Pittsfield NH News

May 10, 2017




Pittsfield Beautification Committee Fundraising YARD SALE,  Saturday May  20th AND Sunday May 21st from 8 am to 2 pm at 515 Dowboro Rd. Pittsfield, just 3.5 miles from the center of Town.  We will also have food and beverages for those of you who need a coffee and a muffin in the morning!


Anyone who would like to donate items for our sale can drop them off at the address listed above.  We respectfully request that you do not bring items of clothing or any heavy items.


Please join us and help support our town gardens.



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Catamount Womenaid Spring Plant Sale On May 20


Hundreds of locally grown plants will be available at Catamount Womenaid’s Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, May 20 from 9 to 3:00 at Christie’s Antiques in Epsom. All the plants, which have been donated by avid gardeners and nurseries in our area, will be ready for transfer into home garden beds. Choose from dozens of varieties of perennials and annuals, suitable for full sun to shade, all at reasonable prices. Christie’s Antiques is located at 1740 Dover Rd. (Route 4) in Epsom--the purple house on the hill across from Cumberland Farms.


All proceeds will benefit Catamount Womenaid which provides emergency financial relief for individuals and families in Deerfield, Epsom, Northwood, Pittsfield and Strafford. (See catamountwomenaid.org.) The generosity of home gardeners and nurseries makes this sale possible. Those with plants to donate should contact catamountwomenaid@gmail.com.



Pastor’s Corner
Submitted By Mike Mavity, Grace Capital Church


We just celebrated Easter and the resurrection of Jesus. What a great day Easter is; celebrating new life as we celebrate the resurrection. You know, we get the advantage of history and knowing the end of the story. We’ve ‘read the book’ and know that Jesus rose on the third day. Think of those who were there, in the story, who didn’t know the outcome. (We know that Jesus had predicted his death and resurrection but that didn’t really sink in for the folks he told.) They were devastated by his death and gave up hope of a resurrection very quickly after his burial. However, we know the rest of the story and that he rose!


There is a story in the book of Matthew about two people who were on the road from Jerusalem to a tiny town called Emmaus on the very day that Jesus rose. They left Jerusalem before the resurrection so they had no idea that Jesus had, indeed, been resurrected.


Jesus comes to these two (one was named Cleopas and the other remains unnamed to this day) and asks them what they were talking about. (Never mind the irony of God Himself asking someone what they are talking about.) Jesus carries on  a conversation with them for the entire 7-mile trip to Emmaus and they never recognize who he was. They tell Jesus the whole story about Jesus (more irony)! Finally, Jesus reveals himself to them and their hope is restored.


Jesus can seem to be a master of disguise. Think about it; He was the Son of God disguised as a little baby in a cattle stable at birth. He was a healer disguised as a carpenter for many years. He was a little sneaky by letting Lazarus’ sisters think he was coming too late to heal their brother. Here, he was a master of disguise as he snuck up on Cleopas and his companion. His ultimate disguise was when he disguised his greatest victory as death on a cross.


We all can be on the alert to see Jesus in our own lives. He’s there. He promised us that he would never leave nor forsake us.



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600 Miles - Circumnavigating NH By Bicycle to Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Raising money for CF Foundation in memory of my brothers.


I, Brian Hand, have decided to circumnavigate the state of New Hampshire via bicycle for the purpose of bringing awareness and to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  I had two brothers die from Cystic Fibrosis (CF) one passing at the age of 7 in 1971 and the other at 21 in 1985.  I remember my brother riding his bike through the city so that he could get exercise in order to breathe more easily.  This is the reason why I chose cycling to raise money for the CF Foundation.  My journey of 600 miles to circumnavigate NH will begin and end at Hampton Beach starting on September 16, 2017.


