Pittsfield NH News

October 12, 2011


Those Celebrating Birthdays are: October 13, Nancy Pethic, Rebecca Saliva, Norm Tuttle; October 14, John Topouzoglou, Kris Westerburg; October 16, Margaret Chagnon, Donna Ward.


A Very Happy Birthday To One and All!



Community Action Program will be in Pittsfield on October 17th, and 24th for fuel assistance at the Pittsfield Community Center. You must call for appointment 485-7824.



The Annual 4-H Cookie and Candy Bar Sale is held during the month of October. Several varieties are Now available for only $3.50 per package. Candy Bars are $1.00 each. Your support to the 4-H youth in your community is greatly appreciated. If a 4-H member has not contacted you, please call 4-H leaders Pamela Clattenburg 269-3200, Pauline Wheeler 435-8752, Mark Riel 435-6346 or Corine Miller 435-8497.



Pittsfield Park-Rec

Looking For Coaches

Grades K-8th Grades

Anyone Wanting To Coach Basketball

Please Contact Darrell Wages


or 603-435-6397



Pittsfield Park-Rec basketball sign-ups for grades K-8th dates:


• Oct. 24 6.00-8.00pm

• Nov. 1 6.00-8.00pm

• Nov. 7 6.00-8.00pm


All sign-ups will be held at PES.


Any questions contact Darrell Wages 603-340-0459 or 603-435-6397.



Exciting News From PMHS


Pittsfield Middle High School will be hosting their Summer Extended Learning Opportunity (ELO) Celebration Night on Thursday, October 20, 2011 from 7 pm – 9 pm. Students who have been engaged in ELO experiences over the course of the summer will be presenting their final projects and providing the audience with a presentation detailing their particular learning adventures.


The community is cordially invited to attend this event with the students, their community partners, highly qualified teachers, family, and friends to celebrate the students’ learning and share in the excitement of their experience.


Please mark your calendars and plan on attending this exciting event at PMHS in the Lecture Hall. Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there.


Please call Sheila Ward, ELO Coordinator, at 435-6701 X1117 if you have any questions.



New TRICARE Prime Enrollees Pay Adjusted Annual Fees

Submitted By Merrill A. Vaughan Commander

American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75 Pittsfield, NH 03263


Military retirees enrolling in the TRICARE Prime health plan after Oct. 1 will begin paying slightly higher annual fees, Pentagon officials announced Sept. 29.


The fee change for fiscal 2012 means the plan will cost $260 per year for members and $520 per year for members and family.


The increase amounts to an additional $2.50 per month for individual members and $5 per month for members and family, officials said. Active-duty service members receive health care with no out-of-pocket costs.


Annual fees for retirees enrolled in TRICARE Prime before the Oct. 1 change will remain at $230 and $460 until Oct. 1, 2012, officials said. Retirees in TRICARE Prime have a catastrophic cap of $3,000, and TRICARE Prime co-pays are not changing, they added.


"We are committed to offering the best possible health care system for our entire military family," said Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs. "This modest annual fee increase allows us to responsibly manage our costs in line with other secretary of defense initiatives announced earlier this year."


Survivors of active-duty deceased sponsors and medically retired services members and their dependents will be exempt from an annual increase, effective from the time they renew their enrollment or first enroll in TRICARE Prime, officials said, noting that the TRICARE benefit is among the nation’s most affordable health care plans. All service members, military retirees and their eligible family members have TRICARE benefits regardless of prior health conditions.


"The department is committed to maintaining the same unique health care protection we have always offered our warriors, both current and retired," Woodson said. "To sustain our military health system we are working hard to streamline, become more efficient, and achieve cost savings. Together, we can manage our costs responsibly and continue to provide care for our service members, retirees and their families." (From a Defense Department News Release)


For more retiree news and information, please visit www.retirees.af.mil.



A History Of The Pittsfield Fire Department

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On Thursday, October 13 at 7:00 pm, long time fire department volunteer, Fred Okrent will give a presentation on the history of the Pittsfield Fire Department. In particular, Fred will talk about two of Pittsfield’s tragic downtown fires; the 1984 Washington House fire and the 1995 Tannery fire. Both fires were notable not only for the damage they inflicted on these two Pittsfield landmarks, but also for the challenges the fire department faced while battling the blazes.


The Historical Society building is located at 13 Elm Street. All are welcome to attend this presentation.




Chichester Registrations:

On Monday, September 26th the Chichester Town Clerk called and asked if we would be able to do registrations for her. She not only got broken into, but a fire was set destroying a significant amount of her paper work and doing considerable damage to the office. We did not hesitate to say yes and after clearing it with Motor Vehicle we set up separate windows to accommodate Chichester residents.


