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Pittsfield NH News

September 25, 2013

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Those Celebrating Birthdays are: September 25, Dorcas Chisholm, Elise Aguilera; September 27, Dan Drew, Sabra Welch; September 28, Sadie-Mae Poulan; September 29, Bobby Snedeker, Joan Kimball; September 30, Pete Pszonowsky, Brad Graeme, Donna Graeme; October 1, Val Genest.


A Very Happy Birthday To One and All!



Celebrating Anniversaries are: September 29, Stan and Sheila Bailey; September 30, Brad and Donna Graeme.


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.





The Teacher Workshop day originally scheduled for October 4th has been changed to October 11th.


Pittsfield Schools will be in session Friday, October 4th and closed Friday, October 11th.



Families Sharing Without Shame meets at Concord Hospital, Thursdays at 7 pm on the 5th floor, suite 5410, Fresh Start Meeting Room. This group provides parents the opportunity to voice their struggles, fears, tears and triumphs due to their child’s or children’s drug addiction, alcoholism and recovery. Go to our website for more info.



Girl Scout Information Night


Wednesday, September 25th, 7-8 pm in the community center. Have you ever wondered what Girl Scouts can offer your daughter? If you want to know how to register for scouts, what we have to offer, or how to become a Girl Scout Leader please consider joining us for an information filled night. From troops that meet weekly/biweekly, troops that meet online only, to events, to going to summer camp, to traveling, etc... There are many options!


For more information please call Danielle at 435-7001 or come see us Tonight at the Community Center!



Police Explorers Open House At Pittsfield Police Department


Since August 2012, the Chichester and Pittsfield Police Departments have partnered to create the Suncook Valley Explorers post 331.  Exploring is a Learning for Life’s career education program for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) or 15-20 years old.  Exploring’s purpose is to provide experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults.


At monthly meetings, Exploring Post 331 will focus on introducing the youth to the field of law enforcement through focus lessons, guest speakers, and field trips.  If you are interested in exploring the career of law enforcement this may be the opportunity you’re looking for. 


Call or email Corporal Wright at 798-4911, [email protected] for additional information or find them on Facebook at Suncook Valley Explorers Post 331. Attend the next Explorers Open House at the Pittsfield Police Department on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 from 6:00-7:30 to decide if you’d like to become a member. 




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Milton and Wendy Locke of Pittsfield announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Locke, to Jared Carver, son of Kenneth Carver of Gilford, and Audrey Carver of Bartlett.


Locke graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2010 and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies. She currently works at the NH Division for Children, Youth, and Families in Concord.


Carver graduated from Plymouth State University in 2009 and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He currently works as a licensed representative at Lincoln Financial Securities in Concord.


A September 2014 wedding is planned.



Chamber Music Concert At First Congregational


The North Country Chamber Players (NCCP) will provide an evening of wonderful music at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield, Friday, October 4, 7:30 p.m.


The free concert will consist of Brahms and Haydn selections as well as Dvorak piano pieces. Featured performers are: Miki-Sophia Cloud and Ronnie Bauch, violin; Chris Finckel, cello; Ah Ling Neu, viola; and Bernard Rose, piano. To learn more about these talented musicians, consult the NCCP website at:


Plan to attend this exciting event – an evening of lovely music in the glorious church sanctuary, and bring a friend! Parking and wheelchair accessibility at rear entrance. More information at: or 435-7471. All love offering donations will be gratefully accepted.



Dorcas Guild


The Dorcas Guild of the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield met the evening of September 10 with 13 members and one guest attending. President Nancy Fogg opened the meeting and Freda Jones led devotions with several interesting readings entitled, “Moments of Awareness,” and “Thoughts in a Garden,” from a book by Helen Lowrie Marshall. She also read “The Difference,” and offered “Tips.” All joined in the Lord’s Prayer.


In the absence of secretary Joan Riel, Nella Hobson read the minutes of the June meeting, which were accepted; read a thank-you note from Donna Stockman and circulated cards to be signed and mailed. Treasurer Reny Boyd gave her financial report.


Mary Jo Powelson has the food basket, which was brought by Kathy Bergeron and will go next to Corine Miller. The apron went from Peggy Jacobs to Freda and will go to Mary Jo in October. The mystery package furnished by Joan was won by Nella.


Audrey Moore, Nancy and Mary Jo will discuss the luncheon for the Christmas Fair, scheduled for November 23, from 9 to 2. Nancy and Mary Jo are the committee members for the Fair and are continuing to plan for it. Nella and Joan will plan the Craft Fair scheduled for December 7, with the additional help of Bev Murdough. Bev Moore asked for the poster paper to prepare for both fairs’ advertisements.


