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Aug 14, 2013

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Those Celebrating Birthdays are: August 14, Jeff Pinard, Michele Karwocki, Heather Briggs; August 15, Danny Mullen; August 16, Tom Zahn, Rosemary Bartrum; August 17, Ron Frohock; August 19, Leah Pollard, Reuben Leavitt; August 20, Cowin Hillsgrove.


A Very Happy Birthday To One and All!



Celebrating Anniversaries are: August 17, Ed and Gerry O’Brien.


Best Wishes!



Friends Church Services in South Pittsfield will be meeting on the following dates:


• August 18th at 1:00 pm with Henry Frost speaking.


All are welcome!



Annual School Supply Giveaway Set


The First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield, is sponsoring a back-to-school basic school supply giveaway Thursday, August 15, 4:00-5:30 pm for the children of Pittsfield.  A parent must be present with their child(ren) to receive supplies. Please enter the church through the Chestnut Street/parking lot entrance.



Pittsfield Circle Of Home And Family Announces Raffle Winners!


The Pittsfield Circle of Home and Family group would like to thank everyone who purchased tickets for our annual Hot Air Balloon Quilt Raffle.  The winners were:  Hot Air Balloon Quilt - Iva Lavoie; Hand Woven Basket - Jean Jelly; Wall Hanging- Judy Disch; Framed Photo of local autumn scene - Mike Lush; Afghan- Jude Cormier; 2 Hours of House Cleaning by Tracy - Frank Babcock;  Teddy Bear - Connie Bucknam; Set of Anna-Lee Dolls - Shirley Cutting; Handmade Beaded Necklaces - Carole Richardson; Hand Knit Baby Sweater - Tammy Colby; Set of Quilted Hot Pads - Doug Towle; and Herbal Flax Relax Pack - Carolyn Davis. 


The Pittsfield Circle of Home and Family group is a women’s group that meets once per month on the 4th Thursday at 7pm at the Community Center.  Our meetings typically consist of some kind of an educational program, such as a guest speaker, making a craft, or cooking demonstrations... And we always have refreshments!  Many of the program topics are geared towards women’s health, finances, community outreach, history and heritage arts. New members are always welcome. We have a great time and it’s a fun bunch of ladies - come join us! Please call Andi Riel at 435-6346 or email at [email protected] if you’d like more information.



Letter To The Editor


Now the heat is over, everyone is glad. But some employees for outdoor road work for state and construction companies and don’t forget the fire men having to do their jobs with the suits on in all the heat, especially forest fires. 


It reminds me when I was in North Syria driving trucks and hauling supplies to the forward troops and we had 135° heat. We just wore our shoes and underwear and closed windows; no air conditioning. Some times we would travel at night as it was cooler. That was back in ‘43 or ‘44. It seems just like the heat here in July.


Al Riel


Tilton, NH




Submitted By Terrie Azotea


Well, we had Royality this past week at TOPS and there were quite a lot standing there. Great job to those who were there on your weight loss. We had four members, who together, lost over 10 pounds and 10 members received flowers for having a loss. Some of their tips on how they lost were: swimming, jump roping, walking, plus cutting back on portions, less bread, and just keep moving. So again, I say Kudos to everyone. 


Best loser of the week was Irene; KOPS was Barbara. We still have four Miss Angels, come on ladies lets see who is going to make it first. We talked a little about good posture and how it works to help you feel better and what happens to our bodies when we stand up straight. 


Before we know it summer will be over and then we will be getting ready for the cooler months wishing it was summer again. So I say, get outside; enjoy it everyday. Keep moving and get out and do some sort of exercise for yourself. 


If anyone is interested in joining us we meet on Tuesday nights at St. Stephen’s Church on Main Street in Pittsfield at 5:30 pm for weigh in and at 6:30 pm for our meeting. Any questions please call Stuart Pike at 856-4642 or Pat Smith at 435-5333. 


Hope everyone has a great week and we’ll see you all lighter next week!



From The Desk Of The Chief Of Police

Balloon Rally Wrap-up


Balloon Rally weekend this year brought soft winds, gentle landings and a few fights and underage parties. While the Rally weekend was, for the most part, a well-oiled machine as far as the Pittsfield Rotary and Pittsfield Police Department were concerned, the arrests that were made brought to light a few reminders for the community.


Twenty-four motor vehicle stops were made as a result of the DWI and Speed grants in town this weekend. Seven arrests were made mostly as a result of drugs or alcohol; one as a result of operating a vehicle after the license was suspended.


