Endicott College is pleased to announce the Dean’s List students for
fall 2017. In order to qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must
obtain a minimum grade point average of 3.5, receive no grade below
a “C”, have no withdrawal grades, and be enrolled in a minimum of 12
credits for the semester.
following local student has met these requirements:
Tuttle of Pittsfield is a Senior majoring in Environmental Science.
He is the son of Norman and Stephanie Tuttle.
The Cast of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
Ernie Bass reprises his role of Randall P. McMurphy after 18 years,
with the same veracity; Vicki Watson steps in as the indomitable
Nurse Ratched; and Coy McCarty brings Billy Bibbit to life for
whatever time may allow.
said she was too sweet to play Nurse Ratched. They said she was too
nice. That may be true of the person. Vicki Watson, who plays
Ratched, but not of the character she has become. She’s teased at
rehearsal to not be nice; don’t even smile or lend a pencil to a
fellow cast member. She’s listened and we’ve created a monster. Sort
look she gives us, it’s scary,” cast member Coy McCarty says. Coy
plays Billy Bibbit, a stutter with mother issues. The two counter
each other on stage. Watson playing the mothering Ratched with a
tinge of Munchausen syndrome, McCarty the sad young boy who never
untied those apron strings until McMurphy, played by Ernie Bass,
comes along to set him free. The plan seems to work until the
important to be comfortable on stage with your fellow actors in this
particular production. There’s a lot of “heavy stuff” going on and
if you can’t laugh after you’ve played one of those particularly
intense scenes then you’ll never make it to opening night.
eerie to watch,” says director, Meggin Dail, “you start the scene
and then you play it again and again till it’s right and when it’s
right, it’s practically real and you wonder what you’ve done.”
there’s plenty of time to laugh throughout Cuckoo’s Nest, whether it
be outright or uncomfortable laughter, the story line is dramatic.
McMurphy, played by Bass, enters the institution as a way of
avoiding the work farm. He plans to take over the ward for a few
months, winning hundreds off his inmates through gambling and then
leave, ‘cured.’” His plan is curtailed when Nurse Ratched, Watson,
interferes and sets him on a path to self destruction but not
without bringing herself and others down with her once McMurphy
discovers he’s “committed” and not voluntary like some of the other
Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest comes to the Scenic Theatre, Home of the
Pittsfield Players as part of their 50th anniversary season, March
9, 10 16, & 17, 2018. It is sponsored by The Iron Dragon of
Pittsfield. Tickets are now available by ticketleap at
The Farm: Snow Covered Cows
Submitted By Carole Soule
snows you might ask, “Why don’t you bring your cows inside, where
it’s warm.” I don’t because because, in most cases, I don’t
need to. Cows have hair that acts like roofing, keeping heat
in and is similar to house insulation. If a house roof is snow
covered, the insulation is working. Snow piled on the back of
cow means that the heat from the cow is not escaping to melt the
my cattle are Scottish Highlanders with long shaggy, lanolin coats.
The long hair insulates them and the lanolin creates a natural ‘rain
coat’ causing snow and rain to run off before it penetrates to their
skin. Even the Angus-cross cattle have coats and insulating fat that
works the same way. Another advantage cattle have in the cold
is their skin. Humans shiver in the cold because partly
because of our thin skin. Cattle have thicker skin than
humans, giving them more protection from freezing weather.
wind is more challenging than snow for cows. Cows use natural cover
like trees or hills avoid the wind. Younger cattle are not as well
prepared to deal with cold as the older cattle so we make sure they
have access to shelter. Given the choice, most cattle would rather
be in the field seeking their own protection.
Snow-covered cows might look miserable but they’re not. No need to
worry about snow-covered cattle. A cow blanketed with snow is a warm
cow. With plenty of hay and adequate water cattle manage just fine
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 email@example.com.
Pittsfield Youth Voice in it Together (PYViiT) of Pittsfield Listens
(PL) hosted a learning exchange with a University Of New Hampshire’s
TRIO Student Support Services and Admissions office. This was
an opportunity for students to get questions answered about going to
college, connect with students about their experiences as college
students and as community leaders, and tour the UNH-Durham campus.
