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November 2, 2016

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Happy Belated Birthday to Victor Huse, Sr. who celebrated on November 1st!





Pittsfield Park and Rec Basketball signups, November 5th & 6th, 9-12 noon at the Community Center. Please call Darrell Wages at 603-812-6741 for additional information



The OLOL/St. Joseph Women’s Club will be holding their annual Christmas Bazaar on Sat., 11/5/16 from 9 AM to 2 PM at the Parish Hall in Northwood, NH (next door to Northwood Town Hall). There will be a cookie walk, baked goods, knit goods, a white elephant table, books, puzzles, and raffles. We will also offer a lunch to enjoy while you shop.



The Northwood CrankPullers Snowmobile Club will be hosting a Snowmobile Safety Course for ages 12-15 at the Lake Shore Farm (275 Jenness Pond Rd, Northwood) on Saturday, November 12th from 8 am to 3 pm. Lunch will be provided. To register, contact Jeremy DeTrude @ 603-833-7063.  Space is limited so call early. And as always we really appreciate our landowners and are always looking for new members.



Josiah Carpenter Library Monthly News ~ November 2016


Josiah Teen Book Worms Discussing “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs on Thursday, November 3rdth   between 7-8:30 pm at the library


Preschool story hour 10:00 am – 11:00 am November 3, 10, 17 Join Mrs. Grainger & Ms. Rosalie for a fun filled hour of stories, crafts and a snack. Ages 2 – 5 Mini Technology tutorials offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment.


November 8th – 2016 General and Presidential Election- Please vote! 


1, 2, 3, Cook! Tuesday, November 8th at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm. join us for “The Village Chicken” How to make the most of your “free range” purchase. Lunch at the center is served prior to this meeting for $2.00.


After School Maker Lego program resumes! Please join us for Lego fun on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 on November 9, 16, 30 and December 7, &14 New! Family Game Night! November 10th at 7:00 pm all ages welcome. Come play with us. We are open to learning new games. Some of the games we are exploring will be “Forbidden Island,”


November 11th- Library closed in observance of Veteran’s Day November 16th 2:30- 7:00 pm Open House- Please visit the library to celebrate and thank Carol Grainger for the many years of service she has given to the library. While Carol will be sorely missed, she has not gone away! She will continue her involvement with the Friends of the Library and as a per diem substitute. Carol has remarkable value as a community leader, who we will rely on for assistance well into the future.


Library Board of Trustees Meeting Wednesday, November 16 at 7 pm Pittsfield Writers Circle – new members welcome 7 pm


The Library will be closed November 24, 25 & 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday.  


Read Meet & Talk Join us for an exciting book discussion on “The Edge of the Orchard” by Tracy Chevalier.  The book club meets at the Pittsfield Senior Community Center Tuesday, November 29th   at 10:30. Stay for a leisurely lunch afterward.


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



C. Anderson’s Overview

10/25/16 Select Board Meeting

Submitted By Carl Anderson


This meeting was the first of some planned joint hearings of the select board and the budget committee, in an effort to streamline the budget process and perhaps reach a consensus a little earlier on. Perhaps there are some on the board and the committee who enjoy this number crunching - I am not one of them, however, and find it tedious but necessary.


The Fire, Police, and Highway Depts. gave their budget requests, with the Fire Dept increasing and the other two approximately level from last year. It is obvious that no stone will be left unturned by the budget process. Generally speaking, I find the salaries and benefits the most troubling, as it seems to me they are a disproportionate part of the overall budget.


I am committed to doing whatever I can to reduce, not level fund, the department budgets, but it is frustrating to see the amount of expenditures we have no control over. I still think we can make some roll-backs that will help the tax rate without major shortfalls in the services the town provides as long as people’s expectations are realistic. The new tax rate for this year is about to be set based on last March’s approved municipal and school budgets and there is the potential for a rude awakening when our second half bill comes out in Nov. We’ll see.


The next joint meeting of the BOS and the Budget Committee will be Nov. 15 at the town hall. The public is invited and encouraged to attend, and to speak up during the public input portion of the meeting.



