Pittsfield NH News

February 15, 2017


 

Congratulations to Michael James Migliozzi of Pittsfield, a junior majoring in electrical engineering, who was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2016 semester at Clarkson University. Michael is the son of James and Kimberly Migliozzi of Catamount Rd. and is a 2014 graduate of the Academy for Science and Design Charter School in Nashua.

 

Dean’s List students must achieve a minimum 3.25 grade-point average and also carry at least 14 credit hours.

 


 

Grief Support Group

A Metaphysical Approach.

3rd Thursday of each month

At Sage Wellness Center

6:30-8:30 pm

Pittsfield, NH

Call Vicky for details (603) 312-0091.

 


 

Barn Good Ideas

February 22nd

7:00 pm Town Hall

 

Come talk to the Josiah Carpenter Library Trustees.  Bring your ideas about how the town can use the barn located at 41 Main Street, Pittsfield. If you cannot attend the meeting, visit or phone the library (435-8406) to share your ideas, or email librarytrustees@josiahcarpenterlibrary.org.

 


 

Congratulations to Jason Wynne of Pittsfield, enrolled in Southern New Hampshire University’s BS Justice Studies with a concentration in Law and Legal Process + Program. Jason was named to the President’s List at SNHU for the Fall 2016 semester.

 

Eligibility for the President’s List requires that a student accumulate an academic grade point average of 3.7-4.0.

 


 

Apply for Free Turnout Gear through the 2017 Globe Gear Giveaway

 

Eligible departments can apply for four sets of gear at www.nvfc.org/globe-gear-giveaway

 

Turnout gear is vital to protect responders in their everyday operations. However, the National Fire Protection Association’s Fourth Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service reported that 13 percent of departments do not have enough personal protective clothing for all of their emergency responders, and nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of departments reported that at least some of their personal protective clothing was at least 10 years old. The need is greatest in communities under 10,000, which are typically served by all- or mostly-volunteer departments.

 

Globe, DuPont Protection Solutions (DuPont), and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have teamed up to support local responders with much needed gear through the Globe Gear Giveaway. Now in its sixth year, eligible departments can apply for four sets of new, state-of-the-art turnout gear to better protect their members.

 

The application period for the 2017 Globe Gear Giveaway is now open. A total of 52 sets of gear will be awarded to 13 departments in need. The first 500 applicants will also receive a one-year NVFC membership, courtesy of Globe.

 

“The NVFC is grateful to Globe and DuPont for recognizing the need for gear among resource-constrained volunteer departments and working to enhance the safety and protection of our boots on the ground firefighters,” said NVFC Chairman Kevin D. Quinn. “Through this program we have been able to provide over 350 firefighters with the gear they need to safely and effectively do their jobs.”

 

In order to apply for the Globe Gear Giveaway, departments must meet the following criteria:

• be all-volunteer or mostly-volunteer (over 50 percent)

• serve a population of 25,000 or less

• be located in the U.S. or Canada and legally organized under state/province law

• demonstrate a need for the gear

• department or person applying must be a member of the NVFC. To help struggling departments meet the membership criteria, Globe will provide a complimentary NVFC Membership to the first 500 applicants.

 

“Globe is honored to give back to some of the many volunteer fire departments with limited resources by providing the most advanced turnout gear,” said Rob Freese, Senior VP of Marketing at Globe Manufacturing Company. “We’re grateful for the thousands of volunteer firefighters who protect our communities every day. They deserve the best personal protection to ensure their own safety.”

 

“DuPont is proud to be working together with Globe to support the NVFC again this year through this much needed gear donation program,” said Christine Christmas, North American Marketing Manager, DuPont Protection Solutions. “With our strong commitment to help protect our protectors we want to ensure that they have the right gear to focus on their job and their communities. Working with Globe we can make the best for the best – 100 percent of Globe’s turnout gear is made with DuPont™ Nomex® and Kevlar® fibers providing proven protection and top performance.”

 

Learn more and apply for Globe gear at www.nvfc.org/globe-gear-giveaway. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2017. Winners will be announced monthly between July and December.

