Pittsfield NH News

October 28, 2009


There are openings on the Pittsfield Budget Committee. Anyone interested in serving on the Committee, please contact the Town Moderator at: Cedric Dustin, 6 Blake Street, Pittsfield, NH 03263 or at: CeeDee3ee@metrocast.net


Celebrating Birthdays are: October 28, Jennifer Boisvert, Steve Fife; October 29, Aimee Adams; October 30, Robin Derby; October 31, Rich Plante, Fern Bond; November 1, Michael Argue; November 2, Susan Paige-Morgan, John Genest, Sr., Gerry O’Brien; November 3, Krista Webber.

A Very Happy Birthday To One And All.

Best Wishes to Diane and Ray Lammott who will celebrate their Wedding Anniversary October 28.


It is that time once again. The American Red Cross will be holding a Blood Drive on Thursday, October 29th at Pittsfield Elementary School, 34 Bow Street. Sponsored by the Pittsfield PTO - Child care will be provided. Positive ID is required. Come and donate - give the Gift Of Life.

Loudon Center Freewill Baptist Church, Clough Hill Road, Loudon, will hold their Annual Craft and Bake Sale on Saturday, October 31, 2009, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Do some Christmas Shopping! Yummy Treats.

For further information, please call Henry at 783-4540.

Recent PMHS Booster Club Calendar Raffle Winners: 10/1, Kim Bissonnette, $25; 10/2, Jon Ward, $25; 10/3, Terry Thuillier, $50; 10/4, Joe Darrah, $40.00; 10/5, Cam Darrah, $25; 10/6, Jon Ward, $25; 10/7, Jon Ward, $25; 10/8, Dillan Ward, $25; 10/9, Jim Martin, $25; 10/10, Andi Riel, $50; 10/11, Tanja Cloutier, $40; 10/12, Terry Thuillier, $25; 10/13, Bryce Paradise, $25; 10/14, JoAnne Camara, $25; 10/15, Deb and Tim Patterson, $25; 10/16, Mary Thorpe, $25; 10/17, Joan Tyrell, $50.

TOPS NH #38 Pittsfield

Its been a while. Summer has passed, and fall is here. We have attended several functions. Fall Rally was held in Rochester, NH, this year. We had a great day with ten members in attendance, 234 statewide.

We have started a new contest that may result in a new lap robe for the winner. We also have played TOPS Bingo. As you can see, we have been busy. Why not give us a try?

We meet Tuesdays at St. Stephen’s Undercroft, Pittsfield, at 6:30 p.m. For those who are members at present, weigh-in is 5:30-6:15 p.m. Remember, we’re a non-profit organization.

For further information, please contact Pat at 435-5333 or Sandy at 798-5658.

Pittsfield Trick or Treat  hours are 5-7 p.m., Saturday, October 31. Please be aware of the increased foot traffic on town streets during that time.


Big River, The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn Is A Pittsfield Players Sensation

Big River is a tale of freedom - Huck’s freedom from his father and Jim’s freedom from slavery. In this case the two hit the wide Mississippi to discover their freedom and themselves. Ryan Glennon of Barnstead plays the lovable tall, dark, Huck with a smile that’ll melt your heart especially when he’s singing, the gospel-y,”Waitin’ for the Light to Shine.”

Huck’s not sure where his lot will lead him but he does know he doesn’t want to be under the care of his gold-digging father anymore. He’d love to be able to just hang out and be one of the boys, an unlovely lot of teenagers who make blood pacts and swear on each other’s lives and the lives of their families that they always stick together, until they’re called home to dinner of course. Tim Osborne and Travis Pitcher along with the other boys in the Tom Sawyer Robbers group have a rousing time with “We are the Boys,” singing that they were “born to raise hell, together forever and always.”

If the four part harmonies on “Do You Wanna Go To Heaven,” the country twang of, “I, Huckleberry, Me,” or the blue-sy, “Dag gum Guv’ment” don’t incite your interest then perhaps the one-liners like Paps’ “I’m gonna rest for a minute and then I’ll kill ya;” the Judge’s, “Things would’ve been better if you had remained dead;” or Huck’s, “It’s a place you couldn’t find even if you knew where it was,” will and that’s all just in the first act.

