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Pittsfield NH News

May 22, 2013

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Those Celebrating Birthdays are: May 22, Bob Bolduc, Jon Ward, Jocelyn Ash; May 25, Tina Metcalf, Lynn McLaughlin, Stephanie Tuttle; May 26, David Daley; May 27, Chad Cates, James Bond, Sr., Scott Brown; May 28, Ashley Morgan, Julee Worthen.


A Very Happy Birthday To One and All!



Happy 80th Birthday to Martha Bryant on May 25th. “Way down south in dixie."



School Lunch Menus

May 27 - May 31, 2013




No School

In remembrance of those who have sacrificed all for our country



Baked ham, dinner roll, glazed carrots, mashed potatoes, applesauce



Chicken Parm spaghetti, garden salad, fresh fruit



Mexican lasagna, refried beans, seasoned rice, corn, fresh banana



Fresh Picks Pizza

Cheese pizza or chef’s topping, broccoli tops, mixed fruit




Memorial Day

No School

In remembrance of those who have sacrificed all for our country



Classic Feast

Baked ham, dinner roll, glazed carrots, mashed potatoes, applesauce



North End Fav

Chicken Parm spaghetti, garden salad, fresh fruit



Mexican Fusion

Mexican lasagna, refried beans, seasoned rice, corn, fresh banana



Fresh Picks Calzones

Assorted calzones, broccoli tops, mixed fruit



Memorial Day Observance 2013


The men and women of The American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75, Pittsfield, NH will hold their annual Memorial Day observance on Sunday, May 26, 2013. According to Merrill Vaughan, Commander of the Legion Post, “We hold our observance on the Sunday before Memorial Day as we rotate our Memorial Services among the four major churches in Pittsfield and this year it will be with Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church at 8:00 am.”  


This service allows us to honor our departed comrades, many who died on the fields of battles.  This tradition is deep in the roots of The Pittsfield American Legion Post. Then we turn our efforts for the observance that will begin at 1:00 pm at the Veterans Memorial on Main St.


This year we have some changes to the program from which we have normally been accustomed to. We are lucky to have some talent this year along with a guest speaker. Commander Vaughan goes on to describe the entertainment, “Before the ceremony begins, the Winslow sisters (Madelyn and Grace) of Barnstead, will perform a couple of numbers for us.  We are lucky to have Ms. Stephanie Joyce back to sing the National Anthem and several members of Pittsfield Players will perform for us in the middle of the program. The guest speaker will be Colonel James Allard, U. S. Army (Ret) who is also a new member to our Legion Post.  Of course, we will close the observance with our traditional flower basket presentation followed by the rifle salute and TAPS.”  




Pittsfield Flower Power


Dear Pittsfield friends and neighbors:

Thanks to the efforts of many, starting with the founder, John Lenaerts, for the past 15 years or so Pittsfield’s downtown has been graced with 35+/- hanging flower baskets. 

This year will be no exception and you should see the lovely baskets hanging sometime in June. 


As with anything, this effort takes people, time and money. If you like seeing this splash of color above our streets, would you consider a donation to The Pittsfield Flower Fund?  We would really appreciate it! 


Donations can be made to: Pittsfield Flower Fund, c/o Donna Keeley, 256 True Road, Pittsfield, NH 03263 


Thank you, 

Donna Keeley 

on behalf of the Pittsfield Flower Fund



Patriotic Concert


“Celebrate America” a patriotic concert, is set for Friday, May 31, 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield. It will feature the Chancel Choir, JuBellation Handbell Choir and the UNH’s Inextinguishable Brass Quintet. Light refreshments will be served. Be sure to mark your calendar for this exciting event – an evening of marvelous music for all ages honoring our glorious country. Parking and wheelchair accessibility at rear entrance. More information at: or 435-7471.



50 Continuous Years  Recognized

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From left to right: NH Department Parliamentarian Tony Rabbia, Post 75 Commander Merrill Vaughan, Past Commander Paul Metcalf, and District 5 Commander Gerard Leduc.

Photo by Diane Vaughan


Past American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75 Commander, Paul Metcalf, recently received his 50 Continuous years of service to the American Legion.  According to current Post Commander Merrill Vaughan, “Past Post 75 Commander, Paul Metcalf has filled many of the positions of the Post and ultimately, as Commander of our Post for two years; his service is hereby formally recognized.” Commander Vaughan went on to say, “The American Legion National Office recognizes those who have served continuous years, thus leading to the words Still Serving America Proudly.  The men and women of Peterson-Cram Post 75 congratulate Paul Metcalf on this achievement."


For those interested in joining the American Legion, you can contact Commander Vaughan at his home phone 435-5207 or his cell phone 344-0264.



