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November 9, 2016

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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.






The Suncook Valley Sno-Riders will be holding their annual safety class on Saturday November 12, 2016.  It will be at the Barnstead Parade Fire Station, 305 Parade Rd., Barnstead NH 03218.  Class time is from 8 am to 3pm but please arrive between 7:30 and 8 to sign in. A parent needs to sign the child in and are encouraged to attend if they wish to do so.  Students must be 12 years old by the end of the riding season.  Lunch will be provided.  Please Contact Joe Hough at (603) 269-2270 or [email protected] to sign up and reserve a spot.



Ham & Bean Dinner


The Suncook Valley Sno-Riders 16th annual Ham and Bean Dinner will be on Saturday November 12, 2016 at the Barnstead Parade Fire Station.  A meal of ham, beans, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, roll, drinks and dessert will be served from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  The cost will be $8.00 for adults, $4.50 for ages 6 to 12, with 5 and under being free.



Pittsfield Elementary School will be hosting a Veteran’s Day Assembly on November 10 at 8:15 a.m. Parents, community members, and veterans are welcome to attend.



2016 Veterans Day Observance


Everyone is invited to the Pittsfield American Legion Peterson-Cramp Post 75 Veterans Day Observance.  The ceremony will begin at 1100 on Friday, November 11, 2016 and will honor the 100th anniversary of our involvement in “The Great War”.    Questions can be directed to First Vice Commander Vaughan at 603-344-0264.



C. Anderson’s Overview

11/1/16 Select Board Meeting

Submitted By Carl Anderson


The first hour was spent setting the tax rate, which was a new experience, at least for me. Due primarily to the budget approved last March and the Town’s valuation going down, there was no way around an increase in the tax rate. However, due to all expenditures being currently under budget and by using a portion of this year’s sale of town property, the amount of increase was held to $1.97 per thousand of assessed value- well under predictions last year at this time.


Fire Chief Pszonowsky gave a review of his department’s duties, responsibilities and command chain.


A property on Chestnut St. was deeded back to the previous owner, TD bank, our having received the outstanding taxes and fees. The bank had mailed their original payment to Pittsfield, Maine by mistake. When the deadline passed, we tax deeded the property. The error corrected, we were happy to deed it back.


The third quarter sewer warrant was signed and bills will soon be out. For reasons not entirely clear, a portion of the second quarter bills were never received by the ratepayers. Therefore some of the bills going out will include both the current and the unpaid previous bill. There will be no penalties for second quarter bills that were not received by ratepayers.


I was called to task for not reciting the entire discussion regarding Officer McCormack’s promotion from patrolman to sergeant on October 18 and the subsequent impact on the police department budget, in that week’s SUN article. I try to keep this overview brief to respect space constraints and also not to wear the readers out. In this case however, instead of making the situation clearer, it had the opposite effect. So, to clarify, the pay-grade (step) that Mr. McCormack has been promoted to is below the grade of recently retired Sgt. Walter, thus the annual cost to the town is $4,992 less than it had been. The reason I cast the only ‘no’ vote was that the promotion from the mid-patrolman pay grade to the Sgt. step grade being offered in this case represented about a 21% pay increase for the individual- more than I could find acceptable. I was not in favor of more than 8% despite the $4,992 proposed savings to the police budget. I was alone however, and the promotion passed 3-1. We all vote our conscience, in the best interests of the Town as we see it- but that is subjective and we don’t always agree. Nor should we. Hopefully that clears things up.



Christmas Fair Is Coming!

Mrs. Claus will be ready for Christmas in this stunning apron fashioned by Freda Jones. The Dorcas Guild’s Christmas Fair will be held November 19, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield.


One of the area’s great Christmas Fairs is being planned at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield, Saturday, November 19, from 9 to 2.  The fair and bake sale sponsored by the Dorcas Guild is one not to overlook.


There are many handcrafted things: sewn items, aprons, knit items, artwork, jewelry, crafts, as well as special gourmet and baked goods. Browse the “Unique Boutique” for outstanding values and the “Silent Auction” for those special gifts. Since the church’s Craft Fair will not be held this year, the Silent Auction’s final bids will be taken Sunday, December 4 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. in the church vestry.


Come to shop and stay for a corn chowder and sandwich lunch with homemade pies. Parking and wheelchair accessible entrance at rear of church; enter at Chestnut Street. For more info, call the church office at 435-7471.



St Stephen’s Annual Holly Fair


St Stephen’s Annual Holly Fair is a fun shopping outing for the whole family. Many handcrafted holiday decorations are available including decorated wreaths, centerpieces and various sizes of snowmen and reindeer constructed from birch logs. Pick out a pie, bread, cookies or preserves at the bake sale, take a lunch break of sandwich and soup at our café.


Our silent auction features many interesting and antique collectibles. This year we have pewter items including a punch bowl and coffee set. One of our parishioners makes lovely braided rugs. We’ll be auctioning one off as well as antique sleds, dolls, linens, a drop leaf table, fine art and so much more.


Come find that unique Christmas gift 9 AM to 2 PM Saturday November 19th. See you there!



