Pittsfield NH News

March 29, 2017


The April 2017 meeting of the Peterson-Cram Post 75 will be held on April 10, 2017 at 7:30pm.  If you are new to Pittsfield or new to the American Legion, we offer you open door to attend and become involved.  If you are looking to join, bring a copy of your DD Form 214 and if you are new to the area and wish to join our Post, bring your, membership card with you.


The April meeting is special as we also hold our Post Elections for the upcoming year, and finalizing plans for our Memorial Day observance which is held on the Sunday of the Memorial Day weekend along with other special days ahead for Post activities.
If anyone has any questions on American Legion membership or about the Post, feel free to contact our Post Adjutant, Merrill Vaughan, 435-5207 (home) or 344-0264 (cell).

The Contoocook Depot Model Railroad Show at American Legion Post #81,169 Bound Tree Lane, Contoocook, NH will be held Saturday, May 6, 2017, starting at 10 am to 4 pm.


Admission: $5/person, under 10 FREE with a paid adult.


Operating layouts, new/used model trains, accessories, raffles and food.


Dealer tables are $20 (add $5 for electricity).


ALSO: Come and tour the restored Contoocook Depot and Covered Train Bridge!


Contact: Keith Wallace (603) 520-6601 or email: keith@contoocook.net. We are on the web: contoocookdepot.org



Disabled Veterans To Attend Annual Winter Sports Clinic Hosted By VA And DAV
Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON – Nearly 400 injured Veterans and active-duty military members will join volunteers and leading medical and rehabilitative professionals from across the nation for the 31st National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, scheduled March 26-31 in Snowmass Village (near Aspen), Colorado.


The event, hosted by Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and DAV (Disabled American Veterans), is made possible by strategic corporate partnerships, nonprofit organizations and individual donors.


“The National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic is a life-changing event for the Veterans who participate,” said Dr. David J. Shulkin, Secretary of Veterans Affairs. “I am inspired by our Veterans and equally inspired by our staff, who coach and encourage them to dream beyond their imagination, draw from their inner strength and use this clinic to showcase their resilience and courage.”


When Veterans go back to their communities, they bring this experience of a lifetime back to help others, while motivating themselves throughout the entire year. Often referred to as “Miracles on a Mountainside,” the clinic promotes rehabilitation through adaptive Alpine and Nordic skiing, rock climbing, wheelchair self-defense, sled hockey, scuba diving, and other adaptive sports and activities. Studies show adaptive sports provide participants with physical and emotional benefits, including stress relief, reduced dependency on pain and depression medications, and higher achievement in education and employment. The event has also been a starting point for numerous Paralympic athletes.


“Involvement in this event has been life changing for me,” said DAV National Commander David Riley, a past-participant and quadruple amputee Coast Guard Veteran. “This event helped me redefine the perceived limitations I had after losing my limbs. And it does the same thing for hundreds of my fellow Veterans every year.”


Participation is open to active-duty service members and Veterans with spinal cord injuries, orthopedic amputations, visual impairments, and certain neurological problems and disabilities.


For more information about the winter sports clinic, visit www.wintersportsclinic.org.



Reboot Program


If your life and health are not blossoming like you feel it should, then your body needs a good cleanse. Foggy thinking, low energy, and extra weight can all be the result of accumulated toxins.  Spring is the perfect time to get get rid of those toxins with our new and improved 6 weeks Reboot Program.


What’s included in the program? Simple strategies to clean up your diet, your body care products and your household cleaners, Nutritional and detoxification supplements to help your body gently release and cleanse toxins, 6 Weekly Sauna sessions to aid in deep detoxification and weight loss, weekly group coaching with Dr Liz Kenndy, Chiropractor, where we will cover a new topic each week,  answer questions and support your journey, private Facebook group where you can post questions, concerns, successes, challenges or recipes.


Join us April 3rd to May 8th, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Call the Sanctuary Bodyworks and Sauna to register at 603.509.8838



State DAR Good Citizens Program


The Buntin-Rumford-Webster Greater Concord Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) - Several Chapter members attended the State DAR Good Citizens Program on March 16, 2017 at the Holiday Inn in Concord. Chapter members honored four of the six Concord area Good Citizens and their families along with the other nominated students throughout the State. The students were honored for dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. The Concord area students who attended the State Good Citizen program were Sohani Demian, Bow High School; Elizabeth West, Merrimack Valley High School; Cole Sporcic, Pembroke Academy; and Brienne Hill, Pittsfield High School.


Third picture: 2017 BRW Good Citizens with Regent and Counselors:  Beth Corkum (Bow High School Guidance Counselor; Sohani Demian (Bow High School); Elizabeth West (Merrimack Valley High School); Beverley Smith; Katherine McMurphy (Bishop Brady High School); Cole Sporcic (Pembroke Academy) and Barbara Michaud, Director of School Counseling, Pembroke Academy.



