Elks Lodge 1210
3/5 9 am- 11am Breakfast
Buffet with eggs and omelettes to order. Milks, Juice, coffee & tea
included. Cost is, Adults $8, Veterans $6 and kids under $4.
St. Patrick’s Day Boiled
dinner & Pick a Pasta dinner planned for March. Keep a look out for
Movie matinee Wednesday March 1 at the Epsom Library is The Girl
on the Train at 1:30 PM.
On Wednesday, March 8 the
library will be showing the film, Manchester by the Sea starring
Casey Affleck and Michele Williams at 1:30.
Oscar nominated for Best
Picture, Best Actor in a leading role, Best Supporting actor and
Actress and Best Director this film tells the story of a solitary
Boston janitor who unexpectedly becomes the sole guardian of his 16
year old nephew. Thus begins a tale of a journey of love,
community, sacrifice and hope. Peter Travers of “Rolling
Stone” says, “No film this year has moved me more with its humor,
heart and humanity,” and the Wall Street Journal printed, “A perfect
performance by Casey Affleck, stunning in depth and resonance.”
The Epsom Public
Library will show the family movie “Trolls” on Saturday, March 11th
at 10am. The movie is rated PG and snacks and drinks will be
Corn Hole Game Night at Epsom
Odd Fellows Hall
Friday night, March 3,
2017, a Corn Hole Game Night sponsored by Evergreen Lodge #53 will
be held at the Epsom Odd Fellows Hall, 1198 Short Falls Road in
Epsom. The Game Night is open to all who enjoy playing the Corn Hole
bean bag toss game. We’ll have 3 sets of Corn Hole Boards setup in
the lodge hall, so 6 teams can compete at a time. Registration will
start at 6pm with play getting under way as soon as enough teams are
registered. The game night is free. If you don’t have a partner,
we’ll pair you up with someone. It won’t be a tournament, but, we’ll
track the wins & loses to declare a champ for the evening.
Refreshments will be available. Let us know you’re coming, call Dave
Lent at 603 736-8885 or email
Come on out for a winter’s evening of fun and competition.
Epsom Food Pantry
Another week has gone by with hardly any snow, Yipee!
As usual, Ken and Armand
are on the road picking up our Pantry Food. We have received
some wonderful contributions this week. Planet Aid (those yellow
containers we see around) again presenting us with a check and the
South Pittsfield Community Club, again sending us money for the
If I was a good public
speaker, I would visit all our donors and personally thank them, but
this wonderful newspaper does it for me through my articles.
Ken especially wants me to thank all the people who allow our boxes
to be in their facility and the unknown folks who fill them
THREE CHEERS FOR YOU ALL!
Cheryl Arvanitis, our
treasurer, is extra busy getting all our tax business in order along
with her daily work. Believe me, she is the best.
I got the “devil” for
mentioning people too often, but I do not care. We could not be as
efficient as we are without them. An example of what we can do for
our members - a lovely man does not have a way to come in, so we
will deliver. Ken and I do not want anyone to go hungry.
Enough, boys and girls,
have a fun vacation this week.
Until next time,
I’m running for another
term as your Selectman.
When I first ran, I did
so to give back to our community, and help address rising property
taxes and a lack of business development that put an increasing
burden on residents in Epsom. Although the BOS has no control over
school budgets, I felt I could do my part controlling spending in
our town’s daily operation.
As my first term comes to
an end, here are some cost controlling steps we’ve taken. We no
longer use Avitar for town assessing. As our contract with them
neared an end, the BOS decided to put the next contract out for bid.
After reviewing various proposals we decided to award the contract
to M&N. Cost savings to the residents of Epsom, approximately
$60,000. We shifted some duties handled within our town office to
M&N. The shifted duties/services are covered under our contract.
This allowed us to downsize our office staff by one full time
employee. We reduced Selectman pay 10%. We aggressively worked on
employee health insurance plans, offering less expensive options,
and had employees pick up some extra cost if they chose top plans.
The BOS decided to sell some town owned property, adding it back to
tax rolls. At the same time, we were more proactive in collecting
taxes from those who had not paid in years. The end result of these
steps has been a town budget tax impact that remained flat for
almost three years.
I would like to thank
everyone in town who has been so supportive. It has been an honor to
serve you. I hope to serve you three more!
Passing The Torch
Still Oaks Funeral &
Memorial Home in Epsom was founded in 2006 and since that time, has
continued to grow year after year, providing compassionate and
personalized service to families in the Suncook Valley area and
beyond. On October 25, 2016, longtime funeral director and
owner Tom Petit passed the business on to Katherine and Matthew
Roan, both licensed funeral directors. Katie and Matt bring a
combined 30+ years of experience and fresh ideas to Still Oaks along
with a continued pledge of exceptional and valuable service at an
affordable price. They also assumed ownership of the
Petit-Roan Funeral Home in Pembroke, where they reside with their
two young daughters.
