Those Celebrating Birthdays are: August 22, John Freeman; August
24, Michael Brock; August 25, Jeff Descoteaux; August 26, Jodie
Catalano, Shirley Genest, Nick Doherty; August 27, Kathy Bergeron,
Phyllis Snedeker, Secoya Hillsgrove.
A Very Happy Birthday To One and All!
Celebrating Anniversaries are: August 23, Paul and Carole
F. B. Argue Recreation Area
August 23, 2013
Red, White, and Blue
Team Challenge Day/ Closing Day
Come down and join the fun!
Each child will be assigned to a team by color as they enter the
recreation area. Competitions will be given points that the children
can win for their team. Mr. and Miss Pool 2013 will be announced.
Pool Area will close at 4:30 to allow for season clean up.
The Summer Reading Program has finished. Children should return
their Reading Logs to the Library by August 24th. Please remember to
fill out the tickets for every 5 books you read.
We will draw the winners on Monday evening.
We are updating our birthday and anniversary lists and need your
If you would like your name to continue to be printed with your
birthday and/or your anniversary date, then give us a call at
435-6291. If we don’t hear from you, we will remove your name.
Congratulations to Colleen Corliss of Pittsfield, N.H. who was
recently recognized for achieving academic distinction at the
University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Corliss, majoring in business administration, was named to the
dean’s list at UMass Lowell for the Spring 2013 semester.
To qualify for the dean’s list at UMass Lowell, a student must have
completed no fewer than 12 graded credits for the semester and
earned at least a 3.25 grade point average with no grade lower than
C and without any incompletes.
VA Partners With American Bar Association And Legal Services Corporation To Launch A Pilot Program To Help Veterans Receive Decisions Faster And Reduce Claims Backlog
Pro-Bono Pilot Program To Assist Veterans With Developing Their Disability Claims
Merrill A. Vaughan
American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75
Pittsfield, NH 03263
The Department of Veterans Affairs, the American Bar Association
(ABA) and the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announced today a new
partnership and pilot program aimed at reducing the claims backlog
and making it easier for unrepresented Veterans to receive
assistance developing their claims for disability pay.
“Ending the backlog is an ‘all hands on deck’ effort that requires
teamwork, both in and out of government,” said Secretary of Veterans
Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “This partnership between VA, ABA and LSC
is aimed at surging resources to deliver earned benefits to Veterans
In the coming months, ABA and LSC attorneys will provide free
assistance to a targeted group of unrepresented Veterans who request
their help gathering and obtaining evidence required by law to
support their disability claims.
The development of the claim is often the longest part of the
process that determines whether a Veteran is entitled to VA
compensation. These steps can take more than 200 days in the rating
decision process. The pilot will offer pro bono attorney assistance
to Veterans with claims pending at the St. Petersburg and Chicago
Regional Offices who do not currently have an authorized
Veterans will choose whether to accept this pro-bono assistance.
Similar Veterans with claims pending at other VA regional offices
may also be considered for the pilot, if warranted.
“The ABA is proud to take the lead in connecting veterans with pro
bono attorneys who will help them receive the aid our nation owes
them for their selfless courage,” said ABA President Laurel Bellows.
“We hope that our initial focus on Chicago and St. Petersburg can
swiftly be expanded across the nation.”
The claims selected for this pilot program, which are currently --
or will soon be -- part of the claims backlog, will vary in terms of
complexity and degree of completeness. VA will accredit the
attorneys who choose to participate, and the ABA and LSC will
provide them with specialized training that will enable them to help
evaluate and develop Veterans claims and make those claims ready for
a rating decision. The two initial pilot sites were selected based
on proximity to ABA headquarters, and the opportunity for the
biggest impact on the backlog.
In the coming months, VA will identify eligible Veterans to
participate in the pilot program and send letters advising them of
all their options for representation to help them advance their
claims - from Veteran Service Organizations, attorneys and claims
agents, to pro bono attorneys participating in this pilot.
The VA letter will inform Veterans of a 1-800 hotline and website to
connect them to an attorney who is willing to assist with their
claim, free of charge.
Under the partnership, the ABA and LSC will match interested
Veterans and attorneys on several factors, including geographic
location, complexity of the claim and the Veteran’s and attorney’s
preferences on the nature and scope of representation.
