Pittsfield NH News

December 23, 2009


 

TOPS NH #38


New Year’s parties, dressing up, you continue to let it all show. Now about those resolutions, time you forgave yourself for your past, and take each day, one day at a time. Treat yourself as you would treat that best friend, and attend a Take Off Pounds Meeting, held Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.


We meet at St. Stephen’s Undercroft, Main Street, Pittsfield, NH. Feel free to call Pat Smith, 435-5333, or Sandy Gilmore, 798-5658. We would love to see or hear from you. Out TOPS club, as all, are non-profit. We try and make the meetings interesting, and remember its your life, so why   prolong it, and take off some weight now.

 


 

A Christmas Memory


By Art Morse
Mom always lived Christmas the whole year round. Come September or October and every purchase became a potential Christmas present. Socks, underwear, 5 lbs. of sugar all sat waiting to be wrapped if they weren’t needed before December 25.


We always had a night before gift to open. When it was just the three of us, my sister and I would convince Mom to let us open one gift. As we had families, that one gift became a set of new PJs to wear Christmas night. We continue this practice with our grandchildren.


As a kid, we lived in an apartment house on Broadway (where Turnaround Eclipse is Now), and before we had a chance to play with our gifts we were off to Nana’s. Nana and Papa lived in a duplex where the P&M parking lot is now. When we had children the Christmas Day traveling got more complex. We had our Christmas then off to Big Nana’s (my grandmother), Little Nana’s (my mother) and down to my wife’s parents.


I don’t remember the presents of these times past as much as I remember the wonderful times with family, extended family and sometimes at Mom’s complete strangers. Merry Christmas and God bless you everyone.

 


 

What’s Up at PYW?


By:  Paula Driscoll, PYW Program Director
Hello Pittsfield! Much has been happening at PYW despite the tons of snow and cold temperatures. We are in full swing for the winter season, and I wanted to extend a hello to all of you, recap some of the memorable moments from the last couple of months, and let you know about the many exciting activities and trips we have coming up in the next couple of months.


In November, the youth traveled to the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium with a stop at the Steeplegate Mall. If you haven’t been to the Planetarium in the last couple of years you need to check it out again. They have a lot of new exhibits and activities for all ages. Then it was time to prepare for our Thanksgiving Family Dinner. We had almost 80 members of the community enjoying conversation, a trivia quiz, a “find the most words” game, sharing what we were thankful for, and had a delicious turkey dinner with all the fixings. We want to thank Danis Supermarket, P & M Market, Paul Metcalf, Carl and Siobhan Plummer, Dominick’s, Duane Family Farm, Pat and Paul Nickerson, and the Powers family for their generous donations. We also want to thank Pam Alexander, Jane Johnson and all the youth that helped set-up, cook, and clean up. We couldn’t do it without you!


On December 5th during the Pittsfield’s Tree Lighting Ceremony we opened our doors to the public to show off the eight gingerbread houses that the youth made from scratch, served warm food (with donations going to the Pittsfield Food Pantry), and most importantly had pictures with Santa! We want to thank Rite Aide for the donation of candy and to Jack’s Pizza for the gift cards that were awarded to the youth with the most creative gingerbread houses.


Also in December, we started offering even more opportunities for youth in grades 6-12. Every Monday, since the beginning of December, Tammy Colby has volunteered her time to help the youth with arts and crafts. On Tuesday’s, Mr. Mitchell, PMHS art teacher, has come in to help us design and create a mural. Wednesdays we have Cooking Club – the youth decide on a healthy meal, prepare it, serve it, eat it and finish by cleaning-up. Thursday we have guitar lessons and on Fridays we will be teaching and playing different board and card games. Drop-in hours are Monday through Friday from 3:00 – 6:00pm.


Brace yourselves… Winterfest is coming! There will be a lot of PYW activities planned for that week such as snow tubing at Pats Peak Ski Area, a dance (rumor is that someone from WJYY will be the DJ), a Monarchs game, and much more. Watch for the schedule. We will be having sign-ups for trips on Thursday, February 11th from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Please stop by during this time or call PYW at 435-8272 to reserve your spot on any of the trips and/or for more information about Winterfest.
We wish you all a safe and happy holiday! PYW will be closed December 23rd till January 4th.


The Pittsfield Youth Workshop is a nonprofit youth organization committed to providing programs and services that empower youth by helping them to develop useful skills, self-esteem, and meaningful friendships - by involving them in activities that are interesting, challenging, and healthy avenues to self discovery.

 


 

Dorcas Guild


Submitted By Joan Riel
The Dorcas Guild of the First Congregational Church in Pittsfield met the evening of December 8th for its annual Christmas Meeting. Nella Hobson read an appropriate Biblical Reading, followed by all joining in the Lord’s Prayer.


Peggy Jacobs conducted the meeting when the Secretary gave her report and read correspondence. The Treasurer gave her financial report showing the current balance and income from the two fairs. Many, many Christmas cards were circulated for signing to be mailed. The Mystery Package brought by Kathy Bergeron was won by Reny Boyd.


