Pittsfield NH News

February 22, 2017


 

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Silent movie stars Don Lockwood (Turner Jennings), Lina Lamont (Sarah May Schultz) and Don’s sidekick Cosmo Brown (Christopher Dudley) at the premiere of their new movie The Royal Rascal, in The Pittsfield Players’ Kids’ Theater Workshop production of Singin’ In The Rain, Jr. The show runs at The Scenic Theatre 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 12 years old and can be reserved by calling 435-8852. Don’t miss this wonderful show!

 


 

Suncook Valley Sno-Riders Poker Run, Saturday, February 25. Registration at Tilton Hill ball field from 9:00-11:00am. Parking available for snowmobile trailers.

 


 

Ash Wednesday Services

 

The First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield, will observe the beginning of Lent with an Ash Wednesday service, March 1, 7 p.m. As part of the service, there will be a time of prayer and reflection, and the imposition of ashes. The Rev. David Stasiak will lead the service with the addition of special music by the Chancel Choir and the JuBellation Handbell Choir. Everyone is welcome to attend.

 

Lent is the beginning of the 40-day season of repentance and preparation for the remembrance of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It culminates on Easter Sunday, April 16. Parking and wheelchair accessible entry are available at the rear of the church building at Chestnut Street. For more information, call the church office at 435-7471.

 


 

Mark Your Calendar For World Day Of Prayer

 

The World Day of Prayer service will be held this year at the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield, 24 Main Street, Friday, March 3 at 7 p.m. People of more than 170 countries and regions celebrate this event.

 

World Day of Prayer is an ecumenical movement of Christian women of many traditions coming together to observe a common day of prayer the first Friday of March. Each year a different country’s committee serves as writers for the World Day of Prayer service. This year the ladies of the Philippines have written an interesting program with the theme, “Am I being unfair to you.”

 

Plan to join in prayer and song in this community of faith service. All are welcome. Parking and wheelchair accessible entry are available at rear of church at Chestnut Street. Call the church office for more information, 435-7471.

 


 

Letter

 

Dear Pittsfield Voters:
The selectmen elected in 2016 won on a referendum to control town spending and to stabilize the tax rate.  I applaud the select board for seeking innovative solutions and making difficult decisions to reduce spending.

 

At the annual town meeting, I saw voters make deep cuts into town spending including the road agent who made great sacrifices on aging equipment in order to cut spending. Also, last summer, the select board auctioned and sold numerous tax deeded properties in an attempt to raise capital and get some of these dilapidated properties rehabilitated and back on the tax roles after owners simply abandoned their properties, after years of neglect, because they could not pay their taxes.

 

Despite the select board’s best efforts, we are still looking at yet another substantial tax increase in 2017. Pittsfield is already among the five highest tax rate towns in the state, and being high in this category is nothing to be proud of. I fear Pittsfield is at a point where every tax increase results in a cycle of more tax deeded properties, further reducing revenue, resulting in another tax rate hike to cover the missing revenue, and so on.

 

Pittsfield simply can not continue this cycle without eventually running out of residents to tax.  Please vote for SB2 on Tuesday, March 14th, to give more voters the opportunity to scrutinize the town and school budgets by way of secret ballot.

 

Daren Nielsen

 


 

Letter To The Editor

 

No Selectboard meeting 2/14. For the citizens who rarely or never get  to attend a Selectboard meeting, and therefore have little idea of the nature of those in the position of Selectman, unless you already know them, I’d like to introduce you to a current member of the Board who’s running for the one year position available this March.

 

Jim Allard was appointed to a vacated position on the Board last spring. He has owned a home and resided in Pittsfield for 7 years. He grew up in the Lincoln, NH area, and after a career in the military, Jim lived in Goffstown and Brunswick, ME before moving to Tilton Hill seven years ago.

