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Epsom NH News

April 1, 2015

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Tuesday evening, April 7 at 7:00 PM, Rebecca Rule will be at the Epsom Public Library presenting “That Reminds Me of a Story”. Rebecca has been collecting and telling stories of New Hampshire and New England for more than 15 years.  She tell stories with a strong dose of good old-fashioned Yankee humor. She loves to laugh and to get others laughing too.   A fun evening to welcome in spring?  Perhaps so!



The Epsom Public Library will show the Family Movie: “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” Wednesday, April 8th at 2:30 pm. The movie is rated PG and popcorn and drinks will be provided. This is an early release day for Epsom Central School.



ECS Parents Of Performing Arts Organization To Host Beatle’s Tribute Band “Studio Two"


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The Epsom Central School Parents of Performing Arts Organization is hosting the Beatle’s Tribute Band “Studio Two” on Friday, May 8th at the Epsom Central School Gymnasium.


Studio Two is a headlining Beatles band that pays tribute to the early Beatles years, choosing songs from the pre-Sgt. Pepper era. Featuring graduates from Berklee College of Music and Beatles devotees, Studio Two band mates met in a “cellar full of noise” in a town slightly west of Liverpool (Milford, New Hampshire!) to pay homage to the greatest rock band of all time. Band members are experienced musicians of today’s generation dedicated to preserving the memory and fan culture of The Beatles generation. By recreating the Fab Four’s music, instruments, and onstage banter, Studio Two performs your most favorite hits that will bring people to the dance floor.   Studio Two has performed at numerous large and small venues, from large open-air festivals to nightclubs, including: Charles Rosenay’s “Danbury Field’s Forever: Fab 4 Music Festival”, Keene Pumpkin Festival 2013 and 2014,Tunbridge World’s Fair in Vermont, Saratoga Balloon Festival 2014, Lennon Fest with the British Beer Company, The Beatles Invade Boston: 50th Anniversary Celebration at Boston’s West End Museum.


This show will be fun for all ages! The doors open at 6:30 with the show at 7:00. Pre-sale tickets are $8.00 for adults and $3.00 for students.  At the door, $10.00 for adults and $4.00 for students. Pre-sale for a family of 4 is $20.00, at the door $23.00.  Tickets available at the ECS main office or at the door. For more information, please call Maryann at (603) 736-8840.  All proceeds of this event will benefit the performing arts programs at Epsom Central School.



Epsom Boy Scout Troop 80 Chicken Dinner Fundraiser


Epsom Boy Scout Troop 80 is having a chicken dinner fundraiser so that they can defer costs to attend the 53rd Annual West Point Boy Scout Invitational Camporee at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. This took us over 2 years to find a USMA West Point Cadet to sponsor our Troop.


This fundraiser will occur on Friday April 17th at the Epsom Fire Department from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM.  The scouts will be preparing, making and selling bourbon and teriyaki flavored chicken with rice and corn.  They will also be having hot dog with chips for children meals. Adult prices are $6 each. Children ages 6 to 11 are $4 each. Children 5 and under are free. 


Please come and support your local Boy Scout Troop as they take a what could be one of their Boy Scout trips of a lifetime.  


Donations can also be mailed to:

Epsom Boy Scout Troop 80

461 New Orchard Road

Epsom, NH 03234



Free Clothing Swap


In an effort to help manage the cost of clothing for our community families, the Epsom Bible Church will be holding a free clothing swap on Saturday, May 2nd, from 9-12 noon at 398 Black Hall Road in Epsom. 


We need volunteers for set up and break down, includes moving of tables and bagging clothes. 


You may bring donated clothing beginning at 8:30 am. Clothing donations are not accepted prior to the event. 


All clothes need to be clean and in good repair, and separated by size and gender. No rips or stains please. 


Both adult and children’s clothing are accepted. No toys, equipment, or furniture please. 


Clothes will be sorted and distributed to tables by the person dropping them off. 


Once clothes have been sorted and distributed, you are free to begin gathering clothing in the sizes you need.


