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October 7, 2015

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Pittsfield Cub Scout

Pack #84 Round-Up

October 13th • 6-8 PM

Pittsfield Community Ctr.

New scouts welcome.

Join the fun!

Be a scout!

For more info:

[email protected]





PHS Class of 1980,

35 Year Reunion!


October 17, 2015

6-11:00 PM

Laconia Country Club

607 Elm Street

Laconia, NH 03246

Appetizers, Dinner, Dancing and Cash Bar! Contact: Harriet Topouzoglou- Degou. Email: [email protected]. Phone: 781-273-2669.



The Pittsfield Area Senior Center would like to invite you to a free performance by the Dump Run Gang on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 10:30 AM. 


The Dump Run Gang is a group of musicians from Gilmanton who sing and play a number of instruments.  They perform songs like “Wabash Cannonball,” “Glory Train,” and “Temperance Reel.” Come, enjoy the free show, and have lunch with the group after! The senior center is located on 74 Main St., in Pittsfield and you can call 435-8482 for more information.



The Pittsfield Area Senior Center is teaming up with the Josiah Carpenter Library and hosting a presentation  given by the Historical Society at the senior center, located on 74 Main St. in Pittsfield, on October 22, 2015 at 1:00 PM.  Larry Berkson and William Provencal will be discussing the history and highlights of the “2016 Historical Pittsfield Calendar.”  You can call the center at 603-435-8482 or the library at 603-435-8406 for more information.



CCRI Sweeps NHTI Volleyball Invitational


The CCRI Knights rolled through the competition at the NHTI Volleyball Invitational Saturday afternoon. The Knights did not lose a set on their way to the win, toping all six teams with a 2-0 score in each match. 


NHTI placed second in the tournament only losing a pair of matches to the Knights. The Lynx fell in the finals to the Knights, 2-0, losing the first set 25-18 and the second 25-23. NHTI rallied late in the second set to draw within on pair at 22-23 before the Knights score the winning pair.


The semi-finals saw NHTI top Paul Smith’s, 2-0, and CCRI best Bunker Hill Community College, 2-0. Bunker Hill’s Rachana Sary and Paul Smith’s Mary Calabrese were honored for their outstanding tournament play with the All-Tournament Award. NHTI’s Katie Steeves, Carissa Archibald CCRI’s Amanda Lecroix also received the All-Tournament Award. 


The Knights’ Emily Taylor earned the tournament MVP for her superior play.


 NHTI returned to action Sunday in a YSCC match against SUNY Delhi in the Goldie Crocker Wellness Center gym.



Thank You


The Pittsfield Beautification Committee would like to thank the following individuals and businesses that helped plant Phase 1 of the new garden in the lot next to Jack’s Pizza:  


Committee Members, Gail Allard, Nancy Barto, Tina Fife, Carol Lambert, Ted Mitchell, Diana and Lucien Levesque, Jane McIlvaine, Nick Penney, Carole Richardson,and  Ryan Wood.


Friends of the Committee, Frank Wolfe, Matt Niolet, Alycia Niolet, Justin Haines, Sheena Haines, Kevin Basner, Ava Walker, Martha Hussey, Paul Richardson and Clayton Wood.


We would also like to thank Jason Isabelle of Jack’s Pizza for the delicious lunch and Dennis Volpe and Scott Aubertin for helping us with dirt and debris disposal service


A very special THANK YOU to Millican Nurseries for their generous discount on the beautiful shrubs.


Thank you to all of our supporters and Pittsfield citizens for their kind words, and to Donna Keeley and her group of volunteers who do such a beautiful job on the hanging baskets…we will see you all again in the spring when Phase 2 begins!!



Departments in Arizona and Missouri are Latest Winners in Globe Gear Giveaway

Globe, DuPont, and the have NVFC teamed up to award 52 sets of gear in 2015


Globe, DuPont Protection Technologies (DuPont), and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) are pleased to announce two more recipients in the 2015 Globe Gear Giveaway. This month, Pinal Rural Fire Rescue in Mammoth, AZ, and the Roby (MO) Volunteer Fire Department will each receive four sets of new Globe turnout gear.


For the fourth year, Globe, DuPont, and the NVFC have partnered to assist volunteer fire departments obtain much-needed gear to enhance the safety and efficiency of their firefighters. Since the program began in 2012, 255 sets of gear have been awarded to 45 allvolunteer or mostly volunteer departments in the U.S. and Canada that have demonstrated significant need. Additional awards are being made monthly through December.


