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Pittsfield NH News

June 19, 2013

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Those Celebrating Birthdays are: June 19, James Dunne; June 20, Charly Zahn; June 21, Rob Richardson; June 22, Robby Welch, Linda St. Laurent; June 23, June Teloian, Peter Yelle, Walter Bond, Jr.


A Very Happy Birthday To One and All!



Celebrating Anniversaries are: June 22, Mark and Tanya Portigue; June 23, Rob and Debra Richardson.







Members of the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield recently voted to change their Sunday worship hours from 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. year round. The church formerly went to the 9:30 a.m. time in the summer. The new Sunday worship time will begin June 23 at 10:00 a.m. Fellowship hour will continue as usual after the service. The church is located at 24 Main Street, Pittsfield. Parking and wheelchair accessible entry are available at rear of church. For more information, call the church office at 435-7471 or refer to the church’s website:



Don’t forget to send in your nominations for Pittsfield’s Citizen of the Year to:


Citizen of the Year

PO Box 173

Pittsfield, NH 03263

Nominations must be in by June 27.



Matthew Therrien is leading a community service project on behalf of the local 4H group, Victory Workers, that offers a free intro to tennis (group lesson) on Sunday, June 23, 2013 from 9-11 a.m. at the tennis courts in Pittsfield. 


This is for children currently in 2nd through 5th grade.  Space will be limited and all individuals need to preregister by Thursday, June 20th at [email protected] or by calling 290-4111.


Registrants will need to provide the youth’s name, grade/age, address and contact information such as address and telephone number. The only thing the children will need is a desire to learn and have fun with the basics of tennis and a youth tennis racquet.



Josiah Carpenter Library Hours Change

Effective July 1st


New hours for Josiah Carpenter Library, Pittsfield, NH are: Monday though Thursday, 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.



Congratulations to the Pittsfield School Board who won 2013 School Board of the Year and were honored at the NH Excellence in Education Award (EDies) Ceremony on Saturday evening, June 8 in Manchester.



An Afternoon Of Music At South Barnstead Congregational Church


The South Barnstead Congregational Church, on Route 126, invites all to a musical fellowship on Sunday, June 23, at 3 pm. Come share with others your favorite hymns, songs and poetry, and join in the joy that these bring. Your voices, instruments and talents for this special event are most welcome. 


Refreshments will be served. For further information call Susan Hipkiss at 269-3221 or email [email protected].





Reward for the arrest and conviction of the person(s) who broke into the home on Ingalls Rd, Pittsfield.


Contact Sgt. Cain of the Pittsfield Police Department at 435-7535.



Sage Wellness Fair At Sage Wellness Center And Spa


Join us for Sage Wellness Center’s Wellness Fair on Saturday, June 22, 2012 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at 175 Barnstead Road (Route 107), Pittsfield, NH 03263 for a diverse variety of vendors, readings, treatments, samplings, informative talks and chances to win door prizes! The event is free and open to the public. Vendors do charge a fee for their services and products.


Joining us as vendors are:

Darlene Chadbourne, Master Numerologist, will be offering both personalized consultations as well as an informative discussion entitled “Where Do You Fit Into the Universal Plan? Personal Calculations for Career and Success.” Appointments made in advance recommended by calling 435-7711, via our Facebook page or website 


Robin Stevens of Sensible Orthotics, offering custom orthotics as well as fashionable supportive footwear and sandals on hand for purchase. 


Bill Halacy, Sage’s own resident Acupuncturist, will be offering an introduction to acupuncture with a 15 minute, mini treatment (truly a great way for those of us interested in acupuncture, yet a little nervous about needles). Appointments also encouraged. 

Ela Ramsey, Director of Sales and Marketing for Miles Smith Farms, Loudon, NH. We’re very happy to support local ethically raised beef. Ela will be on hand with some delicious samples and products for sale. 


gie D’Anjou, Spiritual Consultant is listed among the Top Psychics, here in the USA. Bring your questions, as this is your opportunity for a personal session with Angie. Appointments made in advance recommended. 


