Pittsfield NH News

December 6, 2017



BCEP Change of Hours

Effective January 1, 2018 B.C.E.P. Solid Waste will have new hours of operation:

Tuesday – Saturday 8:00AM – 4:00PM

Scales close at 3:45PM

Closed Sundays and Mondays



The Merrimack County Stamp Collectors will hold its monthly meeting at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., Bow, on December  19, 2017 beginning at 1 pm.  All who are interested in stamp collecting are welcome to attend.  Meet other collectors and learn more about their hobby and varied interests in Philatelic resources and issues.  For more information, call Dan Day at 603-228-1154.



Pittsfield Players’ Kids’ Theater Workshop Auditions


The Pittsfield Players will hold auditions for their 2018 Kids’ Theater Workshop production of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr. at The Scenic Theatre, 6 Depot St. in Pittsfield on Sunday and Monday, December 17 and 18 at 4 pm both days. Those auditioning will be taught a song from the show and asked to sing in a group and, if they wish, as a solo. They’ll also learn a few simple dance steps and be asked to read from the script. 


Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr. takes us back to the 1920’s, the Jazz Age, when flappers were in style and bobbed haircuts were the rage. The show has 8 major roles, 7 featured roles and many parts for the ensemble as a whole. There’s lots of singing and dancing, and tons of fun to be had in this year’s Kids’ Workshop. If you are interested in working behind the scenes on the show, please come to the auditions to sign up for tech crew.


The Kids’ Theater Workshop is a program by kids for kids ages 8 to 18, and participants not only perform on stage but also work behind the scenes, learning about set design and construction, set painting, stage managing, stage lighting and sound and costumes and make-up.


The group rehearses two days a week after school and on Saturdays and then performs the show at two matinees for local schools and three evening shows for the general public. This year, the shows will be performed February 20 through 24, with a set strike and cast party on Sunday, February 25. For further information, contact director Maye Hart at maye@pittsfieldplayers.com.





Select Board meeting 11/28/17- The second hearing regarding the Gamble proposal for restoring the existing old Mansard Roof building known as a ‘Second Empire’ form of architecture at 33/37 Main St. for conversion of the interior into commercial space (tentatively a wheelchair accessible coffee shop) with two apartments above it, had comments including the Library expressing support for a pending offer by Larry Berkson to tear it down and donate the land to the Historical Society and the Community Development Committee supporting Gamble’s proposal and having it back on the tax rolls.  This ends the hearing process for the Gamble proposal, with state statute now requiring an up or down vote by the BOS not later than Dec. 12.


We heard a brief overview of Mid-State Regional Ride- an opportunity to join a group that provides free transportation to seniors.  The offer was taken under advisement. 


Resignations were accepted for Patrolman Brandon Walker and part-time Patrolman Justin Swift.


Due to extraordinary circumstances, a union request to carry over some accrued leave time for the PD to next year was approved with the understanding that we don’t expect to be having the same conversation next year at this time.


Our committee appointment process was reviewed.  When a committee has an opening it will be announced and when that committee has an interested resident to fill the position, and they feel will be a proper fit, they will contact the BOS for consideration of that appointment.


The state sent us a letter of deficiency for the Clark’s Pond Dam, with their timetable for the repairs they say we need.  This will be a topic for Town Meeting, no doubt.


A citizen’s petition to place an article on the town warrant relative to removing the position of Building Inspector was on the agenda as informational only.


Carl Anderson 



Josiah Carpenter Library December News


Library personnel really enjoy having the children’s room upstairs, and we want to thank everyone for their patience while the books and furniture were being moved.  One of the changes includes a charging station for mobile devices next to the upstairs computer for visitors.  Visit the library to see the new arrangements!


The Teen Book Worms will gather on Monday December 6th at 5:00pm; they will enjoy a light supper and discuss The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee’ Ahdieh.  The Pittsfield Writer’s Circle will meet at the library on Monday December 13th at 5:00pm.  The adult book club will meet to discuss Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck, and select books for 2018, at 10:30 am on Tuesday December 5th at the Pittsfield Senior Center.    New members for all of our ongoing activities are always welcome!