As part, PYViiT leaders connected with students whose experiences
first in their families to attend college/university. Stay
tuned to see what comes next with PYViiT’s leadership! See
more photos and details at
Facebook.com/pittsfieldlistens and on
you for the privilege of serving this town and ask for your vote
once again for one of the two Planning Board 3 year positions on the
March 13 ballot. I have served on the planning board since 2009 - 2
years as an alternate, 1 year as vice-chairman, and 6 years as
chairman. During this time, I have reviewed many plans, attended
classes on land use and managed many aspects of the planning board
process - all making me an asset to the citizens, town, and board.
very proud of the planning board’s accomplishments during my
service. We have updated our Rules of Procedure and Subdivision
Regulations to be consistent with current state law and to help the
applicants and abutters understand the process and know their
rights. The voters’ trust in the board continues to show at the
ballot with all proposed amendments to the Zoning Ordinance approved
since 2016 (16 for 16). The board has spent much time and effort
understanding the requirements and standards that the subdivision
plans must meet. Our regulations now include all of the recording
requirements of the Merrimack County Registry of Deeds.
the next three years, I would like to focus the use of a Design
Review. This lawful process allows the applicant to come before the
board with an unfinished application, make changes and work on the
details until the plan is done. The applicant can get the benefit of
board review before his plan meets the rigor of formal review.
always strived to represent all parties fairly, to follow and
understand the law and to be proactive with changes. I would like
the opportunity to continue this effort, and I ask for your vote.
Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr. Runs This Weekend At The Scenic
Pittsfield Players’ Kids’ Theater Workshop presents Thoroughly
Modern Millie, Jr. this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 22,
23 and 24 at 7:30 pm each evening. Tickets for the evening shows are
$8 for kids under 12 and $12 for adults and can be reserved by
calling 435-8852. Participants in the Kids’ Theater Workshop range
in age from 8 to 18, and they learn all aspects of theater both on
stage and behind the scenes. The kids participate in building and
painting the set, gathering props, costuming, lighting and sound, as
well as stage managing and producing shows. Many of the kids go on
to participate in college theater arts programs and local community
show is set in the 1920’s, the jazz age, when modern women raised
their hemlines and bobbed their hair, and Millie Dillmount has
arrived in New York to seek her fortune by marrying her boss. The
trouble is, she has to find a boss first. Along the way to finding
her true love, Millie lands a job, meets her new boss and intended
fiancé, as well as a neer-do-well sweet guy and a Chinese villainess
in the white slave trade. With toe-tapping music and wonderful dance
scenes, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr. is just the show to chase away
the winter blues.
Molloy of Barnstead plays the irrepressible Millie and brings her
considerable stage talents to the role. Emma has appeared in several
of the Kids’ Workshop shows, including playing the roles of Sarah
Brown in Guys and Dolls, Jr., Marion Paroo in Music Man, Jr.,
and Kathy Selden in Singin’ In The Rain, Jr., last years’ Kids’
Workshop production. Emma has been in the Player’s Workshop program
for several seasons.
Keyes, who plays the Chinese villainess Mrs. Meers, proprietress of
the Priscilla Hotel for Girls, has been with the Kids’ Theater
Workshop since she turned age 8, ten years ago. She has developed
many stage talents over those years, such as acting, singing,
dancing, stage management, set building and decoration, costuming
and props. Two of her great roles were as Melpomene in Xanadu, Jr.
and as Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Jr. Mrs. Meers is her last role
in the Kids’ Workshop, but she has already appeared in several
regular Player’s productions, and we hope to see her on stage for
years to come.
cast also includes Christopher Dudley as Jimmy, the basically broke
man-about-town, and Joe Garcia as Trevor Graydon, Millie’s new boss
who she’s determined to marry. Cecily Schultz plays Miss Dorothy
Brown, who actually wants to be poor, and Spencer Griffin and
Benjamin Marcotte play Mrs. Meers’ Chinese henchmen, Bun Foo and
Ching Ho. The girls at the Priscilla Hotel are played by Wanda
Anderson (Gloria), April Keyes (Alice), Faith Griffin (Rita),
Trinity Morse (Ruth), Kaylyn John-Zensky (Cora), Annelissa Marcotte
(Lucille) and Camryn Melvin (Ethel Peas). Ensemble members include
Christopher Tedcastle, Joe Molloy, Abraham Marcotte, Johnny
Anderson, Carly Griffin, Mabel Johnson, Michaela St. George,
Izabelle Cote, Anna Vyce, Lexie Booker, Sydney Provencal, Alivia
Duffy, Addy Shonyo, Lillian Mooney, Addison Clark, and Damonica and
show is directed by Maye Hart and choreographed by Dee Dee Pitcher.
