Pittsfield NH News

November 29, 2017




The Northwood CrankPullers Snowmobile Club will be hosting a Snowmobile Safety Course for ages 12-15 at the Lake Shore Farm (275 Jenness Pond Rd, Northwood) on Saturday, December 2nd from 8 am to 3 pm. Lunch will be provided. To register, contact Jeremy DeTrude @ 603-833-7063 (no charge for course but donations are always welcome).  Space is limited so call early. And as always, we really appreciate our landowners and are always looking for new members. www.northwoodcrankpullers.com



Blue Christmas


A Blue Christmas service will be held on Wednesday, December 20th, 7:00 pm at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., Bow, NH.  This will be a time of a quiet service of prayer, reflection and music for those having difficulty during this season due to grief, illness, depression, stress, family situations or other struggles.  This will be a time to acknowledge our feelings of sadness and concern, to remember we are not alone and to find encouragement to live the days ahead.  Light refreshments will be served following the service.  For more information, contact (603) 224-0884.  All are welcome.



BCEP Change of Hours


Effective January 1, 2018 B.C.E.P. Solid Waste will have new hours of operation:


Tuesday – Saturday 8:00AM – 4:00PM


Scales close at 3:45PM


Closed Sundays and Mondays



Peterson-Cram Post 75 News

Submitted By Merrill Vaughan, Adjutant, American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75


The members of Post 75, hope you have had a great Thanksgiving and all the extra time to eat, shop, watch games, and so forth.  This is going to be a different slant on our activities.  First off, we have selected Ms. Kathy Kelley as our primary singer for our special activities, singing the National Anthem.  She did a fantastic job on Veterans Day for us, especially with the cold and colder winds.  We are still searching for at least one more that would fill in for her if need be.  Contact Post 75, Adjutant Vaughan for more information.


To re-build our financial status, we are conducting a 15-pound Turkey Basket Raffle, and is open to the public. Tickets are $1.00 a ticket or $5,00 for six tickets.  The deadline for turning in tickets and money is December 14, 2017. The drawing will be held on December 16, so that the winner will have plenty of time to thaw out the turkey for a Christmas meal.   For tickets or further information, contact Post 75 Adjutant Merrill Vaughan at 435-5207 (home) or 340-1375 (cell phone).


The December meeting will be on December 4 at 7:30 pm.   We have a full slate of programs coming up in 2018 and some will be discussed that night.  Any veteran who wants to know about the Legion, you are welcome to stop by our Post Home that evening.  We are located at 3 Loudon Rd.



Free Christmas Concert

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The First Congregational Church, 24 Main St., Pittsfield, is pleased to present a Christmas concert Friday, December 8, 7 p.m. This special concert entitled, “Christmas Jubilation,” will feature the church’s Chancel Choir, the JuBellation Handbell Choir along with some other special musical talent.


Be sure to include this free delightful concert and carol sing-along for all ages in your holiday plans. Parking and wheelchair accessible entry located at rear of church on Chestnut Street. For more information, call the church office at 435-7471.



Letter To The Editor


In Dan Schroth’s letter in the November 15 Sun, Dan said that he was surprised at the cross section of voters that signed his petition “to advise and beg the selectmen to remove the position of building inspector.”


I too am surprised by some of the names on the petition. The petitioners should know that the board of selectmen has no authority to abolish the position of building inspector, or to fire the building inspector at will, or to issue lawful building permits. The petitioners should know that if the town meeting (instead of the board of selectmen) were to abolish the position of building inspector, then no one could issue building permits and no one could build anything unless the town asked the state fire marshal to be the town’s building inspector. (RSA 155-A:7, I.) The state fire marshal would not be more lenient than the local building inspector.


If Dan has a valid grievance, then he can petition the selectmen to remove the building inspector for cause. In such proceedings, Dan can allege a specific violation of law, and the building inspector can rebut Dan’s allegations. This is a fair process. Dan has been a selectman and a planning board member, so he should know about removal for cause, but instead of citing a specific violation of law, Dan makes vague, subjective accusations, such as “biggest problem,” that are just smears.


Because Dan claims no specific violation of law, his complaint appears to be with the state law that the building inspector is charged with enforcing. Maybe Dan should complain about the state law to Representative Brewster or Senator Reagan. Meanwhile, let’s not shoot the messenger; doing so would be unfair and might give Pittsfield a new messenger stricter than the local building inspector.


Jim Pritchard



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Kentek employees Mariya Smith and Mark Godzik prepare to deliver 147 pounds of food donated by Kentek employees to the Pittsfield Food Pantry.  Employees and Kentek also donated $500 in cash.



