Citizen Of The Year
It is time to pick the 2016 Pittsfield
Citizen of the Year. Who’s activities and accomplishments to better
our town do you feel make them eligible for this year’s award?
Please send the name of your nominee and the reason they should be
Citizen of the Year to:
Citizen of the Year
P O Box 173
Pittsfield N H 03263
Nominations must be received by June 8,
The Suncook Valley Area Lions Club is seeking donations of new or
gently used items for the Town Wide Yard Sale to be held on Sat,
June 4 at Locke’s Location, Barnstead Road. We are willing to
take most anything (except we cannot accept TV’s or clothing).
If anyone is interested in renting a space from the Lions Club to
set up their own yardsale - spots are available for $10.
Please call Laurie Vien at 435-5052 for more information or to
arrange for drop-off or pick-up. The Lions Club thanks you for
The internment of Robert Wesson will be
held May 21, 2016 at 11 AM at the family cemetery on 217 Governor’s
Family and friends are invited. A
celebration of life will be held at the Pittsfield Community Center
Home Community Fair
On July 23rd Pittsfield will celebrate Old Home Day “Pittsfield Goes
for Gold!” The community fair will be in Dustin Park from 9:00 am to
3:00 pm. The Old Home Day Committee is looking for crafters and
community organizations to join the fair. Community
organizations can participate for free, and the vendor fee is
$10.00. If you would like to set up a table or booth please
contact Leslie Vogt at 435-7993 or
Album Release Show
New Hampshire-based singer/songwriter Anna
Madsen will celebrate the release of her new album, “Efflorescence,”
with a live performance at Amoskeag Studio in Manchester, New
Hampshire on Saturday May 21st. The show starts at 8:00 PM. Madsen
is the first artist signed to Rocking Horse Music, the label/artist
management division of Rocking Horse Studio in Pittsfield.
Madsen has quickly become a rising name in
the New England music scene since moving to New Hampshire from Utah
a few years back. Her debut EP, “Palm Reader,” was released to
critical acclaim in October 2015. The success of “Palm Reader” led
to two New England Music Awards nominations in 2016, including Best
New Act and Best Video, plus invitations to perform at the New
England Music Awards show at the Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury,
MA. Madsen was also invited to perform for New Hampshire Governor
Maggie Hassan and the Executive Council at the State House in
Concord, NH. Her music has been played on radio stations throughout
Her music has been described as “Lana Del
Rey meets the Civil Wars,” but ultimately her music is completely
her own and expands beyond one genre. Her influences include
contemporary classical composers, church hymns from her childhood,
world music, and modern Alternative Rock and Folk / Americana. In
addition to the Rocking Horse Studio session band, the new record
features guest appearances from original Genesis guitarist Anthony
Phillips, drummer Jonathan Mover from GTR/Joe Satriani, and Patrik
Gochez and Bobby Rice from local favorites Pat & the Hats. The album
was produced and recorded by Brian Coombes at Rocking Horse Studio
in Pittsfield, NH, with additional recording in London, England.
Madsen performs live with musicians from
Rocking Horse Studio, including Charlie Weinmann (drums), Ian
Sleeper (bass/guitar), Myron Kibbee (guitar), Matt Jensen (guitar),
Brian Coombes (keys/bass), and Hannah Rose (backing vocals).
For more information on the show or Anna’s music, please visit:
2016 Multi-Town Yardsale
Registration is open for the Annual
The Multi Town event is open to any
address in The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce member towns
of Barnstead, Chichester, Epsom, Gilmanton (all), Loudon, Northwood,
and Pittsfield. The event will take place Friday June 3rd through
Sunday June 5th, with advertised hours of 8am-2pm. Participants can
register their address with a small fee that helps offset the costs
of this event. Individual registration is just $5, Multifamily and
Group registration is $10. There is also a community Yardsale site
at Dustin Park on June 4th, registration required with a $5 fee. As
always, the fee is waived for non-profits.
