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
www.webharrison.net/carpenter-park or call
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
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
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
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
Chichester Town Meeting
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
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
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
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
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
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
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