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February 27, 2013

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The Epsom-Chichester Lions Club will conduct “KidSight” Pre-School Eye screenings at the Epsom Library on March 5, 6, and 7.  They will be available during story hour at the Library at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, 10 a.m. on Wednesday, and 2:30 p.m. on Thursday. You do not need to attend story hour. There is no charge. The screenings are for children 6 and under to detect eye problems.



Northeastern University is pleased to recognize those students who distinguish themselves academically during the course of the school year. Epsom  resident Krystara Brassard, a Northeastern University student majoring in Criminal Justice, was recently named to the University’s dean’s list for the fall semester, which ended in December 2012.



A Turkey Dinner, sponsored by the American Legion Post 112, Short Falls Road, Epsom, NH, will be Saturday, March 2, 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.



Michael Briggs 

Spaghetti Dinner


The staff at E.C.S. will be hosting the 7th annual Michael Briggs Spaghetti Dinner to raise additional money for an award to be given to an eighth grade student in remembrance of Officer Michael Briggs.  This dinner will take place in the Epsom Central School cafeteria on Tuesday, March 12th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The cost is $5.00 per adult and $3.00 for a child. Tickets may be purchased in advance or the night of the dinner. This year we will continue with the option of a “take-out” meal. We appreciate your support.  Any questions please call Robin Donovan or Bobby Paine at 736-9331.





It seems that the ½ inch stone application on the roads this winter isn’t so popular in town. I think that it is good on gravel roads to add some coarse traction after a storm and to give a good bite when the surface freezes over. But it seems that the pea-stone treatment is being used on all surfaces, even paved. Not only will the stones add wear to the roads and shorten their lifespan, but now we have little rocks flying around blasting the undersides of vehicles, windshields, paint jobs, and not to mention driving on these stones can reduce traction on paved roads during normal conditions. I have swept many tons of sand in the spring, and it isn’t the most enjoyable job, but reconsideration needs to be discussed. I propose no stones on paved surfaces, a mixture of stones and sand on gravel roads. This topic has been discussed with the BOS.


Different weather conditions will dictate how and when ice and snow is treated. There are many options for keeping roads clean and safe. Calibrating sanders will help reduce chlorides in the watershed and reduce salt consumption. Cutting the salt with calcium chloride will help melt ice in low frigid conditions. I plan to stay flexible and modify treatments as needed during winter storms, not create one blanket policy and expect everything to be perfect.


Meet the Candidates is March 3, 2 pm at the Library.


Contact me at [email protected].


Mike Tinsley






To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield:

This week, the House voted to make the white potato the state vegetable. HB535, sparked by a class of Derry fourth graders, had no real debate and passed 276-75, with only a few broccoli lovers such as myself voting against. It seems to me that New Hampshire has plenty of symbols already and the fourth graders can do some civics project that doesn’t involve finding a new state symbol.


More importantly, we voted 188-151 to pass HB370, which repeals the educational opportunity scholarship program that just went into effect January 1. This program offers a very tightly crafted combination of business tax credits for donations to a charitable scholarship organization, which would give scholarships averaging $2500 to income eligible families. The state would save the education adequacy aid, if the child went to a non-public school, and in fact it was estimated that this repeal would cost the state over $200K the first year – and local school districts over $300K! Despite the fact that this program saves money, the Democrat majority was more concerned with the loss of a tiny amount of funding for schools (offset by having fewer students) than with allowing educational options for any children whose parents need help with tuition or transportation. It was very close to a party line vote, with only five Democrats opposed and seven Republicans in favor of the repeal.


On a more cheerful note, HB325, paying state employees up to 10% of the first year’s savings for cost saving suggestions, was passed despite my committee having recommended to kill it. I was one speaker in favor, and the bill was not killed on a 179-179 tie. HB325 then passed, 199-162.


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


Representative Carol McGuire

[email protected]




Epsom Public Library News


The award-winning film ARGO will be shown at the library on Friday, March 1, at 7:00 p.m. as part of the Adult Programming.  Ben Affleck, the winner of the Golden Globe’s best director award, stars in this tense dramatic movie concerning the rescue of six Americans who were temporarily housed in the Canadian embassy in Iran after Iranian fanatics violently overtook the US Embassy.  Affleck plays CIA operative Tony Mendez. Soft drinks and popcorn will be provided.




Write-In Scott Elliott For Epsom Road Agent   


I would like to remind Epsom residents that I am running as a Write-In candidate for Epsom Road Agent. I have worked for the Epsom Highway Department for 4 years. I have extensive knowledge of our roads and know what needs to be done. 


I have plans on updating our department to make our work more efficient. I plan on installing computer programs designed for highway departments. This will help in keeping a balanced budget. This will help in documenting work done and what needs to be done. I have plans on making our winter storm plowing more efficient. I will be able to make our roads safer, faster during winter storms so we can get our kids to school and ourselves to work.  By making winter road maintenance more efficient, I will be able to spend more money on road maintenance during the summer months. My plans include more hands on work verses sub-contracting work out. This will allow us to get more work done for our tax dollars. With my 29 years of experience building and maintaining roads I have the knowledge and drive to make our roads better. 


Please Write-In Scott Elliott For Road Agent  Please don’t forget to check the box.



