Pittsfield NH News

June 14, 2017


Pittsfield Citizen of the Year


It is time to pick Pittsfield’s 2017 Citizen of the Year. We need to know who you feel should be honored this year. Please send the name of your nominee and why you feel they should be honored to:


Citizen of the Year
P O Box 173
Pittsfield N H 03263


The deadline to receive nominations will be June 19. A panel of former Citizens of the Year will choose this year’s honoree from the nominations submitted. Thank you for your nominations.


Pittsfield Old Home Day Community Fair


On July 22nd Pittsfield will celebrate Old Home Day “Pittsfield Goes to the Circus!” The community fair will be in Dustin Park from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Old Home Day Committee is looking for crafters and community organizations to join the fair.  Community organizations can participate for free, and the vendor fee is $10.00.  If you would like to set up a table or booth please contact Leslie Vogt at 435-7993 or lesliegvogt@gmail.com.


Drake Field Summer Recreation Program


The Drake Field Summer Recreation Program is free to Pittsfield children in grades 1-8. High school students are welcome to join in and help for community service credit. We are located at Drake’s Field and open Monday- Thursday beginning June 26th and ending August 3rd . The only cost is for admission is to some field trips, many are free. Breakfast and lunches will be provided free of charge. Good behavior is mandatory.


Signup sheets will be sent home with school children soon. For more information please contact Mrs. Sawyer at 267-6733.

Do you like to eat and make new friends at the same time? Grace Capital Church at 55 Barnstead Road has several opportunities for you to do just that!    Thursday, 6/15 is our family dinner for youth entering 6th – 12th grade.  Come out and enjoy a free meal and get to see what our youth group is all about. (Parents and siblings welcome.)  On Saturday, 6/24, there will be a pancake breakfast fundraiser to send our youth to summer camp, and on Friday night, 6/30, we’ll be cooking burgers and hot dogs on the grill at Dustin Park at 6.  This is a free and fun night for all.  Kids games, food and music!  Hope to see you at one (or more) of these great events.



Thank You


The Pittsfield Beautification Committee would like to thank all of you who helped make our fund raising yard sales over the past several weeks a big success.  A very special thanks to those that donated items and plants.


If you did not get a chance to visit us at the yard sale and you would like  to make a cash donation to the Beautification Committee, please send a check payable to the Pittsfield Beautification Committee, c/o Tine Fife 1394 Upper City Rd, Pittsfield NH 03263. Collection boxes can also be found at Town Hall, Bell Brothers, Jack’s Pizza, Town Pizza and Danis Markets. 


Our thanks again for the many people who support us throughout the year. See you at our booth on Old Home Day!



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Meet Deborah And Vicky


After meeting ‘by chance’ in November 2016, it didn’t take long for Deborah and Vicky to realize they both share the same vision… to help others live healthier, happier, more engaged lives by offering products and services designed to address the needs of Body, Mind and Spirit.


Along with running a popular wellness center, Sage Wellness Center and Spa, that brings you Yoga Classes, Metaphysical Workshops, Massage Therapy, Community Grief Support, Holistic Counseling, Hypnotherapy and many other holistic health modalities and experiences, Deborah and Vicky have recently expanded their offerings to include a very unique retail shopping experience!


White Sage Boutique was born from their shared vision to help support community by being living examples of the concept of “Oneness” we all hear about but may not understand. Because they embrace the theory that “We are all one”, they understand that by celebrating, promoting and supporting another, they in turn celebrate, promote and support themselves.  Because of this passionate belief they share, they are stocking their Boutique with predominantly hand-made items from local artisans as well as artisans from around the globe purchased through Fair Trade organizations. Deborah and Vicky have created the moto “Celebrating Local and Global Artisans” for the boutique.


At this wonderfully, sunny and cheerful place they have created, customers can spend time wandering the shelves, exploring the original creations and learning about the artisans themselves as they read their bios and stories that have been posted around the store.


Deborah and Vicky feel both honored and blessed to be able to bring such rich offerings to central New Hampshire and offer heart-felt gratitude to all who support their mission through attendance, participation, sales and well wishes!



