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September 14, 2016

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Pittsfield Historical Society is pleased to have Kevin Martin with us on Wednesday, Sept 14th at 7 PM presenting his program on the “BIG TREES of NEW HAMPSHIRE at the Society’s building at 13 Elm Street. Kevin will share with us the story and location of the 7 national champion “Big Trees” that are found in our state.  Join us to hear this fascinating program and get ready to make plans to visit the “Big Trees” this Fall.



Grace Capital Church Youth Group is having an Open House.  It will be a fun night, full dinner, information on the coming school year, fellowship, games, music, 6:30-8:30 pm on Thursday evening 9/15, 55 Barnstead Road, Pittsfield N. H.  Youth from Pittsfield and surrounding towns are invited to come find out what we’re all about.






The Suncook Valley Sno-Riders snowmobile club is holding it’s annual Fall Mum Sale Fundraiser!


When: Saturday Sept 17 & Sunday Sept 18 (9am - 3pm)


Where: EXIT Reward Realty’s field (Corner of Rte 28 & River Rd) in Pittsfield.


For more information see the club’s Facebook page:



Pittsfield Players Host Open Auditions!


Marty Williams directs A Dickens Christmas Carol - A Traveling Tragedy In Two Tumultuous Acts, produced by Meggin Dail.


Audition dates are set for Sept. 15 & 16 at 7PM at The Scenic Theatre, 6 Depot St.


From the author of Faith County and Faith County II comes the funniest Christmas Carol ever. The Styckes Upon Thump Repertory Company embarks on their fifteenth annual tour of the Dickens classic. When the company’s diva feigns illness, certain the production will be canceled, this merry troupe of over the hill and upstart actors carry on without her.


Roles are shuffled and the sweet understudy suddenly finds herself on stage knowing only one line of dialogue. She has written her part in and on almost everything, including the Christmas pudding! Midway through the doomed performance, the diva rushes in to reclaim her role.


Total mayhem ensues as the company scrambles to keep the show going while everything goes hilariously wrong.



Senior Center Week


In celebration of Senor Center week, there is live music at the Pittsfield Area Senior Center on September 20, at 10:30 am. The performer is local legend country musician Don Smith. If you like country music then please join us. The cost is free and lunch is served after the performance. So come, enjoy a show and have lunch.


If you want to learn what a senior center is or what we have to offer, the Pittsfield Area Senior Center invites you to an open house on September 22, from 11:30 am-1:30 pm. This will be the time to get all the information about all the programs that are offered. There will be other seniors to answer your questions while at the same time some art and a variety of other items will be displayed. These include but are not limited to nutrition and cooking classes, exercise classes, presentations by the Concord Visiting Nurses Association, cribbage, bingo, virtual bowling, quilting, crafts, and art club. Hope to see you here, lunch is served at 12:00 pm. If it is your first time eating at the center you will eat for free. We are located on 74 Main St. in Pittsfield, it is in the basement of the Community Center. For more information please call 435-8482.





To all Citizens of Pittsfield,

The Pittsfield Aqueduct Purchase Committee said, in a previous letter, that we would be holding Public Information Meetings in the near future, once we are able to finalize schedules with our consultant, to explain the reasons for our decision, the ramifications of the decisions and the process we will be going through.


We have arrived at a schedule with our consultant, for those meetings. The first will be Thursday, September 22 at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall. The second will be at 10:00 AM, Saturday, October 22.


It is our fervent hope that everyone who may be affected will attend one, or more, of our meetings.



Fred Okrent, Chair

Pittsfield Aqueduct

Purchase Committee



Statement From VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald On President Obama’s Final Assessment Of The Commission On Care

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON – Today, consistent with the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, the President’s formal response to the Commission on Care was transmitted to Congress. As the President has said, “a sacred covenant exists between Veterans and this nation: servicemen and servicewomen take an oath to protect our country, and in turn, our nation pledges to take care of them when they leave the service. The Commission’s work to evaluate the Veterans Affairs health care system is important in ensuring we keep our promise to our Veterans.”


Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald released the following statement on the report:


VA stands firmly behind the President’s final assessment of the Commission on Care report, and we thank the Commission for their hard work.


