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April 29, 2015

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Victory Workers 4-H Club


Come and celebrate the end of the winter and start of spring with the Victory Workers 4-H Club at a Spring Fling!


On Saturday, May 2nd, there will be food, animals, crafts, and great in-store sales at the Tractor Supply in Chichester. The Victory Workers 4-H Club will be having baked goods and lunch items for sale, and members will be teaching take-home crafts. Other members will also have their animals at the event for viewing and petting. 


Also, from April 22nd to May 3rd, Tractor Supplies nationwide are having a Paper Clover Campaign, where shoppers can buy a paper clover for $1 and all proceeds go to support 4-H around the country. Mark your calendars for May 2nd from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a fun-filled day at Tractor Supply!



Pittsfield’s Link To The Salem Witch Trials

By Carl Anderson


A Pittsfield selectman is buried under a boulder in the Catamount area.  Before you start speculating on which one, or how things could have gotten to this point, we’re talking about a ‘former’ selectman.  And before you start trying to recall if you’ve seen Tom Marston or Ed Vien around lately, we’re talking about 225 years ‘former.’  The selectman in question served Pittsfield about 1790.  His name was Elijah Peaslee and he farmed 500 acres of land where the Metcalf family now resides.  Elijah was a devout Quaker, born in 1741 in Kingston, NH, where he lived until he was married.  He and his wife Esther Goodale had nine children during their 45 year marriage, all born in Pittsfield, and many of whom moved to New Jersey upon reaching adulthood.  Go figure.  Anyway, Elijah met his demise in Pittsfield, in 1810, hopefully of natural causes and not as a result of his performance as a selectman.  He was reportedly buried in a grave ‘in the Catamount area’ on his South Pittsfield farm ‘marked only by a boulder.’


So, what about the witch?  Well, Elijah was a direct 4th generation descendant of Susannah North “Goody” Martin, of Amesbury, Mass., who was hanged as a witch at Gallows Hill in Salem, Mass., in 1692.  Susannah North was born in England and immigrated with her father and step-mother to America as a child.  She married blacksmith George Martin, and by the accounts available of her life, despite being a Puritan, she was outspoken and contemptuous of authority.  She had been accused of fornication and infanticide by a man claiming that she had a baby in a stable and was discovered ‘wringing its neck;” charges which were later dropped. Susannah saw more than her fair share of time in courtrooms of the day.  She was accused of witchcraft twice prior to her fateful conviction after a third accusation in 1692.  Despite the severity of her situation, Goody laughed out loud in the somber Puritan courtroom of Minister Cotton Mather when her teenage accuser claimed she gave her ‘fits.’  The Martins raised eight children in Amesbury, with direct lineage to Elijah Peaslee who ended up in Pittsfield in an unmarked grave under a boulder.






Cindy’s Hair Affair To Host Open House


Cindy’s Hair Affair, 7 Leavitt Rd,. in Pittsfield,  is hosting an open house  on Saturday, May 2nd from 9am until 12pm . Come and say hello to the crew at Cindy’s, and meet the newbies, Linda Zarzour, hair stylist, and Nathalie Snyder, licensed Massage Therapist. There will be raffles for great stuff: gift card for a haircut, DoTerra essential oils products, a 30 minute therapeutic massage, an aromatouch technique treatment, and a product basket. Gift certificates will be available for purchase for a special Mother’s Day present. Nathalie will also be offering free 10 minute chair massages and will be available to answer your questions about how therapeutic massage can improve your health and well-being. Bring a friend. This is an open house you don’t want to miss! 



What’s Up at PYW?


The past few months have been very busy for fundraising at the Pittsfield Youth Workshop (PYW). We would like to thank everyone who assisted us, and joined in at the Pasta Dinner meal to raise funds for replacing the flooring in the Drop-In Center. The evening was a great success! On Saturday, April 18, 2014 we held the 4th Annual Spring Fling Fundraiser at the Concord-Epsom Elks lodge. We truly appreciate the support of DJ Mark Minasalli - he did a fantastic job with the music, making sure the dance floor was full and the karaoke singers sounded awesome. We are so grateful for everyone who came out to support PYW, and all the amazing volunteers who helped plan and organize the event.


