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April 24, 2013

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Those Celebrating Birthdays are: April 26, Lynda McConnell, Gloria Mullen, Helen Webster; April 28, Hank Wallace, Dawn Bartrum; April 29, Rose Kimball; April 30, Rachael Evans, Rodney Anderson, Hunter Ward.


A Very Happy Birthday To One and All!



Celebrating Anniversaries are: April 27, Hank and Elaine Wallace.







The Public is invited to attend a “Laughter Yoga” presentation on Thursday, April 25 at 7pm at the Community Center, Bicentennial Room at the Pittsfield Circle of Home and Family meeting. All are invited - it’s free - there are no mats or poses, just breathing and laughter exercises.  For more information, please contact Andi Riel at 435-6346 or [email protected]



Come enjoy a great day of fun with the family!

Jacquelyn Arell Disc Golf Tournament

(All proceeds go to help pay for Jackie’s New York City Photoshoot)

April 28, 2013

@ 10:30am

at The Woods

At Beauty Hill

557 Beauty Hill Road Barnstead, NH


Web Site:

$10.00 Per person 

Everyone is welcome! Call 603-724-4027 or 603-798-7549

to Pre-register

Food and drinks will be available for purchase

Rain Date: May 5, 2013




The Rest Of The Story


You’re right, Mr. Isabelle. It appears that I sited singular events from around the country; but, you’re mistaken. First, 3 years ago my son drew a picture of a gun. I was called down to the school. Second, I questioned the interdisciplinary learning and choice of using Global Warming as its topic. (Coincidentally during the period when the issue was debunked, hence Climate Change.) Third, my sons were subjected to Bowling for Columbine. Fourth, I fought against the teaching that the United Nations Doctrine is more important than the U.S. Constitution and globalization is more important than our country’s sovereignty. Last, I disputed the wisdom of granting the group ACE unfetted access to our students without addressing the controversy associated with this organization and its agenda. Indoctrination is at school.


Counselors and Para-professionals are not the answer to disciplinary problems. Money solves nothing. Lack of proper parenting and allowing children to disrespect the institution and peers is the origin of disciplinary problems. Outreach programs? Mom and Dad at home putting kids first and they (sic) second works. Focusing on high expectations not self-esteem is preemptive.


I wish not the schools teach students personal traditions or spiritual beliefs. I want schools to teach math, science, reading, etc. No Sex Education. No gay rights. No gay marriage. No heterosexuality. No social issues. Parent’s job. People will be angry: I wish American Traditions and some moral principles were taught, thus, alleviating all these problems.


I was not thinly veiling any conservative viewpoint. I am a proud conservative. I don’t believe in Social justice but Equal justice. I am a proud conservative who embraces the Constitution, American flag, and principles of our Founding Fathers. I love my country and its values. America is Great because America is Good.


Stacey Polizotti



Don’t Forget About PYW’s

11th Annual Pittsfield Fiddle Contest

Calling all fiddlers, dancers, musicians, and music lovers!


You are cordially invited to the 11th Annual Pittsfield Fiddle Contest on Friday, May 31, 2013. The Pittsfield Youth Workshop (PYW) will be hosting the contest at the Scenic Theatre, home of the Pittsfield Players. A Silent Auction will be held throughout the evening to raise money for PYW programs and activities. The evening will begin at The Scenic Theatre with the silent auction and refreshments available from 5:30-9:00 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. the Youth Competition (youth aged 17 and under) will begin followed by the Open Division (anyone can enter!) 


If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to call Paula Martel or Zach Powers at 435-8272 or email [email protected]. We hope to see you at the contest on Friday, May 31st!



A Year Without Larry Blackey

Submitted By His Loving Wife Nancy


Well, it’s been one year since I had to say my good-byes to my wonderful husband. A lot has happened since then. He was joined by his brother David and his uncle Maurice. Our anniversary came, and the holidays came, but we got though them with the help of our family. It was hard, but he would have wanted us to enjoy them. 


