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.
SECRET SANTAS PLEASE CALL 736-5507.
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.
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR 2013
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,
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:
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
http://bit.ly/14WhEVH 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
(LoudonFoodPantry.org) 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
Check out LoudonFoodPantry.org 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
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
LoudonFoodPantry.org and signup today.
Gift of Lights at New Hampshire Motor
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
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
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
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
Epsom Library, Monday, Nov. 4, 7PM
For further information, contact Sharon
Burnston, member Epsom Planning Board, 219-3126
Epsom Central School Staff And Faculty
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
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.