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Epsom NH News

June 8, 2016

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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. Helpers needed at 12:30 PM to prepare flags.  Refreshments will be served. All are welcome. For more info contact Post Commander, Bob Blodgett, 848-3781.



Congratulations to Edward Miner who has been named to Husson University’s Honors List for the Spring 2016 semester.


Miner is a junior who is currently enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Communications Technology with a concentration in Video Production program.


Students who make the Honors List must carry at least 12 graded credit hours during the semester and earn a grade point average of between 3.4 to 3.59 during the period.



Congratulations to Emily J. Goulet of Epsom. Goulet is a member of the Class of 2016 at St. Lawrence University and majored in music and performance and communication arts. Goulet received the degree of bachelor of arts magna cum laude. Goulet graduated from Pembroke Academy.



The EYAA would like to thank all those who stopped by and supported our athletes at our annual car wash. The players enjoyed the beautiful weather and had a blast!


A special thank you to the Epsom Fire Department for letting us use their facility for this great fundraising event!



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.



The Epsom-Chichester Lions Club invite you to a really fun fundraiser, a MINI-GOLF TOURNAMENT, at Chucksters on Rt. 4 on June 18th starting at 9:30am  We are setting up teams of 4-5 people for the competition with great prizes for hole-in-one winners. There will be additional raffles and FREE hot dogs, chips, and drinks for participants. For more info: [email protected] or 736-9942. Rain date is June 25th. Reserve your spot!!



Congratulations to Colby Boudreau of Epsom who was among the 200 students who graduated recently from Northfield Mount Hermon School.





To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield, This week, the House met for the last time on its regular business. Nearly all of the conference committee reports were accepted with little or no discussion. Only two bills failed today: SB441, on admission fees to state parks; and SB485, a jumble of unrelated parts: grants to fund a law enforcement program against drugs; funding for retiree health care coverage; and funding to develop a long term plan for retiree health care.


SB441 was debated almost exclusively on the issue of free skiing for seniors at Cannon Mountain, which was eliminated by this bill. My committee had supported it in order to have the parks department develop a sensible fee structure for all parks, but it was skiing that got the attention! The compromise bill failed, 156-185, with Dan and I voting for it, Michael Brewster against.


SB485 was actually not debated until after the voice vote was confirmed as 159-160. At that point the sponsors asked for reconsideration, and it seemed that many representatives supported one part of the bill and opposed others. I opposed the law enforcement grants because we can’t arrest our way out of drug problems, but supported the funding for retiree health care. So I voted against the bill, but in favor of reconsideration, since another 30 representatives were out of their seats for the first vote. Reconsideration failed, 157-187, and the bill died.


More importantly, SB522, including Dan’s bill on asset forfeiture reform passed without comment. HB1637, clarifying that towns can contract with any approved school – public, private, parochial - if the town doesn’t have that grade itself, passed 190-132 after a short debate.


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


Representative Carol McGuire

[email protected]




Mary Brown, Owner of Classic-U in Epsom celebrates her customers during Customer Appreciation Day this past Saturday, featuring her styling team; Pam, Joan and Jenna and Matrix representative, Lisa. Music, ice cream and giveaways were a highlight of the day!



Epsom Library News


The Chichester Town Library, in conjunction with the Epsom Public Library, will host the Memory Café at 2 pm on Friday,June 10. This is an informal, social gathering for anyone with memory issues and their caretakers.  Open to anyone in the area, the Café offers a chance for socialization in a comfortable setting.  Refreshments will be served.


On Wednesday, June 15, at 7:00 PM, we will be hosting mentalist Preston Heller.  His web site advertises his show,” Well Guarded Secrets,” which demands audience participation.  He says that mentalist works best when there is cooperation between the mentalist and those in attendance, “and the more the merrier,” he says.


Mr. Heller has appeared at several libraries in southern NH to rave reviews. Greenfield Memorial Library said, “It was a stellar performance that astounded even the most skeptical in the audience.” The Claremont Library said “He entertained the audience for over an hour and simply wowed them!.  The program was fun and light but with enough ‘How did he do that?’ moments to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.”


Mr. Heller is not charging the library for his presentation. However, he requests that attendees bring food and/or money for the Epsom Food Pantry.  So please join us for what sounds to be an interesting and intriguing evening with an opportunity to help out a good cause at  the same time.


The Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association (CRVNA) is offering an eight-week fall prevention program, “A Matter of Balance.” This program helps adults view falls and the fear of falling as controllable. It also shows participants ways to change the environment to reduce fall risk factors, and offers exercises to increase strength and balance.


The program takes place on Wednesdays beginning June 22 through August 10, from 10 am to noon at the Epsom Public Library.


Don’t let the fear of falling limit your activities. The program is designed to help participants gain confidence, and learn simple fall prevention strategies.


