Chichester NH News

January 11, 2017


The Chichester Historical Society owns a two-seater George H. Haines sleigh with seats that needs repair.  If anyone knows of an upholsterer who might be able to restore the seats, please call Lucille Noel at 798-5709.



Happy Birthday to David Hammond on January 13 and Carolee Davison on January 13.



If you are thinking about running for Selectman or any other town offices that will appear on the ballot in March, now is the time to sign up. Contact the Town Clerk for information.



Out Of Your Attic Thrift Shop News

Submitted By Carol Hendee


A local animal hospital is in need of blanket donations.  They can also use washable dog beds/cat beds, large bath towels, and dog and cat toys.  No sleeping bags or electric blankets.  


The Attic collected 46 pairs of “Socks for Seniors.”  Quite remarkable-thank you!


Thanks to the lady who brought us a snow shovel, it will be put to good use (I’m afraid).


Thank you to the lady who brought us many bags of socks.  We have been able to share with a homeless shelter.


Our annual list of Charitable Giving for 2016 will be ready soon.  Now we start on 2017!


Check the in-store desk sign for specials as well as the big white board outside.  Rte 28, north, next to Parker’s.  Mon. 8-12; Tues. & Thurs. 8-4; Wed. 11-4 and Sat. 10-4.  247-7191.



Chichester Public Library News


The Pre-school/Kindergarten Story and Craft group will be meeting tomorrow, January 12th at 10:30 a.m.


The Memory Café will meet at the Epsom Library on Friday, January 13th at 2 p.m. The presenter is Marjorie Burke who will discuss her and her husband Donald’s new book, “Melting Ice, Shifting Sand,” an account of their struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.  There will be time for questions and answers.  The Memory Café is designed for those with dementia/Alzheimer’s disease and their caretakers.  It has been well received by those who have attended.


The Library will be closed on Monday, January 16th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.


The Lovers of the Chichester Library will meet on Monday, January 16th at 7 p.m.


The Evening Book Club is meeting Wednesday, January 18th at 7 p.m.


Don’t forget to schedule January 28th for Dudley Laufman and an evening of contra-dance at the Grange.  Since there is a capacity requirement, over which we cannot allow people, it is advised you come earlier, rather than later.  Rumor has it that haggis will again be served, in honor of Robert Burns.


A bit late, but no less meant, the library would like to extend thanks to its patrons and visitors who donated to the Socks for Seniors drive over the holidays.  Sixty pair of socks were donated at the library.  These and the other socks gathered for the Grange have been given to the Epsom Manor Nursing Home and the Liberty House (for veterans) in Manchester.



Chichester Central School

Kindergarten/New Grade 1

2017-2018 Registration Dates


Do you have a kindergarten child or first grader new to Chichester Central School entering in the fall of 2017 and are unsure of what to do?  The Chichester Central School is currently opening up registration early this year in order to better plan for the opening of school in the fall.  The Chichester School Board is also considering a transition from a half-day to a full-day program and needs registration information to help with this decision.


Kindergarten/New Grade 1 registration will begin on January 11.  Parents/Guardians must stop by Chichester Central School to pick up a registration packet and will need to return the completed package in person to school.  Parents will be asked to supply a copy of their child’s birth certificate & immunizations, parents/guardians driver’s license, and proof of residency in Chichester.  The age requirements for entry is age 5 (kindergarten) and age 6 (grade 1) by September 30, 2017.  School hours for registration pick up and drop off are between 7:30-3:15, Monday-Friday. 


Please call Mrs. Plunkett, School Secretary @ 798-5651 for more information.




Doris F. (Lapan) McKoan

Chichester McKoan, Doris Cropped.jpg

Our beloved “Reet” Doris (Lapan) McKoan, age 96, passed away peacefully in her home on January 3, 2017, surrounded by all the love she created.


She was born on May 18, 1920 in Careyville, MA, the daughter of Arthur P. and Blanche H. (Dupre) Lapan. The oldest girl in a family of nine children, she was raised from the age of 3 in Enfield, NH where she graduated from Enfield High School. Theirs was a large close-knit family.


Her formative years spanned the entire Great Depression, which instilled the marvelous values of hard work, resourcefulness and frugality, with spirituality at its core. When an extended childhood illness limited her, Dottie channeled her energy into developing passions for painting, a love for bird study, poetry, cooking, sewing and all things domestic.


As a young woman, she worked in the court systems of Newport and Claremont, NH, where she met and fell in love with her soon-to-be husband, Thom, then City Editor for the “Claremont Eagle.” Their life of 49 years together took them on a wonderful adventure – Tom realizing multiple careers, all of which were supported 150% by Dottie.


Together, they bought and became editor and publisher of the “Valley Times,” a century old weekly newspaper, located in Pittsfield, NH, a town she continued to treasure with some of her fondest memories. In moving the location of the newspaper to a former Victorian estate, the “Wyman House,” she was given the opportunity to restore its features, thus entering into a whole new chapter, becoming an artist with a wide brush as well as a fine brush.


They continued to restore homes in Canterbury, Concord, Canaan and Chichester, a total of 9 homes; her efforts the pride of her husband, Big Tom. Dottie’s artistic and domestic efforts continued for two more generations with countless family memories and holidays, which will be cherished forever.


In her 30 years in Chichester she had the joy of presenting her only art show (a personal accomplishment that left her brimming with happiness), showing talent in all mediums she had perfected throughout her life. Dottie became involved in the Chichester Historical Society, an association that continued until her passing. She loved the projects, the creativity, their sense of community and their friendship.


It was at the Historical Society that she continued to thrive with two presentations of “Life Back When….” Shared with local resident and town historian Walter Sanborn, a later celebration of her 90th Birthday, and a final honor as recipient of the Boston Post Cane in April 2016, as the town’s oldest resident.


Dottie’s devotion to her Roman Catholic faith led her to a lifelong commitment as a Third Order Discalced Carmelite. She cherished her membership until her death.


Dottie was a wonderful cook, a self-taught artist (in many mediums), an excellent wife, mother, friend and neighbor. She was pretty, charming, smart, creative, fun, spirited and spiritual: she had it all. She was ours.


Our mother, gram and great gram will be deeply missed, but her legacy will live on in all of us – her greatest achievement.


Dottie was predeceased by her husband, Thomas F. McKoan, and survived by daughter Denise Clattenburg of Chichester, NH, and son Thomas McKoan, Jr of Sebring, FL. Dottie was the loving grandmom of Sean P. Snow and wife Pam and great granddaughter Stephanie, all of Dunbarton, grandmom to Christopher E. Snow and wife Danielle and great grandchildren, Logan, Molly and Liam all of Hillsboro, NH; granddaughter Samantha S. Clattenburg and great granddaughters, Jacqueline Arseneault of Concord, NH and Jessica Steeves of Los Angeles, CA; sisters Gloria Dumas of Swampscott, MA and Priscilla Bonner of Ridgecrest, CA.


Mother, you have been our dearest treasure. Give Big Tom a big hug.


A memorial gathering was held Sunday, January 8th, 2017 at Bennett Funeral Home, Concord. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, January 9th at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Pittsfield, NH. Burial followed in Millville Cemetery, Hopkinton Road, Concord. Donations may be made in her memory to the Chichester Historical Society, Main Street, Chichester, NH 03258. 


Assisting with the arrangements is the Still Oaks Funeral and Memorial Home in Epsom, NH. To share a memory or offer a condolence please visit












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