Barnstead NH News

December 12, 2018




The Barnstead Parade Congregational Church Missions Annual Cookie Walk will be held on Saturday, December 15th from 9am-12noon. All cookies are homemade. There will also be a Christmas Corner for last minute gifts. Enjoy a cup of cocoa or coffee—we look forward to seeing you!



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Seeking Board Members!! The Barnstead Farmers Market was voted WMUR’S #3 Best Farmers Market in NH for 2018!


Our market is growing and we need more Board Members for the 2019 season! We are seeking business owners, business minded individuals or individuals who have some background or experience within the farming or agriculture industry. Our board needs individuals who are motivated to help us move to the next level of success. If this is YOU, please contact Lori Mahar, President of the BACFM! 603-269-2329 or Please visit for more information about our market!



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Story Hour


Story Hour is held every Wednesday at 10am from September through May and follows the Barnstead school calendar for days off. Join us for stories, music & movement, and arts & crafts. Story Hour will not be held December 19th and December 26th due to the Christmas holiday. Please check our website, Facebook or WMUR for cancellations due to inclement weather this winter.


Adult Book Club

The Adult Book Club meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7pm here at the library. Join us for some great literature and stimulating conversation. Copies of the current book, “Endurance,” by Scott Kelly, are available at the library. The next meeting is scheduled for January 2, 2019. 


Teen Writers Group

The Teen Writers Group will be meeting on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 6:30pm. This group meets at the library on the first Thursday of each month. Teens 12-18 years are welcome to attend for sharing, discussing and improving their writing. 



Mary Ellen Shannon, RYT offers two yoga classes at the library every Tuesday afternoon, Simply Yoga at 4:15pm for beginners and an All Levels Class at 5:30pm. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. If you have blocks and straps, please bring those also. Classes are by donation and all are welcome and encouraged to attend, regardless of ability to donate. Mary Ellen has been a resident of Barnstead for 18 years and a yoga practitioner for even longer. If you have further questions, please contact Mary Ellen at 269-5030.


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.



2018 Milk & Cookies New Year’s Eve Concert Features “All the Songs I Can’t Remember The Words To” 

Submitted By Chris Bonoli, Your Local Musician


If all goes as planned, on New Year’s Eve, Roy D’Innocenzo will sit down with me, with a cup of tea, and a music stand to play a 2 hour “parlor concert” at the Barnstead Town Hall.  We will be playing “All the Songs I Can’t Remember  The Words To” and you are all invited to attend.  As usual, the concert will be from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on December 31 and doors will open at 6:00 p.m. with a short intermission to snack on some Milk & Cookies!  Roy will play some instrumentals in his jazzy style and he will also back me up as I play and sing.  As tradition has it, I will pass out the words and we will all sing the song American Pie just before intermission.  This year all proceeds will benefit the Memorial to Honor Public Works Employees who have died on the job from ALL New Hampshire municipalities, counties and the state. To date, there are 33 names for the memorial being constructed in Concord. 


The suggested concert donation will be $8. Please call me at 603-340-1468 or 776-3616 and leave a message to reserve your tickets. All additional monetary donations to the Memorial, or donations of cookies and desserts are graciously accepted - and I will call you back to confirm your reservation.  If you are a public works employee and receive your paycheck from a municipality or the state, you and your family may attend for free as our “thank you” for your public service designing, building and maintaining our infrastructure – and hopefully you won’t have to be out plowing and treating roads on December 31! 


In closing, I want to thank the Milk & Cookies New Year’s Eve concert fans from all the surrounding towns who have supported this event over the last 7 years. Many of you have asked me “Would I be hosting another New Year’s Eve Concert for 2018?” Well, the answer is “Yes” and you are the reason this is happening!  Have a safe and happy holiday with your loved ones and family and we’ll see you on New Year’s Eve. 



Letter To The Editor

Wealthy White Men, Slavery and the Electoral College


When the framers of the U.S. Constitution devised the Electoral College as the mechanism for electing presidents, the only eligible voters were landowning white men. White men who did not own property could not vote. In other words, wealthy white males held all the power.


One important factor, being talked about more in recent years, was crucial in the decision to vote through the Electoral College rather than by direct popular vote. Standard textbooks rarely mention “the real demon dooming direct national election…” (Yale constitutional law specialist A.R. Amar). That demon was slavery.


Southern white slave owners were disadvantaged because of a lack of eligible voters. Since the majority of their population was slaves, southerners complained that they would never win a presidential election by direct vote. James Madison proposed using the “three-fifths clause” as applied to the House of Representatives. Each southern state could count slaves in their population with a two-fifths discount because slaves’ value was “debased by servitude below the equal level of free inhabitants.”  Although controversial, the North gave in and the Electoral College was born.


The Electoral College has remained controversial, yet it survives, despite the fact that it has never worked the way it was intended and slavery was abolished long ago. It defies the democratic principle of one person, one vote; voters feel their vote is meaningless unless they live in a “swing” state; and it encourages voter suppression.


For many years we have elected our legislators and governors directly. Why should we not do the same with presidents? The Electoral College has no basis in today’s world. And why should we continue to support an immoral system that used black slaves to give political power to an already privileged white male class?


Jane Westlake














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