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Pittsfield NH News

September 11, 2013

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Those Celebrating Birthdays are: September 11, Lisa Fries, Zachary Brian Locke; September 12, Kate Vogt, Anne Ruth Dunne, Heidi Hillsgrove, Christopher Lee Briggs, II;


September 13, Ian Pollard, Loretta Suchomski; September 15, Jane Adams; September 16, Mary Zahn, Tara Ash; September 17, June Valentyn.


A Very Happy Birthday To One and All!



Celebrating Anniversaries are: September 11, Timothy and Tracy Roode; 

September 13, John and Anne Shaver, Sr.


Best Wishes!



We are updating our birthday and anniversary lists and need your help.


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.



Come join The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce as we enjoy our monthly Business After Hours. The event will be held at Blakes Brook Campground on Wednesday, September 11th from 6 pm to 8 pm. This event is located at 76 Mountain Road in Epsom, NH.  There will be light refreshments served.  A tour will be given to all that participate in this event.  This is a networking opportunity for your business, so remember to bring your business cards.  Everyone is welcome to come.  If you are not a member and are interested in becoming one, this is a great opportunity to learn what The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce is involved in and how it could benefit your business. Find out more information about this and upcoming events at



Sunday School Starts Sunday


The First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield, will begin their children’s Sunday School this coming Sunday, September 15. Rally Day will be held the following Sunday, September 22. Class will start at 9:50 am and end at 11 am. Worship services begin at 10 am with Fellowship Hour following. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, contact the church office at 435-7471 or consult the church’s website at:



Josiah Carpenter Library  will begin Preschool Story Time on September 19th at 10 am on the  Main Floor of the library.


Stories and poems, craft and of course, snack will be provided.





The Suncook Valley Sno-Riders snowmobile club is holding its 2nd annual Fall Mum Sale fundraiser!


When: Saturday, Sept. 14 and Sunday, Sept. 15 (9am-3pm)


Where: EXIT Reward Realty’s field (Corner of Rt. 28 and River Rd.) in Pittsfield.


We will also be selling fall decorative items like hay bales and corn stalks.


For more information see the club’s Facebook page:



Concord Regional Visiting Nurse 

Association Holds September Seasonal Flu Clinic


Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association is holding a seasonal flu clinic on Friday, September 27 from 10 am to noon at the Pittsfield Senior Center, 74 Main Street in Pittsfield. Specially trained nurses administer seasonal flu shots to people age 3 and over and answer your flu-related questions.


The fee is $25 per immunization (cash or check) or Medicare B, Medicaid, Healthy Kids, Harvard Pilgrim, or Anthem (NHN, NHP, YGG, EHH, R, or Federal) is accepted. Clients with insurance ID cards at the clinic do not have to pay a fee.


Seasonal flu clinics are dependent upon the availability of the flu vaccine and are subject to change. To confirm clinics and for a full schedule, visit or call (603) 224-4093 or (800) 924-8620, ext. 5815.



Globe Awards New Gear To Two Departments

As Part Of 2013 Giveaway Program


Globe, in partnership with DuPont and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), has made the first two awards in the 2013 Globe Gear Giveaway program. East Glacier Park (MT) Volunteer Fire Department and Happy Jack (AZ) Fire Services will each receive four sets of new, state-of-the-art Globe gear.


Through the 2013 Globe Gear Giveaway program, Globe and DuPont are providing up to 52 sets of gear to volunteer fire departments in need. The program is administered through the NVFC and open to NVFC members in the U.S. and Canada who are all-volunteer departments serving a population of 25,000 or less. This is the second year for the giveaway program; in 2012, awards were made to 16 fire departments in the U.S. and Canada.


“We are pleased to partner with Globe and DuPont to help volunteer departments who are struggling to provide proper protection to their members,” said NVFC Chairman Philip C. Stittleburg. “This program increases the safety and well-being of volunteer firefighters and is a wonderful example of companies giving back to the community.”


