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Pittsfield NH News

November 6, 2013

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Berakah, 96 Fairview Rd in Pittsfield is hosting a Moonlight Labyrinth Walk, Friday evening  November 15, 7-8 p.m   Whether cloudy or clear skies, the program will be held.  Free will offering.  On Saturday, November 16, 9:30 a.m.– 3 p.m a Berakah will host  day Tranformations Within Our Lives and the Earth/Universe. Through presentation, personal reflection and sharing, become aware of the 13.8 billion year transformations that have brought us to today and the paradigm shifts we are living.  Donation:   $40.00  includes the noon meal. Register by November 8.   For more information or to register for either program call 435-7271or email [email protected].



Pittsfield Parks and Recreation will be going to Gunstock Mountain again for its recreation ski/snowboard program. The program runs on Wednesday evening during the month of January and February. Please contact James Zensky at [email protected] with any questions.



It is time again to ask for donations and volunteers for the Annual Free Thanksgiving dinner at the Epsom Fire House on Thanksgiving day, 12 -2pm, all are welcome and to call Karen at 736 9954 to donate or volunteer.



Olympian To Be Inducted Into The Pittsfield Hall Of Fame

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The Pittsfield Historical Society invites you to join us for the annual “Hall of Fame” program at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 14, at the Historical Society Museum, 13 Elm Street, Pittsfield.  The evening will begin with a short business meeting of the Historical Society, led by President Cedric Dustin.  We will be updated on the continuing projects of the loyal ‘Tuesday morning bunch,’ learn of an upcoming co-sponsored event with the Josiah Carpenter Library, and hear some more about the museum ‘Siding Fund.’  Following the meeting, Larry Berkson will regale us with the life and times of this year’s Hall of Fame inductee, Vaughn Blanchard, a 1907 Pittsfield High School graduate and participant in the 1912 Summer Olympics in Sweden.



Dorcas Guild Plans Christmas Fair


Mark your calendar! The Dorcas Guild of the First Congregational Church, 24 Main St., Pittsfield, is holding their annual Christmas Fair Saturday, November 23 from 9 am to 2 pm.


There are many hand-fashioned items to choose from, as well as gourmet products, baked goods, “Unique Boutique” and the fantastic silent auction. Corn chowder and sandwich lunch with homemade pies will also be available. Plan to be there for this handcraft goldmine! Plenty of free parking in the rear, and the church is wheelchair accessible.



2014 Farmers’ Market At Cole Gardens Opens


The folks at Cole Gardens have been enthusiastically preparing for Saturday’s kickoff of the fifth season of the Winter Farmers’ Market at Cole Gardens. We are proud to host Concord’s only indoor market to support local farmers; visit us on Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. from November 2 to April 12 (except December 28).


The market was organized as a once-monthly event to support New Hampshire-based agriculture. It has grown steadily in popularity as consumers look to purchase quality, locally sourced food throughout the winter months. Responding to numerous requests from vendors, Charlie Cole, general manager, made the move to start the season in November. “We’re really happy to open the market early this year; there won’t be a gap between the end of the outdoor market season and our indoor event. Plus, the vendors wanted to extend their season, so it’s a win-win for consumers and growers who can now sell year ′round.”


Over thirty vendors will offer local meats and seafood; breads and pastries; fresh winter vegetables and greens; soups, chutneys, and sauces; fudge; gourmet coffee, popcorn and dog treats; eggs and cheeses; natural soaps and lotions; apples; and honey and maple products. Producers come to Cole Gardens from as nearby as Concord to as far away as Milford; but all are based in New Hampshire and have unique and quality products to sell.


In addition to these great offerings, fresh soups and sandwiches will be available from the Concord Food Co-op, and the music of area folk and instrumental groups will provide the soundtrack to the marketplace. Be sure to visit us at 430 Loudon Road (Route 9 East) in Concord, and check our website ( and Facebook page for news and updates about this weekly event.




Maxfield Library News


Yoga Classes – Gentle stretching, deep breathing, and improved body awareness can be relaxing and healthful. Hatha yoga trained instructor Fran Nash offers one hour yoga sessions at the library four times a week. Restore your sense of well-being as you improve your flexibility. 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. At a cost of $5.00 per session, this is a close-to-home health bargain. For details, call Fran at 798-5153.


