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Pittsfield NH News

November 16, 2016

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Grace Capital Church of 55 Barnstead Road, Pittsfield will be celebrating a community-wide Thanksgiving Eve Service.  Please join us on Wednesday, 11/23 at 7:00 p.m. for fellowship, worship music, prayer and a message.  All are welcome.  We’d love to meet you.



Church Fair Takes Place Saturday

Baskets, table runners, quilts, and so much more at the Dorcas Guild’s Christmas Fair – this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield.


Ho, ho, ho… the Christmas Fair and Bake Sale at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield, is happening this coming Saturday, November 19, from 9 to 2. Sponsored by the Dorcas Guild, this fair is the event you won’t want to miss.


The Guild has been busy crafting all those special festive gifts including mittens, hats, aprons, quilted items, baskets, ornaments and special gourmet and baked goods. Don’t forget the “Unique Boutique” for outstanding values and the “Silent Auction” for those special one-of-a-kind gifts.


Bring your friends and neighbors to shop and stay for a great corn chowder and sandwich lunch with yummy pies for dessert. Parking and wheelchair accessible entrance available at rear of church – enter at Chestnut Street or come in through the courtyard entrance on Main Street. For more info, call the church office at 435-7471.



Jitters Under New Ownership!

By Meggin Dail


New owners at Jitters have given you some big screen TVs and hope you’ll enjoy the new atmosphere and friendly service.


New owners, Paul Vien and his wife Dottie welcome you to the new Jitters. Paul and Dottie signed the papers in September of this year and want to welcome everyone to come try Jitters again, or if you’ve been coming in all along, to continue and watch for some upcoming changes and ideas they have for the cafe’ on Main Street in Pittsfield.


“I’ve always wanted to own a cafe’, I’m a real people person,” Dottie says, “and I love to bake!” So you’ll be seeing a lot of homemade pies flying out of the kitchen for the holidays. “Order ahead.” Dottie says, but she can’t wait to bring you her mouthwatering pies.


Paul is also excited about some menu changes he’s in the process of making, “We have fresh ground beef burgers, meatball grinders and chicken parmesan.” The new Jitters owners plan to continue to have Friday night dinners for those who have come to expect and enjoy them.


Of course, they will still be open for breakfast and lunch as well, as they are the only breakfast joint in town! They’ll continue to serve a breakfast buffet on Sundays 8 am-12 noon. “We’re open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 2 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 8 am to 12pm.”


Some changes that have already taken place are obvious as soon as you walk through the door, Jitters now has 2 big screen TVs so you can catch the news during your morning breakfast. “We’re also putting in some more booths and changing out some of the lighting to make it nice and cozy in here.” Dottie promises.


Paul and Dottie are eager to meet old customers and new and to take your orders for some homemade pies for the holidays. Stop by Jitters on Main Street in Pittsfield and see what’s changing!



Operation #GETyourBEARDon


Starting December 1st you may notice some of your favorite first responders in blue growing beards. This is an effort to raise funds for local community groups.


Facial hair is typically against department policy in Pittsfield, but a $100 donation raised by each officer participating, allows that officer to grow a beard. Over 30 departments across the state are participating in similar fundraisers.


Chief Cain is allowing his officers to grow a beard for the months of December and January for the fundraiser. He has challenged them to raise a total of $1000. If they reach that goal he will allow them to keep the beards through the end of February.


Those wanting to make donations for Operation #GETyourBEARDon can donate to the officers growing the beards or send check to the PD made out to the Pittsfield Police Association. All funds raised get directly donated back to local scholarships and organizations.



VA Releases Major Report On Progress Of “MyVA” Transformation Process

Multi-year Effort Showing Measurable Improvements in Homelessness, Health Care, Claims

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs released a major update on the MyVA transformation, Secretary McDonald’s effort to transform VA into the top customer service agency in the federal government. This third edition of the program’s semi-annual report shows progress serving veterans with more services, in better time. 


