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April 8, 2015

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VA Announces New Grants To Help End Veteran Homelessness

Initiative Targets 45,000 Homeless and At-Risk Vets and Families in High Need Communities

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan,Chaplain

American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75 Pittsfield


Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today announced the award of nearly $93 million in Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) 3-year grants that will help approximately 45,000 homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families. The grants will be distributed to 24 non-profit agencies in 15 communities, with $30 million in awards being distributed to the Los Angeles area.


“The Department of Veterans Affairs is committed to using evidence-based approaches such as SSVF to prevent homelessness and produce successful outcomes for Veterans and their families,” said Secretary McDonald. “This is a program that works, because it allows VA staff and local homeless service providers to work together to effectively address the unique challenges that make it difficult for some Veterans and their families to remain stably housed.”


Under the SSVF program, VA is awarding grants to private, non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives that provide services to very low-income Veteran families living in – or transitioning to – permanent housing.  The grants announced today will provide additional resources to the fourth year operations of the SSVF program.


“With the addition of these crucial resources, communities across the country continue an historic drive to prevent and end homelessness among Veterans,” said Matthew Doherty, Acting Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.  “The SSVF program gives Veterans and their families the rapid assistance they need to remain in permanent housing or get back into permanent housing as quickly as possible.”


Through the homeless Veterans initiative, VA committed more than $1 billion in FY 2014 to strengthen programs that prevent and end homelessness among Veterans. VA provides a range of services to homeless Veterans, including health care, housing, job training and education.


More information about VA’s homeless programs is available at  Details about the SSVF program are online at



Letter To The Editor


THANK YOU to all the Pittsfield residents who voted for my re-election as Town Clerk/Tax Collector.  It is a position I do not take lightly nor for granted, and I appreciate your vote of confidence.


Erica B. Anthony

Pittsfield Town Clerk/Tax Collector



VA Makes Gains In Faster Disability Claims Processing

Backlog Reduced 67 Percent Under New Automation and Process Improvements

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan,Chaplain

American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75 Pittsfield


The federal initiative to provide timely decisions on disability payments to Veterans has crossed a major milestone in its final sprint to eliminate the backlog of Veterans’ benefits claims.


The major transformation effort to apply new technology and process solutions has paid off at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  It reduced its inventory of backlogged claims from a high of 611,000 claims in March of 2013 to fewer than 200,000 this week, while at the same time improving decision quality.


“Make no mistake, we’re not slowing down short of the finish line,” said Under Secretary for Benefits Allison Hickey. “Our goal is to eliminate the claims backlog by the end of 2015 – meaning all Veterans will receive timely and accurate decisions on their disability claims.”


Hickey credited a combination of factors for the 67-percent drop in backlog: first, the extra hours of work put in by dedicated benefits claims processors across the nation, who have worked evenings, Saturdays and Sundays to drive the backlog down; as well as procedural efficiencies backed by powerful automation tools and paperless claims processing. In addition, she cited the transformation of Veterans Benefits Administration’s training and quality assurance programs resulting in steady increases in the accuracy of decisions.


Just a few years ago, claims processors handled 5,000 tons of paper annually, an amount equivalent to 200 Empire State Buildings. In less than two years, VA converted claims processing to a 21 st Century digital environment where claims for VA benefits and services can be submitted and processed, and benefits delivered, online.


Veterans increasingly are filing claims electronically from the start at Veterans can submit their applications online, upload their supporting documentation, and check the status of their claim through a multi-channel Web portal boasting nearly 60 self-service features.



Pittsfield Senior Center News


The Pittsfield Area Senior Center is hosting a Concord Regional Visiting Nurses Association program called, “Healthy Eating on a Budget” on Tuesday, April 14, at 10:00 AM.  With the continuing rising prices of food, it has become more difficult to eat a healthy meal on a budget. This program is designed to give ideas and hints on how to continue eating healthy without hurting your finances. Please RSVP by Friday, April 9, 2015 if planning on attending to prevent the cancellation of the program. The phone number to call is 435-8482.


The Pittsfield Senior Center invites you to join us for a live music performance by Bill Parker on Tuesday, April 21, at 10:30 AM. He sings a wide variety of music from the Great American songbook while playing the keyboard and harmonica.  Come, enjoy the free concert and stay for lunch. If planning on staying for lunch please call 435-8482 to RSVP so the meal can be planned accordingly.



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The PES kindness club collected items for “Families in Transitions,” an agency which supports homeless families. Over two hundred items were collected!  Nice Job!  The students are in the process of planning their next project around Earth Day.”  They have also been busy reading stories of kindness to the younger grades.



Pittsfield Hanging Flower Baskets

Submitted By Donna Keeley


Spring has finally sprung and I can bet most of you reading this are rejoicing like I am!


Pretty soon the bird songs and peepers peeps will circle around us like whispers of cotton clouds and Winter will become a distant blur...


Trees will bud and flowers will bloom... Oh and speaking of flowers...


The Pittsfield Hanging Flower Baskets will once again be gracing our downtown streets. In late Spring, dedicated volunteers will plant and hang 40 baskets stuffed full of the finest Pleasantview Gardens Proven Winners!


