Pittsfield NH News

July 25, 2018



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Registration ends 8/1.




Messy Art Day!

F.B. Argue Town Pool

July 28th 1:00 – 3:00pm


The Josiah Carpenter Library and the Parks and Recreation Committee have gathered up paint and paper for your artistic delight.  Enjoy creating glitter fireworks, chalk art (the public works parking area could get very colorful!), balloon burst painting, paintball smash, and (toy) truck track painting.  The rain date is Sunday July 29th.  While you are there relish reading a book on a story walk.  Come have fun and get messy!



Endicott College is pleased to announce the Dean's List students for spring 2018. In order to qualify for the Dean's List, a student must obtain a minimum grade point average of 3.5, receive no grade below a "C," have no withdrawal grades, and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits for the semester.


Among those named to the Dean's List was Maxwell Tuttle of Pittsfield. Maxwell graduated this spring as B.A. in  Environmental Science. He is the son of Norman Tuttle and Stephanie Tuttle.





Dear Members of the PHS Class of 1968,

On behalf of the PHS Alumni Association Committee I want to thank you for your very generous donation of $200.00 collected during your 50th class reunion on July 14th.


This gift is greatly appreciated and will go toward scholarships. It is donations like yours that enables us to continue to support students and graduates.


Congratulations on your 50th reunion!



Ted Mitchell

President, PHS Alumni Association





Dear Readers,

The Pittsfield High School Alumni Association is selling tickets for a 50/50 raffle. The raffle winner will get 50% of the money raised from this raffle. The drawing for the winner will be done on September 12th, 7:00 PM, at PMHS in Room 126 during our scheduled meeting.


Tickets are $1.00 for 1 and $5.00 for 6. Tickets are being sold at Pittsfield Youth Workshop, Town Clerk's Office, and at National Night Out on August 7th from 5 to 8 PM. Please stop by and support the Alumni Association. The money raised helps provide generous scholarships to our graduates.


For more information you can email me: chipper@myfairpoint.net and use subject line “50/50 Raffle.”



Ted Mitchell

President, PHS Alumni Association



From The Farm: Danger And Wonder En Route Home

Submitted By Carole Soule

The 60-foot tree fell right in front of our pickup truck, the noise muffled by the deluge of half-inch hail rattling off the roof and windshield. When we backed away from the downed tree, a smaller tree fell, blocking the road behind us. The rain, hail, and wind whirled in a vortex around us. Husband Bruce and I were not going anywhere, for the moment anyway.


Earlier that evening, while I devoured a waffle cone at Jordan's Ice Cream in Belmont, the radio had warned of severe thunderstorms. It was cool with clear skies so the warning could NOT have been meant for me. A few bolts of lightning flashed as we headed south and home. Then as we turned down our dirt road, the heavens opened, and hail poured out.


Within ten minutes the storm had moved on, leaving us stranded between the two downed trees. We removed the tree behind the truck, but the one blocking our way home was hanging on a power line making it impossible to move or get around. After I called 911,  Loudon Fire and Rescue arrived. EMT Bill told us they could not remove the tree and suggested that we back farther away from the fallen power line.


As he and his partner strung up their yellow caution-tape, Bill went on to explain that when the tree took out the power line, it probably tripped the circuit breaker and shut off power to the line. The problem was home generators. 


When installed incorrectly, they can provide unexpected power, called “backwash,” to the transmission lines. At Miles Smith Farm we have a 60 kV emergency generator. Housed in a building 500 feet from the house, and connected by a certified electrician, it looks like a small locomotive engine. Because it was installed correctly, our unit never backwashes electricity to the power lines.


Backwashed power from generators can be as deadly as grid power to those who venture too close to power lines, which is why Bill told us to stay at least 50 feet away from the downed tree. 


Since it would be a while until the road crew could clear the road, we decided to walk the mile home. So we started out with a detour through woods to get around the fallen tree.


In the forest, a mist hung close to the ground, created when frozen hail connected with warm soil. As we made our way around upturned root systems of trees toppled by previous storms, our voices and footfalls were muffled by the fog. I expected to encounter elves or maybe hobbits or even a dinosaur as we walked through the foggy, pine-needle carpeted forest. 


When we got home, our Airbnb guests – a family of four from California – phoned from the other side of the tree wondering what to do.     Bruce and I borrowed two cars and retraced our steps so that we could guide our visitors through the mystical forest to the safety of our farmhouse and their accommodations for the night. Our visitors, wearing impractical sandals, followed us as we carried their luggage around the tree to the waiting cars.  


Soon they were eating delicious grass-fed hamburgers, cooked on generator power while watching a double rainbow hanging in the southern sky.  


Later that night the tree was removed and power restored. The takeaways? Make sure your generator is installed by an expert; be wary of seemingly dead wires; and savor a moment of enchantment even when it occurs amid gross inconvenience.


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



Letter To The Editor


TO ARMCHAIR QUARTERBACKS…. there’s a Public Hearing Thur. night, July 26, 7 PM, at the High School for input regarding a proposed recovery center for up to 40 males with problems such as drugs, alcohol, violence, etc.  The facility would house Teen Challenge New England which I find a bit of a misnomer, considering the ages would be 18 - 25 years old.  The location they seek to get Zoning Board of Adjustment approval for is the Berakah religious retreat on Fairview Rd., because they’ve outgrown their Manchester facility.


As Selectman, I have NO say in the matter of approval.  That’ll be up to the Zoning Board to decide, based on criteria necessary to grant a Variance for a Use that’s prohibited.  As a lifelong resident and taxpayer however, I do have an opinion- that I expressed at the first public hearing.  Property values will suffer no matter how well it’s run.  Their success rate isn’t the issue- a 40 bed facility in a town of 4,100 is.  This would be an expansion/relocation of a Manchester facility, not primarily for Pittsfield. 


