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Pittsfield NH News

June 1, 2016

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Pittsfield Citizen Of The Year


It is time to pick the 2016 Pittsfield Citizen of the Year. Who’s activities and accomplishments to better our town do you feel make them eligible for this year’s award? Please send the name of your nominee and the reason they should be Citizen of the Year to:


Citizen of the Year

P O Box 173

Pittsfield N H  03263


Nominations must be received by June 8, 2016.





The Pittsfield Beautification Committee will once again be participating in the Town Wide Yard Sale on Saturday June 4th and Sunday June 5th  (8 am to 2 pm).    We will be set up at Nancy & John Barto’s house at 515 Dowboro Rd. Pittsfield, just 3.5 miles from the center of Town.


Anyone who would like to donate items for our sale can drop them off at Nancy’s house.  We respectfully request that you do not bring items of clothing or any heavy items.


If anyone would like to make a monetary donation to the Beautification Committee, please send a check payable to The Pittsfield Beautification Committee, c/o Tina Fife 1394 Upper City Rd, Pittsfield NH 03263. Collection boxes can also be found at Town Hall, Bell Brothers, Jack’s Pizza, Town Pizza and Danis Market. 





South Barnstead Cemetery Association annual meeting will be on June 5, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the South Barnstead Church, Route 126 Center Barnstead, NH.



The Merrimack County Stamp Collectors will hold its monthly meeting at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., Bow, on June 21st 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 603-228-1154.



Congratulations to Gabrielle Bartlett, a sophomore majoring in early childhood education from Pittsfield, who has made the President’s List at Coastal Carolina University for the Spring 2016 semester.


To qualify for the President’s List for high academic achievement, students must earn a 4.0 grade point average and must be enrolled full time.



Congratulations to Colleen Corliss who graduated May 14th from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. Corliss, a 2012 graduate of Pittsfield Middle High School, and a 4 year member of the UML Women’s Soccer Team, will enter an MPA program at McCombs School of Business, at the University of Texas at Austin, this fall.



The internment of Matthew Scott Cram will be held Friday, June 24, 2016 at 3:00 PM at the Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH.

Family and friends are invited.



Josiah Carpenter Library Monthly News

June 2016


Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale The library will be joining the Town-wide Yard sale by conducting an all day book sale which will also include some additional items such as DVDs, audios, computers and a coffee pot Preschool story hour Thursdays June 2 & 9th 10:00 am – 11:00 am Join Mrs. Grainger & Ms. Rosalie for a fun filled hour of stories, crafts and a snack. Ages 2 – 5 Afterschool Maker Club Beginner Snap Circuitry workshops; June 1, 8, 15  Ages Kindergarten and up. Program runs from 3:30-4:30 pm. Sign-ups (sign-ins) required.


Josiah Teen Book Worms Discussing “Artemis Fowl” by Eoin Colfer on Thursday, June 2nd between 7-8:30 pm at the library Library Board of Trustees Meeting Wednesday, June 22nd at 7 pm June 15 Mrs. Grainger visits Blueberry Express Daycare to read stories and registrations for Summer Reading Program from the library from 10:00-11:00 am New! Mini Technology tutorials offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment. The library has Windows 7 installed on all its public access computers! Please call the library or stay tuned for next week’s edition for more details.


June 19th – Happy Father’s Day!  Happy Juneteenth (


Read Meet & Talk Join us for an exciting book discussion on “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson. The book club meets at the Pittsfield Senior Community Center Tuesday, June 28th at 10:30. Stay for a leisurely lunch afterward.


The Summer Reading Program’s theme is “Get in the Game- Read!” Moms and Dads, parents and grandparents, join us at the Pittsfield Elementary on June 10th at 1:15 pm to enjoy and special performance with Steve Blunt and his band as they introduce our 2016 theme with some great music. This performance is provided by a “Kids, Books and the Arts” grant, the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, CHILIS, Cogswell Benevolent Trust, NH State Council on the Arts & the National Endowment for the Arts. The library staff is looking forward to bringing you an exciting schedule of library programs throughout the summer.


