Pittsfield NH News

October 31, 2018


Snowmobile Safety Course with the Suncook Valley Snoriders. November 10, 2018 at the Barnstead Fire & Rescue 8:00a-3:00p. Lunch is provided. Students must be 12years old by the end of the riding season. Parents are encouraged to attend. Please pre-register and any questions contact Joe Hough 603-608-6977.



Suncook Valley Snoriders 18th annual Ham&Bean Supper, November 10,2018 at the Barnstead Parade Fire Station from 5:00p-7:00p.  Adults: $8.50; Ages 6-12 $5.00; Ages 5 and under eat Free. We invite our SVSR trail system Landowners to come on down for a free hot meal and a hearty Thank you from the Suncook Valley Snoriders snowmobile club.



The Women's Club of OLOL/St.Joseph will be holding their annual Xmas Bazaar on Sat., 11/3/18, from 9:00-2:00 pm in the parish hall in Northwood, NH. (Next to Northwood town hall). There will be a white elephant table, craft items, knitted goods and our cookie walk. We will have a lunch to enjoy while you shop and new this year, a children's corner where they can shop for Xmas gifts and also enjoy making some crafts. 



The Leader Of The Pack

Submitted By Carole Soule

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Author Carole relaxes on her deck with Topper.


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Scottish Highlander Oxen, Topper and Stash, at work pulling a sled with two young riders at the 2018 Miles Smith Farm Day.


“Which one is the dominant animal?” husband Bruce asked over the phone. Without hesitation, I said, “Topper.” We had pastured a small herd of our Scottish Highlander cattle in Canterbury, the next town over from ours, and all of them had escaped through an open gate. Since I was at the Nashua Farmers Market-Bruce had to get them back.


We had put nine Highlanders into the pasture a week earlier. There were two pairs of working oxen, a 4H heifer and four halter-trained steers in the group. All were friendly and easy to handle, but it was still a herd with traditional herd dynamics. Every herd has a leader and a pecking order. Understanding the herd hierarchy is critical in cattle management. 


In this case, for instance, the herd leader, Topper, respects and trusts me. He is one of a pair of oxen I've trained to work in a yoke. As his superior; I have control of him, and since I have control of him, I control the herd. The second in command is Stash, who is Topper's teammate and the rest rank below these two. 


Even though Topper would never push me around, he would push JoJo, a smaller steer. Even so, if I'm hanging out with JoJo and Topper attacks him, JoJo could trample me trying to escape. So when I walk among cattle, I'm always watching the dominant animals.


Cattle ranking lower on the hierarchy have to wait while the top cattle munch on the hay I deliver daily at our home pasture. When the dominant cows are done eating they will move off so those lower in the pecking-order can eat. My job is to make sure there is enough hay for everyone.


A dominant animal won't stay on top forever. Rosie, a 15 -year-old cow, lost her status when she contracted arthritis, which slowed her down. When a top bovine hits the skids, there is no residual respect. A new leader takes over, and there's no such thing as Bovine Emeritus. I eventually had to feed  Rosie separately so she wouldn't starve. 


  While bovine hierarchy can seem weird and silly, we need to realize it's not so different from human behavior. We have leaders and followers, which can work well. We have bullies and victims, which does not work well. The difference is that we humans can apply some intelligence and humanity to rein in our instinctive behavior. 


When Bruce got to the Canterbury field, he saw Topper run up the roadway and into the field with the rest of the herd straggling behind. The land-owner, Ty, had enticed the herd with a pan of chicken feed and managed to get a rope around Topper's neck. At that point, Topper decided it was time to end his walkabout without a struggle. In fact, he ran ahead of Ty, returning to the confines of his 20-acre pasture-taking his followers with him.


After the herd voluntarily returned to the field, I got a call from the Canterbury Police. Someone had called them about our wandering cattle, and he wanted to have our contact information on file in case they ever got loose again.


A respecter of authority, I complied with the request, and if I'm ever summoned to round up any escapees, I'll get right on it. I only hope that Topper doesn't find out there's someone higher up the totem pole than his own boss. It could topple my empire! 


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

Public School Funding Position Statement


As an immediate measure, I would support a moratorium to cuts in the stabilization aid. However, such a moratorium must be temporary. The real solution is in new funding models. I support a moratorium that would “buy” the time to implement new and better—more sustainable ways of funding our schools. I would not support a move to restore funding reduced since 2015. There are genuine consequences for declining enrollment. We cannot and must not pour additional monies into school systems that are smaller today than they were yesterday. We need a reliable system of steady state funding at base levels that will not fluctuate with minor population swings.


