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Chichester NH News

April 1, 2015

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Please join the Chichester PTO on Saturday April 4th at 10:00am for our annual Easter Egg Hunt.  The hunt will take place rain or shine.  We look forward to seeing you.



The Bee Hole Beavers Snowmobile club will be having their annual meeting on Saturday April 11 at 3pm hosted by The Goodwins at 175 Coaster Rd in Loudon.  A Potluck dinner will be followed by the election of officers and any other business to come before the board.  Members, prospective members, and spouses are welcome to attend.



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.



On Wednesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. at the town office the Parks & Recreation Commission will present a draft plan for the second phase of the Carpenter Park project funded by their second LWCF grant. This year they hope to construct a community building to replace the snack shack and to expand the playground area. Other features are planned for next year. As with the first grant, they are soliciting donations of equipment, materials, and labor as partial town match for the LWCF funds. Why not attend the meeting, hear the plans, and find out what you can do to help?



Happy Birthday to Avonne Jarvis on April 1, Levi Cooper on April 4, and Angela Millette on April 7.



Joann Luikmil enjoyed a visit in March with family from Dallas, Texas. Her niece and family spent a week in New Hampshire looking at colleges for Joann’s great-niece who is seventeen and was much excited by all the snow. In other Luikmil news, Joann’s grandson Adam Morris is vacationing in China, a place he has always wanted to visit.



Mark your calendars and save up your money. The Pittsfield Senior Center is having a bake sale on April 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.



Chichester Town Library News

No April Fool’s joke here, just good news from the Library!  


Pre-school Story and Craft Hour will meet tomorrow, April 2nd, at 10:30 a.m.  This program, coordinated by Barbara Pappas, is a special time for your young ones and you!


The Craft Club for adults and teens will be meeting on Monday, April 6th at 6:30 p.m.


The Down Cellar Poets are meeting on Monday, April 6th at 7 p.m.


There is a special program on soldering for “crafters” on Monday, April 13th.  Please contact the Library to reserve a spot.  Brad Towle, who has successfully led two other soldering programs, is leading this program.


Mark the calendar for the first Down Under Used Book Sale of the year on April 18th from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.   The theme is Outdoor Fun: Sports, Activities and Grilling.  There will even be an outdoor game to play, weather permitting.  Come and join the fun!



New Hampshire Horse Council’s Horse Person Of The Year

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2014 Horse Person Of The Year

Teresa Paradisteresa Paradis

Executive Director/Founder of Live and Let Live Farm’s Rescue & Sanctuary located in Chichester New Hampshire


When Teresa Paradis was 12, she started volunteering at a horse farm in Goffstown, owned by a man named Maurice Valley.  Having struggled with a troubled home life for some time, the farm became her solace and refuge.  She worked with Maurice for four years, learning horse care under his tutelage, until he was suddenly and tragically killed in a car crash while transporting horses from Rockingham race track.  Devastated and lost, all Teresa knew was that she desperately wanted to keep up her work with horses.


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In 1973, at age 16, Teresa quit school and took a position working with the horses at Suffolk Downs in East Boston, Massachusetts. Daily she made the drive down to the track, passing the crash site where her friend and mentor met his untimely death. ­­It was there, behind the scenes at Suffolk Downs, that Teresa was first introduced to the hidden, dark underbelly of the horse racing world.  It’s also where she decided to dedicate her life to rescuing horses. She left Suffolk Downs at the end of the racing season, with valuable experience, fond memories, and a vision that would drive her relentlessly for the rest of her life. 


Living with her grandmother in Manchester, Teresa earned her General Equivalency Diploma, and continued her volunteer work by volunteering with Manchester Humane Officer, a man by the name of Gerald Dionne. Rescuing dogs, cats, and other companion animals, she was exposed to the terrible fate of so many abandoned and stray animals, but her thirst for rescuing horses was never quenched.  By her mid-20s, she had attended secretarial school, was working in private security, was married, and had two daughters. 


