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
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
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]
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
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
Supervisors of the
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
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