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June 8, 2016

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The internment of Matthew Scott Cram will be held Friday, June 24, 2016 at 3:00 PM at the Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH.

Family and friends are invited.



The Pittsfield High School Class Of 1966 50th Class Reunion  will be held in the Pittsfield Congregational Church vestry on July 23rd from 3-6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. If you can attend call Pete Riel at 603-269-8861.



The Epsom-Chichester Lions Club invite you to a really fun fundraiser, a MINI-GOLF TOURNAMENT, at Chucksters on Rt. 4 on June 18th starting at 9:30am  We are setting up teams of 4-5 people for the competition with great prizes for hole-in-one winners. There will be additional raffles and FREE hot dogs, chips, and drinks for participants. For more info: [email protected] or 736-9942. Rain date is June 25th. Reserve your spot!!



A Note of Appreciation


The Pittsfield Board of Selectmen would like to extend their appreciation to the Beautification Committee, Floral Park Cemetery Superintendent Donald Fife, and the Public Works Department for their efforts in beautifying the town this spring season, right in time for Memorial Day weekend.  Thank you!



Pittsfield Old Home Day


SAVE the date....Saturday, July 23!  (Yes this IS a week later than usual due to the NHMS Race being held on July 16 & 17 - we cannot compete with that event!)  The theme for the day is an Olympic one.....”PITTSFIELD GOES FOR THE GOLD”.


Plans are underway and are being finalized and more information will be coming soon.  This is what we know now:


Back by popular demand - a CAR SHOW on Main Street from 9-12 Breakfast at the Park Street Baptist Church St. Stephen’s Church will be selling their famous hot dogs, baked goods, and much more Dustin Park will be home to KIDS ACTIVITIES, CRAFTERS, LOCAL ORGANIZATION BOOTHS, MUSIC  and more (To sign up for a booth at the Community Fair at Dustin Park- contact Leslie Vogt at 435-7993, [email protected]) KIDS OLYMPIC GAMES The Annual COOK-OFF will be Whoopie Pies - more info will be coming on this.


KIDS BIKE PARADE...............followed by the Old Home Day Parade at 1pm (Floats and other entries are needed for the parade.  We are celebrating the Olympics - they are in Rio this year - pick a sport or a favorite athlete or team and decorate a float, your bike, your vehicle - anything....just please get involved!!)


*** Please call Louie Houle at 435-6938 if you would like to put an entry in the parade *** Cookout and swimming at the F.B. Argue Rec Area (aka- Town Pool) after the parade Adopt a Duck Race at Drake Field Boat Launch Fireworks For more information, please contact Andi Riel at 435-6346 or [email protected] or Louie Houle at 435-6938.



Pittsfield Old Home Day - Annual Cook-Off


The Cook-Off for the Pittsfield Old Home Day this year will be WHOOPIE PIES.  It’s a little bit of a stretch, but they could remind you of an Olympic medal?!! 


This event is sponsored by the Victory Workers 4-H Club.  Anyone and everyone is invited to submit their best batch of Whoopie Pies and bring them to the 4-H Booth at Dustin Park by 9am on Sat, July 23.  The winners will be selected by the public by popular vote.  CASH prizes will be awarded:  1st- $75; 2nd- $50, and 3rd-$25.  The first 10 cooks to call or email will be registered.  Please contact Andi Riel at 435-6346 or email at [email protected] to register.



VA Secretary Provides Relief For Veterans With Traumatic Brain Injuries

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald has granted equitable relief to more than 24,000 Veterans following a national review of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) medical examinations conducted in connection with disability compensation claims processed between 2007 and 2015.


This action by the Secretary allows the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to offer new TBI examinations to Veterans whose initial examination for TBI was not conducted by one of four designated medical specialists and provides them with the opportunity to have their claims reprocessed. Equitable relief is a unique legal remedy that allows the Secretary to correct an injustice to a claimant where VA is not otherwise authorized to do so within the scope of the law.


