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August 17, 2016

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The Friends Society will hold their services on Sunday, August 21st, at the South Pittsfield Friends Church. Their service begins at 10:30 am.


All are welcome to attend their service.


Rev. Harold Muzzey will be the speaker at the South Pittsfield Friends  Church on Sunday, August 28th. That service begins at 1:00 pm. All are welcome to attend.



Oklahoma! 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.


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.


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].



“Summer Keyboard Concert” Slated For August 28

The First Congregational Church, 24 Main St, Pittsfield, will welcome back Mark Thallander later this month. His colleagues, Glenda Winkle-Morrow and Kathy Haley, will join him for a spectacular concert playing the one-of-a-kind 1877 Wilson W. Ricker organ and Hallet & Davis grand piano. The free concert will take place Sunday, August 28, 6 p.m. A love offering will be received.


Earlier in the day, Mark and Glenda will provide music for the Sunday morning worship service beginning at 10 a.m.


During the summer of 2003, Mark was involved in a dreadful car accident that left him in critical condition and required the amputation of his left arm. He wondered if he would ever be able to play the organ again.


A few months later he returned to the organ realizing that his miraculous recovery had begun. He has played across America and across the world. Composers have written music especially for Mark. To read more about Mark and his foundation, consult his website:


Plan on attending the church service and concert, meet Mark, Glenda and Kathy and hear the church organ and piano played like never before!


Parking and wheelchair accessible entry are located at rear of church building at Chestnut Street. For more information, call the church office, 603 435-7471.



Concord Regional VNA Offers “A Matter Of Balance” In Concord


Concord Regional VNA is offering an eight-week falls prevention program “A Matter of Balance” that helps adults view falls and the fear of falling as controllable, change the environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance. The program takes place on Mondays beginning September 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. at GoodLife Programs & Activities, 254 North State Street in Concord. There is no program on October 10 due to Columbus Day.


There is no fee to attend this program and space is limited. Pre-registration is required. To register, call (603) 224-4093 or (800) 924-8620, ext. 5815 or visit


A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls/Volunteer Lay Leader Model © 2006. This program is based on “Fear of Falling: A Matter of Balance” Copyright © 1995 Trustees of Boston University: All rights reserved. Used and adapted by permission of Boston University.



Pittsfield Middle High School Student Completes University Of Massachusetts Amherst Summer College Program


In-coming Pittsfield Middle High School senior, Gabe Anthony, recently completed the UMass Amherst Summer College Program at the Amherst campus.


Gabe completed the Sports Management course receiving 2 college credits. This highly competitive, nationally ranked program had 30 students from 12 different states and 4 different countries.


The program offered students a chance to live and study on-campus to get a “real college” experience. This was an intensive 2-week program where the students studied all the different aspects of sports management. The students attended lectures each day from 8:00am–12:00pm and then had an afternoon session that was group work on a presentation of the day’s topic.


While at UMass, Gabe was able to visit the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield Massachusetts and got to meet Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley.



Selectman’s Overview

Submitted By Carl Anderson

Select Board meeting 8/9/16


Over four hours tonight covering a wide range of topics. Payment plan requests for those in arrears on taxes have started. We are doing a balancing act between trying to help those with true financial hardship from losing their home against risking jeopardizing the recovery of the taxes owed to the town by putting off tax deeding, thereby placing more stress on taxpayers who are current.  Our clearly stated goal of reducing the tax rate will not be helped if we end up writing off taxes we could have been more diligent about collecting or recovering through the deeding process.  We are trying our best to do what is right, however difficult that may be.


Much of the evening was spent on hearings for two ordinances proposed by the police deparment.  The Disorderly Residence Ordinance would be something new and attempts to put the town in a better position to get help from landlords in the enforcement of laws regarding repetitive nuisance calls.  With a little adjustment and perhaps an additional clause, it seems to me to have merit that could benefit the town, despite my personal dislike for ordinances.  The other proposal is a revision of the Animal Control Ordinance that is currently in place.  This revision is controversial due to the nature of the possible effects on farm properties in rural areas.  Another hearing will take place at the end of September to gain more public input.


Security system updates for the police station and the town hall were tabled pending additional bids being put out. 


