Pittsfield Old Home Day Community Fair
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Field Summer Recreation Program
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.
sheets will be sent home with school children soon. For more
information please contact Mrs. Sawyer at 267-6733.
Pittsfield Alumni Association Committee is doing a 50/50 raffle. A
50/50 raffle means that the winner will receive 50% of the cash
raised from the sale of raffle tickets. The raffle drawing will be
at Drake Field tennis courts on August 1st (National Night Out), at
are: 1 for $1.00, 3 for $2.00 and 6 for $5.00.
Locations where tickets can be purchased include:
Pittsfield Youth Workshop, Town Hall (Clerk’s Office), Dustin Park
(Old Home Day - July 22nd)… or you can purchase tickets from:
Chassie, 435-6701 ext. 4,
Riel - 435-6346, email@example.com
Mitchell - 435-6573, firstname.lastname@example.org
Richardson - 435-8351, email@example.com
appreciate your support.
Register online at suncookvalleysoccerclub.com by 7/31.
Congratulations to Pittsfield resident, Gretchen Hilton, who has
been named to Husson University’s Honors List for the Spring 2017
is a sophomore who is currently enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of
Science in Healthcare Studies/Master of Science in Occupational
Students who make the Honors List must carry at least 12 graded
credit hours during the semester and earn a grade point average of
between 3.4 to 3.59 during the period.
To The Editor
personal life, I hate surprises that involve monetary expenditures.
As Selectman, those surprises are worse because we have to present
these issues to the taxpayers, who, for the most part, are already
at the end of their financial tax-rope. With that in mind, I feel
obliged to make public a couple of looming costs that the taxpayers
will again have to bear.
we continue to have issues involving the sewage treatment plant.
There’s many sections of ancient sewer pipe that are decayed to the
point of allowing water to seep into the system, thus requiring what
is basically groundwater to be treated just like sewage (and at the
same cost). The “cure” is to place liners within sections of pipe
that are the problem. We don’t know how much the bill will be at
this point. The sewage treatment plant is a major portion of the
town’s overhead and costs associated with corrections and repairs
can be very costly.
Secondly, unbeknown to us, there’s been a compliance issue with the
dam at Clark’s Pond (Town pool) and apparently a verbal agreement
with the State that the situation would be remedied by this year. No
one presently on the Board of Selectmen was party to that agreement,
nor was any present Town employee. We were blind-sided with this
when the State came around to see how we were progressing. In a
nutshell, the existing outlet at the pool is not large enough to
satisfy the federal flood requirements and must be enlarged. The
State has actually been relatively understanding of our situation,
but sometime within the foreseeable future, the required work will
be a cost of the Town to bring the dam into compliance. Any time you
throw ‘dams’ and ‘engineering’ into the same sentence, you better
hang onto your wallet.
Carpenter Library Summer Reading Program Build a Better World
Children can register for the summer reading program by visiting the
library anytime throughout the summer. Weekly activity and reading
sessions for toddlers thru first grade are held each Thursday at
10:00am in Dustin Park on Main Street; activities for second grade
and above will take place each Wednesday at 9:30am at the Drake
Field Recreation Program. Come and join in on fun-filled
explorations of gardening, our natural world and recycling!
Celebrate reading success on August 2nd and 3rd at a make your own
ice cream party! We are collecting supplies for the ice cream
party; if you would like to contribute there is a list of
possibilities at the library. Questions? Call 435-8406 or email
Pittsfield School Board
Submitted By Ralph Odell
majority of the meeting oriented around end of the year activities.
Danielle Harvey summarized Exhibition Night which showcased projects
the students had completed. There was a great turnout.
Hamilton reported on student attendance which has hit a high point
over the past three years. Additional work on examining budgets was
performed to maximize the purchasing ability of the funds that are
LeMay provided projections of summer programs showing excellent
enrollment and described how students were encouraged to make
academic progress over the summer.
program honoring Pittsfield alumni that have distinguished
themselves and continue to give back to the community, has been
initiated. The first recipients are Mr. Richard Foss, Mr. George
“GEF” Freese, Mr. Arthur Morse, and Ms. Sheila Vargas. The awards
were presented prior to Exhibition Night.
