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Epsom NH News

May 18, 2016

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On Wednesday, May 25 the Epsom Public Library will be showing the movie, The Lady in the Van at 1:30 PM.  Starring the magnificent Maggie Smith, the film is based on a true story of Miss Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origins who temporarily parks her van in Alan Bennet’s London driveway and proceeds to live there 15 years.  “What starts as a begrudged favor becomes a relationship that will change both their lives.”


Be sure to mark your calendar for Wednesday  June 1 at 7:00 for a program about spring organizing and downsizing with Helene Parenteau.



Epsom Food Pantry


Good Day Friends.  as most of you  know my husband of 68 years passed away, so my attention to the needs of the pantry had to be on hold.  But now I am back in the swing, so here goes.


First of all, many thanks to the following folks for donations  both material and money: Phil and Nancy Yeaton, Clara Bedard, the South Pittsfield Community Club, and St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Pittsfield.  Oh, I hope I haven’t missed anyone. The Pantry itself is doing just great.


We do need soup, mac and cheese and hash. Again, a reminder of your gardens. Do not forget a row for the Pantry.  When I told you of our needs when your are shopping and can afford a little extra fresh veggies and fruit, they are always welcome.


Until next time, many thanks from Ken and I for your wonderful support of the Epsom Food Pantry.





Epsom Library News


Bone Builders, a strength and balance class for osteoporosis prevention and led by RSVP volunteers, will be held at the library every Tuesday and Thursday for 9 to 10 a.m.


Registration is required and participants must stop by the library to pick up a informed release form as well as a medical release statement. If you have questions you can call the library at 736-9920.


Treat yourself to viewing an exhibition of one-of-a-kind jewelry created by Epsom resident Christina Van Horn. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. to which one and all are invited.





To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield, This week, the House met on the last of the Senate bills, staying past 9pm to finish them all. SB540, banning the use of kratom (a psychoactive plant from Thailand, also known as khat) by minors, was debated more on the inadequacies of the bill than the need for a ban, and tabled, 202-143. SB315, updating the statutes regulating barbers and cosmetologists, was debated at quite a length. The committee amendment, which consolidated and updated language and also deleted the need for “shampoo apprentices” to be licensed, passed without comment. A minority amendment which merely added a “friends and family” exemption, was debated and defeated, 163-166, and a final amendment to decrease the penalty for barbering without a license from a misdemeanor to a violation was defeated, 111-218. This margin was largely because, as a change in criminal penalties, it would normally go to the Criminal Justice committee, and there was no time to do so.


CACR27, a balanced budget constitutional amendment, was debated and not passed, 201-139, on a party line vote. (Constitutional amendments need a 3/5 margin to pass.) It was then tabled on a voice vote. Dan debated SB481, an anti-competitive regulation of new health care facilities (only; existing ones were exempt), but the bill passed, 195-134. Since this is the time to re-send the Senate bills that the House strongly supports, SB527, which funded the police standards and training council, was amended, 162-139, to include authorization for biweekly pay, and passed. SB533, adding $5 million for drug abuse treatment and prevention, was a target for constitutional carry, but that amendment failed, 98-208, after House leadership warned that the governor might veto it.


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


Representative Carol McGuire

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New Rye Church & American Legion to Celebrate Memorial Day at the Old Allenstown Meeting House

Submitted by Dorene Young, New Rye Church Secretary

On Sunday May 29th, New Rye Union Congregational Church and the Elwood O. Wells American Legion Post #112 will celebrate Memorial Day by worshipping together at the historic Old Allenstown Meeting House in Bear Brook State Park. The venerable Meeting House is a fitting site to celebrate Memorial Day since the building itself is nearly 200 years old. It was built in 1815 and survived many of the conflicts whose veterans we hold in memory and whose sacrifice we hold in highest honor, especially during this week of remembrance.


