Epsom Old Home Day August 8
Come out and show your town spirit by participating in this year’s
Parade to kick off Epsom Old Home Day 2009!
For more information & pre-registration, call Scott at 736-9735 or
e-mail @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder: The Epsom Town Band will present a free concert at
Webster Park on Friday, July 10th, from 7:30-9:00 p.m. Additional
concerts are scheduled for July 17th and July 31st. July 24th is a
Mark your calendars, invite your friends and family, and join us for a
concert in the park! For more information, you may contact Penny Graham at
Congratulations to Marley Horner of Epsom who is one of 624
students at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg
named to the university’s Dean’s List for the 2009 spring semester.
Horner is a junior at the University of Mary Washington
The Dean’s List recognizes outstanding academic achievement at the
university by full-time students who attain at least a 3.5 grade-point
average on a 4.0 scale.
As a result of the increasing incidents of drinking and driving, the
Allenstown Police Department in cooperation with the Pembroke Police
Department, Epsom Police Department, Chichester Police Department, Concord
Police Department, Pittsfield Police Department, and the Merrimack County
Sheriffs Office applied for, and was granted, a Superior Court Petition to
conduct a Sobriety Checkpoint. The “Sobriety Checkpoint” is the most
effective method of detecting and apprehending the impaired operator.
The program, approved by the NH Highway Safety Agency and the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration, provides federal highway safety funds
to support these checkpoints, which will be conducted in Epsom.
A review of records has shown that the use of alcohol by individuals who
operate motor vehicles has resulted in an alarming number of deaths and
personal injury accidents. Therefore, in an effort to maintain safe roads in
Epsom, the Merrimack County DUI Task Force will be conducting a Sobriety
Checkpoint in the Epsom area on the week of July 6, 2009.
The purpose of the Sobriety Checkpoint is to detect and apprehend the
impaired driver. Epsom Police Chief Wayne Preve and the Merrimack
County DUI Task Force have taken an aggressive stance to prevent persons
from driving when intoxicated. New Hampshire has some of the most aggressive
laws in the country to fight the intoxicated driver and the law enforcement
community will use those tools to their full extent.
Chief Wayne B. Preve
To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, & Pittsfield:
The new state
budget has a long list of new and increased taxes and fees that will affect
everyone in the state. All court filing fees are going up 20%. Boat
registration fees doubled, car registration fees are up $30, truck
registration fees up at least $45. Fees for copies of motor vehicle records
are up by 50%; car inspection fees are up by $0.75. Vanity plates will cost
$40 initially and $40 renewal fees. All sorts of license fees are
increasing, from food licenses to health care facility licenses and
non-resident pistol licenses. DES sewage system approvals increased from
$140 to $290/plan, subdivision plans doubled in cost, condominium
development fees more than doubled.
The room and meals tax went up to 9%, and applies to campsites as well
as rooms, meals, and rental cars. If your business is organized as an LLC
rather than a corporation, as many small businesses are, distributions are
now taxed as dividends. And heating oil gets an additional quarter of a cent
per gallon “import tax."
The cigarette tax goes up 45 cents a pack, and cigars, pipe tobacco,
chewing tobacco, etc., are taxed at almost 50% of the wholesale price.
There’s no beer tax hike, but discounts on wine for retailers have been
slashed. Any gambling win big enough to require a Federal Form W2-G (about
$600) now suffers a 10% tax that applies to gross winnings before deducting
State Children’s Health Insurance Program premium increased by
Retired state employees under age 65 will pay $65/month for health
insurance for themselves or spouses; any new state or town employees (except
police & fire) will contribute 7% of pay to the Retirement Fund, rather than
5%, for the same pension. And every- one needs a new $15 license to fish in
Next week, what the new budget means to your property taxes!
Epsom Public Library
The Epsom Public Library is pleased to be hosting a series of Literacy
workshops for parents/caregivers of young children infants thru 6 years on
the following Tuesdays at 6:30 pm. (7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/11 & 8/18). The
workshops will be presented by Kristen Bruno, M.Ed, who teaches fourth grade
in Concord. For more information call 736-9920.
Movie night will be on Monday, July 13 at 6:30 pm. Popcorn and drinks
will be provided. For a complete list of activities, come into the library
or call for info.
Story Time continues on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m.
The children listen to stories, sing songs and enjoy simple crafts. July
themes will include summer fun, sunflowers and fish! Toddler Time continues
on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Library hours are Monday-Thursday 10-7 and
Valley Artisans Artisan For The Month Of July
Jeri Mills is our Artisan for July. She has been a member for 2 seasons.
She specializes in making soft fabric dolls and fairies plus American Doll
She has been doing crafts for 25 years. About 10 years ago she attended
a doll making workshop with Eleanor Peace Bailey and joined the
world of doll making. Come to Valley Artisans and sign up for our free
raffle of one of Jeri’s lovely dolls. To view the raffle item go to
www.valleyartisansnh.com and you will also see our other talented
We are open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. We have been a
juried Co-op since 1981 we have over 40 juried artisans. Our season is from
late April to late December and we are accepting new members and consignors
We are Located at 10 Goboro Rd., Epsom NH. 603-736-8200.