Kelly and Todd have been taking good care of me. Making sure that I eat makes me get out of my bedroom for a bit. Amy comes down and checks on me also. Chris does not have a way over, but he calls and checks up on me. Madison, and Amelia come into my room to make sure I am getting up to go out with them to catch the bus for school. I enjoy that Joseph and Emma still keep me on my toes and Dawn is getting so big. I try not to cry in front of them cause I miss you so much but I can’t help it. I tell them every day just how much you loved all of your grandchildren and I do believe that Brett and Timmy also think of their grandfather.


I want to thank you for all of the wonderful times and memories that we shared in our 32 years together. You were the most loving, caring, and thoughtful husband that anyone could ask for. I love you with all my heart and miss you a great deal. 


Christopher I had to go against, as I always do when it comes to sports. I told him that the Pats were not going to take the Superbowl; that the Ravens were going all the way. Todd is still keeping up with the yard work and taking care of his wife, Kelly, and his children. Kelly still continues to work and cook so I won’t get too skinny, and takes very good care of the girls. Madison still continues with sports, doing well in school, and made the honor roll with A’s and B’s. Amelia is doing very well in school also. She is so sweet. She comes in to make sure I am ok if she sees me crying. She says, “What’s wrong Grammie?” and gives me a big hug. Joseph and Emma still fight, but if anyone else starts with them, they protect each other. Dawn is starting to run now. She is talking up a storm, and loves her Uncle Todd and Aunt Kelly. She calls me Nana. She is so adorable. 


For a long time there have been some nights that I see a white light in my room. I feel your arms around me when I lay in bed crying, telling me that you are fine. I see you in my grandchildren, but I am thankful for my family who was with me at the time you passed. I don’t think I could have gotten through it by myself. 


I know I had the last say in what was going to happen to you, but I made sure that I asked everyone in my family what they thought I should do. Thanks for giving me the advice. I honestly think we made the right choice. 


I could not let nature take its course without getting Larry’s close friends who worked with him and all of his family members and friends together to say their final good-byes. I, myself, could not say good-bye to him. I said, “Until me meet again.” 


The last words that he said to me were “Happy Anniversary” even though our anniversary was not until July 11th. But I did not say you’re wrong, I just said “Happy Anniversary” back. Then he said that he loved me and thanked me for being a loving wife and a wonderful mother to his children, all of them Brent, Christopher, Dawn, Kelly, and Amy; to not be by myself for the rest of my life, and thanked me for giving him the greatest gift any wife could give a husband - to let him go be with his two children, his mom, dad, grandparents, and his uncles, aunts, etc. 


Jean and Isabell are watching me. I am very grateful for having two best friends who are here for me no matter what. As for me, well, I miss and love you so very much. I have my melt downs every month, and spend a lot of time with my sisters Joanne and Ellen. They gave me a makeover. You would have loved how beautiful I looked. 


I also chat with Barbara. She has helped me a great deal as well as Linda. I love them all. 


Our daughter, Kelly, finally married the love of her life, Todd, after almost 13 years together. Madison and Amelia started back to school in 6th and 4th grade and so far like school. Joseph, our grandson, started Kindergarten. He loves it. And than there is Emma. She is our wild one and keeps us on our toes. She is in Head-Start. The things that she comes out with you can’t get mad at because she makes you laugh. Christopher and Tamara are doing ok. As for me, I have had several melt downs missing you like crazy, but am doing ok. Amy took me on my 1st helicopter ride ever. I felt as if I was closer to you flying around. I go to your grave almost every time I go to Pittsfield. 


Kelly and Todd took me to get ice cream cones a few times; almost ordered a banana boat like you used to get when we went there, but was afraid I could not eat it all. Stephanie Woods and Shana still come down. Stephanie still watches the games she loved watching with you. She misses that. Amelia took your place in watching sports with Stephanie. 


