Pittsfield NH News

January 4, 2017




The Pittsfield Historical Society will hold its annual meeting on January 10, 2017 at the Society headquarters at 13 Elm St. The meeting will start at 7:00 PM.





Casting call for 40th and final year of the Dove Singers.  Singers, techies and musicians, among other roles, are needed.  First rehearsal is at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 14 Mammoth Road, Manchester, on Monday, January 9th at 7 p.m.  Open to all, just bring yourself.  www.dovesingers.org





Due to unforeseen circumstances, the January meeting for the American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75 is cancelled.  The next scheduled meeting will be on February 6, 2017 at 7:30 pm in the Post Home, 3 Loudon Rd.  More information for the meeting will be plans for the upcoming year.


If you are new to the area and looking to join our organization, you can still do so.  If you have any questions, please, feel free to contact me the Post First Vice Commander at 603-344-0264.



Letter To The Editor


The Pittsfield Board of Selectman would like to thank Bill Miskoe for his gift of two properties which he purchased in cash from the town in October.


After demolishing portions of the buildings that were considered beyond rehabbing and doing a lot line adjustment, all at his own expense, he tendered the deeds to us last week. The first parcel abuts the library and is merged with that property. It will allow off-street parking and includes a post and beam barn which can now be used or removed, at the library’s discretion. The second parcel includes the 3-story mansard roof building and the land where a multi-family home previously stood.


The Select Board is now free to resell or rehab the properties as we proceed with the next stage in the process. We congratulate Bill for his imaginative project which kicks off the anticipated resurrection of this highly visible property overlooking our Main St., in the direction we believe to be in the best long term interests of the town.


Thanks again Bill, for your ‘get ‘er done’ attitude, generosity, and unconditional gifts.


Carl Anderson



Dorcas Guild


The December meeting of the Dorcas Guild of the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield, which was the annual Christmas Pot Luck and Gift Exchange, began with a welcome to the 15 attendees by President Mary Jo Powelson. Peggy Jacobs began a time of devotions and all joined in “The Lord’s Prayer.” The group then enjoyed a delicious meal of varying selections.


Diane Vaughan reported on various cards sent for Christmas as well as for the sick, shut-in and bereaved. The November 2016 minutes were approved as written as was the treasurer’s report. The success of our Christmas Fair was discussed.


The food basket will go from Corine Miller to Gailann Newton in January. The mystery package will be brought by Nella Hobson in January. Program books will also be distributed.


The Nominating Committee consisting of Peggy Jacobs and Linda Towle brought the following slate of officers, which was accepted: President, Mary Jo Powelson; Vice Presidents: Kathy Bergeron and Nancy Fogg; Recording Secretary: Nella Hobson; Corresponding Secretary: Diane Vaughan; Treasurer: Bev Murdough.


The president noted that SouperFest, hosted by the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness, will be held March 17 at the Rundlett Junior High in Concord. The church is being asked to make some baked goods.


While we enjoyed dessert, we had our gift exchange with many lovely gifts exchanged. Next month’s meeting will be held January 10, 2017 at 6:30 p.m., with hostesses Mary Jo and Nella. Wednesday meetings will be suspended until February 1, 2017.



The Sanctuary Bodyworks And Sauna Celebrates Its First Anniversary!


Saturday, January 14th, 2017, the Sanctuary Bodyworks and Sauna is inviting you to celebrate their first anniversary from 10am to 2pm. Come and meet our team, Jan Lesieur, Esthetician, Nathalie Snyder, licensed Massage Therapist, and Dr Liz Kennedy, Chiropractor.  Learn how Sauna Therapy can help you achieve your health goals for 2017, sample Green First products, and enter your name to win exciting prizes.


The first 15 people to attend will be entered in a special raffle to win our grand prize, a full spa package including a custom facial, a one hour Therapeutic Massage, a pedicure, and Sauna session (valued $250). A second raffle will be held at the end of the event for the second prize, an express combo massage/facial and Sauna therapy session (valued at $140) and a third prize of Sauna Therapy for two (valued at $70).


Additionally we are offering 20% across the board on all products. This is an event you do not want to miss!



Pittsfield School Board

December 15, 2016

Submitted By Ralph Odell


The meeting began with a summary of several events by Danielle Harvey, Dean of Instruction. She presented results of the fall Parent Teacher conferences with 89% of the PES and 84% of the PMHS parents participating. She also shared video clips of various school activities. These are available on facebook and I encourage everyone to check them out.


Derek Hamilton, Dean of Operations reported on a recent fire inspection of the school buildings and is waiting a final report. Technology is changing rapidly and the District Technology Team has been reviewing the Districts plan to assure it is appropriate for our students’ needs.


Efforts to insure that each student’s needs are being met was the topic presented by Donna LeMay. Students at PES who are not reading on pace have been identified and intervention procedures have been implemented. She also is participating in a training session that will allow her to provide the best practices to support students with dyslexia.


Due to redesigning the curricula, opportunities to present the work frequently occur. Jessica Bickford and Anne Banks along with students will be making a presentation at the 2017 At-Risk Youth National Forum in South Carolina. The Center of Secondary School Redesign has invited the School to attend a national meeting and make a presentation in February. 


The budget and upcoming presentation to the Budget Committee was the first topic of Dr. Freeman’s discussion. He also addressed modifications to the Alternative Credit Option Policy and a policy that insures that all students will have access to school-provided meals. Additional administrative issues were discussed.


Citizens are always welcome to sit in at any of the bimonthly meetings.


Hope you had a safe and joyous Holiday Season. 



Richard C. Foss In Memoriam

Submitted By John J. Freeman, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools, Pittsfield


As we approach the year’s end, media outlets have begun to publish lists of notable individuals – former athletes and entertainers, for example – who have passed away during the preceding year.  If we were to publish such an annual list for Pittsfield, we’d be reminded of many who have contributed greatly to our community in a wide variety of ways.


Absent such a list for Pittsfield, I’d like to take a moment to remember a loyal friend of Pittsfield’s young people and Pittsfield’s schools, Richard C. Foss.  As many know, Richard was born and raised in Pittsfield; he attended Pittsfield High School; we lost Richard on August 15 of last year at age 90.


In 2007, Richard provided a gift to the town of $1,000,000.  This generous gift initiated the Foss Family Scholarship, a scholarship program offered to graduates of Pittsfield High School to support students as they pursue post-secondary education, be it traditional college, trade school, or other formal vocational opportunity.


The first awards of Foss Family Scholarships were made in June of 2008.  As of June of 2016, total of 232 scholarships have been awarded to Pittsfield graduates; many awards have been granted to returning applicants, distinguishing this opportunity from many others which provide awards for graduating seniors only.  


All told, $329,000 has been awarded to our graduates in the first nine years of Foss Family Scholarships.  Last June, twenty awardees were granted $38,000 to continue their post-secondary studies.  What a wonderful legacy Richard Foss has provided to the youth of Pittsfield!


What is probably unknown to many is the fact that Richard has supported a number of additional initiatives to the benefit of Pittsfield students, including strong support for the Summer Academy program, which offers middle high school students exciting and novel learning opportunities during the summer months.


Richard’s generosity, kindness, community spirit, and interest in the future of our students, schools, and town serve as an inspiration to me.  Richard’s passing represents the loss of a valued friend of our students, schools, and community.  I miss Richard and remember him with fondness and appreciation.


(N.B.:  tax-deductible donations to the Foss Scholarship program will support Pittsfield students and may be forwarded to the Foss Family Scholarship Fund, c/o Town of Pittsfield, Town Hall, Pittsfield NH 03263)













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