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Pittsfield’s Old Home Day
Pittsfield’s Old Home Day Bike Parade is scheduled for Saturday,
July 14th at 12:15. This year's theme is "Once Upon A Time, Favorite
Fairy Tales". The parade is open to anyone. Simply join
us on Main street in front of Dustin's park. If you need some help
decorating your bike, scooter or wagon stop by Dustin’s Park a
little early and the Old Home Day Committee can help you out.
to see you there!!
Concerning an equal education and an equal tax rate.
have rights that not everyone has, you are privileged.
Question: Can't you feel for the ones that aren't?
To The Editor
than two years serving on the Pittsfield Select Board convinces me
that the Suncook Valley needs a new voice in the State House. To
meet that need I am declaring my candidacy to represent the voters
of Epsom and Pittsfield in House District 21. Our District is an
area filled with potential and promise largely unfulfilled because
our voice is not often heard in the halls of state government. I
want to change that.
an advocate for school funding, infrastructure projects like what is
happening now with roads and sidewalks in the downtown area of
Pittsfield, and for economic development throughout the Route 4 and
28 corridors to benefit the entire region.
I am a
New Hampshire native, now retired after thirty-seven years of
Federal service. I was educated in New Hampshire and Massachusetts
public schools and hold degrees from UNH, Boston University and
Southern NH University. I have public service experience as a
conservation commissioner, library trustee, community development
committeeman and selectman—most of that as chairman here in
appreciate your support in the Primary coming up in September and in
November’s general election. Together we can change how the Suncook
Valley is perceived in Concord. Together we can ensure that the
residents of District 21 are heard in the State House of
The Farm: Water for Cattle
Submitted By Carole Soule
with his feet in the small trough trying to beat the heat.
his front feet planted squarely in the water trough, ignored my
curses as he chewed his cud and swished his tail. The recent heat
wave has been more challenging to my cattle and pigs than the most
bitterly-cold winter weather. Most of the Highland cattle who did
not shed their winter coats naturally were mechanically clipped, but
even without extra hair, they still suffer in the heat. Cooper
decided the trough was his personal foot bath.
best remedy for heat is water, lots of water for all livestock.
Because pigs don't sweat I worry about them the most. All of our
pigs have access to shade and water, but Bucky-the-Boar and his
pasture mates enjoy tipping over their trough and rolling in the
sweltering weather, I'll take a hose and spray the hogs to cool them
off. I would put a sprinkler in their pasture, but Bucky would grab
it in his tusks and tear it to pieces trying to get cool.
Contrary to cruel stereotypes, hogs like to be clean, but they
prefer to be cool, and that's why they roll in the mud. They would
love to swim in the farm pond – yes pigs can swim – but in a short
time they would turn a quaint, tree-lined pond into a mud wallow. So
the pond is fenced off; off-limits to hogs.
pond is also off-limits to cattle. If they were allowed, my
Highlanders would stand in the middle of the cooling pond water all
through the heat of the day. But even cows as civilized as mine have
not yet mastered the art of using a “restroom.”
and urine enrich soil and contribute to the growth of grass when
added to a pasture they are the perfect fertilizer. On the other
hand, this same nutrient-rich manure in a pond is a disaster. Ten or
more cows defecating in a pond will turn the pond into muck, and
then that contaminated water will work its way into the ground
water. Farmers call that run-off “leachate,” and the U.S. Department
of Agriculture takes leachate seriously with strict regulations to
a good thing. It's crucial to keep leachate out of water that
humans will eventually drink. Even the N.H. Department of
Agriculture has tackled leachate with a grant program that, among
other things, gives farmers funds to protect waterways. Miles Smith
Farm has been helped by this state program in keeping our animals
from ponds and streams.
our cattle are not allowed to wade into ponds, we do make sure they
have plenty of clean water. The rule is: Cattle water has to be
hygienic enough for humans to drink. This is an easy rule to
follow on our home farm in Loudon. But we don't have enough grass to
support our seventy head of cattle on the home farm, so we lease
pastureland as far away as Barnstead and Alton. The cows love the
lush grass, but occasionally there's a breakdown in the
water-delivery system at a remote pasture.
every day either Bruce or I drive out to check the water supply at
those pastures to find out when it needs fixing; which is critical
in the heat of the summer.
weeks of evicting Cooper, we finally installed a taller trough whose
sides are too high for him to step over. He still has plenty of
drinking water, and so does the rest of the herd.
think Cooper had the right idea about beating the heat. Never mind
the trough though...a good soak in Lake Winnepesake might be in my
Soule is co-owner of Miles Smith Farm, in Loudon, NH. She can be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pittsfield Middle High School
2017-2018 Honor Roll
School: High Honors
Booth, Emily Dunagin, Matthew St. George, Tucker Wolfe
Brooks, Casey Clark, Dylan Connor, Aja Coulstring, Mackenzie
Desilets, Lily Dunagin, Joeanna Emerson, Emma Farwell, Colton
Gaudette, Julianna Hodson, David Howard, Amber Johnson, Alexa
Kauppila, Gavin Knight, Cora LeMay, Weston LeMay, Benjamin Marcotte,
Tyler Morcombe, Brian Morris, Richard Pantis, Paige Provencal,
Brianna Randall, Kathleen Rollins, Emma Smith, Rebecca Smith,
Savannah St. Martin, Benjamin Stephens, Caleb Stopyro, Kieran
Tirado, Jack Tobin, Colby Wolfe
8: High Honors
Cote, Damian Cunningham, Ashleigh Hodson, Amber Meader, Mckenzie
Newell, Dalton Swenson, Matthew Swenson
Bell, Parker Clark, Sydnee Fisher, Abraham Marcotte, Trevor Mills,
Juliana Morse, Amber Peterson, Aadin Reinholz, Abigail Smith,
hints for a safer, smoother and more efficient drop-off at BCEP
the facility is ONLY for residents and property owners of Barnstead,
Chichester, Epsom and Pittsfield.
permits are REQUIRED for all users and are FREE of charge. Obtain at
your local town office or bring in your registration to the facility
office and one will be issued to you. When you change or sell
your vehicle, please remove the permit from the windshield.
Temporary permits or day passes are not issued.
is a NO smoking facility. *Observe the 5 mile an hour speed limit.
*Do not leave children and pets unattended. Pets should remain in
all the way forward on the upper floor before unloading your
vehicle. MANY people are utilizing the facility at the same time you
all the way up to the STOP sign when driving onto the scale. WAIT
for the light to turn green before driving off. ONLY ONE
VEHICLE AT A TIME ON THE SCALE. Look for the yellow markings.
sort your recyclables prior to arriving at the station. When the
upper floor is busy, you must be mindful of traffic behind you and
pull your vehicle forward during your recycling process. Please be
considerate or your fellow recyclers.
out food waste from your containers.
off your engine when waiting in line inside the building.
PAPER PRODUCTS & MEDICAL WASTE BELONG IN THE TRASH.
Infectious Waste Bags and Bio-hazard containers should not be
brought to the transfer station. Please contact the medical
provider that issued them to you or the vendor you purchased them
from for proper disposal avenues.
with your local police department for disposal of prescription
must be weighed in to dispose of construction materials.
Laverriere joins the Cindy's Hair Affair team from Hooksett, NH.
Alex specializes in updos, color and styling. She says she just
"loves making people feel good." Come say, hello, and let Alex show
you what she can do!