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July 29, 2015

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Athletic Hall Of Fame


The nomination deadline has been extended to August 1st.  If you are interested in submitting a nomination, please go to the school website or contact Jay Darrah, PMHS Athletic Director, at [email protected].



Suncook Valley Soccer Club registration is open until August 1st.  Forms can be printed from or Forms are also available at Bell Brothers. Email [email protected] with questions.



A benefit Dance is being held on Friday, August 7th, from 7-11 p.m. at the Epsom Elks to help raise money for medical expenses for Baby Hayden. Hayden was born with Down Syndrome and a Congenital Heart Condition (full Atrioventricular Canal Defect) that will require her in the next month or so to have open heart surgery. Medical expenses add up quickly even for this hard working family. Please help out this local family in this difficult time. Mike and Caitlin Shultz would greatly appreciate it. There will be a DJ, raffles, appetizers and a cash bar. Tickets are $20 each or $35 for a couple. Please contact Tammy Montambeault for more information or to purchase tickets [email protected] or 566-5771.



The South Pittsfield Friends Church will be open on Sunday, August  2nd with Henry Frost as the speaker.  Services begin at 1:00 pm and all  are welcome.


The church will also hold services on August 9th with  Nancy Talbott as the speaker and on August 16th with Harold Muzzey as the speaker.  All services begin at 1:00 pm unless otherwise noted.



Congratulations to Felin Hernandez of Pittsfield, graduated from Franklin Pierce University in the  spring of 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences.


Hernandez was named to the Dean’s Honor’s List for the spring semester by  maintaining a term grade point average of at least 3.85 on a scale of four.



Yard Sale


The Pittsfield Beautification Committee will be holding a yard sale on Saturday, August 1, 2015 from 8am-1pm at the Aranosian Lot, across from Rite Aid.  


The committee is looking for clean donations, no clothing please. If you are interested in donating any items please contact Paula at 435-8029.


All proceeds will go to the re-landscaping of the Aranosian Lot.



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The Friday Night Kayaking Club meets at a different lake, pond, river every friday night during the summer. On July 17, the group paddled Lower Suncook Lake in Barnstead. Everyone is welcome. Just show up at this week’s location. Visit our Web Site for group information and details on this friday’s paddle.



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Pittsfield Players’ Scenic Theatre Sign Is Down for Repair


Many thanks to AJ O’Hara and his crew from NH Electrical Coop who made short work of taking down the Scenic Theatre sign with two bucket trucks. They’ll be back to put the sign up as soon as it’s repainted and new sign rigging is installed. AJ saw our plea for help in the Suncook Valley Sun and came to the rescue. Thank you so much for helping out!



American Legion Post 88 News

Submitted By Shawn Jones, Commander


To my Legion Family, 

Our January meeting was very well attended with sixteen members present. I gave a brief report regarding the 97th Annual Convention. Congratulations to John Graham for becoming our newest Department Commander. His fund raiser project this year is the American Legion National Emergency Fund or NEF, He also wants to work on strengthening our membership and increasing training of officers within the Department of NH. Also while at the convention I was sworn in as Senior Vice Commander of District 5. Commander Graham has asked me to serve on two committees this year. One being Children and Youth and the other, Community Service. Hopefully I will learn a thing or two about these Legion programs that I will be able to bring back to our post and implement similar programs locally to better serve our town. Your post won the Department Cub Scout Pack Achievement Award for Scout Craft & Community Service. Thank you Cub Scout Pack 247 for all of your accomplishments in 2014 & 2015.


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Cub Scout Award


We would like to welcome our newest member Mark Brogan a veteran of the Air Force & NHARNG. We look forward to having him on board with our post and seeing him in the future. Thanks also goes out to recruiters Roy Fancy and Dave Zarges for talking to Mark about our organization. Our current membership level is 93.42% and we need five members to make our goal of 100% membership. We’ve sadly have had a few members non renewing this year and despite my best efforts they still have not renewed or have contacted me with their concerns. Thanks to those of you that have already sent in your renewal notices for 2016. National as begun to send out the 2016 renewal notices, please send in your dues payment of $25.00 ASAP. I sure would like to see us make 100% membership by January 1st so that we can receive an award at next year’s convention.


