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July 31, 2013

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Those Celebrating Birthdays are: July 31, Amanda Quatrucci; August 1, Robert Hetu, Jennifer Clark; August 2, Diane Vaughan, Mary Thorpe; August 3, Sarah Laro, Ed Huggins, Scott Drouin; August 4, Betty Hartford; August 6, Jonathan Desmarais, Fred Mayhew.


A Very Happy Birthday To One and All!



Celebrating Anniversaries are: July 31, Don and Dee Tabot; August 5, Mark and Sylvia Wallace; August 6, Harold and Debbie Darrah.





Come join The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce as we enjoy our monthly Business After Hours. The event will be held on August 8th from 6 to 8 pm at the Public Service Company of NH (PSNH) training facility located at 23 Catamount Road, Pittsfield, NH.  Come an learn more about PSNH, network with friends and neighbors, enjoy light refreshments and a tour of the facility.  This is a networking opportunity for your business, so remember to bring your business cards – there will be a raffle!   


If you are not a member and are interested in becoming one, this is a great opportunity to learn what The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce is involved in and how it could benefit your business.   Find out more information about this and upcoming events at



Friends Church Services in South Pittsfield will be meeting on the following dates:


• August 4th at 1:00 pm with Harold Muzzey speaking.

• August 11th at 1:00 pm with Nancy Talbot speaking

• August 18th at 1:00 pm with Henry Frost speaking.


All are welcome!



The American Legion will now resume meeting at the Post Home on August 5, at 7:30 pm. Items for discussion are comments concerning the need to building a new Post Color Guard team, Post 75 Home rehabilitation program that includes changes to the interior walls of the Post to reflect past, current members and future veterans and members; POW/MIA Awareness Day; Veterans Day and any other business to be brought forward. 


All veterans are encouraged to stop by, check us out, and attend our meeting. If you like what you see and hear, talk to us individually. Normally, we meet on the first Monday of each month.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Post Commander Merrill Vaughan at 603-344-0264.



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On July 19th the Friday Night Paddlers explored Jenness Pond in Northwood. Nine boats participated. (See picture of boats launching.) The group kayaks every Friday night at 6 PM on local ponds, lakes and rivers. On July 26 they launched in Center Barnstead for a trip on the Suncook River.


Trips are free and everyone is invited to attend and enjoy a paddle with new friends. Visit for more trip information.



Pittsfield School District Welcomes New School Leaders

Submitted By John J. Freeman, Ph.D. Superintendent 

July 18, 2013


The Pittsfield School District welcomes three new school leaders who began their service to the district on July 1.  This spring, the Pittsfield School Board appointed Susan Graham as Dean of Instruction, Paul Newell as Dean of Operations, and Sarah Rollins as Director of College and Career Readiness.


The three key leadership positions are newly-created, replacing the former positions of PES principal, PMHS principal, and PMHS Guidance Director.  Each position will serve both school buildings, PS-12; the Deans are sharing the former principal offices at both schools while the Director is based at PMHS.


The district’s new positions are intended to (1) place a greater focus on instruction, (2) ensure greater efficiency of support operations, and (3) ensure greater preparedness for college and career after graduation from PMHS. We are fortunate to have attracted three very highly qualified individuals to fill these new roles:


Susan Graham

Dean of Instruction


Susan Graham is former professional development coordinator, science department co-chair, and chemistry teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Dover, New Hampshire. Prior to her service as an educator, Ms. Graham worked as a chemist in both New Hampshire and Indiana, as well as an instructor of chemistry at Salem State College in Massachusetts.


Ms. Graham earned her B.S. in chemistry from Simmons College in Massachusetts, her M.A. in chemistry from Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts, and her M.Ed. Admin. from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. She recently presented research findings on effective professional development practices at a national conference at the University of Notre Dame.


Paul Newell

Dean of Operations


Paul Newell is former assistant principal at Spaulding High School in Rochester, New Hampshire.  Among other achievements and responsibilities at Spaulding, Mr. Newell developed a dropout prevention program and provided leadership for the development of competency-based instruction and assessment. His previous experiences include service as an alternative program coordinator, special education teacher, and art teacher, among others.


