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Pittsfield NH News

December 30, 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.



PYW Family Fun


Dodgeball Tournament

To Benefit the Youth of Pittsfield

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Start time 10:00 AM

Pittsfield Middle High School

23 Oneida St

Pittsfield NH 03263

(snow date January 30, 2016)


Registration Fee $40 ($5.00 per person) 8 players per team (with a maximum of sixteen teams competing. Open Division (anyone can enter) will begin followed by the Youth Division (grade 8 and under) . $3.00 admission at the door.  Youth under 10 are free.


Contact Paula Martel or Zach Powers at PYW 435-8272 or [email protected]



American Legion Post 88 News

Submitted By Commander Shawn Jones


Sr. Vice Commander Gary Tasker presenting Sue Houck of the Loudon Food Pantry with a donation of $250.00


At our December meeting we had 11 members in attendance. Gary Tasker gave a report from the building committee. They have met with a contractor and are coming up with bid specifications. The contractor will give us a quote to renovate our post. If we do not like the amount we can put the work out for bid knowing what the bid specs will be. Shane Labonte will contact Home Depot and Lowes and see if they will be willing to make a donation to our building expenses to include labor and supplies. They will also work with Larry Elliot to get a Home Depot charge card so that supplies can be bought.


Mike Moffett showed us the year books he’s been working on. He’s gathered newspaper clippings and photos from the past four years and organizing them chronologically. We may even enter these in next years Department Post Year Book competition. We appreciate the time and effort our Historian has undertaken in documenting our posts history.


We voted to donate $250.00 to the Loudon Food Pantry for its Christmas baskets. We also voted to donate $500.00 to the NH Veteran’s Home resident benefit fund.


We did not make 100 percent membership by the end of December. Joe processed four membership renewals at the December meeting, this will put us over the 75.34% renewals that Department has us at as of 12/9/15.


Starting in January 2016 the membership dues are $30.00 still a bargain to some other posts and Department whose dues have gone up to $50.00. The NH Department’s goal for our post is to recruit two new members for 2016. If you know of anyone interested in learning about the benefits joining please have that person contact me for a membership brochure. As customary Post 88 will pay the new member’s dues for the first year if they’d like.


From our Department Adjutant’s Newsletter. “The Mid-Winter conference will be held on January 30, 2016. The location for this conference will be at the Roland E. Patnode Post 7, Rochester N.H. This conference will include the Auxiliary, Son of the American Legion and Junior Auxiliary.


The doors open at 8:00 AM with coffee and registration, with the opening joint session to begin at 9:00 AM.


We are proud to have this year our National Judge Advocate, Phil Onderdonk, who will be addressing our Legionnaires in our normal training. If you have not had a chance to hear our National Judge Advocate speak you are in for a treat. He will be addressing any affecting the American Legion and hopefully as many questions you may have as time allows.


This would be the year to come to this conference if you have not previously.”


The Legion’s Oratorical Competitions are coming up for the 2016 year. These contests are open to all students from grades five to twelve including home schoolers. If a parent(s) want to learn more about the American Legion Oratorical contest go to or contact me.


Our Commander’s Fund Raffle winners for December where: $50-G. Tasker,$25-S. Johnstone,$10-R. Smith,$10-R. Letendere & $5-B. Boardman. Congratulations to our winners.


Our next meeting will be on January 20th at 7 PM at Charlie’s Barn. I hope you all have a Happy and Healthy New Year.



The Dorcas Guild


The December meeting of the Dorcas Guild of the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield, which was the annual Christmas Pot Luck and Gift Exchange, opened with a welcome by President Nancy Fogg. Peggy Jacobs began a time of devotions by reading a paraphrased Christmas version of 1 Corinthians 13. Nancy led the group in prayer culminating with “The Lord’s Prayer.” The group then enjoyed a delicious meal.


Diane Vaughan reported on some Christmas correspondence both sent and received. November 2015 minutes were approved with some minor changes. Reny Boyd gave the treasurer’s report, also accepted. Nella Hobson offered the Craft Fair results. Mittens and hats will remain for sale throughout December.


The food basket will go from Evelyn Sheehy Richard to Nancy in January and then Gailann Newton. The mystery package will be brought by Mary Jo Powelson in January.


