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February 17, 2016

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PYBA Baseball Tryouts


The signup dates to be held in the Pittsfield Community Center are: March 9th, 5:30 to 8pm and March 12th, 10am to 12pm.





To the Voters of Pittsfield-

I would like to announce that I am seeking a three-year seat on the Board of Selectmen.  I am especially fond of volunteers – it’s what makes Pittsfield so special.


Many of you know me as Chairman of the Beautification Committee, a past school board member, past member of the master plan committee, Vice Chairman of the Pittsfield High School Alumni Association,  a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and someone who is single-handedly raising funds to replace the Floral Park Cemetery Fence.  I have a business administration degree from Franklin Pierce College and spent over 30 years working with the Legislature in the Office of the Legislative Budget Assistant.


I am especially concerned with the number of homes for sale and the wonderful people that have left our community because of the tax rate, and the fact that they feel no one listens to their pleas for common sense.   I am a lifelong resident of Pittsfield and have a great concern for our retirees, young families and residents that live on fixed incomes – we cannot continue to support such high taxes.


We need to establish a needs list, not a wants list – we need to look very carefully at our budgets and ask our department heads to think outside the box.   I am very concerned that decisions are being made in non-public sessions and money is being spent foolishly without any thought to the affect it will have on our budgets.


I am a good listener, and anyone who knows me, knows that I have no problem speaking up.  I am not a politician – just someone who loves Pittsfield and wants to bring some common sense back into the mix.  If this is what you are looking for, please vote for me. 


Thank you.

Carole Richardson



Care And Benefits For Veterans Strengthened By $182 Billion VA Budget

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON – In his FY 2017 budget, President Obama is proposing $182.3 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Funding will continue to support the largest transformation in VA history; expand access to timely, high-quality health care and benefits; and advance efforts to end homelessness among Veterans.


“VA has before it one of the greatest opportunities in its history to transform the way it cares for our Veterans who nobly served and sacrificed for our Nation,” said VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald. “As we work to become a more efficient, effective and responsive, Veteran-centric Department, we can’t do it alone; we need the help of Congress.  This year, VA submitted over 100 legislative proposals, including 40 new proposals to better serve Veterans. Our goal is provide the best care to our Veterans while removing obstacles or barriers that prevent them from getting the care they deserve.”


Highlights from the President’s 2017 Budget request for VA

The FY 2017 budget includes $78.7 billion in discretionary funding, largely for health care and $103.6 billion for mandatory benefit programs such as disability compensation and pensions. The $78.7 billion for discretionary spending is $3.6 billion (4.9 percent) above the 2016 enacted level, including over $3.6 billion in medical care collections from health insurers and Veteran copayments.  The budget also requests $70.0 billion, including collections, for the 2018 advance appropriations for medical care, an increase of $1.5 billion and 2.1 percent above the 2017 medical care budget request.  The request includes $103.9 billion in 2018 mandatory advance appropriations for Compensation and Pensions, Readjustment Benefits and Veterans Insurance and Indemnities benefits programs in the Veterans Benefits Administration.


Health Care

With a medical care budget of $68.6 billion, including collections, VA is positioned to continue expanding health care services to its millions of Veteran patients.  Health care is being provided to over 922,000Veterans who served in Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn/Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel (OFS). Major spending categories within the health care budget are:


$12.2 billion for care in the community;

$8.5 billion for long-term care;

$7.8 billion for mental health;

$1.6 billion for homeless Veterans;

$1.5 billion for Hepatitis-C treatments;

$725 million for Caregivers;

$601 million for spinal cord injuries; and

$284 million for traumatic brain injuries.


Expanding Access

The President’s Budget ensures that care and other benefits are available to Veterans when and where they need them.  Among the programs that will expand access under the proposed budget are:


$12.2 billion for care in the community compared to $10.5 billion in 2015, a 16 percent increase;


$1.2 billion in telehealth funding, which helps patients monitor chronic health care conditions and increases access to care, especially in rural and remote locations;


$515 million for health care services specifically designed for women, an increase of 8.5 percent over the present level;


$836 million for the activation of new and enhanced health care facilities;


$900 million for major and minor construction projects, including funding for seismic corrections, two new cemeteries, and two gravesite expansions; and


$171 million for improved customer service by providing an integrated services delivery platform.


