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Pittsfield NH News

July 1, 2015

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Congratulations to Irene Nissen Vogt of Pittsfield who has been named to the Dean’s List at Clemson University for the spring 2015 semester.


Vogt’s major is Industrial Engineering.


To be named to the Dean’s List, a student achieved a grade-point average between 3.50 and 3.99 on a 4.0 scale.



Pittsfield Old Home Day Annual Cook-Off 

There is still time to register for the Cook-Off.  Show off your BEST BERRY PIE! 


The Cook-Off for the Pittsfield Old Home Day this year is Best Berry Pie.   This event is sponsored by the Victory Workers 4-H Club.  Anyone and everyone is invited to submit their best Berry (any kind of berry) Pie and bring it to the 4-H Booth at Dustin Park by 9am on Sat, July 11.  The winners will be selected by the public by popular vote.  Cash prizes will be awarded:  1st- $75; 2nd- $50, and 3rd- $25.  The first 10 cooks to call will be registered.  Please call Andi Riel at 435-6346 to register.



Congratulations to Jennifer Tyrell, of Pittsfield who has been named to the dean’s list at Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Md., for outstanding academic achievement for the spring 2015 semester.


To be eligible for the dean’s list, a student must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours and earn a cumulative semester grade point average of at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale.



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The Friday Night Kayaking Club paddles every Friday night at 6 PM at a different local site.  On June 19 a record 16 kayaks, including two small children and a the group’s mascot dog, Bella, paddled Chestnut Pond in Epsom. To learn where you can join the group this Friday, visit the group’s web site: See you this Friday!




Dear American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75 members


You have received your letter from District 5 Commander Richard Dube and Adjutant Gerard Le Duc advising us of our status within the American Legion Department of New Hampshire.  This is just to remind you that there will be no meeting on our scheduled date of Monday, July 6, 2015.  It will be held on the SECOND MONDAY, July 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm.  The meeting will consist of Nomination, Election and Installation of officers for the year 2015-2016.  No one will be allowed in after 7:30 pm and you MUST bring in your current (2015) membership card.  If you do not have your membership card or receipt showing you paid your 2015 dues, you will not be allowed in the Post home which means you will not be allowed to hold an office in the Post.


As a concerned member of Peterson—Cram Post 75, I am worried about the possible outcome if not enough members show up. Please, I urge you to remember no meeting on July 6th.  Instead I will see you on July 13, 2015.  If you have any questions, call Merrill Vaughan at 603-344-0264.


For God and Country

Merrill A. Vaughan, Concerned Member

American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75



American Legion Post 88 News

Submitted By Commander Shawn Jones


At our May meeting we had 14 members in attendance. 


We discussed the upcoming Memorial Day parade. Members had the chance to check out our new portable public address system (P.A.) that was used the day of the parade. If there is an organization out there such as the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H or Lions for example who can use such a system for events please contact me to borrow it.


I advised the members that I had lined up Amanda Letendre from Epsom to come and sing at our Memorial Day Parade because Kathy Laffrro was unable to attend this year. I made an announcement that the John O’Cate Memorial Van was in need of volunteers and since most of our members are retired they may be able to assist. One member who was present did express an interest in becoming a volunteer and was advised to contact Barbara Cate.


Myself and Michael Hartt where voted in as delegates to the up coming 97th Annual Convention we will be represent Post 88 for the three day convention voting for new Department Officers and potential changes to the Legion Constitution. Lastly we discussed bidding on the property located at 45 S Village Rd. Members vote to move forward and bid on this property. We put a cap on bidding of $75,000 and I would be the one bidding on the property. I asked all members to please come out on auction day and support our post. 


At our June meeting we had 16 members in attendance. 


We first discussed the Memorial Day Parade and the need to make some changes to the line up of parade participants. Sr. V-Cmdr. Gary Tasker and I will hammer out some changes and bring these before the membership to discuss. We also discussed about putting in a separate add in the May Ledger announcing the date and time of the 2016 parade. All members felt the parade was well attended and was well executed. Everyone that we heard from enjoyed the wonderful singing voice of Amanda and her choice of songs. We thank her for helping us out this year. A bill for $795.00 was sent to the Selectman’s office to help pay for flags and the Merrimack Valley High School Band. We also want to thank all the groups that come out year after year and march in the parade with us. They include the Loudon PD, Loudon FD, Boy Scout Troop 247, Cub Scout Pack 247, Girl Scouts, Veteran’s of Foreign Wars (VFW), Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and the MVHS Band who did a wonderful job again this year lead by Music Direct Margaret Oswald.


