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Chichester NH News

March 18, 2015

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There was a fine turn-out for the Chichester Town Elections on March 10. Six hundred fifty-four people voted in person, and there were twenty-two absentee ballots for a total of 676 votes. Richard DeBold was returned as Selectman on a write-in vote. Jim Plunkett was voted back in as Road Agent. Harold Losey was returned to the School Board. Now we have another year to review our options as citizens and voters. How about a woman on the Board of Selectmen, for example?



The voter turn-out was due in large measure to Chris and Jason Weir whose publications kept us all reminded of our duty as voters. If you see them, give them a word of thanks.



The Chichester United Methodist Church will have an early Easter morning service in front of the church on April 5, 2015, at 6:30 a.m. There will be a breakfast served in the parish hall at 7:00 a.m.



Happy Birthday to Matthew Morey on March 20 and to Sharon Wescomb on March 22.



It is now officially Maple Month in New Hampshire. If you are driving around the state on a weekend or an evening and see steam rising from a sugar house, it is a sign that boiling is happening. Most sugar houses welcome visitors while boiling is going on, so stop in and say hello. There are a couple of sugar houses in Pittsfield and an abundance of them in Loudon.



Granite State Crush Girls 6th Grade AAU Basketball Team is looking for a few players to join our team.   We practice Mondays at 6pm and Sundays at 2pm at Chichester Central School.   If you are interested please contact Mike Valotto at 369-1644.



Boys Baseball Ages 13-15


Now is the time to pre-register for Babe Ruth baseball for boys ages 13-15 as of April 30. Any players from Chichester, Epsom, Allenstown, and Pembroke are welcome. The cost is $115 for the season, but it costs nothing to pre-register to reserve a roster spot. Go to for more information and to register.





Citizens of Chichester,

Congratulations, CCS teachers!  You organized, negotiated, messaged, rallied, and passed your new contract, earning a well-deserved raise.  I am, without reservation, happy for you.


Thank you those who participated in our school budget meeting, turning out to exercise your rights and responsibilities, voicing your views and casting your votes.


However, while taking care of short-term needs, we have only kicked long-term concerns down the road.


The Affordable Care Act “Cadillac Tax” begins in 2018, conveniently after the 2016 elections.  At current trends, this tax will cost our town and teachers up to $400,000 in 2018 only goes up.  The union and board have made a non-binding agreement to make changes to avoid or minimize this tax.  It is our responsibility to hold them to that commitment.


The average household in Chichester pays about 10% of income ($6k) in taxes, either directly or through rent.  At current rates of increase in taxes and incomes, that will be 17% in 10 years, and 34% in 20.  This how Detroit failed.


I look forward to working with our board and selectmen this year to keep Chichester vibrant and prosperous.



Pat Testerman




Letter To The Editor


Chichester Old Home Day cancelled for 2015.  This letter is to inform all residents that Chichester Old Home Days 2015 will not be happening.  The newly formed Committee has held three (3) public meetings at which only three people attended. 


If Chichester residents truly want a 2016 Old Home Day celebration, we need volunteers to help put on this event.  


It takes a large number of people to produce an event everyone enjoys and can be proud of.  In the past only a handful of people made for hard work.  Many hands make light work…we need volunteers to handle the many tasks in order for things to run smoothly.  A good example is the Children’s Activities in 2014...we had a Committee rep, a team leader and nine volunteers; it turned out great.  This is what is needed for about a dozen activities over the two-day event, such as: noon meal, tractor pull, car show, flea & farmers markets, talent- variety show, 2# table, parade, vendor & association midway, music, trash & recycling, parking, set-up and clean-up. 


If you want to continue this 100+ year old historical tradition in 2016, contact a member of the Committee: Philip Hitchcock or Ann Davis at 798-3584; [email protected]


Philip Hitchcock

& Ann Davis



Chichester Central School

Kindergarten/New Grade 1 2015-2016 Registration Dates


Do you have a kindergarten child or first grader new to Chichester Central School entering in the fall of 2015 and are unsure of what to do?  Kindergarten/New Grade 1 registration will begin on March 23 and run until April 17th.  Parents/Guardians must stop by Chichester Central School to pick up a registration packet and will need to return the completed package in person to school by April 17th.  Parents will be asked to supply a copy of their child’s birth certificate & immunizations, parents/guardians driver’s license, and proof of residency in Chichester.  The age requirements for entry is age 5 (kindergarten) and age 6 (grade 1) by September 30.  School hours for registration pick up and drop off are between 7:30-3:15, Monday-Friday.


Children will go through a screening process in May that will allow the kindergarten committee to assess abilities so that the morning & afternoon classes will be evenly balanced.  Transportation is provided to school in the morning and to home at 2:40 (there is no mid-day transportation).  The New Morning Program does provide an on-site before school and after 2:40 care program for a minimal cost.  Please call Mrs. Plunkett, School Secretary @ 798-5651 for more information.