Once again we have our dates set for the Lakes Region Casino in Belmont. The dates are 9/9-9/18 please patronize this establishment as it will help your post bring in much needed revenue. The charitable gaming proceeds is our biggest fund raiser. We pay for a ten day license which allows the casino to run games and in turn we get a percentage of each days take on those games. For more information contact either Larry Elliot or Joe Piroso. We owe them a thanks that we are able to do this year after year.


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Future home of American Legion Post 88.


We have formed a building Committee that will work on the design and remodeling of our new post location. The members are Gary Tasker, Shane Labonte, Stan Prescott, Bob Ordway and myself. We’ll choose a chairman who will report back to members at the August meeting with some ideas that we can move forward on. The committee will meet as needed to move the process along. The Committee will also be responsible for contacting the various town boards and departments to make sure we have the proper permits submitted and inspections completed. Larry Elliot will contact Home Depot and Lowe’s to open up accounts with them so that we can obtain materials and receive a Veteran’s discount. 

We would like to thank the Town of Loudon for reimbursing the Legion for $795.00 to offset some of our Memorial Day Parade expenses. 


Our Commander’s Fund Raffle winners for July where: $50-K.Fisher,$25-G.Tasker,$10-G. Cole.,$10-H.Paradie & $5-R.Smith. Congratulations to our winners. 


I hope you all have a great rest of the summer, I know I’m looking forward to some camping in Maine during the month of August with my wife, Jenn, and our dog, Jada. Make sure you attend Old Home Day, the committee works hard to make the event a success year after year. Let people you meet know you belong to the Legion and who knows you might meet a veteran who is in need of some assistance or would like to become a member. It’s going to be a great year for our little post having a place to call home again. Our next meeting will be on August 19th at 1900 hours at Charlie’s Barn. Hope to see you there.



Pittsfield Listens Now Accepting Application for the Family & Community Engagement Working Group


Pittsfield Listens is working in collaboration with the Pittsfield School District (PSD) to increase students’ success through a thriving Family-School Partnership, with the hope of strengthening this partnership through use of the Dual Capacity-Building Framework (DCF). Pittsfield Listens will coordinate a Family and Community Engagement Working Group comprised of parents, family, youth, and teachers/staff to research DCF, develop an implementation plan, and outreach to district and community stakeholders with the goal of building understanding of DCF in the PSD and wider community. The Working Group offers diverse and tiered leadership opportunities with a stipend.  Application Deadline is Friday August 7.  To learn more about the working group opportunity, how to apply, and about the DCF and its use in districts across the country, visit


Pittsfield Listens works with youth, parents, family, and community members to improve civic capacity and contribute to the redesign of education in the town of Pittsfield, NH. Since 2011, we have worked to reclaim, redesign, and reinvigorate the way our community and its schools make progress. Pittsfield Listens is a civic engagement project of the Pittsfield Youth Workshop.



The Same Old Pittsfield, Or Is It?

Submitted By The Pittsfield Economic Development Committee


The statement that nothing changes in Pittsfield is the furthest thing from the truth! The Economic Development Committee would like to introduce you to the real Pittsfield.


Within the past six years at least 15 companies have moved into, or opened up in Pittsfield:


Liberty Machine - (Builds or refurbishes boilers) Moved from the Manchester area.


Sage Wellness - (Provides spa and therapeutic massage).


Life’s Little Pleasures - (Makes dry soup mixes, dips, rubs, etc.) This is their second shop. The other is in the Manchester area.


Atlantic Safety Products - (Distributes latex gloves around the country) Moved from Massachusetts. 


Legacy Medical Solutions - (Manufactures titanium surgical kits, parts and equipment)


Luckern Steel - (Steel fabrication) Set up business in a vacant building on Broadway St.


INOFAB - (Steel fabrication of entrance awnings to hospitals, hotels, etc.) Moved into the empty pallet company building off of Broadway St.


Jitters Café - A Main Street fixture for almost six years.


Pro Point - (Building restoration company) Purchased the Union Block and is in the process of renovating it.


Family Dollar - Built new store where Twin M grocery store used to be.


Epping Well & Pump - Opened a second store on Main St. The other is in Epping, NH.


Silva Threads and Fabric - Opened a shop on Carroll St.


Molly’s Tavern - Renovated outside and inside of 32 Main St. However, due to business issues had to close its doors. But, it is now a quality location for another business to move into.


Mike’s Meats - Retail located at what was Heath’s Flower & Gift Shop.