We want to acknowledge our signature sponsors for the evening: The Mellen Company, The Paige Agency, Citizens Bank - Pittsfield, Joe Darrah Enterprises, Pleasant View Gardens, Subway of Epsom, Keeley Painting Company, Rustic Crust, Stars N Stripes Auctions, Jack’s Pizza, New England Mechanical Overlay, Pittsfield Family Dental Center, Graylag Cabins, Davis Fuels of Epsom, The Tree Guy, Pennichuck Corporation and Terry Riel – Century 21 Thompson Real Estate.


We also want to remind the community that the 13th Annual Pittsfield Fiddle Contest will be held on Friday, June 5th, 2015. Save the date, and keep an eye out for more information. We hope to see you there!



Dorcas Guild – April 2015


The April 14 meeting of the First Congregational Church’s Dorcas Guild began with a call to order and welcome to the 12 attendees by President Nancy Fogg at 7:05 p.m. For devotions, Gailann Newton read “Optimism” from an issue of Daily Word.  Paula Corriveau continued with a reading of Psalm 121, “The Lord is My Guardian.” All joined in “The Lord’s Prayer,” and observed a moment of silence in remembrance of Joan Riel.


Mary Jo Powelson read correspondence. Paula reported on the “Just One” mission project. Minutes of the last meeting were printed on back of the agenda and were approved as written. The treasurer’s report accepted.   The food basket brought by Paula went to Evelyn Sheehy Richard and will go next to Nella. The mystery package brought by Jane Osborne went to Diane Vaughan.


Paula reported on the CAP program – the recipient very grateful as the needs are immediate. The Concord “PJ Party” continues as our 2015 service project. Nella reported that the new wood music cabinet is ready and will be installed. Diane was appointed as the new corresponding secretary.


Nancy volunteered to check with Jitters concerning the Guild’s annual banquet in June. Bev Murdough volunteered to do the devotions at the banquet. The Guild is considering new tablecloths for use at collations. Approximately 12-16 are needed. Several ladies will do some research.


A memorial donation to the church’s “Organ Maintenance Fund” in memory of Joan Riel was approved. Gloria O’Connor Biron reported on the Easter Breakfast and offered thanks for the Guild’s support and contributions. Our Prayer Partners were revealed, and all enjoyed refreshments supplied by our hostesses. The next meeting will be held May 12 with Kathy Bergeron and Mary Jo as hostesses. It is our “White Elephant” event. Wednesday work group continues each week 10 am to 2 pm.



Pittsfield Fire Department Service News

March 2015


During the month of March 58 calls for emergency service were received. Fire and EMS personnel responded to: 31 Medical emergencies, 5 Motor Vehicle collisions, 1 Chimney Fire, 9 Fire Alarm activations, 2 Service calls, 9 Good intent calls and 1 Power line down. 5 of the calls were overlapping calls. 3 Mutual aid responses were provided to other communities and 4 were received from other communities. 


Training topics for the month of March were: Firefighter Cancer Awareness seminar, Forcible entry training provided by the NH Fire Academy and a Leadership seminar held at Chichester Fire Rescue.


Burn permits are now required. Burn permits can now be obtained online at Burn Permits can still be obtained at the Fire Station.


Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the Fire Department or to learn more about the Department please stop by the station, call 435-6807 or visit us at


SAFETY REMINDER:  Whether you are pedaling your bike, doing tricks on a skateboard or riding an ATV, Wear a helmet it could save your life!



 VA Expands Choice Program Eligibility, Effective Immediately

VA Will Now Determine Eligibility Using Driving Distance

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan,Chaplain

American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75 Pittsfield 


In order to expand eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it will determine eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program based on the distance between a Veteran’s place of residence and the nearest VA medical facility using driving distance rather than straight-line distance. This change has been published in the Federal Register and is effective immediately.


