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February 6, 2019

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BCEP is seeking Community Service volunteers on Saturdays to assist patrons with their recycling needs.


Please contact Lisa at 435-6237 if you would like to help out.



Letter To The Editor


A letter in last week's SUN is a little misleading. My vote on the select board's recommendation to support (4 yes, 1 abstention) citizen's petitioned Article 31 to repeal the HSA and replace with NH State Standards was based in part on the following;


Kim's letter states the HSA is there to protect "owners from harm and litigation."  It's NOT incumbent on the town to protect "owners" from litigation. Rather it's the duty of the BOS to reduce exposure to lawsuit AGAINST THE TOWN. HSA derives its authority from the state, and I believe HSA has exceeded that authority. 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.  


Kim also stated that complaints will go through the select board and fire dept. and the fire dept. has "limited resources" and it would be a "burden" on them. I checked with Chief Pszonowsky who assured me he has the resources to deal with fire safety related issues and this would NOT be a "burden."


NH has 231 cities and towns. Only two still have an HSA instead of adopting State Standards- Manchester, population 110,000 and little old Pittsfield, just over 4,000.  The other 229 towns and cities do ok. Beware of scare tactics suggesting we'll plunge into anarchy without "big brother" looking over our shoulder. 


I like and respect Kim Simonds, however, she implies she's speaking about "her" town and that without HSA "we" are not "safe." The reality is Kim doesn't live in Pittsfield- she lives in Concord, with no HSA, so apparently an unsafe "place to live." She's employed by Pittsfield HSA and if it's repealed she'll no longer have that job.


Carl Anderson



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Youth Leaders with Pittsfield Youth Voice in it Together (PYViiT) of Pittsfield Listens presented to the Pittsfield School Board on Thursday December 17. Their presentation included updates on their work this past fall, with a focus on their School Build Campaign. As part, they shared a draft proposal to have student representatives from Pittsfield Middle High School on the School Board.  Thank you to the School Board members and Pittsfield School District for the welcome, and for your continued collaboration with Pittsfield Listens in making sure that Student and Parent/Family voice is part of the school decision making process. 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



Players’ Kids’ Theater Workshop Hard At Work Rehearsing The Addams Family [email protected]

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Some of the Kids’ Theater Workshop Addams Family Ancestors include (back row) Biagio Donini, Damonica Charles, Isabella Cotrell, Michaela St. George, and Anna Vyce, (front row) Carly Griffin and Addy Shonyo.


The Pittsfield Players’ Kids’ Theater Workshop is currently in rehearsal for this season’s presentation of The Addams Family [email protected] The show will run at the Scenic Theatre on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 21, 22 and 23, at 7:30 pm each evening. In addition, there will be two matinee performances on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 19 and 20, at 12:30 pm for local schools and home schoolers, so that kids might see their peers on stage and develop an interest in theater. 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. Tickets for the evening shows are $8 for kids under 12 and $12 for adults and may be reserved by calling 435-8852. If you are interested in bringing a class or group of kids to the matinees, at a reduced price, contact director Maye Hart at [email protected].


The 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.


The 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. The Ancestors will include Isabella Cottrell, Damon Cottrell, Ashleigh Hodson, Faith Griffin, Carly Griffin, Annelissa Marcotte, Alivia Duffy, Kaylyn John-Zensky, Kayla Pardi, Jayson Pardi, Biagio Donini, Riley Nagle, Anna Vyce, Abigail Hodgdon, Isabelle Holland, Kameron Johnston, Gina Boudreau, Izzy Cote, Michaela St. George, Addy Shonyo, Lily Syas, Olivia Charles, Damonica Charles, Raylyn Pszonowsky, Chelsee Chagnon and Savannah Chagnon.


Don’t miss these incredibly talented kids on stage in this wonderful Kid’s Theater Workshop!



Letter To The Editor


Dear Editor,

I am writing to thank Pittsfield residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season.


Because of the generosity of donors in Pittsfield and across the United States, Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, collected more than 8.8 million shoeboxes in 2018. Combined with those collected from partnering countries in 2018, the ministry is now sending more than 10.6 million shoebox gifts to children suffering from poverty, natural disasters, war, disease and famine.


These simple gifts bring smiles to the faces of children around the world. Packed with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items, these gifts bring joy and are a tangible expression of God’s love. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.


It’s not too late for people to make a difference. Though drop-off locations serving Pittsfield shoebox packers are closed until November 2019, anyone can still pack a personalized shoebox gift online at Information about year-round volunteer opportunities can also be found at


Thank you again to everyone who participated in this global project—many who do so year after year. These simple gifts send a message to children worldwide that they are loved and not forgotten.


Dana Williams,

Operation Christmas Child



Let A Cow Be Your Valentine

Submitted By Carole Soule

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Ten-Year-Old Olivia hugs Missy, a Scottish Highlander Cow


Ready for winter to be over? Do early darkness and painfully cold weather depress you, as they do me? Well, I've found the antidote: Cuddling a cow.


Mountain Horse Farm in upstate New York offers an hour of cow-cuddling for $90. That sounds pricey, but then farming isn't cheap. It costs more than $1,000 a day to run my little farm. In therapeutic terms, that's about $125 an hour each eight-hour day. Yikes! My cow-cuddling therapy is expensive.


At first, it seemed curious that folks would pay good money for quality time with a cow  – but maybe not.


When I'm not sure I can pay the mortgage, or the Bobcat (it's a machine) won't start, I'll find Topper- my favorite therapist. Born on the farm six years ago, Topper and his partner, Stash, are a team. Topper will walk up to me and put his head on my shoulder while I scratch his neck. He's just like a dog: a 1,500-pound dog.


