Pittsfield NH News

November 1, 2017


Pittsfield Parks-Rec 

Basketball Sign-Ups

Grades K-6th

Sign-ups will be Nov. 4 & 5 at the Community Center, 8 AM-12 noon.

Any questions, contact Darrell Wages at 603-812-6741.



The November meeting of The American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75 will be held on Monday, November 6, 2017 starting promptly at 7:30.  There is a lot to go over, to include reporting to the Post of District 5 visit in October and upcoming activities.  Other key issues will be the status of the Post and where we go from here.


Any veteran desiring to learn about our post or the American Legion, you are welcomed to attend the meeting.  Come in, talk to those who have similar experiences and feel welcomed.  Questions can be directed to the Post 75 Adjutant, Merrill Vaughan at his home phone 435-5207 or his cell 340-1375.



The Women’s Club of OLO/St. Joseph’s will be holding their annual Xmas Bazaar on Sat., 11/4/17, from 9:00 am-2:00 pm in the Parish Hall in Northwood, NH (next to Northwood Town Hall). There will be a white elephant table, craft items, knitted goods and our cookie walk with some new varieties. We will have a lunch to enjoy while you shop.



Inside Once Upon A Mattress –

King Sextimus The Silent And Queen Aggravain


The Pittsfield Players are having a fabulous time putting together their fall musical Once Upon A Mattress, a show with many comical characters and a wonderful ensemble cast. Two of the members of that ensemble include Chad Boutin, who plays King Sextimus the Silent, and Aimee Baker, who takes on the role of Queen Aggravain.

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King Sextimus the Silent got his name because, well, he’s silent. Doesn’t say a word. Can’t speak at all. Not necessarily an actor’s dream role. After all, that’s what actors do, they speak. But not Chad Boutin as he does a fabulous job of acting out what King Sextimus means to say, if he only could speak. Chad Boutin has appeared with the Players in several recent roles, including Ellyot Crummels in A Dicken’s Christmas Carol:  A Traveling Travesty in Two Tumultuous Acts, Simon Bright in The Game’s Afoot, and Father Thomas in Making God Laugh. Chad also performs with other theater groups, including The Majestic Players in Manchester. By day, Chad is a nurse and works at New Hampshire Hospital.


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Aimee Baker is appearing in her second production with the Pittsfield Players, this time as Queen Aggravain, and her name sums up her character in this play. Let’s just say there’s a reason King Sextimus is silent... Aimee worked backstage as stage manager in the Players’ productions of  Making God Laugh and Dixie Swim Club, and last year she appeared as Ms. Bettina Salisbury in A Dicken’s Christmas Carol: A Traveling Travesty in Two Tumultuous Acts. Aimee’s  past credits include Over the River and Through the Woods (Caitlin), An American Millionaire (Debbie), Deadly Image (Joey Reynolds), and Midlife Dracula (Yvonne). When she’s not busy with theatre, Aimee spends her time teaching and tutoring at Straight A Academy in Manchester.


Once Upon A Mattress will run at The Scenic Theatre Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 10, 11 and 12, and again the following Friday and Saturday, November 17 and 18. All shows are at 7:30 pm, except the Sunday matinee which is at 2 pm. All tickets are $17 and are on sale right now. You can purchase tickets by visiting the Players’ website, www.pittsfieldplayers.com, and clicking on the TicketLeap button, or you can reserve seats by calling 435-8852 and leaving 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. Get your tickets now for this absolutely hilarious musical!



St Stephen’s Annual Holly Fair


Pittsfield is your destination for Holiday Fairs on Saturday, November 18th. St Stephen’s Annual Holly Fair is a great opportunity to find festive decorations for your home and unique Christmas gifts at bargain prices.


Our parishioners have been busy making handcrafted holiday decorations including front door and porch arrangements, centerpieces, place mats, table runners and various sizes of birch log snowmen and reindeer. Our large reindeer are very popular and sell out every year!


If you are making the rounds of fairs, plan to relax for, or pick up, a delicious lunch of homemade soup and/or a meatball sandwich with a variety of beverages and delicious desserts at our café. Then take home something to the family from our Bake Sale.


Again, this year we have a Silent Auction. Some lovely Vera Bradley items would make great gifts for the women on your list.  You can preview the auction items on Friday evening from 4-6 PM and return Saturday 9-2. Bring along your children so each child can take one chance on a basket of books. Two baskets of age appropriate books will be awarded. 


Also, put your name in to win one of two door prizes.  You can view pictures of our auction items at our website ststephenspittsfieldnh.org. Come do your Christmas shopping Friday evening 4-6 or Saturday morning, November 18th 9 AM to 2 PM. See you there!



Harvest Fest 2017 Thank You


The Pittsfield Parks and Recreation Commission would like to express our gratitude to the many individuals and groups who made the Harvest Fest Weekend so much fun for the children of our town.


