Pittsfield NH News

June 7, 2017


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.



Pittsfield Old Home 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.


The Merrimack County Stamp Collectors will hold its monthly meeting at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., Bow, on June 20th 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.



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.





Dear Readers,
The 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 8:00 pm.


Tickets 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:

Tobi Chassie - 435-6701 ext. 4, tchassie@pittsifieldnhschools.org
Andi Riel - 435-6346, pittsfieldtowncrier@hotmail.com 
Ted Mitchell - 435-6573, chipper@myfairpoint.net
Carole Richardson - 435-8351, cpr2006@metrocast.net


We appreciate your support.


Pittsfield Alumni Association Committee



Shower Of Thanks Gala And Annual Meeting Kicks Off Players’ 50th Anniversary Celebration


Get set for a great evening when the Players gather for their Annual Meeting and a gala Shower of Thanks celebration to honor our donors, our members and the vendors who worked tirelessly to bring our new sprinkler system on line. Instead of our normal pot luck dinner, on Saturday, June 10, we’ll gather at The Scenic Theatre at 6 pm for hors d’oeurves and beverages, followed by a brief Annual Meeting, and a Players’ performance at 7 pm with a watery theme because, after all, it’s all about the sprinklers at the Scenic.


Shake out your glitziest dress and your finest suit, and lots of bling, and join us for this fun evening. We’ll be putting on the Ritz and honoring our big donors and our small donors for their support of this project, with kudos to Globe Manufacturing, Suncook (Pittsfield) Rotary Club, Beverly and Rene Drolet, The Foss Foundation, and the E.P. Sanderson Trust. In addition, we will be recognizing the small donors, our members, and those who helped in other ways as well, with service donations or by just being there when we needed you the most.


We will also be inviting the public to help us thank all these great people and organizations. The show will feature Players’ members Jean and Angelo Gentile, Catherine Martinez, Gerri Casey, John Chinn, Coy McCarty, Cindi Bell, Caleb Molloy, Emma Molloy, and Turner Jennings. They’ll also be joined by members of the Kids’ Theater Workshop onstage. Phil Breton will accompany the group, who will be singing all about rain, rainbows, and water.


In addition, the evening will mark the beginning of our 50th anniversary as The Pittsfield Players. Founded by Roland and Helen Charron, the group first performed in 1968 with the production of You Can’t Take It With You. Since then, the Players have continued to bring the very finest community theater entertainment to the residents of Pittsfield and the surrounding communities. We will be celebrating our 50th anniversary throughout the upcoming year, with special events and commemorative shows, as well as a special dinner for members later in 2018.


The 2017-2018 program will begin with this fall’s production TBA, directed by Marty Williams, followed by the Kids’ Theater Workshop production of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr., directed by Maye Hart. The Players will present a revival of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest in March, which will once again be directed by  Meggin Dail, and that will be followed by the revival of Come Blow Your Horn, directed by Carole Neveux, in May. The fall 2018 musical will be a revival of Camelot, directed by Maye Hart.


We’d like to know if you’re planning on attending our Shower of Thanks and Annual Meeting so we can plan for food and beverages. If you are planning on attending, please call the theatre at 435-8852 and leave a message telling us that you plan on joining in the celebration. If you’d like to help by contributing a hors d’oeurves or helping with serving, please contact Meggin Dail at meggin@pittsfieldplayers.com.



University of New Hampshire Announces May 2017 Graduates


The following students participated in the University of New Hampshire Commencement Ceremony held Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Durham, N.H. Students who received the honor of summa cum laude graduated with a GPA of 3.85-4.0; students who received the honor of magna cum laude graduated with a GPA of 3.65-3.84; and students who received the honor of cum laude graduated with a GPA of 3.50-3.64. Students are only graduated after the Registrar’s Office has certified that all degree requirements have been successfully completed. Participating in the commencement ceremony is the act of honoring and celebrating academic achievement.


Aaron Russell of Barnstead, NH graduated with a BSME degree in Mechanical Engineering


Austin Atkins of Barnstead, NH graduated with a MS degree in Physics


Christina Prescott of Center Barnstead, NH graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA degree in Linguistics


Dagny Garcia-Brown of Center Barnstead, NH graduated with a BS degree in BiomedSci:Med&VetSci


Emerson Doiron of Center Barnstead, NH graduated with a BA degree in Political Science


Heather Carter of Center Barnstead, NH graduated with a MA degree in English:Literature


Matthew McGinnis of Center Barnstead, NH graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BSCIVE degree in Civil Engineering


Jennifer McCall of Epsom, NH graduated with a MAT degree in Secondary Education


Emily Langlais of Epsom, NH graduated with a BA degree in English/Journalism


Mitchell Fillion of Gilmanton, NH graduated with a BSIT degree in Information Technology


Heather MacAllister of Chichester, NH graduated with a AAS degree in Veterinary Technology


Alexandra Wantiez-Broehl of Northwood, NH graduated with a BA degree in Communication


