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Pittsfield NH News

December 14, 2016

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Berakah, 96 Fairview Rd in Pittsfield is inviting all who wish to celebrate the Winter Solstice on Tuesday, December 20, 5 – 6:30  p.m.  The evening will begin in the warmth of the house with music and a reflection on the meaning of transition from darkness to LIGHT.  Weather permitting, we will light a fire outdoors. The celebration will culminate by all sharing hot soup.  Call 435-7271 or email [email protected] for more information or to register. Free will offering.



Auditions Slated For Pittsfield Players Kids’ Theater Workshop

Singin’ In The Rain, Jr.


Director Maye Hart has announced auditions for this years’ Pittsfield Players’ Kids’ Theater Workshop presentation of the classic musical Singin’ In The Rain, Jr. The show has 30 or more named parts for kids ages 8 to 18, and great songs such as Lucky Star, Moses Supposes, Good Morning, Broadway Melody, and the classic Singin’ In The Rain. Can we make it rain on stage? Stay tuned. 


Auditions will be held on Sunday and Monday, December 18 and 19 at 4 pm each day. Auditioners will be taught a song and asked to sing either solo or in a group, and they will learn a simple dance routine as well as read from the script. Auditioners may also prepare a song of their own to sing, but that is not a requirement. The show will run the week of February 20—25, 2017, right before February vacation.


For more information about the show and the Players’ Kids’ Theater Workshop, contact [email protected].



Candlelight Christmas Eve


Join your friends and neighbors and bring the whole family to a wonderful traditional candlelight service Christmas Eve, 7 p.m., at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main St., Pittsfield. The service includes beautiful music by the Chancel Choir and the JuBellation Handbell Choir, scripture lessons, the story of the first Christmas, the sanctuary shimmering in candlelight and the singing of “Silent Night.” Include this lovely evening service in your holiday plans. Parking and wheelchair accessible entry are available at rear of church at Chestnut Street. For more information, call the church office at 435-7471.



Letter To The Editor


Pittsfield Selectmen’s meetings are becoming a place for town employee’s, and certain citizens attending the meetings to Intimidate, harass and bully the selectmen into increasing the town budget no matter the cost. 


Every meeting I attend seems to be an informal bully pulpit by certain citizens and employee’s of the town who expect money to be increased within their budgets. I have heard the complaint’s of certain employee’s who have wasted hours of their time attending meetings to let the selectmen know that they are underfunded and need more help, yet they can sit at selectmen’s weekly meetings for hours wasting town resources. If they are so short staffed, they need to be working instead of intimidating our board of selectmen who volunteer their time to make a better town in the hopes that people can afford to live in our community.


The town and school need to stop overspending year after year. The school should be changing the structure of the SAU office which has continued to be fully staffed and funded as it was when we were a three school district SAU. The SAU should be cut back to less than 50% to save the taxpayer money and instead of Wednesday morning meetings taking place costing double busing they could meet in the afternoon around 1:30 P.M. and send all the students home at the same time.


It seems that whenever an item is donated to the town it seems that the donation has too many strings attached. Once an item is donated it becomes the property of the town and should be utilized by the town as the town sees fit. NO MORE STRINGS!!!!


Submitted by

Joan Osborne




With The Deepest Appreciation And Pride 


I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Suncook Valley Area Lions Club for the wonderful and humbling honor of bestowing me with the Melvin Jones Award.


The Lions Club has been part of my life for over 40 years, and over that period of time, I have witnessed this organization helping hundreds of thousands of children through their eye care program. Because of the generosity of local citizens, and my fellow Lions Club members, $1,000 was collected toward this effort. Each Melvin Jones Fellowship contribution can restore the sight of 167 children or provide Lions Quest to 67 youth.


I will be forever grateful for being chosen as a Melvin Jones Award recipient, and will wear my Melvin Jones Fellowship lapel pin and display the beautiful plaque I received with great pride.


