Barnstead NH News

May 23, 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. 



South Barnstead Cemetery Association annual meeting will be on June 10, 2018 10:00 AM at the South Barnstead Church, Route 126, Center Barnstead, NH.



BCEP Holiday Reminder


The 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 holiday. 


This is no different than the Federal guidelines when the holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday is observed as the holiday.



Plant & 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


Local 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 experiences.


Our 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.


The 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.


This 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 or visit the “Barnstead, Gilmanton, and Alton Democrats” Facebook page.


This communication does not infer an endorsement or favorability of any kind to any Democratic candidates actively engaged in competitive primary contests.



Letter To The Editor


In just 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.


It is 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.


Are you 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.


Heather Carter




Letter To The Editor

We Pay High Property Taxes and the Wealthy Benefit


A gross 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.


As of 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%.


The 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!


Because 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 wealthy.


Stop 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.


Jane Westlake,




Michael L. Stockman

12/28/56 - 1/12/18


Please 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.


Come share your stories and special moments of this beautiful man, ho loved life and lived it to the fullest.


Terry Stockman

& Family



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Barnstead Bakers Cookbook Club


Do you 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 recommendations.


Teen Advisory Group

The 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!


Game Night!

Love 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.


Bird House Building

Local 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 or by calling 603-269-3900.


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.





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.


Born in 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.


Bob 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. 


In 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.


Calling 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.  To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit













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