Pittsfield NH News

July 26, 2017


SVSC Fall Soccer
Register online at suncookvalleysoccerclub.com by 7/31.
Email suncookvalleysoccerclub@gmail.com with questions.


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.


The 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 jaydarrah@pittsfieldnhschools.org.


We are looking forward to inducting our third Hall of Fame class on Saturday, September 16, 2017 following our Homecoming soccer games.



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The 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 information.



VA Honors Outstanding Achievements In Support Of Homeless Veterans Programs
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.”


The Secretary’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Service for Homeless Veterans saluted top achievers in the following three categories:


VA Employees
Julie E. Irwin, Homeless Care line manager, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 2 (Bronx, N.Y.)
Michael Wehrer, 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.)


VA Organizations
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 Program, Albany.


Community Organizations
John E. Ratka, executive director, Veterans Northeast Outreach Center, Haverhill, Mass.
Family Endeavors, Fayetteville, N.C.
Ivory Mathews, executive director, The Greenville Housing Authority, Greenville, N.C.
Team AMVETS, Garden Grove, Calif.
Project Community Connections, Inc., Atlanta
Virginia Veteran and Family Support Program, Richmond, Va.



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Herman, the piglet with the scar, socializes with his siblings as well as humans.


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, “Piglet style.”


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 cas@milessmithfarm.com.



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The 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!



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Josiah 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.



Loon 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.













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