Pittsfield NH News

April 19, 2017


 

The Pittsfield Food Pantry will be closed on Monday April 17th and Thursday April 20th as it moves to its new location at 55 Barnstead Road in Pittsfield. It will resume its regular hours on Monday, April 24th.

 


 

Pastorís Corner
Submitted By David Stasiak, First Congreagational Church of Pittsfield

 

If you watch TV, even occasionally, chances are that you have seen a commercial about a service called Life Alert. Like most companies, Life Alert uses a catch phrase to identify its service or product. When you hear the phrase, ďHelp! Iíve fallen and I canít get up!ģĒ you almost automatically think of Life Alert. According to some statistics Life Alert saves a life from a catastrophe every 10 minutes. When our granddaughter Cove found my momís pendant and started playing with it she naturally pushed the little red button. Within approximately 7 minutes we had three fire and rescue crew at our door. Naturally we were quite embarrassed. If it had been a real emergency though, we would have been quite relieved as it may have saved a life.

 

The Good News of Easter is that God has put in place a spiritual Life Alert if you will, that can save our very lives. We have and will continue to fall short of being the people that God intends for us to be. We trip over judgmental thoughts and actions, hypocritical behavior, prejudice and hate. We stumble when feelings of disappointment, despair, pain and grief weigh us down. God knew we would have times when we would fall and not be able to get up. At least not without help. The help that God provides is not summoned by a pendant or bracelet but by a person. It is activated not by a red button but by a voice. Godís Life Alert is even powerful enough to raise us from death to new life.

 

Jesus Christ said, ďI have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly.Ē ďI am the way, and the truth and the life.Ē ďI am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me even though he dies, yet shall he live and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.Ē Those are promising words for when we fall and canít get up. The only cost for Godís Life Alert is belief. The motive is pure unconditional love. Easter is a happy celebration of Godís alert that he loves us beyond our ability to understand such love. ďFor God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.Ē Yes, we have fallen, but no matter in what way or how many times, through Christ the light and life of the world we can always get up. HAPPY EASTER!

 


 

ďThe Politics of a StonemanĒ CHAPTER 8
The Old Post Office Wall at Northwood Narrows
By Dan Schroth Piermarocchi

 

My wife says I take too many liberties. Well Iím an American. Isnít that what I am supposed to do? Itís Friday 3 PM on October 10th, 2014. I headed down to Rite-Aid to purchase a disposable 35 mm camera. I needed some pictures of a stone wall I am about to take apart and if I am lucky, rebuild into a work of art. I snapped six photos. I figure art helps build communities. Anyway, thanks to Tim Jandebeur, Selectman in the town of Northwood. We were able to finish our wall on Northwood Beach. Without Timís ability to find us real good rock we would be hurtiní.

 

My plan is to wait until the traffic peters out at the junction of 107 and School Street. The moon was full a couple of nights ago. I plan to separate the stone wall into two or four piles. The good builders from the junk. My wife Nancy says Iím going to get caught.

 

I told her I didnít think I would.

 

7:00 PM Itís dark now. Iím gonna get some supper and wait for the moon.

 

8:00 PM The moon is coming up from the southeast. I canít leave my home too early. Itís only about a 10 to 15 minute ride to the narrows in Northwood. The adrenalin is starting to kick in. I may leave soon and park behind the Community Center near a wall we built with Steve Bailey and crew three or four years ago.

 

9:00 PM At the Narrows. Started taking the wall apart and separating good rock from junk rock. I have to sit on the Old Post Office grand step whenever a car drives by. There are three directions cars can come from. I have about 8 to 10 seconds when I see lights or hear an automobile to finish my task and dive for the shadows. The moon is up and there is a street light across the road. Itís a little too bright.

 

10:00 PM Iím spending a lot of time trying to not be seen. Itís gonna be harder than I thought to tear down this wall.

 

11:00 PM Traffic starting to lighten up. I am able to spend more time without any interruption for longer periods.

 

11:30 PM Cop drove by. Didnít see me or my car. He headed towards Northwood Country Market. All clear, but my heartís racing.

 

12:00 PM Iím starting to feel the heaviness of the fieldstone. Also, a lot of rip rap to clean up that was used as filler rock inside the wall.

 

1:00 AM Less traffic is good. Really able to focus on the wall. Only cops and riff raff about this time of night.

 

1:43 AM Another cop doing his patrol. Didnít see me or the mess I am making. Headed up hill towards Jenness Pond. I figured heíd be back and possibly see the car at the Community Center. I worked 10 minutes and jumped in the car. Headed for Cumberland Farms for a coffee and a snack.

 

2:30 AM I got back and parked at the old school in case the cop came by again.

 

3:00 AM The coyotes started in. Iím starting to hurt from handling the stone. Iíll never finish dismantling the wall tonight.

 

4:00 AM Roosters next door start to crow. People starting to leave for work. More traffic now Iím giving up diving for the shadows. My body canít handle it anymore. Iím failing fast.

 

5:00 AM I decided to go home. The wall is about 75% dismantled and separated into piles. I am tired and donít want to be around when it gets light. This late night work is harder than I thought it would be. I think because I had to be continually on guard. Itís funny what a Stoneman will do for kicks.

 

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Post Office Wall Before.

 

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Northwood Town Crew helping out Charlie Pease moving the big ones.

 

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Northwood Narrows, NH Old Post Office Wall finished May 2015
Photograph by Tom Hi tchcock

 

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Autumn 2016 on Whites Pond, Pittsfield. Photo by R Clark

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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