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November 4, 2015

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The OLOL/St. Joseph’s Women’s Club will be having their annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, 11/7/15 in the Parish Hall in Northwood (located next door to the Northwood Town Hall) from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM). There will be craft items, knitted goods, baked goods, raffle items, a white elephant table with new and slightly used items, and a jewelry corner with great Christmas ideas. You will find our famous cookie walk and a luncheon to enjoy while you shop.



Josiah Carpenter Library Calendar Of Events November 2015 


What’s a Conservation Easement? How can it work for you, your family, and your property? The Josiah Carpenter Library is hosting a small presentation on Conservation Easements with Daniel Kern, Executive Director of Bear-Paw Regional Greenways on Wednesday, November 4th at from 6:30-8:00 pm at the library.


Josiah Teen Book Worms Discussing  “The Elites” by Marie Lu on Thursday November 12th  between  7-8:30  pm at the library


Closed on Wednesday, November 11  in observance of Veteran’s Day


Preschool story hour November 5, 12, 19 Thursdays 10:00 am – 11:00 am. November themes are trucks, owls and turkeys. Join Mrs. Grainger for a fun filled hour of stories, crafts and a snack. Ages 2 – 5


November 18th Outreach program to Blueberry Express 10:00-11:00


Wednesdays afterschool Holiday craft programs Wednesdays, November 18 & 25 Sign up required. Ages kindergarten through 5th grade


Library Board of Trustees Meeting Tuesday, November 17th, 2015   7pm


Pittsfield Writer’s Circle Thursday, November 19th  at 7 pm at the library


Fine Forgiveness Week November 23-28 Return your overdue materials with food items to donate to the food pantry and ALL fines on those returned items will be forgiven.


Closing at 5pm on November 25 and closed November 26 & 27th in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday


Upcoming preview:

Join us for a special “New England Christmas” at the Chichester Grange Hall on December 5th at 1:00 pm, a jointly sponsored program.



About The Clothes Closet

Submitted By Beverly Drolet


This past summer and early fall we have welcomed many newcomers into our shop.  Shoppers come from area towns as well as our own.  We are grateful for the business and want to share with you some of the good things about the “Closet” which has been an active profitable business in downtown Pittsfield for over twenty years.  It is special.


First of all, as a nonprofit business, it operates completely on contributions made by patrons and customers.  All workers (including management) are conscientious volunteers who process donations and offer items to the public at minimal prices.  After rent, utilities  and necessary supplies are taken care of each month, proceeds are distributed to various local special projects /organizations and to those who have special needs.  Some months are lean and others not,  so the number of donations and  amount varies accordingly. Groups who have benefited  include School Graduates and Organizations, PYW, Food Pantry, Old Home Day and Flower committees, Scouts, Secret Santa, Fire and Homeless Victims.


Secondly, even though we are a thrift shop, we are proud to say that most donations given to us are quality items that meet our expectations of cleanliness and good condition for which we are most grateful.  We even have a few patrons who periodically contribute new clothing when we express a need especially where children are concerned.   How can we not be generous on our part!


The shop is arranged in two sections.  The first area or “store” contains clothing, household items, toys/books/games and seasonal items that are priced.  We have a particularly fine selection of  better dresses and suits for those who have or are seeking professional employment! The second area contains like items that have been transferred as new items come in or offered as special sale items; items are not priced and large $3.00 Bags can be filled from that area.  Periodically, especially at the change of a season, we have to cancel a donation because of limited storage capacity and we ask customers to understand.  But, on the plus side, when we have overstock that has been processed and is seasonal,  we offer Dollar Days that can’t be beat.  Check us out.


Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 10:00-4:00

Saturdays, 10:00-1:00



Student Led Conferences Being Scheduled Now


Pittsfield Middle High School Student Led Conferences are being scheduled from November 9th through November 19th.


The purpose of a student-led conference is for the student to take the lead role in a presentation that articulates his or her academic, personal and social growth. Each student creates a portfolio that contains a collection of work, reflections and evidence of their growth over time to be used as a communication tool regarding their learning.


Students may invite their parents, family members, friends, teachers, and other community members to share in this experience.


If you would like to know more about student led conferences at PMHS, please feel free to call us at 435-6701.



Tickets Now On Sale For Players’ Fall Musical 70 Girls 70


Tickets are now on sale for the Players’ fall musical production of the hilarious comedy 70 Girls 70. The show will run at The Scenic Theatre on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 13, 14 and 15, and again the following Friday and Saturday, November 20 and 21. All shows are at 7:30 pm, except for the Sunday matinee on November 15, which is at 2 pm. All tickets are $17, and you can purchase them by going to The Players’ website,, and clicking on the TicketLeap button, or you can reserve tickets by calling 603-435-8852. 


