Pittsfield NH News

March 15, 2017


 

BEWARE
SCAM ALERT!

 

Please be aware that scam phone calls have been recieved in the town of Pittsfield.

 

The caller has access to names of relatives and is asking for money to help them out.

 

If you receive a call, please contact your local police department.

 



Cindy’s Hair Affair is now a distributor for Your Oil tools. Come in for your bottles cases and make and take packages. Look for more make and take classes coming soon for dogs, cats, children, mental health, and wellness.




Come out and enjoy Winterfest with Grace Capital Church and your neighbors.  Friday, 3/17, starting at 5:30.There will be a bonfire, games, food, prizes, and most of all, a lot of free family fun!!!  55 Barnstead Road, toward the back of the Atlantic Safety Products building.

 


 

VA Partnership Provides Community Organizations With Path To Support Homeless Veterans
Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan

 

WASHINGTON — Military Outreach USA, a partner of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), recently launched a program to encourage communities to connect with local VA facilities and help VA provide support to homeless or recently homeless Veterans and their families.

 

The Adopt-a-VA program, which began in February, connects individuals and community organizations, such as schools, faith-based groups and businesses, with a local VA Homeless Program case manager at the VA Medical Center or community-based outpatient clinic in their area to help meet Veterans’ non-medical needs.

 

“VA remains committed to preventing and ending Veteran homelessness, but we cannot achieve this goal alone,” said Anthony Love, senior advisor and director of Community Engagement for VHA’s Homeless Programs Office. “Partnerships are critical to providing the support needed to help Veterans exit homelessness, and to identifying local housing and employment opportunities that help them remain stably housed. Military Outreach USA’s Adopt-a-VA program makes it easier than ever for everyone to get involved and support Veterans in their communities.”

 

In 2016, to help formerly homeless Veterans successfully transition to permanent housing, VA formed a partnership with Military Outreach USA, a national, community-based organization that celebrates and supports military and Veteran families. During the first year of the partnership, Military Outreach USA secured donations of services, beds and household items valued at more than $700,000 for homeless and at-risk Veterans in all 50 states.

 

Building on those successes, Military Outreach USA streamlined the process of securing and distributing donations from faith-based, nonprofit and other organizations to Veterans who are transitioning from homelessness.

 

“Adopt-a-VA gives those who want to help our Veterans a way to help,” said Joseph Palmer, executive director of Military Outreach USA.

 

No financial obligation is required for community organizations interested in participating in the Adopt-a-VA program. Forms of assistance can include donating household items and assisting with collection drives for move-in essentials, such as cleaning products and small appliances.

 

Since 2010, VA’s efforts to end Veteran homelessness have resulted in a nearly 50 percent reduction among this at-risk population across the country. Between 2015 and 2016, Veteran homelessness decreased nearly 17 percent, four times the previous year’s decline. The efforts of state and local governments, federal partners and nongovernmental organizations have been instrumental in producing these outcomes.

 

For more information about how to help Veterans through Adopt-a-VA, visit www.adopt-a-va.com. To learn more about VA programs and services that support homeless and at-risk Veterans, visit www.va.gov/homeless.

 


 

VA Secretary Announces Intention To Expand Mental Health Care To Former Service members With Other-than-honorable Discharges And In Crisis
Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan

 

WASHINGTON – Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin while testifying in a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on March 7, 2017, announced his intention to expand provisions for urgent mental health care needs to former service emembers with other-than-honorable (OTH) administrative discharges.  This move marks the first time a VA Secretary has implemented an initiative specifically focused on expanding access to assist former OTH service members who are in mental health distress and may be at risk for suicide or other adverse behaviors.

 

“The president and I have made it clear that suicide prevention is one or our top priorities,” Shulkin said. “We know the rate of death by suicide among Veterans who do not use VA care is increasing at a greater rate than Veterans who use VA care. This is a national emergency that requires bold action. We must and we will do all that we can to help former service members who may be at risk. When we say even one Veteran suicide is one too many, we mean it.”

 

It is estimated that there are a little more than 500,000 former service members with OTH discharges. As part of the proposal, former OTH service members would be able to seek treatment at a VA emergency department, Vet Center or contact the Veterans Crisis Line.

 

“Our goal is simple: to save lives,” Shulkin continued. “Veterans who are in crisis should receive help immediately. Far too many Veterans have fallen victim to suicide, roughly 20 every day. Far too many families are left behind asking themselves what more could have been done. The time for action is now.”

 

Before finalizing the plan in early summer, Shulkin will meet with Congress, Veterans Service Organizations, and Department of Defense officials to determine the best way forward to get these Veterans the care they need.

 

“I look forward to working with leaders like Congressman Mike Coffman from Colorado, who has been a champion for OTH service members,” Shulkin added. I am grateful for his commitment to our nation’s Veterans and for helping me better understand the urgency of getting this right.”

 

Veterans in crisis should call the Veterans Crisis Line at 800-273-8255 (press 1), or text 838255.

