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Epsom NH News

October 30, 2013

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Epsom Christmas Wish List 2013


You may pick up your application from the Town Offices beginning Tuesday, November 12th.


Please return the completed application to the Town Offices on or before Friday, December 6th. 





The Suncook Valley Area Lions Club (formerly the Pittsfield/Barnstead club) will be selling SOUPS, CHOWDERS AND CHILIS at the Rotary Club Penny Sale on Sat. Nov. 2 starting at 6pm at the PMHS lobby.  Come early and enjoy a delicious homemade soup or chili and then have a great time at the Penny Sale.  For more information, contact Ed at 435-5052.



The Chili Cook Off at Epsom Bible Church is scheduled for Tuesday, November 5th 6-8:00PM.



The Walk Through The Bible at Epsom Bible Church is scheduled forSaturday, November 23 8:30am-4:00pm.



Wellspring Counseling will close on November 26, 2013. The address for records will continue to be: Wellspring, PO Box 74, Pittsfield, NH 03263.





Our Lady of Lourdes Women’s Club of Pittsfield and St. Joseph Women’s Club of Northwood will be holding their annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, 11/2/13, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM in the parish hall in Northwood, NH. (Route 4, next to the Town Hall). There will be craft items, knitted goods, a white elephant table with some brand new items, raffles, which include Celtic tickets, and a bake sale. We will again have our ever-popular cookie walk with some new and different varieties. There will be morning muffins and coffee and a luncheon served with some delicious favorites. Drop by for a visit, you will not be sorry.



SAU #53 Child Screening


Do you have concerns about your child’s overall development? SAU #53, the School Districts of Pembroke, Allenstown, Chichester, Deerfield, and Epsom, has scheduled a child screening on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at the Epsom Central School, Epsom, NH.


A child screening is a free screening of your child’s abilities in speech, vision, hearing, motor, and learning skills. The screening is administered by an Occupational and Speech Therapist and Special Educator.


To be eligible for the free screening:

• The child must live within SAU #53

• A parent/guardian must accompany the child

• The child must be under 6 years of age

• Please call for an appointment


For an appointment, please contact Melinda McElaney at 736-9331, ext. 201 or email: [email protected].


Parents with concerns about children 6 years old and over should contact Tami Preve, Special Education Coordinator, Epsom Central School, 736-9331 ext. 223.



Loudon Food Pantry News


1st Annual Blues & Lobster Fest! At Makris Lobster & Steak House


We had a great time during this event!  The cover charge of $3 per person and the raffle sales received went to benefit Loudon Food Pantry.  Thank you Greg and Jim Makris for including us in this event.  All in all, we received about $360.  This will go a long way in feeding those in need within our five towns.  We look forward to doing it again next year.


Bon Ton Community Days Booklets

To help raise funds to support the pantry we are participating in Bon Ton’s Community Days.  Donate $5 and receive a booklet containing over $500 and more in exclusive coupon savings that are good on Friday November 15th and Saturday November 16th.  The pantry keeps 100% of the donation.  You can drop by the pantry (30 Chichester Rd., Unit D, Loudon) to get your booklet or go to and order yours today.  Your order will be shipped free of charge and Bon Ton will send us your donation. Tell your friends and family.  The more booklets sold, the more it helps the pantry and you get some great coupons as well!


Annual Holiday 50/50 Raffle

Our annual raffle is starting November 1st and continues until December 13th.  Half of the ticket sales will go to the winner and the other half benefits Loudon Food Pantry.  Tickets are 50¢ each; $2.00 for 5 or $3.00 for 10.  You can purchase your tickets at the pantry located at 30 Chichester Rd., Unit D, Loudon on Mon., Tue., or Thu. 10 a.m. - 5 a.m. and Wed. 10 a.m. - 6 a.m.  An order form will be on our website ( during the dates of the raffle.


Thanksgiving Box Signup

Please sign up for your Thanksgiving Box as soon as possible. Doing this allows us to see what supplies are needed.  Call 603-724-9731 to see if you qualify.


Holiday Box Signup

Capital Region Food Program puts together our Holiday Boxes each year.  But, you need to qualify and sign up through an agency (like Loudon Food Pantry) to receive your Holiday Box.  


Donations Needed

Check out for an updated list of items we need.  Thanksgiving needs are listed there too.    We will also have printed lists available at the pantry as well.  During the months of November and December we will also accept donations every Friday from 11 am – 3 pm (except for holidays of course).


