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Pittsfield NH News

February 11, 2015

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Congratulations to Colleen Corliss of Pittsfield, N.H. who was recently recognized for achieving academic distinction at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.


Corliss, majoring in business administration, was named to the dean’s list at UMass Lowell for the Fall 2014 semester.


To qualify for the dean’s list at UMass Lowell, a student must have completed no fewer than 12 graded credits for the semester and earned at least a 3.25 grade point average with no grade lower than C and without any incompletes.



Suncook Valley Snoriders Annual Poker Run, Saturday, February 21st. Registration 10am-12pm at the ball field, 177 Tilton Hill Rd Pittsfield. For more information visit our website at: or check us out on Facebook.



Congratualtions to Jennifer Tyrell, of Pittsfield, who has been named to the dean’s list at Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Md., for outstanding academic achievement for the fall 2014 semester.


To be eligible for the dean’s list, a student must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours and earn a cumulative semester grade point average of at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale.



Pittsfield Food Pantry Dishes Up

Spaghetti Dinner


The Pittsfield Food Pantry is holding a spaghetti and meatball dinner and bake sale to benefit its outreach to the community. All ages will enjoy the tasty meal of spaghetti and meatballs, salad, dessert (including homemade pies), and beverages, which will be served at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield, Saturday, February 21, 5-7 p.m. 


A monetary donation is requested. Parking and wheelchair accessible entry located at back of church. For more information, contact the Food Pantry at 435-6773.





Dear Pittsfield Voters:

I am running for one of two open seats on the Pittsfield Planning Board, and I ask for your vote on March 10.


12 years ago, I was an abutter to a major subdivision here in Pittsfield. In those days, the planning board had seven members, and all were selectively appointed by the board of selectmen.  It was my experience that the planning board often ignored abutters and gave preferential treatment to developers.  It was a bad time.


In 2009 and 2010, I was part of a group that petitioned for the 5-member elected planning board that we now have.  An elected planning board is important for isolating potential influence from the select board by selective appointments. Under the leadership of first Ted Mitchell and now Clayton Wood, this elected board has been remarkably different from its predecessors.  It is independent and accountable.  It has tried to obey and follow state planning laws, listen and respond to abutters’ concerns, and protect property values by supporting sensible development that benefits our town and the taxpayers.


To me, fairness and protecting taxpayers are very important. Furthermore, when abutters are concerned about a proposed development or subdivision, it’s often because the development or subdivision is in some way hurting their property values, and, as we know, property values going down make the tax rate go up for everyone.


I am running for planning board quite simply to keep the board moving forward. Please help me with your vote on March 10.


Thank you,

Daren Nielsen



Online Prescription Tracker Gives Veterans 24/7 Online Access To Status

Recommendation Made by VA Employee, 2013 SAVE Award Winner

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan, Chaplain

American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75



Veterans can now track the status of most of their prescriptions online, thanks to an innovative idea by a Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) employee. The new 24/7 service allows online tracking for most prescriptions mailed from the VA Mail Order Pharmacy.


The Prescription Tracker was recommended by VA employee Kenneth Siehr, a winner of the President’s 2013 Securing Americans Value and Efficiency (SAVE) Award. Siehr’s idea focused on the use of technology as a way to save money and improve the services VA provides to its patients.


“Our nation’s Veterans deserve a first-class pharmacy and quality customer service as a part of the exceptional health care available from VA,” said Siehr, the National Director for Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacies. “It is an honor to be part of serving Veterans and to have been recognized for an idea that enhances our services to them.”


More than 57,000 Veterans are currently using the service through My HealtheVet, an online feature that allows Veterans to partner with their health care team. The number is expected to grow as VA starts to educate Veterans about the new feature.  Later this month, the tracking feature will include images of the medication that dispensed. Over the next year, a secure messaging alert will be added so that Veterans know when a medication was placed in the mail.


“VA prescription refill online is an excellent example of how one employee looked at the process of VA prescription tracking through the eyes of our Veterans and came up with an idea that better serves Veterans,” said Interim Under Secretary for Health, Carolyn M. Clancy. “This idea is both innovative and transformative, and it is certainly one, when put into action, improves customer service for America’s Veterans.”



