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Pittsfield NH News

April 3, 2013

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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.


Best Wishes!



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 603-435-7924.



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



Tijuana Tuesday

Chicken tacos with the fixin’s, refired beans, seasoned rice, peaches



School Lunch Classic

American Chop Suey, garlic bread, garden salad, fresh fruit



Brunch for Lunch

French toast sticks, baked ham, homefries, cran-apple sauce



No School




It’s A Melt

Grilled cheese varieties, sweet potato fries, tomato soup, pineapple



Tijuana Tuesday

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



No School



2013 Foss Family Pittsfield Town Scholarship Applications Are Now Available


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 awards.


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 contact [email protected] for more information.



Happy Spring!


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. 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; 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.


Ralph Odell

Master Plan Committee



The Pittsfield Youth Workshop

Through The Eyes Of Kids!

(Past, Present And Future)



Submitted By Steph Baburins

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 different activities.


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 be.



Submitted By Jessica

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 program!


Submitted By Tucker Wolfe

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 comfortable!



Submitted By Arianna

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 are doing?  


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 Silver Awards.


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 or call Danielle at 435-7001. Thanks so much!



Hilarity Ensues At The Scenic Theatre

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“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 outside. 


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 at 435-5333. 


“Happy Spring Everyone.” Hope everyone has a good week and see you lighter next week!



Park Street Baptist Church News

Submitted By Thomas Hitchcock

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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 desserts. 


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 Gadwah


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 line guest book, log on to








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