The Nominating Committee offered the 2016 slate of officers, unanimously accepted: President, Mary Jo Powelson; Vice Presidents: Kathy Bergeron and Nancy Fogg; Recording Secretary: Nella Hobson; Corresponding Secretary: Diane Vaughan; Treasurer: Bev Murdough.


The president asked for a volunteer to purchase kitchen supplies with Linda Towle volunteering.


While we enjoyed dessert, we had our gift exchange with many lovely gifts exchanged. Reny provided a cute snowflake ornament for each attendee.        


Next month’s meeting will be held January 12, 2016 at 7 pm, with hostesses Paula Corriveau and Evelyn Sheehy Richard. Wednesday meetings will be suspended until February 3, 2016.



Final Awards Given In 2015 Globe Gear Giveaway


Globe, DuPont Protection Technologies, and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) are wrapping up the 2015 Globe Gear Giveaway Program by providing two more departments with turnout gear. The Cairo Volunteer Fire Department in Mississippi and the Mountain View Volunteer Fire Department in Oklahoma will each receive four sets of new Globe turnout gear.


In 2015, 13 departments in need have been awarded a total of 52 sets of state-of-the-art Globe turnout gear to help protect their firefighters. All Globe gear is made with DuPont™ Nomex® and Kevlar® fibers, providing proven protection and top performance. The recipients were selected through a competitive nationwide application process and demonstrated a great need for the gear that they were unable to fulfill on their own.


“We thank Globe and DuPont for recognizing the critical need and taking action to help volunteer departments as they struggle to find funding to obtain gear and equipment for their firefighters,” said NVFC Chairman Kevin D. Quinn. “Four sets of new, compliant gear will go a long way in helping these departments enhance the safety, efficiency, and morale of their personnel.”


The Cairo Volunteer Fire Department in Booneville, MS, serves 1,200 residents in a 25-square-mile area. They also run mutual aid calls with four other departments. Their very small annual operating budget is barely enough to pay for basic utilities and fuel, let alone new gear. In fact, they currently do not have enough turnout gear for all their active members. The gear donation will help get them get closer to having a full set of compliant gear for all of their active members, as well as free up funds for upgrades in other vital areas


“Our new Globe gear will keep our volunteers much safer on the fire scene and allow us to be more productive in saving lives and property within our community and surrounding communities,” said Chief Jerad Sims. “This award is greatly appreciated by our department and the whole community.”


The Mountain View Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. (MVVFD) provides fire protection and first responder services to the rural community of Muskogee, OK. Their service area includes 2,500 residents as well as a variety of buildings and businesses, a section of a river, and several highways. MVVFD also offers a community center for residents, which includes an underground tornado shelter, and maintains


a helipad for Life Flight helicopters. Their 16 volunteer firefighters work to protect life and property by providing response services, assisting residents with obtaining and installing smoke alarms, and educating the community about fire prevention. Of the department’s 17 sets of gear, 12 sets are more than 15 years old. With the four sets of new Globe turnout gear, the department will be able to outfit more than half of their volunteers with new, up-to-standard gear.


“Proper equipment will give our volunteers the ability to help our community in a safe and effective manner when they need us most,” said MVVFD Board Chairman Bobby Allen. “We are grateful for the new Globe turnout gear, which gives our volunteers the proper protection that every firefighter should have when they are called to duty.”


Stay tuned to the NVFC’s weekly Dispatch newsletter and web site for a full wrap-up of the 2015 Globe Gear Giveaway program in early January.



New Members Appointed To VA Advisory Committee On Minority Veterans

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced the appointment of four new members to the Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans. The committee was chartered on November 2, 1994, and advises the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on the needs of the nation’s 4.7 million minority Veterans on compensation, health care, rehabilitation, outreach and other benefits and programs administered by the VA.   The committee assesses the needs of Veterans who are minority group members and recommends program improvements designed to meet their needs. The committee members are appointed to two or three-year terms. Minority Veterans comprise nearly 21 percent of the total Veteran population in the United States and its territories.


The new committee members are:

Melissa Castillo: Navy Veteran of San Antonio, Texas. Served as the Assistant Regional Director for San Antonio Region, Veterans County Service Officer Association of Texas; Assistant Women Veterans Coordinator; Advisor to the US Army Survivor Outreach Services Program; and Advisor to the Alamo Community College District Veterans Affairs Committee.  Currently serves as the Assistant Veterans Service Officer at the Bexar County Veterans Service Office in San Antonio, Texas, and is an accredited Veterans Service Officer.


