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Chichester NH News

January 14, 2015

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The “Socks for Seniors” program was a big success. Sixty pairs of socks in many colors and patterns were donated to the Epsom Manor a couple of days before Christmas. Many thanks to Chichester Library and The Attic Thrift Shop for serving as drop-off locations. Chichester Grange will be doing this project again next year, starting in October with “Make a Difference Day” and finishing up around the 20th of December. So, if you happen upon a colorful pair of socks for a good price, buy it and earmark it for “Socks for Seniors."



Through a New Hampshire Humanities Council grant the Chichester Agricultural Commission is honored to present “NH’S GRANGE MOVEMENT: It’s Rise, Triumphs and Decline” by Steve Taylor at 7 p.m., January 21, Grange Hall, 54 Main Street, Chichester, NH. This program is free and open to the public. The Chichester Heritage Commission and Chichester Grange are co-sponsors of this event. Refreshments will be served.



Happy birthday to Carolee Davison on January 15 and Kelly Brudniak on January 19.



Out Of Your Attic Thrift Shop News

Submitted By Carol Hendee


Seems that people lose forks more than any other utensil!  We sold every fork we had, which was a lot!  We can use a refill of the fork drawer.  We have an abundance of bread & butter knives and will be selling them 3 for 25¢. If you know anyone who uses them for crafts and projects, please let them know!


Please remember not to dump large pieces of furniture near the store.  We cannot handle big items, like the old wood cabinet left by the back door.  We have to recruit someone to help remove it and pay at the dump.  


Last Thursday of the month is 1/2 price everything day and this month blue tag CLOTHING items are 25¢.  We are on Rte. 28, long grey plaza, Chichester, near the Pittsfield line.


Mon. 8-12; Tues. & Thurs. 8-4; Wed. 11-4 & Sat. 10-4.



Chichester Town Library News


The works of Brad Towle will be featured at the Library during January and February.  Brad is a resident of Chichester and a member of the Photography club.  He has two pictures featured in the current calendar:  the balloon rally and the picture of the tree at an interesting angle.  Brad has supported the Library by teaching a soldering workshop this past year.  A reception is planned on Friday, January 23rd from 6 to 8 p.m., which will include refreshments. 


Pre-school Story and Craft “Hour” will be held on January 15th at 10:30 a.m.  Enjoy a special time with your young one(s) at the Library.


The next book for the Book Club is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.  Copies of the book are available at the Library.  Thanks to Kayla Chagnon who facilitates this group.


The LOCL (Lovers of the Chichester Library) will be meeting on Monday, January 19th at 7 p.m.  Come and join in the fun of planning to support all of the Library’s activities.


The Library will be closed for Martin Luther King/Civil Rights Day.



Special Thanks


We all know what it is like to tighten our belts and our budgets. So, when a special gift is received by the Chichester Town Library, we want to publically extend our appreciation and to describe how it will be used.


John and Doris Saturley, long-time residents of Chichester, remembered the Library in their will and a generous check was presented to the Library Trustees at the December meeting by their son, Paul McCully.  Both Saturleys were avid readers and loved the Library.  Doris was especially worried that with the new technology available, children would stop coming to the Library and reading books.  She wanted the Library to purchase something that both children and adults would use.  


The Trustees have decided to dedicate some of the money to a book on agriculture/conservation to specifically honor John, as that was his passion.  In recognition and honor of Doris being a school teacher for 40 years, a book on education will be added to the collection in her name. 


In addition, the Saturley’s loved movies, so the Library will be purchasing a DVD player.  A video camera will also be purchased, specifically to enhance the oral history project the Teen Group is planning to do.  They will be recording stories from people in town to preserve them for all to enjoy and learn.  


The generosity of the Saturleys, as well as other library patrons, is deeply appreciated; and, as other needs arise, the funds will be put to good use in their memory.



Chichester Grange


Chichester Grange met on Wednesday, January 7, upstairs in the Grange Hall. Before the meeting members enjoyed a Soup Supper. The hot soup was most welcome on a very chilly evening. Many thanks to Jamie Pike in the Town Offices for thoughtfully turning up the heat so the meeting room was warm when the Grangers arrived.


The business meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. The “Socks for Seniors” program was declared a success and will be done again next year. Sixty pairs of socks were delivered to Epsom Manor in time for Christmas. Dictionaries have been delivered to Epsom Central third graders and Northwood and Barnstead dictionaries will be delivered soon.


Tentative plans were made for attending the State Grange Winter Youth Rally on January 31 at the State Grange Building in Hooksett. There is a new Grange Lecturer’s program this year called “Out and About.” Grangers in groups of five or more are encouraged to attend Grange and public social functions with the intention of enriching their lives and sparking interest in the Grange. Some suggestions of places and events to visit were discussed.


For the program Fred Carlson shared some facts about calendars and how they have changed over the years. Not everyone uses the same calendar even today. For example, January 7, is Christmas for the Orthodox Church. In keeping with this idea, members closed the meeting by singing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” 


Chichester Grange meets only once during January and February, so the next meeting will be February 4. It will be Family and Community Night. The Baking Contest will be judged if the recipes have been furnished by the State Family Committee before then.



Local Residents Named to Lasell College

Dean’s List for Fall 2014


Lasell College in Newton, Mass. has released the Dean’s List for outstanding academic achievement during the Fall semester of the 2014-15 academic year. During the Fall semester 634 students received this recognition.


Miranda McCrea of Chichester a member of the class of 2017 is majoring in Fashion Communication & Promotion


Brian Thone of Chichester a member of the class of 2017 is majoring in Communication


Danielle Roberts of Epsom a member of the class of 2018 is majoring in Communication


To achieve the Dean’s List, each student must be full-time carrying 12 or more graded credits for the semester with a grade point average of 3.5 or above.


An innovative educational institution for more than 160 years, Lasell is an independent coeducational college emphasizing the integration of professional and liberal arts programs leading to bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The campus is situated on a 53-acre campus eight miles from downtown Boston.




Heather Elizabeth Kennedy


Barrington: Heather Elizabeth Kennedy, 38, of Autumn Lane passed away suddenly on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NH.


Heather was born on July 12, 1976 in Concord, NH; the daughter of John and Robin (Fears) Donovan.


Heather received her Bachelors’ Degree from UNH and she taught Spanish and Math at the Epsom Central School. She was an avid Red Sox fan, loved to travel, especially to Disney World, enjoyed reading and loved her cats; Yogi and Chance. 


Heather is survived by her loving husband, Ryan Kennedy of Barrington; her parents, John and Robin Donovan of Chichester; her sister, Shannon Donovan of Warren, VT; her in-laws Neal and Nancy Kennedy of Dover and many aunts, uncles and cousins.


Family and friends may call from 12:00pm (Noon) – 2:00pm on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the Purdy Memorial Chapel, 2 Concord Rd., Rt 4, Lee, NH. Interment will be held in the spring. To sign our online guestbook, please go to






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