Pittsfield NH News

October 10, 2018



Please Join Our

Masonic Open House

Corinthian Lodge #82

Free & Accepted Masons

Saturday, October 20

9:00 – 3:00

5 Park Street, Pittsfield


Have you ever wanted to know about Freemasonry or had a family member who was part of the fraternity?  Come and visit us to learn more – all are welcome!



The Merrimack County Stamp Collectors will hold its monthly meeting at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., Bow, on October 16th , beginning at 1 pm.   We invite all who are interested in stamp collecting to attend, share their interest, buy, sell and trade.  Meet other collectors and learn more about their hobby and enjoy the fellowship of others with varied interests in Philatelic resources and issues.  Gain new insight and knowledge, sharing news articles and stories about stamp collecting.   For more information call Dan Day at 603-228-1154.



A Celebration of Life


A memorial service for Mrs. Olga 'Mac' Emerson, born January 13, 1929, died May 14, 2018, will be held on October 20, 2018, at 11:00am, at the Faith Community Bible Church, 334 N Village Road, Loudon, N.H.  Family and friends are invited to share stories and remember a life lived to the fullest.




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Left to right: Peg Driscoll, Suzie Fife, Pearl Demyanovich, Sandy Gilmore, Pat Smith, and Linda Johnson. 


Linda Johnson, one of our TOPS members recently attained her KOPS(Keep Off Pounds Sensibly) status by reaching her goal weight. She was previously a TOPS member in Strafford for a number of years.  While there, she was crowned State Queen in 2013 at the NH State Recognition Day. She became a member in the Pittsfield chapter this past spring and reached her goal in 3 months time.  Her achievement has been an inspiration for us all for her diligence toward this goal. The chapter had a candle lighting ceremony with other KOPS lighting candles.  She received a bookmark, a KOPS pin and a gift bag.  Congratulations, Linda. Our chapter meets on Tuesdays at 6:30 at The Joy Church, 55 Barnstead Rd. Pittsfield.  Various members share information about healthy eating and living. We would love to have you join us.  For questions, call Beth 435-7397.



Letter To The Editor

10/2/2018 Select Board Meeting


Made good progress on the budget so we can get our proposal to the Budget Committee for their fine-tuning. Clearly our department heads are doing everything in their ability to be conservative and realistic in expectations and requests, and having the entire municipality on the same page means far less stressful negotiations.


For our own Executive portion of the budget we propose a $4500 lower bottom line than last year, so we are “walking the walk” with the rest of town employees.  We have been, and will continue to meet weekly until we’re through this critical time of money issues.


Keith Donovan was hired for the fall/winter season to plow snow ‘as-needed’ for the highway department. Keith has a lifetime of experience in all types of construction equipment and rounds out our very capable crew for maximum road care this coming winter.


In the very near future we will be putting a revised parking policy in place which will address the numerous automobiles that create significant difficulty for our plow crews trying to keep the roads clear.  Snow creates enough challenges without our crew having to dodge vehicles illegally parked in the road R.O.W.


A number of house-keeping items were dispatched and we adjourned about 9:30.


Carl Anderson



What is CBD?


You may be hearing these three letters being brought up more and more. How is something that comes from the Cannabis plant legal without a medical card?


We will discuss the difference between CBD and THC as well as the difference between medical marijuana and industrial hemp. We will also go over some of the health conditions people are using CBD for, and why it can be helpful for such a wide range of conditions; Depression, anxiety, PTSD, seizures, Parkinson’s, chronic pain, immune deficiencies, digestive issues; there is new science happening all the time showing new uses for this incredible plant. We will also help you to answer how much you should take and what your options are.


These questions will be answered by Alicia Grimaldi, Certified Holistic Health Counselor and Carrie James; Co-Founder of Clearly Better Days during an information evening hosted by the Sanctuary Bodyworks and Sauna on October 15th at 6:30 pm. Seating is limited. Please reserve your spot by October 13th by calling the Sanctuary at 603-731-3855 or 603-608-2411.



Cows And Costumes At The Fair

Submitted By Carole Soule

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Highland Rider 4H club members: Ten-year-old Lily Watts with heifer Riley dressed as Watermelon Lillies, eleven-year-old cowboy Miles Buckingham with his cowgirl heifer, Kiley and ten-year-old Olivia Nason with Highlander Ryder dressed as a Holstein dairy cow.


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Miles the cowboy with his cowgirl, Kiley.


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10 year-old Olivia Nason with Ryder a Highlander dressed as a Holstein dairy cow.


The fair season is over, and the Highland Riders 4H kids and their ribbon-winning animal associates can look back on it with satisfaction. I call the cattle “associates” because the kids don't actually own them. None of the Highland Riders live on farms, so they have to find animals to raise. 


At Miles Smith Farm we usually have a crop of 10 to 15 Highland calves each year, so it makes sense to lease these animals to eager 4Hers. The youngsters pay about $10 a month for young critters and as much as $25 a month for older cattle (who eat more hay). 


The youngsters learn how to groom, feed and train the heifers they lease. The kids pick heifers because there are many competition classes for females, but only a few for steers and bulls. Cows can be shown with their calves for years in the “aged cow” classes, but bulls and steers can't be shown after they reach 18 months. Older bulls are considered too dangerous to show, and steers are supposed to be shipped for beef sometime after 18 months.


During the summer and fall, the kids compete against other 4H members at fairs. The kids have to wear khaki pants, white shirts, belts, and boots. Cows wear their birthday suits. 


The one time the cattle get dressed for the show ring is for the 4H costume competition. The kids dress their animals and themselves in coordinated outfits. This year the Highland Riders picked three different themes. Ten-year-old Miles wore a cowboy hat and put a hat on his heifer, Kiley. He explained to the judge that he was the “cowboy” and Kiley was the “cowgirl.” Kiley, peeking out from behind the hat hanging on her horns, surveyed the crowd and mooed in agreement. The judge was impressed that she did not try to dump the hat.


