Pittsfield NH News

April 13, 2011


Those Celebrating Birthdays are: April 13, Curt Luksza, Jean Jelley; April 14, John Genest, Jr., Kaela Marable, Laurie DePalma; April 15, Madison Lawlor; April 18, Barbara Bouchard, Brittany Frost, April 19, Linda Rafeal, Tony Snedeker, Anthony Snedeker.

A Very Happy Birthday To One and All!

Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Sponsored by Pittsfield Parks and Recreation

• Place: Drakes Field, at tennis courts.
• Date: April 23, 2011.
• Time: 9:00 am.

Winners in the March drawing at the Peterson-Cram Post No. 75 American Legion Post were: #102, Henry Stapleton, $50.00; #201, Clarence Schmidt, $25.00; #343, Bonnie Chagnon, $10.00; #349, Rodney Stockman, $10.00; #42, Mrs. Richard Foss, $10.00.

Winners in the April drawing at the Peterson-Cram Post No. 75 American Legion Post were: #166, Mrs. Eileen Fullen, $50.00; #85, Leonard Boudrious, $25.00; #175, Mrs. Ruth Grappone, $10.00; #201, Clarence Schmidt, $10.00; #36, Merrill Vaughan, $10.00.


School Lunch Menus
April 18 - 22, 2011

Monday - Conferences - No School
Tuesday - Popcorn chicken, veggie, fruit, milk.
Wednesday - (Early Release) - Ham and cheese sandwich, carrots, fruit, milk.
Thursday - Burger on bun, veggie, fruit, milk.
Friday - Pizza, veggie, fruit, milk.


Monday - Sliced turkey, gravy, potatoes, cranberry sauce, peas, bread, fruit, milk.
Tuesday - Pasta, meat sauce, garden salad, bread, fruit, milk.
Wednesday - Chicken, noodles, gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, baked dessert, fruit, milk.
Thursday - Steak and cheese subs, onions, peppers, fruit, milk.
Friday - Cold sandwich, chips, fruit, milk.



Letter To The Editor

Dear Neighbor:
“And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after His resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many” (Matthew 27:51-53).

Ah, springtime – a time of new growth and regeneration. While I celebrate the Resurrection of my Lord and Savior every Sunday, my heart rejoices this time of year as I ponder the empty tomb! Spring signifies renewal, as does the Resurrection.  “Oh death where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Corinthians 15:55-57).

Good news? Absolutely! However, the Bible teaches of two resurrections - one unto life and one unto death.  The first Resurrection comes only through faith in Jesus Christ alone. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9). “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection on such the second death hath no power…” (Revelation 20:6).

The second resurrection is reserved for all others.  “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:14, 15).
The choice is ours...

Praise be to Him!
Linda Small



Pittsfield Players To Hold Auditions For Encore! 2011

The Pittsfield Players will hold auditions for their 14th annual summer dinner theater show, Encore! 2011, on Sunday, April 17, at 2 pm at the Scenic Theatre, 6 Depot Street, Pittsfield, NH.

The popular variety show will be performed at Steele Hill Resort in Sanbornton, NH, every Tuesday evening beginning on July 5 through August 30. Auditioners should come prepared to sing a song of their choice and should bring sheet music for their selection. They will also be asked to perform a few simple dance steps.

For more information, contact Maye Hart, producer, at 736-9563.




Last weekend I literally went “Sunday Driving” around some of the back roads of Pittsfield.  Being new to the area, I wanted to explore my new home. 

As I drove around, I noticed small cemeteries that were marked with signs that told who was buried there.  When I got out of my car to look at a sign, I saw that it was put up by the Pittsfield Historical Committee. 

As I drive around NH towns I tend to notice small cemeteries because they interest me.  I have never seen attractive signs indicating who is buried in them.  I thought that this was such a nice thing for an organization to do.  The cemeteries hold so much history and are often forgotten and not recognized.  I am glad that I live in a town where those who came before us are respected enough to be identified and not be forgotten.

Jennifer March




Follow-up on Fire Horn:
Do you know that home insurance is based on how near you are to a hydrant, fire station, and response time by the Fire Department?

Dispatch retones the Fire Department every 3 or 4 minutes!  If retoned twice that 8-10 minutes could make a big difference if your house was on fire.

The horn would blow for fire calls only, not ambulance calls.

I am in no way criticizing the firemen, or Fire Chief.  They have to work where there is work.  This is to alert the ones who are available.  The retones are getting quite frequent!  This has been used for years with great success.  It is there - it works - why not use it? 

A little input from other concerned citizens might help.

Paul Riel



First Congregational Church Provides Holy Week Services

The First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield begins Holy Week with a Palm Sunday worship service April 17th at 10:30 a.m. Come to hear how Jesus rode triumphantly into Jerusalem and what the week would hold; palms will be distributed. The Chancel Choir and the JuBellation Handbell Choir will present special music.

On Thursday, April 21 (also known as Maundy Thursday) at 7 p.m., there will be a service including Holy Communion, commemorating the “Last Supper” of Jesus. Music will be provided by the Chancel Choir and the JuBellation Handbell Choir.

