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August 31, 2016

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Pittsfield Beautification Committee


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 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], 603-679-5299



Selectman’s Overview

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 pitched in. 


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 page.



Josiah Carpenter Library Monthly News ~ September 2016


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.








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