Pittsfield NH News

January 31, 2018


 

The New Hampshire Baseball Umpires Association will be offering certification to anyone interested in umpiring high school baseball in New Hampshire for Varsity, Junior Varsity, Freshman, and Middle School. Classes will start at Laconia High School on March 25th at 2pm. Cost is $65. For more information please contact Baseball Umpire Development Chairman Gary Noyes. 603-455-2714 or gnoyes76@gmail.com

 


 

FREE Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

 

Pittsfield has been chosen as one of the communities in New Hampshire to participate in a Smoke and Carbon Monoxide distribution, installation and education grant program. Requirements: 1. Owner-occupied homes only (sorry, no rentals). 2.Children under 6 yrs old and/or adults over 60 yrs old residing in the home. To sign up for a Home Safety Inspection and Free Smoke and CO Alarms installed by a volunteer member of the Fire Department call 435-6807 or email dtyler@pittsfieldnh.gov.

 

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Pittsfield Elementary School is excited to announce that the “PES Food 4 Kids” pantry is up and running.  The pantry is currently sending eighteen students home with a bag of groceries for the weekend. PES Food 4 Kids relies solely on donations!  Non perishable items are collected  in the front foyer of PES.  We also accept cash donations. Cara Peterson, Marissa MacLellan, and Michelle Hill accept a very generous donation of $5,000 dollars from Hannafords. From left to right: Michelle Hill, Farah Lavine, Marissa MacLellan, Cara Peterson and George Pouder.

 


 

From The Farm - Twins Reunited

Submitted By Carole Soule

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Lou is on the left, Lucky on the right.

 

This week I took four pigs and a heifer to the butcher. Processing animals that I have spent so much time raising is challenging and sad, but we also have animals we won’t process; ones that have a lifetime job on the farm like Lou, a working steer who could spend his life as a working steer with his buddy, JoJo.

 

Lou was born on the farm two years ago to a Scottish Highlander cow named, Ulani. The day after he was born we moved Ulani and Lou to the holding pen to make sure they bonded and that Lou, a white bull calf, was healthy. A day later we found another calf in the field. Two other cows were due to give birth but neither showed an interest in this brown heifer. I was puzzled until I realized that Ulani had given birth to twins.

 

Twins can be a problem. Giving birth to one calf is stressful for a cow. Giving birth to two calves is dangerous and can result in the death of one or both calves as well as the cow. Apparently, Ulani had no trouble giving birth to twins but would not accept this second calf and wouldn’t let it nurse. Most calves don’t like drinking from a bottle at first but this one was hungry and devoured the bottled milk we offered her. It was obvious she was a survivor. She had spent at least one whole day on her own and was still alive. We named her Lucky.

 

We gave her to a farmer who wanted to raise a bottle baby. For two years Lucky had a great life with two older Highlander cows, some sheep, and two rams. While the Highlander cows were at the farm, Lucky ignored the rams. When the farmer sold the two older cows the barnyard dynamics turned ugly.  Without the big cows around, Lucky turned into a “hater of rams.” She attacked the bigger of the two rams but the 90-pound ram had no chance against a 400-pound heifer. Lucky always won and if the farmer had not saved him, would have killed him.

 

The farmer kept the ram and I took Lucky back to Miles Smith Farm where she is now with her twin brother, Lou. While her brother is a quiet, submissive steer, Lucky is a feisty heifer who follows me around licking my coat. I’m not sure what the rest of her story will be. I’ll try to find a job for her but for now, she has a great life with twenty-eight other little Highlanders and as long as we keep the rams away, she’ll be happy.

 

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.

 


 

Letter To The Editor

 

Many thanks to the Budget Committee members for the effort put forth on the annual budgets. This is not an easy job. Many long hours are dedicated to this seemingly thankless process, oftentimes leading to frustration and, at times, even met with hostility from the public. Remember... this committee recommends, but it’s up to we the voters to make the final decision that is best for the community. 

 

That said (as most of you are probably aware) the Town voted for the Pittsfield School District (PSD) to conduct this year’s annual meeting under the rules of SB2, the Official Ballot Law. This means we will be voting on the 2018-2019 school budgets at the polls on March 13th. The budget being proposed by the PSD is a little over 10½ million dollars, an increase of $517,000 over last year’s budget. An informational public hearing and ensuing discussion took place on January 10th in which there were only approximately 60 people in attendance. The dialog that took place would suggest there is certainly room for improvement.

 

I would urge you, the taxpayer, to attend the deliberative session on February 8th, 7pm at PES. This is the only venue in which amendments can be made to the budget. It is my fear that many will blindly vote NO on the proposed budget, resulting in the automatic adoption of a default budget which guarantees an increase of close to $100,000. This is not responsible voting. The budget Committee members are hard pressed to allow such increases and initially voted against recommending a budget to the voters. Let’s all do our part, which includes looking beyond our own desires and esteeming our neighbor as our self. Part of loving our neighbor(s) is recognizing when the financial burden is greater than he/she can bear.

