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September 2, 2015

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Registrations are underway for the annual golf tournament sponsored by the Pittsfield Basketball Program.


The 2015 Mid-Summer Classic will be played on Sunday, September 20th at 9:00 AM.


Please contact Jay Darrah at 435-6701 or at [email protected] for more info on registering or sponsorship opportunities.



Colleen Corliss of  Pittsfield was recently recognized for achieving academic distinction at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.


Corliss, majoring in business administration, was named to the dean’s list  at UMass Lowell for the spring 2015 semester.


To qualify for the dean’s list at UMass Lowell, a student must have completed no fewer than 12 graded credits for the semester and earned at  least a 3.25 grade point average with no grade lower than C and without any incompletes.



Pittsfield Beautification Committee


Help the Pittsfield Beautification Committee landscape a new garden on the Aranosian Lot by purchasing your fall “Mums” at a Beautification Committee fundraiser, to be held on Saturday, September 12th at the Aranosian Lot  (next to Jack’s Pizza on Catamount Rd ), from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon.  We will be selling a variety of colors in 10” pots, for $7.00, a great bargain


As always, thank you for your support!



80th Birthday

Open House

Stewart Boston, Sr.

September 5

5-8 PM

Community Center

Function Hall



Summer of Seuss, Dr. Seuss, That is!

Pittsfield Old Home Day 2015


Saturday, July 11th, was Old Home Day in Pittsfield and the theme of the day was “Summer of Seuss, Dr. Seuss, That is!”  The weather was GREAT and everyone seemed to have a good time. Many THANKS are due to lots of groups, organizations, businesses and individuals that make this event possible.


Thank you to the Pittsfield Players for sponsoring the fabulous music group, “Rockin Daddios” on Friday night at the Scenic Theatre.  The continued support and involvement of the Pittsfield Players in the Old Home Day celebration is very much appreciated!


The Park St. Baptist Church served a delicious breakfast on Saturday morning to start the day – Thank you to all the cooks. The Community Fair at Dustin Park was bustling with vendors and local organization booths.  The free craft table for kids was manned by Carol Grainger, Michele Karwocki, Lisa Fries, Tara Ash and members of the Girl Scout Troop – THANK YOU to all of you.


Jujubee, the Clown provided balloon “art” for the kids – free! Thanks to the Police Explorers for manning the jump tent and games; to St. Stephen’s Church for supplying the power for the jump tent and to Judy and Ray Webber for creating the “Dr. Seuss” cutout for picture taking. A huge thank you to Bob and Eileen Legg for taking photos of all of the Old Home Day activities.  


Thanks to Don Smith for providing music at Dustin Park and to the Historical Society for opening their doors and sharing their fabulous collection of Pittsfield Memorabilia.


Many thanks to all the Car Show participants and to ME St. George Engines for rounding up some mud trucks.  Thank you to the residents and businesses of Main Street for your cooperation with the street being closed.   We had a great turnout of classic, hot rod, and vintage vehicles for the car show and all enjoyed the music of Jackie Lee.  Thank you to Sanels, Maxfields Hardware and O’Reilly’s Auto Parts for donating raffle prizes.


The annual cookoff was “Best Berry Pie.”  Thank you to all the participants.  The winners, by popular vote were: 1st – Corine Miller (#1-Raspberry pie), 2nd –  Bob Passella (#9-Quadberry pie) and 3rd – Robyn Ladd (#8-Blueberry pie).  A very special Thank You to the Victory Workers 4-H Club for organizing and manning the booth.


Thanks to all the kids (we had close to 40) who participated in the Bike Parade.  Thanks to our judges- they had a tough time choosing the winners.  


Pastor Jay Hardy of Pittsfield Advent Christian Church provided the invocation before the parade – thank you for joining us on Old Home Day. A very special thank you to Ms. Stephanie Joyce for her beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner and a big thank you to Stan Bailey for providing announcing duties for the parade.  

We’d also like to THANK Granite Image for providing all the flyers, posters and program printing for the day.  THANK YOU to The SUNCOOK VALLEY SUN for printing all of our articles, ads and the day’s schedule.  Thanks, also to our WEBSITE COMMITTEE for posting all the events and information for the day and to all the Local Businesses that posted flyers and posters for us.


