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Epsom NH News

April 18, 2018

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Ivy Green Rebekah Lodge #36 is hosting a Harry Potter “Hogwarts Feast” at the historic Odd Fellows Hall in Epsom on Saturday, May 5th 6pm. The event will feature a “Harry Potter” inspired buffet and special activities including a potions making station. Guests are encouraged to dress up as their favorite character. Proceeds from this event will be used to benefit our local outreach projects.  Reservations are required and the event is for ages 8 and up. Tickets are $10.00. Call Vickie at 736-4707/496-1877 for tickets and please leave a message.



“Don’t be Rash, think outside the Trash”


Consider contacting your local fire department for a burn permit to safely manage your brush removal and take advantage of turning this into a family activity complete with    S’MORES!! Call BCEP at (603)435-6237, for other brush and yard waste disposal alternatives.



Epsom Food Pantry


Good Morning from the Food Pantry.  I have been rather tardy lately in getting my new article in on time so I shall try and do better.


All is going well at the Pantry.  We all hope for spring and the fresh veggies coming to us this summer.  We have been the recipients of food drives, and with the usual pickups, we continue to keep our shelves fairly full.  We do have times when our meat supply dwindles and I then use our donations to refill our supply. 


Our volunteers continue to be the backbone of our Pantry and I consider myself fortunate to have them.  From the actual running of the Pantry, the ordering of the food, and keeping our books in order, we all are kept very busy.  As I said last spring, and I shall start again this spring, please plant a row or two for the Pantry.  Also, it would be appreciated if you would remember to think of us when you are shopping with some goodies for the children who have backpacks on the weekends.  We like to help Epsom Central in this endeavor.


Until next time,






To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,

Last Thursday we had a half-day session, the first one in a while that had no leftover bills. We started with SB 313, extending the expanded Medicaid program for another five years and making it into a health maintenance organization, rather than a fee for service model. The debate was shorter than I had expected; the supporters seemed to believe that there was no other way than Medicaid to ensure treatment for mental illness and opioid addiction. The final vote was 222-125, so the bill proceeded to Finance for their analysis. SB 477, setting up a medical marijuana oversight board, passed without comment and was sent to my committee.


SB 528, on dam registration fees, was debated on whether or not environmental services really needed more money right now, instead of being included in the next budget. I supported the committee, which said No, and the bill went to interim study, 191-149. SB 408, licensing historical racing, was an attempt to legalize slot-machine-like devices that showed the finish of various past races; despite a solid opposition from anti-gambling representatives, it went to interim study without debate.


SB 55, on backflow devices, was killed, 319-25. No debate, but I was able to make a few points before we voted. SB 536, granting a death benefit for court security officers killed in the line of duty, passed without discussion. SB 539, making an appropriation for accidentally omitted school adequacy payments, was briefly debated on its amendment, which changes the notification date for the end of expanded Medicaid from April to June. After that, the amendment and the bill passed on voice votes. SB 451, on wildlife trafficking, was sent back to the committee, 191-154, after some debate.


Representative Carol McGuire




Epsom Public Library Youth April Vacation Events


Family Movie Saturday, April 21st 10:30am: “The Greatest Showman” rate PG. Snacks and drinks provided.


Family Movie Monday, April 23rd 2pm: “Coco” rated PG. Popcorn and drinks provided.


Children’s Movie Tuesday, April 24th 1:30pm: “Guess How Much I Love You: Friendship Adventures” Rated G. Snacks and drinks included.


Family/Older Children’s Movie Tuesday, April 24th 6:30pm: “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” rated PG 13. Popcorn and drinks included.


Teen Events

Teen Exercise Monday, April 23rd 6pm Wear comfortable clothes, bring a water bottle and join us for the fun. Includes subs and drinks for dinner. Donations of chips and drinks are appreciated. Please sign up for this event!


Teen Movie Wednesday, April 25th 6:30pm: “Thor Ragnarok” rated PG 13. Includes pizza and drinks.


Peter H. Gray of East Kingston NH has been awarded his doctoral degree in transformational education (Ed.D.) from the University of New England in Biddeford Maine.   Dr. Gray is a 1974 graduate of Pittsfield (NH) High School and obtained his undergraduate degree in business from Southern NH University and his MBA from Franklin Pierce University.  He has served as the interim Superintendent of Schools for the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District, Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Carver School District and is currently the Director of Finance for the Natick Public Schools.  Dr. Gray is also an Associate Professor at the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.  He is the son of Henry and Shirley Gray of Epsom NH.



The White Mountain Chapter of the Nam Knights Of America Motorcycle Club presents a check to the Suncook Valley Police Explorers at the Chichester, NH Police Department. The Nam Knights are sponsoring the Explorers entry fees for the upcoming Law Enforcement Weekend Challenge competition where they will compete against other NH Police Explores in a variety of Law Enforcement based events. L-R  Cpl Joshua Wright,  Explorer Jayden Decker, Correctional Officer Kailey Picott 1st Sgt at Arms James Picott.



