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.
“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.”
Segregation and the Myth of NH and the North
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!
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.
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.
constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,
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
Interested people can email me for my newsletter, with more
information than can fit in The Sun.
Representative Carol McGuire
the caring citizens of Epsom and surrounding communities,
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.
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.”
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”.
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!
Letter To The Editor
Scott Elliott and I’m running for the position of Road Agent. I
would like to talk about water control on our town roads.
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.
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.
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]