So in closing my dear love, I wanted to let you know how we are all doing and how much we miss you and will love you always and forever.



PES PTO Soup/Chili Cook-Off


Thursday, May 16th  soup/chili lovers from our community will attend the fundraiser at the Pittsfield Elementary School Gymnasium from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. During this time they will purchase tickets to try your amazing soup/chili. At the end of the event we will announce the winners of the soup/chili cook-off. The top two will receive cash prizes!


Fill out the cook-off entry form and return it to Pittsfield Elementary School Office by May 10th. There is a $5.00 entry fee, which will be collected at the event. Please have your soup/chili in a crock pot fully prepared with a list of ingredients for display at the school by 4:45 p.m.


There is no admission fee, we will be selling sampling tickets for 50¢ each. Sampling tickets will get you a 4 oz. cup for a tasting of the soup/chili of your choice.


The proceeds will go to the Pittsfield Elementary School PTO, which allows the PTO to fund field trips and the Artist in Residence program. Last year the PTO funded the librarian for the summer, 6th grade celebration shirts and the Open house barbecue just to name a few. We also host events like craft night, game pajama night, the Halloween party, breakfast with Santa and more.


For more information contact Ammy Ramsey at (603)435-7094 or [email protected]



Pittsfield Cub Scout Pack 84 Is In Need Of Leaders!


We are asking for any adults to join who think they may like to guide some of the boys in Pittsfield as a Cub Scout Leader. We are in need of the following positions this coming year:  Cub Master, Assistant Cub Master, Secretary, Tiger and Wolf leaders. The pack picks up all the registration costs and the training is free as well. Please consider donating your time to some really great boys so we can keep this all important program running for the boys in Pittsfield.


We want you to be aware of all the fun and educational things that happen in Scouting helping to form the boys of Pittsfield into courteous, responsible citizens. The favorite is the camping, hiking, fishing and field trips to various wildlife centers around the state to learn about the environment of NH and our special wild friends. They learn den yells, songs and cheers that keep moral up as a team. There are also many projects we do with the boys such as arts and crafts, building various things such as tool boxes and bird houses. 


A great family favorite is the Pinewood Derby where the boys receive a car kit to build to race against each other. The winners can then bring their cars to the District Level and then even on to the State. There is a Raingutter Regatta (sail boat to build) and a Space Derby (rocket ship to build)as well.


The books that they receive every year teach them about being safe in their environment, good citizens, things in our town, state and country. It also gives them practical life lessons such as how to build a bird house, how to cook, clean, fix things around the house and introduces them to many tools they will use as they become adults. We even have accounting and mastering some physical goals, First Aid and what to do in an emergency. (We just made our own First Aid Kits.) There are always at least two leaders available to help the kids and encourage them through each thing along the way.


Trips we go on include, apple picking where we get to sample delicious hot cider and hot apple donuts as well as going on a hay ride. Boutwell’s bowling with a snack of pizza and cake.  Boston Museum of Science, where we are allowed to sleep in one of the rooms and learn everything that the museum has to offer. Battleship Cove is always a favorite where the boys get to sleep on a real battleship in the bunks down below deck. They can go up and see the cannons and guns on deck and learn a lot about maritime living. At Camp Carpenter they are able to go to Fort Knocks, which is like a real old cowboy fort. They can stay there for a week during the summer; we camp as a pack. There is Spring, Summer and Fall Camping for scouts and families at various locations around the state. Gunstock Snow tubing was one of our best trips this year! We even visited the State House and saw a session of the House in progress which taught some of the boys how our state government works and why  it is so important to vote when they are old enough. Everyone there was very excited to see the scouts and their interest in the jobs that they do.


Holidays are celebrated together as a pack. We have a huge Halloween/Fall Party (this year we set off the fire alarm with the fog machine....Sorry about that again PFD) and a Christmas Celebration where we have gifts and a pot luck dinner. The Blue and Gold Dinner is another pot luck type of dinner where we have our oldest cubs (the Weeblos II) cross over into Boy Scouts and there is always great entertainment; this year we had Andrew Pinard ( come in for a show. He was amazing and so great with the boys!


