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July 6, 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.



Congratulations to Jennifer Tyrell, of Pittsfield, who has been named to the dean’s list at Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD, for outstanding academic achievement for the spring 2016 semester.


To be eligible for the dean’s list, a student must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours and earn a cumulative semester grade point average of at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale.



The Drake Field Committee and the PMHS Athletic Department would like to thank Joe Darrah of Joe Darrah Enterprises for volunteering his equipment and time to remove the old basketball supports at Drake Field.  Thank you Joe.



Congratulations to Jennifer Tyrell, of Pittsfield, who recently received a Bachelor of Science degree in Interpretive Biology and Natural History from Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Md., during its 148th commencement ceremonies. FSU President Dr. Ronald Nowaczyk conferred more than 700 undergraduate and graduate degrees at this May commencement.



Rockin’ Daddios Return July 9 To The Scenic Theatre

The Rockin’ Daddios Bo Guyer, Jim Rogato, Angelo Gentile and Drew Seneca will perform at The Scenic Theatre on Saturday, July 9 at 7:30 pm.


Looking for a fun summer Saturday night? Come on down to the Scenic Theatre as The Pittsfield Players present The Rockin' Daddios 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.


The group formed after singing together in numerous musical reviews written by famed director and producer Irene Deschenes. When not performing as the Rockin’ Daddios, each of the Daddios perform individually in different theater productions throughout the state, and Angelo and Jim most recently appeared in the Winnipesaukee Players’ production of Guys and Dolls.


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 and relive the fun and good times of the 50's and 60's with The Rockin’ Daddios. You'll have a rockin' good time!



The Friday Night Kayak Group meet  Friday June 24, 2016 with 14 canoes and kayaks paddling on Chestnut Pond in Epsom.  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.



South Pittsfield Community Club’s Supper


Guess what? You are in luck! There is one more Ham & Bean Supper at the South Pittsfield Community Club (SPCC). We are the other community center located in the outskirts of town. Please come and show your support in helping our club with our fundraiser. We are a small nonprofit organization that has been in existence since the 1920’s. The club house where the suppers are held used to be the Old Dowboro School House. When the school closed in 1931, the building was purchased and then generously donated to the club by Joseph Marston in 1939.  It has been the central point of the club since then.


Did you know that our suppers consist mainly of home cooked/baked food? Our members bake and cook the awesome beans, brown bread, potato salad, all served family style, and pies for dessert. The members donate the majority of the cost of what they make which helps us earn money for the club. The price you ask is only $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for kids age 6-12. As you can imagine our suppers basically cover the operating expenses. But we cannot do this without you! Now that the 4th of July cookouts are over, come on down for our supper this Saturday July 9th! Our first sitting starts at 5:00 and we go until 6:30 (unless the food disappears before that).


We are located at 444 Dowboro Road (also known as South Pittsfield Road) in Piitsfield at the intersection with Webster Mills Road. The “Club House” sits back from the road just a bit. Can’t wait to see you there!


If you can’t make it and want to donate to the organization we make it real easy. Just make a check out to the South Pittsfield Community Club and mail to Patty Houle, 42 Dowboro Road, Pittsfield, NH 03263.


Thanks so much for supporting us!



Hurd Celebration Of Life


Nellie L. (Marston)Hurd died April 11th, 2016;  Donald E. Hurd died Nov. 25th, 2012;  Frederick E Hurd, their Son, died January 24th, 2012 A Celebration of their lives will be held Monday, July 11th, at 11:00 AM at the Quaker Meeting House, Dowboro Road, South Pittsfield. The Rev. David Stasiak, Pastor of the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield will officiate.


The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Harvey A. Marston Memorial Scholorship Fund C/O Frances Marston, 384 Webster Mills Road, Pittsfield, NH 03263.


An Urn Burial will follow in the Marston family Lot in Floral Park Cemetery, Barnstead Road, Pittsfield. A reception will follow at Parker’s Restaurant, Rt. 28, Pittsfield.


The Waters Funeral Home, David Pollard, Director is assisting with arrangements.



Pittsfield Economic Development Update

Submitted By Ted Mitchell, Chair


Pittsfield Economic Development Committee In light of the joint economic development meeting held on May 25th, the Economic Development Committee recommended the following goals and objectives be formally adopted by the Board of Selectmen at its July 5th meeting. When carefully considered in all development / revitalization efforts, these common goals and objectives will play a vital role in the successful economic future of Pittsfield.


1.  Tax Rate Stabilization

2.  Economic Development

3.  Image

4.  Neighborhood Stabilization

5.  In accordance with Master Plan, town codes and regulations



Pittsfield Makes The List!


The NH Big Tree list that is. Pittsfield recently edged out Loudon by recording the Merrimack County champion high scoring paper birch tree by one point, achieving our only entry on a list of over 400 record big trees.


