Pittsfield NH News

September 19, 2018



Pittsfield High School Class of 1984 Reunion


Attention All PHS Class of 1984 members- We are starting to plan for our 35th High School Reunion!! (next year)  Our first meeting is on Wed., Sept. 19 at 6:30pm at Laurie Deane Vien’s house (132 Ingalls Rd).  Please come to the meeting if you’d like to help. We would like to hear from our classmates with ideas for the reunion.  If you can’t make it to the meeting, feel free to call Andi Grainger Riel at 435-6346, email at pittsfieldtowncrier@hotmail.com or find me on Facebook!



Fred Nutter Donates To Building Fund

Submitted By Larry Berkson


John Fredric Nutter, born in the “Beehive” on Park Street, raised and educated in Pittsfield, has made the first major donation the Pittsfield Historical Society’s Building Fund. “Fred,” as he is known to his friends, played baseball and basketball in high school. He enlisted in the Navy during his junior year at the outbreak of World War II. After training as a radio operator, he was stationed in Berwick, Maine, flying over the Atlantic looking for German submarines. 


While stationed there in 1944, he married Ada Emerson, a 1942 graduate of Pittsfield High School. Subsequently, he was stationed at several bases and then sent to Johnson Island in the Pacific where again, he performed as a radio operator. Fred was discharged in July of 1946 and returned home. 


He worked in the area until 1950 and then moved to Manchester where he worked for a wholesale drug company, first as a salesman, then as plant manager, and finally as its sales and general manager. 


In 1967 he joined a wholesale drug company in Boston. Later he became president and CEO. Sixteen years later, in 1983, he established his own company, Totalmed, selling nursing home supplies throughout northern New England. He was president and CEO until he sold the business and retired in 1998.    


Fred is a member of the Manchester Country Club where he served as a director for six years, and its president for two. He is a past director of the New Hampshire Cancer Society and was its national delegate to New York for two years. He is a life member of the One Hundred Club of New Hampshire, and a 60-year member of Peterson-Cram Post #75 of the Pittsfield American Legion. 


Fred never returned to live in Pittsfield after 1950 but never forgot his home town as is evidenced by the large donation which he has made. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you Fred, for the wonderful contribution.  



Three Strikes For Smokey The Bull

Submitted By Carole Soule

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The destruction bulls can do in their passion to be with the cows.


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Homer the Highlander Bull.


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Washington the white Highlander Bull.


Smokey-the-Bull was in the wrong pasture again. He was supposed to be in with the cows I wanted to be bred, but somehow he managed to find his way into the heifers' pasture; these were the girls I did not want to get pregnant, yet. Smokey is one of four bulls at Miles Smith Farm. 


We usually castrate a male calf within six months, although sometimes I'll leave a promising Scottish Highlander bull calf  “intact” (not neutered) as a potential breeder, he'll do his siring elsewhere. A bull shouldn't mate with his half-sisters or other relatives; inbred cattle tend to be inferior. So a bull born on this farm usually must be sold away. We buy our talent from elsewhere.


The best time for calves to be born is in the spring when the grass is exploding from the ground and weather is cool, but not freezing. To get the timing right, a bull must mate with a cow in July and August; nine months earlier. I currently have four bulls-three Scottish Highlander and one Hereford bull, and when they are done breeding, I put the bulls together in their own pasture. But no matter where I put the escape artist, Smokey, he always figured out how to rejoin to the females.


My bulls are all gentle. We are raising beef cattle here, not producing ferocious contestants for rodeos or bullfights. Even though he escapes frequently, Smokey is a lover, not a fighter. Washington, a white Highlander bull, lets me put a halter on him and lead him, and Homer, a silver Highlander bull currently leased to a farmer in Vermont, is calm and easy to handle. Larry, the Hereford who is also leased out to another farmer, likes to lick people. Apart from the licking, the bulls respect people and have never charged or attacked a human. If one of my bulls, or cows for that matter, shows signs of aggression... well, into the freezer they go. I won't even try to sell them; those aggressive traits must be removed from the gene pool. No one needs a threatening bull in their pasture.


While I've never been attacked by a bull, I have been charged and thrown to the ground by a cow. Motherhood can make cows violently protective. A friend of mine was allegedly killed by a Highlander bull, but it's unclear whether the culprit was the bull or a cow protecting her calf.


