Pittsfield NH News

February 8, 2017


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.



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A young customer, portrayed by Alexis Keyes, recoils as Charlie the waiter, played by Jonathan Flower, tries to coax her into eating a raw oyster in a rehearsal scene from “Eat Your Heart Out.” The comedy will be performed at the Scenic Theatre on March 24, 25, 31, and April 1 and 2.  Tickets will be $15 and available in March.



Anna Madsen Celebrates Release Of New Album At Tupelo Music Hall

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New Hampshire-based singer/songwriter Anna Madsen will celebrate the release of her new album, “Whisper,” with a live performance at the Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry, New Hampshire on Sunday March 05. The show starts at 7:00 PM. Madsen is signed to Rocking Horse Music, the label/artist management division of Rocking Horse Studio in Pittsfield. The album will be distributed worldwide by Nova/Universal Music.


Madsen came to the attention of the international music community after the release of her debut album, “Efflorescence,” in May 2016. In addition to receiving a Best of NH award and two New England Music Award nominations, Madsen was hailed by the music blog New Music Ear as an artist to watch in its “4 2 Watch” story, while The Culture Trip selected her to represent New Hampshire in its “50 Musicians You Need to Know from Each State in the U.S.” In December 2016, Madsen’s reworking of the ancient Advent hymn, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” entered regular rotation on BBC Radio 2 in the UK, leading to inclusion on Spotify UK’s Hot Hits UK playlist. Also in December, Britain’s ITV Madsen Anna to perform on its “Christmas Carols” television program, which was broadcast nationwide in the UK on Christmas Eve 2016. WMUR Channel 9 featured Madsen on its New Hampshire Chronicle program in January 2017. 


“Whisper” was produced and recorded by award-winning producer Brian Coombes at Rocking Horse Studio in Pittsfield, NH, with additional recording in various locations in England. The album features guest performances from original Genesis guitarist Anthony Phillips, Kate St. John from the Dream Academy, and renowned drummers Jonathan Mover (GTR) and Dave Mattacks (Fairport Convention/Paul McCartney/XTC). Madsen performs live with musicians from Rocking Horse Studio, including Adam Soucy (drums), Scott Solsky (guitar/keys), Myron Kibbee (guitar), Natalie Roy (guitar/vocals), and Brian Coombes (keys/bass).


For more information on the show or Anna’s music, please visit: www.annamadsenmusic.com



The Town Of Pittsfield Owns A Barn, How Shall We Use It?


The barn that Bill Miskoe generously donated to Pittsfield needs some repair, but the important question is what do we want to do inside the barn?  The Josiah Carpenter Library is next door to the barn; because the library is a neighbor, Bill’s gift requests that the library guide the decisions about how to use the property.  To begin discussing ideas the Library Trustees would like to meet with the public at 7:00pm on February 22nd at the Town Hall.


Currently the library does not need to use the barn.  Are you in a community group that would like to use the barn?  Do you have a great idea for the barn?  Please come to the Town Hall on the 22nd!


Once the Trustees have a barn good idea that is supported by the community of Pittsfield, then Trustees will work with the Board of Selectmen, and our entire community, to make the barn good idea reality.  If you cannot attend the meeting, visit or phone the library (435-8406) to share your ideas, or email librarytrustees@josiahcarpenterlibrary.org.





To the person who took my laundry out of the dryer a few weeks ago at Bell Bros, I want to thank you so much! I thought they were gone for good. Because of your honesty and integrity I am reminded that there are still good people out there and you don’t have to look far. We Thank You and God Bless You!


Tracy and Patrick Goings




Letter To The Editor


In last week’s Sun, former planning board member Bill Miskoe complained that the current board’s regulations have increased in page number and that the expert, third-party review process that applies to all subdivision applications is unreasonable. Bill also complained that the current board had made his own project more complicated than necessary by insisting on subdivision approval instead of lot line adjustment approval. Bill predicted a response to his complaints, and here it is:


The new regulations are longer because they have more white space to make reading easier and because they are more specific to avoid unnecessary requirements. For example, the old shorter regulations, which Bill prefers, required applicants to do topography and other special mapping of the entire tract under consideration. The new regulations require such special mapping only at places where construction is proposed.


The expert, third-party review process to which Bill objected was added when Bill himself was acting chair of the planning board, and Bill voted for it.


The planning board did not insist that Bill get subdivision approval instead of lot line adjustment approval. Under state law, a lot line adjustment is a subdivision, and for that reason, the Merrimack County Registry of Deeds will not record a lot line adjustment that does not have subdivision approval. As a former chair of the planning board, Bill knows this.


As for how the planning board handled Bill’s recent project, Bill’s own surveyor made a point of thanking the board for doing extra work to expedite Bill’s project, and, the surveyor added, “not every planning board would do this.”


Jim Pritchard



Players’ Kid’s Theater Workshop Hard At Work Rehearsing Singin’ In The Rain, Jr.

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Rehearsing Singin’ In The Rain are Kids’ Theater Workshop participants Emily Dunagin, Sarah May Schultz and April Keyes.


The Pittsfield Players’ Kid’s’ Theater Workshop is currently in rehearsal for this season’s presentation of Singin’ In The Rain Jr. The show will run at the Scenic Theatre on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 23, 24 and 25, at 7:30 pm each evening. In addition, there will be two matinee performances on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 21 and 22, at 12:30 pm for local schools and home schoolers, so that kids might see their peers on stage and develop an interest in theater. Participants in the Kids’ Theater Workshop range in age from 8 to 18, and they learn all aspects of theater including on stage and behind the scenes. Tickets for the evening shows are $8 for kids under 12 and $12 for adults and can be reserved by calling 435-8852. If you are interested in bringing a class or group of kids to the matinees, at a reduced price, contact director Maye Hart at maye@pittsfieldplayers.com.


