Merrimack County Stamp Collectors will hold its monthly meeting at
the Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., Bow, on April
18th beginning at 1 pm. All who are interested in
stamp collecting are welcome to attend Meet other
collectors and learn more about their hobby and varied interests in
Philatelic resources and issues. For more information call Dan
Day at 603-228-1154.
To The Editor
To the Editor,
For the past three years it has
been my privilege to serve the community as a Trustee of the
Carpenter Library. My term ended with the recent town meeting
and the swearing in of a new board.
I am happy to say that the
library has made great strides. And with Sandy Adams and Carol
Grainger joining Bill Tahnk on the board, Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter’s
115-year-old gift to the town is in good hands going forward.
am grateful to have played a role in resolving the unfortunate
closure of the children’s room, the restoration of the rose window,
and upgrades to the building’s foundation, storage rooms and alarms
Today, our library has an energetic and capable
children’s librarian in Holly Brown, a pool of well-qualified
applicants for the Director’s position, a dedicated and engaged
Friends of the Library group, and thanks to Bill Miskoe, the room to
The Carpenter Library ought to be a source of pride for
every Pittsfield resident. It is a place of learning,
inspiration, and excitement open to all. For almost six
generations it has stood as an anchor on Main Street.
fortunate to have the staff and volunteers who insure that the
library remains a vital part of this community. I know I am
better for having gotten to work with them.
While I am saddened
at leaving the library board, I want to thank all the intrepid
Pittsfield voters who braved the worst snowstorm of the season and
turned out to vote in the local elections. They certainly
proved Pittsfield residents are made of some stern stuff. I am
grateful to all those who supported my candidacy for the select
board, and pledge to all of Pittsfield’s citizens that I will do my
best to represent your interests.
J. C. Allard
Quality Testing Of Private Wells: When And Why
Kathy Kelley Of Epping Well & Pump
The State of New Hampshire
Department of Environmental Services recommends private wells be
tested every year for bacteria and nitrates, and every three to five
years for contaminants. Testing is also typically required by the
lender during times of a sale/purchase of a home. Many things
in your water could be harmful to human health. The only way
to know if your water is safe to drink is through testing by an
accredited laboratory. Many of the things that could be
harmful have no color, smell, or taste.
The water in your well
starts out as precipitation which comes down and filters through the
ground. As it travels, it picks up contaminants such as bacteria,
radon, uranium, arsenic and other materials that naturally occur in
rock and soil. Our everyday activities also contribute to the
contamination. Road salting, fuel spills, improper disposal of
waste, fertilizers, pesticides, and disposal of cleaning product
chemicals are just some of the ways these contaminants enter our
water supply. Testing your private well can help protect you
and your family from possible health concerns in your water.
New Hampshire, there are certain contaminants for which testing is
recommended. While you don’t test for every possible contaminant,
testing for these recommended items can give a good overview of the
water quality of the well. A “Standard Analysis” of your NH
private well will include testing for sodium, fluoride, chloride,
pH, hardness, nitrate-N, nitrite-N, iron, manganese, total coliform
bacteria, E. coli bacteria, copper, lead and arsenic. Some of these
things may just be unpleasant to taste, see or smell, but not be
harmful to humans. Others can pose health concerns. The
results help us figure out what treatment(s) will resolve these
In addition to the above standard testing, NH DES also
encourages testing for Radon. They estimate that one-third of
private wells in NH exceed the “suggested action level”.
reasons to test include after the completion of any well work to be
sure contamination didn’t occur during the work, and if changes are
noted in the water itself, such as a different taste, or a cloudy or
The results of your test will show the level of, and
which substances were found in your water sample. You may have
some of these contaminants in your water, but it is the level at
which they are found that will determine if there is something that
would need correction.
We at Epping Well can perform these tests
and recommend the best solution to suit your family’s needs. Sample
kits can be picked up and dropped off at our Epping, Lee and
Pittsfield locations. If you have additional questions, please
For more information see:
This year as in past years, First Congregational
Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield, will hold its Palm Sunday
Service at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 9. The worship service will recall
the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem with the distribution of palms.
A special Maundy Thursday worship service including Holy Communion,
commemorating the “Last Supper” of Jesus, will be held Thursday,
April 13, at 7 p.m. Special music will be provided by the Chancel
Choir and JuBellation Handbell Choir.
On Easter Sunday, April 16,
at 7 a.m., the customary Easter Sunrise Service will be held in the
sanctuary with breakfast immediately following (about 8 a.m.) in the
vestry. The traditional Easter worship service will commence at 10
a.m. with special music provided by the Chancel Choir and
JuBellation. Come and worship at either service and join in for
There is parking and a wheelchair accessible entrance
at the rear of the church at Chestnut Street. For more information
about any of these services, call the church office at 435-7471 and
speak with Rev. Dave Stasiak.
Region Strutters, the local chapter of the National Wild Turkey
Federation, is having our Hunting Heritage Banquet at Bass Pro Shops
in Hooksett NH on Saturday, April 29th with doors opening at 3:00pm.
LOTS OF GREAT GUNS AND PRIZES TO BE WON!! Order your tickets online
at https://events.nwtf.org/290190-2017 or email Carter Heath at
or find us on Facebook.