John Topouzoglou



The Children’s Store

Treasure Trove in a Small Town

Submitted by Beverly Drolet


Every year in early December there is a special happening in Pittsfield that draws crowds of young shoppers to experience the pleasure of finding and buying that specially selected gift for Mom, Dad, Grammie, Grandpa, brother, sister, having it wrapped in holiday packaging and later placed under their own Christmas Tree for sharing on December 25th.  Sponsored by the Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce, the store for years has offered the opportunity for kids to shop for family members without having their adult parent or guardian on hand.  It is a wonderfully choreographed activity involving many committed adult and teen volunteers who transform a school gym into a festive and magical space.


How does this happen?  It begins many weeks beforehand when donations are received and tucked away.  The unloading takes place on Friday with many helping hand setting up tables, sorting gifts, planning out the gift wrap section and assigning tasks.  On Saturday morning breakfast is provided in the school cafeteria while children make out their lists of names... gotta make sure nobody gets missed.  Then the fun begins!   Each child is individually met at the door by a “Teen Elf,” given a bag to fill, then escorted around the tables to select a gift for someone on his/her list.  When the list is complete, purchases are paid for (most items are 50 cents, new or almost new) and then it is off to the wrapping section.  Stickers and labels complete the job and a lot of smiles accompany the happy shoppers as they take leave with their gifts. 


Ah-ahh the day isn’t over.  Hay rides, music, treats and the lighting of the town Christmas Tree  leave weary bodies with fond memories and good tidings. It is a blessed time in the heart of the village.



2017 Calendar Features Pittsfield’s Organizations

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The Improved Order of Red Men, Watchenot Tribe #11 was founded in October 1885 with 110 charter members and is further described in the Pittsfield Historical Society’s 2017 calendar available now.


More than 150 community organizations have been active in Pittsfield since 1900 and the Pittsfield Historical Society’s 2017 calendar highlights some of them.  The new calendar features 16 vintage photographs with descriptions of the organizations and identifies many of their members.  Do you recognize any?


Calendars are still only $10 apiece and can be purchased at the Pittsfield Town offices, the Josiah Carpenter Library, the Pittsfield Historical Society headquarters on Tuesday mornings between 9 am and noon, or by calling Fuzz Freese at 603-435-7777.  Don’t leave 2016 without one.



Strengthening Our Community- Facing Heroin And Substance Misuse  

A Roundtables, Not Podiums Community Dialogue.

Wednesday January 25. Doors Open 5:30, Event 6-8 pm in the Pittsfield Middle High School Cafeteria.


Gather with neighbors to learn more and focus on actions we can take in our community to address the opiate crisis- in prevention, treatment, and recovery.


All are welcome. Free. Light refreshments and childcare provided. Transportation available upon request.  Co-hosted by Pittsfield Wellness Coalition and Pittsfield Listens.


Register today


FMI, contact Pittsfield Listens at 603.312.6980 | [email protected].



Auditions Announced


The Pittsfield Players will hold open auditions for their March 2017 production of “Eat Your Heart Out” at the Scenic Theater, 6 Depot Street, Pittsfield.  Auditions will be held Sunday and Monday, December 18 and 19, at 7 p.m. each evening.


Cast requirements for this comedy by Nick Hall are three men and two women.  Auditioners will be asked to read from the script.  Performance dates will be in late March. 


“Eat Your Heart Out” is the story of Charlie, a personable young man intent on a stage career.  Between acting assignments, which is most of the time, he waits tables in a succession of New York City restaurants, ranging from posh to working-class.  Charlie encounters a succession of customers portrayed by the other actors in multiple roles.  These chance encounters enrich the lives of all who share parts of their life stories.  


For more information, contact Mike Hobson at [email protected].



What’s Up AT PYW?

A Big Thank You!


The Pittsfield Youth Workshop (PYW) is so grateful to have such great support from the community, schools, families, volunteers and staff!


As you already know, The Pittsfield Youth Workshop has been working diligently to improve the lives of youth in Pittsfield since 1986! This fall, we begin our celebration of PYW’s 30th year of service to the youth and families in our town. On Saturday, June 24th, 2017 we will hold an event to celebrate PYW and all the amazing people who have helped make this organization such a great success. Save the date, and keep an eye out for more details to come!