 

Linda Small

Pittsfield

 


 

Budget Blinds® Of Concord Kicks-Off 2018 With A New Identity

 

Along with a new emphasis on product innovation and customization, Concord customers will find the same superior neighborhood service they’ve come to expect from Budget Blinds.

 

Budget Blinds Serving Concord, the local neighborhood window covering expert backed by the leading provider of custom window coverings in North America, has launched a new brand identity and expanded commitment to serving homeowners, businesses and residents in the region.

 

According to Kevin Ronald, owner of Budget Blinds of Concord, the new brand identity includes a new logo and look and feel that supports the continued efforts to provide the latest trends, innovative products and unparalleled service in the window covering space.

 

“While our look may be new, our promise to provide the same great style and service for every budget remains the same, said Ronald. “We’re proud to be your local window covering expert – we’re in your neighborhood and continue to deliver the same great service you’ve come to expect from Budget Blinds. We handle everything from design to installation right in your own home!”

 

Kevin said that two areas of emphasis for Budget Blinds of Concord in 2018 are product customization and design innovation. “Our modern new logo better reflects our goal of taking Budget Blinds to the next level this year – in products, design, service and value that connects with our customers.”

 

“At the end of the day, it’s a privilege to support our community and to be able to directly impact our customers’ lives.”

 

Local Budget Blinds Franchisee Unveils New Brand Identity in 2018 Budget Blinds Serving of Concord is part of Home Franchise Concepts (HFC), the top-selling family of direct-to-consumer brands in the home improvement space. In addition to Budget Blinds, HFC includes Tailored Living® and Concrete Craft®.

 

Shirin Behzadi, CEO of Home Franchise Concepts, joined Kevin to unveil the new Budget Blinds of concord identity earlier this month during “Evolution of Success,” the 2018 Budget Blinds National Convention in Dallas.

 

Budget Blinds of Concord is one of more than 1,140 individually owned and operated Budget Blinds franchises nationwide, and one of nearly 1,400 franchises in the Home Franchise Concepts family.

 


 

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Leaders with Pittsfield Youth Voice in it Together (PYViiT) of Pittsfield Listens designed and facilitated a 3-day retreat for fellow youth leaders January 10-12th. Hosted at the D-Acres Permaculture Farm and Educational Homestead in Dorchester, NH, this was a ‘train the trainer’ focus on team building, facilitation and organizing skills, and social location. This was an awesome start to the PYViiT 6 month term together, and leaders are excited to bring their leadership on issues and policies that directly impact them in their education and their lives. Stay tuned to see what comes next with PYViiT’s leadership!  See more photos and details at Facebook.com/pittsfieldlistens and on Instragram @pittsfieldlistens

 


 

Josiah Carpenter Library February News

 

Announcing Hoopla - library card-holders can instantly explore, borrow and enjoy dynamic content on their smartphones, tablets, computers and televisions!

 

Beginning February 5, 2018 the library has thousands of movies, television shows, music albums, eBooks, audiobooks and comics, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital (hoopladigital.com).  Card holders can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit hoopladigital.com to begin enjoying thousands of titles from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers available to borrow 24/7, for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets and computers.  Pittsfield’s access to hoopla is made possible through the generosity of Globe Manufacturing and the Sanderson Fund.

 

The Teen Book Worms will gather on Monday February 5th at 5:00pm; they will enjoy a light supper and discuss These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.  The Pittsfield Writer’s Circle will meet at the library on Monday January 15th at 5:00pm.  The adult book club will meet to discuss Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance at 10:30 am on Tuesday February 27th at the Pittsfield Senior Center.  Join any of our ongoing activities whenever you are able!

 

During February the 10:00am Thursday preschool story hour will explore Ground Hog Day, Valentine’s Day (there will be a party on February 8th!) hearts and animals.  The afterschool Adventure Club meets at 3:30pm on Tuesdays and will be creating valentines and unique animals.   The Stay and Play group for toddlers and their parents/caregivers meets on Tuesday mornings at 10:00am for a brief story, simple games, movement and time to socialize.

 

The Chichester-Epsom-Pittsfield Libraries Memory Café will have fun with some trivia games and celebrating romance at 2:00pm on Monday February 12th at the Epsom Public Library.  Caregivers and folks living with memory loss are invited to come and savor supportive socialization.

 

The library will be closed for Presidents Day on February 19th.

 


 

Players’ Kids’ Theater Workshop Hard At Work Rehearsing Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr.

