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July 27, 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.



The South Pittsfield Friends Church will be open on Sunday, August 7th  with Rev. Henry Frost as the speaker. Services begin at 1:00 pm and all are welcome.


The church will also hold services on August 14th with Rev. Nancy Talbott as the speaker and on August 28th with Rev. Harold Muzzey as the speaker. All services begin at 1:00 pm unless otherwise noted. All are welcome to attend.



Letter To The Editor


I am writing to echo the sentiments published about Joe Darrah and his  acknowledgement as Pittsfield Citizen of the Year for 2016. It is about time (He has been living in Pittsfield for almost 6 years now). Barely a week goes by when don’t you see Joe out in the communinity or read about Joe volunteering his energies for the betterment of Pittsfield.


Kudos to Joe, and thanks.

Jacob Zoeller




VA Announces New Partnerships And Collaboration

Commitment is Part of the VA’s Expanded Strategic Partnership Efforts

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced partnerships and collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, IBM and Bombas. The three, distinct, relationships are a part of the MyVA Strategic Partnership Initiative, which aims to work together with external organizations to improve the delivery and access of care for Veterans. The announcement of the three new partnerships came on the heels of the MyVA Advisory Committee meeting held last week in Boston. MyVA is the largest transformation in the history of VA.


“The strength of MyVA is enhanced by the public-private partnerships we are forming,” said VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald. “Over the past two years, we have engaged in dozens of new and important partnerships. We are pleased to work with these companies and organizations who have committed their resources to serve the Veterans who served our nation.”


The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation will partner with VA to identify synergies and facilitate linkages between our respective programs.  To date, BMSF has awarded 30 grants totaling over $15 million to veterans service organizations and academic teaching hospital partners to develop, implement and evaluate innovative models of community-based care and support that improve the mental health and community reintegration outcomes of Veterans and their families. Together, through this new partnership, the two organizations are committed to serving more Veterans throughout the continuum of care from community to clinical settings.


On June 29,  Vice President Biden hosted a Moonshot Cancer Summit in Washington DC to bring together private and public partners to encourage collaboration in treatment and cures for cancer. As a part of that initiative, VA teamed up with IBM Watson Health to increase access to precision medicine for 10,000 VA cancer patients over the next two years. VA provides care to 3.5 percent of the nation’s cancer patients – the largest group of cancer patients in the country. Watson is expected to help VA clinicians give Veterans rapid access to precision medicine options, particularly for patients with advanced cancer.


VA also announced a collaboration with Bombas. Bombas was founded two years ago as a give-back sock company, after learning that socks are the #1 most-requested clothing item at homeless shelters. For every pair of socks purchased from the company, it donates a pair of socks, and to date has donated nearly 1 million pairs. To  reach homeless Veterans in New York, Bombas worked with with VA medical centers donating 700 pairs of socks to the NY Harbor and Bronx VA Medical Centers. Bombas and VA plan to continue their work together throughout the rest of the year and in the future, to expand the reach of the program to other cities and states across the country.


Each of these relationships align with the strategic priorities of mental health, research and homelessness and reflect VA’s commitment to teaming with external organizations and companies to better serve Veterans.


Since the launch of MyVA, the Department has entered into new relationships with a number of external organizations to combat issues of homelessness, suicide and Veteran unemployment.


More information about MyVA may be found at Information about the three new VA partners may be found at;; and



The Friday Night Kayak Group met  Friday July 7, 2016 with seven kayaks paddling Lucas Pond in far east Northwood. 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.




A Letter to All


Typical liberal tactics! Scare the populace to get them to behave  “properly.”


As if John Reagan doesn’t want the usual amenities we use to function - roads, schools, police, fire dept., hospitals, etc. What the writer of these critical letters fails to recognize is the difference between proper governing and the waste , fraud and abuse type of governing.


Those are debatable issues taken up by representatives we elect. In this  day of cradle to grave care by our nanny state we need watchdogs to move us out of this destructive ideology. Hardly something to worry about, on the contrary, something to be thankful for.


God bless America, land that I love! An exceptional nation.



Sharon Matras



Selectman’s Overview

Submitted By Carl Anderson

7/19/2016 Select Board meeting


Back after a week off, we had a 2 hr meeting to attend to business at hand, then a 1½ hr public forum for the purpose of gathering taxpayers’ thoughts about saving the town money.


We agreed to extend our mandated auditing duties to Plodzik & Sanderson who have been doing a good job at a competitive price for many years.


We accepted Avitar’s reasonable offer to settle a utility assessment error in the interest of not risking litigation costs.


The Old Home Day Committee’s request to use the Franklin St. parking lot during the celebration was approved.


Jim Allard was appointed to attend NH Municipal Ass’n Legislative Process in order to give us an up-close look at this important resource for towns and how their policies come about.


We agreed that the audio recordings and draft minutes of BOS meetings will be available at the Town Hall and that only approved minutes will be posted on the Town website.


