Pittsfield NH News

July 12, 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.





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.


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Pittsfield Old Home Day - Main Street will be closed on Sat, July 22 from 8am until after the Parade (approximately 2:30pm) from Citizen Bank entrance to Elm Street.  The Car Show will take place from 9-noon; Kids Bike Parade at 12:15 and the Parade at 1pm. Thank you to the neighbors and businesses for their cooperation.





Pittsfield Old Home Day is Sat, July 22.  The Committee needs some help!  We need people to help “direct” traffic before and after the parade.  The Police Department will cover the major intersections, but we need some volunteers to stand by the other streets.  If you can help, please contact Andi Riel at 435-6346 or pittsfieldtowncrier@hotmail.com.



Pittsfield Old Home Day


Pittsfield Old Home Day... Saturday, July 22!  The theme of the day is “Pittsfield Goes to the Circus!”  Please note - MAIN STREET WILL BE CLOSED FROM 8:30 AM - 3PM (approximately)


Old Home Day is a chance for our community to come together and meet our neighbors and spend the day celebrating OUR TOWN!


On Fri, July 21 at 8:30pm, the Rotary Club will sponsor a FREE Outdoor movie “DUMBO” at Drake Field.  All are welcome - bring your blanket and chairs!  Refreshments will be available for purchase.


On Sat., July 22 - the Park St. Baptist Church will start our day by serving a delicious breakfast!  The cost of the breakfast is by Donation.


St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church will hold a Silent Auction and offer all their delicious baked goods and hot dogs!


Dustin Park will be home to the Community Fair - KIDS ACTIVITIES, CRAFTERS, LOCAL ORGANIZATION BOOTHS, MUSIC and more.  (To sign up for a spot at the Community Fair at Dustin Park, contact Leslie Vogt at 435-7993 or leslievogt@gmail.com.


NEW this year - ARTSFEST (Family Circus Show from Laconia) - They will feature Aerial tricks, trapeze, hooping and more - I think there will be jugglers & stilt-walkers too.


CAR SHOW on Main Street from 9-12 with music by JACKIE LEE.


POPCORN (any Flavor) is the Cook-Off theme this year. Cash prizes are awarded to the top 3 winners.  Call Andi Riel at 435-6346 to register.


KIDS BIKE PARADE...........followed by the Old Home Day Parade at 1pm


(Floats and other entries are needed for the parade.  It’s a CIRCUS theme - everyone loves a Circus!  Groups, Clubs, Businesses, Classes and Sport teams are all encouraged to get together and enter a float- or something and participate in the parade.   The parade is only as good as the entries in it!!


**** Please call MARK RIEL at 435-6346 if you would like to put an entry in the parade ****


Cookout and swimming at the F.B. Argue Rec Area (aka - Town Pool) after the parade


Adopt A Duck Race at Drake Field Boat Launch


Battle of the Badges (Police vs Fire) Softball game at 3pm at Drake Field.


Fireworks at Dusk


We will need some help with traffic detail before/during/after parade- if anyone would like to help with that- please contact us.


For more information, please contact Andi Riel at 435-6346 or pittsfieldtowncrier@hotmail.com or Louie Houle at 435-6938.



Pittsfield Old Home Day - Annual Cook-Off


There is still time to register!!!  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!  Get creative - CASH prizes for the winners.


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.



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The Circus Comes To St. Stephen’s Church


We are busily preparing for all the Greatest Show in Pittsfield on Saturday, July 22nd , Old Home Day, when our famous Silent Auction is open for your enjoyment and bids on some wonderful items.  Where else in town could you get a pink elephant, Frozen in the middle of the summer, or one of the other special items that will be up for bid? There are sets from Vera Bradley,  vintage lamps,  weaver’s stools from The Shaker Workshop, a custom made coffee table, and many other items for bidders of all ages.


In addition to  our main  attraction, we will have our popular Bake Table with homemade treats to tempt you or serve your friends and family later in the day.   Our sidewalk Café will feature  “Joe’s Famous Hot Dogs” if you only eat one dog a year, this is the one you’ve been waiting for with the grilled bun and all the fixins. We will also have our special pulled pork sandwiches, chili and  Sabra’s  homemade lemonade.    Added to the menu this year are finger sandwiches, and flavorful salads for the health conscious. 


