Congratulations to Irene Nissen Vogt of Pittsfield who was graduated
May 8, 2015, from Clemson University.
Vogt graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial
Vogt was among 3,000 students who received degrees in commencement
ceremonies in Littlejohn Coliseum.
Pittsfield Old Home Day
Save the Date... Saturday, JULY 11! (Yes this IS a week earlier
than usual due to the NHMS Race being held on July 18-19, we cannot
compete with that event!) The theme for the day is “Summer of
Seuss, Dr. Seuss, That is!”
Plans are underway and are being finalized and more information will
be coming soon.
What we know now:
The Pittsfield Players will present “Rockin Daddios” musical group
on Friday, July 10 at 7:30pm at the Scenic Theatre.
A Car Show on Main Street is being planned. (from 9-12)
Breakfast at the Park Street Baptist Church.
St. Stephen’s Church will be selling their famous hot dogs, baked
goods and much more.
Dustin Park will be home to kids activities, crafters, local
organization booths, music and more.
The Annual Cook-off will be a Best Berry Pie Cook-off (more info to
come on this).
The Little Red Wagon Theater Troupe will be here.
KIDS BIKE PARADE... followed by the Old Home Day Parade at 1pm
(floats or other entries are needed) What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss
book? Pick one and decorate a float, your bike, your car- anything!
Please call Louie Houle at 435-6938 if you would like to put an
entry in the parade.
Cookout and Swimming at the F.B. Argue Rec Area (aka- Town Pool)
after the parade.
Soccer Game at Drake Field.
Adopt a Duck Race at Drake Field Boat Launch.
For more information, please contact Andi Riel at
[email protected] or Louie
Houle at 435-6938.
Don’t miss this weekend’s Pittsfield Players’
production of the hilarious comedy Suitehearts, which will run at
the Scenic Theatre on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 4,
5, 6 and 7. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online at
www.pittsieldplayers.com or by calling
435-8852. All shows are at 7:30 pm except for the Sunday show which
is a matinee at 2 pm.
Local Students Named To President’s List
At Southern New Hampshire University
The following students have been named to the President’s List for
the Spring 2015 semester at Southern New Hampshire University in
Manchester. To be eligible for this honor, a student must compile
an academic grade point average of 3.7-4.0.
Center Barnstead: Daniel Cole, BS Operations and Project Mgmt:
Amber Couture, BS Healthcare Mgmt
Chichester: Derrick Heath, BS Culinary Mgmt
Epsom: Olivia Bourque, BS Business Studies in Industrial Org’l
Psychology; Alyssa Douglas, BA Psychology
Northwood: Jessica Abbott, BS Business Admin w/conc in Small
Business Mgmt; Jacinta Guerreiro-Crocker
BA Communication; Justine Wheeler , BS Health Sciences
Pittsfield: Nikki Grunst, BS Justice Studies; Dawn Lemmon, BS
Accounting/Finance; Paul Pirozzo, BS Accounting; Tanner Van Nest, BA
History and Social Studies Ed
Local Students Named To Dean’s List
At Southern New Hampshire University
The following students have been named to the Dean’s List for the
Spring 2015 semester at Southern New Hampshire University in
Manchester. To be eligible for this honor, a student must compile
an academic grade point average of 3.500-3.699.
Epsom: Sawyer Fournier, BA Elementary Education w/Cert in Gen
Special Education; Kristy Nepveu, BS Hospitality Business - Degree
Pittsfield : Samantha Vincent, BS Business Admin w/conc in Human
Pittsfield Area Senior Center News
On Tuesday, June 16, at 10:30 AM at the Pittsfield Area Senior
Center there will be a Live Performance by the Pontine Theatre Group
called, “New England Utopia: Transcendental Communities.” The play
is exploring the legacy of the nineteenth century New England
Transcendentalists, with a focus on three influential Massachusetts
They include the circle of philosophers surrounding Ralph Waldo
Emerson in Concord; Bronson Alcott’s ill-fated utopian experiment at
Fruitlands in Harvard; and the communal farm founded by George
Ripley at Brook Farm in West Roxbury.
