Those Celebrating Birthdays are: Art Morse, October 9.
A Very Happy Birthday To One and All!
Pittsfield Food Pantry Dishes Up Spaghetti Dinner
The Pittsfield Food Pantry is holding a spaghetti and meatball
dinner and 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, Saturday, October 26, 5-7 p.m. A monetary donation is
requested. Parking and wheelchair accessible entry located at back
Time: 6 PM-8 PM
Place: PYBA Ball Field.
Time: 9 AM-12 PM
The Pittsfield Historical Society would like to thank all who have
supported our efforts by purchasing tickets to our 2013 Cash Raffle.
We congratulate this year’s winners: John Steeves, Robert Leduc,
Bryan Mika and Paul Richardson.
The Drake Field Committee is looking for some
members. The Pittsfield School District is committed to providing
the best possible experience for our community members and
student-athletes. To help us achieve this goal, we take pride in
maintaining our athletic fields, tennis courts, play-ground,
basketball court, and walking path. Because of this we are reaching
out to the community and looking for residents to join the Drake
Field Committee. Drake Athletic Field is used for many additional
functions in the town of Pittsfield. The Annual Balloon Rally, Old
Home Day Events, and National Night Out to name a few. Help the
Pittsfield School District continue to do a great job in maintaining
this great community land mark. If interested in joining please
contact the Director of Athletics Jay Darrah at
or by calling 435-6701 ext. 1119.
Wentworth Institute of Technology awarded 566 degrees at its Summer
Commencement on August 25, 2013.
Local student Nicholas Tuttle of Pittsfield was awarded a Bachelor
of Science degree and was among the graduates of the Class of 2013.
Globe Manufacturing Company Reminds Residents to ‘Prevent Kitchen
Fires’ as Part of National Fire Prevention Week
It’s time for Fire Prevention Week, and from October 6-12 Globe
Manufacturing Company and the Pittsfield Fire Department are joining
forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association
(NFPA) to remind local residents to ‘Prevent Kitchen Fires.’ During
this year’s fire safety campaign, fire departments will be spreading
the word about the dangers of kitchen fires – most of which result
from unattended cooking – and teaching local residents how to
prevent kitchen fires from starting in the first place.
According to the latest NFPA research, cooking is the leading cause
of home fires. Two of every five home fires begin in the kitchen –
more than any other place in the home. Cooking fires are also the
leading cause of home fire-related injuries.
“Often when firefighters are called to a fire that started in the
kitchen, the residents say that they only left the kitchen for a few
minutes,” said Rob Freese, Senior Vice President of Marketing at
Globe Manufacturing Company. “Sadly, that’s all it takes for a
dangerous fire to start.” Nick Abell, Acting Fire Chief of
Pittsfield Fire Department, added “We hope that Fire Prevention Week
will help us reach folks in the community before they’ve suffered a
Among the safety tips that firefighters and safety advocates will be
• Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or
• If you must leave the room, even for a short period of time, turn
off the stove.
• When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it
regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you.
• If you have young children, use the stove’s back burners whenever
possible. Keep children and pets at least three away from the stove.
• When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.
• Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic
bags, towels, and anything else that can burn, away from your
• Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops.
Fire Prevention Week is actively supported by fire departments
across the country. Fire Prevention Week is the longest running
public health and safety observance on record.
The Pittsfield Historical Society Hosts Rebecca Rule
Rebecca Rule will present her program “That Reminds Me of a Story”
on October 10 at 7:00 PM at the Scenic Theater, 6 Depot Street. For
more than 15 years, she’s collected stories about what’s special
about this rocky old state of New Hampshire, and includes many of
them in her new book Headin’ for the Rhubarb: A NH Dictionary (Kinda).
Her other books include Live Free and Eat Pie: A Storyteller’s
Guide to New Hampshire; Could Have Been Worse: True Stories,
Embellishments and Outright Lies; and The Best Revenge, which won
the NH Writers Project award for Outstanding Work of Fiction. New
Hampshire magazine named her “Thalia: Muse of Comedy” in its list of
Granite State muses. She also hosts an interview show, the NH
Authors Series, on NHPTV.
