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March 6, 2013

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Those Celebrating Birthdays are: March 6, Eric Tiede; March 8, Tim Pethic; March 9, Crystal Blodgett, Stan Bailey; March 11, Evan Ward; March 12, Brett Tiede.


A Very Happy Birthday To One and All!



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.





The community of Pittsfield at large, and the patrons of Josiah Carpenter Library in particular, are invited to honor Ruth Strickhart, at her Retirement Party, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm on Thursday, March 7th at the Josiah Carpenter Library.



School Lunch Menus

March 11 - March 15, 2013




There’s A Wocket In My Pocket

Ham and cheese pita pocket, lettuce, tomato and pickle, sweet potato chips, pears



One Fish, Two Fish

Fish sticks, dinner roll, french fries with ketchup, corn, blueberry cup



The Shape Of Me And Other Stuff

Spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread squares, green beans, orange wedges



Ten Apples Up On Top

BBQ chicken, apple stuffing, mashed potatoes, apple crisp



Fresh Picks Pizza

French bread cheese pizza or chef’s topping, broccoli tops, baby carrots, fresh fruit




Protein Packed

Ham and swiss melt, lettuce, tomato and pickle, potato salad, pears



Lunchtime Classic

Sloppy Joe, french fries, baked beans, blueberry cup



Fiber Superstar!

Spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread squares, green beans, orange wedges



Apple Fest

BBQ chicken, apple stuffing, mashed potatoes, apple crisp



Vitamin A Champion

Garden salad with chicken, pita bread, sweet potato fries, pears





Dear Pittsfield Voters:

On March 12 you will receive a ballot that has 3 articles on which to decide yes or no.

Once again the Board of Selectmen want you to give up your right to vote  for people running for the Planning Board. They want to have the authority to appoint members of the Planning Board. This is a bad idea. The Planning Board is a separate, totally independent governing body. How can it remain that way if one board appoints another? Please vote No to this!


Another article proposes to totally eliminate zoning in Pittsfield. To do so means that many undesirable businesses are free to setup next to your property, thereby reducing your property value and your enjoyment of it. Again, please vote No.


Finally, there is an article that proposes to define “frontage” on class V or better roads (maintained by state or town). This is the exact article proposed by the Planning Board last year. If you have been staying informed about the Planning Board’s dealing with AHG/Stagecoach subdivision (on a non-maintained road) you know the nightmare it has become. This type of subdivision is premature, ill-advised and scattered. Voting for this frontage article helps ensure that these subdivisions don’t happen. In addition, major subdivisions on non-maintained roads endanger police, fire and rescue, EMS personnel and the town’s equipment. Last year, the ballot was so confusing that dozens of voters didn’t even bother to vote on any articles.


This ballot is simplified and you’ll know what you are voting for. Please help stop scattered, premature subdivisions on non-maintained roads by voting Yes to this frontage definition.



Ted Mitchell



Maundy Thursday And Easter Services Offered At

The First Congregational Church


The First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield will hold a Maundy Thursday worship service including Holy Communion, commemorating the “Last Supper” of Jesus, Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. Special music will be provided by the Chancel Choir and the JuBellation Handbell Choir.


Easter Sunday, March 31, at 7 a.m. the long-established Sunrise Service will be held in the Sanctuary with breakfast immediately following in the Vestry. The traditional Easter worship service will commence at 10:30 a.m. with music by the Chancel Choir and JuBellation. Come and worship and join us for breakfast!


Everyone is warmly welcomed at these services as well as throughout the year. Sunday worship services are at 10:30 a.m. with adult Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. and children’s Sunday School at 10:20 a.m. 


For more information, call the church office at: 435-7471 and speak with Rev. David Stasiak, pastor, or refer to the church’s website:



Letter To The Editor


The Pittsfield Food Pantry is proud to announce that it is participating in the Feinstein Foundation One Million Dollar Give Away. Pantries throughout the U.S. will participate.


During the months of March and April all monetary and food items donated to the pantry are counted and recorded by the Foundation. Last year we received a grant of $250. I hope we can exceed that this year.


We thank you in advance for your participation in this endeavour.



Ruth Strickhart





Dear Pittsfield residents:

The requirement of Class V frontage in town subdivision rules is good town planning that shows foresight and benefits all the town’s taxpayers.  Economically, it shows foresight because it is a way to ensure that public works, fire departments, police departments, and school buses do not ultimately have to respond to emergencies or other needs on Class VI roads that may not be properly maintained.


