Pittsfield NH News

September 13, 2017


Suncook Valley

Snoriders Mum Sale

September 16, 9a-5p

& September 17, 9a-3p

@ EXIT Realty

(corner River Rd. & Rte. 28)

Mums, corn stalks, & pumpkins!



PMHS Announces The 2017 Athletic Hall Of Fame Class


Pittsfield Middle High School (PMHS) will hold its annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction on Saturday, September 16, at 6:00 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. 


The 2017 class includes Krista (Hast) FitzGerald (Student-Athlete) – Class of 1980, and Rick Anthony (Coach/Contributor) – Class of 1982.


The induction ceremony is open to the public and we invite all to attend.



Incredible Wild Edibles!

Pittsfield Senior Center 12:30pm September 19th


The 1,2,3 Living Well group will host Hannah Park, a Merrimack Area Environmental Interpretive Ranger will share about wild edible plants in New Hampshire.


After this educational program you will know which plants are safe to eat, how to prepare them, and which plants are incredibly dangerous if misidentified.  Recipes will be provided!  The environmental ranger program is a collaboration of NH State Parks, the Student Conservation Association and Americorps.


Please come and enjoy this informative program, and gain confidence to gather some delicious edibles!



Upcoming Joy Church Events


9/16 Beth Moore Simulcast 9:30 a.m.


9/17 Joy Church Grand Opening Celebration! 9:30 a.m.


9/21 Youth Group Family Dinner Night 6:00 – 8:30


9/30 Movie Night outside 7:00 p.m.


Our regular weekly schedule includes:

Sunday Service 9:30 a.m.


Thursday night Youth Group – Students in grades 6 – 12, 6:30 – 8:30


Joy Church is located at 55 Barnstead Road, Pittsfield.



Pittsfield Area Senior Center Open House


The Pittsfield Area Senior Center has an Open House, September 21, 11:00AM to 1:00PM. The center is located at 74 Main St. Pittsfield, NH.


We are celebrating the “Masters of Aging.” The open house is a great way of getting information about the center, talking to other seniors who participate in the activities the center offers, while celebrating the wisdom, talent, and experience of our community’s senior citizens. Please RSVP if planning to stay for the meal that is served at 12:00PM.


For new people who have not eaten at the center before, they can eat free. There is nothing to lose, come in get some information, and then stay for lunch. For more information or to RSVP for lunch please call 435-8482.



News From American Legion Post 88

Submitted By Junior Vice-Commander Michael Hartt

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The newly elected American Legion National Commander, Denise Rohan, will be visiting American Legion Post #88 here in Loudon, New Hampshire on September 10th at 1:30 p.m.  Commander Denise Rohan is the first, ever, female American Legion National Commander!  We invite anyone who wishes to attend and meet her to be at our post on Sunday, September 10th at 1:30 p.m.  Refreshments (coffee, soda, water and some pastries) will be served afterwards.


At our August meeting held at Post #88, we had seven officers present, and eight  members.


Commander’s Fund winners for August were:  Francis Munjun $50, Jennifer Graham $25, Buzz Foster $10, Kay Amico $10, and Dot Malkhui $5.  


Eagle Scout Brady Leonard visited with us, and expressed a desire to perform a service for American Legion Post #88.  He will be making an official proposal at our next meeting on September 20th! He would like to paint our connex and make other improvements to the area around our storage connex on the post property.


The post parking lot was paved by Young’s Paving on August 15. The post would like to invite any Loudon resident who would like to help us defray the cost of this project to send a donation to American Legion Post #88, 45 South Village Road, Loudon, NH 03307.  Anyone donating will have their name put on a plaque of donors to be hung on the wall at the post.  Donors will also receive a formal Letter of Appreciation from the post.  Donations of any amount will help us defray the cost of this project.   


Post #88’s membership was 100 percent for 2017.  I am encouraging all present Post #88 members to get their 2018 membership renewals in early, by December 31, 2017.