Pittsfield Senior Center


On Tuesday, November 15, at 10:30am the Pittsfield Senior center is sponsoring the workshop, “Health and Mobile Technology” by the Concord Regional Visiting Nurses Association. Many applications run on mobile communication devices such as smartphones and tablets, which are creating new ways for individuals to live their lives. This interactive workshop will help you discover the world of apps and the assistance they can provide. Call 435-8482 by Friday, November 11, to reserve your spot and ensure the class occurs.


On Thursday, November 17, at 12:00pm we will have our special Thanksgiving meal. Come and celebrate all the things we have to be thankful for while eating some turkey with all the fixings. Please call 435-8482 to reserve your place and make sure the food can be planned accordingly.


On Tuesday, November 22, from 9:00 to 11:30am the Pittsfield Senior Center is having a Holiday Season Kickoff with a live musical performance by Bill Parker and a Bake and Craft sale. Bill puts on a great show by playing the harmonica, keyboard, and singing all at the same time. He will be performing form 10:30-11:30am. He sings a wide variety of music from the Great American Songbook, the show is free, so please come enjoy the show and stay for lunch. The Bake and Craft Sale is from 9:00-11:30am. This would be a great time to pick up homemade pies and other items for your Thanksgiving meal and do some Christmas shopping.




Left to right: Mickey King, Kay Snow, Pat Smith, Joyce Pearson, Pearl Donavitch, and Peggy Driscoll.


Our TOPS chapter recently celebrated KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly) anniversaries for two of our members.  Mickey has maintained her goal status for 3 years.  She has been our chapter leader for the past two years and is helpful in many ways.  Peggy has maintained her goal for 10 years.  She is supportive of the chapter and makes phone calls or sends notes to members. We look up to these ladies who have accomplished their goals as it is a challenge to maintain weight loss goals.


Pat also read an interesting article about Fructose. It stated the cautions about too much fructose in the diet and detailed what foods contained fructose.  Jon read an article about healthy snacks, what to include and what to avoid.  Our members often share helpful information about nutrition to help us make good food choices. 


We invite you to come to see what our meetings are like.  Hopefully you will receive benefits from information about healthy eating as well as support from members.  We meet on Tuesdays 6:30 at Berakah on Fairview Rd. Pittsfield.  Call Pat 435-5333 or Beth 435-7397.



2016 Poinsettia Open House


Please come enjoy the spectacular color of over 40,000 poinsettias and 20,000 cyclamen that have been grown for the holiday season!


Location: D.S. Cole Growers (wholesale location) 251 North Village Rd., Loudon NH


When:  Saturday, November 19th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Tours are available at 10:00 and 11:00 or browse on your own.


*Learn about poinsettia growing and see some of the new and unusual varieties


* Tour our state-of-the-art facility


*This could be a great photo opportunity so bring a camera if you like.


*Please note that this is not a sales event; as a wholesale operation we do not sell to the general public.




Pittsfield 5/6 girls are the 2016 Suncook Valley Soccer Club champions! They were UNDEFEATED through the regular season and tournament.



Everything’s Up To Date At The Scenic Theatre


The Pittsfield Players will present their fall musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s’ classic Oklahoma! 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.


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. 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.


Everything is definitely up to date at the Scenic Theatre now that the Players’ new sprinkler system has been installed and activated. And in Oklahoma!, Everything’s Up To Date in Kansas City.



Will Parker, played by Pittsfield resident Jared Griffin, has just come back from Kansas City after winning $50 in a cow roping contest, so he can win the hand of Ado Annie Carnes, played by Cindi Bell. Jared, after a 15 year absence from the stage, returned to acting last year with 70 Girls, 70 at the Scenic Theatre. This year he returns to Oklahoma! as Will Parker, a part he played in 1999 with Auburn, Maine’s Community Little Theatre. Jared is in the Air National Guard at Pease, enjoys coaching his kids in softball and soccer and is finishing his BS in Business Management at Granite State College. A treat for the audience will be to see Jared, his wife Elisha and their three children Spencer, Faith and Carly on stage together, a new family first. o:p>


John Chinn of Epsom is taking on the sinister role of Jud Fry in this production. John is a relative newbie to the Pittsfield Players, and this is his first major role after appearing in Dearly Beloved, as the Detective in 70 Girls, 70 and acting as stage manager for The Game’s Afoot.


Although Jeff Gregoire has been with the Players for more than 25 years, this is his first time performing in a Players’ production in over seven years. This time he is appearing as the Persian peddler Ali Hakim, who Ado Annie has taken a shine to while Will Parker was away in Kansas City. Jeff has acted, directed, and produced with the Players and last fall he co-directed 70 Girls, 70 at the Scenic Theatre. 


Stay tuned for more cast information next week. And get your tickets now for this wonderful show at The Scenic Theatre, the home of the Pittsfield Players!



