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Pittsfield NH News

June 26, 2013

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Those Celebrating Birthdays are: June 26, Jamie Munn; June 27, Glenn McLaughlin, Mark Portigue, Sydney Snell; June 28, Elaine Wallace, Theresa Gadoury, Jenamarie Boston


June  29, Chris Young; June 30, Francis H. Donovan; July 1, Jasmine Riel, Carole Richardson, Deborah Collins.


A Very Happy Birthday To One and All!



Celebrating Anniversaries are: June 27, Dave and Betty Sweet.


Best Wishes!



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.





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.



From The Josiah Carpenter Library Trustees


Our Library Director, Roza Benoit, is leaving us and we are having a farewell open house on Monday, July 1st from 2-7 pm. Please drop by to say goodbye and to wish Roza well in her new position.



Senior Lunches At The Pittsfield Area Senior Center

Submitted By Betty Andrews


Senior lunches are served daily at the Pittsfield Area Senior Center based in the Pittsfield Community Center, 74 Main Street.  The lunches serve the communities of Barnstead, Chichester, Epsom, Loudon, and Pittsfield.


Since I’ve joined my husband in retirement earlier this spring, we’ve eaten many delicious hot meals served at noon daily at the Senior Center. We have made new friends while enjoying the benefits of paying $2.00 a meal (suggested donation) for a nutritionally balanced meal (one-third of USDA requirement). I eat an additional lunch at the Senior Center on Tuesday, my husband’s work day, when the meal is self-serve and a combination of soup, salad, and/or sandwich. It provides a great break from my work at home.


Signing up in advance for meals is strongly encouraged for planning purposes, and it is very easy.  Call the program manager, Leslie Vogt, at 435-8482, or email [email protected].  After you begin enjoying your mid-day meal among new friends, you can sign-up for upcoming meals in our sunny and inviting meeting room.


To make your meal selections, use the monthly menu inserted into the Senior Center Newsletter, which is also available in paper in various locations in Pittsfield, in the Post Office or by email from Leslie.  The newsletter provides information about other senior recreational opportunities during the coming month.


I hope you will join us for lunch at the Pittsfield Area Senior Center. The meals are tasty, the volunteers who serve and cleanup are cheerful and personable, and you can find an interesting group of seniors to share part of your day with!



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Teachers, Katie Bass, Jon Uhouse and Kathy Mahanes wrote a Clif grant that provided each student with a $12.00 discount toward purchasing a book. The students completed the books online using the common core writing skills while also learning about using technology.



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On Friday, June 14, the Friday Night Kayaking Club met at Brindle Pond in Barnstead at 6 PM. It was a pleasant hour plus paddle, enjoyed by everyone including “Bella the Kayaking Dog.” On Friday, June 21 the group  paddled Northwood Lake in Northwood. June 28 is Chestnut Pond in Epsom.



Globe Manufacturing Recognized By UNH Center For Family Business

Fourth Generation Continues Commitment To Domestic Manufacturing

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Globe Manufacturing Company was recognized as a 20-year and charter member of the University of New Hampshire’s Center for Family Business at a recent awards dinner.


The UNH Center for Family Business assists entrepreneurial families in finding solutions to their unique business challenges and concerns. Founded 20 years ago, the program provides member families with lifelong learning activities as well as networking opportunities with other family business owners.


Globe is owned by the fourth generation of the Freese family and, as such, is part of the one percent of firms in the country that are led by fourth generation family members. The company employs nearly 400 employees and has more than 125,000 square feet of manufacturing and distribution facilities, with headquarters in Pittsfield. For 126 years, Globe has provided high quality, customized firefighter protective gear that combines innovative design and construction methods, the skills of experienced employees, and the highest quality standards.


“Our great grandfather invented firefighter turnout gear 126 years ago,” said Gef Freese, senior vice president of manufacturing at Globe Manufacturing Company. “Today we are the largest manufacturer of firefighter suits in the world and we continue to lead that operation from Pittsfield. We’re able and proud to do so because of our skilled and dedicated workforce.”



Pittsfield Middle High School 2013 Senior Awards And Scholarships


On June 14 and 15, Pittsfield Middle High School seniors were recognized for their accomplishments with academic and community awards and scholarships as they moved through their graduation exercises.


