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March 4, 2015

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Pittsfield Youth Sports would like to announce softball and baseball signups for girls and boys aged 4-18.  Signups will be held in the Pittsfield Community Center on Wednesday, March 4 (5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.), Saturday, March 7 (9:00 am – 12:00 p.m.), and Tuesday, March 10 (5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.).  If your child is new to the program, please bring a copy of his/her birth certificate to signups. If you have questions, please contact Jesse MacGlashing at 724-7528.





Dear Pittsfield Voters,

I am running for one of two open seats on the Pittsfield Planning Board.  Please help me with your vote on March 10.


In my previous two letters to The Sun, I explained why I am running.  The board had a good track record of protecting fairness and town taxpayers under the leadership of first Ted Mitchell and now Clayton Wood; I am running to keep the board on this same track.


While out visiting voters door to door recently, a resident in Winsunvale complained to me that the school’s proposed biomass heating plant will be conspicuous, potentially devaluing the properties in this beautiful residential neighborhood.  In addition I found that many residents of Wildwood Drive are concerned about a recent decision of the zoning board to allow farm animals in this dense residential neighborhood.  Although these areas are “not in my backyard,” I certainly understand the residents’ concerns. As a taxpayer and resident of Pittsfield, I am also concerned about how these issues might adversely affect property values and consequently Pittsfield’s tax rate over the long run, and other voters should be as well.  


12 years ago, I was part of a group of abutters and residents who had to hire an attorney to make our concerns known before the planning board.  Things have changed for the better since then, but they could relapse quickly.  I am running to help prevent bad planning that destroys property values and raises taxes and to keep the planning board moving forward.  


Please help me with your vote on March 10.


Thank you,

Daren Nielsen





Hello Pittsfield Voters,

My name is Belinda Nielsen, and most of you know me from working at Rite Aid, but what you may not know is that my husband, Daren Nielsen, is running for the planning board.  He is a dedicated and hard working person who will work for the residents of Pittsfield.  He graduated from UNH with a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and would like a chance to be an advocate for the town on the planning board.  Daren is a fair and honest man who would do the right thing for the residents of Pittsfield.  Please give him a chance and vote for him on March 10 and you will not be disappointed.


Thank you, 

Belinda Nielsen



Josiah Carpenter Library March  Calendar Of Events 


• Preschool Story Hour Thursdays Story time with Mrs. Grainger includes snack & craft. March themes will focus on lions and lambs, kites and the color green, all in anticipation of Spring!  March 12, 19, 26 @ 10:00-11:00 in the Children’s room 


• Maker Program New projects will include scrapbooking, mixed media art and shamrocks, of course! Tuesdays March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31   @ 3:30 – 4:30


• Eager Readers Young reader’s book club ages K-5th grade will read books together; write reviews; have fun with book reports Thursdays March 12 & 26 @ 4:00- 5:00 pm 


• Josiah Teen Book Worms Discussing “If I Stay,” by Gayle Foremen Thursday March 5th between  7-8:30  pm at the library 


• Library Board of Trustees Meeting Tuesday, March 17th  @ 7 pm


• Chris Schadler, M.S., M. A. Wild Canid Ecologist, Thursday, March 19th, 7 pm Pittsfield Middle High School Auditorium 


As a representative of Project Coyote, Chris has delivered lively and informative talks about her research and knowledge of the wolf and the eastern coyote at many libraries in New Hampshire. She has a Masters in Conservation Biology and currently working on a book entitled “Becoming Wolf: The Eastern Coyote in New England”.  Her first hand experience comes from living on a New Hampshire farm raising sheep and training border collies. Chris will discuss how she avoided predation as well as the discussing the ecology and behavior of the coyote and its relationship to the eastern wolf.


• Paul Winalski, New Hampshire Astronomical Society, Tuesday March 24th 7 pm Pittsfield Middle High School  


Expert Sky Watch leader will talk about the library telescope and how to use it. He will tell us when the key planets and stars are in season. Anyone interested in learning more about the night sky, the stars, black holes, white dwarfs or our fantastical galaxy should attend. A new astronomy club is in the making. 


• Pittsfield Writer’s Circle Thursday, March 26 @ 7 pm Come to the library for the writing prompt


• Read Meet & Talk Tuesday March 24th Join us for an exciting discussion of “Caleb’s Crossing” by Geraldine Brooks at the Pittsfield Senior Center @ 10:30- Noon. Stay for a leisurely lunch served by the Community Action Program!





