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February 13, 2019

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BCEP is seeking Community Service volunteers on Saturdays to assist patrons with their recycling needs.


Please contact Lisa at 435-6237 if you would like to help out.



Emmanuel College in Boston named Melissa Allen of Epsom to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2018 semester. To earn a spot on the Dean’s List, Emmanuel students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for a 16-credit semester.


Congratulations, Melissa!



“Bohemian Rhapsody”  is the movie chosen for Epsom Library’s movie matinee on Wednesday, February 20 at 1:30.  This is a celebration of the music group Queen and its lead singer Freddie Mercury.  He defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of  the most beloved entertainers on the planet (per Rotten Tomatoes).  The movie has been nominated for Best Picture Oscar and Rami Malek is nominated for Best Actor for playing Freddie. To think of Queen is to think Boston Celtics and their championship song “We Will Rock You.”




Shadows Fall North:

Slavery, Segregation and the Myth of NH and the North


This documentary on Black History in New Hampshire will be shown at the on Saturday, 2/16/18 at 10:00 AM, at the Epsom Public Library, 1606 Dover Rd. This FREE screening is sponsored by Epsom DICE and is open to the public. Refreshments will be provided and a discussion will follow. The film highlights the stories of individuals who have been rendered nearly invisible—from men, women, and children laid to rest at the African Burying Ground in Portsmouth, to the novelist Harriet Wilson, to the twenty slaves who petitioned the state legislature for their freedom in 1779, and many more—as well as the women who brought this history to light, historians and activists Valerie Cunningham and JerriAnne Boggis. We hope you’ll join us for this interesting and informative event!



The Concord/Epsom Elks Lodge will be having a spaghetti & meatball social on Sunday February 24th from 1-5 to raise money for flags to be placed on past members grave stones.  The cost is $10 per person and will include karaoke and entertainment. 


The Concord/Epsom Elks Lodge will also have our bi-weekly breakfast on February 17th from 9-11.  All is welcome! $9 for full buffet and discounts for veterans and children. Mimosas and Bloody Marys will be available.



Harrison Bergeron of Epsom excelled during the Fall 2018 semester at Hofstra University, achieving a GPA of at least 3.5 to earn a spot on the Dean’s List.


Congratulations, Harrison!





To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,

This week, my committee met to recommend another batch of bills to the House. Most were straightforward and unanimous. My HB 112, on the mechanical licensing board, was amended to allow  more specialty business licenses, and passed; my HB 115, updating private investigator licensing, passed un-amended. HB 343, setting a uniform state-wide fire inspection process for foster homes, also passed. HB 287, updating the nepotism statute to include step-parents and grandparents as family, had a clarifying amendment and was recommended to pass. HB 497, a state subsidy for localities’ retirement payments, was debated at length. I presented an amendment that took the same amount of money as the basic bill, and used it to cut the state-wide property tax by about 25 cents per thousand. This is the only property tax in our control, so for property tax relief it seemed best to actually cut taxes rather than launder state money through towns and school districts. Besides being surer, it would be faster (on the December 2019 tax bill, vs maybe in 2020) and uniform. This amendment failed, 8-11, with one Democrat joining the Republicans in favor. The bill was recommended to pass 15-5, with myself and four other Republicans unwilling to settle. The only other non-unanimous recommendation was on HB 220, extending grandfathering for septic system evaluators, which was killed, 16-3. I voted against killing it because the bill seemed simple and straightforward, and was supported by the board and the profession. The opponents thought that the grandfathering had been appropriate, and we shouldn’t grant people who could have qualified for it yet another reprieve.


Interested people can email me for my newsletter, with more information than can fit in The Sun.


Representative Carol McGuire

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To the caring citizens of Epsom and surrounding communities,

On behalf of Epsom DICE, I’d like to share with you a bit about our organization. Epsom DICE (Diversity, Inclusion and Community Equity) is an open group which was formed in the Fall of 2107 out of citizen concerns around diversity and cultural competency. Our focus is on grassroots efforts to offer related educational opportunities to community members and interested citizens in the region. 


Our group Charter reads as follows: “The mission of Epsom DICE is to promote diversity, inclusion and equity through direct engagement and community outreach to individuals and groups. We strive to offer opportunities for community members to better understand one another and to work collaboratively. We endeavor to celebrate the non-visible and visible differences that make up our community by encouraging respect and compassion for all.”


Epsom DICE has co-hosted or hosted several community events at the Epsom Library including Robert Azzi’s talk, “Ask a Muslim Anything” and a TEDTalk Tuesday viewing and discussion facilitated by staff from the Granite State Organizing Project. On 2/16/19, in honor of Black History Month, we’ll show and discuss the documentary “Shadows Fall North: Slavery, Segregation and the Myth of NH and the North” and on 4/13/19, speaker Shay Stewart-Bouley will offer the talk “Authentic Dialogues: Talking about Race and Racism”.


Our open meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Epsom Public Library, from 6:30-8:00 pm. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend, even if you just want to check it out! Our group email is [email protected] and our Facebook page can be found at Epsom Dice. Feel free to contact us and we’ll hope to see you at a meeting or event soon!     



Kim Gillis, Epsom



Letter To The Editor


I’m Scott Elliott and I’m running for the position of Road Agent. I would like to talk about water control on our town roads.


Water can do extensive damage to roads if it is not controlled and made to flow into proper areas. If a road shoulder is too high, the water cannot leave the road and shed properly into a drainage ditch, which creates large puddles that are a hazard for drivers. When the water finally does find an area to leave the road, it will create large washouts because of the backup and heavy flow. If a road shoulder is washed out and not maintained, the water will undermine the pavement and creates a large amount of damage (broken shoulders, lifted pavement) which is very expensive and time consuming to fix.


If drainage ditches, culverts, and catch basins are not cleaned and inspected on a regular basis(spring and fall), these water treatment areas will not work properly and create water backups. These water backups can do severe damage to both town and private property. We seem to be getting more and more rain during winter months. If the maintenance is not done, the water will create more intense problems due to freezing of a plugged catch basin or culvert.


I have extensive experience in controlling water and installing culverts, catch basins, and bio-treatment areas. The department of environmental safety is mandating stricter policies on water shed every year, so it is important to be proactive when working with water control so we don’t have to go back and do something over to abide by these laws that are soon to come to Epsom.  I welcome questions or comments. [email protected]






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