Pittsfield NH News

August 16, 2017


Thank you to all those who attended the South Pittsfield Friends Church on Sunday, August 6th. Thank you to Rev. Harold Muzzey for the inspiring sermon and special music program.


Services will be held again on Sunday, August 20th at 1:00 pm with Henry Frost as the speaker. All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served after the service.



VA Caregiver Support Program Resumes Full Operations
Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


WASHINGTON – Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is resuming full operations of the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. The resumption follows an April 17 decision to temporarily suspend certain clinical revocations from the program to conduct a strategic review aimed at strengthening the program.


“VA has taken immediate steps to improve the program’s operations,” said VA Secretary David J. Shulkin. M.D. “Our top focus during the review has been to listen, evaluate and act swiftly to make changes that will better meet the needs of our Veterans and caregivers. This does not mean our work is done. We will continue to refine and improve this important program.”


VA’s three-month review indicated a need for better communication about clinical revocations, improved internal processes and procedures, and additional staff training.


Following the review, VA issued a new directive outlining staff responsibilities, Veteran and caregiver eligibility requirements, available benefits and procedures for revocations from the program.


VA also conducted mandatory staff training on the new directive and implemented standardized communications and outreach materials to educate Veterans and caregivers about the program.


Additionally, the VA will be formalizing additional ways to ensure that the experience of   Veterans’ families, caregivers and survivors are understood and that, where needed, new, or additional, assistance is explored.  The VA is committed to listening to the voices of those who care for Veterans of all eras and to collaborating to improve services, outreach and awareness. The caregiver program website has also been redesigned, and now includes a section linking caregivers and Veterans of all ages to resources and home- and community-based services available through VA’s Geriatrics and Extended Care programs.


More information on the program is available at www.caregiver.va.gov.



Veterans Affairs Secretary David J. Shulkin Statement on House Passage Of S. 114, The VA Choice And Quality Employment Act
Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan


Today, (Friday, July 28, 2017), Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David J. Shulkin released the below statement following House Passage of S. 114, the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act.


I thank the leadership of the House and Senate Committees on Veterans Affairs’, Chairman Phil Roe and Ranking Member Tim Walz and Chairman Johnny Isakson and Ranking Member Jon Tester,  for their great work on this bill, resulting in a unanimous vote in the House.  This will make a real difference in improving VA’s capacity for delivering care to our Veterans, particularly by adding much needed funding for the Veterans Choice Program.   I look forward to the Senate acting on the bill before the August recess.



Pittsfield Players Auditions For Once Upon A Mattress


The Pittsfield Players will hold auditions for their fall musical, Once Upon A Mattress at the Scenic Theatre, 6 Depot St., Pittsfield, on Sunday and Monday, August 20 and 21 at 7 pm each evening. The fall show will run for two weekends, November 10, 11, 12, 17 and 18, and will be directed by Marty Williams. Auditioners will be asked to sing a song (bring your own sheet music if your song is not from the show), read from the script and do a few dance steps that we’ll teach you.


The show has principal roles for 3 women and 6 men, and a singing and dancing ensemble of ladies in waiting, knights, soldiers, servants and musicians. In other words, there are tons of good parts for potential cast members. Hope to see you at auditions!



Letter To The Editor


To the editor;
Pittsfield Select Board Meeting, 8/8/17
We met and heard from Tom Vetras of MSA, the new owners of Globe. We were glad to hear they plan to stay- and to expand. Certainly good news!


Department heads reported things going pretty well. Police had no major disruptions for National Night Out, Old Home Day,  or Balloon Rally- a good time had by all. George gave us plans to use a little money appropriated last year to repave the town shed lot. We will hold a public hearing regarding an additional State highway grant of $99,000 at our next meeting.


Considerable time was spent on a request by a landowner to build on a Class 6 (not town maintained) road, that already has a number of homes on it. There was no shortage of boards and departments that referred to a State Fire Marshall requirement for 24’ wide roads and that we had no choice but to deny permission. In practice however, the board felt that there were no town maintained roads that would pass this standard and the fair thing to do is to grant the request- whereas it is a road already in use. The vote was unanimous to do what we felt is the right thing.


