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Epsom NH News

April 6, 2016

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On Wednesday, April 13, at 1:30 the Epsom Public Library will be showing the movie, “In the Heart of the Sea” starring Chris Hemsworth and Benjamin Walker.  The film tells the story of a New England whaling ship, the Essex. In the winter of 1820,  the ship was assaulted  by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will and an almost human sense of vengeance.  The crew is pushed to their limits in an effort to stay alive.  Ron Howard directed this astonishing true story based on the best-selling book by Nathaniel Philbrick.  The intense sequences of action and peril will have the viewer on the edge of his seat.



Epsom American Legion Post #112


A reminder from Bob Blodgett, Commander. Monday, April 11th at 6:00 PM is a regular meeting. Also, at 7:00 PM will be installation of Post officers. Please attend!



Epsom Food Pantry


Hi, Everybody!

Time flies. I cannot believe April 1st was Friday.  According to my folks at the Pantry, we have been busy, so, of course, that means we are in need of a few things. Cereal seems to fly out of our Pantry. I talked with June tonight and she said they could also use some strawberry jam, canned carrots, and milk. As we chatted, I asked about some goodies for the kids’ lunches and she thought they might like some Ring Dings or Devil Dogs (I love them). Just a few suggestions.


Now some heartfelt thanks out to a few of our faithful donors such as David and Rose Cass who are always bringing food to us. A special thanks to Steve Lombard who is a faithful donor and also to a new friend of the Pantry, Marcia Gregoire, of Happy Housekeepers, who has made a nice donation. Thanks to Planet Aid who have containers at Care Pharmacy and George’s Carpet. Thanks to those two businesses for letting the containers be in their facilities.


Now just a reminder.  A row for the Food Pantry in your gardens.  


Until next time,




Letter To The Editor


On Election Day, Epsom voters overwhelmingly supported Article 1 to construct a new town office building. Unfortunately, the article fell 12 votes short of the 60% needed to pass.


The reason it fell short, in my opinion, is that a very small group of people waged a campaign to defeat the article, because it did not put town offices in the old church that the town acquired several years ago.


While this small group celebrates their pyrrhic victory, I feel that it is critical to point out the collateral damage that was done by undermining this project.


First of all, by delaying moving out of rented space by at least a year, Epsom taxpayers will be paying $39,873 to rent for another year. You will see this in your 2017 tax bill.


The defeat of this project also makes it extremely difficult for Epsom to find contractors to bid on future projects as we have shown repeatedly that we do not support any projects for town offices.


Finally this defeat pushes back, by at least a year, any progress that could have been made to find a suitable use for the old church building.


If voters are going to end this wasteful spending of tax dollars on rent payments that will exceed $2 million over the next 30 years, we need to step forward and let it be known that we will not be held hostage by this small group and their desire to block any progress in Epsom unless we support their dream of town offices in that old building.


Don Harty





To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield, This week my committee heard SB363, a rather confusing bill that sought to define the owner of a snowmobile as the person with the exclusive use of it. Snowmobiles and OHRVs don’t have titles the way a car does, and it’s easy to license one without showing proof of ownership. A subcommittee is working on this one. SB375, establishing the coastal marine natural resources commission, seemed fairly reasonable, as no other group is looking at the whole picture. On the other hand, SB383, a commission to study the importance of hiking trails, is redundant to an already active trail advisory council, and I can’t support it.


SB461, allowing the Winnipesaukee River Basin control program (a regional waste water system, owned and run by the state, but paid for by the users) to investigate other forms of governance, and SB484, on the advisory board, make good sense. A regional water authority, with the state only in a regulatory role, would likely give the users more local control, lower operational costs, and more flexibility in dealing with the increasing capital costs of this 40+ year old system.


I also presented four bills to Senate committees. HB1245, technical corrections to the rule making process, was immediately recommended to pass. HB1246, on speech-language assistants, was not opposed, but several advocates for the developmentally disabled (who frequently need the services of such professionals) had an amendment to clarify the terms of supervision. I supported it, as did the committee, so I expect it to be approved with amendment.


HB1244, allowing towns to contract with adjacent towns or non-profits for cemeteries, had no opposition. Likewise, HB1124, removing a physician from the governing board of occupational therapists; I expect both to be recommended.


Interested readers can email me for my newsletter, with more details than fit here.


Representative Carol McGuire

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Celebrate Spring At The Epsom Public Library


The Epsom Public Library introduces Epsom artist, Judy Palfrey, with a colorful show featuring soft landscapes and bold, oversized florals.  The exhibit projects an overall feeling of springtime and showcases the artist’s explorations in watercolor, her current medium of choice; she also works in oils and acrylics, and has done decorative painting and murals as well as the framed work highlighted in this show.


Despite a busy teaching career, Palfrey has spent a lifetime pursuing her love of painting.  Although a relative newcomer to Epsom, she is well-known in the Lakes Region for her 20-year involvement in the arts community of that area.  In 2013, she was awarded the opportunity to create a new Merrimack County seal.  Her work is owned by people and businesses around the world, and she says of her work,”It is so exciting to know my art is hanging in many countries and states that I may never visit.  Many people who purchase my work say they want to remember their visit to our state and/or country with a picture they can enjoy every day.”


Adding whimsy to our spring theme is a colorful exhibit of delightfully unique salt and pepper shakers collected by Hank Nichols and creatively arranged in our display cases.


Both exhibits run through May 7th, and may be viewed during regular library hours, Monday through Thursday, 10 am to 7 pm, and Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm.  For more information, call 736-9920 or visit






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