Pittsfield School Board
June 1, 2017
Submitted By Ralph Odell


Bernadette Rowley, an elementary school teacher, made a presentation describing the application of technology in her classroom, the instructional techniques, and the progress being made with very impressive results. She had recently given a similar presentation to the NH Department of Education. Danielle Harvey reported that a representative from National Public Radio had recently visited the Pittsfield Schools and prepared a report to be aired to a national audience. These are just two examples of continued progress.


The end of the academic year is in sight and several reports followed with that theme.


Derek Hamilton presented an updated end of the year budget, attempting to maximize the purchases with limited funds.


Melissa Brown reported on several activities focusing on career and post graduate planning. She complemented all those involved with a recent college fair. Twenty five representatives from various post graduate opportunities were available accompanied by workshops for students.


Donna Lehman presented updated student numbers on those students receiving educational assistance. She indicated the number of out of district placements that were the result of children placed in foster care out of the district with Pittsfield retaining the responsibility to pay for special educational services.


Dr. Freeman presented an updated 2017-18 school calendar and the schedule for the Drake Field Summer Program.



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Steve Corning’s One Man Juggling And Entertainment Extravaganza
Wednesday June 28th 10:00am at the Drake Field Recreation Program


Josiah Carpenter Library Summer Reading Program will begin with a free performance by Steve Corning’s One Man Juggling and Entertainment Extravaganza! You’ll be amazed by fast-paced juggling routines, comedy magic and sideshow stunts.  Following the performance a maximum of 30 youth will be able to take part in a juggling workshop that will introduce skills that can build to life-long exhilarating hobby.   Please come and enjoy awesome juggling entertainment!  No reservations are needed; the rain location is Pittsfield Elementary School.


At the performance children will be able to register for Build a Better World, the library’s summer reading program which will continue through August 3rd.  Visit the library any time to learn about scheduled activities and registration.  Questions?  Call 435-8406 or email librarydirector.jcl@gmail.com.



Meet Your Milk At UNH Open Barn June 17


DURHAM, N.H. – The NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire and the Granite State Dairy Promotion invite the public to “meet your milk” at the UNH Open Barn Saturday, June 17, 2017. The annual statewide event, which is free and open to the public, takes place at the UNH Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


“The UNH Open Barn is an annual event we’re proud to be a part of,” said Amy Hall, director of Granite State Dairy Promotion. “Connecting consumers with their local dairy food system is of the utmost importance. It’s a day of educational fun for the entire family. We encourage people to enjoy the facility, meet the staff, and of course, the cows.”


The event gives the public the chance to see a working New Hampshire dairy farm that is representative of a typical New England dairy operation. Free New Hampshire-made milk and ice cream, wagon rides, hourly tours, and visits with the UNH milking cows and calves are the highlights of the day’s activities.


According to Granite State Dairy Promotion, New Hampshire has approximately 101 dairy farms with an average of 115 milking animals per farm. The year 2016 provided many challenges for New Hampshire’s local dairy farms, resulting in the loss of 19 family-owned farms. The New Hampshire dairy industry strongly impacts state and local economies with more than $141 million in total output, 3,717 jobs, and more than $19 million in labor income.


“We encourage the public to join us and learn more about the UNH facility, but also the industry as a whole. The milk consumers’ purchase, no matter the brand or point of purchase, comes from a family-owned farm near them,” Hall said.


The Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center develops new knowledge and management expertise geared directly toward many state and regional stakeholders. It houses about 90 milking-age Holstein cows and approximately 70 growing, replacement animals. Included in that number is the 20-cow, student-managed Cooperative for Real Education in Agricultural Management (CREAM) herd, with the remaining animals devoted primarily to research in the area of dairy nutrition and reproductive biology.


The Fairchild Dairy Center has been long recognized for its quality milk and operations by the Dairy Farmers of America, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, and Dairy One. Cows at the Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center produce an average of about 26,000 to 27,000 pounds of milk per cow per year for the CREAM and research herds, which is greater than the national average of about 22,000 pounds per cow a year.


