Pittsfield NH News

July 5, 2017


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.





The Pittsfield Alumni Association Committee is doing a 50/50 raffle. A 50/50 raffle means that the winner will receive 50% of the cash raised from the sale of raffle tickets. The raffle drawing will be at Drake Field tennis courts on August 1st (National Night Out), at 8:00 pm.


Tickets are: 1 for $1.00, 3 for $2.00 and 6 for $5.00.


Locations where tickets can be purchased include:
Pittsfield Youth Workshop, Town Hall (Clerk’s Office), Dustin Park (Old Home Day - July 22nd)… or you can purchase tickets from:
Tobi Chassie, 435-6701 ext. 4, tchassie@pittsifieldnhschools.org
Andi Riel - 435-6346, pittsfieldtowncrier@hotmail.com 
Ted Mitchell - 435-6573, chipper@myfairpoint.net
Carole Richardson - 435-8351, cpr2006@metrocast.net


We appreciate your support.





SVSC Fall Soccer
Register online at suncookvalleysoccerclub.com by 7/31.
Email suncookvalleysoccerclub@gmail.com with questions.



About MSA Safety


Established in 1914, MSA Safety Incorporated is the global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of safety products that protect people and facility infrastructures. Many MSA products integrate a combination of electronics, mechanical systems and advanced materials to protect users against hazardous or life-threatening situations. The company’s comprehensive product line is used by workers around the world in a broad range of markets, including the oil, gas and petrochemical industry, the fire service, the construction industry, mining and the military. MSA’s core products include self-contained breathing apparatus, fixed gas and flame detection systems, portable gas detection instruments, industrial head protection products, fire and rescue helmets, and fall protection devices. With 2016 revenues of  $1.15 billion, MSA employs approximately 4,300 people worldwide. The company is headquartered north of Pittsburgh in Cranberry Township, Pa., and has manufacturing operations in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America. With more than 40 international locations, MSA realizes approximately half of its revenue from outside North America. For more information visit MSA’s web site at www.MSAsafety.com.


About Globe Manufacturing Company


Globe owns and operates two protective clothing manufacturing facilities – one in Pittsfield, NH, and a second in Ada, Ok. -- a facility located in Auburn, Maine, that specializes in firefighter footwear, and manages a protective clothing cleaning and repair facility in Fairfax, Va. These facilities represent 420 skilled employees and 145,000 square feet of combined manufacturing space, and incorporate some of the latest cutting and sewing manufacturing technologies available today.  For more information visit Globe’s website at www.globeturnoutgear.com.



Josiah Carpenter Library July News And Events


Josiah Teen Book Worms Thursday, July 6th at 6. We will be discussing The Dream Thieves by Maggie Steifvater.


Library Board of Trustees Meeting Wednesday, July 19th at 7pm at the Library.


Pittsfield Writer’s Circle Thursday, July 20th at 7pm. Come share your writing!


Read Meet & Talk Book discussion group - Tuesday, July 18th at 10:30. We will be discussing Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. Join us for an exciting book discussion, stay for a leisurely & nutritious lunch afterward at a bargain price!


Summer Reading Program –  Sign-ups required, location is Drakefield Park.


- How Does Your Garden Grow? Planting One, Two, Three!

Elementary Grade Date: July 5th at 9:30-10:30

Pre-school Date: July 6th at 10:00-11:00


- Going on a Bug Hunt! Nature Walk and Nature Journal, rain location is the Community Center.

Elementary Grade Date: July 10th at 9:30-10:30

Pre-school Date: July 13th at 10:00-11:00


- Transformation Nation – Trash to Treasure, Using Recycled Materials to Build, rain location is PES.

Elementary Grade Date: July 19th at 9:30-10:30

Pre-school Date: July 20th at 10:00-11:00


- Transformation Nation – Trash to Treasure, Lawn Bowling Game; rain location is PES.

Elementary Grade Date: July 26th at 9:30-10:30

Pre-school Date: July 27th at 10:00-11:00



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A wintering loon enjoys a crab while on the ocean!  Come learn more about what loons do during the winter months on July 6 at The Loon Center in Moultonborough.  The talk begins at 7:30 pm.  Free and open to the public.  Photo courtesy of Kittie Wilson.


