Chichester NH News

September 16, 2009


The Chichester PTO is sponsoring a Halloween costume swap. Clean, gently-used child AND adult costumes can be donated to a drop-off box at the school. Near Halloween, we will have a couple of evenings set aside for “shopping”. It’s a great way to get new costumes for the entire family!

A Meatloaf Dinner sponsored by American Legion Post #112, Short Falls Road in Epsom will be held Saturday, September 19th, 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. Donation: Adults, $7.00; children, 6-12,  $3.00; under 6, free.

The menu will consist of meatloaf, potatoes, vegetables, salad, beverages, and homemade desserts.

Proceeds will benefit Post #112 community activities.
Bring your appetite and join us for a great meal!

Chichester Library will be holding its September Book Sale on Saturday, September 19, from 8 a.m. to noon. About three thousand books have been added since the August sale. Come and stock up for fall and winter reading.

Happy Birthday on September 20 to Rick Davison and Joanna McIntosh.

The following titles were added to the Youth Fiction section of Chichester Library this summer: Star Wars-Jedi Quest; The Littles Go Exploring by John Peterson; Stanley and the Magic Lamp by Jeff Brown; Gib and the Gray Ghost by Zilpha Snyder; The Last Olympian and The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan; Frindle by Andrew Clements; The Toothpaste Millionaire by Jean Merrill; Who Ran My Underwear up the Flagpole by Jerry Spinelli; Sheltie and the Snow Pony by Peter Clover. Why don’t you stop by the library and check one out?



Out Of Your Attic Thrift Shop
No Junk Accepted

Just to keep things straight, we always accept items that are serviceable that folks can use in the thrift shop to purchase as it helps pay the rent. Also items that we can give someone who burns out or needs something because of an unfortunate circumstance. However, we are not the dump, and we don’t take items that are broken or things we have to pay the dump to get rid of. If it isn’t good enough to use because it’s all rusted out or if it’s broken, we don’t accept it as we as volunteers have rules to follow by the BOSS here. Thanks for understanding and thanks for all the folks who bring us wonderful items which are sometimes even new. Most folks in the local communities know what we accept. Many ask us when they come if it’s ok and they are happy to take back whatever we can’t use. We are so thankful for your understanding. It is posted on the door when we send you to the unloading area so don’t blame the volunteers accepting your items as they are following the rules. If we have to pay at the dump it takes away from what we can spend to help those less fortunate. Sometimes it may look like we have a lot out there, but remember if you have a fire how much it takes to replace items.

We recently helped a person in Pittsfield who has several children and was able to get her children school clothing that they may not have had otherwise and this was only because of wonderful donations that we receive on our open days. Tue., 8-4; Wed., 8-4; Thurs., 8-4; Sat., 10-4. Call 435-8163 if you have any questions.

We have begun to receive many thank you notes from the different schools, etc.  for all of our back pack donations. In a very few weeks, stores will start reducing all the school supplies. If anyone would like to donate any that are on sale to us we will keep them in our storage area until next year when we do it all over again like we have for the last 4 years since we came to Chichester.

A special thank you to PINKY for all the many, many different school supplies you donated to us this year and to everyone else who either donated items for the bags or cash. When we are given cash and gift cards to Walmart and Target, etc. we are able to use them when they have the best sales. As soon as the last backpack has been delivered, we will let you as readers know how many we have done and donated.

We give a note when we deliver to each school to the school nurses so that if new kids move in with nothing later in the year we will do our best to help them also with winter coats to the needy and hygiene items. We work wonders with school nurses.

P.S. Ruthi has been having a difficult time with her health recently, and we are trying hard to cover her many hours at the shop while she is healing. If you find we are not open, please bear with us or come volunteer. We are doing all we can, but it is not always possible to staff all the hours at short notice. Feel free to call us to be sure we have things covered when you are coming to shop. Thanks



Alpha Offers Answers To Eternal Questions

Have you ever asked yourself questions like “what is the meaning of life?” or “why does God let bad things happen?” Chichester Congregational Church is hosting a course called Alpha which can help you answer these questions and many more. This internationally acclaimed, 15 week course is open to the community and is designed to facilitate discussion for those who wish to participate. The course begins on September 23rd from 5:30 until 7:30 and will begin with a light meal.

