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.
Friends Church Services in South Pittsfield will be meeting on the
• 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 -
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
From The Desk Of Detective Sergeant Jeff Cain
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
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
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
“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
www.mtishows.com. 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
VA Reaches Out To Veterans About The Health Care Law
The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched an
awareness campaign and a new website,
www.va.gov/aca, 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
Veterans can apply for VA health care at any time by
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
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
www.va.gov/aca, 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
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
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
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
A Graveside Service was held on August 12th, in the Pine Grove
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
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