Barnstead NH News

July 11, 2018


Barnstead Firefighters Association 5K Road Race/Fun Walk


The Barnstead Firefighters Association is pleased to announce its 7th annual 5K Road Race and Fun Walk to start at the Barnstead Parade grounds on August 18 at 9am.


The course is an “out and back” that follows the Suncook River from the Parade to the intersection with Rt. 126 and then returns to the Parade along the same route for the Finish.  The race course is USATF certified for accuracy and is considered flat and fast.  Refreshments will follow the race.


Proceeds from this year’s race will benefit the Barnstead Firefighters Association.


Pre-registration is $20 and must be received by August 14, 2018.  Registration forms are available at; Email: or Call: 603-312-5648.  Online registration is also available at  Race Day Registration is $25.


Hope to see you at the races!



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News


Stories at the Beach!

On Wednesday, July 18th Miss Christy will be at the Town Beach for our summer time Songs & Stories at 11am. Join us for some fun and sun!


Graphic Novels Club

Each month we will pick several graphic novels that go with a theme. Each club member will choose a graphic novel that falls under the theme to read and the group will then meet to discuss their books the following month. The group will also discuss ideas for developing a comicon at the library, cosplay workshops and how to write and illustrate your own graphic novels. Maddison will lead the group on the third Wednesday of each month at 3:30pm. The next meeting will take place on July 18th. Members are welcome to stick around and read or volunteer to help out around the library until we close at 6pm! This club is for individuals age 12 and up. Call Maddison with any questions at 603-269-3900 or email at


Teen Drive-In!

Join us at dusk, around 7pm, to watch a movie outside the library on our big screen! Bring a comfy blanket or chair and the library will provide the snacks.


New England Farm Houses 

On Friday, July 20th at 7pm Thomas Hubka will be discussing his award winning book “Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Houses of New England” at the town hall. Learn about architecture unique to Northern New England, focusing on several case studies that show how farmers converted their typical separate house and barns into connected farmsteads. This is a NH Humanities sponsored event, hosted by the Barnstead Historical Society and the Oscar Foss Memorial Library.


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.



Barnstead Summer Concert


July 14th at 6-8pm at the Bandstand on the Parade Ground’s. Bring your chair and dancing shoes. There is “no alcohol” allowed on the grounds. We look forward seeing you.


Putting a fresh spin on traditional Celtic music, the Jordan TW Trio delivers a dynamic show full of foot-stompin’ fiddle tunes and classic Irish songs. Fiddler/singer Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki (“Master Artist” NH State Council On The Arts, “Best Fiddler” NH Magazine) is joined by fellow New Hampshire natives Matt Jensen on guitar and Chris Noyes on upright bass.


Their shows blend the music of Ireland and Scotland with their own original material, drawing on multiple genres to produce a unique sound that has been described as a “larger-than-life” and “brisk, lean and exceedingly lovely.” They have appeared live on NHPR’s “The Folk Show,” been featured on WMUR’s “New Hampshire Chronicle,” and perform regularly at listening rooms, community concerts and festivals around New England. More info at




Joseph J. Banko


With great sadness I, Matthew Banko, announce the passing of my best friend and father and a long time resident of Barnstead, NH, Joseph J. Banko on June 26, 2018.


He is the husband of the late Mary C. Banko of Salem, MA. He is survived by his son Matthew and daughters Ann Marie and Jean. In addition to his children he is survived by his brothers Gregory of MN, John of PA and Robert of FL and sisters Mary Long of NY, Margaret Helms of PA, Joan Miller of ND, Ann Strange of PA, and the late Carole Cook of MA and Gerri Sprenkle of PA, as well as grandchildren Ashley, Catherine, Eric, Hannah, Keith, Matthew, Vanessa and Victor.


A private service is scheduled













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