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October 5, 2016

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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!



Departments In 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.



Thank You


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 library


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 included.


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



New Beginnings


To our patrons and friends:

It’s official.  The keys have been handed over  and we  are finding out what “retire” means in retirement.


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 and friends.


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



Pittsfield 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  them  up.


Checks may be made payable to: Pittsfield Secret Santa



Selectman’s Overview

Submitted By Carl Anderson


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 something new.


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. 31 .


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.


Best Regards,

Jim Adams



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.




James Pennock

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 character.


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 great-nephews.


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 the family.








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