Post #88 will sponsor a yard sale at the post on October 7th and 8th of this year.  Loudon residents who would like to set up a table at the Post #88 Yard Sale can contact me (Mike Hartt) at 496-2178 to reserve a spot.  A limited number of 10’ x 10’ spaces will be available.  Parking would be behind the post area, or another area to be determined.  Vendors would be expected to bring their own tables and chairs, arriving early enough on the day of the Yard Sale to set up, go park their vehicles, and return to their table/s prior to the start of the yard sale.  A limited number of American Legion tables would be available.  Spots would be $15 per day, and American Legion tables would be an extra $5 each.  American Legion tables would have to be returned at the end of the yard sale. If it rains on the yard sale dates the yard sale will be  postponed until the following weekend.  Money earned from the space and table rentals would go into programs that will support and/or benefit the Town of Loudon, and Post #88.  Flyers on the yard sale may appear at local businesses prior to the date/s of the yard sale.


Post #88 held several raffles for items during Loudon Old Home Day on August 12th.  Items raffled and winners list are as follows:


Terri Moore - Grey Afgan

Pam Connor - Brown Afgan

Gerard and Jane LeDuc - PS3 Disney Infinity Game

Karl Savage - Set of two antique castings statuary wall hangings made in 1960

Diane Burr - Zoingo Boingo PoGo Toy

Jill Foster - Blue Afgan

Emily Maxfield - Melissa & Doug® Floor Puzzle

Howard Pearl - Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader game


Winners can pick up their items by calling me at 496-2178 and arranging a pick up time, or they can drop by the third Wednesday of any month at our regularly scheduled 7 p.m. meeting.  I encourage Loudon residents to participate in next years raffles at the American Legion booth at Loudon Old Home Days.  All proceeds benefit the town of Loudon, and American Legion Post #88.


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Karl Savage accepts the Antique Statuary Castings Set he won at the American Legion booth at Loudon Old Home Day.


The Loudon Ledger will feature one of our post’s members each month beginning with the Ledger’s October issue.  


The American Legion of New Hampshire District 5 Commander Todd Connor will be visiting Post #88 on September 20, 2017.


The post gets a limited number of Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps Times newspapers each month.  These are available at no charge to area veterans who would like to stop by the post during our regularly scheduled post meeting the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.  The newspapers are on a first come, first served basis.


Due to “old age” and my inherently forgetful nature I missed the deadline for the August Loudon Ledger.  The Loudon Village Country Store graciously gave me permission to publish our post activities, and upcoming events in this format for this month, and put it in their store for distribution.  Thank you Loudon Village Country Store!


Post #88 wants to wish everyone in Loudon a wonderful summer.  We invite any veteran who wants to see what we are all about to drop by our regularly scheduled meeting the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.  We’ll be happy to talk to you.  You can also contact me at 496-2178.



Pittsfield Circle of Home & Family 2017 Raffle Winners


The Pittsfield Circle of Home & Family group would like to thank everyone who purchased tickets for their 2017 Raffle.  This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we thank people for their generosity.


The winners are:  “Full Bloom” pattern Quilt- Constance Ouellette; Large Hand Woven Basket – Harriet Hutchins; Hot Air Balloon Pillow- Ava Foster; Quilted Angel Wall Hanging- Stephanie Pike; Baby Quilt- Ali Szabo; Quart Maple Syrup- Paula Martel; Set of Anna Lee Dolls- Robin Davis; Set of Quilted Star Hot Pads – Beth Kiley; 4 Matted Photographs – Gail Davis; Herbal Flax Wrap- Carolyn Davis; Necklace & Earring Set – Linda Gray; Cross Stitched Pillowcase Set – Faith Whittier.


The Pittsfield Circle of Home and Family group is a women’s group that meets once per month on the 4th Thursday at 7pm at the Community Center.  Our meetings typically consist of an educational program such as a guest speaker, making a craft or cooking demonstrations………and we always have refreshments!  Many of the program topics are geared towards women’s health, finances, community outreach, history and heritage arts.  New members are always welcome.  We have a great time and it’s a fun bunch of ladies –come join us!  Please call Andi Riel at 435-6346 or email at pittsfieldtowncrier@hotmail.com if you’d like more information. 



Sunday School Begins


The First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield, will begin their children’s Sunday School year with Rally Day Sunday, September 17.


Classes will begin the following Sunday, September 24 at 9:45 a.m. and end at 11 a.m. Worship services begin at 10 a.m. with Fellowship Hour following. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, contact the church office at 435-7471 or consult the church’s website: pittsfieldcc.com.



Letter To The Editor

Support Local


It seems that the support local or buy local term has become commonplace or has become a cliché, but now more than ever it’s vital to the sustainability and continuation of the way of life we enjoy here in NH. One of the reasons so many are attracted to this state is the rural character it possesses. Once a state or region becomes suburban, it never returns to quiet rural. (It’s too late for eastern Massachusetts, for example.) If we want that to continue we must be serious about supporting agriculture in our communities.


