Pittsfield NH News

January 25, 2017




There will be a Memorial Service for Margaret R. DuHamell 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.



Letter To The Editor

Select Board meeting 1/17/17


We had a presentation by NH Economic Development giving direction to the BOS, other boards, and the public.  Focus was two-fold; helping existing businesses be successful to create a more vibrant community and encourage new business, primarily along Rt. 28, with the goal of more taxable real estate that’s less demanding on town services than residential development.


The highlights: Don’t waste economic development funds on consultants; simplify planning and zoning - complexity drives development away; planning and zoning shouldn’t get caught up in minutia that delays approvals; rules get taken to extreme; Pittsfield viewed as a ‘drive by’ town- little on 28 welcomes business; downtown image improvement; social media should be as positive including our website; boards should be welcoming and citizens with negative attitudes should not employ ‘mob rule’ at hearings. 


I was disappointed that bringing commercial to Rt. 28 sounded so difficult.  They stated it’s hard to attract business north and increased development must be viewed long term.  Given the town really has taxation as our only revenue source (and we need relief now), I found this disheartening.  However, 10 years will come and go quickly, so we better start.  One statistic I found surprising- they claim considerably more people travel into Pittsfield to work than travel out of Pittsfield to work elsewhere.  I never would have guessed that.


Also; $117,734 was transferred from the ambulance revenue fund to the general fund; an extension was signed on the contract for 31 Berry Ave.; private interest in 37 Main St. is being encouraged as well as town committees; public input- question re; where the sidewalk plow stops on Catamount St.; concerns about appearance and safety of dilapidated buildings around town, and the amount of donations piling up around the Planet Aid box.


We’ll address what we can while respecting property owners’ rights. 


Carl Anderson



Dorcas Guild


The January 10 meeting of the Dorcas Guild of the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield began with a welcome by President Mary Jo Powelson. Nella Hobson began a time of devotions by reading a passage of scripture from Matthew 6. All joined in “The Lord’s Prayer.”


Diane Vaughan reported on various cards sent for the ill and bereaved. She shared correspondence and the group received an update on shut-ins. The December 2016 minutes were accepted as was the treasurer’s report.


The food basket from Corine Miller was received by Gailann Newton and will go to Linda Towle in February. The mystery package brought by Nella was won by Bev Murdough. Nella and Bev are co-chairs for the World Day of Prayer event, March 3, and are working it.


SouperFest, hosted by the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness, will be held March 17 in Concord. A sign-up sheet for “cookie support” is on the vestry bulletin board.


For new business, the Guild will consider a service project for 2017. “Baby Threads” of New Hampshire and “Children’s Care Tote Bags” for local law enforcement are some possibilities.


Discussion on our missions’ disbursements followed. The group approved support to several local organizations. Bev discussed Camp Sentinel, a Christian overnight and day camp in Tuftonboro.


While enjoying dessert, the group had their book exchange and the new Program Guide was distributed. Next month’s meeting will be held February 14 at 6:30 p.m., with hostesses Diane Vaughan and Nella Hobson. “Hearts and Flowers” is the theme, and items for the Diaper Pantry would be appreciated. Wednesday work meetings begin again February 1, 10- 2 in the vestry. All ladies are welcome.



Pastor’s Corner

Submitted By Mike Mavity, Grace Capital Church


Happy New Year! There is just something about that word ‘new’ that feels good. We love the smell of a new car or the look of a new outfit. Personally, I love the look and feel of new shoes. They feel so good on my feet and I always feel a little bit fresher when I get to wear a new pair of shoes. 


New Year’s is also the time when we make new resolutions to live differently. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve resolved to lose weight, exercise more, read more books, among other things. New resolutions are good. A new year is a great time to re-focus ourselves on the things that are good for us. It’s exciting to see a full year calendar ahead of us with nothing penciled in yet. It’s all out there for us to go and get!


It’s important to remember too, that the Bible reminds us that God’s mercies are new every day. We don’t have to wait until January 1st to receive new mercy from God. It’s an every day event! Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” 


So, this year as we plan our resolutions and live them out, let’s remember that things are new with God every day. He sees us as sons and daughters and because of His great love for us, He gives us a new batch of mercy every day. We might slip and completely fail with our new year’s resolutions but God’s amazing grace for us can make us new every day. 


2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) - Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.



