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November 18, 2015

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Pitsfield Park-Rec

Final Sign-Ups

Pittsfield High School

at the Craft Fair

November 21


Grades-K through 8th

Any questions contact Darrell Wages-603-812-6741.



Thank You To Citizens Of Pittsfield And The Globe Manufacturing Company For the past few years the Josiah Carpenter Library has been fortunate to receive annual donations from the Globe Manufacturing Company, Inc. to fund its subscription to the New Hampshire Downloadable Audio books. The library has been able to maintain those services and for the last two years the numbers have been increasing in usage by a big margin. It is clear that people enjoy the e-book and audio book experience that the subscription offers.  These figures have been reflected in communities all over the state of New Hampshire and so recently the consortium decided to try adding magazines to the service. Lucky library card users can now download up to three magazine titles each week. Pittsfield library users can glean articles, recipes, holiday craft ideas all from their favorite popular magazines. Also through a local donation the library now has a NOOK for library users to explore and discover the e-book and New Hampshire Overdrive experience. Downloading magazines and e-books from the New Hampshire Downloadable site is easy; all you need is a library card number and a device! If you have any questions on how to create an account, just stop by the library or give us a call. We look forward to expanding your reading options in whatever way we can.


Do you have any very overdue library books that you have not returned because you are afraid the fines will break your bank? Please don’t worry, during the Thanksgiving week, from November 23- November 30th, any books or materials returned to the library will be automatically forgiven. To extend our feelings of gratitude, the library will also be accepting donations to the Pittsfield food pantry that week. Please help stamp at hunger this Holiday season and consider donating a nonperishable food item or two.


The Library is happy to welcome, Diane Rider as a new Circulation Assistant. Please stop by to meet Diane and say hello. Diane has volunteer experience in libraries and fits right in with our library staff and patrons. She will be assisting during the upcoming after school holiday craft programs on November 18 and 25h, as well as December 9 & 16th from 3:30- 4:30 pm.


The library is also very grateful for the volunteer service of Rosalie Sweatt who has been helping the Children’s Librarian, Mrs. Grainger, with craft preparations for Pre-school story hour and who recently volunteered with the culinary activity at the “Not So Scary Story” night. Mrs. Sweatt also assists with the after school programs. The library is fortunate to have several volunteers help with keeping the library shelves up to date, preparing for activities and functions and supporting library staff. Thank you for all your help.  Happy Holidays!



Pittsfield 5th and 6th girls placed 2nd behind Chichester, in the Halloween Soccer Jamboree, held in Northwood on Saturday, October 31. Thank you coaches, Matt Rayno and Mark Tobin! Congratulations girls!



VA Convenes Commission For The Selection Of Next Under Secretary For Benefits

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON – The Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today he is convening a commission, which will serve to make recommendations to the President for the appointment of VA’s next Under Secretary for Benefits (USB).


Suitable candidates to serve as members of the important commission will be selected based upon criteria outlined in the law and their skills, knowledge and attributes as leaders, managers and educators. VA is required by law to convene a commission to seek the next Under Secretary for Benefits.


Position announcements will appear on USAJOBS on Friday, November 6, 2015.


The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) provides a variety of benefits and services to Servicemembers, Veterans, and their families. VBA has been undergoing a major transformation that is people-centric, results-oriented, and a forward-looking integration of solutions that will ensure total lifelong engagement with Servicemembers, Veterans, and their families. To learn more please go to



Keene State College Awards Dean’s Scholarships


181 first-year students have been awarded a Dean’s Scholarship this year.


Holly Donohue of Northwood

Kendra Danby of Gilmanton

Emma Donzello-Jewett of Chichester

Ryan Marquis of Pittsfield


Keene State College is a preeminent public liberal arts college that ensures student access to world-class academic programs. Integrating academics with real-world application and active community and civic engagement, Keene State College prepares graduates to meet society’s challenges by thinking critically, acting creatively, and serving the greater good. To learn more about Keene State College, visit Keene State College: Wisdom to make a difference.



Join The Club

Rolling Bones 4-H Dog Club


Informational Night for interested youth and their parents:

When: Wednesday, December 30th, 6:30pm

Where: A Furry Affair Grooming Salon, 248 Sheep Davis Road, Suite 7, Concord, NH 03301


What: Join us to see if you are interesting in joining our club! We will be discussing what we are all about and what we do all year in our 4-H club. Please leave your dog at home About Us: The Rolling Bones 4-H Dog club is a 4-H Club open to members between the ages of 8 (as of January 1st) and 18. Both purebred and mixed breed dogs are welcome to the club. Members learn how to train and show their dogs. They also learn dog general knowledge including dog care, grooming, first aid, breed identification, career opportunities, and more!