Congratulations to Frances Marston on being named Pittsfield’s Citizen of the Year!  THANK YOU for your continued volunteering in our community.  Thanks to Sandi Adams for providing the “ride” for our Citizen of the Year.


THANK YOU TO ALL who participated in the Parade.  A Huge THANK YOU to NH Motor Speedway for the use of their “People Movers” and to Ray Webber for hauling it.  They worked perfectly for the band to ride in and perform in the parade.  Thank you to Ray Webber, Sr for hauling our Old Home Day Committee float!



Youth Division:

1st – Victory Workers 4-H Club

2nd – F.B. Argue Recreation Area

3rd – Pittsfield Youth Workshop

Open Division

1st – Pittsfield Players

2nd – Pittsfield Senior Center

Chichester was awarded a trophy for Best Firetruck.


The afternoon activities were free swim at the F.B. Argue Recreation Area (thank you Parks and Rec) along with a cookout of burgers and hot dogs.  At Drake Field, a Grand Opening Ceremony for the new Playground was held following the annual Duck Derby!  Thanks to Jay Darrah and the PMHS Boys Basketball team for organizing the Duck Race and congratulations to the  winner – P. Carpenter.  


The day ended with a fabulous FIREWORKS show by Atlas.  A Huge THANK YOU to all the donors that made this show possible.  Thanks to PMHS for the use of Drake Field and the Old Home Day Committee would especially like to THANK Joe Darrah and his helpers for cleaning up the firework debris on Sunday morning.   It is very much appreciated by the whole committee!


The Old Home Day Committee would like to THANK the Pittsfield Police, Fire and Highway Department; Parks and Recreation Committee and the many extra volunteers that helped at any of the events.  A lot of planning and work goes into this day and it takes a lot of people to make things happen…, THANK YOU!!!


We hope everyone enjoyed the day – We would love to hear any suggestions or comments on the day’s events.  Please feel free to call Andi Riel at 435-6346 or email at [email protected] or Louie Houle at 435-6938 or [email protected].



The Pittsfield Historical Society

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The Pittsfield Historical Society is in need of a new roof. A leak has been discovered and your ancestor’s artifacts are in danger! We are asking for contributions towards the endeavor. If you would like to contribute, please contact the Society at  603-435-8004,  stop by our building on 13 Elm Street or mail your donation to the Pittsfield Historical Society, PO Box 173, Pittsfield, NH 03263. We are open to the public every Tuesday from  9:00 am to 12:00 pm . Please help the Society to keep a roof over their heads. Thank you for your continued support! 



Globe, DuPont, And NVFC Announce More Winners In 2015 Gear Giveaway


Departments in ME, ID are awarded 4 sets of new Globe gear Globe, DuPont Protection Technologies (DuPont), and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have announced the second round of winners in the 2015 Globe Gear Giveaway.


This is the fourth year that Globe has partnered with DuPont and the NVFC to provide volunteer departments with critically needed sets of turnout gear. The Georgetown (ME) Volunteer Fire Department and North Fork (ID) Fire Protection District will each be outfitted with four sets of new, state-of-the-art Globe turnout gear.


“We are pleased to announce two more recipients in the 2015 Globe Gear Giveaway,” said NVFC Chairman Kevin D. Quinn. “Compliant, correctly-fitting gear is paramount to keeping firefighters safe as they work to protect our communities, yet many departments struggle with providing adequate gear to their responders. We thank Globe and DuPont for their generosity and dedication to the safety and wellbeing of firefighters throughout the U.S. and Canada.”


The 2015 program will provide a total of 52 sets of turnout gear to 13 departments who demonstrate a need for gear. To be eligible to apply, 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, 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 Georgetown (ME) Volunteer Fire Department provides fire and emergency medical services to their island community as well as several mutual aid communities on the mainland. The island population consists of approximately 1,200 year-round residents, with up to 3,000 in the summer. They also provide emergency medical services to many smaller island communities that can only be accessed by boat. In addition to responding to calls, Georgetown firefighters donate many hours to fundraising events, which accounts for about half of the department’s annual budget. Currently, they only have one set of gear that is less than 10 years old.


