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Epsom NH News

March 2, 2016

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Congratulations to Jaime M. Hodgdon of Epsom who has been selected for inclusion on the Dean’s List for academic achievement during the Fall 2015 semester at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York.


Hodgdon is a member of the Class of 2017 and is majoring in biology. She attended Tilton School.


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.



On Wednesday, March 9 at 1:30, the Epsom Public Library will be showing “Bridge of Spies.”  Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks, this film tells the story of a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrown into the center of the Cold War when he is asked to facilitate an exchange of a Soviet spy for American U2 spy plane pilot Gary Francis Powers.  The Chicago Times called this movie “absolutely brilliant and totally riveting.”  For more information, call the library at 736-9920.



MCPHS University is pleased to announce Molly Macrae of Epsom has been named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2015 semester.


Molly is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Premedical and Health Studies. Molly will graduate in 2016 from the Boston, Massachusetts campus.


The Dean’s List recognizes those students with a full-time course load who  have achieved outstanding scholarship with a 3.5 GPA or higher for the academic term.



Epsom Central School Parents of Performing

Students Presents Studio Two


The Epsom Central School Parents of Performing Arts Organization is hosting the Beatle’s Tribute Band “Studio Two” on Saturday, April 2nd at the Epsom Central School Gymnasium. Back by popular demand for the 3rd year in a row!


Studio Two is a headlining Beatles band that pays tribute to the early Beatles years, choosing songs from the pre-Sgt. Pepper era.  Featuring graduates from Berklee College of Music and Beatles devotees, Studio Two band mates met in a “cellar full of noise” in a town slightly west of Liverpool (Milford, New Hampshire!) to pay homage to the greatest rock band of all time. Band members are experienced musicians of today’s generation dedicated to preserving the memory and fan culture of The Beatles generation. By recreating the Fab Four’s music, instruments, and onstage banter, Studio Two performs your most favorite hits that will bring people to the dance floor This show will be fun for all ages! The doors open at 6:30 with the show at 7:00.  Pre-sale tickets are $8.00 for adults and $3.00 for students.  At the door, $10.00 for adults and $4.00 for students.  Pre-sale for a family of 4 is $20.00, at the door $23.00.  Tickets available at the ECS main office or at the door. For more information, please call Maryann at (603) 568-5278.  All proceeds of this event will benefit the performing arts programs at Epsom Central School.



Epsom Resident Studying Abroad Through St. Lawrence University


Jaime M. Hodgdon of Epsom is participating in an off-campus study abroad program during the Spring 2016 semester through St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York.


Hodgdon is participating in St. Lawrence University’s Spring off-campus program in Denmark. She attended Tilton School.


Nearly two-thirds St. Lawrence University students study off campus at some point during their undergraduate experience at either one its international or domestic study abroad program sites.



Friends Of The Library Bake Sale

Submitted By: Virginia Drew

Friends Of The Epsom Public Library


Calling all Epsom Bakers! The Friends of the Epsom Library are having their Annual Election Day Bake Sale on March 8!  Please help us make it a success and make one of your favorite baked goods!   Pies and breads are always the most popular items!


Baked goods can be dropped off at the Epsom Public Library on Monday during regular business hours or at the Epsom Central School gymnasium Town Polls any time after 7:30 am and before 10 am.  (Polls open at 8 am) All the proceeds go to our Friends of the Library who do so many great things to support our amazing library and lucky citizens!  Any questions, email [email protected] or call 736-9020.  Thank you for your support and don’t forget to VOTE!  There are many important warrant articles!  And as a reward for voting, buy yourself a nice treat and support the library!



Letter To The Editor


I am writing this in support of Lenny Gilman for the one year term of the Epsom Budget Committee.


Lenny has been a business owner since 1979.  Lenny also serves on the BCEP Committee as an alternate for the Town of Epsom.  Lenny has attended many Selectmen meetings over the years and is familiar with the budget process.


Please consider Leonard Gilman as a write in candidate for the one year term for the Epsom Budget Committee.

Joni Kitson



Suncook Senior Center And Concord Regional VNA Offers Better Choices, Better Health™ Program


Suncook Senior Center and Concord Regional VNA are offering Better Choices, Better Health™ in Epsom, a six-week self-management program to help adults living with ongoing health conditions feel better, regain control of their health, and start doing the things they want to do.


The program is on Mondays beginning March 14 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Suncook Senior Center, Epsom Bible Church, 398 Blackhall Road in Epsom.


Ongoing health conditions include but are not limited to back pain, asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, depression, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, obesity, and fibromyalgia.


There is no fee to attend this program and space is limited. To register, call (603) 485-4254.



Letter To The Editor


The new Town Office proposal is great!  The only tax impact is the first five years.  Then no TAX impact until the bond is paid off.   The total break-even point is within 15 years.


The estimated savings over last year’s proposal is about a $400, 00 and we have a brand new building, meeting all the safety requirements!


In the end, we will own instead of renting a poorly insulated building with a leaky roof.


Your Road Agent,

Gordon Ellis





To the residents of Epsom:

It is time again to do what is right rather than what is easy. It has come to my attention that there is an open seat up for grabs through write-in on the Budget Committee that you will be voting on in a couple weeks.


