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July 20, 2016

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Registration forms are available at or at Bell Brothers.


Form and payment must be mailed to:


SVSC 93 Winant Rd. Pittsfield or dropped off at Bell Brothers by August 1st.



Victory Workers booth at Old Home Day


At the Pittsfield Old Home Day on Saturday July 23, 2016, the Victory Workers 4-H Club will be sponsoring the Old Home Day Cook Off. The item for the Cook Off this year is whoopie pies to represent the Olympic rings to go along with the theme for Old Home Day “Pittsfield Goes for the Gold.” Pay $1 and test-taste all of the entries, get a bottle of water, and cast your vote for whichever entry you think is the best whoopie pie in the area. The Cook Off runs from 9 a.m. to noon.


During the Old Home Day parade at 1 pm, Victory Workers will have a float entered. Come watch 4-H go for the gold!



St Stephen’s Silent Auction And Sidewalk Café

St Stephen’s Silent Auction and Sidewalk Café is part of Pittsfield’s Old Home Day festivities the weekend of July 23rd. 


Our sidewalk café features pulled pork sandwiches, grilled hot dogs, cold drinks and yummy baked goods.  We have over 100 items in our silent auction, so please stop in and place your bid either Friday night, July 22nd from 4-7 PM or Saturday July 23rd 8 AM till 2:30. We will even reward you with door prices for each day. We’ll be awarding a collection of picture books for the younger children and story books for older children, just for stopping in to check out our auction.


If you are an antique buff, there are old trunks, a wooden dowel shoe rack and a drop front Governor Winthrop mahogany desk.  We have lovely china, glassware, candle sticks, embroidered table linens, baking dishes, and serving pieces.  Enhance your home with crewel work, prints and paintings or a lighthouse painted slate.  One of our parishioners made a sturdy hall wooden bench, another donated a lovely new Vera Bradley duffle bag with assorted cases. We have items from Japan including a Samaria bag, clothing, rice bowls, ginger jars and serving pieces. For the gardener we have planters and a saintly statue. If your setting up household there are lamps, a sewing machine with folding table as well as a coffee table, a couple rocking chairs, and a collection of handmade quilts. Others might be interested in our electronics, quality binoculars, golf equipment, and wireless earphones for listening to TV.  There are children’s items, doll furniture, baby highchair, and an assortment from Crate and Barrel for your fall Halloween party. Hannaford supermarket donated a basket of grilling supplies. Many other area businesses have donated gift certificates.


Bid on a wide range of items that always sell at bargain prices! Check out photos of silent auction items on our website



The Friday Night Kayak Group met  Friday July 8, 2016 with over a dozen kayaks paddling the far west end of Northwood Lake - near the dam and spillway. The group is open to everyone and meets at different local kayaking sites every Friday at 6 PM during June, July and August. The paddling trips last just over an hour and are always in the Northwood to Barnstead area. Simply show up at this week’s Friday night’s location. Visit our web site at for information and location of the next trip and put yourself on our email list. You can also call Paul Oman at 435 -7199 for more information.



Economic Development Update

Submitted by Ted Mitchell, Chairman of the Economic Development Committee


The following proposal was submitted to the Pittsfield Board of Selectmen for 33 & 37 Main Street(s) by the Economic Development Committee. The first public hearing is scheduled for August 2nd at the Town Hall.


Executive Summary

The Economic Development Committee (EDC) recommends the following plan for the properties located at 33 & 37 Main Street(s), currently owned by the Town Pittsfield, NH. The terms and responsibilities of the project are to be assigned to the SVRDC and to be carried out in accordance with the Pittsfield Master Plan and all other applicable town codes and regulations:


1. Merge the two properties into one


2. Tear down the barn that is currently situated on 37 Main Street


3. Grant the Josiah Carpenter Library Trustees a lot line adjustment in order to provide handicap access to the rear of the library, within 10’ of building


4. Tear down the building that is currently situated on 33 Main Street within 12 months


5. Renovate the building that is currently situated on 37 Main Street into a mixed use, to include commercial / retail / residential (maximum 2 units)


6. Utilize what is currently known as 33 Main Street to create a parking area for 37 Main Street


7. Create aesthetic landscaping with appropriate set backs


8. Reintroduce the property back into the local economy as a private enterprise Marketing Strategy The Economic Development Committee will work diligently, in conjunction with the Suncook Valley Regional Development Corporation, Commercial Real Estate Agents and other local organizations and agencies, in finding end users for the property. It is our goal to search for end users for the property given the resources available to us in the timeliest manner possible.


Financial Summary

The EDC recommends the following in order to finance the project:


1. Utilize the SVRDC to carry out the terms of the project


2. Utilize the Property Acquisition and Redevelopment Expendable Trust fund towards the revitalization in the form of a low interest to the SVRDC


3. Utilize an interested outside private investor, incented by tax benefits currently in place and available


4. Search for outside private and public grants that may be available


5. Community contributions / volunteerism


6. Selling, reallocating, reusing materials and products currently located on site



VA Schedules 2 Million Appointments Using Veterans Choice Program

Improvements made in increasing access to Community Care, but more work to be done

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Veterans Choice Program (VCP) has reached a key milestone in improving access to health care for Veterans. More than two million appointments have been scheduled through the program.


