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July 8, 2015

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The Suncook Valley Area Lions Club (serving Pittsfield and Barnstead) are holding a raffle.  We have collected a variety of prizes, gift cards and gift certificates for our Calendar Raffle.  There is a prize for each day for the month of September.  The cost is $5.00 per ticket and you have 30 chances to win- what a deal!  Please see any Lions Club member to purchase a ticket.



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The Friday Night Kayaking Club paddles every Friday night at 6 PM at a different local site.  On June 26 eleven kayaks launched at the boat ramp in Barnstead Parade and paddled up the Suncook River. To learn where you can join the group this Friday, visit the group’s web site: See you this Friday!



F.B Argue Recreation Area 


Come down and check out the activities at the FB Argue Recreation Area. We began our first session of swim lessons on July 6th. These will be night lessons and you can register any time that the pool area is open.


From 2:00- 3:00 we have, some scheduled activities that include bingo on Monday, duck hunt on Tuesday, crafts or other activities on Wednesday and Thursday, and sand castle building on Friday.


This year we will be open Monday - Friday from 12:00 - 5:00 PM.  We will also be open from 1:00 to 5:00 on Saturday and Sunday. Tuesday and Thursday nights we will stay open until 7:00 PM in June and July except during swim lessons. We are hoping to get more families to use the area on these nights. All children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult during all of our hours.  During the night time swim hours, children must be 11 years of age or older to be at the area without an adult.


The daily admission for residents is $0.75 per child and $1.00 for adults or a family season pass can be bought for $40. Daily admission for non-residents is $1.00 per person. All persons entering the area will be expected to pay. Children under 5 years old will be admitted free with a paid adult. The cost for the swimming lessons for residents is $10 per child, not to exceed $30 per family.  The cost for non-residents is $25 per child not to exceed $75.


On Thursday, July 9, 2015 we will be having a Dr. Seuss character costume parade at 6:00 PM. The costumes will be judged with winners being selected to ride on the float for the Old Home Day parade on the following Saturday. Children will be judged for the originality of costumes and for unique characters.



Calendar Of Library Events Josiah Carpenter Library Monthly Newsletter July 2015


• 2015 Summer Reading Program Begins! “Every Hero has a Story.” The Summer Reading programs begin at 10:00-11:00 for Preschool-1st grade and 11:00-12:00 for 2nd-6th grade


• July 9th: The Hero Inside of Me Obstacle course; Look what I can do, mask making


At the Veteran’s Park 

• July 16th: Heroes in My Community (Policemen, Teachers, Doctors, and Selectmen) Pittsfield Firefighters visit and we make our own Fireman’s helmet, or other hat


At the Library 

• July 23: Heroes in My Family Who is a hero in your family? Making a medal for that person/animal/doctor/dentist/ nurse/grandparent at the town Swimming Pool


• July 30th: Folk Heroes through History such as Robin Hood, Pocahontas, Johnny Appleseed, Paul Bunyan Making a dream catcher, Talking about victims of Nepal At the Veteran’s Park                                                     


• Josiah Teen Book Worms Discussing “Impossible” by Nancy Werlin Thursday July 2nd between 7-8:30pm at the library 


• Library Board of Trustees Meeting Tuesday, June 21, 2015 at 7 pm


• Read Meet & Talk Tuesday July 28th - Join us for an exciting discussion of “The Rosie Project” By Graeme Simsion at the Pittsfield Senior Center @ 10:30- Noon. Stay for a leisurely lunch served by the Community Action Program! 


• Pittsfield Writer’s Circle Thursday, July 30th at 7 pm at the library-  July’s writing prompt: “When have you felt like the ‘new kid’?”


*** Attention parents, the library is still looking for donations of new and retired Legos. 



Pittsfield Middle High School

2014-2015 Honor Roll


High School: High Honors

Morgan Corliss, Chase Gaudette, Kyle Hamel, Ryan Marquis, Emma Smith, Tucker Wolfe


High School: Honors

Gabrielle Bartlett, Sydney Booth, Quinn Boyce, Juliette Briand, Casey Clark, Colby Clark, Daniel Colon-Pagan, Hannah Conway, Joey Cox, Cameron Darrah, Miranda Deeds, Mackenzie Desilets, Jazmarie Dicks, Emily Dunagin, Matthew Elsker, Olivia Frost, Brynne Gaudette, Keaton Heath, Brienne Hill, Madison Johnson, Jeremy Kennepohl, Gavin Knight, Weston Lemay, Noah Macglashing, Jade Markham, Benjamin Marston, Lauren Martin, Jessica Massey, Kathleen Rollins, Jesse Slater, Madison Slater, Joseph Sliva, Meredith Smith, Matthew St. George, Kathleen Steeves, Alyssa Sullivan, Josaphine Towle, Jocelyn Vien, Alison Wolfe


Grade 8: Honors

Kaylee Brooks, Autumn Colon-Pagan, Joeanna Emerson, Emily Fisher, Colton Gaudette, Morgan Morasse, Brian Morris, Jessica Rainville, Benjamin Stephens, Courtney Sullivan, Daniel Ward, Colby Wolfe


Grade 7: Honors

Courtney Butler, Niklas Cantatore, Abigail Cote, Mackenzie Dumond, Cody Hodgdon, Cora Lemay, Michael Nevins, Paige Provencal, Rebecca Smith, Kianna Vincelette



PMHS Athletic Hall Of Fame


The PMHS Athletic Department is pleased to announce the formation of the Pittsfield Middle High School Athletic Hall of Fame. A group of students and teachers have created by-laws and a nomination form to recognize past athletes, coaches, and contributors to our Athletic Programs. 


