Pittsfield NH News

July 4, 2018



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There 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 pittsfieldtowncrier@hotmail.com to register.



Calling 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 pittsfieldoldhomeday@pittsfieldnh.gov.  The form is required this year for the parade.  Parade starts at 1pm.



NOTE: 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!



Little 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.



Water, oxen, horses still turn the wheels at Sanborn Mills Farm

Submitted By Carole Soule

The implement outside the blacksmith shed was used to put rims on wooden wheels.


The NHTI students, lead by Brian Grimaldi, climb the re-built dam holding back the 83 acre pond at Sanborn Mills.


Brian shows how two of the orginal mill stones processed locally raised grain.


Ox hooves require two half-shoes per foot.


The sawmill pond down stream from the grist mill.  The stone marking the water level needed to mill is on the far shore.


Oxen stood in this chute to have their feet trimmed or shod.


HTI Sustainable Agriculture Student, Jordyn Pinto, with Willy the Sanborn Mills Percheron work horse.


The 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 rain.


My 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.  


Back in 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.


Skilled 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.


Local 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.


At 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. 


You 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.


The Sanborn blacksmith shop also had a machine for putting metal hoops on wooden wheels, sort of like tires.  


While 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.


Sanborn 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.  


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



Pittsfield High School Alumni Association Raffle


The 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 tchassie@pittsifieldnhschools.org; Andi Riel - 435-6346 or pittsfieldtowncrier@hotmail.com; Ted Mitchell-435-6573 or chipper@myfairpoint.net; Carole Richardson -435-8351 or Nancy Carr-435-8220. 


The 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.



Local Students Named to President's List At Plymouth State University


820 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.


Gary Strzepek of Gilmanton

Desmond Kirwan of Gilmanton Iron Works

Emily Blad of Northwood

Matthew Elsker of Pittsfield

Chase Gaudette of Pittsfield

Hailey Kelley of Center Barnstead

Collin Justin of Chichester

Chelsea Bibeau of Center Barnstead

Emily Haselton of Gilmanton Iron Works

Kendra Danby of Gilmanton Iron Works

Lisa Osborne of Gilmanton



Local Students Named To Dean's List At Plymouth State University


224 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.


Shayla Locke of Center Barnstead

Alex Bennett of Center Barnstead

Zackarey Blye of Epsom

Jordan Drew of Gilmanton IW




Dana May (Deinhardt) Sargent

Dana May Sargent 57, of Pittsfield, passed away unexpectedly at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston MA on June 20, 2018. 


She was 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. 


Dana 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. 


She 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. 


Dana 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 and significant 


other 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. 


Boston Crematory was in charge of the cremation. A graveside service will be held at the McClary Cemetery in Epsom, NH at a later date.













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