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February 20, 2013

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The Epsom Public Library has the following activities planned for the February school vacation week. 


Monday, Feb. 25th at 2 pm a children’s art class taught by Kerry Harman using clay with a winter theme. The class is limited to 10 children and registration is required. Call the library at 736-9920 for more information about fees and to sign up.


Tuesday, Feb. 26th at 1:30 pm, Story Time and the “Charlie and Lola” movie, “I really need actual ice skates.”  Popcorn and drinks will be provided.


Wednesday, Feb. 27th at 6:30 pm the Family Movie, “Hotel Transylvania” rated PG featuring the voices of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez and Kevin James. Join us for the fun as even monsters need a vacation! Popcorn and drinks provided.


Thursday, Feb. 28th at 3:30 pm, Lego Club and Story Time featuring stories, songs and crafts.



Congratulations to Jessica Hering, daughter of Kathleen and Richard Hering of Epsom for being named to the Dean’s List for the 2012 fall semester at the University of New England. Dean’s List students have attained a grade point average of 3.30 or better out of a possible 4.0 at the end of the semester. 


A 2011 graduate of Pembroke Academy, Jessi is a major in Occupational Therapy with a minor in Psychology. She is also actively involved in intermural sports, Occupational Therapy Club, International Honor Society in Psychology, Key Club and various volunteer opportunities.



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.




Mike Tinsley For Epsom Road Agent


Attention Epsom Residents: I am writing in support of Mike Tinsley as he runs for the position of Road Agent in Epsom. I have been involved in an ongoing conversation with Mike about his interest in the position and am convinced that he has a good grasp of what Epsom needs for a Road Agent. Since throwing his hat into the ring, he has done considerable research as to road construction in general, drainage issues and solutions, specific problems with Epsom’s roads and how best to solve them. He has investigated resources for assisting the Road Agent. He seems to have a good grasp of different options for repairing and maintaining the roads, and understands that catch-basins and drainage ditches fail if they are not regularly cleaned and maintained.


Perhaps most importantly, I see Mike as a team player, able to work with whomever he needs to work with, not afraid to ask for advice and input. I plan to vote for Mike Tinsley for the position of Epsom’s Road agent and ask that you consider doing the same. He’s the right man for the job.


Bruce Graham





To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield:

This week, my committee heard HB654, my bill setting fees in statute and relieving some small boards of maintaining revenues at 125% of their budget. We discussed the fiscal impact of setting the fees to $100 and that these boards have been generating excess funds for years. I pointed out that the fees could be considered in the budget, if some board were to collect too much or too little money.


The hearing on HB473, admitting UNH police into the NH retirement system, ran long over its schedule. This is a very bad idea that has been rejected many times before - the university’s pension system is a defined contribution plan that isn’t as rich as the state defined benefit plan. The University is opposed because it interferes with negotiating benefits for their employees, and also because it costs more. From the police’s point of view, being in the plan is more costly (7% vs a minimum of 2.5%, plus social security). Social Security is also a problem in that recipients of Group II pensions lose much of their Social Security. Retiring at 45 is allowed by both plans, but a UNH pensioner has fewer restrictions on later employment than a Group II pensioner. However, the state employee unions are strongly in favor of getting more people into the retirement system to spread the costs of the unfounded liability over a larger payroll - and incidentally create a larger pool of affected people who will support the system. But adding more people also creates more liabilities, and unless the stock market booms, the taxpayers will have to pay more to cover these pensions when they come due.


Interested readers can email me for my newsletter, with more details than fit here.


Representative Carol McGuire

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Plymouth State University Fall 2012 President’s List


The following students have been named to Plymouth State University’s President’s List. To be named to the President’s List, a student must achieve a grade point average of 3.7 or better for the fall 2012 semester and must have attempted at least 12 credit hours during the semester. These credit hours must be in courses that earn grade points and the student must have completed all such courses attempted.



Adam Gray, Kali Mara



Joshua Ellsworth, Daniel Todd, Molly Todd.



