Pittsfield NH News

May 17, 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.



Letter To The Editor
Select Board Meeting 5/9/17


Chairman Allard opened the meeting at 6PM. We had an appointment with the Historical Society Building Committee, which was taken in non-public due to the fact that the content potentially contained elements that law requires affording that privacy. However, the meeting did not contain such information, therefore, the non-public minutes were unsealed and are available for review by anyone who cares to see them.


In a nutshell, the Historical Society needs room to expand from their present location on Elm St. Given the discouraging amount of title issues that plague town-owned 81 Main St (next to the Town Hall), as well as the poor condition of the property, it seems unlikely we’ll be able to get it back on the tax rolls in the foreseeable future.


The Historical Society would like to take title (such as it is) to the property, demolish the existing building and construct a new one to become their new home. We will have a public hearing on this proposal at the next Select Board meeting May 23.


Mini Plante introduced this year’s staff for the swimming pool. A number of last year’s helpers are returning this year. They appeared to be a very bright and capable group who have a big responsibility. We’re glad to have them.


A list of tax abatements were considered and our assessor’s recommendations were followed as to approve or deny. Also a number of Veteran’s tax credits and elderly exemptions were considered and those who qualified were approved.


Gerard resigned as the Select Board rep to the Planning Board due to time constraints. As newly elected school moderator he will be taking classes and studying the proper way to run the new SB2 hearings.


Carl Anderson



Pastor’s Corner
Submitted By Pat Testerman, Associate Pastor
Faith Community Bible Church


There is written evidence back to at least the 17th century of some Native American groups “burying the hatchet.”  The ritual involved leaders from each groups in dispute or even war to bring a hatchet and bury it as part of the peace-making process.  The obvious metaphor was that the instruments of warfare were put down and covered.


Burying our weapons certainly makes us vulnerable, whether we are talking the physical weapons of war or the emotional weapons of our interpersonal disputes, but in both cases this vulnerability is an essential part of peacemaking.


Of course, for every great concept like hatchet-burying, we seem to find an equal and opposite cynicism in our culture.  One such expression attributed to journalist and cartoonist Frank “Kin” Hubbard quips:


“Nobody ever forgets where he buried the hatchet.”


There is much truth in this, especially when it comes to humans practicing forgiveness.  We don’t tend to bury the hatchet.  We only hide it for later


But praise be to God that while He - being fully omniscient  - never forgets anything, He offers to make peace to us, and thus to bury the hatchet with the unbreakable covenant promise never to dig it up again.


Think about that!  We are offered the opportunity to be forgiven of the sins for which we could never repay, and then promised further that he will not bring those sins back to mind.


He says, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.” (Hebrews 10:17; see also Jeremiah 31:34 among others)


World-changing implications flow from the fact that the pure and holy King of Kings makes peace with those who have rebelled against Him, even to the point of requiring the sacrifice of the King’s Son!


And what world-changing implications would flow further, if we who have been forgiven the unforgivable would practice the same forgiveness with others?


...as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. (Colossians 3:13b)



Pittsfield Area Senior Center News


The Pontine Theatre is coming to the Pittsfield Area Senior Center on Tuesday, May 30, at 10:30 AM and putting on the show “The Story of a Bad Boy.” This is Thomas Bailey Aldrich’s classic story of a boy’s adventures in ficitonal Rivermouth (Portsmouth), NH. Unlike earlier children’s stories, “Story of a Bad Boy” was not an idealized narrative. Hailed as the first realistic depiction of childhood in American fiction, it was considered an inspiration for “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” by Aldrich’s friend Mark Twain.


With the innovative use of puppetry and projected images, Greg Gathers and Marguerite Mathews tell the autobiographical story of a boy and his companions in the mid-19th century Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where he was sent to live under the watchful eyes of his grandfather and maiden aunt. The eyes were not so watchful as to keep the boy completely out of mischief. So come on in to the center, located on 74 Main St. for a show and have lunch after. Please call 435-8482 to RSVP for lunch.



