Barnstead NH News

December 6, 2017



BCEP Change of Hours

Effective January 1, 2018 B.C.E.P. Solid Waste will have new hours of operation:

Tuesday Ė Saturday 8:00AM Ė 4:00PM

Scales close at 3:45PM

Closed Sundays and Mondays





The Prospect Mountain High School Class of 2020 is hosting a shoe drive fundraiser. All collected shoes will be delivered to developing countries, such as Ghana, Bolivia, and Haiti. These shoes are sold at significantly lower prices and create working opportunities.


The sophomore class is profited with every pair of donated shoes. Our goal is to collect 300 bags of 25 pairs each. Shoes must be wearable and have no holes.


Please donate in any of our white cardboard donation boxes stationed at the Alton Town Hall, the Barnstead Town Hall, or in the reception area at PMHS. The fundraiser is currently taking place and will run through January 20th.


Please spread the word around the community. All donations are helpful and are greatly appreciated. Feel free to contact with any question or concerns.





The Barnstead Parade Congregational Church will have its annual Cookie Walk on December 16, 2017 from 9am to 12 noon at the church on the Parade Grounds. Christmas crafts will also be available.


Join us for a free cup of coffee or cocoa while you browse. We look forward to seeing you on December 16th.


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



Really, Really, Really Good News!


The Center Barnstead Christian Church would like to invite you to our Christmas Musical Program, ďReally, Really, Really Good News!Ē   Follow Ms. Oliver, a very patient director, with her very curious and 5 distracted actors as they tell the Christmas story with questions, humor, and wonder at the really good news that God would really send His only Sonófor us! Refreshments will follow the performance.


Come and bring the family Sunday, December 10th at 6:00 PM.  The Center Barnstead Christian Church is located on Route 126, next to the Town Hall.  For more information, please call the church at 269-8831 or visit our website at



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News


Family Movie Night!

Join us at the library for a showing of ďA Muppet Christmas CarolĒ (Rated G) Friday, December 8th at 6:30pm. Some light refreshments will be provided. Pajamas and snuggling items are always welcome!


Oscarís Elves!

Bring your presents to the library on Saturday, December 16th and have them wrapped by Oscarís Elves! Simply drop your presents off in the meeting room with our elves and then enjoy some hot chocolate, cookies and a good book while our elves go to work wrapping your presents for you. Gift wrapping services will be available between 10am and 1pm and are by donation, with all proceeds going towards library programming.


Cold Weather Collection

The library will be collecting cold weather accessories (hats, mittens, gloves, scarves) for the Barnstead Thrift Store and Barnstead Elementary School. Handmade items are welcome! We will continue to collect items throughout the month of December.


Please call the library (269-3900) or visit our website ( for more information about any of 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.





To Belknap County Voters,

With all of the political turmoil and noise coming out of the White House and Congress, itís easy for us to become oblivious to the things that really matter.  Especially during this Holiday Season, as we make special efforts to be with friends and family, and remember those who have gone before us. The overflowing Washington cesspool is the last thing we need to think about.


As you sit back and reflect on the year that has passed by so swiftly, ask yourself these questions:  Are we really better off than we were last year?  Has your familyís income increased enough to offset your rising costs?  Have the Republicans done anything to help my family?  Is the impending Tax Cut for The Rich going to help my family?  Have the Republicanís efforts to sabotage Obamacare increased my familyís health insurance costs?  Does my outlook for the new year look brighter?  Will my Republican representatives in the New Hampshire House and Senate work for the common man, or keep pandering to the wealthy and their closely held corporations and trusts?


If you can answer all of these questions positively, then good for you and your family.  Keep on doing what you have been doing.  If you cannot answer them positively, donít you think itís time to make a change?


The mid-term elections are less than 12 months away.  Itís not too early to start thinking about who will represent your interests.  Donít be easily lured by all of the advertisements that the Koch brothers and their ilk will be flooding the media with during the next election cycle.  They will be buying the politicians who will represent them and their rich friends.  Think for yourself and reject their pleas for your vote.  Vote your conscience.


Ronald P. Blais

Center Barnstead




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To my son, Avery,

They say that time heals all wounds, but when you departed from us, you left wounds that can never, ever be healed or filled by anything. You were and are my angel. There hasnít been a day that I donít think about your smiling face, your laugh, your voice. Most importantly, you hugs and kisses. I miss you so, so much. I love you!


Youíll not be forgotten.


Forever remembered and loved,

Your Dad, Martin Michaud





To Avery,

On December 10th it will be six long, long years without you. I still miss you, every day. Winter is still so long and lonely without you. I still miss playing board games with you.


When your classmates graduated from 8th grade, they invited your dad and me. I was happy for your classmates. I wish them well in high school. They gave us a photo frame with your picture and one with the class. They gave us two yearbooks that they dedicated to you. I know how much you loved school, so that part made me cry.


So even after six years, I miss you so, so much.


Love forever,

Grammy Pearl Michaud




Eric W. LaFramboise

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Center Barnstead- Eric W. LaFramboise, 35, of Center Barnstead, passed away unexpectedly on November 26, 2017 from injuries sustained in a logging accident.


Born in Exeter, Eric was the beloved son of Richard and Lori (Towne) LaFramboise.  He was raised and educated in Epsom and was a graduate of Bishop Brady High School.


For the past 17 years, Eric was the owner and operator of Ridgewood Timber Harvesting.  He was the Past Master of the Corinthian Lodge #82 F&AM in Pittsfield.


An avid outdoorsman, Eric enjoyed fishing and was an exceptionally skilled carpenter. Above all else, he cherished the time he spent with his son and the many rides they took together.


Eric was predeceased by his ďNan,Ē Helen LaFramboise.


In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Kayla (Bouchard) LaFramboise; his sons, Harrison and a baby boy on the way; and his sister, Stephanie Douglass and her husband Brian of Goffstown.  He was the loving uncle to Bryce and Gabriella.  He is also survived by dear family friend, Thomas Clegg as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.


Calling Hours were held on Friday, December 1st in the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home in Epsom.  A Masonic Service was also held. Burial will take place at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Ericís memory may be sent to the Corinthian Lodge #82 F&AM, PO Box 254 Pittsfield, NH 03263.  To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit













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