VA is continuing to implement several initiatives to meet the
Department’s goal to eliminate the claims backlog in 2015. As a
result of these initiatives, VA’s total claims inventory has dropped
to its lowest levels since March 2011.
The number of claims in the VA backlog – claims pending more than
125 days – has been reduced by 18 percent, compared to the highest
point in March 2013.
Veterans can learn more about disability benefits on
the joint Department of Defense-VA web portal, eBenefits, at
The Friends RSVP Caregivers Program In Need Of New Volunteers
The Friends RSVP Caregiver Program is seeking
volunteers who have a couple of hours per week, or even just a few
hours per month, to bring comfort and cheer to homebound senior
citizens; by providing transportation to medical appointments,
grocery shopping and friendly visits. Our program helps to keep the
elderly living independently and shows a lonely person that someone
cares. Volunteers will share conversation, memories and interests
with their match and you will not only be improving their lives but
yours as well. We support the Greater Concord area and we are also
taking on new clients. Please contact our office for more
information: Hannah Roberts,
The topic of bullying has come up a number of times in the past few
weeks. I became concerned because many children and adults do not
consider their behavior as bullying. I checked the Thesaurus to find
other words that would describe a bully. Words such as intimidator,
brow beater, petty tyrant plus many other words are used to describe
a bully. When a person threatens another, continually abuses
verbally/physically or uses a position of authority as a means of
control they are in fact bullies.
The need for control and pettiness are behaviors that have lost many
an organization and community wonderful volunteers. When one
criticizes how something is done or uses a position to get their own
way, bullying can lead to lost volunteers, poor grades in school, a
lack of interest in becoming involved in any organization or
project. In other words bullying costs the individual, the community
and organizations far too much to allow it to continue. So before
you start to criticize, demand action, or intimidate an individual,
stop to think about the cost to everyone.
The Pittsfield Beautification Committee would like to thank all of
you who have helped support our Committee through monetary donations
or your very valuable volunteer time. We hear many wonderful
compliments about the Pittsfield Gardens and we could not make them
so beautiful without your help.
We want to single out several individuals and businesses who have
generously donated an incredible amount of their personal time to
labor in our Gardens… Most notably the Washington House Lot, where
we are sure most of you have had the opportunity to see them
excavate and build our new garden wall.
Dan Schroth, Pittsfield’s Citizen of the Year continues to donate
day upon day of his time and those of his employees transforming a
pile of rock into a beautiful stone wall. Dan, we can’t
thank you enough.
Joe Darrah Enterprises has not only generously supported us in the
past, but recently donated 4 full days of equipment and labor as
well as being on call whenever Dan needs some of those heavy rocks
moved. Joe, you and your crew are a perfect example of what makes
Pittsfield so special.
Tom Chayer donated over 20 tons of rock that Joe Darrah, Phil
Carpenter and Dan Schroth and crew harvested and delivered. Rock we
would not have otherwise had the funds to purchase.
Docko has been making regular trips delivering rock, including 20
tons that were harvested from Rocky Point.
Jason Isabelle from Jack’s Pizza who fed the crews the day the rock
was delivered. Our compliments to Jason for the beautiful flower
display he has on his store front.
Please take the time to support these individuals and their
businesses… They set a wonderful example of old-fashion community
spirit and make Pittsfield a special place.
If you would like to help support the Pittsfield Gardens, please
come to our Fall Mum and Bake Sale on Saturday, August 24th from
8:00 am to 1:00 pm. We will be set up at the Aranosian Garden - next
to Jack’s Pizza. Besides yummy baked goods we will have 6” and 10”
Mums for sale in assorted colors. If you purchased any last year,
you know that these plants are healthy and beautiful.
Please take the time to come see us, we need your support for our
2014 project of re-designing the Aranosian Lot.
This crane has been visiting the town pool this week.
One of the many raffle prizes you can win at this year’s “Cabaret
For A Cure 2013, In Memory Of Mom.” Thanks to Nella Hobson for
sharing her fondness of quilting in mom’s memory. You may purchase
raffle tickets at the Cabaret Shows only. Cabaret tickets are
available by calling Meggin at 736-8073. There are two performances
this year, one on September 13 in Wolfeboro and one on September 14
in Pittsfield, both at 7 pm, both at $10 per ticket.