Registration forms are available online at
and will also be printed in the Suncook Valley Sun. Completed
registration forms should be mailed with payment to GPCOC, Po Box
234, Pittsfield, NH 03263 by May 22nd.
Choose to participate Friday, Saturday,
Sunday or all three for one registration fee. Multifamily and Group
locations are enhanced in the listings. Days of participation are
noted on the map and address listing as they are marked on your
registration form. Advertised hours for the Yardsale are 8am- 2pm,
but participants should remember this is Your Yardsale. If you
choose to open earlier or stay open later you are certainly welcome
to do so.
Participants are welcome to post signs,
check your town rules! Also, participants should check with their
town office regarding town rules regarding Yardsales.
Questions? Contact [email protected]
Clothes Closet Open House
Submitted By Beverly Drolet
Many thanks to all the patrons who visited our shop on
Saturday, April 30th, for our Open House. We
met first-time visitors, renewed old friendships and relaxed with
our regular shoppers. I am especially grateful to the
volunteers who gave of their Saturday time to socialize rather than
work and to Rhonda Murray who beautifully packaged the
gift of Merigold Seeds handed out to celebrate spring. It was
a great day.
You will be pleased to hear that we will be extending summer
hours to offer a more flexible shopping schedule for locals and area
visitors and will post that schedule soon. This
month we continue to offer lovely prom dresses ( sizes 4-12)
and will soon display several elegant wedding gowns and accessories.
So, if you know of a young lady who wants to dance some hours away
or one who would like to make that trip down the aisle in white
grace, bring her to the shop. Also, we are delighted to
have received donations of small quilts handmade by the
students of the Life Skills-Dreamcatchers Class of PMHS.
People were very pleased with their quilts last year and we
look forward to displaying and selling the craft and hard work of
these special students again this year. Come visit us.
VA Life Insurance Program Scores High In
Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan
WASHINGTON – VA’s
Life Insurance Program received a strong customer satisfaction score
of 81 on a scale of 100 from the American Customer Satisfaction
Index (ACSI), an independent survey that scores customer
satisfaction for more than 300 private companies and federal and
local government agencies.
“VA is proud of the excellent service provided by its dedicated
Insurance Program employees and the recent ACSI results they
achieved,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald.
“As part of our MyVA transformation effort, we will use the feedback
from the survey to continue to build upon our strong customer
service performance and further enhance the experience of the
Veterans we work hard to serve every day.”
The objective of the survey is to measure customer satisfaction and
identify the critical factors related to improved customer
satisfaction. The customer service index score of 81 is well
above the government average of 64, and higher than the private life
insurance industry average score of 77. The final score is
based on favorable responses to questions of customer satisfaction
compared to customer expectations.
In total, nine distinct services
were surveyed, including Telephone Service, Requests for Policy
Loans and Cash Surrenders, Correspondence, Waiver-of-Premium
Decisions, Beneficiary Claims and Designations, and new Life
As part of its mission to serve Servicemembers, Veterans, and their
families, VA’s Life Insurance Program provides individuals with the
peace of mind that comes with knowing their family’s financial
security is protected, given the extraordinary risks involved in
military service. VA provides more than $1.3 trillion in
coverage and insured 6.4 million Servicemembers, Veterans, and their
families in fiscal year 2015.
For more information concerning VA’s Insurance Program, go to
DAR Good Citizens Recognized by
DAR Good Citizen Award Recipients: (left
to right) Chase Gaudette, Pittsfield High School; Cheyenne Boucher,
Pembroke Academy; Hayden Udelson, Bow High School; Celine Burrows,
Merrimack Valley High School; Paul Wylie, Bishop Brady High School.
On Friday April 15, 2016, the
Buntin-Rumford-Webster Chapter DAR was proud to host the area
schools’ Good Citizen Award recipients. Of the seven seniors chosen
from local schools, five were in attendance at a luncheon given in
their honor, along with members of the Buntin-Rumford-Webster
Chapter DAR. From the Daughters of the American Revolution website:
“The DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Contest, created in
1934, is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good
citizenship. This award recognizes and rewards individuals who
possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and
patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities. These students
are selected by their teachers and peers because they demonstrate
these qualities to an outstanding degree.”
