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August 10, 2016

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The South Pittsfield Friends Church will be open on Sunday, August 14th with Rev. Nancy Talbott as the speaker. Services begin at 1:00 pm. All are welcome.


The Friends Society will hold their services on Sunday, August 21st. The service begins at 10:30 am and all are welcome to attend.


Rev. Harold Muzzey will be the speaker on Sunday, August 28th with services beginning at 1:00 pm.



Speaking Stories On The Web Celebration


The Josiah Carpenter Library is proud to announce a celebration of the Speaking Stories for the Web workshop that has been underway this summer at the Pittsfield Youth Workshop. The event will be held Thursday, August 11 at 5:00 pm at the Pittsfield Youth Workshop.


This workshop has been attended by three teen leaders, Shayla Locke, Emma Fisher and Lillian Edmond. Together they have worked with Stephne Ricci, Melody Sylvester and Allysa Terry to examine stories written by other teens, give their thoughts and opinions on these as well as create a number of their own short pieces of writings and drawings and a final story.


The celebration is open to the parents of these participants as well as any interested supporting parties. The participants will be sharing their creations and light refreshments will be made and served by the group.


Please join us for this unique sharing experience. After the event a selection of the stories will be published on the library website. The library wishes to thank Paula Martel, Debra Ballou, Allegra May and Betsy Kimball for the coordination of these workshops this summer. For more information about Speaking Stories on the Web, stop by the library and ask to speak with Beverly Pietlicki, library director.



Mark Thallander Returns To Pittsfield


The First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield, is delighted to welcome back Mark Thallander to play the one-of-a-kind 1877 Wilson W. Ricker organ for the August 28 Sunday morning service at 10 a.m. He will be joined by Glenda Winkle-Morrow, his college piano teacher, on the Hallet & Davis grand piano in the church sanctuary.


Then later in the day, at 6 p.m., Mr. Thallander will present a “Keyboard Concert.” A love offering will be received.


More than a decade ago, Mark was involved in a terrible car accident that almost took his life, but ultimately took his left arm. To read more about Mark Thallander, visit his website:


All are welcome — mark your calendar for Mark! Parking and wheelchair accessible entry are located at the rear of church building at Chestnut Street. For more information, call the church office, 603 435-7471.



VA Releases Report On Nation’s Largest Analysis Of Veteran Suicide

More than 55 Million Veterans’ Records Reviewed From 1979 to 2014 From Every State in the Nation

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today released its findings from the nation’s most comprehensive analysis of Veteran suicide rates in the United States in which VA examined more than 55 million Veterans’ records from 1979 to 2014 from every state in the nation. The effort advances VA’s knowledge from the previous report in 2012, which was primarily limited to information on Veterans who used VHA health services or from mortality records obtained directly from 20 states and approximately 3 million records..  Compared to the data from the 2012 report, which estimated the number of Veteran deaths by suicide to be 22 per day, the current analysis indicates that in 2014, an average of 20 Veterans a day died from suicide.



• Approximately 65 percent of all Veterans who died from suicide in 2014 were 50 years of age or older.


• Veterans accounted for 18 percent of all deaths from suicide among U.S. adults. This is a decrease from 22 percent in 2010.


• Since 2001, U.S. adult civilian suicides increased 23 percent, while Veteran suicides increased 32 percent in the same time period. After controlling for age and gender, this makes the risk of suicide 21 percent greater for Veterans.


• Since 2001, the rate of suicide among U.S. Veterans who use VA services increased by 8.8 percent, while the rate of suicide among Veterans who do not use VA services increased by 38.6 percent. ◦ In the same time period, the rate of suicide among male Veterans who use VA services increased 11 percent, while the rate of suicide increased 35 percent among male Veterans who do not use VA services.


◦ In the same time period, the rate of suicide among female Veterans who use VA services increased 4.6 percent while the rate of suicide increased 98 percent among female Veterans who do not use VA services.



