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
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
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
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 (www.concordwintermarket.com) and Facebook page for news and updates about this weekly
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
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
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
Kevin Kennedy and Kali Mara shine in The Pittsfield Players’
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
www.pittsfieldplayers.com 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
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
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
Palliative And Hospice Care Commission:
Medical Consumer Education
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
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
Letter To The Editor
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
Efficient job, Fire Department.
Dan Schroth Piermarocchi
Letter To The 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
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
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
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
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
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