A collection of Suncook Valley churches will be celebrating a
community-wide Thanksgiving Eve Service. Please join us on
Wednesday, 11/23 at 6:30 p.m. for fellowship, worship music, prayer
and a message. All are welcome. Service will be held at
Grace Capital Church, 55 Barnstead Road, Pittsfield. (Please
note time change from last week's post. Correct time is 6:30.)
Grace Capital Church of 55 Barnstead Road, Pittsfield will be
celebrating a community-wide Thanksgiving Eve Service. Please
join us on Wednesday, 11/23 at 7:00 p.m. for fellowship, worship
music, prayer and a message. All are welcome. We’d love
to meet you.
EXIT Reward Realty is now accepting unwrapped new toys for the Toys
for Tots program. You can drop off your toy at either of the
EXIT Reward Realty locations: 79 High St. in Pittsfield or 1022
Dover Rd., Unit 6 in Epsom. We will be accepting toys until
December 2, 2016. Help a child in need this Holiday Season!
Players Annual Christmas Show
The Pittsfield Players are doing something
a little different this year, a little unexpected, and a lot of fun.
While we will still be hosting our annual FREE Christmas show to the
community on Thursday December 8 at 7:30 PM at the Scenic Theater;
we will also be offering more than one chance to see the show with a
ticket price of $12.
The FREE THURSDAY showing of Dickens’
Christmas Carol, A Traveling Travesty in Two Tumultuous Acts,
directed by Marty Williams and produced by Meggin Dail will be open
seating but the rest of the shows will be reserved seating on
Friday, Saturday and Sunday December 9, 10 & 11 plus Friday and
Saturday, December 16 & 17. Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30,
Sunday at 2PM.
Because of the amount of time and effort
put into this raucously funny Christmas themed show, the director
and actors felt they needed to give you every opportunity to enjoy
the work put into this Dickens Christmas Carol gone horribly awry.
You’re reading that right, the Pittsfield
Players Christmas show will be FREE on THURSDAY night Dec. 8
(tickets still needed for this show) but we will also give you FIVE
MORE times to see it for the low cost of $12. Keep watching The
Suncook Valley Sun for more information on this lift me up, pick me
up Christmas show.
The First Congregational Church, 24 Main
St., Pittsfield, is pleased to present a Christmas concert Friday,
December 9, 7 p.m. This special concert entitled, “Christmas Joy,”
will feature the church’s Chancel Choir, the JuBellation Handbell
Choir along with special guest, Bill Parker. Be sure to include this
free delightful concert and carol sing-along for all ages in your
holiday plans. Parking and wheelchair accessible entry located at
rear of church on Chestnut Street. For more information, call the
church office at 435-7471.
The Buntin-Rumford-Webster Greater Concord
Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) held its
November meeting on November 8, 2016. The program for the meeting
was to introduce and celebrate the six area high school seniors who
have been nominated by their schools as DAR Good Citizens for 2016.
The Buntin-Rumford-Webster Chapter Good Citizens are Katherine
McMurphy, from Bishop Brady High School; Sohani Demian, from Bow
High School; Skyler Burley Boudreau, from Franklin High School;
Elizabeth West, from Merrimack Valley High School; Cole Sporcic,
from Pembroke Academy; and Brienne Hill, from Pittsfield High
School. These young adults are scholars, student leaders, student
athletes, members of honor societies, and involved with their
communities. They exemplify the qualities of a good citizen, which
are: dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. Five of the
six students attended the meeting with their parents and several
school guidance counselors. The students received an honorarium,
Good Citizen pin and card.
Good Citizens and their BRW DAR sponsors:
from left to right standing Katherine McMurphy, Brienne Hill, Cole
Sporcic, Sohani Demian, and and Elizabeth West. BRW members seated:
Sheila Knight, Irene Muir, Joyce Hill, Janet Anderson, and Vice
Regent Kay Sternenberg
Pittsfield Christmas Tree Lighting And
Children’s Store Celebration
Save the Date, Saturday, Dec. 3 – the Greater Pittsfield Chamber of
Commerce will sponsor the annual Christmas Tree Lighting and
Children’s Store Celebration.
The day begins with the Pittsfield Elementary School PTO sponsored
Breakfast with Santa. Breakfast will be served for $3.00 per
person between 8:00-9:30am in the PES Cafeteria. Photos with
Santa will be available for $1.00 each. This is a fundraising
event for the PTO. Then after a hearty breakfast kids can shop
at the Children’s Store at the PES Gym from 9:00-noon. The
Victory Workers 4-H Club will be hosting a Cookie Walk at PES during
the Children’s Store – parents will have an activity to keep them
busy while the kids shop.
Volunteer “elves” will assist shoppers up to age 16 in purchasing
gifts for their parents, siblings, teachers or friends. The
Store is open to CHILDREN ONLY – sorry, no adults allowed.
Most of the items are new or nearly new and can be purchased for
$1.00 or less. Some items are more expensive. There is
also free gift wrapping available.
