Pittsfield NH News

November 14, 2018


Are you thinking ahead to the holidays? They will be on us soon! Maybe you have relatives or friends visiting that you haven’t seen for some time.  You want to look your best and even shed some pounds. Consider joining TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) to help you reach that goal.  You will receive a friendly welcome, support and tips on healthy eating.  Our chapter meets Tuesday 6:30 at The Joy Church 55 Barnstead Rd. Pittsfield. We would love to have you join us.  For questions, call Beth 435-7397.



Lost Bicycle at the Carpenter Library


Are you missing a bicycle?  If yes, call the library at 435-8406!  A lovely blue adult cruiser has been outside the library since about October 29th. The Pittsfield Police Department does not have any reports of a missing bike. If unclaimed, the library will work to find the bicycle a good home. 



Wanted By The Pittsfield Historical Society


A reasonably new computer. Our main computer has crashed and we are looking for one to replace it. If anyone can help, please call Larry  Berkson at 798-3984 or e-mail him at larryberkosn@comcast.net.



About Step by Step Home for Children with Special Needs

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Step by Step Home for Children with Special Needs, located in Kumasi, Ghana, West Africa, was founded in 2014, by Mike and Connie Stainsby of Epsom, New Hampshire.  At the tender age of 60, with nothing more than a word from God and a go in their hearts, they sold everything, picked up, and transferred their lives, to help the disabled and abandoned children of Africa.  


Their message has always been to provide a home, a hope, and a future, for these precious children of Africa. At this time Mike and Connie have been providing for 3 Special Needs Children: Joyce, Michael, and Obeng, each with their own set of unique disabilities. Mike and Connie spend their days tending to the needs of these children while continuously looking for “the more.” They are currently in the process of expanding into a larger home that will accommodate up to 15 children with special needs. The hope is to open the expanded facility by January 2019.


The systems to care for these children in Africa is broken. If not for people like Mike and Connie, these children with special needs would be left abandoned, with little hope for survival. These children want nothing more than to be loved. They would be blessed, if you would come along side, learn more about their children, and see how you can help.  Their immediate need is for capital to complete construction of the facility.  They need $17,000 to finish the project. Beyond that, they will need donations for operating expenses, as they grow. Your donation to sponsor these children would be a blessing.


To learn more about, "Step By Step Home for Children with Special Needs," please visit their website at: www.stepbystepworldwide.com,  or find them on Facebook at: https://web.facebook.com/stepbystepworldwide.org/



Citizens Bank Contrubutes To Historical Society Building Fund

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The Pittsfield Historical Society sincerely thanks Citizens Bank on Main for contributing to its building fund. The bank, acquired from First New Hampshire Bank, opened its doors on April 1, 1996 and has been a vital part of the community ever since.  Its seven employees are under the management of Rebecca Britenriker. In addition to regular banking services it has a Financial Advisor and provides financial literary classes. 


The bank is a known for its annual barbecue held in its parking lot during customer appreciation week in June. 



A Living Link To Our Farming Heritage

Submitted By Carole Soule

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Curious Bleu, a Scottish Highlander Steer, gave rides to young cowboys and girls on Farm Day at Miles Smith Farm.


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Visitors on the hay ride fed carrots to the Miles Smith Farm herd of Scottish Highlander cattle.


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Topper and Stash, Scottish Highlander oxen, pulled a sled (normally used to haul stones) carrying young riders around the barnyard on Miles Smith Farm Day in October.


Young cowgirls and boys waited patiently in line for a ride on one of our shaggy Scottish Highlanders. Curious Bleu, a red Highlander steer, was kept busy during the annual Miles Smith Farm Day on Oct. 6. The sky may have been overcast, but the mood was sunny as little future farmers rode a steer, took a hayride, fed carrots to cattle, or snuggled with the goats, the sheep, and a donkey.


The parking lot was full as more than 1,000 people (little and big) hiked around the farm to visit with the animals and eat grass-fed hot dogs and hamburgers. Few of our visitors live on farms, but many of them cherish some connection to farming. One man told me about helping bale hay on his grandfather's farm. Another talked about feeding chickens while being menaced by a rooster. A woman praised her grandmother's cooking which included fresh ham, raised and cured right there on her farm. One teenager told me she'd been coming to our farm for years and remembered riding Curious Bleu when she was 8 years old; a lifetime ago for one that young one.


Farming is part of our DNA. Unless you subsist by hunting and gathering, you depend on agriculture. “No farms, no food” is true enough, but “no farms” also means no beer, no whiskey, no leather, and no cotton. Humans have a strong connection to agriculture; one we try to remind our visitors of every year during Farm Day.


