Those Celebrating Birthdays are:
A Very Happy Birthday To One and All!
Celebrating Anniversaries are:
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the
Pittsfield Police Association has had to postpone Comedy Night for a
later date to be determined. The Dell Lea in Chichester is
undergoing some extensive renovation and we hope to be back in the
bigger and better space in fall of 2014.Until then, we are in talks
with a venue that might suit our needs. We will keep you informed
and we appreciate your interest.
The Suncook Valley Area Lions Club (formerly
the Pittsfield/Barnstead club) will be selling SOUPS, CHOWDERS AND
CHILIS at the Rotary Club Penny Sale on Sat. Nov. 2 starting at 6pm
at the PMHS lobby. Come early and enjoy a delicious homemade soup
or chili and then have a great time at the Penny Sale. For more
information, contact Ed at 435-5052.
Wellspring Counseling will close on November
26, 2013. The address for records will continue to be: Wellspring,
PO Box 74, Pittsfield, NH 03263.
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR 2013
Our Lady of Lourdes Women’s Club of
Pittsfield and St. Joseph Women’s Club of Northwood will be holding
their annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, 11/2/13, from 9:00 AM to
2:00 PM in the parish hall in Northwood, NH. (Route 4, next to the
Town Hall). There will be craft items, knitted goods, a white
elephant table with some brand new items, raffles, which include
Celtic tickets, and a back sale. We will again have our ever-popular
cookie walk with some new and different varieties. There will be
morning muffins and coffee and a luncheon served with some delicious
favorites. Drop by for a visit, you will not be sorry.
Rita Jane Davis a long time local resident
and rug braider will be sharing her craft on Saturday November
2,2013 from 12:00 - 2:00 pm at the Northwood Community Center, 135
Main Street, Northwood.
The public is welcome to come hear her speak
of this old craft and celebrate the talented braided rugs and wall
hangings she has spent a lifetime creating. See the special rug she
braided to replicate the Old Man in the Mountain. Learn the folklore
behind her designs and her years of committed teaching.
Join us for coffee, tea and light
refreshments. Contact information: Jan Sheehan (603) 834-3530.
Meet Our Members
Next up in Pittsfield Fire Department’s “Meet
Our Members” series is Lt. Peter Pszonowsky.
Q: How long have you been a firefighter/EMT?
A: I first joined the fire service in 1994 as
a Firefighter\EMT, working for six years until I left the service to
start my own landscaping company. I returned in 2009 as Firefighter
II and went on to achieve EMT-I, working on a full-time basis. In
today’s EMS\firefighter arena continued education is a must. I try
to take at least three classes a year, having recently completed
Fire Officer I, continuing on to Fire Officer II. Being a new state
instructor brings with it built-in motivation to maintain and expand
upon necessary skills and new ways of teaching.
Q: What do you like about working at the
Pittsfield Fire Department?
A: I’ve always liked helping people, and when
I joined the Fire Department I was continually fascinated and
gratified by the many new friends who became part of an extended
family. Pittsfield is the small town I grew up in, so I know a lot
of people which can make the job easy most times —or more
challenging at others. I do really love the work and when you see
that what you do can make a tangible difference, that’s the best
Q: Do you have a fire department related
A: The projects my partner and I have been
working on are updating the Knox Box information keys, new contact
numbers, and where they are located on the building; this helps the
dispatcher relay the info to us. We are also updating all common
place data at the same time which includes the town as a whole.
My plan for the future is to learn as much as
I can about the profession and to become a chief officer in the
years to come. To reach this goal in my home town of Pittsfield
would, for me, be an ultimate achievement.
Submitted By Terrie Azotea
At Tops this past week we had a nice meeting.
To start with, our Tops Best Loser of the week was Stuart and our
Kops Best Losers were Janis and Pat. We have two Miss Angels Suzie
and Irene, come on ladies! Plus Kudos goes to those who also had a
good weight loss for the week. Also I would like to say Kudos to
Barbara for making her 10 year Kops anniversary. Keep up the good
We talked about old business and new business
and then we had a special guest speaker that spoke at our meeting.
At Tops each year we have a King of our state and we were happy to
have Ray join us for the night and talk about how he reached his
weight loss goal. He gave some really good tips and some words of
advice were “Mind over matter and make everyday count on what you
do.” He also said that he drank lots of water first thing in the
morning, and food control portions... so some encouraging words were
We all know that it’s not a diet it’s a
lifestyle change that we have to live everyday. The days are getting
shorter and it’s getting cooler out, so we have to come up with
different ideas to keep us motivated. I like to go swimming and
there are hotels that love to have you come in and take a swim, so
that is an idea and take the time to get out there and walk and
enjoy the falls colors and hear the leaves rustle as you walk
through them. When I do that, I feel like a kid again for a few
minutes... and it makes you want to make a pile and jump in. I did
that this fall and it was lots of fun so I say, take time to enjoy
life when you can because before you know it passes you by.
We meet on Tuesday nights @ 5:30 @ the St.
