The Pittsfield Area Senior Center invites you to join us for a live
music performance by Bill Parker on Tuesday, February 9, at 10:30
AM. He sings a wide variety of music from the Great American
songbook while playing the keyboard and harmonica. Come, enjoy
the free concert, and stay for lunch. If planning to stay for lunch,
please call 435-8482 to RSVP so the meal can be planned accordingly.
Boosting Happiness Through Emotional Wellness The Pittsfield Area
Senior Center is hosting a Concord Regional Visiting Nurses
Association program called, “Boosting Happiness Through Emotional
Wellness” on Tuesday, February 16, at 10:30 AM. Please call
the Pittsfield Senior Center at 435-8482 by February 11th for more
information or if you are planning on attending so that the workshop
will not be cancelled.
The Concord Coachmen Chorus is pleased to offer SINGING
A barbershop quartet will deliver a rose and two love songs to your
sweetheart in the greater Manchester/Concord areas. All for only
$39. We are a non-profit organization and this is one of our major
fund raisers. It is great to both give and receive. We deliver
to private homes, the workplace, health care facilities, just about
anywhere. Deliveries will be made on Friday Feb 12.
For ordering or more info, please go to
www.harmonize.com/coachmen. or email
Morgan Corliss, Seaman Apprentice, United States Coast Guard Academy
Scholar, was listed on Georgia Military College’s President’s list
for achieving academic distinction during the fall quarter.
Students must achieve a grade point average of 3.7 or above to be
named to the President’s list. Corliss is a 2015 graduate of
Pittsfield Middle High School.
The Merrimack County Stamp Collectors will hold its monthly meeting
at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., Bow, on
February 16th beginning at 1 pm. All who are interested in
stamp collecting are welcome to attend. Meet other collectors
and learn more about their hobby and varied interests in Philatelic
resources and issues. For more information, call Dan Day at
February 9th, Election Day Raffle
It’s that time of year again, when we get out and vote. The
Friends of the Josiah Carpenter Library will be holding a raffle at
Pittsfield’s Town Hall on Election Day. The raffle basket
contains all kinds of goodies, even some for your Valentine’s Day
sweetheart! Be sure to bring your wallet with you, so you can
purchase raffle tickets.
The Friends support many library projects, for young and old alike.
Your contributions make these projects possible.
Thank you for supporting your library!
American Legion Loudon Post 88
Submitted By Commander Shawn Jones
Chaplin Larry Hemphill and Fred Osgood
present Margaret LaBrecque Commandant of the NH Veteran’s Home with
our donation check.
At our January meeting we had 13 members in attendance. Gary
Tasker gave a report from the building committee. He and Stan
Prescott have received two bids from local contractors. They are
still going over the figures and will bring the proposed bids to the
February meeting. We then may take up a vote to award one of the
contractors the job of renovating the new post. Meanwhile Shane
Labonte had contacted Home Depot and Lowes and presented his
findings. He will continue to work on making out a grant application
with the Home Depot Foundation.
Finance Officer Larry Elliot is also
filling in for our Adjutant Joe Piroso while he recovers from a
recent illness. We wish Joe a speedy recovery and hope to see him as
soon as he’s well enough to return. Thank you Larry for stepping up
and serving in two positions while Joe is on the mend.
Larry processed three membership renewals
at the January meeting and one new member application. We would like
to welcome our newest member Dale Williams. He currently serves full
time with the NH Army National Guard and recently returned from
being deployed. He and his new bride live in Loudon. We want to
thank him for his service to our state and country. Thank you Dale
for choosing Post 88 to join. We look forward to seeing him at
future meetings. Chaplain Larry Hemphill volunteered to contact some
of our members who have not renewed this year. Hopefully he will
have better success in getting these members to remain as
Legionnaires. Our current membership is now up to 85.44%, we are
ahead of the January renewal target of 80 percent. We are well on
our way to meeting Department Commander John Graham’s goal for our
post to bring in two new members for 2016 with Dale on board. If you
know of anyone interested in learning about the benefits joining
please have that person contact me for a membership brochure. As
customary Post 88 will pay the new member’s dues for the first year
if they’d like.
Please start thinking about how you would like to serve your post as
an officer for the upcoming year. If you would like to run for a
position be sure to make your intentions known no later than the
The dates for the Department oratorical contests for the High School
contest is February 27th and for the Junior (middle school) March
19th both at St. Anselm’s College. It appears there will be no local
or District contest as no students have expressed an interest in
competing this year, despite the hard work that our Child & Youth
Officer Mike Hartt has done to make students and parents aware. We
will continue to promote this important program for next year. Mike
was to attend an Oratorical Committee meeting on January 20th in my
place. These contests are open to all students from grades five to
twelve including home schooled. If a parent(s) want to learn more
about the American Legion Oratorical contest go to
http://www.legion.org/oratorical/about or contact myself.
We received a nice thank you letter from
the NHVH in Tilton thanking us for our generous donation of $500.00.
Also the Loudon Lions Club thanked Mike Moffett and myself for the
donation of $75.00 that will be used along with a $75.00 donation
from the Lions to buy dictionaries for Loudon Elementary students.