 

Jim is well traveled because of his career and is able to bring the perspective of a man who has ‘been to the circus and seen the elephant.’  However, first and foremost, he is grounded in Pittsfield, and sees our town for what it is- a good place with a few blemishes. Importantly, Jim is a realist who sees things as they are. I have found Jim Allard to be pleasant, respectful, open minded, thoughtful, careful, convicted, intelligent and last but not least, committed to doing what is in the best interests of the town in the face of conflict. He is his own man and doesn’t back down from anyone.

 

Jim is very careful about expenditures, and I would point out that he is the ONLY candidate for the open one year position on the Board who pays real estate taxes. If he votes in favor of spending your money, he is spending his own as well.

 

Jim is a great asset to the Board and the town. I hope to be working with him next year.

 

Carl Anderson

 


 

Concord Hospital Trust Accepting Scholarship Applications

 

Concord Hospital Trust, the philanthropic arm of the hospital, announces the Concord Hospital Trust Scholarship Fund for nursing and allied health students.

 

The Fund, part of the Trust’s endowments, was made possible by the generosity of Concord Hospital’s many benefactors, both past and present. Their vision was to inspire and enable students to pursue careers in the nursing and allied healthcare professions to enrich their lives, while ensuring the continued availability of quality health care to the Greater Concord community.

 

The Concord Hospital Trust Scholarship Committee, a volunteer sub-committee of the Trust’s Stewardship Committee, has developed scholarship eligibility guidelines and will make decisions on Fund awards. With approximately $35,000 awarded annually, scholarships typically range from $1,000 - $3,000.

 

Scholarships are awarded based on financial need, academic merit, personal character, and other criteria. Students who have lived within Concord Hospital’s primary service area for more than one year or who graduated from a high school within the service area, or who are employed by Concord Hospital, are eligible to apply.

 

The application is available on Concord Hospital Trust’s Web site at ch-trust.org. All applications must be received or postmarked by April 30, 2017. Award decisions will be completed by mid-June.

 

For more information about the Scholarship Fund, the eligibility requirements or to apply, visit ch-trust.org or contact Concord Hospital Trust Office at (603) 227-7000, ext. 5209.

 


 

Letter To The Editor
Public Hearings for SB2

 

Warrant articles for SB2 will be on the 2017 Town Warrant and the 2017 School District Warrant. Per law, the Board of Selectmen has scheduled a public hearing on Tuesday, February 21 at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall. The School Board has scheduled a public hearing on Friday, February 24 at 5:30 PM at the PMHS library. If you want to find out about SB2, please make time to attend these meetings.

 

If you are ready to vote for the town candidates, town budget, school district budget, town warrants and school district warrants all on the same day, the second Tuesday of March, between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM in the privacy of a voting booth or even by absentee ballot, then please support this warrant article. The higher voter turnout on the Tuesday as well as the privacy of the ballot are the main reasons I support SB2.

 

Clayton Wood

 


 

March Programs And Events At 
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

 

Winter Bird Banding
Wednesday, March 1, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Holderness, NH - Squam Lakes Natural Science Center holds a vacation week birding program for all ages. Looking for a chance to see wild birds up close? Join the Science Center to find out why and how birds are captured, banded, and released at winter feeding stations. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Time will be spent indoors and outdoors; bring warm layers, hats, and gloves.

 

Cost: $8/member; $10/non-member

 

For details about this event, upcoming programs, and membership go to www.nhnature.org or call 603-968-7194.

 

Animals in Winter
Wednesday, March 1, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Holderness, NH­ - Squam Lakes Natural Science Center holds a vacation week animal program for families with children ages 4 and up. Winter means cold, ice, snow, and shorter days. How do New Hampshire animals survive these conditions? See three live animals up-close and find out about various adaptations they use to successfully cope with the stresses of winter.

 

Cost: $8/member; $10/non-member

 

For details about this event, upcoming programs, and membership go to www.nhnature.org or call 603-968-7194.