During December the 10:00am Thursday preschool story hour will enjoy cookie decorating, ornament making and explore holiday traditions.  The afterschool Cozy Nook Book Adventure Club meets at 3:30pm on Tuesdays and will be learning about          holiday traditions, decorate gingerbread houses and make ornaments.  The Stay and Play group for toddlers and their parents/caregivers meet on Tuesday mornings at 10:00am for a brief story, simple activities and time to socialize.


The Chichester-Epsom-Pittsfield Libraries Memory Café will enjoy music, food, and simple activities to seasonal generosity at 2:00pm on Monday December 13th at the Epsom Public Library.  Caregivers and folks living with memory loss are invited to come and savor supportive socialization.


The library will be closed for the Christmas holiday on December 25th and 26th.



Pittsfield Senior Center News


The Pittsfield Senior Center has a couple of special programs occurring during the month of December. On Tuesday, December 12, 10:30am, Judy Cook, a Certified Health Coach, will be discussing Joint Health, how to reduce inflammation while improving mobility. Did you know that the foods we eat could cause inflammation in our bodies? We have the ability to change our diets to decrease the inflammatory response of our joints. It is important to keep moving but it is hard to do it if our knees, hips, back, or feet hurt. Judy will expand and enhance your knowledge about making simple changes to help you feel better, have more energy, and decrease joint discomfort.


On Thursday, December 14, 10:00am, the Pittsfield Senior Center is having their annual Christmas Party. Please join us to spend some special time together. There will be a Yankee gift swap. If you want to participate in the gift swap, please bring a gift of no more than $10.00. The Christmas dinner will be served at 12:00pm. Hope to see you here and please call 435-8482 to make your reservation by December 7. We are located on 74 Main St. in Pittsfield.



From The Farm - Leftover Pumpkins For Pigs

Submitted By Carole Soule

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Not sure what to do with all those Thanksgiving pumpkin decorations? No need to cook them or peel them just donate them to your favorite cows or pigs. Are they soft and squishy? All the more tasty for your four-legged friends.


What is one man’s waste can be dinner for a pig or a cow. Our barn is filled with a mountain of pumpkins and squash donated by Cole Garden. Frozen, then thawed pumpkins are soft and perfect for cattle to eat. The hard pumpkins need to be split so we have a smash fest to crack them open before we feed them. A friend of the farm, whose apple trees exploded with fruit this year, brought us boxes of apples which the pigs and cattle devoured. We also get kitchen scraps from Grappone Conference Center which include the occasional bucket of eggs for the pigs. The cattle love the pineapple and melon rinds and besides the eggs, the pigs get bread and apple pie. Each week Crust and Crumb gives us two or three bags of bread and pastry scraps which the pigs also devour. Not only are these scraps staying out of landfill, they are feeding hungry livestock.  The cycle is complete when we sell pork to Grappone Conference Center.


When we drive up to the feed bunker with a load of scraps the chickens and ducks flock over to see what we’ve got. They love the lettuce scraps and what the cows don’t eat the birds finish off. Bree, the dog, gets into the act too so we have to make sure the scraps are out of her reach.


We won’t feed the livestock meat and what we do feed them has to be edible for humans so no garbage is allowed. The food scraps are refrigerated until fed out and sometimes I’ve been known to sample the food, not because I love chocolate cake with thick frosting or lemon pie with cream topping but because I need to make sure the food is “safe” for the critters. While we feed out kitchen scraps we’ll never give scraps off plates that have already been served. There are some diseases that transfer from humans to pigs so we don’t want to risk the health of our livestock. Besides, would you eat food off a stranger’s plate?


Remember the adage, “Waste not, want not?” Well, if you have pumpkins or whole squash hanging around don’t think of it as trash, think of it as a meal for a farm friend. If you don’t have a farm friend, make friends with our cows and pigs, they’ll love you for it. Imagine the joy you’ll share as they chomp on that squash you were going to throw out. Besides, smashing pumpkins is deeply satisfying when it’s done for a good cause.


