Those Celebrating Birthdays are: April 3, Meghan Brown, Judy
Bartlett, Wendy S. Locke; April 4, Judy Mandigo, Tyler Snedeker,
Patrick Bailey; April 5, Hank Wallace, Jr.; April 6, Kip Riel, Peter
Teloian, Jr.; April 7, Donna Snedeker, Alison Wolfe; April 8, Ben
Abbott, Bob Zahn, Debbie Riel; April 9, Mary E. Locke, Carolyn Bond,
Milton D Locke, Jr.
A Very Happy Birthday To One and All!
Celebrating Anniversaries are: April 6, Fred and Ginny Hast.
Pittsfield Cubscouts Pack 84 is having a “Spring Recruitment Event”
on Tuesday, April 9th at 6:30 pm at the Pittsfield Community Center
on the second floor. A Daniel Webster Council member will be on site
to talk a little about the scouting experience and all the things we
do as a pack to have fun. We will be building our own First Aid
Kits, giving awards and there will be light refreshments served. For
more information call Debby at 603-534-0261 or Dianne at
School Lunch Menus
April 8 - April 12, 2013
It’s A Melt
Grilled cheese or grilled ham and cheese, roasted sweet potatoes,
tomato soup, pineapple
Chicken tacos with the fixin’s, refired beans, seasoned rice,
School Lunch Classic
American Chop Suey, garlic bread, garden salad, fresh fruit
Brunch for Lunch
French toast sticks, baked ham, homefries, cran-apple sauce
It’s A Melt
Grilled cheese varieties, sweet potato fries, tomato soup, pineapple
Chicken tacos with the fixin’s, corn, seasoned rice, peaches
School Lunch Classic
American Chop Suey, garden salad, fresh fruit
Brunch for Lunch
French toast sticks, baked ham, homefries, cran-apple sauce
2013 Foss Family Pittsfield Town Scholarship Applications Are Now
Foss Family Pittsfield Town Scholarships will once again be awarded
in June to graduates of Pittsfield Middle High School continuing
their education beyond high school. Students pursuing degrees at
two-year, four-year, technical or trade schools are eligible for the
The scholarship program was established through the generosity of
Richard and Lois Foss with the goal of supporting post-secondary
education for the community’s young people and encouraging their
contribution to revitalization of the community. Past graduates as
well as graduating seniors are eligible for the award, which this
year will include two $5000 scholarships. Selection criteria include
financial need, academic achievement, leadership ability, and
community involvement. Special emphasis is placed upon submission of
a high quality essay articulating future aspirations and the
applicant’s contributions to the community.
Applications are due May 1st and are available online
at the PMHS website and websites for the Town of Pittsfield and the
Pittsfield School District. They are also available through the
Guidance Office . You may call the Guidance Office (435-6701) or
for more information.
It is that time of year when people want to get out and walk and
sometimes that includes walking their dogs. Please be mindful that
Pittsfield has a leash law, “New Hampshire Revised Statutes
Annotated Chapter 31 Section 39,” which includes downtown and all of
the parks, Dustin Park, Centennial Park, General Harrison R. Thyng
Memorial, Dustin Park Historical Walking Trail, Lyman Park, Sargent
Town Forest Nature Trail, Pittsfield Youth Athletic Park, (No Dogs
Allowed), Dr. Conrad Park, Drake Field, Dr. Forest B. Argue Memorial
Pool, (No Dogs Allowed). This plainly states dogs must be on a
leash, not under voice command.
Off leash dogs, although the owner says they are friendly, create a
very stressful and dangerous situation for “reactive” dogs and their
owners. Please be aware that if your dog is off leash and approaches
an on leash dog and there is an altercation that ends with injury,
you are responsible for payment of veterinary bills if your dog
injures the on leash dog. If an unleashed dog approaches a dog on a
leash, the owner of the leashed dog may spray the unleashed dog with
citronella or pepper spray if they feel the unleashed dog is not
under the owner’s control and is acting in a threatening manner. It
is also a very good practice to not have dogs meet while on leash.
Here are two programs that can be helpful if you have a reactive
dog. TheYellowDogProject.com advises if your dog wears a yellow
ribbon, bandana or scarf on the leash it will signal other dog
owners that the dog needs space and to please respect that. There is
also a program called DINO, Dogs in Need of Space;
dogsinneedofspace.com/. The owner and/or dog will usually wear a
white and red tee shirt or vest. It could simply say DINO.
For everyone’s safety and peace of mind this spring and summer,
please leash your dog in all of Pittsfield’s parks and downtown
areas. And remember to please pick up your dog’s waste.