 

Homeschool Series: All About Series
Thursday, March 2, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Holderness, NH - Squam Lakes Natural Science Center starts a series of monthly programs for homeschool students ages 4 to 6. Programs are held on the first Thursday of the month through April and will be all about New Hampshire wildlife. Each session considers a different group of living things through activities, hands-on experiences, and a meeting with a live animal. March will focus on owls. An adult must participate with children at no additional cost. Each additional adult pays child fee. Program offerings are aligned with the New Hampshire Science Framework.

 

Cost: $9/member child; $11/non-member child

 

For details about this event, upcoming programs, and membership go to www.nhnature.org or call 603-968-7194.

 

Homeschool Series: Get HAPI!
Thursday, March 2, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Holderness, NH - Squam Lakes Natural Science Center starts a series of monthly programs for homeschool students ages 7 to 10. Programs are held on the first Thursday of the month through April. The primary interpretive focus of the Science Center’s programs and exhibits is community ecology, which has four major concepts: Habitats, Adaptations, Populations, and Interrelationships (HAPI). Each session will investigate a different topic in depth. March will focus on habitats. An adult must participate with children at no additional cost. Each additional adult pays child fee. Program offerings are aligned with the New Hampshire Science Framework.

 

Cost: $9/member child; $11/non-member child

 

For details about this event, upcoming programs, and membership go to www.nhnature.org or call 603-968-7194.

 

Wild Winter Walk: Guided Tour of the Live Animal Trail
Friday, March 3, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Holderness, NH - Curious about what happens to the animals at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center during the winter? Most of them stay in the same place, just as they would in the wild. Join a staff naturalist for a guided walk on the live animal exhibit trail to see the Science Center’s animal ambassadors dressed in their winter coats and discuss how these native animals are well-adapted for winter in New Hampshire. This program is for adults and families with children ages 6 and up.

 

If needed, snowshoes are available at no extra cost or bring your own. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Dress to be outdoors with snow boots, hats, gloves, and warm layers.

 

Cost: $8/member; $10/non-member

 

For details about this event, upcoming programs, and membership go to www.nhnature.org or call 603-968-7194.

 

Winter Bird Banding
Saturday, March 4, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Holderness, NH - Squam Lakes Natural Science Center holds a birding program for all ages. Looking for a chance to see wild birds up close? Join the Science Center to find out why and how birds are captured, banded, and released at winter feeding stations. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Time will be spent indoors and outdoors; bring warm layers, hats, and gloves.

 

Cost: $8/member; $10/non-member

 

Make a day of it: Also attend the Winter Bird Banding for a discounted package rate of $11/member or $15/non-member for both programs on the same day. Bring a bag lunch for the time in between.

 

For details about this event, upcoming programs, and membership go to www.nhnature.org or call 603-968-7194.

 

Wild Winter Walk: Guided Tour of the Live Animal Trail
Saturday, March 4, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Holderness, NH - Curious about what happens to the animals at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center during the winter? Most of them stay in the same place, just as they would in the wild. Join a staff naturalist for a guided walk on the live animal exhibit trail to see the Science Center’s animal ambassadors dressed in their winter coats and discuss how these native animals are well-adapted for winter in New Hampshire. This program is for adults and families with children ages 6 and up.

 

If needed, snowshoes are available at no extra cost or bring your own. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Dress to be outdoors with snow boots, hats, gloves, and warm layers.

 

Cost: $8/member; $10/non-member

 

Make a day of it: Also attend the Winter Bird Banding for a discounted package rate of $11/member or $15/non-member for both programs on the same day. Bring a bag lunch for the time in between.

 

For details about this event, upcoming programs, and membership go to www.nhnature.org or call 603-968-7194.

 

Nature Play Time
Wednesday, March 8, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Holderness, NH - Squam Lakes Natural Science Center holds a program for children ages 2 and 3. Explore the natural world in winter with your little one! Participants will investigate ice and snow and experience winter with the five senses. Adults get to play too! This program will be held outdoors; please dress in warm layers with snow pants, hats, gloves, jackets, and snow boots.

