Pittsfield NH News

August 30, 2017


The Pittsfield Food Pantry will be closed the first week of September.

The Pittsfield, NH American Lgion Peterson-Cram Post 75 is looking for at least two individual  that want to sing our National Anthem for our annual Installartion (First Monday in May); Memorial Day; Veterans Day and at other special programs as they occur.


If we receive  more than two nominees, (duos or a small group are welcomed to apply), we will decide by an elimination process where the nomnees will have to sing the National Anthem at our post meetings beginning September 11, at 7:30 pm at the Post Home at 3 Loudon Rd.; until two are chosen.


REQUIREMENTS:  Anyone in PMHS or home school.  If in grades 7 or 8, we would want to see a permission slip from both your parents/legal guardian and your school advisor.  If high school, a permission slip will be good from your advisor.  This will ensure that they know and approve of what you want to do.  This will count as community service and patriotisim recognition by the Post.  


If anyone has a question, feel free to contact Post 75 Adjutant Merrill Vaughan at 435-5207 or his cell phone 603-340-1375



Letter To The Editor
Pittsfield Select Board Meeting 8/22/17


First up, the team from the sewage treatment plant. Over simplified, the phosphorous levels continue to respond favorably to additional treatment. The leaky sewer pipes that allow groundwater into the system are the main cause of the problem. The solution- slip-lining the existing guilty pipes- will come at a major cost; $34 to $40 a foot, just for material, plus installation, for 5000’ or more. Our sewer lines are old, and this may be the only solution to meet DES requirements.


The release of liability for the town subsequent to approving the request to build for 121 True Rd. was signed by the Board.


Pittsfield’s valuation was assessed at $263 million. Sounds like a lot of money, but pales in comparison to all surrounding towns and is at the bottom for towns statewide with our population. We are desperately trying to find ways to turn this around.


Our cable provider, Metrocast, is being sold to Atlantic Broadband, and they have asked that we approve the change for our service. The discussion is pretty much moot however. Once a cable company has been established as the sole provider in a town, and their infrastructure is in place, other companies have little or no interest in taking over. If no action is taken to approve, the change becomes automatic in 120 days. We took no action.


Don’t forget- there will be a special day of voting at the town hall from 7 to 7 on Sept. 19 to reconsider the teacher’s contract that was turned down at the School Meeting last March. This is not a meeting- it’s simply open polls for a yes or no vote. Regardless of your position, don’t complain about the outcome if you don’t take a couple minutes to vote.


Carl Anderson



Letter To The Editor
Reagan requests public input regarding NH higher education


To the editor:
The Public Higher Education Study Committee is seeking public input regarding experiences in New Hampshire’s higher education system. Specifically, this committee is requesting answers to the question: does attending a public or private institution of higher education provide increased critical thinking skills, personal or professional development, ability to repay student loan debt, advanced knowledge and/or adequate career related skills?


The public’s input is essential to determining the quality and overall value of higher education in New Hampshire. We are looking for individual experiences that will illustrate the quality of the education they received in our state.


These individual stories will be an integral part of our work to ensure the $86 million in taxpayer dollars that is spent on higher education are providing an adequate return on investment that will not only support the needs of our state’s workforce but ensure our students will obtain good paying jobs and are able excel in their careers.”


Input from those who have attended public or private institutions for higher learning are welcome for comparison purposes. Please submit written submissions by Wednesday, September 6th to my address, 53 Mount Delight, Deerfield, NH 03037 or you can contact me, Senator John Reagan at 603-463-5945 or john.reagan111@gmail.com.



Pittsfield Beautification Committee Mark Your Calendars!!


The Pittsfield Beautification Committee is a non-profit organization staffed by volunteers who plant and maintain the 3 small and 2 large gardens in Town. Our only funding comes from your donations.  It was because of our generous supporters that we were able to create the wonderful gardens at the corners of Catamount and Broadway and Main and Oak Streets. 


If you would like to continue to support our efforts, we invite you to visit with us at our annual Mum Sale Fundraiser, to be held on Saturday, September 9th at the Aranosian Garden,  (next to Jack’s Pizza on Catamount Rd ), from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon.


We will be selling a variety of colors in 10” pots and 5 gallon pots.  We will also be selling baked goods and perennial plants for fall planting.


As always, thank you for your support !