There is no fee to attend this program and space is limited. To register, call (603) 224-4093 or (800) 924-8620, ext. 5815, or visit



Epsom Public Library Youth Events



The Library invites children in grades K-5 to register for the 2016 Summer Reading Program, “On Your Mark, Get Set… Read” The program begins July 11th. There will be a variety of activities at the library including arts and crafts, movies, raffles and special programs. Children need to register for the program at the library beginning Monday, June 20th. Each participant will receive a schedule of events and a reading log. Young children and their families can sign up for our “Early Literacy” program! This year we are offering a program for teens called “Get in the Game…Read.” Teens are invited to sign up at the library and keep track of their reading during the summer and the library will offer movies, programs and raffle prizes especially for teens. Library hours are Mon-Thurs. 10-7 and Sat. 9-1. The Summer Reading Program is sponsored annually by the Children’s Librarians of New Hampshire and it encourages youth of all ages to read for pleasure during summer vacation.


*Monday, June 20th & *Tuesday, June 21st 6pm “Teen Dance Off” competition featuring the popular dance program. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle. After the workout we will have pizza on Monday night and subs on Tuesday night. Please sign up at the library circulation desk or call Vickie at 736-9920.


*Wednesday, June 22nd 6:30pm “Family Movie,” Zootopia rated PG. Popcorn and drinks will be provided.



Epsom Gardens

Submitted By Nancy Heath


Since the town is adding parking behind Olde Town Hall this year, our Girl Scouts needed to move their 3 raised beds of “The Giving Garden”; named that because all the fresh  produce is donated to Epsom Food Pantry. GSA Troop Leader Kat Hall emailed me:


“We moved (the beds) on Sunday, it was myself,  the Virgin family, (Brianna, Josh, Danny, Alison and Jane Yeaton,), Iris Hall, Sam and Michelle Muise.  We just picked up the frames and carried them over. Josh had a truck that we shoveled the dirt in and then dumped it back in the beds...”  Beds are now located left of the driveway entrance at new library.


Next time you see Sarah Harkness, give her a special “thank you” for providing the funds for the red, white & blue flowers at Olde Town Hall trough which I put in Memorial weekend. We should have a gorgeous display by July 4th. Thank you Sarah.


Also, it was brought to my attention that the whiskey barrels at Webster Park need to be planted. If individual(s), group or business would like to volunteer for those, please email me [email protected] or call 736-9428. My time is committed to our beautiful historic buildings and new library as well as other projects and don’t feel I can add another at this time.  Enjoy!



Valley Artisan Of The Month

The Artisan of the Month at Valley Artisans is a Mother and Daughter team. Barbara Boucher and daughter, Karen Roxby, work together to craft their unique and beautiful pysanky eggs, an art form of Ukranian origin.  After they sketch their original designs onto chicken, duck, or goose eggs, Karen layers wax and dye onto the eggs. As the egg progresses, she layers the wax over the various covers of dye, protecting them from changing color.  Because of this, she doesn’t know what the egg will look like until the very end, when she melts the wax away with a candle.  Once the design is complete, Karen gives the pysanka (singular of pysanky) to Barbara, who rubs multiple layers of protective gloss onto the egg, giving it a brilliant shine.  She then fits the egg with a hanger or base, according to what the egg needs.  After that, it’s from there to the store, ready to be bought as a gift or kept for one’s personal enjoyment. While traditionally they are made for Easter they make stunning decorations for any Holiday.


If you visit the shop, be sure to participate in a raffle to win one of their creations. Valley Artisans is excited about our 36th season. Support local artists and see the many new creations. Local artists include, Jan Hoadley (Epsom) Basketmaker, Gene Matras (Pittsfield) with drawings of the NH landscape and wildlife, Glassblower Bruce Cobb (Pittsfield) with his traditional Lily pad design vases, bowls and glassware, Bill Boudreau (Pittsfield) with his stained glass panels and jewelry, Joyce Lemay (Chichester) and Ella Stickney (Epsom) and their fiber arts. Maybe you would like to be a contributor.


With over 70 New Hampshire contributors you are sure to find that special something.


Visit us in Epsom, we are open 10a-6p Wednesday through Sunday. 736-8200



Letter To The Editor


The grass is growing. Hay is ready to cut, the corn is up and it looks like it’s going to be another good year.


North Road is scheduled to start the second or third week in July. I’ll let you know when exactly so you can prepare for the road closures and delays. This, of course, will affect everyone who uses North Road.


The engineer is optimistic on getting the Echo Valley Road Bridge Plans approved this month. When that happens, we can start the bid process.


I’m very happy with the way things have gone so far this year and see no reason for it not to continue.


Bless you,

Your Road Agent,

Gordon Ellis


P.S. If you know someone who needs community service hours, have them contact me.






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