Pittsfield NH News

December 12, 2018


Huge Donation From Globe Community Fund


The Pittsfield Historical Society is very excited to announce that the Globe Community Fund has made a major contribution to its building fund for the new Society Headquarters and Museum.  This very generous donation will help sponsor the Museum Room on the main floor of the new building.


The Globe Community Fund was established by the Freese Family just prior to selling The Globe so that it could continue to support important initiatives in the Town of Pittsfield.  The Fund operates under the auspices of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.  The Society is honored that the Fund recognizes the importance of preserving Pittsfield’s rich history and promoting on-going education about our town through its artifacts, archives, and programs.


This contribution advances the fundraising efforts of the Society in a very significant way and insures that ground-breaking will occur in the early spring of 2019.


Our very sincere thanks are extended to the former owners of the Globe Manufacturing Company which established the Fund, and to those who selected the Society as a recipient of its largess.  We are very grateful for their support.



Local Realtor/Owner, Donna Ward, Named In The Top 100

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Exit Realty Corp. International has published their list of The Top 100 Real Estate Professionals in North America for four categories.  Donna Ward of EXIT Reward Realty  was named #89 of The Top 100 Listers for the period ending June 30, 2018.  This honor distinguishes her in the highly competitive field of Real Estate as she was the only New Hampshire EXIT Realtor named on the list. Donna has been in the business of helping our community buy and sell real estate since 1995 and has owned EXIT Reward Realty since 2005.  


EXIT Reward Realty is a local Real Estate Brokerage located at 79 High Street in Pittsfield.  They are dedicated to serving Buyers and Sellers with professional service in the Suncook Valley and Lakes Region of New Hampshire.



Weaning Calves Can Soothe The Soul

Submitted By Carole Soule

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Three Scottish Highlander Steers: Felix, Milo, Pebbles.


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Weanlings enjoying a meal of hay.


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Author Carole Soule snuggles with Scottish Highlander steers:  Felix, Milo and Pebbles.


Ten pairs of eyes followed me with friendly interest as I served up their evening meal with a pitchfork. Vegans now, these calves are off dairy. During their first six months, they were nursed and taught by their mothers how to be well-behaved cattle. Now the calves no longer depend on their mothers; they depend on me.


December is weaning time at Miles Smith Farm. That's when we separate the spring-born calves from their mothers. Regular readers with excellent memories might recall a calf named Jazzy who was born in a ravine behind the farmhouse during a May snowstorm. Another one called Henry, was born in the same protected spot. Well, they are the two of the calves being weaned in the Class of 2018.


Calves are born in the spring by design. A bull is put with the cows from mid-July to August so that calves will be born nine months later-in April and May the following year. It's timed so that the nursing mothers have plenty of delicious (and free) grass to eat all summer.


Providing milk for a 400-pound nursing calf, as well as nutrition for a fetus, can be stressful for the newly-pregnant cows, so we wean the 6-month-old calves in December. Mom gets a break, and I get to know the calves better.


   I already know that Allie and Ferdinand like to escape from the pasture and hang out together in the feed bunker to sleep in the soft hay. Francesco prefers the company of the older cows. Henry, another escape artist, can squeeze himself through the narrow space next to the water trough to get out of the holding pen. But to achieve rapport with calves, you have to be in among them.


At first, calves who have never known the touch of a human or the feel of a halter just want to run away. But once they realize the halter is sturdy and escape is not possible, curiosity takes over. I put my head down, and Jazzy, who had been fighting me a minute before, sniffs my hair. When I do the same with Felix, he pulls my hat off. Rather than run off in fear, after a few days of handling, the weanlings let me walk behind and around them; they let me pat and scratch them. These calves, who were so wild and skittish just days before, accept me in all my human strangeness as part of the herd. (I guess it doesn't hurt that I feed them.) The peace that radiates from them seeps into my soul and calms my spirit.


Weaning is also the time to scout for talent. Which calves will make effective oxen? Which heifers will make good mothers? And which might become one of Miles Smith Farm's famous riding cattle? It's all part of savoring their personalities as the calves reveal them to me. 


If you're ever in the neighborhood, why don't you stop by the farm and meet some of my lively and winsome associates? You'll get some idea of why December is my favorite month.


Carole Soule is co-owner of Miles Smith Farm. She can be reached at cas@milessmithfarm.com.



Christmas… A Time Of Coming Home

Submitted By Dot Hardy


Wow! I can't believe how quickly these last few months have gone by!! I don't know about you, but it seems like we were just enjoying the warm summer sunshine and now we are only weeks away from Christmas!! As I started to write this article, I found myself thinking about Christmas memories. Some were bitter sweet, like the loss of a dear friend, … others made me smile, like when I think about my 4 grandchildren… another brings a quiet joy as I think about my recent reconciliation with a close friend whom I hadn’t seen in over 30 years. (How did soooo much time get away?!?)