About her passion for stories, she says, “The great thing about
collecting stories is they’re free and you don’t have to dust them.
Stories not only speak to us of history, they hold our identity.”
Her work in Berlin collecting stories of the mills, logging, and
the Androscoggin Valley reinforced her idea that New England stories
need to be preserved and shared. In this program she’ll tell some of
her favorites (especially the funny ones) and invite audience
members to tell some of their own.
This program is free and open to the public; donations will be
accepted for the Society’s project to replace the exterior siding on
their building at Elm Street, and the Pittsfield Players sprinkler
system project at the theater. Refreshments also will be available,
This presentation is made possible through a grant
from the New Hampshire Humanities Council. The Council nurtures the
joy of learning and inspires community engagement by bringing
life-enhancing ideas from the humanities to the people of New
Hampshire. They connect people and ideas. Learn more about the
Council and its work at
For more information, contact Harry Vogt,
Dear Pittsfield Residents,
If you are motivated, busy but want to have a part in Pittsfield’s
future success, the Economic Development Committee NEEDS you.
If you are tired of the naysayers, the Economic Development
Committee NEEDS you.
If you want to have a voice in the direction Pittsfield will go, the
Economic Development Committee NEEDS you.
If you want to help in the improvement of Pittsfield’s economy, the
Economic Development Committee NEEDS you.
If you want to improve the appearance in downtown, the Economic
Development Committee NEEDS you.
If you care about the town you live in, the Economic Development
Committee NEEDS you.
The Economic Development Committee NEEDS MORE MEMBERS.
The Project List and Ideas List is growing but the hours in the day
and days in the week aren’t.
Complaints about what is wrong with Pittsfield DON’T magically
improve OUR town. COMMITTED individuals who VOLUNTEER and SACRIFICE
for Pittsfield WILL!
Pittsfield’s Pam Stone recently traveled to the International Caravelle Boat Dealer Meeting in Americus, Georgia to attend the
unveiling of the worlds first fiberglass pontoon boat. Stone, who
works at Parker Marine in Alton Bay says the pontoon boats have
speeds up to 50MPH and has a capacity of 12 people.
Pittsfield Listens To Host Two-Part Series On
A Journey To Student
Parents, students and other community members of Pittsfield,
We want to hear from you- your voice matters! Pittsfield Listens
invites you to join for a two-part series A Journey to Student
Reception and Panel Discussion: An evening to learn about the
opportunities and challenges on a journey to Student Centered
Learning at the Pittsfield Schools. Thursday Oct. 17th from
5:45-8pm at the Pittsfield Community Center- 1st floor.
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 PMHS.
Participation in both sessions is requested. Please
RSVP. Light dinner served. Childcare available by request. For
questions or to RSVP, contact Molly- Community Outreach Coordinator
with Pittsfield Listens. Email:
Women’s Soccer: Vermont Trips Umass Lowell In Second Half, 3-1
Corliss, DeCredico account for lone goal; at Stony Brook
The University of Vermont broke free from a 1-1 deadlock with two
goals in the second half en route to a 3-1 victory over UMass Lowell
Thursday night in an America East Conference women’s soccer clash at
UMass Lowell slipped to 0-10-0 overall and 0-1-0 in America East and
visits Stony Brook Sunday at 2:00. Vermont improved to 4-6-1 overall
and 1-1 in the Conference and hosts Maine Sunday at 1:00.
Vermont opened the scoring in the 22nd minute when freshman M Caitie
Green crossed to freshman F Nikki McFarland, who finished nicely
inside the left post.
