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February 20, 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.



Lauren Lucille Graham of Epsom has been recognized on the dean’s list at Norwich University for the fall 2018 semester.


Congratulations, Lauren!



“The Catcher Was a Spy” is the movie being shown at the Epsom Library on Wednesday, February 27 at 1:30.  This true story brings to life the incredible story of Moe Berg the professional baseball player who became a World War II spy.  His mission was to go behind enemy lines and assassinate the Nazi’s chief nuclear scientist.  This is a gripping espionage thriller and is rated R for violence and language.



The Concord/ Epsom Elks Lodge will be hosting a spaghetti and meatball social Sunday, February 24th from 1-5pm. This event is to raise money for flags on past members’ gravestones. The cost is $10 per person and will include karaoke and entertainment.  This will be a fun event!  We can’t wait to see you there!!!



Letter To The Editor


On March 12th we will vote on 19 different Warrant articles. All are important to our Town. Article 17  asks the voters of Epsom if they are in favor of purchasing a used six-wheel truck for the Epsom Highway Department.


As I write this, we are the only Town in the State of New Hampshire that does not have one. In the past we relied on contracts with various companies to provide us with the equipment we needed to maintain our roads, and were often limited by availability.


As all of you know, road maintenance is a constant undertaking. At any time weather (snow or rain) can change the condition of our roads. Having the equipment we need to address these changes is important. With a six-wheel truck we will have the ability to plow, haul material, grade, and maintain our culverts and ditches when it needs to be done. Not when outside companies are available. The Board of Selectman  unanimously supports Article 17. I hope you will too.


Chris Bowes

Selectman, Epsom





Dear voters in the town of Epsom:

I am running to fill the one year vacancy on the Epsom Central School Board. Running for this position was an easy decision on my part. I served on the parent advisory boards for both the elementary and high schools when I lived in Sutton, MA, a town very similar to Epsom. I know a strong school system is the best advertisement a town can have. New families, new businesses, and new community members want to know that the town values education and supports the next generation of citizens. 


Most importantly, the well-being of children has been the focus of my entire career as a Pediatrician. I have spent my whole life working with and for children and their parents - and school is one of the most important aspects of a child’s life. It is a natural extension of my professional life to want to help ECS thrive.


My interest in education stretches back to my childhood upbringing. My grandfather was a high school principal, my mother taught 3rd and 4th grade for 40 years, my sister taught 6th grade Language Arts for a similar time, and my son teaches high school English now. I know what goes into being a teacher. I have watched my three step-children progress through the ECS system. The people teaching our children are dedicated, hardworking, and caring. The administration in Epsom works well with the SAU to keep the school running efficiently.  The Board should enable those working at ECS to continue their high level of success while at the same time being realistic about the town budget and recognizing that there is always room for improvement.


I look forward to working for the children of Epsom and appreciate your support on election day, March 12, 2019.


Thank you,

Brian P. O’Sullivan, MD



Letter To The Editor


A few people in town have been talking about winter road maintenance so I’ll try and address. 


First the T2 UNH Roads Scholar Program says “sand is your enemy” over and over again.  They also think stone is a benefit.


To use sand on roads costs over twice as much as stone.  And when the new EPA regulations kick in, probably around 2022, sand will cost about 5 times more than stone and these costs do not include the extra ditch cleaning, catch basin cleaning, road sweeping and the time lost in the summer not grading and not using that time and money toward paving and making our roads better.  The total cost to apply sand to roads and then clean it up is between $60-$80 per ton and when the new EPA regulations kick in between $130-$160 per ton and that doesn’t include the hundreds of hours the Highway Department loses not doing positive things.  The cost of stone is about $30-$35 and saves the Highway Department time in all 4 seasons.  The stone also has practically eliminated mud season.  Using sand on the roads all winter actually makes mud season worse.  Using stone to treat icy roads all winter means the stone is already in place when the roads get muddy.


Sand not only fills in the ditches but it also gets into the brooks, streams, ponds, lakes and rivers which has a negative effect on wildlife and the environment.  The airborne silica affects the respiratory systems of humans and wildlife.  Not using sand will help in the effort to clean up the environment and save you money.


Bless You,

Gordon Ellis

Your Road Agent



High  Season Artists  At The Epsom Public Library


The Epsom Public Library is pleased to present “The Fabric of Our Lives: Party Dresses Piecing It Together,” an exciting new exhibit by the High Season Artists, a group of New Hampshire artists who gather to make art, explore creativity and exhibit locally. This group’s shows are invariably fascinating, thought-provoking, and delightful.  You won’t want to miss their inspired Party Dresses!   Participating artists include Donna Catanzaro, Kathy Hanson, Russet Jennings, Mary Nichols, Ann Saunderson, Mary Straub and Teresa Taylor.


All are invited to meet the artists and enjoy some snacks at the Opening Reception on Friday, March 1, from 5 to 7 pm.


The exhibit runs through April 13 and may be viewed during regular library hours: Monday – Thursday, 10 am to 7 pm, and Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm.


For more information, call the library at 736-9920 or visit



Letter To The Editor

Vote for Cheryl Gilpatrick for Epsom Selectman


My vote on March 12th for the one-year term for Selectman in Epsom is for Cheryl Gilpatrick. She is hard-working, smart, cares about the Town, and will help make Epsom the best it can be.


I have every confidence that Cheryl will listen to Epsom residents when they have an issue or question, and help solve problems as they arise. If you’d like to learn more about Cheryl, attend the Friends of the Library Meet the Candidates on March 3rd.


Valerie Long




Letter To The Editor


If you want the facts of the “Kenogarten” bill and its potential to run out of money, it legally cannot.


NH Senate Bill 191, signed into law by Governor Sununu in 2017, states “(Paragraph Ib) For fiscal year 2019, once pupils enrolled in an approved full-day kindergarten program have been counted in the school district’s average daily membership in attendance as defined in RSA 198:38, I, a school district, or a chartered public school based on its kindergarten average daily membership enrollment number, shall receive, in addition to any funds received pursuant to RSA 198:40-a, an additional grant of $1,100 per kindergarten pupil attending a full-day kindergarten program. The commissioner shall certify the amount of the grant to the state treasurer and direct the payment thereof from the education trust fund established in RSA 198:39 to the school district or chartered public school.“


“(Paragraph III a) For fiscal year 2020 and each fiscal year thereafter, in addition to any funds received pursuant to RSA 198:40-a, the department of education shall distribute a total kindergarten grant, pursuant to RSA 198:40-a, for the remaining 1/2 of each average daily membership not counted under RSA 198:40-a to each school district or chartered public school that operates an approved full-day kindergarten program. If the amount of revenue raised through keno is insufficient to fully fund the distribution of grants under this section, the revenue shall be prorated proportionally based on entitlement among the districts entitled to a grant. The prorated portion of this grant shall not be less than the per pupil amount disbursed under paragraph I(b).“


Epsom Kindergarten Committee 






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