On Wednesday, March 16 at 1:30 PM, the Epsom Public Library will be
showing the movie, “The Intern” starring Robert DeNiro and Anne
Hathaway. 70-year old widower Ben Whitaker (DeNiro) discovers
that retirement isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. He becomes a
senior intern at an on-line fashion site founded and run by Jules
Ostin (Hathaway). As the two generations collide, they find
friendship and someone to rely on – each other.
In conjunction with the Chichester Town Library, the Epsom ibrary
will host the first Memory Café on Friday, March 11 at 2:00
PM. This will be an informal social gathering for anyone with
memory issues and their caregivers. Open to anyone in the
area, the Café offers a chance for socialization in a comfortable
setting. Refreshments will be served.
Post # 112 Epsom, NH
Corn Beef & Cabbage Dinner with carrots,
beets, rolls, coffee, juice, water, desserts will be served.
March 12 • 4:30-6:30 Adults $8.00; Vets
$7.00; Children 10 & Under $5.00.
Congratulations to Karyn Veinotte of Epsom
who was named to the University of Maine at Farmington Dean’s List
for the fall 2015 semester. UMF maintains a Dean’s List each
semester for those students completing a minimum of 12 credits in
courses producing quality points. Students whose grade point average
for the semester is equal to or greater than 3.8 are listed with
high academic achievement.
Good Afternoon. Well, another busy week for Ken and his crew
at the Pantry. We have added several new members to our group
and we are glad that we can help them.
Voting Day coming up this next week and we will have a booth in the
front hall. We could use Hamburger Helper and jams and jelly.
We could also use paper goods such as toilet paper and hand towels.
Now I know that isn’t food, but we try and give some extras like
that for the folks. Liz, of course, with all her coupons, covers all
the stores looking for bargains and that includes paper goods.
I am also asking you folks who have sent
us money, to forgive me for my tardiness in thank you notes, but I
sometimes get busy and have trouble keeping up.
Now do not forget to vote. We have some important issues and
you need to let your thoughts and wants be counted. I do not take
that privilege lightly.
Until next time,
To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield, This week,
my committee met on the three bills that went to subcommittee, plus
our first Senate bill. SB380 establishes the drinking water trust
fund, as a place to put the MTBE award from Exxon – the only company
that didn’t settle and lost in court. Exxon has appealed to the US
Supreme Court, on the grounds that New Hampshire raids dedicated
funds and the money would not be used for water cleanup but for
general state expenses. SB380 is the response to that accusation,
creating this fund and an advisory committee to determine how to use
it. We voted 19-0 in favor of passing the bill. HB1517, on
siting seasonal docks, had an amendment worked out in subcommittee
to allow docks on lots with 50’ of frontage, rather than 75’, and
allowed locating the dock 10’ from the lot boundary if it’s not a
danger to traffic, or closer with the agreement of the neighbor.
When we started to discuss this, some
members were confused or objected to decreasing the spacing,
claiming that it would interfere with the enjoyment of landowners
who already had docks. I felt that the change would increase the
enjoyment of those who had lakefront property without docks, so I
supported the bill. The vote was 15-3 in favor of interim study, to
keep working on it over the summer.
HB1595, on the rivers management program,
made a number of technical changes and two significant ones: only
perennial streams were included, and the shoreland protection act
restrictions were limited to 50’, not 250’, for smaller streams.
Both make the “designated” river program less onerous. We voted 17-0
for this bill.
Interested readers can email me for my
newsletter, with more details than fit here.
Representative Carol McGuire
at the Epsom Public Library:
“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.
Infant Program continues on Tuesday, March
15th at 1:30 pm and Tuesday, March 29th at 1:30 pm. Plan to join the
fun with age appropriate activities for infants and their
caregivers. Special thanks to Nancy Zink-Mailloux for coordinating
Letter To The
Weather on Steroids
I have lived in Epsom for 37 winters now
on a bluff overlooking the Suncook River. How different this winter
has been, from my view.