Skiing In Pittsfield - Part II
By Larry Berkson
The Berry Brook Ski Area
In the summer of 1939, Robert Sanderson advanced the funds to
purchase a new rope tow. A group of volunteers and several boys from
the high school under the supervision of Principal Harold Rand,
completed the necessary work. The new area opened on January 14,
1939 in what was then an open field across from the Joshua Berry,
Jr. House just before Berry Pond Road. According to Richard Foss and
Charles Watson, it was the brainchild of Frank V. Volpe and Del
Pelissier. The area had a 1,100 foot rope tow powered by a V-8 Ford
motor. There was a shelter for the use of skiers who wanted to rest
or get warm.
The hill was very steep, dropping 130 feet, and skiers had to turn
quickly at the bottom of the hill or run into Berry Brook, the
town’s water supply that ran parallel to the road. There was a good
“turnout” area but nonetheless, planks were placed across the brook
for those who could not stop soon enough.
The operation was headed by Burley Brock and Darwin Howe and was
open on Sundays. The tow was operated by Vernon Leduc, Sr. His
sister, Eleanor, at about age 12, recalls that she attempted to
negotiate the slope, but with disastrous results. As she explained,
“One ski went one way, and the other the other.” In severe pain
after the “split,” Vernon threw her over his shoulder and took her
home, where she spent two weeks recovering. That was her last
attempt at downhill skiing.
Better results were had by the Pittsfield Academy Ski Team.
Supervised by Principal Rand, the 1939 Team was the first one
organized to represent the high school. Most are well remembered by
old-timers today: Hervey Bouchard, Ulysses Drolet, William Freese,
Harrison Leduc, Donald Tilton, and the sole surviving member D.
Jackson Freese, who winters in Florida and summers on Crystal Lake.
As part of the Winter Carnival that year, an interscholastic ski
meet was held between Alton, Dover, Farmington, Pittsfield and
Wolfeboro. Pittsfield won the competition by a large margin. In the
cross country event, Kenneth Moulton and Olive Grenier tied for
second. Donald Burbank won the downhill with Harrison Leduc taking
second place. Donald Tilton won the slalom competition.
The team continued skiing at the area the following year, 1940,
again under the supervision of Principal Rand. Oliver Grenier was
elected captain of the team which included Donald Burbank, William
Freese, Kenneth Moulton, and Donald Tilton who are pictured in the
accompanying photo taken in front of the Academy. Not pictured is
John Frederic Nutter who was also on the team. Again, the young men
of Pittsfield won the interscholastic competition with Donald
Burbank winning the downhill and Donald Tilton winning the slalom.
Large crowds flocked to the area with State Trooper Howard Hardy
sometimes supervising automobile parking. It was so successful that
by March it was paying for itself. During the next summer and fall,
however, the Winter Sports Association was not able to find people
who would help run the operation and in December, with considerable
disdain, voted not to open it in January of 1941. Whether it opened
briefly during the Winter Carnival or the skiing events were held
elsewhere has not been learned. However, Pittsfield was once again
successful with William Freese winning the slalom, Oliver Grenier
the cross country, and Donald Tilton the downhill.
In February, the ski tow and accessories were sold to the Franklin
Outing Club for $375.50. All proceeds went to Mr. Sanderson who had
sponsored the operation.
The Second Upper City Ski Tow
A second rope ski tow was operating behind the old Louis French,
later Clattenburg, Place by 1949. It was operated by the Pittsfield
High School Outing Club. The group sold hot dogs, cheese sandwiches
and cocoa from a bus donated by E. J. Stapleton. The high school had
a ski team and used the area for practice and perhaps some ski
meets. In 1949 it was reported that the team had been invited to
several meets and had promise. The following year the boys and girls
each had three meets and continued to use the area.
The school had a team in 1952, and by 1953 it was very competitive,
especially in cross country where it placed second in meets against
Sunapee, Concord, and Manchester. However, handicapped by a lack of
equipment, the team placed seventh out of ten teams at Lebanon. The
1954 season was apparently the last of the decade and it is likely
that the second ski tow was discontinued at about this time.
The ski area was also used by town folks and in at least one
instance by young school children. In 1952, when the writer was in
the fourth grade, someone arranged for a bus to take grammar school
students to the area after school. The event was a disaster. The
hill was covered with ice and nearly unskiable. Moreover, despite
the fact that some of the kids quickly learned how to grab the rope
and be pulled to the top of the hill, most took several head-first
spills before mastering how to gradually apply hand pressure to the
rope and make the trip successfully.
To The Residents Of Pittsfield:
Master Plans provide a framework for practical development of a
town. Periodically these need to be reviewed and updated to keep
abreast of opportunities and changes that have occurred. Pittsfield
is presently involved in this process. It is easy to see the
opportunities that exist, close proximity to Concord, improving
school system, a downtown and several natural features which make it
a natural site for change.