VA is aggressively undertaking a number of new measures to prevent suicide, including:

• VA has implemented comprehensive, broad-ranging suicide prevention initiatives, including a toll-free Veterans Crisis Line, placement of Suicide Prevention Coordinators at all VA Medical Centers and large outpatient facilities and improvements in case management and tracking. In addition, VA announced this week the creation of a satellite Veterans Crisis Line site in Atlanta, Georgia, for increased staffing capability and geographic redundancy; the satellite site is expected to operational in October 2016 with 200 additional responders.


• Ensuring same-day access for Veterans with urgent mental health needs at over 1,000 points of care by the end of calendar year 2016. In fiscal year 2015, more than 1.6 million Veterans received mental health treatment from VA, including at over 150 medical centers, 820 community-based outpatient clinics and 300 Vet Centers that provide readjustment counseling.  Veterans also enter VA health care through the Veterans Crisis Line, VA staff on college and university campuses, or other outreach points.


• Using predictive modeling to determine which Veterans may be at highest risk of suicide, so providers can intervene early. Veterans in the top 0.1% of risk, who have a 43-fold increased risk of death from suicide within a month, can be identified before clinical signs of suicide are evident in order to save lives before a crisis occurs.


• Expanding telemental health care by establishing four new regional telemental health hubs across the VA healthcare system.


• Hiring over 60 new crisis intervention responders for the Veterans Crisis Line. Each responder receives intensive training on a wide variety of topics in crisis intervention, substance use disorders, screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment.


• Building new collaborations between Veteran programs in VA and those working in community settings, such as Give an Hour, Psych Armor Institute, University of Michigan’s Peer Advisors for Veterans Education Program (PAVE), and the Cohen Veterans Network.


• Creating stronger inter-agency (e.g. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health) and new public-private partnerships (e.g., Johnson & Johnson Healthcare System, Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation, Walgreen’s, and many more) focused on preventing suicide among Veterans.


Many of these efforts were catalyzed by VA’s February 2016 Preventing Veteran Suicide—A Call to Action summit, which focused on improving mental health care access for Veterans across the nation and increasing resources for the VA Suicide Prevention Program.


Suicide is an issue that affects all Americans.  Recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data reported in April 2016 that from 1999 through 2014 (the most recent year with data available from CDC), suicide rates increased 24 percent in the general population for both males and females.


A link to the report may be found at:  .


Other VA mental health information can be found on the VA Mental Health page at:


Information about the Crisis Line is available at;  Veterans in crisis can call Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 (press 1) or texting 838255.


A Suicide prevention fact sheet may be found at




Selectman's Overview

8/2/16 Select Board Meeting

By Carl Anderson


Discussion regarding the NH DES order for the wastewater treatment plant issue of high phosphates, and the ongoing trial remeditation. Briefly, we may be able to avoid the extraordinarily high cost of actually replacing lagoons by using an additive that, if it works properly, will flush (no pun intended) the high phosphate content through the system. Expensive to treat, to be sure, but a heck of a lot better than what we had anticipated.


Two junkyard licences were renewed. The tax collector suggested guidelines to consider when we begin hearings for tax payment plans for those in arrears, including our right to ask for financial information that should help in setting up payment plans that taxpayers can realistically agree to, and will verify true need.


An offer to purchase was accepted for 114 Main Street. We are confident that provided the sale goes through, this buyer will restore the property to one that will be an asset to the town.


Most of the evening was spent in the first of the two required public hearings we will hold regarding the disposition of 33 & 37 Main Street. At the forefront is a plan put forth by a private investor and Suncook Valley Regional Development in which 33 Main Street would be demolished and have the barn attached to 37 Main removed, giving the library extra room. SVRDC would then use its resources to rehab the remaining building for resale to the private sector. Make no mistake, there is no shortage of options as to what we should do. However, the real plans that anyone is actually ready to move forward with are, as of last night, one in number. Since March it has become clear that regardless of what we decide - no matter how beneficial for the town it may be - one need to look no further than Facebook to find criticism of not only what we’ve done but what rumor says we’re going to do. If you truly want your voice heard on this - or any matter - take the time to attend the hearing on August 16 - or forever hold your peace, because rest assured, we are going to do something with this property other than watch it deteriorate.