Next we discussed our newly acquired post home that is located at 45 S Village St. across the street from the Loudon Village Store. It was explained to the membership that upon arriving on auction day June 2nd we realized from the number of interested bidders that the Legion was going to need to up its cap on bidding to $100,000 maximum. We took a voice vote that morning to authorize the higher max bid amount of $75,000 to $100,000. We successfully came in below that amount with a winning bid of $97,000. We put a deposit down that morning and the next step is for me to meet with an Attorney handling the closing of the property to pay the balance and acquire the deed to the building so we may begin the process of renovations. We will be forming a building committee to evaluate our needs and come up with a interior and exterior design for the building. We’ll be looking for people to help us with our new building construction and will be looking for donations of time, money and building material. Gary Tasker of Tasker Landscaping LLC has already said his company will donate the time and material to landscape the property as well as maintain it in the future. Long time member and Past Commander Jim Dyment was present with his daughter and granddaughter. Jim and his wife Sandy made a generous donation to our building fund in the amount of $10,000. I was overwhelmed with their generosity and this money will go along way to refurbishing the property.


Post 88 wants to thank BS Troop 257 for the work they did on our new flag collection box which can be found outside of Charlie’s Barn. I will periodically be checking this and removing unserviceable flags for final honors. The Loudon Transfer Station also has a drop off box in the main office. 


Our Commander’s Fund Raffle winners for May where: $50-c.Ouellette,$25-K.Allen,$10-A.Hight,$10-J.Leduc & $5-C.Riccio. 


June’s winners where: $50-S.Hargreaves,$25-B.Broadman,$10-R.Denis,$10-D.Lowe & $5-C.Ives. Congratulations all of our winners. 


We’ve had a few members renew late this year and our current membership is at 90.79%.  Have a Happy and Safe Independence Day on July 4th.  We wish everyone a safe and happy summer.


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Cmdr Jones & singer Amanda Letendre after the Memorial Day Parade 


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BS Troop 257 with the new Legion flag collection box. Pictured from left to right. Dave Zarges (Navy uniform), Leader John Decato, Shawn Jones and Mike Moffett (Marine uniform).


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AL parade stopping for ceremony at bridge. 


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From left to right: Jennifer Pfeifer, Bob Ordway, Gary Tasker & Alex Pfeifer relaxing before the parade starts.


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Jim Dyment presents Post Commander Jones with a check for $10,000 to help with building renovations.



Letter To The Editor


We at the Food Pantry wish to thank all the different organizations, churches, companies, and patrons who have helped us through the years. Without you, we could not have survived.


At this time, we are in need of volunteers to help us in our daily work on Mondays from 11 AM-2 PM and 4-6 PM, and Thursdays from 11 AM-2 PM.


We are also looking for one person or a pair to take over the running of the Food Pantry. Ruth would like to retire. The work is not hard, taking about 9 hours a week to operate the Food Pantry. If interested, please call Ruth Strickhart at 435-7013 or Rev. David Stasiak, church - 435-7471, home - 435-0083, cell - 545-8990.


Please think it over and please help us out.


Food Pantry Board



From the Desk of the Town Administrator

Submitted By Michael Williams


As I conclude my final week as your Town Administrator, I would like to sincerely thank those who have supported me and given me the chance to serve the Town of Pittsfield.  I am very proud of the accomplishments we’ve made over the last year:  At the forefront, I am most proud that we hired Chief Cain to lead the Pittsfield Police Department.  He is the perfect man for the job and I wish him continued success for many years! A close second is supporting the excellent employees of the Town.  They have a well-deserved contract after several years without one.  I will miss working with each and every one of them. 


I’m proud to have brought some positive change to the downtown. We removed a couple unsightly structures on Depot Street and I hope the trend continues at 42 Chestnut St.   Work on the Safe Routes To School program continues and within the year the Town should have some new sidewalks and roads near the schools.


We privatized the Waste Water Treatment Facility and streamlined operations.  And while it may not be evident now, considerable behind-the-scenes effort is being conducted for upgrades to the facility as well as the sewer system throughout the downtown.  


Additionally, I would like to welcome the Interim Town Administrator, Earle “Sandy” Wingate. Attorney Wingate has agreed to step into the role of TA and he brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge which will benefit the Town and keep the progress on-track.


Finally, to my handful of very vocal detractors, I sincerely wish you the best of luck.  My greatest disappointment has been your argumenta ad hominem rather than a rational discussion based on facts. Despite that, I am sure that residents throughout the region recognize the vital role that your collective voice plays in preserving Pittsfield’s reputation as a unique community.  



Letter To The Editor


“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4).


