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Epsom NH News

December 18, 2013

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The Epsom Public Library will show the following Family Movies: Monday, December 23rd at 2 pm. “Turbo” a fun movie about a snail who wants to be in the Indy 500! Monday, December 30th at 6:30 pm “Despicable Me 2.” Both movies are rated PG and popcorn and drinks will be available.



Epsom Central School Staff And Faculty

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Mrs. Robin Donovan, Teacher, Grade 4


While listening to Robin, one comes to appreciate her humor, wisdom, and common sense. Soon after high school, she was married with two children and, after starting work at ECS, decided she liked working with children and went back to school. Robin graduated from Notre Dame College with a BA Ed. She was certified in special education and attended post graduate classes at UNH. Robin has worked at ECS for 22 years, six years as a paraprofessional and 16 years as a teacher.


Robin works on AR night, an accelerated reader program in which parents join their children at school to watch what they’re doing and see the tests they take. She also works on the Spring Carnival and is the co-chairperson with Bobbi Paine for the Michael Briggs Spaghetti Dinner, a tradition for six years. Proceeds of the dinner are awarded to an ECS and PA graduate who plans to work in public service. Robin loves to see her students’ faces when they arrive in the morning and share what they have learned over the previous day. She says that “Starting a day with those conversations melt away all problems.”


Robin loves the small community of ECS. She says that “Most of us view our school as a family and we take care of one another.” Robin recommends that parents sit down to dinner each night with their children and talk about their day, both good and bad. She feels that society has gotten away from family dinner time, which she feels is crucial to a child growing up.


Robin lives in Chichester with her husband, John, to whom she has been married for 39 years. The Donovans have two daughters, Heather Kennedy (of ECS) and a daughter who lives in Vermont. Robin loves to read, travel, visit Disney World on each February vacation with Heather, and cheer on the Red Sox.



Local Snowmobiling And Trails

Submitted By Bruce Blye FMTW Club President


Whether you like it or not…winter is approaching.  I still enjoy the crisp clean winter days and the blanket of snow that covers our State.  “They say” we are going to finally get some good snow so let us hope for the best.  Don’t hate me for wishing for snow…but I and many others in this State are SNOWMOBILERS.  Our NH State economy runs on the snow…plowing, skiing, snowshoeing, mushing, SNOWMOBILING,  and the influx of tourists from our neighboring States to the inns, hotels, cabins & restaurants.


I am part of the FORT MOUNTAIN TRAILWINDERS snowmobile club located in Epsom, NH.  We maintain a network of snowmobile trails from Chichester to Bear Brook State park, the Epsom Town Forest toward Northwood Lake and points north to Pittsfield/Northwood.  THIS ENTIRE TRAIL SYSTEM IS MAINTAINED BY VOLUNTEERS.  We get some funds for bridge construction/maintenance and grooming equipment.  We also get funds for actual time spent grooming the snow to establish and maintain the snow covered trails.  The money available to the snowmobile clubs for grant money for grooming and projects is based solely on snowmobile registrations.  With the lack of snow over the last 2 years the money available to clubs is significantly down…less money for everything.


So why am I writing this article?  For one thing the FORT MOUNTAIN TRAILWINDERS   needs help with trail work.  There have been a core bunch of volunteers 4-6 in number that do most all the grooming and trail maintenance.  40 miles of trail takes a lot of time and this year we have only been able to fix a few bridges.  We have many other non-snowmobile users such as , runners, hikers, snowshoers, X-country skiiers and horses… and the trail system is open year round to NON-MOTORIZED  activities (only sleds no atv).  So why not join our club or make a donation or even help us out with trail work.


Last year the Club received a  40 YEAR plaque from the NH Snowmobile Association .  The club originally started in the early 1970’s.  A lot has changed over the years but it still comes down to the fact that all the NH clubs and trails are run and maintained by volunteers.


We meet on the 1ST Thursday of the Month at 7:00pm at Land Dimensions on RT4.  We all have a great time together….working, social activities, club rides, Christmas Party, etc.  Check out our Web site @ 


So it is time to go out and join a club (hopefully your local club FMTW) register your sled, and find out what you can do to help us out.  You can join our club at the meetings, email us online, or at Bickford’s snowmobile shop.