 


 

Opening Night Dinner And Show Combo

 

The food is good, the drink is good, and the comedy of the human situation does not pause in the Pittsfield Players’ coming production “Eat Your Heart Out” by Nick Hall. And a special dinner offer is available on the play’s opening night, March 24.

 

Highlighting the restaurant-themed comedy, an opening night “dinner and show” offer is arranged with the Main Street Grill and Bar, 32 Main Street, Pittsfield. A three-course dinner there before the play plus a theater ticket for the show is $35. This offer can be reserved by calling the Scenic Theatre box office, (603) 435-8852.  Meal choices are made at the restaurant.  Tickets for the show only are $15, available through the box office.

 

Director Mike Hobson and producer Jon Martin head a happy cast and crew that cannot stop laughing as they rehearse this show. Set in six Manhattan restaurants, the play depicts the interactions of a waiter and his customers as he hopes to be discovered in show business. The cast of five are Jonathan Flower, Vicki Watson, Tony Pfaff, Alexis Keyes, and Mike Towle.

 

Show dates and times are March 24, 25, 31, and April 1 at 7:30 p.m. and April 2 at 2:00 p.m. at the Scenic Theatre, 6 Depot Street, Pittsfield.

 


 

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What’s Happening At PYW
Submitted By Paula Martel
PYW Volunteer of the Year!

 

Each year, PYW likes to recognize someone that has made a lasting impact, and helps make our organization the best it can be for the youth and the community. We are very proud to announce that William (Bill) Mitchell is our Volunteer of the Year for 2016. Bill started to work at PMHS 9 years ago as the middle high school art teacher. It wasn’t long after that he started volunteering at PYW. Bill is also is a printmaker and painter, he has been a juried printmaker in the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen since 1991 and currently sits on their Board of Directors. He is a listed artist in Who’s Who in America. His work is   included in many private and corporate collections. His prints have been commissioned by New Hampshire Public Television, The New Hampshire Sierra Club and the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. Some of his limited edition holiday greeting cards are included in the James Mullen Holiday  Collection within the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Museum.

 

During some of his free time he has spent many hours after school volunteering on various   projects large and small. One of our favorite larger projects was helping us make the PYW    mural. You can see it on our FB page or hanging above the entrance to PYW as you enter the drop-in area. Having these opportunities can help the youth expand their knowledge, and explored many new skills in the art field. We feel that he is a caring and committed part of the PYW family; we are so lucky that he is willing to spend that time with us. We appreciate all that Bill has done in the past, and all he continues to do — Congrats Bill and thank you so much!

 


 

April Programs And Events At 
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

 

Nature Play Time
Wednesday, April 5, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Holderness, NH - Squam Lakes Natural Science Center holds a program for children ages 2 and 3. Explore the natural world with your little one! Using the five senses the group will investigate mud and water. Adults get to play too! This program will be held outdoors; please dress in warm waterproof layers with rain/mud boots for spring.

 

Cost: $5/member child; $7/non-member child

 

For details about this event, upcoming programs, and membership go to www.nhnature.org or call 603-968-7194.

 

Homeschool Series: All About Series
Thursday, April 6, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Holderness, NH - Squam Lakes Natural Science Center holds a program for homeschool students ages 4 to 6. Programs are all about New Hampshire wildlife. Each session considers a different group of living things through activities, hands-on experiences, and a meeting with a live animal. April will focus on turtles. An adult must participate with children at no additional cost. Each additional adult pays child fee. Program offerings are aligned with the New Hampshire Science Framework.

 

Cost: $9/member child; $11/non-member child

 

For details about this event, upcoming programs, and membership go to www.nhnature.org or call 603-968-7194.

 

Homeschool Series: Get HAPI!
Thursday, April 6, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Holderness, NH - Squam Lakes Natural Science Center holds a program for homeschool students ages 7 to 10. The primary interpretive focus of the Science Center’s programs and exhibits is community ecology, which has four major concepts: Habitats, Adaptations, Populations, and Interrelationships (HAPI). Each session will investigate a different topic in depth. April will focus on ecosystems. An adult must participate with children at no additional cost. Each additional adult pays child fee. Program offerings are aligned with the New Hampshire Science Framework.

 

Cost: $9/member child; $11/non-member child

 

For details about this event, upcoming programs, and membership go to www.nhnature.org or call 603-968-7194.

 

Understanding Bobcats in New Hampshire
Wednesday, April 19, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Holderness, NH - Squam Lakes Natural Science Center and Holderness Recreation Department invite the public for an evening focused on understanding bobcats in New Hampshire. Learn more about bobcat natural history, related research and management activities, and the federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program that makes the work possible. The program is presented by two specially trained volunteers with New Hampshire Fish & Game’s Fish and Wildlife Stewards Program.

 

There is no charge to attend this program but advance registration is requested.

 

For details about this event, upcoming programs, and membership go to www.nhnature.org or call 603-968-7194.

 

Natural Shelter Building
Tuesday, April 25, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
Holderness, NH - Squam Lakes Natural Science Center invites the public for an expedition into shelter building. Participants will venture out to learn different techniques and ways to construct shelters. The land around the Science Center will determine what’s best to use to make the shelters. The group will determine if it is enough to survive the night if needed.

