Pittsfield NH News

March 22, 2017


Josiah Carpenter Library
Operating Hours


Starting April 1, 2017 hours of operation will be:
Monday & Wednesday
2:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Tuesday & Thursday
10:00- 2:30 pm
Friday & Saturday
10:00-1:00 pm


Please note that the library’s restroom remains unavailable for public use.



VA’s Rule Establishes Presumption Of Service Connection For Diseases Associated With Exposure To Contaminants In Water Supply At Camp Lejeune
VA to provide disability benefits for related diseases
Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) regulations to establish presumptions for the service connection of eight diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, are now effective.


“Establishing these presumptions is a demonstration of our commitment to care for those who have served our nation and have been exposed to harm as a result of that service,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Dr. David J. Shulkin. “The Camp Lejeune presumptions will make it easier for those Veterans to receive the care and benefits they earned.”


The presumption of service connection applies to active-duty, reserve and National Guard members who served at Camp Lejeune for a minimum of 30 days (cumulative) between Aug. 1, 1953, and Dec. 31, 1987, and are diagnosed with any of the following conditions:

  • Adult leukemia

  • Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes

  • Bladder cancer

  • Kidney cancer

  • Liver cancer

  • Multiple myeloma

  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
    Parkinson’s disease

The area included in this presumption is all of Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River, including satellite camps and housing areas.


This presumption complements the health care already provided for 15 illnesses or conditions as part of the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012. The Camp Lejeune Act requires VA to provide health care to Veterans who served at Camp Lejeune, and to reimburse family members or pay providers for medical expenses for those who resided there for not fewer than 30 days between Aug. 1, 1953, and Dec. 31, 1987.



Letter To The Editor


Election day 3/14/2017! A little over 400 hardy townspeople fought their way through the worst storm of the winter in order to do their duty at the polls. Many towns opted to risk having their results challenged in court, given some ambiguous language in the law, by rescheduling voting to another day. But not us! Elections as usual, weather be damned. Numbers were down slightly, but not enough to think it made much difference in the results one way or the other.


There were a few contested races; incumbent Jim Allard defeated Erik Nilsson for the one year select board seat and incumbent Gerard LeDuc won the 3 yr seat over challenger Adam Gauthier. Carole Grainger took the library trustee position, defeating Bill Miskoe.


The ballot question that would have changed Pittsfield’s town meeting to an SB2 system of voting narrowly missed the 60% required to pass, failing by just 9 votes. A separate article on the school ballot for SB2 did exceed the 60% mark, thereby eliminating the annual school meeting starting next year, in favor of placing all questions on the ballot on election day. It should be interesting to see how SB2 works for the school.


The Victory Workers 4H club provided a huge, delicious and much appreciated lunch for all the volunteers at the town hall.


Those are the highlights of a long, challenging day for voters and the half frozen and snow covered candidates greeting them outside. All in all, a tough and dedicated group of townspeople. Thanks to everyone who did their duty.


Carl Anderson



Pittsfield Players Present, “Eat Your Heart Out”


Some of the most unusual meals you’ll ever experience will be “served up” during the comedy play “Eat Your Heart Out” performing at the Scenic Theatre with night shows on March 24, 25, 31 and April 1 at 7:30 pm and a 2:00 pm matinee on April 2.


This witty comedy by Nick Hall examines the complications of human relationships, taking you to six different Manhattan restaurants.


Tickets are $15 and are available through TicketLeap or the Scenic box office, 435-8852.  On opening night, a dinner and show deal is available with three course dinner at Main Street Grill and Bar, 32 Main Street in Pittsfield, and a ticket for the March 24th show after dinner, both for only $35.  Dinner and show can be reserved by calling the Scenic box office.



Letter To The Editor
The Tale of Two Sisters (abridged)


Long ago two sisters who grew up in Manchester upon marrying moved to the places of their dreams. Sister one did much research and found Rye to be the place where they spent lots of money on schools, had wonderfully expensive homes and many strict rules on land use. The decision was made and off they went to raise their family as they saw fit in the place that fulfilled all their expectations.


Sister two, desiring elbow room, dreamed of having a piece of land in the country. So 40 years ago that sister and her husband found a piece of affordable land in the small rural community of Pittsfield. They came to this unique town because it offered opportunity to put down deep roots, build a homestead and teach their children to appreciate the land and all it has to offer. All worked long and hard in their beautiful country setting building home and muscle. It has fulfilled many of their expectations except one-TAXES.


TAXES are more burdensome than anyone would have imagined 40 years ago. It hardly seems possible that one household must spend so much of its hard earned income this way.


I am encouraged by the new opportunities SB2 will offer and possibly lighten our burden in time or at least hold it in check. Thank you for voting yes on SB2, a step in the right direction. This year it passed for the school, next year for the town.


Most sincerely,
Sharon Matras



Pastor’s Corner
Submitted By David Harper, the church on River Road


Someone has said that “whatever you love the most controls you the most.” Another way to put it is like this: Whatever it is that we think we are controlling is actually the thing/person/circumstance that is controlling us. Take, for instance, family. You love your family, and perhaps you’d describe your love toward them as devotion. That’s a good thing. In large part, this love dictates our actions toward them. It motivates us to get up and go to work everyday, to treat them kindly, to buy them gifts, to maintain a good relationship with them. But this love can easily turn to fear if we begin to believe that these are the things that hold our family together. When fear becomes our motivation, control becomes our behavior. We are then trying to earn love by working hard, treating them kindly, buying things that they want, and structuring our idea of a good relationship.


