Pittsfield Old Home Day Community Fair
On July 22nd
Pittsfield will celebrate Old Home Day “Pittsfield Goes to the
Circus!” The community fair will be in Dustin Park from 9:00 am to
3:00 pm. The Old Home Day Committee is looking for crafters and
community organizations to join the fair. Community
organizations can participate for free, and the vendor fee is
$10.00. If you would like to set up a table or booth please
contact Leslie Vogt at 435-7993 or
The Pittsfield Alumni Association Committee is
doing a 50/50 raffle. A 50/50 raffle means that the winner will
receive 50% of the cash raised from the sale of raffle tickets. The
raffle drawing will be at Drake Field tennis courts on August 1st
(National Night Out), at 8:00 pm.
Tickets are: 1 for $1.00, 3 for
$2.00 and 6 for $5.00.
Locations where tickets can be purchased
Pittsfield Youth Workshop, Town Hall (Clerk’s Office),
Dustin Park (Old Home Day - July 22nd)… or you can purchase tickets
Tobi Chassie, 435-6701 ext. 4,
Andi Riel - 435-6346,
Ted Mitchell - 435-6573,
Carole Richardson - 435-8351, firstname.lastname@example.org
appreciate your support.
SVSC Fall Soccer
Register online at suncookvalleysoccerclub.com by 7/31.
Pittsfield Old Home Day -
Main Street will be closed on Sat, July 22 from 8am until after the
Parade (approximately 2:30pm) from Citizen Bank entrance to Elm
Street. The Car Show will take place from 9-noon; Kids Bike
Parade at 12:15 and the Parade at 1pm. Thank you to the neighbors
and businesses for their cooperation.
OLD HOME DAY
Pittsfield Old Home Day is Sat, July 22. The
Committee needs some help! We need people to help “direct”
traffic before and after the parade. The Police Department
will cover the major intersections, but we need some volunteers to
stand by the other streets. If you can help, please contact
Andi Riel at 435-6346 or
Congratulations to Cleon Kip Riel for being accepted
into,the summer program at the world-renowned Jackson Laboratories,
located in Bar Harbor Maine. Kip’s summer program will focus
on Teaching the Genome Generation.
Founded in 1929, The Jackson
Laboratory (JAX) is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research
institution with more than 1,900 employees who are passionate about
our mission: to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and
empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to
improve human health.
The Laboratory is a world leader in
mammalian genetics and human genomics and generating the development
of scientific breakthroughs and improved therapies with ever-greater
precision and speed. We also educate current and future scientists
and provide critical resources, data, tools, and services to
Committee of the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield will be
offering root beer floats at the Old Home Day (July 22) event just
as they did last year. The specific fund they are assisting is the
Infant-Toddler Diaper Pantry, which supplements local families with
disposable diapers and wipes.
As a bonus, they will have a
raffle, offering several lovely items with the drawing to be held
Saturday, August 5.
Please come out and support this charity and
cool off at the same time with a delicious root beer float!
Time At St. Stephen’s
Old Home Day, Saturday, July 22, is circus
time at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on Main Street, Pittsfield,
NH, featuring our free book raffle, pictured above.
There are two baskets of books: one for teens and the other for
younger children available. What do you do to win a
basket of books? Fill out a ticket, select which basket
you hope to win, and you’re entered! There is only one
chance per child or teen. Parents or grandparents may fill out a
ticket but only one chance per child. The books
will be awarded during the afternoon on Old Home Day.
who fills out a ticket may choose a wrapped candy and (for the first
200) get a free circus theme gift with their parent’s permission. We
hope that we give away all the gifts so most children can
participate in the Old Home Day theme even if they choose not to
wear a costume.
The Bake Table will have lots of goodies to
tempt you including cookies, breads, brownies and other bars, cake,
pies and other treats. Stop by early for the best
St. Stephen’s café will be going strong with your
favorites from years past. Most of our offerings are homemade,
however, we leave it to Schonlands to make the hot dogs. We do buy
the buns but work our magic on the rolls. We will be selling
until just after the parade.
For successful bidders in our Silent
Auction, we will offer you a free beverage from our remaining supply
while you wait for the staff to tally the items and ready the
undercroft for “Pick up and Pay.”
Come spend some
time at St. Stephen’s while you enjoy all the fun events offered for
Old Home Day!