Letter To The Editor


To the good citizens of Pittsfield,

I haven’t felt much like being involved since town meeting when I was moderated by the moderator, and not given the chance to debate my petition article.


Anyway it ain’t over.


The Selectmen are asking for input about keeping the property tax rate as low as we can get it.


1. Keep trying to move property back to the tax rolls


2. Don’t waste too much time on trying to close our high school. It won’t work financially and you could never get the town to support it.


3. Don’t waste too much time trying to regionalize our fire, ambulance, and police. It increases response times and you could never get the town to support it.


4. Speaking of our fire, ambulance, and police, we have the best, stop nickeling and dime-ing them. They are trying to think long term, and the selectmen are encouraging short term to keep the tax rate down. This will bite us.


5. Fix the basements of the library and town hall. Come to town meeting with budget requests if necessary. We must take care of our buildings. It’s our shift.


6. Like the other towns around us, volunteers are the engines of our towns. Just look how beautiful our town looks after the party of Old Home Day. The Very next morning it is so clean. We must fuel and maintain our volunteers.


7. Keep your heavy meeting schedule and your public input requests coming. And we must always remember to treat our town employees and our volunteers with respect and loyalty because they’re the ones who do the work This is why my town looks as good as it does.


Dan Schroth Piermarocchi



Back To School At Pittsfield Elementary School


• Information Packet: This year we are mailing home the first day paperwork prior to the start of the school year rather than sending it home with students on the first day of school. We hope this letter and its contents will provide helpful information related to our school calendar, programs, and services. A letter from your child’s teacher will be included in the packet.


• First Day of School: The first day of school for grades K-6 is Monday, August 29.  Pre-kindergarten starts on Tuesday, September 6.


• Pick Up and Drop Off Times: The school day for K-6 begins at 8:00 a.m. and runs until 2:30 p.m. Students may be dropped off at the school between 7:30-8:00 a.m. Parents and guardians may arrive between 2:20-2:30 to pick up their child.  For Pre-K, the morning session is 8:00-10:45 a.m. and afternoon session is 11:45-2:30 pm.


• Early Release: Please note that we have early release dates scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month (with the exception of June) for professional learning activities. Lunch will be served on these dates and students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. Please note there is no pre-kindergarten on early release dates. Also, our after school program, KYdstop, provides child care on early release dates.


• School Lunch Information:

• Please make sure that you send money with your child in an envelope labeled at the beginning of each week.


• Prices:

Breakfast - $1.50 - Reduced - $.30

Lunch - $2.60 - Reduced - $.40

Milk or Juice - $.60


*all students need to pay for milk or juice even if they qualify for free or reduced meals.


• Contact Us: Office Hours are 8 am - 3 pm during the summer and 7 am - 4 pm during the school year. Call us at 435-8342 or email [email protected] with questions.



Pittsfield Goes For The Gold!

Pittsfield Old Home Day 2016


Saturday, July 23rd, was Old Home Day in Pittsfield and the theme of the day was an Olympic one,  “Pittsfield Goes For the Gold.”  The weather was GREAT and everyone seemed to have a good time.  Many THANKS are due to lots of groups, organizations, businesses and individuals that make this event possible.


Thank you to the Suncook Valley Rotary Club for sponsoring a free outdoor movie, “Wizard of Oz” at Drake Field on Friday night, July 22.  There was a great turnout and even a sing-along!


Congratulations and thank you to Tucker Wolfe on the completion of his Eagle Scout project – managing the Renovation of the Dustin Park Bandstand.  A ribbon cutting and dedication of the renovated Bandstand was held at Old Home Day.  It looks great!!


The Park St. Baptist Church served a delicious breakfast on Saturday morning to start the day – Thank you to all the cooks.  The Community Fair at Dustin Park was bustling with vendors and local organization booths.  The free craft table for kids and Bubbles Station,  was manned by Tara, Amber and Jocelyn Ash, Kathy Bleckmann, Lily Edmond, Carol Grainger, Michele Karwocki, and Lisa Fries,– THANK YOU to all of you.