But even some of our farm-connected visitors forgot that farming can be messy! Clothing, especially footwear, takes a licking when the rains come and mud prevails. Ours is a working farm, and when it rains, all that good earth turns to mud. And beyond the barnyard, the ground is rough, and there's manure everywhere. We clean up between chores, but ours is not a “showcase” farm. With 100 chores and only time to do 50 of them, prioritization can leave some “housekeeping” for later.


We try to warn folks of the muddy and rough footing, but some visitors still wore sparkling white sneakers or skimpy sandals. Baby strollers tended to get mired. Yet no one complained. (Thanks!)


Besides cow-riding, the oxen demonstration was popular. My team of black Highlanders, Topper and Stash, dragged delighted little riders around the yard on a stone boat (a flat sled traditionally used to transport rocks.) Our mini-donkey, Eleanor, and her sheep and goat companions made lots of new friends.


New and old customers (bless them) dropped into our farm store and purchased grass-fed beef as well as pastured pork and lamb. Some ordered a locally-raised turkey for their Thanksgiving feasts. Others enjoyed free grilled beef hot dogs and hamburgers cooked by the Highlander Rider 4H Club. This good time was made possible with help from volunteers and sponsorship from local businesses. 


We rejoice when visitors embrace the human connection to farming. Especially when they can see past the mud and manure to appreciate a wholesome, humane, small-scale operation like ours. We like to think of Miles Smith Farm as a living link between a time dominated by impersonal corporate agribusiness and the small family farms that built America. If that notion appeals to you, and you like the idea of eating food raised thoughtfully by folks who will look you in the eye, keep on buying locally-raised food. You also might want to buy a good pair of rubber boots – the next Farm Day will be here before you know it! 


Carole Soule is co-owner of Miles Smith Farm, in Loudon, N.H. She can be reached at cas@milessmithfarm.com.



Letter To The Editor


To the Editor,

My thanks to the voters of Pittsfield and Epsom who supported my candidacy for 21st District representative. I am honored and humbled by your vote and by the many expressions of good will as the campaign unfolded.


I intend to be the best representative I possibly can for every citizen in our District. Everyone deserves and may expect my commitment to Epsom and Pittsfield.


I would also like to thank every other candidate in this campaign. Your ideas, goals, and efforts contributed to a quality election season and will, no doubt, make the Suncook Valley a better place to live. It was a privilege to campaign with you.



J. C. Allard



St Stephen’s Holly Fair

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It’s that time again! St. Stephen's Episcopal Church will hold its annual Holly Fair on Saturday, November 17, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 50 Main St., Pittsfield.


Parishioners have been working overtime to fill the undercroft with lots of goodies. Are there any little girls on your shopping list? If so, check out the Crafts table for American Girl doll clothes. How about some decorations for your home that will last through the winter? Our birch reindeer are a favorite. If you love yard sales, you’ll enjoy sorting through our Christmas Remix table of “lightly loved” items. Get there early and you may be lucky enough to walk away with one of several pairs of adult ice skates that have been barely used.


And when it’s time for lunch, no need to hurry home. Have a seat at our St. Stephen’s Café where you’ll find the best home-cooked dishes in the area. Soups - corn chowder, roasted tomato, and squash. Sandwiches - meatball and introducing the new Manna-a taste of heaven! How about some Canadian Chop Suey? Don’t forget our homemade desserts - Indian pudding, GrapeNut custard, and chocolate cake. And if you want to bring home a treat for your family, be sure to visit our Bake Sale table with all of your favorite cookies, cakes and pies.


Remember, proceeds from the fair go towards our local food pantries so while you are checking off names on your Christmas list you are also helping your neighbors. See you there!



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Camelot knights Sir Lionel (Jeff Long), Sir Sagramore (Kiefer Archambault), and Sir Dinadan (Coy McCarty) are guarding the castle at The Scenic Theatre as The Pittsfield Players present the musical Camelot this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $18 per person. For reservations, call 435-8852, or visit the Players' website at http://www.pittsfieldplayers.com. Don't miss this wonderful show!



Megan Augusta Joins Local Real Estate Agency

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EXIT Reward Realty of Pittsfield is proud to announce that Megan Augusta has joined their office as a REALTOR.  Megan has been representing sellers and buyers since 2011 and proudly specializes in representing first time home buyers.