With input from Congress, Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs), and government partners, VA has thoroughly reviewed each and every recommendation to determine whether they were feasible and advisable within the scope of the law.  The President and VA find 15 of the 18 recommendations in the Commission’s report feasible and advisable, and we have already accomplished or have been working on 12 out of the 18 through our ongoing MyVA transformation. The Department has already started implementing the Commission’s recommendations that the President and VA found feasible and advisable.


Transforming VA into a Veteran-Centric Department Two years ago, the President charged me with transforming VA into the high-performing, Veteran-centric organization our Veterans deserve. I am thrilled to see that through our MyVA transformation initiative. Though there is certainly much more work to be done, VA has already made irrefutable progress in increasing Veterans’ access to quality health care and the benefits they have earned.


Progress Made

This past March, VA set a new record for completed appointments: 5.3 million inside VA, 730,000 more than in March 2014. VA increased access to Veterans through an integrated system of care. VHA staff and Choice contractors created over 3 million authorizations for Veterans to receive care in the private sector from October 2015 through July 2016. This is a 42 percent increase in authorizations when compared to the same time period last year. From FY 2014 to FY 2015, Community Care appointments increased about 20 percent from 17.7 million in FY14 to 21.3 Million. Clinical workload is up 11 percent in the past two years. Nearly 97 percent of appointments are now completed within 30 days of the Veteran’s preferred date; 22 percent are same-day appointments; average wait times are five days for primary care, six days for specialty care, and two days for mental health care. Nearly 90 percent of Veterans now say they are “satisfied or completely satisfied” with the timeliness of their appointments.


On Commission’s Recommendation to Establish VHA Board of Directors Overall, we found 15 of the 18 recommendations feasible and advisable, and are working to implement them.  However, VA strongly disagrees with the Commission on its proposed “board of directors” to oversee the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Such a board is neither feasible nor advisable for both constitutional and practical reasons. Most problematically, this proposal would seem to establish VHA as an independent agency, which would frustrate ongoing efforts to improve the Veteran’s experience by integrating Veterans health care and services across VA, making it more difficult for Veterans to receive the quality care where, when, and how they need it.


Increasing Access to Health Care is a Shared Goal We do, however, strongly agree with the idea of external advice and counsel to ensure the VA operating with the greatest degree of efficiency and effectiveness for Veterans.  VA is already advised by our new MyVA Advisory Committee, which has been hard at work since March 2015 applying the members’ extensive experience in customer service and organizational change to our transformational challenge. They are leaders in business, medicine, government, and in Veteran advocacy. Among them are eight Veterans like: Major General Joe Robles who after spending 30 years in the Army became President and CEO for USAA; Dr. Richard Carmona, a Special Forces Vietnam Veteran and the 17th Surgeon General of the United States; and Navy Veteran Dr. Connie Mariano, who was the first military woman to serve as White House Physician to the President, the first woman Director of the White House Medical Unit, and the first Filipino American in US History to become a Navy Rear Admiral. These are innovative, resourceful, respected leaders who are advising us on transformation. They know business.  They know customer service.  And, they know Veterans.


I strongly support the Commission’s intent that creating a high-performing, integrated health care system that encompasses both VA and private care is critical to serving the needs of Veterans. In fact, VA has outlined our approach to achieve this same goal in our Plan to Consolidate Community Care, submitted to Congress in October 2015. This plan would provide Veterans with the full spectrum of healthcare services and more choice without sacrificing VA’s foundational health services on which many Veterans depend.


At the same time, it is critical that we preserve and continue to improve the VA health care system and ensure that VA fulfills its mission. Veteran Service Organizations, having decades of experience advocating for generations of our Nation’s Veterans, have made it crystal clear that they believe VA is the best place for Veterans to receive care. Many VSOs fear that the Commission’s vision would compromise VA’s ability to provide specialized care for spinal cord injury, prosthetics, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other mental health needs, which the private sector is not as equipped to provide. We share their concern and therefore do not support any policies or legislation that will lead to privatization, which I am pleased the Commission did not recommend outright. Privatization is not transformational. It’s more along the lines of dereliction of duty.


