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February 27, 2019

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St. Stephen's

Episcopal Church

50 Main Street, Pittsfield

Ash Wednesday

March 6, 2019

Distribution of Ashes

11 am - 1 pm 

Join us for hot soup after you get your ashes.



Letter To The Editor


Over the past several weeks I’ve attempted to give you a closer look at the economic development efforts put forth over a timespan of a decade plus. I have highlighted numerous project proposals submitted by the Suncook Valley Regional Development Corporation and rejected by the Board of Selectmen, all of which were viable economic development proposals. Each came with safeguards to the town; taxes would be kept current; property value would be improved, and maintenance upkept. In the event the SVRDC didn’t honor the terms of the agreement(s), the ownership of the properties would return to the town. Copies of these proposals should be available for review at the town hall.


In my estimation, the (approximate) $100,000 available in the Property Acquisition and Redevelopment Expendable Trust Fund can be more fruitfully invested into the livelihood of you, the taxpayer, rather than remain idle in town coffers. As unfortunate as it is that endless volunteer hours have been labored in vain, I humbly recommend you vote YES on Article 30 of the Town Ballot on March 12th. It is my fear that, over time, these funds may be misused in the name of “economic development.”


As for other ballot items…

The zoning recommendations are lengthy and confusing. My derived conclusion from the deliberative session: there is much controversy between the boards on these proposals. To be safe, I will be voting yes only for those amendments recommended by BOTH the BOS and the Planning Board. 


The total proposed tax impact for town: operating budget $0.58; other articles $1.51; total town proposed increase $2.09/1,000.


The total proposed tax impact for the school: operating budget $0.83; other articles $0.71; total school proposed increase $1.54/1,000.


If everything passes, a citizen owning a house valued at $200,000 will be paying an additional $726 in taxes.


Keeping you informed,

Linda Small





To Pittsfield Residents and Voters:

My name is Bea Douglas. I have been a lifelong resident of Pittsfield and have served on the school board for the past 6 years. I have a Masters Degree in Education and have taught preschool - elementary grades for over 30 years.


I am very aware and concerned with our rising property taxes. I am also gravely concerned that our state aid (stabilization grant) is being reduced at a very rapid rate which has a devastating effect on our school budget. 


The school board, administration and staff have worked extremely hard and will strive to keep our budget as reasonable as possible while providing the children of Pittsfield with an excellent education.


Pittsfield School District has worked hard to become leaders in Personalized, Competency-based education. Pittsfield schools have been visited by educators and Principals from across the country. We should all be very proud of the progress we have made with school and community support. I would like to see us continue on our path to excellence for our students, who rely on us to ensure their successful futures.


Our children of today will be our leaders of tomorrow. There is not a more important job than to prepare them for their future, the future of our community, and of our country.


I would appreciate your vote in March for school board member. 



Bea Douglas



Can Cows Save Us From Plastic?

Submitted By Carole Soule

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Ryder, a yearling Highlander heifer at Miles Smith Farm, munches on  plastic webbing that she thinks is hay - the author pulled the plastic away after taking this photo.


Throwaway plastic is everywhere – plastic forks, plastic straws, plastic cups, and oh those plastic bags! Red River Theater in Concord recently showed the 2010 film “Bag It” which taught me that 4 ounces of petroleum are required to create and transport one 8-ounce plastic bottle of water. You may have heard about the Pacific Ocean gyre – a giant circular surface current that has entrapped trillions of tons of plastic particles in an endless swirl. 


Thinking it's food, ocean fish will eat microplastic – tiny fragments created when larger chunks disintegrate. Some plastic-eating sea life will die, like the sperm whale in Indonesia that ate 13 pounds of plastic. Other ocean creatures that have absorbed microplastic might end up on the dinner table, transferring plastic to humans that eat them. Yuck!


Plastic is also a threat to livestock. The baleage, 1,000-pound bales of hay we feed our herd of cattle at Miles Smith Farm, is sealed inside a sheet of plastic. Inside this air-tight covering, hay ferments to create a protein-rich forage that cattle love.


Before feeding each round bale, we remove the plastic so a cow won't eat it. A small wad will safely pass through her intestines, but a more substantial lump could cause blockage. This affliction is called “plastic colic,” and it can kill. 


Sound depressing? It is, but there is a possible alternative. There is a miracle substance that could be used to make spoons and straws that are not only functional but edible. Even better, this is a product farmers already produce in abundance – it's milk. 