Pinal Rural Fire Rescue (PRFR) serves an economically-depressed rural area of 1,500 residents within a 305-square-mile response area around Mammoth, AZ. Their mission is to provide modern, state-of-the-art fire and EMS services to an area that was previously unprotected by any fire district. Due to the region’s economic situation, the department cannot rely on donations to help fund its services. In addition, the prevalence of home foreclosures in the area has increased significantly and the majority of homeowners live in older, unmaintained dwellings that have a greater potential for fire hazards. All but one of the PRFR’s 17 sets of gear are over 10 years old, and many of these sets aren’t a complete ensemble, endangering the volunteers who use them.


“These new turnouts will be a welcome sight and greatly appreciated − giving my people confidence that they can do their jobs more safely,” said PRFR Chief Rod Prast. “It will allow us to provide direct response and support in our own community as well as to our neighboring fire districts.”


The Roby (MO) Volunteer Fire Department (RVFD) operates three stations that provide fire protection and medical response to 1,200 households over 155 square miles. Their 18 personnel strive to make themselves and the department stronger by attending and paying for their own fire and EMS classes, including Firefighter I and II. However, with all of their current gear more than 10 years old, these students must borrow gear to continue in class. This also means that their response efforts have to be of a defensive nature, providing interior firefighting at structural fires only in extreme circumstances. Even with these limitations and additional recent financial setbacks, the RVFD firefighters remain dedicated and have even increased their staffing at calls while lowering their response time.


“These four sets of Globe turnout gear will go far in allowing for interior firefighting, which is necessary for life-saving rescue as well as reducing fire-related loss,” said RVFD aide Terry Johnson. “The gear will also permit continued training, which helps us advance ourselves and offer the best quality service to our District.”



VA Announces $12.8 Million In Funding To Help The Homeless

Twenty Community Agencies to Benefit

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today announced $12.8 million in renewal funding through the Grant and Per Diem (GPD) program to 20 community agencies that currently provide transitional housing with supportive services for homeless Veterans under the Transition in Place (TIP) model.


As a key component of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) plan to eliminate homelessness among Veterans, VA’s GPD program provides per diem payments to help public and nonprofit organizations establish and operate supportive housing for specific homeless Veteran populations, which includes the innovative TIP approach to assist homeless Veterans transition from homelessness. TIP encourages rapid movement from transitional housing to permanent housing which enables Veterans to live as independently, as possible, while increasing housing stabilization.


Today’s awards follows an announcement last week of $4 million in renewal funding through the GPD program to 21 community agencies that currently provide enhanced services for homeless Veterans with special needs.


More information about VA’s homeless programs is available at  Community organizations seeking details and/or more information, may contact the National Grant and Per Diem Program office at by calling 1-877-332-0334.



Josiah Carpenter Library Calendar Of  Events October 2015


October 18-24th is Teen Read Week SO- 2015-16 is Teen Read Year!


• Josiah Teen Book Worms Discussing  “The Princess Bride” by William Goldman on Thursday October 1st between  7-8:30  pm at the library


• Closed on Monday October 12 in observance of Columbus Day


• Preschool story hour October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Thursdays 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Autumn themes are apples, leaves, farm trucks, owls and pumpkins. Join Mrs. Grainger for a fun filled hour of stories, crafts and a snack. Ages 2 – 5


• October 13th Outreach program to Blueberry Express 10:00-11:00 


• Wednesdays afterschool Lego club begins Wednesdays, October 7, 14, & 21. Sign up required. Ages kindergarten through 5th grade 


• Library Board of Trustees Meeting Tuesday, October 20 , 2015 - 7 pm


• Thursday, October 22nd at 1:00 pm join the library at the Pittsfield Community Center for the Pittsfield Historical Society presentation of the “2016 Historical Calendar” with Larry Berkson and William Provencal. The Historical society members will give a brief talk on the history of the calendar and the highlights of the 2016 edition. Calendars available for sale $10.00  


• Read Meet & Talk Tuesday October 27th - Join us for an exciting discussion of “Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant” by Anne Tyler at the Pittsfield Senior Center @ 10:30- Noon. Stay for a leisurely lunch served by the Community Action Program! 


• Pittsfield Writer’s Circle Thursday, October 22 at 7 pm at the library


• Spooky Scary Story Night, Thursday October 29th- Come in costume and partake of the scary and spooky at the library 7- 8:30 pm. 


The Josiah Carpenter Library is located at 41 Main Street, Pittsfield, NH 03263. (603)435-8406



Letter To The Editor


On October 21, 2015 the Housing Standards Agency has arranged an informal seminar concerning the bedbug issue. This seminar will be held at the Pittsfield Community Center (Senior Center), Function room at 7:00 P.M.


