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August 12, 2015

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South Pittsfield Friends Church 


The South Pittsfield Friends Church will be open on Sunday, August 16th with Harold Muzzey as the speaker.  Services begin at 1:00 pm.  All are welcome to attend.


The Church will also host the Quakers’ quarterly  meeting on Sunday, August 30th.  Service that day begins at 10:30 am.  


Everyone is welcome to attend the service and meet with the Quaker  members.



Pittsfield Economic Development Committee

To Sponsor Forum

TOPIC: Downtown  Revitalization  Zone  Tax Incentive/Credit 


* Tax Incentive Power Point Presentation


- How it works

- Who qualifies

* Discussion/Questions


ATTENDEES: Open to any residents;


Strongly encourage all board and committee members, downtown commercial property owners and in-town realtors to attend.


WHEN: Saturday, September 19th from 9:00 am to Noon

WHERE: Elementary School Cafeteria (Location may change)


Questions? Email: [email protected] or call Ted: 435-6573.



VA Expands Review Of Chemical Exposure In Drinking Water At Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


As part of VA’s ongoing commitment to provide care to Veterans and their families, the Department of Veterans Affairs today announced that it will start the  process of amending its regulations to establish presumptions of service connection for certain conditions resulting from exposure to contaminated drinking water at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.


This process is in addition to the healthcare VA already provides for 15 conditions to eligible Veterans who were stationed at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 as a result of the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012.  VA also provides reimbursement of healthcare expenses for those 15 conditions to eligible family members who resided at Camp Lejeune during that time period.


The Secretary of Veterans Affairs recently met with Senators Isakson, Burr and Tillis and the Director of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) to discuss the creation of presumptions of service connection for diseases associated with the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.  The diseases that are currently being reviewed for potential presumptive service connection include kidney cancer, angiosarcoma of the liver, and acute myelogenous leukemia, which are known to be related to long-term exposure to the chemicals that were in the water at Lejeune from the 1950s through 1987.  The chemicals are Benzene, Vinyl Chloride, Trichloroethylene and Perchloroethylene, which are known as volatile organic compounds, used in industrial solvents and components of fuels.  ATSDR and VA representatives will meet at ATSDR offices on August 19 to begin discussions on establishing these presumptions. 


VA will also work with ATSDR and potentially the National Academy of Sciences to evaluate the body of scientific knowledge and research related to exposure to these chemicals and the subsequent development of other diseases. VA will carefully consider all public comments received when determining the final scope of any presumptions.   


Veterans with health problems they believe are related to exposure to the water at Camp Lejeune may file a claim for disability compensation online at, or call 1–800–827–1000 for assistance.


For more information, Veterans and family members should contact the nearest VA healthcare facility by calling 1–877–222–VETS (8387 ) or visit


The U.S. Marine Corps encourages all those who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune before 1987 to register for notifications regarding Camp Lejeune Historic Drinking Water at



VA Launches New No-Cost Training Programs

Programs Designed to Help Transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans Develop New Skills and Credentials

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today launched two new no-cost training programs, Accelerated Learning Programs (ALPs) and VA Learning Hubs, to help transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans from all eras learn skills, earn credentials, and advance in civilian careers following separation from service.


ALPs and Learning Hubs are part of VA’s Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI), promoting education and employment opportunities for Veterans through integrated networks of support in 50 cities. VA launched the VECI program in response to President Obama’s August 2014 challenge to help Veterans and families integrate with their communities and find meaningful jobs that can lead to economic success. Under VA Secretary Robert McDonald’s MyVA transformation, VECI is now in place in cities across the United States.


“My message to transitioning Servicemembers is simple: Plan early and stay engaged, because transition is the mission,” said McDonald. “These two new resources provide no-cost opportunities for our transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans to learn new skills and earn credentials, which can increase their competitiveness during their transition.”


ALPs offer transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans the opportunity to build on their world-class training and technical skills gained through their military service, and earn certifications in high-demand fields.


VA is piloting ALPs this summer with seven courses focusing on building skills and certifications needed to advance in high-demand careers in information technology (IT), as part of the President’s TechHire initiative. Each ALP course is offered at no cost and includes free referral and support services..


The first ALP cohort includes seven courses covering a range of IT-related topics, including:


Coding/Programming Boot Camps;

80+ IT Certifications in Hardware, Software, Networking, Web Services, and more;

Network Support Engineer Job Training and Certification;

Cybersecurity Training and Certification;

IT Help Desk Job Training; and

IT Boot Camps for Desktop Support and Windows Expertise.


Transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans from any era are invited to apply to their choice of courses. Applications will be accepted starting August 17, 2015 – seats in the pilot cohort are limited; applicants are encouraged to apply early. ALPs do not involve use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill..  Students are able to participate in these programs while also pursuing other programs of study using Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. Visit the ALP website to learn more about each program and apply.


VA is also launching Learning Hubs in 27 cities across the country this year in partnership with the American Red Cross, The Mission Continues and Coursera, an online education platform.


Transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans can take advantage of both online and in-person study. Each week, online course modules will be completed outside the classroom while class sessions, led by Learning Hub facilitators, provide opportunities to discuss course materials with peers, hear from subject matter experts, and network. Upon completion of the program, Servicemembers and Veterans may elect to receive one free verified certificate issued by Coursera.


For more information about the VECI or to learn more about VA ALPs and Learning Hubs, contact [email protected].



Festival Of Hymns Organ Concert

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The First Congregational Church, 24 Main St, Pittsfield, will welcome Mr. Mark Thallander and his colleague, Dr. Peter Green, for a spectacular concert playing the one-of-a-kind 1877 Wilson W. Ricker organ and Hallet & Davis grand piano. The free concert will take place Saturday, August 15 at 7 p.m. A love offering will be received.


During the summer of 2003, Mark was involved in a dreadful car accident that left him in critical condition. In order to save his life, the doctors had had to amputate his left arm. He wondered if he would ever be able to play the organ again.


A few months later, he returned to the organ realizing that recovery had begun. He has played across America and across the world. Composers have written music especially for those like Mark. To read more about Mark and his foundation, consult his website:


Plan on attending this concert, meet Mark and Peter, and hear the church organ and piano played like never before!


Parking and wheelchair accessible entry located at rear of church building. For more information, call the church office, 603 435-7471.



Pittsfield Circle Of Home And Family Announces Raffle Winners!


The Pittsfield Circle of Home and Family group would like to thank everyone that purchased tickets for our annual Hot Air Balloon Quilt Raffle.  The winners were: Hot Air Balloon Quilt - Cameron Bastien, Hand Woven Basket - Marianne Rivet, “Mini Charmer” Quilted Tote Bag - Melissa Babcock, Watercolor Print - Mike Lush, Balloon Rally Pillow - Ellen Smith, Set of Anna-Lee Dolls- Kathryn Bergeron, Folding Lawn Chair - Jill Cannon, Hand Knit Blanket - Lynn Lamy, Snowman and Pink Fluffy Bunny - John Maulfair, Herbal Flax Relax Pack - Regina Tremblay, and Hand Knit Pot Holder Set & Trivet -- Robert Bernard.


The Pittsfield Circle of Home and Family group is a women’s group that meets once per month on the 4th Thursday at 7pm at the Community Center.  Our meetings typically consist of some kind of an educational program, such as a guest speaker, making a craft, or cooking demonstrations....and we always have refreshments!  Many of the program topics are geared towards women’s health, finances, community outreach, history and heritage arts.  New Members are always welcome. We have a great time and it’s a fun bunch of ladies - come join us!  Please call Andi Riel at 435-6346 or email at [email protected] if you’d like more information. 



The Pittsfield Players Announce Open Auditions for “70, Girls, 70”


Okay, so maybe you haven’t heard of this one yet but “70, Girls, 70” is the next new thing, get involved and be the first to say “I did it before it was popular.”


What is “it” you ask?  Masterworks Broadway cites it as “  a musical unlike any musical you’ve ever seen. On the outside, it’s about all these veteran stage and vaudeville performers having a ball returning to Broadway. Given the options – either dying young or getting old – the folks in this musical chose to stick around and celebrate. And that’s what it’s about – the celebration of their mutual triumph – Old Folks. But 70, Girls, 70 is a show within a show, and, on the inside, 70, Girls, 70 is about a bunch of equally venerable ladies and a few gentlemen living at The Sussex Arms, a senior citizens’ hotel in New York City, as run-down and dispirited as most. While there is no lack of humor or courage or willingness, there is a lack of money. And it shows. The favorite lady of The Sussex Arms, Ida Dodd had been turned away from hospitals for lack of funds and had moved into the Waldorf for a last fling at living. But she was running a fever and had no thermometer. Treated rudely by the drugstore clerk when trying to make her purchase, she suddenly found herself out on the street with a “hot” thermometer. And feeling so much better from the excitement of her little crime, she decided to try it again – for more valuable “loot” each time.”


Based on the play “Breath Of Spring” by Peter Coke, already a source for the British film “Make Mine Mink,” the aging group at the Sussex Arms decide this will be how they will pay for their crumbling home.


Directors Meggin Dail, Carole Neveux and Jeff Gregoire will be sharing the honors to bring this hilarious Kander and Ebb musical comedy to the Scenic stage.


Auditions have been set for Sunday and Monday, August 23 and 24 at 7 pm at the Scenic Theatre, 6 Depot Street, Pittsfield each evening. Phil Breton will be accompanying and serving as musical director. The directors will be casting six women’s lead roles and four men’s lead roles, as well as supporting roles and chorus. While many of the roles require more mature actors, there are still openings for younger actors as well.


The show will run at the Scenic Theatre Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 13, 14 and 15 and again the following week on Friday and Saturday, November 20 and 21.


Want to have your or your business’s name attached to this show? The Pittsfield Players are seeking sponsors for this and other shows at the Scenic. Call Meggin Dail, 736-8073 with any queries








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