Epsom NH News

May 24, 2017


On Wednesday, May 31 at 1:30 PM, the movie matinee at the Epsom Library will be “A Dog’s Purpose”.  Based on the bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, the film shares the soulful and surprising story on one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.  Michael Heaton from The Plain Dealer says the film has genuine heart, humor and a real message of love”.  Viewers say this is a “must see” for dog lovers.


Congratulations to Karyn Veinotte, who recently graduated with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Maine at Farmington.





To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,
This week, my committee met to vote on the last of our Senate bills. SB135, on electrical inspections and adopting the 2017 electrical code, had a minor committee amendment to clarify some language. While we were discussing it, Representative Brewster pointed out that the electrical code update added requirements for arc-fault circuit interrupters to more locations, and we have been struggling with them and incompatible devices ever since they were added to the code in 2014. So we added to the amendment a ban on enforcing that particular part of the code, and passed SB135, with amendment, 15-0.


SB137, on reciprocity in licensing nurses from nearby states that have not yet adopted the nursing compact, would grant a temporary license for 120 days while the board considered the full license, for licensed nurses from Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York. After several subcommittee meetings, they decided to eliminate New York, as its nurses don’t get the criminal background checks the other states require. The full committee voted, 13-0, to pass SB137 as amended.


SB152, on licensed nursing assistants, lets them start working as soon as they graduate, without waiting for all the paperwork, as long as they had a criminal background check within the past year. The committee voted, 13-0, to recommend this bill to pass as well.
This week we’ll meet in session to consider Senate amendments. The bills from my committee had friendly amendments, so we’ll be recommending accepting all but one: HB575, on acupuncture treatment for drug abuse. In that case, we have some concerns and want to discuss the Senate amendment with them.


Representative Carol McGuire



Epsom Food Pantry


Good afternoon and isn’t it a marvelous one. That sun is outstanding. Now we can really discuss our planting of our row for the Pantry. Perhaps somebody could do beets.  We really could use those. Canned right now would be a help. They go like wildfire.


Also, Ken and Armand went and picked up, late Saturday, the boxes filled with food from the Drive sponsored by the Postmen. Fantastic. Thank you so much.


Well, on to other business. In last week’s article, a letter to the editor nestled right next to my article from a lady, I assume from Epsom, quite dissatisfied with my handling of volunteers names. I have only used first names as they do not want their last names used.


I checked with some today and that is what they want. We have many volunteers and next week I shall devote the whole article to naming them (FIRST ONLY).


As to our special deliveries, that is only to folks who are ill, no transportation, or emergency. If anyone would like to speak to me personally. please feel free to call.


Until next time,



Epsom Library News


A four- week session of Hatha Yoga classes will be offered by Fran Nash at the library in June on Wednesdays at 12 p.m.


Yoga is good for the mind, body, and spirit. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced yoga participant, Fran gives a nice blend of warm ups and traditional postures for every person’s physical level.


Fran is certified in Hatha Yoga and has been teaching classes for seven years.


The fee for the four classes is $25. There must be a minimum of eight participants to run the class. Please sign up or call the library at 736-9920 or email epl@metrocast.net before May 31 to register.


The American Red Cross will host a Blood Drive on May 26  from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the library. To make an appointment go to www.redcrossblood.org, or call 1-800-RED CROSS. All presenting donors may enter for a chance to win two tickets to a Boston Red Sox home game, recognition at the game and a special commemorative souvenir.



Epsom Charter As signed May 18, 1727
290 Years In 2017


George, By the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the faith.


“To all People to whom these presents shall come: Greeting: Know ye, we of our especia1 knowledge and meer motion, from the due encouragement of settling a new plantation, by and with the advice and consent of our council, have given and Granted, and by these Presents, far as in lies, do, give and grant unto all such of our loving subjects as were inhabitants :md free holders in the year one thousand seven hundred and twenty-three, in our town of New Castle,and in the Parish of Greenland, both within our Province of New Hampshire, in New England, to be divided among them in proportion to their Respective Rates, which they paid in the year 1723 aforesaid, one tract of Land to be laid out at the head of Nottingham and Northward of land formerly granted to the children of Saml. Allen, desc’d the same to be six miles in Breadth and four miles in Dept, or in such other form as the land un-granted in that place will admit, so as it contains the same Quantity of Land, and the same to be a town corporate by the name Epsom to the Persons aforesaid  forever. To have and to Hold the said Tract of Land to said Grantees and their heirs and assigns forever upon the following conditions:”


1st. That they build twenty Dwelling Houses and settle a Family in each within the term of four years, and break up three acres of Ground for each Settlement, and plant or sow the same within four years.


