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September 9, 2015

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Registrations are underway for the annual golf tournament sponsored by the Pittsfield Basketball Program.


The 2015 Mid-Summer Classic will be played on Sunday, September 20th at 9:00 AM.


Please contact Jay Darrah at 435-6701 or at [email protected] for more info on registering or sponsorship opportunities.



Pittsfield Beautification Committee


Help the Pittsfield Beautification Committee landscape a new garden on the Aranosian Lot by purchasing your fall “Mums” at a Beautification Committee fundraiser, to be held on Saturday, September 12th at the Aranosian Lot  (next to Jack’s Pizza on Catamount Rd ), from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon.  We will be selling a variety of colors in 10” pots, for $7.00, a great bargain


As always, thank you for your support!



Thank you to everyone who made the BBQ Benefit and Raffle for Cindy Bousquet a great success we would not have been able to do it without you, thanks again.





The Suncook Valley Sno Riders snowmobile club is holding its 4th annual Fall Mum Sale fundraiser!


When:  Saturday Sept. 12 & Sunday Sept. 13 (9am-5pm)

Where:  EXIT Reward Realty's field (Corner of Rt. 28 & River Rd) in Pittsfield


We will also be selling fall decorative items like hay bales and corn stalks.


For more information see the club's FaceBook page:



Pittsfield Historical Society Presents

Jonas Glidden With ‘Our Town – 1980’

He’s back!!!!!!!!!!!


Thirty-five years later, Jonas Glidden, cherished teacher and coach, returns to the stage at the Pittsfield Middle High School for a slide show he first presented in 1980.  He will be the guest speaker for the Pittsfield Historical Society meeting on Thursday, Sept. 17, 7 PM. in the Lecture Hall, Pittsfield Middle High School, 23 Oneida Street, Pittsfield, NH.


In 1980, Pittsfield High School went through a procedure to become an accredited high school. As part of this process, a slide presentation was prepared by Jonas and his wife, Elaine, to be shown to the Visiting Committee on the first day of their visit, and to serve as an introduction to the town and the school communities. 


Join “Mr. Glidden” and see what Pittsfield looked like in 1980. For those of you who were students at the time, you just may see yourself and recognize former friends and teachers during the slide show, or perhaps in the audience. But things have changed more than you might think during the past 35 years. Come and see just how much!


Jonas and Elaine Glidden taught at Pittsfield High School, later to be renamed Pittsfield Middle High School, for 35 years (another anniversary), from September 1970 until June 2005, before retiring. They lived in Epsom for nearly 40 years, and have recently moved to a warmer climate, in Summerfield, FL. They still have a cottage in Barnstead, where they spend the summer months. Jonas has been a member of the Pittsfield Rotary for the past 35 years, and served on the Board of Directors for the Pittsfield Youth Workshop. He was also seen on the stage during a few performances of the Pittsfield Players. At the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield, Jonas served on the Board of Deacons and was instrumental in starting the Infant and Toddler Pantry there.


You won’t want to miss this one! Refreshments will be available, and we will be drawing the Pittsfield Historical Society annual raffle winners. (Raffle tickets will be available prior to the drawings – win $100, $75 or $50!!) Please join the Society for an evening down Memory Lane – on several counts.



Drive Out Homelessness Golf Scramble 


Rise Again Outreach, a Loudon-based nonprofit charitable organization serving central New Hampshire, will hold its 3rd Annual “Drive Out Homelessness” Golf Scramble event starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 12, at the Loudon Country Club on Rt. 106 in Loudon. Proceeds go to Rise Again Outreach’s efforts to assist homeless and low-income families in Concord, Manchester, Laconia and surrounding towns. Rise Again Outreach is seeking sponsors and participants for this important fundraiser.


Golfer registration is $85 per individual or $340 per foursome and includes 18-holes in scramble format, golf cart, registration goodies bag, full roast pork lunch and a raffle ticket for door prizes. Walk-ons are accepted and registration begins at 8 a.m.   


This year’s tournament’s major sponsor is CastleOak Securities, a New York City-based boutique investment bank. Other sponsors include Bank of New Hampshire, Carri & Pelletier PLLC, Grappone Automotive and Peter C. Gates.  


For more information and to sign up as a sponsor or participant, please contact Bob Pease at 603-731-9423 or [email protected]


Come out for some non-serious golf and help support the fight against homelessness in central New Hampshire. 


About Rise Again Outreach

Rise Again Outreach was created in July 2007 by several individuals in the Greater Concord community. Our mission is to share God’s love with people who are in poverty or crisis by helping to meet their temporal and spiritual needs. Programs of Rise Again Outreach are available to all who are in need, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or religious affiliation. For more information, please visit our website at



Pittsfield Area Senior Center Open House

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Quilters of the Pittsfield Area Senior Center displaying their handiwork to be raffled.


The Pittsfield Area Senior Center invites you to an open house on September 24, 2015 from 11:30AM-2:00PM. Come in and see some art and crafts that will be on display that were made by the seniors that attend the center.  There will be pictures on display of events that occurred throughout the years at the center.  You can also get information on the different programs that we have to offer such as fun items like playing cribbage, bingo, virtual bowling, quilting, crafts, and art club.


The center also provides a bus service called the Rural Transportation System (RTS) for seniors. This is a handicapped wheel chair accessible bus, which provides transportation to Epsom or Concord, Tuesday thru Thursday, for the towns of Barnstead, Pittsfield, Epsom, and Chichester. Call 435-8482 for more information if interested or come in during the open house and actually talk to the individuals that use the service.