Pittsfield’s Secret Santa


Although Christmas is still weeks away, here at the fire department we are already hard at work preparing to meet the needs of Pittsfield’s residents. We aree accepting applications from those in need of assistance this holiday season. Applications will only be accepted until December 1st to allow time to prepare gifts for everyone. Children must be 14 years of age or younger to be eligible. The child’s parent or legal guardian must be the one to apply, and both they and the child must be  residents of Pittsfield. Please contact the  Pittsfield Fire Department at 435-6807 during regular business hours for more information or to apply.


This year we are also offering the ability to email applications, as we know that traveling is sometimes difficult for our residents. The email address is [email protected]. We will have a link to the application available on the Pittsfield Firefighters Association facebook page. This program is operated by volunteers, so if you leave a message it will be returned as quickly as possible but response may not be immediate.


The Secret Santa Fund relies on the generosity of residents and local businesses eager to help those less fortunate. Those interested in making donations may call 435-6807 to discuss specifics with Santa’s helpers. Financial donations may be sent directly to: Pittsfield Secret Santa, PO Box 392, Pittsfield NH 03263.



Foss Family Pittsfield Town Scholarship Trust Joins Global #GivingTuesday Movement

Donations to support scholarships for Pittsfield’s graduates.


The Foss Family Pittsfield Town Scholarship Trust  is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year on November 29, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.


The Foss Family Pittsfield Town Scholarship Trust is participating in #GivingTuesday to provide the Pittsfield Community, and its school alumni with a convenient way to support students who desire to further their education beyond the high school level.   


92Y −  a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around its core values of community service and giving back − conceptualized #GivingTuesday as a new way of linking individuals and causes to strengthen communities and encourage giving. In 2015, the fourth year of the movement, #GivingTuesday brought together over 45,000 partners in 71 countries and helped raise nearly $117 Million online in the US alone.


“We have been incredibly inspired by the generosity in time, efforts and ideas that have brought our concept for a worldwide movement into reality,” said Henry Timms, founder of #GivingTuesday and executive director of 92Y. “As we embark on our fifth year of #GivingTuesday, we are encouraged by the early response from partners eager to continue making an impact in this global conversation.”  


Those who are interested in joining The Foss Family Pittsfield Town Scholarship Trust’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit  For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (, Facebook page ( or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on social media.


About The Foss Family Pittsfield Town Scholarship Trust The Foss Family Pittsfield Town Scholarship Trust was established by Richard and Lois Foss in 2007 for the benefit of Pittsfield Middle High School graduates who wish to further their education beyond the high school level.  To-date the Trust as awarded scholarship totaling over $323,000 to 127 Pittsfield graduates.


About #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give—the 2016 iteration will be held on November 29, 2016. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners—nonprofits, businesses and corporations as well as families and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to create a global moment dedicated to giving around the world.


To learn more about #GivingTuesday participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, please visit:







Pittsfield Elementary School Thanksgiving Food Drive

Submitted By: ABC Kindness Club


This year, the Pittsfield Elementary School ABC Kindness club is going to start the Thanksgiving Food Drive like every other year. Our goal is to collect enough food to donate to the Pittsfield Food Pantry for families in need of these items.


For this Food Drive, we would like donations such as canned food, things that don’t need to be refrigerated, and cereal (non-perishable items). There could be more items you could bring in; these are just examples (just make sure they don’t expire soon). This year we will also donate hygiene items, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, etc.


We hope that everybody can participate in this Food Drive in any way possible to help these families. In the end, at PES we will weigh and count the items. The class who has the heaviest or has the most items will win a prize. That means two classes will get a prize at the end.  Happy Thanksgiving!



Revs. Tim and Bethany Groves, along with their four children, Mackenzie, Mikayla, Megan, and Micah, travel full time advancing God’s Kingdom through praise & worship, anointed singing and sign language, and the preaching of the Word. Join them at the Lighthouse Church of God (29 Watson Street, Pittsfield), Sunday, November 13th at 11am and 6 pm. All are welcome to this free event.




Clarence Gerlack, Sr.


PITTSFIELD- Clarence Gerlack, Sr., 76, of Pittsfield, passed away suddenly on October 31, 2016 with his family by his side.


Born on May 29, 1940 in Ware, MA, he was the son of the late Henry and Dorinda (Come) Gerlack.


Clarence was an outdoorsman through and through. He loved to hunt, ice fish and was always looking for something to keep him busy. He worked for over 40 years as a mechanic before his retirement. Mr. Gerlack proudly served as a member of the New Hampshire Army National Guard Besides his parents Clarence was also predeceased by his sister Cecilia and brother Billy.


Mr. Gerlack is survived by his wife Doris (Joy) Gerlack of Pittsfield; son, Clarence Gerlack, Jr. of Pittsfield and Scott Gerlack and his wife Becky of Gilmanton; daughter Penny Gerlack and her fiancé Jeff Hatch of Pittsfield; sisters, Madgeline, Della, Shirley and Elleanor; brothers Henry, Frank, Rollo and Alfred; grandchildren, Trisha, Trevor, Greg and Devin; seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.


A Graveside Service was held at Floral Park Cemetery, Pittsfield on Friday, November 4th. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to To share a memory or leave a condolence, please visit








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