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Chichester NH News

November 11, 2015

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Happy Birthday to Brooke Davison and Felicia Gelinas on November 11 and to Lauren Lane on November 17.



Chichester Grange will meet on Wednesday, November 18, upstairs in the Grange Hall. There will be a pancake supper at 6 p.m. and the meeting will follow at 7.



Again this year Chichester Grange has put Socks for Seniors boxes at the Chichester Library and The Attic thrift shop. They are ready for your donations of socks with bright colors and cheerful patterns in adult sizes. The collected socks will be donated to local nursing homes at Christmas time.



Chichester Grange is holding a Christmas-themed Penny Sale on Saturday, November 21, at the Grange Hall. Tickets go on sale at 12 noon and numbers will be drawn at 1:30 p.m. A soup lunch will be available for purchase and Christmas cards will also be sold. Proceeds will be used for Operation Santa Claus.



The Holidays are just around the corner.  Is this the year you really will start your shopping earlier?  Are you looking for unique gifts for friends and family?  If yes, then plan to attend the Chichester Central School PTO for their annual craft fair on Saturday Nov. 14th from 9:00- 2:00.  The fair will take place at the school located at 219 Main Street Chichester.  Free Admission. Hope to see you there!



Out Of Your Attic Thrift Shop News

Submitted By Carol Hendee 


A homeless shelter in Concord has asked us to save any twin sheets we have for them.  They have an urgent need. If you have any to donate, just put a note on them that they are for the shelter.


We have a red and blue toddler race car bed (no mattress) $15.00, quite the bargain.  Some Christmas decorations are starting to appear: lights, garland, etc. for the holiday scenes.


We could use some large bags for the jackets and blankets that are going fast.


Books are $1.00 a bag this week.  We are at 345 Suncook Valley Hgwy, Chichester (in the nicely remodeled plaza); Mon. 8-12; Tues. & Thurs. 8-4; Wed. 11-4 & Sat. 10-4.  247-7191.



Chichester Town Library News


Our hats are off and our hearts are full of appreciation for our veterans.  Thank you.


The happy sounds that can be heard at the Library on Thursday mornings come from the preschool and kindergarten age children who participate in the Story and Craft program at 10:30 a.m. Thanks to Barbara Pappas and her helpers for making this such a special time.


The “Star Wars” marathon continues on Friday, November 13th at 6 p.m. at the Chichester Central School, 219 Main Street.  Along with the movie this week, “Attack of the Clones,” attendees will be using origami, an ancient Japanese art of paper-folding, to enhance their experience.  All fans are welcome, but children under the age of six must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Thanks to School Librarian Kate Dockham and Chichester Librarian Lisa Prizio for their efforts.


The Lovers of the Chichester Library will be meeting on Monday, November 16th at 7 p.m.  This active group welcomes the participation of any and all who are interested in the activities of the Library and the community.


Don’t forget to come into the Library to enjoy the work of the featured artists--members of the Chichester Photography Group.  


With the holidays approaching, everyone is busier than normal. So, please mark your calendars for Saturday, December 5th, when the Library is sponsoring a special presentation by the Pontine Theater at the Grange at 1 p.m. 


Thinking about gifts for the upcoming holidays?  The Chichester Library is a great place to “shop!”  


1. Do your friends and family members all belong to the Chichester Library?  If not, you might consider “gifting” them with their own library card.  What a great way to encourage reading!


2. Have you considered purchasing gift certificates for the Down Under Used Book Section?  That is a gift that gives at least twice: one as the actual gift to an individual and secondly as a gift to the Library.


3. The last Used Book Sale planned for this year will be held on Saturday, November 21st.  There are lots of good gifts to choose there.



Chichester Library Presents Pontine Theatre Performance At The Chichester Grange


Again this year, the Chichester Town Library is pleased to be bringing the Pontine Theatre to the Town for a holiday performance on Saturday, December 5th at 1 p.m. at the Grange, 54 Main Street, Chichester.  This year’s performance includes “The Christmas that Almost Wasn’t,” by Ogden Nash and “Christmas Monks” by Mark Wilkins Freeman.


The Pontine Theatre uses a variety of arts to provide a wonderful experience for the audience, including storytelling, puppetry and lyrical movement.  “The Christmas that Almost Wasn’t” is a tale of a King’s imprisonment by his evil nephew who has the intent to outlaw Christmas.   Although we can guess the outcome, this captivating story/poem by Ogden Nash should delight the hearts of Christmas lovers young and old.


