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Pittsfield NH News

November 13, 2013

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Suncook Valley Sno-Riders

13th Annual Ham & Bean Supper

When: Saturday, November 16th from 5 to 7 p.m.

Cost:  $8.00 Adult

$4.50 ages 6 to 12

Free ages 5 and under

Where:  Barnstead Parade Fire Department

305 Parade Road

Barnstead, NH  03218

Meal:  Ham, Variety of Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Cole Slaw, Roll, Drink & lots of Desserts.

Attending the dinner also gives you the opportunity to win one of our 3 frozen turkeys that we give away.





The Pittsfield Historical Society invites you to join us for the annual “Hall of Fame” program at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 14, at the Historical Society Museum, 13 Elm Street, Pittsfield. This year’s Hall of Fame inductee is Vaughn Blanchard, a 1907 Pittsfield High School graduate and participant in the 1912 Summer Olympics in Sweden.





Saturday, Dec. 7 is the annual Children’s Store and Christmas Tree Lighting event (sponsored by the Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce).  The Children’s Store will be held at PES from 9-12 and the Tree Lighting event will be held at Dustin Park from 4-6pm. More details to follow!


Donations for the Children’s Store are always needed as well as GIFT BAGS and tissue paper for wrapping.  Drop off locations for donations will be at Jitters Café, Main Street; Post Office and Northway Bank.  For more information, please call Andi Riel at 435-6346.



Lions Club Invites You


The Suncook Valley Area Lions Club (of Pittsfield/Barnstead) would like to invite family, friends and COMMUNITY members to join us as we induct three new members into our Club on Monday, Nov. 18 at 6pm at Jitters Café on Main Street.  We invite you to come to the meeting; meet the members; find out what Lions do and enjoy some light refreshments.  We’d love to see you!



American Legion Post 88 News

Submitted By Commander Shawn Jones


Another meeting has come and past. The eleven members present voted to donate $250.00 to the Loudon Food Pantry for their Thanksgiving needs. We will be making arrangements in November to present them with the gift.


Adjutant Joe Piroso reported that our post is ahead of the Department’s membership goals for the year. He reported we are currently at 67% membership levels for 2014. He would like to see everyone renew by December 31st so that we will be at 100% membership going into 2014. This will save us from having to call you to remind you to send in your dues for next year. You may also pay them at one of our meetings. If you have moved please let us know as well. Please renew ASAP and as always if you have questions about your membership or what your post can do for you and the Legion on the whole contact me. Also please think about what you can do for your post such as volunteering to serve on a committee or as an officer for 2014.


Members are beginning to bring in their DD-214’s so that we can keep them on file per new IRS regulations. If you do not have a copy of your DD-214 you can contact the National Personnel Records Center. Write to Military Personnel Records, 9700 Page Avenue St. Louis, Missouri 63132-5100. Their phone number is 314-801-0800 and you can request a copy by going on line to


In November we will have a guest come from Rise Again Outreach to tell us more about their organization and how they serve area homeless vets.


We now have our own web-page. You can access this by going to Look for the link to the post websites and click on 88.


If you have any ideas of content for our website let me know what you would like to see and I will try to get it added to our site. The NH Department of the American Legion hosts this for free.


We are looking for a new home for our post. If you know of a suitable piece of real estate in town to either buy and build upon or move into let us know so that we can look more into it. I would like to have some volunteers come forward to form an exploratory building committee.


Our Commander’s Fund Raffle winners for October are: $50- H. Trott, $25- R. Tasker, $10- P.Dupont, $10- R. Lounsbury and $5- S. Elliott.


We hope to see you at our next meeting on November 20th at 7 PM. Remember “Everyone is a Recruiter” Just ask a veteran, active duty, reserve or National Guard if they are a member of the American Legion. If not sign them up today. I have membership applications if you need one. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!



St. Stephen’s Annual Holiday Fair


Saturday, November 23, put St. Stephen’s Holiday Fair at the top of your list to visit.  The church is right on Main Street in Pittsfield beside Dustin Park and will be open from 9 AM to 2 PM. As we enter the peak of the Christmas shopping season why not avoid the crowds in the big city stores and make the rounds of the great church fairs instead?


