Pittsfield NH News

August 17, 2011


Those Celebrating Birthdays are: August 17, Ron Frohock; August 19, Leah Pollard, Reuben Leavitt; August 20, Cowin Hillsgrove; August  22, John Freemon, Theda Genest.

A Very Happy Birthday To One and All!

Celebrating Anniversaries are: August 17, Ed and Gerry O’Brien; August 23, Paul and Carole Richardson.

Best Wishes!

Pittsfield High School Class of 1961 50th Reunion
August 20, 2011

At the home of Barbara and Gordon Martin
98 River Road, Pittsfield

We would like to invite “old” friends from that era to join us for a social hour starting 11 am.

Winners in the July drawing at the Peterson-Cram Post No. 75 American Legion Post were: #308, Valerie Rowell; #84, Leo Fraser; #278, Tom Weeks; #142, John Freese; #191, Shirley Gray.

Winners in the August drawing at the Peterson-Cram Post No. 75 American Legion Post were: #67, David Pollard; #34, Keith  Vaughan; #240, Al Nutter; #317, Ralph Blackey; #54, Alvah Robinson.

Pittsfield Soccer Jamboree

The annual Soccer Jamboree for the Girls Varsity team will be held on August 20th from 9:00 to 4:00.

Ten teams, in addition to Pittsfield are participating, including: Prospect Mountain, Bishop Brady, Sunapee, Merrimack Valley, Littleton, White Mountains, Moultonborough, Hillsboro-Deering, and Wilton-Lyndeborough.

There will be a concession with proceeds going to the Girl’s Soccer Program.


Pittsfield Area Senior Center

Free Skin Screening

At noon on Tuesday August 23, 2011 the Pittsfield Area Senior Center will host a Luncheon Presentation by Adult and Pediatric Dermatology.  Please join us for lunch to learn the latest information about maintaining healthy skin.  In addition, free skin screenings for individuals will begin at 12:40 pm.  Call 435-8482 to schedule a screening appointment.



Letter To The Editor

Dear Fellow Citizen:
While Isaiah focuses on the future glory for God’s children, the main theme of the Book of Jeremiah is that of judgment. Jeremiah was a priest and prophet during a time when unashamed idolatry worship was ramped throughout the nation. The spiritual condition of society had declined even to the point of sacrificing children to the god of Molech. Religious hypocrisy, adultery, dishonesty, injustice, slander and oppression against the helpless continued to prevail, despite God’s warning.

However, in His loving-kindness, the Lord Jehovah repeatedly offered deliverance to the children of Israel in the midst of His proclamation of the coming judgment. “Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the Lord; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the Lord, and I will not keep anger forever. Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the Lord thy God,…” (vv. 12-14). Sadly, they did not obey His voice (v. 13) and were taken captive by the Babylonians under the reign of Nebuchadnezzar.

Jeremiah lived in an age not unlike our culture of today. The sin of religious hypocrisy, adultery, dishonesty, injustice, slander and oppression (to name a few) continues to drown out the wisdom of God. Scripture is very clear that a final judgment is coming. Nevertheless, the same merciful, loving God of Jeremiah’s day offers deliverance from His coming wrath to all who ask. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9).  If you have not yet heeded  His voice, won’t you before it’s too late? “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near:” (Isaiah 55:6).

In His Light,
Linda Small




Please rethink that idea!  The Economic Development Committee is pursuing a plan offered by the state (first red flag!) to turn the old State Highway maintenance site on Barnstead Rd. into a Park and Ride.  It seems to be in conflict with what I supposed was the EDC’s purpose; improving Pittsfield’s economy.  I know what a Park and Ride is; it’s a place where people come to drop off their car and go somewhere else!  Wherever they go, it’s not here. 

To make matters worse, Pittsfield would accept a grant to develop the site, which means we’d be committed for a long time to a questionable endeavor that Pittsfield would have to take care of!  We already have to cut the highway budget, and yet add plowing and site care to it?  The police are stretched thin keeping up with vandalism in town; now the potential for a hangout and vandalism out there?  Who’s going to pay the lighting bill?  And 15 years down the road repave it?  And to what end?  To make Pittsfield a ‘destination?’  It won’t make it a destination.  It will make it a stop along the way to a town to spend money.  For what? 

Gas is cheaper up Route 28. There are plenty of restaurants down Route 28.  The few cars who I could foresee going into town to spend money rather than just jumping back onto 28 is negligible; and at what I feel will be a tremendously disproportionate cost!

Let the state do what they want with the site.  If they don’t use it, they’ll probably sell it and then maybe we can get some business that will add tax base and not raise our town budget.

Carl Anderson



Josiah Carpenter Library News

Josiah Carpenter Library presents Andrew Pinard’s Alejandro’s Olde Tyme Magic Show, from 1:00-2:00 pm, Thursday, August 18th, at the Pittsfield Community Center.  This will conclude our 2011 Summer Reading Program, “One World, Many Stories.”

Josiah Carpenter Library 2011 Summer Reading Program is supported by two grants,  a “Kids, Books & the Arts” grant from NH State Library and CHILIS, and a grant from Pittsfield’s E.P. Sanderson Trust, as well as a generous donation of special books and craft supplies from the Friends of Josiah Carpenter Library and private donations.



