Have you been considering becoming a Realtor? We are looking for a
few good agents!! EXIT Reward Realty and EXIT Realty Great
Beginnings will be hosting a real estate pre-licensing class!
November 4, 5, 6 and 11, 12, and 13. You will complete the course in
2 weekends! Hours are 1pm to 5pm Friday and 8am to 5pm Saturday and
Sunday. Classes will be held in Concord. Please email Sandy Kelley
to register, [email protected] or call
435-7800 ext. 201.
Pittsfield’s 12u girls soccer team, coached by Matt Rayno,
Mark Tobin and Tina Cahill, start off their season with a 4-0
record! Go girls!
ME And NC Receive New Turnout Gear Through Globe Giveaway Program
Globe, DuPont, and
NVFC teamed up to award 52 sets of gear in 2016
Globe, DuPont Protection Solutions
(DuPont), and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) are pleased
to announce the third round of winners in the 2016 Globe Gear
Giveaway. In its fifth year the Giveaway will provide a total of 13
departments with four sets of new, state-of-the-art turnout gear.
The latest recipients of the 2016 Globe Gear Giveaway are the
LaGrange (ME) Fire Department and the Pekin Volunteer Fire
Department and First Responders from Mount Gilead, NC.
“We are pleased to partner with Globe and
DuPont to help volunteer departments who are struggling to provide
proper protection to their members,” said NVFC Chair Kevin D. Quinn.
“This program increases the safety and well-being of
boots-on-the-ground volunteer firefighters and is a terrific example
of companies giving back to the community. Over 60 departments have
benefited from the program to date, directly impacting the safety of
hundreds of firefighters.”
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 500 applicants.
The LaGrange (ME) Fire Department serves
750 citizens in a 50-square-mile area. Their 15 volunteer
firefighters respond to 125 calls per year. Unfortunately, due to an
extremely limited annual budget, the department only has 10 sets of
gear and all are more than 10 years old. They have been unsuccessful
in applying for local, state, and federal grants. “Receiving this
turnout gear from Globe will go a long way in our community,” said
Chief Michael Bacon.
The Pekin Volunteer Fire Department and
First Responders serves a rural area in two counties in south
central NC. Their 20 volunteers respond to approximately 120 calls
each year. Most of their apparatus and turnout gear was received
used when the department was founded in 1985. They operate on a
$15,000 annual budget, of which only $5,000 is from their counties
and the rest from fundraising efforts. Their last gear purchase was
in 2002, when they received an Assistance to Firefighters Grant.
“This new gear will allow our department
to be compliant with National Fire Protection Association standards,
to continue our departmental certification, and to provide for the
safety of our members and our community,” said Lt. Steve Hutchinson,
Secretary. “The four new sets will give us a primary attack squad
and start us on a piecemeal replacement of our gear.”
Additional awards through the Globe Gear
Giveaway will be made monthly throughout 2016. 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.
A special thanks goes out to the many
sponsors for the 2016 - 11th Annual PMHS Basketball Golf Tournament
that was held in September:
Abrasives & Tools of NH, Rustic Crust,
PMHS Booster Club, Pittsfield Police Association, Northeast Delta
Dental, Regency Mortgage, Podmore Industries, Alpha Design &
Composition , Bell Brothers, and the US Airforce Recruiting Office.
Josiah Carpenter Library Monthly News ~ October 2016
Josiah Teen Book Worms Discussing “I am Malala” by Malala Yousafzai
on Thursday, October 6th between 7-8:30 pm at the
Preschool story hour 10:00 am – 11:00 am
October 13, 20 & 27 Join Mrs. Grainger & Ms. Rosalie for a fun
filled hour of stories, crafts and a snack. Ages 2 – 5 Fall 1,000
Books before Kindergarten Celebration will be held at the Pittsfield
community Center October 12th from 6:30-7:30 pm. Parents in the
community have signed up 53 of their children aged 5 and under to
participate in a state wide initative to read 1,000 books before
entering Kindergarten. Have you received your book bag, notebook and
free book yet? Have you read 100 or more books? Registered
participants are invited to a Curious George Birthday party
celebration where parents and children who have read 100 books or
more will be recognized. Storytime, craft and birthday cake
October 19th Mrs. Grainger visits
Blueberry Express Daycare to read stories from the library from
10:00-11:00 am Mini Technology tutorials offered on Tuesdays and
Thursdays by appointment.
1, 2, 3, Cook! Tuesday, October 18 at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm. join us
for “Gluten Free: what’s the scoop?” a presentation on vegetable
dishes and what makes a recipe “gluten-free”? What are the
advantages of a gluten-free diet? Lunch at the center is
served prior to this meeting for $2.00.