This year’s recipients are Chase Gaudette,
Pittsfield High School; Cheyenne Boucher, Pembroke Academy; Hayden
Udelson, Bow High School; Celine Burrows, Merrimack Valley High
School; Paul Wylie, Bishop Brady High School; Rachael Capri,
Franklin High School; and Katelyn Marie Butler, Concord High School.
We look forward to seeing more great things from these young men and
Letter To The Editor
Just a little “food” for thought, pun
Is there a reason the food pantry wouldn’t
consider relocating to the Pittsfield Community Center, a tax exempt
property? The community center is not a town owned property but
rather a 501(c)3, charitable organization, and is a viable
alternative to placing yet another property into a tax exempt
status. It is a practical solution to our on-going food pantry
A charitable organization is a type of
non-profit organization (NPO). It differs from other types of NPOs
in that it centers on philanthropic goals as well as social
well-being (e.g. charitable, educational, religious, or other
activities serving the public interest or common good).
What better way to utilize the community
center than for a service that literally saves the taxpayer
thousands of dollars each year? Furthermore, it’s opportunity for
the Pittsfield Center Development Corporation (PCDC) to serve a
larger population and, at the same time promote their initiative as
well as the benefit(s) of the community center itself. I believe,
with flexible minds, if all parties work together towards making
this happen it can be a win-win for all!
The food pantry service is priceless.
However, if we are going to relieve yet another property owner from
paying its share of taxes toward community services, it may be time
to do a cost versus benefit analysis to see if the service will
Still in your service,
Letter to the Editor
As one of our yearly fundraising events, the Pittsfield
Beautification Committee will once again be participating in the
Town Wide Yard Sale on Saturday June 4th and Sunday June 5th
(8 am to 2 pm). We will be set up at Nancy & John
Barto’s house at 515 Dowboro Rd. Pittsfield, just 3.5 miles from the
center of Town.
Anyone who would like to donate items for our sale can drop them off
at Nancy’s house. We respectfully request that you do not
bring items of clothing or any heavy items.
If anyone would like to make a monetary donation to the
Beautification Committee, please send a check payable to The
Pittsfield Beautification Committee, c/o Tine Fife 1394 Upper City
Rd, Pittsfield NH 03263. Collection boxes can also be found at Town
Hall, Bell Brothers, Jack’s Pizza, Town Pizza and Danis Market.
See you at the Yard Sale!!
Pittsfield Beautification Committee
Improving The Veteran’s Experience
Through MyVA Communities
MyVA Communities is Part of Larger
Ecosystem Where Communities Rally Around Their Veterans
Via Merrill Vaughan
WASHINGTON – As part of the Department of
Veterans Affairs (VA) MyVA initiative, the largest transformation in
the history of VA, VA is reporting the progress and growth of the
locally led, community-driven initiative, MyVA Communities.
Modeled after San Diego’s successful One VA Community Advocacy
Board, more than 50 communities have joined the MyVA Communities
movement. What these communities have in common is that they have
local Veteran engagement boards which are led by the community,
provide a feedback and input mechanism for local Veterans, are
accessible, and are designed to bring together all available local
resources and capabilities to better support our Veterans.
They are also flexible enough to meet the unique needs of each
community and facilitate the development of local solutions.
