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July 22, 2015

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Alvah Robinson would like to thank everyone that wished him, sent cards, stopped by and beeped their horns driving by for his birthday last week!  Special thanks to officer McCormack who brought him cupcakes!





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].



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.



A benefit Dance is being held on Friday, August 7th, from 7-11 p.m. at the Epsom Elks  to help raise money for medical expenses for Baby Hayden. Hayden was born with Down Syndrome and a Congenital Heart Condition (full Atrioventricular Canal Defect) that will require her in the next month or so to have open heart surgery. Medical expenses add up quickly even for this hard working family. Please help out this local family in this difficult time. Mike and Caitlin (Twomey) Shultz would greatly appreciate it. There will be a DJ, raffles, appetizers and a cash bar. Tickets are $20 each or $35 for a couple. Please contact Tammy Montambeault for more information or to purchase tickets [email protected] or 566-5771.



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On July 10, the group paddled Lucas Pond in Northwood. 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!



Drake Field Playground: Grand Opening Ceremony

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Dr. John Freeman, Superintendent of Schools (left), and Mr. Michael Wolfe, chairman of the Pittsfield School Board, cut the ribbon to formally open the new Drake Field playground.


On Saturday, July 11, the new Drake Field playground was formally opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Through a generous donation from the New Hampshire Charitable  Foundation and monies allocated from the Drake Field reserve fund, the installation of the playground was made possible this past spring. The Drake Field Committee, which is made up of representatives from the teaching staff, athletic department, school administration, School Board, and community, researched and selected equipment to be installed at Drake Field. We are very fortunate to have a new play area for our children that includes slides, swings, monkey bars, a rock climbing wall, and workout stations for teenagers and adults. We wish to extend a warm thank you to the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Pittsfield School Board, and the Drake Field Committee for making this possible. 


The installation of the playground is just one of many recent upgrades and renovations to Drake Field. With support from the Pittsfield School Board, the Drake Field Committee has revitalized the soccer field with a sprinkler system, scoreboard, and storage shed. A surveillance system to monitor the soccer field, baseball field, and playground will also be installed shortly. 


Additionally, the basketball court will be moved from its current location to the tennis court area to increase the visibility of the playing court and improve the playing surface. This work is in large part due to the pride that the Pittsfield School District takes in its athletic programs and service to its community.



VA Urges Congress to Act And Transfer Funds For Veterans’ Care

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today urged Congress to act expeditiously and approve its pending request for fiscal year 2015 budget flexibility. The request, formally transmitted on June 23, seeks the transfer of funds from the Choice Program to continue VA’s efforts to increase Veterans’ access to care and life-saving pharmaceuticals.


“It is essential that Congress pass legislation to provide the requested budget flexibility by the end of July 2015,” Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson wrote. “This is necessary to replenish critical operations funding that VA had to reallocate from other medical services programs to sustain Care in the Community, after those funds were depleted. If these program funds are not restored, VA will face shutting down hospital operations during August 2015.


The letter and full text of the documents submitted to Congress today are available for download here: 


Signed letter to Congress

Putting Veterans First: Legislative Request

Draft Legislation

Choice Act Obligations

Care in Community Overview

Hepatitis C Treatment Summary


Nationally, VA completed more than 56.2 million appointments between June 1, 2014, and May 31, 2015 – 2.6 million more appointments than were completed during the same time period in 2013-2014. VA also made more than three million authorizations for outside care.



