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January 16, 2013

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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 performance audits.


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

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Epsom Central School Staff And Faculty

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Mrs. Lori Bryant, 

Kindergarten Teacher


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.






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