A Turkey Dinner, sponsored by the American Legion Post 112, Short
Falls Road, Epsom, NH, will be Saturday, February 23, 2013, 4:30 pm
to 6:30 pm.
Donations:$9.00 Adults, $4.00 children 6-12, under 6 free.
Turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing, garden salad, carrots,
green beans, onions, cranberry sauce, rolls, homemade desserts, and
beverages will be served.
Door prizes and 50/50 raffle. Proceeds to benefit Post 112 community
Call Harvey at 736-4926 and/or Jane at 435-8770 for information.
Snow date is March 2, 2013 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm.
Pembroke Junior Spartans have scheduled their first
official sign up date for the 2013 football and cheerleading season
on March 3, 2013 at the Pembroke Town Library from 10:00 a.m. to
noon for all kids from Chichester, Epsom, Allenstown, Pembroke and
Hooksett. Grades 5 through 8 are eligible to participate.
Registration will be ongoing. Further registration dates and times
will be scheduled. For more information or to print a registration
form, please go to
www.pfof.org or contact
Lisa Wiggin at (603) 219-3179.
EYAA Baseball/Softball Registration
Registrations have begun for tee ball, baseball, and softball for
all children ages 4-12. Boys Babe Ruth for ages 13-15 is also open
for registration. Visit eyaasports.net more information and forms or
attend one of the registration sessions Feb. 20th, 5:30-6:30 pm at
the Epsom library or Feb. 23rd, 10-11 am in the ECS gym lobby where
you can meet Fungo from the NH Fisher Cats! All registrations are
due March 1.
Ryan Wessels, a resident of Epsom and a junior Health Sciences
major, was named to the Dean’s List in Ithaca College’s School of
Health Sciences and Human Performance for the fall 2012 semester.
The Epsom Youth Athletic Association announces:
Spring Fling Fundraiser with DJ Minasalli, Saturday, March 9, 2013,
7 pm - 12:00 pm.
Bring an appetizer.
Elks Lodge, Epsom, NH. (Must be 21 years or older to attend)
Tickets on sale now! For more information and to buy
[email protected] or
496-1274 ask for Jenn
All proceeds benefit the Epsom Youth Athletic Association!
Re-Elect Gordon Ellis Epsom Road Agent
Over the last ten years we have seen significant progress on our
town roads. New bridges have been completed on Center Hill, North,
New Orchard and other area roads. Improved and new drainage projects
have taken place on Sanborn Hill, Center Hill and Chestnut Pond
roads. New pavement has been added all over town including Jug City
and Wing roads, Drolet Lane, New Rye and Oak Ridge. Perhaps not as
visually evident but very important are the hundreds of culverts
replaced (likely some in your area) diverting damaging water from
our roadways and properties.
All of this action, not rhetoric, has taken place under the
direction and fiscally responsible leadership of Gordon Ellis.
Please be sure to vote for him once again.
Residents of Epsom:
Well, it’s that time again to vote for the Epsom Selectman of your
choice. I have served the community for the last five (5) years. I
have worked long and hard in making the decisions that I have made
in those five years - decisions that I thought to be beneficial to
You had faith in me to re-elect me in the past and I’m asking you to
vote for me again. I will continue to work for you with common sense
and compassion. We have a wonderful town and I would like to see it
grow in a positive manner. Please vote for me again so I can do just
I thank you for your support,
To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield:
This week, the House voted to increase taxes on fuel oil by 25%.
Fortunately, it’s a low tax – going from 1¢ to 1.25¢ per gallon –
but it will take about $500,000 from the pockets of New Hampshire
families and businesses every year, if it gets through the Senate
and the Governor. To make things worse, it’s going into a dedicated
fund for oil tank cleanup that has been over-funded for years! HB185
passed 186-165, with Reps Frambach and Turcotte in favor, both Reps
HB136, which would raise the allowable stipend for the county
delegation (all the state reps in the county) from $25 to $50/day,
was debated after the committee had voted unanimously to recommend
its passing. No matter how difficult some counties find collecting
their delegation in a meeting, and how optional the increased
payments are, it seems wrong to vote ourselves a 100% pay raise. The
bill failed, 116-228, and was killed by acclamation. From this
district, only Representative Turcotte voted in favor.
