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Pittsfield NH News

October 9, 2013

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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 of church.



Pittsfield Park-Rec

Basketball Sign-Ups

Grades K-8th

Dates: Oct.8-9-15

Place: Pittsfield Elementary School

Time: 6 PM-8 PM

 Date: Oct.19th

Place: PYBA Ball Field.

Time: 9 AM-12 PM

Contact-Darrell Wages

603-340-0459 or 435-5051



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 [email protected] 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 damaging lesson.”


Among the safety tips that firefighters and safety advocates will be emphasizing:


• Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food.

• 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 stovetop.

• 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

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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, donations accepted.


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, 603-435-7993, [email protected]





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 Economic

Development Committee

[email protected]  



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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 Centered Learning 


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 Centered Learning. 


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: [email protected] Phone: 312-6980



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 Cushing Field.


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 Abbey DeCredico.


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 Find us on Facebook at Bobby Dee’s Rock and Roll Caravan Show or email [email protected] “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 9-2.




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 Force. 


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 October 2.



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 years old.


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 our hearts.


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) Finnegan.


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 to 1984.


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. Finnegan.


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 love.


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 Historical Society.


Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home of Epsom is assisting with arrangements.   Family and friends may sign an on-line guestbook by visiting








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