Town Crier

Town Crier for October 21

Do you live in Pittsfield, Allenstown or Epsom?  Are you concerned about our roads, schools, and taxes?   Come and talk with your NH Senate and House Representative candidates on Sun, Oct. 28 at 2 pm at the Epsom Public Library. The decisions they’ll make will impact all of us every day!  The candidate’s forum is sponsored by the Friends of the Epsom Public Library and the Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce.

Bone Builders Exercise Program meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 am at the Pittsfield Senior Center  This is a free one-hour weight training program that is designed to help increase your muscle strength, bone density, and balance.  Bone Builders Exercise Program relies upon weight bearing exercise to protect against fractures.  Bone Builder’s Class is held on the first floor of the Pittsfield Community Center.  Beginners and advanced participants welcome and weights are provided. Please call the Senior Center at 435-8482 for more information.

The TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) group meets each Tues at 6:30 pm at The Joy Church, 55 Barnstead Rd.  For more information or if you have questions, please call Pat at 435-5333 or Beth at 435-7397.

The Suncook Valley Rotary Club is collecting items for the annual Penny Sale.  Anyone interested in donating items for the sale please contact any Rotary Club member.  For more info, contact Donna Keeley at

The Suncook Valley Rotary club will be hosting the annual Penny Sale fundraiser on Sat, Nov. 3rd at 7 pm in the auditorium at Pittsfield Middle High School.  There is also a Silent Auction and a 50/50 raffle.  The Lions Club will have food and drinks available for purchase.  Please bring a non-perishable, shelf stable food items that will be donated to the area school’s food pantries. Some of the most needed items include: peanut butter, jelly, applesauce, mac & cheese, raviolo, cereal, crackers, granola, etc.

The application for an absentee ballot for the State General Election (Nov. 6) can be downloaded by visiting the town website at or may be obtained at the Town Clerk’s office.  Absentee ballots will be mailed as soon as they are available.

Supervisors of the Checklist will be in session on Monday, October 29th at the Town Hall from 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm.  We will be making corrections and registering new voters for the November 6, 2018, State General Election.  This will be the last day to register to vote or make any corrections until election day.

The Victory Workers 4-H Club will be selling 4-H Candy Bars for the 1st fund raiser of the year. The bars are only $1.00 and come in almond, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, krisp, and caramel. The bars can be purchased from members or at our next 4-H PROMOTION EVENT on Saturday, October 13th. Our Fall Festival at Duane’s Family Farm on Suncook Valley Highway will be a day to attend. Animals, Bake Sale, Make it Take it’s, Games and Lunch Menu of Soup and Sandwich come out and support your local club members from Barnstead, Pittsfield, Epsom, Alton, Chichester, Loudon, and Rochester.

The Suncook Valley Area Lions (servicing Pittsfield and Barnstead)  have pumpkins for sale to help with our eye care programs. If you need a pumpkin and want to help others please get your pumpkins from us. Look for us at Mikes Meat Shoppe on the corner of Upper City Rd. and Rt. 28, or call 435-5052 and we can make it happen!  We will be set up on Sunday selling pumpkins.

The Suncook Valley Area Lions Club will meet on Tues, Oct. 23 at 6pm at Main Street Grill and Bar in Pittsfield.  New members are always welcome.  If you are interested – come to the meeting and check us out.

The Pittsfield Circle of Home & Family group will meet on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7pm at the Community Center, Lower level.  Our program will be making Fairy Houses.

With basketball season right around the corner, we are looking for coaches for the following teams:  Pre k/ kindergarten ( practice a week), 1-2, 3-4 boys, 3-4 girls, 5-6 boys, and 5-6 girls.   You must clear a full background check and participate in the coaching clinics. If you are interested please email Nick Hayes at

The Halloween Parade for PES students K-6 will be held on Friday, Oct. 26 starting at approximately 1:20pm.  The parade route will be from PMHS (high school), Berry Ave, right on Tilton Hill Rd, to Bow St and return to PES.

The Read, Meet and Talk Book Club will meet on Tues at 10:15 at the Senior Center, lower level of the Community Center to discuss “Anything Possible” by Elizabeth Strout.

Joy Church (55 Barnstead Rd) is having a free family movie night on Friday, 11/2 at 6:30. We will be watching Hotel Transylvania 3. Everyone is invited – we will have free popcorn, candy and drinks. It’s a fun time for the entire town!

The Friends of the Josiah Carpenter Library annual poinsettia sale offers red, white or marble poinsettia plants for gift giving or display purposes.  Plants may be ordered by using the form found on the library web site, by coming into the library or by purchasing at Election Day in the town hall.  The plants, grown by Ledgeview Greenhouses in Loudon, NH, may be ordered through Wednesday, Nov 6th. The plants will be available for pick up at the Josiah Carpenter Library, 41 Main St., beginning on Wednesday, December 5.  Plants are available in three colors and in four different sizes; 6.5 inch pot with 1 plant for $11.00; 7.5-inch pot with two plants for $17.50; 8.5-inch pot with 3 plant for $20.25 and 10 inch pot with 4 plants for  $25.00.  Please call the library at 435-8406 for more information.

There is nothing like a hot bowl of soup to warm the tummy on a cold night. “Soup’s On” offers the opportunity for church and community members to gather for a meal and fellowship. Every fourth Monday through the winter from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. your choice of two hearty soups, bread and beverage will be served. The only cost is your love offering. Come and join in on the good food and fun. Starting October 29, 5:30-6:30 at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main St., Pittsfield.

Trick or Treat hours in Pittsfield will be from 5-8pm on Wed, Oct. 31.

Larry Berkson recently completed a historic account of Pittsfield’s fires and firemen in a three-book series entitled: “Great Fires and Great Issues of the Nineteenth Century,” The Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries,” and “Great Fires and Firefighters of the 20th and 21st Centuries.”  They encompass the first fire wards, the development of a fire precinct, the types of equipment developed and used, and major fires from the 1900s starting with the Sargent Block fire.  To launch the sale of these books, Larry will give a brief historical overview of Pittsfield’s “fire history,” answer questions, and will sign books. Each book in the series costs $15 and each provides a distinctive view of Pittsfield starting with the 1900s.  Please join us on Thursday, October 25, at 7:00 p.m. at the Historical Society, 13 Elm Street, Pittsfield.

Happy Birthday wishes to Jan Sargent and to my nephew, Jackson Riel  on Thurs.  I hope you both enjoy your special day!

Happy Anniversary wishes to my brother and sister-in-law, Tim and Terry Riel on Sat.  Here’s to many more happy years together!!