Mary Jo discussed the Infant and Toddler Diaper Pantry updating the group on the progress of donations and requirements. The most ever number of diaper packages was given out (36) earlier in the month. A motion was made, seconded and approved that we carry through with the approved motion of a previous business meeting to donate money to the diaper mission.


“Project Linus” is still in full swing as our service project with 14 more blankets and quilts going to the local chapter. We will accept donations until the end of the year and individuals may continue on their own past that deadline. Our household and clothing donations to local needy and refugees will continue as items are available.


Report any name/address changes to Nancy, Mary Jo or Joan in a timely manner for next year’s yearbook as we edit our membership information. The group elected to reserve any action on donations for Disaster Relief as our resources may be needed in other areas. A committee of three – Peggy, Nancy and Mary Jo -- was requested to work on future programs/activities for our 2014 year.


The president encouraged the membership to attend upcoming church meetings regarding sanctuary carpet replacement. Also, consider suggestions for next years’ service projects as well as suggestions for the travel pattern of funeral and collation attendees.


The church will host a spaghetti dinner with proceeds going to the Pittsfield Food Pantry. The dinner and bake sale will be held Saturday, October 26, from 5-7. Guild members were asked to consider donating pies for desserts and other baked goods for sale. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.


Several members and others were named during a time of “prayer concerns.” The Guild will take on the Fellowship Hour October 13.


At the close of the meeting, delicious refreshments, including a wonderful peach cake, were served by Freda and Audrey. Attendees then participated in the popular “Pound Auction” with interesting results. Bev Murdough and Mary Jo kept the auction lively.


The next meeting will be October 8 at 7 pm. Scheduled hostesses are Carolyn Davis and Bev Murdough. It will be “chocolate night,” and the last call for service project items.





Thank You Paul and Dave for opening “Jitters” at your new location - Good Luck and Best Wishes.


If you have not had the opportunity to visit Pittsfield’s newest (recreated) restaurant, you are missing a great place to meet and greet friends, whether it be to share a cup of coffee or a pleasant meal. On Sunday mornings, there is usually a line of patrons waiting for a table. This is indeed proof that the word is out and individuals are coming to Pittsfield to find a wonderful welcoming atmosphere.  Paul and Dave are friendly, caring and helpful to everyone who pass through their doors and make you feel right at home. The food is excellent, plentiful, and you never feel rushed. Check out the beautiful wallpaper that was created from postcards of historic Pittsfield. We hope your lead in creating such a wonderful space will encourage other businesses to locate in Pittsfield. Your hard work and perseverance is shining through. Congrats!


Paul and Carole




Suicide Prevention


On Monday, October 7, 2013 please join us at 7 pm at the Loudon Center Freewill Baptist Church located at 433 Clough Hill Road in Loudon, NH  for a Free public presentation on suicide prevention. No matter your age or socio-economic status, this is a must for you to attend. You never know who you might be able to help... Or when. This presentation will be done by NAMI NH (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill). Come and bring your friends. Light refreshments will be served. Please feel free to bring a donation for the Loudon Food Pantry. A freewill love offering will be collected. For more information please call Rev. Linda Overall at 603.875.5822



Pittsfield Secret Santa Program


The Pittsfield Fire Department and Ambulance Service will again be coordinating the Pittsfield Secret Santa Program. As Christmas is rapidly approaching, we would like to begin planning for this year’s program. Last year, this program was able to provide toys and clothing to 163 children in Pittsfield whose families might have otherwise had a difficult Christmas, and we are anticipating an increase in the amount of children again this year.


We are hoping that you might be able to help us provide gifts for these children. We are looking for donations of new, unwrapped toys or clothing for all ages. Monetary donations are appreciated as well. Your efforts will greatly benefit the children of Pittsfield.


We would like to have all donations by November 15th to allow us time to determine what gifts still need to be purchased. If you will be donating toys or clothing, please contact Kris Ahearn at the fire station at 435-6807 to coordinate a time to drop them off, or arrange for us to pick them up. Checks may be made payable to: Pittsfield Secret Santa, PO Box 392, Pittsfield, NH 03263.


Thank you for your support of this program. All donations are greatly appreciated.



