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Pittsfield NH News

August 22, 2018

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Pittsfield High School Class of 1984 Reunion


Attention All PHS Class of 1984 members- We are starting to plan for our 35th High School Reunion!! (next year)  Our first meeting is on Wed., Sept. 19 at 6:30pm at Laurie Deane Vien’s house (132 Ingalls Rd).  Please come to the meeting if you’d like to help. We would like to hear from our classmates with ideas for the reunion.  If you can’t make it to the meeting, feel free to call Andi Grainger Riel at 435-6346, email at or find me on Facebook!



The South Pittsfield Friends Church will be open on Sunday, August 26th with Pastor Harold Muzzey as the speaker.  Services begins at 1:00 pm and all are welcome.  There will be no service on Sunday,  August 19th.



Pittsfield Old Home Day 2018

“Once Upon a Time, Favorite Fairytales”


Remember Saturday, July 14 – It was Old Home Day in Pittsfield and from all accounts, it was a GREAT DAY!  The theme of the day was “Once Upon a Time, Favorite Fairytales” and there were awesome floats of lots of different fairytales  and fun activities throughout the day.  The weather cooperated- which always makes it easier 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, “Beauty and the Beast” at Drake Field on Friday night, July 13.  There was a good turnout and a wonderful way to kickoff Old Home Day!  


Thank you to the Beautification Committee, especially Carole & Paul Richardson for placing the American Flags around town – they certainly make the town look beautiful and festive.


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,  Jocelyn and Joey Ash and Carol Grainger.  THANK YOU to all of you.  A special Thank you to Stacey & Noah Wittenberg for their behind the scenes help in getting the craft projects organized. Thank you to Theresa Chase, KathyTraynor, Beverly Drolet, and Stan Bailey for all your help in setting up the park, craft tables and games.  Special thanks to Kelli Webber and Matt Jones for your help with the Cotton Candy sales! 


Jujubee, the Clown provided balloon “art” for the kids – free!  Thanks to the Suncook Valley Area Lion Club members and Tina and Roger Metcalf for manning the Carnival Games  – from what I heard, they were a big hit and the kids had a great time!  Thank you to Globe by MSA for donating the games.  Thank you to St. Stephen’s Church for holding their Silent Auction and Sidewalk Café.   Thank you to Tricky Dick’s Magic Show for wowing the kids (and adults) with your magic tricks!


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.  Thank you to Tula the Unicorn and her princess for spending some time at Old Home Day.  Thank you to the United Martial Arts Academy of Epsom for a fabulous karate demonstration. The Little Red Wagon Theatre troupe performed a fun fairytale themed play – thank you for coming to Pittsfield again.


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 and BIG trucks 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, TC’s Garage, Bell Brothers and Traditional Speed & Custom for donating raffle prizes. Thanks to Alden and Eli English for organizing and running the car show.


The annual cook-off was “Bread of Any Kind.”  Thank you to all the participants- All the entries were delicious!  The winners, by popular vote were: 1st   - Noah Wittenberg (Banana, #7); 2nd- TIED- Robyn Ladd (Chocolate Zucchini, #5) and Susan Bleckmann (Tuscan Sun Dried Tomato Artisan, #4) and 3rd- Tracey Huyck (Carrot pineapple, #11)  A very special Thank You to the Victory Workers 4-H Club for organizing and manning the booth.


Thanks to all the kids that participated in the Bike Parade and a huge Special thanks to Rick Walter for coming back to town and leading the parade.   Thanks to our judges- they had a tough time choosing the winners.  


Pastor Dave Stasiak of the First Congregational Church provided the invocation before the parade – thank you for joining us on Old Home Day.  Thank you to Kathy Kelley for singing the National Anthem –it was beautiful!   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, Bill Provencal 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.  


Congratulations to Gef Freese and Rob Freese on being named Pittsfield’s Citizens of the Year!  THANK YOU for your continued support and involvement in our community.  Thank you to all the past Citizens of the Year that joined us at your special seating area to view the parade. Thank you to Paul and David from Flowers for All Seasons for your wonderful donation.


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 Tyler Booth for hauling them.  They worked perfectly for the band to ride in and perform in the parade.  Thank you to Jimmy Webber for hauling our Old Home Day Committee float!   Many thanks to all the Police and Fire Departments that joined the parade!



Youth Division:

1st- Pittsfield Youth Workshop

2nd- F.B. Argue Recreation Area

 3rd - Victory Workers 4-H Club


Open Division

1st – Joy Church

2nd –Pittsfield Players

3rd – Concord Christian Academy


Thank you to the Chichester Police Explorers and all those that helped the Police Department with traffic duty before and during the parade. Thank you to Bill & Linda Provencal and Tina & Roger Metcalf for your help with the parade lineup.


