Pittsfield NH News

August 23, 2017


The Pittsfield Food Pantry will be closed the first week of September.



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Dan and Ruth Emerson with their children Kristopher, Taylor and Jasmine


National Miss Amazing Pre-Teen


Jasmine Emerson, daughter of Dan and Ruth Emerson of Alton, was this year’s pre-teen winner  of a national pageant sponsored by the Miss Amazing Organization held in Chicago this summer.  Inspired by Special Olympics, the organization was created specifically for girls and young women with disabilities to promote self worth, creativity and potential.  More than a pageant,  Miss Amazing is a  fast-growing and publically recognized program  acknowledging and revealing the inner beauty and value of all people. 


Earlier this year Jasmine, who has cerebral palsy, won Miss Amazing Pre-teen of New Hampshire which entitled her to join the national convention in Chicago in August.  Various organizations and fund-raisers supported the family effort to participate , the highlight of which was a well-earned trophy to bring home and share with family and friends.  Jasmine’s contribution in the talent division was her proud singing of the Star Spangled  Banner in its entirety.  Congratulations “Jazzy!”





Hello, my name is Linda Coffey, local coordinator for “pax “ program of academic exchange. There are two students still in need of host families for the 2017-2018 school year, a 17 year old girl from Kyrgyatan, interests: hiking/backpacking, skiing; enjoys younger siblings. Another wonderful student, 15 year old male from Pakistan, enjoys soccer, volunteering, and computers.


Students come with good English skills/own spending money. Families with children of all ages are welcome to host along with the empty nesters. School is starting soon and we would love to have families for these students. More information on the students/program contact linda_coffey@hotmail.com


Thank you.
Linda Coffey



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Saving Some Piglets
Submitted By Carole Soule


Lucky’s first litter started with nine live piglets but now she has just seven. The two missing piglets aren’t dead or missing, they are living on my porch with Tazzy our Yucatan mini pig. I had to remove these two from their mom to save their lives.


At 6 AM on Friday three weeks ago Lucky, a black Hampshire sow, was in labor. By 9 AM she had given birth to nine piglets and two more that were born dead. From the beginning, Lucky was a good mom. She didn’t squish any of her tiny babies and all of them were nursing and healthy. A week later I noticed two of the babies were smaller than the others. At two weeks they were half the size of their bigger, porkier siblings. One of the little pigs, named Napoleon by our AirBNB guests, had scabs on the sides of his face from bites by his siblings when he tried to nurse. Then I found Napoleon wandering as if he were blind looking for his mother’s teat. By now Napoleon and his sister, named Snowball, were a third of the size of the others in the litter. The other bigger pigs where hogging their mom’s teats and getting bigger each day while Napoleon and Snowball lost the battle for food and didn’t thrive. Lucky had enough teats but didn’t have enough milk for all nine piglets so it was time to take action.


I brought both piglets into the house to bottle feed and care for them. Napoleon grabbed onto the bottle nipple and let go, only briefly, to let air into the bottle. Snowball took longer to train but when she got hungry she followed her brother’s lead and latched on to the bottle emptying it in minutes. Now they both follow me around the house nibbling on my shoes for food. They even moved into Tazzy’s crate. Tazzy is a three-year-old, forty pound mini pig, who shares the house with us. Tazzy wasn’t happy with sharing her bed and let me know by messing on the floor rather than using her “pig door” to do her business outside. I gave Tazzy her crate back and set up a new crate and pen for Napoleon and Snowball, still inside the house, but more contained and easier to clean up after.


Tazzy is happy, back to her regular routine, Napoleon and Snowball are healing and thriving on their four daily feedings and I’m busy keeping their pen clean. If any of you have read, “Animal Farm” by George Orwell you will remember that Napoleon and Snowball were the two pigs that took over the farm. It remains to be seen if these two take over Miles Smith Farm but I do know that right now, Napoleon and Snowball are hogs 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 Friday Night Kayaking Group met  Friday  August, 11 2017 with 12 kayaks to enjoy nearby Jenness Pond. 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.



Drive Out Homelessness


Rise Again Outreach, a Loudon-based nonprofit charitable organization serving central New Hampshire, will hold its annual “Drive Out Homelessness” golf scramble event starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 9, at the Loudon Country Club on Rt. 106 in Loudon. Proceeds go to Rise Again Outreach’s efforts to assist homeless and low-income families in Concord, Manchester, Laconia and surrounding towns. Rise Again Outreach is seeking sponsors and participants for this important fundraiser.


Golfer registration is $85 per individual or $340 per foursome and includes 18-holes in scramble format, golf cart, registration goodies bag, full chicken barbecue and a ticket for door prizes.


Sponsorships start at just $150 for Tee Sponsors for the event. Other sponsorship opportunities include: Closest to the Line Sponsor ($500 – includes two fairway signs, program recognition, prize presentation); Closest to the Pin Sponsor ($500 – includes signs at tee and green, program recognition, prize presentation); Level 2 Corporate Sponsor ($700 – includes media, program, signage at BBQ, banner placements, and two golfer fees); or Level 1 Corporate Sponsor ($1500 – includes Level 2 items plus logo on all marketing materials and a golf foursome). Any donations will also gladly be accepted.


For more information and to sign up as a sponsor or participant, please contact Bob Pease at 603-731-9423 or pawppawp@comcast.net . Come out for an awesome afternoon in support of a great local cause!



School Meeting – Deliberative Session

Submitted By The Pittsfield School Board

Mike Wolfe, Chair; Bea Douglas, Vice-Chair; Linda Freese, Ted Mitchell, Ralph Odell


Thank you to the many Pittsfield citizens who participated in last week’s Deliberative Session, which was convened to discuss the proposed new collective bargaining agreement between the Education Association of Pittsfield (the teachers) and the Pittsfield School Board.


Many opinions were expressed, representing a wide range of ideas; topics included the property tax rate, health insurance plans offered to employees, school funding, and teacher salaries, among others.  We appreciated the opportunity to hear from so many engaged citizens.


Rest assured that the message regarding health insurance and cost containment has been heard loud and clear.  As was stated during the meeting, the Board has met with insurance pool representatives and is considering several options that will provide our full-time employees with adequate health insurance while saving money for Pittsfield taxpayers.


The proposed contract provides for continuation of the most recent contract, which recently expired.  Because of increase cost of health insurance contributions and retirement system contributions, returning teachers will be receiving smaller take-home checks unless the new contract is approved by voters.


The cost of the new contract is estimated to be $66,486, which represents a $.25/thousand tax rate increase or $25.00 in new taxes for a property valued at $100,000.


We urge you to vote YES on the one warrant article to be considered at our upcoming vote:  7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 19, at Town Hall.  New voters are encouraged to register to vote to have your voice heard on this critical issue; absentee ballots are also available.


Finally, we thank Moderator Gerard LeDuc for conducting a civil, well-organized meeting during which all speakers and all sides were respected.













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