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October 23, 2013

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A Very Happy Birthday To One and All!



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Best Wishes!



Trick or Treat hours for Halloween are 5-7 PM Halloween night, Oct. 31.



Pittsfield Food Pantry Serves Scrumptious Spaghetti 


The Pittsfield Food Pantry will be serving a delicious spaghetti and meatball dinner and holding a bake sale to benefit its outreach to the community. All ages will enjoy the tasty meal of spaghetti and meatballs, salad, dessert (including homemade pies), and beverages, which will be served at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield, this Saturday, October 26, 5-7 p.m. A monetary donation is requested. Baked goods will also be offered for sale. Parking and wheelchair accessible entry located at back of church. For more information, contact the Food Pantry at 435-6773.



Caregiver’s Support Group


A caregiver’s support group meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month at 6 pm at the Loudon Center Freewill Baptist Church located at 433 Clough Hill Road in Loudon. For more information please call Rev. Linda Overall at 603.875.5822



Craft Fair & Bake Sale


Join us on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 8 am-2 pm for our annual craft fair & bake sale at the Loudon Center Freewill Baptist Church. Lots of vendors! Lots of baked goods, some from Loudon’s Old Home Day baking contest winners! Breakfast & lunch will be available. Church is located at 433 Clough HIll Road in Loudon NH. For more information please call Rev. Overall at 603-875-5822.



“Meet Our Members"


This is the first in a series of a brief introduction of the members of the Pittsfield Fire Department.  Today, meet FF/EMT Lyle Deane.  


Q. How long have you been a firefighter/EMT?

A. I joined the department 10 years ago.  Prior to that I was a member of the Explorer’s Post while attending PMHS.  I’m a lifelong resident of Pittsfield.  


Q. What have you learned in those 10 years?

A. In the fire service we need to be constantly learning, be it in training or on a call. Firefighters who say, “I know all that I need to know” are a danger to themselves and to others.


Q. Do you have a fire department related goal?

A. To eventually become an officer and serve as an effective leader with the Pittsfield Fire Department.



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“I Support Pittsfield Fire-Rescue” t-shirts now available!  The Pittsfield Firefighters Association, a 501 (c) (3) organization formed to promote the welfare and well being of the Pittsfield Fire Department and its members and to promote the betterment of fire and rescue operations in the Town of Pittsfield, is offering support t-shirts for sale for $15. An emblem is printed on the front of the red adult-sized shirt and the message is printed on the back in white lettering.  All proceeds benefit the PFFA. To purchase, please stop by the station at 33 Catamount Road or call 435-6807.   Thank you for your support.  Find us on Facebook at: Pittsfield Firefighters Association.



We Can’t Help You If We Can’t Find You!


What would happen if you called 911 for an emergency and the fire truck, ambulance or police cruiser drove by your house? It wouldn’t be good, right? Stop and ask yourself these three questions:


• Does my house/driveway have a number on it?


• Is the number clearly visible from the road?


• Is the number visible from the road in both directions? 


The Pittsfield Firefighters Association can help with that, in an effort for emergency responders to better find your home in the event of an emergency. You can now pick up an 18 inch by 6 inch blue reflective sign complete with 4 inch white numbers right at the Pittsfield Fire Department at 33 Catamount Road. There is no specific cost to pick one up, all that we ask is you make a donation to the Pittsfield Firefighters Association so we may continue to offer programs such as this. So stop on by the Pittsfield Fire Department and HELP US FIND YOU. If you have any questions regarding this program please stop by the Pittsfield Fire Department or call 435-6807



Local Restaurant Brings Home Second Place At

The Exeter Powder Keg Beer And Chili Festival


New England’s Tap House & Grille received second place for their house chili recipe at the Powder Keg Beer and Chili Festival on October 5th in Exeter, NH.


NE Tap House & Grille, located in Hooksett, NH, is a local, family owned restaurant that opened it’s doors in January 2013.  Owners Dan Legueux and Valerie Vanasse have based their restaurant concept on the idea of community, not only giving local residents a place to have a great meal or drink, but also committing to using local ingredients from places like LaValley Farms.  Being involved in the community also means going to events like the Powder Keg Beer and Chili Festival.


The festival took place in conjunction with the 15th Annual Fall Festival in downtown Exeter.  Put on by Exeter Parks & Recreation and the Exeter Chamber of Commerce, this first time event brought out more than 50 breweries and 30 restaurants to share their best beer and chili with the crowds.  Out of those 30 restaurants, NE Tap House & Grille was awarded second place for their home made chili recipe by the judges.


