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Chichester NH News

February 11, 2015

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Happy Birthday to Patrick Jarvis on February 12 and Heather Duford and Kendra Jarvis on February 16.



Chichester Grange will be sponsoring a Meet the Candidates Night on Wednesday, February 18, at 7 p.m. in the Grange/Town Hall, 54 Main Street. It will be an opportunity to see candidates in person and hear what they have to say about helping the Town of Chichester function smoothly. For those new to rural living this meeting is an opportunity to see how government works in a small town.



 Chichester “Meet the Candidates” Night


To help Chichester voters be as informed as possible concerning the candidates for the upcoming Town elections, the Grange will be hosting a “Meet the Candidates” night on Wednesday, February 18th at 7 p.m. at the Grange, 54 Main Street.  All candidates will be invited, whether or not the office for which they are running is contested.   This will be a moderated meeting where audience members will be permitted to ask questions.  Mark your calendars for this important meeting!



Chichester Town Library News


Pre-school Story and Craft “Hour” will be continue on February 12th at 10:30 a.m.  


The Library will be closed on Monday, February 16th, in honor of Presidents’ Day.


The Lovers of the Local Library (LOCL) will still be meeting on Monday, February 16th at 6 p.m.  This is an open meeting and the public is welcomed.  With February being Library Lover’s Month, this is a perfect time to join others interested in continuing the vital mission of the Library in Chichester.


With the snow storms and cold weather we’ve been having, the current raffle package, a Cold Weather Survival Kit, is perfect!  Donated by Deb & Randy Harris of the Golden Acres Honey Bee Farm in Chichester, this package includes a beeswax candle, large soup mug & soup mix, beeswax lip balm, Kleenex, hand sanitizer & a few other items.  Raffle tickets will be 3/$1.00.  


With Chichester’s Town Meeting scheduled for March 14th, Rebecca Rule’s presentation at 2 p.m. at the Grange on March 8th is perfect timing!   Her program, “Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire,” should help us all as we think about this fundamental part of New Hampshire democracy.   


Please join and “Like” us on FaceBook.  It is a great place for feedback and to see if there are last minute additions or changes to the calendar.  See you there!



Letter To The Editor


Two weeks ago I mentioned that we need people, good people, honest people, to lead our town, our school, into the future with endless possibilities. Leaders with one eye to the future, one eye in the present, and with the common sense to balance both.


Back in 2010 it was found that the oil tank at the school was bad. It would have to be replaced soon. That was over 4 years ago. I have asked some people, and as far as I can tell, we have no money saved, no money set aside in the budget. That means, this year, among other things (a third ambulance), we, the tax payers, need to come up with $45,000 for an oil tank. At the very least, $45,000.00 divided by 4 years would have been $11,250.00 per year. A lot easier to handle. Comes out the same, but a lot easier.


About the ambulance, why is it we have two ambulances in a small town, that has a  volunteer Fire Dept? Do we have that many calls in a year that we need two? Have we worn out both of them to need a new one? I don’t think so.


What about the fire truck with the cracked frame? Is that being used?  Has it been repaired?  Should we be more concerned with the firetruck than the Ambulance?


Don’t get me wrong, our fire department personnel is great! Police department, great!  Teachers Outstanding!  We still need leaders to take control, limit spending, and allow more business in town. We need our selectmen to stand up and do their jobs and be accountable for their decisions. Same with the school board, if the town votes no raises it means no. Not no raise, but a stipend is ok.


Craig McIntosh



Out Of Your Attic Thrif Shop News

Submitted By Carol Hendee


Remember, Valentine’s Day is this Saturday, February 14th!  We still have an assortment of little items you can give to someone special, and all Valentine merchandise (including clothing) is 1/2 price!  Wed.-Sat.


The 1/2 price sale on winter coats continues.  Also, Wed.-Sat everything for babies, birth to 12 months, is 1/2 price (or if it’s 25¢, take two for 25¢). Includes onesies, blankets, baby toys, quilts, socks, booties, hats, basically anything in the baby section in the third room is 1/2 price! 


We are on Rte. 28, 5 mi. north of the Epsom circle, Chichester. Mon. 8-12; Tues. & Thurs. 8-4; Wed. 11-4; Sat. 10-4.  247-7191.



Chichester Grange


Chichester Grange met upstairs in the Grange Hall on Wednesday, February 4. Deputy Norman Brandt of the NH State Grange and Joann Brandt, State Junior Grange Director, were honored guests.


Wildlife sightings since the last meeting included wild turkeys, a ruffed grouse, a fox, squirrels, and the usual winter birds. Members voted to spend the money raised by recycling aluminum cans, making a Christmas donation, and holding one penny sale on a llama and tree seedlings for Heifer International. This gift will help people in third world countries to raise their quality of life.


Members voted to hold a Meet the Candidates Night on February 18 at 7 p.m. downstairs in the Grange Hall. Invitations will be sent to all Town and School District candidates whose names will appear on the ballots at the March 10 election. 


Mary West won the “Baking Contest,” and Linda Booth was runner-up. This year’s contest was no bake desserts made from recipes furnished by the State Grange Family and Community Committee. Mary West presented a Valentine’s Day program. Members shared information about several saints and others named Valentine. Then everyone viewed a collection of household items and tried to think of an appropriate valentine card message to fit a particular object.


After the meeting members and guests sampled the no bake desserts. The Grange meets only once in February, so the next meeting will be March 4.



Chichester Central School Multicultural Night


Chichester Central School will be holding their annual Multicultural Night on Thursday, February 19th from 5-7:30 PM.  This is a night filled with learning and family fun as Chichester students share work they have completed while researching various cultures from around the world.  This year, come learn about the cultures of China, Australia, Italy, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, and more!  Parking at school for this event will be limited due to the height of the snow banks at school and on our surrounding roads.   In order to be in compliance with the requirements for access by emergency vehicles parking is only allowed in designated spaces.  There will be a shuttle service provided from the parking lot at the Chichester Town offices to Chichester Central School beginning at 4:45 PM and running until 7:45 PM.  Please car pool with friends and neighbors who will also be attending and utilize this shuttle if our lot becomes full.






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