Pittsfield NH Citizen of the Year
Every year the town of Pittsfield, New Hampshire recognizes an outstanding citizen for the efforts to make Pittsfield a better place. Below, find a list of current and past "Citizens of the Year!"
If there is someone you feel should be considered for Citizen of the Year, please send a letter with their name and why they deserve the award to:
Citizen of the Year
PO Box 173
Pittsfield, NH 03263
A panel of former Citizens of the Year will choose the Citizen of the Year from the nominations received.
Pittsfield’s 2014 Citizen Of The Year
Congratulations to Ruth Strickhart on being named the
2014 Pittsfield Citizen of the Year.
Ruth has been an active volunteer in our town for many years. She has volunteered at the front desk at the Josiah Carpenter Library until her “retirement” on March 7, 2013 – 2 days after her 93rd birthday. Ruth spends one morning each week at the Historical Society doing data entry or other special projects. She also can be found at the Pittsfield Food Pantry where she has served as the manager and treasurer. She has overseen the volunteers there and does much of the paperwork that is required to keep the pantry running smoothly, including the personal and prompt thank you notes for the donations. Ruth is also active in her church. She was instrumental in implementing the Pennies From Heaven mission project which is still maintained at the First Congregational Church. It has helped several groups in town. The present goal is to collect $250 each for the Beacon of Light Ministry in Pittsfield and the Pittsfield Beautification Committee. She has been known to quietly behind the scenes support those going through some tough times. These are just a few of the things that we know Ruth has done!
Ruth was selected in May, 2011 to receive the Joseph D. Vaughan Award, which is presented annually by the State Committee on Aging and EngAGING NH for outstanding leadership and achievement as a volunteer on behalf of older citizens in NH. Ruth was also recognized at the 2013 Pittsfield Community Impact Awards, sponsored by Pittsfield Listens, as the Outstanding Individual of the Year.
We, the citizens of Pittsfield, are lucky to have such a dedicated and giving person in our community. THANK YOU, Ruth Strickhart, for all you do!
Pittsfield’s 2013 Citizen Of The Year
Congratulations to Daniel Schroth Piermarocchi on being selected as Pittsfield’s 2013 Citizen of the Year. Dan was a past Select Board member and has volunteered on or been elected to many Pittsfield Boards. Dan is also a truly dedicated, self-less volunteer for our community.
Dan is known for his many stonewall projects – these walls are the corner stone of his volunteer work and his connection and involvement with many different groups in town.
The two Chamber of Commerce owned billboard signs on Rte. 28 needed some improvement to the bases that held them and Dan volunteered to build them out of stone and has continued to maintain them. Dan, as a Chamber member, has also “worked” at the Children’s Store during the annual Christmas Tree Lighting event for many years. He was in the crowd control role when the event was held at the (now) PYW building. He entertained the long lines of kids (and parents) waiting outside in the cold. We now hold the Store at PES so it’s warm, but he still entertains the crowd.
He has worked tirelessly with the Beautification Committee – constructing stonewalls for the various flower beds around town and is currently working on a retaining wall at the Washington House Lot.
The Historical Society built Lyman Park and Dan volunteered to help do the stonework. It was said that he and his team worked long hours nearly every weekend during the summer for two years. He kept everyone on the job into the fall and even during snow storms to complete the project in a timely fashion.
Dan has also volunteered his time to repair and build stonewalls at the Pittsfield Youth Athletic Park on Tilton Hill Rd. On all of his projects, he spends quite a bit of time finding the right rock and placing it in the right place to build something that will last for years.
It’s not only groups and organizations in Pittsfield that benefit from Dan’s sense of community. We were told that a couple owned a house in town that needed paint and they were not able to do the project. Dan rounded up some volunteers and painted the house. Another property owner needed help fixing up a barn and Dan again, gathered some help and took on that project.
Dan loves his community and spends a lot of time working on projects that beautify our town. He is always willing to help and doesn’t wait to be asked – he usually volunteers first.
Thank you, Dan, for taking the time to be a great volunteer in Pittsfield! We appreciate all that you have done.
2012 Pittsfield Citizen Of The Year
Raymond “Ray” Webber III has been chosen as the 2012 Pittsfield Citizen of the Year. Ray has been a valuable part of the Pittsfield Community for many, many years and has volunteered in countless organizations and community projects – usually much of his work is done behind the scenes as he is not one that likes to be the center of attention.