John Porter, a dairy expert, and University of New Hampshire Extension Professor Emeritus, recently wrote an article for Hoard's Dairyman magazine advocating the use of milk in food wrap, packaging material and even as covers for hay. According to Porter, “Milk has proteins and a lot of other nutrients that might be able to be components of manufacturing. Just think if all the covering put over a bunker silo were made of a milk-based fabric. You could use up a lot of milk and have a material that could be ground up with the feed for the cows.” 


Milk-based wrapping would increase the demand for milk, help dairy farmers make a living, and reduce plastic use. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working to develop a milk-based plastic that is so biodegradable that it's edible; 500 times better than plastic at locking out oxygen that makes food spoil; and could be available in three years.  (


Wow! Cattle would help address our plastic overload by creating the raw material for an alternative, and then eat that alternative to generate more raw material. To look at them, you'd never know that cows are so talented. 


Carole Soule is co-owner of Miles Smith Farm,. She can be reached at [email protected].





To the Voters of Pittsfield,

I have served the past three years as a member of the Board of Selectmen and am asking you to support me in my bid for re-election. Carl Anderson is also running for re-election and I would respectfully request you support him as well.


Although we do not always agree on various issues, the current Board has worked very well as a team, and I would like to continue to be part of that team. The current board is very transparent - we listen to all sides of an issue before coming to a decision. I have heard individuals encourage others to attend Select Board meetings because they are “fun.”


I have lived here my entire life and believe Pittsfield is a very unique town.  During my time on the Board I have always given thought to how each one of my votes would impact our most vulnerable citizens on fixed incomes. I have strived to keep our taxpayers in mind when developing budgets and will continue to ask how each dollar is being spent.  I will continue to weigh what is needed by our department heads and what is wanted.  We are indeed fortunate to have wonderful caring department heads, and our employees are our greatest asset. 


While serving on the current Board a few of our greatest accomplishments are rebuilding our police department, getting many of our tax-deeded properties back on the tax rolls, working with the Historical Society, with the blessing of the Beautification Committee, to deed the Washington House lot for a new historical society building which will be a wonderful addition to our Main Street, and recognizing town employees for their dedication and service. I have represented the Board on the budget committee, planning board, and the Foss Scholarship Committee.  


Carole Richardson



Ashes To Go


On Wednesday, March 6, 2019, (Ash Wednesday), St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church will be offering “Ashes to Go” on Main Street in front of the Church building.   People who wish to receive penitential ashes on the first day of the Holy Season of Lent can come by the church from 11 AM until 1 PM where Rev. Miriam Acevedo will be waiting for you. She will offer a brief prayer and impose a cross of ashes on your forehead; you don’t even really have to get out of the car.   


The ashes symbolize our willingness to receive God’s forgiveness for our human failings. They mark the 40 day Lenten season of reflection and repentance in preparation for the celebration of Easter on April 21.  However, we have recognized that many, who wish to participate in this ritual, have busy lives that sometimes conflict with taking time away from work and family responsibilities.  “Ashes to Go” brings the church to the people outside the walls of our building.   Churches in more than 26 states participate in this effort; however, it will be a first for Pittsfield and surrounding communities.


Recognizing that the time is also a lunch break for people, we will have homemade soup available in the undercroft to eat there with us or to take with you.   March in New Hampshire can be very cold, we’ll have the church warm so you can be comfortable if you choose to visit with us.




Please Re-elect Carole Richardson to the Board of Selectmen


Carole Richardson has served as a member of the Pittsfield Board of Selectmen (BOS) for three years.  During that time, the BOS has worked very hard each year to maintain or to lower departmental budgets while continuing to preserve the health and safety of Pittsfield residents and town employees.  


Carole’s many years of budget experience in her former position in State government makes her an excellent resource for the town.  Additionally, Carole has always been active in Pittsfield’s many volunteer committees and most recently was the driving force behind the beautiful fencing at the Floral Park Cemetery.


Carole’s no-nonsense approach to spending, whether it is State government or as a Pittsfield Select Board member, has always been consistent by ensuring that the taxpayers get a dollar’s worth of value for every dollar spent. Carole’s depth of knowledge and exceptional work ethic make her a valuable member of the Board. I ask you to please re-elect Carole Richardson to the Board of Selectmen. Thank you. 


Sandra J. Adams




Letter To The Editor


I am running for reelection to the zoning board of adjustment (ZBA), and I ask for your vote.


I became acquainted with the ZBA in 2014 as an abutter. The ZBA was run in a haphazard, shoot from the hip way. Procedures were not followed, minutes of proceedings were sanitized and barely reflected the hearings they were supposed to record, and the board’s whole operation had a distinct “Good Ole Boy” feel.


