Celebrating Birthdays this week are: Therese Riel, January 24 and
Ruth Huckins, January 26.
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
If you are interested in participating in the
discussion please contact Ted Mitchell 435-6573 or email
About The Pittsfield Clothes Closet
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
www.nvfc.org for details.
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
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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
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Applications Accepted For
2015 National Veterans Wheelchair Games
World’s largest annual wheelchair sports event for disabled U.S.
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
www.wheelchairgames.org and follow VA
Adaptive Sports on Twitter at @VAAdaptiveSport.
To the inhabitants of said towns of Epsom and Pittsfield, District
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
Voting ends March 1, 2015.
To learn more about Brian Coombes and Rocking Horse
Studio, please visit