The truth about fear is that it’s never about others. Whatever fear motivates us to do it does for our own benefit. In other words, if fear is driving my actions toward my family, it is because I’m afraid of what I might lose, and I’m not loving them for who they are. Instead, I’m “loving” them for how they make me feel – for the security I derive from a stable relationship, for the good feeling I get when they enjoy a gift, for the appreciation I receive for working hard and providing for them. Fear causes my love to be conditional and selfish. If I love the idea of a perfect family more than I love the imperfect people who make up that family, I will eventually destroy it.


I used the example of family because it’s a struggle close to my own heart. But this truth can be applied to anything we value in life. We were made by God to love and to be loved, to be worshipers, so it’s only natural that we tend toward this. The problem is that though we were made to worship him, we have a million substitutes for God that we somehow think are better and more worthy. Our insecurity causes us to worship the idea of a perfect thing, instead of what God has already provided. We reject the unconditional love of a good Father because we can’t understand how he can be any different than we are. Then we project this identity onto God as an excuse for disbelieving him.


“But God showed his love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” The good news is that we don’t have to live in fear. Jesus has made the way for God to be pleased with us because of what he did, not what we can do. In a life made right by God through Jesus there is no shame or fear, only forgiveness and unconditional love that will transform your life. Your life can tell a different story – a story of freedom from fear!



Loudon American Legion Post #88 Commander Shawn Jones presented an award and check to Annora Brown (12) at the Legion Post in Loudon after Annora won the local Oratorical Contest Competition on March 11. Laura’s studies take place through the Lighthouse Home School Cooperative and the Faith Community Bible Church in Loudon. Annora will next compete in the statewide competition at St. Anselm College on April 1 and a chance to move on to the nationals.



Pittsfield Senior Center News


The Pittsfield Senior Center’s Tai Chi class for seniors is beginning again on Wednesday, April 5, from 1:00pm-2:00pm in the Bicentennial Room of the Pittsfield Community Center.


This class will continue for the next several Wednesdays. Senior safe Tai Chi provides relaxation, concentration, flexibility, balance, and strength through slow moving meditative moves. The cost is $5.00 per visit.


The Mayo Clinic says that Tai Chi is a gentle art form, which the body adapts to easily; it does not cause sore muscles, and reduces pain and stiffness. The classes are an hour long, with long warm-ups and cool downs, and deeper more relaxed breathing. Tai Chi helps in maintenance, prevention, and improvement of over-all health therefore improving quality of life.


All age groups are welcome to participate in this class; it is a slightly more gentle form of Tai Chi, which is excellent for individuals with health or physical concerns. For more information or if interested in the class, please call the center at 435-8482.


The Pittsfield Senior Center is sponsoring an Easter and Spring flower arrangement class on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 10:00 am. Dana Sansom, a retired professor of horticulture technology, will be teaching the class. She has many ideas on how to make seasonal and beautiful flower groupings using silk and dried flowers. If you have, a small basket and items that you would like to use you can bring them to the class. If you would like to bring in real flowers to learn how to make arrangements Dana will teach you. Otherwise, some items will be provided. Please call 435-8482 if planning to attend, so the supplies can be coordinated properly.



What’s Happening At PYW?
Submitted By Sheila DaSilva


In January, a small group of children from Pittsfield Youth Workshop eagerly set out to visit with the residents at Vintage Hill Assisted Living in Pittsfield.


They were warmly greeted to meet in the inviting spacious great room, that one of the residents, Ella Mae, proudly stated, her grandson was the architect that designed it!


The children interacted with many questions  and interest about these residents lives. Arianna asked Rose, a spunky 99 year old looking forward to her 100th birthday on February 4, what she attributed to her longevity?, to which Rose replied,” I played basketball, never drank or smoked, and I still could have a great time!”


Lilly spoke quietly with one of the newer residents, Flora, who arrived in May from Vermont. Flora firmly stated she’s just old enough to vote. When asked of her past and life experience, she is clear and proud to have always worked very hard on her own.


Flora is very committed to her faith, and states that her church family holds high value, and is most important to her. Lilly could see Flora beaming as she spoke and realized how much love it brings to her life.


Heather and Logan joined in speaking with Barbara, who has been a resident at Vintage Hill now for three years, and absolutely loves it there! Barbara said she has made friends there, they all get to go out on excursions regularly. When asked of fond memories, she recalls her past with smiles about ice skating as a young girl, her love for football, basketball and Bingo! Barbara spoke proudly of her 4 children, especially her son, who works at Disney!


Savanna spent time with eager Ella’s Mae, who shared childhood stories, her love for reading, basketball and soccer, and the color purple! Ella Mae strongly advised that a good education opens all the Doors!


Alexa listened and observed, she took in all the questions and responses of all these pleasant ladies, and when asked her thoughts, she replied, “they have all had different and interesting lives, and now they share it together here, they’re  a family.”


They all had a great time sharing, and all even engaged in quite a few rounds of Bingo, which made for much laughter.


As all said goodbye, the children of PYW voiced how “cool” they thought the day went, and what they each learned about these lovely ladies lives. The most positive outcome, was their desire to return to Vintage Hill again, so it looks like this will be on our calendar of events in the Future!



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Meet Lakeside (for those who haven’t stayed)Lakeside is our most coveted lodge at Graylag, perched on a hillside overlooking Wild Goose Pond in Pittsfield. This cabin is our largest with two stories and a huge screened-in porch over looking the lake. Upstairs, there is one small bedroom with a full bed, and large bedroom with 2 full-sized beds and a twin bed. There is also a full bathroom upstairs. Downstairs, there is a fully equipped kitchen area in a separate room that connects to an open layout dining and living room. A new private “master bedroom” has a queen sized bed with access to the screened-in porch. Another full bathroom is located on the main level. A screened porch overlooks the lake with a large table for dining and playing games, hammocks, lounge chairs and benches. Sleeps 8-10 comfortably.













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