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Posted July 3, 2014

Community Connection July 17: Communication in Pittsfield

Join to learn about the key themes and findings from the Communication Action Committee's research, and the action plan for next steps.  To include plans for community bulletin boards around town, an online neighborhood forum, and suggestions for existing groups to help make their communication more accessible and effective!

Thursday July 17 at Pittsfield Youth Workshop (5 Park st.).  Dinner at 6:15 pm  Program from 6:30- 7:30 pm 

Please RSVP to Molly at info @pittsfieldlistens.org or call/text 312-6980. All are welcome!

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Posted July 2, 2014

Pittsfield Listens Annual Cookout

On June 26th, 2014 approximately 80 friends and neighbors gathered at Dustin Park to enjoy the Annual Pittsfield Listens Cookout. Participants included those directly connected with Pittsfield Listens events and committees as well as those who were strolling through the park and accepted the invitation to join in. The meal was deliciously catered by Annie’s Catering of Laconia- providing Burgers, hotdogs, and other summertime classic recipes. Before everyone sat down to enjoy the meal and some conversation we all gathered in a large circle and took part in a step in circle. Statements were shared, and if it was true for you then you took a step forward into the circle. These included: Step forward if you: live in Pittsfield, have attended a Community Connection, recieved an award at the Community Impact Awards, are a member of the Youth Organizing & Action Committee, and so on.  Individuals also were asked to meet two new people and introduce themselves, including inquire of their favorite flavor of ice cream, which provided passionate responses! The kids coloring table was busy all evening, and Door Prize was drawn before dessert.  Congratulations to Jane on winning two tickets to the Pittsfield Players production of “Living Together” at the Scenic Theatre in July.

Many areas of the community were represented, including but not limited to: The Community Crimewatch; The Beautification Committee; Pittsfield Youth Workshop; Pittsfield Listens; Suncook Valley Area Lions Club; Pittsfield Board of Selectmen; Economic Development Commission; Youth Organizing & Action Committee;  PMHS Good to Great Team; NH Listens; Pittsfield’s Citizen of the Year; Pittsfield Police Dept; Old Home Day Committee; Planning Board; Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce; residents; Business owners, and many others!

Thank you to all who came to enjoy this event with Pittsfield Listens. A very special thank you to those who volunteered with set up and clean up!

Posted June 24, 2014

Pittsfield Listens Announces New Program Assistant

Pittsfield Listens is pleased to announce the new Program Assistant, Kathy Bleckmann!

Kathy is a near life long resident of Pittsfield and is excited to be working in the community she grew up in.  After several years in manufacturing and some time exploring artistic pursuits, Kathy says “it will be gratifying to focus on building up the positive in my hometown.” As an active member of The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce and a new Girl Scout leader, Kathy is no stranger to community service and event planning at the town wide level.  In addition, she brings skills in marketing and communications, volunteer management, and facilitation.  Kathy is a trained facilitator with NH Listens, and has been involved in several of the Pittsfield Listens dialogues already.

Kathy is no stranger to Pittsfield Listens, Pittsfield community involvement and service, and to many of you. It is all joy and privilege to have her join in this exciting work as part of the Pittsfield Listens’ staff team. Welcome, Kathy!


Posted April 24, 2014

April Community Connection on Economic Development in Pittsfield

Economic Development Committee Members Donna & Ted











At the Community Connection on Thursday April 17th, we welcomed members of the Pittsfield Economic Development Committee (EDC) to share about their continued efforts to spur economic growth in our community. Community members then connected in small groups to explore ideas and priorities for strengthening economic development and working with the EDC. Ideas included a Farmers Market, 'Pop-Up' businesses, music and arts in the parks, and a beautification competition to stage window fronts. Read more in this month's Community Bulletin for highlights from the presentation and small group discussions that followed. Also, check out the photos. Thank you to the community members who joined and to the team of presenters from the EDC- Donna Ward and Ted Mitchell.

Posted March 25, 2014

March Community Connection

On Thursday March 20, community members joined together for the Pittsfield Listens Community Connection. This month’s focus was on the Learning Studios* and Student Centered Learning at Pittsfield Middle High School. After enjoying dinner from Jack’s Pizza, we learned about student and teacher experiences in Learning Studios, as presented by 8th grader Emlee Sanuth, HS Junior Quinn Boyce, and Middle School English teacher Chris Davitt. Read more in this month's Community Bulletin for highlights of the presentation and discussion with participants that followed.

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