EXIT Realty’s Sandy Briggs-Kelley Receives #3 in Listing Volume for
2014, Lyn Ward Receives #5
EXIT Reward Realty’s Sandy Briggs-Kelley was recently awarded #3 and
Lyn Ward #5 in Listing Volume for 2014 for The EXIT Realty of Upper
New England Region by Regional owner Ted Bateman.
This award is based on the dollar volume of listings taken by the
agent during 2014
“Sandy and Lyn have worked hard and this award is well-deserved
recognition of that effort,” said Donna Ward, Broker/Owner of EXIT
Sandy has been with EXIT Reward Realty for 4 years and continues to
increase her production each year.
Lyn Ward has been with EXIT Reward Realty for 10 years, since the
EXIT Realty is a proven real estate business model that supplies
single-level residual income - for agents, security, stability and
direction; for agents’ families, security in the form of beneficiary
and retirement residuals. EXIT’s MIND-SET Training Systems offer
the industry’s best hands-on, interactive sales training.
State-of-the-art technology, including the Digital Marketing
Strategy, gives EXIT Realty agents the edge in a competitive
marketplace. EXIT is a by-invitation-only company focusing on the
business of real estate. A portion of every transaction fee
collected by EXIT International is applied to its charitable fund.
To-date, over $2 Million has been pledged to Habitat for Humanity.
Pittsfield Fire Department Service News
During the month February 64 of calls for emergency service were
received. Fire and EMS personnel responded to: 26 Medical
emergencies, 2 Building Fires, 2 Chimney Fires, 2 Motor Vehicle
fires, 1 Motor Vehicle collision, 12 Fire Alarm activations, 10
Service calls, 2 Good intent calls, 1 Flammable liquid spill, 3
Propane leaks, 3 Hazardous conditions. 3 of the calls were
overlapping calls. 5 Mutual aid responses were provided to other communities and 16 were received from other communities.
Training topics for the month of February were: Capnography class
held at Chichester Fire Dept., Specialized Patient medical device
review, Three Members Attended a biannual EMT Refresher class as
part of the EMT recertification process.
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: Remember to change the batteries in your smoke
detectors when you change your clocks for Daylight Savings!
We want to give a special thank you to Jason Darrah for the amount
of time and energy he put into making “Nathan’s Fight” fundraiser on
February 20th at PMHS such a huge success. What an amazing night;
with an extreme amount of emotions filled with such gratitude to so
many. Having Nathan’s teammates and classmates there from his
graduating year of 2010 to support him was beyond amazing. We would
also like to extend our sincere appreciation to all of those behind
the scenes who helped with the success. Please know that nothing of
that night was left unnoticed.
Fighting this ALS fight with Nathan is extremely difficult but
seeing the tremendous amount of support that we receive is helping
us more than you can imagine. While raising our children in
Pittsfield it has always been said....”it takes a village to raise a
child”...and this has been proven over and over again in our small
community of Pittsfield.
With the tremendous amount of donations made through such caring
people, we will be able to help Nathan fight his fight even more.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to PMHS & PES Faculty/Staff
and the Pittsfield Community,
Patrick, Gail, Nick, Ian, Nathan, Kegan & Jaden Vincent
Local Students Recognized For Academic Achievement At Franklin
The following local students were recognized for their academic achievement for the fall
2014 semester at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH.
* Cliff R. Doiron, of Center Barnstead, a freshman majoring in
health sciences, was named to the Dean’s List by maintaining a grade
term point average of at least 3.5 on a scale of four.
* Christopher M. Bohi, of Loudon, a junior majoring in criminal
justice and fine arts, was named to the Dean’s List by maintaining a
grade term point average of at least 3.5 on a scale of four.
* Anthony J. Toscano, of Northwood, a sophomore majoring in liberal
arts, was named to the Dean’s Honors List by maintaining a grade
term point average of at least 3.85 on a scale of four.
* Branden M. McCoo, of Pembroke, a freshman majoring in marketing,
was named to the Dean’s List by maintaining a grade term point
average of at least 3.5 on a scale of four.
