Pittsfield NH News

May 3, 2017


Pittsfield Beautification Committee Fundraising YARD SALE


Saturday May  20th 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.

Congratulations to Alana Macnichol of Pittsfield, New Hampshire, who was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Macnichol was initiated at Florida Institute of Technology.


Macnichol is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

The Merrimack County Stamp Collectors will hold its monthly meeting at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., Bow, on May 16th beginning at 1 pm.   We invite all who are interested in stamp collecting to attend, share their interest, buy, sell and trade.  Meet other collectors and learn more about their hobby and enjoy the fellowship of others with varied interests in Philatelic resources and issues.  Gain new insight and knowledge, sharing news articles and stories abut stamp collecting.  Learn of the latest cutting edge information on stamp collecting.  For more information call Dan Day at 603-228-1154.




Area Youth To Compete In Scotts® Major League Baseball® Pitch Hit & RunTM Competition


Pittsfield Youth Baseball will host a free Scotts® Major League Baseball® Pitch Hit & Run™ Competition for area youth.


Date: 5/6/17
Time: 8 - 2:30 PM
Location: Tilton Hill Road Ball Field


Pitch Hit & Run™ is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball®. 


All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and have their parent or guardian fill out a registration/waiver form prior to the start of the competition. For questions concerning the competition, please contact your Local Coordinator, Rodney Taylor at rodneyt444@metrocast.net.


Team time slots are available.



Time To Oil Up Those Bikes!


May 5th Footwork Fridays resume. Pittsfield Elementary School (PES) students in grades 1-6 can be dropped off at the Family Dollar parking lot by bus or car and walk to school with PES staff.


May 5 th Ride your bike at recess. Helmets a must!


PES Students can ride the circle out in front of the school during midday recess. There will be a helmet check station and a tire pressure station. Families can drop bikes off in the am and pick up at the end of the day.


Students can also ride to school (families’ discretion!).





What can TOPS do for you? TOPS stands for Take Off Pounds Sensibly and that is what our chapter aims to do.


By joining TOPS, you can benefit in the following ways.   There is weekly weigh-in for your own accountability. Fellow members always offer support whether you had a gain or loss for the week.  Your success is important to all of us. You will learn about healthy food choices as well as other ways to enhance good health.


Recently, Jon Martin shared an article about some benefits for eating chocolate. Dark chocolate can benefit high blood pressure and cardiovascular health. Pat Smith brought in an article about “super foods” such as beans, celery, garlic, onions, peas, peppers, sunflower and sesame seeds.  These benefit the body in various ways.  Both articles provided good information to use when making food choices.


You will be motivated to lose weigh by participating in weight loss contests which take place periodically.  Our Easter Egg contest for weight loss was won by Sandi Truscott and Peggy Driscoll. Congratulations, ladies.


We invite you to join us.  We meet Tuesdays 6:30 at Berakah on Fairview Road.  For more information call Pat 435-5333 or Beth 435-7397.



Town Meeting Follow Up


Dear Pittsfield Citizen,
At the March Town Business Meeting I proposed two articles from the floor, neither of which were voted on because they were not properly warned prior to the meeting. I addressed my fund balance proposal in a previous letter. Please allow me to explain my proposal to discontinue the Property Acquisition and Redevelopment Expendable Trust Fund (PARETF).


A much needed Economic Development Committee (EDC) was established in 2006, some major accomplishments to include establishment of the PARETF (2008), adoption of RSA 79-e (tax incentive for businesses expansion), adoption of ERZ162 (state business tax credit), installation of business signs along Route 28, updating of economic profiles and strategies, and the establishment of the Suncook Valley Regional Development Corporation (SVRDC). After working with a pro bono attorney for a year, the SVRDC received its tax exemption status. You can learn more about our purpose on Facebook.


Now for a viable project…
Since early 2016 the SVRDC has submitted proposals for three different projects in town (1 Fayette Street, 11 Watson Street, and 33/37 Main Street), none of which have been accepted by the BOS. More details on these proposals and applicable forums and discussions can be found at the town hall. In summary, it has been our intention to borrow from the PARETF at a low interest rate and use the proceeds towards renovation and ultimate resale. Our latest proposal was to renovate 33/37 Main Street (business use on first floor and no more than two rental units, complete with off street parking) and sell it. Although the merged property has been owned by the town (no tax revenue) since December, it is our understanding that the BOS is seeking a private investor. Therefore (in my humble estimation) the money in the PARETF can be better served going back to the taxpayers.


Still serving you,
Linda Small



Early Woodworking In Pittsfield


Woodworking, in one form or another, was once a part of everyday life for people pre-industrialization.  We will explore the crafts’ origins from the humble beginnings  of John Cram’s sawmill to the box and shingle mills of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and how this industry was indispensable to the early growth of Pittsfield.


Short biographies will include:  Jacob Jones, clockmaker; Abraham French, cabinet-maker; William Hartwell, millwright and lumberman; and many others.


After the presentation by David Harper, on Wednesday May 10th at 7 pm, at the Society, 13 Elm Street, there will be a brief demonstration with some of the hand tools and techniques these craftsmen would have used in their work.




Eleanor M. Bailey


Eleanor M. Bailey, 79, of Stevens Drive, Concord passed away Sunday, April 16th, after a period of failing health.  She was surrounded by her family.


Eleanor was born in Marlborough, MA and was the third of six children.  She is predeceased by her father Maurice E. Bailey, her mother Edna W. (Parmenter) Bailey, and her brother Clarence E. Bailey.


Eleanor held several jobs throughout her working life but her favorite was at Harvard’s Primate Center, Southborough, MA.


Eleanor had a great love of gardening and animals.


She is survived by her sister Ruth Gelina of Westborough, MA, her sister Carol Stafford of Springfield, MA, her brother Warren S. Bailey and his wife Vivian of Wells, ME, and her sister Cynthia J. Bradley and her husband Robert of Epsom, NH, as well as a great number of nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 7th at 1:00 PM at the Deerfield Community Church, 15 Church Street, Deerfield, NH 03037.


In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor can be made to Pope Memorial ASPCA, 94 Silk Farm Road, Concord, NH 03301 or Christian Appalachian Project, PO Box 55911, Lexington, KY 40555-5911.



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William A. Signor


William 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.


William leaves behind his loving wife Patricia Kelly Signor and three step-children; Marguerite Perry and Kenneth Kelly 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.


William 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 William’s Life will be held on Saturday, May 6th at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 50 Main Street Pittsfield, at 10:30 AM.


Family and Friends may gather downstairs in the Church following the service. A military burial will be held at the Bedford  Center Cemetery on Church Street in Bedford, NH at 3 PM also on May 6th. 













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