Pittsfield NH News

September 26, 2018


    

Quick Reminder

 

When performing barn, garage, basement, or house cleanouts, please be mindful of hazardous items that may be stored within the contents. 

 

Recently, ammunition has been exploding in the garbage bunker at the BCEP facility. This is a VERY DANGEROUS situation for employees and patrons alike.

 

Please do not dispose of ammunition in the trash.  Bring it into the office or hand it to a staff member.  As always, when in doubt, don’t just throw it out, ASK an attendant for assistance. Questions, (603)435-6237.

 


 

Images of Historic Pittsfield

 

The Pittsfield Historical Society will present a video of scenes of Pittsfield from the 1930s and 1940s.  These images, taken by the local Freese family, highlight everyday life, including parades, significant buildings of that time, and many of Pittsfield’s historic landmarks—before they became historic.  Larry Berkson, Pittsfield’s historian, will narrate these nostalgic scenes and, of course, audience participation is always welcome!

 

Please join us for this very interesting and informative presentation on Wednesday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m., at Pittsfield’s Historical Museum, 13 Elm Street.  Hope to see you there!

 


 

Thank You

 

The Pittsfield Beautification Committee would like to thank everyone who supported our recent fundraising mum/plant sale.  We appreciate your support and your kind and encouraging words. 

 

Next spring we plan on having a plant sale to get your home gardens started, so look for our notices in The Suncook Valley Sun.  

 

Thank you again for all your support!

 


 

Cows Teach Calves Good Behavior

Submitted By Carole Soule

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Scottish Highlander cow, Brittany, and her two-week-old bull calf

will stay together for six-months.

 

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This Scottish Highlander heifer was a twin who her Mother rejected so she had to be bottle-fed.

 

Brittany's baby was small. Her white bull calf weighed only 45 pounds (half the weight of most Scottish Highlander calves), but he was walking and nursing within hours of birth. His mom keeps him clean and runs to him when he calls. They are a good mother/son pair.

 

We like to leave each mother and calf together for six months. Sometimes, if the cow is doing poorly, we will wean a calf early, but we always give the calf plenty of mommy time. You'd be mistaken if you thought that instincts account for everything a calf needs to know. They need training from Mom-as well as from the herd. (Forget about Dad; he has other priorities.)

 

Occasionally, a buyer will ask to take custody of a newborn calf (2 or 3 days old) to bottle-feed at home. It's a widespread belief that bottle-fed calves will bond with their humans and become gentle, easy-to-handle cattle. For sure, a calf raised by a human will bond with that human, but two problems argue against that practice.  

 

The first problem is health. The stress of leaving his mother too early and the change in diet can cause “scours,” which is extreme diarrhea that can be deadly if not treated immediately.

 

The second problem is behavior. Calves, like all babies, learn from their mothers and their community. (“It takes a village...”) Calves learn early-on to respect their elders. For instance, a calf would never head-butt an adult cow. Humans raising a calf must teach babies as an elder cow would. If that baby gets away with what seems like playful child antics, that baby could grow up to head-butt humans. I've been knocked down by a 1,000-pound “bottle-baby,” and it's not pleasant. Another bottle-baby, who is now a half-ton cow, will charge anyone except for the man who raised her.

 

Babies also learn about “personal space” from the herd. Freddy was a year-old bottle-baby Holstein steer I bought from another farmer. Freddy loved humans and would walk inches from me, often pushing me, sometimes knocking me down. Our attempts to teach him to back off were unsuccessful.

 

Besides, it's not necessary to bottle-feed a baby to raise a people-friendly calf. When I halter train my calves at 6 months, I quickly find out how well they learned their cow lessons. The gentle calves will treat me with the same respect they would their moms. I get to be a calf-mom without the traditional exertions of motherhood.

 

Even older cattle can bond with humans. Stash, a gentle 3-year-old Highlander steer, learned quickly when I started training him. I'd much rather work with an older critter who has had mommy-basic-training than a bottle-baby whose character hasn't been adequately developed.

 

Of course, if the mom dies or rejects her calf, bottle-feeding is required to keep the baby alive, but we can't omit the socialization. Calves are not little people and should never be treated like children. They must learn to follow cow rules and regulations.

 

Brittany and her calf are doing well and will winter together. Her milk will nourish him while the herd helps teach him proper behavior. Maybe in the spring, when I wean him, he'll be a well-educated little fellow that I can yoke up and train to pull loads. Time will tell. 

 

Carole Soule is co-owner of Miles Smith Farm, in Loudon, N.H., where she raises and sells beef, pork, lamb, eggs and other local products. She can be reached at cas@milessmithfarm.com.

 


 

Letter

Select board meeting 9/18/18

 

A citizen concern regarding storm runoff was heard. He was asked to call immediately with any road issue rather than working on maintenance himself. The town is the party responsible for all work on our roads. 

 

At the constant urging by the NH Municipal Association as well as our liability insurer, Primex, we discussed instituting a long overdue town "volunteer" policy. The board of selectmen has the authorization and the duty to oversee the vetting and appointment of all unpaid volunteers to all boards, committees and facets of town operations. Leaving the town exposed to lawsuit from injury or error that might come about due too lack of a clear policy would be irresponsible on our part. Certainly, we don't want to appear unappreciative for the hundreds of hours volunteers freely give to benefit Pittsfield without compensation, and we hope that continues,  however, one successful lawsuit against the town could wipe out all the good for a long time.

 

As when the town adopted the state's policy on acceptance of all gifts to the town,  there could be pushback from some long time volunteers whose reaction is there's no way they're going to fill out a form and be approved by the selectmen in order to work for free, but we sincerely hope everyone will understand the policy is to cover our bases, if one day things go south in this litigious day and age. 

