Pittsfield NH News

May 18, 2011


The Pittsfield Food Pantry is holding a Ham and Bean Supper to benefit its outreach to the community. The all-inclusive meal, including homemade pies, will be served at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield, Saturday, May 21st, 5-7 p.m.  A monetary donation is requested.

Those Celebrating Birthdays are: May 18, Mikey Bender, Nathan Riel; May 20, Gary Gadoury, Elizabeth Hast, Nicole Grainger; May 22, Bob Bolduc, Jon Ward.

A Very Happy Birthday To One and All!

Those Celebrating Anniversaries are:­­ May 18, Fern and Jim Bond; May 20, Rich and Sarah Hillsgrove.


The newly formed Suncook Valley Lions Club consisting of the Towns of Barnstead and Pittsfield are looking for community oriented individuals to join the lions club in collecting glasses and hearing aids and raising money for hearing and eye tests.  Any interested individuals should contact Bob Wharem at 848-7122.

The South Pittsfield Community Club ham and bean dinners have started! Be sure to watch for future time and dates.


School Lunch Menus
May 23 - 27, 2011

Monday - Chicken noodle bake, veggie, fruit, milk.
Tuesday - Tuna roll, veggie, chips, fruit, milk.
Wednesday - Ravioli, veggie, fruit, milk.
Thursday - French toast, sausage, applesauce, oranges, milk.
Friday - Pizza, veggie, dessert, milk.

Monday - BBQ pork on roll, green beans, fruit, milk.
Tuesday - Chicken wrap, cheese, veggies, fruit, milk.
Wednesday - Pizza, corn, baked dessert, fruit, milk.
Thursday - Beef and gravy, potato,  veggies, fruit, milk.
Friday - Cold sandwich, chips, fruit, milk.



Pictured are Dave and Maddy Pollard, the latest major contributors to the project at Pittsfield Youth Athletic Park. Thanks also go to Jim Snedeker for removing the huge axle from the park, Kyle Wages who helped pick up the trash along the old railroad bed next to the park and Joe Darrah who moved all of the concrete blocks from the parking lot to the upper field where the new dugouts are being built."



VA Partners With Easter Seals To Train Family

Caregivers Of Wounded Warriors
Submitted By Merrill A. Vaughan,

Vice Commander American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75

Pittsfield, NH 03263

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Easter Seals formally announced a partnership to provide comprehensive Caregiver Training to Family Caregivers of eligible post-9/11 Veterans as authorized by the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010.

“We at VA are committed to providing the Family Caregivers who share our sacred duty to care for those ‘who have borne the battle’ with the best services available,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “We are very pleased to partner with a renowned organization such as Easter Seals in developing the best possible training program for Family Caregivers.  Throughout its long history, Easter Seals has demonstrated its strong commitment to supporting our Nation’s Military, Veterans and their families.”

“Easter Seals is proud to share our expertise and knowledge with this important group of Family Caregivers, taking care of loved ones who returned home with serious injuries after their post 9/11 service to our nation,” explained James E. Williams, Jr., president and chief executive officer of Easter Seals. “We are honored to help these Veterans and their families.”

Starting today, Family Caregivers and Veterans can apply for services authorized under a VA interim final rule that was published on May 5.  Eligible Family Caregivers of eligible post-9/11 Veterans will receive comprehensive training developed by Easter Seals in collaboration with VA clinical experts.  It is part of a package of new services that also include a monthly stipend, mental health services and access to medical care under the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA), if the primary Family Caregiver is not entitled to care for services under a health plan contract.

Easter Seals has been helping people with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for more than 90 years.  From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people address life’s challenges and achieve personal goals.

Family Caregivers of eligible post-9/11 Veterans will have a choice of how to receive their training.  Options will include traditional classroom training, online learning or a correspondence course. All Family Caregivers will be expected to complete training as part of the preparation to start receiving other services under the new program. The first training courses are expected to start in June, and monthly stipends, which are backdated to the day applications are formally submitted, could begin as early as July.

Veterans may download a copy of the Family Caregiver program application at www.caregiver.va.gov.  The application enables the Veteran to designate a primary Family Caregiver and secondary Family Caregivers.

Caregiver support coordinators are stationed at 153 VA medical centers and available by phone at 1-877-222 VETS (8387) to assist Veterans and Family Caregivers with the application process. Caregivers of Veterans from all eras are also encouraged to use the website and support line to explore more than two dozen other services VA provides Caregivers.

