Chichester NH News

May 4, 2011



12th Annual Mother’s Day Breakfast
Sunday May 8th, 2011
7:30 to 10:30 am
Chichester Fire Department
22 Main Street

There is no better way to start Mother’s Day than with a home cooked breakfast buffet prepared and served by your friends and neighbors; the volunteers of the Chichester Fire Department.

Please come and join us for a delicious buffet breakfast of pancakes, eggs, home fries, sausage, English muffin, coffee, tea, juice, or milk. The cost of the breakfast is $7.00 for adults and $4.00 for children under 10. All proceeds/donations to benefit the Chichester Firefighters Association.

Thank-you to all for the continuing support and we hope to see you on Sunday May 8th.

Pittsfield Area Senior Center’s monthly events for May will include a Helping Hands craft session beginning at 9:30 am on Wednesday, May 11th.  During this time, things are made for people who are in need of support.  On Thursday, May 12th, during lunch, birthdays will be celebrated with cake and ice cream.  On Tuesday, May 10th at 12:45 pm, a Senior Center planning meeting will be held.  You are invited to come and help plan activities and events.  On Monday, May 23rd at 9:00 am, a VNA Health Clinic will be held upstairs.  Call 724-8915 to make an appointment.

On Saturday May 14, 2011, the Epsom Post Office will again participate in the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive which takes place all across the nation. The food donations will be collected when the rural mail is delivered that day. This food drive is an important source of supply for our local food pantries, so please make an effort to participate.

Speaking of food, there is a program out there called “Plant an Extra Row.” The idea is to plant an extra row of something in your garden, and, when it matures, donate the produce to your local food pantry. I’m not sure if Chichester will have a planned program, but, if you should be planting a garden, keep the Chichester Food Pantry in mind and put in an extra row.

Did you forget that all dogs need to be licensed by April 30? If so, check with the Town Clerk ASAP, and please make sure that rabies shots are up to date. If you no longer have your dog, please notify the Town Clerk so records can be updated.

The Chichester Historical Society will be holding a yard sale on Saturday, May 7th, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine, in front of the museum at 49 Main Street.

Chichester Library will be holding a Book Sale on Saturday, May 7, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come to the back of the Library on Pound Road and purchase from an enormous selection of books of all types.

On May 9th at 7 p.m. Ian Blackman will present the program “Barns – Common Problems and Solutions” at the Chichester Historical Society’s Museum on 49 Main Street. Blackman, a Chichester resident, has been a barn restorer for many years and has worked as a consultant for the NH Preservation Alliance. This program is free of charge and open to the public.

The Chichester Town Library has recently added the following audio books for your listening pleasure: Roots by Alex Haley, Stori Telling by Tori Spelling, Dark Voyage, by Alan Furst, Life Strategies for Dealing with Bullies, by Jay McGraw, and The Odyssey by Homer. In the Young Adult Fiction Section look for these titles: Matched by Ally Condle, I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore, and The Darlings Are Forever by Melissa Kantor.


To a Very Special Graduate

On May 7th 2011 our mother, Mary-Ann Lebel, will graduate Magna Cum Laude with an Applied Associates Degree from Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee.

She has shown unbelievable stamina and an unwavering drive towards a degree for a career she has dreamed of all her life.

She talked, listened and provided me and my two sisters strength during each one of our personal journeys through college and we couldn’t have done it without her love and support. So on May 7th, when our mother receives her much earned degree and joins the ranks of three daughters with honors college degrees, we say “We love you Mom and we couldn’t be more proud.”

Love, Amy, Alison and Hilary



Chichester Historical Society

The Society will be holding a yard sale on Saturday, May 7th from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.  The sale will be held, rain or shine, in front of the museum at 49 Main Street.  We are in need of donations to the sale.  If you have anything to contribute, please call Dick Pratt, 798-3151 or Lucille Noel, 798-5709.

Do you own an old barn?  Do you enjoy the beauty of the construction of an old barn?  If you do, The Chichester Historical Society has an evening presentation for you.  On May 9, 2011 Ian Blackman will present the program “Barns - Common Problems and Solutions.”  Ian, a Chichester resident, has been a barn restorer for many years and has worked as a consultant for the NH Preservation Alliance.

The program will be held at The Historical Society’s Museum at 49 Main Street at 7:00 pm.  The building is handicapped accessible.  There is plenty of parking across the street from the museum.  Refreshments will be served after the program.  All programs are free of charge and open to the public.  Please join us for this informative presentation by Ian Blackman.

For information, call Lucille Noel, 798-5709.



Shop News
Submitted By Carol Hendee

I have some rather sad news this time.  Our sister store in Laconia has closed.  Years ago, traffic and business was booming in Laconia.  Unfortunately, that is not the case these days.  The store could not meet the high expenses, so the best thing to do was consolidate into one location.

The sewing center will remain open and layette bags will continue to be made; sweaters, hats and mittens crocheted and knit and hopefully, the “elf” work will still be done out of the sewing center.

We truly appreciate all you do.  If you can donate water, quart bags, or sandwich bags, that would help.  We are working on expanding our hours so the good people who volunteered in Laconia can continue helping.  Maybe we will be able to open on a Friday to meet your weekend needs. 

Right now, come see us at 345 Suncook Valley Hwy, Tues. and Thurs. 8-4, Wed. 11-4, and Sat. 10-4 or call 247-7191 or 707-7577.



Chichester Library News

Do you need to practice reading? Would you like to read to Felix and Felicia. Felix and Felicia are two very large and gentle  bull mastiff dogs and they love to sit and listen to children read. They don’t mind if you read slow or  fast.  They don’t mind if you mispronounce a word. They would just love to be with you.  Call the library and tell Lisa when you’d like to come. 798-5613.

Our second teen reading group will be on Friday, May 6th, at 7:00. We will be discussing The Adoration of Jenna Fox.

Our 2nd book sale this year will be Sat. May 7th from 8:00 to 1:00.

We have a new poetry center at the library. You are welcome to come in and write poetry here.  If you wish you may hand in a poem that you wrote and we will put them all in a book, which will remain on the library shelf.



Chichester Heritage Commission
“May is Preservation Month”

The Chichester Heritage Commission has some membership positions currently unfilled. If you are interested in the preservation of historic, cultural and scenic resources of our town, you might wish to attend some of our meetings.  The commission works in an advisory capacity to protect these resources valued for their aesthetic and community significance.

We work to list historic town owned properties in the State Historic Register.  The Grange Hall was listed in 2010.  We will be working soon to prepare the inventory for the 1791 building that is now the home of the Chichester Town Library.  Also “in the works,” is a Historic and Cultural Resources chapter written by the commission for inclusion in the Town’s Master Plan.  Other initiatives include the Canterbury Road Tree Project and the preparation of a brochure to highlight our scenic Main Street.

Meeting are held the third Thursday of every month.  The next meeting will be May 19th at 7 p.m. at the town library, 161 Main Street.  All are welcome.  Please check us out! Minutes are posted on the town’s website.  Chichester Heritage Commission brochures are available in the lobby of the Town Offices and at the town library. 

For information, call Lucille Noel, 798-5709 or contact any Commission member: Michelle Plunkett, Dawn Marshall, Barbara Frangione, Kate Rafferty Hall, Robert McAnney, Faye McAnney, or Jeff Jordan.

Watch for the yellow “This Place Matters” signs on many buildings during May - Preservation Month.












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