For this competition, the cattle have to be willing partners, which is not always the case. Lilly's heifer wore a pink tutu and Lilly wore wings to imitate Watermelon Fairies. Ryder, a Highlander heifer, came dressed as a Holstein dairy cow with Olivia dressed in overalls emulating a dairy farmer. This was Olivia's second choice for a costume. She had planned to wear an English riding jacket, jodhpurs, and boots while riding Star-the-Heifer into the ring. But Star bucked off the saddle in rehearsal, so Olivia came up with the dairy idea. Then right before showtime at the Deerfield Fair, Star acted up while wearing the dairy disguise. So Ryder was recruited at the last minute, and she wore the black spots like she was born a Holstein. 


The costume class is judged by the audience. Each pair is introduced and the spectators clap, shout and whoop for their favorite. This year, Olivia and Holstein-imitator Ryder narrowly won after the judge explained, “With milk prices down, dairy farmers need all the support they can get!” 


Yes, once again, this year visitors got an eyeful at the Deerfield Fair – from a Scottish Highlander masquerading as a Holstein to a mom nursing her baby in public – and that was just in the beef barn! 


Carole Soule is co-owner of Miles Smith Farm, in Loudon, N.H. She can be reached at cas@milessmithfarm.com.



Letter To The Editor

Did you hear President Trump’s address to the United Nations?


I would like to encourage anyone who hasn’t listened to President Trump’s speech to the United Nations on September 25th to listen to it for themselves before the November mid-term elections.  Also, don’t miss the commentary on the speech by our spunky Secretary to the UN, Niki Haley! 


President Trump’s salute to national sovereignty, ours as well as others, in contrast to a gullible globalism, was inspiring.  My mind pictured the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games with its diversity of costumes and proudly waving flags. His plain speaking about what nations America will send money to (your tax dollars) and will not send money to was refreshing. By the way, we will no longer (after years of doing so) be sending money to countries to help them produce curriculum for elementary children praising violence against Americans. Seems logical.


The specific mention of how socialism in other countries has failed was definitely addressing an elephant in the room. The positive reference to patriotism, hear it, not destructive nationalism, but unapologetic patriotism was a welcome counterpoint to trendy America bashing!   And if the United Nations is not the right place to call out nations with horrific human rights violations, I don’t know where is. So, it was good to hear it done.


The forceful declaration refusing to subject America to the International Criminal Court was very timely. The ICC has been busily working to charge American service members with bogus war crimes in the war against terrorists. We have a Constitution and due process of law here.


For your consideration,

Diane Rider 



Pittsfield Historical Society Receives $100,000 Anonymous Gift

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The Pittsfield Historical Society is ecstatic to announce that it has received an anonymous donation of $100,000 toward its Building Fund. What a fantastic way to start off the fundraising campaign. And what an extremely generous gift, almost beyond belief. The Society’s only regret is that, per the donor’s request, it cannot reveal her name. But the organization profusely thanks her for her town spirit and dedication to preserving the history of Pittsfield. Included with this ariticle is a rendering of the building which will begin being erected in the Spring of 2019. 



Letter To The Editor


To the Good Citizens of Pittsfield,

I think it was Ben Franklin, John Adams, or Tom Hitchcock who said, "If you trade freedom for protection, you deserve neither."


Some people, including  me, want a drug and alcohol education program for our school kids. Some people, including me, want a treatment center in our town.


The thing is, we're stumbling along. I want to quicken the pace.


Here's the plan: I fashioned a petition to repeal zoning. I go to the Town Hall on voting day and sign people up, getting enough signatures in one day. Submit it when appropriate. We vote early March. If it passes, maybe Teen Challenge buys the nunnery and provides the education program for our schools and starts a treatment facility in town.


See you at the polls.

Dan the Stoneman



Letter To The Editor


It is time to thank a town employee for the wonderful job he is doing at Floral Park Cemetery. This man is so devoted to his job. The only time he stops is to light his pipe!! 


The grounds are always  beautiful. He is always on the mower or trimming. 


Let's all take our hats off to Donald Fife. He has been there for many years and it always looks the same.


I hope he enjoys his retirement when he chooses, but we will sure miss him.


Good luck, Donald, and thanks again!


Paul Riel



Writers Invited 


The Writing Group that meets weekly at the Maxfield Public Library is looking for several new writers to join them. This group is not a club or a class; it's a working group that provides an opportunity for writers to improve their prose writing skills through support, encouragement, and feedback from other writers.


The group has recently lost a few of its original members to job changes and relocations, leaving them with openings for three or four new writers to join the group. If you're serious about your craft, open to constructive criticism, able to meet weekly, and interested in working collaboratively and confidentially with other writers, please join them on Tuesday, October 16th at 10:00 a.m. in the large meeting room at the Maxfield Public Library. For more information you can contact members of the group at mplwritingroup@gmail.com.



Central VNA Offers Grief Arts Workshops And Grief Out Loud! Coffee House


Save the date for the first “Grief Out Loud! Coffee House” which will take place in Moultonboro on Friday, October 19 from 6:00–8:00p.  All are invited – the event is free and open to the public.  No experience necessary.  Read a loved one’s favorite children’s book or poem.  Play a song.  Tell a loved one’s favorite joke or a story.  Or simply come to listen, support and be inspired by neighbors connected through our shared loss of a loved one.


For more details, locations, to register, or to learn more about other forms of bereavement support offered by Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, please call Dan Kusch, Bereavement Care Coordinator 524-8444 or dkusch@centralvna.org.













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