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March 11, 2015

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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 Reward Realty. 


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 franchise opened.


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

February 2015


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!



Thank You!


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 Pierce University


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.



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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


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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.


Jennifer Mika



PYW 2015 Volunteer Of The Decade!

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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 Alexander.


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   volunteer.


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 registration.


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 and mailed to the Chamber at GPCOC, PO Box 234, Pittsfield, NH 03234.


Questions can be directed to [email protected]





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 Winsunvale.


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.


Thank you,

Jim Pritchard



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 us.


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 Pittsfield.


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 well.


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



Thank You


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.


Thanks again!

Ruth Strickhart




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 Basket raffle.


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 his death.


A memorial was held on March 7 at Covenant Presbyterian, Sun City West, AZ. Donation and condolence information is available at The family would like to thank the Amethyst caregivers and Serenity Hospice for their care during his final days. 








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