“Traumatic Brain Injury is a signature injury in Veterans returning from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and VA is proud to be an organization that sets the bar high for supporting these, and all, Veterans,” said Secretary McDonald. “Providing support for Veterans suffering from a TBI is a priority and a privilege, and we must make certain they receive a just and fair rating for their disabilities.”


To ensure that TBI is properly evaluated for disability compensation purposes, VA developed a policy in 2007 requiring that one of four specialists – a psychiatrist, physiatrist, neurosurgeon or neurologist – complete TBI exams when VA does not have a prior diagnosis.


Since 2007, medicine around TBI has been a rapidly evolving science. VA designated particular specialists to conduct initial TBI exams because they have the most experience with the symptoms and effects of TBI. As more research became available, VA issued a number of guidance documents that may have created confusion regarding the policy. VA has confirmed that its TBI policy guidance is now clear and being followed.


“We let these Veterans down,” Secretary McDonald said. “That is why we are taking every step necessary to grant equitable relief to those affected to ensure they receive the full benefits to which they are entitled.”


VA understands the importance of an accurate exam to support Veterans’ disability claims. The Secretary’s decision to grant relief will enable VA to take action on any new examinations without requiring Veterans to submit new claims. If additional benefits are due, VA will award an effective date as early as the date of the initial TBI claim.


VA will contact Veterans identified as part of this national TBI review to offer them an opportunity to receive a new examination and have their claims reprocessed. More than 13,000 of these affected Veterans are already receiving service-connected compensation benefits for TBI at a 10-percent disability evaluation or higher, which means that the diagnosis has already been established.



VA Launches Veterans Legacy Program

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the launch of the Veterans Legacy Program to memorialize Veterans’ service and sacrifice through public educational programming.  The program uses the rich resources found throughout VA national cemeteries, Soldiers’ lots and monument sites. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald announced the program yesterday during a Memorial Day ceremony at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California.


“The Veterans Legacy Program is meant to bring to life the stories of Veterans buried in VA national cemeteries through lesson plans, interactive maps and video vignettes,” said Secretary McDonald. “Behind every marker is a story—a story of what it meant to be a Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine and Coast Guardsman at a particular moment in time. Our goal is to ensure that our nation does not forget their stories and their sacrifice.”


Using online educational products such as lesson plans, interactive maps and short video vignettes, VA, through the Veterans Legacy Program, will engage the general public, students and educators.  VA launched this initiative earlier this year at two pilot sites: Beaufort National Cemetery in South Carolina and Riverside National Cemetery in California. Over the next several years, online educational products and programs will be developed for all VA national cemeteries.


VA has also formed a partnership with the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) to co-sponsor a “Teachers Institute,” a workshop for educators who will conduct research at VA and ABMC cemeteries. Information about the program may be found at


More than 4 million Americans, including Veterans of every war and conflict, are buried in VA’s 133 national cemeteries. VA also provides funding to establish, expand, improve, and maintain 100 Veterans cemeteries in 47 states and territories including tribal trust lands, Guam and Saipan. For Veterans not buried in a VA national cemetery, VA provides headstones, markers or medallions to commemorate their service. In 2015, VA honored more than 353,000 Veterans and their loved ones with memorial benefits in national, state, tribal and private cemeteries.


Information on VA burial benefits is available from local VA national cemetery offices at or by calling VA regional offices toll-free at 800-827-1000.  For more information about the history of VA national cemeteries, visit


Blogs about the Veterans Legacy Program may be found at:  and



Get In The Game And Visit Your Library This Summer

Steve Blunt and his band will be starting the Summer Reading Program off with some exciting musical numbers at the Pittsfield Elementary School on June 10th. The library is grateful for a grant to fund Steve’s program. The grant was sponsored by the “Kids, Books and the Arts,” the New Hampshire State Library, Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, CHILIS, Cogswell Benevolent Trust, NH State Council on the Arts & the National Endowment for the Arts.