Library Board of Trustees Meeting
Wednesday, October 19th at 7 pm Welcome Young Adult author, Erin
Bowman! October 21st 10:15 am at the Pittsfield Middle High School.
More information to follow. . .
Read Meet & Talk Join us for an exciting book discussion on “Still
Life with Breadcrumbs” by Anna Quindlen. The book club meets at the
Pittsfield Senior Community Center Tuesday, October 25th
at 10:30. Stay for a leisurely lunch afterward.
Spooky, Not so scary, Story night- October 27th from 7-8:30 pm
Put on by the Pittsfield Writer Circle
To our patrons and friends:
It’s official. The keys have been
handed over and we are finding out what “retire” means
We have had ten interesting years managing
the Clothes Closet, learning new skills, serving the community and,
especially, meeting so many people who have become regular customers
The same staff will continue to provide a good shopping experience
for you under the leadership of Phyllis Conway assisted by Joyce
Pearson and a wonderful group of volunteers. We have confidence in
their capable hands and hope the public will support and
appreciate their endeavors as you have ours.
The Clothes Closet has a long history of good will to the town of
Pittsfield and surrounding areas. Your continued donations and
purchases will assure that the tradition continues.
Blessings to all.
Beverly and Rene Drolet
Secret Santa Program
Fall weather is just starting, but here at
the Pittsfield Fire Dept we’re already getting underway with plans
for Christmas. This program benefits families in need within our
community. We assist approximately 200-250 children each year, ages
birth to 14 years. We provide not only toys, but a warm outfit and
any needed winter outerwear. The needs of each family vary, but we
strive to assist them as much as possible.
That’s where you come in. This program is
fully funded by donations from local individuals and businesses. We
appreciate each and every one of you, and this program would not
exist without you. If you would like to assist, donations of new,
unwrapped toys or clothing can be dropped off at the fire station at
your convenience. Monetary donations are also very much appreciated.
We would like to have all donations received at the fire station by
November 15th to help us determine what gifts still need to be
purchased. If you will be donating toys or clothing, please contact
Kris at the Fire Station at 435-6807 to coordinate a time to drop
them off, or arrange for us to pick
Checks may be made payable to: Pittsfield
Submitted By Carl
Select board meeting 9/27/16- The second
of two public hearings were held this night- the first being a
‘Disorderly Residence Ordinance’ which is aimed at holding landlords
responsible if the police are called frequently to the same rental
unit. This is a controversial proposal that had many speaking on
both sides of the issue. Generally, the landlords in attendance
expressed the opinion that if the police are called they should be
holding the offenders responsible for their own behavior, not the
building owner. Conversely, a number of residents indicated that
this approach has not been successful and it is time to try
The other proposed ordinance is a
replacement for the existing Animal Control Policy and also has
residents on both sides of the issue. Free range chickens seem to be
the main target of the revised edition, but there are portions that
could effect other livestock as well. People’s right to farm,
especially in the rural zone should not be infringed upon, while
recognizing every landowner’s private property rights. The Board of
Selectmen will consider both proposals and then decide whether to
support moving them on to Town Meeting for voter consideration.
We approved a Local Emergency Operations
Plan update to bring the Plan current.
An aqueduct contract proposal from George
Sansoucy was submitted by the Aqueduct Purchase Committee for
consideration. No further action was taken on the subject at this
time. There is a final public hearing on the matter scheduled for
later this month. There will be an announcement in the Sun.
The Town Administrator asked for, and was
given, permission for the Town Hall employees to hand out candy to
Trick or Treaters, at their own expense, on Halloween, Monday Oct.
The selectmen’s office will be closed Oct.
10 for training. Other offices will remain open.
The State has asked that we recommend a
lawn watering ban due to the drought.
2 Highway Safety Grants for specific
patrol purposes were accepted totaling $13,650.
During public input Police Chief Cain
asked about the request to appoint Sgt. Walters to a parttime
position, and was informed the previously tabled item does not have
enough Board support to move forward for consideration.
We heard complaints and, refreshingly,
support for the Board was expressed by others.
Letter To The Editor
The election did not turn out the way we
had hoped but I want to take this moment to thank you all for your
support and encouragement over the course of the Primary.
There are so many people to thank, I am afraid I will leave someone
out, but here goes. To my Co-Chairs and all of you who were on
my steering committee, those of you who helped me at the
polls, let me put signs on your property, helped with the various
events and especially those who worked so hard every day, you have
my heartfelt thanks.
My message of small government and low spending which leads to low
taxes while not forgetting those most vulnerable in our society was
well received in many places. I feel confident the majority of
voters agree with the fact that government can not grow faster than
the people’s ability to pay for it.
