It is time to choose the 2015 Pittsfield Citizen of the Year. Please
send the name of the person you are nominating and the reason you
feel they should be considered to:
Citizen of the Year
P O Box 173
Pittsfield N H 03263
Deadline for nominations is June 3.
On Tuesday, May 12 at 10:00 AM at the Pittsfield Area Senior Center,
the Epsom Healthcare Center is giving a “Falls and Fire Service”
presentation. This is a free program open to the public that
describes how to prevent falls and protect ourselves and loved ones
against fire. This program is especially oriented to the aging
population. Please call 435-8482 for more information.
The Pittsfield Area Senior Center quilting club is starting a new
quilt on Wednesday, May 6 at 12:30 PM. If you have ever wanted to
learn or if you are master quilter this club may be for you. We meet
every Wednesday at 12:30 PM at the center. If interested and want
more info please call at 435-8482 or you can just show up on
Pittsfield Music Producer Wins “Producer Of The Year” Award
Rocking Horse Studio, New Hampshire’s premier
audio production and recording facility, is proud to announce that
owner/producer Brian Coombes has received a “Producer of the Year”
award from the New England Music Awards (NEMA). The award recognizes
excellence in music production from New England-based music
producers. Coombes received the award at the Fourth Annual New
England Music Awards ceremony held on April 18, 2015 at Showcase
Live in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
In addition to receiving the “Producer of the Year” award, Coombes
also performed at the ceremony, joining “Pop Act of the Year” Pat &
the Hats, and Greg Hawkes of the Cars, for a short set that included
the evening’s finale, a rendition of the Beatles/Joe Cocker classic,
“With a Little Help from My Friends.” Coombes has produced a studio
version of that song for a future NEMA release.
Coombes has produced projects for a diverse list of well-known
regional acts, including fellow NEMA winners the Dusty Gray Band,
Pat & the Hats, and the Adam Ezra Group, as well as
critically-acclaimed records for Tristan Omand, Will Kindler,
Christian Cuff, Mari Winings, MB Padfield, Rachel Vogelzang, and
Steve Blunt. In his career as a producer and musician, Coombes has
worked with such notable musicians as Greg Hawkes (the Cars), Garth
Hudson (the Band), Ian McDonald (King Crimson), Chris Difford
(Squeeze), Jonathan Mover (GTR), Tony Rombola (Godsmack), Ingrid
Chavez (Prince), and Tony Garnier (Bob Dylan).
Coombes is currently producing records for a number of artists at
Rocking Horse, including Pat & the Hats, the Greenlights, Anna
Jefferies, Chris Peters, and Haley Shannon.
“It’s an honor to receive this award,” states Coombes. “It
gratifying to see that all of the work that we’re doing here at
Rocking Horse Studio is attracting some recognition.”
To learn more about Brian Coombes and Rocking Horse
Studio, please visit
Sheila Ward Named As ELO Coordinator Of The Year
Sheila Ward of Pittsfield has been selected as the first Extended
Learning Opportunity (ELO) Coordinator of the Year. Sheila received
multiple nominations, and several letters of support revealed an
outstanding educator worthy of receiving this NH Excellence in
Education award in its inaugural year. Ward was the first ELO
Coordinator at Pittsfield Middle High School and has served in that
capacity for five years.
Pittsfield Superintendent John Freeman is pleased and proud of the
ELO program Sheila Ward has developed. He notes that she is an
“outstanding model for ELO coordinators in New Hampshire,” and “her
commitment and leadership are beyond question.” Freeman adds that
Ward is also recognized regionally and nationally as a mentor,
advisor, and guest speaker and is “highly regarded as one of the
outstanding experts in her field.”
Ward received additional letters of comendation from colleagues,
parents, community partners, and statewide organizations.
“Sheila’s knowledge of instructional methods, student learning
styles, and her interpersonal skills have been the driving force in
sustaining ELO work in the District and beyond.” - Sarah Rollins,
Pittsfield School District
“Her dedication is infectious and influences those around her to
want to do more, and to be better….Sheila is a true example of what
an educator should be.” - Tina Greco, NH Department of Vocational
Regarding an ELO plan Ward designed for her son, “It was so
beautiful to see her focused on his dreams and help him find a place
in the world and a chance to be successful.” - Alice, Young, Parent
“Sheila’s ability to collaboratively create an authentic learning
experience inclusive of the student, credentialed personnel, and the
community partner is an example of how she facilitates the
connection between the traditional classroom experience and the real
world application of it in the business environment.” - Ross Morse,
Editor, The Suncook Valley Sun, Inc.
