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September 23, 2015

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Josiah Carpenter Library


3:30-4:30 pm


Sign- up required

Sept 23, 30

and Oct 7, 14, 21

Josiah Carpenter Library, 41 Main Street, Pittsfield,




Pittsfield Cub Scout

Pack #84 Round-Up

October 13th • 6-8 PM

Pittsfield Community Ctr.

New scouts welcome.

Join the fun!

Be a scout!

For more info:

[email protected]




VA Awards Local Grants to Prevent and End Homelessness

Flexible Grants Are Helping Achieve Lower Rates of Veteran Homelessness, Community By Community

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON – Thousands of very low-income Veteran families around the nation, who are permanently housed or transitioning to permanent housing, will continue to have access to crucial services with the renewal of approximately $300 million in grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.


SSVF renewal funding, which supports outreach, case management and other flexible assistance to prevent Veteran homelessness or rapidly re-house Veterans who become homeless, went to 286 non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.  A list of grantees is located at


“SSVF grants empower our local partners to provide short-term-focused interventions that promote housing stability among the most economically vulnerable Veterans and their families,” said Department of Veterans Affairs’ Secretary Robert A. McDonald. “Whether they need rental or child care assistance, transportation vouchers or another type of support, SSVF grantees offer Veterans the mix of services they need to gain housing and stay housed.”


SSFV grantees typically serve Veterans with incomes below 30 percent of the area median income. Grantees must follow the housing first approach, which centers on permanently housing homeless Veterans quickly without preconditions and providing supportive services as needed. Additional SSVF requirements are that grantees engage in outreach to find and serve Veterans in need, provide Veterans with case management and assist them in obtaining VA and other public benefits.


SSVF served 127,829 participants in fiscal year (FY) 2014 and is on track to serve 135,000 Veterans and their family members by the end of FY 2015. As a result of these and other efforts, Veteran homelessness is down significantly since the launch of the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in 2010.  Since 2010, nearly 230,000 Veterans and their family members have been permanently housed, rapidly rehoused or prevented from falling into homelessness by VA’s homelessness programs and targeted housing vouchers provided by HUD. 


This funding announcement is the final award in new SSVF funds made available in fiscal 2014, an allocation that included approximately $300 million to be competed in FY 2014 and $300 million to be competed in FY 2015. The funding announced today will support SSVF services in FY 2016, which starts October 1, 2015, and ends September 30, 2016.


The SSVF program is authorized by 38 U.S.C. 2044. VA implements the program by regulations in 38 CFR part 62.Visit to learn more about the SSVF program.



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Loudon Center Freewill Baptist Church has been collecting donations for The Loudon Food Pantry. In this season of harvest, please join us by stopping by your local food pantry and making any donation you can. Don’t forget pets...They have needs too. On Monday Sept 14th, Lorraine Welch, Treasurer and Gayle Doyle, Church Clerk delivered the items donated by Church members. We would like to thank all the members of our Congregation for a job well done.



Catamount 5k: Run (Or Walk) Around The Fairgrounds

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Enjoy the scenic, autumn beauty of New England’s Oldest Family Fairgrounds at the Inaugural Catamount 5k at the Deerfield Fairgrounds on Sunday, November 1, 2015. This 5k is offered by Catamount Womenaid and designed to bring the community together and promote health and wellness while supporting the small Deerfield-based nonprofit. The course is a cross country- type run on dirt, gravel, grass and a little pavement. “About 90% of the route is in open view of spectators and there’s only a slight incline along with a decent downhill. The route tours the grounds without entering the events area.  About the flattest course one can find in Deerfield and the first of its kind on the historic Deerfield Fairgrounds,” says Julie DeCosta, Catamount 5k Planning Committee Member. Walkers and runners of all ages are encouraged to participate.


Online registration is available until 10/31/15 for $22. Free fleece hats for the first 100 registrants. Race day registration for $30 starts at 7am and the 5k begins at 9am.  Parking is close and easy, using a main gate at 34 Stage Road. Don’t forget to set your clocks back- daylight savings time ends 11/1/15 and makes coming to a morning race even easier! There will be an Emcee with music and announcements to start out the day and to motivate runners during the race. After crossing the finish line, there will be an assortment of donated baked goods and fruit and beverages. Grab your friends and family and register for this unique 5k. Tickets will be available to purchase for a variety of raffle baskets. Drawing will be at the completion of the race. Like Catamount 5k at the Deerfield Fairgrounds on Facebook to stay in touch about the raffle and other news about the event.


We are grateful for our sponsors, including Deerfield Veterinary Clinic, Northeast Eye Care, The Robertson Insurance Agency, Northeast Delta Dental and Neatline Associates. All proceeds benefit Catamount Womenaid, providing emergency financial assistance to men, women and children in Deerfield, Epsom, Pittsfield and Strafford NH. Visit to register.