Jujubee, the Clown provided balloon “art” for the kids – free!  Thanks to Paula Belliveau, the Police Explorers, and Lion Club members for manning the Carnival Games  – from what I heard, they were a big hit and we passed out every prize we had!  Thank you to Globe Mfg for donating the games and most of the prizes.  Thank you to St. Stephen’s Church for holding their Silent Auction and Sidewalk Café.  The Kids Olympics was great - thanks to all the kids who participated- you all did an awesome job and thank you to Tammy Colby, Jess Beaulieu, Sydney Booth and Megan Callicoat for running the games.


Thanks to Don Smith for providing music at Dustin Park and to the Historical Society for opening their doors and sharing their fabulous collection of Pittsfield Memorabilia.  The Fancy Footwork Jump Rope team put on a great demo of fabulous jump roping tricks and skill.  It was not easy jumping rope in the heat of the day, but they did a great job.  Thank you to the United Martial Arts Academy of Epsom for a fabulous karate demonstration.


Many thanks to all the Car Show participants.  Thank you to the residents and businesses of Main Street for your cooperation with the street being closed.   We had a great turnout of classic, hot rod, and vintage vehicles for the car show and all enjoyed the music of Jackie Lee.  Thank you to Sanels, Heritage Hardware of Northwood, O’Reilly’s Auto Parts and Traditional Speed & Custom for donating raffle prizes.


The annual cookoff was “Whoopie Pies.”  Thank you to all the participants. The winners, by popular vote were: 1st   - Rose Kimball (#2), 2nd  (tied) Christopher Marcotte (#6) and Bob Fassella (#12) and 3rd – Joshua Crowell (#8).  A very special Thank You to the Victory Workers 4-H Club for organizing and manning the booth.


Thanks to all the kids (47, to be exact) who participated in the Bike Parade and a huge Special thanks to Sgt. Rick Walter for leading the parade on the Segway (and for handling the few wayward cars that made it onto Main St).  Thanks to our judges- they had a tough time choosing the winners. 


To highlight our Olympic theme for the day, an Olympic torch was carried around town before the parade – with Chief Cain leading the group with the Olympic theme playing from his car! An “Olympic” Cauldron was lit (on Main Street) to signify the “beginning of the games”… or our parade, in this case!  Thank you to the runners-  Mike Mavity, Diane & Dana Bishop, Jen Cole, Amber & Jocelyn Ash.  A very special thank you to the Special Olympics of NH for the use of the torches and the cauldron and to all the people (behind the scenes) who helped to secure the appropriate permits for this activity!


Pastor Mike Mavity provided the invocation before the parade – thank you for joining us on Old Home Day. A very special thank you to Miss Michaela St. George for her beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner and a big thank you to Stan Bailey for providing announcing duties for the parade. 


We’d also like to THANK Granite Image for providing all the flyers, posters and program printing for the day.  THANK YOU to the SUNCOOK VALLEY SUN for printing all of our articles, ads and the day’s schedule.  Thanks, also to Clayton Wood and the Website Committee for posting all the events and information for the day and to all the Local Businesses that posted flyers and posters for us.  A special thank you to Danis Supermarket for the banners.


Congratulations to Joseph Darrah on being named Pittsfield’s Citizen of the Year!  THANK YOU for your continued volunteering in our community. 


THANK YOU TO ALL who participated in the Parade.  A Huge THANK YOU to NH Motor Speedway for the use of their “People Movers” and to Jim Darrah for hauling it.  They worked perfectly for the band to ride in and perform in the parade.  Thank you to Ray Webber for hauling our Old Home Day Committee float!




Youth Division:

1st - F.B. Argue Recreation Area

2nd – Encore Dance

3rd - Victory Workers 4-H Club


Open Division

1st – Pittsfield Players

2nd –Suncook Valley Rotary Club

3rd – Globe Striders


The afternoon activities were free swim at the F.B. Argue Recreation Area (thank you Parks and Rec) along with a cookout of burgers and hot dogs.  At Drake Field, the annual Duck Derby and NEW this year, Battle of the Badges Softball game were held.  Thanks to Jay Darrah and the PMHS Boys Basketball team for organizing the Duck Race and congratulations to the winner – Casey Wolfe.  Congratulations to the Police team on their Softball game win.  There is talk of the game becoming an annual event!


