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June 10, 2015

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The Pittsfield Old Home Day Community Fair 9:00am to 3:00pm, Car Show 9:00am to noon, and Parade (1:00pm) will be held on July 11th . Do you belong to a community organization that would like to have a FREE space in Dustin Park for the community fair? Crafters or businesses can also reserve space in the park for $10.00. Interested? Call Leslie Vogt at 435-7993. 


The Old Home Day Theme is “Summer of Suess, Dr. Seuss That Is”  If you are planning to create a float for the parade please call Louie Houle at 435-6938.  Parade floats are a fun way to promote your business or community organization!




Pittsfield Area Senior Center


On Tuesday, June 16, at 10:30 AM at the Pittsfield Area Senior Center there will be a Live Performance by the Pontine Theatre Group called, “New England Utopia: Transcendental Communities.” The play is exploring the legacy of the nineteenth century New England Transcendentalists, with a focus on three influential Massachusetts communities.


If planning to stay for lunch please RSVP at 435-8482 so the meal can be planned accordingly. We are located at 74 Main St. in Pittsfield, NH.



Free Family Portrait Day


St. Stephen’s Church, 50 Main St., Pittsfield is offering a free family portrait on Father’s Day, June 21.


Services are at 9:30 and the photography begins at 10:45.


All are welcome!




Submitted By Terrie Azotea


Well, it has been a few busy weeks at TOPS starting with our KOPS best loser of the week, Peggy and our TOPS best loser, Jon.


Kudos to those who were runners up! An award was handed out to April for being the best loser for a month.We talked about our upcoming yard sale.


Miss Angels are Suzie and Joyce, you ladies are so close to your goal!


We have an inspiration workshop coming up that will help inspire us! One of our members had some inspiring quotes for us to read and bring home to think about, “Thoughts for each day.” Twenty food for thoughts quotes. Thanks, Pat, for sharing them with us.


As we all know, swimsuit season is here, and so is that thought of getting into that teenie weeny polka-dot bikini, or just feeling healthy.


Come on out. We meet on Tuesday nights at the Berakah on Fairview Road in Pittsfield at 5:30 for weigh-in and at 6:30 for our meeting.


We always welcome new faces, any questions please call Janis White at 603-491-5532 or Claire Coll at 435-7372. They would be glad to help you! Hope everyone has a good week and we’ll see you all lighter next week!



Pittsfield High School Students

Participate In “Day Of Action”


On Tuesday, May 26th 200 Pittsfield middle and high school students participated in the school’s first “Day of Action”. The PMHS Student Council was looking for ways to offer students a greater variety of community service projects beyond their annual Earth Day celebration. They decided to re-brand it a “Day of Action”. This allowed for the students to participate on a day not specific to Earth Day. The council reached out to community organizations, town government, committees and business owners to identify any need(s) they might have that they could help out with. A list was then compiled and the students were given a choice of different locations/projects. Each student wrote down their top three choices and why they were interested in those projects. Each student was able to participate in one of the three projects their requested. The middle school students stayed on the PMHS campus working outside raking and picking up trash. Some worked inside with Mr. Dawson and the maintenance crew.


The participating high school students worked at the following locations:


Blueberry Express Daycare (yard work & cleaning playground equipment)


River Road and Water Street (trash pick-up)


Drake Field (landscaping)


High Street and Barnstead Road (trash pick-up)


Pittsfield Food Pantry (cleaning and organizing)


Lyman Park (yard work and clean-up)


Berakah (yard work and clean-up)


Pittsfield Community Center (yard work)


Pittsfield Police Department (landscaping)


Thyng Memorial (yard work)


Vintage Hill (yard work and clean-up)


Each group of students had a PMHS staff and a student council member to help keep the work projects organized while they were being done.


Every organization, department, business and individual that benefited from the student’s work is extremely grateful. Pittsfield should be proud to have such involved and caring students at PMHS. 


The Pittsfield Middle High School continues to need your support and participation in making it second to none in educating our children.