“VA is pleased to announce the distance calculation change from straight-line to driving distance for the Veterans Choice Program,” said Secretary Robert McDonald.  “This update to the program will allow more Veterans to access care when and where they want it. We look forward to continued dialogue with Veterans and our partners to help us ensure continued improvements for Veterans’ to access care.”


The change from straight-line to driving distance roughly doubles the number of eligible Veterans.  Letters are being sent to the newly eligible Veterans to let them know they are now eligible for the Veterans Choice Program under this expansion. If a Veteran does not remember receiving a Veterans Choice Card or has other questions about the Choice Program, they can call (866) 606-8198.


Effective immediately, VA is also changing the mileage calculation for beneficiary travel. The change will ensure consistency in VA’s mileage calculations across the two programs. The beneficiary travel calculation will now be made using the fastest route instead of the shortest route.


For more details about the department’s progress and related information, see



Josiah Carpenter Library Calendar Of Events  May 2015


• Preschool Story Hour Thursdays Story time with Mrs. Grainger includes snack & craft. May  themes will focus on Mother’s Day, trains, dandelions and eagles,  in celebration of Memorial Day   May 7, 14, 21, & 28 @ 10:00-11:00 in the Children’s room 


• Maker Program Lego Club will continue Tuesdays May 5 –May 26 @ 3:30 – 4:30 


Sign up is required


• Eager Readers Young reader’s book club ages K-5th grade will read books together; write reviews; have fun with unusual book reporting formats- Thursday, May 14th @ 4:00 pm


• Josiah Teen Book Worms Discussing  “Eragon”  by Christopher Paolini Thursday May 7th between  7-8:30  pm at the library 


• Library Board of Trustees Meeting Tuesday, May 19th 7 pm


• Michele Albion presents “The Quotable Eleanor Roosevelt” Thursday, May 21st, at the Pittsfield Middle High School auditorium at 7 pm.


• May 25th Library closed in observance of Memorial Day 


• Read Meet & Talk Tuesday May 26th - Join us for an exciting discussion of “Palisades Park” by Alan Brennert at the Pittsfield Senior Center @ 10:30- Noon. Stay for a leisurely lunch served by the Community Action Program! 


• Pittsfield Writer’s Circle Thursday, May 28th at 7 pm at the library 


** Attention parents, caregivers and teens: the library is in search of “Super Hero” costumes that can either be borrowed or donated to the 2015 Summer Reading Program. Any donations would be graciously appreciated, stay tuned for the upcoming announcement of the Summer Reading Program kick-off of “Robin Hood” to presented at the Scenic Theater in June!! 



Pittsfield Historical Society 

In The Good Old Summertime


If you’ve had enough of winter and not enough of the current season, join the Pittsfield Historical Society and spring into summer 2015 with a program featuring memories of summers in Pittsfield, Wednesday,  May 13, at 7 PM at the Museum on Elm Street.  We’re asking all of you to join us by bringing photographs, memorabilia and stories about bygone summer days, including Old Home Week, the fairgrounds,  the golf course, the start of the Forrest B. Argue swimming pool, whatever it was that made your summer in Pittsfield special.  In the true style of a summer picnic, refreshments of lemonade, tea sandwiches and cookies will be served. 


Please note this is a change in date; the Pittsfield Players program has been rescheduled for June 10.



Group Of Respected Medical Experts To Advise VA On Health Care For 9 Million Veterans

Special Medical Advisory Group Led by Dr. Jonathan Perlin of Hospital Corporation of America

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan,Chaplain

American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75 Pittsfield


WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced a new 11-member Special Medical Advisory Group (SMAG) composed of leading medical experts to assist the Department in delivering health care to the 9 million Veterans enrolled in the Veterans Health Administration.


The SMAG is a reconstituted federally-chartered committee that advises the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, through the Under Secretary for Health, on matters related to health care delivery, research, education, training of health care staff and planning on shared care issues facing VA and the Department of Defense. 