Volunteer leaders meet with members twice a month (2nd and 4th Wednesday nights 6-8pm) in the Concord, NH area. In the Summer/Fall, 4-Hers are able to compete in many 4-H fairs across the state and can qualify to compete in regional events. We hold many special events throughout the year such as fundraisers, a fun match, field trips, weekend clinics, public relations events, Quiz Bowl practices, and more!


• For more information about the event or to RSVP email Danielle Furness [email protected] OR Sarah Gardner [email protected] • Visit our club website for more information about our club • For more information about 4-H go to:



Decorated Wreath Contest At The Pittsfield Christmas Tree Lighting


Mark your calendars - Saturday, Dec. 5 from 4:00-6:00pm for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration sponsored by the Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce - Everyone is welcome to attend!


We will be having a DECORATED WREATH CONTEST again this year.  Everyone is invited to bring a decorated (anyway you’d like) wreath to Dustin Park.  The wreaths will be displayed inside PYW and will be judged by the public.  The winner will be announced at 6pm after the Tree Lighting and will receive a $50 CASH PRIZE.


Please drop your wreath off by 3:45pm at Dustin Park (PYW) and please pick up your wreath by 6:15pm.  Any wreaths that are not picked up will be donate to local groups.


Get in the Holiday Spirit and show off your creativity and bring a wreath.  The contest is open to everyone! For more information, contact Andi Riel at 435-6346 or visit the Chamber’s website



VA And PenFed Foundation Work Together To Prevent Veteran Homelessness

Commitment is Part of the VA’s Expanded Partnership Efforts

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is teaming up with the Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation (PenFed Foundation) to strengthen efforts to prevent Veteran homelessness. This new partnership will expand the PenFed Foundation’s existing Military Heroes Fund Emergency Assistance Program to include  all Veterans. Previously, the program was available only to Veterans of the Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) conflicts.


Through this partnership, the PenFed Foundation and VA will work together to provide emergency financial assistance for Veterans who are experiencing unexpected financial setbacks and are at risk of becoming homeless. The foundation will be able to provide emergency financial assistance for Veterans in need of one-time payments for back utilities, creditors, security deposits, and rental deposits. To date, the PenFed Foundation’s Military Heroes Fund has already provided more than $4 million in assistance to Veterans.


As a part of the partnership, Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Homeless Program staff will  connect Veterans who are facing overdue or arrearage payments to the PenFed Foundation for emergency financial assistance. This partnership and pledge embodies the mission of MyVA, launched last year to reorient VA around the needs of Veterans by collaborating with Veterans, employees, private industry, nonprofits, and other stakeholders.


“VA’s new partnership with the PenFed Foundation will greatly benefit Veterans who are facing overdue bills and are at risk for homelessness,” said VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald.  “As we work with local communities throughout the Nation to help them end Veteran homelessness, partnerships like these are critical to ensuring we are doing everything possible to support Veterans who may be facing financial hardship and are at risk of losing their homes. Whether through their Military Heroes Fund or their support of the Defenders Lodge, the PenFed Foundation has shown they are dedicated to improving the lives of Veterans and we are proud to call them a partner.”


We are absolutely right to hold up our military service members as American heroes,” said PenFed Foundation President and CEO James Schenck. “Anyone, who at one time or another, wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America – for an amount of up to and including their own life has paid their citizenship dues in full, as far as I’m concerned. It’s up to the rest of us to ensure that when these heroes need heroes, someone is there to answer the call.”


For more information about VA’s homeless initiatives, visit For more information about the PenFed Foundation’s programs supporting Veterans, visit



Exploring Class And Classism Workshop

Building Unity In Our Community


December 12, 2015, Pittsfield Middle High School Media Center, 23 Oneida Street, Pittsfield, NH, 10am – 5pm, Lunch provided




Sponsored By Pittsfield Listens


In this interactive workshop, Class Action supports safe space to engage on how exploring class can transform our lives, our work and our communities.


What can we gain by talking about class?

•How class identities affect our lives, how we work and who we work with •What are the invisible obstacles within our own communities •How can we become more class inclusive (and why we should) •How can we celebrate the differences from all class backgrounds to build community This workshop is one of 4 workshops across New Hampshire. Visit to learn more. Sponsors include the American Friends Service Committee, Investing in Communities Initiative, NH Charitable Foundation, NH Listens, and more!



Church Fair Takes Place Saturday

Many handcrafted quilted items will be for sale at First Congregational’s Christmas Fair this Saturday from 9-2.