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.  The annual Duck Derby was held at the Town Pool/Beach area and the winner was Liz Six. Thank you to Heidi Hall and the PMHS Girls Basketball team for organizing the Duck Race.  The Battle of the Badges Softball game was held at Drake Field.  Thanks to Jay Darrah for organizing the game.  Congratulations to the Police team on their Softball game win.  


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 (Dominic Brooks, Tyler Booth, Tyler Darrah, Noah MacGlashing, Jacob Whittier and Tommy Williams) 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, Cara Hayes and the many extra volunteers that 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 Louie Houle at 435-6938 or email at



Concord Regional VNA Holds Loss After Addiction Discussion Group In Concord


Concord Regional VNA holds Loss After Addiction Discussion Group for anyone adjusting to the death of a loved one to addiction on Wednesday, September 19 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Concord Regional VNA Hospice House, 240 Pleasant Street in Concord. Loss After Addiction is held on the third Wednesday of each month at the same time.


Pre-registration is not required. For more information, please call (603) 224-4093 or (800) 924-8620, ext. 2828 or e-mail



Helpful Tips From The BCEP Transfer Station 


Needles, Needles on the floor, needles, needles stick me no more – ALL needles must be placed in a hard-plastic covered container (i.e. detergent bottle), lid taped and marked “SHARPS” and BROUGHT IN TO THE OFFICE.


Medical Waste – IV tubing, IV bags, catheters, personal hygiene products, prophylactics, are considered “Infectious Waste” and should be disposed of in the garbage, NOT placed in the plastic. 


Prescription medicines should be taken to your local police department for proper disposal by law enforcement officials. 


Batteries -it is a good habit to place a piece of tape over the receptacle of the alkaline battery before disposing. Often the battery is still discharging and if it should come in contact with something metal it could start a fire.   Rechargeable, Lithium and Nickel-Cadmium batteries should be brought to the office for packaging out to a certified recycling processor.


Containers filled with food – in all instances (plastic, tin, glass), when food is still in the container; dispose of these in the garbage. Food particles distribute contamination throughout the bales of product.    It would be very helpful if you rinsed out your containers prior to disposal. This helps us with a higher quality product for sale in the marketplace, which helps to off-set the cost of recycling.


Paint Cans– If EMPTY and DRY, check the bottom of the container, plastic bottoms dispose of in the garbage, metal bottoms place in the tin cans.  AGAIN, ONLY IF EMPTY AND DRY OF ALL LIQUID. 


Safety Upgrades are taking place throughout the facility.  Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the changes.  As always feel free to speak to a staff member with any concerns or suggestions you may have to improve the flow and efficiencies at your facility.  We’re all in this together!


To save on wait time – Sort, Sort, Sort at home FIRST – the more people pre-sort, the shorter the wait time for everybody. Reminder, if you do not separate all your recyclables from your kitchen garbage, you must weigh it in and pay $0.10 per pound for disposal.



Agritourism Keeps The Dream Alive

A young visitor from the UK visits with Curious Bleu, a six-year-old Scottish Highlander Steer.


Nick Newlin and  Joanne Flynn of Nicolo Whimsey stayed at the farm and took a cart ride with Red, a six-year-old Scottish Highlander steer. 


Topper and Stash, a pair of working Oxen, give Honeymoon visitors a ride on a stoneboat.


 We had two hours to get the farmhouse apartment ready for our next guests. Husband Bruce vacuumed while I made the beds and took out the recycling. Meanwhile, farm chores waited while we folded towels and scrubbed toilets. These indoor tasks were necessary because they allow us to do what we love: Farm.


Housework is not what we want to do. Raising cattle is. Unfortunately, meat sales do not entirely cover our expenses, so we remodeled and beautified half of our farmhouse and listed it on AirBNB for visitors to rent for a farm experience. Families from as far as Australia and as near as Nashua have stayed with us. Tazzy, the porch pig, has welcomed them with grunts. Curious Bleu, a Scottish Highlander steer, has given rides to little cowgirls and cowboys. The pigs have nibbled children's shoes. Visitors become “farmers for the day” and take home farm memories to non-farm lives.


Each visitor brings their unique perspective to the farm. I loved practicing my rusty German with a family from Göttingen, Germany. Misty and her daughter from Rye, N.H., helped our 4H club, the Highland Riders, bathe their cows. The magic of hosting included welcoming Nicolo Wimsey ( and his wife Joanne, artists who entertain children with poetry, juggling, and comedy. All of these guests renew my sense of amazement and wonder for the farm. Their graciousness is overwhelming, and each leaves a bit of joy and wonder when they check out.


Along with the memories, visitors leave more than they can know – income to help us farm. We also host birthday parties, family days and other events; anything to attract visitors to the farm. We also host birthday parties, family days, and other activities on the farm but these events don't always fit with farm operations. We exclude cattle from our best fields to protect city feet from little “surprises” hidden in the grass. We mow fields that would be better left for grazing. Events aren't always the best use of land, but they open the farm to those who may never have met a cow.


