Pittsfield NH News

January 18, 2017


 

TOPS News

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KOP members:  Peg Driscoll, Pearl Donovitch, Katherine Snow, and Pat Smith.

 

Our TOPS chapter recently celebrated a KOPS anniversary. Pat Smith earned her KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly)status in the Epping Chapter in 2001.  She transferred to the Pittsfield Chapter #38 and has been with us since.   She is a motivator and a tremendous support to all the members.  She constantly puts herself out for the members by offering transportation, calling, encouraging and truly helping solve weight and diet concerns of the Chapter. She has never lost her status as a KOPS, and in the 15 yrs. never was out of her goal leeway.  She truly is the glue that keeps Chapter #38 together.  Congrats to her on her 15th Anniversary as a KOPS.

 

Have you made a decision to lose weight during 2017? Maybe in the past you have struggled to do this on your own.  If so, you may want to consider joining TOPS, which stands for Take Off Pounds Sensibly. Our chapter provides support among its members, information on healthy foods and periodically brings in special speakers to present information to promote good health. We would encourage you to visit and learn how TOPS can assist you.  Meetings are Tuesdays at 6:30 at Berakah on Fairview Rd.  Call Pat 435-5333 or Beth 435-7397 for more information.

 


 

Letter To The Editor

 

Well, so much for a week off. An unscheduled Select Board meeting was called for 1/10, principally to deal with some revised year end accounting numbers.

 

Additionally, PD admin assistant Katelyn Ricker’s resignation was accepted with regret. Katelyn has moved out west to be with her husband who’s in the service. Norma Konopka also tendered resignation from her Cemetery trustee position. Selectman Allard will write them letters of thanks.

 

Planning board chairman Clayton Wood came to us for permission to meet on behalf of the town with a rep. of Blackhaul Networks, LLC. They had approached him regarding their desire to place a 120’ tower/pole somewhere in the downtown area which would provide new communication technology to Pittsfield. Clayton will come back to us with more details once he has met with them as we will no doubt have many questions and concerns.

 

Carole Richardson presented a check for over $14,000 to the town from the cemetery fence fund. Carole will no longer be raising money for this cause, having already completed 3 sections of the 4 phase project, to the tune of $60,000. The new fence looks wonderful and anyone wishing to contribute to the final phase should now contact the town administrator’s office. Carole has been working tirelessly on this cause for a long, long time and she deserves the credit for setting off our very visible Floral Park town cemetery with an attractive respectful border.

 

Carl Anderson

 


 

Letter To The Editor

Budget Committee Update

 

Budget season is well under way in Pittsfield and the Budget Committee would like to provide some objective context for discussions, and encourage citizens to attend our meetings, particularly the public hearing on February 8th.

 

The School and Town budgets presented to the committee this year both represent challenges due to the estimated impact they will have on the tax rate.  The estimated tax impact as presented by the school is $2.97/thousand, and by the Town is $1.77/thousand.

 

This is a starting point, and there are many factors affecting these estimated values, such as revenue projections and expenditures, which will be finalized in the coming weeks.  Additionally, you must consider property valuations in conjunction with the tax rate. However, the committee feels it is important to present the potential impact to taxpayers, and the challenges we face. 

 

The total estimated tax impact as presented is $4.74/thousand, on top of $1.97/thousand from last year.  This means a homeowner with a valuation of $100,000 could potentially pay an additional $474 in taxes next year, $711 for a property valued at $150,000, and $948 for a property valued at $200,000.

 

We are all members of this community, and want to do what is in the best interest for all of Pittsfield.  It is a complex and challenging task, and we want to hear from you.

 

The Budget Committee is meeting regularly on Wednesday nights at 6:30pm at Town Hall.  Our public budget hearing is scheduled for 7:00pm Wednesday February 8th at the PMHS lecture hall, with a snow date on Thursday February 9th.

 

Sincerely,

Pittsfield Budget Committee

 


 

White Elephant Wisdom LLC Comes To Pittsfield!

 

White Elephant Wisdom LLC is dedicated to providing clients with essential tools and practical skill sets designed to help them lead richer, less stressful lives by becoming more engaged in their own experiences. It is our pleasure to serve you through Education & Ceremony.

 

Vicky is a Reiki Master, Spiritual Teacher, Inspirational Speaker and Facilitator of Ceremony who uses the wisdom she’s gained through study & personal experience to assist others in navigating life’s challenges.  She is a true example of someone who has chosen to make the most of her STE’s  (‘Spiritually Transformative Events’ ….a life event that serves to change one’s belief systems and outlook on life) by using her knowledge and experience to empower others.

 

After working through the loss of her son to suicide, then her daughter to cancer, followed by her husband (also a suicide), she developed a strong passion for helping others cope with their own grief through ritual, ceremony and mindful practices. By taking a metaphysical approach to her grief support services, she brings much needed light to a subject often shrouded in fear and darkness.

