Mary Orff, of Epsom, was recently honored at a party celebrating her
90th birthday, which was November 8th. Approximately 50 family
members and friends joined the celebration, coming from New
Hampshire, Maine, Virginia and Texas, including her 95-year old
sister who traveled from Augusta, Maine.
Mary also received many greetings from all corners of the country –
highlighted by a fresh flower Lei direct from friends in Hawaii!
Mary has touched countless lives in her 90 years and has been a very
loving, generous and positive influence on her family; her three
children, her six grandchildren and her nine great-grandchildren.
The festivities took place in Epsom, at the home of her son and
daughter-in-law, Eric and Janice Orff.
Letter To The Editor
Re Representative Carol McGuire’s Letter to Constituents (SVS Nov
6), nothing but the usual complaints and obstruction. Republicans
have two choices: 1. Make the Affordable Healthcare Act better 2.
Continue to complain and obstruct.
Epsom Central School Staff And Faculty
Mr. Brian Nase, Physical Education Teacher
Due to Brian’s persuasive style of discussing his curricula, a
visitor speaking to him at a table in a busy school hallway is not
distracted by pedestrian traffic. He teaches fitness and physical
games to children in grades K-8, seeing kids in Grades K-5 once a
week and Grades 6-8 in 15 day rotations at 45 minutes per day. For
the younger children, Brian offers activities such as jump rope,
tag, hula hoops, throwing and catching, and lead-up games, which
promote activities used in more complex activities such as baseball.
The middle and older age groups undergo fitness testing and learn
golf and team activities such as football, field hockey, and
handball, and many other sports. Brian likes to give the children a
little taste of as many games as possible.
Brian has a BS in Physical Education from PSU plus 30 credits. He
has spent 21 years in education and is in his 12th year at ECS,
having served as boys soccer coach and on the Student Council and
Games Clubs. While working as an assistant principal at another
school, Brian realized he much preferred the PE teacher role since
he could be outdoors, watch students interact, and enjoy group
dynamics. He feels his subject is important since, “You only get one
body.” Brian enjoys watching children grow and mature in the years
from Kindergarten to 8th Grade. He would suggest that parents
encourage their children to turn off the television or computer and
“move,” by which he means that parents should walk, bike, or swim
with their kids, to instill in them a love for moving which they can
enjoy for life.
Brian and Chris, his wife of 19 years and a guidance counselor at
Henniker Community School, live in Weare with their two children, an
eighth grader and a sophomore, and a dog and a cat. They spend most
of their spare time supporting their children.
To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,
This week, my committee met on its retained bills. Five
recommendations were unanimous: to study HB646, on prison
industries, because there were too many open issues with the plan;
killing HB419, a deferred retirement option in the judicial
retirement plan, on the request of the system; passing my HB469,
which creates a statute of limitations for licensing actions;
passing HB312, restricting the state’s ability to collect or retain
biometric data; passing SB116, to rewrite the exemption from
licensing for water system employees: one rogue in the North Country
insisted that he had no need for a license, or even to meet safety
The remaining bills were more controversial. HB473, moving the
university system police (at UNH and Plymouth State) from the
university’s 401(k) type pension plan to the state retirement
system, was recommended for interim study on a 12-5 vote. I was
opposed, since it doesn’t make sense to move a group with a fully
funded pension plan into the seriously underfunded state system. My
HB173, eliminating supplemental allowances in the judicial
retirement plan, was amended to increase them from $50,000 to
$250,000 per year! The vote was 10-9 in favor of using almost 1% of
the trust fund every year for these allowances. Finally, HB627,
Dan’s bill to treat accumulated leave as more time worked, rather
than a boost to the final year’s pay, was killed, 12-7.
HB421, increasing the real estate board’s authority over people
practicing without a license, also increased the continuing
education requirements. Over objections on that issue, it passed,
11-7. HB658, creating a new registration requirement for medical
technicians, was opposed as not solving the problem of health care
worker drug abuse, while creating barriers to entry in one of
today’s fastest growing job fields. We lost, 13-5. HB326, licensing
polysomnographers (sleep technicians), was sent to interim study on
a 9-7 vote.
Representative Carol McGuire
Letter To The Editor
This has been quite a productive year with work on several roads,
most of which doesn’t show. We did some paving on Easy Street and
Center Hill Road and some drainage on River Road and Goboro Road to
which I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your
understanding and patience. Because of your patience, we’re able to
do a better and longer lasting job.
Next year we’re looking forward to reconstructing most of Goboro and
Depot Roads, which will consist of grinding, grading, re-shimming
with gravel, regarding and paving. The reason for this letter is if
you have a concern with what we’ll do or not do with your driveway,
I’d like very much to walk and talk with you while there’s no snow
on the ground.
Your Road Agent,
New Exhibits For The Holiday Season
At The Epsom Public Library
Conrad Young, watercolor artist, will exhibit his paintings of NH
covered bridges at the Epsom Library from November 22nd to January
10th. His retirement in 2010 allowed him to focus his attention and
creative talents on his love of covered bridges and painting. He has
traveled to see first-hand the 56 bridges that are left from the
original 400 that were built in NH and has a fact sheet on covered
bridges that he hands out.
His most recent watercolor was of the shortest covered bridge in the
state, and his paintings range from an historical rendition of the
oldest Railroad Covered Bridge in Contoocook to the romantic
Honeymoon Covered Bridge in Jackson.
To view other work by Conrad Young, go to
Also on display through January 10th will be pottery from the
collection of Jeff Lalish, who for many years ran Northwood
Stoneware Pottery on route 4 in East Northwood.
The exhibits may be viewed during regular library
hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday, 9 am to 1
pm. For more information call the Epsom Library at 736-9920, or