An increase in the inspection fee for Housing Standards licenses was denied.


Pittsfield Youth Voice in it Together, an organization of young people which are part of Pittsfield Listens, came to the meeting to talk briefly about their interests and concerns, and to get a taste of how town government functions. We were glad to have them there.


It looks like we will have a meeting every week now for the rest of the summer, with the exception of maybe the last week of August, budget season is close at hand and there seems like too much new every week to skip many.


The Pittsfield Aqueduct Purchase Committee Chairman Fred Okrent came to the Board with an update on their progress and a request for $10,000 for additional considerations. The Board is not unanimous in supporting this concept and public input will be solicited before any expenditures are considered for this proposal.


From 7 to 8:30 we went to a public forum with input from many taxpayers with regard to where we might save on the budget going forward. Among the ideas put out there: going to all LED lighting, extending vehicle service beyond the generally advised life in the case of good equipment, continuing efforts to share services with other towns, doing our own ambulance billing, trying to hire part-time or temporary employees rather than employing full timers with the benefits required, concerns about union contract requirements and their negotiations in the future, privatizing EMS, and a number of other possibilities that showed us taxpayers are prepared to think outside the box in order to try to help keep taxes down. We thank every member of the public who took the time to show up and assure you every suggestion will be explored as we start considering how we can save in the upcoming years.


Next meeting is July 26th and at the Aug 2nd meeting there will be a public hearing regarding selling 33 & 37 Main St.



Youth Leaders with Pittsfield Youth Voice of Pittsfield Listens. Leaders joined at the Town Hall for the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Tues. July 19 to introduce themselves, learn a bit about how the Board of Selectmen work by seeing a meeting in action, and to share that they are here to be a resource for the Board of Selectmen and community.  Pittsfield Youth Voice encourages the power of youth voice on issues and policies that directly affect their education and their life in the town of Pittsfield, NH.  FMI, visit   Pictured left to right: Emily Fisher, r, Jessica Rainville, Director of Pittsfield Listens- Molly Messenger, Christopher Marcotte, Fred Pantis,  Amber Ricci, and Rebecca Smith. Not pictured: Colby Wolfe.



Secretary Takes Action To Ensure Project ARCH Veterans Continue To Receive Care Closer To Home

Coverage Continues Through Exemption in Choice Program

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


Augusta, Maine – As the Project ARCH pilot program comes to an end next month, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert A. McDonald today announced that Veterans enrolled in the program will be able to continue receiving care closer to home. Taking advantage of options available under the Veterans Choice Program, such as the “unusual or excessive burden provision” and Provider Agreements, Veterans receiving care under Project ARCH will continue care without interruption when the pilot program ends August 7.


“There is nothing more important to us than serving the Veterans who served our country,” said Secretary McDonald. “My commitment to those Veterans under Project ARCH is that we will do everything within our control to make sure they maintain continuity of care in their communities with the providers they know.”


Project ARCH operates in Maine, Virginia, Kansas, Montana and Arizona. In anticipation of the program’s end, Project ARCH providers have been contacted and invited to continue to provide health care to Veterans under the Veterans Choice Program. 


“VA appreciates the Veterans and community providers who participated in the program,” said Dr. Baligh Yehia, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Community Care. “VA is employing lessons learned and best practices from the program as we work to build one consolidated program for community care – a program that delivers the best of both VA and the community.”    


Veterans transitioning to the Veterans Choice Program are being contacted regarding their individual care.



Pittsfield Campus Of Grace Capital Church Celebrates “Funday Fest”

Submitted By Kathy Kelley

Sausage, peppers and onions for breakfast?  Baptisms in a dunk tank? Bouncing beach balls as if it were a beach boys concert?  Absolutely!  Sunday, 7/17, was “Funday Fest” at Grace Capital Church at 55 Barnstead Road in Pittsfield.  About 145 people gathered to enjoy music, a message about laying down our burdens, 4 baptisms, and a lot of fun!


Greeters were at the doors handing out leis as people arrived.  Attendees had been encouraged to dress for a luau theme.    The grill was hot for those that were hungry, and the (non-alcoholic) mimosas were flowing early. Games were planned. The air was filled with laughter and the smells of the fall fairs.


Although worship and the message had to be moved inside due to the early rain, the sun came out in time for four baptisms to be performed in the dunk tank that had been set up for this purpose, as well as some fun dunking of the church leaders later.  Congratulations go to the Epstein’s, who won the contest for best luau-themed outfits.  Every child went home with a prize whether they participated in the hula-hoop contest, the sack races, or tug-of-war.  Many a parent went home with wet clothes after the kids got into the water balloons.


HUGE thanks are sent out to the volunteers that worked hard to organize this event.  The ultimate goal was to bring people of the Greater Pittsfield Area together for fellowship and old-fashioned celebration.  In the light of so many difficulties happening in our nation, it was nice to see this display of fellowship, fun, and family in the center of our town.