The Loon Center’s Summer Nature Talk Series Begins With “Winter with the Loons”


On Thursday, July 6th, Loon Preservation Committee (LPC) volunteer and 2009 Spirit of the Loon winner Kittie Wilson will present a program called “Winter with the Loons!”   Discover the mystery of winter loons as you travel with Kittie through their fall migration to their wintering grounds on the ocean, and back to the lakes in the spring.


Held at The Loon Center in Moultonborough, the Summer Nature Talks are given every Thursday evening at 7:30 pm during the months of July and August.  All programs are free admission.  For over 40 years the Loon Preservation Committee has worked to preserve the common loon and its habitat in New Hampshire through monitoring, research, education, and management activities.
On Thursday, July 13th, a Squam Lake Natural Science Center Naturalist will present “Who Calls in the Night?” and introduce you to three of New Hampshire’s owl species.


Directions to The Loon Center: From Route 25 in Moultonborough, turn onto Blake Road at the Central School.  Go one mile to the end and turn right onto Lee’s Mill Road.  The Loon Center will be on your left!  For more information, call the Loon Center at (603) 476-5666.


To see the full 2017 nature talks schedule, please visit www.loon.org.



Grapenut The Common Loon
The Story Of Grapenut’s Adventures


Common Loons have a very distinct and haunting call often heard eerily echoing across New Hampshire’s lakes in the summertime. Loons communicate with each other using four main calls known as the tremolo, wail, yodel, and hoot. The most common calls are a wailing laugh and a mournful yodel. Listening to the sounds, observers can often distinguish calls made by specific loons from others in the area.


Squam Lakes Natural Science Center offers an opportunity for visitors to hear loon calls without venturing to the lake, through the recordings of a loon in a book called Adventures with Grapenut. New Hampshire is home to many loons including the lone chick that goes by the name of Grapenut. He was first discovered at four days old by John Rockwood as he was out in his kayak. John Rockwood, also referred to as the Loon Man NH, is a naturalist, author, professional nature photographer, and Common Loon educator. (http://www.theloonmannh.net/).


While kayaking on Lake Massabesic, John noticed the chick in the distance away from its family and decided to keep a close eye on him, not realizing at the time the many adventures that would ensue. In the following two seasons, John chronicled the stages of development and fun he had with the loon, including a game of hide and seek in a book called Adventures with Grapenut.


Visitors can flip page to page, listen to the loon, determine the meaning of each call, and learn all about the adventures of one young loon in particular, Grapenut. There are also fun facts tied into this fascinating story about loons. The story brings up banding and behavior, alongside this telling tale of a lost loon finding his home.


The book is available for purchase in the Howling Coyote Gift Shop at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. A portion of the proceeds go to the Loon Preservation Committee and the New Hampshire Audubon Society. For more information about Grapenut, visit http://theloonmannh.net/.


A new display in the Songbird Exhibit at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center features a video adaptation of the book with photos of Grapenut’s adventures and narrated by Tom Klein. The video and book feature stunning photographs that John took of Grapenut and his loon parents right from his kayak.


The Songbird Exhibit is on the main live animal exhibit trail and is included in regular trail admission. The Science Center is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with last trail admission at 3:30 p.m.


The Howling Coyote Gift Shop is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In addition to Adventures with Grapenut, the gift shop features gifts, books, toys, and a variety of nature-related items.


To learn more about Squam Lakes Natural Science Center and what it has to offer, visit www.nhnature.org or contact: 603-968-7194 x 7.


About Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
The mission of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire’s natural world. Through spectacular live animal exhibits, natural science education programs, an informal public garden, and lake cruises, the Science Center has educated and enlightened visitors since 1966 about the importance of our natural world. Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is located on Route 113 in Holderness, an easy drive from exit 24 off I-93, and is open daily from May 1 through November 1. The Science Center is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is the only AZA-accredited institution in all of northern New England. For further information about the Science Center, call 603-968-7194 or visit www.nhnature.org.



New VA Law Dramatically Speeds Up Hiring Of Medical Center And Network Director Positions
Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


On June 23, President Donald J. Trump signed into law S. 1094, the “Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017,” which makes a number of changes to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) authorities related to personnel, accountability and whistleblower protections.


While the accountability and whistleblower-protection provisions outlined in the bill are generally well known, the law also provides VA with direct-hiring authority to fill medical center director and network director positions.


