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Epsom NH News

May 6, 2015

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The New Hampshire Humanities Council has awarded the Epsom Public Library a grant to host Mr. Kevin Gardner as he presents his program “Discovering New England Stone Walls” on Wednesday, May 13 at 7:00 PM.  Mr. Gardner will explain how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time, and their significance to the famous New England landscape.



With Spring 2 weeks late, roadside clean-up continues in Epsom. If you are able to clean-up roadside litter or a community area there are still Christmas tree  saplings available at the Epsom Library for you. Just fill in the form at the library and note what area you will clean up. Contact [email protected]  if you have any questions. Help make Epsom Beautiful.


Thank you from the Epsom Conversation Commission



Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association Offers A Healthy Life For Me Presentation In Epsom


Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association is offering a free presentation “A Healthy Life for Me!” on Tuesday, May 26 from 11 a.m. to Noon at Epsom Public Library, 1606 Dover Road in Epsom.


While not all illness is avoidable, many challenges associated with ongoing health conditions can be overcome by eating right, exercising, and taking care of yourself. No matter how old you are, caring for your body has enormous benefits that help you stay active, manage health problems, and increase your energy.


To register, call (603) 224-4093 or (800) 924-8620, ext. 5815.



Epsom Food Pantry News


Another  busy but good week at the Pantry. Our Pantry brings out the very best in people. For example, the Victory Workers 4 H Club is going to be  donating a variety of foods to the Pantry. The group was accompanied by one of their leaders, Derek Ladd, who organized this project. This group is from Pittsfield. That is just wonderful.


You know not only are people grateful to receive our food, but when their circumstances improve and they get a job, these folks are the first ones to let us know and will stop coming. We always tell them if they need us again, we are there for them.


Ken tells me the Pantry could use some Jello products and 2 pound bags of sugar or flour and also cocoa mix for the children. Sorry, I missed again. Not quite sure what happened.


Until next week,




Letter To The Editor


Why do people hate the “market economy”?


But first, what is the market economy?


Thousands of years ago two people meet.


One says, “I will trade some of my firewood for some of your food.”


The other says, “It’s a deal.”


Both individuals, “won”. 


They each valued what they got more than what they gave up.  


If that were not the case, no exchange would have taken place.


Now, instead of two people, make it millions of people, instead of just two products being exchanged, make it millions of products and services available for exchange and you have the market economy.


Millions of people all trying to improve their own situation, all voluntarily cooperating with one another in the production and exchange of goods and services at mutually agreeable prices.


No force involved.


The result: the standard of living soars.


What’s to hate about that?


All the government has to do is to enforce the right of every individual to own and control their own property, whatever that property may be, and prevent and/or punish the use of force or fraud.


Production in a market economy is not directed by some government bureaucrat arbitrarily handing out subsidies from one hand and punitive fines from the other.


In the market economy, production is directed solely by consumers through their deciding to buy or not to buy.


As for individual freedom, the market itself is but a manifestation, an extension, of two things: the right of individuals to be free to act and the right of individuals to own and control their own property.


The market economy is the only economic system which is compatible with human freedom.


It is not a coincidence that the world’s first experiment with individual freedom, which began with our Declaration of Independence, also gave rise to the market economy. 


Jack Kelleher



Letter To The Editor


I wanted to take this time to thank Jack Kelleher on his almost weekly articles in The Sun. I wanted to let you know that, at least in this house, we look forward to reading your letters each week. I only hope more people take the time to read them and do their own research if need be. You hit the nail on the head each time.


Keep it up.


Joy Sheehan






To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,

This week, the House met to consider two very contentious bills. SB116, repealing the requirement for a license to carry a concealed weapon, was briefly debated and passed, 212-150. All representatives from the district voted for this bill. Since the governor has threatened to veto this bill, and neither the House nor the Senate had 2/3 support, I don’t expect it to become law.


SB113, authorizing two casinos, a large one presumably at Rockingham Park and a smaller one further north, possibly in Loudon, was debated at great length. The committee amendment, requiring a performance audit of the first casino before the second license was issued, failed 142-162, with the opposition not wanting the delay. A floor amendment to simply repeal the criminal prohibitions against gambling was debated before failing, 103-259; I voted for it as being an elegant solution, but expected it to fail because most representatives were concerned that state regulation would not be possible. Another amendment, allowing as many casinos as were qualified, rather than just one of each size, was also debated and failed, 87-219. I voted for this as well, since it eliminated the conflict with the state constitution’s ban on monopolies.


Another amendment, regulating “gray” machines (not explained) and eliminating all tolls on the turnpikes, failed to get the necessary 2/3 vote to consider this non-germane material. After that, over a dozen speakers, including Dan, made their points for or against the bill. The final vote was 156-208: not as close as most observers had thought it would be. Both Dan and Michael Brewster voted with me against the bill and for the amendments, but Alan Turcotte didn’t.


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


Representative Carol McGuire

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Herb Bartlett of Epsom celebrates his 89th birthday surrounded by friends at the Circle Restaurant in Epsom.




Margaret (Devine) Wentworth

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Epsom – Mrs. Margaret (Devine) Wentworth, 78, died, surrounded by loving family, on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at CRVNA Hospice House.


Born in Liverpool, England, on February 9, 1937, Margaret was the daughter of James and Jane (Newsham) Devine.  She was raised in England and immigrated to the United States in in 1955.


She was a former member of the Red Hatters and enjoyed camping. She had been employed by GE and had also worked for a short time for Hannafords.


Members of her family include her husband of 60 years, Everett Wentworth of Epsom; her daughter and son-in-law, Diane Gillespie and John of West Boylston, MA; 4 grandchildren, Kayla, Lauren, Colleen, and Ryan; 2 great granddaughters, Annabel and Julianna; siblings, Catherine Kennedy, Elizabeth Cross, and Anthony Devine, all, of Liverpool, and Anne Reith of Woonsocket, RI; and nieces and nephews.  Margaret was predeceased by her son, Vincent Wentworth last year in November, and by siblings, Richard and John Devine, Doreen Thomas, and Jeanne Snagg.


Services were held Monday, May 4th at the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home in Epsom.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be made to the CRVNA Hospice Program, 30 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH 03301.


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