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,
must present: evidence of US Citizenship, photocopy of Citizenship
evidence, photo ID, and photocopy of photo ID.
two Saturday Passport Events scheduled for YOU! Saturday, March 24th
8AM-2PM and Saturday, April 21st, 8AM-2PM.
take your photo, too!
Passport application fee will be increasing by $10 on April 2, 2018.
Apply now, and save!
EFFECTIVE BCEP WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING BRUSH OR LEAF AND YARD WASTE
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Vote Of The District Committee
Maundy Thursday And Easter Services
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
also submit your comment about ‘high-speed’ processing at
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
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
To The Editor
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).
let the Planning Board know your thoughts regarding the Zoning
Ordinance and Planning Board Procedures. You can contact me at
discuss any issue.
Mind With Mentalist Preston Heller
April 10th, Pittsfield Community Center Community Room
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.
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 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!
Carpenter Library April News
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.
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.
to thank the Pittsfield Middle High School Art department for their
display of student art work. Be sure to visit to admire the
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
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!
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.
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