On March 8, 2016, I defeated the sitting ZBA chairman by a 2-1 margin, but the next week, the ZBA met, accepted a member’s resignation, and reappointed the defeated chairman back to the board. This was Pittsfield’s ZBA: a “Good Ole Boy,” underhanded, and borderline corrupt board.


During the following years, I worked tirelessly to reform things. I repeatedly objected to improper procedures, I demanded proper minutes taking, and I exposed the “Good Ole Boy” practices when they occurred. The board changed, and things got better.


After my election as chairman, I was able to correct the board’s minutes-taking so that minutes are now a clear legal record that enables anyone—applicant or abutter—to use them in court or other government body without being hamstrung by poor or biased record keeping. Decisions are now made strictly according to zoning regulations, and reasoning is clearly stated, voted on, and recorded, so that any resident of Pittsfield can clearly understand why a decision was made and can challenge that reasoning if it is in error.


I am a firm believer that “Iron sharpens Iron,” and I welcome discussion and differing ideas. Unfortunately, there are still some who like the “Good Ole Boy” way of doing things, but I will continue to work to treat everyone the same and according to law.


Thank you,

James Hetu





TUESDAY  at 5:30!  This is our new time for our weekly chapter meeting beginning March 5. We still meet at The Joy Church, 55 Barnstead Rd. Pittsfield. 


We are a group who supports each other as we endeavor to Take Off  Pounds Sensibly. To assist with that, contests to help us stay on task and good information on healthy lifestyle are provided. Members often share with the group something that has helped them lose weight.  We would love to have you join us.  Please note the new time.  If you have questions, call Beth 435-7397.



Ash Wednesday Service


The First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield, will observe the beginning of Lent with an Ash Wednesday service, March 6, 7 p.m. As part of the service, there will be a time of prayer and reflection, the imposition of ashes and Holy Communion. The Rev. David Stasiak will lead the service with the addition of special music by the Chancel Choir and the JuBellation Handbell Choir. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Lent is the beginning of the 40-day season of repentance and preparation for the remembrance of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It culminates on Easter Sunday, April 21. Parking and wheelchair accessible entry are available at the rear of the church building at Chestnut Street. For more information, call the church office at 435-7471.





To the Pittsfield voters,

I thought since I’m running for the zoning board of adjustment that I should explain about my resignation from the Board of Selectman in April of 2017 due to health issues and also explain that it’s always a good idea to get your well tested.


Norma and I had always had our well tested every three years, in 2009 and 2012 everything came back great. In 2015 we had the same company come out and they recommended a new system due to the age of our water softener system and, of course, we said go ahead. We just figured our water was tested again.


In 2015 my health seemed to be going downhill; by 2017 my health had some serious things happening with my legs, strength, headaches, and high blood pressure. I was advised to step down from everything; I started experiencing anxiety attacks and it was scary. I didn’t feel I was serving to my best capacity on any board and thought it would be best to step down.


Well, nine months later I was even worse, to the point I had an aneurysm and almost died on the table. Four months later, in the spring of 2018 we had our well tested again and found out we had extremely high readings of arsenic.We put in a mitigation system and my health has slowly regained itself back to normal.


I just had my one-year review and all kinds of blood work done and have been to Dartmouth and have gotten all good news and the green light to serve again.


Arsenic poisoning was the problem! I really enjoy serving and love our great community. I will explain more about my running for the zoning board next week.


Larry Konopka




Letter To The Editor


Carole Richardson has put her name on the March ballot for re-election to the Select Board.  I’ve known Carole for nearly 60 years and can testify that her actions and conduct have always been above reproach.  She’s spent her life being a devoted, hard-working career woman, mother, wife and Pittsfield taxpayer.  Carole’s dedication to the betterment of Pittsfield has been demonstrated in many, many ways.


She and I were elected to the Select Board three years ago and have learned the job together.  To no-one’s surprise, her performance on the BoS has been nothing short of exemplary.  Carole’s first and always consideration is what’s best for the residents of Pittsfield.  On those occasions when a subject is controversial and sticking to your convictions is extremely difficult in the face of criticism, she never waivers.  She’s smart and her input during discussions is invaluable.  Carole is a vital part of a board that has tackled and succeeded in resolving a number of difficult issues over the last three years.


Please do the town of Pittsfield a huge favor and vote for Carole on March 12.