While the Tap House can now claim fame for their chili, that is not the only thing getting them rave reviews.  This past year, the restaurant received awards from Best of NH (Best Beer Selection) and the Hippo Press (Best Poutine in Manchester).


New England’s Tap House Grille is located at 1292 Hooksett Rd. in Hooksett, NH. Complete beer and food menus can be found at and daily specials and entertainment can be found on the restaurants Facebook page (New England’s Tap House Grille).



Clothes Closet Raffle

Victorian Doll House


The Clothes Closet is the recipient of a hand-crafted wooden Victorian Doll House consisting of nine rooms and measuring 36 inches in height and 29 inches in width.  At the request of the donor, it will be raffled for the benefit of the Clothes Closet.


The Doll House was a project of a craftsperson and is unfinished.  It comes with accessories and needs only some paint and the decorating skills of a loving person to bring it to life in time for Christmas.  It surely would delight the heart of some little girl.


The Doll House, with its furniture, will be displayed at the Clothes Closet November 2 - December 4.  Raffle tickets will be sold during shop hours and the winning ticket drawn on Saturday, December 7th.





Dear PMHS Community Members,

As you may know, PMHS is in the process of transforming education for our students and providing them with opportunities to engage in rich and meaningful learning experiences both inside and outside the school. In order to do this successfully and on a grand scale, we are in search of individuals who would be willing to share their knowledge, expertise, passions, interests, and experiences with our students. 


We are looking to you, a valued and respected Pittsfield resident, to ask what you may be able to share with our students that would help them gain a real-life perspective from experienced professionals in the field. By filling out a short survey you will help us get to you know you a little better.


With this information, we will create a resource data base for our teachers. This information will be used if they identify a student with a similar interest, curiosity, or “need to know more” about an area you identify. They may also use this information if they are teaching material that demonstrates or highlights your skill, interest, passion, or talent or they may ask you to share an experience that can enhance or enrich their concept, idea, or overall lesson. 


We are very much aware of the rich and valuable resources we have within our small community and we would love to build a relationship between you, the school, and specifically the students. Will you help us build a stronger partnership and share your story? If so, please contact Sheila Ward at PMHS or by email at [email protected] to receive the survey.


Thank you!

Sheila Ward,

ELO Coordinator



Letter To The Editor

RE: We Need GMO Labeling, Monitor opinion page, October 14, 2013.


Thank you, Abigail Page of Concord, for your letter. You prompted me to add my support for House Bill 660.


About a year ago, I was in Bell Brothers Convenience Store in Pittsfield. I was spouting off about GMOs and the practice of drenching the crop in Round-Up, a pesticide. I was going on about the bees and bats dying around the country and figured the Round-Up was weakening them, making them susceptible to mites and White Nose Syndrome.

Well, a local farmer spoke up and said, “Where’s your evidence?” I didn’t have it then and I don’t have it now. I would just feel better going to Danis Market, if food was labeled GMO. Then, I could decide to look for an alternative or buy the GMO.


To my State Representatives,

Do your best to give me the right to choose what I eat. Up here on our farm we feed our chickens organic grain. Why? It costs twice as much. The reason is it smells better and our customers appreciate not feeding them GMOs. Go figure.


Dan Schroth Piermarocchi



Pittsfield Listens Hosts Community Conversation- A Journey To

Student Centered Learning- Wednesday October 30Th


Parents, students and other community members of Pittsfield,

You are invited to join for a Community Conversation Schools Can’t Do It Alone:  What critical steps need to be taken in and out of the Pittsfield Schools to support Student Centered Learning? Wednesday Oct. 30th from 5:45–8 pm at the Pittsfield Middle High School Cafeteria.


This an opportunity to learn more about the ongoing redesign efforts, and to share ideas to help inform the short and long terms goals for our schools and community on this journey to Student Centered Learning.  Pittsfield Listens seeks to bring people together and provide time for productive conversations to achieve informed community solutions.  Our goal is to engage more of the community in the process towards change. Your perspective as a community member of Pittsfield is important- join to share your experience and help pave the way for our communities future!


Please RSVP. Light dinner served. Childcare available by request.  For questions or to RSVP, contact Molly- Community Outreach Coordinator with Pittsfield Listens. Email: [email protected] Phone: 312-6980



Pittsfield Police Association Presents Comedy Night 2013


The Pittsfield Police Association welcomes you to join us at our 5th Annual Comedy Night on Saturday, November 16 at 6pm at the Dell Lea on Pleasant Street in Chichester. 


We’re happy to announce we’re back at the Dell Lea in our fall spot and hope you can join us for an adult evening of laughs and good times.  The show is rated 21+ and no one under 21 will be admitted and I.D.s are required. There will be snacks provide and a cash bar.