Generally speaking, I am not in favor of constitutional amendments. They should only be undertaken sparingly and with great care. However, if that becomes the only course for our legislature to acknowledge a state responsibility for public education, then so be it. I would then happily support such an amendment. Given my lack of expertise as a constitutional scholar, I hesitate to offer my own verbiage for such an amendment. I would like it to accept a state responsibility for the public education of young people through grade 12. I would like such an action to accept that as a collective body we can do a better job of funding than individual towns and cities can do on their own. We have the same responsibility to underwrite what is the same potential for greatness in Colebrook, or East Chatham as there is in Durham, or New London, or Hollis.



J. C. Allard





To my fellow citizens of our great state:

If you are paying attention to the news, you will undoubtedly hear analysts debating about whether or not there will be a large blue wave in next week’s election. Frankly, I think if we let that happen, our country will be divided in ways that wouldn’t be pretty.


I don’t want to blanket cover every Democrat, but many have taken very extreme positions and are using tactics against those they disagree with that are very detrimental to our society.


Qualified, decent and good people are having their reputations ruined and their families attacked, such as Justice Kavanaugh. Senator Cruz and his wife were chased out of a restaurant.  Senator Collins of Maine received ricin in her mail after standing up for basic American principles and decency in her recent Senate speech, and so on.


I understand how much it hurts to lose, and how many felt like they lost in the 2016 election and with the President’s Supreme Court nominations, but destroying innocent people and bedrock concepts such as innocent until proven guilty is not the answer. All that does is keep more wholesome people from wanting to serve in those capacities.


I do not think we should reward people who support these actions with election victories next Tuesday. We must stand for tolerance and respect for those who disagree politically. Let’s keep our beautiful nation together. I think Eddie Edwards in CD-1 and Steve Negron in CD-2 really represent what makes America a unique and special place to live and to call home. I sincerely hope you agree. Vote on November 6th.


Willie Matras



Letter To The Editor



The democratic Party hijacked the #METOO movement and used this organization to do their dirty work in changing one of our most cherished fundamental rights, "INNOCENT until proven GUILTY."


The Kavanaugh confirmation hearings (a Three Ring Circus) brought forth the Democrats' true colors. The Democrats, under the cover of the #METOO Movement using MOB RULE, tried to brand all males as GUILTY if charged by a female. Yes, all males, GUILTY until they prove beyond any reasonable doubt that they are INNOCENT.


A very sad day for all Americans.



A Former Member of the Democratic Party



Central VNA Walks For Breast Cancer

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Central VNA is well known for the care it gives to patients in all stages of life.  In both their Homecare and Hospice Programs, they see a lot of men and women, and sadly even children, with cancer.  


The agency provides treatment in the home and some folks do achieve remission.  But Central also wants to sound the alarm about breast cancer and the importance of early detection.  during the months of September and October, staff raised over $650.  And on Sunday, October 21, despite the very chilly temperatures, they took to the streets - proudly in pink.


Central VNA staff really cares.  It shows every day in patient care, and in ways not always seen, like participating in community events like the Walk for the Cure.  And wanting a cure is something everyone can agree on.



Pittsfield Secret Santa Program


Fall weather is just starting, but here at the Pittsfield Fire Dept we're already getting underway with plans for Christmas. This program benefits families in need within our community. We assist approximately 200-250 children each year, ages birth to 14 years. We provide not only toys, but a warm outfit and any needed winter outerwear. The needs of each family vary, but we strive to assist them as much as possible.


That's where you come in. This program is fully funded by donations from local individuals and businesses. We appreciate each and every one of you, and this program would not exist without you. If you would like to assist, donations of new, unwrapped toys or clothing can be dropped off at the fire station at your convenience. Monetary donations are also very much appreciated. 


We would like to have all donations received at the fire station by November 15th to help us determine what gifts still need to be purchased. If you will be donating toys or clothing, please contact Kris at the Fire Station at 435-6807 to coordinate a time to drop them off, or arrange for us to pick them up. 


Checks may be made payable to:

Pittsfield Secret Santa

PO Box 392

Pittsfield, NH 03263


Thank you for your support of this program!



PES PTO Trunk Or Treat October 20th 2018

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Words can not express how excited we were for the amazing turnout at this year’s Trunk or Treat. 


