New this year - the Chamber Yard Sale is being
expanded to include all towns from Epsom to Alton on Saturday, June
1 from 8-1pm. People interested in having a yard sale should submit
their LOCATION LISTING to the Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce
Facebook page, email to
or mail to Rt 28 Yardsale/GPCOC, P.O. Box 234, Pittsfield NH 03263.
There is no registration form for this year. GROUP
LOCATIONS along Rte 28 are being finalized and will be listed on the
if people would like to set up there. Visit the website for more
detailed information or call 435-6346.
Epsom Town Office Space
After my first tour of Pathfinders Academy, I agreed whole heartedly
with Deborah Sargent’s letter (SVS 5-08-13). After a 2nd tour,
attending several Selectmen Board and Meeting House Committee
meetings, I am strongly in favor (thus far) of relocating town
offices to the Meeting House.
It has been roughly estimated by a local contractor that the
Pathfinders Academy will cost a minimum of $350,000.00 including
purchase price, renovations and upgrades. The garage would not be an
asset to the town for many reasons.
Top 2 reasons in my mind: 1. Pathfinders garage is too small to fill
practical uses for town’s road equipment. 2. Having been involved in
the administrative end of a pressure washing business for over three
decades, an estimate off the top of my head is, that it would cost a
minimum of $100,000.00 to enlarge the garage and install a recovery
system for washing salt, oil, grease off town heavy equipment and
large trucks. Best leave the town garage, in my opinion, on a site
which is already okayed (environmentally) by the state. If ever
needed, install recovery system there.
The property itself is still in bankruptcy proceedings. If it is
legal for the town to rent out the house, the selectmen then become
landlords or town pays approx 20% of rents to a real estate
management company. It is my understanding the modular has exceeded
half its life expectancy.
If The Suncook Valley Sun will be so kind as to publish two more
letters to the editor for me, I will follow-up next week with:
“Highest and Best Use of (Pathfinder) Property. The following week
with my argument in favor of “Epsom Community Center”.
At any rate, the Epsom Meeting House Committee will be making its
presentation to the Board of Selectmen May 20 at approx 6:30 pm.
To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield:
This week, the House met to consider 44 Senate bills. Twenty-five
non-controversial bills were voted on at once, then we passed
without any discussion SB25, treatment of medical expenses in child
support; SB104, a study committee on scrap metal sales; SB134,
consolidating the higher education commission and the division of
higher education in the department of education; and SB162,
eliminating a fee on private post secondary schools and returning
the remaining funds. SB137, on sibling visitation rights, was killed
SB189, on consolidating plumbers and gas fitters into a mechanical
licensing board, had some debate among members of my committee, and
passed, 294-53. SB45, mandating approval of non-formulary
prescription drugs within 48 hours, had a brief debate: the
opponents believed that many insurors would just deny payment to
meet the deadline. It nonetheless passed, 247-101.
SB124, on an integrated land development permit, was debated and
passed, 218-137. The basic idea of the integrated permit was
supported by everyone who spoke; the issue was the two new positions
included to support this “efficiency improvement.” It was sent to
Finance, and they will consider the positions.
SB163 and SB164 are both about coastal management: the first
creating a commission to study what to do about storm surge and
rising sea level, and the other to authorize master plans to include
such provisions. I voted against both, but the second was more
problematic: why incorporate such provisions before the commission
has finished its study? After a thorough debate, they both passed,
the study 228-124 and the plan, 210-143.
Finally, we passed HR9, a bipartisan resolution honoring the heroes
and victims of the Boston Marathon Tragedy, 312-0.
Interested readers can email me for my newsletter, with more details
than can fit here.
Representative Carol McGuire
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EYAA baseball players celebrating the installation of their first
batting cage. The coaches, parents, and players have worked really
hard to make this happen. Come watch a great ball game in Epsom,
Friday, May 17th at 5:45 when the two Epsom Minor teams go head to