Pittsfield’s Economic Development Committee

Holds Joint Board/Committee Meeting

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Photo by Bob Legg


On Saturday, May 4th officials representing the Board of Selectmen, Planning Board, Zoning Board, Economic Development Committee, Master Plan Committee, Conservation Commission, Housing Standards Authority, School Budget Committee and the Suncook Valley Regional Development Corporation met at the Community Center.


The Economic Development Committee sponsored the joint meeting that was facilitated by Stuart Arnett of Arnett Development Group and Matt Monahan of Central NH Regional Planning Commission.


The purpose of this meeting was to ensure everyone understood the mission of each board/committee. In addition, and of great importance was a dialog about everyone working toward Pittsfield’s economic prosperity. We all understand that decisions made by each board or committee impacts our Town’s economy.


There will be follow-up meetings to discuss how others see the town, what we want to see the town become and how to accomplish things that will set the stage for future prosperity. It should be noted that it is very uncommon for a town to hold such a meeting as this!


Once all meetings have taken place and a course of action has been agreed upon, there will be a public forum to report the results of these meetings and get comments and recommendations from Pittsfield citizens.


We must all get involved in our town’s future!



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The Pittsfield - Barnstead - Northwood area Friday Night Kayaking club begins the new season on the first Friday in June. The group meets at various local sites at 6 PM for 60 to 90 minutes of flat water paddling in the local rivers, ponds and lakes. Everyone is welcome. We’ve had paddlers from age 8 to 80. Upcoming locations and other information are posted on our website which you can visit anytime and put yourself on our email reminder list.



University Of New Hampshire Announces May 2013 Graduates


Congratulations to Jedidiah Ryan Elliott (BSCIVE), Matthew Randolph Engelmann (BA), Zebadiah Raymond McGill (BA), and Kelli Anne Webber (BSMATH), Cum Laude.



Bodacious Babes To Perform At Scenic Theatre

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Bodacious Babes Kat and Peg will entertain you at The Scenic Theatre on June 1.


Get set for an evening of unique, robust, fun entertainment when The Pittsfield Players present The Bodacious Babes on Saturday, June 1 at 7:30 pm at the Scenic Theatre, 6 Depot Street, Pittsfield, NH. Tickets, which are $10 per person, will be available at the door on the night of the performance on a first come, first serve basis. The box office will open at 7 pm on the night of the show so be sure to get there early for the best seats.


Both Babe Kat and Babe Peg are blessed with larger than life personalities and booming voices, and they’re guaranteed to put a smile on your face as they sing their way through the decades. The Bodacious Babes have been performing all over New England for 10 years, and they are known for their bawdy humor, booming voices and sparkling personalities (okay, and a few strategically placed feather boas as well…). These ladies don’t hang back when entertaining their audiences. There will be Do-Wop numbers from the 50s, songs from the 40s, Broadway gems and some fabulous impressions of Patsy Cline, Reba, Tammy and Dolly all thrown in for a night of great fun.


Babe Peg Johnson has already delighted Players’ audiences when she appeared as Dame Sybil in last fall’s I Remember Mama, and more recently when she played the role of Julia in Lend Me A Tenor. Peg is a four time winner of the NHCMA Traditional Country Entertainer of the Year and winner of the Traditional Female Gospel Entertainer of the Year. Babe Kat Murphy has been named the NHCMA Traditional Gospel Vocalist of the Year and Traditional Gospel Entertainer of the Year. She is also an NACMAI National Gospel Entertainer of the year. These two ladies have great vocal credentials and will sing their hearts out for you. This will be a great show, so make your plans now and don’t miss it. 



Drake Field Summer Recreation Program Will Run

Thanks To Generous Donations


Many people have been asking if the Drake Field Summer Recreation Program will be open for the children of Pittsfield this year and the answer is Yes. Thanks to the generous donations made by the Sanderson Trust Fund, Foss Family Foundation, the Pittsfield Congregational Church, Rotary Club, a private citizen, Grappone Automotive, Irwin Motors, and Banks Chevrolet we will be able to open for the 2013 summer.


So, if you’re looking for something fun, affordable and educational for your children to do this summer then we have the answer - the Drake Field Summer Recreation Program. Come join us for six weeks of fun. We will begin on June 24, 2013 and run through August 1.  The program is open Monday through Friday to Pittsfield students in grades 1-8 for the 2013-2014 school year.  


The program is free (except for some field trip admissions) and includes sports activities, arts and crafts, children’s games, board games, field trips, water games, story time and many other fun and educational activities.  This year’s field trips will be Strawberry Bank, Strafford National Guard Training Center, Cog Railroad, NH Children’s Museum, Hanscom Air Force Base, MS Mount Washington, Wallis Sands, Liquid Water Planet, mini golf, Ellacoya State Park, and the Town Pool.  Many of our trips are free and others have a small fee.  Don’t miss out on the fun and be sure to sign up.  


