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April 11, 2018

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Per Vote Of The District Committee



Come apply for a Passport at the Pittsfield Post Office, 2 Elm St., Pittsfield, NH! Our Passport Acceptance Hours are 8AM-11AM/1PM-3PM. Monday to Friday, No appointment  required. Saturday, 8-12, appt. required.


You must present: evidence of US Citizenship, photocopy of Citizenship evidence, photo ID, and photocopy of photo ID.


We have a Saturday Passport Event scheduled for YOU! Saturday, April 21st, 8AM-2PM.


We can take your photo, too!



The Pittsfield Historical Society is looking for someone interested in helping to design a new headquarters and museum. It would be wonderful if an architect would step forward, or someone with some experience in designing buildings. If interested, please contact Larry Berkson at 798-3984.



Pianist Matthew Odell In Concert

7:00 pm April 21st, First Congregational Church of Pittsfield 


Enjoy a wonderful evening of music including the New Hampshire premier of Fantasy by David Conte. The concert is free, with donations collected to benefit both the Pittsfield Food Pantry and Josiah Carpenter Library.



During the month of April, every Fight Hunger Bag sold at the Hannaford store located at: 174 First NH Turnpike, Northwood NH, will generate a $1 donation to support PES FOOD4KIDS! The Fight Hunger Bags can be found on the reusable bag rack and at various registers. Visit the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program website



The Pittsfield Players Present Neil Simon’s First Play

“Come Blow Your Horn”

One Weekend ONLY - May 4, 5 And 6


Carole Neveaux directs a stellar cast in Neil Simon’s “Come Blow Your Horn,” the first play he ever wrote. If you listen carefully to the dialogue you’ll hear the name of a character that didn’t appear in another of his plays until five years later!


The setting is 1960s New York City and budding playwright, Buddy Baker, (presumedly Neil Simon) has flown the coop. Literally. He’s tired of his father, Harry Baker, not taking him seriously and being crowed at like a rooster whenever he comes home late (or early in the morning!), after all he just turned 25!


Buddy runs to his big brother’s bachelor pad where brother, Alan, takes Buddy under his wing and teaches him how to be a real ladies man. Alan’s reputation of parties, bars, late nights, ski weekends, golf outings, and many women finally catches up with him though when main squeeze, Connie, pops the question.


In the meantime, Alan has set up little brother with wild Peggy who will do almost anything for a part in one of Oscar Manheim’s films. The problem is Manheim doesn’t exist. He’s an MGM executive that Alan made up to spend more time with good time, air-headed Peggy while Connie is on the road pursuing her own career in the entertainment industry.


The brothers’ good time hits the fan when mom shows up and is determined to join their bachelors’ den because she’s no longer feeling the love from husband, Harry, after 37 years of marriage. Hilarity ensues when mother is left alone with Alan’s phone that seems to ring non-stop and Mrs. Baker figures out there must be some “carrying on” going on.


Ernie Bass plays Alan Baker, Jordan Gagan assumes the role of brother, Buddy, Mrs. Baker is played by Meggin Dail while husband Harry is performed by Marty Williams. Cathy Williams is featured as Connie and Alex Keyes as Peggy.


You’d be remiss if you didn’t meet the Bakers and Connie and Peggy on May 4, 5 or 6 at the Scenic Theatre, home of The Pittsfield Players, 7:30 PM sharp! Please come early as we can only hold reserved seats until 7:15pm. Tickets, $15 can be purchased at the door or online through TicketLeap via For more information on the show, including “dinner and a show” tickets in conjunction with Main Street Grill, please call (603) 435-8852.



The Pittsfield Players are planning their second venture of having an evening dinner/theatre night for their patrons.  This will be in conjunction with the comedy by Neil Simon's play "Come Blow Your Horn" directed by Carole Neveux, on May 4th & 5th. Pictured above:  Scott Partridge, chef/owner of the Main St. Grille in Pittsfield, and Carole , director of the show. They are selecting  three entre choices for the evenings. Picked were Chicken Marsella, Baked Haddock, Steak Tips.  Included with the dinner will be salad and dessert.  Last year over 40 people took advantage of this price saving combo. Reservations can be made by calling the theatre:  435-8852



Central VNA & Hospice Employs Arts, Music, Nature & Healing In A New Grief Workshop Series

​Local professional painter and sculptor, Kathryn Field, supports participants like Ginny Caple as they craft hand-made books, calendars and more at the first of four hands-on grief workshops hosted this spring by Central VNA & Hospice.  This Arts, Music, Nature, Hope Workshop is free and open to the public; upcoming activities on April 14, May 12, and Jun 16 include forming clay luminaries, creating harp melodies, starting seeds, poetry, fly-tying, and jewelry-making.


Each person finds their own path through the heartbreak of grief.  This spring, neighbors of all ages across the Lakes Region are invited to explore how art, music, and nature can be a part of a path of healing through loss and finding wells of creativity and solace as they remember loved ones.


