The American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75 of
Pittsfield, NH will hold their annual Memorial Day observance on
Sunday, May 28, 2017. The day will begin with our
Memorial Service, this year at the Park Street Baptist Church at
10:00am, followed by ourMemorial Day observance beginning at 1:00
pm, at the Veterans Memorial, located on Main Street in Dustin Park.
There will be some changes to the program from year’s past, so bring
a chair and be comfortable. There will be no parking directly
in front of the Memorial, except for handicap parking and off and on
load of equipment.
Questions can be directed to Post 75 Adjutant
Merrill Vaughan at 603-340-1375
of the Year
It is time to pick Pittsfield’s 2017 Citizen of the
Year. We need to know who you feel should be honored this year.
Please send the name of your nominee and why you feel they should be
Citizen of the Year
P O Box 173
Pittsfield N H
The deadline to receive nominations will be June 19. A
panel of former Citizens of the Year will choose this year’s honoree
from the nominations submitted. Thank you for your nominations.
NH’s Horses, Make Sure You Are Counted-USDA
America’s equine communities will soon have the
opportunity to strongly represent agriculture and our industry by
taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Those who
participated in the last Census in 2012 will automatically be mailed
a survey that can be filled in and mailed back. If you were not part
of the 2012 Census or have not received a form in the mail, you can
go to the USDA’s census website
and click on the ‘Make Sure You Are Counted’ button through June.
The USDA census is done every 5 years to gather information on
agricultural land that is owned or land leased by the operator and
how that land was used. Is your land considered agriculture land, is
it a farm? NASS defines a farm as any place from which $1,000
or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally
would have been sold, during the census year.
Mules Burros and Donkeys are livestock and keeping them is an
agriculture activity. It is likely that the value of your equine, if
you could have normally sold it, to be $1000. Or you are producing
income as an equine operation. So a horse in your backyard or your
operation as a boarding, training or riding facility could be
considered a farm. The backyard operation would be the most
simplistic farm when interpreting NASS definition of a farm.
Let’s make sure the equine industry is counted.
is important to get a look at the amount of equines, what we
contribute to or need from the agricultural industry and determining
our far reaching economic value. The census results are relied upon
heavily by those who serve our communities, including federal, state
and local governments, agribusinesses, trade associations, extension
educators, researchers, and the equine community itself.
vital all properties with horses participate in the census so the
USDA, and the nation at large, has accurate information regarding
the size and scope of the horse community.
Concord Regional VNA Offers “Remembering Our
Fathers” Discussion Group
Concord Regional VNA is offering
“Remembering Our Fathers” on Tuesday, June 13 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at
Concord Regional VNA Hospice House, 240 Pleasant Street in Concord.
As Fathers’s Day approaches, join us to support and encourage one
another. Connect with others who are facing Father’s Day without
their fathers and learn ways of coping with your loss. We encourage
you to bring along a photo of your father, as we set aside time to
honor the memories of the Fathers we have lost.
is required. To register, call (603) 224-4093 or (800) 924-8620,
ext. 2828 or e-mail Carmella.Dow@crvna.org.
Free Patriotic Concert
Music old and new is
what you will experience at the free patriotic concert Friday, June
2, 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street,
Pittsfield. All ages are sure to enjoy “Let There Be Peace” with
delightful American songs, a salute to our Armed Forces and many
It will feature the church’s Chancel Choir and
JuBellation Handbell Choir and other participants. Light
refreshments will be served.
Join us for this lovely event – an
evening of glorious music honoring our country. Parking and
wheelchair accessibility available at the Chestnut Street entrance.
More information at: www.pittsfieldcc.org or
435-7471. God Bless America!
The 1876 Hose Wagon & Behind it the 1895 Hose
Larry Berkson, Mark Riel (Holding Trophy), and
David Harper at Webster Park in Epsom.
Pittsfield Historical Society Wins Trophy
Submitted By Larry Berkson
On Saturday May 13 the Pittsfield
Historical Society participated in the First Annual Walter A.
Sanborn Fire Truck Show at Webster Park in Epsom. Nearly 40 fire
vehicles from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine were on
display. An old fashion pumper filled a Portatank, and an early
Nineteenth Century hand pumper from Goffstown put on a demonstration
with five men on each side pumping for all their worth, shooting a
stream of water high into the air.