Thank You


The Pittsfield Beautification Committee would like to thank the Citizens of Pittsfield for all of their support during our fund raisers as well as the kind words they’ve shared with us over the 2016 gardening season.  As most of you know, we have finished Phase II of the Aranosian Garden (next to Jack’s Pizza), which could not have been done without the hard work of Nick Penney (who also designed it), and Matt Niolet.  Thanks Guys!


The other Committee Members who made these gardens possible are Gail Allard, Nancy Barto, Paula Beliveau, Tina Fife, Carol Lambert, Ted Mitchell, Diana and Lucien Levesque, Carole Richardson, Pat Smith, and Ryan Wood.   And we couldn’t have done it without help from our Friends, Jim Allard, Joe Darrah, Paul Richardson, Hugh Sanborn, Len Smith, and Frank Wolfe.   We would also like to thank  Diamond Signs  and the organizations that sponsor our Gardens, Exit Realty, Jitters,  Barton’s Lumber, Rotary Club, Globe Manufacturing as well as those who display our collection boxes, Clark’s Grain Store, Town Pizza, Danis Market, Bell Brothers, and  Jack’s Pizza. 


A very special Thank You to Millican Nurseries for their generous discount of a Dawn Redwood tree for the Washington House garden.


We would also like to remind the dog owners and walkers to please not let their dogs in our gardens.   We have had to pick up dog poop all summer and dog urine burns the flowers and shrubs.   Please help us keep these gardens beautiful.  Thank you.


The Pittsfield Players Host Open House Saturday, November 12 The Pittsfield Players are excited to show you all the work that has been done at the Scenic Theatre. So, on November 12 from 2-4 PM the theatre will be open to the public for a free tour of the first and second floors.


We ask that you join us in celebrating the completion of our sprinkler system that everyone has worked so hard on raising funds for and installing. There will be opportunities to view the newly renovated lobby, the newly organized costume area, as well as a tour of the stage while we are in production of Oklahoma!


There will be free light refreshments, t-shirts, and sweatshirts for sale, as well as tickets to Oklahoma! for sale.


You can ask questions and take a look around back stage, too! Whether you’ve been to the theatre several times or never before, there’s always something new to see. Join us as we celebrate this accomplishment with the community.



30th Annual Concord Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration


Dick Patten, coordinator for the 30th annual Concord Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration is planning the annual event to be held on Friday, November 25 starting at 4 p.m. with activities for people of all ages leading up to the countdown to light the 35ft Christmas Tree in front of the State House Plaza on North Main Street in Concord .   This year’s event which draws thousands to downtown Concord is featuring the following events for people of all ages:  horse drawn wagon rides by Bruce Locke of Pittsfield; Pony rides, petting zoo that is set up on the lawn of the State House free with a donation asked.    The Christmas Tree in Eagle Square which is dedicated to the Armed Forces who can’t be home for the holidays will be lighted at 4 p.m.


The Brian Waldron Band featuring recording star Brian Waldron will entertain the crowd with holiday songs and entertainment from previous holiday shows he has put on for Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.   The stage is set up in front of the President Franklin Pierce monument on the Plaza.   Kevin Tucker and assistants will be decorating the stage with lights and making it festive for the concert.   


There will be a Blessing of the Creche and Tree at 4;45 p.m. by a member of the Concord Clergy.  Santa Claus will arrved at the State House Plaza at 5 p.m. courtesy of the Concord Fire Department.    Santa will visit with boys and girls and have photos taken of them.     The sponsors will be recognized at 5:45 p.m.   The countdown to light the 35ft tree will begin at 5:59 p.m. with fireworks to light the skies over Concord to officially begin the Holiday Season in the Greater Concord Area.   


There will be refreshments of hot choclate, hot apple cider, and more served by various local organizations.    


The Concord ImagingCenter is once again a major sponsor of this event, however The Rowley Insurance Agency, Granite Group, AutoServ of Tilton -Dennis Gaudette and Steve Duprey have pledged their support.    The committee needs to raise an additional $4,000 dollars to help offset unexpected expenses.   There have been pledges by  several but until  they are received in hand and despoisted, it can not be counted.   Please send in your pledge so activities won’t be cancelled.   


Please contact Dick Patten at 496-2917 for information.    WBIN Media and their local radio stations are also helping to fund the fireworks.



