Pittsfield NH News

September 6, 2017


 

The Pittsfield, NH American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75 is looking for at least two individual  that want to sing our National Anthem for our annual Installartion (First Monday in May); Memorial Day; Veterans Day and at other special programs as they occur.

 

If we receive  more than two nominees, (duos or a small group are welcomed to apply), we will decide by an elimination process where the nomnees will have to sing the National Anthem at our post meetings beginning September 11, at 7:30 pm at the Post Home at 3 Loudon Rd.; until two are chosen.

 

REQUIREMENTS:  Anyone in PMHS or home school.  If in grades 7 or 8, we would want to see a permission slip from both your parents/legal guardian and your school advisor.  If high school, a permission slip will be good from your advisor.  This will ensure that they know and approve of what you want to do. This will count as community service and patriotisim recognition by the Post.   

 

If anyone has a question, feel free to contact Post 75 Adjutant Merrill Vaughan at 435-5207 or his cell phone 603-340-1375

 


 

Letter

 

To the PHS Class of 1977,

Recently we had the privilege of being invited to the class reunion for the Pittsfield High School Class of 1977. We would like to thank the class for extending to us this honor, and to convey to them what a classy event it was. We had so much fun reconnecting with our former students, and in many cases, their spouses.

 

It’s hard to believe 40 years have passed so quickly. Again, many thanks for including us, and we hope we are around for your 50th!

 

Jonas and Elaine Glidden

 


 

Pittsfield Beautification Committee Mark Your Calendars!!

 

The Pittsfield Beautification Committee is a non-profit organization staffed by volunteers who plant and maintain the 3 small and 2 large gardens in Town. Our only funding comes from your donations.  It was because of our generous supporters that we were able to create the wonderful gardens at the corners of Catamount and Broadway and Main and Oak Streets.  

 

If you would like to continue to support our efforts, we invite you to visit with us at our annual Mum Sale Fundraiser, to be held on Saturday, September 9th at the Aranosian Garden,  (next to Jack’s Pizza on Catamount Rd ), from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon.  

 

We will be selling a variety of colors in 10” pots and 5 gallon pots.  We will also be selling baked goods and perennial plants for fall planting.

 

As always, thank you for your support !

 


 

Cow Wash Time

Submitted By Carole Soule

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It’s time to setup the “cow wash” to get ready for the Hopkinton Fair which is almost here. The hair I clipped off my shaggy Scottish Highlanders in the Spring has grown back enough to collect dirt and it will take loads of soap and elbow grease to make them show ring ready. Sadly, this year I registered nine head of cattle for the fair which means I will:

 

• Give eighteen baths before the fair (two per animal)

• Give eighteen more baths after they arrive at the Fair

• Polish thirty-six hooves (four per animal)

• Clean out eighteen ears (two per animal)

• Cart away at least two wheelbarrows of manure daily

• Make sure they all have water and hay and exercise

 

During the four days of the Hopkinton Fair, I am housekeeper, maid and chef to my cattle. I am also exhausted.

 

Another job at the fair is to identify the critters with nameplates in their stalls so visitors can better communicate with them. Naming cattle can be a challenge, especially since names are “forever.” To help choose names for a pair of working steers I held a Facebook contest. Too late, I discovered that the winning names: Snuffaluffagus (Snuffy) and Ben were names of two drug dealers in a movie.

 

I named my now-famous riding steer, Curious Bleu because he was born on a blue moon in 2012. The thing is Bleu’s hair color is red. We have another ox named Red but Red’s hair color is silver, also known as blue. So Red is blue and Bleu is red. Get it? Naming cattle is hard.

 

Bleu and Red won’t be coming to the Hopkinton Fair, but some of my other spoiled and pampered oxen and cows will be there, including Hemmingway, the bull, with his Boy Scout Badges. Stop by to give them a hug or cheer them in the ring. You are also welcome to help keep them clean. Thirty-six hooves is a lot of polishing!

 

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

 


 

American Legion Peterson – Cram Post 75 News

 

Our September 2017 meeting wil be held on September 11, 2017 beginning at 7:30 PM at the Post home, located at 3 Loudon Rd., Pittsfield.  The reason for this change is that Labor Day falls on the first Monday.

 

The September meeting will be busy with details of how the Post is progressing in a new direction under the leaderhip of Post Comander James Edgell; POW/MIA Recognition Day and Veterans Day.  

 

If there are questions, feel free to contact the Post Adjutant, Merrill Vaughan at 603-340-1375. 

 


 

Two More Recipients Announced in 2017 Globe Gear Giveaway

 

Globe, DuPont Protection Solutions (DuPont), and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have been working together since 2012 to provide new, state-of-the-art turnout gear to volunteer fire departments in need. The latest recipients of the 2017 Giveaway are the Louise Fire Department (Manitoba, Canada) and Graniteville Volunteer Fire/Rescue (Nevada City, CA). Each department will receive four sets of new gear, compliments of Globe and DuPont.

