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Pittsfield NH News

August 5, 2015

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The South Pittsfield Friends Church will be open on Sunday, August 9th with Rev. Nancy Talbott as the speaker.  Service begins at 1:00 pm.  All are welcome to attend.  Services will also be held on August 16th with Harold Muzzey as the speaker, and the Quakers will hold their quarterly meeting service on August 30th.  Everyone is welcome to attend all services.



Pittsfield Listens Now Accepting Applications

for Family & Community Engagement Working Group


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



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The Friday Night Kayaking Club meets at a different lake, pond, river every friday night during the summer. On July 24 ten kayaks launched at Harvey Lake in Northwood.   To learn where you can join the group this Friday, visit the group’s web site: See you this Friday - just show up! 

Add yourself to the group’s mailing list - get on the list by emailing [email protected] - or visit the web site.



World-Famous Organist In Concert

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“Mark Thallander is a free-lance organist” is how one biographer begins his description of Mark. It goes on to say that Mark is probably best known for his long and distinguished music ministry at the Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove, Cal., the largest congregation affiliated with the Reformed Church in America.


He has enjoyed a long and extensive career as an organist, composer and author and has maintained many associations with universities and churches throughout the world.


It is about 12 years now that while returning to his friend’s home in Maine after playing at a Worcester, Mass. church service, Mark was involved in a horrific car accident that almost took his life, but in the end took his left arm. Believing his career as an organist to be over, he relied on God to guide his future – a future ultimately filled with hope and beauty. To read more about Mark Thallander, visit his website:


The First Congregational Church, 24 Main St, Pittsfield, is delighted to welcome Mark Thallander and his colleague Dr. Peter Green in concert to play the one-of-a-kind 1877 Wilson W. Ricker organ and Hallet & Davis grand piano in the church sanctuary. This free concert is slated for Saturday, August 15 at 7 p.m. Parking and wheelchair accessible entry located at rear of church building. For more information, call the church office, 603 435-7471.



Letter To The Editor


Pittsfield is a beautiful town with some wonderful people and so much to offer. I believe that if you live a positive life, positive things will follow. However, I just can’t be silent anymore about the new parking ordinance.  I believe there are some things that need to be said.


There are still many citizens of Pittsfield who have not even heard about it yet. Others may have heard of it initially and moved on. For us, it is still a problem. After businesses said no to us parking in their lot or offered untenable terms, we faced either breaking our lease or breaking the law every day, until something was hastily enacted as a result of our tears.  Our landlord is still trying to create a situation so that we will have off-street parking.  However, his building was built before there were cars.


The person who proposed this ban partly based his argument on the statement that Concord has a similar ordinance. If any research had been done, it would have been found that Concord repealed the ordinance years ago.  The city of Concord found the ban unworkable due to the abundance of old buildings built before there were cars.  Providence, Rhode Island, also did away with their parking ban years ago for multiple reasons, their website stating that doing away with it vastly improved their city. 


Pittsfield’s new ordinance, which was needlessly made town-wide, has caused residents to give up a basic right, and the reasons behind it do not support the giving up of this freedom, in my humble opinion. I love New Hampshire and its motto, “live free or die.” It says so right on our license plates, but not on the streets of Pittsfield overnight anymore. 


Respectfully submitted,

Diana Levesque



Calendar Of Library Events – Josiah Carpenter Library August 2015

Read, Recycle, Help others, Repeat!


August 6th: 10:00 am- 11:30 All ages Summer Reading Program presents Superheroes to the Rescue!  Larry Frates, guest presenter-Cartoonist & Storyteller and Make your own Superhero sandwich at Pittsfield Elementary School Library Media Center, 34 Bow Street, Pittsfield, NH


August 13th: 10:00 am-11:30 All ages Summer Reading Program Heroes Save the World Famous heroes, environmental heroes, what can you do? Scavenger hunt in Dustin’s Park!


Join us for the last week when everyone goes home a winner and a reader!                     


Josiah Teen Book Worms Discussing  “Counting by 7s” by Holly Goldberg Sloan on Thursday, August 6th, between  7-8:30  pm at the library


Library Board of Trustees Meeting Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 7 pm


Josiah Carpenter Library Staff meeting August 19th at 12:30


Read Meet & Talk August 25th - Join us for an exciting discussion of “The Lace Reader” by Brunonia Barry at the Pittsfield Senior Center @ 10:30- Noon. Stay for a leisurely lunch served by the Community Action Program!


Pittsfield Writer’s Circle Thursday, August 27 at 7 pm at the library-  Writing prompt: 


“Describe someone who is or was a hero to you and explain why”


What to look forward to: September is Library Card sign-up month – free cup of coffee or juice box for every new patron card. October is Teen Read Month- Spooky, scary story night at the library and a Library survey concerns hours and services. . . .See you soon!


Josiah Carpenter Library, 41 Main Street, Pittsfield, NH 03263 (603)435-8406.