Farms, especially dairy farms, are vital to that continuation of open space. We cannot continue to allow these local food producers to shut down. I can think of at least a dozen dairy farms in NH alone that went out of business in the last ten years, and that’s not including the 19 who shut their doors just last year largely due to the drought. Farming can definitely be a satisfying way of life, but it sure helps when you get paid for all the work. So we need to take proactive steps to ensure our agricultural community, and thus our open space, continues for future generations. We must keep the demand strong. Stock up on dairy products, stop at the farm stands, and show your support. Teach the next generation that farming is cool. Show them what it takes to make a beautiful field and that they’re not made to build houses on, but to feed cows. We MUST do our part, and pass this on.


Willie Matras




Letter To The Editor



On Tuesday, September 19 from 7AM-7PM, Pittsfield voters will decide at the Town Hall on a proposed 1-year teacher collective bargaining agreement. Now that the School District is under SB2, we have a full 12 hours to fit this confidential vote into our busy schedules and absentee ballots are even possible.  Please take the opportunity to vote on this important issue. SB2 allows more people (i.e. every registered voter) to weigh in on this special election!


I have many concerns with the school budget and its future. The school budget has already cost us $2.47/thousand more than 2016. If this agreement is approved, it will increase by another $.25 per thousand of accessed property evaluation. At the deliberative session, I reminded the school board that the problem is not with the taxpayer. They need to understand that the problem is the budget.


Every year, the taxpayer has given the school board everything they wanted. Last year, the budget increase was almost defeated and the teacher’s contract was defeated. Whether this 1-year agreement passes or fails, next year’s budget will still have all the same issues - teacher’s health insurance and pension increases, lost revenue from the state allocation, and a 3-year teacher contract.


Unless something changes in the thinking, the town taxes will continue to rise at an unsustainable rate. Let’s hope that the school board has some new solutions for the next budget. If the teachers are a priority, they need to make that the issue and learn to do with less in other areas. After all, the school budget is over $10 million and our cost per student is already one of the highest in the state. The problem is the budget and not the taxpayer.


Clayton Wood



Concord Regional VNA Offers “A Matter Of Balance” In Pittsfield


Concord Regional VNA is offering an eight-week falls prevention program “A Matter of Balance” that helps adults view falls and the fear of falling as controllable, change the environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance. The program takes place on Tuesdays beginning October 3 from 10 a.m. to Noon at Pittsfield Senior Center, 74 Main Street in Pittsfield.


There is no fee to attend this program and space is limited. Pre-registration is required. To register, call (603) 224-4093 or (800) 924-8620, ext. 5815 or visit www.crvna.org.


A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls/Volunteer Lay Leader Model © 2006. This program is based on “Fear of Falling: A Matter of Balance” Copyright © 1995 Trustees of Boston University: All rights reserved. Used and adapted by permission of Boston University.



Thank You


The Pittsfield Food Pantry would like to thank the people who donated food for the Food Pantry at the Recycled Percussion show on Friday, August 25th.



School District Collective Bargaining Agreement

Submitted By The Pittsfield School Board

Mike Wolfe, Chair; Bea Douglas, Vice-Chair; Linda Freese, Ted Mitchell, Ralph Odell


We strongly encourage all Pittsfield voters to cast your ballot in favor of our proposed new teacher contract.  This important vote will be held from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19, at Town Hall.


The proposed contract is a one-year agreement that maintains the same salary schedule and benefits offered that were agreed-to in the now-expired agreement in place last school year.  No changes to the salary schedule or benefits offered are part of the new agreement.


Because teachers are facing increases in their required contributions to the New Hampshire Retirement System and health insurance, take-home pay is being decreased unless the new agreement is accepted by voters.  With a yes vote, experienced teachers will advance a step on the salary schedule, resulting in modest salary increases.


If accepted, the estimated cost of this new contract is $66,486; this represents an increase of $.25/thousand on the tax rate.  In other words, a property valued at $100,000 will be assessed an additional $25.00 for the next tax year.


At this point, the district’s fund balance from the 2016-2017 school year is estimated to be about $85,000.  However, because bills are still coming in for services provided or authorized prior to July and because the district’s revenues have not been finalized, the tax impact of this estimated fund balance is not yet known.