“The safety of our 30 volunteer firefighters is paramount… We need to have current, serviceable gear to handle any eventuality,” said firefighter Sharon Trabona. She added, “The donation of new gear would benefit our Department and mutual aid communities greatly.”


The donation of gear from Globe, DuPont, and the NVFC will allow the department to welcome new recruits with new gear as they work to meet the needs of their community.


The North Fork Fire Protection District in Lemhi County, ID, is an all-volunteer department serving 34 square miles that are surrounded by the Salmon-Challis National Forest. With logging and mining no longer allowed in the forest, there are fewer employment opportunities and consequently fewer residents below retirement age remaining to serve as volunteer firefighters. The department has recently been actively recruiting new members to fill the positions being vacated. The department’s budget for turnout gear has been exhausted by keeping the current members outfitted, and the few surplus sets are old and not the correct sizes for the new recruits, two of whom are the first women on the department. The four new sets of gear will be used to get these new recruits response-ready.


Additional awards will be made each month through December. Stay tuned to the NVFC web site, Dispatch newsletter, and page on Facebook, as well as the Globe page on Facebook, for additional award announcements and information 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



Josiah Carpenter Library 


September is Library Card sign-up month – free cup of coffee or juice box for every new patron card.              


Josiah Teen Book Worms Discussing  “I’ll Give You the Sun” by Jandy Nelson on Thursday September 3 between  7-8:30  pm at the library.


Closed on Monday September 7, 2015 in observance of Labor Day.


Library Board of Trustees Meeting Tuesday, September 15 , 2015, 7 pm.


New Hampshire Astronomical Society visit to the library Wednesday, September 16 at 6:30; Skywatch at 8:00 pm. Sign up at the library required.


Preschool story hour resumes September 17, Thursdays 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Join Mrs. Grainger for a fun filled hour of stories, crafts and a snack.


New Wednesdays afterschool Lego club begins Wednesdays, September 23, 30, October 7, 14. & 21. Sign up required. Ages kindergarten through 5th grade.


Read Meet & Talk Tuesday September 22 - Join us for an exciting discussion of “The Boston Girl” by Anita Diamant at the Pittsfield Senior Center @ 10:30- Noon. Stay for a leisurely lunch served by the Community Action Program!


Pittsfield Writer’s Circle Thursday, September 24 at 7 pm at the library- Writing prompt: “I’ve never been more frightening than when. . . “ 


October is Teen Read Month- Spooky, scary story night at the library and a Library survey concerning hours and services. . . .See you soon!


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



Pittsfield Bounties: Removing Sources Of Danger And Destruction In The Early Days

By Larry Berkson

[Note: The author would like to thank Eleanor Joyce for helping with the research for this article]


The other day I was having a conversation on my porch when the subject of wolves came up. The discussion was with a young person who was unaware that there were wolves in New Hampshire at one time. I went on to explain that there were catamounts as well, but bounties had been paid to kill them and, as a result, they had become extinct here. More questions were asked so I began doing some research on the subject. Below is what I learned. 


From the earliest of times in colonial America, bounties were placed on predators that threatened people, livestock and crops. One of the earliest, if not the earliest, bounties was established in Dover in 1657, which paid four pounds per wolf. The first on record in Pittsfield was in 1788 when the town offered a bounty of $10.00 for a good wolf and $5.00 for a wolf whelp. The following year the town offered three pounds per head. The reason was that they were a menace to livestock.


In 1806 a bounty of 12¢ was placed on crows. It was increased to 12½¢ in 1808 and apparently remained at that price until 1816 when it was voted to increase the bounty to 20¢. Crows damaged seedling corn by pulling out the sprouts and consuming the kernels. They also damaged ripening corn, destroyed various fruit crops and consumed the eggs of water fowl and other nesting birds.


There is no record of bounties being offered on catamounts (pumas, panthers, mountain lions) and in 1811 the town specifically voted not to provide a bounty on “wild cats.” Whether the reference was to catamounts or bob cats (lynx) is uncertain. 