Don’t miss the raft on this one, folks, you’re going to want to join us on the Big River starting in just two weeks; November 6, 7, at 8 PM; 8 at 2 PM, 13 at 8 PM and 14 at 2 PM and 8 PM.

Get your tickets online at pittsfieldplayers.com; reserve them by calling 603-435-8852 and leave a message but don’t wait to get them at the door because they’ll be gone before you know it!



Greater Pittsfield Chamber Of Commerce Holds Successful

Business After Hours

The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce held another successful Business After Hours. The event was sponsored by Epsom Tool Rental located on Rt 28 in Epsom. They opened their doors to all of the Chamber Members and provided a great atmosphere for businesses to interact with one another.

Mark Fraser and his sidekicks, Bill and Buzz, were excellent hosts. There were light refreshments and discussion on the many services Epsom Tool Rental offers. Epsom Tool Rental serves the needs of the homeowner as well as the contractor, providing reliable tools to get your project done on time.  Epsom Tool Rental also has parts and service available on the equipment they sell, as well as stocking small engine parts. Epsom Tool Rental is here to serve the needs of the contractor as well the homeowner. 
The turn out for this event was 12 Members. Each Member was able to interact with one another and had the opportunity to learn about the individual businesses and the services they offer. Everyone had a wonderful time!  You can view the pictures of this event on The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce web site at www.pittsfieldchamber.org.

We would like to send out a special Thank You to Epsom Tool Rental for offering the space for such a fantastic event. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to see exactly what Epsom Tool Rental has to offer as well as providing the space to network our businesses!!



Going, Going, Gone Luncheon

You and your friends are invited to The Going, Going, Gone Luncheon Thursday, November 12, 2009, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., $15, Inclusive at the Red Blazer Restaurant & Pub, 72 Manchester Street, Concord, NH. 224-4101.

Auction With George and Jeanne Foster.

Be Who You Are Designed To Be! - Sharri Martinelli.

Reservations by November 4th. Cancellations are required. Please call Maddie at 485-4303 or Barbara at 798-5976.

Sponsored by Concord Women’s Connection and Stonecroft Ministries (non-profit) www.Stonecroft.org



VA Contacting Veteran-Students About New GI Bill
Calls Part of Systematic Outreach to Improve Service

Submitted By Merrill A. Vaughan
Commander, American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75, Pittsfield, NH
Representatives of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be telephoning Veterans across the country to explain their education benefits under the new Post-911 GI Bill and ensure beneficiaries are able to receive payments due them.

“The Post-9/11 GI Bill is one of our highest priorities,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “Instead of making people wait to hear from us, we’re reaching out to Veterans, so they can get the money they need to stay in school.”

The Department is conducting this telephone outreach in response to the large numbers of Veterans who have applied for education benefits for the fall 2009 semester. The calls are scheduled to go to Veterans who have applied for benefits under the new educational assistance program.

Those who registered for advanced payments will be called, to be sure they received their benefits.

To protect the personal identity of Veterans, VA representatives making calls will not ask for any personal information, such as birthdates, bank account or social security numbers, but they may ask family members for information to contact Veterans who are away at school.

“Our procedures and policies to provide advanced payments remain in effect,” Shinseki said. “Meanwhile, we’re completing the on-time development of our automated processing system that will ensure timely delivery of checks in the future.”



Canines for Combat

Submitted By Merrill A. Vaughan
Commander, American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75, Pittsfield, NH
Thanks to the generous donations of thousands of individuals, private foundations and small businesses specifically for Canines for Combat Veterans, Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans/NEADS is able to provide these fully-trained Assistance Dogs at no cost to qualified veterans.

Travel to our national training campus in Princeton, Massachusetts, is provided free of charge to the veteran. Fully accessible on-site accommodations are also provided at no cost.

Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans/NEADS, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, has trained nearly 1,000 dogs since its beginning in 1976. The NEADS campus is located in central Massachusetts. Clients stay in accessible housing on campus during their two week training session.

Assistance dogs partner with people with physical disabilities or various degrees of deafness to enhance independence and social interaction especially in public situations. Under the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, assistance dogs accompany their partners at school, at work and in public settings. The dog will continue to assist in civilian life or at a new military assignment.

“ Help a person transition to prosthetics.”
“ Help with tasks for a person using a wheelchair.”
“ Retrieve and carry objects.
“ Press buttons and open doors.”
“ Turn lights on and off.”
“ Assist on ramps.”
“ Respond to sounds for those who are deaf or hard of hearing.”
“ Provide social interaction.”
“ Provide balance when walking.”

Any combat veteran whose service injury has resulted in deafness or a disability.

Go on our website http://www.neads.org and click on our new program, “Canines for Combat Veterans”. Find the service dog or hearing dog icon, click on “APPLY NOW” to find an application or contact NEADS directly for an assistance dog application 978/422-9064 Ext. 22 or http://www.veterans@neads.org



Pittsfield Cemetery Association Holds Special Meeting

The Pittsfield Cemetery Association held a special meeting on October 19th. Those Trustees and members attending were President, David Pollard; Vice President, Royce Elkins; Henry Stapleton, Robert Moulton, Louis Houle, Michael Towle, Frances Marston and Superintendent, Donald Fife. Guests attending were George Gray and Stephen Catalano.

The first order of business discussed was the current finances of the Association. The economic situation and the losses incurred within the investment portfolio, over the past year, has made  it necessary to increase the “LOT PRICES” and increase the amount deposited in the perpetual care fund to guarantee the continued maintenance of the cemetery. The price of a lot has not been raised since the development of the new blocks in the Hillside Section, several years ago. After lengthy discussion, it was decided that effective December 1st, the price of a lot would be $500.00 per grave. A two grave lot would be $1,000. Three graves $1,500.00 and 4 graves $2,000.00 as of December 1st or until the cemetery becomes snow covered and closed for the winter. There are no single graves available. It was felt that these prices are reflective of the surrounding area cemetery costs. The rule permitting the interment of 2 cremation graves per grave space be continued.

The second order of business was a lengthy discussion of the Association’s allowing the set up and discharge of the Annual Balloon Rally fireworks. Stephen Catalano, President of the Pittsfield Rotary Club, made a presentation in favor of the event and how it positively makes a tremendous impact on the entire community and that after an exhaustive study of the area, there is NO OTHER suitable site within proximity to Drake Field, to safely discharge the fireworks.  The significant uproar created this past year was discussed and was noted as worthy by all association members. A motion was made and seconded to continue to allow use of the cemetery with the following conditions. 1.  Cut back  on the number of shells and limit the size of the shells fired. 2. Have a representative of the Association on site to monitor the fireworks traffic and to personally assist anyone owning a lot in the display area, access to that lot during the set up times. 3. Close the entire cemetery just prior to and during the show, to limit people camping out on cemetery grounds to witness the show. This past year, more mess was made by people picnicking and so forth during the display.  4. A through clean up following the show will be completed as soon as physically possible. The vote was 5 for, 1 against and 1 abstention.

Anyone wishing to purchase a lot prior to the effective increase can call President Pollard at 435 8329.



School Lunch Menus
November 2-6, 2009


Monday - French bread pizza, cucumber slices with dip, fruit cocktail, milk.
Tuesday - NO School - Teacher Workshop
Wednesday - Baked chicken, mashed potato, gravy, corn, sliced peaches, milk.
Thursday - Mozzarella cheese sticks, marinara sauce, buttered noodles, green beans, Baker’s choice, milk.
Friday - Chicken patty sandwich, baked fries, veggie, pears, milk.
Ice Cream is sold every Tuesday and Thursday. Snacks available every day 8:00-10:30 a.m.

Questions concerning Lunch Program, please call 798-5651.


