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Pittsfield NH News

Aug 7, 2013

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Those Celebrating Birthdays are: August 7, Brandon Giuda, Michael Tuttle, Keith Snedeker, Andrew Fries, JoAnne Ward; August 8, Fred Hast, I; August 9, Jess Hillsgrove; August 10, Jennifer Snell, Alysha Quattrucci, Jim Adams, II; August 12, Corey Pethic, Jim Paggi, Cameron Quigley.


A Very Happy Birthday To One and All!



Celebrating Anniversaries are: August 9, Bruce and Barbara Smith; August 12, Chet and Jane Ann Fuller; August 13, Merrill and Diane Vaughan.


Best Wishes!



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


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

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


All are welcome!



Family Carnival and Pig Roast!

Food, Games, and Fun!

At St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 

Route 4, Next to the Northwood Town Hall

Friday, August 9, from 6-9 pm

Saturday, August 10, from Noon-5 pm

Pig Roast Dinner on Saturday 3:30-5 pm


Includes roasted pork, corn on the cob, baked potato, choice of salad, roll, beverage, and dessert. All for $7.50 per person or $25 for a family of 4! Tickets at the door.


Come Early!



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 and 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



Suncook Valley Soccer Club will be hosting its last soccer sign ups on August 15th from 6-8 pm at the Tilton Hill Fields. Teams are filling up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on fall soccer. SVSC will be hosting a mandatory coaches meeting following the sign ups.



The First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield, is sponsoring a back-to-school basic school supply giveaway Thursday, August 15, 4 - 5:30 pm for the children of Pittsfield.  A parent must be present with their child(ren) to receive supplies. Please enter the church through the Chestnut Street/parking lot entrance.



Pittsfield Players 

Announce Auditions For “Thoroughly Modern Millie”


The Pittsfield Players will hold auditions for their fall show “Thoroughly Modern Millie” on Sunday, August 18 at 5 pm and again on Monday, August 19th at 6:30 pm. The show has many wonderful parts for actors and actresses from teenaged to adult, and director Dee Dee Pitcher is also looking for tap dancers as well. Auditioners will be asked to sing (please bring your own sheet music), read from the script, and also do a few dance steps that will be taught at the audition. Rehearsals for the show will begin in earnest after Labor Day, and the show will run at the Scenic Theatre for two weekends on November 8, 9, and 10 and on November 15 and 16. 


“Thoroughly Modern Millie” takes us back to New York City in the Roaring ‘20s, when girls were bobbing their hair and rolling up their stockings and breaking out of traditional female roles. The show features some wonderful musical numbers, some great dancing opportunities, and plenty of high comedy. 


For a synopsis of the show and more information about available roles, visit For more information about The Players’ auditions and productions, contact Dee Dee Pitcher at 736-2471.




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Father Chet and mother Tammy Smith of Pittsfield are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Juanita Rose Smith to Tylor John Snedeker, son of Keith and Katherine Snedeker of Epsom, NH.


Juanita is a 2009 graduate of Pittsfield Middle High School in Pittsfield, NH. Tylor is a 2009 graduate of Pembroke Academy, Pembroke, NH. A July 19, 2015 wedding is planned.



Belknap County Delegation Meetings


On Monday, August 12, 2013 at 2:30, 4:00 and 5:00 pm Belknap County Delegation meetings will take place.


The County Delegation will tour the Belknap County Department of Corrections at 2:30 pm. The Executive Committee will convene at 4:00 pm to review YTD budget expenditures. At 5:00 pm the full Delegation will convene to hear the request for a Revenue Anticipation Note from Gunstock Mountain Resort.


The meetings will take place in conference room #1 at the Belknap County Complex, 34 County Drive, Laconia, NH. As always, these meetings are open to the public and attendance is encouraged.



Fun In The Fifties

Pittsfield Old Home Day, 2013


Saturday, July 20th was Old Home Day in Pittsfield and the theme of the day was “Fun in the Fifties.”  The weather cooperated (except for one brief shower!) and everyone seemed to have a good time.  Many thanks are due to lots of groups, organizations, businesses and individuals who make this event possible.


