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April 24, 2013

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The Friends of the Epsom Library have received a grant from the NH Humanities Council to present “Baked Beans and Fried Clams: How Food Defines a Region” on Friday, May 10, 2013.


Baked beans, fried clams, fish chowder, Indian pudding – so many foods are distinctive to New England. This talk offers a celebration of these regional favorites along with an examination of how contemporary life has distanced us from these classics. What makes them special and how do these foods define our region? Edie Clark draws from such diverse resources as Fannie Farmer, Julia Child, and Haydn S. Pearson for enlightenment and amusement as well as on her own experiences, writing and traveling for Yankee magazine over the past thirty years to places where baked beans are still featured prominently on the menu.


For refreshments, the Friends will be creating some of these New England favorites. The program starts at 7:00 pm at the Library, 1606 Dover Road.  We look forward to seeing you there.



Come enjoy a great day of fun with the family!

Jacquelyn Arell Disc Golf Tournament

(All proceeds go to help pay for Jackie’s New York City Photoshoot)

April 28, 2013

@ 10:30am

at The Woods

At Beauty Hill

557 Beauty Hill Road Barnstead, NH


Web Site:

$10.00 Per person 

Everyone is welcome! Call 603-724-4027 or 603-798-7549

to Pre-register

Food and drinks will be available for purchase

Rain Date: May 5, 2013



Time To Spring Clean And Help Out ECS Class Of 2014!


The Epsom Central School Class of 2014 has a unique fundraising opportunity for the month of May that will support their class trip to New York City and Washington D.C. in April of 2014.


A company called Goodthrift is going to deliver an 8’ x 8’ x 40’ bin to the parking lot of Epsom Central School on Black Hall Road and leave it there for the month of May and we are all going to fill it with gently used clothing, soft home goods (towels, pillows, linens), purses and shoes so that at the end of May when the bin is full the class will earn 10¢ per pound of “soft goods” to the approximate value of $3,000!


If you’ve been putting off that project of cleaning out the attic, under the bed, your hall closet or weeding out your stuffed animals; now is the time to tackle it. We’ll even help you.  You can call 736-8073 during the month of May and someone from the DC Trip fundraising team will pick up your soft goods to deliver to the bin.


The children of the class of 2014 going on the trip will benefit equally from this fundraiser and it will help greatly defer the $1,000+ per head cost to send them. (Each participant raises his or her own funds as well as participates in various fundraisers throughout the year.) The goal of the class of 2014 is to have no child pay for their trip and to do it all by fundraising. So far there have been bake sales, flower sales and concessions. Soon you will see car/truck washes, raffles and other events taking place to support the class but this is the Easiest fundraiser ever; all you have to do is hand over your unwanted items!


Thank you ahead of time for helping us Spring Clean for 2014 and Fill The Bin!



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The children at Circle Child Care center were excited to welcome the Concord-Merrimack County SPCA on Tuesday. We all gathered to learn about how to approach an animal so that it can smell your hand before you try touching it.  They also talked about when to approach an animal, and when not to, like when the cat has it’s ears back.  “Safety is knowing when to stay away.”  We learned that some things we do are kind to animals but other things can be cruel.  All familiar lessons in preschool child care.  Everyone got a chance to pet the rabbits, Elvis and Bonbon and we have American Humane Association stickers declaring “I’m a BE KIND TO ANIMALS kid” and coloring pages.  Thanks to the SPCA for all they do.





To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield:

The House is now dealing with Senate bills. My committee heard a number of study committees, technical corrections bills, and three licensing bills. SB116 and SB 189 both deal with gas fitters. SB116 consolidating two license categories that, in practice, have no real distinction; SB189 combines gas fitters with plumbers (plus oil heat and water well technicians) into a new mechanical licensing board. This is something that’s been in work for a while – there’s significant overlap among the professions. The committee, the board, and the professionals all agree that this is a good idea, so a subcommittee is combing through the language to make sure everything is in order.


SB135, which would require genetic counselors be licensed, strikes me as a solution in search of a problem. There are less than 20 genetic counselors in the state, the national professional organization has a thorough certification program so people looking for one can ensure the candidate is well trained and up to date, and nearly all the “problems” they presented to us were other medical professionals (doctors and nurses, mostly) misinterpreting genetic data. Since SB135 exempts other professionals, I can’t see that it will do any good. I’m on a subcommittee to look into it in more detail.


Other committees are hearing meatier bills: Finance and Ways and Means together are hearing SB152, the “one, high-end, highly regulated” casino that would expand gambling in the state. Dan is on the subcommittee reviewing revenue estimates and the fee structure; other subcommittees are looking into non-financial aspects and the regulatory structure. The bill won’t be before the whole House until the end of May.


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. Steven Patterson, Middle School Language Arts, 6th and 7th Grades


Steven teaches reading to middle school students. He has a BA in Philosophy/Liberal Arts from St. John’s Seminary, Boston, and an M.Ed from Notre Dame College, and is highly qualified in History and English. He started at ECS in the spring of 1994 and has “worn many hats” as a teacher here: he started as a third team teacher in a large fifth grade class; taught 6th grade Social Studies, Science, Math, and Language Arts; taught 1st grade for two years; worked with 4th grade students for a number of years; and returned to middle school. Steven serves as the Middle School Team Leader (liaison to admin), the school Substitute Coordinator, and the Coordinator for Environmental Camp.


Steven hopes he can give his students the skills to be successful, and believes that the ability to read will make a great difference in their lives. His favorite aspect of working at ECS is the sense of community. He says, “It took a few years, but now this is my home.” He calls the other teachers ‘great friends and colleagues,’ and says that the parents are invested in the school and care about what’s going on with their children. Steven says that parents should realize the importance of showing their children that reading is important by either reading with their children or asking questions about what is going on in class. He also believes parents should make it clear that it’s OK to make a mistake, to learn from it, and to move forward.


Steven lives in Concord with his wife and their son and two daughters. His wife teaches at the Shaker Road School in Concord, where two of their children now attend with one daughter in high school.






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