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.
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
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
Earlier in the day, Mark and Glenda will
provide music for the Sunday morning worship service beginning at 10
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 www.crvna.org.
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.
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
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
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
Haley Farnham of Center Barnstead earned
Crystal Labrecque of Barnstead earned
Nicholas Reval of Barnstead earned Highest
Tanner Shaw of Center Barnstead earned
Bailey Jennings of Center Barnstead earned
Melony Rice of Center Barnstead earned
Julia Carter of Center Barnstead earned
Jennifer McCall of Epsom earned Highest
Emily Langlais of Epsom earned Honors
Seth Bean of Epsom earned High Honors
Gilbert Boyd of Gilmanton earned High
Hunter Rowley of Gilmanton earned Honors
Sawyer Gardner of Gilmanton earned Honors
David Morrison of Gilmanton earned High
Hannah DeBold of Chichester earned Highest
Ashley Calef of Northwood earned Honors
Daniel Faiella of Northwood earned Highest
Amanda Perron of Northwood earned Highest
Samantha Pollari of Northwood earned
Abigail White of Northwood earned High
Michael Wolfendale of Northwood earned
Samantha Corwin of Northwood earned Honors
Ashley LeBlanc of Northwood earned Highest
Briana King of Pittsfield earned Highest
Danielle Janos of Gilmanton Iron Works
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
Like Catamount 5K at the Deerfield Fairgrounds on Facebook.
Pittsfield Economic Development Committee
Submitted By Lyn Roberts
Vice-chair, Pittsfield Economic
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
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
“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
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
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 huffnpuff.info 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