forget the Flu Shot Clinic being held at the Pittsfield Senior
Center (downstairs) next week Wednesday, September 14th from 10 am
The EDC, Town and Plan NH want to share the
plan for the redevelopment of the downtown area near the railway
depot with the public and hope you can attend the presentation at
Pittsfield Elementary School, on Saturday, October 1, 2011. There
will be 8:30 coffee and donuts, and a 9:00 presentation.
contact Paul Skowron, Town Administrator with any questions at (603)
Those Celebrating Birthdays are: September
15, Jane Adams; September 16, Mary Zahn; September 17, June
Valentyn; September 18, Pat Alexander, Joseph Suchomski; September
20, Kegan Feeny, Jennifer Kearns.
A Very Happy Birthday To One
Preschool Storytime will reconvene at Josiah
Carpenter Library on Thursday, September 15th at 10 am, please use
the side door. All young children are invited to come for stories,
activities and a snack.
Plausawa Valley Country Club Hosts
The Pittsfield Players’ Encore!
2011 Dinner Theater
The Pittsfield Players’ Encore! 2011 variety
show will be coming to the Plausawa Valley Country Club for an
evening of great food and entertainment on Friday, September 16. The
delicious Italian Buffet will begin at Bunker’s Bar and Grill at
7:00 pm, followed by the show. The cost for the evening is $25 per
person, not including beverages, tax and tip. Both members of the
club and non-members are invited. For reservations call 928-7473.
The Encore! 2011 cast is made up of 14 men and women who will be
singing and dancing up a storm with some fabulous harmonized
numbers, including songs from the Broadway sensation Jersey Boys, a
great medley of Beatles’ songs, a swinging 50s number, and a salute
to the rock group Queen. There will also be some hilarious specialty
songs guaranteed to make you laugh. The show is certain to keep your
toes tapping and have you singing along. This years’ cast includes
Bea Pzsonowsky, Lena Luongo, Louise Maheux, Jean Gentile, Dee Dee
Pitcher, Angelo Gentile, Angel Douglas, Nathan Strong, Jen Kearns,
Mike Hayes, Cassidy Kearns, Kate Belanger and Mark Ward, a group of
really talented singers and performers. Keith Belanger is the
accompanist, who also sings with the group in some numbers.
now for your reservations as space is limited and don’t miss out on
this great evening.
“Kevin’s Benefit” 2011 was a weekend long softball tournament
played for one purpose: To raise money for Kevin Keene from
Pittsfield who is battling cancer. Due to Hurricane “Irene,” 7 local
teams played the entire tournament in one day!
I would like to
thank the following teams for playing so hard on Saturday, August
27th! The Slammers, Rednecks, Team Oliver, Ramrod, Team Alton,
Cindy’s Boys, and the Buzz/Outlaws!
Congratulations to The
Slammers for winning 3rd place, The Rednecks for 2nd place, and Team
Alton for 1st place! I would also like to thank Parkers
Restaurant in Chichester for the donation given to Kevin.
you to the Town of Loudon for allowing us use of the ball field, to
the The Barnstead Elementary School for the use of the school field,
and to Kenny Thoroughgood for the use of the 126 field.
everyone did a great job and raised $1,000.00! What a great way for
us to reach out to a member of the community and have fun at the
same time! See you all next year!
Posts Online List Of Ships Associated With
Presumptive Agent Orange
Submitted By Merrill A. Vaughan Vice Commander
American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75 Pittsfield, NH 03263
Veterans who served aboard U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships operating
on the waters of Vietnam between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975,
may be eligible to receive Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
disability compensation for 14 medical conditions associated with
presumptive exposure to Agent Orange.
An updated list of
U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships confirmed to have operated on
Vietnam’s inland waterways, docked on shore, or had crew members
sent ashore, has been posted at
http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/ to assist
Vietnam Veterans in determining potential eligibility for
“Posting of the ships list is an important
recognition of the sacrifices U.S. Navy and Coast Guard Veterans
made for this Nation,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K.
Shinseki. “It provides an easier path for Veterans who served
in Vietnam to get the benefits and services they are entitled to
under the law.”
VA presumes herbicide exposure for any Veteran
with duty or visitation within the country of Vietnam or on its
inland waterways during the Vietnam era. Comprehensive
information about the 14 recognized illnesses under VA’s
“presumption” rule for Agent Orange is also located on the webpage.
In practical terms, Veterans with qualifying Vietnam service who
develop a disease associated with Agent Orange exposure need not
prove a medical link between their illnesses and their military
service. This presumption simplifies and speeds up the
application process for benefits.