Home Day Silent Auction At St Stephen’s Church
Friday June 21st, in the undercroft of St. Stephen’s Episcopal
Church at 50 Main Street, Pittsfield, NH bidding will begin at
4 PM on some wonderful Silent Auction items including the
Papa-San chair and footstool pictured above. There are
so many great items to see and to place your bids including a
complete backpack filled with picnic plates, cups, wine glasses,
etc. for your romantic summer get away; a charming set of
nursery items to welcome that special little one, vintage
items including a collection of salt cellars, men’s roller
skates and a royal portable typewriter, games, art supplies and
toys. Indeed something fun for all ages!
The fun will continue on Saturday with
bidding open from 9 AM until 2:30 PM. Our other Old Home Day
offerings will be open for business on Saturday. Although we
are willing to sell some of our bake table goodies as soon as they
are priced… except the Strawberry Rhubarb Pie that is always
reserved for Mr. ‘Fuzz” Freese
We invite our friends and
neighbors from surrounding towns to join us Friday afternoon and
evening. Parking will be available near the church and if you
can’t return for the fun on Saturday, you may leave your follow up
bids with a Silent Auction staff member. All you need to have is
your bidder number and a phone number where you can be reached if
you are the successful bidder. Please remember that the money
( 50%) we earn at this event helps to support our outreach efforts
to the Food Pantry in Pittsfield as well as those in Barnstead,
Chichester, Epsom, Loudon, Northwood, and Strafford.
Researchers Extend NH Growing Season For Strawberries
with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the
University of New Hampshire have succeeded in quadrupling the length
of the Granite State’s strawberry growing season as part of a
multi-year research project that aims to benefit both growers and
New Hampshire’s strawberry season traditionally lasts
only four to six weeks. However, researchers working on the
multi-state TunnelBerries project were picking day-neutral
strawberries in Durham last November. Last year, researchers
harvested strawberries grown in low tunnels for 19 consecutive weeks
from mid-July through the week of Thanksgiving. They also found that
the low tunnels significantly increased the percentage of marketable
fruit, from an average of about 70 percent to 83 percent.
its second year, the TunnelBerries research project is being
conducted at the UNH Woodman Horticultural Research Farm. It is part
of a larger, multi-state USDA-funded initiative to optimize
protected growing environments for berry crops in the upper Midwest
and northeastern United States. UNH’s component is focused on
improving berry quality and the role day-neutral varieties may play
in extending the length of strawberry season in the Northeast.
“Most New Englanders look forward to strawberry season because
regionally produced strawberries are delicious,” said graduate
student Kaitlyn Orde, who is working with experiment station
researcher Becky Sideman on the project. “They also are a very
valuable early season crop for farmers throughout the region.
Unfortunately, though, this season is very brief, limiting the
period in which our regional producers are able to meet consumer
demand for the fresh fruit. A longer strawberry season is good for
both grower and consumer.”
Sideman, an associate professor of
plant biology and Cooperative Extension professor and specialist in
sustainable horticulture production, estimates the retail value of
New Hampshire’s strawberry crops at about $1.85 million, which she
says is a conservative estimate.
The UNH project consists of two
parts. Researchers want to determine the yield and fruiting duration
of day-neutral strawberry varieties. Day-neutrals are a different
plant-type than the traditional June-bearers most common in New
Hampshire; day-neutrals (or ever-bearing) have been shown to fruit
continuously for four to six months in the region. In addition,
day-neutrals fruit the same year they are planted, which is not the
case with June-bearers.
“We are growing one day-neutral variety
on three different mulches to determine if there are any differences
in total production, production patterns, runner production, and
fruit characteristics among the mulches,” Orde said. “We also are
investigating the role plastic covered low-tunnels play in improving
berry quality, and what the microenvironment is within low tunnels,
especially late season. To do this, we are evaluating five different
plastics for the low tunnels.”
