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
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
more information about the show and the Players’ Kids’ Theater
Workshop, contact [email protected].
Candlelight Christmas Eve
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.
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.
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
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!!!!
Deepest Appreciation And Pride
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.
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.
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.
The Children’s Store
Trove in a Small Town
Submitted by Beverly Drolet
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.
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.
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
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
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
Roundtables, Not Podiums Community Dialogue.
Wednesday January 25. Doors Open 5:30, Event 6-8 pm in the
Pittsfield Middle High School Cafeteria.
with neighbors to learn more and focus on actions we can take in our
community to address the opiate crisis- in prevention, treatment,
welcome. Free. Light refreshments and childcare provided.
Transportation available upon request. Co-hosted by Pittsfield
Wellness Coalition and Pittsfield Listens.
Register today facebook.com/Pittsfieldlistens
contact Pittsfield Listens at 603.312.6980 |
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.
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.
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.
more information, contact Mike Hobson at
Up AT PYW?
Pittsfield Youth Workshop (PYW) is so grateful to have such great
support from the community, schools, families, volunteers and staff!
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!
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!
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!
YOU for all your support in 2016!
you have a happy and safe Holiday Season! Merry Christmas and Happy
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.
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
was predeceased by his father, Paul A. Paradis, Sr., and sister
Paula Ann Paradis.
Paul had a great love for the outdoors, a celebration of his life
will be held outside in the summer.
W. Creech, 45, resident of Loudon, passed away December 1, 2016. On
this day the world lost a truly great man and Soldier.
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
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.
was predeceased by his adoring mother Joan Creech.
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.
Messages of condolence may be offered at