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November 20, 2013

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The Pittsfield Historical Society is holding its annual fall cleanup of Lyman Park on Saturday Nov. 23 at 8 AM. Any and all help will be appreciated. Bring your rake and we will see you there.



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Maxwell Lambert, 12 and his father, Billy Lambert, of Deerfield went hunting in Pittsfield on Saturday, Oct. 26th.  Max’s spike deer was taken with one shot after only 4 or so hours of hunting and dressed out at 85 lbs.  Max went spring turkey hunting with his Great Uncle Danny Mullen of Pittsfield with no luck and practiced shooting with him during the week before this hunt.  “Thanks to my cousin Danny Mullen for the help bringing the deer out of the woods and super thanks to my Great Uncle Danny for everything you have helped me with. And the most thanks to Dad for being with me during this hunt.



Floral Park Cemetery Fence Fund Update #2

Submitted By Carole Richardson


Thank you for your continued support of donations for the Floral Park Cemetery Fence Fund. You will notice that the sample section of fence has been delivered and installed – the fence will be at least 8 inches off the ground when permanently installed and will have granite posts every four to five sections. You will also see the Fence Fund “thermometer” indicating how much has been received thus far.  Hopefully with your continued generosity, the fund will have $20,000 by Memorial Day so we can proceed with Phase I of the project.


I would like to clarify that I have taken on this project with the approval of the Floral Park Cemetery Trustees, but this project is in no way connected to their funds.  I approached the Cemetery Trustees to get their permission to take on this project, and the only way I could set up a Fence Fund was by utilizing the Cemetery Trustee Fund Account.  At that time the Trustees informed me that they had no money to assist with this project but the Trustees were in full support of my idea.  The Fence Fund is not part of their budget or are the funds deposited in any of their accounts.  It is a totally separate account and can only be used for the fence replacement.  Other individuals thought that the Floral Park Cemetery was under the control of the Town of Pittsfield.  It is not, and the Selectmen have no control over the Floral Park Cemetery Trustees or their funds. Remember your contributions to the Fence Fund are tax deductible.  


Thank you for your questions and concerns, 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.



Victorian Doll House

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It’s here for you to see....the hand-crafted, wooden  Doll House is on display at the Pittsfield Clothes Closet.  Donated as a fund-raiser to benefit the shop, the doll house is a valuable work in progress and has all the amenities (exterior features, interior accessories and furniture) to create a finished Victorian replica suitable for a place of honor in someone’s home. 


Raffle tickets are being sold at the shop during open hours (Tues, Wed, 10:00-4:00; Sat, 10:00-1:00).  To give more people the opportunity to participate, the ticket sale period is extended and the drawing will take place in the spring on a date to be announced later.  We appreciate your support in this venture.



Make Your Nominations For The

2013 Pittsfield Community Impact Awards!


Who has helped make Pittsfield a great place for everyone to live, learn, work and play?  


Pittsfield Listens is seeking nominations for the 2013 Community Impact Awards.  These awards recognize individuals, groups and organizations that have made a positive impact in Pittsfield in 2013. Chosen nominees will be honored and awards will be presented on Thursday December 19th at the Scenic Theatre. Who can make a nomination?  Neighbors, friends, students, co-workers, mentors, colleagues - anyone who is inspired by an individual or a group and want them to be honored!


The categories we will recognize this year are: Youth Group, Community Event, Business, Neighbor, Coach, Civic Group or Community Organization, Individual Student Grades K-5, Individual Student Grades 6-8, Individual Student Grades 9-12, Individual Adult, School Administrator, Local Government Group, Local Government Individual, PES Teacher or Staff Member, and PMHS Teacher or Staff Member. 


To nominate a candidate, submit the Pittsfield Listens Community Impact Award Nomination Form by Wednesday December 11th:


-Online at

-By emailing [email protected]


- Or by mailing it to Pittsfield Listens PO Box 206 Pittsfield, NH 03263


Nomination forms may also be found at the Post Office or Town Hall.


