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Pittsfield NH News

August 28, 2013

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Those Celebrating Birthdays are: August 28, Sandra Courtemanche; August 31, Chris Plante, Chris Dunne, Andy Hubbard; September 1, Paullette Chagnon; September 2, Faith Whittier; September 3, Norman Gagnon, Jacob Gray.


A Very Happy Birthday To One and All!



Celebrating Anniversaries are: September 3, Tom and Ruth Huckins.


Best Wishes!



We are updating our birthday and anniversary lists and need your help.


If you would like your name to continue to be printed with your birthday and/or your anniversary date, then give us a call at 435-6291. If we don’t hear from you, we will remove your name.



Letter To The Editor


To the good citizens of Pittsfield:

I heard the other night that my good friend, Larry Konopka, had resigned his Selectman position.


We as a town are screwed. We as a town are going to need 30 people to replace him. First, let’s all figure out how screwed we are.


This is what I figure:

1) 21% over evaluated as a town. 2) zero increase in revenue. 3) expenses going up. 4) town meeting once a year. Selectman meeting two nights a month for 2-3 hours. 5) Big, big financial pressures facing our town. 6) Something needs to be done.


All I can come up with for a solution is the following:

1) Selectmen’s meeting every Tuesday, 6 pm, except on Christmas. 2) Public input before and after meeting. 3) Here is where we change. If during the meeting, a person there has an important point on a matter, the Selectmen would call on that person, and listen to his point. This way the town becomes more a meeting of the people, where we can have conversations to deal with problems at hand. When Fred Hast, Pam St. Laurent and I were Selectmen, it was decided to let the people help run the town. We had a lot of participation.


One night Glenn Porter, who worked on the town road crew, was there. We were sending out bid requests for a concrete foundation to replace the granite rock one in the Town Hall. The problem, water was getting into the basement, which is used as the food pantry. Glenn said “I’ve  dug on this land and it was dry. The water is coming off the roof. Put the pavement back up to the building and you will see a big improvement.” He was right.


Don’t make me run for Selectman to make these changes. Let’s make Larry proud.


Dan Schroth Piermarocchi





Dear Citizens of Pittsfield:

I have discovered in the last week that my medical problems had nothing to do with responsibilities’ as a Selectman, but rather, to do with the medication I was taking. My resignation was based upon mistaken information and at this time I want to remain on the Board of Selectman and continue serving our community. I have rescinded my resignation and am looking forward to serving our community for the remaining term I have.


Thank You,

Larry Konopka



Pittsfield Area Senior Center Drop Off Site 

Letters Of Support For Military Personnel And Families


The Pittsfield Area Senior Center has become a drop off site for Operation Appreciation. We are collecting cards and letters of support to be sent to parents, spouses or children of service members, veterans, or active duty service members. The letters of appreciation will be collected by the Friends Program, who will coordinate with Blue Star Families to distribute the letters.  Pittsfield’s drop off site will be on going, but central New Hampshire has a goal of collecting 5,000 letters by mid-September.  

A collection box, and cards and stationary if you need them, is located in the Community Center’s function room. Please write a note or letter, write the category of person your note was written for (child, parent, active duty, etc.) on the back of the envelope, and then place your note in the collection box. No postage is necessary. Thank you in advance for bringing us some letters!



Pittsfield Area Senior Center

September News


The month of September brings a resumption of the center’s exercise classes, and a number of special activities.  The VNA Health Education Series will continue on Wednesday, September 4th at 12:30 pm with the presentation “Easy Does It: Reducing Falls Through Thoughtful Decisions.” The Visiting Nurses Association will also be at the center to provide flu immunizations on Friday, September 27th from 10:00 am to noon.


Gentle Yoga will resume on Monday, September 9th at 11:00 am. Young at Heart STARS: Strength Training and Restorative Exercise for Seniors will resume Wednesday, September 18th at 9:30 am. Both classes have a suggested donation of $4.00 per class, people can join anytime, and the first class is free!


A six-week discussion series “Better Choices, Better Health” will begin Tuesday, September 10th at 9:30 am to noon.  Better Choices is an engaging program that includes setting goals that are achievable, finding support and solutions to problems, and explores methods for working in partnership with your health care team, and others, to achieve your goals. Individuals living with a chronic health condition or caring for someone with a chronic condition are welcome to attend this free program which will be offered in partnership with Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association. Call 435-8482 to register.


