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Epsom NH News

November 13, 2013

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Teen Movie Night at the Epsom Public Library featuring, “The Hunger Games” on Friday, November 15th at 6 pm. Join us for pizza, drinks and the movie which is rated PG-13. Reservations are required. Call 736-9920 for reservations. Teens must be signed in and out by a parent/guardian. And “May the odds be ever in your favor."



Suncook Valley Sno-Riders

13th Annual Ham & Bean Supper

When: Saturday, November 16th from 5 to 7 p.m.

Cost:  $8.00 Adult

$4.50 ages 6 to 12

Free ages 5 and under

Where:  Barnstead Parade Fire Department

305 Parade Road

Barnstead, NH  03218

Meal:  Ham, Variety of Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Cole Slaw, Roll, Drink & lots of Desserts.

Attending the dinner also gives you the opportunity to win one of our 3 frozen turkeys that we give away.



Epsom Public Library News

“Spies in Time”


Douglas L. Wheeler, Professor of History Emeritus, UNH, will present “Spies in Time,” at the Epsom Library on Wednesday, November 20, at 7:00 p.m., courtesy of a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council.


How have spying and intelligence activities influenced the course of history?  Professor Wheeler will discuss investigating case studies of how great powers have used spies in war and peace. The program traces the history of spying from the Dreyfus case in France (1894-1906) to the Aldrich Ames case in the United States (1980’s and 90’s).  Professor Wheeler focuses the discussion on how human motives, traits, and ideas shape the search for secret information and how that information is used and misused in international affairs.


Douglas Wheeler’s research interests include the far-reaching impacts of 20th and 21st Century intelligence activities; “cultures of espionage” and their expressions, including spy novels, films, and gadgets; government secrecy; and surveillance as a defense against terrorism.


Come join as for what promises to be a most interesting evening.



Valley Artisans Artisans For The Month Of November


We have two members who are highlighted this month, Bill Boudreau is the first member. He and his wife live in Pittsfield, N.H. and he has been a member for at least 4 seasons. Bill specializes in Stained Glass and Glass Art, our windows are full of his beautiful designs in many different sizes, he has also made a few lamps with stained glass shades, and glass jewelry such as earrings and pendants plus Holiday ornaments, he has donated one of these ornaments for our free raffle.


Lenny Chaisson is our second member who lives in Bow, N.H with his wife, he has been with us for about 3 seasons, he specializes in Wood Art. in many forms, from walking sticks to wall hangings and jewelry.  For the holiday season he has many hand carved Santa figurines and one of these ornaments has been donated for our raffle, go to our Facebook page at, for a photo of the items listed.


We recently participated in the N.H Made “Open Doors Weekend” and it was a great success, thank you to everyone who stopped by and participated, I know you found just what you needed.  The Holiday season is upon us and we will be putting up our Christmas tree soon to display all the wonderful handmade ornaments that we sell here, so keep us in mind.


We are located at 10 Goboro Rd. Epsom, N.H. hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. open from Wednesday til Sunday, and starting the week of the 24th we will be open 7 days a week, for your holiday shopping pleasure, phone # 736-8200.


See you soon...



Epsom Central School Staff and Faculty


Mrs. Diane Currier, Main Office Secretary


If one wished for a pleasant, competent, and smiling person to greet and help people at the ECS main office, Diane would be an excellent choice. She’s been on the job for one year in this bustling office which, along with the adjacent principal’s office, is the nerve center of the school. Diane says a typical question every day is, “Your child is going where after school?” Since security of the children is Job #1 at ECS, all the faculty and staff collaborate to ascertain the location and destination of 430-plus kids as they leave school. Diane says that her job is challenging and fun, saying, “There’s something new going on every day, I learn something new every day, it’s very busy here, and the day goes by very quickly indeed.”


Diane graduated from PA and got a degree in secretarial sciences from Notre Dame College. For a time, she worked for a local business before starting a family. Ten years later, she reentered the work force, serving as a paraprofessional for seven years in the Pembroke school district. She started to miss office-type work and was looking around just as the ECS position became available. Diane says, “I love it here. I’m not sorry I decided to make a change. I’m gradually coming to know the children. The staff is very friendly and the help they offer me makes it wonderful to work here!”