This year’s program will also include Let’s Go Fishing classes put on by NH Fish and Game as well as weekly programs by the US Army (example-survival skills, physical fitness, etc.).


The Drake Field Summer Recreation Program began in 1917 and has offered a safe, drug free, fun and educational place for the youth of Pittsfield ever since. Please take time to say thanks to those who have donated to make this program possible for another year.  


Look for papers to come home from school with your child or call Mrs. Sawyer to register.


For more information and registration forms please contact Mrs. Sawyer at Pittsfield High School, 435-6701 x 1110.



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Barry L. Nation (right), photographer, received an Honorary Membership in the Pittsfield Historical Society from Dr. Cedric Dustin, president, at a recent meeting. Nation is responsible for the photograph of the Hot Air Balloon Rally featured on the 500-piece jigsaw puzzle being offered as the Society’s current major fundraiser (along with a puzzle featuring Lyman Park).  Not only did he provide the photograph, but Nation has spent numerous hours on behalf of the PHS, assisting with this fundraising event.  Dr. Dustin was the featured speaker at the meeting, discussing the history of the Pittsfield Aqueduct Company.



Generational Living And Universal Design


The Paige Agency Education Series proudly presents a discussion on Generational Living and Universal Design with Geoff Martin and Brett Cusick of the Cedar Mill Group. Geoff and Brett are Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists (CAPS).


If you’re like the majority of Americans over the age of 45, you want to continue living in a familiar environment throughout your maturing years. According to AARP, older home owners overwhelmingly prefer to age-in-place, which means living in your home safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age or ability level.


The Paige Agency Education Series is a “sales free zone” where you can get information you need to make good choices for you and your family.


Come and join us for a presentation and interactive discussion on this timely and important subject on Thursday, May 23rd at 6:00 pm at The Office Suites, 211 Loudon Road in Concord. There will be light refreshments and a door prize!


The event is free but you do need to RSVP for a seat to Alice Young, The Paige Agency: (603) 435-6767 or [email protected]




Submitted By Terrie Azotea


I hope that everyone has been out enjoying this spring weather or should I say, trying to with our lovely friends the black flies. Oh wow, can they really get to you. So, I guess that is a good time to walk faster to get away from them. 


It’s that time of the year where we are trying to get our spring cleaning done inside and outside; that in itself is exercise. If we think about it, all the stretching we do when washing windows and walls, and hanging fresh washed curtains. That’s lots of work! Then you head outside with the raking, the bending down cutting your shrubs and pushing your lawn mower. So, I would say that spring is a real kick-off for a good exercise program. 


At TOPS we have had a couple of weeks of just weigh ins and then walking. We do have our yard sale coming up the day of the townwide yard sale. Look for us on Tilton Hill in Pittsfield. 


If anyone is interested in meeting new people or joining a good weight loss support group, please join us on Tuesday nights at the St. Stephen’s Church on Main Street in Pittsfield at 5:30 pm for weigh in and at 6:30 pm for our meeting. Any questions please call Stuart Pike at 789-5981 or Pat Smith at 435-5333. 


Take time to smell the fresh spring flowers and I hope everyone has a good week. See you lighter next week!





Dear Suncook Valley Sun,

My name is Jeff Caron and I wanted to share some info and get it out to the public, but wasn’t sure how to do it.  I set up a donation page for cub scout kids who can’t afford to go to camp and I want to raise money to help pay for them to go. 


When I was a cub scout, my mom was a single parent and told me maybe next year. It was the worst feeling in the world watching my friends go to camp without me. So I decided to set up this page to help those who couldn’t afford to go. Kids should have the chance to go and learn. This is the website:


I want to spread the word to as many people as I can.


Thank you for your time.


Jeff Caron



National EMS Week

Submitted By The Pittsfield Fire Department, EMS Captain Jim Girard


The Pittsfield Fire Department would like to take this time to pass along to the residents of Pittsfield that May 19-25, 2013 is National EMS Week. This year’s national theme for EMS Week is: “EMS: One Mission. One Team” and that truly speaks to the training and skill each EMS provider and service offers their communities. As we saw in recent events in Boston, EMS sprang into action and like a well-oiled machine, they were able to treat and move hundreds of casualties to appropriate facilities with the assistance of pre-planned mutual aid ambulance services. Without standardized skills training, pre-planning and communications, this would not have had such a positive outcome. 


The members of the Pittsfield Fire Department are all here for the same reason, to provide high quality patient care, and to maintain a high standard of medical services. On May 16, 2013 Governor Maggie Hassan will be signing an EMS Week proclamation in the Governor and Council Chambers. Within this document she will be asking each community in our state to “Stop and thank your local EMS providers and services for their hard work, dedication, and sacrifices.”


