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April 6, 2016

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The Merrimack County Stamp Collectors will hold its monthly meeting at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., Bow, on April 19th 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 Pittsfield Area Senior Center on Thursday, April 21, from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM is having their annual Meals on Wheels (MOW) bake sale fundraiser so no senior goes hungry. There will be a number of baked goods, including cookies, brownies, breads, and pies. So come on in and purchase the delicious locally made products while at the same time supporting the senior meal programs. The center is located on 74 Main St. Pittsfield, NH it is in the same building as the Pittsfield Community Center. If you have any questions please call at 435-8482. Donations for the fundraiser are welcomed.



Student-Centered Learning In Pittsfield


John J. Freeman, Ph.D., Superintendent of Schools Fifty years ago, as I was finishing up my high school education, my high school looked a lot like most high schools of that time period:  teacher at his desk in the front of the room facing about twenty-five students each seated at our own individual desks arranged in neat rows.  We were quiet unless spoken to; we didn’t ask too many questions.  Easy to picture, isn’t it?


Class time typically began by correcting our homework assignments – we all had the same assignment; our teachers then lectured to us on the topic of the day, and we took notes in every subject.  We knew that almost anything they said could appear on our end-of-unit test (some of our teachers really liked to surprise us on those tests), and we didn’t want to miss easy points by not taking down the right information.  Fortunately, school was sometimes actually interesting.


Today’s high schools, however, are changing; today’s high schools are becoming more student-centered or learner-centered in their approaches.  Expectations are different for both students and teachers; responsibilities are different too.  As with so many aspects of life, schools are changing and often don’t look much like they used to; but why?


Schools are changing for several important reasons (which I will describe in greater detail in the months ahead); these reasons for change include exciting new research about how people learn as well as the demands of the workplace in twenty-first century America.  Schools are changing because we know a lot more about brain functioning than we did even fifteen years ago. 


Schools are also changing because we know that workplace demands have changed significantly in recent years as well.  We know that different skills are needed today for success in the foreseeable future and that different skills and attitudes are needed in the long term to support student success in the unforeseeable, unknown future.  What a challenge for us all!


Next time:  How brain research is driving school change.



Pittsfield Area Senior Center News


The Pittsfield Area Senior Center invites you to join us for a live musical performance by Bill Parker on Tuesday, April 12, at 10:30 AM. If you have not seen Bill in action this is a show you do not want to miss. While playing the keyboard and harmonica he also sings. He plays a wide variety of music from the Great American Songbook. Come, enjoy the free concert, and stay for lunch. If planning to stay for lunch please call 435-8482 to RSVP so the meal can be planned accordingly. We are located at 74 Main St. in Pittsfield.


Do you enjoy quilting or want to learn how to quilt? The Pittsfield Senior Center quilting group meets on Wednesdays at 12:30 PM. All quilters no matter their experience are invited. These quilts are used for fundraisers for the center and other community organizations, you will learn the art of quilting while giving back to the community. So come and work on a quilt and make new friends. The cost is free.



Ready For Kindergarten!


If you have a child that will be age 5 by September 30th, 2016, they will be ready for Kindergarten this coming fall.  Kindergarten has changed significantly over the last 10-20 years. We now know that kids can and want to learn more. At Pittsfield Elementary School, our goal is to help our students reach those higher levels of understanding.


Over the next four months, you will find a flyer inserted into the Suncook Valley Sun that will highlight some of the skills that will be helpful for your child as they enter into Kindergarten. The flyers will also include some strategies and resources to help families support their children’s learning. If you have a child entering Kindergarten this fall at Pittsfield Elementary School, please come to our school to pick up a packet of resources. Each month, a new packet will include items that will further support your child. For example within this month’s packet, there is an Eric Carle board book, a set of magnetic letters, and some other great resources. We welcome the opportunity to share this knowledge with you during your visit to our school.