The Summer Reading Program will begin the week of June 27th and will be composed of three weekly programs. Wednesday mornings at that the Parks and Recreation from 9:30-10:30 am for ages 2-5th grade; Wednesday afternoons at the PYW from 1- 3 pm for ages 5th-High School and Thursday mornings from 10:00-11:00 am for ages Preschool – 1st grade. Registrations and information about weekly themes and activities will be sent home after the Kick-off and available at the library all summer. Registration for these programs is recommended.



4-H Event At Tractor Supply A HUGE Success

Submitted by Derek Ladd, Epsom  Victory Workers Reporter


On May 3rd, the Victory Workers 4-H Club held their 3rd Annual Spring Fling at Tractor Supply Co. in Chichester. Everyone who attended had a great many options including make your own yo-yo’s, Mother’s day crafts complete a scavenger hunt, watch demonstrations and face painting. Thanks to Bartlett Tree Co., many shoppers and event attendees received a sapling to call their own.  In a few years, these trees will make great Christmas centerpieces. Very popular was the donkey, who enjoyed many pictures, pats and a few friendly tussles with the dairy cows. Also enjoying lots of pats and attention after a long winter were the rabbits, chickens, ducks, goats, pigs, cows, working steers, and a dog. Delicious food was on sale at the Bake Sale and Food Booth. Dog biscuits were also available for all the four-legged friends in the area.


Victory Workers would like to thank everyone who attended the event and supported us. All proceeds and donations will benefit club members with summer camp scholarships and educational programs. A huge Thank you goes to Tractor Supply for always being helpful and cooperative, allowing us to hold this event. Thanks to all that donated bake sale food, items and time for such a great day. Thank you to Bartlett Tree Co. for the free saplings, Paul Rogers of Jitters for his generous donation for bake items, Rick Belanger for the use of his table and chairs, The Suncook Valley Sun, The Baysider, The Market Bulletin and all others that helped with advertising.  We sure hope to see you next year!



Local Cancer Survivor Fights Back Through Relay For Life Movement

Amanda Mahoney, center, celebrates cancer survivorship at the 2015 Relay For Life of Greater Derry/Londonderry with her parents, Chris and Nancy Mahoney. Photo credit Elizabeth Lord.


More than 1.6 million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society. For Amanda Mahoney of Pittsfield, NH that statistic became personal in 2015, during a time that should have been one of the happiest in her life.


At seven and a half months into her pregnancy, Mahoney was diagnosed with choriocarcinoma, a cancer that develops in the placenta. She lost her baby. According to Mahoney, the cancer had spread to her lungs and immediate medical treatment was necessary to save her own life. There was no time to grieve.


“I was given one round of chemotherapy, but my body couldn’t handle it,” said Mahoney. “They needed to get my oxygen levels under control before they could start attacking the cancer. Nothing was working though, and I was intubated. My family was told that I was not going to survive.”


Mahoney did survive. Her family formed a Relay For Life of Greater Derry/Londonderry team to celebrate her life, honor those lost to cancer, and help others who were still fighting the disease.


“Having something to focus my attention on helped me stay positive while I was going through chemo, and the anticipation of the event lifted my spirits,” said Mahoney. “Finally Relay came. It was the first time on my journey that I felt I fit in. These people understood me. I usually wore a bandana or hat in public, but people would still stare. But not at Relay. Our stories were all different, but everyone had a story, and they understood.”


The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2014, there were nearly 14.5 million cancer survivors in the US. Thousands of cancer survivors participate in American Cancer Society Relay For Life events each year. They, and their caregivers, take the first lap of every event as community members cheer them on and celebrate the progress that has been made against cancer.


Mahoney was married on the one-year anniversary of the loss of her son. She joined the 2016 Relay For Life executive leadership team and will walk in June to help raise funds to eliminate the pain and suffering of cancer.


“I Relay for people fighting now,” Mahoney said. “I Relay for other survivors like me. I Relay for those we’ve lost. Most of all, I Relay for my son. He didn’t have cancer, but he did lose his life because of it.”