Floral Park Cemetery Fence Fund

Submitted By Carole Richardson


On my many walks throughout downtown Pittsfield, I always admire how beautiful the Floral Park Cemetery looks. I believe it is one of the best-kept cemeteries in New Hampshire, and maybe in all of New England. We all have Don Fife to thank for that – without any fanfare, he tirelessly mows and trims each lot like it is his own. He takes much pride in his work and is constantly focusing on what needs to be done next in order that no part of the cemetery looks better than another. Don has done this for at least 40 years now. A remarkable feat in itself!  


This brings me to the reason why I am focusing on this beautiful property – the fence is in dire need of replacement. Since there is no money available in the Cemetery Trust Funds, I asked the Trustees if I could take on the project of fundraising to replace this fence. Two quotes were received and it will cost between $85,000 and $90,000 for a black galvanized steel maintenance free picket fence with granite posts at various sections. This price includes extending the fence and gates the length of High Street, with another small section added near the front gate.


Paul and I have donated the first $1,000 towards this fence. Hopefully, when the first $20,000 is collected, the project will begin. Checks can be made payable to the “Floral Park Cemetery Fence Fund” and sent to P.O. Box 98, Pittsfield, NH 03263. If each family who has a loved one at Floral Park donated $10, we would meet our goal in no time. 


Please stay tuned for more details on this much-needed project, and thank you in advance for your interest.




Howard R. Lank


Howard “Howie” Lank, 62, of Pine Grove Drive, Belmont, died September 21st at home, following a long illness. He was born in Concord, the son of Howard J. and Hazel (Parker) Lank. He was raised in Gilmanton I.W., moving to Barnstead as a young man. He lived in the Barnstead – Pittsfield area until March when he moved to Belmont to the home of his daughter.  He was a master plumber and    electrician and was self-employed. He was an active member of the Pittsfield Chapter A.A.  He was a former horseback rider, a fisherman, and a accomplished baseball player. His passions were waterfront living, spending as much time as possible with his “grandbabies” and his dog “Kemo.”


He is survived by 3 daughters, Cassandra “Cassi” Thomas, Keri Lank, and Katrina Lank. A son Howard Lank Jr., 9 Grandchildren, including Carter, Callie and Cullen, Hunter and Brody. 2 Sisters, Carol J. Watson of Ocala, FL and Gail N Murphy of Ctr. Barnstead. A Brother, Clinton Lank of Barnstead.  Nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.        


A Memorial Visitation will be held Thursday from 6-8 PM in the Perkins & Pollard Memorial Home, 60 Main St. Pittsfield. A Memorial Church Service will be held on Saturday at 10:00 AM in the Parade Congregational Church, Barnstead. The Rev. Sandy Pierson, Pastor, will officiate.  “Urn Burial” in the Pinegrove Cemetery, Stage Road, Gilmanton Iron Works will be  at the family’s convenience.


In Lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Merrimack County SPCA 130 Washington St. Penacook, NH. 03303. To sign an on line guest book, log on to



Royce E. Elkins


Royce E. Elkins, 81, of Tilton Hill Road, died September 16th at the VA Medical Center following a long illness. He was born in Pittsfield the son of Charles and Ruth (Drew) Elkins. He was a graduate of Pittsfield High School. He served in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict serving in England and retired as a 1st Sergeant after 20 years. After returning to Pittsfield he was a rural mail carrier and became Postmaster in Epsom and later Postmaster in Pittsfield.


He was a member, past president and a Paul Harris Fellow of the Pittsfield Rotary Club. He was a long time member and past Commander of the Peterson-Cram American Legion, Post #75. He was a member of the Corinthian Lodge #82, Pittsfield, the Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Concord and Nashua and also a member of the Jesters. He was a longtime member of the Bektash Temple Shriners and had marched with the Shriners Drum and Bugle Corps in many parades and attended Shriner Events throughout the country.


He is survived by his wife Roberta (Sargent) Elkins of Pittsfield; a son, Russell Elkins and his wife Linda of Loudon, a daughter; Susan Sargent and her husband John of Hopkinton; step son, Ricki Tasker and step daughter Melanie Ekstrom; step daughters, Maureen Gencco, Deborah Mousseau, and Dawn Farnum; ten grandchildren and a great grandson. He was predeceased by a brother Carlton Elkins and a sister Gwendolyn Hussey.


There are no visiting hours. A funeral service was held September 23rd at the First Congregational Church. Rev. David Stasiak, Pastor, officiated. Burial will be in the Floral Park Cemetery, Pittsfield, at the family’s convenience. 


In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the CRVNA Hospice Program , 30 Pillsbury St. Concord or to the Shriners Hospital in Boston or Springfield, MA.


The Perkins and Pollard Memorial Home, Pittsfield, is assisting with arrangements. To sign an online guest book, log on to








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