Pittsfield NH News

April 12, 2017


Larry A. Bailey


Graveside services for Larry A. Bailey, 67, of Gates, NC, who died Friday, February 10, 2017 will be held April 15 at 1:00 PM at Leavitt Cemetery in Chichester.


Dignified Cemetery Services, LLC in Chichester is in charge of the arrangements.



Globe Launches Turnout Gear Like Nothing You’ve Ever Experienced At FDIC International 2017

Manufacturer Invites You to Experience ATHLETIX™ and Will Make Donation


Globe Manufacturing Company launches ATHLETIX™, turnout gear like nothing you’ve ever experienced. New material technology enables the all-new athletic design with stretch fabrics that allow closer, body-contoured fit to provide unprecedented range of motion with less bulk, more flexibility, and lighter weight.
Firefighters informed and inspired ATHLETIX™, a step-change in firefighter personal protective equipment. We interviewed hundreds of firefighters to get a 360-degree view of their experience wearing turnout gear and shared our findings with our supplier partners to develop the technology that enables this all-new design.


Globe ATHLETIX™ won the 2016 International Achievement Awards (IAA) Award of Excellence and Best in Category for Advanced Textiles by Industrial Fabrics Association International. IAA recognizes excellence in design and innovation in the specialty fabrics and technical textiles industry.


At FDIC, attendees are invited to experience the unprecedented range of motion that is possible with the new ATHLETIX™ turnout gear in a virtual reality experience for firefighters in the booth.


“At Globe, we are celebrating 130 years of innovation this year,” said Rob Freese, senior vice president of marketing at Globe Manufacturing Company. “When we previewed ATHLETIX™ at FDIC last year, we were continuing our ‘voice of the customer’ process that inspired this revolutionary change in turnout gear design and capability. With the certified garments at the show this year, Globe is delivering turnout gear that firefighters want and that enhances their performance. We are proud to continue delighting our customers after 130 years.”


Globe will continue its partnership with the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund at the Globe booth. Try the new gear for yourself in the virtual reality experience and Globe will make a donation to the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund in your name.


Terry Farrell was a father, a husband, a brother, and a dedicated firefighter who lost his life on September 11, 2001, during the World Trade Center attack. Among the 343 heroes who died that day, he was in Tower Two when it collapsed. A decorated member of Rescue 4/FDNY and chief of the Dix Hills Volunteer Fire Department, Terry was a devoted firefighter who embodied the spirit of courage and giving. The Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund was established in his memory to assist firefighters and families across the nation with financial, educational and medical support, and to provide equipment donations for fire departments in need.


Also at FDIC, Globe will sponsor the International Networking Event and International Lounge and encourages all of its partners who keep first responders safe all over the world to take advantage of these resources.


The nation’s largest firefighter training conference and exhibition is being held April 24-29 at the Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Globe’s booth (#2411) is located in Hall D at the Indiana Convention Center.


About Globe
Firefighters need to be prepared to perform at the maximum of their ability, 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 the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund
The Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund is made of up firefighters and family members who volunteer their time and energy to help fellow brothers, sisters and departments in need. The fund operates annually on a budget of 1-3% and sustains itself through fundraising and the donations of individuals, fire departments and corporate sponsors. Contributions to the fund are tax deductible. National chapters are in Alabama, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Learn more at www.terryfund.org.



15th Annual Pittsfield Fiddle Contest


The Pittsfield Youth Workshop (PYW) would like to invite you to the 15th Annual Pittsfield Fiddle Contest on Friday, May 5th, 2017. The contest will be held in the Pittsfield Middle High School Lecture Hall, at 23 Oneida Street in Pittsfield, NH. There will be a silent auction and refreshments from 5:30-9:00 PM. The fiddle contest will begin at 6:30 PM, with a beginner showcase and youth contestants competing first, followed by the open division in which anyone can participate. There will be cash prizes for the first, second, and third place winners of both divisions. PYW is currently looking for donations for the silent auction, and sponsorship for the cash prizes. This is an annual fundraising event organized and presented by The Pittsfield Youth Workshop – all proceeds from the evening directly support PYW programs and activities.


