Chichester Town Library is hosting an exhibit of pottery by a new
town resident, Andy Hampton. Andy and his wife have been
potters for more than 30 years and moved to Chichester in October
2009. His work consists of sculptural and functional pieces.
He works in porcelain and stoneware and is inspired by Japanese
The exhibit will be the entire month of February.
We will have an opening reception on Saturday morning, February 5th
from 9 to noon. We hope you will drop in, enjoy the show and
welcome your new neighbor to Chichester.
The CYA will
be hosting their 3rd Annual Parents and Friends Night at the
Concord/Epsom Elks on Feb. 12th from 7-11:30 pm. Entertainment
will feature local favorite “MAMA KICKS”. Cost is $20 each,
which includes light appetizers, dancing, door prizes, and a great
night out with friends. All proceeds go to the CYA who
continue to offer great programs for the kids in Chichester.
For tickets or info please call Todd Hammond 798-3922 or Tammy
Montambeault 798-3806. This event has sold out in past years,
so call soon to get tickets.
The Chichester Ski and
Ride Program at Pat’s Peak will begin on Friday, Feb. 18th, and will
offer (5) sessions. There will be no session the week of Feb.
28-March 4th. Again this year there will be buses, leaving CCS
on Friday afternoons. Registration forms are available for pick-up
at CCS, or you can visit
www.patspeak.com to register there as well. Feel free to
contact Lou Barker at
email@example.com with any questions or if you can
volunteer to help. See you on the slopes!
Chichester Grange will meet on Wednesday, February 2, at 7 p.m.
upstairs in the Grange Hall.
Happy Birthday on
February 5 to Darlene Cavanaugh and Brian Cavanaugh and on February
8 to Cheryl Difronzo.
Be sure to set aside some dates
at the beginning of March for participating in Town government. The
Chichester School District Meeting will be Saturday, March 5, town
voting will be on Tuesday, March 8, and Town Meeting will be
Saturday, March 12.
The following titles have been
recently added to the Youth section at the Chichester Town Library:
I So Don’t Do Spooky by Barrie Summy, Piper Reed, The Great Gypsy by
Kimberly Willis Holt, Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Roderick Rules by Jeff
Kinney, World War II – Fighting for Freedom by Peter Crisp, Bound
for America – The Forced Migration of Africans to the New World by
James Haskins, Lego Star Wards – The Visual Dictionary, You Can
Create a Killer Science Fair Project by Kris Hirshmann, Star Wars,
The Clone Wars – Character Encyclopedia, and Star Wars – Stories of
Jedi and Sith.
Pittsfield Senior Center will be
participating in a back yard winter bird survey, February 7-13.
Would you like to spend an hour or two on Saturday the 12th and
Sunday the 13th observing birds from your own home? Come to
the Senior Center to pick up the NH Audubon survey materials to help
you enjoy this great winter pastime.
On Tuesday, February 8th,
from 10 am to 1:00 pm, the Center will be offering free volunteer
income tax preparation assistance. Call 435-8482 for an
Chichester Historical Society
Beware the Gypsies
I intended to start this article about the oldest public
building in Chichester, but after receiving a response from my last
story, I feel it is interesting enough to share with you readers.
As you may recall, my last article was about Tramps, Hobos and
Gypsies. In concluding I asked does anyone remember the
Gypsies? Well, I received a letter from Barbara Preve who now
lives on a farm with her husband Alfred Preve in upper New York
State. This is certainly a long way for the Suncook Valley Sun
As some of you may recall, Alfred and Barbara Preve
owned a farm on the Goboro Road in Epsom and owned the Riverview
Campground now known as Lazy River Campground on the Suncook River
at the Chichester and Epsom town line.
Barbara states in her
letter that when they owned the campground they rented out a site to
some Gypsies to be nice to them and not discriminate them from other
campers. They didn’t know it at the time, but the Gypsies
stole Roger’s chickens from his barn.
Roger, their son, went down
back to check things out and the Gypsies were sitting around their
campfire and a 90 year old woman, who was their leader, was swinging
the chicken around the neck to kill it. These chickens were Roger’s
pride and joy.
Alfred went down to the campsite and told the
Gypsies they had one hour to leave and not come back. When
they left, they also took all the campsite supplies of paper towels
and toilet paper for the campground. They also stole a ladder
and large coil of heavy rope.
Barbara also states in her letter
that John Varney who owned the Chichester Country Store at the time
also had a bad time with the Gypsies stealing from his store.