Loudon has entries in several other species. Pittsfield’s tree is nearly 3 feet bigger in circumference, taping 88” around, and combined with an extra 12’ in crown width, surpasses the former champ despite the Loudon tree’s 30’ extra height. The Pittsfield birch is 70’ compared to Loudon’s 102 footer.


This speciman grows on property owned by Catamount Land & Cattle Co, LLC and if anyone is into trees and would care to see it, track down Carl or Valerie Anderson, stewards of #909, UNH Cooperative Extension NH Big Tree Program.



Pittsfield Officials Attend


“Franklin For A Lifetime: A Year Later“ Thursday, June 23rd, Pittsfield officials (elected and appointed) met at the Franklin City Hall to learn first hand what their economic development project called “Franklin For a Lifetime”  is all about. The officials included representation from the Board of Selectmen, Planning Board, Master Plan Committee, Economic Development Committee, School Board, Pittsfield Wellness Coalition and Beautification Committee.


The event began with a guided walking tour of the downtown, lasting over one and half hours. During this tour stops included:


1. The old dilapidated Riverbend Mill that the Concord Area Trust for Community Housing (CATCH) will be renovating, creating 45 affordable workforce apartments. Reconstruction starts soon and will take one year to complete. Note: From the thinking of what to do with the building to getting ready for reconstruction it has taken little over one year.


2. The next project stop was at the largest parking lot in downtown. Since Franklin has the Winnipesaukee River running through it, pollutants from rainwater runoff is an issue.


To mitigate this runoff from neighboring building roofs and the parking lot, a green space along the length of the lot will be created allowing absorption of water. In addition, a building at the end of the lot will be removed and a holding pond to filter the runoff created.


3. Next was Marceau Park, a small green space with trees, lawn and large sculptures, created by a local artist, lining the perimeter. This park will be connected to the parking lot green space mentioned above. Note: All green spaces and walking paths throughout Franklin will be connected. These connected walking paths will become the longest in all of New England.


4. From there we visited:

A. Grevior Furniture. The owner is so community oriented that he assisted a blossoming entrepreneur in setting up his business in the downtown.


B. Ralph & Joes Pantry. Using little more that determination and help from family they reused and repurposed most of what their shop is constructed of, including old doors for tables.


They are a healthy alternative to food that other restaurants provide.


C. Central Sweets. The owners and operators of this shop are husband and wife. They were retired but was so inspired by the community’s “can do spirit” that they renovated a vacant building, opening a chocolate and jarred candy shop. The candy is sold by the pound. They are now waiting for their state license that will allow them to sell ice cream.


D. ONE - Outdoor New England. The space for this shop is nearing the end of reconstruction. When open it will cater to the state and regional Kayaking & Bicycling community. The owner is single handedly raising $45,000 for the engineering of two recreational projects. The first is to create white water kayaking on the Winnipesaukee River. The second project is to create a highly challenging bicycle dirt course. Both of these will lend themselves to competitive sporting and draw tens of thousand to the downtown. Franklin will become the only community in the U.S. that has both of these venues in a downtown. It is anticipated that the white water sporting alone, will bring in at least $6,000,000 annually.


E. Toad Hall. This historic building is being renovated. The first floor will host a restaurant with a micro brewery. The second floor is officially opening in a few days. “Take Root Coworking”, an innovative co working space will provide entrepreneurs and professionals with a unique community centered working environment. Various types of spaces exist: a common space where people can rent a desk; a conference room; individual offices that can be used for a variety of purposes. They even are providing shower rooms for those who engage in recreational activities during the day but need to continue their work after. All these spaces can be rented by the day, week, month or longer. This flexibility helps fledgling entrepreneurs and those established professional that need a temporary space to conduct business. Even without advertising and not yet open, several business people heard about “Take Root Coworking” and have already rented spaces. This is revolutionary thinking.


The rest of the evening was presentations by many of the people who are instrumental in orchestrating Franklins economic renewal project. This plan is all inclusive:


1. Economic Development

2. Revitalization of Neighborhoods

3. Needed Workforce Housing

4. Creating Green Spaces

5. Protecting Existing Wildlife

6. Improving Residents Health Through Recreation  and Healthy Eating

7. Preserving Historical Buildings

8. Stabilizing the Tax Rate

9. Increase Volunteerism Franklin enlisted volunteers from all citizen action groups in order to engage the public, solicit ideas and get input. 


The “Take Aways” from our visit include:

1. Franklin’s Unity in their effort to recreate a prosperous city is amazing. All officials, volunteer community leaders, businessmen and residents are of one voice. Volunteerism is through the roof!


2. Unnecessary Delays and Regulations have been removed. The CATCH Project is an example of this.


3. Innovative Thinking is Vital. “Take Root Coworking” is an example.


4. A Community’s Revitalization should include all of the above items that Franklins plan is demonstrating.


5. Private/Public Partnership is Vital.


6. Community Bank Support is Vital.

Note: The Franklin Savings Bank gave $30,000 in cash to the project and provided other significant support.


