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Epsom NH News

March 13, 2013

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Ivy Green Rebekah Lodge #36 is hosting a Scrap Book Event on Saturday, March 16th from 1-8 pm at the Epsom Public Library. The fee includes snacks, drinks and dinner. To register or for more information call Vickie at 736-4707.



A Traditional St. Patrick’s Day Supper, sponsored by the American Legion Post 112, Short Falls Road, Epsom, NH, will be Saturday, March 16, 2013, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. (Snow Date is Sunday, March 17, 2013)


Donations: $9.00 Adults, $4.00 children 6-12, under 6 free.


Corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, beets, carrots, turnip, onions, rolls, homemade desserts, and beverages will be served.


Door prizes and 50/50 raffle. Proceeds to benefit Post 112 community activities. For information call Harvey at 736-4926 and/or Jane at 435-8770.



On Friday, April 5 at 6:30 pm, the Epsom Friends of the Library are hosting their First Monopoly Tournament! Players must be at least 12 years old and ready to compete! The tournament will be held at the Epsom Library and refreshments will be provided. Please sign up by calling Epsom Public Library or emailing [email protected].





In the February 6, 2013 edition of the Sun the article about Kathleen Conway at Epsom Central School said she “had managed the drama clubs.” Currently, Ms. Holly L. Sargent manages the ESC drama club and has for the past six years.



Epsom Public Library News 

An Evening Of Country Music


On Friday, March 15, award-winning musician and recording artist, Tim Kierstead, will perform at the library at 7:30 p.m. as a part of the library’s Adult Programming. As a member of a band, Tim has opened for such country singers as Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Wynona Judd, Trace Adkins, Eric Church, and more.  He will be performing a mix of his own materials as well as “personally chosen covers.” There is no charge; however, donations are welcome to benefit the MS Foundation. Refreshments will be served.


Book Club

The Book Club will meet on Wednesday, March 20, 7 p.m. to discuss Carol Rifka Brunt’s Tell The Wolves I’m Home. According to the blurb on the book’s cover, it is “a moving story of love, grief, and renewal as two lonely people become the unlikeliest of friends and find that sometimes you don’t know you’ve lost someone until you’ve found them.” Set in 1987, the novel is told in the first-person voice of 14 year old June Elbus who feels that no one in the world understands her as much as her Uncle Finn, an artist. He is her godfather, confidant, and best friend, but he is dying. His death, however, brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life, “someone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart.” 

Anyone wishing to join in the discussion is invited to stop by the library and pick up a copy of the book.


VNA Program

The Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will present “Now We’re Talking: Honest Discussions with Your Healthcare Team: on Thursday, March 21, at 10:30 a.m. Effective communication is one of the keys in receiving good health care, and at times communicating with your team of providers can be a challenge.  Learn practical strategies to strengthen your ability to share information with your physician while building a good patient-doctor partnership.





So far the only on duty working  (24 hour) department that one can rely on is the Epsom Fire Dept., something our road crews will be thinking about as soon as the frost is gone.


These examples in no way are intended to detract from the Epsom Police Dept., which in part is keeping records of those operators (truck and auto) who continue to use Goboro Road as a short cut, being a major reason for wear and tear. Talk about beating around the bush. 


I was scheduled for surgery on Feb. 26, at 6:30 am at Concord Hospital. The snow plows managed to keep the roads from snow build up on the road especially at the end of my driveway, #244.  As I hastily drove down the drive (should have doubled the exit speed) I came to a sudden stop on top of two feet of well packed immoveable snow. At this point I began to awake enough so as to realize I wasn’t going anywhere and perhaps I should cancel the 6:30 am scheduled surgery. My wife suggested she should call the Fire Dept., which took all of three minutes for their arrival.  Physical exertion by the two firefighters pushed my car out of the snow bank and into the road. I was then able to be on my way and arrive at the hospital with time to spare.


This is not the end of my story. Upon arriving home at 12:20 pm, I witnessed something I had never seen before. My driveway was totally absent of snow.


Thank you, Matt and Rick!