Mr. Newell earned his A.A. in fine art / illustration from Northern Essex Community College in Massachusetts, his B.S. in art education from Plymouth State University, and his M.Ed. in educational leadership from Plymouth State University.  He is also a licensed foster parent by the D.C.Y.F. of the State of New Hampshire.


Sarah Rollins

Director Of College And Career Readiness


Sarah Rollins, a New Hampshire native, is former teacher mentor, STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) coordinator, and science teacher at Deer Valley Unified School District and Sierra Verde STEM Academy in Arizona.  Dr. Rollins was also an original co-founder and long-time principal of the Arizona Academy of Science, a charter school in Arizona.


Dr. Rollins earned her B.A. in anthropology from Arizona State University in Arizona, her M.S. in education: curriculum, instruction, and assessment from Walden University in Maryland, and her Ph.D. in education: curriculum and instruction from Capella University in Minnesota.  Her previous experiences also include serving as a college liaison for students and families, supporting the application, financial aid, and scholarship processes.


Among other areas of certification, all three new school leaders hold principal certification from the New Hampshire Department of Education. The three were selected from the fifty-five candidates for these positions in a very rigorous process that involved students, parents, community members, teachers, support staff members, and school district leaders.


Parents and community members are invited to meet our new Deans and Director, along with our new teachers who are in the process of being hired, at a reception scheduled for 6:00 pm Thursday, September 5, in the PMHS Library. The reception is being organized by our Pittsfield Parent Connection and our Pittsfield Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization.



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Pat Mason was the lucky winner of the four (4) front-row tickets to a Red Sox vs. Yankees game recently raffled off by Pittsfield Youth Baseball and Softball.  The tickets were generously donated by Mr. Chuck MacGlashing.  Presenting the tickets to Pat are board members Glenn Amnott (l) and Jesse MacGlashing (r).  Go Sox!



“Keeping Memories”



You and your friends are invited to a luncheon sponsored by the Concord Christian Women’s Connection and Stonecroft Ministries on Thursday, August 8th, 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 Scrapbooking “Keeping the Memories” with Gail Russell. Inspirational speaker, Peg King’s message is entitled “Overcoming Doubt and Fear” In order to change our lives


Reservations are required by August 5th, 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



Pittsfield Firefighters Assoc. Sanderson Fund Award


In addition to road signs, safety cones, and barricades, inflatable light towers and safety vests were purchased with generous grant funds from The E. P. Sanderson Fund. 


The Pittsfield Firefighters Association is honored to be a recipient of a 2013 E. P. Sanderson Trust Fund grant request. Based on a review of fire department needs, a proposal for emergency scene equipment was submitted.  This equipment will assist us in keeping an emergency scene safer by offering more protection to personnel and those in need, and by better identifying an emergency scene.  Reflective safety vests, collapsible road signs, safety cones, portable road barricades, and portable light towers have been purchased through this grant award.  This equipment will benefit us in the future, during weather emergencies, motor vehicle accidents, and other situations that require additional visibility and security.  Thank you to The E. P. Sanderson Fund for making this possible.


The Pittsfield Firefighters Association, a 501(c)3 organization, was formed to promote the welfare and well-being of the Pittsfield Fire Department and the members thereof and to promote the betterment of fire and rescue operations in the Town of Pittsfield. Find us on Facebook at:  Pittsfield Firefighters Association.



Items Taken During Recent Burglaries

Respectfully Submitted By 

Chief Robert E. Wharem


In recent burglaries, which have taken place all over town, these are some of the items that have been taken from various locations:  money, jewelry, tools, televisions, guns, four wheelers, snow mobiles and coins. While other items have been taken, the focus seems to be on these types of items. Serial numbers, secure storage places, pictures of the items and appraisals on the more expensive items such a valuable jewelry  are a big help in possibly retrieving the stolen property.



From The Desk Of The Pittsfield Chief Of Police


There’s been a lot of talk about recent burglaries in town. Talk about past incidents and burglaries that these current ones have brought back to the public’s attention. First and foremost, I assure you that the Pittsfield Police Department is just as outraged as you citizens are that these burglaries are occurring in the first place. It shows a complete disregard and disrespect for one another abiding in the same town and perpetuates the myth that Pittsfield is a bad place to live. 


While it may seem to the untrained and uninformed eye that the police are “doing nothing” or “don’t care,” quite the contrary is true. While you beg for the facts, we try to keep a lot of the information sacred because it will endanger the cases. If everyone knows the facts it is hard to discern who is telling the truth and who is lying when they bring us information.