The day ended with a fabulous FIREWORKS show by Atlas.  A Huge THANK YOU to all the donors that made this show possible.  Thanks to PMHS for the use of Drake Field and the Old Home Day Committee would especially like to THANK Joe Darrah and his helpers for cleaning up the firework debris on Sunday morning.   It is very much appreciated by the whole committee!


The Old Home Day Committee would like to THANK the Pittsfield Police, Fire and Highway Department; Parks and Recreation Committee and the many extra volunteers who helped at any of the events.  A lot of planning and work goes into this day and it takes a lot of people to make things happen…, THANK YOU to all!!!


We hope everyone enjoyed the day – We would love to hear any suggestions or comments on the day’s events.  Please feel free to call Andi Riel at 435-6346 or email at [email protected] or Louie Houle at 435-6938 or [email protected].



The Joint Commission Releases Results Of Surveys Of The VA Health Care System Survey by Industry

Leading Group Shows VA is Making Progress and Improving Access

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today released results of The Joint Commission Special Focused Surveys on VA health care facilities. VA invited The Joint Commission to conduct unannounced, focused surveys at 139 medical facilities and 47 community-based outpatient clinics across the country to measure progress on VA access to care, quality improvements and diffusion of best practices across the system. The surveys also assessed barriers that may stand in the way of providing timely care to Veterans. Results indicate VA has made significant progress since The Joint Commission began its surveys two years ago.


“The Joint Commission is one of the most widely-respected health care organizations in the industry,” said VA Under Secretary for Health Dr. David J. Shulkin. “Their analysis shows that VA as national healthcare leader is making progress in improving the care we provide to our Veterans.  This affirms our commitment to providing both excellent health care and an exceptional experience of care to all Veterans served.”


The Joint Commission assessed processes related to timely access to care; processes that may potentially indicate delays in care and diagnosis; processes related to patient flow and coordination of care; infection prevention and control; the environment of care; and organizational leadership and culture. For the survey, VA’s Veterans Health Administration provided organization-specific data addressing performance in the key areas targeted for review. This data allowed surveyors to focus on areas of greatest risk for each organization and to validate whether the VA-provided data reflected observed practice. The survey provided an opportunity to recognize patterns across the organization, to make an assessment about the system as a whole and identify solutions to system-wide issues that are best addressed through internal processes.


 “We commend VA for being proactive by requesting The Joint Commission to conduct unannounced site visits at all their medical centers to review and evaluate their efforts to improve access and quality of care,” said Dr. Mark Chassin, President and CEO of The Joint Commission. “VA was the first system ever to request an assessment with an important focus on access so that deficiencies could be identified and rapidly addressed. The Joint Commission will track and report on the extent to which improvements were sustained, when the same facilities undergo their triennial accreditation surveys. To date, results from 57 hospitals that have undergone full accreditation are promising. We are pleased with VA’s ongoing commitment to quality improvement and patient safety.”


Among the top findings:

• Access to Care-Facilities have seen improvements in providing patient appointments: Improvement efforts that were undertaken include leadership teams utilizing data to better understand where particular bottlenecks were and taking corrective actions.  As the Joint Commission continues the regularly scheduled triennial surveys of VHA facilities after the special surveys were completed, the findings are encouraging.  For example, as of April 1, 2016, 57 facilities have undergone follow-up surveys.  Of these 57 sites, only one facility was found to have a repeat requirement for improvement (issue) related to patient access. Staffing continued to be a challenge in this area, but as new staff was hired, the wait times for appointments were more effectively addressed.


• Choice Act: Early discussions with Veterans indicated a strong preference, and even a loyalty, for their “own” VHA organization, even if it would mean waiting longer to be seen. VHA facilities and Veterans also report that many times appointments in the community could not be made any earlier than would have been possible inside VA.