Go Ahead, “Eat Your Heart Out” This Spring


Rehearsals are now underway for “Eat Your Heart Out” and the cast and crew are working to deliver a deliciously funny play to audiences at The Scenic Theatre in Pittsfield this spring.  


Director Mike Hobson and producer Jon Martin have teamed up once again following their successful last year’s production of “The Game’s Afoot.”  They have picked a comedy by author Nick Hall that presents a unique look at the human situation.  Set in present time, “Eat Your Heart Out” follows the plight of an out-of-work actor named Charlie who waits tables in six New York City restaurants while hoping for his big break in show business.  The remaining four cast members portray multiple roles as customers who come in the restaurants and interact with their waiter.  The steady flow of changing locations, customers, and personal revelations provide the audience with wonderfully amusing insights into all the characters’ lives. And, with the action, audiences will learn the proper way to eat escargot and raw oysters.       


A dynamic and high-spirited cast has been selected for this mouthwateringly humorous show.  Jonathan Flower portrays Charlie, the waiter, who is your server for the show.  The four actors playing multiple customer roles are Vicki Watson as Women, Mike Towle as Men, Alexis Keyes as Girls, and Tony Pfaff as Boys.


So prepare yourself for a connoisseur’s delight by marking your calendars and coming to see “Eat Your Heart Out,” performing March 24, 25, 31 and April 1 for evening shows at 7:30 p.m., and on April 2 for the Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.  All shows will be presented at The Scenic Theatre, 6 Depot Street, Pittsfield. Tickets will be available in March.



Mark Your Calendar For World Day Of Prayer


The World Day of Prayer service will be held this year at the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield, 24 Main Street, Friday, March 3 at 7 p.m. People of more than 170 countries and regions celebrate this event.


World Day of Prayer is an ecumenical movement of Christian women of many traditions coming together to observe a common day of prayer the first Friday of March. Each year a different country’s committee serves as writers for the World Day of Prayer service. This year the ladies of the Philippines have written an interesting program with the theme, “Am I being unfair to you.”


Plan to join in prayer and song in this community of faith service. All are welcome. Parking and wheelchair accessible entry are available at rear of church at Chestnut Street.



VA To Provide Fertility Counseling And Treatment

For Certain Veterans And Spouses

Submitted Bia Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it is amending its regulation regarding fertility counseling and treatment available to eligible Veterans and spouses.  VA currently provides certain infertility services other than in vitro fertilization (IVF) services to Veterans as part of the medical benefits package.  This interim final rule authorizes IVF for a Veteran with a service-connected disability that results in the inability of the Veteran to procreate without the use of fertility treatment. It also states that VA may provide fertility counseling and treatment using assisted reproductive technologies (ART), including IVF, to a spouse of a Veteran with a service-connected disability that results in the inability of the Veteran to procreate without the use of fertility treatment.


“I have always believed that one of the main responsibilities of a grateful nation is to make whole the men and women who have made sacrifices on our behalf,” said VA Secretary Bob McDonald. “It is important that we fully understand the needs of our Veteran population, and incorporate the major scientific advances available today that can allow them to live a full life. Providing fertility counseling and treatment, including in vitro fertilization, is consistent with VA’s goal of restoring reproductive capabilities of Veterans and improving the quality of their lives.”


As part of the medical benefits package, VA provides many different types of fertility treatments and procedures to Veterans. These include infertility counseling, laboratory blood testing, surgical correction of structural pathology, reversal of a vasectomy or tubal ligation, medication, and various other diagnostic studies or treatments and procedures


Full implementation of this regulation requires that VA utilize and optimize existing capabilities for care in the community and develop internal processes that will provide Veterans with a seamless path to receiving ART services. Veterans can immediately schedule appointments with their local health care system for eligibility determinations, clinical evaluation and consultation, and initial treatment as we work to build this structure.


The interim final rule was published in the Federal Register on January 19, 2017 and can be accessed here.  Although the interim rule references September 30, 2017 as the date the funding expires, the funds are authorized through September 30, 2018.



American Legion Post 88 Loudon News

Submitted by Commander Shawn Jones


At our December meeting on 12/21/16 we had 14 members in attendance. We voted to establish an account to help indigent members who wish to continue their membership in the post but are struggling financially. The Chaplain, membership chair, and I will decide on the need on a case by case basis for a period up to two years. We seeded the account with some donations from members and moving some money from the Commander’s Fund Raffle to the new account. 


