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Pittsfield NH News

June 6, 2018

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Citizen of the Year


It is time to make nominations for Pittsfield’s 2018 Citizen of the Year. Please let us know who you feel deserves this honor for their actions and activities benefiting our town. A panel of former Citizens of the Year will decide from the nominations submitted who will get this honor. Please send your nomination as to who and why your nominee should be honored to:


Citizen of the Year

PO Box 173

Pittsfield, NH  03263


Nominations must be received by June 13,  2018.  Thank you. 



The Suncook Valley Area Lions Club (serving Barnstead & Pittsfield) had an Induction Ceremony at its monthly meeting and welcomes its newest members Gary and Wanda Mullen from Barnstead to the club. If you like having fun with friends and the good feeling you get from helping others please contact membership chair Ed Vien at 435-5052 for more  info.



The Merrimack County Stamp Collectors will hold its monthly meeting at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., Bow, on June 19, beginning at 1 pm.   We invite all who are interested in stamp collecting to attend, share their interest, buy, sell and trade.  Meet other collectors and learn more about their hobby and enjoy the fellowship of others with varied interests in Philatelic resources and issues.  Gain new insight and knowledge, sharing news articles and stories abut stamp collecting.   For more information call Dan Day at 603-228-1154.



Early Woodworking

in Pittsfield, Part 2


Join the Pittsfield Hisorical Society on June 13th at 7:00 pm for another informative presentation of the history of woodcraft in our town as told through its chairs. Using antique examples currently on display at the Historical Society Museum, we'll walk through the evolution of chair making and discover trade secrets old and new. The hands-on demonstration of traditional joinery is a must-see!


The Pittsfield Historical Society Headquarters is located at 13 Elm Street in Pittsfield.



School Funding Workshop – 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 13 – All Invited


Pittsfield taxpayer:  here’s your chance to learn more about the “worsening inequities in New Hampshire school funding,” as one of the lead attorneys in the Claremont lawsuits has described the challenges faced by Pittsfield and other “property poor” towns.


Although the New Hampshire Supreme Court has ruled that the responsibility for public education rests with the state, the related issues of equity in school spending for students and of equity in bearing the tax burden to support public schools still disadvantages students and taxpayers from towns like Pittsfield.


In fact, the current state funding system allows for “children in school districts with more valuable real estate [to] benefit from higher per-pupil spending, while their parents pay property taxes at much lower rates,” according to Attorney John Tobin.


Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky, also a lead attorney in the Claremont lawsuits, will present a workshop on New Hampshire school funding at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, at PMHS.  All Pittsfield residents are invited and urged to participate in this opportunity.


The Pittsfield School Board is considering steps to address this inequity.  Bring your voice into this important conversation:  6:00 p.m. June 13.



Letter To The Editor


On May 22, the Selectmen held a public hearing with the Library Trustees to accept comment on the disposition of the barn located at 37 Main Street. This barn, located next to the library, was donated to the town for future expansion of the library.


The main concern is the cost of restoring the barn so that it can serve as a functional wing to the library. It is clear that the library is not ready to expand in the near future and if nothing is done, destroying the barn will become the only option. The thought of tearing down another historic building in town does not sit well with me. The demolition and removal will be costly and potentially leave us an ugly parking area for years to come.


At the hearing, I proposed an option to create a seasonal space that could be used by the library. Using volunteers and donations, I believe that we can create a clean, secure, and pleasant looking building, available for community use. I revisited the barn with two people who have had experience with barn restoration and confirmed that this is a viable option.


I am planning on presenting this idea to the Library Trustees and would like to know the level of support by the citizens. I am also interested in understanding how the community could use this space. One suggestion was a farmers' market. Please let me know what you think about this idea and if you are willing to support the effort by volunteering or donating. Please email [email protected] or call me at 603-396-6663.


Clayton Wood





Dear Suncook Valley Community, 

We are writing to ask people to help us to recycle. We have been learning that sea animals are dying. We’ve seen examples of many animals sick or dying because of plastic in the ocean.


Did you know that garbage that ends up in the ocean comes together in a place called a garbage patch, which looks like a floating pile of garbage? If we don’t keep sea animals safe from trash in the sea, they will die. We won’t have any seafood to eat, like yummy lobster, shrimp, fish and crabs.


We should recycle as much as possible. We learned from Lisa at BCEP that our towns can recycle clean paper, plastic with numbers 1 and 2, glass that is rinsed out, and metal. The more we recycle, the more new things we can have!


We are helping to keep less trash out of landfills. Sea animals will be healthier and happier because there is less trash in the ocean. We’ve been working hard to do more recycling in our classroom. Please join us and recycle anything you can! 


