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September 7, 2016

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Happy Anniversary to Sara and Josh Tetro celebrating on September 10.



Pittsfield Beautification Committee


Help the Pittsfield Beautification Committee at our annual Mum Sale Fundraiser, to be held on Saturday, September 10th, at the Aranosian Garden  (next to Jack’s Pizza on Catamount Rd.), from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. 


We will be selling a variety of colors in 10” pots and 5 gallon pots.  We will also be selling baked goods. 


As always, thank you for your support!



The Suncook Valley Area Lions Club (serving the towns of Pittsfield and Barnstead) will hold their annual meeting on Monday, Sept. 12 at 6pm at the PES Cafeteria. The District Governor will be present and a special award honoring long time Lion Club member, John Topouzoglou will be announced.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.  A potluck dinner will be served.  Please feel free to bring a dish to share.



Things Are A-Buzzzzz

At The Clothes Closet


Summer’s out!  Fall’s in!  Volunteers at the Clothes Closet are busy, busy busy getting cool weather clothing out for those autumn days just ahead.  Thanks to generous donors, a ready and classy supply is at hand for patrons who want to take advantage of quality items at a good price.  Bargain Bags are also available for those whose circumstances need a little extra consideration. The Clothes Closet has a reputation for being the right store in the right place at the right time. 


A special treat is the raffle (3 tickets for $1.00) of a large hand-crafted quilt put together by the students of Mrs. Towle’s class at PMHS.  Last year these students donated 6 small quilts to benefit the shop selected  for its service to the community.  The raffle will be offered and the quilt displayed throughout the month of September. Please support this wonderful project.


Finally, more good news is that volunteer Phyllis Conway is taking over the day-to-day routine of running the shop to give Bev Drolet a break.  No, Bev is not ill,  but desiring some time to regroup some of her own activities knowing Phyllis and the rest of the crew will capably carry on.   For the time being, Bev will continue  as a  substitute when needed   and, of course, have more time for walking Buddy her pup.





Due to an administrative oversight, there was no mention that the American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75 would not meet on its regular meeting night, which would have been Labor Day.  Instead, the September 2016 meeting will be held on September 12, 2016 at 7:30 pm.  Some agenda items to be discussed will be: membership, vacant positions to be filled, and POW/MIA Recognition day – September 16, 2016.  The Post home is located at 3 Loudon Road.


Questions can be directed to Post 75 Adjutant ProTem, Merrill Vaughan at 603-344-0264. 


For the Commander,

Merrill Vaughan, Adjutant Pro Tem,

American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75



Pittsfield Circle Of Home & Family Group Announces Raffle Winners!

The Pittsfield Circle of Home & Family group would like to thank everyone who purchased tickets for our annual Hot Air Balloon Quilt Raffle.  The winners were: Hot Air Balloon Quilt - Deborah Prescott; Hand Woven Basket - Margaret Towle; Salmon Falls Pottery Pitcher - Stacey Wittenberg; Ceramic Hot Air Balloon - Sabrina Smith; (3) 8x10 Framed Photos - Jean; Balloon Rally Pillow - Susan Bleckmann; Hand Knit Hat, Scarf & Wristers - Gail Pillow; Set of Anna-Lee Dolls - Linda Spinosa; Cross-Stitched Pillowcases - Vicki St.George; and Knit Hot Mat Set - Nate Davis.


The Pittsfield Circle of Home & Family group is a women’s group that meets once per month on the 4th Thursday at 7pm at the Community Center.  Our meetings typically consist of an educational program, such as a guest speaker, making a craft, or cooking demonstrations....and we always have refreshments!  Many of the program topics are geared towards women’s health, finances, community outreach, history and heritage arts.  NEW Members are always welcome. We have a great time and it’s a fun bunch of ladies - come join us!  Please call Andi Riel at 435-6346 or email at [email protected] if you’d like more information.



VA Awards $300 Million More In Grants To Help End Veteran Homelessness

Ongoing Initiative targets homeless and at-risk Veterans and families.