It seems that some people are questioning why we are doing this, so I decided that an explanation was necessary.


I am certain that if we were in need, another town would assist us as well. The residents of Chichester have shown great appreciation for our assistance.


Elizabeth A. Hast

Town Clerk



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Pictured is David Provencal with one of the two picture frames that he made for the Pittsfield Youth Baseball Association, one for the original plot plan of Pittsfield Youth Athletic Park before the renovation project, and one for the plan after it. Both are hanging in the new part of the club house at the field. Thank you David.



Secretary Shinseki Announces an Additional $10.3 Million

To Help Eliminate Veterans Homelessness

Submitted By Merrill A. Vaughan, Commander

American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75 Pittsfield, NH 03263


Eleven states will share more than $10.3 million in grants to community groups to provide enhanced services for homeless Veterans this year. This is in addition to the $59.5 million in preventive grants awarded earlier this year.


"Homelessness is a national issue that will be solved at the local level," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. "VA is proud to partner with the community organizations that share our dedication to serving those who served this Nation. They are pulling Veterans out of homelessness and setting them on the path to independence."

As a key component of VA’s plan to eliminate homelessness among Veterans, VA’s Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program provides grants and per diem payments to help public and nonprofit organizations establish and operate supportive housing and service centers for homeless Veterans. As a result of this funding, provided through a program known as VA Special Need Grants for Homeless Veterans Service Providers, 26 projects will receive approximately $10.3 million to continue providing enhanced services for homeless Veterans who are seriously mentally ill. The grants will also greatly benefit homeless women Veterans, including women with children, elderly women, or those who may be terminally ill.


For more information, visit VA’s website for the National Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Office at www.va.gov/homeless/GPD.ASP.


Additionally, VA has a National Call Center for Homeless Veterans, 1-877-4AID VET (1-877-424-3838), http://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/NationalCallCenter.asp.



Jay Cee Ell Teen

Writer’s Group First Meeting


A new teen writer’s group is starting up at Josiah Carpenter Library! The Jay Cee Ell Teen Writer’s Group is for those ages 13 to 19 who love to write and are willing to share. The purpose of this group is to promote the art of writing and to further the cause of reading and writing.


Members of the Jay Cee Ell Teen Writer’s Group must be devoted to helping each other to refine and polish our writing skills through the sharing and analyzing of each others’ work within a friendly atmosphere. This will also be a meeting place to exchange ideas, offer encouragement and receive inspiration.


As a member of the Jay Cee Ell Teen Writer’s Group you will be expected to be actively writing, and will be requested to submit your own original stories or poems, participate in support and constructive criticism of each others’ work, and have the determination to improve your writing skills.


The first meeting Jay Cee Ell Teen Writer’s Group will be held on Thursday, October 13th, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Monthly meetings will be scheduled at this same time on the second Thursday of every month, year-round. If you love to write, this is the group you want to join! Preregistration is required. Please call 435-8406 for more information.



JCL’s Teen Game Night


Looking for something to do during school months? Join us for our first meeting of Josiah Carpenter Library’s new teen group, open to those in 7th grade to 12th grade. We will be holding a game night from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Friday October 21st. We are planning on holding a Jeopardy game along with a few other game stations. Bring snacks to fuel the fun!



Open Campus at PMHS


Pittsfield Middle High School students in grades 9-12 will have the right to earn an exciting new privilege in the upcoming weeks in the form of Open Campus.


Open Campus Privileges (OCP) is a system that allows high school students with good academic and deportment standing (meaning having all class averages above a 70 and not being written up for a 200 offense or higher) to be able to move about the school grounds (campus) instead of being confined to a certain room. Students would be free to walk about the designated areas around the campus any time they are not scheduled to be in a class. This includes: study halls, lunch, before and after school. To signify that a student has earned this privilege, he or she will receive a special ID badge that MUST be worn at all times.


With this new privilege, PMHS is hoping to motivate students to achieve academic excellence and become more responsible citizens.



DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

At The Pittsfield Police Department


The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled its 3rd annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day for Saturday, October 29, 2011, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. The purpose of this event is to provide a safe and anonymous way for people to dispose of unwanted or unused prescription drugs.


During the previous event last April, over 4,000 lbs. of unused or expired medications were collected at police stations and pharmacies at 92 sites throughout the state of New Hampshire. The project was spearheaded by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and implemented through police departments and prevention coalitions throughout the state. Drugs were dropped off anonymously, no questions asked, then taken to an incinerator and burned. That’s 4,000 lbs. of medication that will stay out of the waterways and out of our medicine cabinets, reducing the risk of theft, accidental poisoning or experimentation.