Pittsfield Players Revive Oklahoma! At The Scenic Theatre


The Pittsfield Players are now hard at work on their fall musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s’ classic Oklahoma! This year marks the 61st anniversary of the opening of Oklahoma! on Broadway, and it is known as the show that changed the face of musical theater forever. The Players’ show will run at the Scenic Theatre on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 11, 12 and 13, and again on Friday and Saturday, November 18 and 19. All shows are at 7:30 pm, except the Sunday matinee, which is at 2 pm. Tickets, which are $17 per person, are now on sale. You can purchase them by visiting the Players’ website, and clicking on the TicketLeap button, or you can reserve seats by calling 435-8852. When you call, be sure to spell your last name as part of your message.


When Oklahoma! opened on Broadway on March 31, 1943, it was a box office smash and ran for an unprecedented 2,212 performances. Prior to Oklahoma! musicals were simply plays interrupted by songs, but the first collaboration of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein changed that format by seamlessly blending the dialogue and the music into a brand new format that became the standard from then on.


This marks the second time the Players have staged Oklahoma! Their first production ran in 1985 and was directed by Dennis Bunnell.


Cindi Bell


Lena Luongo


Phil Breton


Three members of the current cast and crew, Cindi Bell, Lena (Puliafico) Luongo, and accompanist Phil Breton were also in that show. It was Phil Breton’s first outing as accompanist with the Players, and he has become our go-to accompanist for almost every musical since then. He remembers rehearsing in the Odd Fellows Hall with no heat, a really beautiful grand piano and real bats hanging from the windows. And if you needed a bathroom, you had to go across the street to someone’s house and use theirs. He remembers cast  Andy Pinard and Jay Clark being in the cast.  Lena has been in many of the Players musicals, and is actually reprising her original role as Ellen in this new production. She remembers Karen Jordan and Michael Wilkes in the starring roles, and current Players member Chet Fuller as well. Cindi Bell was a brand new teenager then, the granddaughter of the Players’ founders Roland and Helen Charron, and she says she remembers watching the actors and taking notes in her head. She also says she got her first stage kiss in that show. Three decades later, Cindi will be playing the role of Ado Annie in this production. Many things have changed since the Players’ first presented Oklahoma! including our purchase of The Scenic Theatre, our own stage, and many technical advances within our sets, lighting, and costuming, all contributing to a more elaborate production.


The show is directed by Maye Hart and choreographed by Dee Dee Pitcher, a team that has put together many great musical shows for Players’ audiences. Jim Hart is set designer and lighting designer, and Josh Crowell is stage manager and in charge of tickets. Get your tickets now for this wonderful musical with a fabulous cast! And stay tuned for more about the rest of the cast next week.



Globe, DuPont, And NVFC Announce More Winners In 2016 Gear Giveaway

A total of 52 sets of gear will be awarded in 2016


Globe, DuPont Protection Solutions (DuPont), and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have announced the latest round of winners in the 2016 Globe Gear Giveaway. This is the fifth year that Globe has partnered with DuPont and the NVFC to provide volunteer departments with critically needed sets of turnout gear. The Northwest Washington Volunteer Fire Company in Salem, IN, and the Sylvia-Yellow Creek Volunteer Fire Department in Dickson, TN, 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 2016 Globe Gear Giveaway,” said NVFC Chairman Kevin D. Quinn. “Compliant, correctly-fitting gear is paramount to keeping boots-on-the-ground firefighters safe as they work to protect our communities, yet many resource-constrained departments struggle with providing adequate gear to their first responders. We thank Globe and DuPont for their generosity and dedication to the safety and well-being of firefighters throughout the U.S. and Canada.”


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 500 applicants.


The Northwest Washington Volunteer Fire Company serves a 44-square-mile area in southern Indiana. After seeing a 25 percent increase in structure fires and a 50 percent increase in brush fires over the last few years, they enacted a recruitment campaign which increased their staffing from four to 11 firefighters. Most of their annual budget is spent on insurance, so they requested donated gear from other area departments to outfit their new volunteers – and traveled hundreds of miles to pick up the donations. Although they were able to get sets for everyone, all of the gear is more than 10 years old with most more than 15 years old. Most of their turnout pants have fraying threads, broken zippers, and damaged knee pads. The coats have the department names and last names of the previous owners. Despite these limitations, they work hard to serve their community, organizing events such as a township clean-up day and children’s toy drive.