There is no cure for Cystic Fibrosis now.  CF is a genetic condition which causes the digestive fluids, sweat, and mucus to become thick and sticky blocking airways, digestive passages and other ducts throughout the body.  Real progress toward a cure has been made, but the lives of people are still cut far too short.  According to Health Research Funding, “The number of Americans who are believed to be carriers of the CF gene is 10 million.”  Today, 70,000 people are battling CF with the average survival age of 37.


Please help support life-saving research, quality care, and education programs that my ride will help fund.  We need your continued support to further the mission and help extend the lives of those with the disease.


Donate and join my team in raising funds to add tomorrows in people’s lives at this link:



After you donate, ask your employer and friends to match your donation.
To view my route, go to this link:




Granite United Way Promotes Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive On Saturday May 13, 2017


Granite United Way is proud to promote the 25th Annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive on Saturday, May 13, 2017.


This is the single largest one-day food drive across the United States of America, and Granite United Way has been supporting this effort for many years across its entire region.


In 2016, more than 80 million pounds of non-perishable food was collected across the nation. All food that is collected stays local to that area.  In Merrimack County this is done in partnership for the Greater Concord Area with the Letter Carriers and the Capital Region Food Program.


It is simple to participate in the effort.  On the second Saturday of May (May 13, 2017), just set out your non-perishable food well before your letter carrier’s normal pick-up time. The earlier the better! Note that he or she will be delivering and collecting mail as usual, on top of collecting food donations, so that pickup time could be slightly later than usual. Your letter carrier might also have helpers. A good rule of thumb is to have the bags by your mailbox by 9 a.m.


“We are proud to participate in this effort each year,” said Val Guy, Granite United Way’s Area Director for Merrimack County. “Each year this single day helps to fill local food pantry shelves that have been depleted over the winter months. It’s an important part of ensuring access to quality food and helps reduce food insecurity in our community.”


The top requested non-perishable food items are: cereal, pasta, pasta sauce or spaghetti sauce, rice, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meals (such as soups, chili and pasta), 100% juice, peanut butter, macaroni & cheese, canned protein (tuna, chicken and turkey), beans (canned or dry). You also can donate healthy, low-sodium, low-sugar items such as beans, oatmeal and other whole grains, and canola or olive oil.


Most towns participate in this effort. For more information on your local post office’s participation, call them directly.



Celebrate Drinking Water Week, May 7 - 13, 2017
Submitted by Kathy Kelley of Epping Well and Pump


Epping Well and Pump and the American Water Works Association encourages ‘getting to know and love’ tap water during Drinking Water Week Epping Well and Pump, the American Water Works Association and water professionals across North America are kicking off Drinking Water Week with the theme “Your Water – To Know It Is To Love It”.


Epping Well and Pump, AWWA and the water community will celebrate Drinking Water Week by recognizing the vital role water plays in daily lives. “This year’s Drinking Water Week will motivate water consumers to be actively aware of how they personally connect with water,” said AWWA Chief Executive Officer David LaFrance. “We should all know how to find and fix leaks, care for our home’s pipes and support our utility’s investment in water infrastructure.”


How you can play a part in this year’s Drinking Water Week Celebration:
Get the lead out - Lead presents health concerns for people of all ages, particularly pregnant women, infants and young children. In children, low exposure levels have been linked to learning disabilities, behavioral problems and other issues. Lead is sometimes present in pipes connecting older homes to the water system or in fixtures and home plumbing. A licensed plumber can help to identify lead service lines and other materials such as lead fittings and solder.  Households can find out more about their water quality by having it tested by a certified laboratory such as Seacoast Analytical Services in Lee, NH.  More information on lead in water can be found on DrinkTap.org.


Check and fix leaks - Consumers are encouraged to quickly and efficiently fix leaks in and around their homes to prevent water waste. To test for leaks inside, customers should shut off everything connected to water and inspect the home’s flow indicator on the water meter. If the indicator continues to move, even with everything off, there’s a leak somewhere in the home.


