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Chichester NH News

May 22, 2013

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Chichester Grange is planning a Memorial Day Observance on May 30, the traditional Memorial Day. It will be held at the Veterans Memorial stone in the parking lot of the Grange/Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. In case of rain it will be held inside the Town Hall. Please give a little time to remembering veterans past and present. The Observance will include a little history, some inspiration, and the placing of a memorial wreath.



Chichester’s Old Home Days this year will be Friday, August 16, and Saturday, August 17. The Old Home Day Committee is looking for volunteers to assist with serving food, parking cars, picking up trash, setting up tables and chairs, helping to supervise activities, or whatever else comes to hand. If you might be able to help on either or both days, please call Donna Chagnon at 798-5318 and she will put you on the list.



Happy Birthday to Tracie Davison on May 24.



Out Of Your Attic Thrift Shop News 

Submitted By Carol Hendee


Please remember, the Attic is not a place to dump old heavy chairs, computers, monitors and TVs. We Do Not Accept such items and do not appreciate them being dumped at our door when we are not open or ever.  Even when you mean well by leaving a good item, like a car seat, do not do it when we’re not open. A nice seat was left, but it rained hard and the seat got soaked and ruined.


What we do need is a bread machine, electric frying pan, forks and teaspoons. There is a good selection of blue tag clothing items for 25¢ each.  Memorial Day is fast approaching and we have some nice patriotic tees.  


Come and browse at 345 Suncook Valley Highway, Chichester on Mon. 8-12; Tues. and Thurs. 8-4; Wed. 11-4 and Sat. 10-4. We’re closed Monday, May 27th. Give us a call at 247-7191.



Chichester Town Wide Yard Sale June 1st


Chichester Firefighters Association is once again sponsoring the Chichester Town Wide Yard Sale on Saturday, June 1st, 8am-2pm. 


There are several ways you can participate: If you want to come to a central location, spots will be available at the lower Town Hall parking lot. If you are having a sale at your home or business you may have your yard sale location and description placed on a Town of Chichester map. There is no charge for either of the above, but a donation to the Firefighters Assoc. thermal imaging camera fund would be greatly appreciated. Lastly, if you have some items you want to get rid of, but don’t want to have your own sale, the FF Assoc. will accept donated items which we will sell to add to the T.I.C. fund. Donation of items will be accepted at the fire station the week of May 27-31. No clothing or upholstered furniture please. You may leave items by the front door if no one is there.


Maps will then be available for pickup at the fire station on Friday, May 31st or at the Town Hall on Saturday the 1st. Once again, there is no cost for any of this, but we are suggesting a donation to the Firefighters Association Thermal Imager Fund.


For more info on Yard Sale specifics contact Paul Sanborn at 608-6252, or sign up at the fire station.



Chichester Town Library News


If you’ve had a chance to visit our new meeting room you may have noticed the Clavanova in the corner. A Clavanova is an electronic keyboard. It really sounds beautiful. It was donated to the library by Dick Pratt and Frank Curatolo. Frank has played at various events in the past and he is willing to play for us on Friday night, May 31st at 7:00 pm. He will play the old songs that most of us know so we could sing along, if we wish.


How long has it been since we sang together? Remember how fun that was last October at the Grange Hall? I’m sure there are health studies concerning the incredible health producing benefits of singing and in a group it doesn’t matter if you can’t carry a tune.


Of course, those benefits will be totally negated by all the sugary refreshments we will have afterwards. You are welcome to bring something to share.



University Of New Hampshire Announces May 2013 Graduates


Congratulations to Andrew James Beland (BSME), Samantha E. Fortier (MED), Jon-Michael A. Gattuso (BS), Hannah Elizabeth McTigue (BSMATH), Summa Cum Laude, Jesse M. Murenzi (BA), and Taylor Renee Page (BS), Cum Laude.



Chichester Grange Awards Night

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Front row left to right: Walter Sorenson, Donna Stockman, Lisa Stevens, Meredith Marshall. Back row left to right: Frank Curatolo, Dick Pratt, Riley Northrop.


Chichester Grange held its annual Awards Night on May 15 at the Chichester Grange/Town Hall with fifty-seven people in attendance. Each year Chichester Grange recognizes a Postal Worker, an Educator, an Outstanding Youth, a Police Officer, a Firefighter, and a Community Citizen from the Chichester-Pittsfield-Epsom area as a way of thanking these people for all they do for the community.


This year’s Outstanding Youth is Meredith Marshall of Chichester. She is an honor student at Pembroke Academy where she is active in the Drama Club, Media Club, and the Spanish Club and has been a summer volunteer with the “Pushing Your Limits” program for incoming freshmen.


The Educator of the Year is Lisa Stevens, the art teacher at Pittsfield Elementary School. In addition to teaching art to 300 students this year, she has worked with second-grade students to improve their reading skills. Ms. Stevens has been active in promoting the regional traveling art show and in seeing that student art work is entered in the Deerfield Fair.


