Pittsfield NH News

July 19, 2017


Pittsfield Old Home Day Community Fair


On July 22nd Pittsfield will celebrate Old Home Day “Pittsfield Goes to the Circus!” The community fair will be in Dustin Park from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Old Home Day Committee is looking for crafters and community organizations to join the fair.  Community organizations can participate for free, and the vendor fee is $10.00.  If you would like to set up a table or booth please contact Leslie Vogt at 435-7993 or lesliegvogt@gmail.com.




The Pittsfield Alumni Association Committee is doing a 50/50 raffle. A 50/50 raffle means that the winner will receive 50% of the cash raised from the sale of raffle tickets. The raffle drawing will be at Drake Field tennis courts on August 1st (National Night Out), at 8:00 pm.


Tickets are: 1 for $1.00, 3 for $2.00 and 6 for $5.00.


Locations where tickets can be purchased include:
Pittsfield Youth Workshop, Town Hall (Clerk’s Office), Dustin Park (Old Home Day - July 22nd)… or you can purchase tickets from:
Tobi Chassie, 435-6701 ext. 4, tchassie@pittsifieldnhschools.org
Andi Riel - 435-6346, pittsfieldtowncrier@hotmail.com 
Ted Mitchell - 435-6573, chipper@myfairpoint.net
Carole Richardson - 435-8351, cpr2006@metrocast.net


We appreciate your support.



SVSC Fall Soccer


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Pittsfield Old Home Day - Main Street will be closed on Sat, July 22 from 8am until after the Parade (approximately 2:30pm) from Citizen Bank entrance to Elm Street.  The Car Show will take place from 9-noon; Kids Bike Parade at 12:15 and the Parade at 1pm. Thank you to the neighbors and businesses for their cooperation.





Pittsfield Old Home Day is Sat, July 22.  The Committee needs some help!  We need people to help “direct” traffic before and after the parade.  The Police Department will cover the major intersections, but we need some volunteers to stand by the other streets.  If you can help, please contact Andi Riel at 435-6346 or pittsfieldtowncrier@hotmail.com.


Congratulations to Cleon Kip Riel for being accepted into,the summer program at the world-renowned Jackson Laboratories, located in Bar Harbor Maine.  Kip’s summer program will focus on Teaching the Genome Generation.


Founded in 1929, The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution with more than 1,900 employees who are passionate about our mission: to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.


The Laboratory is a world leader in mammalian genetics and human genomics and generating the development of scientific breakthroughs and improved therapies with ever-greater precision and speed. We also educate current and future scientists and provide critical resources, data, tools, and services to researchers worldwide.





The Missions Committee of the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield will be offering root beer floats at the Old Home Day (July 22) event just as they did last year. The specific fund they are assisting is the Infant-Toddler Diaper Pantry, which supplements local families with disposable diapers and wipes.


As a bonus, they will have a raffle, offering several lovely items with the drawing to be held Saturday, August 5.


Please come out and support this charity and cool off at the same time with a delicious root beer float!



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Circus Time At St. Stephen’s


Old Home Day, Saturday, July 22, is circus time at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on Main Street, Pittsfield, NH, featuring our free book raffle, pictured above.   There are two baskets of books: one for teens and the other for younger children available.   What do you do to win a basket of books?   Fill out a ticket, select which basket you hope to win, and you’re entered!   There is only one chance per child or teen. Parents or grandparents may fill out a ticket but only one chance per child.    The books will be awarded during the afternoon on Old Home Day.


Each child who fills out a ticket may choose a wrapped candy and (for the first 200) get a free circus theme gift with their parent’s permission. We hope that we give away all the gifts so most children can participate in the Old Home Day theme even if they choose not to wear a costume.


The Bake Table will have lots of goodies to tempt you including cookies, breads, brownies and other bars, cake, pies and other treats.   Stop by early for the best selection!


St. Stephen’s café will be going strong with your favorites from years past.  Most of our offerings are homemade, however, we leave it to Schonlands to make the hot dogs. We do buy the buns but work our magic on the rolls.  We will be selling until just after the parade.


For successful bidders in our Silent Auction, we will offer you a free beverage from our remaining supply while you wait for the staff to tally the items and ready the undercroft for “Pick up and Pay.”  


