Then please plan to vote in every election you are eligible
to vote in and assume every election’s results will be very close.
You hold so much power in that one potential act of voting. Don’t
let other people, often the minority, elect the people that make the
decisions that affect your life.
Letter To The Editor
High Property Taxes and the Wealthy Benefit
inequity exists in this state. New Hampshire has no ordinary
income tax; it relies on local real estate taxes. And the tax
rates are wildly inequitable, with property-poor towns paying twice
(and more) the rates paid by property-rich towns. Each year the
situation worsens, with many towns at the breaking point.
2015, our wealthiest residents pay an average of only 2.6% of their
income in state taxes. And the poorest pay the highest amount (8.3%
on average)! The more income a resident has, the smaller percentage
he pays in taxes. This is called a “regressive” tax system. In
fact, New Hampshire ranks 7th highest among the states that undertax
the top 1%.
legislature continually lowers taxes for the wealthy and downshifts
costs to local real estate taxes. For example, in 2003 it eliminated
the inheritance and estate tax. In 2010 it eliminated revenue
sharing payments from the state to towns. Since 2011, wealthy towns
get to keep the excess adequacy aid (given by the state to fund
schools) that these towns don’t need. And grants to low-income towns
are being reduced. The result? Higher real estate taxes, especially
for property-poor towns. Our towns are subsidizing the wealthy!
towns are clamoring for an increase in school funding, the
legislature has established a committee to “study” the problem.
So far, they have offered no help. Instead, they filed a bill to
eliminate the interest and dividend tax - another gift to the
blaming your town for your high real estate taxes. The problem
lies squarely with the state. You have more power than you
think - right at the ballot box! This year elect legislators
who are committed to changing this system.
Michael L. Stockman
join his family in a memorial service at River View Cemetery,
located in Barnstead Parade on Saturday, June 2nd at 1:00 PM.
Following the service, we will be going to the Legion at 1078 Beauty
Hill Rd. West, Barnstead.
share your stories and special moments of this beautiful man, ho
loved life and lived it to the fullest.
Oscar Foss Memorial Library News
Barnstead Bakers Cookbook Club
like to cook? Want to experiment with some new recipes? Join our
Cookbook Club beginning May 23rd at 5:00pm at the library. Each
month members will check out a cookbook from our collection and try
out one of the recipes. On the 4th Wednesday of the month, each
member will bring along samples of the recipe they tried for a
potluck, a copy of the recipe for other group members, and their
reviews/suggestions and cooking tips! We will display the reviews
with the cookbooks so other community members can benefit from your
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,
tech advisor, and 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. You can get started by filling out the form online, or by
picking up our brochure at the library. For updates on our YA
programs and events, be sure to follow OFML Teen Advisors on
Facebook and check out our Instagram and YouTube channel!
gaming? Want to challenge your friends and neighbors? Come to the
library for Game Night on the fourth Friday of each month at 6:00pm
for some free family fun! Our WiiU will be available to play on the
large screen TV, we also have several kindles and laptops for use,
or you can feel free to bring your own games and technology along.
We will also have card games like Exploding Kittens and Superfight
available for use! Light Refreshments will be served.
resident Bill Kriete will be leading a bird house building workshop
on May 26th at 11am at the library. This program is geared towards
kids, but adults will need to remain for the duration of the
workshop to help out with the tools. Kids will have a chance to
build and paint their own bird house which can be put on display at
the library or brought home that day. Pre-registration is required.
You can register online at oscarfoss.org
or by calling 603-269-3900.
call the library (269-3900) or visit our website (oscarfoss.org) 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.
Robert K. Frost
CENTER BARNSTEAD- Mr. Robert K. Frost,
51, also referred to as “Bob” or “Frosty,” of Center Barnstead,
passed away at home on May 13, 2018.
Concord, Bob was the son of Richard and Mary (Plummer) Frost of
Center Barnstead. He was raised and educated in Chichester and
was a graduate of Pembroke Academy.
worked in the construction industry for many years and also operated
his own construction company. His favorite hobbies included
fishing, cooking, and golfing with close friends, but above all,
cherished the time spent with family. He also greatly enjoyed
passing on his wisdom and love of fishing to his sons.
addition to his parents, he is survived by his high school
sweetheart and wife of 29 years, Suzanne M. (St. Germain) Frost; his
two sons, Robert M. Frost and his fiancé Alexandra Topham of Epsom
and Daniel M. Frost of Barnstead; his sister, Lori Barrs of New
Boston; his two brothers, Richard Frost of Chichester and James
Frost of Manchester, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Hours will be held on Friday, May 25th from 4:30 to 6:30 P.M. in the
Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home 1217 Suncook Valley Highway in
Epsom. A Celebration of his Life will follow at 6:30 P.M.
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