Help the Pittsfield Beautification Committee at our annual Mum Sale
Fundraiser, to be held on Saturday, September 10th, at the Aranosian
Garden (next to Jack’s Pizza on Catamount Rd.), from 8:00 am
to 12:00 noon.
We will be selling a variety of colors in 10” pots and 5 gallon
pots. We will also be selling baked goods.
As always, thank you for your support!
The Friday Night Kayak Group met Friday Aug 129 2016 with
seven kayaks to explore Lougee (swamp) Pond in Barnstead. The group
is open to everyone and meets at different local kayaking sites
every Friday at 6 PM during June, July and August. Last paddle for
this season is Sept 2. 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 information.
Epping Well & Pump Named One Of NH’s Top Family Businesses
In the August issue of BusinessNH Magazine, Epping Well & Pump was
named the 13th fastest growing company within their list of Top
Family Businesses in the state. 157 companies were listed, all
with annual revenue over a million dollars.
The company started 30 years ago with the office/shop in Epping.
The building housed the business, as well as the family home.
Henry DeBoer, owner and founder, had two children that were 4 and 2
years old, and a third child on the way, yet took the leap of faith
to start with 10 years of experience in the industry, a dream and a
few dollars. Thirty years later, there are 10 fleet vehicles,
30 employees, (8 of which are related), and three facilities: the
original Epping office, the Lab, Seacoast Analytical Services, in
Lee, as well as the office in Pittsfield. Even the employees
that aren’t necessarily related by blood are still family.
Family businesses can have some unique challenges, but this company
has avoided drama by hiring people for their abilities and
attitudes, not just their bloodline. Each employee is trained
and skilled in their particular tasks and respected by the rest of
the staff. Many of the employees have been working with Epping
Well & Pump and Henry, or in the water industry, for more than 15
years. Epping Well & Pump is a leader in providing quality
service for a wide range of water needs including pump replacement,
system repair, water treatment, irrigation, and has a state
accredited laboratory for water testing.
If you’re interested in Epping Well providing a fun, interactive,
educational program for your students or other groups, or feel you
might be a great fit as their next employee, please contact us.
For any other information about your drinking water, contact: Abby
Fopiano, [email protected],
Submitted By Carl Anderson
Select Board meeting 8/23/16
Action was taken on the disposition of 33
& 37 Main St., with conditions added. There were two offers on the
table for us to consider. The plan put forth by Bill Miskoe, we
feel, has the most potential for benefit to the town in the long
run. The BOS is satisfied with the proposal of Mr. Miskoe up to the
point where he makes the purchase, demolishes 33 Main, removes the
ell of the building at 37 Main (leaving the original structure) and
the lot line adjustments are in place, we need assurances from SVRDC
on a number of topics (primarily financial) that will impact the
project and the town once they take possession of the property. The
topics we still need clarification on have been transmitted to SVRDC
and the approval granted last night is contingent upon their
affirmation of these items within two weeks.
The existing 1997 Town Policy regarding
equipment usage was brought up briefly and it was decided that as
far reaching as this policy actually is, amending it should be done
with advice of counsel.
An offer to purchase 81 Main St. was
accepted, which puts the final property under agreement that had
been scheduled for liquidation this summer. ‘Under contract’ does
not mean ‘sold’ however, and until the deed is conveyed and the
funds are in our account, it’s not a ‘done deal.’
Police Chief Cain came before the Board to
express his displeasure about not having more communication with him
regarding action taken last week relative to cruiser use at NASCAR
events in Loudon. He said that after he reviewed the tapes of the
meeting and became aware of our level of concern about compensation
for our equipment, he went to Loudon and they have indicated they
would probably be able to pay for the cruisers we send over. He
described the arrangement with Loudon as a ‘hybrid,’ wherein we send
cruisers to the NASCAR races and they used to send a cruiser to
Balloon Rally. He had an agreement under RSA 105.3 with the Loudon
Chief that he said covered our liability while at the race.
