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.
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
If you need transportation, the Center’s bus and car pool drivers
The transportation cost of either is $4.00. Sign up and learn the
Sign up can be done over the phone (435-8482) or at the senior
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
Aug. 4 - 1 PM -
Aug. 11 - 1 PM -
Aug 18 - 1 PM -
All are welcome!
Famous Turkey Supper, South Pittsfield, October 19. More details
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
“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.
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’
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
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
More information about VA’s homeless programs is
Details about the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program
are online at www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf.asp.
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
To learn more or download an application, visit
contact project coordinator Emma Carcagno at
[email protected] or
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Pittsfield Players’ Center Stage Talent Competition At
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]. 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,
So get ready show us your talent on August 22. And be sure to get
your tickets for this fun evening of local entertainers.