Birthdays are: December 17, Pam Clark, Jim Darrah; December 19, Peggy
Brooks; December 20, Rich Hillsgrove; December 22, Al MacLellan; December
24, Jacob Robbins; December 25, Jeff Riel; December 26, Brigette Tibbetts,
Christopher Ward; December 28, Hannah Marston, Karmen Bean, Sonya
Butterworth; December 29, Jim Stapleton, Sis Butterworth.
A Very Happy Birthday To One and All.
Celebrating Anniversaries are: December 18, Fred and Elizabeth Hast;
December 25, Jim and Martha Bryant.
To: Last year’s 2008 PMHS Seniors who ordered a yearbook,
Your Spring Yearbook Supplement has arrived. You may pick it up at the
school front office during school hours, or arrange to pick it up after
school hours with Mr. Moyer, 435-6701 x212.
The Pittsfield Police Association is looking for donations of free
weights, dumbbells and other weight equipment in good condition to
be used at the Pittsfield Police Station for the purposes of weight
training. Please contact Officer John Webber at 435-7535 to make
arrangements for pick up or drop off of equipment. The officers use
the weight room in their time off and your donation would be
“Helping to Make the Pittsfield Police a Stronger Department.”
When we have 3 inches of snow or more predicted, The
Epsom/Chichester Lions will need to move the can trailer from the
Chichester Fire Station for the winter. Please empty all of your
collected cans into the trailer as soon as possible. We will return
the trailer in the spring. Thank you for your generosity!!
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, Mass., has
announced that Jennifer Sansom, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David W.
Sansom of Pittsfield, a sophomore majoring in biomedical
engineering, was named to the university’s Dean’s List for academic
excellence during the Spring 2008 semester.
2008 Hospice LIGHTS of LIFE
Each year Hospice sponsors Lights of Life. This holiday season the Senior
Center has four Hospice Lights of Life burning in our four windows facing
Broadway Street to honor of our beloved citizens lost over this past year.
So when you drive by our windows between now and December 31st consider that
we have a light burning for your loved ones.
Wed., December 17
10:00 a.m. - Cribbage
10:00 a.m. - Practicing Culinary Arts!
Thurs., Dec. 18
10:00 a.m. - Bingo
11:00 a.m. - Holiday Party
11:0 a.m. - Yoga
Mon., Dec. 22
10:00 a.m. - Bingo
Tues., Dec. 23
10:00 a.m. - Craft
and Congregate meal participants please call 435-8482 when you won’t be home
to receive your meal or you won’t be at the Center. If you don’t, we worry
about you. Listen to WMUR TV on bad weather days for cancellations. Keep
your Emergency Bags for the days when we have to cancel deliveries due to a
storm or flood! If we won’t deliver, you will be called to be sure you are
Daily participants: The Senior Center does not necessarily close just
because the schools close. We make every attempt to be open, even if we open
late. The senior center is a warm dry place to spend a chilly day. Listen
to WMUR for cancellations only. Otherwise we are open.
December 22-26, 2008
Monday - Pizza, corn, fruit.
Tuesday - Pot Luck
Wednesday-Friday - No School
Monday - Cheeseburger, rice, bread & butter, veg., fruit, milk or yogurt
tray, no salad.
Tuesday - Egg cheese wraps, hash browns, fresh fruit, milk or yogurt tray,
Wednesday-Friday - No School
Have A Safe And Happy Holiday!
History Of The
by William Johnson
It would be difficult to walk or ride down Main St. in Pittsfield, NH
without seeing the “carpenter gothic” or “board and batten” style building
that is St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. The church was built in 1863 and is
now on the National Registry of Historical Places. The interior of the
church is built with American chestnut and would not likely be replaceable
But before going inside one must first pass through the red door. The color
red was chosen for its historic symbolism. In the Anglican tradition red
doors go back to the Middle Ages when the north, south, and east doors were
painted red, symbolizing the blood of Christ.
The color indicated a sanctified place inside where anyone could come and be
safe from danger. It signified a place of refuge or a safe haven. Today the
red door confirms that St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church is a welcoming church
– all are welcome. Father Curtis Metzger says, “Come visit this charming and
historical church. Service begins at 9:30 including Sunday school for the
Middle High School Announces Poetry Out Loud Contest
WHAT: Pittsfield Middle High School announces a school contest for Poetry
Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. The competition, presented in
partnership with the New Hampshire State Council for the Arts, the National
Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national
program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry
through memorization, performance, and competition. On December 17th,
students representing each high school English class at Pittsfield Middle
High School will participate in the Poetry Out Loud school contest at the
PMHS Media Center. The winner of this competition will advance to the
regional Poetry Out Loud contest. The New Hampshire state champion will
advance to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals on April 28-29 in Washington,
DC, where $50,000 dollars in scholarships and school prizes will be awarded.
speakers and participants.