Letter To The Editor
Community Business Update


Dear Pittsfield Taxpayer,
Another year of town business is behind us, not soon to be forgotten. Despite fiscal disparity amongst voters, it was reassuring to have a stronger voter turnout than in prior years at the School District and Town Meeting.


Financial highlights…
School: $10.2 million budget passed (4 votes) representing approximately $656,000 increase over last year ($2.49 on tax rate). Teacher’s contract failed and will be taken up at a special meeting. Next year the school budget will be SB2. Watch for the date of the first deliberative session, the only meeting where the budget and warrant articles can be amended! For more information on SB2 go to www.lfda.org.


Town: $4.4 million operating budget passed, approximately $85,000 increase over last year. Full time police officer positions remain at 7; school resource officer will not continue. A five-year lease was approved for a small highway truck. Capital reserve warrant articles passed, with the exception of the sidewalk tractor. The Budget Committee is to be commended in its effort to minimize the tax impact!


The town had a 2016 surplus of approximately $679,000, bringing the undesignated fund balance to $1.64 million. I have total confidence that the Board of Selectmen will do the right thing in using enough fund balance to offset the increase in the 2017 tax rate.


Fellow believers, how encouraging to see many of you! We live in turbulent times, leaving our neighbors searching. “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house” (Matthew 22:37-39). May we be light and salt, always ready to give an answer as to the hope that is within us!


Linda Small



Concord Regional VNA Holds Annual Memorial Service


Concord Regional VNA’s Annual Memorial Service is Tuesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. at Temple Beth Jacob, 67 Broadway in Concord.


Join us to remember those we have lost through the reading of names, music, candle-lighting, and reflection. Pre-registration is not required. For information, call (603) 224-4093, ext. 2828 or e-mail carmella.dow@crvna.org.



Letter To The Editor


Select Board meeting 3/22/17- 1st BOS meeting after Town Meeting relatively conflict free. Appointments made to all the additional boards and committees Selectmen must attend besides our own. No doubt this will be a challenging year due to a bare bones municipal budget which is a reduction in our portion of the tax rate.


The school budget passed last Thursday night is predicted to run our rate up another $2.49, despite up to 8 positions remaining unfilled. Too many mandates and too little funding is a huge part of the problem.


The BOS is doing all it can to rein in expenditures, but sometimes it seems we’re shoveling against the tide. We will keep insisting we live within realistic means, which will also mean we have to do without some things we’re accustomed to. The BOS tries to do its part- our annual stipend (another word for low pay) of $500 is about 10% of neighboring towns, and even that is returned to the town by some board members. Compensation was the same amount the year I was born- 1952. We’re all in this together, and doing what we can.


A part-time administrative assistant has been hired at the PD. This should alleviate the problem of their office being closed sporadically during some business hours. Chief Cain was given the nod to advertise for part time patrolmen as well.


This year’s board is the same as last and although we don’t always agree, we work well together. Overburdened taxpayers are more critical of all town departments and high taxes deter new or improved taxable construction. I see it as the true root of most of our problems and I’m still focused on reversing it. We can do better.


Carl Anderson



A Barn Preservation Workshop Trio


Presented by the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance in partnership with Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center


A Barn Preservation Workshop Trio
The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance and Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center are pleased to announce their partnership in a series of three barn preservation workshops at Prescott Farm as a part of the enhanced programming the Alliance is offering with its 52 Barns in 52 Weeks initiative. Prescott Farm will begin a major barn preservation project of its two late 19th century barns this spring, making necessary repairs and modifications to provide much- needed program space.


Does your barn, or another you love, need work? Want to learn more about barn history and features? Join us for one or all of these informative workshops to help you find answers and move forward with your project. These workshops will offer participants a great opportunity to be on the job site of an active barn project and be involved in a detailed discussion of the repairs, and barn preservation strategies and stewardship, with barn experts.


In the first workshop of the series (April 15), “Assessing Old Barns: Setting a Game Plan for Repairs,” Ian Blackman of Blackman Restoration and Preservation, will lead participants through a condition assessment of the two late 19th century barns at Prescott Farm. Before restoration work begins on an historic structure, an assessment provides critical information on current conditions and helps prioritize repair needs in order to establish a preservation plan. Blackman will explain what to look for while conducting an assessment, what the findings might tell us of the history of the barn, and discuss how to develop a game plan for repairs. Prescott Farm will be starting a complete restoration of its large 1882 barn and attached dairy barn this spring. The workshop will include an overview of the Alliance’s barn assessment grant program and the statewide tax incentive program for barns.