St. Stephen’s is well-known for its outstanding Silent Auction, so you might want to stop by a couple of times during the day to be sure you are the high bidder on that perfect item.  Some of the special items in this year’s auction include an E-Zip 1000 watt electric scooter with charger and two helmets, a collection of unique new Legos, A Mission style oak desk, antique lamps and a Dell computer.   Time your last visit to be present at 2 PM, so you can be on hand for the announcement of the auction high bidders .


You will find a large collection of creative crafts, gifts, and seasonal decorations when you browse the Christmas Boutique.  In the Bakery, choose among the homemade goodies for your holiday table.


Holiday shopping can indeed be fun and economical when you visit the local fairs.  Your purchases also have the added benefit of helping to support church outreach programs for those many people who need a boost in these tough times.



“Meet Our Members” – FF/EMT Ken White

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Next up in Pittsfield Fire Department’s “Meet Our Members” series is FF/EMT Ken White.


Q. How long have you been a firefighter/EMT? How long have you been with PFD?


A. I started in 2003 as an Explorer at the age of 14.  In 2007 I became a call member and in 2013 I was hired fulltime.


Q. What have you learned and gained in those 10 years?


A. I’ve learned a great deal about firefighting.  Most people think it is as easy as “Put the wet stuff on the hot stuff,” but it’s not. There is a lot of science involved that interests me.  Most importantly, I’ve gained a bigger family. I consider each member I work with a brother/sister and, if need be, would lay my life down to save them.


Q. What is the best training you attended?  What did you take away from it?


A. The best training I’ve attended was the International Association of Firefighters Fire Ground Survival Class.  This course was based on real-life situations where we lost firefighters during “MAYDAY” situations.  This class helped me feel more confident in my abilities to survive a MAYDAY situation and helped me feel more confident in my equipment.  It also gave me the mindset to train harder.



VA Meets President’s Mental Health

Executive Order Hiring Goal

More than 800 Veterans Hired as Mental Health Peer Specialists and Peer Apprentices


WASHINGTON (Nov. 5, 2013) – The Department of Veterans Affairs has hired 815 Peer Specialists and Peer Apprentices, exceeding the hiring goal set in President Obama’s Aug. 31, 2012 Executive Order aimed at improving access to mental health services for Veterans, service members and military families.


On June 3, VA announced the department met another goal established by the Executive Order by hiring 1,600 additional mental health professionals.


“We have made strong progress to expand Veterans’ access to quality mental health services, but we must continue to increase access,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “These newly hired employees, Veterans themselves, are uniquely equipped to guide fellow Veterans through difficult issues.”


Peer Specialists and Peer Support Apprentices are a unique cadre of people joining VA’s mental health care teams.  They are Veterans who have successfully dealt with their own mental health recovery for a minimum of one year.  Peer Specialists are trained and certified, while Peer Support Apprentices are undergoing training and certification to become Peer Specialists.  An additional component from the Executive Order mandated that all training for these peer counselors would be complete by the end of the year.  VA remains on track to meet that requirement.


“We are proud to have exceeded the hiring goal established by the President in his Executive Order,” said Under Secretary for Health, Dr. Robert A. Petzel.  “We are well on the way to have all of these new hires trained by the end of the calendar year.”


Specialists and apprentices are working at every VA medical center throughout the country as well as at Community-Based Outpatient Clinics with over 10,000 enrollees.  As the Nation’s largest integrated health care system, VA cares for more than 6.3 million Veterans annually, and has seen an increase in the amount of service men and women who are dealing with mental health issues.  VA’s push to hire Veterans who can provide peer support is a key part of a greater effort aimed at increasing access to mental health care services for the nation’s Veterans by hiring thousands of new mental health professionals.


Earlier this year, VA announced a 50 percent increase in staffing for the Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255), which has been credited with rescuing more than 26,000 actively suicidal Veterans. 


This year, VA held Mental Health Summits at 151 VA medical centers across the country to further engage community partners, Veteran Service Organizations, health care providers and local governments, and to address the broad mental health needs of Veterans and their families.