TIME… the one thing we can’t recapture … even as I sit here typing,it is slipping by… Mary and I were the best of friends in high school… She was my maid of honor… She held my first born daughter… and yet a breach happened and time drifted away. .. until one day I heard that quiet voice of God telling me to call her … I was terrified truthfully… of being rejected … of getting hurt … of hurting her…. You know those feelings.  30 years had gone by… Well, I found myself one Saturday at a craft fair in Maine where I knew Mary had a booth.  Would I know her? Would she know me? I looked at every face there, wondering if that was her. Then suddenly, as I walked into another room, I knew. When I introduced myself to her, it was suddenly as if no time had passed at all! Mary came flying around the booth, and we were in each other’s arms … all hurts gone … all love restored…We are now building a new relationship. Do I wish we never lost those years … you bet! But there is a whole life ahead of us to share. All because of that Quiet Voice.


What about you? Maybe there is someone in your life that needs that phone call, or conversation.


Maybe, it’s been a long time since you’ve even heard that quiet voice of God … or never have. Time is still passing by, but the great thing about God is that while He knows about all the hurts, all the bad choices, all the sadness, He’s still there for you. All you have to do is reach out to Him. Talk to Him. He’s right there, and He has NEVER stopped loving you. Don’t let time keep you from building a new relationship with Him. You’ve got a whole life ahead of you, whether it is days or years. Don’t get caught looking behind and regretting what was. Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 NIV)


Christmas is a good time to reach out … to God … to others. We here at the Pittsfield Advent Christian Church  would love to meet you … to maybe build a new friendship. We meet on Sundays at 9:30 for worship, but many of us are at the church at 8:45 for coffee and chatting. Why not drop in and check us out. (We’re really quite a friendly group.)  The Pittsfield Advent Christian Church is located at 68 Main St. Pittsfield, NH 603-848-8050. Worship begins at 9:30.  Small groups meet on the   1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month.


Until later ( hopefully sooner) …. love, Dot





Letter To The Editor


Thank you to everyone who attended and served at this years 7th Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner at Park Street Baptist Church.


Once again this year we enjoyed a wonderful time of fellowship and giving thanks celebrating God’s many blessings.  


"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.”     1 Thessalonians 5: 18 NIV


Traditionally, on Thanksgiving, many gather with family and friends, and take the time to think about what we are thankful for. 


This year’s 7th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner is dedicated to those in our community.  


Sharing a Holiday and food is a wonderful opportunity and blessing to build relationships with our neighbors.   


It was a privilege to serve a full Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings, and many more meals were delivered to those homebound community members of Pittsfield and Barnstead. 


Of course the efforts of this gathering could not have been accomplished without the support of the many who contributed.  


A special thank you to Associated Grocers of Pembroke, Mary Winslow of Barnstead, Edward Winslow of Barnstead, Elisha Winslow of Barnstead, 


Steve and Lea Adams of Pittsfield, Robin O’Malley of Barnstead, Debbie Gaspar of Pittsfield, Fred and Laura Okrent of Pittsfield, Elizabeth Hitchcock of Pittsfield, Park Street Baptist Church, and to The Suncook Sun. 



Thomas and Elizabeth Hitchcock



Post-Secondary Certificates?

Submitted By John Freeman, Pittsfield Superintendent of Schools


When talking about a student’s next-steps after high school, the conversations often starts with talk of college.  For some students, the talk stops there.  For a variety of reasons, many students are not interested in pursuing a two- or four-year degree at a college or university.  


Instead, many students feel ready to jump into the workforce. Certainly, the appeal of independence and regular paychecks are inviting for young people.  But, transitioning directly into the workforce without any additional education or training can be limiting in the long term.


An alternative to both a degree program and workforce entry with a high school diploma is a certificate program.  Certificates, the second most common post-secondary awards, indicate that the holder has completed a specialized program with a limited number of focused, career-oriented courses.


Our Community College System of New Hampshire offers a broad array of certificate programs to support entry into the workforce with focused, advanced education beyond high school.  I encourage our Pittsfield students (and their parents) to take some time to explore the offerings of our community colleges (www.ccsnh.edu).


The range of offerings is amazing and includes certificates in areas such as advanced automotive, wedding planning management, massage, electrical line worker, small business management, library technology, robotics, hotel and restaurant management, early childhood education, fire science, mental health support worker, welding technology, culinary arts, commercial driver training, sign language, bookkeeping, motor cycle maintenance and repair, personal training, heating services, and veterinary practice management, among many, many others (www.ccsnh.edu/academics/programs).

All told, our Community College System offers more than 200 certificate and degree programs which 28,000 students (93% of whom are New Hampshire residents) take advantage of annually.


Recently, I toured Manchester Community College and came away very impressed with both the facilities and opportunities for students.  For example, their automotive technology programs are offered in state-of-the-art labs (not yet one year old) and provide internships at the region’s auto dealerships, as well as competitions that provide scholarship awards to high-performing students.


