Suncook Valley Business Directory
Suncook Valley » Home
» Business Directory
» NH Classifieds
» NH Obituaries
» Suncook Valley Sun Archives
» Advertise
» Contact

  Suncook Serves the Towns of:

Barnstead, Chichester, Epsom, Gilmanton, Northwood, and Pittsfield NH

Submit NH Classifieds, Events, Notices, and Obituaries to [email protected].











Business Directory






Suncook Valley Sun Historical Archive


(note: we are NOT affiliated with the Suncook Valley Sun Newspaper.






Pittsfield NH News

March 30, 2016

The Suncook Valley Sun News Archive is Maintained by Modern Concepts. We are NOT affliated in any way with the Suncook Valley Sun Newspaper.


Student Led Conferences Being Scheduled Now Pittsfield Middle High School


Student Led Conferences are being scheduled from April 11th through April 22nd.


The purpose of a student-led conference is for the student to take the lead role in a presentation that articulates his or her academic, personal, and social growth. Each student creates a portfolio that contains a collection of work, reflections, and evidence of their growth over time to be used as a communication tool regarding their learning.


Students may invite their parents, family members, friends, teachers, and other community members to share in this experience.


If you would like to know more about student led conferences at PMHS, please feel free to call us at 435-6701.



American Legion Loudon Post 88

Submitted By Commander Shawn Jones

L-R Department Commander John Graham, Annora Brown winner of the Jr. Oratorical contest, D5 Commander Richard Dube & D5 Adjutant Gerard LeDuc.


We held our March meeting on the 17th with 16 members present plus one new prospective new member.  Gary Tasker from our building committee gave us an update on the building renovations. The bathroom had to be enlarged from the original specifications to meet the new ADA requirements.  A small amount of space will be taken from the kitchen floor plan. It was recommended that we consult with a kitchen designer on how to best utilize what existing space and cabinetry that we have.  In addition we will be looking at replacing the kitchen stove and possibly our current gas flat top griddle for a newer one.  Gary also recommended that the roof be replaced sooner than later. He and Stan will be getting bids to replace the roof. Gary said he and Stan will be working on a parking lot design and Tasker’s Landscaping will be donating the labor and material for the landscaping.


Our Americanism Chairman Michael Hartt gave us a report on the High School and Junior Oratorical programs. He showed us the informational boards he made up and will be working on ones for Boys State and Girls State programs.  Applications for either program are being accepted. Please contact Mike or myself for an application or go to for more information and an application. On March 5th Contoocook Post 81 hosted the District 5 Jr. Oratorical contest and Annora Brown a 6th grader won this year’s competition and will advance to the state level competition to be held on March 19th at Saint Anselm College in Manchester.  For her efforts she was awarded $100.00 from the District as well as an additional $50.00 from our Post. We also voted to retroactively award the High School Oratorical winner Sophomore Hana Testerman an additional $100.00. Hana and her mother will be traveling to The 2016 National Finals April 16-17 in Indianapolis to compete against her peers from the other states.


We voted to make a $100.00 donation to the Global War on Terrorism Memorial that will be erected at the NH Veteran’s Cemetery in Boscawen. We also voted to spend money to buy a new parade flag pole, three handmade bags to cover and protect our flags when not in use. We also voted to purchase two gross (144 per gross) of grave marker flags, holders and stationary for our Chaplain’s use.


We will be sending me and Larry Hemphill as delegates to the May convention to be held in Littleton. We took nominations for post officers for the 2016-2017 year. All positions where unchallenged so there will be no new names being sworn in. I did nominate a few individuals to serve as Committee chairpersons for Boy Scouts, Americanism, Children and Youth and Community Service Officer.


Swearing in for all officers will be at the April 20th meeting. We welcome family members as well as post members to come out and support those who have once again volunteered to serve your post. We will be having a light dinner buffet following the installation. We’d love to see some support from our membership.


We received a Thank You letter from the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program for our $150.00 donation this past December.  We tabled for further discussion the possibility of making a donation to Bishop Brady High School for their permanent memorial honoring their veteran alumni.  I’ve been in contact with the school’s director of fund raising who will be sending us a packet of information.


Our Commanders Fund Raffle winners March where: $50-S. Elliott, $25-G. Timmins, $10-B. Boardman, $10-J. Sweeney & $5-L. DiCecca. April drawing winners where:  $50-D. Chamberlain, $25-H. Elliott, $10-H. Stevens, $10-S. Dyment & $5-C. Ives.  Congratulations to all of the winners.


Our next meeting/installation is scheduled for April 20th at 1900, at Charlie’s Barn.