 

About Globe

Firefighters need to be prepared to perform at their peak, on every call. That’s why Globe delivers the most advanced, best-fitting, and longest lasting protection by listening to our customers, creating breakthrough designs, and applying the engineering skills of the nation’s most trusted turnout gear manufacturer. Globe turnout gear is designed to protect you, move with you, and improve your performance. It’s athletic gear for firefighters. Learn more at www.globeturnoutgear.com.

 

About DuPont Protection Solutions

DuPont Protection Solutions (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit http://www.dupont.com.

 

About the NVFC

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides invaluable resources, programs, training and advocacy for first responders across the nation. Learn more at www.nvfc.org.

 


 

Letter To The Editor

Select Board meeting 2/7/17

 

A full agenda after two weeks off, with the lion’s share being tax abatements for many reasons; several a result of appeals to the state, some advised by our assessors, removed buildings, elderly and veterans’ exemptions, and taxes assessed to the town for pro-rations of sold properties. The only requests tabled were for Pittsfield Community Development hardship requests, pending further investigation. The rest all met abatement criteria and were granted. 

 

Abatements are not granted lightly as the rest of the tax base suffers-  however, fair is fair and if it’s a legitimate request we try to do what’s right.

 

The Town Meeting warrant was approved as written so far- not every article unanimously. However, as always, whoever manages to show up at Town Meeting will ultimately decide these issues for the whole town, so if you want your say- show up!

 

Forest Fire Wardens were appointed.

 

A liquor license (sales only) was approved for Mike’s Meat Shop.

 

The owners of 11 Watson St. came to us with concerns over HSA rental  licensing of their property. We will look into the matter further.

 

I gave the report of the High School Tuition Study Committee. In a nutshell; while we believe there would be a savings if the High School was tuitioned out of district, in a split opinion of the Committee, we do not recommend such a change. We found the savings too small to risk the impact of certain other variables which could eliminate those savings. The full report, in detail, will be posted on the town’s website. I personally would like to thank the other six members of the Committee who have put in a lot of work and research since last summer to thoroughly investigate the feasibility of such a change.

 

Carl Anderson

 


 

Pastor’s Corner

Submitted By Mike Mavity, Grace Capital Church

 

Here’s a question for all you Patriots fans. When the game was heading into the fourth quarter, did you lose hope? Did you think the game was over, there was not enough time? One of the Boston newspapers even printed an edition with the headline “A Bitter End” that would lament the sad defeat the Patriots endured (so they thought!). 

 

Or, maybe you were one of those fans who said, “wait, there is still time on the clock; the Patriots aren’t dead yet.” You felt there was still time for a comeback. The Falcons might have been on top, they had run the score up to 28-3, but the game wasn’t over so there was hope. 

 

I’ve felt that way in life before. I’ve felt like I’ve messed up too badly and it’s too late in the game for me to gain any victory. Maybe we all feel that way sometime. Maybe we think we’ve made too many mistakes, our lives are beyond help, we’re simply stuck where we are and the clock is running out. Maybe we feel like our enemies have run up the score and we are hopelessly behind in the game. 

 

The Bible tells us differently, though. The Bible tells us that God’s mercies are new every day (Lamentations 3:22-24). It also tells us that God has a plan for us, a plan to give us a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11). Since I believe the Bible is truth, I can know that as long as I’m living and breathing, the clock hasn’t run out on me and I still have a chance. As long as I’m alive God’s mercies for me are new every morning. As long as I have breath, He has a plan to give me a future and a hope. 

 

That’s a truth for all of us. Our enemy might be running up the score but we still have time, the clock hasn’t expired. We still have time to go and renew that broken relationship with friends or family. The clock hasn’t run out on us so we can spend more time with our kids. We still have time to beat that addiction, to change those things that have put us in the place where the enemy can run up the score. 

 

The Patriots won because they didn’t stop, they didn’t quit. They fought as long as there was time on the clock. We can win as well, because regardless of how high our enemies have run up the score, we are still alive and the clock hasn’t run out on us. His mercies really are new every morning! 