Claire Bentley, Aromatherapy-Young Living Essential Oils. Young Living Essential Oils are well recognized as one of the purest, therapeutic grades available to us. Claire will be offering an informative talk as well as having essential oils on hand to experience and purchase.


Debbie Austin, Artist of Handcrafted Jewelry, will be on hand, presenting her beautiful handcrafted jewelry. You won’t find these pieces at any home jewelry party! Plus, they’re made here, right in the USA! 


We have more offerings up our sleeves, so please mark your calendars and we’ll see you there! 


For more info please call us at 603-435-7711, visit our website  Find us on Facebook!



F.B. Argue Recreation Area Opening Soon


On Friday, June 21, 2013 the F.B. Argue Recreation Area will open for the 2013 summer season at 1:00. This year we will be open Monday - Saturday from 12:00 - 5:00 PM.  Tuesday and Thursday nights during June and July we will stay open until 7:00 PM for families. 


The dredging is done, so we are hoping to have the use of the diving board area. We are hoping to get more families to use the pool area. Children 11 years old or older must be accompanied by an adult during the night time hours. All children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult during all of our hours.  


We will be offering swimming lessons again this summer.  Registration for swimming lessons will be held at the recreation area from 12-5 PM the week of June 24.  We will run three 2 week sessions (pending adequate enrollment). The lessons will run for 20 minutes to ½ hour each. The dates for the sessions are as follows:


July 1st - July 12th (10:00 AM – Noon) 

August 5th - August 16th (10:00 AM- Noon) 

July 15th –July 26th (5:30 – 7:00 PM)


The cost for the swimming lessons for residents is $10 per child, not to exceed $30 per family. The cost for non-residents is $25 per child not to exceed $75.


The daily admission for residents is $0.75 per person or a family season pass can be bought for $40. Daily admission for non-residents is $1.00 per person. All persons entering the area will be expected to pay. Children under 5 years old will be admitted free with a paid adult.


There will be activities during the summer which will be advertised at the recreation area. At this point, we are planning Sack Racing on Monday, Air Head Bingo on Tuesday afternoon from 2:30- 3:30, Duck Hunt on Wednesday, and Sand Castle building to be judged on Friday at 3:00. The library will be running a story hour on Thursday afternoon. 


If you have an idea for an activity or have questions, please contact the Parks and Recreation Commission at 435-7540 or Forest B. Argue Recreation Area (after June 21) at 435-7457.



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Stan Bailey from the Pittsfield Rotary Club presented a check for $3,400 to Maryellen Plante from Pittsfield Parks and Recreation Commission to be paid to Earth Construction for the dredging of the diving board area at the F.B. Argue Recreation Area. Parks and Recreation would like to thank both the Rotary Club and Earth Construction for their help with this project.



Pack 84 Is Gearing Up For A Great Summer Program!

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This spring we have had some great meetings and outings. The pack went down to the First Congregational Church to show respect for our Veterans on Memorial Day. It was nice to see such a great turn out of people there. A couple of weeks later we had our pack meeting where all the boys received their badges for the year and a new book for this fall’s scouting kick off. 


The boys were wanting to do a nice Spring Community Project to help make Pittsfield beautiful  and we were fortunate enough to be able to buy and plant the flower barrels at the town pool area with beautiful flowers.  That was good for the kids, immediate recognition for a job well done!


As we transition into summer, the boys yearlong program is still going strong. We are building a float and costumes for the Old Home Day Parade. The Scouts will have a table with some raffle items, bake sale and the dunk tank will be set up also at Dustin’s Park. 


In the middle of July, many of the boys are going to Cub World Resident Camp at Camp Carpenter in Manchester, NH. It is a wonderful learning experience for the boys on hiking and camping skills as well as a ton of fun things to do! 


The leaders are having a “God and Me” class for those boys wanting to earn their religious knot and/or emblem for their shirts this year. It is a six week program that the boys seem to have enjoyed in the past. We will be playing games and learning about their families faith. It is open to all religions in scouting.