Recent sampling has reveled traces of prescription drugs in New Hampshire waterways. Even more troubling is the number of youth who feel taking prescription drugs to get high is less risky than illicit drug use. According to the 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, one in five New Hampshire high school students admitted to using a prescription drug such as OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, Adderall or Xanax without a doctor’s permission. According to the Center for Disease Control, prescription drugs, including opioids and antidepressants, are now responsible for more overdose deaths than "street drugs" such as cocaine, heroin, and amphetamines. Sadder still, since 2006 more New Hampshire citizens have been killed by misuse of prescription drugs than automobile accidents according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Disposing of these drugs properly benefits everyone. So whether you missed the last event or have since acquired more expired or surplus medication, this take back day is a great chance to safely dispose of liquid, patch or pill prescriptions, no questions asked!



It’s Time to Order Your Poinsettia


The Friends of the Josiah Carpenter Library are currently taking orders for their Annual Poinsettia Sale. You may order your poinsettias now through November 1, 2011, at the Josiah Carpenter Library, during regular business hours, or by visiting the library’s website http://www.josiahcarpenterlibrary.org/, and filling out the attached order form.


Thank you for supporting your library!



Help Create Compassionate Community


Please come to the Pittsfield Area Senior Center on Tuesday, October 25th at 11:00 am to welcome the Merrimack County Coordinated Community Response Team.


During the Response Team’s visit, people will be having the opportunity to learn about a special project that would like to hear from older adults throughout Merrimack County. The Team is a group of professionals committed to creating communities where older adults can live free from abuse. Working together, the team hopes to help everyone better understand the different ways elders can be harmed and how to connect with help.


After an introduction and discussion, people will be invited to complete a short questionnaire so that everyone can share their ideas and suggestions about this important topic. (Filling out a questionnaire is voluntary and it’s anonymous.) The information gathered will help plan ways the Response Team can continue to work together to improve the opportunities and services that would be helpful to any older individual who is in a hurtful relationship.


Following this important discussion the Senior Center will serve a lovely lunch including a salad bar, beef stew, corn muffins and apple crisp. If you would like to stay for lunch please call the Center at 435-8482.



Behind The Scene At The Pittsfield Players’

Man of LaMancha: Costumes

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 Cathy Charron, costumer for The Pittsfield Players’ production of Man of LaMancha models one of her costumes for the show. Man of LaMancha will run at the Scenic Theatre November 11, 12 and 13 and November 18 and 19.


The Scenic Theatre is alive again as The Pittsfield Players begin rehearsals and other preparations for their fall musical presentation of Man of LaMancha. The show will run at the Scenic on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 11, 12 and 13, and again the following week on Friday and Saturday, November 18 and 19. Tickets, which will go on sale next week, are $15 per person, and can be reserved by visiting the Players’ website www.pittsfieldplayers.com and clicking on the TicketLeap button, or by calling 435-8852.


Man of LaMancha was first presented on the Scenic stage in 1976, when Players’ founder Roland Charron directed the show to rave reviews. Now, his son, John, is directing the show, assisted by his brother, Bob, who is the master carpenter for the set, and his sister, Cathy, who has spent the last year working over four hours a day on costumes for the cast. That makes this production a labor of love and a tribute to their father.


Cathy is no stranger to costuming Players’ productions and has worked on shows such as Oklahoma, The King and I, and Cinderella. Together with her brother John, she has selected over 60 costume patterns and purchased, as she puts it, "a gazillion yards" of fabric to create period costumes for the cast. But the costuming was only half the battle. She also had to find, make, or borrow armor for the cast – including shields and a jousting pole and sheaths for knives, in addition to two very large donkey and horse heads.


Cathy, who works at the New Hampshire State Prison, turned to their Hobby-Craft Department for help. The Players had provided costumes for an original play that had been written by one of the inmates and produced at the prison, and the prisoners wanted to thank the Players and give back to the community, so the Hobby Craft shop started making the armor pieces in 2 hour sessions. With Cathy’s design and materials, the crew has done an amazing job of recreating the pieces needed to round out the costumes.


A note received from the Hobby-Craft Departments states that " We, the crew of NHSP-M Hobby-Craft Department, would like to thank all of you for the opportunity afforded us to give back to the community by way of utilizing our talents to help out with the production of the play, Man of LaMancha. From the Arts and Crafts Department thanks go to Jim P. and Dan B. for their work on the shields and donkey and horse heads. From the Wood Department thanks go to Paul M., Jim C., Al F., Bob D., and Ken W. for the wood work on the shields and jousting pole. If at any time in the future you find that you have need of our help with similar projects, we would be more than happy to assist you."


