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:
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
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
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
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
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)
Contacting Veteran-Students About New GI Bill
of Systematic Outreach to Improve Service
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.
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
“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
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.
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.
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
Pittsfield Cemetery Association Holds Special Meeting
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
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
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
French bread pizza, cucumber slices with dip, fruit cocktail,
Tuesday - NO School - Teacher Workshop
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.
is sold every Tuesday and Thursday. Snacks available every day
Questions concerning Lunch Program, please
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
SVSC I U12 Boys Team Wins Bob Gray “A” Invitational Soccer
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
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
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
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!
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