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Epsom NH News

April 3, 2013

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The Epsom Public Library celebrates spring with an exhibit of paintings by Chichester residents Frank Curatolo and Richard Pratt.  Works in watercolor, acrylic and oil are included in this bright display that features a variety of genres, from landscapes to portraits.


The exhibit runs through May 4 and may be viewed during regular library hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 am to 7 pm, and Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm.  For more information, call 736-9920 or visit



Corey Pinsonneault of Epsom has been named to the Dean’s list at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for the Fall 2012 semester. The dean’s list recognizes full-time students who maintain grade-point averages of a minimum of 3.0 out of a possible 4.0 and have no grades below “C.” Pinsonneault studies Aeronautical Engineering.



Great “Mac & Cheese” Cook Off News


April 6th is the big day. The Epsom Fire Auxiliary and the Epsom-Chichester Lions are having a grand Macaroni and Cheese Cook-Off Supper at the Epsom Fire Hall on Route 4 in Epsom. Who will be the greatest? The Fire Auxiliary or the Lions?


You will have an opportunity to decide who makes the greatest Macaroni and Cheese in the Epsom area. Voting will take place through out the event that is being held from 5 pm to 7 pm.


Salad, a dessert and drinks will also be served.


Bring the whole family to decide the greatest Macaroni and Cheese cooks in the area. No professionals, just the best cooks around will participate.


Proceeds will benefit the Epsom Fire Department equipment fund and the Epsom-Chichester Lions Club community funds.


We are looking forward to having a “fun” time.



SAU #53 Child Screening


Do you have concerns about your child’s overall development? SAU #53, the School Districts of Pembroke, Allenstown, Chichester, Deerfield, and Epsom, has scheduled a child screening on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at the Allenstown Elementary School, Allenstown, NH.


A child screening is a free screening of your child’s abilities in speech, vision, hearing, motor, and learning skills. The screening is administered by an Occupational and Speech Therapist and Special Educator.


To be eligible for the free screening:

• The child must live within SAU #53

• A parent/guardian must accompany the child

• The child must be under 6 years of age

• Please call for an appointment


For an appointment, please contact Christine Howe at 485-4474, ext. 243 or email: [email protected]


Parents with concerns about children 6 years old and over should contact Anthony Blinn, Special Education Coordinator AES and ARD, at 485-4474.



Epsom Public Library


The library will be showing the movie Lincoln on Wednesday, April 10, at 7:00 p.m.


You are invited to an Opening Reception at the library featuring the combined art work of Chichester artists Dick Pratt and Frank Curatolo. Working primarily in acrylics and watercolors, the artists together cover a diverse range of styles and subject matter, from whimsical to traditional. The reception will be held Saturday morning, April 13, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Coffee and donuts will be served. The paintings will be one display thru the month of April.


Epsom Public Library Children’s Events

On Wednesday, April 10th at 2:30 pm (Early Release for ECS) join us for the “Best Animated Feature Film” Rise of the Guardian’s, rated PG. Great fun for the whole family! Snacks and drinks will be provided. 


Story Time on Tuesday, April 16th at 1:30 pm will feature dinosaur stories followed by the children’s movie “Land before Time, Through the Mists.” Popcorn and drinks will be provided. 


To celebrate National Library Week, the library will have a special Story Time/Breakfast celebrating children’s author, Eric Carle on Saturday, April 20th at 9:30 am. The fun begins with story time featuring such favorites as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Pancakes, Pancakes and The Very Busy Spider.  Breakfast follows with pancakes, make your own caterpillar kabob, donuts and beverages. After breakfast children can make a caterpillar craft. Reservations are required as seating is limited and can be made by calling the library at 736-9920.



Epsom Historical Association


The Epsom Historical Association would like to thank all the participants of our “Musical Memories” program on Sunday. Everyone in attendance had a wonderful time and enjoyed singing with you. The winners of the March 2013 Raffle were:  Norman Drew – 1st prize ($500.00), Pat Crafts – 2nd prize ($300.00) and Chuck Brown – 3rd prize  ($200.00).  We thank everyone for their support of this fundraiser. Stop in and visit us at Epsom’s Historic Center on Wednesday afternoons.





To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield:

This week, the House voted 189-184 to repeal the “stand your ground” law. HB135 was debated for almost two hours, with several amendments proposed but not accepted. It wasn’t quite a party line vote: three Republicans voted for the bill, 17 Democrats against. HB451, repealing the requirement for a concealed carry license, was debated heatedly, with disagreements on reciprocity and the value of forbidding criminals from getting a license. It didn’t look as though any minds were changed, and the bill was killed, 226-114.


HB617, the gas tax, had been amended by the Ways and Means Committee to be a 12¢ increase over three years. A floor amendment to limit the amount spent on “traffic supervision” to 1% of the total failed, 146-217, as the opponents insisted that the state police could only be funded from the gas tax. Total nonsense, as half their budget comes from the general fund anyway; they just don’t want to fight other priorities. After two hours, the bill passed, 206-158, with Dan and I opposed.


I argued against my committee in favor of HB398, which eliminates a special privilege some state employees have, “banking” their accumulated leave to help fatten their pensions if they take a management position. It was killed, 182-177, much closer than I expected, considering all the Democrats on the committee voted against the bill.


HB619, the drone bill, was tabled 278-87 since there was yet another amendment submitted, and the committee (but not the sponsor) believed that the language of the amendments was inadequate. By tabling the bill, proponents can work on it and submit a more carefully crafted bill for next year.


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


Representative Carol McGuire

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