The Master Plan Committee needs to get your input. You have good
ideas, plus first hand insight into the issues facing you and your
neighbors. Every community has a character and we need to identify
what is important and what the Town should look like in the future.
Gathering input is part of a democratic process.
The Master Plan Committee has several activities planned to get
residents involved. A town-wide survey is available on the Town
website, addressing several common concerns. The results will be
made public and available to various committees and Town officials.
We encourage everyone to participate.
Master Plan Committee
The Pittsfield Youth Workshop
Through The Eyes Of Kids!
(Past, Present And Future)
Pittsfield Youth Workshop (PYW) was not only a place for me to go
and hang out, but it was a place to learn and excel in many
different ways. It gave me the chance to learn and enjoy many
Over the years, I have gone on more trips then I can count and
participated in more than a dozen different activities. Rock
climbing was by far my favorite thing that I have done with PYW. I
not only learned how to work well with a team, but I learned to
trust, and help others. It was an amazing experience for me.
When I was in high school I was going through a rough time at home,
I didn’t want go to school, I didn’t want to be with people, and I
especially didn’t want to be at home. PYW and the people that run it
not only helped me to push pass my problems and overcome everything
life threw at me, but they will always be there for me. They were
not only people to help guide me but they were/are friends.
If it wasn’t for the PYW, I probably wouldn’t be where I am today,
finished college and still pushing to become the best person that I
can be. PYW is an amazing organization that changes people lives and
gives kids a second chance at being who they have the potential to
This is my first year in PYW and I love it. It is way better than
the other after school program I was going to because PYW plays
games and does arts and craft projects that are meant for the bigger
kids, like paper mâché. They have fun field trips, like you can go
to the pet shop, swimming, and much more. PYW has air hockey and
pool which is really fun. They have computers that have the
internet. They even have a store the kids run. The staff is awesome
and they help us with homework and play games with us. They have
food if you get hungry, no cost. It is the best after school
I have been coming to the PYW for about a year. I like coming here
because it offers a nice place to hang out with friends and there
are a bunch of awesome field trips. Some of my favorite trips I’ve
been to are the circus, Hilltop Fun Center, and outdoor rock
climbing in the summer. The rock climbing has taught me skills like
trust, responsibility and how to climb. The staff is friendly and
know our names. Whenever I come to PYW I feel like I am welcomed and
I am 9 years old. I live near PYW. I sometimes find PYW balls in the
park and give them back. I want to go, go, go to PYW. I hope I can
do experiments. I might like PYW a lot. Well, when I do get to go.
Girl Scouts In Need Of Leaders!
Are you aware of all the fun, educational, adventurous, exciting
things that the Girl Scouts who live in Pittsfield and Chichester
We have gotten lost in corn mazes, danced, watched movies, played
games, sang Christmas carols at the town tree lighting, had
sleepovers at the Boston Museum of Science and at Old Sturbridge
Village, done crafts and gone swimming. Just to name a few things!
An example of some of the things we learned: self defense skills,
how to sew, about composting, experienced music from around the
world, ate food from different countries, became certified
babysitters, and earned many badges.
And as always, we focus on community service! We donated a Christmas
tree to “The Fez-tival of Trees” in Concord, made blankets for
Project Linus, donated our time to help the PTO run a craft night
for the elementary school, helped with the Hurricane Sandy Relieve
Drive, donated Girl Scout cookies to our soldiers, donated to the
food pantry, and visited Vintage Hill. We have some girls who have
started to think about and complete the steps needed to earn their
But none of this would be possible without adults to
help out! We are in desperate need of troop leaders for next year.
Right now we have no troops in town to offer girls in grades K - 5,
because we have no adults who have stepped up to lead them. We need
a Daisy leader, grades K-1, to teach girls about the Girl Scout Law.
We need a Brownie leader, grades 2-3, to take girls on adventures
earning badges. We need a Junior leader, grades 4-5, to get girls
ready for bigger and better things by helping them learn how to be
leaders themselves. Two trained leaders are needed per troop, so
find a friend, attend the trainings and get moving! If you are
interested in learning more about becoming a Girl Scout leader and
joining our family, please visit
call Danielle at 435-7001. Thanks so much!
Hilarity Ensues At The Scenic Theatre
“It’s so refreshing to play Maria, I feel like I’ve finally broken
the typecast I’ve been in.” – Kat Abdelwahid as Maria in The
Pittsfield Players’ production of Ken Ludwig’s “Lend Me A Tenor.”