“We take pride and care in what we have,” said Assistant Fire Chief William Slusser. “But we know that with up-to-date PPE, we will still see an increase in volunteerism and morale among our current members.”


The Sylvia-Yellow Creek Volunteer Fire Department is a small department in a very rural section of Dickson County, TN. The department was formed in 1998; by 2012 it was on the verge of having to shut down due to lack of member support and funds. With new leadership, the department has revived and has increased from two members in 2013 to 16 members in 2016. The new membership has been hard at work, launching an annual smoke detector campaign, hosting fundraisers, and receiving an Insurance Service Office rating, which saves local homeowners an average of $200 a year on their insurance premium. Unfortunately, they only have 10 sets of turnout gear for their 16 active members. Seven of those sets are more than 10 years old and are worn and mismatched.


“Whether we make one call or 100, the safety of our firefighters is our number one priority,” said Chief Donald Tinsley. The four sets of new, compliant Globe gear will go far in increasing the safety of the department’s firefighters.


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.



Globe Manufacturing Wins International Achievement Award For ATHLETIX™ Turnout Gear Design and Innovation

Manufacturer Designs The Future Of Turnout Gear


Globe Manufacturing Company announced that it was awarded the 2016 International Achievement Awards (IAA) Award of Excellence and Best in Category for Advanced Textiles. The award was presented by Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) at their IFAI Expo, the largest specialty fabrics trade show in the Americas, held in Charlotte, North Carolina, on October 20.


Globe received the Award of Excellence and Best in Category for Advanced Textiles for its new ATHLETIX™ turnout gear, which is unlike any firefighter turnout gear today.


Globe collaborated with three supplier partners on the development of the new materials that enable this all-new design: KOMBAT™ STRETCH PBI®/KEVLAR® fabric, manufactured by TenCate Protective Fabrics, allows closer, less bulky fit with unprecedented range of motion and more flexibility while providing premium thermal break open protection; NOMEX® NANO thermal barrier material, manufactured by DuPont Protection Solutions, is thinner, lighter, more flexible, more breathable, and quicker drying; and 3M™ SCOTCHLITE™ COMFORT TRIM reflective material, manufactured by 3M Company, is segmented and heat sealed to be lighter, more flexible, and breathable without sacrificing visibility.


For more than six decades, IAA has recognized excellence in design and innovation, highlighting truly spectacular work in the specialty fabrics and technical textiles industry. IFAI’s goal is to promote awareness of the specialty fabrics used in thousands of products and applications in the growing, $130 billion-plus dollar global fabrics marketplace.


IFAI received a total of 296 entries from 10 countries in 42 categories in this year’s competition. Winners were selected based on complexity, design, workmanship, uniqueness, and function. Judges included industry experts, editors, architects, educators, and design professionals.


“At Globe, we are proud of our long history of innovation. It’s in our DNA,” said Rob Freese, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Globe Manufacturing Company. “Our new ATHLETIX™ turnout gear was inspired by interviews with hundreds of firefighters and made possible through collaboration with our suppliers who take the same ‘Voice of the Customer’ approach to product development and share our passion for firefighter safety.”



Letter To The Editor


To the editor:

In this divisive election season, it’s easy to forget how much we can accomplish when we put our differences aside and work together.  But that’s exactly what we must do once the dust settles from this election.  There’s too much important work ahead of us to let politics get in the way of results.


It has been an honor representing the 19 communities of Executive Council District 4 for the past four years, and I ask for your support because I want to ensure New Hampshire stays on the right path for the future.


On the Council, I have made customer service a top priority.  I have met with boards of selectmen and town councils in every community, and I always do my best to help constituents and businesses when they need assistance.


As your Councilor, I have supported a robust, bipartisan response to the opioid crisis that focuses on saving lives.  I advocated for an expanded program of road paving and bridge repair.  I have also fought to keep ideology out of decision-making around health care, because I believe that patient care and public health should never be compromised by politics.