Rules: The deadline to nominate is December 11th. Nominations must be made with the Community Impact Awards nomination form.  Include your name and contact information- nominations submitted without contact information will not be considered.  You may nominate multiple candidates to the same category.  The finalists will be chosen from the nominated candidates by the Pittsfield Listens Community Awards Committee. 


For more information, go to,, or contact Molly with Pittsfield Listens at [email protected] or 603-312-6980.



St. Stephen’s Annual Holiday Fair

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Just some of the holiday decorations and

crafts for sale at the St. Stephen’s Holiday Fair.


St. Stephen’s Silent Auction has some unique items this year!


Do you have a special little girl on your Christmas list?  We have a brand new hand crafted Victorian doll house that one of our parishioners lovingly put  together from a Victorian Alison Jr. Dollhouse kit.  It has three stories, 9 rooms, double porches, windows, shutters and gingerbread trim.   


For a family New Years outing, we have four tickets to the Monarchs vs. Providence Bruins game, New Year’s Eve  at the Verizon Center in Manchester.   For a more cultured event, there are two tickets to the December 14th  Boston Pops concert at the Verizon Center.


Do you have a college student or city dweller that would love to zip around on a scooter?  We have an E-Zip 1000 watt, 36 volt electric scooter – in like knew condition.  Helmets included. 


For antique lovers: We have some lovely antique lamps, one set with 24K gold floral design and another set of vintage pressed glass boudoir lamps that would look lovely on your bedside tables. For the cast iron door stop/bank collectors, we have an 8.5 inch painted cast iron vintage  Santa Still Bank.  There is a small antique oak student desk with a deep enough top to handle your computer system.  We have a Dell computer system  also.


These and many other unique items such as jewelry, express coffee maker, children’s toys, pottery, antique candle sticks, paintings and mint condition baseball cards. All these and more can be found at the St. Stephen’s Church auction, 50 Main Street, Pittsfield. Saturday, November 23rd,   9am -2pm.



Christmas Fair This Saturday

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This cute snow family and lovely Christmas pillow are just two of the many handmade items available at the Dorcas Guild’s Christmas Fair, First Congregational Church, Pittsfield this Saturday, 9-2.


Many beautiful handmade items will be available at the Dorcas Guild’s Christmas Fair at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield, this coming Saturday from 9 to 2. 


There are many handcrafted items: aprons, mittens, hats, artwork, jewelry, special gourmet items and baked goods. Don’t forget the “Unique Boutique” for outstanding values and the “Silent Auction” for those special one-of-a-kind gifts.


Come to shop and stay for a corn chowder lunch with delicious sandwiches and homemade pies. One of New Hampshire’s great fairs, this one is not to be missed. Parking and wheelchair accessible entrance at rear of church. More info at 435-7471 or



Secretary Shinseki Announces an Additional

$4.9 Million to Help Eliminate Veterans Homelessness

Submitted By Merrill Vaughan, Past Commander

American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75


The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today that 25 projects in 11 different states will share approximately $4.9 million in grants to provide enhanced services for homeless Veterans this year.  This is in addition to the approximately $300 million in preventive grants awarded earlier this year through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.


“Our local partners have played a vital role in our effort to find, engage, and rescue every homeless Veteran,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.  “Until no Veteran has to sleep on our Nation’s streets, we still have work to do.”


As a key component of VA’s plan to eliminate homelessness among Veterans, VA’s Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program funds  community agencies that provide services to homeless Veterans.  The program promotes the development and provision of supportive housing and services with the goal of helping homeless Veterans achieve residential stability, increase their skill levels and income, and obtain greater self-determination.


On a single night in January 2012, a national count of homeless Veterans totaled 62,619, which was more than 17 percent below the figure for 2009.  As part of President Obama’s and Secretary Shinseki’s plan to eliminate Veteran homelessness in 2015, VA has committed over $1 billion in fiscal year 2014 to strengthen programs that prevent and treat the many issues that can lead to Veteran homelessness.