“This is the most prepared I’ve ever seen a cast for a show,” says
cast member, Kat Abdelwahid. Having been a member of several casts
in the Pittsfield Players as well as the Majestic Theatre in
Manchester, this is Kat’s first step outside the box, she feels, in
comparison to the roles she usually plays.
Kat and her cast mates are hilarity on heels from start to finish of
“Lend Me A Tenor.” Greg Parker as hopeless romantic, Max has
aspirations for the stage as well as his sweetie, Julia, played by
Kaylin Dean. His line delivery and actions are Jim Carey-esque,
turning the most simple moves and motivations into great acts of
comedy. These are the perks from being so well prepared for a show;
the actors are now being given the opportunity to give their own
spin on the rehearsed lines and scenes. Combine that with the
ever-swift back stage crew, a Hotel Regency set and some clever
footwork and you have a recipe for a sold-out show.
That being said, get your tickets now for “Lend Me a Tenor” April 5,
6, and 7, 11, 12 and 13. Once again, The Pittsfield Players are
online so our patrons can enjoy the ease of ordering tickets via
TicketLeap. 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 Terrie Azotea
Well, I hope that everyone had a great Easter and that the Easter
Bunny didn’t leave to much chocolate around to eat. It sure is hard
with all that candy around the house. But look at the bright side,
it’s spring and we are on our way to brighter days and getting
We have been busy at TOPS this past week. We had our spring banquet.
We would like to welcome the new officers, and the ones who are
staying on. We wish you a good year! Kudos to the division winners
and also Kudos to the KOPS of the Year and Miss Inspiration. Great
job to the KOPS who have kept their status and also to the TOPS who
have given encouragement and help throughout the year. We had a nice
dinner and got to spend time visiting.
Soon we will be out walking on our Tuesday nights with the daylight
savings. I love it this time of the year when it stays lighter out
later, we seem to have extra energy.
Well, if anyone is interested in joining us, we meet at St.
Stephen’s Church on Main Street in Pittsfield at 5:30 pm for weigh
in and 6:30 pm for our meeting. Any questions please call Pat Smith
“Happy Spring Everyone.” Hope everyone has a good week and see you
lighter next week!
Park Street Baptist Church News
Submitted By Thomas Hitchcock
The Park Street Baptist Church in Pittsfield had their annual
spaghetti dinner on Thursday, March 28th. This wonderful meal and
event was prepared and served by Pastor Jeremy, his wife Beth and
their children. It was a great time of food and fellowship enjoyed
by all. The evening was highlighted by Jeremy reading the Bible
story from the book of Romans of the death and Resurrection of Jesus
Christ on Easter, followed by Communion, worship and mouth watering
In a world filled with confusion and lack of hope, it is good to
have fellowship with one another to share our personal relationships
with a Savior who brings us hope and eternal life through him.
Please come and enjoy great soup and fellowship every Wednesday
night at 5 p.m. on “Soup Night” at Park Street Baptist Church. Our
goal at Park Street is to share life together in a small town that
needs the unity and love that Christ brings to the table. Come and
meet new friends on Wednesday nights.
Brenda (Vien) Gauthier Gadwah, 63, of Tilton Hill Road, died
suddenly March 25th at the Concord Hospital.
She was born in Pittsfield the daughter of Alpha and Jeannette
(Rollins) Vien and lived here all her life.
She retired from Globe Manufacturing after 26 years. She was a
longtime member of Our Lady Of Lourdes Church. She loved her large
family and enjoyed hosting bean suppers and family parties at her
home. She enjoyed her pets and going to yard sales. She was the
widow of Eugene Gauthier who died in 2001 and is survived by her
husband Wayne Gadwah of Pittsfield, 3 sons, Alpha R., Adam M.
Gauthier and Jessica Blaisdell and Andy J. Gauthier and Natalie all
of Pittsfield. Daughters: Wendy and Brent Moses, Tessie Gadwah and
Dave Simpson, and Stacy Gadwah and Mark Hood. Grandchildren Sean,
Morgan, Ethan, Shaun, Ashton Whitney, Zachary, David, Ally and
Emily. Brothers: Ronald and Eleanor Vien, Edward and Laurie Vien.
Predeceased by Richard and Randy Vien. Sisters: Gloria and Daniel
Mullen and Tina and Scott Waddle and Linda Turner. Aunts, nephews,
nieces and cousins. She was predeceased by Angus Moses. She was also
predeceased by a son, Eugene Gauthier.
Graveside Services will be scheduled in the spring in the McClary
Cemetery, Center Hill Road, Epsom. The Rev John Loughnane, Pastor
of Our Lady of Lourdes Church will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes
Association, NH Street. 104 Middle St. Manchester, NH 03101 or to
The Concord SPCA 130 Washington St. Penacook, NH 03303 To sign an on
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