The center will celebrate the theme of National Senior Center Week Experts at Living Well on September 18th at 11:30 am.  Join us for a delicious luncheon and a conversation with Pittsfield Listens to discuss the best ways for seniors to share their wisdom with our wonderful community.  Luncheon will be provided compliments of Pittsfield Listens.


A free NH Humanities Council program: “Baked Beans and Fried Clams: How Food Defines a Region” will be presented September 24th at 1:00 pm.  The preceding luncheon will feature traditional New England favorites from local providers.  So mark your calendar, and plan to enjoy a delicious lunch!


On Friday, September 27th come on a trip to ride the Cannon Mountain Tramway to view Fall Foliage.  The tramway is free for NH residents age 65 and over, and is completely handicapped accessible.  You can bring your own lunch, or purchase one at the mountaintop restaurant.  Call the center to sign up and learn the details. 



Fall Home And Family Day Update


It’s official. Barton Lumber Company will be hosting their first Fall Home and Family Day on Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm; rain or shine. This outdoor event is Open To The Public Free Of Charge. The purpose of the event is to introduce the public to our local businesses and groups. 


We all know how important it is to support our local businesses and groups, but I’ll bet you didn’t know how many there are in this area. Therefore, we are inviting any and all local businesses, self-employed professionals, associations and organizations to set up an exhibit or display at the event. We already have firm commitments from several local businesses and groups including:


The Local Butcher, Piaseczny Metal Images, Get Fit NH, Michele’s Totally Awesome Gourmet Popcorn, The Innate in You, Gilmanton Winery, Arbonne Independent Consultant, Pittsfield Circle of Home and Family, Victory Workers 4-H Club, Catamount Womenaid.


We will have music and entertainment by renowned balladeer Jim Barnes (sponsored by Eastern Propane), face painting by Linda Weiser of Artists View NH, miniature horses from Tiny Tails Miniature Horse Farm, wagon rides and several non-profit groups will be selling a wide variety of food as fundraisers for their groups.


Registrations are now being taken for anyone wanting to set up an exhibit at the event. For more information or a registration form contact Lillian Wheeler at [email protected], telephone 435-6880, fax 435-7714 or stop by Barton Lumber Company.


So mark your calendar for Saturday, October 5th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at Barton Lumber Company located at 245 Province Road (Route 107 N) in Barnstead for the Fall Home and Family Day.  Come meet just some of the local business owners and groups.





Dear Pittsfield Residents:

The Pittsfield Economic Development Committee (EDC) is preparing a full page article on Pittsfield’s business opportunities that will be placed in the New England Real Estate Journal (NEREJ).


This article will include text with multiple photographs of the Charrette area and Route 28 properties. The NEREJ’s circulation reaches real estate agencies and developers throughout Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire.


On a rotational basis, the NEREJ has specific issues that feature business and development opportunities within a particular state. Our article will be included in the issue that emphasizes New Hampshire properties.


The EDC strongly believes that it is Vital to promote Pittsfield beyond New Hampshire borders.


We are asking for donations to cover the cost of this article, as well as future promotions of Pittsfield. If you would like to contribute to this fund, please make your check out to the “Suncook Valley Regional Development Corporation” (in the memo line note that it is for “Promotion of Pittsfield”) and mail it to: Economic Development Committee, P.O. Box 98, Pittsfield, NH 03263.


Your help and generosity are greatly appreciated.



Ted Mitchell, Chair

Pittsfield Economic 

Development Committee



Spiritual Warfare Presentation By Rev. Kenneth Steigler


Monday, September 9, 2013 Loudon Center Freewill Baptist Church in Loudon, NH is hosting a presentation on Spiritual Warfare! This presentation is given by Rev. Kenneth Steigler. Pastor Ken has worked with cleansing and deliverance ministries in Salem, MA and many other places around the country. There will be time for questions and answers after the presentation. Light refreshments will be served. 


This presentation is Free and open to everyone. This is a presentation not to be missed! The church is located on 433 Clough Hill Road in Loudon. For more information please call Rev. Linda Overall at (603)875-5822.



News From The American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75

Submitted By Merrill Vaughan, Commander

The American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75


The September 2, 2013 meeting of The American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75 will begin at 7:30 pm at the Post Home located at 3 Loudon Rd, Pittsfield, NH.  Among the topics on hand that night will be membership, Post Home remodeling, plans for POW/MIA observance, (held on the third Friday of September) which in this case is September 20, 2013, and Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2013.


If anyone has questions, please feel free to contact one of your neighbors who is in the Legion or by calling the Post Commander, Merrill Vaughan at his cell phone 603-344-0264. 








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