Thank you to the Pittsfield Players for sponsoring “The Rockin Daddios” on Friday, July 19th. The Scenic Theatre was rocking with 50’s tunes and set the stage for the next day!


The Park St. Baptist Church served a delicious breakfast on Saturday morning to start the day; thank you to all the cooks.  Many thanks to Tammy Colby who organized the craft fair. The free craft table for kids was manned by Carol Grainger, Lisa Fries, Kathy Bleckmann, Greta Sarte, Tara Ash and Girl Scouts – Lily, Sophia, Amber, Jocelyn, Becca and Meredith – Thank You to all of you.


Jujubee, the clown, provided balloon “art” for the kids – free! Thanks to the Police Explorers for manning the jump tent and games; to St. Stephen’s Church for supplying the power for the jump tent and to the Cub Scouts Pack 84 for sponsoring the dunk tank. A big thank you to Judy and Ray Webber for creating the “Fun in the Fifties” cutout for picture taking and a huge thank you to Bob and Eileen Legg for taking the photos and posting them to the town website. Thank you to the PHS Alumni Association members who helped people “record” their memories!


Thank you to Don Smith and Bill Parker for providing music at Dustin Park all morning. Thanks to the Historical Society for opening their doors and sharing their fabulous collection of Pittsfield memorabilia.


The annual cook-off was American Chop Suey.  Thank you to all the participants. The winners, by popular vote, were: 1st – Beth Ferrar (#5), 2nd – Roxanne Perry (#1) and 3rd- Steph Tuttle (#4). A very special Thank You to the Victory Workers 4-H Club for organizing and manning the booth.


Thanks to all the kids who participated in the Bike Parade.  Thanks to our judges, to Appleview Orchard for the ice cream certificates and to Harry Vogt for organizing it.


Fr. Curtis Metzger of St. Stephen’s Church provided the invocation before the parade; thank you for joining us on Old Home Day. A very special thank you to Ms. Stephanie Joyce, for her beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner and a big thank you to Stan Bailey for providing announcing duties for the parade.  Past Citizens of the Year were invited to gather and watch the parade from a front row viewing area on Main Street. We’d like to thank Bob Moulton (who passed away earlier this year) for suggesting this idea – we’re sure he was watching!


We’d also like to thank Granite Image for providing all the flyers, posters and program printing for the day. Thank You to The Suncook Valley Sun for printing all of our articles, ads and the day’s schedule.  Thanks, also to our Website Committee for posting all the events and information on our town website ( and to all the local businesses who posted flyers and posters for us.


Congratulations to Dan Schroth Piermarocchi on being named Pittsfield’s Citizen of the Year!  Thank you for your continued volunteering in our community. Thanks to Sandy and Jim Adams for providing the “ride” for our Citizen of the Year.


Thank You to all who participated in the Parade.  You are the ones who make the parade what it is. A Huge Thank You to NH Motor Speedway for the use of their “People Movers” and to Jon Ward for hauling it. They worked perfectly for the band to ride in and perform in the parade.  


Parade Winners!

The Judges Award – PMHS Championship Baseball Team


Youth Division:

1st – Victory Workers 4-H Club

2nd - Forest B. Argue Recreation Area

3rd – Cub Scout Pack 84


Open Division:

1st- Pittsfield Players (pulled by Appleview Orchard)

2nd – Suncook Valley Area Lions Club

3rd – Pittsfield Youth Workshop


The Chichester 2012 E1 (2000 Gal) truck won Best in Show in the Fire Truck Division

(Thank you to Chris Ward and others of the Pittsfield Fire Dept for inviting local fire departments to the parade)


The afternoon festivities moved to Drake Field with a Car Show of hot rods, classic and vintage cars (thank you to Eli and Lisa English for organizing this) and a soccer game took over part of the field.  Thank you to Sanel Auto for donating prizes for the car show. A Duck Race (sponsored by the PMHS Boys Basketball team) was held by the boat launch.  Thanks to Jay Darrah for coordinating the duck race.  There were also activities for the kids – pie eating, musical chairs, water balloon toss, bubble gum blowing contest and paper airplane crafts. Hannah English showed off her hula hoop talent and had others join her!  (Thanks to Parks and Rec for the use of the hula hoops) A cookout of burgers and hot dogs was well attended – thanks to Ernie Tiede for cooking and to all the others who helped!  Music was provided for the afternoon and evening by two great bands, Tammy Lynn and Myles High and The King Chrome Band.


