Pittsfield NH News

November 8, 2017


Suncook Valley Sno-Riders

Ham & Bean Supper

Saturday, November 11

5-7 PM

Barnstead Parade

Fire Station



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Queen Aggravain dotes on Prince Dauntless while King Sextimus reacts in The Pittsfield Players’ production of Once Upon A Mattress which runs at The Scenic Theatre, 6 Depot St., Pittsfield on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 10, 11 and 12 and again on Friday and Saturday, November 17 and 18. For tickets, call 435-8852.



A Simple Magnet Can Save A Life

Submitted By Carole Soule

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How can a magnet save a cow’s life? Here’s how. While our cattle were grazing in a leased pasture in Gilmanton, the farm owner replaced the barn roof by tearing off the existing roof and tossing shingles and nails next to the barn which is also the pasture. The owner cleaned up but may have missed a nail or two. Stepping on a nail is bad, but a bigger concern is that the cattle might eat a nail and get “hardware” disease.


Several years ago I’m pretty sure one of my calves died when she ate some metal. Without an autopsy, I’ll never know for sure. When the cow arches her back, moves reluctantly or slowly and groans when lying down and getting up, hardware disease might be the culprit. In dairy cows, there is often a decrease in milk production.


The cure is a magnet. A magnet is swallowed by the cow and attracts stray metal keeping the metal in the cow’s stomach. If the object leaves the stomach it can pierce the reticulum and cause inflammation or death. This is not just any magnet, but a special “cow magnet” that is administered with a special tool called a “balling gun.” One magnet can work for the life of the cow and, if she is processed for beef, the magnet can be recovered and re-used after her death.


I fenced off the area where the “hardware” might be hiding and I’ll check hooves for stray nails when the cattle return home. But meanwhile, I hope my cattle are smarter than the average cow and don’t eat any hardware. Just to be safe I’m going to give them each a magnet. I wonder if I’ll be able to post reminders on them like I do on my refrigerator? Now that would be a sight.


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.



Show Us Your Holiday Spirit!


The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a House Decorating Contest in the spirit of the season. Any address in Pittsfield, NH: home or business, that wishes to participate may enter by mailing in an entry form. Entry forms are available for printing at www.PittsfieldChamber.org or on Facebook: The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce (@GreaterPittsfieldChamber).


Entry is free and the Prize is $100! As this is the first year of this contest, we are limiting to Pittsfield addresses; if you live or work in another member town and are interested in participating next year, please contact us so we can plan to expand to other towns next year.


A Google Map link will be posted for the December 20th Judging date so that others may enjoy the decorations and lights as well. 


Judging will take place 12/20/17, from 7-10pm, weather permitting. Any weather changes will be posted on the Chamber Facebook page in a timely manner.  


Judging will be by committee appointed by the Board of Directors of the Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce. 


Questions? Email GPCCNH@hotmail.com or message us through our Facebook page The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce



Give Thanks At Thanksgiving Eve Service


Join us for a community-wide Thanksgiving Eve service, Wednesday, November 22, 6:30 p.m. All are welcome at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield, to celebrate and give thanks. Special music provided by Linda Stasiak, soloist, and the JuBellation Handbell Choir. Everyone is invited – come as you are. Parking and wheelchair accessible entrance are available at the rear of church (Chestnut Street). For more information, call the church office, 435-7471.



St. Stephen’s Crafting the Holly Fair

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The talented ‘elves’ at St. Stephen’s  Episcopal Church  have been working overtime to offer our customers the quality and variety of  handmade items that bring people back to shop year after year. This year we have added angels and fir trees to our rustic collection of birch items that incudes our popular birch reindeer. The reindeer come in a variety of sizes to grace your mantel, a table or an outdoor display. These birch items make a New Hampshire country Christmas theme easy and affordable to give as a gift or to decorate your own place.


We also have a selection of wreaths for indoor and outdoor use. Many of these wreaths are decorated with faux greens and have full festive bows attached. All you need to do is choose where to put them up. There are table arrangement made in vintage containers and other items with a modern vibe. Birch candle logs decorated for the season will be on sale complete with the candles and lanterns large and small.


Our knitters and sewers have been busy too. Placemats, table runners, napkins and table cloths are part of the mix along with warm mittens and scarves. There are always a few surprise items that are offered at the craft table.


