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October 12, 2016

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Have you been considering becoming a Realtor? We are looking for a few good agents!! EXIT Reward Realty and EXIT Realty Great Beginnings will be hosting a real estate pre-licensing class! November 4, 5, 6 and 11, 12, and 13. You will complete the course in 2 weekends! Hours are 1pm to 5pm Friday and 8am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday. Classes will be held in Concord. Please email Sandy Kelley to register, [email protected] or call 435-7800 ext. 201.



The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce and The Barnstead Area WOMEN IN BUSINESS Group are sponsoring a Meet and Greet on October 17th from 6:30 to 8:00p.m. This event is an opportunity for local businesses and community organizations to introduce themselves to others in the area or enhance current relationships during this casual, conversation based meeting. All local area businesses, community organizations and other interested parties are invited. This FREE event will be at and hosted by Main Street Grill and Bar, 32 Main Street, Pittsfield NH. To RSVP please contact Lori Mahar at 269-2329 ([email protected]), Louie Houle at 848-1553 ([email protected]) or visit The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce Event page on Facebook.



The Scenic Theatre gets a new exterior lobby and sidewalk as part of the installation of the sprinkler system as LaFlamme Concrete Stamping creates a cobblestone cement mosaic. Inside, Carter Sprinkler Systems is putting the finishing touches on the new sprinkler system. Join The Pittsfield Players at the Scenic Theatre in November for their fall production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! and see what’s new inside!



VA Selects USDA As Its Federal Shared Service Provider

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has selected the Department of Agriculture (USDA) as its federal shared service provider to deliver a modern financial management solution that will replace the existing system and improve financial transparency and processing across the Department.


“The Department followed a rigorous process in selecting USDA,” said Interim Assistant Secretary for Management and Interim Chief Financial Officer Edward J. Murray. “Demonstrating a truly integrated decision-making process, subject matter experts across VA participated in intense week-long workshops and provided feedback to ensure we selected the right partner for transformation success.” In making this selection, VA also leveraged best practices and lessons learned from Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and others.


Partnering with USDA allows VA to utilize an established and proven IT solution to better serve its financial management needs. This partnership demonstrates VA’s commitment to work with other agency partners to reduce duplication and redundancy across the government, while also improving both the quality and agility of administrative services.


“As a top FY17 VA priority, this effort will increase the transparency, accuracy, timeliness and reliability of VA’s financial information,” said Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson. “It’s critical that VA continues to implement solutions that result in improved care and services to our Veterans with fiscal accountability to American taxpayers.”



October Is National Audiology Awareness Month

More Than 30 Million Veterans Experience Hearing Loss 

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON – Hearing loss, including tinnitus, which is a ringing, buzzing or other type of noise that originates in the head, is the most prevalent service-connected disability among Veterans, with more than 30 million Veterans suffering from a form of it due to frequent exposure to loud noises from weaponry and aircraft. Because of the pervasiveness of hearing loss among Veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is recognizing October as Audiology Awareness Month by highlighting important VA research on the subject and advances made in treating Veterans with hearing loss.


“VA researchers have a rich history of contributions to audiology,” said VA Under Secretary for Health Dr. David J. Shulkin. “From working with the National Institutes of Health to develop and evaluate hearing aids to a comprehensive protocol for managing tinnitus at VA and other audiology clinics nationwide, VA is proud to be a leader in this field.”


VA researchers conduct a wide range of studies in audiology—from biomedical investigations to large clinical trials and epidemiologic database studies. Much of the work takes place at VA’s National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research in Portland, Oregon, one of the world’s leading facilities for research in the field. Studies include older Veterans whose hearing problems have been compounded by aging and younger Veterans who may have suffered hearing loss as a result of blasts in Iraq or Afghanistan.


Recent VA research includes the following:

In 2013, researchers at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System published the results of a study comparing group and individual visits for hearing aid fittings and follow up. The team found no differences in how well the hearing aids performed, or how often they were worn. They concluded that group visits could reduce costs while providing community support for patients.


In 2014, VA researchers in Loma Linda, California, linked exposure to jet propulsion fuel with auditory processing problems—changes that occur inside the brain rather than the ear.