Josiah Carpenter Library September News


The library enthusiastically welcomes Mrs. Heather Dunagin as our new Children’s Librarian.  Heather has a wealth of experience planning and conducting programs for children, and we’re excited as we prepare for the upcoming fall programs.  The afterschool Cozy Nook Book Adventure Club will begin at 3:30pm on Tuesday September 12th.  Preschool story hour will continue at 10:00 am on Thursday mornings. 


On Tuesday September 19th the 1,2,3 Living Well group will host Hannah Park, Merrimack Area Environmental Interpretive Ranger for the New Hampshire State Parks.  Hannah will be teaching about our local Incredible Wild Edibles.  The presentation will take place at 12:30pm at the Pittsfield Senior Center.  Please come and expand your culinary knowledge, including recipes!


The Teen Book Worms will gather on Monday the 11th at 5:00pm; enjoy a light supper and The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater.  The adult book club will meet to discuss Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doing at 10:30am on Tuesday September 26th.  The Pittsfield Writer’s Circle will meet at the library on September 21st at 7:00pm.


The library enjoys displaying the work of local artists.  If you are interested in showcasing your work please visit the or call the library (435-8406) and ask for Leslie.



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Mike Courchene of Mike’s Meat Shoppe is always happy to help you with your selection!



American Legion Peterson – Cram Post 75 News


Our September 2017 meeting wil be held on September 11, 2017 beginning at 7:30 PM at the Post home, located at 3 Loudon Rd., Pittsfield.  The reason for this change is that Labor Day falls on the first Monday.


The September meeting will be busy with details of how the Post is progressing in a new direction under the leaderhip of Post Comander James Edgell; POW/MIA Recognition Day and Veterans Day. 


If there are questions, feel free to contact the Post Adjutant, Merrill Vaughan at 603-340-1375.


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Grace Capital Church Pittsfield Becomes Joy Church


Grace Capital Church, which has been meeting in Pittsfield for almost 2 years, is changing their name to Joy Church, effective September 1.  The church is part of the Foursquare denomination (www.foursquare.org) and will continue that affiliation.  Joy Church will have the same great people, same location (55 Barnstead Road) and same service time (Sunday 9:30).  Pastors Mike and Kathy Mavity are excited to continue serving the Suncook Valley in the same manner, just with a new church name.


Joy church’s vision is to impact our communities with the Father’s love and raise up a body of believers committed in relationship to Jesus Christ and one another.  Everyone matters at Joy church and we want to love, accept, and show the forgiveness that we have received.


We hope you’ll come out and join us for our Grand opening celebration on September 17th at 9:30 at 55 Barnstead Road. Find out more about us at www.joychurchnh.com



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Protect Your Groundwater Day Is September 5th
Submitted By Kathy Kelley Of Epping Well And Pump


If you’re a private well owner, in the same way that you check your fire alarm batteries once a year, you should also check your well cap.  One of the ways in which our aquifers can become contaminated with bacteria is by having uncapped, abandoned wells or current wells that are not capped properly.  Take some time on September 5th to check your well cap to be sure it has no damage and is tightly secured to your well head.  You also should walk your property to ensure there are no old, abandoned wells that are open.  This will help protect the quality of your groundwater.  Thanks for doing your part!



School District Collective Bargaining Agreement
Submitted By The Pittsfield School Board

Mike Wolfe, chair; Bea Douglas, vice-chair; Linda Freese, Ted Mitchell, Ralph Odell


A special ballot vote will be held to consider a successor contract between the Pittsfield School Board and the Education Association of Pittsfield (EAP).  This vote will take place between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19, at Town Hall.


(New voters are encouraged to register to vote to have your voice heard on this critical issue; absentee ballots are available.)


The EAP represents the school district’s teachers and other categories of educators such as guidance counselors and librarians.  The recently-expired collective bargaining agreement is available for review on the district’s website and through the SAU office by request.


The EAP does not represent other categories of employees, such as administrators, paraprofessionals, office staff, or custodians.  The agreement between the Board and the EAP is the only collective bargaining agreement within the district.


The recently-expired agreement was in effect between 2014 and 2017.  For each year of this contract, the employee’s share of health insurance was increased by 1% per year, and the employee’s share of the dental insurance was increased by 5% per year.  Modest salary increases were also included.


The Board and EAP had reached agreement on a replacement three-year contract that was put before the voters in March.  Unfortunately, the voters rejected the agreement by a 95-81 vote.  This action brought the two sides to the negotiation table again this spring, and another agreement was reached.


