Pittsfield NH News

February 21, 2018


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.


The following local student has met these requirements:


Maxwell 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 

Part One

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.


They 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 of. 


“That 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 unthinkable happens.


It’s 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.


“It’s 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.” 


While 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 acutes.


One 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 www.pittsfieldplayers.com



From The Farm: Snow Covered Cows

Submitted By Carole Soule

When it 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 snow.


Some of 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.


Bitter 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 in Winter.


Carole 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 cas@milessmithfarm.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 Instragram @pittsfieldlistens





I thank 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.


I am 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.


During 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.


I have 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.


Clayton Wood



Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr. Runs This Weekend At The Scenic Theatre


The 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 theater shows.


The 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.


Emma 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.


Alex 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.


The 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 Olivia Charles.


The 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.


This is a Kids’ Theater Workshop presentation you don’t want to miss. Get your tickets reserved now by calling 435-8852.





Dear Pittsfield Voters:

I am running for reelection to the Pittsfield Planning Board, and I ask for your vote on March 13.


Three 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 taxpayers. 


During 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 their rights.


The 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.


Thank you,

Daren Nielsen



Keeping Your Re-Usable Bottle As Clean As Your Water

Submitted by: Kathy Kelley of Epping Well and Pump


Trying 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.


Your 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.


There 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! 


Additional tips:  

Stainless Steel bottles are easier to clean and remove the germs vs. plastic. 


A bottle with a wider mouth will also be easier to clean vs. a small mouth.


One 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


Our 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. 


Pat has 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.  Congratulations, Pat.  


Our 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.


If you 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.



Letter To The Editor


Well 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. 


A 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.”


I urge 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. 


The 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.


Linda Small






To the 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.


I 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. 



Nick Penney



Letter To The Editor


To the good citizens of Pittsfield,

I 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.


We went to the high school in 5th grade. 3rd and 4th were at the Grammer (sic) School, now the Town Hall.


In 5th 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.


I spent 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.


I am 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.


Our 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’ contract.


Dan the Stoneman




Irene J. Croteau

Irene 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.


Family 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.


Funeral 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 www.bryantfuneralhome.net.



Albert E. Cunningham

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.


Born in 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.


Albert 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 tickets.


He is 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 Boscawen. 


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



Louis “Smiler” Coletti

PITTSFIELD- Louis “Smiler” Coletti, 90, of Pittsfield, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, February 16, 2018 at his residence.


Born on February 28, 1927 in Quincy, MA; he was the son of the late Valentino and Catherine (Tempester) Coletti.


Louis 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.


Besides his parents, Louis was predeceased by a daughter, Catherine Shoulla in 2005 as well as a brother, Joseph Coletti.


He is 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.


There 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 www.stilloaks.com













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