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Chichester NH News

April 6, 2016

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The menu for the Chichester Methodist Community Supper on April 13 is Peppersteak and Oven Browned Potatoes. Supper is served at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall on Main Street. Meals are free, although donations are accepted and used to buy supplies for future meals. Come join your friends and neighbors for good food and fellowship.



Happy Birthday to Angela Millette on April 7.



Out Of Your Attic Thrift Shop News

Submitted By Carol Hendee


It is worth a spring trip to The Attic. We have a section of books on gardening, planting, etc., birds and other animals; and an entire collection of pottery for planting your favorite spring/summer flowers (from a friend who cleaned their basement).  We also have a nice selection of video tapes, Disney and others at Two for 25¢!  Can’t beat that!


We are on Rte 28 north, near the Chichester/Pittsfield line, across from Dominick’s.  Mon. 8-12; Tues. & Thurs. 8-4; Wed. 11-4; Sat. 10-4.  247-7191.  Oh, Ruthie is back, come say HI!!!



Chichester Town Library News


Next week is National Library Week! We’ll be celebrating with displays and a delicious raffle prize provided Dominick’s Pizza, Pasta and Things to be awarded at the end of the week.  Each person who comes into the Library will receive one ticket.  (Raffle entries for this group are limited to one/person per day.)  An additional raffle ticket will be given to those who sign up for a Library card while visiting.  Those who “Like” us on FaceBook during that week will also be eligible for a raffle ticket.


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


The Book Club will also be meeting tomorrow at noon.  Bring your lunch and enjoy some great conversation on the current book, Boys in the Boat, and pick up the next pick of Mercy Snow.


The Board of Trustees will be meeting at the Library on Monday, April 11th at 4 p.m.  Residents of Chichester are welcome to attend.  This is an open meeting.


The Adult and Teen Craft Group, meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 11th, is sponsoring a workshop on how to make soap.  Registration is necessary, since there is a limited number of openings, and a small fee will be charged to cover the cost of materials.  Call the Library at 798-5613, or e-mail [email protected] to register and/or to ask questions. 


Save the date of Saturday, April 16th, for the first used book sale of the calendar year.



Pembroke Academy Class Of 1986 Hosting 30th Reunion July 2nd

High School Reunion Tickets Now on Sale


Tickets for the Pembroke Academy Class of 1986 30h High School Reunion are now on sale.


The event is scheduled for Saturday, July 2nd, 2016, beginning at noon at the Phelps residence, 229 Bear Hill Road, Chichester, NH.  Tickets for the pot luck/picnic event are $20 per person, with a maximum of $40 per family.


For more information or to purchase tickets, e-mail Tammy (Annis) Boucher at [email protected] or Darlene Phelps at [email protected].  Classmates are asked to provide contact information (phone and email) as well in order to be kept updated on event happenings and are encouraged to email photos (old and new) to be included in a slideshow.


Needs also include E-Z Up tents and cafeteria-style tables for the day.


Alumni are encouraged to sign up as a member of the Pembroke Academy Class of 1986 Facebook page.



Letter To The Editor

A Radon Reminder


Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. Most people have heard of radon before. But what do NH Citizens really know about it? A 2000 NH BRFSS survey found that only 1/3 of NH adults are aware of the real health risks of radon. They also surveyed to discover that only about ¼ of the Granite State residents get their home tested for radon. Tests are the only way to ensure your home has normal Radon levels.


Radon is a transparent, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas that is produced by the breakdown of minerals like uranium and radium in the soil. Since it is natural, it is normal for the Class A carcinogen to exist in low quantities. It can enter the foundation through cracks or holes in concrete floors, walls, and loose-fitting pipes. In the U.S., the average level of indoor radon is 1.25 picocuries per liter (pCi/L), but samples collected in New Hampshire homes from 1988 to 2011 suggest that half of homes have a concentration of 2.3 pCi/L or higher (according to a report from NHDPHS in January of this year). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that there are between 5,000 and 30,000 radon-related lung cancer deaths each year. Of those, there’s estimated to be 100 deaths annually in New Hampshire.


The best way to be preemptive about the effects of radon is to have tests done. It’s inexpensive and Kansas State University (KSU) sells them online. Some home improvement stores sell them as well. Tests are easy and will give you peace of mind.


Angela Millette

(Environmental Engineering Student at the University of New Hampshire)



Professor Carroll Returns For “Backyard Farming” Lecture


Chichester ‘s Garden Club and Agricultural Commission “Backyard Farming” lecture series features Professor John Carroll on April 20, 2016, 7pm, Chichester Town Library.  At the conclusion of the lecture, copies of Pastures of Plenty and Live Free and Farm will be on hand to purchase and there will be time for book signing. 


Professor Carroll will focus on his most recent book, Live Free and Farm: Food and Independence in the Granite State.  The theme is local food and farming, including value-added food processing and, as well, food preparation, all in the context of the energy (oil), climate change, and economic pressures driving our people, our towns and cities, today.  All will be tied into current events as they are unfolding in late April.


The prolific author has written more than a dozen books including a sustainable and ecological farming trilogy:  The Wisdom of Small Farms and Local Food: Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic and Sustainable Agriculture (UNH Agricultural Experiment Station Publication #2260); Pastures of Plenty: The Future of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Conservation in New England (UNH Agricultural Experiment Station Publication #2340); and The Real Dirt: Toward Food Sufficiency and Farm Sustainability in New England, published in Spring, 2010.


 “Sustainable agricultural practices in New England concern us all, from farmers to backyard gardeners to food consumers,” says Dr. John E. Carroll.  “Agriculture in New England is dying.  Quite true.  Agriculture in New England is being born.  Equally true.  Two different agricultures.”


John E. Carroll, in four decades at UNH, has taught and done research on national and international environmental policy, diplomacy, ethics, and values as they pertain to sustainable agriculture and food systems.  A UNH professor since 1974, he has directed and taught in the university’s undergraduate natural resources and environmental degree programs for many years, and has guided numerous graduate degree students (Masters and Ph.D) in natural resources and environmental research.  Carroll holds a Ph.D in Resource Development from Michigan State University and lives in Durham, New Hampshire.


The purpose of an agricultural commission is to protect farmland, support the local agricultural economy, preserve rural character and promote local agriculture to community members and visitors.  As ambassadors of the farming community, agricultural commissions act as educators, advisers and promoters to help keep agriculture viable in New Hampshire.  The Chichester Garden Club’s objective is to encourage more flower and vegetable gardens in Chichester, promote the love of gardening, civic beautification and environmental responsibility through education and example.  


To RSVP, email [email protected]  or Ann at 603-903-3891.






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