Concord Regional VNA Holds October Seasonal Flu Clinics 


Concord Regional VNA is holding seasonal flu clinics in October. Specially-trained nurses administer seasonal flu shots to people age 3 and over and answer your flu-related questions.


The discounted cash or check charge is $30 per immunization. Clients who present an insurance card from one of the following carriers Medicare B, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, Harvard Pilgrim, or Anthem do not need to pay a fee.


Thursday, October 1,

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Suncook Senior Center 

398 Black Hall Road, Epsom


Friday, October 2,

10 a.m. - Noon 

Pittsfield Senior Center 

74 Main Street, Pittsfield


Wednesday, October 21, 4 - 6 p.m. 

Epsom Public Library 

1606 Dover Road, Epsom


Seasonal flu clinics are dependent upon the availability of the flu vaccine and are subject to change. To confirm clinics and for a full schedule, visit or call (603) 224-4093 or (800) 924-8620, ext. 5815.



Letter To The Editor


I am very glad to read another good thing about what Dr. Steven Fox did.


I was at work and was asked to do an EKG on a patient.  As I plugged in, the machine turned and the cord wrapped around my right ankle and, of course, I fell.  I was taken to Concord Hospital and had an orthopedic doctor look at the x-rays.  He said I did not break the hip, I had shattered it.  He told me he could not do anything about it, but he would get another doctor in their office to come and look at the x-rays.


In about 10 minutes Dr. Steven Fox came in and said I did a great job, but he would have me walking by the beginning of the week. 


This was on Wednesday, March 10, 2010.  He wanted to wait a few days, so I could settle down so the EKG would look better, which it did.


On Friday morning he did the surgery and put a new hip in. Sunday I was walking with no pain.  On my third week visit Dr. Fox said if I came in walking without any cane I could drive. Well, I did it and walked into the office without help and drove the next day.


I just want to thank him very much. This was in 2010 and I am still walking great. 


I read the letter in the paper yesterday and I thought I would give my great story about Dr. Fox. 


Jan Anderson




Submitted By Terrie Azotea


Well, this past couple of weeks our KOPS best loser was Peggy and our TOPS best loser was April with our Miss Angel, Suzie, who is almost to her goal.


We talked about our fall rally that is coming up and our KOPS Honor society. We had our area speaker give us a wonderful program about our exchange program and different ideas for us to use. Its focus was making your plate great and the motto was instead of a diet it becomes a way of life, do not call it a diet it’s a lifestyle. Think about portion control and really pay attention to what we are putting in our mouths and how the little things like dressings and other little things we sometimes do not pay attention to.


All in all it was a good program and a DVD was passed around about chair exercises and while sitting there you can still get some movement in.


If anyone would like to stop by for a visit and see what we are all about we meet on Tuesday nights at 5:30 for weigh-in and at 6:30 for our meeting at the Berakah on Fairview Rd. in Pittsfield. We welcome new faces! Any questions, call Micky 269-7641 or Claire at 435-7545. Hope everyone has a great week, and see you all lighter next week!



Letter To The Editor


“Jesus loves me! This I know, for the Bible tells me so…” Such comfort we find in these familiar words that, for many, were sang as a toddler. With the naivety of childhood we can appreciate the genuineness of such faith. After all, we (hopefully) come to understand early on the simple truth, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Scripture easy enough for a child to understand.


However, as a born again believer and disciple of Jesus Christ for fifteen years, I’m disheartened by the callous manner in which the “love of Jesus” is thrown around today. If we can steadfastly hide behind our sin singing, “Jesus loves even me,” we’ve missed the point! Jesus came to do the will of the Father, “…that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in Him should have eternal life…” (John 6:4). 


“And being in agony He prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground” (Luke 22:44). Although in His humanity Jesus was troubled over the hours ahead, He “humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:8). “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying…’My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’” This is the matchless grace found in the gospel, the sacrificial, selfless love of my Savior! 


If we want to share the love of God with a dying world, let’s tell of His merciful plan of redemption and reconciliation through the shed blood of His sinless Son, Jesus Christ! “…there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).


A sinner saved by grace,

Linda Small



NHTI Women’s Soccer shuts down Vermont Tech, 7-0


Lynx freshman, Shannon Hart (Swanzey, N.H.) led the way for NHTI Wednesday afternoon, scoring three goals and an assist in a 7-0 victory over Vermont Tech in a Yankee Small College Conference matchup.


NHTI scored three goals in the first half beginning with Harts first in the eight minute of the contest. Stefani Gauthier (Pittsfield, N.H.) added the Lynx second goal of the half and Hart capped the scoring in the first to be involved in all three first half goals.


Bri St. Pierre scored a pair of her own in the second half to run away from the Knights.


The Lynx Defense held Vermont Tech to a single shot on goal in the contest thanks to shut down defense.


NHTI improved to 2-2-1 while Vermont Tech fell to 0-6.



What’s Up At PYW?

