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Pittsfield NH News

April 13, 2016

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The Pittsfield Area Senior Center on Thursday, April 21, from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM is having their annual Meals on Wheels (MOW) bake sale fundraiser so no senior goes hungry. There will be a number of baked goods, including cookies, brownies, breads, and pies. So come on in and purchase the delicious locally made products while at the same time supporting the senior meal programs. The center is located on 74 Main St. Pittsfield, NH it is in the same building as the Pittsfield Community Center. If you have any questions please call at 435-8482. Donations for the fundraiser are welcomed.



Globe Reveals The Future Of Turnout Gear And Supports Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund At FDIC International 2016

Manufacturer Invites Firefighters to “Stretch Your Capabilities” and Will Make Donation to Fund


Globe Manufacturing Company will reveal the future of turnout gear ‒ ATHLETIX™ – at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) this month. Unlike any turnout gear today, it is the product of blue-sky thinking and clean-slate design and is enabled by breakthrough fabrics and materials.


At FDIC, Globe will demonstrate the unprecedented firefighter range of motion that is possible with the new ATHLETIX™ turnout gear during exciting live exhibitions in the booth.


“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 plus collaboration with suppliers who take the same ‘voice of the customer’ approach to product development and have the same passion for firefighter safety. I invite everyone to try the new gear for themselves. I can promise you that it will change the way you think about turnout gear forever.”


Globe will continue its partnership with the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund at the Globe booth. Firefighters can try the new gear for themselves on the demonstration platform and Globe will make a donation to the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund in their name.


Terry Farrell was a father, a husband, a brother, and a dedicated firefighter who lost his life on September 11, 2001, during the World Trade Center attack. Among the 343 heroes who died that day, he was in Tower Two when it collapsed. A decorated member of Rescue 4/FDNY and chief of the Dix Hills Volunteer Fire Department, Terry was a devoted firefighter who embodied the spirit of courage and giving. The Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund was established in his memory to assist firefighters and families across the nation with financial, educational and medical support, and to provide equipment donations for fire departments in need.


Also at FDIC, Globe will sponsor the International Networking Event and International Lounge and encourages all of its partners who keep first responders safe all over the world to take advantage of these resources.


The nation’s largest firefighter training conference and exhibition is being held April 18-23 at the Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Globe’s booth (#2522) is located in Hall D at the Indiana Convention Center.



Selectman’s Update

Submitted By Carl Anderson

Selectboard meeting 4/5/16


Another full house! Monthly department head  reports didn’t contain anything I wouldn’t expect. We spoke briefly about ongoing attempts to reach a police department sharing arrangment with Barnstead, however, this is in the very early stages and there is a lot to be ironed out. We hope a win-win situation might emerge.


Again this week, a lot of time was spent on town-owned real estate, including  purchase offers on a couple properties as well as the first of two public hearings on raw land on Tan Rd.


As anxious as we are to get property back in private hands and generating tax revenue, we have to make sure we go through any required steps involved in selling town property.  Some are as simple as signing a P&S. Others require planning and/or conservation board reviews, and sometimes public hearings. We’re moving as fast as we can within the constraints of the law, but it can be frustrating. Once again, we remind you, these town-owned properties can be viewed by any interested resident. Call the town hall and one of us will find a mutually agreeable time to get you in.


Last but not least, we still need to find a home for the food pantry. It can no longer occupy the basement of the town hall, but is an important part of the community, so every effort needs to be made to come up with a solution.



Helping Keep Pittsfield Healthy

A Series of Open and Honest Dialogues with a Family Doctor!


Come to hear about current health topics and discuss with fellow parents and Bobby Kelly, MD.


Dr. Kelly is a local family doctor who sees patients in Epsom, Concord and at the PATCH clinic at Pittsfield Middle High School.  He is a former middle school teacher, and has an interest in adolescent medicine and community partnerships.  Dr. Kelly is a part of several teams that are working to improve the health of New Hampshire teens, with a focus on collaborating with members of the community outside of the medical clinic.  He is excited to be working with Paula Martel and The Pittsfield Youth Workshop, as well as meeting with parents and teens to discuss ways we can achieve optimal health in our communities.


Tuesday, April 12th   5:30pm-7:30pm

• What is Human Papillomavirus Virus (HPV)?

• Why get vaccinated?

• Is this any more dangerous than other vaccines?


