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Pittsfield NH News

October 28, 2015

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Friends of the Josiah Carpenter Library

Annual Poinsettia Sale


The Friends are taking orders now through Nov. 4, 2015 as part of their Annual Poinsettia Sale.  You may pick up an order form at the library during regular business hours, or go to the library’s website to download an order form.


Thank you for supporting your local library!




Pittsfield Park and Rec Basketball Sign Ups

Grades 1 through 8


Sign ups held at the

Pittsfield Community Center

October 31st

and November 1st 

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Any questions contact Darrell Wages (603)-812-6741.



St. Stephen’s prayer shawl ministry is continuing to meet every other Monday morning at 10 AM at 28 Mullen Dr. Next meeting is November 2nd. The members have been very productive and this coming Sunday we will be blessing our completed works, 2 shawls and 3 scarfs, at St. Stephens Services.



Lynx Win YSCC Volleyball Championship


NHTI went  perfect 10-0 in the Yankee Small College Conference regular season and continued the trend at NHTI Saturday afternoon winning the postseason tournament against Unity, 3-0 and earning a National Championship invitation for their efforts.


The Lynx rolled past the Rams 25-20 in the first set. Unity did took an 18-11 lead in the second set before tournament MVP Allyson Lively (Moutlonborough, N.H.) began to serve. Lively served up 14 consecutive points to take the second set 25-18. The Championship set ended with a score of 25-12. Jessie Bergeron (Canterbury, N.H.) earned Defensive Player of the Tournament in the victory.


NHTI won 36 sets while only losing six in the 12 matches played against YSCC teams. The impressive season lead to head coach Melanie Margeson to earn YSCC Coach of the Year. Carissa Archibald (Sanbornton, N.H.) and Katy Steeves (Pittsfield, N.H.) were named to the All-Conference team for their accomplishments.


The Lynx head to Canton New York Wednesday November 4th thru November 6th for the USCAA National Championships.



Letter To The Editor


We are writing as concerned citizens of Pittsfield with regards to 140 acres of town owned land which lies off of Clough Road and Greer Lane.  On August 18, 2015, the selectmen of our town voted to lease this land to a local beagle club for 20 years without the citizens of Pittsfield being allowed a vote in the change of use of this public land. 


The citizens of Pittsfield deserve transparent government; not deals made without the public’s input.


In granting this lease, the Board of Selectmen (“BOS”) did not respect the findings of the Pittsfield Conservation Committee (“PCC”).  No abutters were notified of the change in use of this public land.  No hearing was held to hear opposing views from the citizens of Pittsfield, such as the loss of use of this public land for recreational purposes; the loss of open space; and the impact of this use on Clough Road.  Therefore the vote was not legal.


We urge the BOS to reverse their decision and let the citizens of Pittsfield decide at town meeting if town owned land should become a Town Forest for the benefit of the whole town or a beagle club for the benefit of a few members. 


Please come to the November 3, 2015 Board of Selectmen meeting at Pittsfield Town Hall and voice your concerns in this important matter. 


Concerned citizens of Pittsfield:

Carl Wallman

Suzanne Blake

Stephen Blake 

Kevin Sherman

Gail Nickerson



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The South Pittsfield Community Club’s Annual Turkey Supper was well attended. Almost 150 dinners were served. The SPCC is a non-profit and they not only contribute to local needs, but make donations to many other worthy recognized non-profit organizations.



Letter To The Editor

Conservation Workshop in Pittsfield


As a Pittsfield resident and environmentalist I am interested in conserving our town’s natural areas for present and future generations.  One way that I do this is by representing Pittsfield on the Board of Directors for Bear-Paw Regional Greenways.  Bear-Paw is a non-profit land trust that works to permanently conserve land in member towns.  Pittsfield is now a member town of Bear-Paw. If you are interested in how land conservation could work for your land or if you just want to learn more about land conservation please attend an informative workshop on land conservation to be held on November 4th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Josiah Carpenter Library 41 Main St in Pittsfield.  For more information please visit the Bear-Paw website or call Bear-Paw at 603-463-9400


Owen David

Pittsfield Conservation Commission

Bear-Paw Regional Greenways Board of Directors




American Legion Post 88 News

Submitted By Commander Shawn Jones


By the time you read this I will have attended the Legion’s Fall Conference hosted by Post 1 in Laconia on October 31st. I’ll make a report on this at our November meeting and pass along any information I receive and present this information in the December addition. 


We held our October meeting on the 21st with 13 members present. Adjutant Joe Piroso asked that we observe a moment of silence to honor the passing of a 38 year member Jim Dyment. Our Chaplain also included Jim and his family in a nice prayer at the conclusion of our meeting.


Finance Officer Larry Elliot reported that we brought in some annual revenue from our Charitable Gaming partnership with the Lakes Region Casino in Belmont. This income will allow us to continue to operate and provide services to our community and veterans in need.  


We had an informative building committee report from Judge Advocate Stan Prescott regarding the filing of a variance application with the town’s ZBA. Stan met with the Loudon Fire Dept. Code Inspector Deputy Chief Bill Lake and went over some of the fire safety codes and building occupancy numbers based on what our septic system is able to handle on a daily basis. There are still various permits and paperwork that needs to be done before any demolition or construction can take place. Many members said the would be in attendance at the Planning Board meeting on Thursday night in support of our post.


