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July 17, 2013

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Those Celebrating Birthdays are: July 19, Almanzor Rathbun; July 21, Brett Brown, Brian Brown, Robert Moulton; July 22, Steve Adams; July 23, Jean Steward.


A Very Happy Birthday To One and All!



Celebrating Anniversaries are: July 17, Paul and Bev Murdough; July 23, John and Pat Freeman.





Suncook Valley Soccer Club


Soccer season is almost here.  Please don’t miss out on the upcoming sign-ups. SVSC will be at Old Home Day on July 20th and at National Night Out on August 6th. SVSC will also have the final sign-up and soccer clinic on Thursday, August 15th at Tilton Hill Field from 6-8 pm.  This will be the last chance to sign up for fall soccer.



Pittsfield Old Home Day 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. There is still time to register!



Adopt A Duck Race At Pittsfield Old Home Day


Adopt a Duck Race is back at Pittsfield Old Home Day. The event is sponsored by and money raised for the PMHS Boys Basketball program. It’s $5 per duck or 3 for $10.  There is one prize for ½ the money collected. 500 ducks are waiting to be selected.  The Duck Race will be held at the Barnstead Road bridge near the Boat Launch at Drake Field at approximately 3:00 pm on Saturday, July 20. Please call Jay Darrah at 435-5272 for information or to purchase tickets.



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The Friday Night Kayaking Club continues its Friday 6 PM trips on local rivers and lakes. See our website for trip schedule and pictures. On July 5, the group of 9 kayaks launched at the ramp near the Suncook River Dam in  Center Barnstead for a pleasant upstream paddle. Pictured is Alex, age 4, our youngest paddler!



Pittsfield Represented At 150th Gettysburg Reenactment

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Levi (Wayne) and Jean Gallup recently returned from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where Mr. Gallup portrayed Capt. John F. Langley, Regimental Commander of Company F, 12th NH Regiment, during the 150th Battle of Gettysburg reenactment.

The original battle took place July 1, 2, 3, 1863. 


The 12th New Hampshire Regiment was raised primarily from the towns of Pittsfield, Northwood, and Canterbury and convened in Concord on September 8, 1862.


John F. Langley, a machinist working in the Manchester mills at the start of the war, first enlisted in the 3rd NH Regiment and served as a Lieutenant with Company E. He resigned his commission (July of 1862) and returned to his father’s home in Pittsfield, located on the east end of Main Street. Langley was soon commissioned a Captain and reported for duty with the new 12th NH Regiment. Many Pittsfield residents joined the new regiment, including Corporal Charles H. Brock, great grandfather of Mr. Gallup. Having fought at Fredericksburg, Corporal Brock lost three fingers and was transferred to the Invalid Corp just before the Battle of Chancellorsville in May 1863.


Pinned down under a barrage of heavy fire near the Chancellor House, the heaviest losses of the battle at Chancellorsville fell upon the Twelfth NH Regiment. The official report was 41 killed, 213 wounded and 63 missing, a total of 317, which decimated the regiment’s original strength of 537 men.


With most of the dead being officers, including the company’s commander, Captain Langley was reassigned from Colonel Bowman’s staff to lead the remaining regiment of 224 men.


The regiment marched into Gettysburg on the night of July 1, missing the vicious and bloody fighting that took place that day on McPherson’s Ridge, Cemetery Hill, and Culp’s Hill. At that time they were attached to the 1st Brigade (Brigadier General Joseph Carr), Second Division (Brigadier General Andrew Humphries) and the 3rd Corp, Commanded by the controversial Major General Daniel Sickles. On the morning of July 2, they were positioned along the Emmitsburg Road. The Brigade was spread out between Klingles Farm and the bloody Peach Orchard. Against Meade’s orders, Sickles ordered his forces to engage the enemy and push toward the Confederate lines.


The 12th had taken little fire from their station along the Emmitsburg Road until Confederate artillery opened fire upon their position just before hidden Confederate infantry attacked their front. With great energy Perry’s Florida Brigade and Wright’s Georgia Brigade, struck General Humphrey’s line with sudden violence. Meanwhile three Confederate Brigades had overrun the Peach Orchard and were now flanking Humphrie’s position. 


“Scarcely had the Twelfth opened fire upon Wright’s attacking columns, when Captain Langley, receives orders to change fronts to the rear” With fear, and assurances from General Carr that his men would be supported, he ran along the line, shouting above the horrendous noise of musketry, cannon fire, and battle cries of the charging Confederate infantry, into the ear of each Company commander to change course. “While breasting the full blast of the raging tempest of battle upon their front, and staggering under terrific assault upon their flank, the Twelfth executed one of the most dangerous maneuvers that can be made by soldiers under fire.” The men were mowed down by musket balls and canister shot as they retreated under the heat of two fronts. Captain Langley fell upon the field, but would be dragged to safety and live to recover from his wounds. He would later be promoted to Major and honorably discharged at the end of the war. Of the 224 men who lined up on Emmitsburg Road the morning of July 2nd, 26 were killed and many more wounded. 


