■St. John the Baptist Monthly Market will be held on Sept. 4 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and on Sept. 5 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.. This food program donates a variety of bread products and other food that are always a surprise. Everything is free, all you have to do is show up.
■The Pine Haven Boys School’s plastic film recycling challenge is still in effect. There will be a place to leave your bag donations in the back of the church or at the office Monday to Friday (9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m).
■The Chichester Highway Department is proudly displaying the snow plow donated by Rockingham County Towing, with its new lettering at the highway shed. Roberta Brooks did the lettering on the plow truck and is appreciated.
■Condolences to the family, and Kelley Corner Farm, on the passing of Julie Patterson. She worked extremely hard with much love on the farm to raise chickens, dogs, goats, turkeys and sheep.
■The Chichester Historical Society has recently received a donation of a Mason Hamlin Liszt pump organ. The organ was originally donated in 1909 by Charles H. Carpenter to the Chichester Congregational Church, and has come home to the church in which it was used for many years. Brenda Boswak, whose great-grandmother played the organ for 50 years, was instrumental in obtaining this artifact.
■Chichester Planning Board will be meeting on Sept. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the fire department to discuss five applications for lot lines change, subdivision, conditional use, and a business site plan. Applications can be viewed at town hall or call 798-5350.
■Darbster Doggy is looking for donations of light weight blankets for their dog rescue. The rescue has a meet and greet every Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. and is also open Saturday and Sunday (noon to 4 p.m.). The rescue is seeking volunteers to help with their pups. Call 798-4495, or email [email protected] for more information. Community service hours available
■The Chichester Supervisors of the Checklist will be in session Aug. 31 from 5:30 to 6 p.m. at the Grange Hall to register voters, make corrections, additions and deletions of the checklist. Applicants should bring photo ID, proof of residency and proof of citizenship if required. If proper ID is not given you can sign an affidavit attesting to the qualifications. Due to the surges of COVID please wear masks if not vaccinated. The checklist is posted at the town hall and the library.
■Thank you to all who came out to Chichester Old Home Day. The Committee did an outstanding job presenting events for all ages. Thank you goes to all the businesses, donations and volunteers that made the events possible. The Old Home Day Scavenger Hunt was fun and a challenge for all. The winners were Team Nic, second place was Mooncusser Maple and third was the Saturley Team. Thank You to Bette Bogdan for being chairman of the scavenger hunt.
■The NH Patriot Guard’s Ride for the Home Front Motorcycle Charity Ride recently drove through Chichester. Residents cheered for over 60 motorcyclists for support in their cause to benefit local vets and first responders. Their final destination was the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery.
■The Chichester School Board approved a reopening plan for the school year. After reviewing community data the school board voted to open Aug. 30 with the following recommendations. The school will open in “low level.” This includes face coverings required on the bus, students need to be self screened before arriving at school, face covering will be optional for students and staff at school, hand sanitation will be completed upon entry to the classroom, before eating and after recess, and encouraging distancing in the classroom up to at least 3 feet. Frequent cleaning will be done throughout the day. A complete reopening plan can be found on the SAU53 website, or call the school at 798-5651.
■The Chichester Library has free passes for the Telephone Museum, the Wright Museum, the Currier Museum, Squam Lake Nature Center, and Beauty Woods Disc Golf for interested Chichester Citizens .
■The Board of Selectmen has appointed Charles Koijian as a member of the Conservation Commission.
■Chichester Central School and Pembroke Academy will be closed for Labor Day, from Sept. 3 through Sept. 6. School will reopen Sept. 7.
■The Concord Chapter of the American Red Cross is offering Chichester residents a home fire safety program, and will come to your home and install new detectors free of charge . Call the local chapter at 225-6697
■Congratulations to Audrey Humphrey and her dressage horse on her silver medal achievement at the Fourth Level and Prix St. Georges.
■Thank You to the Chichester Fire Department and Rescue for always keeping the safety of residents first priority when a coming weather advisory is issued . The fire department brings notices from NH Homeland Security and Emergency Management System, The Governor’s Office on Ready NH and The National Weather Service. The alerts are made available on their Facebook Page.
■Emmanuel College has named Katherine Jameson to the dean’s list for the spring semester, and Bryant University named Laureen Lehouillier to the president’s and dean’s list for the spring semester. Congrats to these Chichester students for furthering their education.