To learn more about current VA Peer to Peer job opportunities visit:  Veterans and their families interested in learning more about the mental health services provided by VA can go to



Pittsfield Fire Department Service News


During the month of October 67 calls for emergency service were received. Fire and EMS personnel responded to:  42 Medical emergencies, 2 Structure fires, 2 outside fires, 1 Cooking Fire, 5 Motor Vehicle collisions, 5 Fire Alarm activations, 7 Service calls, 3 Good intent calls. Six of the calls were overlapping calls. Five Mutual aid responses were provided to other communities and 3 were received from other communities. Twenty Permits to Kindle a Fire were written.


Training topics for the month of October were: Carbon Monoxide poisoning, symptoms and treatment, Rescue systems and patient packaging and incident response and size-up.


The Members of the department attended the PMHS Homecoming parade and bonfire, Harvest fest and PTO Trunk or Treat. There were also several Fire Chief Committee meetings held.


There are several members enrolled into classes at the New Hampshire Fire Academy. EMS Captain Girard, Lieutenant Pszonowsky and Firefighter Deane have started Fire Officer II, Lieutenant Pszonowsky has been enrolled into Inspector I and Firefighter Ward is keeping up the good work in Firefighter II.


Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the Fire Department or to learn more about the Department, please stop by the station or call 435-6807.


Safety tip: With daylight savings time ending, please remember to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and test them.



Fantastic Fair


Come one, come all to the Christmas Fair at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield, Saturday, November 23, from 9 to 2.  Sponsored by The Dorcas Guild, this fair is nothing short of fantastic.


There are many handcrafted things: kitchen items, aprons, mittens, hats, artwork, jewelry, toys and special gourmet and baked goods. Don’t forget the “Unique Boutique” for outstanding values and the “Silent Auction” for those special gifts.


Come to shop and stay for a low-cost corn chowder and sandwich lunch. One of New Hampshire’s great fairs, this one is not to be missed. Parking and wheelchair accessible entrance at rear of church. More info at 435-7471 or



Secret Santa Fund


Although the holidays are a bit away, Santa’s Helpers are already hard at work preparing to meet the needs of Pittsfield’s residents. We are accepting applications from those in need of assistance this holiday season. Applications will only be accepted until December 1st t allow Santa and the Elves time to prepare gifts for everyone. Children must be 14 years of age or younger to be eligible. The child’s parent or legal guardian must be the one to apply. Families applying for assistance must be residents of Pittsfield. Please contact the Pittsfield Fire Dept. at 435-6807 during regular business hours for more information or to apply. This program is operated by volunteers, so if you leave a message it will be returned as quickly as possible but response may not be immediate.


The Secret Santa Fund relies on the generosity of residents and local businesses eager to help those less fortunate. Those interested in making donations may call 435-6807 to discuss specifics with Santa’s Helpers. Financial donations may be sent directly to: Pittsfield Secret Santa, PO Box 392, Pittsfield, NH 03263.



Select Board Letter


On behalf of the Board of Selectmen, I would like to extend heartfelt appreciation to the members of the Fire Chief Hiring Committee.


Thank you to Pittsfield Deputy Fire Chief Lenny Deane, a true leader, for organizing and leading the panel of volunteer members to interview the prospective candidates.


I worked with the panel members: Pittsfield Deputy Fire Chief Lenny Deane, Pittsfield Emergency Management Director Rob Freese, Epsom Fire Chief Stewart Yeaton, Pittsfield Police Sargeant Jeffrey Cain, Pittsfield Fire Lieutenant Peter Pszonowsky, Pittsfield Fire Department member Christopher Ward, and Pittsfield community member Dan Schroth. These committee members all dedicated their time and knowledge to the interview process, which helped make it run smoothly and professionally.


Many thanks also to the Pittsfield Firefighters Association for serving the committee refreshments, which were greatly appreciated.


Last, but certainly not least, I extend deep gratitude to Acting Fire Chief Nick Abell for stepping up to serve as acting fire chief. Chief Abell has done an excellent job in managing the fire department this year and his dedication to the department and town is greatly appreciated by the Board of Selectmen.


Than you all, again, for your dedication to our community.