Ho, ho, ho… the Christmas Fair at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield, is happening this coming Saturday, November 21, from 9 to 2. Sponsored by the Dorcas Guild, this fair is the event you won’t want to miss.


The guild has been busy crafting all those special festive gifts including mittens, hats, aprons, quilted items, girls’ dresses and special gourmet and baked goods. Don’t forget the “Unique Boutique” for outstanding values and the “Silent Auction” for those special one-of-a-kind gifts.


Bring your friends and neighbors to shop and stay for a great corn chowder and sandwich lunch with yummy pies for dessert. Parking and wheelchair accessible entrance available at rear of church – enter at Chestnut Street. For more info, call the church office at 435-7471.



St. Stephens Announces Holly Fair 2015

St. Stephen’s Holly Fair is almost here. Doors open at 9 AM on Saturday, November 21 and the shopping and bidding fun runs until 2 PM.  You can preview the Silent Auction items and bid on them from 4-7 PM on Friday evening.   Great food, unique crafts and treasures await.


The undercroft will be loaded with one of a kind holiday crafts and gifts. There are baskets full of hand knitted mittens, baby sweaters and blankets. Also, beautiful holiday placements, coasters, table runners and pot holders. Craft items include one of a kind wreaths, centerpieces and wall hangings. What could you use to decorate your doors, porch, or yard? There are also many unique hand crafted birch decorations including lighted stars, trees and reindeer.  Start your Christmas shopping here. You are sure to find something unique for those hard to shop for people on your list.


A new feature this year is a free raffle for children only. A basket filled with a dozen books about snow awaits a lucky youngster. With assortments of hot cocoa mixes this prize will surely entertain on one of those “snow days.” Be sure you enter all your children and grandchildren for a chance to win this great item.  Better yet, bring them along so they can sign up themselves!


There will be lots of food. Come early for a breakfast treat or enjoy the corn chowder, toasted meatball sandwiches and homemade soups for lunch.  Select a delicious dessert and shop at the well stocked food table for a baked item or jams, pickles and relish to take home or present as hostess gifts.


See you at St. Stephen’s Holly Fair, Saturday, November 21st from 9 AM until 2 PM, 50 Main Street, Pittsfield, NH.  The Little Church with the Big Heart.



NHTI Student Athletes Earn National Honors


The fall sports season has wrapped up for NHTI and the United States Collegiate Athletic Conference. This week the USCAA honored Student Athletes for performance and academics.


Shannon Hart (Swanzey, N.H.) earned Second Team All-American in Women’s Soccer. Hart finished the season with 21 goals and eight assists. The 21 goals led the Yankee Small College Conference and was tied for fourth in the USCAA. Shannon also led the YSCC in points with 50.


Stefani Gauthier (Pittsfield, N.H.) earned an honorable mention for All-American leading the YSCC in assists with 10.


Carissa Archibald (Sanbornton, N.H.) earned and honorable mention for All-American in volleyball. Archibald led the Lynx, , ranking in the top five in the conference in kills per set (2.13), total kills (136) and hitting percentage (.186), helping to lead NHTI to the YSCC Championship and a trip to USCAA Nationals.


Brendan McCoo (Pembroke, N.H.) earned second team All-American for finishing 11th at the USCAA Nationals in Lakeland Florida. McCoo was the top male runner in all but one event this fall.


Kyle Haas (Alenstown, N.H.), and Lexi Duclos (Epsom, N.H.), earned a spot on the All-Academic team for having a grade point average higher than a 3.49 while playing soccer.


Claire Bilick (Penacook, N.H.), Julia Gleason (Merrimack, N.H.), Ryleigh Lorimer (Peterborough, N.H.), Tim Kneuer (Laconia, N.H.), Kyle Sims (Franklin, N.H.) and Branden McCoo earned the All-Academic honor for cross country.



Pittsfield Christmas Tree Lighting and Children’s Store Celebration


Save the Date, Saturday, Dec. 5 – the Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Children’s Store Celebration.  Also a craft fair at the First Congregational Church will be held.


On FRIDAY, DEC. 4, at 7:30pm – The Pittsfield Players Annual Free Christmas Show, starring PMHS Drama & Chorus sponsored by the E.P. Sanderson Trust, will be held at the Scenic Theatre.


The day begins with the Pittsfield Elementary School PTO sponsored Breakfast with Santa.  Breakfast will be served for $3.00 per person between 8:00-9:30am in the PES Cafeteria.  Photos with Santa will be available for $1.00 each.  This is a fundraising event for the PTO.  Then after a hearty breakfast kids can shop at the Children’s Store at the PES Gym from 9:00-noon.  The Victory Workers 4-H Club will be hosting a Cookie Walk at PES during the Children’s Store – parents will have an activity to keep them busy while the kids shop.