The café elves are making “New England Holidays”  the theme for their offerings of  homemade Corn Chowder, Roasted Tomato soup, and Butternut Squash soup. We reach back to the 1930’s for the rustic Italian meatball sandwiches offered in New England since that time. We toast our rolls to crisp the bread and melt the cheese. Desserts? We have more than a few; Indian Pudding with cream or ice cream, Pumpkin Spice Cake, Grapenut Pudding,   warm Gingerbread and  something chocolate. If these do not tempt you, choose something from the bake table.


We hope to see you on Saturday, November 19th  from 9AM – 2PM  in the undercroft of the church at 50 Main Street, Pittsfield, NH for a day of  shopping, silent auction bids, and food. We support 6 food pantries in Pittsfield and surrounding towns, the Pittsfield Youth Workshop and their food closets at the center and at PMHS, and other community projects with money earned from our fairs. Bring a friend or a loved one, have some fun and help your neighbors!



Inside Once Upon A Mattress –

Prince Dauntless and Princess Winifred


This week the Pittsfield Players will kick off their 50th Anniversary season with the hilarious musical comedy, Once Upon A Mattress. The show opens Friday, November 10 and runs Saturday and Sunday, November 11 and 12 and again next weekend, Friday and Saturday, November 17 and 18. Tickets, which are $17 per person, can be purchased on line by visiting the Players’ website, www.pittsfieldplayers.com and clicking on the TicketLeap button, or you can reserve seats by calling 435-8852. 


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Prince Dauntless is looking for a bride, and nobody in the kingdom can get married until Prince Dauntless ties the knot. But Queen Aggravain doesn’t feel that any princess is good enough for her son, so, alas, Dauntless remains brideless. Barnstead resident Christopher Dudley is playing the role of Prince Dauntless and he’s bringing his considerable talent to create the role. Christopher has been in various productions throughout the area since he was 13.  He was last seen on the Scenic stage in the Kid’s Theater Workshop version of Singin’ In The Rain, playing the role of Cosmo. He also appeared in this year’s Shower of Thanks. Besides his singing and acting abilities, Christopher is also an accomplished fiddler and musician.


Princess Winifred is looking for a prince, and she’s not shy at all about making that clear. When Sir Harry ventures out to Princess Winifred’s swamp kingdom looking for a bride for Prince Dauntless, she’s ready to literally jump into the fray. Taking on the role of Princess Winifred is newcomer Meredith Imbimbo. Meredith is excited to be in her first show with the Pittsfield Players even though she’s no stranger to the stage. Recently, she has performed with The Players Ring in Portsmouth in Living Through as Liz, One Light Theatre in Big Fish as Jenny Hill, and with Streetcar Company in Laconia as Ulla in The Producers. If you ever happen to be in Rhode Island on a Friday night, you can see  her performing with the three time award winning improv group  Bring Your Own Improv.  Meredith works as a paraprofessional at Belmont High School, and she shines as Princess Winnifred in this show.


The cast and crew are ready to go and looking forward to presenting this wonderful comedy to our audiences. Get your tickets now and don’t miss this great show!



Chichester, Epsom, And Pittsfield Libraries Memory Café


Caregivers and folks living with memory loss are invited to come and savor supportive socialization at the Chichester-Epsom-Pittsfield Libraries Memory Café.  At 2:00pm on Monday November 13th at the Epsom Public Library enjoy music, food, and simple activities to evoke Memories of Thanksgiving.   


Through January 2018 the café will continue to meet at the Epsom Public Library on the second Monday of the month at 2:00pm.  On December 11th we will celebrate holiday generosity.  People can make a Cheerio garland for our feathered friends and/or an orange and cloves pomander ball.  Come, be creative and enjoy refreshments and good cheer!


On January 8th caregivers will have an opportunity to talk the Concord Regional Visiting Nurses Association’s Jen Brechtel and plan personal goals for 2018.  During Jen’s discussion people will have the option to enjoy a short movie and refreshments. 





Select Board meeting 10/31/17- We had a special meeting for the purpose of setting the tax rate. The good news is that on the municipal side of the total tax bill,  all the scrimping and saving the board has insisted on has paid off. With nearly all departments cooperating, and dealing as best they can with reduced manpower and vigilance in spending, while still providing the services we really need, we have a healthy general fund. The board voted 4-1 to use $400,000 of that balance to reduce the tax rate,  thereby lowering the town’s portion $1.06 below last year’s $10.95 to $9.89. This leaves our resources at a level slightly above the $1,000,000 generally accepted rule of thumb. We feel this amount is a responsible figure in case of any imaginable catastrophes, and exceeds the ratio of emergency resources most families are able to have available. 


