The Pittsfield Emergency Management Operations Center (EMOC)
is looking for volunteers to fill positions in the support
elements during times of emergencies or exercises. While
experience is not a requirement, it would be beneficial for
volunteers to fill these positions: food preparation for
large amount of people, child care, basic emergency first aid,
security and building maintenance. Training sessions will be
held on a continuing basis.
Those citizens who want to volunteer should contact EMOC
volunteer coordinator, Merrill Vaughan at 435-5207.
Pittsfield Old Home Day
The Pittsfield Old Home Day committee will sponsor a
scarecrow contest on Old Home Day, July 18. Just bring your
scarecrow to Dustin Park by 9:00 am.
For information or questions, please contact Linda Rafeal at
Celebrating Birthdays are: July 1, Jasmine Riel, Carole
Richardson, Deborah Collins; July 3, Kellen Giuda, Patricia
Freeman, Andrew Dunne; July 4, Linda Fife, Joyce Brewster;
July 5, Jim Adams, Paul Colby, Betty Sweet; July 7, Dave Sweet.
A Very Happy Birthday to one and all.
Best Wishes to Joe and Deb Collins who will celebrate their
Wedding Anniversary on July 6th.
Shelby Paradise of Pittsfield graduated with a degree in
biochemistry at the 116th Commencement Exercises at Saint Anselm
College in Manchester, NH, on Saturday, May 16, 2009.
Winners in the June Drawing at the Peterson-Cram Post,
American Legion were: #172, Al Nutter, $50, #379, Alan A.
Enario, $25; #150, Chris Durkin, $10; #141, John Freese, $10;
#221, Chris Stewart, $10.
Pittsfield High School Class of 1984
The Pittsfield High School Class of 1984 - 25th Reunion will
be held on Sat., Aug. 8, 2009, at the Dell-Lea Country Club in
Chichester. It will be a luau theme, pig roast dinner and plenty
of time for socializing. The cost is $50/person. Invitations
have been mailed to all classmates and an RSVP and payment is
requested by July 18.
We are still trying to locate a few of our classmates: Kim (Kaukola)
Lewis, Tracy (Kinevich) Young, Nadine McMillian, JoAnn
(Saunders) Murphy, Holly (Reed) Fowler and Jay Hubbard. Please
contact Andi (Grainger) Riel at 435-6346 or
with any questions, comments or contact information.
A big thank you to everyone who donated hair to the Locks Of
Gail and Kathlyn Mcginnis, Amy Joyce, Alison Wolfe, Cassie
Heald, Tammy Perreauit, Michele Beauregard, Erin Liouzis,
Gretchen Wolfe, Monica Bento, Ami Dean, Melody Kelley, Louise
Vick, Hannah Gordon, Merissa Melvin, Jake Ramsey, Kayla Jum,
Terry Gillette, Aason Lapage.
Also, a big thank you to Marsha Letendre for all of her help
and hard work. She was the only stylist there cutting hair. We
don’t know what we would have done without her!
I’ve Been Kicked While Down
My name is Steve Topham. I reside at 122 Clough Rd.
I was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer last year.
I am not able to go back to work due to complications with
the surgery which left me with a life time, (whatever I have
left) of severe pain.
Thankfully, my wife was working and she carried me on her
A few weeks ago she was laid off. Now, NO insurance.
The pain medications that I am on are the only meds that
stop my attacks.
With this kind of medicine, the dosage is metered out just
for me; if someone else took them, they could die.
I’m in the process of trying to get full time assistance
from the hospital.
Just a lot of paper work and time. I approached Pittsfield
for some assistance for the time between now and then. I’m a
proud, hard working man used to bringing home $1200 a week. So,
for me to swallow my pride to ask for help was a big deal to me.
The person I spoke to replied, “Pittsfield isn’t in the
practice of supplying addicts with drugs… My jaw hit the floor.
WHAT! How DARE you. You’re profiling me as if I’m a common
I wouldn’t wish this pain on anyone. Not even her.
Needless to say, I couldn’t believe what that woman just
said to me. What’s next? Is she going to slam big people who
need the food pantry?
She also had one of the girls at Dr. Barksdale’s office in
My life has been turned upside down, and I’m trying to
LIVE……I wanted to die after she said that ….Please….get someone
in that chair who has a heart
Certainly, an apology is needed.
Stephen J. Topham
Pittsfield Area Senior Center
Lynne Joyce, Director
The Crafters at the
Pittsfield Area Senior Center are offering a different craft
each week for the next two months, so clip this column to keep
track of what is going on. Each class will begin at 10
a.m. You may stay to complete your project until 2 p.m.