Many appointments were made, including Inspectors of Elections, with Cara and Ammy being re-appointed, and Laurie Houle generously volunteering to fill the third position.  Louis Houle, Roland Carter, Cara Marston, Ralph O’Dell, Jim Allard, and Clayton Wood were appointed to the new Town Planning and Steering Committee.  Kathleen Conners and Bill Provencal were appointed as alternates of the Website Committee.


Maxfield’s Hardware has offered to perform an LED conversion cost analysis for lighting town properties at no charge.  We thank them, and accept the offer.


Safe Routes to School easement letters will be going out to affected landowners.


An Offer to Purchase was accepted for 31 Berry Ave.  As in the case of 114 Main St., these buyers are reputable, established contractors, and we are very confident that, assuming the sale goes through, Pittsfield will soon have another property that the neighborhood will be proud of and will be back on the tax rolls which will benefit all taxpayers.



Tired Of Not Being In Control Of Your Health?


Do our genes really make us sick or is it just a myth? What does the research say? Can we do anything about our genes and the future?


Join Dr. Liz Kennedy, an award-winning doctor with almost 20 years of practice on Monday, August 22nd from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm for a free,  life-altering discussion on the scientific truth about who gets sick and who stays well at the Sanctuary Bodyworks and Sauna, 175 Barnstead Rd, suite one, Pittsfield (junction routes 28/107).  Seating is limited. Call 603-731-3855 to reserve your spot today. You can also reserve online at



University Of New Hampshire’s Dean’s List For The Spring Semester Of The 2015-2016 Academic Year


The following local students have been named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Hampshire for the spring semester of the 2015-2016 academic year.


Briana Cusson of Center Barnstead earned Honors

Haley Farnham of Center Barnstead earned Highest Honors

Crystal Labrecque of Barnstead earned Honors

Nicholas Reval of Barnstead earned Highest Honors

Tanner Shaw of Center Barnstead earned High Honors

Bailey Jennings of Center Barnstead earned Honors

Melony Rice of Center Barnstead earned Highest Honors

Julia Carter of Center Barnstead earned High Honors

Jennifer McCall of Epsom earned Highest Honors

Emily Langlais of Epsom earned Honors

Seth Bean of Epsom earned High Honors

Gilbert Boyd of Gilmanton earned High Honors

Hunter Rowley of Gilmanton earned Honors

Sawyer Gardner of Gilmanton earned Honors

David Morrison of Gilmanton earned High Honors

Hannah DeBold of Chichester earned Highest Honors

Ashley Calef of Northwood earned Honors

Daniel Faiella of Northwood earned Highest Honors

Amanda Perron of Northwood earned Highest Honors

Samantha Pollari of Northwood earned Honors

Abigail White of Northwood earned High Honors

Michael Wolfendale of Northwood earned Honors

Samantha Corwin of Northwood earned Honors

Ashley LeBlanc of Northwood earned Highest Honors

Briana King of Pittsfield earned Highest Honors

Danielle Janos of Gilmanton Iron Works earned Honors


Students named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Hampshire are students who have earned recognition through their superior scholastic performance. Highest honors are awarded to students who earn a semester grade point average of 3.85 or better out of a possible 4.0. Students with a 3.65 to 3.84 average are awarded high honors and students whose grade point average is 3.5 through 3.64 are awarded honors.



Catamount Womenaid Seeks Volunteers For The Catamount 5K


Want to be involved in the Catamount 5K, but you are not a runner or walker? Come volunteer!


Planning for the second running of the CATAMOUNT 5K at the Deerfield Fairgrounds on Sunday, November 6 is well underway, and volunteers are needed to help Catamount Womenaid with this popular fundraiser.  All proceeds of the race benefit Catamount Womenaid which provides financial assistance to men, women and children in Deerfield, Epsom, Pittsfield and Strafford. See


Helpers are needed for set-up and clean-up, marking the course, directing parking, helping at water stations and food tables, course marshalling and cheering on the runners.Please email [email protected]. Like Catamount 5K at the Deerfield Fairgrounds on Facebook.



Pittsfield Economic Development Committee Fund-raising Update

Submitted By Lyn Roberts

Vice-chair, Pittsfield Economic Development Committee


The Pittsfield Economic Development Committee (EDC) is happy to announce the winner of our 50/50 raffle, Shelley M. who won $306.00. The EDC also wants to thank the community for all the support received during this fund-raiser on Saturday at the Pittsfield Balloon Rally. The monies raised will go a long way in fulfilling its mission to promote Pittsfield’s economic opportunities.


