Town Crier

Town Crier for April 22

For the month of April, if you purchase a reusable “community bag” for $2.50 at Hannaford in NORTHWOOD, PES PTO will receive $1 back! Stock up now–they make great, useful gift bags!

The Suncook Valley Area Lions Club will meet on Tues, April 24 at 6 pm at the Main Street Grill.

Pittsfield Youth Workshop is accepting Craft Fair Registrations for the 37th Annual Suncook Valley Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally. Early bird special rates – for more information please contact Zach at 435-8272 or

Be sure to stop in at the Josiah Carpenter Library and view the Pittsfield Middle High School students’ artwork. There are a number of items on display.

Throughout April the library will celebrate National Poetry Month. Each week we will offer copies of poems to put in your pocket to take home. Each week you can visit the library Facebook page to view one of our nation’s poets reading a favorite poem. We are especially thrilled to have Pittsfield’s own Maureen Van Horn’s published poetry volume Fly Falls in Milk Jug: News in Haiku for your reading pleasure! Visit the library to read this lovely book.

Save the Date – Fri, May 4- for the 16th Annual Pittsfield Fiddle Contest at PMHS Lecture Hall, sponsored by the Pittsfield Youth Workshop. Silent Auction Fundraising event from 5:30-9pm and Fiddle Contest begins at 6:30 pm. Items and gift certificates are being solicited for the Silent Auction. If you would like to donate something, please contact Zach Powers or Paula Martel at 435-8272 to make arrangements.

The TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter meets on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm at Joy Church, 55 Barnstead Rd. For more information, contact Pat at 435-5333 or Beth at 435-7397.

The Pittsfield Youth Workshop is hosting the 4th annual Pasta Dinner Fundraiser on Wed, April 25 from 5-7:30 pm at PYW, 5 Park St. The menu choices are spaghetti & meatballs, mac & cheese, lasagna, chop suey – served with salad, bread, dessert and a drink. Adults – $5 and Children under 12 – $3. All proceeds will benefit PYW’s programs and activities. Spread the word and please support this wonderful program.

The Pittsfield Circle of Home & Family group will meet on Thurs, April 26 at 7 pm at the Community Center, lower level. For more information, contact Andi Riel at 435-6346 or

Soup’s On – Come and enjoy a bowl of soup with friends. All are welcome on Mon, April 23 from 5:30-6: 30 pm at the First Congregational Church.

The Suncook Valley Rotary Club is sponsoring a Youth Essay Contest. Cash prizes (1st-$300, 2nd-$200, 3rd-$100) awarded for the Best Essays. In 200 words or less – select one of the themes (“What the Balloon Rally Means to Me”, Why I Love the Balloon Rally” or “My Favorite Balloon Rally Memory”) and submit your essay by May 1, 2018, to Include your name, age, phone and email with your entry. Essays are judged on “word count, creativity, and writing skills”. Winners will be notified by May 31.

The Pittsfield Players present Neil Simon’s First Play, “Come Blow Your Horn”- one weekend only – May 4, 5 at 7:30 pm and May 6 at 2 pm at the Scenic Theatre, home of The Pittsfield Players. Please come early as we can only hold reserved seats until 7:15 pm. Tickets, $15 can be purchased at the door or online through TicketLeap via For more information on the show, including “dinner and a show” tickets in conjunction with Main Street Grill please call (603) 435-8852

A Friendly Reminder that Dogs need to be registered by May 1. Please visit the Town Clerk’s office to complete the registration.

The Friends of Josiah Carpenter Library will be holding a Used Book Sale in conjunction with the Town Wide Yard Sale on June 2, 2018. Please consider donating your used books to the library to add to the book sale. Donations can be dropped off at the library.

The adult book club, Read, Meet, Talk, will meet to discuss Bottom of the 33rd: The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic by Stephen Johnston at 10:30 am on Tuesday, April 24 at the Pittsfield Senior Center. Everyone is welcome to join our ongoing activities whenever you are able!

Pittsfield Housing Standards has an opening for a member of their board. This member needs to be a landlord owning a residential rental property within the town of Pittsfield who is also a legal resident and a registered voter in the town of Pittsfield. If you have any questions, please call Kim at 435-6773 ext 21.

The Pittsfield Conservation Commission will meet on Thurs, April 26 at 7 pm at the Town Hall.

Happy Birthday wishes to Jeanette Engelmann on Tues; to Tracy Demers on Wed and to Greg Martin on Friday.

A special Happy Birthday wish to my nephew, Nate Fries on Thurs. Happy 16th – enjoy your special day!

Police investigation

The Pittsfield Police Department is aware of the situation involving social media posts that were made today about our school. We are actively investigating this incident and are working directly with the Pittsfield School Administration, the students parents and the Merrimack County Attorneys Office. The student will not be allowed back to school until we have completed our investigation and the school has conducted its own administrative process. We will also have an increased police presence at the school tomorrow as a precaution and to provide a safe environment for the students and staff while we continue the investigation.

Jeffrey M. Cain
Chief of Police

Police department public notice

The Pittsfield Police Department has reached a staffing level that will not allow us to continue 24/7 police coverage, so we have been working with numerous outside agencies to maintain the 24/7 coverage and safety in our community to the best of our ability. You may see some of these outside agencies helping in our town, covering open shifts on detail. We are working diligently on this situation and will do everything we can to provide continuity of police coverage for our community while we fill our vacancies and re-staff our department.


Jeffrey M. Cain
Chief of Police