Lawrence J. Konopka, Chairman

Pittsfield Board of Selectmen



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Millie Dillmount (Kali Mara) takes a letter from her future boss Trevor Graydon  (Angelo Gentile) in the Pittsfield Players’ 45th Anniversary Gala Production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. The show runs again this weekend at The Scenic Theatre on Friday and Saturday, November 15 and 16. For tickets, visit the Players’ website at or call 435-8853.



Letter to the Editor 


“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name” (Hebrews 13:15).


Lord, thank you that I have been justified (saved from the penalty of sin) through the blood of Jesus Christ. “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Romans 5:1-2).


Thank you that I am being sanctified (saved from the power of sin) by your Holy Spirit as He changes me into the image of your Son. “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin” (Romans 6:4-7).


Thank you that I will be glorified (saved from the presence of sin) when my salvation is completed. “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. …because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Romans 8:18-21).


By His grace,

Linda Small

Pittsfield NH



The Friends RSVP Caregivers Program


The Friends RSVP Caregiver Program is seeking volunteers who have a couple of hours per week, or even just a few hours per month, to bring comfort and cheer to homebound senior citizens; by providing transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping and friendly visits. Our program helps to keep the elderly living independently and shows a lonely person that someone cares. Volunteers will share conversation, memories and interests with their match and you will not only be improving their lives but yours as well. We support the Greater Concord area, including: Pembroke, Allenstown, Penacook, Bow, Northwood, Chichester, Epsom and more. We are also taking on new clients. Please contact our office for more information: Hannah Roberts, [email protected], 603-228-1193 ext.238




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It’s here for you to see....the hand-crafted, wooden  Doll House is on display at the Pittsfield Clothes Closet.  Donated as a fund-raiser to benefit the shop, the doll house is a valuable work in progress and has all the emenities (exterior features, interior accessories and furniture) to create a finished Victorian replica suitable for a place of honor in someone’s home.


Raffle tickets are being sold at the shop during open hours (Tues, Wed, 10:00-4:00; Sat, 10:00-1:00).  Upon recommendation, since the shop is closed Thanksgiving week, ticket sales are extended to include December with the drawing scheduled for Saturday, December 21st.


Visit us.  We would like to sell a lot of tickets.



Loudon Center Freewill Baptist Church on

Operation Christmas Child


Join us on Sat. Nov. 16 at 6 pm for an Operation Christmas Child packing party at Loudon Center Freewill Baptist Church on Clough Hill Road in Loudon. Dinner will be provided, a short video on hope and a free concert to follow. For more information on Operation Christmas Child email Stephanie at [email protected]


Caregiver Support Group

If you care for an elderly and/or sick person please join us at the Loudon Center Freewill Baptist Church on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 6 pm. Church is located on Clough Hill Road in Loudon. For more information please contact Rev. Linda Overall at 603.875.5822


Alzheimer’s Presentation

On Monday, November 18th at 6:30 pm there will be a FREE public presentation on Alzheimer’s Disease at the Loudon Center Freewill Baptist Church on Clough Hill Road in Loudon. This disease affects millions, come find out the basics of the disease and resources available. We will collect a freewill love offering for the presenter. Please feel free to bring a donation for the Loudon Food Pantry also. For more information please contact Rev. Linda Overall at 603.875.5822 or Jean Fiske at 603.300.6616.



“What’s Happening at PYW?”

By: Paula Martel, Program Director

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Left to right: Peyton, Destinee, Jasmine, Tyler, Morgan, Isaiah, Cody, Charles, Mason, Trenton, Heather, Jamie  and George

Not in Picture: Eileen, Hailey, Sean, and Jessica


It has been busy at the Pittsfield Youth Workshop (PYW).  PYW 6th grade participants (on early release days) got to go apple picking at Meadow Ledge Farm, play Disc Golf at The Woods at Beauty Hill and have a movie day at PYW. Other trips the youth have enjoyed has been a trip to the circus, outdoor rock climbing and a trip to Funspot to go bowling and play arcade games. The youth also spend many hours hanging out during drop-in hours using the computers, being involved in outdoor games and activities and/or playing pool. They can be involved in Cooking Club, or can learn new board games and/or work on some very cool arts and crafts projects. Fifteen youth got involved in pumpkin carving and twenty (20) youth spent many afternoons planning a Haunted House.