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Connie Quindley Div. 2 winner with a loss of 61.2 pounds


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Front row-Sandi Truscott, Suzie Fife, Claire Coll, April Ellis, Pearl Demyanovich, Sandy Gilmore, Flora Kerr,  Peg Driscoll. Back row-Pat Smith, Mickey King, Connie Quindley, Joyce Pearson, Holly Brown.




Our TOPS chapter recently held our annual awards banquet. Members are recognized for achieving milestones in weight loss in their weight division.  We have several members of distinction. Connie Quindley was first in Division 2 for women with a loss of 61.2 pounds.  Jon Martin won first in Division 2 for men with a loss of 10.8 pounds.  Linda Davis was first in Division 1 with a loss of 38 pounds.  Congratulations to all winners. Our KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly) members who have already reached their goal were recognized. Peg Driscoll, Pat Smith and Joyce Pearson received awards for being in the black- not going above their goal for the year. Suzie Fife was awarded Angel of the year for being very close to her goal.


The evening had a Bumble Bee theme and all awards had beautifully decorated ribbons and certificates made by Suzie Fife and April Ellis.   Individual Appreciation Awards were given to all members for the effort and determination each one has in reaching their goal. Congratulations to everyone.  Our chapter meets on Tuesdays 6:30 at Berakah on Fairview Rd.  If you have questions about visiting or joining call Pat 435-5333 or Beth 435-7397.



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Virtual Reality Activity At FDIC International 2017 Raises $25,000 For Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund

Globe Donates Funds from New Turnout Gear Launch Activity


Globe Manufacturing Company continued its partnership with the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund at FDIC International 2017, the nation’s largest firefighter training conference and exhibition held April 27-29 in Indianapolis.


FDIC was Globe’s official launch of ATHLETIX™, the world’s first turnout gear with stretch. Attendees were invited to experience the unprecedented range of motion that is possible with the new ATHLETIX™ gear in a virtual reality experience for firefighters in the booth. Firefighters then spun a wheel to determine a donation ‒ $10, $20, $50, or $100 ‒ to the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund in their name. Globe raised and donated $25,000 to the Fund.


“Due to the expanded requests for assistance from the fire service community across the nation, the Terry Fund continues to work hard to ensure that all firefighters and their families have the resources to properly operate safely and, when faced with medical or emergency situations, the help needed,” said Brian Farrell, chairman of the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund and brother of Terry Farrell. “This help is a direct result of the support and confidence given to the Fund by Globe, who not only makes some of the finest turnout gear available but continues to pay it forward for all who serve our communities daily.”


“At Globe, we are celebrating 130 years of innovation this year,” said Rob Freese, senior vice president of marketing at Globe Manufacturing Company. “We have always given back to the fire service and are proud to partner with the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund, a hardworking group of volunteers that assists firefighters, families, and fire departments across the nation in their times of need.”


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, Las Vegas, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas. 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. Learn more at www.terryfund.org.



2017 Yard Sale


Who: You and the Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce


What: Our 20th Annual Yard Sale


Where: Your address in Barnstead, Chichester, Epsom, Gilmanton, Loudon, Northwood or Pittsfield or our community site at Dustin Park in Pittsfield.


When: June 2nd - 4th, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., you choose 1, 2 or 3 days, same price.


How Much: $5 for individual registration, $10 for multifamily, $0 for non profits


Why:  Started in 1997 by the Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce, the Annual Yard Sale was created to bring people to town in a way that showed off the entire town of Pittsfield.  What better way to explore the beauty and opportunities in Pittsfield than by exploring the back roads and side streets and conversing with the residents. In the past 20 years, people from all over New England have come to our area to enjoy the Yard Sale. Many neighboring towns started to hold town wide events at the same time. In 2013 it was changed to a Multi-Town Yard Sale to include all member towns of the Chamber. This was done in order to offer the benefit of this widely advertised event to our entire membership area as well as to help promote the yard sales of the weekend in all of our member towns. The transition has brought changes to the event, spreading the traffic over 7 towns instead of a concentration on downtown Pittsfield. We are excited to celebrate 20 years of this wonderful tradition!  Being a three day event, it allows shoppers and sellers a lot of time to buy and sell.  It is a fun weekend for those visiting our area and a gratifying weekend for those participants cleaning out their attics and garages!