To the voting citizens of Pittsfield,  

I am writing this letter to support Clayton Wood and Daren Nielsen for Planning Board.  From what I have seen at meetings, Clayton Wood with Jim Pritchard and others have done a great job in the last two years and have been fair and courteous.


I’ve been attending many board and committee meetings over the last year to see what was happening and what were the problems.  Following the state land and planning statutes (RSAs) is not optional.  Violating the law invites lawsuits.


Daniel J. Greene wrote in the February 25 Suncook Valley Sun that the current board under the chairmanship of Clayton Wood has done more harm than good.  In short, he also said that Mr. Wood and Mr. Pritchard beat on the other members and dictate under the guise of RSA. THIS IS NOT TRUE.  It is only since last November that the board started to have problems and separation.


The last meeting Clayton put my lot-merger application first, and it passed.  Then the disruption got real bad with Bill Miskoe and Larry Konopka attacking Jim Pritchard on his minutes for almost 2 hours until Pat Heffernan told them to stop squabbling like children.  The board approved the minutes, and Clayton called the meeting closed.


So me and my wife would like voting citizens to vote in Clayton Wood and Daren Nielsen to the Planning board.


Thank you, 

Pat and Paul Nickerson



Letter To The Editor


“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” Luke 6:46


In biblical times a name represented ones character. God often changed the name of His people in order to set them apart for Himself. For instance, upon making a covenant with Abram (exalted father) God changed his name to Abraham (father of a multitude). Let’s take a closer look at what’s in a name, particularly as it relates to our Creator.


God first identifies Himself to Moses when asked, “When I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM (Yahweh) has sent me to you.’” (Exodus 3:13-14), declaring Himself as eternal, unchanging, uncreated and self-existent. His identification as the God of your father’s also signified that He was no new God but rather the ever present Deliverer of Israel who wanted to have a relationship with His people. 


When instructing Moses to lead His people out of Egypt, God said, “I am the LORD. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name LORD I was not known to them. After delivering them from Egypt and leading them into the wilderness He gave them the Ten Commandments, not because they were able to keep the Law but rather to show them their need for a Savior (Romans 3:28).


Jesus Christ is Lord! He has supreme authority over all Creation, which was created through Him and for Him (Philippians 2:11), all to the glory of God (Colossians 1:20). “He has risen from the dead, and He is Lord!


In His Service,

Linda Small



Letter To The Editor


To the Citizens of Pittsfield,

I sat on the Planning Board last year representing the Select Board. I have read a few articles recently in The Suncook Valley Sun which concern me.


I will let you know that I resigned off the Planning Board last November for good reasons and feel that it is better off not explaining. I will tell you the Planning Board, all of last year, was not a productive board for the taxpayers of Pittsfield.


For this reason, I would encourage you to vote and support Daniel Greene and Bill Miskoe for the two open seats on the Planning Board.


Thank you,

Eric Nilsson



Pittsfield Players Warm Up Your Spring With The Wedding Comedy Of The Year!


Mike Hobson and his team have been dedicatedly working on tickling your funny bone with this Spring’s comedy, Dearly Beloved.


Remember the good times you had last year during the Players’ Spring hit Dearly Departed? Well, we’re back to bring you Dearly Beloved.


What’s in store for you this year? Well, take a set of beautiful twins, played by Kali Mara, and stage the hokiest wedding this side of Texas. With an over-indulging pastor (‘cause what Southern comedy doesn’t have one?), a truly tense mother of the groom, two grown adults acting like a couple of love-struck teenagers and some deep dark secrets among sisters, and you’re going to leave the theatre knowing who puts the FUN in dysfunctional.


With an all star cast and some new favorites, Honey Raye Futrelle played by Gerri Casey; Twink Futrelle by Cindi Bell; Frankie Futrelle Dubberly by  Kate Mara; Tina Jo & Gina Jo Dubberly by Kali Mara; Dub Dubberly, Ernie Bass; Justin Waverly, Daren Brooks; Geneva Musgrave, Carole Neveux; John Curtis Buntner, Mike Towle; Patsy Price, Nella Hobson; Wiley Hicks, John Chinn; Nelda Lightfoot, Alex Keyes - set your calendars to funny on March 20, 21, 22, 27 & 28. Tickets are available by calling 435-8852.



Congratulations To The Newly Trained Facilitators With Pittsfield Listens!

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Pittsfield community members joined for a day of practice and skill building at the Facilitating for Public Engagement Training on Monday February 23rd, hosted by Pittsfield Listens and NH Listens. Thank you to everyone who participated! We appreciate your energy and interest, and look forward to having you as part of our facilitator network.


