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Pittsfield NH News

December 18, 2013

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Candlelight Christmas Eve


Join us for a wonderful traditional candlelight service Tuesday, Christmas Eve, 7 pm at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main St., Pittsfield. The program includes beautiful music by the Chancel Choir and the JuBellation Handbell Choir, scripture lessons, the story of the first Christmas, the sanctuary bathed in candlelight and the singing of “Silent Night.” Bring the whole family for a lovely evening service. Parking and wheelchair accessible entry are available at rear of church. For more information, call 435-7471 or visit


“The Joy of Christmas” Concert


The First Congregational Church, 24 Main St., Pittsfield is pleased to present a Christmas concert, “The Joy of Christmas,” this coming Friday, 7 pm. This special concert will feature the church’s Chancel Choir and the JuBellation Handbell Choir and will include many of your favorite carols, poems and meditations. Be sure to include this free concert in your holiday plans. Parking and wheelchair accessible entry located at rear of church. For more information, call 435-7471 or visit


 The Clothes Closet

An Appeal


We have had multiple inquiries for Men’s Work Shoes/Boots and it is one item we don’t often get.  Children’s boots are also in demand.  Thank you, if you can make a donation of these items. The shop will be closed Christmas Week, December 24 -31. 


We wish all our patrons a blessed and happy Christmas.



Letter To The Editor, 

What did NH give up in the recent Republican rejection of expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act?  This is just a partial list. Hard-working families will not have the security of good health coverage to get lifesaving care when they need it without facing huge medical bills.  NH will not be saving millions of dollars currently spent to treat people without insurance in our emergency rooms. Accepting federal funds would have brought billions of dollars into the NH economy over the next seven years.  These funds would have provided a critical economic boost, funding new jobs in health care and in businesses that serve the health care industry.   Roughly 58,000 NH residents could have enrolled under the new Medicaid rules by 2020. The vast majority have no insurance now. Benefits would go to individuals earning up to approximately $15,000 per year or up to $32,000 for a family of four, not exactly the wealthiest people in NH!


Owen David, Pittsfield



Veterans To Receive 1.5 Percent Cost-Of-Living Increase

New Rates For Compensation And Pension Benefits In 2014

Submitted By Merrill Vaughan, Past Commander

American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75



Veterans, their families and survivors receiving disability compensation and pension benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs will receive a 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase in their monthly payments beginning Jan. 1, 2014.


“We’re pleased there will be another cost-of-living increase for Veterans, their families and their survivors,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “The increase expresses in a tangible way our Nation’s gratitude for the sacrifices made by our service-disabled and wartime Veterans.”


For the first time, payments will not be rounded down to the nearest dollar.  Until this year, that was required by law.  Veterans and survivors will see additional cents included in their monthly compensation benefit payment. 


For Veterans without dependents, the new compensation rates will range from $130.94 monthly for a disability rated at 10 percent to $2,858.24 monthly for 100 percent.  The full rates are available on the Internet at

The COLA increase also applies to disability and death pension recipients, survivors receiving dependency and indemnity compensation, disabled Veterans receiving automobile and clothing allowances, and other benefits. 


Under federal law, cost-of-living adjustments for VA’s compensation and pension must match those for Social Security benefits.  The last adjustment was in January 2013 when the Social Security benefits rate increased 1.7 percent.


In fiscal year 2013, VA provided over $59 billion in compensation benefits to nearly 4 million Veterans and survivors, and over $5 billion in pension benefits to more than 515,000 Veterans and survivors. 


For Veterans and separating Servicemembers who plan to file an electronic disability claim, VA urges them to use the joint DoD/VA online portal, eBenefits.  Registered eBenefits users with a premium account can file a claim online, track the status, and access a variety of other benefits, including pension, education, health care, home loan eligibility, and vocational rehabilitation and employment programs.


For more information about VA benefits, visit, or call 1-800-827-1000.



TOPS News  

Submitted By Terrie Azotea


Well, we had a beautiful dinner last week at our TOPS Christmas Party hosted by the Berakah. We enjoyed having time spent with each other and the dinner was amazingly delicious. We had some nice presents that were handed around the room.


Our Best Loser of the week was Thom, KOPS Loser of the week was Mickey, our Miss Angel is Suzie with just a few to go to get to her goal. Come on Suzie, we know you can get there. Keep up the good work everyone and Kudos to those who also were runners up and those that had a weight loss for the week. I know that it’s a tough time of the year for a lot of us with all the Christmas parties going around. Now is the time to really think before we eat something and say to ourselves, “Do I really need that, or do I just want it because it is there?” Don’t go to your parties hungry, eat something light before you leave your house and you won’t be so tempted to overeat at the party. Enjoy time spent with family and friends.


If you would like to keep off those extra pounds or would like to lose a few, we would love to meet new faces. We meet at the Berakah home on Fairview Road in Pittsfield at 5:30 for a 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 would like to again thank the ladies who prepared our meal last week! Hope everyone has a great week and see you all lighter next week!



Thank You 


Members of the Economic Development Committee are pleased to share that we have successfully raised the money needed to place an article for the promotion of Pittsfield properties for potential economic development in the New England Real Estate Journal (October 4-10, 2013 issue). Of course, we could not have done it without the support of our local businesses. A heartfelt “THANK YOU” to Trailer Tom’s, Ever Better Eating, Inc., Exit Reward Realty, Ted Mitchell, Wen & Ping Management LLC, Ping Garden Restaurant Inc., Maxfield’s Hardware, Jack’s Pizza, Kentek Corporation, H & H Exteriors, Robert Hetu (Central Payment), Granite State Motors,  and Vintage Hill, LLC for your generous contributions. We appreciate your on-going dedication to moving our community forward!


