Pittsfield NH News

May 30, 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.



2018 Yard Sale


The 21st Annual Multi-Town Yard Sale is June 1rst, 2nd and 3rd!!


How do I get a map?  This is our most frequently asked question and you’re not alone. 


Beginning May 30th at 11pm, the map will be available online at www.PittsfieldChamber.org.  The map will be posted in the form of a link to a Google Map. Additionally, there will be a printable address list by town. 


While we understand that several people miss the old paper map of Pittsfield locations, it just isn’t feasible for this larger event.  Some communities have their own maps available however, so keep your eyes peeled!


If your organization is interested in printing and selling maps for the 2018 Yard Sale please get in touch with us.


Drive safely, and have a great time at the Annual Multi Town Yard Sale!



Josiah Carpenter Library June News


The Teen Book Worms will gather on Monday June 4th at 5:00pm; they will enjoy a light supper and discuss Simon versus the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.  The Pittsfield Writer’s Circle will meet at the library on Monday the 18th at 5:00pm.  The adult book club will meet to discuss Before the Fall by Noah Hawley at 10:30 am on Tuesday June 26th at the Pittsfield Senior Center.  Everyone is welcome to join our ongoing activities at any time.


The preschool story hour that meets at 10:00am on Thursday will continue learning about farm animals.  The afterschool Adventure Club meets at 3:30pm on Tuesdays and is continuing to explore papier Mache, canvas and frame art.


On Monday June 11th at the Chichester-Epsom-Pittsfield Libraries Memory Café will enjoy a trip to Bear Brook State Park.  Everyone will meet at the Epsom Public Library at 1:30pm and then travel to Bear Brook.  Local caregivers and folks living with memory loss are invited to come and enjoy socialization in a comfortable setting. Refreshments will be served.


Libraries Rock! the summer reading program for children, will begin on June 26th. Throughout the summer we’ll offer a fun-filled introduction to music, instruments and countries from around the world.  Activities for preschool aged children will be held on Thursday mornings, older children will gather on Tuesday afternoons.  Where will music take you?!



Letter To The Editor


Pittsfield friends and community members,

There seems to be much scuttlebutt taking place with regard to the police department, and I would caution folks not to react impulsively or be quick to judge the Board of Selectmen but rather, may we be “quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to wrath” (James 1:19).


During my seven-year tenure on the Pittsfield Board, one of my greatest challenges was being an impartial employer for "you the people." I came to an understanding early on that leading staff in good stewardship of your tax dollars and making decisions in the best interest of the overall community oftentimes came with much resistance, kind of like we're witnessing on a national level. 


As a small business owner, I can tell you that being an employer is not always easy. Sometimes unpopular changes are warranted; less overtime, utilizing more part-timers, minimizing excessive absenteeism (to name a few) in order to be more fiscally efficient and responsible.


Understanding that we are currently in a potentially vulnerable position, my prayer is that good come from this drastic situation. One such saving grace is that a new police chief will not be part of the union, another one of those "warranted" yet necessary changes that it took years to negotiate! Supervisors/department heads should not be in the union due to conflict of interest.


Perhaps this chain of events is a blessing in disguise.


Still Serving the Almighty God,

Linda Small



Summer Food Service Program


The Community Action Program of Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc. in cooperation with local school districts and community organizations is pleased to announce the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program.  Children, 18 years of age and younger, enrolled in the program listed below is eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch.


Drake’s Field, Route 107, Barnstead Road, Pittsfield, NH 03263. June 26 – August 1; Monday - Thursday, 8:10-8:30, 11:40-12:00.



Pittsfield AlumnusTo Give Keynote Address at DLSI!

Four years ago, if you had asked Ryan Marquis what he planned to study in college he probably would have told you engineering. That was until he developed an Extended Learning Opportunity at Pittsfield Middle High School that altered the trajectory of his life. Ryan will give the keynote address at the upcoming 2018 Deeper Learning Summer Institute. His powerful story is exemplary of the kind of change that can happen when schools value deeper learning driven by student agency. We expect Ryan's story of starting with student voice to be a powerful driver for later conversations about transformative school redesign. 


Pittsfield is nationally-recognized for the work they have done to transform a traditional comprehensive middle high school program into a student-centered, competency-based learning environment. Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO) are one of the most telling examplars of the way Pittsfield has put students in the driver's seat of their own education. ELOs are typically internships, volunteer work, or some other type of individualized study that is student-driven. Students earn academic credit by designing an ELO that includes assessment in the form of demonstrating mastery of measurable course level competencies. 


As a high school senior Ryan developed Engineer It an ELO to teach a basic engineering course to his peers during Learning Studio. Learning Studios take place once/week during late-start Wednesdays. Teachers and/or students offer courses on topics they care about that are not necessarily connected to a discipline. Each semester the school develops a course catalogue and students choose the class they will take - for which they earn a 1/2 credit elective or core credit. Through the process of planning for and teaching the course, including leaving lesson plans for substitutes when he was absent, Ryan discovered a true passion - education!