To check for a leaky toilet, customers can place a few drops of food coloring in the holding tank and wait five minutes without flushing. There’s a leak if coloring appears in the bowl. Also, customers should check all faucets and under the sinks for dripping. To check for leaks outside, customers should inspect the lawn for wet spots or pools of water around spray heads. Brown or muddy spots would also indicate there is a leak in the irrigation system.


Check your pipes - Many things can unnecessarily clog a home’s plumbing system, including “flushable” wipes, fats, oils and grease. Each year, these clogged pipes, back up systems and harm the environment when they aren’t disposed of properly. Specifically, flushable wipes, facial tissue, paper towels and medications should be thrown away in the trash and should not be flushed down the toilet. Also, fats, oil and grease should not be dumped down the drain. Instead, they should also be thrown away in the trash.


“Caring for our pipes should be considered maintenance around the home and not just thought of when something goes wrong with them,” said AWWA Chief Executive Officer David LaFrance. “We have to do our part not to clog up our already precarious water and wastewater systems.”


For more than 35 years, AWWA and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week, a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together in recognizing the vital role water plays in daily lives.  Thank-you for doing your part.


About Epping Well & Pump:
Epping Well & Pump is a leader in providing quality service for a wide range of water needs including pump replacement, system repair, water treatment, irrigation, and has a state accredited laboratory for water testing. With 30 years of experience, your water system will be in good hands with Epping Well & Pump. Many of our technicians have been working in the industry for over 15 years and are ready to listen to you and provide a solution to your water problems.


About AWWA:
Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.



2017 Yard Sale


Planning a yard sale soon?  Would you like the benefits of having it the same day as many of your neighbors and having it inexpensively advertised?


The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce, which includes Barnstead, Chichester, Epsom, Gilmanton, Loudon, Northwood and Pittsfield, is sponsoring our 20th Annual Multi-Town Yard Sale.  The advertised times will be from 8 a.m. till 2 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 2nd, 3rd and 4th.  Participants choose if they participate one, two or all three days. We do our best to designate this in the Yard Sale listings.


Those wishing to hold yard sales/barn sales/garage sales at their home or business on this weekend, may register the address of their sale to be included in an online map and printable address list. Individual registration is a modest $5 to help cover advertising costs. Group or Multifamily locations pay a $10 registration fee, and have an enhanced listing. As always, the registration fee is waived for non profits. Donations to the Banner project (in Pittsfield) are always welcome for those wishing to add a few dollars to their registration.


Again this year, there is a community yard sale location at Dustin Park on Saturday June 3rd, 8am-2pm. You must register to set up in Dustin Park. The same $5 registration fee applies. Anyone may register for the Dustin Park location regardless of their hometown. Set up will begin at 6:30 a.m., and all items must be cleared from your designated space by 3pm. Restrooms will be available for those registered.


Any address in the seven member towns listed above may register their yard sale. Registration forms are available in The Suncook Valley Sun and online at www.pittsfieldchamber.org and mailed to the Chamber at GPCOC, PO Box 234, Pittsfield, NH 03234.


Questions can be directed to events@pittsfieldchamber.org



Letter To The Editor
Select Board meeting 05/02/17


Meeting opened with a letter of resignation from Chairman Konopka, sighting recent health issues as the reason for his regretful departure from the board. We accepted his resignation, also with regret, and thanks for the many years and countless hours Larry dedicated to the position and the town.


Some redistribution of Larry’s appointments and duties must take place. Jim Allard was appointed Chairman of the Board, and immediately assumed that duty. The other duties Larry has been doing are covered for now, and when an interim Board member is appointed, that person should be able to shoulder some of the responsibility as well. Cara was instructed to place a notice in The SUN immediately soliciting letters of interest from any resident who would like to be considered to fill out the 5 person board until the expiration of Larry’s tenure next March. We agreed to change our current bi-weekly meetings from the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month to the 2nd and 4th Tues, with a firm start time of 6 PM.


