Chichester NH News

October 24, 2018


Save the Date


The Chichester PTO and the Town of Chichester will be offering a community  night of fun on Sunday, October 28th.  Please join the PTO for Trunk or Treating at Carpenter Park.  Set up begins at 3:45 pm and the trunk or treating will be from 4:30-5:30 pm.


The Town of Chichester will be sponsoring a haunted walk. The walk will open at 5:30 pm for those who are looking for a family-friendly haunted walk.  At 6:00 pm, all the ghost and goblins will be on the trail ready to scare all those who dare to enter.


Donations will be accepted for the new playground at the park and/or food donations will benefit the food panty.  See you all on the 28th



The meeting of the Chichester Cemetery Trustees scheduled for October 25 has been cancelled.



The Chichester Historical Society has received a grant from New Hampshire Humanities to present “Harnessing History: on the Trail of New Hampshire’s State Dog, the Chinook.” The program will be presented on Monday, November 12th, at 7 p.m. in the Chichester Grange/Town Hall. This program is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.



Out Of Your Attic

Thrift Shop News

Submitted By Carol Hendee


We could use your help with a few things.  We need a two-drawer file cabinet. Ours is so done. We also could use some backs for pierced earrings. We received nice donations, but the backs are missing.  We have had multiple requests for crock pots (tis the season!), sneakers (men’s  and women’s), and candles.  We appreciate all the wonderful donations we have been receiving. 


This week, October 22 through October 27, all Halloween 1/2 price, which means the little t’s on the rolling rack are 2 for 25¢; costumes 50¢, plus there are many decorative items. 


Find us on Rte. 28, 5 miles north of the Epsom Circle, Chichester.  Mon. 8-12;  Tues. & Thurs 8-4; Wed. 11-4 & Sat. 10-4  247-7191.



Chichester Town Library News


Progress continues on a revamped children’s section in the main library.  The committee has been working on a plan for new shelving, drawers for picture books, a rug, bright painting for the walls, etc.  The large print & bios have already been moved to the reading room to create more space and two carts from downstairs have been moved up, temporarily, to hold the abundance of books.


The library recently won an award.  Caroline, Library Director, received an e-mail saying parents voted our library as a family favorite, kid friendly library.  The library was awarded a “Winnie” for this effort.  Thanks, Caroline, and all who made this happen.  The library will continue to strive to meet expectations in this area.  


The “Little Book Houses” will be taken down shortly for the winter months.  This effort continues to be successful, even as it is expanded to include businesses.


The Library Policy Review committee meets this afternoon, October 24th, at 4 p.m.  This is a public meeting and the input of the community is welcomed.


Preschool Story Hour meets tomorrow at 10:45 a.m.  


Our younger set will again be enjoying the efforts of Caroline, Library Director, who is promoting “Paw Patrol,” a series of books highlighting a group of six rescue dogs, led by a tech-savvy boy named Ryder, working together to protect the community. Among the members of the group are firedog Marshall, police pup Chase, and fearless Skye. All of the animals have special skills, gadgets and vehicles that help them on their rescue missions. She is even planning a scavenger hunt for the kids.  Stay tuned for more.


Representatives of the library will be at “Trunk or Treat” on Saturday, October 28th from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Carpenter Park.  This activity will be followed by a Haunted Walk for children 10 and under, from 5:30-6 p.m., a movie at 6 and a Haunted Walk for the older kids from 6-8 p.m.  Refreshments will be sold by the Police Explorers.  Thanks to all who make this happen.  What a great community activity!


Our neighbors to the south, in Mexico, celebrate Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos).  This holiday is not Halloween, but is somewhat related, as it is a remembrance of those who have passed on.  It is celebrated on November 2 with the festivities unfolding in an explosion of color and life-affirming joy.  For a bit of fun, the library will have a celebration of the Day of the Dead, with the movie “Coco,” sugar skull cookies which will be brightly decorated, cider and treat bags.  It will start at 6 p.m.


