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Chichester NH News

March 25, 2015

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



Happy Birthday on March 26 to Sean Menard and Keith Davison, Sr.



Maple Weekend will be March 27-28 this year. Look for events happening in a sugar house near you or plan to take a few hours and visit several different places. Bring some money to spend on delicious maple syrup and other maple products.



Chichester Grange will meet on Wednesday, April 1, at 7 p.m. upstairs in the Grange Hall.



Letter To The Editor


Once again, the people of Chichester surprise me. I must have talked to 100 people over the last month, and the responses varied for the reasons for voting. 


First, let me say, I may not agree with who you’re voting for, but I will at least respect you for voting. Most everyone I talked to agreed the town needed someone honest, forthcoming, and in for the long haul. Hence, the issue I have.  We had two candidates for selectman. Both candidates wanted the position to serve the town and a chance to get some fresh thoughts and ideas to the selectman’s position.


Instead, the town’s people elected someone who has shone his inability to make a decision and stick with it.


The latest was about being a selectman. Granted, he served his term, but just over a month ago he stated he didn’t want the position anymore and wasn’t going to run. A couple of weeks later he told everyone he was moving to Maine. Less than a week before elections, I saw the write in signs. Once again, the town’s people overlook history, forget the past, and re-elected him.


It’s no wonder taxes are out of control, businesses don’t want to come to town, spending is up, and lawsuits and payoffs are out of control! 


Craig McIntosh



Out Of Your Attic Thrift Shop News

Submitted By Carol Hendee 


It is very important that NO TVs or Electronics are dumped at The Attic. We were able to bring the two TVs that were dumped to Goodwill, only to learn that Goodwill no longer accepts tube TVs or Computer monitors (anything with a tube in it).  When we can get someone to lift them onto a vehicle, we then have to pay at the dump, just like everyone else.  Please do not leave anything outside when we are not open. 


Our prices are very low and we want to keep them that way and not have to spend money on a video camera to deter dumping. 


We have a few prom gowns, very nice condition; a digital camera, excellent condition $15.00; two Pat Secreist dolls, 1995 for the serious collector. 


Rte 28, Chichester, close to the Pittsfield line.  Mon. 8-12 (until April 6th); Tues. & Thurs. 8-4; wed. 11-4 & Sat. 10-4.  247-7191.



Chichester Town Library News


The Library has secured two (2) passes to the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester through the latter’s NH Public Library Pass program.  Each pass will provide free general admission for up to 2 adults, 18 years of age and over and all youth family members, between the ages of 13-17.  Children 12 years of age and under are always free.  There are some restrictions, so please see the Librarian for additional information.  These passes are added to those currently available for the Children’s Museum in Dover and the SEE Science Center in Manchester, which have previously been introduced in an earlier publication.


Pre-school Story and Craft Hour will meet tomorrow, March 26th, at 10: 30 a.m.


The Craft Club for adults and teens will meet on Monday, March 30th, at 6:30 p.m.


A lot of great things are being planned for April, so stay tuned to this newspaper and FaceBook for updates and save the dates!  Examples include a soldering program for “crafters” on April 13th and a photography class for beginners on April 29th.  Brad Towle, one of our skilled and talented residents, has volunteered to share his knowledge and expertise for those interested.  And, not to be forgotten is the first Down Under Used Book Sale of the year on April 18th.  



Chichester Town Meeting

Submitted By Hannah West


Approximately 200 people gathered in the Multi-Purpose Room of Chichester Central School for Chichester’s Town Meeting on March 14. Moderator Nate Cyr opened the meeting at 10 a.m. with a prayer by Barbara Frangione, recognition of Veterans in the room, and the Pledge of Allegiance.  Seated at the front of the room were Town Clerk Evelyn Pike; Selectmen Richard DeBold, Michael Paveglio, and Jeffrey Jordan; Town Administrator Jodi Pinard; Road Agent James Plunkett; Fire Chief Alan Quimby; and Police Chief Patrick Clarke. Assistant Town Administrator Jamie Pike ran the video projector. Food was sold at noon time by the Suncook Valley Police Explorers.


