Barnstead NH News

June 13, 2018



Solid Waste District


JULY 1, 2018


Due to escalating costs for disposal of trash and construction debris, the District Committee has voted to increase the scale fee to $0.10 per pound, effective July 1, 2018.  


Anyone who does not separate their refuse under the mandatory recycling guidelines, MUST pay for disposal at the facility regardless if you are a resident or property owner in the District.  The same applies to construction debris.  This policy has been in effect since January of 1991.  **********************


Recycling markets worldwide are in crisis and it is getting harder and harder to sell an acceptable load for shipment. Some loads we are paying to ship to market.  This has had a very negative impact to our budget.  More and more recyclable materials are going back into the trash purely because we cannot sell them, the cost to ship them is too high or we do not have enough room to store them indefinitely.  On the other side of the issue, New Hampshire is running out of landfill space to bury all this trash.  The committee is actively exploring options to secure the shipment and movement of all our waste and recyclables.



Don’t put up a stink – tell us what you think!  


The BCEP Solid Waste District Committee is hosting an informal survey to gather input on changing hours of operation.  We would like to know if opening earlier by one hour each day would be helpful or remaining open later one evening during the week would be more beneficial.  Evening hours would only be available from April 1st – Columbus Day weekend.  Please call 435-6237 or email with your opinion. 



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Understanding Bobcats in NH


Join us at the library on June 21st at 6:00pm for a presentation on bobcats in New Hampshire. Increased sightings and captures of bobcats in the past 10 years or so suggest that they are becoming more abundant in NH. Learn about the natural history, related research and management activities in NH for North America’s most common wildcat. A Fish and Wildlife Steward from NH Fish and Game will help us learn more about this important predator.


Craft Meetup

Get creative at the library on June 14th! Craft Meetup is held every 2nd Thursday from 6pm-8pm at the library. Bring your crafts to the library to work on in a group! We will provide refreshments and some supplies (including our Cricut machine), you provide the creativity! Danielle will be available to help out with any crafting questions, and library staff will also be happy to help you find a crafting book on the subject of your choice.


Read It & Eat- Saturday Book Brunch

Join us at the library on June 16th 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.


Preschool Movie Matinee

Join us for a showing of “Dumbo” on Tuesday, June 19th at 11:00am. Children up through age 5 are welcome. We will provide snacks and some comfy seating but extra pillows and stuffies are always welcome. 


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.


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.



University of New Hampshire Announces May 2018 Graduates


The following local students graduated from the University of New Hampshire in May 2018. Students who received the honor of summa cum laude graduated with a GPA of 3.85-4.0; students who received the honor of magna cum laude graduated with a GPA of 3.65-3.84; and students who received the honor of cum laude graduated with a GPA of 3.50-3.64. Students are only graduated after the Registrar’s Office has certified that all degree requirements have been successfully completed. Participating in the commencement ceremony is the act of honoring and celebrating academic achievement.


Cassandra Russell of Barnstead - BA in Chemistry


Jay Mousseau of Center Barnstead - BS in Economics


Tanner Shaw of Center Barnstead - BA in German Magna Cum Laude


Jessica Guptill of Center Barnstead - BS in Wildlife&Conservation Biology


Dylan Hennessey of Center Barnstead - BA in Political Science


Julia Carter of Center Barnstead - BS in Nursing Cum Laude


Carl Stohlberg of Center Barnstead - BSME in Mechanical Engineering


Samantha White of Gilmanton - BA in English


Heather MacAllister of Chichester - AAS in Veterinary Technology


Samantha Corwin of Northwood - BA in Theatre:Youth Drama Magna Cum Laude


Samantha Pollari of Northwood - MED in Secondary Education


Yianna Rhodes of Northwood - BS in Animal Science


Nicholas Derocher of Northwood - BS in Kin:Health&Physical Education


Jacob Mele of Northwood, NH - AAS in Civil Technology


Joseph Anatone of Northwood - BSCIVE in Civil Engineering


Joseph Gilbert of Pittsfield - MA in English: Language & Linguistics



Summer Reading Program Kickoff Event


Hill Library, Strafford July 12, 2018

5:30 pm – bring your own picnic and purchase dessert from our fund-raising bake sale


6:00 pm – Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals will perform


The Hill Library will have a 6 week summer program from July 12 through August 23. Children are encouraged to sign up at the library or on our website, There will be weekly crafts, activities, and movies throughout the program. Children who come into the library can enter to win prizes every week. Prizes have been donated by Chucksters,  Clemento’s Pizza, The Children’s Museum, Target, WalMart, Hilltop Fun Center, and Cooper Hill Pizzeria. Sign up today and join us for the kickoff on 7/12.


