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November 27, 2013

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VA Offers Dental Insurance Program

 Submitted By Merrill Vaughan, Chaplain

American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75


VA is partnering with Delta Dental and MetLife to allow eligible Veterans, plus family members receiving care under the Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA), to purchase affordable dental insurance beginning Nov. 15, VA officials announced today.  


“VA continues to explore innovative ways to help Veterans get access to the care and services they have earned and deserve,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “This new dental program is another example of VA creating partnerships with the private sector to deliver a range of high-quality care at an affordable cost, for our Nation’s Veterans.”


More than 8 million Veterans who are enrolled in VA health care can choose to purchase one of the offered dental plans.  This three-year pilot has been designed for Veterans with no dental coverage, or those eligible for VA dental care who would like to purchase additional coverage.  Participation will not affect entitlement to VA dental services and treatment. 


There are no eligibility limitations based on service-connected disability rating or enrollment priority assignment.  People interested in participating may complete an application online through either Delta Dental,, or MetLife, beginning Nov. 15.  Coverage for this new dental insurance will begin Jan. 1, 2014, and will be available throughout the United States and its territories. 


Also eligible for the new benefits are nearly 400,000 spouses and dependent children who are reimbursed for most medical expenses under VA’s CHAMPVA program.  Generally, CHAMPVA participants are spouses, survivors or dependent children of Veterans officially rated as “permanently and totally” disabled by a service-connected condition.


Dental services under the new program vary by plan and include diagnostic, preventive, surgical, emergency and endodontic/restorative treatment.  Enrollment in the VA Dental Insurance Plan (VADIP) is voluntary.  Participants are responsible for all premiums, which range from $8.65 to $52.90 per month for individual plans.  Copayments and other charges may apply.


Historically VA’s free dental services have gone to Veterans with dental problems connected to a medical condition that’s officially certified as “service connected.”  Free dental services will continue for those Veterans. 


For more information on VADIP, visit, or contact Delta Dental at 1-855-370-3303 or MetLife at 1-888-310-1681.


Veterans who are not enrolled in the VA health care system can apply at any time by visiting, calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387) or visiting their local VA health care facility.



“Meet our Members” – Acting Fire Chief Nick Abell


Next up in Pittsfield Fire Department’s “Meet Our Members” series is Acting Fire Chief Nick Abell.


Q: How long have you been a member of the Fire Department?


A: I joined the Pittsfield Fire Department 13 years ago. I joined shortly after the conflagration on Park Street in 2000.


Q: Are you working on a fire department project?


A: As Acting Fire Chief there are many projects that I participate in. One project I have been working on, and hope to continue to work on as Deputy Fire Chief, is Standard Operating Procedures and Standard Operating Guidelines. These procedures/guidelines ensure uniformity in fire rescue and EMS situations.


Q: What has been the best training you attended?


A: I have taken a lot of training; however, the best trainings I have attended are those taught by our members. It’s refreshing to have a different perspective of member’s ideas and teaching methods.  


Q: Why did you accept the position of Acting Chief?


A: When the Board of Selectmen asked if I would serve the role of Acting Chief I accepted for many reasons, particularly because I felt I could bring stability to the department regardless of how short my term. The department has undergone four Fire Chiefs in about 18 months. Another reason I accepted was to embrace the thoughts of members on how they see department operations. Without the support of the officers and members there would be no fire department.



Legion Post 88 News 

Respectively Submitted By Commander Shawn Jones

[email protected]


Greetings Legionnaires,

On November 7th I attended a Veterans Day Ceremony at Merrimack Valley Middle School. I would like to thank the students and faculty for all the time and energy they put into this event to make it something special for us veterans. I had a wonderful time listening to the speakers and the music played by the band. Also on this day I hand carried our donation check of $250.00 to the Loudon Food Pantry for their holiday food basket needs. I met with Sarah Houck who gladly accepted our donation. This donation will help the food pantry do the most good for our area residents who are struggling to put food on the table for their families.


In the evening hours of November 7th I attended calling hours for a fallen comrade. Post member Howard “Howie” Nowell, Jr. went to be with his Heavenly Father on November 4 2013. Howie was a veteran of the US Navy serving during the Korean War. His Legion family extends its condolences to his wife Marie and his entire family.


