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Pittsfield NH News

March 18, 2015

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Dear Pittsfield Voters,

Thank you for electing Clayton Wood and Daren Nielsen to the planning board, and thank you for your vote of confidence in the path that the board has taken during the past four years.


Jim Pritchard



Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Easter Services


This year as in past years, First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield, will hold its usual Palm Sunday Service at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 29. The worship service will remember the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem with the distribution of palms. The service will also feature special music by the Chancel Choir and JuBellation Handbell Choir.


A special Maundy Thursday worship service including Holy Communion, commemorating the “Last Supper” of Jesus, will be held Thursday, April 2, at 7 p.m. Special music will be provided by the Chancel Choir and JuBellation. The service will be preceded by a potluck supper in the Vestry at 6 p.m.


On Easter Sunday, April 5, at 7 a.m., the customary Sunrise Service will be held in the Sanctuary with breakfast immediately following (about 8 a.m.) in the Vestry. The traditional Easter worship service will commence at 10:00 a.m. and will include Holy Communion. Come and worship at either service and join us for breakfast!


For more information about any of these services, call the church office at: 435-7471 and speak with Rev. Dave Stasiak or refer to the church’s website:



Beverly E. Moore


A Memorial Service for Beverly E Moore who died January 29th, will be held Saturday March 21st at 11:00 AM in the 1st Congregational Church of Pittsfield. The Rev. David Stasiak, Pastor will officiate. An Urn Burial has been scheduled for Monday, April 20th at 11:00 AM in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton MA.


A full obituary is available on the Concord Monitor Website.




Submitted By Terrie Azotea


At TOPS this past week our KOPS best loser was Barbara and our TOPS was Terrie. Kudos to those who were runners up and to those who had a loss throughout the week.


We have two Miss Angels, Suzie and Joyce. Come on ladies, we know you both can make it! We had Royality for the month with awards handed out and flowers for being recognized for losing weight. Congrats to Suzie and Claire and to our KOPS member, Peggy, for also a loss. Congrats to  all for having a good loss for the month.


We also talked about upcoming events and then some of our members spoke about some tips that helped them lose weight for the month. Some of their tips were: they stayed away from desserts, no soda, no night snacking, eat regular meals instead of going all day without food, and just getting outside with some snowshoeing, or just plan walking if the roads are good.


As we all know losing weight is not easy and it’s a choice on what we do. Do we live to eat or eat to live? I guess that is one of the important questions to ask yourself every time you  go to put something into your mouth.


Well, I hope that everyone has a good week and we always welcome new faces and help anyone who would like to lose some weight or stay on track. Any questions please call Janis White at 491-5532 or Claire Coll at 435-7271. We meet on Tuesday nights at 5:30 for weigh in at Berakah on Fairview Rd. in Pittsfield. See you all lighter next week!



Why Come To The Scenic Theatre? 

by Meggin Dail

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Dearly Beloved at the Scenic Theatre March 20, 21, 27 & 28 at 7:30PM and March 22 at 2PM. Get your tickets, $12,  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!


Why should you come to the Scenic Theatre this weekend to see the production of Dearly Beloved?


The Pittsfield Players have been in existence for 47 years, right here in Pittsfield. We have owned the Scenic Theatre for almost 25 years, outright owned it, maintained it, shoveled its sidewalk, vacuumed its floors, taken out its trash and cleaned its toilets, staffed only by volunteers.


We stage around 5 shows per year and in the last three years have brought in outside acts such as Tuckermans at 9, The Rockin’ Daddios and The Bodacious Babes. Main stage shows take up to 3 months to rehearse. We audition two nights, we cast our recruits and rehearse three nights a week, one of the nights always being a Sunday, to memorize lines, make movement flow on stage and, when necessary, go over music.


On top of that we spend Saturdays, Sunday mornings, early AMs and late PMs fashioning a set, finding props, painting, trying on costumes, researching time periods, practicing accents and finding time in our otherwise busy schedules to write publicity spots, trend on facebook, design posters, come up with programs, marquees and fundraising tactics. Right here in Pittsfield we have some amazing theatre; theatre to make you laugh, make you cry, make you sing.


We recruit young ‘uns at 8 years of age and take on “newbies” who first trod the boards at 38, 46, 62. We’ve remodeled, renovated, stayed alive in a dwindling economy and we rely on your support. With Players like The Suncook Valley Sun, The Globe, Kentek, Rustic Crust, Pittsfield Weaving, Florence Freese, Richard Foss, EP Sanderson Trust, Art Morse, Maye and Jim Hart and many others, we’ve brought in new-to-us seating, we’ve built a backstage stairway, gotten new lighting, preserved the art deco, flown Peter Pan and brought magic into your backyard.