The flyer was created by the Early Childhood Consortium, which includes staff from Pittsfield Elementary School, Blueberry Express Day Care Center, Early Headstart and Headstart. We look forward to building these partnerships with you as you begin to prepare your child for Kindergarten. Feel free to contact Kathy LeMay at Pittsfield Elementary School if you have any questions. (603) 435-8432. [email protected]



Trish Whynot Joins Sage Wellness Center And Spa

Trish Whynot, D.C.Ed, holistic counselor, is now practicing at Sage Wellness Center and Spa in Pittsfield, NH. She is author of the insightful book, “Why Me? Why Now? Why Not? Finding Opportunity in Your Obstacles,” an illustrated guide to living that expects opportunities even during challenging times. Dr. Trish has been practicing ASAT™ C.O.R.E. Counseling for 17 years. She is currently serving as chairperson for the American Society of Alternative Therapists and co-founder of the Mindful Goddess Retreats with Deb Godin, owner of Sage Wellness. Dr. Trish has spoken to groups on a variety of topics including boundaries, meditation and how our thoughts can hurt or heal. Her most recent lecture, “Make Way for Desires,” was presented at the Natural Living Expo in Marlborough, MA sponsored by Spirit of Change Magazine. On April 2nd she presented “Boundaries: A Key to Thriving Relationships” at a women’s retreat sponsored by The Joy Source in Hampton, NH.


“There is always a deeper purpose to circumstances that carry a stress factor,” states Dr. Trish. She helps clients find the opportunities for learning, changing and growth that are at the root of our health, relationship and financial issues. Her work is best illustrated by a paragraph from her book, “We are in a relationship with everything—with people, with our health, and even with our finances. Experience is our teacher. When the fruit of our labors is health, relationship or financial discord, it is a heads-up that we may have encountered an insane coping skill such as pridefulness. Insane, because it is incapable of providing us with the results our hearts are seeking.”


Dr. Trish works with clients from coast to coast. She is currently accepting new local and regional clients. She offers sessions via phone, Skype, FaceTime and in person from her Pittsfield office. She can be reached at 978.314.4545. Her book is available in paperback and electronically from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iTunes. More information can be found on her website at



VA Awards Grants to Develop Technology to Help Veterans, Servicemembers Modify Their Specially Adapted Homes 

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today the award of $784,421 in Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology (SAHAT) Grants to eligible individuals, researchers, and organizations to develop new technologies that would enhance Veterans and Servicemembers’ ability to live in specially adapted homes.


The SAHAT Grant Program was authorized by Congress to design assistive technologies to expand home modification options for Veterans who apply for VA’s Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) benefit. Grants of up to $200,000 have been issued to four selected grantees.


“We’re excited and expect that the technology developed with these grants will augment Veteran and Servicemembers’ options for living independently in their own homes,” said Curt Coy, Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity. “New technology will serve Veterans who currently live in specially adapted houses and open doors for more Veterans looking to modify their homes to fit their needs.”


VA issued a Notice of Funding Availability in January for the SAHAT Grant program via the Federal Register and In order to foster competition and best serve the needs of Veterans and Servicemembers, VA did not limit the type of entity or individual eligible to apply. There was no restriction on the number of grants that could have been awarded within the $1 million funding limit.


VA administers the SAH benefit, which helps Veterans and Servicemembers with service-connected disabilities purchase or modify a home.  Typical adaptations include ramps, wider halls and doors, and wheelchair accessible bathrooms. New technology from the SAHAT Grant Program will be added to the list of home modification options as they become available.



Selectmen’s Update

Submitted By Carl Anderson

Selectboard Meeting, March 29


Let me start by cautioning readers that this weekly letter I’ve been doing must not be construed as actual minutes of a meeting, nor a complete list of topics discussed. Letter size constraints won’t allow it. This is only meant to announce things I think the general public might like to know about. It’s not official- and is essentially my opinion as to what should be highlighted.


Official minutes are posted to the Town website as they become available. So, with that in mind; Pittsfield Police gave an overview of the K9 program, including what kinds of work the team engaged in when responding in Pittsfield as well as area towns. 2015 saw 28 times the dog and handler were utilized for valuable drug and human search cases.


There was much discussion about procedures used recently by the Zoning and Planning Boards, however, these are not under jurisdiction of the Selectboard and were not addressed.


Clayton Wood accepted the task of getting the volunteer Town website back up and running, thereby saving the cost of the commercial site.


Larry offered to donate his pay to cover the cost of having an architect assess the needs of the Town Hall basement in order to come up with a viable plan going forward.