For questions about
Agent Orange and the online list of ships, Veterans may call VA’s
Special Issues Helpline at 1-800-749-8387 and press 3.
claim is filed by a Veteran, surviving spouse or child, VA will
determine whether the Veteran qualifies for the presumption of
exposure based on official records of the ship’s operations.
Ships will be regularly added to the list based on information
confirmed in these official records.
Even if a Veteran is not
filing a claim, a Veteran may conduct his or her own research and
submit scanned documentary evidence such as deck logs, ship
histories, and cruise book entries via email to
Service on board ships anchored in
an open water harbor, such as Da Nang Harbor, or on ships on other
open waters around Vietnam during the war, is not considered
sufficient for the presumption of Agent Orange exposure. For
Veterans interested in obtaining deck logs, contact the National
Archives at College Park, Md., at
The Agent Orange Claims Processing System website located at
https://www.fasttrack.va.gov/AOFastTrack/ may be used to submit
claims related to the three conditions added to the list of Agent
Orange presumptives last year (Parkinson’s disease, hairy cell and
other chronic B-cell leukemias, and ischemic heart disease).
This website makes it easy to electronically file a claim and
allows Veterans and their physicians to upload evidence supporting
the claim. It also permits online viewing of claim status.
Veterans claiming other conditions may file online at VA’s My-eBenefits
They can check the status of their claim with a premium account
(confirming their identity), and use a growing number of online
Service members may enroll in My-eBenefits using
their Common Access Card at any time during their military service,
or before they leave during their Transition Assistance Program
Veterans may also enroll through their myPay or
MyHealtheVet accounts, by visiting their local VA regional office or
Veteran Service Organization, or by calling 1-800-827-1000.
Pittsfield Middle High School Graduate And Former Student Survey
Recently the Pittsfield School District was awarded a School
Improvement Grant (SIG) by the New Hampshire Department of Education
to help raise the achievement of students at Pittsfield Middle High
School and better prepare them for college and career.
order to help Pittsfield students get a better quality of education,
the school wants to know from you:
a.) What they did well and
b.) What they could have done better to prepare students for a
Graduates and former students are invited
to complete an online survey to help guide these efforts to improve.
The survey can be found online at the following website:
need a paper copy of the survey mailed to you or need assistance
with Internet access, you may contact Leslie Bergevin, Guidance
Director at Pittsfield High School, 23 Oneida Street, Pittsfield, NH
03263-3414 or call (603) 435-6701.
The findings from this
survey will help the school to take action and make changes that can
improve the quality of education students receive, and better
prepare them for college and career success.
We look forward to
receiving your survey soon! Thanks for taking the time to help
future generations of students in Pittsfield. Your feedback
Dear Pittsfield Residents:
The Planning Board met on August 17th
1. Rules of Procedure: Use of Alternates
a. Alternates participate fully during
work sessions (excluding voting.)
b. Alternates sit with
public during Site Plan Reviews, applications and other public
meetings (unless called upon to fill a vacant seat on Board or for a
c. During Site Plan Reviews and other
applications, alternates can participate only as a member of the
public (ie: ask questions.)
d. Other issues with Rules of
Procedures to be decided at the next meeting.
It was previously decided upon and put in last
published letter; however, the Board is concerned that Article 9,
section 2 is vague about whether it allows lot mergers if the result
is a non-conforming lot. The Board concluded that it does
allow such mergers but the Board will clarify the language at a
As always, thank you for your interest and please
continue to visit “Pittsfield-NH.com/Planning.”
Pittsfield Planning Board
To The Editor
To the good citizens of Pittsfield:
elected to the Ethics Committee this past March for a one year term.
I never supported making more stupid rules. This happened 5 or
6 years ago with the creation of the ethics rules and committee.
During that time 6 or 7 complaints were filed and dealt with.
None were deemed, to my knowledge, to have merit.
I feel you
can’t legislate ethics. One person’s ethics is another
person’s unethics (sic). Ethics are overrated. If one or
more persons in the world of politics, in the world of business, in
the world of life, screws you over, you can minimize your dealings
with them. We don’t need a committee for that.
reason I ran for the Ethics Committee was because I was running for
the Planning Board and thought having my name on the ballot twice
might help secure my Planning Board seat.
Well, I’m stuck on the
Ethics Committee and Jim Pritchard is sitting on the Planning Board.
Anyway, consider this my six month report.
Over the past two
months the Ethics Committee received a complaint against a
Selectman. The complaint was deemed not to have merit.