Stephens Church on Main Street in Pittsfield. Any questions please
call Stuart @ 857-4842 or Pat @ 435-5333 and we would love to see
some new faces. Hope everyone has a good week and see you all
lighter next week!
Loudon Maxfield Library News
Fine Art Show and Sale - Original paintings
and photographs will be on display at the Maxfield Public Library’s
Fine Art Show and Sale on November 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and
November 3, from noon to 3 p.m. Works are available in a variety of
media including oil, watercolor, pastel, and acrylic. Photographs
are in black and white, sepia, and color. A portion of the proceeds
from the sale of artworks will be donated to the library. Sponsoring
the show, the Loudon Village Arts group is dedicated to celebrating,
teaching, and promoting the arts. Made up of artists and art
enthusiasts, the group meets at the library, at 7 p.m., on the first
Wednesday of the month. The library is located at 8 Route 129 in
Loudon. For more information, please call 798-5153.
Yoga Classes - One hour yoga sessions are now
available at the library four times a week. Come by on Mondays at 6
p.m., Tuesdays at 1 p.m., or Thursdays at 11 a.m. for low-impact
chair yoga and at 6 p.m. for regular Hatha yoga. The cost per
session is $5.00. For details, call Fran at 798-5153.
Story Time - The library’s weekly story times
allow children to meet new friends as they enjoy stories and make a
take-home craft. Parents and caregivers are invited to stop by on
Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays at 2 p.m., and Thursdays at 10:30
a.m. No pre-registration is needed.
Art Workshops - On Wednesdays, from 2 – 4
p.m., the library offers artists the opportunity to work on projects
with others in a workshop setting. Newcomers are welcome to join
this congenial group for support and inspiration.
Art Display - Paintings in acrylic by
Pembroke artist Pat Davis are on display at the library through
November 30. Davis presents a mixture of mystical and traditional
subjects in finely detailed renderings.
Board Members Needed For Catamount Womenaid
Catamount Womenaid, a nonproft organization
providing emergency financial assistance to men, women and children
in Pittsfield, Epsom, Deerfield and Strafford, desires to add
members from Epsom or Pittsfield.
Our primary focus is filling gaps in existing
resources when one-time grants of up to $500 would make a difference
for a family in need.
Board members represent the communities we
serve and help with fundraisers and public events. The board meets
monthly for approximately an hour. If you are interested in being a
part of this organization, contact Deb Horton at
[email protected] or call 463-9776.
Behind The Scenes At The Pittsfield Players’
Thoroughly Modern Millie: Jean And Angelo
Angelo and Jean Gentile shine in The
45th Anniversary Fall Show Thoroughly Modern
The Pittsfield Players have long been blessed
with incredibly talented actors and singers, and we’re very excited
to have Jean and Angelo Gentile lend their exceptional talents to
The Players’ current production of the musical comedy Thoroughly
Modern Millie. The show will run at the Scenic on Friday, Saturday
and Sunday, November 8, 9 and 10, and again the following week on
Friday and Saturday, November 15 and 16. This season marks The
Players’ 45th anniversary, and their entire season is dedicated to
Elsie Morse. Tickets are $17 per person, and can be reserved by
visiting the Players’ website
and clicking on the TicketLeap button, or by calling 435-8852. For
the matinee show on Sunday, November 10, a $2 discount will be
available for seniors.
Angelo Gentile plays the role of Trevor
Graydon, President of Sincere Trust Bank and the object of Millie
Dillmount’s search for a rich husband. Jean plays the role of Miss
Dorothy Brown, who soon becomes the object of Trevor’s affection.
Both are accomplished singers and comic actors, and they bring all
their talents to bear while playing these roles.
Like many parents who have brought their
kids to a Players’ audition, Jean and Angelo soon were appearing on
stage with their four children. Sons Nick landed the role of Oliver
in 1994, and Jean appeared onstage with him in that show. The
following year, Nick, Brian and Chris and daughter Ashley all
appeared in the Players’ production of The King and I, and both
Angelo and Jean were onstage with them – Jean played one of the
King’s wives and Angelo played Captain Orton. The family continued
to appear together on stage for many more shows, including Brigadoon
in 1996, Peter Pan in 1997, where Jean starred in the title role,
Chris played little Michael, and Ashley played one of the lost boys.
In 1999, Angelo tackled the role of Nicely Nicely in Guys and Dolls,
and Jean appeared as one of the hot box girls. In 2000, the Players
staged Kismet, and Angelo landed the lead role of the prince, Ashley
appeared as a princess, while Jean took on a harem girl role. The
pair have also appeared in Fiddler on the Roof (2001); State Fair
(2003); 1776 (2004) where Angelo played the role of John Dickinson
and Jean performed as Martha Jefferson; Annie (2005) with Angelo
playing Bert Healy and Jean as Grace Farrell with daughter Ashley;
and Bye Bye Birdie, with Jean tackling the role of Mrs. MacAfee and
Angelo singing in a quartet (2007). Jean also sparkled in the role
of Aunt Trina in last year’s presentation of I Remember Mama.
