Pittsfield NH News

January 3, 2018



Pittsfield Historical Society’s Annual Meeting.

Pittsfield Historical Society will hold its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at the Society’s headquarters at 13 Elm Street.  The meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. 



The Merrimack County Stamp Collectors will hold its monthly meeting at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., Bow, on January 16, 2018 beginning at 1 pm.  All who are interested in stamp collecting are welcome to attend.  Meet other collectors and learn more about their hobby and varied interests in Philatelic resources and issues.  For more information, call Dan Day at 603-228-1154.



Pittsfield School Board

December 21, 2017

Submitted by Ralph Odell


The focus of the meeting was an update of activities within the school. Danielle Harvey, Dean of Instruction, showed how Facebook was used to communicate critical information and notices of events. She showed information from classroom activities to a  broken water pipe.


Derek Hamilton, Dean of Operations, presented a copy of the Newsletter sent to parents. He also gave an update on attendance and disciplinary referrals. 


Melissa Brown, Director of College and Career Readiness, gave an overview of the NH Scholars Program and the requirements. Confusion has existed in the past over the math requirements.


Kathy LeMay, Director of Interventions/Title I Manager, described how individualized plans are being implemented to address students needing a boost in reading.


Dr. Freeman presented the latest statewide data from the NH Department of Education comparing cost per pupil and the equalized value per pupil between districts. The cost per pupil in Pittsfield has dropped to $16,314.84 per pupil with 69 Districts in the state reporting lower costs per pupil and 92 with higher costs. Examining the Equalized Value per pupil there are five Districts with lower tax values per student in the state.


Reminder: A public hearing on the School Budget will be held on January 10, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Pittsfield MHS lecture hall. The school budget will be discussed in detail.



Letter To The Editor


Select Board meeting 12/26/17- Started our review of the proposed 2018 department recommended budgets on Boxing Day (seems appropriate), but got through highway, municipal and fire/EMS with no huge issues.  We will work on the rest of the budget next Tuesday.  One of the Selectboard’s most important functions since the early days of New England has been to watch the purse strings of the town- tedious, but necessary, and this board takes the responsibility very seriously.


The Pittsfield Aqueduct Purchase Study Committee was disbanded.


We received a letter from NH Lottery regarding a presentation for KENO which can be adopted by individual towns.  We are hoping for a public hearing in early February.  It is our feeling that KENO should be decided by the voters in March.  A percentage would go to education on our local level, which we could certainly use.


Joan Osborne was appointed to the BCEP Budget Committee.


Pittsfield’s tax assessment ratio, based on sales the past year, was set at 92.3%.  This means that the AVERAGE selling price for houses in Pittsfield is now approximately 7.7% higher than the assessed value on your tax bill.  For a home assessed at $150,000, a sale price in the neighborhood of $162,000 might be expected.  Bear in mind, these are averages and there is no hard and fast rule for individual cases.  For a variety of reasons some still sell lower than assessed value.


Carl Anderson



Josiah Carpenter Library January News


When the weather is cold and blustery; it’s the perfect time to read!  Visit the library for some great selections – we have the best books of 2017 on display for you to browse and take home.


The Teen Book Worms will gather on Monday January 8th at 5:00pm; they will enjoy a light supper and discuss Turtles All the Way Down by John Green.  The Pittsfield Writer’s Circle will meet at the library on Monday January 15th at 5:00pm.  The adult book club will meet to discuss Roxanna Slade by Reynolds Price at 10:30 am on Tuesday January 23rd at the Pittsfield Senior Center.    New members for all of our ongoing activities are always welcome!  


During January the 10:00am Thursday preschool story hour will explore winter animals and outdoor activities.  The afterschool Book Adventure Club meets at 3:30pm on Tuesdays and will be making Lego creations throughout January – animals, buildings and cars!  On January 30th at 5 pm there will be a Lego derby to demonstrate the children’s creations.  The Stay and Play group for toddlers and their parents/caregivers meets on Tuesday mornings at 10:00am for a brief story, simple activities and time to socialize.


The Chichester-Epsom-Pittsfield Libraries Memory Café will enjoy a movie and conversation with the Concord Regional Visiting Nurses Association’s Jenn Brechtel at 2:00pm on Monday January 8th at the Epsom Public Library.  Caregivers and folks living with memory loss are invited to come and savor supportive socialization.


The library will be closed for the Martin Luther King Day on January 15th.




Raymond “Ray” Wilson Webber Jr.

Pittsfield Ray Webber Jr.jpg

Floral City FL – Raymond “Ray” Wilson Webber, Jr., formally of Pittsfield, NH, passed away December 20th, 2017, at his home in Floral City, FL with his family at his side.


He was born in Easton, MA on August 29th, 1940. He was the son of the late Raymond and Emma (Stokinger) Webber, Sr.


Ray served in the National Guard for eight years.


Ray was in the transportation industry for 60 years, for a number of years as an owner/operator. He also operated heavy equipment.  He and his wife Donna owned Webber’s Corner Store for six and a half years. and later on owned Crown Point Campground for twelve years. 


Ray was known to volunteer his time and equipment to many projects in the town of Pittsfield. Starting with the Balloon Rally, expanding the playing fields at Drake Field in the early 1980s. In the late 1990s, he provided his time and equipment for Lyman Park, the Gates Project beside the dam, and the placing of the bell on factory hill, and his time and equipment at the ball fields on Tilton Hill. In the present time, he has volunteered at the church thrift store in Inverness, FL.


Ray is survived by his loving wife Donna of 56 years; his son, Ray Webber III ,and wife, Judy; daughter, Donna Miner, and husband Harold; daughter Lori Roll, and husband Ed; son, Peter Webber, and wife Michelle, and son Jim Webber and wife Beth, thirteen  grandchildren, and five great gran children. 


Ray was predeceased by three siblings: his brother, Henry Webber; brother, Norman Webber; and sister, Cathrine Quist.


Ray loved to tinker and fix things, and when anyone needed a hand, he was there to help. 


A celebration of Ray’s life will be held in May 2018.  There will be notification of the time and location in the spring.













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