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February 17, 2016

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On Wednesday, February 24, the Epsom Public Library will be showing the film, “Everest”.  This film tells the story of the 1996 Everest disaster drawn from the accounts of several survivors.  It stars Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightly and Rob Wright.  This film is rated PG-13.  If there is a snow storm, please call the library at 736-9920 to confirm that the film is still being shown.


The Epsom Public Library will show the following family movies during February school vacation. “Hotel Transylvania 2:”  Monday, February 22nd at 2:30 pm and “ Goosebumps:” Wednesday, February 24th at 6:30 pm. Both movies are rated PG and  popcorn and drinks will be provided.


The “Infant Program” continues on Tuesday, February 23rd at 1:30 pm.


The next children’s cooking class “Fun with Chocolate” will be on Monday, February 29th at 3:45 pm. Registration is required. $3.00 materials fee. Sign up at the library circulation desk or call 736-9920  for more information.



Epsom Boy Scout Troop 80 is having a spaghetti and homemade meatball dinner on Friday February 19th.  The dinner is going to take place at the Epsom Fire Department between the hours of 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  This is a Boy Scout Eagle fundraiser to finish Nicholas’s Eagle Scout project that is going on at Webster Park.  This project is to double the size of the concession stand that is used for old home day ham and bean meal.  This construction also includes a “U” shaped deck around it. This is the concession stand by the big pavilion. The cost is going to be  $7 for age 12 to adult , $4 for 6 years to 11 years old and ages 5 and under are free.  Please come down and support our local Boy Scout that is working towards his Eagle Rank.





To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield, This week, the House met to consider all bills that need to go to another committee. The most significant was HB1696, continuing the expanded Medicaid program another two years, past its current sunset of 12/31/16. This was something I’m wholly opposed to, since expanded Medicaid is for able bodied, childless adults under 65 who earn less than 138% of the federal poverty level. Since this is less than a full time worker at Walmart’s would make, it’s clear that this program is for people who choose not to work full time – or who are working “under the table” or otherwise have un-reportable income. We all know of people who enjoy this program so much that they have chosen not to work any more – from the dishwasher who refuses overtime to the small business person who declines jobs once he’s reached the Medicaid income limit.


I spoke against this, since it’s a very poor bargain for the state. Traditional Medicaid, requires one to be be poor and have another contributing factor: disability, severe illness, or pregnancy. New Hampshire has negotiated full coverage for this population at about $6,000/year: the expanded Medicaid population is expected to cost $10,000/year for able bodied, childless adults.


If you qualify you’re not working full time – and I can’t see that we should prioritize health care for these people over the handicapped or developmentally disabled, who will suffer if the state chooses to spend more on healthy adults. After an extended debate, and a number of amendments, HB1696 passed, 207-135, even though all representatives from the district opposed it.


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


Representative Carol McGuire

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Suzanne Walsh of Century 21 Thompson Real Estate Named Top Agent For 2015


Steve DeStefano, owner of Century 21 Circa 72 in Concord and Century 21 Thompson Real Estate in Epsom has announced that Suzanne Walsh of Pembroke, NH was named Top Agent for 2015 for the Century 21 Thompson office for the sixth time!


Suzanne has been engaged in real estate for 10 years and teams with her husband, Tom Walsh, a retired 28-year veteran of NH law enforcement.  Together they endeavor to professionally assist their clients in all aspects of real estate transactions 7-days a week.  They encourage anyone contemplating buying or selling in the Greater Concord Region, particularly Pembroke where they have lived for 25+ years, to give them a call to meet and discuss your respective wants and needs.  Both can be reached at the Epsom office 736-9700 ext. 27 or via their cell phones – Suzanne:  496-6690 and Tom:  545-1182.  They look forward to the real estate opportunities of 2016!



Artwork By Epsom Central School Students At The Epsom Library


The Epsom Public library presents ECS students’ artwork in our most colorful exhibit ever!  A feast for the senses, this delightful show encompasses a wide variety of exciting projects in a broad range of mediums, including a selection of whimsical, carnival-bright sculptures influenced by the exuberant work of glass artist, Dale Chihuly.


Congratulations to the talented young artists at Epsom Central School, and our heartfelt thanks to ECS art teacher, Joann Teune, for her vision and skill as a teacher, and for the many extra hours she put into mounting this exhibit The exhibit runs through March 19, and may be viewed during regular library hours:  Monday-Thursday, 10 am to 7 pm, and Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm.  For more information call the library at 736-9920 or visit



Letter To The Editor


The Board of Selectman of Epsom would like to thank the residents who came out to the Deliberative Session. The discussion was lively and positive. We would also like to thank the people who came out to support the articles discussed, including the committee responsible for almost a year and a half worth of work preparing plans which led to Article I, regarding a Town Office building.


Epsom will be placing their vote for Article I as proposed on March 8th. The article includes some unique financing options that would save Epsom taxpayers $75,000 in interest by using excess funds from an unreserved fund balance account. Article I is supported by the Board of Selectmen and the Budget Committee.


Options to Article I include continuing to rent space at the current location, which would cost taxpayers $457,000 over the next ten years and a total of $1,071,400 over the next 20 years with no ownership of a building. Choosing to build reduces the cost to the taxpayer down to $427,000. The plans allow for future growth of the town and its municipal needs.


The plan calls for the new Town Offices building to be built on land next to the Police Station.


The 2016 Warrant is available on the Town of Epsom website,, listed under public notices. Please contact the Board of Selectmen or the Town Office if you have any questions. The phone number is 603-736-9002.


Respectfully submitted,

Joanne Randall

Public Information Officer

Epsom, NH






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