Thanks to the new law, VA now has the flexibility to hire qualified health-care executives expeditiously to lead its key health-care organizations without going through a previously cumbersome and time-consuming hiring process.


“Being able quickly to hire skilled executives to lead our medical centers and networks is a powerful tool to ensuring the best possible leadership being put in place,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “Leaders establish the vision for our thousands of employees who are doing their best to serve our nation’s Veterans. They also ensure accountability for those employees who do not deliver the care our Veterans deserve.”


VA encourages qualified candidates for medical center or network director positions to apply immediately by contacting the VHA Virtual Recruitment Center at 844-456-5208 or by visiting the VA Careers page at https://www.vacareers.va.gov/ and submitting a résumé for consideration.



Letter To The Editor


Dear SVS Editor:
I am a disabled resident of Pittsfield who has been utilizing the Pittsfield Food Pantry since 2015. I just came back from the new location. This was my third visit there.


In May and the beginning of June the church doors were open to allow access via the ramp. Today, the church doors were locked and I had to try to navigate the dangerous stairway with a cane to get inside.


These stairs are steel stairs that are steep, and because they are grated, it is extremely dangerous for anyone who walks with a cane, or has difficulty walking at all. Many seniors and disabled people rely on the food pantry, but when it’s not handicapped accessible it’s too dangerous for us to utilize it.


When the planning was being made for this new location, why didn’t anyone take this issue into consideration? When I asked the lady inside why the doors by the ramp were locked, she said that no one from the church was being sent to help them.


I’m sorry, but that is not a valid excuse to not have ramp access to the food pantry for the disabled who go there. If the Pittsfield Food Pantry has to rely on someone from Grace Capital Church to be there in order to have the doors open by the ramp, then the Town needs to work something out with them.


I’m not an attorney, but this problem with the new food pantry location not being readily accessible for people with disabilities may actually be a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Carmel Fogarty



Local Author Publishes First Novel, Holyrage Chronicles Vivication


The heavy footsteps came closer. The floor creaked as the immense weight of the man and his armor made their way to the sudden rift. He peered through and jumped back as he realized a person was on the other side of the rift. There was something peculiar, they wore clothing that was not common to his lands. The person spoke.


“Are you…are you Zarron from the novel Holyrage Chronicles?”


“Aye the one and only he replied. However you are likely looking for my creator.” Zarron stopped and looked around the room for a moment or two. After a moment he huffed and left. His heavy footsteps rung out clearly on the wooden floor. In a moment the door opened up. Zarron stood there looking up at the sky for another moment. A shout of victory rang out from him. The floor groaned as he came running back to you.


“As I was saying you are looking for my creator. I had to sort out what day it was. You can meet him and even talk with him on the next Thursday. Now, I must be off.” Zarron made three steps away before he turned back to you.


“He is a rather friendly lot. You should take some time and say hello.” With that the portal closed.


Hello everyone, now if you are still with me which I hope you are. Gibson Bookstore in Concord, NH has opened their doors generously for myself to host an author signing event. Who am I you might ask?


Well I am Jonathan Socha, a local author from Pittsfield, NH. I recently published my first novel Holyrage Chronicles Vivication. It is an epic fantasy novel of good vs evil. The story is focused around Zarron Ra Holyrage, the last of an old bloodline as he is thrust into a conflict against an ancient evil that even the oldest Gods had trouble containing. Will the defenders of the mighty colossal wall Fenrir and the last of the Holyrage line be able to stand against the might of the unknown? Will he learn the true power of his name before it is too late?


Join me for this unique event to support a local Author July 13th at Gibson Bookstore, Concord, NH. You will get the opportunity to have a copy of the novel signed, or pick one up if you don’t have a copy. More importantly you will get to come down and pick my brain for a little and just talk with me. Holyrage Chronicles Vivication is an international selling novel and has reached top 25 in many promotional events. It is good for the young adults to the old and a whirlwind of action and adventure the whole way through. The first few sales/signings will include a gift from me to you of the epic cover art of the novel. I look forward to seeing some familiar faces and meeting some new. So please join me.