Victory Workers 4-H Club 73rd Year Closing

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As the Victory Workers 4-H Club year come to an end, members have been very active completing Merrimack County Fashion Review. Members who participated were: Reagan Ellsworth, Alyssa & Olivia LaValley, Vera Littlefield, Lia McDermott, Owen Mahanes, Kristen Therrien, Abigail & Anna Giuda, Sophie  Worster. Members who were selected as County winners going on to State level were: Trinity Bond, Anna Giuda and Sophie Worster. Merrimack County Garden Clinic was held at Duanes Family Farm with Jr. Leaders Derek Ladd and Nathan Huse. Those attending were Austin Ladd, Owen & Avery Mahanes, Abigail Whittenberg and Abigail Giuda along with 27 other county members. A GREAT BIG THANKS to Tami and Rick for providing this great educational garden experience. As a Community Service the club completes the BCEP garden spring planting and cleanup those attending were: Derek and Austin Ladd, Parker Clark, Trinity Bond, Vera Littlefield, Taylor and Keagan Huse. Next time you’re at the Dump, Check it out! State Activities Day held at UNH an event that members who have outstanding projects are selected at County to represent us against others throughout the State.  This year those representing our club and County were for Photography  Sophie Worster of Loudon,  Poster was Anna Giuda of Barnstead, Demonstrations were Trinity Bond of Loudon, Matthew Therrien of Loudon  & Hana Testerman of Chichester, Action Exhibit: Jay Downs & Harrison Worster from Loudon, Holly & Hana Testerman from Chichester,  Jordyn Pinto from Pittsfield,  Anna Giuda of Barnstead and Griffin Worster of Loudon.  In (sewing) Fashion Review: Gwen West &  Anna Giuda from Barnstead, Trinity Bond & Sophie Worster of Loudon and for  Fashion Selection: Sophie Worster of Loudon.


A June Family Fun Day planned by the club officers was a Luau, held at Mark & Andi Riel’s. A great day to celebrate another successful year.   Many members passed in their completed 4-H Records which will be judge at County in July.  Signed up for summer classes, community service projects and events.  Many members will be attending Barry Conservation Camp, Teen Conference @ UNH and four of our older members, Trinity Bond, Nathaniel Huse, Derek Ladd and Jordyn Pinto will be attending the National 4-H Citizenship Focus Washington Conference using Washington DC as a living classroom.


Old Home Day Committee is hard at work on our club float, members are finishing up with their woodworking projects, crocheting and rug braiding. Summer classes are beginning with ceramics, quilting, baskets, felting, cake decorating, food preservation and gardening. 


Members will be at Barnstead’s Farm day on July 25th, at Veggies Galore, on North Barnstead Road. The club will be selling lunch and have animal exhibits. Thanks to Joanne & Tom Locke for this event.


 Join us on Saturday, August 1st  for the Pittsfield  Balloon Rally our club will be parking cars at the Atlantic Traders on Barnstead Road in Pittsfield, Help support our clubs educational programs by parking in our lot so close to the event. 


Hopkinton State Fair, September 4th through 7th At the fair, you can visit the Ruth Kimball exhibit hall to view our many completed projects on display. Watch our animal science members care and show their animals.  Support Junior Leaders by having a meal at the Chicken Barbeque. Support the Merrimack County  Leaders Association by eating at the 4-H Country Kitchen or Ice Cream Parlor. Our club mans the Country Kitchen on Saturday September 5th from 1pm to 8pm and are always looking for friends and families to help. You need to be age 12 and over, if under 16 you need an adult to buddy up with.  For more information please call our leader Pamela Clattenburg @ 269-3200.  4-H is always in need of volunteers and if Victory Workers shift does not work for you than please feel free to call our County Agent, Debbie Cheever @ 796-2151.  


Our club meeting will start again this fall with NEW ENROLLMENTS  for the upcoming year. We will meet on Monday, October 5th. At the Pittsfield Community Center at 6:45. Cloverbuds ages 5-7 and Members are ages 8-19. The Victory Workers 4-H Club serves the greater Pittsfield area, with members from Gilmanton, Barnstead, Alton, Pittsfield, Chichester, Epsom, Loudon and Allenstown.  If you would like more information about our club please contact one of our leaders.   Pamela Clattenburg @ 269-3200, Melissa Babcock @ 496-3928, Mark Riel @ 435-6346, Corine Miller @ 435-8497 or Carolyn Davis @ 736-9003.



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Pittsfield PD Officer Darrah with his niece Payton leads the Pittsfield Old Home Day parade, stopping to  pay respect while Stephanie Joyce  ​sings the National Anthem.





To the good citizens of Pittsfield,

Old Home Day was a good time. I started with breakfast at the Baptist Church and made it through the parade.


Our “No Mo Meth” campaign had a lot of support. I passed out around fifty packets of information telling about the dangers and ingredients of crystal meth. It’s kind of like smoking rat poison, I guess.