Let me make this perfectly clear; underage drinking will not be tolerated in the town of Pittsfield. You may think you are doing your kids or your kid’s friends a favor when you provide a venue or the alcohol for them and their underage friends because your thought is, “Well, they’re going to drink anyway, I’d rather they be at home where they are safe.” Not so. You are breaking the law when you supply alcohol to minors. You are breaking the law when you provide your house for a party to host underage drinking. 


As a result of an underage drinking party in town this weekend, one minor was sent to the hospital with a head injury that required eight staples and another minor was arrested. We need to teach our kids that it’s not okay to drink before the age of 21, not that it’s okay to drink at home or with mom or dad. What you did in high school is your business. But now it’s your job to lay down the law for your own kids and teach them that there is a legal drinking age for a reason; they are too young to handle the effects of alcohol. Period. 


If you hear of an underage drinking party being planned, if you are at one, or you see one going on, call the police. Underage drinking is never okay, it’s against the law.


Of course, there were also the difficulties of the handicapped parking areas as everyone wants to get as close to the balloons as quickly as possible. Handicapped areas are clearly marked. Several signs were put out Thursday night by the Pittsfield Rotary Club directing traffic to where the handicapped parking was on Barnstead Road. Still the police had an instance where we had to clear several vehicles out of one of these lots so that handicapped drivers could park. We greatly appreciated the cooperation of the Pittsfield Rotary Club and the announcer at the field in helping us with these matters. A reminder for next year: if you have out-of-town relatives or friends who need handicapped parking, give the police department a call ahead of time to find out where it is and if you are not a handicapped driver, be aware of the signs and move on.


All in all the weekend was a beautiful one and we were able to enjoy a successful Balloon Rally. I sincerely believe that it is these types of events that make the community what it is and bring everyone together for a common reason. We are so lucky to have events such as Old Home Day, The Balloon Rally, National Night Out and Winterfest as part of living in Pittsfield. Not only does it give us something to be proud of but it brings out the best in us as a community. With your continued help, Pittsfield can only get better.



From The Desk Of Detective Sergeant Jeff Cain

Scam Alert


It has been brought to the attention of the Pittsfield Police Department that there are three specific phone scams happening in Pittsfield and the surrounding towns. While there are countless scams out there and the public should be wary of any unknown phone callers, we want to make you aware of the three prevalent ones right now.


1. The caller will identify themselves as a legal or police official and warn you that you are about to be subpoenaed or served papers in regard to a court case. The caller will say that through your social security number they were able to track you down and then provide a phone number that you need to call within 72 hours. This is most likely a scam to get your social security number for identity theft. Do not call the number provided. Law offices and law agencies know how to get in touch with you, we may call, but usually we will pay you a visit in uniform or send you official papers in the mail. 


2. The caller will indicate that you have had financial trouble. They are usually right. We don’t know how they pinpoint individuals who have either had bad checks in the past or are struggling financially, but you are a target. The caller is trying to tell you that you are in trouble if you don’t send payment immediately. Sometimes they will tell you that you will be arrested. Whether you have owed someone or still owe someone do not respond to this call. If you are in financial trouble most likely you are either settling through a court or with your debtor and the police are not involved. This is scam to get money from you.


3. The caller will prey on an elderly person who may or may not live alone. The caller will indicate that he/she is a relative of the person he/she is calling and claim that they need bail money or to have “grandma” or “aunt” so-and-so to meet them at a location. The object of this is two-fold; the caller wants to meet you to take your money from you and possibly cause you harm and/or the caller wants you to leave your house so they can enter and burglarize your house while you are out. Either way, if you are worried this call is legitimate, ask the caller his or her name, if they can’t answer or give you a made up name, it’s a scam. If they happen to give you a correct answer do not give out any information. Ask for a number at which you can call them back (most likely they won’t give you one) then call the person who’s name they gave you. For instance if they say, “It’s your grandson, Billy.” Call Billy and find out if he’s in any trouble, to put your mind at ease. Again, do not give out any information. Do not go to the place they want to meet you. This is a scam to take your money and to get you out of your house.


The Pittsfield Police Department reminds you never to give out your name, social security number, bank or credit card information or address to anyone over the phone or internet unless you are positive of the authenticity of the request. Always feel free to call the non-emergency line at the Pittsfield Police Station 435-7535 to report a scam or ask questions regarding any phone calls you receive. 



Nellie Mae Education Foundation Renews 3.5 Year $2M Grant In Pittsfield, N.H., To Support Student-Centered Learning

Pittsfield School District Continues To Receive Funds To Improve Education


The Nellie Mae Education Foundation (NMEF), the largest charitable organization in New England focused exclusively on education, announced today that it is continuing funding for Building New Models for Systems Change grantee Pittsfield, N.H. The three-and-a-half year grant supports the district as it implements, sustains and builds demand for student-centered approaches to learning that prepare students for success in the 21st century.