Based on my past experience on the Board of Selectmen and the Budget Committee, and my knowledge of the intentions of some of the current members of the Budget Committee, I have decided to run as a write-in candidate for the one year term for Budget Committee.


You may recall a number of years ago an attempt to put a stronghold on some people (good people) in town through efforts of a previous Board of Selectmen, roughly around the years of 2000-2004. Some of us stepped in and cleared the air. We now have the strongest Board of Selectmen I have known since becoming a resident in 2004. Those attacks, however, are being regenerated through the efforts of some through the Budget Committee. It’s no surprise, really. There is a constant battle between progress and status quo.


I, and many others, are on the side of progress. I would like to see our town grow and flourish into a center for business for our great state. We need a Budget Committee, Planning Board, Board of Selectmen, and Department Heads, who all are focused on doing what is right for the Town of Epsom, not what fits the personal agendas of a select few.


Please write me in for Budget Committee. March 8th the polls are open from 8:00-7:00 PM. See you there.


Joanne Randall

Public Information Officer

Town of Epsom, NH



Epsom Public Library Children’s Events


“Favorite Books Story Time & Breakfast:” Saturday, March 19 at 9am Join us for story time, breakfast and a craft all with a favorite books theme as we kick off the “NH 1000 Books before Kindergarten” project! Breakfast will include pancakes, green eggs and ham, hungry caterpillar fruit kabobs, and more book related foods!  Children birth through kindergarten will receive a canvas book bag and book. Older children will receive an Epsom Library book bag and book. The bags and books are generously donated by the Epsom Friends of the Library! The Library is pleased to participate in this project that encourages children and their families to read at least 1000 books before and during kindergarten. The 1000 Books Project is funded by CHILIS, NH Academy of Family Physicians, NH Family Voices and The NH State Library.  Registration is required as space is limited! Sign up at the library circulation desk or call the library for more information at 736-9920.


Family Movie: The Good Dinosaur, Tuesday, March 8th at 2:30pm. The movie is rated PG and popcorn and drinks will be provided!


Story Times are Mondays at 10 am, Tuesdays at 1:30 pm and Thursdays at 3:30 pm.


Toddler Time is Thursdays at 10 am.


Lego Club meets Thursday afternoons at 3:30 pm.



Letter To The Editor


On March 8th, Epsom voters will have a choice. They can continue to rent space for their town office or they can vote to build a new town office facility on town-owned land next to the police station. If we chose to continue to rent, it will cost taxpayers $457,000 over the next ten years and a total of $1,071,400 over the next 20 years with nothing to show for this huge expenditure of tax dollars. If we chose to build, the cost to the taxpayer will be $427,000 and the building will be paid for.


This will be accomplished by funding half of the project using funds that the town has put away in the unassigned fund over the years. The new building will not be a fancy Taj Mahal like some of the towns in the state have built at a cost of millions. It will be a practical building that meets our needs and provides for better security, public access and a much better facility for our residents and staff.


We have been renting for many years and all the money we spent over those years is gone and we still face ever increasing costs going forward, if we continue to rent. Every year we put this decision off costs us close to $40,000.  On March 8th please consider the future of Epsom and vote to approve Article one at Town Election.



Don Harty

Epsom Selectman



Letter To The Editor


To the Editor,

Almost two years ago I was asked to consider serving and appointed to the Epsom Board of Selectmen to fill the remaining term of Bob Blodgett. As a relative newcomer in Epsom I was very honored to be selected and then voted in to fulfill the last year of the term.


Through this experience I have come to understand more about the important issues facing the town as well as the routine items that help the town run smoothly. In my service I have enjoyed to opportunity to get to know many more residents and to have an appreciation for the impact the decisions by the Board of Selectmen will have on them.


Now I have put my name on the ballot for a full three year term for the Board of Selectmen. I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve and apply my best judgment to the issues facing the town.


I hope we can see the new town office facility be constructed and then move on to breathe new life into the Meeting House by finding alternate constructive and creative uses that will benefit both old and young. I too look forward to establishing an email newsletter that will provide updates from municipal department heads and the Boards and Committees. My hope is that all citizens will have a better idea of what is going on in town and may be able to see where their particular talents will help fill a community need.


In closing, I want I would be remiss if I did not thank my colleagues, Betsy Bosiak, Chris Bowes and Don Harty who have taught me so much in the past two years.


Hugh Curley

Selectman, Town of Epsom



Letter To The Editor


Re Epsom Warrant #1: While there are good points regarding the new Town Office proposal, there are several problems:


1. Building is not finished for all capabilities needed.


2. This year’s tax increase is .02 per thousand but next year’s increase will be 20 cents; offset current rent payment, there will be net 9 1/2 cent increase.


3. Files will be stored basement level; there is no handicapped access to lower level.


4. Nearly $400,000.00 is being taken from emergency fund.


5. Not a doubt in my mind BOS will be back for more funds for this building while we are not maintaining current buildings.


Nancy Heath




Letter To The Editor




Tim has served for 6 yrs on the ECS school board  previously and jumped in to fill in a vacancy just recently. His  contributions to our town are huge he and would love to have your vote  for this position that he has a genuine compassion for the kids that  attend the ECS. SO VOTE WRITE IN TIM RIEL FOR SCHOOL BOARD ON MARCH 8th.


Terry Riel






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