Pittsfield NH News

November 21, 2018



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.




Pittsfield High School Class of 1979 Reunion


A motivated group from Pittsfield High School's Class of 1979 are creating plans for the 40th-year reunion.  The event is planned for the evening of August 3rd of next year in Concord, NH, and is planned to include a buffet dinner, live music, and a cash bar.


The reunion planners would like to ask members of the Class of 1979 to:


(1) save the date;


(2) contact Randy Severance through e-mail at ransev@comcast.net for details;


(3) request access to the "Pittsfield High School (NH) Class of 1979 40th Reunion" group page (if you have access to Facebook) where the most current updates will be posted;


(4) please help us locate class members for whom we currently do not have contact information (there are about 20 in the "missing" category).



Smash A Pumpkin, Feed A Cow

Submitted By Carole Soule

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Carving pumpkins at Cole Gardens in Concord.


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Cattle munch on smashed pumpkins.


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Pigs like pumpkins too.


I lifted the pumpkin over my head and threw it down to the concrete floor. The pumpkin split neatly down the center, exposing seeds and their attendant gooey stuff, while four cows watched. The cows waited while I picked up the halves and put them within their reach. These were substantial carving pumpkins given to us by Cole Gardens in Concord.


As the name implies, carving pumpkins' primary purpose is to be cut into Jack-O-Lanterns. Once Halloween is past, they no longer have value – except to livestock. While cattle might prefer the taste of sugar pumpkins (also known as pie pumpkins), they aren't picky. 


Pigs love to eat pumpkins, too. My mini-pig, Tazzy, who lives in our farmhouse, will nose-dive to clean up any seeds missed by the cattle. I also love pumpkin seeds. When roasted in oil and sprinkled with salt, they are food fit for  gods.


Although cows find all pumpkins delicious, it's not so easy to to start eating the carving pumpkins. They have thick shells to help them hold their shape after being sculpted, and cows have trouble biting through that rind. Cattle only have lower front teeth and without top teeth they can't make that initial bite into the pumpkin. So they need 'em smashed.


It took me awhile to perfect the art of pumpkin-smashing. I've tried tossing them on the ground, breaking them on a rock, and bowling them down a hill. But I've discovered that nothing splits a pumpkin more efficiently than slamming it onto a concrete floor. 


Why do I find smashing pumpkins so satisfying? Maybe it's because as a child I was told never to smash pumpkins. Each October, anyone naive enough to leave their jack-o-lanterns out overnight, would find that young delinquents had smashed them in the street. (They already had the technique figured out.) I didn't want to be a bad kid, but I sensed that I was missing out on some fun.


I'm not alone. When I asked a 10-year-old girl if she wanted to smash a pumpkin, her face lit up (like a jack-o-lantern), and she had her grandmother make a video while she splatted a big pumpkin on the concrete. Inspired, I posted an invitation on Facebook, and dozens of people showed up at Miles Smith Farm, where they destroyed pumpkins with a glee that went beyond performing an act of kindness for hungry cattle. 


If only all our other farm chores came with that forbidden whiff of vandalism! We could sleep 'til noon while eager volunteers were mending fences, dispensing hay, trimming hooves, and shoveling manure.  


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



Central NH VNA Wins Recognition


Central NH VNA & Hospice has been recognized by HomeCare Elite as one of the best providers of home health in the country.  Says Lisa Dupuis, Central’s CEO, “Only 25% of agencies make this list, and Central VNA is proud to be among the nation’s leaders in the delivery of home healthcare.  In the lakes region as well, we are uniquely honored in Laconia, Meredith and Wolfeboro.”


The 2018 HomeCare Elite is the compilation of the most successful home care providers in the United States. Now in its 13th year, this market-leading review creates the list based on performance measures including quality of care, quality improvement, patient experience, best practices implementation and financial management.  Though some agencies may shine in one or two of these qualifiers, an agency must excel in all to win inclusion.


HomeCare Elite uses publicly available data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to rank the agencies.  Then agency performance in each of the domains listed above was compared against the performance of other organizations in the state and nationwide.  The domains were combined into one overall score, using a weighting methodology that gives greatest importance to quality of care.


Says Dupuis, “We knew we delivered excellent care to all our patients – they tell us so every day.  It’s great to be recognized for doing what we love.”



