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January 21, 2015

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Celebrating Birthdays this week are: Therese Riel, January 24 and Ruth Huckins, January 26.


Happy Birthday!





On Saturday, January 31st, 9am-12noon at the town Hall the Economic Development Committee will be sponsoring another All Board/Committee Forum. Refreshments will be provided. The topic for discussion is Route 28 (its limitations, challenges and economic development potential).


If you are interested in participating in the discussion please contact Ted Mitchell 435-6573 or email [email protected].



About The Pittsfield Clothes Closet

Update, 2015


The “Clothes Closet”  had its beginnings in the late 1980s along with the Food Pantry, both located in the vacated Grammar School building on Main Street when the new elementary school was built.  At first it served as a receptacle for donated clothing and household items for the needy.  Volunteers helped sort, organize and distribute contributions in one of the classrooms.  Over time, donations, volunteers and needed space  increased and a small monetary offering was suggested for bags filled with items.  Eventually the Grammar School  was established as the new Town Hall after a fire at the existing Town Hall (now the Community Center) necessitated a move for Pittsfield governmental offices and the Clothes Closet was relocated to  Carroll Street in what was a storage area for Maxfield’s Hardware Store (later PYW Center  and The Toybox ). In 2004 a major expansion and renovation took place  to provide a shopping  facility for the public at large.  The result  is  the current  store that provides services and goods for Pittsfield and surrounding towns.


The Clothes Closet is a nonprofit corporation with a Board  of Directors, managed and staffed by volunteers.  It is responsible for upkeep, rent, payment of utilities and essential business supplies. Funds and materials beyond expenses are banked and distributed as contributions to  the needy and local organizations  which benefit the community at large    A current list of recipients is posted each year at the store.  


Our business relies completely on donations from the public and is currently staffed by 12 volunteers who work diligently to provide a clean, attractive  and affordable shopping  experience for customers.  Do visit us. 


Tuesdays, Wednesdays 10:00 - 4:00

Saturdays 10:00 - 1:00

(Winter: closed if local schools close)



Pittsfield Fire Department Service News

December 2014


During the month of December 52 calls for emergency service were received. Fire and EMS personnel responded to:  37 Medical emergencies, 4 Motor Vehicle collisions, 1 Gas leak, 2 Fire Alarm activations, 2 Service calls, 4 Good intent calls and 2 Hazardous conditions. 4 of the calls were overlapping calls. 1 Mutual aid response was provided to another community and 1 was received from another community. 


Training topics for the month of December were: New building familiarization at Rustic Crust, Trauma Case Review sponsored by Concord hospital held at the Chichester Fire Department and Command and Control of Incident Operations class held at the Chichester Fire Department. 


Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the Fire Department or to learn more about the Department please stop by the station, call 435-6807 or visit us at


SAFETY REMINDER: If you have an Emergency don’t waste time call 911



Auditions Announced For “Dearly Beloved”


The Pittsfield Players will conduct auditions for the comedy “Dearly Beloved” Sunday, January 25 at 7 p.m. and again Monday, January 26 at 7 p.m. at the Scenic Theatre, 6 Depot Street, Pittsfield.


“Dearly Beloved,” written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, is a story of a very dysfunctional but lovable Texas family facing the stresses of a family wedding. This comedy is as fast-paced as (and possibly crazier than) last year’s production of “Dearly Departed,” which was co-written by Jones, one of the authors. Mike Hobson is directing.


Auditioners will be asked to read from the script. The show will run two weekends -- March 20, 21, 22, and March 27 and 28. The cast calls for 4 men (ages 20-65) and 7 women (ages 20-65). One female cast member doubles in the roles of identical twin sisters.


For more information, contact Mike Hobson at 724-9060.



2014 Globe Gear Giveaway Provided 13 Departments With Needed Turnout Gear


Thirteen volunteer fire departments are starting off 2015 with more protection than they had at this time last year. That is because Globe and DuPont Protection Technologies, in partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), awarded 52 sets of state-of-the-art Globe turnout gear to departments in need in the 2014 Globe Gear Giveaway program.


Just wrapping up its third year, the Globe Gear Giveaway program has provided 247 sets of turnout gear to 43 departments since launching in 2012. The 13 newest winners each received four sets of gear, significantly enhancing the safety of their firefighters, who previously made do with old, worn, and noncompliant gear that provided less-than-optimal protection.


“Thank you to everyone who applied for the 2014 Globe Gear Giveaway,” said NVFC Chairman Philip C. Stittleburg. “There are many volunteer departments that are struggling to make ends meet and provide their firefighters with the best protection possible. We are pleased to work with Globe and DuPont to help some of those departments obtain much-needed gear and enhance the safety of their personnel.”