New Rye Church is located close to the Meeting House and it eventually absorbed the members of the “Christian Church” who worshipped at the Meeting House in the 1800s. There is also an historic connection between the Elwood O. Wells Post of the American Legion and the Meeting House since records indicate that one of the original pews in the Meeting House was purchased by Samuel and Hanover Wells, ancestors of Elwood Wells. Fortuitously, the Wells pew is one of those that survived a terrible fire in the 1980s. Elwood’s mother, Sophronia Yeaton Wells, was also the organist at New Rye Church for a number of years.


The Meeting House is located on Deerfield Road in Bear Brook State Park about a mile off Rte. 28. The public is invited to join in this Memorial Day Celebration, which will begin at 10 a.m.  Please call Rev. Jim Young at 736-9279 for more information or directions.




Charlotte M. Freeman

EPSOM- Charlotte M. Freeman passed away March 7, 2016 at the age of 95, with her loving family at her side. She was at the Epsom Healthcare Facility in Epsom, NH for last four years of her life. She struggled the last four years of her life with dementia.


She was predeceased by her husband, Charles F. Freeman.


Charlotte was born September 16, 1920 in Concord, NH to Clinton E. Morrill and Aphia (Webster) Morrill. She graduated from a business college in Burlington, Vermont. She was married to Orville C. Anderson and together they had four children. Later in life she married Charles F. Freeman and together they enjoyed their trips to the Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Virginia and Washington DC. They also enjoyed many trips to York Beach, Maine and going for rides.


She worked for the Federal Government for 35 years. Starting her career in Washington, DC for the Labor Department. When she retired from the Federal Government she was working for the Federal Highway Administration in Concord, NH where she had worked for over 30 years.


Charlotte was very active with the Order of Eastern Star for over 50 years. She enjoyed the many activities of the Eastern Star and the Masons. She enjoyed the many hours she spent searching through genealogy, for herself and for others. She was a member of the South Congregational Church in Concord, NH for her entire life. She was always available to provide rides to those that needed help getting to appointments and other errands. She enjoyed going for rides and going out to eat with family and friends.


Members of her family include her three children, Christina (Anderson) Laslie of Concord, NH, Clinton A. Anderson of Manchester, NH and Carole Jean (Anderson) Paris of Epsom, NH; three grandchildren, Charles C. Anderson, Tonya Laslie and Megan R. Goodwin and her husband Jerry Goodwin and five great grandchildren, Renee L. Goodwin, Eric W. Goodwin, Courtney Anderson, Dylan Anderson and Shayne Laslie.


She was predeceased by her first born child, Charlotte Aphia Anderson; one grandson, Shayne C. Laslie.


A graveside service will be held at Blossom Hill Cemetery in Concord on Friday, May 20th at 1PM.


In Lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations in Charlotte’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association, national office 225 N. Michigan Ave #1700 Chicago, IL 60601 or online at


Arrangements are entrusted to the Bennett Funeral Home of Concord.


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Leon D. Corbett (1927 - 2016)


EPSOM – Leon D. Corbett, 88, of Epsom died April 28, 2016, after a brief illness, surrounded by family. Born in Colebrook on August 25, 1927, he was the son of Derwood Corbett and Mavis (Owen) Corbett. After he graduated from Plymouth High School he joined the United States Army and served in the Korean War from 1951-1952. He attended Concord Commercial College after serving his country and graduated with a degree in accounting. He was employed by the Samuel Eastman Co. of Concord and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. Leon retired from the New Hampshire Department of Transportation in 1993 after 23 years of service.


He was very proud to be a veteran and was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also a member of the American Legion and was a master mason of the Corinthian Lodge No. 82 of Pittsfield. Leon was also a volunteer firefighter for the Epsom Fire Department for many years.


His family members include his wife of 52 years, Marjorie R. Corbett; three daughters Maureen LaClair of Concord, Linda Guimont of Bedford and Janice Corbett of Loudon; grandchildren Brandon, Abigail, Madeleine, Meghan and Lea.


A service was held at the Bennett Funeral Home of Concord on May 4 followed by a burial at the New Hampshire StateVeterans Cemetery in Boscawen.


In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions in Leon’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517 Topeka, Kan., 66675.


Arrangements are entrusted to the Bennett Funeral Home of Concord.


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