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June 29, 2016

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The Pittsfield High School Class Of 1966 50th Class Reunion  will be held in the Pittsfield Congregational Church vestry on July 23rd from 3-6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. If you can attend call Pete Riel at 603-269-8861.



HELP NEEDED for Pittsfield Old Home Day


Since our theme for Old Home Day is an Olympic one, “Pittsfield Goes for the Gold”, we would like to organize a TORCH RUN.  We need runners!  If anyone is interested in participating in this event on Sat, July 23, we would like to hear from you.  Details are still being worked out.  Please contact ANDI RIEL at 435-6346 or [email protected] to sign up.



American Legion Post 88 News

Submitted By Commander Shawn Jones


Commander Jones stand with Governor Hassan before the parade starts.


Historian Lt Colonel(Ret.) Mike Moffett stands with the Governor.


Parade Grand Marshal Lt Colonel(Ret.) Roger Maxfield stands with State Rep George Saunderson, Cmdr Jones, Gov Hassan & State Rep Howard Moffett after the parade.


The Loudon Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts gather around Gov Hassan after the parade.


I would like thank all of our members who participated in this year’s Memorial Day Parade. I heard a number of positive comments about the parade and how it was great that we did not cancel the parade due to some inclement weather. Others where glad to see Governor Maggie Hassan walking in the parade with a couple of our local State Representatives. It surely was a treat for the townspeople who, despite some rain, still came out to watch.  We thank Governor Hassan for taking the time out from her busy schedule that morning to help us pay tribute to our fallen comrades. I also want to thank the Loudon Police Department, Fire Department, MVHS Band, Cub Scout Pack 247, Boy Scout Troop 247, our local spiritual leaders Rev. Henry Frost, Pastor Jeff Owen and Pastor Josh Owens and Kathy Labonte and her team of musicians.


Our June meeting is now behind us of which we had 16 members present. We welcome two new members to our post. Joining us last month was Alfred Page of Pittsfield. He is a veteran of the US Navy. This month Kenneth Ward of Loudon came in to the post. Ken is also a veteran of Navy. We welcome these two comrades and thank them for choosing to join our post as we strive to gain new members and continue to look for new ways to serve our community.


We heard from our building committee members Gary Tasker and Stan Prescott. The parking lot project is completed, the kitchen renovations are ongoing and about 95% completed. We will be able to bring down our storage container and set it into place any day now. We’ll be looking for volunteers to help us sort and unload the container and move stuff inside the new Post. The committee is still getting bids on replacing the roof and will bring more information to the next meeting. We still have some exterior landscaping to be done by Tasker’s Landscaping. Some other things on the committee’s list are; decide on a flag pole and have it installed, exterior signage design, other equipment purchases such as a gas range, dishwasher and office desk. Larry Elliot will be working on having the storage container delivered and Gary will be working with Shane Labonte and other members to clean and paint the flat top griddle.


Joe Piroso let us know that we have been given 10 days in October to run our charitable gaming at the Lakes Region Casino. This has been our biggest fund raiser to date but we cannot count on this alone with our Commander’s Fund raffle. We need to come up with other ways to bring income and donations into the post in order to keep the doors open.


Our Commander’s Fund Raffle winners for June were:$50-Dick V, $25-A. Davidson., $10-S. Labonte, $10-D. Minton & $5-N. Olsen, congratulations to our winners. I still have a limited number of tickets for sale at $12 each and are good for the next year’s raffles starting in July. Please contact me at 496-0204 or [email protected] to make arrangements to purchase one or two. Why not help your Post out with our annual fund raiser while taking a chance on being one of five of our monthly winners.


Have a great and safe summer and don’t forgot to support the Loudon Old Home Day Association as they begin to do their annual fund raising drive for this years Old Home Day celebration on August 13th.  Our next meeting will be on July 20th at Charlie’s Barn.



The Friday Night Kayak Group paddled the Pleasant Lake in Deerfield on friday June 17th, dodging a few rain showers.  There were 12 boats in the group. The group is open to everyone and meets at different local kayaking sites every Friday at 6 PM during June, July and August. The paddling trips last just over an hour and are always in the Northwood to Barnstead area. Simply show up at this week’s Friday night’s location. Visit our web site at for information and location of the next trip and put yourself on our email list. You can also call Paul Oman at 435 -7199 for more information.



Letter To The Editor


The Pittsfield Beautification Committee would like to thank Nick Penney from Creative Gardening for the beautiful design and installation of our newest garden next door to Jack’s Pizza.   We can’t thank Nick enough for the generous donation of his knowledge and his time.  We would also like to thank Matt Niolet, Katrina Keene, Kevin Basner, Kiera Niolet, Khloe Niolet, Hugh Sanborn, Paul Richardson, Frank Wolfe and Joe Darrah Enterprises for all of their help.