Over the past two months, the cops have been called twice for our
meetings being disrupted; the town attorney and another attorney
have gotten involved; missing records; a police investigation, and
possibly an Attorney General’s investigation; friendships ending;
causing general havoc. What a waste. Other than that,
everything else is going good.
Dan Schroth Piermarocchi
Jennifer Carter and Joseph Chevrefils of Concord announce their
engagement. Carter, daughter of William and Sharon Carter of
Blackstone, Mass., and Jeffrey and Kimberly Casey of
Pittsfield, earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern New Hampshire
University and is pursuing a graduate degree in education. She works
at Concord Oral Surgery. Chevrefils, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard
Chevrefils of Concord, earned a bachelor’s degree from the
University of New Hampshire. He works for the State of New
Hampshire. A September 2012 wedding is planned.
Military Retiree Pay Dates To Change
Paydays for military
retirees and those who receive portions of retired pay are changing
for September and December, as the Defense Finance and Accounting
Service changes its pay schedule to comply with the 2011 National
Defense Authorization Act.
The 2011 NDAA requires military
retiree pay to be processed on the first day of the month. When that
day falls on a weekend or national holiday, the pay date is moved to
the previous business day.
This year payments normally scheduled
for Oct. 3 will be issued on Sept. 30, and payments normally
scheduled for Jan. 3, 2012, will be issued on Dec. 30. For calendar
2011, this means military retirees will receive 13 rather than the
normal 12 payments.
The 13th payday on Dec. 30 falls within the
2011 tax year which could affect the tax liability of some retirees
and those who receive portions of their retired pay. Customers
should speak with a tax adviser, the Internal Revenue Service or
their state tax authority to determine if their tax withholding will
satisfy federal and state income taxes when they file returns next
year. DFAS officials cannot provide tax advice.
For tax year 2012
and beyond, retirees will receive their normal 12 payments.
change affects regular retired pay, Concurrent Retirement and
Disability Pay and Combat Related Special Compensation. The new rule
also applies to retiree allotments, garnishments and court-ordered
former spouse and child support payments. It does not affect annuity
If retirees need to make changes to their federal or
state tax withholding, the quickest and most secure way to do so is
through myPay. Available 24/7, myPay enables eligible users
worldwide to make routine changes to their pay information,
including tax withholding, that become effective within days.
Customers who cannot access myPay can change federal withholding
amounts by completing a new IRS Form W-4 or W-4P, or change state
withholding amounts using a DD 2866. These forms can be found on the
DFAS website (www.dfas.mil/retiredmilitary/forms.html)
and should be mailed or faxed to the below address once completed:
Defense Finance and Accounting Service U.S. Military Retired Pay,
P.O. Box 7130, London, KY 40742-7130; Fax: 800-469-6559.
take up to 30 days for changes to be made when mailing in a paper
form. (Courtesy of DFAS)
For more retiree news and information,
Telephone Service Helps Family Members
Submitted By Merrill A.
Vice Commander American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75
Pittsfield, NH 03263
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has
launched a telephone service, Coaching into Care, to provide
assistance to family members and friends trying to encourage their
Veteran to seek health care for possible readjustment and mental
“Those closest to Veterans are often the first to
recognize when Veterans are having difficulties,” said Secretary of
Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “Family members and friends
may not know what to say to encourage their Veterans to seek much
needed readjustment and healthcare. The Coaching into Care line will
help them find the right words.”
To help Veterans address
problems and support Veterans in making decisions about getting
care, the Coaching into Care program offers unlimited, free coaching
with family members or friends over a series of telephone calls.
The priority is connecting Veterans with VA care in their community
through the family member’s help and encouragement.
receive professional coaching on solving specific logistical
obstacles and encouraging sometimes reluctant Veterans to seek care
while still respecting the Veteran’s right to make personal
Coaching into Care, launched in March 2011, has
had more than 650 calls with family members or friends of greater
than 175 Veterans to encourage them to seek care. This phone
line is connected to VA’s Veterans Crisis Line, Caregiver Support
Line, and the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans. This way,
if the caller or Veteran is in an immediate crisis, or has concerns
regarding caregiving for a disabled Veteran, or seeking assistance
regarding homelessness, there is no wrong number for families to
Callers can reach VA’s Coaching into Care program at the
toll-free number 1-888-823-7458, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Mondays through
Fridays, and online at
http://www.mirecc.va.gov/coaching/. As always, Veterans
can reach immediate help at the Veterans Crisis Line at
1-800-273-8255, press 1 for Veterans.
Ell Teen Writer’s Group First Meeting Thursday, October 13th
new teen writer’s group is starting up at Josiah Carpenter Library!
