Please join Herb Bartlett, WWll veteran,
as he turns 90 on April 29. His friends are honoring him at The
Circle Restaurant in Epsom on that date between 7 and 7:30 am.
Governor Maggie Hassan will be giving him a citation.
Children’s Birdhouse Painting Class:
Saturday, May 14th 9:30 am at the Epsom Public Library. Join the fun
as we paint wooden birdhouses for spring! All materials will be
provided. Registration is required for the class as space is
limited. Sign up at the circulation desk or call the library. The
class is for children in grades PreK-5. Refreshments will be
The EYAA is holding its annual car wash
and bake sale fundraiser at the Epsom Fire Station this Saturday,
April 30, from 9:00 - 1:00. Please stop in, have your car washed,
grab a snack and chat with this season’s baseball and softball
players. We look forward to seeing you there!
On Wednesday, May 4 at 7:00 PM, the Epsom Public Library will
be hosting Theresa Fersch, who hiked the 500 mile Camino De Santiago
last year. Ms. Fersch hiked the entire length from St.
Jean-de-Port, France to Santiago de Compostella Spain. The
Camino pilgrimage has been hiked by people for over 1,000 years and
is said to bring great physical, mental and spiritual growth
to all who travel its routes. Please join us as she shares her
experience in pictures and narration.
The Epsom Public Library will be holding a
Book Sale May 7 – May 14. We will be accepting books for the sale
May 1 – May 5.
Books will not be accepted after May 5. We
do not take textbooks or encyclopedias. Please do not leave donated
books outside the library.
Letter To The
People are dying from overdoses of drugs.
Society is judging the addict. We can’t call them bums, animals,
indigent or a waste of time and money. If you do, then you’re
calling all sick people the same thing.
It’s very sad that people can’t look at
this addiction of heroin, marijuana, alcohol, phentinol, prescribed
drugs, etc. as an illness/disease. It’s approved and stated as such
by all the insurance companies. Compare it to diabetes, heart
illness, high blood pressure, etc. See what happens when you take
their medication away. Would you put a sick person in jail?
Let’s begin to look at this disease in a
positive way. Addicts don’t have a choice to use or not to use. The
drug takes that choice away. There is NO CHOICE when using. Addicts
are not bad people getting good; they are sick people getting well.
Because I am sober and straight today I
can make choices. If there is one person out of a hundred that is
saved, taxpayers’ money has done its job. Not all want and can be
saved, they must want recovery.
Narcan, rehab, AA or a program that will
show them how to get straight and stay straight can hopefully reduce
that rate. Families can get help. Also, there is ALANON, NARCANON,
Adult Children of the Addicted, counselling or a program that deals
with families and friends of the addict. Families get sick also and
these programs are crucial in the recovery of the addict.
Change is inevitable for both the addict and the family. It is
imperative. Some will change and some won’t. They have
to want it. Education, education, and education should start
in the 1st grade. I am grateful for today. Every night is
Thanksgiving and every morning is Christmas. God be with you.
To my constituents in Epsom and
As the legislative session winds down, I
want to thank you for your support over the last six years and let
you know that I will not be running for reelection. For me, being in
the legislature has been a fascinating and challenging experience
but it also delayed some business and personal goals.
This has been a good year for
accomplishing small things. Two of my constituent bills have already
been signed into law by the Governor, one is waiting for her
signature and two others will probably pass the Senate next week.
One allows Selectmen to appoint substitutes on election day, one
expands protection for food donations, and the others fix certain
DMV registration problems.
My biggest disappointment this year was
that my bill to reduce property taxes by expanding the Lottery to
slot machines did not even pass the House. It would have provided
hundreds of millions of dollars annually for property tax relief,
with much of the gambling revenue coming from tourists.
If any of you, particularly Republicans,
have any interest in being a State Representative, I encourage you
to run and would be glad to answer questions. The sign-up period is
June 1 to 10. Just go to the town office, fill out a form, pay $2
and you will be on the primary ballot in September. Thanks to these
pages in the Suncook Sun, we have a very easy way to communicate
with voters. Most districts are not nearly so fortunate.
Before I go, I must also apologize to our
other Representative, Michael Brewster. Two years ago I recommended
that you not vote for him, you ignored me, and it has not worked out
badly. His voting record is stellar.
Thanks very much,
Rep. Dan McGuire
Friends Of The
Submitted By Virginia
The Friends of the Epsom Library are
hosting a Field Trip! Join the Friends on Saturday May 14th for a
very special opportunity to tour the Woodman Museum!
2016 Marks the 100th Anniversary of this
wonderful NH Treasure!
The museum is located in Dover, NH &
actually consists of 4 buildings! We will have guided tours of the
1675 Garrison House and the Hale House, home of NH’s US Senator John
The Woodman House and the 1825 Keefe House
art gallery are open for self-guided tours and attendees should wear
comfortable shoes and plan on touring for at least 3 hours if you
visit all 4 buildings!
