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February 27, 2019

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“A Star is Born” is the movie selection at the Epsom Library on Wednesday, March 6 at 1:30.  This remake of a tragic love story needs no introduction.  Much has been publicized of this Oscar-nominated film starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.  It is rated R for sexuality and substance abuse.



Letter To The Editor


A few years ago when I was elected to the job of Road Agent for the Town of Epsom, all things at the Highway Department were not perfect.  We now have a good old backhoe, a one ton pickup truck, a salt shed and a repair building which we built with donations, sweat equity and some money out of the budget. It is very productive to have garage space so we can do repair work inside. We look forward to you coming and checking it out.


Most of the drainage culverts, that needed to, have been replaced.  We’ve replaced nine bridges, repaired one and have two more to go, with the plan to open the Cass Road bridge in about three years.


As you may have noticed, this past month’s weather conditions, consisting of snow, lots of rain and extreme cold have created challenging ice conditions. But take heart, according to a certain groundhog, spring is just around the corner!


Please know that whatever God sends for weather, I am working my hardest for your safety and to bring about positive changes for our Town roads and hope to continue these efforts.  I would very much appreciate your vote in March and thank you for your consideration.


Bless you,

Gordon R. Ellis, Your Road Agent 



Epsom Meet The Candidates Forum

Submitted By:  Virginia J. Drew, Friends of the Epsom Public Library 


The Friends of the Epsom Public Library are hosting a Meet the Candidates Forum on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm.  Join us and the candidates for Town and School office at the Epsom Public Library for our yearly opportunity to meet the citizens who have filed to serve our community as public officials!


This is YOUR chance to hear from the candidates and to ask them questions to help you decide on your votes on Town and School Election day (Tues., March 12 @ 8:00 am to 7:00 pm). 


The Friends of the Library are looking forward to seeing you all and as always there will be great refreshments!



Thanks, to those who came out to the 2019 school and town deliberative sessions. Please come to vote on Tuesday, March 12, at the Epsom Central School gym from 8 am until 7 pm. 


Of the five warrant articles on the school ballot this year, three involve spending. If all three pass, the estimated tax impact will be $2.06 per thousand. For example, a $225,000 valued property would incur a $463.50 increase in their tax bill. If the spending articles fail, the default budget would result in a tax impact of $1.39 increase, thus translating to a $312.75 increase.  


The School Board and Budget Committee have not recommended approval of implementing full-day kindergarten, and school officials have said that implementation will not guarantee a drop in special education costs, which is a large part of the school budget’s increase this year. It has been stated that Keno revenue will cover some of the costs of full-day kindergarten, but I believe taxpayers have come to realize that the state is continuing to lower their share of education funding every year, and there is no guarantee that revenue or funding will continue. In the end, it is we, the local taxpayers, who make up for unfunded mandates when we pay the bills.


Of the nineteen warrant articles on the town ballot, ten involve spending. If all ten pass, the estimated tax impact will be $1.47 per thousand. A $225,000 valued property would incur a $330.75 increase in their tax bill. If the spending articles fail, there will be no increase, as the default budget is $4.08 per thousand, which is 7 cents lower than last year’s budget.


There are town and school sample ballots available at the town hall, as well as information on the town and school websites.



Tom Langlais



Michael Briggs Spaghetti Dinner


On Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 the Epsom Central School will be holding the 13th annual Spaghetti Dinner. This dinner is held each year to help raise monies for both the Michael Briggs Community Center of Manchester and an Epsom student award given in remembrance of Officer Michael Briggs.


The student award will be given to a graduating eighth grade student from Epsom whom upon graduating high school, pursues a post secondary education or enters a public service career.  In order to make this award a reality we need your empty stomachs and generosity.


Epsom School Staff will be cooking and serving the dinner in an effort to raise money for the award. The dinner will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Multipurpose Room.  The cost will be $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children.  Tickets will be available in the office ahead of time or you may purchase them the night of the dinner.  We will once again be offering “take out” dinners.  We will make it fresh for you when you come in to pick it up.


