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April 15, 2015

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Josiah Carpenter Library Presents

An Evening of Poetry

April 23, 2015 at 7 pm

Josiah Carpenter Library

41 Main Street

Pittsfield, NH


Members of the Pittsfield Writers Circle will read from their own selections of favorite and personal poems




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 week!



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 programs.


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 privilege.


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,

Rachel Wood



Letter To The Editor


To the good citizens of Pittsfield,

I needed a month to collect my thoughts about this year’s School District meeting.


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 1950’s.


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 Mason.


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 Cemetery, Pittsfield.


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 The Perkins & Pollard Memorial Home is assisting with arrangements. 








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