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Chichester NH News

May 18, 2016

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The Chichester Library has been given some unusual magazines. They are all on the subject of “Miniatures.” Some of the titles are Nutshell News, Doll House Miniatures, and Miniatures. Call the library at 798-5613 if you are interested.



The Chichester Heritage Commission will meet on Thursday, May 19, at 7 p.m. in the Chichester Town Library at 161 Main Street. This is an open meeting and all are welcome to attend.



Happy Birthday to Tracie Davison on May 24.



The Chichester Historical Society will be holding their Annual Yard Sale on June 4th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  They are looking for donations of items to sell. Please, no big items or old televisions. If you have items to donate you may call Lucille Noel at 798-5709 or Bernd Reinhardt at 736-7074 to arrange a time to drop them off or for pick-up if necessary.



The Local Community Design Charrette Team will meet on Monday, May 23, at 7 p.m. at the Chichester Historical Society Museum at 49 Main Street. All are welcome to attend this open meeting.



Santa Fe Chicken and Aztec Rice will be on the menu at the May 25th Community Supper at the Chichester United Methodist Parish Hall. Come at 6 p.m. to enjoy a meal with friends and neighbors. The suppers are free, although donations are welcomed and used to support future meals.



Chichester Grange will hold its annual Memorial Day observance on Monday, May 30, at the Grange/Town Hall at 2 p.m.



Out Of Your Attic Thrift Shop News

Submitted By Carol Hendee


One of our new donations was a number of Life Magazines, definitely collectible!  Come check them out.


We could use donations for use by The Attic of: safety pins; batteries (AA & C); clip or screw-on earrings; large black leaf bags; and especially kids books-all ages.


Sandals are out, even for the tiny ones.


Find us on Rte 28 north, near the Pittsfield line; Mon. 8-12; Tues. & Thurs. 8-4; Wed. 11-4; Sat. 10-4.  247-7191.



Chichester Town Library News


Tonight is Local Authors’ Night at 7 p.m.  The venue has been changed to the Library for acoustical purposes and that construction will not impede the event.  Kati Preston, a holocaust survivor and writer of Holocaust to Healing:  Closing the Circle; Stephen Pascucci, who has written Return to Kesan; Dudley Laufman, who has authored many poetry books; and Gail Laker-Phelps, who has published a beautiful book of her photographs showing the life of a New England farmer, are all expected to be there to share their experiences with us.


Preschool/Kindergarten Story & Craft Hour is scheduled for tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. 


Saturday, May 21st, is the annual Plant Sale, held in conjunction with the Used Book Sale.  Come early for the best selections of both plants and books.  The door opens at 8 a.m. and the sale continues until 1 p.m. 


The Photography Group is expected to meet on Monday, May 23rd, at 6:30 p.m.


The Down Cellar Writers will be meeting Monday, May 23rd, at 7 p.m.


The Library will be closed on Monday, May 30th for Memorial Day.



Backyard Farming Lecture Addresses Meeting Limited Mobility Challenges Of Gardening


Chichester ‘s Garden Club and Agricultural Commission “Backyard Farming” lecture series welcomes Diane Hall-Hersey of Down Home Organics - Workshops in Rural Living - as its speaker.  The topic:  Meeting Gardening Challenges while living with Limited Mobility at 7pm, Wednesday, May 25, 2016, Chichester Town Library Community Room, 161 Main Street.   Open to the public; $10/person and $5/members.


The May 25th “Gardening for the Retired” lecture - Introduction of modified tools and aids to meet the challenges of limited mobility, with doctor’s permission - was designed with the retired citizen in mind, as well as for many disabled who are or want to become gardeners.


Down Home Organics’ Workshops in Rural Living out of Franklin NH teach people how to be more self-sufficient for weather emergency or a lifestyle change.  A wide range of workshops - from planning organic vegetable and herb gardens,  composting, herbal teas and recipes to herb harvesting, food preservation, country cooking, alternative energy sources and homesteading (603-848-6555; [email protected]).   Diane offers 16 different organic gardening and sustainability workshops and has a great policy - students receive a discount card so far they get a 10 % discount at Bryant & Lawrence in Tilton and Osborne’s Agway in Concord.


