seeking Community Service volunteers on Saturdays to assist patrons
with their recycling needs.
contact Lisa at 435-6237 if you would like to help out.
Foss Family Foundation Donates Funds To Concord Hospital Trust
Provides Stop The Bleed Kits In Local Schools And Class Rooms
Foss Family Foundation recently made a $20,000 contribution to a
Concord Hospital Trust matching gift fund, which was established to
provide Stop the Bleed kits in local school class rooms and common
areas. The fund is designed to match any community’s or community
member’s investment and then purchase kits for a specific school in
Concord Hospital’s service area.
donation is part of a Concord Hospital Trust fundraising initiative
to raise funds to place Stop the Bleed First Aid kits in every
classroom in every school in every community served by Concord
Hospital. Each kit contains a tourniquet, quick clot gauze and other
bleeding control items.
think that Concord Hospital saves lives and want to support their
great work through charitable giving," said Dan Davidson on behalf
of the Foss Family Foundation.
the Bleed is part of a national life-saving campaign aimed at
teaching the public proper bleeding control techniques, including
how to use direct pressure, wound packing and tourniquets. Victims
of uncontrolled bleeding can die in several minutes, before
emergency personnel arrive, but anyone at the scene can save lives,
if they know what to do.
Hospital has been involved in the Stop the Bleed program for two
years, first training approximately 200 trainers— EMS or medical
personnel — who have fanned out in their communities to train the
Trust’s Stop the Bleed Community Campaign aims to place kits in more
than 800 classrooms and school common areas in approximately 28
communities. Each kit costs $69.
the gift from the Foss Family Foundation, Concord Hospital Trust has
the funds needed to offer a match for any community in our service
area interested in securing Stop the Bleed kits for their schools'
classrooms," said Pamela Puleo, Concord Hospital’s chief advancement
officer. "We are so grateful for their generosity, which we know
will assure the success of this community initiative."
a contribution to support Stop the Bleed Community Campaigns, visit
ch-trust.org or call (603) 227-7162.
To The Editor
Town Meeting deliberative session, selectman Jim Allard said that
the board of selectmen (BoS) opposes using NH Supreme Court case law
citations in the zoning ordinance (to document the ordinance's
authority under state law) in part because, Jim said, the Pittsfield
Zoning Ordinance has become as long as the Concord Zoning Ordinance.
Jim's statement is false. The Pittsfield Zoning Ordinance is
1/5 the length of the Concord Zoning Ordinance by word count.
Selectman Jim Adams said that Pittsfield should repeal the housing
standards ordinance in order to avoid lawsuits. Jim's
statement is also false. The BoS takes appeals from housing
standards and can avoid any lawsuit simply by granting the appeal.
The lawsuit talk is a scare tactic because lawsuits seeking relief
from an ordinance are expensive only when the BoS decides that
enforcing the ordinance is worth a fight.
statements are how this BoS is trying to influence voters. The BoS
says that we must repeal the prohibition against renting accessory
apartments because state law says that we must. State law says no
such thing. The BoS says (rather irrationally) that we must extend
local grandfather protection beyond the state's cutoff in RSA 674:39
because state law says that we must. Again, state law says no such
vote NO to the BoS's four zoning amendments (warrant articles 2-5)
and YES to the planning board's four zoning amendments (warrant
articles 6-9). Please vote for Robert Fratus for selectman to
relieve selectman and zoning opponent Carl Anderson of zoning
administration. Please vote to reelect James Hetu to the zoning
board to keep the board on track with fair, well-reasoned decisions.
Please vote for Jody Cunningham for zoning board for her fresh
appreciation of zoning.
The Gregarious Gander
Submitted By Carole Soule
Chester, the horse, shares his grain with Lenny, the gander.
is a female; a gander is a male. “The collective noun for a group of
geese on the ground is a gaggle; when in flight they are called a
skein, a team, or a wedge; when flying close together, they are
called a plump,” according to www.vocabulary.com. But when
there are two of them, I call them “a couple.”
and Leonora, the white gander and goose, joined our farm
family five years ago. Leonora laid five eggs that hatched in the
spring. Together they raised the goslings. While Leonora taught the
babies how to feed, Lenny protected them. When people, dogs, cattle
or anyone else approached his brood, he would run at them honking
with wings flapping and outstretched neck. The intruder would run.
