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June 29, 2016

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The Pittsfield High School Class Of 1966 50th Class Reunion  will be held in the Pittsfield Congregational Church vestry on July 23rd from 3-6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. If you can attend call Pete Riel at 603-269-8861.



Tuesday, July 12th 6:30pm: Children’s Museum of NH Program, “Amazing Inventions!” Join us for this fun filled hands on jog thru history as we investigate some of the most amazing inventions of all time! Registration is required as space is limited. Sign up at the circulation desk or call Mrs. Benner for more information.


Wednesday, July 13th 2pm: “Family Movie:” Help, I’ve Shrunk the Family rated PG! Popcorn and drinks will be provided!


Fri. July 15th 6:30 pm: Teen Movie, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” rated PG-13 Join us for the movie, pizza and drinks!



On Wednesday, July 6 at 7:00 pm the Epsom Public Library will be hosting Kevin Martin, Rockingham County coordinator for  the NH Big Tree Program.  He will share stories and pictures of big trees around the state including Northwood’s big tree and a horse chestnut in Portsmouth that was planted by a signer of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.  He will also direct you to 28 hikes to find 85 of the largest trees that are on public land where they can be seen up close.



Epsom Food Pantry


Well, we just had a busy afternoon at the Pantry.  Of course, we are always glad to be busy.  I talked with June and she said we could use Hamburger Helper (boy is that popular), Ramen noodles and grape jelly.  She also mentioned that we could use some adult treats such as cookies and natural bars or anything you might see that looks yummy.


The garden looks great that the Girl Scouts are doing (100% better than mine for sure). School is out, so snacks for the kids would be good also for picnics, etc.


Thanks again to all you folks who leave us food around town. Much appreciated.


Until next time,




Twice-Seen In The White Mountains


The Epsom Public Library is pleased to present “Twice-seen in the White Mountains,” an intriguing exhibit of Richard Moore’s composite photographs of iconic locations in the White Mountains, photographed a century apart and digitally merged.


The antique photographs on which the composites are based are from 19th century stereographs.  The exhibit tells the story of the once-great international stereograph industry, which had a major center in Littleton, New Hampshire.  An interactive feature of the exhibit allows visitors to view a nineteenth-century stereograph with a Virtual Reality viewer and a cell phone, bringing the past into the present.


Richard W. Moore, a resident of Deerfield, has created “twice-seen photographs” at Odiorne Point, the Wentworth Coolidge Mansion, the White Mountains, and other New Hampshire historic sites.  In 2014 he published Monhegan Come Again, twice-seen images of Monhegan Island, Maine.  Some of his work can be seen at


The exhibit will run from July 2 to August 13, and may be viewed during regular library hours: Monday – Thursday, 10 am to 7 pm, and Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm.  Additionally, all are cordially invited to attend the Opening Reception of this fascinating exhibit, on Friday, July 8, from 5 to 7 pm.  For more information, call the library at 736-9920 or visit



Thank You


A Peas & Qs workshop was held at the Epsom Public Library Saturday June 18th on transplanting of flowers into pots. Participants were: Kylee Adams-Gagne, Jenna Burnham, Sophia Decker, Chris French, Jillian French, Alex Hanson, Thomas Hanson, Avery Kelly, Jackson Kelly and Alexis Viera, They did a wonderful job transplanting their “focal points, spillers & fillers” into the green pots. I thank them and their parents for their participation.


Also a special thank you to all the staff at PLEASANT VIEW GARDENS for donating the plants used in the workshop as well as the deco pots for our historic buildings.


Nancy Heath



Epsom Central School Effort And Honor Roll For Term 3


Epsom Central School would like to congratulate the following students on their Honor and Effort Roll status for Term Three.


Grade 3 Effort Roll

Phoenix Beaulieu, Cameron Carter, Brooke Chatwin, Bailey Gatchell, Karleigh Hurley, Sarah Keeler, Jackson Kelly, Jacob LaPage, Corbin Markmanrud, Addisen Martel, Jacob Mather, Rahni Murray, Jacob Prue, Lily Reeves, Emma Souza, Robert Wentworth, Kaedyn Wilder


Grade 4 Effort Roll

Brock Bieniek, Alex Hanson


Grade 4 High Honor Roll

Taylor Cotnoir, Reagan Ellsworth, Madison Emerson, Madison Herget, Megan Katsirebas, Meredith Kiander, Justin Perry, Benjamin Roberge


