The Chichester Heritage
Commission will meet on Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m. in the
Chichester Town Library. The Heritage Commission is in need of new
members. One full member and three alternate positions are open.
Call Lucille Noel at 798-5709 if you have questions.
The Local Community Design Charrette Team
will meet on Monday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in the Historical Society
Museum. All are welcome to attend.
Earth Day is April 22. A good way to
celebrate is to clean up your Chichester neighborhood.
Happy Birthday to Ron Duford on April 23.
Come and enjoy Herb Chicken and Mac &
Cheese at the Chichester Methodist Parish Hall on Wednesday, April
27. These Community Suppers are free to all, although donations are
welcomed and used for food for future suppers.
Out Of Your
Attic Thrift Shop News
Submitted By Carol
Mother’s Day is just around the corner, Sunday May 8th! Stop
in and get first dibs on some great books and gifts for the special
lady in your life!
We have “A Little Spoonful of Chicken Soup and the full version for
the Mother’s Soul.” Chicken Soup for the Grandparents’ Soul;
Helen Steiner Rice-To Mother w/Love; TREX & Mother’s Day; and
Reflections From a Mother’s Heart-to name a few.
Cinco De Mayo is coming right up on
Thursday, May 5th!We have some sombreros and beads for your
Rte 28- 5 mi. from the Epsom Circle, Chichester. Mon. 8-12;
Tues. & Thurs. 8-4; Wed. 11-4 & Sat. 10-4. 247-7191 Please DO
NOT leave anything outside when we are not open, the rain destroys!
Town Library News
Thanks to everyone who came to the book sale last Saturday.
These sales help with special events and programs, as well as
unexpected expenses that might occur. Next month will be the
annual plant sale accompanying the used book sale, thanks to the
generosity of Millican Nursery. They will be held on Saturday,
May 21st, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Hopefully, you came into the Library last week during National
Library Week. If you did, you enjoyed the artwork of Martha
Sargent Butterfield from neighboring Loudon. Her theme, “A
Celebration of the Seasons,” is a collection of landscape paintings
and oils and pastels. Please see separate article for more
The Down Cellar Writers and the
Photography Group will be meeting, respectively, at 7 p.m. on
Monday, April 25th.
Mark your calendars for May 7th at 7 p.m. at the Grange, when Dave
Downs will be presenting his program on clutter control. This
entertaining presentation should help us all look at the “stuff” we
have collected and figure out what can be done with it, if anything.
(Remember, though, books can always be donated to the Library.)
Mother’s Day Breakfast
We will be having our Annual Mother’s Day breakfast on Sunday, May
8th, from 7:30-10:00 AM at the Fire-Rescue building. Please come and
join us for a delicious buffet breakfast with eggs, pancakes, bacon,
homefries, and assorted drinks. The cost of the breakfast is
$7.00 for adults and $4.00 for children under 10.
Town Wide Yard Sale
Chichester Firefighters Association is
once again sponsoring the Chichester Town Wide Yard Sale on Saturday
June 4th, 8am-2pm. There are several ways you can participate: If
you want to come to a central location, spots will be available at
the Town Hall parking lot. If you are having a sale at your home or
business you may have your yard sale location and description placed
on a Town of Chichester map. There is no charge for either of the
above, but a donation to the Firefighters Assoc. equipment fund
would be greatly appreciated. Lastly, if you have some items you
want to get rid of, but don’t want to have your own sale, the
Firefighters Association will accept donated items which we will
sell to add to the equipment fund. Donation of items will be
accepted at the fire station the week of May 30-June 4. No clothing
or upholstered furniture please. You may leave items by the front
door if no-one is there. Pick up can possibly be arranged.
Maps will be available for pickup at the
fire station on Friday June 3rd or at the Town Hall on Saturday the
3th. Once again, there is no cost for any of this, but we are
suggesting a donation to the Firefighters Association Equipment
Fund, which is used to buy equipment for the fire-rescue department,
beyond what is available in the regular budget.
For more info on Yard Sale specifics
contact Paul Sanborn at 608-6252, or sign up at the fire station.
Of The Seasons
This is the theme of Martha Sargent
Butterfield’s collection of landscape paintings in oils and pastels
currently on display at the Chichester Public Library.
A resident of Loudon, Ms. Butterfield grew up in the Seacoast Region
and began her fine art studies with her professional artist mother
Della Demeritt Lamson. Her early exposure to the art field
provided a foundation for her lifelong self-guided study of various
painting materials, in particular the quality of pigments
manufacturers use in their paints as it relates to their permanence,
and how those pigments interact with each other in the painting
process. She spent many years as a watercolorist before
switching to oils and pastels as her preferred media.
Martha specializes in landscapes, most recently of the Concord
region. Her inspiration comes from long walks through the New
Hampshire countryside, observing and appreciating the natural world
in all of its seasons. While in the field, she spends
considerable time studying how light and atmosphere affect her view
of a particular scene, and she delights in focusing on places often
overlooked by the casual observer.
Martha is a member of the Loudon Village
Arts group where she has participated in its seasonal Fine Art Shows
at the Maxfield Public Library. She is the mother of New England
railroad artist Cameron Sargent, who resides in Concord.
At Bobcat Of
New Hampshire, It’s All About The Customers (That’s You!)