There were seventeen phenomenally decorated trunks parked around the perimeter of the high school parking lot, and OVER 300 costume wearing kiddos collected sweet treats as they made their way around to each parked car. Congratulations to the Zensky Family for the best decorated trunk and Aspyn Gauthier for the best costume of 2018. 


Thank you to Donna and Steve Keeley for setting up the scaffolding where 15 carved pumpkins were on display for all to see. A wide array of yummy baked treats (thank you to ALL who donated the deliciousness), hot chocolate (thank you BELL BROTHERS), cider (thank you APPLEVIEW ORCHARD)  and POPCORN (thank you BOOSTERS), was available to everyone, too. 


Thank you to those who brought donations of non-perishable goods for the “PES Food 4 Kids” program—two boxes of food was collected.


An especially HUGE THANK YOU to our event chairperson, Jillian Gauthier, for planning and organizing the event.  She also had some amazing committee members; Sabrina Smith, Liz Erickson, Lindsay Riel, Corey Knecht, and Katie Nikas.  The event went especially smooth due to the helping hands of extra volunteers- Adam Gauthier, Matthew Erickson, Heidi Darrah, and the Boyce Family.


We are thankful that the Parks and Recreation committee worked with us again this year and allowed us to piggy back our event with their Harvest Fest.   It is so exciting to see such a small town come together and have such amazing events for all of the youth in town.  Thank you EVERYONE!



Mordred And Merlin, Good And Evil In Camelot

Submitted By Maggie Faneuf


The Pittsfield Players are bringing the world of King Arthur and his Camelot to life at the Scenic Theater on November 9, 10, 11, 16, and 17 in Lerner and Loew’s wonderful musical CAMELOT.


When we hear the word Camelot, we, of course, immediately think of King Arthur, his Queen Guenevere, and his favorite knight, Lancelot. And we might even hum some of the wonderful songs such as “Camelot,” “If Ever I should Leave You,” or “What Do the Simple Folk Do.”


However, beyond the main characters, several supporting roles add substance and even intrigue to the plot.  Two such characters are Mordred, Arthur’s illegitimate son, and Merlin, Arthur’s powerful and influential mystical teacher since childhood.


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Jacob Sargent, along with his brothers, saw a notice about auditions for the show and decided to tag along with them.  “I thought maybe I could be cast in one of the smaller parts,” he said.  When one of his brothers was cast as Mordred but then had to leave the cast due to personal reasons,  Director Maye Hart asked Jacob to take over the role.


So what is Mordred like? I asked him.  “He’s very self-aware. He’s not completely evil but he is aware of the evil in him as evidenced in his song ‘The Seven Deadly Virtues,’ in which he flips over the Seven Deadly Sins and is constantly acting them out.” Because Mordred is Arthur’s illegitimate son, he is constantly trying to masterfully manipulate Arthur so that he, Mordred, can one day be king.


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At the same time, Merlin, played by Marty Williams, has an entirely different approach with Arthur. “He’s an absolutely powerful influence on him,” Marty said.  “He has been with Arthur since he was a boy, teaching him to think on his own. He even turned Arthur into different animals to learn different perspectives in life, such as turning him into a hawk at one point so that he could have a broader view of the world. He’s a big, bombastic character who doesn’t grow older and who knows the future,” Marty said. When Arthur decides he wants to be king, Merlin revels in the fact that his work is coming to fruition.


With a beautiful set, gorgeous costumes, and outstanding music and actors, CAMELOT is a show you don’t want to miss. Tickets may be obtained by visiting the Players’ website, www.pittsfieldplayers.com, or by calling 435-8852 for reservations.


Next week we feature Arthur, Guenevere, and Lancelot!





Dear Voters,

In response to Senator Reagan’s statement in The Sun, in support for increasing school funding:


During Senator Reagan’s lengthy legislative career his voting record shows little interest in increasing funding for our children’s education. On the contrary, he has voted to decrease State education funding and placed the tax burden on our towns.


Senator Reagan’s claim to fame is a “tax fighter.” So much for that claim since his votes ensured that impoverished towns, such as Pittsfield, have excessively high tax rates. His approach is not to follow the State’s Constitution, which squarely places the burden on the State to provide adequate education funding for the State’s children. He continues to place the unfair tax burden on the towns, which is also in violation of the State’s Supreme Court decision of the 1990’s! 