Extended Learning Opportunities have been part of the NH Minimum
Standards for Public School Approval since 2005. ELOs offer students
multiple ways to learn outside of the traditional classroom and earn
credit toward high school graduation including, but not limited to,
internships, apprenticeships, private instruction, community
service, independent study, performing groups, and online learning.
The ELO Coordinator is recognized as the individual to manage,
create, facilitate, monitor, and champion Extended Learning
Opportunities to meet students’ needs and interests.
Sheila Ward represents the best of this profession, and notes that
being an ELO Coordinator has been an exciting journey. “I not only
receive my own sense of gratification and fulfillment, but also
learn a great deal of topics ranging from religious figures to
changing my own tires. The students have helped to push me beyond
all structures of traditional education.” We are proud to name
Sheila Ward as the ELO Coordinator of the Year 2015. She will be
honored at the New Hampshire Department of Education Excellence in
Education Awards (EDies) dinner in June.
The Winsunvale Shores Homeowners Association would like to thank the
good people of Pittsfield and the Suncook Valley Area for their
generous support of its St. Patrick’s Day Dinner, Bake Sale and
Auction. Your donations made it possible for the Association to make
a contribution to the Pittsfield Food Pantry. Shown above is Mrs.
Ruth Strickhart Director of the Pantry receiving a check from Lynn
Heroux in the amount of $870.00.
Take Charge Of Your VA Health Care
Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan,Chaplain
American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75 Pittsfield
Did you know that you can access your medical records, including
your doctor’s notes, online? The program is called My Health eVet,
and it’s a FREE resource that will help you get the most out of your
VA medical care.
You can register online today at
www.myhealth.va.gov, or you can use the My
Health eVet Sign-up Kiosk during your next appointment. You’ll soon
be enjoying benefits like:
Secure Messaging with your primary care team (it’s just like email)
Online prescription refills (no waiting on the phone)
Access to your VA health records (including your doctor’s notes)
And much, much more!
If you choose to register online, be sure to upgrade your account
during your next appointment by asking the clinic staff to help you
upgrade your My Health eVet account to Premium.
If you have problems signing up online, you can always call the My
Health eVet national help desk at 1-877-327-0022, Monday through
Friday, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. EST.
Letter To The Editor
Pittsfield needs and appreciates its devoted and hard-working
I attended the selectboard meeting on 4/21/15 along with many other
residents. As a lifelong Pittsfield resident and volunteer, I was
appalled at the treatment that Clayton Wood, Chairman and members of
the Website Committee received during public input from our town
administrator(TA), and certain members of the selectboard. During
the entire exchange there was never a thank you for all their hard
work – just criticism.
Thousands of people use our town website weekly. Countless
volunteers/employees submit items for posting, seek and receive
assistance on website issues. Your Website Committee –AT NO COST TO
THE TAXPAYER – AND WITH COMPLETE TRANSPARENCY accomplishes all this.
Since 2007, your town website has existed thanks to the volunteers
of the Website Committee and your tax bill is not affected by this
Right now, your TA, in cohort with certain selectmen, is trying to
eliminate the website volunteers and replace them with a paid
service. He claims there are complaints about the website, but
cannot provide documentation. He claims our website is substandard,
but any comparisons to other town websites fail to substantiate the
claim. Apparently, they’ve been planning this ‘takeover’ since our
new TA began his job barely a year ago, but no records exist that he
approached the Website Committee with improvement suggestions. In
fact, while our TA was seeking outside quotes for a taxpayer funded
takeover, not a single written request or complaint came to the
Website Committee all year.
Voters must view this confrontational behavior toward a group of
volunteers who have provided a proven and successful service to the
community for over 7 years as completely unacceptable. This quest
for power reaches directly into the taxpayers’ wallets. I believe
the voters must decide this issue, through petitions and warrant
articles if necessary.