Thursday July 13th 5:30 pm at Gibsons Bookstore located at 45 S Main St, Concord, NH


Event details can be found at www.gibsonsbookstore.com/event/july-2017-showcase


Author page can be found at www.facebook.com/authorjsocha



VA Secretary And Canadian Minister Of Veterans Affairs Forging Partnership To Address Issues Faced By Both Nations’ Veterans
Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Dr. David J. Shulkin, and Canada’s Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Kent Hehr, joined officials from both nations June 27-28 at VA headquarters to discuss how strategic partnerships can help improve benefits and services for Veterans and their families.


“Expanding partnerships — even beyond our geographic boundaries — will allow us to improve our services to our Veterans and their families,” Secretary Shulkin said. “Additionally, this new partnership with a key ally will allow us to share best practices in the areas of health care, benefits and other important support programs.”


The two-day U.S.-Canadian VA meeting focused on issues affecting Veterans from both nations, such as easing service members’ transition to civilian life, preventing homelessness among the Veteran community and mental-health support.


“Improving benefits and services for Veterans and their families are among the highest priorities for both our countries,” Minister Hehr said. “In order to achieve these goals, we must continue to reach out and consult with those we serve, to ensure we are putting resources in the areas where they are most needed. However, we should not limit ourselves with respect to where we seek out new ideas. We must also take every opportunity to learn from those outside our respective borders who are wrestling with similar challenges.”


Veterans Affairs officials from both countries agreed that the meeting was a good first step toward mutual collaboration between allied nations as they seek opportunities to continue supporting Veterans and their families.


About the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs runs programs benefiting more than 9 million Veterans and their family members. It offers education opportunities and rehabilitation services and provides compensation payments for disabilities or death related to military service, home loan guaranties, pensions, burials, and health care that includes the services of nursing homes, clinics, and medical centers.


About the Canadian Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs Canada’s focus is the well-being of Veterans and their families. The Department supports and cares for Canada’s Veterans and other eligible clients by ensuring they receive needed benefits and services to which they are entitled in a timely fashion. The programs and services provide for hardships arising from disabilities and lost economic opportunities, health and social services, professional legal assistance, and recognition of the achievements and sacrifices of Canadians in times of war, military conflict and peace.



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The Taste of Yesteryear
Who loves root beer floats?  Everyone!


The Missions Committee of the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield will be offering root beer floats at the Old Home Day (July 22) event just as they did last year. The specific fund they are assisting is the Infant-Toddler Diaper Pantry, which supplements local families with disposable diapers and wipes.


The committee members will also have a booth at the Balloon Rally in August. As a bonus, they will have a raffle at both events offering several lovely items with the drawing to be held Saturday, August 5.


Please come out and support this charity and cool off at the same time with a delicious root beer float!



Letter To The Editor


To the Editor; 
Select Board meeting 6/27/17- Most of the evening was taken up with a public hearing relative to establishing the boundaries for a petitioned Village Water District. As with many public hearings, this one was called to try to educate the affected voters as we comply with State law.


Formation of a District, as well as a possible purchase of Pittsfield Aqueduct, is not a foregone conclusion, and these hearings shouldn’t be construed as support for its acquisition by a majority of the Select Board. Ultimately, this will be decided by voters within a District, not a committee or the BOS.


Fred Okrent, chair of the Aqueduct Purchase Committee, fielded questions, concerns and criticisms from attendees.  It was my impression that many complex questions remain.  Another hearing is being planned, as it is an extremely significant consideration that has many ramifications the townspeople should be aware of before deciding how to vote.


James Adams was selected from a field of four applicants to fill the vacant Board seat.  A 3 to 1 majority felt Jim had the most important qualifications to round out this Board and fill some gaps where we can use his expertise.  We thank all four who stepped up to offer their service.  This is not an easy job. The lucky ones may be those not selected.


Chief Cain and George Batchelder came to us to report on progress in their departments and expressed frustration with budget cuts adopted last March.


Several tax abatements were considered. Two were granted, four denied. We pay Avitar to determine assessment values, and that is their one reason for employment  here.  They’re the ones who represent us before the State Appeals Board and we feel that it’s usually prudent to follow their recommendations.


Carl Anderson



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EXIT Reward Realty welcomes New Realtor


EXIT Reward Realty welcomes our New Realtor, Bobbie Aversa.  Bobbie has resided in NH most of her life.  She is proud to assist buyers and sellers with properties in any area of NH that best suits their needs.


