Pittsfield NH News

May 13, 2009


 

Celebrating Birthdays are: May 13, Melissa Mayhew; May 14, Scott Grandmaison, Nick Liouzis; May 15, Timothy Roode; May 16, Mini Plante; May 17, Jeremy Grandmaison, Richard Munn, Barbara Raney; May 18, Mikey Bender, Nathan Riel.
A Very Happy Birthday to one and all.




Best Wishes to Fern and Jim Bond who will celebrate their Wedding Anniversary on May 18th.




Kudos from the Pittsfield Beautification Committee to Gene and Veronica Specyalski for their “Tender Loving Care” of the lawn area and the raised floral planter at the Route 28/Old Concord Road  intersection.




The Christian Home Educators of New Hampshire will hold their annual convention on May 22nd and 23rd at the Radisson Hotel (700 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03101).
Featured speakers include Steve Demme, Founder of Math-U-See, Becky Cooke, HSLDA’s High School Coordinator, and Garrett Lear, NH’s Patriot Pastor. For information on these workshops and more, please visit www.chenh.org




Pittsfield Main Street is a little bit lonelier these days with the closing of Zoya’s. Much missed will be a vibrant coffee stop, really good omelets, soup, salads and sandwiches. Good thoughts and wishes are extended to owners Zoya and Larry.



 

Pittsfield Beautification Committee To Participate In Town Wide Yard Sale


On June 6th, the Pittsfield Beautification Committee will be participating in the Town Wide Yard Sale.  The proceeds from this sale will be used to buy plants for the 5 areas around Pittsfield that we “beautify” each year, as well as 5 large flower planters on sidewalks located in downtown Pittsfield. We are a very small group of individuals and we need your help. If you are doing spring cleaning, and have any items to donate for this sale, we would be grateful if you would keep our group in mind. We are also requesting food items since we always have a food sale during this event, and of course monetary contributions would be greatly appreciated.  If you have any questions or items to donate please call Theresa Riel at 435-6952. We are always looking for new members to join our committee so that we can continue to make downtown Pittsfield colorful, green and welcoming.

 


 

TOPS NH #38


TOPS NH #38 has much to offer, like SRD, State Recognition Day. It is a time when all of the TOPS members in the state, along with the field staff behind us, recognize all of the year’s accomplishments. It also recognizes all of the KOPS have done  to Keep Off Pounds Sensibly for the past year or years. We have members in our group who have in access of 18 years of keeping off their weight, and come to meetings weekly to support the TOPS members. SRD is a great time to meet others, and enjoy, or meet friends who will influence us for the rest of our lives. We have been very fortunate, for the past few years we have met in Concord, at the Grappone Center, at the Marriott, and had a great show of members, and great food prepared for TOPS in mind.


We meet locally, weekly at the St. Stephen’s Church, in the Undercroft, on Main Street, in Pittsfield at 6:30 p.m. TOPS is a nonprofit organization. Feel free to call Pat at 435-5333, or Sandy at 798-5658.

 


 

School Lunch Menus
May 18-22, 2009

 

PES
Monday - Grilled cheese sandwich, veggie, fruit, milk.
Tuesday - Baked Chicken, salad, dessert, milk.
Wednesday - Ravioli, veggie, fruit, milk.
Thursday - Cheeseburger, chips, fruit, milk.
Friday - Pizza, fruit, milk.

 

EPSOM
Monday - Mini pancakes with syrup, bacon, celery sticks, fresh fruit, milk or yogurt tray, tuna salad.
Tuesday - Spaghetti with meatsauce, garlic bread, veg., fruit, milk or yogurt tray, Caesar salad.
Wednesday - Fish sticks, onion rings, cole slaw, fruit, milk or yogurt tray, ham salad.
Thursday - Early Release Day - Lunchable, ham and cheese, crackers, pickles, carrot sticks, fresh fruit or yogurt tray, no salad.
Friday - Shepherd’s pie, bread and butter, fruit, milk or yogurt tray, egg salad.

 


 

Book Review


By Sophia Sarte, Grade 2, With Makayla Emerson, Grade 4, Pittsfield Elementary School

 

 

Zoom! by Robert Munsch
Lauretta needed a new wheelchair so her mom asked if she would like one that goes 15 m.p.h. She got a ticket for going over the speed limit. She said it was too slow. So she got her a monster wheelchair. Yeah!


I would recommend this book because it is good, and it is funny. But you should never go over the speed limit.

 


 

Pittsfield Brownie Troop 10524


Pittsfield Brownie Troop 10524 enjoyed the fruits of their labor when they used their profits from selling Girl Scout Cookies to have a Noah’s Ark Party. The girls each stuffed and dressed an animal of their choice and had a wonderful time doing it!