One of the primary ways that Teen Challenge helps their people is find them jobs.  40 more men looking for jobs in the Pittsfield area??  What about the young people already living here?  Also, this is a non-profit- there will be NO property tax income to the town to offset additional services that may be required.


Approval is NOT a foregone conclusion.  In order to be granted a Variance, the ZBA must conclude that the Use is not contrary to the public good and that property values won’t be diminished.  In favor or opposed, if you have a concern or knowledge, NOW is the time to be heard, not after the Zoning Board has handed down its decision. 


Carl Anderson


50th reunion for the PHS class of 1968: L to R back row, John Emery, Garrick Stockman, Eleanor Scott, Candy Hillsgrove, Janice Foss, Kristine Jenisch, Dawn Nation, David Hall, Peter Stimmell, Jim Adam, Donald Fife. L to R Middle row , Mark Flanders, Diana Morse, Dena Flanders, Betty Daley, Kathy Soulia, Judy Watkins, Paula Golden, Mary Lee Stockman, Paula Finnegan, Greg Riel, Lon Siel, Ken Blackey, Charlie Jenkins. L to R front row, Mike Green, Bruce Cayes, Nick Liouzis, Ted Mitchell.Missing from the photo is Patty Freese.





To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,

It was a pleasure visiting with so many of you at Pittsfield Old Home Day! The issue of the day was education funding, but it seemed to me that many people were interpreting that in light of the fairy tale theme: that some fairy would provide as much money as a school district wanted without requiring it to come from local propertytaxes.


In real life, education funding is a lot more complicated than that.


What is included in an “adequate education?” (and how do we get better than adequate?) Is the local government school system the whole of education, or should other delivery methods be included? How much should we pay for education? Who should pay? How do the payers ensure that whoever spends their money is using it efficiently and effectively? And, on all of these and many other questions, who decides? The legislature? Local school boards and communities? All of these are policy questions that have more than one reasonable answer, and I'm sure the answers are intertwined.


In any event, this will be a hot topic for the legislature next year, as we work on the state budget, so I'd love to hear any ideas. I'm not an expert, but my understanding is that school enrollment will continue to decline for the foreseeable future, and there is too much bureaucracy in our education system, and any funding method needs to account for these trends. My personal preference is to expand school choice so that more students can find the education best for them; after all, a distressingly large number of students come out of the current school system without having learned what they need to be an independent adult.


Representative Carol McGuire





One Dime At A Time…

Submitted By Melissa Babcock , PES PTO President

PES PTO is trying to be creative in ways to help the school district raise funds.  One way that everyone can help without spending extra money is to save BOX TOPS. BOX TOPS are found on HUNDREDS of products and the school gets TEN CENTS for each one returned!  This past year, PES raised just over $1000 from the collection of box tops.  With such a large, supportive community, we feel like we can at least double this total by educating everyone about the BOX TOP program.  Even if you don’t have youth in the school system, you can help by clipping the BOX TOPS. 


The list of products that the BOX TOPS can be found on is quite large these days—way more than just cereal like it used to be!  The list includes Betty Crocker products, Ziploc storage bags, Lysol Cleaners, Nature Valley Gronala Bars, Pillsbury products, Yoplait yogurt, Old El Paso Taco Kits, Bisquick, Green Giant Vegetables, and even Hamburger Helper.


The FULL LIST can be found at https://www.boxtops4education.com/



Since we know the community is filled with supporters who don’t have children in the school system, PTO volunteers have made collection boxes for the BOX TOPS and placed them around the community.     So far, the BOX TOPS can be dropped off at Danis Supermarket, Pittsfield Town Hall, Forest B Argue Recreation Area (Town Pool), Pittsfield Fire Station, Joy Church, Epping Well and Pump, Mike’s Meat Shoppe, Globe Manufacturing, and Pittsfield Elementary School. 


The funds earned from the BOX TOP collections are mailed directly to PES and used by administration for things as needed throughout the school year.  In years past, such items included; helping with the ever-growing field trip/bussing costs, band t-shirts, items needed for school concerts, 6th grade yearbook fund, and some simple classroom supplies as well.


Please reach out to PES PTO with any questions you may have.  pto@pittsfieldnhschools.org


Thank you for helping PES—ONE DIME AT A TIME!



Letter To The Editor

Have you met Jane Cormier?


Jane Cormier is a candidate for the Governor’s Council who would like to represent District 4 (which includes Chichester, Epsom, Northwood, and Pittsfield). The Governor’s Council is a seven member board elected by us. They advise the Governor and monitor that the state budget is spent as agreed. An important group.


It just so happens that shortly after I met Jane, I read J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy. The young author rose from Appalachian poverty to become a Yale law graduate, serving as a U.S. Marine along the way. His observations about problems in our culture (think opioid crisis, shortage of good workers, students lacking basic academic and life skills, epidemic of fatherlessness) keep bringing him back to the pivotal role of strong healthy families. He does not find the best answers for creating a productive people in increased government programs (we have lots), better educational opportunities (we have lots), or earning higher income. Politically he comes to the same conclusion that Jane Cormier has; a conservative approach to government does more to empower individuals of every socioeconomic level, not just the rich. I agree.


So many of society’s ills will not be cured by more government, but by personal choices. Go out and influence a young person to work hard, commit to a spouse and become a persistent parent! And don’t forget to vote September 11th and November 6th.


Diane Rider













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