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February 25, 2015

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EYAA Baseball/Softball Registration


Visit 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 pound).


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 funds).


Please spread the word!  Our challenge thermometer is posted on 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 724-9731.


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 scholarship funding.


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, Food


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 customers.


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 treasury.

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 funding.


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 problem.


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. 


Jack Kelleher



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 509-0595, or [email protected].


Thank you,

Scott Elliott



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 want…)


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 ourselves.


Mr. Horner needs to study his constitution more fully, and become aware that we are the slaves in this present system. But is he?


Rick Lucas





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 position include:

• Integrity

• Honesty

• Compassion and kindness

• Master of Social Work 

• Business experience – Human Resources Administration

• Community service – Library and ECS Volunteer, Alternate Library Trustee


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 consideration. 


Celeste Decker 





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 voice vote.


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.


Tom Moroney

Epsom Resident



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.


E.H. Nutter







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