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Pittsfield NH News

May 1, 2013

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Those Celebrating Birthdays are: May 1, Wendy Labrecque; May 2, Kay Owens, Matthew Wolfe; May 3, Robbie Clark, Roberta Elkins; May 4, Bea Pszonowsky Douglas, Elizabeth Boyd; May 5, Danny Deane; May 6, Judith Dunne.


A Very Happy Birthday To One and All!



Celebrating Anniversaries are: May 2, Daniel and Linda St. Laurent, Sr.; May 5, Don and Dawn Farnham; 


May 7, Mick and Linda Rafeal; David and Tara Ash.


Best Wishes!



School Lunch Menus

May 6 - May 10, 2013




Soft taco, seasoned rice, sweet corn tomato, salsa, fresh apple



Fish sticks, dinner toll, oven fries, orange wedges



Spaghetti and meat sauce, Parmesan roll, green beans, pears



BBQ chicken, cornbread, baked beans, cinnamon apples



Cheese pizza or chef’s topping, carrots, peaches




Mexican Street Food

Soft tacos, seasoned rice, roasted corn and tomato salsa, fresh apple  



Southern Delight

Texas Chili, dinner roll, oven fries, orange wedges



Prince of Pasta

Spaghetti and meat sauce, Parmesan roll, green beans, pears



BBQ Feast

BBQ chicken, cornbread, sweet corn, baked beans, cinnamon apples



Loco for Calzone!

Calzones, baby carrots, fresh fruit



6th Annual Baseball Jamboree

Submitted By Rob Stockmam


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Prospect Mountain


On April 6th Pittsfield, Farmington, Belmont and Prospect Mountain had their 6th Annual Jamboree. They came together to play baseball and get practice in before the start of the season. But this year was a little different!


On this cold and windy day they were not playing for themselves they were playing for the kids of CHAD (Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth).


I take great pride in all the players that came out to raise money for this great cause. From 8 am till 6 pm these four teams endured some of the coldest weather I have ever been a part of in my 15 yrs of coaching. It was just brutal out there.


By the end of this long cold day all four teams raised over $700 for the hospital. I would like to thank all the sponsors and the players in making this a very successful tournament and fund raiser. I look forward to writing a check to CHAD and delivering it when we go up for our annual trip.



Local Letter Carriers to “Stamp out Hunger” on May 11


The 21st annual National Letter Carriers National “Stamp out Hunger” Food Drive will be held on Saturday, May 11. Local food pantries and social service agencies in the greater Concord area will be the recipients of non-perishable food as a result of Merrimack County’s participation. 


Each year, more than 5 tons of food is collected and distributed locally through this collaborative effort of the NALC, Granite United Way-Merrimack County Region and the Capital Region Food Program. Last year, over 70 million pounds of food was donated nationally as part of the largest single-day annual food drive in the country.  


“On the second Saturday of May each year, thousands of letter carriers step forward and join our co-workers, family members, friends and community partners to pick up those all-important and often heavy sacks of donated non-perishable food items left by mailboxes,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said.


It is easy to participate! Simply collect and bag non-perishable food items and place by the mailbox. A letter carrier will take it donations to the Capital Region Food Program for distribution.   To volunteer on May 11, please contact Val Guy at Granite United Way at [email protected] or 603.224.2595 ext. 226.


Visit for more information on how to organize a food drive, to donate and to volunteer, and to find a list of partner agencies supported by CRFP efforts.



American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75 News

Submitted By Merrill Vaughan, Commander,

American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75


The newly elected officers of The American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75 for 20-13-2014 will be installed on May 7, 2013 beginning at 7:30 pm.  The installation will take place at Post Commander Vaughan’s residence, 50 Deer Meadow Rd., Pittsfield.  The Installing Officer will be District 5 Commander Gerard LeDuc.  


The meeting will also include final plans for Memorial Day observance that will be held on Sunday, May 26, 2013 and the latest information on the Post Home renovation project. 


Commander Vaughan also opens the meeting to “not only those who are members, but veterans of all eras who may want to join the largest Veterans Service Organization”.  If anyone has questions, they can call Commander Vaughan at his home phone 435-5207; and his cell phone 344-0264. 





The family of Pat Lank would like to thank everyone for their overwhelming support through her illness and recent passing. Thank you for the thoughts and prayers every day. It is so comforting to know that she has affected so many people over the years, which was shown by the 200+ people who attended her Memorial Service and the many others who were unable to attend but reached out to us. Special thanks to her brother, Tom Kenneally for visiting “his favorite girl” every day at the Nursing Home and helping us through this most difficult journey. We would also like to thank the incredible staff at Epsom Manor Health Care most especially Cheryl Batchelder for their loving and compassionate care they provided to Pat during her 14 month stay with them as well as the support they provided to her family.


