Registration is now open for the Fall 2018 Season!
suncookvalleysoccerclub.com or our facebook page to sign up.
Registration ends 8/1.
is still time to register for the Old Home Day “Bread of Any Kind”
Cookoff. Bake your favorite kind of bread and bring it to the
4-H Booth in 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
ALL groups, organizations, clubs, businesses and teams- Join the Old
Home Day PARADE. Old Home Day is Sat, July 14 and we would
love to have a Great parade this year. The theme of the day is
“Once Upon A Time, Favorite Fairytales” – put on your thinking caps
and decorate a float for the parade. Please visit the town
website at www.pittsfieldnh.gov, click
on “Boards”, click on “Old Home Day Committee” and download the
Parade registration form – complete and sign the form and return to
Riel, 960 Catamount Rd, Pittsfield NH 03263 or email to
firstname.lastname@example.org. The form is
required this year for the parade. Parade starts at 1pm.
MAIN STREET (from Elm Street to Carroll Street) will be CLOSED on
Sat, July 14 for Old Home Day from 8am until after the parade
(approx.. 2:30pm). The Car Show will be held on Main Street.
Anyone and everyone is invited to bring their classic, vintage, or
hot rod car or truck – no entry fee. Please arrive starting at
8am. The Car Show starts at 9am. The first 60 cars will
receive a $5.00 food voucher – good at select vendors. Music
and Door Prizes!
Red Wagon Theatre Troupe from UNH will perform “Through the Door, A
Journey Through Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm” on Sat, July 14
at 11am at Dustin Park at Old Home Day. Each time the door
opens a new story begins. Follow the characters from all of
the fairy tales you know and love and perhaps a couple you don’t.
Bring your own chair or blanket and enjoy the show!
Congratulations to James Heffernan of Pittsfield, who graduated from
Ithaca College with a BS in Business Administration.
oxen, horses still turn the wheels at Sanborn Mills Farm
Submitted By Carole Soule
implement outside the blacksmith shed was used to put rims on wooden
NHTI students, lead by Brian Grimaldi, climb the re-built dam
holding back the 83 acre pond at Sanborn Mills.
shows how two of the orginal mill stones processed locally raised
hooves require two half-shoes per foot.
sawmill pond down stream from the grist mill. The stone
marking the water level needed to mill is on the far shore.
stood in this chute to have their feet trimmed or shod.
Sustainable Agriculture Student, Jordyn Pinto, with Willy the
Sanborn Mills Percheron work horse.
pond is still, and the saw is silent – just as it would have been in
the 1800s when the pond was too low to power the mill. Brian, our
guide, points to a rock high on the shore that marked the water
level needed to power the old sawmill. The pond's surface is at
least 5 feet below that rock, so the mill sits quietly, waiting for
Sustainable Agriculture students from the N.H. Technical Institute
are on a field trip into the past at Sanborn Mills Farm in Loudon,
where everything old is new again. The farm, according to its
website, “is a place for people to learn how to work the land in
ways that are sustainable and self-renewing.” It's a place that
speaks to current needs for community and old-tech inspiration.
the late 1800s to early 1900s, farmers would bring corn and wheat to
be ground in the grist mill upstream from the sawmill. The water
flowed from an 83-acre pond, rushing through the grist mill, turning
its heavy grinding stones, then spilling into a small mill pond that
would be tapped to power the sawmill.
workers gauged pond levels to keep the right amount of water in the
mill pond. Not only did this small pond power the mill, it was
used to float logs up to the ramp of the sawmill where hooks, chains
and pulleys, also powered by water, winched the logs into the mill.
farmers would drop off bags of corn or wheat, and the Sanborns would
grind it in the evening after the day's chores were done. A few days
later, the farmers would pick up the flour or corn meal and pay at
the farmhouse. Similarly, logs would be dropped off into the pond
and, when the water level cooperated, the Sanborns would pull the
logs from the pond and cut them into boards or posts. Each log was
identified to be sure the owners retrieved only their own lumber.
Sanborn Mills Farm, when water power isn't being used, Willy and
Rose take over. They are a pair of Percheron horses that work as a
team to plow and weed Sandborns' gardens or haul logs to the
sawmill. When Willy and Rose take a break, Bill and Ben, a pair of
oxen substitute for them.
know that horses need shoes to protect their feet, but did you know
that oxen sometimes need shoes as well? Ox hooves are cloven, which
means, unlike unified horse hooves, they are in two parts, requiring
two half-shoes per foot. Because oxen have difficulty standing on
three legs while being shod, an ox stand with belly straps and
wooden posts for support allowed an 1800s blacksmith to shoe each ox
comfortably. At my farm, I use a similar structure called a “squeeze
chute” when I trim my cows' hooves. My chute is metal, but works in
the same way as the Sanborn Mills antique wooden chute.