Thank you for reading and THINK SNOW!    



Emily Hubbard Wins Local Competition In

Lions International Peace Poster Contest

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Emily Hubbard, center, Peace Poster award winner. On Left, Susan Hoag, Peace Poster chairperson, on Right, Judi Gibson, President of the Epsom-Chichester Lions Club   Thank you very much and have a peace filled Holiday Season


Epsom, New Hampshire’s Emily Hubbard of the Epsom Central School took a step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a local competition sponsored by the Epsom-Chichester Lions Club. 


Emily’s poster was among more than 350,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 20th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International sponsors the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.


The poster was chosen by the Epsom-Chichester Lions Clubs based on its originality, artistic merit, and portrayal of the contest theme, “Our World, Our Future”.


Epsom-Chichester Lions Club President, Judith Gibson, said she is impressed by the expression and creativity of the students at the Epsom Central School.  “It is obvious that these young people have strong ideas about what peace means to them.  I’m so proud that we were able to provide them with the opportunity to share their visions.”


Emily’s poster is advancing through Lions District 44 where there is stiff competition


One grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be chosen.   The grand prize is a $2500 award plus a trip for the winner and two family members for a ceremony at the United Nations on Lions Day. 


You may view the winning posters after January 31, 2014 at .  The Epsom-Chichester Lions Club has conducted this contest for many years and encourages other local schools to participate.


If you would like to visit the local Lions Club meeting to learn about all our service projects like the Peace Poster Contest, please call 736-9942 for information. We meet at the Chichester Library the first Thursday of each month at 6:30pm.




Raymond L. Fife


Mr. Raymond L. Fife, 86, a longtime resident of Epsom, died Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the Epsom Health Care Center.


Born in Allenstown on May 30, 1927, Ray was the son of Fred and Ernestine (Montminy) Fife.  He was a 1945 graduate of Pembroke Academy and immediately following graduation joined the US Navy.  He was a veteran of World War II, stationed at several locations in the US.


Mr. Fife worked at Clark’s Grain Store in Chichester and Haggett’s Sporting Goods in Concord.  He was later employed at the Epsom Branch of the Suncook Bank, retiring as bank manager.


He was a member of the Mason’s Corinthian Lodge and was past commander of the Elwood O. Wells American Legion Post #112 of Epsom


He enjoyed watching the Celtics and was an avid baseball fan, coaching for the Epsom Youth Baseball League and cheering for the Red Sox.  He also enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a hunter safety instructor.


He leaves his wife of 63 years, Elsie (Merrill) Fife of Epsom; 3 daughters, Martha Prescott of Albuquerque, NM, Anita Baker of Warner Robins, GA, and Lois Fife of Epsom; a son, Lawrence Fife of Epsom; 5 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; a sister, Mary Gammon of Epsom; and nieces.  He was predeceased by a son, Russell Fife.


Funeral services were at the New Rye Union Congregational Church.  Burial followed in the New Rye Cemetery.


For those who wish memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH Chapter, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA  02472 or to the charity of one’s choice.


Family and friends may sign an on-line guestbook by visiting



Cecile A. Marini


Cecile A. Marini, 79, an Epsom resident for the past 15 years, died unexpectedly on Friday, December 13, 2013, at the Concord Hospital.


Born in Amesbury, MA on March 22, 1934, Cecile was the daughter of Albert and Imelda (Perreault) DeSerres. She lived in Wilmington, MA for many years, serving that community as a police officer. She later worked for Analog Devices as a test technician.


She was active with the Pittsfield Senior Center, Harvey Lake Women’s Club, Northwood Senior Bus Tours and the Red Hats of Allenstown.  She enjoyed traveling the roads of northern New England to sightsee, shop, and dine.  Cecile also liked to express her views and had many letters published in the Concord Monitor opinion pages.


Members of her family include two children and their spouses, Michael Marini and Diana of Northwood, and Nancy Winslow and Robert of Sandown; a brother Norman DeSerres of Danville; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.


Calling hours are Tuesday from 5-8 pm at the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home, 1217 Suncook Valley Hwy in Epsom.  Committal services and burial will take place Wednesday at 11 am in St. Joseph Cemetery in Amesbury, MA.


Family and friends may sign an on-line guestbook by visiting






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