First of all, for sponsoring extra activities, we would like to thank the area Rotary Club for the movie night and the PES PTO for adding Trunk or Treat on Saturday night. We would also like to thank the Suncook Valley Area Lions Club for partnering with us on food and selling their pumpkins at our event.


We would also like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Stoneboat Farm of Loudon, Danis Market, Mike’s Meat Shoppe, Apple Ledge Apple Orchard, Laurie Houle, Duane’s Family Farm, Stand Up Pittsfield, Carpenter Library, Victory Workers 4H Club, Rite Aid employees, PHS student volunteers, and spouses and families that helped so much.


We would also like to thank Paula from PYW and The Suncook Sun with their help with advertising. And last of all, the family and friends that turned out to enjoy the day with us. Working together was so much fun and helped make the weekend a huge success. We look forward to working with all of you in the future.



Dorcas Guild Plans Christmas Fair


Mark your calendar! The Dorcas Guild of the First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield, is holding its annual Christmas Fair and Bake Sale Saturday, November 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


There are many handmade items to choose from as well as gourmet products, baked goods, “Unique Boutique” and the wonderful silent auction. Corn chowder and sandwich lunch with homemade pies will also be available. Plan to be there for this handcraft goldmine!


Since the Dorcas Guild will not be holding an additional Craft Fair, final silent auction bids are due in by the close of the fair, 2 p.m., November 18. The successful bidders will be notified at that time.


Plenty of free parking is available in the rear of the church (enter on Chestnut Street), and the church is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call the church office 435-7471.



Josiah Carpenter Library November News


During early November the library’s carpets will be cleaned, the children’s collection will move upstairs and adult non-fiction will move downstairs.  There will be lots of moving parts – if you need help finding anything just ask!  Due to the carpet cleaning the library will be closed Monday November 6th or November 13th.


Poinsettias can be ordered from the Friends of Library through November 3rd.  Order forms are available at the library, and on the library website.  Ledgeview Gardens will deliver gorgeous poinsettias to the library on December 6th.


The Teen Book Worms will gather on Monday November 6th at 5:00pm; they will enjoy a light supper and discuss The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee’ Ahdieh.  The Pittsfield Writer’s Circle will meet at the library on Monday November 13th at 5:00pm.  The adult book club will meet to discuss Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck, and select books for 2018, at 10:30 am on Tuesday December 5th at the Pittsfield Senior Center.    New members for all of our ongoing activities are always welcome!


During November the 10:00am Thursday preschool story hour will explore scarecrows, how animals prepare for winter and holiday traditions.  The afterschool Cozy Nook Book Adventure Club meets at 3:30pm on Tuesdays and is currently preparing for a puppet show performance of The Three Pigs and The Gingerbread Man to be held at 5:00pm on Tuesday November 7th.  Following the performance, the Adventure Club will be learning about thankfulness, Pilgrims, Native Americans and holiday traditions.  Starting Tuesday November 14th at 10:00am a Stay and Play group for toddlers and their parents/caregivers will begin weekly sessions of a brief story, simple activities and time to socialize.


The Chichester-Epsom-Pittsfield Libraries Memory Café will enjoy music, food, and simple activities to evoke Memories of Thanksgiving at 2:00pm on Monday November 13th at the Epsom Public Library.  Caregivers and people living with memory loss are invited to come and savor supportive socialization.


On Tuesday November 14th the 1,2,3 Living Well group will gather at 12:30pm at the Pittsfield Senior Center.  We will plant flower bulbs in indoor pots so that they will be ready to bloom in early February!  Bulbs and soil will be provided, please bring your own container.  If needed, a space for the cold storage of your planted bulbs can be provided.  Come early to enjoy lunch at the senior center.


The library will be closed on Veterans Day, Saturday November 11th.  For the Thanksgiving holiday the library will be closed Thursday and Friday November 23rd and 24th.



PES Rises Above “Focus School” Designation

Submitted By John Freeman, Superintendent of Schools


For several years, Pittsfield Elementary School (PES) has been identified by the New Hampshire Department of Education as a “focus school.”  This has meant that the Department has calculated that the “achievement gap” between subgroups of students (such as “economically disadvantaged” or “students with disabilities”) has been among the ten percent of schools with the largest gap in the state when compared with the combined index of all New Hampshire students.


As a result of this designation, PES has been required to develop annual improvement plans and has received additional support for this important work from the state.  Among these supports provided by the Department of Education have been an improvement coach, regular professional development, and participation in an annual summertime educational summit by our teachers and administrators.  The Department has also closely monitored PES’s planning, implementation, and annual results.


On October 12, Department of Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut announced that “Pittsfield Elementary School has reached the criteria necessary to exit the status of a … Focus School for the 2017-2018 school year.”  Needless to say, we were very pleased to receive this announcement and are very proud of the fine work of our students, teachers, support staff, and families in supporting the achievement of all students.


