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March 13, 2013

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Those Celebrating Birthdays are: March 13, Lindsey Catalano, Shannon Brown; March 14, Martha Laurie; March 15, Travis Locke, Sheila Ward; March 16, Michael Wolfe, Jimmy Vien, Jr., Dan Fries, Martha Moloy, Teresa Cressey; March 18, Tessie Gadwah, Shane Clark, Rick Bleckmann.


A Very Happy Birthday To One and All!



Celebrating Anniversaries are: March 17, Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Briggs.


Best Wishes!


Play Ball!


Pittsfield Youth Sports would like to announce softball and baseball signups for girls and boys aged 4-18.  Signups will be held in the Pittsfield Community Center on Tuesday, March 5 (5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.), Saturday, March 9 (9:00 am – 2:00 p.m.), and Thursday, March 14 (5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.).  If your child is new to the program, please bring a copy of his/her birth certificate to signups. If you have questions, please contact Glenn Amnott at 435-7905.



School Lunch Menus

March 18 - March 22 2013




Erin Go Braugh!

Baked ham, sautéed cabbage, roasted potatoes, fresh apple



Tijuana Tuesday

Soft shell tacos with the fixins’, Rio Grande rice, cinnamon applesauce



Early Release

Turkey and cheese wrap with the fixins’, pretzels, fresh fruit, carnival cookie



Mangia, Mangia

Lazy lasagna, Parmesan wheat roll, caesar salad, banana



Fresh Picks Pizza

Cheese pizza or chef’s topping, cucumber wedges, baby carrots, peaches




Erin Go Braugh!

Baked ham, sautéed cabbage, roasted potatoes, fresh apples



Tijuana Tuesday

Twin tacos with the fixins’, Rio Grande rice, cinnamon applesauce



Mangia, Mangia

Lazy lasagna, Parmesan wheat roll, caesar salad, banana



Oppan Stir Fry Style!

Chicken stir fry, Asian vegetables, buttered noodles, mixed fruit



Get Your Calcium Here!

Baked potato bar, wheat roll, sweet and spicy carrots, peaches



Josiah Carpenter Library Hopes For Passing Of

Warrant Article To Reopen Children’s & Teens Library


In August the Library faced our biggest challenge to date:  the extended closing of our beautiful downstairs Children’s Library.  It began last spring with the continuing problem of a drainage leak into the back corner of the staff room.  Previous attempts to rectify the situation were unsuccessful.  A small amount of surface mold was quickly eradicated. A subsequent professional lab test result proved the area was free of mold infestation. Mold did not close the Children’s Library, but a second issue, revealed during the inspection of the building is what shut the doors.


It was determined that the library building was not up to date in meeting current State Fire codes, lacking a second exit from the lower level Children’s Library. The room was immediately ordered closed to the public until a second staircase from the area is installed.


Children’s services have seen a decrease.  Children cannot use the room designed for them.  Parents must review and reserve selections online. Numerous programs have been cancelled. Attendance has dropped and circulation has dramatically reduced. The Children’s Library closure has not only been devastating to our statistics, but demeaning to our services and demoralizing to our spirits, as well.


We entreat the residents of Pittsfield to support this year’s warrant article designated to fund both projects. Passing the warrant article will provide the means to repair the leakage in the foundation and install a staircase. This will protect from threat of future mold infestation, as well as provide a safe exit in an emergency. Passing this warrant article is the only thing that will allow us to resume business as usual in our full Children’s Library, with all of its wonderful books, movies, educational games and materials and many programs. Please support your library with your affirmative vote.



World Day Of Prayer


The weather cleared long enough for the annual World Day of Prayer to take place on Friday evening, March 1, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Pittsfield. Attending the service were over 50 men and women representing 11 churches and other area residents from Alton, Barnstead, Chichester, Epsom, Loudon, New Durham, Pittsfield, and Strafford.  Using music, dance, testimonials and prayers, the service highlighted the issues and needs of women in France’s multicultural society using the theme “I was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me.”