In addition to the library’s regular June programs, the library is proud to host an educational solar energy presentation to be delivered by Henry Vigeant of Sunera Solar at the Pittsfield Middle High School Auditorium on Wednesday, June 8th at 6:30 pm.


The Josiah Carpenter Library staff is excited to bring to the community an expanded level of opportunities for participation with the 2016 Summer Reading Program themes. The following is a synopsis of these programs. 


“On Your Mark, Get set. . . .READ!” Pre-school- First grade Thursdays 10am – 11 am  


June 30 Motion Commotion- dancing and movement July 7 Fueling your Engine – Nutrition, yoga & meditation July 14 Science of Sports-Games with numbers July 21 Olympic Games- Sportsmanship July 28 Games around the World- London Bridge August 4 Extreme Sports- Rock climbing parachuting; ballooning All  “On Your Mark, Get Set. . . .READ!” programs to be held at Dustin Park; unless otherwise arranged and at the Elementary School in case of rain.


“Get in the Game. . . .READ!” 2nd- 6th Grade 9:30-10:30 June 27 (Mon) Motion Commotion- registration July 5 (Tues) Fueling your Engine – Car racing


July 13 (Wed) Science of Sports-balancing & tightropes     


July 20 (Wed) Olympic Games- sportsmanship July 27 (Wed) Games around the World August 3 (Wed) Extreme Sports- Relay race All “Get in the Game. . . .READ!” programs to be held at the Parks & Recreation at Drake Field.


“Exercise Your Mind. . . READ!”  5th grade and up 1-3 pm Vermont Writers Bread Loaf workshop leaders Betsy Kimball and Allegra May will host a literacy workshop entitled “Creating Stories for the Web” for youths between grades 5-12 at the Pittsfield Youth Workshop. Four leaders will be trained at the library on July 6th from 11- 2 pm. Workshops will be held on the following dates: July 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10. For more information on this exciting opportunity call the library or contact Paula Martel at the PYW.


“Exercise Your Mind. . . !” programs to be held at the Pittsfield Youth Workshop.


Please pick up a Summer Reading registration form and additional program details for your child or student at the library.



VA Proposes To Grant Full Practice Authority To Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

Proposed Rule Will Improve Veteran Access to Care and Use of Resources

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing a rule to grant full practice authority to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) when they are acting within the scope of their VA employment. Full practice authority will help optimize access to VA health care by permitting APRNs to assess, diagnose, prescribe medications and interpret diagnostic tests. This action proposes to expand the pool of qualified health care professionals authorized to provide primary health care and other related health care services to the full extent of their education, training, and certification to Veterans without the clinical supervision of a physician.


APRNs are clinicians with advanced degrees and training who provide primary, acute and specialty health care services. APRNs complete masters, post-master or doctoral degrees. There are four APRN roles: Certified Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and Certified Nurse Midwife. All VA APRNs are required to obtain and maintain current national certification.


“The purpose of this proposed regulation is to ensure VA has authority to address staffing shortages in the future,” said VA Under Secretary for Health Dr. David J. Shulkin.  “Implementation of the final rule would be made through VHA policy, which would clarify whether and which of the four APRN roles would be granted full practice authority. At this time, VA is not seeking any change to VHA policy on the role of CRNAs, but would consider a policy change in the future to utilize full practice authority when and if such conditions require such a change,” Shulkin said.  “This is good news for our APRNs, who will be able to perform functions that their colleagues in the private sector are already doing.”


The American Nurses Association (ANA) applauds VHA’s leadership for proposing to grant full practice authority to the four types of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses. “VA will be able to more effectively meet the health care needs of our nation’s Veterans,” said ANA President Pamela Cipriano. “This proposal removes barriers that prevent APRNs from providing a full range of services and will assist VA in its ongoing efforts to address staff shortages and improve Veterans’ access to care. APRNs are critical members of the health care workforce and an integral component of the health care delivery system with a proven track record of safe quality care and high patient satisfaction.”


