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Pittsfield NH News

May 20, 2015

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It is time to choose the 2015 Pittsfield Citizen of the Year. Please send the name of the person you are nominating and the reason you feel they should be considered to:


Citizen of the Year

P O Box 173

Pittsfield N H 03263

Deadline for nominations is June 3.



The Suncook Valley Area Lions Club (serving Pittsfield and Barnstead) is requesting your gently used donations for the Multi Town yard sale on June 6 and 7.


We cannot accept televisions or clothing, but please clean out your closets and garages and call 435-5052 to arrange for a pick up.



“Here’s to America,” the First Congregational Church’s annual patriotic concert, is set for Friday, June 5, 7-9 p.m. at the church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield. It will feature the Chancel Choir, JuBellation Handbell Choir and the Inextinguishable Brass Quintet from UNH. Light refreshments will be served.


Be sure to mark your calendar for this exciting event for all ages. Bring a friend! Parking and wheelchair accessibility at rear entrance. More information at 435-7471.



Letter To The Editor


It was difficult for me to understand the reasoning behind the BOS eliminating the Website Committee and not giving us a chance to institute possible changes to the existing website.  Years ago, Jim Thyng, Selectmen, approached me about getting a website for the town.  It was difficult at first because I had no direction and very few towns had a website at the time for me to view what others were doing.  I ran the website for a number of years and eventually with the approval of the BOS, a committee was formed.  The committee established a mission statement, decided what approach we were going to take in its management, and named Clayton Wood as our Chairman.   I currently serve as an Alternate Member.


I did some research into the vendors and examined three of the so-called professional websites cited by Mike Williams(TA).  I found them very narrow in scope, centering around Town Government and not much else.  Two didn’t have Town Calendars, none had anything on service organizations, information on schools was minimal, and very few town-oriented pictures.  I guess if this is what you want, this is what you’re going to receive. 


At the May 5th BOS meeting, I felt it was a railroad job and what was really upsetting to me is the fact that I was not allowed to speak.  The BOS Chairman stated that any comments would be only allowed at the end of the meeting.  This was a moot point, considering both votes had already been taken with no chance for discussion from the floor.  I was naïve in believing that the meetings were conducted above board, how wrong I was.  As a result of this action by the BOS, I am tendering my resignation as an Alternate Member of the Website Committee. 


Bill Provencal



Pittsfield Players Present Suitehearts


The Pittsfield Players will stage the hilarious comedy Suitehearts at The Scenic Theatre the first week in June on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 4, 5, 6 and 7. All shows are at 7:30 pm, except for the matinee on Sunday, June 7, which will be at 2 pm. Tickets, which are $12 per person, are available through the Players’ website, through TicketLeap, or call the theater at 435-8852 to reserve tickets.


Written by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore, the play focuses on a young couple from Pennsylvania who check into a posh New York hotel to fill their weekend with bliss, only to have it filled with strangers. Timothy, played by Dan Scheys and his wife Elizabeth, played by Cassidy Kearns, have inadvertently booked the same honeymoon suite as Frankie and Wanda (Ernie Bass and Kat Abdelwahid), an older couple from New Jersey. Thrown into the mix is a sometimes confused but always hilarious bellhop, played by Jack Miller. After they scuffle over the accommodations, no one is where or with whom they should be. Filled with sight gags and one liners, this play broke the house record at New Jersey’ Dam Site Dinner Theater. During the course of the play, Timothy grows into a man, Elizabeth learns about trust, Frankie learns to respect women and Wanda learns to respect herself.


Mark your calendars for this hilarious comedy and be sure to reserve your tickets now June for this great show.



Pittsfield Economic Development Committee Sponsors  Forum On Broadband


On Wednesday, May 6th the Economic Development Committee sponsored another All Board/Committee Forum. This informational meeting discussed broadband capability in Pittsfield. At the last forum in February several business owners expressed concern that they were paying a lot of money for sub service internet access. This forum addressed their concerns. Town officials present included: Building Inspector, members of the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment, Master Plan Committee, Conservation Commission, Housing Standards Authority,  Budget Committee and the Economic Development Committee (including the Board of Selectmen representative). The Suncook Valley Regional Development Corporation was also represented. Amanda Luce, Metrocast Business Accounts Executive and Steve Mazzaschi, Metrocast Regional Engineer was there to provide information and answer questions. Executives from Globe Manufacturing participated as well.


After welcoming everyone and introducing Carol Miller, Director, Broadband Technology at the Division of Economic Development, NH Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED) Carol presented a power point on the state of  broadband statewide and specifically in Pittsfield (Matt Monahan, Chief Planner, Central NH Regional Planning Commission assisted). It is interesting to note that New Hampshire is 1st  in the nation (85.7%) of  households using high speed internet and 2nd in the nation (93.2%) of households owning a computer (1st in New England). The entire presentation is on the EDC website.


The presentation was followed by a question and answer period during which the Metrocast representatives shared information, as well. They noted that there is a network of high speed fiber optic cable throughout Pittsfield. This was a revelation to almost all present. That was not known to us. The key to accessing it is being able to afford the correct Metrocast bundle for the specific need(s) of a business. Some businesses do not know what is available to meet their need.


Everyone left the meeting feeling well informed and many are motivated to figure out a way that businesses can group together to get the best internet access at the lowest cost.


Carol Miller provided contact information so business owners can get in touch with her. She is available to assist in businesses getting the right internet connection. If you are a business owner who would like her help please contact her at: 271-2341 x 138 or [email protected]


Amanda Luce, Metrocast Business Accounts Executive would like business owners to contact her at: Direct: 603-527-3694, Mobile: 603-455-3096, Fax: 603-524-5190, Customer Service: 800-952-1312, Technical Support: 800-608-6490 


Remember: “To Predict The Future, Create The Future” Abraham Lincoln 



Letter To The Editor


Shortly before the March election, an easily defined group of people used an approved subdivision application as a campaign issue.  Some of these people were on the ballot for election to the planning board, and some were in the background.  My husband, Clayton, won a decisive victory, despite the tactics of his opponents.