Then the first weekend in August we are planning to have the dunk tank again and some games for the kids in the community to play at the Balloon Rally Weekend; a good time is always had by all there. We hope you come and see us.


Pack 84 would like to extend an invitation to boys in Pittsfield (Grades 1-5 in the fall) and their parents to join us in our “Summer Cookout Party” at the Argue Pool Area on Saturday, June 22nd at 12 pm. There will be games, volleyball and swimming for the kids. We are also having a potluck cookout with the scouts making side dishes and desserts to share. Beverages are also provided. Parents, we will be able to spend some time talking about the scouting program and all it offers the boys. Packets will be available for you to sign up (free) or take home to sign up in the fall when school starts. 

If you have any questions please call Debby at (603) 534-0261, or Diane at (603) 435-7924. 


Pack 84 wants to thank Pittsfield for being an Awesome Community!



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Dr. John J. Freeman, Superintendent of Schools for the Pittsfield School District has been invited to join a “Braintrust” meeting scheduled for June 16-17, 2013 in Palo Alto, CA.  The convening foundations (working under the name the “New Models Working Group”) include the Hewlett Foundation, Ford Foundation, the National Public Education Support Fund, Nellie Mae Education Foundation, and the Sandler Foundation (with additional support provided by the NoVo Foundation). The purpose of the “Braintrust” meeting is to discuss and develop a new frame for education reform in the U.S. Discussions will focus on the New Models values and developing concrete ideas for policy that can advance these values.



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Congratulations to Pittsfield on their hard-fought victory against a strong Chichester team to earn the Suncook Valley Cal Ripken minors championship! Front: Gavin Bedell, Sam Polizotti, Connor Manteau, Caleb Stopyro, Jonah Weeks-Rouille Back: Tony Kurze, Devin Bedell, Trenton Waters, Gabriel Amnott, Brandon Desilets, Benjamin Stopyro, Daniel “DJ” John-Zensky.





I owe a public apology for not including those who placed the flags over our departed veterans prior to our Memorial Day Observance this year. Many thanks goes out to Laurie Houle, Marcus Magoon and other family and friends. 


They did approximately 18 cemeteries without even being asked to do so. They knew we were all busy with our Past Post Commander Robert “Bob” Moulton’s death.  It is this group of individuals who portray the attitude of New Hampshirites willing to help out others without being told.


To this end, on behalf of not only the men and women of the American Legion Peterson-Cram Post #75 but also all the surviving family members of those graves, I thank you all for your help.


Respectfully submitted,

Merrill Vaughan


American Legion Peterson-Cram Post #75



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Duncan McDougall, the founder of the Children’s Literacy Foundation visited PES on Friday, June 7. Through the Year of the Book, CLiF has given PES students the opportunity to receive at least 7 books this year through the grant.



Same Place, Different Time


The First Congregational Church of Pittsfield will change its Sunday worship hours from 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. year round. The church formerly went to the 9:30 a.m. time in the summer. The new Sunday worship time will begin this Sunday, June 23 at 10:00 a.m. Fellowship hour will continue as usual after the service.


The church is located at 24 Main Street, Pittsfield. Parking and wheelchair accessible entry are available at rear of church. For more information, call the church office at 435-7471 or refer to the church’s website:



Thank You From Josiah Carpenter Library


The Josiah Carpenter Library extends a big “Thank You” to all who attended the Josiah Carpenter Library Trustees Book Budget Benefit, held at the Pittsfield Players Scenic Theatre on June 13th! Thank you to all who assisted with the event.


A very special thank you is extended to those without whom the event would not be possible:


• Ms. Sharon Olds for graciously donating her time to be our featured guest and generously donating all proceeds from the evening’s sale of “Stag’s Leap.”


• The Pittsfield Players for extending the use of the Scenic Theatre for this event.


• Trustees of the E.P. Sanderson Fund for allocating grant funds of $100 for expenses incurred for the event.


• Mr. Carl Wallman and Mr. Mike Pride for assisting with publicity.