Scott Elliott




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Epsom Girl Scout Troop 22406 members interview a community member panel as part of their aMuse Journey in which the girls are learning about various roles that women play. The panel members were Dr. Fiona Reeve, Ms. Jane Virgin, Ms. Erin (Tigger) Balcom, Ms. Kira Hageman and Ms. Jane Fargo.


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Epsom Girls Scouts are exploring different roles as part of the aMuse Journey program and invited women from the community as their guests to discuss their various roles. Keely Smith, Brianna Virgin and Mary Nericcio prepare snacks for their guest.


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Epsom Girl Scouts Brianna Virgin, Grace Parker, Keely Smith, Iris Hall,  Katie Muise, Samantha Muise, Mary Nerrico, Molly Fellows and Annalise Bellorado pose during a visit to Strawberry Banke in Portsmouth. The girls learned about what life was like for girls who lived in Portsmouth in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.





A meeting of Epsom Democrats was held at the home of Ken and Carole Brown Friday, February 15th. Epsom’s NH Democratic State Caucus was formed for this year’s convention. Officers elected: Chair Harvey Harkness, Secretary Nancy Heath, Treasurer Nancy Claris, Delegate at Large Charlie Yeaton. State Representative Mary Frambach will also attend convention.


Nancy Heath






Attention: Epsom residents! It has just come to my attention that Joni Kitson is running for a seat on Epsom’s Select Board as a Write-In candidate. Joni has served as Selectman in Epsom in the past and during that time, I was impressed by her ethics, her willingness to make unpopular decisions and her ability to rise above her own interests. 


Joni is able to contribute to the Select Board in positive ways, as has been proven by her past service. Please consider writing in Joni Kitson for Selectman.


Thank you,

Bruce Graham



Letter To The Editor

Please support the Epsom teachers contract March 12


To the Editor:

After two years of contract limbo and no salary increases, the teachers of Epsom Central School and the Epsom School District have reached an agreement that is both fair to the teachers and respectful of the town’s taxpayers.


Now, it’s time for Epsom residents to agree as well, and they can do so with their vote on March 12.


To their credit, from the beginning of negotiations, the teachers resisted the understandable temptation to leapfrog back to where they would have been financially had there been even modest raises for the prior two years (there were none), landing on a contract that offers what I would call moderate salary increases, at just under 3 percent per year, and a health insurance plan that requires a slightly higher contribution from our teachers than before.


Ultimately, we have a contract that was unanimously recommended by the Budget Committee, which a year ago had voted not to recommend a proposal which then failed at the polls.


So often, the debate around whether or not to support a contract centers on cost, which is appropriate in these challenging economic times. But equally appropriate is to address the subject of value, and here in Epsom we have an incredibly valuable asset in teachers who are as caring and nurturing as they are successful. That success is demonstrated not only by consistently excellent student test scores in relation to other New Hampshire schools, but by Epsom students who typically enter their high school years – a majority of them at Pembroke Academy – well prepared for the vigorous academic world of the high school student.


Epsom voters, please visit the polls on March 12 and vote yes on school district warrant Article 2. Doing so will demonstrate the well-earned support of our teachers, our students, our community.  


Dave Cummings


(The writer is Chairman of the Epsom School Board.)





To the Residents of Epsom:

As you prepare your vote for March 12th, please be discerning in your decisions and use caution when casting your final vote. Many years ago I ran for Selectman because I felt there were injustices being served in our town. People are people. That presents the risk of human nature and its questionable motives to take hold within town government.


Check carefully the qualifications of those who ask your vote and contact them to find out where they stand on issues concerning our town. But more importantly, research the history of those in positions they may have held in town previously. Some candidates for various offices have been on Budget Committee, Board of Selectman, and others, and it is your responsibility to find out what they accomplished, or not, in their prior positions.


In any case, please register and vote. Not voting for what you believe in is a vote against it in every case. Thank you.


Joanne Randall





Joni Kitson for Selectman


My name is Joni Kitson and I am running as a write-in candidate for selectman in the town of Epsom .  I previously served as selectman in Epsom from 2003 to 2008, in those 5 years I was present for every meeting, attended seminars, workshops, trainings and made myself accessible to the residents of Epsom.   I am ready and willing to make the commitment to once again represent the residents of Epsom.  My only agenda upon entering this race is to be fully available to listen to the concerns of our residents and to work with the other selectmen to do what is best for the town and its people.


In 2012 there was a warrant article on the ballot requesting that the town offices be moved to the Meetinghouse located by the new library.  The majority of voters were in favor of this warrant article.  As many of you know, in 2007 through grants and volunteers the Meetinghouse was moved to its present location.  Until recently it was thought that because of the grants any changes to the building were very limited.  After meeting with a Historic Resource Specialist through LCHIP it was learned that changes were less restrictive and more of the building could be utilized, meaning that it might be feasible to locate the town offices somewhere within the building.  I feel that as a result of the 2012 vote the Meetinghouse should be the first and foremost option for town offices.  If there are legitimate reasons, not excuses, as to why this building can not be used for town offices I will be sure to bring that information to the residents.


Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments,


603 848-8150

[email protected]

Joni Kitson

Please, exercise your right to vote.






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