The Jay Cee Ell Teen Writer’s Group is for 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
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
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.
Pittsfield Area Senior Center Open House
The Pittsfield Area
Senior Center will celebrate national senior center month on
Thursday, September 22nd at 11:30 am with an open house and
luncheon. Representatives Carol and Dan McGuire, NH House of
Representatives will be the guest speakers.
A senior center is a
community location where older adults gather to participate in
programs and services for healthy aging. The selection of
options may range from exercise and painting classes to educational
seminars on topics such Medicare part D, or computers for learning
new skills and internet access. Come to the open house to
enjoy an informative discussion with the Representatives McGuire,
and delicious lunch and socializing with your neighbors, friends and
community leaders. Call the Senior Center at 435-8432 to RSVP.
Up at PYW?
Submitted By: Paula Martel, PYW Program Director
Hello Pittsfield and our surrounding neighbors! Much has been
happening at the Pittsfield Youth Workshop (PYW) despite the tons of
hot, humid days that we had this summer. The youth are back to
school and we are back to our fall schedule. I want to recap just a
few of the memorable moments from the last couple of months.
This summer, PYW offered a total of 21 trips. Most of our excursions
were on Tuesdays and Thursdays, along with Drop-In on Mondays,
Wednesdays and Fridays. There was a Wise Guys boys group on Mondays
facilitated by Jeff Martel; Full of Ourselves girls group on
Wednesdays run by Paula Martel; All Stars group run by Kristen
Treacy and a mountain bike group every other Friday with a final
trip to Franklin Falls where I had my first trip over the handle
bars! There was also time for cooking, making homemade ice cream,
tournaments and lots of fun games and activities.
Our first official trip for the summer was to York’s Wild Animal
Kingdom. This park was about more than tigers, monkeys and
butterflies it also had amusement rides. As one of the youth rode to
the top of the Ferris Wheel with me she got very excited. Why?
It was the first time she had ever seen the ocean.
A week later
we were off to hike Blue Job in Strafford, NH. On the way home we
stopped at Buzzo Quarry, a former surface mica and feldspar quarry
started in the 1880s and last worked commercially in 1959. The youth
were able to bring home a few of their favorite finds.
group of youth loaded up in the van for a day of rides, games, live
entertainment and attractions at Canobie Lake Park. Yes, the youth
rode on the new ride Untamed and they loved it. Zach also went on it
with the youth - he is braver than me - I think I will save that one
for next year. We want to thank Rick Walter for being brave enough
to spend the day volunteering with us. The log ride wasn’t that bad,
was it Rick?
Deep Sea fishing anyone? Some took Dramamine, but
for one young man it did not work. After he got sick, not over the
side, he started fishing and felt much better. Everyone caught at
least one fish. The youth that caught a lot of fish or didn’t want
to keep their fish ended up sharing them with others who did not
have as much luck.
Who doesn’t love the Red Sox? Even with humid
temperatures in the upper 80s we had an amazing breeze and plenty of
shade while sitting in the Dunkin Dugout. One of the youth wanted to
sing Happy Birthday to Dustin Pedroia. As he started to sing, the
crowd joined in. It was great! We want to thank our bus driver Sam -
he got us back and forth safely - and Julie and Dawn for helping
For one of our last trips we went kayaking. It was a
perfect summer day. Many of the youth were beginners or had never
kayaked before. They were a little nervous but it was not long
before they became comfortable. We stopped at Daisy Beach for lunch
and swimming. During our time there some of the youth got a chance
to tip over in their kayaks and learned how to do a T-Rescue. Thanks
again to Julie who helped chaperone for the day.
summer we also offered two four-week sessions of outdoor rock
climbing. For the first session we had 11 youth sign-up to test
their skills at something new or to just continue expanding their
climbing knowledge. During the second session many of the youth
continued to climb with us and wanted something a little more
challenging. We decided for the last climb of the summer to take our
more experienced climbers to do a 135 foot rappel. All the youth
were a little shocked they were able to do it, but at the same time,
they were pleased with themselves for taking the opportunity and not
giving up! They also got to see a baby Turkey Vulture in a small
cave. The adult Vultures (parents), which are huge, were flying
nearby the whole time we were there.
nothing boring or uneventful at PYW and I would not have it any
other way. We would like to thank everyone who participated,
volunteered and supported us during another great summer! If
you would like to learn more about the trips that PYW offers during
the summer and school year please call Paula or Zach at 435-8272 or
stop by to see what we are up to. We offer great opportunities,
trips and activities for the youth to do year round.