During the second workshop (May 13), “Repair and Restoration of Stone Foundations and Stone Walls,” Blackman will discuss the dry-laid stone foundation restoration, drainage improvements, and cribbing techniques of this barn project with master stone mason Kevin Fife, Twin Elms Landscape. After a 30 minute break for lunch, Fife will discuss the history and preservation of New England stone walls.


On July 15, the final workshop of the series, “Step-by-Step Profile: 1882 Timber Frame Restoration at Prescott Farm,” Blackman will discuss framing styles, joinery, and wood selection for replacement timbers, while demonstrating the repair and restoration of the 1882 frame. Blackman will be repairing sills, sections of first floor framing, and some posts during the project. The workshop will be followed by a discussion of timber framing tools and their sharpening for those interested.


Participants are encouraged to bring photos of their own barns for discussion at the end of each program. Lunch not included, but feel free to bring a picnic to eat at the farm after the programs.


Registration is required for these workshops because of space limitations.  For a single workshop: Preservation Alliance or Prescott Farm members - $20; non-members - $25. Participants are encouraged to register for all three workshops at a discounted rate:


Members - $50/Non-members - $65.


Register online at www.nhpreservation.org or call 603-224-2281.
In 2017, the Alliance’s 52 Barns in 52 Weeks initiative has a goal of helping at least 52 barn owners across the state with assessment grants, assistance in securing tax relief, and educational workshops to help save their historic barns. Throughout the year, barns and their owners will be showcased by the Preservation Alliance to celebrate good work and offer practical information and inspiration to others. To learn more about the 52 Barns in 52 Weeks initiative, go to www.nhpreservation.org.


The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance supports and encourages the revitalization and protection of historic buildings and places which strengthens communities and local economies.
More information at www.nhpreservation.org.


Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing environmental education and encouraging preservation of our natural resources.


More information at www.prescottfarm.org.





To the Voters of Pittsfield:
Thank you for turning out to vote during the snowstorm on Town Election Day. I am very pleased that we had no injuries, even though some vehicles did slide off our roads.


A big thanks to George Bachelder and his crew for doing a good job under the most difficult conditions.


Our turnout was right on average, but still lower than I would have liked to have seen. Remember, this is your chance to make a difference in the way the Town is run. If you didn’t vote, don’t complain.


On another note, we have two empty positions on the HSA Board. Please E-mail me at F72116@AOL.com to apply.


Fred M. Okrent
Town Moderator
Pittsfield, New Hampshire





To the good citizens of Pittsfield,
I spent the last two days recovering from Town Meeting. Tuesday was brutal with the blizzard.


Anyone participating in the vote that day, I can only say that we have many dedicated residents in our town. I, like everybody else, lost some and gained some.


The School District meeting was tough. The teachers deserved better treatment as far as their contract not being approved. That meeting was just about a total loss for me. Eight positions cut, no contract, tax rate increasing for school tax estimated $2.49.


Town Meeting was rough. I was skeptical about Fred Okrent moderating, but he came prepared, listened to suggestions and let me carry my therapy rock. I wanted to smash my head with that rock when we voted to get ride of two cop positions, but I didn’t want to disrupt the meeting and if I did that, they wouldn’t allow rocks in the meeting anymore.


I ran the numbers. It’s about 1 million dollars in personal and societal costs, if one person goes down the wrong road. It’s $150,000 per year for two good cops.


Dan Schroth Piermarocchi





Dear Pittsfield Voters,
Thank you for approving the planning board’s five proposed zoning amendments.


Jim Pritchard



Eating In Manhattan Has Never Been So Much Fun


There are three more performances coming up for the Pittsfield Players’ production “Eat Your Heart Out” and the word from the first two shows is out: this is good and funny.


The comedy play takes the audience through six different restaurants where we follow the plight of an out-of-work actor trying to be discovered and make it big in show business.  The humor continues to build as the various customers share their life problems with their waiter, Charlie.


Showing this weekend on March 31 and April 1 at 7:30 p.m. and April 2 at 2:00 p.m., “Eat Your Heart Out” tickets are available for $15 by calling 435-8852 or reserving through TicketLeap through www.pittsfieldplayers.com.  Don’t miss this unusually funny play.



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Our TOPS chapter recently had another celebration.  Pearl Demyanovich celebrated her one year anniversary of reaching her weight goal to become a KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly). Pearl transferred to the Pittsfield chapter last May from the Conway chapter.  Pearl takes interest in chapter events and is a high ticket seller for various raffle baskets.  She is friendly towards all the members.  We are delighted to have her in our chapter.  TOPS stands for Take Off Pounds Sensibly.  We would enjoy a visit from you to learn about our group and how we strive to take off pounds in a sensible way. Our meetings are on Tuesdays 6:30 at Berakah on Fairview Rd. Pittsfield.  Call Pat 435-5333 or Beth 435-7397 if you have questions.













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