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February 24, 2016

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On Wednesday March 9 at 1:30 PM the Epsom Library will be showing the movie, “Learning to Drive”.  This R rated movie stars Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley.  Quoting IMDB “As her marriage dissolves, a Manhattan writer takes driving lessons from a Sikh instructor with marriage troubles of his own.  In each other’s company they find the courage to get back on the road and the strength to take the wheel.”  Should there be a storm, please call the library at 736-9920 to make sure the library is open.



Epsom Food Pantry


Well,  Hi, one and all.  I really have fallen down on my job, but here goes again.


We are doing just great at the Pantry. We still struggle to keep the shelves full and all in all do pretty well.  Right now we could use tomato soup, cream soups, jellies, hamburger helper, and anything else your heart desires.


As usual our local churches are just so generous, like St. Stephens in Pittsfield (they never forget us) sent us a wonderful gift and the Ladies Aid at New Rye take care of us as they did recently.


Charley Yeaton had a 39th Birthday and he sent us some of his monetary gifts.One, especially, that Carolyn and Paul Davis gave him.


And would you believe when some of our volunteers who work in the Pantry see a need for something, they step right up to the bat. Thanks JR.


Lastly, I want you all as citizens to let me know or Ken or Liz, if you see or know of somebody who needs a helping hand and is too shy to step forward. Please let us know and we will be right there to help them out.  When I formed this Pantry it was with the wish that our group would make sure that no man, woman or child would ever go hungry in Epsom. 


Until next time,




Michael Briggs Spaghetti Dinner


On Tuesday, March 8, 2016 the Epsom Central School will be holding the 10th annual Spaghetti Dinner to raise additional money for an award in remembrance of Officer Michael Briggs.  This award will be given to a graduating eighth grade student from Epsom.  This will then be distributed upon the end of high school as this student pursues his/her postsecondary education or enters a public service career.


In order to make this award a reality we need your empty stomachs and generosity. Epsom School Staff will be cooking and serving the dinner in an effort to raise money for the award. The dinner will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Multipurpose Room.  The cost will be $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children.  Tickets will be available in the office ahead of time or you may purchase them the night of the dinner.  We will once again be offering “take out” dinners.  We will make it fresh for you when you come in to pick it up.


With your support we can make this award a reality.  Any questions please call Mrs. Donovan or Mrs. Brodeur at 736-9331. Thank you.





To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield, There’s no session this week, so I thought I’d give an update on the progress of my bills. HB216, allowing licensing boards to recover some cost of investigating wrong-doing, has passed the Senate after spending the summer with them. It may return to the House because they amended it, but it was a minor and friendly amendment. HB369, establishing a defined contribution plan, was sent to interim study in favor of a hybrid plan (HB1673.) HB1123, creating a property tax exemption for standby generators, was killed by the committee since I’d chosen the wrong tax exemption to model it on. They did identify a better law to use and I’ll try again next year since it was a constituent request. HB1124, removing a doctor from the occupational therapy board (since they can’t find one!) is still in committee, but I’m optimistic. HB1243, on storm water or sewage penalties, was amended by the committee to broaden its scope, passed by the House, and is now in its second committee. HB1244, on municipal cemeteries, has been recommended to pass, with a clarifying amendment that satisfies them and the town of Allenstown, which requested the bill.


HB1245, some corrections to the rule-making statute, is still in committee, but I’m pretty sure they’ll pass it. HB1246, on speech language assistants, has been recommended to pass with a clarifying amendment. HB1282, updating the state building code, has a work session this week: since the building code review board and the home builders have agreed on some minor additions, it should go smoothly. HB1395, on keeping municipal records in electronic formats, is still in committee with a minor wording change in process.


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


Representative Carol McGuire

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Letter To The Editor


In Representative Carol McGuire’s weekly letter on the House legislative session, she recounts her involvement with the Medicaid expansion bill (HB 1696).  She is wholly opposed to continuing this program which currently provides health insurance to tens of thousands of NH citizens.


As a part of her discussion, she unequivocally states that all those currently receiving these benefits are basically dead beat bums.  A most cynical accusation, indeed, and one I wholly disagree with.  Rather, I contend that there are many honest, hard working individuals who, for one reason or another, find themselves in a financial situation which would otherwise prevent them from obtaining health insurance without this program.  Like any public assistance, abuse by the few should not mandate depriving the many who legitimately benefit.


Rep. C. McGuire goes on to claim that continuing the program is a very poor bargain for the state.  Her reasoning involves some kind of cost comparison between extending Medicaid expansion and traditional Medicaid which pits low income folks against those who are both low income and handicapped. This argument seems scripted by her American’s for Prosperity mentors and its conclusion is more in line with the interests of the billionaire Koch brothers than with the people she purportedly represents.


