On Wednesday, May 16 at
1:30, the Epsom Library will be showing the film, “Phantom Thread.”
Daniel Day Lewis plays the renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock in
the glamour of 1950’s post-war London. His fastidious life is
totally disrupted by the appearance of a young strong-willed woman
who becomes his muse. Woodcock finds his normally structured
Epsom Youth Athletic
Association will be holding a Car Wash on Saturday May 12th from
8:30 - 1:30 at the Epsom Fire Station. We will also be selling
10” hanging plants. All proceeds go to Epsom Youth Athletic
There will be a Memorial
Day Ceremony jointly sponsored by the Epsom/Chichester Elwood O.
Wells American Legion Post 112 and the Town of Epsom, on Monday, May
28, 2018 at 1044 Short Falls Rd., Epsom.
The ceremony begins at
0930 and will feature a guest speaker, selected ready from Epsom and
Chichester school essays, Flag presentation by local scouts,
recognition of deceased veterans form the towns, and the famous
Epsom Town Band. Parade and refreshments to follow.
Please join us for this
Notice: The Post 112 hall
will be closing for six weeks beginning May 29 for repairs to the
Epsom Food Pantry
everyone... It continues to be busy at the Pantry, Summer
right around the corner. JR put our air conditioners in. We
have to try and keep it cool for food and freezers.
We have received food
from the Suncook Senior Center. Thanks, so much, folks. Much
appreciated. We also received contributions from Planet Aide
and Mr. and Mrs. Moulton. Again, many thanks for remembering
I remind all our
gardeners, please plant a row for us. Our members are so grateful
for fresh veggies. We can always use Hamburger Helper, Rice a
Roni, and individual foods for the Epsom Central School Backpack
program. We are so pleased to help the school children.
Until next time,
To my constituents in
Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,
This week, we’re meeting
in session both Wednesday and Thursday, since we need to vote on all
remaining Senate bills. SB 421, on insurance coverage for
contraceptives, had a fairly short debate, and passed 219-111. I
voted against it as an insurance mandate and also unfair, in that it
carves out a segment of society for “free” medicine (no copay or
deductible allowed) and discriminates against men.
SB 427, on liability for
asbestos related claims, was an attempt to limit this liability for
companies that sold an asbestos-using company before 1972 and did
not continue any asbestos related businesses. The opposition seemed
driven by the search for deep pockets to pay off mesothelioma
sufferers, not any concern that the responsible parties should pay.
The bill was not passed, 161-175 and then killed on a voice vote.
SB 569, on animal
cruelty, was debated for over an hour on the committee amendment,
which defined “animal hoarding,” and breeding female dog. It passed,
205-125, and the bill passed 222-111, without any discussion.
SB 438, on postponing
local elections, was debated at length on the comprehensive
committee amendment, which dealt with every possible contingency and
left all “official ballot” elections under the supervision of the
secretary of state. It failed, 155-176, and we proceeded to debate
the minority amendment which clarified that the moderator has the
authority to postpone local elections. It passed, 178-158, and the
bill passed on a voice vote.
My committee’s bills all
lived or died by the committee’s recommendation, with no debate
except on SB 535, on licensing art therapists and using
commemorative liquor bottles to fund the state house bicentennial.
The committee amendment deleted the art therapy license and passed,
169-157, and the bill passed, 174-156.
Epsom Boy Scouts Troop 80 Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner
It’s time for the Epsom
Boy Scouts Troop 80 Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner!! This years event
will be held Friday, May 18 at the Epsom Fire Dept., 1714 Dover Road
from 5pm - 7:30pm. Tickets are $5.00 each and will be available at
Once again our scouts
will be serving their own homemade meatballs and sauce over a hearty
serving of spaghetti, salad, bread, drink and dessert. Each dinner
purchased also comes with an entry for one of our fantastic door
prizes (drawing at 7:00, winner need not be present we will call).
We are also offering
takeout dinners if you would like to support our troop but can’t
stay. Due to many generous donations, all of the proceeds will go
right back to the scouts to attend programs throughout the year.
