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February 13, 2019

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BCEP is seeking Community Service volunteers on Saturdays to assist patrons with their recycling needs.


Please contact Lisa at 435-6237 if you would like to help out.



Area Democrats Meeting Tonight


Chichester and Pembroke Democrats will be meeting tonight at 6:30 at the Pembroke Town Hall for the purpose of electing officers and delegates to represent each town at the upcoming Democratic State Convention.  All registered Chichester Democrats are welcome and encouraged to attend!  For further information, call Sally Kelly at 724-1862 or email at [email protected].



Happy Birthday to Heather Duford and to Kendra Jarvis  on February 16.



Have you sent in your sign-up form for CYA Baseball or Softball (T-Ball, Rookies, Minors, Majors)? They are due on February 22. A late fee will be charged from February 23 to March 1.  For further information contact Steve Burris: [email protected] for Baseball or Clark Thorne: [email protected] for Softball. 



Out Of Your Attic

Thrift Shop News

Submitted By Carol Hendee


Valentines Day is Thursday, February14th-stop in and pickup a “little something” for a sweetheart. A nice mug filled with candy is always welcome, along with a cute “stuffie.” Then out comes St. Patrick’s Day goodies! We have quite an assortment to choose from. Also, look for Dr. Seuss merchandise!  We have “free” beads to give away for Mardi Gras---find us at: 345 Suncook Valley Hgwy, Rte 28 Chichester.  Mon 8-12’ Tues & Thurs 8-4; Wed. 11-4 & Sat. 10-4.  247-7191



Chichester Town Library News


We had a great turnout for the Winter Warm-up recently held at the library.  Congratulations to Barbara Eggers, who won the prize for best soup, stew, chowder or comfort food.  Her chicken chili was great!  Thanks to all who participated.  It was a lot of fun.


Also, thanks to all who came in and made valentines for our veterans.  They are always received with great appreciation.


Have you been to the library recently to see the art work from our artists at the Chichester Central School?  The display will be up during the month of February and into March.  There will also be a reception for our young artists on the morning of Saturday, March 23rd.


The Book Club will be meeting Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.  This month’s book choice is Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland.  


Random Acts of Kindness Day is this Sunday, February 17th.  Many have taken that thought and elongated the observance to a week.  And, when doing an internet search, there are even Random Acts of Kindness calendars, to spread the spirit throughout the year. Kindness doesn’t have to cost a thing.  


Please see the separate article on the program “New England Quilts and the Stories They Tell.”  This is scheduled for the Grange, 54 Main Street, on Wednesday, February 20th at 6 p.m.  Refreshments will be available.





Dear Chichester Citizens:

I am finishing up my first term as Selectman and I am running for re-election.   One of my goals as a Selectman was to get to know as many citizens as possible.  I’ve always enjoyed attending the many events and programs the town has sponsored.


A number of these events, like Old Home Day, Trunk or Treat, and the Haunted Walk were organized and staffed by local volunteers. I’ve attended music concerts; theater programs; and lectures, sponsored by the Library, and a trails maintenance workshop sponsored by the Conservation Commission. 


My core philosophy is government should work for the people, and by attending these events I am able to interact and see the needs of many of our citizens, not just a select few. I try to show people who I am and let them know they have a voice. I encourage people to attend Selectman meetings and bring up any issue that they feel is important. I want to hear what I’m doing wrong so I can make corrections and fix problems that are needed. 


I do my best to treat everyone equally and I work hard to listen to all the facts before forming any kind of opinion on town issues. Many times my position has changed after hearing contrary opinions that would be in the best interest of the town.


My last three years have been a truly enjoyable experience. I have experienced first-hand how our town does so much with so few people. One of my goals, if re-elected, is to increase volunteerism, which will keep the town moving forward in a positive direction.  I ask that you please consider voting to re-elect me to the position of Selectman.


Thomas Jameson




To The Citizens Of Chichester


On February 4, 2019 the Chichester Planning Board held the second public hearing regarding the proposed new zoning ordinances. The proposed ordinances will be voted on by ballot on March 12, 2019. The board wishes to thank all of those who attended.


At this meeting there were a number of excellent questions raised and hopefully the board was successful in addressing everyone’s concerns. 


I would like to take this opportunity to address one of those concerns, so that the community as a whole will better understand the proposed changes.


