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Pittsfield NH News

January 28, 2015

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Happy Belated Birthday Kyle Hamel who celebrated a birthday on January 21!


Celebrating Birthdays this week are: Andrea Riel, January 29 and Wesley Ward, January 30.


Happy Birthday!





The Lions are having a fundraiser for Lions Camp Pride but are not asking for money, they want your shoes. Yes, gently used shoes which will be sent to the Rerun Program (a non-profit) that runs a center for disabled adults. The workers refurbish the shoes and then they are sent out to Africa for distribution. Lions Camp Pride will be paid for every pair of shoes that we collect.  Men’s Shoes • Women’s Shoes • Athletics • Kid’s Shoes • Sandals • Athletic Cleats, please, no high heels or winter boots. In the month of February the Lions will have collection containers at The First Congregational Church, Globe, Jitters Café and Stars & Stripes Auctions, LLC. Lions Camp Pride, located at Merrymeeting Lake in New Durham, NH is a fully handicapped accessible facility built and operated by the 42 Lions Clubs of eastern New Hampshire.


Bring us your shoes and help support a fun filled summer vacation for a child with disabilities.



American Legion Post 88 News


Hello Legion Family,

I hope most of you who are still living in New England are making the best of this cold winter we are having. If you are in need of anything please let your post know. We have a Service Officer and Chaplain ready to serve our veterans in need.


I attended a special election meeting on January 17th along with our Chaplain Larry Hemphill. The purpose of the meeting was to elect new interim leaders for District 5. I was nominated to serve at District Commander but turned down that nomination. I nominated Rick Dube of Post 28 who was servicing at 2nd Vice Commander to be our next District Commander. He was elected as such and I was then nominated to serve as 1st Vice Commander and was voted in to serve in this capacity. Roger Lafleur also of Post 28 Suncook was voted in as 2nd Vice Commander.  District 5 now has two officers serving each from Loudon and Suncook, one from Post 122 Concord and one from Post 21 Concord. What this means is that 4 out 12 posts now have officers at the District level. It should not be up to four posts to run the district’s business but should be spread around other posts for better representation. I encourage all members to think about serving in some capacity whether as a Post or District officer or on a post committee. District will be holding elections again sometime in April and any Legion member is eligible to run for any one of the positions available. I will write more about these available positions as we near April.


At the end of the month I will be attending the 2015 Mid-Winter Conference hosted by Post 7 in Rochester. More from this meeting will be disseminated in a future article.


Our current membership level is now up to 78.95%. We are now 3rd in the district. Please keep those membership renewals coming in.


At future meetings we will be discussing our plans for the Memorial Day parade and other activities or programs our post may want to do in the coming year. We will also be discussing our up coming elections in April. We will be looking for individuals who want to serve for the 2015-2016 year.


Our next meeting will be on February 18th at the Loudon Community building at 1900 hours. Please come out to our meetings and help your post to help other’s. We need your ideas and commitment to help shape the future of our post.


In Comradeship,

Commander Shawn Jones



Saving The Saviors: How New Hampshire’s Globe Manufacturing Has Kept The World’s Firefighters Safe

Pittsfield Globe FF Suit.jpg

Last week, Globe Manufacturing represented New Hampshire manufacturing and firefighters from around the world in the editorial series This Built America.


Now in its fourth generation of family ownership, Globe has always been one of the great innovators in safety gear for firefighters. In recent years, the company has partnered with agencies like FEMA and the US Army to elevate the technology keeping our first responders safe.


“What we make, it doesn’t go in a machine and come out the other side,” says Gef Freese, great-grandson and senior vice president for operations at Globe. “It’s people who are doing it and they are really proud of what they do—they want the firefighters to come home alive.”


Globe isn’t just making an impact globally, their presence makes a huge difference locally as well. The company employs about 300 people in the Pittsfield area—around 10% of the town’s population.


To see how Globe Manufacturing continues to innovate firefighter safety, visit http:/// Or, follow This Built America on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+.


Globe Manufacturing joins a national movement in This Built America that is devoted to supporting American companies and American-made products. AOL is proud to support the effort along with sponsor Ford Trucks. Through the year, the editorial and video teams will explore 50 states in 50 weeks to bring 50 stories of the people who are bringing back manufacturing to America. The platform is produced in coordination with Man Made Content.



Letter To The Editor


The difference between the right wing and the liberals is this, the left are a bunch of slobs and conservatives are clean. When there is some sort of a rally or demonstration, the aftermath of the liberals looks like a pigpen. But when the Tea-Party is done with their event, you can eat off the floor. This says a  lot about the character of each.


One more item, Mr. Kelleher, you’re right on target with each one of your letters. Keep up the good work!



Gene Matras




Fremont H. Swain


Fremont H. Swain, 87, of Wentworth, died Jan. 18, 2015. He leaves behind the love of his life, Rita, to whom he was married 64 years. He also leaves four children: Sandra Sullivan and her husband Charles of Springvale, Maine; Penny Platts and her husband Fred of Alexandria; Rolfe Swain and his wife Linda of Cheyenne, Wyo.; and Wendy Cheney of Pittsfield. In addition he had five grandchildren: Kevin Swain, James Platts, Beth Farmer, Ryan Cheney, and Patrick Cheney; and three great-grandchildren.


He was a 50-year member of the Freemasons. He worked more than 20 years as head of maintenance at NH State Hospital in Concord and at YDC in Manchester. He was also a longtime member of Wentworth Congregational Church. He served his country while in the U.S. Navy and is known far and wide for his “tinkering” and crafts.


There was a brief service followed by Masonic Rites and a celebration of life held at Wentworth Congregational Church in Wentworth on Jan. 25. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Wentworth Congregational Church, PO Box 3 Wentworth, NH 03282.








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