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Epsom NH News

March 9, 2016

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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.



American Legion

Post # 112 Epsom, NH

Saint Patrick’s


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.



Epsom Food Pantry


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

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Youth Events 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 this program!



Letter To The Editor

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.


Eric Off




Bear Brook 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 each.





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.




Mildreth “Millie” Cheever

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 MA.


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.  Online condolences can be expressed at






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