Don’t miss seeing the great costumes and armor in this show, not to mention the wonderful talent that has been assembled in this cast. Mark your calendars now and get ready for another wonderful show. Next week in Behind the Scene – two cast members from 1976 are back again for this Man of LaMancha replay and they have a bit to say about the experience.



Nashville’s Ernie Couch & Revival In Concert In Loudon


Gospel music fans need to circle Saturday, October 15th on their calendars. On that date, Nashville TN’s own male gospel group, Ernie Couch & Revival will be in concert at the Loudon Center Freewill Baptist Church.


Ernie Couch & Revival exemplifies what good Gospel music is all about. This live band performs their music in a unique blend of styles to ensure everyone present enjoys the concert. EC&R is well known across the United States and Canada for its high-energy brand of live music. Many describe the group as refreshingly different, and a lot of fun. Jason Couch, says, "We want folks to leave our concerts feeling better than when they arrived. We hope that they have not only been entertained, but that they go home in a better frame of mind and more focused on the One who makes life worth living."


EC&R has traveled the road for more than a decade and present a professional evening of music. The group strives to bring quality to their work worthy of the One they sing about. EC&R has recorded numerous projects on their own as well as recording with such greats as: Jake Hess, George Jones, James Blackwood, Boots Randolph, George Beverly Shea, Petra, and others just to name a few.


You can visit the group’s website at www.erniecouchandrevival.com to learn even more information about this fantastic group. If you are a fan of concerts or looking for an enjoyable event to attend, don’t miss seeing Ernie Couch & Revival in concert.


Concert begins at 7:00 pm, pot luck supper at 6:00 pm. For more information, call 783-4540.



Red Ribbon Week At PES


October 25-28 is Red Ribbon Week, a week celebrated nation-wide and devoted to drug and alcohol prevention. This year PES will partner with drugfreeNH.org and the New Hampshire Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services on several Red Ribbon Week activities to focus on drug abuse awareness and prevention.


PES parent and National Guardsman, Lt. Rick Frost, has invited the school to participate in "Plant the Promise." Next week he will be deliver 200 or so red tulip bulbs, which will be planted in the school yard. When the tulips come up in the spring, they will remind students of their pledge to avoid abusing drugs and alcohol.


In their grade-level morning meetings, students will explore drug and alcohol education activities from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Students will receive a red ribbon to wear during the week. A highlight of Red Ribbon week will be a human red ribbon formation on Tuesday, October 25 in the field between PES and PMHS.


The school will ask students and staff to wear red tops—a shirt or sweatshirt—and all staff and students who find one will assemble in the morning in the field between the schools. School staff will mark out red ribbon formation in chalk.


A photographer on the top of the PMHS roof will capture the image of students in the formation. Parents are invited, too, to be a part of the red ribbon or to view the formation from the hill next to the high school parking lot. Visit the school’s website for more information on the time of the formation.



PES Hosts Kickoff NH Goes To College Month


November is NH Goes to College, and Pittsfield Elementary School has been selected as The kick-off school for the state of NH by the Center for College Planning at the New Hampshire Higher Assistance Foundation, or NHHEAF. On the morning of November 1st, PES students in grades 4, 5, and 6 will participate in a rally in the PES gym.


PES Principal, Doug Kilmister, will welcome students, and introduce the President of NHHEAF, who will address students. The featured event of the morning is a panel presentation and discussion with four or five Pittsfield college students currently attending two and four year colleges in New Hampshire. The event will also feature the "College Bear," the NHEAF mascot, who will lead students in cheers and pose with them for pictures. We will also have give-aways of college-related items—pendants, pens, bags, water bottles—donated by local New Hampshire colleges.


Parents can participate in two ways. First, all interested parents are invited to attend the rally in the gym at 9:00. The staff will encourage adults—staff and guests—to wear college-related sweat shirts and gear from their alma matters or from a college they are a fan of.


The second opportunity is more limited. The school is looking for a dozen or so parents who are currently working in a job which requires post-secondary training in a two or four year college. These 12 adults will give 10-minute interactive presentations in grade four, five or six classrooms at 10:00, explaining how college or training helped prepare them for the jobs they currently do.



Letter To The Editor


For many years I have enjoyed the "quip" that has always appeared on the front page of the "Sun". It always made me smile and often I learned something new.


Why is it no longer there? I miss it dearly!


Is there any way you can please continue to put the uplifting "quip" back?



Janet Tower






Dear Pittsfield Residents:

The Planning Board met on September 15th and discussed:


Rules of Procedure

• The Board will formally adopt in December.

• The Board will hear public input at meeting.


Please check out ballot articles on the Planning Board website.


Once again, thank you for your support.



Ted Mitchell, Chairman

Pittsfield Planning Board













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