This annual 100% volunteer effort and “labor of Flower Power LOVE” would not happen without the generosity of you, our friends and neighbors!


We greatly appreciate and accept donations to help cover the cost of the flowers, soil, liners, fertilizer and upkeep of the infamous traveling watering mobile! We welcome volunteers for watering duty too!


We were awarded a 2015 Sanderson Grant and just received this year’s first donation! Every cent matters...


Your Donation can be sent to:

Pittsfield Hanging Flower Basket Fund

C/O Donna Keeley

256 True Road

Pittsfield, NH 03263

Thank you and Happy SPRING!



Rise Again Outreach 7th Annual Silent Auction Fundraiser


Rise Again Outreach, a local non-profit, faith-based charitable organization serving Central New Hampshire, will hold its 7th Annual Silent Auction Fundraiser from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2015, at New Beginnings Church of the Nazarene on 33 Staniels Road in Loudon. More than 100 items donated from businesses all over New Hampshire and beyond will be up for auction. 


Some of the great items include airline tickets, Disney World tickets, theater shows, date nights and getaways, golf outings, family camping, white water rafting trips, automotive care packages, autographed sports memorabilia, sports venues, museums, family entertainment, fine dining and so much more! You won’t want to miss out on some great deals while supporting a worthwhile local charity.


Rise Again Outreach, with its three mobile clothing pantry buses and many programs, helps meet the needs of low income families, homeless, refugees and others in crisis situations throughout central New Hampshire. With its many volunteers, the organization has assisted thousands of New Hampshire families and individuals who need a helping hand in today’s tough economic climate.


We need your help to continue this vital outreach. Contact Bob Pease via email at [email protected] for information about donating auction items. More importantly, support Rise Again Outreach by coming to the event and placing your bid on some great items. There are always some great deals and it’s all for a great cause – supporting our neighbors in the community and helping to make New Hampshire a better place for everyone!  


There is no cost for attending the auction. Only cash and personal checks can be accepted for auction items. Come join us for a great time for an even greater cause!


About Rise Again Outreach

Rise Again Outreach was created in July 2007 by several individuals in the Greater Concord community.  Our mission is to share God’s love with people who are in poverty or crisis by helping to meet their temporal and spiritual needs.  Programs of Rise Again Outreach are available to all who are in need, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or religious affiliation.  For more information, please visit our website at



Globe Introduces Evolution Of Most Advanced Turnout Gear And Supports Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund At FDIC International 2015


Manufacturer Invites You to “Get Your Game On” and Will Make Donation in Your Name


Globe Manufacturing Company will introduce the evolution of Athletic Gear for Firefighters at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) this month. The new G-XTREME® 3.0 is completely retailored from collar to cuff to provide unrestricted mobility for even the most athletic firefighter. With all the features that made the original breakthrough design America’s most popular gear, including Globe’s exclusive AXTION® Back, Sleeve, Seat, and Knee, firefighters will instantly feel how these improvements let them make all the right moves. And like the original, G-XTREME® 3.0 comes in SHAPES to fit the body better.


The nation’s largest training conference and exhibition is being held April 20-25 at the Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Globe’s booth (#2208) is located in Hall D at the Indiana Convention Center.


At FDIC, Globe will demonstrate GORE® PARALLON™, a new liner system that reduces heat stress in a wide range of environments and improves thermal protection when wet, as well as the PBI® Lightweight Gold™ System, which is lighter and more flexible without compromising protection and durability. The new G-XTREME® 3.0 will be unveiled with both of these component systems.


Globe will continue its partnership with the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund at the Globe booth. Firefighters can try the new gear for themselves on the Virtual Firefighter Athletic Circuit and Globe will make a donation to the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund in their name.


Terry Farrell was a father, a husband, a brother, and a dedicated firefighter who lost his life on September 11, 2001, during the World Trade Center attack. Among the 343 heroes who died that day, he was in Tower Two when it collapsed. A decorated member of Rescue 4/FDNY and chief of the Dix Hills Volunteer Fire Department, Terry was a devoted firefighter who embodied the spirit of courage and giving. The Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund was established in his memory to assist firefighters and families across the nation with financial, educational and medical support, and to provide equipment donations for fire departments in need.


“At Globe, our passion is not just firefighter protection and safety, but also innovation and research to help reduce serious injury and line of duty deaths,” said Rob Freese, senior vice president of marketing at Globe Manufacturing Company. “Our approach to evolving the world’s most advanced and most popular gear was to ask firefighters what they liked about it, what they didn’t like about it, and what they would change. Not only do we design our gear with this ‘Voice of the Customer’ approach, but we also partner with suppliers who innovate with these same principles in mind.”


Also at FDIC, Globe will sponsor the International Networking Event and International Lounge and invites all of its partners who keep first responders safe all over the world to take advantage of these new resources this year.


About Globe

Firefighters need to be prepared to perform at the maximum of their ability, 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 the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund

The Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund is made of up firefighters and family members who volunteer their time and energy to help fellow brothers, sisters and departments in need. The fund operates annually on a budget of 1-3% and sustains itself through fundraising and the donations of individuals, fire departments and corporate sponsors. Contributions to the fund are tax deductible. National chapters are in Alabama, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Learn more at








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