■The 2021 Chichester Youth Association soccer practice for Kindergarten through Grade 6 has started, and soon games will be played with other area towns. Jon Rokeh is soccer commissioner. Information is available on the Town of Chichester home web page by going to Boards and Commission and see Chichester Youth Association. The association is also on facebook.
■Live and Let Live rescue has various breeds of goats and Katahdin lambs for adoption. Contact [email protected]
■The Chichester PTO has been very busy volunteering their time to the school. The PTO cleaned and organized the staff break room. PTO sponsored and designed this year’s academic calendar which the school will pass out. They are in the process of creating a raffle calendar fundraiser, with all proceeds going back to support the school staff and students. Contact [email protected], if you would like to get involved.
■The Chichester School has furnished the following information on school lunches. Families may apply for free or reduced lunch benefits at any time during the year. FAQ’s, an income guideline chart, as well as an application are available at the school main office. Lunch orders are taken from each homeroom everyday. Payment can be made in cash, check or online at MySchoolBucks.com. You will need your child’s ID number to set up an account. Food prices on grab and go breakfast are free, snacks from $0.30 to $1. Lunch is currently free due to COVID Relief Funds.
■ ZBA meeting on Wednesday at 7p.m. at the Epsom Fire Department.
■Open House for Kindergarten through Grade 4 will be held from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Sept. 1. We will hold the Middle School Open House for Grades 5 through 8 from 7 to 7:45 p.m. The Unified Arts Team will be available from 6 until 7:15 p.m.
■The library is back in full swing with our normal hours. Monday through Thursday (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.), and Saturday (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.). If you would still rather do a curbside pickup, let us know and we will be happy to prepare your items and set them out for you. Call 736-9920.
■The Epsom Public Library will be having a community Touch A Truck event on Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine. Join us for a fun, hands-on opportunity to explore different community vehicles including a fire truck, police car, school bus and construction vehicles. Refreshments will be provided and a raffle for a Lego Downtown Fire Brigade Building set and a Tonka 4×4. Truck drivers are invited to a complimentary breakfast beginning at 9 a.m. Call the library for more information at 736-9920.
■Interested in playing or learning to play mahjong? Tuesday mornings at 10:15 a.m. come join us in the library meeting room. The group meets weekly.
■Happy birthday today to Nancy Wheeler, Stacy Clarke, Kimberly Cormier, and Katherine Shamel on Monday. Loretta Gomes and Christine Drosos on Wednesday, Alicia Berube on Thursday and Lisa Moulton on Friday. I hope you all have wonderful celebrations!
■The First Day of School is Aug. 30. Hope you all had a good summer, and have a great school year!
■The Josiah Carpenter Library’s next Story Walk features the well-known mischievous monkey, Curious George. The story, “Curious George and the Ice Cream Surprise,” is now available for your viewing pleasure. Book pages have been mounted in 16 windows throughout the downtown area. Tie up your walking shoes, grab your water bottle and enjoy a stroll through town. Families can pick up a map from the mailbox that is attached to the community bulletin board at Dustin’s Park. As you return to the library on Main Street to read the last page of the book, stop in to pick up your gift certificate for a free ice cream treat!
■The Pittsfield School District will be holding a public hearing to discuss a proposed warrant article to expend $352,505 of unanticipated adequacy funds, provided by the State of New Hampshire, in support of Pittsfield public schools. An open discussion of the proposed warrant article will take place by those present, no petitioned warrant articles will be considered.
■On Sept. 11, the American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75 will be holding a small remembrance at the war memorial, in Dustin Park, on Main Street at 10:15 a.m. for the 3,000 souls lost 20 years ago.
■Pittsfield soccer season has arrived. Middle School Soccer for boys and girls in grades six through eight, will begin on Sept. 1 at Drake Field. The girls team is from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., and the boys team is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
■Homecoming on Sept. 17 at Dustin Park. Learn about businesses and organizations, play games, admire police cruisers and fire trucks, and enjoy free pizza and hot dogs. Covid vaccines will be available. Some items will be for sale, but all activities and food will be free. Community fair activities will be held from 5 to 7p.m., as soon as it is dark the Suncook Valley Rotary Club will present an outdoor showing (with popcorn), of “Emperor’s New Groove.”