The East Glacier Volunteer Fire Department in Montana is a small department located on the south end of Glacier National Park, a location that causes the town’s size to double in the summer. The department has a call area of over 50 miles and also responds to wildland fires in the region. It receives a small operating budget from the county but doesn’t have enough funding to provide its 17 firefighters with new, compliant gear. Most of the gear they do have is over 10 years old.


“These new turnouts would be a blessing to our department,” said East Glacier Fire Chief Ben Steele.


Happy Jack Fire Services is located in Northern Arizona and surrounded by the Coconino National Forest. Many of the town’s permanent population are retired and living on fixed incomes. The population increases significantly during the summer as visitors rent cabins in the area. All of the department’s equipment is greater than 15 years old, and the main engine is 42 years old.


The department is in great need of new turnout gear. The gear they do have has been donated by other departments and dates to at least 15 years old or more. “My primary goal as chief is to protect my firefighters at all times,” said Happy Jack Fire Chief John D. Stahl, explaining why he applied for the Globe gear.


Both of these volunteer departments will benefit greatly from having four new sets of Globe turnout gear to protect their firefighters. As small all-volunteer departments, budgets are tight and the downward economy makes the challenges of funding even tougher. This donation will increase the safety of the firefighters as well as boost morale within the departments.


More awards of Globe turnout gear will be made each month throughout the rest of the year. Stay tuned to the NVFC website, Dispatch newsletter, and page on Facebook, as well as the Globe page on Facebook, for upcoming announcements.


About Globe

Firefighters need to be prepared to perform at their peak, on every call. That’s why, when it comes to turnout gear, fit matters. Globe’s turnout gear is designed to protect you, move with you, and improve your performance. It’s athletic gear for firefighters. Learn more at


About DuPont

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit


About The NVFC

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides invaluable tools, resources, programs, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. Learn more at



Pittsfield Economic Development Update


It seems like much time has passed since the Economic Development Committee (EDC) gave its last update. However, small steps continue to be taken to promote economic growth in Pittsfield! Here are just a few of the highlights… 


As with any business endeavor, adequate foundational work is the key to long term success. Having said this, in an attempt to establish and maintain a business friendly standing with those looking to expand or start up business in our community, we continue to encourage and facilitate stronger communication between local boards, committees and businesses. The first step to this effort was to spearhead a joint meeting between business owners, school representatives and NH Technical Institute in order to discuss and coordinate a better understanding of ways to successfully transition our students from the educational system into local employment opportunities. Many ideas and challenges were discussed and prioritized accordingly. 


Recognizing that local representatives must share a common goal for our community, a meeting with Arnett Development Group LLC (an outside firm the town has contracted with to help in our economic development efforts) was arranged. During this round-table, strengths and weaknesses were identified in preparation of yet another joint meeting between town boards and committees in an attempt to share the individual mission of each component and brainstorm how it fits into the overall vision for our community. This was a very beneficial gathering of the minds and we anticipate many more as things progress in the months ahead. Parallel to these forums, an EDC member actively attends the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for regional development.


Other noteworthy items are moving forward. First, we are cooperatively working with Cobalt Property Management to improve the Irving Oil property on Carroll Street. In an attempt to make this property marketable and with the assistance of NH DES, site testing for contamination has begun. We remain encouraged with the on-going progress. Second, if you recall, at the 2007 Town Meeting you overwhelmingly supported the adoption of NH RSA 79-E, a tax incentive for renovation work done for the start up or expansion of business in Pittsfield. This year we had our first business capitalize on applying for this temporary tax relief and it was approved by the Board of Selectmen (BOS). Kentek has expanded their business from a property on Elm Street to the old Turnaround Eclipse building on Broadway Street. There is an open house scheduled for September.