Once again, thank you all and remember the
candidates most likely to keep spending in check and Government
small, while supporting our Constitution and reducing Taxes, are the
folks under the Republican Banner on the November Ballot.
Pittsfield Senior Center News
Learning how to make flower arrangements,
at the Pittsfield Senior Center on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at
12:30 PM. Dana Sansom, an Associate Professor at UNH for
Horticulture Technology, will be teaching a flower arrangement
class. She will give ideas on how to make seasonal and beautiful
flower groupings using silk and dried flowers. If you have, a small
basket and items that you would like to use you can bring them to
the class. Otherwise, some items will be provided. The demonstration
is immediately after lunch so come in for lunch and stay for the
class. Please call 435-8482 if planning to attend, so the supplies
can be coordinated properly.
Join the Pittsfield Senior Center for
Brain Health by Christine Lauer on Thursday, October 13, at 10:00
AM. Christine is a Registered Dietician (RD) who works at the
Catholic Medical Center (CMC) in Manchester and she is instructing
the class, “Brain Health.” The brain is one of the most important
and complex organs we have and keeping it healthy is critical;
especially as we age. Brain health relates to the ability to
remember, learn, plan, concentrate, and maintain a clear, active
mind. Your lifestyle and dietary choices can affect how well your
brain functions. This class provides education, nutritional tips,
and support for a brain healthy lifestyle to improve a number of
conditions such as Alzheimer’s, ADHD, autism, anxiety, and
depression. These sessions are normally $19.00 per person and we are
offering them free. It is never too early to worry about brain
health! The class is in the room upstairs in the community center
above the senior center. Please call 435-8482 if planning to attend
space is limited.
Sweet & Hard
Join Laurie Houle and the members of the Pittsfield Historical
Society on Wednesday, October 12th at 7 PM in the undercroft of St.
Stephen’s Episcopal Church on Main Street for a special program on
Cider! Laurie, as you may know, is the current owner and
operator of Leavitt’s Cider Mill. She will be sharing not only her
expertise at making New Hampshire’s official beverage but has video
of the process and as a special treat, a film of a mill tour and
interview with the late Rueben Leavitt.
The colonist coming to the New World brought the knowledge about
making cider and the seeds, scions, and eventually the trees to put
their knowledge and skills to work growing apples and making cider
in the colonies. Hard cider and its diluted version
“beveraige” was the drink of choice for many New Englanders in
colonial times when drinking a “small” or a “strong” alcoholic
beverage was the norm to ward off an illness or to cure one you had
contracted. Many of the taverns in rural locations
depended on cider to provide their custom and travelers with a
potent potable at a frugal cost to the tavern keeper.
You are invited to bring your favorite recipes, photographs and
memories and join with other cider lovers to enjoy this tasty and
refreshing program. There will be a chance to sip a little
cider and have a snack that features cider after the program, There
will also be a special door prize for one lucky person.
So save the date and plan to attend the last Historical Society
program of the 2016 season.
Laconia: James (Jim) Pennock, 72, of Laconia, NH died August 21,
2016 after a long illness. He was the son of the late James
Pennock and the late Florence Pennock of Gilmanton.
Jim grew up in Gilmanton. He graduated from Pittsfield High
School in 1962.
Jim was an avid collector of coins, knives and guns. He was
saddened when he had to give up these cherished collections. He
loved music, and was a great rock-and-roll trivia player.
He was a devoted brother, uncle and great-uncle. He delighted
in entertaining and spoiling his nieces and great-nieces and great
nephews. He also routinely provided treats for the family
pets. His family and friends considered him to be a man of
Jim was the great-great-great grandson of
Luke Brooks, who was part of the Franconia surveying crew who are
credited with being the first white settlers to observe the Old Man
of the Mountains.
In addition to his parents, Jim was
predeceased by his brother John Pennock, step-mother Doris Pennock
and brother-in-law Ken Martin.
James is survived by family members
including his two sisters, Winnie Martin of Bedford and Joy
MacDonald of Naugatuck, Connecticut; sister-in-law Kathleen Pennock
of Pittsfield,brothers and sisters-in-law Larry and Naomi Miller of
Cleveland, Tennessee, Norman “Buzzy” and Carol Miller of Idaho, and
Dennis and Barbara Miller of Oregon; nieces Christina Shelton
of Grand Prairie, Texas, Marina Hyman of Bedford, Ann Marie Smith of
Pembroke, Angie Ingalls of Manchester and Brandi Marable of
Pittsfield; nephew Tim Buxton of Pittsfield; and great-nieces and
The family wishes to thank the staff at
the Lakes Region General Hospital for their compassionate care
during Jim’s last illness.
A private memorial service will be held by