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Epsom NH News

July 22, 2015

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Congratulations to Emily J. Goulet of Epsom who has been selected for inclusion on the Dean’s List for academic achievement during the Spring 2015 semester at St. Lawrence University.


Goulet is a member of the Class of 2016, majoring in music and performance and communication arts. She attended Pembroke Academy.


To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must have completed at least four courses and have an academic average of 3.6 based on a 4.0 scale for the semester.



The Epsom Public Library will be showing the movie “Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” on Tuesday, July 29 at 7:00 PM.  Rated PG, this sequel to “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” takes place about six months after the end of the first movie.  We meet the same characters played by Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Dev Patel and Bill Nighy as they continue their roles and are joined by Richard Gere.  The fast paced, often crowded streets in India are alive with color in this bright and lively movie.


Mark your calendars for Monday, August 3 at 7:00 PM when local area musicians, The Dantes, will entertain with an eclectic mix of music from Gospel to Blues to Accoustic Rock & Roll.



Epsom Town Band


REMINDER:  Don’t miss the second band concert of the season on Friday, July 24th, at 7:00 p.m. at Webster Park.  Additional concerts will be on Friday, July 31st, and on SATURDAY, August 8th, at 6:30 p.m.  Mark your calendars and invite your friends and family.  Bring a lawn chair and enjoy a concert in the park!



Youth Events at the Epsom Public Library include: “Lindsay and her Puppet Pals,” on Monday, July 27th at 6:30 pm. Join us for this wonderful program featuring stories with Lindsay’s super-size puppets!


On Tuesday, July 28th at 2 pm the family movie, “Maya the Bee” rated G. and our annual “Teddy Bear Picnic” on Tuesday, August 4th at 12:30 pm. Bring a sandwich, your favorite “Teddy” and a blanket. Join us for stories, songs and a craft all with a “bear” theme. Drinks and dessert will be provided! Donations are welcome. Sign up at the circulation desk as space is limited.



A benefit Dance is being held on Friday, August 7th, from 7-11 p.m. at the Epsom Elks  to help raise money for medical expenses for Baby Hayden. Hayden was born with Down Syndrome and a Congenital Heart Condition (full Atrioventricular Canal Defect) that will require her in the next month or so to have open heart surgery. Medical expenses add up quickly even for this hard working family. Please help out this local family in this difficult time. Mike and Caitlin (Twomey) Shultz would greatly appreciate it. There will be a DJ, raffles, appetizers and a cash bar. Tickets are $20 each or $35 for a couple. Please contact Tammy Montambeault for more information or to purchase tickets [email protected] or 566-5771.



Valley Artisans July Artisan Of The Month

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Artisan of the month is our long time member Joyce Lemay,  a talented quilter in traditional and machine applique techniques.


Joyce loves celebrating holidays and her theme this month is “Christmas in July”. It is never too early to think of Christmas!  Joyce has been working on holiday ornaments all year and has new designs along with old favorites.


She has generously donated for our monthly drawing a patriotic fabric Santa that will look adorable in your home at holiday time or all year long.


Joyce also sews seasonal wall hangings, tea towels and cards for all occasions.  Also, her perennial plants from her own garden are available at the shop.


Joyce welcomes you to visit Valley Artisans to see her items and the many other crafters items.  We have three rooms filled with juried items from our local artisans.


Valley Artisans is open Wed. through Sunday from 10 - 6. Conveniently located at 10 Goboro Rd.  just one traffic light from the Epsom traffic circle off Rte 4E.



Epsom Food Pantry


Well, another week has gone by and I will tell you that Girl Scout Garden is something to behold.  Eve and I went out last Saturday morning and the squashes were just amazing.  I do not know what was in that soil, but I will tell you it was something. Things are growing like mad. Found a great green pepper also. One of the scouts, a lovely young lady named Olivia Rondeau, and her Dad were there to do some work and I had a chance to chat with them and hear all about the work the girls do.


