Pittsfield NH News

April 5, 2017


The 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.



Letter 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.


I 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 systems.


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 grow. 


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.


We are 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



Water Quality Testing Of Private Wells: When And Why
Submitted By: 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.


In 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 concerns.


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”.


Other 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 rusty color.


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 call 603-679-5299.


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Holy Week Services


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 breakfast!


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.



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Capital 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 capitalregionstrutters@gmail.com or find us on Facebook.




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Shirley 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 Loudon, NH.


Shirley enjoyed casinos, dancing, traveling, volunteering, but enjoyed her family the most. She was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother.


In 1951 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 years.  


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.


She will 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 Center Cemetery. 


Arrangements are entrusted to the Bennett Funeral Home of Concord.


Messages of condolence may be offered at www.bennettfuneral.com



Charles “Charlie” A. Roberts

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Center 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.


Charlie was born on September 7, 1938 in Melrose, MA; the son of the late Charles A Roberts Sr. and Margaret (Archibald) Roberts.


He is 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.


Charlie 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!


After 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.


Buppie 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.



Richard H. Stock

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Richard H. Stock, 62, of Center Barnstead, NH, formerly of Enfield, CT, passed away unexpectedly Friday March 31, 2017 at his home.


Rick 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. 


He was a loving and proud father, son, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend. 


In 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 Church.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Center Barnstead Ambulance Fund, Center Barnstead, NH 03225.













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