We will be upgrading our flag pole light to electrical power in the spring. It was discussed at this meeting that the current solar powered light is inadequate to properly light the flags.  The solar light was worth trying but is not serving its intended purpose. Gary Tasker will work on running power out to the flag pole in the spring and we will purchase a new light fixture. 


Our Commander’s Fund Raffle winners for December were: $50-Mary P., $25-Dustin B., $10-Judy D., $10-Stan P., $5-Maureen T. Congratulations to our December winners. 


At our January meeting on 1/18/17 we had 18 members in attendance including one new prospective new member along with two guest speakers from the Friends Program in Concord. 


Our guests Brian and Cindy of the Friends Program spoke about their various programs where members could volunteer as little as one hour a month or one day a week. The Youth Mentoring program is in need of male mentors for the boys they have in their program who need someone to look up to or who may want to participate in one of your favorite hobbies. The Friends Program has several ways that people can volunteer with them, not just mentoring boys and girls but helping to drive someone to a medical appointment or helping out at a Friendly Kitchen in Concord among many other opportunities to find something that is rewarding and gets one out of the house. For more information on the Friends Program go to http://www.friendsprogram.org/ or call them at 228-1193.


I gave a report from the District 5 winter conference held at Post 59 in Hillsboro on January 14th. The district is looking for members who want to serve at the district level starting with the April election of officers. If you would like to serve in one of the many leadership positions such as Vice Commander, Jr Vice Commander, Adjutant, Chaplin, Historian, Sargent at Arms, Service Officer, Judge Advocate, etc., please contact me at nhpost88@gmail.com or 496-0204 and I’ll pass your name along. Your post will also be looking for members who want to serve at the post level as well starting in April. We will be taking nominations in March. Our post is only as good as its members and those who want to help run it. 


District 5 is going to be holding an upcoming raffle for a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle. I will let you know when the tickets go on sale. The District needs to raise some money so that it, in turn, can make some charitable donations out to the many organizations that are out there helping veterans. 


The Mid-Winter Department Conference is going to be on January 28th at Post 7 in Rochester. I’ll be going to this along with any other members who want to attend. I’ll give a brief report of the conference in my next article. 


Children & Youth Officer Mike Hart gave an update on the District Oratorical program that he has been hard at work trying to get students interested in competing. Post 88 will be holding the contest dates this year for the high school age students on February 4th, and on March 11th for the middle school age students. The winners of these two contests will go on to compete at the state level at Saint Anselm College in March and April. Mike had a lot of good ideas how to better reach students in the Public and Private sector as well as Home school students that he will bring up at the Department committee meeting in January. 


We did make our 100 percent membership goal for 2017 by the December 31st deadline. We actually exceeded that by five members. We have the highest overall score in the district at 107.46%. We currently now stand at 72 paid members for the 2017 year.  Look for our 100% membership yellow streamer on our flag at the Memorial Day Parade. We cannot stop here with recruitment as we want to grow our membership and do even more good for the community and our veterans. Our post all time high membership level was 87 members. If we can continue to get new members or transfers from Post 200 or other posts, we can achieve this number. I’m not actively trying to get members from other posts to join ours, but if a Legionnaire moves into the Loudon area, we’d welcome them to switch their membership to our post. We really need to do a better job of bringing in new younger members as well as women veterans. They will help our post to continue into the future and carry out our programs. If you think you want to join the Legion, Auxiliary, or Sons of The American Legion, please contact me for more information.  


The Loudon Lions Club wants to use the post for its spring breakfast on April 15th.  There were no objections to them using the post on this day. Keep your eyes out for the signs.


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Commander Jones reads the Certificate of Appreciation to Larry Hemphill before presenting it to him. 


I presented Larry Hemphill with a Certificate of Appreciation that both he and I were presented with at the District 5 meeting. Larry did not attend that meeting, so Department Commander Thomas Willey asked me to give Larry his. The certificates we received from the National Commander and Adjutant for efforts in last year’s District 5 revitalization efforts. Larry and I worked a phone bank, calling prospective new members or to help get members transferred to a local post. 


Our Commanders Fund Raffle winners for January were: $50-Tony R., $25-Beth B., $10-Mike M., $10-Garrett L., $5-Bob S. Congratulations to our January winners.


That is all for this month. Enjoy the rest of our winter season.













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