It’s never too late to think about the next Down Under Used Book Sale, especially since “new and almost new” books will be featured.  These could be great holiday gifts, so come early for the best choice (but not until 8 a.m., please).  The date for the sale is November 3rd.  Mark your calendar.


The Library Book Club, which meets the second Wednesday of the month, will be reading books of their own choosing for November to share on the 14th.  Books for December and January have already been selected:  “The Emperor’s Guest; Coming of Age Behind Barbed Wire During WWII in Indonesia,” by Tita Bozuwato and “The Elegance of Hedgehog,” by Muriel Barbery & Alison Anderson, respectively.



Chichester Historical Society


The Chichester Historical Society has received a grant from New Hampshire Humanities to present “Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire’s State Dog, the Chinook.”


This program will be presented on Monday, November 12th at 7 p.m. in the Chichester Grange/Town Hall, 54 Main Street. This program, presented by Bob Cottrell, looks at how dog sledding developed in New Hampshire and how the Chinook played a major role in this story. Mr. Cottrell covers the history of Arthur Walden and his Chinooks, the State Dog of New Hampshire.


This program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. New Hampshire Humanities nurtures the joy of learning and inspires community engagement by bringing life-enhancing ideas from the humanities to the people of New Hampshire. 


For more information, contact Lucille Noel, 798-5709.





Greetings fellow Chichesterians,

I want to invite each of you to meet an amazing and knowledgeable individual who is running to represent us in the NH Senate (along with 3 of our House candidates), next Tuesday evening.


I recently attended a party with our Congresswoman, Annie Kuster (who shared her positive bi partisan efforts on the part of NH opiate crisis!) and I met Chris Roundy.  I was pleasantly surprised by Chris’ depth of personal and professional experience and his ideas for our state.  Those of us who attended from Chichester discussed how much we wanted more of our neighbors to get to meet Chris along with our excellent House candidates, Rep. Schuett, Doherty and Clint Hanson prior to election day.


Dick and Gail Laker Phelps are hosting a Meet & Greet with Senate Candidate Roundy along with our 3 House Candidates next Tuesday evening, October 30th @ 6:00 PM.  PLEASE RSVP to me @ and I will send you additional details.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to have quality time listening and discussing ideas & concerns with someone running for this very important office, rather than just voting for a name on a ballot.  See you at Gail and Dick’s NEXT Tuesday!


Sally Kelly




John L. Howlett

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CHICHESTER – John L. Howlett, 71, of Chichester, passed away on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 following a lengthy fight against the effects of exposure to Agent Orange.


Born on March 3, 1947 in Gardner, MA, he was the son of the late Foster L. and Edna A. (Mahwinnie) Howlett.


John proudly served his country in the United States Army, seeing two tours of duty in Vietnam before his honorable discharge. He went on to receive an Associate’s Degree in Science as well as an Associate’s in Nursing from NHTI and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from Springfield College. His passion for serving his country and caring for patients showed in his every day. John had a love for fishing, hunting, golfing, gardening and landscaping which he passed on to all his children and grandchildren. He was a modern homesteader.


Besides his parents, John was predeceased by his siblings, Thomas, Stephen, and Andrew Howlett and Nancy Murdock.


He is survived by his wife, Catherine (DeAngelis) Howlett with whom he shared 51 years; son, Sean L. Howlett and his wife Kris of Barnstead; daughters, Lori C. Howlett and her husband Michael Brown of Norwood, MA and Sarah A. Howlett of Chichester; his siblings, Pauline Joubert of Penacook and Douglas Howlett of Southbridge, MA; grandchildren, Drew, Alyssa, Patrick, Kayleigh, Nicolas, Jessica, Thomas, Joseph and Madelyn as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.


A graveside service with Military Honors will be held on Friday, October 26, 2018 at 11 A.M. at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen. Assisting the family with arrangements is the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home of Epsom. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Chichester Fire & Rescue in John’s name, to Chichester Fire Fighters Association, 22 Main Street, Chichester, NH 03258. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit













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