I am also announcing my candidacy for re-election to the Board of Selectmen, and ask that you consider voting for me as well.  Our entire board is unafraid to take on issues that we identify as areas of concern and that we are in a position to positively affect for the betterment of Pittsfield.  We consistently strive to do what is right for the town and recognize there’s times that angers people who disagree.  Being an effective Selectman is different from just filling the seat.  It means opening yourself up to criticism and requires the strength of your convictions.


Carole and l both have that strength. With your aappreciated support, we’ll keep doing it.  


Carl Anderson



Letter To The Editor

Please Vote Carl Anderson for Selectman


I have had the honor and privilege to serve Pittsfield as a member of the Select Board with Carl Anderson. Carl and the Board have dealt with some tremendous challenges over the last three years. During that time, the Board has overseen a complete overhaul of the Pittsfield Police Department.  During a most challenging period, the Board of Selectmen (BoS), along with our dedicated Sergeant and new Chief, were able to keep the residents safe. However, one of the most challenging issues facing the Board has been making sense of the confusing, and in some cases, contradictory land use ordinances.


Carl Anderson stepped up, with BoS approval, to become an unpaid Zoning Administrator, which is the job of initial compliance determination of users.  


It soon became apparent, during consultations with the entire BoS and legal counsel, conflict with NH law exists within our ordinance.  Planning Board member Jim Pritchard, who had authored many wordy legalese regulations that complicate the present zoning ordinances, has been very vocal denouncing the BoS position.  


One of the BoS’ top priorities is to keep the town and its numerous entities out of court.  At one point, Mr. Pritchard wanted the BoS to sue the Zoning Board of Appeals and then deny them town-funded legal representation.  Needless to say, the BoS refused.  


The BoS feels it is critical that the average citizen be able to read and understand our town zoning ordinance. Carl and the BoS are proposing changes to the present ordinance, with legal input, in an attempt to simplify our zoning to benefit all town residents. I urge you to continue to help bring common sense back to our land use boards as well as all aspects of town government by re-electing Carl Anderson to the Select Board.


Jim Adams





Dear Citizens of Pittsfield,

Last Thursday at the Zoning Hearing for Teen Challenge, the meeting was run totally out of order and should be voided. The Board met with the applicant before the public meeting was opened. This is confirmed by the chairman, when asked about the applicant’s right to have a full board. He responded that they agreed to a partial board, prior to the meeting.


This means that the board met privately to discuss this application. The second item is that a board member slept thru half the hearing.


Third item was a board member was observed passing notes with the applicant during meeting.


The board had two people in the crowd, so a full board was available. There were 50 to 60 residents present. The board then approved this as a school when their zoning ordinance calls a substance abuse as a hospital, look at the definition of Hospital.


The zoning administrator and chairman and one member have decided this for the whole town. When most people present spoke against this item.


Do not support the existing members who are running to keep their control. The letters in last week's Sun were either written by board members or their wives. Please don’t be swayed by their continued lies.


Mr. Prichard has not even done the minutes of theses two boards, according to The Rules of Procedure which is the Town Ordinance for how to run these meetings.


Seeing as they are ELECTED and don’t follow any direction and don’t answer to anyone, please don’t swallow their lies and vote for anything they are involved with.


All Citizens should file notice to the Town Hall that this should be reheard after the elections.


Thank you for paying attention to this bull.


Hank FitzGerald



Letter To The Editor


To the Editor,

The 2019-2020 legislative session is underway and I am on the job representing Merrimack County District #21. The things for a freshman representative to learn, research, and understand are myriad. I was briefly appointed to the Public Works and Highways Committee, but the House leadership saw fit to move me to the Education Committee, where we are working a large and complicated slate of bills.


There is a sense of energy and determination within the committee and I believe we are going to make real change in the State’s education funding models this session. We are working on bills to infuse immediate grants into the system to help property-poor communities cope with budgetary shortfalls. We are also working a funding model to carry all of New Hampshire’s school districts through the next couple of years. Perhaps most importantly, we are hoping to pass a bill forming a commission to redesign how the state funds education for decades to come. Done right, we will create a system that is sustainable, equitable and without the need for court actions.


I am extremely pleased and proud that you sent me to Concord in the 200th anniversary year of our state house, and that I got to cast my very first vote that helped keep Bill Gardner as the Secretary of State, and kept that office from becoming a partisan football.


Looking closer to home, let’s remember that municipal elections are fast approaching. The town warrants are long and complex this year. I urge everyone to study the issues and the candidates ahead of time so that you can go into the voting booth knowing what and whom you want to support. Citizen-activists outside the polling place may or may not be advocates for the outcomes you wish to see. Your vote is important.   



