Pittsfield NH News

April 4, 2018


    

Come apply for a Passport at the Pittsfield Post Office, 2 Elm St., Pittsfield, NH! Our Passport Acceptance Hours are 8AM-11AM/1PM-3PM. Monday to Friday, No appointment  required. Saturday, 8-12, appt. required.

 

You must present: evidence of US Citizenship, photocopy of Citizenship evidence, photo ID, and photocopy of photo ID.

 

We have a Saturday Passport Event scheduled for YOU! Saturday, April 21st, 8AM-2PM.

 

We can take your photo, too!

 


 

REMINDER

 

NOW EFFECTIVE BCEP WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING BRUSH OR LEAF AND YARD WASTE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE 

 

Per Vote Of the District Committee

 


 

The Merrimack County Stamp Collectors will hold its monthly meeting at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., Bow, on April 17, 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.

 


 

April 10th, 7:00pm

Meals on Wheels

Benefit Program

“Mind to Mind”

 

Prepare to be amazed by Mentalist Preston Heller at the Pittsfield Senior Center.  Heller will not tell you what a mentalist does, he will show you. Every audience member will have a unique, experience with the “unseen.” Preston’s mind reading and mind influencing capabilities will leave the audience in awe. This program is 100% family friendly but is recommended for ages 12 and up. There is no fee to attend, but there will be a free-will collection to benefit Meals on Wheels.

 


 

Letter

 

Panther Nation,

This past season was a special one for our boys’ basketball program.

 

That “feeling” you get as a player taking the floor was only intensified by the love and support you provided us on a nightly basis.

 

You provided us with the extra energy and enthusiasm we needed in times of difficulty and showed us the love on nights when all the bounces went our way.

 

On behalf of the boys, the coaching staff, and the entire boys’ basketball program, I would like to extend our thanks and gratitude for being by our side. During the season, you packed “The Pitt,” during our tournament run at Plymouth State, you made it feel like we were playing at home, and the support you gave us on that memorable day on March 10th will never be matched.

 

On that day, the boys may have been the ones who left with medals around their necks, but everyone in attendance left with a sense of COMMUNITY that will never be forgotten. 

 

Your love and support for our TEAM means more than you know. 

 

Coach Jay Darrah

 


 

Letter

Selectboard meeting 3/20/18

 

Organizational appointments for upcoming year: James Allard, Board Chair, Wellness Coalition, CDC, Union negotiating alternate; James Adams, Union negotiator, Planning Board alternate; Carole Richardson, Budget Committee rep., Foss Scholarship; Gerard Leduc, BOS vice-chair, BCEP rep, Budget Committee alt., Suncook Valley Regional Town Assoc; Carl Anderson, Planning Board rep, Zoning Administrator. Fred Hast appointed Citizen Rep. to BCEP.

 

Preparations are being made for the long anticipated resurfacing of the state roads through town and the Safe Routes to School. We still don’t know exactly when these will commence, but darn sure want to have everything in place so there’s no hold ups.

 

Various applications such as a parking waiver, timber tax, current use and veteran’s tax credits were considered.

 

Chairman Allard highlighted some of his hopes for resolving in the next year, including completion of street lighting project, paving, filling vacant police positions, and satisfying the state requirements for the Clark’s Pond (town pool) dam.

 

Carl Anderson

 


 

From The Farm: Mud Season

Submitted By Carole Soule

Second Mud Season is here.  In February the ground thawed enough to put up a fence to move the breeding hogs out of their slushy-mucky paddock.  Ice dams melted, we cleaned previously-frozen pens. It seemed as though Winter was over.  Wrong. March brought eighteen inches of snow cover to the muddy ground.  Plowing was hard and walking through the barnyard even harder.  Getting stuck was normal, but fortunately, I live with the best “un-sticker” around; husband, Bruce.

 

US Mail trucks were not designed to drive steep hills it seems, but the mail must go through, right?  Bruce extracted the stuck mail truck from our hillside and retrieved our mail.  A few minutes later he found the same truck sucked off the road.   This time of year, on a dirt road like ours, the only safe place for a vehicle is in the middle.  Road shoulders are liquid with run-off.   Pull off the road slightly, and muck will pull vehicle wheels off the road and not let go.  During mud-season, when I see an approaching car, I’ll pull into the nearest driveway.  If there is no driveway nearby, I’ll stop and wait for the other vehicle to pass or until one of us backs-up to a safe spot.  

 

Bruce, the great “un-sticker’, pulled the mail truck out again but he’s good at more than extracting vehicles.  When working in the pig paddock, I took one step too many and found myself cemented in 18 inches of gook.  I couldn’t move.  I could step out of my boots but then had nowhere to go.  Hero Bruce in his lace-up white Bugs Bunny boots slogged his way out to me with two feed pans.  I stepped out of my footwear and put one sock covered foot in each container.  Using the pans like snow-shoes, I hobbled out of the mud while Bruce recovered my boots.  Friend Trish watched the rescue, laughing at my plight.

