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July 15, 2015

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Come join us and make a difference at the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield from 10am - 2pm.  We will finish the cooling scarves and begin sewing simple totes for the Domestic Violence Shelter in Concord. Activities for all skill levels. Light refreshments will be served. (For those who have the talent to knit or crochet, patterns will be available for Soldier hats and soap holders).





Athletic Hall Of Fame


The nomination deadline has been extended to August 1st.  If you are interested in submitting a nomination, please go to the school website or contact Jay Darrah, PMHS Athletic Director, at [email protected].



Calling all Community Groups and Non-profits! 


Is your group looking for a fundraising idea?


Does your group have a few people and a few hours on the 1st Wednesday of the month? 


The Suncook Valley Rotary Club, formally known as the Pittsfield Rotary Club has a dinner meeting at the Pittsfield Community Center  the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month. 


We currently have the 1st Wednesday dinner available from September to May of next year! 


Our dinners are prepared by a community group or non-profit with a guaranteed set payment by the club. 


If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Donna Keeley at [email protected].



Suncook Valley Soccer Club registration is open until August 1st.  Forms can be printed from or Forms are also available at Bell Brothers. Email [email protected] with questions.



New Beginnings Church of the Nazarene, 33 Staniels Road, Loudon will host a summer kids’ event called Thailand Trek.  


Thailand Trek is a cross-cultural experience where the children will discover how much God loves the world.  Kids will participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, dig into yummy Thai–inspired treats, experience cool Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Makers, and explore what daily life is like for kids in Thailand.  Thailand Trekis like taking a trip to Thailand!


Kids at Thailand Trek VBS will join an international mission effort to share God’s Word by providing kid-friendly Thai-language New Testaments for children in Thailand. This event is for children ages 3(potty trained) to 12 and will be held July 27-July 30, 6 – 8 P.M.  To register call the church office, (603)224-1311 or download the registration form at the church website, and mail to VBS Director, 33 Staniels Rd., Loudon, NH 03307.



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On July 3 2015 the Friday Night Kayaking club paddled Pleasant Lake with 9 kayaks attending. The group paddles a different lake, pond, river every friday at 6 PM. Everyone is welcome. Just show up at the launch site.Visit the group’s web site: See you this Friday!



Letter To The Editor



Can someone tell me why there is no curfew on the time for personal fireworks in residential areas?  Public displays in parks  have a limited time in which to entertain people, but private displays in local neighborhoods seem to have the privilege of extending that time into late hours, and sometimes the wee hours of the morning - disturbing the elderly, babies, pets and yes, folks who aren’t into that scene.


Local citizens are well aware that loud vehicles seem to have the same privilege day and night.  Are there not ordinances to limit noise and speed pollution?  More and more the rights of the general public are ignored to favor those who choose to abide by their own sense of freedom and rights.


I live on Concord Hill where there is a speed limit of 30 and posted  “No thru trucks,” yet the road is used consistently and constantly for speeding and loud traffic as well as for every size truck manufactured.  These vehicles are both a nuisance and a hindrance to safety. Most certainly, this is a problem in other residential and downtown areas of our town as well.


Submitted by

Beverly Drolet



New Hampshire Good Roads To Host

A Spectacular Day Of Fun At NH Motor Speedway


We’ve got the show on the road! If you have ever wondered what it would be like to touch, climb on or demo the equipment you pass by everyday hard at work on our highways and bridges—this is your chance!


The New Hampshire Good Roads Association, a statewide nonprofit association representing individuals and businesses involved in the states transportation industry will host its 68th annual heavy Equipment Show on July 31, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire.


Bring your family & friends for a relaxing and fun-filled day. Your opportunity to see the latest in innovative new products as well as upgrades in heavy equipment including loaders, dozers, excavators, trailers, trucks, accessories, surveying equipment, electronics and much, much more. We’ll have equipment for forestry, landscaping and ground care. Visit the ‘giant sand pile’ and watch the antique equipment at work! There will be raffles throughout the day, equipment contests, demonstrations and a scavenger hunt for the kids!


