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Pittsfield NH News

December 23, 2015

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The annual meeting of the Pittsfield Historical Society will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at the Society’s headquarters at 13 Elm St. The meeting will be at 7:00 PM.



AJ O’Hara and his crew from NH Electric Cooperative were back to install the newly painted and re-rigged sign over the entry of the Scenic Theatre. The crew brought two bucket trucks and weaved their way around the electric wires that are so close to the front of the theater to hang the sign. The Pittsfield Players want to thank AJ and his crew for their help completing this project.



Candlelight Christmas Eve


Join your friends and neighbors and bring the whole family to a wonderful traditional candlelight service this Thursday, Christmas Eve, 7 p.m., at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main St., Pittsfield. The service includes beautiful music by the Chancel Choir and the JuBellation Handbell Choir, scripture lessons, the story of the first Christmas, the sanctuary shimmering in candlelight and the singing of “Silent Night.” Include this lovely evening service in your holiday plans. Parking and wheelchair accessible entry are available at rear of church at Chestnut Street. For more information, call the church office at 435-7471.



Pittsfield Middle High School Girls Basketball

Submitted By Coach Heidi Hall

Kneeling Lt-Rt:  Jordyn Pinto, Destinee Ellis, Lindsey Massey, Kylee Morel, Alyssa Sullivan, Gretchen Hilton. Standing Lt-Rt: Meredith Smith, Katie Rollins, Brie Hill, Rachel Thompson, Jaden Vincent, Coach Heidi Hall


The Pittsfield Middle High School Girls Varsity Basketball team has started their season! The graduation of five seniors last year has left the Varsity team in a rebuilding year.


Kylee Morel and Katie Rollins are the two returning players that will bring experience to this year’s team with Morel at the point and Rollins working inside.


Newcomers Alyssa Sullivan, Lindsey Massey, and Brie Hill finish out the starters and add additional inside and outside scoring threats.


Jaden Vincent, Jordyn Pinto, and Rachel Thompson will come off the bench to spell the starters and bring outside shooting experience.


Gretchen Hilton, Raquel Sheridan, Meredith Smith, and Destinee Ellis round out the team and will play significant roles in helping build a strong team for now and the future.


Our first 3 games were against strong division foes. In the first game Pittsfield lost to Nute 56-31. They were led by Morel with 10 points and Rollins with 9 points. Alyssa Sullivan also had a good game scoring 6 points and led the team in steals with 5.


The second game we fell to Derryfield 39-29. After a slow first half of only scoring 8 points, Pittsfield came out strong in the second half scoring 21 points and picked up the defensive intensity. Katie Rollins led the charge with all 9 of her points coming in the second half. Jordyn Pinto had a strong game off the bench scoring 5 points in the 3rd quarter.


Our third game was a loss to Epping 50-23. Rollins was top scorer with 8 points followed by Morel with 7 points and Lindsey Massey with 5 points.


We will be participating in the Farmington Christmas Tournament again this year with 3 games scheduled. On Saturday, 12/26, we play the host Farmington at 6:30pm, Sunday, 12/27, we play Mascoma at 3:30pm, and Monday, 12/28, we play Newmarket at 2:00pm. We would love to see you there!



VA Plans To Propose Expanded Disability Benefits Eligibility For Veterans Exposed To Contaminated Water At Camp Lejeune

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it plans to propose expanded disability compensation eligibility for Veterans exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.


From 1953 to 1987, water sources at the base were contaminated with industrial solvents that are correlated with certain health conditions.  Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald decided to propose presumptions of service connection for certain conditions associated with these chemical solvents following discussions between environmental health experts at the Veterans Health Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).


“The water at Camp Lejeune was a hidden hazard, and it is only years later that we know how dangerous it was,” said Secretary McDonald.  “We thank ATSDR for the thorough review that provided much of the evidence we needed to fully compensate Veterans who develop one of the conditions known to be related to exposure to the compounds in the drinking water.”