“VA is undergoing its largest ever
transformation, MyVA, based around the central premise that we must
look at all of the decisions we make through the lens of the
Veteran, that is how we provide a better experience,” said Secretary
of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald. “A vital part of that
transformation is better working with strategic partners and that’s
exactly what MyVA Communities help us do, bring together local
community leaders that want to help VA improve and provide services
Connecticut established the first Veterans
community board in the country using the new MyVA Communities model
and was followed by several other start-ups including MyVA Pikes
Peak in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In other areas, VA was able to
join well-established existing engagements including the Alaska
Forget Me Not Coalition and the Region 9 Veterans Community Action
Team in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The community Veterans engagement boards, which go by different
names in each community, are co-chaired and driven by local
community leaders and include representatives from all three VA
Administrations on the board membership (Veterans Benefits
Administration, Veterans Health Administration and the National
Cemetery Administration). To support further integration of VA
service offerings in communities, VA is incorporating the Veterans
Economic Communities Initiative (VECI) into the MyVA Veterans
Experience portfolio of service offerings. VECI, which was
announced by the Secretary in 2015, has improved education and
employment opportunities for Veterans in over 25 communities around
the country. This is one example of a resource VA can offer to
current and future MyVA Communities across the country.
VA expects to see 100 MyVA Communities
throughout the country by the end of this year as a result of
ongoing engagements with community leaders and existing groups with
similar missions. The goal is to seek integration with existing
community collaborative groups, and encourage local community
leaders to adopt the MyVA Communities model where gaps may exist.
For more information on the MyVA Communities effort, visit:
http://www.va.gov/nace/myVA/index.asp. More information
about MyVA may be found at
Letter To The Editor
I’m usually pretty optimistic, but I think
we are about to get the country we’ve been deserving for a while
now. I hoped we had learned after Obama not to fall for self
absorbed, charismatic, empty rhetoric. But no, this time we’ll try
the Republican version, if you can call him that.
I understand the anger, produced from
years of broken promises, I understand we need someone to buck the
entrenched system, my sentiments exactly. But Donald Trump is taking
everyone for a ride, because he knows that’s what everyone wants to
hear right now.
We had the chance we’ve been waiting for
for 30 years, quite probably our last, to nominate Ted Cruz, a
smart, principled, consistent, Constitutional fighter. It’s not
about the man, but the values and principles he has that are rare.
Unlike Trump, who is all talk, Cruz went
and did exactly what he told the voters he would do, which is why
the Washington establishment, like the former Speaker, would pick
Trump over Cruz.
While Cruz was keeping his word and
bucking the system, Trump was feeding the system, giving money to
his crony turned rival Hillary.
Another four years is a long time, the
hour is getting late. I know the Constitution is boring and the
Bible politically incorrect, but let’s turn off the T.V. and maybe
Grieving for my nation,
TimberNook: Not Your Typical Nature Camp
Local Expert’s Advice
Submitted By Angela Hanscom
Angela Hanscom is
a pediatric occupational therapist and the founder of TimberNook –
an internationally recognized developmental nature program in the
United States and in New Zealand. She is also the author of the new
book, Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for
Strong, Confident, and Capable Children.
At first glance, TimberNook may
appear to be a typical nature camp. However, it is not a place where
children go to learn about nature. Rather, it is a place where
children go to learn about themselves. Through play in the natural
environment, campers learn to be independent, that they are
competent, and most importantly – that they are capable.
TimberNook originated in Barrington, New
Hampshire seven years ago. Due to high demand for the program,
people from all over the world are flying to Barrington to train
with the TimberNook team and bring this unique program home. For the
first time, the founder of TimberNook will be bringing its core
staff to a new location: Graylag Cabins in Pittsfield on its 314
acres of woodlands, streams, and waterfalls.
TimberNook is designed to give children
unique experiences that foster creative thinking and inspire
independent play in the wild with friends. The camps have been
researched by University of New Hampshire. We are observing gains
with children’s social and complex play skills in just a week’s
Each themed summer camp provides unique
experiences for the children. For instance, Enchanted is about
diving deep into the imagination. The children this summer will be
creating the world of OZ out in the woods, equipped with a real
yellow brick road and Emerald City. Storybook re-creates fairy tales
in the wild. Finally, Going Wild focuses heavily on adventure and
design – this year the children will be creating an entire village
in the woods in just five days.
