Pittsfield NH News

June 20, 2018


Congratulations to Pittsfield resident, Gretchen Elizabeth Hilton who has been named to Husson University's President's List for the Spring 2018 semester.


Hilton is a junior who is currently enrolled in Husson's Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Studies/Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program.


Students who make the President's List must carry at least 12 graded credit hours during the semester and earn a grade point average of 3.80 to 4.0 during the period.



Applications for Concord Little League Summer Baseball are now being accepted for kids league age 8 through 12 from Concord and surrounding communities. Summer baseball is a fun and relaxing league with the expectations that each player plays when they can for their team. Play begins the second week of July and finishing the second week of August and played at Concord fields. Teams will be comprised of approximately 15 players per team to cover for players who want to go on vacation, camp, special nights, etc. Games are only played on weekday evenings, no Fridays.  The cost is $40.00 per player and each player receives a team t-shirt and hat which they can keep. Forms can be found under the “CLL Resource” page of our website at www.concordnhlittleleague.org, by emailing Gary Ford, Coordinator at gford15@comcast.net and also at the Grappone Park Concession Stand in Concord. Applications are due on June 27th. 



Suncook Valley

Soccer Club


Registration is now open for the Fall 2018 Season!


Visit suncookvalleysoccerclub.com or our facebook page to sign up.


Registration ends 8/1.




FB Argue Recreation Area 2018 Opening


On Friday, June 22, the FB Argue Recreation Area will open for the 2018 summer season at 1:00. We will be open Monday through Friday 12:00- 5:00 and Saturday and Sunday 1:00-5:00.


We will be offering swimming lessons again this summer. Registration will be held at the recreation area. The cost for swimming lessons for Pittsfield residents will be $15 per child per session. The cost for non-residents will be $30 per child per session.


Session 1 Daytime: Friday, June 29 – Friday, July 13 (no lessons July 4)


Session 2 Nighttime: Monday July 23 – Monday, August 6 (No lessons August 3)


The daily admission for residents is $1.00 per person. A family season pass may be bought for $50.00. Daily admission for non-residents will be $1.50 per person. 


Questions may be answered by calling 435-7510 or 435-7457 (during hours of operation).



Letter To The Editor

Select Board meeting 6/12/2018


St. Jean Auctioneers shared their thoughts on selling three town owned lots on Rt 107.  We voted to use this method for their disposition.


Chief Collins updated us on the state of the PD.  He seems relaxed and confident that we are moving in the right direction.  We’ll maintain the status quo for the time being for coverage.  We voted to rescind the overnight parking ban in the downtown and will revisit the ordinance before snow time.


Deputy Town Clerk Ammy Ramsey was hired at the Highway Dept. as part-time temporary truck driver  while George is short of help.  


Unpermitted storage trailers are being addressed in response to a complaint. A second extension for another was denied.  Residents need to be aware that storage containers, including trailers, must be permitted by a 1997 vote at Town Meeting adding this to the zoning ordinance.


Donna Keeley was named substitute director of recreation and Ryan Wood was named to the Website Committee.  Intents to cut timber and excavate gravel were approved.  A $2,000 donation to the Conservation Commission from Chris Hill was accepted with appreciation.  


The town’s first “solar exemption” was approved.  Homeowners who install solar electricity can apply to have this improvement exempted from real estate tax.


We are trying to locate a mason to re-point the library chimney and repair the flashing-  recommendations would be appreciated.


Town Moderator Dustin asked me to add there is a vacancy on the Budget Committee that he’d like to appoint someone to that is new to serving on a town board.  There are no specific qualifications as long as the applicant would be considered an asset to the committee.  The budget committee is critical to town finances and a very important job.  Interested residents can call the town office or see Cedric at the dentist’s office on Main St.


Carl Anderson



Pittsfield Old Home Day


SAVE the date… Saturday  July 14… for Pittsfield Old Home Day.  The theme of the day is “Once Upon A Time, Favorite Fairytales.  Please note – MAIN STREET WILL BE CLOSED FROM 8:00 – 3PM (approximately).


Old Home Day is a day set aside in the summer for current citizens and people that used to call Pittsfield “home” to come together and visit with your neighbors, local businesses and organizations… and to just have fun for the day.  It is one of the times that it is perfectly acceptable to “hang out”!  Please join us and celebrate what makes Pittsfield great – the people that live here!


Plans are underway and are being finalized. More information will be coming.  THIS IS WHAT WE KNOW NOW:


*** Visit the Town website at www.pittsfieldnh.gov, Click on “Boards”, then “Old Home Day committee” for Registration forms for the Community Fair and Parade.


