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March 25, 2015

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Annual Multi-Town Yardsale


Who: You and the Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce


What: Annual Yardsale


Where: Your address in Barnstead, Chichester, Epsom, Gilmanton, Loudon, Northwood or Pittsfield


When: June 6th & 7th 8am-2pm, you choose 1 day or both, same price.


How Much: $5 for individual registration, $10 for multifamily, $0 for non profits


Why?  Started in 1997 by the Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce the Annual Yardsale was created to bring people to town in a way that showed off the entire town of Pittsfield.  What better way to explore the beauty and opportunities in Pittsfield than by exploring the back roads and side streets and conversing with the residents. In the past 18 years, people from all over New England have come to our area to enjoy the Yardsale. Many neighboring towns started to hold town wide events at the same time. In 2013 the Pittsfield Town Wide Yardsale was changed to a Multi-Town Yardsale to include all member towns of the Chamber. This was done in order to offer the benefit of  this widely advertised event to our entire membership area as well as to help promote the yardsales of the weekend in all of our member towns. The transition has brought changes to the event, spreading the traffic over 7 towns instead of a concentration on downtown Pittsfield. We are excited to continue on with the larger event again this year. 


It is a fun weekend for those visiting our area and a gratifying weekend for those participants cleaning out their attics and garages! 


Participants register their home or business address in order to advertise their personal Yardsale. Multi family locations are welcome and encouraged. Non profits find this to be an excellent fund raising opportunity. The map of  registered locations will be available online at in the days prior to the event. There will also be a printable list of addresses available on the website. 


Want to register? Registration forms will be available in April in The Suncook Valley Sun and online at

Questions? Contact [email protected] 





To the tax payers of Pittsfield.

Now we have two new selectmen that are inexperienced in which is great to have new blood. But there is some concern if Selectman Nilsson takes the position on the board as Chairman. This is totally wrong and I hope that he will step aside and let one of the other selectman step in.  The reason you ask?????  Well the taxpayers that don’t already know,


1) Selectman Nilsson is also the EX SON-IN-LAW to the building inspector.


2)  Selectman Nilson is employeed by the building inspector as a worker.


3)  The building inspector is under the supervision of the selectman.


Does anybody else see that this is a problem??  Doesn’t anyone see this as a conflict of interest?? 


I, as well as many others, feel this and feel as though it isn’t easy to be your boss and work for you as well.  How can this be separated without causing problems?  Please, if you feel as though many do in this situation... please call the town administrator at 435-6773 and voice your concerns about the lack of leadership.  


We need to get rid of the good ole boy system and start making sure all are treated equal.  Too much of this has gone on over the years.


A Concerned taxpayer...



Upcoming Lenten and Easter Services


First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield, will hold its Palm Sunday Service at 10 a.m. this coming Sunday, March 29. The service will 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:




Submitted By Terrie Azotea


Well, we had a wonderful Spring Banquet this past week that started off with a delicious dinner put on by the ladies at the Berakah. Again, we say thank you for the amazing job and for the beautifully displayed tables.


There were lots of awards that were handed out throughout the night. A congrats to Kathleen for being crowned our Queen, she worked very hard getting to her goal and keeping a positive attitude. Give yourself a big pat on the back for your accomplishment. We also had a runner up, Irene, who also worked very hard to get to her goal and made it to being a KOPS. Our area Captain Sue came to join us to hand out the awards to both of the ladies  and spoke some inspiring words.


So I say ladies, Kudos to all your hard work. A huge thanks to Suzie and April for working so hard on the decorations and for all that you do in the weight room.


We also handed out awards for Division winners and held a ceremony for the new KOPS of the year, Irene, Mickey, and Kay. Pat also was recognized for being a KOPS as was Peggy for all their hard work. Other awards were handed out for all of the members and what they do to help each other along the way. 


Our KOPS best loser of the week was Mickey and our TOPS was Terrie. Great job to those who also had a loss for the week.  We had two Chapter Angels, Janis and Pat. All in all, we had a great night and everyone looked good in their St. Patty’s day green.


If anyone is interested in joining us, we meet on Tuesday nights at 5:30 for weigh in and 6:30 for our meeting at the Berekah on Fairview Rd. in Pittsfield.  Any questions, please call Janis White at 603-491-5532 or Clarie  Coll at 435-7271.We always welcome new faces. I hope everyone has a good week and will see you all lighter next week!



Spring Raffle Results


The Friends of the Josiah Carpenter Library give thanks to all of you who participated in our Spring Election Day Raffle on March 10th.  The grand winner was Arlene Brown, congratulations Arlene !  


Now that The Children’s Room has re-opened, The Friends are working hard to acquire some of the finest children’s books for our young patrons.  Thanks, in part, to your support, we were able to purchase 57 new books in a wide variety of subjects.


Bring your children/grandchildren and re-discover all that the library has to offer !


Thank you from The Friends.    



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Gina Jo, left and played by Kali Mara, receives fatherly advice from her dad Dub, played by Ernie Bass, in the upcoming comedy “Dearly Beloved” showing at the Scenic Theatre March 27 and 28.



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Twink Futrelle, right and played by Cindi Bell, places a bridal veil on her niece Gina Jo, played by Kali Mara, in the upcoming comedy “Dearly Beloved” showing at the Scenic Theatre March 27 and 28.


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Twink Futrelle, right and played by Cindi Bell, offers her palm to be read by Madam Nelda, played by Alex Keyes, in the upcoming comedy “Dearly Beloved” showing at the Scenic Theatre March 27 and 28.