This is a forty-minute program with a ten to fifteen minute audience
discussion afterwards. Come in for the free show and have lunch
after the program.
If planning to stay for lunch please RSVP at 435-8482 so the meal
can be planned accordingly. We are located at 74 Main St. in
While walking my dog, Minya, on Bridge Stree on 5-13-15, about 4:00,
she was attacked by two dogs coming from a driveway on Bridge
Minya is like a daughter to me. There were numerous good samaritans
who stopped and tried to help. Thank you, and God Bless you all.
I would like those who witnessed this attack to please contact me,
Steve, at (603) 491-3185. I do not want this to happen again to you,
your pet, or child.
VA Begins Summer Of Service To Bolster Volunteer Assistance For
Calls Upon Individuals, Organizations and Communities to Serve
Veterans in Nationwide Effort
Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan,Chaplain
American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75 Pittsfield
WASHINGTON, DC—The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today
announced a new nationwide initiative designed to build upon its
existing partnerships to grow the number of individuals and
organizations serving Veterans in their communities. The Department
is renewing its commitment to Veterans and embarking upon a “Summer
of Service” that seeks the help of citizens across the country to
honor that commitment.
“We have made progress over the past year addressing the challenges
we face in delivering care and benefits to millions of Veterans and
their families,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A.
McDonald. “While there is more work to do to honor our sacred
commitment to Veterans, we also recognize that VA cannot do it
alone. We are asking Americans everywhere to join the Summer of
Service and help us give back to those who have given so much to our
In the coming weeks, VA will be working closely with Congressional
partners, Veterans Service Organizations, Mayors and local
communities, private sector and non-profit organizations, and VA
employees to identify new and innovative ways to support VA’s
commitment to care for those who “have borne the battle” and their
As part of VA’s Summer of Service, the Department has committed to
holding an open house in VA facilities the week of June 28 to spur
increased local engagement and welcome members of the community
interested in supporting the needs of Veterans. VA has also
established the following goals to achieve by Labor Day:
Increasing Volunteers: Committed to engaging with 100,000 volunteers
to support care and benefits programs and local events.
Increasing Community Partners: Committed to expanding current
agreements to provide services and support reaching more than 15,000
Veterans and family.
Recruiting Medical Professionals: Hiring clinicians and clinical
support staff to further expand access to care and homelessness.
Congress: Host Congressional Members and Staffs at VA facilities
across the country.
The Department has an outstanding volunteer program, which will be
highlighted throughout the country this summer. VA will build upon
the ongoing work of its more than 350,000 employees and 76,000
volunteers around the nation. While the central focus of the
campaign will be increasing volunteerism and partnerships, it will
also provide individuals and communities an opportunity to support
other important priorities. Despite a hiring effort that brought
more than 11,000 net new employees onboard over the past year, VA
still needs more health care providers, claims specialists, medical
support assistants, and cemetery directors to continue to expand
needed services. VA’s partners can help by getting the word out this
In the last year, VA has completed more than 46 million
appointments, an increase of more than two million from the previous
year. Nearly 3 million Veterans received care in the private
sector, an increase of more than 44 percent from the previous year.
The number of Veterans and Survivors receiving monthly compensation
and pension benefits has increased to nearly 5 million. In an
effort to improve the Veteran’s customer service experience, VA has
begun the most comprehensive re-organization in its history. The
initiative, called MyVA, has been guided by ideas and
recommendations from Veterans, employees, and stakeholders.
“There is no mission more noble than serving Veterans and their
families. At VA, we constantly strive to improve the way we do our
job,” said McDonald. “State by state, community by community,
person by person, there are a number of ways we can all come
together to serve Veterans. From expanded partnerships with the
private sector and non-profit organizations, to accelerating hiring,
to celebrating the commitment of VA employees and volunteers – we
need the help of communities everywhere to succeed.”
Volunteers can help to serve Veterans by visiting
http://www.volunteer.va.gov/ to find out
the needs of your local VA facility. Follow #VASummerOfService on
Vantage Point, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and join VA in
caring for America’s Veterans.