The center is located at 36 O’Kane Road off Mast Road Extension in Durham. It is open to the public seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors can observe the milking of cows at 3:30 p.m. each day. Map: https://colsa.unh.edu/nhaes/directions/Fairchild.


Granite State Dairy Promotion is a nonprofit organization funded by New Hampshire dairy farmers. Granite State Dairy Promotion aims to increase demand for dairy products and a deeper appreciation for family owned farms.


Founded in 1887, the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture is UNH’s original research center and an elemental component of New Hampshire’s land-grant university heritage and mission.


The University of New Hampshire is a flagship research university that inspires innovation and transforms lives in our state, nation and world. More than 16,000 students from all 50 states and 71 countries engage with an award-winning faculty in top ranked programs in business, engineering, law, liberal arts and the sciences across more than 200 programs of study. UNH’s research portfolio includes partnerships with NASA, NOAA, NSF and NIH, receiving more than $100 million in competitive external funding every year to further explore and define the frontiers of land, sea and space.



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The Friday Night Kayak Group  began the 2017 season on  Friday June 2 with eight kayaks paddling Harvey Lake in Northwood. The group is open to everyone and meets at different local kayaking sites every Friday at 6 PM during June, July and August. The paddling trips last just over an hour and are always in the Northwood to Barnstead area. Simply show up at this week’s Friday night’s location. Visit our web site at huffnpuff.info for information and location of the next trip and put yourself on our email list. You can also call Paul Oman at 435 -7199 for more information.



Pittsfield Old Home Day


SAVE the date... Saturday, July 22!  (Our Old Home Day event is a week later than “usual” due to the NHMS Race that is being held on July 15 & 16 - we cannot compete with that event!)  The theme of the day is “Pittsfield Goes to the Circus!”  Please note - MAIN STREET WILL BE CLOSED FROM 8:30 AM - 3PM (approximately)


Plans are underway and are being finalized and more information will be coming soon.  This is what we know now:


On Friday, July 21 at 8:30pm, the Rotary Club will sponsor a FREE Outdoor movie “DUMBO” at Drake Field.  All are welcome - bring your blanket and chairs!  Refreshments will be available for purchase.


On Saturday, July 22 - the Park St. Baptist Church will start our day by serving a delicious breakfast!  The cost of the breakfast is by Donation.


St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church will hold a Silent Auction and offer all their delicious baked goods and hot dogs!


Dustin Park will be home to the Community Fair - KIDS ACTIVITIES, CRAFTERS, LOCAL ORGANIZATION BOOTHS, MUSIC and more.  (To sign up for a spot at the Community Fair at Dustin Park, contact Leslie Vogt at 435-7993 or leslievogt@gmail.com.


NEW this year - ARTSFEST (Family Circus Show from Laconia) - They will feature Aerial tricks, trapeze, hooping and more - I think there will be jugglers & stilt-walkers too.


CAR SHOW on Main Street from 9-12.


POPCORN (any Flavor) is the Cook-Off theme this year. Cash prizes are awarded to the top 3 winners.  Call Andi Riel at 435-6346 to register.


KIDS BIKE PARADE...........followed by the Old Home Day Parade at 1pm


(Floats and other entries are needed for the parade.  It’s a CIRCUS theme - everyone loves a Circus!  Groups, Clubs, Businesses, Classes and Sport teams are all encouraged to get together and enter a float- or something and participate in the parade.   The parade is only as good as the entries in it!!


**** Please call MARK RIEL at 435-6346 if you would like to put an entry in the parade ****


Cookout and swimming at the F.B. Argue Rec Area (aka - Town Pool) after the parade


Adopt A Duck Race at Drake Field Boat Launch


Battle of the Badges (Police vs Fire) Softball game




We will need some help with traffic detail before/during/after parade- if anyone would like to help with that- please contact us.


For more information, please contact Andi Riel at 435-6346 or pittsfieldtowncrier@hotmail.com or Louie Houle at 435-6938.



New VA Online Tool Helps Veterans Learn About And Compare Effective PTSD Treatments
Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched a new online tool that will help Veterans compare various treatment options for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


The PTSD Treatment Decision Aid is a free, interactive online tool that helps educate patients about effective treatment options for PTSD and encourages them to participate actively in decisions about their care.