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.


Don’t miss this wonderful Kid’s Theater Workshop and reserve your seats now!



Letter To The Editor

Vote for SB2


I was shocked and concerned to see the budget committee’s letter in the January 18 SVSUN estimating the impact by the school as $2.97/thousand and by the town as $1.77/thousand - a total increase of $4.74. Currently at $33.25/thousand, Pittsfield has the unfortunate distinction of only having 13 towns in the entire state with a higher tax rate! 


After attending many meetings and speaking my mind on this issue, I know it’s not easy to take a stand on the amount we pay and say enough is enough.


This year I’m proposing a change - adopting SB2 for both the town and school district. SB2 will create two sessions - a deliberative session and a voting session. At the deliberative session, open to the public, the warrant articles are discussed, amended and finalized. At the voting session, all residents vote on the second Tuesday in March as part of the town elections.  Voting is flexible between 7 AM and 7 PM on that day or by absentee ballot. Voting is private - vote for how you want to spend your taxes. If you question decisions made at the deliberative session, you have a month to research the pros and cons for yourself. If you feel strongly about an article, there is ample time to share with voters in the newspaper or social media. If their crazy $4.74/thousand increase just does not make sense, vote it down! Their fallback will be a default budget - last year’s budget with contractual obligations.


There is no doubt that our tax rate is seriously out of control. It is more important than ever for the maximum number of voters to weigh in on the town and school budgets. I believe that SB2 is the best way to achieve this goal.


Clayton Wood



University Of New Hampshire’s Dean’s List For The Fall 2016 Semester


The following students have been named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Hampshire for the fall 2016 semester.


Cody Symonds of Barnstead earned High Honors

Julian Brown of Barnstead earned High Honors

Daryn Clevesy of Barnstead earned Highest Honors

Crystal Labrecque of Barnstead earned Honors

Briana Cusson of Center Barnstead earned High Honors

Matthew McGinnis of Center Barnstead earned Highest Honors

Jay Mousseau of Center Barnstead earned High Honors

Tanner Shaw of Center Barnstead earned High Honors

Katherine Lesnyk of Center Barnstead earned Highest Honors

Melony Rice of Center Barnstead earned Highest Honors

Victoria Rice of Center Barnstead earned Highest Honors

Hollie Foster of Center Barnstead earned Honors

Larissa Amour of Chichester earned Honors

Alyssa Bras of Chichester earned High Honors

Marissa Bates of Chichester earned Honors

James Blunt of Epsom earned High Honors

Emily Langlais of Epsom earned Honors

Seth Bean of Epsom earned High Honors

Vincent Pagano of Epsom earned Highest Honors

Samantha White of Gilmanton earned Honors

Sierra Juneau of Gilmanton earned Highest Honors

Sawyer Gardner of Gilmanton earned High Honors

David Morrison of Gilmanton earned High Honors

John DeButts of Northwood earned Highest Honors

Daniel Faiella of Northwood earned Highest Honors

Jessica Ohrenberger of Northwood earned Honors

Samantha Pollari of Northwood earned Honors

Abigail White of Northwood earned High Honors

Ashley Williams of Northwood earned Honors

Michael Wolfendale of Northwood earned Honors

Jeremy Fenerty of Northwood earned High Honors

Samantha Corwin of Northwood earned Highest Honors

Chloe Bettencourt of Northwood earned Highest Honors

Ashley LeBlanc of Northwood earned Highest Honors

Briana King of Pittsfield earned Highest Honors

Sage Anthony of Pittsfield earned Highest Honors


Students named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Hampshire are students who have earned recognition through their superior scholastic performance during a semester enrolled in a full-time course load (12 or more graded credits). Highest honors are awarded to students who earn a semester grade point average of 3.85 or better out of a possible 4.0. Students with a 3.65 to 3.84 average are awarded high honors and students whose grade point average is 3.5 through 3.64 are awarded honors.



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Main Street Grill proudly presented the Pittsfield Middle High School Senior Class with a check for $500 toward their class trip after a successful fundraiser held at Main Street Grill on January 21. 2017. Lines were out the door to support this worthy cause. A great time was had by all. Pictured are (l-r): Savannah Godin, Jordyn Pinto, Jess Bickford, Tara Pinto, and Diane Partridge. 



Letter To The Editor


To the Editor,

In a letter published in last week’s issue of The Sun, a citizen wrote that he did not see a representative other than himself at the legislative hearing on a bill that would restore the stabilization grant to school districts in the state.  While it is true that I did not attend the hearing (due to a long-scheduled medical procedure), I did submit written testimony that included copies of three previous articles printed in The Sun that described the impact of the elimination of the stabilization grant for Pittsfield as well as other factors related to financial challenges of the district and the impact on the district’s taxpayers.


Rest assured, this superintendent is very aware of the importance of advocating for the community of Pittsfield and its youth during this burdensome time and will continue to do so, even when the opportunity presented does not allow for my representation to be face to face.



John J. Freeman, Ph.D.

Pittsfield Superintendent of Schools



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Kentek employees Mariya Smith and Mark Godzik prepare to deliver donations to the Pittsfield Food Pantry, the result of collections held during the holidays.  288 lbs. of food were donated by employees, as well as $940 in cash, some of which was matched by Kentek.













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