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November 25, 2015

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Autumn Olivia Taylor was born on October 16th. A perfect, healthy, beautiful baby girl, all 8 lbs. 2 oz. and 21 inches. Parents Adam and Megan Taylor are very happy to share this wonderful news.




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


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!



Letter To The Editor


The Holidays are upon us once again and there are people right in your own community who really need your help and many of them are children.


As we all prepare to gather around the food filled table with family and friends during this season, let us first remember the less fortunate that live among us. They could be your children’s classmates, the family down the street or across town.


If you would like to help, a simple phone call to your local Food Pantry, Fire Dept., Police Dept., or your Town Hall would tell you how you can help not only during the holidays, but throughout the year.


The warm and fuzzy feeling you get will last a very long time.


Don Chase



Departments In WV And MD Receive New Turnouts Through Globe Gear Giveaway Program


Globe, DuPont Protection Technologies (DuPont), and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) are pleased to announce the fifth round of winners in the 2015 Globe Gear Giveaway program. Rawlings Volunteer Fire Department in Maryland and Leading Creek Volunteer Fire Department in West Virginia will each receive four sets of new Globe turnout gear.


The Globe Gear Giveaway is a partnership between Globe, DuPont, and the NVFC to help resource constrained departments obtain the gear they need to protect their firefighters. So far in 2015, 11 deserving departments have been awarded gear through a competitive application process. In addition to the gear, Globe also provided 200 volunteer departments with membership to the NVFC.


“We appreciate of the opportunity to partner with Globe and DuPont to help volunteer departments enhance the safety and effectiveness of their firefighters,” said NVFC Chairman Kevin D. Quinn. “Since the Globe Gear Giveaway program began four years ago, nearly 250 sets of gear have been awarded to departments across the U.S. and Canada. This program is having an immense impact on the safety and readiness of boots-on-the-ground volunteer firefighters in North America.”


The Rawlings Volunteer Fire Department (RVFD) is an all-volunteer department in Allegany County, MD. Their 28 volunteers provide service to 6,000 residents in a 23 square mile area. Two years ago, the RVFD’s coverage area doubled when a neighboring department closed. However, they have not received any additional funding for their new service area, and both call volume and operating costs have increased. With only two sets of turnout gear less than 10 years old and not enough gear for all of their members, RVFD is currently borrowing turnout gear from their mutual aid departments to try to meet their gear needs.


“We have held fundraisers for new equipment, but with our limited budget we have not been able to keep up with necessary replacements on everything from turnout gear to SCBA to a new fire engine,” said Chief Ronald Carr III. “The award of four sets of turnout gear from Globe, DuPont, and the NVFC will be very beneficial to the RVFD and our whole community.”


The Leading Creek Volunteer Fire Department (LCVFD) serves 7,500 residents in a very rural area of West Virginia. They provide fire suppression, search and rescue, auto extrication, and traffic control services as needed within their first due area as well as mutual aid to neighboring departments. LCVFD also provides fire safety awareness to elementary and vocational schools within their county. They operate on the principle that all fires and accidents can be prevented with adequate community education.


The department receives no city revenue or funding and limited state and county funding. The mandatory costs of insurance and workers’ compensation have made it very difficult for the allvolunteer LCVFD to maintain operations. The current turnout gear for most members was purchased in 2006 and is approaching the 10 year mark. Most of the current gear is worn to the point that meeting NFPA standards is in question. Newcomers to the department are using even older gear handed down from current members. Because of the Globe Gear Giveaway, the LCVFD will be able to offer their four newest members with brand new, safe gear.


The final gear awards of 2015 will be made in December. Stay tuned to the NVFC’s Dispatch newsletter, web site, and page on Facebook for the announcement.


About Globe

Firefighters need to be prepared to perform at their peak, on every call. That’s why Globe delivers the most advanced, best-fitting, and longest lasting protection by listening to our customers, creating breakthrough designs, and applying the engineering skills of the nation’s most trusted turnout gear manufacturer. Globe 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 Protection Technologies

DuPont Protection Technologies (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 resources, programs, training, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. Learn more at



Annual Craft Fair


Don’t miss the annual Craft Fair at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield, Saturday, December 5, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. A dozen local artisans feature fine seasonal crafts of all types including knits, decorative items, fresh greenery, gourmet selections and much more including items offered by the Pittsfield Historical Society. Luncheon is available and offered by the Dorcas Guild. There is parking and a wheelchair accessible entrance at rear of church at Chestnut Street. For more information call the church office at 435-7471.