I would like to Thank Mr. Larry Konopka for his service to the town
as Chairman of the Board of Selectmen. I have known Larry for 11
years. In that time he has served on the Planning Board as Chairman.
He then served numerous years on the Select Board and many of them
as Chairman or Vice Chairman and filled many hats at the Town Hall;
too many to count. I wish Larry and the town’s people to understand
that he always worked very hard for the entire town.
I also wish everyone who sees Larry on the street would thank him
for his efforts.
Come Join In The Fun At Pittsfield Cub Scouts Pack 84!
Boys (grades 1-5) sign up is Tuesday, September 17th at 6:30 pm at
the Pittsfield Community Center (second floor). Light refreshments
will be served, information packets for the parents and games for
the kids. Scouting is a family oriented activity that gives the boys
a chance to go on trips to fun places, learn new skills, make new
friends and gain a sense of self confidence.
It’s Free to join. If you would like more information, come see us
on Tuesday evening or call Debby Boyce at 603-534-1027 or Diane
Richardson at 603-435-7924.
What They Did On Their Summer ‘Vacation’
It’s a tired cliché; teachers are so lucky because they have the
summers “off.” The notion conjures images of educators lazing away
the days and weeks in chaise lounges and hammocks while the rest of
us slog through the summer in our cubicles and storefronts.
In Pittsfield, nothing could be further from the truth. Although our
educators, like everyone else, take some much needed and much
deserved vacation, they spend most of their summers fully engaged in
a demanding menu of teaching and learning activities.
We asked several teachers to share with us how they’ve been keeping
busy since the end of June.
Derek Hamilton, PMHS 9/10 social studies teacher and Site Council
member attended a 3-day workshop facilitated by nationally known
teacher educator Arnie Clayton. Titled “Community of Learners,” the
workshop reviewed educational protocols and how to utilize these
participatory tools in the classroom and with their colleagues. Derek also went with a team of PMHS teachers and administrators to
the New Hampshire Summer Statewide Educator Conference, where he
learned about Common Core, Web 2.0 and Learning Studios, a concept
he is launching at PMHS that you’ll soon hear more about.
At PMHS’s Advisory Planning Workshops, Derek represented the 9/10
Team. The focus of the workshop was the revision of Advisory
rubrics (performance criteria) and the development of common
assessments – all part of what the traditional workplace would call
quality control. The 9/10 Team also spent two days planning an
interdisciplinary project for ninth graders. They worked on new
rubrics and planned a sequence of instruction and assessment for
argumentative writing in ninth and tenth grade. So if you have a
child in one of these grades, be prepared for a good argument this
Recently, Derek helped lead the Jump START Program for incoming
ninth graders, a week-long program that helps students get ready for
the big transition to high school. He also helped lead the Student
Leadership Summit at which 40 students from various student
organizations came together for a three-day workshop on leadership
skills. The Summit included a day off-site in a challenging ropes
Finally, in addition to working with 22 students who worked on plans
during the summer as part of competency recovery, Derek ran six-week
summer programs for the PMHS soccer and Belmont basketball teams.
It’s hard to imagine Derek having time for anything else this
Christie Dunlavey, PMHS 9/10 science teacher, participated in
several of the activities mentioned above, including competency
recovery, interdisciplinary lesson planning and the Student
Leadership Summit. She also took the time to rewrite her
competencies, indicators and rubrics, and to develop the “essential
questions” that will guide her lessons in the coming school year.
She, like many of her colleagues this summer, uploaded all of this
information to Atlas, so that parents and other stakeholders can see
what students are expected to know and be able to do.
As a member of the i3 team, Christie and several colleagues
completed a summer institute at Nashua North High School, along with
hundreds of other educators from around New England who are part of
a network associated with the Center for Secondary School Redesign.
The team set three over arching goals for the coming school year and
began to outline the professional development needs for the faculty.