Please feel free to contact Paula Martel, Program Director or Zach Powers, Executive Director of the Pittsfield Youth Workshop, by e-mail at info@pittsfieldyouthworkshop.org or by phone at (603) 435-8272.


The Pittsfield Youth Workshop is a non-profit youth organization committed to providing programs and services that empower youth by helping them to develop useful skills, self-esteem, and meaningful friendships - by involving them in activities that are interesting, challenging, and healthy avenues to self-discovery.



Granite State Independent Living Tips Off Hoops On Wheels 2017!


Local business and community members are getting ready for the Granite State Independent Living sixth annual wheelchair basketball tournament.


In just over a month, spirited community members will be gathering on the Rundlett Middle School courts for Granite State Independent Living’s (GSIL) sixth annual wheelchair basketball tournament, Hoops on Wheels 2017!  At this event, people with and people without disabilities compete in wheelchairs for the championship title.


As players maneuver their way around the court, they get a small taste of what it’s like to use a wheelchair and the importance of accessibility throughout the community.


“I had never been in a wheelchair before, so it was an interesting experience right from the get-go“, says returning player Jim Wisniewski, owner of Interiors East and member of Business Networking International (BNI). “When the ball is on the floor, it’s just not easy to reach… That was what I took away most from the whole experience - understanding the challenges of people in wheelchairs. That was the best part.”


The event is sponsored by PiF Technologies and New Hampshire Healthy Families, who have also entered teams.  Teams choose their own level, competitive or recreation; each team raising $1000 for entry registration. The all-day tournament will be held on Saturday May 13, 2017 starting at 8:00 a.m. Games will be located on the courts of Rundlett Middle School, 144 South Street, in Concord, NH.  Event admittance is free and open to the public. All funds raised will directly support the mission of GSIL.


Team registration is now open!  The confirmed roster includes employees from organizations including, but not limited to:  Associated Grocers of New England, SAU 53, CGI Business Solutions, Crotched Mountain School, Hopkinton Rotary, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Merrimack Valley High School, Mobility Works, Merrimack County Savings Bank, Prospect Mountain High School, Subway and Windham Group.


For more information on the GSIL fundraising event or to sign-up your team today, please visit www.gsil.org/hoops.


Granite State Independent Living (GSIL) is a statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote life with independence for people with disabilities and those experiencing the natural process of aging through home care offerings, employment programs and community services, such as advocacy, information, education, support and transition services. For more information on GSIL, its programs and supports, visit www.gsil.org or call 603-228-9680.



Josiah Carpenter Library April News And Events


Our library hours are changing again! Our new hours are:
Monday & Wednesday: 2:00pm-6:30pm
Tuesday & Thursday: 10:00-2:30 pm
Friday & Saturday: 10:00-1:00


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.


1, 2, 3 Cook! Tuesday, April 11 from 12:30-2:00 pm. “What’s In the Can? Low Sodium Tuna.” Come early at 11:30 for a delicious lunch.


Library Board of Trustees Meeting Wednesday, April 19th at 7pm at the Town Hall.


Read Meet & Talk Book discussion group - Tuesday, April 25th at 10:30. We will be discussing The Women Who Raised Our Nation by Cokie Roberts. Join us for an exciting book discussion, stay for a leisurely & nutritious lunch afterward at a bargain price!



The Politics Of Stonework Chapter 9
By Dan Schroth Piermarocchi
Thursday January 26th, 2012
Letter To The Suncook Sun


The stone wall on Rt. 4 Northwood, NH in front of David Docko’s Rock Pit is over 1/3 of the 185 ft. built. I have about 30 days with 10 days of help since September 2012.


David tells me this hill was once called Mile Stone Hill, due to there used to be a Granite Highway mile marker some where near the top.