The Twelfth NH Regiment mustered less than 50 men on the morning of July 3rd, and they would be posted in the center of the field, where they defended the breach of the “high-water mark” and climactic conclusion of Pickett’s Charge. The brave men of Pittsfield served in many Regiments and contributed greatly to the cause, distinguishing themselves in many campaigns during the war to preserve the Union.



From The Desk Of The Pittsfield Police Chief

Respectfully Submitted By Chief Wharem


In recent weeks I have been asked to make the public aware of what has been going on in town in the area of crime related calls.  Each and every week we receive calls concerning crimes involving burglaries, thefts, assaults, sexual assaults, juvenile issues, domestic disturbances, illegal drug use and sales, internet fraud, identity fraud and a lot of other smaller related crimes.


Since the beginning of the year, we have had 10 burglary calls in the Town of Pittsfield between residential and commercial businesses.  The focus of today’s letter is to inform the public of what to do in your neighborhoods and in the community to help the Police Department safeguard your neighborhoods. 


We would ask that you make sure you have adequate exterior lighting around your residence (motion sensors), and that around your house is free from shrubs. While the shrubs look nice they create a protective barrier for people looking to break into a house. Make sure your house and vehicle are locked when you are not at home or using them.


Work together as a neighborhood and keep an eye on your neighbor’s house and ask them to keep an eye on yours. Getting to know your neighbors is probably one of the strongest prevention methods there is.  By knowing your neighbors they may be more inclined to take an interest of what is happening at your residence when you’re not there. This is an area that really helps the Police Department in obtaining vital information.  If you get to know your neighbors, then you will be able to tell when something is not right.


Recently, a resident called to report that there was a suspicious looking individual walking up the road and that the individual approached a house and knocked on a door. This didn’t appear to be appropriate behavior to the caller. The Police Department responded, identified the individual and arrested him on some outstanding warrants.  The individual was wearing clothing seen a few days prior and because of the call we were able to obtain finger prints and connect this individual to at least two other burglaries in town that we otherwise would not have been able to solve.  All due to a phone call.


The Police Department is on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Please utilize our services when you see something that doesn’t make sense or doesn’t seem right.  If it feels wrong then there is probably a reason why, and you might just help us catch someone up to no good.  If you wish to have a neighborhood crime watch program in your neighborhood, please contact the Police Department at 435-7535 ext. 11.


To track information that is published by the Police Department, we use several posting sites. They are as follows: Message Board in front of the Police Department, Town Website, Channel 24 and we will be using the newly established FaceBook page, which is still a work in progress.



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IT’S ABOUT TIME for a face-lift! The Pittsfield Historical Society has undertaken another major fundraising project – to vinyl side three exterior walls of their museum on Elm Street. The goal is $9800, 25% of which has been met already. We are looking for donations, big or small, to preserve the building that houses Pittsfield’s history. The front of the building will remain painted wooden clapboards.  This photo depicts the building in its former days as Foss and Osgood plumbing and steam fitting, stoves and ranges.  The building was later the Grange Hall.  Look for the Society to be asking for donations for this project at Old Home Day and the Hot Air Balloon Rally.



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Start your Old Home Days celebration off by joining The Pittsfield Players on Friday, July 19, for a fun concert of music from the ‘50s and ‘60s with The Rockin’ Daddios. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door on a rush seating basis. Box office opens at 7 pm. Pictured are The Rockin’ Daddios Angelo Gentile, Bo Guyer and Jim Rogoto.




Many Heartfelt Thanks


I personally want to thank everyone who sponsored me on my mission trip to Oklahoma to help in the disaster relief after the devastation done by more than one hurricane. So many generous donations were given. Others were unable to give monetarily, but kept the entire team in prayer while we were traveling and helping these people.


Speaking of the people in Oklahoma, they were so grateful to have a team from NH come and help them. It meant more to them that we were there, having not forgotten them, than anything we could do for them in the eight days we were there. While we were there we did many projects from picking up debris, putting together emergency temporary shelters, cleaning out basements still flooded, to having the opportunity to pray with people who are just beginning the overwhelming clean up and rebuilding of their lives. All of this while building stronger bonds with our brothers and sisters in the Lord; learning the depth of each one’s walk with Jesus as Lord and Savior. 


If you are ever given the chance to go on a mission trip and put yourself out there to assist and serve others I strongly suggest you do so. Surely you will not forget the experience, and you will become aware of your own self in a deeper more meaningful way.


Happily serving others,

Paul Drouin



UNH’s Theatre Troupe, Little Red Wagon To

Perform At Pittsfield Old Home Day


Pittsfield Old Home Day will host the University of NH’s Little Red Wagon professional children’s theatre troupe on Sat, July 20 at 10:00 at Dustin Park (bring your own chair or blanket) for a performance of “Into the Grimm.” A Hansel and Gretel game show, a Red Riding Hood interrogation, and Three Little property developing Pigs are just some of the interpretations you’ll see as you step “Into the Grimm.”  