Benno Cleveland: Army Veteran of Fairbanks, Alaska. Served two tours in Dong Tam, Vietnam where he earned a Purple Heart.  He also served as Senior Vice Commander and Department Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.  In recognition of his distinguished military service, the Alaska Federation of Natives bestowed him with their “Veteran of the Year” honors in 2014 at their Annual Convention in Anchorage. Mr. Cleveland also founded the Alaska Native Veterans Association and is currently serving as President. 


Ginger Miller: Navy Veteran of Accokeek, Maryland, and former homeless disabled Veteran. Ms. Miller became Founder and CEO of two nonprofit organizations that serve Veterans and their families: John 14:2, Inc. and Women Veterans Interactive.  She served as Chairwoman of the Prince George’s County Veterans Commission; Commissioner, Maryland Commission for Women; member of the Maryland Veterans Resilience Advisory Council; and a member of the Maryland Caregivers Support Coordinating Council.  She is currently a member of Disabled American Veterans.    


Xiomara Sosa:  Army Veteran of Summerville, South Carolina. Ms. Sosa is the Founder and Principal of XAS Consulting, LLC, an integrative mental healthcare and holistic wellness consulting firm. She served on the Women Veteran Social Justice board of directors; Military Partners and Families Veteran Initiative; the Semper Fidelis Health and Wellness Advisory Board; and a current member of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, Inc.   


The new members join current members:

Marvin Trujillo, Jr., Committee Chairman, Marine Corps Veteran

Many-Bears Grinder, Col. (USA-Ret)

Patricia Jackson-Kelley, Lt. Col. (USA-Ret)

Librado Rivas, Command Sgt. Maj. (USA-Ret)

Teresita Smith, Sgt. First Class (USA-Ret)

Rebecca Stone, Staff Sgt. (USA-Ret)

Cornell Wilson, Jr., Maj. Gen. (USMC-Ret)

Anthony Woods, Army Veteran



Homecoming for Todd Connor. From left to right: seated is Jane LeDuc, daughter Ashley Connor, father Spec. Todd Connor, wife Pamela Connor. In the background is District 5 officer Tony Rabbia.



Josiah Carpenter Library January News And Events


Stop by the library for a warm cup of coffee or tea and check out the new books! New to the library: The Martian by Andy Weir; Twists and Turns: An eclectic collection of stories by Carmel Portillo; Either the End or the Beginning of Everything by Terry Farish; How to Code in Ten Easy Lessons by Sean McManus; Diva and Flea by Mo Williams and There was an Old Monster by Rebecca Emberley.


Library Closed Friday January 1st in Observance of New Year’s 


Josiah Teen Book Worms Discussing “The Testing” by Joelle Charbonneau on Thursday January 7th   between  7-8:30  pm at the library


Preschool story hour Thursdays January 7, 14, 21 and 28 10:00 am – 11:00 am. January themes are cats, kittens, mittens, penguins and shapes! Join Mrs. Grainger & Ms. Rosalie for a fun filled hour of stories, crafts and a snack. Ages 2 – 5


Library Scrapbooking Day! Join us while we review 2015 and make the most of our memories with the library scrapbooking project, Wednesday January 13th from 3:30-4:30.  All ages


Library Closed on Monday, January 18th in Observance of Martin Luther King’s birthday.


Library Board of Trustees Meeting Tuesday, January 19th , 2015, 7 pm


January 20th Outreach program to Blueberry Express Daycare 10:00-11:00


3rd round of Lego Club at the library begins Wednesday January 20th at 3:30 pm Build and tell your stories- sign-up required


Pittsfield Writer’s Circle on Thursday, January 21st at 7 pm at the library. Writing prompt: New Year’s resolutions, which ones have worked in the past? Which ones are you aspiring to in 2016? 


Read Meet & Talk Join us for an exciting book discussion on “The Light Between Oceans” by M.L. Stedman at the Pittsfield Senior Community Center Tuesday January 26th at 10:30. Stay for a leisurely lunch afterward.



Pittsfield Wellness Coalition Update


The Pittsfield Wellness Coalition held its third meeting on Monday, December 14, in the PMHS media center.  Twelve community members and educators participated.


