Loudon Center Freewill Baptist Church
Please join us for a Christmas Eve service at 8:30 pm.
Please note our new service time of 9:30 am starting Sunday, January
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We are located on Clough Hill Road in Loudon, NH.
Call us at 603-708-1185 or email us a
Christmas Concert Scheduled
The First Congregational Church, 24 Main St.,
Pittsfield is pleased to present a Christmas concert Friday,
December 20, 7 pm. This special concert will feature the church’s
Chancel Choir along with the JuBellation Handbell Choir. Be sure to
include this free delightful concert in your holiday plans. Parking
and wheelchair accessible entry located at rear of church. For more
information, call 435-7471 or visit
Berakah, 96 Fairview Rd in Pittsfield. Winter
Solstice Celebration, Friday, December 20, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Pause
and reflect on the meaning of light and love as we honor the Winter
Solstice and the coming of Christ. Celebrate the wondrous gift of
light through music, meditation and lighting of a fire. End the
evening with hot cider, hot chocolate and popcorn. Free will
offering. Call 435-7271 or email
[email protected] for more
information or to register.
The Suncook Valley Rotary Club (formerly the Pittsfield Rotary Club)
is collecting clean, new or lightly used winter coats to be
distributed to those in need in the communities of Barnstead,
Chichester, Epsom, Loudon, and Pittsfield, now through December
Winter coat drop locations are: Barnstead - Bosco Bell and Blueberry
Station; Chichester - Clark’s Grain Store, Dominick’s Restaurant,
and The Healthy Buffalo; Epsom - Epsom Town Pizza and Subway; Loudon
- The Hungry Buffalo and Confectionately Yours Sweet Shoppe;
Pittsfield - Village Pizza, Jitter’s Cafe, and Maxfield’s Hardware.
Contact numbers are 219-1310 and 848-2350.
Kid’s Theater Workshop To Present Xanadu, Jr!
Director Maye Hart has announced that this year’s Kid’s Theater
Workshop will stage the 1980’s phenomenon, Xanadu, Jr. Auditions
will be held on Sunday, December 15 at 4 pm and again on Monday,
December 16 at 4 pm. Auditioners will learn a part of a song from
the show and some simple dance steps at the audition, and they will
be asked to read from the script.
It’s time to believe in magic with XANADU JR! It’s 1980 and the
magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, descends from the heavens of
Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California on a quest to inspire a
struggling artist, Sonny, as he strives to achieve the greatest
artistic creation of all time - the first roller disco! But, when
Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous
sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds.
This hilarious, roller skating, musical adventure about following
your dreams, rolls along with a hit score composed by pop-rock
legends Jeff Lynne and John Farrar which has been adapted for the
MTI Broadway Junior Collection. With songs including, “Magic”, “All
Over The World”, “Suddenly”, “I’m Alive”, “Evil Woman” and “Xanadu”,
to name a few. This Jr. title still has all the fun and excitement
of the original production. It’s hilarity on wheels for children,
adults and anyone who has ever wanted to feel inspired. You’ll want
to keep the music in your head, and XANADU JR! in your heart,
The Kid’s Theater Workshop is a program designed to
introduce kids to performing on stage, and the show is presented to
local schools in two matinee performances and three evening
performances. This year, the show will run February 18 to February
22, right before winter vacation. The program is open to kids from
age 8 to 18, and is for kids who want to be on stage and for kids
who would prefer more technical positions, such as lights, sound,
and stage management. For more information, contact Maye Hart at
Concord Hospital Spirit Of Giving Campaign
-Pajamas Needed For Pediatric Patients
This holiday season, consider adding an additional gift to your gift
list for young pediatric, emergency department or Family Health
Center patients at Concord Hospital. Often-times a young patient’s
clothing is rendered un-wearable upon their arrival at Concord
Hospital. Your gift of new pajamas (all seasons), socks and
undergarments are needed to ensure that every child is discharged
with proper clothing.
Support for well-child visits, behavioral health counseling,
prenatal vitamins and fluoride treatments are also needed for
Concord Hospital Family Health Center and Dental Clinic patients.
The Center remains committed to meeting the health needs of
individuals within our community regardless of their ability to pay.
Giving trees and clothing gift receptacle bins are
located in Concord Hospital’s Visitor lobby. If your group or
organization would like to get involved with the Spirit of Giving
campaign, contact Concord Hospital Trust at 225-2711 ext. 3076 or
We’re halfway there - and the barometric pressure is rising! The
Pittsfield Historical Society continues with its latest major
fundraising project – to vinyl side three exterior walls of their
museum at 13 Elm Street (the front of the building will remain painted wooden clapboards). The goal is
$9800, and we are pleased to announce we have reached our halfway
mark. We are still looking for donations, big or small, to preserve
the building that houses Pittsfield’s history, so please drop in on
Tuesday mornings at the Museum, from 9 AM to noon, or mail your
donation to the Society at PO Box 173, Pittsfield, NH 03263.
Are you puzzled with what to buy your favorite relative for
Christmas? Be puzzled no longer - because just in time for the
holidays the Pittsfield Historical Society has the answer, actually
two of them. Jigsaw puzzles, a 300-piece ($20) depicting Lyman
Park, and the popular 500-piece ($25) of the Pittsfield Hot Air
Balloon Rally (photo by Barry Nation). Both are available at the
Society’s Museum, open Tuesdays from 9 AM to noon, and at the
Pittsfield Town Hall.