Other action items consisted of routine housekeeping. We were notified of this year’s Annual Block Grant from the State for highways is $116,169.88. This is in addition to the above additional State grant.


Balloon Rally donations from individuals and a refrigerator for the pool were accepted, with thanks.


The hearing scheduled for September regarding the disposition of 37 Main St. will go as planned. Mr. Gamble’s offer to purchase and rehab the property will be part of those discussions, as well as an Historical Society proposal. Anyone else who would be interested in that property should contact the Town Hall immediately so your proposal can get equal billing.


Carl Anderson



Thank You


Thank you from the Suncook Valley Rotary Club:
To the townspeople of Pittsfield for welcoming the 36th annual Balloon Rally into the town once again. To the school district for use of the field, the police and fire for keeping us safe and to the town officials who support us in many ways.  To the businesses in town who help us in many ways.  To all the sponsors of the balloons, fireworks and publication; without your support we could not do it.  To all the volunteers who came down and put in hours and hours of work.  To all the balloonists and their crews who have come year after year.


All in all, we feel it was a great success, despite the weather trying to put a damper on the event.  We welcome your feedback in order to improve this event in coming years.



Pittsfield School District Meeting
7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 17, PES Gym
Submitted By John J. Freeman, Supt. of Schools


The Pittsfield School Board will conduct a School District Meeting at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 17, in the PES gym.  This meeting is being called to consider a warrant article regarding a collective bargaining agreement between the school district and the Education Association of Pittsfield, which represents teachers and other professional educators in Pittsfield.


Voters at the annual school district meeting in March 2017 voted not to accept the terms of a three-year collective bargaining agreement that had been proposed.  Voters also approved of a second meeting to be held following renewed negotiations.


The voters of the district also approved a change in the process of conducting school district business by approving the official ballot law, commonly known as SB2.  This change requires a two-stage process for district meeting:  a deliberative session for explanation, discussion, debate, and amendments to warrant articles; and a voting session for casting ballots to decide on warrant articles.


As noted, the deliberative session will be held on Thursday, August 17.  The ballot voting will be held at Town Hall during usual voting hours on Tuesday, September 19.  The process does not allow for debate or discussion of articles on voting day.


The proposed contract is a one-year agreement that extends the terms of the previous agreement for the new school year, 2017-2018.  In the new agreement, the pay scale and benefits remain the same as they were last year. 


Approval of the proposed agreement will allow for teachers and other educators to move forward on the pay scale based on an additional year of service.  If the contract is not approved by the voters, salaries and benefits remain the same. 


However, due to increased cost of health insurance and contributions to the New Hampshire Retirement System, the actual bi-weekly take-home pay will be cut from what it was last year for teachers who are continuing service to the school district.


The cost of a yes vote is estimated to be $66,486 or $.25/thousand on the tax rate.  The Pittsfield School Board unanimously supports the new agreement; the Pittsfield Budget Committee also supports the new agreement by a vote of 7-2.



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A New Calf Is Born
Submitted By Carole Soule


The Scottish Highlander calf showed up Sunday morning about 6 AM. I found her an hour later on her feet already. Even at 7 AM, it was hot, with flies were buzzing around the still wet calf. To avoid fly strike we carried the baby, mother cow following, to the holding pen where it was cooler and almost fly free. Flies are abundant in the grassy fields but not so much in dirt paddocks and the holding pen.


Wet babies are the usual victims of a condition called “Fly Strike”. The larvae from flies will eat dead skin, creating more dead skin until the calf is overwhelmed with maggots and dies. Death like this is ugly and can happen in hours so it is critical keep summer calves fly free. Calves born in cooler weather are safe.


An AirBNB guest who was staying with us the day she was born, named the calf, “Ryder.” The calf had a name and was now safe from fly strike but then my next fear kicked in; was she nursing? Ryder was skinny, very skinny and her mother’s teats were huge. Large teats can be hard for newborns to grab hold of making nursing difficult if not impossible. The rule is 2/2/2 ¨two hours to be born, two hours to stand and two hours to nurse. Worried that she hadn’t been nursing, I milked Laverne and syringe feed that rich sweet colostrum milk to Ryder.