There is also a free book raffle for children and teens.  Each child may fill out a ticket to win a basket of  age appropriate circus books   Parents or Grandparents may sign up their children but only one entry per child.    There will be a free circus theme gift for the first 200 kids who participate in the raffle.   


Save the date and come out to participate in all the circus fun at St. Stephen’s and throughout the town.   See you on Old Home Day !



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Pittsfield’s Old Home Day Bike Parade


Pittsfield’s Old Home Day Bike Parade is scheduled for Saturday, July 22 at 12:15. This year’s theme is “Pittsfield Goes to the Circus.”  Can you think of a way to decorate your bike in a circus theme?  If so, give it a try!


The parade is open to all who would like to ride their bike, trike or wagon. Simply join us on Main street in front of Dustin’s park.  We hope to see you there!!



Update On The Floral Park Cemetery Fence
Submitted By Carole Richardson


I just wanted to keep everyone informed on the progress of the Floral Park Cemetery Fence.  Phase 4 will begin sometime in August.  The fence fund has approximately $14,000 for Phase 4.  That amount of funding will cover the purchase of 39 more sections of fence, as well as the granite between each portion of fencing and the larger pieces of granite for each side of the last driveway.


Many thanks for your continued support and kind words.  The only thing that has changed is that the funding now has to go through the Town of Pittsfield now that the Floral Park Cemetery is a town entity.  Your donations will continue to be tax deductible but the checks should be made payable to “Town of Pittsfield” and in the notation section please indicate your donation is for the Floral Park Cemetery Fence Fund.



Animal Holiday Celebration In Honor Of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center’s Animal Ambassadors


It’s not winter, but Christmas is coming early this year. For the critters that is! Squam Lakes Natural Science Center animals will enjoy Christmas in July for the Critters on Tuesday, July 25. This event will demonstrate to visitors some of the enrichment activities commonly used to provide excellent care of the animals at the Science Center.


While Animal Care staff members offer stimulating activities for all the Science Center’s wild animal ambassadors every day, this event showcases some techniques used to keep the animals engaged in their surroundings and allowing them to lead the best lives possible in captivity.


At the start of the live animal exhibit trail, visitors can investigate an information table hosted by volunteers from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. where enrichment toys, training materials, and a video called Introduction to Enrichment and Training will be displayed. Volunteers will also lead an activity at the amphitheater from10:00 a.m. to12:00 p.m. where families can make an enrichment toy that used for enrichment for the animals in the future.


Enrichment includes providing novel objects to investigate, structures to hide in, and food and scents to encourage foraging behaviors. Visitors will see these some of these activities at the Coyote, Fox, Bobcat, and Deer Exhibits throughout the day.


Visitors may help continue care for the animals by selecting an ornament from a holiday tree decorated with pictures of enrichment toys. By purchasing the ornament at the Howling Coyote Gift Shop, visitors can donate the amount needed to purchase the toy.


Visitors may also watch a series of specialized enrichment activities throughout the day according to this schedule:


10:30 to 11:00 a.m. - Turtle Talk on the Webster Building Bluestone Terrace

11:00 to 11:30 a.m. - Coyote Training in Webster Building Classroom 3

12:00 to 12:30 p.m. - Mink Feeding at the Water Matters Pavilion

1:00 to 1:30 p.m. - Mountain Lion Training at the exhibit

2:00 to 2:30 p.m. - Black Bear Enrichment at the exhibit
3:00 to 3:30 p.m. - River Otter Feeding at the exhibit
4:00 to 4:30 p.m. - Fish Feeding at the Water Matters Pavilion


This fun-filled day is an opportunity to share a special day for the animals at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. Christmas in July for the Critters will be held Tuesday, July 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with last trail admission at 3:30 p.m. All activities are included in trail admission. Bring the whole family. No reservations are required.


Christmas in July for the Critters is sponsored by Plymouth Animal Hospital.


To learn more about Squam Lakes Natural Science Center and what it has to offer, visit www.nhnature.org or contact: 603-968-7194 x 7.


About Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
The mission of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire’s natural world. Through spectacular live animal exhibits, natural science education programs, an informal public garden, and lake cruises, the Science Center has educated and enlightened visitors since 1966 about the importance of our natural world. Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is located on Route 113 in Holderness, an easy drive from exit 24 off I-93, and is open daily from May 1 through November 1. The Science Center is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is the only AZA-accredited institution in all of northern New England. For further information about the Science Center, call 603-968-7194 or visit www.nhnature.org.