“Volunteer firefighters make a difference in people’s lives every day and for that we thank them,” said Globe Senior VP of Marketing Rob Freese. “Globe is glad to donate new turnout gear through this program to protect them and help keep them safe while they protect others.”


The 2014 Globe Gear Giveaway recipients are as follows:


• Bannertown Volunteer Fire Department (NC)


• Burrville Volunteer Fire Department (TN)


• Cape Ferrelo Rural Fire Protection District (OR)


• Hargett Fire Rescue (KY)


• Highlands Fire Department (NJ)


• Jamestown Rural Fire Protection District (MO)


• Medina Volunteer Fire Department (TX)


• Nicasio Volunteer Fire Department (CA)


• Osler Fire Department (Saskatchewan, Canada)


• Royalton Fire Department (IL)


• Stratton Volunteer Fire Department (CO)


• Strong Fire Department (ME)


• Winfield Township Volunteer Fire Company (PA)


To be eligible for the 2014 giveaway, departments had to be over 50% volunteer, serve a population of 25,000 or less, be located in the U.S. or Canada, be a member of the NVFC, and demonstrate significant need for the gear that the department could not meet on its own. To help departments with the membership requirement, Globe also sponsored 200 Department Memberships to the NVFC.


Over 500 departments applied for the gear, demonstrating the urgent need for this type of program. To help even more departments obtain affordable gear, Globe offers the CLASSIX® SE, ideal for firefighters looking for a non-restrictive fit at a value price. This Special Edition is made from 100% DuPont™ KEVLAR® and NOMEX® fibers and includes a generous list of standard features. NVFC members receive a special discount of $50 per suit.


The 2015 Globe Gear Giveaway application period will open in February. Stay tuned to the NVFC web site at for details.


About Globe

Firefighters need to be prepared to perform at their peak, on every call. That’s why Globe delivers the most advanced, best-fitting, and longest lasting protection by listening to our customers, creating breakthrough designs, and applying the engineering skills of the nation’s most trusted turnout gear manufacturer. Globe turnout gear is designed to protect you, move with you, and improve your performance. It’s athletic gear for firefighters. Learn more at


About DuPont

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit


About the NVFC

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides invaluable tools, resources, programs, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. Learn more at



Applications Accepted For

2015 National Veterans Wheelchair Games

World’s largest annual wheelchair sports event for disabled U.S. Veterans


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is accepting applications for the 2015 National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Registration began in early January and will close April 15. 


The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is a sports and rehabilitation program for military service Veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition due to spinal cord injuries, amputations or certain neurological problems. Each year, hundreds of disabled Veterans travel from around the country to compete in the Games, which is the largest annual wheelchair sports event in the world. With them, they bring the fighting spirit and tenacity that defines the Veterans of our Armed Forces.


“I encourage all eligible Veterans to take this opportunity to prove yet again that disability does not mean inability,” said VA Secretary Robert McDonald.


Competitive events at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games include air guns, archery, basketball, bowling, field events, hand cycling, a motorized wheelchair rally, nine-ball, power soccer, quad rugby, slalom, softball, swimming, table tennis, track, trapshooting and weightlifting. Athletes compete in all events against others with similar athletic ability, competitive experience or age.


The 2015 National Veterans Wheelchair Games will take place in Dallas, Texas, from June 21-26. The Games are cosponsored by VA and Paralyzed Veterans of America, VA’s partner in this annual event since 1985. For more information, please visit and follow VA Adaptive Sports on Twitter at @VAAdaptiveSport.





To the inhabitants of said towns of Epsom and Pittsfield, District 21,


To help prevent outside tumbles and falls, especially the elderly, on wooden walkways and stairs, one can use roof shingles. Cut a shingle in half lengthwise. Discard the bottom taps. Nail a roofing nail at each corner. On ramps, place shingles inches apart lengthwise.


To Dan Schroth, thanks for your support. Your time and your creation on the barn boards, “I like Mike.”


Much gratitude to Ron Piwczak for you time supporting me at the Epsom Day Poll. Many voters of Epsom told me about your amiable and courteous manners with the voters and other candidate and their supporters.


I did introduce a bill for State Property Tax Relief using the unused Tobacco Tax and Settlement revenues remaining from the Education Fund, which would cut your property taxes by over 30%. Throw in Danny Schroth’s wishes for Pot Reform would lower you tax “much more.” Your participation at the hearings will be needed, a must to make this bill approved for 2016.


I am trying my best to take the fuzz out of the fuzzy math accounting of Health and Human Services. Put an end to the skimming, scheming, scamming, and raiding of Federal Medicaid monies.