For more information, please visit the school district website – pittsfieldnhschools.org – and see articles printed in The Suncook Valley Sun over the past three issues.  Please also feel free to contact our superintendent of schools, John Freeman (435-5526 or sau51super@metrocast.net), with your questions.


Both the Pittsfield School Board and the Pittsfield Budget Committee recommend that you vote yes on this proposed contract.  Your vote is important to our students, our schools, and our teachers.  Please vote yes on Tuesday, September 19, at Town Hall.




Kathleen Ann (McGravey) Bergeron


Kathleen Ann (McGravey) Bergeron, 73, passed away on Wednesday, September 6, after a long battle with cancer.


Born to Vincent and Gloria (Sicard) McGravey on November 4, 1943, she was raised in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and went on to live throughout the U.S., with careers in banking & finance and real estate. Most recently, she was the administrative assistant for Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Pittsfield, NH, near to Loudon, where she has lived with her husband of 28 years, Harvey J. Bergeron. She was predeceased by her younger sister JoAnn M. McGravey in 2008.


In addition to her loving husband Harvey, she is survived by her brother Robert Vincent McGravey and his wife Joyce (Trovato) McGravey of Fremont, NH; her son Stephen Pimpare and his husband Taylor Hooper of Deering, NH; her daughter Marybeth Kathleen Pimpare of Covina, CA; and six grandchildren. She is also survived by stepchildren Tomi Sue (Bergeron) and husband Paul Chorlian of Newton, MA; Tamara Lee (Bergeron) and husband Russell Sargent of Holderness, NH; William Bergeron of Whitefield, NH; James Bergeron of Barnstead, NH; Rebekah (Bergeron) and husband Michael Young of North Haverhill, NH; Herve Bergeron and wife Brenda of Barnstead, NH; sixteen step-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


At her request there will be no calling hours. A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes on Thursday, September 14 at 10AM. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in her name to Hospice House of the Concord Regional Visiting Nurses Association.



Gilbert Seward Paige


Gilbert S. Paige, 90, of Misty Oak Drive, East Concord, passed away peacefully at The Concord Hospice House September 4th, 2017. 


He was born in Concord, December 19, 1926, the son of the late Carroll M. and Grace E. (Seward) Paige. He was a proud Navy Hospital Corpsman, serving in both WWII and the Korean Conflict and discharged in 1954, and a 73 year member of the Peterson-Cram American Legion Post #75 of Pittsfield. He was a graduate of Pittsfield High School in 1942 and attended UNH for 2 years when he assumed responsibility for the operation of The Paige Agency in Pittsfield, specializing in both insurance and real estate. He ran this business until his retirement in 1987.


He was a member of the Corinthian Lodge F&AM, Bektash Temple and The Shriners Drum Corps. He spent numerous hours in leadership positions supporting civic organizations, including the Pittsfield Historical Society, the Rotary Club, the Chamber of Commerce, the Cemetery Association, the Area Arts Council, and the Pittsfield Players. He served Pittsfield as a Selectman, a Trustee of Trust Funds, and a member of Community Development Commission and the Concord Board of Realtors. He also passed out fire hats to many children, during fire prevention week, throughout the community for many years. He was very proud of having received the Pittsfield High School Moody-Kent Award, a Pittsfield Rotary Club Paul Harris Award, and he was voted Pittsfield’s Citizen of the Year in 1975. He also received the VFW Outstanding Citizen Award. In his spare time he worked in photography  and presented many shows he put together on Pittsfield’s history. He was well known for designing and handcrafting miniature Shaker furniture.


He is survived by his wife of 70 years, June (Remington) Paige; daughters Cynthia Cook and Husband Michael, Valerie Paige, Susan Paige Morgan and Husband Charles, and Daphne Paige; a son Carroll “Pete” Paige; numerous Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren and Great Great Grandchildren.


A  private Committal Service with Military Honors will be held in the Floral Park Cemetery. A celebration of his life will be held at the First Congregational Church, Main St., Pittsfield on Saturday, September 16 from 2:30 to 4:30 PM


In lieu of flowers donations may be made to CRVNA – Hospice Program, 33 Pillsbury St. Concord, NH 03301 ; A Shriners Hospital in either Boston or Springfield , MA; or The Pittsfield Historical Society, Elm St. Pittsfield, NH 03263.


The Waters Funeral Home, David Pollard, Director, is assisting the family with arrangements.













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