Barnstead NH News

July 18, 2018


Barnstead Open Farms Day is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Open Farms Day event, scheduled for Saturday, July 21st. The self-guided tour will begin at 10 am, and free maps will be available at most local stores and all participating farms. Street signs will help navigate your way. Admission to the farms is free.


Begin your farm tour with a free New England-style pancake breakfast, put on by the Center Barnstead Christian Church, located next to the Town Hall. They will be serving visitors from 9 am to 10:30 am.


Bring your family and friends, and spend the day with us!


For more information, please contact Robin Donovan at 269-5591, or Don Walker at 753-2340.



Local Resident Earns Degree From WGU


Melody Gagnon of Center Barnstead has received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Western Governors University (WGU). The online, nonprofit university held its 64th (Orlando, Florida); 65th (Seattle, Washington); and 66th (Las Vegas, Nevada) commencement ceremonies earlier this year to celebrate the recent graduation of more than 15,000 students from across the country.



University Of New Hampshire’s Dean’s List For The Spring 2018 Semester


The following local students have been named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Hampshire for the spring 2018 semester.


Cody Symonds of Barnstead, NH with Honors

Julian Brown of Barnstead, NH with Highest Honors

Benjamin Hallman of Barnstead, NH with Highest Honors

Jay Mousseau of Center Barnstead, NH with Highest Honors

Bethany Shaw of Center Barnstead, NH with Highest Honors

Tanner Shaw of Center Barnstead, NH with Highest Honors

Angelique Georges of Center Barnstead, NH with High Honors

Nathan Hall of Center Barnstead, NH with Highest Honors

Hope Carazzo of Center Barnstead, NH with Highest Honors

Connor Lacourse of Center Barnstead, NH with High Honors

Katherine Lesnyk of Center Barnstead, NH with High Honors

Tabitha Kelley of Center Barnstead, NH with Highest Honors

Gordon Unzen of Center Barnstead, NH with Highest Honors

Carl Stohlberg of Center Barnstead, NH with High Honors

James Blunt of Epsom, NH with Honors

Christian Murchison of Epsom, NH with Highest Honors

Vincent Pagano of Epsom, NH with High Honors

David Miner of Epsom, NH with Honors

Marc Lachance of Gilmanton, NH with Highest Honors

David Morrison of Gilmanton, NH with Honors

Jeremy Bates of Chichester, NH with High Honors

Samantha Corwin of Northwood, NH with Highest Honors

Daniel Faiella of Northwood, NH with Highest Honors

Jessica Ohrenberger of Northwood, NH with High Honors

Chloe Bettencourt of Northwood, NH with Highest Honors

Ryan Wadleigh of Northwood, NH with Honors

McKenzie Moehlmann of Northwood, NH with Honors

Ashley LeBlanc of Northwood, NH with Highest Honors

Audrey Getman of Northwood, NH with Honors

Caitlin Skehan of Gilmanton Iron Works, NH with Honors

Cortlynn Danby of Gilmanton Iron Works, NH with High Honors


Students named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Hampshire are students who have earned recognition through their superior scholastic performance during a semester enrolled in a full-time course load (12 or more graded credits). Highest honors are awarded to students who earn a semester grade point average of 3.85 or better out of a possible 4.0. Students with a 3.65 to 3.84 average are awarded high honors and students whose grade point average is 3.5 through 3.64 are awarded honors.



Letter To The Editor


I rejoiced when Chris Pappas announced he would run for New Hampshire’s First Congressional District. Carol Shea Porter had just announced her retirement, and we needed a strong Democrat to step up and fight to keep her seat blue. Chris was ready.


I have known Chris since he was a boy. I was his minister for several years and then his  neighbor. I had a conversation with Chris when he was a teenager in which he told me his plan to prepare for public service. I was pleased to hear this because I knew even then that Chris would be an excellent public servant.


As time went by, I paid attention as Chris served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives for two terms and on the Executive Council for three terms, all the while running the Puritan Backroom Restaurant in Manchester. Chris has served New Hampshire well in unsung ways and in so doing has learned much that prepares him for service to his country in the House of Representatives.


I heard Chris speak again a few nights ago. He is articulate, knowledgeable, courageous and clear in his positions. He listens carefully and answers candidly. He is a people person and is committed to care for his constituents just as he has cared for those who work for him. But he embodies a wider vision: a patriot’s vision to rebuild the care for the common good that will protect democracy. I am convinced he will do good in Washington and will make us here at home proud.