Pittsfield Listens stands for roundtables, not podiums. We seek to bring people together for productive conversations that lead to informed community solutions. The process we use for community dialogues offers a way for everyone’s unique perspective and experience to contribute to decisions and changes that affect the Pittsfield community. Pittsfield Listens is a civic engagement project of the Pittsfield Youth Workshop. To learn more, visit



Letter To The Editor


I’ve listened to the digital recordings of each and every planning board meeting this year.  I find Mr. Greene’s conclusions about the current planning board to be astounding.  I’m concerned that someone who chooses to give such an inaccurate assessment of the proceedings would seek election to that board.


There are signs all over town for Bill Miskoe claiming Experience and Common Sense.  Having listened to every word from the planning board members and their audience all year, I know that Mr. Miskoe’s experience involves the absence of common sense (to the point of being irrational) with a completely unpredictable voting record (including changing his previous votes).


Last November, the planning board was hijacked by the political machinations of the board of selectmen, town administrator, Carol Dodge, Dan Greene, others on the outside, and Bill Miskoe on the inside.  Now, both Mr. Greene (who calls operating within the law ‘under the guise of RSA’) and Mr. Miskoe (who’s primary contribution has been persistent belligerence) are running for election based on common sense???  What kind of campaign platform is that for a town board as important as the planning board??


With voting day quickly approaching, there is obviously not enough time for voters to listen to digital recordings.  Perhaps there is time for some to read the planning board minutes, which do provide a very accurate account of the meetings.


Considering where the board is at this juncture, I will be voting for Clayton Wood and Daren Nielsen.  As one who listened to recordings all year, I find Mr. Roland Carter to be a formidable candidate and one who would receive my vote in future elections.


This Planning Board vote is extremely important and I urge all residents to research the facts and vote on March 10.


God Bless Our Troops,

Rachel Wood





Dear Pittsfield Citizens and Voters, 

I am writing asking that you vote with me and many others on March 10 to elect Dan Greene to the Pittsfield Planning board.   Dan has the experience on the planning board, and he has spent time at the recent meetings to know and understand what is going on!   He is for the citizens of the town, he has no personal agenda and he is asking to be on the board to support what is right for the town, not the so called minorities on the board!   I feel that Dan Greene and Roland Carter will be the best choices for the Pittsfield Planning Board.  Both have the knowledge and the town’s best interests at heart!   


The Zoning board also has 4 people who are running for two positions.   I can say for certain that Pat Heffernan, Jeffery Swain and Paul Metcalf Sr. all have the knowledge and the education and what is best for the town’s needs and interests at heart!   Again none of these men have a personal agenda, they are for the town and the citizens as a whole!   


Our town does not need people serving on these boards who have a personal agenda, or who are putting themselves forward to support one or two people!  These boards should be filled with people who have the best interest for the town and citizenry of the town!    This is why I feel that the men who are listed above would be the best people for the positions that are open on these boards!  


Thank you for taking some time reading my request. 


Carole Dodge





Dear Citizens and voters of Pittsfield,

It’s almost time to vote, and Town Meeting is almost here too.   In the past few years, voter turnout has been low and so has Town Meeting attendance!   Do your part and let your vote count!  


As is customary, just before the election is when we get the most misinformation!   First of all the planning board has Rules of Procedure to follow then and now.  Impact fees are always an important tool for the planning board to use.  They were used on Baily Park then and Stage Coach Station now!


As far as the chairman of the planning board goes, is he really protecting the Town’s interest?   Is he doing all that he can do to keep unnecessary cost down?   Well just recently he tried to get the applicant who is a taxpayer to foot the bill for his mistake!   So now the town is going to pay for the chairman’s mistake!  Good way to set an example Mr. Woods!   I think this chairman has done enough damage for this board to deal with.  What do you think as a taxpayer and a voter?   Please take time out to vote and let your voice be heard and count!   


My name is Dan Greene and I am running for Pittsfield Planning Board. 



Daniel J. Greene





Dear Pittsfield Voters,

Please join me in endorsing, and voting for Clayton Wood and Daren Nielsen for the two open Planning Board positions on March 10, 2015.


As a taxpayer I am concerned about our town’s financial interests and the taxpayer’s fiscal responsibilities.


Over the past few years Clayton Wood has responsibly chaired the Planning Board, abiding by state laws and regulations to protect the taxpayer against developers who renege on their promises. Daren Nielsen is passionate about upholding the freedoms associated with land ownership, but not at the expense of abutters or others, including taxpayers, who may be adversely affected by substandard development.