ATSDR determined that the drinking water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated with perchloroethylene, trichloroethylene, vinyl chloride, benzene and other petroleum contaminants from leaking storage tanks from 1953 to 1987.  ATSDR also determined that prolonged exposure to these chemicals increases the risk of certain health conditions.


Based upon VA’s review of current medical science and ATSDR’s findings, Secretary McDonald intends to propose creation of a  presumption of service connection for the following conditions:


Kidney Cancer

Liver Cancer

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma


Multiple Myeloma


Parkinson’s Disease

Aplastic Anemia / Myelodysplastic Syndromes


The Secretary’s proposal would also expand benefits eligibility to Reserve and National Guard personnel who served at Camp Lejeune for any length of time from August 1, 1953, through December 31, 1987.   These personnel would be presumed to have been exposed to the contaminated water during their Reserve or National Guard service and, in appropriate circumstances, to have been disabled by such exposure during service, thus allowing them to qualify for VA benefits under the statutory definition of “Veteran.”


 This would make them eligible for VA disability compensation and medical care for any of the presumptive conditions, and their surviving dependents would be eligible for dependency and indemnity compensation and burial benefits.


VA is working on regulations that would establish these presumptions, making it easier for affected Veterans to receive VA disability compensation for these conditions.  While VA cannot grant any benefit claims based on the proposed presumption of service connection for these conditions until it issues its final regulations, it encourages Veterans who have a record of service at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, and develop a condition that they believe is related to exposure to the drinking water at the base, to file a disability compensation claim with VA.


VA will continue to grant claims for disabilities claimed to be associated with exposure to the contaminants that can be granted under current regulations and review of the evidence in each case. If a claim for service connection for one of the proposed presumptive conditions would be denied under current regulations, the denial will be stayed until VA issues its final regulations. VA will announce when the regulations are final and presumptive benefits can begin to be awarded. For more information on applying for these benefits, visit:


Veterans who served at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, are already eligible to receive VA healthcare for up to 15 health conditions.  More information, including a full list of covered conditions, can be found online at:


Veterans can establish eligibility for healthcare benefits by submitting VA Form 10-10EZ online at, downloading it at and returning it to any VA Medical Center or Clinic, or by calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387), Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM (Eastern Time).


VA is reimbursing certain veterans’ family members for eligible out-of-pocket medical expenses related to the 15 covered conditions. More information can be found at:




Beatrice (Bea) Boudette


Franklin- Beatrice (Bea) Boudette died Monday the 23rd of November at the Brookdale Senior Living Community in Franklin MA.


Born in 1928 to Rosario and Mederise (nee Auger) Drolet in Pittsfield NH, Beatrice was raised on a dairy farm and worked to develop the family business alongside her parents and sisters Phyllis and Janet.


In 1946 she graduated from Pittsfield High School and then went on to continue her education at the University of New Hampshire where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in bacteriology in 1950.


Upon graduating, Bea moved to Boston MA and was employed as a cancer researcher for the Children’s Cancer Research Foundation (future Dana-Faber Cancer Institute).  Under the direction of Sidney Farber MD, Bea was part of the research team that contributed so significantly to the basis of modern cancer treatment.


In 1961 Bea married a former UNH classmate, Eugene (Gene) Boudette, a geologist employed by the US Geological Survey. The couple took up residence in Alexandria, VA and then later in the District of Columbia. During their marriage Bea and Gene also lived in Vermont, Maine, Arizona, and most recently back in their native New Hampshire.


Bea is remembered for her varied interests, which included gardening, cooking, sewing, and historical architecture. She was admired for her lovely singing voice and derived much enjoyment from her membership with various community choruses and church choirs.


She is survived by her children, Jennifer and Stephen Boudette, her nephew Lawrence Augustine, and her granddaughters, Sophie and Vivien Boudette.


The George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home of Dedham, MA, has been entrusted with the arrangements.


A memorial mass will be held at a future date T.B.A. Online guestbook at








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