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Chichester NH News

October 14, 2015

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On October 17th at 2:00 pm in front of the Methodist Church Parish Hall, there will be a Blessing of the Animals.  All animals must be under the control of their masters.  Pictures can be brought instead of your pet if necessary.  Our pets are like family and God blesses them just as He blesses us.  There will be treats for the pets and snacks for the masters.  Come join us for a special afternoon.  Questions, please call Carolee Davison 425-4002 or Linda Booth 798-5914.  Park across the street in the Grange Hall parking lot.



Chichester Grange will meet on Wednesday, October 21, at 7 p.m. upstairs in the Grange Hall.



On Monday, October 26th at 5:30 there will be the regularly scheduled October Board Meeting.  In addition to the regular agenda, this will be the first meeting of the budget season and, as always, all are invited and encouraged to attend to provide their input and insights.



The Chichester School Board is piloting a Budget Advisory Committee for this budget season.  They are looking for 7 registered Chichester voters to review the school budget from their own perspectives.   Ideally the group would include at least one member of the Town Advisory Budget Committee, a current parent of a child in the school, someone who does not have a child currently in the school, and someone with budgetary experience. All members are asked to attend all monthly school board meetings prior to the March meeting.  If you are interested please contact Sally Kelly either at [email protected] or 798-5806 for further information.  You can also get further information at the school’s web site.  Members will vote and provide their recommendations on all school warrant articles with the results provided at the town meetings in March.



Chichester Central School PTO is accepting crafters and vendors for our annual craft fair. This years craft fair will be on Saturday November 14th from 9:00am-2:00pm. Each 7x7 spaces is $30.00 with each vendor providing their own table.


To reserve a space contact Kris Losey at [email protected].



Out Of Your Attic Thrift Shop News

Submitted By Carol Hendee 


Whoever said “timing is everything?” They were right.  A lady came into the Attic with a big bag of snow pants that she wanted to be sent to Colebrook.  Our trip had already taken place.  But, our volunteer that went the first time decided to make “one more run.” She took the snowpants, men’s socks, several jackets, and boots on a trip to Colebrook!  (We received a lovely thank you from the Colebrook folks for the first trip and know they will be ever so grateful.)


Don’t forget our special 1/2 price day the 19th and our regular last Thursday of the month on the 29th!  You should be able to fill your Halloween needs.  We are on Rte 28, north, next to Parker’s. Mon. 8-12; Tues. & Thurs. 8-4; Wed. 11-4 & Sat. 10-4.  247-7191.



Chichester Town Library News


October’s “ Down Under”Used Book Sale will be this Saturday, October 17th from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a theme of Halloween.The book sale consists not only of gently used books, but also of collectibles, DVDs, CDs, games and puzzles.  There is always something new to find and volunteers will be there to hep you find what you are looking for.


The two Chichester librarians, Kate Dockham and Lisa Prizio are combining efforts to bring Star Wars loving fans an opportunity to see the six Star Wars episodes before the seventh is released in theaters on December 18th.  We will also enjoy some exciting hands on Star Wars related activities.  Not only will we watch all the Star Wars films, but we will create Yoda Origami and more, make  Wookie Cookies and more, create space crafts with Legos, learn to handle your light saber with a fencing instructor, enjoy some craft projects and  end with a costume party contest.    The dates are as follows:  Friday, Nov. 6th, Arts/Crafts and The Phantom Menace, Friday, Nov. 13, Origami and Attack of the Clones, Friday, Nov. 20th, Cooking and  Revenge of the Sith, Tuesday, Nov. 24, Legos,and A New Hope, Friday, Dec. 4th Fencing with Tracy from Concord Fencing and The Empire Strikes Back (this program starts at 5:30), Friday, Dec 11th Costume Contest and Return of the Jedi.  .  The programs will take place at the Chichester Central School, 219 Main St. at 6 p.m.  Star Wars Fans from all communities are welcome.  The fun starts at 6 p.m, except Dec. 4th, which will begin at 5:30.   Children under six must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Older students who need volunteer hours are welcome to help.  Sign up for volunteers as well as attendees is required, email [email protected], or the library 798-5613 [email protected]


New Hampshire singer/songwriter, Jim Barnes, Balladeer will appear in concert on Sat. Oct 24th.  The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Grange Hall, (54 Main St.) 


Jim Barnes’ performance is made possible by a generous grant from Eastern Propane & Oil. 


Jim has toured all over New Hampshire, writing and performing songs about the Granite State.  His CDs reflect life in New Hampshire:  the culture, people attitudes, politics and of course, the weather.  Jim’s storytelling is without peer as he tells about Grace Metalious, author of Peyton Place or the twin arched bridge of Route 9 in Stoddard.  He has songs about the first overt act of rebellion in Colonial America, the seizure of the powder and munitions at Fort William and Mary five months before Lexington and Concord.  There is a song saluting the Thresher, lost at sea in 1963, as well as songs about apple picking, maple syrup, cider donuts, blueberry pie and others that will have you tapping your toes and clapping your hands. Jim knows New Hampshire and he delights in singing about his home state.  You won’t want to miss this delightful evening of music and comedy.  Seating is limited, so please come early to enjoy this great evening of entertainment.   Contact the library for further information. 798-5613





A Letter to the Residents of Chichester:

Your Supervisors of the Checklist would like to make you aware that the position of Town Moderator is open.  This is an opportunity to serve Chichester by overseeing large meetings, running all elections, supervising post election vote counting, and meeting with the Selectmen and Town Clerk to discuss procedures and issues to ensure that our town democratic practices work smoothly.


The Supervisors will appoint someone to serve for the next few months, to run the Presidential Primary voting early next year, then run for the office in March.  The term is 2 years, with 1 to 4 elections depending upon the year. Flexibility, good humor, and impartiality as well as the ability to work with folks and organize tasks will prove necessary in this post. 


If you want to consider taking on this vital role in the Chichester democratic process please contact any Supervisor or provide your contact information to our Town Clerk or Selectmen.  Former moderator Doug Hall is happy to answer questions about the job and may be contacted by email at [email protected]



Supervisors of the Checklist

Donna Chagnon


Mary Dobson


Gail Laker-Phelps




Letter To The Editor


Many have stated the Highway Dept. has the biggest departmental budget.  Yet, it currently has only ONE FULL-TIME person… the duly elected Road Agent.  We have all witnessed our Road Agent hard at work this summer, and have even seen a few crew members working with him.  However, did you realize the crew members were part-time employees hired for that sole purpose? Did you realize that when you saw Mr. Plunkett working by himself this summer, it was because he had no other full-time employees to assist him in accomplishing the multitude of summer projects?


I think it appalling NO full-time employees were hired for the Highway Department to replace those who left in April and May. The reasons are many - no one applied, construction is active and we offer lower pay, by the time applicants were contacted they went elsewhere, etc.  It should be remembered that when a person applies, the approval process must work quickly, efficiently and effectively, and those chosen should be contacted without delay. 


Also, it has been brought up on a number of occasions that “comparable wages” must be paid to attract and keep our current good employees, along with annual raises.  If that’s the case, why is Chichester NOT offering a comparable salary to entice applicants for Highway Department full-time positions?  


The Road Agent knows his department and is best qualified to know what and who is needed to run that department efficiently. Since all driving residents depend upon our roads, the Highway Department should not be put on the back burner for hiring personnel.  That being the case, why are the selectmen now in charge of that duty?   


Correct me if I am wrong, but doesn’t the Road Agent have RSA authority to hire his own personnel?


Ann Davis







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