I thank all who voted for me for the Planning Board, giving me the opportunity to continue my effort to help the town.  I was deeply moved by the exceptional letters of endorsement from the voters who took the time to express their positions on land use and zoning issues.  I will do my best to represent you during my term and you have my promise that I will work hard to help unify the board and have a productive session.  Please feel free to contact me at 396-6663 if you would like to discuss any issue. 


I would also like to congratulate all the candidates who ran for office, regardless of the outcome. It is very important that we take a special interest in our town and its future depends on the local election process. It is important that we all participated in the town government process.


During the campaign, I was very encouraged by the number of people that told me that they can see improvement in the town and that there is a positive momentum. I agree and I will do my best to support this change.


Clayton Wood




Karmen (Sis Smith) J. Bean Butterworth

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Karmen (Sis Smith) J. Bean Butterworth, 62, of Ingalls road, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loved ones on Tuesday, March 17, 2015.


Sis was born December 29, 1952 in Hartford, Ct, daughter of Everett Lester Smith and Phyllis Mae (Braley) Smith.  She was a life member of the Rod & Gun Club, and a member of The Ladies Aux. VFW post #1670. Sis loved all her animals, enjoyed time in her yard and pool, having barbeques, and above all spending time with family and friends. 


Sis is survived by her loving husband of 21 years, William Butterworth,  three sons; Lester Conway, Richard Butterworth and his wife Heather of WA, and William M. Butterworth of TN; three daughters, Christine Conway of Gilford, Carrie Conway and her fiancé Jay Barton of Belmont, Kimberley Tasker and her husband Mike of Pittsfield, NH; two brothers Robert Champagne and Michael Smith and his wife JoAnne; two sisters Linda Moore and her husband Wayne and Vanessa Morrisette and her husband Jeff; six grandchildren, Aaron Vien, Lucas Conway, Hannah Conway, Jackson Conway, Jazmyne Conway and Izaiah Conway, two great-grandchildren Colby and Sophia Conway and many nephews and nieces.  In addition to her parents, Sis is predeceased by a sister, Jennifer Smith and four brothers; Kenneth Smith, Greg Smith, Steven Smith and Everett Smith Jr.


Calling Hours will be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, with a Memorial Service from 5:00pm to 6:00pm using the Carriage House entrance of Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia.


Burial will take place at a later date to be determined by the family in the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen. 


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Rod & Gun Club-Santa Fund, 358 South Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246 or The VFW -Santa Fund 143 Court Street Laconia, NH 03246.


Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial, please visit



Patricia A. Ordway


Mrs. Patricia A. (Sherburne) Ordway, 70, a resident of Pittsfield for the past 40 years, died surrounded by loving family on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at her home.


Born in England on July 31, 1944, Patricia was the daughter of Morris and Edna Sherburne, who immigrated to the United with their family in 1946. 


Patricia was self-employed as a bookkeeper and enjoyed spending time gardening and working on craft projects.


She was the widow of Warren Ordway, who died in 2010 and to whom she had been married 45 years.  She was also predeceased by siblings, Stan Potts and Sandy Provencher.


Mrs. Ordway is survived by 2 sons, Keith Ordway of Pittsfield and Kenneth Ordway and his wife Ann of Milton; 4 grandchildren, Courtney Thurston and her husband Justin, Michael Ordway and his partner Susan Comeau, Kenneth Colby Ordway and his wife Britny, and Katelyn Ordway; 5 great grandchildren, Aydin and Cameron Thurston, Myla and Emma Ordway, and Mason Wheldon; her mother of Maine; brothers and sisters, Raymond Sherburne, Susan Belisle, Gail Sasser, and Ronald Potts; and nieces and nephews.


Family and friends are invited to a celebration of Patricia’s life on Saturday, March 28th from 1-3 PM at the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home, 1217 Suncook Valley Hwy. in Epsom.


An on-line guestbook is available at



In Loving Memory


Jonathan Osgood Winchester, 45, passed away unexpectedly on March 11, 2015 at his home in Sneads Ferry, North Carolina. 


Born in Salem, Massachusetts, Jon grew up in Pittsfield, New Hampshire, and attended grade school and junior high school there.  He graduated in 1988 from Concord High School, Concord, New Hampshire, where he was active in the band and the Concord Fire Explorers.


Jon found his calling in emergency medicine, progressing from EMT, to paramedic, and earned his RN degree in North Carolina in 2009.  He worked as an ER nurse, and then as a critical care transport nurse, and taught EMS classes throughout his career, as well. 


Jon was blessed to share his life with his best friend and wife, Nicki (Dickover) Winchester, of Sneads Ferry.  They were married in 1999, and lived in Virginia, Ohio, and New Hampshire, finally settling in North Carolina.  Jon was dad to three spoiled cats.


Jon also leaves his father, Robert D. Winchester, Sr., of Pittsfield, NH; a sister and brother-in-law, Tammie and Tom Marston of Pittsfield, NH; a brother, Robert Winchester, Jr. and his partner, Liz Chicknavorian, of Dover, NH; a sister and brother-in-law, Melissa and William Earnshaw of Scottsdale, AZ; his mother-in-law, Roberta Dickover, of OH; brother in law Jeff Dickover, and brother in law and wife, Eric & Kim Dickover; four nephews, Adam Dickover, Mac Dickover, Jacob Dickover, and Ben Marston, as well as extended family in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. 


An OSU Buckeyes fan, avid reader, and movie buff,  Jon had a wide circle of friends.  His amazing sense of humor and quick wit will be missed by all. 


Jon is predeceased by his mother, Harriet “Nan” Winchester, and his father-in-law, Warren Dickover.  


Jon’s life will be celebrated with a service on March 29, 2015 at 2:00 pm at the Swansboro United Methodist Church in Swansboro, NC.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Make-A-Wish Foundation at Jon was an organ and tissue donor; if you would like more information on how to become an organ donor, please visit








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