Cheyenne Brown of Northwood, NH graduated with a MFA degree in Writing


John DeButts of Northwood, NH graduated Cum Laude with a BA degree in Linguistics


Samantha Pollari of Northwood, NH graduated Cum Laude with a BA degree in History


Amanda Perron of Northwood, NH graduated with a MED degree in Elementary Education


Rebekah Adams of Pittsfield, NH graduated with a BSMATH degree in Mathematics


Robert LeBel of Pittsfield, NH graduated with a BS degree in Biochem,Molec&Cell Bio


Sage Anthony of Pittsfield, NH graduated with a BA degree in Communication


Jeffrey Dade of Gilmanton Ironworks, NH graduated with a MPA degree in Public Administration



Pittsfield Historical Society Presents
“The Shakers” In New Hampshire


The United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, commonly called “Shakers” has been present in New Hampshire since 1784.  There have been close ties between this celibate religious communal society and Pittsfield throughout our histories.
Join us on Wednesday, June 14th at 7 PM  at the Society museum, 13 Elm Street, as we explore the ties that link us to the Shaker Community and to the Shaker Museum that is in our back yard. Please bring your experiences, stories, photographs, and memorabilia  of the “Shakers” to share with the group.


The program will be moderated by Sabra Welch, who will give an overview of the Shaker community of East Canterbury and share her experiences in helping to preserve the legacy of the “Shakers in New Hampshire.”



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Pictured are those in attendance: Pat Smith, Connie Quindley, Susie Fife, Sandy Gilmore, Pearl Demyanovich, Holly Brown.




Members of the Pittsfield TOPS chapter recently attended the TOPS State Recognition Day (SRD). Connie Quindley who lost 61.8 pounds won first place in Div. 2 not only in our chapter, but was also first in the state in her division.  Congratulations to her! That is an honor.


Congratulations also to Pat Smith who received an emerald pendant for being a KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly) for 15 years. Pat also received a certificate for her work in publicity for TOPS.


KOPS in the Black for not going over their goal, were Pat Smith, Peggy Driscoll. Susie Fife was Angel of the Year, which means within 5 pounds of her goal. Our chapter came in second in Excellence in Weight Loss award with an average of 7.62 pounds lost per member. Congratulations to all recipients.  We are proud of you.


If you would like more information about our chapter which meets on Tuesday 6:30 at Berakah on Fairview Rd., call Pat 435-5333 or Beth 435-7397.





To Pittsfield Homeowners,
Soon after the March 2016 Pittsfield Town Meeting, Clayton Wood, Chairman, and Jim Pritchard, Secretary, of the Pittsfield Planning Board, took out “In-law Apartment” from the zoning ordinance and replaced it with “Accessory Apartment” under comprehensive revision - Article 2 on the ballot. On the ballot in Article 2 they wrote. (To make them more clear, specific, and lawful under State law). But their C-2 - the accessory apartment shall not be rented. Is illegal. They were told that by me and legal attorneys. 2017-C-5 (the accessory apartment shall not be rented) still there. Void.


So, those people with permitted in-law apartments now have accessory apartments and can be rented, as long as you have sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation provisions in the accessory apartment, and a door between the accessory dwelling and principal dwelling. The accessory dwelling  must be less than half the principal dwelling and nor more than 750 square feet.


The new state law (RSA 674:71-72-73) Accessory Dwelling Units - is now law as of June 1, 2017.


The owner of the principal dwelling must live in the principal or accessory dwelling!


Those people who would like to have an accessory apartment in their single family homes in zones: urban, suburban, and rural only, may do so under the same rules from the zoning board of adjustment and building permit.


RSA 674:73 - Detached Accessory Dwelling - not mandated by State, not allowed in the Town of Pittsfield.


You may get the full text on the Town web site or Town Office.


Thank you,
Paul Nickerson
Planning Board





To the Patrons of the Pittsfield Food Pantry,
Please be advised that we are now located at 55 Barnstead Rd. (Route 107), Bay 6 (next to Rustic Crust). Our new mailing address is PO Box 3. Our new phone number is 545-7998.


Our hours for being open have not changed. They are still Monday 11 AM-2 PM and 4-6 PM, and Thursday from 11 AM-2 PM. You may pick up food once (1) a month.


Hope this is helpful.
Ruth Strickhart




John James Bissland


WARNER- Mr. John James Bissland, 81, of Warner, passed away on May 8, 2017 at the Pine Rock Manor after a lengthy illness. 


Born in Eastchester, NY, John was the son of the late John J. and Gussie (Mueller) Bissland.  He was raised and educated in New York.


John enjoyed the simple things in life, especially fishing and reading.


He was predeceased by his wife, Agnes (Hoyt) Bissland.


He is survived by his two children, Heather White of Pittsfield and John Bissland, Jr. of Concord.


At his request, there will be no services.  Assisting the family with the arrangements is the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home in Epsom.  To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.stilloaks.com













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