Pittsfield NH News

June 13, 2018



Citizen of the Year


It is time to make nominations for Pittsfield’s 2018 Citizen of the Year. Please let us know who you feel deserves this honor for their actions and activities benefiting our town. A panel of former Citizens of the Year will decide from the nominations submitted who will get this honor. Please send your nomination as to who and why your nominee should be honored to:


Citizen of the Year

PO Box 173

Pittsfield, NH  03263


Nominations must be received by June 13,  2018.  Thank you. 




Solid Waste District


JULY 1, 2018


Due to escalating costs for disposal of trash and construction debris, the District Committee has voted to increase the scale fee to $0.10 per pound, effective July 1, 2018.  


Anyone who does not separate their refuse under the mandatory recycling guidelines, MUST pay for disposal at the facility regardless if you are a resident or property owner in the District.  The same applies to construction debris.  This policy has been in effect since January of 1991.  **********************


Recycling markets worldwide are in crisis and it is getting harder and harder to sell an acceptable load for shipment. Some loads we are paying to ship to market.  This has had a very negative impact to our budget.  More and more recyclable materials are going back into the trash purely because we cannot sell them, the cost to ship them is too high or we do not have enough room to store them indefinitely.  On the other side of the issue, New Hampshire is running out of landfill space to bury all this trash.  The committee is actively exploring options to secure the shipment and movement of all our waste and recyclables.



Don’t put up a stink – tell us what you think!


The BCEP Solid Waste District Committee is hosting an informal survey to gather input on changing hours of operation.  We would like to know if opening earlier by one hour each day would be helpful or remaining open later one evening during the week would be more beneficial.  Evening hours would only be available from April 1st – Columbus Day weekend.  Please call 435-6237 or email staff@bcepsolidwaste.com with your opinion. 



Letter To The Editor

Select Board Meeting 6/2/18


This meeting was hastily called Saturday night to meet with our interim Police Chief. Responding to the urgency of our critical personnel situation, Mr. Collins left his home and family in Nashville and hopped a flight to report for work Monday. 


Incumbent on us to sign a contract immediately, we held a meeting that was not previously scheduled- with just time to get it legally noticed. 


Several residents attended to meet our acting Chief or renew past acquaintance with him. The Barnstead native who went to school in Pittsfield, married a Pittsfield girl, and served Barnstead, Effingham and Gilmanton as police chief over the course of nearly 20 years, Joe is well known in the area and will be shaking lots of hands as he's warmly welcomed back.


After being sworn in, he was issued a cruiser, answered questions, chatted with a number of people, then left to spend Sunday with relatives before tackling his job.


Advertising the permanent Chief's position will begin immediately, for either a full or part-timer. There's pros and cons to both and we'll consider them all as we review applications. Going forward, the chief won't be in the union, so contract negotiations will be with the BOS.


We anticipate a good response to our ads as we go through the process thoroughly and deliberately. All qualified applicants will be given equal consideration in our search for the very best for Pittsfield.


Because we must now pay severance packages to past Chief Cain and Sargeant McCormack, staying within the budget will be an ongoing challenge, so we'll continue reduced patrols, which will remain temporary, random and unannounced. Chief Collins will be "on call" while off-duty, so he can respond to an emergency and request help from another town while he's responding, giving us that extra comfort which mutual aid provides.


We remain cautiously optimistic.

Carl Anderson



From The Farm

Submitted By Carole Soule

​Grass-fed cattle might be more vegan than you think.


As we unrolled an 800-pound round bale of hay, a dead fawn fell to the floor of the feed bunker. The fawn was all in one piece and must have been accidentally scooped up by the hay baler. I’m sure the farmer would have tried to save this fawn if he had seen it, but you would be surprised at how many animals are killed during each harvest of hay or grain. 


No farmer wants to hurt wildlife or domestic animals in the course of planting and harvesting. Even so, the death toll caused by creating food for humans is enormous. An article I recently read titled, “Grassfed Beef – the Most Vegan thing in the Supermarket,” by Drew French (https://medium.com/@drewfrench/grass-fed-beef-the-most-vegan-item-in-the-supermarket-8c46b45a0d47) makes the point:


“Sadly, in the practice of agriculture it is impossible to avoid causing suffering to many living creatures. One could argue that the most suffering of all is caused by annual agriculture; the cultivation of vegetables, including grains, beans, and rice, that only takes one year to grow from seed to food. We displace countless wild animals from their homes and lands when we cultivate annual crops. Not only that, we also kill thousands of creatures when we till the soil.” 


