Pittsfield NH News

June 21, 2017


Pittsfield Old Home Day Community Fair


On July 22nd Pittsfield will celebrate Old Home Day “Pittsfield Goes to the Circus!” The community fair will be in Dustin Park from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Old Home Day Committee is looking for crafters and community organizations to join the fair.  Community organizations can participate for free, and the vendor fee is $10.00.  If you would like to set up a table or booth please contact Leslie Vogt at 435-7993 or lesliegvogt@gmail.com.



Drake Field Summer Recreation Program 


The Drake Field Summer Recreation Program is free to Pittsfield children in grades 1-8. High school students are welcome to join in and help for community service credit. We are located at Drake’s Field and open Monday- Thursday beginning June 26th and ending August 3rd . The only cost is for admission is to some field trips, many are free. Breakfast and lunches will be provided free of charge. Good behavior is mandatory.


Signup sheets will be sent home with school children soon. For more information please contact Mrs. Sawyer at 267-6733.



Summer Sermon Series and Book Study


Wesley and Bow Mills United Methodist Church invite you to join us this summer as we explore the book, “If the Church Were Christian” by  Phillip Gulley.   Each Sunday during worship the sermon will flow from one of the ten chapters of this book, followed  by a discussion of the book and the sermon.  We will share this journey with our brothers and sisters from Wesley.  The first five Thursday book study sessions will be at Wesley UMC beginning June 29 to July 27  -  7:00 – 8:30 pm. The last five Thursday book study sessions will be at Bow Mills UMC beginning August 3 to August 31 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm.  Please make arrangements to get the book. Arrangements have been made with Gibson’s Bookstore to have copies available for purchase. You can also find it for Kindle through Amazon.   All are welcome to join us!   Further info contact Wesley 603-224-7413 or Bow Mills  603-228-1154. 



Congratulations to Michael Migliozzi of Pittsfield, a junior majoring in electrical engineering who was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2017 semester at Clarkson University.


Dean’s List students must achieve a minimum 3.25 grade-point average and also carry at least 14 credit hours.



Letter To The Editor
Select Board Meeting 6/13/17


About an hour spent interviewing the four applicants (James Adams, Justin Clough, Randy Severance, and Mike Wolfe) for the vacant chair on the BOS. Rather than rush a decision, we decided to ruminate on the best choice for Pittsfield at this juncture and make an appointment next meeting.


The Pittsfield Historical Society came to us and withdrew their request to be gifted with the property next to the Town Hall, 81 Main St. They are now considering a project involving 37 Main St., next to the library, also town-owned. They will advise us next meeting if they wish to have a public hearing on a new proposal for that property. If that’s the case, the public will once again have ample opportunity to weigh in.


The LED street light conversion will be going out to bid right away, with recommendations for adding and removing some lights. We hope to get the darker downtown areas better lit in some spots, and some of the random taxpayer supported rural streetlights will be discontinued. Obviously any rural resident will have the opportunity to get their own light, at their own expense.


June 27 at 6:15 PM there will be a public hearing regarding the proposed boundaries for a Village Water District. A petition signed by ten voters in Pittsfield has been submitted to the BOS requesting such a District be formed. Believe it or not, the law says that we MUST set the bounds and form the District with that ten person petition.


Once a District is formed, it will be left up to the voters who LIVE IN THE DISTRICT to decide whether they want to spend another $200,000 +/- to bring the concept to a vote on spending approximately $6,000,000 to purchase the Aqueduct.


Carl Anderson



A Word Of Thanks
Submitted By Rev. David Stasiak on behalf of the Pittsfield Food Pantry


On April 24th  the Pittsfield Food Pantry moved from its location on the lower level of the Pittsfield Town hall into its new location at 55 Barnstead Road. Without the dedication, generosity and hard work of many that would never have happened. On behalf of the Food Pantry and as outgoing Director of the Board, I would like to express my sincere appreciation first of all to David Dillon, Jr. and Robert Dillon, owners of Atlantic Safety Products, as well as the building where the new pantry is housed. David and Robert not only offered us the space which is larger than what we previously utilized but they also cleared and renovated the area which included constructing a dividing wall, refinishing the floor and purchasing both a walk-in refrigerator and freezer, eliminating the need for the numerous smaller appliances we used before. Their generosity also includes providing the utilities for us to operate the pantry.