The Equipment Show is open to the public and tickets are $7.00 per person, kids under 18 are free! Admission includes free lunch of chowder, hotdogs and soft drinks from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. From 3:00 to 5:00 PM we’ll be having a downeast clambake and barbeque provided by Foster’s Downeast Clambake in York, Maine. Tickets are separate and must be purchased in advance—$50 Clambake & $35 Barbeque.


All events will be held rain or shine. For additional information on this event, please contact Brenda Clemons, New Hampshire Good Roads Association at 603.224.1823 or visit our website at



VA Funds New Studies Using Million Veteran Program Data

Database Links Genetic, Clinical, Lifestyle and Military Exposure Information

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing four new studies that will use genetic and other data from VA’s Million Veteran Program (MVP) to answer key questions on heart disease, kidney disease, and substance use—high-priority conditions affecting Veterans.


MVP, which has enrolled more than 390,000 Veterans so far, has already become the nation’s largest database linking genetic, clinical, lifestyle and military exposure information.  Part of a beta test for data access, the newly funded studies are among the first to use MVP data to delve into pressing questions on Veterans’ health. MVP-based studies on PTSD, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are already underway.


“MVP is making important discoveries that will impact healthcare for Veterans and all Americans,” said VA Secretary Bob McDonald. “We’re grateful to our Veteran partners, whose altruism has made this possible.”


The new research, which will specifically include the understudied African American and Hispanic Veteran populations, ties into the broader national Precision Medicine Initiative announced by President Obama earlier this year.


“There’s already been an impressive amount of data collected through MVP, and we’re continuing to engage more Veterans in the program and building its research infrastructure through studies like these,” said Dr. Timothy O’ Leary, VA’s chief research and development officer.


The new studies, involving consortiums of VA researchers and university colleagues, will explore specific questions related to chronic illnesses common among Veterans. They will also help establish new methods for securely linking MVP data with other sources of health information, including non-VA sources such as the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS).


The new studies include the following:

Cardiovascular risk factors—Drs. Farooq Amin and Peter Wilson at the Atlanta VA Medical Center, and Dr. Kelly Cho at the Boston VA Health Care System, will lead an effort probing the genes that influence how obesity and lipid levels affect heart risk. Using MVP data, their team will also look at whether these genetic factors differ among African Americans and Hispanics. “These populations are extremely important in VA,” said Amin.


Multi-substance use—Drs. Daniel Federman and Amy Justice at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, and Dr. Henry Kranzler at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, will examine the genetic risk factors for chronic use of alcohol, tobacco, and opioids—and the dangerous use of all three together. “MVP offers an unprecedented opportunity to advance this field,” said Federman.


Pharmacogenomics of kidney disease—Dr. Adriana Hung at the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System will focus on how genes affect the risk and progression of kidney disease. One goal is to examine how patients with diabetes—who often develop kidney problems—respond differently to the drug metformin, the standard first-line treatment for diabetes, based on their genetic profile. The project will also look at the genetics of hypertension, a major risk factor for kidney disease.  “Kidney disease is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in Veterans and we’re hoping to gain insights that will drive personalized medicine for this population,” said Hung.


Metabolic conditions—Dr. Philip Tsao at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System and Dr. Kyong-Mi Chang at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, leading a team of researchers from five VA regions and two universities, will explore the role of genetics in obesity, diabetes, and abnormal lipid levels (namely, cholesterol and triglycerides), as drivers of heart disease. “This project will help us more thoroughly understand the underlying causes of cardiometabolic disease and develop new therapies that are safe, effective, and personalized,” said Tsao. “This is also a great opportunity to partner with our colleagues at Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania,” added Chang.


For more information about MVP and VA research in general, visit



Pittsfield Players Looking For Sign Help

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Jim Hart scales the scaffolding but still can’t reach the Scenic Theatre sign. Can you help?


We tried, but our scaffolding just wasn’t high enough. The Pittsfield Players need to repaint the Scenic Theatre sign, and we need to replace the rusted pole and rigging that holds the sign up over the outside lobby. We’re looking for someone with a lift that can be used to get the sign down and to put it back up after we repaint it. Renting this item would cost us over $500, so we’re putting out the call to the community to see if anyone with a boom lift can help us out. If you can help, please contact Maye Hart at 736-9563.



