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.
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!
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
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
Until next time,
Letter To The
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
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.
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
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
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