Members present discussed increasing our dues by $5.00 or $7.00 for the 2017 year to keep pace with the National dues increase of $5.00. A motion was made by Chaplain Larry Hemphill to increase the dues by $7.00 to a total of $32 per year to help bring in a little revenue to cover expenses. It was seconded by Historian Mike Moffett but was voted down by the majority of members present in favor of a $5 increase. Sergeant at Arms Scott Newton made the motion to increase our dues to $30 and seconded by Stan. The motion passed and the new increase will go into effect in January 2016. This means for any member that waits to pay after December 16th you will have to pay the additional $5.00. This increase will be the amount owed when the 2017 renewal notices are mailed out. With this new rate your post will still keep $3.50 per member with $26.50 going to the Department and National. I can not empathize enough on the importance to mail in your dues for next year before our December meeting at the current rate of $25.00. You may also pay at an up coming meeting or contact myself to make arrangement to pay. I will see to it that your dues are given to Joe. He will in turn mail your membership card to you. 


I spoke about the up coming Districts 2 & 5 Revitalization efforts being conducted by National and Department from 10/22-10/24 at Post 21 in Concord. The organizers of this effort are asking that each post in the districts send as many members as interested to help out by calling members or making face to face contact and encourage members to renew their expired membership dues. Some of our members expressed an interest in helping out with the goal of making contact with our members that have not renewed for this year. Post 88 is currently 3rd in the district with 67.12% dues paid for 2016. We still have members who have not paid for 2015, you still have until 12/16/15 to pay and keep your continuous years of membership intact.

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Our Children and Youth Officer Michael Hartt brought in a wonderful display board he made for the High School Oratorical program. Mike’s plan is to bring this to MVMS on November 10th where he was asked to be a guest speaker for the school’s Veteran’s Remembrance Day ceremony. He also hopes to have a Junior Oratorical Display made up in time to display it as well. Our hope is to partner with the Penacook Post 31 and the Merrimack Valley School District to find prospective candidates to compete for money to help with their educational expenses. 


Mike Moffett made a request on behalf of the Loudon Lions Club seeking to raise $156.00 to buy dictionaries for the third graders at London Elementary School (LES). Mike made a motion that we donate $75 to the Lions Club, seconded by Joe Piroso and voted in favor by all. 


Our Commanders Fund Raffle winners where: $50-G.Tasker, $25-S.Cahn, $10-G.Laforo, $10-J.Chamberland & $5-J.Dyment. His widow will receive the payment.


I let everyone know that I received a call from Our Community Service Officer Bob Ordway who recently left for Arizona to be closer to his children. Bob and his daughter Joani arrived safely and he is doing well. We will sadly miss him at our monthly meetings. He was a good friend and had sound judgment went it came to post business.


Our next meeting is scheduled for November 18th at 1900, still at Charlie’s Barn. I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving with your family and friends.



Buddhist Studies Workshops

Submitted By Deb Godin, LLC, Sage Wellness Center and Spa


Tom Adamson, retired University Professor, Buddhist Researcher, author and teacher of applied Buddhist studies will be conducting a series of workshops on Buddhist Studies at the Sage Wellness Center and Spa, here in Pittsfield, at 175 Barnstead Rd (near the intersection of Barnstead Rd (Hwy 107) and Suncook Valley Hwy (Rt 28).


The workshops are open to all who are interested in a general knowledge of Buddhism, or a more detailed and engaging experience of Buddhist practices.


Buddhism is a series of practices that encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and spiritual practices largely based on teachings attributed to Gautama Buddha, commonly known as the Buddha (“the awakened one”). According to Buddhist tradition, the Buddha lived and taught in the northeastern part of the Indian subcontinent sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE. He is recognized by Buddhists as an awakened or enlightened teacher who shared his insights to help sentient beings end their suffering through the elimination of ignorance and craving. Buddhists believe that this is accomplished through the direct understanding and perception of dependent origination the Four Noble Truths, and the Eightfold Path.


When Adamson was asked if Buddhism is a religion, he said, “The Buddha never said he was a god; he never said he was the son of a god; and he never said that he was the prophet of a god. He was just a man who had discovered many powerful teachings that one could put into everyday practice from the wise ones of ancient times.”


Adamson went on to say that there is a close correlation between modern science and the Buddha’s teachings. “The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the most active Buddhist movement in the U.S. said that if scripture did not agree with today’s scientific findings, then it is scripture that must change.” It is one of the goals of Buddhist practices to see reality as it really is and not as it appears to be. Today many Buddhist practices have been incorporated into western psychology practices as a tested and proven form of patient therapy.


Buddhist studies can offer new perspectives on many issues that require immediate attention in the world today. These include:


● How should we live?

● What is happiness? Should we pursue it and why?

● How should we approach mental and physical health?

● How do we relate to each other, on a personal level as well as to society as a whole?

● How can we live with more compassion and wisdom?

● How can we effectively address pressing environmental and ecological issues?


Tom will have an open discussion session at the Sage Wellness Center on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. All are welcomed. Refreshments will be served. He will also be available for open discussion at the Sage Wellness Center Wellness Fair on Saturday, November 7, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.


This will be the first Buddhist Studies Workshop series at the Sage Wellness Center. It


starts on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 and runs for eight weeks for one hour weekly sessions from 6:00 to 7:00 PM every Tuesday. Course fees are applicable.


Certificates of Completion are awarded for those who attend all eight sessions.


Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are also available for a recording fee.


The Sage Wellness Center may be contacted at 435-7711 for fee structure or more information.








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