Alpha is a course designed for adults. Awana for children ages 4-11, youth Bible study for teens, and child care for infants through age 4 will be offered concurrently.

Whether you are looking for a place outside of Sunday morning to enrich yourself spiritually or are seeking answers to difficult questions, Chichester Congregational Church is the place for you to be on Wednesday nights! Call 603-798-4220 for more information.



Chichester Public Library

Join children of all ages and their families as the Chichester Public Library celebrates the children of the town and their summer reading program with a fun event on Saturday, September 26th entitled Growing Step by Step.

We will begin at 2 p.m. with a storyteller, in costume, who will weave for us a yarn about gardens, and growing, and maybe even some fairies and elves. At 2:30 kids will have the opportunity to build and place around the library grounds elf houses. If you’ve never seen these made, you must come and see just what children can create with grass, acorns, twigs and other treasures from nature. At 3:00 we will have a (very short!) ceremony and dedicate our new children’s garden by asking the kids who participated in the summer program to place the stepping stones they designed and created into the garden. Finally, around 3:15 or so we will serve cupcakes.

In fact, we will serve 110 cupcakes. This will serve as a prelude to our anniversary next year - or as we are calling it - our one hundred and elevendyeth birthday (just like Bilbo Baggins!). Please watch for more information on that celebration which will take place in 2010.

Come one, come all. For more information, please call the library at 798-5613.




I am writing this in response to an unsolicited private letter I received 9/9/09 requesting “a recanted Letter To The Editor,” as well as an “apology” in reference to my Letter To The Editor dated 9/1/09.

I read the minutes from BOS meeting. (I am unable to physically attend meetings due to health issues.) I am aware that the Health Officer stipend is $500 per year, and only current requirement for a Health Officer is to be a citizen of NH. I am acutely aware of the importance of having a person experienced in Public (even Veterinary) Health and Emergency Preparedness. I would appreciate a qualified town resident trumping a  non-experienced non-resident. To possibly jeopardize the citizens’ safety by taking money from other departments (or possibly fund this position with a tax increase by town vote) when there were 2 townspeople willing to volunteer, demonstrates to me a serious lack of judgment on behalf of the BOS.

Steve MacCleery was not present during the Health Officer Position Interview with John Dever which was held at open meeting on 9/1/09. He was only present for the closed to the public interview for a highway employee. If Mr. MacCleery did participate “during the “Interview” “held in a closed session” as you stated, when did this occur? Was there a violation of the Right To Know Law I was not aware of?

As to your concern about forming an Ethics Committee, I am now behind this effort 100%, and wish to volunteer.

I care about this town as much as any other resident, elected or not. I am not afraid to state my opinions publicly, will not be silenced or coerced into retraction.

If citizens don’t agree with the actions of elected officials, we vote them out.

Deborah Seamon



The Chichester Library Hosts Rebecca Rule

LOCL (Lover of Chichester Library) has received a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council to host Rebecca Rule and her fun and entertaining public program titled Better Than a Poke in the Eye, The evening’s program will be presented on Tuesday, September 29th at 7 p.m. at a location to be determined (watch next week’s Sun for the details!). Ms. Rule tells funny, true(ish), close-to-home stories, collected all over the state. Get the inside scoop on dump protocol, town meeting, and septic lagoons. Find out who’s firing shots from the banks of the Cockermouth River, and what some folks think ought to be the new state motto.

For more information about this presentation, feel free to call the Chichester Library at 798-5613. Better Than a Poke in the Eye is one of over 250 programs and exhibits available to organizations statewide through the Humanities to Go! catalog. For more information about how you can sponsor a program, contact the New Hampshire Humanities Council in Concord at 224-4071 or on the web at












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