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May 13, 2015

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People of all ages love the music from the World War II era, 1939 to 1945.  On Tuesday, May 19 the Epsom Public Library will host Songs and Stories from the War Years presented by Richard Kruppa.  This entertaining and informative program, which begins at 7:00 PM, focuses on some of the most beloved songs from that era.  “Ramblin Richard” will ask interesting and thought provoking questions about songs that were popular at that time.  2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the end and World War II and with Memorial Day a week away, it seems fitting to look back on that time in our history.  Won’t you please join us for this evening of music?



Epsom Public Library Movies


Family Movie: “Paddington,” Wednesday, May 13th at 2:30 pm. (Early Release for ECS) The movie is rated PG and popcorn and drinks will be provided.


Teen Movie: “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” Friday, May 15th at 6:30 pm. The movie is rated PG-13 and pizza, snacks and drinks will be provided!



A Discussion Of Dementia


The Inn at Deerfield, a non-profit organization which specializes in caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, presents a conversation with Greg O’Brien and Dr. Juergen Bludau on May 26, 2015 at 6:00pm.


The presentation will be held at the Deerfield Community Church, 15 Church Street, Deerfield, NH.  There is no charge to attend and light refreshments will be served.


Greg O’Brien was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s in 2009.  A veteran journalist and investigative reporter, he talks freely about what it is like to slowly lose your mind, and to see slices of your very identity slipping away piece by piece. He “offers an illuminating blueprint of strategies, faith, and humor needed to fight this disease, a day-to-day focus on living with Alzheimer’s, not dying with it – a hope that all is not lost when it appears to be.”  Copies of his book, On Pluto, Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s, will be available for purchase and signing.


Dr. Bludau received his medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and completed his postgraduate studies in the US. He is a board-certified, Harvard fellowship-trained geriatrician and board member of the Massachusetts/NH Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and the Medical Director for Extended Family.  Dr. Bludeau is the author of Aging, But Never Old.


For more information, please contact The Inn at Deerfield at 603-463-7002 or [email protected] .  RSVP encouraged but not required.  The Inn is an equal opportunity employer and provider.



Valley Artisan Of The Month


The Valley Artisan of the month is Donna Tracy. Her creative products and packaging make for lovely gifts for those who want to use natural products or who have sensitive skin.


Donna Tracy of Deerfield created  “Dear Me Suds” Soaps and Lotions  to provide her family and the public with quality soaps and lotions.  Donna cares about making soaps, lotions, lip butter and many other products for sensitive skin. Using aloe-vera, olive oil, glycerin, goat’s milk, hemp seed oil, honey, shea butter, herbs and natural essential oils and fragrances she has created a full line of gentle products.


Beautifully presented stress-relieving and molded soaps, dead-sea bath salts, herbal bath tea bags, hand and body lotions, dream pillows and massage oils are just some of her line of natural self-care products.


Her new All-Natural Bug-off spray, natural air fresheners, laundry and lavender, energizing lemongrass and romantic rose sachets are very popular for the family who wants to use natural products.


Come see her 2015 creations and concoctions and see for yourself the quality of her beautifully crafted soaps and lotions.  Valley Artisans is open for the season Wed-Sun 10-6. May 16th and 17th we will have an Open House and you can sample many of Donna’s delicious home baked cookies with Rosemary punch. See you soon.



What There Was Not to Tell

May 19, 2015 10:00am

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The Suncook Senior Center has received a grant from the NH Humanities Council to present What There Was Not to Tell.  Presenter Edie Clark will explore “what there was not to tell” about World War II, what war does to anyone it touches, how the loss of one man (Tom, the man her mother hoped to marry) affected not only her mother, his family, and her mother’s family, but also Edie and her sister as they grew up, aware of the loss of Tom but unable to understand it.  Based on more than 2,000 letters left to Edie after her parents died, her family’s loss could be the story of any family who has lost a soldier in war, any war.  Edie will share her journey to find Tom; a fifteen-year odyssey that took Edie many places, and was ultimately inspiring and redemptive.  Edie Clark is the author of many popular books that explore life in New England, and the Yankee Magazine column Mary’s Farm.


This interesting and dynamic program is free and open to the public.  Following the program there will be a luncheon served at 11:30am.  To reserve a lunch please call the center at 485-4254, luncheon reservations will be accepted through May 14th.  The Suncook Senior Center is located at 398 Black Hall Road, Epsom, NH.  Please plan to begin your commemoration of Memorial Day by attending What There Was Not to Tell!



COME JOIN US At The Board Of Selectmen’s

May 18, 2015 Meeting

Epsom Town Office Committee 2014


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The Epsom Board of Selectmen has commissioned the Epsom Town Office Committee 2014 to meet to present an alternative to renting Town Office space.  One of their charges was to consider locations for land presently owned by the Town of Epsom and to rely on local businesses and individuals as much as possible in the planning and construction of the new office.  Another charge was to find an alternative to renting Town Office space that limits planning and construction costs to $550,000-$675,000. The new office will be partially or completely of new construction. Energy efficiency and minimal annual maintenance will be considerations in the selection of building material and design. The square footage of the new location will allow for expansion in the future.


