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Chichester NH News

April 22, 2015

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Happy Birthday to Ron Duford on April 23 and Chris Millette on April 29.



Remember that the Pittsfield Senior Center is having a bake sale on April 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit programs for the citizens in our area.



The Chichester Grange Youth Night which was postponed from April 1st will be held on April 29 at 7 p.m. upstairs in the Grange Hall.



Chichester School Board


• Tonight’s monthly meeting begins at 5:30 at the school.  We have invited the selectmen to join us to begin the discussion around an advisory budget committee.


• 5 residents joined Chairman Ben Brown at the first meeting of the CCS Energy Study Group on April 6th.  The next meeting is scheduled for April 20th. 


• At our last meeting, the board


 Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join us at all our school board meetings.


Respectfully submitted by your school board,

Ben Brown

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Sally Kelly 

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Harold Losey

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Out Of Your Attic Thrift Shop News

Submitted By Carol Hendee


Some things that we have in the store you might not have noticed.  We have: Greeting cards 2/25˘; Invitations 25˘ a pack; gift bags-sm. 25˘; lg 50˘.  Party table covers and banners;  there is also a box of wood items for craft purposes.


We also have knee-high nylons, tights for women and girls and two hamster cages (make an offer).  We do have a variety of things, all donated and returned to you for re-use at low, low prices. 


Rte. 28, 5 mi. north of the Epsom Circle, Chichester.  Tues. & Thurs. 8-4; Wed. 11-4 & Sat. 10-4.  247-7191.



Chichester Town Library News


Thanks to those who supported the first “Down Under” used book sale of the season.  (Thanks, too, to those who go to the Down Under section of the Library on a continuing basis to select books, even when there is no sale.)  These sales help the Library finance technology, programs and other things that are not included in the Town Budget.


Pre-school Story and Craft Hour will meet tomorrow, April 23rd at 10: 30 a.m. 


Saturday, April 25th at 7 p.m. is the first movie night for adults at the Library with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.   Bring your own movie candy and/or soft drink to enjoy this evening of good fun.  If this is a successful event, you can count on more being planned.  See you there!


Monday, April 27th is the Down Under Writers’ Group at 7 p.m.


On Wednesday, April 29th from 3-4:00 p.m., the Lego Club for ages 5-12 will meet.  All are welcome!


Wednesday, April 29th at 7:00 p.m., there will be a “Photography Workshop for Beginners.”  Brad Towle, who has been a featured artist of the month(s), will facilitate this workshop to teach the fundamentals of photography.  Please sign up at the Library.


Thursday, April 30th at 10:30 a.m., is a program on “Honey Bees” to help children of all ages learn about these fascinating creatures. Our thanks to the owners of Golden Acres Honey Bee Farm, Deb and Randy Harris, who will be leading this program.  



Chichester Grange


Chichester Grange met at the Grange Hall on Wednesday, April 15. During the business meeting plans were made for the Annual Awards Night on May 6 and the Memorial Day Remembrance on May 30. There was also discussion of a spring Penny Sale.


Fred Carlson was in charge of the program. He told stories about Cranbury, New Jersey, where he grew up, and well as stories with Pittsfield, Chichester, and Epsom settings. The stories were entertaining and also served as a reminder of our historical roots.


The next meeting will be the rescheduled Youth Night, postponed from April 1 to April 29.




Lois N. Farnsworth


Lois N. Farnsworth, 85, of 13 Kelleys Corner Road passed away April 8 at home surrounded by her loving family.


Born Lois Mae Nelson in Quincy, MA to Carl G. and Elizabeth M. Nelson, Lois grew up in East Braintree, MA, attending Braintree High School and graduating from Thayer Academy in 1948.  In 1952, she graduated from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst with a B.S. in Home Economics, and an Education minor.   Having been active in 4-H in her youth, she started her career as an Assistant 4-H Club Agent for the Cooperative Extension Services in Worcester, MA.


In 1954, Lois married her high school sweetheart, Calvin M. Farnsworth, with whom she shared a great zest for life, and together they raised four grateful and loving daughters.  After the last toddler went off to school, she taught and then served as Director at the Acton Cooperative School, where her daughters had attended preschool. 


Always an enthusiastic volunteer for every activity in which her girls were involved, including 4-H Club, Girl Scouts of America, and U.S. Pony Clubs, Lois was considered by many to be a creative mastermind.   When Cal’s career took them to Davidsonville, MD, Lois enjoyed working in the catalog department at Sears and took on many volunteer activities.  In 1979, Cal and Lois purchased Clark’s Grain Store in Chichester, NH, where she was active in the day-to-day business. 


A member of the Pittsfield Women of Rotary, Lois was enthusiastically involved in the design and construction of numerous annual parade floats and thought of its membership as an extension of her family.   Lois treasured her family and her friends, and that love was returned to her.  The picture of endless energy, determination, empathy and fun, she will be missed every single day.


She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 57 years, Calvin M. Farnsworth, and her cherished sister, Carol E. (Nelson) MacDonald.   She is survived by her daughters Susan Farnsworth of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Nancy Farnsworth Yeaton and husband Jeremy of Pittsfield, Judy Farnsworth Gough and husband Tom of Annapolis, MD, and Jane Farnsworth Collins and husband John of Saginaw, MI, grandchildren Madeline, Jeffrey and Caroline Collins, and brother Walter E. Nelson of Menlo Park, CA.


A memorial service was held Saturday, April 18, at the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield.  The Rev. David Stasiak, Pastor, officiated.  


Donations in her memory may be made to the Calvin and Lois Farnsworth Memorial Fund, c/o Pittsfield Rotary Club, PO Box 104, Pittsfield, NH 03263 or the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, 801 Roeder Road, Suite 750, Silver Spring, MD 20910.  To sign the online guest book, log on to






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