Following is a list of awards and awardees followed by those students awarded scholarships from various sources:


Valedictorian: Rebekah Adams


Salutatorian: Ashley Pence


Honor Cords: Rebekah Adams, Sage Anthony, Victoria Averill, Emily Buchanan, Ashley Connor, Elizabeth Cyr, Ashleigh Garland, Denise Grattage, Travis Guest, Cassidy Kearns, Joseph Lloyd, Aaron Manteau, Katelynn McLennan, Janice Negron, Ashley Pence, Justin Quigley, Tiffany Summerford, Jillian Towle and Aaron Vien.


National Honor Society: Rebekah Adams (president), Justin Quigley (Vice President), Cassidy Kearns (Secretary), Sage Anthony, Emily Buchanan, Elizabeth Cyr, Travis Guest, Aaron Manteau and Jillian Towle.


Site Council Honor Cords: Rebekah Adams and Elizabeth Cyr.

Principal’s Award: Elizabeth Cyr.

Pride, Honor, Spirit Award: Justin Quigley

Moody Kent Awards, “Mark of Distinction”: Rebekah Adams and Quinn Steeves

Richard Brooks Memorial Award: Elizabeth Cyr

Linden Sheehan Memorial: Thomas Williams

DAR Good Citizen Award: Elizabeth Cyr

DAR History Award: Timothy Laflamme


United States Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award: Rebekah Adams and Thomas Williams.


United States Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award: Ashley Pence and Aaron Vien


Local and Regional Scholarships:

Pittsfield Women of Rotary Pamela “Penny”: Denise Grattage

Pittsfield Rotary Club Scholarships (Presented in Memory of Michael Pszonowsky): Cassidy Kearns, Justin Quigley and Quinn Steeves.

Harvey H. Marston Memorial Scholarship: Elizabeth Cyr.

Pittsfield High School Alumni Association: Quinn Steeves and Elizabeth Cyr.

Dollars for Scholars: Sage Anthony, Victoria Averill, Jillian Towle and Justin Quigley.

Lt. John J. Dunne Scholarship: Sage Anthony.

Pittsfield VFW Post #4029, In Memory of Richard Vien: Aaron Vien.

Pittsfield Clothes Closet Scholarship: Cassidy Kearns.

Pittsfield Youth Workshop: Cassidy Kearns.

Globe Manufacturing: Aaron Manteau.

Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce: Sage Anthony.

4-H Foundation of Merrimack County: Ashley Connor.

American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75: Rebekah Adams.

The Sonia Robinson Scholarship: Sage Anthony.


Pittsfield Middle High School Boosters Club: Sage Anthony, Cassidy Kearns and Jillian Towle.


I-3 Team at Pittsfield Middle High School: Ashley Pence.

Kiwanis Club of Concord Book Scholarship: Aaron Manteau.

Foss Family Pittsfield Town Scholarships: Aaron Manteau, Cassidy Kearns, Jillian Towle, Timothy Laflamme, Denise Grattage, Elizabeth Cyr, Brian Ward, Kara Gingras, Justin Quigley, Sage Anthony, Paige Corliss, Lori Lambert, Jennifer Tyrell, Ryan Perras, Brandon Patterson, Bryce Paradise, Craig Paggi, Allison Laflamme, Quinn Steeves, Colleen Corliss, Janice Negron, Sebastian Manteau, Eric Chapman, Victoria Averill, Tiffany Summerford, Aaron Vien, Ashley Pence, Ashleigh Garland, Anna Colon-Pagan, Katelynn McLennan, Dominic Brooks and Kelsey Wrye.

Scholarship Funds Awarded by Colleges and Universities:

UNH Sargent Scholarship: Aaron Manteau.

Southern NH University Go Getter Grant*: Keith Duclos.

Emerson Grant: Sage Anthony.

New England College Alta Petenda Scholar*: Travis Guest.

Keene State College Enrichment Scholarship*: Denise Grattage.

Keene Tuition Scholarship: Denise Grattage.

Mason Out-of-State Grant: Quinn Steeves.

Patriot Incentive Grant: Quinn Steeves.

Mount Ida Presidential Merit Scholarship: Elizabeth Cyr.

Mount Ida College Grant: Elizabeth Cyr.

Trustees Scholarship: Elizabeth Cyr.