Unfortunately it’s hard when people don’t know all the facts and even more difficult when releasing the facts would only jeopardize the cases. You have a right to be upset but don’t realize just because someone says “they did it, I saw them” doesn’t make for a credible witness. What if someone pointed the finger at you and said that you committed a crime and you had nothing to do with it? 


While you may have heard this from an officer before and while I don’t condone the phrase; it is true that this is not CSI and while we can dust for fingerprints, we do not have a fancy computer to analyze them. The prints and other evidence that needs to be examined gets sent to the state lab and sometimes it takes months to get back to us and that’s only if there are a set of fingerprints to match them to.


Also, there are some cases that are going through court right now. The court process is full of continuances, plea bargains and other reasons why it takes forever to see a case through. Sometimes the same case can reappear 14 times, no exaggeration. Also, while I know theft is a big issue right now, the public has no idea what else we’re dealing with; the sexual assaults, crimes in the schools, things that may take precedence over lesser cases. What may seem the world to one person could be priority 5 on our list. We have been examining the best venues to get more info out there and what info would be best to share without jeopardizing any of the cases.


I assure you, much is being done about the break-ins, but it’s not as easy as everyone makes it sound. Police Officers do business checks and vacant house checks twice a night plus are expected to stop fights, respond to domestic disturbances, stop DWIs, and respond when some drunken person is in the middle of 28. During the day we respond to calls involving making sure kids are in school, going after loose dogs, responding to medical calls, car accidents as well as conduct investigations. All of this takes time and paperwork. o:p>


Instead of being enraged at the police, be enraged at your fellow citizens for wasting the Police Department’s time with public drunkenness; at your school for not allowing a police presence in the schools; and the drug dealers and doers for creating most of the problems we have in town, including the burglaries.


Most importantly, when you see something occurring, call the police, don’t wait.



Tell Us Your Story

Cabaret For A Cure 2013 In Memory Of Mom


The second annual Cabaret for a Cure, In Memory of Mom will take place at the Scenic Theatre Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 7 pm. Following the format of last year’s show, there will be music, laughter, drama, raffles, refreshments and more. 

We’re reaching out to residents of Pittsfield and of surrounding towns to send us your stories, memories, advice, anecdotes, quotes, poems and pictures and your permission to use some or all of them in this year’s Cabaret for a Cure, In Memory of Mom. Please send correspondence to [email protected] and put CURE in the subject line or if you are unable to send information online, call Meggin at 736-8073. The deadline for your submissions is August 30, 2013.


Last year the Cabaret was able to do a 3 minute slide show with pictures in honor of and in memory of those who have battled cancer. We also had some humorous advice, uplifting stories, a Marathon Metaphor as well as harder-to-swallow facts and that packed a punch in “Cancer Sucks” and an essay from a 13-year old.


Your stories and pictures are the bulk of Cabaret for A Cure, In Memory of Mom. Please get in touch now, so we can build our program around you and your stories. 


You’ll be hearing and seeing a lot more of us, so keep your eye on The Sun and please consider making yourself part of the cure.



National Night Out 2013

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K-9 Officer Joe Di George and Cache at National Night Out 2012.

The K-9 unit will be back again this year for a K-9 demonstration.


The Pittsfield Police Association in conjunction with Pittsfield Youth Workshop hosts National Night Out 2013, August 6, 6-8 pm at Drake’s Field in Pittsfield.


National Night Out was established for the purpose of bringing the community together to introduce the public to the many options it has for community service, community involvement and avenues for keeping drugs off the streets and out of our children’s hands.


The Pittsfield Police Association is celebrating its 10th year of this type of community involvement and giving its neighbors the opportunity to have dinner on us and mingle with organizations in town that are here for you; whether it’s to give you direction, administer help or engage you in activity within the town that is beneficial rather than harmful. 


A fun-filled evening is planned at Drake’s Field. There will be free pizza, hot dogs and soft drinks; a K-9/drug demonstration; McGruff the Crime Dog; a car show; a dunk tank with one of Pittsfield’s finest in the tank; an Animal Control demonstration; bike helmet giveaway and a bike riding obstacle course at the tennis court; a S.W.A.T. team display; a bouncy house; hay wagon rides; face painting by Donna Keeley and more.  