On Saturday, March 10, neighbors ranging in age from 8 to 80 and every decade in between participated in the first of a series of four expressive arts workshops hosted by Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice.  Each workshop offers several options guided by artists from the local community with support from grief care staff and volunteers.


Participants that first morning worked with local artists to form clay luminaries, imprinting names and the textures of jewelry or favorite flowers of loved ones in the clay to let candle light show through.   They drew, cut, and braided vibrant paper into calendars and books of remembrance and created melodies on the harp and keyboard using the tones and chords of loved ones names.  Some even started seeds with the enduring hope that our winter may yet end.


Some participants came as a family.  Others brought a friend or came on their own.  Some were remembering children.  Others held parents, spouses, or friends in their hearts.  Some losses were years ago, some quite recent.  Some participants spent the entire two hours in one activity.  Others got their hands messy in many.  There was quietness, experimentation, laughter, and tears


“Sometimes art, music, and nature can help us honor our connection to a loved one in ways that take us out of the torment of our heads . . . letting our bodies and hearts remember and heal,” shares Dan Kusch who provides bereavement and spiritual care at Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice.  “Often friends or members of the same family grieve differently and it can be lonely.  Another gift of these workshops is safe space to have a shared experience and also offer each person their own ways to express their loss and love.”


Upcoming workshops are Saturdays 10am-Noon on April 14, May 12, and June 16 in Laconia.  Upcoming activities shared by local artists include harp and keyboard, pottery, wire jewelry, poetry and writing, hand-made books, fly-tying (for fly-fishing), wind chimes, paper boat luminaries, and more.  The last two workshops are close to Mother’s and Father’s Days and may be especially good openings to honor mother, father, and parent figures in our lives. These workshops are free and open to the public.  All ages are welcome.  Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 


Other upcoming Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice events supporting those who have experienced a loss include 7-week “Living with Grief Support Groups” offered in Laconia (Thursdays, starts April 12) and Wolfeboro (Tuesdays, starts April 17) and an “Interfaith Service of Remembrance” open to all members of the community on Sunday, April 15 at 4pm at Wolfeboro First Congregational Church.


For more information and to register for any of these grief support offerings, please call Dan at 524-8444 or



From The Farm - Babies Are Due

Submitted By Carole Soule

​Missy (foreground) and Kelsie, Highlander Cows, are expecting a calves at Miles Smith Farm.


No newborns yet. Eleven calves and myriad piglets are due, but expectant mothers are …still expecting. I know how many calves are coming as each cow typically gives birth to a single baby. Occasionally, the birth of twins has occurred at Miles Smith Farm without incident. However, given a choice, I hope our cows don’t deliver twins.


Giving birth to one calf is stressful for the cow. Giving birth to two is dangerous. The calves need to take turns arriving and could get stuck. Even if both make it to the world alive, mother cow can get confused and tend to only one calf while ignoring the other. Another concern is that when a male and a female are a set of twins, the girl will most likely be sterile. This condition is known as “freemartinism.”


Usually, the cows on our farm give birth in the field where I check them twice a day.  Spotting a cow in labor indicates a birth soon, and calls for closer vigilance. If no calf appears soon, we'll put the mother-to-be in the holding pen where I’ll examine her and call the vet, if necessary.


It is best to wait for the calf to show up without help, but even then a farmer’s job isn’t done. Once born, mom and baby need to stay in the holding pen so they can bond and we verify the calf is nursing. A few years ago a mother's teats were too large for her weak bull calf. He couldn’t nurse so we had to tube feed him until he was strong enough to suckle on his own. Even then, the baby needed a helping hand for a few days. We named that one ‘Flash’ because he could have left us …in a flash.


Each cow is either a natural or not at giving birth. One cow named ‘Cream’ always needs assistance. For the past two years we’ve helped, but because she is easy to handle and produces superior calves, it's not a problem. During birthing season, I keep all the cows close to home because both the mother and calf can die if they don’t receive assistance when needed.


While each cow usually produces one calf, a pig’s litter-size varies. Last year, a sow named ‘Sarah’ had sixteen piglets and in 2016 Charlotte, our eight-hundred-pound pet pig, gave birth to seven. It’s hard to tell how many will be born but is critical to select sows with twelve to fourteen ‘feeding stations.’ A ‘feeding station’ is a nipple and each baby needs a ‘station’ to survive. The currently pregnant sow, ‘Lucky,’ has fourteen nipples, so she's ready for a large litter. I thought ‘Lucky’ was due two weeks ago, but instead of ‘squiglets,’ she keeps getting bigger and bigger.


Several times a day I check for new arrivals but I’m almost glad they've all waited. The weather is warmer, the holding pen is ready… and so are we. Do you think eleven calves and perhaps sixteen piglets will come in a single day? Oh, my! Anyone out there willing to help? We might need it.


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








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