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
Josiah Carpenter Library Monthly News ~
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
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
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.
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!
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
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
Pittsfield Players Revive Oklahoma! At The Scenic Theatre
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, www.pittsfieldplayers.com 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.
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
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
“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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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