I would like to thank Globe Manufacturing for their generous donation which enabled the pantry to pay for the labor and materials to install a separate service panel, the numerous electrical outlets needed and the connections to the walk-in freezer and refrigerator. This is only one of many financial donations the Globe has made in support of the pantry.


Many thanks to the Board of Selectman, particularly Larry Konopka, previous Chairman of the Select Board, Cara Marston, the Town Administrator, and Peter Pszonowsky, the Pittsfield Fire Chief  for not giving up on the pantry and working hard to locate a new space to keep us going.


Once the space was ready, the many food items, shelving, office equipment and appliances needed to be moved and for that I would like to thank Ed and Laurie Vien, Larry Williams, Tom Williams, Adam Gauthier, Wayne Gadwah, Tyler Booth, Joe Darrah, Ralph Darrah, Nick Chamberlin, and Bill Pellon.


The food pantry is so grateful for all of our donors who support us with their financial, as well as food contributions. There are so many of you. Without you the pantry could not exist. Many thanks to our volunteers who under the direction of Eleanor Joyce, kindly and efficiently serve the patrons of the pantry. Last, but certainly not least, our deepest thanks to Ruth Strickhart whose dedication and love of serving is an inspiration to the community.


 Finally, there is a passage in the Bible from Matthew 25 that talks about people helping people and it goes like this:


“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why: I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room, I was shivering and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you stopped to visit, I was in prison and you came to me.’


 “Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’



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Board members Lynn Hapke and Deb Horton prepare for Catamount Womenaid’s Spring Plant Sale.

Local Businesses And Gardeners Make The Catamount Womenaid Plant Sale A Success


Catamount Womenaid offered over 500 plants for sale at its May 20 Spring Plant Sale in Epsom, raising over $1600. All of the proceeds will be used for emergency financial aid to residents of Deerfield, Epsom, Northwood, Pittsfield and Strafford.


Four local businesses supported the plant sale; Pleasant View Gardens of Loudon donated colorful annuals; the VanBerkum family of Deerfield provided a variety of perennials; K and K Landscaping of Epsom contributed garden soil; and a gift certificate door prize was given by Cavarretta Gardens of Northwood. Many volunteers dug and potted perennials from home gardens. The Lily Inn (the purple house) of Epsom hosted the event.


Catamount Womenaid relies on donations and fundraisers to fulfill its mission. Founded in 2011, Catamount Womenaid raises money to help men, women and children with emergency financial assistance that is not readily available through other resources. See catamountwomenaid.org.



F.B Argue Recreation Area Opening


On Tuesday, June 20, 2017 the F.B. Argue Recreation Area will open for the 2017 summer season at 1:00. We will again be asking parents to fill out contact information for their child/children if they are coming to the area without an adult. We will be open Monday-Friday from 12:00-5:00 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00-5:00.  Tuesday and Thursday nights during June and July (except for the weeks we are doing night lessons) we will stay open until 7:00 PM for families.


We are again hoping to get more families to use the pool area. Children younger than 11 must be accompanied by an adult during the night time hours. All children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult during all of our hours.


We will be offering swimming lessons again this summer.  Registration for swimming lessons will be held at the recreation area from 12:00-5:00 beginning on June 23.  We will run two-2 week sessions. If there is enough interest, we will run a third session. The lessons will run for 20 minutes to ½ hour each. The dates for the sessions are as follows: June 30- July 13 daytime lessons; July 21 – August 3 night time 5 – 7 (night).


The daily admission for residents is $1.00 per person or a family season pass may be bought for $50. Daily admission for non-residents is $1.50 per person. All persons entering the area will be expected to pay. Children under 5 years old will be admitted free with a paid adult.


There will be activities during the summer which will be posted at the recreation area.  They will include airhead bingo, sand castle building, crafts, book share, volleyball, and duck hunt. Contact Forest B Argue Recreation Area (after June 20) at 435-7457 with questions.


