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Epsom NH News

February 4, 2015

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Letter To The Editor



The government has been fighting the “War of Poverty” for 50 years.  Half a century. 


Federal and State governments have spent almost 20 trillion dollars in the process.


The results?

We have never had so much poverty, so many people on food stamps, and/or so many homeless people.


But if you showed up at Health and Human Services with a cure for poverty, they would probably throw you out. 


Government is no more interested in a cure for poverty than an undertaker is in finding the fountain of youth.


If government were truly interested in helping the poor, it would remove all of the obstacles, governmental obstacles, which prevent poor people from improving their situation.


For example, zoning ordinances.


You can put as much lipstick on that pig as you want, but zoning ordinances are intended to and designed to keep poor people out!


Zoning Ordinances effectively restrict where poor people can live. And by restricting where the poor can live, zoning ordinances are restricting their access to better housing, to employment opportunities, as well as to better educational opportunities.


Zoning Ordinances also restrict the type and supply of housing thereby increasing the cost to the poor of existing housing.


Zoning ordinances target poor people without ever mentioning them, but the effects on poor people are no less pernicious.


It is the height of hypocrisy for people to parade around saying how much they care about the poor and/or how much we need to help the poor, and then, in the same breath, say, “But you got to have zoning.”  


Jack Kelleher




4-H Horse Quiz Bowl

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Left: The top 10 individual winners in the Senior Division at the NH 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl Contest: Top row L to R: Ashley Foss, Merrimack County 6th, Emily Hauptman, Merrimack County 7th, Hana Testerman, Merrimack County 4th, Jackie Johnson, Rockingham County 1st, Cody Gleason, Rockihgham County, 10th. Front Row: Courtney Duclos, Merrimack County 5th, Maria Young, Hillsborough County 2nd, Keelin Berger, Rockingham County 8th, Kayla Murphy, Rockingham County 9th. Missing: Amie Weagle, Coos County 3rd.


The NH 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl Contest was help on Saturday January 17th at Pembroke Academy in Pembroke NH. Seven Senior Teams and Four Junior Teams competed with other 4-H members from throughout NH to demonstrate their horse knowledge in a fast paced contest. In addition to the competition, there were opportunities to visit the activity room to participate in some hands-on learning about horses and horse care, to meet new friends from other parts of the state and to guess the identity of some uncommon horse equipment.




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Rockin Daddios Concert February 9, 2014 - Suncook Senior Center


Due to the forecast for snowy weather this free concert was moved to it’s snow date of February 9th at 12:30pm.  The Rockin’ Daddios bring back some of the best loved songs of the late fifties and early sixties sung in a doo- wop style with the accent on harmonies and fun lyrics.  The center is located at 398 Black Hall Road, Epsom, NH.  If you would like to attend the 11:30am luncheon, please call the center at 485-4254.  Join us us for some musical enjoyment!



Letter To The Editor


My name is Scott Elliott, recently I introduced myself as a candidate running for the position of Road Agent in Epsom.  Today I would like to outline some of my goals to enhance the effectiveness of the Highway Department if I am elected.


As a former employee of the Highway Department, I understand the need for efficiency both fiscally and in work performed.  If elected, I would ask to utilize available computer software designed to track the costs of the Department.  This is beneficial to the Town in a number of ways. 


First, it helps manage how and when work is performed by allowing multi-year planning.


Second, by tracking costs of contractors, inventories and supplies to maintain our roads puts the Town in a better position when purchasing Highway Department supplies and negotiating with contractors for current and future upkeep of our roads.


I welcome any questions or comments you may have for me, I can be reached by phone at 509-0595, or email at [email protected].


Thank you,






To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,

I hope everyone survived the storm as well as we did – Tuesday’s hearings were postponed to Wednesday, so we needn’t  travel, and never lost power. On Wednesday, then, I presented HB216, which allows all regulatory boards to recover from miscreants the costs of the investigations.


My committee heard four bills this time: HB201, acquiring access rights to four dams, including the Cass Road Dam in Epsom. The state owns the dams and is actually planning to repair them soon, but needs rights of way so they have access to the (privately owned) embankments. I’ll support this since the landowners have the right to refuse granting the easements. HB254 would allow town, as well as state, employees to use “restricted’ lakes for rescue operations and training. The committee like the idea but will be looking to narrow this authority slightly, especially not wanting to give a blanket permission for training exercises on the most sensitive lakes. HB259 simply changed the reporting date of the economic development strategy; it had no opposition. HB272, designating the entire Ham Branch River watershed in Easton as a protected river, was the most complex. Nobody objected to protecting the river; the entire issue was the blanket exclusion from the comprehensive shoreline protection act! I’m on a subcommittee to look into where the requirement for protected rivers comply with this act originated, and to review (and possibly change) the requirements.


We also voted out of committee HB167, requiring two state agencies to develop a plan to attract water-using businesses, which we agreed was unnecessary. HB174, establishing a committee to study changing the name of “DRED” (Department of Resources and Economic Development) was also recommended to be killed.


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


Representative Carol McGuire

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Letter To The Editor


Ice is not nice on your roads. It’s (ice) not good for anyone. It’s bad for your schedule, your car, and possibly your health. The exact reasons hold true for Highway Departments and sub-contractors. If the roads become icy because it’s raining then treating the road becomes an issue because sand doesn’t work for as long as it takes the truck to go around the next corner. Rocks work real good as long as the ice isn’t hard as a rock but nevertheless many times better than sand. Salt only works on flat paved roads with little or no crown and not for long.


After it stops raining what to do next. Well there are thousands of combinations to think about, which start with air temperatures rising and/or lowering, ground temp, humidity, surface structure or lack of and many many more. But most importantly will whatever choice that is made will it work and for how long.


Your Road Agent

Gordon R Ellis



Letter To The Editor


Winter has set-in in pretty good order and we are about half way through the 30 year cooling cycle. We’ve, as you already know, had some snow and ice and very few days above freezing. Historically we get a January thaw, but we have missed it 2 years in a row. Gas and oil prices are back temporarily to where they could and should have been for the past 6 years.


Let’s get a brief remembrance of snow maintenance. What made me think of this subject is the snow roller that was used to roll over roads was sold this summer. It had been kept inside a barn all those years. I’m not sure when we started plowing with trucks but before that ,the snow roller packed the snow so sleighs could be used to get around and get products to the railroads. Also, in the winter there were winter roads.


Up until around mid-1960’s most of the plowing was done after snow storms were over, and before automatic sanders we would get into the back of a dump truck and shovel sand onto the roads. Imagine what OSHA would think of that.


I am not sure which was the driving force, whether the expectations forced the equipment to get faster and better, or the improvements in equipment changed the expectations. Nevertheless the roads are plowed more often and we are able to be much more mobile in the winter.


Bless you,

Your Road Agent

Gordon R Ellis



Epsom Food Pantry


Well, we have had quite a week. What with blowing snow, drifts, freezing cold, and tough traveling, I feel as if we have really been tested for our endurance to New England weather. Yet our Food Pantry has been open and ready to help folks. We are still receiving wonderful donations both in food and money which, of course, is a great help.  Remember our hours are 10:00  to 12:00 on Saturday, 12:00 to 2:00 on Wednesday, and, of course, by appointment in an emergency.


Call the Pantry, 736-4024, or me at 219-3025 and you will be taken care of.


Until next time,







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