Participants register their home or business address in order to advertise their personal Yard Sale. Multi family locations are welcome and encouraged. Non profits find this to be an excellent fundraising opportunity. The map of registered locations will be available online at www.PittsfieldChamber.org in the days prior to the event. There will also be a printable list of addresses available on the website.


Want to register? Registration forms will be available in The Suncook Valley Sun and online at www.PittsfieldChamber.org


Questions? Contact events@PittsfieldChamber.org





Dear Pittsfield residents,
The Pittsfield Planning Board will study some potentially difficult zoning questions this year, with a view possibly to proposing zoning amendments for next year’s town meeting. Because these questions may be difficult, the board is seeking public input very early in the process. On June 1, the board will hold an informal public hearing on the following zoning matters:


HOME OCCUPATIONS: Should home occupations be allowed by right, with current restrictions, in the Suburban and Rural zoning districts, or should home occupations in these two zoning districts remain permitted by special exception, that is, permitted after review and approval by the zoning board of adjustment?


ABANDONMENT OF NONCONFORMING USES: State law prohibits expansion or other substantial change of a nonconforming use. How much time should a person be given to correct an unlawful expansion or other unlawful change of a nonconforming use before the nonconforming use must be discontinued permanently? How many times should the town show leniency to people who repeatedly and unlawfully expand or otherwise unlawfully change a nonconforming use? How far back in time, for example one year, two years, etc., should the town reach in counting repeat violations?


CLUSTER DEVELOPMENT: What minimum lot size should a cluster development have? What permitting conditions should be imposed on the conservation land to protect it?


The main purpose of zoning is to improve quality of life for a town’s residents. Improving quality of life requires voters to balance what they want to do on their own land against what they do not want neighbors to do next door. Please come to the planning board meeting on June 1 to share your thoughts on the three topics listed above.


Thank you,
Pittsfield Planning Board



Patriotic Concert Planned


“Let There Be Peace,” the First Congregational Church’s annual patriotic concert, is set for Friday, June 2, 7 p.m. at the church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield. It will feature the Chancel Choir, JuBellation Handbell Choir and other musicians. Light refreshments will be served.


Be sure to mark your calendar for this exciting event for all ages. Bring a friend! Parking and wheelchair accessibility available at the Chestnut Street entrance. More information at 435-7471.



What’s Up At PYW?
Submitted By Paula Martel


On Friday, May 5, 2017, Pittsfield Youth Workshop (PYW) held the 15th Annual Pittsfield Fiddle Contest and Silent Auction at the Pittsfield Middle High School Lecture Hall.


Not only did everyone, in my opinion, have a great time watching all the youngsters dance, run, and bounce off each other, they got to listen to 16 amazing fiddlers. Some of the fiddlers were accompanied by other instruments such as guitar, piano and an accordion (squeezebox). There were even 2 couples that got up and slow danced in the aisle, so cool! There were fiddlers of all ages, youngest was 3 and the eldest was a young 86. Of course, some amazing silent auction items were also won!


In the Youth Division 1st place was won by Elsie O’Neil of Rochester NH, 2nd place by Lily Morris of Strafford NH, and 3rd place by Addison Babcock of Pittsfield NH. In the adult division 1st place was won by Brennish Thomson of Lee NH, 2nd place by Heather Morris of Strafford NH and 3rd place by Christopher Dudley of Barnstead NH.


PYW would like to thank all the participants and volunteers for their support. A big thanks to our volunteer judges Keith Fletcher, Silvia Miskoe and Kevin Cleary and to the Pittsfield School District for letting us use the Lecture Hall!