Any clothing left at the end of the swap will be delivered to a local charity drop off site. Volunteers for the clothing swap would be appreciated.


Swap will run from 9:00-12:00 noon. Volunteers are needed.


You do not need to make a clothing donation in order to take clothing for you and your family.


Call Joanne Randall at 344-8843 for more information or if you are interested in volunteering.



CRVNA Offers Better Choices, Better Health™ In Epsom


Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association is offering Better Choices, Better Health™ in Epsom, a six-week ongoing self-management program to help adults living with ongoing health conditions feel better, regain control of their health, and start doing the things they want to do. The program is on Tuesdays beginning April 7 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Concord Hospital Medical Offices East, Epsom Family Medicine, 1990 Dover Road, Suite 201 in Epsom.


Ongoing health conditions include but are not limited to congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, asthma, and arthritis.


This program is made possible with the support of the Lincoln Financial Foundation. There is no fee to attend this program and space is limited. To register, call Concord Regional VNA at (603) 224-4093 or (800) 924-8620, ext. 5815 or visit





To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,

This Monday, the Merrimack County representatives approved the county budget. County managers did a great job, reducing spending by almost $500,000 and keeping the amount raised by taxes the same as last year. Revenue changed, largely in the nursing home, where various refunds and Medicaid reimbursements are intricately linked. One unexpected benefit to the county was a $2.5 million rebate of health insurance payments from the Local Government Center; 20% will be rebated to the employees as their share of the overpayments.


The House met this week and avoided a lot of controversy. HB357, allowing more time to report a change of name or address to the DMV, was chosen by the Finance committee to bring the entire issue of highway funding to a head. They prepared an amendment including the entire department of transportation budget, with drastic cuts which would require half the employees be laid off. This being unacceptable, they also provided another amendment with an 8 cent increase in the gas tax.


I opposed the gas tax, because it hurts everyone. So I went through the budget for the department of safety (DMV, gas tax collection, highway patrol, etc) and found $15 million per year by trimming the growth and cutting areas that the highway fund was over-supporting. With $20 million from UNH (still a good increase from the 11/12 budget), this covered the shortfall, so I had an amendment ready. However, opposition to gutting DoT and/or to the gas tax increase was so strident among Representatives that the chair asked for the committee amendment to be killed. The 3-365 vote was conclusive, so no gas tax was proposed and Finance went back to work to find other funds.


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


One of the “selling points” the proponents of “zoning” put forth is that it maintains or boosts property values.




Several people come together to formulate a plan as to how they can manipulate the local real estate market to their advantage, i.e., to maintain or even increase their property values, and, in the end, make money for themselves when and if they sell their property.


Their plan: to use force or threats of force against other people in town so as to force those other people to use their property in a certain way and, if they do not “cooperate,” to prevent those other people from using their property at all!  


Would you approve of some people in town doing such a thing to other people in town?


Would you participate in such a plan?


If someone tried to implement such a plan, wouldn’t they be committing a crime? 


Is there any difference in principle between a group of private citizens using force or threats of force against other people in town so as to force those other people to use their property in a certain way or to prevent those other people from using their property at all . . . 


And Town government using force or threats of force against other people in town so as to force those other people to use their property in a certain way or to prevent those other people from using their property at all?


The use of force or threats of force by Town officials in order to manipulate the local real estate market is not a legitimate function of Town government.


Jack Kelleher



Epsom Food Pantry


As I look out my window it is raining. YEA, not snowing. Perhaps now the snow drifts will disappear.


We have been busy at the Pantry.  One of our volunteers, Alice Thompson, has completed the Food Safety program sponsored by UNH Co-op Extension program.  This is a must with the running of a Food Pantry and Alice has already brought our volunteers up to date.


We are in the process of filing IRS and State of NH papers and this with the help of Dorothy Duclos will keep us in good standing with the Feds and State of NH.  It is not all food people.


We have many duties that have to be attended to along with our Pantry, but it is all worth it as we have many families that are receiving good nourishing food and handled right in their own town by caring volunteers.


Until next time,







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