Pittsfield NH News

February 7, 2018


The Merrimack County Stamp Collectors will hold its monthly meeting at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., Bow, on February 20, beginning at 1 pm.   We invite all who are interested in stamp collecting to attend, share their interest, buy, sell and trade.  Meet other collectors and learn more about their hobby and enjoy the fellowship of others with varied interests in Philatelic resources and issues.  Gain new insight and knowledge, sharing news articles and stories abut stamp collecting.  Learn of the latest cutting edge information on stamp collecting.  For more information call Dan Day at 603-228-1154.



One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest In Rehearsal


Dale Wasserman’s dramatic  play based on Ken Kesey’s book generously sponsored by The Iron Dragon of Pittsfield, NH and produced by The Pittsfield Players, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest is currently in rehearsal for their limited engagement in March on the Scenic Stage. 


Eighteen years ago Meggin Dail embarked on her first adventure as a director within the Pittsfield Players community. She was pregnant with her first child and determined to do the job of directing all by herself. Little did she realize that nobody lets a pregnant women do anything by themselves and she soon found out she was grateful for all the help she got. Mo Demers designed and built the set (with some help) as well as acted in and produced the show. Vicki Peixinho (known then as Vicki Skoog) stage managed and gave much meaningful advice to the the novice director, having directed more than a few shows herself. Elsie Morse, Meggin’s mom, took on costuming for the show, making the 15 sets of scrubs the men were to wear as inmates of the ward for the mentally unstable, and the two nurses caps and uniforms for famed Nurse Ratched and shy Nurse Flinn plus two straight jackets with the assistance of Jan Pinard.


Meggin was lucky enough to have such Players’ stage legends as Mike Chagnon, Ernie Bass, Steve Barnes, Dr. Robert Murray, Kate Crary, John Genest, and Carol Light audition for the parts. Newbies to the Players, Brian Moreau, John Marden, Gale Call, George Southwick, Ed Bauer, and Nathan Strong also auditioned and landed roles. Some needed more urging and recent star of Guys and Dolls, Nathan Ruggles was cast in a smaller role along with Jeremey Gadoury, a kids’ theater workshop veteran, Angel Douglas, also known for his musical talent, and Art Morse, Meggin’s dad, were all cast after some convincing. The Players always have difficulty getting men to audition, much less fourteen men in a non-musical. Some things never change.


Eighteen years later, after two auditions, many texts, emails, Facebook messages and phone calls were made, Cuckoo’s Nest is once again getting ready for production. Chief Bromden will be played by John Chinn; Aide Warren by Bob Tuttle; Aide Williams by Joel Dail; Aide Turkle by Dick Colman; Dale Harding by newbie Ken Berry; Billy Bibbit  by previously musicals -only,  Coy McCarty; Scanlon by newbie Kiefer Archambault; Cheswick by Marty Williams; Martini by previously musicals-only,  Jared Griffin; Ruckly by Mike Towle; Nurse Ratched  by Vicki Watson; Nurse Flinn by Cathy Williams; Candy Starr by Elisha Griffin; Sandra by newbie,  Beth Champagne Joshua Spaulding and Jim Adams playing Chronics and, just because some things really never change Randle P. McMurphy will be reprised by Ernie Bass while Dr. Spivey will be played by also original cast member Nathan Strong, after which he plans to retire, making Cuckoo’s Nest his first and last performance with the Pittsfield Players for which Meggin is deeply honored.


Directed by Meggin Dail, produced by Carole Neveaux, costumed by Cathy Williams, set design by Joel Dail, light design by Jim Hart, poster design by Mike Hobson, and cast member Elisha Griffin also acting as stage manager; mark your calendars for this Pittsfield Players 50th anniversary celebration of the past and present, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, sponsored by The Iron Dragon of Pittsfield, NH, March 9, 10 and 16 & 17, 2018.



Letter To The Editor

Pittsfield School District Deliberative Session


I have heard many comments from citizens on the proposed school operating budget and the SB2 process. Regardless of your position, I am urging all of you to go to the school district deliberative session on Thursday, February 8 at 7:00 PM at the Pittsfield Elementary School.


The deliberative session, in general, is identical to the traditional town meeting with the exception of the final vote by ballot on March 13 at the town hall. The deliberative session is an important part of the SB2 process. It is a chance for the voters to make sure that what is voted on is in the best interest of the town, not the lesser of two evils.


Voters on February 8th will determine the budget that will be on the ballot on March 13th. Please attend the deliberative session and be part of the process. 


I have always found the following words from an article by the NHMA that first appeared in 1990 empowering: “State law refers to the town meeting as the “legislative body” (RSA 21:47). The town meeting is to the town what the Legislature is to the State, or the Congress is to the United States: the town meeting has all the basic power. There is no higher authority in town.”


Clayton Wood



Pittsfield Players’ Kids’ Theater Workshop Presents Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr.


Tickets are now on sale for this season’s Kids’ Theater Workshop presentation of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr. The show will run at the Scenic Theatre on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 22, 23 and 24, at 7:30 pm each evening. In addition, there will be two matinee performances on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 20 and 21, at 12:30 pm for local schools and home schoolers, so that kids might see their peers on stage and develop an interest in theater. 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. Tickets for the evening shows are $8 for kids under 12 and $12 for adults and can be reserved by calling 435-8852. If you are interested in bringing a class or group of kids to the matinees, at a reduced price, contact director Maye Hart at maye@pittsfieldplayers.com.


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 fiance, as well as a neer-do-well sweet guy, a Chinese villainess in the white slave trade, and a whole host of characters. With toe-tapping music and wonderful dance scenes, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr. is just the show to chase away the winter blues.


The cast includes Emma Molloy as the irrepressible Millie, 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. Alex Keyes plays Mrs. Meers, the proprietress of the Priscilla Hotel, who also runs a very shady business on the side. 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 Ethan Smith, 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. 


Call now to make your reservations for this wonderful kid’s presentation!



Why Is Plastic Recycling So Confusing?


Recycling is a system.  Recyclable wastes go into the system, are processed into a marketable material, and are shipped to market for reuse.  Recyclables wastes have to be prepared to enter the system; they need to be sorted and collected, contamination (i.e. non-recyclable items) has to be removed, and the recyclables need to be containerized for the processing facility.   Processing facilities further sort the recyclables: changing the physical properties of the materials, such as reducing plastics to pellets, and or containerizing the material for market.  At the end of the process, a market for the material has to exist, otherwise, recycling is not economically viable and the whole system falls apart.  


Product packaging comprises a significant portion of the recycling stream.  However, companies that make consumer goods are primarily concerned with safely getting a product from point A to point B; the actual recyclability of the packaging is a secondary concern.  This is evident in the wide variety of plastics used in modern packaging.  If you look on the bottom of most plastic bottles or containers, you’ll see a “chasing arrows” symbol with a number.  Although you might assume that this means the item is recyclable, this is not always the case.  


The #1-#7 plastics numbering system located inside the chasing arrows only indicates the type of resin used to make the plastic item, but it does not guarantee that there are recycling systems in your area that can process that type of plastic or packaging. Recyclability of most materials is subject to whether local infrastructure is capable of handling them, and whether there are reliable resale markets for the material.  This can vary regionally.  


Excerpt of Article Reprinted with permission from NHDES


Complete article can be read at bcepsolidwaste.com





Dear Pittsfield Flower Lovers,

The time for placing the advanced order for flowers that will beautify the Town Hall and Police Station has come. The problem is that due to unusual expenses I don’t have the funds this year for these flowers.


Therefore, in order to provide flowers, I am forced to ask you for donations. If you want to help please send your contribution to: Ted Mitchell, 77 Dowboro Road, Pittsfield, NH 03263-3901 and note in the check’s memo line “For Town Hall Flowers.” I will be documenting all monies received and keep all purchase receipts. At any time you want to review my records, please contact me.








Hello Suncook Valley Sun Readers,

Bikers Against Child Abuse, Inc. (B.A.C.A.) exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abused children. We exist as a body of Bikers to empower children to not feel afraid of the world in which they live. We stand ready to lend support to our wounded friends by involving them with an established, united organization. We work in conjunction with local and state officials who are already in place to protect children. We desire to send a clear message to all involved with the abused child that this child is part of our organization, and that we are prepared to lend our physical and emotional support to them by affiliation, and our physical presence. We stand at the ready to shield these children from further abuse. We do not condone the use of violence or physical force in any manner, however, if circumstances arise such that we are the only obstacle preventing a child from further abuse, we stand ready to be that obstacle.


The New Hampshire Chapter of B.A.C.A. is hosting our 4th Annual Spaghetti Dinner to be held on February 24, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bektash Shriners in Concord. Tickets are $15 per person at the door or $10 per person before event. For tickets call our hotline at (603) 986-4480 or e-mail at publicrelations@nh-nh.bacaworld.org.


All proceeds benefit the support of our children. 


Please come join us in a fun filled night out. 


Thank You, 

Shutter Bug/Melissa



From The Farm - A Down Cow

Submitted By Carole Soule

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Betty, after she was rescued from the pasture.


Just after feeding, I saw a white belly and kicking legs in the back pasture. Two yearlings were staring at the form on the ground. Something was wrong and I had to investigate.


Twice a day, after each feeding, I always take a quick check of the yearlings. If any are not at the feed bunker eating hay, I want to know why. There could be a problem, like the time Lou, a Highlander steer, got his head stuck in a gate. This time Betty, a yearling Hereford heifer, was in trouble.


Betty is short with a round body, so round she looks bloated. Bloat is caused by an increase in gas pressure in the stomach and if not treated can cause death. Betty was not bloated but she was lying sideways in a slight depression and could not roll over to get up. Her eyes were white, she was alive, but moaning softly and kicking one rear leg as two other yearlings looked on. She was down and could not get up. A down cow is a dead cow so we had to get her upright and standing.


With the help of ropes, Bruce and I rolled her over but every time she tried to stand, she stumbled to the ground. She eventually recovered enough to stand and then walk, shivering, to the barn where we put her in a stall with hay, water, and a propane heater to warm her up. Within minutes she started eating, and the vet, Christina Murdock, pronounced her healthy but shivering with shock.


Cows need to be upright to survive. If they lie down for too long, their systems shut down. Poor Betty chose to lie down in the wrong place and partly because of her round body, couldn’t get up. She’s alive because we found her in time. Maybe she should go on a diet to slim down a bit, and next time she should definitely pick a better place to lie down.


It’s hard to tell what the next farm drama will be, but it does seem the yearlings get in the most trouble, just like children, I suppose.


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.



Letter To The Editor


Thanks to James Cobern for helping bring “Screenagers, Growing Up in the Digital Age,” to the PMHS lecture hall.


My worst fears were realized. We are losing human contact.


Through all our lives we are influenced by the people who cross our path. How can you replace human contact with a screen?


Thanks to Stand Up Pittsfield for supporting this informative film and the conversation that followed.


Thanks to the teenagers who came and shared their views.


Thanks to the school cleaning crew. Whenever I go into Pittsfield schools, they are well maintained, clean, and bright. That doesn’t happen by itself.


I hope people realize that our schools are looking at an uncertain future, due to voters blaming the school for their financial difficulties. This was evident last year.


Our school has done well to adapt to their decrease in revenue from the State. The schools and teachers need our help in March. I hope we will support them.


Dan the Stoneman



UNH Manchester Names Fall 2017 Dean’s List


The University of New Hampshire at Manchester has named 276 students to the Dean’s List for superior scholastic performance during the fall semester of the 2017-2018 academic year. Students named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Hampshire have earned a semester grade point average of 3.5 or greater on a possible 4.0 scale in a minimum of eight graded course credits.


Congratulations to all the fall 2017 Dean’s List students, listed below.


Center Barnstead

Nathan Hall, Electrical Engineering Technology

Bethany Shaw, Homeland Security



Sarah Adams, ASL/English Interpreting




Wilson K. Smith

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Wilson K. Smith, 81, a lifelong Loudon resident, passed away on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at his residence following a period of declining health.


Born on September 1, 1936 at the Farmhouse in Loudon, he was the son of Gerald and Marjorie (Lowe) Smith. Wilson was educated in the local schools and during high school, started working at the family farm. He also served his country in the United States Army National Guard.


Wilson was known as the “Eggman.” He owned and operated Smith’s Egg & Dairy Farm with his late wife Sandra on Clough Hill Road for over 60 years. He loved antique cars and his dog, Sadie who went everywhere he went. He was a hard worker, who showed his family how to be strong and what it meant to work hard.


Besides his parents, Wilson was predeceased by his wife Sandra (Curtis) Smith in 2010; a brother, Archer Smith; and a son Paul Gardner.


He is survived by his daughters, Marjorie Smith-Schofield of Loudon and Evelyn Smith of Loudon; grandchildren, Jessika Martin and her husband Nicholas and Tyler Smith; three great grandchildren, Troy, Alayiah and Scarlett Martin, aunts, Rita Swain and Clara Volpe; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Pauline Smith, Linda and Rolfe Swain, Sharon and Kerry O’Dougherty; two nieces, Roberta Coffey and Donna Forst and her husband Brian.


A Funeral Service will was on Tuesday, February 6th at the Loudon Center Freewill Baptist Church, Loudon. Interment will take place in the spring at Loudon Ridge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Concord Regional Visiting Nurses Association, 30 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH 03301.  To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.stilloaks.com



Helen M. Flanders


PITTSFIELD – Helen M. Flanders of Loudon Road passed away peacefully at Merrimack County Nursing Home on Sun., Jan. 21, 2018.


Born in Pittsfield, the daughter of the late John L. and Delena M. (Picard) Miller.


Helen worked for the Department of Safety for the State of NH for over 15 years before retiring in 1995. She was a parishioner of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church where she volunteered as a Eucharistic Minister and was a member of the choir. She also volunteered at Concord Hospital helping out with Spiritual Care. She was a member of Consolers of Two Hearts at Sacred Heart Church in Manchester, and sang country music for many years.


She is survived by her son, Floyd Flanders, Jr. of Concord; her daughters, Delena Leonard of Loudon and Barbara Leduc of LeHigh Acres, Fla.; Nine grandchildren, many great grandchildren; two great-great grandsons; her sister, Ethel Cochran of Pittsfield, and brother Leon Miller and his wife, Corine of Pittsfield.


She was predeceased by two great grandchildren, Mason and Macie Leonard; her sister, Edith Pelillo; and two brothers, John L. Miller Jr., and Norman Miller.


A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Fri., Jan. 26, 2018 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Concord.


Burial will be in the spring at Floral Park Cemetery in Pittsfield.


In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Merrimack County Nursing Home Activity Fund, 325 DW Highway, Boscawen, N.H. 03303 or to a charity of ones choice.



Victor L. Drouin

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Manchester– Victor L. Drouin, 79, passed January 25, 2018 at Elliot Hospital following a brief illness.


Born in Laconia on September 13, 1938 the son of Raoul and Yvonne (Morin) Drouin.


He served his country in the U. S. Navy.


Prior to his retirement he was a Security Service Representative for Hertz.


Family members include one son, Victor R. Drouin and his wife, Catherine of Wolfeboro, two grandsons, Nathan Drouin of Charlestown, MA., Kyle Drouin of East Boston, two sisters, Therese D. Riel of Pittsfield and Claire Wentworth of Derry.


He was predeceased by one sister, Joan Fernandez of Nevada and two brothers Paul and Robert Drouin.


A memorial gathering will be held on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 from 4 to 6 pm at Phaneuf Funeral Home and Crematorium, 243 Hanover Street, Manchester.


To view Victor’s online Tribute, send condolences to the family, or for more information, visit phaneuf.net | Phaneuf Funeral Home













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