I only had to do that once. Ryder is nursing now and charging around the pen; a happy, healthy little girl and is just as gentle and sweet as her three older brothers. Who knows, she might become even more famous than her oldest brother, Curious Bleu who is the star of a children’s book, “The Curious Little Calf Named Bleu.” Bleu, now five-years-old, ran off into the woods when he was just a day old and lived to share his story with me. Bleu had a short career as a working steer and is now one of our “riding steers.”


Ryder might become famous, but for now, she is happy running circles around her mom, nursing and nuzzling farm visitors. You are welcome to visit Ryder, Laverne, and Bleu here at Miles Smith Farm. They are a MOOvelous family.


Carole Soule is co-owner of Miles Smith Farm, in Loudon, NH, where she raises and sells beef, pork, lamb, eggs and other local products. She can be reached at cas@milessmithfarm.com.



Thank You


The Pittsfield Beautification Committee would like to thank all of you who supported us at our booth on Old Home Day. A very special thanks to Frank Wolfe, Nick Penney, and Ted Mitchell, who donated the plants we sold.   Congratulations to Clayton Wood who won the  raffle.


If you did not get a chance to visit us on  Old Home Day, we will be holding our annual Mum Sale on Saturday September 9th  from 8-12 at the Aranosian Garden next door to Jack’s Pizza.


If 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.



Pastor’s Corner
Submitted By Mike Mavity, Grace Capital Church


There is a story in the Bible that tells about Jesus meeting a woman at a well. This woman was a Samaritan, a race of people whom the Jews despised during Jesus’ day. It was truly scandalous for Jesus to be speaking to this woman publicly and in the middle of the day. Jesus had a conversation with her about being thirsty and about water. He talks about her thirst and how he would give her ‘living water’ such that she would never be thirsty again. She wanted to know more and Jesus spent a few minutes sharing life with her. Toward the end of their conversation, Jesus asked her to go and get her husband. Her reply was that she was not married. Jesus, of course, knew that and more. He knew that she had been married many times and the man she was living with at the time wasn’t her husband. These facts make Jesus’ interactions with her even more scandalous.


This story points out the truth, though, that Jesus cares about everyone and respects everyone’s dignity. This woman was hated by the Jews (remember Jesus was Jewish) simply by her ethnicity. In general, women were not valued in this day and time. Women with a ‘history’ with men were even more outcast. Yet, Jesus spoke life to her. His words to her changed everything.


Truly, everyone matters to God. He doesn’t disenfranchise; He doesn’t write off: He isn’t prejudiced; He simply cares for all of us and wants His very best for all of us. Since God looks at people this way, shouldn’t we do the same? Are there people in our community, at our workplaces, even in our families who we have disenfranchised, written off, or discounted? As we care for our community, let’s care for everyone. If God sees everyone as having value, then who am I to see them otherwise? Everyone matters!



Join Carse’s Crew – Everyday Heroes for CHaD in the CHaD Hero Half Marathon and 5K


Register on-line at chadhero.org. Registration price is $50 for an adult and $25 for anyone 23 and under.


There is a minimum $75 fundraising for each adult registrant and $50 for each person under 23. Carse’s Crew can help you with the fundraising requirement!


We have 3 fundraisers so far:

Thursday August 24th all day at the Concord UNO’s – up to 20% of all sales that Carse’s Crew is mentioned will go to Carse’s Crew!


Pampered Chef fundraiser on Facebook and at my house in Pittsfield on Sunday September 17th.


And Carse’s Crew t-shirts! Free to all who register by September 7th and will be on sale for others with proceeds going to the Carse’s Crew! Stay tuned! You can also donate to any of the Carse’s Crew members at chadhero.org


Carse’s Crew was started in May 2007 as Steve Carson was fighting esophageal cancer as a fundraising team for the Payson Center for Cancer Care in Concord NH. Steve lost his battle in October 2007 and Carse’s Crew has continued to participate in the Rock’n Race in Concord each May and has also fundraised for the Gene Gillis Fund at the Payson Center with a benefit motorcycle ride from 2008-2011 raising more than $5000. This year on the 10th anniversary we have decided to spread out the charity and add CHaD as a charity to benefit from Carse’s Crew!


