Pittsfield NH News

October 11, 2017


Birds And Hurricanes

Submitted By Carole Soule

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As I watched from my window a chickadee parent fed her baby, also in flight. The young bird grabbed the meal and continued on its way. The bird parents were teaching their babies how to grab insects in mid-air by feeding them in flight. That was earlier this year and by now, late summer, the babies are all fully trained in the art of mid-air feeding and are feasting on insects to make it through the winter. 


Birds are always with us until they arenít. Recently hurricanes have pounded through the Carribean; not just once but many times. Irma destroyed the U.S. Virgin islands of St. Thomas and St. John but just missed St. Croix, also a U.S. Virgin Island where I have family and have frequently visited. While many hurricanes have touched down on St. Croix the worst was Hugo in 1989. The twenty-seven-mile island was not only devastated by Hugo but when it was gone, so were the birds.


Apparently, birds can get sucked into the calm eye of the hurricane and travel with the eye rather than fight the winds. Birds also may also find cover when possible. For example, an injured Cooperís hawk, now known as Harvey, took refuge in a taxi in Houston during Hurricane Harvey. With a broken wing and in shock, the bird was given to the TWRC Wildlife Center and is expected to make a full recovery. If birds survive a hurricane, and somehow manage to find their way back home, they are faced with habitat destruction that can last for decades.


This year what Hurricane Irma missed, Maria finished off. Two weeks after Irma destroyed St. Thomas and St. John, St. Croix was demolished by Hurricane Maria who probably took the birds with her. With trees and farms stripped of vegetation and no birds to eat them, the bee and wasp population will be hungry and get aggressive just like they were after Hurricane Hugo. Itís true, life on a demolished island is a hardship made worse without birds.


Our barn and sheds in New Hampshire are filled with birds getting ready for the winter. Birds mean droppings that cover the hay and equipment but Iím not going to complain. Itís better to have birds and barns with roofs than not. The hurricanes are far away but the pain should be felt by each of us. We can only hope that the birds find their way home and the U.S. Virgin Islanders get help to recover from their devastation. Letís all be grateful for our birds and our roofs. Farm life would not be the same without them.


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.



ďThe History of Agriculture as Told by Barns."

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The Pittsfield Historical Society will host John Porter, co-author of Preserving Old Barns, on Wednesday, October 18.  Mr. Porterís presentation will show how the evolution of barn architecture tells the story of New Hampshire agriculture. Barns changed from the early English style, to Yankee style, to gambrel and then pole barns to accommodate the changing agriculture. This presentation will be a chronological walk through time, with photo illustrations of barns around the state that are examples of these eras of agricultural history.


John Porter and Francis Gilman, co-authors of Preserving Old Barns have spent their careers with farmers around New England helping them update and retrofit barns and have applied this knowledge to the renovation of old barns.


Please join us for this very interesting and informative presentation on Wednesday, October 18, at 7:00 p.m., at Pittsfieldís Historical Museum, 13 Elm Street.



Pittsfield Area Senior Center News


The Pittsfield Area Senior Center has a couple of events in the month of October. These programs are open to the public, you do not need to be a senior to enjoy the variety of activities offered, and most activities are free. We are located on 74 Main St. in Pittsfield, if you want more information please call 435-8482. 


On October 17, at 10:30am Don Smith will be performing. Don plays at many local venues and is very entertaining. He plays his guitar and sings music from many artists including Johnny Cash. So come for a free show and lunch. On Tuesdays, we offer soup and a salad bar along with the normal meal. If planning to stay for lunch, please call so the meal can be planned accordingly. 


On Friday, October 20, from 10:00am to 12:00pm Concord Regional Visiting Nurses Association is having a flu clinic. This is open to the public, so come in and get your flu shot. Please bring a copy of your insurance card; Medicare B, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, Harvard Pilgrim, Tufts, or Anthem are free. Appointments are not needed and the lines are nonexistent. While you are getting your flu shot, you can join in on the Harvest Gathering, just sit, have some apple cider, pumpkin cookies, and swap baked goods or recipes. 



Pittsfieldís Secret Santa


Cooler weather is upon us, and itís time to start gearing up for Christmas again. The Secret Santa Program benefits families in need within our community and assists anywhere 


from 200-250 children every year. The children range in ages from birth through 14 years old. We aim to provide not only a few toys, but a warm outfit and any needed winter outerwear for each child. The needs of each family vary, but we strive to assist them as much as possible. 


This is where you and your business come in. This program is fully funded through the generous donations of local businesses and individuals. We appreciate each and every one of you, and this program would not exist without you. If you would like to assist, donations of new, unwrapped toys or clothing can be dropped off at the fire station at your convenience. 


Monetary donations are also very much appreciated. 


We would like to have all donations received at the fire station by November 15th to help us determine what gifts still need to be purchased. If you will be donating toys or clothing, 


please contact Kris at the Fire Station at 435-6807 to coordinate a time to drop them off, or 


arrange for us to pick them up. Checks may be made payable to: 


Pittsfield Secret Santa 

PO Box 392 

Pittsfield, NH 03263 


Thank you for your support of this program! 



Letter To The Editor


I would like to respond to Scott Jacksonís Letter to the Editor with a resounding AMEN!


Thank you Scott.  I love where we live too!!


Stacey Polizotti













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