During the first 18 months of implementation, NMEF supported the Pittsfield School District to build capacity, share power across stakeholders, change teacher practice, and increase student engagement. 


“The steps Pittsfield School District has already taken to reshape its system to ensure an effective student-centered approach are truly impressive,” said Nicholas C. Donohue, President and CEO of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. “Student-centered learning prepares students to master both the academic knowledge and the critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills they need to thrive beyond high school. The Building New Models for Systems Change grants are helping Pittsfield and communities like it effectively prepare all learners for success in work and life.”


“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Nellie Mae Education Foundation,” said John Freeman, superintendent of the Pittsfield School District. “The Building New Models for Systems Change grant has been instrumental in helping us remodel our educational system to be more student-centered and is preparing our young people for a rapidly changing society.” 


Pittsfield, working with its Good to Great Committee, has made significant progress towards implementing its long-term plans to support student-centered learning. The district is focusing on inquiry and project-based learning that incorporates student leadership and voice. Students are voting members of the Pittsfield School Board.  As lead voters on the schools site council, they have updated and changed school policies, such as replacing more punitive punishments with a system of restorative justice. Teachers worked with students to develop rubrics that assess student proficiency and that are aligned with state standards.  All 9th and 10th grade students have received iPads that they are using to participate in flipped classrooms, virtual and blended learning.


To learn more about the District Level Systems Change initiative, please visit


About the Nellie Mae Education Foundation

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation supports the promotion and integration of student-centered approaches to learning at the middle and high school levels across New England. To elevate student-centered approaches, the Foundation utilizes a three-part strategy that focuses on: developing and enhancing models of practice; reshaping education policies; and increasing public understanding and demand for high quality educational experiences. The Foundation’s initiative areas are: District Level Systems Change; State Level Systems Change; Research and Development; and Public Understanding and Demand. Since 1998, the Foundation has distributed over $154 million in grants. For more information, visit




Pittsfield Players Auditions For “Thoroughly Modern Millie”


Just a reminder that the Pittsfield Players will hold auditions for their fall show “Thoroughly Modern Millie” on Sunday, August 18 at 5 pm and again on Monday, August 19th at 6:30 pm. The show has many wonderful parts for actors and actresses from teenage to adult, and we’re also looking for tap dancers as well. Auditioners will be asked to sing (please bring your own sheet music or audio), read from the script, and also do a few dance steps that will be taught at the audition. Rehearsals for the show will begin after Labor Day, and the show will run at the Scenic Theatre for two weekends on November 8, 9, and 10 and on November 15 and 16. 


“Thoroughly Modern Millie” takes us back to New York City in the Roaring ‘20s, when girls were bobbing their hair and rolling up their stockings and breaking out of traditional female roles. The show features some wonderful musical numbers, some great dancing opportunities, and plenty of high comedy. For a synopsis of the show and more information about available roles, visit For more information about The Players’ auditions and productions, contact Dee Dee Pitcher at 736-2471.



Letter To The Editor


To the good citizens of Pittsfield:

I’m feeling a little bamboozled by the Fire Dept. At the last town meeting the town voted to go to a part-time Fire Chief, to save about $50,000 per year. Some people said they were confused, I think mainly the Fire Dept. The Selectmen ordered a special town meeting. By four to six votes it was decided to go back to a full time chief.


So, I have a petition to be decided at town meeting 2014. Are you in favor of hiring a part-time Fire Chief? To work 30 hours per week minus holidays, no insurance provided by the town, no state retirement provided by the town, $50,000 total compensation; like it or lump it.


Find me if you want to sign it.


Dan Schroth Piermarocchi

Mike Kelley

Daniel Siscoe



VA Reaches Out To Veterans About The Health Care Law


The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched an awareness campaign and a new website,, to let Veterans know what the Affordable Care Act means for them and their families.  Veterans receiving health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs will see no change in their benefits or out-of-pocket costs when portions of the Affordable Care Act take effect next year.


“VA wants all Veterans to receive health care that improves their health and well-being,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.  “If you are enrolled in VA health care, you do not need to take any additional steps to meet the health care law coverage standards.  If you are not enrolled in VA health care, you can apply at any time.”


“VA encourages eligible Veterans who are not enrolled in VA’s health care system to take advantage of the world-class care we provide to the men and women who have served this Nation in uniform,” Shinseki added.


Veterans can apply for VA health care at any time by visiting, calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387), or visiting their local VA health care facility.  Full details on eligibility are available at


VA’s health care system for Veterans has no enrollment fee, no monthly premiums and no deductibles.  Most Veterans also have no out-of-pocket costs, though some may have small copayments for some health care or prescription drugs. 