The Pittsfield Fire Department would like to take this time and recognize the following EMS providers for the relentless efforts in providing the residents of Pittsfield with Emergency Medical Services:


• Kristen Ahearn, EMT-I*, 13 years

• Tim Ahearn, EMT-B, 7 years

• Greg Aucoin, Paramedic, 3 months

• Bob Bousquet, Paramedic, 15 years

• Karen Brown, Paramedic*, 7 years

• Lenny Deane, EMT-I, 28 years

• Lyle Deane, EMT*, 8 years

• Jim Girard, EMT-I*, 10 years

• Pat Heffernan, FR, 25 years

• Howard Hill, EMT, 1 year

• Nick Hoisington, EMT, 1 year

• Kevin Marquis, EMT, 4 years

• Jason Nichols, Paramedic, 2 years

• Peter Pszonowsky, EMT-I*,      9 years

• Brian Tedcastle, EMT-I, 8 years

• Jennifer Tedcastle, Paramedic, 15 years

• Ken White, EMT-B*, 4 years

• Matt Woodbury, EMT-B,          4 years

*Indicates full-time employee.



“What’s Happening At PYW?”

Submitted By Paula Martel, Program Director


The Pittsfield Youth Workshop is currently finalizing the 2013 summer schedule. We are planning a summer filled with fun and exciting trips. Just for example: Canobie Lake Park, Hilltop Fun Center, The Cog Railway, Water Country, Kayaking, a tour of Fenway Park, Squam Lake, the Stone Zoo and eight weeks of Out Door Rock Climbing just to name a few. The Pittsfield Fire Dept. will be coming in to do a few activities with youth and we will also be continuing a Full of Ourselves girls group, and going on several biking trips.


PYW’s drop-in center will be open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2-6 PM, unless otherwise noted, during the summer. On some Friday afternoons, PYW will be holding special activities. Check out our website or the summer calendar!


On Thursday, June 6th, PYW will be holding an Open House from 4:00 to 6:00 PM for new youth and parents to check out the Drop-In Center, and for everyone to sign up for summer trips and/or activities. (current PYW members will have the first opportunity to sign up for the summer trips) Although this will not be the only time to sign up, we are suggesting that everyone who is interested in the summer programs stop by. Some trips fill-up fast! PYW trips and activities are open to youth in grades six and up (that means youth who just finished 5th grade), from Pittsfield and the surrounding towns. There are a lot of great opportunities this summer and we can’t wait to get started.


Please feel free to contact Paula Martel or Zach Powers with any questions, to sponsor a youth or to make a donation at 435-8272 or at [email protected]. Don’t forget to check out our website at for all upcoming events or activities.



Chichester Grange Teacher Of The Year

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PES art teacher Lisa Stevens, has been selected as Chichester Grange Teacher of the Year. Ms. Stevens has served as the art teacher at Pittsfield Elementary School since 1997.  As a visual arts teacher, Ms. Stevens works energetically and enthusiastically with over 300 students each week, and her students consistently produce quality original art work. 


At PES students’ art work is always on display in our hallways.  Ms. Steven’s students work in drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, and other mediums. She seeks to display PES student art in and out of the school. For the last several years she has shown student art at the Deerfield Fair, where PES collections regularly win ribbons. Ms. Stevens has also been active in the state network of art teachers and influential in promoting a regional traveling art show featuring k-12 artists in the Suncook Valley. Last school year she served as the chair person for the traveling show.


Over the years Ms. Stevens has brought several artists-in-residence to PES, enriching children’s live and exposing them to artists from the region and the world. Ms. Stevens is the Team Leader for the Unified Arts team at PES and this year worked with the second-grade students to improve reading skills. She works to tie in the curriculum at the grade-levels into projects in art. Ms. Stevens is an accomplished teacher and leader who brings beauty and the joy of creation to the PES community.




Cynthia L. Cyr


On May 16, 2013 Cynthia L. Cyr passed away peacefully at home in Pittsfield from a long term illness.


She was born on February 9, 1947 in Rockland, Maine to Priscilla and Arthur Cyr. She grew up in Hamilton, Mass. She lived in Northern Massachusetts and the Seacoast of New Hampshire most of her life. She moved to Pittsfield to be with her daughter and grandchildren and has resided here since.


She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield. She had many friends and family in the community and was beloved by all who knew her.


She is survived by her daughter, Priscilla Lemieux of Pittsfield; her son, Arthur Lemieux of Lutz FL and four grandchildren, Kaitlyn Lemieux of Arundel, ME, Jacen Dickson of Pittsfield, Gabriella Konopka of Pittsfield and Javan Lemieux of Pittsfield.


A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street in Pittsfield on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 12:00 pm.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield, NH 03263.








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