Both groups worked in conjunction with the Chichester Grange to make
On February 7th at 1300 hours the Penacook Legion Post 31 will be
hosting the following event: Four Chaplain Sunday Interfaith
Memorial in recognition of their unselfish acts of heroism aboard
the USAT Dorchester in 1943. Full dress recommended. Reception to
follow. RSVP by January 24, 2016 Contact Information: Linda Brink
603-998-9839 or [email protected] Our
own post Chaplain will be participating in this memorial service.
There is a lot happening through out the
state at other Legion Posts. To find out more go to
www.legionnh.org check out the events calendar tab.
Our Commander’s Fund Raffle winners for
January where: $50-G. Cole,$25-B. Young,$10-L. Damour,$10-B. Quiqley
& $5-S. Dyment. Congratulations to our winners.
Our next meeting will be on February 17th
at 1900 hours at Charlie’s Barn.
Pittsfield Volunteers Needed
Submitted By Merrill Vaughan, Director
Pittsfield Shelter Operations
At the present time, the Pittsfield Emergency Management
Operations Center is looking for volunteers to help staff Emergency
Shelter. At this time, we are looking for Pittsfield residents
only. Experience in medical, child care and mass feeding using
the school kitchen equipment is a definite must. Even if you
have no experience in the above areas, come join us and help out
your neighbors if we have to open the shelter. Training
sessions have not yet been established but we are looking at
training by our local EMT personnel and the American Red Cross.
If you have the energy to help out in an emergency and willing to
put up with challenges, you will need to fill out the Town of
Pittsfield Appointment Application, which can be found at
Once you fill it out, submit it to the Town Administrator for
approval; this way the Town will know who is on what activities.
You will then be contacted by Merrill Vaughan for more information.
If you have any questions, contact me at 603-344-0264 or my email
Ash Wednesday Service
The First Congregational Church, 24 Main
Street, Pittsfield, will hold an Ash Wednesday service, February 10,
7 p.m. The service, signaling the beginning of Lent, will be a time
of prayer and reflection, the imposition of ashes and Holy
Communion. The Rev. David Stasiak will lead the service with the
addition of special music by the Chancel Choir and the JuBellation
Handbell Choir. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Lent is the beginning of the 40-day period
of repentance and preparation, which concludes on Easter Sunday,
March 27. Parking and wheelchair accessible entry are available at
the rear of the church building at Chestnut Street. For more
information, call the church office at 435-7471.
Letter To The Editor
Why we all need to vote whenever we get
1. Voting is not simple. It takes a while
to figure out the procedure. This difficulty keeps us sharp and
teaches us there is a system for governing that gives everyone a
2. Just by registering to vote and
actually taking part in the Primary and our Town elections, you have
taken the first step on what could be a long road in public
3. Really, when you think of all the
people who have fought for the cause of freedom, dead or alive,
well, it is the very least we can do to honor their efforts.
4. Because I’m thinking of getting a
petition article on next year’s warrant that fines scofflaws $50.00
per election. Don’t let me catch you.
Dan Schroth Piermarocchi
Floral Park Cemetery Fence Fund Update
Submitted By Carole Richardson
Now that we are in the midst of winter and we are all looking
forward to spring, it is time to give an update on the Floral Park
Cemetery Fence Fund. Because of your continued generosity and
support I have collected a bit over $10,000; this is the halfway
point for Phase 3 of the project which is scheduled to be completed
by Memorial Day of 2016. I continue to be amazed at the
outpouring of support - $50,000 has been collected so far!!!!!
I am not on Facebook but have been told by many that the fence has
been a topic of discussion, with nothing but positive comments.
A fundraiser has been scheduled for Thursday, March 17th - St.
Patrick’s Day at Jitters. A corned beef and cabbage dinner
will be served and all proceeds will go to Phase 3 of the fence
fund. Please mark your calendars and come out and show your
support while enjoying dinner with family and friends. (There
will be more information on this event in the future.) Thank you
again to all those individuals, organizations and businesses who
have so generously donated to this fund, and ask that you continue
to send donations so that funding will be available for Phase 3.
A continued special thank you to Paul Rogers at Jitters for allowing
me to collect funds in the donation box placed on the counter (over
$300 in spare change has come from that donation box alone), and
offering his establishment and time to host the St. Patrick’s Day
Dinner. Thanks to Mr. Morse at The SUN for continually
printing my articles seeking donations for this project, and to Andi
Riel for mentioning the project in her Sunday Monitor column.
Remember your contributions to the Fence Fund are tax deductible.
Thank you for your suggestions and kind words, and please continue
to send your donations to the “Floral Park Cemetery Fence Fund” P.O.
Box 98 or 595 Tilton Hill Road, Pittsfield, NH 03263. If you
should have questions, please call me at 435-8351.
Josiah Carpenter Library Monthly News
The library will now offer “Adult
Coloring” sheets to be used to support art therapy initiatives.