Lenny was a conscientious father.
family would shuffle around the barnyard, babies following their
parents in a straight line. This gaggle would wander into the cow
pasture hunting grubs and worms. During chores, I'd stop to watch
them bathe, wings flapping, in a puddle of water. They were
enchanting and delightful as they waddled around the farm, and under
Lenny's supervision, they all stayed safe.
the babies were grown and had moved on, Leonora died. Her body lay
in the barnyard for a day, and Lenny stood over it honking to her
and lifting her lifeless head with his beak. Geese mate for life and
Lenny was heartbroken. But a few months later, he found new love –
a Peking duck.
ducks are solid white and look like a little goose, which is maybe
why Lenny doted on this particular duck. Always at her side, he
ignored the other five ducks and focused on his new paramour. They
would flap down the ravine behind the house to splash in the water
hole at the bottom. He stayed with her day and night. He loved his
duck and did his best to protect her and her sister ducks from
predators. Unfortunately, coyotes or maybe a fox killed two
of the ducks, so we re-homed the surviving ducks to a safer farm
with stronger fences.
was alone again. The chickens ignored him, the cattle didn't care
about him, the goats felt he was unworthy of their attention. Lenny
needed a friend.
when I noticed him hanging out with my four horses. Lenny slept in
the horse hay, drank from the horse trough, waddled around the
horses' paddock and ate spilled grain. Chester, a chestnut-colored
pony, even allows him to eat from his feed pan. Each morning Lenny
honks a happy greeting to me when I come to feed him and his new
Friendship might mean something different to ganders and horses than
it does to us. While the gander and the horses can never form a
flying “wedge,” they are social creatures, and the farm has been a
little brighter since Lenny found his clique.
Soule is co-owner of Miles Smith Farm. She can be reached at
Voting Citizens of Pittsfield New Hampshire,
listening to Chair of Planning Board Clayton Wood at the SB2
Deliberative Session, he made the statement that the changes to the
Zoning Ordinance which the Planning Board has recommended Articles
6, 7, 8 & 9, were only doing house cleaning. After reading these
Ordinances I feel this is another power grab. Do you consider this
review by myself and others all of these changes involve
restrictions which I believe are illegal.
put more power in the hands of the board, they put in restrictions
which removes previous boards' approvals.
allow this board more independent measures in removing Applicants'
rights. The Applicant pays for their review advertising and
recording with The Registry of Deeds. To allow them to void any
applications which are not done according to their requirements and
meet their time frame is insane.
change definitions of items which are already stated in the State
Laws. Do they think they are smarter than all the lawyers in
Concord. Oh that’s right, one unlicensed board member who has messed
up all of the ordinances think he is.
support, vote Yes Articles #2, 3, 4 & 5 (which were presented
by the Select board) and vote No For Articles #6, 7, 8, & 9, which
are being supported by the Planning Board which was planned to cause
everyone to do what they say. We are independent citizens. And the
Board is not the King of Pittsfield.
this is the Live Free or Die State, but this board wants to tell
you, the Citizens, what to do. It is time to remove those Board
Members who only want to be able to instruct you on what they want,
not what you want.
You for your voting, Only You Can Change these issues.
Club Makes Donation
meeting of the Lions Club at the Main Street Café, 2018.
Pittsfield Historical Society is pleased to announce that the
Suncook Area Lions Club has made a substantial donation to its
building fund. The fund provides support for its new headquarters
and museum. The project will begin in early spring on the old
Washington House Lot on Factory Hill.
Lions Club, one of Pittsfield’s non-profit organizations, once again
has stepped forward to help make Pittsfield a better place in which
to live. Active since 2011, its mission is to serve the community by
taking an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral
welfare of the town, and to encourage civic-minded people to serve
the community without personal financial reward. It is perhaps best
known for its work with eye care and glasses for the needy.
you very much President Wharem and all of the members of the Lions
Club for your very generous donation.