We also offer senior center community lunches Monday-Thursday at 12pm. The meals are well-rounded nutritious food that gives people an opportunity to socialize while eating. On September 24, there will be live music by Don Smith, during lunch. We will also be raffling a homemade quilt that was made right here at the center. If you would like to RSVP for lunch or for a chance to win the quilt, please call 435-8482. We are located on 74 Main St. Pittsfield NH across from Rolling Green Village.



VA/DoD Online Service Tops 5 Million Users

eBenefits Growth Surpasses Goal Two Months Early

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


Participation in the joint Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DoD) eBenefits website topped five million users this week, two months ahead of schedule.  VA established an agency priority goal of reaching five million eBenefits users by the end of fiscal year 2015. VA achieved this early milestone through aggressive outreach efforts and with the support of DoD and its Veterans Service Organization partners.


“Veterans are encouraged to enroll in eBenefits and file their claims online through this one-stop shop for benefits-related tools and information,” said Under Secretary for Benefits Allison Hickey. “We have already implemented nearly 60 self-service features and we continue to expand eBenefits capabilities to give Veterans and Servicemembers greater flexibility in securing their information.”


The number of eBenefits users is a key measure of VA’s success in improving Veterans’ access to VA benefits and services and is reported on   


To enroll in eBenefits, Veterans and Servicemembers must obtain a DoD Self-Service Logon (DS Logon), which provides access to several Veterans and military benefits resources using a single username and password.  The service is free and may be obtained online at or in person at a VA Regional Office.


“The successful collaboration of eBenefits and DS Logon is just one more example of how the DoD and VA are working together to continue bringing current and former Servicemembers secure online access to the benefits they’ve earned,” said Mary Dixon, Director of Defense Manpower Data Center.


The rapid and continued growth in the utilization of the eBenefits website demonstrates the importance of giving Veterans greater access to information about their own benefits.  In addition to filing claims online and checking the status of those claims, Veterans can also message their VA doctor, order prescription drug refills and obtain official military documents through eBenefits. More than 7.5 million VA letters have been generated and downloaded by Veterans that show proof of disability, income or Veterans preference used in federal or state government hiring. 

 For more information about VA benefits, go to



Pittsfield Players Seek Donations In Support Of Sprinker System

Submitted By Meggin Dail, Member of the Pittsfield Players


Since 2008 the Pittsfield Volunteer Fire Department has been strongly urging The Pittsfield Players Community Theatre Volunteer Organization to bring the building at 6 Depot Street up to fire codes set forth after The Station fire in Rhode Island. The Scenic Theatre, at 6 Depot Street, Pittsfield, NH has been updated with a fire alarm system, but as yet, the volunteers have been unable to complete the fundraising task to install the appropriate sprinkler system that encompasses all three floors as well as bringing water into the building from the main town water line.


It is presently our pleasure to announce that we feel we have enough to sprinkle the ground floor (the theatre proper) of the Scenic, “Phase 1” to the approximate amount of $37,000.00.


Unfortunately, sprinkling just the first floor is not enough to satisfy the requirements of the present NFPA code and we will not only need excavation work done and pipe laid to bring water into the Scenic specifically for the purpose of sprinkling the theatre, but we will also need to complete the project of sprinkling floors 2 and 3 (costumes and props storage).


We have given the Pittsfield Volunteer Fire Department our word that this project will be in full swing by Spring of 2016, to be completed before Fall of 2016. If we were to start the project now, it would interfere with our biggest fundraiser, the fall musical. The Players have been fundraising since 2008 through various extra shows, using sponsorship when we can; raffles; selling refreshments and working hard at events like under the Rotary tent during balloon rally and other suppers. None of the $37,000.00 saved would have been possible without all of our volunteers, fundraising committee, generous citizens, and audience members.


The Pittsfield Players have owned the Scenic since 1991 and have been in existence as a theatre company since 1968. We’re approaching our 50th anniversary and would like to celebrate in safety. We are hoping that area businesses and townspeople like yourselves, who grew up in Pittsfield and its surrounding towns, will find a way to donate to this fund and make the sprinkling of the Scenic no longer a black cloud over us. 


We hope you will consider either matching the $5,000 donation challenge set forth by the Rotary Club or make any other donation to The Pittsfield Players Sprinkler Fund, PO Box 177, Pittsfield, NH 03263. 


In either case, your generosity continues to be appreciated and I would love to set up a meeting with any individual or business owner to further discuss our plans, what we have already done for fundraising and any advice you may have for us. I would also like it to be known that we are approaching other businesses in Pittsfield, with much the same request and a letter similar to this one may have already shown up in your mailbox. We are also pursuing grant funding. If we should find the generosity of Pittsfield and the surrounding towns overwhelms our needs, we would be certain to make donors aware and arrange to return unspent monies.


I/we hope to hear from you soon. I can be reached via email at [email protected], or by home phone (603) 736-8073.


While I am no longer a member of the board of directors, I took it upon myself to become the Sprinkler Fund liaison to the board, having been an active member of the Pittsfield Players for 27 years; been raised in Pittsfield and have a lot of community ties still.


I appreciate your time and attention to this matter. 



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Free Concert: The Keffers, Friday, September 18, 2015 at 7:00 PM, Lighthouse Church of God, 43 Watson St., Pittsfield, NH.








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