Our Haunted House theme, “The Walk-in Dead,” fundraising event was held on Halloween night. We hope that everyone had a chance to experience the terrors and chills of our haunted house while supporting PYW programs at the same time. We want to thank everyone who dropped off candy for the youth. And we can’t forget to thank all the youth that helped build the haunted house, and gave up their night to let others have a good scare. Great Job!


Upcoming Events: PYW will have a High School Only Night (grades 9 - 12), November 22nd, to go see the Hunger Games movie, Catching Fire. On November 27th PYW youth will be providing a Thanksgiving Dinner for their families. For the first week of December the youth will bake, build and decorate Gingerbread Houses to be raffled off at the Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, December 7th.


Just a reminder: PYW Drop-in hours are Monday through Friday from 3-6 PM. We will be closed Monday, December 23rd until Monday, January 6th for Christmas vacation. We also want to wish everyone a safe and Happy Holiday! Don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook!


Please feel free to contact Paula Martel or Zach Powers at [email protected] with any questions or to make a donation. Make sure to check out our website at for our calendar of events or the latest pictures of what the youth have been doing!



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Front row from left to right: President General Lynn Forney Young, NH State Regent Phyllis Gagnon, NJ State Regent Connie Olde. Back row from left to right: NH Honorary State Regent Laura McCrillis Kessler, NH Honorary State Regent Elaine Sears Coughlin Bean, NH Honorary State Regent and Past Treasurer General Bea Dalton and NH Honorary State Regent and Past Treasurer General Sarah Voll


On Saturday October 19, 2013 NH State Regent Phyllis Gagnon hosted the fall conference at Waterville Valley. Daughters from around the nation were present with the guest of honor President General Lynn Forney Young.




Congratulations to the Suncook Valley Soccer Club U12 Boys.  The U12 boys came in  first place at this years League Tournament on October 26 & 27.  This was a great tournament with teams from Pittsfield, Chichester, Epsom, Northwood and Concord Christian.  Most games were decided by overtime shoot outs and SVSC was able to come in first place after two exciting games against Epsom both with a close score of 2-1.   Congratulations to all the teams and thank you to all the wonderful parents and referees that made 2013 a wonderful season.  



Central New Hampshire Regional Plan

Public Outreach Sessions


The Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission (CNHRPC) is continuing its series of public outreach listening sessions to invite interested people to discuss challenges and opportunities facing the Central NH Region. The first session was held on October 30 in Hillsborough with an interactive discussion on community, transportation, and economic development in the Town and surrounding area.


What are the region’s strengths and what could be improved? There are two more sessions left to talk about these important subjects. Join your fellow Central NH region residents and business associates for an informative dialogue to answer these questions and more during either of the two remaining public outreach listening sessions in November and December.


Feel free to attend either session regardless of where you live in the region as these are regional discussions of importance. Everyone is welcome. All sessions run from 6:30 to 8:00 PM: 


• Wednesday, November 20 – BOW Town Hall Meeting Room B, 10 Grandview Road


• Wednesday, December 11 – PITTSFIELD Elementary School Cafeteria, 34 Bow Street


For more information, please contact CNHRPC at 226-6020 or [email protected], and visit



Letter To The Editor


In response to Representative Carol McGuire’s letter published in the November 6th, 2013 edition of The Sun.


Representative McGuire is poorly informed and uneducated on the issue of health care.  Medicaid provides health care for those in the greatest need so that they do not go to the emergency room. As everybody knows emergency care is the most expensive health care in the country and we all pay for this with high health care costs!  Expanding Medicaid in New Hampshire would be the most effective way to improve health outcomes for the most needy population in our state. 


Please be aware that Representative McGuire is an out of state Tea Party/Free-stater that has purposefully invaded our state along with her cronies to take over our state government and shut it down just as they did with the federal government last month, a shut down that had a billion dollar impact on our economy!


Representative McGuire’s weekly articles in The Sun are nothing but Tea Party/Free State propaganda and should not be taken as any kind of fact. 


Representative McGuire does not represent the every day people of New Hampshire; she represents the radical Free State carpetbaggers who do not have your best interests in mind. 



Owen David









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