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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
Anna Madsen Celebrates Release Of New Album At Tupelo Music Hall
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
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).
more information on the show or Anna’s music, please visit:
Of Pittsfield Owns A Barn, How Shall We Use It?
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!
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
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!
and Patrick Goings
To The Editor
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Players’ Kid’s Theater Workshop Hard At Work Rehearsing Singin’ In
The Rain, Jr.
Rehearsing Singin’ In The Rain are Kids’ Theater Workshop
participants Emily Dunagin, Sarah May Schultz and April Keyes.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
miss this wonderful Kid’s Theater Workshop and reserve your seats
To The Editor
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!
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
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.
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.
University Of New Hampshire’s Dean’s List For The Fall 2016 Semester
following students have been named to the Dean’s List at the
University of New Hampshire for the fall 2016 semester.
Symonds of Barnstead earned High Honors
Brown of Barnstead earned High Honors
Clevesy of Barnstead earned Highest Honors
Labrecque of Barnstead earned Honors
Cusson of Center Barnstead earned High Honors
McGinnis of Center Barnstead earned Highest Honors
Mousseau of Center Barnstead earned High Honors
Shaw of Center Barnstead earned High Honors
Katherine Lesnyk of Center Barnstead earned Highest Honors
Rice of Center Barnstead earned Highest Honors
Victoria Rice of Center Barnstead earned Highest Honors
Foster of Center Barnstead earned Honors
Amour of Chichester earned Honors
Bras of Chichester earned High Honors
Bates of Chichester earned Honors
Blunt of Epsom earned High Honors
Langlais of Epsom earned Honors
Bean of Epsom earned High Honors
Pagano of Epsom earned Highest Honors
Samantha White of Gilmanton earned Honors
Juneau of Gilmanton earned Highest Honors
Gardner of Gilmanton earned High Honors
Morrison of Gilmanton earned High Honors
DeButts of Northwood earned Highest Honors
Faiella of Northwood earned Highest Honors
Ohrenberger of Northwood earned Honors
Samantha Pollari of Northwood earned Honors
White of Northwood earned High Honors
Williams of Northwood earned Honors
Wolfendale of Northwood earned Honors
Fenerty of Northwood earned High Honors
Samantha Corwin of Northwood earned Highest Honors
Bettencourt of Northwood earned Highest Honors
LeBlanc of Northwood earned Highest Honors
King of Pittsfield earned Highest Honors
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.
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.
To The Editor
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.
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.
Pittsfield Superintendent of Schools
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.