Safe Routes To School Grants For 10 New Hampshire Communities
Nearly $1 Million Awarded To Promote Walking And Bicycling Options

Nearly a million dollars in federal reimbursement grants will help 10 New Hampshire communities enable and encourage school children to walk and ride bicycles between home and school.

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation announces the results of the Round 5 general grants cycle under the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. The program is geared for children in kindergarten through eighth grade, including those with disabilities, who live within approximately two miles of school.

The largest awards are going to Pittsfield - $260,668 for sidewalks and traffic calming, and Troy, which was awarded $249,500 for a sidewalk as well as educational and incentive items.

Littleton has been awarded $206,680 for sidewalk reconstruction and traffic calming.

“I visited Littleton when their program was just beginning, I was impressed to see walking school buses and rolling bike trains converge on the elementary school from multiple directions,” observed John W. Corrigan, SRTS coordinator for NHDOT. “This community is an excellent example of how the initiative of volunteers and local school and municipal leaders can make a huge difference in getting kids out of private motor vehicles in favor of safe walking and bicycling.”

Other communities receiving awards include: Lebanon - $97,128; Bristol - $77,681; Hillsborough - $55,599; Durham - $30,751; Manchester - $10,000; Northumberland - $8,000; and Nashua - $4,600.

Pittsfield team members included:  Kathy Corliss, Mike Curtin, John Freeman, Philip Gordon, Dawn Hamel, Gary Johnson, Doug Kilmister, Ted Mitchell, Lois Stevens, George Szelest, Ed Vien, Bob Wharem, and Clayton Wood, along with Nik Coates from the Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission – a great team effort well coordinated by Nik.



Submitted By Terrie Azotea

I hope everyone is having a great week and is getting outside to enjoy some of this great weather we are having. There is lots to do in New Hampshire.  Take a ride up to the mountains, take a hike on our state trails, or just a nice walk out in your back yard. Whatever you do, just enjoy and get out there to have some exercise.

We have been trying to get our walking night in at TOPS, but the last couple of weeks has been rainy on that night. Hopefully, we can get our walk in next week. We have Fall Rally coming up in September and some of our members are going to have a fun day. Hopefully, they will come back inspired and tell the rest of us all about it.

The gardens are overflowing right now with veggies, so get out there and enjoy. It’s always fun to exchange a recipe or make a new one. There are lots to make with squashes, tomatoes, green beans and of course broccoli. So Enjoy.

We meet on Tuesday nights at the St. Stephen’s Church on Main Street in Pittsfield, at 5:30 for weigh in and at 6:30 for our meeting.

Come on out on a Tuesday night and see what we are all about. We would love to have some new members. Any questions, please call Laurel Tiede at 269-8721 or Pat Smith at 435-5333. Hope you all have a good week and think before you eat.



Governor John Lynch spends some time with Charles Watson, 87, at the Friday evening celebration of the Pittsfield Rotary’s 30th Annual Balloon Rally.




Dear citizens of Pittsfield:
I feel compelled to share with you information about our current Code of Ethics Procedures and Rules.  These documents are misleading in many ways and possibly could leave the town open to legal issues.

When a complaint is received, a meeting of the committee to review the complaint should be noticed as a public meeting, held in a non-public session so as not to adversely affect reputations.  This was not followed correctly during the last case, since a public meeting was never noticed correctly.  This gives the appearance that the Ethics Committee is meeting secretly and may be discussing or deliberating on facts or merits of the complaint instead of deciding whether the complaint on its face states a violation of Town’s Ethics rules.  When a non-public session is held, then the information is just that, non-public.  Information during the last ethics complaint, which was held in a non-public session, was “leaked out” by one or more of its own members to the public.  This is a violation of the committee’s own code and was not properly addressed.

The Ethics Committee members are elected or written in as is the usual case in our town.  This Committee must be educated enough to understand the RSA’s that govern non-public sessions, public sessions, public hearings and how to conduct a public meeting along with when one should recuse themselves from the process.

At the last Ethics meeting held, the committee decided to suspend action on any more complaints.  At this point, there really seems to be no need for an Ethics Committee. This committee and the current procedures are not only dangerous to an individual’s reputation, they truly present a possible liability for our town.  Thank you for your time.

Denise Morin




The St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Summer Fair held during Pittsfield’s Old Home Day on July 23rd was a great success replenishing the church’s outreach funds, which will be used for those in need both locally and beyond.  We could not have done it without the contributions of many individuals and businesses.

We would especially like to recognize Hannaford’s of Northwood for assistance in obtaining donations from the local distributors of Coca Cola, Country Kitchen Bakery, and Frito Lay which were sold at our popular sidewalk café.

We also received generous donations from the following businesses and organizations for our Silent Auction:

Clark’s Grain Store, Country Cook’n Circle Restaurant, Danis Supermarket, Globe Manufacturing, Epsom Valley Campground, Journey’s End Farm, Maxfield’s Hardware Store, McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, Nippo Lake Golf Course, Northeast Landscaping, Parker’s Roast Beef and Seafood, Piece Time Puzzles, Pittsfield Garage, Society for the Protection of NH Forests.

Special thanks to the talented ladies of the New Hampshire Women’s Prison for donating their wonderful handiwork to support our mission efforts.













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