Bobbie has a business, accounting and financial management background and began in the Real Estate industry in the early 1980’s, working with the NH Board of Realtors.  She has always found real estate inviting, and just recently became a Realtor with EXIT Reward Realty.  Her experience with finance, contracts and technology has provided her with cutting edge technology and tools to effectively communicate and best serve her clients.


To find out how you can make your dreams come true and own your own piece of this relaxing lifestyle that NH offers, please contact Bobbie at 603-435-7800 ext 204 or direct at 603-738-5200 or Bobbie@exitrewardrealty.com, EXIT Reward Realty located at 1022 Dover Rd., Suite 4, Epsom, NH 03234 or 79 High St., Pittsfield, NH 03263.



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Class Reunion


Members of Pittsfield High School, Class of 1952, gathered at Main Street Grill on Sunday, June 25 to celebrate their 65th Class Reunion.  A good time was had by all as they shared a delicious meal while  renewing  friendships and memories.  The high spirits of the group was evidenced in the goal to meet again at the same place for a 70th celebration in five years. Pictured left to right, back row: George Gray,Ralph Eckhardt, Carroll Towle, Stella Carson Bergevan, Karl Merrill, Ed Porter. Front row: June French Jaworski, Claire St. George Miner, Beverly Girouard Drolet, Bill Boyd, Pat Heyward Gray, Joyce Weldon Gould, Fred Chagnon, Lorraine Genest, Virginia Ayles Merrill.


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The Friday Night Kayak Group met  Friday June 23, 2017 with eight kayaks and one canoe for paddling on the Lower Suncook Lake in Barnstead. 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.




Lillian May (Mitchell) Mason


PITTSFIELD- Mrs. Lillian May (Mitchell) Mason, 87, of Pittsfield, passed away on June 27, 2017 in Concord Hospital after a period of declining health.


Born in Chichester, Lillian was the daughter of the late John M. and Dorothy L. (Smith) Mitchell.  She was raised and educated in Chichester and resided there for most of her life.


In earlier years, “Aunt Lulu,” as she was affectionately known, cherished taking care of many children for her family and friends.  She would later go to work for Globe Manufacturing, where she worked for 29 years before retiring two weeks ago.


An avid Red Sox fan, Lillian also enjoyed playing bingo and cooking for the holidays; but above all, she cherished the time spent with her family.


She was predeceased by her husband, Edwin W. Mason and her siblings, Phyllis Joyce, Mike Mitchell, Danny Mitchell, Dick Mitchell and John Mitchell.


She is survived by her two children: Patricia Mason and her companion Scott Whitcomb of Pittsfield and Edwin Mason and his wife Doreen of Chichester.  She was the grandmother to Zachary and Nicole Mason and great grandmother to Mitaya and Miri Mason.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.


At her request, burial will take place privately at the convenience of the family.  Assisting the family with the arrangements is the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home in Epsom.  To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.stilloaks.com.



Brian A. Anderson


Mr. Brian A. Anderson, 63, of Pittsfield, passed away unexpectedly at home on June 20, 2017 after a lengthy illness.


Born in Exeter, Brian was the son of the late Mona Chadwick (Milette) Anderson.  He was raised and educated in Exeter and had been a resident of Pittsfield for the past 12 years.


An honorably discharged Veteran, Brian proudly served his country as a Navy SEAL for two tours during the Vietnam War as a member of the United States Navy.


In earlier years, Brian enjoyed motorcycling.  More recently, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, cribbage, pool, and above all, spending time with his family and friends.  He was also a horticulturalist and loved gardening, woodworking and was an avid lover of the outdoors who enjoyed watching wildlife.


He was predeceased by his sisters, Judy Woodman and Carole Stanley.


Brian is survived by his children: Ariana Anderson of Penacook, Leana Anderson of Texas, Miles Anderson of Hawaii and Lucas Whitcomb of Laconia; a stepdaughter, Tricia L. Colby of Chichester; and two grandchildren, Savannah and Zack Locke.


A Celebration of Brian’s Life will be held at the Concord-Epsom Lodge of Elks, 24 Old Mill Road in Epsom on Sunday, July 9th at 4 P.M.  Burial will take place privately.  Assisting the family with the 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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