Early in March this year I broke my ankle. It put me in a cast and
I don’t recommend it, but I’m thankful that I live in Pittsfield.
People around town helped me in many ways.
Holding doors open, making sure there were no icy spots, finding
things and carrying them for me.
And just being cheerfully patient while I moved slower than a busted
I don’t know who you all are, but I am entirely grateful to every
one of you.
Spotlight On Seniors
Back Row: Ryan Marquis (Tree #1 and sound), Miranda Deeds (Lullabye
League Member and Nikko), Quinn Boyce (Cowardly Lion), Jessica
Massey (Toto Handler), Ulviyya Akbarova (Tree #2). Front Row:
Josaphine Towle (Dorothy), Brynne Gaudette (Glinda)
At the end of May, Pittsfield High School Seniors will be taking the
stage to perform Tams-Witmark’s rendition of The Wizard of Oz. Quinn
Boyce, Brynne Gaudette, Miranda Deeds, Ryan Marquis, and Josaphine
Towle have been active members of PMHS Drama club for many years
performing in past shows such as Aladdin, The Boarding House, A
Christmas Carol, and Romeo and Juliet. Newcomers, Jessica Massey and
Ulviyya Akbarova, have quickly become valued members of the drama
Come see the dynamic chemistry of these performers
bring L. Frank Baum’s beloved characters to life through genuine
emotion and true friendships. Show dates are Friday and Saturday,May
29th and May 30th at 7pm, and Sunday, May 31st at 2pm. Seats are
limited to 100 per performance and tickets are on sale now for $8.
Ticket prices will be $10 after May 10th. Contact Anne Banks ([email protected]) or Josh Shawver ([email protected]) for tickets or more information.
Letter To The Editor
I listened to such incredulous comments by certain selectmen
(4/21/15 meeting), I wondered what I was missing regarding the
quality of our town’s website. I decided to verify certain
parameters for myself. I used the NH cities and towns list and
reviewed websites town by town. Originally, I only intended to
review a small sampling, but discovered such interesting patterns
that I actually reviewed all 234 towns.
My analysis proved to me that our town’s website can stand up to any
of them. Ours is certainly not sub-par and any suggestions for
improvements (WHICH ABSOLUTELY CAN BE HANDLED BY YOUR CURRENT
VOLUNTEERS) are clearly not an emergency. To listen to one
selectman describe Pittsfield’s website as being so outdated that he
doesn’t even use it anymore is outrageous. Citing his IT
experience, the selectman proceeded to say our website has too many
links, has no ‘counter’, and requires a complete redesign by an
outside vendor. The fact is that not all towns use outside vendors
and less than 1% of towns use counters. More modern data tracking
is readily available to anyone who asks our Website Committee.
To spend one year deviously planning to ‘fire’ a volunteer committee
that works every day for this town, then proceeding to publicly
justify their decision by impugning the quality of these volunteers’
work is unconscionable. Selectman Douglas thinks he is going to
‘save’ a website that doesn’t need saving, and Selectman Nilsson
voted against Clayton Wood’s reappointment to the possibly
non-existent Website Committee. These are the very two selectmen
whose terms expire in 2016. And, of course, all of this comes with
a non-budgeted cost to the taxpayer.
The only voice of reason was Selectman Hayes, who supported both the
website and volunteers, and requested a list of upgrade suggestions
from department heads.
God Bless Our Troops,
VA Research Commemorates 90 Years Of Health Care Innovation Focused
On Improving Veterans’ Lives
Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan,Chaplain
American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75 Pittsfield
The Department of Veterans Affairs will highlight 90 years of
improving the lives of Veterans and other Americans through medical
and prosthetics research when it celebrates National VA Research
Week May 18–22, 2015, at host medical facilities across the United
States and its territories.
“VA Research and Development plays a pivotal role in improving the
health of Veterans,” said VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald. “In
addition, the advances in health care developed by VA have benefited
millions of other Americans and patients worldwide.”
As part of the nation’s largest integrated health care system, VA
research has unique opportunities to address some of the most
critical issues in health care today. During fiscal year 2015,
nearly 3,400 VA researchers will work on more than 2,200 projects.
