Epsom NH News

March 22, 2017


On Wednesday, March 29 the Epsom Library will be showing the movie, “Hacksaw Ridge” at 1:30.  Directed by Mel Gibson the film tells the true story of Desmond Doss who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of World War II saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun.   He was the first conscientious objector to ever earn the Congressional Medal of Honor according to publicity for the film.  Pete Hammond of “Deadline” said the is “a truly remarkable and moving film about unimaginable courage in the face of impossible odds.”





To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,
This week, my committee dealt with one last House bill, HB101. It extends the certification schedule for solid waste operators from one year to three and explicitly exempts volunteers from certification. As usual, the simplest looking bills turned out to be full of problems: in this case, broad rulemaking authority. So we discussed it for an hour, finding more issues with every question, until we voted, 13-0, to retain the bill and fix all (or at least, many) problems.


Last week’s session took two full days. On Thursday, the most attention went to HB478, prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity. While I’m against discrimination, and have no problem with transgendered people, I opposed the bill because it created a new protected class, so loosely defined that it opened doors to predators, and would probably create problems with employment. In any event, HB478 was tabled, 187-179. Late in the day, a motion to remove HB478 from the table failed, 168-180; it will almost certainly stay there since a 2/3 vote is needed to take any action after Thursday’s deadline. Twenty-six other bills with a recommendation to not pass were also tabled, avoiding debate.


HB578, banning abortion after viability, had a committee amendment to explicitly include the protections required by the US Supreme Court in Roe vs Wade, and briefly – but heatedly – debated. It failed to pass, 170-189, and the bill was tabled, 280-82. The amendment was opposed not only by pro-abortion representatives, but also by pro-life ones who believed that it was not protective enough. I wouldn’t oppose stronger protections, but I voted for the amendment because I thought we could pass the bill with it and create at least some limitations on late term abortions.


Representative Carol McGuire



Concord-Epsom Elks Lodge #1210


The Concord-Epsom Elks Riders’ Association #1210 is the first Elks Riders Association in New Hampshire. The Riders’ Association was established late last winter and the members have just celebrated their first anniversary.


Some of the events of the past year have been several Rider Association group rides, and a poker run which included Elks riders groups from Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The proceeds were donated to the Elks National Foundation, which is the entity that provides grants to individual lodges for local charitable events. The Riders also joined the Toys for Tots ride held last fall and donated gifts for the children.


The Riders’ Association also sponsored two large events; a pig roast at the Concord-Epsom Elks Lodge #1210 which was open to the public, and a ‘feather party’ which is a huge raffle held just before the holidays for members and guests, where turkeys and small appliances can be won! The proceeds were collected for various local needs.


Our Lodge is located just south of the Epsom traffic circle on Old Mill Road. We would love to have you join us!




Richard Brian Demers


Richard Brian Demers, 52, of Manchester NH, passed away on March 10, 2017 after a hard battle with lung cancer.  He spent his last days under compassionate hospice care surrounded by the love of family and friends.


Richard was born in Manchester NH on March 20, 1964 to Arthur A. Demers and Patricia J. Demers (King).  He lived his entire life in Manchester, graduating from Memorial High School and then pursuing a trade as a flooring installer. He eventually established his own business, TLC Flooring, which he named with the first initials of his three sons.


He is survived by his 3 sons, Travis Demers, Lucas Demers and Curtis Demers, all born from his marriage to Correen (Gillan) Demers;   his father Arthur A. Demers and stepmother Mo Demers (of Epsom NH);  4 brothers - Michael Demers, Thomas Demers, Daniel Demers and John Paul Demers (all of Manchester NH); 10 nieces and nephews and a large extended family.


Richard’s final resting place will be St. Joseph’s Cemetery of Manchester NH.  A private family service of interment will be held at a future date yet to be determined.  


In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that memorial donations be made to the Community Hospice House of Merrimack, who provided a level of care and comfort to Richard above and beyond the expectations and capacity of his family, making his final days at the end of his war with cancer warm, safe and pain free.


Community Hospice House
210 Naticook Road
Merrimack, NH 03054












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