South Pittsfield Friends Church will be open on Sunday, August 26th
with Pastor Harold Muzzey as the speaker. Services
begins at 1:00 pm and all are welcome. There will be no
service on Sunday, August 19th.
From The Farm: The Chemistry Of Cattle
Submitted By Carole Soule
Yearling cattle vie for the mineral pan
Elspeth, a three-year-old Highlander Heifer, licks the
yearlings crowded around the pan, butting each other for the best
spot. You'd think the pan contained yummy grain, but instead, I had
filled it with a mixture of minerals. Cattle, just like humans, need
minerals to survive, and the yearling herd had been without loose
minerals for a few days.
cattle get most of the 10 minerals they need by eating hay or grass,
but that diet is deficient in three necessary minerals – copper,
zinc, and selenium. Without minerals, cows may lose appetite, their
hooves may deteriorate, and in extreme cases, they can die. Bottom
line: Cattle perform better and utilize feed more efficiently with
minerals in their diet.
About 10 years ago one of my 4-month-old calves seemed a bit
sluggish but was otherwise healthy. A few days later he was dead,
with his distressed mom standing over him. Devastated, I called the
vet who, without a lot of costly tests, was unable to determine a
cause of death. The next year another calf died in the same way.
With two cases to analyze, the vet was able to point the finger at
selenium deficiency. When a third calf showed similar symptoms, the
vet ordered injections of selenium. Selenium deficiency causes
“white muscle disease” (similar to muscular dystrophy) in newborn
calves. Selenium deficiency can also cause calves to be weak at
birth and increases their susceptibility to diseases like scours.
New England soil is devoid of selenium, so it must be provided to
cattle in either a mineral block for licking or granulated for
regular chomping. Other sources of selenium are seafood and nuts,
but sadly they are not on the bovine menu.
While selenium is essential for calf health, it can also be toxic.
Cattle need just the right dosage of the correct minerals to thrive.
And what is the best way to administer the proper dosage? Consult
Cattle have brilliant digestive systems that tell the animal what
and how much to eat. Given the opportunity, a cow will always make
the right choice – not too much and not too little. So we provide
loose minerals in a pan, and they help themselves. Most minerals are
not stored in their bodies in significant amounts. So the consistent
intake of a balanced mineral supplement is essential.
We also provide a solid 20-pound mineral block called a “salt lick,”
which the cattle can lick when the loose minerals have been eaten
up. The licks come in red (trace minerals), white (just salt) and
green (trace minerals, including selenium), and one block can last
six months or more.
like cattle, humans need a daily intake of minerals to survive, but
the human digestive system not as discerning as a cow's. For
instance, I'd prefer getting my salt and potassium from a Triscuit -
not a salt block. The difference is that I'd keep eating long after
my system's need for minerals is satisfied. Triscuit anyone?
Soule is co-owner of Miles Smith Farm, in Loudon, NH. She can be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auditions Slated For August 19 And 20 At Scenic Theatre
Pittsfield Players will hold auditions for their fall musical,
Camelot, at The Scenic Theatre, 6 Depot St. in Pittsfield, on Sunday
and Monday, August 19 and 20, at 7 pm both evenings. Director Maye
Hart is looking forward to selecting another great cast, with many
speaking parts, solo songs, and non-singing roles as well. We will
also be training in sword usage and sword fighting, as well as
building a wonderful set.
Camelot is a musical by Alan Jay Lerner (book and lyrics) and
Frederick Loewe (music). It is based on the King Arthur legend as
adapted from the T. H White novel The Once and Future King. The
original 1960 production ran on Broadway for 873 performances,
winning four Tony Awards and spawning several revivals, foreign
productions, and the 1967 film .The original cast album was
America's top-selling LP for 60 weeks and the musical has become
associated with the Kennedy Administration, which is sometimes
called the "Camelot Era.” The Players’ originally produced the show
in 1988, so this will be a revival, of sorts, for the group.
for the show include King Arthur; Merlyn, his magician
(non-singing); Guenevere; Lancelot; Pellinore (non-singing); Modred,
Arthur’s evil son; Morgan LeFay; Tom of Warwick (young boy,
non-singing); Sir Dinaden; Sir Lionel; Sir Sagramore; Squire Dap;
Lady Anne; and the nymph Nimue (solo singing). In addition, there
are 12 Lords and Ladies of Camelot that make up the chorus.
Auditioners will be asked to sing a song from the show, to
demonstrate a few simple dance steps, and to read from the script.
Those auditioning for the role of King Arthur should be prepared to
sing the song Camelot, or I Wonder What the King is Doing Tonight.
Those auditioning for Guenevere should come prepared to sing Where
Are The Simple Joys of Maidenhood or Before I Gaze At You Again.