If you have any questions
or need more information, please contact Kelly at 435-0396 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope
you are able to come out, meet your local Boy Scouts and have a
delicious dinner with them. Thank you for your continued support!
NH’s Largest Fire Truck Show Returns To Epsom May 12th At
The Amoskeag Reserve
Engine Company (AREC), in association with the Epsom, NH, FD is
getting ready to host the 2nd Annual Walter Sanborn and John Sawyer
Memorial Fire Truck Show. What is AREC you might ask? The Amoskeag
Reserve Engine Company is a club dedicated to the preservation and
history of firefighting history. We are the New Hampshire Chapter of
SPAAMFAA, (SOCIETY for the PRESERVATION & APPRECIATION of
ANTIQUE MOTOR FIRE APPARATUS in AMERICA. SPAAMFAA is an organization
of several thousand members, located all over the globe but
primarily in the United States.)
Last year’s show was a
great success with over 40 pieces of firefighting equipment, both
antique and contemporary, from around NH and New England. 100’s of
spectators from as far away as Canada, NJ, PA, and all of the New
England states enjoyed a day of seeing firefighting equipment from
1849-2015 as well as pumping demonstrations.
This year’s muster & show
will include a parade! This is a low speed parade, approximately 1.5
miles long for motorized apparatus.
The parade will form,
starting at 0900 at the Epsom Bible Church, 398 Black Hall Road,
Epsom, NH 03234. The parade will leave the Church parking lot at
0945 and proceed to Webster Park via Black Hall and Short Falls
This is a family friendly
event and people of all ages are welcome. The Event is
scheduled to run from 10AM to 2pm on May 12th, rain or shine.
Currently we have well over 40 pieces of Fire Apparatus scheduled to
attend from an 1849 Hand Tub to 2017 state of art apparatus. At
Webster Park there will be static displays of antique and
contemporary Fire Equipment, pumping demonstrations, Door prizes and
trophies in 8 different categories will be awarded and of course
Fire Helmets for the kids. Also The Milford NH,
Firemen’s Relief Association is raffling off this custom painted
Dirico Retro Flyer, valued at $30,000.This one of a kind motorcycle
will be on display at the at Webster Park.
Get your raffle ticket
for this custom painted Dirico Retro Flyer! $100 each, no more than
300 will be sold. Winning ticket drawn at the 2018 Firemen’s Ball on
May 19th. You do not have to be present to win.
Epsom Fire Dept,
Auxiliary, and Explorers will be selling food and beverages
throughout the day.
If you enjoy the fire
service and history, this is a must attend event for you! A
reminder that Webster Park does not allow dogs, other than service
You can get more
information as well as see some of the Apparatus registered to
attend at the event Facebook page: Walter Sanborn & John Sawyer
Memorial Fire Truck Show
Epsom Public Library News
On Monday, May 14, at
2:00 p.m., the Epsom Public Library along with the Chichester and
Pittsfield libraries will host a “Memory Café.” Charles
Yeaton, owner of Betty House Antiques, will bring along “what’s its”
for the audience to identify and discuss. Attendees may bring in
antique items to add to the discussion.
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
A Complete History Of
Quilts In 60 Minutes Or Less
The Friends of the Epsom
Public Library is proud to sponsor “A Complete History of Quilts in
60 Minutes or Less” by Pam Weeks, Binney Family Curator of the New
England Quilt Museum. Join us on Friday, May 18, at 7 p.m. for this
Quilting is nearly as old
as cloth, and Pam Weeks will whiz though the history, concentrating
on examples from the Eighteenth through Twentieth Centuries. She
will debunk a few popular quilt history myths and touch on New
England textile mill and technology history. Attendees are invited
to bring one quilt for identification. Quilts will be arranged in
chronological order and used as examples in the lecture.
Pam Weeks is the author
of the book Civil War Quilts as well as articles on quilt history.
She lectures nationally on quilt-making and quilt history. She uses
quilts to tell stories of the Civil War, women’s history, and
This program is free and
open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The Friends
of the Library have hosted Ms. Weeks in the past and are looking
forward to learning more about the history of quilts.
