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Pittsfield NH News

June 5, 2013

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Those Celebrating Birthdays are: May 5, Danny Deane; May 6, Judith Dunne; May 9, Scott Ward, Joshua Labrecque; May 10, Adam Ward; May 11, Nathan Brown, Chris Ward. June 1, Bruce Smith, Holly Payne, Dennis Beaudoin, Jr., Teresa Merrill, Matthew Snell; June 2, Tucker Wolfe


June 3, Sakima Riel, Sandy Higgins; June 4, Autumn Munn.


A Very Happy Birthday To One and All!



Celebrating Anniversaries are: June 5, Herman and Sheila Fries, Daniel and Sabra Welch; June 7, Milton and Wendy Locke.





School Lunch Menus

June 10 - June 14, 2013




Hot Diggity Dog

Hot dog, oven fries, sweet peas, pears



Cluck, Cluck

Popcorn chicken, dinner roll, carrots, fruit cocktail



North End Fav

Lazy lasagna, Parmesan wheat roll, Italian style green beans, peaches



PES Favorite

Chicken noodle bake, peas and carrots, orange wedges



Fresh Picks Pizza

Cheese pizza or chef’s topping, broccoli tops, cinnamon apples




Sub Crazy

Meatball sub, green beans, baby carrots, pears



Cluck, Cluck

Popcorn chicken, seasoned rice, carrots, fruit cocktail



North End Fav

Lazy lasagna, Parmesan wheat roll, Italian style green beans, peaches



Heart Healthy

Buffalo or plain chicken over a Caesar salad, pita bread, orange wedges



Comfort Food

Shepherd’s pie, fresh bread, broccoli tops with hummus dip, cinnamon apples



Pittsfield Historical Society Invites You To Stroll With The Dead


The Pittsfield Historical Society invites you to join us for our second program of 2013 at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, at the Old Meetinghouse Cemetery on Broadway. Larry Berkson will be hosting both the living and the dead for a free guided walking tour of the oldest cemetery in town. Learn about our town founder John Cram; David Fogg, Josiah White, and Rev. Benjamin Sargent – who managed to preach to both Congregationalists and Calvinist Baptists, at the same time! Larry will also introduce us to a magician, a Revolutionary War hero, and the many children who died in the Spotted Fever Epidemic.


Please come prepared for walking uneven terrain and braving the current flying insect population.  Rain will cancel the event.  We will begin this program at the earlier time of 6:30 p.m., to take advantage of the daylight.  If you choose to stay in the cemetery after dark, you do so at your own risk!



LRCC First Pastry Arts Graduate

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Lakes Region Community College’s (LRCC) first Pastry Arts graduate, Megan Colby (Pittsfield-right), pauses for a moment with LRCC Pastry Arts Professor, April Hall (Concord-left), prior to LRCC’s 44th Commencement Ceremony. One hundred sixty-one students received one hundred sixty-six degrees at Meadowbrook Musical Arts Center in Gilford. 


“Megan is very artistic and creative as she demonstrated in Advanced Cake Decorating and Advanced Pastry and Confection classes,” says Hall who holds the Bachelor’s Degree from Johnson and Wales University with honors. “Ms. Colby is doing a co-op this summer with a main supplier of the Common Man Family of Restaurants and is ready to dive into her career. One can count on Megan Colby!” 


At LRCC’s Commencement, Common Man Family of Restaurant’s Owner, Alex Ray (not pictured), received a LRCC Honorary Associate Degree for his community support and assistance in providing kitchen space for the College’s Hospitality Club.



The Friends RSVP Program In Need Of New Volunteers


The Friends RSVP Caregiver Program is seeking volunteers who have a couple of hours per week, or even just a few hours per month, to bring comfort and cheer to homebound senior citizens by providing transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping and friendly visits. Our program helps to keep the elderly living independently and shows a lonely person that someone cares. Volunteers will share conversation, memories and interests with their match and you will not only be improving their lives but yours as well. 


Please contact our office for more information: Hannah Ashton, [email protected], 603-228-1193.



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After a very successful 2012 season, the Friday Night Kayaking Club starts up again for the 2013 season. Meet new people and explore the local waterways. The group meets at local ponds, lakes and Suncook River launch sites at 6 PM every Friday during the months of June, July and August for 90 minutes of flat water paddling. Paddlers range in age from 8 to 80. Singles, families and couples welcome. There is no cost or fees involved. Information on upcoming trips starting the first Friday in June can be found at the group’s website:



Globe Manufacturing Receives BBB NH 2013 Torch Award

For Marketplace Ethics

Firesuit Manufacturer Continues Commitment to Founding Family Values

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Left to right – BBB of NH President Robert Shomphe; Rob Freese, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Globe Manufacturing Company; Gef Freese, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing at Globe Manufacturing Company; BBB of NH Chairman Howard Brodsky.