First Three Department Winners Named In 2015 Gear Giveaway

Departments in NJ, UT, and ON will each receive 4 sets of new Globe gear


For the fourth year, Globe, DuPont Protection Technologies (DuPont), and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have partnered to provide new, state-of-the-art turnout gear to fire departments in need. Through the 2015 Globe Gear Giveaway Program, 13 departments from the United States and Canada will each receive four sets of gear. This year’s first three recipients are the South Amboy (NJ) Fire Department, Koosharem (UT) Fire Rescue, and L’Orignal Fire Department (Ontario, Canada).


“We are excited to kick off this year’s Globe Gear Giveaway awards by providing gear to these three deserving departments,” said NVFC Chairman Kevin D. Quinn. “We received over 550 applications for gear, demonstrating the need that fire departments are facing across North America. Through this program, we lessen the burden on departments who are struggling to provide gear to their members and often have to make do with gear that is old, non-compliant, ill-fitting, and otherwise inadequate, putting the safety of the firefighters at risk. We are extremely grateful to Globe and DuPont for their generous support of the volunteer fire service.”


To be eligible to apply for the four sets of new Globe turnout gear, departments had to be all-volunteer or mostly-volunteer, serve a population of 25,000 or less, be legally organized in the U.S. or Canada, demonstrate a need for the gear, and be a member of the NVFC. To help departments meet this last requirement, Globe sponsored NVFC Department Memberships for the first 200 non-members to apply.


The South Amboy (NJ) Fire Department is comprised of 150 volunteer firefighters who respond to an average of 320 calls per year. Their small budget is earmarked for maintenance of their 10 apparatus and vehicles as well as pump, ladder, and hose testing. Their last gear purchase was in 2007 but only provided 25 new sets of gear; over 80 sets of their current gear are more than 10 years old. A major residential development of 1,800 units is currently being developed in their service area, which will essentially double the town’s population and further stretch the budget and resources of the department. Despite these limitations, the department responds on mutual aid assignments to neighboring towns which account for 30 percent of their responses. The donation of four sets of gear will help them make sure their dedicated responders have proper protection. 


Koosharem Fire Rescue, an all-volunteer department in Utah, provides fire suppression and emergency service to an area of over 350 square miles. This area consists of rural, farming, wildland-urban interface, and forestry lands, including two state highways for which they are the first due engine. Only 12 of their 14 firefighters have a complete set of turnout gear, and of those who do, four sets are over 10 years old. The department operates on an extremely small budget, and the Globe gear donation will allow them to increase the safety and security of their firefighters.


The L’Orignal Fire Department in Champlain, Ontario, Canada, is an all-volunteer organization with 26 active firefighters protecting 8,500 citizens in an 80-square-mile area. In addition to standard apparatus and gear needs, the department must purchase and maintain ice and water rescue gear. The donated gear will help protect their firefighters while allowing room in their budget for other funding priorities.


Additional awards through the Globe Gear Giveaway Program will be made monthly throughout 2015. A total of 52 sets of gear will be distributed to departments in need. Stay tuned to the NVFC web site, Dispatch newsletter, and page on Facebook, as well as the Globe page on Facebook, for additional information and announcements regarding the Globe Gear Giveaway Program.


About Globe

Firefighters need to be prepared to perform at their peak, on every call. That’s why Globe delivers the most advanced, best-fitting, and longest lasting protection by listening to our customers, creating breakthrough designs, and applying the engineering skills of the nation’s most trusted turnout gear manufacturer. Globe turnout gear is designed to protect you, move with you, and improve your performance. It’s athletic gear for firefighters. Learn more at


About DuPont Protection Technologies

DuPont Protection Technologies (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit


About the NVFC

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides invaluable tools, resources, programs, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. Learn more at



The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Submitted By Representative Michael Brewster


The Good:

I am a member of the Environment and Agriculture Committee. Our chairman, Robert Haefner from Hudson, strives on a higher standard of conduct, respect, and manners of all us members. He gives each and every citizen the opportunity to speak and be heard. At the end of the hearing, Haefner will ask if the citizen has more to add. Bi-partisan, good feelings.


The bill that went through our committee was SB148, related to the Shellfish Inspection Program. Records must be at the facility and kept a long period of time. The bill allows NH shellfish to be sold out of state with FDA approval.


HB 421: authorizing the University of NH to grow industrial hemp for research purposes. Canada has had agricultural programs growing industrial hemp. Their biggest market is in California. Seeds, oil, and hemp milk are the big sellers. There just is not a big market for it. Hemp clothing lasts forever.


HB466: relative to the definition of “implement of husbandry,” meaning equipment used exclusively for agricultural, horticultural, forestry,  or livestock operations, to include backhoe, bulldozer, excavator, grader, loader, and such, shall qualify for farm tractor registration rates and number plate.


Complaints were made. Some thought,if the equipment is not John Deere green, it should not have AG number plates.


The bills we are studying now: HB 372: relative to certain private employers under workers’ compensation. A person engaged in agriculture or farm employment for an employer whose aggregate payroll is less than $10,000. (sic)


Casual and Seasonal laborers.


HB 499: permitting NH farmers to sell bison meat and food products directly to the public, with an amendment added exempting bison farmers from certain licensure and inspection requirements.