Anyway, the Pittsfield Police have been stepping it up this summer. Unfortunately they may be prosecuting pot dealers also.


This is unacceptable. The meth is the problem, not the pot. To clarify, this idea we will be protesting the prosecution of any pot-related crime on 4/20/2016 at 4:20 PM at Dustin Park in front of our Veterans Memorial.


We have tried to legalize grass in Pittsfield through Town Meeting - tabled.


We have sent the honorable Mike Brewster to the State House with the Pumpkin Bill (treating marijuana almost like a pumpkin). Maggie Hassan said forget it.


The time has come to protest with liberty and justice for all.


Dan Schroth Piermarocchi



From Under the Desk Of “Interim Wingate”

OR – A Day in the Life of a T.A.


First up: a detective story. So the Town Clerk, the Excellent Erica, sends tax notices. We’re all supposed to send them back with a check. But sometimes, they come back undeliverable and the taxes don’t get paid. Then, Erica starts “the process,” taking the property for taxes. 


For some years, a lot in town was taxed to the “Estate of Olin Davis.” Notices were sent care of “Kenneth R. Davis,” to an address in Weare. Then they started coming back. So Erica and Cara, She Who Runs The Place, began to dig. In the 1940 Census (yes, they looked back that far), Olin and wife are listed with a bunch of children, including Kenneth then age 4. It turns out that Olin died in 1973. And we understand Kenneth, bless him, died in 2012. Research at all ten county probate courts turned up no “Estate of Olin Davis;” no estate for Kenneth, either, nor his other 6 or 7 siblings. Sooo, nothing.


It’s a nice, two acre lot, downtown. It would be a shame if some heir, some relative were to miss out. So local detectives – go to work. Call Erica or me if you know where we might find some descendant of Olin Davis.


Got back from lunch on Wednesday and had a message. Caller said she was “appalled” and “disgusted” that someone had flown a Confederate flag downtown during Old Home Day. “Junk” and “inebriated people” were reported. NO CALL BACK NUMBER. No name. Oh well. 


Folks from the wastewater treatment plant came in. They’re working on relining the pipes, among other things. Seems they can unroll a new lining into old pipes and not dig up the streets. Kinda like an inverse condom, I understand. Anything to save money. 


Fella came in to see Erica. Got a notice about his dog and was none too happy about having to pay a 25 buck penalty for registering real reeal late. I love dogs. I have two. Brittany spaniels. Cost me fifteen-fifty (one’s fixed; other’s still broken). But then, I register them on time. 


Dan Schroth Piermarocchi came in. Told me about his “no mo meth” campaign sign. I told him the other side of his sign, which read, “Mo Weed,” didn’t go over too big with the parents at Old Home Day. He wants to legalize “grass.” Hell, I got it growin’ all over my yard. He’s welcome to as much as he wants!


There’s more, but you’ll just have to wait. 



Letter To The Editor

Separation of Church and State


In the last 50 years there has been a movement to remove all public religious expressions and references to the Christian faith on any government property in the name of “Separation of Church and State.” That phrase was actually originally used by President Jefferson in a letter he had written to the Danbury, CT Baptist Association reassuring them that the government would not interfere in their religious affairs. In other words, the state can’t tell you how to do church or how to interpret the Bible. That phrase is not even in the Constitution, but has been turned inside out and exploited by revisionists. The Constitution doesn’t inhibit public displays of faith.


The first Amendment states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. Looking at this objectively it seems like the Court has actually violated the Constitution rather than upheld it in most cases since the 1960s.


When kids are told they can’t pray or mention God at their graduations that isn’t allowing the free exercise of religion which is actually unconstitutional and not what the founders meant.


Since when is a kid praying equated to congress making a law? I think we need to be honest with ourselves and see this for what it is. Christianity is being silenced. If that were not the case, then why would the Court be trying to be so “Constitutional?” There are so many other areas where the Constitution is being steamrolled. How about the separation of powers? Or the amnesty given to millions of illegals by the stroke of a pen? America doesn’t have to be in the shape that it’s in, we can be great again, but only if we remember Who made it great. God blessed America, will America bless Him?