On hand will be the Pittsfield PTO, Pittsfield Listens, The Pittsfield Players, The First Congregational Church, Pittsfield Youth Soccer Sign Ups, Pittsfield Youth Workshop, The Pittsfield Police Association and more.


If you or your organization is interested in attending with a table, car, information or otherwise donating time, food, etc. Please contact Jay Darrah at the Pittsfield Police Station 435-7535.



Looking For Participants

For A Fall Home & Family Day


Barton Lumber Company is sponsoring a Fall Home and Family Day at our location on Route 107 in Barnstead on Saturday, October 5th from 9:00 to 2:00. The purpose of this event is to introduce new customers to our local businesses.  We are inviting any and all local businesses and organizations to participate in the event.


Our preliminary plans are that local businesses and groups can set up a display in our yard for the event for a small fee.  Each participant would be responsible for their own tent, table, chairs, exhibit items, decorations and any door prizes or giveaways.  This can be a great way to “strut your stuff” to potential new customers.


Our plan is to offer several events for the family/kids such as wagon rides, pony rides, petting zoo and face painting. We would like to have several non-profit groups sell food such as hot dogs, burgers, soda, popcorn, bake sale items, etc. to benefit their respective organizations.


If you are interested in participating in this event in any way, please contact Lillian at Barton Lumber by August 15th at 435-6880 or email to [email protected].



Thoughts From Pittsfield’s 2013 Citizen Of The Year To The Good Citizens Of 


Submitted By Dan Schroth Piermarocchi


It’s 6:00 am Sunday, I’m parked at the Washington House lot. Dunkin Donuts has already hooked me up. This is our 4th day (Thursday through Sunday) working on the wall to go around the flower garden the Beautification Committee is re-doing. It’s been hot, so we have been kind of “slackin.” I’m wondering when I can start hammering on the rock. There are rules in town and the cops are around to enforce them.


The stonemen have only had the cops called once. They had a report of yelling and drinking.  I’ll admit to the yelling; I get excited working downtown. This year got me going more than usual because my town selected me Citizen Of The Year. I’m part of the blue shirt gang now.


I could not be happier. I have a great respect for this committee as they lead by example along with the past members. They have helped show me what is possible working with organizations to fulfill a person’s life.


By 10:00 am I’m doing more visiting and talking than working, that’s why I enjoy volunteer work. Folks are in church now. That must be where volunteer work started. I know Pittsfield’s strength comes from all our organizations helping to keep the downtown beautiful. It feels good to be a cog on this wheel.


At 11:00 am it’s time for another break, this time with downtown Mike. This is another reason I enjoy working downtown; I meet new people. I like new songs, new walls and new people.


At 2:00 pm I picked up my tools, tired from a long weekend of excitement and stonework. I stopped by Fred’s house part way up Catamount. He’s leaving town for his wife and a camp in Georgia. I’m going to miss him, but he’s got time for another adventure. Stopped by Charlie and Jean Watson’s at the top of Tucker Hill, almost to Jenness Pond. Jean got right to the point and asked when I was going to finish repairing the entrance to the Tucker Cemetery. I heard the urgency in her voice. I told her I would try to get some help and get back up there. She replied, “I hope so.”


A couple of years ago Charlie and I were at the Housing Standards meeting. They were giving him trouble over a 2nd floor apartment needing some stuff to make the Inspector happy. Well, I wanted a piece of the action. I told him if he let me represent him, I would finish repairing the wall at the cemetery and maybe, with what’s left of me, take up residence on Tucker Hill and spend eternity with him. He agreed. The matter was resolved. It is important to finish the Tucker Cemetery stonewall repair.


Thanks to my wife, Nancy, and to all the people in Pittsfield who make me look good. Sometimes I get all the glory on a project that took a lot of resources from a good many people. I am but one on many. John Topouzoglou stopped by Saturday and reminded me “Take care of yourself, your school, your town, your country.” That is what a volunteer does. Sometimes you get recognized and sometimes you don’t, either way, it’s been quite a party.




Submitted By Terrie Azotea


We started our meeting this past week at TOPS with looking at a couple of pictures of our King and Queen who have lost a total of 346 pounds together... That is an awesome weight loss. Just getting to your goal is hard work and keeping it off is just as hard if not harder.


