Police Help Capture Escaped Cattle...In The Dark
Submitted By Carole
Carole Soule is co-owner of Miles Smith Farm, in Loudon, NH,
where she raises and sells beef, pork, lamb, eggs, and other local
The dirt road shimmered under my feet in the dark as
if walking on stars. Every so often Missy, the Scottish Highlander cow I
was leading, swung her horns at one of the six Angus cows following us
up the moonlit road. Just two hours earlier I had driven this very same
road with those six Angus cows in the stock trailer. We had put them in
the trailer but a few miles down the road they weren’t there anymore.
Earlier that evening Bruce, my husband, and I had loaded five calves and
two cows in the front section and six black yearling cattle in the back
section of our stock trailer. As it grew dark, I drove the rig
back to our home farm with Bruce a few minutes behind me in another
vehicle. We were bringing these cattle back to our farm, Miles Smith
Farm in Loudon, before moving them to another remote pasture.
All seemed well until about halfway home when I got a call from Bruce
wondering if, “those cattle on the corner of Rt 126 and Tasker Rd were
ours?” A quick check of the empty trailer confirmed the worst.
Apparently, in the dark, we had forgotten to latch the rear sliding door
and the six cattle, in the far back of the trailer, had jumped out of
the moving vehicle out a few miles from the pasture.
I drove the rig
back to where Bruce had last seen the cattle but I couldn’t find them.
The Barnstead police showed up, lights flashing about the same time
friends, Teresa and Tom, arrived to help Bruce and me. First, we
had to locate and then round up the escapees.
So how do you catch six
delinquent black cows in the dark on a public road? Easy, with another
cow. I drove the trailer, still containing cattle who had not escaped
and were watching these events unfold, to our remote pasture a few miles
back up the road and put a halter on the first cow I found. My
flashlight was dead, so in the dark it was hard to tell which cow I had
but when I realized it was Missy, one of our riding Highlanders, I was
ecstatic. Missy is easy to lead and trusting. I put a halter on her, put
her in the back of the trailer and we drove to the scene of the big
When I returned, the delinquent cattle were hanging out next
to the police car, flashing lights off. I don’t know how he did
it, but for fifteen minutes Officer Cremin, with just a flashlight and
his voice, kept the delinquents calm and in a group near the road. They
listened quietly as he told them more than once, “Behave, and stop
pushing each other around.” When I arrived leading Missy, she gave a
loud “Mooo,” as if to say, “What are you guys doing here, let’s go.”
The six delinquents, sometimes running ahead but mostly hanging out
behind, followed Missy and me back down the road to the pasture they had
driven away from just two hours earlier. Some detoured into fields or
down side roads but they always came back, walking in the headlights of
Tom and Teresa’s car bringing up the rear. Swinging her head every so
often to keep them behind her, Missy, probably irritated that she had to
make this midnight walk, led the escapees back to the pasture. Grateful,
they all seemed unharmed by their jump from a moving vehicle, we got
them back through the gate and into the field. It was midnight by
the time I drove the other cattle, still safely in the trailer, back to
the farm in Loudon.
How do you catch an escaped cow? The answer is
simple, “Not with a horse and cowboy but with another cow.” Besides who
needs a cowboy when the Barnstead police come to the rescue?
9-year-old Scottish Highlander cow, helped capture escaped cattle in
Barnstead. Photo by Soule Miles Smith Farm
Memorial Library News
Summer Reading Registration
our 2017 Summer Reading Program “Build a Better World” has begun and
will continue throughout the program. The program will run from June
26th through August 19th, with weekly activities planned for July and
August. Our summer reading program is for all ages and materials will be
available for participants at the library. There will be many raffles
throughout the program, as well as prizes and awards for participants
who complete the program. Participants can register online or at the
library and start logging books immediately. Books can be logged online
or written down at home. Check the events calendar on our website for
activities or pick up a printed copy at the library. Please call the
library at 269-3900 with any questions about the program.
Playwrights and Performers is a Teen/Tween
collaboration. The group will meet every other Thursday at 6:30pm
beginning July 6. The group will write, produce and perform their own
original show! There will also be an opportunity to design sets and
costumes. On Saturday, August 26 at 6pm, the production will be put on
for the community along with dinner as our summer reading finale event!
Please call the library (269-3900) or visit our website (oscarfoss.org)
for more information about any of our programs or events. There is
always something happening at the Oscar Foss Memorial Library! Library
hours are; Tuesday and Wednesday: 10am-6pm, Thursday and Friday:
12pm-8pm, Saturday: 10am-1pm, Sunday and Monday: closed.
Firefighters Association 5K Road Race/Fun Walk
Firefighters Association is pleased to announce its 6th annual 5K
Road Race and Fun Walk to start at the Barnstead Parade grounds on
August 19 at 9am.