Katie was born and raised
in Manchester and has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer
in New Hampshire since 2004 and acquired dual licensure with the
State of Massachusetts in 2009. Matt was raised in Winthrop,
MA and has been a Massachusetts funeral director and embalmer since
2006. He recently acquired duel licensure with the State of
December 13th, the building sustained considerable damage after a
heater failure. Through the generosity of colleagues and
neighboring clergy, business was able to continue seamlessly.
After ten weeks of extensive construction, restoration and
redecorating, Katie and Matt are proud to announce the re-dedication
of the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home. Katie and Matt feel very
fortunate to be a part of such welcoming communities and stand ready
to assist any family at their time of need.
All are invited to visit
and tour the newly decorated home.
Letter To The Editor
Virginia Drew for Epsom
Please vote March 14 for
Epsom town offices, and when you do, please consider Virginia Drew
for Board of Selectmen. It would be hard to find anyone who has
worked harder for the residents of Epsom than Virginia, or who has
worked as hard for as many years to build a community with resources
and opportunities for families, kids, and taxpayers of our town.
Virginia brings extensive
experience and skill to the position, from her past service on the
school board, budget committee, as a founder and trustee of the
library, for the Epsom Youth Athletic Association, as a youth sports
coach, and a leader in the Girl and Boy Scouts organizations.
She has served on the SAU board, on the town building committee and
Epsom planning board. She has volunteered at the Epsom Central
School and served on the parent-teacher organization.
Virginia is highly
responsive to the concerns of Epsom residents and she knows how to
get things done. She can rightly be considered an expert at town and
state government: town-based on her extensive experience on
local boards and associations serving the resident of Epsom; and
state-based on her years of work at the NH State House where she is
Virginia loves the town
of Epsom and wants it to thrive. Please vote Virginia Drew for
the Epsom Board of Selectmen!
To my constituents in
Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,
No session this week, so my
committee concentrated on the final public hearings for House bills.
HB586, updating some references for body art licenses, also created
a new facility license for tattoo parlors. I’m concerned that it
could hamper the thriving tattoo business at Bike Week. HB298, on
the mechanical licensing board (plumbers and gas fitters), had
several cases of creeping growth, where the board was trying to
create new licenses and require more people have them. I prepared an
amendment that fixed the most obvious of these, but there are still
some concerns. I may recommend killing my own bill if we can’t
resolve the problems. HB522, creating a committee to study optional
professional licensing, had no sponsors present and opponents with
memories of the multiple times this approach has been tried. HB366,
on calculation of average final compensation, was recommended killed
by the sponsor because she hadn’t realized it would increase local
contributions to the retirement system. HB184, repealing the
not-yet-effective licensing requirements for “medical imaging
technicians” was hotly contested by both supporters and opponents.
Opponents, because they want to be licensed; proponents, because the
statute has a very broad, poorly defined scope, doesn’t exempt
doctors or dentists, and has extremely broad rulemaking authority.
The opponents insist that any issues can be worked out in
rulemaking, and then the statute fixed if necessary – which is
exactly backward! HB334, creating an exemption for nurses and
midwives taking ultrasounds of pregnancies, shows how sloppily that
law was written. HB322, allowing medical boards to require a survey
of their members, was unopposed. HB548, increasing the retirement
age from 65 to the social security full retirement age (up to 67),
had no supporters but the sponsor, and even he had an amendment to
focus it from non-vested employees to only new hires.
Pembroke Academy Students
Contributing To The Community
Pembroke Academy (PA)
Woodshop students recently completed an effort to construct and
install an overhang for a doorway to the Pembroke Fire Department.
The much needed outcropping will provide patrons and employees
protection from the elements as they enter and exit the building.
Under the attentive instruction of their teacher David Ricard,
several students participated in the fabrication, transportation,
and installation of the overhang.
By all accounts this was
an opportunity for PA students to experience an authentic and
extended learning opportunity while serving to better their
community. In return for their efforts, The Pembroke Fire Department
provided lunch for the students.
Emily Langlais – Cody Driscoll
Joanne and Thomas
Langlais of Epsom announce the engagement of their daughter Emily to
Cody Driscoll, the son of Paula Martel of Strafford and Richard
Driscoll of Barnstead. The bride-to-be graduated from Concord
Christian Academy in 2014 and will graduate from UNH in May 2017
with a degree for Journalism/Spanish. The groom-to-be
graduated from Coe-Brown Northwood Academy in 2012 and attended
Lakes Region Community College. He is employed with Verizon
Wireless in Laconia. A September 1, 2017, wedding at Corpus Christi
Parish in Portsmouth is planned.
Michael Briggs Spaghetti Dinner
On Tuesday, March 14,
2017 the Epsom Central School will be holding the 11th annual
Spaghetti Dinner to raise money for an award in remembrance of
Officer Michael Briggs and money towards the Michael Briggs
Community Center in Manchester.
The award will be given
to a graduating eighth grade student from Epsom. This will
then be distributed upon the end of high school as this student
pursues his/her post secondary education or enters a public service
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. Any questions
please call Mrs. Donovan or Mrs. Brodeur at 736-9331. Thank you.