Pittsfield NH News

March 14, 2018




Dear parents and guardians,

School safety is on all our minds lately in the wake of recent school shooting tragedies and reported threats to several of our area schools.  I am writing to you at this time to invite you to participate in a School Safety Forum to be held from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. next Wednesday, March 14, in the PMHS media center.


The purposes of this forum are threefold:

• To hear your questions and concerns about school safety in Pittsfield;

• To share with you the emergency plans that are in place in our schools and new initiatives to increase student and staff safety; and

• To hear your suggestions for increasing school safety.


Whether or not you are able to join the conversation next Wednesday, please be assured that we consider student and staff safety to be our highest priority and strive to ensure the greatest level of safety possible.



John J. Freeman

Superintendent of Schools



African Children’s Choir At New Beginnings Church Of The Nazarene


Come join the African Children’s Choir as they perform in our community during their US Tour. The Choir will be performing at New Beginnings Church of the Nazarene, 33 Staniels Road, Loudon, NH, on Wednesday, March 21 at 6:30 pm. Come and experience a performance that shows the beauty, dignity and potential of each African child! Admission will be free for all ages; a free-will offering will follow the Choir’s concert.


The African Children’s Choir melts the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances. The program features well-loved children’s songs, traditional Spirituals and rhythmic Gospel favorites. Nearly every performance is concluded with a thunderous standing ovation! In spite of the tragedy that has marred their young lives, the children are radiant with hope, musically gifted and always wonderfully entertaining.


The free-will offering will help support the Music for Life Institute. The African Children’s Choir has been Music for Life’s major international program during its 30-year history. Music for Life Institute (MFLI) has relief and development programs in seven African countries. MFL has currently educated over 52,000 children and hundreds of thousands of lives have been impacted by Music for Life Institute’s international relief and development programs.


We’re looking forward to seeing you at this inspirational performance! For any questions, you may contact New Beginnings at 224-1311. New Beginnings is wheelchair accessible.



Central VNA Pediatric Program Remains Vibrant And Strong


Nothing is more important to the healthy development of a newborn than a close relationship with his or her mom.  In fact, when mothers are close, infants require less intervention and thrive more quickly.  “Mom is a powerful treatment,” said Dr. Matthew Grossman, a pediatric hospitalist at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital.


Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice (accredited by Prevent Child Abuse America for high performance standards and a commitment to quality) is the only Visiting Nurse Association north of Concord that provides home based healthcare to children, no matter where they’re born.  Last year they cared for 113 pediatric patients in their homes and made over 600 home visits.  Some were born in Concord, others in Dartmouth.  But when they come home to any of the 45 communities in the Lakes Region, Central VNA is there.  The beauty of homecare is that, unlike scheduled visits in clinical settings, it allows a close assessment of home and family, creating the ability to address issues before they become problems.  This, in turn, mitigates the need for extended and expensive services.  


In 2017 their nurses and medical social workers saw dozens of children exposed to opioids in some fashion, and provided safe, appropriate and loving care right there in the home.   Sadly, the need for bereavement services for children who have lost someone to the opioid crisis has skyrocketed.  To address this need Central VNA has created a new bereavement workshop for all ages; Arts ~ Music ~ Memory ~ Hope.  Free and open to the public, these workshops are designed to offer children, teens and their families a means of expression and a path to healing.


Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is on the forefront of care for infants, children and teens in the Lakes Region.  They have been doing so for several decades and will continue to provide quality care for those in both our Hospice and Young Families Programs, as well as for the community at large for years to come.  For more information, contact Schelley Rondeau, RN, Maternal and Child Health Program Manager. 


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.



From The Farm - Nose To Tail Beef Processing

Submitted By Carole Soule

Kevin Halligan, chef at The Local Eatery in Laconia (left), and butcher Tom Rendall (right), demonstrate how to break a half animal into steaks, roasts, and ground beef.


Jayson and Brooke: Chef Jayson McCarter visits with the heifer, Brooke, at Miles Smith Farm


You know that beef comes from a cow or steer, right? Did you know that each cow provides only two tenderloin roasts and it can take four critters to produce forty pounds of tenderloin? Did you know that there are only two flank steaks per cow? Why is this important? It’s important because edible meat is created one animal at a time. To respect that cow we should use the whole animal. This is known as ‘Nose to Tail’ processing.


So how do you learn to cut beef? Four chefs pulled out their knives at the New Hampshire Food Bank this week to demonstrate beef cutting. The focus of the demonstration was breaking-down a grassfed, two-year-old Hereford cross cow. The heifer named Brooke was raised on Miles Smith Farm and made the trip to the butcher in North Haverhill, NH a few weeks ago. Then Chef Instructor at the NH Food Bank, Jayson McCarter and I drove to the processor to pick up what was now a ‘hanging half.’


Over forty culinary arts students gathered on Monday night while Kevin Halligan, chef at The Local Eatery Restaurant in Laconia and butcher Tom Rendall, demonstrated how to break the half down into steaks, roasts, and ground beef.


Knives flashed while the chefs explained how to extract cuts like rib steaks and roasts to the students and their teachers. After the demo, some of the beef was ground and cooked for samples and at the end of the night, each school group left with some meat.


The program was hosted by the New Hampshire Food Bank. Students from Nashua High School North, Nashua High School South, Concord High School, Alvirne High School, Manchester School of Technology and the Southern New Hampshire University Culinary School participated.


