Celebrating Birthdays are: September 3, Norman Gagnon, Jacob Gray;
September 4, Abigail Mousseau; Sylvia Wallace, Nathan Kennedy;
September 5, Tonia Snedeker, Angie Spradling; September 7, Arthur
Harnden, Jr., Shane Boudreau; September 9, Todd Drew, Dennis W.
Chagnon, Ashley Stearns.
A Very Happy Birthday to one and all.
Celebrating Anniversaries are: September 3, Tom and Ruth Huckins;
September 7, John and Leha Varney.
Andrew William Bartrum-Follansbee of Alton has been accepted to the
Fall session at Seacoast Career School in Sanford, ME. Andrew will
be studying to be a Professional Medical Assistant. Andrew who is
the son of Leslie (Boudreau) Canney of Alton and the late Wayne
Bartrum of Pittsfield attended Pittsfield schools, and graduated
from JobCorp in Westover, Mass. After graduation, Andrew hopes to
specialize in the field of Occupational Health.
Lionel and Kerianne (Hast) St. Laurent are parents of their first
child and daughter, Jocelyn Rose, born on July 23, at St. Joseph’s
Hospital in Nashua. Sharing grandparents honors are Fred and
Elizabeth Hast of Pittsfield and Henri and Rose St. Laurent of
Store To Open In Pittsfield!
James and Michelle Trovato, have been working hard this summer
renovating the building on the corner of Depot and Carroll Street.
The corner now has a bright and pleasing appearance to people, as
they are entering downtown Pittsfield.
We are very excited to announce the newly renovated space will be a
toy stored named The Toy Box and Kids’ Korner. The store will carry
value priced products such as toys, games and puzzles for all ages.
We will also carry balloons, kites, party supplies, baby items, and
We hope to have our store open by mid-September. Please look for our
grand-opening ad in The Suncook Sun. Hope to see you there!
Scout Pack #84
Pack 84 of Pittsfield would like to thank the Pittsfield Rotary for
a great balloon rally. We would also like to thank all those who
graciously volunteered to get dunked and were great sports about it.
The weather wasn’t that great, but we still had a great time and the
people from town came to do some “dunkin” to their “favorite”
Scouts is a great program for boys. If you have a son or know of a
boy who is 6 years old and up who would like to join we will be
having sign-ups at the Elementary school on September 3. Look for
our signs and come and join.
Clint Cassavaugh Joins the Pittsfield Police Department
Clint Cassavaugh has joined the ranks as a full-time police officer
at the Pittsfield Police Department. Cassavaugh joined the
Pittsfield Police Department because he likes the small town
atmosphere of Pittsfield where “everybody knows one another.”
Cassavaugh is married and has two children. The Pittsfield Police
Department is proud to have Officer Cassavaugh as a police officer.
To The Editor
does a resignation and the concerned efforts of the governing body
equal the immediate down fall of a town and the immediate increase
in our taxes?
According to a select few, who refuse to let go of the idea of the
Town Manager form of government, it must be here in Pittsfield.
Wake up Pittsfield, our governing body is doing a good job. Yes, it
was unfortunate that the soon former Town Administrator chose to
turn in his resignation, but that was his choice.
But the good news is that our Select Board has done their job and
already has a new Town Administrator who will be stepping up to the
plate by the end of September. Not only that, he is some one who
knows our town because he was the person a former board used to fill
this slot until the now outgoing administrator could come on board.
So he knows what to expect! He already has a working relationship
with our department heads and their crews.
And let’s remember we have voted down the Town Manager four or is it
If the people who feel so strongly about our current board think
about it, maybe they could come up with the dollar in March to run
for one of the three open seats. Then they too can realize it takes
more than angry words to do the job.
Coming To Pittsfield
Update Is From Your Economic
Development Committee (EDC)
What is WiFi? WiFi is a wireless connection to the internet (the
signal travels through the air). Who can use it? Anyone who has a
laptop computer that is setup to receive a wireless signal. What
area is this available in? For now it’s going to be available on
Main Street from the Library, out towards Dustin Park and the
Masonic Building (the Masons are helping out on this by letting us
use the bell tower for placement of a signal antenna). The total
area covered has not yet been tested. Also the area can be enlarged
by adding more antennas.
Why do we want to have WiFi? The idea for the WiFi location is to
bring traveling business people and others into the downtown area.
