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November 30, 2016

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EXIT Reward Realty is now accepting unwrapped new toys for the Toys for Tots program.  You can drop off your toy at either of the EXIT Reward Realty locations: 79 High St. in Pittsfield or 1022 Dover Rd., Unit 6 in Epsom.  We will be accepting toys until December 2, 2016.  Help a child in need this Holiday Season!



The Merrimack County Stamp Collectors will hold its monthly meeting at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., Bow, on December 20th  beginning at 1 pm.   All who are interested in stamp collecting are welcome to attend   Meet other collectors and learn more about their hobby and  varied interests in Philatelic resources and issues.  For more information call Dan Day at 603-228-1154.



The next meeting of Pittsfield American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75 will be held on December 5, 2016 beginning at 7:30 pm.  Location of the meeting will be at the Post Home, located at 3 Loudon Rd.   Ideas for next year will be discussed plus other important matters.  If you are a veteran that served during time of war, and are looking for a place to come chill and talk to others that have been through the same problems as you, stop by and check us out.  Any questions can be directed at the Post Adjutant, Merrill Vaughan at 603-344-0264.



Education Funding Forum

Submitted By Carl Anderson


In response to an invitation received by Pittsfield from the City of Franklin, in my capacity as Selectman, I attended a forum hosted by their Mayor, City Manager, and a Northfield Selectman. The purpose was to prompt discussion and strategize on how to deal with the State’s phasing out of Education Stabilization Grants.


Presently Pittsfield receives 2.2 million dollars in annual grant money. Starting in 2017, the annual payments are scheduled to be reduced by 4% every year until it no longer exists. The forum was attended by many towns, from Nashua to Berlin and everywhere in between, that will be adversely affected. The same degree of desperation that is being felt by many Pittsfield taxpayers was echoed at the meeting by representatives from other low-valuation towns.


A Selectman from Charlestown told of the many properties being taken for taxes because residents can’t afford them. The School Supt. from Lisbon said they were on the verge of just ignoring the minimum standards dictated by the State because of the financial condition of that town. The Northfield town administrator stated that if they did away with their entire police department, they still wouldn’t be able make up the difference.


Over and over, the same story was repeated, with the looming of the State cutbacks making local tax burdens unsustainable. A long term initiative of trying to convince the Legislature to correctly assess the cost of educating students and to continue that funding will be headed up by the school board chairman from Derry.


There is talk, however, of the State actually amending the NH Constitution so that funding from Concord would not be required at all! A short term solution also discussed would be to convince law makers to freeze the reductions immediately until a long term plan can be implemented. This means every concerned citizen should make it a priority to contact their NH Senators and House Reps to express their dismay at yet another nail in our local real estate tax coffin.



Pittsfield Players Annual Christmas Show


What exactly IS a Dickens’ Christmas Carol, A Traveling Travesty in Two Tumultuous Acts? You may ask. Here’s the scoop; “From the author of Faith County and Faith County II comes the funniest Christmas Carol ever. The Styckes Upon Thump Repertory Company embarks on their fifteenth annual tour of the Dickens classic. When the company’s diva feigns illness, certain the production will be canceled, this merry troupe of over the hill and upstart actors carry on without her. Roles are shuffled and the sweet understudy suddenly finds herself on stage knowing only one line of dialogue. She has written her part in and on almost everything, including the Christmas pudding! Midway through the doomed performance, the diva rushes in to reclaim her role. Total mayhem ensues as the company scrambles to keep the show going while everything goes hilariously wrong.”


The Pittsfield Players will still be hosting our annual FREE Christmas show to the community on Thursday December 8 at 7:30 PM at the Scenic Theater; we will also be offering more than one chance to see the show with a ticket price of $12.


The FREE THURSDAY showing of Dickens’ Christmas Carol, A Traveling Travesty in Two Tumultuous Acts, directed by Marty Williams and Produced by Meggin Dail will be open seating but the rest of the shows will be reserved seating on Friday, Saturday and Sunday December 9, 10 & 11 plus Friday and Saturday, December 16 & 17. Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30, Sunday at 2PM.


Because of the amount of time and effort put into this raucously funny Christmas themed show, the director and actors felt they needed to give you every opportunity to enjoy the work put into this Dickens Christmas Carol gone horribly awry.