By Meggin Dail
As a female, stepping into Bobcat of New
Hampshire in Chichester for the first time, I anticipate being
intimidated. I’m not easily intimidated and certainly don’t get real
shy around men, having grown up with two older brothers, it’s the
equipment. Heavy machinery. Stuff I don’t know anything about. It’s
not that I’ve never written an article about a business I’m
unfamiliar with, but for some reason being around tractors,
backhoes, and excavators (three pieces of equipment I’m not sure I
could tell you the difference between), I’m worried I won’t know
what to ask. So, armed with a couple of questions my husband gave me
to start me off, I walk through the door.
Wait, I feel okay. The interior is bright,
open, people are smiling, right away I am noticed and not brushed
off as a female who wandered into the men’s department. I feel
welcomed. After almost an hour’s interview with Mark, Jeff and
Craig, I still feel welcomed. I feel like renting a Bobcat. Here’s
Started in 1987 and purchased by the Blanchard family in 1998,
Bobcat of New Hampshire has made it their business to make customer
service their number one priority. Bobcat has two locations, one
right here on Route 4 in Chichester, and the other on Tracy Lane in
Hudson, NH. Locally owned and operated, Bobcat is a
customer-oriented, community-minded, and employee driven. They
specialize in the homeowner. If you’re doing renovations to your
lawn, moving a shed, building a fence, placing sonar tubes for a
porch, putting in a garden, setting a mailbox, landscaping, clearing
a lot, reclaiming a field, plowing and snow removal, or pretty much
anything else you do-it-yourselfers can come up with, here’s where
you want to rent. Regularly, their rentals are to homeowners, people
like you and me; men, women and DIYers. They strive to make the
customer number one and that’s why they’re bigger than they’ve ever
been in 29 years and are still concerned with their number one
Maybe you want new machinery to rent for
your project? Check. Perhaps it’s delivery and pickup of your rental
that will satisfy you? Check. Maybe you think they don’t have a
machine small enough for your job? Not so! General Manager, Jeff
Trombley assures me, “If you need to do some work under your deck,
in tight spaces or you just need to dig a post hole, we have
walk-behind machines you can use.”
Craig Harmon, Rental Manager, who’s right
there when you walk in the door, can answer any question you may
have; How long can I rent the equipment for? What do I need for the
job? Can I run this equipment myself? How difficult or easy is it to
work the machines? And so on. Craig is the guy you’ll see at the
trade shows. He’ll also let you know that while Bobcat may be closed
on weekends, weekend equipment rentals happen all the time, so you
don’t have to take time off from your day job to do your home
improvements. “Daily, weekend, weekly and monthly” are your rental
options, so whatever the job, Bobcat is here for you.
Mark Blanchard, owner of Bobcat of New
Hampshire, preceded by his father and former owner, Jeff Blanchard,
will gladly tell you that renting a Bobcat should not be a daunting
task, even if you’ve never run one before. The equipment is fairly
easy to operate and if needed you can be given a tutorial on the
machine by his knowledgeable staff. Mark wants you to know, “We’re
focused on giving the best product possible, the best experience
possible, to our customers.” This is important since they’re up
against 19 other companies that are ready to take their business.
“So, what makes you better?” I ask.
“Customer Service.” Is the reply. “If we
don’t take care of you properly, somebody else is waiting to and we
don’t want that to be why you go elsewhere.That’s what sets us
apart. This is what we do and we do it well.”
Mark will also tell you that working at
Bobcat isn’t really considered a job, per se, but a lifestyle. He
grew up talking equipment around the dinner table. He would ask what
new equipment came in and where it was going. Mark continues to run
the business as a family-friendly place and smiles as he quips, “In
my family, ‘BYOB’ means Bring Your Own Bobcat.” After all, besides
rentals, they are a full-service dealership as well.
When you do decide to bring your own
Bobcat, your rental, that is, you’ll be pleased to know that these
machines are turned over almost every year. You’re not getting an
old, worn-out piece that are only for amatuer landscapers who may
not notice the scatches and dents, instead you’re getting a
practically brand new piece of machinery. Case in point, while I was
there today, a man came in to pick up his rental that was only a few
Most likely, if you see a Bobcat in
someone’s backyard, at their place of business, or doing a job, it
came from Bobcat of New Hampshire. And while that should be reason
enough to stop by and check them out, it’s the low-key, genuinely
friendly, helpful staff that will be the reason you return.
Treasure Or “Just Stuff?”
We all have STUFF! The question then becomes, “How much
‘stuff’ do we need?” Why do we acquire it and, then, why do we
save it? Why can’t we just throw things away?
The Chichester Library will help everyone explore this by bringing
Dave Downs, a veteran educator and entertainer, to the Chichester
Grange, 54 Main Street, on Saturday, May 7th, at 7 p.m. With
his upbeat and unique approach, Dave Downs explores the many reasons
that our drawers, closets and garages get filled with STUFF.
He will offer helpful hints for managing this difficult problem by
using colorful stories throughout the talk to engage, as well as to
inform, the audience. We may all recognize a part of ourselves
in these stories.
Participants/attendees will leave knowing that if we are thoughtful
about what we acquire, what we keep and what we discard, we will
start to reverse the tendency to bury ourselves in “treasures!”
In essence, Dave, a performing magician for many years, will help us
make our “stuff” disappear!
Dave Downs is a retired educator with a Master’s Degree in Creative
Arts in Education from Lesley College. After many years of
performing as a magician, he has turned to developing an array of
entertaining and amusing programs for libraries, historical
societies, civic groups and senior centers.
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.