Both Clayton and Daren promise to protect the rights of property owners and you the taxpayer.  Our town, we the taxpayers, can no longer afford to simply rubberstamp subdivisions and developments without consideration to the overall quality and costs that the town may incur in the near or long term.


Clayton and Daren will work for you ! 


Thank you,

Paula Belliveau





Dear Citizens of Pittsfield,

I am writing to ask that you join me in voting for Dan Greene and Roland Carter, Sr. They are running to fill the two open positions on the Planning Board.


I believe they will bring a clear and discerning voice to this position.


Vote to support Dan Greene and Roland Carter, Sr.


Thank you for your time, see you at the polls.


Larry Konopka



What’s Up At PYW?

Submitted By Paula Martel, PYW Program Director


World Affairs Council International (WACI) visits The Pittsfield Youth Workshop (PYW) for third time in the last 2 1/2 years, twice in the last 6 months!


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The Mission of the New Hampshire Chapter of the WACI is to promote the widest possible understanding of world affairs among the citizens of New Hampshire. 


Our first visit from WACI was in July 2012 with a nice group from Mexico who were able to speak English fluently. I was not sure what to expect from them or what they expected from me. If I remember correctly, they were really interested in learning how to get youth and keep youth coming to afterschool programs. What were we offering to the youth in Pittsfield and how did we sustain funding? I believed at that time this was a one time thing, I was wrong  


In August 2014 it was a great pleasure to have a group of eight Algerians visit to learn more about our knowledge and insights on the Pittsfield Teen Mentor Program and the work we are doing at PYW.  They seemed very intrigued to hear about youth mentoring youth. Something they said they had not learned or heard about in the time they spent in the US.


On February 10, 2015 we had the delight of meeting four amazing people from Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan lies in the north of the central Asian republics and is bounded by Russia in the north and China in the east. Kazakhstan obtained its independence from the collapsing Soviet Union in 1991. I realize they came to learn from us but I have also learned from them! No matter where you come from it is clear that there is always going to be a group of people trying to better youth. It gets easier and easier to communicate and to clarify all they want to learn, even if it was with an interpreter!


This was my second time working with the interpreters who really helped make the conversation start and flow much easier than the first time I spoke with the Algerians. The group was joined by Jeff Martel, the founder of the Pittsfield Teen Mentor Program and part-time employee of the PYW.  It was great to have his professional insight and experience with the programs. He had some amazing and emotional stories to share with the group.


The conversation started with a brief explanation about the program, including its mission, how it started, who the program is for, and how the youth get involved.  They also had many questions about program rules and guidelines, training for the youth and how the program is funded - along with examples of what works, what needed to change and how the program evolves with the changing times. They had many great questions and comments about both the Mentor Program and PYW. One of the gentlemen said, “This is a great program and sounds very successful, thanks for taking time to share with us.” When the time came for them to leave they took a few pictures of the drop-in center and all of us as a group.  They also presented Jeff with a traditional takiya/kepesh, a round little cloth cap head-dress. They explained that a female head-dress is very big and heavy, “Too big to bring on the plane!” They brought me a magnet and a small Kazakhstan calendar, very thoughtful gifts!    


Tim Horgan, Associate Director for the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, participated in a Pittsfield visit for the first time this year. When I asked Tim why, he said, “After hearing so many positive comments from the visitors in the past, he too wanted to visit, and hear more about the programs that are being run in Pittsfield NH.


“PYW and the Mentor Program may be small programs in a small town, but we are certainly making a difference in the world!”



Application Period Now Open for 2015 Globe Gear Giveaway

Globe, DuPont Protection Technologies, and NVFC partnering to give away 52 sets of turnouts


Globe, DuPont Protection Technologies, and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) are partnering to help resource-constrained fire departments obtain needed turnout gear. The application period for the 2015 Globe Gear Giveaway program is now open, and eligible departments can apply for four sets of CLASSIX® turnout gear for their members. Thirteen department awards will be made, for a total of 52 sets of gear.


“We are very pleased to be partnering with Globe and DuPont Protection Technologies on this outstanding program to help better equip and prepare local volunteer fire departments,” said NVFC Chairman Philip C. Stittleburg. “Many volunteer departments are struggling to provide adequate protection to their firefighters, and this program has a significant impact on assisting those most in need. We thank Globe and DuPont Protection Technologies for giving back so generously to those who serve.”