A 2015 VA study yielded promising results on transcranial magnetic stimulation as a tinnitus treatment. The therapy involves holding a magnetic coil to the head. The team now hopes to conduct a larger trial.


A 2016 study of nearly 200 Veterans with tinnitus explored the impact of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on how Veterans manage the hearing condition, and offered guidance for clinicians.


Below are a few examples of ongoing studies:

VA researchers in Pittsburgh, Sioux Falls, Omaha, and Portland are collecting data from nearly 470 Veterans to learn more about auditory complaints in those who have been exposed to blasts. The team will focus on the interplay among hearing problems, traumatic brain injury, and PTSD.


A VA trial aims to improve monitoring of hearing changes caused by the drug cisplatin, used to treat cancer. Some 4,000 Veterans receive the drug in a typical year, and up to 40 or 50 percent will experience some hearing loss or tinnitus. The researchers say early detection can prevent significant damage.


Together with a lab group at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, VA researchers are seeking biomarkers—including cellular changes— that could warn of impending hearing loss. The work is expected lead to new preventive measures or treatment.


In addition to VA’s audiology research work, the Department announced last month – ahead of National Audiology Awareness Month – that Veterans who need routine audiology appointments will be able to directly schedule them, without the need for a referral from their primary care provider. The move is expected to get Veterans into appointments more quickly. The new expedited process was piloted at three VA sites last year and is now being rolled out nationwide.


For more information VA’s audiology services, visit Information about VA research on audiology may be found at



Pittsfield Area Senior Center News


Cat Faulkner is back at the Pittsfield Senior Center on Tuesday, October 18, at 10:30 AM. Cat is a favorite performer and she gains new fans at every show. This is a free live musical performance, where she combines the traditional jazz style with her interpretation of the American Songbook. You may be familiar with the iconic songs of that era that include, “It had to be you,” “Night and Day,” and “My Romance.” Please come, enjoy the music, and have lunch with us. Call 435-8482 to make your reservations.


The Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association is having a Flu Immunization Clinic at the Pittsfield Senior Center on Friday, October 21 from 10:00am-12:00pm. If you do not have an insurance card the cost will be $30.00, but it will be free if you have a card from Medicare B, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, Harvard Pilgrim, or Anthem. The center is located on 74 Main St. in Pittsfield.



Selectman’s Overview

Submitted By Carl Anderson

Select Board meeting 10/4/16-


We met with the Building Inspector relative to his revised job description and hours, and with a couple of minor modifications, all agreed on the whole package. Jesse will have regular scheduled office hours at the Town Hall from 5-7 PM Mondays and 8-10 AM Wed. mornings. Inspections will be performed as necessary within the agreed time-table and Jesse’s schedule.


Supt. Of Public Works George Batchelder came to us with a review of Sept. work done by his crew. He also touched on his preparation for the hurricane threatening us for next weekend- by the time this paper comes out, we’ll know the results of a hit- if any.


The Board accepted Ass’t. Public Works Supt. Phillip “Sparky” Gordon’s retirement notice to us, effective the end of the month. His letter said he is excited about his retirement and thanked the town for his many years on the Highway Dept. Cara was asked to respond to him with a letter of appreciation.


Two school scholarships were accepted, with thanks; one from the Harvey A. Marston Memorial Scholarship and the other from the Foss Family Scholarship Trust.


A lawn watering ban draft was accepted, in the event that drought conditions become extreme enough for it to have to be put in place. We would prefer rain.


Results of a meeting between the building inspector, Utility Partners from wastewater treatment,a rep. of the BOS and Rustic Crust were reported on with an agreement to positively identify the source of the sewer line issue being experienced on Joy St., wherever it originates and then to remedy it as soon as possible.


A very competitive bid for 5 years of general assessing services to be provided by Avitar was accepted. Going forward we will, however, use Dept. of Revenue Admin. Guidelines for utility assessments. A contract which requires considerable additional expenditures for the study of Municipalization of the Pittsfield Aqueduct Co. was tabled pending the second public hearing on the proposal scheduled for later this month. The hearing will be announced in The Sun and all water rate payers are very strongly urged to attend, ask questions and express opinions regarding this major purchase initiative.


The Tax Collector’s office will be closed for training Oct. 20 & 2 1.



