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February 27, 2019

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Absentee ballots for the March 12 Town Meeting are available from the Town Clerk’s office. Absentee ballots are available for the Town Official Ballot, the Zoning Ballot, and the School Official Ballot. Contact the Town Clerk at 798-5808x1 for any questions or email [email protected].



Did you forget to return your sign-up form for CYA Baseball or Softball (T-Ball, Rookies, Minors, Majors)? You can still register until March 1, if you pay a late fee. For further information contact Steve Burris: [email protected] for Baseball or Clark Thorne: [email protected] for Softball.



Happy Birthday to Catherine Snow on February 24.



Out Of Your Attic

Thrift Shop News

Submitted By Carol Hendee


End of the month already!  Thursday, Februrary 28th, is 1/2 price day! Last chance to get winter jackets and ski pants 1/2 price. Plan for next season - winter hats, gloves, mittens, and winter scarves 25¢ each!  


Next week, if the weather cooperates, spring tops coming out! 


Find us at 345 Suncook Valley Hgwy, (Rte 28) Chichester, near the Pittsfield line.  Mon. 8-12; Tues & hurs. 8-4; Wed. 11-4 & Sat. 10-4.  247-7191  Look for specials on our Facebook page !



Chichester Town Library News

The Knitting Circle will meet on the 27th at 3:30 p.m.


Recognizing that this is vacation week, a special LEGO Day has been scheduled for Thursday, February 28th, starting at 10:45 a.m.  This is a great opportunity to bring the kids to the library for an interactive, creative and fun activity.


Just in time to welcome in St. Patrick’s Day, a Celtic Music Show presented by Jeff Snow is scheduled for Friday, March 8th at 7 p.m. at the Grange.  Jeff has been a presenter before for the Chichester Library and was well received and appreciated.  And, although we give a nod to the Irish with the reference to St. Patrick’s Day, Jeff brings in the music and stories of Scotland and England, as well.  There is no cost to the public and refreshments will be available.


With school vacation over, Toddler Time and Preschool Story and Craft Hour will be resuming.  Toddler Time is scheduled for Tuesdays at 10:30. The Story and Craft Hour is scheduled for Thursdays at 10:45.


The Down Under Poets will be meeting at the library on Sunday, March 3rd at 1 p.m.


Library hours, except for holidays and major weather events, are Monday and Wednesday 2:30 - 8:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Friday 1:30-4:30 p.m.; and, Saturday 9 a.m.-12 noon.





Dear Chichester Citizens:

I am seeking re-election and hope you consider voting for me. I’m a professional engineer and a project manager with the NHDOT.  In this capacity I oversee budgets and direct multiple groups of professionals to bring projects from conception to final inspection. 


I was chairman of the Planning Board, and I am on the ZBA, BCEP, Parks & Rec Committee, and Road Advisory Committee.  I know how government works and this gives me a good perspective on how to manage the town as a Selectman.


The biggest challenge we face is how to provide quality services to the citizens and still keep taxes reasonable. This is a difficult balance because if you cut something too much, it costs more to bring it back to an acceptable level in the future. This creates a yo-yo effect in the budget.


I use input from our citizens, committees, and staff to make decisions.  I am always open to hearing from the public as to what is important to them. This interaction gives me a good perspective on if we need to increase or reduce services.


If re-elected, I will continue to seek out and encourage citizens to let me know what is important to them, or what needs fixing.  People have a voice through their elected officials, and I will always be available to listen.  Please consider voting for me for Selectman.


Thomas Jameson




Letter To The Editor


One of the proposed Zoning Amendments in Chichester would create a new “Town Center” zone along Main St. from the vicinity of the Fire/Police Station to the Town Office vicinity as recommended by the 2014 Charrette. The Purpose of this proposed District is to allow for mixed use development/redevelopment in the Old Town Center at a density higher than found in other sections of Chichester.


The intent of these proposed regulations is to implement in part the vision created in the Main Street Land Use Charrette from 2014. The standards herein are intended to promote a more pedestrian friendly environment, to allow for a range of residential uses not normally found along Main Street, and to allow non-residential uses compatible with rural residential nature of the corridor.


The minimum lot size is one acre and several uses would be allowed including single and two-family residential, townhouses, small retail, small offices, small elderly housing, small assisted living, small daycare, small elderly daycare, small café/deli/restaurant, and similar low impact uses.


More than one use may be allowed on a single property, or within a single building, subject to Site Plan Review and approval by the Planning Board. Condominium ownership is allowed and encouraged, including condominium building and land units.


Details of this proposed zoning district are available at:  The Charrette report including the Charrette Team members from the Selectmen, Agriculture, Planning Board, Parks & Rec, Conservation, Heritage, Central School, Road Advisory, and Old Home Day Commissions, the Methodist Church, and others is available at:


Please vote YES for all of Chichester’s proposed zoning amendments.  Thanks.


Richard Moore,

Member of the Chichester Planning Board





Chichester Residents,

Due to the unfortunate passing of longtime Selectman Jeff Jordan we are electing two selectmen this year, one for one year and one for three years. I’m running for the three year term.


I’ve served the town in the past on the budget committee (ten years) and believe that experience will help me greatly as selectman. I’m fiscally conservative but understand Chichester can’t run for free. Roads don’t get plowed for free, our Police and Fire Departments are necessary assets that come at significant cost.