Jim Hart has designed the set and lighting for the show, and Margot
Keyes and Chrissy Schultz have costumed the show. Workshop graduates
will run the lights for the show, with Jacob Scruton manning the
lighting board and Caleb Molloy on follow spot. Lily Edmond is
running the sound for the show. Victoria Marcotte is handling
tickets, and Larissa Molloy is house manager.
a Kids’ Theater Workshop presentation you don’t want to miss. Get
your tickets reserved now by calling 435-8852.
running for reelection to the Pittsfield Planning Board, and I ask
for your vote on March 13.
years ago, I ran for a seat on the planning board to help the board
continue in the direction set first by former chair Ted Mitchell and
then by current chair Clayton Wood. The voters elected me and
reelected Clayton Wood, and I am grateful to be part of continuing
the board’s practice of following state law, listening and
responding to abutter concerns, and protecting property values by
supporting sensible development that benefits our town and the
the past three years, the board did two projects unparalleled in the
board’s history: first, a comprehensive revision of the town’s
zoning ordinance, and second, a comprehensive revision of about 2/3
of the board’s subdivision regulations. The goal of both
projects was to eliminate unnecessary regulations and to clarify
necessary but vague or confusing regulations. In both
projects, the board secretary and I worked together to check each
regulation to ensure that the regulation was necessary, worded
precisely and clearly, and placed in logical order. In
addition, we researched state law and added state law citations
where guidance to the state law would help property owners know
board’s hearings on zoning amendments this year has shown that
redrawing the zoning district lines in the downtown would help
protect the historic homes there. I myself live in a historic
home, I know that revitalizing the downtown is important, and I am
committed to and passionate about protecting the historic downtown
homes with their own zoning district. I respectfully ask for
your vote so that I can help the board continue this work.
Your Re-Usable Bottle As Clean As Your Water
Submitted by: Kathy Kelley of Epping Well and Pump
to stay on the “green” wagon by using a refillable water bottle
instead of adding more plastic to the trash pile? One of the
questions this inevitably brings up is, “How do I keep my reusable
water clean?” Whether you’ve chosen a plastic or metal water
bottle, this is an important task.
water bottle is the ideal home for bacteria because it loves dark,
damp places. By cleaning it often and by allowing your bottle to air
dry upside down, you will help avoid that from happening.
are different tools to use for this task. Pipe cleaners,
bottle brushes, tooth brushes or even small standard sponges are all
good for this purpose. There are also several different
cleaning solutions such as: denture cleaners, dish soap, baking soda
or white vinegar. To use the vinegar, dilute one or two
tablespoons in a cup of water. To use baking soda, create a
paste with hot water. Pour the solution in your bottle.
Let it sit for about 15 minutes and then use the tool of your choice
to clean it out. Hand washing is recommended over using a
dishwasher, even if it states that it’s “dishwasher safe.” If
you really want to be sure it’s clean in between the more thorough
cleanings, you can use a small amount of mild dish soap, swish
around, then rinse thoroughly after each use. Simple as that!
Stainless Steel bottles are easier to clean and remove the germs vs.
bottle with a wider mouth will also be easier to clean vs. a small
thing you should not do is to reuse disposable water bottles that
you get at the grocery or convenience store. They aren’t meant
to be used more than once and repeated usage can break the plastic
down and cause contaminants in your water.
Pat Smith is surrounded by 2 other KOPS
members. Sandy Gilmore left, and Pearl Demyanovich
TOPS chapter recently celebrated Pat Smith’s 16th anniversary of her
KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly) status.To reach one’s goal and to
maintain the weight loss for 16 years is a real achievement.
been active in our chapter with fundraisers, auctions and various
leadership roles. She always encourages other members. In
2009, she received a plague indicating that she was NH KOPS of the
year. She has also been Captain of KOPS.
chapter often considers helpful tips for better health and weight
loss. Jon Martin shared an article on preparing foods to put
in the freezer. Homemade meals to freeze provide good
nutrition and are convenient to use anytime.
would like more information on our chapter or would like to visit
feel free to call Pat 435-5333 or Beth 435-7397. We meet Tuesdays
6:30 at Joy Church 55 Barnstead Rd. Pittsfield.
