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July 24, 2013

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Those Celebrating Birthdays are: July 25, Brendon Ward; July 26, Corine Miller, Cassandra Keene; July 27, Melonie Murry, Tori Volpe, Trisha Cheever, Deanna Gordon; July 28, Royce Elkins, Bill Heath.


A Very Happy Birthday To One and All!



Celebrating Anniversaries are: July 24, Craig and Jennifer Smith.


Best Wishes!



Pittsfield Area Senior Center

Winnipesaukee Belle Cruise Lunch at the Wolfeboro Inn

Sign Up Here!

By August 1, 2013


On August 6, 2013 come and take a 10:30 am cruise on the Winnipesaukee Belle and eat lunch at the Wolfeboro Inn. The cost is $28.00 (if you need financial assistance, please contact the Senior Center).


If you need transportation, the Center’s bus and car pool drivers are available. 


The transportation cost of either is $4.00.  Sign up and learn the details!


Sign up can be done over the phone (435-8482) or at the senior center.



It is that time of year again.  The Pittsfield Boys Baseball and Basketball Programs will be holding their 7th Annual Mid-Summer Classic Golf Tournament. 


Businesses may either sponsor a hole for $100 or register a team of 4 for $360.  


Both sponsorships receive an advertisement at a tee box, logo displayed on facebook page, and a thank you in local newspapers.  


The tournament this year will be on Aug 18 at the Loudon Country Club. For more info contact Jay Darrah at 435-5272.



Friends Meetinghouse Church Services

South Pittsfield


Aug. 4 - 1 PM - 

Harold Muzzy


Aug. 11 - 1 PM -

Nancy Talbout


Aug 18 - 1 PM -

Henry Frost


All are welcome!



Famous Turkey Supper, South Pittsfield, October 19. More details later.



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On Friday July 12, 2013 the Friday Night Paddlers visited Harvey Lake in Northwood. Eight boats showed up with ‘crew members’ as young as four years old. Also on board one boat was ‘Bella’ the kayaking dog (see picture). The group kayaks every Friday at 6 PM ad different area lakes, ponds and rivers during the summer months. For information on coming events visit the group’s web site at



VA Grants Will Expand Transportation in Highly Rural Areas

Veterans to Have Easier Access to Health Care


Veterans will have improved access to health care under a Department of Veterans Affairs initiative that supports new transportation services for those living in highly rural areas.


VA began accepting applications this month for grants to help state Veterans Service Agencies and Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) operate or contract for transportation services to transport Veterans to VA medical centers and other facilities that provide VA care.  A new regulation establishes the program that will administer these grants.  Transportation will be provided at no cost to Veterans.


“VA wants to be sure that all Veterans, including those who live in rural and remote areas, can receive the health care they have earned through service to our country,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.  “State Veterans Agencies and VSOs will now be able to employ innovative approaches to transportation services for Veterans in our highly rural areas.  The end results will include better service and better health care for Veterans.”


VSOs and State Veterans Service Agencies may apply for grants up to $50,000 to fund transportation of Veterans to and from VA medical centers and other facilities that provide VA care.  If specified in the application, the services may be provided under agreements with contractors, such as private bus or van companies.


A highly rural area is defined as a county or counties with a population of fewer than seven persons per square mile.  Many highly rural areas are found in the western and southwestern United States but at least half of the states have at least one highly rural area.


One of Secretary Shinseki’s top three priorities is increasing access to VA care and services for Veterans wherever they live.  VA is expanding access in a three-pronged effort that includes facilities, programs and technology.  Veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan are eligible for an extended period of eligibility for health care for 5 years after they have left the service.


For more information, please see the Federal Register.



Merrimack County Savings Bank Employees Recognized for Service


Honor and recognition for five or more years service were given twenty-four employees at the Merrimack’s annual Employee Appreciation Banquet on June 12, 2013. Donna Baron of Pittsfield, was recognized for 40 years of service. Donna is currently Branch Manager of the One Integra Drive location in Concord. 


“We continue to be grateful for our amazing staff at Merrimack County Savings Bank,” said Paul Rizzi, President and CEO. “We’re especially fortunate for their dedication and commitment and are pleased to be able to celebrate these special anniversaries.” 


Founded in 1867, Merrimack County Savings Bank is a mutual owned financial institution headquartered in Concord, New Hampshire with seven offices in Bow, Concord, Contoocook, and Nashua. The bank offers a wide variety of deposit, loan, wealth management, and convenience services to individuals, businesses and organizations. Bank deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Bank assets total over $670 million. For more information, visit:



VA Announces $300 Million In New Grants To

Help End Veterans’ Homelessness

Initiative Targets 120,000 Homeless And At-Risk Vets And Families


Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced today the award of nearly $300 million in grants that will help approximately 120,000 homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families.  The grants have been awarded to 319 community agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.


“With these grants, we are strengthening our partnership with community non-profits across the country to provide Veterans and their families with hope, a home, and a future,” said Shinseki.  “The work of Supportive Services for Veteran Families program grantees has already helped us prevent and end homelessness among tens of thousands of homeless Veterans and their families, but as long as a single Veteran lives on our streets, we have work to do.”


Under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, VA is awarding grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives that provide services to very low-income Veteran families living in -- or transitioning to -- permanent housing. The SSVF program supports VA’s efforts to prevent at-risk Veterans from becoming homeless and rapidly re-house those who have recently fallen into homelessness. 