The proposed rule can be found for comment at




Our local girl scouts presented three dog beds to Pittsfield Police Officer DiGeorge and Cashe. The dog beds were a project they worked on with the help of Karen Healey and fabric donations from Globe. Jocelyn Ash, Jennessa O’Blenes and Emma Ramsey from Troop #10540 with Sophia Sarte and Amber Ash from Troop #10524.



Raplh Echardt Contributes To Historical Society

Recently, Ralph Echardt generously contributed six signs of former Pittsfield businesses to the Historical Society. He collected them through the years and hung them in his shop on Broadway. Retired and now selling his building, he kindly thought of the Society as a repository for them. He is pictured with the sign that was hung on Tilton Hill Road in front of Catamount Machine Shop. In the background is the sign that hung on the old bowling alley building across the street from his shop when New Hampshire Clocks was located there.



University of New Hampshire Announces May 2016 Graduates


The following local students graduated from the University of New Hampshire during the commencement ceremony held Saturday, May 21, 2016, in Durham, N.H. Students who received the honor of Summa Cum Laude graduated with a GPA of 3.7-4.0; students who received the honor of Magna Cum Laude graduated with a GPA of 3.50-3.69; and students who received the honor of Cum Laude graduated with a GPA of 3.2-3.49.


Austin Atkins of Barnstead earned a MS in Physics Emily Kallgren of Barnstead earned a BS in Envirn Conservation&Sustain Amy Matarozzo of Center Barnstead earned a BS in BiomedSci:Med&VetSci Haley Farnham of Center Barnstead earned a BS in Communication Sci & Disorders Magna Cum Laude Nicholas Reval of Barnstead earned a BA in Political Science Anthony Pfaff of Epsom earned a BA in Psychology Jennifer McCall of Epsom earned a BA in English Teaching Summa Cum Laude Alyssa Mahoney of Gilmanton earned a MSW in Social Work Hunter Rowley of Gilmanton earned a BSME in Mechanical Engineering Mia Lemire of Gilmanton earned a BA in Political Science Rachel Garen of Gilmanton earned a BS in Social Work Amanda Adams of Chichester earned a BS in Biology Hannah DeBold of Chichester earned a BS in RMP:Therapeutic Recreation Cum Laude Josie Letendre of Chichester earned a MED in Secondary Education Aaron Ash of Northwood earned a BA in History Amanda Horne of Northwood earned a BA in Psychology Amanda Perron of Northwood earned a BA in History Summa Cum Laude Brian Stone of Northwood earned a MPA in Public Administration Carissa Hodgdon of Northwood earned a BS in Occupational Therapy Jordan Foster of Northwood earned a AAS in Forest Technology Thomas Masison of Northwood earned a BS in BiomedSci:Med&VetSci Christopher Sliva of Pittsfield earned a BA in Sociology Claire Cortese of Pittsfield earned a BA in English Kelli Webber of Pittsfield earned a MS in Math:Applied Math Ashley Janos of Gilmanton Iron Works earned a BS in Social Work Whitney Burbank of Gilmanton Iron Works earned a BA in Women’s Studies The University of New Hampshire, founded in 1866, is a world-class public research university with the feel of a New England liberal arts college. A land, sea, and space-grant university, UNH is the state’s flagship public institution, enrolling 13,000 undergraduate and 2,500 graduate students.




Submitted By Terrie Azotea


Well, Spring has sprung and so have we at TOPS with our TOPS best loser of the week Irene, and our KOPS Best loser Mickey as well as our Miss Angel, Suzie, who we know can do and is almost there.


Pat spoke about what they did at SRD (State Recognition Days), being recognized for being a KOPS. They had raffles and certain ones got honored for KOPS of the year. Pat got honored for our chapter KOPS of the year and Chapter Angel and for our KOPS in black. All in all they had a really great time.