PYW Summer Programming Updates

Submitted By Paula Martel, PYW Program Director


The Pittsfield Youth Workshop has finalized the 2015 summer schedule! A few of the fun and exciting trips we are planning include: Hilltop Fun  Center, a Red Sox game, Water Country, Museum of Science, Seacoast Science Ctr, hiking Mt. Major, Lost River & Boulder Caves, Six Flags N.E., kayaking and eight weeks of outdoor rock climbing. The Pittsfield Fire Department will be coming in to do a couple programs with the youth and Mr. Sherwood will have some woodworking projects for us to work on.


PYW’s drop-in center will be open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2-6 PM, unless otherwise noted, during the summer. On some Friday afternoons PYW will holding special activities. Check out the summer calendar or our website!


On Monday, June 15th, PYW will be holding an Open House from 4:00 to 6:00 PM for new youth and parents to check out the Drop-In Center, and for everyone to sign up for summer trips and/or activities (current PYW members will have the first opportunity to sign up for the summer trips).   Although this will not be the only time to sign up, we are suggesting that everyone who is interested in the summer programs stop by. Some trips fill up fast! PYW trips and activities are open to youth in grades six and up (that means youth who just finished 5th grade), from Pittsfield and the surrounding towns.  There are a lot of great opportunities this summer and we can’t wait to get started.


Yearly membership dues are $25 per child (maximum of $50 per family - no matter how many children participate) and runs each year from July to June. If you would like information on scholarships or need financial assistance, please stop by PYW and speak with Zach or Paula.



VA Begins Summer Of Service To Bolster Volunteer Assistance For Veterans

Calls Upon Individuals, Organizations and Communities to Serve Veterans in Nationwide Effort 

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan,Chaplain

American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75 Pittsfield


WASHINGTON, DC—The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced a new nationwide initiative designed to build upon its existing partnerships to grow the number of individuals and organizations serving Veterans in their communities. The Department is renewing its commitment to Veterans and embarking upon a “Summer of Service” that seeks the help of citizens across the country to honor that commitment.


“We have made progress over the past year addressing the challenges we face in delivering care and benefits to millions of Veterans and their families,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald.  “While there is more work to do to honor our sacred commitment to Veterans, we also recognize that VA cannot do it alone. We are asking Americans everywhere to join the Summer of Service and help us give back to those who have given so much to our nation.”


In the coming weeks, VA will be working closely with Congressional partners, Veterans Service Organizations, Mayors and local communities, private sector and non-profit organizations, and VA employees to identify new and innovative ways to support VA’s commitment to care for those who “have borne the battle” and their families. 


As part of VA’s Summer of Service, the Department has committed to holding an open house in VA facilities the week of June 28 to spur increased local engagement and welcome members of the community interested in supporting the needs of Veterans. VA has also established the following goals to achieve by Labor Day:


Increasing Volunteers: Committed to engaging with 100,000 volunteers to support care and benefits programs and local events.


Increasing Community Partners: Committed to expanding current agreements to provide services and support reaching more than 15,000 Veterans and family.


Recruiting Medical Professionals: Hiring clinicians and clinical support staff to further expand access to care and homelessness.


Congress: Host Congressional Members and Staffs at VA facilities across the country.


The Department has an outstanding volunteer program, which will be highlighted throughout the country this summer. VA will build upon the ongoing work of its more than 350,000 employees and 76,000 volunteers around the nation. While the central focus of the campaign will be increasing volunteerism and partnerships, it will also provide individuals and communities an opportunity to support other important priorities. Despite a hiring effort that brought more than 11,000 net new employees onboard over the past year, VA still needs more health care providers, claims specialists, medical support assistants, and cemetery directors to continue to expand needed services. VA’s partners can help by getting the word out this summer.


In the last year, VA has completed more than 46 million appointments, an increase of more than two million from the previous year.  Nearly 3 million Veterans received care in the private sector, an increase of more than 44 percent from the previous year.  The number of Veterans and Survivors receiving monthly compensation and pension benefits has increased to nearly 5 million.  In an effort to improve the Veteran’s customer service experience, VA has begun the most comprehensive re-organization in its history.  The initiative, called MyVA, has been guided by ideas and recommendations from Veterans, employees, and stakeholders. 


