SVSC Fall Soccer
Register online at
suncookvalleysoccerclub.com by 7/31.
The South Pittsfield Friends church
will be open on Sunday, August 6th with Pastor Harold Muzzey
as the speaker. Services begin at 1:00 pm and all are welcome.
The church will also hold services on August 20th at 1:00 pm with
Rev. Henry Frost as the speaker. All are welcome.
PMHS Athletic Department is currently accepting nominations for the
2017 Hall of Fame Induction.
The nomination deadline has been
extended to August 1st. If you are interested in submitting a
nomination, please go to the school website or contact Jay Darrah,
PMHS Athletic Director, at
We are looking forward to inducting our third Hall of Fame class
on Saturday, September 16, 2017 following our Homecoming soccer
Friday Night Kayaking Group met Friday July 14, 2017 with
eight kayaks to enjoy the Suncook River in Center Barnstead. 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
Honors Outstanding Achievements In Support Of Homeless Veterans
Submitted Via Merrill Vaughan
During several award
ceremonies across the country in July, the U.S. Department of
Veterans Affairs (VA) will honor exemplary facilities, employees and
civilian providers working to address Veteran homelessness.
“VA’s strong community efforts on Veteran homelessness are being
supported by the hard work, innovation and dedication of thousands
of VA employees and civilian partners,” said Secretary of Veterans
Affairs David J. Shulkin. “Helping Veterans get housing is vital for
them, but it also demonstrates clearly to the nation our enduring
commitment to those who have served so well.”
Award for Outstanding Achievement in Service for Homeless Veterans
saluted top achievers in the following three categories:
Julie E. Irwin, Homeless Care line manager, Veterans
Integrated Service Network (VISN) 2 (Bronx, N.Y.)
supervisor, Homeless Care Team, Erie VA Medical Center (Erie, Penn.)
Kristen Weese, program manager, Health Care for Homeless Veterans
Program, Western New York Health Care System (Buffalo, N.Y.)
Domiciliary Service — VA Palo Alto Health Care
System, Palo Alto, Calif.
Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health
Care System, Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program, New Orleans
Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, Health Care for Homeless Veterans
John E. Ratka,
executive director, Veterans Northeast Outreach Center, Haverhill,
Family Endeavors, Fayetteville, N.C.
executive director, The Greenville Housing Authority, Greenville,
Team AMVETS, Garden Grove, Calif.
Connections, Inc., Atlanta
Virginia Veteran and Family Support
Program, Richmond, Va.
the piglet with the scar, socializes with his siblings as well as
Learning How To Be A Pig Again
Submitted By Carole Soule
Chipmunk, the sow, jumped to her feet, growled and grabbed Herman
tossing him into the corner. Herman, a piglet injured at birth, had
been away from his mom while he recovered from a birth injury. The
skin on his back had split during birth but after four weeks under
the care of a nine-year-old 4H girl, he had only a small scar on his
back. He was a fully recovered, very active four-week-old piglet
ready to rejoin his litter at Miles Smith Farm, or so we thought.
Every farm animal has to learn appropriate etiquette when they are
young. Baby calves learn how to approach older cows, chickens learn
the “pecking order” and piglets learn not to pester their mothers or
chew on her ears which is just what Herman did before he got tossed.
Without animal basic training the babies will not survive in a
larger herd. Babies that are bottle fed by humans are the biggest
offenders. When fed by humans, babies rarely learn appropriate
animal behavior. After being separated from his mom for four
weeks, Herman wanted his mom’s attention but didn’t know how to ask,
Herman was young enough to learn from his
siblings if his mom didn’t kill him first. Because the piglets were
old enough to wean we removed Herman’s mom from the pen. We then put
Herman in with his siblings where he could learn “pig etiquette”
from piglets his own size without annoying his six-hundred-pound
mom. He’s learned his lessons and now is fully integrated with the
litter. Except for a scar on his back Herman looks and acts just
like his brothers and sisters; squiggling, squealing and digging in
the dirt with his snout.
Herman survived his brush with death at
birth and his encounter with an annoyed mom. He should grow up to be
a well-adjusted pig even though he still is a hog for attention.
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
Pittsfield Players celebrate their 50th Anniversary Season! We owe
all our success to our faithful and loyal patrons and sponsors.
Thank you for getting us to our golden anniversary!
Carpenter Library August News
Early in the month the library will
be celebrating! The summer reading program will recognize all
the accomplished readers with make your own ice cream at 10:00am on
the 2nd and 3rd.
The very next week Mrs. Carol Grainger’s
31 years of cultivating a love of reading within Pittsfield’s
children will be celebrated on Wednesday August 9th.
Carol’s daughters have donated 31 children’s books; to commemorate
the beginning of their circulation the Friends of the Library will
be hosting a reception from 3:30 to 4:30pm. Please stop in to
visit and delight in delicious refreshments!
Throughout the month
consider coming in to borrow the library’s telescope, we have prime
weather for stargazing! If you have a quiet afternoon remember
there are over 20,000 audios and eBooks available to download.
The NH Downloadable Book Program has a new easy to use app named
Libby. The app and books are free; you can borrow three books
for two weeks.
Preschool story hour will continue at 10:00 am on
Thursday mornings. The book discussion for teens will gather
on August 2nd at 6:00pm, enjoy pizza and Blue Lily, Lily Blue by
Maggie Stiefvater. The adult book club will meet to discuss
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett at 10:00am on Tuesday August 22nd, and
1,2, 3 Cook! will have a planning discussion (while relishing local
fruit and ice cream) at 12:30pm on Tuesday August 8th; both groups
will meet at the Pittsfield Senior Center. The Pittsfield
Writer’s Circle will meet at the library on August 17th at 7:00pm.
Many thanks to everyone who worked during the past six month to
repair the library’s waste water pipe. We really appreciate
modern indoor plumbing. The library is open on Monday from 2:30pm to
5:00pm, Tuesday and Thursday 10:00am to 6:30pm, Wednesday 2:30pm to
6:30pm, Friday and Saturday 10:00am to 1:00pm.
Center’s Summer Nature Talk Series Continues On July 27th With The
Truth About Bats!
Bats have been surrounded by myths for years.
It is time to learn the truth! A Squam Lakes Natural Science
Center naturalist will share the many amazing features of bats such
as echolocation, flight, and feeding habits. Learn about White Nose
Syndrome, the disease now devastating native bats, and what it means
for their future. Meet live bats and be inspired to help protect
these misunderstood creatures as we explore the unique roles these
nocturnal mammals play in our world.
Held at The Loon Center in
Moultonborough, the Summer Nature Talks are given every Thursday
evening at 7:30 pm during the months of July and August. All
programs are free admission. For over 40 years the Loon
Preservation Committee has worked to preserve the common loon and
its habitat in New Hampshire through monitoring, research,
education, and management activities.
On Thursday, August 3rd,
Rick Van de Poll shares his knowledge about the Flora and Fauna of
the Lakes Region.
Directions to The Loon Center: From Route 25 in
Moultonborough, turn onto Blake Road at the Central School. Go
one mile to the end and turn right onto Lee’s Mill Road. The
Loon Center will be on your left! For more information, call
the Loon Center at (603) 476-5666.
To see the full 2017 nature
talks schedule, please visit www.loon.org.