It only took one hour to read through and approve the budget. The Advisory Budget Committee received a round of applause in thanks for their work during the budget process. The Selectmen announced that the money to be set aside in Capital Reserve Funds would be taken from the unassigned fund balance (i.e. surplus) and would have no tax impact this year. 


The article about purchasing an electronic vote counting machine was defeated. Chichester has always counted its votes by hand and more information was needed about the costs of using a machine instead. One hopes that those who voted against the article will volunteer to count votes at the four elections in 2016.


Ballot votes, as opposed to voice votes or a show of voting cards, were needed for three articles.


All of these articles failed. There will be no lease/purchase of an ambulance this year. The Road Agent will continue to be an elected position, and there will be no Municipal Budget Committee. In all three cases the no votes greatly outnumbered the yes votes.


It was voted to close Library Building Capital Reserve Fund and to put the $5.40 left in that fund into the town general fund. It was also voted to discontinue public interests in Dame Farm Road, which was once part of a range road but is now a driveway on land with one owner.


There was opposition to making Webster Mills Road a scenic road and the article did not pass. Some land owners spoke in favor but others wished to retain all of their rights as property owners. There was feeling that the road will not change and a special designation will not be needed. Time will tell.


The qualifying income limits for Elderly Exemption and Disabled Exemption were raised to $32,500 or $45,500 if married. The costs of investment management for the town Trust Funds will be taken from the fund’s income rather than from the town budget.


The meeting ended at 3 p.m. just an hour over the Moderator’s goal of 2 p.m. but quite efficient for a meeting with three secret ballot votes.



Letter To The Editor

A response to Mr. DeBold’s letter in the March 18th Suncook Sun.


Mr. DeBold makes several statements, from his “having won the election with such resounding results,” to “there has never been a winning write-in campaign for a Selectman in Chichester,” to “incivility and disrespect at public meetings.”


I’ll address them in reverse order.  As to “incivility and disrespect at public meetings,” I agree.  This is true in Chichester and other elections and should change.  What is just as important, that Mr. DeBold failed to discuss, is the false information and innuendo that was widely spread about the challenging candidates.


‘False information’ brings me to Mr. DeBold’s comment that “there has never been a winning write-in campaign for a Selectman in Chichester.”  This statement is false. Mr. DeBold clearly does not check facts before publicly making self serving statements.  Had he simply asked the Town Clerk, who is responsible for Town records, he would have been told that yes, it has happened before.  One example is two gentlemen on the ballot, and one write-in candidate who won.  The election was 1987, and the write-in winner was Earl Weir - me.  Those who do care to check facts can call the Town Clerk, the Selectmen’s office or read printed results in the 1988 Chichester Town Report.


Lastly, I find interesting the spin about “having won the election with such resounding results.”  Mr. DeBold received roughly 40% of the vote, which leaves 60% of the people voting against him - not a resounding performance.  The Road Agent got “resounding results,” 70%+ and congratulations to him.  Mr. DeBold was duly elected, but instead of bragging, should be thankful there were three other Selectmen candidates to split the vote.


Earl Weir





Virginia M. (Huckins) Richard (1928-2015)


Virginia M. (Huckins) Richard, 87 formerly of Chichester, died Thursday, March 12, 2015 at the Epsom HealthCare Center.


‘Ginny’ was the eldest of four children born to Kenneth M. and G. Evelyn (Blood) Huckins, on February 18, 1928.


She was predeceased by her son, Dwayne C. Richard; sister, Madeliene M. Rogers; and brother, Kenneth M. Huckins, Jr.


Family includes her sister, Ruth E. Hammen and husband Peter; brother in law Joseph C. Rogers; grandchildren, nieces and nephews.


The family wishes to thank the staff at Epsom HealthCare for the compassionate care and kindness given to Ginny.


Burial will be in the spring at Pineground Cemetery in Chichester.


The Bennett Funeral Home of Concord is in charge of the arrangements.


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