 

The Pittsfield Players’ Kids’ Theater Workshop is currently in rehearsal for this season’s presentation of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr. The show will run at the Scenic Theatre on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 22, 23 and 24, at 7:30 pm each evening. In addition, there will be two matinee performances on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 20 and 21, at 12:30 pm for local schools and home schoolers, so that kids might see their peers on stage and develop an interest in theater. Participants in the Kids’ Theater Workshop range in age from 8 to 18, and they learn all aspects of theater both on stage and behind the scenes. Tickets for the evening shows are $8 for kids under 12 and $12 for adults and can be reserved by calling 435-8852. If you are interested in bringing a class or group of kids to the matinees, at a reduced price, contact director Maye Hart at maye@pittsfieldplayers.com.

 

Filled with fun flappers, dashing leading men and a villainess audiences will love to hate, Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr. is a clever adaptation of the six-time-Tony-Award-winning Best Musical and the Academy Award-winning film. It’s 1922 in New York City, and a young Millie Dillmount has just moved to the Big Apple in search of a new life.  Her grand plan is to find a job as a secretary for a wealthy man and then marry him. However, her plan goes completely awry. Millie’s wealthy boss is slow in proposing marriage, and the man she actually falls in love with doesn’t have a dime to his name – or so he tells her.  What’s a small town girl to do?

 

The cast includes Emma Molloy as the irrepressible Millie, Christopher Dudley as Jimmy, the basically broke man-about-town, and Joe Garcia as Trevor Graydon, Millie’s new boss who she’s determined to marry. Alex Keyes plays Mrs. Meers, the proprietress of the Priscilla Hotel, who also runs a very shady business on the side. Cecily Schultz plays Miss Dorothy Brown, who actually wants to be poor, and Spencer Griffin and Benjamin Marcotte play Mrs. Meers’ Chinese henchmen, Bun Foo and Ching Ho. The girls at the Priscilla Hotel are played by Wanda Anderson (Gloria), April Keyes (Alice), Faith Griffin (Rita), Trinity Morse (Ruth), Kaylyn John-Zensky (Cora), Annelissa Marcotte (Lucille) and Camryn Melvin (Ethel Peas). Ensemble members include Jace Michaud, Ethan Smith, Christopher Tedcastle, Joe Molloy, Abraham Marcotte, Johnny Anderson, Carly Griffin, Mabel Johnson, Michaela St. George, Izabelle Cote, Anna Vyce, Lexie Booker, Sydney Provencal, Alivia Duffy, Addy Shonyo, Lillian Mooney, Addison Clark, and Damonica and Olivia Charles.

 

Don’t miss these incredibly talented kids on stage in this wonderful Kids’ Theater Workshop and reserve your seats now!

 


 

School District Budget Voting

Submitted By The Pittsfield School Board

 

Pittsfield voters are strongly encouraged to join the deliberative session of the annual school district meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 8, at the Pittsfield Elementary School for explanation, discussion, debate, and amendments to the proposed operating budget and warrant articles.

 

The two key articles include:

• Article IV:  collective bargaining agreement with teachers’ union

o Since the defeat of the previous proposed agreement, Pittsfield teachers have been working without a contract this year; the proposed one-year agreement will cost an estimated $99,885 or a tax impact of $.37/thousand.

 

• Article V:  school district operating budget

o The proposed budget includes no new positions or programs; due to increased cost of various obligations, the current version of the proposed budget includes an increase of $303,490 or a tax impact of $1.15/thousand.

 

The Board had originally developed a budget that was $92,500 greater than the current version; however, the Budget Committee recommended a reduction of this amount.  The Board has since voted to support the Budget Committee’s recommendation and thanks the Committee for its thorough review of the proposed budget.

 

Voters are encouraged to visit the school district website – pittsfieldnhschools.org – to find proposed budget information.  Reading school budget data can be confusing; good understanding of the budget has been hampered by misinformation being circulated in the community.  School Board members and the district administration are available to answer budget questions:

 

• Mike Wolfe, School Board Chair:  mwolfe@metrocast.net

 

• Bea Douglas, School Board Vice-Chair:  bdouglas@metrocast.net

 

• Linda Freese, School Board Member:  lgfreese@metrocast.net

 

• Ted Mitchell, School Board Member:  tedmitchell@metrocast.net

 

• Ralph Odell, School Board Member:  rodell@metrocast.net

 

• John Freeman, Superintendent of Schools:  sau51super@metrocast.net

 

Pittsfield voters are asked to support our students, teachers, and schools with your participation in the deliberative session and to vote in favor of our collective bargaining agreement and proposed school district budget.  Our chlidren’s futures depend on the strong educational foundation provided by our Pittsfield schools.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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