“VA will continue to provide Veterans with high quality, comprehensive health care and other benefits they have earned through their service,” said Dr. Robert Petzel, VA’s chief physician and under secretary for health.


The Affordable Care Act was created to expand access to coverage, reduce rising health care costs, and improve health care quality and care coordination.  The Affordable Care Act creates new opportunities for coverage for uninsured Veterans and their families.


There are more than 1.3 million Veterans and more than 950,000 spouses and children of Veterans without health insurance.  Most uninsured Veterans are eligible for VA health care.  For those who are not eligible for VA care – such as Veterans’ family members – the law created a new Health Insurance Marketplace.


In 2014, the Marketplace will be a new way to shop for and purchase private health insurance.  People who purchase insurance through the Marketplace may be able to lower the costs of health insurance coverage by paying lower monthly premiums.  For more information, visit


For information about VA health care and the Affordable Care Act, VA encourages Veterans and family members to visit the new website at, or call 1-877-222-VETS (8387), Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. or Saturdays from 11a.m. to 3 p.m., Eastern time.  The new website includes a Health Benefits Explorer, where Veterans can learn about the benefits they can receive if they enroll in VA care.




Edward Cantara, Sr.


Mr. Edward Cantara, Sr.,75, of Webster Mills Road, died Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at CRVNA Hospice House.


Born in Allenstown on March 7, 1938, Edward was the son of Eugene and Anna (Valley) Cantara and had spent a good part of his life in Pittsfield.


He was an Air Force veteran of the Viet Nam war and was a member of the American Legion Peterson-Cram Post #75 of Pittsfield. A hard worker, Mr. Cantara held a variety of jobs, including truck driver, welder, yard man, and warehouseman. He loved family and friends and very much enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, and camping.


He was the widower of Rita (Duford) Cantara, who died in 2008 and with whom he had shared 50 years of marriage. He is survived by three children, Michael and Monique Cantara of Pittsfield, Edward and Robyn Cantara, Jr. of Center Barnstead, and Diane Stewart and her husband Allen of Center Barnstead; five grandchildren; a brother, Ernest Cantara and wife Denise of Suncook; a sister, Janet Young and husband Roland of Brooksville, FL; nieces and nephews; and a good friend, Annie Taylor and family.


Friends and relatives gathered for a time of remembrance at the Still Oaks Funeral and Memorial Home. Graveside services with military honors followed at St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Allenstown.


For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to CRVNA Hospice Program, 30 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH 03301.


Family and friends may sign an on-line guestbook by visiting



Robert Paul Kallenberg


Robert P. Kallenberg, 71, of Thompson Road, died August 5th at the Concord Hospital following a brief illness. He was born in Manchester, the son of Arthur E. and Hazel Kallenberg. He has lived in Pittsfield since 1967. 


He was an Army Veteran having served in Vietnam, as a Staff Sargent.  He later worked for the NH National Guard in the Motor Pool for many years. He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW.


He is survived by his wife, Madeline (LaValley) Kallenberg of Pittsfield; two daughters, Diane Kallenberg of Rochester and Sylvia Marie Kallenberg of Utah; several grandchildren; two brothers, James Kallenberg and Michael Kallenberg; sisters, Virginia Vennessa, Barbara Paquette, Linda Kallenberg and Doris Pliaks; several nieces and nephews.


A Graveside Service was held on August 12th, in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Manchester.


The Perkins and Pollard Memorial Home, Pittsfield, is assisting with arrangements. To sign an online guest book, log on to



Constance (Clark) Witham


Constance (Clark) Witham, 82, former Pittsfield resident, died August 2, 2013 at Wentwoth-Douglass Hospital.


Born October 7, 1930 in Concord, she was the daughter of Ulysses and Edna (Forst) Clark.


Prior to retirement, Constance worked at Globe Fire Equipment.


Constance was an artist and has done many paintings and other hobbies she enjoyed.


Members of the family include her husband, Roland of Dover, her daughters, Rose Connor of Ocala, FL and Valorie Ham, her brother, Richard Clark and wife, Betsy of Bethel, ME, a sister-in-law, Lorette Witham of Somersworth, grandchildren, Eugene, Sarah, Ryan, Erica and Justine along with several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.


Her grandson, Toby preceded her in death.


A memorial service was held August 7, 2013 at the Bernier Funeral Home followed by burial in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.


Contributions may be made to the Community Food Pantry, 176 West High Street, Somersworth, NH 03878.


Arrangements entrusted to Bernier Funeral Home








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