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Epsom NH News

December 11, 2013

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The Epsom Bible Church Choir will be presenting “Our King Has Come”, a Christmas Cantata on Friday, 12/13 at 7:00 PM. 398 Black Hall Road, Epsom. The event is free and open to the public. All are welcome!



The Epsom Public Library is having a “Polar Express” event on Friday, December 13th at 6 pm. Come decorate cookies, and then enjoy the hot chocolate/coffee bar courtesy of White Mountain Gourmet Coffee and popcorn while watching the movie. Wear your pajamas and bring a blanket/pillow! We will also have a reading by children’s author, Stephanie Parkinson. Her book Three Nights Before Christmas, A Lesson of Love, will be available for signing and purchase. 25% of book sales help local animal shelters, animal rescue and preservation of animal habitats. There is no fee for this event but registration is required. Call the library at 736-9920 or sign up at the circulation desk.



UpcomingBiddy BasketballSign Ups


Attention Epsom area parents! Biddy Basketball sign ups for grades 3-6 are coming up fast! Saturday 12/14 from 9:00-11:00 AM at Epsom Bible Church, 398 Black Hall Road, Epsom. Epsom Central School students welcome! 


If you come early, wear exercise clothes because we will be practicing in the gym until the end of sign up time. Also, the church is looking for one more Biddy Coach. Must be adult and know the rules of the game. Please share this with your friends from town, as we would love to have a full gym this season.



Adult Fellowship Card Night!


Please join the members of the Epsom Bible Church and the Hope Community Church of Franklin on January 18th at 6:00PM for an evening of fun and fellowship. If you would like, please bring something salty or sweet to munch on. Hot food is OK, but please don’t prepare a meal. Beverages will be provided. 


Snow date is 01/25. Epsom Bible Church is located at 398 Black Hall Road, Epsom, NH. Please call for information or directions, 736-9354.



Letter To The Editor


Re Willie Matras’ Letter (SVS Nov 27, 2013, Pittsfield section), most of the “rugged individualistic, freedom-loving, independent” (New Hampshirites) I know resent the so-called Free Stater plan for taking over New Hampshire politically. The “Free State Project” picked on New Hampshire mostly because they thought they had the means to take over the agenda of its Citizen Legislature. And maybe they do.


Most so-called Free Staters are right wing anarchists. Not liking traffic laws, they would turn narrow NH community roads into raceways with no speed limits. The McGuires  along with former Speaker O’Brien spearheaded “Stand your Ground” legislation; as long as there are no living witnesses, no video, just shoot to kill. Self defense has been common law for centuries, but “stand your ground”? Does that make the average “non-packing” citizen feel safer? Or less safe? I personally feel less safe with current gun zealotry.


So-called Free Staters claim they want less interference from the Federal government, yet the McGuires along with the 2010 right-wing  Legislature passed a law stating that the people of New Hampshire can never operate their own health insurance exchange. So, we are lumped in with thirty-six other states in the Federal Exchange. Excepting for the protections of the Affordable Health Care Act i.e. no lifetime caps, New Hampshirites will still be left with the “overhead” of picking up the emergency room health care tab for 40,000 low income, working people. Not to mention being dependent on the Feds to operate our exchange.


I believe we would be much better off had the State of NH been “allowed” by the McGuires and others to operate our own exchange. Arizona, Kentucky, California, New York, most all the states who are operating their own exchanges are doing very well at the State level.


“Worn out rhetoric”? There is plenty of that, Mr. Matras! It’s a complicated world.


Respectfully, 33 year Epsom resident,

Nancy Heath





I would like to thank all those who donated food, clothes, and volunteered to help serve all the special people who come to the Dinner. It is such a blessing to us and to others who look forward to a good meal and fellowship. We lost count of how many came but we know it was the largest gathering so far. We are looking forward to next year and hope you all will join us!


God bless you all.

George & Karen Reese



Pembroke Academy Winter Wonderland Concert


The Pembroke Academy Music Department will be holding a concert on December 12, 2013 starting at 7pm at the Pembroke Academy Auditorium.


The theme of this year’s concert is Winter Wonderland.  Students have been rehearsing the songs and routines since the beginning of the school year.  The community is invited to attend.  Tickets are five dollars and will be available at the door. 


Along with the entertainment, the Music Association will be holding a raffle and selling refreshments.


Proceeds from the concert help the Music Department purchase needed items and assists students in attending regional music festivals.



Epsom Central School Staff And Faculty

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Ms. Lisa Freeman, Occupational Therapist,

SPED Department


Lisa works for SAU #53 and teaches children ranging in age from three to 21 years about fine and gross motor skills, functional skills, and sensory processing. She also helps children with physical disabilities learn to access the school and playground, improve functional skills into high school, and more readily deal with activities of daily living. Lisa holds an Associate’s Degree in OT from Becker College, an Associate’s Degree in Art from Quinsigamond College, and a Bachelor’s Degree in OT from Worcester State College. She is working in graduate school at PSU on a degree focusing on neuro-developmental approaches to teaching children to the level of their learning abilities. Lisa worked at a charter school in Worcester prior to coming to ECS eight years ago.


Currently, Lisa is teaching small groups of children in her office or individual students in their Kindergarten class about handwriting skills and multi-sensory approaches to learning. She says that not all children arrive in Kindergarten with the knowledge of how to form their letters from memory or properly hold a pencil or sit in a chair. Lisa hopes to get her students on the right track early in their school years to, in her words, “prevent future referrals to special education.” She also consults with teachers about children with sensory and attention issues. Lisa loves watch the reaction of her students when they can successfully form a letter with their eyes closed, tie their shoes, or hold their pencil correctly.


Lisa likes the great sense of community at ECS where everyone pulls together to help a staff / faculty member celebrate an important event or get through a difficult time. She would like parents to understand the importance of early development skills, and supports the idea of an all-day kindergarten. Lisa loves her office, which is warm and has plenty of light, along with the ambience of children chatting in the adjacent cafeteria. She lives in Gilmanton with Lola, a therapy certified Westie.



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On December 4, 2013 Members of the White Mountain Chapter of the Nam Knights of America Motorcycle Club presented a Check for $300.00 to Police Families United Chairperson Alice Bourn at the UNH Police Department. Police Families United is a Non-profit Organization dedicated to strengthening the police family by providing support to the families of law Enforcement Officers in a time of need. The Nam Knights of America Motorcycle Clubs mission is to honor the memory of American Veterans and Police Officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty, to assist Veterans and Police Officers in their time of need and to promote community awareness through sponsorship and participation in various fund raising events. L-R Zeany “Tabasco” Morrison NKMC  Alison Bourne Chairperson Police Families United and  “Iron” Mike Dempsey,President of the White Mountain Chapter NKMC.



Epsom Residents,  Good News


Just a short article to let you know that the Epsom Food Pantry will be open soon. A group of Epsom town folks have banded together and we will have our Pantry in the next few weeks. We, as residents, want to thank the Loudon Food Pantry for helping our residents who have needed assistance to fill the void we have had in our town.


You must continue to obtain your supplies from Loudon until we are ready to open. The office will be in the Old Town Hall on Route 4, below the Epsom Library. The paperwork is done and we are now working on getting the food in the Pantry.


We will advertise opening date in several publications and TV if I can arrange it. For any further information, you may call Priscilla at 219-3025.






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