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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Messages of condolence may be offered at