Letter To The Editor


I am very grateful to the Pittsfield Police officers who responded to my frantic call about a wild animal in my house. It’s all very funny now but it was pretty scary last night when, sitting down to relax, I saw an animal walk across my living room, down the hall headed to my bedroom !  I was understandably frightened. I’ve only been in this rural country home a few years and this was a new and unexpected encounter with the wild!


Reaching my bedroom and hearing it in my closet I quickly closed the doors trapping it inside.  After a few frantic moments considering my options, I called the police!  I am so grateful to their quick response! It’s all very laughable in retrospect. It could have been a fisher cat or rabid raccoon, so I’m serious when I say the officer bravely entered the closet and searched until she found the possum hiding in the far corner.



Officers Kristina Martineau and Brandon Walker chased it around the bedroom as it scurried under my bed and behind dressers finally cornering it. Upon release it bee lined it for my front steps where it has apparently made its home in the protected area under the steps.


A “have a heart” trap is on my shopping list, but for today I am extremely grateful for the Pittsfield Police who “protect and serve“ our community, even removing wild animals from bedroom closets!


Reminder, be careful to never leave doors open on cold nights or you’re likely to have unwanted guests!


Mary Ellen Siudut



Christmas Sing-along Planned


“Caroling, caroling,” a Christmas sing-along, is set for Friday, December 11, 7-8 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield. It will feature a variety of your old favorite Christmas carols (with the original words!) to sing along. Light refreshments and fellowship will follow. Be sure to mark your calendar for this enjoyable event for all ages. Bring a friend! There is parking and a wheelchair accessible entrance at rear of church at Chestnut Street. For more information call the church office at 435-7471.


Shop Small - Do your Christmas Shopping Locally by Meggin Dail It may be said that I’m pretty good at this shopping thing, especially when buying gifts for others. I am a self-proclaimed shopping guru and am usually very good at choosing unexpected gifts for even those hardest to buy for and I am willing to share my hints with you, all without having to leave your neighborhood. Now pay attention, I’m about to reveal to you some gift hiding spots in no particular order.


Gift cards and certificates are, of course, the easiest gift around and you may not realize many local shops offer them. Places like Combustion Motorworks of Barnstead, Bergeron Protective Clothing of Epsom, The Pittsfield Players, Chichester Massage (at a discount this Saturday),  Classic-U of Epsom (at a discount this Friday), Clark’s Grain Store of Chichester, Davis Fuels of Epsom and many others are ready for you to stop by and give the gift of choice.


While I love receiving gift cards, I am usually apt to try and find either that perfect gift or the unusual one. If you’re like me, a gift card is the last resort, but if gift cards are your thing, make sure they’re from local shops and send your recipient somewhere that may become their new favorite store.


Looking for the perfect gift? Around this time of year shops pull out all the stops and you’ll see things appearing at that point of purchase (the cash register) you’ve never seen before. Take a look around and you’ll be surprised what is just right for everyone on your gift list.


Granite Image doesn’t just sell faxes and copies, owner, Denise Robinson is also a crafter and has book journals, bookmarks and jewelry available at her Epsom Shoppes store.


Tim’s Truck Capital has more than big boy toys for sale, their showroom is a mecca for the truck enthusiast with truck accessories for sale in their new location.


Bickford’s Sport Center, whether you want to surprise someone with a new Ski-Doo is up to you, but they also offer hats, socks, jackets, helmets and more. Plus I noticed just yesterday, owner Paula has “Paula’s Preserves” for purchase, in six different flavors!


Need an idea for that hard-to-buy for man on your list? I was floored to find out last year that Bergeron Protective Clothing of Epsom sells boots and flashlights right in their showroom, among other handy tools. Bergeron is not just for firefighters but for anyone who works in extreme conditions and relies on equipment that works!


Walk into Companion Animal Hospital, Suncook River Veterinary Clinic or Northwood Veterinary Hospital and you’ll find something for that pet lover in your life. Whether it’s new leash, fur baby shampoo or some kitty toys and treats, you’ll be sure to please.


Valley Artisans not only boasts probably one of the oldest buildings on this list, located right off Route 4 on Goboro Road in Epsom but also features all handmade crafts made right here in New Hampshire. Whether it’s glasswork, quilting, knitting, jewelry, ornaments, baby items, bird houses, sauces, vanilla or rubs, you’ll quickly realize this must be where Santa’s elves work year-round.