I have never worked near so many cars and trucks at a wall site. Sometimes I feel like I’m in a zoo with the wall as my cage and the traffic as a constant supply of spectators. So I try to keep working to show people what a Stoneman can do.


Sometimes in the afternoon I get a little light headed. I don’t know if it’s the exhaust fumes or my pipe.


Anyway, thanks to all the people going by who give me a thumbs-up, or a beep of their horn, or a coffee from the Northwood Country Market or Dunkin’ Donuts.


Thanks to Joe from Northwood who put my family name on an oak plaque with a message of love and hope and gave it to me.


Enough though, I know we come from rocks. I thank God everyday for my family,  friends, past customers, David and “Another Day.”


Dan Schroth Piermarocchi


Docko’s Wall
My brother Mark and I finished building the Docko Wall June of 2016. My son James came back to work with us, and on his first day back found the corner stone on the eastern slope of Catamount Mountain. We could not finish this wall without it.


Early Spring I had stopped by to talk with Dave Docko. He told me he wanted his wall finished. I told him it had only been 5 years, and that I needed the perfect corner stone to finish. He told me I had better find something in his pit to finish. The phone rang, I got out of there. Anyway thanks to my son James, we finished the wall and Dave invited us to his party on Jenness Pond.


I tried very hard to build the best wall in New Hampshire.


Here are the statistics:
95 days of labor for me
35 days help with James, Justin, Jeffy,
Jepheth (Freddy) and mostly my brother Mark
42” x 42” x 185 feet long
Ground comes up in the middle.


Wall is actually wider than it is taller but it looks taller than wider. This is known as an optical illusion.


Dave dug, loaded and trucked rock from Deerfield Rt. 107,

• Bennett Bridge Road
• Eastern Slope Catamount Mountain, Pittsfield
• Mead Field, Northwood
• Bow Street, Northwood


and any good rock in the pit that I could beat the crushers too.


This wall is meant to inspire people on their commute on Route 4.


Pittsfield Schroth Docko.jpg

Dave Docko’s 185 ft. Wall on Rt. 4 in Northwood, NH.
Photograph by Tom Hitchcock



Pittsfield Area Senior Center News


Cat Faulkner is back at the Pittsfield Senior Center on Tuesday, April 18, at 10:30 AM. Cat is a favorite performer and she gains new fans at every show. This is a free live musical performance, where she combines the traditional jazz style with her interpretation of the American Songbook. You may be familiar with the iconic songs of that era that include, “It had to be you,” “Night and Day,” and “My Romance.” Please come, enjoy the music, and have lunch with us. Call 435-8482 to make your reservations.


The Pittsfield Area Senior Center is having a Bake Sale and In Door Yard Sale Thursday, April 20, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. The funds will support the Meals on Wheels program through the Community Action Program of Belknap and Merrimack County. Come out, buy some tasty treats or treasures, and support a great cause. We are located on 74 Main St. in Pittsfield and if you have, any questions call 435-8482.



Homecoming Celebration Service


Rodney W. Lindberg, Sr.
October 18, 1916 - March 6, 2017
Keene Terrace Baptist Church
Saturday, March 18, 2017 10:00 AM


Rodney Lindberg currently resided in Haughton, Louisiana and passed away March 6, 2017, peacefully after a brief illness at the age of 100.


Born in Viking, Alberta Canada in 1916, he moved to Pittsfield, New Hampshire at the age of 2, making a life there for 61 years; then retiring to Florida in 1979.


He was preceded in death by his parents, son, first wife, three brothers, and 2 sisters. He is survived by his wife of 36 years; Grace Lindberg; daughter Gretchen Lance and husband Ralph; grandsons Buddy Lance and wife Jenny; Jimmy Lance and wife Versie; Corey Lance and wife Angi; Chuck Lindberg and wife Jean; Jeff Lindberg, and Matt Lindberg, and 15 great grandchildren.