Hopefully they will stop and shop for other things from local
merchants. We will have WiFi signs out on Rte. 28. This is not for
people to use as an unlimited source of free internet connections,
but for travelers and business people to help bring them to the
If we find this being abused we can put limiting restriction on the
WiFi. How is this being paid for? With help from Matt Monaham at
CNHRPC we were able to find a state matching grant, $4500 from the
state and $4500 from the EDC. This would pay for the installation of
equipment and web page. The day to day operations we hope to pay for
by businesses taking out ads on our start up page. This is one of
many ideas to help pull into the downtown, more people and more
The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will follow very soon. If you would like
to see what the EDC is working on now check with town hall for dates
All are welcome to our meetings. Thanks and watch for more updates.
Monday - Mac & cheese, hot dogs/roll, veggies, fruit, milk.
Tuesday - Chicken, veggies, fruit, milk.
Wednesday - Shepherd’s pie, potato, bread, milk, baked dessert.
Thursday - Sloppy Joes, roll, veggies, fruit, milk.
Friday - Grilled cheese, tomato soup, fruit, milk.
Monday - Taco salad, tortilla chips, lettuce/tomato, salsa,
Tuesday - Popcorn chicken, veggie, fruit, milk.
Wednesday - Burgers, veggie, fruit, milk.
Thursday - Spaghetti with tomato sauce, salad, fruit, milk.
Friday - Fun fish, veggie, fruit, milk.
Monday - Chicken nuggets, baked fries, carrots with dip,
Tuesday - Fish sticks with tartar sauce, mashed potatoes, peas,
Wednesday - Spaghetti with meatsauce, green beans, garlic bread,
fruit cocktail, milk.
Thursday - Shepherd’s pie, celery & cucumber sticks, chocolate cake,
Friday - Sloppy Joes, chips, veggie, peaches, milk.
Pittsfield Circle of Home & Family Raffle Winners
Pittsfield Circle of Home and Family group would like to thank
everyone who purchased tickets for the Balloon Quilt Raffle. The
raffle is our only fund raiser for the entire year. We appreciate
everyone’s support and generosity.
The winners of the raffle were:
Hot Air Balloon Quilt - Stephen Fife, Pittsfield; Hand Woven Basket
- Michelle Parker, Pittsfield; Quilted Pillow - Jean Jelley,
Pittsfield; Knitted Baby Afghan - Bev Moore, Pittsfield; Quilted
Wall Hanging - Bob Ferguson, Belmont; Crocheted Afghan - Kelsey
Coffey, Chichester; Quilted Pot Holders - Lynn Lamy, Pittsfield; 4
Piece Annalee Doll Set - Brad Friedman, NYC; 3 Piece Set Beanie
Buddies - Sandra Adams, Barnstead; Maple Syrup and Honey Gift Set -
Junie Boyd, Pittsfield; Knitted Slippers - Catherine Tuttle,
Barnstead; and Balloon T-Shirt - Ruth Kimball, Epsom.
Anyone interested in joining or learning more about the Circle of
Home and Family Group, please contact Andi Riel at 435-6346.
Concord, Music, Open Sing
Suncook Valley Chorale will begin its 27th fall season with two non
audition, open sings for new and current members on Monday,
September 8th, and Monday, September 15th, 7 PM, at the Pleasant
View Retirement Center Auditorium, 227 Pleasant Street in Concord.
If you love to sing, come and join us in singing well known pieces
by Handel, Bach, Mozart, as well as popular non-holiday winter
songs. Call 774-3751 or 774-1919 for additional information.
Mrs. James Canney
Leslie Jean Boudreau and Jerry James Canney were joined in marriage
at the Great Island Commons in New Castle on June 28, 2008, by
William A. Boudreau, Esquire, Justice of the Peace and father of the
bride. The bride was given away by her three sons, Andrew, CJ and
Dustin Follansbee. A reception followed with 60 guests in
Maid of honor was Christina Austin of Pittsfield, lifelong friend of
the bride. Bridesmaids were Jean Williams of Pittsfield, friend of
the bride; Carole Otash of Farmington, sister of the bride; and
Tiffani Rowell of Farmington, niece of the bride.
Best man was Gordon Westgate of Penacook, friend of the groom.
Ushers were Ronald Rowell of Loudon, brother-in-law of the bride;
Wayne Otash of Farmington, brother-in-law of the bride and Aaron
Rowell of Farmington, nephew of the bride. Ring bearer was Joseph
Boudreau of Barnstead, nephew of the bride.
The bride is the daughter of William and Sandra Boudreau of
Pittsfield. She graduated from Pittsfield schools and Northeast
Career School Medical Assistant Program. She is currently an
Instructor for Drug and Alcohol Testing.
The groom is the son of Mervale and Sheila Canney of Farmington. He
attended Rochester schools and is currently employed as a foreman
with Asplundh Tree Company.