■The Suncook Valley Rotary Club will meet on Sept. 1 at 6:15 p.m. at Dominick’s Restaurant.
■Joy Church is hosting a free family movie night on Sept. 3 at 6:30 p.m. We will be watching “Luca.” The whole community is invited. There will be free popcorn and snacks for everyone. We hope to see you there!
■On Sept. 7 at the First Congregational Church, the Infant Toddler Diaper Pantry will be open from 9 to 11 a.m at the parking lot off Chestnut Street. Each family is eligible to come for the supplemental diapers once per opening, (twice a month) and can receive one set of diapers/product per child in need, and one package of wipes per family. There are generally newborn through size six diapers, along with pull-ups and overnights. We will also be accepting donations of diapers and wipes, including open packages. Please call 435-7471 if you have any questions.
■The Year Rounders candlepin bowling league is looking for new men and women to join our team. We bowl three strings at Boutwells Bowling Center in Concord on Thursdays, starting Sept. 2 at 11:30 a.m. and continue weekly into May. The cost is just $13 with $1.50 going towards a late spring banquet. This is a friendly, non serious competition with people who enjoy bowling and sharing good times with friends. If interested please contact Peter or Ina Rothwell at (603) 776-1483.
■TThe Josiah Carpenter Library is the recipient of $1,452 in grant funding thanks to the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. Made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the New Hampshire State Library. The grant funds received will support the library’s offering indoor in-person programs such as story hour for families with young children. Using the grant funds, the library purchased a Clean Air Curtain which provides high velocity air cleansing through both HEPA filtration and ultraviolet light. To learn more, visit the library, call 435-8406 or go to the library website at pittsfieldnh.gov.
■Suncook Senior Center activities: Bone Builders (Monday and Wednesday, 9 to 10 a.m.), Bingo (Monday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon), Cribbage Club (Tuesday, 10 a.m. to noon), Tops Group (Wednesday, 1 a.m. to noon), and Klunk (Thursday, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.). The center will be starting Formal Community Dining on Sept. 9 at noon, with a take-out option. Please sign up in advance. Please call the Center at 435-8482 to make reservations for the activities. Space is limited. Masks are still required and you’ll be asked to complete a signed waiver.
■Suncook Senior Center events: Ice Cream Social (Sept. 1 at 11 a.m.), Birthday Celebration (Sept. 13 at noon) please RSVP.
■The Pittsfield Senior Center is hosting community dining on Mondays and Thursdays at noon. We are asking people that are planning on eating here to please sign up by Monday, the week before, so meals can be planned accordingly. Pick up a menu, circle what you would like and give it to Carol. Pick up is between 11 a.m. to noon on Monday and Thursdays, but another more convenient time can be arranged. You can also eat lunch at the center and take a frozen meal home for later. Please call the Center at 435-8482 to make reservations for the activities. Space is limited. Masks are still required and you’ll be asked to complete a signed waiver.
■Don’t forget – there are meals to go. Call the Senior Center for information – every Thursday you can pick up a hot meal or freshly made meal for “curbside pickup”. Call 435-8482.
■As programming opens back up at the Pittsfield Senior Center, there is a need for volunteers. Volunteers are needed for activities at different days and times. Training is provided. If interested, please call (603) 435-8482.
■The Pittsfield Historical Society continues to raise funds for a new museum and headquarters. A commemorative garden on the museum grounds is being worked on. A “buy-a-brick” project affords an opportunity for people to buy a brick to honor yourself, loved ones, or whomever you wish to remember. The bricks will be sold for $100 each and may be engraved with three lines of 18 characters each for a 4-inch by 8-inch brick. Visit pittsfieldhistory.com for a donation form and instructions. For more information, please call 798-3984. You can also contact Larry Berkson at [email protected]
■The following locations will be closed on Sept. 6 in observance of Labor Day: Pittsfield Town Offices, Pittsfield Senior Center, Josiah Carpenter Library, Pittsfield School District (schools are also closed on Sept. 3), and BCEP (closed on Sept. 6 and 7).
■Happy Birthday wishes to Harry Vogt on Wedesday, and to Ted Mitchell on Thursday. I hope you both enjoy your special day.
■A very special Happy 75th Birthday wish to Jackie Arey on Sept. 8. Stacey and Andi hope you have a great day!