With much gratitude,

Pittsfield Economic Development Committee



Pittsfield Family Dental Center Is Now Under New Ownership!

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The surrounding community congratulates Dr. Deborah Varney, DMD as the new owner and dentist at Pittsfield Family Dental Center.  Dr. Varney is a familiar face as the main associate who has been providing smiles since January 2012 at PFDC.   She enjoys the community and plans on establishing long term relationships with her patients.


She received her D.M.D. from the University of Connecticut which was followed by a residency in a general dental practice in Waterbury, CT.  Dr. Varney has kept the existing friendly staff of Holly, Deb, and Brittany.  


The office is still conveniently located on 50 Manchester Street in Pittsfield.  New patients are welcome; referrals appreciated 603-435-8030.  Gentle care for healthy smiles for the entire family. 



A Christmas Celebration!!

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The Advent Christian Church of Pittsfield, located at 68 Main Street in town, (right next to the Community Center!) would like to extend an invitation to ALL to be drawn into the Spirit of the season with a special Christmas Concert presented by September Rain on Saturday, December 21st at 6:30 p.m.


September Rain comes to us from Littleton, NH.  The group has been sharing the Good News together throughout New England for many years and promises to fill your heart with a Christmas presentation you will long remember! Lori Jo Gardner (vocalist/ acoustic guitar/keyboard), her husband Glen Gardner (awesome sound director), Kemp Shanlaber (drums), Scott Ryder (vocals/bass) and Lee Baker (lead guitar/vocals), are excited about visiting our community and look forward to presenting an evening of contemporary and traditional Christmas music.  


Following the concert, join us for light refreshments and fellowship.  Admission is FREE.  A love offering will be taken. Join us for a wonderful Christmas Celebration!



Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association Offers Resources To Maximize Independence Presentation In Pittsfield


Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association is offering a free presentation “Making It A Little Easier: Resources to Maximize Independence” on Wednesday, January 15 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Pittsfield Senior Center, 74 Main Street in Pittsfield.


As we age, maintaining our independence is important. Over time daily tasks like walking, getting dressed, or preparing food can become more difficult or impossible to complete. When this happens, we are often faced with tough decisions. Join us as we discuss community resources available to assist you in maximizing your independence.


For more information, call (603) 224-4093 or (800) 924-8620, ext. 5815. 





To the good citizens of Pittsfield,


Why do I write? Let me explain.


I generally write for information and entertainment. I also like to challenge the editor.


I often mispell and usually send my first draft. Also, I like to push the envelope and see just how far an editor will let me go.


I remember Art Morse, then editor, of The Suncook Sun called to tell me he would not print my letter concerning the treatment by the town against my friend, Randy Cutter. He basically said he had had enough. I said, “what about the fact we have a free press in this country?” He told me that means the guy who owns the press can print what he wants.


Art taught me a lesson. I got to get it by the editor.


I remember when Elsie was editor. She gave me a lot of leeway, but I never tried anything outlandish.


Then Ross came along and I pushed again. He hasn’t printed four of my letters, counting the column on repairing the First Baptist Cemetery up on Charlie Watson’s land on Tucker Hill. I thought it was a good story. People can find the story at stonefenceman u-tube (sic).

I thank the Morses for their service.

I thank the other letter writers.

I thank the folks who advertise.

I thank the folks who send articles to keep the communities informed.


Dan Schroth Piermarocchi


Editor’s Note:

The Suncook Valley Sun welcomes submissions from all the communities we serve. We, too, are thankful for their contributions and advertising to allow us to continue to provide this vehicle to inform and communicate.


The article referring to the First Baptist Cemetery has been on hold, awaiting photographs to accompany the piece that haven’t found their way into our office.


Although the unpublished article is lengthy and difficult to navigate, I found the video Dan refers to in his letter to be more easily understood and have included the link for it here:



Letter To The Editor

Response to Nancy Heath


Whether your ilk wishes to call “Free Staters,” “Freedom Lovers,” the name matters not. Beliefs do matter. Our core belief is our faith and love in the U.S. Constitution, NOT anarchy. The U.S. President, Congress, U.S. Justices, and every member of our military place their hand on the Bible and vows to uphold this document. Except for our military, our fear is this oath is said in vain.


Our founding fathers understood the weakness of human nature. They drafted this document as a means to guard against this weakness. They knew men crave  they be slaves to government in order that they NOT think and act with responsibility and order in their own lives. The majority of Americans are not such people of weakness. We are a simple people of hard work, faith, ingenuity, and love of liberty. Most are farmers, blue and white collar workers simply making a living to feed and provide comfort to their families. Ms. Heath, would you prefer we people crouch to our knees and be fed by government rather than stand on our own two feet? Do you not have faith in your fellow citizens to take care at traffic lights? Do you not have respect for the gun owner to use their weapon thoughtfully and carefully? You see, our belief is that we are a nation of good people who DO NOT need interference from government to run our lives. Alas, it is an uncomplicated world!


Those citizens you feel “unsafe” around are your humble and industrious neighbors whom deserve respect, Ms. Heath. For without them, the intellectuals, like yourself and those running our government, could not exist.


Thanks to Mr. Matras and McGuires for having faith in your neighbors.


Stacey Polizotti








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