A big thank you to Jim Marsh and Eric Mooney of NH Building and Property Maintenance for rebuilding the damaged garden bed at the Rite Aid intersection.  And last but not least we would also like to thank our garden sponsors and all of those yard sale shoppers who took the time to find us on Dowboro Rd at the Town Wide yard sale.  As always, we appreciate your support.


The Pittsfield Beautification Committee is a non-profit organization staffed by volunteers. Our only funding comes from your generous donations.  If you would like to help support us please send a check payable to The Pittsfield Beautification Committee, c/o Tine 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 Markets.


We are always looking for new members, so if you would like to join our Committee, our next meeting will be on Monday July 11th  at 6:30 pm at Town Hall.  You can also directly contact any of our members:  Diana and Lucien Levesque, Tina Fife, Carol Lambert, Gail Allard, Nancy Barto, Paula Belliveau, Jason Isabelle, Ted Mitchell, Jane McIlvaine, Matt Niolet, Nick Penney, Carole Richardson, Pat Smith, or Ryan Wood.


Thanks again for all of your support.

Carol Lambert


Pittsfield Beautification Committee



Suncook Valley Rotary 35th Balloon Rally 5K


We invite you to join us as we remember Frank H. Donovan and celebrate fitness in NH!  Frank was a long-time member of the Rotary Club and a regular volunteer at the annual Balloon Rally.  He helped with planning the Rally’s 5K for many years and was committed to supporting road races across NH through his involvement with Northeast Delta Dental’s sponsorships.  Though not a runner himself, Frank was a dedicated “speed walker” and biker, an avid tennis player, and loved skiing and hiking in the White Mountains.  He believed in encouraging everyone to enjoy exercise, and we remember Frank with this race by uniting his love for the Balloon Rally, the Rotary, and fitness!


All proceeds from the race will benefit the Suncook Valley Rotary Scholarship Fund.



Pittsfield Elementary School is please to announce the recipients of the 2016 Presidential Awards.  From left to right Johnathen Kelley, Matthew Swenson, Dalton Swenson and Cassandra Boyd.



Floral Park Cemetery Fence Fund Update

Submitted By Carole Richardson


Thanks for your patience!  Many of you have inquired as to why Phase 3 of the fence project has not begun (it was promised to begin by Memorial Day) – I got an e-mail from Rick of Superior Fence Company apologizing for not starting the project on time, first because of other previously scheduled projects that had to be done by a certain date or he would be fined, and second, he discovered that the wrong fencing was delivered for Floral Park.  He has reordered and assured me that the fence will be installed within the next two weeks.  Maybe by the Fourth of July!!!!!


Thanks again for your inquiries, and please continue to send your donations for Phase 4 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.



What’s Up At PYW?

Submitted by: Paula Martel


On Friday, June 3, 2016, the Pittsfield Youth Workshop (PYW) held the 14th Annual Pittsfield Fiddle Contest and Silent Auction at the Pittsfield Middle High School Lecture Hall.


In the Youth Division, 1st place was won by Elsie O’Neill of Rochester NH, 2nd place by Lily Morris of Strafford NH and 3rd place by Ryan Wood of Pittsfield NH.


In the adult division, 1st place was won by Brennish Thomson of Lee NH, 2nd place by Heather Morris of Strafford NH, and 3rd place by Ryan Thomson of Lee NH.


PYW would like to thank all the participants and volunteers for their support. A big thanks to our volunteer judges Keith Fletcher, Burt Feintuch, and Kevin Cleary, and to the Pittsfield School District for letting us use the Lecture Hall!


We would also like to thank, Nathan Wechsler & Company, Epping Well & Pump, Rustic Crust, and Keeley Painting for the prize money donations in addition to Salty Dog Pottery, Maxfield’s, Sage Wellness, NH Fisher Cats, Boston Red Sox, TC’s Service Center, Harris Furniture, Cheryl Brown, Sue Bleckmann, Sanel Auto Parts, Corine Miller, Dawn & Joe Hamel, Terry Riel, Bill Mitchell, Kentek, Globe Manufacturing, Corrections Creations/Hobby Craft, Sap House Meadery, Millican Nursery, Circle of Home and Family, Forager Upcycled, Laurie Vien, Pleasant View Garden, and George Szelest for the donations toward PYW’s silent auction.


Thank you Jack’s Pizza, Village Pizza and Town Pizza, Coca Cola of Belmont for the soda and water, and to Autumn Carson, Lora Allison, Deb & John Nickerson and MaryEllen Siudut for the delicious baked goods!


All proceeds from this events will benefit the Pittsfield Youth Workshop’s programs and activities. Please check out our web page for more information about the summer calendar and don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook - PittsfieldYouthWorkshop!



Rockin’ Daddios Return July 9 To The Scenic Theatre With The PolkaDots

Members of The PolkaDots Jean Gentile, Maye Hart, Lena Luongo, and Cathy Williams.