Tuesday, May 10th    5:30pm-7:30pm

• Topic TBA – will be discussed at April 12th meeting


Tuesday, June 14th      5:30pm-7:30pm

• Topic TBA – will be discussed at May 10th meeting Food provided, NO cost to parents, Children are welcome to be a part of the discussions.


Any questions or concerns please contact Paula Martel at 435-8272 or [email protected]





To the People of Pittsfield,

It has come the attention of the Pittsfield Food Pantry that the Selectmen and Town Administrator are working on forcing the pantry to move. If we must move, we will have to close down our service, because we would not have enough cash to pay rent and electricity.


The pantry serves between 70 to 90 families a month, saving the Town between $7,000 to $9,000 a month.


Can the Town afford to take over these responsibilities? We have been here for about 20 years. Why, all of a sudden, are we a detriment to the town? Where will our people go for the food they need to feed their families? They are not supposed to go to another town. They have never once asked us for any input, why not?


Also, let it be known that we work strictly from donations and food from USDA, CAP, and NH Food Bank. We get no money from the town!


Ruth Strickhart

Carl O’Brien




Submitted By Terrie Azotea


This past week at TOPS we had Royalty and Pat F. and Jon were recognized for there hard work. Linda and Pat received their flowers for runners up. Kudos to you all!


Our Best TOPS best loser for the week was Connie and our KOPS was Barbara and again I say great job.


Some tips that were given at the meeting for how they lost were: eating the right foods, and eating enough food to lose, walking, and keeping a chart of what you eat.


We talked about upcoming events we will be having like inspirational workshop and SRD. If anyone is interested in coming out on a Tuesday night to meet new people and join a support weight loss group, we welcome everyone. To those couples that want to lose weight together, come on out for a night out. We meet at the Berakah on Fairview Rd. in Pittsfield on Tuesday at 5:30 for weigh-in and at 6:30 for the meeting. Any questions please call Pat Smith @ 435-5333 or Clair Coll @ 435-7252. Hope everyone has a good week and see you all lighter next week!



Letter Of Thanks


I would like to thank everyone for the cards, prayers and visits during my stay at Brigham and Woman’s Hospital and at home this past month.


Your brother in Christ

Wayne Pethic

It’s so good to be home!



Pittsfield Clothes Closet

Submitted By Liz Hast


The Clothes Closet will be holding an OPEN HOUSE to celebrate Spring on Saturday, April 30th, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   For those of you who have never visited our shop, this will be the perfect opportunity for you to come in and see what we have to offer and meet our volunteers.


We have many nice items, such as clothing for men, women and children as well as home goods, blankets, curtains, etc.  We also have shoes, books, toys, glassware and a fine selection of jewelry.  Currently we have a variety of formals and prom dresses and soon to display - lovely wedding gowns.


Please stop in and see us.  I think you will be surprised at our inventory.  Some items are slightly used but we often  have new items including name brands like  L.L.Bean,  Alfred Dunner, Talbot, etc.  We operate on donations which in turn allows us to give to a number of town organizations and committees as well as school scholarships.


Please give us a try...



Topics Of Discussion On Candidates Night

Submitted By Mo Baxley, Assistant Director Pittsfield Listens

Pittsfield Listens and the Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce co-sponsored Candidates Night and would like to say thank you to everyone who attended and offer this brief summary.


Candidates for the offices of Select Board, School Board, Zoning Board, Planning Board, as well as Library Trustee, participated in the event.


Community members gathered in small groups to discuss hopes and concerns for the future of Pittsfield.  There was a strong sense of community as old friends and neighbors were quick to engage in conversation.


The number one topic of discussion was bringing new business and opportunity to Pittsfield. Community members discussed the revitalization of the downtown as well as economic opportunities on Rt. 28.  There was a clear conscious that more shops downtown would present a more inviting atmosphere and increase foot traffic which would in turn lead to more economic growth. Bringing larger business to Rt. 28 would also bring in more jobs, visitors and tax revenue. The desire for elected officials to focus on how to accomplish this was clearly something community members placed a great deal of emphasis on and saw as a priority for elected officials. The responsibility to balance services and taxes was a stated requirement for all elected officials.


The other concerns that were raised in the group discussions were a need for transparency in decision making and an understanding of how local boards work. The suggestion that board meetings could be broadcast on local cable access was brought up. The feeling that boards should be helpful to citizens navigating different processes was important. Elected officials are and should always feel like advocates for the community and be accountable to the community.


People touched on many other topics ranging from the need for more affordable housing to the parking ban, to potential scholarship programs. The candidates shared their thoughts on the issues and their qualifications for office. There was an overall sense that the night was a big success from both the voter and candidate perspective.