Anyone interested in donating items(new or nearly new), Christmas
wrapping paper, GIFT BAGS (the wrappers love gift bags), tags or
tape may drop them off to the various donation boxes at Jitters
Café, Pittsfield Post Office, Pittsfield Town Hall, Northway Bank
and Epping Well Co. Monetary donations are gladly accepted to help
defray some of the costs associated with the event. Please
make checks payable to: Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce and
mail to Greater Chamber of Commerce, Attn: Children’s Store/Tree
Lighting, P.O. Box 234, Pittsfield, NH 03263.
The celebration continues at DUSTIN PARK from 4-6pm (on Sat., Dec.
3) The Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration is fun for the whole
family and is a great community event. There will be FREE
horse drawn wagon rides, Holiday music by the Joyce Family, cookies,
cocoa, popcorn, and candycanes to enjoy. Inside PYW
(Pittsfield Youth Workshop) there will be a Gingerbread House
Display and raffle, face painting, visit with SANTA (who will arrive
via Firetruck around 4pm), Free pictures with Santa and feel free to
bring your own camera. HOT chili, chowder, and soups will be
available for a donation of a canned or packaged food (or purchased
for a few dollars) to benefit our LOCAL FOOD PANTRY.
HOLIDAY STORY TIME from 4-5:30pm at the
Park St. Baptist Church basement (beside PYW) – on Sat, Dec. 3 – All
ages are welcome to come to the Library and enjoy some Holiday
stories with Mrs. Grainger.
Get in the Holiday Spirit and DECORATE A WREATH and enter it in the
Decorated Wreath Contest – decorate it anyway you’d like- drop it
off at PYW (Dustin Park) by 3:45pm (on Sat, Dec. 3) and the public
will vote for the best one! Winner will receive a $50 CASH
A raffle for a (fresh) Christmas Tree will be held. Free -One
entry per person. The winner will be able to choose their tree
from the selection the Corinithian Lodge Masons will have available.
The Highlight of the Celebration will be everyone gathering around
the Christmas Tree, singing Holiday songs and counting down to the
Lighting of the TREE.
For more information, please contact Andi Riel at 435-6346 or visit
Gordon and Barbara Martin of Pittsfield
wish all a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving!
Seated left to right: Sandy Gilmore, Suzie Fife, Beth Odell,
Pat Smith, Holly Brown. Standing left to right: April Ellis, Pearl
Donavitch, Jon Martin, Joyce Pearson
Nine members of our TOPS chapter attended a recent NH TOPS Fall
Rally in Rochester. The rally had a fun Mardi Gras theme for the day
that provided fun, inspiration, competition and recognition. Members
are recognized for various milestones in their weight loss over the
summer months. Linda Davis had the highest weight loss for our
chapter during this time period. Awards were also given for
those who walked many miles during this time. Yes, miles! Our
chapter had two members who were recognized. Joyce Pearson
walked 537 miles and Pat Smith walked 474 miles.
Congratulations to these ladies.
We invite you to attend our weekly meetings to learn how TOPS can
benefit you. We meet at Berakah on Fairview Rd. Pittsfield
Tuesdays 6:30. Call Pat 435-5333 or Beth 435-7397 if you have
To the hoodlums who stole our Trump sign
from our front yard last Monday,
I can confirm the following: On January 20th, Donald Trump
will be inaugurated the 45th President of the United States.
For the past year, numerous residents in Pittsfield have told us
they could not place a Trump sign in their yard because it would be
stolen or vandalized. That such behavior is so prevalent in
our town is disgusting on its face. That the rest of us who
respect the personal property of others are supposed to quietly
tolerate this behavior is truly DEPLORABLE.
I realize that petty thieves and vandals probably do not read
newspapers, but perhaps the people around them do. If anyone
finds our Trump/Pence/eagle/NRA sign hanging around somewhere still
intact, we would appreciate it being returned. We actually
never intended to throw it away, we did want to save it.
God Bless Our Troops,
Regional Services And Education Center
Announces 2016-2017 1st Quarter Honor Roll
Amherst, NH – Regional Services and
Education Centers, Inc., (RSEC) a non-profit educational
collaborative that provides comprehensive educational programs and
services to southern New Hampshire, is pleased to announce the
honors and high honors recipients for its two alternative high
school programs, Longview School in Deerfield and The RSEC Academy
The 1st Quarter 2016-2017 honor recipients
are as follows:
Longview School in Deerfield, NH
Honors (no grade lower than 80%)
Amanda Caye, of Exeter
Hayden Cyr, of East Kingston
Matt DeMarais, of Epping
Mira DeStefano, of Nashua
Emily Muse, of Pittsfield
They Sawed Up A Storm
By Sarah S. Smith
Join us as Sarah presents the story of the
Turkey Pond Sawmill in Concord.
Sarah has written the book, “They Sawed Up
A Storm” based on this historical event.
