Pittsfield NH News

February 14, 2018


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Scott Brown from the Paige Insurance Agency proudly donates $2000 to  the Pittsfield Players. Checks for $1000 from Union Mutual Insurance Company with a matching check from Paige Insurance Agency are accepted by President Maye Hart and Treasurer Carol Neveux of the Pittsfield Players.



From The Farm: My Steer Was Shot

Submitted By Carole Soule

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A minié bullet, similar to this one, was lodged under the skin of a steer.

Photo from: http://www.historynet.com/minie-bal


The bullet was lodged under the steer’s skin for at least six months. It was a bullet, called a minié, from a Civil War era rifle-musket that didn’t kill the animal. The butcher found the bullet when the steer was processed. He must have been shot in the Fall during hunting season.


Hunting season starts in mid-September with waterfowl, followed by deer and ends in mid-December with turkey. There are strict rules each hunter must follow to acquire a license to hunt in New Hampshire. Hunters perform a service by harvesting deer so the remaining animals have enough food found in the wild to survive. Too many deer and not enough forage means starvation.


All the hunters I know eat the animals they shoot. A hunter knows what good meat tastes like and many buy grassfed beef when they run out of venison. I love responsible hunters. Even so, mistakes are made and domestic livestock as well as people are occasionally shot.


I’ve heard of farmers painting the word “COW” on their bovines to alert the less-observant hunters that this is a domestic animal and not part of the wild kingdom. While I’ve never lost a critter during hunting season, my steer had been hit by a minié bullet from a Civil War-era musket-rifle


I found a picture of the type of bullet online where I learned that unlike a smoothbore-loading musket or shotgun which is hard to aim and not accurate, the soft-lead minié ball expands to fit the rifling of the barrel giving it greater accuracy. The muzzle-loading rifle bullet was named after its co-developer, Claude-Étienne Minié.


“The rifle-musket and minié bullet together changed the face of warfare forever. For the first time in history, infantrymen could aim their weapons at a target a fair distance away and actually have a chance of hitting it. Ninety percent of the soldiers in the Civil War were killed by the rifle-musket and the minié bullet,” http://www.historynet.com/minie-bal.


Thankfully my steer did not become a casualty of a Civil War-era weapon. I image the bullet bounced off a rock or tree with so little impact it felt more like a bee sting when it hit the steer and lodged under his skin. I have great respect for hunters; this was probably an accident.


We don’t close our farm to hunters but I do expect them to avoid shooting my livestock. It would take an awfully long time to paint the word, “Cow,” on all my critters.


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.



Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Helps With Fall Prevention


Every year, millions of seniors are seen in Emergency Rooms and physician’s offices because they’ve taken a tumble.  Sometimes the injuries are severe, like broken hips or dislocated joints, and sometimes we can see some horrific bruising.  And sometimes a fall is more than a broken bone or a bruise – common complications include pneumonia, urinary tract infections, congestive heart failure, venous thromboembolism, arrhythmia, poor pain management and pressure sores.  So we want to do absolutely everything we can to avoid nasty spills in the first place.


Many falls can be eliminated with a little planning.  As caregivers and home health providers, we are aware of this and actively work toward preventing falls for our patients. But you also can help, in your own home or that of an aging parent or loved one.


Whether you are a senior or helping to care for one, the first thing to realize in fall prevention is the importance of removing tripping hazards.  Number one among these?  Area rugs.  It is so easy for the rug to slip out from underneath a walker.  Feet can get tangled up.  Rugs can bunch creating a tripping hazard.  If possible, area rugs should be removed.  If there is one that is a particular favorite, try to have it placed in an area of low traffic.


Electric cords and extension cords create the same potential accident situations.  Always run the cords around the outside of the room and not in heavily trafficked areas or maybe find a wireless solution.


Another obstacle fairly common in many homes is clutter.  Same as above – massive tripping hazards.  Try to keep walking areas clear.


Pets. Well, who can live without her cat or dog for company?  But perhaps some obedience training can help.  Try teaching the dog not to jump, and to always follow the owner (heel), even in the home and especially on stairs.  This is good advice for staying in or for walking the dog.  (PS – while walking outside, watch carefully for cracks in the sidewalk that are just ready to grab the toe of your shoe!)  And make sure the dog sits still and waits for the food bowl before diving in.


Low toilet seats for older knees can be a problem.  This one is easily remedied.  The purchase of a raised toilet seat attached to the porcelain seat can work wonders.  Some are just seats, while others have hand rails that help greatly with raising and lowering the body.  The cost runs anywhere between $15 and $50, so a simple and affordable investment in you or your loved one’s long-term health.


Lighting can cause issues too.  Try to keep walking areas well lit.  Steep stairs, slopey driveways and unstable tables and chairs can also be treacherous.  Just pay attention, replace what you can and be aware of the danger.