Carole Richardson told Chief Cain that she
thought he was being disrespectful in his level of irritation and
that with as many new Board members as there are, he should have
made us aware of any circumstances that were outside what would be
considered the usual way of administering equipment use. I expressed
the opinion that while ‘neighbor helping neighbor’ is fine in the
mutual aid arena during an emergency, trading services as a matter
of course was not being sufficiently accountable to the taxpayers. I
believe if we need assistance during pre-planned events such as
Balloon Rally, we should be prepared to pay those who respond, just
as we should expect payment for our equipment when it is working out
of town at an event such as a NASCAR race. Closer accounting should
be a help with both towns involved, considering the level of public
scrutiny rightfully expressed by taxpayers. Last week’s motion
regarding detail rate for our equipment remains in place.
During public input, an exasperated
citizen expressed his frustration with long-standing ‘rubber
burning’ and reckless vehicle operation in outlying areas of town.
There is no meeting scheduled for Aug. 30.
I will miss the Sept. 6 meeting, so unless another Board member
writes an ‘overview’ there will be a two week gap in my effort to
keep everyone informed about the public BOS meetings.
Pittsfield Community Impact Awards 2016
Pittsfield Listens sponsored Community
Impact Awards 2016. Community members were recognized for
outstanding contribution to the community and then the crowd of over
100 joined in for a Barbeque.
Community members were nominated for recognition by fellow community
members and a nominating committee decided the finale recipients.
During the ceremony the original nomination stating how the
individual contributed to the community was read before the award
was presented, often by the previous year’s recipient. As the names
were called recipients walked up to the new town gazebo accompanied
by the same music selection as winners of an Oscar do. The music
which included live performances was provides by students of PMHS.
The recipients recognized were;
Outstanding Individual Tucker Wolfe
Outstanding PMHS Employee Gloria Krochmal Outstanding PES Employee
Mike Curtain Outstanding Youth Grades K-6th Juliana Morse
Outstanding Youth Grades 7th-12th Rebecca Smith Outstanding Mentor
Anne Banks Outstanding Town Employee Sgt. Rick Walter Outstanding
Act of Kindness Erin Butler Outstanding Volunteer Mike Wolfe The
night of celebration was punctuated by laughter, music, and food.
There was a photo both where people could take pictures together and
holding a white board state how they contribute to the community.
Children played cornhole. Attendees drew pictures and wrote messages
on the paper table cloths with crayons provided with every table
centerpiece. When the last of the hotdogs was gone and it was time
to say goodnight cleanup was done quickly and with ease as everyone
The event is one of Pittsfield Listens
signature events and was the fourth annual Community Impact Awards.
The intention is to bring community members together to show
appreciation for and celebrate Pittsfield and all who contribute to
making Pittsfield a great place to live, learn, work and play.
The event was held at the Dustin Park on
Augest 18th. Pictures can be seen on Pittsfield Listens Facebook
Josiah Carpenter Library Monthly News ~
The library will be closed on Monday, September 5th
for Labor Day!
Have a safe and fun filled weekend.
Josiah Teen Book Worms Discussing “Carry On” by Rainbow Rowell on
Thursday, Sept.8th 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 14th 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.
1, 2, 3, Cook! Tuesday, September 20 at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm. join us
for our third meeting at the Pittsfield Senior Center! Last month we
enjoyed learning about cultivating herbs and making salsa with
“homemade”, fresh ingredients. This month we do a “study” or
comparison of eggs. Farm fresh or grocery what’s the difference? How
do eggs work best in making quiche? Lunch at the center is
served prior to this meeting for $2.00.
Fairy house building and fairy crafting
workshop September 20 & 22 3:30-5:00 pm at Dustin Park with Ms.
Sabrina. Come try your hand at building a fairy house; make a gnome
hat; decorate some fairy wings and get into the fall spirit! Ten
houses will be chosen to be entered into the Portsmouth Fairy House
Tour and those ten will receive two free tickets to attend the tour
on September 24 & 25 at Strawbery Banke. Stop by the library or call
us for more information.
Library Board of Trustees Meeting Wednesday, September 21st at 7 pm
Read Meet & Talk Join us for an exciting book discussion on “A Man
called Ove” by Fredrik Backman. The book club meets at the
Pittsfield Senior Community Center Tuesday, September 27th at
10:30. Stay for a leisurely lunch afterward.