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Chichester NH News

March 27, 2013

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On Thursday, March 28th, at 7 p.m. the Chichester United Methodist Church will have a Service of Shadows (Tenebrae). This dramatic service proceeds from light to darkness as it centers on the last days of Jesus’ ministry, the Upper Room meal, and the seven last words from the cross. The service will include scripture narrative, music, visual flow and Holy Communion.



Chichester Grange will meet on Wednesday, April 3rd at 7 p.m. It will be Family and Community Night and the Baking Contest (coffee cake with no fruit or nuts) will be judged.



Happy Birthday to Avonne Jarvis on April 1.



Christine Cole was the winner of the Fire Department raffle for a cord of wood. Her ticket was drawn at the close of Town Meeting.



The Chichester Parks and Recreation Commission invites you to mark your calendar with this date: April 13, 2013 (Saturday) 8 a.m. to 12 noon. This day will be the fourth workday to dispose of the slash debris left over from the clear cutting of the new expansion zone. If you have pledged volunteer support, we need you now.  If you have not pledged, now is the time to act. Snacks, coffee, and water will be available at the park for volunteer workers. Please wear appropriate work clothes and gloves. We wish to make safety a top priority. Children under 13 must be supervised at all times by their parents. There may be heavy machinery and cutting tools on site. Please let us know if you plan to attend, even for a partial day. The volunteer coordinator contact is Frank Harrison. Please register at or call 603-798-3105.



Donna Chagnon would like to thank all who voted for her for Supervisor of the Checklist.



On Thursday, April 18, Steve Taylor will give a talk on One Room Schools. The program begins at 7 p.m. in the Grange/Town Hall and is jointly sponsored by the Chichester Historical Society and the Chichester Heritage Commission through a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council. The program is free and open to all. Pictures and other artifacts from one room schools in Chichester will be on display, and refreshments will be served following the talk.



Out Of Your Attic Thrift Shop News 

Submitted By Carol Hendee


You can recycle your “extra” stuff by donating it to the Attic any day we are open. Please do not leave anything outside when we are closed. 


Spring is a good time to see what you haven’t worn in a few years and pass it on to someone else.  We accept donations of clothes, shoes, sneakers, kitchen items, bath, bedroom (if you now have a deep pocket mattress, we can still recycle your normal size sheets.)  


We cannot accept computers, monitors, large appliances and large furniture. We have requests for butter dishes and baby gates (not necessarily to be used for babies; mostly dog containment!) 


We are 5 miles north from the Epsom Circle in the Chichester Blueberry Plaza. We’re open Mon. 8-12; Tues. and Thurs. 8-4; Wed. 11-4; Sat. 10-4. Our phone number is 247-7191.


Chichester Grange News


Chichester Grange met on Wednesday, March 20, upstairs in the Grange Hall. Plans were made for May events, which include an Awards Night on May 15, a Penny Sale on May 18, and a Memorial Day Observance on May 30. Wildlife sightings included a Baltimore oriole, a robin, many woodpeckers, and a few wild turkeys.


The secretary was asked to write a letter in support of a grant being sought by the Heritage Commission to pay for redoing the remaining windows in the Town/Grange Hall. April is Grange Month and display materials have been received from National Grange. Members were reminded of Maple Weekend and encouraged to visit Journey’s End Maple Farm for a pancake breakfast on March 23.


Kevin Belval presented a program on New Hampshire geography. After, members joined in naming a New Hampshire town beginning with each letter of the alphabet except Q, V, X, Y, and Z and they tried to locate fifteen towns on a blank map of New Hampshire. This was not an easy task but some members did quite well. The winner was given the privilege of being first in the lunch line at the end of the meeting.


The next meeting will be April 3. It will be Family and Community Night and the Baking Contest will be judged at that time. If you enjoy unadorned coffee cake, this would be a good night to visit Grange.



Chichester Town Meeting

Submitted By Hannah West


I’m sure our ancestors never thought they would see the day when the summer fund in the road budget would be doubled, but March 16, 2013, was that day. The extra money will allow the hiring of experts to rebuild two sections of Pleasant Street while the Chichester Road Agent and his crew works on two sections of Kelley Corner Road. The vote was due in large part to the Chichester Road Advisory Committee, whose members met often, worked hard, and did an excellent job of sharing their findings with the public. It probably didn’t hurt that March is the time when drivers experience roads at their worst, and after driving to Town Meeting most voters were ready to do something about the roads.


