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May 11, 2016

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Pittsfield 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, 2016.



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 your donations.



The internment of Robert Wesson will be held May 21, 2016 at 11 AM at the family cemetery on 217 Governor’s Rd., Pittsfield.


Family and friends are invited. A celebration of life will be held at the Pittsfield Community Center immediately following.



Pittsfield Old 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 [email protected].



Anna Madsen 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 New England.


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 Yardsale!


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 Veteran Satisfaction

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 Insurance Applications.


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 Buntin-Rumford-Webster Chapter.

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 women!



Letter To The Editor

Just a little “food” for thought, pun intended...


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 housing dilemma.


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 remain worthwhile.


Still in your service,

Linda Small



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!!

Carol Lambert


Pittsfield Beautification Committee



Improving The Veteran’s Experience Through MyVA Communities

MyVA Communities is Part of Larger Ecosystem Where Communities Rally Around Their Veterans

Submitted 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 to Veterans.”


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:  More information about MyVA may be found at



Letter To The Editor

R.I.P. America                                                                                                                                

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 start rebuilding.


Grieving for my nation,

Willie Matras



TimberNook: Not Your Typical Nature Camp

A 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 time.


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 offerings.


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 [email protected]



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.


Meeting Location:

The Society Museum

13 Elm Street

7:00 p.m.



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 sixty years.


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 [email protected]



Selectman’s Update

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 impossible, objective.


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 Centuries.


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 sold separately.



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.


Ruth Strickhart



Pittsfield Players Present The Dixie Swim Club

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 brief illness.


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 10:00 AM.


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 surgery.


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 discharged.


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 at








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