With your support, we can make this award a reality. Should we need to cancel due to snowstorm, our snow date will be Wednesday, March 13th.


Any questions please call Mrs. Donovan or Mrs. Brodeur at 736-9331. Thank you.





Dear Epsom Residents,

My name is Meadow Wysocki and I am running for the Budget Committee.  I have lived in Epsom for the last 23 years.  I have raised a family and purchased two homes in Epsom.   I enjoy our small community and am excited to bring my experience and knowledge to the Budget Committee. 


I have an extensive history in the field of finance over the last 30 years.  I have worked as an Accounts Receivable Specialist for Hesser College and Notre Dame College, as well as a Bursar and Finance Director for Granite State College.  I spent a number of years at New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation managing the department responsible for assisting schools with the distribution and maintenance of federal and private student loans. Each and every position I have held has required a budget component.  As the Financial Manager position at Granite State College I was responsible for developing, monitoring and updating the entire schools budget which included working with the University Systems Central Accounting.  I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.


I enjoy giving back to my community and being retired allows me a certain amount of flexibility to dedicate my time to the community. I currently volunteer at Concord Hospital as a patient visitor and on the maternity ward. I volunteer on the Old Meetinghouse Revitalization Committee and hope to help the fundraising efforts and to create an amazing community center that can be used by all.  


I would appreciate your vote on March 12th and provide me with the opportunity to serve my community and bring my experience and expertise to the Budget Committee.  If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me by email at [email protected].  Thank you.


The Fabric Of Our Lives: Party Dresses: Piecing It Together At The Epsom Public Library

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The High Season Artists meet weekly at the Kimball Jenkins Estate in Concord, NH to inspire and support one another as they pursue techniques, materials and ideas that have evolved over time. Often they work quite spontaneously! During a conversation about Halloween, the theme of party dresses was suggested. Within hours the artists were at Goodwill picking over their party dresses and evening gowns. What fun they had!


Party titles... Garden Party! Surprise Party! Hen Party! Valentines Day Party! Animal Party and I Don’t Want to Wear a Dress Party! emerged. Eager to design their individual party dresses, they used other materials and objects with their fabric and began stitching; spending many days to complete their dress.


The artists are excited to share the results with you, along with some drawings, paintings and mixed media pieces that are a response to their dresses.


Come meet the artists at the opening of this unique exhibit, “The Fabric of Our Lives:Party Dresses: Piecing it Together” at The Epsom Public Library on Friday, March 1 at 5-7 pm. Wear your party dress or suit if you’d like!



Letter To The Editor


To really understand the cost effect on a taxpayer, we need to look at the $175,000 warrant article (tax rate increase $.41) on the homeowner. Though in reality the Full Day Kindergarten proposal adds even less to the Tax Rate: only on average $.30 to the Tax Rate as Epsom will get state funding for FDK per the Senate Bill 191. The warrant article will show the below costs, which will actually be about 25% less when you take into account the revenues received, similarly to adequacy funding for grades 1-12.


For a $300,000 home....yearly cost $123 or $2.36 weekly


For a $250,000 home....yearly cost $102 or $1.97 weekly 


For a $200,000 home...yearly cost $82 or $1.57 weekly 


For a $150,000 home...$61.50 or $1.18 weekly


Who cannot afford $1-$2 a week to take care of Epsom’s young children and young families? Can you sacrifice a couple of beers; a pack of cigarettes; or a Dunkin Donuts coffee. week to support our young kids? I say we all can and should vote YES on the FDK Warrant article. Most all towns in NH have FDK and educators throughout the State and the Nation support FDK. Please do not neglect our young children in Epsom by voting NO on the FDK Warrant article.


Arthur Laro



Letter To The Editor

Transparency and Communication


I believe that transparency and communication will be key in managing our highway department successfully and frugally. I will communicate with residents via The Suncook Sun newspaper, social media, and personal contact on upcoming road work that may impact their road.


I will not close a road for work to be done unless absolutely necessary, which typically would only be in an emergency. 


