Pittsfield NH News

November 7, 2018


Former Post Master Makes Major Contribution To New Historical Society Building

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Henry Stapleton, long-time Pittsfield post master, has made a major contribution to the Building Fund of the Pittsfield Historical Society. He was born in Pittsfield in 1930 and graduated from Pittsfield High School 18 years later, where he played basketball and baseball and ran cross country. 


After graduation he worked for the railroad driving truck delivering express and freight from the depot to its final destination. He also drove school bus. 


In 1951, he joined the Air Force and was sent to Korea. Discharged as a staff sergeant in 1955, he returned home and took a job in the post office to help handle the Christmas rush. He became post master in January of 1956. The following year he married Marjorie Dustin. The couple had three children, James, Sarah, and Julie.  


Henry retired in 1985 and subsequently drove a school bus for the H. A. Marston. During his working life he was very active in town government. He was appointed to serve a vacant position on the board of selectmen, was both town and school moderator for over 25 years, and was a member of the planning board and budget committee.


Mr. Stapleton was a member of the Rotary Club, serving as its president and being named a Paul Harris fellow. He has been a member of the American Legion for over 60 years. Always interested in sports, Henry was a baseball umpire for about 25 years. He played for a Concord team in the Sunset League. He also played tennis into his early 80s. Significantly, he was a state champion candle pin bowler. 


Henry now summers in Gilmanton and winters in Florida. To him the Society owes a huge debt of gratitude for his donation. Thank you so very much, Henry. 



Letter To The Editor

Governor Sununu’s Leadership


The State’s support for its approximately 110,000 Veterans has always been well-intentioned.  However, last year the legislature proposed HB-636 to revamp the present Office of Veterans Services (OVS).  


This proposed new entity would have cost the taxpayers approximately $1.6 million. Adding a Commissioner would grow the State’s bureaucracy and do little to help our veterans.


What is needed is to have more Veterans Service Officers in a well-coordinated state leadership structure to provide first class delivery of services to our veterans and their families.  In February 2018, Governor Sununu issued Executive Order 2018-01 to have OVS and the veterans elements of DHHS come under the umbrella of The Adjutant General’s Office (TAG).  


Presently, eight states have their veterans’ services coordinated by TAG.  This approach puts more boots on the ground, with more Veterans Service Officers to support our veterans and does so without building a new bureaucracy.  


This courageous action by Governor Sununu to start the ball rolling toward creating a central point of access to the States services for veterans and the ability to do that largely with the existing State services, now better coordinated, is long overdue.


The fact is that Governor Sununu took action to address this issue that was long overdue, and instructed TAG to work with the legislature to make this structure permanent, once again speaks volumes about Sununu’s leadership and ability to DO THE RIGHT THING, for New Hampshire Veterans as well as the taxpayers.


Jim Adams


Vietnam Veteran, Chairman of the State Veterans Council, and former Chairman of Granite State Taxpayers



Ode To Shadow


Just lost a friend and companion of 15 years. That's 82 years old in dog years. 


Everyone knew Shadow in Pittsfield, if not by name, by sight. He was the one that was on his way to Drake Field. He loved that place, the beautiful green grass in summer, the bushes and trees by the river, the geese (whom he used to chase when he was younger), and all the wildlife. 


He had great expressions with his eyes and would show his teeth when he didn't like something. He loved people especially children; they would always come up to him and ask if they could pat him. 


When you're at Drake Field if you walk the nature path around the river you will feel Shadow's spirit there.





To the good Citizens of Pittsfield,

I went to another zoning board meeting the other night. I ought to have my head examined. It's stuff like, to the majority of the board, forced consent means consent, and recusing yourself without having the decency to explain why, to the applicant, by one member.


These meetings remind me of the military, where you are required to follow the United States' Code of Military Justice. Our zoning ordinace is getting stricter by the year. We keep voting in more restrictions.


I find, if you repeat "repeal zoning" 100 times, it starts to become appealing. If you say it 400 times, you're hooked.


I believe, through state politics, we can fund our school adequacy grant from $3,500 to $18,000 per student, thereby equalizing our school tax rate with the entire state (I only said this ten times, and I'm hooked).


I believe, through politics, we can repeal zoning, get our land use freedoms back, and get more "boomtown."


I'm thinking there is hope.


Dan the Stoneman



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).



Pork Barrel

Submitted By Carole Soule

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A pig demonstrates how to eat from a barrel.


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The missing pig is stuck in a barrel.


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We used the tractor and a chain to tip the barrel so the trapped pig could escape.


“Where is the fourth pig?” I asked husband Bruce as we fed the goats, sheep, and donkey. The three pigs were part of a litter born three months previously. Sparkle, their mother, had given birth to five piglets, but only four survived.


There are two significant milestones in a piglet's life: birth and weaning. Despite the still-born piglet, Sparkle seemed to handle labor well and nurtured her remaining four surviving babies. Typically a sow will give birth to 10 or more piglets, so four is a substandard litter size, but they all were alive and healthy. 


At eight weeks it was time to wean the four piglets. This litter is not to be confused with the previous five pigs born earlier in the year. Those five lived in our house for a while, and you might have been one of our visitors who bottle-fed them.


No this was a different litter, born during a very busy August. So busy that we did not fence off their part of the barnyard with a temporary electric fence for training purposes. A young, impressionable pig doesn't have to get zapped many times before he will learn to stay away from the fence. After that, the fence doesn't even have to be turned on; he'll assume it'll hurt him.