Get set for great summer concert night at the Scenic Theatre as The Pittsfield Players present The Rockin’ Daddios  and The PolkaDots on Saturday, July 9, at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available at The Main Street Grill and Bar or can be reserved by calling 435-8852. All tickets are $15 per person.


The Rockin Daddios’ music, sung by Angelo Gentile, Bo Guyer, Jim Rogato and Drew Seneca will bring you back to a simpler, happier time. They sing the songs of the 50’s and 60’s bringing back memories of sock hops, drive-in theaters and malt shops. You will smile, tap your feet, and sing along with the truly American sound of DoWop. And the group has added many new numbers for your enjoyment as well as adding a girl group to their mix.


In this concert, the Daddios will be accompanied by a rockin’ girls group, The PolkaDots, who will perform their own 50’s and 60’s medley. The girls are Jean Gentile, Lena Luongo, Cathy Williams and Maye Hart.


Come on down to the Scenic Theatre and relive the fun and good times of the 50’s and 60’s with The Rockin’ Daddios and The PolkaDots and have a rockin’ good time!



June 21, 2016 Select Board Meeting Overview

Submitted By Carl Anderson


Police Chief Cain came before the Board with comments and a handout regarding the vehicle decaling issue. After some further discussion, I believe all involved agree it’s time to put the issue behind us and move on.


The Chairman of the Epsom Select Board met with us to get a feel for whether we’d support discussing sharing some police coverage between our towns. We assured him that we are happy to have their full Board over for more specifics in an effort to benefit both towns’ budgets while providing the coverage residents are expecting.


We signed the 2016 “Dog Warrant” for approx. 150 of last year’s licensed canines. State law requires certain wording for the paperwork that everyone who has not re-registered their dog must receive. It is delivered by Animal Control. At this Board’s request, the required paperwork will also include a message, verbal or written, that expresses the town’s understanding if you no longer have the dog. A call to the Town Clerk’s office could avoid any confusion.


The Housing Standards Agency asked for an increase in inspection fees. The request was tabled until a spokesperson for HSA can attend a meeting.


The Police Chief discussed requests by some local businesses for dedicated parking spots. He said the existing 2 hour parking rule is difficult to enforce and that signage restricting parking to only those businesses at certain times might help. This is another subject that could use every bit of the public’s opinion possible in order to be fair, if we address it. If you want to be heard, please find a way to let at least one of us know your feelings on this (or any) town matter, either by attending a meeting, stopping us on the street, emailing (addresses are on the website), calling- there are many ways to reach us and we encourage it.


A dozen more abatement requests were considered, some approved, others denied, based on the assessor’s recommendation. I believe this is the end of the abatements that were filed for.


A reminder that there will be a public forum following a brief Select Board meeting on July 19. We are soliciting public input with any new ideas that might lower our tax burden. Forum hours 7-8:30 PM.


There will be no Select Board meeting 6/28/16. Regular meetings will resume July 5.



Letter To The Editor


On June 14, I asked the new Selectboard what it had accomplished so far. In his letter to The Sun on June 22, new Selectman Carl Anderson stated this notable accomplishment:


“In response to credible concerns regarding safety and security at the Town Hall, we will be installing cameras both inside and out. Anyone entering the Selectman’s Administration office will now be required to sign in and out. ... Signing in and out of the Administration office should allow us to track missing items.”


“Credible concerns regarding safety”? Just across the hall from the Selectmen’s Office, the Building and Planning Office has its door not only unlocked but wide open whenever the Office is open for business. Members of the public can just walk in, and they do without incident.


Carl’s unspecified “credible concerns” seem more like fake concerns. So I encourage Carl to explain just what is the basis of these supposedly credible concerns, why have the Selectmen put the safety of the Building Inspector and the Planning Administrator at risk by not telling them of the supposedly known danger, and what items IN THE SELECTMEN’S OFFICE have been lost or stolen.


Carl said the security measures will “provide optimum working conditions more free of distraction so employees can concentrate on their tasks at hand.” But government in America exists to serve the public, and helping members of the public and providing them with access to governmental records. How are these things “distractions”? They are a Town employee’s duties.


So the Selectboard’s main accomplishment so far seems to me to be door locks that disrupt Town agency cooperation and public service, and cameras and sign-in books that spy on, track, and intimidate the public.


Eric Nilsson



Pittsfield Girl Scout Troop 10300 consisting of Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors, presented the First Congregational Churches with an assortment of wipes and diapers for the Infant and Toddler Diaper Pantry.  The troop decided on a diaper drive to help local families as part of their community action project, It’s My World… Change It. They set up their diaper drive at the Pittsfield Elementary School to raise awareness toward helping our community.  The girls made their presentation of their diaper drive at their Bridging Ceremony, where five members of their troop Bridged from Brownies to Juniors this year.








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