Book Groups – The Fiction/Nonfiction Book Group will meet at 7 p.m., on November 21, to discuss E. L. Doctorow’s turn-of-the century novel Ragtime. The author weaves real life characters and events into his story of the New York City of the past, teeming with immigrants, inventions, and social change.


Classic Book Group will meet on November 26, at 2:30 p.m., to discuss The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. As they wait for Hester Prynne’s secret to unravel, readers will ponder the dangers of a society where church and state are very nearly one.


Sit ‘n’ Knit - On Wednesdays, at 7 p.m., crafters are welcome to bring knitting, crochet, or needlework projects to work on with others in a relaxed setting. Newcomers are invited to join in to get a jump on their handmade holiday gifts.


Story Time - 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., for stories and a take-home craft. No pre-registration is needed.



UMass Lowell’s  Corliss Named To

America East All-Academic Team

AE honor the latest for Pittsfield sophomore


Colleen Corliss, a sophomore from Pittsfield, N.H. (Pittsfield H.S.), was named to the 2013 America East Conference Women’s Soccer All-Academic Team, the Conference announced Wednesday.


An attacking midfielder, Corliss was one of three UMass Lowell players to start all 18 matches as she chipped in one goal (in a 3-1 loss to Vermont). In its first season in Division I and the America East Conference, UMass Lowell went 1-16-1 overall, highlighted by a 3-2 overtime win over Maryland Baltimore County and a 0-0 draw at Holy Cross.


A biology major, Corliss has maintained a 3.95 grade point average. She earned a 4.0 last spring and was named to the Northeast-10 Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll both semesters as a freshman.


“Colleen is the picture of a well-balanced student-athlete,” said Head Coach Elie Monteiro. “She has continued to perform at a very high level off the field and has played remarkably well for someone playing in a very unfamiliar position. We give her a lot of responsibility because she’s able to process a lot of information.”


Corliss is a 2012 graduate of Pittsfield H.S. where she was the valedictorian of her class. She is the daughter of Charles and Kathleen Corliss of Pittsfield, N.H.



Behind The Scenes At The Pittsfield Players’ Thoroughly Modern Millie: Kali Mara And Kevin Kennedy

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Kevin Kennedy and Kali Mara shine in The Pittsfield Players’

fall production of Thoroughly Modern Millie.


The Scenic Theatre is buzzing with activity as The Pittsfield Players put the final touches on their fall production of Thoroughly Modern Millie, which features two local residents, Kali Mara  and Kevin Kennedy, both from Chichester, in the lead roles of Millie and Jimmy. 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. All shows are at 7:30 pm, except on Sunday, November 10, when the show starts at 2 pm. 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.


Kali Mara is no stranger to the Scenic stage. She began performing in the Kid’s Theater Workshop in 2006 as Ethel Tofflemeir in The Music Man, Jr., and went on to perform in Guys and Dolls, Jr. in 2007, and as Aunt Eller in the 2008 production of Oklahoma, Jr. She attended Pembroke Academy and performed in their drama program, most notably as Little Red Riding Hood in Into The Woods. Kali has also performed the role of Lucy Van Pelt in The Players’ You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. She is a senior at Plymouth State University and is majoring in Elementary Education. 


Kevin Kennedy is a partner in the accounting firm of Maloney and Kennedy. He attended St Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, for two years majoring in theater arts. He then decided that, because he liked to eat, it was time to change careers.  While in college, Kevin participated in summer stock in Austin, TX and later performed in upstate New York, where his last role was in a production of Man of LaMancha, in which he played the Barber. Fast forward to 2011, when Kevin landed the role of Dr. Caracas in the Players’ revival of the same show, Man of LaMancha. He is the treasurer at the First Congregational Church in Pittsfield, and sings in their choir. He has also appeared with his daughter, Riley, in the Players’ Road to Broadway revue and in the Christmas Show last year. 


