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Chichester NH News

February 17, 2016

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Chichester Youth Association is accepting 2016 Baseball, Softball, and T-Ball registrations now through March 6th. If the registration is received between March 7th and March 20th, a $10 late fee will required. No registrations will be accepted after March 20th. Please visit for the form and more information about our program.



The Chichester Heritage Commission will meet on Thursday, February 18th, at the Town Library starting at 7 p.m. Meetings are open to the public. Anyone interested in historic preservation is urged to attend.



The local Community Design Charrette team will meet on Monday, February 22nd, at 7 p.m. in the Historical Society Museum at 49 Main Street. Anyone interested in moving forward recommendations in the Plan NH document “A Village Center, Again” is welcome. Meetings are open to all residents.



The Chichester Youth Association is accepting registrations for Baseball, Softball, and T-Ball. Forms will be going home through school for K-6th graders. You can also access the form from the CYA website  Registrations are due on March 6, 2016. Please mail form and payment to: Chichester Youth Association, P.O. Box 394, Epsom, NH  03234. The next CYA meeting is February 21 at the Grange/Town Hall at 6 p.m. All are welcome to attend.



Beef Pot Roast will be served at the Community Supper on February 24 at the Chichester United Methodist Parish Hall on Main Street. These suppers are free, but donations are gratefully accepted and used to buy food for future meals. Come join your friends and neighbors for food and fellowship.



Chichester Grange meets only once in February. The next meeting will be March 2.



Out Of Your Attic Thrift Shop News

Submitted By Carol Hendee


I was looking at a pamphlet about Home Composting and saw an article that fit our store, The 4 R’s = Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, REBUY!


So, after you have gone through your house and figured out what to give away, think of the Attic as a place to recycle clothing, shoes, small appliances, books,  or athletic gear (nothing large or computer related please.) During the next couple of weeks to “reduce” our inventory, winter jackets, drinking glasses, and all dolls will be 1/2 price.  Hopefully spring is on the way and we can put out new donations!


Rte 28 Chichester. Mon. 8-12;Tues & Thurs 8-4; Wed. 11-4 Sat 10-4  247-7191. 



Chichester Town Library News


The Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of the book, Holocaust to Healing: Closing the Circle, by Kati Preston.  Kati is a resident of nearby Barnstead and is a Holocaust survivor.  From the horrific experiences of that time and continuing on in life, Ms. Preston brings a story of not only persecution and adversity, but also of love, triumph and peace.


On Sunday, February 21st at 2 p.m., the inspirational Randy Pierce of Vision Quest 20/20 will bring his story to the Chichester Grange, 54 Main Street in Chichester.  He climbs mountains, like some of us might climb a long flight of stairs.  He has climbed the White Mountains and recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.  Randy’s experiences from losing his vision to conquering mountains is educational, as well as motivational.  Randy hopes to bring his perspective to us, as well as his support for two of his favorite non-profit organizations: the New Hampshire Association for the Blind and Guiding Eyes for the Blind.


The Down Cellar Writers will meet on Monday, February 22nd at 7 p.m.



Chichester Old Home Days 2016

Scheduled Date:  Saturday, August 20

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If Chichester residents want an Old Home Day this year, it cannot be accomplished without your help!


Volunteers are needed now to ensure Old Home Day 2016 success.


Needed are 6 - 12 committed people willing to assist with preparations and day of event.  Tell us about your area(s) of interest and level of participation.


Areas:  Sponsorship Letters & Collection; Signage & Ads; Emcee; Music; Children’s Activities;  Midway & Vendors; Food; Parade; Parking; Fireworks; Trash & Recycling Management; Agricultural Activities; Set-up & Clean-up; Acknowledgement Signs & Programs; Thank You letters, etc.


Contact us: Teresa at [email protected] or Ann at [email protected]



Sophomore, Hana  Testerman, of Chichester is congratulated by District 5 Adjutant,  Gerard A. Le Duc for winning the American Legion District 5 High School Oratorical Contest. The contest was held at Faith Community Bible Church in London, February 6, 2016.





Dear Chichester Voters,

As a candidate for selectman, I want to share some of my experience I feel would be beneficial towards the position of selectman.