In addition to VA funding, VA researchers compete for funding from
the National Institutes of Health, nonprofit associations and
private pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms.
VA medical centers across the nation will mark VA Research Week with
special events such as tours of their research facilities, lectures,
poster displays and luncheons to honor the Veterans who voluntarily
participate in VA studies. The week-long activities will highlight
current research, much of it focusing on Iraq and Afghanistan
Veterans, and using new technology in fields such as brain imaging,
DNA sequencing and cell therapy. Another highlight of Research Week
will center on VA’s Million Veteran Program, which aims to create
one of the world’s largest databases of health and genetic
information. To date, the program has enrolled some 350,000
Also in the spotlight will be past accomplishments, such as the work
of Nobel Prize recipient Dr. Andrew Schally, who received the award
in 1977 for discoveries relating to hormones. Today, nearly four
decades later, Dr. Schally is still an active VA researcher,
studying cancer, diabetes and heart disease at the Miami VA Medical
“From the development of effective therapies for tuberculosis and
implantable cardiac pacemakers, to the first successful liver
transplant and the nicotine patch, VA’s trail-blazing research
accomplishments are a source of great pride to VA and the nation,”
said Dr. Timothy O’Leary, VA’s chief research and development
officer. “The impact of VA research on Veterans’ lives stretches
back to the 1920s, when researchers reported on studies looking at
treatments for malaria, the long-term health effects of chemical
warfare and mortality among Veterans with mental illness.”
To learn more about the work of VA researchers, past
and present, visit
www.research.va.gov. For more information
on local and national events marking National VA Research Week,
This Spend the Summer in Pittsfield brochure will be among the
memorabilia displayed “In the Good Ol’ Summertime” program of the
Pittsfield Historical Society, Wednesday, May 13, at 7 PM at the
Society museum. We invite you to share your memories of summers in
Pittsfield as we share celebration histories of the Pittsfield Old
Home Week (1901), summer carnival, 4th of July (1904) and horse
racing! Please join us with your fondest memories. Refreshments
will be served.
Bringing Back The Art Of Quilling
Red Blazer Restaurant, 72 Manchester St., Concord, NH, Thursday, May
14th, 20155, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM, featuring Linda Schmalberger, “The
Quilted Quiller.” Lynda will show and demonstrate how you wrap
strips of paper around the quills of birds to creatunbelievable
Special speaker, Lovedy Alexancer, will share her success story of
self doubt and anger.
$18, program, three course lunch, tax and tip included. All are
welcome. For reservations call Wendy, 485-7446, Diane ,798-5819, or
Dolores, 545-1780. Reservations by May 11th. Cancellations are
Sponsored by Concord Christian Women’s Connection & Stonecroft
Ministries (non-profit). www.Stonecroft.org.
Bradley W. Ward
Bradley W. Ward went home to be with the Lord on April 25, 2015
after complications from surgery in Cleremont, FL. Born on July 13,
1936 in Framingham, MA, Brad spent most of the last 25 years living
in FL with his wife Mary. He leaves behind his two sisters, Beverly
Duncan of Avon, CT and Nancy Gee of Sarasota, FL, Mary’s four
children Ralph Lena, Lori Denby, Aida Kettner, all of FL, and Sal
Lena of NJ. He also leaves his four sons, Scott, Jonathan,
Christopher and Daniel, all of Pittsfield, NH and his daughter
Catharine Lugg of Bradenton, FL.
He was the Grandfather to 27; Great Grandfather to 3, and special
Pepa to Grandson Zach from Groveland, FL. He was pre-deceased by his
parents, Ellwood Warren Ward and Edith (McMaster) Ward, and his
Grandson Matthew Warren Ward.
Brad graduated from the New Hampton School in 1955, from Babson
College in 1958 and was employed many years through his father’s
engineering firm, Haley and Ward of Waltham, MA.
He along with his first wife, June Valentyn, introduced their
children to New Hampshire by way of Hampton Beach, where they spent
summers and vacations for years. Also as a Boy Scout leader to his
boys, he lead adventures into northern New England.
He loved the times he spent in Pittsfield visiting his family,
volunteering for the Balloon Rally and boating on Winnipesaukee.
A family service is to be held at the Pittsfield Congregational
Church in June.