An appeal of the assessed value for 60 Main St. was heard for Northway Bank by their representative Mark Lutter of Northeast Property Tax Consultants. Mr. Lutter argued for an assessment reduction below that recommended by the town’s assessors, Avitar. The Board decided to continue to follow the advice of the firm that we pay for expert opinion, and take our chances with Northway’s appeal to the State Bureau. Defense of the town’s position is included in our Avitar contract with no additional expense.


A donation of $270 to go toward the cost of water for the newly established Community Garden was accepted.


The Rotary was given approval for the Balloon Rally helicopter ride site and parking on Chestnut St.


Carl Anderson



Letter To The Editor


To The Editor:
Linda Small is proposing that the PARETF be defunded and the proceeds put into the town’s general fund. PARETF is a loan fund to be used by non-profit groups to acquire and rebuild properties so they can be restored to taxable status.


The proposal for defunding seems to be based on the fact that the EDC and its non-profit subsidiary SVRDC have been unsuccessful in convincing the Pittsfield BOS to deed town owned properties to them.


I am thinking that the BOS has based its decisions on the reality that the EDC, while having been in existence for over ten years, has accomplished little and has not convinced the BOS that it can do much going forward.


EDC has created a wordy mission statement and published a list of businesses with inaccurate descriptions of their operations, but has not yet done much else to enhance economic development.


Several new businesses have in fact come to town since 2006 - Liberty Machine, Inofab, NEMO, Joe Darrah, MRP, Mike’s Meat Shop and Wellbuilt Cabinetry come to mind. But EDC has not been instrumental in these successes.


It seems to me that Linda Small wants to defund PARETF just because EDC has not found a way to use it.


I say let’s keep it. EDC has been ineffective but that does not mean that other non-profits are incapable of doing well in town. PARETF funds should be available if viable plans are presented.


Bill Miskoe



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NH 4-H Members Participate In Citizenship NH Focus


On Wednesday, April 26, sixty 4-H members from all corners of New Hampshire converged on the State House in Concord to participate in active citizenship through Citizenship NH Focus. Merrimack County had 12 youth participate in the pilot experience of this event. Skyelar Baillargeon of Concord, Trevor Braley of Epsom, Helen Connor of Henniker, Clara Cooper of Concord, Margaret Cooper of Concord, Elizabeth Hanson of Dunbarton, Connor Meehan of Barnstead, Ella Mulari of Concord, Grace Murdoch Roy of Concord, Samantha Veilleux of Henniker, Gwendolyn West of Center Barnstead, and Ian West of Center Barnstead.


The day’s activities started in Representatives Hall with a welcome from Dr. Ken LaValley, Dean and Director of UNH Cooperative Extension and Representative Terry Wolf, Assistant Majority Whip. The young people were then introduced to Representative Jim Belanger, Hillsborough County; Representative John O’Connor, Rockingham County; and Representative Michael Vose, Rockingham County.  After a mock legislative session, the Representatives answered questions about what led them to public service and many other topics related to our State Government. As they toured the State House, the young people began to get a picture of “a day in the life” of a Legislator and what it means to be in public service. The morning’s activities culminated with meeting the Speaker of the House, Representative Shawn Jasper.


A highlight of the day was lunch in the State House cafeteria with several Senators and Representatives from around the state in attendance. The 4-H members had the opportunity to sit with the Senators and Representatives to engage in frank conversation about the issues of concern to them. Event organizer Michele King, was not surprised, but truly humbled by the level of sincere engagement on the part of Legislators and youth alike. 


After lunch, the youth learned about the complex legislative process from David Aulukonis, Acting Director of the Office of Legislative Services. They then wrapped the day up with a tour of the NH State Library, and learned about the 300th Anniversary of the Nation’s oldest library.


As a result of their State House experience the young people said they learned: “Senators and Representatives are very underpaid for what they do, but they do it for the community”; “the people in our government are very passionate and dedicated”; and “the government isn’t as mysterious as I thought”.  They also said they would; “get more involved in their community government”; “take on more leadership roles in my county 4-H program”; and “encourage others to get more involved in their government”.  