Fri, July 13 at 8:30pm, the Rotary Club will sponsor a FREE Outdoor movie, “Beauty & the Beast” at Drake Field.  Bring your own chairs and blankets.  Refreshments will be available for purchase.


Sat, July 14 – Dustin Park and Main Street will be where the activity is:


7-10am, the Park St. Baptist Church will serve a delicious breakfast in the basement of the church – The cost of the breakfast is by Donation.


9am – St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church will hold a Silent Auction and offer all of their delicious baked goods, hot dogs and lots of other items.


9am Community Fair – KIDS ACTIVITIES & CRAFT TABLE, CRAFTERS, LOCAL ORGANIZATION BOOTHS, MUSIC and more.  ** To sign up for a spot at the Community Fair at Dustin Park, visit the town website or contact Leslie Vogt at 435-7993 or leslievogt@gmail.com.


9am – CAR SHOW – any antique, vintage, classic, hot rod car or truck are invited to come to Main Street – no entry fee – Music provided by Jackie Lee.


Annual Cook-Off – “Bread of any Kind” – Contact Andi Riel – 435-6346 to register- bake your best bread – cash prizes are awarded to the top 3 winners.


Pittsfield Historical Society will be open for you to stop in and visit


Throughout the morning – Jujubee the Clown – Balloon artist and Tricky Dick – strolling magician


Meet and Greet with TULA THE UNICORN


11am – LITTLE RED WAGON – theatre troupe from UNH will present “Through the Door”, Fairytales by the Brothers Grimm


KIDS BIKE PARADE – decorate your bike in your favorite Fairytale theme and come to Main Street at 12pm


1pm – PARADE – Floats and other entries are needed for the parade.  It’s a Fairytale theme – everyone loves at least one of the Fairytales.   Groups, Clubs, Businesses, Classes and Sports teams  (ahem….Boys Basketball team maybe!) are all encouraged to get together and enter a float or something and participate in the parade.  The parade is only as good as the entries in it!


**** NOTE – Registration forms are required for the parade – they are available on the town website along with the parade rules checklist.  ***** Please contact MARK RIEL at 435-6346 for more information. ****


Cookout and swimming at the F.B. Argue Rec Area (aka – Town Pool) after the parade


Fireworks at Dusk


We will need help with traffic control before/during/after the parade.  If anyone would like to help please contact us.


For more information, please contact Andi Riel at 435-6346 or Louie Houle at 435-6938 or email at pittsfieldoldhomeday@pittsfieldnh.gov.



​Pittsfield Middle High School students recently presented Eleanor Joyce of the Pittsfield Food Pantry with a check for $830.00. Students raised the money by hosting an Empty Bowls Dinner. Students made ceramic bowls, soups and breads for the fundraising dinner. Empty Bowls mission is to raise awareness of the hunger issues in our communities.



From The Farm: Model T Automobiles Visit The Farm

Submitted By Carole Soule

​Before 1915, these classic automobiles had brass radiator shells, ; a feature discontinued during WWI when brass became scarce.


​Nancy Clark and her 4 door blue & black 1929 Model A.


​John Hanson in is 2 door 1926 Tudor with “after market” vases mounted on the interior.


​1917 “Woody” 1917 Model T and a 1926 2 door Tudor.


​Warren Henderson shows the controls of his 1917 “Woody” Model T.


​A storage cylinder, mounted on the running board, stored acetylene gas used to fuel headlights that were started with a match.


We surged down the gravel lane from the farm, wind rushing over my cap, in an automobile that had neither gas pedal nor gear shift.  I could feel each bump as we swerved to miss potholes in a green & black 1921 Model T Touring car driven by Brad Marble.


This was my baptismal ride in a Model T which was produced - with very few changes - by Henry Ford between 1908 & 1927. I had hosted eight Model T’s and one Model A, along with their fifteen drivers and passengers, at Miles Smith Farm in Loudon. As the automobiles lined up, it was a homecoming for my 1830's farm and Inn which I'm sure had accommodated its share of Model T's and Model A's over the years.


The Model T was a compelling upgrade from horse and buggy. To make it more drivable, the automobile had three pedals and no gear shift lever. One pedal was reverse which was often used as a brake to distribute wear over the “bands”; one pedal was the brake and the third controlled two gears - high & low. When the third pedal was pushed to the floor, the gear switched to “low” producing explosive acceleration …which we needed that day to climb up the hill to the farm. When this pedal was released, it put the automobile in “high” when speed, not power, was needed. This mechanism is similar to “hydrostatic” shifting (where no stick shift is involved) which many modern tractors have today. The old has become new …again. 