The Society displayed its hand
drawn Hose Wagon purchased in 1876, along with a few pieces of
equipment, for $400, and its Hose Carriage purchased in 1895. It was
the first time they had been taken out of mothballs in well over a
decade, perhaps two.
The wagon was used primarily to carry
approximately 500 feet of hose. It also carried a couple of short
ladders and at least two hose nozzles. The wagon probably carried a
few hooks and buckets as well. It was initially a hand drawn vehicle
with two men on either side of it pulling on a tongue. Other men
from both sides pulled ropes attached to the front of the wagon. The
ropes, when not in use, were conveniently reeled onto hand cranked
rollers. Later, when a horse was available and got to the station on
time, it could be hitched to the wagon and do the pulling.
Hose Carriage was purchased in 1895 and used into the Twentieth
Century. It was at least the third one owned by Pittsfield. One was
made locally prior to the Civil War. It was worn out by 1886 and the
Town purchased a new one at a cost of $115.00. In 1895 the final
hose carriage was purchased for $210.00. The freight charge was
$5.70, likely arriving on the Blueberry Express.
For its display,
the Historical Society won the Walter A. Sanborn Trophy presented
for a unique or unusual piece of equipment. The vehicles were picked
because they were in original condition and have been in possession
of the Town since their purchase.
2017 Yard Sale
Registration is open for the
20th Annual Yard Sale!
This multi-town event is open to any
address in The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce member towns
of Barnstead, Chichester, Epsom, Gilmanton (all), Loudon, Northwood,
and Pittsfield. The event will take place Friday, June 2nd through
Sunday June 4th, with advertised hours of 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Participants can register their address for a small fee that helps
offset the costs of this event. Individual registration is just $5,
and multifamily or group registration is $10. There is also a
community Yard Sale site at Dustin Park in Pittsfield on June 3rd,
registration required with a $5 fee. As always, the fee is waived
Registration forms are available online at
and will also be printed in the Suncook Valley Sun. Completed
registration forms should be mailed with payment to GPCOC, Po Box
234, Pittsfield, NH 03263 by May 22nd.
Choose to participate
Friday, Saturday, Sunday or all three for one registration fee.
Multifamily and group locations are enhanced in the listings. Days
of participation are noted on the map and address listing as they
are marked on your registration form. Advertised hours for the Yard
Sale are 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., but participants should remember this is
YOUR Yard Sale. If you choose to open earlier or stay open later you
are certainly welcome to do so.
Participants are welcome to post
signs, but check your town rules! Also, participants should check
with their town office regarding town rules regarding yard sales.
Questions: Contact events@PittsfieldChamber.org
Pittsfield Old Home Day Annual Cook-Off
Cook-Off for the Pittsfield Old Home Day this year will be POPCORN -
any flavor! Google it - find some recipes and test them out!
This event is sponsored by the Victory Workers 4-H Club.
Anyone and everyone is invited to submit their BEST batch of Popcorn
and bring it to the 4-H Booth at Dustin Park by 9am on Sat, July 22.
The winners will be selected by the public by popular vote.
CASH prizes will be awarded: 1st-$75; 2nd-$50; and 3rd-$25. The first 10 people to call or email will be registered.
Please contact Andi Riel at 435-6346 or email at
Josiah Carpenter Library
Looking for a Lawn
The library staff has discovered that our lawn mower no
longer works. Before purchasing a new one we decided to find
out if anyone has a push mower in good working order that they could
give to the library. The library’s lawn is small, so a basic
model would be just fine. While we’re thinking about the
library lawn, you may have noticed that a good portion of the grass
is not growing. After the waste water pipe is repaired we
would like to spread some loam prior to reseeding the grass.
Please let us know if you have some loam you could share with the
In addition, the children’s room is in need of a clock
large enough to be viewed across the room. The clock can be
the type to mount on a wall or sit on a table. If you
happen to have a suitable clock that you do not need, the library
will gladly put it to use! If you can donate the mower, loam
or clock, please call the library at 435-8406.