This seminar will be presented by Shawnasey Madison, Code Enforcement officer, City of Nashua, NH, and will involve information which will bring everyone up to speed with what this problem involves as well as suggestions on procedures.


There will be a power point presentation. There will be a question and answer period to discuss any issues.


We hope you can attend. We feel this information might help all with handling this issue.


William Elkins


Pittsfield Housing Standards Agency



&%$**##@#$#$#@ Death And TAXES

By the Third Earle of Wingate, Interim Ind Imp


Of the only two guarantees in life, the one that brings most grief is - - Got to see the longest parade since Old Home Day this week – two plus days long, as folks who got the lil’ shocker called tax revaluations came in to ask our Town assessor Avitar Whut The ?! Back in the day when people stuffed their mattresses with feathers, a French fella said the art of taxation was like plucking a goose – get the most feathers with the least hissing. (Don’t make much sense if you’ve never had geese. But a big part of this community is farming, so get with the program.) The only fair tax is the one the other guy pays. But we live in a democratic republicancy, so we get to vote on stuff, and that means we get to decide what we spend. (I’m not talking about the Feds: Recall the story where one arm of the octopus designed a Three Hundred Million Dollar Boat in the 80’s, didn’t finish it til the 90’s, then found it was obsolete. So they sold it for scrap…)


So we had a “Re-Val”. Every property in town has a tax card, here in Brand Central. It has all the info about each property right on it. But sometimes, there’s a change or two either missed by the building inspectorator, or snuck in there. So we send the Re-Val people out just to check. They also have their fingers on the pulse of prices. So some values went down, and some up. 


But before you go firing up your abacuses (abaci?) and throwing the old tax rate at the new value, keep in mind that there will be a change in the tax rate, which once set, you can plug into your finger-and-toes counting. It’ll be different. The whole shootin match is a balancing act between what we need to run this Ship of State, and what’s fair for each of us riding it to pay. It’s no fun. Keep your dials set on this station for further weather updates!


The Great Flood. By the time this makes it to print, hopefully the water will have stopped falling from the sky and the damage will be done. Had a spate of calls from folks about their driveways washing out. (I like ‘spate’. I think it’s more than a dight, and less than a herd. Or a school. But I digress. Which I’m good at. See?) George the Road Wizard reminded me of the rule in the ordinance on the website (got that). Driveways that need culverts. Culverts ain’t cheap. But the website says the ordinance puts forth the rule that if you own the driveway, you own the culvert. And if you have not culvert? Well - (Reminds me of the time I was a USAF fire dispatcher at RAF Lakenheath, England. Phone rang: Lady: “Two boys tied the tails of two cats together and hung them over a clothesline. They’re clawing hell out of each other!” My boss: “Lady, are they on fire?” Lady: “Well, no-” Boss: “Then don’t call us.”{click}) Wow! Oh goodness. This’ll bring the Wrath of Khan.


Good news: there’s been no vermin sighting this week, apart from the undersigned.



Pittsfield’s Golden Years


Join the members of the Pittsfield Historical Society on Wednesday evening, October 14th at 7 PM in the undercroft at St. Stephen’s Episcopal church on Main Street, to remember or to learn about the golden years when the B&M canning factory was in operation (1936 – 1965).   Bring your photographs, stories and memorabilia to share… or be prepared to listen, ask questions, laugh and learn about the creamed corn industry in Pittsfield.


The factory, one of only four “corn shops” in all of New Hampshire, provided income for farmers and workers alike during its years of operation.  Many of our members had their first jobs at the canning factory or supplemented the family income with their seasonal employment.   Betty Farnham Gould, whose father was the superintendent from 1936-1955, shares her knowledge, memories and articles about the plant with us in written form. Her mother worked there, too, as the bookkeeper at the factory from 1938 until its closing in 1965.


For an evening of fun, learning and friendship, join us Wednesday evening, October 14th.   There will be a special door prize given to a lucky participant. You only need to sign up when you come that evening.  Refreshments will be available in keeping with the theme of the program.   



The Mushrooms Of Graylag

Saturday, October 17th, 9 AM-12:00 PM

320 Clough Rd, Pittsfield


Join mycologist Rick Van De Poll on a guided walk and identification session of mushrooms in the woods and waterfront of Graylag Cabins on the shore of Wild Goose Pond. Rick has conducted natural resource inventories documenting over 1300 mushrooms in NH, including a number of unidentified species. He taught mycology at Antioch New England and Plymouth State University and has presented mushroom walks in NH for over 30 years.