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The children of Michael Norwood and Rachel Lounsbury are happy to announce the unification of their two families in a wedding celebration. The couple was married July 2, 2017 in Pittsfield.



Book Review: Cog Days, By Joseph W. McQuaid
Submitted By By Christina Van Horn


There are two ways to experience the thrill of climbing Mount Washington, the highest peak in the northeastern United States. The first way is to buy a ticket and settle in for a breath-taking ride on the Cog Railway, which is the first mountain-climbing cog {rack-and-pinion} railway. The second way is to read the newly released Cog Days, written by Joseph W. McQuaid, who started working on the Cog when he was 16 years old.


McQuaid’s parents dropped a protesting McQuaid off at the Cog’s Base Station and promised to return at the end of the summer. Reluctantly, he started working with the girls at the lunch counter, but soon mastered the demands of being a brakeman and a fireman. He learned inside and out what it took to work on a track crew and take care of the Cog.


In crisp, straightforward prose, McQuaid describes the early history of the White Mountains, how and why they might have earned that name by the Abenaki Indians and by the early settlers. He recounts the beginning of the Cog Railway and its early development.


Then Art Teague, a World War II hero, bought the Cog in 1962 and nurtured it as a tourist attraction as well as a center of dedicated employees, workers who identified themselves as part of the Cog, or as Coggers. One sign of pride was to be seen wearing pants so dirty they could stand up by themselves. McQuaid spent five years as a Cogger until 1968, and concisely describes every aspect of what it took to run, repair and clean the railway. He speaks lovingly of the different cars and their characteristics.


His words also give life to many of the people he worked with, best described as characters, but whatever their idiosyncrasies, devoted to the Cog. And he writes movingly of the shock felt by the Coggers when their beloved Art Teague killed himself. Still reeling from his death, the Cog Railway took another blow. The Chumley car crashed, which killed eight people and injured 75 to 82. But the Cog recovered from the tragedies and runs to this day.


McQuaid, who became a lifetime journalist, uses well his ability to report this larger-than-life experience for himself and those around him.


Christina Van Horn is a former Boston Globe editor who never met a book she didn’t want to read.



VA Secretary Shulkin Unveils World’s Most Advanced Commercial Prosthesis
Veterans are first to receive the technology
Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


Secretary of Veterans Affairs David J. Shulkin, M.D. unveiled the world’s most advanced commercial prosthetic — the Life Under Kinetic Evolution (LUKE) arm — during a visit to the VA New York Harbor Health Care System’s Manhattan campus.


The event also included a demonstration of the technology by the first Veteran amputees to receive the device.


A collaboration between VA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and industry, the LUKE Arm is the product of nearly eight years of testing and research, and holds the potential to significantly benefit Veterans and others with upper-extremity amputations. Unlike less-advanced prosthetics, the entire LUKE arm can move as one unit, reducing the labor-intensive process of controlling one joint at a time. The LUKE arm also features the first commercially available powered shoulder, with up to 10 powered degrees of freedom.


Simply stated, the LUKE arm will help restore Veterans’ ability to perform a variety of one and two-handed activities. With accompanying rehabilitation, recipients can use the LUKE arm to perform tasks, such as drinking from a glass, picking up small pieces of food to eat, cooking or gift-wrapping presents.


“The LUKE arm is a shining example of why VA exists,” Secretary Shulkin said. “There is no commercial market for this type of technology. The patient population is simply too small to motivate private companies to pursue these types of advancements on their own. This is why VA and its research efforts – efforts that could not be replicated in the private sector – are so important.”
Fred Downs and Artie McAuley are the first Veterans to receive the LUKE arm.


“The LUKE arm is a great tool, especially for high-level amputees like me,” McAuley said. “I’m amazed by the technology, and the level of flexibility and full range of motion, which allows me to do much more independently.”


Fred Downs added, “The technology has definitely been an improvement in my ability to perform day to day activities, most notably in grasping. It’s useful when an opposing hand is needed, in the workshop or while cooking.”


In fiscal year 2016, VA provided care for nearly 90,000 Veterans with amputations, more than 20,000 of whom had upper-limb involvement.



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The Friday Night Kayak Group met  Friday June 30, 2017 with five kayaks dodging rain on Chestnut Pond in Epsom. 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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