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May 29, 2013

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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.



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.



Epsom Roadside Clean Up 2013

Submitted By The Epsom Conservation Commission,

Alison Parodi, Sarah Barnum, Elsie Fife, Cal Preston


On behalf of your Epsom neighbors, the Epsom Conservation Commission and all who appreciate clean roadsides, thank you. The rewards of wanting our neighborhoods and town to be rustic and litter free demands the help of many. Individuals, families, couples, friends, scouts, children and your neighbors cleaned up many miles of roadside trash this spring. 


The record number of bags collected was 30 for a citizen who cleans up a section of Goboro Road and some of the side roads. New Orchard/Range Road neighbors collected over 25 bags of trash. New Rye, Swamp Road, River Road, Cass Road, North Pembroke Road, Howard’s Lane, North Road, Mountain Road, the town forest, and many more areas were reported picked up. The Epsom Scouts earned their World Conservation Award and a life lesson for their work in the Center Hill area.


The total number of bags reported collected was 200. We know and hear about many who faithfully pick up trash in their neighborhoods all year long and have done so for years. We are grateful to those who can get out there and help with this effort if only to hear the words of one elderly resident of Epsom calling to ask who she “could thank” because she could no longer pick up the trash and she “so appreciated driving down a cleaned up road.”


The rewards are numerous: clean roadsides, recycled aluminum, appreciative neighbors, fresh air, a caring heart, connection to the natural beauty of NH... The travesty is that each year there is new trash. Many reported that the week after they had collected many bags of litter there was new litter. Most said it would not discourage them from continuing to help, they found doing so was an incentive for continuing to do it.


If you are interested in Conservation, please consider volunteering in your neighborhood or joining the Epsom Conservation Commission. We also invite you to volunteer June 29th at 10 am when we do some trail maintenance in the Epsom Town Forest on Tarleton Road. This beautiful parcel of land has many features: foundations, mill pond, views to the north, including Mount Washington, hiking trails, and wildlife. For more information contact [email protected].



Join Friends Of The Epsom Library On A Trip To

Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park


The Friends of the Epsom Library are hosting a trip to Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park on Saturday, June 8th. We will be leaving the Epsom Library at 10 am and will be stopping for lunch near the Cornish historic site. 


Discover the home, studios and gardens of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, one of America’s greatest sculptors. See over 100 of his artworks in the galleries and on the grounds, from heroic public monuments to expressive portrait reliefs, and the gold coins which changed the look of American coinage. Augustus Saint-Gaudens was the first sculptor to design an American coin. The $20 gold piece he designed in 1907 at the request of Theodore Roosevelt, is considered this country’s most beautiful coin and is called a “Saint-Gaudens” by coin collectors. 


We will have a park led tour of the site and time to do some exploring on our own also. Please contact the Epsom Public Library to sign up by June 1st or email Virginia Drew at [email protected]. There is a fee for transportation and the guided tour. Lunch is not included. For more information email Virginia Drew, President of the Epsom Friends of the Library.



Local Student Named To Carson-Newman University’s Dean’s List


Connor Moroney of Epsom was among students honored recently with inclusion on Carson-Newman University’s Dean’s List for the spring 2013 semester.


Students earning a grade point average of 3.5 or higher while taking 12 or more credit hours are awarded the distinction of Dean’s List honors.


Carson-Newman University is a private, Christian liberal arts university. Founded in 1851, Carson-Newman is located in Jefferson City, Tennessee, among the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The University has approximately 2,000 students and offers 48 academic programs and seven graduate degrees. The institution’s website is





To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield:

This week the House had a long session, with extensive debates on very few bills. On SB126, the “auto dealers’ bill of rights,” the opposition was primarily concerned with the heavy equipment dealers, included in the same statutes as auto dealers for the first time. The bill passed, 338-30, with Dan and I opposed. In my opinion, this bill is an example of “crony capitalism”, jiggling the laws to benefit the New Hampshire dealers rather than the out of state manufacturers.


SB89, banning larger lead fishing sinkers and jigs, was also debated for an hour. The proponents insisted that “loons are good” and “lead is bad” without seeming to hear that the loons dying of lead poisoning have ingested the smaller lead tackle that is currently banned! New Hampshire has the most restrictive laws in the nation already. However, loons are more appealing than fishermen, and the bill passed, 225-142.


Finally, we debated SB152, the “one, high-end, highly regulated casino” favored by the governor, for over two hours. Since the committee had recommended killing the bill, we did not debate the details of the many proposed amendments, but concentrated on the concept. I opposed it because I fear the influence such a single taxpayer will have on state government; regulations are not in place, and this bill pushes to get a license issued in time to include the license fee in this budget; the high license fee/low tax model is a windfall for the casino operator; and of course, because it creates an unconstitutional monopoly. Representative Mary Frambach joined Dan and me in voting to kill the bill, 199-164.


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


Representative Carol McGuire

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