This year’s Relay For Life of Greater Derry/Londonderry will be held June 17 – 18, 6 p.m. – 8 a.m. at Pinkerton Academy. Participants will take turns walking a track, many camping out overnight, to show their support for the fight to end cancer. Registration is open for survivors, participants, and teams. Activities, entertainment, food, and special ceremonies make Relay For Life a community celebration that the entire family will enjoy.


Visit to learn more about the event, visit to find an event near you, or call 1.800.227.2345.


About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2.5 million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 22 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress; 14.5 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We’re determined to finish the fight against cancer. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit



Keene State Announces 2016 Spring Dean’s List


Keene State College is pleased to announce that 1,323 students have been named to the spring 2016 dean’s list. To qualify for the dean’s list, Keene State College undergraduate students must be enrolled in a degree program, and must have completed a minimum of six credit hours in the semester, receiving no failing or incomplete grades. Students must achieve a 3.5 or higher grade point average, on a 4.0 scale to earn dean’s list honors. Congratulations to the students below who made the list.


Connor Bell of Northwood, Aidan Bolduc of Gilmanton, Ashley Chapman of Chichester, Denise Grattage of Pittsfield, Heather Hunt of Gilmanton, Meghan Jenks of Chichester, Austin Kennedy of Chichester, Kayla Magan of Epsom, Ryan Marquis of Pittsfield, Evan Merrill of Epsom, Bailey St.Laurent of Chichester, and Christian Steinbeiser of Epsom.



John Reagan Announces For Re-Election To District 17’S State Senate Seat

Deerfield Senator seeking 3rd term State


Senator John Reagan, of Deerfield, announced today he is seeking a third term in the State Senate. Reagan serves District 17, consisting of Allenstown, Chichester, Deerfield, Epsom, Loudon, Northwood, Nottingham, Pembroke, Pittsfield, Raymond and Strafford.


“The Republican Senate has been the leading voice for fiscal responsibility and since taking office in 2013 I have voted in favor of protecting the taxpayer from unnecessary government spending and government overreach,” Reagan said, “It has been an honor to serve District 17 these last 4 years and if re-elected, I will continue fighting for less government.”


Senator Reagan is currently the Chairman of the Senate Education committee, Vice-Chairman of the Senate Executive Departments and Administration committee, a member of the Senate Finance committee, Vice-Chairman of the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (formerly the Chair) and serves on a multiplicity of study committees and commissions.


Public service is an integral part of Senator Reagan’s life and prior to serving in the Senate, Reagan served three terms as a State Representative for Deerfield on the House Executive Departments and Administration committee and chaired the Joint Oversight Committee on the Department of Health and Human Services, the largest department in state government. In his town of Deerfield, Reagan was elected three times to Deerfield’s Board of Selectmen and served on the town’s Planning Board.


Reagan’s professional career started as a line officer for the Baltimore Fire Department and as a small business owner who operated two Ace Hardware franchises. Having built a career on hard work and integrity, Reagan, a graduate of Albany Business College and the College of Financial Planning in Boulder, Colorado began work as a retail consultant. In his new role, Reagan helped companies navigate through problems of all sizes and complexities and completed contracts across the United States and Canada.


“Throughout my career I have judged my response teams, my businesses and the work I’ve executed on behalf of clients based on investment, return and system efficiency. I have implemented this same approach towards governing and as a result I have supported legislation that keeps the government accountable to the taxpayers it serves. I will continue to listen to the voters in my district and I hope to earn their support once again.”



Firefighter Activity At FDIC International 2016 Raises $18,340 For Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund

Globe and 3M Donate Funds from Firefighter Activity


Globe Manufacturing Company continued its partnership with the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund at FDIC International 2016, the nation’s largest firefighter training conference and exhibition held April 21-24 in Indianapolis. With its supplier partner, 3M, Globe invited attendees to try on its new ATHLETIX™ and G-XTREME® 3.0 turnout gear and show their strength on a high striker.


Firefighters then spun a wheel to determine a donation ‒ $10, $20, $50, or $100 ‒ to the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund in their name. In total, Globe and 3M donated $18,340 to the Fund.