Update On The Floral Park Cemetery Fence Fund

Submitted By Carole Richardson


Thank you to all of you who attended the fence fundraiser at Jitter’s Café on St. Patrick’s Day.  What a fun festive evening  –  it was a sell-out!  Thanks to you, I now have an additional $1,285 for the fence fund. Apologies to those who waited outside and were told that the event was sold out.  It was extremely difficult to plan on how many people would be in attendance.  Special thanks to Paul and David for all their hard work in preparing the meal and providing the facility for such an event – Pittsfield is extremely fortunate to have such caring business owners who have always been so supportive of this project as well as many others.   Thank you to Paula Belliveau, Ryan Wood, Pat Smith, and Joan Osborne for waiting on patrons, and to Paul Richardson and Don Fife for washing dishes.  We could not have done it without you.


In order for Phase 3 of the fence project to be completed by Memorial Day, I still need to raise another $7,500.  This may sound like an impossible task but Phase 1 and Phase 2 were completed on budget and on time.  We still have two months to raise these funds and I am completely confident that with your help it can be accomplished.  Remember, thanks to all of you, this project has been completed without any tax dollars.


Paul at Jitter’s Café has offered to do another fundraiser on Thursday, May 5th with an Italian cuisine buffet.  Please keep this date open and come join us for another fun night out in Pittsfield. More details on this event will be available in the very near future.



Combat Veterans Get Telephonic Health Care Application Option

Accelerates Enrollment of Combat Veterans; All Veterans to Get Option on July 5, 2016

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it has amended its enrollment regulations to allow Veterans to complete applications for enrollment in VA health care by telephone without the need for a signed paper application. The change is effective immediately for Combat Veterans and will be effective July 5, 2016, for all Veterans.


This phased implementation accelerates VA’s effort to enroll all Combat Veterans with pending applications as part of its ongoing Veterans Enrollment Rework Project. The VA is working to complete the review and rework of all pending health enrollment records for living and deceased Veterans this summer. Veterans can view the amended regulation on the Federal Register website here.


“This improvement to our Veterans’ experience is one we can implement now, and it’s the right thing to do for Veterans,” said VA Deputy Secretary Sloan D. Gibson, “Enrolling all 31,000 Combat Veterans with pending applications is the top priority in our effort to fix our enrollment system. Our analysis of our current application process convinced me we could enroll Veterans more quickly using this method, particularly Combat Veterans and those who are transitioning from active duty to Veteran status,” Gibson said.


By adding this telephone application option to VA’s regulations, VA will now offer three ways to enroll.  This change provides Veterans an even more convenient way to apply for enrollment, in addition to the paper VA Form 10-10 EZ and online enrollment application process. With publication in the Federal Register today, Combat Veterans may now apply by phone. All other Veterans may apply by phone starting on July 5, 2016.


When Veterans choose to enroll, VA offers an enhancement to their enrollment experience through “Welcome to VA” (W2VA).  Veterans enrolled since July 1, 2015 have received a personal introduction to VA health care services, programs and resources to help them become more familiar with VA’s services. In addition, VA sends each new enrollee an introductory letter and personalized handbook in the mail. W2VA enhances communication by reaching out to newly enrolled Veterans through personal phone calls upon enrollment, providing assistance with health care inquiries and assisting with their initial appointment at their preferred VA healthcare facility.


For more information, Veterans can contact the Health Eligibility Center Enrollment and Eligibility Division toll free at 1-855-488-8440.



Dorcas Guild


The March meeting of the Dorcas Guild of the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield began with a welcome to the attendees by President Mary Jo Powelson. Bev Murdough began with devotions reading Psalm 96. All joined in “The Lord’s Prayer.” Correspondence was read and cards were passed for signing. Both the secretary’s report and treasurer’s report were accepted.


The food basket brought by Gailann Newton went to MaryJo Powelson and will go next to Bev Murdough and then to Audrey Moore; the mystery package brought by Linda Stasiak was won by Bev Murdough.


We next discussed our project, which is twin-sized spreads, blankets, hats and mittens, etc. for the VA. We will hold off on purchasing the new plastic vestry tables until the spring. Easter breakfast was discussed and the items still needed.   


There will be a funeral service and collation for Sally Lewis at the Congregational Church of North Barnstead, May 21, possibly at 11 a.m. We will wait to hear about our involvement.


Mission support for the Open Air Ministries and the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness as well as the World Day of Prayer organization were discussed. Motions were made and carried to donate to each group.


While on the topic of the World Day of Prayer, the Guild agreed to be the hosting group/church for the 2017 event. It will take place March 3, 2017 with the Philippines as the focus.