One thing that became very clear by night’s end was that the new lights at the dam are a big hit and everyone is appreciative of the Rotary club and private donor for making it happen, a great example of how community coming together makes Pittsfield a great place to live, learn, work, and play.




Earl M. Elliott

Earl M. Elliott, 91, of Tilton Hill Road, Pittsfield, died February 29th in Lake City, FL, following a long illness. He was born in Groveton, NH, the son of Ora and Alice (McHarg) Elliott. He was a Navy Veteran during WWII  serving as a Coxswain on the attack transport USS Hamblen. He was a self-employed dairy farmer in Pittsfield for most of his adult life. He was employed by the world’s largest artificial insemination company, ABS Global Inc., for 28 years. He was the widower of Marion “Molly” (Harper) Elliott who died in 1996. He is survived by four sons, Richard Elliott and wife Rhoda of Belgrade, ME; Charles Elliott and wife Anita of Barnstead, NH; James Elliott and wife Joan of Mcaplin, FL; and Dana Elliott and wife Lorie of Pittsfield, 14 Grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren.


A Memorial Service  with Military Honors will be held Saturday, April 16th at 11:00 AM in the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield followed by a reception in the Church vestry. The Rev. David Stasiak, Pastor will officiate. An urn burial will be at the Floral Park Cemetery in the family lot at the family’s convenience. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to The American Cancer Society.


The Waters Funeral Home, David Pollard, Director, is assisting with arrangements. To sign an online Guest Book, log on to



Kenneth E. Barton


Kenneth E. Barton went to be with his parents on April 5, 2016. He was born in Pittsfield January 8, 1947 and lived there all his 69 years. From the age of one to age twenty- two he lived with his grandmother, Delvina Stockman.


Kenny was a farmer, a part time logger and worked oxen most of his life. He worked for the Kimball farm in Epsom, the Marston farm in Pittsfield and the Jones farm in Chichester. In later years, he was employed at Sanborn Mills Farm in Loudon.


He graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1966. Kenny enjoyed his cats and, like his mother, loved to watch the Red Sox baseball games. Always independent thinking , his theory was “I’ll do it when I want to and when I feel like it”.


Surviving family members include brother Allan L. Barton and wife Letty, Loudon; sisters Patricia A. Clattenburg and husband Bruce, Pittsfield; Frances J. Newman and husband John, Northwood; Mary G. Corliss and husband Dick, Barnstead and Linda R. Martin and partner Rick Chatwin, Pittsfield. Also a brother Lewis P. of Florida.


Never married, he still enjoyed being around children especially his many nieces and nephews and numerous great nieces and nephews. Kenny will be missed by all as well as by cousins, neighbors and friends.


Kenny was predeceased by his parents Allan and Pauline (Stockman) Barton, all of his aunts and uncles and three cousins.


A memorial service will be held May 7, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the Higher Ground Ministeries Church, 595 South Barnstead Road, Barnstead, N.H.


Donations in Kenny’s memory may be made to the Victory Workers 4-H Club, c/o Pamela Clattenburg, 20 White Birch Rd., Barnstead, N.H. 03218 or South Pittsfield Community Club, c/o Patty Houle, 42 Dowboro Road, Pittsfield, N.H. 03263



Sandra J. Clough


DOVER, NH – Sandra J. Clough, 69, formerly of Rochester and Barrington, died Monday April 4, 2016 at Riverside Rest Home after a brave 9 year battle with Alzheimer’s.


Born February 8, 1947 in Pittsfield NH she is the daughter of the late Robert and Ourice (Langevin) Rothwell.


Sandra was a dedicated mother, caring for her children at home for many years.  She then had a lengthy career at Frisbie Memorial Hospital, where she worked until she fell ill.


Members of her family include her son, Stephen Clough and wife Lynda of Barrington, her daughters; Karen Lindbom and her husband Wayne of Somersworth, Kristen Alphonse and her husband David of Framingham MA, her grandchildren; Jordyne, Joshua, Lauren and Gianna, her great-grandchildren; Aden and Addison, her brothers; Robert E. Rothwell of Florida, Peter Rothwell of Center Barnstead and her companion, Philip Guptill, with whom she spent many happy years.


In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital.


A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 16th at 12pm with visitation hours to be held from 10am-12pm in the chapel of the R.M. Edgerly & Son Funeral Home, 86 South Main St, Rochester, NH 03867.








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