“The Terry Fund appreciates the great partnership we have with Globe. Globe not only makes some of the best and most innovative fire gear on the market today but also strongly supports the fire service through its direct assistance to the Terry Fund,” said Brian Farrell, chairman of the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund and brother of Terry Farrell. “Firefighters across America also directly benefit from the awareness that Globe brings to the Fund.”


“Globe has always given back to the fire service and we are proud to partner with the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund,” said Rob Freese, senior vice president of marketing at Globe Manufacturing Company. “They are a hard working group of volunteers that assists firefighters and families across the nation with financial, educational and medical support, and provides equipment donations for fire departments in need.”


“3M is honored to continue its partnership with Globe in supporting the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund,” said Jennifer L. Sickmann, Global Segment Marketing Manager for 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material. “The assistance which the Farrell volunteers provide to firefighters is outstanding and we’re pleased to help further this cause.”


The “Flamingo Flock” Has Been Spotted In Pittsfield The feathery “Flamingo Flock” fundraiser has returned to Pittsfield. Flocks of Pink flamingos have been spotted fluttering around Pittsfield and are about to flock on unsuspecting homeowners! Once a flock of Flamingos have flocked to your front yard, the only way to rid yourself of these feathery flamingos is to call trained “Flamingo Wranglers”.


If you want to forsake being flabbergasted with one of these fancy flamingo flocks, you can purchase Flamingo Freedom Insurance, which will guarantee none of these Feisty Flamingo Flocks will roost in your yard! 


If you are a Flamingo Fanatic with a fondness to foster a flock to your Family, friends, or frenemies, the Flamingo Wranglers will facilitate the flock to fly to designated front lawns.


This fun Flamingo fundraiser finances Pittsfield Middle High School Class of 2017. To have the Flamingo Wranglers rid your front yard of Flamingos, to purchase Flamingo Freedom Insurance to protect yourself from the Flamingos, to foster a Flock to another front yard, or if offended by our frivolity, please call 470-6927, 608-5888, or 470-6090 for fast retrieval of the flock.



“Americana” Concert


Music old and new is what you will experience at the free patriotic concert Friday, June 10, 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield. All ages are sure to enjoy “A Slice of Americana,” with delightful American songs, a salute to our Armed Forces and many other toe-tapping national favorites.


It will feature the church’s Chancel Choir and JuBellation Handbell Choir and special guest, Bill Parker. Light refreshments will be served.


Join us for this lovely event – an evening of glorious music honoring our marvelous country. Parking and wheelchair accessibility at the Chestnut Street entrance. More information at: or 435-7471. God Bless America!



She’s a Lady!


You remember our last story about the leaks in the roof and the soup in the pot?  Well, the Pittsfield Historical Society has a new tale:


So, The Lady got a new chapeau

Which has kept her nice and dry;

But certainly you know how women are

When their looks aim toward the sky?

She decided she needed a nice new coat

To complete her beautiful hat,

So up went the vinyl on all three sides

And you would think: that would be that.


Alas, the siding is done and it looks brand new But you know that it cost a lot, The leaks are gone and the foundation’s firm, But there’s nary a bone in the pot.


So, dear friends, we ask you again


To help pay off her debt,


As you can see we’ve come a long way


But we’re not out of the woods as yet.


Four thousand five hundred twelve and fifty Is the amount that’s left to pay, A few pennies here and a few dollars there Would certainly make our day.


So, dear friends, we’re relying on you,


And you know that we thank you a lot,


You’ve helped us before, and we’re asking again To please put some soup in our pot.


Thanking you in advance for supporting our well-dressed Lady, our Museum.  Donations may be mailed (or dropped off at the Museum) and checks made payable to:  Pittsfield Historical Society, PO Box 173, Pittsfield, NH  03263



American Legion Loudon Post 88 News

Submitted By Commander Shawn Jones

Cmdr Jones stands with Hana Testerman and her mother Martha after having presented Hana with a check for $100.00.


Cmdr Jones presents Annora Brown with her check for $50.00.


In April we had our installation of officers for the 2016-2017 year. There where no changes to the slate of officers except that Michael Hartt was sworn into the Children & Youth Officer position where he will continue to work on some of our core programs. I thank all of the officers of the post for serving for another year and for those members whocame to watch the installation and enjoy a meal afterwards. I’d also like to thank the District 5 officers who came to swear us in. I can not forgot to thank those individuals who brought food and drinks to share. I think we all enjoyed the food and camaraderie after the installation.