Efforts to Improve Veterans Access to Care

•  In 2014, VA introduced MyVA. MyVA is the largest transformation in the history of VA, which focuses on the needs of Veterans. As part of that transformation, in 2016, VA’s Veterans Health Administration established and launched MyVA Access. MyVA Access also puts Veterans more in control of how they receive their health care.


• VA is moving to incorporate same-day access to primary care and mental health services for Veterans when it is medically necessary. At present, 39 VA facilities offer same-day appointments.


• A new smart phone app called the Veteran Appointment Request App has been developed and is currently being piloted. This app allows Veterans to view, schedule and cancel primary care and mental health appointments as well as track the status of the appointment request and review upcoming appointments. VA expects to make the app available to all Veterans by early 2017.


• Website enhancements are underway that will allow Veterans to check wait times in real time wherever they live – this includes a new, easy-to-use scheduling software program. The new program is being piloted and is expected to reduce scheduling errors and enhance VA’s ability to measure and track supply, demand and usage.


• Nationally, VA completed more than 57.85 million appointments from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. This represents an increase of 1.1 million more appointments than were completed during the same time period in 2014/2015.


• From FY 2014 to FY 2015, Community Care appointments increased approximately 20 percent from 17.7 million in FY 2014 to 21.3 million in FY 2015.


• In FY 2015, VA activated 2.2 million square feet of space for clinical, mental health, long-term care, and associated support facilities to care for Veterans.


• VA held two Access Stand Downs, focusing on patients with the most urgent health care needs first. During a nationwide Access Stand Down that took place on February 27, 2016, the one-day event resulted in VA reviewing the records of more than 80,000 Veterans to get those waiting for urgent care off wait lists; 93 percent of Veterans waiting for urgent care were contacted, with many receiving earlier appointments.


• VA increased its total clinical work (direct patient care) by 11 percent over the last two years as measured by private sector standards (relative value units). This increase translates to roughly 7.4 million additional provider hours of care for our Veterans.


• VA is also working to increase clinical staff, add space and locations in areas where demand is increasing and extending clinic hours into nights and weekends, all of which have helped increase access to care even as demand for services increases.


• In FY 2015, 677,000 Veterans completed more than 2 million telehealth visits, providing enhanced access to care.


The Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization, accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care facilities and programs in the United States. VA’s Veterans Health Administration is the largest integrated health care system in the nation, caring for 9 million Veterans.



Josiah Carpenter Library Monthly News ~ August 2016


Summer Reading finales- Preschool -1st graders- “Extreme Sports” Thursday, August 4th  10:00-11:00 am Parks & Recreation- “Games Around the World” Wednesday August 3rd 9:30-10:30; Teens- PYW Speaking Stories celebration- to be announced Josiah Teen Book Worms Discussing “Saint Anything”  by Sarah Dessen ”  on Thursday, August  4th  between 7-8:30 pm at the library Preschool story hour will resume Thursdays September 8th 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 September 17th Mrs. Grainger visits Blueberry Express Daycare to read stories from the library from 10:00-11:00 am Mini Technology tutorials offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment.


Library Board of Trustees Meeting Wednesday, August 17th at 7 pm Read Meet & Talk Join us for an exciting book discussion on “The Burgess Boys” by Elizabeth Strout. The book club meets at the Pittsfield Senior Community Center Tuesday, August  23rd at 10:30. Stay for a leisurely lunch afterward.


1, 2, 3, Cook! Tuesday, August 30 at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm. Join us for our second meeting at the Pittsfield Senior Center! Last month we enjoyed learning about quinoa and the versatile nutritional benefits it provides. This month will talk about fresh herbs, how easy it is to grow and cultivate them, and use them in a simple salsa recipe. Lunch at the center is served prior to this meeting for $2.00.


The library will be closed on Monday, September 5th for Labor Day!


Have a safe and fun filled weekend!



Pittsfield School District Bus Routes


Listed are approximate times that students will pick up students should be at the bus stop 5 minutes early.



