Epsom NH News

March 29, 2017


On Wednesday, April 5 at 1:30 the Epsom Public Library will be showing the film “Fences.”  Starring Academy Award winners Denzel Washington and  Viola Davis, it was called, “One of the best films of the year,” by Peter Travers of Rolling Stone magazine.  This is a film adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning play.  Set in 1950’s Pittsburgh, it tells the story of  former Negro-league baseball player as he fights to provide for his family in a world that pushes him down.





To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,
This week, my committee presented five House bills to the Senate ED&A committee. HB184, now moving the effective date for medical imaging licenses, was supported by the hospitals and the board, and the senators voted 4-0 to recommend it to pass. HB538, which had been mandatory licenses for people licensed in other jurisdictions, was presented by the sponsor who recommended that they either kill the bill or restore it to its initial form. I argued for our amendment, citing the lack of facts in the debate on attracting new workers in many licensed professions. I believe the senate will incorporate our language – requiring that reciprocity data be made public by every board – in another bill and kill HB538.


HB468, licensing mental health professionals from other states within 60 days of applying, caused a number of questions from the committee. I mentioned that LADACs (licensed alcohol and other drug counselors) should also be included, and I believe that the senate will do so. HB595, replacing some positions in the secretary of state’s office with different job descriptions (eliminating clerks and adding database specialists) in a budget neutral manner, was unopposed and the committee voted, 3-0, to pass it. HB650, procedures of the psychiatrists’ board, was also unopposed, but there was some testimony recommending minor changes.


The entire Merrimack County delegation met to review and approve the budget. The last review identified almost $200,000 of budget cuts, but we weren’t able to repeat that! The budget passed, with a 3.3% increase in the amount to be raised by taxes. The increase is largely due to bond payments and new employee contracts – both previously approved by the delegation – and the increase in retirement payments and health insurance, and the county can’t do much about those.


Representative Carol McGuire



Epsom Food Pantry


Well, another voting day over.  We had a table in the foyer and oh were people generous.  We are very grateful for your generosity and we shall put it to good use.


Several folks stopped and thanked me for taking the time to do this article. I was pleased that you all enjoy it.


On that note I will tell you we need jam or jelly. I shall leave the flavor up to you, but kids do love strawberry.


Liz went to a meeting this week to meet the new director of the main Food Bank. She said she was very nice and seemed to listen to the suggestions of the local food pantry reps as to some improvements that could be made and some items that could be added to the stock for our members.


Again, people, do not forget us in the planting of your garden.  Keep an eye out for the family that needs help and if they are not coming to us, let me know. Sometimes pride holds folks back and as I have said many times, we all need a helping hand at some time in life.


Until next time,



Concord-Epsom Elks Lodge 1210


4/2  Breakfast Buffet 9 am- 11am Come in, have a great breakfast and chat with your friends or meet people within your community. Cost is Adults $8, Veterans $6 and children under 10 yo. $4.  Eggs and Omelettes to order. Milks, juice, coffee and tea included. Dining room


4/3 Our summer session of Cribbage begins. The first Tuesday of every month at 7pm, $2.00. What another great way to connect and test your brain. 21+ lounge.


4/4 As we enter our third week of FREE Try, we encourage you to test your brain or you can just enjoy the atmosphere and laughter. Games start at 7pm and end about 9pm. 21+  and sponsored by Amoskeag Beverages.



Officer Michael Briggs Scholarship Fund Donation


On March 15, 2017 Members of the White Mountain Chapter of the Nam Knights of America Motorcycle Club Donated $1000.00 dollars to the Officer Michael Briggs Scholarship Fund at the Epsom Central School.   The Epsom Central school holds an annual Spaghetti Dinner to raise funds for the Scholarship in Fallen Officer  Michael Briggs Name.  You can see more of the Nam Knights charitable works at WMC.NKNewhampshire.com The Nam Knights of America M/C is made up of Honorably discharged Veterans and Active and Retired Law Enforcement Officers.


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Mrs Robin Donovan of the Epsom Central School, receives a donation from Sean “Outkast” Carrier President of the Nam Knights. Also pictured are Scott “TC” Chausee and Susan Brodeur.




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Madelyn Ward


EPSOM – Madelyn Ward, 77 of Epsom, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Epsom Healthcare surrounded by her family.


Born on May 21, 1939 in Lake Charles, LA, she was the daughter of the late Earl Benton Worthy and Eva (Roderick) Worthy.


Madelyn was a homemaker who was devoted to her husband and children. She loved collecting dolls and clocks and enjoyed wearing jewelry and going shopping.


Besides her parents, Madelyn was predeceased by a daughter, Diana Cheryl Dietlein, in 1967 as well as a brother, Donald Gene Worthy, and a sister, Earleen Green Smith.


She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Lawrence “Larry” Tilton Ward of Epsom; sons, David Karl Dietlein and his wife Karen of Woodbridge, VA, Darrel Richard Dietlein and his wife Karen of Franconia, NH; daughters, Deborah Anne Foch of Upper Marlboro, MD, Donna Susan Wilson and her husband Daniel of Columbia, CT, Julie Susan Ward of Epsom, NH, and Nancy Elizabeth Swett and her husband Daniel of Chichester, NH; stepchildren, Samuel Ward of Concord, NH, Shannon Bryant and her husband Robert of Fremont, NH, and Sandborn “Sandy” Ward and his wife Diane of Litchfield, NH; 19 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.


A service will be held in the spring at the convenience of the family.


Interment will take place at McClary Cemetery in Epsom. The Still Oaks Funeral and Memorial Home in Epsom is assisting the family with arrangements. The family would like donations to be sent to the Concord SPCA in lieu of flowers. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.stilloaks.com












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