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Epsom NH News

January 20, 2016

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On Wednesday, January 27 at 1:30, the Epsom Public Library will be showing the movie “A Walk in the Woods.”  This comedy adventure stars Robert Redford and Nick Nolte.   The film tells the story of author Bill Bryson’s return to America after living in Britain for 20 years.  He decides to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100 mile Appalachian Trail.  Accompanied by a friend who is equally inept and unknowledgeable about the trek, the two embark on an adventure or perhaps a misadventure.   The landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes make a beautiful backdrop.  Should there be bad weather, call the library at 736-9920 to make sure the library is open.



The Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will present, “Managing Caregiver Stress” on Thursday, January 28 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the library.  The demands of caregiving can take a toll on your health, relationships and state of mind – eventually leading to burnout.   Join us as we discuss strategies to recharge and find balance in your life.  For more information, you may call (603) 224-4093 or (800) 924-8620, ext. 5815.



The Epsom Public Library is offering  a new program for infants and their caregivers on Tuesday, January 26th at 1:30 pm. The program is coordinated by Nancy Zink-Mailloux and will include age appropriate activities and toys.  The next Children’s Cooking Class is on Monday, January 25th at 3:45 pm. The children will be making some fun, tasty snacks for school and sports. Snacks will be school appropriate and peanut free! Call the library at 736-9920  to sign up as space is limited. There is a $3.00 material fee.



Epsom Food Pantry


Well, Happy New Year. I am off to a bad start and have missed a couple of weeks, but sometimes my life gets a little hectic. That being said, I shall try and do better.  Needless to say, we have been busy at the Pantry. With extra food coming in during the holidays, it has certainly been a big help to our shelves, but as I have said before, our needs are great, so we are very grateful to one and all.


Ken had a lot of fun just recently. Three of our Cub Scouts came to the Pantry with their leader and brought food which they helped Ken put away. Ken gave them a tour and explained the workings of the Pantry. I talked with Ken yesterday and he said he could really use some BEETS. Boy, they seem to be a favorite of a lot of families.


Also, I want to take this time to thank Phil and Nancy Yeaton for their donation and to all who have donated so freely. Liz and I are busy with year-end paperwork, and before you know it it will be tax time. 


Until next time,






To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield, Last week, the intensity of debate on a particular bill did not always match the importance of the bill. For example, HB475, permitting farmers to sell bison meat without USDA inspection, passed on a voice vote, without discussion; Dan’s HB636, reforming the state civil asset forfeiture process, had a floor amendment to keep any money in a dedicated fund, which was debated briefly and killed, 153-153, before the bill passed by acclamation.


Then there was SB136, creating a committee to study Congress’s actions regarding the Citizens United case, which is the decision that organizations have free speech rights in political speech, or essentially unlimited campaign contributions. It was recommended to be killed by the committee – after a brief debate, that motion failed, 152-154. A motion to table failed, 152-154, and we went on to take five more roll call votes, including one taken manually as the computer voting system went down! The final action was to kill the bill, 166-137.


HB504, allowing the option of on-line driver’s ed (classroom only; road work still required) was debated, with different views of the quality of on-line courses. It happens that on-line courses actually give local driver’s schools more business, since students sign up for the supervised driving. The bill was not killed, 111-242, and passed on a voice vote.


HB634, creating a capital gains tax, was debated and killed, 197-109. The speech in favor of this bill was one of the most disturbing I’ve heard, entirely based on taxing “the rich” without realizing that for many people, significant capital gains only appear in the best year of their life, as they sell a business or a camp that they’ve had for years.


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


Representative Carol McGuire

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Natural Look Hair Salon welcome Stacie Lavoie, new stylist, from Regis at Peters in Concord.



Philip and Stacie Rivitski of Epsom are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Rachel Rivitski, to Dimitri Coronisi, son of Nick and the late Laurel Coronis of Plainfield, NH. Rachel  is currently pursuing a nursing career through New Hampshire Technical Institute. Dimitri will be graduated from New England College with a degree in Criminal Justice and Outdoor Leadership and pursuing a career in the Fish and Game. A June, 2016 wedding is planned.




Clarence D. Croft, Jr.


EPSOM - Clarence D. “Bud” Croft, Jr., died Thursday at the age of 96 at the NH Veterans Home in Tilton, where he resided for the past year and a half.


He was born in Canton, MA on July 26, 1919,  the son of Clarence D. Croft Sr. and Bertha (Hebb) Croft. He served for 28 years in the US Army retiring as a Lt. Colonel. During WWII he served with the 980th Field Artillery Battalion in northern France, Germany and Central Europe. He participated in the D-Day Invasion of Omaha Beach. He lived in Barnstead, NH for 17 years prior to living in Epsom for several years.


He was a longtime member of the First Congregational Church in Norwood, MA. Bud was also a member of the Corinthian Lodge in Pittsfield, NH and an active member of the Barnstead American Legion and the Epsom American Legion Post #112.


He was the widower of Priscilla Croft and is survived by a son, Richard D Croft and wife Lee of Bellingham, MA; 2 Daughters, Caroline M. Robinson and Barbara A. Fisher and husband Kevin, both of Deerfield, NH; 11 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and a great-great grandson.


Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday evening, January 19, from 6 – 8 PM at the Waters Funeral Home, 50 So Main St. Concord. A funeral service will be at the funeral home Wednesday, January 20th at 10:00 AM. Burial will be at 1:00 PM in the Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree, MA.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Legion Post #112, Epsom, NH 03234.






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