As I read the unenthusiastic letters in the paper week after week, I am disheartened to witness the hurling of stones at one another simply because individual preferences are not being accommodated. “He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him” (Proverbs 18:13). Some of the decisions being made by those in positions of authority are not haphazard. After years of forums and discussions, progressive steps are being taken to clean up our downtown, promote economic development and encourage a family safe environment in Pittsfield.


While progress moves slowly at times, much has been accomplished over the years through the endless efforts of town officials, board members, town personnel and volunteer citizens. New business(s) has been established. Existing companies have expanded and/or locally relocated; one in particular successfully rebuilt after a devastating fire. Dilapidated buildings have been torn down and properties cleaned up. The demand for welfare assistance has significantly lessened. Drugs are effectively being taken off of our streets. I thank the Lord for these improvements and will continue to pray.


Perhaps it’s time to stop having tunnel vision or approaching life with the infamous, “How does this affect me” attitude and start looking from the perspective of how it might generally benefit our community. I wholeheartedly support the on-going efforts of the Board of Selectmen and Chief of Police as they take strides in not only removing crime from downtown Pittsfield but also enforcing laws that have been willfully ignored by some for way too long. Thank you to all who serve our community.


Always to His glory,

Linda Small




Old Home Day Silent Auction

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Once again, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church will be hosting its popular  silent auction during Pittsfield’s Old Home Day on Saturday, July 11, from 9  AM to 2 PM.  The auction is open, as well, on Friday evening from 4 PM to 7  PM, so come on down and bid early.  You may leave a backup bid and your phone number with the auction staff if you cannot be present at the close of the auction at 2 PM on Saturday when the high bidders are announced.


Check out linens, furniture, tools, dolls, artwork, and a variety of collections and gift certificates.  Some highlights are a ladies’ Tourneau stainless steel case and bracelet watch, a Theodore Havilland Limoges covered casserole dish, Norman Rockwell plates, Red Sox tickets, and the  lovely painting pictured here.


St. Stephen’s Church is located in the center of the Old Home Day activity  at 50 Main Street next to Dustin Park, so enjoy the car show on Saturday  morning and be sure to stop in and make your bids!



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Pittsfield’s Old Home Day Kid’s Bike Parade


It’s time once again for Pittsfield’s Old Home Day Bike Parade. All kids with a bike, trike, wagon or wheels of any type, are encouraged to enter.  The parade starts at 12:15 on Main Street in front of Dustin’s Park. There’s no cost to enter, simply decorate your bike and join us on Saturday, July 11th @ 12:15 PM in front on the viewing stand on Main Street– it’s that simple and you may just take home a prize!


Hope to see you there!!





To the good citizens of Pittsfield and Northwood,

My family, like many others in our towns, has been infected with crystal meth and heroin. I’m not happy.


I have started a No Mo Meth campaign. Too many people throughout the history of our towns have given everything they could and left us these two connected and beautiful towns.


We can’t win this war. Heroin, with the help of a good chemist, no longer needs poppies to manufacture. It will be cheaper than a candy bar soon. However, this is within our power to do something about it.


We are looking to raise and arm to do something about this scourge. So far, there are ten of us. Young people from the Park St. Baptist Church who eat with us at Soup Night and three young girls and their driver from town have committed to fighting back, plus the help from the people on the street, the police need our help. How about a hot line to report meth activity?


We are at war. Wake up, enlist now.


Dan Schroth Piermarocchi



Finding Peace, Serenity, And Purpose

Red Blazer Restaurant • 72 Manchester St., Concord • 224-4101

Thursday July 16th 2015

11:30AM - 1 :30PM


Featuring : Jane Hinkle, “Finding Peace And Serenity While Being Pampered In The Beauty Of Nature.”


Jane is the owner and proprietor of the Tea Rose Inn, which is a beautiful and quaint bed and breakfast establishment nestled in the sleepy little town of Plymouth, NH, surrounded by the beauty of the White Mountains.


Special speaker: Betty Stone. Betty tells how she found peace and purpose in the hurts of the past.


$20.00 • Program, 3 Course Lunch, Tax & Tip included. All Are Welcome. For Reservations call Wendy 485-7446, Diane 798-5819 or Dolores 545-1780.


Reservations by July 13th • Cancellations are required.


Sponsored by Concord Christian Women’s Connection & Stonecroft Ministries (non-profit).




Submitted By Terrie Azotea


The past couple of weeks have been busy at TOPS starting with our KOPS best loser two weeks ago, Mickey, and our TOPS best loser was Joyce. This past week our KOPS was Irene and our TOPS was Suzie. Great job ladies!


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We had gone to a inspiration workshop that was a lot of fun and we are now running a new contest. We had a guest, Jolene, who came and showed different ways to use a hula hoop for exercise.


