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Epsom NH News

April 10, 2013

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The Epsom Central School PTO will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from April 9 - 12. The book fair is open during school hours Tuesday through Friday, as well as from 5-7 pm on Wednesday, April 10. For more information or if you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Diane Proulx at 738-2037 or [email protected].



Central NH Regional Planning Commission’s Regional Community Conversation, April 16


The Central NH Regional Planning Commission (CNHRPC) is co-hosting a Regional Community Conversation with the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Cooperative Extension and NH Listens on Tuesday, April 16 at the Pembroke Academy Cafeteria, 209 Academy Road in Pembroke from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.  Please register online at or by calling NH Listens at 603-862-0692.


Be a part of a thoughtful and informative Regional Community Conversation about the future of our communities, our region, and our state.


All perspectives are welcome. Child care is available. Refreshments and registration begin at 6:00 PM. To learn more, visit, CNHRPC on Facebook or  For more information, please contact Michael Tardiff, CNHRPC Executive Director or Stephanie Alexander, CNHRPC Senior Planner, at 226-6020.





To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,

This week, the House passed our version of the budget, which was balanced only by raising taxes and fees, downshifting costs to the counties, raiding dedicated funds, and more accounting chicanery. It increases state spending by more than 10%.


The budget includes the increased gas tax, as voted on by the House last week, but still spends less of the highway fund on actual road maintenance and construction than state laws require (since we make the laws, we can suspend them, and the budget at least acknowledges this by explicitly suspending the limit).


It also includes an increased tobacco tax: the 10 cent/pack cut that expires in July, the 10 cent increase the House voted on, plus another ten cents. The marriage license fee goes up $5, ostensibly to combat domestic violence, but so much of it is due to unmarried couples that the marriage license doesn’t seem the best place to raise these funds!


The budget also caps the counties’ payment for long term care (mostly in the nursing home) at $11 million less for the biennium than the current budget, which will have to be made up by property taxpayers. An amendment to restore these funds was defeated, 171-195, with Dan and I for the repeal, Representatives Mary Frambach and Alan Turcotte against.


The raid on dedicated funds was truly egregious: instead of saying, for example, “transfer $1 million from the motorcycle training fund”, this budget allows the governor to “sweep” any amount from any dedicated fund. Amendments against this provision were the closest votes of the day: 181-186 to simply delete it, and 185-186 to exempt a dozen of the 200+ dedicated funds. Again, Dan and I were for the amendments, Mary Frambach and Alan Turcotte against


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


Representative Carol McGuire

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Epsom Central School Staff And Faculty

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Mr. Ross Mondello, Teacher, 1st grade


Ross is one of three teachers sharing responsibility for the education of 1st grade students. He received a BA Ed with a concentration in Psychology from New England College. His first job out of college was at ECS and Ross has been here for nine years. He served as team leader for the primary level teachers.


Ross says that the enthusiasm of 1st graders makes him look forward to coming to work. Four or five kids come running to his desk each morning, eager to share something they have or something they experienced. The children always look forward to starting the day’s activities, whether it’s computers, music, or discovering new ideas. He says their attitude keeps him young. As far as the school environment is concerned, Ross says that he loves it here. “There’s a nice group of teachers who care about one another. The entire school community is there to support you in times of sickness, family problems, or other issues.”


Ross says he gets a real sense of community from the parents and students. “Epsom has a very special sense of caring, loving, and acceptance of others. Middle school students say ‘hi’ and give hugs to my students, and are excited to work in my classroom with the smaller children. You just don’t find things like this in other schools and communities around the country, and that is what makes Epsom and ECS a great place to work.”


Ross and Alicia, his wife of three years, live in Concord and are expecting their first child in September. In his spare time, Ross enjoys watching the Mets and the Jets, and engaging another of his passions, coaching the Bow High School and NH Tomahawks lacrosse teams.



Letter To The Editor



The Fraternal Order of Eagles has long been an organization built on liberty, truth, justice and equality, striving to make the lives of American and Canadian citizens better every step of the way. Those beliefs were born on February 6, 1898, when six Seattle theater owners united to form what became the Eagles.


In the 115 years since, our organization has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to various programs and research institutions. Significant medical breakthroughs have been made using dollars earned through the hard work of our members. 


The work of the Eagles has allowed our children to experience the joy of finding presents under the Christmas tree, our troops to have a small taste of home during times of need, our mothers’ to feel loved and appreciated and our elderly the comfort of financial security and health care upon retirement. Every day, a life is impacted in some way by the efforts of The Fraternal Order of Eagles. 


With a membership base 850,000 strong, we will continue to work hard to help communities everywhere and live up to our motto of “People Helping People.” In 2008, Eagles made a $25 million pledge to the University of Iowa to form The Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center. To date, the F.O.E. has donated $19 million and our money has helped researchers make significant progress toward a cure.


We are proud to serve communities across the United States and Canada  and we encourage citizens to join us as we make the next 115 years soar above and beyond the high standard set by the first 115. Find out how you can help us change the world at


Thank You,

The Fraternal Order of Eagles

Concord #613

36 South Main St

Concord, NH 03301

(603) 228-8922






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