Registrations are underway for the annual golf tournament sponsored
by the Pittsfield Basketball Program.
2015 Mid-Summer Classic will be played on Sunday, September 20th at
contact Jay Darrah at 435-6701 or at
for more info on registering or sponsorship opportunities.
Pittsfield Old Home Day Committee would like to THANK Northwood
Heritage True Value Hardware for their very generous donation of
prizes for the Car Show at Pittsfield Old Home Day. They were
mistakenly omitted from the Thank You article. We appreciate your
Forum On Tax Incentive Zones Postponed Until Saturday, October
Board/Committee Forum sponsored by the Pittsfield Economic
Development Committee is rescheduled from Saturday, September 19th
to Saturday, October 31st.
have any questions, contact Ted Mitchell, EDC Chair, email:
[email protected] or
He’s baaaaack! Don’t miss Jonas
Glidden’s discussion and photos of Our Town – 1980, Thurs., Sept.
17, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Lecture Hall of Pittsfield Middle High
School. Winners will be drawn for cash prizes in the Pittsfield
Historical Society annual raffle. Tickets will be available prior to
Loudon Center Freewill Baptist Church News
Fellowship Dinners will begin again on September 19th. Please get
the word out to family and friends. The “Dump Run Gang” will be
offering their wonderful eclectic brand of music. The sing along is
always fun. The dinner is free, but we ask that everyone bring
something for the Loudon Food Pantry.
for our “Oktoberfest” to be held on October 3rd, are coming along
great. We only have a few Indoor Spaces, and several Outdoor Spaces
available. Just a reminder, this is a Direct Sale Vendor and
Crafters Event. There will only be the Church Table for items you
wish to donate. Please get the message to your family and friends.
Follies From The Folically Challenged
T.A. Prof. Wingate
ride in the front of a cruiser last week (see previous report).
Town-owned buildings downtown, secured for future expansion,
reportedly infiltrated by infiltrators. Chief and I found no one
home, much to my relief. Also, party down at Chestnut. But our
facilities maintenance guys have now zipped it up tight. What’s to
happen to this lovely edifice? Well, see below. There’s apparently
State funds to help move this along to the dust heap of history,
but the lady that was to send me the forms didn’t. I’m on it.
the pubic hearing on the free twelve grand. With piercing insight,
no one complained about getting free money. We have to apply for it,
and if we get it, we use it to study how cool it would be to run the
sewer line up Barnstead Road to 28. Cool. That’s now a legal phrase.
I love using it. Reminds me of my hippy days, what I can remember of
I’m learning. Uncle Sam has a suit. It has lots of pockets, full of
money. If you learn how, you get to pick the pockets and ol’ Sam
doesn’t mind. In fact, he’ll smile while you do it and pat you on
the head. Found the pocket for the sewer study, found the pocket for
the sewer repair, heard of the pocket for economic expansion.
There’s even a state version of U.S. That’s where the money for the
building tear-down is hopefully coming from. There’s more moo-la for
planning too. So, I’m learning.
Warrants. When first I heard the words had a mental picture of
leetle teeny handcuffs for wayward pooches. But no, this is more of
the same. A LOT of people complaining about the $25.00 smackdown for
not registering your dog on time. But Geezum. Really?? I mean, the
BOS will hear you out, but no one’s won yet. Register the damn dog!
Then we can meet at the new dog park. (Dog park??)
Long long chat with engineers and whatnot, over to the WWTP. Learned
a lot. None of it cheap. We’re getting bad grades for good water.
Too much phosphorus and ammonia. Our old ‘blue lagoon’ system
(They’re really green, but that didn’t rhyme) won’t be able to clean
the gook clean enough for the feds. (Yes, they call the tune and we
pay the piper. Which is why we need to get close to Uncle Sam’s
coat.) This be a heads-up that the WWTP will need a whole lotta very
expensive lovin’ in the next few years. Hey I’ve got a septic
system. Cost me $5,500 to replace it.
will always just call it The Dump. Earl down there (Earl spells his
name wrong but I forgive him. He has a ’59 MGA that’s mint. Mine
sits in the barn, sulking.) Earl down there told me we need to come
up with two Vo-lun-teers from our fair ‘burg (‘field, I know!) to
staff their committee. So CALL ME!! Meet new people! Get away from
the [email protected]!
good deeds. There’s bad deeds. Then there’s tax deeds. By the time
you read this (and everybody should read this. I mean, I’m like,
Hemingway), the Board will have decided which properties to take and
sell, and which they’ll back off on. The deeds get taken on the
15th. That’s NEXT WEEK. If you haven’t paid, and you’ve got a GOOD
XCUSE, call me. By the way, the Heirs of Olin Davis are gonna get
their feelings hurt. Nobody responded and we’re snapping that little
beauty right up. (Dog park?!?)