We have had another very exciting year and look forward to many more years supporting the youth and families in our town. The generosity and support from community members like you has allowed us to increase programs that  empower youth, build their self-esteem, and help them build stronger relationships and leadership within the  community. Over the past year, we have seen steady participation in all of our programs - a total of 220 individual youth participated in our programs and activities during the last fiscal year. We have continued to see an increase in the number of youth attending our Drop-In programs each day. On several occasions over 45 youth visited us on a single afternoon! Just imagine how many snacks we go through each day!


Most of us are grateful to have family, good health, a roof over our head, and food on the table. Not everyone is so lucky. If you feel you want to help but can’t give tangible items, volunteering time is a way to pay-it-forward, and a is a great way to give back to you community and to help others! 


Sometimes we can get wrapped up in our day-to-day lives and we can forget to say thanks for the simple gestures or the continued support we receive. We hope that each and every one of you that has helped support PYW in any way knows that it does not go unnoticed!


THANK YOU for all your support in 2016!


We hope you have a happy and safe Holiday Season! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!




Paul A. Paradise, Jr.

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Paul A. Paradise, Jr., 60, of Pembroke, died at a friend’s camp in Contoocook, NH on December 1, 2016 from complications of COPD. He was born September 20, 1956, in Rochester, NH., the son of Paul A. Paradis, Sr. and Bertha (Glidden) Trask. 


Paul loved trapping and was known by many as “The Trapper.” With his love for the outdoors, he spent most of his time enjoying nature, hunting, fishing and trapping.


Surviving members of his family include daughters, Samantha and Tabbitha; grandchildren Paul, Emery, Harley, Eve, Maddison, and Gabriel; sisters Susan and Donna and brother-in-law Bill; nieces and nephews Kristopher, Tyler, Billy, Lindsey, Zachary, Phoenix and Bree; mother Bertha Trask; stepfather Ronald Trask; stepmother Doris Paradis; and others dear to him: Jane, Misty, Crystal, Mark, Stacia, Karleigh, as well as too many others to name, but they know who they are.


Paul was predeceased by his father, Paul A. Paradis, Sr., and sister Paula Ann Paradis. 


Since Paul had a great love for the outdoors, a celebration of his life will be held outside in the summer.



Craig W. Creech

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Craig W. Creech, 45, resident of Loudon, passed away December 1, 2016. On this day the world lost a truly great man and Soldier.


Craig was the very best of everything good, always caring and gracious to all those who were fortunate enough to have shared in his life. Nonetheless, he was willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need, even a stranger. Craig was such a care free, fun guy, with a sense of humor and heart like no other. He served his family, friends and country with all his heart and ability, but it’s his unconditional love that will forever place him apart from the rest.  A truly dedicated family man, who loved being a father as much as he loved being a Soldier. Spending time with them meant the world to him,  throwing the ball around in the yard, hunting for squirrels, or having tea parties with his children were a few of his favorite pastimes.


Craig graduated from Pembroke academy in 1990 and shortly after enlisted into the military. SSG Creech was an active drilling member in the New Hampshire National Guard and also a full-time employee for over 20 years; retiring honorably as Staff Sergeant in December of 2015. SSG Creech was a proud combat Veteran who deployed to Iraq with 744th transportation Company in 2004. We thank him and are forever grateful for his 20 years of service to his country and for defending our freedom.


Craig was predeceased by his adoring mother Joan Creech. 


Left to cherish his  memory his loving father, Crawford Creech; his brothers, Law Creech and Crawford Creech; his uncle Skip (James Creech);  his aunts, Terry Creech, Donna Greenhalgh and Patricia DiFazia; nieces Jessie and Jenny Creech. Craig’s love and mother of his children, Amanda Creech; son and best friend John Creech and his best girl Shannon Creech. We are comforted knowing that “while he is absent from body, he is present with the lord.” 


Services were held on December 9th, at Bennett’s Funeral Home, burial followed at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen NH.


Arrangements are entrusted to the Bennett Funeral Home of Concord.


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