Carole Soule is co-owner of Miles Smith Farm, in Loudon, NH, where she raises and sells beef, pork, lamb, eggs and other local products. She can be reached at cas@milessmithfarm.com




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Front row left to right- Sandi Truscott, April Ellis, Pat Smith, Catherine Snow; Back row- Pearl Demyanovich, Peg Driscoll


Our TOPS chapter recently recognized members who were best losers for the month of October. The top three best losers received a certificate and others receiving honorable mention got blue flowers. Congratulations to all.


Take Off Pounds Sensibly is our goal. We have weekly weigh-in for accountability, encouragement, and support for members, helpful healthy tips for better eating, and a lot of fun at our meetings.  We appreciate the staff at Berakah for allowing us to meet there for several years.  Beginning December 5 at 6:30, we will be meeting at Joy Church, 55 Barnstead Rd., Pittsfield.  We are grateful to Joy Church for allowing us to meet there. Come and visit us. For questions, please call Pat, 435-5333, or Beth, 435-7397.



“Christmas Jubilation” Concert

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The First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield, will offer a free Christmas concert entitled, “Christmas Jubilation” this Friday, December 8, 7 p.m.  It will feature the church’s Chancel Choir, the JuBellation Handbell Choir and other musical talent. And there are some great carols for your participation! Plan to attend this holiday tradition.


Parking and wheelchair accessible entry are located at rear of church at Chestnut Street. For more information, call the church office at 435-7471.





To the good citizens of Pittsfield,

Thank you, Jim Pritchard, for your letter in the November 29 Sun. Jim, you misunderstood me. What I meant to say was the Building Inspector is a building contractor in town. He bids against his competitors. If he loses the bid, he gets to inspect his competition’s work. This is our town’s biggest problem. In my opinion, it is hurting my town.


I am not the only one who feels this way, as evident by the cross section of the petitioners who want the selectmen to recognize the problem. And maybe if they agree, do something about it.


You mentioned we might get someone stricter. I don’t care how strict the Building Inspector is, as I am all done with any type of permit. But I care about my town. I am an American from German and Italian descent. Maybe because these two countries’ histories, I feel the need to speak up when maybe the contractor can’t. When you have a conflict of interest in your work, the quality of your work suffers.


Dan the Stoneman



Letter To The Editor


Thank you to everyone who attended and served at this year’s 6th Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner at Park Street Baptist Church. Once again this year we enjoyed a wonderful time of fellowship and giving thanks celebrating God’s many blessings.   “Give Thanks to the Lord for He is good. His Love endures forever.” Psalm 118:1.


Traditionally, on Thanksgiving, many gather with family and friends, and take the time to think about what we are thankful for. This year’s 6th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner is dedicated to those in our community. Such a wonderful way to build relationships with our neighbors.   It was a privilege to serve a full Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings, and many more meals were delivered to those home bound community members of Pittsfield and Barnstead, 


Of course the efforts of this gathering could not have been accomplished without the  support of the many who contributed.  A special thank you to Associated Grocers of Pembroke, Ruth Strickhart of Pittsfield, Linda Small and the Residents of Vintage Hill Pittsfield, Sophie DeFrancesco of Concord, Tom Arnold of Arnie’s Concord, Franz Andlinger of Bread and Chocolate Concord, Robin O’Malley of Barnstead, Debbie Gaspar of Pittsfield, Fred and Laura Okrent of Pittsfield, Elizabeth Hitchcock of Pittsfield, Park Street Baptist Church, and to The Suncook Sun. 



Thomas Hitchcock




Veronica (Nicky) Mary Rose Raymond Bilodeau

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Veronica (Nicky) Mary Rose Raymond Bilodeau, 85, died Tuesday, November 21, 2017 after a period of declining health.