Needless to say, Saturday’s members had some nice choices of fresh veggies. At this time a special thanks to the folks of St Stephen’s church for their generous donation from their table at Pittsfield Old Home Day. I understand they also give to support to other pantries in the area.  Are we not lucky to have such wonderful caring people helping us? Also, I got another wonderful donation from an Epsom family who do this on a regular basis. Thank you one and all, from all of us.


Also for those of you who donate to the boxes around town, we could use some canned fruits, mixed or whatever. Canned veggies also welcome and we can start squirreling away for the upcoming winter. 


Until next time,




Letter Of Thanks


Thanks again this year to Tom at The Copper House and to Steve and Christie at Christie’s Antiques and Gifts; these folks are located  on Rt 4 in Epsom, just 3/4 of a mile east of the Epsom Traffic Circle.


I am thanking these kind folks for taking good care of the empty lot at the corner of Rt 4 and Black Hall Rd .


Once again, these folks have taken it upon themselves to mow and keep this lot from becoming an eyesore.


It is looking great, thank you, again .


Michael Arvenitis




Thank You

Many thank-yous from Epsom’s gardens


Our Circa 1900 Period Sitting Garden at Epsom Historical Association is complete and I have many people and organizations to thank. First and foremost Road Agent Gordon Ellis who is always ‘Johnny on the spot’ with tools, equipment & prison volunteers who dug out 10’ x 14’ area a foot deep; Bruce & Linda Blye of Land Dimensions for Brown Eyed Susan perennial; Concord Regional Senior Citizens Community Center for bench; NH Master Gardener Assoc for grant funds; Barbara Rollins of NH Lilac Commission for 3 native lilacs and 4 Wentworth lilacs whose lineage came directly from England! (Very proud of those.) Whitey of K&K Landscape Supplies who waived delivery fee for bark mulch.


Volunteers Katy & Michelle Muise and Dave Paltry made quick work of planting and top dressing the garden. Special mention to my husband David who took bench completely apart, replaced rotted wood, bored new holes for larger bolts, sanded, primed, painted, siliconed areas prone to water pooling and bitchethaned feet. Says he put 40...50 hours in on “new” bench. I have no reason whatsoever to doubt it. (But, he is a fisherman.)  


Nancy Heath

Master Gardener

UNH Cooperative Extension



Epsom Old Home Days  

Aug. 8th & 9th 2015

“Blast From The Past”


Dress up and have fun in your idea of  Blast From the Past. On Aug 8th American Legion Post #112 will be serving breakfast at the legion 8am-10am.  Anyone interested in participating and to register for our parade contact Dick Verville at 857-205-2841 or Georgia Perry at 736-8802. Have fun decorate a float and children decorate your bicycle and ride it in the parade. For the Antique/Classic Cars contact Jay Beauchesne at 969-0914 or e-mail: [email protected]. For booth info contact Dick Frambach at 496-9404.


To submit a Citizen of the Year nomination, entries must be received by July 30th. On Sunday Aug 9th 4K Road Race & 2K walk sponsored by Northeast Delta-Dental.


For race info and to register go on line to:


For more details of the weekend events go to Inquiries: [email protected] 


To be a general sponsor please make funds payable to Epsom Old Home Day Association. Your support is greatly appreciated. Please send all mail to Georgia Perry, 190 North Rd, Epsom, NH 03234. 



Old Allenstown Meetinghouse And Civilian Conservation Corp Museum Tours, Bear Brook State Park

10:00 am August 4, 2015 


You are invited to 150 Deerfield Road, Allenstown, NH to enjoying visiting two wonderful historic buildings in a beautiful woodland setting!