Easter Seals is a non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities and other special needs. For more than 90 years, it has been offering help to children and adults living with disabilities and to the families who love them. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals assists people with disabilities to live, learn, work and play. If you would like more information on Easter Seals, visit the Easter Seals website at www.easterseals.com.



Josiah Carpenter Library Volunteer Honored

Congratulations are in order for Pittsfield resident Ruth Strickhart. Mrs. Strickhart has been selected to receive the Joseph D. Vaughan Award, which is presented annually by the State Committee on Aging and EngAGING NH, for outstanding leadership or achievement as a volunteer on behalf of older citizens in New Hampshire. Ten awards were presented to representatives from each county.  Mrs. Strickhart received the award for Merrimack County. (photos courtesy of Eleanor Joyce)



Pittsfield Fiddle Contest Results
Submitted By Paula Driscoll

On Friday, May 6, 2011, The Pittsfield Youth Workshop (PYW) held the 9th Annual Pittsfield Fiddle Contest and Silent Auction at the Scenic Theatre. All proceeds from this event will benefit PYW’s after school programs and activities.

In the Youth Division, 1st place was won by Reed Cullen of Washington; 2nd place by Madeleine Stewart of Epsom; and 3rd place by Fiona Shea of Warner.

In the Adult Division, 1st place was won by Lorrie Wilkes of Norwich VT; 2nd place by Teresa Wyman of Canterbury; and 3rd place by Margareta Buczala of Dunbarton.

Other participants included Camille and Micah Pollak of Laconia, Rylan Tuttle of Nottingham, Charlotte Hardy of New Durham, Chris and Emily Garcia of Strafford, Shelby and Audrey Smith of Lee, Quinn Griffith of Lee, Taylor Dupris of Mont Vernon, Nick Heitmann of Amesbury MA, Pat Therrien of Sanbornton, Miranda Perlupo of Pittsfield and Peter Yarensky of Barrington.

PYW would like to thank all the participants and volunteers for their support. A big thanks to our volunteer judges Sylvia Miskoe, Burt Feintuch, and Audrey Danielson. Special thanks to Wayne Summerford for coordinating the sound system for the evening and to the Pittsfield Players for allowing us to use the Scenic Theatre!

Grappone in the Community was also very generous to lend us an employee, Amber Pianka, for the day. She helped with the organizing, set-up before and clean-up after the Fiddle Contest and Silent Auction.

During the Fiddle Contest, Amber awarded PYW with a $500.00 cash donation from Grappone Automotive Group. Thanks! 

We would also like to thank Kelly Chisholm,  of Maximum Results Realty, Nathan Wechsler & Co., The Pittsfield Clothes Closet, Keeley Painting and Kentek for the prize money donations.

Additional support from Salty Dog Pottery, Heath’s Flower Shop, Maxfield’s Hardware, Natural Choice Therapeutic Massage, NH Fisher Cats, Angela McKinnon for Mary Kay, Danis Supermarket, Boston Red Sox, Heather and Mike Piaseczny Metal Images, Pauline Wheeler, William Mitchell, Epsom Curves, Julianne Gadoury, Cathy Thosell, Corrections Creations, TC’s Service Center, Toy Box and Kids Korner, Dawn Hamel for Avon, Michele Beauregard  of  The Innate In You, Harris Family Furniture, Carolyn Davis, Concord Agway, Cheryl Brown, Dominick’s Restaurant, Pam Disney, Chucksters, Massage Therapy Services, Northeast Landscape, Northwood Naturals and Jenness Farm for the donations toward PYW’s silent auction.



Beautifying Pittsfield

Spring has sprung! We, the Beautification Committee, are back in full swing with great plans for this new season.

New this year is the Garden Sponsorship program.  Sponsorship provides funds for maintaining select gardens.  Each garden will be marked with a sign, noting the sponsor.


We would like to thank the following businesses:
• Barton Lumber; Intersection of Carroll and Depot Streets.
• Globe Manufacturing; Crescent St. and Lyford Hill Lot.
• Men of Rotary;  Washington House Lot.
• Women of Rotary; Tilton Hill and Catamount Rd Lot.
• Exit Realty; Aranosian Lot, Corner of Catamount Rd. and Broadway.

We are fortunate to have local businesses working with us.  Dave, of Diamond Sign Design, created the signs.  Joe Darrah Enterprises contributed equipment and many hours of manpower.  Dan and Justin Schroth, and Jeffrey Ames of StoneFences generously gave their time to construct a beautiful granite wall around the perimeter of the Crescent Street lot.  They will also be building a small stonewall around the Tilton Hill lot.