I will communicate with the Select Board and a Road Committee on upcoming work that I plan on doing. They will have an estimated financial cost to the taxpayers and enough notice that if strategies need to be changed they can.


I will communicate with the Budget Committee with a budget as accurate as possible for the upcoming year. My goal would be to try and put together warrant articles that would get the approval of both the Budget Committee and Select Board.


I believe that social media is a great way to communicate and maintain transparency with a very large portion of our residents. I will start a social media page to post work that has been done, upcoming work, and any information I feel residents should know about.


If you want well maintained roads and a Road Agent that is willing to communicate, please vote for me on March, 12th Vote for Change, Vote for Epsom.                                                  


Scott Elliott

[email protected]



Letter To The Editor


Clearly it’s an election year, After reading the recent article by our current road agent, Gordon Ellis, related to “sand is the enemy” this gave insight to the current thought pattern which gives me serious concern. 


His case to continue using damaging stone vs. common sand approach is contradicted in his own article. As math and sciences has taught us (volume and circumference) that 3/8 –3/4 stone currently used will fill our ditches, drains, etc. faster than filtered grains of sand. What might take a decade to fill with sand, can take one year with current stone used.


As stated in T2 articles, sand can migrate after eight car passes… what do you think it takes for large stone to migrate, one or two passes before it sits at the shoulder and in ditches/drains?  His math is not referenced to supporting info, but you can see for yourself that sand is cheaper than stone. He adds in the cost of cleaning ditches, street sweeping (when have you seen our town clean up the massive amount of stone?), etc. Once again, stone clogs faster proven-mass, damages town equipment, personal property, safety to the public after snow melts/other seasons (walking, jogging, biking, motorcycles, etc.), damaging top road surface (roads not lasting as long) and costs more.  You add these factors, stone has a higher cost to use vs sand. So according to his own math and using logic, “stone is the enemy.”


After reading many UNH T2 articles, salt is here to stay and is the most effective use as well as sand.   Both should be used strategically.  There is almost no talk of stone as a treatment source on paved roads, especially all the time in all areas with no immediate clean up.  This is why I ask you to support common sense change when we, Epsom, vote March 12th, this year we have a choice, Scott Elliott.


A. Ramsdell

Concerned Voter





To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,

This week, my committee met to recommend more bills to the House. HB 221, renaming Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day, was debated at length, with the committee Democrats fixated on Columbus’s misdeeds in Haiti and the Caribbean, and the Republicans not wanting to hide our history or rename a federal holiday. We voted not to pass it, 9-11, then not to kill it, 7-11, then finally to retain it in committee, 16-4. HB 506, making primary day a state holiday, was debated over whether it preempted local control over holidays and how to pay for the mandated overtime. We voted 12-8 to retain it, on party lines (Republicans wanted to kill it.)


HB 470, telling the treasurer to arrange for a way to accept cryptocurrencies (ie, bitcoin) for tax payments, had also been worked in subcommittee and had an amendment supported by the sponsor and the treasurer, which we adopted 19-1. Then the subcommittee chair pointed out that Visa offered a bitcoin debit card, so the bill was not necessary, and the chair mentioned that a commission on cryptocurrencies would be working this biennium. A motion to kill the bill failed, 8-10, and we finally retained the bill, 15-5. I voted against retaining because it seemed a cheap and easy way to encourage high-tech businesses, which likely have cryptocurrencies, to start up or relocate to New Hampshire.


HB 667, requiring water wells be tested before issuing a certificate of occupancy, was retained at the sponsor’s request. HB 720, allowing retiring community college faculty to go back to work part-time immediately after retiring, was killed 17-3, to prevent the appearance of a revolving door.