Years rolled by, with marriage, divorce, two daughters, consistently working multiple jobs, and the tireless work of rescuing animals, many of them horses, into her family and home. She eventually moved to Chichester, and in 1997 met Jerry Paradis, who at the time owned and operated his own concrete foundation company.  It was an ideal match, and they eventually married in 2000.  With their house situated on a large parcel of land in Chichester, they began clearing land in 1997 for a paddock and a barn for the five horses Teresa had at the time. They started taking in horses in need of rescue, then more land clearing, more paddocks, and more out buildings.  It’s been an ever increasing whirlwind cycle ever since. 


Today, Teresa, Jerry, her daughter Heather & boyfriend Jahsun, granddaughter Tianna, along with hundreds of volunteers and thousands of supporters across the nation, Live and Let Live Farm has become the largest volunteer rehabilitation rescue/sanctuary in NH and the greater New England area, recently gaining certification with the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. Her home is sanctuary to about 70 rescued horses, as well as an ever-changing array of domestic and farm animals including dogs, cats, exotic birds, pigs, rabbits, sheep, goats, and guinea pigs.  Her name is on the speed dial of Animal Control Officers across the state, as Live and Let Live Farm is one of the only bona fide, licensed, and state certified horse rescue sanctuaries in the northeast United States. 


From rescuing PMU mares in Manitoba Canada, to rescuing abandoned pregnant dogs on Tennessee highways, to saving Navajo Mustang foals orphaned in “round ups” in New Mexico, the work is as relentless as her determination and drive.  She’s been rescuing horses and other animals for more than forty years, with no sign of slowing down.



Out Of Your Attic Thrift Shop News

Submitted By Carol Hendee 


The Attic will be closed on Mondays starting next week.  We will be open all our other regular days.  


We will have several boy items (shorts, tees, socks) coming next Wednesday.  


We could use some black garbage bags, the size used for leaves.  


Please remember, we are a drop-off point for the Chichester Food Pantry.  They can use canned goods of any kind and all toiletries.  We are on Rte. 28-5 mi. north of the Epsom Circle.  Tuesday and Thursday 8-4; Wednesday 11-4, and Saturday 10-4.  247-7191. 


Check us out for paperbacks: 25¢ each and hard covers 50¢ each!






Meaning so many things to so many different people- 1,000 cultivated acres, a few bee hives, an herb garden, cut flower garden or simply a raised bed vegetable garden in our backyard; it’s refreshing to see the Chichester Garden Club & the Chichester Agricultural Commission partnering to bring such a variety of topics, speakers and people together under one roof in our Town.


Last evening March 25, 2105 brought another 23 attendees to our town of Chichester where Master Gardener Ann Lacroix gave a new UNH Extension presentation titled “Improving Soils” to help those interested in improving their garden soils for better and longer lasting crops, both flowers and vegetables. I believe this was her third presentation. Not all of the audience was from Chichester; other towns represented: Epsom, Pittsfield, Barnstead, Canterbury, Concord and Webster.


With two events in January, one in February, and last evenings event filling the Chichester Library; 2015 has brought just fewer than 100 folks together from all around.


Thank you to all those who make possible the Agricultural Commission that seems committed to protecting our  farmland, supporting our local agricultural economy, and preserving Chichester’s rural character by promoting agriculture to both community members as well as visitors helping to keep agriculture viable in this great State of New Hampshire.    


Philip Hitchcock



Letter To The Editor


My name is Stacy Patten and I need my curiousity hopefully settled by someone out there who could tell me anything about this belt buckle, besides being in the Civil War era.


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Back in 1971, my parents bought a house in Wilmot Flat, NH. The house was from the late 1700s to early 1800s. We gutted the old horse hair plaster out. We found the belt and buckle, old baskets, tin cup, old skirt, powder horn, medical device, history of Concord stamped with a map in an old trunk, and a copy of Scientific America, March 4, 1876 with a picture of the Man of War Austrailian on the front page.


Any knowledge would be appreciated. Honest people only, please email me at [email protected].


Thank you.






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