Before the installation of officers started I had the pleasure of awarding our two Oratorical contest winners from the District and sponsored by our post. I awarded Annora Brown of Concord a $50 dollar check for her participation in the Jr. Oratorical Contest. Next I awarded Hana Testerman of Chichester a check for $100 for her participation in the High School Oratorical where she had gone onto compete at the National level after having won the state competition back in March.


At our May meeting we had 15 members present. The building committee provided us with an update on where the renovations stand. We voted to purchase and have installed a commercial vent hood over the stove and flat top griddle. We also voted to hire a contractor to create a parking lot with proper drainage. Also discussed was getting some bids on what a new roof will cost us and briefly discussed what type of flag pole we will have installed. We will be discussing the flag pole and outside signage at a later meeting.


We also did a Memorial Day parade wrap up to make sure that every detail of the parade was being finalized. We have been busy in May with putting out new flags at the town cemeteries. This year we were assisted by Boys Scouts of Pack 247 as well as from the Loudon Girls Scouts Troop and the parents of these great kids. Members from the post who helped out with the flags where Dave Zarges, Mark Brogan, Larry Elliot and Joe Piroso.


Our May Commander’s Fund Raffle winners where: $50-S.Labonte, $25-H.Paradie, $10-J.Jones, $10-N.Greenmore & $5-M.Moffett. Congratulations to our May winners. Our new raffle tickets are now available for the drawing in July. Tickets are $12 each and are good for the next year. Please contact myself or another member of the Post to see if they have tickets to sell. Only 200 tickets are to be sold so your chances of winning at least once is very good. The proceeds go to help our Post to stay open and to donate money back out to the community. We will be asking members at the June meeting to take some with them to sell. For those of you who took some at the May meeting and have sold them please bring the stubs and money to the June meeting.


Chaplin Larry Hemphill offered a prayer and moment of silence to remember our fallen Comrade Allan Morin who passed away in April. We have lost four Post members over the course of a year.


On May 20th & 21st Larry Hemphill and I traveled up to Lincoln each day to attend the 98th annual Department Convention. Guest speakers included Congressman Frank Guinta, Governor Maggie Hassan and Senator Kelly Ayotte. We voted on the next Department of NH Budget for FY’17 among other budgets and resolutions. Our next Department Commander will be Tom Wiley of Lebanon Post 22. Congratulations to Department Commander Willey on his win. There was two Legionaries running for Department Commander this year, the other one being Gerry Bernard of Post 51. Four Department Vice Commanders also won there elections. One we all know very well is Gerard Leduc of Pittsfield Post 75 and is our current D5 Adjutant. There was a total of six Legionaries who ran for Vice Commander this year. Our Post was awarded the Maurice L McQuillen Publicity Award. This is something I’m proud of and I couldn’t do it if it wasn’t for The Loudon Ledger and The Suncook Valley Sun for allowing me to run these articles every month. We also will be getting an award called the Royal T Miller, Jr. Oratorical Contest Award since we sponsored this year’s state winner. There was an error on the original award presented at the convention and will be corrected and reissued to our post. These new awards along with the one we received at last year’s convention for our Boy Scout Troop will be hung on a wall at our new post.


We hope to have a great turn out for the Memorial Day parade and I will include some photos of the parade in a later article.



Attracting Bees and Butterflies to Your Garden


FREE WORKSHOP Monday, July 11, 2016 at 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM


Held at the Boscawen Municipal Complex, 116 North Main St, 4th floor, Boscawen (handicapped accessible)


Register by contacting Mary West at 796-2151 or [email protected]


Co-sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension and the Boscawen Agricultural Commission


Details: Making your garden appealing to bees and butterflies is good for your plants and will delight the gardeners! We’ll discuss what’s harming the pollinators and what we can do to help them. You’ll learn what plants attract bees and receive a list of host plants for a variety of butterflies in our region. We’ll also cover what you can do to protect their habitat once they arrive. UNH Cooperative Extension Master Gardener will be the speaker who is enthusiastic about this topic.