Lastly, we are in the process of having an article about Pittsfield published in the fall issue of the New England Real Estate Journal in yet another effort to promote commercial properties and business opportunities in Pittsfield. We are thankful to the Suncook Valley Regional Development Corporation (SVRDC) for partnering with us in the venture. Many thanks also to the local businesses who have graciously donated to the cause of promoting commercial development in Pittsfield. If you are interested in becoming a part of our economic development team, please contact Ted Mitchell, Chairman at 435-6773 or e-mail us at [email protected]




Submitted By Terrie Azotea


Well, we have been busy this past week at TOPS. Best Loser of the week was Stuart. KOPS of the week was Peggy. We have a few Miss Angels, Suzie, Janis, Irene, Mickey, and Kay. Come on ladies, keep up the good work! 


We played Bingo and had lots of good gifts going around the room. Inspiration Workshop on 9/21, Fall Rally on 11/2 should both be a good time. We have an Open House on September 17 at 6:30. 


If anyone would like to make some new friends, come on out on Tuesday nights at the St. Stephen’s Church on Main Street in Pittsfield at 5:30 pm for our weigh in and at 6:30 pm for our meetings. Any questions please call Stuart Pike at 856-4842 or call Pat Smith at 435-5333. Hope everyone has a great week and see you all lighter next week!



Pittsfield Historical 

Society Meets Thursday At St. Stephen’s Church


St. Stephen’s parish, during its 150th anniversary year, is honored to host the Pittsfield Historical Society Thursday, September 12 at 7:00 pm. All are welcome to attend this program on the architecture of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and to learn how the Civil War influenced worship in Pittsfield. St. Stephen’s is located at 50 Main Street.



Two Merrimack County Agencies Receive Awards

From National Association Of Counties

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On Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at the Merrimack County Nursing Home theater, awards were presented to Ron White, Superintendent Merrimack County Department of Corrections, and Scott Murray, County Attorney, along with David Croft, Director of the Merrimack County Diversion Center and Ginnie Stahley-Arenella, case manager. These National awards came from the National Association of Counties and were only two Achievement Awards out of approximately two hundred granted to Counties throughout the entire United States from the National Association of Counties.


The first is an award which was granted to our Merrimack County Attorney’s office. Through a joint effort, County Attorney Scott Murray, Adult Diversion Program Director David Croft, and case manager Ginnie Stahley-Arenella, collaborated in presenting their program entitled, “Diagnosing and Treating Addiction” or “DAT A” in the category of Criminal Justice and Public Safety. DAT A is an acronym that stands for Diagnosing And Treating Addiction. The mission of DAT A is to provide drug and/or alcohol offenders with the opportunity and affordability to have a screening/assessment conducted by a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, with follow-up treatment services as needed. It is an effort to assist criminal defendants with their substance use issues and to prevent them from committing drug and/or alcohol related crimes in the future. This innovative program already has saved our County taxpayers a tremendous amount of money in incarceration costs for drug and alcohol related offenses. It has proven to reduce recidivism rates significantly.


The second award went to our Merrimack County Department of Corrections headed by superintendent Ron White. This award is titled “Working Collaboratively to Address the Needs of Offenders with Mental Illness.” As the seat of the State of New Hampshire’s capitol, Merrimack County is home to the New Hampshire State Hospital, the State’s largest prison, two State correctional half-way houses, two community mental health centers, and the Merrimack County Correctional facility. The Merrimack County Department of Corrections forged partnerships with the courts, law enforcement, and the State Hospital to improve intergovernmental cooperation in dealing with the influx of individuals with mental health disorders who are being released into the communities in Merrimack County. This multi-pronged approach includes a mental health court, crisis intervention training for law enforcement and jail staff, correctional staff with expertise in mental health treatment and substance abuse treatment, case management while in custody, and close alliances with courts, attorneys, prosecutors, and mental health providers in the community. All of the components of the community are affected by this problem but the Merrimack County Department of Corrections has been the catalyst to develop strategies to address our shared problem.