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today awarded approximately $300 million more in grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program to help thousands of very low-income Veteran families around the nation who are permanently housed or transitioning to permanent housing. The SSVF grant program provides access to crucial services to prevent homelessness for Veterans and their families.


SSVF funding, which supports outreach, case management and other flexible assistance to prevent Veteran homelessness or rapidly re-house Veterans who become homeless, has been awarded to 275 non-profit organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  These grants, key elements of VA’s implementation of the Housing First Strategy, enable vulnerable Veterans to secure or remain in permanent housing.  A list of SSVF grantees is located at


“Since 2010, the Housing First Strategy has helped cut Veteran Homelessness nearly in half,” said VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald.  “Housing First is why 360,000 Veterans and family members have been housed, rehoused or prevented from falling into homelessness over the last five years. SSVF helps homeless Veterans quickly find stable housing and access the supportive services they – and their families – need.”


Grantees will continue to provide eligible Veteran families with outreach, case management, and assistance obtaining VA and other benefits, which may include health care, income support services, financial planning, child care, legal services, transportation, housing counseling, among other services.


Grantees are expected to leverage supportive services grant funds to enhance the housing stability of very low-income Veteran families who are occupying permanent housing.  In doing so, grantees are required to establish relationships with local community resources.


In fiscal year (FY) 2015, SSVF served more than 157,000 participants and is on track to exceed that number in FY 2016.  As a result of these and other efforts, Veteran homelessness is down 47 percent since the launch of the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in 2010.  Also since 2010, more than 360,000 Veterans and their family members have been permanently housed, rapidly re-housed, or prevented from falling into homelessness by VA’s homelessness programs and targeted housing vouchers provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Today’s grant recipients successfully competed for grants under a January 15, 2016, Notice of Fund Availability.  Applications were due February 5, 2016.  The funding will support SSVF services in FY 2017, which starts October 1, 2016, and ends September 30, 2017.


For more information about the SSVF program, visit



Big Trees Of New Hampshire


If you want to learn about the state’s biggest trees then be sure to go to the presentation at the Pittsfield Historical Society building on Wed Sept 14th at 7 PM. Kevin Martin will be showing and discussing these trees as described in his new book Big Trees of New Hampshire. You will hear how he got involved with finding the trees, how lumber from similar trees is used in his boatbuilding work, and how wildlife will use these impressive parts of our landscape. The discussion will cover trees on public land in all parts of the state and where they are located so you can go see them for yourself. City tours of Portsmouth, Nashua and Concord are also described. Books will be available after the presentation for those interested. Call 603 435-8004 for details



Departments In Montana And Nevada Are Latest Recipients In 2016 Globe Gear Giveaway


Globe, DuPont, and NVFC teamed up to award 52 sets of gear in 2016 Globe, DuPont Protection Technologies (DuPont), and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have announced the second round of winners in the 2016 Globe Gear Giveaway. In the fifth annual Giveaway, a total of 13 departments will each receive four sets of new, state-of-the-art turnout gear. The latest recipients of the 2016 Globe Gear Giveaway are the Glacier County Rural Fire Department in Cut Bank, MT, and Walker Lake (NV) Volunteer Fire Department.


“We are pleased to grant gear to two more deserving fire departments as part of the Globe Gear Giveaway,” said NVFC Chairman Kevin D. Quinn. “Many departments are struggling to provide gear to their members and often have to make do with gear that is old, non-compliant, ill-fitting, and otherwise inadequate, putting the safety of the boots-on-the-ground firefighters at risk. We are grateful to Globe and DuPont for continuing to support the nation’s fire service through this important program.”


To be eligible to apply for the four sets of new Globe turnout gear, departments had to be all-volunteer or mostly-volunteer, serve a population of 25,000 or less, be legally organized in the U.S. or Canada, demonstrate a need for the gear, and be a member of the NVFC. To help departments meet this last requirement, Globe sponsored NVFC Department Memberships for the first 500 applicants.


