Barnstead NH News

September 26, 2018


Quick Reminder


When performing barn, garage, basement, or house cleanouts, please be mindful of hazardous items that may be stored within the contents. 


Recently, ammunition has been exploding in the garbage bunker at the BCEP facility. This is a VERY DANGEROUS situation for employees and patrons alike.


Please do not dispose of ammunition in the trash.  Bring it into the office or hand it to a staff member.  As always, when in doubt, don’t just throw it out, ASK an attendant for assistance. Questions, (603)435-6237.



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Lakes Region Comic Con!


The Oscar Foss Memorial Library is sponsoring a multi-community comic con event, with workshops throughout the day, local comic shops coming to do events, and our library clubs putting together fun games and activities for cosplayers and geeks alike. Other events will include a cosplay contest, a movie screening, D&D games, Quidditch games, and more! Join us Saturday, October 6th from 12 to 8 pm for all our comic con festivities! There is still time to sign up for volunteering for this event. If interested please call Maddison at the library at 269-3900.


1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a program that encourages parents and caregivers to provide positive, nurturing early experiences by reading aloud to their children regularly. Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to at home during early childhood. The brain develops more rapidly during the first three years of a child’s life than at any other time during the lifespan. Reading to children from an early age can help close the vocabulary gap and prepare children to enter kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed. Most important, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading. You can sign up at the library or online at Families can pick up a packet with information and materials needed for the program at the 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 Taxpayers: Come to a School Funding Forum in Rochester


Last March, residents at Barnstead’s annual School Meeting voted down teacher contracts for our schools. The anger and frustration over another increase in an already crushing real estate tax rate were clearly on display and overrode residents’ desire to give teachers well-deserved raises.


Our Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky and attorney John Tobin have been speaking across the state at ”School Funding 101 Forums” to educate taxpayers about what has caused the grossly inadequate and inequitable funding of our schools in this state, funding which is highly dependent on our local property taxes. New Hampshire’s tax rate is the second highest in the country and we pay a higher percentage of our income in property tax than any other state. 


As a result of the Claremont lawsuits filed by Volinsky and Tobin in the 1990s, the NH Supreme Court clearly mandated that the state must provide an adequate education for ALL its students.  Although modest reforms raised funding initially, recent cuts to stabilization grants for property-poor towns have brought funding levels to about the same level they were at when the Claremont lawsuits were filed. In recent years, the state has made several tax cuts that have exacerbated the problem. These cuts have almost exclusively benefited the richest among us, including the wealthiest corporations, and the loss of revenue has resulted in the state’s shifting even more of the tax burden down to the town level.


The funding forums have become so popular, they are booked across the state for the foreseeable future. Hundreds have come out to learn about the problem and possible solutions.  Be sure to attend the forum on Oct. 10 at 6 P.M. at Spaulding High School, 130 Wakefield St., Rochester.


Diane St. Germain

Jane Westlake




Meet Your Democratic NH Rep Candidates


Nearly a month before the general election, the October 1st meeting of the Tri-Town Democrats of Barnstead, Gilmanton, and Alton will offer voters the chance to meet four Democratic candidates running for the House of Representatives:  Michelle Carter- District 5 (Gilmanton and Alton), Ruth Larson- District 8 (Alton, Barnstead and Gilmanton), Betty Ann Abbott- District 5 (Gilmanton and Alton), and Kathy Preston- District 7 (Barnstead). 


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


Michelle Carter worked as a project manager for a Bio-Medical research company and on the development of science based educational projects.  Michelle taught middle school science, which gave her an appreciation for science, the ability to research and evaluate information in an un-biased manner, as well as the ability to work cooperatively toward a common goal. She is passionate about protecting the environment and advocating for public education


Kathy is currently serving her third term on the Barnstead Planning Board and served on the school board for 15 years for Barnstead Elementary School and Prospect Mountain High School. Kathy recently wrote a book about her life: “Holocaust to Healing. Closing the Circle.” She speaks publicly on the topic of tolerance and diversity to fight prejudice and wants to help restore civility to politics. 


Ruth Larson is a retired trial lawyer who in recent years has become increasingly interested in local government.  She advocates for a more responsive and forward-thinking county delegation.   Ruth will complete her five-year term on the Gunstock Area Commission in November.  She wants to bring change from within.  Much of her focus is on the role of the state representatives at the county level.


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, October 1 at 6:30 pm at Wagner Barn, 63 French Road, in 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.




John David French 2/6/1929 - 9/19/2018

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John David French Sr., age 89, died on September 19 at the Glencliff Home.  John was born February 6, 1929 in Barnstead N.H., residing there for most of his life. He had many adventures throughout his life. He graduated from UNH and was a member of the National Guard.


John worked for Boeing for 13 years, and was involved as a machinist in the Apollo Space Mission. He later became a Master Plumber, a restauranteur, and a farmer. John married Pauline Faye in 1952 and had two sons, John David, Jr. and Richard French. In 1977 he married Nancy Osgood, and they loved each other dearly till she passed away in 2007.


He is survived by his sons John David, Jr. and Richard French, and his six step children: Tomi Chorlian (husband Paul), Tamara Sargent (husband Russell), William Bergeron, James Bergeron, Rebekah Young (husband Michael), and Hervé Bergeron (wife Brenda). He was blessed with 20 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.


John loved the outdoors.  He enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing.  He shared that love with his children and grandchildren. 


John is remembered for his generosity, patience, and kindness. This was demonstrated in the home of John and Nancy French, who optimized the term “open door policy.” All were welcome, family, friends, and strangers.  Some stayed for a day, a week, or a year. The French home was a shelter to all.  John was a quiet gentle soul and will be missed by many.


A memorial service will be held at the Glencliff Home, 393 High Street, Glencliff, NH 03238, on Tuesday October 2 at 10am.  Donations on John’s behalf can be made to the Patient Welfare Fund, Glencliff Home.













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