For Easter Sunday, April 24th, at 7 a.m. the long-established Sunrise Service will be held in the Sanctuary with breakfast immediately following in the Vestry. The customary Easter worship service will commence at 10:30 a.m. with music by the Chancel Choir and JuBellation.

Please join the fellowship at any or all of these Holy Week services. Everyone is warmly welcome throughout the year as well. Sunday worship services are at 10:30 a.m. with adult Sunday School at 9 a.m. and children’s Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call the church office at: 435-7471 and speak with Rev. David Stasiak, Pastor.




In response to the letter of Judy Rowe and dog poop, I commend her.  I do not own a dog,  I do not like most dogs and am always fearful if they are not on a leash. And the dogs know my fear.

It is a shame that there are a few who think they are beyond common sense and can do their own thing - and make it worse for others.  Worse of all is that they do not care.

It doesn’t take much to bring a bag with you as you walk your dog.  If you don’t care about where your dog poops, maybe you shouldn’t be owning a dog as it seems you don’t care for that dog as you should.

Diane Vaughan



From The Superintendent’s Desk
Submitted By John J. Freeman, Ph.D.,
Superintendent of Schools SAU #51

During a trip to another country last fall, I happened to walk past a primary school during the after-lunch recess period.  At that very minute, I saw a small group of boys teasing another boy while tossing around his shoe out of his reach.  Fortunately, an adult supervisor quickly stepped in to put a stop to the misbehavior.

Some folks have said that bullying is just a normal part of growing up; that victims of bullying should just “toughen up” and not make a big deal of a “normal” part of childhood.

Most folks, however, recognize the destructive nature of bullying and are determined to address bullying behavior in schools.  These folks refuse to accept bullying as normal.  I agree.

After much research on bullying, we know a good deal about this misbehavior.  For example, we have learned that:

• More than 10% of students surveyed in 2002 reported that they were bullied “frequently”

• 30% of adolescent depression victims in a 2001 study attributed their depression to “peer harassment”

• Children who bullied at eight years old are five times more likely than all children to have a criminal record by the time they are thirty in a 1996 study.

In December, 2010, the Pittsfield School Board amended its Student Safety and Violence Prevention – Bullying Policy to comply with our new state law governing student safety.  In this policy – Policy JICK – the Board asserts:

• All students have a right to attend school and school-sponsored activities that are safe, secure, and peaceful environments.  Students should be protected from all forms of physical, emotional, and psychological bullying and cyberbullying.

• It is the intent of this policy to protect students from physical, emotional, and psychological harm by addressing bullying and cyberbullying of any kind in our district/school, and to prevent the creation of a hostile educational environment. 

In its policy, the Pittsfield School Board defined “bullying” as “a single significant, or pattern of incidents, involving a written, verbal, or electronic communication, or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at another student which:

1. Physically harms a pupil or damages the student’s property;
2. Causes emotional distress to a student;
3. Interferes with a student’s educational opportunities;
4. Creates a hostile educational environment; or
5. Substantially disrupts the orderly operation of the school.”

Like most school districts in our state and nation, we in Pittsfield are working to fulfill the spirit and letter of our new law and policy.  And, like most school districts in our state and nation, we are challenged in this work.

Earlier this year, our school staff received professional development on the new law and its implementation.  Additionally, the School Board hosted a community forum on this topic.  Importantly, the district is about to begin a three-year relationship with a bullying expert of national and international renown:  Stan Davis.

Mr. Davis has published books on this topic, including Schools Where Everyone Belongs, which was previously distributed to all district employees.  He also provides a good deal of information on bullying on his website, www.stopbullyingnow.com

Mr. Davis will be visiting our schools on Wednesday, April 20th, to meet with students, teachers, and administrators.  This visit will provide him with a general sense of school climate in Pittsfield.  He will also be administering a student survey later in the spring to assess the more specific nature of bullying in Pittsfield.  He will then collaborate with district leaders to develop an action plan intended to reduce and minimize bullying in our schools.

Importantly, Mr. Davis will also be meeting with parents and interested community members.  You are invited to join Stan Davis for this conversation about peer to peer relations in Pittsfield at 6:30 p.m. on the evening of Wednesday, April 20th, in the PMHS library (We’d love to have to relocate this meeting if  the library proves to be too small!).

Please plan to join us for this important event that represents a major step in our work to reduce bullying in Pittsfield.  Your perspective is important; your voice is appreciated; your involvement will help. 

Bullying in schools has been with us for a long time.  However, this doesn’t mean that it must always be with us. We are not powerless to stop bullying.  Together, we can fight back against bullying.



Looking for Easter deals?  The Clothes Closet has lots of bunnies, baskets and baby clothes.  Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays 10:00-4:00; Saturdays 10:00-1:00.