* Felin L. Hernandez, of Pittsfield, a senior majoring in health
sciences, was named to the Dean’s List by maintaining a grade term
point average of at least 3.5 on a scale of four.
Gina Jo, center, played by Kali Mara, attempts to smooth hard
feelings between her aunts Twink, left, played by Cindi Bell, and
Honey Raye, right, played by Gerri Casey in a rehearsal of Dearly
Beloved. Dearly Beloved is the Spring Break you’ve been waiting for!
Take some time out to laugh with the and at the cast as the
Pittsfield Players bring to life these “you can’t make this stuff
up” characters when Dearly Beloved hits the Scenic Stage March
20-28. Get your tickets now by calling the box office at (603)
435-8852 or at the doors of the Scenic Theatre 6 Depot Street,
Pittsfield NH. the nights of the show. Can’t wait to see YOU there!
Explore The World Of Coyotes In Your Neighborhood
The Josiah Carpenter Library with the co-sponsor of the Friends of
the Josiah Carpenter library will be welcoming guest speaker,
Christine Schadler, (MS, MA), on Thursday evening, March 19th at the
Pittsfield Middle High School auditorium at 7 pm.
Christine Schadler is the Project Coyote representative for New
Hampshire and Vermont. She is an expert on wild canid ecology and
has been studying wolf and coyote behavior since the early 1970’s.
She has taught Conservation Issues and Wolf Ecology at the
University of New Hampshire and having received teaching excellence
awards, continues to instruct and mentor adult degree students
through the UNH system at Granite State College.
Project Coyote is a “coalition of wildlife
scientists, educators, predator- friendly ranchers and community
leaders that promotes compassionate conservation and coexistence
between people and wildlife. As a national non-profit organization,
Project Coyote works to change negative attitudes toward coyotes,
wolves and other native carnivores by replacing ignorance and fear
with understanding, respect and appreciation.” For more information
on this project visit:
Chris’s additional experience comes first hand from farm ownership.
She has studied the New England coyote population in its
relationship to raising her own sheep and is currently working on a
book entitled “ Becoming Wolf: The Eastern Coyote in New England.”
Christine will have free literature materials as well as materials
for purchase at the event.
Josiah Carpenter Library has also acquired four books on the study
of coexistence between coyotes and humans and other wildlife. Here
is a brief bibliography of those materials.
• “Coyote: Seeking the Hunter in our Midst” by Catherine Reid (2004)
• “Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals” by Marc Bekoff (2009)
• “Exploring the World of Coyotes” by Tracy Read (2011)
• “The Ten Trusts: What We Must Do to Care for the Animals We Love”
by Jane Goodall and Mark Bekoff (2002)
Please join us at the Pittsfield Middle High School at 23 Oneida
Street for an exciting, educational program. This program is free
and open to the public. The library staff may be contacted at
435-8406 for any further information.
Letter To The Editor
This past week I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of two great
events in Pittsfield.
The first event was the grand opening celebration of the new Rustic
Crust. It’s wonderful that the business allowed the public to come
in and see what their new facility is like. I was very impressed
with the tour. Our community is quite lucky that they decided to
stay in town.
The second event was the Meet the Candidates night hosted by
Pittsfield Listens. I have attended this event for the last four
years and am always glad that I go. I appreciate when those running
for a position show up for the event. It helps to put a face to a
name on a ballot, and I personally won’t vote for someone in the
local elections if I haven’t met them first. More citizens showed up
this year, which was very encouraging to see. Good things are
happening in Pittsfield.
PYW 2015 Volunteer Of The Decade!
From left to right: Jen Cole, Paula Martel, Pam Alexander, Zach
Powers, Officer Rick Walter
The Pittsfield Youth Workshop (PYW) is lucky to have a loyal and
committed group of volunteers who help keep things running
throughout the year. From our dedicated Board of Directors to the
volunteers that help to coordinate events and activities, help us
with fundraisers, or cover drop-in hours. Our volunteers play a huge
role in everything we do — and we are so very grateful.