The rest of the meeting was usual and customary. After a prayer given by Barbara Frangione and the flag salute led by Evelyn Pike, Moderator Doug Hall called for a moment of silence as he read the names of residents who had died since last year’s Town Meeting. The list was short but contained the names of Russell MacCleery, Judy Kenneally, and Walter Sanborn who all had a strong connection to town government in Chichester.


The officials elected on March 12 were sworn in. Michael Paveglio, Chairman of the Selectmen, gave a review of the budget. Tom Jameson reported the findings of the Road Advisory Committee. The operating budget was discussed and amended and passed at a figure of $2,099,974 at 12 noon. 


After a short lunch break the remaining warrant articles all passed. The Forest Fire warden will have new radio equipment. An ADA compliant bathroom will be built in the basement of the library to serve the new meeting room. 


An expendable trust fund will be established to address the problem of salt contamination in certain wells on Bear Hill Road and Route 28. This article was bolstered by testimony from an engineering firm and from two residents who have been hauling water for years because their wells have more salt than the Atlantic Ocean. Current salt storage at the town shed is being done well, although it can be improved slightly. However, this was not always the case, and a fracture in the bedrock has allowed the salt to penetrate very deeply into land at the base of Bear Hill.


Capital reserve funds for Town Facilities, Fire Department Breathing Apparatus, Fire Truck, and Forestry Vehicle were all funded for a total of $85,000. The sum of $10,000 was voted for rural water supply development as outlined in the 2012 Rural Fire Water Resource Plan.


After a rising vote of thanks to Barbara Frangione for her many years of service as Supervisor of the Checklist, the meeting ended at 1:10 p.m.


It should be noted that Doug Hall is determined to retire as Moderator this year, so a new moderator will have to be elected in 2014. Give the matter some serious thought in the months to come and urge qualified candidates to file. This is an important position, and Doug’s shoes will be hard to fill.



Chichester Library News 


On Wednesday, April 3rd, from 6:00 to 9:00, the Chichester Town Library is having a Sourdough Bread Making Workshop. Local artist and bread maker, Laurie Nichols, will teach us how easy it is to make one of the most delicious breads in the world. The workshop will be held in the Chichester Central School kitchen and the cost is $15.  You will go home with two starters, white and whole wheat, and you will see  (and taste) the various products that can be made with this unbelievably delicious dough. Space is limited so call 798-5613 now.


We would like to thank everyone for the support we received at Town Meeting. It is good to know that the Meeting Room will be completed this year.


The LLCL met Monday Night and discussed program possibilities. If you would like to help the library, come to our meetings and bring your ideas.  We meet the 3rd Monday of the month at 7:00.


The Library pays to be part of the New Hampshire Overdrive Consortium, which gives our patrons access to thousands of ebooks and audio books.  All you need is a 13 digit library card number.




Forrest M. Bateman


Forrest M. Bateman, 87, of Chichester, NH and formerly of Haverhill, MA passed away Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the NH Veterans Home in Tilton, NH.


He was born in Haverhill on May 6, 1925, son of the late Alfred and Florence (Bunker) Bateman.


Forrest was a graduate of Haverhill High School, Class of 1946 and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He later attended Springfield College receiving his teaching degree.

He was a member of the former People’s United Methodist Church in Bradford, where he was a Scout Master, Lay Leader, Trustee and Chairman of the Administrative Council. Forrest was an affiliate of the Chichester United Methodist Church where he was a scouting representative, member of the Board of Trustees, Pastor-Parish Relations Committee, and NH District Lay Speaking Chairperson. Forrest was also a Boy Scout Ranger at Lone Tree Council Troop 7 and Troop 85.


He is survived by his two nieces Linda E. (Nelson) White of Rush Springs, OK and Patricia (Nelson) Langlois of Kingston, NH, and dear friends Donna M. and Lee E. Hurst, Jr. of Plaistow, NH. He was predeceased by his sister Elizabeth (Bateman) Nelson and his brother Raymond Bateman.


A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, March 23rd at 1:00 pm at the Chichester United Methodist Church, corner of Main St. and Canterbury Rd. in Chichester, NH. There will be a second Memorial Service held on Wednesday, March 27th at 3:00 pm at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 471 Main St. Haverhill, MA. Interment will be in the spring at Hillside Cemetery, Haverhill. 


Arrangements are by H.L. Farmer and Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Haverhill and Bradford. 


In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Chichester United Methodist Church, 2 Canterbury Rd. Chichester, NH 03258 or to Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 471 Main St. Haverhill, MA 01830. Condolences to his family may be made at






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