Now that citizens of the state are beginning to present a united front to challenge the State’s lack of school funding, Senator Reagan is proposing to increase the adequacy funding in an amount that is STILL far below the actual cost to educate our children. He knows full well that it will never pass the State Senate. It seems that this is a blatant attempt to win reelection and avoid meeting the State‘s responsibility for public education.


In an interview for WMUR Senator Reagan clearly and insensitively stated that towns won’t notice the annual 4% decrease in the stabilization grant funding. That is a 4% decrease every year for the next 23 years! Pittsfield residents won’t notice a loss of $86,000.00 each year?! Pittsfield won’t notice a total loss of more than $2,000,000.00 in State education funding?! 


It is time for Senator Reagan to be replaced by someone who will actually fight for fair and adequate school funding.


P.S. Representative Carol McGuire is of the same mind.



Ted Mitchell



Letter To The Editor

Select Board Meeting 10/23/18


We signed a status quo contract with George Batchelder continuing his position as Superintendent of Public Works until May 31, 2020.  


Acting on citizen complaints that we determined were valid, the board mailed several letters regarding illegal junkyards. We hope that they’ll be voluntarily corrected and letters will be all that’s required. A compliance letter for unpermitted storage trailers that hasn’t produced results will be pursued by our legal counsel for the next step.  Enforcement of the codes and ordinances of the town ultimately fall to us, and when we receive a valid complaint it’s up to us to do what we’re bound to.


Our employees’ health insurance renewal rate is a 12.8% increase, more than wiping out last year’s reduction in premiums.  Non-contract town employees begin paying a portion of their coverage this year as part of the re-negotiated union agreement, which will partially offset the increase.


The Board of Selectmen scrutinized the dollar amount necessary to pay all our bills for this year and the amount of funds to use from capital reserve as offset while still keeping a healthy savings account.  This year’s tax rate is a REDUCTION of $.11 per thousand!  Granted, that’s not a lot of money, but it’s a rare occurrence at any time other than when a re-valuation of the town or a significant change in utility assessments causes a change in the rate. Taxpayers of Pittsfield can thank frugal administration by ALL departments, proving that we actually CAN keep spending under control and still provide vital services if we are all determined to do so. 


Next year’s budget was finalized by the board and now goes to the budget committee who get the last look and adjustments before it goes to the voters in March. 


Carl Anderson



Fantastic Fair


Come one, come all to the Christmas Fair and Bake Sale at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield, Saturday, November 17, from 9 to 2. Sponsored by The Dorcas Guild, this fair is nothing short of fantastic.


There are many handcrafted things: kitchen items, aprons, mittens, hats, artwork, jewelry, toys and special gourmet and baked goods. Don’t forget the “Unique Boutique” for outstanding values and the “Silent Auction” for those special gifts. Final silent auction bids are due in by the close of the fair, 2 p.m., November 17. The successful bidders will be notified at that time.


Come to shop and stay for a low-cost corn chowder and sandwich lunch with homemade pies. One of New Hampshire’s great church fairs, this one is not to be missed. Parking and wheelchair accessible entrance at rear of church, enter at Chestnut Street. For more info, call the church office at 435-7471.



No Cold Shoulder Here At The Pittsfield Advent Christian Church…

Submitted By Dot Hardy


Too much?? Not enough??… Have you ever looked around and wondered how you ever accumulated so much of something? For me, it began last year when I got really frustrated trying to put away a winter coat. There just wasn’t enough room in the closet! Next thing I knew I was madly pulling out all the coats and throwing them on the bed.


At first, I blamed it on my daughters, who conveniently weren’t around to hear me fuss… until I started sorting through the pile. To my horror I realized that seven of the those coats were mine! Well, I knew that I had a couple more coats in another closet and at least one tucked in the barn… So how many more coats did I have in this house?!? That began my Great Coat Hunt.


I became obsessed looking for coats…  and in a ten room house with a huge barn… there are A LOT of places to store stuff!!! I see you nodding your head… you get it… Anyway, I soon had the entire family involved in the project.


Shortly into this endeavor, I read an article about the process of cleaning out from having too much. The author was asking:  1) Look at what you’ve got. 2) What do you really need? 3) If you have two (or more) of something, is there someone else who could use it?… God used that author to bring me to a realization of just how much I had… and how much others didn’t. Well, I passed this knowledge on to our pastor (who conveniently is my husband) who then passed it on to our church folk… and so began our Church’s first Winter Coat Outreach.