Over the past 10 years we have honored one special person as our
Volunteer of the Year. Beginning in 2005, we first
presented this award to Pam Alexander, followed by Matt Hanson, Jim
Maestranzi, Mary Summerford, Rick Walter, Stephanie Lamere, Jen
Cole, Teresa Jackson and Dawn Hamel. We realized that there were so
many wonderful people to whom we could give it to! This year we
decided to present the first ever, Volunteer of the Decade Award!
There is one extraordinary individual who has consistently gone
above and beyond to help us. We’re proud to be giving this award to
Pam started volunteering when her son was coming to PYW. She
continued when her daughter got involved, and even after they both
graduated and moved on with life she continues to
From the start, she has been more than a volunteer–she’s an
extension of our family, our go to person, and the person we have
relied on to help with fundraising events, family dinners, and
gingerbread house building - she has been volunteering on this
activity since 2000! Pam is always willing to chaperone on a trip or
cover drop-in hours for us when we need a day off, or when someone
is out sick. She says, “I don’t mind, I really enjoy it, please put
me first on your call list!” How grateful are we to have her as part
of the PYW family? More than words (and certainly this small award)
can say…Congratulations and Thank You Pam!
Annual Multi-Town Yardsale
The Annual Multi-Town Yardsale will take place June 6th and 7th this
year. The two day event will have advertised hours of 8am- 2pm for
both Saturday and Sunday.
Participants choose if they participate both days or are open only
one day. We do our best to designate this in the Yardsale listings.
Those wishing to hold yardsales/ barn sales/ garage sales at their
home or business may register the address of their sale to be
included in an online map and printable address list. Individual
registration is a modest $5 to help cover advertising costs. Group
or Multifamily locations pay a $10 registration fee, and have an
enhanced listing. As always, the registration fee is waived for non
profits. Donations to the Banner project (in Pittsfield) are always
welcome for those wishing to add a few dollars to their
Any address in the seven member towns of the Greater
Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce may register to help advertise their
yardsale. These towns are: Barnstead; Chichester; Epsom; Gilmanton;
Loudon; Northwood and Pittsfield. Registration forms will be
available beginning in April in the Suncook Valley Sun and online at
www.pittsfieldchamber.org and mailed to
the Chamber at GPCOC, PO Box 234, Pittsfield, NH 03234.
Questions can be directed to
Dear Pittsfield Voters,
While I was visiting voters door to door recently, I learned of an
issue that I want to advertise. A voter in Winsunvale told me that
the school board is proposing a biomass heating plant for the school
system, that the plant will cost $970,000, that the return on
investment may be as long as 18.5 years, and that plant may be
located in a place that will make it an eyesore for the residents of
The school board advertised this project in The Suncook Valley Sun
on November 25, 2014, but the news still surprised me, and other
voters may not know much about this project either. My research
into this project and my questions of school board candidates at
Candidates’ Night suggested to me that details of the project are
still vague even though the school board has put the project on the
town meeting ballot.
Because of the cost and the possible harm to the beautiful
Winsunvale neighborhood, the plant is an important matter for all
residents of the town and especially residents of Winsunvale. I
encourage all voters to learn about this project and attend the
school district meeting at the elementary school gymnasium on March
12 at 6:00 PM.
Pittsfield Area Senior Center
You are invited to join the Pittsfield Senior Center on Tuesday,
March 17, at 10:30 AM to celebrate St. Patrick ’s Day and hear the
wonderful voice of Cat Faulkner.
Cat is a professional singer that combines the traditional jazz
style with a new and exciting interpretation of the American
Songbook which was made famous by artists, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary
Clooney, Billie Holiday. You may be familiar with the iconic songs
of that era that include, “It had to be you”, “Night and Day” and
“My Romance”. Please come and enjoy the music and have lunch with
Call 435-8482 to make your reservations.
The Pittsfield Senior Center has started a new Arts and Crafts Club
on Wednesday mornings from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. Every week is a
different class. The first Wednesday of the month you will learn to
do glass etching. All you have to do is bring a piece of glass or
mirror that you want to etch. The second Wednesday of the month is
working with paper. This can include stamping, making cards, or
scrap booking. The supplies will be provided. The third Wednesday is
knitting. If you want to learn how to knit there will be people here
to teach you. If you are a master knitter you are welcome to come,
chat, and share ideas. The fourth Wednesday of the month is wood
burning. This class is open to people who want to learn and to
people who know how to wood burn. A couple of wood burners will be
provided but you can bring your own if you have one. You
are welcome to stay for lunch after. If you have any questions
please call 435-8482.
