EYAA Baseball/Softball Registration
Visit eyaasports.net to register by March 1 for T-ball, baseball, or
softball. 4-12 yr old Baseball and Softball programs are still $50
and 13-15 Babe Ruth Baseball is $115. There is a $20 late fee after
March 1, and rosters are filled first-come, first served so don’t
wait! Head coaches with baseball experience are needed. Opt-in to
volunteer during registration.
Announcing The LFP Challenge To Fight Hunger
Ending Date: April 30, 2015
To be part of this effort...
Donate In-date Food (It will be counted as $1.00 per item).
Donate In-date Meat or Produce (It will be counted as $1.00 per
Donate funds (It will be counted dollar for dollar).
You must note your donation “LFP Challenge” if you want it included
or verbally let us know. Everything from our donation sites will be
automatically included in the LFP Challenge. All food and funds
stay within Loudon Food Pantry!
Our 2015 Goal is $12,000. As of February 13, 2015 we’ve received
$454.92 towards this new challenge ($254.92 in food and $200.00 in
Please spread the word! Our challenge thermometer is posted on
LoudonFoodPantry.org and will be updated daily. With your help, we
can feed households in need. Thank you in advance for your
consideration! If you have any questions please call Sue at
The LFP Challenge to Fight Hunger is replacing The Feinstein
Challenge. This year The Feinstein Foundation has decided to
postpone their challenge indefinitely so it can concentrate on
How and Where to Donate: You can mail or drop off your donations to
Loudon Food Pantry, 30 Chichester Rd., Unit D, Loudon NH 03307. But
if you find you’re not in the neighborhood you can drop off at one
of these convenient locations:
TD Bank, Loudon, Food & Funds (speak with any teller); Loudon Post
Office, Loudon, Food & Funds; Loudon Village Country Store, Loudon,
Funds; 106 Beanstalk, Loudon, Funds; Red Roof Inn, Loudon, Food &
Funds; Elkins Library, Canterbury, Food; Care Pharmacy , Epsom,
Funds; Yellow Submarine, Concord, Funds; Camping World, Chichester,
Thank you to all our volunteers and donors for all your donations
and help throughout the year!
Letter To The Editor
Business investment vs. government “investment”
Before a businessperson invests in a new facility or new equipment,
they calculate how this new investment will affect productivity,
profitability, prices, their employees, and most importantly, their
If that businessperson’s calculations are wrong, and their
investment turns out to be a mistake, they could very well lose
their job, their business, all their money, or all three.
Then there’s government “investments.”
Government “investments” begin with a special interest group or an
individual with a pet project, neither of which is able to find
anyone in their right mind who would voluntarily fund their idea.
The only way they can get funding is to tap into the public
They seek out some political hack who either sympathizes with their
cause or is willing to prostitute themselves for a few votes by
sponsoring a bill before Congress, a State legislature, City
council, or town meeting, to obtain the sought after government
At that point, it is just a matter of counting votes.
Unlike business investment, government “investments” are not based
upon any meaningful, rational “calculations.”
And when the so-called government “investments” fail to achieve
their stated goals?
No one in the government is ever held accountable, loses their job
or any of their own money.
In fact, when a government project fails to achieve its stated
goals, it is cause to spend even more money on it.
Witness Amtrak, the post office, the “War on Drugs,” government run
schools, to name but a few.
Politicians’ use of the term, “investment” is intended to deceive
you into thinking that if you give them money it will be well spent
and they will get some measurable return on your “investment.”
Governments don’t make “investments.”
Governments just take money from some and spends it on others.
Letter To The Editor
My name is Scott Elliott. I am running for the position of Road
Agent in the town of Epsom. I would like to touch on the subject of
winter road maintenance.
Our roads are currently being treated with straight rock, rock mixed
with salt and a minimal use of sand. Spreading rock on paved roads
can cause an unsafe situation because of reduced traction. Rocks
can also cause damage to a vehicle’s windshield, paint, and rocks
can become stuck in brake rotors. While plowing, these rocks are
pushed onto lawns, this can be a problem during the mowing season
with rocks being thrown from the lawn mower.
Besides the possible hazards of using rock on our roads, the expense
to the taxpayer is also a concern. The cost of rock is $14 to $20+
per ton while sand is $6 to $8 per ton. The damage from using rock
not only affects your vehicle, it also causes damage to the
town-owned equipment as well.
In the past three years, you, the taxpayer, paid $15,000 for repairs
to the town sander, the damage was a direct result of using rock.
The University of NH offers T2 classes. These classes are designed
to teach and give information in the area of road maintenance. In
the winter maintenance class, rock is not recommended to be used on
roads for the reasons above.
I welcome any questions or comments; I can be reached
Letter To The Editor
Mr. Horner expressed his frustration with Mr. Kelleher in a recent
letter. I wasn’t shocked at Mr. Horner’s letter as much as I was
disappointed in his lack of knowledge about government. What he
fails to understand is that the government “of the people, by the
people and for the people,” that was founded in the 1776 revolution,
is NOT the same government that exists today. Rather than the
government serving us, we have become subject to the government. We
are told what to eat, how to raise our children, how to grow our
food, and how to be tolerant of others.