Friends Spring Trip
Join the Friends of the
Library for a group spring trip on Saturday, May 19 to the New
Hampshire Telephone Museum located in Warner. We will meet at the
library at 9 a.m. Cost is $5 per person if our group is 10 or more
($7 per adult and $6 for senior).
We are scheduled for a
guided tour of the museum covering the history of telecommunications
and we will view a collection of 85 years’ worth of telephone
equipment tucked into this wonderful NH museum.
The tour will last
approximately one hour and then for those who are interested the
Spring Into Warner Arts Festival will be open until 3 p.m.
The Festival includes
arts and crafts demonstrations, music, farmers’ market and much
more. Spring Into Warner highlights Warner’s unique place in the
world. Beautiful Main Street opens up and hosts truly unique and
amazing artists and artisans, musicians and farmers.
Please sign up at the
Bill Boudreau Artisan Of The Month, Valley Artisans – Epsom
Song Bird Studio is
located in Pittsfield, NH at Bill and Sandy’s home based studio
where they started doing stained glass and mosaics in 2002.
Bill retired from the
florist business after 50 years as a Master Floral Designer and
Sandy is retired after a career of 30 years in banking. They now
work together as Stained Glass Artists doing stained glass, mosaics
and fused glass creations.
Their work has been
purchased by people through out the U.S, Canada and overseas.
In the years past they
have won numerous First & Second Place and Honorable Mention awards
for their work in local art shows.
Bill and Sandy will be
celebrating their 54th Wedding Anniversary in September 2018.
All of us at Valley
Artisans wish them well and many years of creating their beautiful
stained glass together.
Bill has donated a
stunning stained glass lily ornament for the May Artisan of the
All of us at Valley
Artisans invite you to stop by the shop and check out Bill’s other
stain glass items and all our other fine crafts from local
artisans. We have three rooms filled with so many interesting items.
Valley Artisans of Epsom
is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 AM - 6 PM.
Josephine E. (Davis) Aiken
Mrs. Josephine E. (Davis) Aiken, 78, of Epsom formerly of
Pittsfield, passed away on April 28, 2018 surrounded by her loving
family while in the care of the Concord Hospice House after a period
of declining health.
Born in Whitefield, Jo
was the daughter of the late Cecil and Helen (Osgood) Davis.
She was raised and educated in Plainfield and was a graduate of
Windsor, VT High School Class of 1958. She attended Concord
Business College until she met her future husband, Fernald G. Aiken,
Jr….and the rest is history!
Prior to her retirement,
she was employed as a school bus driver for the Concord Union School
District and held the distinction of being the first woman school
bus driver for the district. She was a wonderful cook,
spending most of her time in the kitchen. She is remembered
for her home-made baked beans, sour-milk donuts and a bottomless
cookie jar. It was not unusual for a headcount of 12 to become
30 or more at holidays, which were important to her and Jr.
She loved the family get-togethers. Family and friends always
looked forward to her bright smile, her warm embrace—especially
those from “Aunt Jo.”
She was predeceased by
her husband, Fernald G. Aiken, her brother, Bruce Davis; sister,
Barbara Davis and “the best in-laws in the world,” Hazel and Fernald
G. Aiken, Sr.
She is survived by her
children: Ervine Aiken and his wife Brenda of Canaan, Pauline
Hallquist of Epsom, Donna Aiken of Concord and Theodore Aiken of
Epsom. She was the sister of Nancy Rowell of Center Barnstead,
Danny Davis of Clarksville and stepsister to Curtis Tilton of W.
Stewartstown. Also survived by her seven grandchildren, seven
great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Calling Hours will be
held on Saturday, May 12th from 10 A.M. to 12 P.M. in the Still Oaks
Funeral & Memorial Home 1217 Suncook Valley Highway in Epsom.
A Graveside Service will follow at 1:30 P.M. in the Canaan Street
Cemetery in Canaan. In lieu of flowers, donations in her
memory may be sent to the Concord Regional VNA & Hospice, 33
Pillsbury St. Concord, NH 03301. To share a memory or offer a
condolence, please visit www.stilloaks.com