Vote for Chris Pappas on September 11.


The Reverend Gayle Whittemore

Barnstead, NH



Letter To The Editor

New Hampshire’s Legislative Chicanery


A recent opinion letter printed in the Concord Monitor took aim at the way that New Hampshire funds its education responsibilities.  The fact that the residents of this great state allowed the Legislature to thumb its nose at the Supreme Court decision in the Claremont case needs to be brought back to light.


It shirked its responsibilities by “low-balling” what an adequate cost of educating a child was, and then established a sleazy solution by creating a State Real Estate Tax to fund it.


In the 2016 – 2017 school year, not only did the Legislature decide that an adequate education for a K through twelve student costs $3,636, when the Office of School Finance, published that the average cost of educating a child in this state is $18,216, they again slapped the taxpayers in the face by funding it with their sham State Education Real Estate Tax.


How do they possibly believe that this relieves the onerous burden of funding schools in this state by constantly passing down the actual costs to local municipalities?


According to the same statistical source, Local and State Real Estate Taxes provided 90% of total school funding in 2016 – 2017.  


One need only to look at the politicians who continuously take the idiotic “No Broad Base Tax Pledge” for the cause of this disproportionate reliance on Real Estate Taxes to fund our schools.  The cowards hide behind the pledge instead of resolving the situation.


Remember to VOTE in November!


Ronald P. Blais

Center Barnstead



Center Barnstead Resident Cycle Toward $52 Million Goal In The 2018 Pan-Mass Challenge


Locals will ride to fundraise for live-saving cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute


On Aug. 4 and 5, one rider from Center Barnstead, NH will cycle up to 192 miles in the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) with the goal of topping last year’s record-breaking gift and raising $52 million for critical cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.


During PMC weekend, over 6,200 cyclists from more than 40 states and seven countries will gather in Massachusetts to participate in the PMC. Riders include everyone from seasoned triathletes to weekend warriors and range in age from 15 to 84. Many ride to honor a family member or friend lost to, or being treated for cancer, and more than 850 riders and volunteers are cancer survivors or current patients themselves, and considered Living Proof® of the PMC mission.


Designed to cater to all levels of cycling and fundraising ability, the PMC offers 12 different routes, varying in mileage and difficulty, that pass through 46 towns across the Commonwealth, with starting lines in Sturbridge, Wellesley and Bourne. Cyclists are required to raise between $600 and $8,000, depending on the chosen route, though the average cyclist raises more than $7,000, which exemplifies the spirit of the PMC and its riders. Volunteers, spectators, donors and sponsors are also part of the camaraderie on ride weekend, all working together in hopes of one day eradicating cancer.


“After surpassing our goal and raising $51 million for Dana-Farber last year, we are excited to keep the momentum going as we approach our 39th PMC ride weekend,” said Billy Starr, founder and executive director of the PMC. “We are continuously humbled by the dedication and generosity of our riders, volunteers, donors, sponsors and community members – it’s thanks to them that the PMC is able to make such an immense impact on the fight against cancer. We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable ride weekend and can’t wait to see you all out on the road.”


The PMC donates 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar directly to Dana-Farber through the its fundraising arm, the Jimmy Fund, and is the institute’s largest single contributor, raising more than 53 percent of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue. In 2017, the PMC gave a record gift of $51 million to Dana-Farber, bringing it’s 38-year contribution to a total of more than $598 million since its inception in 1980.


The PMC is presented by the Red Sox Foundation® and New Balance®. To make a financial contribution to a rider from your town or become a virtual rider, visit, or call (800) WE-CYCLE. Connect with #PanMass2018 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn.


Good luck to the following participant from Center Barnstead: Paul Maggiotto



Canterbury Shaker Village Arts Week

Tuesday, July 17th – Saturday, July 21st, 2018


Arts Week signals the beginning of a new Artist in Residence program at the Village. Five adjudicated artists will live and work at the Village, collaborating to create site-specific work.


Additionally, a number of special performances and programs are scheduled throughout the week, which includes tours, a free family day on Wednesday, music, dance, sculpture, and theatre!


The week culminates on Saturday, July 21st at 4:30pm with a wine and cheese reception followed by a collaborative music and dance performance in the Meeting House.


