Pittsfield NH News

January 10, 2018


From The Farm - Pigs And The New Year

Submitted By Carole Soule

The pigs opened the pen doors and piled into the Pig Barn aisle in a recent escape at Miles Smith Farm.


The pigs were all piled in the center aisle, not where they were supposed to be. One or more of the two-hundred-pound pigs figured out how to open their pen door from the inside. Then, that or another pig, opened the other pen door from the outside. They were pig piled in the aisle and snoring when we found them.


I’m not sure how we ended up with twenty-seven pigs in late December. We wanted to process them in November but after the fire at LeMay’s in Goffstown and labor shortages at other processing facilities, we were stuck with extra pigs and cattle into Christmas. The tide is starting to turn and we were able to send off four pigs and two beef cattle this week.


One of the pigs we shipped will be a roaster pig for a traditional South American New Year’s dinner. Apparently, Uruguay, Chile, and other South American countries respect the pig because it always goes forward. For example, chickens scratch and often step backward when they are feeding. South Americans want to move forward into the New Year and expect prosperity so they cook and serve a whole pig.


I’m looking forward to moving into 2018, how about you? This year is ending well and many more people are embracing the local food movement. How about you? Would you like a nice bit of locally raised pork, lamb or beef to welcome in the New Year? When you shop look for local meat or visit your winter farmers market. When you buy local meat your farmer will love you and you’ll have a delicious meal.


We did get all the pigs back in their pen and have installed better latches for the stall doors. To keep our pigs happy, we put a heater in the pig house to keep them warm through the minus 20-degree weather we’ve gotten this week. It takes two hours a day for two of us to feed and clean their pens so I’ll be glad when most are gone. Want a two-hundred-pound pig to help push into 2018?


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.



Health Benefits Of Sunlighten® Infra-Red Sauna

Safe & Effective Detoxification

Submitted By Jan Lesieur, The Sanctuary Bodyworks and Sauna


Do you know why sweating is actually good for you? Do you know that sauna detox has been widely embraced as a healthy treatment in alternative medicine? Why? Well, the leading principle of sauna detoxification states that the build-up of toxic substances can lead to a host of common and avoidable illnesses. Ridding the body of these toxins through a natural sauna detox may help relieve symptoms, prevent future illness and increase overall health and vitality. As the world moves toward more natural and self-directed treatments, sauna detoxification is getting more and more attention. Sweating is well documented as one of the body’s safest and most natural ways to heal and maintain good health. Historically, many cultures have incorporated weekly “sweats” in order to maintain optimal health and well-being. Cultures such as Native American, Nordic and Russian wisdom traditions are widely known for the use of weekly and ceremonial “sweats”.


Therefore, every Sunlighten® detox sauna is specifically designed to promote a deep, healthy and natural detoxifying sweat.  “Detoxification is important because it strengthens the body’s immune system and helps the body’s biochemical processes function efficiently so that we are better able to digest the nutrients in our foods, reduce chronic inflammation, reduce buildup of toxic “stress” chemical, weight loss and improve regenerative sleep. Detoxification has also been shown to be helpful with colitis, chronic fatigue, Lyme disease and associated co-infections, fibromyalgia, auto-immune disease, immune deficiency states, autism, ADD and ADHD.” - Dr. Rachel West, D.O. Integrative Medicine, Los Angeles, CA


Inquires concerning how Infra-red may support you in enjoying improved health and well- being, please contact Jan Lesieur (603)731-3855 or visit thesanctuarybodyworksandsauna.abmp.com





The Pittsfield Planning Board postponed its public hearings on four zoning amendments from the originally scheduled Thursday, January 4, to Monday, January 22, because of the storm on January 4. If weather forces another postponement on January 22, then the hearing will be on Thursday, January 25, or Monday, January 29, if weather forces yet another postponement on January 25.


The full notices describing the four zoning amendments are posted in the town hall, in the post office, on the town’s web site, and in this week’s edition of The Suncook Valley Sun.