In an effort to liquidate as many town owned properties as possible, while attempting to maximize return to the town in back taxes, and to allow any member of the town to actually see what we have and the often misleading condition of the interiors, a list of high priority properties follows: 31 Berry Ave; 33, 37, 81 & 114 Main St; 85 Catamount St. and 11 Watson St. We also would like to sell the Franklin St. parking lot and 2 land only lots; U3-55-1 on Warren Ave. and R-18-6 on Upper City Rd. Any interested party is welcome to call the Town Hall to arrange to see and/or make an offer to purchase any of these properties.



Cabaret For A Cure Returns April 23

“This Is Our Fight Song”


Just one of the many efforts of The Cabaret supports, Meggin’s team “Super Friends Fighting Cancer” has raised over $10,000.00 over the last four years. This year we plan to support Josh Crowell’s Relay For Life Team and Maye Hart’s efforts in raising money through the Lend Me A Hand Fund of the Payson Center. Maye is a member of Performers Who Care, who put on a show each year to raise money and awareness of cancers of all kinds. “After all,” Maye says, “Cancer is cancer and we want it gone.”


We missed you last October but we’re back for Cabaret Number 4 with a whole new cast and brand new energy. The Scenic Theatre will host a Cabaret for A Cure this spring to raise money for beating the scourge of cancer. Maye Hart will direct this variety show featuring favorite Broadway and contemporary songs in the style of the old Encore shows. The show will run at the Scenic on Saturday, April 23 at 7:30 pm. Stay tuned to The Suncook Valley Sun for information on tickets for this show.


Maye has put together a cast that includes Angelo and Jean Gentile, Marty and Cathy Williams, Caleb Molloy, Bill Schultz, Lena Luongo, Dee Dee Pitcher, Jeff Gregoire, Josh Crowell, John Chinn, Margot Keyes, Vicki Watson, Catherine Martinez and Meggin Dail. Phil Breton will accompany the group on piano with Dave Goulet on drums.  The cast will be singing the night away to raise money for a cure to cancer through The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Making Strides and the Payson Cancer Center’s Lend Me A Hand Fund.


If you’d like to make a donation to support this show and/or if you would like to make a raffle donation for the night of the show, please contact Meggin Dail at [email protected] or 603-736-8073.



VA Makes Contract Awards Totaling Up To $6.8 Billion For Medical Disability Examinations

Provides efficient, streamlined process in support of the MyVA Initiative of Medical Disability Examinations for Veterans 

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the award of twelve major contracts that will enhance its ability to deliver timely disability benefits claims decisions to the nation’s Veterans in line with the MyVA initiative. The contracts make up a $6.8 billion enterprise-wide Medical Disability Examination Program under Public Law 104-275, and represent a major step forward in improving the disability examination experience for Veterans.


A unique feature of this multi-contract award will see the consolidation of the contracts under a single program management initiative, with representation in the central management group from both the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). To date, contracts for medical examinations have been managed by both administrations with varying degrees of efficiency and delivery time of exam reports, which are critical to Veterans’ disability determinations supporting their compensation and pension claim.


The new program management and delivery process will also continue to ensure broad national and international coverage of medical examination requirements to meet Veterans’ needs world-wide. Acting Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Benefits, Tom Murphy noted that, “This will be a major accomplishment for Veterans going forward, not only for the efficiencies and additional oversight, but VA can now maximize the capacity of inherent capability and leverage the contract expertise and capacity as needed. The goal will be to reduce the veteran’s wait times for examinations as much as possible thereby providing faster claims decisions and enhancing Veterans’ experience in a positive way.” Contracts were awarded to the following firms:


VetFed Resources, Inc., 2034 Eisenhower Ave., Ste 270, Alexandria, VA - Large Business Veterans Evaluation Services, Inc., 3000 Richmond Avenue, Ste 540, Houston, TX  -  Large Business QTC Medical Services, Inc, 21700 Copley Drive, Ste 200, Diamond Bar, CA  - Large Business The contracts are being awarded for a period of 12 months with four, 12-month options, with an aggregate ceiling of $6.8 billion. The contract will be managed by VA’s Strategic Acquisition Center based in in Frederick, MD.



