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Epsom NH News

October 9, 2013

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Evergreen Lodge #53 and Ivy Green Rebekah Lodge #36 are sponsoring another great Dinner/Cabaret Show on Friday, Oct. 11th and Saturday, Oct. 12th at the American Legion Hall on Short Falls Road in Epsom. The dinner/show begins at 6 pm and includes appetizers, turkey, roast beef, salad, vegetables, beverages and dessert. 


The show is directed by Elizabeth Lent and features all local talent. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Vickie at 736-4707. 


Plan to join us for a fun night of great food and entertainment. Proceeds will be used to help bring the historic Odd Fellows Hall into code compliance!



The Epsom Public Library will be showing the family movie “The Croods” on Monday, October 14th at 2 pm. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. The movie is rated PG.


The library will be offering a new Story Time on Mondays at 10 am beginning Monday October 21st. Come join us for stories, songs and crafts.



Letter To The Editor

Epsom Town Office Space


 I attended the Select Board Meeting Monday Sept. 30, 2013 during which bids were opened for renovating Meeting House/Community Center: ground floor for town offices, main floor for town meeting space. During Select  Meeting, some budget items for 2014 were discussed including the fact that leasing strip mall space for town offices in 2014 will be $3,024.00 per month ($36,288.00 per year). It is my understanding this lease must be renewed 2015. Otherwise, we must move. If we move, the single space must have more square footage than we have in the mall (craziest lease contingency I ever heard...go figure.)  


It is my understanding that 8 firms were interested in the project. The specs included expansion of library parking lot, new parking for Community Center and water main extension from Rte 4. Select Board Chair Don Harty opened the 4 bids which were received by deadline date: 1. Severin Construction $979,960. - Milestone Eng. & Constr. $1,095,792. - Martini Northern $1,108,660. - Turnstone Corp. $1,164,769. 

Select Chair Don Harty has reiterated many times that it is up to the elected Board to accept/decline any bid. Further, any bond issue for renovations will, of course, be decided upon by Epsom voters.


I played a minor role with a group of Epsom citizens who have volunteered countless hours to come up with a checklist of specs for needed renovations i.e. Town Offices are required by law to have a secure, temperature/humidity controlled room for official documents/deeds. Who knew?


Regardless of outcome, please thank Carole Browne for making her studio available for group meetings; Lenny Gilman for spearheading effort ‘to get the info done and onto paper’; Penny Graham for her attention to detail and historical knowledge of the building; Mike Loso for his expertise in building/renovation specifications.


Nancy Heath




Epsom Central School Staff And Faculty

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Ruthie, along with Rita and Kimmy Kiley, make up the cafeteria team called “The Gourmet Gals” by the teachers. Ruthie was an ECS bus driver for 25 years and worked in the ECS cafeteria last year on a part time basis. Although she loves the kids on her bus route, she needed a change, and became a full time member of the cafeteria team. She loves working in the kitchen with her friends. Ruthie contributed her recipe for spaghetti pie, which has become a favorite of the children. She finds the ECS children to be very polite.


When asked how the four lunch periods work out, Ruthie says, “FAST! Bang, bang, fast and furious. We get a short break between third and fourth lunches, but otherwise need to prepare everything beforehand.” Ruthie prepares all fruits and vegetables as well as salads for the staff. Local products, such as apples from Meadow Ledge Farm, are used as much as possible. “They give us a good deal!” Ruthie says. “It’s very pleasant to work here. I like to be in the kitchen. It’s busy from arrival to end, which is good for me. The girls are great to work with.”


Ruthie believes that parents should be interested in their children’s school day and what they have accomplished. She lives in Epsom with Charles, her husband of 49 years. They have four children ranging in age from 38 to 47, and six grandchildren. Ruthie loves to work in her gardens and keep her lawns neat. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking for her family and, in the summer, kayaking “as much as possible.”



Epsom Welfare News


The Town of Epsom does not have a Food Pantry. If you need food please visit the Loudon Food Pantry as they have canned and dry goods as well as refrigerated items.  They are located at 30 Chichester Road, Unit D in Loudon, NH.  You can also pick up clothing and household items.  New applicants need to prove residency for every member of the household that will be receiving the service(s).


If you would like to donate food, clothing or household items please contact the Loudon Food Pantry at 724-9731, FAX at 798-3968 or email at [email protected]   


The Loudon Food Pantry will be putting together Thanksgiving Day baskets this year and also Christmas baskets so please call them and sign up for them now.


You can also donate clothing to the Salvation Army at any of their locations. 


The Welfare Department is accepting only monetary donations (addressed to the Town of Epsom / Welfare), for use as gift certificates to grocery stores and for gas cards. 


Thank you for your understanding, compassion and thoughtfulness.






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