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Published: 07/28/2006    print this story   email this story  

Chester, N.H.


Town government: Five selectmen, office is 603-887-4979. Town Hall is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Paying taxes: The tax rate is $30.96 per thousand based on a 59 percent valuation. Taxes are due July 1 and Dec. 1. Tax collector's office hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Tuesday 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Voting: Town Clerk Barbara Gagnon, 603-887-3636. Town clerk's office open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registrations, licenses and permits. Fee for pet licensing is $6.50 for pets spayed or neutered; $9 if not. People older than 65 pay $2 for their first dog, regular rates thereafter. Group rates available.

Building permits: Building Inspector John Gilcreast, 84 Chester St., 603-887-5552. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon. Inspections done after noon.

Library: Chester Public Library, 3 Chester St., 603-887-3404. Monday and Wednesday, 3 to 8 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.; Saturday (during school sessions), 10 a.m. to noon. Closed Saturday during June, July and August. Children's summer reading program, museum passes, Internet access, large-print books, special programs and presentations.

Recycling: Transfer station on Route 102 is open Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m. until Sept. 30. Permits available at transfer station. Members of the Solid Waste and Recycling Committee meet the first Tuesday of the month in Town Hall, 7 p.m.

Emergencies: Call 911 for fire, police and rescue. Police non-emergency, 603-887-2080; fire non-emergency, 603-887-3878.

Green space: Town recreation fields along Route 102 host baseball, soccer and the summer recreation program. Conservation trail branches off from these fields. Also in the area is a trail through the town-owned Mossman property.

Recreation Department: Recreation Directo, Shayne Marshall, 603-887-5773. Activities for children of all ages including summer reading and sports programs. Soccer, Tom Harte (, 603-887-8036. Football, Karen Bertolami (, 603-887-0593. Baseball/softball, Doug Reed (˜chesterbaseball), 603-887-5842. Lacrosse, Rob Daziel (, 603-887-0848.

More activities:


Girl Scouts and Brownies, Nancy Pilotte, 603-887-3642.

Cub Scouts Pack 163, Eric Stinson, 603-887-7345.

Boy Scouts Troop 163, Chairperson Tom Wilson, Scoutmaster, Stephen Landau, 603-887-4308.


Public: Chester is a member of School Administrative Unit (SAU) 82. Superintendent Dr. Victor Petzy, 603-887-3621, ext. 144.

Chester Academy, 22 School St., 603-887-3621.For grades one through eight. Principal Anthony Silva; Assistant Principal Mark Campbell.

High school: Pinkerton Academy, 5 Pinkerton St., Derry. Headmaster Mary Anderson, 603-437-5200.

Chester School Board: Jane Grimm, 603-887-8292; Chairman Valerie Weider, 603-887-6719; Matthew Stover, 603-887-4602; Michael Romick, 603-887-6126; and Royal Richardson, 603-887-5146.


Chester Preschool and Kindergarten, , 465 Derry Road, 603-887-6016. Director Barbara Stein.

Country Christian Daycare and Preschool, 86 Rod and Gun Club Road, 603-887-6176. Director Kris Garrett. Before- and after-school care for school-age children.


Baptist: Chester Congregational Baptist Church, 4 Chester St., 603-887-4799. Rev. Beverly Lindsey, pastor. Sunday service, 9 a.m. during summer months; reverts to 10:30 a.m. in fall. Sunday school starts after Labor Day.

Independent: Fellowship Bible Church, Rod and Gun Club Road, 603-887-2599. Rev. Richard H. Francis, pastor. Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday services, 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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