In his letter to the district, Commissioner Edelblut wrote “Please share our thanks with your staff for all the hard work and effort to improve your school and community culture, instructional strategies, and support for your teachers and the achievement level of your students.  Your diligent work over the past four years is highly appreciated by all the staff at the New Hampshire Department of Education.  Keep up your good work!  Once again, congratulations!”


Removal of the designation of “focus school” does not mean that PES will cease school improvement work; of course, school improvement is a constant goal.  However, it is important to pause at milestones such as this one to recognize the school’s positive achievement.  Rising above the state’s “focus school” designation is an achievement in which our entire community of Pittsfield can take great pride.




Select board meeting 10/24/17


Police patrol grants were accepted totaling $9,767.83.


The town health insurance is going DOWN 10.8%! 


Roland Carter,  chair of the CDC, gave us an overview of the progress they have made pursuing grants that could fund projects that should help bring business to town. We appreciate their efforts. 


During public input, Mr. Okrent, chairman of the Aqueduct Purchase Committee expressed dissatisfaction with the fact that the select board had yet to establish the bounds of a Village Water District proposed by petition in April. We decided he was right- time to fish or cut bait.


Having given this proposal much consideration, the board by a vote of 4-1 established the actual perimeter lines of the entire town as the village district. The law states we will establish bounds that are ‘suitable’ and ‘convenient.’ Given the fact that there are a number of issues with this proposed district that have significant effect on every taxpayer in town,  we felt these bounds are the only ones that could be considered ‘suitable,’ thereby giving every voter a say. 


They also meet the criteria of being ‘convenient.’  Additionally,  the law requires that we call a meeting of the voters domiciled within the proposed district. We selected Sat., Dec. 16 at 10 AM. at the elementary school for that meeting. 


We also voted unanimously to restore the duty of Zoning Administrator to the select board.  This is a job that had been delegated to the building inspector by a prior BOS. 


Finally,  we accepted the resignation as a full time fire/rescue employee Dave Simpson. He will continue as a per diem employee,  filling in as needed. 


Carl Anderson



From The Farm Blog - The Knife

Submitted By Carole Soule

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The two calves tied in the feed bunker where hopelessly tangled.  They were tied with quick release knots but these silly calves had twisted their ropes together making the quick release knots impossible to reach. They were in trouble and needed to be freed quickly.


All of our farm workers and 4H members are required to learn how to tie a quick release knot but in this case another tool was needed; a knife.  A knife can save lives, cattle lives and a farmer’s life, too. When working on equipment clothing sometimes get caught in machinery.  An accessible knife can cut away clothes and release a farmer from injury or even death. Of course for some of us keeping a knife handy is the trick. My cargo pants, with a dozen or more pockets helps, but I still lose knives as often as I lose my glasses, and sometimes my phone.


Fortunately there is a solution. Have you had a knife or metal letter opener in your carry-on luggage at the airport confiscated?  Have you forgotten your belt or water bottle or camera at the TSA security check at the airport?  Wonder where that stuff ends up?  Most of it goes to surplus stores like the one at White’s Farm on Clinton Street in Concord where there are bins of knives, belts, cameras and other forgotten or confiscated stuff from airports.


To help keep our livestock safe I periodically stock up on TSA confiscated knives and reading glasses, which are also abundant at the surplus store.  In the case of the stuck calves, I was able to untangle them without using my knife to cut their halters but if I needed it, my knife was handy. At other times I’ll use that knife or its replacement to open packages encased in plastic or slice open a bag. No need for a fancy knife, I’ll just re-purpose someone’s lost property and maybe save a life or even open a box.


If you want to learn how to tie a quick release knot check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fG6LiX10hlU


Carole Soule is co-owner of Miles Smith Farm, in Loudon, NH, where she raises and sells beef, pork, lamb, eggs and other local products. She can be reached at cas@milessmithfarm.com.




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Members in photo.  Left to Right  Pat Smith, Beth Odell, Jon Martin, Holly Brown, Sandy Gilmore, Suzie Fife.  Seated- Pearl Demyanovich


Our TOPS chapter recently attended the NH TOPS Fall Rally held in Concord. Seven of our members were in attendance.


The day had a 50’s theme of “At the Hop,” with members dressing up in attire from that era if they wished. Members were recognized for reaching various milestones primarily during the summer months.


Some members across the state participated in a walking challenge and collectively walked over 6000 miles. Members were awarded recognition by chapter for weight loss during the summer as well. 


April Ellis, from our chapter, lost a total of 10.6 pounds.  The fall rally is an enjoyable day but also provides inspiration from those who are recognized for their achievements. 


Our chapter meets on Tuesdays 6:30 at Berakah on Fairview Rd. If you would like to visit a TOPS meeting, please call Pat 435-5333 or Beth 435-7397.













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