The World Day of Prayer service is written by the women of a different country each year to heighten awareness of the status of its women, bringing the broader Christian community together in prayer on the first Friday in March.  Local churches take turns hosting the service. The offerings collected at these services are used to provide financial support to organizations working to address inequities in women’s rights around the world.



Pittsfield Middle High School Presents Their Winter ELO Celebration Night


Pittsfield Middle High School will be hosting their Winter Extended Learning Opportunity (ELO) Celebration Night on Friday, March 15, 2013 from 5:30 – 8 pm. Students who have been engaged in ELO experiences this past summer and fall will be presenting their final projects and providing the audience with a presentation detailing their particular learning adventures.


The community is cordially invited to attend this event with the students, their community partners, highly qualified teachers, family, and friends to celebrate the students’ learning and share in the excitement of their experience.


Please mark your calendars and plan on attending this exciting event at PMHS in the Lecture Hall. Refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there.


Please call Sheila Ward at 435-6701 X1117 if you have any questions. See you then.




Submitted By Terrie Azotea


At TOPS this past week we elected new officer’s on the board. Welcome! We voted on Miss or Mr. Inspiration, and for our KOPS Inspiration. Those members will be announced at our spring banquet. 


Best Loser of the week was Joyce. Good Job! Kudos to Tedie and Janis for second and third. KOPS of the week was Peggy! Keep up the good work, I hear that Joyce loves to play tennis so if anyone likes to play she would love it and it’s good exercise.


We had Royalty and members were recognized for losing weight for the month. Again, I say good job. We have an upcoming unwrapped auction and Inspiration workshop. This month seems to be a busy month. We were challenged by Suzie to lose this week. So come on eveyone, let’s make it happen. 


If anyone would like to see what we do each week, come on out, join us and make some new friends. We meet on Tuesday nights at the St. Stephen’s Church on Main Street in Pittsfield at 5:30 for weigh in and at 6:30 for our meeting. Any questions please call Laurel Tiede at 269-8721 or Pat Smith at 435-5333. 


Hope everyone has a good week and see you all lighter next week!





Pittsfield voters:

I read letters to “vote for me” or letters to vote for someone or vote Yes for an article but no one seem to say anything about the Town Meeting or even when it is.


The Town Meeting is March 16th, in the morning. It used to start at 10, I gather it is still the same time. Last year they were fewer people than I have seen in the past 7 years that I have lived here.


If you aren’t concerned how people vote for your taxes, then stay home, but Do Not complain about how the select people run this town. You are letting less than 200 people determine what should happen in this town. What a shame.  


If you are concerned, Be There.


Diane Vaughan



American Automobile Association’s Driver Improvement Program

Safe Driving For Mature Operators


AAA Northern New England’s “Safe Driving for Mature Operators Program” is a four-hour classroom program that will be offered at the Pittsfield Area Senior Center on Wednesday March 27, 2013. This course is designed for mature drivers who are interested in the effects aging has on their driving ability. This class content is designed to increase safe driving awareness and confidence behind the wheel.  The program is designed to be fun, interactive, and anxiety free. Discussions are lead by friendly AAA trained and certified instructors, and some automobile insurance companies offer a discount after successful completion of the class!  


Twenty participants are needed to offer this class.  The cost is $15.00 for AAA members and $20.00 for non-members. Registration is at 9:00 am and the class will begin at 9:30 am.  There will be a lunch break at noon, and a luncheon will be available at the Senor Center.  To sign up, please call 435-8482 by March 20th.



The Pittsfield Players Present Ken Ludwig’s, “Lend Me A Tenor”


“Lend Me A Tenor” is one of the those shows that seems to have been around ‘forever’ and been done by every theatre group you know, even getting a reprise on Broadway last year, with good reason, it’s a hit. It’s funny, witty and non-stop action from start to finish. Of course, what makes the show work so well is its cast and crew.


Having interviewed the cast; they all have wonderful things to say about each other and themselves! Many actors travel quite some time to get to their rehearsals and have been involved in theatre ‘forever,’ some having done this particular show before but as different characters (age will do that to you). 