All KOPS this past week had a big loss without any gains. Kudos to the KOPS! As we all know, it’s even harder to keep the weight off as it is to lose it! One of our TOPS members presented a fabulous program. Every week we try to have some form of information that is helpful and some fun too.


We would like to invite anyone to come sit in on a meeting to see what we are all about. You don’t need an invite, just stop by on a Tuesday night at the Berakah at 6:30. We would love to meet new faces. We had a new member join a couple of weeks ago and we welcome her.


Please call Janis White at 603-491-5532 or Claire coll at 435-7271 with any questions! Hope everyone has a good week and will see you all lighter next week!



Quilt Display At The Clothes Closet

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The Clothes Closet received a surprise donation of handmade quilts made by students in Rebecca Towle’s “Learning Studios” at PMHS, thanking us for service to the community.  The quilts will eventually be sold but are currently on display at the shop for visitors to see the unique handiwork created by these very special kids. 



Pittsfield Players Present The Rockin’ Daddios In Concert At The Scenic Theatre

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The Rockin’ Daddios perform at the Scenic Theatre on Friday, July 10 at 7:30 pm.


Kick off your Old Home Days weekend in Pittsfield with a rousing concert by The Rockin’ Daddios on Friday, July 10 at 7:30 pm at The Scenic Theatre, 6 Depot Street, Pittsfield, NH. Tickets are $12 per person and are available in advance at Jitters Restaurant on Main Street in Pittsfield or at the door at the time of the performance.


The Rockin’ Daddios were named Best of NH 2015 by New Hampshire magazine and will be performing great music from the fifties and sixties. From The Rockin’ Daddios facebook page comes the following description of this great group:


“The music of the fifties and sixties conjures up many special memories for those of us commonly referred to as Baby Boomers. Music from a bygone era, these tunes bring us back to a more innocent time of our lives when kids didn’t grow up as fast and the influence of the media was not as prevalent. The Rockin’ Daddios bring back some of the best loved songs of the late fifties and early sixties sung in a doo wop style with the accent on harmonies and fun lyrics. You’ll hear songs like “Book of Love,” “Blue Moon,” “Teenager in Love,” and “Little Star,” to name a few. The songs are family friendly and guaranteed to warm your heart and bring a smile to your face.


Inspired from vastly popular “Men’s Medley” originally featured in Irene Descehenes’ “Moments to Remember I and II,” 50’s reviews, the Rockin’ Daddios consist of Lakes Region residents Jim Rogato, Bo Guyer and Angelo Gentile, who have been performing together in various shows and reviews for well over 10 years. Collectively, their community theater experience spans six decades! And the group now features the vocals and guitar magic of Drew Seneca. So sit back, relax and enjoy the Rockin’ Daddios. Their music will make you smile.


Rush seating only on the night of the concert, so get your tickets early and come to the theater early for the best seats. Doors open at 6:30 pm on the night of the concert.




Elliott J. Small


Elliott J. Small, 79, of Lake Worth, FL passed away peacefully at home on June 19, 2015 following a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease.


Elliott was born on May 2, 1936 in Pittsfield, NH the youngest son of John W. and Florence (Arlin) Small. Elliott served in the United States Air Force from 1955-1959. In 1961 he married Margaret “Peggy” Greenough of Concord, NH.


Elliott moved to Sanford, ME in 1965 where he worked for Sprague Electric. In 1984 Elliott and his family moved to Lake Worth, FL where he was employed by Phillips Electronics until his retirement.


He is lovingly survived by his wife of 54 years, Peggy Small of Lake Worth, FL; his children, Elliott “Jay” and Wendy (Nozato) Small of Parkland, FL, and their children, Christian, Jordan, and Kaelan; Jean E. Small of Arlington, VA and her children, Nicholas and Kristen Dugre; James A. Small of Lauderhill, FL and his daughter, Isabel; and Jennifer S. and Edward M. Kilian of Greenacres, FL, and their children Kory and Emma; and his sisters Christine Avery, Rachel Wade, and Nancy Anderson; as well as many nieces, nephews and dear friends.


Elliott is pre-deceased by his parents John and Florence Small and siblings Gardner Small, Marjorie Fulton, Lawrence Small, Virginia Delisle, Barbara Wyman, Shirley Noyes, George Small, Jo-Ann Mogensen, and Elizabeth Ascani.


Known for being a gentle man, Elliott was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church of Lake Worth for 27 years. Elliott was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. He enjoyed playing tennis, spending time with family, and summers in his beloved NH. He maintained his amazing sense of humor and gracious appreciation for those that cared for him until the very end.


A Funeral Service was held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Lake Worth, Fl on Thursday, June 25th.


In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Elliott’s memory either to Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33409 or St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 100 N. Palm Way, Lake Worth, FL 33460.








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