Grace Capital meets each Sunday morning at 9:30 and would love to have you stop in and meet your neighbors.  In August, a new sermon series will start about, “The Love of God”.  All are welcome.


GCC started meeting at the First Congregational Church on Main Street on Saturday nights in September of 2015.  In December, they were able to start utilizing the large warehouse behind Atlantic Safety Products.  It’s a very different church, but they feel that the church isn’t made by the building, but by the people gathered inside.



Welcome to Main Street Grill and Bar

Fresh Food and Family Friendly Atmosphere

By Meggin Dail

Owner Scott Partridge with Chef John Tuttle.


Where can you go for a great lunch or dinner without fighting the lines in Concord or Manchester? Right on Main Street in Pittsfield is that “new restaurant” everyone’s been talking about. Haven’t tried them out yet? Here’s a little of what you’re missing; live acoustic entertainment, community-oriented owners and great food using local New England ingredients.


Owners of Main Street Grill and Bar, Scott and Diane Partridge, are no strangers to the restaurant industry. Scott’s been in the business his “whole life,” ever since the age of 14. He and his wife, Diane have owned The English Muffin, a breakfast restaurant, in Hampstead, NH for the past six years. Diane has been running the Muffin while Scott, with the help of Chef John Tuttle, has been running Main Street Grill.


You may recognize Chef John’s name, as he’s a bit famous in these parts, having been on WMUR’s “Chef’s Corner” twice now. Originally from Chicago, Tuttle has been Executive Chef in places like Morton’s Steak House and the historic Carlton Hotel before The Common Man recruited him to come work in New Hampshire. He has over 27 years experience as a chef and has even cooked for a few celebrities.


How did Pittsfield get so lucky to have him, you may ask? John was a chef in search of creativity. He knows his skill and has a taste for flavors and combinations. He wanted to be able to showcase this talent. After meeting with Scott, the two couldn’t have found a better fit.”We’re like brothers,” John says, “we’re both dedicated family men and we just hit it off right away.” Besides both wanting to make The Main Street Grill and Bar a destination restaurant, they both like doing prep work to classic heavy metal. Of course, it’s more than that, “I touch every plate that goes out of the kitchen,” John tells me,  “I make sure everything tastes great AND looks great. We’re serving up delicious, wholesome food here.”


What are John and Scott serving up at the Grill? “You won’t see any pre-packaged food here, everything is made on the premises.” Some of Scott’s particular favorites are the Shrimp Scampi, Pan-fried Chicken Parm and Chicken Marsala. “We serve fresh, quality food at affordable prices.” Serving both lunch and dinner, The Main Street Grill offers special burger nights and in house specials catering to youth and seniors and everyone in between. “And, yes, we have a bar, but that’s not our focus, we want you to come in and eat.” Scott says with a smile.


Most Friday or Saturday nights Main Street Grill and Bar offers local, live, acoustic entertainment, offering patrons the choice of sitting in the spacious dining room or closer to the music in the bar area. You are able to enjoy talent in either room as the open concept gives you that convenience. The bar offers local draft beers as well as all your favorites and the quick, friendly service will let you relax and enjoy or, if you need to get out the door, they can handle that too.


Scott and Diane have over 30 years restaurant experience between them and live in Deerfield with their two sons. When asked if there was anything else he wanted to add, Scott replied, “We’re about great American homestyle food and family-friendly atmosphere.”




Thomas Alexander Adamson



Survived by wife Nanette Adamson, daughters Jean MacDonald and Audrey Bellen.


“When you find eternity, you will have time for everything.  When you find infinity you will have no place to stand.” ~Buddha Codex



Donald L. Price


Pittsfield – Donald L. Price, 75, died, surrounded by loving family, on Thursday, July 14, 2016, at his home on Leavitt Road.


Born in Westminster, VT on April 3, 1941, Don was the son of John and Rose Mae (Come) Price.  Originally from Nottingham, he had been a Pittsfield resident since his marriage in 1963.


He worked for many years as an inspector for Textron-Davison Rubber in Farmington.  After the company moved to Mexico, he worked for GI Plastek until his retirement.


He loved outdoor sports, including hunting, four-wheeling, snowmobiling and fishing in both summer and winter.


Don is survived by his wife of 53 years, Beverly (Joy) Price of Pittsfield; 4 children, Rose Marie Miller of Pittsfield, Donald Price Jr. of Laconia, Mark Price and Michael Price, both of Pittsfield; 14 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren. He also leaves several siblings, Frank Cowdrey of Florida, John Cowdrey of Barnstead, Robert Price of Michigan, Kenny Price of Concord, Dot Lagor of Allenstown, and Mary Hill of Glen; and a special nephew, David Price and special niece and caregiver, Linda Bedell.


A time of sharing was held Tuesday, July 19th at Floral Park Cemetery in Pittsfield, followed by a reception.


Tom Petit of the Still Oaks Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements and offers an on-line guestbook at








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