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November 23, 2016

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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!



Pittsfield 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.



Christmas Concert


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.



DAR Good Citizens


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 PRIZE.


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 questions.





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,

Rachel Wood



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 in Amherst.


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 Extension.


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, NH, 485-4459.



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 winners.


Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from your Legion family. Our next meeting will be on December 21st at 1900 hours.








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