Pittsfield NH News

August 1, 2018


The Pittsfield Police Department will be hosting their annual National Night Out Event at Drake Field on Tuesday, August 7th, from 6PM-8PM.  Come down and meet the new members of the department, meet with local organizations, view emergency response vehicles and grab a free hot dog or slice of pizza. 



The South Pittsfield Friends Church will be open on Sunday, August  5th with Rev. Nancy Talbott as the speaker. Services begin at 1:00 pm and all are welcome.


The church will also hold services on Aug. 12th with Rev. Henry Frost as speaker and also August 26th with Pastor Harold Muzzey as the speaker. All are welcome. All services begin at 1:00 pm.



From The Farm - Flies Aren't Mere Pests; 

They Can Be Calf Killers!

Submitted By Carole Soule

Soren, a Scottish Highlaner Working Steer with flies on his face


A still-wet new-born Scottish Highlander calf


The flies buzzed and bit as husband Bruce, and I rolled out barrels of tasty fruit and vegetable scraps for the cattle. One of the most beleaguered was Creamer. Her nose was black with houseflies, and huge horseflies clung to her neck. A swish of her tail and toss of her head dislodged them for a few seconds, then the bloodsuckers settled in again. It was time to douse the herd with bug spray.


On our farm flies are more of a danger than ticks will ever be.  Cattle, unlike horses, people, and dogs, do not contract Lyme disease from ticks.  When covered with ticks, cattle can become anemic, but tick danger is small compared to fly danger. The risk is highest when a calf is born, and flies are abundant. Good mother cows lick their newborn calves to dry them, but even if the calf is dry, at night when dew falls, the calf will get wet. 


Newborn calves, used to the constant 98-degree womb, also have difficulty warming up. Flies lay their eggs on the wet, cold calf, which is a perfect home for maggots, a condition called “flystrike.” In days, sometimes just hours, the larvae will destroy skin and burrow into the calf, depositing their toxic waste in the calf's bloodstream. If caught soon enough, the calf can be saved by clipping off the hair, then washing the calf and scraping off the maggots. In our joy at rescuing one particular calf from flystrike, we giddily named him “Marty McFly.” But if left untreated, flystrike is no joke; the calf will die.  


Flies not only pester calves, but they can also cause weight-loss in cattle. Cows covered in flies spend so much of their energy swinging heads, and swishing tails to get rid of the pests they neglect their grazing. 


One way to control flies is pasture management. The flies need hosts to thrive and will establish themselves in fields with livestock. Take the cows away, and the flies leave, too. Moving cattle every seven to 10 days to a new pasture will break the fly-cycle and reduce their numbers.


Another way to control the pests is fly spray. We pour repellant on the backs of our cattle every four to six weeks. I put the liquid in a plastic bottle attached to a long pole. The pole allows me to get close to skittish animals, and the bottle allows me to apply the correct dose. And while ticks are not as dangerous or annoying as flies, the repellant discourages ticks as well.


The pole method works but takes time and planning, so I'm thinking of getting a “rubbing station,” which provides on-demand repellant. The station has a pan containing tasty minerals. As the cows reach into the pan, they rub their heads against a curtain soaked with repellant. The station has a scratching bar, also soaked in repellant, which works as a back-rubber for cows with an itch. It's near the top of my must-have list, but they are pricey.


In any case, the best remedy for the summer plague of flies is a bitter-cold New Hampshire winter. My Highland cattle are a breed that hails from Scotland, where summer is not much more than a rumor. Cold weather perks them right up, and freedom from flies is their favorite part!


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



Our TOPS chapter recently recognized two members for maintaining their weight goal for Keeping Off Pounds Sensibly(KOPS). Pictured at Left- Sandy Gilmore has been a KOPS for 2 years and at Right- Pat Smith, has been a KOPS for 16 1/2 years.  Both ladies are an inspiration to all and are active as leaders and in doing many things for the chapter. Congratulations!. If you having been thinking about joining TOPS, we would enjoy a visit from you.  We meet on Tuesdays 6:30 at The Joy Church, 55 Barnstead Rd. Pittsfield.  If you have questions, call Pat 435-5333 or Beth 435-7397.