Gary Evans, as Saunders, played Max 25 years ago and makes his way from Weare; while Jack Miller , the bellhop, drives from Derry, both were in The Pittsfield Players production of Man of LaMancha last year. Tamara McGonagle, as Diane joins us from Gilford and the Winnipesaukee Playhouse where one of her favorite roles was that of Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Kaylin Dean and Greg Parker venture to us from the Village Players in Wolfeboro, where Kaylin runs Expressions Dance Academy and played Louise in Gypsy and Greg dabbles in Shakespeare at Sandwich. Kat Abdelwahid, while a Pittsfield Players member, enjoys spending time treading the boards at the Majestic Theatre in Manchester. Peggy Johnson played Maria 20 years ago with the Rochester Arts and Paul Smith has played a Ludwig role as George in The Pittsfield Players production of “Moon Over Buffalo.” 


Mark your calendars now for “Lend Me a Tenor” April 5, 6, and 7, 11, 12 and 13. The Pittsfield Players will be back online for ticketing by Friday, March 15 so our patrons can enjoy the ease of ordering tickets online again. Tickets will still be available by reservation through the box office as well, (603)435-8852. You can also visit the Pittsfield Players on facebook. “Lend Me A Tenor” has been rated PG-13 by The Pittsfield Players for adult themes.



 Submitted By Meggin Dail


Pittsfield has a bad reputation. Surprised? Whether you live within or outside of Pittsfield, you may have heard some negative comments. Pittsfield suffers from bad public relations. What it needs is someone as its press agent, someone to broadcast its good qualities so they outshine any negative ones. While I’m not going to take on that role entirely, I will tell you that Pittsfield has a very active Chamber of Commerce, an outstanding Old Home Day Committee, and, if I do say so myself, a remarkable community theatre.


The Pittsfield Players have been around providing professional looking community theatre since 1968. Forty-five years is a long time for a group such as this to go unnoticed and yet it still does. Still, out-of-towners, almost as often as those who live here, will comment, “I didn’t know this was here.” This; meaning The Scenic Theatre and The Pittsfield Players. Once inside the doors of the Scenic, the same people are often overheard remarking; “I had no idea how nice it was inside this building.” The Scenic Theatre has been owned by The Pittsfield Players since 1991 and has undergone extensive renovations and upgrades since then. First the stage was permanently installed, and then the seats were updated when the floors and walls were refinished while retaining the art deco properties and acoustic benefit of the building. New siding gave the building a face-lift. Next, an interior staircase was installed, after an extremely generous donation, for the purpose of having a second means of egress per fire codes. (Little did those fire codes know, this came as a boon to the Players as we were used to going out through the alleyway to reach the backstage area.) Fresh coats of paint in the upper and lower portions of the theatre as well as many other upgrades involving sewer, handicap accessibility, heating, storage and meeting more fire codes have occurred along the way.


You see, the Pittsfield Players used to rent The Scenic Theatre. We used to hold auditions, build sets and rehearse on the unheated third floor of the Odd Fellows Hall, then a week before show we would set up our flats, props and scenery, build a stage and rehearse at The Scenic Theatre which was still a movie theatre at the time.  I, personally, remember hiking the three stories to the third floor either to wait while my mother was finished with a rehearsal (stealing sugar cubes from the coffee bar), to help out with a production or to help carry canvas flats (“walls” in theatre speak) to and from Main Street to Depot Street. 


To have a home to call our own is a very special thing not many small community theatre companies can boast of; a thing that, we, the members of The Pittsfield Players, are very proud of. Even our sign hanging from 6 Depot Street proudly states, “Home of the Pittsfield Players.” Home indicates family and that is also what you will find inside the Scenic Theatre, Home of The Pittsfield Players. Our Family consists of many ages and many talents and a lot of pride for the craft we do. We are shocked and surprised when someone says the word “Pittsfield” in a derogatory tone. We cringe when you tell us you’ve never been to a production, much less an audition at our theatre; or that you’ve never heard of us. We’re also delighted when you discover us.


