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Chichester NH News

September 16, 2015

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The Bee Hole Beavers Snowmobile Club will hold the first meeting of the season on September 16. The meeting will be held at the Chichester Public Library downstairs at 7pm.  There are a lot of new topics for this year including how to join a club before you register your sled.  The New Hampshire Snowmobile Association has instituted changes to the membership policy and club discount process involved in registering your sled.  Trail Work is beginning, we could really use your help getting the trails ready for the upcoming season.



Happy Anniversary to John and Catherine Snow on September 17.



The Chichester Historical Society will hold a “Fall Harvest Fair” on Sunday afternoon, September 20th, from 2 to 4 p.m. The fair will be at the society’s museum, 49 Main St. Bring the family to take part in making apple cider with an old-fashioned press, watch wool being spun  into yarn, make a corn husk doll, try a traditional old-time craft, and decorate some pumpkins. There will be food and plenty of time to visit our new exhibit “rooms” as well as enjoy conversation with friends and neighbors. Please park in the Grange/Town Hall parking lot across the street from the historical society building.



The Chichester Heritage Committee will meet on Thursday, September  17th, at 7 p.m. at the Library. All are welcome. Anyone interested in the preservation of historical, cultural, and scenic resources in Chichester is encouraged to attend.



Happy Birthday to Rick Davison on September 20.



The local Charrette Team is looking for granite and flat stones suitable for the new planter at the Grange/Town Hall. A local stone mason will do the planter for free if we provide the stone. Call Lucille at 798-5709 if you can help with this project.



Out Of Your Attic Thrift Shop News

Submitted By Carol Hendee 


With fall rapidly approaching, people are starting to make appointments into 2016.  We have calendars and planners on sale for 25¢ each!


We also caved (I thought it was a tad early) and brought out Halloween costumes and merchandise, as well as seasonal greeting cards.


Sweatshirts and light jackets are also appearing, long sleeve tops, too.  Many throw pillows to choose from. We still have a wheelchair available rent-free!


Stop by 345 Suncook Valley Hgwy, Chichester; Mon. 8-12; Tues. & Thurs. 8-4; Wed. 11-4 & Sat. 10-4.  247-7191.



Chichester Town Library News


Tomorrow is the first meeting of the school year for the Story and Crafts Program for preschoolers and kindergarteners.  The program includes stories, music, crafts and snacks and is a great way to socialize the little ones and to socialize with parents/caregivers.  It is held every Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m., except during school vacations, school cancellations or as otherwise announced.  


Saturday, September 19th, is this month’s Down Under Used Books Sale.  The theme(s) of this month’s sale is “Fix/Repair It” and “Home Decorating.”  Books will be featured for those handy men and women who don’t want to just throw things out and who want to do things themselves.  The sale also includes collectible books, DVDs and games.  It is always fun to see friends and neighbors at the sale, so please come and join us.


The Down Under Section of the Library will be closed to book buyers for the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday before each sale to enable volunteers to set up for that Saturday.  Thank you for your understanding and patience.


Monday, September 21st, is the monthly meeting of the Lovers of the Chichester Library.  It is open to anyone in the community who would like to volunteer to help: plan programs and special events, ensure they are successful and bolster the mission of the Library.


Lots of programs are being scheduled for the upcoming fall and winter months, so stay tuned.


Stop by the Library to see the raffle items and buy tickets for them for the next two months.  A generous donor has given the Library two “Little Souls” dolls.  These unique, handmade cloth dolls are “symbols of the imperfection of humanity,” according to the website, and appeal to design-conscious adults and non-traditional doll collectors.  Each has an individualized personality and reflects the joy and spirit of children, worldwide.  These would be great gifts.



Letter To The Editor


I went to the selectmen’s meeting last night, because of an ongoing issue with back taxes. This particular property, taxes haven’t been paid for over seven years. The owner has promised to pay the taxes a number of times. The selectmen have given numerous chances to make payments. At what point do you say enough is enough?


The latest, a little over six months ago the selectmen gave yet another six month deadline to pay. And again, no payment was made. I was told only one selectman wanted the town to take the property at that point, but all three selectmen agreed, at the end of this last six month period, the town would take action.


The property owner hasn’t made any tax payments in over seven years, but has the money to hire lawyers from out of state and to fight the town in court.


As I pointed out before, we need selectmen that will work and do what’s best for the town. Dragging this out for years, making deadlines, and not following through just makes us (the Town), look like bumbling fools.


In this case, bumbling fools that still haven’t collected tax money, and still wasting time.


My other issue with this is all the closed meetings. I agree, that any income or funds, that Joe has or is getting is none of anyone’s business. But what is decided about property, that should  have been decided years ago, should be open. The court records are public, so why wasn’t this meeting? 


I heard that one of the selectmen went to court on Joe’s behalf. If that is true, then we have a conflict of interest. I’ll question his integrity, and may ask for his resignation.


Craig McIntosh



Chichester Fire/Rescue Department

Incident Log August 2015

Respectfully Submitted By Edward Millette

Deputy Fire Chief


The Department had 44 calls for service in the month of August:

23 Rescue and Emergency Medical Calls

9 Good Intent Calls

2 False Alarms and False Calls

5 Service Calls

2 Hazardous Conditions (not fire)

1 Special Incident

2 Fires


Thank-you to the citizens of Chichester for your support as we continue to offer the best emergency services possible.



News For Chichester Seniors


Did you know there is a Senior Center serving Chichester seniors? It is in Pittsfield and you are invited to our Open House on Thursday, September 24th, from 10 am and 2 pm.


Why participate at a Senior Center?  The answer varies by the individual.  Some like the exercise and yoga classes for bone building and flexibility. Other folks attend an art class or a dramatic or musical program.  Many like the craft and quilting clubs.  Others enjoy the games and social events.  This summer we hosted perfect summer day lake tours of Squam and Winnipesaukee. 


Lunches are served daily for a nominal fee and for the home-bound, there are delivered meals.  The Pittsfield Senior Center can provide door-to-door transportation to the Center and to appointments and we have extensive information about other elder services.  Visit our Open Houses and learn more.  


The Pittsfield Senior Center is on the ground floor of the Pittsfield Community Center on Main Street.  It also serves Barnstead, Epsom and Loudon.   Call Carol Schiferle at 435-8482 for additional information or ask at your library for this month’s newsletter.






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