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February 6, 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.



“Boundaries” is the movie chosen for the matinee on Wednesday, Feb 13 at 1:30 at the Epsom Library.  Laura, played by Vera Farmiga, is a single mother living in Seattle. When her estranged criminally-minded father Harry, played by Christopher Plummer, is kicked out of his retirement home, she agrees to drive him to LA. With out her knowledge, Harry convinces his grandson to help him sell of his supply of marijuana at every stop on their journey resulting in unexpected reunions with old friends and family.



Congratulations to Niklaus Bair of Epsom,  Majoring in Game Programming, who has been named to the Champlain College Dean’s List for achieving a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in the Fall 2018 semester.





To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,

This week, my committee held more public hearings. I presented my HB 710, on the process of building and fire code amendments. There was some opposition on limiting local code amendments, but that’s addressed in another bill: I’ll reword 710 to merely require publishing them. The section on waivers also needs some work to better align with language in the building codes. HB 562, updating the state building code, also updated the energy code. The building code review board is actually working on amendments to the energy code at the moment, so this gives a place to use them.


HB 524, on day care business compliance with local codes, was an attempt to solve the declining numbers of day care businesses, but the sponsor brought an amendment to create a committee to examine the problem more broadly. HB 343, on the application of the state fire code to foster homes, was an attempt to regulate foster homes more uniformly across the state. It was a joint project of the fire marshal and the department of children, youth and families, and is in response to some (eleven, we heard) cities and towns that attempt to regulate foster homes like boarding houses rather than family homes.


I presented my HB 629, a defined contribution retirement plan, to less opposition than I expected, but I’m not optimistic about it passing. HB 616, creating a small cost of living allowance for people retired at least 5 years, brought out a lot of retirees in support. The only opposition was from the municipal association, which pointed out that it would be largely paid for from increased property taxes, over the next 20 years.


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


Representative Carol McGuire

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Fellow Epsom Citizens,

We’re debating the pros and cons of offering FDK in Epsom.  I’ve spent 28 years as an Early Childhood professional, advocating for children, families and staff, as a teacher, curriculum specialist, special education staff, and higher education faculty.  I’ve struggled with my feelings on children attending FDK and the impact of these programs on children, families and taxpayers.  I’ve had to reflect on my values and re-examine my beliefs about how children learn in early years and how society views teachers that work with young children.  


My conclusion: Our children deserve the best educational services that 90% of kindergarten aged children in the state receive.  We have to realize that this might look differently from what we’ve known in the past.  Family structures and educational outcomes have changed.  Today, many families have two working parents or single parents, or grandparents raising grandchildren. We need to be a town that supports each other and our children while not dismissing the importance of the school community.  Do I wish more families could be home for their children- yes! Do I worry that curriculum may be “pushed” down to children who are not ready-absolutely. Do I know that every penny counts for some taxpayers and that another increase is concerning – yup.  


I’ve spent time wrestling with these issues and decided it’s the right thing to do. I have to trust the educators to provide an environment that knows how young children learn and is developmentally appropriate for all children. I have to trust that people who are concerned with how the state funds education will take action toward a solution.  I will be supporting the warrant article to provide FDK on March 12th and urge you to learn the facts and reflect on what your decision is too.



Jessica Emond



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!



 Letter To The Editor


It’s been an interesting winter with rain at the end of storms, then getting very cold which freezes the surface water which includes the water inside our culverts, which is one of the biggest reasons we need to clean our culverts. 


For the most part, a clean culvert cleans itself most of the time. But a culvert with leaves, grass and/or dirt inside trap the water and freeze into an immovable mass.


Now, with the cold below, say 10 degrees, the water still seeps out of the ground forming ice sheets on hillsides and in ditches, then trickles into the culvert and freezes, then completely fills the culvert. When we get melting or rain happens, no water can go through the culvert, forcing the water over our driveways and roads.


That being said, the resolution is not fun – it’s irritating, time consuming, and costly.  All of the above can happen in a clean culvert but not nearly as often.