We would also like to thank Globe Manufacturing, Nathan Wechsler & Company, Keeley Painting, Podmore Manufacturing, Citizens Bank of Pittsfield and Epping Well & Pump Co. Inc. for the prize money donations in addition to Salty Dog Pottery, Maxfield’s Hardware, NH Fisher Cats, Boston Red Sox, TC’s Service Center, Harris Furniture, Cheryl Brown, Sue Bleckmann, Sanel Auto Parts, Corinne Miller, Dawn & Joe Hamel, Terry Riel, Bill Mitchell, Corrections Creations/Hobby Craft, Main Street Bar & Grill, the Nine Lions Tavern, Circle Family Restaurant, Ping Garden, Melissa Babcock, Forget Me Not Flowers, Mikes Meat Shoppe, Pleasant View Gardens, the Pittsfield Senior Center, MaryEllen Siudut, Kathy Kelley, Lisa Wickman, Miranda Perlupo for the donations toward PYW’s silent auction.


Thank you Jack’s Pizza for the pizza, Coca Cola of Belmont for the soda and water, and to Deb and John Nickerson, AnneMarie Chapman, Dawn Hamel and MaryEllen Siudut for the chips and delicious baked goods!


All proceeds from this events will benefit the Pittsfield Youth Workshop’s programs and activities. Please check out our web page for more information about the summer calendar and don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook:




Pittsfield School Board
May 4, 2017
Submitted By Ralph Odell


Several ends of the year school activities were described. The PES spring concert and Art Show were scheduled for May 2 and May 9. The PMHS concert was May 10. The Drama Club will be performing “I Hate Shakespeare” on June 2 and 10. Senior activities will include a Baccalaureate program June 15, Senior Awards June 16 and Graduation will be June 17.


Derek Hamilton presented school attendance data. The attendance rate dropped slightly this past quarter but they are higher than past years.
Melissa Brown provided an update on senior progress and the number expected to graduate. Plans are in place for those not graduating to complete their work by the end of the summer.


The Director of Student Services provided an update on students served for the previous month increase by one and the number out of district placements decrease by one. She described planning to prepare for the reduction in staff next year and how to meet the student’s needs.


Kindergarten Open House was recently held with very good family participation. Present expectations are for 46 kindergarten students in the fall.


Discussions followed concerning staff reductions, budget cuts and end of year expenditures.



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Photographs by Tom Hitchcock


“The Politics Of Stonework”
Chichester Town Hall
Submitted By Dan Schroth Piermarocchi


Many thanks from the Chichester Charette Team to Stonefence of Pittsfield (Dan, Mark, and Jim) for volunteering their time and talents to build the beautiful stone planter at the Grange/Town Hall in Chichester.


Letter To The Editor


To the good citizens of Chichester,
I think it was mid-September when Kate Hall called and asked if we could build some stonework like we have in Pittsfield around the message board at the Town Hall in Chichester.


She told me the Heritage Commission would help. Sounded like a deal to me. That same evening Lucille Noel called to see what she could do to move the project forward. I told her we needed granite and plenty of it to do a 10’X5’ rectangle around the sign.


Within two weeks, my brother Mark and I were looking at granite with Lucille. She found Jim Plunkett, who gave us and trucked in 7 or 8 beautiful foundation granite from up on Bear Hill from an old barn. This we used mostly on the cap.


Gary Tasker took a chance and let me on his stone yard in Loudon. With a can of orange paint, I marked his best 8 pieces. We used his material for two base corners and some cap, and more base. He delivered his best pieces to this project.


Barbara Frangione donated 5 pieces of granite from her farm. This is the corner stone left toward the road and several pieces in the wall and one cap piece. Somebody delivered these pieces.


Somebody delivered some other nice pieces: 1 corner stone rear right corner and several other pieces we used for base. Somebody brought other pieces which were invaluable.


My brother Mark Colby split the granite.


My son James helped build also.


Thanks for opportunity and the granite.


Dan Schroth Piermarocchi



Letter To The Editor


The Pittsfield Food Pantry would like to thank Riley Ann Nagel, 11, for having her family and friends bring food to her birthday party to be donated to the food pantry.


What a thoughtful thing to do. Thanks, again, it is greatly appreciated.


The Pittsfield Food Pantry













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