The Women’s Fellowship of the Congregational Church of North Barnstead is sponsoring the Eleventh Annual Retreat, “Women Rising: Sensing God.” This is a daylong event Saturday, May 7, 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., at the Berakah Retreat and Spirituality Center, 96 Fairview Road, Pittsfield. The registration fee is $10. For more information or to register, contact Clare Bolster at 776-1622 or [email protected] by April 7.


Linda Towle gave an update on the nursery refurbishment project and showed photos of what was done at another church. She offered many modern ideas to include in our nursery making it child-friendly and interesting. Background checks will be needed for anyone volunteering with the children. Linda will investigate.


Bev Murdough mentioned the Pittsfield Senior Center/Community Center’s need for new stoves. More information will be coming.


A motion was made and approved to purchase an Easter plant for placement in the church at Easter in memory of deceased Dorcas Guild members.


Delicious refreshments were enjoyed by all. Prayer Partner cards were passed around for “Secret Pal” mailings and prayers. Next meeting is April 12 at 6:30 p.m. with Peggy Jacobs and Gailann Newton as hostesses. Prayer Partners will be revealed.




Submitted By Terrie Azotea


Well, Spring has sprung and the days are getting longer and at TOPS we are getting busier with our TOPS Best loser of week, Suzie, and KOPS best loser, Sandy. Great job ladies and a kudos to our runners up! Miss Angel is Suzie. We know you can do it!


We had an Easter Raffle and our winner of that was Barbara. We have upcoming SRD in May, something to look forward to. Pat had a nice crossword puzzle that we all did together for our program.


To anyone who is trying to lose weight, we welcome you because TOPS is a way to come to the scales and be accountable each week and make some friends who are there to support you, sending you a card or a phone call to keep you on track. Now is the time to think about those summer clothes sitting in your closet and I sure don’t want to have to go out and buy more just to have them fit. So, if interested, come on out on a Tuesday night at 5:30 for weigh-in and our meeting at 6:30.


We meet at the Berakah on Fairview Road in Pittsfield. Any questions please call Pat Smith at 435-5333 or Clair Coll at 435-7271. We always welcome new faces! “Spring is a time to find out where you are,who you are, and move forward where you are going.”(Penelope Trunk) Hope everyone has a good week and see you all lighter next week!



Deerfield Bulldogs

2016 Youth Tackle Football And Cheer


We are a youth Football and Cheer program formed on the belief that every child plays. We strive to offer an environment that kids and parents will be proud to be a part of.


We are here to offer an organization to help develop the ideals of sportsmanship, team work, honesty, integrity, courage and loyalty in all of our participants.


The Bulldog organization has been formed to coach football and cheer fundamentals to all student athletes from but not limited to the following towns: Deerfield, Raymond, Northwood, Pittsfield, Epsom, Chichester, Pembroke, Allenstown, Hooksett, Candia and Auburn.


All games will be played locally in the Seacoast area.


Grade Levels: 2nd/4th grade football & cheer (instructional) 5th/6th grade football& cheer 7th/8th grade football & cheer The bulldogs football/cheer board is committed to providing our student atheletes with the most commited and experienced football and cheerleading staff.


For information on the bulldogs program please contact: President Joseph Brown 603-­370­-7764 or [email protected] Upcoming Registrations:


Deerfield Parks and Recreation, George B White Building, 6pm to 8 pm, March 29th, April 5th and 19th Epsom Public Library, 9am to 11am, April 9th and April 23rd Pittsfield Public Library, 10am to Noon, April 16th and April 30th Not for  profit association. This is not a school sponsered event.



Readout Of Under Secretary For Health Meeting With Commission On Care

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON – Today, Under Secretary for Health, Dr. David Shulkin, spoke to the Commission on Care and shared the actions already underway to transform the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and the vision to move it into the future that embraces an integrated community care model.


Dr. Shulkin stressed the need for the Commission to fulfill its collaborative mandate to fully explore all options under its charter, and underscored that simply forcing a choice between a community provider or the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA ) will weaken the ability of VA to develop a truly integrated community based network that can evolve and improve.


He expressed agreement on many issues of concern that some members of the Commission have brought forth about VHA, but also provided candid feedback where VA disagrees. He made clear that we have made key advances in access, quality and patient satisfaction within the larger transformation we call MyVA.


He also reminded Commissioners that the VA health care system has an understanding of the consequences of military exposure, PTSD, polytrauma care, prosthetics and other types of care that are unrivaled by any other health care system in the world. Any recommendations for reform must be sure not to impede the contract VA has with Veterans to translate that understanding into state-of-the-art care that helps Veterans manage illness and achieve their highest level of health and well-being.


