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Epsom NH News

April 20, 2016

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On Tuesday, April 26, the Epsom Public Library will be showing the movie “The Revenant” at 1:30PM.  Leonardo DiCaprio won the Oscar for Best Actor in this film about survival and revenge.  The harsh majesty of the wintertime Pacific Northwest has never been captured like this.  Taking place in the 1820’s American wilderness where the mountain men carved out a living trapping for furs, where blizzards, avalanches, and storms are common place, and men had little time for anything but survival in this cold, brutal hell they have found themselves. This movie is rated R.  Please note that this is on Tuesday, not the usual Wednesday matinees of the winter.  For more information, call the library at 736-9920.



Epsom Food Pantry


Good morning one and all.  The sun is shining. Exciting.  Well on to Food Pantry.  Ken had a busy week. Two pickups, one in Concord and the other in Manchester and then the putting away all the food in the pantry.  I know June and of course, Armand help with this job, and Armand goes with Ken on most pickups.  He is a big asset to our Pantry.


In talking with Ken, he asked to give our very heartfelt thanks to the Epsom Chichester Lions Club for a very generous donation.  We are so lucky to have such wonderful friends in the community.


Our needs right now are tomato soup and paper goods.  And, of course, fresh vegetables this summer.


Until next time,




Epsom Public Library Youth Events


The Epsom Public Library is pleased to host the “Epsom Engineers FIRST Lego Robotics Team” on Tuesday, May 3rd at 5 pm. The team will do a presentation about their project. The team is very excited to be representing New Hampshire at the Legoland North American Robotics Competition in California in May.


Family Movie: “Open Season: Scared Silly” Wednesday, April 27th at 2 pm. The movie is rated PG and popcorn and drinks will be provided!


Infant Program: Monday, April 25th & May 2nd at 10 am. The program is for infants and their caregivers and includes songs, stories, movement activities and age appropriate toys.


Teen Movie: “Mockingjay Part 2” Friday, May 6th at 6:30 pm. The movie is rated PG 13 and pizza and drinks will be provided. Donations of snacks and cookies are always appreciated. For more information call Vickie at 736-9920.



Letter To The Editor


Spring has been an in and out thing so far.  Looking forward to the summer projects.  This summer we will be doing a paving project on North, Samuel and Ox.  We will be putting up signs to keep you informed and to know which way to go on certain days.


Late summer or early fall we will be installing an open bottom box culvert on Echo Valley Farm Road.


The grader is out and working. This will be another good year!


Bless You,

Your Road Agent

Gordon Ellis



Letter To The Editor


This is to inform the residents of Epsom that a letter was read at the Monday night Selectmen’s meeting, 4/11/16, from the LCHIP program (Jenna Lapachinski, HRS).


This letter ensues the following: “In regard to the pews, they should absolutely stay in place until a new use for the meetinghouse has been determined.


After reviewing the project file and previous correspondence, it appears that the pews have come up several times and the general response from both LCHIP and DHR has been that the pews and their configuration are important and character defining elements of the building’s interior.


In one of the earlier reuse plans a row of pews were planned for removal to better accommodate barrier free access. The response to that proposed plan was that those pews should be carefully preserved and protected for use elsewhere in the building or the proposed civic complex. Though the proposed use of the building has changed, I think the treatment approach for the pews is still applicable. As pews are a character defining feature of the building, great care should be taken to retain them as part of their future reuse.


Though currently reviewed as a liability, I think with careful planning and creative thinking, the pews can certainly be an asset.”





Epsom Bible Church Awana Clubs recently held their Annual Grand Prix Races. Twelve Clubbers, in third-sixth grade raced the cars they had built from kits on our 30 foot track. The cars were judged in both speed and design divisions, with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies awarded in each division.



What better way to celebrate early childhood than to share the childrens’ work.  The kids and staff at Circle Child Care have worked hard to show their stuff thanks to the Circle Restaraunt, the heart of Epsom.  From babies and fingerpaint (usually chocolate pudding)  to detailed plans for the leprecon trap the kids express their individuality, their curiosity, their eagerness to learn.  We are happy to share the privelege we have to spend our days with the cutest of cute, the dearest of dear, the brightest of the future.



Post #112 Amercian Legion Installation of Officers Left to Right: Charlie Wilox, Chaplain, Chris Pipin, Historian, Harvey Harkness, Junior Vice; Bob Blodgett, Commanders, Sean Hershlinger, Finance Officer, Joe Downey (Reno) Sgt. At Arms; Robin Davis, Judge Advocate; Gordon Ellis (R), Senior Vice; Bill Jorakotas, Adjutant.



Recently, New Rye Ladies Aid of the Congregational Church of Epsom made quilts in honor and memory of long-time members Eris Tirrell and Virginia Bumford. They will be given to Shriner’s Childrens Hospital and Ivy Green Rebekah Lodge #36.



Epsom Selectmen’s Update


Now that March madness has come and gone, we have a little time to tell the residents what has been going on in our Town.  March is one of our busiest times of year due to Deliberations and Voting.  Preparing for the Budget season actually starts around November!


The Board of Selectmen has remained the same this year.  Hugh Curley was elected another term.


There was a change made to the Selectmen’s meeting agenda and they will meet every other week (instead of weekly). Due to time constraints from their full time jobs, every other week works better, plus, the staff in the office helps out tremendously to keep things running smoothly.


Some of the projects that are being worked on right now are:


On-going plans to replace the bridge over Griffin Brook.


Obtaining new Insurance Company for our property liability.


On April 4th, the Fire Chief coordinated a public forum at the School for the Heroin Crisis that we are all experiencing.


The Selectmen would like to discuss the “school agreement” with the School Board as it relates to Pembroke Academy.


We have just hired M&N Assessing Services for a four year term to begin in 2017.


The Webster Park reservations are now being processed at the Town Office.


Earth Day is on April 22nd.


The Zoning Board of Adjustment has had a couple of hearings and the Planning Board is finishing up the Capital Improvement Plan.


All of the Town information, schedules, meeting notices and minutes and list of Departments can be found on our web site at Also, the Town Reports are on our web site, just click on “Town Clerk.”


Mr. Crowley recently donated his family’s collection of old Town Reports.  It is interesting to compare the reports! Here is a “bit-of-history” - In the year 1912 – the appropriation for the school tuition was $400.00 and the inventory list included totals of sheep, cows, oxen, hogs, and horses (not just buildings). The total inventory list was $607,048.00 and the rate of taxation on each $100.00 valuation was $1.27.






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