A more practical and humane approach would find that, besides the obvious health benefits provided to tens of thousands of recipients and economic benefits to the health care providers and states economy as a whole now being realized, the federal government will contribute 95% of program funding until 2020; a 20 to 1 deal in the state’s favor.  That sounds like a pretty good bargain to me and it obviously did to the majority of House legislators who passed the bill.


Glenn Horner






Epsom Residents:

New Building vs. using Meeting House


There has been a heated debate for many years about using the Meeting House (also known as the church building) located next to the Epsom Library for Town Offices. Numerous times in the past few years various people came forward to propose articles on the Town Warrant for a vote to use the building for that purpose. Dozens of ideas for design and financing options have been discussed, debated, and defeated.


Speculation about why keeps us in the past. The town, and the Board of Selectmen, are moving forward with supporting Article I on the 2016 Warrant, appropriating monies to construct a new building for Town Offices to be built next to the Police Station. Further, Epsom is in a position to use a portion of the unreserved fund balance to significantly reduce the amount of interest to be paid for the construction. Win/Win.


It is important to note that the Board of Selectmen feel that the Meeting House, and its future use, is important and should be handled separately with a plan of its own. The historic Meeting House deserves our undivided attention. Although it will most definitely serve the town in a community serving capacity, the Board of Selectmen feel that a town office is not the best fit.

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 on behalf of the Epsom Board of Selectmen, Joanne Randall Public Information Officer, Epsom, NH




Loraine E. (Turell) Watson


Epsom - Loraine E. (Turell) Watson, 81, of Epsom, formerly of Gilmanton passed away Saturday, January 30, 2016 peacefully with her family by her side at Presidential Oaks in Concord.


Born February 18, 1934 in Fitchburg, MA, she was the daughter of the late Joseph A. Turell and Esther (Boudrot) Turell.


She attended Fitchburg High School in Fitchburg, MA. Loraine retired from Globe Firefighters MFG of Pittsfield, N.H. She was an avid Bingo Player and a member of TOPS.


Loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother she leaves behind her children James and Sandi Lennon of PA, Judy Lennon of MA, Diane and Mike Maloney of NH and Debra and Roy Osterberg of MA; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.


A private family ceremony was held on her birthday, February 18.


In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Concord Regional Visiting Nurses Association or her favorite Saint St. Jude.


Arrangements are entrusted to the Bennett Funeral Home of Concord.


Messages of condolence may be offered at



Richard T. Fowler


Epsom - Mr. Richard Tripp Fowler, 87, a lifelong Epsom resident, died Saturday, February 13, 2016 at the Miriam Boyd Parlin Hospice Residence in Wayland, MA.


Born on February 20, 1928, Dick was the son of Warren and Gladys (Rose) Fowler.  He graduated from Pembroke Academy and served in the Civil Air Patrol while still in high school.  He continued his education at UNH, earning both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees there.  He was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR) Fraternity at UNH and stayed active with the alumni until recently.


He began his career farming, then taught school in both Epsom and Chichester, finally working his way up to being the principal of the Chichester School.


Dick loved history and was a member of the Epsom and NH Historical Societies. He was a 4-H leader for over 35 years, served on several town boards, was a volunteer fireman and an educator at PSNH fishways at Amoskeag Falls.


In addition he had a special interest in learning and teaching about the American Indians and the Shakers.  He was awarded the name “Great Eagle” by the Sioux and volunteered as a tour guide at the Shaker Village in Canterbury.  Over the years, he also found great pleasure in being Santa Claus to many children.


Mr. Fowler was the widower of Joan (Crosbie) Fowler, who died this past November and to whom he had been married 62 years.  He was also predeceased by his two sisters, Geraldine Saturley and Margery Yeaton.


He is survived by 4 daughters and their husbands, Katherine Becker and Robert of Boxborough, MA, Katrina Fowler of Berlin, Kathleen Griffin and John of Framingham, MA, and Karen Gunterman and John of Memphis, TN; 6 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.


A gathering to share memories was held Thursday, February 18th at the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home in Epsom. Services by Rev. James Young were held at the funeral home on Friday, February 19th. Spring burial will be in New Rye Cemetery in Epsom.


In lieu of flowers please consider supporting Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity at UNH, 6 Strafford Avenue, Durham, NH  03824 of the 4-H UNH Cooperative, Taylor Hall, 59 College Road, Durham, NH 03824.


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






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