Globe Grants Departments In IN And NC Turnout Gear Through 2017 Globe Gear Giveaway 


The Lewis Township Volunteer Fire Company (Coalmont, IN) and the Princeville (NC) Volunteer Fire Department are each receiving four new sets of state-of-the-art turnout gear, compliments of Globe and DuPont Protection Solutions (DuPont). The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), Globe, and DuPont have been working together since 2012 to annually outfit volunteer fire departments with much-needed personal protective clothing through the Globe Gear Giveaway program. In 2017, a total of 52 sets of turnout gear are being distributed to 13 departments in need. 


The Lewis Township Volunteer Fire Company (VFC) is located in Coalmont, IN, and serves a population of 1,600 residents over 42 square miles. Training has been paramount in order to better protect the volunteers, and members are certified at the Firefighter II level. The department has outgrown its 50-year-old station and needs to upgrade its equipment, vehicles, attack and supply lines, communications systems, and training props. The department is in desperate need of new gear as well. Twelve of its 18 members have gear that is over 10 years old and does not meet national safety standards.  


Despite these growing needs, the company continues to provide invaluable services to the community, including public safety scholarships for graduating seniors, fire prevention and life safety education, smoke alarm donation and installation programs, and more. This award from Globe will help offset Lewis Township VFC’s financial needs, improve the safety of its volunteers, and allow department members to continue to give back, not only to their community, but also to surrounding departments who rely on them for critical training.  


The Princeville Volunteer Fire Department is located roughly 60 miles from the Atlantic Coast in Princeville, NC. In 2016 the department lost everything – including its fire station and all of the gear that it owned – after being hit by Hurricane Matthew, a Category 5 storm. Princeville responders performed over 40 water rescues during the storm, and in the aftermath, the town was flooded from the Tar River. The department is currently operating out of a tent behind the remains of the station, which will soon be demolished. 


The department’s 28 volunteers protect 12,000 residents in the town and surrounding county. While they were able to acquire 20 sets of gear, all are over 10 years old and noncompliant with NFPA standards. Before the disaster, the department was very proactive in teaching fire prevention year-round in the schools, churches, daycares, and apartment complexes throughout the fire district. Still in recovery from the hurricane’s destruction, the volunteers remain committed to their community. “The Princeville Volunteer Fire Department cannot fail the town,” said Chief James Powell. “Despite losing everything, we must continue to operate and move forward. This gift of turnout gear will greatly enhance our recovery.” 



The Pittsfield Players’ Annual Christmas Show Kicks Off The Season


The Pittsfield Players will present their Annual Christmas Show on Friday, December 1 at The Scenic Theatre at 7:30 pm. The show is sponsored by The Sanderson Fund, and is offered free to the public every year. Doors will open at the theater at 6:30 pm and seats will be available on a first-come, first-seated basis, until the theater is full, so get there early to claim your seat.


This year, the Pittsfield Players are hosting The Road Show Troupe from the Community Players of Concord who will be performing a variety of holiday music to help you welcome in the Christmas season and get in the mood for the Christmas Tree Lighting in Pittsfield the following evening. The songs are both secular and traditional, including songs from Rockin’Around the Christmas Tree to Silent Night, and there will even be a singalong for the audience to lend their voices to the holiday cheer.


The Road Show Troupe singers hail from Concord, Andover, Weare, Warner and other local communities and are directed by Kendra West-Senor, with musical accompaniment by Geraldine Veroneau and Dave Goulet on drums. Singers include Kate Jones, Robin Lorraine Hardy-Groce, Sandy Sully, Laurie Weissbrot, Maryann Lorenz, Karen Braz, Elizabeth June Hardy and Kendra West-Senor.


Mark your calendars and join the Players on Friday, December 1, at the Scenic Theatre and get yourself in the Christmas spirit!



When The Cattle Don’t Want To Come Home

Submitted By Carole Soule

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Alice, the reluctant Angus cow, who did not want to go home led all the other cows astray.


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Pulling out the stuck truck.


The cows didn’t want to come home. We thought with the recent snow and cold temperatures the eighteen head of cattle at one of our remote pastures in Gilmanton would be hungry and ready to move to a new pasture in Canterbury. At first, they followed two cows we led towards the temporary pen attached to the stock trailer. Sure they would be hungry we had put hay in the pen hoping they would be distracted by the hay as we closed the panels behind them. Once secure in the pen, we could load them in the trailer.  The herd followed the two cows but about twenty yards from the pen, one particularly flighty purebred Angus cow named “Alice” stopped, looked around then bolted away. Of course, the rest of the herd followed.


