Josiah Carpenter Library Presents
An Evening of Poetry
April 23, 2015 at 7 pm
Josiah Carpenter Library
41 Main Street
Members of the Pittsfield Writers Circle will read from their own
selections of favorite and personal poems
ANY & ALL
April is National Poetry Month
Celebrate POETRY at your town library!
Submitted By Terrie Azotea
At TOPS this past week our TOPS best loser was Heather and our KOPS
was Mickey. Kudos to you ladies and to those who were runners up. We
have two Miss Angels, Suzie and Joyce, you both are almost there.
We had a raffle for an Easter basket and our winner was Pat Smith.
Last week was royalty and our Best Loser of the month was Terrie.
Congrats to those who were runners up.We all know losing weight is a
very hard thing to do and then once you lose the weight it’s even
harder keeping it off.
With this past week being Easter and all that candy around the
house, I, for one, am glad that the holidays are over.
Some tips that were given were on portion control, how we were
emotional, if we were happy and eating healthy foods. The week
before they spoke on the health benefits of honey and cinnamon.
Hopefully we are on to better days weather wise and we can all get
outside and get walking
We are a non-profit support weight loss group and if anyone would
like to meet new faces or face the scales each week on your weight
loss journey, 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 meetings.
Any questions please call Janis White at 491-5532 or Clair Coll at
435-7535. Hope you all have a good week and see you all lighter next
Pittsfield Area Senior Center News
The Pittsfield Area Senior Center invites you to join us for a live
music performance by Bill Parker on Tuesday, April 21, at 10:30 AM.
He sings a wide variety of music from the Great American songbook
while playing the keyboard and harmonica. Come, enjoy the free
concert and stay for lunch.
If planning on staying for lunch please call 435-8482 to RSVP so the
meal can be planned accordingly.
On Thursday, April 23, from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM we will be having a
Meals on Wheels (MOW) bake sale fundraiser so no senior goes hungry.
There will be a number of baked goods, including cookies, brownies,
breads, and pies. So come on in and purchase the delicious locally
made products while at the same time supporting the senior meal
The Pittsfield Senior Center is located on 74 Main St., Pittsfield,
NH. It is in the same building as the Pittsfield Community Center.
If you have any questions please call at 435-8482.
Dear taxpayers and voters of Pittsfield,
While it’s barely been a month since the election, it is already
clear to me that the selectmen’s and town administrator’s quest for
control and power have not abated. They fully intend to interfere
with the Planning Board, which is legally meant to function as an
autonomous committee. They fully intend to demean and disrespect
the character and work of honest and lawful town volunteers. They
fully intend to treat some hand-chosen citizens one way, and all
others a different way. They fully intend to make decisions that
have a negative impact on all taxpayers in this town. AND, they
fully intend to continue to hide under the guise of attorney-client
Last Tuesday, the selectmen voted to have the town attorney review a
major subdivision application approved by the Planning Board due to
some undisclosed ‘anomalies’ and also voted to pay for some
($544.44) of the cost incurred by the applicant during the approval
process. The Planning Board had already voted that the applicant
had to pay these fees based on a thorough review of the case file.
In fact, the Planning Board reviewed the facts associated with this
application at several meetings. The applicant paid for their own
representative to attend these meetings. If the selectmen had
factual information to bring forth, why didn’t they do so through
their own selectman representative at those Planning Board meetings?
Even last Tuesday at their own meeting, the selectmen still offered
no evidence, had no discussion, voted UNANIMOUSLY to lawyer-up and
also voted UNANIMOUSLY to pay the applicant’s bill – all at the
expense of the taxpayer.
I believe the voters of Pittsfield have spoken out for transparency
not secrecy, for equality not favoritism, for lawfulness and facts
not hyperbole. Obviously the selectmen and town administrator have
not gotten the message – yet.
God Bless Our Troops,
Letter To The Editor
To the good citizens of Pittsfield,
I needed a month to collect my thoughts about this year’s School
I had attended the school’s celebratory diner a few days earlier and
heard the news of phase two funding of the NMEF grant the recently
awarded the NESSC Next Gen grant, recent revisions to the PMHS logic
model, an update of the newly drafted PES logic model, and other
noteworthy accomplishments of the past year.
I don’t know what’s happening to me, but I think I’m starting to
understand. It’s all about making school interesting, challenging,
and celebrating achievements. The Pittsfield school staff is making
this happen by involving the students on the school committee and
representation on the school board. The students get to help run the
show. It’s their education after all.
Good job to the staff of Pittsfield School District.
As far as the idea of burning pellets to heat the schools, the vote
indicated voters want to have gas and oil researched better. But we
gotta stop burning fossil fuels. How about getting an estimate for
solar panels? or geothermal?
Thanks to the school board for taking the heat this year.
Dan Schroth Piermarocchi
Joan T. Riel
Joan (Trace) Riel, 86, of Loudon Road, died April 6, 2015 at her
home following a long illness.
She was born in Pittsfield, the daughter of Victor E and Harriet
(Sweet) Trace. She was a graduate of Pittsfield High School class of
1946 and attended Wheelock College in Boston. She was active in the
community and was a Girl Scout leader. She served as a “room mother”
for all of her children in elementary school. She was a member of
the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield and active in all
areas. She taught Sunday School and was the Music Director and
Organist at the Church for 45 years. She was a charter member of the
Dorcas Guild, was a past president, and served as secretary for many
years. She was a member and the organist for the Pleiades Chapter
Order of Eastern Star. She was an avid doll collector, her favorites
being Black and Sasha Dolls. She was a member of the Granite State
Doll Club and the Sasha Doll Collectors Club. She loved classical
music and played the cello, flute, and saxophone as well as organ
and piano. She had been a correspondent for the Manchester Union
Leader, The Concord Monitor, and The Suncook Valley Sun. She served
Pittsfield as the “Overseer of the Poor,” as it was called in the
She was a true matriarch of her entire family and took great
pleasure in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also
cared for many other children who affectionately called her
“Grammy.” She was the widow of Leonard S. Riel who died in 2007
after 60 years of marriage. She was predeceased by a sister, Jean
She is survived by three sons and one daughter: Peter A. Riel and
wife Candy of Barnstead; Kevin J. Riel and wife Joni of Barnstead;
Steven E. Riel and wife Jie-Zhao of Laconia; Vici Riel-Smith and
former son-in-law Blair Smith of Beverly, MA, eleven grandchildren:
Nathan Riel and wife Lindsay; Aaron Riel and wife Michelle; Colter
and Wyatt Lodestein-Riel and their mother Andrea Lodestein; Jasmine
Cooley and husband Sam, Kaili Riel, Sakima Riel and Christy Taylor,
Chenoa Riel, Dyani Riel and their mother Debbie Chagnon; Dakota
Smith, and Walker Smith, one great-grandson: Trenton Spencer; and
two great-granddaughters, Abigail and Lilah Riel. Nieces and nephew:
Debbie, Diana and Dana Mason.
There are no visiting hours. A Memorial Service was held Saturday,
April 11, 2015 in the First Congregational Church, 24 Main St.
Pittsfield. The Rev David Stasiak, Pastor officiated. Urn burial
will take place at the family’s convenience in the Floral Park
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to “The
Organ Maintenance Fund” care of First Congregational Church, 24 Main
St. Pittsfield, NH 03263.
To sign an online guest book, log on to
perkinsandpollard.com. The Perkins & Pollard Memorial Home is
assisting with arrangements.