Pittsfield NH News

March 21, 2018


 

Come apply for a Passport at the Pittsfield Post Office, 2 Elm St., Pittsfield, NH! Our Passport Acceptance Hours are 8AM-11AM/1PM-3PM. Monday to Friday, No appointment  required. Saturday, 8-12, appt. required.

 

You must present: evidence of US Citizenship, photocopy of Citizenship evidence, photo ID, and photocopy of photo ID.

 

We have two Saturday Passport Events scheduled for YOU! Saturday, March 24th 8AM-2PM and Saturday, April 21st, 8AM-2PM.

 

We can take your photo, too!

 

Passport application fee will be increasing by $10 on April 2, 2018. Apply now, and save!

 


 

April 10th, 7:00pm

Meals on Wheels

Benefit Program

“Mind to Mind”

 

Prepare to be amazed by Mentalist Preston Heller at the Pittsfield Senior Center.  Heller will not tell you what a mentalist does, he will show you. Every audience member will have a unique, experience with the “unseen.” Preston’s mind reading and mind influencing capabilities will leave the audience in awe. This program is 100% family friendly but is recommended for ages 12 and up. There is no fee to attend, but there will be a free-will collection to benefit Meals on Wheels.

 


 

REMINDER

 

NOW EFFECTIVE BCEP WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING BRUSH OR LEAF AND YARD WASTE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE 

 

Per Vote Of The District Committee

 


 

From The Farm - Names For Cows

Submitted By Carole Soule

​Dexter, a yearling Scottish Highlander calf.

 

“Why do you name your cattle?” I’ve been asked. All cattle need some identification. If one of my eighty head of cattle gets sick, pregnant or injured, it is critical to identify that bovine so treatments can be recorded. It’s also important to know which are aggressive cattle and which are not. Effective herd management requires animal identification.

 

At first, I tried using numbers instead of names. As babies were born, each received a numbered ear tag. If I noticed odd or aggressive behavior, I would read the bovine’s number and make a mental note to write down my observations. Of course, when I got to the writing part I would not remember if #86 or #68 was the problem! Even today I can’t remember what happened to cow #107…did I ship her or sell her?

 

Names are memorable and help define a cow’s personality. Maya is the mother of Topper - a working ox, whereas Laverne is Curious Bleu’s mom. Luna was named by an AirBNB guest who was staying at the farm when Luna was born. It’s easy to remember Luna because she often acts like a luna-tic. I also think animals appreciate having names. During feeding, I’ll say, “Hello,” to the black heifer, Riley, or working steers Ben and Snuff. Don’t you like to be called by your name? Same with animals.

 

There are some like yearling heifer, Betty who I watch for at feeding-time. She’s smaller than the rest, so I want to make sure she gets enough to eat. Lately, I’ve been paying close attention to Maya and Misty, two cows due to give birth soon. I need to know if they have trouble in labor and help them if necessary. Each animal has a name just as each has a personality. 

 

Last week I shared a story about a heifer named Brooke who, after she was processed, was used in a meat-cutting demonstration. Her purpose in being born was to provide beef, and because she was handled with care during her lifetime - the end was not dramatic. Just as names help me connect and care for each animal, it would be intolerable it if the animals I raised left this world in pain or anguish. 

 

I encourage you to think of each steak you eat as a former personality. While you may not know the name of the beef on your plate, when you buy from a local farm you’ll know who raised it. 

 

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

 

Dear Pittsfield voters,

Thank you for approving the planning board’s building-code-repeal proposal and zoning-amendment proposals, and thank you for returning Clayton Wood and Daren Nielsen to the planning board.

 

Jim Pritchard

 


 

Teens And Sleep

Submitted By John Freeman, Pittsfield Superintendent of Schools

 

Olympic gold medalist and former professional boxing champion George Foreman is credited as saying “I think sleeping was my problem in school.  If school had started at four in the afternoon, I’d be a college graduate today.”

 

It’s likely that Mr. Foreman was thinking about middle school or high school when he hoped for a later start to his school day.  Research generated over the last fifteen to twenty years documents the ways that sleeping patterns change over our lifetimes and points out the powerful impact of sleep deprivation on our lives.

 

We know, for example, that while some of us are early birds and others are night owls, most of us fall somewhere in between.  And we also know that lack of sleep or lack of good quality sleep increases the risk of a range of disorders, including cardiovascular disease, depression, and obesity, among others.

 

We’ve also learned that teenagers’ sleep cycles shift up to two hours later at the start of puberty, typically between 10 and 14 for girls and between 12 and 16 for boys.  As a parent of three former teenagers, I can recall the challenges of getting kids up and running for early-morning family commitments:  not my fondest memories of our kids’ growing-up years.

 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), an organization of pediatricians and pediatric medical specialists, issued a report back in 2014 in which it recommended a school start time of 8:30 a.m. or later for middle and high school students.  (At that time, only 15% of American high schools started at 8:30 a.m. or later.)  

 

Their rationale cites research indicating that our teens naturally tend to go to sleep and wake up later than their younger sisters and brothers and, often, than the adults in their lives.  The AAP’s theory behind their recommendation is that youth who naturally extend their days into the night are helped to avoid sleep deprivation by a later start in the morning.

 

According to the AAP, an 8:30 a.m. or later start time in middle and high schools will result in increased academic performance, reduced risk of car accidents, and even reduced risk of sports injuries.  It’s no surprise to parents of teenagers that sleep deprivation can also impact mood and behavior – absolutely no surprise there!  Importantly, sleep habits of teens have been shown to impact the sleep habits of the adults that they later become, again, with potential long-term health issues.

 

Citing the benefits of healthy sleep practices in teenagers, many U.S. high schools have changed their start times to encourage the development of healthy sleep practices of their students.  In New Hampshire, the Interlakes, Oyster River, and Portsmouth school districts have pushed their high school start times to 8:15 or 8:20 this year.

 

School leaders in Pittsfield are considering a shift in our start times to allow for a later start for middle and high school students.  What do you think of this concept?  What were your own experiences in getting up for school as a teen, and what were your experiences as a parent of a teen?  

 

You are invited to share your experiences and share in the decision-making process about the school start time at PMHS.  Send your stories to sau51super@metrocast.net, and your input will be considered in making a recommendation to our School Board.

 

(No change in start time being considered for PES right now; our young children tend to be early birds at that point in their lives.  Recent visits with my grandchildren affirm this hard truth!)

   


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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