Dr. Shulkin made clear that VA is committed to bold transformation and has already begun its largest reorganization in history, which is MyVA. Defined as our effort to modernize VA’s culture, processes and capabilities, we are transforming the Department into a Veteran-centered service organization. Within the 12 Breakthrough Priorities laid out by Secretary McDonald, several focus squarely on health care outcomes specifically improving access to care and improving community care.


We have submitted to Congress a plan to streamline and untangle our community care programs so that we may improve relationships with community providers, process and pay claims more timely and assure that Veterans can see a community provider within 30 days of their referral. We are also working with Congress to enable the development of high performance networks.


We have established the Office for Community Care, which is in charge of this effort and is coordinating outsourced bill payments, improving the customer service experience, and enhancing technology to support the exchange of health information.


VHA created and has begun to implement the Blueprint for Excellence, which offers a detailed vision for the evolution of health services provided by VHA.


Increasing Access to Care

Dr. Shulkin laid out our efforts already underway to increase access to care for Veterans highlighting the two recent Access Stand Downs, and our efforts to focus on patients with the most urgent health care needs first. During the nationwide Access Stand Down that took place on February 27, the one-day event resulted in VA reviewing the records of more than 80,000 Veterans to get those waiting for urgent care off wait lists. 93 percent of Veterans waiting for urgent care were contacted, with many receiving earlier appointments.


VA increased its total clinical work (direct patient care) by 10 percent over the last two years as measured by private sector standards (relative value units). This increase translates to roughly 20 million additional provider hours of care for our Veterans. He also laid out our efforts to increase clinical staff, add space and locations in areas where demand is increasing and extend clinic hours into nights and weekends, all of which have helped increase access to care even as demand for services increases.


Providing Quality Care

Dr. Shulkin discussed independent reports showing good care is being delivered every day at VA including:


A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in February 2015 shows that VA delivers high-quality care for some of the sickest, most complicated patients, finding specifically that VA hospitals had 30-day risk-standardized mortality rates lower than those of non-VA hospitals for acute myocardial infarction and heart failure.


The Independent Assessment found that VHA health care quality is better on many measures than non-VA providers’ care, VHA performed the same or significantly better on average than the non-VA provider organizations on 12 of 14 effectiveness measures in the inpatient setting.


It also concluded that, on average, VHA performed significantly better on 16 outpatient Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) measures of effectiveness compared with commercial health maintenance organizations (HMOs); on the 15 outpatient HEDIS measures of effectiveness measures with Medicare HMOs.


A 2015 study documented that VA quality in mental health care was better than private sector care by at least 30 percent on each of seven performance measures. Patients with depression were more than twice as likely to get effective long-term treatment than private sector patients.


Another 2015 study comparing cancer care through VA, Medicare, Medi-Cal and private insurance found that outcomes for VA patients compared favorably to patients with non-VA health insurance. Moreover, VA patients were generally more likely to receive recommended evidence-based treatment.


Measuring and Improving Patient Satisfaction Dr. Shulkin shared key data showing patient satisfaction. VA utilized sign-in kiosks at VA facilities all across the country to assess patient satisfaction with their ability to get their appointment when they wanted it. Eighty-nine percent of Veterans were completely satisfied or satisfied with their ability to get care when they wanted it.


Innovation and the Way Ahead

Dr. Shulkin talked to Commissioners about the innovations taking place at VHA and some of the changes to come, particularly as we continue to explore and add new ways for Veterans to connect to their healthcare. VA has recently developed an app, called Veteran Appointment Request, which allows Veterans enrolled in the VA health care system to both request and directly schedule VA appointments. The pilot for this app is targeted to begin in late spring. Last Veterans Day, we launched, a centralized website for VA online services. We will continue to add additional services and functionality through the end of this calendar year.


VA research produces cutting-edge medical and prosthetic breakthroughs that improve the lives of Veterans and others.  The list of accomplishments includes therapies for tuberculosis following World War II, the implantable cardiac pacemaker, CAT scans, functional electrical stimulation systems that allow patients to move paralyzed limbs, the nicotine patch, the first successful liver transplants, the first powered ankle-foot prosthesis, and a vaccine for shingles.  VA researchers also found that one aspirin a day reduces by half the rate of death and nonfatal heart attacks in patients with unstable angina. Today, we conduct ground-breaking research on spinal cord injuries, the findings of which inform the entire medical community for a population that wouldn’t likely get the funding support of non-VA researchers.


VA is also at the forefront of evolving the U.S. health care delivery model toward team-based care through inter-professional education, and developing new capabilities including quality, safety and value, health informatics and analytics, telehealth, to name a few. VA has been an integral part of health professions education in the country training 70 percent of American doctors. It is also the largest employer of nurses in the nation.