Decorated Wreath Contest At The Pittsfield Christmas Tree Lighting


Mark your calendars - Saturday, Dec. 1 from 4:00-6:00pm for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration sponsored by the Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce - Everyone is welcome to attend!


We will be having a DECORATED WREATH CONTEST again this year.  Everyone is invited to bring a decorated (anyway you'd like) wreath to Dustin Park.  The wreaths will be displayed inside PYW and will be judged by the public.  The winner will be announced at 6pm after the Tree Lighting and will receive a $50 CASH PRIZE.


Please drop your wreath off by 3:45pm at Dustin Park (PYW) and please pick up your wreath by 6:15pm.  Any wreaths that are not picked up will be donated to local groups.


Get in the HOLIDAY SPIRIT and show off your creativity and bring a wreath.  The contest is open to everyone!  For more information, contact Andi Riel at 435-6346 or email at pittsfieldtowncrier@hotmail.com.



Pittsfield Christmas Tree Lighting And Children’s Store Celebration


Save the Date, Saturday, Dec. 1 – the Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Children’s Store Celebration.  


The day begins with the Pittsfield Elementary School PTO sponsored Breakfast with Santa.  Breakfast will be served for $3.00 per person or 2 for $5.00 between 8:00-9:30am in the PES Cafeteria.  Photos with Santa will be available for $1.00 each.  This is a fundraising event for the PTO.  Then after a hearty breakfast kids can shop at the Children’s Store at the PES Gym from 9:00-noon.  The Victory Workers 4-H Club will be hosting a Cookie Walk at PES during the Children’s Store – parents will have an activity to keep them busy while the kids shop. Youth Musicians will be on hand for your listening pleasure.


Volunteer “elves” will assist shoppers up to age 16 in purchasing gifts for their parents, siblings, teachers or friends.  The Store is open to CHILDREN ONLY – sorry, no adults allowed.  Most of the items are new or nearly new and can be purchased for $1.00..  Some items are more expensive.  There is also free gift wrapping available.  


Anyone interested in donating items(new or nearly new), Christmas wrapping paper, GIFT BAGS (the wrappers love gift bags), tags or tape may drop them off to the various donation boxes at Pittsfield Post Office, Pittsfield Town Hall, Northway Bank and Epping Well Co.  People always ask what items are needed – the kids like to buy jewelry, picture frames, gloves, socks, hats, “appropriate” coffee mugs, knick-knacks of all kinds, unburned candles, small tools, flashlights, stuffed animals, calendars- those are just some ideas.  We cannot take any clothing or electrical items.


Monetary donations are gladly accepted to help defray some of the costs associated with the event.  Please make checks payable to: Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce and mail to Greater Chamber of Commerce, Attn: Children’s Store/Tree Lighting, P.O. Box 234, Pittsfield, NH  03263.


The celebration continues at DUSTIN PARK from 4-6pm (on Sat., Dec. 1) The Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration is fun for the whole family and is a great community event.  There will be FREE horse drawn wagon rides, Holiday music, cookies, cocoa, popcorn, and candycanes to enjoy.  Inside PYW (Pittsfield Youth Workshop) there will be a Gingerbread House Display and raffle, visit with SANTA (who will arrive via Firetruck around 4pm), Free pictures with Santa and feel free to bring your own camera.  HOT chili, chowder, and soups will be available for a donation of a canned or packaged food (or purchased for a few dollars) to benefit our LOCAL FOOD PANTRY.


HOLIDAY STORY TIME from 4:30-5:30pm at the Park St. Baptist Church basement (beside PYW) – on Sat, Dec. 1 – All ages are welcome to come and enjoy some Holiday stories.


Get in the Holiday Spirit and DECORATE A WREATH and enter it in the Decorated Wreath Contest – decorate it anyway you’d like- drop it off at PYW (Dustin Park) by 3:45pm (on Sat, Dec. 2) and the public will vote for the best one!  Winner will receive a $50 CASH PRIZE.


A raffle for a (fresh) Christmas Tree will be held.  Free -One entry per person.  The winner will be able to choose their tree from the selection the Corinithian Lodge Masons will have available.


The Highlight of the Celebration will be everyone gathering around the Christmas Tree, singing Holiday songs and counting down to the Lighting of the TREE.  