6:55 AM Tilton Hill Road as far as #310 (before Wildwood Drive)

7:00 AM Stop at Wildwood Dr. - Hill Top Rd.(out Tilton Hill Rd. - do not cross street will pick up on the way back)

7:10 AM To school

7:15 AM Crescent Street, Loudon Road, students to right side of road only

7:17 AM Ring Road

7:20 AM Targhee Road, Karacull Lane

7:25 AM Sweetfern Drive

7:30 AM Ingalls Road

7:35 AM Loudon Road, Students on left side of road

7:40 AM Back to School



2:30 PM Leaves PES

2:32 PM Tilton Hill Road

2:35 PM Wildwood Drive

2:45 PM To PMHS

2:50 PM Leaves PMHS

3:05 PM Crescent Street, Loudon Road

3:10 PM Ring Road

3:15 PM Targhee Drive, Karacull Lane, Sweetfern Drive

3:25 PM Ingalls Road

3:30 PM Route Finished



6:55 AM Governor’s Road to Corner of Route 107

7:00 AM Jenness Pond Road

7:01 AM Clough Road

7:03 AM End of Shingle Mill Brook Road

7:10 AM Tilton Hill Road as far as 310 Tilton Hill Road

7:20 AM To School

7:30 AM Catamount Road, Stop At Corner of 107 and Fairview Road

7:40 AM Berry Pond Road, Mountain Road, Sargent Road

7:45 AM White Brook Apartments

7:46 AM South Main Street

7:50 AM Back To School



2:30 PM Leaves PES

2:32 PM Blueberry Express, Dollar Store

2:33 PM Cram Avenue, Carroll Street

2:36 PM Elm Street, Park Street

2:50 PM Goes to PMHS

2:55 PM Leaves PMHS

3:00 PM Tilton Hill Road (Past Wildwood Drive) Catamount Road

3:20 PM Johnson Road, Thompson Road

3:30 PM Governor’s Road

3:35 PM Route Finished



6:50 AM Webster Mills Road

7:05 AM Dowboro Road, South Pittsfield Road

7:10 AM Turn at Tan Road

7:15 AM Quail Ridge Circle, Prescott Road

7:25 AM To School

7:30 AM Lyford Hill Road

7:35 AM Leavitt Road out 28 to Kaime Road

7:40 AM Concord Hill Road

7:45 AM Back to School



2:30 PM Leaves PES

2:32 PM Lyford Hill Road, Leavitt Road, Out 28 to Dominicks Restaurant, Martel Road, Concord Hill Road

2:50 PM Goes to PMHS

2:55 PM Leaves PMHS

3:10 PM Lyford Hill Road, Leavitt Road, Out 28 to Dominicks Restaurant, Martel Road, Concord Hill Road

3:15 PM Quail Ridge Road

3:20 PM Prescott Road

3:35 PM South Pittsfield Area Webster Mills Road

3:40 PM Route Finished



7:00 AM Lower Carroll Street, Barnstead Road to Lights - goes across to RT.107, Deer Meadow Road, Bailey Park

7:10 AM Lily Pond Road, Shaw Road, White Road

7:15 AM Route 28

7:20 AM Upper City Road, Molly Lane

7:25 AM Daroska Road, Siel Road

7:30 AM Returns to Upper City as far as Loudon Town Line

7:32 AM Eaton Road

7:35 AM Norris Road across Cameron Drive to Leavitt Road

7:50 AM To School



2:30 PM Leaves PES

2:32 PM South Main Street, Town Hall

2:35 PM White Brook Apartments

2:40 PM Goes to PMHS

2:50 PM Leaves PMHS

3:00 PM Barnstead Road

3:10 PM Shaw Road, Range Road (Only if students on road to ride)

3:15 PM 107 N to Deer Meadow Road, Bailey Park

3:20 PM Upper City Road, Molly Lane

3:25 PM Daroska Road, Siel Road

3:30 PM Upper City Road to Loudon Line, Eaton Road, Norris Road, Across Cameron Drive to Leavitt Road