Pittsfield’s fire chief testified at a December 15, 2011 PB meeting that all fire/medical emergencies required their response, no choice. If the road is not maintained, damage may be done to vehicles, and the response time is severely hampered.  Any unplanned cost related to such emergency response is borne by all Pittsfield taxpayers.  


Our Planning Board has a responsibility to plan in the interest of all the taxpayers in the town. They must plan with respect to future financial/capital reserve needs of the public works/fire/police of the town because our taxes pay these costs. It is poor planning to allow growth that  presents unplanned costs to the town in this way.


Instead, the cost of properly developing a subdivision with at least Class V standards should always be borne by the developer of the property.


Amendment #3 requires that subdivisions have frontage on Class V roads or better. By voting “yes” to this amendment, we vote for the possibility that foresight and good planning may keep taxes as low as possible.


Planning Board members Clayton Wood and Ted Mitchell, have shown they have this foresight and we should re-elect them both.


Susan Willoughby





We ask you to join us in voting for Jim Pritchard for Planning Board.  Jim has demonstrated that he truly cares about how the Board operates, and he is probably the most knowledgeable member of the Board when it comes to the rules and regulations that govern the Planning Board. Jim deserves to continue serving Pittsfield in this capacity.  He does a wonderful job taking the minutes, and if you are unable to attend meetings, all you have to do is read his minutes and you know exactly what individuals are requesting and how the Board comes to their decisions. 


Jim believes in treating everyone fairly and spends many hours researching issues that come before the Board. After many years of turmoil on the Planning Board, it is wonderful to finally see the Board working together, listening to residents who come before them, and finding common ground in their decision-making.  Please vote for Jim on March 12th.


Paul and Carole Richardson




Submitted By Terrie Azotea


This past week at TOPS we talked about our upcoming events going on. Officer of the week was Laurel, Miss Angel is Irene. Best Loser was Janis and KOPS of the week was Barbara. I say Kudos to everyone and for the runners up good job! Keep up the good work. 


At our meeting we spoke about foods that are better together; food pairings for a nutritional powerhouse. Some of them were spinach and oranges together, and tomato and broccoli, whole grains and yummy garlic and onion. Some interesting recipes went along with them that I think I am going to try this week. It’s always nice to learn new foods that go well together. 


Well, I hope that everyone has had enough of this snow. I am looking out my window thinking is it ever going to end. I tried to take a walk today, but the roads were so slippery that I decided to stay in. On days like this when we can’t get outside, we should walk the stairs a few extra times or put in a DVD of exercise.  My favorite thing to do is turn on the radio and just dance around the house and sing. It sure is a good stress relief and before you know it, you got your exercise in for the day plus you’re thirsty from dancing so you get your water intake. Give it a try and smile, we are never to old for dancing. 


Well, if anyone is interested in joining us on a Tuesday night, we meet 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. 


“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things we can think up if only we try!”


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





I strongly urge voters to vote Yes on ballot article 3, a road frontage definition in the Pittsfield’s zoning regulations. Until 2003, the Planning Board excluded unmaintained roads from subdivision. The board then reversed this policy because our zoning ordinance had no “frontage” definition. 


The Central NH Regional Planning Commission (CNHRPC) has advised the Planning Board to define “frontage” as frontage on any town or state-maintained road, whether dirt or paved, but the Planning Board of that time ignored them. Ballot Article 3 heeds the CNHRPC recommendation.


Unmaintained roads have historically been excluded based on NH law. NH law does not obligate towns to allow subdivisions on unmaintained roads, for good reason. Such developments create a potential liability for taxpayers who must provide emergency services to the subdivisions and who will eventually be stuck paying to upgrade these roads as development occurs. Ballot Article 3 doesn’t negate any rights for development on preexisting lots; it simply does not guarantee new rights.


Pittsfield has a track record of “sleeping” on important issues until it’s too late, resulting in substantial long term costs to the taxpayers. Last year this proposal lost by 2 votes. Let’s pass it this year before we the “tax payers” become “road builders.”  The Stagecoach Station development that the Planning Board is struggling with this year is a potential example. Please vote Yes on Ballot Article 3.


Jim Pritchard is running for reelection to the Planning Board. For the past two years as Board secretary he has been quietly but consistently saving taxpayer money and working for Pittsfield’s better planning.  Please return him to the board.


Daren Nielsen

Pittsfield NH





Good Planning And Zoning Benefit Everyone, Even The Naysayers.  