Franklin Pierce Provost Scholarship*: Victoria Averill.

Pierce Health Scholarship: Victoria Averill.

Fisher College Trustee Scholarship: Tiffany Summerford.

Presidential Scholarship: Tiffany Summerford.

WPI Merit Scholarship*: Aaron Vien.

WPI Marshall/Chavez/Means Scholarship*: Aaron Vien.

Air Force ROTC High School Scholarship: Rebekah Adams.

*Scholarship is redeemable for 4 years.



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Outstanding Academic Achievement


This award recognizes students who have made exception growth in their learning and have a strong work ethic. Left to right: Principal Doug Kilmister, Dylan Connor, Autumn Colon-Pagen, Kaylee Brooks, Richard Pantis, Morgan Marasse, and Brian Morris



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Outstanding Academic Excellence


This award recognizes students who have achieved   high honor grades and have a strong work ethic. Left to right back row: Emily Fisher, Kira Wood, Jacob Marcotte, Joeanna Emerson, Ethan Bower-St. Laurent, and Principal Doug Kilmister. Front left to right: Connor Manteau, Daniel Ward and Colby Wolfe.



What’s Up at PYW?

Submitted By Paula Martel


May has been a very busy month for fundraising for the Pittsfield Youth Workshop (PYW).  On Friday, May 3, 2013 PYW held its 2nd Annual Karaoke Fundraiser. The night was not attended as well as last year but that did not stop us from having an excellent night. Mark Minasalli, the DJ, did a great job with the music. There was not a lot of Karaoke singers but, for those who were brave enough to sing, it was a chance for them to act out their “star” fantasies or find the “ham” in themselves. And of course, the dance floor was jam-packed all night with everyone wanting one more song! We also got a lot of good feedback from the attendees for our next Karaoke night! 


We want to thank Vintage Hill Assisted Living, Leap Year Marketing, The Mellen Company, The Paige Agency, Northeast Delta Dental, Citizens Bank, Joe Darrah Enterprises, Konopka Floor Sanding, Pleasant View Gardens, Millican Nurseries and Globe Manufacturing for sponsoring a table.  We also want to thank the Del-Lea Country Club for letting us hold our event there again for a second year.


On Friday, May 31, 2013, PYW held the 11th Annual Pittsfield Fiddle Contest/Silent Auction at the Scenic Theatre. 


In the Youth Division, 1st place was won by Leah LaCross of Chichester, 2nd place by Makayla Hastie of Northfield, and 3rd place by Leah Hoey of Bow. In the Adult Division, 1st place was won by Teresa Wyman of Canterbury, 2nd place by Dave Shaw of Belmont, NH and 3rd place by Paul Smith of Lee, NH. Other participants included Christopher Dudley of Barnstead, Shelby and Audrey Smith of Lee, and Peter Yarensky of Barrington.


PYW would like to thank all the participants and volunteers for their support. A big thanks to our volunteer judges Sylvia Miskoe, Keith Fletcher, and Audrey Danielson, to Wayne Summerford for letting us use his sound system for the evening, and to the Pittsfield Players for allowing us to use the Scenic Theatre!


We would also like to thank Nathan Wechsler and Co., The Pittsfield Clothes Closet, Barry Podmore Inc. and Keeley Painting for the prize money donations, and the Salty Dog Pottery, Maxfield’s, Natural Choice Therapeutic Massage, NH Fisher Cats, Boston Red Sox, Piaseczny Metal Images, Cathy Thosell, TC’s Service Center, Harris Furniture, Concord Agway, Cheryl Brown, Massage Therapy Services, Stacy Osborn, Nicole St. George, Kathy Bleckmann, Sue Bleckmann, Sanel Auto Parts, Corine Miller, and Jenness Farm for the donations toward PYW’s silent auction.


All proceeds from these events will benefit the Pittsfield Youth Workshop’s programs and activities. Please check out our web page for more information about the summer calendar and don’t forget to like us on Facebook.



American Legion Peterson-Cram Post #75 Robert Moulton

Scholarship Awarded

Submitted By Merrill Vaughan Commander

American Legion Peterson-Cram Post #75


On June 14, 2013, at the Pittsfield Middle High School Graduation Awards and Scholarship night, the Peterson-Cram Post #75 presented the American Legion Peterson-Cram Robert Moulton Scholarship to Ms. Rebecca Adams.  