The course is an “out and back” that follows the
Suncook River from the Parade to the intersection with Rt. 126 and then
returns to the Parade along the same route for the Finish. The
race course is USATF certified for accuracy and is considered flat and
fast. Refreshments will follow the race along with a Fun Race for
Part of the proceeds from this year’s race are
designated for the Jake Weber Scholarship Fund. This fund will be
used to assist with education costs to those interested in a career in
Fire Safety or Emergency Medical Services.
Pre-registration is $20
and must be received by August 15, 2017. Registration forms are
available at www.bfr06.com; Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org or Call:
603-312-5648. Online registration is also available at
Day Registration is $25.
Hope to see you at the races!
Parks And Recreation Summer Concert Series
Please join Barnstead
Parks and Recreation in welcoming Studio Two to the summer concert stage
on Saturday, July 8. Hailed as “New England’s Best Beatles Tribute
Band”, Studio Two is a headlining Beatles band that pays tribute to the
early Beatles years, choosing songs from the pre-Sgt. Pepper era
(1960-1966). Unlike other Beatle acts that try to deliver the
entire catalog, Studio Two concentrates only on the most exciting and
fun time in The Beatles career.
Featuring graduates from Berklee
College of Music and Beatles devotees, Studio Two band mates met in a
“cellar full of noise” in a town slightly west of Liverpool (Milford,
New Hampshire!) to pay homage to the greatest rock band of all time.
Band members are experienced musicians of today’s generation dedicated
to preserving the memory and fan culture of The Beatles’ generation.
By recreating the Fab Four’s music, instruments, and on stage banter,
Studio Two performs the most favorite hits that will move the audience
This free show starts at 6:00 pm on the Barnstead Parade
Grounds. Concessions will be offered for sale by the Barnstead
Parade Congregational Church. Don’t forget to bring your friends
and family, and a lawn chair or blanket. As always, the Parade
Grounds is a smoke-free, alcohol free area.
Of New Hampshire’s Dean’s List For The Spring 2017 Semester
following students have been named to the Dean’s List at the University
of New Hampshire for the spring 2017 semester.
Aaron Russell of
Barnstead, NH with Highest Honors
Julian Brown of Barnstead, NH with
Benjamin Hallman of Barnstead, NH with High Honors
Daryn Clevesy of Barnstead, NH with Honors
Matthew McGinnis of Center
Barnstead, NH with Highest Honors
Jay Mousseau of Center Barnstead,
NH with Honors
Christina Prescott of Center Barnstead, NH with
Melony Rice of Center Barnstead, NH with Highest
Tanner Shaw of Center Barnstead, NH with Highest Honors
Victoria Rice of Center Barnstead, NH with High Honors
of Center Barnstead, NH with Highest Honors
Katherine Lesnyk of
Center Barnstead, NH with High Honors
Julia Carter of Center
Barnstead, NH with Honors
Casey Gut of Chichester, NH with High
Emily Langlais of Epsom, NH with High Honors
Seth Bean of
Epsom, NH with Honors
Vincent Pagano of Epsom, NH with High Honors
Sierra Juneau of Gilmanton, NH with Highest Honors
Sawyer Gardner of
Gilmanton, NH with High Honors
David Morrison of Gilmanton, NH with
Brittany Coulstring of Gilmanton Iron Works, NH with
Cortlynn Danby of Gilmanton Iron Works, NH with High
Randal Coulstring of Gilmanton Iron Works, NH with High Honors
Elizabeth Davies of Gilmanton Iron Works, NH with Honors
of Northwood, NH with Highest Honors
Daniel Faiella of Northwood, NH
with Highest Honors
Samantha Pollari of Northwood, NH with High
Michael Wolfendale of Northwood, NH with Highest Honors
Jeremy Fenerty of Northwood, NH with Honors
Samantha Corwin of
Northwood, NH with Highest Honors
Janais Axelrod of Northwood, NH
Chloe Bettencourt of Northwood, NH with Highest Honors
Jacob Mele of Northwood, NH with Highest Honors
Ashley LeBlanc of
Northwood, NH with Highest Honors
Jeffrey Long of Pittsfield, NH with
Derek Pike of Pittsfield, NH with Honors
Anthony of Pittsfield, NH with High Honors
Students named to the
Dean’s List at the University of New Hampshire are students who have
earned recognition through their superior scholastic performance during
a semester enrolled in a full-time course load (12 or more graded
credits). Highest honors are awarded to students who earn a semester
grade point average of 3.85 or better out of a possible 4.0. Students
with a 3.65 to 3.84 average are awarded high honors and students whose
grade point average is 3.5 through 3.64 are awarded honors.
