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May 22, 2013

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Ivy Green Rebekah Lodge #36 is having a “Baby Shower” on Sunday, June 9th at 2 pm at the Epsom Public Library. The shower is a benefit for Concord Hospital Family Health Center’s Baby Layette Project. Please join us for a fun afternoon of tea and refreshments. Your donations will help low income and/or uninsured families in Merrimack County give their newborns a good start in life! Items needed include onesies, crib sheets, blankets, quilts, infant toiletries, sleepers, socks, etc. Please RSVP to Jennifer Army, 736-8980 by June 3rd or for more info call Vickie Benner at 736-4707.



Evergreen Lodge #53 and American Legion Post #112 are sponsoring a Fishing Derby, (Rain or Shine) on Saturday, June 1st from 8:30-11:30 am. This event is free to youth ages 16 and under. Bring your favorite fishing pole and bait. Some loaner poles and bait will be available. Prizes will be given to the top 3 in each age group. Refreshments will be available. Location is 251 Center Hill Road, watch for signs. For more info call Gary Benner 736-4707.



Growing Up A Country Boy


On Wednesday, May 29, at 7:00 p.m., the Epsom Public Library will present Buddy Fife of Deerfield who will discuss his book,  Growing Up a Country Boy, as part of the library’s Adult Programming.


Lywood “Buddy” Fife was born in Deerfield in 1937 when times were different. Life was much simpler, Buddy says:  you worked hard, you ate well, and you played after your chores were done.


Buddy shares many great childhood memories and experiences from his life, as well as many joys and huge heartaches from his adult life.  He and wife Abby have lived in Northwood for over 57 years where they started their married life together.  They raised their four children and watched their many grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow up.


We invite you to come meet Buddy and learn more about him.



University Of New Hampshire Announces May 2013 Graduates


Congratulations to Christopher Michael Allen (BSCIVE), Magna Cum Laude, Justin Thomas Bosiak (BSME), Rebecca Anne Cummings (BA), Ashley G. Gelinas (BS), Magna Cum Laude, Megan E. Jones (BS), Brittany Lynne Roberts (BS), and Amber Nicole Stephens (BS), Cum Laude.





To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield:

This week, the House continued with committee work. Mine met briefly on genetic counselors, then jointly with the Children and Family Law committee, to review a performance audit of the juvenile justice system. This was a more focused audit than many, and rather inconclusive since the definition of CHINS (child in need of services) was changed last session, and is being re-evaluated this session. It was clear that no legislative action is required yet. I was rather disappointed to hear that various school districts feel that, after the narrowing of the definition of CHINS and lack of state action on them, that they have “no control” over truants, since the statutes clearly give local school boards the authority and responsibility to address truancy.


The gambling committee continued a month of intensive work with a vote to kill the bill, 23-22. That’s closer than I expect the House vote to be, since some representatives objected to not having a chance to vote on the 18 amendments prepared to improve the bill. In addition, the committee has more representatives from Salem (which is expected to benefit from a casino) than the House as a whole does. Dan was the deciding vote against the bill: we don’t object to gambling itself, but SB152 is not the way to go. A single casino, besides being unconstitutional, gives too much money and power to a single entity. If a single business provides 10% of total state revenues, it will have enormous power in Concord.


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


Representative Carol McGuire

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If basing town business by a single local contractor estimates instead of several, then I continue to believe that the town is moving in its same old direction. The town’s estimate to upgrade the meeting house alone with its mold and lack of space issues, no electricity, window replacement, sprinkler system, no septic system, no roadways, you are talking about adding upgrades that you promised the town taxpayers wouldn’t happen. These upgrades to the current meeting house could exceed $900,000. So I think common sense is if $350,000 gets property and upgrades, why would the town want to add more expense to the taxpayers?


Secondly, why would the town not want to move forward in arenas you are not familiar with, such as being the landlord of rental space such as other towns do.


Hopefully the town’s taxpayers will show up to hear the presentation regarding the Epsom Meeting House Proposal on May 20th.


Deborah Sargent





Epsom is very fortunate to have at the western edge of our town, the Epsom Traffic Circle. According to NH Dept. of Transportation, Bureau of Planning, Traffic Reports (2010 traffic count, posted Feb. 13, 2013 as most current count), on average over 46,000 vehicles travel thru the Epsom Traffic Circle per day! On line source:


In the real estate business, “highest and best use” of a property is defined by 4 criteria: 1. Legally allowable  2. Physically possible  3. Financially feasible  4. Maximum productive use. 


In a high volume business area such as the Circle (and in my opinion for 1/2 mile in each direction), our town should encourage high volume businesses. They create jobs, profits and generate property taxes. Not only would locating Town Offices at Pathfinders not be “highest and best use” of that property, it is a long way to travel for those who live on the North Road end of town. I think Town Offices/Town meetings should be more centrally located.


I am curious to know if most Epsom residents like the idea of keeping high volume business (and the ‘transient traffic’ that comes with it) on the west end of town. For long term planning, I for one, prefer to keep schools, galleries, antique shops (and maybe our “community center”) east of the Circle.


Next week, I will present my argument for locating Town Offices in a building which already belongs to us. A group of interested citizens have drawn up plans for a small addition to the Meeting House. A bright, sunny foyer/entrance on the south side of the building.


Nancy Heath







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