Ray has volunteered for many 4-H projects with our local Victory Workers 4-H club where he has taught numerous youth invaluable woodworking techniques and skills. While assisting our youth with their chosen projects he teaches self-confidence and shows them that their projects have value, as well as a sense of accomplishment. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Merrimack County 4-H Foundation. He also volunteers as one of the cooks for the Hopkinton Fair 4-H Leaders Food Booth.
Pittsfield's 2011 Citizens Of The Year
Pittsfield has chosen Bev and Rene Drolet as 2011 Citizens of the Year. It is baffling how two people can accomplish so much in the space of a day and still have time to leisurely walk their dog around the center of town stopping to trade the news of the day and offer encouragement to those they meet along the way.
Pittsfield's Citizen of the Year Pauline Wheeler
Pauline Wheeler is the 2010
Pittsfield Citizen of the Year. Pauline has been a valuable part
of the Pittsfield Community for many, many years and has
volunteered in countless organizations and community projects.
Pauline has been active in 4-H for over 45 years. She currently
teaches and has taught for many years, food/cooking, sewing and
crafts to young 4-Hers. She has always had children at her home
working on their many projects, such as getting ready for 4-H
Dress Review, where each child has to sew some type of clothing
and model their work before judges; and assisting children with
working on the presentations for 4-H Demonstration whereby each
4-Her has to demonstrate some type of food preparation in front
of judges. She not only assists these children in the
preparation process but also guides them in showing
self-confidence and speaking before a panel of judges. Pauline
has been responsible for shaping countless young people into
believing in What they are presenting, as well as encouraging
them to try harder each year to accomplish even higher goals.
She is a member of the Merrimack County Leaders Association and
an organizing member of the 4-H Northeast Leaders Forum.
Tom “Fuzza” Freese Named Pittsfield Citizen Of The Year 2009
Richard & Lois Foss Named Pittsfield's Citizens Of The Year 2008
Richard and Lois Foss have been named Pittsfield's Citizens of the Year for 2008. They did something extraordinary in 2008 - they gave $1,000,000 to benefit Pittsfield Middle High School graduates. This will empower Pittsfield's future citizens and leaders to bring something back to this community which has afforded them the opportunities of a small town with a not so small heart. This domino effect will reach out and empower more people to energize this town to a potential not yet dreamed of. They have believed in Pittsfield, never giving in to what can't be done, but underwriting what can. This, not the money, is what the Fosses have done that is extraordinary.
Sometimes it takes only one great action to bring the Citizen of the Year plaque to someone, but in this case there are many other things that recommend the Fosses for this honor. Mr. Foss served his country and upon returning was active in the Peterson-Cram Legion Post. He was long a business owner in Pittsfield with many contributions being made through his construction business. He is responsible for our senior housing apartments just off Main Street which have provided our elderly with comfortable, inexpensive places to live. He developed the subdivision on Molly Lane and erected all of its houses. He later developed the property around White's Pond, better known as Winsunvale, a name that he gave the development.
His company completed the work of raising the Episcopal Church and placing the addition on the holding tomb at Floral Park Cemetery. He also built the Globe Building and his former office building serves as the location of Brown Engineering, the Paige Insurance Agency and Jefferson Pilot Investments. While being involved as businessman, he also served personally as selectman and budget committee member. He was instrumental in planting the spruce Town Christmas Tree next to the Episcopal Church.
It takes a team to make the decisions and direct the actions necessary to be involved in so much. Lois was the impetus and balance necessary for the Fosses' insightful involvement. When they retired to Gilmanton the Fosses remained a support to Pittsfield projects - helping the Pittsfield Players with renovations and placing new bathrooms in the Scenic Theatre; helping to remove the bell from the tower of what is now the Community Center and placing it on the Police Department lawn; creating the Foss Family Foundation to support worthy undertakings on a personal and community level; working with the Historical Society and Legion to erect the two wings on the Veterans Monument in Dustin Part last year; serving as Clerk of the Works and donating to the Youth Baseball Athletic Park.
What does it take to be named Pittsfield's Citizens of the Year - a willing spirit, a generous heart and neverending optimism.