Barnstead NH News

September 19, 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!



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

New England Lighthouses


Join us at the library on Thursday, September 20th at 7pm for a presentation of New England Lighthouses and the People Who Kept Them. Jeremy D’Entremont will be here to share the history of New England’s picturesque lighthouses, primarily focusing on the colorful and dramatic stories of lighthouse keepers and their families. This program is sponsored by the Oscar Foss Memorial Library and the Barnstead Historical Society, with funding supported by New Hampshire Humanities.


Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Party!

Come help us celebrate Harry’s 20th anniversary on Thursday, September 27th! We will have a Harry Potter movie marathon beginning at noon and starting at 6pm we will have Harry Potter themed crafts, snacks and games. All ages are welcome to join in the fun!  


You Read Like a Girl

You Read Like a Girl is a new book club focusing on women’s stories. This club will meet at the library on the last Wednesday of each month at 6pm. Copies of this month’s book, Radium Girls by Kate Moore, are available at the library. Our first meeting will be on September 26th which will include discussion of Radium Girls and brainstorming ideas for future meetings and books. 


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.



Chance To Meet Democratic NH House Rep Candidates


The November general election is almost here! All local Democrats and Independents are invited to the last of the Tri-Town Democrats of Barnstead, Gilmanton, and Alton’s candidate series’ meetings focusing on November’s mid-term elections on October 1st.  Come meet four candidates for the NH House of Representatives:  Betty Ann Abbott- District 5 (Gilmanton and Alton), Michelle Carter- District 5 (Gilmanton and Alton), Kathy Preston- District 7 (Barnstead), and Ruth Larson- District 8 (Alton, Barnstead and Gilmanton).


Ruth Larson is a retired trial lawyer with a strong focus on education, health care, and the delegation’s role in county government. She advocates fully funding the corrections center programs aimed at treating addiction and curbing recidivism, and she is a strong supporter of Gunstock and the outside agencies that provide services such as Meals on Wheels.  Ruth will complete her five-year term on the Gunstock Area Commission in November.


Kathy spends most of her time speaking publicly about her life experience as a Holocaust survivor and her fervent belief in the power of each person to make the world a better place through tolerance.  In addition to her community involvement and as a business owner in Barnstead, Kathy served on the school board for 15 years for Barnstead Elementary School and Prospect Mountain High School. She is currently serving her third term on the Barnstead Planning Board.


Michelle Carter earned a degree in Biology and worked as a project manager for a Bio-Medical research company.  She went on to work on the development of science-based educational projects and was assistant director for a non-profit Children’s Museum.  Michelle taught middle school science and first grade.  She appreciates the ability to research and evaluate information in an un-biased manner and work toward a common goal.


Betty Ann Abbott has been Deputy Town Clerk/Tax Collector and a member of the Select Board. With experience in business, finance, communications, and management, she and husband Nate own and run Abbott Business Networks. Betty Ann’s focus is on the wellbeing of our young people, educating them well, keeping them healthy and making New Hampshire a place where they want to stay to work and to raise their families.             


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.


The October meeting of the Tri-Town Democrats on Monday, October 1 at 6:30 pm will be held at the Wagner Barn, 63 French Road, 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.




Vote for Ruth Larson for State Representative


For the past few years, I have had the pleasure of getting to know Ruth Larson.  Ruth is running for State Representative in District 8, representing Alton, Barnstead and Gilmanton.


Ruth is exceptional in many ways.  She is intelligent and motivated and is an inspiration to me and others.  Although considerate and willing to listen, she is also tough.  She has an excellent work ethic and is not easily swayed from the task at hand.  These are the qualities that Ruth will bring to the office of State Representative. 


Ruth has served as a commissioner for Gunstock for several years and has become knowledgeable about matters at both the local and county levels.  Her priorities are issues that affect all of us, regardless of political affiliation.  Affordable healthcare, helping seniors, strengthening public schools and easing the tax burden on our towns are just some of the topics she will focus on. She wants to reach across the aisle to find non-partisan solutions to challenges facing our state.  Recently, Ruth has been introducing herself to voters in our three towns.  She would love to talk to you.  Reach out to her if you would like to discuss a particular subject.  Visit her Facebook page to read more about her.


As a former attorney, Ruth spent many years defending individuals.  As your representative, she will work tirelessly on your behalf.  She is determined and hardworking and will not give up easily. 


On November 6th, vote for the person who will always show up at the State House, fully prepared and ready to work for you.  Vote for the person who will be fair and reasonable in her decisions.  Vote for the person with integrity, good judgment and compassion.  Vote for Ruth Larson!


Jane Westlake














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