Thank you,

Jim Pritchard


Pittsfield Planning Board



School District Meeting Calendar

Submitted By John Freeman, Superintendent of Schools


As a result of last year’s vote, the Pittsfield School District will be conducting this year’s annual meeting under the rules of the Official Ballot Law, commonly called SB2.  As a result, the annual meeting will take a different form from past meetings, and the calendar of events will also be different:


Wed., Jan. 10:  Budget Committee Hearing – 7:00 p.m., PMHS Lecture Hall

  • The Budget Committee will hear comments and suggestions regarding the proposed school district budget

Snow date for Budget Committee hearing: Thurs., Jan. 11


Thurs., Feb. 8:  First Session, Deliberative – 7:00 p.m., PES Gym

  • All warrant articles will be considered

  • Voters will have the opportunity to hear explanations of articles, to discuss articles, and to amend articles

  • Each warrant article will be voted on to determine the final language of the article

  • Voters will not be voting on whether to pass or not pass warrant articles

Snow Date for First Session – Deliberative: Fri., Feb. 9


Tue., Mar. 13:  Second Session, Voting by Ballot – 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Town Hall

  • Voters will mark yes or no on each warrant article in voting booths

  • Voters will not have the opportunity to ask questions about the warrant articles

  • Voters who cannot cast their ballots in person may request an absentee ballot

  • Final outcomes of warrant articles will be decided by secret ballots cast during the voting hours

Pittsfield voters are encouraged to participate in these important events. Two key issues on this year’s school district warrant will be the (1) district’s operating budget for the 2018-2019 school year and (2) a proposed collective bargaining agreement between the district and the district’s teacher union.




Florence D. (Briggs) Huse


PITTSFIELD- Mrs. Florence D. (Briggs) Huse, 74, of Pittsfield, passed away on January 2, 2018 after a period of declining health.


Born on May 10, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Margaret (St. Laurent) and Paul Briggs.


She was predeceased by her daughter, Lisa Huse.


She is survived by her husband, Victor; her son, Victor Jr.; and her sister, Martha Fife. She is also survived by several grandchildren and great grandchildren.


In keeping with her wishes, there will be no services.  Assisting the family with arrangements is the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home in Epsom.  To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.stilloaks.com



Evelyn M. Wead


Evelyn M. Wead, 94 of Pittsfield, passed away peacefully at her residence on Thursday, January 4, 2018.


Born on February 3, 1923 in Concord, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Marion (Dow) Kimball.


Evelyn worked for many years as a caregiver to the late Herberta and Judge Nash of Epsom. Evelyn was known for her love of cooking. She was a very accomplished baker, known for her Gingerbread houses and Easter carts which she happily distributed to her family and friends each year. Her children will forever remember the wonderful cookies she baked for their after school treats.


As a devoted, longtime member of the New Rye Congregational Church and Ladies Aid, Evelyn helped with the church suppers and bake sales which she enjoyed so much. The coffee rings she made for the Old Home Day Ladies Aid table were bought almost as fast as they were set down. She spent time helping the local girl scout club and any neighbor who was in need. She also loved birdwatching, flowers, crossword puzzles and sewing.


Besides her parents, Evelyn was predeceased by her devoted husband, Donald S. Wead Sr.in 1999, her brother, Harold Kimball and a nephew, Michael Kimball.


She is survived by her children, Doris Hanson of Epsom, Linda Young of Epsom, Karen Lamb and her husband Art of Epsom, Donald S. Wead Jr. of Epsom and Nancy Wead of Pittsfield, eight grandchildren, Robert Young, Jr; Terri Prescott, Brandon Young, Jason Lamb, Aaron Lamb, Krista Wead, Nicholas Wead and Rebecca Wead, ten great grandchildren, a niece, Joy Arsenault, cousins and great nieces and nephews.


A special thank you to Rebecca Wead for being her grandmother’s caretaker for many years.


A graveside service will be held in the spring at New Rye Cemetery, Epsom. The Still Oaks Funeral and Memorial Home, Epsom is assisting the family with arrangements. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.stilloaks.com













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