“While two million appointments have been scheduled using the Choice Program and we are making progress, we will not rest until all Veterans who choose VA to be their healthcare provider are receiving the care they need, when they need it,” said VA Secretary Robert McDonald.  “We will continue to make strides towards an integrated care network, and I urge Congress to enact our Plan to Consolidate Community Care so we can continue to build upon our progress.”


The Choice Act, which included the VCP, was passed in August 2014 to help Veterans access timely health care both within VA and the community. VA was required to implement a new, national program in just 90 days, with new requirements that complicated the way VA provides community care. VA recognized many of these challenges very early in the implementation of the program and VA and all our stakeholders have been working together to make needed changes while implementing this new nationwide program.


VA has outlined a path to improve community care and create a program that is easy to understand, simple to administer, and meets the needs of Veterans, community providers, and VA staff. VA submitted this plan to Congress in October 2015.


Within the Plan are several legislative proposals that VA and Congress need to work on together to improve the experiences for Veterans and community providers.


The first proposal would increase Veterans’ access to community care providers by allowing VA to enter into agreements with local community providers.


The second would streamline when and how much VA pays for health care services by having VA be the primary payer.


The third fix would allow VA to more accurately account for healthcare purchased in the community.


Finally, the last request is for funding and funding flexibility to improve access to care, reimburse the cost of emergency treatment, and create value-based payment models to best serve Veterans that need community care.


“VA is developing innovative ideas and solutions to enhance the Veterans experience and strengthen partnerships with community providers” said Dr. Baligh Yehia, Assistant Deputy Undersecretary for Health, Community Care.  “The Choice Program of today is a very different program than the one rolled out in November 2014. Many improvements have been made and we continue to work to deliver care to Veterans where and when they need it.”



Over 2 million appointments scheduled using the VCP significantly increases Veterans access to care.


Since the start of VCP we have seen a dramatic increase in utilization.  From October 2015 to March 2016 VCP authorizations for care have increased 103 percent.


Over the course of the last 12 months, the Choice Provider Network has grown by 85 percent. The network now has over 350,000 providers and facilities.


Improved timeliness of payments to community providers by removing the requirement that VA receive the Veteran’s entire medical record prior to payment.


Reduced administrative burden for medical record submission for community providers by streamlining the documentation required.

To enhance care coordination for Veterans, we have embedded contractor staff with VA staff at select locations.


Created dedicated teams from across the county to deliver community care improvements.


VA has also partnered with Congress to change laws to improve the community care experience by:


Removing the enrollment date requirement for Choice, allowing more Veterans to receive community care.


Implementing criteria of 40-mile driving distance from medical facility with primary care physician to increase number of Veterans accessing the program Implementing the unusual or excessive burden criteria to increase access for Veterans that do not meet other eligibility criteria.


Expanding the episode of care authorization from 60 days to up to one year to reduce the administrative burdens of Veterans, community providers, and VA staff.


 “VA needs Congress’s continued support to keep driving progress forward,” added VA Secretary Robert McDonald. “Several legislative barriers remain which inhibit improvements outlined in our Plan to Consolidate Community Care Programs.”



Thank You


I would like to thank everyone that helped my celebrate my 90th birthday (June 13, 2016). A big thank you to all the people that did all the work to make it possible. A special thanks to Kurt and Jerry Jude for allowing us to use their house to keep it a surprise. Many thanks to all that came. It was a nice surprise to me.


Thank you,

Joe Rogers




William D. Elkins Jr.


Rancho Cordova, CA - William D. Elkins Jr. age 53, formerly of Pittsfield, NH died at his home in Rancho Cordova on Monday June 27, 2016. He was born on March 4, 1963 in Concord NH, living in the area until moving to California over 20 years ago.


He loved working on cars and his Harley-Davidson. He was an avid biker, and enjoyed the time spent with his friends and fellow Bikers in his motorcycle club.  Hobbies included   outdoing his neighbors exterior decorations and displays for various holidays and maintaining his garden.


Survivors include his companion Charlotte Marino of Rancho Cordova, CA, close friend and care-giver Robert O’Neil of Rancho Cordova, CA, two daughters Stephanie Alfaro of Woodsville, NH, Stephanie Dansereau of Barnstead, NH; and a son Donald “DJ” Elkins of Eugene, Oregon;  two granddaughters Adriana Robles and Victoria Nwikina, his father William D. Elkins and stepmother Carol of Pittsfield, NH, his mother Patricia Bergevin and stepfather Ernest of Epsom NH; his sister Kelly Elkins of Hillsboro, NH; stepbrothers Michael, Ronald and Christopher Gagne; and many aunts, uncles and cousins, nieces and nephews and friends.


Sierra View Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Carmichael, CA handled arrangements in California. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, July 30th at Still Oaks Funeral and Memorial Home, 1217 Suncook Valley Hwy. Epsom NH. Calling hours are 12:00-1:30, service to follow. All are invited to stay for refreshments after the service.  Interment will be at Floral Park Cemetery in Pittsfield NH, at a later date.    








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