Pittsfield NH News

October 18, 2017


Letter To The Editor


Select board meeting 10/10/17- We held a public hearing regarding an application for real estate tax relief pursuant to incentive RSA 79-E for 1 Fayette St. This property was sold by the town last year and the new owners are improving not only the looks but its function as a business that once again benefits the town.


The BOS all agreed that the modest tax break would send the right message to others that Pittsfield is “open for business.”  Our town’s uphill climb needs business as its foundation,  and we’re confident that the more receptive every part of dealing with Pittsfield is,  the more we’ll be considered for commercial development. 


Several bids were accepted for town property such as unused vehicles and old equipment,  the ‘closed bid’ period having ended. 


A deed returning title of 365 Dowboro Rd. to the prior owners was signed,  the old tax bill having been fully satisfied. 


The two required public hearings for the destiny of 37 Main St. were scheduled for November 14 and 28. Anyone who wants input will get their chance to speak at that time.


$500 was accepted for the Lt. John J. Dunne Memorial Scholarship Trust. 


A bill from the county for this year’s tax apportionment of $716,410 was received, and is slightly reduced from last year. It appears the county and the state are tightening their belts as well as us.


Carl Anderson



Inside Once Upon A Mattress –

The Minstrel, The Wizard, and The Jester


The Pittsfield Players are now in rehearsal for their upcoming fall musical Once Upon A Mattress, a hilarious comedy based on the story of the Princess and the Pea. The show has a wonderful collection of character roles, including these three fellows, the Minstrel, the Wizard and the Jester. But who are the people behind the characters, the ones who will be making each of these roles come alive on stage?


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Gary Evans is playing the role of the Minstrel, and it’s the Minstrel who really spins the tale of Once Upon A Mattress, and even contributes to the outcome of the plot. Gary has been doing community theatre in southern N.H. for many years, performing as an actor, a singer, and even sometimes a dancer.  He likes both musicals and more serious plays. The role of the Minstrel is one he is looking forward to creating. His favorite roles so far have been in Lend Me a Tenor with the Pittsfield Players, Brigadoon, Chicago, Moon Over Buffalo, Cats, and Oliver.  He was in the murder mystery And Then There Were None in Franklin and starred as Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha in Pittsfield.  Gary lives with his family on a small farm in Weare and is retired from teaching and restoring old houses.


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John Chinn is playing the role of the Wizard, the Queen’s right hand man, so to speak, and a whiz at conjuring up all sorts of mischief for the royal lady. John is in his fourth season with the Pittsfield Players, appearing before as Willy in Dearly Beloved, and as Judd Fry in last year’s fall musical Oklahoma! He also has designed and built many of the sets for Players’ shows, has acted as stage manager for several shows, and is the set construction foreman for Once Upon A Mattress, helping to create the fabulous castle set that you will see on stage. By day John manages a fleet of construction equipment for RHWhite Construction, and he lives in Epsom with his wife Tracy, who incidentally has volunteered to be house manager for the Players for the run of the musical.


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And then there’s the Jester, who, of course, is the comic relief for the show. Caleb Molloy will be creating that role, and he certainly is having fun doing just that. Caleb came to the Pittsfield Players through the Kid’s Theater Workshop, which he joined in 2011. He has played many lead roles in the workshop, including Pat Gilbert in State Fair, Jr., Nicely-Nicely in Guys and Dolls, Jr., and Sonny in Xanadu, Jr. Caleb has also joined the Players on stage for their productions of South Pacific and Oklahoma! and he has appeared in the Cabaret for a Cure.


Once Upon A Mattress will run at The Scenic Theatre for five performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 10, 11 and 12, and again the following Friday and Saturday, November 17 and 18. Tickets, which are now on sale, can be purchased by visiting the Players’ website, www.pittsfieldplayers.com, and clicking on the TicketLeap button. To reserve seats, you can call 435-8852, leave your name, phone number and the date you want to come to see the show and we’ll call you back to confirm your reservation. Please remember to spell your name when leaving your message. We’ll have your tickets waiting for you at the door the night of the show, and remember that we accept cash and checks only at the box office. Don’t miss this absolutely great show!



Letter To The Editor


Thank you, Ronald Freeman, for your letter 10/11/17 in The Sun.


I can understand your feeling about standing for our flag and National Anthem. You gave yourself in war to protect the freedoms we enjoy every day.


If the draft and the war had continued, I’m not sure if I would have gone. About a year after the war ended, I graduated high school and enlisted in the United States Navy. However, I am not a veteran. I did not fulfill my contract.


I have respect for anyone who did. The reason I stand for the flag at Town Meeting and the National Anthem at the Deerfield Fair is that I truly feel united with my town and my country. But it’s getting harder to do.


Dan the Stoneman













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