I am proud to have the support of Republicans, independents, and Democrats in this campaign.  That’s important because if we are going to make New Hampshire an even better place to call home, we need to do it together.


On November 8th, I ask for your vote to keep serving you on the Executive Council.


Executive Councilor Chris Pappas





To the inhabitants of said towns of Epsom and Pittsfield, My name is Michael Brewster, second term State Representative candidate. I am a native of Pittsfield, carpenter by trade. I have  a lifetime of helping homeowners, businesses, farmers, and the communities with their building repairs.


I have two daughters; the first is a business executive with two boys, two and four years of age. The father is a part-time stay-at-home dad. The second daughter is at her last term of studies, Masters in Epidemiology (study of diseases), is employed at HHS writing analysis of NH Health Facilities infection and diseases.


I have over 30 years of walking those Halls of Law as a citizen. I have witnessed most hearings involving Health and Human Services and so many more.


Today those halls are Halls of Abuse, Crimes, Favoritism, Greed... Citizens have less accountability, right to know, access to true records and transparency.


Halls of “Ugly” Halls of Shame.


Here are some of the sources of the Booty from the state pirating: Citizens with Disabilities, fund for most all child welfare services, Victim of Crimes, Police Academy, Granite Hammer, Forfeiture Funds for Drug Task Force, Meals and Room Tax, Education Funds. Hundreds more.


I do follow finance and audits.


Last term it was an honor addressing my constituents  and citizens government issues. I ignored no citizen’s issues. These citizens I helped all got ignored by other representatives. I will bring your government concerns forward.


NH Government bureaucrats and Rinos are out of control, criminally. Too big for their britches.


I believe in the State Constitution and its older Amendments. Too many amendments changed to the worst over 54 times since WWII.


Truthfulness makes good governance. We shall do better.


I appreciate your vote. Thank you.


Michael Brewster



Fantastic Fair

One of the many items on the Silent Auction is this handcrafted braided rug by Elaine Coffey. The Dorcas Guild’s Christmas Fair will be held November 19, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Come one, come all to the Christmas Fair and Bake Sale at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield, Saturday, November 19, from 9 to 2.  Sponsored by The Dorcas Guild, this fair is nothing short of fantastic.


There are many handcrafted things: kitchen items, aprons, mittens, hats, artwork, jewelry, toys and special gourmet and baked goods. Don’t forget the “Unique Boutique” for outstanding values and the “Silent Auction” for those special gifts.


Come to shop and stay for a low-cost corn chowder and sandwich lunch with homemade pies. One of New Hampshire’s great church fairs, this one is not to be missed. Parking and wheelchair accessible entrance at rear of church, enter at Chestnut Street. For more info, call the church office at 435-7471.



The Dorcas Guild


The October meeting of the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield’s Dorcas Guild began with a call to order and welcome to the 18 attendees by President Mary Jo Powelson at 6:35 p.m.


Corine Miller and Carolyn Davis shared devotions with a piece about World Kindness Day designated for Nov. 13. Little gestures of kindness make a big difference and are worthwhile. Then they shared a story about the “Nine Nanas” and their mission to create happiness. All joined in “The Lord’s Prayer.”


Diane Vaughan reported on cards sent and more were sent around for signing. The September minutes and the treasurer’s report were accepted. The food basket brought by Kathy Bergeron went to Linda Stasiak and will go next to Evelyn Sheehy Richard. The mystery package brought by Reny Boyd was won by Evelyn.


Our service project of providing twin-sized spreads, blankets, adult hats and mittens for the VA was complete as of this meeting and Mary Jo will take the lead in getting the items delivered.


We are reminded that our group has taken on the responsibility of the World Day of Prayer for 2017, the actual day being Friday, March 3, 2017 with the focus on the Philippines.


We next discussed our Christmas Fair on November 19 with Peggy Jacobs and Kathy Bergeron as co-chairs. After a lengthy discussion on the Craft Fair, a paper vote was taken and the decision was made to cancel this fair with the intent to readdress it next year. Silent Auction bids will end December 4.


After delicious refreshments, the meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m. The next meeting is November 8 at 6:30 p.m. Hostesses are Diane Vaughan and Linda Towle. Wednesday work meetings continue until November 16, 10 a.m., when we will set up for the fair.








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