Diane comes from a long line of New Hampshire farmers.  Her Great Uncle Ray owned Ried’s Poultry Farm in Bedford, NH, an egg business of some 2,000 Rhode Island Red laying hens.  Ray and his wife Annie, taught Diane the OLD WAYS of the 1930’s – Walton’s Style.


Diane’s Grandmother Hazel, Ray’s sister, was Diane’s primary baby-sitter who shared valuable lost country arts.  Diane watched her Grandmother tend the organic garden and fruit trees; lessons followed in how to garden and cook on the kitchen wood stove.  The rustic Glendale stove provided a challenge and lots of humor.  And so, Diane learned how to live a 1935 rural lifestyle.


In the 1970’s Diane bought her first farmstead and put her country skills into practice.  She cleared land and established organic gardens, as well as owning a waterfowl hatchery.  The farmstead flourished with rabbits, chickens, horses, geese and ducks.  Neighbors, both young and old shared rural skills and time honored traditions.


Diane is now part of the Hersey Farm in East Andover, NH.   It is a working farm of grass-fed Herefords, commercial hay and logging.  She and her husband, Jim Hersey, are building in the woods, at the base of the 350-acre historical farm.  They will offer workshops in woodland Permaculture.  Jim’s brother, Jerry lives in the main farmhouse and runs the farm is a good steward of the land.  Diane is in charge of revitalizing their mother’s organic kitchen garden. There will be classes on-site.


She also plans to raise small farmstead animals again and teach the art of wet-hatching geese & ducks.  It is a healthy New Hampshire country lifestyle, to be appreciated by those who wish to preserve and era gone-by and pass on traditions that would otherwise be lost.


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 or join the garden club, email [email protected] or leave a message for Ann at 603-903-3891.



Robert  and Faye McAnney

Chichester Community Citizens 2016

Although Bob and Faye McAnney grew up in Vermont, they have lived in Chichester for fifty years. In that time they raised three children: Robin, Faith, and Evan, and they have been good stewards of their 19th century homestead, Pumpkin Hill Farm.


Faye has been a special friend of the Chichester Town Library for many years, helping it grow from a small loft to a busy two-story space.  She has provided delicious cookies for many library events and shelved books in the book room for book sales. She even painted the stairs going from the main floor down to the book room.


When the Heritage Commission started up, both Bob and Faye quickly became involved. They painted and restored a message cabinet by the Town Hall door and contributed to the Commission’s Master Plan Chapter. They planted hundreds of daffodil bulbs at the Library, along the Carpenter Park walking trail, and at sites along Main Street.


Bob with help from Faye played a major role in replacing the centuries-old maple trees which lined Canterbury Road. The McAnneys dug holes, and staked, watered, and fertilized young salt-resistant maple trees so the road could retain its historical character. Bob served as manager for the Heritage Commission Maple Tree Project and set up a tree nursery at Pumpkin Hill Farm where Faye planted baby salt-resistant maples.


Faye has provided flowers to decorate the Heritage Commission’s booth at Old Home Day. Both Bob and Faye helped to man the booth and to set up and break down the displays. Faye has maintained “clipping” files in notebooks for the Heritage Commission, keeping track of preservation efforts and barn and house articles.


The McAnneys have always been supportive of programs offered by the Historical Society and have contributed generously by donating to the Society’s yearly yard sale. Over the years they have supported the Town of Chichester and its organizations in every way – quietly, graciously, effectively, and unselfishly. Chichester Grange is proud to honor them as Citizens of the Year.



Why Do We Need Dragonflies ?

Submitted By David Michaud, Chichester


For the past two or more years I have been trying to “farm” bees and dragonflies. Bees because they are so vitally important to our being and dragonflies because they control the mosquito population. One dragonfly can consume hundreds of mosquitoes and other pest. Have you ever noticed that when you mow your lawn that there are dragonflies zooming forward, backwards, in and out. Sometimes dragonflies might even land on one’s shoulder to say, “Hi.”