 

It does seem that March roared in “Like a Lion” … let’s only hope it “Goes Out Like a Lamb.”  We were expecting a litter of piglets and at least a few calves by now.  No babies have made their appearance yet, but they will be here soon.  You are invited to visit with piglets and calves at the farm. Warmer weather and more daylight should make farrowing and calving so much more pleasant.  Maybe the mud will disappear soon too.

 

Carole Soule is co-owner of Miles Smith Farm (www.milessmithfarm.com), 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 Food Pantry And Josiah Carpenter Library Benefit Concert With Pianist Matthew Odell

7:00 pm April 21st, First Congregational Church of Pittsfield 

 

Pittsfield resident Matthew Odell has been hailed by Gramophone as “brilliant …and playing with total commitment and real abandon.”   Mr. Odell will perform a New Hampshire premier of Fantasy by David Conte, Three Etudes by Claude Debussy, Dreaming by New Hampshire composer Amy Beach and Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 36 by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

 

Mr. Odell currently teaches at The Juilliard School in New York City and has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, and throughout Europe and Asia.  Recent concerts have included a recital tour of France, Spain, and England and a performance commemorating Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday at Lincoln Center in New York.  He frequently works with prominent composers and will be releasing two recordings of new music this year.

 

The concert is free, with donations collected to benefit both the Pittsfield Food Pantry and Josiah Carpenter Library. Come and enjoy a magical evening of music right here in Pittsfield!

 


 

TOPS News

​Pictured- Left to right: Front row- Sandi Truscott, Pat Smith, Suzie Fife, Pearl Demyanovich; Back row- Holly Brown, Catherine Snow, Jon Martin, Mickey King, Joyce Pearson, Beth Odell, April Ellis.

 

Our TOPS chapter recently held our annual awards banquet. Members were recognized for achieving milestones in reaching weight goals.

 

This year, Sandi Truscott was first place in Div. 3 for her weight loss. Pat Smith was KOPS(Keep Off Pounds Sensibly) of the year for keeping within her leeway. April Ellis was voted chapter Angel for the many ways she serves the chapter and encourages members. 

 

We had a St. Patrick’s Day theme.  Chapter members were given a certificate with their weight loss for the year.  All members were recognized with a TOPS congratulations poem that went along with the St. Patrick’s theme and a gorgeous  potholder  (vegetable or fruit) fashioned and embroidered by Suzie Fife.  Suzie is also Angel of the year for nearing her goal.

 

Congratulations to all our members as we continue on our journey to losing weight together.  Our chapter meets on Tuesdays 6:30 at The Joy Church, 55 Barnstead Rd. Pittsfield.  Please come and join us. Call Pat 435-5333 or Beth 435-7397 with questions.

 


 

Letter

 

Voters of Pittsfield,

I would like to thank you for your support in my recent election to Board of Selectmen.  I am honored to have your confidence and support.  

 

The challenges are many and the decisions are sometimes difficult to make, and should be based on a common sense solution.  I  believe it is imperative to always base these tough decisions on doing the right thing for the town.  Once again, thank you for your support.

 

Best Regards,

Jim Adams

 


 

Support Concord Regional VNA – Attend Passion For Caring

 

Concord Regional VNA's Passion for Caring is Wednesday, May 9 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. hosted by Company C, 102 Old Turnpike Road in Concord. Proceeds from this event benefits the greatest needs of the agency.

 

Enjoy hor d’oeurves and refreshments, chat with friends and colleagues, and browse our silent auction items while listening to music from the Jazz Dogs. Maureen Gilbert-Thibault, RN, is being honored with the Kay Sidway Award and Susan Heinecke is being named the Donor Recognition Award recipient. The Eugene and Anne Slusser/Concord Regional VNA Scholarship recipient will also be presented.

 

Additionally, Company C is donating 20% of all sales during the event to support Concord Regional VNA.

 

Reservations for the Passion for Caring benefit are available for $50 per person. Make your reservations at www.crvna.org or call (603) 230-5664.

 

Special thanks to Company C, the host sponsor of the event, and The Prescription Center/Northeast Pharmacy Services, leadership sponsor.

 


 

Pittsfield Selectmen Raise Awareness For Meals On Wheels Program And The Needs Of Seniors

Submitted By Carol Schiferle

Selectman Carole Richardson packing meals with volunteer Bessie Garcia.

 

​Carole Richardson delivering a meal to Pittsfield resident Helen Schoppmeyer, with the MOW driver, David Gregoire

The Pittsfield Area Senior Center is very thankful to Pittsfield Selectmen Board Member, Carole Richardson, who joined the center in honor of the 2018 March for Meals Community Champions Week. Community Champions Week was celebrated March 19-23.  Across the country, Meals on Wheels (MOW) programs enlisted elected officials, local celebrities and other prominent figures to deliver meals, speak out for seniors, and raise awareness for the power of Meals on Wheels. Carole went out Wednesday, March 21, with David the senior center’s MOW driver, to deliver meals to all the Pittsfield clients. 