“There is no mission more noble than serving Veterans and their families. At VA, we constantly strive to improve the way we do our job,” said McDonald.  “State by state, community by community, person by person, there are a number of ways we can all come together to serve Veterans. From expanded partnerships with the private sector and non-profit organizations, to accelerating hiring, to celebrating the commitment of VA employees and volunteers – we need the help of communities everywhere to succeed.”


Volunteers can help to serve Veterans by visiting to find out the needs of your local VA facility. Follow #VASummerOfService on Vantage Point, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and join VA in caring for America’s Veterans.




Submitted By Terrie Azotea


Well, this past week at TOPS our KOPS best loser was Pat and our TOPS best loser was Claire. Kudos to those who also had a weight loss! We still have our Miss Angels, Suzie and Joyce, your so close ladies. We had Royality for the month and some awards were handed out to our best loser of the month: Joyce, Suzie, Peggy, and some blue flowers to those who also had weight loss.


Some of the tips for their weight loss were portion-control, fruit, taking the stairs, and the good old exercise.


We started a new contest that will be running for the month. We had fun doing a vocabulary crossword that Pat shared with us. This time of the year it helps to have the nice weather to get outside and walk and soon enough the veggies will be ready in our gardens. Another way to get exercise is working out in our yards. I don’t know about anyone else, but I sure have plenty to do and that is a lot of bending and moving around and it’s also enjoyable!


Thought for the day: “Enjoy what you have.” If anyone would like to join us, we meet on Tuesday nights at the Berakah on Fairview Rd. in Pittsfield at 5:30 for weigh-in and 6:30 for our meeting. Any questions please call Janis White at 603-491-5532 or Clair Coll at 603-435-7571. Well, I hope everyone has a good week and see you all lighter next week!



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Congratulations to Pittsfield Middle High School senior Matt Elsker who finished second in the Division 3 State Meets the weekend of May 30 where he competed in the pole vault competition. He had a score of 11’6. He competed the weekend of June 6 in the “Meet of Champions” for a chance to qualify for the New England’s.



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On Wednesday, May 27th, 3rd graders from Pittsfield Elementary School traveled to the Concord Pine Barrens to participate in the final part of the Kids for Karners program with New Hampshire Fish and Game personnel. Students walked around the Pine Barrens to learn more about the ecosystem and its inhabitants. They then had an opportunity to plant the wild blue lupines that have been growing from seed in the classrooms for the past 2 months. There was even a chance to spot a few Karner Blue Butterflies enjoying the existing lupine plants!



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In 1968 You Can’t Take it With You was performed by the Pittsfield Players, a theatrical group founded by the late Roland Charron.  Charron produced that show directed by Bob McCarthy, and starring Bob Feeney, Helen Charron and Maureen Van Horn. The Players are still going strong today and two of its board members will be special guests of  the Pittsfield Historical Society on Wednesday, June 10, 7 PM at the Scenic Theatre.  Maye Hart and Meggin Dail will talk of the Players history, the restoration projects at the theatre, changes made throughout the group’s 40-plus years, and perhaps spill the beans on some of the behind-the-scenes secrets.  You won’t want to miss this one!



Josiah Carpenter Library  News

2015 Summer Reading Program 


Readers of all ages are invited to join the Josiah Carpenter Library at the Scenic Theater on June 16th at 3:30 pm for the Hampstead Stage Company’s presentation of Robin Hood. Admission is free with a ticket and tickets are available at the library. The program commences the kick-off of the 2015 Summer Reading Program theme: “Every Hero has a Story.”  This summer the library will be offering six fun filled weeks of Summer Reading Activities for children of all ages. The following schedule gives parents an idea of what to expect:


Week One: July 9th Heroes Inside of Me~    Finding the Hero inside of you! 


