Barnstead NH News

September 12, 2018



Pittsfield High School Class of 1984 Reunion


Attention All PHS Class of 1984 members- We are starting to plan for our 35th High School Reunion!! (next year)  Our first meeting is on Wed., Sept. 19 at 6:30pm at Laurie Deane Vien’s house (132 Ingalls Rd).  Please come to the meeting if you’d like to help. We would like to hear from our classmates with ideas for the reunion.  If you can’t make it to the meeting, feel free to call Andi Grainger Riel at 435-6346, email at or find me on Facebook!



Barnstead Parks & Recreation is hosting their first annual fishing derby on September 23! Stop by from 7am to 12pm for our fishing derby (ages 13 and up), kids carnival with fun fishing games, and a cookout starting at 11am! Join us on the rec pond off of Dunbarton Drive. Please bring your own rod (limited extras available for kids)! Our cookout will have hotdogs, chips, and drinks, and donations will go towards Parks & Recreation programs. We hope to see you there!



Belknap County Republicans Announce September 12 Meeting With Guest Speaker, Superintendent Keith Gray


The Belknap County Republican Committee will hold their next monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Laconia VFW, 143 Court St, Laconia, NH.


The Committee is pleased to announce that Belknap County Jail Superintendent Keith Gray will share his background, the current state of the Jail, current programming, budgetary status, bail reform and be available for questions as it relates to the jail. 


Belknap County GOP meetings are open to ALL Republicans and like-minded Independents. The Committee recommends that you arrive as early as 5:00 pm to socialize and/or to have dinner (at your option) prior to the start of the meeting at 6:30 pm.


The Committee again encourages its members to continue to bring non-perishable food items for donation to local food pantries.


For more information about the Committee, please check the Committee’s website at or send an email to



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Library Card Sign Up Month!


The Oscar Foss Memorial Library is excited to celebrate National Library Card Sign Up Month in September! A library card lets you access books, e-books, audiobooks, online databases, and much more. Be sure to have any students in Barnstead Elementary School or Prospect Mountain High School sign up for this school year. Everyone who signs up for a card in September will be entered into a surprise raffle! Come on down, get a card, enter the raffle, and “check out” some great literature and all the free services the library has to offer. 


Family Movie Night!

Join us at the library on Friday, September 14th at 6:00pm for a free night at the movies! We will be showing “Show Dogs” (PG) and providing popcorn. Pajamas and cuddling items are always welcome.


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.



Something New In Barnstead: “Kids For Christ”


At the Center Barnstead Christian Church, we are starting a fresh new year of ministry!  You’ll see increased coordination and cooperation between our Sunday morning and Wednesday night materials in all of the kids ministry classrooms.  Our overall children’s program is called “KIDS FOR CHRIST” and we are asking new families join us for these exciting and educational times together.


We are continuing with our popular Wednesday night kids program from 6pm to 7:30pm for all students in grades K to 6. We are loving the Pioneer Club curriculum that includes many special extras for each student; this year’s Life Skills include carpentry, sign language, sewing, campfires, and more.  Students will have handbooks, wear tee shirts, earn individual awards, complete Bible lessons, memorize scripture, meet with their leaders & peer groups, and make friends.  Besides Life Skills, Game Time is a major highlight of our evenings, and snack is provided.  Students have a one time $10 registration fee with a $25 per family maximum. 


We are rolling out a new timeline for our Sunday morning programs as of Sept 16th.  Our worship service starts at 10am, and nursery is provided, as always.  Following the worship service is a short coffee break; teen and adult Bible studies resume at 11:15am and are dismissed at 12pm.  Our Kids for Christ are in grades K to 6 and will be dismissed from the worship service at 10:30am to begin their own program that ends at noontime.  Kids for Christ can expect Bible lessons, memory work, games, life skills or crafts, and small groups of peers meeting with their caring and attentive leaders each and every week.


Our new Sunday schedule begins on Sept 16th, and our Wednesday night meetings will kick off on Sept 19th.  On Wednesday Sept 19th from 6pm to 7:30pm, at our Open House for Kids for Christ in grades K to 6, we will provide dinner for the whole family while you complete your registration form, meet your leaders, catch up with your friends, and get ready for a new year with the Pioneer Club program at Kids for Christ.


We have new adult classes that begin this fall and winter.  Soon we will hold another session of Financial Peace University, which is a popular and effective financial training series.  This class will be held in addition to our two ongoing adult classes.  In the near future we hope to hold a parenting class, with childcare provided.


We are looking forward to serving you in the upcoming year.  Join us!  For our church calendar and additional details, find us at



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Barnstead resident Connor Vassallo was the winner of this year’s Kids vs. Grown-Up Challenge held at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston.  The challenge pits kids vs grown-ups in a LEGO build challenge to see who can be the most creative. Connor, and his mother Kathleen Vassallo, competed when they came to visit last month. Connor’s build was chosen and he won tickets to the attraction and a private build session with LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston Master Model Builder Megan Amaral.













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