CACR1, requiring a 3/5 vote to pass a new tax or fee was debated
between those who wanted to “keep their options open” and those who
felt new taxes deserved more than a 51% majority in a legislature
that has swung wildly after the last 5 elections, changing party
composition by up to 120 seats. This constitutional amendment would
require a 3/5 vote in the House and Senate, plus a 2/3 vote of the
people to pass, but actually got a 266-149 vote to kill it. Dan and
I supported the amendment, Reps Frambach and Turcotte opposed it.
Interested readers can email me for my newsletter, with more details
than fit here.
Representative Carol McGuire
Local Restaurant Wins McDonald’s Coveted
“Give A Hand” Fundraising Award
Through the annual “Give A Hand” in-restaurant fundraiser, locally
based McDonald’s restaurants recently sought to raise funds to
benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Eastern New
England which focus on children’s health and wellness. The location
that rose to the top and raised the most money was the restaurant in
Over the past few months, the Epsom community was invited to
purchase a paper “Give A Hand” for $1.00. The Epsom restaurant has
participated in this fundraiser for the past four years, and this
year surpassed their goal by raising over $4,000. One hundred
percent of the proceeds from the fundraiser were donated to the
local chapters of RMHC.
The Epsom restaurant employees achieved this feat by thoroughly
immersing themselves in the in-store fundraising as well as putting
in place a successful outreach strategy. Since Epsom is such a tight
knit community, they worked with many small businesses in order to
reach their goal. They also offered customers who donated the
opportunity to enter a raffle to win a golf outing, hotel getaway
and a variety of gift cards.
“We are thrilled to have teamed up with our local community to
provide vital funding for local Ronald McDonald House Charities,”
said Emile Haddad, the owner/operator of McDonald’s Epsom, NH
branch. “We encouraged our customers to ‘Give A Hand’ as each dollar
makes a tremendous difference in the lives of local children and
The Epsom McDonald’s would like to thank all the members of the
local community who donated to this very important cause. Their
commitment to local charitable programs in Eastern New England
remains a top priority and they look forward to breaking new goals
Epsom Central School Staff and Faculty
Mrs. Melissa Smithurst, Integrated Studies
A visitor walking into the ECS computer lab encounters a pleasant,
soft-spoken woman, beneath whose calm exterior lies a passion for
teaching children about health and computers. Melissa always uses
computers to teach children in grades K-8 about a wide variety of
health matters. Following state and federal guidelines regarding
decision making, accessing information, self management,
interpersonal communications, and other concepts, Melissa helps
children to learn about and take care of themselves. She works with
the school nurse and PE teacher to teach children about social,
physical, mental, and emotional well being, and specific topics
including drugs and alcohol, fitness testing, nutrition, limiting
the spread of germs, human growth and development, bullying
prevention, internet safety, and the use of seat belts and helmets.
Along the way, Melissa’s students learn how to use OpenOffice to
create documents, spread sheets, and presentations. One project both
she and her students enjoy is podcasting, in which the children
think of a story or current event, create an audio recording, work
with Windows Movie Maker to add pictures and music, and place the
final product on a blog.
Melissa got her BS in Health Education from UMass Lowell and is
close to earning her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education at the
same school. She worked as a teaching assistant in Methuen for a
year before coming to ECS as a substitute, and is now in her third
year as a full time teacher. She says, “I could not have landed a
better first job in my career. I fell into this position and I love
everything about it. Every day there is something new to discuss
with the children, and I know I’m making a difference. It’s not work
here, it’s a second home. Everyone here is like a family and they
really care about the children and one another.”
Melissa lives in Sandown with Daniel, her husband of five years, and
Jordan, her 12 year old stepson. In her spare time, she enjoys
“anything outside” hiking, skiing, swimming, boating, or kayaking.
With only a couple weeks left before “sequestration,” Speaker of the
House John Boehner is bombastically digging in his heels:
(paraphrased) “spending cuts, no new revenues.” This, after $1.7
trillion in spending cuts last year; deficit on the decrease three
years in a row; $737 billion “old” revenue returning to US Treasury
cash flow this year. (Psst! I think Boehner, Paul Ryan and Senate
Minority Leader Mitch McConnel still want to steal our Social
Security.) No, no, no.