Please continue to send your 2014 dues renewals in by December 31st. Please consider coming to one of our meetings so that I can put a face to your name and get to know you as a fellow veteran vs a number on our membership roster. We meet at Charlie’s Barn on the third Wednesday of the month at 1900 hours.


Your post still needs you to provide us with a copy of your 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 http;//


We hope to see you at our next meeting on December 18th at 7 PM. I’m going to be offering some incentives for members that recruit a new member to our post. Come to a meeting to find out more or contact me. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



Decorated Wreath Contest

At The Pittsfield Christmas Tree Lighting


Mark your calendars - Saturday, Dec. 7 from 4:00-6:00pm for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration sponsored by the Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce - Everyone is welcome to attend!


We will be having a DECORATED WREATH CONTEST again this year.  Everyone is invited to bring a decorated (anyway you’d like) wreath to Dustin Park.  The wreaths will be displayed (either outside or inside PYW - depending on the weather) and will be judged by the public.  The winner will be announced at 6pm after the Tree lighting and will receive a “Surprise Goodie Basket” donated by Louie Houle.


Please drop your wreath off by 3:45pm at Dustin Park (PYW) and please pick up your wreath by 6:15pm.  Any wreaths that are not picked up will be donated to local groups.


Get in the Holiday Spirit and show off your creativity and bring a wreath.  The contest is open to everyone!  For more information, contact Andi Riel at 435-6346 or visit the Chamber’s website



Pittsfield Christmas Tree Lighting

and Children’s Store Celebration


Save the Date, Saturday, Dec. 7 – the Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Children’s Store Celebration.  Also a craft fair at the First Congregational Church will be held.


** New this year – on FRIDAY, DEC. 6, at 7:30pm - Bodacious Babes – a Free Concert will be held at the Scenic Theatre.  Please bring a canned food donation.


The day begins with the Pittsfield Elementary School PTO sponsored Breakfast with Santa.  Breakfast will be served for $3.00 per person between 8:00-9:30am in the PES Cafeteria.  Photos with Santa will be available for $1.00 each.  This is a fundraising event for the PTO.  Then after a hearty breakfast kids can shop at the Children’s Store at the PES Gym from 9:00-noon.  The Victory Workers 4-H Club will be hosting a Cookie Walk at PES during the Children’s Store – parents will have an activity to keep them busy while the kids shop.


Volunteer “elves” will assist shoppers up to age 16 in purchasing gifts for their parents, siblings, teachers or friends.  The Store is open to CHILDREN ONLY – sorry, no adults allowed.  Most of the items are new or nearly new and can be purchased for $1.00 or less.  Some items are more expensive.  There is also free gift wrapping available.  


Anyone interested in donating items (new or nearly new), Christmas wrapping paper, GIFT BAGS (the wrappers love gift bags), tags or tape may drop them off to the various donation boxes at Jitters Café, Pittsfield Post Office, or Northway Bank. Monetary donations are gladly accepted to help defray some of the costs associated with the event.  Please make checks payable to: Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce and mail to Greater Chamber of Commerce, Attn: Children’s Store/Tree Lighting, P.O. Box 234, Pittsfield, NH  03263.


The celebration continues at DUSTIN PARK from 4-6pm (on Sat., Dec. 7) The Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration is fun for the whole family and is a great community event.  There will be FREE horse drawn wagon rides, Holiday music by the Joyce Family, cookies, cocoa, popcorn, candycanes and caroling led by the local Girl Scout troops.  Inside PYW (Pittsfield Youth Workshop) there will be a Gingerbread House Display and raffle, face painting, visit with SANTA (who will arrive via Firetruck around 4pm), photos will be taken and available to download from the town website OR feel free to bring your own camera.  HOT chili, chowder, and soups will be available for a donation of a canned or packaged food (or purchased for a few dollars) to benefit our LOCAL FOOD PANTRY.


HOLIDAY STORY TIME from 3:30-4pm at the Josiah Carpenter Library – on Sat, 


Dec. 7 – All ages are welcome to come to the Library and enjoy some Holiday stories with Mrs. Grainger.