Chichester Town Library News


The Library invited and hosted teachers for the week of March 9th-13th to visit the Down Under Used Books to view the selection and choose books they would find useful for their classes or themselves.  It is a gesture to show our appreciation for their ongoing work, as well as to share resources.


Over fifty people enjoyed the presentation by Rebecca Rule on “Moved and Seconded: Town Meetings in New Hampshire.”  Many attendees now have a better appreciation of this purely New England tradition and probably even enjoyed this past Town Meeting as they looked around and identified some of the characters described by Ms. Rule. 


Pre-school Story and Craft Hour will meet tomorrow, March 19th, at 10: 30 a.m.


The Library will be the site for the Agricultural Commission meeting on Wednesday, March 18th at 7 p.m. and the Heritage Commission meeting on Thursday, March 19th at 7:00 p.m.


Monday, March 23rd at 7:00 p.m., the Down Cellar Writers’ Group will meet.  Local writers and poets are welcome to bring and share their work.


Monday, March 23rd at 7:00 p.m., the Photography Club will be meeting.  This group is open to local photographers interested in discussing and learning about their craft and in planning group events. 



Chichester Library Acquires Passes To Children’s Museum And See Science Center


The Chichester Library is always looking for ways to encourage and even assist Chichester families in experiencing different venues of learning fun.  It was earlier reported that the Library has passes for 50% off the regular admission fee for up to a family of four/day for the Children’s Museum in Dover, NH.  This is an interactive arts & science museum for children & families of all ages.  These passes make admission much more affordable.  You can access more information on what is available at the museum at their web site:


The library has also purchased a pass to the SEE Science Center, 200 Bedford St., Manchester.


This is an interactive learning center geared toward children ages 1-14 with “hands-on exhibits covering topics such as: forces, light sound electricity, simple machines and more.”   This is also where the LEGO Millyard Project is on permanent display.  Adults should also find some interesting experiments to try along with the kids.  It is open seven days a week.  The pass may be used once a day and gives free admission for one family (immediate family members only), along with free parking.  Additional guests are $8.00 per person.  Come to the library for further information on exhibits & driving directions-Ignite a Spark of Discovery!  For full details:



Letter To The Editor


It was amazing to see so many town residents on Election Day. It’s reassuring to know how many of you care about Chichester’s future.


I would like to thank everyone who supported me in my re-election. To the people who offered to place a sign in their yard, the sign holders on Election Day, those who wrote the wonderful letters of support, and many others who offered words of encouragement, you have my deepest gratitude.  It is always a team effort. Thank you again, and have a great 2015. 


Jim Plunkett

Road Agent

Chichester NH



Out Of Your Attic Thrift Shop News

Submitted By Carol Hendee 


Someone dumped two TVs at the Attic.  We do not take TVs or computers or monitors. TVs can go to Goodwill-otherwise, we have to pay to dump them. 


We do take glass jars with lids, small is better, we can put buttons in them, which sell very well. 


We can take bicycles, now that there may be solid ground to ride them on!  Also, scooters and any kind of sporting equipment (bats, baseballs, basketballs, soccer balls, etc.). Kids are ready to get out & play!


We are located on Rte 28 5 miles North of the Epsom Circle. Tuesday & Thursday 8-4; Wed. 11-4 & Sat. 10-4.  247-7191.



Letter To The Editor


I want to extend my genuine appreciation to all the Chichester residents who voted for me last Tuesday for Selectman.


It was a complete surprise for me to hear the news Tuesday evening that I had won the election for another term as your Selectman as a write-in candidate!  And having won the election with such resounding results was extra special and very humbling.


As far as anyone can remember there has never been a winning write-in campaign for a Selectman in Chichester!


As I had explained in a letter to The Suncook Sun on March 4th, my wife and I have plans to  move to our Wells, Maine property in the not too distant future. As such I made sure that I did inform everyone that I would not be able to serve out the whole three year term if elected.  However, I did inform people when asked that if they voted for me as a write-in candidate that I would gladly serve, if elected, for as long as we call Chichester our home.


I believe the election results for Selectman last Tuesday was a statement by many that having witnessed a recent increase in incivility and disrespect at public meetings, and towards some of our Town’s elected officials, they have had enough.


My sincere thanks go out to the few very dedicated people who, on their own, led the ‘charge’ on my behalf.


Once again, thank you so very much to all who have given their trust in me, through your votes, to continue-on for my 5th term as your Selectman. I will continue to serve, as I have for the last 12 years,  with respect for all regardless of their opinions, with fairness, and always with the best interests of Chichester in mind.


Richard DeBold






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