The couple traveled to Colebrook for their honeymoon.
They reside in Alton.
The dresses for the wedding party were made by Sandra Boudreau,
Mother of the Bride.
Mountain Bike Group I
by Kyle Clark
Fourteen riders gathered at the Pittsfield Community Center on
Wednesday, August 20, 2008. The air was crisp and cool, perfect
weather for riding. Glenn’s wife, Colleen, decided to give the
Wednesday Night rides a try.
We headed out of town via 28-A, a new road that runs through The
Governor Psznoswsky Mansion on Watson St. The Governor thought we
were there to help stack cordwood, but unfortunately that wasn’t our
mission. We then took a trail off of Cameron Dr. that took us up to
Old Colony Rd. From there we took a side trail over to Taylor
Clark’s where Bob Foster met us. We continued our way up Old Colony
where no one dared ride through the bottomless pits we called mud
holes. The end of the road was quite washed out and rocky. Colleen
managed to go over her handlebars, a little trick she must have
learned from her husband. We then made our way to Range Rd. where
Jim fell over for the 28th time of the night and managed to knock
over a few other riders. We all flew down Range Rd., including
Rosemary James, who left the group in a heaping dust storm. We
finished out our 11 mile ride by heading back to town via Shaw Rd.
After that we enjoyed quite the feast and conversation at The
Clarks. Check out the group photo album
This coming Wednesday, September 3, 2008, we will be biking at Bear
Brook State Park. Plans are to take Sentinel Pine to Cascade to Bear
Brook Trail. We will then hook onto Pitch Pine and take the new
trail behind the sandpit. There will be plenty of bail out points,
so all are encouraged to join. We will meet at Hayes Field at 5:40.
Carpoolers from Pittsfield can meet at the community center at 5:20.
Any questions email
KClark@Metrocast.net or call 848-7822.
Concerning The Suncook Sun Letter from Susan Willoughby dated August
27th. Susan would like you to believe that due to the resignation of
our Town Administrator Leon Kenison, we should, as a town, hire a
Stop beating a dead horse. Look around you, the taxpayers are not
going to vote an increase in the Town Hall’s budget for a Town
You and your gang are done coming up with more ordinances and more
restrictive zoning. You are also done raising our tax rates.
A new day is dawning, that includes less restrictive zoning, and no
new tax increases, for the taxpayers of Pittsfield. You have lost
your grip. I know you will try to sabotage this plan by writing lies
based on rumor.
If you think you can do a better job, why don’t you run for
Selectman or Planning Board, but remember, a new day is dawning.
Auger and Jeffrey W. Fellows exchanged marriage vows on June 14,
2008. Keagen, son of the bride and groom, was the ring bearer for
his mom and dad’s double ring ceremony. Their celebration of love
was shared with family and friends. The family resides in
Hats Off To Our Elected And Appointed Officials
With this being a national election year with the mandatory lowering
of the price of gas at the pump, I am reminded of our locally
elected officials. Our Pittsfield officials, unlike the ones at the
national conventions, have to actually work to make a living. We
have so many in our community who have made significant
contributions especially in the capacity of our town Selectmen.
One person who comes to mind is our Selectman, Larry Konopka.
Larry’s contributions, like so many others, have significantly added
to the betterment of our community. As Chairman of the Pittsfield
Board of Selectmen, Larry is or has served as the Deputy Building
Inspector, Deputy Welfare Director, and Deputy Code Enforcement. His
service includes town liaison to the Police Department and Fire
Larry is constantly helping local citizens with issues. A few
winters back, I personally had an issue with a parking problem by my
Pittsfield home. After a quick phone call and a short letter to
Larry, the issue was quickly resolved. Unlike my experience with
those Washington people, our locals, like Larry, actually listen to
our concerns and get back to us if and when resolutions can take
I know there are many of us in our Pittsfield town community who
have had positive experiences with our town officials. I would look
forward to see comments here in our local paper from others
concerning these dedicated people.
I’m not “Disappointed in Pittsfield” as some people and I am very
proud of the fine work our Selectmen are doing. My Mother always
told me if I didn’t have anything good to say then keep quiet. She
was right then and now. Some people haven’t been as lucky in mothers
as I have. I have enjoyed opening the paper without seeing negative
articles about Pittsfield, but here we go again. I do not believe
for a second that hiring a Town Manager would save any money for
taxpayers. I would like to know how trying to keep expenses as low
as possible for the taxpayers translates to “micromanaging.” Most
taxpayers would agree to the selectmen doing whatever it takes to
keep expenses down. I think it’s safe to say that more of us wisely
manage what we get and how we spend it.
