Barnstead NH News

June 27, 2018


Barnstead Historical Society


The Barnstead Historical will be meeting on June 28, 2018, at the Barnstead Town Hall, at 6PM for a” Pot Luck Supper” follow by a business meeting at 7PM. Included on the agenda is possible activities for this summer. Bring your ideas!


Let’s keep History alive in Barnstead! All are welcome. For information call 269-5441.



Congratulations to Rebecca Ray, of Center Barnstead who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Marketing-Communication/Advertising from Western New England University during the Saturday, May 19, 2018 commencement ceremonies.





The Summer Concert Series will start July 7th at 6pm-8pm at the Barnstead Parade Grounds. We are very excited with wonderful new and repeat groups. We will have flyers and schedules available soon,


A sprinkling of our new musician’s will be: “Wheel House,” Jordon Tirrell-Wysocki, “Windham Community Band,” “North River Band” -- coming back favorites—  “Rockin Daddio’s” and Chis Bonoli.” We look forward to seeing you!!!



Letter To The Editor


To The Editor,

I am running for state representative in Belknap County District 8, which includes Alton (where I live), Barnstead, and Gilmanton.  In the weeks between now and the general election of November 6, I will be talking with voters and potential voters in these 3 towns to get input on what issues within the county and at the state level need attention.  And I will be offering my views on many of the issues that have arisen in the past few years, to let the people of this District know how my votes would have differed from those of my opponent.


One recent example of our difference is on House Concurrent Resolution 13, a symbolic legislative statement condemning hate crimes and racism.  This strong bipartisan resolution, a measure that did not cost the taxpayers a dime, passed the NH House on February 15, 2018 by a 234 to 69 vote.  In other words, it was supported by the vast majority of both Republicans and Democrats.  My opponent voted against it.  I would have stood with the majority in voting in favor.


My plan during the election cycle is to keep the tone of my campaign informational and civil, even while pointing out policy differences between myself and my opponent.  While I hope to speak with as many of you as I can in person, I will also use social media as a platform for communicating and discussing my positions on issues with all of you.  Through this process, I hope to earn your support and the honor of representing you in the NH House of Representatives and in the Belknap County Convention.


Ruth Larson, Alton



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Summer Reading Kick Off!

Our Summer Reading kick off was a huge success! The Magic by George performance at Barnstead Elementary School on June 7th was fantastic and wonderfully interactive. Children in grades 1-6, staff, and community guests all enjoyed the amazing tricks and comedy of the show. This event is sponsored by the Oscar Foss Memorial Library, including funds provided by a KBA grant. Funding for this Kid’s Books & Arts event is provided by the Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation, CHILIS, Cogswell Benevolent Trust, and is supported in part by a grant from the NH State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as funds administered by the NH State Library and provided by the Institute of Museum & Library Services.



Summer Reading at the Library!


Registration for our 2018 Summer Reading Program “Libraries Rock!” will begin July 6th and will continue throughout the program. The program will run from July 8th through August 18th, with weekly activities planned for July and August. Our summer reading program is for all ages and materials will be available for participants at the library. There will be many raffles throughout the program, as well as prizes and awards for individuals who complete the program. Participants can register online or at the library beginning July 6th and start logging books July 8th. Check the events calendar on our website for activities or pick up a printed copy at the library. Please contact the library with any questions about the program.


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.



Democratic Candidate Series Continues In Gilmanton


All local Democrats and left-leaning Independents are invited to attend July’s meeting in the continuing series focusing on November’s mid-term elections. Molly Kelly, Gubernatorial Candidate, and Chris Pappas, Congressional District 1 Candidate, will speak at the July meeting of the Tri-Town Democrats of Barnstead, Gilmanton, and Alton. 


Molly Kelly served as a NH State Senator from Keene for five terms. While serving in the Senate, she stood up for public education, jobs and skills training, women’s rights, marriage equality, and common sense gun safety measures. Since leaving office in 2016, Molly has facilitated forums for the Center for Civic Engagement addressing challenges facing the community. Kelly wants to focus on workforce development and improve NH’s education system. Molly believes she learned an important lesson growing up in a large family: if one is to succeed, then all must succeed.


Chris Pappas was born and raised in Manchester where he attended public schools.  He is a small business owner and community leader. He served as a State Representative for two terms beginning in 2002. Since 2013, Chris has represented District 4 on the NH Executive Council, where he took action to secure funding for substance abuse, prevention, treatment, and recovery programs, provide support for law enforcement and extend insurance coverage for substance abuse treatment. When he’s not serving his constituents or restaurant patrons, Chris is deeply involved in the local community and is an active member of several non-profit boards. 


The guest speaker will be followed by actions items and community organizing. 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.


The June meeting of the Tri-Town Democrats on Monday July 2nd at 6:30 pm will be held at Wagner Barn, 63 French Road in Gilmanton.  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.













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