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June 3, 2015

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Evergreen Lodge #53 and American Legion Post #112 are sponsoring a Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 6th from 8:30-11:30 am.


This event is free to youth ages 16 and under. Bring your favorite fishing pole and bait. Some loaner poles and bait will be available.


Prizes will be given to the top 3 in each age group. Refreshments will be available.


Location is 251 Center Hill Road, watch for signs. For more info call Gary Benner 736-4707.



The Epsom Public Library will be offering a Children’s Vegetable Plant Workshop on Thursday, June 4th at 3:30 pm. ( No Story Time!)  Children will plant vegetables in two pots (one pot to take home and the other for the front of the library to grow vegetables for the Epsom Food Pantry). The class will be taught by master gardener, Nancy Heath. There is a $5.00 materials fee per child. Sign up is required as class size is limited! Please sign up at the circulation desk or call Mrs. Benner at 736-9920 for more information  or to sign up.



For summer scheduling, Red Cross Sponsored Swimming Lessons for Epsom students ages 5-18years old will be held at Northwood Beach July 20th -31st. Cost $5.00 registration fee per child. Watch for details in The Suncook Valley Sun.



The Epsom Public Library will be showing the movie, “American Sniper” on Tuesday, June 9 at  7:00 PM.  Rated R, this film tells the story of Chris Kyle, a military marksman dealing with the stress and personal toll caused by his deployment as a sniper.



Friends Of The Epsom Library Venture To Portsmouth! Saturday June 6

Submitted By Virginia Drew, Friends of the Epsom Library


On Saturday, June 6, the Friends of the Epsom Library are taking a day trip to Portsmouth, NH!  We will gather at the Epsom Public Library at 9am and carpool to historic Portsmouth.  This day will be filled with walking and a chance to enjoy some fabulous NH historic sites.  First stop will be the North Cemetery where you will have to chance to see the 18th century graves of a NH signer of the US Constitution, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, the captain of the Raleigh (you know!  The ship on our state seal!) also one of NH’s first governors and his brother, one of NH’s colonial judges! Next stop will be to the newly opened Portsmouth Historical society’s Discover Portsmouth where you will be viewing their galleries and a showing of “Welcome to Historic Portsmouth”- a film on it’s 400 year history. After enjoying the exhibits and gift shop, we will walk into the center of Portsmouth to see the famous North Church and enjoy lunch at one of the many wonderful local eateries.  After lunch we will visit the  1803 Portsmouth Anthenaeum and then our final stop will be a tour of one of their historic homes.  Those coming with us can plan on returning to the Epsom Public Library by 5pm.  This trip will delight history buffs!  If you have questions or concerns, please contact Virginia Drew via email- [email protected] or call the Epsom Public Library at 736-9920.  The only costs associated with this trip will be your lunch and possibly $4 fee for our historic building tour.  NOTE: Seeking to finalize the home tour prior to June 3 and would love input from those joining us.


Please sign up at the library or by emailing me.



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Elwood O. Wells Post 112 American Legion, Epsom, NH honors those who sacrificed for our freedom with a graveside service.




Ronald (Ron) Briggs


Ronald (Ron) Briggs, 77, of Epsom passed away with his family by his side on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 after losing his battle with cancer.


He was born on July 21, 1937, in Manchester, NH to Albert Briggs and Eleanor (Lear) Briggs. He was a graduate of Manchester West Side High School, class of 1955. Ron married the love of his life Barbara (Seldon) Briggs on July 18, 1959. 


After graduating high school, Ron moved to Epsom where he was a lifelong resident. He served as Chief of Police in Epsom from 1965 to 1970. Ron then served as a Patrolman until 1978. In 1966, Ron became a Freemason and a member of the Corinthian Lodge #82. He worked for Huckins Oil Company for 35 years where he was Plant Manager. Ron spent the best years of his life with his wife camping in their Winnebago, where he made lifelong friends. Ron and his wife were members of the Winnebago International Travelers, Granite State Winnies, Gateway Travelers, and the White Mountain Winnies. He had many hobbies which included woodworking, golfing, playing the piano, and collecting trains. Ron will be remembered for being a dedicated and loving, husband, dad, and pup. He was a kind, genuine man who loved everyone and cared deeply for all animals.


Ron is predeceased by his wife, Barbara and nephew, Michael. He is survived by his beloved daughter, Sandra Kelley and her husband Jefferson of Epsom, his granddaughter Amanda Duquette and her husband Christopher of Canterbury, a brother Leland Briggs and his wife Maryann of Epsom, nieces and a nephew.


A private, family, graveside service will take place on Thursday, June 4, 2015,at 11:00 AM at Floral Park Cemetery in Pittsfield, NH where he will be laid to rest with his wife, Barbara.To sign an on line guest book, log on to


As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the “Clients in Need Fund” C/O Deerfield Veterinary Clinic, 150 South Road, Deerfield, NH 03037.



Patricia Collier

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Epsom – Patricia (Pevere) Collier, 86, passed away April 9, 2015 at the Epsom Health Care Center after a lengthy illness with Alzheimer’s disease.


She was born  in Port Arthur, TX on October 3, 1928, the daughter of the late Ernest and Lydia (Nickerson) Pevere and grew  up in Beacon, NY.


Pat loved music, the outdoors, animals and life.  She played the piano, learned how to fly a plane and obtained her pilot’s license. Pat was also an avid hiker, introducing her seven children to hiking in the Adirondack Mountains in NY, the Green Mountains in VT, and the White Mountains in NH.  Summer vacations were spent at the family homestead in W. Harwich, Cape Cod, where her parents resided half the year.


Pat became involved in national politics, joined the NAACP, the Lake George Preservation Council, and Adirondack Mountain Club.  Anti-war agendas, hiking, and saving Lake George from further development became her causes and passions.  She participated in the Great Peace March of 1986 and protested at many peace rallies.  Pat moved to Burlington, VT in the late 80s, where she and her many friends attended a vigil every night in downtown Burlington on Church Street, holding signs to promote peace.


Pat is survived by six children, Rick and John Collier of LA, Sandra King of AK, Abby Collier of MD, Rebecca Collier of OH, and Patricia and her husband Michael Langlois of NH; grandchildren, Jodi and Lori Collier, Caroline Marshall, Kyle and Theodore King, Katherine McConnell and Joshua Collier; and many great grandchildren. Her son Paul predeceased her.


Services will be held on Saturday, July 18 at 2 PM at the Exeter Cemetery in Exeter. 


The family wishes to thank all those who cared for Pat during her illness.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Inn at Deerfield, 34 Ridge Road, Deerfield, NH 03037 or the Epsom Healthcare Center, 901 Suncook Valley Hwy., Epsom, NH 03234.


Tom Petit of the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home in Epsom is assisting with arrangements and offers an on-line guestbook at






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