You may also see us out and about around town doing Community Service Projects for the Community Center, Rotary Club Dinners, Old Home Day Float, Dunk Tank at the Mud Runs and Balloon Rally Weekend; Scouting for food for the Food Pantry as well as volunteering our time to help pack food for those in need, passing out the Christmas Boxes off the big truck at the Town Hall, and cleaning up Sergeant Town  Forest Trail in the spring. The boys donated books to the Town Library and the school library. Hopefully we are going to add helping the Beautification Committee and the Town Pool as some of our work this year. Our goal is to give back to the community that we are lucky to have our Scouting in and help out all the people who help make the scouting program possible every year.


Unfortunately, we cannot do as many things without more leaders to step up and help out; there is nothing more rewarding than helping a boy do a project or build something, seeing them move through the stages of scouting and doing things they never thought they could do before! It is such a surprise to them to see the things they can accomplish with trying and patience. Self esteem soars!


Please tell your friends about it, attend a training online in your own home or learn more about the happenings in scouting at Please come make a huge difference in the lives of the great boys of Pittsfield!  Also, you are welcome to come sit in a meeting any Tuesday evening 2nd floor of the Community Center to see what it’s all about.


For more information or if you have questions, please call either Debby Boyce at 603-534-0261 or Diane Richardson at 603-435-7924.



The Rape Aggression Defense System

Coming To Sage Wellness Center And Spa


The R.A.D. program will be held Sundays May 5, 12 and 19 from 1:00-6:00 pm at Sage Wellness Center and Spa, 175 Barnstead Rd, Pittsfield, NH. This program is Free and a wonderful gift for your mothers, daughters, sisters and friends.


Did you know, 1 in 4 women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime? This fact is according to national statistics (1991).


Did you know, 90% of self defense training is education and awareness?


Do you know Your risks to personal safety?


Could You defend yourself if attacked? What are You waiting for?!


The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. R.A.D. is not a Martial Arts program. Our courses are taught by nationally certified R.A.D. Instructors and provide each student with a workbook/reference manual. This manual outlines the entire Physical Defense Program for reference and continuous personal growth, and is the key to our free lifetime return and practice policy for R.A.D. graduates. (see


To register please call 435-7711, email [email protected] or visit our website


For more information please contact: Deputy Michelle Clarke, Merrimack County Sheriff’s Office, 333 Daniel Webster Hwy, Boscawen, NH 03303 at (603)796-6638, (603) 796-6617 fax, or email at [email protected]



Women Of Rotary


The April meeting of Women of Rotary was held in the Media Room of the library at the Pittsfield Middle High School with eight members in attendance. Derek Hamilton, a teacher at the high school, presented a wonderfully informative program on the changes in the learning process of students today. They are more actively involved, which was demonstrated by presentations given by four students from seniors to freshmen. It was a great program. 


The business meeting followed with refreshments served by Marilyn Thyng, Fred Okrent and Audrey Moore.



School Lunch Menus

April 29 - May 3, 2013




All American Lunch

Cheeseburger with the fixin’s, oven fries, fresh fruit



Cluck, Cluck

Chicken nuggets, dinner roll, roasted sweet potatoes, pears



Pasta Grande

Southwestern baked spaghetti, Parmesan roll, garden salad, peaches



Tex Mex

Chicken Fajitas with the fixin’s, green beans, seasoned rice, cinnamon apples



Fresh Picks Pizza

Cheese pizza or chef’s topping, cucumber wedges, raisins




Build Your Own Burger

Build your own burger, oven fries, fresh fruit



Cluck, Cluck

Popcorn chicken, dinner roll, roasted sweet potatoes, pears



Pasta Grande

Southwestern baked spaghetti, Parmesan roll, garden salad, peaches



Tex Mex

Chicken fajitas with the fixin’s, green beans, seasoned rice, mixed fruit



It’s A Melt

Ham and Swiss melt cucumber and tomato salad, applesauce




Roy A. Sargent


Roy A. Sargent, 77, of Hartshorn Road, passed away April 18th at the Concord Hospice House following a brief illness. 


