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
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
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
Our annual list of
Charitable Giving for 2016 will be ready soon. Now we start on
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
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,
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
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
Chichester Central School
Kindergarten/New Grade 1
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
Please call Mrs.
Plunkett, School Secretary @ 798-5651 for more information.
Doris F. (Lapan) McKoan
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
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
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
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
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
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