Lancelot hopefuls should prepare C’est Moi or If Ever I Would Leave
You. And those auditioning for Modred’s part should prepare The
Seven Deadly Sins. All other auditioners can prepare any song from
the show. Our accompanist Phil Breton will be at auditions with the
score to provide the music. If you are interested in working on just
the technical parts of the show –set building and painting, lighting
booth, etc. please contact Maye Hart.
show will run at The Scenic Theatre November 9, 10, 11, 16, and 17.
For more information, contact
Pittsfield Beautification Committee Mum Sale
Pittsfield Beautification Committee is a non-profit organization
staffed by volunteers who plant and maintain the 2 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.
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 8th at the Aranosian Garden, (next to
Jack’s Pizza on Catamount Rd ), from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon.
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
always, thank you for your support!
To The Editor
Candidates Night for NH Senate District 17 and NH House of
Representatives Districts 21 and 29
community of Pittsfield is hosting a candidate’s night at 6:30pm on
Tuesday August 21st at Pittsfield Elementary School (you can enjoy
pizza and visits with neighbors at 6:00 pm). The theme of the
evening will be to discuss ways to strengthen equity in public
education, but all people who attend will be able have in depth
conversations with candidates about issues of personal interest.
People living in Allenstown, Epsom and Pittsfield are invited to
attend and talk to candidates for the NH House of Representatives.
NH Senate District 17 includes the towns of Allenstown, Chichester,
Deerfield, Epsom, Loudon, Northwood, Nottingham, Pembroke,
Pittsfield, Raymond and Strafford; citizens are invited to come and
talk with the senate candidates.
are interested in learning more about equity in education throughout
New Hampshire information links are posted on the Pittsfield School
District website. In addition, Education Funding 101 sessions
will be held in Newport at 6:00pm on August 14th, Derry at 6:30pm on
August 20th and in Berlin at 6:00pm on September 6th.
Additional sessions will be held in Keene and Rochester (more
sessions may be added). If you live in the Pittsfield area and
would like to car pool to attend an Education Funding 101 session,
you can contact Adam Gauthier at
To The Editor
Board meeting 8/7/18
issue meeting- vote on the Historical Society's request of a
donation of the vacant Washington House lot on Factory Hill as the
site for a new building for their headquarters. Two public hearings
were held earlier and by statute a decision had to be made by the
Select Board not later than the 7th. Thoughts remained; lost parking
lot revenue, The Historical Society is non-profit and not a town
entity, they’ve outgrown their present Elm St. quarters, benefit to
the town of an "attraction" to the downtown area that should speak
well of the town, preserving our heritage, to name some. Different
aspects had different importance to each us, so we did what we were
elected to do- vote our conscience. Relocating the Historical
Society has been on our plate since I took office, with numerous
ups, downs, twists and turns.
two options Tuesday night- make the donation and let the Historical
Society get moving on this project, or deny the request and send it
back to the drawing board for them to start over and try to resolve
all negative issues associated with the project to the satisfaction
of all Select Board members.
split decision we voted to make the donation. Speaking for myself, I
voted in favor of it, so that we can all move on with hopefully an
addition to the town that we can view with pride. The deed will come
with a clause that if for any reason the Historical Society cannot
continue to keep the property it will revert back to the town. The
members of the Society in attendance gave their word that they would
try to work out a parking situation for the four spaces that have
looking for several new members to join our writing group, which
meets weekly at the Maxfield Public Library in Loudon. This is
neither a club nor a class. It is a small group formed to provide
an opportunity for its members to work on their manuscripts and improve
their prose-writing skills while benefiting from the support,
encouragement, feedback, and accountability that working with other writers
lost a few of our members to job changes and relocations, leaving us
with openings for three or four new writers to join the group. If you're
serious about your craft, open to constructive criticism, able to meet weekly, and interested in
working collaboratively with other writers, please join us on
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Maxfield Public
Library. We'd love to meet you.
Tables, Not Podiums Candidates' Night
Pittsfield Listens and Pittsfield PTO will host a bipartisan forum
for state representatives and District 17 state senate candidates.