Submitted By Zach Powers, Executive Director, Pittsfield Youth Workshop

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The Pittsfield Youth Workshop had a big surprise for the students as they returned to the Drop-In Center at the beginning of the new school year. Thanks to a very generous grant provided by the Jim and Billie Talbott Charitable fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, PYW was able to purchase eight new computers! Our old computer equipment had been purchased back in 2007 and was in desperate need of updating. Students are now able to access up to date software to work on homework, do research for school projects, and of course play a few games. We were also able to update our network equipment to increase internet speed, and decrease downtime and lagging that had often affected our systems. We truly appreciate the support from both the Talbott Charitable Fund and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation for providing this opportunity to the youth of Pittsfield.



…And in This Corner…! 

By “Grinch” Wingate, Interim Emeritus T.A


There’s no other way to say it – like in the chicken business, something’s flocked up. I mean really, how do you sign TWO contracts for the same work? 


This conundrum stems from the BOS signing a contract for appraisal services with “A.” That “K” (as we like to say in law), included utility appraisals. A’s K says they will appraise everything, including utilities. S’s contract says they will appraise utilities. S is working the Aqueduct pricing – figuring out what the water company should be worth. S also appraises utilities for municipalities. When my fat butt first hit the chair here, there was this random contract sitting on the desk. I stood it up. Asked I, “Wazziss?” Answer: “The duplicate K for the aqueduct deal.” So I sat it back down. A little later “A” called: “S is telling us HE’S doing the utilities appraisal?!” So I had S’s K stand back up, and read it. Also read was S’s OTHER K, AND A’s K. Hmmm. S’s K had a date in Feb. printed on it. S’s Aqueduct K had a date in Feb printed on it. Neither had a date handwritten in ink. Identical twins, but for the work scope. Oddly, there was a cover letter dated in May to somebody not on the board… Sherlock Wingate checked meeting minutes: no mention of K2. Checked with S’s staff: no meeting minutes. Hmmm. Further complicating things is the Department of Revenue’s requirement, as I understand it, that DRA must approve appraisal K’s – and DRA hadn’t OK’d S’s K. Whew. Still with me? I’m not. Stay tuned.


Grinch. That’s what it felt like this week when the BOS took 19 properties for back taxes. Six or 7 were trailers, and most of them were empty. I mean, I wouldn’t put my goat in them. For others, though, who are living in the housing we took, it’s not pleasant. We tried to tell people. Now for the other shoe to drop. 


Related to that, we’re doing an auction on November 7 for other Town-owned properties been on the books for awhile. So bid early and often, and get a st-deal!


Here’s my next great idea. We are the First in the Nation primary state. I am very proud of the fact that these people have to come here to speak with ordinary mortals. I know, I know, some stick to the photo ops or TV studios, but I have shaken the hands of Nixon, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush and McLoskey, and others. Yes I washed in between. McLoskey? He ran against Nixon. We all know how that ended. But to the point: Hey You Democrats and Republicans!! Invite the whole herd [email protected]! We got photo ops, we got businesses, we got colorful people!! (Reeeely colorful…)


Another anonymous message left for me this week. A Gentleman: ‘I live on ** road. Pittsfield’s end is so screwed up that I have to drive all the way through Barnstead. {heavy sarcasm}You got 6 guys on the highway department and you can’t get a few of them to fix the road?’ Hey, just call me! Leave a number, let me know what’s up, and I’ll see to it!


Next week: the dead raccoon. Now living in Epsom.




Alvah Griffin Robinson

July 10, 1921 - September 17, 2015

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Alvah Robinson, 94, of Pittsfield, NH, passed away Thursday September 17, 2015, after a failing health.  He has been reunited with his loving wife, Caroline, that had passed October 2, 2011


He was born, raised and lived in Pittsfield, NH his entire life.  He was the son of the late Kenneth Robinson and Georgianna (Brown) Robinson.  In 1941 he joined The United States Marine Corps, 3rd Division, WWII,  serving In the South Pacific Campaign, including Iwo Jima, and Guadalcanal.   He had his own logging business and then worked for Pittsfield Sewer Plant.  He was an outside guy that loved having a garden, keeping his own lawn, and in the winter, pushing his own snow off his roof up to last year.  He loved woodworking also.


He leaves 4 children daughter Mary and husband Fred Briggs of Cinncinnatus, NY;  sons Dave Robinson of Braighton Plantation, ME; Jack Robinson and Companion Paula Raymond of Ossipee, NH; John Robinson of Groveton, NH.  8 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.  Two sisters Olive and Jane.  Many nieces, nephews and cousins.


Special thank to relatives, neighbors and friends who visited him frequently.  He will be missed by many.


Graveside services, will be at convenience of the family.


The Waters Funeral Home - Perkins & Pollard Memorial Home is assisting with arrangements.


In lieu of flowers, donate to Hospice House of Concord, NH, and Concord Regional Visiting Nurses.








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