Dedicated funds must be used for which money was meant for.


It is most honorable to be on the Committee of Environment and Agriculture.


The fuzz I earlier mentioned should not be confused with the Fuzz of Pittsfield. Thank you all.


Any issues or question with State or County, please give me a call.

Thank you for your vote.


Representative Michael Brewster





To the good citizens of Pittsfield,

Went to a planning board meeting the other night. Clayton Wood, chairman, together with Larry Konopka, Bill Miskoe, Pat Heffernan, and James Pritchard really make up a good board. Division, unity, trying to do right by our town. They all deserve our appreciation for putting up with all the c*** that goes with politics. 


Politics are necessary. It’s how we figure out how we are going to live together without killing each other.


Here’s my politics:

1. Remove our current building inspector. Get a committee to hire a new one. Put me on the committee.


Why? I’ve dealt with him on two different issues. Both times he came up short. I’m sure he had the law on his side. He carries it in his phone. Me, I don’t even have a carry around phone.


2. I plan on running for zoning board.


Why? I tried to get rid of zoning. I failed. Getting on the board would be the next best thing. There I could help approve applicants. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.


3. On the State level, we have sent the honorable Michael Brewster to the State House with what we call the Pumpkin Bill (treating marijuana almost like a pumpkin).


Why? Because we said the pledge of allegiance a lot - “with liberty and justice for all.”


If you want to hear more, got to


Dan Schroth Piermarocchi



Pittsfield Historical Society Launches New Website


We are pleased to announce our own website: For years, the Pittsfield Historical Society has had an internet presence on the Town of Pittsfield website, and we thank the Town and website committee for their donation of time and service. The new website allows for a more personal experience, with a simplified menu focused on the society’s program, mission and dedication.


One of the main goals in creating our own site was to help our members get to know the society better, as well as provide a medium to share the historical knowledge that the society has compiled. Among the features are a summary of Programs & Events on the home page, and a subscription service to newsletters and notices from the society.


Soon to come will be items for sale by the society, and searchable databases for historical and genealogical research. We hope that you will visit our new website. While you are there, please take the time to let us know what you think by sending us an email at [email protected].  We are quite proud of it and will continue to improve the site, so we greatly appreciate your comments.


Please visit our site and learn about Pittsfield’s history and the society. Don’t forget to sign up for our mailing list to receive our newsletters and notices by email. We look forward to hearing from you and as always “thank you for helping us preserve Pittsfield’s past.”



Pittsfield Music Producer Nominated For “Producer Of The Year” Award


Rocking Horse Studio, New Hampshire’s premier audio production and recording facility, is proud to announce that owner/producer Brian Coombes has received a “Producer of the Year” nomination from the New England Music Awards (NEMA). The award recognizes excellence in music production from New England-based music producers. This is the second “Producer of the Year” nomination for Coombes.


Coombes has produced projects for a diverse list of well-known regional acts, including fellow NEMA nominees the Dusty Gray Band, Pat & the Hats, and Lizzy Marella; as well as the Adam Ezra Group, Tristan Omand, MB Padfield, Rachel Vogelzang, Christian Cuff, and Will Kindler. He has also received two Emmy Award nominations for his production work on the “New Hampshire Chronicle Christmas at Rocking Horse Studio” television program, which aired on New Hampshire’s ABC affiliate, WMUR-TV, in December 2013. In his career as a producer and musician, Coombes has worked with such notable musicians as Greg Hawkes (the Cars), Garth Hudson (the Band), Ian McDonald (King Crimson), Chris Difford (Squeeze), Jonathan Mover (GTR), Tony Rombola (Godsmack), Ingrid Chavez (Prince), and Tony Garnier (Bob Dylan).


Coombes is currently producing records for a number of artists at Rocking Horse, including Pat & the Hats, the Cranks, the Old Salt Band, Chris Peters, and Haley Shannon.


In addition to his work in the studio, Coombes also contributes to the “Cail & Company” radio show every Thursday on WTPL The Pulse in Concord, records live shows at the Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry for Frank FM radio, and is actively involved in promoting local music shows at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord and other venues throughout New Hampshire.


“It’s an honor to be nominated for this award,” states Coombes. “It’s gratifying to be recognized by our musical peers for the work that we’re doing here at Rocking Horse.”


The nominations are selected by a committee of New England music professionals. The award is decided by popular vote. To learn more about the New England Music Awards and to cast a vote for Brian Coombes and Rocking Horse artists Pat & the Hats, the Dusty Gray Band, the Four Legged Faithful, and Lizzy Marella, please visit:


Voting ends March 1, 2015.


To learn more about Brian Coombes and Rocking Horse Studio, please visit or








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