Come spend some time at St. Stephen’s while you enjoy all the fun events offered for Old Home Day!



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Old Home Day Silent Auction At St Stephen’s Church


On Friday June 21st, in the undercroft of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church at 50 Main Street, Pittsfield, NH  bidding will begin at 4 PM on some wonderful  Silent Auction items including the Papa-San chair and footstool pictured above.   There are so many great items to see and to place your bids including a complete backpack filled with picnic plates, cups, wine glasses, etc. for your romantic summer get away;  a charming set of nursery items to welcome that special little one,  vintage items including a collection of salt cellars,  men’s roller skates and a royal portable typewriter, games, art supplies and toys. Indeed something fun for all ages!


The fun will continue on Saturday with bidding open from 9 AM until 2:30 PM.  Our other Old Home Day offerings will be open for business on Saturday.  Although we are willing to sell some of our bake table goodies as soon as they are priced… except the Strawberry Rhubarb Pie that is always reserved for Mr. ‘Fuzz” Freese


We invite our friends and neighbors from surrounding towns to join us Friday afternoon and evening.  Parking will be available near the church and if you can’t return for the fun on Saturday, you may leave your follow up bids with a Silent Auction staff member. All you need to have is your bidder number and a phone number where you can be reached if you are the successful bidder.  Please remember that the money ( 50%) we earn at this event helps to support our outreach efforts to the Food Pantry in Pittsfield as well as those in Barnstead, Chichester, Epsom, Loudon, Northwood, and Strafford.



UNH Researchers Extend NH Growing Season For Strawberries


Researchers with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire have succeeded in quadrupling the length of the Granite State’s strawberry growing season as part of a multi-year research project that aims to benefit both growers and consumers.


New Hampshire’s strawberry season traditionally lasts only four to six weeks. However, researchers working on the multi-state TunnelBerries project were picking day-neutral strawberries in Durham last November. Last year, researchers harvested strawberries grown in low tunnels for 19 consecutive weeks from mid-July through the week of Thanksgiving. They also found that the low tunnels significantly increased the percentage of marketable fruit, from an average of about 70 percent to 83 percent.


Now in its second year, the TunnelBerries research project is being conducted at the UNH Woodman Horticultural Research Farm. It is part of a larger, multi-state USDA-funded initiative to optimize protected growing environments for berry crops in the upper Midwest and northeastern United States. UNH’s component is focused on improving berry quality and the role day-neutral varieties may play in extending the length of strawberry season in the Northeast.


“Most New Englanders look forward to strawberry season because regionally produced strawberries are delicious,” said graduate student Kaitlyn Orde, who is working with experiment station researcher Becky Sideman on the project. “They also are a very valuable early season crop for farmers throughout the region. Unfortunately, though, this season is very brief, limiting the period in which our regional producers are able to meet consumer demand for the fresh fruit. A longer strawberry season is good for both grower and consumer.”


Sideman, an associate professor of plant biology and Cooperative Extension professor and specialist in sustainable horticulture production, estimates the retail value of New Hampshire’s strawberry crops at about $1.85 million, which she says is a conservative estimate.


The UNH project consists of two parts. Researchers want to determine the yield and fruiting duration of day-neutral strawberry varieties. Day-neutrals are a different plant-type than the traditional June-bearers most common in New Hampshire; day-neutrals (or ever-bearing) have been shown to fruit continuously for four to six months in the region. In addition, day-neutrals fruit the same year they are planted, which is not the case with June-bearers.


“We are growing one day-neutral variety on three different mulches to determine if there are any differences in total production, production patterns, runner production, and fruit characteristics among the mulches,” Orde said. “We also are investigating the role plastic covered low-tunnels play in improving berry quality, and what the microenvironment is within low tunnels, especially late season. To do this, we are evaluating five different plastics for the low tunnels.”


Researchers in Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, and New York have conducted preliminary research on similar systems. There also are limited growers in the Northeast who already cultivate day-neutral varieties, and even fewer who have experimented with low-tunnels in combination with the strawberry crop. However, there are no yield estimates or material recommendations, such as mulch or low tunnel cover, for New Hampshire producers.