Guys And Dolls Jr. Arrives At The Scenic Theatre In The Pittsfield Players’ Annual Kid’s Theater Workshop


The Pittsfield Players’ Kid’s Theater Workshop has recently been hard at work rehearsing for their latest performance, Guys and Dolls Jr. Thirty-one dedicated kids ranging from ages 8 to 18 have worked tirelessly to prepare for their roles in this musical which includes comedy, romance, and action.


Three days each week the entire cast and crew have been rehearsing this hilarious comedy set amongst the hustle and bustle of New York City in a world  where gamblers run illegal crap games, and missions struggle to bring in sinners to join them in the fight against the sin of New York. Nathan Detroit, a relentless crap game runner, Adelaide, Nathan’s fiancé, Sky Masterson, a hard-core gambler who is willing to take any bet that comes to him, and Sarah Brown, a mission doll who becomes the victim of one of the bets Sky Masterson is put up to are the main characters in this story.


With action, romance, and spectacular music composed by Frank Loesser, Guys and Dolls Jr. is an event you will definitely want to put on your calendar. Guys and Dolls Jr. will run at the Scenic Theatre on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, February 19, 20, and 21 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for kids under 18. The show will also be performed for local schools on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 17 and 18 in special matinee performances. For more information about these afternoon performances, contact Maye Hart at [email protected]. To reserve tickets for the evening performances, call 435-8852.


The cast features Emma Molloy as Sarah Brown, Jacob Scruton as Sky Masterson, Turner Jennings as Nathan Detroit, Caleb Molloy as Nicely-Nicely Johnson, Joe Garcia as Benny Southstreet, Joe Molloy as Rusty Charlie, AJ Robidas as Harry the Horse, Justin Greene as Angie the Ox, Dylan O’Brien as Big Jule, and Ian Treadwell as Officer Brannigan. Alex Keyes portrays Miss Adelaide along with Lexie O’Brien as Mimi. The Hot Box Girls include Katie O’Brien, Taylor and Sabrina Sargent, Lily Michaud, Jordan Atherton, and Samantha Simpson. Sarah May Schultz plays Arvide Abernathy with Abigail Cote, Kolby Ryan, and Kianna Vincelette, April and Molly Keyes, and Cecily Schultz as the Mission Band Members. Tessa Keyes plays General Cartwright. The lovely dolls are played by Kaylyn Zensky, Madeline Decker, Jaden Beattie, and Faith Griffin. The guys are played by Dalton Swenson, David Cote, and Spencer Griffin. And the cops are played by Matthew Swenson and Joseph Cote.


The show is directed by Maye Hart and choreographed by Dee Dee Pitcher. The lighting was designed by Jim Hart, with set design by Jim Hart, Dylan O’ Brien, and Turner Jennings. The lighting booth is run by Chris Garcia, with sound run by Essence Bourque and follow spot by Lily Edmond. Costumes were graciously provided and made by Margot Keyes, Cathy Pence, and Ashley Pence.


The Kid’s Theater Workshop is a program specifically designed to introduce kids to being on the stage and acting for a live audience. The finish production is presented to local schools in special matinee performances along with three additional evening performances. It is a program open to ages 8 to 18, where kids can work wherever they feel most comfortable, whether it be in the spotlight, or in technical positions such as lights, sound, and stage management.



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$500 IN CASH and more than 100 pounds of food were donated to the Pittsfield Food Pantry by employees of Kentek Corporation. Proceeds were realized from straight donations and a pre-Super Bowl raffle.  Preparing to deliver the goods are employees (from left) Carol Cummings, Lisa Dumond and Jim Davis.  Kentek employees have been donating to the Food Pantry for the past several years.



Pittsfield Holds 6th All Board/Committee Forum


On Saturday, January 31st, the Economic Development Committee sponsored another All Board/Committee Forum. The topic of this meeting was Route 28 - existing conditions, limitations, challenges and economic development potential. Those in attendance included: Senator John Reagan and business owners of Barry Podmore, Rustic Crust, Elm Grove Companies, Noble Spirit and Maxfield’s Hardware. Town officials present were: Town Administrator, Building Inspector, members of the Planning Board, Zoning Board, Master Plan Committee, Conservation Commission, Budget Committee and the Economic Development Committee (including the Board of Selectmen representative). The Suncook Valley Regional Development Corporation was also represented. Also there were several residents sitting in on the meeting. It was standing room only with well over 30 attendees.