Letter To The Editor


I completely support the decision of the Selectboard to form an independent committee to research, analyze, and report on the facts related to tuitioning high-school students outside Pittsfield.


The Selectboard’s decision to gather accurate, factual information and present that data to the voters of Pittsfield, certainly should not be a problem.  Parents, taxpayers, and voters need to know if the alternatives not only save money, but also offer more options for students.


In the context of an always increasing tax bill, in conjunction with a decreasing school  population, the voters of Pittsfield absolutely must have all the facts presented to them so they can make a truly informed decision.


For that reason, I thank the Selectboard for moving forward with the decision to form this independent committee.  Hopefully the School Board will choose to be part of it.


God Bless Our Troops,

Rachel Wood



USMC Sgt. Ryan Hetu Recieves

Prestigious Marine Aviation Award

USMC Sgt. Ryan Hetu (l) and Master Gunnery Sgt. Danny L. Radish (r).


On May 20th at the Marine Aviation Summit in New Bern, NC, USMC Sgt. Ryan Hetu of Pittsfield received the “Danny L. Radish” award for the “Enlisted Aircrew of the Year” for 2016. The award was presented to Sgt. Hetu by the Commandant of the Marine Corps Lt. General Robert Neller. Sgt. Hetu serviced as a Crew chief in HMH-463 Helicopter Squadron 1st Marine Air Wing based in Hawaii and now serves as a NATOPS instructor in Yuma AZ.


The award is earned for superior performance as an enlisted aircrew member, and was established in the honor of Master Gunnery Sgt. Danny L. Radish who served with honor and distinction and heroism in Marine Aviation for over 23 years. Master gunnery Sgt. Radish himself was on hand at the ceremony and stood next to Sgt. Hetu as Commandant Neller presented the award.


Ryan’s wife, Brianna was also on hand for the ceremony, and the two were cheered as the master of ceremonies announced that the Hetu couple were expecting their first child in the coming months.


When asked what he had done to earn this prestigious award, Sgt. Hetu humbly stated “I did my best, and God did the rest.”


Sgt. Hetu was raised in Pittsfield and was a 2008 graduate of PMHS.


Ryan’s proud parents Bob and Stephanie Hetu reside in Pittsfield, along with Ryan’s brother James Hetu and his wife Cyndi.





To the People of Pittsfield,

Despite all the rumors, the Pittsfield Food Pantry isnot closing. We are very much aware of all the talk going on, but we are still taking care of our needy neighbors and will continue to do so.


At this time, we have plenty of supplies, but we are very short on cash. Donations, no matter how small, will be deeply appreciated. Thanking you in advance for your donation.



Ruth Strickhart



Our Buddhist Spring Workshops

Submitted By Deb Godin


Sage Wellness Center at 175 Barnstead Road, Pittsfield, NH, will be holding an eight week Buddhist workshop starting on Thursday June 9, from 6:00 to 7:00 PM and running through July 28.


The workshop is intended for those who are new to Buddhism and seeking an alternative lifestyle that can be applied to everyday living.


Buddhism is based on personal experience, rationalism, practice, morality, and insight. There is no need to propitiate gods or priests, no blind adherence to useless dogmas, rituals, holy books, or myths. The foundations of Buddhism, are not so much tenets of faith as demonstrable principles of a perceptual science.


Buddhism can be approached in many different ways. It is commonly referred to as a religion, and it can be used in that way to feel a connection to divinity and inspire faith. But because Buddhism does not include the idea of worshipping a creator God, some people do not see it as a religion in the normal, Western sense, but instead as a philosophy.


Despite the variety of approaches to Buddhism, the teachings are clear about the ultimate goal of all Buddhist writing and practice. It presents the most effective possible method for a person to transform themselves and to end one’s suffering and secure lasting happiness. Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to Insight into the true nature of life. Buddhist practices such as meditation are means of changing oneself in order to develop the qualities of awareness, kindness, and wisdom. The experience developed within the Buddhist tradition over thousands of years has created an incomparable resource for all those who wish to follow a path - a path which ultimately culminates in Enlightenment or Buddhahood.