The cost for the swimming lessons for residents is $15 per child, not to exceed $45 per family.  The cost for non-residents is $25 per child not to exceed $75.



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One of the first loon nests of the 2017 season was recorded on Bolster Pond in Sullivan, NH.  Photo courtesy of Brian Reilly.


Loons On Nests Throughout The State

Loon Preservation Committee Urges the Public to Give Nesting Loons Space


The Loon Preservation Committee (LPC) recorded its first pair of nesting loons this year on May 11.  Since then close to 60 loon pairs have begun to incubate eggs, with more expected in the next week.  The peak time for loons to start nesting is usually in early June, followed by a four week incubation period.  This was the 5th wettest May on record in New Hampshire, and water levels are still high on some lakes, so nesting has been delayed in some areas.  If traditional ore preferred nesting sites are under water, a pair of loons may use an alternate site instead, making it even more critical to give them the space they need to nest successfully.


The peak of hatch of loon chicks generally occurs around the 4th of July holiday and loon pairs on nests or with chicks are vulnerable to disturbance as human activities on the lakes increase.  A couple of simple precautions can help ensure a good year for loons in New Hampshire:


· Stay back at least 150 feet from a nesting loon, or more if the loon shows any signs of distress such as craning its neck low over a nest.  Loons may even appear to be injured or dead while in this head-down position, but it is simply a response to the close approach of people.


· If you do inadvertently cause a loon to flush from the nest, leave the area immediately to let the loon return to incubate its eggs.  Time off the nest leaves the eggs vulnerable to cooling, overheating, or predation.


In 2016, Loon Preservation Committee biologists recorded 208 pairs of nesting loons, a decrease of 6 pairs from the previous year.  Forty-five of those pairs nested on rafts—artificial islands that LPC floats to help loons cope with water level fluctuations or being displaced from natural sites by shoreline development or recreational activity on the lakes.  Of the 208 nesting pairs, close to half were protected by signs and ropelines, and 45% of the chicks hatched came from these protected nest sites.  Even with this level of management, LPC biologists recorded 112 failed nests, the highest number of nest failures on record.  However, overall reproductive success was 0.50 (chicks surviving per territorial pair) which is slightly above the minimum needed to maintain the loon population over the long term.


For anyone who wants to see a loon on a nest, please visit the Loon Preservation Committee’s LIVE loon cam at www.loon.org.  The expected hatch date is around June 17-18 (+/-) so tune in now!
Loons are a threatened species in New Hampshire and are protected by state and federal laws from hunting or harassment.  If you see a sick or injured loon, please call the Loon Preservation Committee (603-476-5666) or if you observe harassment of loons, please contact the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (603-271-3361) or Marine Patrol (603-293-2037) for assistance.


The Loon Preservation Committee monitors loons throughout the state as part of its mission to restore and maintain a healthy population of loons in New Hampshire; to monitor the health and productivity of loon populations as sentinels of environmental quality; and to promote a greater understanding of loons and the natural world.  To learn more about loons in New Hampshire, please visit the Loon Preservation Committee on the web at www.loon.org or call the Loon Preservation Committee at (603) 476-LOON (5666).





Dear voters,
The State wants to increase the cost of health care for State retirees. These folks were promised fully-paid insurance for life, and they worked in poorly paid State jobs for years on that promise. Low earnings means low Social Security, and the promised pension currently averages between $12K and $13K. Many of these elders will not be able to afford the increased cost and will therefore do without. I understand that things have changed and lifetime insurance may not be practical any more, but in that case, change it for the people who are young enough to make a choice to stay or leave!


Please contact your representatives and tell them that in NH, we keep our promises!


Cindy Perkins



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The Friday Night Kayak Group met  Friday June 9 2017 with 10 kayaks paddling the Suncook River starting at the boat ramp in Drakes Field, downtown Pittsfield. The group is open to everyone and meets at different local kayaking sites every Friday at 6 PM during June, July and August. The paddling trips last just over an hour and are always in the Northwood to Barnstead area. Simply show up at this week’s Friday night’s location. Visit our web site at huffnpuff.info for information and location of the next trip and put yourself on our email list. You can also call Paul Oman at 435 -7199 for more information.