Epsom Central School Staff and Faculty

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Mrs. Lynne Graham, Teacher, 2nd Grade


Lynne, like most of her peers, is reticent about her own accomplishments, which can only be drawn out through patient questioning. Lynne is a veteran teacher, an athlete and coach, a mother of three, the wife of “a good man,” the founder and coordinator of the annual January Mini-Courses, a fan of her teaching teammates, and a ready source of hugs for any child who needs one. She earned a BS in Early Childhood Education from UNH and Certification for Teaching Grades K-3 from Notre Dame College. After teaching one year of pre-school, she started at ECS 25 years ago.


Lynne coached cheerleading for 13 years and has coached girls softball for the last 16 years. After seeing her son find many educational opportunities while in first grade in Chichester, Lynne wondered why this could not be done for everyone at ECS. With support from Admin and the school board, she launched the Mini-Course Program 18 years ago. Students make their selections for the program in November from an eclectic mix of cultural, technical, academic, and athletic offerings provided over three days in January. Typical choices are guitar lessons, rug braiding, ice fishing, and rock climbing, activities which Lynne believes might otherwise never be experienced by the children. She coordinates the skiing/snowboarding sessions, as well as the entire program.


Lynne is in education because she loves children and wants to do her best for every child in the school, through her classroom, Mini-Courses, and coaching. She lived in Epsom as a child and did her high school internship here in 1st grade and the library. She says, “This is my town, and I have the best and strongest team here.” 


Lynne recommends that parents read to their children and have their children read to them every day. Lynne lives in Epsom with Floyd, her husband, and their three children ranging in age from 13 to 25. In her spare time, she enjoys running/operating Tanorama of Concord with Floyd, NASCAR, reading, cooking, coaching and playing softball, and spending time at the lake.





I was told by a long time resident that you always knew when you got to Epsom because the roads disappeared.


When we drive over our roads this winter and we can feel every bump, crack and pot hole, realize that just grinding and paving won’t cut it. Many of Epsom’s roads are old, designed for horse and buggy. As the years went on, cars and trucks began to redefine what was necessary for safe, hazard free travel. Although paving and widening helped, its the things we don’t see that cause the greatest issues.


The issues facing Epsom’s roads are poor drainage, poor roadbed construction, and lack of maintenance.


Without attention to detail, hard work, public input, good management practices, efficiency, and the ability to identify issues early on, we will be facing high repair cost, higher taxes, and depletion of our roads and capital investments. By working twice as hard physically, and twice as efficiently, I plan to stay within a balanced budget, improving customer service, and tackle maintenance issues one by one, immediately! I plan to bring our roads into the 21st century.


Feel free to contact me at [email protected]


Find Mike Tinsley for Epsom’s Roads 2013 on facebook.


Mike Tinsley for Road Agent



Letter To The Editor


Winter is here and as of late we’ve been truly tested. The 30+ inch storm could truly have been much worse if it had been 10 degrees warmer and heavy wet snow. The next 2 inch storm with rain was problematic because doing the same job on different roads or sections of roads gave different results.


Thank all of you who helped move and remove snow from the roads and away from driveways.


Happy to see the days get into the 30s and soon into the 40s, which helps a lot. The maple sap should start running. Looking forward to spring and another productive year for the Highway Department.


Gordon Ellis

Road Agent



Epsom Public Library Hosts Local Artist Exhibit


The Epsom Public Library is pleased to host “Mid-Winter Thaw,” an exhibit featuring the work of Rochester artist Susan Schwake. This mixed-media show evokes a welcome breath of spring in fresh, lighthearted images and delicate pastel hues. 


Susan Schwake’s vision to teach and share art on her own terms has grown into Rochester’s Artstream Studios, which, as well as an art school for which she has designed the curriculum, includes a contemporary gallery and a full media design firm.


She is the author of Art Lab for Kids, a book offering 52 creative adventures in drawing, painting, printmaking, paper and mixed media, all geared to the young artist.


