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
Celebrating Anniversaries are: August 17, Ed and
Gerry O’Brien; August 23, Paul and Carole Richardson.
Pittsfield High School Class of 1961 50th
August 20, 2011
At the home of Barbara and Gordon
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.
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
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.
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,
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.
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
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.
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
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
Routes To School Grants For 10 New Hampshire Communities
$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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Clark’s Grain Store, Country Cook’n Circle Restaurant, Danis Supermarket, Globe
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
Special thanks to the talented ladies of the New
Hampshire Women’s Prison for donating their wonderful handiwork to
support our mission efforts.