 

Vicky holds unique and powerful workshops that give participants lots of valuable information, resources, inspiring examples and instruction on various techniques designed to help us become more engaged in our own life experience (“Conscious Living”).  By doing so, we develop an inner calm that aids us in facing life’s challenges.

 

Vicky feels that Ritual and Ceremony are artistic expressions of the Soul, and often uses her years of Shamanic training to “flavor” her beautifully moving ceremonies and workshops.  She has a wide range of services to offer…something for everyone and remains both honored and humbled by the opportunity to do so.  

 

“It is my distinct honor to be of service to you.  Nothing gives me more pleasure than to see a genuine smile on another’s face and know that I had some part in making that happen. 

 

Whether I am guiding others to wonderful new self-discoveries in a workshop, or presiding over a heartfelt ceremony among your family and friends, I always come away feeling truly blessed to have been a part of your lives for those moments in time.  You have my undying gratitude always.”

 


 

Pittsfield School Board Meeting

January 5, 2017

Submitted by Ralph Odell

Mike Wolfe called the meeting to order at 5:30

 

Faculty leaders presented a series of reports starting with Danielle Harvey. Students and schools are being evaluated annually and PES faculty will be performing a midyear evaluation. Some of the faculty may be new to a competency based approach to learning and this midyear evaluation will help them insure they are on track. Due to the innovations at PES, 30 educators visited Pittsfield on January 12 to gain further insight into the opportunities being developed in Pittsfield.

 

Derek Hamilton, Dean of Operations described actions being taken to comply with deficiencies observed in a recent Fire Inspection. He also described planning for the upcoming District Wellness Fair in March, that is designed to promote healthy lifestyles and positive choices by students. 

 

Donna Lehmann, Director of Student Services, reported the District is serving 132 students from K-  to age 21. A small increase is expected with students moving to the area. Nine of the students are attending programs outside of Pittsfield. She has been attending training that will allow her to assist students with disabilities to prepare and participate in SAT tests.

 

The Office of College and Careers has been active with a series of events planned. In December representatives from three NH Community Colleges visited Pittsfield for an instant admission day. 78% of the graduating seniors participated with 43 acceptances being offered.  Ninth and tenth graders had a presentation on January 6 from the Concord Regional Technical Center providing insight into programs that are available that they might want to experience. On January 10, 2017 the annual “Home is Where the Heart is” presentation will held consisting of a series of PMHS graduates describing their post graduation experiences. Students have the opportunity to participate in On-Line courses while at PMHS. She described a student who has completed enough credits to enter college as a sophomore. 

 

Dr. Freeman presented a proposal for a Wellness District wide Policy. The intent is to insure a culture of health and wellness including student behavior and nutrition. Students will be insured meals that will include quantity and quality that meets Federal Guidelines. 

 

Coming back after a Christmas break the agenda was shorter than many with the meeting being the shortest in recent memory.

 


 

Letter To The Editor

 

It’s once again Town Meeting time and, as usual, controversial subjects come front and center. This year is no different when at a recent meeting of the selectboard, the police department came under scrutiny and the board decided to  shave the budget. Their proposal is to eliminate the SRO (school resource officer) and a patrolman.

 

The issue here should not be saving pennies at the expense of children, especially in the environment we now live in as well as the recent killings of multiple police officers around the country. Many of you are quick to agree that we have too many officers and that you never see a cruiser. Well I can tell you (because of my affiliation with the court), that neither is correct. I not only frequent Pittsfield PD, but many of the surrounding towns, and our town has a significant number of calls including: domestics, drugs, DUI’s, etc. You may not see them but they are out there.

 

It has been said the State Police will handle our calls, but that will only happen if they are in the area, as they have a lot of territory to cover. Yes it’s true they responded to a call recently with a canine unit, however, that is probably  the exception. We have a police canine whose usefulness comes under question. A dog not supported by the town, but an important member of the dept.

 

Enough said. If you have questions about the department or the canine (his name is Cache), go to the PD, meet with an officer. Members of the selectboard have been invited to a cruiser ride-a-long, but none have responded. It’s easy to sit and criticize but finding out the facts seem to be non-existent.

 

Elizabeth A. Hast

 


 

Applications To Be Accepted For 2017 National Veterans Golden Age Games

Event Takes Place in Biloxi, May 7-11

Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan

 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will accept applications from Veterans interested in competing in the 2017 National Veterans Golden Age Games beginning Feb. 1. Veterans ages 55 and older and enrolled in VA health care may complete applications online at www.veteransgoldenagegames.va.gov. Applications will be accepted through March 1.

 

“VA is committed to offer sports and fitness as an integral part of a successful healthcare program, and I encourage every eligible Veteran to take advantage of this opportunity,” said Carla Carmichael, National Veterans Golden Age Games director. “There are significant health benefits to leading an active lifestyle, and in keeping with the Games motto, we want every Veteran to achieve ‘Fitness For Life.’”