Several of the Gypsies would enter his store and while one or two
would keep him talking others were stealing groceries off his
Barbara Preve is Jim Towle’s sister and Edgar Towle was
their father. As you may remember Towle’s Market on Concord
Heights was their store for many years.
that the next year she was working at the store when she saw a long
line of Gypsies going by the store so she called Alfred at the
campground to warn him and he got the State Police to make sure they
did not go to the campground again.
At this same time, there was
an I.G.A. grocery store at the bottom of the Gully Hill Road in
Concord where Rocky’s Hardware store is today. Several of the
Gypsies would go into the store and get the manager to look for
whatever groceries they couldn’t find on the shelves. While he
was out back looking for the groceries, 2 or 3 of the Gypsies would
steal money from the cash registers up front.
Maybe some of you
readers have similar experiences with the Gypsies you can relate to.
Congratulations Emily !!! Emily Pike of Chichester is shown
with her championship trophy and ribbon she received at the
Granite State Draft Horse and Pony Association annual awards
banquet. Emily competed as a junior competitor in 2010 showing in
the working draft horse obstacle classes held at the various fairs
around the state. Emily showed a team of mules named Sally and Molly
weighing 1500 pounds each. Emily has been competing for 4 years, is
a student at Pembroke Academy and volunteers at the Field of Dreams
Therapeutic Riding Program in Chichester.
Your Attic Thrift Shop News
Submitted By Carol Hendee
People have asked why we cannot accept cribs and certain child
car seats. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a
recalled consumer product. We receive notices from the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission and drop-side cribs are on the
list. At first, it was just a few brands, and now it’s all
cribs with drop sides.
Car seats over 5 years old cannot be
resold as the plastic breaks down. However, if your child is
out of the baby stage and you want to donate other baby equipment,
we always have requests for strollers (even umbrella) bouncy seats,
swings, and gates.
Also, always needed are baby onesies, 0-3
months, crib sheets, new baby books and toys for the baby gift bags
sent home with new mothers, buttons for baby sweater sets and quilt
batting for baby quilts.
We also need volunteers to sew baby
blankets and knit or crochet items. Please stop by at 345
Suncook Valley Hwy, Chichester or call 435-9339. Please
remember, we are a “cash only” store.
The slaughter of innocents in Arizona is a very sad
reminder people do exist who would purposely hurt others. Sometimes
their actions may be caused by mental illness. Sometimes their
twisted beliefs are spurred on by the hateful messages we receive
daily via television and radio.
We all, residents and the various
governmental representatives alike, need to be able to feel safe in
expressing our opinions. More and more often messages of hate fill
our hearts and minds. Even in recent local elections, some voiced
their so-called “rage and anger”. This sort of negative talk is in
no way helpful. It only serves to promote feelings of helplessness
Even in beautiful rural New Hampshire some may
now feel uncomfortable at expressing their opinions because of fears
of reprisal. This is an unacceptable state of affairs. At the very
least, those who represent us and work for us at the Statehouse, as
well as the many visitors, lobbyists and those who attend hearings
to speak for or against a bill, should feel safe as they go
about the business of the state.
Those who over-turned the ban
on weapons on Statehouse property acted too quickly without
considering the possible consequences of their actions. Of course,
officials such as the guards and police should have weapons should
they be needed to protect innocent individuals, but no other guns
should be allowed. The ban was instituted for good reason and should
be put in place once more.
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Jacquelyn Arell, Eric Chapman, Matthew Flanders, David
Langton, Jack Lehoullier, Madison McCormack, Sean Menard, Tim
Pitman, Brianna Randall, Nolan Sykes, Samantha Weir .
Elizabeth Jewett, Joseph Edmonds, Kyle
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Laurent, Julia Valotto, Kelly Wagner.
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Gelinas, Kyle Harrison, Cole Hapgood, Luke Jameson, Danielle
McNulty, Vickey Mudgett, Jaden Russell, Caleb Stock, BettyJane Weir.
Jeremy Bates, Killian Drouse, Alise
Friel, Meghan Hubbard, Ryley Marston, Emma York.
Barker, Lexie Biron, Patrick Cavanaugh, Kyle Frisbie, David Hammond,
TJ Hubbard, Colby Justin, Ciara Labbe, Corey Lavery, Kendra Letendre,
Macie Miller, Owen Moyer, Julia Nadeau, Hunter Preve, Damien Wells.
Alyssa Bras, Sarah Harkness, Angus
Jameson, Kyle Menard, Josiah Putman.
Emanuil Besho, Jonah Bras, Nick Eastman, Abigail McIntosh, Matthew
Morey, Taylor Moyer, Trever Russell, Heidi Sykes.
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Murray, John Sanborn, Grace Sargent, Kasey Williams.