Get in the Holiday Spirit and DECORATE A WREATH and enter it in the Decorated Wreath Contest – decorate it anyway you’d like- drop it off at PYW (Dustin Park) by 3:45pm (on Sat, Dec. 7) and the public will vote for the best one!  Winner will receive a Gift Basket, donated by Louie Houle – Meadow Ledge Orchards.


*** New this year – A raffle for a (fresh) Christmas Tree will be held.  Free -One entry per person.  The winner will be able to choose their tree from the selection the Corinithian Lodge Masons will have available.


The Suncook Valley Area Lions Club will be collecting new and/or handmade mittens, hats, scarves and socks for children. These items may be brought to the Tree Lighting and dropped off.  Prior to the Tree Lighting, items may be dropped off at Jitters Café.


The Highlight of the Celebration will be everyone gathering around the Christmas Tree, singing Holiday songs and counting down to the Lighting of the TREE.  The Blue Star Mothers group will be there to assist anyone who would like to add a Star to the Tree.


For more information, please contact Andi Riel at 435-6346 or visit



Josiah Carpenter Library News


Vital programs are continuing to develop at the Josiah Carpenter Library. The following is a listing of some of the upcoming programs for citizens to consider attending. Please call the library for further details.


Adult Book Club: “Read, Meet and Talk” will resume with a new meeting time and place. Adults interested in reading and discussing a variety of group fiction selections are invited to attend an initial meeting on December 10 at 11:00 am  at the Pittsfield Community Center. 


Josiah Teen Book Worms: Meeting to discuss “A Million Little Pieces” by James Frey on Dec. 3rd at 7:00 pm. Selection for January: “The Fault of our Stars” by John Green. Come and enjoy lively discussions with some serious readers. 


Monthly Movie Madness:  Vote for the new movie of the month to be added to the DVD collection-a new genre every month; for more details go to


Preschool Story hour marches on with Mrs. Grainger Thursday mornings from 10:00 to 11:00 am., engaging young readers with stories, crafts and snacks. Come see our new additions to the children’s collection from the NH State Library’s Children’s Book Review. 


Author Presentations: More details will be available soon about the co-sponsored program with the Pittsfield Historical Society hosting Michele Albion (New Hampshire author of “The Quotable Henry Ford” among other books) in February.  



Dorcas Guild – November 2013


The November 12 meeting of the Dorcas Guild opened with a welcome by President Nancy Fogg with a special welcome to Lenore Favenesi. Joan Riel led devotions reading a moving piece entitled, “Christ’s Child – Jesus – has Down Syndrome this Christmas,” and all joined in reciting “The Lord’s Prayer.”


The secretary read the October minutes, which were approved by the 15 members present. She also read a couple of pieces of correspondence and circulated several cards for signing and mailing. The treasurer gave her report.


The food basket was taken by Freda Jones and will go next to Carolyn Davis. The apron went from Kathy Bergeron to Joan Riel and will go next to Reny Boyd. The mystery package, brought by Peggy Jacobs, was won by Leslie Vogt.


Various items of old business were discussed including the updating of our yearbook with hostesses, contact information and events.  The Nominating Committee (Peggy Jacobs and Bev Murdough) reported next year’s slate of officers: Nancy Fogg, president; Kathy Bergeron and Mary Jo Powelson, co-vice-presidents; Nella Hobson, recording secretary and Joan Riel, corresponding secretary; and Reny Boyd, treasurer. All were voted in unanimously. 


Final preparations for the upcoming Christmas Fair to be held November 23 were discussed. Set up will take place during our regular workgroup meeting, Wednesday, November 20, 10-2, with several men, including Bruce Jacobs, Don Bergeron, Mark Riel and Mike Hobson, assisting in setting up tables and carrying items down from storage. The kitchen crew will begin their preparations Friday, November 22 at 6 pm, and will arrive the day of the fair at 8 am. The sign-up sheet will be posted in the kitchen to remind participants as to what they agreed to donate. Volunteers staffing the sale tables, “Unique Boutique” and silent auction, cashiers and wrappers, and waitresses have been finalized with some willing to be “floaters.” The bake table, headed by Freda Jones, will take donations beginning at 8:30 am the day of the fair (as well as the previous evening). Several ladies will be assisting Freda in pricing and arranging the items. 


The wreaths adorning the front and rear doors of the church were discussed. The Flower Committee arranges for them, but the Dorcas Guild will assume the cost from now on as formerly it was shared by the Dorcas Guild now the now disbanded Ladies Aid. 