The forum will on August 21st from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the
Pittsfield Elementary School.
believe this format offers an opportunity for voters to connect with
candidates, so they’ll have a more informed vote, and also so
they’ll feel more comfortable reaching out to elected officials in
the future on issues that are important to them,” said Melissa
Babcock, president of the Pittsfield PTO.
the seventh year Pittsfield has used this format with local
candidates but it is the first time with state representative and
senate candidates. We believe the votes taken in Concord have a
greater impact on people’s daily lives than anything that happens in
contact Mo Baxley at Pittsfield Listens:
week marks Amber Ricci's last week on staff with Pittsfield Listens,
and we're going to miss them very much! Amber began with
Pittsfield Listens as a leader with Pittsfield Youth Voice in it
Together (PYViiT) as a Pittsfield High School student. Upon
graduating they joined on staff as the Youth Organizer Intern for
their gap year. We are deeply inspired by Amber's
participatory style leadership, and passion for supporting youth
voice on issues that impact them. Amber has helped to grow
PYViiT further into their community organizing work- including
growing relationships with more high school students and increasing
the PYViiT leadership base, supporting leaders to design and
facilitate workshops, and in growing their School Build Campaign. We
are grateful for all that Amber shines on for the Pittsfield
community and its schools. Join us in congratulating Amber on their
amazing work with Pittsfield Listens and PYViiT, and for their next
steps as a college student at the Southern NH University! Drop a
note on Facebook.com/pittsfieldlistens and stay in the loop at
Pittsfield Balloon Rally Frank H. Donovan 5K
Starting Line 2018.
Barry (l) of Northwood Wins 4th Place Overall and 1st place in his
age group - Award presented by Tom Raffio (r), CEO of Northeast
Fries (l) of Epsom Wins 6th place Overall and 3rd place in His Age
Group, Award presented by Tom Raffio (r), CEO of Northeast Delta
Kaplan (l) of Center Barnstead wins 3rd Place in Her Age Group -
Award presented by Tom Raffio (r), CEO of Northeast Delta Dental.
Vien, Mabel Johnson, and Jocelyn Ash (L to R), all of Pittsfield,
Cross the Finish Line.
Hayes of Center Barnstead.
Wood and Kathy Traynor of Pittsfield.
15-year-old Hayden Goyette crossing the finish line wtih 14-year-old
Lucas Fries close behind (both of Epsom).
Congratulations to all of the participants in this year’s Pittsfield
Balloon Rally Frank H. Donovan 5K! Runners brought their
smiles and positive attitudes to overcome the humidity and soggy
field. Participants included 35 local runners from Suncook Sun
towns, many of whom earned awards in their age categories: Jocelyn
Ash of Pittsfield, Kira Wood of Pittsfield, Zoe Kaplan of Center
Barnstead, Nathan Fries of Epsom, Sarah Martin of Pittsfield,
Samantha Zinn of Northwood, Robyn Millette of Pittsfield, Chad Hayes
of Center Barnstead, James Alexander of Epsom, Veronica Carter of
Northwood, Mike Goyette of Epsom, Andy Fries of Epsom, Kathy Traynor
of Pittsfield, Chris Ward of Pittsfield, and Mike Barry of
Northwood. Congrats to Sarah Martin who won SECOND place
overall for females with a time of 23:05 and Mike Barry who won
THIRD place overall for males with a time of 20:51!
June, we awarded the 2018 Frank H. Donovan scholarship to Tucker
Wolfe, PMHS senior, in the amount of $1500. Tucker will be
attending the University of Utah in the fall. We look forward
to presenting another scholarship next spring!
you to all of the volunteers, sponsors, and participants who made
this race possible. Mark your calendars for August 4, 2019 to
take part in this great Balloon Rally tradition!
Pittsfield Hot Air Balloon Rally August 5th, 2018
by Paullette Chagnon
Pittsfield Hot Air Balloon Rally August, 2018
By Meggin Dail
Lynn (Paige) Morgan
– Susan Lynn (Paige) Morgan, 61, of Pinewood Trail, died on Sunday,
August 5, 2018, at home, just where she wanted to be at the end,
with family members at her bedside. For 17 months, she had
courageously battled inflammatory breast cancer (IBC), a rare and
extremely aggressive form of the disease.
was born in Concord on November 2, 1956, a daughter of Gilbert and
June (Remington) Paige. She grew up in Pittsfield and graduated from
Pittsfield High School in 1974. She received her Bachelor of Arts
degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1978 with a major in
17th Century English Literature and a minor in Library Science. She
took graduate courses in Library Science at the University of Rhode
Island. She also earned a degree in Paralegal Studies from the
Thomas School of Business in 1994 and continued to further her
education by completing courses at several colleges and universities
December of 1987, she married the Rev. Charles M. Morgan, and
together in Pittsfield they raised their five children in a blended
family. Both Susan and Charles desired and did everything they could
to find success in creating a loving, unified family circle in which
all five would feel equally cherished and adored.
