Pittsfield NH News

March 28, 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!







Per Vote Of The District Committee



Maundy Thursday And Easter Services


The First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield, will hold a Maundy Thursday worship service including Holy Communion, commemorating the “Last Supper” of Jesus, Thursday, March 29, at 7 p.m. Special music will be provided by the Chancel Choir and JuBellation Handbell Choir.


On Easter Sunday, April 1, at 7 a.m., the customary Easter Sunrise Service will be held in the sanctuary with the sacrament of Holy Communion. Breakfast will follow (about 8 a.m.) in the vestry. The traditional Easter worship service, also including Holy Communion, will commence at 10 a.m. with special music provided by the Chancel Choir and JuBellation. Come and worship at either service and join in for breakfast!


There is parking and a wheelchair accessible entrance available at the rear of the church at Chestnut Street. For more information about any of these services, call the church office at 435-7471 and speak with Rev. Dave Stasiak.





Dear Pittsfield Voters,

I wanted to express my gratitude and thanks for all of you who braved the nor’easter on voting day to support and maintain the current direction of the planning board by re-electing me to the board.  I will continue to promote fairness and courtesy to all applicants and abutters alike while administering my judicial responsibilities according to state law and our own local ordinances. 


I also wanted to thank everyone who was so kind as to keep us all stocked up with warm coffee and snacks during our campaign blizzard marathon in front of the town hall on voting day. The camaraderie between us, no matter what our political positions were, made the day truly pleasurable, even as we all slowly morphed into frozen blocks of snow and ice and our bodily functions began to shut down. I was happy to hear everyone was accounted for after they probed the snowbanks at the town hall the day after the election.


Once again, thank you all for supporting me and I am looking forward to continuing to be an advocate for the town of Pittsfield on the Planning Board for the next three years.



Daren Nielsen



From The Farm: High Speed Processing Is Not Good For Hogs

Submitted By Carole Soule

Charlotte, a five-year-old pet sow.


All hogs deserve respect.​


How can I send pigs that were born and raised on the farm to be processed for bacon?  How could I do that to pigs that trusted me to care for them, to feed them; to treat them when sick; to scratch their bellies?  Of course, these are the very same pigs that regularly escaped, tore up bags of wood shavings and opened the grain bin.  To turn them into pork I have to respect their trust and be sure their last minutes are without drama.


I’ve shared stories in this column about a boar attack and raising piglets. Feeding pigs in freezing weather is challenging and not fun in the Spring when boot-sucking mud snatches boots off my feet. Raising pigs is demanding but never do I want them to suffer as they do with high-speed processing practices.


A humane ending is often not in the cards for pigs destined for high-speed processing plants.  Did you see the video?  The images of pigs, still alive on the conveyor belt, are gruesome... all in the name of ‘high-speed’ processing.


A facility in Minnesota processes between 19,000 and 22,000 hogs per day. That’s more than 21 swine a minute or 1,300 every hour.  At that rate it’s not surprising that mistakes are made. 


Joe Ferguson, who retired last September as an on-line USDA inspector, said, “It is my personal opinion that there is no inspection of carcasses under this program.”  In an article on the Mother Jones website, Ferguson attributed this decreased attention to food safety to increase line speeds. He also stated the USDA was reclassifying food-safety violations so that they no longer required work stoppages for cleaning. “We used to stop the line for contamination,” he said, “we are no longer allowed to stop the line so they may be removed. Put ’em in the cooler and ultimately out to the consumer.” 


That is no way to kill a hog or feed the public. Pigs are subjected to this handling because consumers want cheap pork. We can blame the processors, but in the end the responsibility lies with each one of us. 


How do you know if you are buying ‘high-speed’ processed meat?  Just look a the price. If you pay $2.50 a pound for ham, it was likely rendered on a ‘high-speed’ line.


Pigs can be obnoxious and stubborn, but all animals deserve respect.  Your purchases have an impact.  Local processing means a slower-line yielding higher-quality pork and a humane end for each pig.  Buy pork from your local farmer - even if it costs more. How much you pay and who you buy from makes all the difference. 


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.


You can also submit your comment about ‘high-speed’ processing at  http://bit.ly/NSIScomment .






Dear Pittsfield Voters,

Thank you for voting for me as a write-in candidate for the zoning board of adjustment.  Unfortunately, I learned the day after the election of a personal matter that would interfere with my serving on the board for several months, and this problem forced me to withdraw.


I am grateful for the support that voters gave me, and I remain committed to contributing to the town.  I intend to attend as many meetings of the zoning board of adjustment as my situation will allow so that I can turn this misfortune into a learning opportunity.