Last year we collected over 40 coats which we gave to the Pittsfield Clothes Closet. (Not bad for a small church.) This year we are asking YOU to join in with us. Maybe you are feeling you have too much… During the months of October and November we are collecting those winter coats and jackets to share with Pittsfield residents. If you would like to be a part of this outreach, you can drop them off at the Pittsfield Advent Christian Church (68 Main St) next to the Community Center on Sundays from 10:00- 11:00.


Worship time is from 9:30 – 10:45 and we’d love to have you join us. We have coffee and munchies both before service at 9:00, and after. (I’m a tea and cocoa drinker personally.) Pastor usually makes some wonderful warm treats. If that time doesn’t work for you, give me a call at 603-848-8050 and we can arrange another time. We also have a Sup n Study small group on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 1 Green St. Please check us out on Facebook. It’s a work in progress… but it’s there. It’s been great chatting with you … I hope we can meet soon! 



Josiah Carpenter Library November News


On November 6th at 6:00pm the Pittsfield Conservation Commission and Bear-Paw Regional Greenways will host an informational meeting at the library.


Story Hour for babies, preschoolers, families and caregivers meets on Thursday at 10:00am, and the Adventures Club (kindergarten thru 3rd grade) that meets on Tuesday at 3:30 pm, will be exploring traditional symbols of Fall and Thanksgiving.  Creative construction (marshmallows and pretzel sticks anyone?) will be the focus of Creating Adventures (3rd thru 6th grade) which meets on Wednesday at 2:00pm.  


The Teen Book Worms and the Pittsfield Writer’s Circle are going to take a hiatus during November and December.  The adult book club will meet to discuss The Thanksgiving Visitor and A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote and This Year will be Different by Maeve Binchy   at 10:30 am on Tuesday December 11th at the Pittsfield Senior Center.  The books are available at the library, come and enjoy some inspirational conversation.


The next gathering of the Chichester-Epsom-Pittsfield Libraries Memory Café will be held at 2:00pm on Monday December 10th  at the Epsom Public Library.  Local caregivers and folks living with memory loss are invited to come and enjoy a celebration of holiday classics with refreshments.



Central VNA Invites You To Annual Interfaith Service Of Remembrance


Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice welcomes the community to be together for their Annual Interfaith Service of Remembrance on Sunday, November 18 at 2pm at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at 2238 Parade Road in Laconia.  Anyone who has suffered a loss is welcome to come together with friends, families and neighbors of all ages to honor and celebrate the living memory our loved ones.


A beloved highlight of this annual service is the Tides of Harmony Choral Group, a team of Central VNA & Hospice volunteers who sing individually and in small groups with patients and families throughout the year.   Along with this music of comfort and hope, readings and words of remembrance will be offered by hospice volunteers and staff and local community members.  All are welcome to bring a poem or brief reflection or to share a cherished memory.


The service is open to all, whether you have been connected to hospice or not, and whether you are connected to a faith tradition or not.  It will run from about 2 to 3pm and will be followed by a reception with light refreshments and opportunities for connection.  For more information, please contact Dan Kusch, Bereavement & Spiritual Care Coordinator, 524-8444 or dan@centralvna.org.



Central VNA Offers Help With “Grief In The Holidays”


Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice will offer “Grief in the Holidays” support groups in Laconia and Wolfeboro open to all adults in our community.  For those who have suffered the death of loved ones, this time of year can be full of powerful memories, feelings, and challenges – navigating holidays, gatherings, and traditions with family or friends – while vividly aware of absence and pain.


Participants in past years have shared how important it was to have a space to explore what may be hard and what may be life-giving during this time:  whether, where, with whom and how to celebrate; the comforts and pains of being with people; how to be kind to our own shifting emotions or needs.


There is no right way to grieve and no right way to move through this season. Together with others who know nothing will take away our pain, we can share our stories, heartbreak, fears, and hopes and we can anticipate what we may need and how we may cope.


Groups will meet in Wolfeboro at the First Congregational Church (115 South Main Street) on Tuesday, November 13 from 2 – 3:30pm and again Tuesday, December 11 from 6-7:30pm.


Groups will meet in Laconia at the CNHVNAH office (780 N. Main St.) on Thursday, November 15 from 3:30-5pm and again Thursday, December 13.


All groups are non-religious and offered at no cost.  You are welcome to one or more.  For more information, please contact Dan Kusch, Bereavement & Spiritual Care Coordinator, 524-8444 or dan@centralvna.org.













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