“At Globe, firefighter safety is not just our business – it’s our passion,” said Rob Freese, Globe Manufacturing Company Senior VP of Marketing. “We’re grateful for the service provided by volunteer firefighters across the country and glad that we can improve their safety and performance with the most advanced turnout gear.”


“DuPont is proud to be working together with Globe to support the NVFC again this year on this much needed gear donation program. With our strong commitment to help protect our protectors, we want to help ensure that they have the right gear to focus on their job and their communities. Working with Globe we can make the best for the best – 100% of Globe’s turnout gear is made with DuPont™ Nomex® and Kevlar® fibers providing proven protection and top performance,” said Lisa Roessler, North American Marketing Manager, DuPont Protection Technologies.


The Globe Gear Giveaway program launched in 2012 to celebrate Globe’s 125th anniversary. As the world’s largest and most trusted manufacturer of structural firesuits in the world, Globe wanted to give back to the fire service and enhance the safety and readiness of our nation’s first responders. To date, the program has provided 247 sets of new turnout gear to 43 departments in need to help them improve the safety and protection of their firefighters. All Globe gear is made with DuPont™ Nomex® and Kevlar® fibers, providing proven protection and top performance.


To be eligible to apply for four sets of Globe gear, departments must meet the following requirements:


• be all-volunteer or mostly-volunteer (over 50%)


• serve a population of 25,000 or less


• be located in the U.S. or Canada and legally organized under state/province law


• demonstrate a need for the gear


• department or person applying must be a member of the NVFC


View full criteria at

Globe is helping departments meet the membership criteria by providing the first 200 non-members to apply with a complimentary NVFC Department Membership. To take advantage of this offer, applicants can select that they are not a member when asked on the application form. Once the 200 memberships are reached, the form will be updated to reflect this.


Learn more and apply for Globe gear today at The deadline to apply is June 1, 2015. Winners will be announced monthly between July and December.


About Globe

Firefighters need to be prepared to perform at their peak, on every call. That’s why Globe delivers the most advanced, best-fitting, and longest lasting protection by listening to our customers, creating breakthrough designs, and applying the engineering skills of the nation’s most trusted turnout gear manufacturer. Globe turnout gear is designed to protect you, move with you, and improve your performance. It’s athletic gear for firefighters. Learn more at


About DuPont Protection Technologies

DuPont Protection Technologies (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont Protection Technologies and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit


About the NVFC

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides invaluable tools, resources, programs, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. Learn more at



Pittsfield Fire Department Service News

January 2015


During the month of January 57 calls for emergency service were received. Fire and EMS personnel responded to:  27 Medical emergencies, 5 Motor Vehicle collisions, 2 Building Fires, 2 Chimney Fires, 1 Gas leak, 2 Carbon Monoxide incidents, 1 Power line down, 5 Fire Alarm activations,       5 Service calls and 6 Good intent calls.7 of the calls were overlapping calls. 3 Mutual aid responses were provided to other communities and 9 were received from other communities. 


Training topics for the month of January were: CO Emergencies in EMS, Ladder training and Rescue Throw Rope training.


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: Keep your home exhaust vents clear of snow and ice. 



Statement from Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald on Oscar Win for HBO Documentary Highlighting Life-Saving Work of Veterans Crisis Line

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan,Chaplain

American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75



Washington – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald issued the following statement on the Oscar win for the HBO documentary CRISIS HOTLINE: VETERANS PRESS 1.


“We are pleased that this film has highlighted the challenges our Veterans can face and the work of our dedicated Veterans Crisis Line staff to save lives and get Veterans into care,” said VA Secretary Robert McDonald. “We are hopeful that this documentary will help raise awareness of this important issue with the American public. Our Veterans in crisis need to know that there is hope and asking for help makes them stronger.”





To the Voters of Pittsfield,

We had the privilege of meeting Daren Nielsen when he visited our home recently.  He is running for one of the two open seats on the Planning Board. 


Mr. Nielsen has attended many meetings of the Planning Board and is more than willing to learn the complexities of zoning and planning.  Daren is a New Hampshire native and he and his wife, Belinda have been members of our community for at least ten years. He is a great listener and admits he does not have all the answers but feels that the most important part of being a Planning Board member is being a good listener, and assuring that everyone is treated fairly.


It was also refreshing to learn that Mr. Nielson has no hidden agenda, but he supports adopting subdivision regulations that protect taxpayers, abutters and others who may be negatively impacted by development proposals that come before the Board. 