The Model T had no gas pedal and, like today's tractors, a lever on the steering wheel was used to control the fuel supply to the engine. The early models had headlights powered by acetylene gas from a device mounted on the running board and were started with matches. 


These autos were simple, but owners could enhance them with “Apps.” Sears Roebuck catalog had many pages of “add-ons.” For nine cents owners could buy a fan-belt guide to keep the belt from slipping off the pulley. Some bought special oil to prevent chattering, a clamp-on dash light, or a toolbox which could be bolted to the running board. Others bought flower vases, like the ones John Hanson mounted inside his closed-top Model T.


Ford spent his childhood on a Michigan farm and may have wanted to help struggling farmers find new markets by promoting agricultural products as fuel sources. In a NY TIMES article in 1925 he predicted that fuel could come from vegetation. Because the Model T engine was low-compression it could be powered by ethanol (AKA grain alcohol, or “moonshine”) and some owners may have distilled their own home-made fuel. This ended in 1920 when Prohibition was enacted, and back-yard stills were outlawed. 


These automobiles were built to last - the 1921 Model T that I rode in was 98 years old and functioned flawlessly. My guess is the 1921 Model T will still be functional in 2100. Easy to maintain, easy to drive in mud (the roads in the early 1900's were mostly mud tracks), and faster than a horse and buggy; the Model T was a tireless workhorse….with tires! These first sustainable vehicles were more like tractors than today’s cars. Unlike today's cars, it's possible the elderly autos that gathered in my barnyard will be around for another 100 years. They sure don't make 'em like they used to…  


Learn more about the Central NH Model T Club at http://www.cnhmtc.org/home.html. To join, you need a keen interest in the Model T Ford as built (no hot rods). As a member, you will enjoy monthly meetings and tour in your Model T to destinations like the Miles Smith Farm.


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



In the month of May, high school leaders of Pittsfield Youth Voice in it Together (PYViiT) of Pittsfield Listens (PL) facilitated ‘School Build’ with 30 stakeholder groups in the Pittsfield Community- including students, Pittsfield School District Teachers and Staff, and a community session with members of the Pittsfield School Board, the Family and Community Engagement (FACE) committee, and other community members- as pictured here.


School Build is a participatory activity which raises awareness and builds relationships as part of PYViiT’s work to address issues of inequities of school funding.  The overarching goals of PYViiT’s project on this are to : (1) Raise awareness about how schools are funded and inequities of school funding, including the exploration of equity vs. equality- as it plays out in school funding; (2) Include Student Voice on school budgets; (3) Have student representatives on School Board. (4) Build equitable funding for NH’s schools, with increased funding for schools in working class and poor communities (longer term goal).  Pittsfield Youth Voice in it Together (PYViiT) of Pittsfield Listens encourages the power of youth voice on issues and policies that directly affect their education and their life in the town of Pittsfield, NH. To stay in the loop of this important work , contact youthorganizer@pittsfieldlistens.org to join the email list, and follow along on facebook.com/pittsfieldlistens and instagram @pittsfieldlistens.



Letter To The Editor

Should Pittsfield Storage Expand??


Last week I attended the Planning Board Meeting. I was surprised to hear that after severalmonths of analysis an abbuttor was never notified of the expansion plans at Pittsfield SelfStorage.


We own No Worry Storage, located at 1 Fayette Street….the former Pittsfield Weaving Company. We purchased the property after more than 10 years of vacancy in order to bring life back into the downtown area. We believe we’ve done our part to improve Pittsfield, by bringing jobs and spending into Town. While we are pleased that the Town administration encouraged our business endeavors, we are concerned about the expansion of Pittsfield Self Storage.


Pittsfield Self Storage currently has 40,450 sf of storage, No Worry Storage has 22,506 sf. Additionally, St. George Storage (4600 sf), Webster Mills Storage (2772 sf) and Trailer Tom’s, offer significant amounts of storage space. So, Pittsfield has more than 70,000 square feet of self storage available. Pittsfield Self Storage plans to expand by an additional 32,300 SF!


A Google search for “storage rate per person” indicates that the appropriate rate is 7.06 sf per person. Pittsfield has 4091 people x 7.06 SF= 28,882 SF. Pittsfield currently has THREE TIMES the required rate of storage.


Increasing the capacity of storage in Pittsfield is not prudent. We already have three times our need. Adding additional self storage is NOT in the best interest of Pittsfield’s growth and is NOT the highest and best use of very visible “RT 28” property. Please contact your selectmen, zoning board, planning board and Town Administrator to let them know what you think! This is NOT what’s best for Pittsfield.


Lee Carver













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