You’re reading that right, the Pittsfield Players Christmas show will be FREE on THURSDAY night Dec. 8 (tickets still needed for this show) but we will also give you FIVE MORE times to see it for the low cost of $12. Keep watching The Suncook Valley Sun for more information on this lift me up, pick me up Christmas show.


Tickets for the FREE show Thursday, December 8 will be available on a first come first served basis the night of the show, the rest of the performances tickets may be reserved by calling 435-8852. Please leave (and spell)  your name and telephone number.



Letter To The Editor



I would like to take this time to thank The Suncook  Valley Sun and its editor Ross Morse for publishing my ‘Select Board Overview’ nearly every week since last March. My amateur writing has been accepted without being critiqued, along with my late revisions and submissions. The SUN provides those of us who are still living ‘Facebook free’ with a place to share the things that go on in our small corner of the world. Not once has The SUN ever so much as hinted at censoring my submissions, although at times it may have been tempting. 


However, because I refuse to avoid some topics that could be controversial I am choosing to drop the letters entirely. Again, this in no way reflects any issue with The SUN and I thank them for their generous time and space.


Carl Anderson



VA Lauded By National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable For Screening Rates

Approximately 4,000 Veterans are diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer each year

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has received Hall of Fame recognition by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCR) for achieving an 82 percent colorectal cancer screening rate, which exceeds the NCCR goal of 80 percent and the national average, which is in the 60 percent range. NCCR was established in 1997 by the American Cancer Society and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a national coalition of public, private and voluntary organizations along with invited individuals.


“We know that colon cancer is both common and lethal,” said David J. Shulkin, VA Under Secretary for Health. “Colon cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the United States; we know that it can be prevented through screening. Recognition by this prestigious organization shows that our prevention measures are saving our Veterans’ lives.”


VA has been an early leader in fully embracing the value of colorectal cancer screening and in employing a comprehensive approach to its screening program by developing policies and guidance about screening. VA also monitors and reports system-wide screening rates, increased access to screening, developed systems of care to facilitate screening using clinical reminders, clinician toolkits, patient and staff education.


Information about VA’s efforts to prevent and treat colorectal cancer may be found at

Prevention_Colorectal_Cancer_Screening.asp. Information about VA’s cancer research and achievements may be found at



State Reduction In Education Funding

Understanding The Impact In Pittsfield

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


Since August, the Pittsfield School District School Board, administration, and faculty have been preparing the district’s 2017-2018 proposed budget for presentation to the voters of the district in March 2017.  While the balance between the district’s tax rate and the obligation to provide an education to the children and youth of Pittsfield creates an annual tension, this year’s budget development is presenting a greater challenge than usual.  This has occurred for several reasons, and this article is the first of several that will review this process and challenges for Pittsfield voters.


A critical aspect of budget planning is consideration of revenue sources to support the schools.  Schools in New Hampshire are funded from two main sources:  (1) the state, through its “adequacy grant” and (2) the local school district, through an annual district assessment.  This school year – 2016-2017 – the state is estimated to contribute $4,256,824.22 to the operation of Pittsfield’s schools, while local Pittsfield taxpayers are estimated to contribute $3,908,583.00.  Lesser amounts of funding are available from other sources, including federal and competitive grants.


The state’s contribution has been the subject of much discussion and several lawsuits claiming that the education of children and youth is a state responsibility; this issue has been raised in many states over the past fifty years.  The most famous of these lawsuits in New Hampshire is known as the “Claremont Decision” and centered on the argument of five towns – including Pittsfield – that the state’s system of funding was unconstitutional, disadvantaging children and youth property-poor towns.


The court ordered the state to change its system of funding.  To do so, the state was required to determine the cost of an “adequate education” and to provide payments to school districts to cover this cost.  Unrealistically, the state’s estimation of an adequate education in New Hampshire is about $3,500/year per student, with additional funds provided for students in certain categories, such as special need students and students for whom English is not their native language.  


However, the actual average cost per student in New Hampshire (from 2014-2015, the latest data available) was more than $14,000, or four times the funding that the state provides.  When first instituted several years back, this funding scheme placed an unusual and inequitable burden on some towns in the state, particularly towns which would suffer a large drop-off in state funding due to the change in funding formula.  To attempt to remedy this, the state has been providing “stabilization grants” to a number of towns to mitigate against a large and sudden drop-off of state funding.  Pittsfield has been receiving more than $2,000,000/year in stabilization funds.