Ryan just finished his junior year at Keene State College where he is studying education, and planning for a career as a secondary chemistry teacher.  He credits PMHS for the self-advocacy and other 21st century skills with which he entered college. He believes that the educators at PMHS who acted more as facilitators of learning, rather than the "sage on the stage", well-prepared him for working with college professors. He also believes that the flexible learning environment at PMHS that gave him room to explore his interests, and choices about how to demonstrate his learning, better reflected the teaching and learning style in college. Ryan has already begun working as a substitute teacher during breaks from college, and will begin student teaching in the fall at a NH high school that is just beginning the transition to competency-based learning. 


Ryan's keynote address will highlight the critically important opportunity that our high schools have to allow students to drive their own education, and lay the foundation for a trajectory of planning and learning that sets students up for success in college and careers. Ryan will talk about his experience as a student at PMHS during the time the school transitioned from a traditional to competency-based program, as well as his experience as a member of the school's Site Council governing body, his ELO experience, and more when he gives the keynote address at the upcoming Deeper Learning Summer Institute. 



Letter To The Editor

Select Board Meeting 5/22/18


A public hearing requested by the library to take input regarding the disposition of the barn donated by Bill Miskoe was held with limited comment. A couple think the building should be destroyed, another feels it would be a good site to fix up with donations and use for public purposes such as a farmer's market. 


Jim Gamble, who has a P&S on 33 Main St. said he's interested in buying it to renovate, with the proceeds going to the library.


The resignations of Police Chief Jeff Cain and Sargent Joe McCormack were accepted. Joe Collins, presently of Nashville, will be coming back to his home state of NH in June to serve Pittsfield as temporary interim Chief for 90 days while the position is advertised and interviews conducted.


Mr. Collins is a well respected retiree who served as Chief in Barnstead, Gilmanton and Effingham. We have every confidence that he is capable of steering the department through this unsettled period. 


Recent full time PD hiree Stevens has been qualified on firearms and will attend the police academy in August. Full time Officer Wood will return soon from family medical leave and bolster much needed manpower. Part time officer Jason Darrah was reappointed as well. I believe we have cause for optimism.


We were introduced to this year's swimming pool attendants and lifeguards by Minnie Plante. It's a small but experienced crew, capable of assuring safety at one of Pittsfield's most popular summer recreational areas.


We will try sealed bids on three trucks that are no longer fit for service, and if there are no viable bids, we will sell them for scrap.


F.L. Merrill Construction was awarded the Safe Routes to School Project bid, a local company that will do a great job.


A long list of book-keeping items filled out a long meeting.


Carl Anderson



School Funding Workshop – 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 13, PMHS


Reminder to Pittsfield taxpayers that the school district will be hosting a workshop on New Hampshire’s school funding system at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, at PMHS.  All are invited.


The workshop will be presented by Attorney Andru Volinsky, a current Executive Council member and former lead attorney in the most recent challenges to the state’s funding system, which became known as the Claremont Cases.


In an opinion written for the New Hampshire Bar News and published in April, Attorney John Tobin, also a member of the Claremont legal team, recognized that the “inequities in NH school funding” have not only not been addressed by the state, but are indeed worsening.


In his article, Attorney Tobin reaches two conclusions: “first, by not paying anything close to the true cost of a constitutionally adequate education as the State itself has defined it, the State is violating its constitutional duty to provide an adequate education…”


(The state’s base per student allocation for the current school year is $3636.06, while the state average cost per pupil in 2016-2017, the latest year available, was $15,310.67.)


He further concludes that “by requiring school districts with greatly varying levels of property wealth per student to raise a large portion of the funds needed to meet the State’s duty, with the resulting disproportionate tax rates, the State funding system violates the holding” in the second Claremont ruling.


(For example, Moultonborough’s local education tax rate for 2017 is $2.12/thousand, while Pittsfield’s is $18.60.)


To learn more about the state’s inequitable system and what might be done to correct it, plan to join the workshop at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 13, at PMHS.



Teaching Farming As A Way Of Life And A Business

Submitted By Carole Soule

Derek Ladd, Jordyn Pinto, Bridget Kiley-Hubbard, Craig Meriwether with Sarah (cow) and her day-old calf.


They clipped cattle, fed piglets, shoveled manure, weaned calves and hunted for eggs. They also figured out how to make a living wage doing what they love; farming. This Spring, I encouraged as well as tested and learned from four NH Technical Institute students who met twice weekly for eight weeks at my farm as part NHTI’s newly-offered Sustainable Agriculture degree and certificate program.