Sarah spent 27 years as the Forestry
Industry Specialist with the University of New Hampshire Cooperative
In 1942, a group of New Hampshire women operated a sawmill on the
shores of Turkey Pond, Concord. The sawmill, one of two on the
pond, was built to saw up what remained of the logs stored in the
water from the 1938 hurricane. “They Sawed Up A Storm” is a
photo presentation about this group of women, the 1938 hurricane and
the determination of the people of New England.
Join us Friday, December 9th At 1:30 (No
Charge), Fort Mountain Companies – 168 Granite Street Allenstown,
American Legion Post 88 News
Submitted By Shawn Jones
At our October meeting we had 15 members present. Gary Tasker
reported that he got an estimate of approximately $1,000.00 to
install an exterior light on the back side of the building facing
the parking lot. Members thought this was too much and want to
explore other options. I reported that that phone line is now
working. Our number is the same as the old one, 603-798-5875. Our
website is still being worked on by Gary’s grandson, Alex, and we
have an email address of [email protected]. I have
received emails at this address as word of it gets out.
The solar flag pole light was installed. I
volunteered to look at our options of flag size to put on the pole,
3x5 or 5x8. Ken Ward and myself would be looking at having Ken make
curtains for our windows.
Jim Timmins via an email requested the
post look into water quality testing. Building Committee member Stan
Prescott volunteered to have NH DES test our water for a fee. Stan
was also going to look at refrigerator options.
The Chichester Grange sent a letter to the
post and asked us if we would once again make a donation to help
purchase dictionaries for Loudon Elementary School students. We
voted to donate half the cost of $122.20 with the Loudon Lions Club
picking up the other half of the cost. We partnered last year with
the Lions to take over buying the dictionaries since the Grange’s
resources are very limited.
We also voted to make a donation of
$250.00 to the Loudon Food Pantry. Historian Mike Moffett will
deliver the check.
Cub Scout Pack 247 with leader Dave Zarges
started meeting at our post every other Monday. Boy Scout Pack 247
with leader John Decato will start meeting at the post every other
Thursday starting in November.
Fifteen members attended the November
meeting. Under old business we had the following updates: Stan
reported that the water tested normal and is safe to drink. Stan and
I installed a new refrigerator we purchased on sale at Lowe’s.
Thanks to Stan for his leg work on finding us a reasonably priced
unit. Stan also provided information on an outside LED sensor
security light that he has experience with. For the cost of
approximately $109.00 we agreed I would find the light fixture at
Home Depot and purchase it. Ken Ward has made some real nice
curtains for our windows. He hung them on the night of our meeting.
The only thing left to do is to add on the military branch patches
once that order comes in. Thanks, Ken, for your time in making the
great looking curtains.
After checking with the town’s Zoning
Board to see if there were any restrictions on flag size, I raised a
3x5 American flag up on the pole. In the past week’s high wind, Stan
and I observed some leaning of the new fiberglass pole so we have
decided to stay with the current smaller flag size and I would look
into adding a POW/MIA flag to the pole. Any larger size flags would
cause the pole to flex even more.
I gave a brief update on our post rental
agreement. I had found the old one we once used and will use this as
a template for writing up a new one. After I have gathered some more
information of outside hall rentals, I will come back with a draft
proposal of what we can expect to rent the hall out for. We
discussed a two tier rental price depending on if the kitchen
appliances will be used for cooking and cleaning.
Under new business, two motions where made
and passed to donate another $250.00 to the Loudon Food Pantry and
$500.00 to the NH Veteran’s Home. Second Vice Commander James Small
will make the check presentations in December.
We welcome new member Ron Scovil to our
post, Ron has transferred from Post 200 to ours. The latest
membership total from the Department of NH is 87%. Our numbers are a
little higher than that since some recent renewals and transfers
have not caught up to the Department yet. I will be sending out a
dozen or so post cards to remind those members that we are counting
on their continued support for 2017 as we try to achieve 100 percent
membership by the end of December.
I let membership know about the new 100th
Centennial coins and clothing that are for sale through the
Department of NH. The challenge coins are $10.00 each and feature
the Old Man of the mountain on one side and the Legion logo on the
other. Anyone interested in purchasing a coin for your collection
can either contact Tony Rabbia or myself. Clothing items with the
Centennial logo is available on a per order basis. A portion of the
proceeds go back to the Department of NH to help raise funds for the
Legion’s 100th Anniversary in 2019. Order forms are available at the
post along with a poster of what a polo shirt looks like. You can
have the logo embroidered onto baseball hats, polo shirts, light
weight jackets and sweat shirts. Anyone who wants to see the poster
and obtain an order form can contact an officer of post 88 to be let
inside the post.
Our Commander’s Fund Raffle winners for
October were: $50-Michael J, $25-Kathy H., $10-Kathy F, $10-Jim G. &
$5-Steve B. The November winners where. $50-Will D., $25-Shawn J.,
$10-Russell S.,$10-Roy F. & $5-John G., congratulations to our
Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
from your Legion family. Our next meeting will be on December 21st
at 1900 hours.