Josiah Carpenter Library Monthly News –April 2016


April is a busy month full of activities sponsored by your community library. In acknowledgment of National Poetry Month, the library will be decorated with “leaves of poetry”, and will host an afterschool junior poetry event as well as an evening of poetry. See the details listed below. We hope to see you stop by to find out more about this year’s Summer Reading Theme: “Exercise your mind- Read!”


Josiah Teen Book Worms Discussing “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee on Thursday, April 7th   between 7-8:30 pm at the library


Preschool story hour Thursdays April 7, 14, 21 & 2810:00 am – 11:00 am April themes are Spring, Flowers, Rain (weather) and frogs. Join Mrs. Grainger & Ms. Rosalie for a fun filled hour of stories, crafts and a snack. Ages 2 – 5 Afterschool Maker Club Legos Wednesdays April 6, 13th. Junior Poetry activities on April 20th and spring craft on April 27th Program runs from 3:30-4:30 pm. Sign-ups (sign-ins) required.


Library Board of Trustees Meeting Tuesday, April 19, 2015 at 7 pm April 20th Mrs. Grainger visits Blueberry Express Daycare to read stories from the library from 10:00-11:00 am April 21st- Join us with Guest Poet, Steven Manning and others for an Evening of Poetry celebrating National Poetry Month at 7:00 pm at the Library April 26th 6:30-7:30 pm 1,000 Books before Kindergarten milestones celebration. The library staff will recognize 1,000 books before Kindergarten participants at the library. Parents and children welcome. Ms. Grainger will read traditional bedtime stories, a free book will be given to those who have reached 100 books courtesy of the Friends of the Library.


Read Meet & Talk Join us for an exciting book discussion on “The Hotel and the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford at the Pittsfield Senior Community Center Tuesday, April 26th at 10:30. Stay for a leisurely lunch afterward.


April 28th at 1:00 pm Ramblin’ Richard at the Pittsfield Senior Center – Songs and stories of WWII. Richard asks interesting and thought-provoking questions, such as “What popular song was written in response to the bombing of Pearl Harbor?” “What song was popular world-wide and thought to be from each country where it was popular?” and “What WW II-era song was a top hit written and recorded by a state governor?”


The Josiah Carpenter library will be hosting an art exhibit of ink drawings by Pittsfield resident, Gene Matras from March 7 through May 8th. Stop by the library to view the detailed and various natural New England scenes that this talented local artist has rendered.



Nonprofits Serving Seniors Are Invited to Participate In Pioneering Fundraising Effort

First Online Fundraising Program Focused on Seniors Hosts Online Giving Event in July 


Everyday, 10,000 people in the United States celebrate their 65th birthday. Many of these seniors across the country are in need of social service programs to enhance their quality of life. However, despite the increased need for support, only two percent of funding from the nation’s largest grant makers is specifically focused on seniors.


That’s why nonprofit organizations right here in Manchester and surrounding communities are invited to partner with GIVE65 to help less fortunate seniors in our community.  GIVE65, a program of the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation, is the nation’s first and only online giving website focused exclusively on helping nonprofit organizations raise funds for programs and services benefiting seniors.


“Most people don’t realize how many seniors need assistance,” says Lisa Byrne, co-owner of Home Instead Senior Care of Central New Hampshire. “We want to help local non-profits that benefit seniors with GIVE65. GIVE65 raises a light to this issue in the hopes of engaging our community so we may ease the burdens that many seniors face at a time when they need assistance the most.”


GIVE65 will take place July 12 - 14, 2016. During this 65-hour event, organizations will compete for up to $100,000 in matching grants and one of two $10,000 prize rewards. A simple application process allows nonprofits to participate in the annual GIVE65 Event or feature a fundraising project on GIVE65. Beginning mid-March, any 501c3 non-profit that directly benefits seniors will be able to apply on The application deadline is April 29th, 2016.


Through GIVE65, donations will help non-profits raise more money to help the seniors in our communities. For just 65-hours, selected nonprofit organizations will harness the power of generosity to help seniors in their local community while competing for matching grants and financial rewards.


For more information about GIVE65, visit or call Home Instead Senior Care at 603-668-6868.








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