For more information, please contact Andi Riel at 435-6346 or email pittsfieldtowncrier@hotmail.com or visit www.pittsfieldchamber.org.



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You are invited to participate in Pittsfield’s Farm to School Team Community Meeting! Wednesday November 28th from 6- 8 pm at Media Center/Library at the Pittsfield Middle High School.  Join to learn about the Pittsfield, NH Farm to School initiative, review a proposed action plan, and share your ideas to inform next steps so we can grow this work over the next year.  Students, teachers and staff, parents and families, and community partners are encouraged to participate. Experience in the areas of local foods, nutrition, gardening, composting, education, and program development a bonus.  Hosted by the Pittsfield Farm to School Team, including: Pittsfield Listens, Pittsfield Youth Workshop, and Pittsfield School District.  Please RSVP at pittsfieldlistens.org/events. Dinner and onsite childcare provided. Transportation available upon request.



Free Christmas Concert


Plan to attend the annual Christmas concert coming Friday, December 7, 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield. This special concert entitled, “How Great Our Joy,” will be a return to your favorite lovely Christmas carols. The concert will feature the church’s Chancel Choir and the JuBellation Handbell Choir. Add this wonderful family event to your holiday plans! For more information, call the church office, 435-7471.



Letter To The Editor

Select Board Meeting 11/13/18


Chiefs Collins and Pszonowsky introduced us to potential police and fire/EMT hires to whom we made conditional offers of employment. It speaks well of Pittsfield to have a full contingent of first responders, as well as all town employee positions in this time of a nationwide hiring crisis. 


An email from Planning Board member James Pritchard to Chairman Allard was shared. James Pritchard doesn’t like the fact that the BOS chose not to enforce a provision in the town’s zoning ordinance that town counsel advised had potential to end up in court with a prospect of the town more likely losing than winning. James Pritchard went on to encourage the BOS to take the Zoning Board of Adjustment to court, at town expense, and then exercise our right to deprive the ZBA of funds for counsel to defend themselves- all to force a court decision on the matter, rather than take our attorney’s advice.  We concluded it would be wasting the court’s time and taxpayers' money and rejected the proposal. We take court action very seriously and the BOS feel it is imperative that we have enforceable zoning rules.


A bid to seal up the library barn was awarded to Pittsfield carpenter David Harper.


Donations to help cover the costs of the 2018 Parks & Recreation Harvestfest from the Suncook Valley Lion’s Club and Randall Shuey of Epsom were accepted with thanks.


The winter road maintenance policy was put in place, with the most important point being obstruction of roads. However inconvenient it may be to find overnight parking after November 15, snow and ice removal take precedence and vehicles in violation WILL BE TOWED WITHOUT NOTICE.


Carl Anderson



Catamount Womenaid’s 5K Is A Great Success

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Photo by Miranda Young


One hundred seventy-nine registered runners and walkers, along with their supporters, enjoyed sunny skies at the 2018 Deerfield Veterinary Clinic Catamount 5K at the Deerfield Fairgrounds on November 4. Gifts from 46 sponsors and donors covered expenses and provided prizes and the efforts of 40 volunteers made this event a great success for Catamount Womenaid.


Teenage runners led the pack. Aiden Cox, 13, from Northwood hit the finish line at 16:44, more than one minute ahead of his competitors. John Murphy, 14, of Deerfield was second at 17:55, and Lars Hogne, 14, of Strafford came in third at 18:05. Justin Pagnotta of Strafford was the fastest adult runner at 20:03. The top female racer was thirteen-year-old Mallory Taylor from Strafford at 20:52. Tom Milliman of Lee, top racer in the 60 to 69 age group, came in eleventh at 21:43. All participants in the fun kids’ race won medals and cookies.


Catamount Womenaid raised approximately $11,000 from this event, which will be used to provide emergency financial assistance to men, women and children in Deerfield, Epsom, Northwood, Pittsfield and Strafford. See www.catamountwomenaid.org for more information.


Major sponsors of the race are Deerfield Veterinary Clinic, Northeast Delta Dental, Debbie Kelley of Verani Berkshire Hathaway Realtors, East Coast Signals and Northeast Eye Care. 