Thanks for your support.
Kathy Carson Beltrami
(603) 435-6518 or Kcarson39@msn.com




Donna Gates


PITTSFIELD – Donna Gates, 65 of Pittsfield passed away on Sunday, August 7, 2017 at her residence.


Born on January 26, 1952 she was the daughter of the late Donald and Shirley (Pender) Gates.


Donna worked for many years as a personal caregiver. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting.


Donna is survived by her siblings, Carol Barrett, Lorraine Rudd, Gladys Gates, Richard Gates, Ronnie Gates, Darlene Comeau, Reggie Gates, Cindy Merrill, Debbie Tisbert, Billy Gates, Donnie Gates and Ricky Gates, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, friends Sybil and Barbara.


At Donna’s request there will be no services. Donations in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial SPCA, 94 Silk Farm Road, Concord, NH 03301. The Still Oaks Funeral Home in Epsom is assisting the family with arrangements. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.stilloaks.com



G. Scott Sturdee


Pittsfield- G. Scott Sturdee, (known as Scott), age 69, of Clough Road, died at his home August 5th following a brief illness.


He was born in Camden, ME, the son of Charles R. and Virginia (Lassonde) Sturdee. He was a retired truck driver having worked for the Thibeault-Cora Co. He also was an iron worker having worked on projects throughout New England. He had also tried his hand at scallop fishing. He was an Army Veteran during the Vietnam Era and had been awarded a “Purple Heart”


He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Tracy (Manning) Sturdee of Pittsfield, his mother, Virginia, of Bow, two daughters; Dani Tarbell and her husband Myles, Corinne Sturdee, five grandchildren; Chandler, Olivia, Samantha, Knox and Owen. He also leaves his stepmother; Nancy Sturdee and a half-brother Rodney Sturdee.


There are no visiting hours. A Graveside Service with military honors was held on Friday, August 11th in the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen. Pastor Bob Stewart officiated.


In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to the Pittsfield Firefighters Association, 33 Catamount Rd. Pittsfield NH 03263.


The Waters Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.



Gladys E Tibbetts


Gladys E Tibbetts, 100 years young, of Loudon Road,  Pittsfield, died peacefully August 9th surrounded by her loving family and in the excellent care of the wonderful caring folks at the Concord Hospice House.


She was born in Everett, MA, to Roy and Esther Nickerson. She lived most of her childhood years on Nantucket Island. In 1934 she married Lester Tibbetts and moved to Loudon Ridge where they worked long hours on their farm. In 1958 they moved to Boscawen and worked at the Merrimack County Home until retirement. She was an avid hunter. In her early years she shot a black bear and at 90 she was still hunting and got her last deer. She also loved bird hunting , snowmobiling and all outside activities. She spent her summers at her cottage on Bradley Lake in Andover.


She was widowed in 1979 and is survived by three daughters, Elaine Perreault of Mount Dora FL. Roberta Maxfield of Pittsfield, and Gail Rostron of Barrington, RI; one Son, David Tibbetts of Brownstown, PA; 17 Grandchildren, 21 Great Grandchildren and 6 Great Great Grandchildren; a brother, Paul Nickerson of Henryetta, OK. She was predeceased by a daughter Priscilla Paul and a son Neal Tibbetts.


There are no visiting hours. A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, August 19th at 1:00 PM at the Loudon Ridge Cemetery. Loudon Ridge Road. Jeremy Everson, Pastor of the Park Street Baptist Church in Pittsfield will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Concord Regional Visiting Nurses- Hospice Program, 30 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH 03301.


The Waters Funeral Home, David Pollard, Director, is assisting the family with arrangements.



Lena M. Griffin


Boscawen NH - Lena M Griffin, 83, of Boscawen, NH, born April 12, 1934,  passed on August 5, 2017, from a long illness.


Resided in Boscawen for the past 30 years, she also lived in Canterbury, Loudon, and Pittsfield N.H. She was the wife of the late Earl J. Griffin.


She is survived by her three children: Earl J. Griffin of Canterbury, N.H., Marsha Harford of Boscawen, N.H., and Cindy Vallencourt of Franklin, N.H.; six grandchildren and many great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews


There are no calling hours. Arrangements will be at a later date. Call family for time and date - Earl  603-491-3052 or Marsha 603-796-2869, after August 20, 2017.













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