However, in 2012, the state adjusted its adequacy formula to provide a change in their stabilization grants.  This change dictated that each district’s stabilization grant would decrease by 4% per year for twenty-five years beginning in the 2017-2018 school year.  This reduction would eventually completely eliminate these grants to school districts.  For Pittsfield, this means about $86,000 reduction in our state grant next year and an additional $86,000 reduction per year in each of the following twenty-four years.  Using current figures, this amounts to a tax impact of about $.32/thousand for Pittsfield taxpayers per year for each of these twenty-five years.


Like a homeowner who suffers a reduction in income, the district is now faced with difficult choices:  do something to find more income or cut back on expenses.  For the school district, this forces the district to either secure additional revenues or reduce services and supports to its students; of course, the district can also do some of both.


School Board Chair Mike Wolfe attended an organizational meeting of towns and school districts negatively impacted by the funding change.  The group, organized by town officials in Franklin, plans to bring the issue to the legislature in hope of relief.  This initiative is important for the children, youth, and taxpayers of Pittsfield; we’ll have to wait and see if relief is in the cards.  In the meantime, the district is making hard choices about next steps for the schools.



A Healthy Holiday

Submitted By Jennifer Pickard

Rite Aid Wellness Ambassador


Cold and flu season is upon us, but the local Rite Aid is prepared to help you shield yourself and your loved ones this holiday season.  The certified immunizing Rite Aid pharmacists located at 41 Carroll Street in Pittsfield, stand ready to administer this year’s seasonal flu shot, available during pharmacy hours; no appointment is necessary. While the timing of flu season is unpredictable, outbreaks can happen as early as October, which is why it is important to get vaccinated as early as possible. If you have questions or concerns regarding the flu shot, or another vaccine, talk with your Rite Aid pharmacist or visit for more information.


Walk-in to Rite Aid and check out the Wellness table located at the front of the store. Here, customers will find useful resources such as vaccine questionnaire, coloring pages for children and more! Wellness Ambassadors are also great resources and serve as a bridge between the front of the store and the pharmacy. They are there to help you locate products; provide access to information on over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements; and help you interact with our licensed pharmacists on a more personal level.


The first Wednesday of every month is Wellness Wednesday, where wellness65+ customers receive 20% off nonprescription purchases in store or online that day.  Rite Aid’s next Wellness Wednesday is on Wednesday, December 7, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 


For additional deals, be sure to check out the weekly Rite Aid circular in store or online.  It is not too early to start making your list (and checking it twice) for the upcoming holiday season.


Thank you for your patronage.



Departments In MO And KY Latest Recipients In 2016 Globe Gear Giveaway

Globe, DuPont, and NVFC teamed up to award 52 sets of gear in 2016


Globe, DuPont Protection Solutions (DuPont), and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) are pleased to announce the latest round of winners in the 2016 Globe Gear Giveaway. This is the fifth year that Globe has partnered with DuPont and the NVFC to provide volunteer departments with critically needed sets of turnout gear. The Brindle Ridge Fire Department in Mount Vernon, KY, and the Eastern Douglas County Volunteer Fire Department in Drury, MO, will each be outfitted with four sets of new, state-of-the-art Globe turnout gear.


“We appreciate of the opportunity to partner with Globe and DuPont to help volunteer departments enhance the safety and effectiveness of their firefighters,” said NVFC Chairman Kevin D. Quinn. “Since the Globe Gear Giveaway program began four years ago, over 300 sets of gear have been awarded to departments across the U.S. and Canada. This program is having an immense impact on the safety and readiness of boots-on-the-ground volunteer firefighters in North America.”


To be eligible to apply, departments had to be all-volunteer or mostly-volunteer, serve a population of 25,000 or less, be legally organized in the U.S. or Canada, and be a member of the NVFC. To help departments meet this last requirement, Globe sponsored NVFC Department Memberships for the first 500 applicants.


The Brindle Ridge Fire Department (BRFD) serves 1,700 people over 91 square miles in Rockcastle County, KY. Department fundraising proceeds are used for purchasing equipment and essential tools as well helping pay for basic utilities. BRFD attempts to replace old turnout gear on a yearly basis, but with 38 members on the roster and only eight sets of gear that are National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) compliant, the department has a large number of members that do not have the gear required to fight fires. This reduces their ability to provide training to their volunteers, as the state requires all members to have compliant gear in order to work in live fire training situations. This gear donation will provide BRFD members desperately needed protective equipment, enabling them to better protect their community.