Andy Sanborn, Candidate For Congress In District One, To Address Belknap
County Republican Committee
The Belknap County Republican Committee
(BCRC) will hold their next monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 12 at
6:30 pm. Please note the location change – the Committee meeting
will be held at the Shang Hai Restaurant, 331 Main Street in Laconia.
This month’s guest speaker will be State Senator Andy Sanborn, a
recently declared candidate for Congress in District One. Sanborn is
currently serving his 4th consecutive 2-year term as a State Senator
where he’s the chair of the Health and Human Services Committee, and a
member of the Energy & Natural Resources Committee and the Ways & Means
Committee. He’s a New Hampshire native, and a small business owner
of The Draft sports bar in Concord. Senator Sanborn will be facing
another declared Republican candidate, Eddie Edwards, in a primary next
year with the winner moving on to challenge Democrat Carol Shea-Porter.
Sanborn will share his reasons for deciding to run for Congress, and
he’ll discuss his goals and objectives if he’s elected.
County GOP meetings are open to ALL Republicans and like-minded
Independents. Per their usual meeting format, if you’re interested in
having dinner (at your option) and/or wish to socialize before the
meeting, plan to arrive as early as 5:00 pm.
thanks its members for their past food pantry donations and wishes to
remind them to continue to bring non-perishable food items to the
For more information, please check the
Committee’s website at www.BelknapCountyGOP.org or send
an email to email@example.com.
NH Young Republicans To Speak At Barnstead-Alton-Gilmanton
Republican Committee Meeting
The Barnstead-Alton-Gilmanton Republican
Committee (BARC’G) has announced that their next monthly meeting is
scheduled for Tuesday, July 11 at 6:30 pm at J.J. Goodwin’s Restaurant
(upstairs dining room), 769 Suncook Valley Highway (Rt 28), in Center
This month the Committee will hear from Joe Sweeney, the
state chairman of the NH Young Republicans. Joe, a recent college
grad, will talk about all the political/social activities that are
planned for the younger generation! However, people of ALL
ages are invited to attend the meeting to learn about these activities,
and to spread the word that the Young Republicans “have their act
In addition, you’ll have an opportunity to hear from local
elected officials (State Representatives, State Senators, County
Commissioners) about the results of the latest activities in Concord and
in Laconia including various bills that have been signed by the Governor
including the state budget, and the latest regarding funding of the
Belknap County Department of Corrections and the Sheriff’s Department.
BARC’G meetings are open to all Republicans and like-minded Independents
from Alton, Barnstead, and Gilmanton, and any other towns in New
Hampshire. There is no charge to attend the meetings.
Per their usual
meeting format, if you’re interested in having dinner (at your option)
or wish to socialize before the meeting, plan to arrive as early as
The Committee reminds you to bring non-perishable food items
(cans of soup, tuna fish, etc) to the meeting for distribution to local
For more information, please check the Committee’s
website www.barc-newhampshire.com or send
an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Democrats To Meet
Are you concerned about what your NH State
Representatives and Senators are doing in Concord? Do you know how
they’re voting and how to hold them accountable? Learn how through
Granite State Progress’ “State House Accountability” presentation, which
provides resources to increase public awareness and civic participation
and to make sure elected officials are voting in the best interest of
Granite State Progress’ Executive Director,
Zandra Rice Hawkins, will give this helpful presentation at the July
meeting of the Tri-Town Democrats of Barnstead, Gilmanton, and Alton on
Monday, July 10th at the Temperance Tavern Inn in Gilmanton. Granite
State Progress is a progressive advocacy organization that provides a
strong voice in advancing progressive solutions to critical issues of
state and local concern. The presentation will be followed by
action items and community organizing.
Come for socializing any time
between 6:15 pm and 6:45 pm. The meeting runs from 6:45 pm to 8:00pm.
The Temperance Tavern is located at 506 Province Road (Rt. 107) in
Gilmanton. Parking is available across the street at or behind the
Gilmanton Town Offices or along Currier Hill Road. For more information
on the Temperance Tavern, please visit
meeting is open to any and all residents of Barnstead, Alton, and
Gilmanton who consider themselves moderate, liberal, or progressive
Democrats or like-minded Independents. Refreshments to share are
encouraged but not required. For more information, please contact
Heather Carter at email@example.com or
visit the “Barnstead, Alton, and Gilmanton Democrats” Facebook page.
“Charlie” A. Roberts, 78, passed away on Wednesday, March 22nd in his
“Florida” home, Dade City, FL in the company of his wife Barbara.
Please join family, friends & neighbors for a memorial service/calling
hours on Saturday, July 8th from 10 until 11; Masonic service to begin
at 11:15. Luncheon will follow immediately at the funeral home.
Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home, 1217 Suncook Valley Highway, Epsom,