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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
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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.
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.
Pittsfield Planning Board
District Meeting Calendar
Submitted By John Freeman, Superintendent of Schools
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:
Jan. 10: Budget Committee Hearing – 7:00 p.m., PMHS Lecture
date for Budget Committee hearing: Thurs., Jan. 11
Thurs., Feb. 8: First Session, Deliberative – 7:00 p.m., PES
warrant articles will be considered
Voters will have the opportunity to hear explanations of articles,
to discuss articles, and to amend articles
warrant article will be voted on to determine the final language of
Voters will not be voting on whether to pass or not pass warrant
Date for First Session – Deliberative: Fri., Feb. 9
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
Voters who cannot cast their ballots in person may request an absentee ballot
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.
May 10, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Margaret (St.
Laurent) and Paul Briggs.
predeceased by her daughter, Lisa Huse.
survived by her husband, Victor; her son, Victor Jr.; and her
sister, Martha Fife. She is also survived by several grandchildren
and great grandchildren.
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
Evelyn M. Wead
M. Wead, 94 of Pittsfield, passed away peacefully at her residence
on Thursday, January 4, 2018.
February 3, 1923 in Concord, she was the daughter of the late Harold
and Marion (Dow) Kimball.
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.
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.
her parents, Evelyn was predeceased by her devoted husband, Donald
S. Wead Sr.in 1999, her brother, Harold Kimball and a nephew,
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
special thank you to Rebecca Wead for being her grandmother’s
caretaker for many years.
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