July 1, Painting on Glass.
Bring an item you would like to paint. Supplies will
be provided for a minimal charge.
July 8, “Soft” Note Cards. Carol just returned from a
workshop to learn this technique. It is delicate and beautiful.
Use it with note cards or scrapbooking.
July 15, Crazy Quilting. Bring in some scraps of
material and Carolyn will show you how to piece them together to
make a wonderful piece of art.
July 22, Painting with acrylics. We are in negotiations with
the instructor but hope to offer this as an ongoing program.
There will be a nominal fee.
July 29, BUS TRIP! We are going to the Kimball Jenkins
Estate for a tour of the gallery. There is photography and
painting exhibit. We could go out to eat or I may order
bag lunches. You let me know!
The Pittsfield Area Senior Center sponsored Smart
Steps again this sprint. Forty four people registered and 22
finished. Congratulations to all participants and thank
you for walking with us again this year. The following people
took prizes for the most number of steps during the 8 week
period. 1st Place, Marjorie White, 697,169 steps; 2nd
Place, Roseanna Miservitch, 612,784 steps: and 3rd Place,
Rachel Kidder, 539,593 steps.
Surrounding Towns Senior Swim Time
at the Pool!
The Parks and Recreation Department has offered to open the
pool for a Senior Swim Time again this summer. Watch or call for
The Pittsfield Senior Center is a Meals-on-Wheels
distribution point for Barnstead, Chichester, Epsom, and
Pittsfield. In just a few hours one morning a week you can make
a difference in someone’s life! We are currently preparing 45
meals daily for delivery into the community. We are in need of 6
more dedicated volunteers who are willing to roll up their
sleeves and help set up, put up and clean up Meals-on-Wheels.
Volunteers at the Pittsfield Senior Center are genuinely
appreciated and honored throughout the year. Ask one! Call
435-8482 for more information.
Many have had the privilege of an education requiring
the reading of quality literature and have continued with that
habit far into their adult years. This year’s reading list for
Advanced Placement (AP) Literature & Composition is lengthy and,
therefore, costly for some families to purchase new. Would there
be an interest in citizens donating some of their used books for
Pittsfield Middle High School students’ use? They will need to
be annotated and highlighted enabling students to understand the
reading and to construct various essays later on in the
2009/2010 school year..
Literature: Structure, Sound, and
Sense, 9th Edition, Arp; Thomas R. Arp; and Greg Johnson (Eds.);
Candide, Voltaire; Emma, Jane Austin; Frankenstein, Mary Shelly;
Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad; The Cherry Orchard, Anton
Chekov; The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde; The
Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, William Shakespeare
Thank you in advance for your interest in our
students’ education. My hope is as you search your bookshelves,
that you make time to curl up with a good book this summer and
possibly revisit some old “friends” over a glass of iced tea and
The collection site will be at Pittsfield Middle
High School and the Carpenter Library.
Stephen’s Announces Winner
St. Stephen’s Church raffled off
a $100 gas card during Pittsfield’s Town-wide Yard Sale on June
6. Denise Fischbach of Massachusetts was the winner of the
We hope Denise will use part of her winnings to
return to Pittsfield for Old Home Day on July 18th and
participate in the St. Stephen’s Silent Auction.
auction will feature a Celestron telescope complete with optics
case for summer night sky viewing adventures. Other items to
tempt bidders will include handmade pottery birdbaths and a
hand-braided rug. The auction will end promptly at 2 PM on July
18th, so come by and bid early.
St. Stephen’s will again
feature a raffle at Old Home Day, this time offering three great
• Barbeque Basket - filled with items for a
summertime of grilled delicacies.
• Picnic Basket – perfect
for an outing at the lake or in the park.
• $100 gas card.
Raffle winners will be notified in the afternoon of July
18th by 2 PM.
Members of the St. Stephen’s congregation will
again create the favorites people have come to expect at our
bake table. For breakfast, try a piece of Apple Slab Pie or
choose from the array of scones, pies, cookies, breads, and
quiche that will also be available.
Stop back for an Old
Home Day Traditional lunch featuring Joe’s famous hot dogs,
George’s pulled pork sandwiches and St. Stephen’s style chili.
Enjoy your meal at one of the tables under the maple tree before
finding a spot to view the Old Home Day parade.
from the day’s events support the missions of St. Stephen’s
Church including our neighborhood outreach program. Please
contact St. Stephen’s Church at 603-435-7908 for more
Pittsfield High School Fourth Quarter Honor Roll
The following students earned honors for the fourth quarter at
Pittsfield Middle-High School.