The Little Red Hen Country Gift Shop on Norris Road Pittsfield also needs to be a stop on your list if it’s country you’re looking to find. This shop has many local crafters, quilters, weavers, artists, honeys and more. They’re having an open house this weekend.


Forget-Me-Not Flowers and Gifts right down the street from Jitters on Main Street in Pittsfield, not only offers fine silk and fresh flower arrangements but live plants, small gifts, candles and handmade gift cards.


Paul’s Unisex of Pittsfield, Natural Look Salon of Epsom, Cindy’s Hair Affair of Pittsfield and Classic-U Salon of Epsom has beauty products that you can only get at registered salons such as these. Those hard to buy for teen girls on your list would appreciate being pampered at home with stylish hair, nail and beauty products.


Clark’s Grain Store is not just your Blue Seal provider but a mecca of gifts for everyone on your list including the cook, gardener, pet enthusiast, horse lover, bird watcher and more. Walk in and browse around, the shop holds much more than you think.


For something truly unique, try Rustique, the truly upcycled one-of-a-kind vintage furniture store in Northwood. Bridget makes sure every piece is unique and can even take special orders for your living room, dining room or bedroom plus smaller pieces for decor.


Maxfield’s of Pittsfield and Heritage True Value of Northwood has enough for the entire family whether it’s Christmas lights and inflatables, tools, toys, cooking, canning and more, you’ll find something unique you never thought to look for.


Got some one who’s gluten free? Get them some goodies at Hunky Dunk Farm and Keepin’ It Local Market in Northwood where you’ll also find locally grown and organics in the vegetable, meat and bread categories as well as honey and pollen, granola and dairy.


Danis Supermarket of Pittsfield and The Store, a convenience store in Allenstown, should be on your list and might just help you fill a stocking or a food pantry. Food makes great gifts at any time of year. Cooks just love those spices and unique ingredients or tasty treats and snacks and almost everyone appreciates candy, coffee or a fruit basket.


You could give the gift of time by providing a stay at Graylag cabins on Wild Goose Pond in Pittsfield, or scheduling a delivery of sand or salt from K&K Landscape Supplies or Fill-More of Loudon, a tractor service from Charley’s Tractors or finally finishing that project with Patty Sabbia Painting or Epsom Tool Rental.


Treat yourself! New crowns at Northwood Family Dental; a new car from M&M Ford of Epsom; a new house from Exit Realty of Pittsfield; some piece of mind from The Paige Agency of Pittsfield or Steven’s Insurance Agency of Epsom; a new job from Dail Transportation; some child care from Blueberry Express Day Care of Pittsfield or Circle Child Care of Epsom; a nice breakfast at Northwood Diner, 3M Diner of Deerfield or Jitters Cafe of Pittsfield; a sense of peace from any one of our local churches; flexibility from Journey to Peace Yoga and Wellness or Professional Physical Therapy Services of Pittsfield; a fresh shave at Platinum Barber Shop and Shave Parlor of Chichester; a tune-up from B-Boys Auto Repair of Barnstead or an oil change from Goodwin Auto of Epsom or H & W Automotive of Loudon; a clean-up from Ponderosa Salvage of Epsom or Jungle Jim’s;  and many, many more services and specialties found right here in our Suncook Valley Business Directory.


So, you see, there are plenty of gifting opportunities right here in our own backyards. No need to brave the crowds or hunt for sales. The Suncook Valley Sun holds your wish list right here within these pages.



Letter To The Editor


It appears the special interest groups continue to raise havoc with the foundational fabric of America, small communities being no exception. In 2006 in an effort to shelter our children from potential harm, minimize undesirable activity and promote the overall safety and well being of all its citizens, the Town of Pittsfield enacted a curfew ordinance at its March Town Meeting, which numerous downtown residents agree has been working well. Evidently it’s a problem for the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire (ACLU-NH) who “sent letters recently to several municipalities with curfews, stating that provision of their ordinances is ‘unconstitutional and bad policy’” according to a recent article in the Concord Monitor, with the expectation that communities will stop enforcing the ordinance or be sued.


“Bad policy” for who? On its website, the ACLU states that it “fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C. to safeguard everyone’s rights.” As a matter of fact, this is the same group that opposed Governor Hassan’s stance on the Syrian refugees in an article a few days prior. While on the surface it may seem like a noble cause as they “work to change policy as well as hearts and minds,” the “safeguarding” undermines authority to the benefit of a select minority, leaving the majority behind.