“Guided by Veterans’ needs, we’ve left old, unresponsive ways of doing business behind,” writes Secretary Robert McDonald. “We’ve changed leadership. We’ve added staff. We’ve adjusted policies. We’re eliminating bureaucracy and unproductive work. We’re encouraging inno­vative approaches to serving Veterans, and we’re sharing best practices across the Department. In short, we’re making VA the high-performing organization that it can be, and that my fellow Veterans, expect and deserve.”


Key results in the report include:

Veteran trust of VA is on the rise. In June 2016, nearly 60% of veterans said they trust VA to fulfill our country’s commitment to Veterans – a 47% improvement from six months before.


We are completing more appointments, faster. In FY 2016, VA completed nearly 58 million appointments – 1.2 million more than in FY 2015 and 3.2 million more than FY 2014. More of them are provided by a network of more than 350,000 community providers – a 45% increase in the number of providers since last year.


Processing of disability claims is faster and more accurate, too. The average wait time to complete a claim has dropped by 65%, to 123 days. We completed nearly 1.3 million claims in FY 2016, and reduced pending claims by almost 90%.


Urgent care is available when a Veteran needs it, and for non-urgent appointments, wait times are down. By September 2016, the average wait time for a completed appointment was down to less than 5 days for primary care, less than 7 days for specialty care, and less than 3 days for mental health care.


Veteran homelessness has been cut in half; it’s down 47% since 2010 nationwide, thanks in part to VA’s work with nearly 4,000 public and private agencies.


In the last 18 months, VA has facilitated dozens more collaborations, bringing in more than $300 million in investments and in-kind services to support America’s veterans.


Quality is improving. 82% of VA facilities improved quality overall since the fourth quarter of FY 2015.


The report details the changes and innovations, large and small, which produced these results. It also lays out a path forward for the agency – including an important role for Congress before the end of 2016.



VA And Social Security Partner To Speed Up Disability Decisions For Veterans

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) launched a new Health IT initiative that enables VA to share medical records electronically with social security disabilty processors. This secure process will save time and money resulting in better service for Veterans and dependents who apply for social security disability benefits. The SSA requests nearly 15 million medical records from health care organizations yearly to make medical decisions on about three million disability claims. For decades, SSA obtained medical records through a manual process.  This new national initiative puts in place an automated process to obtain Veterans’ medical records entirely electronically. 


“VA’s partnership with Social Security will ultimately improve the quality of life for Veterans and their dependents by enabling Veterans to share their health information within a safe and secure health-related consumer application,” said Dr. David Shulkin, VA’s Under Secretary for Health.


The joint venture is expected to significantly speed up social security disability decisions, utilizing VA’s VLER Health Exchange under the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) Program. The VLER Health Exchange gives VA and participating community providers the ability to retrieve Veterans’ health information from each other for the purpose of treatment. Currently, VLER Health Exchange shares health data with over 79 community health care partners, representing 775 Hospitals, 427 Federally Qualified Health Centers, 142 Nursing Homes, 8441 Pharmacies and over 11,969 Clinics. The SSA now has access for the purpose of processing benefits for Veterans and their dependents.


“This SSA-VA partnership is another example of VA’s leadership in interoperability efforts among federal partners,” said VA Secretary, Robert McDonald. “Increasing federal partnerships to improve operation and resource coordination across agencies is among VA’s 12 Breakthrough Priorities for 2016.”


VA has partnership agreements with Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Treasury (DOT) among many others.


To learn more about VA health care visit:



VA Expands New Innovators Network Program

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON –The Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation (VACI) is expanding its Innovators Network Program. Fourteen new VA Medical Center innovation sites and one National Cemetery innovation site will join the eight selected last year, for a total of 22 recognized innovation sites across the country. The sites were selected from a highly competitive pool of 44 sites from across the country. The selection was based on a review of 12 parameters, including: proposed Veteran-centered approach; plans to empower and engage employees and collaboration with local infrastructure enablers.


The VA Center for Innovation identifies, tests and evaluates new approaches to efficiently and effectively meet the current and future needs of Veterans through innovations rooted in data, design-thinking and agile development. Each of the Network sites is focused on building a culture of innovation to support employees working with input from Veterans to design and develop new innovations to better serve Veterans and their families.