Loudon Art Show
The Loudon Village Arts group will present original paintings and
photographs for its Art Show and Sale, June 13 and 14, at the
Maxfield Public Library, 8 Route 129, Loudon, New Hampshire. The
show also will feature an assortment of miniature artworks.
Offering a door prize each day, the show will run on Saturday, June
13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Sunday, June 14, from 11 a.m. to 3
p.m. A portion of the proceeds from sales will be donated to the
The Loudon Village Arts group is dedicated to celebrating, teaching,
and promoting the arts. Made up of artists and art enthusiasts, the
group meets at the library weekly, from 2 to 4 p.m., for open studio
sessions. Newcomers are welcome.
For more information, please call Frances at 798-5153.
The attendance at this year’s Memorial day service was small in
number but mighty in spirit. It was so nice to see some children
there this year. It’s very important to teach our children the true
meaning of this day, and show them the need for giving thanks and
remembering. This was Madelyn Winslow of Barnstead’s last time
playing the taps echo. She’ll be getting married and moving to
Photos courtesy of Mary Winslow
Madelyn Winslow preparing to play the echo of taps.
Letter To The Editor
New Community Website
We are pleased to announce our own website: mypittsfield.com. For
years, the Pittsfield Website Committee has been supporting the
community and its resources by providing a presence on the Town of
Pittsfield website. All volunteers had a place to publish their
events and services for the town. Continuing with this tradition,
the new website is focused on the Pittsfield community. It is our
goal to help our citizens and visitors get to know the town better,
as well as provide a medium to share our experiences.
Please visit our new website and let us know what you
think. You can contact us at
[email protected]. When visiting
our site, please don’t forget to sign up to receive our newsletters
and notices by email. News & Events as well as website updates will
be sent on a regular schedule. We have just started adding content
and accepting information to publish supporting our mission and
goals. If you provide a service to the citizens, operate a
non-profit organization or are interested in promoting an event in
Pittsfield, please submit your info, pictures and links. We look
forward to working with all town groups in order to enhance their
internet presence. We are open to expanding our approach, so please
let us know what you need to serve Pittsfield.
In order to support the amazing and hard working volunteers of
Pittsfield, the community website is free of charge, following the
spirit of the original town website. If you are interested in
joining our team, please email us!
Pittsfield Website Volunteers
Greater Pittsfield Chamber Of Commerce Dinner June 23, 2015
If you are self-employed or a small employer, you
won’t want to miss this year’s Greater Pittsfield Chamber of
Commerce dinner. Our dinner will be on June 23rd. Our featured
speaker will be Ann Walls of the Foundation for Healthy Communities.
Under the Marketplace Assistance program, Ann and her team of
Marketplace Assisters help people understand, select and enroll in a
health plan, understand their health benefits and how to use them to
maximize good health. Ann will speak on the Affordable Care Act and
the SHOP program for small employers. This will be a great
opportunity to get an understanding of the ACA and Shop programs and
to get your own specific questions answered. The event will be held
at Jitters on June 23rd. Meet and greet will be at 6:00 PM. Dinner
costs are $15.00 to members and $18.00 to nonmembers. For more
information you can go to pittsfieldchamber.org. Tickets are
available by contacting Louie Houle by email at
[email protected] or by calling
Concord Christian Women’s Connection
Getting To The Root Of The Matter
Luncheon featuring Barbara Austin “Edible Wild Plants,” on Thursday,
June 11, 2015, 11:30-1:30 at the Red Blazer Restaurant, 72
Manchester St., Concord, NH, 224-4101.
Special speaker Barbara Austin will show some very interesting wild
plants that can be used to enhance our dinner tables. Withe the cost
of groceries on the rise, these tips on edible plants could save you
money at the market.
Barbara will also share how she was able to smile through life’s
$20 program, three course lunch, tax and tip included. All are
For reservations call Wendy 485-7446, Diane 798-5819, or Dolores
545-1780. Reservations by June 8th, cancellations required.