Researchers in Maryland,
Minnesota, North Carolina, and New York have conducted preliminary
research on similar systems. There also are limited growers in the
Northeast who already cultivate day-neutral varieties, and even
fewer who have experimented with low-tunnels in combination with the
strawberry crop. However, there are no yield estimates or material
recommendations, such as mulch or low tunnel cover, for New
This material is based upon work supported
by the NH Agricultural Experiment Station, through joint funding of
the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of
Agriculture, under award number 1006928, and the state of New
Hampshire. It also is funded through the USDA NIFA Specialty Crop
Research Initiative under Award Number 2014-51181-22380 in
collaboration with Eric Hanson (MSU), AJ Both (Rutgers), David
Conner (UVM), Dennis Decoteau (Penn State), Kathleen Demchak (Penn
State), Emily Hoover (UMN), Rufus Isaacs (MSU), Kathleen Kelley
(Penn State), William Lamont (Penn State), Lois Levitan (Cornell),
Richard Marini (Penn State), Marvin Pritts (Cornell), Annemiek
Schiler (MSU) and Becky Sideman (UNH). Additional financial support
was provided by the NH Vegetable & Berry Growers’ Association and
UNH Cooperative Extension. For more information, visit
Founded in 1887, the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the UNH
College of Life Sciences and Agriculture is UNH’s original research
center and an elemental component of New Hampshire’s land-grant
university heritage and mission.
The University of New Hampshire
is a flagship research university
that inspires innovation and
transforms lives in our state, nation and world. More than 16,000
students from all 50 states and 71 countries engage with an
award-winning faculty in top ranked programs in business,
engineering, law, liberal arts and the sciences across more than 200
programs of study. UNH’s research portfolio includes partnerships
with NASA, NOAA, NSF and NIH, receiving more than $100 million in
competitive external funding every year to further explore and
define the frontiers of land, sea and space.
with Carole, Melissa and Olivia outside of the game box.
Clemy in the game box. Notice the escape door in the back of
Submitted By Carole Soule
After two hours in a
windowless, completely closed 12×12 box on the NASCAR track Clemy, a
Scottish Highlander Miles Smith Farm cow who was sharing the box
with me, was ready to leave. That morning at 7am Bruce had driven
the stock trailer containing Clemy the cow, onto the Loudon Race
Track. He pulled up to a box and Clemy stepped out, her feet never
touching the track, into the box with me. We were both sealed in
In 2013, instead of a concert, the track decided to run
a game show. Just like “The Price is Right,” contestants would
choose a box that could contain a car, a cow or other gifts. Clemy
was the cow who had to stay hidden in this box, with me, for hours
until the contest started. We got in the box before the track opened
to be sure no one knew which box we were in.
The track officials
had been concerned that the cow would moo while she was in the box,
giving away the surprise. Clemy didn’t moo but once she did try to
escape. The track had graciously cut a small “hatch” in the back of
the box. About two hours into the wait Olivia, who would later sit
on Clemy, and Olivia’s mom crawled into the box to see how we were
doing. When they crawled out Clemy tried to follow them through the
tiny door until I corrected her. Eventually she laid down and we
Cars whizzed by in the pits and famous drivers
walked by our sealed box while we waited for the big moment. When
the contest started and our box was selected, they popped down the
lid and Clemy, with Olivia in the saddle, walked onto the box lid
where Clemy stood without moving a foot for about 20 minutes. She
must have thought she was the star of the show and in my mind she
was. The contestant who chose Clemy got $200 of meat from our store
but never collected his prize. I guess he really wanted a car and
When the game show was over, Bruce drove the trailer up
to the open box and Clemy stepped from the lid into the trailer. One
of the track rules was that the cow could never step on the track.
Clemy never stepped on the track but she did step into history as,
perhaps, the first “NASCOW” ever.
With the loss of a NASCAR race
maybe the track could investigate “NASCOW” racing. After all, what
is the difference between a NASCAR and a NASCOW? Answer: About 250
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 email@example.com.
Friday Night Kayaking Group met Friday July 7, 2017 with nine
kayaks to enjoy Northwood Lake in Northwood. The group is open to
everyone and meets at different local kayaking sites every Friday at
6 PM during June, July and August. The paddling trips last just over
an hour and are always in the Northwood to Barnstead area. Simply
show up at this week’s Friday night’s location. Visit our web site
at huffnpuff.info for information and location of the next trip and
put yourself on our email list. You can also call Paul Oman at 435
-7199 for more information.
Valley Rotary Club Still In Need Of Balloon Rally Volunteers
year volunteers sign up to assist as greeters, runners, balloon
crew, and general support for the Suncook Valley Rotary’s Hot Air
The Suncook Valley Hot Air Balloon Rally remains a
success with the help of our volunteers and we appreciate the
commitment that you are making today to help us.