Questions? 603-664-2800 or



Central VNA Offers Summer Grief Support Groups & Arts Workshops 


This summer, Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice will offer adult bereavement support groups in Wolfeboro and Laconia along with expressive arts workshops for individuals and families of all ages.


The “Living with Grief” support groups are open to adults who are grieving the loss of loved ones.  Each group will meet for 1 ½ hour sessions for 7 consecutive weeks.  One group will meet in Wolfeboro on Tuesday afternoons from 2:00 – 3:30pm starting on June 19 and ending July 31.  The other group will meet in Laconia on Thursday afternoons from 4:00 – 5:30pm starting on June 21 and ending August 9.


These groups offer adults the opportunity to learn about the grief process, to discuss ways of coping with loss, and to gain the support of others in a safe and caring environment.  Although grief is a unique experience through which each person finds their own path, there are common threads we all share.  


Participants tells us it takes courage to come to a group, acknowledging that due to their loss they are now “members of a club that they never wanted to be a part of.”  And yet within this pain, they describe how nourishing and healing it is to be with caring others whose lives have also been changed by loss.


Not everyone grieves out loud or in words, and many children, teens, adults, and families of all ages have found that they experience and express their grief through art, music, nature, poetry, or other creative paths that connect the body, heart, and mind.


So, this summer Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice will again offer our “Expressive Arts Studio” workshops for people of all ages with guidance from local potters, authors, painters, musicians, metalworkers, anglers, woodworkers, and farmers.  At each session participants have an opportunity to explore one or several activities to remember and celebrate loved ones.


These “Expressive Arts Studio” workshops will take place in Laconia from 6:00 – 8:00pm on Thursday, June 28 and Thursday, July 26.  You are welcome to come to one or both and to come with family/friends or on your own.  All materials are provided.  Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


To register or for location details and more information about any of these programs, please contact Dan Kusch, Bereavement Care Coordinator at Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice at 1-800-244-8549 or .  This program, as with all Central VNA offerings, is free and open to the public.



Letter To The Editor


On June 18th Barnstead holds a Special SAU #86 Town Meeting to vote on increases in the Salary/Benefit packages for BEA and PMHS. The overall package reduces the original three-year collective bargaining agreement by 9.5% for BEA and 0.4% for PMHS. 


If both Warrant Articles are approved the Tax implication for 2018-2019 will raise taxes by 33 cents per thousand, but by the third year, the total tax implication will be $1.25 per thousand.  Please note, from 2014 to 2017 the national cost of living increase per year was 1.1% or 4.4% over four years, while the BEA received what was equal to nearly a 14% increase in salary/benefits over the same period.


Can you say that you received anywhere near a 14% increase in pay/benefits in the last four years? Apparently, BEA and PMHS ignored the vote last March.  If you add in the cumulative increases being asked for, that will equal a 23% increase from 2014 – 2021. Wow!  This, of course, does not include the 9% increase in the overall operating budget or the other school related warrant articles that have also been approved over the last four years or future unknown increases. 


Three and four percent increases, year after year after year is not sustainable.  Overall, Barnstead taxes have increased by 24% in the last four years, and 75% is attributable to funding our schools. School costs have spiraled out of control while funding from Concord and Washington continues to shrink.  Enough is Enough!  I urge you to Vote NO on June 18th and to write your elected officials, demanding more funding for our schools so we don’t continue to bear the unfair tax burden and we can vote in the affirmative for reasonable increases to education funding.


Kristopher Furtney  














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