2nd. That a house be built for the Publick worship of God within the term of six years.


3rd. That One Hundred acres of Land be Reserved for the parsonage, one hundred acres for the first minister of the Gospel, and One hundred acres for the Benefit of a School. Provided, Nevertheless, that the Peace with the Indians continue during the aforesaid term of your years.


But if it should happen that a war with the Indians should commence before the aforesaid term of four years be expired, there shall be allowed to the aforesaid Proprietors the term of four years after the expiration of the War to perform the aforesaid conditions.


Rendering and paying therefore to us, our heirs and successors, or such other officer or officers as shall be appointed to Receive the same, the annual quit rent of acknowledgment of one pound of good merchantable Hemp in said town, on the first day December yearly, forever, if demanded.



Epsom Board Of Selectmen Updates


The BOS had a public hearing to ratify the postponed election/voting Day.


Whereas the Town Moderator postponed the session from March 14, 2017 to March 21, 2017 due to inclement weather (emergency) and Whereas the Secretary of State has taken a position contrary to the NH Municipal Association that NH RSA 40:4 does not permit a Moderator to postpone the sessions of the legislative body and Whereas the State Legislative has provided a special act permitting this board to dispose of the issue by voting after a duly noticed public hearing to ratify the warrant articles which were approved by vote of the residents in the postponed session voting.  Selectman Hugh Curley made the following motion:


That the Board of Selectmen having held a duly noticed public hearing, hereby legalizes, in pursuant to HB 329 (2017 NH Laws chapter 20) to ratify and confirms all actions, votes and proceedings taken at the voting session of the town meeting that was scheduled to take place March 14, 2017, but was postponed due to weather and was held on March 21, 2017 instead. 


Our Assessing firm, M&N Assessing, Tim Northcott has been out and about assessing for the 2017 tax year.  There were over 120 new or changed assessments that needed to be  addressed and put into our tax system and approximately 11 abatements filed.  Tim also helps staff the office in the Assessing Department and is usually here on Fridays. 


The Epsom NH Community Circle Facebook page was a topic of discussion during a Selectmen meeting recently.  The Facebook page is often a good resource page with information from friends and neighbors. The community Facebook is not an official town site and we do not manage it, maybe residents had mistaken that because the picture of Town Hall.  We appreciated that the moderator of the page deleted the picture along with some unfortunate comments and restoring it to being helpful to the community but we want to re-state that for official town information please refer to the town website at www.epsomnh.org.


Webster Park is now open!  After extensive clean-up and a great job done by the Parks Committee (Gary Perry) and Bartlett Tree (Joe Davis), the park can now accept reservations for the season.  If you would like to reserve the park for your family event please contact Kelly at Town Office at 736-9002. A red maple tree was donated and planted in the park to help with the recovery.  The Board of Selectmen has set up a donation fund for future planting.


Mr. Crowley recently donated his family’s collection of old Town Reports.  It is interesting to compare the reports! Here is a “bit-of-history” –   on May 18, 1727  - George, By the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King, defender of the faith, granted our community, now known as Epsom from 3 tracts of land divided in 1723. See “Epsom Charter.”



Concord-Epsom Elks Lodge 1210


We at the Elks lodge would like to thank all those families and mothers that came out to support us for Mother’s Day Breakfast.  With out all of you, we wouldn’t be able to continue doing so many great things in and around the community.


Bikes For Kids Program
The Concord Epsom Elks Lodge 1210 is looking for children in the Epsom, Chichester, Concord, Allenstown and Pittsfield areas who would enjoy getting some exercise this summer on a brand-new bicycle, but may lack the means to purchase one. All qualified kids will receive a bicycle targeted for their age and gender and a helmet to ensure all riders remain safe while staying fit and healthy.


There is no cost to participant in this program, the smile on a happy child’s face is all we ask for in return. If you know of a deserving child, please contact us at (603) 736-8941 or secretary1210@metrocast.net.



Youth Programs At Epsom Public Library


Epsom Public Library May Youth Events Story Times: Mondays 10am, Tuesdays 1:30pm and Thursdays 3:30pm.  Children listen to stories, sing songs and do craft activities. May themes include pond life, flowers and farm animals. Lego Club: Thursdays at 3:30pm everyone is welcome!


Toddler Time:  Tuesdays at 10 am. Toddlers and their parent/caregiver enjoy songs, stories, movement activities and a craft!


Infant Time: Tuesday May 30th at 10:15! Children and their parent/caregiver socialize and enjoy simple stories, songs, movement activities and play with age appropriate toys.












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