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September 5, 2018

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Pittsfield High School Class of 1984 Reunion


Attention All PHS Class of 1984 members- We are starting to plan for our 35th High School Reunion!! (next year)  Our first meeting is on Wed., Sept. 19 at 6:30pm at Laurie Deane Vien’s house (132 Ingalls Rd).  Please come to the meeting if you’d like to help. We would like to hear from our classmates with ideas for the reunion.  If you can’t make it to the meeting, feel free to call Andi Grainger Riel at 435-6346, email at or find me on Facebook!



The Merrimack County Stamp Collectors will hold its monthly meeting at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., Bow, on September 18, 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.



How Cattle Become Contenders At The Fair

Submitted By Carole Soule

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Letters and numbers are combined to create a unique tattoo to identify cattle.


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Four-month-old Henry, a Scottish Highlander bull calf, gets his tattoo


“Your tattoos are the best we've seen all day,” said the inspecting veterinarian. We had just unloaded our first group of cattle at the fairgrounds on the eve of opening day of the 2017 Hopkinton State Fair. I was so pleased; I'd had paid a tattoo artist thousands of dollars to ink dragons, phoenixes, flames, etc. into the skin of each cow, along with gorgeous floral sleeves on their forelegs.


Just kidding! 


These tattoos are numbers and letters imprinted in each bovine's ear. They must match the required paperwork that accompanies every animal to the fair. Ear tags are acceptable, but the vets prefer the tats. 


Preparing for the fair starts in the spring when animals are selected to show. Only certain animals are eligible. For instance, there are no competitions for steers over 18 months old or for bulls older than yearlings. There are no restrictions on cows; any age cow can be shown.


Once the best animals are selected for showing, the next deciding factor is temperament. Show-animals have to be tied in a barn for four days while fairgoers pet and ogle them. Children might run behind a steer, and baby strollers have been known to side-swipe calves. Livestock chosen for the fair must be calm and controllable; unflappable in any situation. An animal that is quiet at home might panic when exposed to swirling skirts, running children or funny hats. Safety is king, and wrong decisions have been made. Sometimes unruly cattle are sent home; this is a fair, not a rodeo!


Each critter chosen for the fair must have a rabies shot and a health certificate at least 30 days before showing. We get our cattle checked and certified in June at the Merrimack Farm Bureau Vet Clinic. The number on the certificate must match the animal's tattoo. Each tattoo is unique and, in our case, the first letters signifying the herd name are “CAS.” (My initials.) Then comes a letter that corresponds to the animal's birth year. For instance F = 2017, G = 2018. Then comes a number that signifies the birth order; 1 = first calf born on that farm that year, 2 = second calf born, and so on. So, Henry, the bull has the tattoo: CASG10, which means he was the 10th calf born on our farm in 2018.


Calves are tattooed at birth, but we also give each calf an ear tag with its name and tattoo number. As the calf grows, the tattoo can become hard to read, so each year we re-tattoo as necessary.


Then comes the Hopkinton Fair on Labor Day weekend.  In the week before the fair, the animals are bathed and clipped to prepare them for four days of easy-living and super-service. During the fair the cattle enjoy on-demand feeding and watering and lots of brushing, while I endure 6 a.m. stall mucking, sawdust hauling and regular feeding. I only wish there were a section where competitors could be pampered. 


The Hopkinton Fair is all about the animals so stop by and admire them. I'll be there, too, but don't look at me. I'm just a disheveled, hollow-eyed and sleep-deprived servant of my groomed and spotlessly-clean cattle.


Carole Soule is co-owner of Miles Smith Farm, in Loudon, N.H.



Pittsfield Beautification Committee Mum Sale


The 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.  


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 8th 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 and yard sale items.  


As always, thank you for your support !



Letter To The Editor


The reason they sent us to school was so we could find the truth. A few weeks back my brother, Mike Schroth, took me to a Ron Paul Institute Conference in D.C. Here is what I learned.


Gold doesn't go up, the dollar goes down. In 1915 a dollar was worth 1/20th of an ounce of gold. Now it is worth 1/1250th of an ounce.


I have been wondering why my ice cream got belittled and my Hershey bar got, like, half the size!


The corporations run the government. How else would they get a tax break while our deficit is a trillion dollars a year? Now remember, James Bond could stuff a million dollars in $100.00 bills in a briefcase. So now if you had a football field stuffed flat with $100.00 bills, it would be 12', yes, twelve feet tall. A trillion dollars.


I had trouble with the media and war topic. I've always read and used the media, and I respect journalists. They were saying, there are things that don't get reported on, like special ops military. Ours are in Yemen, according to speaker Colonel McGreagor.