According to Post #75 Commander, Merrill Vaughan, “Ms. Adams was a member of the Site Council, Student Council, has held various class officer positions and is a member of the National Honor Society.”  Ms. Adams is also “involved with the Blue Star Families with her own family as the vanguard lead in supporting families who have a loved one deployed during war time.”  Ms. Adams has also been selected to attend the University of New Hampshire Air Force ROTC program. This, along with her major of Chemistry, will provide her with military knowledge, customs and courtesies and will lead to a commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force when she graduates in four years.


The American Legion Peterson-Cram Post #75 is proud to have presented this award to her and wishes her well in reaching her future personal goals.




Submitted By Terrie Azotea


Well, this past week’s meeting was the cat’s meow and when I say that, it was a whole lot of moving in the seat. Our program was on how to get exercise while we sit and how our bodies get stiff if we sit too long. By the end of the meeting we were all nice and limber and relaxed. A very good way on how to get your stretching in if you are at work or traveling or just sitting watching TV. Thanks Fern for those tips! 


Our Best Loser of the week was Diana and we had three others who tied and came in second. KOPS of the week was Peggy, and Miss Angel is Suzie, Mickey, and Janis. Keep up the good work ladies and you will be at your goal in no time. Kudos to those who lost. 


We started a new contest named the Loser’s Lotto. It should be a lot of fun. They talked about SRD and how that was; I heard it was a pretty awesome time had by members. Awards were handed out to Pat Smith from our Chapter. 


At our next meeting we will be having our Recipe Exchange and that should be a good meeting. Summer has officially started and that means the bathing suits are all around us and with those, our bodies. I, for one, know I will never be in the “teenie, weenie yellow polka dot bikini” but I sure would like to look good in something and feel good about wearing it. That is why I am at TOPS; to be around friends and be in a good weight loss support group. 


If anyone is interested in joining, we meet 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 856-4842 or Pat Smith at 435-5333. 


Every day is a gift! Hope everyone has a good week and see you all lighter next week!



Letter To The Editor


I’m going to try to come up with ten reasons for why I plan on submitting a petition to keep a part-time Fire Chief.


1.) $58,000 part-time cost to the Town, $103,000 full time cost to the Town.


2.) Part-time 30 hours vs. full time 40 hours minus vacation days, sick days, holidays; sounds like 30 hours to me.


3.) Burning without a fire permit puts me in conflict with a full time chief. I’ve said many times we will never understand each other. I start them, he wants to put them out.


4.) At the school meeting, after the vote for the repairs to the Elementary School passed, I understood that folks were going to do everything to avoid another property tax increase. There are some people in town who forgot this.


5.) The Fire Dept. has increased 13%, while the Town Road budget has decreased.


6.) We, as a town, have voted for two years not to save hardly any money for fire trucks and road equipment.


7.) At the special town meeting a month ago, it was suggested to help fund the full time fire chief from the town road budget. I later discovered the road budget, due to lean funding and a tough winter, is $18,000 in the red; probably going to need some money from the Fire Department in the end.


8.) It’s just like the old saying: “Too much chief, not enough engines.”


Dan Schroth Piermarocchi



American Legion Peterson-Cram Post #75 Meeting

Submitted By Merrill A. Vaughan Commander

American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75


The American Legion Peterson-Cram Post #75 will hold their meeting on 1 July, 2013 at 7:30 pm at Post Commander Merrill Vaughan’s residence at 50 Deer Meadow Rd, Pittsfield.  Topics to be discussed will be the status of Post #75 renovation (with a strong possibility of finally holding meetings at the Post Home) and new ideas for marketing and recruitment. Any veteran who is thinking about joining the Legion, please feel free to attend and see how we are.  


If you have any questions, you can contact Commander Vaughan at his home phone 435-5207 or his cell phone at 344-0264.   



Save the Date

July 20

Pittsfield Old Home Day


Plans for Old Home Day are underway and being finalized.  On Saturday, July 20, be sure to come downtown and enjoy all the activities and meet and greet your fellow citizens and neighbors. A few of the highlights include:


• Friday night, July 19 - The Pittsfield Players are sponsoring “The Daddy-O’s”, a 50’s music a cappella group at 7:30 pm at the Scenic Theatre. Tickets are $10 at the door.