Fairy tales and Fables teach us morals and lessons that we can translate into everyday life, like “treat people how you want to be treated,” “be nice to your neighbor” and “don’t break into people’s homes.”  “Into the Grimm” weaves its way through stories you know, in ways you’ve never imagined them.  In case of rain, the performance will be held at the Pittsfield Community Center.




Leatrice (Bouchard) Morin


Leatrice M. Morin, 85, of Langford Road, Candia, died July 13th at her home following a long illness. She was born and raised in Pittsfield, the daughter of Edgar and Flora Bouchard. She later lived in Manchester for over 30 years and has lived in Candia for the past 10 years. She had worked for Sprague Electric Co. in Concord for 25 years. She is survived by 2 daughters Laura Hayes and husband Aaron of Candia and Donna Locke of Hooksett. 4 grandchildren, Alannah, Ashton and Zoey Hayes and Trisha Locke. 2 Great Grandchildren, Zach and Savannah Locke. She was predeceased by 2 brothers, Norman and Hervey Bouchard.


A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, July 20th, at 10:00 AM in the Mount Calvary Cemetery, Pittsfield. The Perkins & Pollard Memorial Home, Pittsfield, is assisting with arrangements. To sign an on line guest book, log on to



Richard H. Merrill


Richard H. Merrill, 70, of Loudon, born October 27, 1942 to Frank L. Merrill and Lottie W. Merrill, died June 11, 2013 due to complications from a stroke at Concord Hospital.


He was predeceased by David Merrill, Elizabeth Weston and Jenny Merrill.


He is survived by his siblings, Paul W. Merrill, Joseph L. Merrill, Elsie Fife and Karl Merrill; his son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Livia S. Merrill; two step grandsons, John and Ethan and a granddaughter Lily Mae Merrill.



Richard L. Picard


Mr. Richard L. Picard, 73, a lifelong Pittsfield resident, died Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at Harris Hill Health Care Center in Concord.


Born in Pittsfield on August 16, 1939, Richard was the son of Albe and Albina (Langevin) Picard.  Before he retired in 1993, Mr. Picard had been employed by Pittsfield Shoe, Rich Plan, and the Epsom Convenience Store. 


He was a die hard Red Sox fan and an avid candlepin bowler.  He also loved fishing and playing Bingo.


Mr. Picard is survived by his sister, Margaret Miner of Epsom; and 2 nephews, Charles Miner of Epsom and Douglas Miner of Chichester.


Family and friends may sign an on-line guestbook by visiting



Elaine Margaret Sword


Elaine Margaret (Titus) Sword, 75, passed away peacefully on the morning of July 4, 2013 in the company of her family at Concord Hospital.


She grew up in Salmon Falls and Hamilton, MA and attended Hamilton High School. She moved to Rochester and attended Spaulding High School, but considered Hamilton her home town and enjoyed attending several Hamilton High School reunions.  


After working in management at Howard Johnsons in Concord NH, she went to work at New Hampshire Hospital as a secretary in the medical department.  She then worked at the DHHS under the direction of the Commissioner.  She was called to work for the new Governor, Jean Shaheen through that Administration, as well as for Governor John Lynch during his years in office.  She retired after a wonderful career on January 3, 2013.  Elaine was well loved and respected in her tenure at the State House, and by all who met and knew her. 


Elaine was very proud of her family. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt.  She always made time to attend sports, dance and special events and made each family member feel important. She enjoyed gardening, reading and visiting Wells Beach Maine and was known by her family for her wonderful cooking ability.  She loved her church, The United Methodist of Contoocook, and made many friends there. She enjoyed the bible study classes and social times as well.


Elaine was the daughter of the late Charles and Helen Titus of Florida, formerly of Rochester, NH.  She is predeceased by her sister Marlene Luciano of Wakefield MA, and is survived by her sister Carol Justice of Florida. She is also survived by her husband Walter Sword Sr., a daughter Vickie and James Thorpe Sr. of Loudon, grandchildren Erin, James Jr. and wife Allyson, McCall, Aleesha and husband Jon Roy, and McKenzie; a son Keith and Kathy Beaudoin of Concord, grandchildren Brendan and Andrew; a daughter Diane and George Bachelder of Pittsfield, grandchildren Katie and Ashley and husband Dan Kennedy; a daughter Valerie West of Dover, grandchildren Jessica, Kari, and Alyssa; a daughter Denise and Mitch Henley of Auburn, grandchildren Rachel, Vanessa, Benjamin and Elizabeth; a son Kevin Beaudoin of Concord, grandchildren Nicole and Tyler and wife Geneva; a daughter Laurie and Richard Dyer of Hillsboro, grandchildren Ricky, James, Miranda and Jake; a stepdaughter Rebecca and Tom Schofield of Hooksett, and a stepson Walter Jr. and Dawn Sword of Henniker.  


Elaine wanted it known that all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren were her favorites. She is also survived by great grandchildren Ayla Liouzis, Caitlyn and Lyndsey Milton of Warner; Landon Abbott of Loudon; Asher Beaudoin of Vermont and Matilda Thorpe of Concord, as well as two brothers-in-law, a sister-in-law and many nieces and nephews. 


The Bennett Funeral Home in Concord NH was in charge of arrangements.








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