Under new business the Service Project for 2014 was discussed, but no conclusion was reached. Mary Poarch, a missionary we support, asked for prayer for her ailing parents. The Guild selected December 1 for the church’s Fellowship Hour. Members donated a large number of socks for this month’s project; they were divided among two charities with Elaine Coffey and Peggy Jacobs arranging for the donations. Thank you, members!


The Craft Fair will be held Saturday, December 7, 9-2 with approximately a dozen vendors participating. All contracts have gone out with several already returned with payment. Set-up for the fair will be Friday, December 6 at 2 pm. Helping to set up the rooms include Nella and Mike Hobson, Kathy and Don Bergeron, Lenore Favenesi and Joan Riel.


At the close of the meeting, delicious servings of pumpkin pie with whipped cream, crackers and cheese and fruit were served on festive Thanksgiving Day themed paper goods. The next meeting, which will be our Christmas Pot Luck and Gift Exchange, will be held December 10 at 6 pm, with hostesses Peggy Jacobs, Mary Jo Powelson, Reny Boyd and Polly Dodge. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share and a wrapped gift to exchange ($10).



Annual Craft Fair


Don’t miss the annual Craft Fair at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield, Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 am-2 pm. Over a dozen local artisans feature fine seasonal crafts of all types including knits, decorative items, fresh greenery, gourmet selections and much more. Luncheon is available and offered by the Dorcas Guild. There is parking and a wheelchair accessible entrance at rear of church. More info at 435-7471 or



Senior Center December News


On Thursday December 5th at 11:30AM the Center will host Lights of Life to honor and remember your loved ones that no longer grace us with their presence.  The Concord Regional Visiting Nurses Association will be conducting this community remembrance ceremony.  Stay for lunch following the ceremony, and you can continue to share warm memories that hold a special place in your heart.


The Senior Center’s bus will be going to the area of the Christmas Tree Shop on Monday December 9th.  The suggested donation for the bus transportation is $2.00.  If you are interested, call the center for details (435-8482).


On Tuesday December 10th at 10:30 AM a book club, sponsored by both the Senior Center and the Josiah Carpenter Library, will have their first meeting to plan what to read, and maybe pick a club name!  The meeting will be held at the senior center.


The Gilmanton Dump Run Gang will be performing on December 12th at 11:00 AM.  Join us for fun concert featuring spoons, washboard, keyboard, banjo and more—then stay for lunch!


Anita Oelfke, ServiceLink’s Medicare Coordinator will present updates and answer questions on Tuesday December 17th at 11:45 AM; then Anita will stay for lunch to continue answering people’s questions.


The Senior Center Holiday Party will be held on Thursday December 19th at noon.  We’ll enjoy a delicious holiday meal, served by student volunteers from Pittsfield Middle High School.  Following lunch people who are interested can participate in a Yankee Swap (items should cost no more than $10.00).  Please make your lunch reservation by Tuesday December 10th.


Please join us for any activities that catch your interest, and take the opportunity to treasure the gift of family and friends this holiday season.



Letter To The Editor

Concord Regional VNA Hospice Lights of Life is Here


As fall transitions to winter and with the holidays ahead, many of us gather with family to share, to give thanks, and to remember.


Each year in December, Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Lights of Life helps us honor our loved ones. The annual event also assists in raising awareness about the compassionate care that is provided by the Concord Regional VNA Hospice Program. For more than three decades, our agency has cared for and supported hundreds of patients with lifelimiting illnesses in their homes, nursing facilities, and at the Concord Regional VNA Hospice House. We guide patients and their families through this time of uncertainty to help them find comfort, dignity, and peace.


Also this month, Hospice Lights of Life shine in the windows of many community partners including in downtown Pittsfield to celebrate lives past. These lights shine in celebration and to honor the memory of the many loved ones who hold a special place in our hearts and.have passed away.


As a not-for-profit, community-based organization, Concord Regional VNA relies on the kind support of its donors to assist in fulfilling our mission of meeting the health needs of our community members. A sincere thank you to those who support and partner with us in providing the best possible quality care for patients and their families in central New Hampshire and beyond since 1899.