We need Mr. Nielsen on the Planning Board to continue the good work that has been accomplished over the past number of years. Please join us in voting for Daren Nielsen and Clayton Wood.  We have been very fortunate to have Mr. Wood representing our interests on the Planning Board and Mr. Nielsen will be a positive, articulate addition to the Planning Board.   


Paul and Carole Richardson 





To the Pittsfield Voters:

I am Bill Miskoe - Candidate for re-election to the Planning Board.


For qualifications, I offer that I am a Licensed Civil Engineer and formerly a Land Surveyor. I am familiar with the sorts of things the Planning Board deals with.


Experience includes membership on the board since 2003, plus many more years as a construction engineer.


I am seeking re-election because I believe that Zoning and the Planning Board process which implements it, are essential to orderly, beneficial development in town, and to the preservation of property values.


Pittsfield is a small town, largely rural, and it deserves a Zoning Ordinance which respects that reality, along with the rights of property owners in town.


The Planning Board is responsible for maintaining and improving the Zoning Ordinance, and I am concerned about how this is being done.


We need Zoning which is not overly complex, nor excessively legalistic and expensive to comply with. Enforcement should not become a big expense for the taxpayers.


I don’t think it should be necessary to hire a lawyer and an architect in order to replace a door knob.


So I stand for Zoning and regulation that is easy to understand and comply with, but which respects owners’ rights while preserving property values.


If this is what you want, please vote for me.


Thank You.

Bill Miskoe





To Pittsfield citizens,

My name is Linda Freese and I am doing a write-in campaign for school board on March 10th. I moved here 15 years ago with my husband GEF so that we could be nearer to his family business, Globe Mfg. Co., and his mother, Florence.


Why am I running for school board you might ask? Well, I don’t have an agenda, I don’t have an axe to grind, and for that matter, I don’t have any kids in the school system. I just want to give back to the community.


I love the direction the school is going and it excites me to think, with your vote, I could be a positive voice on the school board.


Please consider writing me in for School Board


Thank you

Linda A Freese





Dear Pittsfield Voters,

I am writing in response to Daren Nielsen’s recent letter in The Suncook Sun. My response is created from the perspective of close and personal observation of the planning board.


I would like to address several points with the first being that the Bailey Park situation has been resolved by the board. Any new building permits have been discontinued until the owner defines some open space covenants.


The second point is in regard to Chair Clayton Wood. Although he is Chair, he is not solely responsible for new rules regarding town roads. The entire board is holding any further road development to our own town specs.


Last, but not least, is in direct response to Mr. Nielsen’s statement, “Since November, the planning board has rejected the forward progress that minority board members Clayton Wood and Jim Pritchard are trying to make happen.” This is inaccurate and unfortunately we have had to spend a portion of our sessions trying to correct the meeting minutes that have been written by Jim Pritchard.


Outside of that, we have in fact passed new rules of procedures and have submitted new amendments for town approval.


Thank you,

Pat Heffernan



Letter To The Editor

To the voters of Pittsfield


My name is Jeffrey Swain. Most of you only know me as “the other fella” running for zoning board. I’m currently an alternate on the zoning board and have been for a few months. Before that I attended every meeting for six months until I was ready to jump in.


So as I dont have many followers and not many people know who I am, I understand I may not get elected. This will not be the end for me. I have fallen in love giving my time to better the town of Pittsfield. You will see my name on the ballot again and you will surely see me at the meetings.


I will see you at candidates night and ask for your vote on March 10th


Sincerly Jeffrey D Swain

Young Blood ,

Old Time Values





To the voters of Pittsfield:

My name is Susan Willoughby.  I live on Eaton Road and I urge voters to vote for Daren Nielsen and Clayton Wood for Pittsfield Planning Board.


I am a civil/environmental engineer who worked with Daren and a group of abutters and Pittsfield citizens concerned with a major subdivision here in Pittsfield about 12 years ago.  At that time, they had to independently form a coalition of sorts and hire a lawyer to see that the abutters’ interests and the town’s interests were taken into consideration because the planning board majority did not properly review or take into considerations of substandard development, specifically densely sited septic systems and building on steep slopes.


Daren impressed me with his understanding of the town’s need for good planning, and voters can be sure that, with Daren’s experience in working very hard to ensure the abutters interests were heard, he will treat all people appearing before the board with respect.  The board under Clayton Wood has done a good job protecting abutters and the town’s best interest, and Clayton and Daren will work well together to continue these policies.  On March 10, please vote for Daren Nielsen and Clayton Wood for planning board.