Importantly, he laid out our ongoing work to adopt best practices from the private sector and focus on enhancing capabilities within VA for services that are not available or as strong in the community.


In 2015, VHA completed 21.3 million appointments in the community. VA supports local determinations of Veteran needs and provider capabilities. However, forcing a choice between a community provider or the VA will weaken the ability to develop a truly integrated community based network that can evolve and improve.



Globe To Present Wearable Advanced Sensor Platform At Smart Fabrics Summit In Washington, DC

Manufacturer’s Innovative Solution Makes a Difference in Firefighter Safety and Performance


Globe Manufacturing Company announced that it has been invited by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Industrial Fabrics Association International to speak at the first-ever Smart Fabrics Summit in Washington, DC on April 11. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will moderate a panel of senior level business leaders at the Summit.


“Recent advances in technology have brought together the apparel, technology, and textile industries to develop new capabilities in fabrics with the potential to change how athletes, patients, soldiers, first responders, and everyday consumers interact with their clothes and other textile products.


Known as ‘smart fabrics’, these new high-tech products have the capability to interact with their user or environment, including by tracking and communicating data about their wearer or environment to other devices through embedded sensors and conductive yarns.


To foster greater collaboration between the U.S. apparel, technology, and textile industries and to identify the public policies that could accelerate the design and manufacture of smart fabrics products by U.S. companies, the Department of Commerce in partnership with the Industrial Fabrics Association International will host the Smart Fabrics Summit.”


Globe and its project team partner, Propel, will present its Wearable Advanced Sensor Platform (WASP™), the world’s only system for real-time monitoring of physiology and location designed for firefighters and first responders. Globe will present the multi-year process of bringing wearable technology for firefighter monitoring from idea through to commercial availability.


Firefighters experience extreme physiological stress during the course of their duties. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, stress and overexertion account for 50% or more of firefighter line of duty deaths. Factors that affect firefighter physiological responses include exertion of work performed, elevated thermal environment, wearing heavily insulated protective clothing, carrying heavy equipment, as well as individual health status, fitness level, medication, and hydration level. Firefighters are also exposed to extreme hazards during the course of emergency response.


The WASP™ system tracks heart rate, heart rate variability, estimated core body temperature, respiration rate, activity levels, posture, and other physiological factors, as well as 3D location inside a building.


Currently WASP™ provides instructors and trainees at training academies with missionessential situational, real-time awareness of both physiological status and location/tracking of personnel to aid in decision making to improve safety and outcomes during training. In the future, WASP™ will provide a tool for incident commanders on scene to track the status and location of team members to improve situational awareness and potentially shorten the time needed for a rapid intervention team to rescue a downed firefighter.


“Globe is committed to research and development with the objective of advancing protection and safety for every firefighter and first responder,” said Mark Mordecai, Director of Business Development at Globe. “Using the WASP™ system during live fire and resiliency training scenarios can help to improve safety and outcomes and paves the way to using this wearable technology in the field to improve safety for firefighters everywhere. Together with health screening and physical fitness, firefighter monitoring is a critical element to make sure that everyone comes home.”


Globe’s WASP™ system is now commercially available to training academies and special operations teams and is being installed at the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) in Champaign, Illinois.


WASP™ qualifies for FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants, the goal of which is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire-related hazards by providing direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated emergency medical services organizations, and state fire training academies for critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhance operations efficiencies, foster interoperability, and support community resilience.


Detailed information about WASP™ is available at



Raffle To Benefit Baby Life Home

On April 5, 2016, the Josiah Carpenter Library and Pittsfield Middle High School will be hosting local author, Dan Szczesny, at PMHS.  Mr. Szczesny will be discussing his book, “The Nepal Chronicles.”  After the devastating earthquake in Nepal in April 2015, Mr. Szczesny and his wife decided to help the orphanage in Nepal which had been destroyed by the earthquake.  Proceeds from his book have already gone to fund a roof for the orphanage.  In conjunction with Dan Szczesny’s book presentation, The Friends of the Josiah Carpenter Library are holding a raffle, of which, all monies will go to the “Baby Life Home” orphanage in Nepal to purchase educational materials for the children.  Please help the Friends with this worthy cause by purchasing raffle tickets.  Tickets are being sold, now through April 5th, for $1 each or 6 for $5, and may be bought at the Josiah Carpenter Library or for more information call 435-8406.


