Barnstead NH News

August 1, 2018


August Tri-Town Democratic Meeting


Two speakers will headline August’s meeting of the Tri-Town Democrats— Congressional District 1 Candidates Naomi Andrews and Deaglan McEachern. All local Democrats and left-leaning Independents are invited to attend this continuing series of meetings focusing on November’s mid-term elections. 


Naomi Andrews attended school in Epping, received her B.A. in International Studies at Middlebury College, and her J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law.  She has worked for over a decade as Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter’s campaign manager or chief of staff and is proud to have the Congresswoman’s endorsement. Andrews advocates for the reduction of the interest rate for school loans, more money for grants and loans, and loan forgiveness for public service.


Deaglan McEachern is a NH native living in Portsmouth. He received his Master’s Degree from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. He is an executive with Hearsay Systems, a nationwide financial services-based marketing firm.  McEachern supports a focus on promoting vocational education in K-12, and paid Family Leave to expand the workforce.  He advocates for a single payer system for healthcare, the expansion of all four parts of Medicare, and the removal of a cap on Social Security. 


The guest speakers 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.


 This meeting of the Tri-Town Democrats will be held on Monday, August 6 at 6:30 pm at the Barnstead Town Hall, 108 South Barnstead Road, Barnstead.   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


To The Editor;

As the Democratic candidate running for election to the NH House District 8, against Rep. Howard, I will be highlighting some of the differences between our positions on a variety of issues.  That way, in my view, the voters of Alton, Barnstead, and Gilmanton will all know where Rep. Howard stands and where I stand, so they can contrast our respective views.


In January of 2016, the NH House passed SB 157, a bill that required high school students to take civics and pass a “locally developed competency assessment” test. Passing the test entitles the student to a certificate issued by the school district. The bill further provided that the US citizenship test “may be used” to satisfy the testing requirement.  Although use of the citizenship test was optional, it seems to make sense that the knowledge we consider essential for someone wanting to become a US citizen might also be knowledge we want our own students to have.


The vote on this bill was 267 Yea, 65 Nay.  The Belknap County delegation, then 100% Republican, voted 12 in favor and 4 against, with Rep. Howard voting Nay.


It is hard for me to understand why someone would object to having our students learn about the US and state governments and constitutions and be tested on the subject. Mr. Howard often claims to be a defender of the Constitution, so one might expect him to want students to study the actual text and take the test.  In my view, if our students are afforded good educational opportunities, they will prove their excellence.  And if the testing shows any deficiency, then we should all want to know about it and learn from it.  I would have voted Yea.


Ruth Larson




Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Make Your Own Music Video!


Come to the library on Thursday, August 9th at 6pm to make a music video for our YouTube channel! We will work in groups to create different stop motion animation videos set to music. This program is for ages 9-18 and individuals can earn points for their house by participating.


Family Movie Night!

Join us at the library on Friday, August 10th at 6:00pm for a free night at the movies! We will be showing “Sing” (PG) and providing popcorn. Pajamas and cuddling items are always welcome.


Senior Movie Matinee!

Seniors, join us on Saturday, August 11th at 11am for a musical classic, “Singing in the Rain” with Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds. 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.



Barnstead Concert Series

Come see The North River Band,  Saturday night, August 4th, at the Barnstead Parade Grounds from 6:00- 8:00 pm, located off Route 28.


The North River Band has an Americana sound with strong harmonies and expressive musicianship. Playing covers of folk, pop and country songs, a North River set is fun to listen to with something familiar for everyone. From the Eagles and Dylan to the Dixie Chix and Darius Rucker come to dance, come to listen - you’ll like what you hear!


The band, based in Rochester NH, performs regularly at fairs and festivals in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts. To find out more about North River Band, visit


The band includes guitarist Dan Poland. Dan has been part of the Seacoast music scene for over 30 years. He is a masterful guitar player who can play anything thrown at him. Dan not only plays with The North River Band, he is currently with The Funky Divas of Gospel and The Jeannie Daniels Band. He has founded and played in a number of different bands including White Lies, Forecast, and Boca Roca.


Vocalists Vicky Avery and Dianne McMillen are both founding members of the group. Dianne and Vicky have been singing together for over ten years. They began making music together as the a capella group Vocal Exchange. In addition to the North River Band, they perform regularly with the Funky Divas of Gospel.


Bassist Tom Kesel, has a long and multi-faceted career, having played in numerous bands and projects throughout New York and New England.


Keyboardist Brian Randall has been a staple in the seacoast music scene for decades. From Newmarket NH and studied at Berklee College of Music, he has ‘played with many bands for many years.’


Drummer Danny Fishbien joined North River Band in 2013. A long-time local musician, Dan also plays with the Gene Sibley Group.


So bring your lawn chair, blanket and family for an entertaining evening.


The Barnstead Parade Congregational Church will be selling refreshments.













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