Thank you,

Brigham Bosen



Letter To The Editor


I would like to acknowledge all of the voters who braved the bad weather and made it to the polls on March 13. I thank those who voted for me and Daren Nielsen to return to the planning board. You have my commitment to represent all parties fairly, to follow and understand the law and to be proactive with improvements to the Zoning Ordinance and procedures. I thank you for your vote of confidence by overwhelmingly passing the planning board’s building-code-repeal proposal and zoning-amendment proposals (Articles 2- 6).


Please let the Planning Board know your thoughts regarding the Zoning Ordinance and Planning Board Procedures. You can contact me at planning@pittsfieldnh.gov to discuss any issue.


Clayton Wood



Mind To Mind With Mentalist Preston Heller

7:00pm April 10th, Pittsfield Community Center Community Room

Wilton native Preston Heller, a.k.a., the ‘New Hampshire Mentalist’ will give an amazing telepathic, clairvoyant, thoroughly fun interactive show at the Pittsfield Senior Center.  The Josiah Carpenter Library and Pittsfield Senior Center present this family friendly program that will run about 70 minutes; it is geared toward audiences ages 12 and up. 


Psychic abilities, predictions, thought implantation, telekinesis, sixth sense, telepathy and even the occasional inexplicable physical illusion – this is what will be on display.  A mentalist reads minds, projects thoughts to others, divines information held secret, predicts results and more. If you attend you will see all of this and more, up close and personal! Are you up to the challenge?  If yes, we predict that you will smile, laugh, and wonder how in the world does he do that!


Mind to Mind involves a good deal of audience participation because mentalism works best, and is most entertaining, when there is a spirit of interactive cooperation between the mentalist and those in attendance. The result a program that is surprising and fun for everyone present. While the show is spiced with sophisticated humor, it is 100% family friendly (recommended for ages 12 and up). Through his community programs Mr. Heller seeks to extend a helping hand by reducing hunger.  The program is free, with the opportunity for attendees to make a donation to support Meals on Wheels.  Each day the Meals on Wheels program brings a hot meal and friendly wellness check to our home-bound neighbors.  Beginning at 6:30pm come and enjoy a brain stimulating smoothie!



Josiah Carpenter Library April News


We are going to have a wonderful month at the library!  The first special event is Mind to Mind the New Hampshire mentalist Preston Heller on April 10th at 7:00pm in the community room at the Pittsfield Community Center.  Plan to come and be amazed.  The performance is free; donations will be collected to benefit Meals on Wheels.


At 7:00 pm on Saturday April 21st the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield will present pianist Matthew Odell in a concert to benefit the Pittsfield Food Pantry and Josiah Carpenter Library.  Matthew Odell will perform a classical piano recital featuring new and familiar works from Europe and America. 


We want to thank the Pittsfield Middle High School Art department for their display of student art work.  Be sure to visit to admire the students’ talent.


 To celebrate the start of the spring school vacation the library will offer a pajama story hour for families of young children on Sunday April 22nd at 6:30pm.  The pajama time will last about one hour, come to the library to enjoy stories, a craft and simple refreshment.


The Teen Book Worms will gather on Monday April 2nd at 5:00pm; they will enjoy a light supper and discuss Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.  The Pittsfield Writer’s Circle will meet at the library on Monday April 16th at 5:00pm.  The adult book club will meet to discuss Bottom of the 33rd: The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic by Stephen Johnston at 10:30 am on Tuesday April 23rd at the Pittsfield Senior Center.  Everyone is welcome to join our ongoing activities whenever you are able! 


During April the 10:00am Thursday preschool story hour will continue having fun learning about transportation.  The afterschool Adventure Club meets at 3:30pm on Tuesdays and will continue creating marvelous machines.   The Stay and Play group for toddlers and their parents/caregivers meets on Tuesday mornings at 10:00am for a brief story, simple games, movement and time to socialize.


On Monday April 9th at the Chichester-Epsom-Pittsfield Libraries Memory Café we will share our love of flowers, vegetables and herbs and plant some seeds to take home and grow.  The Café will begin at 2:00pm at the Epsom Public Library.  Local caregivers and folks living with memory loss are invited to come and enjoy socialization in a comfortable setting. Refreshments will be served.


Throughout April the library will celebrate National Poetry month.  Each week we will offer copies of poems to put in your pocket to take home.  Each week you can visit the library Facebook page to view one of our nation’s poets reading a favorite poem.  We are especially thrilled to have Pittsfield’s own Maureen Van Horn’s published poetry volume Fly Falls in Milk Jug: News in Haiku for your reading pleasure!  Visit the library to read this lovely book.













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