7. Volunteerism is Vital.


Pittsfield can learn much from Franklin.



Student Centered Learning in Pittsfield

Submitted By Dr. John Freeman, Superintendent of Schools, SAU 51


Visitors from across the country have been attracted to Pittsfield Middle High School to learn about our school’s student centered learning practices.  Since 2008, we have been working to transform our school to one that places our learners at the center of their own learning, developing our approach to one that is more responsive than traditional schools to individual student needs, strengths, and interests.


One reason for this is that we’ve learned a lot about how humans learn since the traditional model of high schools was developed more than a hundred years ago.  Brain science has taught us that people learn better through firsthand learning, group learning, practicing, reflecting, teaching others, and making presentations than we do from sitting and listening to lectures.  Baseball coaches, for example, minimize lecture time and maximize hands-on learning, practicing, getting feedback, and reflecting when teaching ballplayers to become better hitters or fielders.


Another important reason for our shift to student centered learning is that our approach will better prepare our students for their careers.  So when we organize students into small groups for learning activities, we are not only utilizing what we’ve learned from brain science, but we’re also providing opportunities for practice of critical work skills like speaking, listening, questioning, collaboration, leading, and following.  Instead of simply teaching students to prepare them for an end-of-unit test, we’re combining subject-area learning with practical lifelong skills.


And, we’ve also gotten used to the idea that most of our students will not learn everything they’ll need throughout their lifetime in school.  (Is this true of any of us?)  The rapid pace of change that we’re experiencing is not only likely to continue, but is also likely to accelerate.  Our students will be changing jobs and changing roles as demands upon them change and as our world continues to change.  To continually adjust, students must learn about their own learning and be willing to take charge of their learning pathways.  When we put students in the drivers’ seats of their own learning, ensuring much more personal responsibility, we’re getting them ready for the rapidly-changing world of their futures.  Again, our students are being prepared for life, not just for short term memorization of facts.


Our students are so fortunate that our community has set the course for student centered learning back in 2008, before it became a national movement.  In doing so, the citizens of Pittsfield show our students that we’re concerned about their long-term learning and lifelong success.  We are honored by the many visits to Pittsfield by educators from across the U.S., but remain totally committed to our students’ preparation for learning lifetimes.



2015-2016 Pittsfield Middle High School Honor Roll


Pittsfield Middle High School is pleased to announce its honor roll for the 2015-2016 school year. High school students with the distinction of high honors had a minimum GPA of 3.7 (A-) for the school year. High school honors students had a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B) for the school year. Honors students in grades 7 and 8 had all final grades of A or B.


High School:

High Honors

Emily Dunagin, Joeanna Emerson, Chase Gaudette, Savannah Godin, Kyle Hamel, Tucker Wolfe, Colby Wolfe


High School:


Gabriel Anthony, Zachary Bissonnette, Sydney Booth, Kegan Brooks, Kaylee Brooks, Megan Callicoat, Casey Clark, Lucas Conway, Hannah Conway, Joseph Cox, Cameron Darrah, Mackenzie Desilets, Emily Fisher, Colton Gaudette, Brienne Hill, Colt Johnson, Gavin Knight, Alex Lamere, Noah MacGlashing, Christopher Marcotte, Lauren Martin, Lindsey Massey, Samantha Nevins, Jordan Paggi, Frederik Pantis, Jordyn Pinto, Jessica Rainville, Kathleen Rollins, Bryce Rowell, Jesse Slater, Emma Smith, Benjamin Stephens, Alyssa Sullivan, Emily Thompson, Jack Tobin


Grade 8:


Courtney Butler, Niklas Cantatore, Gwendolyn Clough, Abigail Cote, Brandon Desilets, Julianna Hodson, Cora Lemay, Michael Nevins, Paige Provencal, Rebecca Smith


Grade 7:


Caleb Bojarsky, Harrison Hill, Amber Johnson, Jesse Macglashing, Jr., Savannah St. Martin, Ryan Stephens, Caleb Stopyro, Benjamin Stopyro



New Priest For St. Stephen’s Church In Pittsfield

The Vestry of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Pittsfield is pleased to announce that The Reverend Ted Rice of Barnstead as Priest-in-Charge. Says Rev. Rice, “I am excited to be called to share in parish leadership responsibilities, get to know its parishioners, and become more active in the community in which I now reside.” The priest and parishioners will be involved in The Episcopal Church of New Hampshire’s planned program for the formation and preparation of people seeking ordination.


Rev. Rice most recently served at parishes in Wolfeboro and Dover. A native of New York, he attended The Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. While preparing for priesthood he ran a job training center and a vocational school. His experience includes ministry to youth and young adults, leadership development, and training crisis and suicide prevention counselors and volunteers. Before coming to New Hampshire he ministered in churches in Michigan, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. He and his late wife, The Rev. Pat Stelz, also an Episcopal priest, moved to Barnstead in 2014.








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