UMass Lowell leveled in the 57th minute when sophomore F Colleen
Corliss (Pittsfield, N.H.) headed home a corner kick from freshman M
The Catamounts nearly went ahead five minutes later when a dangerous
free kick from the top right side of the box by senior F Haley Marks
went just wide of the left post. The winner, however, came three
minutes later when Marks crossed to junior F Bre Pletnick, who
headed home just outside the six-yard box.
Vermont added an insurance goal in the 86th when freshman M Paige
Phillips found space in the box and headed in a corner kick from
senior M Alexa DeMaio at the six-yard box.
Vermont outshot UMass Lowell 19-8 overall and 13-4 on frame as
junior GK Jane Hatzikonstantis (Tewksbury, Mass.) stopped 10 shots.
Senior GK Morgan Nichols had three saves for Vermont.
Bobby Dee’s Vinyl Record Store selected as Best in NH!
Bobby Dee’s Records and Audio Repair Shop at 132 Main Street in
Pembroke, NH, has been selected for the prestigious 2013 Best Used
Vinyl Store in N.H. by N.H. Magazine.
At Bobby Dee’s Records and Audio Repair Shop each visit will greet
you with memorabilia, plus vintage turntables, amplifiers,
receivers, speakers, cassettes, CD and reel to reel and other great
audio equipment. Vinyl is King at Bobby Dee’s, with over 15,000
titles of Rock, Country, Jazz, and Novelty, you name it, they have
it or they can get it for you, all at great prices! Bobby Dee’s
Audio Repair Shop can bring your old turntable, console, or other
equipment back to life again at a price you can afford!
Serving all of New England, Bobby Dee is proud of the
fact that customers spend hours browsing and buying hard to find
items and vinyl. His store is often referred to as “Rock and Roll
Heaven.” To those of you who enjoy the Oldies, you can find the
Bobby Dee Rock’n’Roll Caravan Show on WNHN-94.7 FM every Saturday
night 8-10pm and on Sunday from noon until 2:00 pm. The show is
local or you can listen via internet connection at
nhnewsviewsblues.org. Find us on Facebook at Bobby Dee’s Rock and
Roll Caravan Show or email
“It’s an honor to be the winner of the N.H. Magazine Best of 2013
Used Vinyl Award,” says owner Bobby Dee. “Please stop in to say
hello!” Store hours are Monday through Friday 9-4:30 and Saturday
Donald W. Charpentier
Donald W. Charpentier, 89, died September 13, 2013 at his home in
Montgomery. Texas following a short illness. Don was born in
Concord, NH on May 24, 1924, the son of William and Angeline (Girouard)
Charpentier who resided in Pittsfield at the time. He attended
Pittsfield schools and after graduation joined the Marine Corps,
December 1942. He served in the battles of the South Pacific
throughout the war and was discharged in October, 1945 having
achieved the rank of staff sergeant.
Upon his return to Pittsfield, he worked for his uncle, “Pete”
Girouard, in his grocery store followed by positions with the Armed
Forces Recruitment Station in Manchester. Later he joined the Air
Force Reserves and was assigned personnel superintendent at Hanscom
Field, MA., Elllington Air Force Headquarters in Houston, TX. and
Air Force Reserve Headquarters at Warner Robins in GA. He retired
in May, 1984 with the rank of chief master sergeant and was at that
time, the most senior enlisted person in the United States Air
In 1947 Don married Bernice Donaldson of Pittsfield who passed away
of cancer in 1964. Together they had five children who survive him:
Gary Charpentier of Titusville, FL., Jeff Charpentier of Lacey, WA.,
Donna Green of Everett, MA., Sandra Bowman of Billerica, MA., and
Debora Charpentier of Malden, MA.
Don is also survived by his current wife Elizabeth (Andries)
Charpentier of Montgomery, TX., two step-daughters, Julane Andries
of San Anselmo, CA. and Shirley Ingle of Farragut, TN. as well as 12
grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren.