We also go to farmers markets and maintain our own farm store, where we sell our meat and Miles Smith Farm merchandise. I teach a course in Sustainable Agriculture at N.H. Institute of Technology. The sustaining revenue trickles in.


When I started farming, I didn't know I would also be an event coordinator, shopkeeper and college instructor. I want to keep cattle on the farm. I want to train working oxen and riding cows. I want to raise grass-fed beef and pastured pork. I want to eat what I raise, and I want to raise the happiest fat cattle possible. Out of all these desires, and out of all the blood, sweat and tears that Bruce and I have poured into this place, the farm and its survival have taken on enormous importance. We love the farm and the farming life.


Agritourism is powered by curiosity about where food comes from and helps keep us “living the dream,” and sharing slices of it with our guests. The dream is threatened by so many enemies – such as severe weather, debt, mechanical breakdowns, feed costs and high production costs. But small farms also have many friends – namely people who find a farmer they trust and buy from them. 


Why does such food taste so good? Maybe because it's organic or grass-fed or just-picked, and perhaps because it springs from a labor of love and is supported by so many who appreciate farms as much as we do.



Letter To The Editor

Select Board Meeting 8/14/18


Road agent, George Batchelder, came in to discuss traffic control issues that should be addressed in a more comprehensive, condensed, enforceable ordinance. A letter to a resident regarding illegal diversion of rainwater runoff will go out tomorrow.  Any changes to road grades or water control must be approved by the BOS and this law will be enforced. 


Additionally, it should be noted that Pittsfield passed a storage container (trailers included) ordinance at town meeting over 25 years ago which we must enforce when called upon. Call the town office for details.  A second notice of violation was sent to an offender, with enforcement action to follow if the trailers aren’t removed.


Acting Police Chief Collins introduced us to two full time officer candidates, Roman Kelly and Austin Bannister.  We made them employment offers conditional on passing the academy starting in January.  We’re within one full time position of having a full staff, although some are still unable to patrol on their own until fully trained.  Third party oral boards will be conducted this Thursday, then by the Board of Selectmen on Monday the 20th to select a permanent Police Chief.  We have five qualified candidates and look forward to hearing what each of them has to say. 


A letter to each abutting town will go out to try to coordinate perambulation of lines which we’re supposed to do every five years.  Walking town lines between select boards has been a requirement, often neglected, since town governments were formed.  


Town administrator Cara Hayes was offered a three year “status quo” employment contract.  She agreed to serve the town until Dec. 23, 2021 with no increases of any kind. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated, knowledgeable employee who also waived her last contract raise. 


Carl Anderson



EXIT Reward Realty First Annual Client Appreciation Event

EXIT Reward Realty agent Lyn Ward (l) and owner/broker Donna Ward (r).


On June 26th, Donna Ward and EXIT Reward Realty held their first Annual Client Appreciation Event with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.  Over 180 past and current clients were invited for a fun night of baseball, food and prizes.  The honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch of the night was given, without hesitation, to Larry Berkson.  Donna chose Larry to do the honors stating, “Larry was a driving force behind our opening EXIT Reward Realty in 2005.  He provided us office space alongside his property management company in which he owned with Walt and Mike Purtell.  Together, they listed a total of 30 properties with us over our first 4 years.  Anyone who knows Larry, is aware of his love for baseball!”


Donna and her EXIT Reward Realty Team would like to thank Don McLelland from Supreme Lending for providing the raffle prizes, gift certificates to the Common Man. She would also like to extend a big THANK YOU to all who attended.  If you could not make it or if we missed you, we hope you can join us next time.  Please make sure our office has your current email address and contact information.  Visit our Facebook page to see more pictures of the event and to stay informed on the current real estate market.  


EXIT Reward Realty is located at 79 High Street in Pittsfield and serves the Central NH and Lakes Region area.



The 60th Class Reunion for Pittsfield High School Class of 1958 was held recently at the Red Blazer in Concord. Members attending (L to R front row) were Carol Trautwig Nichols, Saco, Me; Corine Kimball Miller, Pittsfield; Richard Bickford, Ctr. Barnstead; Nancy Towle Garland, Merrimack; Judy Genest Curtis, Manchaug, Ma. & Leesburg, Fl; Marilyn Bickford Stevens, Alton. L to R Back Row- John Drew IV, Spanaway, Wa.; Norman Tuttle, Barnstead; James Buatti, Pittsfield; Annie Ruth Tarbox Holmes, Meredith; Roberta Knowlton Lacoy, Pittsfield; Annette Bilodeau, Pittsfield; Brenda Zinn Joziatis, Concord; Patricia Stearns Bergevin, Epsom; Rodney Boyd, Ctr. Barnstead. 