“We are pleased to welcome Megan to our office.  Her experience and knowledge is a welcome addition to our close knit group.” Said Donna Ward, owner of EXIT Reward Realty.


Megan was raised in Kingston, NH and has resided in Deerfield, NH since 2007 with her husband and three children.  If you are looking for an agent to help you find a home, reach out to Megan!


EXIT Reward Realty is a local Real Estate Brokerage located at 79 High Street in Pittsfield. They have been representing Buyers and Sellers in the Suncook Valley since 2005.    



Church Fair Is Coming Saturday

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This great handmade quilt and cute sock monkey sailor couple are just two examples waiting for you on the Dorcas Guild’s Silent Auction table. Don’t miss the Christmas Fair – this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield.


The Christmas Fair and Bake Sale at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield, is happening this coming Saturday, November 17, from 9 to 2. Sponsored by the Dorcas Guild, this fair is the event you won’t want to miss. 


The Guild has been busy crafting all those special festive gifts including mittens, hats, aprons, quilted items, ornaments and special gourmet and baked goods. Don’t forget the “Unique Boutique” for outstanding values and the “Silent Auction” for those special one-of-a-kind gifts. The Silent Auction ends when the fair ends at 2 p.m.; successful bidders will be notified at that time.


Bring your friends and neighbors to shop and stay for a great corn chowder and sandwich lunch with homemade pies for dessert. Parking and wheelchair accessible entrance available at rear of church – enter at Chestnut Street or come in through the courtyard entrance on Main Street. For more info, call the church office at 435-7471.



Thankfulness At The Carpenter Library


November 1, 2018 was truly momentous. Continental Paving completed the paving of Main Street outside of the library, and the “library puddle” (which sometimes resembled a pond or a lake) is gone! 


The library sits at the crest of Main Street; previously due to obstructions primarily created by the heights of curb cuts for driveways, water did not flow in either direction.  We are very grateful to George Batchelder and the rest of the crew at the Highway Department for coordinating all the recent paving projects throughout Pittsfield. Folks visiting the library are especially thankful to George for ensuring this portion of Main Street was done just right!




John Topouzoglou

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Pittsfield - John Topouzoglou, age 88, passed away peacefully on November 3rd at his daughter’s home in Burlington, MA.


He was born in Piraeus, Greece, son of the late Andreas and Hariklia (Bibilos) Topouzoglou. John survived the German occupation of Greece and worked hard to complete his vocational studies in mechanical engineering and drafting. He later graduated from Merchant Marine Engineering School.  He served in the Greek army and later in the Hellenic Merchant Marine.  In 1956, at the age of 26, John immigrated to the United States and proudly became a citizen in 1963.  He would say, “I was born in Greece, but America gave me life!” He owned and operated Tops Garage in Pittsfield for many years.  He was a parishioner and former board member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Concord; and a member of the Greek Mutual Benefit Association known as PHAROS, Somerville, MA. John was a Charter Member of the Pittsfield/Barnstead Lions Club and a 2016 recipient of the Melvin Jones Humanitarian Award. He served on the board of the Pittsfield Community Development Center and was a 32nd Degree Mason, and member of the Scottish Rite at Malden/Wakefield MA and Concord, NH lodges.


He is survived by his wife of 60 years Efegenia (Rozakis) Topouzoglou of Pittsfield; his cherished children: Harriet Degou and husband David of Burlington, MA, Catherine Topouzoglou of Needham, MA, Andrew Topouzoglou and wife Heather of Derry, NH and Terry Topouzoglou and his wife Jennifer of New Boston, NH; eight grandchildren: John and Marie Degou, Sophie, Elena, Andrew and Grace Topouzoglou, and Hannah and Sam Kingston. Also survived by: his brother Mihali Topouzoglou and wife Theodora of Somerville, MA, a sister, Panagiota Dimopoulos and husband Dimitrios of Whitman, MA, brother-in-law, Isithoros Rozakis who he cherished as a son, and his wife Anthoula of Somerville, MA, sister-in-law, Irene (Rozakis) Botsolis and the late Asimakis, beloved cousin Peter Tsourianis and wife Aphrodite of Somerville, MA, along with many loved nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his son George in 1964 and a sister, Androniki Kargatzis and husband Kostas.


A Funeral Service was held Thursday in St. George’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Manchester, NH.  Burial followed in Floral Park Cemetery, Pittsfield. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Pittsfield High School Alumni Association (Scholarship Fund), 23 Oneida Street, Pittsfield, NH 03263.


The Waters Funeral Home, David Pollard, Director, is assisting the family with arrangements.













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