Pittsfield Middle High School Presents A Christmas Carol
By Emily Little
Get into the “spirit” of Christmas! With the weather getting colder
and the holidays closer, it’s the ideal time to sit down in a warm,
comfortable setting with some good live entertainment. PMHS’s drama
club is offering just that on December thirteenth for an evening
show and fifteenth for a matinée. They welcome you to join them in
the school lecture hall, which offers a cozier environment than the
gymnasium, where their plays are usually held. Enjoy a cup of hot
cocoa while experiencing the festive play, A Christmas Carol.
Pittsfield’s talented young actors will be sure to give you a good
laugh and a warm heart. The students have been working hard on this
production for months and are excited to share their joy and love of
this holiday classic with the community.
Originally written as a novella by Charles Dickens in 1834, A
Christmas Carol was very quickly successful. Written in Victorian
Britain, a time where old Christmas traditions were remembered and
new ones welcomed, the story recognized the desire for both new and
old traditions and included them, pleasing many readers and gaining
much success. A Christmas Carol is thought to have brought happier
times to Britain and America, offering a merry tale after a dark
time, and therefore having a great effect on the countries. After
the book by Charles Dickens was published it received much attention
and still does today as copies are still printed.Many adaptations
have been made, and a variety of plays and movies have been created
In this particular production of A Christmas Carol performed by the
PMHS Drama Club, along with many familiar young actors and a few new
students, you can find one of the school’s faculty members playing a
major role. This teacher may be hard to recognize in his makeup and
costume, but he is known by a lot of the community and will be a
sight to see. Come on down to PMHS and see if you can spot the
teacher who may not be expected to participate in the drama club,
but who fits his role well with his awesome presence!
The Pittsfield Middle High School Drama Club invites
you to come experience their magical performance of A Christmas
Carol on Friday, December 13 at 7:00pm and Sunday, December 15 at
1:00pm. Tickets are on sale at the door ($10 for adults, $8 for
students). Please e-mail director Joshua Shawver at
[email protected] or
director Anne Banks at
[email protected] with any
Extra show added! Saturday (12/14/13 at 1:00)
Pittsfield Fire Department Service News
During the month of November, 58 calls for emergency service were
received. Fire and EMS personnel responded to: 37 medical
emergencies, 2 chimney fires, 1 furnace problem, 1 motor Vehicle
collision, 1 high angle rescue, 5 fire Alarm activations, 4 service
calls, 4 good intent calls, 2 hazardous conditions and 1 carbon
monoxide incident. 5 of the calls were overlapping calls. 2 mutual
aid responses were provided to other communities and 11 were
received from other communities. 26 Permits to Kindle a Fire were
Training topics for the month of November were: Incident management
scenarios. EMS Capt. Girard, Lieutenant Pszonowsky and Firefighter
Deane successfully completed Fire Officer II at the New Hampshire
Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the Fire
Department or to learn more about the Department, please stop by the
station or call 435-6807.
SAFETY REMINDER: When burning candles please remember to keep them
far from anything flammable and NEVER leave a lit candle
Contemporary Christian artists September Rain will be bringing a new
perspective on Christmas through song and scripture on December 21st
at the Advent Christian Church at 68 Main St. in Pittsfield.
If you are tired of the “same old, same old,” then come and rejoice
anew with September Rain at 6:30 PM, December 21st, at the
Pittsfield, Advent Christian Church, 68 Main St. The concert is
free, but an offering will be taken for those wishing to help them
defray their travel costs.
Want to check them out? Hear some music samples?
Their web site is
“Meet Our Members” – Kristen Ahearn
Next up in Pittsfield Fire Department’s “Meet Our Members” series is
FF/EMT Kristen Ahearn.
Q: How long have you been a Firefighter/EMT? How long have you been
with the Pittsfield Fire Department?
A: I started as an Explorer back in 1993 in Bennington. From there
I joined the Bennington Fire Department as a firefighter in 1998 and
got my EMT license the same year. I was hired in Pittsfield in
Q: You’re the force behind the Sec ret Santa program. Can you tell
us about your involvement?
A: I helped sort toys when the Pittsfield Police Department ran the
program. In 2005, I was offered the chance to coordinate the
program while I was out on maternity leave. After a few years of
trial and error, Jen Tedcastle and I had the program running very
We assist families in Pittsfield who need help providing toys/gifts
for their children at Christmas. The goal is to make sure each
child receives a warm outfit, jacket and boots, if they are needed,
and a couple of toys. I’m blessed to have several behind the scene
“elves,” as well as many generous businesses and individuals who
contribute to make it possible every year. The program has always
been run completely by donations. Different town departments have
run it over the years.
Q: Do you have a special area of interest?
A: I’m partial to community involvement. The more we are involved
in the public, the less intimidating we are during an incident. I
enjoy talking to our seniors who are part of the call-in program,
giving station tours, and helping educate people about car seat
safety. I’m in the process of setting up several classes that will
help us educate the public and keep our community a safer place.