Chassie indicated that a national organization, Edutopia, which
highlights innovation in education, visited Pittsfield and produced
a video of the activities in Pittsfield. We will be letting everyone
know when it will be shown. She also summarized additional notoriety
brought about by the educational innovation occurring within the
school system. Thirty-four different groups have visited the
District this past year.
meeting brought out the positive changes that are happening in
Pittsfield. The present students, past graduates, and existing
programs all show that good things are happening. We all should be
Pittsfield Minor Boys Baseball Wins The Suncook Valley Championship
With An Undefeated (14-0) Season
Right Front Row: Assistant Coach Bob Beliveau, Scorekeeper Stella
Henninger, Assistant Coach Gary “Buddy” Bedell, Brandin Weygand,
Thomas Dunagin, Jared Beliveau, Ryan Mayotte, Jazmyn Price, Abraham
Marcotte, Assistant Coach Randy Genest, Manager/Head Coach Gary
Bedell. Left to Right Back Row: Ethan Bedell, Evan Henninger, Tate
Coffman, Casey Anderson, Micah Sayman, Jackson Marston.
PHOTO CREDIT: Donna Anderson
“Globe” Sponsored team went completely undefeated throughout regular
season as well as during the tournament.
Team would like to send our a HUGE THANK YOU to Globe for their
sponsorship, our coaches and scorekeeper, our wonderful
JOB TEAM!!! SO PROUD OF YOU!!
10U Suncook Valley Softball Takes Second Place In End Of Season
Right Front Row: Lillian Mooney, Audrey Harper, Adelia Stopyro,
Damonica Charles and Harmony Odette. 2nd Row: Olivia Charles, Carly
Griffin, Addison Clark, Kaitlyn Nilsson, Angel Penney and Ashley
Clark. 3rd Row: Gianna Wood. Back Row: Coach Daniel Stopyro,
Coach Jared Griffin, Manager Rodney Taylor, Coach Penny Taylor,
Coach Kristina Cahill, Coach Nichole Mooney and Coach Kevin Clark.
“Jack’s Pizza Pittsfield Pride” team standings were 10 wins-4
losses. This is the second year in a row these young ladies made it
to the Championship Game. What a great season!!
Girls! We’re very proud of you.
To The Editor
week’s Sun, planning board member Paul Nickerson quoted RSA 674:72,
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.” (Emphasis added on “*IF*”.)
then went on to state his personal opinion that this state law makes
accessory apartments rentable if they have “sleeping, eating,
cooking, and sanitation provisions in the apartment, plus a door
between the accessory apartment and the principal dwelling.”
appears to me to have overlooked the little word “if” in RSA 674:72,
X. “If” in this context means that the accessory apartment might NOT
meet the criteria in RSA 674:58, IV, for rental units. (In that
case, the accessory apartment would not be deemed a unit of
again signed his letter “Planning Board,” but as I said in my
previous letter, Paul speaks only for himself and not for the board,
and he has only one vote. But perhaps more important is that Paul
did NOT sign his letter “Code enforcement officer.” The code
enforcement officer’s opinion on whether the state law makes
accessory apartments rentable matters more than Paul’s opinion, so I
would encourage that anyone thinking about renting an accessory
apartment on Paul’s advice should check with the code enforcement
once again, as I said in my previous letter, if Paul believes that
Pittsfield’s zoning prohibition against renting accessory apartments
is unlawful, then he can petition the town meeting to repeal it, and
I encourage him to do so.
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! Get
creative - CASH prizes for the winners.
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
would like to recognize a group of students who took the initiative
to hold a bake sale with the proceeds to benefit the SPCA of
Concord. With many hours of baking and one evening of sales, they
were able to raise $322 dollars for SPCA! Pictured from left to
right Shannon Concord SPCA, Genevieve Harriman, Sydney Provencal,
Audry Harper, Riley Nagle and Bianca Marrero
Pittsfield Elementary School is proud to announce the recipients of
the 2017 Presidential Awards. Students can earn awards in two
categories. The first is Academic Excellence and the second is
Academic Achievement. Back row left to right: Juliana Morse, Amber
Peterson, Abraham Marcotte, Abigial Smith, Alexcia Rollins. Front
row left to right: Christopher Sawyer, Becky Zheng, Sydnee Fisher,
and Trevor Mills.