Cutting up a side of beef might not be for you but watching a skilled chef is pure magic. I watched as a slab of meat was transformed into steaks and roasts we would all recognize. When alive, this heifer did her part to make the world greener through grazing, and now has helped future chefs learn more about where our meat comes from. Her legacy lives on.


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.





Dear Neighbor,

When God sent Moses into Egypt to deliver His people from Pharaoh, Moses asked, “Indeed when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” God answered, “I AM WHO I AM. Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you’” (Exodus 3:14). Later God reveals Himself as Lord. “I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name Lord I was not known to them” (Exodus 6:2-3). What had changed?


God had made a covenant with Abraham, that He would give him an heir and he would be the father of many nations. Throughout Scripture God sovereignly orchestrates the details of history to remain faithful to His promises. Years later, in their oppression under Pharaoh, the Israelites cried out to God. He heard them, remembered His covenant, acknowledged and answered them.


God used Moses to bring them from under the burdens of the Egyptians, rescue them from bondage, and redeem them with an outstretched arm and great judgments, telling them He would take them as His people; He would be their God. “And I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham…; and I will give it to you as a heritage: I am the LORD” (Exodus 6:8).


Placing faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ means acknowledging Him as Master over our life. “Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the LORD; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart” (Jeremiah 24:7).


To His glory,

Linda Small



Catamount Womenaid Bowling Night Set For April 7


Catamount Womenaid will hold its annual Bowling Night on Saturday, April 7 from 6:30 to 9:00 at Strikers East in Raymond. Teams of up to 5 bowlers will enjoy 2 hours of unlimited bowling and fun prizes for $125 per team. Space is limited, so teams should reserve their lanes soon. Register at catamountwomenaid.org or send a check to PO Box 81, Deerfield, NH.


All profits from this evening will benefit Catamount Womenaid which serves Deerfield, Epsom, Northwood, Pittsfield and Strafford by providing financial assistance to men, women and children in need. Look for upcoming information about our Spring Plant Sale to be held on Saturday, May 19 in Epsom.



Your last chance to see the Pittsfield Players’ production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest this weekend March 16th and 17th at 7:30 pm. For tickets call 435-8852.



16th Annual Pittsfield Fiddle Contest

Friday, May 4th 2018

Pittsfield Middle High School,

23 Oneida St., Pittsfield, NH 03263


The Pittsfield Youth Workshop (PYW) would like to invite you to the 16th Annual Pittsfield Fiddle Contest on Friday, May 4th, 2018. The contest will be held in the Pittsfield Middle High School Lecture Hall, at 23 Oneida St. in Pittsfield, NH. There will be a silent auction and refreshments from 5:30-9:00 PM. The fiddle contest will begin at 6:30 PM, with a beginner showcase and youth contestants competing first, followed by the open division in which anyone can participate. There will be cash prizes for the first, second, and third place winners of both divisions. PYW is currently looking for donations for the silent auction, and sponsorship for the cash prizes. This is an annual fundraising event organized and presented by The Pittsfield Youth Workshop – all proceeds from the evening directly support PYW programs and activities.


Please feel free to contact Paula Martel, Program Director or Zach Powers, Executive Director of the Pittsfield Youth Workshop, by e-mail at info@pittsfieldyouthworkshop.org or by phone at (603) 435-8272.


The Pittsfield Youth Workshop is a non-profit youth organization committed to providing programs and services that empower youth by helping them to develop useful skills, self-esteem, and meaningful friendships - by involving them in activities that are interesting, challenging, and healthy avenues to self-discovery.​




Jane G. Osborne

Jane G. Osborne, of Loudon, NH, passed away peacefully at the age of 90 at Merrimack Country Nursing Home on March 5th, 2018.


She is predeceased by her husband of 46 years, J. Russell Osborne. she leaves two sons, Jany and Matthew and his wife, Linda; two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.


Casual calling hours will be Friday, March 16th from 5 to 7 PM at Bennet Funeral Home in Concord, NH.



Paul R. Janelle

PITTSFIELD – Paul R. Janelle, 68, of Pittsfield, passed away on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Concord Hospital following a brief illness.


Born in Manchester, he was the son of the late Laurence “Laurent” and Eva Marie (Jacob) Janelle.


Paul was educated in local schools and went on to serve his country in the United States Navy. He was employed for over 18 years with Harvey B P until his retirement in 2015. When Paul wasn’t working he could be found at any number of events held by the Knights of Columbus. He was a 4th Degree Member of the Bishop Bradley Assembly in Manchester and a member of Council #11606 of Pittsfield/Northwood, serving as past Grand Knight as well as DD and Navigator. Mr. Janelle was also a parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes in Pittsfield.


He is survived by his wife Katherine (Lazotte) Janelle of Pittsfield, with whom he shared 45 years of marriage; siblings, Pauline Janelle of Manchester, Claire Janelle of Manchester, Sister Mary Rita APB (Irene Janelle) and Roger Janelle and his wife Linda of Raymond as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.


Calling Hours will be held on Tuesday, March 13th from 4 to 7 P.M. at the Still Oaks Funeral and Memorial Home, 1217 Suncook Valley Highway in Epsom. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, March 14th at 10 A.M. in St. Joseph’s Church, 844 1st New Hampshire Turnpike in Northwood. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to the Precious Blood Monastery, 700 Bridge St, Manchester, NH 03104. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.stilloaks.com













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