To the good citizens of Pittsfield:

Just got back from a Selectman’s meeting. It was not business as usual. The Selectmen seemed very interested in the public’s concerns about everything from town owned property, selling them or securing them, to the drug problem sweeping our country and our town.


I’m not talking pot here. I’m talking opiates. When you stop taking them, you come down with the flu. Everyone knows being sick is no fun, so it’s a hard habit to break. I think it’s a joke giving these people methadone at our expense. These people are just pawns in some sort of conspiracy to extort money from the government. You can’t give opiates to a opiate addict. That would be like giving me beer to get me off the scotch.


Dan Schroth Piermarocchi





To my friends and fellow veterans:

I regret to inform you that effective 7:30 pm on September 2, 2013, I resigned as Post Commander of the American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75 for personal and medical reasons.  This was not an easy decision, but one that I did after a lot of deep thinking, and praying. This, I feel, is the best action I can do for The American Legion, especially the Post in Pittsfield. I have full faith and confidence in the new leadership to progress forward with the goals, aims and objectives of The American Legion.  


The past several years have been challenging, to say the least. Or perhaps a better term would be a double sided coin. On one side, our Memorial Day and Veterans Day observances have had an increase in attendance and last year, for the first time, we were able to have Pittsfield Players  perform for us even though we had to change places at the last minute to the First Congregational Church; many thanks to Rev. David Stasiak.  On the other side, we have declining post membership participation in meeting attendance and in activities and we have been unable to obtain new members to replace those who have passed away, despite publicity in The Sun, Town Website and on our local information Channel 24.



Merrill Vaughan, Past Commander 

American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75



Join The Pittsfield Community Crime Watch


We are a group of concerned citizens who have been victim to local crime and want to help inform you of the crime problem in our community. Together we can work with the local police to help prevent further crime from happening to You or someone else in our community.


We held our kick-off meeting at Jitters on August 20th. We were happy to see such a wonderful turnout to show such amazing support for our community.  The successful meeting allowed participants a chance to voice their concerns and share personal stories.  Chief Wharem and Detective Cain informed the group about some of the crime issues in our community. Chief Wharem also spoke about easy ways to watch out for your neighbors on a regular basis. He mentioned the possibility of starting a Citizen Patrol Program as well as the Crime Watch.  


Officer Webber spoke about the benefits of organizing a crime watch and is willing to work with a group of concerned citizens and business owners to get it started. Please join us for our 2nd meeting on Tuesday, September 17th at 6:30 pm at Jitters Café. Attendees do not have to be residents of Pittsfield. This problem is not limited to Pittsfield! We would like members of the neighboring communities to attend as well so they can speak with their law enforcement officials to get something like this started in each community. During this meeting, we will brainstorm how to move forward with this group and possibly break out into smaller groups based on areas of residence.


A special Thank You to Paul Rogers for supporting the Community Crime Watch program, and for donating the use of his café for this event.


This crime problem in the Greater Pittsfield Community can be solved but it is going to take the help of Everyone to get it done.  We hope to see many of you on the 17th.



Mental Illness


On Monday, September 16, 2013 at 7 pm join us for a Free public presentation. Come and hear one person’s personal story of recovery from mental illness. NAMI NH’s In Our Own Voice is an educational recovery presentation given by trained presenters who themselves struggled with mental illness and who are in recovery. 


Loudon Center Freewill Baptist Church is located at 433 Clough Hill Road in Loudon, NH. For more information, contact Rev. Linda Overall at (603) 875-5822. Light Refreshments will be served.



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Cindy’s Hair Affair would like to welcome Wendy Munroe and Chelsie Amaral to the salon. Wendy comes to Cindy’s with 13+ years experience. She is looking forward to making your time enjoyable. Chelsie has 6 years experience and enjoys meeting new people, making them feel refreshed with a great style. Along with these new faces, Cindy’s will be offering extended evening and Saturday hours available by appointment. See Cindy’s ad in this week’s Sun for a special introductory coupon.








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