So, on the way home, my brother and his friends had me listen to Alice's Restaurant by Arlo Guthrie and RT Russian TV. Things ain't always what they seem.


Dan the Stoneman



Letter To The Editor

Selectboard meeting, 8/28/2018


Highlights of a four hour meeting; Acting Police Chief Collins was offered a 3 year contract which he will respond to by 9/4/18.  We had eight applicants with many great candidates, but Joe has every quality we want in a Chief.  In addition, he came to our rescue when we found ourselves with two weeks to replace Chief Cain and in 90 days has virtually rebuilt our distressed department. I hope to be able to report his acceptance next week. 


Alexandria Police Chief Donald Sullivan was hired as a part time patrolman to augment our now well-rounded force.


A vacant full time Firefighter/EMT position was filled with Eric Nilsson.  Chief Pszonowsky recommended this hire based on Eric’s exceptional performance as a volunteer and part-time employee.  We are glad to have another Pittsfield resident full-time on the Fire Dept.


A request to have a sewer bill reduced due to outdoor water use that in turn inflates this assessment was denied for lack of specifics. Residents on municipal water should be advised that it is possible to have outdoor use metered separately so that it is deducted from the sewer bill, at your own cost of purchase and installation.


Loudon responded to our request for walking our adjacent town line (perambulation) in mid-September.  Epsom also responded and their selectboard will be suggesting dates. This is one obligation of the select board that I could put in the “enjoyable” column.


Last but not least- PLEASE take time to vote Tuesday, September 11, at the town hall for the State Primary and the proposed union contract.  The select board supports it unanimously and I urge voters to do the same.  We have made great progress in reforming all departments and this contract is a key ingredient.


Carl Anderson



Concord Coach

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Peter James from the Abbot-Downing Historical Society will do a multimedia presentation on Abbot & Downing and their world famous Concord Coaches on September 12, 2018,  at the Pittsfield Historical Society, 13 Elm Street at 7pm.  The program will feature photographs of Concord Coaches and some of the many other types of horse drawn motorized vehicles in 100 years that the company was in business in Concord, NH  A special feature will be photographs . and descriptions of the coaches still remaining  in New Hampshire.  The presentation will end with a question and answer session.   



The Historical Society Committee Begins Its Work To Locate A New Headquarters

Submitted By Larry Berkson


The first task of the Building Search Committee of the Pittsfield Historical Society was to develop a ranking of desired features of a new headquarters. Among those in the “very high importance” category were: relatively low and future maintenance costs, fire safety issues, handicap access, and a substantial increase in size. Among those in the “high” category were meeting room availability and parking. Those in the “medium importance” category were location and storage. 


The second task was to develop a list of buildings available in Pittsfield which might provide what was needed by the Historical Society. Twelve properties were found. Arrangements were made to visit each and they were thoroughly investigated. A 48 page report was developed for consideration by the Board of Directors. It included a picture of each property, a sketch of each noting their dimensions, the cost and renovation costs of each, as well as the square footage, land area, utilities, and advantages and disadvantages of each.


Two rather ideal buildings were rejected because purchasing them would have a serious negative impact on the community’s tax base. Others were rejected because they were too small or too large. Yet others were rejected because they could not be converted for Society use. After a thorough discussion it was determined that the old Pub Building on Depot Street and the old Kenteck Building on Elm Street were the most likely candidates. However both presented concerns for the Society. The Depot Street property was actually too small and had a damp basement not useful for storage. The cost of converting the property at Elm Street was excessively high and when completed would not really fit the Society’s needs. Further, maintenance and operating costs would be very high.


Again, after a thorough discussion it was agreed that none of the sites were really suitable to the Society’s needs and perhaps a better approach would be to look for a piece of land upon which a building could be erected. Among those considered were the lots between Rustic Crust and the old Weaving Factory building on Barnstead Road, and between the storage facility and St. George’s Garage on High Street. Neither was available. Consideration was also given to purchasing the old Christian Science Reading Room building next to Society headquarters and tearing it down along with the present building. However, the result would be like fitting a large foot into a small shoe and such a building was very unlikely to meet Planning Board regulations. 


Another possibility explored was the vacant lot created by the fire on Main Street next to the old Volpe Real Estate building. Considerable work was undertaken in developing a lists of cost estimates to erect the building. Adjacent property owners were contacted about cooperation with the project. However, after innumerable attempts, the attorney handling the property would not return calls. A person outside of the Society did make contact but it did not result in communication with the Society.


The next possibility considered was tearing down the town owned old Brook’s house next to the town hall. However, the lot was not deep enough and additional land behind it was needed. This possibility was investigated and the price was found to be extremely high. 