 


 

Letter To The Editor

 

As a Pittsfield resident whose life has been put on hold for over two years because our beautiful property has failed to sell, I implore every prudent taxpayer to take this step before the March 16 school district meeting. I did this myself when my daughter entered the Exeter Middle School. It was an eye-opener that led to a year of homeschooling and a life-transforming experience for my child. Sit in on a full day of classes in one of our schools and see for yourself if you’re getting your time and money’s worth.  Then and only then will you be prepared to vote.

 

Catherine Albright

 


 

Letter To The Editor

 

The Honorable Mike Brewster, representing Pittsfield and Epsom, went to file the Pumpkin Bill (treating marijuana almost like a pumpkin) and was told by the Speaker of the House he did not want any duplicate bills.

 

You see Rep. Aldrich, Rep. Aaricki, Re. Dyer, and Re. Phinney, seems to have beast us to the punch. The biggest difference was we anted a kilo for everyone. In this bill we all get an ounce. I know there’s a bunch of old men in the legislature, so I guess we will be lucky to have an ounce allowed.

 

I really like the purpose and findings of this bill.

 

In the interest of allowing law enforcement (this includes Pittsfield’s Police Dept.) to focus on violent and property crimes, generating revenue for education and other public purposes, and individual freedom. The people of the State of New Hampshire find and declare that the use of marijuana should be legal for a person 21 years of age or older and taxed in a manner similar to alcohol.

 

I also like 30 percent of such revenues going into the alcohol abuse prevention and a treatment fund, to be used for drug abuse prevention treatment, and recovery services.

 

Rep. Brewster like the 70 percent going for property tax relief. He is well aware that Pittsfield’s tax rate is about to increase to the point where we are all in trouble without adequate revenue from the State to help fund their laws.

 

Dan Schroth Piermarocchi

 


 

Josiah Carpenter Library February News And Events

 

Preschool story hour Thursdays from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Join Ms. Holly for a fun filled hour of stories, crafts and a snack. All ages welcome.        

 

Library Closed on Monday, February 20th in Observance of President’s day

 

Library Board of Trustees Meeting Tuesday, February 22, 2017 at 7 pm at the Town Hall – Public is welcome to attend a forum to discuss the future of the property “a Barn Good Idea” that was generously donated to the Library Board of Trustees by long time library patron, Bill Miskoe.

 

February 15th Outreach program to Blueberry Express Daycare 10:00-11:00

 

Lego Maker Club continues at the library starting Wednesdays February 1, 8, & 15 at 3:30 pm. Build and tell your stories- sign-up required

 

Read Meet & Talk Book discussion group -Join us for an exciting book discussion on “Following Atticus” by Tom Ryan (http://tomandatticus.blogspot.com/)   at the Pittsfield Senior Community Center Tuesday February 28th at 10:30. 

 

Stay for a leisurely & nutritious lunch afterward at a bargain price!

Josiah Teen Book Worms Discussing “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams Thursday March 2nd between 6-7:30 pm at the library

 


 

Pittsfield School Board

February 2, 2017

Submitted By Ralph Odell

 

The request for public input at the recent meeting had a parent express concern about communication between the School and families. The Board appreciates parents bringing up concerns they may have and will work to provide the best system for the School Community. A second comment suggested that more time should be allocated within the school for substance misuse prevention and training. Citizens concerns are welcome in person, email, or call.

 

Melissa Brown, Director of College and Career Readiness, described a field trip for 13 students to Advanced Corporate Manufacturing in Rochester. Job opportunities within the industry exceed the labor supply. A training program at Great Bay Community College exists that, upon completion, leads to employment.  Scholarships are available. Two students are interested in pursuing the opportunity.

 

Melissa also described the New Hampshire Scholars Program for high school students. The program consists of a series of courses for high school students at a set grade level. This will allow them to apply to series of post secondary institutions within the state, no admission fee. Part of the goal of the program is to encourage more students to pursue their education within the state. 

 

The meeting ended with discussion of the District budget.