I believe our selectmen are doing the same thing. I’m proud of our
selectmen and the job they are doing. I’m glad they have the courage
and dedication to take on the tremendous job of leading Pittsfield
into the future. I want to say thank you to the selectmen for their
hard work. If you don’t have anything nice to say, then please be
quiet and let the people who are willing to make the tough choices
do their jobs.
Pittsfield Board of Selectmen
The Town of Pittsfield Board of Selectmen Chairman, Larry Konopka,
wishes to announce that the Selectmen have appointed Paul J. Skowron
to the position of Town Administrator for the Town of Pittsfield
effective September 28, 2008. Mr. Skowron will succeed Leon S.
Kenison, who has recently resigned from the position.
Mr. Skowron has been serving as the part time Town Administrator for
the town of Middleton since his retirement from the town of
Wolfeboro, where he had served as Town Manager from 1993 to 2006.
He had also recently served as the part time Town Administrator for
the town of Barnstead. Prior to being the Town Manager for the town
of Wolfeboro, Mr. Skowron served in similar municipal management
positions in Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Mr. Skowron, has had previous experience in the town of Pittsfield
as a result of an assignment by the governmental consulting firm,
Municipal Resources, Inc., serving as the Town Administrator in
Pittsfield from the fall of 2006 through July 2007, following the
departure of the then Town Administrator, Jeremy Lamson.
To The Editor
Dear Pittsfield Readers;
The resignation on the Town Administrator, Mr. Leon Kenison is going
to leave mighty big shoes to be filled. In the short time I have
been here, I have only seen three (if you count the temporary one
before Mr. Kenison was hired. However, in all the places I have
live in, I have to say that his outlook for our town was on the
positive side. After all, he was the one to put the button on the
door to the Town Hall. This small act meant a lot to people that
had problems going inside Town Hall to do business or sit on a
meeting, etc. To most of you, the button is a “lazy way to open a
door” but to those of us that have problems pulling open a heavy
door, it means a lot. One other change he did for the positive of
the town was to change the stop sign at Carroll and Main St. It
makes more sense the way it is now.
As to the comments of Ms. Willoughby pertaining to the fact of
moving forward for a Town Manager style of governing, I have to
disagree with her, just as I disagreed last year. Pittsfield is not
ready for a Town Manager at this time. Maybe in the future, but not
right now and not on the heels of Mr. Kenison’s leaving, lest we
make a sudden move that is not carefully thought out but in the heat
of the situation.
Leon, THANK YOU for all you have done for the Town of
Pittsfield. You WILL be missed.
Hampshire Prostate Cancer Coalition
Prostate Cancer Rally
A Prostate Cancer Awareness Rally will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6,
from 9-11 A.M. on the State House steps in Concord, sponsored by the
NH Prostate Cancer Coalition.
Prostate Cancer is the greatest cancer killer of New Hampshire men
over 50, reports Robert Dedrick of Nashua, Rally chair. Some 1,200
New Hampshire men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year
and another 140 will die from it says the American Cancer Society.
More New Hampshire men will get prostate cancer this year than women
will get breast cancer.
Featured at the Rally will be repeated demonstrations of the da
Vinci robot by leading urologist Dr. John Heaney of Dartmouth
Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. Prostate cancer survivors and
Coalition directors will be available to answer questions and
provide information. Prostate cancer pamphlets from several national
organizations will be distributed.
Well known women speakers will urge New Hampshire women to persuade
the men in their life to visit their doctor and discuss getting
screened for prostate cancer.
Gov. John Lynch has proclaimed September to be Prostate Cancer
Awareness Month in New Hampshire.
Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75
The men and women of The American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75 would
like to urge everyone to vote on September 9 for our Primary
Election. Let us not forget that voting is one of our precious
benefits that have been protected by our men and women in uniform
both in war and in peace.
Still serving proudly, Men and women of our community, veterans in
their own right, some serving in war zones at this time.
The American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75, 3 Loudon Rd., Pittsfield,
NH 03263 meets the first Monday of each month at 7:30 P.M.
Dear Pittsfield Citizen,
In recognizing the rumors taking place in the media and throughout
town, I believe it is time to touch base with you. Although some
details cannot and others should not be openly shared, please be
assured that members of the Board of Selectmen continue to make
great strides toward some well needed improvements of town
operations. As I’m sure you understand, oftentimes with change comes
resistance. However, our goal is to ensure the utmost efficiency as
stewards of your tax dollars. Having said this, I personally beseech
your continued confidence and support as I press on in carrying out
my commitment to impartially protect the interests of the citizens
of Pittsfield. “Let me not, I pray you, show partiality to anyone;
Nor let me flatter any man” (Job 32:21). In the meantime, I would
urge you to call or visit a Board meeting (Tuesday, 6 p.m., Town
Hall) with your questions, concerns or doubts.