Veronica was born July 10th, 1932 in Allenstown, New Hampshire, the daughter of Ernest and Leonida (Doucette) Raymond.


Veronica was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Ronald Bilodeau, in 2010.


Veronica was a homemaker and was the owner and operator of Nicky’s Jewelry for many years.  She loved spending time with her grandchildren, great grandchildren and her cat, Holly.  She enjoyed watching movies, reading, gardening, knitting, and making puzzles.  She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Pittsfield.


Survivors include two daughters, Catherine Roberts and partner Daniel McNamara of Westford, Massachusetts and Michele Moulton and her husband Robert of Milford, New Hampshire; her sister-in-law Annette Bilodeau and friend Cliff Baillargeon of Pittsfield, New Hampshire; her former son in law Philip Roberts and wife Deb of Laconia, New Hampshire;  her brother Ronald Raymond of Epsom, New Hampshire; three grandchildren, Patrick Roberts and his wife Elizaveta of Concord, New Hampshire, Hailey Paige and her husband Travis of Concord, New Hampshire and Kelsea Moulton of Burlington, Vermont; three great grandchildren, Zoe Roberts and Moxie and Cooper Paige; 5 nephews Gordon Bilodeau of Barnstead, New Hampshire,  Michael, Mark, Paul and Arthur Raymond of Epsom, New Hampshire and 3 nieces Janice Lakowicz of Wells, Maine, Joyce Bilodeau of York, Maine and Terry Lee Raymond of Bow, New Hampshire.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St Jude’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the Pope Memorial SPCA of Concord, 94 Silk Farm Road, Concord, NH 03301.


A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date and a Spring burial will take place at Floral Park Cemetery where she will be laid to rest beside her husband. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at https://www.BennettFuneral.com for the Bilodeau family.



Leonard E. Deane

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Leonard E. Deane of Loudon, N.H. passed away November 21, 2017 at home surrounded by his family after a sudden illness. He was 79 years old, born February 26, 1938 in North Hampton Mass.


He leaves his wife of 59 yrs. Lois (French) Deane of Loudon, three sons and one daughter, Lenny Deane II of Pittsfield N.H., Lawrence Deane and companion Roxanne Danforth of Andover N.H., Lonnie Deane and wife Tracy of Allenstown N.H., and Laurie and Ed Vien of Pittsfield N.H., a brother Carlton Deane of Florida, ten grand children and several great grand children. Also, his dog Jo-Jo.


He was brought up in Wilmington Mass. and later moved to N.H.


Some of his hobbies were fishing, making gemstone jewelry and clocks,  and printing on tee shirts. He also liked to garden and working with his tractor.


He worked for N.H. DOT and later at Pittsfield Elementary as a custodian. He also served four years in the Army Reserves.


Donations may be made in his memory to the Hospice House of Concord.


A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church main street Pittsfield December 15, 2017 at 5 p.m. with a collation after in the vestry.



Ruth M. (Heinstrom) Parelius


November 4th, Ruth died at home on hospice with family by her bedside, holding her hand. Ruth was born in Weymouth, MA, 84 years ago.


In 1954, Ruth married Walter N. Parelius, Sr. On their wedding night, Ruth became an instant mother of three: Evelyn Parkhurst of Epsom, NH; Rose Fitzgibbon of The Village, FL, and Walter N. Parelius, Jr. of Ocala, FL. A few years later, Ruth and Walter welcomed Irene Nelsen of Ctr. Barnstead, NH, then last born, Carol Parelius of Barnstead, NH. Ruth loved all five of her children very much.


Ruth leaves her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.


Ruth worked in a bakery, hospital, theater, sewed braided rugs, and sold Studio Girl. After coming to New Hampshire, she worked at Globe manufacturing, Beadee Shoe, Laconia Shoe, Pittsfield Weaving, American Electra Pak, as we as taking care of handicapped adults and children.


She kept active, going to as many meetings, assemblies, and out in service as she could. She loved sharing her knowledge and helping others.


Ruth is missed very much, but will never be out of our hearts and minds.













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