Ann Hunt Minery Herren
Shirley Ann Hunt Minery Herren, 81, died
peacefully on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at home in Debary, FL with her
husband at her side, after a long illness.
She was born on
August 22, 1935 in Manchester, NH, the daughter of Florence Hunt of
Shirley enjoyed casinos, dancing, traveling,
volunteering, but enjoyed her family the most. She was a dedicated
wife, mother and grandmother.
Shirley married her husband, Allan C Minery Sr. and they built their
home and raised their family in Loudon, NH. She worked at home for
many years helping her husband with their business, Minery Lumber.
She then worked at Sprague Electric, Head Start Community Action as
a cook and finally at Chubb Life Insurance Company as an underwriter
from where she retired. After retirement she got a part time job
cooking at TLC Medical Day Care for Adults, where the clients loved
her extra servings she loved to sneak to them. She was active in
volunteering at church, her grandchildren’s schools and other
organizations. Her husband Allan passed away in February 1999.
In 2005 Shirley married Eugene Herren of Cinncinnati, OH.
Together they made their home in DeBary, FL and resided there for 12
Shirley is predeceased by her siblings,
Dorothy Valent, Eleanor Daigneau, Arlene Storrs, Homer Hunt, Betty
Shaw, Russell Hunt and John Hunt.
Shirley is survived by her
husband, Eugene Herren; her sons, Allan Minery Jr., and Michael
Minery both of Loudon; daughters, Jean Fiske of Loudon, Cindy
DeMeritt of Northwood and Kimberly Guy of Pittsfield; 14
grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, 6 great- great grandchildren.
Many nephews and nieces, as well as many close friends.
be deeply missed.
A funeral was held on Saturday, April 1, 2017
at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Concord, NH with
remembrance. Interment will be held in the Spring at Loudon
Arrangements are entrusted to the Bennett
Funeral Home of Concord.
Messages of condolence may be offered at
“Charlie” A. Roberts
Barnstead – Charles “Charlie” A. Roberts, 78, passed away on
Wednesday, March 22nd, in his “Florida” home, Dade City, FL with his
wife Barbara at his side.
was born on September 7, 1938 in Melrose, MA; the son of the late
Charles A Roberts Sr. and Margaret (Archibald) Roberts.
survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Barbara (Bushey) Roberts,
and their children – Lauri Plaisted and her husband Larry, Margaret
Bernard, and Scott Roberts and his wife, Cindy; along with their
grandchildren Matthew Plaisted, Nicholas Roberts, Kelsey (Plaisted)
Guthrie and her husband Anthony, Dylan Bernard and Adam Navarro.
grew up in Melrose, MA, graduating from Melrose High School. He
served in the Army; Fort Devons MA. He married the love of his
life, Barbara and they started a family. They moved from Melrose to
Center Barnstead in 1972; into their “lake house.” They enjoyed
many days with family and friends at the lake, lots of boat rides,
water skiing and tubing and so much fishing. Snow mobile rides.
Playing cards, bon fires and shooting his cannon, he loved summer!
retiring from Raytheon, he had more time to spend woodworking,
creating a lot of special gifts for young and old alike. Charlie
loved spending “retired” time in Florida, exploring the state,
hanging out with friends and especially spending time at Disney...
riding the rides, soaking up the sunshine. Charlie enjoyed spending
time with his Masonic Brothers far and wide, past master of
Corinthian Lodge, Pittsfield NH.
will be missed by all who knew and loved him, his kind smile and
HUGE sense of humor. One of a kind. A service will be held in NH
later this spring.
H. Stock, 62, of Center Barnstead, NH, formerly of Enfield, CT,
passed away unexpectedly Friday March 31, 2017 at his home.
was born in Danbury, CT, the son of Shirley O. (Greene) Stock and
Richard H. Stock, Sr. Rick was an avid sports lover, actively
playing and watching all his life. He especially loved watching
UConn basketball and playing golf. He was living a dream working at
the Nippo Lake Golf Club where he worked as a ranger, but played
many other roles as well. He built a second family there.
a loving and proud father, son, brother, grandfather, uncle and
addition to his mother, Rick is survived by three children, Richard
H. Stock III and his wife Tina of Astoria, NY; Tera Renee (Stock)
Falcetti and her husband Jonathan of Indian Orchard, MA; and Karie
Ann (Stock) Goodwin and her husband Daniel of Apex, NC; and two
beloved grandsons, Richard IV and Brayden. Rick is also survived by
a brother, Steven Stock and his wife Courtney of Deerfield, NH and
two sisters, Bonnie Johnson and her husband Pete of Waxhaw, NC and
Toni Arditi and her husband Mike of Center Barnstead, NH, along with
many loved nieces and nephews. Rick was predeceased by his father,
Richard, his brother Donald, and stepfather Norman Stock.
Relatives and friends are welcome to attend a memorial service on
Sunday April 9, 2017 at 1 pm at the Center Barnstead Christian
of flowers, donations may be made to Center Barnstead Ambulance
Fund, Center Barnstead, NH 03225.