After the welcome and introductions, Mike Tardiff, Executive Director, Central NH Regional Planning Commission (CNHRPC), provided opening remarks. We were reminded that what Pittsfield is doing by holding these forums is unique to this region and important for communications. He also talked about demographic changes and challenges we face on a regional, state level, and beyond.


Following Mike’s remarks Matt Monahan, Chief Planner, CNHRPC, brought newcomers up-to-date by providing background and history of the All Board/Committee meetings. Matt then passed off to Mike Williams, Town Administrator. Mike gave an update on downtown revitalization efforts, including:


• Molly’s Tavern

• Finalizing Acquisition of 37 Main Street 

• Removal of Building at 7 Depot Street

• Property at 42 Chestnut Street Probably will become parking for Drake Field


After this update, Matt and Stuart Arnett, Arnett Development Group, facilitated the meeting. It was a two part discussion of Route 28. First the existing conditions were considered:


• No Natural Gas Line

• Very Limited Water & Sewer

• Inadequate Broadband and Cell Phone Services

• Wetland, Slopes and Other Terrain Features

• Limited Highway Access (6 Curb Cuts)

• Route 28 shares the same Commercial/Light Industrial Zone as the Downtown

• Traffic Counts (11,000 in 2013)

• Tax Incentive Zones Along Eastern Side of Route 28


Next the discussion centered around Route 28 Challenges and Economic Potential. All existing conditions along the highway are considered challenges but a strategy on how to approach them emerged:


• Pursue Route 28 and Downtown Revitalization/Development at the Same Time

• Focus Efforts on the East Side of Route 28 (on Side of Downtown)

• Explore phased expansion of sewer & water along eastern side of Route 28

• Phase I: From Concord Hill Road to Upper City Road

• Phase II: From Upper City Road to Shaw Road

• Phase III: Shaw Road to Barnstead Town Line


NOTE: There is the Potential of Grant Money for a Feasibility Study and Evaluation of Water & Sewer Lines.


• Pursue Ways of Improving Town-Wide Broadband  Connectivity 

• Determine availability of natural gas and get it expanded along Route 28


Once the strategy was set, actual action steps were put in place:

• Will Identify All Parcel Owners

• Will provide maps/charts of Route 28

• Will gather broadband information

• Will research where natural gas and broadband lines are State-wide

• CNHRPC will update maps, as needed


There will continue to be monthly Communication Enhancement meetings by boards and committees, keeping everyone informed of the progress being made, and helping direct the research efforts.


The EDC would like to thank Senator Reagan and all the participants for an extremely productive meeting. The next All Board/Committee Forum is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 2nd, 9:00 AM at the Town Hall. The public is always invited to participate.


Remember: “To Predict The Future, Create The Future” Abraham Lincoln 



Letter To The Editor


Consider this my official notice of my intent to get elected to the zoning board.


I went to talk to Mike Williams at the Town Hall and discovered my competition. Pat Heffernan is also running, along with Paul Metcalf, Jr., and another fella who is serving as an alternate on the zoning board.


Two seats open, four people running. Talk about some tough competition. Politics is a losing game, but once in a while you win one. This probably won’t be the one. But here goes.


I have never been a big fan of zoning. I did mistakenly vote for it in 1988. I think. Error in judgement.


I’m still mad Randy Cutter was never able to open a truck repair facility on Concord Hill Rd. Pat might say, “seems like a no brainer to me.”


Anyway, I’ve had some issues with our building inspector this past summer. So, I’m really weary of using my position to set up roadblocks to people. I’m a conservative when it comes down to a landowner’s rights. I’m a liberal when it comes to legalizing pot. But mostly I do it for entertainment. I’m a social type of guy. I like being part of my community.


Martin Luther King said if you want things to go your way, you have to be involved.


I just spotted an old glass shower door. I might take some white paint and paint on it “Vote for Daniel Schroth Zoning Board, If You Dare.”


I’m already having fun.


Daniel L. Schroth Piermarocchi


No cell. No computer. Just a stone man with all our rocks buried beneath three feet of snow. No wonder I’m running for zoning board.



CHOCOLATE... Our Next Great ADVENTure


Who doesn’t love chocolate? As part of our “ taste and see that the Lord is Good”  event we will have a chocolate fountain and all manner of sweet and chocolate goodies...  cookies, fudge, brownies, etc. at the Advent Christian Church on Sunday February the 15th. 9:30am.