The committee has been working toward an alternate option with great enthusiasm and is making an informational presentation at the Board of Selectmen’s May 18, 2015 meeting.  The Board cordially invites to view a virtual video walk-through presentation.  


Members will be available for a limited question and answer period.



Letter To The Editor


It is beyond all reasonable dispute that the free market, the market economy, call it what you will, raises the standard of living where all other systems have failed to do so.


To the extent that the market economy has been allowed to function, people, whole countries, have prospered.


Yet people still hate the market economy.




One reason is that the market economy is so brutally, unrelentingly, fair.


Yes, fair.

In the market economy, success is based upon how much you please others.


If you offer goods or services to your fellow citizens that they want at a price they deem acceptable, you’re probably going to be very successful.    


People like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey, and thousands of other millionaires/billionaires wind up “on top” because they “please” millions/billions of people with what they offer to their fellow citizens. 


But the same principal which governs their success, applies at every level of the economy and to everyone in it.


From the self-employed plumber, to the owner of a big company, and to any and all of their employees, the more you offer goods and/or services at prices deemed acceptable by your fellow citizens, the more successful you will be.


Problem is that some people work really hard at producing goods and service that others simply don’t want . . . 


Or at prices others won’t pay . . . 


And when they fail, they don’t blame themselves, they claim the market is “unfair”


Or others, well educated people, who think the market is “unfair” because less educated people are more successful than they are.


It’s all about pleasing others.


Then there’s government.  Its approach?  Use force or threats of force to make people pay for the “services” it “offers” whether they use them or not, whether they want them or not.


Jack Kelleher



Epsom Food Pantry


Hooray!!! Sun is shining and it’s hot and guess what? My air conditioner in my car went. Oh well, I will survive.


Now to Pantry business. We are doing great. We welcomed back Janet Porter this week from her winter hiatus and that made Pantry boss happy.


Our wants this week are soup and beets. I never realized how many people love beets.  Now, you are planting, I know, so do not forget us, people.  And also, if someone is of the mind to send money, make the check out to the Epsom Food Pantry and send to PO Box 333 Epsom NH 03234.


Ken told me we have a pick-up this Saturday in Concord courtesy the Post Office.


We are truly so lucky to have such support from everyone.


Until next time,






To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,

This week, the House had another short session. SB105, requiring child proof packaging for e-cigarette supplies, was debated and killed, 210-143. I voted to kill it because these supplies are readily available on line, and a local requirement will more likely damage our local shops than protect any children. SB106, banning the possession or sale of synthetic drugs, was also debated at length. The intention was to block “Spice” or “bath salts” or the other marijuana substitutes that are marketed to children and youth and are more harmful than the original, but it looks like an enforcement nightmare! The bill lists the banned compounds in a way that strains my memories of organic chemistry, making it difficult for storekeepers (or police) to know what’s legal and what’s not. The bill passed, 223-120.


SB40, establishing the crime of fetal homicide, was debated at length, with the opponents trying to make it into an anti-abortion bill (it actually exempts any deliberate action of the mother, including abortion). The committee amendment which modified it to agree with HB560 was passed, 192-161, and the bill passed, 193-159.


SB30, which started out as a “Balsams bail-out,” had been amended by the committee to expand the lending limit for the Business Finance Authority, dedicate the increase to projects that produced revenues to pay off the bonds, and incidentally make businesses in unincorporated areas eligible for BFA loan guarantees. It was debated and passed, 293-57, with both parties and all the North Country representatives strongly in favor. Michael Brewster, Dan and I all voted against it, in my case because the BFA seems to be government picking winners and losers.


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


Representative Carol McGuire

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New Rye Cemetery


The Trustees of New Rye Cemetery would like to remind all owners of lots in the New Rye Cemetery to please adhere to the following conditions and limitations as set forth in all lot deeds previously issued: 


No permanent obstructions to mowing are permitted.  All planters must be able to be moved with ease and all stonework must be flush with the ground and follow the existing contour of the land. 


No trees, plants, shrubs, or hedges may be set out without the written consent of the Trustees. 


All monuments shall be set upon cement foundations approved by the Trustees.  


All work performed by the owner on the lot shall be done under the direction and control to the Trustees, and the owner shall first obtain a permit.


While these aren’t all the conditions set forth in deeds issued, they are the major ones that aid the caretakers and minimize the perpetual care costs and upkeep of the cemetery.  The Trustees ask that all owners of lots that are not in compliance to please rectify them in the near future.  Any questions may be directed to Donald Keeler at 340-5107.






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