TimberNook’s new Wild Ones forest program
for ages 8-13 years and Little Wild Ones program for 4-7 year olds
will bring this programming to a whole new level this coming school
year. Having year-round TimberNook experiences on a weekly basis is
sure to impact creativity and development on a grand scale. The
children will be doing everything from searching for gems hidden
under the ground using only a compass to hosting an evening woodland
café open to the public.
Open house for the TimberNook summer camps
and year-round programming will be held on May 19th from 4:30 to
6:30pm at Graylag (320 Clough Road) in Pittsfield, New Hampshire.
Angela Hanscom will be offering a short talk on the importance of
outdoor play on the development of all children (even babies!)
followed by a question and answer session about the 2016 program
Food will be available to cook over an
open fire. There are no costs to parents and children are welcome to
come and explore the outdoor classrooms.
Interested in attending or have questions? Please contact Angela
Hanscom at 603-664-2929 or email
Pittsfield Historical Society Presents
History of the Town Clock
Thursday, May 12
Did you ever check the
time on the Town Clock located at the First Congregational Church on
Main Street? Did you ever wonder why the Town Clock is on a church?
Please join us at the Historical Society
Museum to learn more about the history, operation, and maintenance
of our Town Clock. Program will be presentedby Harry Vogt.
The Society Museum
13 Elm Street
Pittsfield Senior Center News
The Pittsfield Area Senior Center is
hosting a performance by Pontine Theatre, “Evangeline: A Tale of
Acadie” on Wednesday, May 25, at 1:00 PM. This is Henry Wadsworth
Longfellow’s epic poem, published in 1847. It is a story of loss and
devotion set against the deportation of the Acadian people in 1755.
The poem elevated Longfellow to be the most famous writer in America
and has had a lasting cultural impact. In 1840, Longfellow heard
about an Acadian couple separated on their wedding day by the
British expulsion of the French-speaking inhabitants of Nova Scotia.
The bride-to-be wandered for years, trying to find her fiancé. This
is a tale of love and exile so come out for lunch and a show.
The show is free, but please call 435-8482
if planning on coming to lunch. The Senior Center is located on 74
Main St. Pittsfield.
Native Plants Garden Tour At Graylag
Join botanist George Newman on Sunday, May 15th from12:30-2:30 PM at
Graylag, 320 Clough Rd, Pittsfield, for a tour of the wildflowers
and other native plants at Graylag, a peaceful woodland preserve on
the shore of Wild Goose Pond in Pittsfield. George Newman is a
horticulturist, botanist, and naturalist who has been
cultivating and propagating native North American plants for over
Over 400 species of native plants have
been nurtured in the gardens and bogs of Graylag.
To register please contact Carl at 435-5209 or
Submitted By Carl Anderson
Selectboard Meeting 5/3 highlights
This meeting was an abbreviated version of
our typical 3-5 hr Tues. night, in order to make time for an
informal gathering so that concerned citizens’ thoughts could be
heard, discussed, and brought to the forefront.
The bulk of the regular meeting was
consumed by general housekeeping items such as tax deeded
properties, timber tax bill, etc.
Jim Allard read an open letter regarding
the Carpenter Libraries’ interest in the future of the neighboring
town owned property.
The Board has been looking at all town
departments’ policies and expectations to be sure they are clearly
defined for purposes of reviews and accountability. We met briefly
with building inspector Jesse Pacheco in this regard. We feel it’s
important that the BOS and all department heads and employees are on
the same page.
The informal portion of the meeting
afforded an opportunity for the public to take up certain subjects
they deemed worthy of discussion. From where I sat, and after review
of the questionnaires that were filled out after the meeting, the
bulk of concern among residents seems to be downtown revitalization
and the demands placed on the police department in certain areas.
Widespread favorable consideration of department sharing within the
area was expressed. If we can come up with a viable plan to actually
get something done in these regards, we hope that the tax base will
be increased and the various departments will be less stressed,
resulting in a favorable impact on our taxes. The other common
thread appears to be support for independently finding viable ways
to bring down the school budget while still providing our students
with a good education. This promises to be a tough, but not
As of this writing we anticipate a night
off on the 10th, but I suppose that’s subject to change. Our next
scheduled meeting is the 17th.
