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Epsom NH News

February 13, 2013

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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 activities.


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 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 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 tickets email [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.


Thank you,

Thomas Moroney






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 the town. 


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 that.


I thank you for your support,

Robert Blodgett






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 McGuire opposed.


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

[email protected]




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 Epsom, NH.


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 their families.”


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 in 2013.



Epsom Central School Staff and Faculty

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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.


Nancy Heath




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, click on link to calendar). Participation limited to 20 people, first come first serve.



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,

Gordon Ellis

Town of Epsom



Masons Install Officers For 2013 At Horace Chase Lodge

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From left to right Worshipful Master Joseph Hardy and

his 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 New Hampshire.


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 one! 


For more information on the Lodge or membership, please visit our website at






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