Drake Field Summer Recreation Program


It is not too late to sign up for the Drake Field Summer Rec. Program. Stop by Drake Field and see Mrs. Sawyer for registration forms and start having fun today! The program is open Monday through Thursday until August 6th and is FREE to Pittsfield students in grades 1-8. 


The summer program consist of sports activities, arts and crafts, children’s games, board games, field trips, water games, story time and many other fun and educational activities.  Thanks to the Sanderson Trust Fund, the Foss Family Foundation, Grappone Automotive and Irwin Motors the following field trips are now happening – the Children’s Museum of NH, Ellacoya State Park, Wentworth State Park,Wallis Sands, Town Pool, Liquid Water Planet, Conway Railroad, North Conway Weather Discovery, White Lake State Park, Fort Constitution, U.S. Coast Guard Station, Great Island Common, Air National Guard Station, Krazy Kids, roller skating and York Wild Animal Kingdom.  Many of the field trips are free and some have an admittance fee.  We are also planning some historical and educational walking field trips through the town as well as visits from the fire department and hopefully the police department as well. 


Don’t just sit at home – come join us for some fun in the sun!!


For more information please contact Mrs. Louise Sawyer at 267-6733.



New VA Leaders Shulkin And Council Take Oath Of Office

Shulkin to Head Veterans Health Care; Council to Head Information Technology

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


Dr. David J. Shulkin and LaVerne Horton Council today took the oath of office where they will serve respectively as Under Secretary for Health and Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology and Chief Information Officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  Both were nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate on June 23.


“Dr. Shulkin and Ms. Council bring stellar experience and exceptionally strong leadership to their posts,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald. “Both will play critical roles in making VA a stronger organization for America’s Veterans, and I am looking forward to working with them.”


Dr. Shulkin comes to VA immediately from the position of President at Morristown Medical Center, Goryeb Children’s Hospital and Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute, part of Atlantic Health System. Prior to joining Morristown Medical Center and Atlantic Health, Dr. Shulkin served as President and CEO of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, where he led a financial turnaround and rebuild of the $1.3 billion organization. 


Dr. Shulkin also has served in numerous physician leadership roles at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University Hospital and the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital. He is a board-certified internist, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, Professor of Medicine at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and a Senior Fellow at the Health Research and Education Trust of the American Hospital Association. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania and completed his internship at Yale University School of Medicine.


As Under Secretary for Health, Dr. Shulkin will direct a health care system with an annual discretionary budget of approximately $60 billion, overseeing the delivery of care to more than 9 million enrolled Veterans. VA, the nation’s largest health care system, employs more than 350,000 total employees including over 305,000 health care professionals and support staff at more than 1,200 sites of care, including hospitals, community based outpatient clinics, nursing homes, domiciliaries and 300 Vet Centers.


Ms. Council most recently held the positions of CEO at Council Advisory Services, LLC and Chair of the National Board of Trustees for the March of Dimes. In December 2011, she retired from Johnson & Johnson after serving as Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Johnson & Johnson’s global IT group. In this capacity, she was responsible for managing IT and related systems for the $61.6 billion Johnson & Johnson worldwide enterprise. She was a member of the Corporate Global Operating Committee and her organization included more than 250 operating companies with more than 4,000 information technology employees and 7,000 contractors.


Before joining Johnson & Johnson, Ms. Council was Global Vice President for IT, Global Business Solutions, and Development Services for Dell, Inc. She also was previously a partner with Ernst and Young and led the company’s Global Supply Chain Strategy practice.


Ms. Council earned a Master’s of Business Administration  in Operations Management from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business from Western Illinois University. In 2010, Ms. Council was presented with a Doctorate of Business Administration, Honoris Causa from Drexel University.


As VA’s Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology and CIO, Ms. Council is the single leadership authority for IT and is the principal advisor to the Secretary on all matters relating to the management of VA’s Office of Information and Technology. She will oversee VA’s $4 billion IT portfolio and more than 8,000 IT employees.




Submitted By Terrie Azotea


At TOPS this past couple of weeks our KOPSbest loser was Irene and our TOPS best loser was our new member, Linda. Kudos to you and also to those who were runners up.