The Glacier County Rural Fire Department (GCRFD) in Cut Bank, MT, serves five small communities and two incorporated towns in an area that includes the Blackfeet Indian Reservation land. There are multiple ports to Canada nearby as well as several entrances into Glacier National Park, bringing thousands of tourists through the area in summer months. Summer in the area also typically brings fire season: Glacier County has witnessed a number of wildfires that have destroyed property and affected wildlife habitat, scenic resources, and air quality. GCRFD is responsible for ensuring that county lines are covered in the event of fires, providing mutual aid for wildland fires, lending tribal assistance, and responding to EMS calls when requested. In addition, they provide fire prevention and safety outreach in the community, and they even organized a donation drive to get winter clothing for local children who were unable to afford it.


The GCRFD budget is dedicated to maintenance of older vehicles, supplies, building costs, and training; all of their gear is more than 10 years old and many volunteers are making do with sets that don’t fit correctly. The four sets of new Globe gear will help protect GCRFD firefighters from loss of life or serious injury while they work to protect their community.


The Walker Lake (NV) Volunteer Fire Department’s 12 volunteer firefighters respond within a 50-square-mile service area. All of their gear is over 10 years old, and most are over 20 years old. During a training exercise, the knee area in the thermal liner of one firefighter’s set of gear failed. This led to an investigation that found that the 10 oldest sets of the department’s turnout gear have started to break down. Due to this safety hazard, they have had to adjust their tactics, preventing firefighters from performing interior fire attack. The department has a small budget that is supplemented through monthly fundraisers, but they are unable to get afford new turnout gear without cutting back on other department operations.


“With these new, up-to-date turnouts, we will be able to better protect our community,” said Fire Chief Adam Greenfield. “We will also be able to keep our firefighters safer as they perform interior attacks. We greatly appreciate this donation.”


Additional awards through the Globe Gear Giveaway will be made monthly throughout 2016. A total of 52 sets of gear will be distributed to departments in need. Stay tuned to the NVFC web site, Dispatch newsletter, and page on Facebook, as well as the Globe page on Facebook, for additional information and announcements regarding the Globe Gear Giveaway.


About Globe

Firefighters need to be prepared to perform at their peak, on every call. That’s why Globe delivers the most advanced, best-fitting, and longest lasting protection by listening to our customers, creating breakthrough designs, and applying the engineering skills of the nation’s most trusted turnout gear manufacturer. Globe turnout gear is designed to protect you, move with you, and improve your performance. It’s athletic gear for firefighters. Learn more at


About DuPont Protection Technologies

DuPont Protection Technologies (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit


About the NVFC

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides invaluable resources, programs, education, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. Learn more at



Selectman’s Overview

Submitted By Carole Richardson

Select Board Meeting 8/30/2016


First off, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Carl Anderson for his articles following each Select Board meeting.  Since Carl was not at this meeting, I decided that the tradition should be carried on since transparency is of utmost importance to the current Board.  It was a very short meeting with only one topic discussed – 33 and 37 Main Street.


Ed Lagraize, Vice President, Ed Vien and Linda Small from the Suncook Valley Regional Development Corporation (SVRDC) were present to answer questions the Select Board posed following the last meeting.  Bill Miskoe was also present to respond to questions.  Mr. Miskoe’s original plan that was agreed upon by SVRDC on July 21st was as follows:


• Subdivide 37 Main Street to give additional property for the library; • Remove the barn and add onto building 37 Main Street leaving the Mansur-type house, (the SVRDC has no concern if the barn stays); • Tear down the house on 33 Main Street; and • Add the property of 33 Main Street to the remainder of 37 Main Street making it a one-parcel lot.


The following is a response from SVRDC which addressed the following concerns/question of the Select Board:


1. Yes, the SVRDC will depend upon the Town for a low simple interest loan from the expendable trust fund that was set up for economic development purposes in order to rehab the property(s).  While we cannot guarantee we will not seek financing and/or contributions from outside sources in order to complete the project, we will not seek any future money from the taxpayers for this endeavor.


2. It is the SVRDC’s intention to allow a mixed use in the building with residential units being restricted to the second and third floors.


3. Yes, the SVRDC will follow all town ordinances and regulations throughout the duration of the project.


4. Yes, it is the intention of the SVRDC to place the property on the market and make it available to the private sector once the project is complete.