They also used the time to make some revisions to Exhibition
Joshua Shawver, PMHS 7/8 science teacher, attended a two-day seminar
conducted by Peg Dawson, a staff psychologist at the Center for
Learning and Attention Disorders at Seacoast Mental Health Center in
Portsmouth, NH. The topic was executive functioning skills, that is,
the cognitive processes that enable a student to be successful in
the classroom and in life. Teachers and staff learned how these
cognitive processes develop, what gets in the way of their optimal
development, and why they play such a key role in students’ behavior
and performance. Dawson provided teachers with tools to enhance
students’ executive functioning skills so that they can become
independent and intellectual thinkers.
Joshua also attended Arnold Clayton’s Community of Learners training
that prepared the faculty to use a variety of protocols in their
common planning time teams, department meetings, advisories and
classrooms. For him, the development of group collaboration skills
among professionals and students is critical to the educational
Rick Anthony, physical education teacher and unified arts team
leader, also participated in competency recovery and in the 3-day
Community of Learners training. He attended three Site Council
meetings and attended a two-day Department of Education conference
at Keene State College, working on school improvement efforts. And
lest you think a physical education teacher becomes a couch potato
during the summer, Rick worked hard to update his curriculum,
utilizing a method known as Understanding by Design, which involves
charting the expected outcomes of students and working backward
toward the goals, strategies and activities that will lead to those
outcomes. He also helped train new teachers.
Some of Rick’s work involved sheer elbow grease. He and a team of
helpers painted the stage floor, cleaned the gym, weight room, and
storage areas, revamped the weight room, and organized equipment for
the coming school year.
This is but a small sampling of our faculty’s productivity during
the summer. No doubt about it: reinventing our educational system
is a year-round enterprise!
Pittsfield Listens Action Committee
Flyers in Danis’ front window, The Suncook Valley Sun, Social Media,
the school and town websites, the Town Crier, a neighbor at Jitters
Café or Jack’s Pizza - there are many ways to hear news and about
events in and around Pittsfield. Still, challenges and barriers are
expressed by groups wanting to share information and by community
members wanting to have better access to information. What would it
look like to have more accessible and effective communication in
Pittsfield, including between community and the schools? So is the
focus of the newly formed short term Action Committee, as supported
by Pittsfield Listens, to look at communication (the sharing of
information) in our community.
Communication was chosen as a focus based on priorities shared by
participants in the monthly Pittsfield Listens Community Connection
Series and in one to one interviews. A more in-depth discussion
about the above question was explored by participants at the July
Community Connection Series. At the end of the meeting, the group
decided it would be helpful to have an action committee form to
explore what can lend to more effective and accessible information
and communication in Pittsfield.
The action committee is comprised of 10 community members who are
meeting 5 times in August and September. By the end, the committee
will have suggestions for improvement of existing structures and
offer ideas for new virtual and physical spaces to share
information. Pittsfield Listens will be playing a supportive role to
implement the changes and suggestions.
We want to hear from you! If you are connected to Pittsfield -
whether a resident, business owner, or work in town - your
participation in a short survey is requested! This survey will take
less than 10 minutes. Action Committee members will be reaching out
over the phone.
If you would like to participate, please call Molly
at 312-6980 or email
and leave a message with your name, phone number, and a few good
times to reach you. You can also participate in the survey on-line
facebook.com/PittsfieldListens. The survey will close in the
evening of Monday September 2. Feel free to be in touch with any
questions. Thank you for sharing your voice!
Dear citizens of Pittsfield:
It is with sincere regret that I resign as a member of the Select
Board. As you all know being a Selectman can be a challenge, and
although I usually enjoy a challenge, this term has increased some
health concerns. His because of these issues that my doctor has
recommended that I step aside from these responsibilities.
My thanks to everyone who has supported me over the years.
Pittsfield Player’s Center Stage Talent Competition
You Be The Judge of It!
Do They Have Talent? You tell us! On August 22nd at 7:00 pm, the
Pittsfield Players will be hosting the Center Stage Talent
Competition at the Scenic Theatre on 6 Depot St. The Players are
very excited to be hosting this competition.