Edmund Burke had it right when he said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” It’s time we, the (hardworking, law-abiding, taxpaying) people, stop sleeping while our ability to live moral and peaceful lives is eroded away by tenacious social groups. Let’s not follow other communities who have given in to this bias but rather lead by example at our March Town Meeting by maintaining our curfew ordinance. This is a local community decision.


Linda Small




American Legion Legion Post 88 News

Submitted By Commander Shawn Jones


Mike Hartt with display boards for the AL Oratorical Programs.


Mike Hartt addressing the MVMS assembly.


Post 88 Commander Shawn Jones and C&Y Officer Michael Hartt pose for a picture after the Veteran’s Day assembly.


Troop 247 Scout Wade Fisher and Commander Shawn Jones pose together for a photo.


At our November meeting we had 11 members present. Sr. Vice Commander Gary Tasker and Judge Advocate Stan Prescott gave reports from the building committee. They continue to work on the redesign of our new building and have met with a local contractor to get a price on the work that needs to be done.


I updated the membership on the work that Children & Youth Officer Mike Hartt has been doing. He was invited to give a speech at Merrimack Valley Middle School(MVMS) on November 10th during a Veteran’s Day Assembly. Mike made up two display boards for the Junior and High School Oratorical Programs and set them up at the school. He also put out informational flyers for students and guest to take with them. Mike was able to give a Public Service Announcement(PSA)on the program. He represented our post well and we’d like to thank Principal Patricia Severance, Assistant Principal William Hinkle and the students of MVMS for inviting us veterans and showing how much they appreciate us. A job well done by those students over there. They sure did put smiles on all the veteran’s and their family members faces. It would be great if we can get some students from these schools who would be interested in competing for some prize money. If anyone has any questions please contact either American Legion Post 88 in Loudon or Post 31 in Penacook. Both posts have a C&Y officer who can answer your questions. Next Mike has plans to reach out to our Lighthouse and AGAPE Homeschool Associations as the programs of the American Legion is not just limited to public school students. He also wants to see if Post 21 in Concord has any interest in doing a joint presentation on the Oratorical Programs at Concord High School.


Since our October meeting I attended the Fall Conference on October 31st at Post 1 in Laconia and the Department Executive Committee (DEC) meeting on November 14th at Post 43 in Manchester. Topics discussed where membership, dues increases, the June convention in North Conway, IRS tax exempt status, do’s and don’ts of running a meeting where just some of the topics covered. At the DEC meeting nominations for Department Treasurer where made. PDC Bob Dione was the only nominee and was voted to fill the recent vacant seat of Dept. Treasurer to finish out the term that expires in June. We also voted in favor of a NH Departmental dues increase from $45 to $50. Also discussed those posts that have caught the eye of the Department including two in District 5 that have needed corrective action taken by the Department to make sure they maintain the full honesty and integrity of the American Legion in maintaining their post operations. One Son’s of The American Legion Squadron’s charter was voted on to be pulled due to a lack of members participating in the squadron. Lastly I attended the Veteran’s Day Ceremony in Boscawen on November 11th. It was a wet morning but well worth my efforts since it was said that there are military men and woman who are serving in worst conditions than a little rain. I was able to dry off for a little while on one of the NHVH buses that our own Fred Osgood was riding on. It was nice to visit with Fred and catch up with him. He is still enjoying his stay at the “Old Soldiers Home”. We’ll see you later in December Fred when we come up to bring a donation to the Resident Benefit Fund.


From November 19th through November 23rd the Lead Candidate for 2016 National Commander, Charlie Schmidt from the Department of Oregon will be in the state visiting various posts and participating in various events through out NH.


Our 2016 membership renewals so far are at 71.23%. We need to have all members pay their 2016 dues no later than December 16th to avoid the extra $5.00. I can’t say enough, don’t wait until January to pay your 2016 dues. We need them into us by 12/16/15 so that our Adjutant can process the payments and send them into the Department. If there are any readers who belong to Post 200 and wish to join your local post and save $20 a year please contact me.


Motions where made by members to donate $250.00 to the Loudon Food Pantry and $150.00 for the USMC Toys for Tots program. Gary Tasker will deliver the donation to the food pantry and Mike Moffett will take the donation down to the Marine Corps.


Our Commander’s Fund Raffle winners for November where: $50-R.Sylvester,$25-K.Wood,$10-M.Brogan,$10-D.Denis & $5-E.Bean. Congratulations to our winners.


Our next meeting will be on December 16th at 7 PM at Charlie’s Barn. We look forward to seeing you there. Have a Merry Christmas and God Bless You all. Thank you all for being members of Loudon Post 88, with out your support we wouldn’t have a post.








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