Find Hope With Al-Anon Family Groups
Has your life been affected by the drinking of a friend or family
member? You are not alone. New Hampshire Al-Anon and Alateen can
help. The Epsom Al-Anon Family Group invites you to the 5th
Anniversary Open House. Join us on Friday, January 25, 2013 from
6:00 until 8:00 pm at the Epsom Public Library meeting room. There
will be light refreshments, reading materials will be available, and
speakers from Al-Anon and AA will share their stories.
Al-Anon Family Group meetings are held throughout NH. The Epsom
meeting is on Thursdays at 7:15 pm at the Epsom Public Library. All
those affected by the disease of Alcoholism are invited to join in
this anonymous program.
For more information about Al-Anon and Alateen, visit
the NH web site at
To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield:
This week the House is getting settled into its new organization.
Committees are being briefed on their subject matter: Dan (on
Finance) is getting lots of economic data, while my committee is
learning about the state pension system, professional licensing, and
I’m also on the Republican Policy Committee, trying to decide which
bills are of such importance that we will wish to take a position on
them, either for or against. Since only a few bills have been
released yet, we’re reading the titles and looking at the sponsors
and trying to determine what a particular bill would actually do.
It’s a good thing I like puzzles...
Tonight I heard a presentation on the new educational opportunity
scholarship program. Since the law took effect January 1, over
$100,000 in scholarship funds have been donated by New Hampshire
businesses, with several times as much still in process. Almost one
hundred sets of parents have applied for scholarships for their
children, with 60% being lower income families. This is great!
I was rather surprised to hear that most parents wanted to use the
scholarships to let their children attend a different public school
than the one assigned, one that was a better fit for the particular
child. Some schools are competing for new students, since enrollment
is falling across the state. For example, Londonderry is glad to
accept new (paying) students, and Haverhill middle schools are
planning to add languages to attract more students from the
surrounding towns. Other parents wanted to send their children to a
private school, but couldn’t quite manage to pay the tuition even
after a scholarship from the school.
Interested readers can email me for my newsletter, with more details
than fit here.
Representative Carol McGuire
Epsom Central School Staff And Faculty
Mrs. Lori Bryant,
Lori is starting her 24th year in teaching. She received a BA in
Elementary Education from New England College and a Masters degree
in Language and Learning Disabilities from Notre Dame College.
Before coming to ECS, she worked in Boston for a year in pre-K, and
in Concord for four years in Kindergarten. Lori came to ECS when
Kindergarten was first offered here.
Lori loves children and says that they really enjoy school at this
age because, to them, everything is new, fun and exciting. Since the
children need to move around a lot, she does hands-on activities
with them, including singing, dancing, and exercising. She really
enjoys the sense of community in Epsom and calls Epsom “a great town
where many parents are active in the school community.”
Lori would encourage parents to praise their kids regardless of
their level of performance. She says that parents should enjoy their
children and have fun with them, and encourage each one to do their
best. “School should be a fun place.” Lori says that the staff here
is great and the administration very supportive.
Lori lives in Concord with her husband, Jamie, and their two
children, daughter Amanda 16 and son Adam 13. Lori loves to cook,
read, and teach fitness classes.