The course I led met at the farm on Wednesday and Friday mornings. After an hour or two of reading, testing and discussion in our farmhouse classroom we moved outside to wean calves, feed pigs, shovel manure and brush horses-regular farm chores. We visited the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Merrimack County Farm Bureau, NH Dept of Agriculture, Grappone Center Kitchen, and UNH Merrimack County Extension Office to learn about the multitude of resources available to farmers. The students also wrote a grant and applied for scholarships.


Farming is so much more than feeding livestock; it also is about earning a living. For their final project, each student compiled and delivered a presentation on how they could make a profit raising goats, laying hens or dairy cows to a panel audience of educators and farmers. Often we farmers forget to pay ourselves. To make the point that farmers have mortgages and car payments, each student was required show how they could pay themselves $18/hour for work related to their projects. Fair wages are apparently a foreign concept to most farmers. Students who would not hesitate to scoop manure, wrangle a calf or castrate a pig, objected to setting money aside for their pay. To be fair, these four students did their research, and each of them showed how they could make a profit… even if they didn't pay themselves wages. The presentations were professional, thorough, and made me proud of these future farmers. 


We are now in the middle of the next 8-week course; Summer Practicum, which is more detailed than the first term. At the end of this section, on June 29, these students will present a full-blown business plan to a live audience. You are all invited to see how these student farmers will raise livestock, create products for sale, market those projects and find funding to help them reach their goals. It is terrific that NHTI recognized the need for a degree-granting Sustainable Agriculture program. These students are learning how to do what they love; farming… and make a living doing it.


As I am the instructor of this class, you can call me “Professor.”  Even though I'm the teacher, these students have taught me new skills as well. I guess that is what farming is all about; sharing and learning skills both old and new. 


Carole Soule is co-owner of Miles Smith Farm, in Loudon, NH. She can be reached at cas@milessmithfarm.com.



SNHU Announces Winter 2018 President's List


It is with great pleasure that Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) congratulates the following local students on being named to the winter 2018 President's List.


Eligibility for the President's List requires that a student accumulate an academic grade point average (GPA) of 3.7-4.0 and earn 12 credits for the semester.


Michael Andres of Center Barnstead

Chelsea Carlson of Epsom

Randall Dowling of Northwood

Amelia Duane of Barnstead

Reese Henderson of Gilmanton Iron Works 

Julianna Hromis of Chichester

Conner Martin of Chichester

Lindsey Massey of Epsom

William Ohrenberger of Northwood

Eric Ryan of Center Barnstead 

John Sanborn of Chichester

Samuel Schreier of Chichester

Quinn Steeves of Pittsfield 

Jason Wynne of Pittsfield



Patriotic Concert Planned


“Salute to America!,” the First Congregational Church’s annual patriotic concert, is set for Friday, June 15, 7 p.m. at the church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield. It will feature the Chancel Choir, JuBellation Handbell Choir and other musicians. Light refreshments will be served.


Be sure to mark your calendar for this exciting event for all ages. Bring a friend! Parking and wheelchair accessible entrance are available at the Chestnut Street entrance. More information at 435-7471.




Richard “Dick” P. Boyd

Dick Boyd, 81, of Port St. Lucie, FL, passed away on May 11, 2018 peacefully in his home after a brief fight with cancer.


A celebration of life will be held in Port St. Lucie on August 18, 2018.  


Dick was born in Pittsfield, NH on March 2, 1937. He graduated from Pittsfield High School and served four years in the US Navy. He lived in Pittsfield until 1982. He moved to Essex Center, VT with his family in 1982 where he worked as the Regional Manager for John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance. He retired at the age of 55 and moved with his wife to Port St. Lucie, FL in 1992.


Dick was married to the love of his life, Elinor N. Boyd (Lank), and they were married 57 years. He enjoyed golf – (playing it and watching it), wood carving, reading, sports as he was an avid Boston fan and followed the Florida State Seminoles. He was a fun-loving guy with an amazing sense of humor and wit, generous smile, a warm and fun-loving spirit and a calm demeanor, all of which were cherished by his family and friends.  


Dick is survived by his four children, Kathy Fagnant and her husband James (and daughters Paige LaLonde (and son Julian) and Megan LaLonde (and her husband Scott); Jeff Boyd his wife Valerie (and daughters: Kierra, Mikaela & Ainsley); Michael Boyd and his husband Massimiliano Rezza; Patricia “Patty” Walkonen and her husband David (and daughter Hannah); his brother William “Bill” Boyd of NH; his nieces and nephews; and the rest of his relatives and friends.


Dick is preceded in death by his parents, Clyde “Cuddy” Boyd and Anne Boyd.


In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to: Unity of Port St. Lucie - https://www.unityofportstlucie.org or Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation - https://treasurehealth.org/ways-to-give/donate/













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