Members are holding hand crafted wooden creations by classmate Paul Bartlett, Englewood, Fl.



The Quest For A New Headquarters For The Pittsfield Historical Society

Submitted By Larry Berkson


It is no secret that the Pittsfield Historical Society has been seeking new quarters. Some have asked why. From outward appearances this might seem understandable. However, there are many reasons. In the first place, when the present building was purchased, it was thought too small but was all that was available. The group that revived the Society at the time thought it would only be temporary and replaced within a decade or so.


It has now been over two decades and the Society is in desperate need of larger and more efficient quarters. Presently, the archives space is overflowing with documents, pictures, newspapers and other ephemera. It is crammed full with the Society’s items for sale. For one person to move from one corner of the room to another, two or three people have to stand up and move aside. And there is not room for a sufficient number of desks for the Tuesday morning volunteers. Indeed, the Society cannot accept much needed additional volunteers because of a lack of space. 


The Society’s museum is jam packed with artifacts, to the point of overflowing and is so crowded that it is difficult to distinguish one item from another. Many items are piled on top of display cases for lack of any other place to put them and are susceptible to being stolen, which has happened in the past. 


Further, there is no storage space in the building. The attic is inaccessible and the basement has a dirt floor with a sump pump and is damp. As mentioned, the back room is full of items the Society sells to help support its activities. Other items are stacked in the entryway so that it is difficult to get to the bathroom and small closet where supplies are stored. 


The Society has historic items stored throughout the area, some in places where they are deteriorating because of existing conditions. Thanks to the largess of Fuzz Freese, two tractor trailers are full of items, and numerous others are stored in his building on Clark Street. A railroad baggage cart and many other items are stored on the third floor of the Town Hall. A miniature doll house built by Ralph Van Horn is displayed at the Epsom Public Library.  Larry Berkson’s basement is full of important fire apparatus and other items. 


For the past dozen years or so the Society has only been able to accept very small items because of a lack of space to put larger ones. There have been two exceptions. It did accept the 1876 fire wagon and the 1895 hose reel donated by the Fire Department because of their huge significance to the community. They are in storage and cannot be regularly displayed. 


Over two years ago, then President Cedric Dustin appointed a committee to look into the possibility of obtaining new quarters. During the initial phase several people questioned whether a sufficient amount of funds could be raised to purchase or erect a new building. After all, such a project would require more funds than had been expended on any of its previous projects.  


Others argued that every project undertaken by the Society had been successful. In its efforts to preserve the history of the community and enhance its beauty, the Society had erected Frank Lyman Park as the starting point for the Historic Trail. The cost in materials and donated labor for these projects exceeded well over $300,000. Another major project was the General Harrison R. Thyng Memorial costing well over $100,000. Smaller projects included the Cotton Mill Bell display on Factory Hill, the Jocky Fogg sign on Factory Hill, wings on the Veteran’s Monument on Main Street (with the American Legion), the Gate Mechanism Display near the Dam, the Steam Pump display on Factory Hill, signs identifying cemeteries throughout Town, and building markers on houses. Although not a project of the Society, nearly $500,000 in cash had been raised for renovating and enlarging Pittsfield Youth Athletic Park. 


With such a track record of success, it was believed that the community would step up and support the Society’s quest for a new headquarters. After several meetings and all points of view were considered, it was decided to proceed. More will be written about this in subsequent articles.




Marjorie A. (Hames) Rollins

PITTSFIELD- Mrs. Marjorie A. (Hames) Rollins, 86, of Pittsfield, passed away at the Concord Hospital surrounded by her loving family on August 12, 2018 after a brief illness.

Born in Meriden, CT, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Gladys (Walters) Hames.  She was raised and educated in Connecticut and had been a resident of New Hampshire for the past 45 years.


Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a packer for Globe Manufacturing.  Marjorie enjoyed knitting, playing bingo and visiting with friends.  She was a very sociable woman known for her hugs.  She also frequented the Community Center in Pittsfield.


She was predeceased by her husband, Walter E. Rollins, Sr., her grandson, Jacob E. Rowell, her granddaughter, Christina Rollins, and her siblings, Joan Ryder and Robert Hames.


She is survived by her children: Walter E. Rollins, Jr. of Barnstead, Cheryl L. McPherson of Pittsfield, Tammy M. Rollins of Pittsfield, Wayne A. Rollins of Pittsfield, and Michelle L. Avery of Pittsfield.  She was the grandmother to Marissa Whittier and her husband Zachary, Kristy Rollins and Melvin Elliott, Jr.  She was the great grandmother to Wyatt Whittier.


Calling Hours will be held on Saturday, August 25th from 1 to 3 P.M. in the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home 1217 Suncook Valley Highway in Epsom.  Burial will take place at the convenience of the family.  To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit








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