Pittsfield NH News

May 16, 2018



Citizen of the Year


It is time to make nominations for Pittsfield’s 2018 Citizen of the Year. Please let us know who you feel deserves this honor for their actions and activities benefiting our town. A panel of former Citizens of the Year will decide from the nominations submitted who will get this honor. Please send your nomination as to who and why your nominee should be honored to:


Citizen of the Year

PO Box 173

Pittsfield, NH  03263


Nominations must be received by June 13,  2018.  Thank you. 



The Suncook Valley Area Lions Club (serving Pittsfield and Barnstead) is collecting gently used items for the Town Wide Yard Sale.  Spots are available (for $10) for other groups or individuals to set up with the Lions Club at Northeast Earth Mechanics on Barnstead Rd.  If you have any items you’d like to donate or for more information, please contact Laurie Vien at 435-5052.



PLEASE BRING ALL DISCARDED NEEDLES TO THE BCEP OFFICE IN A HARD PLASTIC CONTAINER - discarded needles do not belong in the mixed paper, the plastic OR any of the recycle bins.   This is very dangerous for the staff to discover used needles "hidden" in the recyclables.  ALSO, soiled personal hygiene products should be disposed of in the trash.  Thank you for your cooperation. Questions gladly answered by any staff member or call 435-6237.



Pittsfield Housing Standards has an opening for a member of their board.  This member needs to be a landlord owning a residential rental property within the town of Pittsfield who is also a legal resident and a registered voter in the town of Pittsfield. If you have any questions, please call Kim at 435-6773 ext 21.



2018 Yard Sale


Who: You and the Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce


What: Our 21st Annual Yard Sale


Where: Your address in Barnstead, Chichester, Epsom, Gilmanton, Loudon, Northwood or Pittsfield or our community site at Dustin Park in Pittsfield.


When: June 1st – 3rd, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., you choose 1, 2 or 3 days, same price.

How Much: $5 for individual registration, $10 for multifamily, $0 for non profits


Why:  Started in 1997 by the Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce, the Annual Yard Sale was created to bring people to town in a way that showed off the entire town of Pittsfield.  What better way to explore the beauty and opportunities in Pittsfield than by exploring the back roads and side streets and conversing with the residents. In the past 20 years, people from all over New England have come to our area to enjoy the Yard Sale. Many neighboring towns started to hold town wide events at the same time. In 2013 it was changed to a Multi-Town Yard Sale to include all member towns of the Chamber. This was done in order to offer the benefit of this widely advertised event to our entire membership area as well as to help promote the yard sales of the weekend in all of our member towns. The transition has brought changes to the event, spreading the traffic over 7 towns instead of a concentration on downtown Pittsfield. We are excited to celebrate 21 years of this wonderful tradition!  Being a three day event, it allows shoppers and sellers a lot of time to buy and sell.  It is a fun weekend for those visiting our area and a gratifying weekend for those participants cleaning out their attics and garages! 


Participants register their home or business address in order to advertise their personal Yard Sale. Multi family locations are welcome and encouraged. Non profits find this to be an excellent fundraising opportunity. The map of registered locations will be available online at www.PittsfieldChamber.org in the days prior to the event. There will also be a printable list of addresses available on the website. 


Want to register? Registration forms will be available in the Suncook Valley Sun and online at www.PittsfieldChamber.org


Questions? Contact events@PittsfieldChamber.org 



Pittsfield School District Workshop: The Nurtured Heart Approach®


Utilizing funds, the district receives through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) grant, a workshop will be offered to interested parents, guardians, and staff.  The workshop will be conducted by Dorothy Derapelian, M.Ed., a licensed clinical mental health counselor, on Saturday, June 2nd from 9:00 to 3:00 in the PMHS Media Center.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.  


A little bit about Nurtured Heart Approach:

Children get so much more – more relationship, more intense relationship – when things go wrong. This fundamental error is found in most ways of parenting and discipline in schools. The Nurtured Heart Approach® will show you that your best efforts may actually fuel the intensity of challenging behaviors. Nurtured Heart Approach® will show you how making some simple shifts will bring dramatic changes, within hours. The Nurtured Heart Approach® provides a practical method to support parents and caregivers feel more powerful and effective in making their children feel noticed and appreciated when things go right. Children are more eager to please when they believe they are recognized for the correct choices they make throughout the day.