VA Announces $3.4 Million in Funding To Help The Homeless:

Funds will enhance services for special needs homeless Veterans

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald announced the award of $3.4 million in grant funding offered through the Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program to 16 community agencies that provide enhanced services for homeless Veterans with special needs.


The GPD Program promotes the development and provision of supportive housing and services to help homeless Veterans to have stable residences, increase their skills and income, and achieve independence.  Specifically, GPD special need grant funding assists with additional operating costs of transitional housing and services for special need groups such as women, chronically mental ill, frail elderly, terminally ill, and those with minor dependents.


“GPD Special Need Grants exemplify VA’s response to the wide range of needs of subpopulations of homeless Veterans,” said VA Secretary McDonald.  “These 16 grants strengthen the continuum of VA services to help the most vulnerable Veterans become stably housed and achieve greater self-determination.”


As a result of these and other efforts, the number of U.S. Veterans experiencing homelessness has been cut nearly in half since 2010.  As of September 16, 2016, 29 communities and two states have confirmed and publicly announced that they have effectively ended Veteran homelessness, serving as models for others across the nation.


More information about VA’s homeless programs is available at  Community organizations seeking details and/or more information may visit VA’s National Grant and Per Diem Program website



Dorcas Guild


The September meeting of the Dorcas Guild of the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield began with a call to order and welcome to the 14 attendees by President MaryJo Powelson.


Freda Jones presented the devotions from Norman Vincent Peale’s The Rewards of Positive Living. All joined in “The Lord’s Prayer.”


Mary Jo read correspondence and there was an update on the ill and shut-ins; cards were sent around for signing. The May and June minutes and the treasurer’s report were accepted.


The food basket brought by Audrey Moore went to Kathy Bergeron and will go next to Linda Stasiak. The mystery package brought by Kathy was won by Reny Boyd.


We broke for delicious refreshments provided by Freda Jones and Audrey Moore, and reconvened to discuss some old business including our service project of providing twin-sized spreads, blankets, adult hats and mittens for the VA. Our last call will be the next meeting, October 11.


We are reminded that our group has taken on the responsibility of the World Day of Prayer, Friday, March 3, 2017 with the focus on the Philippines.


We next discussed our Christmas Fair, which will occur November 19. New chairpersons are Peggy Jacobs and Kathy Bergeron. All donations to the fair should be received by November 9.


A 2016 program booklet was passed around for members to check their names and addresses for accuracy for next year’s booklet. Linda Towle asked for volunteers for the nursery and also requested prayer for young families to attend our church.


We enjoyed a further time of fellowship with our “Pound Auction.” The meeting adjourned at 8 p.m. The next meeting is October 11 at 6:30 p.m. Hostesses are Corine Miller and Carolyn Davis.



Left to right are: Rob Freese, Owner and Senior Vice President of Marketing at Globe; Gef Freese, Owner and Senior Vice President of Manufacturing at Globe; Senator Kelly Ayotte; Jay Timmons, President and CEO of NAM.



Floral Park Cemetary Fence Fund Update

Submitted By Carole Richardson


Now that vacations are over, schools are back in session and fall is upon us, I wanted to give you an update on the Floral Park Cemetery Fence Fund.  Phase 3 was completed by the Fourth of July as promised, and now it’s on to Phase 4, the final phase of the project.  I have collected $3,800 so far for Phase 4, so that means I have to collect another $16,200 before May 31, 2017 to complete the fence as initially proposed three years ago. When these funds are collected it will bring the grand total to $80,000. 


The fence looks absolutely beautiful and adds so much splendor to this beautiful section of Pittsfield.  A special thank you to Rick Sykes from Superior Fence for all his crew and their hard work.  This project has been a true testament of your faith in me and to all those individuals and organizations that have contributed.  Again, I thank each and every one of you for your generosity and kind words.  This fence is something we can all be proud of for years to come.


Thanks again for your inquiries, and please continue to send your tax deductible donations for Phase 4 to the “Floral Park Cemetery Fence Fund” P.O. Box 98 or 595 Tilton Hill Road, Pittsfield, NH 03263.  If you should have questions, please call me at 435-8351.