The EDC is happy to accept any donations to further its efforts.


If you are so inclined please send a check (made out to “Town of Pittsfield” with “For Economic Development” written on the memo line) to Town of Pittsfield, Economic Development Committee, 85 Main Street, Pittsfield, NH 03263.


Lastly, the EDC can always use more members and/or volunteers and would be very thankful for your time and effort donation as well.


Thanks again for all your support!



NVFC Announces First Recipients In 2016 Globe Gear Giveaway

Departments in AK, NJ, and Canada will each receive 4 sets of new Globe gear

Globe, DuPont Protection Technologies (DuPont), and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have partnered for the fifth year to provide new, state-of-the-art turnout gear to fire departments in need. This year, a total of 13 departments will receive four sets of gear each. The first three recipients of the 2016 Globe Gear Giveaway are Klawock (AK) Volunteer Fire Department, Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Department (Broadway, NJ), and Norton Volunteer Fire Department (New Brunswick, Canada).


“We are excited to announce the first three winners of this year’s Globe Gear Giveaway,” said NVFC Chairman Kevin D. Quinn. “We received over 600 applications for gear, demonstrating the real need that exists for this type of program. Many departments are struggling to provide gear to their members and often have to make do with gear that is old, non-compliant, ill-fitting, and otherwise inadequate, putting the safety of the boots-on-the-ground firefighters at risk. Thank you to Globe and DuPont for recognizing this need and for five years of supporting our nation’s volunteer fire departments through this significant donation.”


To be eligible to apply for the four sets of new Globe turnout gear, departments had to be all-volunteer or mostly-volunteer, serve a population of 25,000 or less, be legally organized in the U.S. or Canada, demonstrate a need for the gear, and be a member of the NVFC. To help departments meet this last requirement, Globe sponsored NVFC Department Memberships for the first 500 applicants.


The Klawock (AK) Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD) is located on the west side of Prince of Wales – a remote island in southeast AK accessible only by air or water. Like many rural fire and rescue departments, Klawock is under-funded, struggling, and completely volunteer-based. KVFD currently has 13 active firefighters and 11 sets of turnout gear. Six of those turnout sets were donations from another fire department and are almost 20 years old. These turnout sets are incomplete, frayed, ripped, and do not meet NFPA guidelines. During a recent mutual aid response for a large commercial structure fire, half of their responding firefighters suffered from hypothermia, smoke inhalation, and foot injuries/blisters from ill-fitting boots.


“This generous donation will not only help us retain our present volunteers, it will improve their operational readiness and ability to effectively protect life and property,” said KVFD Training Officer Robert Omstead.


The Franklin (NJ) Township Volunteer Fire Department covers 38 square miles and averages 200 to 240 calls a year, consisting of motor vehicle accidents, structure fires, wildland fires, and various types of rescues. Most department funding is raised by the fire department, combined with a small allocation from the municipalities to keep apparatus operational. Apparatus maintenance requires most of the budget, so it is a challenge to keep firefighters properly equipped and in compliant PPE. Currently, the 46-member department only has 38 sets of gear; of these, 14 are more than 10 years old. This donation will help the members concentrate on other tasks and feel confident in their day-to-day safety.


The Norton Volunteer Fire Department in New Brunswick, Canada, is a completely volunteer department handling fire, motor vehicle accident, wildland, and medical calls. With a very small budget, they maintain four trucks, a pumper, a tanker, a rescue vehicle, and a four-wheel drive half ton truck and trailer. The community has no fire hydrants, so firefighters have to draft water to fill trucks which results in large quantities of sand getting into the pumps. The sand erodes the pumps quickly so funds must be spent each year to repair the pumps and valves. The department has 22 volunteer firefighters and 24 sets of gear – but 16 sets are more than 10 years old. Much of the existing gear has been passed down from member to member. The new gear will boost the morale of their team, helping to protect them as they do their work helping those in need.


Additional awards through the Globe Gear Giveaway will be made monthly throughout 2016. A total of 52 sets of gear will be distributed to departments in need. Stay tuned to the NVFC web site, Dispatch newsletter, and page on Facebook, as well as the Globe page on Facebook, for additional information and announcements regarding the Globe Gear Giveaway.



The Friday Night Kayak Group met  Friday, August 5, 2016 with a dozen kayaks. The group explored the lower Suncook River in Allenstown. 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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