Despite our best intentions, accidents will happen.  Please know there are resources in your community to help you if you’re at home with an injury.  Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice provides professional nursing care, LNA services, and Physical Therapy in the home.  Others provide homemaking, meal preparation, socialization and pet care.  Don’t be afraid to reach out.  The most important thing is to recover, and recover well.  We are here for you.



Pittsfield School Board

February 1, 2018

Submitted By Ralph Odell


The meeting began with a Site Council request for a modification of the senior release policy. Modifying the guidelines would allow seniors in good academic standing greater flexibility to utilize their time. Secondly, a group of seniors provided a presentation for a senior trip of white water rafting to Wells Forks Maine, it was approved. 


Mrs. Brown, Director of College and Career Readiness, reported that on January 17 a program involving several community colleges within NH offered admission interviews for 17 students. The vast majority of seniors have now developed opportunities to further their education. A career exploration hospitality field trip for 17 students to visit three businesses in Manchester was recently held. To ensure the promotion of eighth graders into high school a group of a faculty are monitoring their progress and giving assistance.


Mrs. Chassie provided updates of Special Education Activities. Extended year programs are being developed by a group of faculty in conjunction with parents for appropriate students. Professional growth and Evaluation Plans are underway evaluating new faculty and developing plans for professional growth. 


Kathy LeMay reported that the Early Childhood Consortium of Pittsfield is preparing family resource centers to be placed in the laundromats in town. These materials will be available to town residents. She also described efforts to identify struggling students and develop plans for their success. 


Dr. Freeman presented a series of policy changes reflecting modifications of state law and school operation. Further discussion was held concerning the annual audit of the budget and the deliberative session.


In summary, the Board meeting characterized student achievement, increased student learning opportunities, aiding struggling students and helping students plan for the future. These efforts varied from preschool to seniors. Teams of faculty throughout the system are monitoring progress, planning for success, and not letting students fall through the cracks. 



Something New - Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Introduces Grief Support Workshops for Individuals, Youth And Families of All Ages  


This spring Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice will offer a new series of workshops for all ages exploring grief and celebrating loved ones through art, music, and nature.  Each workshop will include several hands-on stations, led by local artists, such as crafting hand-made books, playing or creating harp melodies, forming clay pots or luminaries, tying fly-fishing lures, recording a favorite family story, pressing flowers, or planting seeds in honor of a loved one.


The first of these grief workshops will be on Saturday, March 10 from 10am-12pm and is open to all ages.  Guiding artists on March 10 will include painter and sculptor Kathryn Field, therapeutic musician Val May, and gardener and bereavement care coordinator Dan Kusch.  


Children, parents, and grandparents of all ages are encouraged to attend on your own or to share the experience together - children and teens under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  Future workshops are scheduled for April 14, May 12 (Celebrating our Mothers & Grandmothers), and June 16 (Celebrating our Fathers & Grandfathers).  All workshops will be held in Laconia.  You must register first by contacting Dan Kusch, Bereavement Care Coordinator, at 603-524-8444 or dkusch@centralvna.org 


About Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice:

The Mission of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is “Promoting dignity, independence, and well-being through the delivery of quality home health, hospice and community-based care services.” Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice has served Lakes Region communities since 1918 and provides Home Care (nursing and rehabilitation services in the home); Pediatric Care (direct health care, education and support services for children and families); and a comprehensive, team-based Hospice program.  Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is a not-for-profit, Medicare-certified provider of home care and hospice services, licensed by the State of New Hampshire. The agency is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees and supported by private and corporate donations.




Mary Jean Robertson Fleury


Mary Jean Robertson Fleury died unexpectedly in her sleep on January 26, 2018 in Belmont, NH at the age 51.


Mary is survived by her daughters, Justine Melanaphy of Belmont, NH. Alice Gallant of Keene, NH, Crystal Proulx, Jeremy Robertson of MA, and Sonya Lelievre of Fitchburg Massachusetts. She is also survived by her brother, Paul Robertson, of Ludowici, GA, William Robertson of Colorado Springs, CO, sisters, Tina Robertson of Chelmsford,MA, and Terry Welch of Woburn, MA.


Mary considered Billy and Kerryn Morel to be a pair of her best friends and part of her immediate family... She would give you the shirt off her back if she thought it would help. Mary also has many Uncles, Aunts, Cousins, and friends who also survive. She is preceded in death by her father, Paul D. Robertson, Sr., of Bangor, ME, and her mother, Estelle Claire Parker, of Lexington, MA. 


Mary J. Robertson Fleury was born on January 14, 1967 in Arlington, MA to Paul D. and Estelle C. Robertson.


A memorial service was held February 11, 2018 at Wilkinson-Bean Funeral home in Laconia NH.













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