They should have stopped there, but they did not.


Within one month after the election, the town administrator, acting under the guise of an applicant’s complaint, persuaded the board of selectmen to authorize a secret investigation whose ultimate purpose went far beyond the applicant’s complaint and was to remove from office an official (my husband), that the townspeople had just decisively re-elected to a third consecutive term.


Next, the town administrator persuaded the board of selectmen to take control of the town website.  Within 24 hours of that takeover, the town attorney’s investigative report appeared conspicuously on the home page.  The final pages of the report make clear that the real reason for the investigation was to remove Clayton from the planning board by any means possible.  But the draft minutes of the Planning Board Meeting (5/7/15) and the Rebuttal Letter sent to the BOS on 5/11/15 show that this dispute has two sides.  Please read these documents.


This is what dictators do:  they please (appease) a chosen few with satisfying their basic wishes and ruthlessly eliminate their competition (including anyone or any group who will challenge their authority).


Perhaps our town administrator doesn’t realize how many voters recognize his tactics?  How unfortunate that we may have to endure this tyranny until next year’s election.  One thing is certain: We are many residents who know what is happening, and we will not be silenced.


God Bless Our Troops,

Rachel Wood



Letter To The Editor


In last week’s Sun, Pittsfield town administrator Mike Williams urged Pittsfield residents to read a report of the town attorney, which says, among other things, that the planning board had met without a quorum because, according to the town attorney, 3 members of the 5-member board met when a quorum required 4 members. 


But RSA 673:10, III, says, “A majority of the membership of a local land use board SHALL constitute the quorum necessary in order to transact business at ANY meeting of a local land use board.”  3 is a majority of 5, “shall” means shall, and “any” means any; and the town attorney was mistaken about the quorum.


It was a mistake that town administrator Williams took out of context and presented as true when he should have known better.


The town attorney investigated an applicant’s complaint and reported in sum that the planning board had reached correct results, that the applicant had suffered no harm, that the chairman should not be removed, but that the planning board had followed flawed procedure.  On May 7, the planning board carefully reviewed the town attorney’s procedural objections and found, with reference to NH Supreme Court case law, that all of the town attorney’s procedural objections were as mistaken as his understanding of a quorum.  The planning board submitted its written rebuttal to the board of selectmen and the town administrator on May 11, but, as of May 14, the board of selectmen or town administrator had not put the planning board’s rebuttal on the town web site anywhere, let alone on the home page next to the town attorney’s report.  Evidently, the board of selectmen and the town administrator are not as impartial as the town administrator’s letter in last week’s Sun claimed.


Jim Pritchard



Drake Field Summer Recreation Program


Are you looking for something fun and educational for your children to do this summer? If so then we have the answer - the Drake Field Summer Recreation Program. Come join us for six weeks of fun. We will begin on June 29 and end on August 6. The program is open Monday through Thursday and FREE to Pittsfield students in grades 1-8.


The summer program consist of sports activities, arts and crafts, children’s games, board games, field trips, water games, story time and many other fun and educational activities. Thanks to the Sanderson Trust Fund, the Foss Family Foundation, Grappone Automotive and Irwin Motors the following field trips are now being planned - Hammond Castle in Gloucester, Ellacoya State Park, Wentworth State Park, Chuckie E. Cheese, Wallis Sands, Town Pool, Liquid Water Planet, Conway Railroad, North Conway Weather Discovery, White Lake State Park, Fort Constitution, U.S. Coast Guard Station, Great Island Common, Air National Guard Station, Krazy Kids, roller skating and York Wild Animal Kingdom. Many of the field trips are free and some have an admittance fee. We are also planning some historical and educational walking field trips through the town.


Registration forms and calendars will be sent home through the school by the end of May. Forms may be returned to the school or you may register on June 29th at the park.


For more information please contact Mrs. Louise Sawyer at 267-6733.




Joseph L. Merrill


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LOUDON - Joseph L. Merrill, 79, died unexpectedly Sunday, May 10, 2015, at his home.


He was born in Loudon at the family farm on July 11, 1935, the son of Frank Lewis and Lottie C. (Wheeler) Merrill. He attended Loudon schools.


Joe proudly served in the United States Marine Corp from 1953 to 1956. Returning to the farm, he was employed on several local farms, logging operations, and construction companies, and was also a self-employed farmer for many years. Farming was his passion and he loved and enjoyed animals.


He is survived by one sister, Elsie Fife of Epsom, brothers, Paul Merrill and wife Barbara, of Loudon and Karl Merrill and wife Elinor, of Chichester, several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by two brothers, Richard Merrill and David Merrill and two sisters, Elizabeth Weston and Jennie Brooks. Although Joe never had any children of his own, he had a very special nephew, Lloyd Sargent, that was like a son to him.


Joe was an icon in the neighborhood and an unforgettable witty character, and was respected and loved by all who knew him, a very hard worker and always ready to lend a hand where needed. He definitely leaves a void in the area and will be sadly missed by many.


Joe was a member of the Loudon Center Freewill Baptist Church and also the Loudon American Legion Post.


Services were held Monday, May 18 with the Reverend Henry Frost officiating. Interment followed at the N. H. Veteran’s Cemetery in Boscawen.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Loudon Center Freewill Baptist Church or Loudon American Legion Post.


The Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home, 1217 Suncook Valley Highway, Epsom, is in charge of the arrangements.








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