Dear Pittsfield Voters,
As business owners, we recognize the importance of the Economic
Development Committee members in their commitment to working with
existing businesses while attempting to attract new businesses to
The effort in recent years has shown care and respect for us as
taxpayers and employers. The following businesses have directly
benefited thanks to the work of the EDC: NEMO, Noble Spirit, Rustic
Crust, Kentek, Molly’s Tavern, Village Pizza, Ping Garden, Bell
Brothers, Jack’s Pizza and AMENICO.
We highly support the EDC budget request and urge others to do so as
Please support the EDC at the March 14 Town Meeting.
Ronald R. Bennett - President, NEMO
Janice Osborne - Financial Officer, NEMO
J. J. Shea - Co-Owner, AMENICO
Brad Sterl - Owner, Rustic Crust
Robert Chagnon - Owner, Bell Brothers
Joel Chagnon - Manager, Bell Brothers
Silvia Dupont - Co-Owner, Village Pizza
Christina Murphy - Co-Owner, Village Pizza
Paul B. Botta - Owner, Molly’s Tavern
Wendy Chen - Owner, Ping Garden
Jason Isabelle - Owner, Jack’s Pizza
Tom MacMullin - Owner, Kentek
Joseph Cortese - Owner, Noble Spirit
We at the Pittsfield Food Pantry wish to thank all the people of the
town who helped make our spaghetti dinner such a huge success on
such a snowy night. Cooks, bakers, workers who set up and put down,
servers - all volunteers - helped to make our night a huge success.
The Food Pantry itself is in need of a few volunteers to work Monday
or Thursday from 11 AM to 2 PM or Monday evenings from 4 to 6 PM. If
interested, please contact Ruth at 435-7013.
Submitted By Terrie Azotea
At Tops this past week our Kops best loser was Pat and our Tops was
Claire. Kudos to you ladies and to those that were runners up.
We talked about our upcoming events and we now are running an Easter
One of our members made us some granola that was very healthy for
our bodies to share.
The weather this past week sure was better than it has been, I hope
that everyone had the opportunity to go outside and get some fresh
air. The good thing is, days are getting longer and the sun is
getting higher, which means spring is on its way... and as we all
know, so are less clothes.
So, if you are looking in your closet and have some clothes that are
a little tight and you want to fit into them, come on out to Tops
and meet some new faces. We meet on Tuesday nights at the Berakah on
Fairview Rd. in Pittsfield at 5:30 for weigh in and at 6:30 for our
meeting. We always welcome new members. Come sit in on a meeting and
see what we are all about. Any question please call Janis White at
491-5532 or Claire Coll at 435-7271. I hope everyone has a good week
and we will see you all lighter next week!
Rev. Howard J. Landes
Rev. Howard J. Landes died peacefully on February 26, 2015 in
Peoria, AZ at the age of 82.
Howard is survived by his wife, Wanda M. Landes; and his sons,
Bruce, Dean, Alan Landes and families. He is preceded in death by
his daughter, Sandra Landes and grandson, Andrew Landes.
Howard was born on September 2, 1932 in Germantown, PA to Rev.
Howard T. and Anona M. Landes. He graduated from Moody Bible
Institute in 1954 and Taylor University in 1956. He married Wanda M.
Hochstettler on June 19, 1954 and over the years welcomed four
children into their home.
Howard was ordained and began his ministry in 1956. He served at
numerous churches including Pittsfield Congregational Church in
Pittsfield, NH. He retired to Sun City AZ in 2002 and moved to
Amethyst Senior Living in Peoria AZ in 2012 where he resided until
A memorial was held on March 7 at Covenant
Presbyterian, Sun City West, AZ. Donation and condolence
information is available at
http://www.menkefuneralhome.com/obituaries/rev-howard-j-landes/. The family would like to thank the Amethyst caregivers
and Serenity Hospice for their care during his final days.