• Saturday, July 20 - breakfast will be served at the Park Street Baptist Church from 7-9 am and  the Craft Fair at Dustin Park will begin at 9 am. There will be face painting, jump tent, dunk booth, free kids craft table, Photo “booth,” and kids games. Check out the American Chop Suey cook-off. The Little Red Wagon will perform at 10 am. Jujubee the Clown will be on site from 11-1 pm twisting balloons. The Pittsfield Historical Society will be open. Their headquarters is located on Elm Street. If you have never stopped in, please do so!  Music in the morning will be provided by Don Smith and Bill Parker. The Kids Bike Parade will be held at noon on Main Street. The Big Parade will begin at 1 pm and follow the same route as last year. If you’d like to enter a float or other entry, please call Louie Houle at 435-6938 to register.  


After the parade at 2 pm, a Car Show will be held on Drake Field (all vehicles welcome-cars, trucks, motorcycles). 


The rest of the day’s activities will be held at Drake Field; kids and adult activities including musical chairs, pie eating, bubble gum blowing contest, water balloon toss, sack races and make your own paper airplane craft. A burger and hot dog cookout will be held from 3-6 pm (menu and ticket prices TBA). A Hula Hoop demonstration by Nicole Marcelli will be held at 4 pm. Musical entertainment by Tammy Lynn and Myles High and The King Chrome Band will be held. 


The Duck Race is back... Watch for more details on this. Fireworks will end what, we hope, will be a great day! Watch The Sun and the town website, for a full schedule.


For more information or to volunteer to help that day, please contact Louie Houle at 435-6938 or Andi Riel at 435-6346 or [email protected].



Pittsfield Old Home Day

Annual Cook-Off


The Cook-Off for the Pittsfield Old Home Day this year is American Chop Suey. This event is sponsored by the Victory Workers 4-H Club. 


Anyone and everyone is invited to submit their best crockpot of American Chop Suey and bring it to the 4-H Booth at Dustin Park by 9 am on Saturday, July 20. 


The winners will be selected by the public by popular vote. Cash prizes will be awarded: 1st - $50, 2nd - $25, and 3rd - $10.  


The first 10 cooks to call will be registered. Please call Andi Riel at 435-6346 to register.




Theresa B. Chagnon


Theresa B. Chagnon, 83, of Salisbury Green, died June 15th at the Pleasant View Center following a brief illness.  She was born in Pittsfield, the daughter of Victor and Irene (Genest) Riel and lived there most of her life. She had worked for the former Adams Brothers Shoe Factory and retired from Suncook Leather Co. She was a long time member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church. 


She is survived by her husband Leonard Chagnon of Concord; two sons, Steven Chagnon of Loudon and Matthew Chagnon of Concord; two brothers, Cleon Riel of Pittsfield and Vincent Riel of Keene; two sisters, Arlene Riel of Pittsfield and Patricia Gagne of Florida; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son Michael who died in 2006. 


The Perkins and Pollard Memorial Home, Pittsfield is assisting with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Concord Regional Visiting Nurses Assoc., 30 Pillsbury St.,  Concord, NH 03301.


To sign an online guest book, log on to



Catherine E. Clark


Catherine E. (Neal) Clark of Main St. died June 18th at the Concord Hospital following a long illness. 


She was born in Rochester the daughter of Natt and Carrie Neal. She worked as a clerk at Maxfield’s Hardware Store for many years. She was the widow of Dennis E. Clark, who died in 2005 and is survived by a son, Dennis R. Clark and his wife France of New Boston; a daughter Diane Matott and her partner Darrin Jock and son Garrett of Pittsburg; two grandsons, Jeremie and Austin Clark;  two brothers, Paul Neal of Rochester and Frank Neal of Farmington; three sisters, Alice Guy of No. Berwick, ME, Pauline Wallington of Somersworth and Muriel Neal. 


She was predeceased by a son, David Clark, who died in 2003 and a brother Robert Neal. 


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Concord Regional Visiting Nurses Association, 30 Pillsbury St. Concord, NH 03301. 


The Perkins and Pollard Memorial Home is assisting with arrangements. To sign an online guest book, log on to  








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