Old Meeting House Revitalization Committee

What is commonly referred to as the The Old Meeting House was saved from demolition over 10 years ago, but has remained empty and unused.  We are so fortunate that civic minded community members worked to save this piece of Epsom history!   Recently, the Epsom Board of Selectmen appointed an Old Meeting House Revitalization Committee to identify how this historic building, dating back to 1861, can continue to serve the community.  The Charter committee members appointed were: Virginia Drew, Chuck Driesbach, Valerie Long, Debbie Sargent, and Norman Yeaton.  Although we will be investigating means of funding to make the appropriate changes, the first step is to gather input from residents as to how this building would best serve the community.  We have created a survey that will be available at the Town Office and Library and emailed as requested.  We also plan to hold listening sessions to gather input from residents.  The committee looks forward to hearing from Epsom residents with positive ideas on potential uses that will bring life to this historic meeting place.  Dates for surveys and listening sessions will be posted later this spring.


The committee would like to recognize the significant work that has been completed by so many in order to preserve the building and prevent its deterioration.  According to the best records we have, the following worked directly or provided “in-kind” services necessary to assure building integrity.


Herb Bartlett, Nancy Clark, Mark Riedel, Rick Belanger, Keith Cota, Mike Tinsley, Betsy Bosiak, Dick Frambach, Don Wead, Carole Brown, Bruce Graham, Nick Wead, Ken Brown, Penny Graham, Ralph Weeks, Fran Brown, Len Gilman, Ed Wladowski, Matt Brown, Harvey Harkness, Charlie Yeaton, Sharon Burnston, Nancy Heath, Miriam Cahill-Yeaton, George Carlson, Mike Loso, Norm Yeaton, Barbara Clark, Dan McGuire, Phil Yeaton, Bill Clark, Ed Nutter, Fred Clark, Andrew Ramsdell.


Our apologies to those we may have missed.​





We at Circle Child Care are privileged to spend our days with a whole bunch of young children.  They are bubbling with joy and creativity  To share with you we have collected pictures and activities we have done with the kids.  There is so much to choose from.  They are busy all day long.  Check out our display at the Circle Restaurant by the traffic circle in epsom this weekend.



Century 21 Thompson Real Estate and Century 21 Circa 72, Inc. are the proud sponsors of C21 Gives Program in which the agents have donated $25.00 for every closed sale to be given to local charities and organizations that are in need. A SPECIAL THANK YOU to our clients for making this possible. Century 21 Thompson Real Estate is pleased to make a donation of $350.00 to Live and Let Live Farm in Chichester. 2017 marked the 20th anniversary of Live and Let Live Farm rescue. Live and Let Live Farm is a nonprofit charitable foundation that rescues, rehabilitates, and offers sanctuary to animals, mainly horses. In addition to horses they take in dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, rabbits, goats, and birds needing homes.  An animal being adopted into a loving family home can make a world of difference in that animal’s life.  The farm was chosen by Beth Adams.




William “Bill” George Magan

William “Bill” George Magan, 83, of Epsom, NH, went to his heavenly home on April 8, 2018 after a valiant battle with an extended illness. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in this struggle and ultimately gave him peace.


Bill was born to the late William and Elizabeth (Brandt) Magan in Jersey City, NJ on July 22, 1934. From an early age, he was immersed in the Christian community that would be his lifelong support. He served his country in the Army for three years as part of the army of occupation in Korea.  In his career, Bill was a Certified Kitchen Designer with Steenbeke and Sons for the last 14 years and spent 40 years designing kitchens while providing for his family. As a woodworker by hobby, he skillfully built countless pieces of furniture for family and friends.


Volunteering brought him great joy.  Bill served meals at the Friendly Kitchen every month for more than 25 years, served the Greater Concord Interfaith Council off and on for over 30 years, and used his handyman skills with both Rise Again Outreach and the Fixit program.  He was a lifelong Lutheran and a proud member of Concordia Lutheran Church, where he spent many years and innumerable hours working on projects and repairs.  


Bill was blessed with a large and loving family. He married his best friend, Margaret Gail Roberts, on June 14, 1958 in New Brunswick, NJ.  Bill helped raise his six children with patience, discipline, and humility. From the very beginning, he dedicated his children to God and encouraged them to live their faith in action just as he did.


Bill is survived by his wife of 60 years, Gail; his daughter, Susan Karpovich and husband, Bill of Allentown, PA; his daughter, Carolyn Albright and husband, Tom of Allentown, PA; his daughter, Wendy and husband, Steve of Angleton, TX; his son, Bill Magan and wife, Bernadette of Mocksville, NC;  his son, Bob Magan and wife, Mary Beth of Epsom, NH; and his son, Dan Magan and wife, Kelli of Lovingston, VA.  He is also survived by his 25 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.  


He was preceded in death by his sister, Arlene Kelley; his parents; and his daughter, Margaret Magan.


A Celebration of Life service was held at Concordia Lutheran Church, Concord, on April 11, 2018.  Reverend Jonathan Hopkins officiated the service, and Bill will be buried at the NH State Veterans Cemetery at a later date.  


The family desires that in lieu of flowers you make a donation to either the Friendly Kitchen in Concord, NH or to Concord Regional VNA Hospice Program.  


Arrangements are entrusted to the Bennett Funeral Home of Concord. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Magan family.​






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