To date there are nineteen acts that have come to us from throughout
the state of NH, all of different ages and genres. Our competitors
include Christopher Marcotte, Matthew Marcotte, Jeremy Kennepohl,
Quinn Boyce, Ryan Marquis, Joshua Fraser, Troy St. Jaques, Ernest
Miner, Joe Cox, Chase Gaudette, Sarah Manter, Kevin Kennedy, Riley
Kennedy, Maddie LaFlamme, Madelyn Winslow, Grace Winslow, Elisha
Winslow, Leah LaCross, Jacquelyn Arell, Madison McCormack, Sarah
Harkness, Amanda Letendre, Lisa Jean Fowler, Paul Lovey, Mike Webb,
Danny MacMillon, Rebecca Kado, Elise Hinton, Julia Harrison and Jade
This show will be judged by the audience, as well as a panel of
judges. The players are very excited to have AJ Dukette from JYY,
Sarah Sedgley from Encore Dance Studio of Pittsfield, Jon Martin,
Kali Mara and Eli McTigue on their panel of judges. We are also
looking forward to spending the evening with the hilarious and
entertaining Peg Johnson our MC and host.
You can judge for yourself, but we think this competition will be a
fun-filled array of entertainment with something for everyone. Oh
and don’t forget to bring your favorite joke – the audience will be
participating in the dollar a joke competition as well! See ya
Letter To The Editor
Sitting in my car in Concord, waiting for my son, Justin, to finish
his appointment. God, I love this boy. Sometimes I think I use the
newspaper as my facebook page.
As a stone man, I really don’t need my own computer or cell phone.
Anyway, the stone project at the Washington House lot is coming
Joe Darrah has been invaluable. Earlier this year he loaded and
trucked about ten tons of field stone from Webster Mills Rd.,
courtesy of Tom and Mary Chayor. Ten tons of field stone was already
on the job, loaded and trucked by D.L. Docko, courtesy of Rollin Ray
and Mary from Catamount, top of hill above Jenness Pond. Dave Docko
also spent a Sunday afternoon digging ledge up on Rocky Point and a
Monday morning trucking it down to our project. Without Joe and
Dave, I’d be screwed.
The rule of thumb in stone work is you always need more rock to
finish a project. Joe has offered to go up on Clough Rd. on town
owned land to see if we can get more. So far, we’ve trucked in over
40 tons of rock. Joe has cleaned up the junk rock on the site,
probably four to five tons.
Thanks to Mike Brewster, James Schroth, and my brother Mark Colby,
stone men. Thanks to the sidewalk supervisors Mike and Bill. Thanks
to the Beautification Committee for giving the resources to build
Dan Schroth Piermarocchi
Pittsfield Elementary School
First Day of School
Grades K-6 - Starts August 28, 2013
Pre-School - Starts September 3, 2013
Pre-School - 8:15 am -11:00 am
Kindergarten am - 8:00 am -11:00 am
Kindergarten pm - 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Grades 1-6 - 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Food Prices: *New Program - Café Services
Reduced Breakfast Prices: 30¢
Reduced Lunch Prices: 40¢
Snack/Cold Lunch Milk or Juice: 60¢
*Please check the school website regarding payment options.
You will receive paperwork the first day of school.
Pittsfield School District Bus Routes
Listed are approximate times that students will be pick up. Students
should be at the bus stop 5 minutes early.
6:55 am - Tilton Hill Road as far as #310 (before Wildwood Drive)
7:00 am - Stop at Wildwood Dr. - Hill Top Rd. (out Tilton Hill Rd. -
do not cross street, will pick up on the way back)
7:10 am - To school
7:15 am - Loudon Road, students to right side of road only
7:17 am - Ring Road
7:20 am - Targhee Road, Karacull Lane
7:25 am - Sweetfern Drive
7:30 am - Ingalls Road
7:35 am - Loudon Road, students on left side of road
7:40 am - Back to School
6:55 am - Governor’s Road to corner of Route 107
7:00 am - Jenness Pond Road
7:01 am - Clough Road
7:03 am - End of Shingle Mill Brook Road
7:10 am - Tilton Hill Road as far as #310 Tilton Hill Road as far as
7:20 am - To School
7:30 am - Catamount Road
7:40 am - Berry Pond Road, Mountain Road, Sargent Road
7:45 am - White Brook Apartments
7:46 am - South Main Street
7:50 am - Back To School
6:50 am - Webster Mills Road
7:05 am - Dowboro Road, South Pittsfield Road
7:10 am - Turn at Tan Road
7:15 am - Quail Ridge Circle
7:25 am - To School
7:30 am - Lyford Hill Road
7:35 am - Leavitt Road out Route 28 to Kaime Road
7:40 am - Concord Hill Road
7:45 am - Back to School
7:00 am - Lower Carroll Street, Barnstead Road to lights; goes
across to Route 107, Deer Meadow Road
7:10 am - Lily Pond Road, Shaw Road, White Road
7:15 am - Route 28
7:20 am - Upper City Road, Molly Lane
7:25 am - Daroska Road, Siel Road
7:30 am - Returns to Upper City as far as Loudon town line
7:32 am - Eaton Road
7:35 am - Norris Road across Cameron Drive to Leavitt Road
7:50 am - To School
6:45 am - Governor’s Road
6:50 am - Thompson Road
6:52 am - Johnson Road
6:55 am - Sanderson Road
7:06 am - South Main Street - Town Hall
7:10 am - Cram Avenue
7:12 am - Dustin Park
7:14 am - Park Street
7:15 am - Back To School
7:17 am - Blueberry Express
7:20 am - Oak Street (by K2 Market)
7:21 am - Damsite
7:23 am - Bridgeview Apts.