Thank you,

Susan Willoughby





Dear Pittsfield residents,

I live on Shaw Road, and last fall, I arrived home one day and found surveyor’s stakes in my front lawn.  The town was planning to widen Shaw Road and pave the road. This would take about one-third of my front lawn in the process.


Naturally, I was alarmed.  I talked to my neighbor, Daren Nielsen, and I found him to be a wealth of knowledge about the law of local roads. He helped me with researching deeds (along with Charlie and Lynn Nagle) at the county registry and survey maps at the NH DOT.  The maps show that the town is trying to take land that it may have no right to take. Without Daren’s help, I would still be researching. I have attended Planning board meetings and see Daren as being very compatible and beneficial to the board.


Clayton Wood helped a property owner facing a similar problem as an abutter to the now-dead Stagecoach Station development. The surveyor for Stagecoach Station said that a stone wall dividing the abutter’s property from a public road was actually inside the road and should be moved into the abutter’s land to put the stone wall in the right place.  Lots of people said that the planning board had to accept the surveyor’s word because he was an expert and because planning board members were not experts. Clayton Wood refused to accept the surveyor’s word on faith. Clayton researched the law and found that, by law, the stone wall marks the boundary; it can’t be wrong. He enforced that law and protected the abutter’s property.


I urge voters to vote for Daren Nielsen and Clayton Wood for Pittsfield Planning Board.


Thank you,

Tom Davidson, Sr.



Pittsfield School District Proposed Pellet Energy Project


The Pittsfield School Board is proposing to construct a biomass energy plant on school district property to serve the heating and domestic hot water needs of both district schools, PES and PMHS. The Pittsfield Budget Committee voted unanimously in favor of this project, which will be decided by the voters at the Annual School District Meeting to be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, in the PES gym.


The plant would be fueled by wood pellets and would serve 80% or more of the annual need with the current oil-fired boilers at PMHS serving 20% or less of the annual need.  The oil-fired boilers and oil tank at PES would be removed.  A system of underground piping would connect the schools with each other and the proposed plant. 


The estimated total cost of this project is $970,000 while the return on investment is 18.5 years (using the current cost figures for both heating oil and pellets), based on the most expensive case (without anticipated grants and incentives).  However, it is anticipated that grants and incentives would drastically lower the cost and shorten the term required for return on investment.  The project would be funded mostly through a bond ($870,000) and also through reserve funds ($100,000).


The School Board has initiated the project plan at this time because he PES oil-fired boilers, original equipment installed in 1989, are approaching the end of their serviceable lives and have begun to require repair costs.  The replacement of these boilers would cost approximately $350,000; the new boilers would have an anticipated life of 25-30 years.  The PMHS boilers enjoy another 10-15 years of serviceable life.


With the cost of heating oil increasing an average of 6+% per year over the past fifteen years and the dependence on non-local resources to address the heat and domestic hot water needs, energy alternatives have been considered.  (It is estimated that 80% of every current heating oil dollar leaves New Hampshire; a pellet system would keep most of these fuel expenditures in our state economy.)  Some alternatives to oil are impractical (natural gas) and others would require a greater initial investment (wood chips).  Wood pellets represent a local, sustainable energy source for the schools.


The new energy facility would be housed in a simple, stand-alone building of approximately 30’ x 40’ with a stack height of approximately 35’.  The precise dimensions of the building will depend on final decisions regarding equipment size following the design and bidding process.  The facility would be located along the north side of the school district property, near Winant Rd., either behind PES or near the wood shop / SAU office building.  The precise location will be determined by the Board following a thorough analysis of the potential sites.


For more information, please see the school district website - - and click Pellet Boiler FAQ.



Choice Is Working To Improve NH Schools

By Sen. John Reagan


The power of competition is not only its ability to improve quality and decrease price, but to do deliver these benefits to all consumers, whether or not they shop for new choices.


Three years ago, the New Hampshire Legislature took a small but important step to introduce competition into our state’s public education system. The Education Tax Credit provides businesses with tax incentives for charitable donations to school choice scholarship organizations. These groups then award scholarships, up to $2,500 per student, to low-income families seeking alternatives to their local public schools.


It is a small scale program of modest cost, and it is already benefitting students across our state. Yet opponents of school choice continue a ceaseless battle to destroy it.


Last week, the New Hampshire Senate defeated an attempt to repeal the Education Tax Credit program. Senate Republicans stood united in protecting the program, which is just getting off the ground, while our Democrat colleagues voted to end school choice scholarships going to low-income families.