Eastern Douglas County Volunteer Fire Department (EDCVFD) is a small rural department providing fire and medical services to approximately 2,200 citizens in Drury, MO. They are a membership-based department, receiving no tax funding. More than half of their annual budget is dedicated to insurance coverage. Their 24 volunteers have only 14 sets of gear among them, all of which are more than 10 years old. Even with this obstacle, EDCVFD is very active in the community; they were named a national Firewise Community in 2015 and 2016. “Departments like ours depend on companies like Globe to provide grant programs to acquire new gear,” said Chief Chris Hammett.


The final two 2016 Globe Gear Giveaway awards will be announced in December. Stay tuned to the NVFC web site, Dispatch newsletter, and page on Facebook, as well as the Globe page on Facebook, for additional information and announcements regarding the Globe Gear Giveaway.



Festive Christmas Concert

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Plan to attend the annual Christmas concert coming Friday, December 9, 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main St., Pittsfield. This special concert entitled, “Christmas Joy,” will feature the church’s Chancel Choir, the JuBellation Handbell Choir as well as special guest, Bill Parker. Add this fun, festive family event to your holiday celebrations! Parking and wheelchair accessible entry located at rear of church at Chestnut Street. For more information, call the church office at 435-7471.



Thank You


Catamount Womenaid would like to thank the sponsors and neighbors that made the 2016 Catamount 5k at the Deerfield Fairgrounds a triumph. Platinum Sponsor Deerfield Veterinary Clinic provided a strong financial foundation for the second year in a row. Gold Sponsors Northeast Delta Dental and Granite State Solar and Silver Sponsors Northeast Eye Care, Abbey Run Construction and Debbie Kelley of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Verani Realty helped us achieve a successful fundraiser, raising more than $9,000.


On November 6, we hosted 115 runners and walkers at the historic Deerfield Fairgrounds for a sunny and scenic course, with course direction help from Deerfield Community School 8th graders. After their run, participants were greeted with a spread of refreshments donated by Panera of Concord and Dover, apples from Calef’s Country Store and water donated by Deerfield resident Dwight Barnes. The crowd was entertained by Deerfield Park & Recreation Director Joe Manzi, who volunteered his time and expertise as emcee. We are humbled by the generous support of our community, which allows us to provide emergency financial assistance to men, women and children in need.



The Board of Catamount Womenaid

Laurie Bienefeld, Christie Gerasimchik, Lynn Hapke, Deb Horton, Marisa McCutchen and Fran Miller.



Grace Capital Celebrates One Year Of Having Its Own Space


Grace Capital Church is made up of four campuses in Pembroke, Laconia, Manchester, and Pittsfield.  In early 2015, a small group started meeting on Saturday nights in Pembroke with a vision and heart to start the Pittsfield campus.  Many of the attendees would go out to share a meal after the service in local area restaurants and strengthened the friendships that were growing.  In September, the group collaborated with the First Congregational Church on Main Street so they could start to meet in Pittsfield.  Things moved along quickly and on December 20th, 2015, they were able to move into their own space at 55 Barnstead Road.  Christmas Eve was one of the first services held in the new space and nearly 200 people were in attendance.


When Grace Capital considers starting a new campus, they believe “presence precedes place”.  By starting with people, prayer and a vision, a firm foundation of camaraderie and cohesiveness is created upon which the continued growth of the church can be built.  Once that foundation is in place, a space to meet can be located.  What to others may have seemed like quick growth, felt like a slow steady increase to those in it from the beginning.  One man said it as, “We aren’t a church full of a religious people, but a campus full of relationships, friendships and love for Jesus.”


The warehouse space, as opposed to the traditional building with a steeple, has both benefits and challenges.  There was enough space for the sanctuary, a stage, offices, a greeting and info area, kid’s rooms and meeting rooms, but how would the space rented be turned into what the church needed?  Almost all work and materials has been donated by the attendees or people that have become friends of the church.  People gave of their time and energy.  Even if they didn’t know what they were doing, there always seemed to be someone to teach and others who were willing learn to accomplish the tasks at hand.