If you are interested in participating in a free six-hour workshop with Ms. Derapelian, which may dramatically change the way you interact with your child(ren), please  email Tobi Chassie at tchassie@pittsfieldnhschools.org before May 25th.



Phyllis from the Clothes Closet, getting ready to donate a whole lot of sand toys, noodles , play toys, etc., to the F.B. Argue Memorial Pool. She thanks all the customers who shop at the Clothes Closet! Without them, this wouldn’t be possible.



Raymond "Ray" Webber (77)


There will be a celebration of life for Raymond "Ray" Webber (77) with a mass at Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic Church, 20 River Road, Pittsfield NH on Saturday May 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM. Burial will be in Floral Park Cemetery, High Street, Pittsfield, NH A reception will be held immediately following at Jim Webber's at 826 South Barnstead Road, Barnstead NH.​





Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) strongly supports H.R. 5674, the VA MISSION Act. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation would advance one of Paralyzed Veterans' top priorities- recognition of the sacrifice of veterans' caregivers. The expansion of the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Comprehensive Family Caregiver Program to veterans injured before September 11, 2001, is critical to our members and has been a main legislative focus for Paralyzed Veterans for several years. 


We urge you to contact your representatives NOW to support this bill.


Earlier this spring, Congress came very close to including a similar legislative package as part of the omnibus appropriations bill, which Paralyzed Veterans and the VA strongly supported. Regrettably, this effort did not succeed. However, Paralyzed Veterans, alongside fellow veterans service organizations, continued to press on the progress made, and urged Congress not to lose momentum in advancing these critical, long sought after reforms in the waning days of the 115th Congress.


H.R. 5674 would also consolidate and reform VA's community care programs, as well as provide for the realignment and modernization of VA's health care infrastructure. Paralyzed Veterans greatly appreciates the efforts of House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Roe (R-TN) and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-MT) for their hard work in seeing this historic legislation be accomplished.


If you cannot find the office phone number for your representative, please contact the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be directed to the appropriate House office. Thank you for your support. Together we can continue to make a difference in the lives of all people with disabilities.



Carl Blake

Executive Director, Paralyzed Veterans of America



Letter To The Editor

Select Board Meeting 5/8/18


We agreed to put a Warrant Article requested by the Conservation Commission on the ballot next March which would increase their share of Current Use change tax.


Several logging intents were approved, reflecting dryer ground and frost out.


Nine residents were reappointed to the Old Home Day Committee. This dedicated group is an example of townspeople stepping up every year to quietly make sure tradition continues without much thanks.


We discussed police coverage and the financial responsibility that we're bound to uphold by law and directed by voters within the approved budget. A fundamental rule of finances is that you don't spend money you don't have. We don't get the choice of robbing Peter to pay Paul. 


Due to several officers exercising their right to move onto other opportunities and the shortage statewide of certified applicants for replacements, we'll undoubtedly be paying double during the time new hires are trained while concurrently keeping the town covered using overtime for our regular staff and details from other towns.


The budget has been scrutinized by everyone and found no transferable funds. If we're going to keep the PD budget from being spent to zero before the end of the year (thus forcing a COMPLETE shutdown), the fiscally responsible thing to do is be proactive by reducing the amount we spend weekly. Slightly reducing coverage during typically low call volume hours, we can "keep the doors open" over 90% of the time for the rest of the year. It's the prudent response, given projections caused by this "perfect storm." "On-call" coverage is being explored but we've got to come to terms with the union in order to implement this partial solution. We voted unanimously to address this issue with temporary, limited, random, off-peak coverage reduction for another two weeks. 


Carl Anderson



​Time To Move Ministries


Revs. Tim and Bethany Groves, along with their four children, Mackenzie, Mikayla, Megan, and Micah, travel full time advancing God’s Kingdom through praise & worship, anointed singing and sign language, and the preaching of the Word. Join them at the Lighthouse Church of God (29 Watson Street, Pittsfield), Sunday, May 20th at 11am. All are welcome to this free event.













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