The cost is $10 for adults and $8 for
seniors. The Friends will be collecting payment at the time of
We rely on volunteer drivers for the trip so please indicate if you
will be able to drive for the trip. Arrive to the Epsom
Library parking lot at 8:45am so we can promptly leave by 9am.
The guided tours are scheduled to begin at
10 am so we would like to be prompt!
Wes LaFountain, executive director states,
“The Woodman Museum’s mission for the last 100 years has been to
collect, preserve, and share the vibrant history of Dover and the
Seacoast region, as well as examples of our common and compelling
natural sciences, and innovations in the fine and decorative arts.
The exhibitions in all four of our houses are reflections of this
After touring the buildings, plan on lunching at one of the
wonderful restaurants nearby! There will be a list of
restaurants available at the library and I will email it to all who
would like suggestions of where to eat!
Consider stopping at Harvey’s Bakery &
Coffee Shop before heading back to Epsom!
Sign up at the Epsom Public Library! For more information,
call the Library @ 736-9920 or email Virginia Drew at:
To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom,
and Pittsfield, This week the House met on Senate bills. SB515,
making drug addiction a reason for DCYF to investigate child
welfare, was debated; an amendment to fix a “guilty until proven
innocent” clause failed, and the bill passed, 203-129. SB500,
putting student health insurance plans at Dartmouth and UNH under
state insurance regulations, passed 256-84, with no debate, despite
the fact that putting the students onto the exchange, with the rest
of us, would lower health insurance prices.
SB210, requiring septic system evaluators
to be licensed, was debated and passed, 178-162. Dan, Michael
Brewster and I all voted against, because this was a blatantly
anti-competition bill: large companies (especially the one that ran
the only approved training courses) favored the regulation, small
businesses didn’t, and this is not a highly skilled profession.
SB533, allocating $3 million for addiction treatment, $2M for
supportive housing, and some for an additional attorney general, was
not really debated: Dan started to speak on the problem that a
“money bill” had originated in the Senate, despite the
constitutional requirement that they start in the House, when the
Speaker interrupted him to say that the constitutional
interpretation was settled, the state Supreme Court had declared in
1901 that “money bills” meant general tax bills and had nothing to
do with any spending decisions. I spoke briefly and pointed out that
even if the intentions were good, this bill explicitly authorized
the governor to find the money in “excess appropriations” and
transfer it as required, with no oversight – not even a notice to
the fiscal committee that normally oversees transfers. It passed,
235-109, with all of us on the losing side.
Interested readers can email me for my
newsletter, with more details than fit here.
Representative Carol McGuire
The ECS class of 2017 would like to send a
big thank you out to all those who stopped by to drop off cans
during our aluminum can drive. It was a great day and we enjoyed the
support from our community.
A special thank you to the wonderful
donator who stopped to chat with our students and left a special
donation in the jar. We are so very grateful for your generosity!
Please remember that you can drop your
recyclable aluminum cans in the trailer at Epsom Central School any
time. The proceeds from the donations are used to help the students
going to DC each year.
Epsom – Richard Henry
Thompson, 91, a longtime Epsom resident, died at his home with
loving family by his side on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.
Richard was born July 28, 1924 in Norfolk,
VA to Frank V. Thompson and Hittie Francis Brooks. Dick graduated
from Brockton High School in Brockton, MA and attended several
schools for training in conjunction with his Appraisal and
He was a veteran of World War II and
served in the Army in mobile Anti-Aircraft and then as a general
truck driver when the German Air Force was kaput. He drove through
Belgium, France and Germany during the war and drove soldiers to the
front during the Battle of the Bulge. He later served in the Army
Air Corps and was honorably discharged in 1946.
He spent several years in Florida in the
construction business, and then moved to NH. He worked at the
Veterans Administration in Manchester as a Real Estate appraiser,
then Merchants Bank and finally Amoskeag Bank.
He married Priscilla Schlusemeyer
Thompson, originally of Weymouth, MA, and together they founded
Thompson Real Estate in Epsom. His greatest accomplishment however
was being a loving husband, father and grandfather to his family.
He was a member of the American Legion
Post 112, VFW and Mason with Orphans Hope Lodge in Massachusetts. He
enjoyed cars, golf, and snowmobiling.
He is survived by his wife Priscilla to
whom he has been married 68 years; son Richard Thompson and wife
Alice, son Steven Thompson, and daughter Elizabeth Robinson and
husband James; three granddaughters, Julie Walker and husband Paul,
Crystal Tripp and husband Andrew, and Stephanie Jones; 2 great
granddaughters, Zoe and Amy; and his faithful companion Buttons He
was predeceased by his son, Christopher, and brothers, Raymond,
Frank and George Thompson.
Family and friends are gathered Saturday, April 23rd at the Still
Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home in Epsom. The service was
followed by burial in McClary Cemetery.
Flowers or a donation to Hospice House in Concord are appreciated.
CRVNA Hospice House, 30 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH 03301. The
Hospice Team took impeccable care of Richard for the last year and
half, making it possible for him to stay in his home. We are
forever grateful to them. He will be missed.
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