As stated in the past, the reason for the new proposed ordinance is because the present soil based zoning district map is obsolete.  That is why the board is proposing a new zoning district map where the different districts will fall (for the most part) along present property boundaries. In creating the new map that identifies the new boundaries, the map no longer shows wetlands and steeplands.  The reason for this is the old map was just a very broad view of where the wetlands and steeplands were located, but was not very accurate.  The protection of the town wetlands and steeplands is still in the town zoning ordinance.  The new proposed zoning will not change that. In the past when a proposal for a subdivision or any commercial development was presented to the board, the wetlands and steeplands were always identified on the plan. Going forward this does not change. All the protections that the town has presently will continue.  


I hope this further clarifies the continued protection of the town’s wetlands and steeplands.


The board hopes you will support the proposed ordinance.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the planning office or one of the members of the planning board.


Thank you,

Stan Brehm

Chichester Planning Board



Hope In Christ (Chichester Congregational Church) Welcomes New Pastor To Chichester

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Reverend Steve Kasanovich has just been called to serve at Hope in Christ Church, 153 Main Street. His first worship service was on December 9, 2018.


Pastor Steve, a licensed and ordained CCCC (Conservative Congregational Christian Conference) Minister, had previously served as a pastor at Mayflower Church in Kingston, Massachusetts. He’s been married to his wife Shirley, who works at the Chichester Central School, for over 30 yrs, and has three children, ranging in age from 20-29 yrs of age.


Pastor Steve enjoys building and racing hot rods, hunting, and fly fishing in his spare time. “I look forward to being an integral part of the Chichester community as Hope in Christ Church actively seeks to meet local needs, provide beneficial environments for families, and to sharing God’s love and grace with those who do not know Christ,” says Rev. Kasanovich.


Their regular, weekly, Sunday Services are held at 10:00 a.m. More information is available on their website at Hope in Christ Church has been a part of the town since 1791. The old church (Chichester Congregational) stands as a beacon overlooking Chichester, and like the town, has a rich history. The church office, including the pastor’s, is still located in the historic front building. However, they outgrew the old church a while back, and now meet in the new Worship Center located directly behind the church for Sunday services and other various functions. It is a modern building complete with conference rooms, classrooms for the children, kitchen, lobby, and worship hall. It’s a safe, comfortable space designed for friendship, fellowship and worship. Many fine dinners and pot-lucks have happened in both buildings.


Hope in Christ Church and Pastor Steve invite you to join them! Feel free to reach out to the church or directly to Pastor Steve with questions anytime.



New England Quilts And The Stories They Tell

Chichester Library

February 20th 


In cooperation with New Hampshire Humanities on the Go, the Chichester Library is bringing the program about New England Quilts to the Grange on Wednesday, February 20th, at 6 p.m.  Quilting has seen a revival, of sorts in the past years; and, interest in this art/craft continues to grow.


Quilts often tell heartwarming stories of service and/or tradition, many of which have been passed down through generations.  However, some quilt history also is handed down with myths and misinformation.  Many think of quilts as belonging particularly to Americana, but that actually isn’t the case.  


Pam Weeks, an expert in quilts and a resident of New Hampshire, will be the presenter.  She is the co-author of Civil War Quilts, published in 2012 and is also the Binney Family Curator at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts.  Ms. Weeks will weave world history, women’s history, industrial history and wonderful stories into her presentation. Participants are invited to bring one quilt for identification and/or story sharing.


This program is at no cost to the public.  Refreshments will be available.




Edwin Newell Sanborn, 3rd


Edwin Newell Sanborn 3rd, affectionately known as “Ted,” beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend passed peacefully on February 1st, 2019. 


He was born on April 8th,1934 in Concord, NH, the only child of Genevieve ( Kelley ) and Edwin N. Sanborn, Jr.


He leaves his cherished wife Virginia “Ginger” ( Beck) Sanborn of 64 years.Ted and his wife Ginger resided at their beloved home in Chichester for 60 years, and spent the past 23 winters at their home in Bay Indies Resort, Venice, Florida where he served as President of the New England Club, enjoying his many friends and activities in the area. For twenty-five years the family enjoyed summers in their cottage on Suncook Lake, Barnstead, NH, boating, swimming and entertaining and enjoyed their cabin for hunting, fishing and snowmobiling in Dixie’s Grant, NH.


Ted was a proud, long standing member of the Grand Lodge of NH, F&AM as a Master Mason in good standing of Blazing Star Eureka Lodge No. 11, Concord, NH, and a revered 50 year member of the Bektash Shriners of Concord, NH. He served as an active member of many Concord community and New Hampshire boards and associations.


