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Chichester NH News

March 16, 2016

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Congratulations to Tom Jameson who will be Chichester’s new Selectman. He replaces Michael Paveglio who did not seek re-election. Mary Jane Colbert will become a Library Trustee for a three year term. Ewen MacKinnon II will be Town Moderator for two years. Richard Pratt returns as Trustee of Trust Funds for three years. Gail Laker-Phelps will be a Supervisor of the Checklist for six years, and Ruth Hammen returns as a Cemetery Trustee for three years.



None of the School Board positions was contested. Ben Brown returns as a School Board Member for three years and Holly MacCleery will be the Treasurer for one year. Pamela Stiles will be the new School District Moderator for a one year term.



The zoning ordinance about lighting flags in the commercial district passed by a very narrow margin - 227 yes, 223 no.



March 19-20 is Maple Weekend, the time when maple producers all over New Hampshire hold open houses and encourage visitors to sample and purchase maple products. There are several sugar houses in Loudon and at least two in Pittsfield, so it should be easy to take a short drive to find some sweetness.



Come to the Community Supper at the Chichester Methodist Parish Hall on March 23 and enjoy Swedish Meatballs. Supper is served at 6 p.m. twice a month for free, although donations are welcomed.


Join your friends and neighbors for food and fellowship.



Happy Birthday to Matthew Morey on March 20 and Sharon Wescomb on March 22.



The Chichester Methodist Church will have a Sunrise Service in front of the church on Easter morning, March 27th. The service will be at 6:30 and breakfast will be in the Parish Hall next door at 7:00.  Please join us.



Save the date of April 2nd for the CYA Spring Fling. The CYA is hosting an Adult Dance Fundraiser to raise money for Chichester youth Sports. Please come to the Concord/Epsom Elks on Rte. 28 South of the Epsom Circle and listen/dance to DJ Eric. Enjoy appetizers and a cash bar.  There will be raffles and 50/50 tickets to purchase. Come enjoy an evening out and support a great cause. Doors open at 6:30 with dancing beginning at 7:00. Tickets are $20 per person or $35 a couple. Please email, Text, or FB Tammy Montambeault for more information or tickets. [email protected], 566-5771 or 798-3806



Out Of Your Attic Thrift Shop News

Submitted By Carol Hendee


Remember, St. Patrick’s Day is Thursday the 17th. Everything Irish 1/2 price! 


Easter is early, March 27th to be exact. We have some cute girls’ Easter outfits size 5-teen.


Boys 7-18 has a good supply; we need little boys 1-5 anything!  We still have hoodies, sweatshirts, and spring-type jackets.


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



Chichester Town Library News


The knitting group will meet this afternoon at 3:30 p.m.  Beginners and experts, alike, are welcome.  Bring your project(s) and/or any questions you may have.  This group is meeting every Wednesday afternoon.


The regularly scheduled story and crafts time for preschoolers, kindergarteners and their parent/caregiver will be tomorrow at 10:30 a.m.


The Lovers of the Chichester Library will meet on Monday, March 21st at 7 p.m.  We always welcome more volunteers to provide input and to support the various programs of the Library, including the book sales.


Donations for the Chichester Food Bank are accepted at the Library.  Please help support your neighbors in need.



Time for Battle!

By Frank Harrison

Chichester Conservation Commission

In the last article, I discussed the problems caused by invasive plant species in New Hampshire (Suncook Valley Sun, November 25, 2015).  Let’s get down to business and discuss the first invasive you need to battle this year. Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii) and its cousin, European Barberry (Berberis vulgaris), should be removed from your landscape.  Soon it will be easy to see this woody shrub, typically more than three feet tall and four feet wide with tiny, bright green leaves and red berries on long narrow branches.  Local birds and small animals love the red berries and commonly feed on them and spread the seed throughout the woodland.  Barberry is well adapted to our shady New Hampshire woods.  March is the best time to identify and remove it before the growing season ensues.  Environmental scientists will applaud your efforts to eliminate this plant before it takes over important habitat required for indigenous species to thrive, such as wild blueberries, which share the same niche.  In addition, the spiny shrub provides a home for deer ticks, the primary vector of Lyme disease infection. Destroying barberry has potential to promote wild blueberries and eliminate deer ticks…let’s do this!


