If you missed the
CYA Baseball/Softball registration deadline on March 5th,
registrations will be accepted from March 6th - 12th with a $10.00
late fee. Forms can be found online at
The Chichester School
District Meeting will be held on Saturday, March 11, beginning at 9
a.m. In addition to the budget and other regular business the School
District will be asked if they support changing our current half-day
Kindergarten to a full day program.
will be served at the Community Supper on March 8. Come to the
Chichester United Methodist Parish Hall and enjoy a meal with your
friends and neighbors at 6 p.m. The Community Suppers are free,
although donations are welcomed and used toward the cost of future
Voting for Town and School District officials
will take place on Tuesday, March 14, beginning at 10 a.m. at the
The Chichester Town Meeting will begin at
10 a.m. on Saturday, March 18, in the multi-purpose room at
Chichester Central School.
Chichester Grange will meet
on Wednesday, March 15 at 7 p.m. upstairs in the Grange Hall.
Hope in Christ Church is hosting a free Community Supper on
Saturday, March 18th. We will be serving spaghetti with
meatballs, garlic bread, salad, coffee and dessert. Please
drop by between the hours of 4:30pm and 6:30pm and visit with
neighbors and friends. Hope in Christ church is located at 153 Main
Street, Chichester, (next to the Town Library). We hope to see
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Chichester Town Library
School vacation has been over and the library resumes a more
normal schedule. The Knitting Circle will be meeting this
afternoon (Wednesday) at 3:30, and the Pre-School/Kindergarten Story
and Craft “Hour” meets tomorrow morning at 10:30.
the Evening Book Club will be meeting at 7 p.m. to discuss The Ghost
Map, by Steven Johnson.
The Teen Advisory Group will be meeting
on Saturday, March 11th at 9:30 a.m. There is an open
invitation to teens to join the group and help determine projects
and/or activities for the group.
Monday, March 13th, at 2:30
p.m., the Memory Café will be held at the library. This group
is a wonderful way for those with memory challenges to connect with
each other and recover/relive some of those memories.
community reminder, the Chichester School Annual District Meeting
will be held on Saturday, March 11th, at the Chichester Central
School at 9 a.m.
Letter To The Editor
am writing regarding the proposed Zoning Amendment # 1 on
Chichester’s Town ballot.
Last year the town passed a zoning
amendment that allowed an exception to the entire lighting ordinance
for “the illumination of Federal, State, Local and Military Service
The proposed amendment would broaden that exemption to
“The illumination of Flags (except ones that serve as commercial
I understand the primary reason for this zoning
amendment is concern that the current language could be challenged
as an unconstitutional impingement on free speech. But no challenge
has been brought forth.
This proposed amendment would allow an
unlimited number of illuminated “noncommercial” flags in the
commercial district without any restrictions on:
on adjoining properties;
Glare on the highway;
Brightness of the lighting;
illuminated flags per property
Size of each flag
Height of the
Lighting fixtures are available that provide downward
lighting of flags. These would not create sky glow, thus not
requiring even the existing exemption.
Businesses, by their very
nature, want to attract attention to themselves. Under the
proposed amendment, businesses will be free to install and light as
many flags as they chose (perhaps “Happy New Year” or “Have a Nice
Day”). This type of flag would likely be determined “noncommercial”.
Multiplication of lit flags over time will effectively negate the
Town’s outdoor lighting ordinance. Major cities are now able to
effectively preserve their night sky because the technology is
available to meet commercial lighting desires and also preserve the
night sky. We should be able to do this in Chichester.
A straight forward solution to the problem with a hypothetical
constitutional challenge would be to remove the exception for
lighting of flags.
I hope that you vote No on
Amendment # 1 on the Zoning Ballot.
Kate Rafferty Hall
Letter To The Editor
My name is Stephen MacCleery and I am running for the one year term
for Selectman. I have had the honor of holding this position in the
past and would very much like to represent you, the citizens of
Chichester, once again.
My wife, Holly, and I have very deep
roots in town with our ancestors going back to the 1700s. We
ourselves, along with our son and daughter, have continued their
tradition of farming for the past 44 years.
Since the late 1980s,
I have served my town as a past Selectman, former Chairman of the
Planning Board as well as many school committees. I am currently on
the BOA, Ag Commission, and Budget Committee.
I realize that we
need to provide services to the town and its citizens, but we also
need to watch the bottom line of the budget so we can continue to
afford to live in the great town. I am willing to work with
department heads as well as each citizen to help make that happen.
Hopefully, one day, our great-great grandchildren will be able to
say that their ancestors have lived in Chichester since 2017.
Along with Mr. Millette, I also volunteered to fill the vacated
position of Selectman since I was on the ballot last March. I was
told I wasn’t chosen because Mr. Millette stated he would not be
running for the position and the current board didn’t want it to
look like they were giving a leg up to a candidate.
feel I bring a wealth of knowledge to this position and I’m
committed to serving the citizens of our great town. Thank you for
considering me as your next Selectman on March 14th.
Presents Celtic Music
By Jeff Snow On St. Patrick’s Day
better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than enjoying a concert of
Celtic music with renowned musician Jeff Snow? The library
will be hosting Jeff at the Grange on Main Street at 7 p.m. on
Friday, March 17th. He’ll be bringing a variety of his
instruments, which include six and twelve-string guitars, an
autoharp, a Celtic Bouzouki and Bodhran, along with percussion
The songs of “old” Ireland, Scotland and England
reflect the histories of the countries and the stories of the
people. Some are fun, some are sad; but, all will educate us.
And, Jeff is just the right person to do so. One of his
reviews states, “He is a very talented musician and an engaging
storyteller who held the audience in the palm of his hand.”
and join your friends and neighbors for “The Softer Side of Celtic.”
Poetry Society Returns To
The Poetry Society of New Hampshire, with the support
of the Chichester Library, is sponsoring an outstanding program at
the Chichester Town Hall, 161 Main Street in Chichester on
Wednesday, March 22nd at 7 p.m. Featured poets are Nancy Jean
Hill and Tim Mayo, followed by an Open Mic. Everyone is
invited and newcomers are particularly encouraged to attend.
Nancy Jean Hill has authored the Beryllium Diary, as well as having
her poems published in such literary publications as Calyx,
Omphalos, Phoebe, Slipstream, The Café Review, Silver Birth Press
and Tower Journal. Ms. Hill received both her Bachelor’s and
Master’s in Education from Plymouth State College and has worked
extensively as a writing consultant.
Tim Mayo is a
highly-acclaimed poet and writer and has authored The Kingdom of
Possibilities and Thesaurus of Separation. Publications that
have carried his work(s) include: Barrow Street, Narrative
Magazine, Poetry International, Poet Lore, the Writer’s Almanac and
others. Mr. Mayo graduated cum laude with an ALB from Harvard
University and an MFA from The Bennington Writing Seminars. He
is also a founding member and organizer of the Brattleboro (VT)
This is a not-to-be-missed event! For
further information, please contact Don Kimball at
I respectfully ask that when you vote next Tuesday, you
consider writing-in my name, Sally Kelly for School Moderator.
There are three reasons why I am running.
1. I found out recently
that no one signed up to run.
2. I am completing my 6th (and
final) year serving on the School Board which has increased my
understanding about the budget, warrant articles, etc.
3. I have
already served in the role of School Moderator for 3 years prior to
running for school board.
Did I mention that no one else signed
up to run?!?
Thanks for your consideration and regardless of WHO
you decide to vote for, please remember to vote on Tuesday, March