Improving the Efficiency of Claims Processing

The President’s Budget provides for continued implementation of the Veterans Benefits Administration’s (VBA) robust Transformation Plan -- a series of people, process, and technology initiatives -- in 2017.  This plan will continue to systematically improve the quality and efficiency of claims processing.


Major claims transformation initiatives in the budget invest $323 million to bring leading-edge technology to claims processing, including:


$180 million ($143 million in Information Technology and $37 million in VBA) to enhance the electronic claims processing system – the Veterans Benefits Management System (VBMS); and


$143 million for Veterans Claims Intake Program (VCIP) to continue conversion of paper records, such as Veterans’ medical records, into electronic images and data in VBMS.


In addition, the President’s Budget supports increasing VBA’s workforce to address staffing needs so it can continue to improve the delivery of benefits to Veterans.  As VBA continues to receive and complete more disability compensation rating claims, the volume of non-rating claims correspondingly increases.  The request for $54 million for 300 additional full-time equivalent employees (FTE) and claims processing support will allow VBA to provide more timely actions on non-rating claims.


Appeals Reform

The current appeals process is complicated and ineffective, and Veterans on average are waiting about 5 years for a final decision on an appeal that reaches the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, with thousands waiting much longer.  The 2017 Budget proposes a Simplified Appeals initiative – legislation and resources – to provide Veterans with a simple, fair, and streamlined appeals process in which they would receive a final appeals decision within one year from filing an appeal by 2021.  The Budget requests $156 million and 922 FTE for the Board, an increase of $46 million and 242 FTE over 2016, as a down payment on a long-term, sustainable plan to improve services to Veterans.


Ending Veterans Homelessness

The Administration has made the ending of Veteran homelessness a national priority.  The Budget requests $1.6 billion for programs to prevent or reduce Veteran homelessness, including:


$300 million for Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) to promote housing stability;


$496 million for the HUD-VASH program, wherein VA provides case management services for at-risk Veterans and their families and HUD provides permanent housing through its Housing Choice Voucher program; and


$247 million in grant and per diem payments that support temporary housing provided by community-based organizations.



The 2017 budget continues the largest Department-wide transformation in VA’s history through the MyVA initiative, which is changing VA’s culture, processes, and capabilities to put the needs, expectations and interests of Veterans and their families first.  MyVA has developed five objectives fundamental to the transformation of VA: 1) improving the Veterans’ experience; 2) improving the employee experience; 3) improving support service excellence; 4) establishing a culture of continuous performance improvement; and 5) enhancing strategic partnerships.  To aid in this transformation, the Department established the Veterans Experience Office (VEO).  The VEO will represent the voice of Veterans and their families in Departmental governance; design and implement customer-centric programs to make interactions with VA easier; and support VA’s “mission owners” in carrying out MyVA improvements across the system.


Veterans Choice Act

The Veterans Choice Act provides $5 billion to increase Veterans’ access to health care by hiring more physicians and staff and improving the VA’s physical infrastructure.  It also provides $10 billion through 2017 to establish a temporary program (the Veterans Choice Program) to improve access to health care by allowing eligible Veterans who meet certain wait-time or distance standards to use eligible health care providers outside of the VA system.  In 2017, VA will use the Choice Act funds in concert with annual appropriations to meet VA staffing and infrastructure needs and expand non-VA care to Veterans who are eligible for the Veterans Choice Program.  VA plans to spend $1.4 billion in 2016 and $853 million in 2017 to support more than 9,700 new medical care staff hired through the Choice Act; $980 million in 2016 and $116 million in 2017 to improve VA facilities.


Other Key Services for Veterans

$286 million to administer VA’s system of 134 national cemeteries, including additional funding for operations of new cemeteries and the National Shrine program to raise and realign gravesites;


$4.3 billion for information technology (IT), including investments to strengthen cybersecurity, modernize Veterans’ electronic health records, improve Veterans’ access to benefits, and enhance the IT infrastructure; and


$125 million for state cemetery grants and state extended care grants.


Enhanced Oversight of VA’s programs

The 2017 budget requests an additional $23 million and 100 FTE for the Office of Inspector General (OIG) to enhance oversight and assist the OIG in fulfilling its statutory mission and making recommendations that will help VA improve the care and services it provides.