To The Editor
friends, the Pittsfield school budget deliberative session has come
and gone (about 120 in attendance). In short, an operating budget of
$10,530,724 (an increase over last year of $424,961) was approved,
increasing the tax rate by $1.15/1,000 ($288 on a house valued at
$250,000). Due to lack of participation by conservative taxpayers,
an amendment to decrease the budget by $424,961 failed due to lack
of support by just 10 voters.
1-year teachers’ contract was approved in the amount of $99,885,
increasing the tax rate by $0.38/1,000 ($95 on a $250,000 house). In
summary, included in the proposed contract is a salary increase of
1.5% and a slight increase in the teacher’s portion of health
insurance cost (from 9% to 12%). It is my understanding that, due to
a change in plans, there will be a decrease in premiums resulting in
a cost savings to taxpayers and employees. The School Board
responded to the question, “Why only a 1-year contract?” with, “in
hopes for more next year.”
you to vote NO on this operating budget at the polls on March 13th.
In doing so, the default budget will be adopted in the amount of
$10,202,520. While this still reflects an increase in the amount of
$96,757 ($0.28/1,000 - $70 on a $250,000 house), it is better than
the alternative. It is my hope that you will also attend the Town
Meeting on Saturday, March 17th. If we don’t hold our
representatives accountable we will have nobody to blame but
ourselves when we are forced out of our homes and/or business
because we can’t afford the property taxes.
federal government passed a tax reform bill to allow we the
taxpayers some tax relief. What a shame it would be to hand it over
to our local government.
voters of Pittsfield,
I am a
candidate for the Planning Board. Having lived in Pittsfield
for the past 24 years, many of you know me. Heidi and I are
raising our daughters here, and we have been active around town for
a long time. I have been a volunteer on the Pittsfield
Beautification Committee and spend many hours landscaping and
planting flowers to keep our town looking good. I’m employed
by Millican Nursery in Chichester and enjoy a lot of time in the
countryside and woods of Pittsfield during the winter.
decided to run for the Planning Board because I feel I have much to
contribute to the development of the town of Pittsfield. If
the town’s tax base doesn’t grow, we are doomed to face an extremely
high tax bill twice every year. Holding the line on spending
can only do so much- we need more, specifically more taxable real
estate that doesn’t overstress town services. I believe the
Planning Board is uniquely positioned to have the most positive (or
negative) influence on helping this take place.
Although growth is about the only thing that can really let
Pittsfield flourish, I believe that it should come carefully so as
not to spoil the rural, country atmosphere that everyone I know
treasures. Approvals should be streamlined so as to encourage
growth, not be an obstacle to it. Good common sense planning
that keeps in perspective the fact that Pittsfield is, at the end of
the day, a town of just 4100 people, not a huge metropolis, is
critical. Let’s be realistic about what we are, what we need,
be friendly and welcome new sources of revenue with open arms.
I would appreciate your consideration on election day.
To The Editor
good citizens of Pittsfield,
started my schooling in Pittsfield, September 1962. Mrs. Ames was
our teacher. We called the police station Mermorial (sic) School
back then. We walked to the library once a week to visit Maureen Van
Horn and look at all the books. I got behind in math, and in 3rd
grade they sent me to Dr. Blanchard for glasses. Wow I could see so
good with my new glasses.
to the high school in 5th grade. 3rd and 4th were at the Grammer
(sic) School, now the Town Hall.
grade I faked sick so I could go the nurse’s office and maybe take a
little nappy. They had a small bookcase near the bed. I picked out
Dr. Doolittle. Man, what an adventure I was on. School was more
bearable when I could escape in a book.
my last four years of school at Pembroke Academy. I spent four years
work on my social skills. Working at various businesses and looking
for the party.
worried that after a decade of hard fought improvements, we will
start a slide to our programs, our buildings, our ability to treat
our teachers, administrative and support staff, as the way we expect
to be treated as an employee.