 

The 2017 National Veterans Golden Age Games will take place in Biloxi, Mississippi, May 7-11. Nearly 800 athletes are expected to compete in the national multi-sport competition for senior Veterans, embracing the “Fitness for Life” motto. The event encourages participants to make physical activity a central part of their lives, and supports VA’s comprehensive recreation and rehabilitation therapy programs. Competitive events include air rifle, badminton, boccia, bowling, cycling, golf, horseshoes, nine ball, powerwalk, shuffleboard, swimming, table tennis, and track and field. Exhibition events include: air pistol, archery, basketball, blind disc golf and pickleball. 

 

VA research and clinical experience verify that movement and exercise are important to maintaining good health, speeding recovery and improving overall quality of life. The games encourage participants to continue in local senior events in their home communities and every other year serve as a qualifying event for competition in the National Senior Games. VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System will host this year’s games. The Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System provides care for more than 50,000 Veterans throughout Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.

 

For more information visit www.veteransgoldenagegames.va.gov and follow VA Adaptive Sports on Twitter at @VAAdaptiveSport or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vaadaptivesports.

 


 

Letter To The Editor

 

I have three words for the inauguration on January 20th: God help us. Enough said.

 

Jennifer Mika

Pittsfield

 


 

Letter To The Editor

 

To the good citizens of Pittsfield and our State Legislators,

John Freeman, our school superintendent, told me a few weeks ago that this coming year’s proposed school budget includes a $3.00 a thousand tax rate increase and 8 positions eliminated.

 

I was pretty sure I misunderstood him, but then I read articles in The Suncook Valley Sun and the Concord Monitor that this was looking like reality.

 

From what I understand, the reasons are State funds decreasing $86,000.00 this year, 17% health insurance increase, and an increase in special education costs. We have voted very frugal budgets for the last five years, at least. I don’t feel the school can absorb these cuts.

 

Either the State steps in to help, or we raise the tax rate by over $5.00 per thousand.

 

We will not under fund our schools. We will fund our energy saving fund to help save our species, and we will not go down without a fight.

 

Dan Schroth Piermarocchi

 


Obituaries


 

Margaret R. DuHamell

 

Margaret R. DuHamell (Magz), 57, passed away after a long struggle with various medical issues on Sunday, January 1st, 2017 at her home in Pittsfield, NH.

 

Margaret was born on January 10th, 1959 in Brooklyn, NY. Margaret is survived by her loving husband John of 21 years and her dog, who was her constant companion and helped her through her disabilities; her daughter 

 

Vanessa, mother Patricia Bruno, and step father Arthur Bruno, as well as father William Haas, sister Patricia Scott, brother William (Bill) Haas, nieces and nephews, and brother- and sister-in-laws who miss her very much.

 

Margaret loved life and fought hard for the life she loved. She enjoyed the warm spring and summer as well as the fall colors and snowy winters. She enjoyed riding on the back of her husband’s motorcycle whenever she could, traveling in the mountains and lakes region of New Hampshire. She loved growing vegetables and working in her yard when she could.

 

There will be a Memorial Service for Margaret on January 28th at 11 AM at Our Lady of Lords Catholic Church, 20 River Rd., Pittsfield, New Hampshire. There will be a 

 

gathering after the service around the corner from the church with the address posted at the service; all are welcome to both the service and gathering.

 


 

Sharon Cole

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PITTSFIELD – Sharon Cole, 64 of Pittsfield, passed away on Monday, January 9, 2017 at her residence with her family by her side following a lengthy illness.

 

Born on November 24, 1952 in Goffstown, NH she was the daughter of the late Lamson and Elaine (Barker) Wood.

 

Sharon worked for many years as a Machine Operator for Pittsfield Weaving before her retirement. She was a people person who was there if you needed someone to listen or a place to stay. She was everyone’s biggest supporter and she had a heart of gold. Her quick wit and love will be missed.

 

Besides her parents, Sharon was predeceased by her husband Paul Cole in 1993.

 

Sharon is survived by her longtime friend and recent caregiver, Cheryl Keene of Pittsfield; her sons, Mark Therrien and his wife Tracey of  Alton, Austin Cole and his wife Caitlin of Barnstead and Heath Cole and his wife Jennifer of Pittsfield; her daughters, Heidi Nixon and her husband Tony of Epsom, Cassie Mwangi and her husband Don of Tyngsboro, MA and Amy Mitchell and her husband Ricky of Raymond; her sister, Deborah Lacourse of Laconia; her brothers, Lannie Wood and his wife Linda of Pittsfield and Rob Wood and his wife Donna of Zephyrhills, FL; 19 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

A graveside service will be held in the spring at Floral Park Cemetery in Pittsfield. Assisting the family with arrangements is the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home in Epsom. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.stilloaks.com

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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