No one wants to see a detrimental use be allowed next to them that would cause a loss in their property value.  Good zoning is about being fair and square with your neighbors and fellow citizens.


Just to remind everyone, the root of our high taxes is the disproportionate amount of apartments we have in relation to single family homes. This all came about before we had zoning and we would be worse off if zoning had not been  approved, voted in and supported by the citizens of Pittsfield. Good planning and zoning, less apartments, smart economic development and our improving schools are Pittsfield’s’ path to a better tax base and lower property taxes.


For this reason, I ask you to support  and vote for Jim Pritchard for the Planning Board. In his position on the Planning Board, he has been a diligent worker and an asset. I do not always agree with Jim, but he takes his oath as a Planning Board member seriously and has the best interests of Pittsfield at heart.


I also ask you to vote Yes for Article 3, as this will guarantee that building cannot take place willy-nilly on Class VI roads and wind up favoring developers at the expense of the ordinary hard working citizen of Pittsfield.


Submitted by,

Helen Schoppmeyer



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Victory Workers 4-H Club create snow sculptures at Josiah Carpenter

Library Tuesday, February 26, 2013. (Courtesy photo by Eleanor Joyce)





Dear Pittsfield Voters:

Please vote No for Ballot Article 2. Ballot Article 2 would repeal zoning.  There are some in town who believe a land owner has the right to do anything they want with their land whether or not it will de-value the land of their neighbor.  At one Planning Board meeting, I heard one proponent state that if he wants to have a hog farm or a junk yard on his property it is his right to do so. Respect the rights of all landowners by supporting our zoning ordinance.


Please vote Yes for Ballot Article 3. Ballot Article 3 would define the frontage required subdivision, but not for building on an existing lot, as frontage on any dirt or paved road that the town or state maintains.  Put an end to the ambiguity in the law that allowed a major (12-lot) subdivision on a Class VI Road that will require substantial expense to the Town to subsidize a private developer.  Don’t let it happen again.


Please vote No for Ballot Article 4. Democracy is always better served when regulatory boards can operate free from political pressure. Don’t let Pittsfield’s Select Board pack the Planning Board with cronies.  Vote for an independently elected Planning Board.


Respectfully submitted,

Carol Lambert




A Vote for Jim!


I’m writing to ask you to join me in re-electing Jim Pritchard as Planning Board member. Jim is a conscientious man, always striving to be fair and do the best for the citizens of Pittsfield.  He keeps abreast of current laws and regulations, saving taxpayers the unnecessary cost of litigation.


Please vote for reason – Vote for Jim!


Thank you,

Paula Belliveau



Coming Soon To A Theatre Near You!


The Pittsfield Players present Ken Ludwig’s Musical Farce, “Lend Me A Tenor” at the Scenic Theatre in downtown Pittsfield.


This Tony Award winning comedy enjoyed a  revival on Broadway last year with Tony Shaloub and Anthony LaPaglia and will be at the Scenic Theatre on Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6 at 7:30 pm; Sunday, April 7 at 2:00 pm and the following weekend on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 11, 12, and 13 at 7:30 pm.


You enjoyed Ludwig’s humor in “Moon Over Buffalo” and his “Leading Ladies” made a romp around the state last summer to extremely receptive audiences; so if you’re here for the laughs, Ludwig is the guy you want. 


Mo Demers returns to the Pittsfield Players director’s chair to guide some superb actors in this Pittsfield debut of “Lend Me a Tenor.” Demers is known for her direction of “Tea And Sympathy” and The Players’ revival of “You Can’t Take It With You,” among many, other shows here and across New Hampshire, showing her range in both comedy and drama. As an actress, director and producer Demers is familiar with the attention to detail it takes in bringing a farce to life.


“Lend Me A Tenor is set in September 1934. Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is primed to welcome world famous, Tito Morelli, Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as Otello. The star arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Morelli’s Otello costume and fool the audience into thinking he’s Il Stupendo. Max succeeds admirably, but Morelli comes to and gets into his other costume ready to perform. Now two Otellos are running around in costume and two women are running around, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo.” (Samuel French).


Tickets will soon be available online at Put us on your calendar!




Reelect Jim Pritchard To The Planning Board On March 12th


I am supporting Jim Prichard for the single Planning Board position that is on the ballot this year. I’ve had the honor of serving on the Planning Board for the last 4 years. During this time, Jim has always been the most prepared, always scrutinizing the process and law and making every effort to be fair and helpful to the developer, abutters, taxpayers and town. For the last two years, he was elected by PB members as Secretary, agreeing to take the minutes and saving the town thousands of dollars. As Secretary, he has also been very helpful in writing and researching all drafts of decisions and letters from the Board.