The day ended with a fabulous fireworks show.  A Huge Thank You to all the donors who made this show possible. Thanks to PMHS for the use of Drake Field and the Old Home Day committee would especially like to Thank Joe Darrah and his crew (who went to Drake Field at 5:00 am on Sunday morning and cleaned up all the fireworks debris!)  We were all pleasantly surprised and very much appreciated all that help!


The Old Home Day Committee would like to Thank the Pittsfield Police, Fire and Highway Departments; Parks and Recreation Committee and the many extra volunteers who helped at any of the events. A lot of planning and work goes into this day and it takes a lot of people to make things happen… So, Thank You! We hope you enjoyed the day. 


Please feel free to call Andi Riel at 435-6346 or email at [email protected] or Louie Houle at 435-6938 or [email protected] to pass on any suggestions, comments or if you’d like to volunteer next year.



From The Desk Of The Chief Of Police


First I’d like to thank everyone for calling in their hints and tips regarding the recent burglaries. Because of the community’s diligence we have a list of suspects and are closing in on those who may have perpetrated these crimes. These particular burglaries may be linked to several other surrounding towns, such as Goffstown, Allenstown and Manchester. 


I’d also like to thank those citizens who are coming forward in order to form a Neighborhood Watch program to ensure we have many pairs of eyes keeping watch on the whereabouts of suspicious people and vehicles while we, the Police Department, are on other calls. It is with the help of community members like yourselves that will help crack down on crime in the long run. 


Once again, don’t be afraid to call when you see anything that looks out of place. These burglaries can happen just as easily at two o’clock in the afternoon as they do at two o’clock in the morning. Please remember to use caution and lock up when you leave, whether it is your car or house, and call as soon as you see something. Don’t wait until the next day. Crime is never convenient, but the odds are in our favor when it is reported immediately.



F.B. Argue Pool News

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We have had a busy summer with swimming lessons and the diving board being used. The daily activities during the week will continue through August. On Monday we do sack racing, Tuesday is Air Head Bingo at 2:30, Wednesday we have the duck hunt around 2:45, Thursday is story time with Mrs. Grainger from the library, and on Friday we have our sand castle building judging at 3:00. We also have volley ball and hula hoops to use every day.


We will not be open nights during August, but will open Sundays on the 11th and 18th. The area will officially close on August 24th. There will be a cookout from 1:00- 3:00. Mr. and Miss Pool will be chosen for this summer and we will have games and races throughout the afternoon. We will close at 4:00 on that day so that we can finish our season clean-up.




Lucien H. Higgins


Lucien Henry Higgins passed away at his family home in Pittsfield of a pulmonary embolism on April 18, 2013.


He was born on February 7, 1983 to William F. Higgins and Paulette R. Higgins at Concord Hospital. 


Lucien was born with Congenital Heart Defects. Life was a challenge for him. Lucien was only one year old when he had his first heart surgery; just one of many medical problems he encountered throughout his short life. Lucien lived at the family home of his step father, Wesley H. Higgins and his mother, Paulette R. Higgins for most of his life.


He leaves behind one brother, Roy F. Higgins of Pittsfield. They were very close all his life. Other survivors include uncles, aunts, cousins and friends too numerous to mention here.


Lucien especially enjoyed spending time with his family and closest friends. He also enjoyed camping, playing cards, and collecting baseball hats.


A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, August 18th at 2:00 pm at his family home in Pittsfield.


Thank you to Chief Wharem of the Pittsfield Police Department and the Rescue Squad for their assistance.


In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in memory of Lucien Higgins to the American Heart Association, 2 Wall Street, Manchester, NH 03101.








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