Groundhogs, rabbits, mice and other wildlife build their homes and communities in open fields. When those fields are cultivated and planted the lucky ones escape but others are killed. As crops grow wildlife returns. Birds build nests on the ground, fawns - like the one I found - seek safety, insects, rodents and larger mammals build communities in these fields. At harvest time there is no warning about the impending disaster. One local farmer I know walks his hay fields before harvesting to chase out wildlife. Another farmer waits until the birds, such as Bobolinks, have finished nesting before mowing. Larger commercial farms don't do this and during harvesting thousands of animals die, some quickly, others suffer. 


Consider this: that a diet of grass-fed beef, free-range eggs, and perennial plants - based on grass that is never cultivated with machinery - gives wildlife to an opportunity to prosper. Given the annihilation associated with cultivating, planting and harvesting ; is it possible that a pound of grass-fed beef is more vegan than a pound of grain? 


I think the answer is that whether vegan, vegetarian or carnivore we should accept that eating is a violent act. We should respect all creatures - be they insect, bee, rabbit or cow - that gave their lives so we can live. We all need to take responsibility for being humans who must continuously eat to survive. I mourned the fawn that gave its life so my cattle could have hay. I will respect that fawn and all the animals who have given their lives for my sustenance. You may choose a different route, but whatever path you follow; we must all pay attention to the lives that have been lost to support our need to eat. 


Carole Soule is co-owner of Miles Smith Farm, in Loudon, NH. She can be reached at cas@milessmithfarm.com.



Central VNA Offers New Program for Parents Grieving Loss of a Child


A new Parents’ Circle will begin in Wolfeboro this summer for parents who have lost children at any age due to any circumstance or reason.  All are welcome. Parents are encouraged to come with partners or on their own to connect and share with other bereaved parents who are walking this journey.


The group will be co-facilitated by Dan Kusch, Bereavement Care Coordinator at Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice and the Rev. Gina Finocchiaro, Pastor at First Congregational Church, UCC in Wolfeboro.  


Gina and Dan have been leading bereavement supports group together for some time.  This group emerged through the request of local parents who have said how vital and nourishing it is has been to be with other parents who have suffered a loss like theirs – to listen, to share, to remember, to give and receive support, and to bear witness to each other.


The Parents’ Circle will meet monthly on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 6:00 – 7:30pm at the First Congregational Church, 115 South Main Street, Wolfeboro.  “The group is non-religious and is based on a deep commitment to honor each person and family’s experience,” Dan notes.  “Support means I will walk with you.  I will not try to change how you feel.  I will simply be here beside you.”


To register or for more information please be in touch with one of the facilitators - Rev. Gina Finocchiaro (569-1555, revginaf@gmail.com) or Dan Kusch (524-8444, dkusch@centralvna.org).  This program, as with all Central VNA offerings, is free and open to the public.


Central VNA Offers Summer Grief Support Groups & Arts Workshops 



Pittsfield Old Home Day – Annual Cook-Off


Pittsfield Old Home Day is Saturday, July 14 – Mark your calendars!!  The theme of the day is “Once Upon A Time, Favorite Fairy Tales.”


The Cook-Off for the Pittsfield Old Home Day this year will be “ANY KIND OF BREAD”   (think… Hansel & Gretel left breadcrumbs to find their way home…)   We would prefer that you submit loaves of bread (not just breadcrumbs!) – any kind you’d like (flavored quick breads, squash bread, zucchini bread, etc.)


This event is sponsored by the Victory Workers 4-H Club.  Anyone and everyone is invited to submit their BEST loaves of bread and bring them to the 4-H Booth at Dustin Park by 9am on Sat, July 14.  The winners will be selected by the public by popular vote.  CASH prizes will be awarded:  1st- $75, 2nd- $50 and 3rd- $25.  The First 10 people to call or email will be registered.  Please contact Andi Riel at 435-6346 or email at pittsfieldtowncrier@hotmail.com to register.



Letter to the Editor


“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).