When I first lived here the Suncook froze solid each winter, turning
it into a snowmobile route. This route lasted well over a decade,
but as our winters have warmed this route is no longer safe. In
fact, this winter, for the first time in 37 years, the river has
never frozen completely at all. Maybe this is because a recent
University of New Hampshire (UNH) study, has shown that our winters
have warmed some 4 degrees, on average, over the last 40 years.
Yes, climate change is real. I have
witnessed weather on steroids from my perch overlooking the Suncook
River for the last 37 years. In just over a decade, I have also seen
the Suncook River experience three 100-year floods.
Weather can be fickle, but like Lance
Armstrong, where winning one Tour de France race cannot be
attributed to steroids, the fact that he won every race makes it
likely that he used steroids.
There is a solution to weather on
steroids. It is called the Clean Power Plan. This is a way of
ratcheting back the cause of climate change - too much carbon in the
atmosphere. Recently the Clean Power Plan has come under attack by
the courts and some members of Congress. Luckily our Senator Kelly
Ayotte and Senator Jeanne Shaheen both support the Clean Power Plan.
Collectible Teddy Bears Help Raise Funds For Senior Center
Allenstown-The Suncook Senior Center will
be moving into its new home in the Allenstown Community Center,
currently under construction. In order to raise funds for the
purchase of furniture and equipment for the new center, raffle prize
calendars will be on sale throughout the month of March for $10
The Senior Center received an incredible
donation of 47 collectible H.B Patricia Teddy Bears which serve as
the basis for the prize calendar. Each bear comes with a
little story book describing their lives in the magical valley of
Bear Brook; the home for all lost and discarded bears. The
bears have a unique connection to this area because two local
sisters Neda Briggs and Pat Hunsberger created them. The
sisters grew up in central NH, and Neda lived and worked in the
Pembroke area throughout her life.
Each day during the month of April winners will receive a bear and
an additional prize thanks to the generosity of the following
donors: Allenstown County Diner, Bella Napoli, Bridge Café,
Changing Times, Cotton, Fischer Cats, Holiday Acres, Homecraft
Contracting, It Takes the Cake, Jacques Pastries, Kimball’s CAVern,
Lavallee Oil, Joan McDonald, Sandra and Jerri McKenney, Petit
Funeral Home, Pine Grove Community, Regal Movies, Kim Stewart,
Sully’s, White Mountain Wealth Management, Debbie Williams, and the
99 Restaurant. The purchase of a $10.00 ticket gives the buyer
30 chances to win over $1900.00 in prizes.
Calendars can be purchased throughout the month of March at the
following locations: The Allenstown Public Library (which has a bear
on display), the Suncook Senior Center, Allenstown municipal
elections on March 8, 2016, Pembroke town meeting on March 12, 2016
and Kimball’s CAVern on March 18, 2016. Individual senior
center participants are also selling calendars. Please call
the Suncook Senior Center 485-4254 for details.
The Suncook Senior Center is operated by Elder Services, Community
Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc. The center
offers a regular schedule of exercise programs, life-long learning
opportunities, socialization, and nutrition programs on a donation
basis. For more information, please call 485-4254.
EPSOM- Mildreth “Millie” Cheever, age 85, died
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at Concord Hospital. She was born in
Malden, MA daughter of the late John and Edith (Wells) Clifford.
She was married to Ernest “Skip” Cheever for 48 years before his
passing in 1997. Her and Skip owned and operated Cheever’s
Motorized Equipment Center in Epsom. Millie was a member of
Fort Mountain Trail Winders Snowmobile Club and had a passion for
square-dancing, camping and traveling.
She was predeceased by her husband Ernest
“Skip” Cheever, a brother John Clifford and a sister Flora Byork.
She was survived by her daughter, Joyce
Pearson and her husband, Dan of Epsom; her sons, James Cheever and
wife, Mimi of RI, John Cheever and wife Kathy of RI; 9
Grandchildren, 7 Great-Grandchildren and a sister, Irene Jeffery of
A funeral service was held on Sunday,
March 6 at Bennett Funeral Home, followed by a burial at McClary
Cemetery in Epsom.
In lieu of flowers please make donations
to the National Huntington’s Disease Association.
Arrangements are in the care of Bennett Funeral Home of Concord.
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