If you have followed any of the activities of the Planning Board, it is clear that this current year is a critical time. The board has faced many problems that were created by previous Planning Boards. By the way, these ‘previous’ Planning Boards were not elected by voters, they were appointed by the Selectmen (a problem in itself).  Jim’s commitment to the town has been constantly reconfirmed by his willingness to do the hard work researching these problems. For example, regarding the Bailey Park subdivision (approved in 2006) Jim prepared a 100+ page document covering all recorded aspects of the approval to help facilitate the board. This level of commitment is unduplicated on the board.


For these reasons I am supporting Jim for the Planning Board position to continue to work and bring about the much needed change to the board during this critical transition. Please vote on March 12th for Jim Prichard for Planning Board.


A sample ballot can be accessed on the town’s website


God Bless our Country

Clayton Wood





Property Owners in Pittsfield:

Earlier this month the Planning Board voted to recommend Ballot Article #3 - relating to road frontage requirements for changes in land use such as subdivision. I did not attend that meeting and I do not support the Article.


This ballot item is the same old wheezer that Jim Pritchard and his group of do-gooders have been trying to shove up our noses for the past five years. This time they have cleverly written the short summary that appears on the ballot so that it leaves out important stuff like what happens to people who own land on Class VI roads. Only people who have time to go to Town Hall and ask the right questions will find out exactly what this article will do to them.


Fact is that if this article passes, people who have paid taxes on their land for years will no longer be able to ask the Planning Board to let them subdivide it. Many owners have long range plans for their property and this change will deny them the right to complete their plans.


People here have paid their taxes on land, in anticipation of what they hope to do in retirement or to assist their families. Their right to divide lots has long existed and the taxes they have paid have not been decided by what class of road they are on. Class VI road land pays full whack at tax time. I know because I pay!


But if Article #3 passes, the value that owners have invested in their land will be taken away. And it will be an unpaid taking. Pittsfield should not do this to its people.


Never mind that it only applies on Class VI roads now. What next?


Vote No on Article #3.


Bill Miskoe



NH’s One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance And The Reality

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Steve Taylor


The Pittsfield Area Senior Center has received a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council to present New Hampshire’s One Room Schools: The Romance and Reality. The presentation of One Room Schools will take place in the Pittsfield Community Center’s function room at 1:00 pm on March 20th.


Hundreds of one-room schools dotted the landscape of NH a century ago and were the backbone of primary education for generations of children. These schools were revered in literature and lore, but were beset with problems, some of which are little changed in today’s education environment. The greatest of these issues was the method of financing the local school and the vast differences in ability of taxing districts to support education. Other concerns included teacher preparation and quality, curriculum, discipline, student achievement and community involvement in the educational process.  


Steve Taylor will lead this public discussion about the lasting legacies of the one-room school era and how they echo today. Mr. Taylor is an independent scholar, farmer, and journalist. He also served for 25 years as NH’s Commissioner of Agriculture. With his sons, Taylor operates a dairy, maple syrup and cheese making enterprise in Meriden Village. Mr. Taylor was the founding executive director of the NH Humanities Council and is a lifelong student of the state’s rural culture.


If you would like to have lunch before this lively presentation, please make a reservation by March 13th by calling the Senior Center  at 435-8482. 




Vote Yes On Warrant Article #15 At Town Meeting

Red Topped Tables


When the Josiah Carpenter Library developed the basement of the library building into the Children’s Room, the Friends of the Josiah Carpenter Library decided that one of the group’s yearly goals would be the support and improvement of the Children’s Room. The members of the Friends group understood the importance of a well equipped Children’s Room for the children of Pittsfield. 


With the generous public support of the Friend’s fund raising efforts we were able to provide bookcases, red topped tables, chairs, books and many other items for the new Children’s Room. We appreciate the public support of our raffles, poinsettia sale and book sales that made the purchase of these items for the Children’s Room possible. Working with donations from the Rotary Club, the Friends were able to promote reading to our youngest citizens and to purchase books and more books for the Children’s Room.


Now the Friends of the Josiah Carpenter Library are again asking for your support of the Josiah Carpenter Library. We are asking you to vote yes to Warrant Article #15 at the town meeting on March 16, 2013. We need to pass this warrant article so that the Children’s Room can be opened for use by the children of Pittsfield.


The Friends of the Josiah Carpenter Library








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