VA operates the largest integrated health care system in the country; the tenth largest life insurance program in the Nation, with $1.3 trillion in coverage; monthly disability compensation, pensions, and survivors benefits to 5.3 million beneficiaries; educational assistance or vocational rehabilitation benefits and services to nearly 1.2 million students; mortgage guaranties to over 2 million homeowners; and the largest cemetery system in the Nation.


Information about VA’s 2017 budget submission and links to related documents may be found here. Information about the President’s budget may be found here.



Application Period Now Open For 2016 Globe Gear Giveaway


Eligible departments can apply for four sets of turnouts at


Globe, DuPont Protection Technologies (DuPont), and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have teamed up for the fifth year to provide new gear to volunteer fire departments in need. The application period for the 2016 Globe Gear Giveaway is now open, and eligible departments can apply for four sets of CLASSIX® turnout gear for their members. Thirteen department awards will be made, for a total of 52 sets of gear. Applications are due by June 1, 2016. Apply now.


“The Globe Gear Giveaway is helping fill a critical need for fire departments across the U.S. and Canada. As demonstrated by the amount of applications we receive each year, volunteer departments are constantly looking for ways to keep their firefighters safe while operating on tight budgets,” said NVFC Chairman Kevin D. Quinn. “On behalf of the NVFC and volunteer fire departments nationwide, I am truly grateful to Globe and DuPont for helping more and more departments provide their personnel with compliant turnout gear.”


The Globe Gear Giveaway launched in 2012 to celebrate Globe’s 125th anniversary. As the world’s largest and most trusted manufacturer of structural firesuits in the world, Globe wanted to give back to the fire service and enhance the safety and readiness of our nation’s first responders. To date, the program has provided 299 sets of new turnout gear to 56 departments in need to help them improve the safety and protection of their firefighters. The first 500 applicants also receive a one-year department membership to the NVFC, compliments of Globe. NVFC membership comes with a wide array of benefits.


To be eligible to apply for four sets of Globe gear, departments must meet the following requirements:


• be all-volunteer or mostly-volunteer (over 50%)

• serve a population of 25,000 or less

• be located in the U.S. or Canada and legally organized under state/province law

• demonstrate a need for the gear

• department or person applying must be a member of the NVFC. To help struggling departments meet the membership criteria, Globe will provide a complimentary NVFC Membership to the first 500 applicants.


“Globe is honored to give back to some of the many volunteer fire departments with limited resources by providing the most advanced turnout gear,” said Rob Freese, Senior VP of Marketing at Globe Manufacturing Company. “We’re grateful for the thousands of volunteer firefighters who protect our communities every day. They deserve the best personal protection to ensure their own safety.”


“DuPont is proud to be working together with Globe to support the NVFC again this year through this much needed gear donation program,” said Christine Christmas, North American Marketing Manager, DuPont Protection Technologies. “With our strong commitment to help protect our protectors we want to ensure that they have the right gear to focus on their job and their communities. Working with Globe we can make the best for the best – 100 percent of Globe’s turnout gear is made with DuPont™ Nomex® and Kevlar® fibers providing proven protection and top performance.”


Learn more and apply for Globe gear today at The deadline to apply is June 1, 2016. Winners will be announced monthly between July and December.



District 5 Adjutant, Gerard Le Duc, presents a award to Scott Ward, Commander of the Cram Peterson American Legion Post 75. The award for the post receiving 100% of it’s membership goal for the year 2016. The award was presented at the post meeting on February. 1, 2016.





Dear Pittsfield Voter,

I am running for reelection to the planning board, and I ask for the honor of your vote.


An important reason for you to vote for me is that I save taxpayers money month after month. As planning board secretary, I keep records and do routine research that the board would have to pay an administrative secretary or lawyer to do if I were not doing it for free. My work saves taxpayers thousands of dollars each year.


When I was elected five years ago, I said that I support land-use regulation when and only when the regulation is clear, lawful, and necessary for a public purpose. My voting record shows that I remain committed to that position.


I do a lot of homework to stay current on land use law. I try to help applicants find the easiest way through the process. I help the planning board avoid mistakes. Sometimes my knowledge lets me find solutions that others miss. In this way, I help the town and save taxpayer money because the town uses the town attorney less when the planning board stays inside the law and treats everyone fairly.