Thanks to the SSVF grants, those community organizations will provide a range of services that promote housing stability and play a key role in connecting Veterans and their family members to VA services such as mental health care and other benefits. Community-based groups can offer temporary financial assistance on behalf of Veterans for rent payments, utility payments, security deposits and moving costs.


This is the third year SSVF grants have helped Veterans and their families find or remain in their homes. Last year, VA provided about $100 million to assist approximately 50,000 Veterans and family members.


In 2009, President Obama and Secretary Shinseki announced the federal government’s goal to end Veterans’ homelessness in 2015. The grants are intended to help accomplish that goal.  According to the 2012 Point-in-Time Estimates of Homelessness, homelessness among Veterans has declined 17.2 percent since 2009.


Through the homeless Veterans initiative, VA committed over $1 billion in fiscal year 2013 to strengthen programs that prevent and end homelessness among Veterans. VA provides a range of services to homeless Veterans, including health care, job training, and education.


More information about VA’s homeless programs is available at


Details about the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program are online at



Northway Bank Expands Into Manchester


New Hampshire’s Northway Bank has opened a branch in Manchester, bringing community banking to an area previously dominated by large regional and national financial institutions.


The new branch is Northway’s southernmost location in the state. Long a mainstay in northern and central New Hampshire, Northway Bank first expanded into the state’s southern population centers three years ago with the opening of a branch in Concord. It is also expanding into Portsmouth later this year. 


“We’re committed to growing throughout the state, adding locations where there’s a need for our style of community banking,” says Bill Woodward, president and CEO of Northway Bank. “We think we can offer Manchester a distinct alternative with our hands-on, community-oriented approach.”


Northway Bank is a locally owned and operated independent community bank with offices exclusively in New Hampshire. Its roots in the state go back more than a century.


“The people of New Hampshire have a well-known independent streak,” says Northway Senior Vice President Dawn Champiny, who will be based in the Manchester office. “So does Northway. We’ve been a good fit in other parts of the state and are confident the same will be true in Manchester.”


Northway’s Manchester office is a full-service branch, offering loan, deposit, investment, and cash management solutions to both consumers and businesses. A team of commercial, small business, investment, and mortgage experts is available on-site. Northway is the leading commercial and mortgage lender in the markets it serves. 


The Manchester branch is located at 29 Cilley Road, a few blocks south of downtown. It offers lobby and drive-up hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. A drive-up ATM is available 24 hours a day. 



Wildlife and Forest Conservation Volunteer Training Set for September

Apply by August 1 for the New Hampshire Coverts Project


UNH Cooperative Extension is seeking those interested in protecting New Hampshire’s wildlife to become volunteers with its New Hampshire Coverts Project. Landowners, wildlife enthusiasts, and the conservation-minded are encouraged to apply for the 2013 New Hampshire Coverts Project training workshop by August 1.


The annual training workshop, now in its eighteenth year, takes place September 18-21 at the Barbara C. Harris Camp & Conference Center in Greenfield, New Hampshire.


For three and a half days, participants learn about the latest concepts and issues in wildlife and forest ecology, habitat management, land conservation, community conservation planning, and effective outreach. Attendees pay a $50 registration fee, with room, board, and materials provided by program sponsors.


Upon completion, trained volunteers, called “Coverts Cooperators,” return to their communities to help raise awareness about how sound forest management practices can enhance wildlife habitat and motivate others to become stewards of the state’s forests and wildlife habitats.


The name of the project, “Coverts” (pronounced “cover” with a “t”), means a thicket that provides shelter for wildlife. The term symbolizes the project’s goal of enhancing, restoring, and conserving habitat for the rich diversity of native wildlife in New Hampshire.


UNH Cooperative Extension coordinates the program in partnership with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 


To learn more or download an application, visit or contact project coordinator Emma Carcagno at [email protected]  or (603) 862-2512.


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Pittsfield Players’ Center Stage Talent Competition At Scenic Theatre


The Pittsfield Players will hold a Center Stage Talent Competition at the Scenic Theatre on Thursday, August 22 at 7 pm. Sharpen up your voice, your comedy act or your musical instrument and sign up by August 11 and you could win $250. If you’d rather just sit back and watch the competition, tickets will be available at $10 per person. You can order advance tickets by calling 603-435-8852 (after July 21) or by sending an email to [email protected] or to [email protected]. Advance tickets will also be sold at the box office on August 16 and 17 from 5 to 8 pm. Advance ticket holders will get early seating.


This will be an open competition for everyone, with no age restrictions, and prizes will be awarded for a 1st place winner at $250.00, as well as 2nd place and 3rd place. The Pittsfield Players reserve the right to reject any act that is felt to be inappropriate. The first 20 acts will be accepted at a maximum of 5 minutes per act.


There will be a $25.00 entrance fee for each act, and each act will receive one tee shirt to advertise the show. Additional tee shirts can be purchased for $10.00 each. All contestants perform at their OWN RISK. On the evening of the performance, a panel of judges will select winners based on 1) Quality of the act; 2) Stage presence; 3) Audience votes; and 4) Overall entertainment value.


Contestants must provide their own music on an iPod, MP3 player, or CD. If you will be playing a musical instrument you will need to supply your own amplification system, if needed, for your performance. We will supply overall stage lighting. Contestants can also hire our accompanist for $20.00. There is other criterion regarding arrival times on the night of the performance and entry fees. Call 603 798-4000 to receive an entry form or with any questions.  Applications must be received on or before August 11, 2013 at the following address: Kate Mara, 4 King Road, Chichester, NH 03258.


 So get ready show us your talent on August 22. And be sure to get your tickets for this fun evening of local entertainers.








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