Items included in this raffle are 3 hand woven Nepalese “purses”, a Kathmandu T-shirt, a Nepali Phrasebook & Dictionary, the wilderness book “Soft Paths”, a campers guide to Knot Tying, a handmade beaded bracelet, and a signed copy of the book “The Nepal Chronicles.”


Thank you for your valuable support !



Epping Well & Pump Celebrates 30 Years In Business

Thirty years ago, in January 1986, Henry DeBoer opened the doors to Epping Well & Pump on route 125 in Epping. Since then, they’ve expanded to include an office in Pittsfield, as well as a NELAC accredited drinking water lab in Lee.  Servicing their customer’s needs in water testing, water treatment, wells & pumps, irrigation system design and installation, and the operation of small community water systems, has kept them growing, even with changes in the economy over the years. 


Congratulations to Epping Well, Henry DeBoer and his staff for being successful for thirty years of business and for giving back to the community, the state, and around the world.


Epping Well has given back to the community through educational outreach to local schools as well as by being involved with the Epping Youth Athletic Association and local scout troops since the 1990’s. In the early 2000’s, Epping Well donated the design, materials and installation of irrigation systems at Mary Blair and Michael Regan fields.  They continue to start-up, service and winterize these systems every year.  In 2012, they took on a very long distance project by donating well pumps and solar panels to the Congo Village School Project in Africa.  The mission of the project was to drill a local well with a solar powered pump.  Sara Brettell, representative of the Congo Village School Project, sent a thank-you note that, in part, reads, “Your generous gift will free people, especially women, to attend school, instead of walking 2 ½ hours round trip each day carrying the only water currently available to them, contaminated river water,  to their families. With your help, a legacy is being created which will improve the villagers’ health, literacy and prosperity.”


NH Water Works Association, NH Water Well Association, Irrigation Association of New England and New England Water Works Association are just a few of the professional groups that Mr. DeBoer and his employees have worked with.


“We are the epitome of the opportunity that America gives its citizens to create their own opportunities.  If you work hard in this country and you provide an honest product with integrity, then this country will afford you the capability of being successful.  We provide a professional and unique service for our customers and offer training and advancement opportunities for all of our employees.  There is nothing that makes me feel more successful than the success of my own employees and seeing them fulfil the American dream.” says Henry An employee of 24 years, Wayne Titus states, “I talk with repeat and first time customers every day.  Listening to their panicked calls and being able to help them is a great feeling.”  Abby Fopiano, Professional Geologist and General Manager of Epping Well agrees. “Working for Henry and our customers is very rewarding.  First, it seems like we are always giving, helping those in need and providing the right solution to our customers water problems. Second, I honestly think there is no other company that truly cares about their employees as much as ours.” 



Buddhist Spring Workshops

Submitted By Deb Godin


Sage Wellness Center at 175 Barnstead Road, Pittsfield, NH, will be holding two Buddhist workshops starting on Tuesday April 5th and Thursday April 7th, both from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.


The Tuesday workshop is intended for those who have taken previous Buddhist workshops at Sage Wellness, and the Thursday workshop is intended for those who are new to Buddhism or wishing a review.


Both workshops will be led by Tom Adamson. Tom Adamson is a retired University Professor, Buddhist researcher, author, and teacher of Applied Buddhist studies. He has edited several books on the subject and his latest work “The Secular Buddha” was released this year. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife, two cats, and dog. He practices T’ai Chi, meditation, writes, and enjoys teaching.


There will be an open house at Sage Wellness Center with Tom who will be there from 4:00 to 6:00 PM on Thursday, March 31, to discuss the workshops. All are invited to attend. Refreshments and tea will be available.


The Tuesday workshop will be on-going until late Fall. The Thursday workshop will be conducted in eight week sessions. Each workshop is only $12.00 per sessions or $10.00 per session if you wish to pay ahead for future sessions.


For more information, you may, contact Tom at 435-7695, or visit the Sage Wellness web site at:



Selectmen’s Update

Submitted By Carl Anderson, Selectman


Selectboard meeting 3/22/16 in brief; the board voted to put some repairs into the highway dept. loader in order to keep it in good running condition and get a lot more use out of this expensive piece of equipment.


A citizen concern regarding the lack of a crosswalk at Tilton Hill and Manchester St. will be looked into, to see if the situation will be part of the Safe Routes to school the town voted for, or whether we need to address it separately.


Again this week there were numerous tax abatements to act on. There was discussion regarding the accuracy of not only the original assessments, but the abated/denied requests as well. A popular solution seems to be to hire our own part-time assessor, with the proper credentials, who is better positioned to address individual discrepancies that undeniably exist. This would be a cost saver as well- hiring a large company has proven very expensive.