Why come to the Scenic Theatre this weekend? Because we need you and you need us. Come to the Scenic to laugh, to reminisce , to take a load off, to support an organization that has been a gem in Pittsfield’s crown for 47 years and counting, we couldn’t do it without you. 



Update On The Floral Park Cemetery Fence Fund

Submitted By Carole Richardson


Now that winter is almost over and spring is right around the corner, it’s time to look ahead to Phase 2 of the Floral Park Cemetery Fence Fund.


I have collected approximately $6,000 for Phase 2, but in order for the next section to be completed, I need another $14,000.  My plan for the completion of Phase 2 was for Memorial Day 2015.  I need your help.


Thank you to Paul at Jitters for allowing me to keep the collection box on his counter, and thank you to all who have donated to the fence fund  by dropping your change in the box.  Donations continue to trickle in but they have been somewhat hampered by the article written by Mr. Pollard, Chairman of the Trustees of the Floral Park Cemetery.


In Mr. Pollard’s letter to The SUN he noted that the cemetery was running out of funds in order to continue operating and he has approached the Selectmen to get funding to continue the upkeep at Floral Park.  I felt that I had made it very clear in past articles that this fence project has nothing to do with the cemetery trustees nor their lack of funds.  This project is completely independent of the Trustees and the Town of Pittsfield – this is a one-time, much needed project which I had hoped would be completed over a four-year period.


Please consider making a donation to this worthy project so that the ugly chain link fence on High Street can be replaced with the beautiful black fencing and granite posts.


I wish to thank all those individuals and organizations who have been so generous with your donations, but your continued support is needed.     This is a project that the whole community can help with in order to continue to beautify that section of town.  (The new Rustic Crust building is yet another example of the community coming together to assist them in making it possible to rebuild their facility).  This would be a wonderful time for families to donate in memory of a loved one.


Please continue to send your tax deductible donations made payable to the “Floral Park Cemetery Fence Fund”, P.O. Box 98 or 595 Tilton Hill Road, Pittsfield, NH 03263.  Thank you.



VA Accelerates Deployment Of Nationwide Opioid Therapy Tool

Allows VA Providers to Review Pain Treatment Data in One Place to Help Protect Patients

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan,Chaplain

American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75



The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is accelerating the deployment of a state-of-the-art tool to help protect Veteran patients using high doses of opioids or with medical risk factors that put them at an increased risk of complications from opioid medications.


The tool, referred to as the Opioid Therapy Risk Report, is being made available now to all staff in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Over the past week, VA’s Interim Under Secretary for Health, Dr. Carolyn Clancy, has reached out to over 2,000 primary care providers in VHA clinics throughout the country to promote the use of this novel tool. It includes information about the dosages of narcotics and other sedative medications, significant medical problems that could contribute to an adverse reaction and monitoring data to aid in the review and management of complex patients.


“All of American medicine is aiming to better understand how to treat severe pain, and Veterans receiving care in the VA health care system typically suffer from higher rates of chronic pain than the general public,” said Dr. Clancy. “While opioid medications may be appropriate in some cases of chronic pain, we are dedicated to using them safely and providing effective pain care to our Veterans. It is critical that we ensure system-wide implementation of the Opioid Therapy Risk Report in the weeks ahead.”


The Opioid Therapy Risk Report allows VA providers to review all pertinent clinical data related to pain treatment in one place, providing a comprehensive Veteran-centered and more efficient level of management not previously available to primary care providers. VHA is actively deploying training aids to providers and facilities now and over the next several weeks to familiarize them with how to utilize this tool in their daily practice.


Overuse and abuse of prescription opioids is a significant public health issue, particularly since patients in pain are at risk for potential negative outcomes including unintended overdose, adverse medical reactions, and mental health complications. VA established the Opioid Safety Initiative (OSI) in 2012 to enhance safe and effective pain care for Veterans. As a result, there are currently:


• 91,614 fewer patients receiving opioids;

• 29,281 fewer patients receiving opioids and benzodiazepines together;

• 71,255 more patients on opioids that have had a urine drug screen to help guide treatment decisions;

• 67,466 fewer patients on long-term opioid therapy



Letter To The Editor


I would like to express my sincere appreciation for all the Pittsfield Voters who supported me in the hotly contested planning board election last Tuesday.


I had the distinct pleasure of meeting with many of you in your homes, on your doorsteps and in front of the Town Hall on Election Day. The experience allowed me to meet some of the nicest people that I would have never had the opportunity to meet otherwise.


