Chichester NH News

July 12, 2017


Chichester Central School Summer News


Welcome summer!  We hope everyone is having a safe and enjoyable start to your summer vacation.  All students who will be in grades 1-8 in the fall at CCS are challenged to complete 10 hours of IXL Math practice during this summer break.  That’s around 1 hour of practice a week to help maintain your math skills.  Information about the challenge and student login information is available on our website. Those students completing the challenge will receive a free small Frekey’s cone with a choice of topping!  Students who will be entering grades 5-8 also have a summer reading requirement so be sure to start your reading this week.


There will be two opportunities in July for parents and community members to meet and discuss their vision of a Chichester Central School graduate.  Please come to school for lemonade and cookies on Thursday, July 13, from 5:30-6:30 PM or for coffee and donuts on Tuesday, July 18 from 8-9 AM and join in on this discussion.


Check our school’s website for more details on any of these opportunities or call the main office at 798-5651 for information.


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Out Of Your Attic Thrift Shop News
Submitted By Carol Hendee


The Attic once again is having Christmas in July!  This Sat. July 15th from 9:00 to 3:00 in the parking lot. Bargains galore! Need the space for storage, so Christmas items will be sold at rock bottom prices.


We need to start collecting for the Backpack Program. We need supplies: 3x5 index cards; crayons; #2 pencils; hand sanitizer (small individual bottles) small packages of tissues; rulers; glue; scissors; erasers and if anyone has a list of what kind of note paper/books are needed for elementary and middle school, please let me know.


We are located on Rte 28 North in the plaza just before the Pittsfield line, next to Parker’s Family Restaurant.  Mon. 8-12; Tues. & Thurs. 8-4; Wed. 11-4 & Sat 10-4.  247-7191.



Chichester Town Library News


The first scheduled activity for the Summer Reading Program is this afternoon at 3:30 p.m., when local author and illustrator, Professor Cookie, will read her book, The Lie.   Hope to see the kids there!


The July Down Under Used Book sale will be this Saturday, July 15th from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.  We don’t always have the exact book you may be looking for, but we have a great selection to choose from.  Find a new author, or try a new genre: the land of stories and information knows few boundaries.


The Evening Book Club will be meeting on Wednesday, July 19th, at 7 p.m.  The discussion for this meeting will center on The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough.


A basket class is scheduled in two weeks on July 24th.  This project will be a large Farmers’ Market basket with a Williamsburg handle.  The base is approximately 10” x 10”, while the top is about 14” x 14”.  The cost will be $21. Participants will need to bring an old kitchen towel, strong shears, clip clothespins, a pencil, tape measure and a flat head screwdriver.  Please call the library at 798-5613 to sign up.  The last day for sign-up will be on July 21st.


TDS Advises Customers To Protect Files From Ransomware Attacks


TDS Telecom (TDS®) advises its customers to protect their computers and files from all cyberattacks, especially following two recent ransomware attacks, Petya and WannaCry.


Late June, “Petya” originated in the Ukraine and spread to at least 65 countries. The attack spread rapidly through networks that use Microsoft Windows. It was similar to last month’s ransomware attack, WannaCry ransomware. This attack affected thousands of computers in more than 150 countries. Due to the number of companies and individuals hit by this attack, many companies were forced to temporarily shut down.


How ransomware works: a criminal takes over your computer. They encrypt your files and give you instructions to retrieve them. Usually, you have two choices. You can pay the money or send the ransomware link to friends (in hopes they fall for the scam). If they pay the ransom, your files get decrypted, typically for free — but at the cost of your friends.


Ransomware is not the only type of cyberattack that affects one’s computer or files. Other forms include malware and phishing.


“It’s this variety of attacks that makes it so necessary for consumers and businesses to secure their computer,” says Kevin Hess, executive vice president at TDS. “No one wants to become the next cyber victim. Just as ransomware has become effective and lucrative for criminals, it has become extremely costly to the innocent victims. Consumers must be cautious.”


To help, TDS offers customers four tips to ward off becoming a cyber victim:


Keep your computer updated. Ensure your computer is always up-to-date; especially the computer’s operating system. The best way to do this is to set your computer to auto update (Instructions for Mac, instructions for Windows). Note: The Windows vulnerability that let WannaCry in had been patched months earlier—but many organizations and individuals hadn’t updated their systems.


Back up your files remotely or externally. Back them up to the cloud or an external hard drive. It never hurts to have a second copy of your files. Plus, should you become victim of a ransomware attack, your computer breaks or is stolen, you’ll have access to all your files without missing a beat.


Don’t open unknown or suspicious email attachments. If the sender is unfamiliar to you — don’t click to open a link or attached file. Even if you know the sender, if the attachment or link seems odd or is unexpected — think twice before clicking. Ransomware is most prevalent in PDF files or Microsoft Office documents so be aware when opening all attachments.


Update antivirus software. One of the best ways to avoid viruses, ransomware, spam, and other rapidly evolving forms of malware is to run up-to-date antivirus protections.


“Proactively following these steps will add layers of protection for your computer and your files,” according to Hess.




Ruth (Mobbs) Bara


Ruth (Mobbs) Bara, 69 years old, of Chichester, died at home Wednesday, June 28, after a battle with diabetes and cancer.


She was the daughter of Richard and Helen Mobbs. She leaves behind two brothers, Michael, of Chichester, and Robert of Oakland, CA; four children, Timothy and Richard of Chichester, Kathy, of Bradford, and Carrie of Concord; several grandchildren and great grandchildren.


No services were planned.












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