Week Two: July 16th Heroes in My Community~ Firefighters, Policemen, Teachers, Selectmen         


Week Three: July 23rd Heroes in My Family~ Who is a hero in your family? Week Four: July 30th Folk Heroes through History~ Robin Hood, Pocahontas, Paul Bunyan


Week Five: August 6th Superheroes to the Rescue~ Famous Superheroes – Superman, Spiderman, Batman, Nemo Larry Frates, guest presenter-Cartoonist & Storyteller


Week Six: August13th  Heroes Save the World ~ Finale Famous heroes, environmental heroes, 


All programs run on Thursdays from 10:00-11:00 and 11:00- 12:00. The locations may vary, so if you are interested in having your child participate, please register them first and pick up a more detailed schedule at the library. Information about these programs will also be sent home from school. Children can participate on many different levels, so come when you can. The most important part of this program is to keep your child engaged in social and literary activities throughout the summer so they will be better prepared to return to school in the fall and to have some fun while doing so!


Robin Hood will be presented by the Hampstead Stage Company, a local theater group from Barnstead. This presentation was made possible through a Kids Books and the Arts grant, funding provided by the Jack and Dorothy Bryne Foundation, CHILIS, Cogswell Benevolent Trust, and is supported in part by a grant from the NH State Council on the Arts & National Endowment for the Arts, LISTA, and the Friends of the Josiah Carpenter Library. 


The Friends of the Josiah Carpenter library will be presenting a raffle at the Old Home Day celebration for a beautifully designed quilt made by president of the Friends, Paula Belliveau. The raffle of this quilt will help to provide books and supplies for our programs.



From The Desk Of The Pittsfield Town Administrator

Submitted By Michael Williams, Town Administrator


“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”  – John Adams; Boston Massacre Trials (4 December 1770).


Over the past few weeks we’ve heard tales of treachery, tyranny, and dictators who, from out of nowhere, plotted and schemed for dominion and control of the Town’s website.  In response, I simply offer you the following and ask that you compare these facts with the stories you’ve been hearing.  Every fact cited in this letter can be supported by documentation that I will gladly provide upon request. 


On May 28, 2014, I sent an email to the Chairman of the Website Committee asking to change the domain registration to our then, newly acquired domain address.  To this day, that request has been unfulfilled.


On August 25, 2014, the Chairman of the Website Committee and I engaged in an email conversation about trying to implement an email subscription service so the Town can send email alerts to interested residents, and about implementing an upgraded website. Mr. Wood said that the subscription service was not possible. Clayton further stated, in an email, that website upgrades are not the jurisdiction of the Select Board.


On November 14, 2014, I sent an email to the Chairman of the Website Committee asking again about using the new domain name.


On January 21, 2015, I sent an email to a member of the Website Committee who owns the servers on which the Town website is hosted asking for a third time about using the new domain name.


On March 12, 2015, I sent an email to the same member asking about any plan to redesign and upgrade the website to which he answered that “work will begin at some point in the coming year but still too early to say.”


At the April 21, 2015 Board of Selectmen meeting, the Chairman of the Website Committee stated that the committee could produce anything the Select Board wanted, however, when given the opportunity the Committee chose to question the Board’s motives rather than presenting a product.


Additionally, since August 2014 there have been approximately half-dozen face-to-face conversations between the Chairman of the Website Committee and myself to discuss the website which are not memorialized by emails or other writings.


What I do not know is whether any of the communication I had with the Chairman of the Website Committee was actually known to and discussed by the other members of the Committee.   The Website Committee is a Public Body under RSA 91-A, and as such is required to conduct its business according to the law.  The law requires that any action or decision by the committee be done only at properly noticed public meetings.  Records show that the Website Committee met only 4 times in the last two and a half years.


The old Town website has worked very well for 8 years and is a valuable resource, and we are very grateful for the hard work and effort provided by the volunteers.  But the truth is that the Board of Selectmen and I have attempted for over a year to work with the Website Committee but we were not successful.








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