“VA continues to increase its ability to rapidly respond to Veterans’ needs and deliver the best possible experience for Veterans. We have invested in creating a culture of innovation which we can constantly find, test and create better ways to deliver services to our Veterans,” said VA Secretary Robert McDonald.


The Network began as a pilot in early 2015 and seeks to build and empower a community of VA employees who are actively engaged in innovation. The Network has been a tremendous success in developing VA’s culture of innovation, empowering employees to improve the experience and care of our Veterans, and successfully funding transformational innovations that significantly reduce costs and improve the care and services available to Veterans. The Network program and Innovation Specialists – dedicated staff at each innovation site – have trained over 1,300 VA employees on innovation-related competencies to help them first recognize, and then solve problems that are negatively impacting or preventing Veterans from receiving the care and services.


To support initiatives, the VA Innovators Network creates a pathway to accelerate the development of new, reimagined experiences for Veterans and their families. The accelerator has invested in 38 projects across the VA. Two of its biggest, Technology-Based Eye Care Screening from the Atlanta VA and the Care in the Community Tool from the Portland VA project to save over $20 million over the next five years and improve Veterans access to services and care.


The following sites been selected as Innovators Network Sites for 2017:

Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, Albany, N.Y.

Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio Grand Junction VA Healthcare System, Grand Junction, Colo.

Hines VA Medical Center, Chicago, Ill.

Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, Richmond, Va.

Lebanon VA Medical Center, Lebanon Pa.

Lexington VA Medical Center, Lexington, Ky.

VA Loma Linda Healthcare System, Loma Linda, Calif.

New Mexico VA Healthcare System

Puget Sound VA Healthcare System, Seattle Wash.

VA San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego, Calif.

South Texas Healthcare System, San Antonio, Texas Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

White River Junction VA Medical Center, White River Junction, Vt.

Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minn.



Oklahoma! At The Scenic Theatre

Maggie Faneuf as Aunt Elller, Kevin Kennedy as Curly and Catherine Martinez as Laurey in The Pittsfield Players’ production of Oklahoma!


Tickets are going fast for the Pittsfield Players’ fall musical Oklahoma! at The Scenic Theater, 6 Depot Street, Pittsfield, NH, the continues its run on Friday and Saturday, November 18 and 19. Both shows are at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $17 per person. You may purchase them by visiting the Players’ website, and clicking on the TicketLeap button, or you can reserve seats by calling 435-8852. When you call, be sure to spell your last name as part of your message.


The Players have been blessed with a fantastic cast for this show. The three major actors in the show are seasoned, talented performers who will capture your attention from the first moment of the show and take the audience back to Oklahoma Territory in the early 1900’s. The music is wonderful, the acting is supberb, and the costumes and sets are some of the best you’ve ever seen on the Scenic stage.


Maggie Fanuef sets the bar in her role as Aunt Eller, the matriarch of the neighborhood. After retiring from over twenty years of teaching, Maggie fulfilled a life-long dream of doing theater full time.  She has been blessed with many wonderful experiences and roles.  Today, however, her favorite roles are wife, Mom/Mama to her five children, and Nana to her 14 grandchildren and dear little great-granddaughter. IN spite of all of Maggie’s acting gigs, this is her first appearance with the Pittsfield Players, and we are so very happy to have her on stage with us.


Kevin Kennedy, who plays Curly, brings his wonderful tenor voice tosome very familiar Rodgers and Hammerstein songs. Kevin’s most recent roles with the Players include Lieutenant Cable in South Pacific, Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Dr. Karakas in Man of Le Mancha. Kevin also sings in his church choir at the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield, while maintaining his day job is as a partner at Maloney and Kennedy, a Certified Public Accounting firm.


Catherine Martinez, who plays the role of Laurey, is very excited to be performing with the Pittsfield Players again. Her last performance with the group was in 2014 playing the role of Nellie Forbush in South Pacific. Catherine is a New Hampshire native and has been performing musical theatre and opera since a very young age. Some of those performances include Anything Goes, Godspell, Sweeney Todd. She appears often with The Piccolo Opera Company, and can be heard singing the National Anthem at Monarch’s games. Her wonderful soprano voice is a delight to be heard.


