Enjoy the music and song of DonSmith, aka the “WillieNelson”
Bring your favorite food to share with everyone! all ages welcome!
March 21, 2009 at the
Clough Hill Road
in Loudon. The pot luck supper will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. and the concert
from 7 to 8 p.m.
For further information, please call 783-4540 or 848-2080.
Mr.BrianJ.Rice of Loudon has been named to first
honors on the ClarkUniversity,
Mass., Dean’s List. This selection
marks outstanding academic achievement during the Fall 2008
is a member of ClarkUniversity’s Class of
2006. Rice also attended MerrimackValleyHigh School.
To be eligible for first honors, students must have a grade point
average of 3.8 or higher, of a maximum of 4.3 (all A+s).
Celebrating Birthdays are: March 11, Evan Ward; March 12, Brett
Tiede; March 13, Lindsay Catalano, Shannon Brown; March 14, Martha
Laurie; March 15, Travis Locke, Sheila Ward; March 16, Michael
Wolfe, Jimmy Vien, Jr., Dan Fries, Martha Moloy, Teresa Cressey.
A Very Happy Birthday to one and all.
Best Wishes to Mr. and
who will celebrate their Wedding Anniversary on March 17th.
proudly announce the long-awaited arrival of their baby brother Jeremiah
Jeremiah was born on February 25th at ConcordHospital. Proud parents are Carl and AnneMarie of Pittsfield.
As many of you know, Mark had a
terrible accident on Friday, February 27th at his camp.
is a caring, thoughtful, hard working and giving person. He has given a lot
to this community and to the children of this community. Many people have
called and asked what they can do to help. Well, an account has been set-up
at Citizen’s Bank in Pittsfield
for anyone who would like to donate to Mark
and Jen. You can mail a check, made payable to “To the Benefit of Mark Kubat”,
to Citizen’s Bank, 54 Main
Please keep Mark and his family
in your thoughts and prayers as this has been a very difficult time for
Come join The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce as we enjoy
our monthly Business After Hours. The event will be held at Village
Pizza on 16 Elm Street in Pittsfield on Monday,
March 16th, 2009, from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. There will be pizza served.
Everyone is welcome to come. If you are not a member, this is a
great opportunity to learn what The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of
Commerce is involved in and how it could benefit your business. This
is a great opportunity to network with other businesses, so make
sure to bring your business cards!
School Lunch Menus March 16-20, 2009
PES Monday - Hot dog with bun,
chips, fruit, milk. Tuesday - Baked chicken, salad, fruit, milk.
Wednesday - Spaghetti with meatballs, veggie, fruit, milk. Thursday -
Grilled cheese, carrots, celery, fruit, milk. Friday - Pizza, fruit,
EPSOM Monday - Hamburger with
roll, onion rings, veg., fruit, milk or yogurt tray, ham and cheese salad.
Tuesday - Chicken noodle soup, soft pretzels, carrot sticks, fruit, milk or
yogurt tray, chicken salad. Wednesday -
with gravy, mashed potatoes, veg., fruit, milk or yogurt tray, turkey salad.
Thursday - Early Release Nachos, salsa and cheese, fresh greens, fruit,
milk or yogurt tray, no salad. Friday - No School - Teacher Workshop
Where Are They Now?
In June 2008, 19
Pittsfield Students were awarded $40,000 in scholarships as part of the Foss
Scholarship Program. In an attempt to follow up on this, we are asking those
students to e-mail us a picture of themselves on campus with an update of
their college experience.
My name is
AmberPatterson, graduated 2006 from
PMHS. After spending my first two years at NHTI-Concord and UNH pursuing an
Allied Health Degree, I am now happily studying Physical Therapy at TridentTechnicalCollege in Charleston, SC.
I will graduate with an Associates in May 2010 as a Physical Therapy
Assistant. Your first school, and even possibly your second may not always
be the right fit for you, the key is to not give up on your ultimate goal of
a higher education and pursue what is right for you to earn your chosen
Book Review: An AbrahamLincoln Tribute Featuring Woodcuts by
Published by Dover
Publications, Inc., Mineola,
New York, 2006, 135 pages, $10.