Willie Matras



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National Night Out is coming up fast. It is scheduled for Tuesday August 4, 2015 from 6-8 at the tennis courts in Drake Field. As always there will be lots of fun to be had for everyone. It has been getting bigger every year. Look forward to food, fun, the bouncy house, kid bike course, Police Displays, Pittsfield Fire and Rescue, Community Action Groups, PYW, Concord Crime Line, and seeing, and meeting your neighbors. Anyone with questions about National Night Out or if you would like to help out feel free to call PPD at 435-7535.




Terry P. Robinson


Terry P. Robinson, 66, of Colby Road, Epsom,  passed away July 16th in Hospice at the Concord Hospital following a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.


Born in Pittsfield, he attended the Pittsfield schools, graduating from Pittsfield High School in 1966. Terry attended Plymouth State College before joining the U.S. Army and after his Vietnam tour of duty, attended Manpower Training Center, learning his trade in the printing industry. He was proud to be a small business owner for over 40 years, operating Granite Image (formerly Pittsfield Printing) in Epsom with his wife and business partner Denise.


Terry was a Past President of The Lakes Region Corvette Club. He served Pittsfield as a member of the Pittsfield Zoning Board, on the Board of Trustees of Trust Funds, and was a Past President of the Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce. He also was a Charter Member of the Alliance for Business Growth (BNI) ABG Chapter, Concord, NH. He and his wife were also past members of the Pittsfield Old Home Day Committee and the Pittsfield Historical Society. He also participated in “Pedaling for Payson,” a charitable bicycle ride sponsored by the Concord Hospital Trust. Supporting this cause was his personal way of “giving back.”


Terry is survived by his devoted wife Denise (Wood) Robinson of Epsom, children Christopher and wife Jennifer Johnson of Concord, Amy and husband Fred Thompson, of Claremont.  He was a proud papa to six grandchildren Carrigan and Gavin of Concord; and Dawson, Makenna, Chloe and Ryan of Claremont.


He leaves behind  his mother Shirley (Smith) Bleckmann of Pittsfield;  two sisters, Peggy Lee Reardon and husband David of Gloucester, MA and Jodi Alexander of Epsom;  brother Douglas and partner Victor Perea of San Diego, CA; brother-in-law Geoffrey and wife Eleanor Wood of Saratoga Springs, NY; two nieces, Emily and Lindsey, three nephews, Kyle, Caleb and Eli, several aunts, uncles and cousins.  He was predeceased by his adopted father William Robinson and his biological father Albert Riel.


A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date. Donations in his memory may be made to The Payson Center / Gene Gillis Fund c/o Concord Hospital 250 Pleasant St. Concord, NH 03301 or to the Concord Regional Visiting Nurses, 30 Pillsbury St, Concord, NH 03301.


The Waters Funeral Home-Perkins & Pollard Memorial Home is assisting with arrangements. To sign an online guest book log on to



Steven E. Kenney, Sr.


Pittsfield - Mr. Steven E. Kenney, Sr., 75, of Leavitt Road, died Sunday, July 12, 2015, at the Concord Hospital.


Born in Gardner, MA on February 29, 1940, Steve was the son of Arthur and Genevieve (Canert) Kenney.


At 17 he joined the US Air Force and was a member of the American Legion in Laconia.  Later Steve worked for Ferro Tech in Bedford, retiring as a quality control machinist.


He was an avid outdoorsman, lived life to the fullest and was loved by many.


He is predeceased by his late wife Concetta M. (Amato) Kenney, as well as siblings, William A. Kenney, Robert F. Kenney, Grace L. (Kenney) Bernor and Patricia A. (Kenney) Canty.


He is survived by his two sons from his first marriage to Janet Robinson, Steven E. Kenney Jr. and David J. Kenney; daughter-in-law, Becky; and his daughter and son-in-law, Sandra (Cardinal) Leger and Normand. He also leaves grandchildren Michael and Miranda Leger; great grandson Aiden Leger; and several nieces and nephews.


Family and friends gathered at the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home in Epsom on Friday, July 17th.  A brief service was held, followed by a reception at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will took place at Pierce-Dow Cemetery in Standish, ME.


In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center, Inc, 268 Central Street, Suite A, Gardner, MA 01440.








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