For more information, visit VA’s website for the National Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Office at  Additionally, VA has a National Call Center for Homeless Veterans, 1-877-4AID VET (1-877-424-3838),



Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association Holds

Hospice Lights of Life Community Remembrance

Ceremony in Pittsfield


Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association is holding a Hospice Lights of Life Community Remembrance Ceremony on Thursday, December 5 at 11:30 a.m. at Pittsfield Area Senior Center, 74 Main Street in Pittsfield. This year marks the 18th Hospice Lights of Life, an annual event to honor our loved ones and raised awareness about the compassionate care that our hospice program provides patients and their families has begun.


Also in December, hundreds of electric candles will be lit in the windows of downtown Pittsfield to celebrate lives past.


Concord Regional VNA thanks all of our corporate sponsors including “Shining Stars” Concord Imaging Center, New Hampshire Oncology-Hematology, P.A., The Prescription Center/Northeast Pharmacy Services, and St. Paul’s School.


For more information, call (603) 224-4093, ext. 5807 or visit



PMHS Presents A Christmas Carol

Introducing Actor Quinn Boyce

By Emily Little

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“Bah humbug!” Quinn, a junior in his fourth year of drama club, was ecstatic to receive the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in Pittsfield Middle High School’s performance of A Christmas Carol. As a cheerful, kind person it may not seem likely for Quinn to have a lot in common with his irascible, grumpy character, but as a talented young actor, he pulls off the part of Mr. Scrooge remarkably well. I had the chance to sit down with Quinn Boyce in an interview to talk about the upcoming production.


Quinn first became interested in drama in the seventh grade at his previous school where he tried out for a part in Dracula. He was denied a role in that play, but the next year he had moved to Pittsfield, where he received the part of Tweedle Dum in Alice in Wonderland. Quinn continued participating in the drama club and went on to do bigger parts such as Genie from Aladdin and Mr. Richards from The Boardinghouse. He told me that his favorite performance was The Boardinghouse, but his most memorable role was definitely Genie from Aladdin. Quinn recalled how months after performing Aladdin, a man saw him on the street and called out to him, referring to him as “Genie”, which Quinn found amusing and also took great pride in.


It’s no secret that Quinn is very glad to have received the role of Scrooge, and it only seemed to be a surprise to him. His fellow peers and actors recognized his talent and progressively increasing importance of roles, but Quinn claims to not have been expecting to receive the lead role. He thought he would be placed as the narrator, which he would not have had any problem with.”I was really excited when I found out that I got the lead role; it’s something I have been working towards for a couple years now, so I was pretty happy to get that.”


“As the theater thing goes, you never say ‘good luck’, so I’m not going to say that it’s going to go well, but might not be awful.” Quinn joked. He really enjoys A Christmas Carol, and feels that it is very different from plays he has participated in in the past. “I really like that it is a drama, opposed to all the comedies that drama club has done. So I get to show a range of emotion more than just bombastic and happy.” He also remarked upon the difference in his character, “I like showing an arc of character. With Mr. Richards I was the same character, but I like that I’m a dynamic character and I can change now.” Quinn is pleased with the shift in theme of this play, but there are many other changes that could prove to be a challenge, “I’d say that the biggest challenge is being in the lecture hall instead of on the stage.” Drama club does not usually work in the school lecture hall, so it has been challenging for them to work in their limited space and to find creative ways to use the lighting and setting effects to bring the show to life, but it also gives them a tighter, cozier environment. So as the PMHS Drama Club may be dealing with changes and challenges, their performance of A Christmas Carol is still expected to go very well. 


Mr. Scrooge invites you to come experience Pittsfield Middle High School’s magical performance of A Christmas Carol on Friday, December 13 at 7:00pm and Sunday, December 15 at 1:00pm because “it’s a great adaptation of an already beloved play, and everyone in there has a lot of heart and I think that it’s going to be a good retelling of a story that everyone knows and everyone will walk away with a good experience”. Tickets are on sale at the door ($10 for adults, $8 for students) or may be reserved until November 29th by reaching a director or cast member ($8 for adults, $5 for students). Please e-mail director Joshua Shawver at [email protected] or director Anne Banks at [email protected] with any questions.








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