I have a better resolution. If the White House and Congress have not
come to a “balanced approach” to budget resolution by February 22, I
suggest they pass a law dumping present tax code immediately
replacing it with 1986 tax code.
Kalily Studio To Hold Toy Swap
Bring up to 10 of your child’s outgrown toys in good usable
condition (or better) to Kalily Studio on February 13th between 6
and 6:30 pm for set up and viewing, swapping starts at 6:30 and
continues to 8 pm. For this event, bring the toys but not your
children please; adults only.
You’ll get a ticket for each toy you bring. There will be 10 rounds
for choosing one toy to take home. Swap one toy for each ticket. It
will be a bit of a free for all, but should be a lot of fun.
Free registration if you unscramble and PM or email
me the 5 words hidden in our calendar on our Facebook page. (Mobile
users may want to access through our website for easier viewing at
on link to calendar). Participation limited to 20 people, first come
Letter To The Editor
Regarding Goboro Road, we have purchased the drainage (culvert) pipe
and will be installing them along with catch basins and under drains
this year. The reason we didn’t get started last year is we had
three projects, FEMA 75% - Town 25%, we needed to complete or else
we would lose the funding. The other reason is we were trying to get
FEMA funds for Goboro Road, but weren’t able to meet all of their
requirements, but you still have to take the time and effort and do
the proper foot work and paperwork to find out. That section by
Buddy Palmer will need more than under drain and closed drainage.
Regarding River Road, we will be doing two projects; one a small
bridge by Yeaton’s pit, which is a FEMA 75% - Town 25% project. The
other project is the under drains, culverts and ditching from Short
Falls Road to Eric Orffs’.
Culvert pipe has been purchased for Goboro and River Roads for
drainage projects in 2013.
Your Road Agent,
Town of Epsom
Masons Install Officers For 2013 At Horace Chase Lodge
From left to right Worshipful Master Joseph Hardy and
Brother-Brother District Deputy Grand Lecturer David A. Hardy
At the first annual meeting of the year, Masons at Horace Chase
Lodge #72 in Penacook held elections to select their officers for
the coming year. Elected to lead the Lodge for the coming year was
Joseph Hardy, as Worshipful Master, his Senior Warden is Jason
Valley, and the Junior Warden is Michael Drotar. Elected to the
position of Treasurer were Worshipful Brother Peter Crouch, and
Secretary James Triacca. The Master also appoints a number of
brothers to help him perform his duties. Wilmer Nemechick was
appointed Chaplain, Right Worshipful Brother Karl Olson is Marshall,
Brothers, Glenn Patterson, and Craig Willis, were appointed Senior
and, Junior Deacons. Brother John Moore, and Rodney Sewall were
appointed as Senior and Junior Stewards, and Brother Scott Ives was
appointed Tyler of the Lodge. Brother Senior Deacon Glenn Patterson
was also elected as the Lodge Representative to the Grand Lodge of
The officers were installed in their positions at a semi-public
ceremony, with family and friends in attendance, at the Lodge in
Penacook, on January 27th. Joseph Hardy, Worshipful Master of the
Lodge, said of the event, “This is a great honor, and an important
responsibility. Every Brother elected, or appointed to a position,
has earned the faith and trust of his Brother Masons.”
The event was special for another reason. The officer who presided
over the installation of officers was none other than David Hardy,
older brother, of the new Worshipful Master of Horace Chase Lodge.
“It is a special treat to be installing my younger brother as Master
of the Lodge,” said the elder Hardy. Both men refer to each other as
“Brother – Brother” and both are well known for their hard work and
cheerful sense of humor!
The other members of the installing officer’s suite were Worshipful
Brother Sumner Goldman as Marshall, Right Worshipful Brother Mark
Roth as Chaplain, and Worshipful Brother Kenneth Clay as Secretary.
Most Worshipful Brother Damon, Past Grand Master of the State of
Maine and also a member of Horace Chase, assisted in the
installation! A light lunch was served after the ceremony!
Horace Chase Lodge #72 F. & A. M., located in Penacook, meets on the
third Thursday of each month (except in July and August) at the
Masonic Temple in Penacook. Worshipful Master Joseph Hardy reminds
all who have an interest in joining the fraternity… To be one, ask
For more information on the Lodge or membership,
please visit our website at