History Of The First Congregational Church
Of Pittsfield Just Published
Fresh off the press is a history of the
First Congregational Church of Pittsfield, N. H. The two volume set
traces its history from the town’s founding through the present day.
Volume 1, with 23 chapters and 369 pages, contains 32 tables ranging
from pew occupants in 1855 to Lenten and Advent projects in the
2000s. There are 100 pictures, the earliest being of John and
Abigail Cram (Pittsfield Town Founders), Reverend Jonathan Curtis
(minister during 1834-45), and Moses Norris (Pittsfield’s U.S.
Senator, 1849-55). Pictures of most ministers serving from 1870 to
the present are included as well as pictures of the three church
buildings, the bell and clock, the several parsonages, important
events, and prominent members during the 19th through the 21st
The book begins with ten chapters on the
overall history of the church divided into specific periods such as
the formative years and the difficulties in founding the church.
Reported is the amazing intersection of Congregationalists and
Baptists under the Reverend Benjamin Sargent, and controversies
about heating, singing and introducing musical instruments into the
church. Also discussed are the Civil War era and slavery,
controversies between church members, and between members and
ministers. Highlighted are the bowling alley incident of 1855, the
schism of 1857, and financial difficulties throughout the church’s
history. Later chapters report events during World War I, the
Roaring 20s, the Great Depression, World War II, Yoking with Loudon
in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and the father and son tandem of
the Reverend Morgans. Recent events such as the church’s 225th
Anniversary celebration are covered in detail.
Chapters 11-23 report on specific topics,
such as the officers of the church, its Sunday School, philanthropy
and missions, special events and celebrations, bequests and gifts,
and organizations within the church. Entire chapters are devoted to
women in the church, music in the church, and the meetinghouses and
parsonages, and the church’s clock, bell and chimes.
Volume 2 is a collection of appendices
which includes the Church’s Act of Incorporation, Covenants,
Articles of Faith, Principles of Discipline and Rules of Practice,
Standing Rules and Regulations, By-Laws, and Sacrament of Holy
Communion. It includes a complete list of church members from its
inception, its ministers, and all recorded baptisms, marriages,
deaths, and burials. There are numerous lists of church officers
including but not limited to trustees, deacons, deaconesses, clerks,
treasurers, tithingmen, sextons, and Sunday School Superintendents.
In addition there are lists of committee and organization members,
pew holders in 1791, 1791, 1903 and 1911, financial reports, and
gifts to the church.
To reserve your copy, leave a message at
435-7471. The price is $35.00 for the two volume set. They are not
Letter To The Editor
The Pittsfield Food Pantry is making an
appeal for monetary donations. At this time we have plenty of food
to serve our patrons. We are very low on cash in case of an
emergency. No matter how small the donation, it will be greatly
appreciated. Thanks so much for your help.
Pittsfield Players Present The Dixie Swim
On Thursday, May 19th, at the Scenic Theatre in Pittsfield,
NH. The Pittsfield Players will be presenting “THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB”
at 7:30 p.m. Other performances will be on May 20,and 21st at
the same time. On Sunday, May 22nd, a matinee at 2p.m.
will close the run. Tickets are $15.00 and are on sale now
through TicketLeap or by calling the Scenic Theatre 603-435-8852.
Free from husbands, kids, and jobs, these five Southern women renew
their friendship of over thirty years, holding on to their bond
which they developed as a swim team while they were in
college. They catch up every five years , at the beach
cottage, during their special weekend on North Carolina’s
Outer Banks. As their lives unfold, and the years pass, these
women rely on one another for advice, repartee, and try to see how
best to cope with the challenges they face in life.