He states that “we can’t go it alone.” Really? Maybe Mr. Horner
wants to eat at the teat of government with his handout for any and
all “freebies,” but that is NOT what government is about. WE are the
government, but we have surrendered our power to others who care
about themselves and their alignments with big business and corrupt
government. Government was never intended to teach our children,
build our roads and schools. Government servants, like policemen and
firemen, were never supposed to become unionized. (Teachers say they
love our children, but by golly if they don’t get the contract they
Mr. Kelleher has not insulted my fellow countrymen; Mr. Horner has
by insisting that government be our nanny because we are too weak
and helpless to help ourselves. Mr. Kelleher has got it right and
I’m glad he does. Mr. Kelleher is not selling us anti-government
rhetoric; he is well aware that we are the government and should not
go crawling like whining babies when we won’t take care of
Mr. Horner needs to study his constitution more fully, and become
aware that we are the slaves in this present system. But is he?
Dear Epsom Residents,
It’s that time of year again! Our local voting day is March 10 and
it is with enthusiasm that I am writing to announce that I am
running again for the position of Overseer of Public Welfare. Thank
you to all of you who voted for me last year and had confidence in
my abilities and the skills that I would bring to the position. It
has been a busy and fulfilling first year. I have worked hard to
learn the complexities of the job and most importantly, to follow
RSA 165 (Aid to Assisted Persons) and our Town Guidelines, while
supporting those in need with compassion and understanding. I have
had the opportunity to work with many great people and agencies here
in Epsom, in our surrounding towns and across the state. If elected
again, I will continue to work diligently to support our community
and its residents.
The values and qualifications I will continue to bring to this
• Compassion and kindness
• Master of Social Work
• Business experience – Human Resources Administration
• Community service – Library and ECS Volunteer, Alternate Library
I hope to see you at the Meet the Candidates event at the Library on
Sunday, March 1st at 2:00pm.
It truly has been an honor to work on behalf of our wonderful
community over the past year. I hope to have the opportunity to
continue in the role of Overseer of Public Welfare and put my
experience to work for you. Thank you for your time and
To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,
This week, the House dealt with 43 non-controversial bills at once,
then HB230, increasing the penalty for not discharge a mortgage
properly, passed without comment. HB585, adding a penalty assessment
to liquor violations, passed 223-133. Dan, I and Michael Brewster
all voted against increasing these fines.
HB215, ending the moratorium on school building aid, was briefly
debated and passed on to Finance. My HB216, allowing licensing
boards to recover the costs of hearings and investigations from the
guilty rather than increasing fees for the innocent, passed on a
HB591, repealing the gas tax increase passed last session, was
debated and killed, 243-108, largely because much of the expected
income has been committed to bonds for widening I93. Dan, I and
Michael Brewster (and 105 other Republicans) all voted against,
since the gas tax would be sufficient to pay off these bonds if it
weren’t being diverted to administrative functions.
HB208, which repealed New Hampshire’s participation in the Regional
Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), had a committee amendment to stay
in the program but rebate all funds to ratepayers. This amendment
was debated at length, with the opponents hoping to keep a fund
available for energy efficiency projects, and the proponents urging
us to make at least a small reduction in electric rates, and warning
that the energy efficiency fund has been raided in the past to cover
other state spending. The amendment was adopted, 197-158, and the
amended bill quickly passed 201-154.
HB387, making motor vehicle inspections every two years, was debated
and killed, 207-140. I supported this bill because inspections are a
problem for many, and the data show that mandated inspections don’t
improve road safety.
Interested readers can email me for my newsletter, with more details
than fit here.
Representative Carol McGuire
Letter To The Editor
Experience And Expertise
I am pleased to write recommending my friend, Gordon Ellis, to
continue as Epsom Road Agent. Over the years I have been privy to
his endless work hours over many long snowy nights. I am also aware
that he has provided the engineering work necessary for many of our
roads and bridges. In the process, he has saved the taxpayers
countless dollars. (He can provide engineering except when state
dollars are involved ... then we pay huge engineering fees! )
His good work continues to be “proof positive” that we should
re-elect him Road Agent.
Epsom Food Pantry
The cold weather is still dogging us, but my thoughts are going to
tum to good ole Spring and your gardens. Please do not forget to
plant a row for the Pantry. This past year was just wonderful and so
appreciated by all our members. We had such a great variety and we
also got some wonderful fruit.
Now we do have a few things we are short of so if you are
considering a donation. We could use some soup (not chicken noodle),
canned tomatoes, canned chicken, and fruit juices.
Also, a thank you to Hunter Blodgett who has been giving us a
helping hand in the Pantry. Another special story is a recent
birthday party given for Patrick Keane who asked that instead of
gifts that the party people bring food for the Epsom food Pantry and
Ken said that Patrick brought in a great variety for the Pantry.
Until next time,
Letter To The Editor
To the editor of The Suncook Valley Sun,
Two years ago, Gordon Ellis, Epsom road agent, and crew did the
first ever redesign of Sanborn Hill Road. They cut back bankings,
removed big trees, widened the road, improved ditches, put in catch
basins and culverts.
Visabilty improved and vehicles can now pass each other much easier.
Safety has improved. Snow can be handled better.
Also, last year was the first year that the road did not wash out.
And the first year we did not have sand, dirt, and small rocks in
our yard from water running down the middle of the road.
Gordon did a superb job of engineering, planning and follow through.
He deserves to continue as the Epsom Road Agent.