“The Christmas Monks” tells a delightful story of a garden in which toys are grown from seeds.  We will share in the adventures of Prince Peter and his little sister related to this special place.


There is no admission fee and refreshments will be available.



Thanksgiving Baskets


Chichester Welfare Department is now taking requests for Thanksgiving baskets. The cut-off date will be November 18, 2015.


The numbers are growing for those needing assistance, therefore we must stress that you be a resident of Chichester and that you only request for those in your immediate family, (household).


Understandably families get together for the holidays, but that is when everyone chips in and brings something to the table. We will gladly support all requests. Call Donna @ 798-3278 anytime of day, and leave a message, name, address, and telephone number and the number of folks in the household. If you know of any elderly folks that could use a little help, please call me and we will work something out to assist them.


All information is held in strict confidence. Anyone wishing to donate can leave items at the police department.



Chichester Secret Santa


The Chichester Police Association has begun taking applications for “Secret Santa” requests. The final deadline will be December 18, 2015, no exceptions. You MUST stop by the police Department and fill out an application for assistance.


All the “elves” are chomping at the bits to shop, so the earlier we get your requests, the better. Again, we have to stress that the needs are getting greater and therefore we must request that you are a resident of Chichester and that you prioritize your needs. Warm clothing and boots are first on the list and then we obviously try to fill the wants of little ones as Santa does.


We welcome any monetary donations made out to the “Secret Santa Fund”. Anyone that would like to shop or help wrap may call the office at 798-4911 and we will find you a job.





Letter to the Residents of Chichester

I have been one of your Selectman for 6 years now. I have spent the last 31 years involved in small town service/politics, 25 years in the volunteer fire service, also serving on many town boards and committees. I retired from the Chichester Volunteer Fire Department as Fire Chief in 2007. In 2010 you elected me as Selectman and again re-elected me in 2013. I would like to thank everyone for all your support over the last 31 years. 


After much contemplation with my wonderful supporting wife and family I have come to the decision that it is time for me to walk away from town politics all together as we plan our future retirement. I am not going to run for the office of Selectman this coming March, nor will I accept any write-in votes, so please do not waste your vote by writing in my name.


I announce this now as to encourage the many citizens of Chichester to consider a run for Selectman. If you do decide to run it is important that you get involved now as the 2016 budget season is upon us. If and when you are elected it would be very difficult to be completely engaged in the everyday workings of executing the approved budget if you are not involved in its creation. 


D. Michael Paveglio

Chairman, Chichester Board of Selectman




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A  home on Horse Corner Road, which was scheduled to be demolished, was put to good use by the Chichester Fire Department as they conducted some training there last week.



2015 Poinsettia Open House

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Please come enjoy the spectacular color of over 40,000 poinsettias and 20,000 cyclamen that have been grown for the holiday season! Location: D.S. Cole Growers (wholesale location) 251 North Village Rd., Loudon NH When:  Saturday, November 21st from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Tours are available at 10:00 and 11:00 or browse on your own. *Learn about poinsettia growing and see some of the new and unusual varieties * Tour our state-of-the-art facility *This could be a great photo opportunity so bring a camera if you like. *Please note that this is not a sales event; as a wholesale operation we do not sell to the general public. (Children must be accompanied by adults please)




Eunice R. Bates

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Chichester – Eunice R. (Weldon) Bates, 90, died Sunday, November 1, 2015, at the Epsom Health Care Center.


Eunice was born in Pittsfield on June 25, 1925 to Russell and Ruth (Greene) Weldon.


She worked as a hostess and waitress and owned Euniques Antiques in Chichester.


She was the widow of James Bates, Jr. and was also predeceased by her daughter, Holly, and her brother Gordon Weldon.


Eunice is survived by a daughter, Sheila Ordway and her husband Steve of Epsom; a son, Luke Bates of Chichester; 5 grandchildren, Jason and Jessie Lucier, Jamie Tilton, and Andrew and Ryan Bates; 6 great grandchildren; sisters, Joyce Gould and her husband Wayne of Rye, and Sylvia Kramer and her husband Peter of NY; and nieces and nephews.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.


A celebration of Eunice’s life will be held Sunday, November 22, 2015 from 2-5 PM at the Chichester Grange Hall.


Tom Petit of the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home is assisting with arrangements and offers an on-line guestbook at






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