Other things we did this year were earning badges, had a mother and daughter tea party, attended a father and daughter dance, made bags of Christmas decorations to donate to the food pantry, as well as make new friends, laugh, dance, sing songs, and play games. We are looking forward to our end of the year dessert reception and award ceremony on May 31st.


If you would like more information about Girl Scouts in Pittsfield, or are interested in volunteering, please contact Danielle John-Zensky at 435-7001.

 


 

VA Accepting Applications for Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits


(May 1, 2009) - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that Veterans can begin submitting applications on-line for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.


“There is no better investment than education,” said Tammy Duckworth, VA’s assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs. “The Post-9/11 GI Bill will provide new opportunities that are essential to our Veterans, our workforce and our economy.”
Veterans, service members, reservists and National Guard members with active duty since Sept. 10, 2001, may be eligible for this benefit.


Veterans will remain eligible for benefits for 15 years from the date of last discharge or release from a period of active duty of at least 90 continuous days.


Eligible applicants must have served for an aggregate period of at least 90 days since Sept. 10, 2001, or served at least 30 continuous days on active duty since Sept. 10, 2001, and received a discharge for disability.


Benefit payment rates range from 40 percent of the maximum benefit for an person with at least 90 days, but less than 6 months of aggregate service and up to 100 percent of the benefit for people with at least 36 months of aggregate service or 30 continuous days and a discharge due to a service connected disability. Prospective beneficiaries may apply on-line through the GI Bill Web site at www.GIBILL.VA.gov.


Qualified Veterans will receive a “Certification of Eligibility” as well as additional information regarding benefits they may qualify for under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which will become effective on Aug. 1, 2009.

 

The Post-9/11 GI Bill, passed by Congress last year, is the most extensive educational assistance program authorized since the original GI Bill was signed into law in 1944. It provides eligible applicants with tuition payments to assist them in getting a college education.


For many participants, it also provides a housing allowance and a stipend for books and supplies.


Information about the new program and VA’s other educational benefits can be obtained through www.  GIBILL.VA.gov <http://www.gibill.va.gov/> or by calling 1-888-GIBILL1 (1-888-442-4551).

 


 

Letter To The Editor


The Kubat family would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of our friends, family and the wonderful people in Pittsfield and surrounding communities.


We cannot explain how much the cards, visits, phone calls, dinners, prayers and overwhelming kindness has meant to us.


The way the people in this community came together to help us during this unfortunate accident makes us proud to call it home. We will never forget all of the kindness and thoughtful acts that were done for us. We hope to be able to do the same for others in their time of need. Thank you.


Mark and Jen Kubat
Pittsfield, NH

 


 

The Revolutionary War


Yonder lie the Tories and Redcoats . . . “They are ours or Molly Stark sleeps a widow tonight !” (Spoken by General John Stark at the Battle of Bennington, VT). The Pittsfield Historical Society will be presenting a program on the Revolutionary War at its monthly meeting at 7 pm, May 16th at the Society building on Elm Street. The program will be presented by CW2 Tom Graham, New Hampshire National Guard Historian. Mr Graham will discuss three major battles of the War and the New Hampshire connection. Everyone is welcome to attend this presentation.

 


 

New Acquisitions At Pittsfield’s Carpenter Library


The Friends of the Josiah Carpenter Library were recently in the position to acquire a wide variety of DVDs as part of a closing sale. These 50+ DVDs range in interest from Children’s to Science Fiction, Western’s, and Classics and they will certainly enhance the library’s collection.


In addition to the new DVDs, new books will be added to the Children’s Collection, as part of a generous grant from Rotary of Pittsfield.  Rotary has once again funded The Friends’ “Books for Babies” program.  This year, “Open the Barn Door” by Christopher Santoro, will be sent to all the newborns of Pittsfield. The Friends would like to sincerely thank Rotary for the grant and their support of the library and literacy in general. 


On June 6, 2009, The Friends will be holding their annual book sale, as part of the Townwide Yard Sale.  Be sure to drop in and pick up some wonderful summer reading material, for those lazy afternoons sitting by the pool or on the beach.  We will host the sale inside the library beginning at 8 a.m.


The Friends are also helping support this year’s Summer Reading Program at the Carpenter Library.  This program is free to all children and will begin mid-June.

 


 

Pittsfield/Barnstead Lions Club


To All Former Pittsfield-Barnstead Lions Club Members and Interested new members:
The Pittsfield/Barnstead Lions Club has been in existence since 01/24/1954, and has served the community well since that time.  With membership at an all time low-, the opportunity here exists for you to:


“Hone” your Leadership abilities.


Bring this Club back to Life.


Be a low profile HERO.


Provide miracles to and for your many neighbors.


Help – lead - by example – Have fun doing it!!