3:40 PM Route Finished



6:45 AM Thompson Road, Johnson Road

6:50 AM Governor’s Road

6:55 AM Sanderson Road as far as Berry Pond Road

7:00 AM To School

7:06 AM South Main Street -  Town Hall

7:10 AM Cram Avenue

7:12 AM Dustin Park

7:14 AM Park Street

7:15 AM Back To School

7:17 AM Blueberry Express, Dollar Store

7:20 AM Oak Street, Chestnut Street

7:21 AM Damsite

7:23 AM Bridgeview Apts

7:24 AM Watson Street, Corner of River Road

7:26 AM Bridge Street & Chestnut Street

7:28 AM Back To School



2:30 PM Leaves PES

2:30 PM Dustin Park

2:32 PM Oak Street, Chestnut Street

2:35 PM Damsite

2:40 PM Bridgeview Apts., Corner of River Road

2:45 PM Bridge Street, Chestnut Street, Smith Street

2:50 PM Goes to PMHS

2:55 PM Leaves PMHS

3:00 PM Route 107 South - Catamount Apartments as far as 424 Catamount Road

3:10 PM Berry Pond Road

3:15 PM Mountain Road

3:20 PM Route Finished




Auditions At The Scenic Theatre August 21 And 22


Director Maye Hart will hold auditions for the The Pittsfield Players’ fall 2016 musical Oklahoma! on Sunday, August 21 and Monday, August 22, at 7 pm each evening at The Scenic Theatre, 6 Depot St, Pittsfield, NH. All parts are open, no one is pre-cast, and we’re looking for an ensemble cast of kids, teens, and adults ages 8 to 80. There are 6 principal roles, 3 featured roles, and 11 smaller roles, in addition to the chorus.


The first collaboration of famed partners Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Oklahoma! set the American musical theatre standard. Set in Western Indian Territory just after the turn-of-the-20th-Century, the spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the backdrop for the love story between Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a beautiful farm girl. The road to true love is anything but smooth, but there is no doubt that these two romantics will succeed in making a life together. As the road to romance and the road to statehood converge, Curly and Laurey are poised to spend their new life together in a brand new state: O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A!


Accompanist Phil Breton will be at the auditions, and he will have songs from the score. Maye would like to have those auditioning for the role of Curly to prepare either Oh, What A Beautiful Morning or Surrey With The Fringe On Top. Those auditioning for the role of Laurey should prepare Many A New Day or People Will Say We’re In Love. Auditioners for the role of Will Parker should prepare the song Everything’s Up To Date In Kansas City, and auditioners for the role of Ado Annie should prepare I Can’t Say No. If you’re auditioning for the role of Jud Fry, please prepare either Poor Jud Is Dead or Lonely Room. Candidates for the role of Auntie Eller should be prepared to sing a portion of The Farmer and The Cowboy. If you’re not sure what role you’d like to audition for, or if you wish to only be in the chorus, please be prepared to sing a portion of the song Oklahoma! All those auditioning must sing something so that Maye can get an idea of your voice range. All auditioners for principle or featured roles will also be asked to read from the script, and everyone will be asked to perform some simple dance steps.


Roles available include Aunt Eller (principal), Curly(principle), Laurey (principle), Ike Skidmore (featured), Fred, Slim, Will Parker (principle), Jud Fry (principle), Ado Annie Carnes (principle), Ali Hakim (featured), Gertie Cummings (featured), Ellen, Kate, Sylvie, Armina, Aggie, Andrew Carnes (featured), Cord Elam (featured), Jess, Chalmers, Mike, Joe and Sam.


The show is directed by Maye Hart and choreographed by Dee Dee Pitcher. Jim Hart will be designing another wonderful set and furnishing the lighting design. If you’d like to help with set construction or other technical aspects of the show, but not perform, let Maye know.


Oklahoma! will run at The Scenic Theatre for two weekends on November 11, 12, 13, 18 and 19. If you have any questions about the show or auditions, contact Maye Hart at [email protected].



The Friday Night Kayak Group met  Friday July 29, 2016 with almost a dozen kayaks paddling to paddle the Suncook River and launching at the ramp in Barnstead Parade. The group stopped to pick wild blueberries from their kayaks along the river bank.  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.








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