Grade 12, High Honors: Deena
Grade 12, Honors: Adam Reed, Angela Sherman,
Grade 11, Highest Honors: Paige Corliss, Victoria
Duquette, Kara Gingras, Allison Laflamme.
Grade 11, High
Honors: Matthew Tuttle, Irene Vogt.
Grade 11, Honors: Michael
Adams, Liam Etchells, Justin Hodgdon, Kacie Smith.
Highest Honors: Craig Paggi.
Grade 10, High Honors:
Allison Quigley, Brian Ward.
Grade 10, Honors: Briana
King, Emalie Koulouras, Meghan Mulcahy, Katelyn Piaseczny.
Grade 9, Highest Honors: Colleen Corliss, Taylor Gosse, Trevlyn
Gosse, Emily Tyler, Kelsey Wrye.
Grade 9, High Honors: Paul
Kennepohl, Robert LeBel, Sebastian Manteau, Kayleen Rojek, Adriaunna Towle.
Grade 9, Honors: Jennifer Tyrell,
Indigo Wearing, Garrett Young.
Grade 8, Highest Honors: Emily
Buchanan, Ashley Pence
Grade 8, High Honors: Sage Anthony,
Brittany Cassel, Macy Chagnon, Elizabeth Cyr, Travis Guest,
Cassidy Kearns, Alyssa Moody, Justin Quigley, Jillian Towle.
Grade 8, Honors: Ashleigh Garland.
Grade 7, Highest Honors:
Katrina Haynes, Tiffany Summerford.
Grade 7, High Honors,
Victoria Averill, Gabrielle Bachelder, Jacey Darrah, Stefani
Gauthier, Alexander Pelletier, Alexis Samaluk, Katie Small,
Grade 12, Honorable Mention: Desiree Adams,
Jared Austin, Monica Bento, Whiley Clattenburg, Desiree Dumond,
Kelsey Flinkstrom, Kenneth Piaseczny, Kristine Scott, Juanita
Smith, Michael Tuttle, Kelli Webber.
Grade 11, Honorable
Mention: Stephanie Baburins, Emily Davidson, Kelley Hussey,
Shannon Racicot, Joseph Suchomski.
Grade 10, Honorable
Mention: Brian Eastman, Delina Lawrence, Bryce Paradise, Aisha
Pereira, Angela Perlupo.
Grade 9, Honorable Mention: Joshua
Bisson, Dominic Brooks, Eric Chapman, Ashley Jury, Taylor Kiss,
Grade 8, Honorable Mention: Jennifer Cantara,
Denise Grattage, Timothy Laflamme, Aaron Manteau, Katelyn
McLennan, Janice Negron, Aaron Vien, Thomas Williams.
7, Honorable Mention: Danielle Bourgeois, Katlyn Gonzalez,
Philip Gordon, Nathaniel Jackson.
Last week, I wrote that the Pittsfield Board of
Selectmen will call a special town meeting to expand the
planning board to seven members even though the planning board
had recommended against any action before the annual town
meeting next March. The selectmen are responding to the fact
that the planning board has five lawful seats but seven people
sitting. In recommending against the special town meeting, the
planning board considered the following factors: no person now
sitting can say that he was lawfully elected; filling seats
requires an election; only the annual town meeting can elect
planning board members; the annual town meeting is cheaper and
easier for the voter/taxpayer; no planning board decision older
than 30 days can be appealed; and an appeal of a new decision
would simply prompt a judge to solve the membership problem.
Nevertheless, the planning board has not distinguished itself in
its membership problem. Some members did not thoroughly research
town meeting warrants. I was the only elected planning board
member who attended the selectmen’s meeting that decided to hold
the special town meeting. And, incredibly, I must now fight to
include in the planning board minutes the board’s reasons for
recommending waiting until March! Without those reasons, voters
cannot evaluate the planning board’s recommendation.
Furthermore, deliberately excluding substantive information
about the planning board’s discussions would violate
The planning board membership problem has
exposed credibility problems on both the board of selectmen and
the planning board that deserve the town’s full attention at the
ANNUAL town meeting. Please attend the special town meeting on
Saturday, July 25, and vote NO to ALL of the selectmen’s
proposals. The March 2010 town meeting ballot will have a proper
solution to the planning board membership problem.