 


 

Pittsfield Players’ Kids’ Theater Workshop Presents Singin’ In The Rain, Jr.

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Turner Jennings, Emma Molloy and Christopher Dudley in rehearsal for Singin’ In The Rain, Jr. practicing their dance for the song Good Morning.

 

The Pittsfield Players’ Kids’ Theater Workshop will present the classic musical Singin’ In The Rain, Jr. at the Scenic Theatre, 6 Depot St., Pittsfield, NH on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 23, 24 and 25, at 7:30 pm. each evening. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for kids under age 12 and can be reserved by calling 435-8852. 

 

Seats are also available for special matinee performances for local schools and home on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 21 and 22, at 12:30 pm. Seats are $3 per person for these performances and they can be reserved by calling Maye Hart at 736-9563.  

 

The show tells the story of silent movie stars Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont, the Hollywood couple of the century, who find themselves caught up in a new technology called talkies. Don can handle the transfer to the new genre, but what about Lina? And when new comer Kathy Selden enters the scene with and she has all the talent to make it big in the new film industry, how does that all work out? The show has all the wonderful songs and dances from the classic movie starring Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor and you can’t miss these great kids in this classic musical. 

 

The show features Turner Jennings as Don Lockwood, Emma Molloy as Kathy Selden and Sarah May Schultz as Lina Lamont. Newcomer Christopher Dudley plays Cosmo Brown, Don Lockwood’s pal. Justin Greene takes on the role of RF Simpson, the big Hollywood producer, and Joe Garcia plays director Dexter. Cecily Schultz handles the role of gossip columnist Dora Bailey; Molly Keyes plays Lina’s assistant Roz, and Emily Dunagin takes on the role of Zelda, another of Lina’s confidantes. Jacob Scruton plays two roles—a policeman and an elocution teacher—and Essence Bourque is an elocution teacher as well. Joe Molloy appears as a sound technician, Sam, and also as a suave Broadway Host singer. Also included in the cast are Matthew Swenton, Skye Paziale, Abby Cote, April Keyes, Wanda Anderson, Spencer Griffin, Peter Dudley, Johnny Anderson, Kolbey Ryan, Dylan Cunningham, Cecily Schultz, Courtney Butler, Kaylyn John-Zensky, Jaden Beattie, Madeline Decker, Addy Shanyo, Alex Keyes, April Keyes, Mabel Johnson, Michaela St. George, Damonica Charles, Olivia Charles, Addison Clark, Olivia LaValley, Alyssa LaValley, Olivia Cunningham, Jaylea Thomas Carly Griffin, and Faith Griffin.  

 

Singin’ In The Rain, Jr. is directed by Maye Hart, choreographed by Dee Dee Pitcher, with set design by Turner Jennings. Jim Hart is lighting designer. AJ Robidas will be handling lights from the booth, and Lily Edmonds will be handling sound. Don’t miss this wonderful Kid’s Theater Workshop  and reserve your seats now!

 


Obituaries


 

Raymond “Ray” Muzzey

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Raymond “Ray” Muzzey, age 57, passed away, Saturday, February 4, 2017 in Strafford after a lengthy battle with cancer. 

 

Ray was born August 5, 1959 in Concord, NH and was a life-long resident of Loudon, NH.

 

Ray was predeceased by his parents Harold Lawson Muzzey Sr. and Gertrude (Welch) Muzzey and his brother Kenneth Muzzey of Loudon.

 

Ray is survived by his loving sisters Evelyn Timmins and husband Carey, Carolyn Stinson and husband Willard, devoted brother Pastor Harold L. Muzzey Jr. and wife Diana; an Aunt, Ellen (Muzzey) Desmarais and two nieces, five nephews, five great nieces, six great nephews, cousins and many close friends.  

 

Ray loved listening to music and had a special love of dogs, especially his beagle, Shiloh.  Ray was an avid baseball and hockey fan, and especially loved the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and watching WWF Wrestling.  

 

A graveside service will be held in the Spring in the family lot of the Soucook Cemetery in Concord, NH. Pastor Harold Muzzey will be officiating.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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