The Old Allenstown Meetinghouse, built between 1815 and 1821, served as the Town’s religious and government center until 1860 when the church dissolved.  Town meetings continued until 1876, and it is considered the only known surviving, one-story meetinghouse serving both religious and civic functions since its inception.  The Bear Brook State Park Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp Historic District is the only surviving Civilian Conservation Corps work camp in New Hampshire.  The camp’s facilities have been adaptively reused to provide space for park administration and a small museum.  It is also believed to be one of the few relatively intact CCC camps in the nation.


A presentation about the Meetinghouse will begin at 10:00am. Rain or shine, the Suncook Senior Center will serve a picnic lunch at 11:30am.  Both building are handicapped accessible, and bathrooms are available at the Conservation Corp Museum.  To make a luncheon reservation, please call the Suncook Senior Center at 485-4254.




Veryl (Harper) Brissette

Allenstown – Mrs. Veryl Frances (Harper) Brissette, 78, of Pine Acres Road, died Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at her daughter’s home in Epsom after a period of failing health.


Born in Everett, MA on August 9, 1936, Veryl was the daughter of the late Frank and Gladys (Thomas) Harper. As a homemaker, she devoted herself to taking care of her family and enjoyed knitting when she had the time. She was also an avid seamstress for her family and her surrounding community.


Veryl was the widow of Francis (Frank) Brissette, Sr. who died in 2013 and to whom she had been married 57 years. She is survived by 7 children, Dawna Baxter of Allenstown, Francis “Joe” Brissette of Concord, Debra Fleury of Laconia, Diane Homer of Epsom, Denise Halen of Allenstown, Jeannine Berube of Pembroke, and David Brissette of Somerville, MA; 19 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; a brother, Frank “Tom” Harper of Allenstown; 2 sisters, Lois Rabbit of FL and Elizabeth Ceriello of NC; and nieces and nephews.


There are no calling hours.  A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, August 8th at 10:00 AM at St. John the Baptist Church in Allenstown with burial following in St. John the Baptist Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers donations in Mrs. Brissette’s name may be made to the Payson Center for Cancer Care, Concord Hospital Philanthropy Office, 250 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH  03301.


Petit Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements and offers an on-line guestbook at



Steve A. Merrill

Epsom – Steve A. Merrill (aka Big Daddy), 59 of Short Falls Road in Epsom, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at the Concord Hospital.


Steve was born in East Derry on December 9, 1955 to Curtis and Anita (Perry) Merrill.


Steve worked for Fort Mountain Trucking in Allenstown as a heavy equipment mechanic for the past 13 years and had also worked for P K Lindsay Co. in Deerfield as a compressor assembler.


Steve loved his family more than anything. Any type of fishing was a close second, especially deep sea fishing. He also enjoyed gardening, finishing those never-ending yard projects, and visiting the Great North Woods to look for moose.


Steve is survived by his wife of 27 years, Amy (Robinson) Merrill of Epsom; his son and daughter-in-law, Steven Merrill and Courtney of Epsom; two daughters and their husbands, Brandy Cormier and Todd of Manchester, and Megan Stevens and Dave of Epsom; and three grandchildren, Benjamin, Brody, and Bailey Merrill.  He also leaves his mother, Anita, of Deerfield; a brother, Brian Merrill and his wife Tammy of Epsom; two sisters and their husbands, Linda Coyle and Dan of Northwood, and Susan Peront and Mike of Crouse, NC; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.  Steve also held a special place in his heart for his mother-in-law, Caroline and his sisters-in-law, Debra, Lori, and Jennifer, and their families.


In addition to his father Curtis, who died in 2010, Steve was predeceased by a sister, Deborah Merrill, and a nephew, Daniel Coyle, Jr.


Friends and family were invited to share memories of Steve at a gathering held on Monday, July 20, at the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home in Epsom. Services were held Tuesday, July 21, at the funeral home, followed by burial in the New Rye Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Live and Let Live Farm 20 Paradise Lane, Chichester, NH 03258 or the Epsom Fire Department, Epsom, NH in Steve’s memory.


An on-line guestbook is available at






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