This brand new book, just published in 2006, contains all the woodcut
images from Abraham
Lincoln: Biography in Woodcuts, originally published by CharlesTurzak
in 1933. Editing, introduction and captions are by
BobBlaisdell, and the preface is provided by David
The 135-page book, out in time for the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth, is
a masterful exhibition of Turzak’s work. There are over 35 fabulous woodcuts
expertly captioned by Blaisdell, which illustrate the life of Lincoln - from
humble beginnings to his tumultuous tenure as our sixteenth president.
The sometimes brutal artwork, sleek and graphic, illustrates the life Lincoln led and together with
the exceptional captions give a good picture of the man Lincoln was. In
addition, there are several good examples of Lincoln’s letters
and speeches, among them, his letter to Grant,
the Proclamation for Thanksgiving, the Gettysburg Address and the
I recommend this book for the woodcuts alone, but it is so much more.
Spend an hour or two examining the Lincoln you thought you knew. My
thanks to Dover Publications for placing it in the Pittsfield Elementary
School Library among many other school libraries. We will treasure it.
NellaHobson Librarian PittsfieldElementary School
To our fans, On behalf of the Varsity Boys, I would like to extend
our gratitude and thanks for all the support you have shown throughout the
season, and especially at the State Tournament game vs. Derryfield. To have
more fans at an opposing team’s gym, in a tournament game shows how much
this community cares about its sports programs and its school. Even though
the game did not turn out the way we had planned or hoped, the tremendous
show of support did not go unnoticed. We will be in the State Tournament
next year and hope that you follow us through the State Tournament all the
way to PlymouthState
Thanks again, Coach JayDarrah Varsity Boys Basketball Pittsfield Boys
Winterfest Fishing Derby was cancelled, but it did not stop die hard
from landing this 20.5 inch Bass from his secret Pittsfield, NH,
fishing spot! Go Sam!
At JosiahCarpenter Public Library Through
March 26th, 2009
students will be exhibiting their work at the Josiah Carpenter Library, now
through March 26th, during regular library hours. The display will include
paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and ceramics created in the school
art program. WilliamMitchell, PMHS Art teacher, hopes
that the Pittsfield
community enjoys viewing the outstanding work of these young artists and
that the exhibit becomes an annual showcase for PMHS art students.
The public is invited to come and meet the student-artists at an Artist
Reception in their honor, on Thursday, March 26th from 5:00 to . The Friends of the Josiah
Carpenter Library will host the Reception. The Friends group also hosted an
Open House on Saturday, March 7th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to kick off
the event. The Josiah Carpenter Library is located at 41 Main Street in Pittsfield. If you need more information call
the library at
435-8406, during regular open hours.
On behalf of our Pittsfield School Board, as well as students and staff
of our Pittsfield Schools, I extend my most sincere thanks to the Trustees
of the E. P. Sanderson Trust who recently approved more than $30,000 in
grants for programs and equipment in our Pittsfield Schools.
The programs supported include an occupational opportunities program,
the Drake Field Summer Program, our Global Studies Pogram, and our Marine
Biology Program. Equipment purchases include risers for musical
performances, an elipitical fitness machine, a thermocycler and reagents
(biology), and a jointer and knives (shop upgrade).
Thanks to the support and generosity of the Fund and its Trustees, our
students will enjoy many new opportunities that would have been previously
unavailable to them. Importantly, the equipment will serve students for many
years to come. Truly, the benevolence of the Fund and Trustees will have a
powerful impact on the lives of our students.
Sincerely, JohnJ.Freeman, Ph.D. Superintendent of Schools
PYBA would like to invite you to help them raise some “dough” for the
organization, while also enjoying a night out with your own family! All you
have to do is go out to dinner, or take out! Present a coupon (available
from James, call 738-6639) at Uno Chicago Grill, 15 Fort Eddy Road, Concord on Thursday March 19th and 20% of
your bill will go directly to PYBA.