 

We discussed wages and benefits for employees until after 10:30, being as fair as possible with a darn good town roster balanced with fairness to taxpayers. It's like walking a tightrope, but I think we're being successful, and I expect the municipal budget and the quality of our employees will reflect it.

 

Carl Anderson

 


 

George Williams Of California Donates To Historical Society Building Fund

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George Williams, Brother Elwood, Sister Freda-Evelyn, Brother Bill, and Sister Katherine. 

 

George Williams of Rancho Mirage, California has made a substantial donation to the Historical Society’s Building Fund. George is the grandson of Walter E. and Alice H. (Green) Foss and the donation is given in their name and the name of his sister, Freda-Evelyn Foss (Williams) Crum.

 

Walter was born in New Hampshire and married Alice in Pittsfield in 1886. He and T. E. Osgood ran a tin, sheet metal, heating and plumbing business in the building presently occupied by the Pittsfield Historical Society. While in Pittsfield he was a member of the Hook and Ladder Company of the Fire Department and a member of the Corinthian Lodge of Masons. 

 

Walter and Alice moved to California in 1907 to find a climate more suitable to Freda’s health. She had bronchial asthma. There he began a similar business in partnership with F. R. Warner. In 1910 they joined with J. H. Jones and created a new company and operated a 5,700 square foot store in Pasadena with an attractive show room. Later he organized the Foss and Sheet Metal Company with several new partners. He passed away in 1934.

 


 

To Make the Best Better!

 

The 4-H Motto .... What do the 4 H's stand for you ask?

Head -for clear thinking... Heart -for greater loyalty

Hands -for larger service ... Health -for better living ... 

 

The Victory Workers 4-H Club serves the greater Pittsfield Area and is starting their 77th year. 

 

We meet the 1st Monday of each month at the Pittsfield Community Center. 6:30-8:00pm. 

 

Cloverbuds are members that age from 5 to 7 as of January 1st 2019. Cloverbuds attend a short part of the general meeting to say the pledges and hear any important announcements then go upstairs with leader Melissa Babcock to attend their own age appropriate meeting. Meetings will touch on community service, citizenship, crafts, foods, safety to name a few. 

 

General members ages 8 -19 as of 1/1/19 will attend a short business meeting then participate in the evening's program. These programs are selected by the officers of the club and committee members. This is a Youth program with no annual dues or membership fees. To be a member you must participate in 2 Community Service projects, 1 Citizenship project, 2 County Events, 1 fund raiser and complete one project for the Hopkinton State Fair.

 

Current Community service projects being lead by Jr. Leader Addison Clark is collecting Box Tops for Education which will go to the Pittsfield School District. Jr. Leader Josh Chapman is collecting empty ink cartridges to be recycled to purchase supplies for the club. Jr. Leader Trinity Bond is collecting in October-November 10th for the Pittsfield Food Pantry to include fresh grown vegetables from 4-Her's Gardens, Non perishables and toiletries. Jr. Leader Trinity Bond is collecting lap blankets and slipper socks for Christmas gifts to Epsom Manor residents. Jr. Leader Addison Babcock is collecting used markers for the Crayola Colorcycle project. Which the whole world will benefit from as it will keep them from landfills and the ocean. Members are encouraged to become a Jr. Leader for any of our project areas. 

 

County Events include: Honors Evening: an evening to recognize winners from county projects for their outstanding achievements and honor leaders for their years of dedication to the 

 

program. Resume': for members 14 and up to complete the process of writing a resume' going on an interview and understanding the process. Records: for all members to keep a written 

 

record of their activities. Food Show: Were members present a homemade food or meal to judges and learn more about the MY PLATE. Public Speaking-You give a speech in front of an audience and get judged on it. Presentations either in Action or Demo which means either 

 

showing everyone at once or letting everyone do it as "a make it take it.. .. " Photography: you learn to take a picture, matt and frame for county contest. Poster: you make a poster to promote 4-H and it is judged. Fashion you learn to sew articles and then it is judged and you get to be in a fashion show. Fashion selection: you get to shop on a budget for an outfit, get 

 

interviewed on your shopping experience. Mouse Trap Car Challenge: You build using a mouse trap to power your car and compete against other county and state members. County Fair: You enter you creations in the Ruth Kimball Exhibit Hall at the Hopkinton Fair .... Fact Ruth Kimball was the founder of the Victory Workers 4-H Club. 

 

Our new year starts Monday October 1st, 2018. You are welcome to come and join us, 4-H is a family program and we ask that a parent or adult stay for the meetings with members. Victory Workers offers so much that members sometimes over extend themselves we ask that the adult which knows their own family schedule help with this process. Leaders are at the 

 

Community Center by 6:15 for anyone that may have questions. Organizational Leader Pamela  Clattenburg-Pittsfield 435-0772, Key Leaders: Mark Riel -Pittsfield 435-6346, Melissa Babcock­Pittsfield 496-3928, Corine Miller -Pittsfield 435-8497 and Fern Bond -Loudon 365-5301 Note Deerfield Fair is September 27-30 and you see many of our Animal Science members in action at the fair. 

 

The Victory Workers will be selling 4-H Candy Bars for the 1st fund raiser of the year. The bars are only $1.00 and come in almond, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, krisp, and caramel. The bars can be purchased from members or at our next 4-H PROMOTION EVENT on Saturday, October 13th. Our Fall Festival at Duane's Family Farm on Suncook Valley Highway will be a day to attend. Animals, Bake Sale, Make it Take it's, Games and Lunch Menu of Soup and Sandwich come out and support your local club members from Barnstead, Pittsfield, Epsom, Alton, Chichester, Loudon, and Rochester.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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