The proceeds of the ticket sales go right back into the community and are used for functions like National Night Out, Bike Rodeos and Halloween as well as sponsoring school athletic teams.


You can approach any member of the Police Association for your tickets or stop by the police station. Comedy Night is always a good time for a good cause!



Floral Park Cemetery Fence Fund Update #1


Thank you to all who have donated thus far to the Floral Park Cemetery Fence Fund. It is heartwarming to know that you too feel this project is much needed and worthwhile for our beautiful cemetery. 


A recent meeting was held with Rick from Superior Fence Company in Belmont whereby future planning was discussed.  Superior Fence will be installing a section of fence at the entrance to Floral Park Cemetery sometime within the next few weeks so that everyone can see what it will look like. 


When the final fence installation takes place, granite posts will be placed between 4 or 5, 8-foot sections.  The fence will be elevated approximately 8 to 10 inches from the ground that will make it much easier for Don Fife, the Superintendent to mow, trim and remove leaves.


You will also see a thermometer placed on that section of the fence which will indicate how much of the funds have been collected in order to complete the entire project. Hopefully, enough funds will be collected by the spring so that the first quarter of the project can be completed for Memorial Day. 


Thank you in advance and please continue to send your donations to the “Floral Park Cemetery Fence Fund” P.O. Box 98 or 595 Tilton Hill Road, Pittsfield, NH 03263.  If you should have questions, please call me at 435-8351.



Dorcas Guild – October 2013


The October 8 meeting of the Dorcas Guild, First Congregational Church, Pittsfield, opened with a welcome by President Nancy Fogg. Co-hostess Carolyn Davis led devotions reading from a book, Patchwork of Love. The reading was: “Try to Be Happy,” and as she turned the pages, the illustrations featured quilts and stitches. She offered to loan the book to anyone interested. Co-hostess Bev Murdough then followed with a prayer from her mother’s Bible and led all in The Lord’s Prayer.


Secretary Joan Riel read the September minutes taken by Nella Hobson during the secretary’s absence. Several cards were circulated for signing and mailing. The treasurer gave her report.


The food basket was taken by Corine Miller and will go next to Carolyn in November. The apron went to Kathy Bergeron for November and from there it will travel to Joan and then Reny Boyd. The mystery package, brought by Nella, was won by Peggy Jacobs.


Various items of old business were discussed. Most important was the Christmas Fair to be held November 23. Luncheon prices were discussed, and it was voted that they will be kept the same for 2013. Items involving volunteers to work and donations of food for the luncheon were settled. The set-up date for the fair will be Wednesday, November 20, during the regular work group meeting.


Under new business in keeping with Pastor Appreciation Month (October), it was voted to give Rev. Dave a gift and have a special cake for Fellowship Hour on Sunday, which the Guild is hosting. A gift was voted for the Pittsfield Secret Santa Program. The Service Project for 2014 will be decided at the next meeting.


At the close of the meeting, delicious refreshments in keeping with “Chocolate Night” were served by hostesses Bev Murdough and Carolyn Davis. A great variety of chocolate goodies, including large strawberries to dip in chocolate, was enjoyed by all.


The next meeting will be held November 12, 7 p.m. with hostesses Joan Riel and Diane Vaughan. Attendees are asked to bring new socks to give to charity.



Pittsfield Town Leaders Meet

In Joint Board/Committee Forum


On Saturday, October 12th members from town Boards and Committees met for Pittsfield’s second Joint Board/Committee Forum this year. Topics of discussion included - communications between Boards and committees - current rules, regulations, fees and zoning - and leadership.


Attendees represented the Board of Selectmen, Economic Development Committee, Planning Board, Zoning Board, Master Plan Committee, Police Department, Conservation Commission, Housing Standards and Suncook Valley Regional Development Corporation, as well as the Town Administrator and Building Inspector.


Stuart Arnett of Arnett Development Group and Matt Monahan of Central NH Regional Planning Commission facilitated the meeting.


Recommendations from this Forum included:

1. Chairmen of Boards and Committees should meet prior to the next Forum. The discussions will help determine the agenda and priorities for the next Joint Board/Committee Forum in January.


2. That flow charts be created by each Board and Committee to determine the proper dissemination of information between entities.


The fact that such a large group of town leaders sacrificed a Saturday on a holiday weekend to attend this Forum shows a deep desire by each person to help Pittsfield move forward in positive ways and to work toward one goal that everyone can agree upon. Townspeople should view this with great optimism.


Stu Arnett and Matt Monahan’s assistance in directing the discussion was invaluable.


Look for future updates on the progress being made by your town Boards and Committees.








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