Not so these four pigs. They would duck under the fence, sometimes getting through between pulses and sometimes getting shocked. But they did not have that deep-down fear of it that would keep them away from it. 


They would stay in the pig pen at night with the other pigs, but in the morning they'd run under the fence to freedom. Once out, they would divide their time among disconcerting the cows, rooting in the cow pasture for grubs and worms, and visiting us in the barnyard. One of them even ventured into our farm store, apparently looking for food. We called them “the Rebels.”


Although the group roamed the farm at will, they were inseparable. Every morning all four would greet us as we fed the livestock -- until the day that only three showed up in the barnyard. So I was concerned and asked Bruce to search for the missing Rebel.


Bruce found the pig, alive and vigorous, but stuck inside a barrel. Each week we get brewer's grain, a by-product of making beer, at Great North Aleworks. The grain is stored in 35-gallon, plastic barrels that formerly contained olives. One of the barrels still contained some grain, and the missing pig had crawled inside after the residual snack. Although he was trapped, the pig never lost focus. He managed to eat all the remaining grain and, in his gyrations, he and the barrel had rolled down the hill, still imprisoned. He was unable to back out of the barrel and, with no room to turn around, he needed rescuing.


With my help, Bruce wrapped a chain around the barrel, which he lifted with the tractor's front loader. The trapped pig slithered out backward onto the ground, looked around, then booked it to join his buddies.


We have since fortified their fence, and for three days the Rebels have stayed put in their pen. But we don't kid ourselves. What keeps pigs inside electric fences is early training, and we'd muffed it. Now we are like negligent parents, wishing we'd been a little stricter with our unruly brood.  


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



Dorcas Guild Christmas Fair

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Lovable “Lambie Lamb” is ready and waiting for a new home. Handmade by Kathy Bergeron, he can be found at the Silent Auction, Dorcas Guild Christmas Fair, First Congregational Church, November 17, 9-2. 


Ready, set, go! The Dorcas Guild of the First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield, is holding its annual Christmas Fair, bake sale and luncheon Saturday, November 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


There are lots of handmade items available as well as gourmet products, baked goods, “Unique Boutique” and the wonderful silent auction. Plan to shop and stay for a low-cost corn chowder and sandwich lunch with homemade pies.


The final silent auction bids are due in by the close of the fair, 2 p.m., November 17. 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 at that entrance. For more information, call the church office 435-7471.    



Holly Fair At St. Stephen’s

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The talented ‘elves’ at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church have been working overtime to offer our patrons the quality and variety of handmade items that bring people back to shop here year after year. Join us on Saturday, November 17th, 9 am to 2 pm at 50 Main St., Pittsfield for our annual Holly Fair.


The Fair will include a crafts table featuring our popular birch reindeer as well as a wide selection of wreaths for indoor or outdoor use and lovely table arrangements. Our bake table always sells out quickly so get there early, and be sure to join us for lunch at our famous St. Stephen’s Café. This year’s menu will include homemade soups (corn chowder, roasted tomato, and squash), hearty sandwiches (meatball and our new addition “Manna-a taste of heaven”), Canadian chop suey, homemade desserts (Indian pudding, Grapenut custard, and chocolate cake) and a variety of beverages. We have added extra tables and chairs this year so you are welcome to either eat in or take out.


Funds raised from our annual fair go toward the support of six food pantries in Pittsfield and surrounding towns as well as the Pittsfield Youth Workshop and their food closets at the center and at PMHS. So don’t miss this fun-filled Fair - a great opportunity to do some Christmas shopping and at the same time support our local community.



Pittsfield Secret Santa


Although Christmas is still weeks away, here at the fire department we are already hard at work preparing to meet the needs of Pittsfield's residents. Starting November lst, we will be accepting applications from those in need of assistance this holiday season. Applications will only be accepted until December lst to allow time to prepare gifts for everyone. Children must be 14 years of age or younger to be eligible. The child's parent or legal guardian must be the one to apply, and both they and the child must be residents of Pittsfield. Please contact the Pittsfield 


Fire Dept at 435-6807 during regula1 business hours for more information or to apply. This program is operated by volunteers, so if you leave a message it will be returned as quickly as possible, but response may not be immediate. 


The Secret Santa  Fund relies on the generosity of residents and local businesses eager to help those less fortunate. Those interested in making donations may call 435-6807 to discuss specifics with Santa's helpers. Financial donations may be sent directly to: Pittsfield Secret Santa, PO Box 392, Pittsfield, NH 03263.



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Veterans Day is on November 11 and is a time set aside to honor all veterans. Two wreaths have been donated to honor our veterans. Thank you to the Suncook Valley Rotary Club, Scott Brown of The Paige Agency, The Clothes Closet, and Flowers For All Seasons who are pleased to supply  two wreaths to decorate the Veterans Memorial in Dustin Park. Phyllis Conway from the Clothes Closet is shown with one of the wreaths. Thanks to all service members and their families who preserve our freedom. 



Local Realtor Receives Sales Award

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EXIT Reward Realty of Pittsfield is proud to announce that Lyn Ward has earned the prestigious EXIT Realty Bronze Award.  This award was given based on Lyn’s Sales Volume over the past twelve months.  Lyn has been in the business of helping our community buy and sell real estate since 2005.  


“It takes dedication, knowledge and hard work to reach this goal. We are very proud of Lyn.” Stated Donna Ward, owner of EXIT Reward Realty.


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.   













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