The invitation of Grace Capital Pittsfield, as taken from their website at, is, “Come just as you are and allow God to meet you. You don’t have to dress up. You don’t need any previous church experience. Grace Capital started as, and continues to be, a place where people from all backgrounds can connect together in relationship with Jesus Christ and one another.  Love, acceptance, and forgiveness are where it all begins. From there, we’ll help each other grow to become all that God intends us to be.”


Lead Pastor Mark Warren says, “Many people have asked why we opened another location 30 minutes from our original Pembroke Campus.   I tell them it’s because we love the town of Pittsfield and the people in this region, it’s that simple.  The people of Pittsfield may never come to church in Pembroke, but they just might come to church in their own town.  When they see how much we care for them and their families, they just might allow us to come alongside them and invest in their lives so they can truly believe that tomorrow is going to be a better day!”  The Pittsfield Location Pastors, Mike and Kathy Mavity, added, “We love connecting with the folks in Pittsfield and working alongside them to see God work in the community. We love Pittsfield!”


As I spoke to the different people involved in the church, a common theme seemed to emerge.  Several people mentioned how it seemed like each person that comes brings their own gift, talent or skill and is willing to share it.  This isn’t a place where a few are the ones who are consistently called upon to serve the many.  It truly feels like each person, from the youngest to the oldest, brings something, whether it be a smile, a hug, encouragement, listening ears, cooking yummy food, laughter, making music, swinging a hammer, painting, relating to kids or youth, praying or bringing a relevant message.  The thing that doesn’t seem to be found is judgment or a “holier-than-thou” attitude.  This growing church family is a place of love and kindness, acceptance and forgiveness, fun and laughter.  The focus is on moving from where we are today, forward.  One way that goal is accomplished is through “LifeGroups”.  These are smaller groups that meet at people’s homes during the week to talk about life, who we are, struggles, accomplishments, challenges and wins.  When these smaller groups come together on Sunday morning, it turns into family and a true connectedness.


Have you been hurt by or felt judged when you came into contact with a church in the past?  Do you have a life or spiritual question that you might like to discuss?  Do you want to feel known?  Do you want to put your hands and heart to work in this community to foster friendship and outreach to your neighbors?  We’d love for you to come help us celebrate one year in our new space and see what we’re all about.  Come on down to 55 Barnstead Road on Sunday, December 4th.  The gathering will start at 9 a.m. with fellowship and coffee, followed by a service at 9:30 and lunch will be served following the service.  We look forward to you celebrating with us!



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Rodney Lindberg, Sr. celebrating his 100th birthday at the home of Ralph and Gretchen Lance (his daughter) in Haughton, LA.



School Board Notes

Submitted By Ralph Odell, School Board Member


The weekly summaries of Select Board Meetings has been positively received. I will attempt to provide similar summaries of School Board activities. The agenda of a routine meeting involves public input, reports from various administrators plus items requiring board approval. Often issues are addressed that require setting policy or long term direction.


The November 17 meeting started with a question from the public involving the payment for mowing and upkeep of the girls’ softball field. We did not have an answer on the funding of this work and an investigation of the history of the past agreements will be made. 


Derek Hamilton, Dean of Operations reported that a program had been initiated to increase school attendance and initial results are positive. Kathy LeMay, Director of Intervention, described efforts to increase communication between teachers and parents, “A Family Engagement Team.” Tobi Chassie, District Administrator, mentioned that several groups recently visited the school to observe “Student Centered Learning “ in operation. They included individuals from Western Wayne Schools from Indiana, Nashua North, Nashua NH, and Salem Schools, Salem NH.


Several students gave a presentation describing their plans for a Junior/Senior prom at Steele Hill Resort in Sanbornton and their fund raising activities. The plan was approved. A request was presented for personal leave, also approved.


School Administration and the School Board are actively involved with the budget process. This past year resulted in a large surplus which will be returned to the Town. Several unexpected costs have created a challenge. There is a 17% increase in health insurance costs, unforeseen special education costs plus a 4% reduction in the State Education Stabilization Grant Fund.


The reduction in state support is a legislative action starting in 2017, continuing for 20 years. This topic was the focus of a meeting on November 14 in Franklin attended by 75 individuals from various school districts around the state. It was concluded that a legislative solution should be pursued. The school board will be following up with further discussions. The power point presentation from this meeting describing the impact on Pittsfield and other communities will be made available on the District website.








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