I was listening to talk radio last week when a gentleman called in to ask the host his thoughts on life and death. How bleak the conversation was listening to the desperation in their voices as they attempted to define “faith.” The truth is, apart from Jesus Christ there is no hope. The Scriptures reveal our Creator’s perfect plan of redemption and His faithfulness in carrying out that plan throughout history, despite man’s infidelity. Genuine faith is the bridge between religion (endeavoring to work our way to God) and relationship (understanding we have fallen from His grace, embracing the restoration He offers through His Son, Jesus Christ). 


“Since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen,” and so man is without excuse in denying His eternal power and Godhead. “Although [man] knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened” (Romans 1:20,21)). From the beginning and throughout time man has kicked against God’s goading. The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23), and yet God is compassionate and long suffering toward us, wishing for none to perish.


While the Almighty is merciful, He is just. He is holy. He cannot live with sin. Since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden we have been separated from our Creator, condemned to an eternity of darkness. In His sovereignty God has provided a remedy to all who will believe in the finished work of Jesus Christ. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” (Romans 15:13).


Because of Him alone,

Linda Small



Drake Field Summer Recreation Program


Are you looking for something fun and educational for your children to do this summer? If so then we have the answer - the Drake Field Summer Recreation Program. Come join us for six weeks of fun. We will begin on June 26 and end on August 2. The program is open Monday through Thursday with some Fridays and FREE to Pittsfield students in grades 1-8. 


The summer program consist or sports activities, arts and crafts, children's games, board games, field trips, water games, story time with the Carpenter Library, and many other fun and educational activities. Thanks to the Sanderson Trust Fund, the Foss Family Foundation, and Irwin Motors, the following field trips are now being planned - The Cog Railway (ride to the top of Mt. Washington and visit the weather observatory). MS Mt. Washington family fun boat ride leaving fom the Weirs, NH Children's Museum in Dover, Shaker Village, the flume and Tramway, Wallis Sands State Park, Ellacoya State Park, Candia Springs Water Park, the Town Pool, a visit to the Pittsfield Fire Department, and York Wild Animal Kingdom. Many of the field trips are free and some have an admittance fee. We are also expecting to have Ann Taylor come to the park and talk about animals with the children. 


Registration forms and calendars have been sent home through the school and may be returned to the Elementary School or the Middle High School. You may also register on June 26th at the park. Breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge, except on Fridays. 


Students in need of Community Service are encouraged to see Mrs. Sawyer. This is great way of helping other children and having run at the same time. Come join us and sec for yourself!


For more information please contact Mrs. Louise Sawyer at 267-6733.



Concert Salutes Our Country

With rousing American melodies, a salute to our Armed Forces and many other national favorites, everyone will certainly enjoy “Salute to America!,” a free patriotic concert this Friday, June 15, 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield.


It will feature the church’s Chancel Choir and JuBellation Handbell Choir and other musicians. You will even have a chance to join in on a special song or two. Light refreshments will be served.


Join us for this delightful event – an evening of great American music. Parking and wheelchair accessible entrance located at rear of church on Chestnut Street. Call the church office for more information: 435-7471. God Bless America!



FB Argue Recreation Area 2018 Opening


On Friday, June 22, the FB Argue Recreation Area will open for the 2018 summer season at 1:00. We will again be asking parents to give us contact information, if their child will be coming to the pool alone without an adult.


We will be open Monday through Friday 12:00- 5:00 and Saturday and Sunday 1:00-5:00. The Saturday and Sunday hours may be with gate and beach attendants only. We will not be open nights this summer. All children under the age of 11 will need to be accompanied by an adult on Saturday and Sunday. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.


We will be offering swimming lessons again this summer. Registration will be held at the recreation area. We will run two 2-week sessions and each lesson will run for about ½ hour. The dates for the sessions will be as follows:


Session 1 Daytime: Friday, June 29 – Friday, July 13 (no lessons July 4)


Session 2 Nighttime: Monday July 23 – Monday, August 6 (No lessons August 3)


The daily admission for residents is $1.00 per person. A family season pass may be bought for $50.00. Daily admission for non-residents will be $1.50 per person. All persons entering the area will be expected to pay. Children under 5 will be admitted free with a paid adult. Said paid adult will be responsible for supervision of said child. 


The cost for swimming lessons for Pittsfield residents will be $15 per child per session. The cost for non-residents will be $30 per child per session.


Questions may be answered by calling 435-7510 or 435-7457 (during hours of operation).













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