Other sponsors are Epsom Family Dental Care, Robertson Insurance Company, Plumbing and Heating Solutions, Northwood Oil Company, Abbey Run Construction, Candia First Stoppe, MRP Manufacturing, Miriam Cahill-Yeaton, Suellen Drake of APRN of Advanced NP Services, and Van Berkum Nursery.


Donors of materials, services and prizes are: Anytime Fitness of Northwood, Bead Bush Studio, Raymond Ace/Ben Franklin, Blasty Bough Brewery, The Butterfly Place, Calef’s,  Cavarretta Gardens, Children’s Museum of NH, Crossroads Chiropractic, Dunkin Donuts, Facials by Stephanie Patch, Hannaford, Isles of Shoals Steamship Company, His and Hers Hair Shop, J &B Auto, The Lily Inn and Boutique, Lindt Chocolate, The Music Hall, Neatline Associates, NH Weightloss & Wellness, Onni Therapeutic Massage, Panera of Dover, Portsmouth and Concord, Runner’s Alley, Strawbery Banke, TD Bank, Umami, WS Badger Company and Zorvini Vineyards.



Pittsfield Players’ Kids' Theater Workshop Auditionso


The Pittsfield Players will hold auditions for their 2019 Kids' Theater Workshop production of The Addams Family, Young@Part at The Scenic Theatre, 6 Depot St. in Pittsfield on Sunday and Monday, December 16 and 17 at 4 pm both days. Those auditioning will be taught a song from the show and asked to sing in a group and, if they wish, as a solo. They’ll also learn a few simple dance steps and be asked to read from the script. 


Hundreds of years ago, the Addams family ancestors came from the old country and settled on a plot of land in what is now New York’s Central Park. The family flourished for many generations, and eventually, a huge house was built where a great Spanish oak, the Addams Family Tree, had been planted to protect the ancestral graves from such annoyances as sunlight and tourists. As the curtain rises, the last dead leaf of autumn falls from the Family Tree, and all is right with the morbid, macabre world of Gomez, Morticia, Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and Lurch. They’ve gathered – where else? – in the family graveyard, to celebrate life and death in a yearly ritual to connect with their past and ensure their future. They seem at peace, not just with each other and their inimitable, unchanging Addams-ness, but with their dead ancestors, too – who emerge from their graves on this night each year to join in this celebration of continuity. But, at the end of the ritual, Fester blocks the ancestors’ return to their graves. Those unchanging Addams family values are about to be tested. Fester enlists their help to set things right, just in case a new family secret goes terribly wrong. What’s the secret? Wednesday Addams, that irresistible bundle of malice, has grown up and found love. So what’s the problem? The young man, Lucas Beineke, is from Ohio, and his parents are coming to dinner to meet the family. Two different worlds are about to collide. Will love triumph, or will everyone go home vaguely depressed? The show has 10 major roles and many parts for the ensemble as a whole. There’s lots of singing and dancing, and tons of fun to be had in this year’s Kid’s Workshop. If you are interested in working behind the scenes on the show, please come to the auditions to sign up for tech crew.


The Kids' Theater Workshop is a program by kids for kids ages 8 to 18, and participants not only perform on stage but also work behind the scenes, learning about set design and construction, set painting, stage managing, stage lighting and sound and costumes and make-up. The group rehearses two days a week after school and on Saturdays and then performs the show at two matinees for local schools and three evening shows for the general public. This year, the shows will be performed February 19 through 23, with a set strike and cast party on Sunday, February 26. For further information, contact director Maye Hart at maye@pittsfieldplayers.com.





To the good citizens of Pittsfield,

Voting day was wet. By 1:30 in the afternoon Henry Murray and I were able to get 47 signatures (counting ours) on the petition to repeal zoning. We submitted the petition to Erica, our Town Clerk, a little wet.


It was a lot of fun to get people to think about getting our land rights back and sign the petition. Hey, Martha, you forgot to sign the petition. Anyway, as usual, the voting officials and Town Hall worked like clockwork to record our votes and get people on their way.


We have a great amount of trust in our system of voting and the important people who make this happen.


We're pretty sure that if we did not have our system, and the people who give themselves to this way of settling our differences, then we would have to resort to guns, and we don't own one. What we do own is our freedom, and these people help secure it.


Forever grateful,

Dan the Stoneman

Henry R. Murray, IV













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