Pittsfield NH News

January 24, 2018


Letter To The Editor


We adjusted the PD budget by removing an additional patrolman position proposed by Chief Cain. He had expressed dissatisfaction with manpower and staffing over the past year, having had a patrolman and school SRO cut last year.


My reason (both on and off the record) for proposing to remove the added officer from the budget is that for years Pittsfield has, within the purview of the Police Chief, belonged to an area organization that provides Special Ops and SWAT-type training and response teams to member towns. Neighboring Chichester, Epsom, Northwood and Barnstead don’t belong to any such group due to their own staffing and manpower issues (they depend on the State Police SWAT team, should need arise). Training one day per month, per officer is expected by the Special Ops Unit. Pittsfield Police have been sending our three top ranked officers, the Chief and both Sargents, although 2017 has seen some reduction in attendance due to the same manpower issues our neighbors have. I think one member from a town of 4,100 is plenty.


The State Police assured me their SWAT team would respond to Pittsfield in an emergency. I asked our Chief to reduce the Pittsfield officers in Special Ops to not more than one if we agreed to add another patrolman this year. He didn’t agree to this compromise and I couldn’t reconcile asking taxpayers to fund another officer without the PD agreeing to keep our limited force in Pittsfield to every degree possible.


Having reached an impasse, the added position was voted out of our budget in a split 3-2 vote.


The building inspector’s salary was cut $5,000 to 2017’s level and a $5,000 PD storage shed was cut to $500.


Now it’s off to the budget committee for their scrutiny before town meeting.


Carl Anderson



How To Physically Thrive During Winter Time

By Nathalie Snyder


As a Licensed Massage Therapist, some complaints I hear all the time when the temperatures fall below the freezing point are “My entire body  hurts..I am so tired...I catch everything that’s going around” and so on. Why do we feel healthier in the summertime but not so much in the wintertime? The reason is that during the cold season our bodies have to work harder at maintaining core body temperature within normal range, resulting in cold hands and feet. Constricted circulation starts affecting your joints and muscles, making them painful and less pliable, especially if they have been previously injured. Shorter days mean less sunshine, and therefore less vitamin D which is essential for a strong immune system, mood and energy regulation, and cardiovascular support. Finally, cold weather brings rampant flu viruses that leave our immune sytems completely depleted. How then can one thrive during winter time?


Below are some great ways to help your body stay strong and healthy: 


Take a good Vitamin D3 supplement. 


Relax in an infrared Sauna. Sauna therapy makes the body sweat, mimicking a fever. What happens when you have a fever? Your white blood cells come out and look for the “enemy” viruses, bacteria, and abnormal cells. Regular Sauna sessions will boost your immune system and make it more resilient. 


Exercise and spend time outside when possible.


Get a Therapeutic Massage. Keeping your stress levels down will strenghten your immune sytem, and a good massage is well-known to increase circulation to all your muscles and help alleviate the pain. 


Take a good quality probiotic.  70 % of your immune sytem is located in your guts. Sugar makes bad bacteria multiply, overwhelming your good bacteria, and limiting your protection against viruses.


For more information or inquiries contact the Sanctuary Bodyworks and Sauna at 603-732-3855 or visit thesanctuarybodyworksandsauna.abmp.com



Candy Canes for Cows

Submitted By Carole Soule

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Don’t know what to do with leftover holiday candy? Here’s a thought; feed to livestock. Of course, too much sugar is not good for cattle but a bite here and there won’t hurt them or their teeth. We only feed peppermint to our “ambassador herd,” which includes our pulling and riding cattle and some of the 4H critters. We also have a bucket of gingerbread man cookies which some of the cattle like to nibble on. Not all the cattle like cookies or peppermints but my oxen team, Topper and Stash, and riding steer, Curious Bleu, devour the treats. 


Even though I don’t feed the yearlings treats they love third cut baleage hay and watch eagerly as we strip what we call, “pumpkin bales.” We call them “pumpkin bales” because third cut hay is fine and when wrapped it shrinks to about half the size of other bales. It has just as much hay as the bigger bales but looks smaller than the others. The yearlings love this stuff but now that I’m down to just two “pumpkin bales” I have to get them used to the more course hay.