I am a professional engineer, and in my career at the Department of Transportation I manage municipal projects that range from about 1 to 10 million dollars.  As most of you know State and Federal budgets are tight and I have to make sure projects stay on budget and are built on time.  I work directly with municipal government and see first hand the issues they face on a daily basis.


I feel that my experience dealing with managing large budgets and my understanding of municipal government will allow me to step into the role of selectman and be able to understand the complexity of governing a small town.  I have also been a volunteer at the school, the library, and recently at the park, helping to build the new community building.  That experience showed me how many dedicated and wonderful people live in this town and are willing to help out to make it even better. With strong volunteerism we can continue to make this town a better place without asking for additional revenue.


I hope you consider voting for me for selectman, but more importantly, I hope you get out and vote.


Thomas Jameson




Letter To The Editor


I think it deplorable when Selectmen choose not to support its Planning Board with a Warrant Article Recommendation to seek funds to update its Master Plan.  It pains me to see that one particular selectman generally supporting the fire department for any and all requests, at times work that could be completed by volunteers, yet he questions and often stifles requests by other departments, committees/commissions.


Obviously the Planning Board has not had enough active members to update the 2002 Master Plan which, in itself, deems the need for assistance.   Every town board is comprised of volunteers - volunteers who take time from their personal lives to fulfill their duties. Regular meetings and hearings not only take time but require additional reading, research, discussion, preparation.   Special duties are even more time-consuming.  There are times when there isn’t a quorum which results in no action.


The Town of Chichester has had many legal issues throughout the last several years, some of which could have been quickly resolved if ordinances had been up-to-date.  Costly legal issues will continue to arise if we are not prepared.  The Planning Board should have funding to update its Master Plan which is the very foundation for Chichester zoning ordinances and controlled growth.  NH RSA 674:1, I. “…Every planning board shall from time to time update and amend the adopted master plan with funds appropriated for that purpose by the local legislative body.” 


During the budget process selectmen agreed to add $2,000 toward old home day fireworks.  In spite of the quoted RSA, Planning Board’s commitment to update and the Budget Committee’s affirmative vote, the selectmen voted “nay.”  Something is drastically wrong with Chichester’s local governmental system when its concern to satisfy some 100 fireworks onlookers overrides its concern for all 2,500 residents and the town’s future! 


Ann Davis




Chichester Central News

Multicultural Fair


On Thursday, Feb, 18, Chichester Central School will hold the annual Multicultural Fair. Students have been studying cultures and historical landmarks from around the world and are excited to share what they have learned with our families.  Be prepared to view a replica of the Great Wall of China, journey into an Ice Castle from Sweden, and learn about mask making in some African nations.  Parking is always limited during the winter months so we are asking families to carpool for our event.  A shuttle bus will also be provided from the Chichester town offices to the school to help with overflow parking.  Potluck dinner begins at 5 PM in the gym, followed by a student presentation at 5:45 and the classroom tours run from 6-7 PM.  Bring your passport and travel the world in one night!


School District Meeting

The Chichester School District meeting will be held on Saturday, March 5 starting at 9 AM at the Chichester Central School.  At this meeting, all citizens participate in the 2016-17 school budget process by learning about the proposed budget and voting on the budget.  All citizens, parents and community members should attend this meeting as it affects the programs and offerings for the Chichester School District.



Chichester Central School

Kindergarten/New Grade 1

2016-2017 Registration Dates


Do you have a kindergarten child or first grader new to Chichester Central School entering in the fall of 2016 and are unsure of what to do?  Kindergarten/New Grade 1 registration will begin on March 1st and run until April 22nd.  Parents/Guardians must stop by Chichester Central School to pick up a registration packet and will need to return the completed package in person to school by April 22nd.  Parents will be asked to supply a copy of their child’s birth certificate & immunizations, parents/guardians driver’s license, and proof of residency in Chichester.  The age requirements for entry is age 5 (kindergarten) and age 6 (grade 1) by September 30.  School hours for registration pick up and drop off are between 7:30-3:15, Monday-Friday.


Children will go through a screening process in May that will allow the kindergarten committee to assess abilities so that the morning & afternoon classes will be evenly balanced.  Transportation is provided to school in the morning and to home at 2:40 (there is no mid-day transportation).  The New Morning Program does provide an on-site before school and after 2:40 care program for a minimal cost.  Please call Mrs. Plunkett, School Secretary @ 798-5651 for more information.






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