Dancers from The Bang Group, a New York based company, along with dancers of Boston’s LCTC will perform a contemporary dance inspired by the Shakers, and accompanied, in part, by a live performance by the Canterbury Singers.


Cost: General admission rates for Tuesday and Thursday-Saturday.


Free admission on Wednesday’s Family Day with $10 tours at 11am & 2pm.


The Saturday reception and The Zealous Laborers, Act II performance is $25 for adults, $15 for youth (6-17) and students with ID.


Please purchase tickets in advance: $25/adult online


The Summer 2018 visual artists are: Ray Ciemny, Toni Jo Coppa, Abba Cudney, Alison Palizzolo, and Teresa Taylor.



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Musical Chalk Graffiti!


Join us on Thursday, July 26th at 6pm to listen to music and decorate the library with chalk art and song lyrics! This program is for tweens and teens ages 9-18. 


Outdoor Game Night!

Come join in the fun on Friday, July 27th at 6pm for an outdoor family game night! We will have several outdoor games available and individuals can participate in a “HORSE” tournament on the basketball court.


Learn About the Concertina!

On Friday, July 27th at 6:30pm Mel Epstein will be at the library to discuss the history and workings of the Concertina. Mel will also be playing some songs on his own Anglo Concertina for everyone to enjoy.


Lego Construction Party!

Come to the library on Saturday, July 28th at 11am for some Lego building fun! Legos will be provided and all the creative constructions will be displayed in the library for the summer. This event is open to all ages. Some 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.



Healing With Our Hands – Central VNA Offers Grief Arts Workshop On July 26


Laconia - Our grief can leave us at a loss for words.  Our habitual ways of talking may feel like they no longer suit the sea of feelings, thoughts, and questions in our bodies, minds, and spirits.  Our grief can also be so very personal.  Even within a caring family, each individual often grieves the death of a loved one quite differently, especially across ages or generations.


Over the past few months, individuals and families of all ages have joined Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice in a series of workshops we call Arts, Music, Nature, and Hope.  The workshops invite individuals and families to come together in a shared activity – forming a clay luminary, creating a handmade memory book, painting, playful writing, shaping a musical melody and more to remember and celebrate a loved one.


Dipping into wells of creativity, children as young as 5 and folks “seasoned” beyond 80 have participated.  Some came as a family.  Others brought a friend or came on their own.  Some were remembering children.  Others held parents, spouses, or friends in their hearts.  Some losses were years ago, some quite recent.  Some participants spent the entire workshop in one activity.  Others got their hands messy in many.  There was quietness, experimentation, laughter, and tears.


And some found this path of healing so meaningful, they choose to return as guest artists to share their own creative passions with others.  Our next workshop will be Thursday, July 26 from 6:00 – 8:00pm in Laconia.  Activities will include scrap-booking with April Ellis, beading with Madi Hendrick, fly-tying with Dan Kusch, and creative writing with Page Coulter.  


Folks interested in scrap-booking are encouraged to bring 10 photos or mementos to create a 2-page spread.  April has papers, cutting tools, adhesives, acid-free pens, templates, and ideas for layout and journaling to help you get started.  Madi will have all of the beading materials you need, but you are welcome to bring your own beads to use or share.  Page says just come as you are or bring a favorite pen and writing notebook.  Dan will have fish hooks of all sizes, feathers, hairs, furs, and sparkles of all shades and textures to create a sleek mayfly or a gaudy display.


The workshop is free and open to the public and you take home what you create.  Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  Please call Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice’s Bereavement Care Coordinator, Dan Kusch, at 524-8444 or to register, for location details, and with any questions.



The Rockin Daddios Will Be Featured At The Barnstead Parade


Grounds On Saturday July 21 St –6 To 8Pm With Melodies Of The Fifties/Sixties


The Rockin Daddios bring back some of the best loved songs of the 50/60’s.


Sung in doo-wop style with accent on harmonies and fun lyrics. The songs  are family friendly and guaranteed to warm your heart and bring a smile to your face.


The Rockin Daddios consist of Lakes Region residents- Jim Rogata, Bo Guyer, Drew Seneca and our own local resident Angelo Gentile.


Bring your chair and your dancing shoes and enjoy! There is no alcohol allowed on the Parade Grounds.













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