It’s never too early to begin planning for the future.  And, it’s a good idea to plan for the long-term when looking toward high school graduation.  Traditional colleges don’t serve everyone’s interests or needs; certificate programs at our community colleges provide young people with focused learning which lead to well-paying careers.



Letter To The Editor

Select Board meeting 12/4/18


December BOS meetings changed to 1st and 3rd Tuesday in order to get in two meetings without scheduling on Christmas.  


Erica and Ammy collected 86% of real estate taxes by the due date which might be some kind of record, and the health of town finances gets a boost as well.  Those responsible for keeping the bills paid at the town hall truly appreciate it and we all thank the taxpayers.


A resident who had been asked to clean up an illegal junkyard came in to give us a progress report and ask for an extension due to the lousy weather we’ve been having that has made it impossible to move some of the heavier things because of mud.  We appreciate the cooperation residents have shown when we’ve had to enforce town ordinances.  It certainly makes awkward circumstances a lot easier on everybody.


Two new cardiac monitors that the fire dept. needs in order to keep the State certification for the ambulance were approved.  We have the money in the reserve fund so there won’t be a direct tax impact on the 2019 budget.


Four Select Board proposed zoning amendments were approved to go on the ballot next March.  A public hearing will be scheduled by the planning board for input from residents.  Zoning amendments can be proposed by the planning board, the select board or by citizen’s petition. Amendment details will be available at the town hall for inspection, in addition to the hearing(s).


Richard Guild was appointed to the Housing Standards Agency as landlord representative.  


Diana Westgate’s resignation was accepted, with regret, from the Conservation Commission after many years of volunteer service.  Thank you Diana.  


A real estate assessment abatement was approved for 87 River Rd.  Two timber tax warrants were approved.


Carl Anderson



Letter To The Editor

The good, the bad, and the untrue.


A lot has been said about the Pittsfield Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) this year, some of it good, some of it bad, and a lot of it just plain untrue. Some seem to think that zoning laws and the ZBA are just in place to prevent property owners from doing what they want with their property.


This could not be further from the truth. The zoning laws and the ZBA are in place to protect property values and help property owners work together to pursue their own versions of “Happiness” without infringing on someone else’s “Happiness.” This is what the ZBA attempts to do every time it meets.


Contrary to common opinion, the ZBA is made up of Pittsfield residents who want to serve their town and its people. They are extraordinary only because they willingly give up two Thursday nights a month to help Pittsfield fairly and lawfully resolve zoning and land use disputes.


If you are willing to give the time and have a desire to help our town, the ZBA would welcome your participation as an alternate board member. Citizenship in the town of Pittsfield, a desire to learn, and an open mind are the only requirements to serve. We are also looking for full time board members as well. Anyone interested in serving please contact us at zoning@pittsfieldnh.gov


The Pittsfield Zoning Board of Adjustment



Candlelight Christmas Eve


Join your friends and neighbors and bring the whole family to a wonderful traditional candlelight service Monday, December 24, Christmas Eve, 7 p.m., at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main St., Pittsfield. The service includes beautiful music by the Chancel Choir and the JuBellation Handbell Choir, scripture lessons, the story of the first Christmas, the sanctuary shimmering in real candlelight and the singing of “Silent Night.” 


Include this lovely evening service in your holiday plans. Parking and wheelchair accessible entry are available at rear of church at Chestnut Street. For more information, call the church office at 435-7471.



Old Views Of Pittsfield Highlight 2019 Calendar   


Photographs of Pittsfield dating from c1864 up through a winter aerial view from the 1940’s or early 1950’s are depicted and described in the 2019 calendar from the Pittsfield Historical Society. Also included with the fourteen photos is a current map of Pittsfield’s Historic Trail. Calendars can be purchased at the Pittsfield Town offices, the Josiah Carpenter Library and the Pittsfield Historical Society headquarters on most Tuesday mornings between 9 am and noon, or by calling Fuzz Freese at 603-435-7777. Cost is still only $10.  Don’t leave 2018 without one.  



You're Invited!

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Are you a parent or family member to a Pittsfield Student? Do you care about student success and want to deepen your leadership skills to support school improvements?


Parent Leaders with the Family and Community Engagement Team (FACE) of Pittsfield Listens invite you to join for our interest meeting! Thursday, December 13th at 5:30-7 pm at the Pittsfield Listens office (74 Main Street in the Community Center).


Learn more about how we are working to ensure parent and family voice is authentically incorporated into the Pittsfield Schools and building a thriving Family-School partnership-- and how you can get involved.


Dinner provided. Kids are welcome- we’ll have a kids corner and childcare available. Contact us for a ride. Bring a friend and enter a raffle for a $20 Gift Certificate.


Pittsfield Listens encourages underrepresented youth, parent, family, and community voice on issues and policies that directly affect their educations and lives. Contact info@pittsfieldlistens.com or 603-312-6980 for more information.













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