It's easy to identify hostile intent. Cattle should scatter when you wave your arms, and if they don't- you might have a problem. If the animal lowers its head, stands sideways and looks at you with one eye, get out of there. These and other signs give a view of the animal's state of mind and should not be ignored.


To keep Smokey from getting in the with heifers, husband Bruce and I took him to a remote pasture, along with an amiable steer for company. But Smokey won't be with us much longer. He'll soon be related to too many cows on this farm (strike one); his small stature (strike two); plus his fence-jumping impulses (strike three) mean that it's time for Washington, the white Highlander bull to take over.


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



Fall Updates At The Pittsfield Youth Workshop 

Submitted By Paula Martel, Program Director


After a fantastic, fun-filled summer - with unpredictable weather - PYW is back to our regular school year schedule. We are open Monday-Friday from 3-6PM; and 1PM on Early Release Wednesdays.


On Early Release Wednesdays, we will be offering several great activities, and extended Drop-In hours. On No School Days, we also have some amazing trips planned. In early October we will be apple picking and mountain biking; Columbus Day will be spent Outdoor Rock Climbing, and on Veteran’s Day we will be visiting the Currier  Museum of Art. We also have a trip planned to Funspot on November 16th (parent teacher conferences). If you are interested in any of these programs please sign up early - trips fill up very fast!


On Thursdays we will be playing, and learning new board games; and on Fridays we will have many fun Arts & Crafts Projects planned. On some Fridays we will hold High School Only Night for students in grades 9-12. A couple of these nights will be Drop-In at PYW (6-9PM), while other nights we will be bringing them on a trip out-of-town.


In addition, we will be holding the Annual Haunted House on Wednesday, October 31st, Halloween Night, and our Annual Thanksgiving Family Dinner on Tuesday, November 20th.


In the past PYW computers have been shut down and we worked together on Service Learning Projects in and around Pittsfield. Once a month we will be offering opportunities for the youth to lend a hand and give back to their community. Youth will need to sign-up in order to participate in these community service days. During the year we hope to continue offering Service Learning Projects and our hope is that all youth who come to Drop-In participate fully in the activity we have planned! This is also a great way to earn your community service hours toward graduation!


Please feel free to contact Paula Martel or Zach Powers at info@pittsfieldyouthworkshop.org with any questions or to make a donation. Make sure to check out our website www.pittsfieldyouthworkshop.org to see all the programs we will be offering this quarter and our Facebook page www.facebook.com/pittsfieldyouthworkshop for our calendar of events or the latest  pictures of what the youth have been doing!



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On Thursday, September 12, 2019, the Pittsfield High School Alumni Association drew the lucky winner for their annual 50/50 raffle.  Ted Mitchell, president, and Andi Riel, secretary, drew the name of Paulette Wolfe as winner of the raffle.  Ms. Wolfe will be presented with a check for $256.  The Alumni Association would like to thank all of the many generous contributors who visited the Alumni Association table during Old Home Day and National Night Out. 



Letter To The Editor


To the Editor,

I would like to thank the voters of Pittsfield and Epsom for supporting my candidacy in the recent primary election for House District 21.  I am honored by their confidence in me, and pledge to work hard toward success in the general election.


I would especially like to thank Pittsfield’s voters for their strong endorsement of the collective bargaining agreement with the municipal employees.  These people work diligently every day for the good of the community and well deserve the support you have shown.


To the people of Epsom; I look forward to getting to know you better and pledge to work hard for both our communities. Together we will make the entire Suncook Valley a better place to live and work and raise families.


Again, thank you for the privilege of your vote.



J. C. Allard



Letter To The Editor


This is a letter of thanks to the farmers and landowners who own farmland for their valuable contribution to the aesthetic countryside and agricultural productivity of our local community. Thanks for keeping your land! Thanks for farming it or allowing others to use it for agricultural purposes.


New Hampshire, generally speaking, is one of the least agricultural states in the nation, due in part to much of our soils being poor and rocky. Prime quality farmland is a premium  here. We need to keep the land/farms we still have open and in ag use. We don't have numerous acres of expendable open land like other parts of the country, it's a limited commodity here.


Thank you for having regard for the scenic splendor of the Granite State and keeping large and small parcels of land open and undeveloped. Farmers have land to use for hay, corn, pasturing animals, orchards, or other produce. They appreciate it and we all benefit from the views.