VA is well on its way towards realizing the integrated health care network envisioned by the Commission, but we cannot get there alone. Congress is our board of directors. If Veterans are to receive the care and services they deserve, Congress must do its job as our board. Abdicating leadership and constitutional responsibilities by creating more bureaucracy hurts Veterans and slows the progress of our MyVA transformation. Congress must act on key pieces of legislation like our Plan to Consolidate Community Care, our plan to reform the claims appeals process, and the President’s budget request for VA.


We, along with VSOs, have worked hard with Republicans and Democrats in Congress to develop these critical pieces of legislation. We know that the vast majority in Congress understand how critical these issues are and are ready to take action. I call on leadership from both parties to put political expediency aside and do what is best for our Veterans and for taxpayers. Only then will we be able to truly transform VA into the 21st century organization Veterans deserve.



September 2 marked the end of 2016 for the Friday Night Kayaking group. Eleven boats showed  up for a final season paddle on Harvey Lake in Northwood. The group will begin new Friday night paddling trips on the first Friday of June 2017. Please visit our website for pictures, information, and to sign up for our email contact list. Thank you everyone for your support and interest during this 2016 season.



Pittsfield Middle High School Announces 2016 Hall Of Fame Class


Pittsfield Middle High School (PMHS) will hold its annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction on Saturday, September 17, at 5:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. The 2016 class includes Ogden Boyd, Jr., Jeff Jones, and Wylie Mousseau.


Ogden Boyd, Jr., Class of 1946, was a two-sport athlete at PMHS. The only two sports offered at the time. Ogden excelled in basketball, captaining his high school team his junior and senior years. Ogden was the team’s leading scorer, once tallying the then school record of 28 points, which stood for many years. He was selected as a Southeastern League All-Star in his senior season.  In baseball he was a standout pitcher.  He once pitched a perfect game and tallied many shutouts through his career at PMHS.  He was selected to the Sunset League All-Stars and the highlight of his career came when he was offered a try-out with the Boston Red Sox.


Jeff Jones, Class of 1973, was a two-sport athlete of PMHS.  During the fall season, Jeff anchored the defense on the soccer team.  Known as a physical player, Jeff played sweeper and allowed very few uncontested shots on the keeper. In the winter months, Jeff was a standout on the basketball court.  Jeff averaged 23.7 points his senior season. He ended his career at PMHS with 1,263 points. A school record that still stands today.  Walter Smith, then president of the NHIAA named Jeff Jones the top guard in the state in 1973.  After graduating from PMHS, Jeff was a walk on for the men’s basketball team at Division I - West Texas A&M.


Wylie Mousseau, Class of 1994, was a three-sport athlete at PMHS. Wylie participated in soccer, cross country, and basketball.  Wylie was a varsity starter all four years on the basketball court at PMHS and reached the 1,000 point mark early in his senior season.   He helped lead his team to the Class M Final Four in 1993.  Wylie was selected to the Southeastern M League All Star Basketball Team in 1993 and 1994. He also received the US Army Reserve National Scholar-Athlete Award and was the first recipient of the Sherman Mousseau Memorial MVP Award in 1994.  


The induction ceremony is open to the public. A reception with light refreshments will follow in the PMHS media center.



Drive Out Homelessness Golf Scramble


Rise Again Outreach, a Loudon-based nonprofit charitable organization serving central New Hampshire, will hold its 4th Annual “Drive Out Homelessness” Golf Scramble event starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 17, at the Loudon Country Club on Rt. 106 in Loudon. Proceeds go to Rise Again Outreach’s efforts to assist homeless and low-income families in Concord, Manchester, Laconia, and surrounding towns. Rise Again Outreach is seeking sponsors and participants for this important fundraiser.


Golfer registration is $85 per individual or $340 per foursome and includes 18-holes in scramble format, golf cart, registration goodies bag, full luncheon, and a raffle ticket for door prizes. Walk-ons are accepted and registration begins at 8 a.m.  


For more information and to sign up as a sponsor or participant, please contact Bob Pease at 603-731-9423 or [email protected].


Come out for a fun-filled day and help support the fight against homelessness in central New Hampshire.



Suicide Prevention Month: #BeThere

VA Highlights Initiatives to Prevent Veteran and Servicemember Suicide

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON – September 1 marks the start of Suicide Prevention Month and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is asking for the entire nation’s help in reducing Veteran suicide. VA is calling on community leaders, supervisors, colleagues, friends, and family members to BeThere for Veterans and Service members starting with a simple act, which can play a pivotal role in preventing suicide.