The combination of these two incredibly talented individuals on stage in the two leading roles makes the Players’ Thoroughly Modern Millie a must-see production. The show opens this Friday and it’s time to get your tickets for this rousingly funny musical today. Don’t wait because tickets are going fast.



Josiah Carpenter Library Recevies Donation Of Telescope

Submitted By Beverly Pietlicki, Director

Josiah Carpenter Library


The Josiah Carpenter Library, (41 Main St., Pittsfield, NH.) will be hosting several members of the NH Astronomical Society and William Veilleaux, former Astronomy professor and meteorite expert on November 13th at 6:30. This program will include an introduction to the features of a brand new telescope donated to the library by the NH Astronomical Society. 


After the initial introduction, a “hands on” demonstration will be held at the Pittsfield Baseball field and will include a Skywatch evening assisted by several members of the NHAS.


The society was the 2012 winner of Astronomy Magazine’s “Out-of-this-world’s” award which included $2,500.00 in prize money. The society decided to use that award money to provide more libraries in New Hampshire with telescopes to lend. NHAS has selected the Orio StarBlast 4.5-inch Astronomical Telescope along with a zoom eye piece and additional supportive materials for libraries throughout the state. They have re-written the instruction manual and provide a laminated, spiral bound 4 by 6 inch copy with each scope. The telescope is easy to use and robust. There is nothing to assemble. It has a wooden base, not the usual spindly tripod legs. The telescope is of manageable size, but has a relatively large optical tube. This means that the moon and deep sky objects will show far more detail than one would see with other common beginner telescopes. It also has a large field of view that allows the object to stay in the eyepiece longer. This is a quality instrument, reviewed by a number of astronomical publications. 


The telescope will then be available for checkout from the library. 


The lending period will be for one week. A policy on the loan of the telescope must be read and signed and you must a have a Josiah Carpenter Library card in order to borrow it. This telescope is one of many that were modified by the NHAS to be amateur friendly, and the society incurs all costs of the telescope which averages 350.00 per telescope. It features a solid base and a handle which makes for facilitating travel to and from the library. Funding for the scopes has come from a variety of sources; the NHAS general budget, some specific donations from members, public donations through Skywatches and library patrons interested in giving something to their communities. 


The Josiah Carpenter Library Board of Trustees would like to acknowledge this contribution to the library collection and are eager to spread the word. This addition to the library collection will foster scientific curiosity and literacy as well excitement about discovery of out-of-this-world places! Talk has already taken place about the possibility of developing an Astronomy club. Thank you to NHAS for your generosity and dedication to science education in the community of Pittsfield.




Submitted By Terrie Azotea


Well, I hope that everyone had a good time last week during Halloween and they did not eat too much candy, because we all know what that does and we really don’t want to be to scared at the scales.


We would like to let everyone know that we have moved to the Berakah on Fairview Rd. in Pittsfield. We would like to say thanks to the St.Stephens Church for letting use their church during our meetings. We  have many memories of being there.


Our meetings are still the same, we are a non-profit support weight loss group that gets together to help you on your weight loss journey and TOPS stands for Take of Pounds Sensible.


If anyone is interested in joining us at our new location, we meet on Tuesday nights @ The Berakah on 96 Fairview Rd. in Pittsfield @ 5:30 for weigh-in [email protected] 6:30 for our meeting!! So come on out and meet some new friends.


Any questions please call Stuart Pike @ 857-4842 or Pat Smith @ 435-5333. Hope everyone has a great week and see you all lighter next week!



Palliative And Hospice Care Commission:

Medical Consumer Education The Key


The Palliative and Quality of Life Commission of the New Hampshire General Court released their interim report November 1, 2013.  With the report, the commission has taken the first steps to pass legislation expanding the education of both the medical consumer and the medical provider in the use of palliative care.  Mary Scott, APRN, a member of the sixteen-member commission stated, “The best method for changing current medical practices is to educate the patient to ask their medical provider for the service.”


The service in question is palliative care for those patients suffering from intractable pain, some of who are terminally ill.  Palliative care is the treatment of the pain and discomfort of a disease or trauma.  Palliative care is sometimes referred to as comfort care.  Therapeutic care is the treatment designed to bring about a cure.