The board is moving forward with plans to liquidate several town owned properties with the goal of recouping the outstanding taxes and costs (which is all we are allowed to keep from a sale) and to get them back on the tax rolls as quickly as possible.


Our regular meeting on Tuesday, April 26, will be dedicated to an informal public forum and allow general information gathering by and from the boards, who will all be there. Public input is critical for decisions regarding a number of items, including but not limited to: overnight parking ban, cost/benefit of continuing the drug dog/K9 handler program, and sharing of services with neighboring towns.


Some decisions of the board appear, to me at least, to be “no-brainers.” Others have impact on both sides of an issue and a lot of thought needs to be put into what we all hope is the right answer. It’s very hard to address a major concern without doing so on someone’s toes- however, it comes with the territory. We will be providing written questionaires that can be filled out privately so the public input will be as representative as possible.



VA To Commemorate 50th Anniversary Of The Vietnam War

Exemplifies a MyVA priority to Improve the Veteran Experience While Thanking Vietnam Veterans and Their Families

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced it will conduct hundreds of events in VA facilities across the nation on Mar. 29 to recognize, honor and thank U.S. Vietnam Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifices as part of the national Vietnam War Commemoration.


VA Secretary Robert McDonald will host a wreath-laying ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial – “The Wall” to initiate VA’s contribution to the Commemoration.  He will be joined by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. “We are proud to partner with the Department of Defense in this endeavor.  Secretary Carter’s Vietnam War Commemoration staff has greatly assisted us in planning this humble tribute to our Vietnam Veterans and their families.”


VA, along with more than 9,000 organizations across the country, has joined with the Department of Defense as a Commemorative Partner to help Americans honor our nation’s Vietnam Veterans.


Authorized by Congress, established under the Secretary of Defense, and launched by the President in May 2012, the Vietnam War Commemoration recognizes all men and women who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975.  Nine million Americans, approximately 7 million living today, served during that period, and the Commemoration makes no distinction between Veterans who served in-county, in-theater, or were stationed elsewhere during those 20 years.  All answered the call of duty. 


“This Commemoration has special significance for those of us at VA because of our honored mission to serve those who have “borne the battle,” said McDonald.  “It’s also an opportunity to remember our VA colleagues who served in this generation of Veterans, to extend our heartfelt appreciation to them and to their families who shared the burden of their loved one’s service.”


More than 329 VA medical centers, regional benefit offices and national cemeteries will host events, many in partnership with local Veteran service organizations and volunteers.


By presidential proclamation issued on May 25, 2012, the Commemoration extends from its inaugural event on Memorial Day 2012 through Veterans Day 2025.


Commemorative Partners – local, state and national organizations, businesses, corporations and governmental agencies – have committed to publicly thank and honor Vietnam Veterans and their families on behalf of the nation and have pledged to host a minimum of two events annually.  


To learn more about the Vietnam War Commemoration, go to:



Mike’s Meat Shoppe - Keeping The Faith

By Meggin Dail

It’s a family affair at Mike’s with M.J., Jacob, Brenda and Mike all on board.


Webster’s Dictionary defines faith as “(noun); strong belief or trust in someone or something.” When one has a calling, defined by Mr. Webster as “a strong desire to spend your life doing a certain kind of work” or “the work that a person does or should be doing,” it is not only his/her desire to do what he is doing, it’s as if he must do it if he is to be content. You don’t choose your calling, it chooses you.


What does all this have to do with Mike’s Meat Shoppe? The answer may surprise you. Mike Courchene got his calling when he was eight years old. He stood in his backyard watching Victor Huse slaughter a pig and knew that it would be something he, too, would someday want to call his profession. While it may be hard to believe that an eight year old could find his calling so young, all you have to do is spend a little time talking to Mike to know the truth.


Mike has an affinity for meat cutting. He loves the activity from start to finish. Starting with the whole animal and cutting it down until every piece is packaged nicely for you to bring home.


At sixteen, Mike began working at Hardy’s Market, here in Pittsfield, in the butcher shop. Mike is a meat cutter. A meat cutter is an artist, someone who can envision each cut of meat and how to make it the most appealing in the store and then on your plate. Being an artist of meat is a talent, a talent Mike picked up along the way under the wings of Victor Huse and Brody Wilcox. Victor instilled in Mike the passion for the profession and Brody helped him hone his instincts. By the time Mike was nineteen years old and working at Twin M under Brody’s guidance, Mike had practically mastered his calling. Brody showed Mike how to cut down the full pig rather than just the boxed parts as is common at grocery butcher shops. Cutting down the whole animal is much harder than cutting the boxed parts not only because you have to recognize the animals and its parts but because it’s more physically demanding, after all these animals are hundreds of pounds. Soon Mike had it down and while working at Twin M had a small, after-hours business taking in full animals and cutting them down for customers. Once again, Huse was at the scene, spreading the word to local farmers that there was an experienced meat cutter in town open for business. Mike would get done cutting his orders somewhere around 1 AM and have to be up at the meat counter again at 5 AM.


