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Epsom NH News

June 12, 2013

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Memorial Day Elwood O. Wells American Legion Post 112 placing of flowers at Short Fall Road Cemetery. In the picture foreground, Chaplin Cliff Simond and Commander Todd Connor. Standing near the flag, Legionnaires Mark Gonyer, Harvey Harkness, Flag Detail Norman Yeaton, Gerard LeDuc, Bill Zarakotas and Richard Fifield.




Michael Briggs Spaghetti Dinner Thank You


We would like to thank everyone who helped make the spaghetti dinner in honor of Officer Michael Briggs a success. With all of your help and donations we were able to raise close to 1400 dollars!


Thank you: Epsom House of Pizza, Epsom Circle Market, Epsom PTO, The Circle Restaurant, Care Pharmacy, McDonalds, McBride’s Water Advantage, LLC, Dante’s Pizza, Mark Brodeur, Shaws Supermarket, and White Mountain Coffee, Rita and Kim Kiley and Ruth Batchelder for making the sauce, cooking the pasta, and keeping us on target. Thank you to the community for your continued support and donating money the night of the dinner, our wonderful staff for printing signs, tickets, posting the information on the computer and on WMUR, setting up, greeting baking, and cleaning up after the dinner. We appreciate your continued support and look forward to making next year’s dinner an even bigger success. 


Mrs. Donovan 


Mrs. Paine






I was never as appalled in my life as when I read what is happening at the New Hampshire Veterans Home, caused by the state budget cuts (“Indignity for veterans,” Monitor letter, June 3). It is deplorable and disgraceful to all veterans to be charged for medical products. This charge should be included in their room and board.


What in hell has happened to the people in this country and in our state? What about morals - have we lost that too? I am disappointed and discouraged with the way our veterans are being treated after what they have been through. It is unforgivable. I am a 37 year veteran, and I’m sure they went through a lot more than I did.


To our state officials, shame on you for letting this unforgivable act to take place. If not for our veterans, you would not be where you are today. I have lost all respect for our governor and the Legislature. God bless our veterans and God bless America.


Robert Blodgett


(The writer is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and Army.)



Epsom Central School Staff and Faculty

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Mrs. Joann Teune, Art Teacher, K-8


As Joann welcomes a visitor into her classroom and shows off many works of students’ art as well as the colorful remnants of the most recent class, one wonders how she efficiently manages so many classes and grade levels. She teaches children in grades K-5 one period a week, while 6th to 8th grade students visit Joann for 15 consecutive school days each trimester.


Joann graduated from Purdue University with a BA in Art Education. She then taught an Intro to Art and Design class for non-art majors at Purdue while doing some post-graduate work. Later, Joann taught for a year in a Chicago high school, worked as a commercial artist, and got married and started a family. She and her family lived in Hawaii for four years and then Florida, where she started teaching again. Eventually, the family moved to NH for the change of seasons. Joann is starting her 9th year of teaching at ECS.


Joann believes that she has the best job in the school because she loves doing art with the children as well as watching them grow through all nine grades. She finds parents of ECS children very supportive and administration receptive to new ideas in the art curriculum. She also enjoys collaborating with other teachers to integrate her art classes with other subjects. Joann recommends that parents maintain a family dinner time and elicit from their children details of their school day, including non-homework classes. She would encourage fostering children’s artistic tendencies at an early age with a medium as simple as sidewalk chalk.


Joann lives in Concord with her husband, Dave. Two of their sons have finished college while the third is studying at UNH. In their spare time, Joann and Dave support their church and enjoy skiing and kayaking.





To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield:

This week the House met on all remaining bills for this year. We concurred with Senate amendments on 30 bills, and set up committees of conference on 13 more, to work out the differences between the two bodies. I’m on the committee for HB599, establishing a single liquor commissioner. We also voted 238-104 to non-concur with the Senate on HB119, on voter registration, so the voter registration form will be unchanged.


SB47, allowing a surviving spouse to re-register with a Purple Heart plate, was debated passionately for 90 minutes. Veterans spoke on both sides of the issue, and the bill finally passed, 188-158. I voted against because most veterans I’d spoken to were against it.


SB48, on school performance, had a debate mostly at cross purposes. Opponents were concerned that this bill forced the language of Common Core onto all New Hampshire schools; proponents insisted it wasn’t about Common Core at all, just making it possible for the state’s waiver for the requirements of No Child Left Behind be accepted. So a motion to table failed, 135-189, and the bill passed, 198-134. The debate will be printed in the permanent journal, recording the legislative intent that this bill did not mean the legislature has approved Common Core.


SB146, allowing towns to give welfare to persons receiving state aid to the blind, aged, or disabled, (current law requires the state aid to end once someone receives town aid), was debated at length, and finally passed, 190-100. The problems are that the “opt-in” process does not require a vote of the citizens; towns must provide emergency welfare assistance when asked; and this state aid is intended to replace town welfare, not supplement it.


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


Representative Carol McGuire

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