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Pittsfield NH News

January 23, 2013

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Those Celebrating Birthdays are: January 23, Joshua Bisson; January 24, Therese Riel; January 25, Charles Morgan, Thomas Shaver; January 29, James Hetu, Bill Provencal, Andrea Riel.


A Very Happy Birthday To One and All!



School Lunch Menus

January 23 - February 1, 2013




Cluck, Cluck

Popcorn chicken, honey wheat roll, seasoned rice, green beans, fresh fruit



Taste of the Tropics

Caribbean style ham sandwich, potato wedges, banana



North End Favorite

Baked ziti, cucumber slices, green leaf salad, pears



Comfort Food

Shepherd’s pie, dinner roll, sweet peas, peaches



Fresh Picks Pizza

Cheese pizza or chef’s topping, veggie sticks, applesauce




Cluck, Cluck

Popcorn chicken, wheat roll, seasoned rice, green beans, fresh fruit



Caribbean Heat

Cuban sandwich, spicy baked potato wedges, bananas



North End Favorite

Baked ziti with meat sauce, fresh Caesar salad, pears



Comfort Food

Shepherd’s pie, dinner roll, sweet peas, peaches



Super Bowl Party!

Nachos grande, veggie sticks with dip, mixed fruit



Dorcas Guild


The Dorcas Guild met the evening of January 8 for the annual birthday meeting with 14 members attending. Elaine Coffey led the devotions and included Psalm 23, as it has great meaning to her. As she read it from the Bible, all joined in reciting it and then followed with the Lord’s Prayer.


Secretary Joan Riel gave her minutes of the December meeting, read correspondence and circulated several cards for signing. Treasurer Reny Boyd gave her financial report.

Nancy Fogg took the food basket, which will go next to Beverly Murdough. Gailann Newton took the apron which will go next to Elaine Coffey. The mystery package, brought by Joan Riel was won by Reny Boyd.


January, being our mission month, various monetary gifts were made to Mary Poarch of New Tribes Missions, Pittsfield, Epsom and Barnstead Fuel Assistance Programs and the food pantries of Pittsfield, Barnstead, Epsom and Chichester. The church’s bus ministry was discussed and tabled until the next meeting. Service projects of warm clothing and blankets for refugees will continue, and this year we are adding “Project Linus Blankets.”


The Dorcas Guild books for 2013 were distributed. Thanks to Bev Moore for preparing them. Mary Jo Powelson reported on the Infant/Toddler Diaper Project, which will get underway the third Tuesday of each month. Beverly Murdough reported on the completion of the changing table for the nursery project. Members are happy with the result. Joan Riel reported that this was the most successful year for our Mitten Tree Project (hats, mittens and scarves). It was voted to send flowers to two of our friends confined to their homes.


We will be hosting the Sunday Fellowship Hour January 13 and again February 24. The Wednesday work meetings will begin again February 6 from 10 am to 2 pm in the Vestry.


Since this was the birthday meeting, hostesses Corine Miller and Elaine Coffey served cake, ice cream, crackers and cheese, grapes and punch. Everybody sang “Happy Birthday” to everyone! 


The next meeting will be held February 12. Hostesses will be Gailann Newton and Peggy Jacobs. This will be “Banana Split Night,” so everyone is asked to bring their favorite toppings.





The Historical Society is compiling a list of former Citizens of the Year. Missing is who was chosen in 1964, the year after David St. George; 1980 the year after Arthur and Vaulien Dame were chosen; and 1989 the year after Henry Stapleton was chosen. 


Please call Larry Berkson at 786-3984 with any information.





Dear Pittsfield Voters:

On Tuesday January 15th, the Selectmen held a meeting “for the purpose of offering an opportunity for questions to be answered concerning the subdivision.” Questions had to be submitted in writing by January 10th. 


The AHG project is a large, ill-conceived condominium subdivision on a Class VI highway. Many questions, especially from abutters, were submitted on time.


The Town Attorney and Matt Monahan of Central NH Regional Planning Commission spoke for the selectmen but did not answer most of the questions submitted in advance, including why the Board of Selectmen applied to the State DOT for a driveway permit for a private developer and why AHG Properties has not been assessed market value taxes on a lot that AHG cleared for a housing site on Governor’s Road in 2006.


Since the Town Attorney must defend the actions of the Selectmen, we may assume that she could not defend many of the questions and therefore did not address them.


As acting chair, Linda Small allowed no one to speak during this 14-minute meeting except herself, the Town Attorney, and Matt Monahan. This prevented the citizens who attended from hearing those questions that were submitted in advance, in effect suppressing open honest debate of the issues.


As many of you know the Public Employee Labor Relations Board recently “slammed” the Pittsfield Board of Selectmen for attempting to prevent town employees from speaking out on town affairs in public or in letters to local newspapers. Apparently the arrogance of our current Selectmen also extends to the voters of Pittsfield. I think that the current Selectmen will need to be reminded the next time we visit the voting booth that they work for the residents of Pittsfield and not private developers.


Respectfully submitted,

Carol Lambert



Local Students Named To NHTI Dean’s List


The following area students have been named to the Dean’s List at NHTI, Concord’s Community College in recognition of their academic achievement during the Fall 2012 term. In order to qualify for Dean’s List a student must be considered full time (registered for 12 credits or more) and have a term GPA of 3.3 or higher.



Amanda McCall, Courtney Piaseczny


Center Barnstead

Erin Gagnon, Harmony McCall, Ronny Stelly



Patrick Jarvis, Alyssa Lambert, Kent Noyes, Doran Timm, Nathan Walker



Marina Carvalho, Alexandria Codd, Julia Cole, Crystal LaBrecque, Hope Magoon, Brandon Patterson, Jeremy Poole, Janet Ware



From Good To Great


The Pittsfield School District is welcoming in the New Year with both reflection and action and would like to share the updates about the on-going progress.


You are invited to a Good-to-Great Community Forum scheduled for Saturday, February 9th from 10:00-12:00 in the Pittsfield Middle High School Media Center. Refreshments will be provided.


We will be presenting:

• Where we are with regard to student centered learning and achievement at the start of our journey.


• How we have been reshaping our systems and structures to better serve our young people.


• The progress we have made since implementing student centered learning practices and the role of the community in that progress.


We will be discussing:

• The work that is in front of us.


• Opportunities for the community to support student progress. Expectation of Participants:


• Participants will collaborate with other participants to identify mechanisms that facilitate the continued success and implementation of our student centered learning practices.


As a reminder, our efforts are driven and guided by our District Values and Guiding Principles, which will be available at the forum and soon to be available online. We are also guided by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation Principles. These principles were derived from extensive research into what leads to a high level of student achievement. You will see that the District Values and Principles are directly aligned with those practices that lead to success for every student.


It is our hope that you can make this meeting. Your assistance and participation is essential to making Pittsfield a center of educational excellence and to prepare all students (PreK-12) for career and college readiness.


Please contact Tobi Chassie ([email protected], 435-6701) or Susan Bradley ([email protected], 494-1015) with any questions.




Citizen-Petitioned Zoning Ordinance Amendment Public Hearings


Please be advised that the Public Hearings scheduled for Thursday, January 24 have been rescheduled to Monday, February 4 because of a failure to meet the notice requirements for a Public Hearing (RSA 675:7). The Planning Board apologizes for the mistake and any inconvenience caused to the citizens who submitted the petitions as well as those planning on attending the hearing. We look forward to hearing from all of you on Monday, February 4. 



Clayton Wood

Pittsfield Planning Board Chair








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