Jean and Angelo have also appeared with The
Village Players, and Angelo has performed with the Winnipesaukee
Players, Streetcar, RB Productions, and at The Majestic Theater, and
he is a member of the group The Rockin’ Daddios. Both Jean and
Angelo lent their voices to the recent Cabaret for a Cure, and they
are members of Performers Who Care, a Concord based group who raise
money for the Lend Me A Hand Fund at Payson Cancer Center.
Come and hear these two wonderful singers,
and many more talented singers and dancers, in The Pittsfield
Players’ 45th Anniversary production of Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Tickets are going fast, so make your reservations soon.
Left to right: Cram Peterson American Legion
Post 75 new Commander Dan Ward, District 5 Commander Gerard LeDuc,
Past Post Commander Merrill Vaughan, who is now the Post Chaplin.
Cynthia Lynn Boyd is to be awarded her
Doctorate degree in Folklore from Memorial University in St. John’s,
Newfoundland, Canada on October 25, 2013. She is the daughter of
Perter and Roberta Boyd of Lansdorme, Ontario. Cynthia graduated
from Pittsfield High School in 1985. She received her undergraduate
degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin in 1989. She
earned a Masters degree from Memorial University in 1992. Cynthia
has two boys, Seamus, 19, attending Memorial University, and Angus,
15, is in grade 10 in St. John’s. Her partner, David, is a Marine
Superintendent in St. John’s. Her father taught in Pittsfield
1983-85; then in Alton from 1985-2001. Her mother taught in
Barnstead from 1989-2003. Her mother also worked at the Blueberry
Express for a few years. Cynthia’s parents are very proud of her
48 walkers last Friday! FOOTWORK FRIDAY will
resume on October 25th. Dropoff is at the Family Dollar Store
starting at 7:10 am. for students who want to participate. Parent
volunteers are welcome to join us. The walk is weather permitting.
Brigadier General Harrison Thyng To Be
The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire will be
honoring the late Brigadier General Harrison R. Thyng on Veteran’s
Day weekend, November 9, 2013 at 1:30 PM as part of the Museum’s
Second Saturday @ Museum programs.
General Thyng is one of only seven U.S.
combat pilots who became an ace flying propeller fighters in WWII,
then jet fighters in Korea where he became “the premier air combat
commander of his time.”
Harrison Thyng was born in Laconia, NH in
1918 and schooled in Barnstead and Pittsfield. He graduated from
the University of New Hampshire in 1939 with a reserve commission as
a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps and earned his wings
As a first lieutenant, he commanded the 309th
Fighter Squadron and was sent to England in 1942. The British
equipped his unit with Spitfires and “Harry,” as he was known to his
colleagues, soon led the first American fighter raids out of England
into France. When he shot up a German FW-190 he entered the history
books as the first American pilot in the Army Air Force to record a
kill against the Luftwaffe.
His group was later transferred to North
Africa where it supported America’s first amphibious invasion of the
war. After completing162 missions, and with eight aerial victories,
he returned to the United States where he trained the newly-created
413th Long Range Fighter Group. The group flew P-47-Ns that
escorted B-29 Superfortresses on bombing missions over Japan, Korea
and China. On one of his 22 missions in the Pacific he witnessed
the atomic bomb attack on Nagasaki.
Harrison Thyng returned to war in 1951. He
was appointed commander of the 4th Fighter Wing in Korea flying the
F-86 Sabre Jet against Russian, Chinese and North Korean pilots. On
May 20, 1952, he became the 16th ace of the Korean War.
Harrison Thyng retired as a Brigadier General
with more than 27 years of military service. He subsequently became
the first president of an aeronautical school in Nashua which is
known today as Daniel Webster College.
General Thyng passed away in 1983 at age 65.
He left behind a spectacular record of bravery, skill and
dedication to his country. In his memory, a monument was erected in
Pittsfield, NH on a knoll overlooking the Suncook River.
The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire is
located at 27 Navigator Road, Londonderry, NH 03053
www.nhahs.org. Admission to this
special event is included in the price of admission to the museum,
and seating is limited.
Arlene (Lawton) Martin, 89, a longtime
Pittsfield resident, died Saturday Oct. 19th at the Pleasant View
Care Center in Concord, following a long illness.
She was born in Pittsfield, the daughter of
Harry and Etta (Davis) Lawton and has lived here all her life. She
attended the First Congregational Church. She was the widow of John
D. Martin, who died in 2009 and is survived by 3 Sons, Jonathan
Martin of Manchester, David Martin of Spokane, WA. and James Martin
of Rumney. Nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren, nieces,
nephews and cousins.
There are no visiting hours. A graveside
service was held in the Floral Park Cemetery, Saturday Oct. 26th.
The Rev. David Stasiak, Pastor of the First Congregational Church of
The Perkins & Pollard Memorial Home is
assisting with arrangements. To sign an on line guest book, log on