 

Since 2002, Meals on Wheels programs from across the country have joined forces for the annual awareness campaign to celebrate the successful public-private partnerships and garner the support needed to fill the gap between the seniors served and those still in need. The goals for the Meals on Wheels programs are to deliver nutritious meals and provide a wellness check to homebound seniors and adults with disabilities. The objective is to enable participants to age independently in their own homes with the dignity and respect they deserve. In 2017, hundreds of thousands of meals were delivered in Belknap and Merrimack counties. 

 

The Pittsfield and Barnstead Meal on Wheels program is supported by the Community Action Program of Belknap and Merrimack counties. In 2017, the Community Action Program served 271,609 meals, 1663 people. The Pittsfield Area Senior Center served 12,046 meals with 65 people being served.  The program only receives about 65% of its funding from state and federal entities. The other 35% of the funds are raised thru donations for the meals and doing fundraisers such as the Meals on Wheels walkathon that is taking place on Saturday, May19, 2018 at NHTI in Concord.

 

For more information on how you can volunteer, contribute or speak out for the seniors in Pittsfield and Barnstead please call the center at 603-435-8482 or the Community Action Program of Elderly Services at 603-225-3295. The Pittsfield Area Senior Center would like to thank Carole Richardson for accompanying David, the Meals on Wheels driver.  The participants felt like they truly had their voices heard, while at the same time raising awareness of our seniors’ needs.

 


 

Pittsfield Elementary School PTO Holds Literacy Event

Submitted By Melissa Babcock, PES PTO

On the evening of March 16th, PES PTO organized a family-friendly literacy event to celebrate the national program ‘Read Across America.’ This national event was started in 1997 as a reading motivation and awareness program sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA).  According to their website, NEA states that motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers.  Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.  NEA's Read Across America also provides NEA members, parents, caregivers, and children the resources and activities they need to keep reading a priority all year long. More ideas can be found at http://www.nea.org/grants/resources-to-get-reading.htm 

 

At our local event, held in the PES cafeteria, the PTO was joined by more than 20 volunteers from various community organizations and had over FIFTEEN craft and activity stations for OVER 70 kids and their families to participate in.  Mrs. Lemay and Mrs. White even had a table sponsored by Title 1 and were giving away FREE books to each family!  

 

Each participant received a “passport” upon entering and got their passports stamped at the various stations.  When their passports were complete, they were able to return to the registration table for a free gift and a participation certificate provided by community member, Fallon Reed.

 

 

 

Another highlight of the event was the four guest readers who read their favorite Dr. Seuss stories to small groups of students and their families in the library.  Superintendent, Dr. John Freeman, kicked off our book readings with an all time classic, “Cat in the Hat.”  He was followed by Linda and Dave from Pittsfield Fire and Rescue who read, “Green Eggs and Ham.”  The most attended reading, of course, was the “Foot Book,” read by various players of the PMHS Boys Basketball Team!  The readings were finished up by Mr. Hamilton who read, “If I Ran the Zoo.”

 

Technically, each year Read Across America Day is celebrated on March 2nd, in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, which made the theme for our event SUPER SIMPLE.  Even though the date fell during vacation week, we still wanted to celebrate the excitement of reading! The teachers and administration jumped  on board with the idea of celebrating and promoting reading and they worked with their classes to decorate their classroom doors with favorite book themes.  Pictures were posted on the school district’s Facebook page for community members to vote for their favorite. Mrs. Cormier’s kindergarten class had the most votes and received a certificate for $250 scholastic dollar/points to use to purchase more literacy materials for their classroom!  Even though voting is over, for those interested, the amazing door displays can still be seen on the Facebook page.

 

Since our literacy event was taking place the same week as Town Meeting, the PES students had a little vote of their own during Learning Commons, too! Ms. Mara had various Seuss books on display and students had the opportunity to vote on their favorite.  They also got “I voted stickers” just like at the real polls!

 

A special thank you to ALL the volunteers who helped make our event happen—Fallon Reed, Leslie Vogt and Heather Dunigan from Josiah Carpenter library, Lisa Harper from PYBA, Ammy and Emma Ramsey from Girl Scout Troop 10540, Marissa McClellan and Minni Plante from Pittsfield Parks and Recreation Committee, Mrs. Lemay and Mrs. White from PES Title 1, Jay Darrah and students from the PMHS Boys' Champion Basketball Team, Dave Simpson and Linda Brown from Pittsfield Fire and Rescue, Katie Nikas from UNDERSTOOD.org and PES PTO,  Dr. Freeman and Mr. Hamilton from the Pittsfield School District. THANK YOU everyone, we look forward to the next event!

 

PTO would also like to thank all families who came out to our event.  We were pleasantly surprised by such a huge turnout and definitely have plans to make the event even better next time!  Our group is always looking for new volunteers and helpers—we meet the second Tuesday of each month at 6pm in the PES Library (most often, child care is provided).  There are also many “behind-the-scenes-tasks that we need extra hands for that wouldn’t require attending meetings.  Please reach out if you’re interested in helping in some capacity, pto@pittsfieldnhschools.org

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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