We would like to welcome a new member, Holly, to our chapter. At our meeting we had our area chapter Suzan do our program. It was about support and what it means to the members. Our positive attitude and how we share our struggles, our foundation, and how members make the foundation, forgive yourself and move on, focus on change and what you can control. It was a very encouraging program.


We would like to welcome any new members to come join us on a Tuesday nights. We meet at 5:30 for weigh-in and at 6:30 for our meeting on Fairview Rd. in Pittsfield at the Berakah. We always like to meet new faces! Any questions, please call Pat Smith at 435-5333. Hope everyone has a good week and see you all lighter next week!



Historical Society Prepares Pad

Pictured are Ray Webber, Mark Riel, and Joey Darrah, pouring the concrete pad at the future location of the cotton mill steam pump.


On Wednesday morning May 25 a small crew including Larry Berkson, Joey Darrah, Fuzz Freese, Mark Riel, and Ray Webber, III, gathered to move the Historic Trail Sign from the triangle at the corner of Main and Joy Streets to in front of the old tannery building. They then dug the base for the future location of the Steam Pump, compacted gravel approximately 2 ˝ deep, built a form, and poured concrete for the pad.


Thanks are extended to owners of the building for granting permission to place the pump there, to Ray Webber for supplying the pad’s form, Fuzz Freese for supplying the rebar, and especially Joey Darrah for supplying the equipment needed to install the pad, a backhoe, loader, dump truck, compactor, and materials.





As noted in an earlier article, Rick Belanger kindly donated the Cotton Mill’s old steam pump for fire suppression to the Historical Society and a pad has been poured beside the Tannery on Factory Hill where it will be placed. It has just been sand blasted and painted by Arch Equipment in Bow. The pump will be arriving in a couple of weeks. Pictured is where it stood at Rick’s Place and after restoration. What a difference!  



A Rude Awakening

Submitted By Carl Anderson


Back in the mid-60’s a few of us young teenagers made some extra money cutting grass at the cemetery for Buzzy Paige in the spring, getting it looking good for Memorial Day.


The annual parade went from town out to Floral Park, stopping at the bridge and dropping a wreath into the river to honor those who died at sea. At the cemetery, the war dead were honored as the crowd watched in silence, with the ceremony culminating with the 21 Gun Salute, the highlight for the little kids who would scramble among the veterans’ feet, picking up empty shell casings for souvenirs. The parade then made its way back to Dustin Park where speeches were made from the bandstand.


The parade was always pretty good, by Pittsfield standards, fully uniformed marching flag bearers led the procession. I remember how odd it seemed to barely recognize men we knew in day-to-day life around town: Gil Paige, Johnny Perkins, Buster Danis, Hank Stapleton, to name just a very few, as they marched through town in their respective uniforms. Neither my own father, a WWl 1 veteran of Okinawa, Japan, nor my mother, an airplane riveter in the Navy, partook of the ceremonies.


Dad used to reminisce about his time in training at Mt. Rainier in Washington, and even how seasick and sore from shots he was on the Christmas Eve his ship left Seattle, bound for Japan and whatever it was that waited them on the other side of the Pacific. But there his spoken memories ended. I never heard a word about what went on after they arrived in the islands.


After he died, in going through his personal belongings, I found his honorable discharge from the Army, and a dozen ribbons and medals I never knew existed. No Purple Hearts, but enough to show he hadn’t spent his time hiding in a foxhole. Point is, some wanted to remember and some wanted to forget.


So back to the Parade. The school always had a band to march to, a pretty darn good one actually. I remember Mitchell Avery was always true as could be playing Taps. The Fire Dept. marched, as did the Police Dept. and also the Scouts. I may not recall everyone, or everything, but I remember that the Parade and service was attended by a good portion of the town. In 1966, I won a speech writing contest, and in order to collect the $10 prize, I had to deliver it from the bandstand. “What Memorial Day Means to Me,” was the title. I don’t remember the words, but I can imagine how they went. I do remember the park was full!