My time’s up.
Update On The Floral Park Cemetery Fence Fund
that the kids are back in school, it’s time to start thinking about
Phase 3 of the Floral Park Cemetery Fence. Phase 2 is
now complete and looks wonderful. The old chain link
fence has been replaced entirely by the new fencing. (Thanks again
to Matt St. George for removing and disposing of that ugly rusted
fence.) The new fence adds so much character to the cemetery – it
shows that the citizens of Pittsfield, as well as those who have
chosen this as a final resting place for their loved ones, care
about the continued upkeep. The grounds are always freshly mowed
and trimmed, thanks to Don Fife.
to the continued generosity of many of you, I have approximately
$4,500 for Phase 3. That means I need to collect another $15,500 in
order for the next section of fencing to be installed by Memorial
Day of 2016. Thanks for the many positive comments and
wonderful notes from people who have donated funds. I
still need your help and have been asked to continue writing
articles in the SUN to remind everyone that we still need to
continue the funding raising. I am not on Facebook but I know many
of you are – spread the word. Remember every cent counts and no
donation is too small; save your change for a month and donate it –
give up that stop at the local coffee shop for a week and send the
money for the fund. Everyone can help in a small way and thanks
again to all of you who have given so generously.
thanks continue to go to Paul at Jitters for allowing me to keep the
collection box on his counter, and to all who have donated to the
fence fund by dropping your change in that box; thanks also to The
SUN for publishing my updates, and to Andi Riel for her articles in
the Sunday Monitor.
consider making donations in honor of loved ones by sending your tax
deductible donations made payable to the “Floral Park Cemetery Fence
Fund”, P.O. Box 98 or 595 Tilton Hill Road, Pittsfield, NH 03263.
Pittsfield Elementary School Community Forum
Pittsfield Elementary (PES) School Improvement Team (SIT) will be
holding a community forum to gather feedback on the final draft of
the PES Logic Model.
model is a long term plan that keeps participants in the effort
moving in the same direction by providing a common language and
point of reference.
forum will take place on September 22, 2015 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
(dinner will be provided at 5:30 p.m.) in the PES Cafeteria.
RSVP to Tobi Chassie ([email protected],
435-6701) or Susan Bradley ([email protected],
always, it’s the community voice that strengthens the mission and
vision of the Pittsfield School District. Strong Community, Strong
forward to your participation.
100 Year Old Barn Becomes Small Town Yoga Studio
September 21, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. Journey to Peace invites you to
visit their yoga studio and wellness center at 1 Lyford Hill Rd in
months of renovations, the barn, built in 1880, is open for
business. Journey to Peace features a yoga studio, a library, a
sauna and a boutique with a variety of handmade items.
Victoria Marcotte is the owner of Journey to Peace. Victoria has
been a resident of Pittsfield for 15 years. She is a Registered Yoga
Teacher, a Life Coach, and a Hypnotherapist.
open house runs from 3:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. You can drop in, meet
Victoria, tour the studio and walk the labyrinth. There will be
healthy treats, including water kefir and kombucha. There will be
raffles that you can enter to win a variety of prizes. Yoga class
passes purchased during the open house are 50% off.
to Peace offers a variety of yoga classes including children’s yoga,
story time yoga for children under five with a caregiver, beginner’s
yoga and a special acupressure and yoga class for those suffering
from chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and other debilitating illnesses.
