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Epsom NH News

January 2, 2019

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Epsom Public Library Family Movie “Incredibles 2,” Saturday, January 5th at 10:30 am. The movie is rated PG. Snacks and drinks will be provided.



“Gifted” is the movie matinee scheduled for Wednesday, January 9 at 1:30. It stars Chris Evans as a single man dedicated to raising his gifted young niece, who is a child prodigy. Their life together is threatened when the girl’s overbearing grandmother, his mother, has other plans for the girl which leads to a custody battle.  How do you create an ordinary life for an extraordinary girl?



Letter To The Editor

Epsom Kindergarten is a Waste of Taxpayer Money


As evidenced by a recent posting in The Sun, at least one proponent of FULL day Kindergarten in Epsom has lost her mind in writing a letter as if it had been dictated by her three-year-old daughter. What silly, sentimental garbage is this? Mommy pretending to speak for her little one is over the top!


Madam,… having a child was YOUR choice, and moving to Epsom without considering YOUR wants and perceived needs was also YOUR choice. Kindergarten with its finger painting, crayon drawing, and storytelling amounts to nothing more than a babysitting service for young families. A small child’s life is certainly NOT going to be ruined without Kindergarten, nor is their intelligence or learning ability going to suffer and affect their later adult lives.


Why is it that people persist in moving to New Hampshire and to our town of Epsom, and then expect or demand that they receive the same services and benefits provided them wherever it was that they moved from? Schools and town services are paid for by TAXATION. Why should Epsom residents (most of whom do NOT have small children in school) pay to babysit the children of others? 


Taxation for most all of us is a necessary evil that’s grudgingly tolerated… but it always hurts! Let’s apply some COMMON SENSE here, and not make things financially worse because it’s the “Feel-Good cause du jour.”


Roger Bennett




LetterTo The Editor


I’m a resident of Epsom and a father of two young children.  To state clearly and right up front, I am a strong supporter and advocate for full-day kindergarten in Epsom and I urge you all to come out and vote in March.


To address some recent arguments:  

- For those that say, “I never went to full-day kindergarten, or my children never went to full-day kindergarten, and we/they turned out fine,” they’re probably right and that argument may have held up 20+ or even 10 years ago, but the world has changed.  Getting accepted to colleges and finding good paying jobs is harder now than it ever was and this trend will only continue over the next 20 years as our children grow to enter the workforce.  Today, children are being exposed to foreign languages and complex math and science topics through STEM programs at an earlier age than previous generations ever were expected to do. There is so much more expected of children now, and we need to prepare them for it.


- For those that say, “It’s not fair that I don’t have children but I’m still expected to pay taxes to cover the additional cost of FDK,” it’s no different than paying taxes for any other municipal service that the town of Epsom offers. It’s an investment in improving the lives of the residents of our community. This argument would be analogous to me stating that my taxes shouldn’t be used for road maintenance on roads I don’t drive on, or to pay the salaries of our public servants since I’ve never had to rely on their services.  These are absurd arguments to make, just as absurd as those folks unwilling to contribute to the investment in a full-day kindergarten program.


Michael S.





All in all 2018 was a good year. Due to the weather, we have some paving and culvert installation not completed. Looking forward to a great year in 2019.


I don’t know if you know it or not, but there are townspeople walking our roads picking up trash, tons of trash, thrown out by others. I want to thank all of you in advance for not throwing any more trash out of your vehicle and all of you who pick up that trash.  A statistical observation:  we can’t expect the world to be cleaned up until we can at home.


I want to thank all of you who helped out this last year.  Your help is appreciated both in dollars and time saved.


Bless You,

Gordon R. Ellis

Your Road Agent




Ronald E. Miaskiewicz

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EPSOM- Ronald E. Miaskiewicz, 74, of Epsom, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family in the care of the Concord Hospice House on December 19, 2018.


Born in Salem, MA, Ron was the son of the late Edmund and Lucille (Pelletier) Miaskiewicz.  He was raised and educated in Salem, MA before moving to Salem, NH, where he raised his family.  He resided in Florida for a time before returning to New Hampshire.


Prior to his retirement, Ron was employed as a District Manager for Friendly’s, covering Northern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire.  He was later promoted to Regional Training Manager.


Always thinking of others before himself, Ron was very involved with the Easter Seals and had a special gift of working with disabled children.


He was a faithful and active member of Grace Capital Church in Pembroke, where he also belonged to the Men’s Group.  An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing, gardening and birdwatching.


He is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Donna (Kelley) Miaskiewicz.  He was the loving father to Ronald Miaskiewicz, Jr. and his wife Lori of Tega Cay, SC, Lori Batts and her husband Mark of Hooksett, Jenna Mannino and her husband Peter of Indialantic, FL and Erik Miaskiewicz and his wife Jessica of Manchester.  He was the grandfather to Connor and Bryce Miaskiewicz, Kasie, Nicholas and Tyler Serafin, Ryan and Caitlin Batts, Noah and Jaden Mannino and Becca, Fred, Robert and Henry Miaskiewicz.  He also leaves his sister, Joan Quinlan of Peabody, MA and his brother, Frank Miaskiewicz of Georgetown, MA.


Relatives and friends are invited to attend A Celebration of Ron’s Life which will be held on Saturday, January 5th at 10 A.M. in the Grace Capital Church, 542 Pembroke St. in Pembroke.  Those desiring to send flowers are kindly asked to omit lilies due to allergies.  For those desiring in lieu of flowers, donations in Ron’s memory may be sent to the Grace Capital Church, 542 Pembroke St. Pembroke, NH 03275.  Assisting the family with arrangements is the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home in Epsom.  To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit 



Robert F. Lucas

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EPSOM – Robert F. Lucas, 70, of Epsom, passed away on Sunday, December 23, 2018 at his residence surrounded by his family.


Born on May 13, 1948 in Cambridge, he was the son of the late Robert R. and Marie (Mahoney) Lucas.


Bob moved to New Hampshire with his wife in 1975 and has resided in Epsom for the last 43 years. He worked for many years as an Epsom Police Officer in the 1980’s which was a job he loved and was very proud of.  Most recently he was employed by Market Basket as a meat cutter, until his retirement. Bob enjoyed traveling to any body of water, ocean or lake. As long as he was near the water and could collect his rocks, he was happy.


He is survived by his wife, Linda (DeFrancisco) Lucas with whom he shared 47 years of marriage, his sons, Robert D. Lucas and his wife Alexis of Barnstead, Jason Lucas of Penacook and Matthew Lucas and his wife Pamela of Rollingsford; siblings, Donna Cushing of FL and Richard Lucas of MA; grandchildren, Dominic, Mason, Braylon, Gage, Jarahmia, Sam and Eli, nephews, Tom and John Cushing and niece, Jillian Pelletier as well as several other nieces, nephews and cousins.  


Bob’s wishes were to have no services. The Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home in Epsom is assisting the family with arrangements. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit






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