“The health and well-being of the courageous men and women who have served their country in uniform is the VA’s highest priority,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “The PTSD Treatment Decision Aid is an important step in putting Veterans in control of their health care. By helping to bridge understanding and communication between Veterans and providers about the most effective treatment options available, we are ensuring Veterans receive the treatments that best promote their healing and recovery.”


The tool includes information about evidence-based PTSD treatments, such as talk therapy and prescription medication options. It also includes useful information designed for people who have served in the military. Users can watch videos of providers explaining different treatment options and what to expect with those treatments, and hear from Veterans who have benefited from them.


Veterans can also build a chart to compare the treatments they prefer and print a personalized summary to share with their providers. All personal information is erased once the tool is closed to protect users’ privacy.


According to VA findings, approximately eight of every 100 people will experience PTSD at some point in their lifetimes, and almost 620,000 of the Veterans treated by VA have a diagnosis of PTSD.  


“We know from research and our own clinical experience that Veterans can recover and improve their quality of life with the right PTSD treatment plan,” said Dr. Poonam Alaigh, VA’s Acting Under Secretary for Health. “We want our Veterans and those who care for them to have access to effective treatment options. Knowing about the latest research can help them get the best care possible.”


To learn more about PTSD visit the National Center for PTSD website at www.ptsd.va.gov. Health-care providers who have questions about the PTSD Treatment Decision Aid or other free resources can email the PTSD Consultation Program at PTSDconsult@va.gov or call 866-948-7880.



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Debbie and John Nickerson and Michael and Frances Sweet are proud to announce the engagement of their son, Michael Benjamin Sweet to Katie Lynn Deshaies.  Katie is the daughter of Jenn and Matt Folsom and Sean Deshaies.  Michael is also the grandson of David and Betty Sweet and the late Dick and Pat Lank, all of Pittsfield.  Katie is the granddaughter of Carol and the late Ed Riley and Patricia and Ron Deshaies.  Michael and Katie have a wedding planned for August 2018 at The Stonebridge County Club in Goffstown.



Letter To The Editor


In last week’s Sun, planning board member Paul Nickerson said that under new state law RSA 674:71 through :73, the zoning regulation that prohibits renting an accessory apartment is illegal and void, and he said that “legal attorneys” had agreed with him.


It is true that on January 12, 2017, following Paul’s inquiry, the New Hampshire Municipal Association said that new state law RSA 674:72, VI, “would not permit a prohibition on the rental of an ADU [accessory dwelling unit].” But no Pittsfield town official that I know, except Paul, agrees with the NHMA, because RSA 674:72, VI, says nothing about renting. Here is the statute in whole:


“A municipality may require owner occupancy of one of the dwelling units, but it shall not specify which unit the owner must occupy. A municipality may require that the owner demonstrate that one of the units is his or her principal place of residence, and the municipality may establish reasonable regulations to enforce such a requirement.”


See? Nothing about renting. The zoning prohibition against renting an accessory apartment has existed since 2006, and because all members of last year’s planning board disagreed with the NHMA’s reasoning, the board did not propose repealing the no-rental regulation.


In the May 31 Sun, I wrote that town boards have a duty “to correct injustice done by employees, contractors, and others not accountable through the democratic electoral process.” The Pittsfield Planning Board majority takes this duty seriously and does NOT rubber stamp attorneys.


Paul signed his letter “Planning Board,” but he speaks only for himself and not for the board, and he has only one vote.


If Paul believes that the no-rental regulation is unlawful, then he can petition the Town Meeting to repeal it, and I encourage him to do so.


Jim Pritchard



Letter To The Editor


Now that spring is finally with us, it is time to take down our dirty and faded flags, take them to the BCEP where the American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75 will dispose of them.  The date is for Flag Day, June 14 beginning at 9:00 AM or rain day of June 15.