Sanborn blacksmith shop also had a machine for putting metal hoops
on wooden wheels, sort of like tires.
each farmer worked hard to be self-sufficient, places like Sanborn
Mills made the community more self-sufficient. Oxen could be shod,
hoops put on wheels, corn ground or logs sawed – all within a short
walk. That was local.
Mills Farm was the center of the local universe in its time, and
today it is a place where students, like those in my NHTI class, can
learn what local means – from a time when farmers relied on their
neighbors for a variety of services. The farm offers workshops in
Blacksmithing, Fiber Arts, and Draft Animals. For more information,
visit the website sanbornmills.org.
Agricultural advances of the past century have caused us to depend
on technicians, biochemists, suppliers and others from “away.” As
some of us realize that's a mixed blessing, Sanborn Mills Farm gives
us a window into a time when “locally sourced” and “sustainability”
were not buzzwords; they were a way of life.
Soule is co-owner of Miles Smith Farm, in Loudon, NH. She can be
reached at email@example.com.
Pittsfield High School Alumni Association Raffle
Pittsfield Alumni Association Committee is holding a 50/50 raffle.
The winner of the raffle will receive half of the total money
collected. Tickets are: $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.
Locations where tickets can be purchased include: Pittsfield Youth
Workshop, Town Hall (Clerk’s Office), and Dustin Park (Old Home Day
- July 14th)… or you can purchase tickets from: Tobi Chassie -
435-6701 ext. 4 or
Andi Riel - 435-6346 or
Ted Mitchell-435-6573 or firstname.lastname@example.org;
Carole Richardson -435-8351 or Nancy Carr-435-8220.
drawing will be held at the Alumni Association meeting on Wed, Sept.
12 at 7pm at PMHS, Room 126. Your support of the Alumni
Association is greatly appreciated.
Students Named to President's List At Plymouth State University
students have been named to the Plymouth State University
President's List for the Spring 2018 semester. To be named to the
President's List, a student must achieve a grade point average of
3.7 or better for the Spring 2018 semester and must have attempted
at least 12 credit hours during the semester.
Strzepek of Gilmanton
Kirwan of Gilmanton Iron Works
Blad of Northwood
Elsker of Pittsfield
Gaudette of Pittsfield
Kelley of Center Barnstead
Justin of Chichester
Bibeau of Center Barnstead
Haselton of Gilmanton Iron Works
Danby of Gilmanton Iron Works
Osborne of Gilmanton
Students Named To Dean's List At Plymouth State University
students have been named to the Plymouth State University Dean's
List for the Spring 2018 semester. To be named to the Dean's List, a
student must achieve a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.69
during the spring semester and must have attempted at least 12
credit hours during the semester.
Locke of Center Barnstead
Bennett of Center Barnstead
Zackarey Blye of Epsom
Drew of Gilmanton IW
May (Deinhardt) Sargent
May Sargent 57, of Pittsfield, passed away unexpectedly at Beth
Israel Hospital in Boston MA on June 20, 2018.
born in Bridgeport, CT May 1, 1961, the daughter of Regis and
Reta(Mills) Deinhardt. Dana graduated from Pembroke Academy. She met
her future husband Royce Sargent in 1977. They later married and had two
beautiful daughters whom she loved dearly.
worked as a cook for several years at Billy's Restaurant in Epsom.
Later she took a job for the State Of NH as a Chef 3 for the state
hospital where she worked for over 25 years.
enjoyed working tirelessly in her flower gardens which were
absolutely stunning. Dana also enjoyed going to yard sales. She
loved being a grandmother to her three beautiful grandchildren.
was predeceased by her father, Regis, brothers, John and David, and
a sister, Margaret Byerly.
Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Royce Sargent, of
Pittsfield; daughters Jessica Taylor of Pittsfield and Julie Sargent
Brett Potter of Dover; her mother Reta Deinhardt of Warner;
grandchildren Avery Taylor of Hooksett, John and Baylee Locke of
Barnstead; brothers Reed of Epsom and Regis and wife Miriam of WV;
sisters Tary and husband James N. Locke of Barnstead, Dary O'Mears
of Cape Coral, FL, Tania and husband Scott Lacroix of Canterbury,
and Jody and husband James Fitzgerald of PA.
Crematory was in charge of the cremation. A graveside service will
be held at the McClary Cemetery in Epsom, NH at a later date.