There are weekly donation-based classes that make yoga accessible to
everyone, regardless of their income.
out the website at
www.j2pwellness.com. For more information or to reserve a spot
in a yoga class call Journey to Peace at 603-435-0637 or email
Little Piece of Heaven”
Fudala, Ginger the little red hen that started it all, and Jill’s
“kids” on the front porch of the barn that Mark built; Mark Bourbeau
Little Red Hen Country Gift Shoppe sits quietly on Norris Road in
Pittsfield, specializing in locally made goods and hand-crafted
gifts. But that’s not all; right outside the shop is a backyard farm
that is a feast for the eyes. From the brand new “barn” (that looks
more like a country store!) built by Mark Bourbeau to the curtains
on the windows of the chicken coops, stepping onto Jill and Matt
Fudala’s backyard farm is like walking around on a little piece of
heaven. It’s as if you’re transported to Little House on the Prairie
meets Susan Branch.
Fudala, along with her husband, Matt and mother-in-law, Karin
started “The Little Red Hen Country Gift Shoppe” out of the couple’s
home on Norris Road just under a year ago and are so thrilled with
the response that “The Hen” will now be open year round.
“Hen” of “The Little Red Hen Country Gift Shoppe” is none other than
Ginger. Ginger was one of Jill’s first out of the 52 free range
chickens she raises on their little three acre backyard farm. Free
range meaning Jill actually had to put up a sign to warn visitors to
the shop, “Although we try to keep it neat, there will be poop, so
watch your feet.” But the farm is beyond “neat,” it’s adorable.
head down the little gravel path to the shop at the rear of the
house, you’re greeted by free range feathered friends and hear the
bleating of the goats and alpacas, the quacking Indian Runner ducks
and the occasional crow of the rooster. The little farm is also home
to a couple English Angora rabbits. When I ask Jill if she has any
children, she answers, “We have 10 kids under the age of two…
Nigerian goat “kids” that is.” The little farm stemmed from Jill’s
affection for animals and people alike. She’s a full time nurse in
“real life” and has a very loving, caring nature. She’s always been
a people person and extends that to the animals, treating them like
the shop you are transported. While Jill refers to it as “the
basement” and what was once “wasted space,” The Little Red Hen
Country Gift Shop is a cozy area that is larger than first
impression. Over 25 local vendors sell their handmade crafts, food
and wares here and everything is beautifully displayed and
constantly getting upgrades and rearrangements by mother-in-law
Karin who helps out in the shop when Jill has to work at the
hospital. “We couldn’t have done it without her help,” Jill says,
“she was a huge part of making this happen.” Much like the many
artisans whose wares make up the bulk of the gift shop’s contents,
Jill insists that without the help, love and support of her family
and friends the shop would not be the dream come true that it is
fall Jill hosted a class in needle felting using the angora wool and
she has plans to acquire a spinning wheel for the alpaca fleece.
Free range fresh eggs are also for sale as well as herbal teas.
There’s honey and maple syrup from Chichester and baskets, hand spun
fibers, soap, and so much more from local artisans. Jill says more
consignors are welcome, just as long as it keeps to her country and
primitive theme, such as wood crafts and signs, quilts and fabric
crafts and the like. On September 25 through the 27, Friday,
Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 5 PM, the Little Red Hen Country Gift
Shoppe will be having an Open House. There will be giveaways and
drawings and the farm will be open for viewing the animals. There
will be something for everyone, “So bring the kids,” Jill says.
Clarks Grain Store will be there with farm supplies and info.
haven’t visited Jill, Karin, Ginger or The Little Red Hen Country
Gift Shoppe yet, now’s the time. They are open weekends, Friday
Saturday and Sunday, 10-5 on 85 Norris Road in Pittsfield. Look for
their Open House ad in next week’s Suncook Valley Sun.
Up At PYW?
Submitted By Paula Martel, Program Director
Pittsfield Youth Workshop is excited to introduce Sheila DaSilva as
our newly hired Program Assistant for the Drop-In Center. Sheila is
the grandmother of three PYW participants and recently moved to the
area to be closer to her family. Sheila has already been working a
few hours a week during the summer, but will become a more familiar
face at PYW with the start of the new school year. Please feel free
to stop by PYW to meet Sheila and welcome her to our community!
would also like to note a few changes on the PYW Board of Directors.