Your friends in the M&M class at Pittsfield Elementary School, 

Aiden, Kayla, Keegan, Payton, and Raymond



Free Patriotic Concert


Music old and new is what you will experience at the free patriotic concert Friday, June 15, 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main Street, Pittsfield. All ages are sure to enjoy “Salute to America!” with delightful American favorites, a salute to our Armed Forces and many other familiar songs.


It will feature the church’s Chancel Choir and JuBellation Handbell Choir and other participants. Light refreshments will be served.


Don’t miss this lovely event – an evening of glorious music honoring our country. Parking and wheelchair accessible entry are available at the Chestnut Street entrance. More information at: or 435-7471. God Bless America!



Letter To The Editor


To the editor:

Thank you for prominently featuring the announcement of the 2018 Catamount Womenaid Spring Plant Sale in The Suncook Valley Sun. The May 19 event at The Lily Inn in Epsom was well attended by your readers; many of those attending said that they had come because of seeing the article in your paper.


We are thankful for the many home gardeners who donated plants and for the volunteers who helped us pot up over 500 plants! Several area businesses also donated to the sale: Cavarretta Gardens in Northwood, The Copper House in Epsom, K and K Landscaping in Epsom, Piney Woods Farm in Deerfield, Pleasant View Gardens in Loudon and the Van Berkum family in Deerfield.


Almost $2,200 was raised, all of which will be used to provide immediate emergency financial assistance to men, women and children in Deerfield, Epsom, Northwood, Pittsfield and Strafford. 


Our next fundraising event will be the Deerfield Veterinary Clinic/Catamount 5K at the Deerfield Fairgrounds on November 4. Learn more about Catamount Womenaid at Volunteers are needed throughout the year; contact [email protected].



Christie Gerasimchik

Fran Miller



From The Farm - Glorious Grass

Submitted By Carole Soule

​Cows enjoy grass at a leased pasture in Canterbury.


June is upon us and thanks to lots of rain and snow, grass is exploding out of the ground. This abundance means it's time for the “Cow Taxi” to deliver our fifty or so head of cattle to remote pastures leased from local landowners.


When asked how many acres it takes to feed a cow my answer is always, “It depends.” It depends on rain, on the density of the grass, on management practices. For instance, am I practicing “Rotational Grazing” or “Continuous Stocking?” Rotational Grazing mimics feeding patterns of native critters such as the buffalo. Remember in the song “Home on The Range” the line “Where the Buffalo Roam”?  By roaming, buffalo created rich, lush pastures. Buffalo would strip a landscape of vegetation, fertilizing as they moved through an area. Then they would move on, giving plenty of time for grass to re-grow until they returned to graze weeks or months later.


“Continuous Stocking” means leaving livestock on a pasture for months or maybe all summer. Livestock continuously nibble the new grass never giving it time to reach 8 or 10 inches - the perfect height for grazing. This method doesn't allow roots to grow; what you see above ground is reflected in the root system. If grass is 1 inch tall, then the roots are only 1 inch which means that in a drought the grass is going to wither. If grass is 10 inches tall, the roots are 10 inches deep - giving access to moisture even without rain.


When the grass pops out of the ground in May and June, it's a rush to move fifty of my seventy-five head of cattle to greener pastures. Miles Smith Farm has only thirty-five acres of fields, where I keep about twenty-five head during the summer. To graze the others, we lease nearby pastures. Right now most of our cattle are happily munching grass on fields in Barnstead, Canterbury, Boscawen, Gilmanton, and Cole Garden Center. As the livestock eat through the early Spring grass, we'll “taxi” them to other leased fields, giving the eaten fields time to recover. With enough rain, we can return them to these first pastures after the grass has recovered.


After a few years of grazing, the quality of our leased pastures has improved. It's easy to see the difference between fields that have been mechanically mowed and those that are harvested by cattle. The grass is sumptuous, weed-less, and brush-free where cows have been pastured. The mechanically mowed fields are weedy and lean.


Cattle and grass were made for each other, no doubt about it and as the cow taxi shuttles animals around you can be sure that we are treating our cows to the best grass possible while improving the soil. Other local farmers may not have a “Cow Taxi” but many practice rotational graing, so if you want to make a difference, skip buying meat from “away.” Seek out a local farmer, buy a quarter or half a cow to put in your freezer and you will be doing your part to help the local economy and keep the grass growing as the “Buffalo Roam.” 


Carole Soule is co-owner of Miles Smith Farm, in Loudon, NH. She can be reached at [email protected].








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