My goal is to connect to a time when it was common to raise a backyard cow for meat or milk. Bonding with my cattle makes me feel better, and I want to share. The rhythmic breathing of a cow, her sweet breath on your face, and the warmth of her body can restore your soul. If you want to cuddle a cow, you can; free of charge. We hold regular farm events at which cattle hugging is an option. 


Stop by Miles Smith Farm in Loudon, and I’ll introduce you to Curious Bleu or Missy, two of our ambassador Scottish Highlanders. On Saturday, Feb. 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can celebrate Valentine’s Day by hugging or even sitting on one of our more placid bovines. For more information and to see what else is on the agenda, visit


Cow cuddling is free.


Celebrate Valentine's Day early this year. It's all about love, so why not let the 101.5-degree body temperature of a cow warm your heart?


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



Letter To The Editor


The SVRDC was established as a 501(c)(3) organization “to work in conjunction with the Town of Pittsfield and its representatives in promoting and developing the growth, prosperity, and general welfare of the Town of Pittsfield and the surrounding region.” Given the foundational work that had been completed in prior years by the Economic Development Committee and the SVRDC, members eagerly awaited a viable project. 


Early in 2016 a Selectboard member approached the SVRDC to ask if we would be interested in some tax deeded properties. After walking through the properties with the building inspector, a verbal offer was submitted to the Board for consideration. The SVRDC proposed purchasing 1 Fayette Street for $53,000 (outstanding taxes, interest and costs incurred; penalties excluded) and 11 Watson Street for $26,000 (outstanding taxes, interest and costs incurred; penalties excluded). The town would give the SVRDC a simple interest loan for $93,000 (from the property redevelopment fund) to purchase and renovate 1 Fayette Street. Loan proceeds as well as rental income from 11 Watson Street would be used to maintain and renovate (in phases) Fayette Street for business use. Units would be leased out as they became available and the building would be sold when the renovation work was complete.


Once the Fayette Street building was self-sustaining the SVRDC would renovate 11 Watson Street, turn it back into a single-family home and sell it, at which time the town would receive a balloon payment for the purchase price plus accumulated interest. The SVRDC proposed to keep taxes current on both properties during the renovation process. 


The Board accepted the offer(s) with the condition that memorandums of understanding (MOUs) would be forthcoming from the SVRDC which were submitted to the BOS on February 22, 2016. Unfortunately, the incoming Board did not follow through on the commitment. 


Serving you still,

Linda Small



University Of New Hampshire's Dean's List For The Fall 2018 Semester


The following local students have been named to the Dean's List at the University of New Hampshire for the fall 2018 semester.


Julian Brown of Barnstead, NH with Highest Honors

Angelique Georges of Center Barnstead, NH with Honors

Hope Carazzo of Center Barnstead, NH with Highest Honors

Connor Lacourse of Center Barnstead, NH with Honors

Katherine Lesnyk of Center Barnstead, NH with Highest Honors

Tabitha Kelley of Center Barnstead, NH with Highest Honors

Ethan Crossman of Center Barnstead, NH with High Honors

Kaci Gilbert of Center Barnstead, NH with High Honors

Kayley Hoyt of Center Barnstead, NH with Honors

Gordon Unzen of Center Barnstead, NH with Highest Honors

Donald MacCallum of Epsom, NH with High Honors

Delanie St. Laurent of Epsom, NH with High Honors

Seth Bean of Epsom, NH with Honors

Emilia Ferrera of Epsom, NH with High Honors

Christian Murchison of Epsom, NH with Highest Honors

Vincent Pagano of Epsom, NH with Highest Honors

David Miner of Epsom, NH with Highest Honors

Samantha Knowles of Gilmanton, NH with Honors

Marc Lachance of Gilmanton, NH with Highest Honors

David Morrison of Gilmanton, NH with High Honors

Kennis Barker of Chichester, NH with High Honors

Maria Skidmore of Chichester, NH with High Honors

Jeremy Bates of Chichester, NH with Highest Honors

Brandon Bachelder of Chichester, NH with Highest Honors

Angus Jameson of Chichester, NH with Highest Honors

Daniel Faiella of Northwood, NH with Highest Honors

Jessica Ohrenberger of Northwood, NH with High Honors

Aaron Thibeault of Northwood, NH with Honors

Jeremy Fenerty of Northwood, NH with High Honors

Emily Lentz of Northwood, NH with High Honors

Julia Sommer of Northwood, NH with High Honors

Chloe Bettencourt of Northwood, NH with Highest Honors

Taylor Bettencourt of Northwood, NH with Highest Honors

Ryan Wadleigh of Northwood, NH with Highest Honors

Ashley LeBlanc of Northwood, NH with Highest Honors

Jane Salach of Northwood, NH with Highest Honors

Sydney Booth of Pittsfield, NH with High Honors

Kyle Hamel of Pittsfield, NH with Highest Honors

Roger Lawrence of Pittsfield, NH with Honors

Caitlin Skehan of Gilmanton Iron Works, NH with High Honors

Alexa McNamara of Gilmanton Iron Works, NH with Highest Honors

Lauren Dean of Gilmanton Iron Works, NH with Highest Honors



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The Suncook Valley Rotary Club will be hosting Thomas Vetras, COO Globe, MSA to give a talk about MSA.  Being the largest employer in Pittsfield and much of the area ,we are interested in the goals of the company, their sense of the area, and a broader picture of how Globe fits into the corporate structure. The talk will be held at Dominic’s Restaurant, Suncook Valley Highway, Chichester on February 20, 2019 at 7:00PM.  No purchase is necessary however staff will be available for those interested. Please join us!








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