• Jason at Jacks Pizza for supplying publicity flyers on his pizza boxes for two weeks prior to the event.


We especially wish to recognize our sponsors and extend our gratitude for their generosity in supporting our Bake Sale and Silent/Auction Raffle:


Friends of the Josiah Carpenter Library and the friends of the Friends, for providing baked goods and managed the bake sale table. 


• Rob at Pittsfield Dunkin’ Donuts for providing 200 Munchkins for the Bake Sale.

• Bell Brother’s Convenience: $25 Shell card

• Cindy’s Hair Affair: $20 gift card

• Danis Supermarket: $25 gift certificate

• Granite State Motors: gift certificate for Oil Change and Rotation 

• Happy Pup’s Grooming: $20 gift certificate plus supplies including leash, collar, brush and comb, toys and treats.

• Jack’s Pizza: Two $25 gift Cards

• Marla’s Sharp Sheers: gift certificate for a free haircut

• Maxfield’s Hardware: $25 Ace card

• Ping Garden: $25 gift  certificate

• T.C.’s Service Center: certificate for $37.99 for Lube-Oil-Filter (5 qt. max)

• Town Pizza: $30 gift certificate


Thank you to all who made donations by way of admittance ticket, bake sale, beverage and raffle ticket purchases and gifts of cash and checks. All proceeds, after expenses, go directly to the Josiah Carpenter Library Trustees Book Budget. If you wish to donate to this cause, checks are gratefully accepted. Please pay to “Josiah Carpenter Library” and notate “Trustees Book Budget” on the memo line. Your donations to support the library are greatly appreciated (and tax deductible).



Dorcas Guild

June 2013


The Dorcas Guild of the First Congregational Church met June 11 for its final meeting until fall, with a banquet at Jitters Café and 18 members attending.


A short business meeting was conducted by President Nancy Fogg. Joan Riel led devotions and then gave her report of the May meeting. She also read correspondence and circulated cards for signing. Treasurer Reny Boyd gave her financial report.


During the business meeting members voted for donations to the NACCC conference delegate and a memorial gift to the Building Fund in memory of Cindy Cyr.


The food basket, brought by Audrey Moore, was taken by Kathy Bergeron. The basket will be going next to Mary Jo Powelson. The apron and the mystery package were retired until September. The disaster relief donation was also put aside until September.


Eighteen members and guests savored a delicious three-course meal served by Paul, after which they also enjoyed a time of fellowship.



Letter To The Editor


Dear Neighbor,

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance” (Psalm 33:12). “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17). For many “are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things” (Philippians 3:18-19).


“We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it pluralism; we have worshiped other gods and called it multiculturalism; we have endorsed perversions and called it alternative lifestyle; we have exploited the poor and called it the lottery; we have neglected the needy and called it self-preservation; we have killed our unborn and called it choice; we have shot abortionists and called it justifiable; we have neglected to discipline our children and called it building esteem; we have abused power and called it political savvy; we have coveted our neighbors’ possessions and called it ambition; we have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression; we have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.” (Good News Publishing)


Our hope is that “the Lord is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (II Peter 3:9). Salvation is free to all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 10:9). Revival begins one heart, one bended knee at a time.


“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (II Chronicles 7:14).


Walking by Faith,

Linda Small



Recruits Complete EMT Training


On Friday, June 14 twenty students, including Scott M. Sherman of Pittsfield, graduated from the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course held at the New Hampshire Fire Academy in Concord, NH. The intensive four week course prepared the graduates to sit for the New Hampshire Practical Exam and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) computer based test.


The training program prepared the EMTs to recognize the nature and seriousness of a patient’s condition and assess requirements for emergency care. They learned to lift, move, position and handle the patient to minimize discomfort and minimize injury. In addition, they trained to perform triage or prioritize those needing assistance in a mass casualty event.


The mission of the New Hampshire Fire Academy is to increase the capability of New Hampshire’s fire and emergency services through research and the application of the best methodologies, techniques, education and practice of fire and emergency medical services.








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