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Pittsfield NH News

July 10, 2013

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Those Celebrating Birthdays are: July 10, Timothy J. Drew, Sr., Jeremy Gadoury, Alvah Robinson, Colby Wolfe; July 12, John Barksdale, Matthew Clattenburg; July 13, Dennis Volpe, Diane Burley; July 16, Larry Williams, Jr., Arlene Brown, John Rogers.


A Very Happy Birthday To One and All!



Celebrating Anniversaries are: July 10, Paul and Becky  Colby.


Best Wishes!



Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn

The Connected Farm Buildings of New England

Presented by author Thomas Hubka, 1:00pm Tuesday July 23 

Horseshoe Pond Place Community Room, 

26 Commercial Street, Concord, NH


Pittsfield Area Senior Center participants will visit Horseshoe Pond Place to attend this informative presentation funded by a grant from the NH Humanities Council.  We will have a BBQ beef lunch at 11:30 AM, and then at 12:30 PM we will celebrate the birthday of the ice cream cone!  If you would like to attend the luncheon, please call 435-8482 by July 16th to make your lunch reservation.  If you are in need of transportation, please contact us and we’ll make sure you can attend. 


Through architecture unique to northern New England, this illustrated talk explores how farmers converted their typical separate house and barns into connected farmsteads. Thomas Hubka’s research in his award-winning book, Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England, demonstrates that average farmers were, in fact, motivated by competition with farmers in other regions of America, who had better soils and growing seasons and fewer rocks to clear. The connected farmstead organization, housing equal parts mixed-farming and home-industry, was one of the collective responses to the competitive economic threat.           





Well, we had another good week at TOPS with our recipe exchange given by Barbara. Great Job! It was a really nice meeting. We had some great recipes handed around the room that are low calorie and some summer salads, which is a good thing because we are coming right into the veggie season.


I, for one, love this time of the year where you can walk right out to the garden and get the fresh veggies.


Barbara gave some very good tips and ideas. She talked about when she was young, back on the farm, and how things were made.


The summer days are ahead for us and we are lucky to have all of the fruits and veggies on hand. So Enjoy!


Best Loser of  the week was Thom, and KOPS of the week was Peggy. Kudos to those runners up. We have two Miss Angels: Irene and Suzie. Keep up the good work ladies, you can get to your goal in no time.


If anyone is interested in joining us, we meet on Tuesday nights @ 5:30 for weigh-in and @ 6:30 for our meeting at the St.Stephens Church on Main Street in Pittsfield. Any questions please call Stuart Pike @ 856-4642 or Pat Smith @ 435-5333.


Hope everyone has a great week, and remember, take time to smell the flower. I hope everyone enjoyed time with family and friends and stayed safe over the Fourth of July holiday. See you all lighter next week!



Pittsfield Players to Present The Rockin’Daddios

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Angelo Gentile, Bo Guyer and Jim Rogato are The Rockin’ Daddios.


The Pittsfield Players will present their Old Home Days Concert on Friday, July 19 at 7:30 pm at the Scenic Theatre, 6 Depot Street, Pittsfield, NH featuring The Rockin’ Daddios, a trio who perform songs from the ‘50’s and ‘60’s. Tickets, which are $10 per person, will be available on a rush seating basis at the box office on the night of the show. The box office will open at 7 pm for ticket sales.


The music of the fifties and sixties conjures up many special memories for those of us commonly referred to as Baby Boomers. Music from a bygone era, these tunes bring us back to a more innocent time of our lives when kids didn’t grow up as fast and the influence of the media was not as prevalent. The Rockin’ Daddios bring back some of the best loved songs of the late fifties and early sixties sung in a doo- wop style with the accent on harmonies and fun lyrics. You’ll hear songs like “Book of Love”, “Blue Moon”, “Teenager in Love” and “Little Star” to name a few. The songs are family friendly and guaranteed to warm your heart and bring a smile to your face.


Inspired from a popular “Men’s Medley” which was originally featured in Irene Descehenes’ “Moments to Remember  I and II” 1950’s reviews, the Rockin’ Daddios consist of Lakes Region residents Jim Rogato, Bo Guyer and Angelo Gentile, who have been performing together in various shows and reviews for well over 10 years. Collectively, their community theater experience spans six decades!


The Daddios will be performing throughout the Lakes region with dates in Meredith, Laconia, Holderness and right here in Pittsfield on Friday night July 19th. What better way to celebrate the 50’s for this year’s Pittsfield Old Home Day than with the Rockin’ Daddios at the Scenic Theater.


Mark your calendars for Friday night July 19th. Then sit back, relax and enjoy the Rockin’ Daddios. Their music will make you smile.



Pittsfield Listen’s Annual Cookout

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Pittsfield Listens team enjoying the cookout! Jen Cole, Steering Committee, Julia Cole, Assistant Coordinator, Molly Messenger, Community Outreach Coordinator.


Ice cream at Frekey’s, Old Home Day, and swimming at your favorite pond or pool- there are many traditions in Pittsfield to celebrate summer.  Last week, over 50 people from throughout the community joined for another way to have a solid start to their summer- the Pittsfield Listen’s Annual Cookout!


This event took place on Thursday June 27th at the Pittsfield Youth Workshop, as part of Pittsfield Listen’s monthly Community Connection Series.  The menu included hamburgers with beef from Top of the Hill Farm in Wolfeboro, locally grown greens, and sides of potato salad, watermelon and corn.  The event was open to all and brought people who share in a commitment to making our community a better place for everyone to live, learn and play. 