“You don’t have to be a trained professional to support someone who may be going through a difficult time,” said Dr. Caitlin Thompson, Director of the VA Office of Suicide Prevention. “We want to let people know that things they do every day, like calling an old friend or checking in with a neighbor, are strong preventive factors for suicide because they help people feel less alone. That’s what this campaign is about - encouraging people to be there for each other.”


The campaign also highlights VA resources that are available to support Veterans and Servicemembers who are coping with mental health challenges or are at risk for suicide, and it encourages everyone to share these resources with someone in their life.


“We hope our Suicide Prevention Month efforts help educate people about the VA and community resources available nationwide,” said VA Under Secretary for Health David J. Shulkin, M.D. “We’re committed to working with experts and organizations across the country to identify ways we can help Veterans and Servicemembers get the care they deserve and to expand the network of mental health support.”


Veteran suicide data released by the VA Office of Suicide Prevention in early August 2016 serves as a foundation for informing and evaluating suicide prevention efforts inside the VA health care system and for developing lifesaving collaborations with community-based health care partners.


VA plans to host a series of roundtable discussions with key stakeholder groups in the coming months as part of its plan to develop a public health strategy for preventing Veteran suicide. In August, VA hosted its first roundtable discussion, “Suicide Prevention is Everyone’s Business,” with corporate sector partners. In September, VA will host the Veterans Affairs Suicide Prevention Innovations event, which will bring together a community of experts from business, industry, academia, and government agencies to collaboratively identify solutions for reducing suicide rates among Veterans and Servicemembers. In addition, new programs such as REACH VET are being launched nationwide in September to identify Veterans in VHA care who may be vulnerable, in order to provide the care they need before a crisis occurs.


For more information about VA’s suicide prevention efforts:

• Suicide Prevention Month website:


• Suicide Prevention Month toolkit:


• Suicide Prevention Fact Sheet


• VA’s Veterans Crisis Line: Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1; chat online at or text to 838255 — even if a Veteran is not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care.


• Make the Connection website:


• VA Mental Health website:




Wilbur S. Maxfield Jr.


Pittsfield: Wilbur S.”Maxie” Maxfield Jr, 79, of Loudon Road, died September 4th , at the Pleasant view Rehab Center, Concord, following a long illness.


He was born in Concord, the son of Wibur S. and Mary (Chase) Maxfield. He grew up and lived in Loudon, moving to Pittsfield in 1972. He was a graduate of Concord High School in 1955 and also attended the NH Police Academy. He was a Concord Police officer and retired as a Lieutenant in 1982. He then owned and operated “Wilmax Builders,” in Pittsfield for 20 years. He loved sports and was a lifelong fan of the Patriots and the Red Sox.


He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Roberta (Tibbetts) Maxfield, and his blended family of 3 daughters, Lisa Maxfield of Pittsfield; Laurie Rivet and husband Ray of Concord; and Denise Plourde and husband Steven of Topsham, ME; 3 sons, Kevin Maxfield and wife Joanna of Yukon, OK; Dana Maxfield of Birmingham, AL; and Donald Farnham and wife Dawn of Ctr. Barnstead. He was the proud grandfather of 12 grandchildren, Taylor, Hunter and Riley Maxfield; Rachel Maxfield; Katelyn and Ellen Maxfield; Jack and Scott Rivet; Tyler and Danielle Plourde; and Haley and Nathan Farnham; three great-grandchildren, Althea DeBourke, Theodore and Adeline Plourde.


He was predeceased by his parents, a sister, Paula Miller, a brother, Craig Maxfield, and 2 sons, Richard and Keith Maxfield.


There are no visiting hours. A funeral Service was held at the Park Street Baptist Church on Saturday, September 10th. Pastor Jeremy Everson officiated. A burial followed in the Floral Park Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to; Pleasant View Center Activities Fund, 239 Pleasant St. Concord, NH 03301 or to Concord Regional VNA, 30 Pillsbury St., Concord, NH 03301 The Waters Funeral Home, David Pollard, Director is assisting the family with arrangements. 








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