 

The Louise Fire Department is located in Crystal City, Manitoba. Their 32 volunteer firefighters protect a population of 1,900 in the rural municipality of Louise, which is 360 square miles. Each volunteer is currently equipped with gear, but seven sets are more than 15 years old, and 22 sets are nine years old. The department has been successful at recruiting new members by increasing their training methods and creating stronger morale and excitement about being a volunteer firefighter; however, they understand that there can be a negative effect when a recruit is faced with donning PPE that is outdated and non-compliant to safety standards. Their goal is to be able to continue to create momentum and stronger comradery in their membership by ensuring they have the right equipment to support their members in their duties.

 

“Our department, much like many others, is made up of farmers, electricians, carpenters, plumbers, mechanics, business owners, mothers, and fathers. We believe strongly that we need to provide the best opportunity for them to return home safely from every call. Effective PPE is the first step to ensure that happens,” said Louise Fire Captain Curtis MacKinnon.

 

Graniteville Volunteer Fire/Rescue provides structure and emergency protection to the Graniteville townsite in Nevada City, CA, and the surrounding 80 square mile recreational area in the Sierra Nevada. At an elevation of 5,000 feet, the community is an hour removed from mutual aid companies and has a very spread out population. The department currently has eight firefighters but only four sets of gear, all of which are more than 10 years old. The four sets were given to the department through the efforts of one of their volunteers, who was employed at an oil refinery. The gear is stained by refinery products from fire incidents, and this has concerned the volunteers due to the possible carcinogens fused into the fabric. The gear donation from the Globe Gear Giveaway will provide the department’s members with desperately needed protective equipment, enabling them to safely serve their community.

 

Additional awards through the Globe Gear Giveaway will be made monthly throughout 2017. A total of 52 sets of gear will be distributed to 13 departments in need. Stay tuned to the NVFC web site, Dispatch newsletter, and Facebook page, as well as the Globe Facebook page, for additional information and announcements regarding the Globe Gear Giveaway.

 

About Globe :Firefighters need to be prepared to perform at their peak, on every call. That’s why Globe delivers the most advanced, best-fitting, and longest lasting protection by listening to our customers, creating breakthrough designs, and applying the engineering skills of the nation’s most trusted turnout gear manufacturer. Globe turnout gear is designed to protect you, move with you, and improve your performance. It’s athletic gear for firefighters. Learn more at www.globeturnoutgear.com. Globe is now part of MSA. 

 

About DuPont Protection Solutions: DuPont Protection Solutions (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit www.dupont.com.

 

About the NVFC: The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides invaluable resources, programs, education, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. Learn more at www.nvfc.org.

 


 

School District Collective Bargaining Agreement

Submitted By The Pittsfield School Board

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

 

We respectfully offer a reminder to all Pittsfield voters that you will have the opportunity to cast your vote regarding a new proposed teacher collective bargaining agreement from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19, at Town Hall.

 

A letter in last week’s Suncook Valley Sun stated inaccurate information regarding this important vote.  The letter stated that “there will be a special day of voting at the town hall from 7 to 7 on September 19 to reconsider the teacher’s contract that was turned down at the School Meeting last March.”  Make no mistake here, this statement is simply not true.

 

In fact, several distinct elements differentiate this proposed contract from the one that was narrowly rejected by the voters at school district meeting in March.  These differences include:

 

• Term:  the term of the previous proposal was three years; the term of the new proposal is a one-year;

 

• Salary Schedule:  the previous proposal included a 1% increase of the salary schedule; the current contract contains no increase;

 

• Incentives:  the previous proposal included modest salary incentives for teachers to remain in Pittsfield; the current contract contains no incentive salary increases.

 

• Maximum Step Increases:  the previous proposal included a .1% per year increase for senior teachers on the maximums step; the current contract does not include an increase for senior teachers.

 

• Cost:  the estimated increased cost of the previous proposal was $113,319; the estimated cost of the new proposal is $66,486.

 

• Tax Impact:  the estimated tax impact of the previous proposal was $.43/thousand; the estimated tax impact of the new proposal is $.25/thousand.

 

Following the March vote, the Board reinstituted negotiations with the Education Association of Pittsfield and agreed to a new and different proposal.  While we remain disappointed in the rejection of the previous proposal, we strongly encourage your support of the new proposal with a YES vote on Tuesday, September 19.

 


 

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Clive and Lois Babkirk, formerly of Epsom, will be celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary on September 21st. It would be special for them to receive cards from their NH friends. M/M Clive Babkirk Sr., 9380 George Collins Pkwy., New Market, VA. 22844.

 


 

TOPS News

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Pictured are: Left-Sandy Gilmore, Right- Peg Driscoll

 

Our TOPS chapter recently  held a celebration to recognize two members with KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly) anniversaries. Peg Driscoll has kept her goal for 11 years.  Peg is very dedicated to the chapter with consistent attendance and helps with chapter functions such as fund raisers and attends workshops.  When she travels, she finds a TOPS chapter so she can weigh in.  Sandy Gilmore has been a KOPS for two years, staying at goal.  Sandy gives of her time and assistance to the chapter.  She states that maintaining her goal is a way of life and a choice she has made. We look up to these ladies and are proud of their achievements. Congratulations.

 

Several articles were read for our information and encouragement. Jon Martin read suggestions on how to stop sugar cravings and Sandy Gilmore read one on ways to help with sciatica through walking and biking.

 

We meet Tuesdays 6:30 at Berakah on Fairview Rd.  If you would like to visit, call Pat 435-5333 or Beth 435-7397.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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