We need your help as a member, the amount of time that you commit is what you are able to commit.  We will meet at the Pittsfield Community Center on May 14, at 7:00 PM for one hour. Please join us at that time.       Personally, I have a strong attachment with the Pittsfield/Barnstead Lions Club. When the Pittsfield Lions Club chartered Saddleback Mountain Lions Club in 1973, PDG George Reed attended our meetings and I became a good friend with him. I will be a helping hand to help bring the Pittsfield/Barnstead Lions Club into the future.


Please contact me at 767-9313 if you have any questions.
In service with you,
Ellis Ring, Region 3 Chair

 


 

News from American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75

 

 

American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75 2009- 2010 Officers from left to right, Dan Ward, Historian; Reuben Levitt, Service Officer; Bob Moulton, Chaplain/Adjutant; John Kost, Finance Officer; Scott Ward, Vice Commander; Merrill Vaughan, Commander; Not shown is Royce Elkins, Judge Advocate and Susan Faretra, District 5 Sr. Vice Commander.


Photo By: Diane Vaughan

 



On Monday, May 4, 2009, The American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75 had their Post Officers for 2009 - 2010 installed by the District 5 Vice Commander, Susan Faretra. After the installation, the main part of the meeting was on the upcoming Memorial Day observance that will be held on May 24, 2009, at 1 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial on Main St. The public is invited to attend, the annual observance.


On Thursday, May 21, 2009, Post members will start to place the flags on the veterans’ graves in Floral Park. Those who want to help should be there no later than 8:45 a.m., with a rain date of the 22nd. The placement of the flags takes time so any volunteers are welcome to help out.

 


 

Women Veterans Benefits and Resources Fair


The NH Chapter of the Women Veterans of America is sponsoring a Benefits and Resources Fair for ALL female veterans.


Are you a woman who served in the military of the United States of America, the Allied Forces of the United States, Active Duty US Forces, the US Reserve Forces and has not been dishonorably discharged or separated from such service in the Armed Forces of the United States of America?  Then you are a veteran.


Come and discover all the Benefits and Resources available to you:

  • Sign up for benefits.

  • Receive advice and support on anything from finding a job to treatment for Military Sexual Trauma.

  • Discuss health care & maintenance.

  • Meet other Women Veterans.

To RSVP email trinawycoff@comcast.net or Call (603) 724-0484.


Check out our website www.wvachapter41.org

 


 

Letter


To The Citizens Of Pittsfield:
The Selectboard is proud to announce Jim Girard as March’s Employee of the Month. Jim Girard has been a full time employee of the Town of Pittsfield for five years. During that time, Jim has been responsible for a variety of programs. He has been a constant mentor to the member of the full time staff sharing his knowledge of EMS and fire fighting with new members and is always ready to help with any project.


Jim has been in charge of the Fire Department Explorer Post for the last three years. In his capacity as the program director he has influenced a number of former Explorers as they became eligible for membership as volunteer fire fighters.


Jim has accepted the responsibility for vehicle maintenance of the ambulances and schedules routine service. Jim applies his skill as an electrician to repair electrical problems with the vehicles and often saves the Department expensive repairs.


Recently, Jim chaired the new ambulance committee and developed the specification for the new ambulance that was delivered to the Town early this year. The unit was delivered with over $11,000.00 of extras at no cost to the Town. Jim has invested considerable time into installation of equipment and placing the unit in service.


Jim’s emergency response skills are exemplary and his performance reviews demonstrate a consistent dedication to his profession. We are fortunate to have Jim as an employee and we appreciate all the services that he provides to our town.


Respectfully Submitted By
Denise Morin
Pittsfield, NH

 


 

Letter To The Editor


Editor:
An interesting situation was revealed at the 7 May Planning Board meeting. Member Jim Pitchard stated that his research of town records shows that the Planning Board was established by Town Meeting vote in 1961 as a five member board. Four elected members, one appointed by the Select Board.


Over the years the board has varied in size between five and seven members. It has been a seven member board for over ten years.


However, there is no record available of the town ever having established anything but a five member body.


This means that the current board is not properly established - six members have been elected to four positions, which in my opinion means that none have been legitimately elected. As a result none of the Board’s actions are legitimate.


It has been proposed that the situation be rectified by having two members resign. I do not believe that this is an adequate fix - it leaves four members who are still improperly elected. And it disenfranchises the people who voted for those who resign.


Proponents of this approach say that the result five member board could be then made legitimate by requesting a declaratory judgment from the Superior Court.


My belief is that a similar type of judgment could be requested which would simply legitimize the current seven member board. A board of this size was clearly the intent of the voters who made no attempt to petition a change prior to the elections of 2008 and 2009.


Best Regards,
Bill Miskoe

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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