I’m still always surprised when someone tells me they’ve never been in the Scenic Theatre before, maybe because I literally grew up in it. I was in my first play at seven; I saw many movies at “Art’s Barn” (what we called the Scenic Theatre because of its former owner and current ghost, Arthur Dame); I returned to the theatre at seventeen; had my first lead role at nineteen and my directorial debut at twenty-eight. I served nine years on the board of directors; two years as president and have performed just about every task related to a theatrical production. With all this time and energy spent at The Scenic Theatre and with The Pittsfield Players, I can only wonder; how is it you’ve never heard of us?  But I get it; to each his own. While I was acting, directing, painting, lighting, etcetera; you were busy doing other things. It’s possible you didn’t believe something good could come out of Pittsfield. It’s possible you didn’t know where we were. It’s possible you believed the nay-sayers who say that Pittsfield isn’t good despite having the once biggest fireworks display in the area; the longest running, largest Hot Air Balloon Rally in the State; and a couple of New Hampshire Theatre Awards for outstanding theatre. 


It’s possible… But not anymore. Now, you know about us. Now you have no reason not to come to a production, an audition, a fundraiser. Believe me when I tell you that you will not be disappointed with The Pittsfield Players. You will only be disappointed you didn’t find us earlier.



Good To Great: A Community Forum


The PMHS cafeteria is usually empty on Saturday mornings, but a good 50 people gathered there from 10 am – 12 pm on February 16th for the Good-to-Great Community Forum. The phrase “good-to-great,” made famous by the pioneering management expert Jim Collins, is a way of thinking about how to move an organization from average to exemplary.


The Pittsfield Forum was both a celebration of how the schools have been moving toward excellence and a call to action to keep the momentum going in the community.


“While 2008 may be best known for the economic downturn in this country, in Pittsfield, it’s also known as the beginning of a period of significant change in our schools,” said Superintendent John Freeman in welcoming the diverse crowd of students, educators, parents, and community members. Special outside guests included Paul Leather, Deputy Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Education, newly elected State Senator John Reagan, and Bruce Mallory, Director of the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire.


The impetus for change in the District came from the Pittsfield School Board, after the last of several nearby towns seceded to form their own single-district or cooperative district administrative units. While it was a blow to Pittsfield, the Board also saw it as an opportunity to break the mold. Over the next few years, the Pittsfield School District successfully secured several grants to jump-start the change process, including a substantial one from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation in 2011. According to Freeman, a newly established group, the Community Advisory Council (CAC), secured that grant, creating the blueprint for a 7-10 year plan to redesign the educational system.

“It is now time for us to move to the next level of engagement, from planning to implementation,” said Freeman about the reason for convening the Good-to-Great Community Forum. The Community Advisory Council, he explained, would sunset, with a new continuous improvement advisory council – the Good to Great Team – as its successor.


The Good-to-Great Community Forum was facilitated by Bill Bryan, lead technical consultant for the District and Vice President of Leadership and Organization Development for the Center for Secondary School Redesign. Bryan led the group in two interactive exercises. In one exercise, attendees, who were seated at tables of 6-8 people, introduced themselves to one another. In the second exercise participants worked in teams to identify questions about the redesign and about the role of the new team. Each team shared their questions with the larger group.


Many of the questions were addressed in a presentation given by Susan Bradley and Tobi Chassie, Co-Project Managers of the District Level School Change initiative.


“Progress has little to do with speed, but everything to do with direction,” said Tobi Chassie in a presentation about the District’s five areas of focus for change. “In my 22 years in the District, this is the most exciting and dramatic effort I’ve ever seen.”


Chassie and Bradley articulated the five areas of focus for change in the District: Ensuring student ownership for learning; raising student achievement; 21st century skills and civic responsibility and social-emotional learning; redefining adult roles and performance expectations; and engaging the community. All of these elements, they said, are geared toward providing an enriched, student-centered experience. They explained that for young people to thrive in a complex and rapidly changing workforce and society, they must master a much broader set of skills and competencies than what was expected of previous generations. These increased demands require that learning be more personalized so that every single student achieves proficiency. In this new era, “failure is not an option,” said Chassie.