Globe Manufacturing Company received the 2013 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics by the Better Business Bureau of New Hampshire. The award was presented at a banquet held in Manchester on May 22.


The Council of Better Business Bureaus established this annual awards program in order to gain public recognition for American businesses who maintain a solid commitment to conducting their practices in an ethical manner. The Torch Awards honor select businesses showing prowess in marketplace ethics through trust, performance, and integrity. Award winners are recognized for their outstanding business practices and for promoting a trustworthy marketplace for all. They are chosen by an independent panel of judges.


Globe 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 gear that combines innovative design and construction methods, the skills of experienced employees, and the highest quality standards.


“Four generations ago, Globe was founded when family was central to all activities and integrity was a paramount guide to a successful life, and these beliefs were put far above success in business,” said Rob Freese, senior vice president of marketing at Globe Manufacturing Company. “Today more than ever we’re proud to embrace these same values while successfully competing in the global marketplace.”


About Globe

Globe is the largest and most trusted manufacturer of structural firesuits in the world. Over the years, Globe has been responsible for introducing many of the materials, designs, and construction methods we now take for granted in firefighter gear, having invented the waterproof coat construction method that is still in use in the fire service today. Learn more at



“Walking Hand In Hand Through Life!”



You and your friends are invited to a luncheon sponsored by the Concord Christian Women’s Connection and Stonecroft Ministries on Thursday, June 13th, from 11:30 to 1:30, at The Red Blazer Restaurant, 72 Manchester Street, Concord, NH.


The cost of the luncheon is $18.00 inclusive.  The special feature is Kathy Crews, author of the book “Mom... It’s Cancer” Breast Cancer: One Family, Two Women, Two Battles, Too Unimaginable! Guest speaker, Judith Warren’s message is entitled “Having It All Is Not Enough!”


Reservations are required by June 10th, cancellations are also required. Call Wendy at 485-7446 or Barbara at 798-5976.


Stonecroft Ministries is a non-profit ministry.  For more information visit



Memorial Day Ceremony

Submitted By Merrill A. Vaughan, Commander

American Legion  Peterson-Cram Post 75 Pittsfield, NH 03263


Due to the cold snap we all felt last week, it was a last minute decision to move our annual Memorial Day observance indoors.  On Saturday, May 25, Reverend David Stasiak of The Pittsfield First Congregational Church agreed to host it indoors the next day.  A flurry of phone calls and emails was made to attempt to announce to everyone the change.  Changes were made to the Master Calendar of the Town Website and on the Channel 24 listing.  Notices were also made to the four major churches in town to try and have the change noted as well for their individual congregations.


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We started our Sunday service with the Congregation of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church with Father John providing the sermon for us and welcoming us to their service.  American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75 Commander Merrill Vaughan read off the six names of those who died in the town since Memorial Day 2012:  Larry M. Williams Sr., July 2012; Edward Stapleton III, 22 September 2012; Paul J. Dill, 25 October 2012; Chester Adams Jr., 29 March 2013; Dean M. Cameron, 2 May 2013; and Robert O. Moulton, 23 May 2013.


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The observance began at 12:55 pm with the Winslow sisters, Madelyn and Grace, vocal prelude.  Stephanie Joyce sang the National Anthem, Reverend David Stasiak provided us with the Invocation and Benediction and the Pittsfield Players providing us with songs half way in the program. The speaker was Colonel James C. Allard, USA (Ret) who spoke on the true meaning of Memorial Day.  And Commander Vaughan read off the names of the six Post members. 


Commander Vaughan wishes to thank all who helped out with the observance along with the Scouts, Beautification Committee, Blue Star and Gold Star Families and our special Fire and Police Departments who support us with all of our programs.


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Rob Freese playing Taps.



Spring Planting At Lyman Park

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Jeff Huntington of Pleasant View Garden and Jolene and Ryan Woods.


The Pittsfield Historical Society held its annual spring planting of flowers at Lyman Park on Saturday, May 25, and as tradition would have it, the heavens opened and the rains came.  Special thanks go out to Jeff Huntington of Pleasant View Gardens for their donation of all the beautiful flowers that you now see on the walkways and back section of the park. Pleasant View Gardens has been donating flowers to the Society since Lyman Park was dedicated in 2000. Thank you, Jeff, and Pleasant View for all of your support. 