The Pittsfield Road Crew was helpful in moving the large pieces of granite.  R&C General Contractors of Concord, and Fuzz Freese donated the granite for the Crescent Street area.

In other news, Derek Hamilton of PMHS, worked in conjunction with our Nicole Ward, on an Earth Day project, in which local students donated their time, as part of their Community Service requirement, to clean up Pittsfield.

For anyone wishing to make a financial contribution to the Beautification Committee, donation cans may be found at Jitters, Bell Brothers and Jack’s Pizza. The Beautification Committee will be taking part in the Town Wide Yard Sale on June 4th.  Please contact Nancy Barto, 435-8843, regarding donating items for the yard sale.

Proceeds from the Donation Cans and Yard Sale are used to support ongoing projects such as the Flower Barrels and the Flags displayed on patriotic holidays.



Drake Field Summer Recreation Program Will

Run Thanks To Generous Donations

Many people have been asking if the Drake Field Summer Recreation Program will be open for the children of Pittsfield this year and the answer is YES.  The program was one of the cuts that were made in next year’s school budget.  However, thanks to the generous donations made by the Sanderson Trust Fund, Globe Manufacturing Company, R.C. Foss, and the Rotary Club we will be able to open for the 2011 summer.

So, if you are looking for something fun, affordable and educational for your children to do this summer, then we have the answer; the Drake Field Summer Recreation Program. 

Come join us for six weeks of fun.  We will begin on July 5, 2011 and run through August 11th.  The program is open Monday through Friday to Pittsfield students in grades 1-8 for the 2011-2012 school year.    The program is free and consists of sports activities, arts and crafts, children’s games, board games, field trips, water games, story time and many other fun and educational activities. 

This year’s field trips will be Shaker Village, NH Children’s Museum, Pittsfield Fire Station, NH Fire Academy in Concord, Pittsfield Police Department, Liquid Water Planet, mini golf, Chuckie Cheese, Ellacoya State Park, Pittsfield Post Office, Fun Spot, and the Town Pool.  Many of our trips are free and others have a small fee.  Don’t miss out on the fun.  Be sure to sign up.

The Drake Field Summer Recreation Program began in 1917 and has offered a safe, drug free, fun and educational  place for the youth of Pittsfield ever since.  Please take time to say thanks to those who have donated to make this program possible for another year. 

Look for papers to come home from school with your child or for more information and registration forms please contact Mrs. Sawyer at Pittsfield High School, 435-6701 x 1110.



Pictured is Dan Schroth and Jeffrey Ames placing granite around the flower bed at the intersection of River Road, Crescent Street and Lyford Hill. Thank you guys for helping to improve the appearance of Pittsfield. As an aside, I feel great relief, Dan, about getting the wall completed on time at Pittsfield Youth Athletic Park. I know you would not go off and work on another project if you were not absolutely sure that you could complete the park project by June 1. Thanks Dan.  And Jeff, keep him plugging away.



They were due April 30th. Please register now to avoid any late fees.



2011 Memorial Day Activities

On Thursday, May 26 at 9:00 am, the American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75 will be placing flags over our departed comrades in Floral Park Cemetery.  Anyone desiring to help place flags over departed comrades, please contact Post 75 Vice Commander Merrill Vaughan at 344-0264.  On Sunday, May 29, 2011 we will begin our annual observance  with church service to be held this year at St Stephen’s Episcopal Church at 9:30 am.  At 1 pm at the War Memorial in Dustin Park on Main Street, we will hold our observance.  Our guest speaker will be New Hampshire District 17 State Senator, Jack Barnes.  Questions can be directed to Merrill Vaughan, Vice Commander at 435-5207 or 344-0264.



Sunrise Farmer’s Market

Great news folks, Sunrise Farmer’s Market in Pittsfield would like to announce that we are able to continue our market.  We appreciate all of the great responses from the public when we recently asked for help in obtaining a more visible location. 

We thought the offer from Mr. and Mrs. Scott Ward of Exit Reward Realty was the best fit for the market.  The office is located at 79 High Street and the market will be setting up in their field right along River Road, off of 28.  We would like to thank the Wards for their generosity and their drive to help the community. 

In addition to the new location, we are also changing the day and hours of operation. Starting late June we will be open every Friday from 3-6.  When we have a date we will post it in the Suncook Sun. 