Legislation proposed from the commission will require health care facilities to have a plan and procedure for all patients admitted to their facility.  Often the medical facility offers only therapeutic care even when there is the option for palliative care.  Many patients and families find palliative and hospice care to be more suitable.  The commission also uncovered a need for a state wide registry where persons may store their advance directives; DNR - Do Not Resuscitate orders, and other medical instruction records.  The records will be voluntarily submitted by residents of New Hampshire and will be accessed only in a medical emergency, by emergency medical personnel.


An update is also needed to the surrogacy law as many persons recognize the need for a medical proxy.  “Your surrogate is the person you trust to act on your behalf if you are no longer able to speak for yourself when decisions are called for to direct your health care options,” said Representative Laurie Harding a commission member and registered nurse.


Community members testified to the need for better education about hospice and palliative care for both the medical consumer and the medical provider.  Legislation to establish a privately funded education center for palliative care is being sponsored by commission members Vice-Chair Representative Suzanne Smith and Representative Frank Kowtowski. The center will accept donations and seek grants for funding.  The center will make  New Hampshire a leader in the promotion and understanding of all the possibilities, both therapeutic and palliative, available for all patients and patient families in our state.


NOTE:  Electronic copies of the interim report are available from Commission Chair Senator John Reagan at 603-271-4063 or by email to [email protected].



Letter To The Editor


I surrender.


I’ve been outmaneuvered.


It all started at the Special Town Meeting to hire a full-time Fire Chief. It passed.


I wrote a petition to go back to a part-time Fire Chief.


One thing I can say about the Fire Dept. is they don’t waste time.


Before I knew it, they were forming a committee to find one. The Selectmen appointed me as a citizen to serve on this committee. The Selectmen put me on, I think, to represent the people being served, and to get an education.


The Fire Dept., I think, welcomed my involvement, so they could have a crack at me.


This is where it started going wrong.


We met at the fire station a couple of weeks ago  and looked at resumés and cut the candidates to four qualified men. Two hours later, time to go. Haven’t hung around people like this in a while. Maybe my Navy days daze (sic), but these were different, older, more mature, more experienced, and definitely professional, likeable.


Second meeting, Town Hall, 2:30 PM, Wednesday. Interviewed four good candidates. We ended around 8, in time for the World Series.


I quickly learned this fire stuff is a career for some people. They are into it. They love their work, as I love mine.


Anyway, I like this new chief. I don’t want to jerk him around. I hope he writes grants and level funds, just not a Bearcat.


I’m working on something much more controversial than a full-time Fire Chief.


Efficient job, Fire Department.



Dan Schroth Piermarocchi



Letter To The Editor


Dear Editor,

In response to Dan Schroth Permarocchi’s letter published in the October 23, 2013 edition of The Sun, Round-Up is NOT a pesticide. Round-Up is an herbicide. It kills weeds, not insects, not bees, not bats.


Sincerely yours,

Tammie Marston



Sage Fall Wellness And Artisan Fair


Sage Wellness Center and Spa is thrilled to host a Fall Wellness and Artisan Fair on Saturday November 9 10:00am-4:00pm at 175 Barnstead Rd, Pittsfield. Our vendor list continues to grow and is sure to please you! We are happy to welcome;


Bill Halacy- Acupuncturist and T’ai Chi Instructor, Darlene Chadbourne- Numerologist, Jim Eaton of Evolutionary Eaton- Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Steven Bachmann and Gina Puorro- White Mountain Essence Didjeridu, Paula Lipinski- Aura Photographer, Debbie Austin- Jeweler, Sara Woods Kender of Sara’s Herbs- Herbalist, Carol Hutchins- Intuitive Reader, Carol Lizotte- Pet Herbalist of Green Gem Herbals, and Diane Gallant- Reiki Master & Melchizedek Method Healer to our beautiful center in the heart of NH.


We will also be hosting a book signing with Megan Bord, Personal Manifesting Coach and author of The Pocket Guide to Manifesting. Megan will be at Sage during the fair to sign your copy of her new book and answer your questions.


Of course, there will be food! Skip and Amy Smith of The Farm Concession will set up their mobile kitchen in our parking lot with their local, family farm, vegetarian and vegan, whole food delights.