Most volunteer shifts are two hours long,
however you may sign up for as many shifts as you would like to
Any one can sign up! Some positions do require
physical labor and movement.
Community Service Hours are
available for students.
Field Setup - help
us setup tents and mark off the field on Thursday night.
Greeter - You and a friend will hand out programs and provide
information to visitors at a field entrance. This position will be
mostly sitting at a table and does not require much physical
Field Support - Help out keeping Drake field looking
beautiful and with other various tasks needed for general
operations. This position does require physical labor and movement.
Gate Security - Help Rotary staff manage the back gate and
getting crews on and off the field.
Tethering Support - Help
Rotary staff manage the tethered balloon rides. This position does
require physical labor and movement.
Balloon Crew - Help our
balloonists lift off and land. This position requires physical labor
Food Tent - Help Rotarians cook breakfast for
visitors. This position will be standing for most, if not all, of
the shift and will be utilizing grills.
Road Race Support - Help
us with the 5K road race, with setting up barricades, registration,
Field Cleanup - Help us clean up the field on Sunday
If you have questions about volunteering at the 36th
Annual Hot Air Balloon Rally, please contact us at
or go directly to http://suncookvalleyrotary.org
to sign up today!
The Most Joyful Place in New Hampshire
Submittted By Mike Mavity, Grace Capital Church
One of my
personal values is joy. I try to keep a joyful heart even when my
circumstances are difficult. Keeping a joyful heart is not easy and,
of course, I fail at it plenty of times. However, as I am able to
refocus and look for joy beyond my circumstances, I can usually
center myself and once again be filled with joy.
Nehemiah said, “Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord
is my strength” (Neh 8:10 NLT). As I read this I think that joy must
be a choice I make and I need to make the choice often. There are
lots of circumstances that would steal my joy and make me sad or
dejected or unhappy or discouraged, but Nehemiah tells me that I can
choose joy despite the feelings of sadness or discouragement. I’m
not captive to my feelings when the joy of the Lord is inside me.
When I think about God, His provision for me, His care for me,
His delight in me, I can’t help but feel joyful, even on my worst
days. The book of Proverbs tells us that God delights in us, His
children, daily (Proverbs 8:30-31).
If there is one thing that
the world is lacking today, it’s joy. When we submit our
circumstances to the Lord and let His joy fill us, we can know that
His joy will fill us and sustain us. We can choose joy! As we choose
this joy, we can see that it can births so much in us - commitment,
excellence, compassion, generosity, fun, and a way of living that
draws the best out of others.
Let’s choose to make the Suncook
Valley the most joyful place in New Hampshire!
Edgewater, Fla. and Northwood – Beverly (Clark)
Newell, 83, of Edgewater, Fla. and Northwood, passed away Tuesday,
April 4, 2017, with three of her children by her side at the Hospice
Beverly was born in Concord, graduated from St.
John’s High School and enjoyed their reunions. She and her husband,
Arthur Newell moved to Florida in 1978 after his retirement from the
NH Fish & Game. Art was a World War II POW and they were very active
in the American Ex-POW East Central Florida Chapter. Bev was also a
life member of the Elks Ladies Auxiliary BPOE #1557.
enjoyed gardening, family time at the cottage, playing Bingo, cards,
traveling, going to the theater, and spending time with friends.
Survivors include her son, George Chapman Jr. (Luann) of Concord;
daughters, Susan Chapman Burt (Wayne) of Pembroke and Sandra Chapman
Seamans (Charles) of Epping; step-daughters, Diana Newell of Oracle,
Ariz. andLaurie Newell Bradley (Lanny) of Clinton, Conn.; five
grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in
death by her husband of 31 years, Arthur Newell Jr.; daughter, Nancy
Chapman; grandson, Michael Drew Jr.; step-son, John Newell, and
brother, Leonard Clark.
A memorial was held April 11 in
Edgewater, with notice in the Daytona News-Journal, and arangements
were by the Dudley Funeral Homes and Crematory of New Smyrna Beach,
She was interred with her husband, Arthur Newell, at the NH
State Veteran’s Cemetery on July 19, their wedding anniversary.