Grade 4 Honor Roll

Daisy Baldner, Brock Bieniek, Sean Bonisteel, Maggie Bowes, Kira Carleton, Madeline Decker,  Andrei Gentes, Marissa Goodson, Joshua Goyette,  Emma Hahn, Alex Hanson, Rory Keeler, Alyssa LaValley, Olivia LaValley, Abram Martel, Isabella May, Grace Orr, Stacia Paul, Connor Poulin, Hunter Smet, Brenin Welch


Grade 5 High Honor Roll

Samantha Canning, Alivia Duffy, Natalie Fox, Jack Manchester, Angelica Whitney


Grade 5 Honor Roll

Daniel Adams-Gagne, Lauren Bennett, Connor Bouchard, Lillianna Campbell, Daniel Carignan, Eliza Carignan, Sawyer Conway, Kylie Flewelling, Nikolai Gentes, Joslynn Hurley, John (J.T.) Keane, Owen Michael, Christian Noel, Xander Noel, Parmida Nutter, Charles Ransom


Grade 6 High Honor Roll

Sarah Bennett, Emily Downey, Lillian May, Emma Miller


Grade 6 Honor Roll

Trevor Braley, Lucas Fries, Samantha Goodson, Ethan Katsirebas, Hannah Keeler, Cecily Schultz, Nolan Smagula, Demetrios Tsirovakas


Grade 7 High Honor Roll

Harrison Army, Taylor LeBlanc, Nick Whitney, Jordan Whittier


Grade 7 Honor Roll

Reilly Beaulieu, Ivan Briggs, Shawn Burrows, Astoria Campbell, Alexis Carignan, Mason Cummings, Jesse Dietz, Camryn Gatchell, Hayden Goyette, Iris Hall, Alex Kiander, Madeline Manchester, Sydney McCullough, Paige Merrill, Owen Thomas, Savannah Wallace


Grade 8 High Honor Roll Nathan Carter


Grade 8 Honor Roll

Peter Apgar, Danielle Blanchette, Paige Boudreau, Christian Burbank, Chloe Carignan, Nathan Fries, Ashley Gatchell, Austin Ladd, Mary Nericcio, Madison Prusia, Mitchell Stebbins, Taryn Young



Epsom Board Of Selectmen Updates


Recently the Board had changed their regular meetings to every other Monday, which then brought up another discussion regarding the Town Office hours. The Board is considering some options to change the hours to provide more hours open to the public and to better utilize staff.


Tax deeding time is upon us and the Board is reviewing the list of properties provided by the Tax Collector, Dawn Blackwell.  The list includes many properties whose owners have not paid property taxes for over three years. The Board will review each one and make their recommendations as to which of these properties will be taken by the Town.  It is the Board’s hope that these owners will make payments by the deadline of July 11th to avoid this possibility.


In the last two months the Board has met with the Town Office Staff and Department Heads for their performance reviews. This is the first time in memory that performance reviews are taking place for all employees and it has proven to be a positive and productive process.


Some of the residents and our Town Road Agent addressed some concerns about the maintenance in the Circle.  The NHDOT has been contacted again to determine what our volunteers can do in the State owned property!


If it has not started by the time this article is out – the Route 202/4 paving and travel lane construction is on-going!  We have the constrcution plans from the State in the office if anyone is interested in viewing them.


The unlicensed dog list was reviewed and the Selectmen signed the request for the Town Clerk to issue the warrant to collect the fees due to the Town.


The Planning and Zoning Boards have been reviewing the application for a 55 & older development to be constructed on Short Falls Road.


The Board will be meeting on Tuesday, July 5th – due to the July 4th Holiday on Monday.


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


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 1944 – the Town had 177 shares of “Suncook Valley RR” stock and the total asset for the year was $442.50.   A payment of $111.00 was given to the Bounties for 11 Hedgehogs! The Library was improved by having the walls cleaned and tinted, floors varnished and new rubber matting laid to preserve the floors and “increase the quietness of people walking to the reading room and book shelves”.    Fire Chief, Clarence Bartlett reported that 18 calls were made for the year and most serious fire call was caused by lightning and fire gained headway so they needed to call in 3 other Towns to assist.



Letter To The Editor -


In our form of government we get our freedom from God.


Our forefathers set it up that way to protect us against an intrusive government.


Our laws protect the same, as they are set up depending on the morality of God-fearing people.


Enjoy your liberties and freedom and the ever vigilant not to lose any more freedoms.


Gordon Ellis



Brothers Sean and Danny Bonisteel of Epsom set up a lemonade stand Friday on North Road.






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