Pittsfield Went “South Of The Border” Old Home Day 2008
Our Mexican Fiesta for Old Home Day was a great success. The
weather did not cooperate for ALL of the events, but we made the
best of it! The Movie Night, “E.T”, was cancelled, but the Parks
and Recreation Commission plan to show the movie at a later date.
“Wicked Songs by Wicked People”, the Pittsfield Players’ Encore
2008! Presentation was a great start to the festivities for Old Home
Saturday morning started with a delicious breakfast at the Park
Street Baptist Church. Dustin Park was bustling with activity all
morning. Many THANKS to Tammy Colby for organizing the craft fair
each year. We appreciate all your hard work in doing so! The free
craft table was a hit again this year. THANK YOU to Michele Karwocki,
Lisa Fries, Carol Grainger, Sheila Fries and Paula Beliveau for
helping at the craft table. A huge THANK YOU to Gary Gadoury for
providing music and announcements all morning. The Jump Tent, the
Pinata game (thanks to PYW), and Face Painting were all fun events
for kids of all ages.
Main Street was blocked off (Thank you to all the local businesses
on Main St. for your cooperation) and the Concord Coach Square
Dancers strutted their stuff. A magic show and balloon characters
for everyone was done by JuJuBee the Clown.
The annual cookoff was a Salsa Cookoff this year. Many THANKS to
the seven wonderful cooks that participated. The winners, by popular
vote, were: 1st- “Captain America” (Salsa #5), 2nd – Kellie Woodside
(Salsa #1) and 3rd- Shelby Paradise (Salsa #2). A very special
THANK YOU to the Victory Workers 4-H Club for organizing and manning
Pastor, Roy Menefee gave the invocation before the parade. A
special Thank you to Ms. Stephanie Joyce who performed a few songs
prior to the parade and also sang the Star Spangled Banner.
Congratulations to Richard and Lois Foss on being named Citizen of
the Year. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for our
Thanks to Dick Patten for providing announcing duties for the parade
again this year. We truly appreciate you coming back to our town to
join in the Old Home Day Celebration. We would also like to THANK
Granite Image for providing all the posters and program printing for
the day. Thank you to The Suncook Valley Sun for printing all of
our articles, ads and the day’s schedule.
THANK YOU to all that participated in the parade. YOU are the ones
that make the parade great! The OHD Committee would like to thank
Judy and Ray Webber for designing, constructing and decorating our
parade entry and thanks to Steven Miner for hauling the float.
Thank you to Peter Osborne for the use of the flatbed trailers for
Floats: Division I: 1st – Pittsfield Players, 2nd – Blue Star
Mothers, 3rd – YMCA KydStop.
Division II: 1st – Women of Rotary, 2nd – Victory Workers 4-H Club,
3rd – Girl Scouts
Division III: 1st – 59th NH Ranger Brigade, 2nd – Cub Scouts Pack
84, 3rd – Forrest B. Argue Rec. Area, HM- Linda Freese and Company.
Vehicles: Best Pre War – John Hodgdon, Best Post War – Zach
Thoroughgood, Best Truck – Carroll Hodgdon, and Best Street Rod –
Once again, the weather forced a change in plans, the Dinner was
moved to the Community Center and a delicious meal was enjoyed by
all. A huge THANK YOU to the Pittsfield Fire Department and ALL that
helped sponsor the Chili – Pulled Pork – Cornbread Fiesta. Chips and
salsa were provided by Margaritas Restaurant of Concord. Thanks to
“Chase Café” (aka Rick and Beth Chase) for the delicious “virgin”
margaritas! Wonderful Latin music by Jose Lezcano and Jennifer
Yeaton-Parris from the Concord Music School was performed during
dinner and really added to the ambiance! A thrilling hot pepper
eating contest was held with Rick Chase being crowned as the winner.
After dinner, everyone moved to Drake Field to listen to the music
of Route ’56. As dusk fell, the Spectacular Fireworks show
started. The weather made it a bit difficult to see the finale from
Drake Field but we heard that from other parts of town it was a
SPECTACULAR sight! Thank you to ALL that made the show possible.
Home Day committee would like to thank the Pittsfield Police, Fire
and Highway Departments and the many extra volunteers that helped at
any of the events.
you enjoyed the day! Please feel free to call Andi Riel at 435-6346
or Louie Houle at 435-6938 if you have any suggestions, comments or
would like to volunteer next year!