Take a moment to enjoy Hospice Lights of Life and reflect on the past and remember those in our


Kathleeen Ames, Chair of the Concord Regional VNA Board of Trustees


Charles Fanaras, Chair of the Concord Regional VNA Development Committee



Bodacious Babes Appear In Special Christmas Concert

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Bodacious Babes Kat Murphy and

Peg Johnson are in the Christmas Mood.


The Pittsfield Players will present The Bodacious Babes in a special Christmas Show on Friday, December 6, at 7:30 pm. This show is sponsored by the Sanderson Fund and will be presented, free of charge, as The Players’ gift to the community. Free tickets will be available in advance at the Scenic Theatre box office on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 3 and 4, from 4pm to 7 pm. There is a limit of four tickets per person. If all the tickets are not taken by the night of the concert they will be available at the door. If you are going to this concert, the Players ask that you bring a new and/or clean used coat for men, women and children for the Rotary Club Coat Drive, or a canned food donation for the food pantry.


Bodacious Babes Kat Murphy and Peg Johnson will sing up a storm, performing many of your Christmas favorites. Both of the Babes have won musical awards. Peg is a four time winner of the NHCMA Traditional Country Entertainer of the Year and winner of the Traditional Female Gospel Entertainer of the Year. Babe Kat Murphy has been named the NHCMA Traditional Gospel Vocalist of the Year and Traditional Gospel Entertainer of the Year. She is also an NACMAI National Gospel Entertainer of the year. These two ladies have great vocal credentials and will sing their hearts out for you. Mark your calendars now for December 6 and don’t miss this show!



Tops News

Submitted by Terrie Azotea


Well, we sure have been busy getting settled into our new meeting place. We now are at the Berakah on Fairview Rd. in Pittsfield. The area is really nice and we are very comfortable there.


This past week there was a total weight loss of 23.2 pounds and with that I say KUDOS to everyone. Our Best Loser of the week was Stuart and our Kops was Barbara and we still have two Miss Angels Suzie and Irene. Great Job to the runners up.


We talked about our Thanksgiving raffle and our upcoming Christmas party. We had a guest speaker with us and she spoke of a lot of different things that we could change to help us lose the weight. First thing was about being realistic about life and we are all different from each other.We need to like ourselves and if we don’t, we need to really look in the mirror and find a way to like ourselves. When given a compliment, we need to smile and say thank you and not find the fault in it.


Real people take the first steps, real people get moving and to lose weight, real people shut their mouths and move their feet. It was also said that if it’s not fun, we won’t stick with it. So, all in all it was a real eye-opener on some things and really life is hard and it’s what we do with it and what we do with ourselves as a person is how we are going to make it.


So, I say this week when you are eating the Thanksgiving dinner enjoy and think before you eat and ask yourself, “Do I really need that?”


Well, I am thankful for my Tops friends and our weekly meetings. If anyone would like to see what we are all about, come on out on Tuesday nights at the Berakah on Fairview Rd. in Pittsfield. We meet at 5:30 for weigh-in and at 6:30 for our meeting. Any questions, please call Stuart Pike at 857-4842 or Pat Smith at 435-5333. We welcome new faces and I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving and don’t let Tom the Turkey tell you to eat more. See you all lighter next week!



Statement From Secretary Shinseki On The Disabilities Treaty

Submitted By Merrill Vaughan, Past Commander

American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75



Ratification of the Disabilities Treaty is important to our Nation’s 5.5 million disabled Veterans.


Ratification of the Disabilities Treaty is not about changing America.  It’s about helping the rest of the world raise their accessibility standards to the gold standard the United States has set through our ADA.  Ratification will help reinforce America’s global leadership role and reputation, putting us in the strongest position to advance disability rights worldwide.


By joining the treaty, we will be helping the 5.5 million Veterans with disabilities and the 50 million Americans with disabilities study and work with dignity and pursue greater opportunity abroad with the same access they enjoy at home.


I served for roughly 10 years in Europe as a disabled Soldier following my tours in Vietnam.  During that time, I had to learn to walk and run again.  I had to convince the Army that I could continue to serve, and learn to adjust to a new reality.  I recall the absence of aids for the disabled in many places where I served—ramps, lifts, automatic door openers, among other devices that are commonly available in this country.