Rep. J. C. Allard

Merrimack Dist. 21



Letter To The Editor


To whom it may concern,

It's voting time again, and we have several people running this year. Matt St. George is running for the planning board and I think that his knowledge of the town and the people who live here is priceless. He should be our new member for planning!


Larry Konopka, who has shown such amazing caring for this town and has served on many boards, is running for the three year seat on ZBA. I think it is important that we vote for Larry.


Also running for two and one year terms respectively are George Batchaldar and Scott Aubertin. Both have a long history and love for the town and what happens here. 


I would also support both Carl Anderson and Carole Richardson for selectboard.



Carole Dodge



Foss Family Foundation Makes Huge Donation To Building Fund

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Lois and the late Richard Foss.


The Pittsfield Historical Society is once again indebted to the Foss Family Foundation for a major contribution to one of its projects, the building of a new headquarters and museum at the top of Factory Hill. Established in 1999 by Richard and Lois Foss, the Foundation’s purpose is to improve the quality of life for citizens in Pittsfield and Gilmanton and has supported many endeavors to make Pittsfield a better place in which to live. In particular, it has given generously to the schools, scholarships for students attending post-secondary education, and the youth of the community.


Thank you members of the Board and especially you, Lois, for all of your support through the years.



Paige Agency Donates To Building Fund

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Scott Brown of the Paige Agency.


Once again the Paige Insurance Agency has stepped forward to support a huge community endeavor, the building of the Pittsfield Historical Society’s new headquarters and museum.


The Paige Agency, one of Pittsfield’s oldest businesses, is widely known for its support of local projects. Through the years it has donated to nearly every positive project making the town a better place in which to live. It is with support from our local businesses that the project is sure to be a rousing success. Thank you, Scott Brown, and your colleagues for your very generous donation.





Dear Pittsfield voters,

Please join me in voting to reelect James Hetu to the zoning board of adjustment (ZBA).


Before James was elected in 2016, the ZBA did as it pleased.  It did not vote on approval conditions or give reasons for decisions. The minutes were useless. Decisions were unfair.


Upon being elected, James encouraged the board to follow the zoning requirement to state all reasons for all decisions.  Stating its reasons forced the board to do what the zoning ordinance required instead of what individual board members might have wanted. James faced substantial opposition in his first year, but he persevered and succeeded.


The ZBA elected James chair in his second year, and he has led the board through its most difficult cases ever.  He has studied the board's cases carefully, learned the applicable law, and done his job well.


The ZBA's most difficult cases are those cases where passions run high both for and against the proposed project. Discipline to set aside personal feelings and to follow the zoning ordinance carefully is crucial in these cases because erroneous decisions in such cases invite appeals to state court and because the state court decision is usually less fair than a carefully reasoned local decision would have been. James has been to state court, and he learned by this experience the importance of the ZBA's having the discipline to listen to both sides, sort through evidence, and state careful reasons in order to get decisions correct locally and avoid state court.


The changes that James has brought to the ZBA have made him a great asset to our town.  Please reelect him to the ZBA.


Thank you,

Jim Pritchard



Letter To The Editor

YES on ARTICLES 6, 7, 8, 9


Any intelligent reading of the Planning Board Amendments (Ballot Articles 6-9) would prove that these amendments are indeed primarily of a ‘housecleaning’ nature and are not at all a 'power grab' by the Planning Board! 


Article 6 simply renumbers certain zoning regs so they match up with the state RSA’s, as there are occasions where the state does change their RSA numbering during revisions.  It also adds case law when appropriate, a practice followed by some (but not all) towns.  This is of value to property owners when researching zoning compliance.


Article 7 simply clarifies the definition of ‘principal use’ by adding one word and deleting three words.  It changes nothing about the definition itself.


Article 8 is probably the only amendment that contains revisions for the voter to think about.  When the ZBA allowed by right, accessory apartments in business buildings, there were no stipulations associated with this right.  The Planning Board researched, discussed, and voted on a set of stipulations to accompany this decision and these can be found at anning.  Look for Amendment 4 (which is Ballot Article 8).


Article 9 is simply about proper notification of an owner’s rights that currently exist in the zoning ordinance.  When an owner who changes nonconforming uses is found to be in violation of the ordinance, he/she may not be aware of a time schedule to correct the violation.  This amendment would properly notify the owner of their rights.