Some farmers are asking for in-field on-farm slaughter, because all the stressful perils associated with transporting bison, then processing at a local FDA approved meat cutting facility such as “Mike’s Custom Meat Cutting and Smokehouse.”


Again, I will thank Mike’s wife and son for coming to our committee. Brenda was very well spoken, very informative, helpful, and added much to our study.


I tried a few times to thank Mike’s. Each time I went there, the parking lot was full of customers.


I can’t wait for “smoked bison from Mike’s Smokehouse.”


During our hearings, much was said about a legendary butcher and his knowledge in animal husbandry and doctoring, big and small. Victor Huse is his name.


The Bad

Finance Committees and the Budget

Speaking of the “Three Stooges,” I’ll ask a mamber of the finance committee a question about State monies. Either they run or they’ll do the “Curly Shuffle.”  You know, Curly lies on his side on the floor shuffling around in circles. Woo, woo, woo, Moe, Larry, Cheese.


I do ask a lot of financial questions. Few answers.


I have followed the State’s monies, your money, for years. Budgetary Financial Data Reports, the Governor’s Operating Budgets, years of Administrative Services audits, and more. I have been to way too many finance hearings.


You have all seen, on the side of the road in Epsom and Pittsfield Police Depts. Speed (EPPDS) limit warning on a small box trailer. A $100 million stacked of $100 bills is near the same size as that EPPDS trailer box. The revenue in the General Fund for 2014 is 26 EPPDS, $2.6 billion. The State total expenses, 55 EPPDS, $5.5 billion.


We, the people, need to do a better job at guarding this money. The police can’t protect these EPPDSes.


A few facts: A raided tax, the Meal and Room Tax, revenue for 2014 was $254 million. $7.7M goes to the Education Trust Fund. Only $63.8 goes back to municipalities. Without being raided, municipalities would have gotten $101.6 million, Epsom and Pittsfield, about $100 thousand more each. $182.5 million of the remaining tax are dumped into those unprotected EPPDSes.


This money should go into the Rainy Day Fund.

Another raid is the Hospital Tax, could be $200 million. The Tobacco Tax and Settlement and raided, $4M a year, Prevention. $144 million dumped. $130 M goes to education.


These up to more than 5 EPPDSes.


Let’s say the State stored the EPPDSes in silos. The General Fund monies are stored in Silo 1. This year they got 26 EPPDSes, that’s 2.6 billion total revenues. More than 59% is not specifically targeted for a specific program. In other words, more than half of last year’s EPPDS went out the back door.


The NH Dept. of Administrative Services 2013 audit findings: No internal controls established to ensure data quality, completeness and accuracy of the financial reports.


The Fed’s guards of Silo1 are local governments, non-profits, bureaucrats, lobbyists, and other riff raff. Their responsiblity is to maintain internal control, managing Federal awards in compliance with law, regulations, reasonable assurance the awards in compliance with laws, and regulations. These guards are the ones at the back trough at feeding time.


I’ll continue my Bad for another week. The topic will be Silo 2. These EPPDS revenues come from over 107 Federal Matching Funds programs, mediscams. The billions upon billions of dollars that went through Silo 2. I’ll get to the Ugly, too. And Silo 3.


When you discuss these issues with Finance Member Dan McGuire, don’t forget the cheeze. (sic)



Light Dawns Over Marblehead

By Penny Ante Wingate, Administrator, Town Interim. 


Went to Portsmouth for tall ships weekend with the “little woman.” Hadn’t been since my drinkin’ days at the U, where it proved impossible to have a single beer in every bar in Portsmouth. Wow has that place changed! There were new shops, new cafés, and new bars, all sitting along lovely sidewalks, streets and alleyways. Not much of the infrastructure, I understand, paid for by the locals. 


So we hope to have it here (not the bars). By the time you-all (that’s Northern for “y’all”)(we’re Yankees) get this, the public  hearing on the Safe Routes to Schools project will be over. I had the engineer put in the grade stakes a week before the hearing because of the ever-present danger they’d be pilfered to prop up tomatoes. Guess it worked – they’re still there. But the plan for here in Pittsfield is to make it every bit as beautiful as Portsmouth, a bit at a time.


Next: Oh Say Can You See! Or, Want Some Cheese With That Whine? To be clear, I’M the whiny one. A veteran (not a veterinarian) came in the office last week, fuming (not fulminating) about our United States flags. His point: four Marines and a Navy Seaman, murdered on American soil, not being honored by Flag etiquette. Governor ordered flags to half staff, Tuesday. This veteran came in Thursday. By then, police, fire and town hall flags were proper. But many others were not. I chased around looking for who was responsible. Had a devil of a time finding out. Not going to do it again. Soooo, if you’ve got a flag on your property and you want to know when to honor your Countrymen, send me your email. I will add it to my list and send an email BLAST. God Bless our military.


Yet again, learned something new this week. Entomologist I am not. I squash bugs. But Hank came in to tell me there’s some people complaining about – Bedbugs. I mean, YUUK. There’s a new rule. If there’s free furniture on the side of the road, Leave It There. Cause if you bring it home, you could have new friends. 


That’s it. 








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