17th at 4:30 PM
WHERE: Pittsfield Middle High School Media Center
at Pittsfield Middle High School Poetry Out Loud School Contest is free and
open to the public, although seating is limited. For further information,
call Sheila Ward at (603)435-6701.
Loud at (603)435-6701 or (603)502-3221.
Invited to Travel, as a Student Ambassador, to Japan
Kellie Vien a 7th
grade student at Pittsfield Middle High School has been nominated and
accepted to travel, as a Student Ambassador, to Japan - Land of the Rising
Sun in the summer of 2009.
During her travels to Japan, Kellie will visit Kyoto to learn the Japanese
arts of calligraphy, tea ceremony etiquette and traditional dance, Miyaijim
to explore the sacred ground known as “Shrine Island,” Hiroshima to visit
the Peace Memorial, Gifu to witness the honored profession of fishing,
Takayama to experience a Hida Folklore Village, Tokyo to explore the Asakusa
Kannon Temple, and explore Mt. Fuji.
Kellie will also gain special insights on the history and architecture of
feudal Japan, the blending of technology and traditional values, World War
II history, and explore the traditional values of worship. Her trip will
last 14 days.
This educational program developed by People to People allows children to
learn about the cultural differences of the World. The People to People
Program was founded by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1956 and the
organization is dedicated to the mission of promoting world peace through
increased understanding between the citizens of the world. Over the past
five decades, eight U.S. presidents have served as honorary chairman of
People to People International.
Kellie is very active in the community of Pittsfield. She is involved in the
PMHS school band, and also in the school sports teams. She played soccer
this fall and she is now involved in the basketball program. Kellie has
played softball through PYBA for 9 years. She has also been involved with
the Girl Scouts for the past 8 years. Last year, kellie earned her Bronze
Award, the highest award a Junior Scout can earn. She is starting to work on
her Silver Award this year. She has worked with younger troops for
leadership experience and is currently planning to work with the Daisy
Troop. Kellie also serves on the altar as an Altar Server at Our Lady of
Lourdes. She has been serving for the past 3 years.
Kellie will be holding various fundraising events over the next few months
to raise her tuition of $6900.00 Her first fundraiser will be on December
20th from 5 to 7 p.m. at Pittsfield Youth Workshop (PYW). She will be
hosting a spaghetti dinner for all the last minute Christmas shoppers who
need a break. Craft items will be available for last minute gifts. Tickets
will be $10.00 for adults, $7.00 for children 5-18 and children 5 and under
An account has been opened at Citizens Bank in Pittsfield for her. Any
contributions personal, or company can be deposited in this account, number
3311369248 or sent to her at Kellie Vien-Land of the Rising Sun, 7 Berry
Avenue, Pittsfield, NH 03263. For further information about the program, you
can go to
www.peopletopeople.com or may call 435-2463. All donations or
contributions to Kellie will be acknowledged and very much appreciated in
order to make this trip possible for her.
Giving Back To
The Community Continues Even During Tough Economic Times
Pittsfield, NH - December 12, 2008 - During these tough times when many
companies have had to lay off workers, Globe Manufacturing of Pittsfield has
seen an opportunity to respond by helping the community. Globe has offered
their employees a paid day to volunteer at:
Londonderry - Toys for Tots; Manchester - NH Food Bank; Penacook-Friends of
Forgotten Children; Epsom-Epsom Manor; Concord - Salvation Army; Laconia -
Salvation Army; Pittsfield - Fire Dept. Gifts.
There is also a large group of paid Globe employees who will be creating
crafts for the Merrimack County Nursing Home.
“We felt compelled by these tough times,” says GEF Freese, Sr. VP of
Production, “to help the community - our employees felt the same way.”
Globe will also be offering employees a chance to work at Concord-Capital
Region Food Bank Gift Baskets, as well as delivering the crafts on 12/19 and
Said company president, Don Welch “Out of our 323 employees, we have over
200 volunteers for these projects; our teams have done a very impressive job
with the logistics. The response has been great.”
Letter To The
Dear Neighbors and Friends,
I’m sure you got to see the picture of Ed Patterson on the December 3rd,
front page of the Suncook Valley Sun at our Food Pantry. Thank you, 4-H.
I would like to ask the townspeople of Pittsfield to consider donating to
our Food Pantry.
If you get nonperishables, they can be dropped off at the Town Hall. If
you’re out doing your errands, maybe you could pick up an extra box of
cereal, a can of fruit or powdered milk. One donated item from many will
really impact our town.
We have one lady who brings in bananas, baby carrots, crackers and granola
Thank you so much for all that people already do.