5. Yes, the SRVDC will accept the building with the understanding the back opening will need to be secured immediately.  Bill has assured us this can be easily taken care of.


6. No, the SVRDC will not be seeking property tax-exemption due to our non-profit status.


7. Yes, the SVRDC understands we are responsible for all applicable building permits.  We would ask to maintain the right to seek a waiver from the BCEP for necessary disposal.


8. The SVRDC will not sell the property until it is in a habitable condition according to Town regulations and codes.


9. The SVRDC is not in agreement that all proceeds from the project should be returned to the expendable trust fund upon the initial loan, all accumulated interest and any costs that the town may incur on behalf of the project final sale of the property(s).  In the event of a profit, it is the intention of the SVRDC to use any additional proceeds for administrative costs as well as seed money for future economic development projects.


10. While it is the intention of the SVRDC to complete this project and turn it back to the private sector as quickly and efficiently as possible, we believe a two-year time frame for project completion and final sale is a bit over zealous.  That said, we would ask the time period be increased to four years.


11. The SVRDC agrees to pay all property taxes throughout the time that we own the property(s).


Mr. Miskoe submitted a second proposal dated August 28, 2016 which replaced his August 23, 2016 proposal that was accepted by the Select Board on August 23rd.  This second proposal stated that after demolition as agreed has been accomplished, he will adjust the lot lines to cause the house currently located at 37 Main Street to be incorporated with some or all of the lot known as 33 Main Street.  Following that, he will deed the new #33, including the house, to the town rather than to SVRDC.  The town can then sell the property to a qualified rehabilitator or deed it to SVRDC.  In this revised proposal, Mr. Miskoe requested that the Board of Selectmen lift the conditions imposed when his proposal was accepted on August 23rd so he can proceed with the work needed, knowing that there are no conditions left to be dealt with.


Following questions by the Board, Mr. Miskoe’s proposal dated August 28th was adopted. The Board and SVRDC agreed that more details should be required before moving forward with this project or any other project involving taxpayer funds.


The Board wishes to thank Mr. Miskoe for his generous offer, and we look forward to working with all stakeholders to develop a well thought out plan for this property, and a project that will optimize the funds provided by taxpayers, and benefit all the citizens of Pittsfield.



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Pittsfield School District Energy Options


Last fall, a group of interested Pittsfield citizens – including both members of the public and school officials – convened to review the district’s energy needs and consider options for future energy sources. 


The group recommended to the School Board that an energy audit be conducted to provide the community with current information and efficiency recommendations.  Additionally, the group recommended that a wood energy feasibility study be completed to provide specific information to supplement the energy audit.  (Cost for the audit was shared by the district and Eversource; the feasibility study was completed at no cost to the district.) Both reports were received by the district in early summer and are now available for review on the district website (  Additionally, two community meetings have been scheduled to review the contents of the reports:


· Energy Audit Report Meeting:  6:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 21, Pittsfield Middle High School Media Center · Wood Energy Feasibility Report Meeting:  6:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 19, Pittsfield Middle High School Media Center Interested Pittsfield citizens are cordially invited to these meetings to learn more about energy and the schools and to have your energy questions answered.



Reuben Leavitt’s 90th Birthday Bash

On Sunday, August 21st Reuben Leavitt was surprised to find one hundred friends and relatives at the Pittsfied Community Center gathered to celebrate his 90th birthday.  A luncheon was held in his honor followed by songs written and sung by his son Jerry Leavitt, titled “Sweet Memories”, “Time Should Stand Still” and “Son Don’t Ever Grow Up”.  Dale Riley, a hot-air balloon captain and close friend, entertained all with Pittsfied ballooning stories spanning over thirty years.  Many of the stories involved pranks that Reuben and Dale concocted, including dipping the hot-air balloon into a local lake and catching a huge (stuffed) marlin and a safari flight that captured a stuffed gorilla.


The celebration ended with all joining in to sing Happy Birthday followed by cake and ice-cream.  Reuben’s family would like to thank all who helped with this memorable event.