Exactly when a bounty on foxes began is not recorded but in 1835 Jacob Jones, the clock maker, was paid $3.70 for foxes and crows and others were paid $16.15. The following year $17.80 was paid. At the time the bounty on foxes was likely 25¢, for that is the amount paid to John Chesley and Bracket Norris in 1839 for one fox apiece. Bounties continued to be paid on foxes throughout the 1840s and 1850s. In 1877 bounties were paid to three men in the amount of $17.50. Foxes were a menace to turkeys, ducks geese, young pigs, and lambs, were particularly destructive of small flocks of chickens.


A bounty was paid for killing a bear in 1872 in the amount of $4.00. It was taken by the infamous dentist and jack of all trades, Dr. G. G. Wilkins, who operated out of the building on Main Street referred to as Fort Wilkins, now housing Epping Well & Pump Co., Inc. This was probably not the first or last bounty paid on a bear but it is the only one that has been found recorded in Pittsfield Records.


The first recorded bounty on hawks was paid to J. W. Paige in 1878. The amount was 20¢. Bounties continued to be paid on hawks throughout the 1880s and 1890s. The last reported went to Henry Osgood, the photographer and ornithologist. In 1896 he was paid a bounty of $18.25, for hawks and in 1897, $12.75. They were of particular danger to poultry.


In the meantime considerable amounts were paid for the heads of crows. In 1881 C. D. Clark was paid $7.20 for 72 heads and in 1883, $31.50 for killing 315 crows. In 1884 William Tasker killed 39. The last bounties paid on crows were apparently in 1884 when C. D. Clark was paid $3.30, E. W. French, $5.60, and William Tasker, $3.90. 


The first recorded bounty on woodchucks was paid to William Tasker in 1884. He received 20¢ for killing two. In 1885 three men were paid $41.10 for killing 411, and in 1886 the same three men, E. W. French, C. C. Rogers, and William Tasker, were paid $22.50 for killing 225. Apparently these were the last bounties paid on this animal which ate all kinds of truck vegetables and destroyed people’s gardens. 


The first recorded bounty on porcupines (hedge hogs) was paid in 1937. The number killed and to whom the payment was made is not recorded. Payments continued to be paid each year in amounts ranging from $4.40 in 1938 to $8.40 in 1941. A precipitous rise took place in 1944 when $63.70 was paid to eradicate porcupines. The last recorded payment was in 1963 when 50¢ was paid for a single animal. Bounties were placed on them because they are a threat to dogs and children and often damaged buildings and equipment.


Apparently timber rattle snakes did not pose a great threat to the community. There is no mention in the records of a bounty being place on them as in some areas. Today they are all but extinct in New Hampshire. 


Thus, the history of Pittsfield’s attempts to eradicate threats to humans, livestock, crops, buildings and equipment by animal predators. Catamounts and wolves were hunted to extinction. Bobcats were hunted to the verge of extinction but their numbers have rebounded in recent years. There are still numbers of bears, foxes, and porcupines. Crows and wood chucks are plentiful and often still a nuisance. 



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Ross Morse is pleased to announce the engagement of his father, Art Morse of Pittsfield to Renée Raymond of Barnstead. July 13, 2016 has been set as their wedding date. Congratulations to the happy couple!



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The South Pittsfield Community Club held its Picnic and Annual Meeting at Tina Metcalf’s home in South Pittsfield.  It was decided to hold the Annual Turkey Supper on Saturday, October 17th at the old Schoolhouse in South Pittsfield.



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Karla Brown is Pittsfield’s new Postmaster. Karla started her Postal career in Visalia, California in 1987, then transferred to Concord, N.H. in 1988. In 1992 she was promoted to Supervisor of Customer Service in Concord. She became the Postmaster of the Center Barnstead Post Office in 1998. Next, she accepted the position of Postmaster at the Epsom office in 2004.


In May of 2015, Karla accepted her current position as Postmaster of the Pittsfield Post Office. She has completed 28 years of Postal experience. She resides in Chichester with her husband, Brett and they have two adult sons.








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