Sheree, the team captain, keeps things running on schedule and
maintains her leadership role. Lexie, a bit spoiled and
outspoken, tries to hold on to her youthful appearance as long as
she can. Dinah, the overachiever of the group, is a career
dynamo. Vernadette, constantly aware of the cloud that hovers over
her life, just simply decides to embrace whatever comes along. And
rounding out the group is “their own little ray of sunshine” Sr.
Mary Esther. This comedy is truly a hilarious non-stop
experience of fun and joy as we are allowed to enter the lives of
“The Dixie Swim Club. Some have said that this play is a cross
between Steel Magnolias and The Golden Girls.
Robert L. Hildreth Sr.
Concord: Robert Levi Hildreth Sr., 86, of
Mandeville Lane, died April 24th at the Concord Hospital following a
He was born in Concord, the son of Levi and Florence (Merrill)
Hildreth. He lived in Pittsfield for over 66 years. He worked for
the Pittsfield Highway Department and was the road grader operator
for many years. He has lived in Concord since 1990. He was an Army
veteran during the Korean Conflict and was a member of the American
Legion Post # 75 in Pittsfield. He enjoyed his fun times with
his family and especially his granddaughter’s hockey games. He was
the widower of Laura Hildreth and he is survived by a son Robert L.
Hildreth Jr. and wife Kathy of Concord.
There are no visiting hours. An Urn Burial
will be held at the NH Veterans Cemetery on Tuesday May 17th at
Donations in his memory may be made to the
NH Association for The Blind, 25 Walker St. Concord, NH 03301.
The Waters Funeral Home, David Pollard,
Director is assisting the family with arrangements.
Lorraine Gloria (Vien) Labonte
Lorraine Gloria (Vien) Labonte of Concord,
NH died suddenly on April 30, 2016, at Concord Hospital. She was
born on January 2, 1936 in Pittsfield, NH.
She retired as a seamstress at Globe Mfg.
in Pittsfield, NH and then took on a job as a Senior Companion,
where she made a few lifelong friends.
She is predeceased by her parents, Raymond
and Aurore Vien of Pittsfield, NH, and two brothers Paul and
Theodore Vien and one sister Theresa Ordway.
Lorraine is survived by her sister
Jeannette Stevens and sister-in-law Cindy Dabney of Penacook NH.
Son Arthur R. Corey Jr. and fiancé Jackie
Nadeau of Andover, NH, Daughter Brenda (Corey) Rizzo and husband
Albert of Peabody, MA, son Robert Labonte of Loudon, NH and son
Victor Labonte and wife Tina of Bristol, NH.
She is survived by many grandchildren and
great-grandchildren Private services will be held.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may
be made to the American Diabetes Association P.O. Box 11454,
Alexandria, and VA 22312. If you prefer, you may make your donation
by phone at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383).
The Cremation Society of NH is assisting
the family with arrangements.
Michael A. Towle
Pittsfield – Michael A. Towle, 65, passed
away at his home in Pittsfield, from complications following
Mike was born in Loudon on November 17, 1950 to Robert and Mary
(French) Towle. He was a graduate of Pittsfield High School
and a US veteran of the Viet Nam War, from which he was honorably
A lifelong employee of Globe Manufacturing Company, he was the
cutting room manager and had spent 47 years with the company.
He enjoyed going to yard sales and looked forward to his Sunday
morning breakfasts with his good friend, Nick.
The youngest of 13 children, he was
pre-deceased by 3 older brothers, Ellliot, Jack and Dennis.
Mike is survived by siblings, Margaret Towle of Loudon, Shirley
Freese of Bow, Carroll Towle of Nashua, Diana Avery of Loudon, Nancy
Garland of Merrimack, Doug Towle of Gilmanton, Peter Towle of
Nashua, Judy Corson of Chichester, and Joe Towle of Pittsfield; and
a great many nieces and nephews.
At his request there be no funeral service, a graveside service was
held Wednesday, May 4th at the Floral Park Cemetery in Pittsfield.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Park Street Baptist
Church, 11 Park Street, Pittsfield, NH 03263.
Tom Petit of Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial
Home is assisting with arrangements and offers an on-line guestbook