With the sincerest gratitude,
In an effort to comply with State and Federal Laws governing special
education, to maintain eligibility for Federal Funding, to engage in sound
long range planning and to provide evaluation and programming where
appropriate, the District of Pittsfield is making a conscientious effort to
identify any potentially disabled individuals residing within their
Parents of children 0-21 years of age who suspect that a child may be
educationally disabled, are invited to contact their local school special
education programs and services. Areas to be screened will include hearing,
vision, communication and motor functioning.
For further information, parents would contact their local school and ask to
speak to one of the following: Tobi Chassie, Director; Lois Stevens,
Coordinator; Pittsfield Elementary School, 435-8432; Pittsfield Middle High
Control Officer Anne Taylor of the Pittsfield Police Department
Animal Control Officer Anne Taylor has been on the job for more than five
years. Taylor joined the Pittsfield Police Department because she likes the
small town ambience and over the years has gotten to know many of the
residents, as well as their animals. Taylor finds that in most cases
citizens are very willing to work with her to address any animal issues that
may come up.
ACO Taylor is engaged and has three wonderful children. She enjoys animals,
music and reading. Taylor also works part time as a Cruelty Investigator for
the NHSPCA and as a vet technician at Companion Animal Hospital. She would
like to thank the Pittsfield community for their support over the years and
strongly encourages everyone to spay and neuter their pets.
The Pittsfield Police Department is proud to have Animal Control Officer
Anne Taylor on board.
“Give a Gift, Get a Gift”
Fosters Community Spirit This Holiday Season
For the next two weeks through December 21st, Northway Bank is opening its
eighteen banking centers and Commercial Loan Center in North Conway to
accept donations of unwrapped toys to help make a difference in the lives of
New Hampshire’s children in need this holiday season.
In partnership with “Toys for Tots” and in association with a wide array of
community agencies and businesses, including programs such as “Angels and
Elves” in the Mount Washington Valley and the Plymouth Fire Department’s
“Operation Santa,” the program is designed to help put the spotlight back on
the true meaning of the holidays –giving. As Northway’s personal “Thank You”
to community members who donate a toy to help make a local child’s holiday
just a little brighter, “Give a Gift, Get a Gift” rewards their generosity
with a coupon book featuring hundreds of deals from the bank’s business
customers, offering everything from discounted coffee and clothing to
holiday resort packages and special Northway banking services.
“Despite the continuing bad news about the economy, we feel that positive
partnerships such as “Give a Gift, Get a Gift” can really make a difference
this year,” said Richard D. Olson, Northway’s Senior Vice president of
Consumer and Small Business Banking, “In fact, the program offers even more
benefits: not only will donors potentially save thousands of dollars on over
250 products and services, but they will also be helping our economy by
patronizing local businesses. As a local bank with a proud community
heritage, Northway is honored to join with these organizations during this
most festive season.”
For more information about “Give a Gift, Get a Gift,” for directions to any
of our 19 donation center drop off points, or to learn more about any of
the bank’s other community or business programs, call 1-800 -442-6666 or
for the visit
Northway Bank has proudly been serving commercial and consumer customers as
well as local municipalities throughout Central and Northern New Hampshire
by providing a full range of deposit, investment and credit services for
over 100 years. With 18 full-service Banking Centers and a Commercial
Lending Center, we are committed to supporting the communities where we live
and work, both financially and by way of time donated by our employees.
Letter To The
On December 4th I received a copy of a letter while at a Planning Board
meeting, written November 19 by Carl Anderson. This letter was to give his
opinions regarding the proposed Zoning changes, the Planning Board is
He states, “the purpose of Zoning is to guide the use of land according to
its best and highest use, not find ways to promote business or protect other
areas of town from competition.”
He goes on to say, “I’d like to see us “Mix It Up” more in our allowed uses
and give every business or venture a fair shake at consideration. I want a
Pittsfield that is a blend and mix of everything that we’ve ever stood for.
Not a cookie cutter town trying to be something we’re not.”
Thank you, Carl for writing that letter and reinforcing my thoughts. When I
say we should have truck/heavy equipment repair allowed in all zones, all I
hear is we don’t want eighteen wheelers on that road. I always thought roads
were built for commerce. These friends of mine don’t see the big picture. I’ll see if I can get it right.
1. Our government is 53 trillion in long term debt if it keeps its promises.
The dollar is being devalued long term.
2. We will soon learn what an environmental refugee is.
3. As our climate changes we will have more frequent and larger weather
Pittsfield would be well served to have repair shops and other businesses
throughout our community.
To The Citizens Of Pittsfield:
Thank you for allowing me to share some information with you. I have been in
attendance at a few School Board Meetings and have walked away unhappy with
some of the decisions made about spending my tax dollars. With the School
District having a final fund balance of $200,000 left over from a 9.8
million dollar budget, the School Board decided to pay for: exterior
painting ($7,000), replacement of classroom windows ($35,000), underfunded
School Lunch Program ($55,000), Technology supplies ($39,000), fire alarms
($10,000), and the list goes on. The new proposed school budget will include
an increase on your property taxes of .50 cents per $1,000 of assessed
valuation. With an unstable economy and many citizens struggling to keep
their homes and feed their families this just does not seem right. The
Select Board, fully aware of the citizen’s hardships, requested that all
department heads present level funded budgets and that’s just what they did.