Color pencils and copies of sheets from an Adult Coloring Book
(owned by the library and used as reference) will be provided to
adults and young adults who are looking to use their time in
Josiah Teen Book Worms Discussing “I’m not
a Serial Killer” by Dan Wells Thursday on February 4th between
7-8:30 pm at the library Preschool story hour Thursdays February 4,
11, 18, 25 10:00 am – 11:00 am February themes are groundhogs,
valentines, and foxes! Join Mrs. Grainger & Ms. Rosalie for a fun
filled hour of stories, crafts and a snack. Ages 2 – 5 Afterschool
Lego Club offered on Wednesdays February 3, 10, 17, 24 from
3:30-4:30 pm is limited to 15. This group has reached its potential.
The library will be offering a second round of Winter Lego club
starting March 9th Library Closed on Monday, February 15th in
Observance of President’s Day (Lincoln and Washington’s Birthdays)
Library Board of Trustees Meeting Tuesday, February 16, 2015
at 7 pm
February 17th Mrs. Grainger visits
Blueberry Express Daycare to read stories from the library from
10:00-11:00 am. Please sign your child up for 1,000 books before
Kindergarten. There are only 22 bags left, but parents can sign
their children up at anytime.
Pittsfield Writer’s Circle on Thursday,
February 18 at 7 pm at the library. Writing prompt: Imagine meeting
two people you have never met before at Dustin Park Read Meet & Talk
Join us for an exciting book discussion on “The Paris Wife” by Paula
McLain at the Pittsfield Senior Community Center Tuesday February
23rd at 10:30. Stay for a leisurely lunch afterward.
New materials sampler:
J Fiction: Otto for President by Rosemary Wells Y Fiction:
Robot’s Go Wild! By James Patterson Teen Fiction: Code Name Verity
by Elizabeth Wein Adult Fiction: Blackout by David Rosenfelt;
Scandalous Behavior by Stuart Woods Adult Non- Fiction: The Nepal
Chronicles by Dan Szczesny The library is looking forward to hosting
Dan Szczesny at the Pittsfield Middle High School on April 5, 2016,
an event that will be open to the public. Please stay alert
for more details on this interactive program bringing international
culture and stories to the community.
Josiah Carpenter Library, 41 Main Street, Pittsfield, NH 03263
Pittsfield Players’ Kids’ Theater Workshop
Rehearsing Music Man, Jr.
The Pittsfield Players’ Kids’ Theater Workshop is currently in
rehearsal for this season’s presentation of Music Man, Jr. The show
will run at the Scenic Theatre on Thursday, Friday and Saturday,
February 18, 19 and 20, at 7:30 pm each evening. In addition, there
will be two matinee performances on Tuesday and Wednesday, February
16 and 17, at 12:30 pm for local schools and home schoolers, so that
other kids might see their peers on stage and develop an interest in
theater. Tickets for the evening shows are $8 for kids under 12 and
$12 for adults and can be reserved by calling 435-8852. If you are
interested in bringing a class or group of kids to the matinees,
contact director Maye Hart at
The show tells the story of traveling
salesman and con man, Harold Hill, who comes to River City, Iowa,
hoping to sell the residents on the idea of a boy’s marching band.
He soon runs into Marian Paroo, the local librarian, who sees
through his con but also begins to fall in love with him. This
classic musical by Meredith Wilson features great songs, dancing,
The show features Turner Jennings as
Harold Hill and Emma Molloy as Marian Paroo. Sarah May Schultz plays
Marian’s mother, and Spencer Griffin plays Marian’s shy and reticent
brother, Winthrop, and Isabella Cottrell plays Amarylis, a piano
student of Marian’s. Ian Treadwell takes on the role of Mayor Shinn,
and Lexie O’Brien plays his wife, Eulalie MacKechnie Shinn, and
their daughters Zaneeta and Grace are played by Kaylyn John-Zensky
and Faith Griffin, respectively. We have a town council and
constable who can’t get along until Harold teaches them how to sing
in harmony played by Joe Molloy (Jacey Squires), Alden English
(Ewart Dunlop), Joe Garcia (Olin Britt), and AJ Robidas (Oliver
Hix). Jacob Scruton takes on the role of Marcellus Washburn, an old
friend of Harold’s who has gone straight and found himself a
girlfriend, Ethel Tofflemeir, played by Katie O’Brien. Three town
councilmen are married, and their parts are played by Tessa Keyes
(Alma Hix), Wanda Anderson (Mrs. Squires), and April Keyes (Maud
Dunlop). Johnny Anderson plays the role of Tommy Djilias, the local
teenage heartthrob who’s taken a shine to Zaneeta Shinn. Also
included in the cast are Cecily Schultz, April Keyes, Molly Keyes,
Carly Griffin, Lily Michaud, Skye Parziale, Courtney Butler, Sabrina
Sargent, Taylor Sargent, Damian Cunningham, Dylan Cunningham, Logan
Connor, Kolbey Ryan, Addison Clark, Abby Cote, David Cote, Joseph
Cote, Jordan Atherton, Samantha Simpson, Mabel Johnson, Dalton
Swenson, Matthew Swenson, and Michaela St. George.
Don’t miss this wonderful Kids’ Theater
Workshop presentation. Reserve your seats now.