Look for our information table at the restaurant. It really is that
Volunteer Organization Open House
Just a reminder to all volunteer organizations in Pittsfield - plan to come and set up a display
at the first VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, March 21 from
9-2 at the PMHS Gym. There is no charge to you - just bring your own table
and display. Here is a chance for you to talk to the public about what your
group does and maybe get a few more members to join your cause.
Just a reminder to the PUBLIC (all ages!) - Please stop in at the
VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION OPEN HOUSE and see all the great groups that are
working in our town and maybe there will be a group you’d like to join!
as Floyd Spinner (the tipsy I.R.S. agent) and
rehearse for “Love, Sex, and the I.R.S.” at the Scenic Theatre.
“There is a great lot of laughter,” commented director JohnCharron,
when asked about the latest offering from The Pittsfield Players, “Love, Sex
and the I.R.S.” And he is talking about the rehearsals. “It is just a fun
play to direct, and this cast is dynamic!” he added.
Judge for yourself when this “dynamic cast” of eight takes the stage in WilliamVan Zandt’s and Jane
Milmore’s hilarious play set in 1970s
New York City.
Having sat in on a rehearsal, this writer has experienced teary-eyed
laughter several times over the two-hour production. Charron is correct!
The cast, composed of Ernie
KateMara, MikeHobson, CaroleNeveux, LenMiller, MeghanIreland and Steve
Bissonnette, IS dynamic. For a mostly middle-aged
cast (or older), they have enough energy to light the lights of Broadway.
The set, designed by Charron, is being expertly built by brother, Bob Charron, and buddies,
SteveAigner and RayBlevins.
Stage manager, DorisGeorge, will be challenged by the
fast pace, but she is up for it!
The two main characters are male roommates struggling to make ends meet.
As a result of some inventive tax returns, the guys are visited by an I.R.S.
agent for an audit. The tax preparer listed the couple as married.
Oops! Everything breaks loose and falls apart when they try to skirt the
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., this is a very
entertaining show with a fun and electric cast. Dates are March 27, 28 at 8 p.m.; March
29 at 2 p.m.; April 3, 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 and available through
Ticket Leap at
www.pittsfieldplayers.com or by calling the theater at 435-8852. In addition, the theater box office will be open
Saturday, March 21, from 2-4 p.m. to purchase tickets in person. Lots of
good seats available, but don’t wait! The theater is located at 6 Depot Street,
Residents of Pittsfield
will have the opportunity to vote March 14 on Warrant Article 9. The results
will have a long-term effect on the quality of life here in town as a
land-lease agreement, basically an expansion of importing sewage into the
town, with Septic Disposal Solutions LLC is to be negotiated by the
The objections to this long-term lease on the Dowboro Road property just east of the
present treatment plant are based on environment and economic issues. The
idea that to dewater and compost septage with little environmental impact on
the residents of Dowboro Road
is ludicrous. How close, for example, is this area to the aquifers? What are
the air quality issues never mind the odor. Think Hall Street in Concord in July. Is this the quality of life
we are striving for in Pittsfield.
Although sewage trucks running through town on a daily basis is
not only a health concern, add in the damage to the already fragile road. Will the economic benefit derived from the long-term
agreement with SDS off-set the high cost of maintaining and repairing this
road. Very doubtful!
With little notice of the impending negotiations,
and none to the abutters, the question remains just what is Septic Disposal
Solutions and who is running the company? Didn’t similar proposals in Loudon
and Barnstead get voted down?
There is too much at stake with little
information for Pittsfield residents to vote on Article 9.
The Cortese Family
Please be sure to remember the
PittsfieldSchool District meeting on
Thursday, March 12, at
in the PES gym. The School Board will present our budget which is
recommended by both the School Board and the Budget Committee. The Board
appreciates this endorsement by our Budget Committee and believes it is a
responsible budget to present to the community.