That’s not the point of this story. The point is, to my honest embarrassment, I can’t recall having attended Memorial Day Services since. Excuses only satisfy the ones that make them, so I won’t give any.


This year, as a member of the Select Board, I attended for the first time in 50 years, and was blown away at what this service had shrunk to, frankly due to the indifference of people just like me. No Parade. No band. No 21 Gun Salute. The Legion Members were there in uniform, as was the Fire and Police Depts., but nobody marched. The Middle/High School had a 6 person chorus group that sang two songs and a solo was sung. We on the Select Board stood by to observe, as did the town administrator and a handful of die-hard residents who have not yet given up on the importance of the ceremony.


The shame is, wait til you see the hordes that show up in a couple months for the Balloon Rally. The truth is, had I not been elected to the Select Board, another year would have gone by without my attending the ceremony. I don’t intend to miss another. Apathy, for which I take as much blame as any Pittsfield resident, is a disgrace, and I hope next year we will somehow see the Memorial Day Service made great again.



Selectman’s Update

Submitted By Carl Anderson

5/31/16 Select Board Meeting


Minnie Plante introduced us to this year’s group of young people who have been hired to attend the gate and as lifeguards at the town pool this year. Also, to ask permission to post the pool as “No Lifeguard on Duty” on weekends, as needed this summer if she is understaffed.


We told her to do what she had to do, and just do the best she could with the help she’s able to get.


Dan Schroth asked the Board to provide a meeting room at the Community Center for meetings of Narcotics Anonymous. His request is being addressed.


We had a Minutes Taker applicant to assist Amy in covering the Boards that we need to provide a suitable person for this required job. Cyndi Hetu was subsequently hired for this part-time position.


Bids are going out for demolition of the house at 42 Chestnut St. in anticipation of the grant funds coming available soon.


The newly formed High School Tuition Study Committee had its Mission Statement approved by the Board. Carl Anderson was appointed as the Select Boards rep. Other Pittsfield taxpayers who might be interested in helping out in this information gathering effort should ask the Town Administrator for an official form.


A brief discussion of interest in 37 Main St. left it to the interested parties to come up with an actual plan for the use and future ownership of this highly visible property.


The Town Owned Property Committee gave their recommendation for disposing of the 3 properties we took close looks at last Saturday. We will get advice on what we can legally due to insure the best possible outcome for the town on any sale of these houses before proceeding.


Larry reported on his meeting with Rev. Staziak regarding possibly moving the food pantry to the old industrial arts building up at the school. He seems to think it will meet their needs with the least impact on what we’d have to spend to get them settled. All plans are still under consideration.


Discussion was held regarding the Building Inspector’s job description. The consensus seems to be that the scope of his job should be narrowed considerably in order for him to be able to focus on what we all agreed the job should be- inspecting buildings. We will take this up next week.


Police Chief Cain advised us of his intent to start using the old K9 car as his personal vehicle due to its high mileage, turning the SUV he has been using over to regular patrols. The newly donated K9 vehicle will be in service very shortly. We also talked over requiring decals to be placed on all emergency response vehicles. After a session of the conversation going in circles, it was decided to table the subject until next week as well.



Pittsfield Area Sentior Center News


With summer just around the corner, the Pittsfield Area Senior Center wishes everyone a safe and happy one. As a focal point for an aging resource, the center offers many low cost opportunities to older individuals with the main goal to extend independent living and enrich the quality of life for older adults. This is accomplished through a variety of activities that are offered at the center.


A community meal is offered at 12:00 PM on Monday thru Thursday. The nutritionally packed dense meal is for individuals over 60 for only $2.00. Therefore, individuals can come and enjoy conversation while eating an excellent lunch at an extraordinary price. On Tuesday’s besides the normal meal, included is a soup and salad bar for the same awesome price of $2.00.