In his retirement he enjoyed golf and gardening, was active in the
Knights of Columbus in his parish and a dedicated volunteer for the
St. Vincent de Paul Society.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at Sacred Heart Church, Conroe, TX. on
September 16 with burial in Floral Park Cemetery, Pittsfield on
Hope (Cristofori) Finnegan
Hope (Cristofori) Finnegan of Pittsfield passed away on October 4,
2013 at the Concord Hospital. Her family was by her side. She was 90
If you are reading this, it is because you were one of Hope’s family
members, friends, or even casual acquaintances. She held each one of
you precious. When you spoke with her, it was your life that took
center stage. Hope was known for her ease in frequent conversation
with even total strangers and drew them in with her contagious
smile. When talking with her, one quickly came to realize that they
were the most important. She always saw the positive side of every
situation. Throughout her life Hope maintained a sweet and simple
demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many, who even now are
being changed by her witness of constant nurturing love. Each of us
holds her calm manner, positive outlook, sharp memory, and smile in
Hope enjoyed cooking and baking from scratch, sewing school clothes
for her children, and making costumes for the grandchildren. She was
an avid reader. Stories of her many trips and cruises with her
siblings and family were reflective of how much she enjoyed life.
Most of all she loved spending time with her family.
Hope was born in Buzzards Bay, MA on April 27, 1923. She grew up in
an Italian family of eleven children whose parents were Augusto and
Pia (Morrici) Cristofori. Her one remaining sibling, Marie Oliva,
still resides in their hometown.
After graduating from Bourne High School, Hope worked for the New
England Telephone Company as a supervisor for 5 years. She would
tell stories of lightning bolts running the length of the circuit
board during storms.
One of many talents, Hope loved to dance. She met her future husband
Clayton E. Finnegan, who was then serving in the Navy, at a USO
dance for enlisted men. They began dating and were married on
November 6, 1948. After the wedding the couple moved to Pittsfield,
the hometown of her in-laws, Edward and Eugenie (Annie Bergeron)
Hope helped her husband establish the C. E. Finnegan Jewelry Store
in Pittsfield in 1948 and retired from there in 1987. She was
employed as a stitcher for the Globe Manufacturing Company from 1966
Hope was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, a Girl
Scout Leader, and a member of the Pittsfield Bowling League. She
took an active role in the reunions of the USS Sterlet submarine.
She was treasurer of the U.S. Submarine Squallus and Commander of
the New Hampshire/Maine Squallus Memorial. She was her husband
Clayton’s passenger in motorcycle field meets and won many trophies
of her own. More recently she enjoyed the “Mystery Rides” with the
Pittsfield Community Center.
Hope’s daughters recall her helping them make home-made tents,
sitting through their impromptu plays, sliding, skating, and picking
wild blueberries. The neighborhood children were drawn to her
kitchen with the smells of homemade cookies and brownies.
Hope believed strongly in the importance and love of family. They
include her daughters Paula Dickinson and husband David of Gilford;
Dotty Leavitt and husband Jerry of So. Berwick, ME; and Linda Freese
and husband Tim of Gilmanton I.W. She leaves grand-daughters Erin
Capron and husband Eric of So. Berwick, ME; Katie Marshall and
husband Chris of Dover; and Lindsay Hirschmann and husband Tom of
Winter Park, FL. Her grand-sons include Elliott Freese of Steamboat
Springs, CO and Justin Leavitt of So. Berwick, ME. Makenna and
Addyson Capron always called her G-G…short for Great Grammy.
Hope was predeceased by her husband of 65 years, Clayton E.
Hope is now a star who has finally found her place next to her
husband in a lovely constellation, where she will sparkle in the
heavens forever. Her life will be carried on in the legacy of love
which is now each of us – the lives she formed and touched by her
The family of Hope Finnegan wishes to invite friends to celebrate
her life at a graveside burial at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in
Pittsfield on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 11 AM. Following the
service, all are invited to a luncheon.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Pittsfield
Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home of Epsom is assisting with
arrangements. Family and friends may sign an on-line
guestbook by visiting