Volunteer “elves” will assist shoppers up to age 16 in purchasing gifts for their parents, siblings, teachers or friends.  The Store is open to CHILDREN ONLY – sorry, no adults allowed.  Most of the items are new or nearly new and can be purchased for $1.00 or less.  Some items are more expensive.  There is also free gift wrapping available. 


Anyone interested in donating items(new or nearly new), Christmas wrapping paper, GIFT BAGS (the wrappers love gift bags), tags or tape may drop them off to the various donation boxes at Jitters Café, Pittsfield Post Office, Pittsfield Town Hall or Northway Bank. Monetary donations are gladly accepted to help defray some of the costs associated with the event.  Please make checks payable to: Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce and mail to Greater Chamber of Commerce, Attn: Children’s Store/Tree Lighting, P.O. Box 234, Pittsfield, NH  03263.


The celebration continues at DUSTIN PARK from 4-6pm (on Sat., Dec. 5) The Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration is fun for the whole family and is a great community event.  There will be FREE horse drawn wagon rides, Holiday music by the Joyce Family, cookies, cocoa, popcorn, and candy canes to enjoy.  Inside PYW (Pittsfield Youth Workshop) there will be a Gingerbread House Display and raffle, face painting, visit with SANTA (who will arrive via fire truck around 4pm), Free pictures with Santa and feel free to bring your own camera.  HOT chili, chowder, and soups will be available for a donation of a canned or packaged food (or purchased for a few dollars) to benefit our LOCAL FOOD PANTRY.


HOLIDAY STORY TIME from 4-4:30pm at the Park St. Baptist Church basement (beside PYW) – on Sat, Dec. 5 – All ages are welcome to come to the Library and enjoy some Holiday stories with Mrs. Grainger.


Get in the Holiday Spirit and DECORATE A WREATH and enter it in the Decorated Wreath Contest – decorate it anyway you’d like- drop it off at PYW (Dustin Park) by 3:45pm (on Sat, Dec. 5) and the public will vote for the best one!  Winner will receive a $50 CASH PRIZE.


A raffle for a (fresh) Christmas Tree will be held.  Free -One entry per person.  The winner will be able to choose their tree from the selection the Corinthian Lodge Masons will have available.


The Highlight of the Celebration will be everyone gathering around the Christmas Tree, singing Holiday songs and counting down to the Lighting of the TREE.  The Blue Star Mothers group will be there to assist anyone that would like to add a Star to the Tree.


For more information, please contact Andi Riel at 435-6346 or visit



VA Secretary To Announce VA-Bob Woodruff Foundation Partnership

Aim of Partnership is to Better Connect Veterans with Resources Close to Home

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON – Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Secretary Robert A. McDonald this evening will announce a partnership with the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) to further advance VA’s outreach to Veterans through deeper and more innovative local and community partnerships. VA will capitalize on BWF’s strength and contacts to find unique ways to connect Veterans, transitioning Servicemembers and their families with resources right where they live. The partnership with BWF is one of many strategic alliances VA is forming and is an integral goal of the MyVA initiative, the largest reorganization in VA’s history which reorients VA around the needs of Veterans.


“We believe that by working together we can create a ‘single front door,’ or a convenient community point of entry, to help Veterans gain access to the benefits they have earned in addition to the resources unique to their local communities,” said Secretary McDonald. “This partnership creates a more robust integration of federal, state and local governments, non-profit organizations, businesses and other local partners at the community level. By combining and sharing our efforts and expertise, I believe this partnership can help us better serve our nation’s Veterans – together.”


“Our nation’s transitioning Servicemembers, Veterans and their families each have unique needs, making the resources and services dedicated to overcoming their challenges all the more necessary,” said BWF Executive Director Anne Marie Dougherty. “We are excited by this opportunity to work in partnership with VA to reach Veterans and their families where they live and to deliver high-impact programs to support sustainable success.”


The Bob Woodruff Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring injured Servicemembers, Veterans and their families are thriving. Since 2006, BWF has invested nearly $30 million in programs reaching more than 2 million injured Servicemembers, Veterans and their families in three key areas: Education and Employment, Rehabilitation and Recovery, and Quality of Life.


For more information about the Foundation, visit For more information about VA including the MyVA initiative, visit



John Chinn, Mal Cameron, Cathy Williams, Dave Pollard and Jared Griffin, “They saw the Light” Don’t get left in the dark, this is your last chance to see The Pittsfield Players present the musical comedy, “70, Girls, 70” before it goes away for another 30 years... get your tickets now before we sell out, (603) 435-8852.








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