Ever had biscuits with chocolate gravy before? Come and try this amazing treat!  


Taste and See that the Lord is Good thru our worship at 9:30 and then our fellowship time. No charge!


The Advent Christian Church, 68 Main St. in Pittsfield is located next to the Community Center. Come and be filled in a variety of sweet ways. For more information contact pastor Jay Hardy at 435-8050.



Letter To The Editor 

A Call for a Convention of States


Citizens paying attention to the state of our union are feeling desolate and increasingly aware of the fact that the Federal Government is corrupt and quickly becoming authoritarian.


Our federal government has overreached its constitutional power.  The fundamental principles of Checks and Balances within the three branches of our government have become ambiguous.


Article 5 of our constitution allows the right to call for a Convention of States, which would rein in the power of the federal government and return the citizen’s rightful power over the governing elite.  It states:  


“…application of 2/3 of several states shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this constitution when ratified by the legislatures of ¾ of the several states…”


This, in essence states, that by working together, citizens and state legislators can restore the checks and balances over federal power put in place by our founding fathers through Article 5 to protect our liberty from the corruption and power of Washington D.C. 


Thus far, 21 states have filed.  34 states are necessary.  Let’s make NH State #22!


The Convention of States Bill, HCR3, will have a hearing at 11AM in rooms 210 and 211 of the Legislative Office Building in Concord.  I will be there.  I am hopeful you will be there.


Stacey Polizotti




Gloria G. (Drolet) Yeaton

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Gloria G. (Drolet) Yeaton, 74, died Monday, February 2, 2015, at Pleasant View Center in Concord.


Born in Pittsfield on October 21, 1940, Gloria was the daughter of Doria and Malena (Bishop) Drolet. 


Gloria loved being with family and when she wasn’t working as a hair stylist, she enjoyed gardening, sewing, and refinishing furniture.


She was the widow of Douglas Yeaton, who died in 1997 and is survived by 3 children, Suzanne Bosiak and Diane Bishop, both of Northwood, and James Yeaton of Watertown, TN; 5 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; a sister, Jacqueline Cutter of Epsom; a brother, Michael Drolet of Rochester; and nieces and nephews.


Friends and family will gathered on Sunday, February 8 at the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home in Epsom.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be made to the CRVNA Hospice House, 30 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH 03301.



Roxanne McRae


Roxanne McRae of Pittsfield, 59 born on October 24, 1955 in Stark, Florida passed away Monday evening, January 26, 2015 at Concord Hospital after a long term illness.


She is survived by two brothers, Thomas and Benjamin Starling and her five children, William Morel, Christopher Morel, Richard Marable, James McRae, and Cassandra Levesque. She is also survived by sixteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and many nieces & nephews.


Services will be held in the Spring and notification will be sent out at a later date.


In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Patient Services Fund, NH Kidney Center, 248 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH 03301.



Beverly E. Moore


Pittsfield – Beverly E. Moore, of Tilton Hill Road, died January 29th at the Portland Medical Center in Portland Maine of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Wolfeboro, NH.


She was born in Clinton, MA the daughter of the late Robert W. Moore and Audrey S. (Lundstrom) Moore of Pittsfield.  She has lived in Pittsfield since 1979.  She has been employed by H&R Block Co. as a tax professional for several years.  She worked for the US Census Bureau twice.  Prior to that she worked with her family for the Robert W. Moore Textile Design Co.  She was a fifty year member of the Girl Scouts and had been a Girl Scout Leader.  She attended the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield and was a member of the Dorcas Guild.  She loved to travel and took a travel course at Hesser College in Manchester graduating with honors, proving herself in a college setting.  She was active in Native American Events held regularly in Sanbornton and was honored by them for consistent contributions and wisdom.


She is survived by her mother, Audrey S. Moore of Pittsfield; a brother Donald R. Moore and his wife Carol Washington of Weybridge, VT.  Three nieces and a nephew and 2 grandnephews and a grandniece. 


A Memorial service will be scheduled in early March at the Congregational Church with the rev. David Stasiak, Pastor officiating.


An urn burial will be at the family’s convenience in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton, MA. 


In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield, Main Street, Pittsfield, NH 03263.


The Perkins and Pollard Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.








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