The reason this is a true battle is that barberry, like most invasive plants, is notably stubborn and it fights back with small needle-like thorns.  Remember that the reason invasive plants were introduced is because they are fast growers with great success rates in variable habitat in the front yards and hedge rows of new homes.  It has tenacious underground rhizomes that can spring up without notice and take over.  It can be hacked or even razed to the ground, yet survive.  Like a tumor, it must be destroyed completely, preferably by physical removal.  The easiest option is to rip it out with a backhoe, shake the dirt from the fibrous roots, and leave the remains exposed in the seasonal burn pile.  Don’t just throw it over the bluff or chip it, because that will just spread the seeds and the roots of a tossed plant may replant.  For most of us who do not have access to a tractor, the first step is to use sharp loppers to stem all branches within one foot of the ground.  If it is a small plant, you may be able to loosen the root structure and work the roots out with a mattock, but with a large plant, you will need to do more digging and use a root puller to save your back from excessive stress.  Work smarter, not harder.  I suppose you could hook a chain up between the root ball and your pick-up truck, but this hillbilly fashion of gardening is not recommended.


Homeowners also have the controversial option to engage in chemical warfare with glyphosphate, the active ingredient in RoundUp ®.  If used responsibly and NEVER near wetlands or open water, this method is effective, but comes with an environmental cost.  Do some research and make an educated decision.  Immediately after stemming the branches and exposing the pith, douse the ends to allow absorption of the herbicide.  This will penetrate deep into the plant and begin to kill at the cellular level.  You may need to repeat application to finish the job.  After the roots are dead and release their grip on the soil, you will find it easier to remove it next year.  This should also stop the barberry from sending those lateral reproductive roots out to propagate new growth.  Keep your eyes peeled each spring for bright green shrubs in your backwoods.  It may seem perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, but we are not fooled by this pest!



Chichester School District Meeting

By Hannah West


The Chichester School District meeting was not well-attended, but a lot of information was presented. Moderator Doug Hall called the meeting to order at 9 a.m. Fred Chagnon led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. The head table was introduced, procedural rules were adopted, and non-residents such as the principal and Superintendent of Schools were granted permission to speak.


Brian Beaverstock, principal of Chichester Central, gave a presentation about the school. A new state assessment was used for the first time this year. Students in Grade 3 scored a bit below the standard, but students in grades 4 through 8 exceeded state standards in both reading and mathematics by a wide margin. A reading program started last year is being extended this year.


School Board chair Ben Brown gave a presentation of work done by the Energy Study Group. The group began work in the summer of 2015 to focus on an urgent problem with the boiler and the oil lines which supplied it. After the options of oil, propane, wood pellets, and electric heat pumps were priced and discussed, a high-end propane 3-boiler system with buried, supplier-own tanks was installed in November, 2015, by Irving Energy. It was paid for with $55 thousand from a Trust Fund and $55 thousand from money retained from the previous year’s budget surplus. An energy audit was done to see what improvements could be made to the building shell. LED lighting was done in one classroom and other classrooms will be upgraded to LED lighting in the future. Other future considerations are automated building monitors and controls for better efficiency, solar panels to reduce the electricity bill, and a generator for emergency management. More information can be found on the school district web page at Any resident is welcome to participate in the energy study process.


Discussion then moved to the budget. Members of the voluntary Budget Oversight Committee were recognized and commended for attending all the meetings during the year. They are Betsy Purvis, Donna Chagnon, Doug Fisher, Paul Twomey, Rebecca Pillsbury, Rich Edmonds, and Tammy Jameson. Ben Brown gave an overview of the budget, and then the Moderator proceeded through it section by section.


The two most-discussed items were the teacher salary line and the costs paid to the supervisory union. A break-down of supervisory union costs was passed out and covered at length. The costs of SAU #53 are met proportionately by the member towns of Allenstown, Chichester, Deerfield, Epsom, and Pembroke. Chichester’s share is 10 percent, the lowest of the five towns. The largest contributor is Pembroke. The cost formula is a combination of equalized valuation and number of pupils.


The teacher salary line was amended to an increase of $86, 521, the cost of retaining a teacher who would need to be let go if a class was combined due to lower enrollment. The number is not the actual amount of the teacher’s salary, but the cost to the school district (salary, benefits, state teacher retirement system and Social Security costs) to employ a teacher. The concern was not only retaining a valuable and popular teacher, but also changes to the curriculum and what would happen if the class numbers increased, as they often do over the summer. The amendment passed. The money increases the total budget, and the School Board has discretion over where to spend it; but the intent of the voting body was made clear, and the Board was listening.


The Chichester staff should certainly feel valued. Parents and students alike praised the teacher who was in danger of being cut from the staff. Another student stated that he thought Principal Beaverstock was not being paid enough.


The final line of the approved budget was $6,183,630.92






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