In addition to these new businesses, several have expanded:

Darrah Enterprises - (Landscaping, etc.) Built a large structure on Barnstead Rd.


Osborne Transportation - Moved from Barnstead Rd. to Rt. 107 across Rt. 28, expanding his business.


Barry Podmore - (Manufactures micro parts for medical, electronic and computer equipment) Their building and employment has doubled in size.


Kentek - (Manufactures laser safety equipment) They moved from Elm St. to the empty Eclipse building on Broadway St. It has been totally renovated.


Noble Spirit - (Buys and sells rare coins and stamps) The owner moved from his residence to a under utilized building on Concord Hill Rd.


Rustic Crust - (Manufactures flatbread pizza and sauce) Due to the fire that leveled the original building, a new, larger,  up-to-date building was built, expanding their capacity.


New England Mechanical Overlay (NEMO) - Built a large facility on Barnstead Rd. They recently purchased the previously state owned property adjacent to them and plans on building a welding school for their employees (with possible expansion to include non-employees).


The physical appearance of Pittsfield is also changing:

A Public Works salt and sand shed was built at the town gravel pit off from Dowboro Rd. (Long term plan is to move all of Public Works operation to that location).


The exposed foundations at 14 Depot St. have been removed and a gravel parking area is now there. (After approximately 15 years as a safety issue).


The burned out building at 8 Depot St. has been torn down. That unsafe structure had been there for approximately 20 years.


The unsafe house at 79 Tilton Hill Rd. (tax deeded) was removed last year.


A walking trail was created behind the elementary school by a boy scout as his Eagle Scout project. (Hopes are that a trail running from the Babe Ruth Baseball Fields on Tilton Hill Rd. will be created to connect with this one).


Highway directional signs have been placed at various locations on Rt. 28 and corresponding signs in town provide directions to Pittsfield restaurants.


A grant enabled the building of a children’s playground at Drake’s Field.


The town received grant money for a Safe Routes To School project. Next year a statute compliant sidewalk will be constructed on Tilton Hill Rd. (from Catamount Rd. up to Berry Ave.) and along Berry Ave up to the PMHS. Along with this project Berry Ave. will be rebuilt and paved.


Finally, a couple of significant events have and are occurring:

The Conservation Commission made a donation to Bear Paw (a conservation organization) that resulted in the completion of their fund-raising efforts for the creation of a several hundred acre conservation area next to Wild Goose Pond. The area encompasses land in Strafford, Barnstead and Pittsfield. As a result Pittsfield has become a member of this organization. Another result is that property owners on or near Wild Goose Pond are in the process of having their land designated as a conservation easement.


The Beautification Committee, Pittsfield Historical Society, Hanging Flower Basket group (lead by Donna Keeley), and Police Station and Town Hall flower/plants continue to beautify Pittsfield.


The Economic Development Committee (EDC) sponsors quarterly All Board and Committee Forums. These are designed to improve communications between boards, committees and members of these. They also have important discussions on Pittsfield’s downtown, Rt. 28 development, expansion of water and sewer, broadband capacity and accessibility, etc.


The public is ALWAYS invited to attend. The next one is scheduled for Wednesday, September 16th. Stay tuned for more information.


The EDC has been working hard to make a difference in Pittsfield. Much of what we a striving to accomplish takes a lot of time researching information ,and contacting people and businesses. Our committee now has only five appointed members. We are all volunteers making sacrifices for the town we love. There is currently four vacancies. If you want to help us in our mission to “promote and improve the economic quality of life for the citizens of Pittsfield” we urge you to join us in making Pittsfield a place where young and old want to live. Please attend our next meeting on Wednesday, August 13th, 6:30pm at the town hall.


Pittsfield is on the move.



Letter To The Editor

Parking Ban/Citizens of Pittsfield


I wanted  people to know that I, for one, was at the Selectmen’s meeting the night the parking ban was initiated.  The Police Chief presented it to the Selectboard and they agreed with one hesitation of one selectboard memeber at first.  Nobody did their homework on this. Shame on them all.


The Police Chief presented this and stated Concord has the same policy about NO PARKING OVER NIGHT YEAR ROUND. Looking into this myself, Concord did away with this policy January 2008.  When I called the Concord ordinance dept, and asked Why?, it was stated to me the reason being, that when the old houses were getting made into apartment buildings, they knew it needed the parking spaces, so that the ONLY RESTRICTIONS are snow EMERGENCY times.  NO OTHER TIMES AS STATED AT THAT MEETING.  I thought we lived in a small community??  Why are we different than the city??