Pittsfield Historical Society Receives Unsolicited Donation
Pittsfield Historical Society is pleased to announce that it has
received an unsolicited donation from James and Lucinda Kerivan for
its new museum and headquarters. The Kerivans own extremely
well-kept apartments on Chestnut Street and although not living in
the community, took it upon themselves to contribute without being
asked in order to support the work of the Historical Society. Our
hats go off to them for their concern and for being so generous.
Thank you, very much.
To The Editor
April 2016 the Board of Selectmen (BOS) asked the Suncook Valley
Regional Development Corporation (SVRDC) to consider 33/37 Main
Street for an economic development project. Upon doing a
walk-through the SVRDC concluded the properties were in disrepair
and would require an exorbitant amount of work, resources and
community-wide effort to be successful. In May the SVRDC met with
the BOS to determine the expectation for the property(s).
the discussion that ensued, the Economic Development Committee (EDC)
hosted public forums and brainstorming sessions with the SVRDC, Town
officials and community members. In July a preliminary business plan
was submitted to the BOS from the EDC for the Main Street properties
with a third-party investor in mind. On July 21st the third-party
met with the SVRDC to share his vision to combine the properties,
demolish the building on 33 Main Street and do a lot line adjustment
in order to grant a portion of the property to the library. He would
then donate the residual property to the SVRDC for a community
SVRDC then submitted a preliminary financial plan/proposal to the
BOS. On August 30th, the BOS voted to sell the property to the
third-party with the agreement that he would deed the property back
to the town once the lot line adjustment was completed (rather than
donating to the SVRDC). In November the BOS invited the SVRDC to
submit a plan for the property, at which time the SVRDC resubmitted
the plan that was presented to the BOS in August. The BOS never
responded to the SVRDC.
my understanding that the BOS has been seeking to sell the property
to an outside party. To date the property remains unrenovated and
has not collected tax revenue since being deeded back to the town in
To The Editor
humbly request that you please reelect Jim Pritchard to the Planning
Board on March 12th. I have known the Pritchard family since my
husband and I moved to Pittsfield almost 20 years ago. Jim got
involved in Pittsfield planning and zoning 16 years ago after the
boards treated him unfairly as an abutter.
discovering that others also endured such treatment, Jim used what
he had learned to be an advocate for fairness, helping many
applicants and abutters understand their rights before facing the
boards. Jim wrote and circulated the citizen petition that
established the current form of our elected planning board (passed
2010), and he wrote the zoning amendment that established the
elected zoning board (passed 2014), making both boards accountable
to you, the voters, rather than to the selectboard, which previously
appointed all the members. Since 2010, the selectboard has tried
three times to return to an appointed board, but every effort
having helped many applicants understand their rights, Jim has
endured constant attacks over the years by zoning opponents. Jim
doesn't give anyone preferential treatment, he always follows the
ordinances and state law and does what is in the best long-term
interest for Pittsfield and the tax payers.
citizens complained that they could not make their own trade signs
without approval, he co-sponsored a zoning amendment eliminating the
need to get approval from the ZBA for a trade sign (passed 2016).
When citizens complained about having to get approval for a home
occupation business, he co-sponsored zoning amendments to allow home
occupations by right (passed 2018).
vote to reelect Jim Pritchard to the Planning Board on March 12th
and continue the current direction of fairness on the boards.
you for your consideration,
To The Editor
Board Meeting 2/12/2019
discussed questions and concerns voiced by residents at the first
deliberative session. There were misconceptions that citizen’s
petition Article 31 would leave renters without protection from
dangerous, unhealthy conditions.
happen if Article 31 succeeds is that administering State Standards
will become the responsibility of the select board, which answers
directly to voters. There were also questions about who’d be
qualified to continue inspecting rentals. Many State Standards
relate to unhealthy conditions or fire dangers, so full-time Fire
Chief and Health Officer Pete Pszonowsky would be our authority for
those issues. Pete’s assured us he’s ready, willing, able, and up to
the task. The building inspector can be consulted on other code
questions. As for “who will answer the phone” for complaints-
Cara Marston would immediately redirect the HSA phone extension to
the Town Administrator’s office for renters to contact the town.