Year Concludes In Pittsfield
GRADUATION. Congratulations to our Pittsfield graduating class of
twenty-five new Pittsfield graduates are well-prepared to meet the
challenges of the next stage of their young lives. Our grads will
be enlisting in the military, attending college, planning on
apprenticeship programs, entering job corps, joining the workforce,
traveling, and starting specialized training programs.
our grads finished up her high school graduation requirements in
three years, and another grad enters college as a sophomore, having
earned enough college credits while a student at PMHS to advance her
past freshman year.
long term, our Class of 2017 is expecting to fulfill an amazing
range of roles during their careers, from dog breeding to video
production, from journalist to combat engineer, from kindergarten
teacher to mason, from social activist to anesthesiologist, from
welder to sports executive.
very excited for the bright futures that lie ahead for our newest
Pittsfield grads, and we thank our Pittsfield community for your
strong and consistent support of our students and schools.
CHANGES. As a result of budgetary constraints, a number of school
district positions have been eliminated for next year. These
include two special education teachers, one mathematics teacher, one
English teacher, one behavior specialist, and three paraprofessional
Certainly, the loss of these positions will limit options for our
students and the level of support that we can provide to students
who may need additional help. We will, of course, do our very best
to personalize the learning experience for all students with the aim
of high achievement levels for all.
CONTRACT. The Pittsfield School Board and our local teachers’
association – the Education Association of Pittsfield – have reached
a tentative one-year agreement to replace the three-year agreement
that is expiring at this time.
tentative agreement is estimated to cost an additional $66,485.91
compared with the terms of the current year agreement. This
calculates to an estimated tax increase of $.25/thousand for
for the upcoming budget hearing and the first and second sessions of
the voting process have not been established as of this writing, but
it is anticipated that the first session (called “the deliberative
session”) will take place in late July or early August, and the
second session (the ballot vote) will take place in late August or
will be advertised in The Sun and provided on the school district
when they have been established.
Dodge, son of the late William and Gladys Dodge, went to be with the
Lord on June 14, 2017.
born in Pittsfield on October 19, 1932.
leaves behind two sisters, Arlene Bateson of Reno, NV and Pearl
Cheney of Pittsfield, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Gravedside services will be held July 1st at 11:00 AM at the Floral
Park Cemetery in Pittsfield.
PITTSFIELD – Sharon Cole, 64 of Pittsfield, passed away on Monday,
January 9, 2017 at her residence with her family by her side
following a lengthy illness.
November 24, 1952 in Goffstown, NH, she was the daughter of the late
Lamson and Elaine (Barker) Wood.
worked for many years as a Machine Operator for Pittsfield Weaving
before her retirement. She was a people person who was there if you
needed someone to listen or a place to stay. She was everyone’s
biggest supporter and she had a heart of gold. Her quick wit and
love will be missed.
her parents, Sharon was predeceased by her husband Paul Cole in
is survived by her longtime friend and recent caregiver, Cheryl
Keene of Pittsfield; her sons, Mark Therrien and his wife Tracey of
Alton, Austin Cole of Barnstead and Heath Cole and his wife
Jennifer of Pittsfield; her daughters, Heidi Nixon and her husband
Tony of Epsom, Cassie Mwangi and her husband Don of Tyngsboro, MA
and Amy Mitchell and her husband Ricky of Raymond; her sister,
Deborah Lacourse of Laconia; her brothers, Lannie Wood and his wife
Linda of Pittsfield and Rob Wood and his wife Donna of Zephyrhills,
FL; 19 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and
graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 1st, 2017 at
11:00am at Floral Park Cemetery in Pittsfield. Assisting the family
with arrangements is the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home in
Epsom. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit