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.
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.
(The writer is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and Army.)
Epsom Central School Staff and Faculty
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
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