PLEASE do not put your flags in the garbage and trash, take them inside the office and they will place them in the back room pending final disposal.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 603-340-1375


Merrill Vaughan, Adjutant
American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75



Health IT Publisher Recognizes 11 Innovative VA Programs
Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON — Federal Health IT, a print and digital publication, will recognize 11 innovative, health-information technology (IT) programs within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at a June 6 award ceremony in Washington, D.C.


“When you think of life-changing innovations, you don’t always think of VA first, but you should,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “VA researchers and scientists are working behind the scenes to make life better for the nation’s Veterans, knowing that the impact of their work is far-reaching. They don’t do their work for recognition, but it gives us all great pride when their work is noticed.”


Federal Health IT saluted VA for the following innovations:
Video Connect: With online medical appointment visits estimated to increase tenfold by 2018, VA’s Veterans Health Administration (VHA) recently expanded its video telehealth capability, virtually connecting caregivers and patients in this successful program.


Annie: VA’s Annie app provides short message service (SMS) text-messaging capability, which allows patients to receive appointment reminders, messages from the patient’s local VA Medical Center, as well as health-monitoring prompts.


VA Mobile’s Veteran Appointment Request App (VAR): VA is rolling out the VAR, which allows Veterans to self-schedule primary-care appointments and request assistance in booking primary care and mental health appointments at VA facilities.


Health Hub: Aimed at boosting the health and well-being of America’s Veterans, Health Hub is a one-stop shop for all VA programs, with guides to programs that may complement Veterans’ care or help them better manage chronic illnesses.


Emerging Health Technology Advancement Center (EHTAC): EHTAC is a lab environment used to conduct investigations of emerging technologies or trends that are expected to mature within the next five years. Currently, the efforts focus on leading VA interoperability trials and demonstrations.


Innovators Network, Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation: The VA Innovators Network program began in early 2015 and was shaped by and built in response to VA employees’ desire for a more networked organization to accelerate the department’s ability to serve Veterans and their families through innovation. The VA Innovators Network provides a mechanism for employees to see and solve problems at the facility level.


Continuous Readiness in Information Security Program (CRISP): CRISP focuses on maintaining a strong cybersecurity posture across all of VA, including protecting over 50,000 medical devices connected to VA networks via the Internet of Things (IoT) at over 1,400 locations.


MyVA Performance Management Dashboard: The MyVA Task Force led an effort to implement a new performance management structure to improve VA programs and strategic initiatives.


Enterprise Veterans Operations: VA has built a customer relationship management system (CRM) system that allows care providers to create a 360-degree view of a Veteran, integrating information from nine systems in real time.


VistA Intake: VistA Intake leverages software solutions created by developers outside VA’s Office of Information & Technology (OI&T). Over 20 local, field and open-source innovations have been deployed in VA Medical Centers across the country to improve services to Veterans.


Veterans Benefits Management System: Veterans Benefits Management System is a multi-year technology solutions project to transition the Veterans Benefits Administration from a paper-intensive claims processing environment to a paperless-based one.
For information about VA innovations, visit https://www.research.va.gov/about/history.cfm.



VA Launches Physician Ambassador Program
Department partners with volunteer medical professionals to improve care and services for Veterans
Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it has launched the Physician Ambassador Program, an effort to recruit volunteer medical providers, at the more than 1,700 VA health-care facilities across the nation.


The physician and clinician “ambassadors” are qualified, trained and licensed health providers who will meet the same requirements as VA professionals in terms of credentials, supervision and evaluation.


“Our Veterans deserve the highest quality of care — at all times,” said Dr. Poonam L. Alaigh, VA’s Acting Under Secretary for Health. “The Physician Ambassador Program is one of the many ways we are working to keep and honor our promise to care for Veterans and their families. Working with the health-care teams and staff in our VA facilities, these incredibly skilled and qualified volunteer physicians and clinicians will improve our ability to deliver great care and service.”


The Physician Ambassador Program will enhance access to urgent care, rural health care and emergency medicine for Veterans. In addition, the program will create stronger collaboration and allow both VA and community health providers to benefit from the sharing of best practices and experiences.


Physicians or health-care providers interested in volunteering as a part of the Physician Ambassador Program should contact their local VA medical center.













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