While from some perspective the economic benefits may seem minimal, the reality is, fields are a wealth that is measured differently. This land, cleared centuries ago by hand and animal power, adorns our communities, making them pleasant places to live, drive by, walk by, etc. The beautiful countryside, with plenty of unbroken fields, is an important part of rural living. Let's not take it for granted.


Tony Matras

Matras Farm

Pittsfield and Northwood



What’s New?

Submitted By John Freeman, Pittsfield Superintendent of Schools


Well, the new school year, new students, new families, new staff, new program offerings:  lots of new things in our Pittsfield schools this year.  Here’s my Top 12 answers to the question What’s new in the schools this year:


1. New Students and New Families.  We welcome many new students and families to our Pittsfield Schools learning community.  At this point, we have been joined by twenty new PES students and ten new PMHS students; so glad to have you newbies with us!


2. New Staff.  New staff members include six teachers, two special educators, two nurses, and our school psychologist.  We also welcome a number of new paraprofessionals, but are still in the process of filling all our positions.  We’ve believe that we’ve hired very well again this year.  (We’ll introduce new staff members in an upcoming notice.)


3. Positions Eliminated.  Due to budget restrictions, a number of positions that have contributed significantly to our students in the past have been eliminated this year; these include our community liaison, our extended learning opportunities coordinator, our foreign language teacher, our technology education teacher, and a PES office staff member.


4. Rosetta Stone.  Foreign language students are receiving instruction through the widely-known program Rosetta Stone. Students can earn up to two credits through this approach.


5. Project Lead the Way. Our woodshop has been closed due to staffing cuts, but we now offer our middle school students Project Lead the Way, which places an emphasis on math and technology as students learn important workplace skills.


6. Playworks.  Playworks has become a focusing feature of our PES before-school and recess times; our teachers have learned about this positive approach to recess-time fun and our students are now learning and practicing healthy social and emotional skills through play.


7. PES FLEX.  This new program offers a personalized and flexible learning program for students who may be experiencing behavioral challenges.  Our PMHS FLEX program supports our middle and high school age students, and we’re pleased to be able to offer this option to younger students.


8. Life Skills Kitchen. Thanks to the Foss Family Foundation, a new kitchen is being installed in our PMHS life skills classroom.  The kitchen will provide real-life experiences that will support independence for students who are members of our life skills class.


9. Universal Design for Learning.  Initiated last year, UDL provides a planning process intended to increase access to the curriculum for all students.  This district-wide program is receiving a major emphasis this year as we seek to strengthen our academic program for all students.


10. Multi-Age Grouping in Middle School.  Our middle school grades (7 and 8) are now organized in multi-age groupings.  This mirrors our successful multi-age groupings at PES and strongly supports our commitment to personalizing learning for all students.


11. Early Release Wednesdays.  Both schools will dismiss early on Wednesdays this year to allow for additional time for professional development of our staff. This time is essential in support of continuous improvement of our programs and is particularly relevant due to our high staff turnover rates.


12. Vision, Mission, and Priority Development. It’s been nearly six years since our last review and restatement of the district’s vision and mission.  Having begun last winter, this process will conclude before the holidays.  We thank community members who have been involved in last spring’s sessions and encourage community members to look for opportunities to lend your voices to the conversations as we schedule several events for this purpose throughout the fall.


Each new school year brings changes, both positive changes that provide stronger programs and options for students and negative changes that limit what we can offer our young people.  About 2500 years ago, the Greek philosopher Heraclitus observed that change is the only constant in life.  Guess we have to acknowledge that he had it right, don’t we?  




Justin Earl Lee


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Justin Earl Lee, 32, of Manchester, formerly of Pittsfield, passed away on Friday, September 7, 2018.


Born on July 30, 1986, in Concord, he was the son of Gene Lee of Pittsfield and Maryanne (Amazeen) LePage of Portland, ME.


Justin attended Pittsfield High School and later went on to work at Burger King. He enjoyed riding dirt bikes and playing sports, especially soccer in his younger years. He was known to his family and friends for his great ability to draw and write poetry and loved dogs.


Besides his parents, he is survived by his paternal grandmother, Marcia Lee; his son Landon Lee of PA, his siblings, Ryan LePage of Concord and Meaghan Dukette of Allenstown; his aunt, Bonnie Beaudet as well as several cousins.


A Celebration of His Life was held on Saturday, September 15, 2018 in the Advent Christian Church, Pittsfield. The Still Oaks Funeral and Memorial Home in Epsom is assisting the family with arrangements. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.stilloaks.com













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