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Congratulations to Joanne Ward, celebrating retirement after 17 years as a kindergarten paraprofessional in the Pittsfield School District! Here’s to a well deserved rest!



Introducing The Amoskeag Fishways “Kindness Curriculum”


The Amoskeag Fishways teaches people of all ages to notice the world around them.  This world includes nature-the birds, fish, trees and insects that live near or in our rivers as well as the people we live with in our neighborhoods, schools and workplaces.  Daily, we teach about the conservation and preservation of natural resources (water, air, soils, forests) without which we could not live.  Through this learning and caring rises up in each of us a sense of kindness and compassion towards life, all of life.  This basic tenet of kindness is where we will begin a center focus we are calling the “Kindness Curriculum”. Watch for programs offered with the bold letters KIND and join us in helping the world be a better place for everyone and all beings.  



Saturday Nature Seekers
Saturdays, 11am - 12pm
Amoskeag Fishways


Do you and your kids wish for opportunities to learn about nature but have trouble finding the time?  Stop by our center any Saturday at 11 am for “short and sweet” mini-programs and fun nature-based activities.  Discover something new every month! Topic: NH Turtles – July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Insect Investigation – August 5, 12, 19. Donations encouraged. Call 626-FISH.



Fishways Family Adventures
Thursdays in July, 9:30am – 12pm
Amoskeag Fishways


Looking for some fun summer outings for your family? Join Fishways staff to hike, stomp, dig, climb, splash, search for critters and more as we discover some of the local natural gems of the Merrimack River watershed.  Put on your boots and explore with us! All Family Adventures will meet at the Fishways and caravan to the local destination of the week.


July 6 – Forest Explore; July 13 – Ponding; July 20 – Bog Adventure; July 27 – River Fun. $10 per family Registration required. Call 626-FISH .



“Booked for Summer”
Story Hour
Saturday, July 29
10am- 11am
Amoskeag Fishways


Story books can be a wonderful window into the natural world. In association with the Manchester School District’s summer reading initiative, “Booked for Summer”, the Amoskeag Fishways presents a fun, relaxed hour of river related stories.  Stop by with your children and learn about the fish, wildlife and people that use our local waterways. Children are encouraged to bring their favorite fish toy or share some of ours for some interactive play.  KIND. FREE. Registration required. Call 626-FISH.



Letter To The Editor


As to Jim Pritchard’s letter in The Sun, June 14; I never quoted RSA 674:72, VI. That was somebody else’s paperwork.


The law is RSA 674:72, X, quote: “An accessory dwelling unit may be deemed a unit of workforce housing for purposes of satisfying the municipality’s obligation under RSA 674:59 if the unit meets the criteria in RSA 674:58, IV for rental units.” Meaning they can be rented.


Again, those who have in-law apartments may keep them that way even if it’s off the books. But, if you want to change to accessory apartment so you can rent, you must have sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation provisions in the apartment, plus a door between the accessory apartment and the principal dwelling. Has to be less than half the total square footage of principal dwelling, but can’t be more than 750 square feet. The owner of the principal dwelling unit must live in the principal dwelling unit or the accessory apartment. Either one.


If all of this is good, you may do this by doing some paperwork at the Town Hall. If something is missing, you will have to get a building permit to change what’s needed.


If someone wanted to put in an accessory apartment in their single family home in the zones: Urban, Suburban, and Rural, to rent, may do so under the same rules under Special Exception and Building Permit.


Thank you, again.
Paul Nickerson
Planning Board



Do You Love The Balloon Rally As Much As We Do?


Each year volunteers sign up to assist as greeters, runners, balloon crew, and general support for the Suncook Valley Rotary’s Hot Air Balloon Rally


The Suncook Valley Hot Air Balloon Rally remains a success with the help of our volunteers and we appreciate the commitment that you are making today to help us.


General Volunteer Information:
Most volunteer shifts are two hours long, however you may sign up for as many shifts as you would like to volunteer for.


Any one can sign up! Some positions do require physical labor and movement.


Community Service Hours are available for students.


Available Duties:
Field Setup - help us setup tents and mark off the field on Thursday night.