Best Loser of the week was Stuart and Diane, KOPS of the week was Sandy, and we have a few Miss Angels: Janis, Suzie, Irene G., and Mickey... Great job ladies and keep up the good work. You will be at your goals in no time. I would like to welcome a couple of new members who have joined.


There were a couple of awards handed out for losing and we talked about our upcoming Inspiration Workshop. Then we learned about all the awesome things we can do with raspberries and all the health benefits they offer, not to mention how good they taste and the blueberries. It is berry season and this time of year it’s so nice to be able to get all that we want to eat or put in the freezer; all those good desserts that we can make and, of course, they are low fat. 


I enjoy canning this time of year and I know with the gardens this year, hopefully, we can be able to do that. The weather sure has played some games with  them. 


At TOPS we are a good support weight loss group that enjoy getting together and helping one another out. If anyone is interested in joining us, we meet on Tuesday nights at the St. Stephen’s Church on Main Street in Pittsfield at 5:30 pm for our weigh in and at 6:30 pm for our meeting. Please call Stuart Pike at 856-4642 or Pat Smith at 435-5333. 


“Putting your past to rest wakes up your future.” 


Hope everyone has a great week and see you all lighter next week!



“Weather” To Fly Or Not - That Is The Question... 

 The Conditions That Will Keep Us On The Ground


Wind (words to look for in a forecast: gusts, breezy, windy, blustery, small craft advisory, strong wind, high wind warnings, gale warning)


Wind is the most critical factor in safe ballooning; it effects every phase of a flight. More balloon flights are cancelled due to wind than for any other reason. Balloons fly best in light and stable winds of 4-6 miles per hour. Maximum safe winds are 8-10 mph. Here are the reasons wind is such an issue:


• During inflation the balloon is filled with cold air using a fan. The balloon fabric is just a giant sail, and winds approaching 10 mph make it almost impossible to fill the balloon. The wind will cave the side of the balloon in and the resulting sail effect places tremendous loads on both the fabric and the basket. These forces can be 3-10 tons depending on the size of the balloon. The balloon will roll around, sometimes violently. It is tied off to keep even a gentle breeze from causing it to drag downwind, but we have seen a gust cause the balloon to drag the trailer and van it was tied to across the grass! Pretty impressive to watch - not much fun when it’s happening!


• Strong winds in flight can take the balloon farther than the pilot has room to fly. Remember that the winds aloft are generally stronger than the winds at the surface. Since a balloons flight path and the distance it will travel is dictated solely by the wind’s speed and direction, this can be an issue if high winds carry the balloon into areas that are unsuitable for a landing. Such areas include: metropolitan areas, large expanses of forest, restricted airspace, and large bodies of water. All of these are factors in our immediate flying area.


• Lastly, there is the landing. A balloon’s speed across the ground will be the speed of the wind it is flying in. High wind speeds mean that the pilot needs a larger area to land in. A balloon relies on the friction of the basket dragging along the ground to come to a stop as balloons do not have brakes. In a high wind landing you are trying to stop 3-10 tons, all moving at the speed of the wind, without brakes - the basket will skip, drag and bounce along the ground. It will eventually layover on its side while continuing to drag along the ground. Again, impressive just not much fun.


Winds Aloft

The winds on the surface are just one of our concerns. We have to think three dimensionally and consider what the wind is doing at altitude as well. This is perhaps the most confusing aspect for the spectators at the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally. There is not even a hint of a breeze on the ground and your flight has just been cancelled due to wind; how come? We look at winds at the surface (the wind you can feel) and the winds at 1 to 9,000 feet.  We are not going to go to 9,000 feet, but it tells us if we might encounter issues such as wind shear, turbulence, or strong surface winds later on. Even if there are no winds to speak of at the surface, the winds aloft may drive our pilot’s decision not to fly. Winds aloft of 18-20 knots or 20 miles per hour can be sufficient to cancel a flight.


Poor Visibility (words to look for in a forecast: foggy, hazy, misty)

How far can we see? Our aircraft is designated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as Visual Flight Rules (VFR) certified. That means we must have a certain amount of visibility to fly legally. The visibility must be 1 to 3 miles, depending on where we are flying. If we don’t have it, we can’t fly!