When the parking ban went into effect due to snowstorms, wasn’t that something that needed to be voted on at Town Meeting?  How can this just be adjusted,  legally??  I can’t believe the MICRO-MANAGING THAT IS HAPPENING.  Does anyone else see this??  What is next?? 




Paul Rogers,

business owner/taxpayer 



Walmart Foundation Awards Grant to

New Hampshire Coalition of Aging Services 


The New Hampshire Coalition of Aging Services (NHCAS) is pleased to announce the receipt of a $50,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation and its State Giving Advisory Council. These funds will assist in providing 36,000 meals to 2,900 isolated seniors and disabled adults in six New Hampshire counties via the member agencies’ Meals on Wheels programs.


The Walmart Foundation State Giving Team wrote to the NHCAS: “Your organization is doing important work in the communities you serve, and we are proud to support you in your efforts. Thank you for expanding our mission and joining us in fighting hunger and improving nutrition, creating economic opportunities, and strengthening communities through support of local causes.”


Pam Jolivette, Director of Elder Services of Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc., said, “This generous grant from the Walmart Foundation will aid us tremendously as we provide older and disabled adults in our communities with access to nutritious food and reliable safety checks from trained Meals on Wheels drivers. Government funding does not cover the full cost of a meal and requires substantial fundraising on the part of the agencies that run Meals on Wheels programs, so contributions like this one are essential.”


NHCAS is a collaboration among five non-profit agencies that are dedicated to improving the lives of older and disabled adults in New Hampshire. NHCAS members offer services over six counties: Belknap, Carroll, Coos, Grafton, Hillsborough, and Merrimack. This service area includes more than 50% of the state’s population. Last year, coalition agencies served more than 820,000 Meals on Wheels to 4,900 New Hampshire residents. NHCAS members are the Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Grafton County Senior Citizens Council, Ossipee Concerned Citizens, St. Joseph Community Services, and Tri-County Community Action Program. 


NHCAS member agencies share the long-term vision of a community where older and disabled adults are able to live independently, are treated with respect and dignity, and have access to resources to meet fundamental needs.  



Saved From The Shredder Yet Destined For Recyling

By E. F. “S.” Wingate, Third, I.T.A.


Interested correspondents and other sports fans will remember last week’s puzzler, the Estate which isn’t an Estate but owns some land in town, at risk for tax deed. Well, detectives, step up for your Junior Ranger badges! There’s rumored to be two! Count ‘em two! Davises living in Pembroke (of all places), related to Olin. Haven’t rung the bell yet, but we’re gainin’ on ‘er.


This week’s issue: Constipation. You may have noted the hole in Elm Street. This came from the digging. To get to piping. Which had The Plug. 


George said, “4 feet of grease.” Pipe was blocked tight with 4 feet of white grease.  A pipe which had flowed like the mighty Merrimack since time immemorial (or 1976, give or take). 


The gentleman (he certainly was that, and it was appreciated) came in with a request: Could he be paid back the 17 grand or so he paid to pluck the pipe and clear the clog? After all, it’s a sewer pipe. Problem is, there’s sewer pipes and there’s sewer pipes. Our Ordinance says that the Town owns the Main. The owners own the branches. This was a branch. This branch has, I understand, 7 (lucky 7) properties on it. The gentleman SHOULD get help from the people he himself helped.


But 17 grand is 17 grand. And lawyers are always game. (Ask me how I know.)


Speaking of sewer thingies, I learned some this week. Did you know that if you’re hooked to the sewer and you don’t have Aqueduct water, it is perfectly possible to escape a sewer bill? Possible, but we learned, illegal. So I called the Department of Redundancy Department, Coagulator Meter Valves Unit, and voila! Got the answer! So peeps, if you’re on the sewer and the sewer bill is generated by the water you use, and there’s no record of water use because you have a private well, yer gonna get a letter. Because the Ordinance says you gotta have a meter.


Two complaints this week, both about the same thing, different ends of town. Junky properties. I think it’s rude to leave a bunch of junk out on your lawn where people have to look at it. But illegal? We’re still workin’ on that. (Do NOT come to my house with a camera. Just don’t.)


Coming up next month: Free sidewalks = no squashed kids. Keep those cards and letters comin’. 








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