The nominating committee brought in a slate for a vote. Elected were President, Peggy Jacobs; Vice President, Kathy Bergeron; Secretary, Joan Riel; Treasurer, Reny Boyd. The Yearbooks for 2010 were updated and new projects were selected for each meeting in the coming year.


After the meeting a Christmas Party was held with exchange of gifts. The food, as always at Christmas was exceptional  and plentiful including all kinds of holiday treats, thanks to Reny Boyd and her helpers. It was thirty-five years ago that Reny and her neighbor, Bernie Donovan, hosted the Dorcas Christmas party for the first time at Reny’s gaily decorated home. As they years passed and the Guild grew in number, Reny’s home was too small and she then hosted the party at the church, with all the same foods and specialties that everyone grew to love each year. This year, however, at the close of the evening it was voted to make it a Pot Luck Christmas Party next year. Hopefully, it will still include Reny’s “Charlie Brown” Christmas Tree with an ornament for each one attending.


The next meeting will be held at the church on January 12th. This will be the annual Birthday Party meeting. Members are asked to bring a wrapped paperback or hard cover book for exchange. Hostesses will be Nancy Fogg and Elsie Morse.

 


 

Christmas Memory


2004 was to be our first Christmas without the eight of us together. Our eldest son, Dan, was away and still in training for his first deployment to Afghanistan with the United States Air Force. I had spent the entire pre-holiday season with “leaky” eyes every time I was confronted with that fact. “Get a grip!” I told myself, “Most families’ kids spend Christmas somewhere else eventually.” But it was war time.


Intending to make the holiday as normal as possible, my parents joined us for dinner the eve of Christmas Eve. After a night of giving gifts, eating, and listening to carols, we settled Grandma and Grandpa into Dan’s room and all went to bed. It must have been an hour later when we were awakened by the horrifying shrill of the smoke alarms. Making our way quickly down the stairs, wondering what was going on; loud laughter greeted us at the bottom step. Robby, Dan’s best friend and U.S. Marine, had picked him up that night at Logan Airport and snuck him into the house to surprise us. As I screamed with relief and laughter, we gratefully began a Christmas holiday all together once more.


This Christmas, remember our troops and support their families who “watch their backs” while they serve our country in foreign lands. The largest deployment ever of National Guard troops has begun to leave NH and will continue through 2010. You can offer support by helping those at home, our Blue Star Families, with offers to shovel, invitations to dinner, occasional childcare, or just be an ear or shoulder to a lonely heart. Always remember them in your prayers.


Christmas isn’t about dollars, cents, and sales. It is “Love thy neighbor” and ideally celebrated throughout the year.


Christmas blessings to you in the Name of my Savior, Jesus, Whose birth we celebrate this Holy Season.


Lea Adams

 


 

Pittsfield Players To Hold Auditions


The Pittsfield Players will be holding Additional Auditions for “Hot Bed Hotel”,Tuesday, December 29 at 7 PM at the Scenic Theatre, 6 Depot Street, Pittsfield. For more info please call 435-8852 or email meggin@pittsfieldplayers.com. Directed by John Charron. Additional info can be found online at pittsfieldplayers.com

 


Obituaries


 

Rose Valentine (Waning) Boomhower


Pittsfield - Rose Valentine (Waning) Boomhower, 88, formerly of Bradford, died Friday, December 11, 2009, in the Epsom Health Care Center in Epsom, NH. She was the wife of the late Clayton A. Boomhower.


Born in Haverhill on February 14, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Emma (Fernackes) Waning. She was a graduate of Haverhill High School. Rose had resided in Bradford and Danville, NH, for many years before moving to Pittsfield, NH in 1997.


Rose was employed at Lucent Technologies, Inc. in North Andover for many years before her retirement in 1982. She had also once worked at the Knipe Shoe Manufacturing Co. in the Ward Hill section of Haverhill for several years. She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and the Communication Workers of America, AFL-CIO.


Rose enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. They have many fond memories of times spent together. She had a love for animals, especially her Black Labs that she truly enjoyed being with. When Rose was a young girl she helped raise German Shepherds for the U.S. Army. She also enjoyed gardening.


She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Maureen E. and Bradford Greeley of Pittsfield, NH; two grandsons, Daniel E. Greeley of Pittsfield, NH, and Michael P. and his wife, Amy Greeley of Newfields, NH; two great-granddaughters, Amber B. Greeley and Brittany R. Lessard both of Newfields, NH; a sister, Arlene Rogers of Deerfield, NH; three step-daughters; and many nieces and nephews.


She was also pre-deceased by several brothers and sisters.


Rose’s funeral service was held on Wednesday, December 16, in the Linnehan-Grondin Funeral Home,  Bradford, MA.


Contributions may be made in her memory to the Salvation Army, 147 Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02116.


Interment was held in the Elmwood Cemetery, Bradford, MA.


For more information and to send online condolences, please visit www.linnehanfuneralhomes.com.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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