There are alot of fun and interesting facts surrounding the dragonfly and pictures of dragonflies have been etched on the walls in caves and temples dating back to the the dinosuar age.


Despite their name, dragonflies are not flies at all and, in fact, are part of an entirely different order of insects called, “Odonata Order.” Here in the United States there are about 400 species of Odonata (which include dragonflies and damselflies) and, more than 5,000 individual species worldwide. Dragonflies have (2) two pairs of wings that are very, very thin. Small veins crisscross their sheer wings to give them strength. The eyes of a dragonfly contain 30,000 individual lenses. The dragonfly is mesmorizing to watch, flying forward, backwards, up and down and can even hover in one spot for more than a minute The dragonfly comes in a vast array of colors, green, blue, red, purple, nearly clear, yellows, yellow streaked and various combinations of colors. Dragonflies are recognized by their long needle shaped bodies and tapered wings.


Immature dragonflies, also known as “nymphs” are used as bait for fishermen. In their laral stage which can last up to (2) two years or more, the dragonflies are aquatic and eat most anything -tadpoles, mosquitoes, fish, other insects, insect larvae, and, at times, eat each other. Some scientitists theorize that “high oxygen levels during the Paleozoic era allowing dragonflies to grow to monster sizes. Some dragonflies only live a few days while some live for a year or more. Dragonflies catch their prey by grabbing it with their feet. If a dragonfly cannot fly, it will starve and die because they eat prey while in flight. Dragonflies eat insects as adults and are a great weapon in the fight to control the mosquito population. Hundreds and thousands of dragonflies of several different species will gather in swarms for feeding and migration purposes. Little is known about their behavior, but there is a “Dragonfly Swarm Project” established to collect and gather information on the swarms of dragonflies, to better understand the habits of dragonflies.


Nymphs, or immature dragonflies, have (6) six spindly legs and a body that is only a few times larger than it is wide. They have (2) two fairly large eyes. Some of them have a mouth part(s) that is (are) modified to shoot forward, to grab prey. They breathe water through gills in their abdomen and can squirt water out so fast that it propels their movement. Most dragonfly species spend their winters as nymphs in the water, but some migrate south and spend the winter as adults. A few species lay their eggs in the late summer or fall, the eggs do not hatch until spring.


Dragonflies emerge in the warm months of spring or summer. Dragonflies need sunny, warm months to be able to fly, usually the temperature must be 65 degrees celcius. If it is cold and wet, the dragonflies will hide in the tall grass or other vegetation. Dragonflies communicate visually much more than most other insects. Male dragonflies fight for territory by performing aerial duets, displaying their great size and speed to each other. Mating pairs probably communicate by touch, possibly chemically, too. Dragonflies sole purpose and role in the ecosystem is to breed before they die. Dragonflies are the top predators in ponds with no fish. Adult dragonflies help control populations of mosquitoes and other flying pests . The benefits of dragonflies are how they interact with us? Dragonflies help us, control mosquitoes so we do not get bit and contract diseases such as Triple E (EEE), West Nile and Zika. (As well as other diseases, too).


Dragonflies are probably the most misunderstood insect of all the insects. There are many myths that have developed over centuries of time about dragonflies. Dragonflies can live for a few months to a few years. The aquatic nymph can molt up to 15 times in a growth cycle that can take several years to complete. The main objective of an adult dragonfly is to mate before dying and so they really do not live very long. Dragonflies do not die of old age, but at the bellies of predators, like birds.


Dragonflies might look threatening and dangerous, but their tail is not a sting apparatus, the dorners and petaltails specifically are designed to splice open plant sterns and to insert their eggs into the plant material.


Dragonflies cannot sew up your mouth, nor sew your eyes and ears shut as punishment for talking badly. Just because the dragonfly has a long, pointy abdomen does not mean that it can run a stitch to sew your mouth.


Truth be told, Dragonflies are our friends. They are, in fact, very, very beneficial to us if we consider how many mosquitoes each dragonfly can eat, both as nymphs (when they eat mosquito larvae) and as adults (when they catch and eat mosquitoes while in flight ). That is the reason(s) why we need dragonflies.






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