 

Cost: $8/member; $10/non-member

 

For details about this event, upcoming programs, and membership go to www.nhnature.org or call 603-968-7194

 


 

Letter To The Editor

 

I am voting Yes for SB 2 for both school and town, time to get out of the stone ages. SB2 will allow you to attend a deliberative session and then vote a month later in privacy from 7 am to 7pm. All this talk about how wonderful the meetings are and how you get to see your informed neighbors and be social- Blah, blah, blah. I hate these meetings to tell you the truth. With the amount of voters not showing up, I don’t think I’m the only one. All these meetings do is elevate my blood pressure. I usually end up leaving near tears because as always, my taxes just went up again, and a lot. I don’t go to these meetings to see my friends and neighbors, I go because I have to; I try to keep my taxes from going up. Yes, I’m bitter; I’ve got a huge tax problem that’s not going away.

 

Will SB2 keep my taxes from going up? Not likely, I don’t see taxes going down here ever again. If you would like to vote in privacy and hate raising your hand at these meetings, and feel pressured, vote yes for SB2. If voting is hard for you to do on Saturdays and you can’t always make it, vote yes. I want more people voting, not just a handful.

 

When I go to a town meeting, I’m informed, I know when I’m going to raise my hand, I don’t plan on changing my mind just because someone steps up to the podium and belts out their opinion. Opinions are pricey.

 

Party at my house when the taxes go down, I can guarantee it will be a heck of a lot more fun than these meetings.

 

Dulcey Miller
Pittsfield

 


 

Letter To The Editor
Select board meeting 3/7/17

 

Some general housekeeping items approved in preparation for voting day.

 

Police Officer John Webber’s resignation was accepted.

 

Fred Okrent from the Aqueduct Committee reported on work done to date and their intention to move forward with bringing this major purchase to the voters next year.

 

FEMA notified us that they will have survey crews in our area this spring doing flood mapping along the Suncook. They will have identification.

 

A letter from the union that the Police Chief belongs to was read by Sgt. Digeorge with regards to what the union perceives as untrue representations by a Budget Committee member. The subject of the letter, Jacob Kitson, then responded publicly to the accusations, and his denial of wrong-doing. Both were made as public statements and it was not a ‘hearing’ by the BOS.

 

Public input included concerns about Main St. paving, which the state is responsible for, with Rep. Brewster addressing as being on a ‘10 yr plan’ which frankly didn’t sound hopeful. Other concerns included dilapidated buildings and a looming cost for repairs coming on the Joy St. sewer pumping station.

 

The newest full-time hire on the Highway Dept, expressed concern for his job considering the new budget being proposed. He was assured that the BOS had unanimously approved his hiring and intended to keep him on.

 

We all hope for a good turnout for Elections on Tuesday, School Meeting on Thursday, and of course, everyone should try to make Town Meeting at the PES gymnasium on Saturday at 10AM.

 

Carl Anderson

 


 

Concord Regional VNA Offers Caregiver Support Group In Concord

 

Concord Regional VNA is offering a Caregiver Support Group for caregivers of a loved one living with dementia on Mondays beginning April 3 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 79 Clinton Street in Concord.

 

This eight-week support group is for family and friends of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. We provide an opportunity for learning, and a space for sharing your concerns and questions with others who are facing similar challenges.

 

Pre-registration is required and space is limited. To register, please call (603) 230-5673 or (800) 924-8620, ext. 5673 or e-mail jennifer.brechtel@crvna.org.

 


 

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Please, ready to order?

 

Charlie the waiter, center, portrayed by Jonathan Flower, tries unsuccessfully to get the attention of two amorous lovebirds, played by Tony Pfaff and Alexis Keyes, in rehearsal for the upcoming play “Eat Your Heart Out” at the Scenic Theatre, 6 Depot Street, Pittsfield.  The comedy production by The Pittsfield Players, showing March 24, 25, 31, and April 1 at 7:30 pm and April 2 at 2:00 pm, is directed by Mike Hobson and depicts a waiter’s relationships with numerous customers in six Manhattan restaurants.  An opening night dinner and show offer is available for a three-course dinner at Main Street Grill, 32 Main Street in Pittsfield, plus a show ticket for $35. Tickets for the show only are $15. Reserve tickets at the box office number (603) 435-8852.

 


 

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Youth Leaders with Pittsfield Listens’ Pittsfield Youth Voice in it Together (PYViiT) presented about their work and experienced campus life at the Harvard Graduate School of Education March 3- 4.  They highlighted their work in sharing their stories, practicing leadership, and creating change in their community, including the Learning Studio they developed and are facilitating at Pittsfield Middle High School.  PYViiT leaders presented in collaboration with leaders from Youth in Action of Providence, RI, as inspired by their experiences at The Youth Leadership Institute. Pictured: PYViiT Youth Leaders- Jessica Rainville, Amber Ricci, Courtney Butler; Pittsfield Listens Youth Organizing Fellow- Christopher Marcotte; and Youth Leaders with Youth in Action.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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