At this point, a suggestion was made that the lot where the old Berry-Ring Store on Main Street, which had been recently been torn down, might be available. It was owned by the Town. However, it was found that the house next door had become a part of the vacant lot. Given the configuration of the property that house would have to be torn down if the Society were to build where the store once was. 


There was a serious concern among the Society’s Board of Directors about removing the building. It is a nice looking structure and removing it would negatively impact the Town’s tax base. Ultimately an individual made the offer but it was rejected by the Select Board, deemed not in the best interests of the Town. 


In the meantime the Board of Selectmen had found a buyer for the Brooks property and it was sold. This left the Society with no real option. It was then that members of the Board of Selectmen suggested looking into the town owned Washington House Lot. The committee had considered the lot but had rejected it because despite its ideal location and size, and lack of impact on the tax base, a great deal of work had been devoted by the Beautification Committee in beautifying the property. It was suggested that approval by the Committee would be needed before a vote of the Select Board would be considered. 


The idea was brought before the Beautification Committee which readily approved the idea. Dan the Stoneman was contacted as well because he had just devoted a week or more to building a new planter on the property. He enthusiastically accepted the idea and volunteered to help build retaining walls and a new planter once the building was completed. Subsequent events will be discussed in a future edition of The Sun.



Letter To The Editor

Scott Hilliard

Leadership, Integrity, and Honor


I have had the distinct pleasure of knowing and working with Scott for many years in positions I have held.  One month following the September 11th terrorist attack, while I was serving as the U.S. Postal Service District Manager, the nation was once again attacked by mail containing weaponized anthrax, killing more than ten people nationwide.  Everyone became far more aware of white powder incidents after the initial attacks, causing a huge increase in 911 calls.  


With Scott’s leadership, the Merrimack County Sheriff’s Office along with other agencies put together a system to sort out the potential problems from those incidents that could be explained as non-threatening.  That model was used throughout the state to bring some sense of normalcy to the lives of our citizens.


As a member of a local Select Board, with an exodus of patrol officers, followed by the resignation of some of the police leadership team, the town was in a real dilemma.  Scott stepped up to do our background and polygraph tests for the applicants responding to our vacancy announcements.  He helped with coverage as did the State Police and our neighboring towns to cover vacant patrol duties as well as assisting with court issues.  He rendered all of this assistance while staying within his budget.


Scott Hilliard’s honor and integrity has always been and continues to be the hallmark of service to our citizens that continues to be his main focus. Please vote for Scott Hilliard on September 11, 2018.    

Jim Adams



Josiah Carpenter Library September News


Children’s programs are transitioning to the school year schedule and we are happy to announce the beginning of a new weekly activity for children in 3rd thru 6th grade. Creating Adventures Club will meet on Wednesday from 2:00-3:15pm beginning September 12th, come and explore building  with Legos, making  your own robots, creating stop motion movies, and much more!  Story Hour for preschoolers, families and caregivers will continue on Thursday at 10:00am; and Adventures Club for children in kindergarten thru 3rd grade will continue on Tuesday from 3:30 – 4:45 pm. Younger children will be learning about stars and the solar system, and at 7:00pm on Friday September 21st we’ll have a star gazing session at the Tilton Hill Ball Field.   There will be a couple of telescopes for people to try out along with star gazing guides and instruction.


The Teen Book Worms will gather on Tuesday September 11th  at 6:30pm; they will enjoy a light supper and discuss Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard.  The Pittsfield Writer’s Circle will meet at the library on Tuesday the 25th at 5:00pm.  The adult book club will meet to discuss Code Girls: The untold story of American women code breakers who helped win WWII by Liza Mundy at 10:30 am on Tuesday September 25th at the Pittsfield Senior Center.  Everyone is welcome to join our ongoing activities at any time.


On Monday September 10th at 2:00 pm the Chichester-Epsom-Pittsfield Libraries Memory Café will enjoy a musical performance of harps and vocals at the Epsom Public Library.  The Concord Regional Visiting Nurses will describe the benefits of music to stimulate the retrieval of long-term memories.  Local caregivers and folks living with memory loss are invited to come enjoy music and conversation in a comfortable setting. Refreshments will be served.


The Student Conservation Association will present an informative program about the Cultural History of Foraging Edible Plants at 1:00pm on Tuesday September 18th at the Pittsfield Senior Center.  Come and learn some ideas for the next time you are exploring outdoors. 


Looking further into fall, on Tuesday October 9th at 1:00 pm the NH Division of Public Health will offer a Tick Talk at the Pittsfield Senior Center.  Come and learn about the signs and symptoms of tick-borne diseases, how to prevent bites, and proper tick removal and disposal.