The NH 4-H Program, a program of UNH Cooperative Extension, strives to develop young people who are engaged and informed citizens. Through programs like this we are intentionally connecting youth to their government so they will come to understand “the big picture” and their role in civic affairs. For more information about UNH Cooperative Extension programs, visit www.extension.unh.edu


The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity educator and employer. University of New Hampshire, U.S. Department of Agriculture and N.H. counties cooperating.



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Dear Privileged Citizens of Pittsfield:
You are the sole owners of a wondrous 144 acre parcel of land known as the  Rocky Ridge Town Forest located on Clough Road near Greer Lane.


The Pittsfield Conservation Commission and Pittsfield Listens are proud to hold an Open House on:


Saturday, May 20, 10 am, rain date May 21 noon to show you this piece of land and answer any questions you may have on the possible use of this land by townspeople. Tim Fleury, Merrimack County Forester, will lead a tour of this property and elicit your ideas. Transportation provided by Pittsfield Youth Workshop, leaving from their parking lot at 10 am. Coffee and donuts available.


Wednesday, May 31, 6pm
Come discuss and decide the future of Pittsfield’s Town Forest at a general meeting at the Pittsfield Middle High School Library facilitated by Pittsfield Listens.


Possible benefits of the Rocky Ridge Town Forest:
• Pittsfield, a town with both city and rural character, should have a place for folks to go hiking, hunting, jogging and horseback riding or to enjoy a picnic in the woods. A 144 acre town forest can improve the quality of life for many of the people who do not own large parcels of land.


• The Town Forest is a place where neighbors can come together to share and celebrate their connection to each other and to the land. The Pittsfield Youth Workshop supports the creation of a Town Forest which will provide many community service and recreational opportunities for their youth members.


• The Pittsfield Conservation Commission has an active Forestry Plan in place for the proposed Town Forest. This plan will produce significant revenue which will pay the management costs of the Town Forest while creating Recreation and wildlife value at no cost to the taxpayers.


The Pittsfield Conservation Commission




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Wilbur A. Signor


Wilbur A. Signor, age 88, peacefully passed away in Florida on March 29th, 2017.


He was born April 11th, 1928 in Manchester NH and lived in the NH area until he moved to Lynn, MA where he met his wife Yolanda Puleo (who predeceased him January 2007). They had three daughters; Jane Naus, and Diane Holey both of Lynn, and Janet Collins of Largo Florida. He also has a brother Robert Signor of Manchester, NH.


Wilbur leaves behind his loving wife Patricia Kelley Signor and three step-children; Marguerite Perry and Kenneth Kelley of Raymond, NH and Kathleen Mazzatto of Derry, NH, also a favorite sister-in-law Eleanor Marcello of Methuen, MA. Other relatives include 4 grandchildren of Lynn, MA; Sean and Dan Connolly and Joe and Marc Holey, also 2 granddaughters of Tracy Conklin and Tara Applegate both of Largo, Florida. He has 9 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild, many cousins, nieces and nephews all of whom he was very fond of.


Wilbur was a World War II veteran serving in the United States Coast Guard.


He worked at many jobs both in Massachusetts and NH, retiring from the Budweiser Brewery in Merrimack, NH, where he was hired for his painting skills.


While in his 50’s, he built his own home in Loudon, NH.


Besides his carpentry and painting skills, he loved to sing and enjoyed karaoke, loved cars and played shuffleboard in Florida. He also enjoyed making his own homemade fudge, and baking his apple pies.


He loved and enjoyed his family and friends, especially his loving wife Patricia since June 12th, 2009.


The Celebration of Wilbur’s Life was held on Saturday, May 6th at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Pittsfield.


A military burial was held at the Bedford  Center Cemetery on Church Street in Bedford, NH also on May 6th.













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