The new agreement, which has a one-year term, makes no changes in the salary schedule or the benefits offered.  However, returning teachers will advance a “step” on the salary schedule based on the additional year of teaching. 


These step increases vary within the salary schedule.  For example, a teacher holding a BA or MA degree would gain slightly less than 2.5% for an increase from last year to this year, and such a teacher with 16 years of experience would gain approximately 3.25% for an increase.


Without a new agreement, the previous agreement will remain in effect.  However, because employees will bear increase costs for health insurance and retirement system contributions, take home pay will actually be lowered when compared with last year unless the teachers move ahead on the salary schedule based on experience.  With a YES vote, teachers and others represented by the EAP will receive modest increases.


We remain very disappointed that the previous agreement was turned down in March, but we now urge you to support our fine teachers with your YES vote on September 19.




Roland Weydemann


Tilton - Roland Weydemann, 80, of the NH Veterans Home, died August 12th at the Concord Hospital following a long illness.


He was born in Brooklyn, NY, the son of Joseph and Jennie (Maurice) Weydemann. He grew up in Pittsfield and lived in Barnstead prior to his retirement as a machinist at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. He was an Air Force Veteran during the Korean Conflict.


He was the widower of Marjorie (Adams) Weydemann and leaves a sister Elizabeth W. Adams and her husband Roland of Tilton, a niece, Lisa Bernier; a grand niece, Alyssa Bernier and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother Kurt Weydemann.


A Memorial Graveside Service, with Military Honors, was held at the Riverview Cemetery, Barnstead. In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Doberman Dog Rescue League of NH. The Waters Funeral Home, Concord, David Pollard, Director is assisting with arrangements.



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Christina Van Horn


Christina Van Horn, of Concord, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, at her home after suffering a heart attack. She was 66.


She spent many years as an editor, beginning her career at the Concord Monitor, then working at Associated Press bureaus in Concord and Hartford, Conn. She ended her New England editing career at the Boston Globe, where she was a copy editor on the local and wire desks and for The Calendar. She was also a business agent for Boston Newspaper Guild. Currently, she was an editor for PlaidSwede Publishing of Concord.


She worked in New York City as speechwriter for the New York City commissioner of the Human Resources Administration and was editor of the New School’s Observer newspaper. She delved into the fledgling world of information technology, working as an editor for Commuter Industry Daily, the first daily newspaper to be published and transmitted electronically.


Her next editing job was for Esther Dyson, one of the nation’s top information technology gurus. In this capacity, she traveled extensively for Dyson, visiting Warsaw, Budapest, Slovenia, Bratislava and the Czech Republic. Dyson played a groundbreaking role in opening the East to Western commerce.


She moved to California to marry Dana Milner and continued working as a freelance editor. She served as a president and board member of the Albany, Calif. Rotary Club and volunteered for Rebuilding Together. In a career change, she was certified by the International Color Consultant Association and became a color consultant, operating her own business. She was an active library volunteer for 15 years in Albany and served on the library board.


She moved back to New Hampshire in 2015 (in the coldest January ever), and became a volunteer at the Epsom library, where she wrote monthly book and DVD reviews. Her most recent reviews appeared in the Concord Monitor and the Suncook Valley Sun. She was a member of the Epsom Democrats. In her earlier days, she was the first woman appointed to the Pittsfield Planning Board and served on the town’s committee for a new elementary school.


Van Horn was an inveterate reader – with a large supply of books waiting to be read. She also could never have enough shoes or handbags to accessorize her wardrobe and created her own jewelry. She built a dollhouse, which she filled with 19-century furniture built by her father, Ralph Van Horn. The dollhouse is now on display at the Epsom library and is destined for the Pittsfield Historical Society. She was devoted to Democratic Party and feminist causes.


She was graduated from Wellesley College, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. She was Wellesley’s first women studies major.


She leaves her mother, Maureen Van Horn of Pittsfield; sisters, Stephanie Van Horn of Franklin and Erica Van Horn of Tipperary, Ireland, and George Geers of Concord, many cousins and friends whom she held dear.


There will be no services, but a gathering of family and friends will be held in early October.


Donations in her name should be made to the Epsom Public Library.


The Still Oak Funeral and Memorial Home is assisting the family with arrangements. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit stilloaks.com













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