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


Representative Carol McGuire

[email protected]




Epsom Employee Receives UNH T2 Advanced Master Roads Scholar Award

Gordon Ellis of Epsom, NH achieved University of New Hampshire Technology Transfer Center’s (UNH T2) distinguished recognition as an Advanced Master Roads Scholar. This prestigious award is the highest level of achievement within the UNH T2 program. It recognizes those who both complete at least 200 hours of classroom training with UNH T2, and who develop and complete an outreach project that seeks to improve, promote, or otherwise enhance the public works community. Mr. Ellis has participated in a number of UNH T2 training opportunities across content disciplines including safety, environmental, supervisory, and technical topics, including titles such as Drainage, Drainage, Drainage; Culvert Maintainer Certification Training; Green Snow Pro Training; and an Invasive Plants and Eradication Workshop, to name a few. He contributed his knowledge, expertise, and awareness of new technologies and techniques in road management to road agencies across New Hampshire by partnering with UNH as an instructor for a workshop on Winter Maintenance Fundamentals.

As an Advanced Master Roads Scholar Mr. Ellis’s dedication to professional development promotes mentorship and collaboration with public works colleagues, and supports safe, effective roadways for NH residents and visitors.


The UNH Technology Transfer Center fosters a safe, efficient, and environmentally sound surface transportation system by improving skills and increasing knowledge of the transportation workforce and decision makers. As the site of the state’s Local Technical Assistance Program, it works to enable local counties, cities and towns to improve their roads and bridges by supplying them with a variety of training programs, an information clearinghouse, new and existing technology updates, personalized technical assistance, and newsletters.


For more information about UNH T2 visit or contact Marilee LaFond at [email protected].


Letter To The Editor

Dear Residents of Epsom:

On March 12, I would appreciate your vote so that I may serve as a member of the Budget Committee. I have been a resident of Epsom for almost thirty years, and come to this position with no agenda, except to do what is best for Epsom.  I commit to factually analyze the information, listen and ask questions, and to be sure I have an understanding before making recommendations.


I am retired from state service, after 30 years. My career was spent analyzing complex financial information, preparing budgets, and providing good information to decision makers from governors and legislative leaders, to members of the public. 


Whether serving as Commissioner of Administrative Services, Budget Director for two Governors, Medicaid Finance Director at Health and Human Services, or Chief Financial Officer at the Dept. of Justice, good factual information was always key in trying to arrive at the right decision.


Please consider me when you vote March 12.  Thank You.  

Linda Hodgdon





Stephen Lombard, Jr.

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SHORT FALLS – Stephen Lombard, Jr., 70, of Short Falls, passed away on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at his residence, surrounded by his family.


Born on August 2, 1948 in Concord, he was the son of the late Stephen and Eris (Yeaton) Lombard.


Steve worked for over 40 years in the concrete business, eventually working for himself as the owner of New England Form Specialists, Inc. He was a longtime member of the Corinthian Lodge No. 82 and Jewell Lodge No. 94, F&AM, where he served in many chairs.  He served as District Deputy Grand Master and recently received his 40 year Masonic pin, which was presented by the Members of both Lodges.  Stephen loved to read, travel, and snowmobile.  He especially enjoyed spending time with family and friends, sharing stories of family lore.


He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Susan (Longley) Lombard, their daughter, Marcy LeBlanc and her husband Jason of Douglas, MA; and their son, Joseph Lombard of Short Falls.  He also leaves behind a sister, Gina Canney of Farmington; brothers, Tom Lombard and Willie of Graceville, FL and James Lombard of Epsom; step-siblings Linda Tirrell of Epsom, Sharon Wayman of Loudon, Debbie Tirrell of Concord, Cal Tirrell, Jr of Pittsfield, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. The family appreciates the tremendous support provided by many who knew Steve.


A Celebration of Steve’s life will be held on Saturday, March 9th from 12 to 2 P.M. in the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home, 1217 Suncook Valley Highway in Epsom. There will be a brief Masonic service starting at 12 P.M., followed by the opportunity to share memories. Friends and family are invited to begin gathering at 11:30 A.M. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to the Epsom Food Pantry (Rt 4, Epsom, NH 03234) or to the NH Masonic Charitable Foundation (30 Mount Vernon St, P.O. Box 486, Milford, NH 03055-0486).


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