Separate Ballot Concerning The Pittsfield AFT-NH Union Bargaining Unit Cost Items

Submitted By Jim Adams


This year’s primary voting process will also have a single article for the Town of Pittsfield on a separate ballot concerning the Pittsfield AFT-NH Union Bargaining Unit cost items.


The collective bargaining process is very easily explained but far more complicated to actually negotiate.  The previous vote at the last Town Meeting in March of this year was clear regarding the issues important to the voters in attendance.


The voters wanted the employees to contribute to the cost of their health insurance; they wanted to lower the insurance buy-out portion of the agreement from 35%; and they wanted the salary step increases to be performance-based.  


The AFT and Town representatives through the collective bargaining process addressed these items.  The Town employees will begin to pay 2% of the cost of their health insurance on January 1, 2019, which will increase to 4% on January 1, 2020, and to 7% on January 1, 2021.  The 35% insurance buy out which has been as high as $10,000 plus per year will be reduced to $2,500. 


For all present and new employees, except for one, who will receive the 35% until retirement or moving to another job. This gradual increase in employee contribution is designed to not have employees lose $2,000-3,000 from their salaries the first year of the contribution process.


The AFT and Town representatives agreed to performance-based step increases.  The process regarding the evaluation system will be negotiated upon the approval of this article. I believe this agreement will become a good first step in cost sharing and addressing the voters’ concerns while at the same time being fair for the employees.  


The point of this column is not to sway voters in one direction or another. It is meant to explain the complex nature of collective bargaining, which at the end of the day, needs to be fair to taxpayers and employees alike.  


Primary Election Day is 9/11/18.





To the inhabitants of said towns of Epsom and Pittsfield,

Michael Brewster is my name. Second term State Representative, incumbent candidate. Resident of Pittsfield, five generations. I have a lifetime of helping out the communities with their building needs. I enjoy repairing old barns.


I'm for a Constitutional Government.


I'm for Truthyness in Government.


I'm for a Government accountable to the citizens.


First of all, if elected again, I work for you. I will help you with your State governmental inquiries.


Better transparency with State funds could mean lower property taxes. All monies unused in State fund shall go to the "Rainy Day Account." That is your money/your savings account. Last year's monies went to the schools in Pittsfield for sidewalks and streets.


I'm for truthyness with the Room and Rental tax. Truthyness would bring the towns of Epsom and Pittsfield an extra $130,000 owed to them yearly.


I'm for an adequate education. To me, every student in the state must be treated equally. The average cost per pupil in the state during 2016-17, of all the expenditures was $18,200.


I'm for a marijuana tax with all tax money going to municipalities for property tax deductions.


I'm for Children and Family rights, due process, right to a jury trial, the right to be in a lawful court, not an administrative court that can make up its own laws.


I'm for the challenge. I thank the Governor for the return of $5 million they were schemed out of.


I'm for veterans. They deserve better from the State.


I'm for better governess.


I look forward to serving you again.


Rep. Michael Brewster




Sidney Simon Silverman

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PITTSFIELD – Sidney Simon Silverman, 80, of Pittsfield, died Saturday, August 25, 2018 following a lengthy illness surrounded by his family.


He was born in Chelsea, MA on March 29, 1938 a son of Morris and Hilda (Lemberg) Silverman.


He graduated from Chelsea schools. He then went on to receive his Bachelor's Degree from the Wentworth Institute in Boston.


Following his academic training, Sidney entered the United States Air Force working in the Electrical Engineering field and made a career with the Air Force before retiring in 1980, earning the rank of Master Sargent. 


Following the military, Sidney was employed by Textron, Inc. in Wilmington, MA and later with Allan Dick, Inc. in Hudson, NH before retiring.


Sidney was preceded in death by his wife, Rosalie (Keenan) Silverman and Rosa (Kaplan) Fournier, daughter who passed away in 2000. He is survived by 3 sons, Randall Silverman of Derry and Keith Silverman of Strafford and Robert Kaplan, Ukiah, CA; a sister, Helene Gack and her husband, Lewis of Andover, MA and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.


A funeral service was held on August 29, 2018 at Bennett Funeral Home in Concord followed by Air Force Military Honors at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen. Arrangements were entrusted to the Bennett Funeral Home Of Concord. Online condolences can be expressed at



Walter L. Swain


Walter L. Swain - Athens TN formally of Pittsfield NH passed away August 21st at his home after declining health.


Born July 20th, 1945 in Pittsfield, NH to Walter H. Swain and Delia (Myott) Swain. 


He is predeceased by his parents, brothers Dennis and Peter, sister Marylee, and wife Sandra. 


He leaves a sister Donna, children Jeffrey and Carrie, stepchildren George and Dallas, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Also his life partner Cheryl.


Private family services will be held at a later date.








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