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]


We are looking forward to inducting our first Hall of Fame class on Saturday, September 19, 2015 following our Homecoming soccer games.



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Ms. Towle’s learning studio has been learning the importance of giving back to their community. In the learning studio, the students have made efforts to recognize important parts of the community, such as the local fire and police departments, town hall, and post office. They also put on a can drive in which the proceeds were donated to the local food pantry. In culmination of their most recent lesson, the students made quilts with fabric donated by Edward Kilar Jr.. They made four quilts that were donated to the Pittsfield Clothes Closet. It was said to be, “the most generous donation” that they had ever received. We hope to continue this community outreach in the coming years. From left to right: Dylan Connor, Ben Kibbee, Alexa Kauppila, Destinee Ellis, Devin Bedell, Dylan Bocash, Joey Wilson



St. Stephen’s Summer Fair

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Cast iron beer wagon and team of horses: one of the many items on offer at  the Silent Auction on July 10-11 at St. Stephen’s Church, 50 Main Street,  Pittsfield.


Don’t miss the kickoff to our fabulous Silent Auction which begins on Friday, July 10 from 4-7 PM at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 50 Main  Street in Pittsfield next to Dustin Park. The auction continues on Saturday, July 11 from 9 AM to 2 PM during Pittsfield’s Old Home Day festivities.


Among the many items offered to tempt bidders are hand-blown candlesticks by  a New Hampshire glassmaker, a Lladro “Lady in the Park” figurine sculpted by Antonio Ramos, an Ivan Anderson pastel print, a silver oil lamp, camping  equipment, a vintage jelly cupboard and other barn-fresh primitives.


The auction will end promptly at 2 PM on Saturday when the high bids are announced.  You do not need to be present at the close but you do need to be  available to receive a call and arrange for pickup by 5 PM on Saturday or between 10:30 and 11:30 Sunday morning.


Stop by for a snack or lunch at our Sidewalk Café on Saturday featuring Joe’s famous hot dogs, George’s pulled pork BBQ sandwiches, homemade chili, our special homemade lemonade and other cold drinks.  We will have fresh fruit cups and, new this year, chilled minestrone soup for our vegetarian customers.  Watch for our meal deals to get the best value for your money.


Take your snack with you or sit under the tree and relax while you eat your lunch.


The bakers and canners of St Stephen’s are hard at work making the favorites  people have come to expect to find at our fairs, so pick up some yummy homemade baked goods or jellies to take home.  And don’t forget to fill out a ticket for the door prize before you leave.  The winner will be announced after the Old Home Day parade.


Proceeds of the Summer Fair go to support the ministries of St. Stephen’s  including outreach to our neighbors in area communities.



Letter To The Editor


The time of year has come when we celebrate the birth of our country and our independence from tyranny. It is indeed a special time of year, but there is also a tinge of sadness in my heart as I see many people, whether they know it or not, clambering for the very tyrannical government that we celebrate our freedom from. I think part of the problem is that many think “freedom doesn’t work anymore” and “the Constitution isn’t relevant anymore.”


I would have to say in one sense they are right. John Adams said, “ Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.” As we have lost our moral compass and purged our public square of anything remotely Christian, we have had to replace our self-governance and responsibility with more and more government. Since every one of us is born a sinner, either Jesus Christ in our hearts will keep us from killing each other or the almighty state will attempt to.


As an example, the first school shooting in American history happened after prayer and Bible reading were banned from school. Now tragedies like that are almost common place.


I know our country was never perfect, none will ever be, but if we want to continue experiencing the great blessings that come with a great country and celebrate many more 4ths of July, I urge you not to forget our true heritage and why we are an exceptional nation. The time for fence sitting and apathy are over. It’s time to take a stand. “Of  all the dispositions and habits which lead to politica1 prosperity, religion and morality are indespensable supports.”- George Washington.



Willie Matras



 VA-led Consortium Launches Brain Bank For Research On PTSD

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON - A consortium led by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has launched the first brain tissue biorepository (also known as a “brain bank”) – to support research on the causes, progression and treatment of PTSD affecting Veterans.


The national brain bank will follow the health of enrolled participants during their lifetime. Participants in the brain bank will donate their brain and other body tissue after their death. The donated tissue, along with each Veteran’s health information, will provide crucial information for use in research on PTSD and related disorders.