You can mail or drop off your donations to Loudon Food Pantry, 30 Chichester Rd., Unit D, Loudon NH 03307.  But if you find you’re not in the neighborhood you can drop off at one of these convenient locations:


Business, Town, Collection Type Accepted

Elkins Library, Canterbury, Food

Care Pharmacy, Epsom, Funds

Loudon Post Office, Loudon, Food & Funds

The Hungry Buffalo, Loudon, Food & Funds

Beanstalk, Loudon, Funds

Red Roof Inn, Loudon, Food & Funds

Loudon Village Country Store, Loudon, Funds

The Monthly Veg Newsletter


Our newsletter was published in early October.  If you want to receive your monthly copy, go to and signup today.



Gift of Lights at New Hampshire Motor Speedway


In 2011 and 2012 the NH Motor Speedway gave the food donations from the Gift of Lights to Loudon Food Pantry.  It has been a huge help for the towns we support (Belmont, Canterbury, Chichester, Epsom and Loudon).  We are looking forward to it again this year.


What is the Gift of Lights?

Taken from New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s website, the Gift of Lights spans over two miles, it is one of the largest displays of holiday lights in New England.  It includes several themed displays, such as the 12 Days of Christmas, a jungle scene and a Nativity depiction.  The course winds around the outside of the track’s grandstands and includes a portion of the NHMS Road Course.


When is the Gift of Lights?

Friday, November 15 - Sunday, January 5, 2014 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm.  More information will be available soon.  So keep an eye out for more information.



Epsom Public Library News


Upcoming events at the Epsom Public Library include a Story Time/Lego Club “Halloween Party” on Thursday, October 31st at 3:30 pm. Join us for a fun afternoon of Halloween/Pumpkin related stories, snacks, a craft and lego building. Please no costumes.


On Saturday, November 9th at 1:30 pm the library will host an “American Girl” Tea Party. Girls and their guest are invited to dress up in their favorite party outfit and join us for an afternoon of tea, refreshments, games and a craft. Reservations are required as space is limited! Sign up at the circulation desk. The library will also be selling tickets for a chance to win the new American girl doll, “Saige.”


Tuesday, November 12th at 2:30 pm the newly released family movie, “Monsters University” rated G. Popcorn/snacks and drinks will be provided! For information about any of these programs call 736-9920.



Arsenic In Your Drinking Water


What It Does, What You Should Know And What You Can Do About It


In New Hampshire, 1 in 5 private water wells have high levels of arsenic that exceed State and Federal health limits.  Most of this is due to the state’s bedrock geology which contains certain formations containing high levels of naturally occurring arsenic.  NH at one time had 300 arsenic mines to produce arsenic for a variety of commercial products and was known as the “arsenic state.” 


If you live in Epsom, the likelihood that there are elevated levels of arsenic in your artesian well water is closer to 1 in 4. Arsenic in drinking water, even at very low levels, is a dangerous substance associated with higher risks of cancer, infertility and other medical conditions. It may not immediately make you feel sick but can have serious health consequences over time.  Arsenic is odorless and tasteless, and it can be detected only in a laboratory. It can be removed from your well water using under the sink and “whole house” treatment technology.


Experts from the NH Department of Environmental Services, Drinking Water & Groundwater Bureau, and from the Center for Environmental Health Sciences at Dartmouth Medical School, will share with you the latest information on this important health hazard and what you can do about it.   


Come learn what you can do to protect your family.


Epsom Library, Monday, Nov. 4, 7PM


For further information, contact Sharon Burnston, member Epsom Planning Board, 219-3126



Epsom Central School Staff And Faculty

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 Mrs. Linda Valley, 2nd grade teacher


To visit Linda’s classroom is to meet a woman with a great sense of humor, an infectious laugh, a passion about teaching, and affection for her teammates. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Certificate in Special Ed and a minor in Spanish, as well as an Associate’s Degree in General Studies, all at Keene State College. Linda has been at ECS for 22 years and has taught 1st and 6th grades, Special Ed in grades K-3, and a total of 13 years including the last 11 in 2nd grade. She also served as a case manager in Grades 1-5 for a year. In the past, she has worked on the Student Council, Yearbook Committee, Ski Club, and Environmental Club.


Linda loves the excitement kids have about being in school and believes that, if the faculty and staff make school a fun place, the kids will love learning even more. With regard to her team of two other 2nd grade teachers, Linda says, “It’s not what you do but with whom you work that counts. My team works well together, each of us having her own strengths and believing that learning is a life-long process.” Linda appreciates when parents work with their children at home, listen to them read, and help them practice their math facts. “It will make them excited to learn. If their homework does seem like a chore, parents should talk to me. That’s not what homework is all about,” she says.


Linda lives in Pembroke with David, her husband of 21 years, and a daughter; an older stepson lives on his own. A self-proclaimed “military brat,” she loves to be outdoors and camping or fishing with her family.






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