That office is already staffed over 40 hr. per week. The select
board can assure a seamless transition to State Standards. Several
qualified residents approached us after the deliberative session to
offer their assistance executing the will of voters if they decide
to make the move to the statewide method of protecting renter’s
health, life, and safety rights. Furthermore, we have contacts
in any of 232 towns in the state who already administer the State
Standards if we need any experienced guidance.
a long discussion with CDC and a private citizen about solar farms.
The town has land that we are hoping will be a suitable location for
drainage issues were addressed.
always, any resident questioning ANYTHING related to my positions
they’d like clarification on, please call 603-608-7570 between 5 AM
and 11 PM or email [email protected].
I’m happy to take your call.
To The Editor
come to my attention that there is a four page letter circulating,
addressed to the voters of Pittsfield, from a Planning Board member,
stating that the Selectmen are bullies, and Carl Anderson is
mentioned by name.
very strong language since there are laws against bullying. As a
Selectman, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Carl for
his service to Pittsfield. His bi-weekly synopsis of actions
taken by the Board, as well as upcoming issues that will be
addressed, is a valuable source for individuals who may not be able
to attend Board meetings.
year the Board of Selectmen appointed Carl to be our Zoning
Administrator, which he graciously accepted. Carl puts many hours
into researching complaints and issues from residents before he
brings his investigative results to the Board. He does not do
this in a vacuum, he first consults attorneys at the NH Municipal
Association and individuals at Central NH Planning for their
expertise and knowledge of our zoning rules and regulations (the
Town pays dues to these agencies). He only utilizes our town
attorney when absolutely necessary.
not agree with the results of his investigations, but you can be
assured he does not voice his opinion until he has brought it before
the full Board. Please take the time to attend a Select Board
and Planning Board meeting to see for yourself how these Boards
operate. Do not get your information from Facebook.
member of the Select Board have an e-mail which can be found on the
town website and we can all be reached by phone – my phone number is
435-8351. Thank you, we are all trying to do what is best for
our wonderful town.
Roundtables, Not Podiums
meet and ask questions of Pittsfield candidates for local office at
this Roundtables, Not Podiums Event. The event is Monday March 4th
in the Pittsfield Elementary School Gym. 5:30 pm Doors Open
and Refreshments, 6-8 pm Program. Child care and refreshments
provided. Transportation available by request. RSVP requested:
to help us plan for room set up and food.
Heard. Participate in small groups to explore what matters most to
Roundtables? Listen, Learn, Talk with candidates directly.
*Youth Voice. Pittsfield Youth Voice invites student participation.
by Pittsfield Listens & the Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce.
The Greater Chamber of Commerce and Pittsfield Listens are
non-partisan and do not endorse any individual candidate. For
questions contact Andi Reil at
or Molly Messenger- Director of Pittsfield Listens- at
[email protected] or
Addams Family [email protected] Runs This Weekend At The Scenic
Pittsfield Players’ Kids’ Theater Workshop presents The Addams
Family, Jr. this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 21, 22 and
23 at 7:30 pm each evening. Tickets for the evening shows are $8 for
kids under 12 and $12 for adults and can be reserved by calling
Participants in the Kids’ Theater Workshop range in age from 8 to
18, and they learn all aspects of theater both on stage and behind
the scenes. The kids participate in building and painting the set,
gathering props, costuming, lighting and sound, as well as stage
managing and producing shows. Many of the kids go on to participate
in college theater arts programs and local community theater shows.
Addams Family [email protected] features an original story, and it’s every
father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of
darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young
man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met.