This rain or shine event is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required. To register please email [email protected]



Tuckermans At 9 Rockin’ A Cappella In

Pittsfield October 10

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It’s fall. What better time for Tuckermans at 9 to take in the scenic views… at the Scenic Theatre in Pittsfield? And all to benefit the Pittsfield Players Sprinkler Fund, Saturday, October 10, 7:30pm.


“The rockin’ a cappella of Tuckermans at 9 started in 2004 and we just keep on keepin’ on,” says group founder Mark Miller of Dover, NH. “And it’s always great to return to Pittsfield!” Dubbed “T9” by fans, Tuckermans at 9 performs contemporary a cappella versions of well-known pop, rock, blues, and light jazz, mostly from the 1960s to today. Voices make all the music, including what sounds like brass, electric guitars, or drums. No instruments or pre-recorded instrumental tracks are ever used. “T9 is more a show than a concert,” adds Miller. The group has a lot of fun on stage and it’s contagious for the audience.


“Since our last tour, new material includes Pharrell Williams’ irresistable ‘Happy’ (from the ‘Despicable Me 2’ soundtrack), the ageless summer anthem ‘Under The Boardwalk’, Queen’s ‘Crazy Little Think Called Love’, and Viva La Vida’ by Coldplay.” The show will also premier a T9 arrangement of “Ring of Fire”, originally by Johnny Cash and revived recently by country a cappella group Home Free, winners of NBC television’s “The Sing-Off”.


Rounding out the group’s roster, all from New Hampshire, are soprano Ashley Gove (Nashua), altos Kam Damtoft (Durham) and Fran Lipe (New Durham), tenors Shay Willard (Barrington) and Walt Porter (Brentwood), bass Bill Hersman (Durham), and vocal percussionist Tim Bull (Hampton). Sound technicians are Tony Berke (Exeter) and Kevin Consaul (Nashua).


October 10 in Pittsfield NH: Tuckermans at 9 Rockin’ A Cappella; 7:30pm; The Scenic Theater, 6 Depot Street. To benefit The Pittsfield Players Sprinkler Fund. Plenty of parking near theater. Tickets: $12 at Dominick’s on Route 28 in Chichester and at the door. Cash or check only. More info: email [email protected] or visit T9 info: and




Susan G. Muenzinger

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Susan G. Muenzinger of Pittsfield died peacefully at the Concord Hospital Hospice House on September 16th after a long and courageous battle with cancer. 


Susan was born in White Plains, NY and earned a BS degree from Bradley University in Peoria, IL and an MS degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She worked for many years for Westchester County, NY as a land-use planner. Upon retirement, she and her husband John moved to an old farmhouse in Pittsfield, NH in 1993. She gave much of her spare time to the town, first with the planning board and then with the economic development committee. While chair of the planning board, she was instrumental in revising and preparing the town master plan. Susan was an avid gardener and collector of Americana.


She is survived by her loving husband of 31 years John, her brother Norman Gallion of Paradise Valley, AZ, her sister Joy Sprague of Norwalk, CT, and 3 step-sons Eric Muenzinger of Rye NY, Karl (and Anne) Muenzinger of Tarrytown, NY, and Paul (and Laurel) Muenzinger of Darien, CT. And her beloved Samoyed Torr.


Susan will be sorely missed by friends and family.



Leonard D Chagnon


Leonard D Chagnon, of Commercial St. died September 29th at the Concord Hospital following a brief  illness.


He was born in Pittsfield, the son of Dennis and Edna (Genest) Chagnon. He lived in Pittsfield for over 76 years and attended Pittsfield High School. Following high school he joined and served in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict. He worked in the shoe industry for many years. He worked as an automobile salesman for many years and had worked for Huckins Chevrolet in Pittsfield and retired from the Carlson Chrysler dealership in Concord. He was a Captain in the Pittsfield Police Department and also was a boat and safety officer for the NH Department of Safety.


He was the widow of Theresa (Riel) Chagnon who died in 2003 and members of his family include two sons, Steven Chagnon of Loudon and Matthew Chagnon of Penacook; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren; a sister, Germaine Glidden of Alton.


He was predeceased by a son Michael D. Chagnon in 2006. He also was predeceased by two brothers, Bernard  and Lawrence Chagnon.


A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday, October 9th at 11:00 AM in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, River Road, Pittsfield followed by an urn burial, with military honors, at the Floral Park Cemetery, Pittsfield. The Rev John Loughnane, Pastor, will officiate.


In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to The NH Veterans Home, 139 Winter St. Tilton, NH 03276


The Waters Funeral Home-Perkins & Pollard Memorial Home is assisting with arrangements. To sign an online guest book, log on to








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