Two key tasks were accomplished by Coalition members present:  (1) the group’s draft charter was completed; the charter outlines the work of the coalition; once approved at its next meeting, the Coalition will bring the draft charter to our School Board for review and approval; and (2) Coalition members engaged in a root cause analysis, in which potential causes of addition in Pittsfield were identified.


The Coalition’s next meeting is scheduled for 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, January 11, in the PMHS media center.  In addition to finalizing the draft charter, Coalition members will review evidence-based strategies for addressing the potential causes of addiction that were previously identified.  Annika Stanley-Smith, consultant from the Capital Area Public Health Network, is assisting with research on strategies.


The Pittsfield Wellness Coalition meets two times each month; the group meets from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. on the second Monday of each month and from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month; meetings are being held in the PMHS media center.


All Pittsfield residents and educators are invited to participate in the group’s meetings, with no long-term obligation; the next meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, January 11, in the PMHS media center.




Bette (Hilliard) Hackman


Boscawen – Bette (Hilliard) Hackman, 90, died Friday, December 18, 2015 at the Merrimack County Health Care Center in Boscawen.


Born in Loudon on February 24, 1925, Bette was the daughter of Alvah and Rebecca (Campbell) Hilliard and was a graduate of Pittsfield High School, Class of 1942. She joined the labor force to assist with the war effort during World War II, working for several companies in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  She was later employed by Ammon Instruments in Manchester for several years.


She enjoyed crossword puzzles, needlework and traveling to yard sales and craft fairs. Bette also loved to play card games with her family, was an avid Bruins fan and was known for her sense of humor and witty responses. She loved to go for rides and see nature, always finding joy doing so with her husband, Paul, from their marriage in 1950 to his death in 1988.


Bette’s sisters had always been her best friends and together they were known as “the Golden Girls.”  All her siblings, Everett, Ethel, Beulah, Winnie, Rebecca, and Frances, predeceased her.


Bette is survived by two daughters, Victoria Arceci of Jaffrey and Rebecca Kidder of Gilmanton; three grandchildren, Brian and Molly Kidder and Lindsey Arceci. She also leaves a brother-in-law, Marvin Hackman, and treasured nieces and nephews.


Friends and family gathered at the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home in Epsom on Monday, December 28th. Burial followed at the Loudon Center Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, because of Bette’s love of animals, memorial donations may be made in her name to the Pope Memorial SPCA, 94 Silk Farm Road, Concord, NH 03301.


An on-line guestbook is available at



Robert W.Thrall


Robert William Thrall, 80, of Siel Road, died peacefully at the Pleasant view Nursing Home, Concord following a long illness. He was born October 20, 1935 in Mt. Kisco, NY, the son of William L. and M. Dorothy (Roxby) Thrall.  He was a graduate of White Plains High School in 1954. He also graduated from St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY in 1958. He married his wife Ruth (Olson) in 1957.


He worked in the insurance industry at Glen Falls Ins. Co. and National Fire/Casualty Co. During his insurance career as a insurance agent he lived in Glen Falls NY; Wheaton, IL; Grand Rapids MI; and Richfield,CT. In 1963 he and his father opened the W. L. Thrall Hardware and Garden Center in Old Lyme, CT. He was later a commercial airline pilot for Pilgrim Airlines in Groton, CT. He was a “ham radio” operator, and a computer enthusiast. He enjoyed RV travel, boating, golfing, flying, the NE Patriots and especially his beloved home on Treasure Island, Lake Winnipesaukee.


He is survived by his wife Ruth of Pittsfield. Three Daughters, Carolyn T. Larson and husband Eric of Concord, Joanne E. Shurbert and husband William of Alton Bay and Sandra T. Found and husband Andrew of Pittsfield. Four grandchildren, Nathan Larson, Kate Larson and her wife Alex, Brita Larson Guirguis and husband Andrew and Anna Larson.


A Memorial Service followed by a reception will be scheduled in the spring at the Waters Funeral Home 50 So. Main St. Concord. An urn burial will follow in the Floral Park Cemetery, Pittsfield. The Waters Funeral Home-Perkins & Pollard Memorial Home is assisting with arrangements.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CRVNA Hospice Program 30 Pillsbury St. Concord, NH 03301


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