And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her
father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must
do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved
wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the
fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend
and his parents. The whole Addams Family, based on the hit
television series, gets involved, including all the ancestors.
cast includes Peter Dudley as Gomez, Emma Molloy as Morticia, and
Trinity Morse as Wednesday. Benjamin Marcotte will play Uncle
Fester, with Christopher Tedcastle as Pugsley, Spencer Griffin as
Lurch, Julianna Hodson as Grandma, and Benjamin Tedcastle as Cousin
Itt. Abraham Marcotte will play the role of Lucas Beineke,
Wednesday’s new love, and Cecily Schultz will play Alice Beineke,
his mother, with Joe Molloy as Mal Beineke, his father. The
Ancestors will include Isabella Cottrell, Damon Cottrell, Ashleigh
Hodson, Faith Griffin, Carly Griffin, Annelissa Marcotte, Alivia
Duffy, Kaylyn John-Zensky, Biagio Donini, Riley Nagle, Anna
Vyce, Abigail Hodgdon, Isabelle Holland, Kameron Johnston, Gina
Boudreau, Izzy Cote, Michaela St. George, Addy Shonyo, Olivia
Charles, Damonica Charles, Raylyn Pszonowsky, Chelsee Chagnon and
show is directed by Maye Hart and choreographed by Dee Dee Pitcher.
Jim Hart has designed the set and lighting for the show, Cathy
Williams is costumer and Chrissy Schultz has created the props for
the show. The lighting booth will be manned by Jim Hart and Sarah
May Schultz. Lily Edmond is running the sound for the show. Victoria
Marcotte is handling tickets, and Larissa Molloy is house manager.
a Kids’ Theater Workshop presentation you don’t want to miss. Get
your tickets reserved now by calling 435-8852.
To The Editor
Anderson's letter in the February 6 Sun called Housing Standards
Administrator Kim Simonds's letter of January 30 "a little
misleading." But it was Carl's letter, not Kim's, that was
said, "I believe HSA has exceeded that authority [under state law].
By trying to enforce requirements they don't legally have, the town
is placed in a position that invites lawsuits that would be
difficult if not impossible to win." But the Board of Selectmen
itself decides appeals from landlords, so no lawsuit is possible if
the board decides for the landlord--which SELECTMAN Anderson knows,
because the board recently did decide for landlord Brandon Giuda.
Carl's lawsuit threat is a scare tactic.
can BELIEVE what he wants, but no one has shown that the housing
standards ordinance exceeds its state authority or that enforcing
the state housing standards would minimize litigation. In
fact, the board of selectmen's decision to exempt Brandon Giuda's
apartments from the stair-risers requirement could produce a
litigation nightmare if a child does get hurt on unsafe stairs.
personal attack on Kim was insulting and degrading toward a
dedicated town employee who deserves praise. She takes her
responsibilities seriously and obviously knows the good that she is
doing for our town. Many landlords and tenants can attest to Kim’s
prompt attention to resolve any matter related to HSA.
wants to remove a self-funded agency supported by a sound ordinance
with a good track record for keeping the public safe, and replace it
with a completely new, undefined program for reasons that do not
withstand scrutiny. Don't be fooled. Vote NO on Article 31 and
keep Housing Standards Agency for rental apartments.
is Robert Fratus, and I am running for selectman.
running because the selectboard's heavy-handedness and questionable
truthfulness in dealing with other elected boards and even the town
voters is disturbing. When the two incumbents were elected three
years ago, the first thing that the selectboard did was to attack
the elected school board. As far as I can see, the selectboard
accomplished nothing except waste time and money and divide a town
government that needs the various boards to work together.
ago, the selectboard appointed selectman Carl Anderson as zoning
administrator, which made no sense, because Carl had previously
supported the repeal of zoning. Last fall, the selectboard attacked
the elected zoning board of adjustment and interfered with how the
zoning board processed a certain variance application. That
interference has the unpleasant appearance of favoritism for that
applicant. The board of selectmen has gone behind the elected
planning board's back and proposed four zoning amendments that
repeal or weaken zoning regulations dating back to the beginning of
zoning in 1988, and the selectboard has said, with questionable
truthfulness, that the repeals are necessary because these
regulations violate state law. These claims of state law violations
look to me like a smokescreen to hide personal opposition to zoning
regulations that the voters approved.
boards are elected to make the boards accountable to the voters, not
to the selectboard. If I am elected selectman, I will work hard to
do the selectboard's own business well, and I will oppose the
my-way-or-the-highway behavior that has become this selectboard's
way of dealing with the rest of Pittsfield's government.
