Epsom NH News

May 31, 2017


The Epsom Library will be showing the film “The Golden Years” on Wednesday, June 7 at 1:30 p.m.  Forced by Britain’s pension crisis into a life of crime,  formerly law-abiding retirees Arthur and Martha Goode bumble their way through a series of bank robberies.  When their drinking buddies want in, they start pulling more daring heists while staying one step ahead of an old-time detective and his young sidekick.


At 7:00 p.m. that evening, June 7, the Dantes, Enhanced Acoustic Duo, will present a musical evening of song.  Area musicians Don Duncklee of Epsom and Stan Arthur of Loudon will entertain you with many of their favorite songs learned over 50 plus years of playing music together.  This promises to be a pleasant evening of listening and humming along.  Please join us.



Congratulations to Niklaus Bair of Epsom who was named to the Champlain College Trustee’s List for the spring 2017 semester.


Students on the Trustee’s List have achieved a 4.0 grade point average for two or more consecutive semesters.



Evergreen Lodge #53 and American Legion Post #112 are sponsoring a Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 3 from 8:30-11:30am. This event is free to youth ages 16 and under. Bring your favorite fishing pole and bait. No lead weights! Some loaner poles and bait will be available. Prizes will be given to the top 3 in each age group. Refreshments will be available.  Location is 251 Center Hill Road, watch for signs. For more info call Gary Benner 736-4707.





To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,
There’s no legislative work this week, so I’m reporting on the status of my bills this year. HB84, excluding hair braiding from cosmetology, has passed the House and the Senate, and the House has accepted the minor Senate amendment. HB291, removing veterinarians from those required to use the prescription drug database, and HB650, adding privacy protections to procedures of the board of psychiatrists, have likewise passed and concurred. HB104, repealing the (never enforced) commuter’s income tax; HB373, cleaning up some rulemaking issues; and HB386, technical corrections to the education tax credit, passed the Senate without amendments and, along with the first group, are on their way to the Governor. HB81, on gold star mother plates, has already been signed; however, my simple bill to grant them to stepmothers has morphed into a study committee, since the issue is more complex than I had anticipated.


HB117, exempting standby generators from property taxes for the elderly or disabled, was killed by the Senate as unneccessary, after the House restricted it to the disabled. That’s allowed under current law; I’ll have to try again to add the elderly. Maybe I’ll start at 80 years old; the House (average age 57, I saw somewhere) doesn’t consider 65 elderly! HB209, adopting Atlantic time, was also killed by the Senate – I’m not quite sure why.


HB298, on licensing for plumbers and gas fitters, was retained in my committee for further work, specifically on simpler licensing requirements for plumbers. HB470, on storm water penalties, was killed in the House because a number of representatives are opposed to keeping these cases in district courts, rather than having a trial by jury in superior court. HB577, privacy protections for number plate scanning devices, was also killed in the House, because the committee didn’t see the need for it.


Representative Carol McGuire



Epsom Food Pantry


Good Morning.  As I said in my last article, I will devote this edition to naming all our volunteers at the Food Pantry. They are as follows: Jr., June, Eva, Alice,  Diana, Pat, Liz, Cheryl, Ken, Terry, Armand, Rita, Bob,  and Janet. This list includes our Board of Directors also.


Please be advised that this totally wonderful group of folks would prefer that I do not use last names. So Be It.


We had a busy week what with the Postal delivery, the cleaning of the Pantry itself, curtains and windows for the summer next. Remember the gardens my friends. We have two refrigerators ready to fill.


Until next time,



The Van Horn Dollhouse Comes To Life
By Christina Van Horn


The creation of this dollhouse was a family affair.


Over 30 years, Ralph Van Horn of Pittsfield built more than 250 pieces of 18th-century dollhouse furniture from 1:12 inch scale kits. He meticulously constructed each piece. The drawers open and close; the chairs and sofas are upholstered; and he built a three-sided folding screen using a museum gift card! He labeled and signed each piece. His wife, Maureen Van Horn, crafted tiny books, and while traveling, always kept an eye open for memento miniatures, such as a candlebra or a bowl.


Ralph amassed quite a furniture collection, but he never wanted to build a dollhouse. He passed that torch to his oldest daughter Christina, who lived in California. With then-husband Dana Milner, they immediately went to work building the shell of this 18th-century home.


Once Dana had completed the four-story shell, and electrified it, Christina started interior and exterior finishing. (She splurged -- the price shall remain undisclosed -- on a handmade German chandelier, which is the only one that doesn’t work). In a two-year period, she applied wooden siding, shingles, windows, doors, flooring and moldings, always staying as true as possible to 18th-century styles. She built the cornices and wallpapered and painted rooms, decorated fireplaces and put together the staircase. Christina set the dining room table with china and flatware and tiny goblets. She had cross-stitched a depiction of the Warner House in Portsmouth, which she had given this to Ralph many years before the dollhouse was even considered. He had kept the cross-stitch and it is now a part of the house.


BeaVan Horn, Ralph’s mother, had given Christina dollhouse furniture over the years that wasn’t the right period for the house. These pieces went into the attic as no colonial house is without its upper “storage” story. Bea made the red-and-white pillows. The canopy lace in the master bedroom came from an heirloom nightgown given by Bea to Christina, who had saved it.


Landscaping was difficult as the dollhouse supply shop was located in California, not a haven for New England foliage. The birdhouse, however, was created by Gilbert Paige, formerly of Pittsfield, and Pittsfield Weaving donated the rugs.


The dollhouse is now on display on extended loan to the Epsom Public Library.












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