Epsom NH News

March 1, 2017


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 future information.

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 provided.


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 evergreenlodge53@gmail.com. Come on out for a winter’s evening of fun and competition.



Epsom Food Pantry


Hi everybody!  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 Pantry.


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!


Chris Bowes



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 New Hampshire.


Unfortunately, on 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 Selectman


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 highly respected.


Virginia loves the town of Epsom and wants it to thrive.  Please vote Virginia Drew for the Epsom Board of Selectmen!


Shannon Reid





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.


Representative Carol McGuire


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












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