Now that it’s warming up again we’ll have to clean the feed bunker and holding pen. Frozen manure is impossible to scrape and, with our January thaw, frozen manure will quickly turn into a foot or more of muck. Keeping the calves clean and dry is just as important as feeding them.


For now, I’ll bask in our mini-heat wave and feed peppermints to Topper and Stash. Everyone loves warm weather and treats. If you have any extra holiday treats you want to share with our bovines, bring them over to Miles Smith Farm. Our guys will happily relieve you of any unwanted candy canes. Just remember to take the wrappers off first.


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.




Norah (Taft) O’Dougherty


Norah Taft O’Dougherty passed away at CRVNA hospice house, Concord, NH, January 13 after a long battle with Alzheimers disease.. Born October 24 1946  in Chicopee Falls, MA , she was the daughter of  the late Theodor  and Virginia Taft. 


Norah was raised in Epsom and attended Pembroke Academy, graduating in 1964.


She and her family moved to Pittsfield in 1982 where she was employed as a stitcher at Globe Mfg. until her retirement in 2012.


She is survived by her daughter, Karin Provencal with husband Paul of Pittsfield, son John O’Dougherty and  his fiancée Tonya Thomas of  Sanford, NC. Grandchildren Jacob, Amanda, Dakota, Skylar, A.J., Raimee and 5 great grandchildren. Also 4 sisters Deborah, Martha, Sarah, Rachel, and 3 brothers Seth, Jonathan, and Matthew, as well as numerous friends and family members.


Norah was a kind and generous person who loved to laugh. She enjoyed cooking for her extended family and was most happy when surrounded by her loved ones.


A potluck celebration of life will be held from 12 to 3 on February 3 at the Pittsfield Community Center. Please bring your favorite dish  and memories to share.


Memorial contributions may be made to CRVNA Hospice House or Pope Memorial SPCA.



Anna H. Messier


PITTSFIELD- Mrs. Anna H. Messier, 81 a resident of Pittsfield for over 40 years, passed away following a brief illness on Monday, January 15, 2018 at Concord Hospital.


Anna was born on December 22, 1936 in Unity, NH, the daughter of the late Raymond and Emma (Sheldon) Case.


Mrs. Messier was employed for many years as an operator for Grappone Auto Dealership until her retirement. In her younger years she was an avid baker and cake decorator. She was most proud to have been able to make a wedding cake for one of her granddaughters. She enjoyed crafts such as painting and coloring, word puzzles and spoiling her birds. Anna was a proud grandmother and great grandmother and enjoyed being involved in their lives.


Anna had a great fondness for the Pittsfield Balloon Rally, she was hostess to over 20 yearly family reunions through this event.


Besides her parents, Anna was predeceased by a son, Daniel “Danny” Messier, a daughter, Catherine “Cathy” Carr, and siblings, Raymond, William, Frank, Andrew, Charlie and Cecile.


She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Andrew Messier; children, Margaret “Peggy” Foster and her husband George, Richard “Dick” Messier, Charles “Chuck” Messier and his wife Julie; brother, Harold Case and his wife Judy; grandchildren, Doug and his wife Jen, Andrea and her husband Leland, Amber and her husband Jason, James, Steven, Jon and his wife Holly, Shilo, Joshua and his wife Ashlee, April, Mort and his wife Crystal, Wendy, Chris, Scott and his wife Tinisha, John and his wife Monica, Jayson and Crystal; great grandchildren, Kayla, Danielle, Zachary, Ashley, Ensen, Marlow, Preslee, Allana, Keagen, Tianna, Ana, Verrah, Kirslyn, Peyton, one great great grandchild and many honorary grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.


At Anna’s request there are no services. Donations may be made in Anna’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 2 Commerce Drive #110, Bedford, NH 03110. The Still Oaks Funeral and Memorial Home is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave a memory or offer a condolence please visit www.stilloaks.com













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