Letter To The Editor

Select Board Meeting 7/24/2018


PD update from Chief Joe Collins; they’re holding their own and continue to fill positions.  They have a way to go yet, but Mr. Collins seems confident their situation improves daily.


Second hearing on the Washington House lot had little comment.  The board must decide by next meeting on the Historical Society’s request for the property for a new headquarters.


Library trustees recommended approving Clayton Woods' volunteer revitalization of the barn.  A new roadblock is insurance coverage for volunteers working on the building which we’re going to try to remedy.


The CDC received our blessing to move forward with negotiations for a solar farm to be located on town property off Dowboro Rd.  Lots of work remains but we’re hopeful they’ll succeed in bringing a promising revenue generator to Pittsfield.


The tax sale of 3 lots on Rt. 107 were purchased by the previous owner.  The town was made whole again for all outstanding taxes and penalties.


A generous donation was accepted for the Harvey A. Marston Memorial Scholarship.  Harvey has been gone 35 years on Aug. 27 and is still missed every day by those of us who had the honor of knowing one of Pittsfield’s best.  Wise, humble, devoted, hard-working friend to all- our town was a better place with Harvey in it.


It was decided the proceeds from the recent sale of timber from town land should go into the general fund not the conservation committee account. 


Three junkyards were reported in compliance and 2018 licenses were issued.


The Special Town Meeting warrant to consider the AFT union contract was approved.  The deliberative session is August 9 and the actual vote will be September 11.  We all agree that we’ve got the best deal for all involved and encourage voters to support the contract.


Carl Anderson



On Sunday July 22nd, Don Bergeron from the Suncook Valley Area Lions Club gladly presented Mary Jo Powelson, Director of the Infant and Toddler Diaper Pantry with a $200.00 donation to benefit its mission.



Josiah Carpenter Library August News


Libraries Rock! the summer reading program for children is beginning to wrap up.  Please remember to bring your reading logs to the library by August 17th!  The children have had a lively summer exploring music and rhythm; it’s been wonderful to be outside enjoying Drake Field, Dustin Park and the Town Pool.  It’s really ideal that Pittsfield has delightful spaces for outdoor activities.  The end of summer reading celebrations will be held the week of August 20th.


The Teen Book Worms will gather on Tuesday August 14th at 6:30pm; they will enjoy a light supper and discuss The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.  The Pittsfield Writer’s Circle will meet at the library on Tuesday the 28th at 6:30pm.  The adult book club will meet to discuss Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig at 10:30 am on Tuesday August 28th at the Pittsfield Senior Center.  Everyone is welcome to join our ongoing activities at any time.


On Monday July 11th at 2:00pm the Chichester-Epsom-Pittsfield Libraries Memory Café will enjoy summer refreshments, readings, and possibly some croquet at the Epsom Public Library.  Local caregivers and folks living with memory loss are invited to come and visit with each other in a comfortable setting. 


As you savor summer, stop by the library to borrow the perfect book to enjoy on your porch, deck or hammock!





To my Pittsfield neighbors,

The June school funding forum conducted by Andru Volinsky and John Tobin, lawyers in the Claremont cases, has generated a number of letters in The Sun further explaining why property taxes in property-poor towns will only continue to go higher. Another describes how the Legislature has "thumbed its nose at the Supreme Court in the Claremont case" by providing only $3,636/student in funding when average cost in the state is $18,216/student.


This writer, Ronald P. Blais, call on readers "to VOTE in November!"


This echoes sentiments expressed at the forum by one attendee who said that we need to stop voting for representatives who don't vote in our best interests.


Fortunately for voters of Pittsfield, Epsom and Allenstown, your Representative Carol McGuire, in a letter to The Sun last week, begins to address the issue, noting that education funding is "complicated." (Who does that sound like?)


While identifying some of the intertwined issues, she offers no solutions, but she does tip her hand in one important way. She writes, "My personal preference is to expand school choice so that more students can find the education best for them."


The alert reader will ask where the money to "expand school choice" will come from. It will come from your public school budgets, leaving a hole that must be filled by - guess what - higher property taxes.


Because she and her husband are "Free Staters," no one should be surprised by this. But all of you should keep this in mind when you "VOTE in November!" as Mr. Blais urges you to do.


Tom Chase

just over the line in Northwood













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