Volunteers braved the elements to plant the flowers and spread the mulch.  Rain-soaked were Paul Provencal, Clayton Wood and Jolene and Ryan Wood, Martha and Richard Moloy, Bill Provencal, Fuzz Freese, Sabra and Dan Welch, Cedric Dustin and Judy and Ray Webber. Thanks to everyone for helping out.  The best part was that the new plantings didn’t need watering...



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A surprise visit from RI for Alvah Robinson. He finally meets his great great grandsons-Parker John Souza born on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2012 and Jaxson John Souza born on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2013. Not many families can have a photo with five generations!  Amazing! Top left-Lauren, Parker, Lisa, Mary, Alvah holding Jaxson!



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Mason Martineau, 2nd grader at Pittsfield Elementary School, was awarded a gold medal from Phys. Ed teacher Brian Donohue for raising the most money for Jump Rope for Heart. He raised a total of $505.00.



Sign Up For Summer Reading Program “Dig Into Reading”

At Josiah Carpenter Library

Submitted By Carol Grainger, Summer Program Coordinator

Jennifer Kearns, Teen Summer Coordinator 


The Josiah Carpenter Library invites you and your child(ren) to participate in the 2013 Summer Reading Program. This summer, Dig Into Reading, is about the wonders under our feet; root vegetables, buried treasure, insect and dinosaurs. The program is free and open to all children.


Registration will be held at the library beginning June 10th through June 29th.  The younger children will receive a folder and the first week their reading log and activity.


The program will begin July 11 through August 15. Because of the Children’s Room being closed, the younger children will have two reading sessions on Thursday which will include reading stories and a snack. Craft activities will be bagged and sent home with the children. The first session will be at 10 am in the Main Room of the Library and the second session will be at the Pool at 3 pm.


For 6th thru 12th graders, we will have a grab and go activity, puzzle or worksheet available each week at the library. There will also be a notebook with updated Summer Reading Program information in it about other special events for tweens and teen, for example a movie or game night.  Each participant will receive a ticket for each activity they complete.


This program is designed to encourage reading in a relaxed environment.  All participants should keep track of the books they  read and there will be rewards for their effort.




John Lenaerts


Born on September 26, 1930, in Croydon, Surrey, England.  He was orphaned at about the age of two.  He and his older brother, Vic, grew up in an orphanage in Frodham, near Cheshire.  Upon leaving the orphanage at age 15, he apprenticed as a mechanic at Rover Cars.


His sister, Sylvia, married a G.I. Her in-laws sponsored John and he moved to Philadelphia in 1947 just short of his 17th birthday.


He joined the USAF. Shortly after the start of the Korean War, he was able to have his education paid for by the G.I. Bill.  He attended Penn State and graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering.


He moved to Long Island and took a job with the NY State Dept. of Transportation in Suffolk County.  He and a friend decided to take an apartment in Greenwich Village in September, 1958.  He met his future wife at the “White Horse Tavern” and they were married on Valentine’s Day 1959 at “The Little Church Around the  Corner.”


After the birth of their son, David, they moved to a house in Melville, Long Island, where they lived for 25 years. John has always enjoyed woodworking and built furniture, cabinets, floors, etc., and a 15-foot sailboat.


On a camping trip to Nova Scotia in the late 60s, they stayed at Glen-N-Glade on Jenness Pond and returned  there many times in the next 20 years. Being able to retire at 55, the couple thought about New Hampshire.  The realtor was putting up a “For Sale” sign on the property on Clough Road, a 19th Century house and an 18th century barn. John fell in love at first sight, purchased the property and moved up in December 1986. John  spent a number of happy years transforming the barn into a beautiful home with a magnificent spiral staircase.   


John felt strongly  about Pittsfield. He served on the Planning Board, as a Selectman, and for a number of years he worked on his pet project - the hanging flower baskets on Main Street.


A renaissance man, there was nothing he couldn’t or wouldn’t do.  The eternal optimist, “the glass is half full,” and a “Pollyanna,” he died peacefully on May 20th at Pleasant View Nursing Home having lived a happy life.


He is survived by his wife, Marion; son, David; daughter Victoria; daughter-in-law, Andrea; three grand-daughters, Kyla, Brianna and Ursula; two great  grandchildren, Kamdyn and Kaleb.


A Memorial Service will be held at The First Congregational Church in Pittsfield on June 8th at 11:00 A.M. The Rev David Stasiak, Pastor will officiate. 


In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to:  The Pittsfield Flower Fund, c/o Donna Keeley, 256 True Road, Pittsfield, NH  03263.


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