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Epsom NH News

February 10, 2016

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On Wednesday, February 17, the Epsom Public Library will show the movie “The Martian”, starring Matt Damon at 1:30 PM.  IMDB says that during a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and is left behind by his crew.  But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet.  With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to earth that he is alive.  This movie is rated PG 13 for some strong language and brief nudity.  Should there be bad weather, please call the library at 736-9920 to make sure it hasn’t closed.



The Epsom Public Library new Infant Program continues on Tuesday, February 9th at 1:30 pm and Tuesday, February 23rd at 1:30 pm. Join this fun program for infants and their caregivers which includes songs, stories, music and age appropriate activities and toys!


Upcoming Family Movies: “Hotel Transylvania 2” on Monday, February 22nd at 2:30 pm and “Goosebumps” on Wednesday, February 24th at 6:30 pm. Both movies are rated PG and popcorn and drinks will be provided!



Congratulations to Edward Miner of Epsom, a sophomore who is currently enrolled in Husson University’s BS in Communications Technology - Video Production program.


Students who make the Honors List must carry at least 12 graded credit hours during the semester and earn a grade point average of between 3.4 to 3.59 during the period.



Congratulations to NHTI Women’s Soccer player, Alexis Duclos, of Epsom who has been named to the 2015 YSCC Fall All-Academic Team by the conference office. To be honored, an individual must have achieved a grade point average of at least 3.2 for the fall semester and completed. Athletes recognized must have completed their season of competition in the fall semester.



Residents at Epsom HealthCare Center enjoyed the lovely music of Jan Rosen. Thank you, Jan, for a lovely afternoon!





To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield, This week, the House met late on Thursday, after the Governor’s State of the State address. HB1127, requiring judicial referees to become justices of the peace, was debated and passed, 185-124. Supporters, including me, wanted a way for the executive or legislature to oversee these judicial employees – right now, there isn’t one. It also grants the referees the ability to swear in witnesses, which is sorely lacking in many cases overseen by referees. Opponents claimed that it would impair the independence of the judiciary, since the governor and council must approve JPs every five years.


HB1214, allowing towns and cities to impose a surcharge on hotel rooms, administered under the meals and rooms tax, was also debated but killed, 185-119. Supporters wanted tourist dependent towns a way to fund municipal activities other than the property tax, and were emphatic that tourists and tourist attractions don’t pay enough to the towns. Opponents were skeptical, and opposed to the new tax, at least partly because, as proposed, it would be a nightmare to administer.


HB1446, making violations of the hands free law a secondary offense (so drivers could not be stopped solely because of phone use, but once pulled over for distracted driving or speeding, could be cited for phone use) was debated at length. I supported the idea, as hands free calls are no safer than hand held, and looking at your phone in your lap is worse, but the bill was killed, 198-100.


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


Representative Carol McGuire

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