Although raises were given to teachers in hopes to reduce the turnover
rate, many left leaving behind severed relationships with our children. The
state grade averages are still not being met. The Pittsfield School Board
feels that they have offered an opportunity to strike a balance for both
the students and the taxpayers with their new proposed budget. Unfortunately
with yet another increase in my property taxes I believe they have struck
out. 76 citizens voted for your property taxes to increase. Did you vote?
To The Citizens Of Pittsfield:
The Select Board is proud to announce Cara Marston as September’s Employee
of the Month. Cara has been with our town for about seven years.
As the Town’s Administrative Assistant, Cara constantly tackles a variety of
responsibilities. Cara possesses strong leadership qualities and has made
the many employee transitional processes progress smoothly. “It’s not my
job” is simply not in Cara’s vocabulary. She is prompt, dedicated,
professional, and is team oriented. Cara’s warm smile and courteous
greetings are what you are sure to receive whenever you enter into the Town
Hall requesting information. Cara is attentive, patient and respectful of
each and every citizen’s needs. Cara’s harmonic attitude calms even the most
difficult and frustrating situations. Cara thrives under pressure and enjoys
solving problems that arise. Cara works extremely well with others and
demonstrates exceptional interpersonal skills.
Cara is enthusiastically committed to her job and is inspiring to others.
Cara challenges herself by setting high goals and strives incessantly to
achieve them. We are fortunate to have Cara as an employee and we appreciate
her dedication and service to our town.
Respectfully Submitted By
Ruth H. Kimball
4-H Exhibit Hall Dedicated
Ruth Kimball (center) are Deborah Cheever, Extension Educator and Nany
Evans, Program Associate, 4-H Youth Development
A dedication ceremony was held at Hopkinton Fair naming the 4-H Exhibit Hall
in honor of Ruth Kimball. Mrs. Kimball started the Victory Workers 4-H in
Pittsfield in 1942 and is now in her 67th year as organizational leader. Her
club annually has the largest display of exhibits and exhibitors at the
fair. She has spear headed fundraising efforts for new 4-H buildings at the
fair including the the 4-H Farm-A-Rama that replaced the old 4-H dormitory
and the 4-H Log Cabin which today houses the 4-H Country Kitchen and Chicken
Barbecue supporting 4-H members and leaders in helping them to expand their
opportunities for learning and recognition. Mrs. Kimball has judged many
fair events, is famous for her baked beans and potato salad lunches served
to the fair judges and presents the Ruth Kimball Dairy Award to an
outstanding senior dairy showman.
Deborah Nelson Curtis, President, Board of Hopkinton Fair Directors
introduced and congratulated Mrs. Kimball.
Deborah Cheever, Merrimack County Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
told the large audience of 4-Hers and family about Mrs. Kimball’s many
accomplishments including the 4-H Alumnae Award 1972, Pittsfield Citizen of
the Year 1973, Merrimack County Governor’s Award for Volunteerism 1988, Farm
Bureau Young Farmer’s Award 1989, The Granite State Award from the
University of New Hampshire 1992, the JC Penney Golden Rule Award 1999,
National 4-H Hall of Fame 2002, and most recently, the prestigious Friend of
4-H Foundation of NH Award. Also, in 1990, the Ruth Kimball Endowment Fund
of the 4-H Foundation of NH was established as a lasting legacy to Ruth’s
dedication to the 4-H Program. As Herman Melville’s quote states “We cannot
live only for ourselves, a thousand fibers connect us with our fellowmen and
among those fibers, as sympathetic threads our actions run as causes and
they come back to us as effects.” This legacy will keep perpetuating funds
to support leader training and recognition, provide support for 4-H member
programs at the state and national levels and provide ongoing support for
Mrs. Cheever went on to say, “when I think of a volunteer who has supported
and been dedicated to the 4-H program here at the fair and in the county and
state, Ruth Kimball is at the top of the list as a strong pillar of
constant, consistent commitment. Today, as we dedicate this building it is a
fitting tribute to Ruth and all that she has given to 4-H and all that she
stands for. To many, young or old she is fondly known as “Gram” but
certainly to all of us she stands for the true spirit of 4-H. She
exemplifies volunteerism at its very best with her “I’d be glad to”
to Paul and Lucia Metcalf who celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on
November 21, 2008. There was a family celebration on November 23, 2008. Paul
and Lucia were very pleased with over 20 family members attending. Special
guests were Ron and Judy Ainslie from Scituate, Mass. The Ainslies were
celebrating their 51st anniversary.