Sponsored by Concord Christian Women’s Connections
and Stonecroft Ministries (non-profit).
Arnold “Pete” Cecil Stock
Arnold “Pete” Stock (87) of Laconia passed away peacefully on
Monday, May 25, 2015 at Northwood Nursing Home. Pete was born
November 6, 1927 in Manchester, NH and was the son of the late
Arthur and Martha (Henry) Stock.
Pete was raised and educated in Barnstead and part of the 1945
Pittsfield, NH graduating class. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in
1946 and served proudly in World War II and Korea where he was
decorated several times. After, he married “the best woman that ever
lived,” Bea, in 1951 and lived to Pittsfield before moving to
Laconia. He sold insurance for Metropolitan Life for almost 50
years. He was a long time member of the Corinthian Lodge #82 F&AM
in Pittsfield, the Bektash Shrine, and the Earl B. Clark Post #42 of
the American Legion. Pete enjoyed being outdoors and was an avid
hunter, he collected coins, and loved going to bean suppers. He
volunteered at the Tilton Soldiers Home, playing cribbage with the
“old guys.” He spent a lot of time collecting aluminum tabs to
donate to the Shriners hospital. Being very patriotic, one of the
ways he showed his devotion to our country was how he honored and
promoted the American Flag. If he saw a tattered flag, he would
stop and offer a replacement. How fitting he pass on Memorial day;
no doubt he was marching in a parade from above. He was
a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and brother and will be
greatly missed by all who loved him.
Pete was predeceased by his beloved wife, Beatrice (Chagnon) Stock
in 1995; and his siblings, Arthur, Richard, Robert, and Hamilton
Stock. He is survived by his loving children, Gary S. Stock and his
wife, Jane of Chichester, NH, Gail S. (Proulx) Doyle and her
husband Gregory of Methuen, MA, grandson Nicholas K. Proulx of
Laconia, NH and granddaughters Angelle (Proulx) Young of Plumas
Lake, CA. and Laura (Stock) McPhail of Hopkington, NH. He is also
survived by his brother Norman Stock and wife Shirley of Center
Barnstead NH, sisters Barbara Jane and husband Bill Woodward of
Epping NH and Carol Tiede of Center Barnstead, NH, as well as, many
nieces and nephews.
A Graveside Service was held Friday, May 29, in the Floral Park
Cemetery, Pittsfield. The Rev David Stasiak, Pastor of the First
Congregational Church of Pittsfield officiated. Donations in his
memory may be made to the Bektash Temple, Shriners Hospitals, 189
Pembroke Road, Concord, NH. 03301. To sign an on line Guest Book,
Log on to perkinsandpollard.com.
Roland M. Witham
Dover – Roland M. Witham, 82 of Dover passed away on Tuesday, May
26, 2015 at the Dover Rehabilitation Center & Living Center.
He was born on December 7, 1932 in Saco, Maine, a son of Lorenzo and
Rose (Paris) Witham. Roland was a graduate of Pembroke Academy in
Roland served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War
retiring after 20 years of service to his country.
Following his military career, Roland went on to become a Barber,
working in Pittsfield. He also had been employed for Raytheon.
He was a member of the Corinthian Lodge No. 82 F&AM in Pittsfield.
Roland was predeceased by his wife, Constance (Clark) Witham, and a
brother, Roger Witham.
Survivors include a daughter, Rose Witham of Ocala, FL;
sister-in-law, Lorette Witham of Somersworth; three grandchildren,
Eugene R. Connor III, Sarah K. Huntington, and Ryan T. Connor;
sister, Janice McClintock of Dover; several nieces and nephews.
Services: a Memorial Service was held on Monday, June 1, 2015 at the
Bernier Funeral Home, Somersworth. Interment with military honors
followed at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Somersworth.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be
made to the American Heart Association, 2 Wall St # 104, Manchester,
NH. 03101. Visit:
www.bernierfuneralhome.net to sign the
online guest book and to share a memory. Care for the Witham family
has been entrusted to Bernier Funeral Home.