Gate Greeter - You and a friend will hand out programs and provide information to visitors at a field entrance. This position will be mostly sitting at a table and does not require much physical activity.


Field Support - Help out keeping Drake field looking beautiful and with other various tasks needed for general operations. This position does require physical labor and movement.


Gate Security - Help Rotary staff manage the back gate and getting crews on and off the field.


Tethering Support - Help Rotary staff manage the tethered balloon rides. This position does require physical labor and movement.


Balloon Crew - Help our balloonists lift off and land. This position requires physical labor and movement.


Food Tent - Help Rotarians cook breakfast for visitors. This position will be standing for most, if not all, of the shift and will be utilizing grills.


Road Race Support - Help us with the 5K road race, with setting up barricades, registration, rehab, etc.


Field Cleanup - Help us clean up the field on Sunday morning.


If you have questions about volunteering at the 36th Annual Hot Air Balloon Rally, please contact us at suncookvalleyrotary@gmail.com or go directly to http://suncookvalleyrotary.org to sign up today!



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ELO Horseback Riding/P.E.
Horseback riding
Beneficial to your health


My name is Jessica Rainville and I am a sophomore at Pittsfield Middle High School. I have a passion for horseback riding. I have been riding horses at Townsend’s Training Farm with Kim Chadbourne and Dick Townsend for almost ten years now. I am writing this article as part of my Extended Learning Opportunity that combines my life with horses with my school life to earn my Physical Education credit.


Horseback Riding has physical and mental benefits to your health. Horses are majestic creatures that give so much to people that some may not even realize. Horseback riding is a great way to stay healthy, train muscles, improve cardio performance, clear your mind, and be happy. 


Being on a horse makes a person work physically. Your muscles work differently while riding than working in everyday life. While riding a horse, the main muscles that are used are your upper thighs, calves, core, and arms.  When you are on the horse’s back, your body is positioned with your back straight and heels down.  You have to be able to balance yourself on the horse to have a great ride. Not only can you improve your fitness level by riding, you can improve you riding by exercising. Some things you can do for your legs are squats, leg machines, and running. This will strengthen them so when riding your legs stay in the center of the saddle and don’t move. Core workouts can be curl ups and planks, to improve posture on the horse when riding. Arm workouts can be push-ups, and pull ups. So when you are riding, your arms are in control and not bouncing around. It will make you look and feel like a better rider. Sometimes horses aren’t going to be easy. They may be lazy just like everyone can be. When they are lazy, you have to push and push the horse with your core and leg muscles to drive them forward. That is where cardio comes into play. Pushing a horse can make you out of breath from working so hard, so running can improve your cardio performance.


Horseback riding doesn’t just keep you physically healthy but also mentally healthy. Riding is like therapy. Your mind is focused only on the horse. It can relieve all the stress from your day or the near future. Horses make you concentrate on them. Riding calms your mind which makes you feel better and healthier. Riding horses outdoors, enjoying the wind on your face and the fresh air, makes you relax and keeps you focused on the moment. There’s not anyone or anything else but you and that horse. Staying relaxed keeps you and the horse calm. When you’re feeling nervous, anxious, or sad, the horse feels that too. Which can have an effect on your ride.  So when riding horses being in a good mood makes the rides better.


Horseback riding can improve your physical and mental state. People should be active five to six days a week to see benefits.  To get more information on the benefits of riding go to http://www.healthiestbest.com/benefits-of-horseback-riding. Stay active my friends.




Helen L. Charron


Pittsfield- Helen L. Charron died peacefully Friday, June 9, at the CRVNA Hospice house in Concord.


She was born in Albany, NY, daughter of the late Henry-Rae and Katherine (Hydzik) Launt. She was a graduate of Hartford Public School. Helen was known as caring and generous woman who would give her time and help to anyone. She loved to paint and was a talented cook, she just celebrated her 100th birthday.


She is survived by six children: Richard Charron, Robert Charron, John Charron, Barbara Dachel, Catherine Folsum, Peggy Blevens, and numerous grandchildren, and great grandchildren.


A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Saturday June 17 at Our Lady of Lord’s Church, Pittsfield.


Burial followed in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Pittsfield.


The Waters Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.













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