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,
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
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
Family and friends are invited.
Josiah Carpenter Library Monthly News
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
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 (http://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm)
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
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
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
relayforlife.org/derryandlondonderrynh to learn more about the
event, visit relayforlife.org to find an event near you, or call
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 cancer.org.
Keene State Announces 2016 Spring Dean’s
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
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
“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
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
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
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:
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
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
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
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
Register by contacting Mary West at 796-2151 or
Co-sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension and the Boscawen
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
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
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,
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
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.
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
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:
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
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
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.