The exhibit runs through March 16, and is available for viewing during regular library hours: Monday – Thursday, 10 am to 7 pm, and Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm.  For more information, call 736-9920 or visit



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American Legion Post 112 of Epsom was honored on February 11, 2013 by the New Hampshire and the National Offices of the American Legion for attaining the goal of 100% renewal of its membership for the year 2013. Receiving the award for Post 112 are from left to right Cliff Simonds, Chaplain, Gerard Leduc, Commander, Harvey Harkness, Membership and Finance Officer and William Zarakotas, Adjutant. Holding the American Flag are members Herve Brien and Maurice Patterson.




Epsom Road Agent - Gordon Ellis


I would like to thank Gordon Ellis and his crew for doing such a wonderful job keeping up with all the snow we recently received. The tireless long hours you and your crew have put in is an example of your care for the roads and our town.


I would also like to thank you for all the hard work and care you have put in over the years to fixing Epsom’s roads. You have saved the town money by utilizing your personal skills and the skills of others to save our town money. Because of your hard work and leadership, Epsom’s roads are getting fixed in a fiscally responsible way.


I ask the town’s residents to continue in this positive direction and re-elect Gordon Ellis as Road Agent.


Thank you.

Joy Sheehan





Michael Benson Cowan 

April 24th 1945 - January 31st 2013


Michael (Mike) Benson Cowan, 67, beloved father, partner, brother, and friend, passed away Thursday, January 31, 2013 at St. Rose Dominican Siena Hospital in Henderson, Nevada. Mike was born on April 24, 1945 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Raymond Paterson and Florence (Steagall) Cowan. Mike grew up in Pennsylvania and New York, where he attended Syracuse University and SUNY Cobelskill, where he graduated with a degree in Landscape Architecture.


After college, Mike moved to New Hampshire, where he lived for 25 years, the majority of these years spent in Epsom. Mike had a richly diverse job history. While living in NH, Mike worked with the State of NH in the Civil Defense Office (later called Emergency Preparedness). During the great Blizzard of ‘78, Mike was on duty in Rye, where he helped coordinate the State’s response to the storm. Mike also taught Defensive Driving and trained EMT personnel. Mike later went on to work at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, where he continued his work with training emergency responders. While in NH, Mike also worked as a Realtor, then at the Seabrook Greyhound Racetrack.


Mike left New Hampshire to follow his lifelong dream of working with trains. He began his train experience   working for Sperry Rail Service as a rail technician. Mike then went on to work at his dream job as a Brakeman and Conductor on the Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, Arizona. He loved to walk around talking to passengers, telling everything there was to know about the train and the surrounding landscape, his excitement contagious in his sparkling eyes. Mike and Merilee have property in Williams next to the mainline of the BNSF railroad where they had hoped to build a B&B for railfans.


Mike later moved to Henderson, Nevada, where he continued living his passion as a volunteer at the Nevada Southern Railway in Boulder City, Nevada. Living near Las Vegas, Mike enjoyed buffets at local casinos and he especially loved the fountains at Bellagio as well as the gardens in the Conservatory there. Mike loved connection with large experiences. His passions included music, especially pipe organs, mighty evergreen forests, oak trees, and animals, who he always felt deserved to have a “forever home.”


A kind, funny, and well-loved man, Mike is survived by his loving daughters Melinda E. Woodard, of Renton, Washington and Meaghan F. Cowan of Madbury, New Hampshire; grandchildren Flora and Harry Woodard, and Honorah and Emery McGlone. Mike is also survived by Merilee Ellsworth formerly of Epsom, his best friend and partner of 15 years; his sisters, Sally Hallock of Mars, PA, Debra Monteverde of Pittsburgh, PA and Pamela Herdman-Bosworth of Allison Park, PA; along with nieces and nephews, and friends from all over the world.


There will be no public memorial service, but you are very welcome to visit and add to his public online memorial site at: Donations may be made in Mike’s name and memory to: Friends of Nevada Southern Railway, 600 Yucca Street, Boulder City, NV 89005.






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