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April 27, 2016

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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 provided.



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 Editor



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.


Lee Bartlett-Epsom





To my constituents in Epsom and Pittsfield:

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 Epsom Library

Submitted By Virginia Drew


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 P. Hale.


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 sign up.


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 endeavor.”


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:  [email protected]





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

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Letter Of Thanks


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.




Richard Henry Thompson

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 Construction careers.


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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