Diane tells kids to always try their best and, if they don’t succeed, that’s OK, but keep trying. To parents, she would suggest they spend time with their kids, love them, and tuck them into bed every night. Diane lives in Pembroke with Eddie, her husband of 24 years, a 19-year-old daughter who’s a freshman at Emerson College, a 15-year-old daughter who’s a sophomore at PA, and Hershey, a three-year-old chocolate Lab. In her spare time, Diane enjoys camping and kayaking with her family and catching up with Hershey.





Reveille! Reveille! Veteran, it’s time to come home to me:

there will be no need to show your ID.


Whoever you be or where ever you are:

the distance for you is not that far.


That which you have done:

is similar to the gift of my Son.


As you go neath the sky:

you’ll find me, your Father, of most high.


Enter now my servant for your reward:

and thank you for accepting me as your Lord.


Jim and Nanci Breagy



Letter to the Editor


Today the legislature was called into special session to consider Medicaid expansion. Medicaid has always been a program that provides medical care for poor people in circumstances beyond their control. To get Medicaid, it is not enough to have low income and few assets, one must also be disabled, elderly, a child, pregnant, blind, etc. Once someone qualifies for Medicaid they get medical care without co-pays, and at almost any doctor or hospital in the state. About 12% of New Hampshire’s residents currently get Medicaid.


Medicaid expansion only uses the low-income test for those under 65. It eliminates the asset test, so someone with second homes, stocks or large bank accounts could still qualify. Even worse it creates perverse incentives and encourages people to game the system. If a family’s income is near the cut-off (about $30,000 for a family of four) they will have a huge incentive to work a little less to stay under the threshold.


Perhaps the worst part is that Medicaid is all or nothing. If you qualify, you get free medical care, if you don’t you get nothing. A sensible program would give the most benefits to poorest, and then have subsidies taper off as incomes rise. That way the very poor get help, but people still have an incentive to work and earn as much as possible.


Many legislators are concerned that expansion will bankrupt state government in the long run. The federal government has promised to pay 100% of the costs for the first three years, and then 90% thereafter. But who knows how long they can continue to borrow money? And whether the money comes from the feds or the state, in the end it is the taxpayers who will be footing the bill


Rep. Dan McGuire

Epsom & Pittsfield

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William R. Davis


William R. Davis, 57, passed away Oct. 31, 2013.


William - Bill to his many friends, Billy to family - was born March 5, 1956, to Richard and Christina Davis in Boston, Mass; played  football, hockey and lacrosse from Maine’s Hebron Academy; grabbed an  opportunity to work on the Trans-Alaska pipeline; and then settled and worked for most of his adult life in southern New Hampshire, including most recently at Budel Construction. Bill loved to fish, enjoyed carpentry and (like his father) was an avid gardener and cook.


Survivors include his beloved daughter Madeleine Davis, of Epsom; his mother Christina Davis; father and stepmother Richard and Jean Davis; wife, Julie Davis; two sisters, Elizabeth Davis of Dover and Barbara Davis (husband Tom Starnes) of Washington, D.C.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins, all of whom will miss him very much.


In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to “Maddie’s Fund”, PO Box 587, Epsom, NH, 03234.



Ethan Tyler Hanson


Ethan Tyler Hanson, born October 22, 2013 passed away peacefully on October 23, 2013 in the loving arms of his parents.  


Ethan is survived by his parents James and Stephanie Hanson, brothers Alex and Thomas and twin sister Abigail all of Epsom, NH; maternal grandparents Dan and Melissa Williams of Concord, NH; paternal grandfather James Hanson Jr. of Portsmouth; great grandparents James and Patricia Hanson Sr. of Portsmouth; Betty Williams of Windham; Dorothy West of Lunenberg, MA; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.  


He is predeceased by his paternal grandmother Gilda A. Gubellini of Portsmouth.   


Ethan will be laid to rest at the NH State Veteran’s Cemetery in Boscawen, NH in a private ceremony.  


A memorial service to share and remember Ethan will be held on November 16th at 10:30 AM at Bennett Funeral Home in Concord, NH.


The Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Foundation provided a volunteer photographer to record his short life with us.  In lieu of flowers we would be pleased to have you support their mission to help other grieving parents through their remembrance photography at: The Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation, 2305 E. Arapahoe Road, Suite 220 Centennial, CO 80122, or:


Godspeed Little One.






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