The Planning Board minutes of the last year clearly indicate that your elected members researched and discussed these four articles throughout the year.  I support Planning Board Articles 6-9 and reject the notion of these four articles being a power grab.


Rachel Wood




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Congratulations to Gwendolyn Clough- PMHS Junior and Youth Leader with Pittsfield Listens- on being accepted to the Youth Planning Team for the Youth Leadership Institute (YLI)!  YLI is a convening of youth leaders, adult allies, and educators from across New England whose shared vision of education equity is grounded in a model that places students at the center of their own learning.  As a member of the Youth Planning Team, Gwen will work with youth leaders from across New England to lead, plan, and facilitate for this year’s 6th annual conference, to take place in August. Youth Leaders with Pittsfield Youth Voice in it Together (PYViiT) of Pittsfield Listens have participated in the conference since its inception. Pittsfield Listens encourages underrepresented youth, parent, family, and community voice on issues and policies that directly affect their educations and lives. For more information about Pittsfield Listens, visit



Letter To The Editor


I’ve been a dedicated advocate for the current select board, attending almost every meeting. This last year, however, I’ve become extremely concerned with their actions. If you carefully review the 2019 Warrant Article, as well as their minutes for the past year, it's very difficult to find an area of government that they don't feel that they are the authority or at least want to be.


Their inability to work with the other town boards is also disturbing. Recently, the select board has assumed the power of the zoning administrator and has shown that they cannot agree on much with the current, elected ZBA. There doesn’t seem to be much room for disagreement with the select board.


Concerning the zoning ordinance, they submitted Articles 2 – 5 without much discussion with the planning board or master plan committee. They made it perfectly clear that they were going to proceed with or without our support. Article 17 rescinds the planning board's authority for the Capital Improvements Plan and gives it to them. As chair of the planning board, I can say there was no previous discussion. Article 31, is a citizen’s petition to repeal the HSA's authority and give it to them. To be fair, they didn't place this article on the ballot, but are supporting it like they did. Their unanimous support is based on their opinion that the HSA has exceeded its authority and will get the town in litigation. As a required member of the HSA, I can find no proof of this.


The RSA’s clearly empower the select board as the final arbitrator. In our town, I'm concerned that they are becoming the only authority. Please show the other boards the respect that they deserve and join me to vote against articles 2,3,4,5,17 and 31.


Clayton Wood



Comedian David Shikes Coming To Pittsfield Area Senior Center


Pittsfield Senior Center would like to welcome comedian David Shikes to the center, on Tuesday, March 12, at 1:00 PM. David is a long time resident of New Hampshire and Massachusetts and has spent years travelling through the New England states telling stories and jokes.  On Tuesdays, during our community meal, which we serve at 12:00 PM, there is a salad and soup along with the main meal.


So come in for lunch at 12:00 PM, watch the show at 1:00 PM, and laugh a little. If planning on coming, please RSVP by Tuesday, March 5, the phone number is 603-435-8482.



Letter To The Editor


To the good Citizens of Pittsfield,

If you're able, please vote for the schools' proposed budget, and the three year contract for our good teachers.


The schools have had two straight years of reduced funding than what was needed. The governor is not helping. In his budget speech he really did not address how we can prepare our kids for the mess we're handing them. Think environmental, financial, political, without fighting among ourselves on how to raise the necessary funds.


When things ain't right, I generally blame the person in charge. This time it's the governor's fault, for not adequately dealing with this issue.


As far as the town ballot, with the seletmen's proposed zoning amendments and the repeal of zoning and the HSA for us to vote on, all I can say is, the natives are restless.


Dan the Stoneman




Dorothy A. Haskell

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Laconia---Dorothy A. Haskell, 99, of Court Street, died Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at the St. Francis Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.


Dorothy was born on September 25, 1919 in Lynn, MA the daughter of the late Theodore and Marion (Wiggin) Dinsmoor. She had been a resident of Laconia for most of her life. 


Dorothy is survived by a son, Walter A. Haskell and his wife, Patricia and her daughter, Carol A. Simes three grandchildren, Tina Gilbert, Tracie Osborne, and Dan Dearborn; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. In addition to her parents she is predeceased by her husband, Arthur Haskell; her infant son, Arthur Haskell Jr.; her grandson, Brian Haskell; and her granddaughter, Holly Moody.


There will be no calling hours.


A graveside service will be held in the spring in Union Cemetery, Laconia.


For those who wish memorial contributions in Dorothy’s name may be made to St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 406 Court Street Laconia, NH.


Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia NH is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to








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