7:24 am - Watson Street
7:26 am - Bridge Street and Chestnut Street
7:28 am - Back To School
2:30 pm - Leaves PES
2:32 pm - Tilton Hill Road
2:35 pm - Wildwood Drive
2:45 pm - To PMHS
2:50 pm - Leaves PMHS
3:05 pm - Loudon Road
3:10 pm - Ring Road
3:15 pm - Targhee Drive, Karacull Lane, Sweetfern Drive
3:25 pm - Ingalls Road
3:30 pm - Route Finished
2:30 pm - Leaves PES
2:32 pm - Blueberry Express
2:33 pm - Cram Avenue, Carroll Street
2:35 pm - 1/2 Dustin Park
2:36 pm - Elm Street, Park Street
2:50 pm - Goes to PMHS
2:55 pm - Leaves PMHS
3:00 pm - Tilton Hill Road (Past Wildwood Drive) Catamount Road
3:20 pm - Johnson Road, Thompson Road
3:30 pm - Governor’s Road
3:35 pm - Route Finished
2:30 pm - Leaves PES
2:32 pm - Lyford Hill Road, Leavitt Road, out Route 28 to Dominick’s
Restaurant, Martel Road, Concord Hill Road
2:50 pm - Goes to PMHS
2:55 pm - Leaves PMHS
3:10 pm - Lyford Hill Road, Leavitt Road, out Route 28 to Dominick’s
Restaurant, Martel Road, Concord Hill Road
3:15 pm - Quail Ridge Road
3:35 pm - South Pittsfield Area Webster Mills Road
3:40 pm - Route Finished
2:30 pm - Leaves PES
2:32 pm - South Main Street, Town Hall
2:35 pm - White Brook Apartments
2:40 pm - Goes to PMHS
2:50 pm - Leaves PMHS
3:00 pm - Barnstead Road
3:10 pm - Shaw Road, Range Road (Only if students on road to ride)
3:15 pm - Route 107 N to Deer Meadow Road
3:20 pm - Upper City Road, Molly Lane
3:25 pm - Daroska Road, Siel Road
3:30 pm - Upper City Road to Loudon town line, Eaton Road, Norris
Road, across Cameron Drive to Leavitt Road
3:40 pm - Route Finished
2:30 pm - Leaves PES
2:30 pm - 1/2 Dustin Park
2:32 pm - Oak Street (by K2 Market)
2:35 pm - Damsite
2:40 pm - Bridgeview Apts.
2:45 pm - Bridge Street, Chestnut Street, Smith Street
2:50 pm - Goes to PMHS
2:55 pm - Leaves PMHS
3:00 pm - Route 107 South - Catamount Apartments as far as #424
3:10 pm - Berry Pond Road
3:15 pm - Mountain Road
3:20 pm - Route Finished
This great egret visited Globe this week and seemed most curious
about what we were manufacturing! They’re not seen in these parts
very often because they are a southern bird, but have been making
their way up to northern US and southern Canada. They like bodies of
water like our pond that are shallow to find fish, frogs, and
insects to eat.