“Although we have learned a great deal about abnormalities in brain structure and function from brain imaging research, there is no substitute for looking at the neurons themselves,” said consortium director Dr. Matthew Friedman. “Understanding the cellular and circuit contributions to abnormal brain activity in PTSD is critical in the search for potential biomarkers of susceptibility, illness and treatment response and for developing new treatments targeting the conditions at the cellular level.”


Dr. Friedman also is the founder of the national brain bank, and former Executive Director and current Senior Advisor to the National Center for PTSD. The national brain bank will investigate the impact of stress, trauma and PTSD on brain tissue in order to advance the scientific knowledge of PTSD, particularly the identification of PTSD biomarkers. Participating sites are located at VA medical centers in Boston, Massachusetts, San Antonio, Texas, West Haven, Connecticut, and White River Junction, Vermont, along with the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences at Bethesda, Maryland (USUHS). 


PTSD is a significant mental health concern among Veterans. In 2013, 533,720 Veterans with primary or secondary diagnosis of PTSD received treatment at VA medical centers and clinics. PTSD is a serious mental disorder resulting from exposure to direct or indirect threat of death, serious injury or physical violence, including sexual violence.


The national brain bank is seeking Veterans with PTSD to participate in research about PTSD that affects Veterans. Veterans without PTSD are also eligible to participate in the brain bank because it is important to study Veterans without PTSD to compare the impact of stress, trauma and PTSD on brain tissue. Veterans interested in learning more about enrolling in the brain bank are encouraged to call its toll-free number 1-800-762-6609 or visit its website.



Just One


July 11 - Come join us and make a difference at the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield during Old Home Day from 10am - 2pm. We will be assembling cards and writing notes to NH Soldiers. We will also be making cooling scarves. 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)



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Alvah Robinson turns 94 years old on July 10th!  Happy birthday, here’s to many more!  Love you - Daughter Mary Briggs and Granddaughter Lisa Kimball Souza.




Pamela L. Publicover


Pamela L. Ayer-Publicover, 60, of Chestnut St., Pittsfield died July 2nd at her home following a brief illness.


She was born in Dover, the daughter of Charles and Barbara (Clark) Ayer. She had lived in Pittsfield for over 45 years.


She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Publicover Sr. of Lisbon, NH, a son Kenneth Publicover Jr. of Webster, two daughters, Megan Whittenberg of Warner and Heather Butterworh of Tacoma, WA, seven grandchildren Zachery, Devon, Chloe, Devin, Abigail, Ricky and Megan, two brothers Mark Clement and George Clement, six sisters, Anita Bousquet, Jen Martin, Christine Pinto, Ginger Telonian, Cindy Foss and Debbie Fair, many nieces and nephews.


She was predeceased by sisters, Betty Ann Clement and Cindy Clement.


Services are to be held at the convenience of the family. The Perkins & Pollard Memorial Home is assisting with arrangements. To sign an online Guest Book, log on to



Mildred E. LaCroix


Mildred E. LaCroix, age 86, of Main Street in Pittsfield, died June 28, 2015 at Concord Hospital.


Born May 28, 1929 in Epping, the daughter of William and Gladys (Locke) Dodge, she resided in Pittsfield most of her life.


Millie had worked at Pittsfield Shoe and she was retired from Globe Manufacturing.


She enjoyed berry picking and canning.


Widow of the late Maurice E. LaCroix, she is survived by her daughter Brenda and husband Keith Cochran, a granddaughter Ashley Dalcerri, 2 great grandchildren: Gavin and Rylah, a brother William “Billy” Dodge, 2 sisters: Pearl Cheney and Arlene Bateson, also many nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by 4 sisters: Doris Green, June Farrell, Helen Correll Caron and Pauline Socha. 


A Funeral Service was held on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at Peaslee Alton Funeral Home, Alton. Interment followed at New Riverside Cemetery in Alton.  To express condolences, please visit:



Betty A. Dickinson


Loudon – Betty A. (Dow) Dickinson, 78, a longtime Loudon resident, died Monday, June 29, 2015, at the Concord Hospital.


Born in Concord on June 12, 1937, Betty was the daughter of Levi and Frances (Roach) Dow.  She spent most of her life in Loudon, retiring to Florida in 2005.


Betty was a homemaker and enjoyed a variety of activities.  She liked to play card games, cribbage, BINGO, and go bowling.  She also enjoyed going on trips, shopping and eating out.


Betty is survived by her husband of 57 years, Leonard Dickinson; 2 daughters and their husbands, Louann Lowe and Robert of Epsom, and Tracy Gourley and Dale of Pittsfield; 3 brothers, Richard Dow of Boscawen, Paul Dow, and Wayne Dow, both of Concord; and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by several siblings, Gary Dow, Joyce Kokoszka, Robert Dow, and Nancy Beaudoin.


Graveside services will be held Sunday, July 12 at 2 PM at the Loudon Center Cemetery. A celebration of Betty’s life will be scheduled for a later date.


Tom Petit of the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home is assisting with arrangements and offers an on-line guestbook at








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