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June 26, 2013

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Tour The Epsom Forest


The Town of Epsom Conservation Commission invites you to tour the Epsom Town Forest and help with trail maintenance on June 29th at 10 am. We will clean up branches and winter falls so bring tools, loppers, saws, and throwing stick arms. We will hike the New Mill Pond Trail, travel along Blake’s Brook and an old cart path. There are many points of interest including a water sluice that leads to an old mill foundation, a beautiful mill pond that is now managed by beaver. This area is naturally beautiful as well as having the reminders of an 18th century farmstead which is now forest. Stonewalls, the mill pond, wells, cemetery and foundations are some of the evidence of the once vital farm. 


The new trail is for passive use such as hiking and snowshoeing. Have you hiked Neville Peak? It is a must. Those interested could extend their hike to the peak where blueberries will be ripening early.


We hope you will join us on June 24th. We will meet on Tarlton Road at the parking area for the town forest at 10 am. We will hike the new trail and view some sites. Bring your lunch if you plan to go to Neville Peak.  For directions and to RSVP please contact the Epsom Conservation Commission at [email protected] or 736-9744 eves. 



Town Of Epsom Swimming Lessons


The Town of Epsom sponsors American Red Cross Swimming Lessons to all Epsom Children ages 5 and older. Please join us weekdays at Northwood Beach, July 15th through July 26th daily. Registration will be from 8:00 - 9:00 am on July 15th followed by 2 hours of swim testing, which will allow children to be placed in classes according to their skill level. On succeeding days children will be enrolled in daily ½ hour lessons, scheduled between 9:00 and 11:00. Children should come prepared to swim. Hair pulled back from faces, plenty of sunscreen and appropriate clothing for the weather. There is a $5.00 Red Cross registration fee for each child.  Children will learn swimming and safety skills.


Epsom has had a successful swimming program for many years thanks to the dedicated teachers, aides and families who know how important it is to teach children how to swim and about water safety. We hope to see you at the beach. If you need more information please contact Alison Parodi at [email protected] or Sonia Noyes at [email protected]



Loudon Food Pantry News

Spring Raffle


Our Spring Raffle is going great this year and we hope it will continue.  As of June 13th, we had sold $136.00 worth of tickets.  This means that right now the winner would receive $68.00. The raffle ends June 30th, so we’ll let you know who won in next month’s news. 


Drop in at the pantry (30 Chichester Rd., Loudon) Monday through Thursday or get our order form online at


Macy’s Shop For A Cause

Macy’s will partner with Loudon Food Pantry to invite customers to participate in Macy’s eighth annual national “Shop For A Cause” charity shopping event on August 24, 2013. Customers can purchase shopping passes from Loudon Food Pantry now.  Macy’s “Shop For A Cause” is a unique one-day-only shopping event created to support local charities’ fundraising efforts, which has helped raised more than $46 million for charities across the country since 2006.


Macy’s has provided us with shopping passes to sell for $5 each. Loudon Food Pantry will keep 100 percent of every shopping pass it sells. The more we sell, the more money it will raise!


So please drop by the pantry (30 Chichester Rd., Loudon NH) to purchase your “Shop For A Cause” pass today. How can you not want to!  It’s a win-win! 


Fairs And Old Home Days

Loudon Food Pantry will have booths at Canterbury Fair (July 27th) and Loudon Old Home Day (August 10th). We will have informational materials available and will be selling products that will benefit the pantry. We will also have Macy’s “Shop For A Cause” shopping passes available.  Food collection boxes and money donation boxes will be there as well.


We hope to see you there!


A Note To Local Farms

It is that time of the year again! If you have any spare or unsaleable produce, please keep us in mind.  Our patrons love fresh produce (and it is healthier than canned).   Call us at (603) 724-9731.  We appreciate any help you can give!


Policy Change

As previously printed, Loudon Food Pantry has changed our qualification system.  The new qualification system requires households to either prove they receive a qualifying service or prove their income. This has allowed us to identify households who should not be receiving assistance, which enables us to save our resources for those who are in need.





We asked for it and finally got it! Forget already? I’ll give you a hint.  Pot holes, etc.! Need I say more?


Seeing is believing, so take a swing down Goboro Road between 06/10/13 and 06/21/13 and you will witness professional activity not seen by me for the last 35 years.


This refurbishing is being directed and controlled by none other than Mr. Gordon Ellis, the road agent.  For a fact, I see him arriving on the job between 5:45 am and 6 am. I’ll bet his wife doesn’t appreciate that early coffee time.


Anyway, Gordon, one hell of a job, thank you.


William ( Jim ) Breagy




Vacation Bible School

Seeds Of Faith



The Merrimack Valley Church, located ½ mile north of the Epsom traffic circle, will be having Vacation Bible School the week of August 12-16, 2013 from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm each day. The Vacation Bible School is free to those children age 3 - 13 who would like to participate. However, space is limited and families are encouraged to register by July 9th.


To register or if you have any question, please contact Jennifer Smith at 435-5556.



Concord Regional Visiting Nurse 


Association Offers Reducing Falls Through Thoughtful Decisions Presentation In Epsom

Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association is offering a free presentation “Easy Does It: Reducing Falls Through Thoughtful Decisions” on Thursday, July 18 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Epsom Public Library, 1606 Dover Road in Epsom.


Falls can be a life-changing event that limits independence. Falls can happen anytime and anyplace and for most adults falls occur in their homes doing every day activities. Find out how to reduce your risk of falling through thoughtful decision-making and simple exercises to increase strength, balance, coordination, and flexibility.


For more information, call (603) 224-4093 or (800) 924-8620, ext. 5815.



New Hampshire Students Named To President’s List At

Southern New Hampshire University


The following students from New Hampshire have been named to the President’s List for the Spring 2013 semester at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester. To be eligible for this honor, a student must compile an academic grade point average of 3.5 -4.0.



Alyssa Douglas, BA Psychology; Beth Garcia, BA Elementary Education;  James Kilian, BA Game Design and Development; Christina McGuigan, BS Accounting/Finance; Tammy Michael, BS Accounting/Finance; Dennis O’Brien, BS Business Studies/Computer IT; Lisa Smith, BS Business Studies/Org. Leadership; Bryce Yeaton, BS Business Administration



Alyssa Borowy, BA History



Sarah Carson, BA Creative Writing/English; Jacinta Guerreiro-Crocker, BA Law and Politics



Melissa Goodwin, BS Business Administration; Nikki Grunst, BS Justice Studies; Tanner Van Nest, BA History and Social Studies Education.



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Marc Racine, son of Mark and Claire Racine, of Epsom and Alexa Davis, daughter of Colleen McCready of Gilmanton and Rick Davis of Epsom are pleased to announce their engagement. A June 2014 wedding is being planned.





To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield:

This week I supported the committee of conference on HB599, creating a single liquor commissioner, which I had cosponsored. The Senate version included clauses that were taken from the Governor’s and House versions of the budget, including a transition plan that will save the state a nice bit of money – but they also deleted the crucial word “experience.” So we met, they explained their changes, we explained our concern, and we all agreed to accept the Senate version with “experience” restored. I expect both bodies to approve this result.


Three other of my bills have become law already this year, and five more have passed both houses and are on their way to the Governor. HB267, on the Board of Accountancy, simply updates the “public accountant” on the board to the current term, (CPA), and more narrowly defines their rulemaking authority. HB376, eliminating the year of experience before barbers or cosmetologists can open their own shop, and SB93, correcting the reference to a plumbers’ organization, have been signed by the Governor.


SB197, which is going to the Governor, allows water and sewer districts to have separate budgets, with defaults, rather than being folded into the town budget. Senator Reagan submitted it on behalf of Allenstown, since the request came too late for a House bill. Both Dan and I cosponsored it. Another of Dan’s bills has become law already: HB181, repealing the Equalization Standards Board and consolidating its duties with the Assessing Standards Board.


As always, the simpler, uncontroversial bills are the only ones that have been signed off already; the meatier ones tend to be at the end of the session or held over by committees.


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


Representative Carol McGuire

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Adult Summer Reading Program


Once again this year, the Epsom Public Library will offer a summer reading program for adults from July 8 through August 21. This year’s theme is “Groundbreaking Reads.”  While we will have on display books that are considered groundbreaking for their time, there is no required reading! You may participate simply by reading any books that you would like to read. If you wish, you may write a brief review of each book you read for our bulletin board.  Also, we will be having weekly drawings for prizes, so for each book that you read, fill out a coupon and drop it into the container at the main desk at the library.


Evening programs include guest speakers:  “Spain – a Magical, Mystical Tour,” by John Chaston; “The Roosevelt Funeral Train,” by Carl Lindblade; the movie “42,” the story of Jackie Robinson; and the grand finale, “Wacky Songs That Made Us Laugh,” with Calvin Knickerbocker.  More information on each of those will be forthcoming.


Sign-ups will be held from June 24 through July 6.  Sign up today as we “dig in” to some summer fun at the library.




Frank “Jerry” Sylvester


Mr. Frank G. “Jerry” Sylvester, 63, who made his home in both Chichester and Epsom, died Thursday, June 20, 2013, at the Epsom Health Care Center after a lengthy illness.


Born in Newport, Jerry was the son of Frank and Kathryn (McKay) Sylvester. He grew up in West Yarmouth on Cape Cod, graduating from Dennis Yarmouth Regional High School, where he was Captain of the 1968 soccer team.


He was an Army veteran of the Viet Nam War and retired from Blue Seal Feeds.


Jerry loved spending time with family and had a wonderful sense of humor.  He enjoyed classic sports cars, especially Corvettes, and was an avid sports fan with a special love of fishing.


Jerry is survived by 2 sons, Frank Sylvester of Pittsfield and Erich Sylvester of Loudon; 3 grandchildren, Adrianna, Melody and Alden; a sister, Brenda Frekey of  Florida; a brother, Robert Dean of Massachusetts; and nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was predeceased by a brother James “Jimmy.”


Family and friends may gather to share memories on Friday, June 28th from 4-6 PM at the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home, 1217 Suncook Valley Hwy in Epsom. Services will begin at 5:45 PM.


Family and friends may sign an on-line guestbook by visiting



Trudy V. Boodro

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Trudy V. Boodro, a resident of Epsom, NH died peacefully in her home at the age of 90, (one day shy of her 91st birthday) with her family by her side on June 12, 2013.


She was a wonderful mom to her son Martin Mullen of North Attleboro, MA; daughters Maureen Johnson of Wrentham, MA, Michele Gruhlke of Epsom, NH, and Dory Warn of Center Barnstead, NH; and her beautiful grandchildren and great grandchildren.


We loved her very much and we will miss her dearly!


There will be a Memorial Service at St. John’s the Baptist Church in Suncook, NH on June 28, 2013 at 11:00 am.






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