Pastors Corner
Submitted By Mike Mavity, Grace Capital Church


Expectations can be a funny thing. We can feel so happy when our expectations are met. If we go out to a nice restaurant and the food is average and service is poor, then we become unhappy with our unmet expectations. However, if we go to our favorite fast food chain and the food is average and the service is poor, we aren’t nearly as unhappy because our expectations are different there.


There was a guy in the Bible whose expectations weren’t met for a long, long time. The guy’s name was Abram and we can read about him starting in Genesis 12. God made a promise to Abram that he would have many heirs and that He would bless him and make his name great. God repeated this promise to Abram at least seven times in the book of Genesis.


The only problem was that as Abram grew older and older, there were no heirs! Finally when Abram was in his 80’s, his wife, Sarai, decided they should create the answer to God’s promise by giving Sarai’s handmaiden to Abram to have a child. Of course, this wasn’t God’s promise so the anguish of Abram and Sarai over a child continued.


Finally, when Abram was 100 and Sarai was 90, they had the promised son. But, when Abram was waiting and waiting for this promise to be fulfilled, don’t you think he was wondering if God had failed him? Don’t you think that Abram felt like God had forgotten him and Sarai and that God’s promise was going to go unfulfilled?


As we read a little further, though, we can see more depth to the story. We can see that God was working in the middle of Abram’s wait. God was working to fulfill His promise to Abram even while Abram and Sarai decided to make their own fulfillment to the promise with Sarai’s handmaiden. God is always in the middle of our lives. He is in the middle space when we feel like our expectations won’t be met. He’s in the middle space when we feel like He has failed us. He’s in the middle space, between our failures and the future He has for us. God is in the middle!


Sometimes, there is even a miracle in the middle. You see, part of Abram’s and Sarai’s journey with God included a time when God changed their names. God changed Sarai’s name to Sarah and he changed Abram’s name to Abraham. In Hebrew, the name Abram means ‘exalted father’ while the name Abraham means ‘father of multitudes’. Somewhere in the middle between God’s promise to Abram and the fulfillment of that promise, God performed a miracle for Abram. In the middle of Abram’s distress over not having an heir, God performed a miracle in Abram. He gave Abram an identity. He not only changed his name from Abram to Abraham, but He gave Abraham an identity as father of multitudes.
When we feel like God has forgotten us. When we feel like He as failed us. When we feel that we don’t matter to God, we can remember this story of Abraham and know that there is often a miracle in the middle. When we are right in the middle of a hard spot, God is working on us. When we are in the middle of difficult things and we want to rush God’s promises along, God is working in us. When we are in the middle and feel like our promise is lost to us and to God, we can remember that He is a God of miracles in the middle.



Letter To The Editor


Select board meeting 4/4/17- Bi-weekly meeting of BOS consisted largely of committee and part-time police appointments and routine paperwork.


The meeting was not boring however. As one public attendee observed, I kicked another hornet’s nest. Donations of new and used personal property ranging from used furniture to exercise equipment are frequently given to different departments with no review by the BOS. Certainly most donations are in the best interests of the town, and should be accepted with appreciation. The reason it makes sense for the BOS to consider it first is so that no gift that could cost taxpayers future expenses is accepted without a vote by the town, or anything that could be construed as inappropriate, whether or not there’s any merit to the concern. Public perception matters.


We all thought donations under $5,000 didn’t require BOS consideration, so I proposed a gift policy that would require all donations to be considered by the BOS first. The board was divided in opinion, but I withdrew my proposal with no vote after I made a late call to legal.


Requiring BOS approval was the hornet’s nest. A couple residents declared they would stop donating completely if the policy was adopted. However, the buck stops with the BOS and I feel it’s incumbent on us to consider all aspects of donations. Regardless, both my proposal and the indignance of some residents are mute points. Turns out there is an RSA that was adopted at town meeting in 1996 that accomplishes the same thing I had proposed and we already have it. I expect it will be applied going forward, with possible exception of incidentals. I hope we continue to have donations offered and I will gladly vote to accept the vast majority of them.


Carl Anderson













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