The workshop will be led by Tom Adamson. Tom Adamson is a retired University Professor, Buddhist researcher, author and teacher of Applied Buddhist studies. He has edited several books on the subject and his latest work “The Secular Buddha” was released this year. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife, two cats, and dog. He practices T’ai Chi, meditation, writes, and enjoys teaching.


There will be an open house at Sage Wellness Center with Tom who will be there from 4:00 to 6:00 PM on Tuesday, June 7, to discuss the workshops. All are invited to attend. Refreshments and tea will be available.


The workshop will be conducted in eight week sessions. Each workshop is only $12.00 per session or $10.00 per session if you wish to pay ahead for all eight sessions.


For more information, you may contact Tom at 435-7695, or visit the Sage Wellness web site at:



Selectman’s Update

Submitted By Carl Anderson

Selectboard meeting 5/24/16


Wide variety tonight starting off with Bill Miskoe proposing a possible sale of the 37 Main St. property to him, then a number of scenarios in which he would donate a part of the property to the Carpenter Library for them to expand.


We suggested he consolidate his proposal with input from others. The BOS may well have differing views on expansion of the Library, particularly where even with a donation situation, the town would have to bear the increased cost of carrying the expanded property. BOS member Jim Allard is going to get us some statistics as to current use of the library by townspeople. As clear a consensus as possible from the public would help in consideration of this idea.


Clayton Wood presented the Planning Board’s proposed Town Policy regarding the sale of town owned property. General consensus seems to be that considerable reduction in requirements would be needed to receive support from most of the Board. We’re going to give our individual recommendations to the Board’s rep to relay to the Planning Board to see if a compromise policy can be arrived at.


While Clayton was before us, he presented a Website Policy that had also had input from the Town Administrator and Town Clerk. We named them to represent the BOS in fine tuning the Website Policy.


Public input centered on further conflict relative to the Zoning Board without coming to a conclusion about how the BOS can or should resolve their internal and external issues for them.


Paul Nickerson came to us with concerns about what was going into the next Town Report regarding minutes of Zoning change discussions. No action was taken.


Deeds were signed for some of the town properties that have been sold, in this case all to abutters of non-conforming lots of vacant land.


The Board was updated by the committee overseeing town owned properties, with two sales nearing closings, and our concern with 3 houses that we feel need to be addressed sooner rather than later. They are located at 31 Berry Ave, 114 Main St., and 81Main St. Anyone interested in what becomes of these properties can see them or express their concerns through the Town Administrator’s office.


A proposed sale of the former weaving factory on Fayette St., which would include the parking lot on Franklin St. shows promise and is moving ahead.




Esther Jeanne (Colby) Watson


Pittsfield, NH - Esther Jeanne (Colby) Watson, 91, passed away peacefully at Epsom Healthcare Center, Epsom, NH on March 30, 2016. She was born in Franklin, NH.


She loved so many people in her life including her husband Charles H. Watson of 70 years, David Watson of New York (son), Cynthia Watson of NH (daughter, deceased), Diane Watson of Colorado (daughter), John Watson of Colorado (son); Mary, John and Peggy (siblings) and many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.


Jeanne worked as a nurse in Concord Hospital, while attending nursing school she met Charles, she also worked at the Pittsfield Nursing Home, when she left there she continued using her nursing skills by home healthcare.


When Jeanne and Charles got married she moved to the Watson Family Farm in Pittsfield and enjoyed farm life, which included taking care of dairy cows, and many other farm animals, gardens of many vegetables, maple syrup too. Some of her hobbies included baking, canning, collecting antiques/collectibles, researching genealogy. Jeanne had beautiful hand-writing and loved writing letters and writing in her diary.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Jeanne’s loving memory to the New Hampshire Hospice, 125 Airport Road, Concord, NH 03301; 603-415-4298;


A graveside service will be held at the cemetery on the farm where Charles and Jeanne have resided, 910 Catamount Road, Pittsfield, NH, on Sat., June 18, 2016 at 1pm. Please come and celebrate Jeanne’s life.








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