We would like to say thank you to Lori Tobin for her years of
service to PYW and her willingness to ask the tough questions! Ray
Conner has also stepped down from the Board, her insights in youth
development and nonprofit management will certainly be missed. Thank
you to both Lori and Ray for your commitment to PYW and the youth of
Board of Directors is seeking volunteers who are interested in
applying to be a part of our team. We have a few vacancies on the
Board of Directors – and will also be searching for a volunteer
Treasurer to help with accounting and financial management in the
near future. If you or anyone you know may be interested in lending
a hand, please feel free to stop by PYW to chat with Zach or Paula,
or give us a call at 435-8272!
To The Editor
Friday and I can’t wait any longer to thank Dr. Fox and the entire
team at the Orthopaedic Institute at Concord Hospital, and Jodi
Schroeder with her team at Epsom Family Medicine. The last 19 years,
starting when I was 40 years old, I developed arthritis in my left
hip. This got to be quite painful. I was lucky I was able to stay
away from pain pills.
last couple of years I was really getting a lot of pressure from
people who had dealt with Concord Orthopaedic telling me to do
something about my condition.
August 24th, I received a new hip. I feel overwhelmed with gratitude
toward probably over 50 people who helped me. My first thought was,
I’m so glad to be a part of society.
not have done this one on my own. I’m crying as I’m writing. It’s
like I get a second chance to be really healthy. As I told Dr. Fox
at the end of each of my next 100 stonewalls, I will think of the
people who helped me, and pushed me. Dr. Fox said that was payment
enough. But really, I can only hope to repay this debt.
whole thing reminds me of “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you
want to go further, go together.” Ancient Chinese proverb.
Good, The Bad, And The Ugly - Part II
Submitted By Rep. Michael Brewster
a new Constitution of Government for the State of New Hampshire,
1781. To the inhabitants of said state:
the people of this state first thought proper to assume government
for themselves, it was a time of difficulty and peril. That form
which was the simplest, and first presented itself to their view, in
the perturbation of the spirits that then prevaided, they adopted
without that thorough discussion and calm deliveration which so
important an object required. It was not intended to be lasting. It
was expressly declared by themselves to be temporary.
imperfect form, the legislative and executive powers of government
were vested in one body, to wit, in a General Court, consisting of
two branches, a House of Representatives and Council. Nor was any
provision made therein for the exercise of the executive-power in
the recess of the General-Assembly.
three powers of government, before hinted at, to wit --- The
legislative, or power making laws --- the judicial, or power of
expounding and applying them to each particular case --- And the
executive, to carry them into effect, and give the political machine
life and motion: These three important powers we have thought proper
to keep as SEPARATE and DISTINCT as possible, for the following
should be all united, the government, would then be a complete
system of tyranny. The same party would be legislator, accuser,
judge, and executioner. If the legislative and judicial powers
should be united the make of the law would be interpreter thereof,
and might make it speak what language best pleased him, to the toal
abolition of justice.
executive and legislative powers should be vested in one body, still
greater evils would follow. This body would enact only such las as
it wished to carry into execution, and would, besides, entirely
absorb and destroy the judicial power, one of the greatest
securities of the life, liberty, and property of the subject: and in
time, would produce the same system of despotism (acts of tyranny)
lastly, should the executive and judicial powers be combined, the
great barrier against oppression would be made to bend to the will
of the power which sought, to execute them with the most unbridled
three powers should also be independent: in order to which they are
formed with a mutual check upon each other. We shall proceed to
consider them distinctly.
Legislative - power we have vested in a Senate and House of
Representatives each of which branches is to have a negative on the
other: and either may originate any Bill, except for grant of
monies, which is always to originate in the House.
Address of the State Convention 1781
yesterday and for decades there has been no separation.
the halls of law, try to sit in a hearing, say like the Judiciary
Committee, or Finance or Children and Family Law, one would be
hard-pressed to find a seat. Nevermind, to speak.
these bureaucrats to do their job, not ours. It’s wrong to see so
many bureaucratic schemers, scammer, out n’ out swindlers.
always with bureaucratic swindlers, in come the scheming lobbyists.
Where repeated bureaucratic failure is rewarded with unaccountable
monies. A system of Privateering.
about this: In 2013 the grand total of All Federal Assistance was
over $1.76 billion in state expenditures.
Medicaid Financing says state can leverage as much as $2.85 in
federal matching funds for each $1 they spend.
Obamacare the state gets $9 for each 1. Plus administration cost.
That Reward could be $3.52 billion plus another say billion in sub