This is a free event so come visit us. Vendors will charge a fee for their products and services. For more information please call us at 435-7711. See you there!



PMHS Presents A Christmas Carol

Introducing Co-Director Joshua Shawver

by Emily Little


Joshua Shawver is one of the directors of Pittsfield Drama Club’s performance of A Christmas Carol. He has been working alongside co-director, Mrs. Anne Banks for the Pittsfield Drama Club for over a year and is proud to share the role of directing A Christmas Carol for their winter performance. I had the chance to sit down and interview Mr. Shawver and ask him about the upcoming production.


Mr. Shawver really enjoys working with Mrs. Banks and the Drama club students, and claims that they “bring the show to life”. He explained that performances can be quite challenging with making the necessary costumes and sets, dealing with conflicting schedules, and keeping up the grades of the cast members to maintain their eligibility.


Those aren’t the only challenges though; due to lack of participants, Mr. Shawver almost had to take on the role of Mr. Cratchit! It’s a good thing he has plenty of experience in the drama field. As a student at UNH studying theatre education, Mr. Shawver received a great deal of experience working with children. Before becoming a science teacher at PMHS, he worked as a dinner theatre performer. Mr. Shawver has had parts in a variety of plays, and when asked what his most memorable role was he answered, “Mr. Cratchit in A Christmas Carol!” He said that when he had the role of Bob Cratchit, a woman greeted him after the show and admitted that he had moved her to tears with his performance. He is a talented and experienced actor/director and expects a full house for each of the performances!


Mr. Shawver and Mrs. Banks went through the long process of choosing a play, and decided on A Christmas Carol because it “captures the magic of Christmas” and “would be a good way to bring the community together for the holidays.” Mr. Shawver enjoys this particular play because he appreciates the dynamic characters that change throughout the show to make each character’s life better. Mr. Shawver commented that he hopes that after watching the play, people might “see a little Scrooge in themselves” and “change to be happier and make the world a better place.”


Mr. Shawver invites you to come experience Pittsfield Middle High School’s magical performance of A Christmas Carol. More information will follow about times and ticket availability. “The Pittsfield Drama Club always puts on a great and fantastic show and everyone and anyone should see it!"




Ralph W. Esburnett


Ralph W. Esburnett, 80, of Pittsfield, passed away at home on October 28, 2013. He was born in Pittsfield November 13, 1932, the son of George and Lucy (Winchell) Esburnett and was a long-time resident of Pittsfield.


During the 50s, 60s and 70s Ralph ran his Mobil Station in Pittsfield where the Citizens Bank now lies. He then moved to a different location in town where he spent the remainder of his life running Esburnett’s Garage. He serviced Pittsfield and surrounding towns for a total of 63 years. He was a devoted NASCAR fan and, in 2004 at the age of 72, drove the Richard Petty Experience at NHMS in Loudon. Ralph was always willing to help anyone in need; he was kind and loving to animals, including the two stray cats he adopted. He loved to tell stories of days past. He was quite the jokester, always quick-witted and he will surely be missed.


Ralph was predeceased by his wife, Madeline (Mayotte) Esburnett in 1962. Cherished by many, he leaves behind his significant other, Susan Riel-Tobin; son, Ralph Jr., known by most as “Skip” and his significant other, Michelle; son, Jeff and his wife, Judy; daughter, Nicole and her husband, Russell; step-daughter, Tracy Towle and her husband, Andy; step-son Sean Tobin and his wife, Tia; and 13 grandchildren. 


A graveside service will take place Saturday, November 9th, 11:00am at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Norris Road in Pittsfield. A Celebration of Life will be held immediately following the service at the Pittsfield Community Center, 68 Main Street in Pittsfield. The doors of the Community Center will open at 11:00 for those not joining the family at the cemetery. 


In lieu of flowers donations in Ralph’s memory may be made to the Pittsfield Food Pantry at 85 Main Street, Pittsfield, NH 03263.

The Cremation Society of New Hampshire is assisting the family with arrangements. To view an online memorial or leave a message of condolence please go to 








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