“We want the best of the best to work on behalf of our nation’s Veterans,” said VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald. “We are honored these respected leaders from the private, non-profit and government sectors have agreed to join in our mission improve how we provide the quality health care our nation’s Veterans need and deserve.”  


The appointment of the new members of the SMAG comes at a time when VA is experiencing increased demand for its health care services. Nationally, VA completed more than 51 million appointments between May 1, 2014, and March 31, 2015. This represents an increase of 2.4 million more completed appointments than during the same time period in 2013-2014. In March 2015, VA completed 97 percent of appointments within 30 days of the Veteran’s preferred date.


Serving as SMAG Committee Chair is Dr. Jonathan Perlin, who previously served as VA Under Secretary for Health from 2004-2006. Dr. Perlin is currently Chief Medical Officer and President of Clinical Services for the Nashville, Tennessee-based Hospital Corporation of America (HCA).  In this capacity, Dr. Perlin provides leadership for clinical services and improving performance for HCA’s 166 hospitals and more than 800 outpatient centers and physician practices. Recognized perennially as one of the most influential physician executives in the United States by Modern Healthcare, Dr. Perlin is a recipient of numerous awards.


Other Committee members: 


Karen S. Guice, MD, M.P.P.

Dr. Guice serves as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and Principal Deputy Director, TRICARE Management Activity. In these two roles, Dr. Guice assists in the development of strategies and priorities to achieve the health mission of the Military Health System (MHS), and participates fully in formulating, developing, overseeing and advocating the policies of the Secretary of Defense. The Office of Health Affairs is responsible for providing a cost effective, quality health benefit to 9.6 million active duty uniformed Service Members, retirees, survivors and their families. The MHS has a $50 billion annual budget and consists of a worldwide network of 59 military hospitals, 360 health clinics, private-sector health business partners, and the Uniformed Services University.


Joy Ilem, Deputy National Legislative Director, DAV

Ms. Ilem, a U.S. Army service-connected disabled Veteran, was named Deputy National Legislative Director of the of the 1.2 million-member Disabled American Veterans (DAV), in June 2009. In this capacity, Ms. Ilem directs the advancement of DAV’s public policy objectives.


Thomas Lee, MD

Dr. Lee serves as Chief Medical Officer for Press Ganey, which advises and consults with healthcare businesses to help identify the best practices for the organization and the patient. Dr. Lee joined Press Ganey in 2013, bringing more than three decades of experience in health care performance improvement as a practicing physician, a leader in provider organizations, researcher and health policy expert. As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Lee is responsible for developing clinical and operational strategies to help providers across the nation measure and improve the patient experience, with an overarching goal of reducing the suffering of patients as they undergo care and improving the value of that care. In addition to his role with Press Ganey, Dr. Lee is an internist and cardiologist, and continues to practice primary care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.


Ralph Snyderman, MD

Dr. Snyderman is former president and CEO of the Duke University Health System and director of Duke’s Center for Research on Personalized Health Care. He currently serves as Chancellor Emeritus for the Duke University Department of Medicine. He is former Chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).   


Jennifer Daley, MD

Dr. Daley is a Senior Adviser for the consulting firm, Cambridge Management Group. She is nationally recognized for her expertise in operational improvement, patient safety, quality and service excellence. Dr. Daley is a past recipient of a U.S. Naval Academy-Harvard Business Review Ethical Leadership Award in July 2007.


James Henry Martin, MD

Dr. Martin has been practicing emergency medicine and primary care medicine in the Chicago area since 1978 and is currently on the medical staffs of Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, North Chicago; and Metro South Medical Center, Blue Island, IL. He has extensive clinical research experience in the area of nasal insulin studies. Dr. Martin is currently developing a nasal mupirocin spray foam to eradicate nasal MRSA, and a nasal foam medication formulation. He has had 14 US patents issued and over 40 foreign patents issued, including a patent in 2014 covering the formulation above. 