I hope that everyone had a great Fourth of July. We had open mic night and talked about different food choices that we could make when going to a cookout or on vacation. We also looked up the amount of calories that are in one hot dog and in a burger, so some of our choices were  to try a turkey burger or those yummy turkey hot dogs. You could bring a salad that you can have. This is a great time of the year to get out and go to your local farmer or your own garden for the fresh veggies coming in. All in all it’s always about choices and what we do with them.


We talked about the up coming KOPS Honor Society and we are still running a contest. We would like to give an open invitation to anyone who would like to come sit in on our meeting.We are a non-profit, support weight loss group and work together to help one another.We meet on Tuesday nights at the Berakah on Fairview Rd. in Pittsfield at 6:30 for our meeting. Any questions please call Janis White at 603-491-5532 or Claire Coll at 603-435-7572. I hope everyone has a great week and see you all lighter next week!



Town Administrator (Interim) - Pittsfield

Submitted By Sandy “More Light Than Heat” Wingate


Thought I’d introduce myself. I’m Earle “Sandy” Wingate, the new Town Administrator. I’ve been hired on an interim basis, which means that in a few months the selectmen and I will look at each other and decide if the marriage is going to last. You’ve probably read Mike Williams’ exit letter, so you know something about me. I’ve lived in town 10 years. I like living here. 


When I told my friends and acquaintances of my new job, NOT ONE congratulated me. The response of every single one of them was a variation on the theme “sorry to hear that.” The first “congratulation” I received was from a salesman, looking for business from the town.


I’m a student of history. I’m also a master of clichés. Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Town Administrators were authorized by town meeting in 1979. Over the past 15 years, this Town has had 5 Administrators. If my math’s right, that’s an average of three years apiece. Two lasted 14 months.


So why take the job? Well, I love a challenge, and this job matches many of my personal and professional skills. I’ve been a professional sailor, firefighter, truck driver, bartender, manager, police commissioner, selectman, gardener, beekeeper, and chicken plucker. I’ve been a lawyer for 28 years, in real estate, banking, land use planning, divorce, prosecution, defense, and as administrative hearings officer and litigator. In other words, I’ve worked in a “people” business all my life. But let me quickly say I am not young enough to know it all. 


The Town Administrator gets direction from the Board and reports directly to the Board. But there are many pressures brought by forces apart from the Board which relate to the TA’s working conditions. And it was these forceful pressures which caused Mr. Williams to leave. It certainly wasn’t any lack of skill on his part; on the contrary, the work he left me to finish was handled masterfully.


As I said, I like living here. This is a neat place to live (and work!). Our Town, I know from firsthand experience, has many positive and talented people. I know public life is rough and tumble. I expect turbulence. But let’s all work together. 



Letter To The Editor

Education funding stalled by vetoed budget


To the Editor,

As Chair of the Senate Education Committee, and a member of Senate Finance, I kept a close eye on how the budget we passed affected New Hampshire schools. The budget would have been great news for education at all levels, and it’s a shame that Governor Hassan chose to veto it.


At the local level, this budget increased state support for public schools by phasing out the cap on Adequacy Grants that limited how much some districts received under the Education Funding formula. By raising the cap to 140% of the prior year’s level in 2017, and eliminating it entirely in 2018, this budget would have brought actual spending on local schools in line with the formula we adopted several years ago. 


Local charter school would have also benefitted. State aid to district schools increase with inflation, but charter school grants have not been indexed. This budget added an annual adjustment for the Consumer Price Index to make sure state aid kept up with inflation.


We also included a $1,000 per student increase in 2017, bringing Charter School grants closer to the amount we send to district schools.


In higher education, we also increased state funding. We worked with the Community College System to provide enough for it to freeze tuition for the next two years. We increased state spending on the University System by $12 million in this budget, an 8% increase.


Unfortunately, the Governor’s veto put all of this on hold. I remain confident that education will remain a priority as we continue to work on New Hampshire’s budget.


Senator John Reagan (R-Deerfield)

Representing District 17 which is comprised of towns including: Allenstown, Chichester, Deerfield, Epsom, Loudon, Northwood, Nottingham, Pembroke, Pittsfield, Raymond, and Strafford.








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