1/4 mile east of the Epsom traffic circle on Rte. 4/202. Take a left at the
Epsom Fire Department Explorer Post 546
Recently the members of the
Epsom Fire Department decided to re-start the Explorer Post, which had been
dormant for many years. With the assistance from the Daniel Webster Council
we advertised and held a successful open house.
The Explorer Program is
designed to teach today’s youths the ins and outs of the fire service. They
will be exposed to a career in the fire service, which is both rewarding and
exciting. The Explorers will have an opportunity to participate in training
and activities such as emergency calls, CPR and first aid, structure fires,
search and rescue operations, forest fires, car fires, motor vehicle
accidents, fire prevention and much more.
Over the last 5 weeks, the
Explorers have been involved in the regular fire department trainings. They
have assisted with pumping from a hydrant, search and rescue operations,
basic SCBA, ambulance operations and equipment and 2 medical classes.
minimum requirements for becoming an Explorer are as follows:
• Must be
between the ages of 14 – 21 and successfully passed the 8th grade.
Currently maintaining a 70% academic average.
• Willing to participate in
the Fire Fighting and EMS fields.
• Must have permission from a parent or
To obtain more information and/or an application for
membership, please contact me at the fire station.
DeCarli, Epsom Fire Department, 1714 Dover Road, Epsom, NH 03234, 736-9291.
Epsom Police Notes
The following is a summary of calls made by the Epsom
Police Department for June 15-29, 2009. It is compiled from information
provided by the Department.
Complaints Included: Civil, 4; Suspicious
Activity, 3; Motor Vehicle Complaint, 7; Suspicious Subject, 1; Animal, 3;
OHRV, 2; Juvenile, 1.
Responses Included: Alarm Activations, 4; Accidents
Included: 5; Suspicious Activity, 1; Unwanted Person, 1.
Suspicious Vehicles, 2; Suspicious Activities, 5; Abandoned 911 Calls, 3;
Shots Fired, 1; Suspicious Subjects, 4; Road Hazard, 1; Abandoned Vehicle,
Assists Included: Agency With Investigation, 2; Agency With Arrests,
3; Agency With Well Being Checks, 2; Rescue Squad, 5; Fire Dept., 2; Agency
With Service Of Paperwork, 2; Other PDs, 2; Disabled Motorist, 1.
Included: Theft of Tent, 1; Criminal Mischief, 2; Theft of Bicycles, 1;
Credit Card Fraud, 1; Illegal Dumping of Trash, 1.
There were three
Arrests and an Intoxicated Person Taken Into Protective Custody.
Epsom and Chichester Girl Scout Troops Hold Powder Puff Derby
7th, the Epsom and Chichester Girl Scout troops held their first ever Girl
Scout Powder Puff derby race at the Epsom fire station. This event was a big
hit and lots of fun for everyone! There were 32 racers; which included
racers from the Daisy, Brownie, and Junior troops, as well as a few sibling
and adult racers. Each Girl Scout was responsible for the design, theme,
creation and painting of her race car. Because there was such a positive
response to this event, we hope it is the beginning of yet another wonderful
event for the Girl Scouts and plan to hold it each year. This is just one of
many activities our Girl Scouts enjoy throughout the year. For more
information on Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, call 627-4158
or visit www.girlscoutsgwm.org
Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make this event a success.
Also, a big thank you to the Epsom Fire Department for the use of the
station hall and to Epsom Boy Scout Pack 80 for use of the Pinewood Derby
Track and computer software.
Epsom Public Library Events
The Epsom Public Library will be hosting
series of literacy workshops presented by Kristen Bruno, M.Ed., a
fourth-grade teacher at Conant School in Concord. The workshops will be
offered on Tuesdays through August 18. All workshops will start
at 6:30. There is no fee, and participants are invited to attend any
or all sessions.
July 14 - Creating Literacy Rich Environments - provides
tips for arranging a home that invites children to listen, talk, read, and
July 21 - Where Conversation Leads - presents techniques for
engaging children in conversation and encouraging them to build oral
July 28 - Reading Aloud - addresses strategies for
reading aloud with children from selecting appropriate books to planning
activities that extend children’s understanding and enjoyment of books.
August 11- Making My Mark - covers practices for encouraging children’s
scribbling, drawing, painting, and writing efforts.
August 18 -
Supporting Language and Literacy Development Every Day - allows participants
to apply the lessons from the first five workshops to incorporate language
and literacy throughout the curriculum.
The Epsom Public Library Book
Discussion Group will meet on July 15 at 6:30 pm. to discuss The Story of
Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski. Anyone interested in attending is
invited to stop by the library for a copy of the book.
The Friends of the
Epsom Library will meet on July 20 at 7:00 pm
A public reception for
Artist Joanne Balcom, of Barnstead, will be held on Friday, July 10,
starting at 5 pm. Ms. Balcom’s artwork will be on exhibit at the
library through August 9.
Bruce Graham of Epsom has several interesting
pieces currently exhibited at the Library, including hand-made shoes from
Colonial to modern. He also is displaying hand-bound books as well as
cigar-box instruments (violin and tenor guitar). Also included in the
exhibit are hand-made socks by Penny Graham.
The library is looking for
donations of Legos.