The Pittsfield Area Senior Center would like to invite you to a free musical performance by the Dump Run Gang on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 10:30 AM. The Dump Run Gang is a group of musicians that are from Gilmanton who sing and play a number of instruments. They perform songs like ‘’Wabash Cannonball ,’’ ‘’Glory Train’’, and ‘’Temperance Reel”. Come, enjoy the free show, and have lunch with the group after! The senior center is located on 74 Main St., in Pittsfield and you can call 435-8482 to make your reservation for the meal or for more information.


The Pittsfield Area Senior Center and the Josiah Library are starting a new cooking club called the “1, 2, 3 Cook.” Learn to cook healthier using only a few essential items that are in your pantry or cupboards at no extra cost to you. You can use the library for references to gather more information and for recipes. This club is in the beginning stages and we are hoping to get individuals that enjoy cooking a wide variety of different items and dishes. This club is so much more than just cooking a recipe. We are trying different ideas from learning to cook a healthier meal with quinoa for breakfast, using fresh herbs out the garden, a gluten free meal, or healthier but delicious dessert. New ideas are welcomed and encouraged. If you love to cook, want to learn new ideas, nutritional information, and want to share your experience, please come to the next meeting on Tuesday, July 19 at 12:30 at the senior center. For more information you may call Carol at the senior center at 435-8482 or Beverly at the library at 435-8406.



Free Patriotic Concert


With rousing American melodies, a salute to our Armed Forces and many other national favorites, everyone will certainly enjoy “A Slice of Americana,” a free patriotic concert this Friday, June 10, 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield.


It will feature the church’s Chancel Choir and JuBellation Handbell Choir and special guest, Bill Parker. You will even have a chance to join in on a few special songs. Light refreshments will be served.


Join us for this delightful event – an evening of great American music. Parking and wheelchair accessible entrance located at rear of church on Chestnut Street. More information at: or 435-7471. God Bless America!



Enhancing Long Term Economic Growth And Stability In Pittsfield

Submitted By Helen Schiff, SVRDC President Ed LeGraize, SVRDC Vice President and business owner Linda Small, SVRDC Treasurer and business owner Marilyn Roberts, SVRDC Secretary and Economic Development Committee representative Edward Vien, Citizen, Nick Hayes, Citizen Cara Marston, Town Administrator


We would like to take this opportunity to introduce to you a beneficial organization in town that you may or may not be aware of. After endless discussion over the years by and between town officials and townspeople with regard to increasing the economic tax base in Pittsfield (in conjunction with the on-going efforts of the newly created Pittsfield Economic Development Committee) the Suncook Valley Regional Development Corporation (SVRDC) was formed. So, what is the SVRDC and what is its purpose?


The SVRDC is a 501 (c) (3) local development corporation established in 2009 to promote and assist in the economic development of the Town of Pittsfield. Our Mission is to work in conjunction with the Town of Pittsfield and its representatives in promoting and developing the growth, prosperity, and general welfare of the Town of Pittsfield and the surrounding region, to prepare the work force of the future through better education, to reduce unemployment and underemployment, and to encourage citizen participation in community improvement and development programs by providing, and assisting others in providing, industrial, commercial, manufacturing, warehouse, recreational, residential and other beneficial facilities in accordance with the Pittsfield Master Plan.


The SVRDC sees itself as a collaborator and a facilitator between the private and public sectors. Our vision is to work in conjunction with the Town of Pittsfield in carrying out the intent of its Property Acquisition and Redevelopment Expendable Trust fund created in 2008 for the purpose of acquiring and/or redeveloping land and buildings to enhance the long term economic growth and stability of Pittsfield. Although our objective is to have a working relationship with local officials, business owners, private citizens and contractors in a mutual endeavor to revitalize the community, we are an independent corporation that is empowered to meet in nonpublic meetings with businesses and/or investment partners to ensure confidentiality in perspective business transactions. It is our priority to assist in enhancing our economic tax base, ultimately lessening the tax burden on the residents of Pittsfield.