He was born in Epsom, the son of Charles R. and Selma (Moody) Sargent and has lived in Barnstead for over 56 years. He was an auto mechanic and had worked for Huckins Chevrolet in Pittsfield for 30 years and later ran his own business, Sargent’s Garage in Barnstead until he retired. He was a Marine Corps Veteran. He also was a member of the Barnstead Fire Dept. and the Historical Society. 


He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Janice (Corliss) Sargent of Barnstead; a son, Roy A. Sargent and wife Denise of Loudon  and a daughter Pamela Welch and husband Kenneth of Bow; granddaughter, Staci Goonan and husband Richard; great- granddaughter, Alexandria Goonan; a grandson, Chris Silva and family; twin brother, Royce Sargent of Barnstead and brother Lonnie Sargent of Zepher Hills, Fl.; a sister, Ester Rhuland of Zepher Hills, Fl.; nieces, nephews and cousins.


A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, April 24th at 11:00 am in the Barnstead Parade Congregational Church. The Rev Sandy Pierson, Pastor will officiate.


The family suggests donations may be made to the CRVNA Hospice Program, 30 Pillsbury St., Concord, NH 03301. 


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Leonard G. Gilman


Leonard G. Gilman, Sr., 84, of Dowboro Road, died April 15th  at his home following a long illness. 


He was born in Pittsfield, the son of Harold and Louise (Emerson) Gilman and lived here all his life. 


He was an auto mechanic and had worked for Stapleton’s Garage and Fred Hast’s Garage. He built his own garage in the early 60s at his home in South Pittsfield. He enjoyed deer hunting with hunting buddies. He enjoyed packing a picnic lunch and taking his wife of 65 years, Norma sightseeing on Sunday. 


He is survived by his wife, Norma (Clark) Gilman; a son, Leonard Gilman, Jr. and wife Linda of Epsom, a son, Donald Gilman of Pittsfield; a daughter, Gail Gilman and companion David Valley of Pittsfield; six grandchildren, Sandy Bedell, Bonnie Gayer, Gary Bedell, Melissa Moscaritolo, Dusti Perkins, and Jonathan Gilman; five great-grandchildren, Timothy and Riley Mullen, Cody Gayer, Kameron and Mercedes Moscaritolo; two sisters, Barbara Gilman of Alton, and Dorothy Polichronopolis of Manchester; nieces, nephews and cousins.


A Graveside Service was held April 20th at 11:30 am in the Floral Park Cemetery, Pittsfield. The Rev Henry Frost officiated. In lieu of flowers, donations  may be made to the Harvey A. Marston Memorial Scholarship Fund, 384 Webster Mills Road, Pittsfield NH 03263.


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George R. Lemay Armstrong


George R. Lemay Armstrong, 54, died surrounded by family and friends, on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at the CRVNA Hospice House after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Goffstown on September 26, 1958, George was the son of the late Lionel Lemay and Rita (Dallaire) Armstrong of Allenstown.


He was raised and educated in Goffstown and Manchester. He was a hard working man, who was employed by a variety of companies, including Sprague Electric, Globe Mfg, and most recently CN Brown in Gilford.


In addition to his mother, family members include a sister, Helene Hanks and her husband David; two brothers, Dave “Ron” Lemay and his wife Denise and Ernie Lemay; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, great nieces and nephews; and some relatives in Quebec. He also leaves his step-daughter, Sherry Howe, three step-grandchildren; and his companion, Sue Heino.


A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, April 30 at 10:30 AM at St. John the Baptist Church in Allenstown with burial following in St. John the Baptist Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the CRVNA Hospice Program, 30 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH 03301.


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