Despite the intense competition, I completely enjoyed all the camaraderie with the other candidates on Election Day. It was warm and the sun shined, I shared my pizza with a cute little dog named Spanky (although the other members of his “gang” stayed home), Dan kept me busy with his “stone man” stories during the slow times, and although I teased Larry that I would turn his signs around backwards when he left for lunch, I never did.


And finally, a special thanks to Hollis who campaigned with us all day while providing us with food and refreshments.


In this election, the voters sent a clear message that all property owners, both developer applicants and abutters, must be treated and respected equally and I certainly agree.  Once again, thank you for your support and a rewarding experience, and I will do my best to represent you on the board.


Daren Nielsen



Pittsfield Area Senior Center


If you enjoy the game of cribbage and like meeting new people come and check out our Cribbage Club here at the Pittsfield Area Senior Center. There is no charge to play and all experience levels are welcome. You can meet new people with similar interests and make new friends in your community. The club meets every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m..  We are located on 74 Main St. Pittsfield, NH. and you can call 435-8482 for more details.


If you are an individual that is sixty or over or disabled and resides in the Barnstead, Pittsfield, and Epsom area then our Rural Transportation System (RTS) is for you.  Whether or not it is going grocery shopping, the bank, medical appointments, hair appointments or any other errands the bus may serve your needs! The service is managed through the Pittsfield Area Senior Center by the Belknap-Merrimack Community Action Program and runs Tuesday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and travels to Concord.  The cost is $1.00 each way and we will come to your home and pick you up. If interested please call the center at 435-8482 for additional information.



Just One Group


There is a new group forming which will meet at the Pittsfield First Congregational Church. Our first meeting will be Saturday, March 28, from 10 AM-2 PM. We will seek to meet the needs of our community one project at a time.


Our first project will be handwarmers for the Payson Cancer Center. All are welcome. For more information call Paula at 545-7971.





To Pittsfield voters,

What a beautiful day for voters to come out to vote. A heartfelt thank you to those who came out to show their support. I especially appreciated every voter who took that extra minute to write my name in. I realize running a write-in campaign can be challenging, so for that, thank you. 


I’m excited and proud to be on the school board and look forward to working with the other members and school staff.


Also, big thanks to Laurie Houle, for spending several hours on your day off, holding up my sign and introducing me to some voters.


Linda Freese



Cindy’s Hair Affair Expands Its Services


Cindy’s Hair Affair is pleased to announce it has expanded its business to include Therapeutic Massage. Nathalie Snyder, licensed massage therapist, will be offering her services beginning March 30th  at Cindy’s location,  7 Leavitt Rd in Pittsfield.


Nathalie, who specializes in deep tissue, brings over 6 years of experience with her and is certified in pregnancy massage and lymphatic drainage. Hot stones and Swedish massage will be offered as well.


She lives in Center Barnstead with her husband Dave and is also the owner of Lighthouse Therapeutic Massage. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 435-6711.



Letter To The Editor


To the good citizens of Pittsfield,

Voting Day was yesterday. It took a day to collect my thoughts.


I did not make it on the zoning board. I’m not really too disappointed due to the fact Paul Metcalf is still on board. I was going to try to vote along his way, which is to favor an applicant to the ZBA over strict laws. And I like the fact Pat Heffernan is still on the board. He also tries to help applicants and encourages small business start-ups in Pittsfield. So I’m good.


Also, a great job getting elected goes to Daren Nielsen and Clayton Wood, for handily winning the two seats on the planning board. Undoubtedly, Belinda Nielsen and Jim Pritchard worked hard all day to make this happen.


So, now we have two new selectmen, Nicholas Hayes and Denis Beaudoin. It’s good to have some new blood, but I am going to miss Linda Small and Larry Konopka who have served Pittsfield with distinction.


I have to say, I really enjoyed Candidates Night put on by the Chamber of Commerce and Pittsfield Listens. With the student involvement and no shortage of qualified candidates, and an exchange of names and ideas from all involved was great.


Dan Schroth Piermarocchi



Pittsfield School District Student Services: Building Partnerships With Parents


Parents of students with special needs – have you ever wanted to have a more positive relationship with the school so your child can succeed?  Do you want to gain a better understanding of special education procedures and services, or have questions about special education?  The Pittsfield School District Department of Student Services is interested in building a partnership with parents to improve supports for students with special needs.


A Parent Focus Group meeting will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 6:00-7:30 PM at the Pittsfield Middle High School.   New Hampshire Connections will facilitate a parent discussion in order to give feedback to the district to improve the parent-school partnership.  Come prepared to participate!  


Child care is available and light refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP and indicate whether or not you will need childcare by calling Beth at the Student Services office at PMHS at 435-6701.








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