Ted graduated from Concord High School in 1953, attended The Tilton School in Tilton, NH and he continued his education in banking and finance for the next 30 years.


In 1960 Ted became affiliated with the Indian Head Bank in Nashua, NH. He then transferred as Vice President to the branch in Exeter, NH. In 1972, he was instrumental with the opening of Indian Head Bank in Concord, NH. In 1986 the bank was acquired by Fleet Bank, then Bank of America, from which he retired in1990.


After his retirement from banking,Ted realized a passion for antique and classic cars, acquiring many over the years. He was a member of the Antique Automobile Club of America, Venice Florida Region AACA, Granite Region NH AACA, Packard Club of America, the Mercedes Benz Club of America, Maine Obsolete Automobile League, past president of the Profile Automobile League. He enjoyed touring and the camaraderie of many antique and classic automobile devotees.


He dearly loved his three children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; daughter, Virginia Robin Sanborn Carter, of Allenstown, NH, her children, Elisabeth Camilla Sanborn Moody, Courtney Heather Sanborn Moody, Taylor Logan Sanborn Bonner; daughter, Sarah Anne Perry of Chichester, NH, her sons Joshua Ian Bourdeau, Tyler Andrew Shaw; and son, Timothy Edwin Sanborn of Rye, NH, his sons Timothy Edwin Beck Sanborn, Michael Edwin Ryan Sanborn. He also leaves three great grandchildren, Mercedes Alexis Majestro, Mathias Alexander Libby, Aaron Marcus DeFlorio. 


He was predeceased by his grandson, Alexander Brooks Sanborn Moody in 1999. 


To share a memory, please send contributions to the Shriner’s Hospital, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114  or the charity of your choice.



Edith May (Ott) Bailat

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Edith May (Ott) Bailat, 85 years old, passed away peacefully on January 30, 2019 in Bedford, NH. 


Edith was born May 18, 1933 in Flatbush, NY to Irving and Edith (Estabrook) Ott. Edith earned high honors in first grade and skipped one year of grade school. She graduated in January 1951 from Midwood High School in Brooklyn, NY on an accelerated program. She worked for AT&T as a Stock Records Clerk. 


Edith and Paul met in 1954 and married in January 1956. They moved to Hopkinton, NH in October 1957. They lived in Contoocook, NH from April 1958 until they bought their home in Chichester, NH in October 1959. 


Edith was a Girl Scout leader in NY and taught Sunday school in NH. She loved children and animals. Edith fostered children, adopted stray animals, opened her home to family and friends, and worked for various companies before retiring from Nynex in 1995. 


Edith will always be remembered for her loving heart and sense of humor. 


She is preceded in death by her husband, Paul Duproz Bailat and her sister, Evelyn (Ott) DeSpagna. 


Family members include her children, Michelaine Turgeon and husband, Raymond, of Jaffrey, NH; Denise Bailat of Manchester, NH; Claude Bailat and wife, Mary, of Billerica, MA and Juliette Clough and husband, Frank, of Bow, NH; grandchildren, Andrea and Peter Turgeon; Deirdre, Shannon, Justin and Nathan Bailat; Jesse, Maya, Andrew and Autumn Clough; her sister, Jane (Ott) Anderson of Chesapeake, VA; her nieces, Ellen (Anderson) Webb and husband, David, of Ascot Vale, Victoria, Australia, Karen (Anderson) Rameaka of Warwick, RI, their children, Katie, Madeline, and Andrew Webb; Jack and Lena Rameaka; her nieces and nephews, Paul DeSpagna of Chichester, NH, David DeSpagna and wife, Cherie, of Anniston, AL, Eileen (DeSpagna) Lausman and husband, Mark, of Castle Rock, CO, Linda (DeSpagna) Sampson and husband, Andrew, of McDonald TN, their children, Tara and Krista Lausman, and Nichole and Daniel Sampson. Ellen’s first born son, Brian Webb, and Karen’s husband, Richard Rameaka reside in Heaven with Edith’s brothers-in-law, Jack Anderson and Bob DeSpagna. 


A memorial service took place at the Chichester United Methodist Church, Chichester, on Saturday, February 9, 2019, officiated by Pastor Travis Allen. 


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Edith’s name to the Pope Memorial SPCA in Concord, NH or Live and Let Live Farm of Chichester, NH. 


Arrangements are entrusted to the Bennett Funeral Home of Concord. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Bailat family.






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