The challenge of winter hasn’t changed in centuries. The only difference is how we deal with those challenges and the expected results and time frame and cost. The expectations of time and results directly reflect the short and long term costs.


Looking forward to another short winter and good year.


Bless You,

Gordon R. Ellis

Your Road Agent



Letter To The Editor


I’m Scott Elliott, I am running for the position of Epsom Road Agent. Last week I talked about how I would treat roads with a sand and salt mixture for winter maintenance.  This week I would like to talk about  plowing during winter storms.


Currently the highway department is plowing roads with pickup trucks. It takes a pickup truck three passes to clear and treat one lane of road. The first pass, it clears from the center line a six foot lane leaving heavy snow in the remaining four feet of lane. The second pass, which could be as long as an hour later, can only clear to the edge of pavement. The pickups plows are not wide enough to clear the shoulder and the truck tires are very close to the edge of pavement and could do damage to the road edge. Especially in the spring time when the shoulders are soft. On the third pass, the pickups treat the road with winter material.The pickups can only carry 1.5 tons of material so they have to make several trips to the highway department to reload their trucks.


I plan on using larger six-wheeled trucks with wing plows to plow and treat roads. They will be sub-contracted the same as the pickups are now. The larger trucks can plow, treat, and spread material in one pass. In the same pass the wings are pushing back the shoulders making the roads wider and safer. The larger trucks can hold 8 tons of material and is enough to treat that truck’s entire route with one load, so it won’t have to travel back to the highway department to reload. This process will make the roads safer in a more efficient and fiscally responsible manner.


I welcome any questions or comment. [email protected]





Dear Epsom Residents,

My name is Cheryl Gilpatrick and I am running for Selectman. I moved back to Epsom eleven years ago and purchased my home. 


For the past sixteen years I have been the manager of a municipal assessing firm in Pembroke, working with 28-30 municipalities throughout NH, so I am very familiar with town government.


My job is very flexible, so I am able to easily fill the time requirements to be Selectman. I have in-depth experience with accounting, budgeting, and human resources. I work with taxpayers daily, and assist town office employees in many ways. I am also a certified paralegal, so my familiarity and ability to understand State statutes and rules, and various legal matters would be a great asset to the Town. I also worked with municipalities and taxpayers in my role working for the State of NH.


I enjoy helping others and serving my community. I have served on many committees and booster clubs. I am committed to bringing my knowledge, and willingness to listen to what taxpayers need, to the table. I believe that transparency and accountability are very important and plan to be just that.


I feel I have a fresh perspective to offer to keep Epsom moving forward and growing in the right direction. I will always listen with an open mind and I am not afraid to stand up for what is right for the citizens of Epsom. I believe welcoming more businesses to the town would be beneficial to the citizens of Epsom, while working to keep our town the wonderful, quaint, community that it is.


I would appreciate your vote on March 12th and help me in my quest to make a difference. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to email me at [email protected].  Thank you.




Philip J. Currier

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EPSOM – Philip J. Currier, 76 of Epsom, passed away on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at Epsom Manor following a period of declining health.


Born on February 19, 1942 in Lynn, MA, he was the son of the late Charles and Justine (Forcier) Currier.


Philip worked on cars for most of his life, even owning his own business PDM Auto Repair until his retirement. He was a lifelong metal worker, enjoyed target shooting and watching Nascar. In his younger years, he could be found fishing, camping, boating or riding his motorcycle.


He is survived by his wife Donna (Lachance) Currier of Epsom, with whom he shared 53 years of marriage, two sons, Michael Currier and his wife Ardell of Chichester and Daniel Currier of Pittsfield, siblings, Jackie Mason of Allenstown, John Currier of Hooksett and Charlie Currier and his wife Rose of Pembroke, one granddaughter, Renae Currier as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.


A Celebration of Phil’s Life will be held on Saturday, February 9th from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home, 1217 Suncook Valley Highway, Epsom. A brief service will be held starting at 1:00pm. Friends and family are invited to begin gathering at 12:30pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Philip’s memory to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215 or The American Heart Association, 2 Wall Street #104, Manchester, NH 03101 or to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit





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