liked to work, and she was extremely efficient, diligent, and
capable in every job she held. Her most recent employment – for
nearly 20 years – was with the State of New Hampshire. She worked
first for the Department of Justice in several capacities, including
as the Coordinator of Victims of Violent Crime Compensation. Then
she worked for the Department of Education, from which she retired
in December, 2016. Prior employment included working for
Healthsource in the Legal Department, Blue Cross and Blue Shield in
Customer Service, the Paige Agency in Pittsfield as Vice-President
of Commercial Operations, Alpha Graphics in Pittsfield as an
editor/proofreader primarily of academic textbooks and medical
treatises, and as librarian at several libraries in New Hampshire.
was a member of the First Congregational Church in Pittsfield for 27
years, and she held positions on every board and committee except
for one. She loved the church for the opportunity it gave her to
help others in a positive, material way. She liked best to work in
the background, however – never as the center of attention in the
spotlight’s glare. After moving to Concord in 2004, she joined
Wesley United Methodist Church in 2009 and enjoyed worshipping there
until her declining health prevented her from attending services
toward the end of her life. Besides her church activities, she was
also very involved in different community volunteerisms, most often
behind the scenes – generous with her time and her financial
always wanted to live as simply as possible. The perfect day for her
was a day filled with time spent reading a riveting mystery or
thriller, a cup of coffee in hand, her little dog asleep and
snuggled in beside her, and her husband nearby doing the various
things he enjoyed. Then an evening with him in conversation,
listening to music, or more reading together. She also looked
forward to gatherings with their children and grandchildren, as well
as get-togethers with the larger, extended family of parents,
siblings, and others. She loved her home, and she loved being home.
And that is why she wanted to die at home.
survived by her husband of over 30 years, the Rev. Charles M. Morgan
of Concord; her mother June Paige of Concord; her children: Ash
Morgan and wife Ashley Kennedy of Pembroke; Brook T. Morgan of
Peabody, MA; Patrick Starkey and wife Melissa of Loudon; Blaze Raber
and husband Michael of Newmarket; and Amanda Starkey of
Kennebunkport, ME; six grandchildren: Shea, Chloe, Lesbelle,
Patrick, Lennox, and Brody; siblings: Cynthia Cook and husband
Michael of Ctr. Barnstead; Pete Paige of Pittsfield; Valerie Paige
of Cooperstown, NY; and Daphne Paige of Penacook; an aunt, nieces,
nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her father, Gilbert S.
Paige, in September, 2017.
Visitation will be held Friday evening, August 17, at the Waters
Funeral Home, 50 South Main St., Concord, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 18, at 11:00 AM in
the Wesley United Methodist Church, 79 Clinton St., Concord. The
Rev. Peter Hey, Pastor, will officiate. A collation (with luncheon
refreshments) will follow at the church. The Burial will take place
in Floral Park Cemetery, Pittsfield, following the collation. In
lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the Pope
Memorial SPCA of Concord-Merrimack County, 94 Silk Farm Road,
Concord, NH 03301.
thanks to the staff of Concord Regional VNA (both Hospice and Home
Care); New Hampshire Oncology-Hematology; Payson Center for Cancer
Care; Concord Surgical Associates; and Pembroke Animal Hospital for
their special care of little Phoebe, the family’s miniature
dachshund, during trying times.
Waters Funeral Home, David Pollard Director, is assisting the family
Strafford - David Philip Dame, 48, passed away from stomach cancer
on August 2nd, 2018 surrounded by a few family members and close
friends at the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative & Hospice Care in
was born in Concord, NH on July 20, 1970 to parents,Carolyn and
Philip Dame, the seventh of their eight children. He attended
Spaulding High School in Rochester, NH and lived in Strafford, NH,
many years with long-time girlfriend, Jen Vassillion. For the
past 23 years, David enjoyed his employment at Wolcott Construction,
Inc. of Gilmanton, NH as an experienced truck driver, heavy
equipment operator and gatherer of the troops, known to many as
not working, David enjoyed the company of many different friends
throughout his life. He was known for his ability to gather
folks under many circumstances. He was quite amusing in the
most unexpected and humorous ways. He rarely spoke poorly of
anyone and befriended many. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle
near and far. He loved nature, bird watching, and the great
outdoors, especially his winters in Colebrook, NH, where
snowmobiling dominated. Many good times were had on ‘The
Porch’ with dear friends and family in Colebrook.
leaves his parents, Carolyn (Gustafson) and Philip Dame, sisters:
Denise Dame of Hanover, NH; Darlene McKenzie of Rochester, NH; Dawna
Noel of Lebanon, ME; Doreen (and husband, Howard) Myers, of Partlow,
VA; Debra Dame of Barnstead, NH; and brother, Daniel Dame of
Strafford, NH. Hewas predeceased by sister, Diane Campbell of
Strafford, NH who died in 2016 of ALS. He also leaves many nieces,
nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts, and uncle.