Please vote for me for selectman on Tuesday, March 12.
To The Editor
join me in re-electing Jim Pritchard to the Planning Board. When I
was first elected to the Planning Board ten years ago, that board
constantly acted on incomplete applications, leaving more questions
than answers. That board frequently acted more on opinion or emotion
than on sufficient knowledge of land use regulations.
novice to that board, I would often receive important material
within minutes of a meeting and be expected to render a vote.
Today's board understands the complexity of the state's land use
regulations, follows its procedures, knows its authority, and is
committed to fair and equal treatment. Jim Pritchard's dedication
and resolve are big factors that have helped the current planning
board act as a responsible elected unit.
land use application process is, by law, the most complicated
procedure for any landowner to undertake. No one has made more of a
contribution in helping today's board know its responsibilities to
not only the landowners but also to the abutters. Thanks to Jim,
protecting rights on all sides of the lot lines have become part of
not only committed his time as a board member, but has also
volunteered as the board's secretary, providing minutes and
documentation, and as the administrative secretary, helping
applicants through the filing process. His volunteer efforts have
saved the taxpayer money. Jim has always been a dedicated board
member willing to help any board member, applicant, abutter or town
employee or official. It has been an honor for me to serve with Jim
and I would be grateful to you to help us continue the progress that
we have made. Please vote for Jim for another 3-year term.
Students Named To Dean's List At RIT
following local residents made the Dean's List at Rochester
Institute of Technology for the 2018 Fall Semester:
Gamache of Gilmanton, who is in the industrial engineering program.
Dolan of Pittsfield, who is in the computer engineering program.
Degree-seeking undergraduate students are eligible for Dean's List
if their term GPA is greater than or equal to 3.400; they do not
have any grades of "Incomplete", "D" or "F"; and they have
registered for, and completed, at least 12 credit hours.
To The Editor
is Lisa Harper and I began volunteering at Pittsfield Elementary
School in the beginning of December. Over the past few months I’ve
been greatly impressed by two things. First, the change in our
culture since I was in school. I think, while we all realize that
times have changed, the majority don’t realize what children are
facing these days. Our town has a very large number of children who
need a huge amount of guidance and support. If you came in you’d see
their little faces and the need that’s there. The school would
be glad to have you and I know it would reach your heart.
other thing that made a great impression on me was the dedication,
love, and patience of the staff at the school. We have some
really incredible individuals working tirelessly for the lives of
these kids that need their influence so much.
weeks back I took a position at the school because one of the staff,
a real asset, could not afford to work in our district any longer.
It’s a common problem as our school is not able to offer their
teachers a competitive wage. I know many people want to keep as much
as they can when it comes to taxes, but this staff is our
responsibility and we ought to treat them well for all they do and
are to our community.
when voting this year, give your support to school programs for
children in our area and the people who dedicate their lives every
day to better them. These kids will certainly have an affect
on our town and our lives as they enter society. Let’s do what we
can to give them opportunity and guidance while it’s in our power to
To The Editor
regard to Teen Challenge meeting by the Zoning Board on 14 February.
To start off, it was a surprise to many of the townspeople who where
there, when James Hetu stated that Teen Challenge was going for an
appeal for their drug rehabilitation center application, that the
appeal was for a school instead. Nowhere in the notice in the paper,
website, or application, did it state a school was being requested.
public input we were given two options, rehabilitation or school. As
I stated, the application did not have either word, it had Recovery
Palmer kept falling asleep during this time frame and Pat Heffernan
was passing notes back an forth with Teen Challenge, laughing. James
Hetu and the rest of the ZBA looked like they had already made up
their mind, because they reclassified rehabilitation, not really
knowing what it is in the first place, to a school.
You James Hetu for allowing Teen Challenge to get a foot in the door
to our town.