Catamount Womenaid Holds Annual 5K at the Deerfield Fairgrounds


Enjoy the scenic, autumn beauty of New England’s Oldest Family Fairgrounds at the second annual Catamount 5k at the Deerfield Fairgrounds on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 9 am. 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 is challenging enough for seasoned racers, but also appropriate for families and groups of walkers. 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. Register now at Online registration is available until 11/5/16 for $22 and the first 100 registrants will receive free fleece hats. Race day registration for adults is $30 and starts at 7am and the 5k begins at 9am.  Children under 12 will pay $15 for online preregistration and $20 the day of the race. Don’t forget to set your clocks back; daylight savings time ends 11/5/16 allowing an extra hour of sleep.  Parking is close and easy; turn into the fairgrounds at a main gate at 34 Stage Road, Deerfield.


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 baked goods, fruit and beverages. One More Cup will be offering hot and iced coffee. Medals will be awarded to the top male and female runners and for top racers in different age groups.


All proceeds benefit Catamount Womenaid, providing emergency financial assistance to men, women and children in Deerfield, Epsom, Pittsfield and Strafford NH. Visit for more information and to register.  Generous area businesses sponsor this event: Platinum Sponsor Deerfield Veterinary Clinic; Gold Sponsor Northeast Delta Dental; Silver Sponsors Abbey Run Construction, Debbie Kelley of Verani/Berkshire Hathaway Realty, and Northeast Eye Care; and Bronze Sponsors, Candia First Stop, David L Malone Jr of Edward  Jones, Plumbing-N-Heating Solutions, LLC and The Robertson Insurance Company. Thanks also to the many individual donors and volunteers who make this event possible.



Social And Emotional Learning

Submitted By Dr. John Freeman, Superintendent, Pittsfield School District


Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) seems to be one of those vague ideas that educators use to mean a lot of different things.  The importance of SEL has received a boost with the new federal legislation known as the Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA).


Under the requirements of ESSA, states and schools are required to establish multiple measures of accountability.  This signals a shift from traditional measures.  States have typically relied on large-scale standardized tests – like the Smarter Balanced Assessment or the New England Common Assessment Program – with which most parents are familiar. 


With the new law – ESSA – states must include a non-academic measure; this is generally seen as a measure of social and emotional learning.  So, it’s important that both educators and parents have a clear, agreed-upon knowledge of SEL so we can work together to help our children and youth best prepare for their futures.


SEL helps prepare students for success in school and in life beyond life by helping students learn how to:

• Make responsible choices;

• Manage their emotions;

• Empathize with others;

• Establish and maintain positive relationships with others; and

• Establish and accomplish suitable goals.


In Pittsfield, our Responsive Classroom curriculum at PES and our student advisory curriculum at PMHS promote SEL learning. However, with new research becoming available, we will be considering ways to strengthen SEL for our students.


Parents, of course, have a strong interest in supporting SEL in their children and youth.  Fortunately, a number of websites provide very helpful information and strategies:


With attention to SEL at both home and school, our children and youth can look forward to happiness and success in school and in life.




Michael Corey Murphy


LACONIA - Michael Corey Murphy, 69, of 66 Landing Lane, died Wednesday, October 5, 2016.


He was born on March 10, 1947 in Concord, the son of the late D. Edward and Viola D. (Hall) Murphy. He was a graduate of Pittsfield High School and also graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in economics and the University of Maryland Law School. Michael worked for many years as an attorney, beginning with Nighswander, Martin, Lord & Killkelley, P.A. from 1972 to 1975.  He also worked as  Belknap County Probate Judge from 1982 to 1988. Afterwards, he became a partner, forming Murphy, McLaughlin, Hemeon & Lahey, P.A. in Laconia from 1975 until 1993. In 1993, he became sole proprietor of Michael C. Murphy Law Offices in Laconia.


He is survived by his three daughters; Maura B. Murphy and her husband Michael Pike of Hampton,  Erin K. Decato and her husband Jamie of Belmont and Kara E. Murphy of Canterbury, one brother, Dennis E. Murphy Jr. and his wife Anne Bailey of Center Harbor, two grandchildren; Emerson and Cullen Decato, both of Belmont and two nieces.


There will be no calling hours.


A private graveside service will be held at Floral Park Cemetery in Pittsfield.


Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements.  For more information and to view an online memorial go to








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