institutions in this country are getting pumbulled (sic) along with
the public school system in New Hampshire. Please help by voting for
the proposed budget on March 13th, along with the teachers’
J. (Leveille) Croteau, 92, of Berlin, passed away on Friday February
9, 2018 at her daughter’s home in Pittsfield, NH. She was born in
Berlin on July 19, 1925 the daughter of the late Leopold and Laura
(Lamontagne) Leveille and was a lifelong resident. Irene was a
member of St. Joseph Church, now Good Shepherd Parish, and loved
playing cards at the Holiday Center, doing embroidery, crocheting,
scrap booking and traveling to Las Vegas, Montreal and Atlantic City
and most recently, to the Oxford, ME Casino.
includes her children Francis Croteau and wife Suzanne of Berlin,
NH, Henry Croteau and wife Jacqueline of Lovell, ME, Richard Croteau
and wife Mayra of Tampa, FL, Michael Croteau and wife Paula of
Bruce, FL and Paullette Chagnon and husband Robert of Pittsfield,
NH; 16 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; a brother Roland
Leveille of Troy, NH; nieces, nephews and cousins. She was
predeceased by her husband Norman E. Croteau, a brother Armand, a
sister Therese and a half sister Rose.
Services will be held on Saturday February 24, 2018 at 11 AM at the
Bryant Funeral Home, 180 Hillside Ave., Berlin. Interment will be in
the Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the
funeral home on Friday February 23 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Home Hospice Program, 30
Pillsbury St., Concord, NH, 03301. Online guestbook at
PITTSFIELD – Albert E. Cunningham, 86, a longtime resident of
Pittsfield, passed away on Monday, February 12, 2018 at the New
Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton.
Alton Bay, he was the son of the late Omar Albert and Thelma M.
(Horne) Cunningham. Albert was educated in the local schools and
went on to serve his country in the United States Army, earning the
rank of Sergeant.
worked for many years in Construction and later for Concord Coach as
a bus driver. After his retirement he drove a school bus for the
Town of Pittsfield. He was a member of the Baptist Congregational
Church in Pittsfield. Albert was known for his sense of humor and
enjoyed making everyone laugh. His love for the Boston Red Sox and
New England Patriots was known by all. He was very involved with the
Veterans Home and enjoyed playing Bingo either at home in Pittsfield
or at the New Hampshire Veterans Home. He also enjoyed his scratch
survived by his children, Anne Abbott of Epsom, Dana Cunningham and
his fiancé, Pam Fontaine of Portland, ME and Paul Cunningham and his
wife Jody of Pittsfield; grandchildren, Alyssa, Sarah, Alex,
Savannah, Brandon, Cristionna, Damian, Dylan, Olivia, Bryce and
Josie; and great grandchildren, Nathan, Kaleb and Rayanne.
Interment services will take place on Monday, March 19, 2018 at
11:00 A.M. at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in
Donations in his memory may be made to the New Hampshire Veterans
Home, 139 Winter Street, Tilton, NH 03276. To share a memory or
offer a condolence, please visit www.stilloaks.com
PITTSFIELD- Louis “Smiler” Coletti, 90, of Pittsfield, passed away
unexpectedly on Friday, February 16, 2018 at his residence.
February 28, 1927 in Quincy, MA; he was the son of the late
Valentino and Catherine (Tempester) Coletti.
had a love for horses that started when he was 12 years old and
continued on for some time. He even worked as a trainer along the
east coast for many years. He was always known for being well
dressed, which came from his many years working as a presser at
multiple cleaner companies. Louis worked as a salesman and manager
for Hydromatic Sales and Service and later at P.K. Lindsey working
with sheet metal while he lived in Deerfield, later moving to
Pittsfield. He enjoyed playing the guitar, was part of a band and
even played on the radio.
his parents, Louis was predeceased by a daughter, Catherine Shoulla
in 2005 as well as a brother, Joseph Coletti.
survived by his wife Lorraine (Wright) Coletti with whom he shared
over 70 years of marriage; his son, Daniel Coletti and his wife Meg
of Quincy, siblings, Daniel M. Coletti, Paul V. Coletti, Geraldine
Coletti, Lorretta Evans and Ann Marie Coletti, three grandchildren,
Jillian Shoulla, Megan Hale and her husband Ryan and Steven Coletti
and his wife Katherine, eleven great grandchildren as well as
numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
are no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on
Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 10:00am at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
in Pittsfield. Interment will be held in the spring at Fairview
Cemetery, Canterbury Road, Northwood. The Still Oaks Funeral &
Memorial Home, Epsom is assisting the family with arrangements. To
share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit