Pittsfield NH News

March 7, 2018


The Merrimack County Stamp Collectors will hold its monthly meeting at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., Bow, on March 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.



From The Farm: Why Eat Meat?

Submitted Carole Soule

“Why do we eat meat?” This a question I struggled with when I was a vegetarian. In the 1990’s I was sure it was wrong to eat beef. I hated the fact that cattle spent a great part of their lives in Confined Animal Feed Operations ‘CAFO’….. that those same animals received routine antibiotics and were implanted with growth hormones to grow faster just seemed wrong to me.


Older and wiser I now ask, “Why is it important that we eat meat?”  Since leaving my computer career and becoming a farmer, my perspective as well as my diet has changed. I now eat meat… but only meat that is locally raised, usually from my own farm. Picture a cow grazing on a hillside grabbing clumps of grass growing around a rock or the base of a tree. With its four legs, cattle can go where a tractor would fear to drive; where even a weed-whacker would struggle.


Did you know that most of the surface land on Earth is suitable only for grazing but not for crop production? That is certainly true in New England. We have more rocky hillsides than flat land for raising crops. Where do you think all those stone walls came from? They were built by farmers using teams of oxen and horses to drag rocks out of the fields. Anyone who suggests we should use grazing land to grow crops has not lived in New England.


It is true that cattle can graze where machines cannot go. And what do you think happens to all the water that cattle need to drink? Do they keep it in their bodies until they burst like a water balloon? No, the water they drink returns to the earth as urea to add back minerals to the ground and help create more grass to eat.


Did you know that 80% of what a cow eats returns to the earth as fertilizer? This manure not only enriches the earth by building topsoil; it sequesters carbon and helps retain rainwater. Cattle are perfect machines. They not only produce their own fertilizer and eat grass that humans cannot eat; they increase the soil’s fertility and capacity to retain water as well as provide nutrition for humans.


So, why do I eat meat? Not just because of the delicious taste but because grass-fed, local meat makes a quality difference in our health, in our soil and in our community.


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

School Budget


The Budget Committee examined the proposed School Budget at length. There were areas the committee felt could be modified and the School responded appropriately. The majority of the Budget Committee approved the proposed budget and the comment was made that it was a “reasonable budget.”


The teachers have worked without a contract this year. They accepted a health plan with higher co-pays and agreed to pay a higher portion of their insurance. In order to have a take home pay that doesn’t decrease, a pay increase is needed.


Two thirds of the districts in the state have a cost per student greater than Pittsfield. Comparing Pittsfield to other schools with a similar size student body it has one of the lowest costs per student in the state.


Voters’ requests have been heard and accommodations to the budget have been made. Academic programs continue to make progress. I urge you to support the budget and the teachers’ contract to help Pittsfield continue to progress.


Ralph Odell

Citizen and School Board Member





To the Citizens of Pittsfield,

I am writing this letter to encourage you to vote in support of this year’s school budget and teachers’ contract. The board, along with school administration, has worked very hard to provide the best possible education for our children, while putting together a reasonable budget. We have uncontrollable costs such as special education and the dwindling stabilization which is reduced by $85,000 each year.


The budget committee has scrutinized our budget and made recommendations which we took very seriously and followed.


Our teachers’ contract reduces the health plan that is offered, and they have agreed to pay more toward their health care coverage while receiving a 1.5% increase. The teacher’s association was very reasonable throughout the negotiations process.


I would also ask you to support Heidi Asdot and Ralph Odell as our school board candidates. Each of them bring knowledge and talent that will benefit our children and our community. They are both very budget conscious while keeping the education of our children their top priority.


Thank you for your support of our schools, our children and our future.



Bea Douglas



Pittsfield Players’ Come Blow Your Horn 

Auditions Coming Up


Director Carole Neveux will hold auditions for the Pittsfield Players’ spring production of Neil Simon’s comedy Come Blow Your Horn. Auditions will be held at the Scenic Theatre, 6 Depot St. in Pittsfield on Sunday and Monday, March 11 and 12 at 7 pm each evening. Come Blow Your Horn was Simon’s very first play, one that he rewrote several times before it actually premiered in 1961, and it was so successful that Simon was able to leave his job as a joke writer and pursue his career as a playwright. The show has roles for 3 men and 4 females. The Players first presented this show in May of 1989.


What does it mean to “grow up?” When does it happen? And, does everyone have the same experience? Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical play, Come Blow Your Horn examines all of these questions through the lens of the Baker Family. There is Mr. Baker, who began working at age eleven and was married at twenty-one. Alan, his eldest son, is a thirty-three-year-old confirmed bachelor and womanizer. Buddy, the youngest son, is Alan’s opposite -- hard-working, obedient, reserved, and unsure; Mrs. Baker is adept at the art of emotional manipulation and is prone to hysterics. Throughout the course of the play, the family struggles to understand and adjust to one another, as the two sons begin to grow up, and the parents realize that they are not nearly as young as they thought they were.


The show will run at the Scenic Theatre on May 4, 5 and 6. For more information about the show and auditions, contact Carole Neveux at 226-0039



Kentek employees, Carol Cummings, left, and Marianne Abany hold yet another check to be presented to the Pittsfield Food Pantry.  Proceeds from a Valentine’s Day raffle resulted in $240 from the employees, matched by an additional $240 from Kentek Corporation.




To My Fellow Pittsfield Citzens


Spring is coming and so is the opportunity to vote for the folks running for seats on the various Town Boards. VOTE for those that you feel would do the best job for you and your town. 


I ask you to put aside any disagreements you may have with those running and disregard any information that looks suspect.  Give your vote some serious thought.  Your vote is most IMPORTANT.


I would like to recommend two men, currently serving on the  Pittsfield Planning Board, Chairman, Clayton Wood and Daren Nielsen.  Both of these candidates have served their community admirably during their current terms. I do not have room here to spell out what has been accomplished during their tenure.  Please take time to read the town report that states what has been done by the Planning Board for the past three years.


Clayton and Daren have the experience needed and have served you and your Town well. They have proven their value and worth to all you citizens and the Town of Pittsfield. 


When you vote, please check off the boxes for Clayton and Daren.  Thank you for your consideration.


Helen Schoppmeyer





Dear Pittsfield voters;

My name is Cedric Dustin. I am running for the position of Town Moderator and am asking for your vote on March 13th.


My parents raised me on the ideal that a person has an obligation to work to better the community in which they live. In the 34 years that I have lived and worked in Pittsfield I have attempted to live up to this ideal. I have served in many positions in both government and non-governmental organizations during those years. Among those positions were one term as School District Moderator and multiple terms as Town Moderator.


I truly enjoyed my previous terms as Moderator and felt I performed the duties of the office very well. I chose to give up the office due to other commitments I had at that time. Serving as Moderator Pro Tem at the December town meeting regarding the water district reminded me of how much I had enjoyed the position. No longer having the commitments that caused me to leave, I have decided to run again for the position. I bring years of experience as Moderator as well as hard-earned knowledge of many other facets of town government that may affect the Moderator’s duties.


I hope you will see fit to give me your vote and I thank you for your time and attention.


Cedric Dustin III 



Letter To The Editor


The PES PTO supports the Pittsfield School District budget, and especially our teachers’ contracts.  


“Working conditions of our teachers = learning conditions for this community’s children”


“Better Teacher Retention = Improvement of Instruction”


The district listened to concerns and teachers are making concessions about their insurance policy. The policy has switched to an HMO and instead of paying the 9% they were paying, they have agreed to pay 13%. They also agreed to settle on a 1.5% increase after being without a contract for this current year.


Our district is recognized nationally for the work they’ve done to improve our schools. There are schools from all over the country who visit our school to observe our student centered approach to competency-based education. The school’s improvement has been documented on video by Edutopia- a very well recognized educational resource used by schools all over the world.


Our teachers continue to work hard and support our community, we need to show them we support their efforts, too.


Pittsfield Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization Officers



Letter To The Editor

Selectboard Meeting 2/27/18


Adopting SB2 will be on the ballot for municipal voting and a required hearing took place. There was a small amount of public input, both for and against. Do your homework, understand the consequences and vote accordingly. You owe it to yourself and the town to be an informed voter.


Considerable time was spent with the police chief discussing his present staffing. The Board requested he make arrangements with neighboring towns to cover shifts that he doesn’t have manpower for, so that Pittsfield has 24/7 coverage for the next month.


During that time there will be hard decisions made regarding the extra cost involved in covering shifts with paid details or overtime for our officers. If we reduce coverage to stay within budget, we want residents to weigh in. We don’t want widespread announcements of coverage changes made, if any. 


Chief Cain is cautiously optimistic that he can hire some officers by June. That is a two-edged sword, as we must use budgeted money to pay new hires without being able to have them on the street right away. 


Consequently we’d have to find considerably more money for 24/7 coverage during their training period. We reduced the age to apply to the police dept. from 21 to 20, considering most applicants would be nearly 21 by the time they could actually patrol alone anyway. This gives us a year’s edge on hiring over many towns. The BOS continues to be frustrated with the length of time required to hire new officers and discussed ways that might be improved.


Jesse Pacheco was in to discuss simplifying the building permit process. We also expressed our desire to make sure inspections are complete the first time, with property owners notified in writing of any shortcomings.


Carl Anderson





Dear Pittsfield Voters,

Please join me in voting for Clayton Wood and Daren Nielsen for re-election to the planning board.


Clayton is current chair of the planning board, and Daren is vice-chair.  Clayton and Daren have contributed to the planning board for years, they prepare extensively for every meeting, and the board has made major accomplishments under their leadership, including comprehensive revisions of the subdivision regulations and the zoning ordinance to clarify rights and responsibilities under the law.


And they listen to the public.  Many years ago, I sat as an abutter in the audience of a planning board that acted as if all development were good and that ignored abutters in opposition. That planning board was mistaken.  Development can be good in providing jobs and improving quality of life, but development can also be bad in burdening taxpayers and degrading quality of life.


Clayton and Daren understand and have repeatedly stressed that abutters know their own neighborhood better than anyone else and that abutter feedback is crucial to the board’s understanding of how proposed development will affect that neighborhood and the town overall.  This sensitivity to abutter concerns was evident in the board’s hearing in January when two property owners expressed concern about how correcting a zoning provision that conflicted with state law might affect their property. Although only two people expressed concern, the board recognized from this feedback a larger problem in the zoning ordinance and immediately made correcting it a priority.


Many people have little direct contact with the planning board, but having a board that listens matters if you do get that notice of public hearing.  Clayton and Daren work hard, prepare well, and listen carefully.  Please vote for them for planning board on March 13.


Thank you,

Jim Pritchard



University Of New Hampshire Announces December 2017 Graduates


The following local students graduated from the University of New Hampshire in December 2017. Students who received the honor of summa cum laude graduated with a GPA of 3.85-4.0; students who received the honor of magna cum laude graduated with a GPA of 3.65-3.84; and students who received the honor of cum laude graduated with a GPA of 3.50-3.64. Students are only graduated after the Registrar’s Office has certified that all degree requirements have been successfully completed. Participating in the commencement ceremony is the act of honoring and celebrating academic achievement.


Anthony Frangione of Barnstead

Leah Tzizik of Barnstead

Hollie Foster of Center Barnstead

Suzanne Fraher of Chichester

Marissa Bates of Chichester

Carissa Hodgdon of Northwood

Michael Wolfendale of Northwood

Joseph Miseirvitch of Pittsfield



Letter To The Editor


If you attended the deliberative session for the school district, some brave citizens tried to level fund the school. The first reaction of the school board was that the sky will fall! We will lose certification. They even referred to level funding as cutting the budget. When questioned about the funds and cuts, the school board couldn’t even get their own numbers to add up. Their lack of preparation would make you question whether they actually need these increases. Level funding was only defeated by 10 votes. Because of SB2, the town has two choices: pass the budget for a $427,000 increase or fail the budget for the default budget - a $100,000 increase. Not the perfect scenario, but at least a choice. Please vote NO on Article 4 Operating Budget on the School District Ballot.


The problem is that too many people feel that small increases in the tax rate are not only OK but also needed. Get more business in town and that will take care of all our problems. A letter in last week’s SUN showed that adding three Globe level businesses in town will only reduce the tax rate by $0.83/1000! This year’s proposed school budget alone would wipe out any benefit of adding three $2.7 million dollar businesses. The only way to save this town is to stop spending money that we don’t have.


Level funding the town and school is one way of saving this town! It will force these people to evaluate new ideas and real solutions. It will keep special interest groups from making politicians feel bad because they do not have to make the tough decision - no more money!


SB2 will allow us to make these tough decisions for the politicians. Please vote YES on Article 8.


Clayton Wood





Hello Pittsfield Voters,

My name is Belinda Nielsen, and most of you know me from working at the down town drug store. My husband, Daren, is running for re-election to the planning board.  He is a dedicated and hard working person who has spent his past three years on the board working for the residents of Pittsfield.  He graduated from UNH with a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and has been grateful for the opportunity to advocate for the town on the planning board.  Daren is a fair and honest man who will do his best to continue and serve the residents of Pittsfield.  We would appreciate your support and your vote on March 13.


Thank you,

Belinda Nielsen





Dear Pittsfield Voters,

I am writing to ask you to join me in voting to re-elect Clayton Wood and Daren Nielsen to Pittsfield’s Planning Board on March 13, 2018. 


Clayton has been a member of the Planning Board since 2009, and an effective chair for six years.  As chairman, he has been committed to fairness and the best interest of the town and its citizens. 


Daren’s presence on the board has been a true asset, with his thoughtful commitment to detail, and impartiality. 


Both Clayton and Daren work hard at preparing for meetings and keeping abreast of current rules and regulations.  These qualities are necessary to sustain an effective board.


Please vote for Clayton Wood and Daren Nielsen, Pittsfield Planning Board !


Thank you,

Paula Belliveau



Letter To The Editor


I’d like to thank you for the privilege of serving on the school board for the last three years. I’m very proud of our school and can confidently say that the teachers and the administration work over and above for our children. It was a pleasure learning and working on the School Board. 


Please consider supporting Heidi Asdot for your new school board member. 


She has a daughter in the system and a background in finance. She will keep our children’s education in the forefront while keeping in mind the tax impact on our town. She will be an outstanding school board member.


She’s running for the right reasons to make a difference, and doesn’t have an axe to grind or a personal vendetta. Please, consider voting for Heidi. 


Linda Freese



Letter To The Editor


To the good Citizens of Pittsfield,

One last word before we vote on the proposed school budget and the teachers’ contract on March 13th. Back in 2003 I was part of an effort to cut $400,000 from the school budget. Most of the reasoning was Barnstead was going with Alton and taking their $400,000 to $500,000 in tuition payments.


The other main reason was many of us were struggling to pay our property taxes. Add to that the high interest charges of 12% and 18% for late payment of taxes. Well, you get the idea. Oh, and of course, many of us felt distant and disconnected from the school and equated the same people who wanted to tell us what we could do with our land, with the vote to support education and raise our property taxes.


That was then, this is now.


I have gotten to know John Freeman, Susan Bradley, and Tobi Chassie, along with teachers, coaches, committee members, the School Board, and the Budget Committee. They have not lied to me yet. You can trust them. Our kids are being saddled with the consequences of climate, debt, inequality, and gun violence. How about we pass the proposed school budget and give the teachers their contract?


Try to think of the administrators, teachers, and support staff as our employees. If we don’t treat them the very best we can, we will not have people to do the job.


Just ask the Police Department about that.


Dan the Stoneman





To the citizens of Pittsfield,

I strongly encourage you to vote in this year’s ballot voting on school district matters on March 13.


This year’s school budget represents a greater than usual increase.  We have done our best to explain the reasons for this increase throughout the winter.  


Two cost functions that have attracted the most attention are technology and special education.  With technology, we used grant funds to get us started with one-on-one devices.  Unfortunately, technology always seems to be one of the places where we look when we need to bring the budget down.  


As a result, we have not been able to keep up in providing current equipment to our students, and many struggle due to the age of our devices.  As always, our technology decisions are based both on practical usefulness and cost of equipment.  Of course, we are persistent in seeking the most cost-effective solutions to student needs.


Special education costs have risen in recent years due to the increasingly complex learning needs of our students.  Last year, for example, when the cost of out-of-district placements exceeded the budget, we froze spending and accessed funds intended to support other areas of the budget to accommodate these needs.  This area of the budget is potentially most volatile, but we are proud of our efforts to support the needs of all students.


Despite this year’s increase, the district held spending to below the cumulative inflation rate over the past ten years.  Rest assured that we take seriously our twin responsibilities of providing the best that we can for our students while remaining sensitive to the ability of our community to support our schools.  Your support of our children and youth with a YES vote on this year’s warrant articles is greatly appreciated.



Mike Wolfe, Chairperson

Pittsfield School Board



Letter To The Editor


To the Editor,

Once again a few residents of Pittsfield have placed a petition on the ballot to adopt the so-called SB2 provisions.  This initiative was wisely rejected by Pittsfield voters last year for municipal issues.


In place for a year in the school district, SB2 has given us two expensive voting sessions to deny the teachers a contract, while at the same time not improving public participation in the deliberative process in any appreciable way.


Meant for cities such as Manchester, Nashua, and Salem that are too large to conduct town meetings, SB2 is a serious detriment to small communities such as ours. It destroys the essence of the town meeting that has sustained us for generations.  It adds a cost burden of unnecessary elections and deliberative sessions. And it does nothing to increase voter participation or voter education.


I urge all of my fellow citizens to once again reject this Red Herring. Yes, we need more participation at the annual town meeting, but SB2 is not the way to achieve it. What is truly needed is a citizen effort next year to repeal it in the school district.



J. C. Allard




Roxanne L. Price

Roxanne L. Price, 44 of Pittsfield, passed away on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at her residence following a lengthy illness.


Born on June 8, 1973 in Germany, she is the daughter of Marjorie (Higgins) White and Glenn White.


Roxanne worked for many years at the Shell station on Loudon Road in Concord as well as the Hess station in Chichester, more recently she was employed at Dunkin Donuts in Concord. She enjoyed time with her family, baking and being outdoors, whether it was four wheeling, mudding or riding motorcycles.


Roxanne was predeceased by a granddaughter, Addison Scribner.


She is survived by her fiancé, Keith Scribner of Pittsfield, children, Amanda Wiggin and her husband Charles of Pittsfield, Glenn Scribner and his fiancé Kelsie Cartier of Allenstown, Jonathan Scribner and his fiancé Courtney Allison of Pittsfield, Sara Scribner and her boyfriend Tyler Thompson of Ossipee, Andrew Price of Pittsfield and Carlie White of Pittsfield, sisters, Jessica Booth and her husband Glen of Pittsfield, Shirley Lagor and her husband Robert of VT, grandchildren, Tyson, Payson, Lane and Scarlett as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.


A Memorial Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 11th from 1 to 3 P.M. at the Still Oaks Funeral and Memorial Home, 1217 Suncook Valley Highway, Epsom. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.stilloaks.com













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