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Epsom NH News

June 1, 2016

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On Wednesday, June 8 at 1:30 PM, the Epsom Public Library will be showing the move, “JOY”.  Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper star in this wild story of a family across four generations. Amazon says the film “centers on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy’s inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces.”  The film is rated PG-13.  For more information, call the library at 736-9920.



Ivy Green Rebekah Lodge #36 will be hosting a Baby Shower/Tea to benefit the Concord Hospital Family Health Center Baby Infant Layette Program on Sunday, June 5th at 2pm at the Epsom Public Library. Items needed include baby clothing 0-6 months, onesies, pajamas, bibs, toiletries, receiving blankets, sweaters, socks, etc.  Everyone is welcome to attend this worthwhile event. Tea refreshments will be provided. Items may be dropped off at the library if you can’t attend.  Please call Vickie for more information at 736-4707.



Congratulations to Christina Barton of Epsom, who has been named to the Dean’s List at Paul Smith’s College for the spring 2016 semester. Barton, who is majoring in park and conservation management, earned a semester average of 3.3 or higher to receive this distinction.



Evergreen Lodge #53 and American Legion Post #112 are sponsoring a Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 4th from 8:30-11:30 am. This event is free to youth ages 16 and under. Bring your favorite fishing pole and bait. Some loaner poles and bait will be available. Prizes will be given to the top 3 in each age group. Refreshments will be available.  Location is 251 Center Hill Road, watch for signs. For more info call Gary Benner 736-4707.



American Legion

Post #112

& Loyal Order of Elks, Epsom

Flag Burning Ceremony

June 11, 2016 • 2:00 PM

at the Legion Post

Short Falls Rd., Epsom

Bring in your worn flags. Post Commander cell, 848-3781.



Epsom Food Pantry


Well good morning one and all!  The sun is shining. That makes us all feel good.


Another busy week at the Pantry.  I had a lovely visit from Nathan Clark, an 8th grader from Epsom Central who interviewed me on the workings of the Food Pantry. It is so rewarding when the young people have an interest in the Pantry and how we run it. I gave him a tour and answered all his questions. 


Well Memorial Day just passed. That is such a wonderful day with the program at the Legion Hall. A day we remember our service men who have lost their lives and the men and women now serving. And our love ones. But it also is the time we start our gardens. Do not forget us here at the Pantry. We look forward to your generous gifts of veggies.


Until next time,




The new American Legion Department Officers from our area. Left to right: District 5 Commander, Richard Dube of American Legion Post 28, Suncook, Department Vice Commander, Gerard A. Le Duc of American Legion Post 75, Pittsfield, and  District 5 First Vice Commander of American Legion Post 112, Epsom





To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield, Last week the House met on Thursday, to review all bills on which the House and Senate had passed different versions. There are only three choices: agree with the Senate amendment, in which case the bill goes on to the governor; refuse the amendment, so the bill dies; or ask for a committee of conference to sweat out the details. I was fortunate; we concurred, without debate, on two of my bills: HB1246, on speech language assistants, and HB1395, on municipal record storage. Very few votes generated debate; the usual rule is to agree with requesting a committee of conference, and vote on the other recommendations as you did when the basic bill was in front of you.


HB1661, forbidding licensed counselors from engaging in “conversion therapy” was debated: the committee wanted a committee of conference, the sponsor to concur with the Senate. I voted for the committee of conference because, although I certainly oppose the horrible things some have done in the name of conversion therapy, I don’t think the language of HB1661 provides enough protection for counselors who deal with minors confused about their sexuality. The House voted, 181-138, for the conference.


SCR3, a petition for congress to call a constitutional convention to address the role of money in elections, was removed from the table, 171-106, then briefly debated. It was voted to pass, 171-119, but a 2/3 vote was needed to act on it after it’s deadline. I voted against it because I believe that any limitations on political spending would interfere with free speech rights. After that vote, SCR4, which wanted a constitutional convention on fiscal discipline, was not removed from the table, 80-211.


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


Representative Carol McGuire

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Unit 112 President Jane C. LeDuc and Secretary/Treasurer Pam Connor at the American Legion 98th State Convention held on May 21, 2016. The convention was held at the Indian Head Resort, in Lincoln, NH. Where Auxiliary unit 112 recieved the Morrison Trophy Award for having the highest percentage of membership on January 1st, 2016 in for District 5 Auxiliary.



Epsom Board Of Selectmen Update


The NHDES sent out letters to property owners regarding a potential contamination of wells due to a gasoline component known as MtBE.  To date, the NHDES has sampled 19 wells.  Most of the testing results have come back below the detected limit.


The Highway Department is working on the paving project on North Road and the bid was awarded to Pike Industries.  A FEMA Grant project for New Orchard Road repairs is also being pursued.


The area Towns through SVRTA have submitted a request for proposal for Health Insurance.  SVRTA stands for Suncook Valley Regional Town Association and it is comprised of Allenstown, Barnstead, Chichester, Epsom, Northwood, Pembroke, Pittsfield and Strafford.  The SVRTA was created in 2007 to explore the possibilities for inter-municipal collaboration in such areas as assessing, building inspection/code enforcement, purchasing and public safety. 


One of the warrant articles voted on this year was about an exemption for Solar Energy.  The installation of the solar energy system will create a new assessment value. You will have to apply for the exemption.  Once approved, it means your taxes will not increase due to the new solar energy system.  (RSA 72:61-64.) Contact Debbie in Assessing for more information.


All of the Town information, schedules, meeting notices & minutes and list of Departments with monthly Police and Fire reports can be found on our Web Site at


The Board of Selectmen congratulates Nick Muise of his recent achievement of becoming Epsom’s newest Eagle Scout.


Mr. Crowley recently donated his family’s collection of old Town Reports.  It is interesting to compare the reports! Here is a “bit-of-history”  -  In the year 1933 – the town payments listed Bounties of 23 Hedgehogs at $4.60, Damage to Sheep (known as “Dog Damage”) at $32.50, Constable Badge at $1.33 and Snow removal at $299.94 (to 7 plow truck drivers.)  In the “Constable” report it appears that Hen Thieves was the most serious crime committed in 1933.  Scarlet fever cases were cared for by the Health Officer at a cost of $10.00





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