This material is based upon work supported by the NH Agricultural Experiment Station, through joint funding of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 1006928, and the state of New Hampshire. It also is funded through the USDA NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative under Award Number 2014-51181-22380 in collaboration with Eric Hanson (MSU), AJ Both (Rutgers), David Conner (UVM), Dennis Decoteau (Penn State), Kathleen Demchak (Penn State), Emily Hoover (UMN), Rufus Isaacs (MSU), Kathleen Kelley (Penn State), William Lamont (Penn State), Lois Levitan (Cornell), Richard Marini (Penn State), Marvin Pritts (Cornell), Annemiek Schiler (MSU) and Becky Sideman (UNH). Additional financial support was provided by the NH Vegetable & Berry Growers’ Association and UNH Cooperative Extension. For more information, visit https://www.tunnelberries.org.


Founded in 1887, the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture is UNH’s original research center and an elemental component of New Hampshire’s land-grant university heritage and mission.


The University of New Hampshire is a flagship research university

that inspires innovation and transforms lives in our state, nation and world. More than 16,000 students from all 50 states and 71 countries engage with an award-winning faculty in top ranked programs in business, engineering, law, liberal arts and the sciences across more than 200 programs of study. UNH’s research portfolio includes partnerships with NASA, NOAA, NSF and NIH, receiving more than $100 million in competitive external funding every year to further explore and define the frontiers of land, sea and space.



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Clemy with Carole, Melissa and Olivia outside of the game box.


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Loading Clemy in the game box.  Notice the escape door in the back of the box.


NASCOW Racing? Really?
Submitted By Carole Soule


After two hours in a windowless, completely closed 12×12 box on the NASCAR track Clemy, a Scottish Highlander Miles Smith Farm cow who was sharing the box with me, was ready to leave. That morning at 7am Bruce had driven the stock trailer containing Clemy the cow, onto the Loudon Race Track. He pulled up to a box and Clemy stepped out, her feet never touching the track, into the box with me. We were both sealed in together.


In 2013, instead of a concert, the track decided to run a game show. Just like “The Price is Right,” contestants would choose a box that could contain a car, a cow or other gifts. Clemy was the cow who had to stay hidden in this box, with me, for hours until the contest started. We got in the box before the track opened to be sure no one knew which box we were in.


The track officials had been concerned that the cow would moo while she was in the box, giving away the surprise. Clemy didn’t moo but once she did try to escape. The track had graciously cut a small “hatch” in the back of the box. About two hours into the wait Olivia, who would later sit on Clemy, and Olivia’s mom crawled into the box to see how we were doing. When they crawled out Clemy tried to follow them through the tiny door until I corrected her. Eventually she laid down and we both waited.


Cars whizzed by in the pits and famous drivers walked by our sealed box while we waited for the big moment. When the contest started and our box was selected, they popped down the lid and Clemy, with Olivia in the saddle, walked onto the box lid where Clemy stood without moving a foot for about 20 minutes. She must have thought she was the star of the show and in my mind she was. The contestant who chose Clemy got $200 of meat from our store but never collected his prize. I guess he really wanted a car and not meat.


When the game show was over, Bruce drove the trailer up to the open box and Clemy stepped from the lid into the trailer. One of the track rules was that the cow could never step on the track. Clemy never stepped on the track but she did step into history as, perhaps, the first “NASCOW” ever.


With the loss of a NASCAR race maybe the track could investigate “NASCOW” racing. After all, what is the difference between a NASCAR and a NASCOW? Answer: About 250 MPH.


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



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The Friday Night Kayaking Group met  Friday July 7, 2017 with nine kayaks to enjoy Northwood Lake in Northwood. The group is open to everyone and meets at different local kayaking sites every Friday at 6 PM during June, July and August. The paddling trips last just over an hour and are always in the Northwood to Barnstead area. Simply show up at this week’s Friday night’s location. Visit our web site at huffnpuff.info for information and location of the next trip and put yourself on our email list. You can also call Paul Oman at 435 -7199 for more information.



Suncook Valley Rotary Club Still In Need Of Balloon Rally Volunteers


Each year volunteers sign up to assist as greeters, runners, balloon crew, and general support for the Suncook Valley Rotary’s Hot Air Balloon Rally


The Suncook Valley Hot Air Balloon Rally remains a success with the help of our volunteers and we appreciate the commitment that you are making today to help us.