There were only three of us and one ATV in a twenty-acre pasture where the cows had the advantage. The cattle seemed to enjoy the chase with Bruce, my husband, as he drove the ATV trying to push them back towards the corral. I’m not sure who had more fun, Bruce on the ATV, or the cattle trying to outwit the ATV. The cows would look at the ATV then kick up their heals and circle round until they finally ran to the back of the pasture, stood in the ankle-deep green grass and looked at Bruce as if to say, “Look there’s plenty of grass here, we have lots to eat, go away.” Because of our rotational grazing practices, the pasture had lots of grass, so we gave in and left them. Leaving them turned out to be a good thing.


Remember I said there was snow on the ground? Just enough snow to make the incline where the truck and trailer were parked, slippery. As we tried to leave we found that the truck’s four-wheel-drive wasn’t working and the dualies (four tires in the rear) spun in the mud. Because the trailer was against a fence post we couldn’t back up to find better traction and without four-wheel drive, going forwards on that snow slick incline was not an option, even with an empty trailer. We were stuck.  Things were bad but everything would have been worse with a trailer full of cows.


The pasture owner, Tom Reed of Early Sunrise Farm, tried to pull us out with his two-wheel drive backhoe but that just slipped in the mud too. Luckily a contractor on the farm had a four-wheel drive backhoe he was using to dig a septic system. The second backhoe did extract our cow-free rig from the slippery ground and, as usual, I was frustrated by the failure of equipment to work as expected but grateful for unexpected help.


Once the truck’s four-wheel-drive is fixed we’ll bring extra hands to help with the round-up. A good cow pony or even a herding dog or two might help but we’ll have to settle for three ATVs and four or five people to help corral the herd. Anyone interested in a round-up? Alice and her buddies will make it interesting, for sure.


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.



Christmas With Rocking Horse Studio Performers Announced


Rocking Horse Studio is proud to announce the complete performer lineup for its annual Christmas with Rocking Horse Studio show at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, New Hampshire, Saturday, December 16th. The lineup includes:


Steve Blunt, Noelle Boc, Phil Butt from Duty Free, Justin Cohn, Sofia Lee Davis, Christopher Duffley, Kent Finemore from J Street Extension, Dusty Gray , The Library Band, Lizzy Marella, Andriana Melania , Hank Osborne & Chas Mitchell , Bradley Parker, Pat & the Hats, Sensitive Men, SPF3, Catherine White, Ryan Williamson, Brooks Young from the Brooks Young Band.


Rocking Horse Studio, New Hampshire’s premier music production and recording facility, presents an evening of traditional and contemporary Christmas music performed by some of the Granite State’s finest singers and musicians.


Following the success of the Emmy-nominated “A New Hampshire Chronicle Christmas at Rocking Horse Studio,” and Spotlight Cafe shows in 2014 -2016, the Rocking Horse Christmas show moves to the Capitol Center mainstage in 2017. 


A portion of the proceeds from this show will go to the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) New Hampshire, a grassroots organization working to improve the quality of life for all by providing support, education and advocacy for people affected by mental illness. Comprised of a network of affiliate chapters and support groups, staff and volunteers, NAMI NH provides information, education and support to all families and communities affected by mental illness.


Tickets are available at: https://ccanh.com/events/rocking-horse-xmas-2017/



Letter To The Editor


After every Board of Selectmen’s meeting I place a letter in the paper which lets everyone who cares know what we did. Space constraints don’t allow me to get into details about every discussion,  nor should it. The end result of what we do is what you read in my letters. Sometimes our or my positions and decisions are unpopular with some people. I was not elected to be popular- I was elected to do what I deemed was in the best interests of the Town as I see it. 


Last week’s SUN had a letter from Jim Pritchard regarding the Board of Selectmen’s decision to assume the role of zoning administration,  and his opinion of that decision. There are two sides to the story, but my position is the newspaper is not the place to have them aired. I certainly cannot speak for the BOS, however,  if anyone cares to hear my own take on the matter I’m more than happy to talk to you one on one which,  as a selectman, I would do on any public topic.


Also sounding off in the paper last week with his displeasure over my personal position on dealing with town owned property on Main St. was Bill Miskoe. I have the same response as stated above. Anyone who cares to delve into it and hear the whole story is welcomed to give me a call.


Carl Anderson




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Louie Houle and Joe Darrah putting the lights on the town tree in preparation for the official tree lighting this Saturday, December 2, 4 PM.













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