The current proposed
budget is very lean, with nine positions being eliminated. We also are not
anticipating a fund balance due in part to new special education costs. This
current year’s budget has recently been impacted by a new special education
tuition cost of 100,000 dollars. This increase was not planned for and in
next year’s budget will have a 200,000 dollar impact. This money will have
to come from the proposed operating budget as it was not anticipated during
the budget process.
An additional concern is
DanSchroth’s statement in last week’s
Sun of attempting to gather support to cut an additional 160,000 from our
budget. We will be looking at cutting a total of 360,000 dollars from the
proposed budget if this were to occur. An additional cut such as this would
have a devastating effect on our schools and programs. Please come out
Thursday to support our proposed budget. We look forward to seeing everyone
there and are hoping for a heavy voter turnout. Please make sure your voice
is heard by casting your vote. Thank you.
MaryParadise Chairwoman, Pittsfield
To the people of Pittsfield,
Once again, we come to the most important week of the
year, voting and town meetings.We will have already voted but now we come to
the important aspects town meetings. The first meeting will be on March 12th
where we will discuss the school budget. But first this quota from
in the fifteenth century:
By MartinLuther in the
A diligent, devoted schoolteacher … who
faithfully trains and teaches boys, can
never receive an adequate reward, and no money
is sufficient to pay the debt you
owe him … Yet we treat them with contempt, as if
they were of no account
whatever … nowhere on earth could you find a
higher virtue than is displayed by the stranger, who takes our children and gives
them a faithful training – a labour which parents very seldom perform, even for
their own offspring.
anything familiar?We treat our teachers today, in the twenty-first
century, the same way.With this in mind, how many
parents take an active interest in their child’s education in the Pittsfield
school system.How many think that it is a
teacher’s responsibility to do
the teaching.When you go to the meeting on Thursday night,
and I hope the place is over filled with not only adults but students as
well, remember this quote and remember, the budget is for our youth, all of
them even those with families that do not care if their child passes or
fails.Let us not turn out backs on the excellent teachers
that we have nor on the students with outdated equipment to save a dollar.How much is your child’s education worth to you?
E. “ Ginny” Sargent, 78, of
Penacook, formerly of Bow, died Saturday, March 7, 2009, at ConcordHospital
after a brief illness.
She was born in
Concord, the daughter of
Alexander and Elizabeth (Lobban) Gifford. She was a 1948 graduate
of ConcordHigh School.
worked for several years as a data entry worker for United Life and Accident
also worked for several years as a bookkeeper for AW Sargent & Sons Plumbing
and Heating. She was an Avon salesperson and a past member of Bow
MethodistChurch. She was a 40 year
member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #37 in Hooksett. In her final
year, she enjoyed her time living with her granddaughter, Danielle
and her family.
She was predeceased by her former husband, William G.
Dandy; and her second husband, Arthur W. Sargent Jr.; 4 brothers, Alexander
Gifford Jr., Donald Gifford, Edmond Gifford and John Gifford.
survived by 5 sons, Dennis Dandy and his wife Diane of Sanford, NC, Steven
Dandy and his wife Nancy of Virginia Beach, VA, Gregory Dandy and his wife
Phyllis of Pembroke, Ronald Sargent of Georgetown, SC and Dale Sargent and
his wife Ellen of Concord; two daughters, Sandra Bromley and her husband
Gene of Milo, ME, and Kathy Sargent of Concord; one brother, Bob Gifford of
Concord; three sisters, Helen Knight of Bradford, Jessie Wheeler of Bow and
Betsy Warriner of Dunbarton; 16 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren;
and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial calling hours were held on
Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at the Bennett Funeral
A memorial service followed at the funeral home along with a brief service
by the American Legion Auxiliary.
Private graveside services will be held
in the spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion
Auxiliary Post #37, 5 Riverside Street, Hooksett, NH 03106.
Funeral Home, Concord,
is in charge of arrangements.