Although I try to help applicants whenever possible, I never forget my own years of experience as an abutter in the audience. ALL people must be treated fairly--BOTH applicants AND abutters. I wrote zoning ordinance article 5, section 10, (b), which the town adopted in 2014, and which requires the zoning board to state specific reasons for granting or denying variances or special exceptions.


I am proud of the work that I have done to save taxpayers money and to make Pittsfield better. Please honor me with your vote on Tuesday, March 8, 2016.


Thank you,

Jim Pritchard



Deerstalking At The Scenic Theatre

Pictured are two of the cast of “The Game’s Afoot”   — Carole Neveux, portraying Martha Gillette, mother of William Gillette, played by Marty Williams, right.


Coming to the Scenic Theatre in Pittsfield next month is Ken Ludwig’s “The Game’s Afoot,” a Sherlock Holmes-themed mystery farce.  Carefully crafted for a cast of eight, it promises to challenge the wits of mystery lovers who come to view this compelling and humorous production. 


Marty Williams plays William Gillette, a character based on the real-life American stage actor William Gillette, who portrayed Sherlock Holmes for several decades.  When a murder occurs in his newly constructed mansion, it does not take Gillette long to slip into the persona of Sherlock Holmes and attempt to solve the case.  But his dotty mother, Martha, portrayed by Carole Neveux, seems to be aware of more about the murder than first supposed. Is Martha’s medication and waning mental faculties getting her in trouble?  Can Gillette work together with a distrusting female police inspector to solve the crime?       


The Pittsfield Players’ production of “The Game’s Afoot” will be performed March 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 7:30 pm and March 20 at 2 pm at the Scenic Theatre, 6 Depot Street, Pittsfield, NH. 



Letter To The Editor


I am looking to fill one of the three seats open on the Board of Selectmen, for three years. Here’s what I would work on:


#1 Stop the Town cops from busting people for marijuana, because even though they mean well, busting people for an herb is not helping with our real drug problem. Stop trying to make us think it is.


#2 Live with the fact I can’t get rid of the building inspector.


#3 Work on fixing the Town Hall basement and the Library handicap access and foundation. Hire 20 kids with shovels to put in a drain. Stipend 10 to 20 dollars a day. Interviews to be given by Board of Selectmen.


#4 Meet every Tuesday at 6 PM.


#5 Vote enough money in the budget to include the recording secretary for these extra meetings, and put back in the budget, the selectmen’s pay. Put in $5,000 for LED lighting for Town Hall.


I’m thinking long term.


Dan Schroth Piermarocchi




Anthony Hanscom


Anthony was born on January 17, 1976 and passed away on February 9, 2016.  Anthony enjoyed every minute he could spend outdoors; from fishing with his son Tyler,  perfecting his daughter Ashley’s softball technique,  to snowmobiling and snowboarding.  He pursued a career in landscaping, and taught his children his passion for it.  He was a doting father.  He was proud of his children, and supported them in chasing their dreams.  Anthony loved spending as much time as he could with his children, and those he loved.


Anthony is predeceased by his father, Alton E. Hanscom.  He is dearly missed and remembered by his children, Katelynn, Ashley, and Tyler; his former wife Kelly Lorden, and her children Christopher, and Brooklyn; by his mother, Gloria (Portigue) Hanscom; his brother Jacob, and his sister Melissa; as well as many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.


A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at the Park Street Baptist Church, Pittsfield.


The Cremation Society of NH is assisting the family with arrangements.



Richard “Dick” Anthony


Richard “Dick” Anthony of Mt. Dora Florida passed away in Eustis Florida on February 7th after a long illness. Dick was born December 10th 1929 in Conway New Hampshire and lived in Pittsfield New Hampshire for many years. He was an active member of the Pittsfield Fire Department, rising to rank of Assistant Chief. Dick worked for the Pittsfield School District and then formed his own general contracting company, F & A Contractors, with his brother-in-law Donald Farnham.


In Mt. Dora, Dick continued to work as a “Handy Man,” built furniture, and wooden toys. He was an active member of the Fraternal Order of Moose where he received numerous awards for service. He also was very active with AMVETS, a veteran’s service organization that provides support to all veterans.


Dick is survived by his daughter Tracy Remington of Tucson, Arizona, his son Rick Anthony of Pittsfield, and four grand children Nick and Ryan Remington of Tucson, Arizona and Sage and Gabe Anthony of Pittsfield.


No services will be held at his request. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 








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