Teachers unions, who recently lost a lawsuit challenging the Education Tax Credit program at the New Hampshire Supreme Court, see these modest scholarships as a threat. They have opposed every attempt to inject some competition and accountability into New Hampshire schools. But school choice doesn’t detract from traditional public schools. In fact, it can provide real benefits to the entire educational system.


The largest benefits, of course, go to those young students who have the option of attending a school better suited to their unique educational needs. Most parents may be satisfied with the public school in their town, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right fit for every kid. Wealthy parents have a wide range of options, but those options simply aren’t affordable for less well-to-do families.


The $2,500 annual scholarships offered under the Education Tax Credit program don’t cover the entire tuition cost of a private school, but they do bring those schools within financial reach of more families. The scholarships are means-tested to make sure they go to families that need the help, and they can’t go to parents of students already enrolled in private school.


The Education Tax Credit program is still getting off the ground, but the early results are overwhelmingly encouraging. 92% of families receiving scholarships are happier with the schools they have chosen for their students than their previous schools. More than 80% of scholarship families have seen academic improvements from their children. The first scholarship organization set up under the program, the Network for Education Opportunity (NEO) has already received 1,500 applications, despite offering just 143 scholarships so far.


The subtler, but broader, benefits of school choice echo throughout our educational system. By introducing the principles of competition, even at this very modest level, we’re providing real market-based feedback to our public schools for the first time in centuries.


Monopolies are destructive to public institutions because they block the signals that such institutions need to adapt and improve over time. Boosting these important signals, by empowering low-income parents to choose alternatives for their children, provides school boards, school administrators, and other parents with better information on where their schools can do better.


We all agree that education is essential to our childrens’ future, and the future of our state. We often disagree on how best to deliver that education. I’ve always believed that education is far too important to be left to a monopoly, and the early success of New Hampshire’s Education Tax Credit program has reinforced my commitment to expanding school choice to Granite State students.


Sen. John Reagan (R-Deerfield) chairs the Senate Education Committee.  




Robert P. Plante Sr.


Robert Paul Plante Sr. 74, of Duke Lane, died February 22nd at the Concord Hospital following a long illness.


He was born in Allenstown, the son of Phillip E. and Edith  G. (Privey) Plante. He grew up in Pittsfield and was a 1959 graduate of Pittsfield High School.


He was a supervisor at Sprague Electric Co. for 30 years and following his retirement, he worked for the State of NH as a “Lottery” Representative for 17 years. He was a longtime member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Pittsfield and a member of the Concord Elks Lodge. He was an Army Veteran and served with the NH National Guard. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping at his site at Totem Pole Park in Ossipee. 


He is survived by his wife of 54 years Dorothy (Dimond) Plante of Concord, a son Robert P. Plante Jr. and his wife Suzanne of Concord, a daughter Diane M. Plante, of Penacook, two grandchildren, Mikaela L. Draeger and Joshua R. Plante, two brothers, Richard Plante and wife Mary Ellen of Pittsfield, and Kenneth Plante and wife Pamela of Ctr. Barnstead, three sisters, Claire Magoon of Parsonville, ME, Theodora Minery of Hillsboro, and Janice Riel of Pittsfield. He was predeceased by two brothers, Roger and Phillip Plante. He also leaves aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.


There are no visiting hours. A Graveside Service will be scheduled in the spring in the Mount Calvary Cemetery. Pittsfield. The Perkins & Pollard Memorial Home is assisting with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the CRVNA Hospice Program, 30 Pillsbury St. Concord, NH 03301.



Theda  Genest


Theda (Leavitt) Genest, 96, of the Merrimack County Home, died February 5th at the home following a long illness. She was born in Pittsfield, the daughter of Harry E and Grace E (Sargent) Leavitt and resided there most of her life.


She retired from the former Sprague Electric Co. after 15 years of employment.


She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield and the Ladies Aide Society. She also belonged to the Nighthawk Sr. Citizens in Barnstead and the 55 Club. She was an avid sports fan and attended many baseball and softball games.


She was the widow of Edward R. Genest, who died in 1987. Members of her family include a daughter, Judith M Curtis, and husband Robert of Leesburg, FL;  three sons, Roger E. Genest and wife Maxine of Barnstead; Harry L. Genest and wife Dorothy of Winder, GA and Randolph L. Genest and wife Yvonne of Loganville, GA; eight grandchildren, many great and great great grandchildren. 


Services will be scheduled in the spring and burial will be in the Floral Park Cemetery, Pittsfield. The Perkins & Pollard Memorial Home, Pittsfield, is assisting with arrangements.








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