General Volunteer Information:
Most volunteer shifts are two hours long, however you may sign up for as many shifts as you would like to volunteer for.


Any one can sign up! Some positions do require physical labor and movement.


Community Service Hours are available for students.


Available Duties:
Field Setup - help us setup tents and mark off the field on Thursday night.


Gate Greeter - You and a friend will hand out programs and provide information to visitors at a field entrance. This position will be mostly sitting at a table and does not require much physical activity.


Field Support - Help out keeping Drake field looking beautiful and with other various tasks needed for general operations. This position does require physical labor and movement.


Gate Security - Help Rotary staff manage the back gate and getting crews on and off the field.


Tethering Support - Help Rotary staff manage the tethered balloon rides. This position does require physical labor and movement.


Balloon Crew - Help our balloonists lift off and land. This position requires physical labor and movement.


Food Tent - Help Rotarians cook breakfast for visitors. This position will be standing for most, if not all, of the shift and will be utilizing grills.


Road Race Support - Help us with the 5K road race, with setting up barricades, registration, rehab, etc.


Field Cleanup - Help us clean up the field on Sunday morning.


If you have questions about volunteering at the 36th Annual Hot Air Balloon Rally, please contact us at suncookvalleyrotary@gmail.com or go directly to http://suncookvalleyrotary.org to sign up today!



Pastors’ Corner
The Most Joyful Place in New Hampshire
Submittted By Mike Mavity, Grace Capital Church


One of my personal values is joy. I try to keep a joyful heart even when my circumstances are difficult. Keeping a joyful heart is not easy and, of course, I fail at it plenty of times. However, as I am able to refocus and look for joy beyond my circumstances, I can usually center myself and once again be filled with joy.


The prophet Nehemiah said, “Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is my strength” (Neh 8:10 NLT). As I read this I think that joy must be a choice I make and I need to make the choice often. There are lots of circumstances that would steal my joy and make me sad or dejected or unhappy or discouraged, but Nehemiah tells me that I can choose joy despite the feelings of sadness or discouragement. I’m not captive to my feelings when the joy of the Lord is inside me.


When I think about God, His provision for me, His care for me, His delight in me, I can’t help but feel joyful, even on my worst days. The book of Proverbs tells us that God delights in us, His children, daily (Proverbs 8:30-31).


If there is one thing that the world is lacking today, it’s joy. When we submit our circumstances to the Lord and let His joy fill us, we can know that His joy will fill us and sustain us. We can choose joy! As we choose this joy, we can see that it can births so much in us - commitment, excellence, compassion, generosity, fun, and a way of living that draws the best out of others.


Let’s choose to make the Suncook Valley the most joyful place in New Hampshire!




Beverly (Clark) Newell


Edgewater, Fla. and Northwood – Beverly (Clark) Newell, 83, of Edgewater, Fla. and Northwood, passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017, with three of her children by her side at the Hospice in Edgewater.


Beverly was born in Concord, graduated from St. John’s High School and enjoyed their reunions. She and her husband, Arthur Newell moved to Florida in 1978 after his retirement from the NH Fish & Game. Art was a World War II POW and they were very active in the American Ex-POW East Central Florida Chapter. Bev was also a life member of the Elks Ladies Auxiliary BPOE #1557.


Beverly enjoyed gardening, family time at the cottage, playing Bingo, cards, traveling, going to the theater, and spending time with friends.


Survivors include her son, George Chapman Jr. (Luann) of Concord; daughters, Susan Chapman Burt (Wayne) of Pembroke and Sandra Chapman Seamans (Charles) of Epping; step-daughters, Diana Newell of Oracle, Ariz. andLaurie Newell Bradley (Lanny) of Clinton, Conn.; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 31 years, Arthur Newell Jr.; daughter, Nancy Chapman; grandson, Michael Drew Jr.; step-son, John Newell, and brother, Leonard Clark.


A memorial was held April 11 in Edgewater, with notice in the Daytona News-Journal, and arangements were by the Dudley Funeral Homes and Crematory of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.


She was interred with her husband, Arthur Newell, at the NH State Veteran’s Cemetery on July 19, their wedding anniversary.













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