By this time, Mike knew the meat cutting business inside and out. He had converted his dad’s garage and worked out of that for sixteen  years; smoking, curing and wrapping meat. The time came that he outgrew the small garage and had people encouraging him to open up a store. You could say Mike’s staunchest supporter was his wife,  Brenda. Brenda has known Mike for 24 years and they’ve been together for eleven of those.


Mike and Brenda love what they do. For a short time Mike worked for a supermarket chain in Concord and soon realized his folly. “In that job, I lost the local flare of people I knew coming to me with their animals. There was no creativity to the meat cutting, no personal one-on-one with the customers.”


“He was miserable,” agrees Brenda.


With a knowing look in her direction Mike declares, “I was an ornery cuss.” Brenda nods and smiles. “But now I know what I need to do.”


Brenda is no silent partner in Mike’s Meat Shoppe, though she gets teased that her name’s not on the sign. She can answer any questions you may have about the process. She knows just as much about the meat cutting business and is not afraid of getting her hands dirty. In fact when Mike was out of commission after his shoulder surgery (yes, a result of how physically demanding this profession is) Brenda ran the business almost single-handedly. While Victor Huse and M.J. were doing the whole animal cutting Brenda was scheduling the pigs, smoking the meats, curing, wrapping, but it wasn’t easy. The stress of trying to keep up with orders put some major strain on both Brenda and Mike, which, ironically helped fuel the decision to move the shop. They had faith that this was the direction they needed to go.


Roger and Janet Heath had approached the Courchenes about leasing the building on Upper City for their business that was quickly growing in popularity. Brenda and Mike had toyed with the idea off and on but it wasn’t until the weekend before Easter 2015 that the dream became reality. This reality was a boon the locals who already knew Mike and Brenda and loved their work and their product. Realizing how quickly popular Mike’s Meat Shoppe became, they knew they needed to completely move the business, after all, Brenda was taking orders at the store while sons, M.J. (Mike Junior) Courchene and Jacob Nickerson were running back and forth to Mike’s place further up Upper City to pick up the cut meat and bring it back to the store.  This was crazy and they knew something had to be done.


Mike’s Meat Shoppe closed in August of 2015, mere months after it had opened. The plan was expansion. The Heaths were all for the Courchenes leasing the rest of the building and converting it into a meat-cutting, cold storage, meat smoking, full scale retail shop.  Mike refers to the this as “the big scary step,” but his faith paid off.


It took Mike and Brenda another five months to move the meat cutting business to its new home, just a little ways down the road on Upper City and they re-opened Mike’s Meat Shoppe Valentine’s weekend 2016 to the delight of their customers, old and new.


It’s obvious that the Courchenes are passionate about what they do. Mike takes a lot of pride and loves his job. While Mike refers to Brenda as “the face” of the store, the one being out front most of the time, it’s clear they are both equally knowledgeable to answer your questions and produce your meat cutting needs. It seems M.J. might have received the same calling as dad and has been holding a knife since he was six years old.  Son, Jacob Nickerson recently joined the family business and son, Corey Courchene occasionally comes down from Maine on weekends just to cut bacon. Mike says he owes so much to Victor Huse and Brody Wilcox, his mentors in meat cutting; Brett Tiede, who taught him how to smoke meat at Tiede Farm Smokehouse; Roger and Jan Heath for the encouragement, support and gift of the store mascot, Boss Hog; Alfred “Tiny” Courchene for the use of the garage for 16 years, family, friends and the general public who have been so supportive of the local, family owned and operated business of Mike’s Meat Shoppe.


Please drop by for fresh meat, cut, smoked, cured, wrapped on premises; samples; tours; recipe advice and enjoy the local flavors of the other shop artisans’ maple syrup, bread, jams, and more. And as always, as Mike says, “Keep the Faith!” He sure did and looked how it turned out for him.


(P.S. Mike’s Meat Shoppe is looking for a Farmers’ Market to set up this summer in their highly visible parking lot. Call Brenda for more information 603-491-7966)








SiteMap | Home | Advertise | NH Classifieds | About


Copyright © 2007-2019 Modern Concepts Website Design NH. All Rights Reserved.


NH Campgrounds | NH Events

We are NOT affliated in any way with the Suncook Valley Sun Newspaper