Ladies Aid

The Ladies Aid of the First Congregational Church in Pittsfield, met in the church vestry on April 4th.  In the absence of President Freda Jones, Vice President, Louise Kenney, conducted the meeting which opened with her devotional readings of “Dear Spring” and “Thoughts of Spring” followed by the Lord’s Prayer.  Audrey Moore gave a comical reading regarding a child’s misinterpretation of some of the wording in the 23rd Psalm.

Joan Riel gave her report of the previous meeting and Audrey Moore, Treasurer, gave her financial report.

Members voted to purchase a lily for Easter Sunday in memory of departed members.  The question of dissolving the group was brought up once again.  Due to light attendance, it was decided to hold off any discussion until all the “snowbirds” have returned.  The next meeting will be held in mid-May, when everyone can attend and a decision will be made at that time.

We missed our long time member, Arlene Martin, who has moved to Bow.  For many years she was our Devotional Leader.

Light refreshments were served and a time of fellowship was enjoyed.  The meeting closed with the Mizpah Benediction.



Hats off to Paul and Lucia Metcalf for their donation to the renovation project at Pittsfield Youth Athletic Park. Thank you so much. A final push is being made this spring to complete everything before Old Home Day. If you see Larry Berkson coming, run the other way or get your wallet out. Funds are still needed to finish a few of the items. If you have not given and wish to do so please contact him at 798-3984. The time for individuals, businesses and organizations to be recognized on the plaques that will be placed at the entrance to the park is running out. Money can also be given in memory of a loved one, which will have a special notation on the plaques, as will donations given on behalf of PMHS  Classes.



March For Meals Walk A Thon To Support Meals On Wheels

Elder Services of the Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc. including Pittsfield Area Senior Center are hosting a very special event to celebrate the Meals on Wheels Program (MOW).  The event is a walk; March for Meals that will be held on May 14th at Memorial Field in Concord from 9:30 am – 12:30.  This charitable walk-a-thon will raise public awareness of the Meals on Wheels Program; MOW provides nutritious meals, safety wellness checks and connection to community resources. 

Nancy Parascandola, coordinator of the Concord Meals on Wheels program describes the impact of Meals on Wheels on participants.  One participant, a Vietnam veteran living with cancer has been receiving Meals on Wheels for over a year now. 

“I had not seen this gentleman for two months; previously he was not able to get up and walk to the door.  To my surprise, he greeted me at the door.  I simply could not believe the difference in his physical strength and demeanor”.  The participant says:  “Now that I am in this situation, I really value the service. I appreciate that someone checks in on me Monday through Friday when my family is busy.  I want to make sure other veterans are participating in Meals on Wheels if they can benefit from the program.  If it wasn’t for Meal on Wheels, I would be eating crackers and milk.” 

The Elder Services’ Meals on Wheels Program is committed to eradicating senior hunger in Belknap and Merrimack Counties.  Meals on Wheels also reduces the isolation experienced by many older adults as frequently, the Meals on Wheels driver is the only person the senior may see all day. 

The relationship with the driver provides important human contact and a safety net; particularly by those seniors living alone.  This also provides peace of mind for family members who may be living out of state.  Meals on Wheels enables older adults to maintain their health, dignity and independence.  Elder Services is proud to have served 970 Meals on Wheels clients with 221,978 from July 2009 – June 30, 2010.

Let’s all work together to make a difference in the lives of our loved ones, neighbors, our veterans and all of our nation’s seniors who are facing the threat of hunger.  With the population of older adults expected to double by the year 2050, the time to support Meals on Wheels and the eradication of hunger and malnutrition is now!!!  The March for Meals walk will raise funds to help pay for the home delivered meals provided to the increasing number of seniors living in Belknap and Merrimack Counties.  For more information on how to register to participate in the walk or to make a pledge, please call 435-8482. Thank you for your support!!!




Earle W. Cate, Jr.

Earle W. Cate, Jr., 85, of Loudon Ridge Road, died at home on April 3rd following a long illness.

He was born in Loudon on January 1, 1926, the son of Earle W. Cate, Sr. and Ida Hill Cate. He lived in Pittsfield for 30 years but still spent his lifetime doing what he loved best, working the family farm on Loudon Ridge.

He was a graduate of Pittsfield High School and upon graduation, he enlisted in the US Army and served during WWII. He was the widower of Elizabeth (Ricker) Cate who died in 1976 and N. Audrey (Bartlett) Cate who died in 2007.

Members of his family include two sons, Earle W. Cate, III and wife Dawn and Douglas J. Cate and wife Janet both of Loudon; four daughters, Judy Watkins and husband Robert of Barnstead, Linda Silver and husband Bill of Colebrook, Denise Ouellet and husband Paul of No. Stratford and Annette Cate of Gilmanton Iron Works; twelve grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren; a sister, Virginia Nichols of Loudon; nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Memorial Service was held in the Loudon Town Hall in Loudon Center. The Rev. Henry Frost, Pastor of the Loudon Center Freewill Baptist Church officiated.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Gail Singer Memorial Building, 360 Rt. 101, Unit 8, Bedford, NH 03110-5032. The Perkins & Pollard Memorial Home, Pittsfield, assisted with arrangements.













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