Letter To The Editor


Jim Adams For Executive Council District 4 My story could only happen in this great country of ours. Upon my discharge from the Navy, I became a letter carrier in Manchester.  I worked days and went to college nights.  After receiving my degree in Business Management, I went into management and became the first person in the 236-year history of the Postal Service to go from letter carrier in New Hampshire, to the Chief of Staff for three Postmaster Generals, dealing with 850,000 employees and a $71 billion budget.  During that 9-year period, I was a part of the retirement of a $13 billion debt and an additional $14 billion savings, and reducing some 40,000 redundant high-level, high salaried jobs without any layoffs.


I ended my career as District Manager for New Hampshire/Vermont, with 8,000 employees and a $1 billion budget, once again with positive results. My 27 years of executive experience gives me a unique bottom-up perspective for successful management.  


I believe in the principles of small government, controlled spending, and lower taxes. I also recognize that we must take care of the most vulnerable in our society, while always realizing government cannot grow larger than the people’s ability to pay for it.    We must find ways to reduce the high cost of energy that will help grow our economy, and continue to reduce our high business taxes which allows business to produce good-paying jobs here in New Hampshire. 


My story and my ability to build consensus is exactly what New Hampshire needs on the Executive Council at this critical time in our history.  I have also demonstrated through action that it is possible to make government accountable to taxpayers.  I would very much appreciate your vote on September 13th in the Primary.


Jim Adams



TOPS 38 Pittsfield

Submitted by Pat Smith

Pittsfield TOPS Attendees visiting Bow Chapter. Front Row Left to Right: Suzie Fife, Debbie Brown (State Queen), Pearl Donavitch. Back Row Left to Right: Pat Smith, Sandi Truscott, Jon Martin, Holly Brown.


TOPS is a weight loss group in Pittsfield that offers support, nutritional information, programs and encouragement to people who want to get a little healthier and lose weight as well. We have had a great weight loss in our weight room this summer and everyone is happy with that.


We had the privilege of going to the Bow chapter to hear our NH TOPS State Queen, Debbie Locke, speak about how she achieved her goal. She said it took self-esteem, courage to change, and the ability to believe in yourself and do it for you and not everyone else.


She also said she received lots of encouragement from chapter members and friends. It didn’t go on overnight and it won’t come off overnight, but we are here to encourage and help you. Debbie is from the Conway Chapter.


If you would like to know more about us please stop by to see us on Tuesday nights 6:30 at Berakah, Fairview Ave., Pittsfield, or call Pat at 435-5333



Pittsfield Senior Center News


The Pittsfield Senior Center has a few great programs coming up in September. On Thursday, September 8 at 10:00am, Chef Joe Jesseman will be teaching how to make a hearty fall classic with a Vegetable Soup in a Bread Bowl. Please call 435-8482 if planning on attending or you can just show up, space is limited.


On Tuesday, September 13, at 10:30 am, at the Pittsfield Senior Center, the Concord Regional Visiting Nurses Association will be leading a discussion on sleep, Good Night, Sleep Tight. Sleep is something that we all need but some of us just do not seem to be able to do it. Sleep is essential to your physical and emotional well-being. How you feel during the day is dependent on how well you sleep at night. This program offers suggestions for a quality night’s sleep and strategies on speaking with your health care provider about the difficulty of sleeping. Please call 435-8482 to RSVP by Friday, September 9.


On Wednesday, September 14, at 1:00 PM at the Pittsfield Senior Center there is having a Quilting Club meeting. If interested in learning how to quilt or you are an experienced quilter and just want to sew and talk please come. These quilts are made and then given too foundations to be used as fundraisers. You can come and make friends while doing something for the community.


Are you looking to make a difference in the older adult population? Volunteers are needed to help at the Pittsfield Senior Center. The senior center is Supported by the Community Action Program of Belknap and Merrimack counties and we serve Meals on Wheels and community lunch to individuals that are over the age of 60. One in six seniors are not getting enough food and it has been proven that these types programs help prevent this. We need some dependable volunteers that will be willing to serve food and wash dishes. Volunteers make these programs a success! Please consider helping out, we have a wide range of needs. Please call Carol at 435-8482 if interested in helping.








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