The show features Maye Hart as Ida Dodd, a retired school teacher who becomes the ring leader of the Sussex Arms Hotel “gang.” Maye is usually directing shows, but she was last seen acting on the Scenic stage as the grandmother in Autumn Garden in 2008. Her gang includes fellow residents Gert, a former store detective,  played by newcomer Cathy Williams. The gang also includes Eunice, played by Lena Luongo, who starred as Mama in I Remember Mama, and Eunice is engaged to Walter, played by Angelo Gentile who last appeared as Emile deBeque in last fall’s South Pacific. And let’s not forget Harry, played by newcomer Marty Williams. 


The Sussex Arms has a restaurant in the lobby called the Cornucopia, and Melba (Gerri Casey, who appeared as Bloody Mary in South Pacific, as well as Honey Raye in last spring’s Dearly Beloved.) and Fritzi (Jean Gentile, who last appeared as Miss Dorothy Brown in Thoroughly Modern Millie) work in the restaurant. 


Eddie (newcomer Jared Griffin) is the bell hop for the Hotel, which also houses Edna and Marvin Whitaker (Nella and Mike Hobson—Nella appeared as Patsy Parker in Dearly Beloved and Mike has been in many shows including Proof), Mr. and Mrs. McIllehenny (Mal Cameron—last seen in I Remember Mama, as well as in many other Players’ productions - and Vicki Watson—last seen in South Pacific ), as well as residents Chet Fuller (Uncle Chris in I Remember Mama and Dee Dee Pitcher (who also plays the grandmother in this show but played the role of Mrs. Frake in State Fair), Dave Pollard (Pappy Finn in Big River), newcomer Jean Cram, Elisha Griffin (South Pacific), John Chinn (Dearly Beloved) and Bea Douglas (Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie). And don’t forget Sadie, who runs a local fur store, played by Margot Keyes (Thoroughly Modern Millie). With all these talented actors, the show promises to be a smash hit.



Dorcas Guild Plans Christmas Fair


Mark your calendar! The Dorcas Guild of the First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield, is holding their annual Christmas Fair Saturday, November 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


There are many handmade items to choose from as well as gourmet products, baked goods, “Unique Boutique” and the wonderful silent auction.


Corn chowder and sandwich lunch with homemade pies will also be available. Plan to be there for this handcraft goldmine! Plenty of free parking in the rear (enter on Chestnut Street), and the church is wheelchair accessible.



The Pittsfield Players Have Angels Among Us 


A standing ovation goes to the Freese Brothers of Globe Manufacturing who have decided to embrace the Rotary Challenge and then some.


You may remember that The Suncook Valley Rotary Club offered a challenge to Pittsfield businesses and beyond to match the $5,000.00 donation made by outgoing Rotary president Steve Catalano and that the Foss Family Foundation as well as the Drolets matched that donation. Since that time, more letters and requests have gone out and the Players have received yet another donation. Not only did Globe and GEF and Rob Freese meet the challenge but they went above and beyond to give us the exact amount of the second phase estimate, $14, 950.00.


The Players cannot thank you all enough for your support. To us it shows that you believe in, not only keeping this historic building open but faith in community theatre and what it does for Pittsfield. The Players are nearing their 50th anniversary with a renewed strength that can be channelled into giving you quality entertainment, sharing our Scenic Theatre with the Town of Pittsfield and beyond and giving our patrons a safer theatre experience (not to mention giving the Pittsfield Fire Department  a sigh of relief!)


Watch for more updates as we continue to fundraise for the third phase and plan our 50th celebration. You can be sure the Fosses, Drolets and Freeses will be on the list of invites.


If you would like to contribute to the third phase, please feel free to contact us at The Pittsfield Players, PO Box 177, Pittsfield, NH. Any size donation is welcomed. Also, be sure to come see the fall musical comedy, 70, Girls, 70 November 13- 21 in the historic Scenic Theatre!




Ann McGregor Graaskamp

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Ann McGregor Graaskamp, 82, passed away on October 21, 2015.

Born in New York City, she was daughter of William A. McGregor and Ann Virginia (Holloway) McGregor.


She is survived by her son, Garret Graaskamp, his wife Nancy, and their children, Kelsey and Cameron; daughter Dorothy Graaskamp; daughter Martha Testerman, her husband Pat, and their children Holly, Hana, and David; daughter-in-law Kim Graaskamp; brother, William McGregor, his wife Arlita, and their children Scott and Gordon.  She was preceded in death by her son, James Graaskamp. 


Ann graduated from Mount Holyoke College and was a wonderful mother who considered bringing up her children her number one priority, helping them to follow their interests to the best of her ability.  Ann was known for showing God’s love to others with her generous spirit, and was loved by many who knew her.  She enjoyed adventures and exploring, and had a soft spot in her heart for dogs.  Ann loved to laugh, sing, dance, and play her flute.  Ann was fiercely competitive in sports, particularly tennis, as well as, family games of cards, and “extreme croquet.”


A Celebration of Life Service was held on November 1, 2015 at Faith Community Bible Church in Loudon, NH.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children (  Ann was a faithful supporter of St. Jude’s for many years.








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