We are looking for new vendors, specifically vendors who have maple syrup, honey, apples, and seedlings etc.  We regret that we are not looking for sellers of produce such as tomatoes and cukes and squash at this time.  At least for now we think we have that area covered.  So if  you’re interested in joining our new venture and think you may have something new to offer - then please call Carl & AnneMarie Chapman at 435-5570 or email chapmans4.1@myfairpoint.net

Thank you to everyone who offered us the use of their property, your generosity was overwhelming.  We would like to thank everyone who took the time out of their day to call and offer suggestions, We hope you are able to come and visit us at our new location.





Ralph Carter Van Horn

At 86, Ralph Van Horn of 36-1 Concord Hill Road, Pittsfield, was not a jack of all trades, but he was, without question, a master of many. And whatever he did, his very dry, quick wit, underscored his comments, so much so that you were usually still trying to figure out the zing long after it whizzed by. All this, however, ended with his death May 12th at Epsom HealthCare Center after a brief illness.

Some of Van Horn’s interests started as a youngster, continuing until the day before he died, when he expressed concern that his oldest daughter would not drive his car the way he would! Cars were his first love. When he was 12, he wrote to car manufacturers for their brochures, which he carefully saved all his life. As an adult, he built miniature classic cars that children wanted to play with, but were locked in a glass-fronted cabinet, sealed away in perfection. All doors and rumble seats opened, and convertible roofs worked; and not a car drove by in a royal processional on television or in a film that he couldn’t identify.

Miniatures manifested themselves in another way in Van Horn’s world. For 30 years, he built 18th century dollhouse furniture, often improvising as needed. In his talented hands, a greeting card with an Asian motif became a three-sided room screen; a cabinet’s empty shelves  were suddenly filled with books treated to look leather-bound.

His interest in dollhouse furniture arose from his longtime interest in antiques, about which he was most knowledgeable. He assembled one of the first collection of slides of Portsmouth, N.H. historical homes, and lectured for years throughout the state about these houses, their contexts and their architecture.

This avocation grew out of his early fascination with English history and English country homes. During leave from the U.S. Army Air Corps -- he was stationed in England during World War II where he flew 30 missions over Germany -- he would visit historic sites.

Always with a book in hand, he read widely and constantly about the royal families of Western Europe and the Romanoffs. As a source about the royals, Renaissance or Egyptian art he was often a better reference than Google, Wikipedia and Britannica. Mysteries were his other love.

After the war, he graduated from the Art Institute of Boston and made tracks for New York City, where he worked for the Thomas Strahan Co., and helped to develop the color chips we use today.

He married Maureen Fletcher (a Londoner), and they moved to Pittsfield in 1952, where he managed the Pittsfield National Bank. He later worked for Rich Plan of Northern New England, before becoming Art Department chair at Merrimack Valley High School. He also ran its vocational educational program and was Teacher of the Year in 1974.

Van Horn’s interest in art was more than academic. An accomplished silver craftsman, he practiced other art forms, too, and framed art professionally.

He found particularly endearing those with fur and four legs. Regardless of how small a brain, or neurotic a personality, if it was his pet, that creature could do no wrong. 

In Pittsfield, he was a Rotary past president, and served as a trustee and chair of the Board of Trustees of the Josiah Carpenter Library for many years and was named Trustee of the Year in 1995. He was 11-year president of the Pittsfield Historical Society, and a Pittsfield Players charter member,  appearing in several productions.

For almost 30 years, Van Horn was primarily a guide/interpreter at Canterbury Shaker Village; he so loved giving tours. He was proud to have known Eldress Bertha Lindsay, Eldress Gertrude Soule and Sister Ethel Hudson and their pets. His last stint was infirmary tours, and he was known as Doc.  He was devoted to the Shakers, and it is fair to say that he himself was much beloved by the other volunteers. 

His last community service was telling jokes. However bad or corny, his victims were always up for his latest.

Born in Marlboro, MA, of Beatrice and Jerome Van Horn, he was predeceased by his sister, Shyrley McIntyre of Baton Rouge, LA. He leaves, his wife, Maureen; daughters and sons-in-law, Christina Van Horn and Dana Milner of Albany, CA and Erica Van Horn and Simon Cutts of Ballybeg, Ireland, and Stephanie Van Horn and fiancé Roy Josselyn of Dover, NH; his brother-in-law, Dr. John McIntyre; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to either the Concord-Merrimack County SPCA, Penacook, NH 03303, or the Josiah Carpenter Library, Main Street, Pittsfield, NH 03263.

The family invites friends to a celebratory gathering Sunday, May 22, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Jitters Café, Main Street, Pittsfield.













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