Peter & Pauline Lank & Family

Cindy & Steve Hodges & Family

Debbie & John Nickerson & Family

Dick Lank

Dan Lank & Family

Thomas Kenneally & Family

Lorraine Stewart & Family



Dorcas Guild – April 2013


The Dorcas Guild met the evening of April 9 with twelve members attending. President Nancy Fogg opened the meeting. Nella Hobson gave an excellent reading that she had written based on Psalm 51:10, entitled “Spring Cleaning and Spirit Cleaning.” Leslie Vogt led all in the Lord’s Prayer.


Joan Riel reported the minutes of the previous meeting, read correspondence and distributed several cards to be signed and mailed. In the absence of treasurer Reny Boyd, Nella, acting treasurer, gave the financial report.


The food basket, brought by Peggy Jacobs, was taken by Leslie. At the May meeting it will go to Audrey Moore. The apron went from Nancy to Diane Vaughan. The mystery package, brought by Audrey was won by Gailann Newton.


Gailann reported that she had ordered a walnut high chair at a delivered cost of $52.09. It is being shipped and will need assembling. Nella mentioned that on March 28 she met with Maureen Kathios Brown, “Project Linus” representative, to hand over more than 20 homemade quilts and blankets. The Guild is supporting “Project Linus” as one of their yearly community projects. Nancy and Peggy gave an update on the Ladies Tea to be held in May.


The June banquet scheduled for June 11 was discussed. Since members enjoyed the meal last year at Jitters Café, it is likely to be held there again. Nella gave news from Mary Poarch regarding recent happenings in New Tribes Missions. Several of Mary’s children and their families serve in the mission field in various parts of the world.


Plans were made to host the Fellowship Hour following church April 28. Before the close of the meeting, a group photo was taken. This will be matted and framed with the mat signed by those represented in the photo and will be given to our dear member, Elsie Morse.


Delicious refreshments were served by hostesses Nella and Leslie. At this time, numbers were drawn for members to select a brown bag “White Elephant” gift. A great variety of treasures!


The next meeting will be held May 14. This will be the flower arranging meeting. Members are asked to bring a small vase and a few dollars. Hostesses will be Kathy Bergeron and Mary Jo Powelson.



2nd Annual Spring Mega-Yard Sale Fundraiser


Rise Again Outreach, a local non-profit community outreach organization, is seeking donated items for its 2nd Annual Spring Mega-Yard Sale Fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 11 at the corner of Rt. 106 and Staniels Road in Loudon (near the Red Roof Inn). It’s a great time to do some spring cleaning, get rid of some clutter, and support a great local cause.


Donated items can be dropped by the Rise Again Outreach office at 34 Staniels Road, Suite 5, on Monday, Wednesday or Friday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Items should be in good usable condition and will not be returned if they fail to sell at the event. Televisions and computer monitors cannot be accepted.


If you need items picked up locally, contact Bob at 1-800-266-5017 Ext. 709 and we’ll try to make an arrangement. Last year, this event ways a huge success, raising $1,400 for Rise Again Outreach. So even if you cannot donate items to sell, please plan on stopping by and browsing during the sale.  



St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church,

Pittsfield to Celebrate Sesquicentennial

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St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 50 Main St., Pittsfield, NH


The Parish of St. Stephen’s, Pittsfield was organized on March 30, 1863.  At a meeting that day it was voted on and passed that the Board of Wardens and Vestrymen be authorized to purchase and prepare a lot for a chapel. A piece of land on Main Street in Pittsfield was purchased from Mr. and Mrs. James Drake for $500 to be used as a lot for the church.  The Second Bishop of New Hampshire, The Right Reverend Carlton Chase made his first visitation to St. Stephen’s on July 19, 1863.  Bishop Chase preached twice that morning in the Masonic Hall before the procession moved to the foundation for the new church building where he presided over the ceremonies and prayers to celebrate of laying the corner stone.


On May 19, 2013 at 9:30 am, the Tenth Bishop of New Hampshire, The Right Reverend A. Robert Hirschfeld will make his first visitation to the parish of St. Stephen’s. Bishop Hirschfeld will preside at a service to celebrate St. Stephen’s 150 years of ministry.  The service will include confirmations, receptions and the Holy Eucharist.  Following the service will be an anniversary luncheon to celebrate “the little church with the big heart.”  Everyone is welcome at St. Stephen’s, 50 Main Street, Pittsfield and we encourage you to join us any Sunday at St. Stephen’s for our service at 9:30 am to see why our ministry continues to thrive 150 years later. 








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