The cast also includes Cindi Bell as Ado Annie, Jared Griffin as Will Parker, John Chinn as Jud Fry, Jeff Gregoire as Ali Hakim, Ashley Pence as Gertie Cummings, Bill Schultz as Andrew Carnes, Turner Jennings as Cord Elam, Nathan Strong as Ike Skidmore, Caleb Molloy as Fred, Coy McCarty as Slim, Lena Luongo as Ellen, Jean Gentile as Kate, Vicki Watson as Vivian, Elisha Griffin as Virginia, Earnhardt Dail as Mike, as John Ahern as Joe. Chorus members include Heather Bradley, Lorraine LePage, Ashley Connor, Bea Douglas, Marie St. Cyr, Logan Connor and spencer, Faith and Carly Griffin.


The show is directed by Maye Hart, choreographed by Dee Dee Pitcher, with set design and lighting design by Jim Hart. Josh Crowell is stage manager.


Join us at The Scenic Theatre for a wonderful night of musical theater. Get your tickets now for Oklahoma!



PMHS 7/8 Boys Soccer Team - 2016 Suncook Valley League Champions



Decorated Wreath Contest At The Pittsfield Christmas Tree Lighting


Mark your calendars - Saturday, Dec. 3 from 4:00-6:00pm for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration sponsored by the Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce - Everyone is welcome to attend!


We will be having a decorated wreath contest again this year.  Everyone is invited to bring a decorated (anyway you’d like) wreath to Dustin Park.  The wreaths will be displayed inside PYW and will be judged by the public.  The winner will be announced at 6pm after the Tree Lighting and will receive a $50 CASH PRIZE.


Please drop your wreath off by 3:45pm at Dustin Park (PYW) and please pick up your wreath by 6:15pm.  Any wreaths that are not picked up will be donated to local groups.


Get in the Holiday Spirit and show off your creativity and bring a wreath.  The contest is open to everyone!  For more information, contact Andi Riel at 435-6346 or email at [email protected].



St. Stephen’s Annual Holly Fair

Rocking horse, race cars and bookcase.


Drop leaf table.


Again this year there are great Holiday Fairs in Pittsfield Saturday, Nov. 19th. St Stephen’s Annual Holly Fair is a great opportunity to find a lovely decoration for your home and some unique gifts at bargain prices. Our parishioners have been busy making handcrafted holiday decorations including wreaths, centerpieces and various sizes of snowmen and reindeer constructed from birch logs.


If you are making the rounds of fairs, plan to stop in for a delicious lunch of hot soup and sandwiches at our café. Then pick out a yummy dessert at the bake sale. Our Holly Fair has a large silent auction again this year. The list of fine art, antiques, collectibles and furniture is amazing. We have pewter items including a punch bowl and coffee set, a lovely braided rug made by Joe Knox. Surprise your child on Christmas morning with a large mechanical ride on rocking horse, or one of our remote race cars. We’ll be auctioning off a solid Oak bookcase, a drop leaf table, antique sleds, dolls, linens, fine art, glassware, a crèche, and so much more. You can view pictures of our auction items at our website


Come do your Christmas shopping 9 AM to 2 PM Saturday November 19th. See you there!




Robert Chilson

PITTSFIELD- Robert Chilson, 56 of Pittsfield; passed away on November 3, 2016 with his family by his side.


Robert was born on February 5, 1960 in Ithica, NY. He worked for many years at Robert Landry Trucking. In his spare time Robert enjoyed all types of fishing, snowmobiling and anything else related to being outdoors.


Mr. Chilson is survived by his son Robert Chilson II and his wife Shari of Concord, NH; sisters, Hope Goutremonte, Faith Eastman and a step daughter Laura Stevens; grandchildren, Sean, Cody, Penny, Tyler, Garrett, Nicholas and JJ; Uncle to Daniel, Gavin, Amber, Nicole and Samantha. Robert was predeceased by a son Nicholas Chilson.


Memorial Hours will be held on Saturday, November 19th from 11:30am to 12:30pm at the Petit-Roan Funeral Home, 167 Main Street, Pembroke. A Memorial service will be held in the funeral home at 12:30pm. Interment to follow at Blossom Hill Cemetery, Concord. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit








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