Rain and Storms (words to look for in a forecast: thunderstorms, rain, chance of showers or storms)


The decision not to fly in rain or storms seems a simple one - of course we don’t! What isn’t so simple is why our flight may be cancelled when no storm or rain actually happens in the area. We must often make our decision based on a forecast or what is happening on radar in the surrounding areas on New Hampshire. 


Despite the many advances in weather prediction and instrumentation, forecasting remains an imprecise science. Dangerous lightning, damaging wind, rain, even hail can be happening as close as Concord and our flying area may appear very different from the forecast and weather radar. Storms can be significant events to any type of aircraft, but a hot air balloon is perhaps the most weather sensitive aircraft there is. An airplane or helicopter can turn and run from a storm whereas a balloon is drawn into a storm. The winds will accelerate and head toward a building storm and flow out of a decaying storm. These “gust fronts” can occur 75 to 100 miles away from the actual storm and create winds that are extremely dangerous to a balloon and everyone around it. Once again, it’s the wind! If storms are forecast or there are storms within 100 miles we will reschedule flights. Our pilot’s make the final judgment.


We ask for your understanding if a flight, tethering, or night glow must be cancelled due to weather. The Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally is our single largest fund raising event each year. The communities we support and the many non-profit organizations who participate in our event depend heavily on your generous donations. When the weather causes a delay or cancellation, the Pittsfield Rotary Club and all of our pilots are just as disappointed as you!


Thank you for attending and your generous donations at the gates.




Marcus M. Magoon


Marcus M. Magoon, 73, of Pittsfield died Wednesday, July 24, 2013.


He was born April 28, 1940 in Lincoln the son of Merlin and Dorothy (Burbank) Magoon and attended Northwood schools and the Dover Trade School. He had resided in Northwood, Dover and Durham before moving to Pittsfield in 2007.


Marcus had worked for OxBow Restaurant in Northwood, the  N.H. Highway Hotel in Concord, St Paul’s School of Concord, and lastly at the Odd Fellows Home in Concord. 


He was a member of the Lee Grange, a past member of the Northwood Grange, past member of the Sons and Daughters of Liberty of Northwood, AARP and a member of the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield.


His family includes John and Priscilla Ingalls of North Woodstock, Kenneth and Mary Lou Magoon of Hill, Bliss and Claire Magoon of Parsonfield, Maine, Glenis Magoon of Northwood, Coral Neider of Concord, numerous nieces and nephews, his special cousin, Donna Stockman of Pittsfield and special friends, Nancy Duquette, Laurie Houle and Virgie Locke all of Pittsfield and Dena and Gary Sonnenschein of Madbury.


He was predeceased by his brother, Robert Magoon and his niece Priscilla Plummer.


Arrangements are by the Tasker Funeral Home, 621 Central Ave., Dover, NH. Please go to to sign the online guestbook.



Ida Cilley Hobbs


Ida Ellen Hobbs, 86 died Wednesday, July 17th at the Harris Hill Center in Concord. She was born and raised in Francestown, the daughter of Carl and Mary Cilley.  She was the widow of Clayton Gerald Hobbs, who died in 1995.


She was a member of Oak Hill Grange and the New Hampshire State Grange for more than fifty years. Ida enjoyed opportunities to help others. She served on the Beautification Committee, Ladies Aid and many other church and town groups. She loved nature, gardening and the beautiful outdoors.


She was predeceased by her brothers, Raymond Cilley, Richard Cilley and Roger Cilley, a step-grandson, Travis Jepsen, and son-in-law Bruce Van Dyke. 


She is survived by two sons, Neal Hobbs and wife Cory of Grafton, Wisconsin and Earl Hobbs and wife Kathleen of Kevil, Kentucky; four daughters, Velma Van Dyke of Bow, Mary Saturley and husband John of Pembroke, Ruth Hobbs of Pembroke and Nancy Hobbs of Manchester; 17 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.  She is also survived by three sisters, Elizabeth M. Jones of Francestown, Mildred M. Weir of Westborough, Massachusetts and Violet B. Riendeau of Milford; and three brothers, George C. Cilley and Clyde E. Cilley, both of Francestown and Jerry F. Cilley of Windsor.


Graveside services will be held at a later date.


The Bennett Funeral Home of Concord is in charge of the arrangements.


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