Chichester NH News

November 7, 2018



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



Chichester Grange will meet on Wednesday, November 7, upstairs in the Grange Hall. A Pancake Supper at 6 p.m. will precede the 7 p.m. meeting. The Grange will meet only once in November.



The Chichester Methodist Church is having a Bake & Yard Sale at their Parish Hall on Saturday, November 10th from 9 to 1. They will also serve a luncheon. Please join us to start your Holiday Season



The Chichester Boston Cane Committee is seeking assistance from the public to see who our oldest resident is. We are still carrying on a tradition that began in 1909. If you have any suggestions, please call 798-5825 or email Nominations will be accepted thru November 10, 2018.



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. Bob Cottrell looks at how dog sledding developed in New Hampshire and how the Chinook played a major role in this story. The program is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.



In case you haven’t noticed, the playground at Carpenter Park is GONE. The Chichester Youth Association and others are raising money to build a new playground that meets today’s standards for safety. The goal is $40,000. Details are on the Town website. If your small child will need a place to play at Carpenter Park next summer, please donate soon.



Out Of Your Attic

Thrift Shop News

Submitted By Carol Hendee


Big “Thank You” to the couple who donated the two drawer file cabinet!  We love it!  And, Thank You to the lady who drove from Epsom to donate men’s sneakers and winter jackets!  We appreciate all donations and it is nice to know that people do read our article!


We will be CLOSED Mon., Nov. 12 in observance of Veterans’ Day.  Thank you for your service to all our veterans! 


We have small flags for sale. Look for the Vintage Section- A Hess truck glass, Space Ship jacknife, a “two Men in a Tub lamp (where is the 3rd guy?)  and other things. Also, if you need a turkey platter, we have them (with a colorful turkey!) and two white gravy boats and a nut cracker.


This week: Tues 8-4; Wed. 11-4 Thurs 8-4 & Sat. 10-4.  Rte 28 north, Chichester. 247-7191.  



Chichester Town Library News


The Knitting Circle meets Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.


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


The library will be closed in honor of Veterans’ Day, celebrated on Monday, November 12th this year.


Check in on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. to join those who come to color, communicate and caffeinate.  It’s fun for all.


Also on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. is the new Toddler Time.  During November, the beloved Paw Patrol will be featured with fun adventures and rescues by these great dogs.  There will be fun activities, of course, associated with the program.


The Book Club meets Wednesday, November 14th.  This month’s selections are the individual choices of the members.  December’s selection is The Emperor’s Guest: Coming of Age Behind Barbed Wire During WW II in Indonesia, by Titia Bozuwato.  This is a non-fiction book about a seventeen year old whose father was an officer in the Dutch Navy, stationed in the Dutch East Indies.  When Japan invades the country, all Westerners are placed in internment camps, thus leaning into the title of the book.


The Policy Committee of the library has scheduled their next meeting for next Wednesday at 4 p.m.  This committee is reviewing all the current library policies and revising/updating them, as necessary.  This is a meeting open to anyone interested in the policies of the library.



Letter To The Editor


This is a short note thanking Chief Clarke from Chichester Police Department, his officers, all the officers from surrounding towns, including the State Police who were there to help a family friend in need last week.


The professionalism and compassion from Chief Clarke was incredible. His drive from getting the command station set, canines, and working with State Police, to getting the helicopter in the air on such short notice was truly appreciated.


It is this kind of dedication that identifies the elite, and I am truly honored to let you know that Chief Clarke and those men, are in this category.


I am a long-time resident of Epsom and I say in general, you don’t really appreciate these guys until you need them. Thank you all for what you do.


Tim Riel





Raymond G. Matott

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CHICHESTER- Mr. Raymond G. “Ray” Matott, 51, of Chichester, passed away on October 22, 2018.


Born in Lancaster, Ray was the son of the late Nelson A. and Gertrude E. (Suitor) Matott.  He was raised and educated in Whitefield and was a graduate of White Mountains Regional High School Class of 1985.  He had been a resident of Chichester for the past 20 years.


Ray was employed at Mayo Roofing of Concord for over 35 years.  An avid outdoorsman, Ray was especially fond of fly-fishing and tied his own flies.  He also enjoyed kayaking and hunting.  He will be fondly remembered as a best friend to everyone.


In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Francis Matott.


Ray is survived by his wife of 10 years, Lenya (Chaponis) Matott; his siblings, Theresa Savage and her husband Bob of Arizona, Jeanne Whitcomb and her late husband Richard of Temple, Jim Matott and his wife Anita of Lancaster, Mark Matott of Harrisville, RI, Larry Matott and his wife Lorrie of Henniker, Maggie White and her husband Mike of Danville, NY and Pat Matott and his wife Emily of Franklin.  Ray is also survived by his in-laws, Jack and Diane McCarthy of Epsom as well as many nieces and nephews.


A Funeral Service was held on Saturday, October 27th in the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home in Epsom. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ray’s memory may be sent to Trout Unlimited: Basil W. Woods, Jr. Chapter, PO Box 3302 Concord, NH 03302.  To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit












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