Walter Sorenson, this year’s Postal Worker, is a rural carrier for the Epsom Post Office. Outside of his postal duties he has been active in animal rescue work and in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life program.


Although she is not a police officer, Donna Stockman was the perfect candidate for the Police Department Award. She ably manages the office at the Chichester Police Department and also serves as Welfare Director for the Town of Chichester.


The Fire Department Award was presented to Riley Northrop, who has been a resident student at the Chichester Fire Department for the past three years while earning a degree in Fire Science from the Lakes Region Community College. Riley comes from a fire-fighting family and is continuing his education at the NH Technical Institute in Concord with the goal of becoming a paramedic.


Frank Curatolo and Dick Pratt are the co-recipients of the Community Citizen Award. As residents of Chichester they have taken an active interest in their community, especially in the Historical Society and the Library. They are both talented artists who have participated in art exhibits in the area and are always willing to make posters for a good cause. Frank also plays the piano and recently gave a clavinova to the library for use in their new meeting room.


Chichester Grange is appreciative of the chance to thank these good and talented people for their contributions to the community. It is also heartwarming to see the support that comes with them from their family members and co-workers.



Great American Summer Road Trip


The Chichester Joint Loss Management Committee (Health and Safety Committee) invites all Town officials, employees and volunteers to participate in the Great American Summer Road Trip exercise challenge. From Memorial Day through Labor Day you will record the miles you walk, bike or run each day. (Cardio exercise equals 1 mile for each 15 minutes.) You will report your distance biweekly and be eligible for various prizes and incentives which will be awarded monthly for June, July and August.  As an added incentive, the top “traveler” in each category Walk/Run, Bike, and Cardio will receive a special award for their superb efforts at the end of the challenge.  We will conclude this challenge with a barbecue at Carpenter Park on Saturday, September 7th.  

If you wish to participate in this challenge, please contact the Selectmen’s Office at 798-5350, and we will set you up with a challenge participation packet. Let’s see how far we can travel this summer!




John L. Saturley


John L. Saturley, 95, a longtime resident of both Pembroke and Chichester, died Monday, May 13, 2013, at the CRVNA Hospice House.


Born in North Pembroke on July 21, 1917, John was the son of the late Howard and Ella (Hutchinson) Saturley.  One of seven siblings, John was predeceased by two brothers and three sisters, Howard, Lester, Margaret, Florence, and Lois.


He graduated from Pembroke Academy in 1935 and the Concord College of Business in 1937.


Mr. Saturley spent 45 years with Concord Lumber, moving his way up the ladder, until his retirement as general manager. During that time he served as president of the NH Retail Lumbermen’s Association. 


He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Pembroke and served at various times as teacher, Deacon, and Trustee. In addition, he was Moderator for the State UCC.


He and his wife Doris loved to travel, crossed the country several times, and had reached their goal of visiting all 50 state capitals. John enjoyed gardening, was a baseball and basketball fan, and was very involved in civic affairs.


He was a member of the Pembroke School Board for 15 years, including some as chairman, and then was elected to the position of School District Moderator, serving for 9 years.  He was also President of the NH School Boards Association for 2 years. He spent several years as Trustee to Pembroke Academy and had been appointed a trustee to the University of NH by Gov. Walter Peterson, spending 4 years as chairman of the school’s Agricultural Committee.


He had been a member of the Pembroke Budget Committee and was a 55-year member of the Odd Fellows Noble Grande. A member of the Concord Rotary Club, Mr. Saturley had 20 years of perfect attendance and was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship Recognition. 


Joining at age 14, Mr. Saturley was an 82-year member of the Pembroke Grange #111. He served as National Grange Priest Archon, State Master for NH Grange, and Grange Master for the Pembroke Grange and Suncook Valley Pomona. In addition, John was involved with the 4-H Foundation and the International Farm Youth Exchange.


In 1986, he was honored as Citizen of the Year in the Town of Pembroke.


Mr. Saturley was the widower of Florence (Allen) Saturley, who died in 1959, and Doris (Fowler) (McCully) Saturley, who died in 2011.  He was also predeceased by a son, Neil McCully and a daughter-in-law, Judy Saturley. 


He is survived by five children, Elaine Forst of Pittsfield, Constance Saturley of Apache Junction, AZ, John Saturley and his wife Mary of North Pembroke, Stephen Saturley of Penacook, and Paul McCully and his wife Doris of Chichester; 11 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; his sister, Barbara Bassett and her husband Wendell of Epsom; and many nieces and nephews. 


Memorial donations may be made to either the First Congregational Church of Pembroke, 301 Pembroke Street, Pembroke, NH 03275 or CRVNA Hospice House, 30 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH 03301, or the charity of one’s choice.


The Petit Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements and offers an on-line guestbook at






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