What we cannot do is allow government to grow bigger year after year without good cause. For the past five years, revenues have been almost flat, hovering around $1M while the budget has increased substantially. In 2015 our budget was a little over $2M, in 2019 it’s almost $3.3M (65% increase).


Our property taxes make up the difference. Most saw an increase in taxes due to the 2018 re-eval, without a change in direction these increases will continue.


How can I help? I’m fortunate that my job keeps me in Chichester and allows me significant time to dedicate to the town. Being a small business owner, I understand trade offs have to be made and some things put off until finances allow it. I have the background, the time, the energy, and the desire to help keep Chichester the great little town it is, while keeping it an affordable place to live.


Give me the opportunity to convince you that I’m the right person for the job. I hope you’ll find me knowledgeable and passionate about our town and worthy of your vote on March 12th. Thank you and reach out ot me anytime! 


Jason Weir


[email protected]





Chichester Residents,

Zoning ordinance changes are up for vote this March.  These changes are not only to correct minor misspellings/discrepancies; it is to update the ordinance converting from soils based to district based.  


At first, I too, felt unsure whether or not the Map truly embraced the “rural character” we wish to keep.  After months of reading and listening, I feel the new zoning Map better depicts residents’ wishes.  The old map incorporated all phases of soils, including wetlands, backlands, slopes, etc., making it confusing.  All the soil descriptions have progressively changed throughout recent decades; the soils are no longer correct or viable.  Further, the soils map is not accurate within a quarter acre so it can be left to interpretation, leaving an avenue open to buyers and developers to challenge zoning.


We cannot stop growth; we can manage it.  Since Chichester residents wish to maintain rural character, we needed to find a way to protect that resource.  Moving from soils to districts seems the simplest way to maintain character and manage growth.  There is one new district allowing for some mixed use and cluster housing on Main Street, encouraging home occupations, smaller housing with open space for singles/elderly.


Residential area -  After a study, it was discovered most of the residences were located in the southern portion of Chichester, close to major traffic arteries, where both the Commercial-Industrial and Commercial Village areas remain the same.  Also, new zoning will not affect current lot usage or taxation; it becomes effective when redeveloped or subdivided.  


In keeping with the rural character, Rural Agriculture areas (5Acre zoning) actually increased from 33% to 50%.  Be mindful all wetlands, slopes, buffers and well and septic requirements are still in place.   


Hope this clarifies some issues and you will vote YES for the Zoning Ordinance changes.


Ann Davis,

Chichester Planning Board Member




Robert A. “Bob” Gagne

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CHICHESTER – Robert A. “Bob” Gagne, 80, of Chichester passed away on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at Epsom Healthcare Center following a brief illness.


Born on May 16, 1938 in Waterbury, CT, he was the son of the late Fernand and Laura May (Lang) Gagne.


Bob was a caring, loving husband and father. He was an avid outdoorsman and adventurer. To Bob a handshake mattered, it was your word, your honor. As a lad Bob held the NH state pole vaulting record while attending Newport HS. He then proudly served in the U.S. Army National Guard and the U.S. Air Force. He had to eat bananas at the MEPS station to meet the minimum weight standards. He was stationed in Cheyenne WY and Okinawa Japan, where he admired the Japanese culture and took up martial arts. He enjoyed todays MMA immensely. After the military, Bob worked for the Valley News printing and writing a weekly hunting and fishing column. It is also where he met the love of his life, Kathy Romano. Later he would work for the Concord Monitor, producing that paper’s first color photo of the first moon landing, Apollo 11. Next he became manager of Graphic Services for the State of NH for 20 plus years. Upon retirement Bob was acting N.H. Senate Sergeant of Arms for a short period but the lure of the open road was too much. Bob and Kathy needed to explore the far corners of this great nation in their RV. 


Anyone who came across his path was greeted by a smile, a joke, or a funny story. Bob built 2 houses with help from family and friends and became an accomplished woodworker, building cabinets in both his own homes and building his son’s oak staircase. Cutting all with wood off his own property. Bob beat cancer in his late 20s but the radiation treatments of 1968 did take their toll later in life. This humble, loving, funny man will be missed by many.


Besides his parents, he is predeceased by a sister, Jeannette Kelley as well as his brothers-in-law, George Kelley, John Coronis and Ero Neimei.


He is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Romano) Gagne of Chichester, with whom he shared 54 years of marriage, his son, Robert “Bob” Gagne of Chichester; daughter, Charlene Wallace of Deering; sisters, Irene Neimei and Marlene Coronis both of Newport; three grandchildren, Shayne, Shelby and Gabriel Wallace; two great grandchildren, Brycen and Brayleigh as well as several other beloved brother and sister in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.


A Celebration of Bob’s life will be held on Wednesday, March 6th from 11:00am-1:00pm at the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home, 1217 Suncook Valley Highway, Epsom. A brief service will be held starting at 11:00am. Friends and family are invited to begin gathering at 10:30am. Burial with Military Honors will be held at 2:00pm at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen.  In Lieu of flowers please make donations to The Disabled American Veterans, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076 or Live and Let Live Farm, 20 Paradise Lane, Chichester NH 03258.


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