The SVRDC has been many years in the making. That said, we are excited that there are some potential project ideas on the horizon! It is now time to put all of the foundational tools that have been collaboratively put into place over the years (via countless volunteer hours) to good use. If you would like to be part of this worthwhile endeavor, whether to serve on the board, or volunteer time, or make a monetary donation, please send your letter of interest to: SVRDC, PO Box 183, Pittsfield, NH, 03263. All donations are tax exempt.



Dorcas Guild


The May meeting of the Dorcas Guild of the First Congregational Church, Pittsfield, began with a call to order and welcome by President Mary Jo Powelson. For devotions, Mary Jo began with a reading entitled, “Faith Muscle” from Words of Jesus for Women, a daily devotional. All joined in “The Lord’s Prayer.”


Diane Vaughan read correspondence and sent around cards for signing. Both the secretary’s report and treasurer’s report were accepted as read.


The food basket brought by Bev Murdough went to Audrey Moore. The mystery package brought by Elaine Coffey was won by Kathy Bergeron. Both items are suspended until September.


Our continuing 2016 project is twin-sized spreads, blankets, adult hats and mittens for the VA. These can be purchased or made; gently used items are OK.


Our June Banquet will be held June 14 at 6 p.m. at Main Street Grill in Pittsfield. Selections are beef, chicken or fish; cost is $20 -- see Bev Murdough.


Church and parsonage repairs were discussed. A motion was made and passed to donate to the Building Fund for repairs.


Next discussed was the church’s Patriotic Concert occurring June 10, 7 p.m. The group willingly lent it support in the form of cookies and servers.


Mary Jo inquired whether the group wanted to continue having the minutes presented in paper form on the reverse of the agenda or read by the secretary. She also asked about the 6:30 time for the meeting. The group liked the current arrangement for both.


Delicious refreshments were shared by all as the group enjoyed the “White Elephant in a Brown Bag” event. Next meeting is our banquet at the Main Street Grill, Pittsfield at 6 p.m. Workgroup continues Wednesdays 10-2.



VA Announces Partnership With Non-Profit Organization,

VA and Partnership Seeks to Empower Women Veterans

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Center for Women Veterans today announced a partnership with LeanIn.Org, the nonprofit organization founded by Facebook Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg, to empower women to achieve their ambitions. Building on the successful launch of LeanIn.Org circles within the Department of Defense, VA is following the same model to increase support to women Veterans.


The VA initiative is called the LeanIn.Org Women Veterans’ chapter. The Women Veterans Chapter is comprised of two distinct pilot programs: the Veteran-to-Veteran program, a virtual program, which allows any woman Veteran to participate, no matter where she is located; meetings will be moderated and attended by women Veterans throughout the United States. The second is a face-to-face pilot circle. The face-to-face program is created in partnership with the existing LeanIn.Org chapter in Seattle, WA.  This circle is an innovative hybrid of women Veterans and non-military members providing an environment for both to learn and share leadership skills.


“We are thrilled to have LeanIn.Org as our collaborative partner,” said Kayla M. Williams, Director of VA’s Center for Women Veterans. “For many years, women Veterans have expressed to us that they need to have a mechanism to engage with their fellow women Veterans to make a difference in their community and we believe this is the perfect match. VA is pleased to be a part of these two pilot programs.”


“Women are the fastest growing population of our nation’s Veterans and through this Circles program, these women will have the peer support and community they need to reach their goals,” said Ashley Finch, LeanIn.Org, Head of Partnerships. “Leanin.Org is proud to be a part of this groundbreaking and important initiative.”


For more information about the Women Veterans’ chapter, visit LeanIn.Org/womenvets or








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