Flexible scheduling, creative use of technology, redefining the role of teachers, providing internship and job shadow opportunities in the community, and increased leadership and decision-making for students were a few of the elements of the redesign that were featured.


The PMHS Site Council, a governing body that sets school policy, also spoke at the Forum. The Site Council consists of students, faculty and members of the community, with students comprising majority membership. Three students—Noah Manteau, Max Tuttle, and Rebecca Adams—shared some of their experiences on the Council, as did their adult advisor, Derek Hamilton. Their short presentation, which included a video that moved many in the audience to tears of joy, was the introduction to a longer and more formal presentation they were recently invited to give at the prestigious National Association of Secondary School Principals Breaking Ranks 2013 School Showcase in Washington D.C. Pittsfield was one of just 21 U.S. high schools to be invited.


The IMPACT team, a student group at PMHS that focuses on the social-emotional aspects of school, discussed its proposal for a new disciplinary system at PMHS. Julie Dyer, Madison Johnson, and their adult advisor, Jenny Wellington, explained that the new system is called “restorative justice.” It focuses less on punitive measures such as detentions and suspensions, which have been largely ineffectual, and more on the ways that students should be held accountable to their community by “fixing what they broke.”


Toward the end of the Forum, Bill Bryan charged attendees with another assignment: to discuss in small groups what they would envision as a process for continuous improvement, a way to keep the ball rolling in the Pittsfield School District. “We have made good progress,” said Bryan, “but we aren’t all the way there yet.” For example, one challenge will be to align the 90-plus teams that exist in the District so that everyone is moving in the same direction. Another challenge will be to continue building public will for the redesign so that “we keep supplying the system with energy,” said Bryan.


Ted Mitchell, local businessman and chair of Pittsfield’s Economic Development Committee, talked about his work on the Community Advisory Team and the importance of the redesign to the entire Pittsfield community. “I have been able to see the big picture of how the educational system and the economy of our town are tightly connected,” he said. “We all need to come together—including businesses and community colleges—to make sure our students are getting the opportunities that will prepare them for good careers.”


The Continuous Improvement Advisory Council is expected to begin its official work in the fall of 2013. Scott Brown, former School Board member and Chair of the Community Advisory Council, said the effort is now underway to recruit 40-50 people to serve on the Council. Members will attend monthly meetings and engage in some committee work.


“This is a unique opportunity to take our District from good to great,” said Brown. 


“We take it on the chin (in Pittsfield) for our reputation. We need to get the message out about the great things that are happening here. Talk to your friends, relatives, and neighbors and celebrate what we’ve accomplished,” said Brown. “Because of this work, our community will be much stronger and our school system will have a reputation that is second to none.”




Patricia E. Lank


Patricia E Lank, 76, died March 7th at the Epsom Health Care Center, where she had resided for the past year, surrounded by her family. She was born in Pittsfield, the daughter of Thomas and Edith Kenneally.


She was employed for many years by the Globe Manufacturing Co. and was a lifelong Pittsfield resident.   She was the widow of her husband of 50 years,  Richard R Lank, who died in 2003 and members of her family include, 3 Sons, Peter A Lank and wife Pauline of Concord, Richard A. Lank of Concord and Daniel J. Lank of Barnstead.  Daughters, Cynthia Hodges and husband Stephen of Strafford and Deborah Nickerson and husband John of Barnstead. 11 Grandchildren and 1 great grandson. A Brother Thomas Kenneally of Chichester and a sister Lorraine Stewart of Munroe , OH. Nieces, Nephews and cousins.


A Celebration of Pat’s life will be held at Alan’s Restaurant in Boscawen from 12 – 4 PM Saturday March 16th. A Graveside Service will be scheduled in the spring at the Floral Park Cemetery, Pittsfield.  In lieu of flowers, donations  may be made to the Payson Cancer Center, 250 Pleasant St. Concord, NH 03301 To sign an on line guest book, log on to The Perkins & Pollard Memorial Home is assisting the family with arrangements.








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