Note From The Pittsfield Board Of Selectmen
The Board of Selectmen (BOS) was recently
approached by Mr. Jim Prichard questioning the legitimacy of our
seven (7) member Planning Board. Upon research into the matter
the BOS determined according to the Minutes that, although it
was discussed by the voters at Town Meeting in 1972 to change
the Planning Board from five members to seven, there is no
evidence that it was in fact ever actually voted upon.
seeking viable options of legitimizing the Planning Board, the
BOS has been strongly advised by Town Counsel that the best way
to remedy the situation is to call a Special Town Meeting. While
waiting to address this formality until the March 2010 Town
Meeting may be an option, the BOS does not believe it is the
best option. The Board concurs that it is in the best interest
of the Town to protect the integrity of decisions made by the
Planning Board between now and March by assembling a Special
Town Meeting and asking the voters to reaffirm the seven (7)
member Planning Board.
The Board respectfully requests your
attendance at the meeting, which will be held at the Elementary
School on Saturday, July 25th, at 10 am, and your support of the
proposed warrant article. If you have any questions please call
the Town Administrator, Paul Skowron, at 435-6773, ext. 7.
Linda Small, Chairman
Pittsfield Board Of
Letter To The Editor
Dear Friends And Neighbors,
Pittsfield-Barnstead Lions Club will be meeting at the St.
Stephen’s Episcopal Church Undercroft.
We will meet from 7 to
8 p.m. on Monday, July 13th.
I would like to welcome all
interested to stop in and visit.
I am planning to follow
an agenda. I would like to present some Lions Club History.
also would like to share some information about the Lions
program that assists people with glasses. They also assist with
more extensive eye care.
We are in desperate need of eye care
Finally, my goal for our club is to make it
fun no matter what we are doing. We all need that more than
Consider stopping by. I hope to have at least five new
members in July.
Please, friends and neighbors, help the P/B
Lions Club by being part of it.
Pittsfield Players’ Encore Stages Personals At Steel Hill Resort
The Pittsfield Players’ Encore dinner theater troupe opens
their 18th season at Steele Hill Resort on Tuesday, June 30,
with a great little musical called Personals.
lonely? Trying to find that special someone to share your life
with? How should you act on a blind date? Come see the
Pittsfield Players’ production of Personals and you might just
learn the answers to these questions.
Personals is a
hilarious musical revue about finding that perfect person who
will make your life complete, through the personal ads. This
show is loaded with funny songs and skits that will have you
laughing through the night, and also just might bring new
meaning to your own relationship and your life.
hear the wish list of the perfect man for Hanna, Ricki, and
Tina, as they try to find their soul mates. Come see what
happens to two women that are the best of friends, always there
for each other, but can’t ever seem to find the right guy. And
Sam wants to move in with the women he believes to be the one,
but what’s really in those bags the movers are hauling into the
apartment? Does Sam really have that much baggage? Don’t know?
Ask Elaine, Marilou, and Rene. Come hear about those mothers who
are constantly choosing the right person for their children, and
how that all turns out. You’ll be entertained and amused at all
the ways you can learn how to meet that Mr. or Mrs. Right, and
you’ll probably learn all the wrong ways, too.
The cast of
Personals includes four of your favorite performers at Steel
Hill Resort, Gerri Casey, Lena Luongo, Ernie Bass, and Jeff
Gregoire. Chris Mega will be at the piano.
The show runs
every Tuesday night from June 30th through August 25th. For just
$27 per person, you can enjoy a great four course dinner and
this laugh-a-minute show. It’s a great summer night out! Call
Steele Hill Resort for reservations today at (603) 524-0500.
Andrea T. Brock
Pittsfield - Andrea T. Brock, 60, a
lifelong Pittsfield resident, died Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at the
Concord Hospital after a lengthy illness.
Born in Burlington, VT, on January 21, 1949, Andrea
was the daughter of Burley and Teresa (Perrino) Brock. She
graduated from Pittsfield High School and earned her business
degree from NHTI in Laconia.
Continuing a family business and labor of love, Andrea was
the owner and operator of the Brock Home in Pittsfield, a home
for physically and mentally handicapped children, originally
established and run by Andrea’s parents.
She loved to travel and especially enjoyed cruises. She was
a member of the Church of God in Pittsfield.
Members of her family include her husband, Edward Nash, of
Pittsfield; 3 daughters, Laurie King and her husband Kevin of
Webster, Katie McCauley and her husband Michael of Milton, and
Teresa Nash of Pittsfield; 9 grandchildren; a brother, Burley
Brock, Jr. of Pittsfield; a sister, Carole Ross of Texas; and
nieces and nephews.
Services, hours, and burial are private and will be held at
the convenience of the family
Memorial donations may be made to the Andrea T. Brock Fund,
c/o TD Banknorth.
The Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home in Epsom is assisting
to sign an on-line guestbook.