Pittsfield NH News

May 24, 2017


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



Pittsfield Citizen 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 honored to:


Citizen of the Year
P O Box 173
Pittsfield N H 03263


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 Census


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 http://www.agcensus.usda.gov 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.


Horses, Ponies, 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.


Your information 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.


It’s 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.
Pre-registration 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 other favorites.


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!



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The 1876 Hose Wagon & Behind it the 1895  Hose Carriage.


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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.


The 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 for non-profits.


Registration forms are available online at www.PittsfieldChamber.org  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


The 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 pittsfieldtowncrier@hotmail.com to register.



Josiah Carpenter Library
Looking for a Lawn Mower


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 library.


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.













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