Our disabled Veterans and service members have put their trust in our country.  Now, it’s time for our country to put its trust in them.  It’s time to ratify the Disabilities Treaty.


I urge the Senate to approve the Treaty this year.



New National Report Shows A 24 Percent Reduction In Homelessness Among Veterans 

Submitted By Merrill Vaughan, Past Commander

American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75



The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced that a new national report shows a 24 percent reduction in homelessness among Veterans since 2010.


The report also showed an 8 percent reduction between January 2012 and January 2013. The decline keeps the Obama administration on track to meet the goal of ending Veterans’ homelessness in 2015.


“We are on the right track in the fight to end homelessness among Veterans.  While this trend is encouraging news, we know that there is more work to do,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “As President Obama said, we’re not going to rest until every Veteran who has fought for America has a home in America.  The results in the latest report are a credit to the effort given by our dedicated staff, and our federal, state, and community partners who are committed to ending Veterans’ homelessness.”


“We’re making real and significant progress to reduce homelessness in this country and now is not the time to retreat from doing what we know works,” said U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan.  “If we’re going to end homelessness as we know it, we need a continued bipartisan commitment from Congress to break the cycle trapping our most vulnerable citizens, especially our Veterans, between living in a shelter or a life on the streets.  I understand these are tough budget times but these are proven strategies that are making a real difference.  We simply can’t balance our budget on the backs of those living on the margins.”


The 2013 Point-in-Time Estimates of Homelessness, prepared by HUD, estimates there were 57,849 homeless Veterans on a single night in January in the United States, an 8 percent decline since 2012 and a 24 percent decline since 2010. 


VA has made ending Veterans’ homelessness by the end of 2015 a top priority, undertaking an unprecedented campaign to dramatically increase awareness of VA services for homeless Veterans and Veterans at risk of becoming homeless.  While the number of homeless people in the United States dropped by 4 percent since 2012, according to the 2013 report, Veterans’ homelessness has shown a more robust decline.  During a period of prolonged economic recovery, the Obama Administration has been able to reduce the number of homeless Veterans by 24 percent, breaking previous patterns of increased homelessness during difficult economies.


Earlier this year, HUD and VA also announced the award of nearly $70 million of HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing grants to further assist in addressing the issue of Veterans’ homelessness.  The program combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA.  Since 2008, a total of 58,140 vouchers have been awarded and 43,371 formerly homeless Veterans are currently in homes of their own because of the joint HUD-VA program.


One of the tools VA uses in its systematic approach to prevent and end Veterans’ homelessness is the Supportive Services for Veteran Families grant program.  In July, VA announced the award of nearly $300 million in grants to 319 community agencies to help approximately 120,000 homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families.


More recently, VA has announced $8.8 million in grants for 164 projects to acquire vans for homeless providers and to rehabilitate housing, plus $4.9 million in grants for 25 community-based projects to enhance services for Veterans.


The grants promote housing stability among homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families.  The grants can have an immediate impact, helping lift Veterans out of homelessness or providing aid in emergencies that put Veterans and their families at risk of homelessness. 


More information about VA’s homeless programs is available at  Details about the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program are online at



Letter To The Editor


What’s happening to New Hampshire? Where have the rugged individualistic, freedom-loving, independent people of this still great state gone?


I have to say one thing, this state isn’t going downhill because of the Free Staters. It saddens me to hear worn our rhetoric being used against Free Staters and the Tea Party. They are coming here to help out the cause to preserve what NH is all about. That’s why they chose to come here, not to change it. We have always been a beacon of liberty in New England and I’m so proud of that. We have always ranked in the top 5 out of all the states, sometimes #1 as the most free.


I have had the opportunity to meet a few of these people and they are some of the nicest around. I’m also blessed to have helped elect the McGuires to the legislature. I may not agree 100% of the time, but I appreciate the honest hard work they do in the State House maintaining some sanity. It’s also nice to see representatives regularly keeping us updated about what’s going on in Concord. If we’re going to talk about propaganda, I suggest we take a look at what’s coming out of Washington from McCain, Obama, Reid, Graham and list could go on.


All I can say is Welcome to New Hampshire Free Staters, we need all the help we can get!


Respectfully, 23 year Pittsfield Native,

Willie Matras








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