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- Mrs. Ames taught in Pittsfield for many years before retiring in 1971 -

It was Harriet Richardson Ames’ dream to earn her bachelor’s degree in education. She finally reached that milestone, nearly three weeks after achieving another: her 100th birthday.

Please read: NH teacher, 100, gets degree a day before dying


- Pittsfield High School Alumni Association News -

Did you know that there is an established Alumni Association at Pittsfield High School? Any person who attended or graduated from PHS, PMHS or the Academy is automatically a member.

The Alumni Association was officially formed in May 2006 and our mission is to “foster a spirit of loyalty and commitment among PHS, the community and the alumni. The Alumni Association shall support the continued growth and development of the school and encourage and coordinate activities that would benefit the interests of PHS and the community.”

Currently the officers of the Alumni Association are: President – Tobi (Gray) Chassie, ’73; Vice President – Carole (Fife) Richardson, ’69; Secretary – Andrea (Grainger) Riel, ’84; Treasurer – Louie Houle, ’72; Membership Secretary – Sandy Bucknam, ’73; Historian – Ted Mitchell, ’68; and Members at Large – Paula (Nickerson) Driscoll, ’86 and Chris Ward, ’82.

We meet 4 times per year usually September, January, March and June at 6:30 pm at the PMHS Media (Library) Center. Members are ALWAYS welcome and encouraged to attend. Please check the website for meeting dates.

The Alumni Association has provided a $500 scholarship to a (PMHS) graduate starting in 2007. The past recipients have been Nicole Parker in ‘07; Kelsey Metcalf in ’08 and Sarah Buchanan in ’09. We have also sponsored a graduation breakfast for the Senior Class. A pancake, sausage, fruit and drink breakfast is provided for the class and is a chance for the Alumni Association to introduce ourselves to the class members and ask for their involvement as they move on to further schooling, the Service or employment.

We have had a presence at various local events (such as Old Home Day, Balloon Rally and the Alumni Basketball games) to collect current names, addresses and email contact information to add to the database. Our goal is to update and keep current contact information for classes planning reunions.

There are no dues collected. We do send an annual letter (which hopefully will soon become a newsletter) soliciting donations to help defray costs associated with certain projects that the Alumni Association is or will be working on. The funds collected are also used for the annual scholarship.

Check out the Alumni Association’s website at (click Alumni tab) It’s constantly being worked on. We’re also on Facebook.

The latest project the Alumni Association is undertaking is another ALL CLASS REUNION. Save the date of July 17, 2010 (Old Home Day!) The Reunion will be a Meet and Greet openhouse style at PMHS with a chance to tour both facilities (PMHS and PES); visit with classmates and others; enjoy some refreshments and (we hope) a chicken BBQ dinner.

Anyone who is interested in helping with the Reunion or joining the planning committee, please call Andi Riel at 435-6346 or Paula Driscoll at 435-8272. Also, plan to join the Alumni Association and attend one of our meetings – we’d love to see new faces and we welcome new ideas!



Shirley Allen from the class of 1956 won the Pittsfield High School Alumni Association raffle. Representing the Executive Board of the Pittsfield High School Alumni Association, Tobi Chassie, president, left, and Paula Driscoll, member-at-large, are shown above following the drawing of the winning ticket.

The raffle began during the Old Home Day festivities in July. Tickets continued to be sold throughout the summer and fall. The drawing was held on Friday, November 27, at the alumni basketball games.

The Alumni Association collected $319 from this fundraising event. Its members are grateful to everyone who participated. The money will be used to support its annual scholarship to a graduating senior and the all-class reunion, scheduled for Old Home Day on July 17, 2010.

Ms. Allen will receive the original serigraph of the cupola on Pittsfield Middle High School for winning the raffle. The serigraph was created and donated by acclaimed artist William Mitchell, the art teacher at Pittsfield Middle High School. Check out Mr. Mitchell’s Web site at


Pittsfield High School Class of 1959 Celebrates 50th Reunion


Front Row, Left to Right: Deanna Drolet, Sr. Rene, Paula Corliss Myers, Elizabeth Barton Hast, Florence Philbrick MacKay, Sandra Davis, Jeannette Vien Stevens, Judith Locke Phillips, Holly Hast Bickford, Patricia Page Mulkhey, Gayle Aycock Whittemore, Joy Pennock MacDonald and Yolande James VanZanten. Back Row, Left to Right: Sherideth Cram Seeley, Barbara Stock Woodward, James Thyng, John Pinkham, Kenny Ayles, Robert Plante, Larry Pinkham, Robert Raney, Retta Presby Weaver, Gretchen Lindberg Lance, Bruce Yeaton and Leone Hoover Wilson.  Missing from the picture were: Gloria Aubertin Kuningas and Patricia Farmer Lowther.

The Pittsfield High School Class of 1959 celebrated their 50th Reunion in late August at the Dell-Lea Country Club in Chichester.  Tours of the grade and high schools were followed by hours of sharing fond memories and telling stories of our diverse lives. We welcomed fellow classmates from around New England, New York, Florida, Oregon, Texas and Louisiana.

Our photo was taken by classmate Robert Raney.