 

Cost: $5/member child; $7/non-member child

 

For details about this event, upcoming programs, and membership go to www.nhnature.org or call 603-968-7194.

 

About Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
The mission of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire’s natural world. Through spectacular live animal exhibits, natural science education programs, an informal public garden, and lake cruises, the Science Center has educated and enlightened visitors since 1966 about the importance of our natural world. Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is located on Route 113 in Holderness, an easy drive from exit 24 off I-93, and is open daily from May 1 through November 1. The Science Center is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is the only AZA-accredited institution in all of northern New England. For further information about the Science Center, call 603-968-7194 or visit www.nhnature.org.

 


 

Pastor’s Corner
Submitted By Jeremy Everson, Pastor
Park Street Baptist Church
Death and Taxes

 

We are faced with a current situation here in New Hampshire of rising taxes and an aging populace. Many are wondering if they will be able to afford to continue to live here and put food on the table. If you pay attention to the news from around the country and the world you will be barraged by other stories and situations that stir fear in your heart as well.  Floods, avalanches, riots and wars make our local issues seem pretty small, yet all these things can serve a good purpose for those who believe in Jesus Christ and seek His glory in this world. For two thousand years the followers of Christ have been seeing these things in their own contemporary world and many have been wrongly led to attitudes of worry and fear.  Even for those who try to keep a positive outlook on life it can be difficult to find a silver lining to these scary reports.

 

The Bible teaches us that because of sin in the world, these things are going to be ‘normal’.  2 Timothy 3 tells us, “But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.  For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.”(ESV) And that was written about people in the church!  Any one of us tempted to point fingers at others when we read this list need to be reminded that we are all from the same lineage.  None of us are any different.  We all have the same problem.  Until the problem of sin is dealt with in our lives, we are stuck with a revolving door of sin and failure. The finished work of Christ on the cross deals with that sin - forgiveness and reconciliation with our Creator for all who believe!

 

Having trusted in Christ’s work on the cross for us the believer is told that God has not given us a spirit of fear, “but of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7)  These current events should not stir us to fear the worst in the world around us, but to be reminded that we have been given the opportunity to truly love our neighbors, to really consider others better than ourselves, and to look forward to that day when sin no longer has dominion over us for all eternity!

 


Obituaries


 

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Larry A. Bailey
December 1, 1949 -February 10, 2017

 

Larry A. Bailey, of Gates, NC, passed away Friday, February 10, 2017 in his home.

 

Mr. Bailey was born in Pittsfield, NH on December 1, 1949, and was the son of late Ervin and Colleen Ashland Bailey.

 

The proud owner of Dozer Specialist, he was a member of the Union of Operating Engineers Local No. 98.

 

Surviving are his wife,  Ann Bailey; a son, Jason Bailey; two daughters, Amy Greer and Selena Grover; two sisters, Cindy Lussier and Holly McCoy; two brothers, Stan Bailey and James Bailey; and four grandchildren.

 

A grave side memorial service will be held in the spring at the Leavitt Cemetery in Chichester.

 

Miller Funeral Home, 304 Main Street, Gatesville, is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Online condolences may be made by visiting www.millerfhc.com. A graveside memorial service will be held in the spring in Pittsfield.

 

Miller Funeral Home, 304 Main Street, Gatesville, is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Online condolences may be made by visiting
www.millerfhc.com.

 


 

Elizabeth Le Duc

 

Elizabeth Le Duc, 96, passed away in Crossville TN after a brief illness. She was predeceased by her husband Vernon, Sr. , a daughter and a sister.

 

She is survived by two sons Vernon, Jr. of FL, Gary of CA, a daughter Vicki of TN, and two sisters, three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

 

There will be a service at a later date. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to a charity of your choosing.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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