Monday - Pizza, veggies, fruit, milk.
Tuesday - Mac and cheese, sausage patty, veggies, fruit, milk.
Wednesday - Grilled cheese, tomato soup, fruit, milk.
Thursday - Chicken, veggies, fruit, milk.
Friday - Burgers, cheese, veggies, fruit, milk.
Salad Bar each day unless stated otherwise.



SVSC I U12 Boys Team Wins Bob Gray “A” Invitational Soccer Tournament


Front Row (R-L): Noah Manteau, Kegan Vincent, Gabe Anthony, Cam Darrah, Alex Reid, Back Row (R-L): Nick Vincent, Cody Gauthier, Matt Kubat, Xenthios Cyr, Casey Ward, Noah MacGlashing, Jovani Antonelli-Hernandez

The SVSC I U12 Boys team won the Bob Gray “A” Invitational Soccer Tournament this past week. SVSC I came out of Pool Play with a record of 1-0-2 and was seeded 3rd in the “A” tournament. In the Semi-Finals SVSC I beat the other Pittsfield team SVSC II in Penalty Kicks 3-2 after playing to a 1-1 tie in regulation. Cam Darrah scored the lone goal for SVSC I and Matt St. George scored the equalizer for SVSC II with less than 5 minutes to play. In the penalty Kick Shoot-out Cody Gauthier, Xenthios Cyr, and Kegan Vincent scored. In the Finals SVSC I beat Concord Christian in Penalty Kicks 3-0 after playing to a 2-2 tie in regulation and playing a scoreless overtime. Matt Kubat and Xenthios Cyr both scored for SVSC I and Goalie Noah Manteau made a diving save with less than a minute to play in regulation to preserve the tie. In the Penalty Kick Shoot-out Cody Gauthier, Xenthios Cyr, and Gabe Anthony all scored to secure the Championship for SVSC I. Noah MacGlashing, Casey Ward, and Alex Reid all played well in the Finals to help Pittsfield to victory.



Pittsfield Area Senior Center

The Pittsfield Area Senior Center regrets to announce the immediate cancelation of all extracurricular bus activities until further notice. Those who have made reservations are being contacted and refunds are being made. Daily medical and shopping trips continue to operate for Barnstead, Chichester, Epsom and Pittsfield Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. The bus serves the Alton Senior Center catchment area on Thursdays.  For door to door Senior Rural Transportation Service call 435-8482 24 hours prior to your need.



Letter to the Editor

I read recently where the Pittsfield Fire Department was resuming the Senior Call In Program. I am so happy to hear this. I organized this program in 1992 when I was dispatcher/admin. assistant at the Pittsfield Police Department under then chief John Charron. I started with 6 senior citizens in town and over 10 years grew to over 55 residents. I also had one resident in Barnstead who asked if she could participate. They would start calling at 8:30 a.m. and continued to 10 a.m.

The program was a success in many ways. I can remember one lady who was not answering her phone because, according to her son, she was going to have to be placed in a retirement home, and she didn’t want to go. I sent an officer to her residence to confirm she was okay. When the officer got there, he had to force an entry and found she was on the floor having a stroke. She received treatment and enjoyed her life for several more years. When I left the police department in 2001, I missed my seniors very much. Thank you Pittsfield Fire, you have no idea what a service you are rendering. Keep up the excellent work!

Dick Patten



OHRV Snowmobile Safety Class

The Suncook Valley Sno-Riders will be hosting a snowmobile safety course on Saturday, November 14, 2009, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Pittsfield Community Center downstairs in the cafeteria area. The course is free to all participants.

The day of class, a parent must come inside with their child between 7:30 a.m. and 7:50 a.m. to fill out paperwork. Students must be 12 years old (or older) by the end of the riding season in order to participate. Parents can sit in on the class if they like, but not mandatory.  Lunch will be provided.

To sign up give Dana Elliott a call at 435-5074. Classes fill fast so do not delay in signing up.

The club will also be serving their annual Ham & Bean Dinner the same night.  NHSA ticket sales will be taking place at Ace Hardware (Maxfields) in Pittsfield and Bosco Bell Store in Barnstead that weekend.  More information will be forthcoming.













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