Melvin Shipp, OD, MPH, DrPH         

Dr. Shipp serves as Dean Emeritus, College of Optometry for The Ohio State University. He has served as a consultant, panelist and reviewer for several federal institutions –notably, the Food and Drug Administration, the Health Resources and Services Administration and in several capacities with the National Eye Institute (NEI) of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Shipp also has assumed leadership and membership roles within a variety of non-federal, national health-related organizations. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, and a Diplomate and former Chair of the Public Health and Environmental Optometry Section. Dr. Shipp is only the second optometrist to receive the DrPH degree; he is the first to do so through the highly competitive Pew Health Policy Doctoral Fellowship Program at the University of Michigan.


James Weinstein, DO, MD  

Dr. Weinstein serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of Dartmouth Hitchcock, a nonprofit academic health system that serves a patient population of 1.2 million in New England. Anchored by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, the system includes the Norris Cotton Cancer Center; the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock; affiliate hospitals in New London, NH, and Windsor, VT; and 24 Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. Under Dr. Weinstein’s leadership, Dartmouth-Hitchcock is working to create a “sustainable health system” for patients, providers, payers and communities. Dr. Weinstein also is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences. He serves on the IOM Committee on advising the Social Security Administration on Disability. Most recently, Dr. Weinstein was one of four members appointed to the IOM Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice.


Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN

Ms. Trautman is Chief Executive Officer for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), a role she assumed in 2014. At AACN, she oversees strategic initiatives, signature programming and advocacy efforts led by the organization known as the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate nursing education. She has authored and coauthored publications on health policy, intimate partner violence, pain management, clinical competency, change management, cardiopulmonary bypass, the use of music in the emergency department and consolidating emergency services.


Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH, President and CEO, America’s Essential Hospitals

Dr. Siegel serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of America’s Essential Hospitals (formerly the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems). Dr. Siegel has an extensive background in health care management, policy and public health. Before joining NAPH, he served as Director of the Center for Health Care Quality and Professor of Health Policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. He also previously served as President and CEO of two NAPH members: Tampa General Healthcare and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. In addition, Dr. Siegel has served as Commissioner of Health of the State of New Jersey. Among many accomplishments, Dr. Siegel has led groundbreaking work on quality and equity for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as well as projects for the Commonwealth Fund, the California Endowment and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He also was ranked as one of the “50 Most Influential Physician Executives” and one of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” in 2011 by Modern Healthcare. Currently, he chairs the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality.


The announcement of the Special Medical Advisory Group follows the introduction of the Veterans Health Administration’s “ Blueprint for Excellence,” which lays out strategies for transformation to improve the performance of VA health care now —making it more Veteran-centric by putting Veterans in control of their VA experience.


The SMAG Committee is scheduled to conduct its first meeting on May 13, 2015.  More information about SMAG may be found at




Ourice A. (Langevin) Rothwell 


Ourice A. (Langevin) Rothwell was reunited with her beloved late husband, Robert Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. 


She was born in Pittsfield, the daughter of Peter and Alphonsine (Frenette)Langevin and lived in Pittsfield all of her life. She was a member of the Park Street Baptist Church for many years and later joined the Loudon Center Freewill Baptist Church. She worked for the former Pittsfield Shoe Co. and the Pittsfield Weaving Co. She later became a dedicated housewife and enjoyed working in the vegetable garden and attending weekly church suppers.


She was the widow of Robert L. Rothwell who she married January 1st 1943, and they spent 61 years together. 


She leaves two sons, Robert E. Rothwell and wife, Phyllis of Lakeland, Fla. and Peter Rothwell and wife Ina, of Center Barnstead. A daughter, Sandra Clough of Dover. Four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 


She was predeceased by brothers, Edward, Oliver and William Langevin and a sister, Ora Foss. A half-brother, Wilfred Berry and half-sisters, Alice Baum, Olivine Perkins and Alma Tasker.








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