Now the bad news. The school budget saw an increase of $2.28, which wipes out the municipal reduction and requires an overall increase of $1.22 in the final tax rate. The school did return $78,000 to the town which was unused from the past year and helped the overall health of our finances. Other than to report the result of the school rate as it relates to the overall tax bill, we won’t attempt to explain school costs or spending, other than to acknowledge that they have many state and federal mandates that are unfunded. The Board of Selectmen has no oversight of school costs or function. 


The BOS would like to thank ALL town employees who have joined us in the effort to double down on doing all we can to control the cost of living in Pittsfield. Things could have been worse and we ARE seeing results.


Carl Anderson



Fantastic Fair


Come one, come all to the Christmas Fair and Bake Sale at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield, Saturday, November 18, from 9 to 2. Sponsored by The Dorcas Guild, this fair is nothing short of fantastic.


There are many handcrafted things: kitchen items, aprons, mittens, hats, artwork, jewelry, toys and special gourmet and baked goods. Don’t forget the “Unique Boutique” for outstanding values and the “Silent Auction” for those special gifts. Final silent auction bids are due in by the close of the fair, 2 p.m., November 18. The successful bidders will be notified at that time.


Come to shop and stay for a low-cost corn chowder and sandwich lunch with homemade pies. One of New Hampshire’s great church fairs, this one is not to be missed. Parking and wheelchair accessible entrance at rear of church, enter at Chestnut Street. For more info, call the church office at 435-7471.



Local Pittsfield Artist, Bill Boudreau, Is November Artisan Of The Month

Bill Boudreau - Stained Glass Creations

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Bill has donated this lovely stained glass piece for the November Artisan of the month raffle. So please stop by Valley Artisans and check out all of Bill and Sandy’s pieces and enter the drawing. 


Song Bird Studio is located in Pittsfield, NH at Bill and Sandy’s home-based studio where they started doing stained glass and mosaics in 2002.


Bill retired from the florist business after 50 years as a Master Floral Designer and Sandy is retired after a career of 30 years in banking. They now work together as Stained Glass Artists doing stained glass, mosaics, and fused glass creations.


Their work has been purchased by people throughout the U.S., Canada and overseas.


In the years past they have won numerous First and Second Place and Honorable Mention awards for their work in local art shows.


Bill and Sandy will be celebrating their 54th Wedding Anniversary in September 2018.


All of us at Valley Artisans wish them well and many more years of creating their beautiful stained glass together.


We have three rooms filled with 50 local crafters’ items for your shopping pleasure. December 2nd and 3rd we are hosting a Holiday Open House. Come see all the Fall and Christmas creations.


Valley Artisans of Epsom is now open 7 days a week from 10AM - 6PM



The Third Grade Garden of 2017

Written By: Aidan Casey, Noah Wittenberg, and Hannah Smith

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To plant the garden we had to do math by finding out the area and perimeter of the garden. 


The next step was to get permission from the  Deans and why we wanted a garden. Some parents and other helpers who were around the school worked with us to build the garden. People Like Aidan’s Dad and Noah Wittenberg who helped and brought in gardening tools. The food is feeding dozens of homeless people who need food.




Leha G. Varney


Pattersonville, NY - Leha G. Varney, 81, a former Pittsfield NH resident, died October 29th in Schenectady, NY following a brief illness.


She was born in Ipswich, MA, the daughter of Lawrence and Lois  (Clogston) Gwinn. She was the widow of Robert Watts and later of John B. Varney.


She worked at NH Savings Bank as a teller for several years prior to retiring. She has been living with her niece, Carol Jacobson, in Patersonville, NY. She was a member of the Pittsfield Congregational Church  and active in the Dorcas Guild and other church activities.


A Memorial Service has been scheduled at the Congregational Church on Wednesday, November 29th, at 11:00 AM. The Rev David Stasiak, Pastor will officiate. A collation in the church vestry will follow. An urn Burial will be in her first husband’s, Robert Watts,  lot in the Riverview Cemetery, Barnstead at the family’s convenience.


In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to The Pittsfield Congregational Church “Bell Choir” Main St., Pittsfield, NH 03263. The Waters Funeral Home, Concord, David Pollard Director, assisted the family with arrangements.













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