Alongside the free flowing conversation, people were welcomed to participate in a School Report Card. Using a list of suggestions made by community members in the 2011 dialogues, participants rated how things have progressed.  Categories ranged from communication to transition, more electives to discipline and clear expectations for behavior, expanded use of technology to pride in the schools. Participants placed a sticker in the column that best represented their view of each category since 2011- no improvement, improved a little or improved a lot.


This was an engaging activity for all ages, with a purpose to hear from community of the areas where we can celebrate progress, and where there is still room for improvement.  Information gathered from this activity will be used to identify areas for action for community members and the school district. The results can be seen in the Community Bulletin in The Suncook Valley Sun, on the Pittsfield Listen’s Facebook page and email list.


Thank you to the Pittsfield Listens Steering Committee and community volunteers for your help with this event. Thank you also to the Nellie Mae Education Foundation for their generous support which makes this possible.


The next Pittsfield Listens Community Connection Series is Thursday July 18 from 6:30-7:30 pm.  For more information or to get involved, please contact Molly Messenger, Community Outreach Coordinator with Pittsfield Listens.  [email protected]         (603)-435-8272



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Pittsfield Scout Pack 84 recently planted the flowers in the pots at the town pool.



St. Stephen’s Summer Fair


While you’re enjoying Pittsfield’s Old Home Day events on Saturday, July 20, be sure to stop by the Summer Fair at St. Stephen’s Church next to Dustin Park on Main Street between 8 AM and 2 PM.


Check out our fabulous Silent Auction featuring such great items as a huge Crate and Barrel gift basket filled with an entertainment collection to help celebrate each season in style, a gift certificate for a 62-mile tour around Lake Winnipesaukee on a motorcycle with side car for two adults or one adult and one or two children, a new Bissell Green Machine for cleaning upholstery, and a collection of games to keep the family occupied on rainy summer days as well as lots of other unique items, passes, and gift certificates aimed at making your summer the best ever.  See a complete list of offerings on the web at


Don’t forget to stop at the Sidewalk Café for a meal deal with one of Joe’s famous hot dogs or George’s pulled pork sandwiches.  Top off your lunch with something yummy from the bake table and be sure to pick up a pie or other goodie to take home.


Plan to be at St. Stephen’s at 2 PM for the announcement of the Silent Auction high bidders if you can, but you don’t need to be present; you just need to be available to receive a call and arrange for a pickup by 4 PM after the close of the fair or between 10:30 and 11:30 the next morning.  Bid high, bid often, and you can be a winner!



Pittsfield Old Home Day


Mark your calendar, July 20 is Pittsfield Old Home Day and “Fun in the Fifties” is the theme of the day.  The fun actually starts on Friday, July 19 at the Scenic Theatre at 7:30pm - the Pittsfield Players are sponsoring “The Daddy-O’s”, a 50’s music a cappella duo.  Tickets are $10 at the door.


On Saturday, July 20 - all the usual events will be happening - Breakfast at the Park St. Baptist Church beginning at 7am; St. Stephen’s Church is having a huge silent auction and plenty of food offerings, the craft fair, food vendors, face painting, games and activities will be at Dustin Park at 9am; the UNH Theatre Group, THE LITTLE RED WAGON will perform at 10am; Jujubee, the clown will be twisting balloons from 11-1pm;  music by Don Smith and Bill Parker will fill the air; the KIDS BIKE PARADE will be at noon on Main Street; and the BIG Parade will begin at 1pm.  It’s never too late to put an entry in the parade- we encourage any sports teams, groups, organization or clubs to enter a float or walk in the parade and join in the fun.  (Please call Louie Houle at 435-6938 to register).


The annual Cookoff for this year is AMERICAN CHOP SUEY - Please call Andi Riel at 435-6346 to register to enter you best batch....there is still time!!!  Bring a crockpot of your Chop Suey to Dustin Park to the 4-H Booth on Sat, July 20.  Cash Prizes for the top 3 winners.


After the parade, come to Drake Field for the Car Show (All Vehicles Welcome - Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles), Duck Race (Call Jay Darrah at 435-5272 for tickets-$5 per Duck or 3 for $10), Pie Eating and Musical Chairs contests (Cash prizes to the winners!), Burger and Hot Dog Cookout ($5/person), Hula Hoop Demo, and plenty of 50’s music by Tammy Lynn and Myles High and the King Chrome Band.....and of course, Fireworks will end the day!


Watch The SUN for a full schedule of events or check the town website at  For more information, please call Louie Houle at 435-6938 or Andi Riel at 435-6346.




Pearl Garland


Pearl Garland, 79, of Catamount Road, died July 2, 2013, at the Concord Hospital following a long illness. She was born in Woodsville, the daughter of James H. and Ida( Quint) Joyce. She had lived in Pittsfield for over 50 years. She was the widow of Melvin L. Garland who died in 2010 and is survived by a son Kevin Mitchell and wife Brenda of Penacook.  A daughter, Zee Boutillete Garland of Pittsfield.  7 Grandchildren, Ceili Wesson and husband Glenden.  Jessica Nicole and Zeb Lyman Brigham,  Jillian, Bryan and Chris Mitchell and Keith Stiles.  5 great grandchildren, Gauge Garland Wesson, Emily Rose, Taylor,  Dylan and Hannah Mitchell. 


There are no visiting hours. A Graveside Service will be held Friday, July 12th, at 11:00AM in the Floral Park Cemetery. The Rev. David Stasiak, Pastor of the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield , will officiate. The Perkins & Pollard Memorial Home is assisting with arrangements. To sign an on line guest book, log on to








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