Jim Breagy





Epsom Central School would appreciate your assistance in informing parents of children, who will be turning five (or six) before September 30, 2013 of our upcoming kindergarten and first grade screenings.  These literacy screenings would apply to children that are entering Epsom Central School for the first time.


The registration/screenings for the 2013-2014 incoming kindergarten students will be held Tuesday, April 2nd, Wednesday, April 3rd, and Thursday April 4th, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., as well as extended hours on Wednesday, April 3rd from 4:00-5:30 p.m. If your child will be an incoming first grader, literacy screenings will be held on Wednesday, April 3rd, from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Please call the main office at 736-9331 to schedule your child’s 45 minute block for either of these screenings.  Please remember to bring a copy of your child’s immunization record, birth certificate, most recent physical exam, and two proofs of residency, including a purchase/sales or rental agreement.



Patrick Connors




Loudon Food Pantry Partakes In The Feinstein Challenge To Fight Hunger

See What You Can Do To Help!


Each year, Alan Shawn Feinstein divides $1 million amongst participating hunger agencies like the Loudon Food Pantry in order to inspire the public to donate during the months where we run dangerously low on funds and some foods.


To be a part of this effort, donate food or funds between March 1st and April 30th and note that it’s for the Feinstein Challenge.  Without noting your donation, it can not be included in this challenge.  


The following is a listing by year of the funds collected and the food collected:


2010,$1,120,$1,331; 2011, $2,256.88, $1,962.70; 2012, $4,488.06, $1,339.27.


Mr. Feinstein’s challenge has helped to bring in donations that we would not normally receive during the slow months of March and April.


In 2012 our goal was exceeded by $827.33.  Please help us surpass this year’s goal of $6,000.


Donations can be dropped off or mailed to:  

Loudon Food Pantry, 30 Chichester Rd., Unit D, Loudon, NH 03307 (Please make checks out to Loudon Food Pantry) or made through our website at  A separate donate button for the Feinstein Challenge will be available from March 1st through April 30th.


We have collection bins at the following locations. Any donations in these bins will be counted towards the Feinstein Challenge. Any food collection bins will be counted towards the Challenge as well.


• Loudon Post Office, Loudon – collects food and funds

• The Hungry Buffalo, Loudon – collects food and funds

• Beanstalk, Loudon – collects funds

• Red Roof Inn, Loudon – collects food and funds

• Care Pharmacy, Epsom – collects funds


Check out our website at to see our progress for this challenge. It will be updated daily during March and April.


Please help us to top last year’s collections for this challenge.  Remember, even small donations can add up quickly so please give whatever you can afford.



Gift Of Lights Donation


This year we received 12,172.91 pounds of food from Gift of Lights. This food will help us keep our shelves stocked during our slower donation times.  Thank you for your help!


Everyone, thank you very much for your continued support!


Sarah, Sue and Bill





To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield:

This week, the House voted 207-163 to increase the gas tax 83%, from 18 cents per gallon to 33 cents. An amendment to put 100% of the gas tax towards roads, instead of less than 70%, was soundly defeated, 120-251, with the opponents insisting that the state police, courts, etc, needed to be funded from the gas tax and not any other form of revenue. Of course, the highway fund is constitutionally protected, so only road-related expenses need apply: the state police don’t have to compete with mental health, the university system, environmental protection, or any other general fund appropriations. As expected, these votes were mostly party line, with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed.


The other lengthy debate came on HB316, regulating a new method of disposing of human remains. The bill instituted some safeguards on this method (alkaline hydrolysis), but lifted the total ban. The details – described at length by the opponents – are fairly disgusting, but so are the details of what happens in a grave. The bill passed, 257-113, and will be coming to my committee so I’ll learn a lot more than I want to about the process!


Finally, we heard the Ways and Means Committee’s revenue estimates for the next two years. Based only on current law, they don’t include any gambling revenue, but other than that they are just slightly below the Governor’s estimates (which are the starting point for the budget). Based on them, Finance will have to find about $100 million in cuts or new revenue to balance the budget - and I’ll bet on new taxes this year.


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


Representative Carol McGuire

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