Epsom Public Library Summer Reading Program Begins
The Epsom Public Library invites children of all ages to register
for our annual Summer Reading Program. This exciting diverse program
begins July 8th and continues thru August 14th. Children in
Kindergarten - 5th grade can sign up for the “Dig into Reading”
program. There will be a variety of activities including arts and
crafts, movies, special programs and raffle prizes. Each participant
will receive a reading log with a schedule of events, stickers and a
bookmark. Young children and their families can sign up for the
“Mom/Dad and Me Read” program. This year we are offering a new
program for teens called “Beneath the Surface.” Teens are invited to
sign up and record their reading during the summer. The library will
offer movies, and raffle prizes especially for teens! Sign up begins
June 24th and continues thru July 3rd. The summer reading program is
sponsored annually by the Children’s Librarians of NH and it
encourages youth of all ages to read for pleasure during the summer.
Upcoming movies include: “Bubble Guppies” for preschoolers on
Tuesday, June 18th at 2 pm. (Story Time will be at 1:30 pm), “Oz the
Great and Powerful” on Friday, June 21st at 6:30 pm (rated PG) and
“Return to Nim’s Island” on Tuesday, June 25th at 6:30 pm (rated
PG). Popcorn and drinks will be provided.
For information about any of these programs call Mrs. Benner at the
library at 736-9920.
Local Students Named To New England College Dean’s List
The following students were named to the Dean’s List at New England
• Mollie Griggs of Epsom. Griggs is a Senior at NEC.
• Andrew Muniz of Epsom. Muniz is a Junior at NEC.
• Justin Muniz of Epsom. Muniz is a Senior at NEC.
• Samantha Lepicier of Northwood. Lepicier is a Sophomore at NEC.
• Bryan Morissette of Pembroke. Morissette is a Senior at NEC.
Art Show: Landscape And Nature Watercolors
Where: The Epsom Library
When: June 29 – August 8, 2013
Meet the Artists: Saturday, June 29, 2 – 4 pm
Over the past four years, Deerfield artist, Kathy Patten Hanson, has
offered watercolor classes for adult beginners whose work is
featured in this exhibit.
The paintings, all watercolor on paper, showcase student’s use of
techniques such as washes, glazing, lifting and layering.
Well known throughout New England as a potter, Kathy Hanson has
worked for many years painting colorful designs and scenes on
ceramics pieces. Ten years ago, she offered to help a friend who
was teaching a coastal Maine watercolor workshop. The experience
changed her life, as she discovered the freedom of bringing her
painting with her wherever she went, and allowing undistracted time
to work outdoors in beautiful surroundings.
As she became more involved, she started teaching watercolor
techniques to adult beginners. The Epsom Public Library is pleased
to present this exhibit of their work.
Epsom Public Library News
The movie Quartet, directed by Dustin Hoffman, will be shown at the
library on Wednesday, June 26, at 7:00 p.m. Amazon has this to say
about the film: “Beecham House is abuzz. The rumor circling the
halls is that the home for retired musicians is soon to play host to
a new resident. Word is, it’s a star. For Reginald Paget (Tom
Courtenay), Wilfred Bond (Billy Connolly) and Cecily Robson (Pauline
Collins) this sort of talk is par for the course at the gossipy
home. But they’re in for a special shock when the new arrival turns
out to be none other than their former singing partner, Jean Horton
(Maggie Smith). Her subsequent career as a star soloist, and the ego
that accompanied it, split up their long friendship and ended her
marriage to Reggie, who takes the news of her arrival particularly
hard. Can the passage of time heal old wounds? And will the famous
quartet be able to patch up their differences in time for Beecham
House’s gala concert?”
This promises to be a fun evening; great movie, free popcorn and
soda – how can you miss it?
To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield:
I attended a presentation on the different versions of the budget.
Most of the spending was nearly identical. The Senate had the
advantage of three months more revenue, with an improving economy,
and so could eliminate all the House-passed tax and fee increases
(mostly the gas tax, cigarette tax, and delays in planned business
tax cuts) while still spending more state funds. They took advantage
of the surplus from FY13, spent the estimated revenue, and ended
with a tiny surplus. However, by not implementing expanded Medicaid,
the Senate budget spends less overall. This will probably be the
main point of contention in resolving differences.
The Senate budget includes funding for charter schools, ending the
moratorium on new charter schools; funds the backlog of water and
wastewater treatment grants; and ensures that towns who lost lands
for flood control projects in the Merrimack and Connecticut River
basins will be reimbursed, even if Massachusetts doesn’t pay its
share (they take the funds out of the Attorney General’s budget, to
give him an incentive to take on Massachusetts!)
Some of the non-spending details were interesting. A number of
clauses addressed in specific bills were deleted. For example, the
single liquor commissioner had been in the Governor’s and House
budgets, but the Senate deleted it since HB599 covers it thoroughly.
A certification plan for road salt applicators – which the House
retained – was included, as was reimbursement for medical insurance
inappropriately charged to the family of a police officer killed on
duty. The EBT cards used for most cash assistance will not be able
to be used in state liquor stores, specialty wine or beer stores,
gambling locations, or adult entertainment businesses.
Interested readers can email me for my newsletter, with more details
than can fit here.
Representative Carol McGuire
I am a nurse practitioner and I support Medicaid expansion in NH.
The program is federally funded to expand Medicaid to low income
adults 19-64 and administered by NH.
• Even with the Affordable Healthcare Act, too many of the working
poor are left without healthcare. With Medicaid expansion, there
will be subsidized coverage for more low income residents. Without
expansion, many of the lowest income adults (below the federal
poverty level) will not have access to subsidized care. Those
individuals will either go without care, or will get very expensive
care in places like Emergency Rooms. Those costs ultimately come
back to the taxpayers.
• The number of uninsured in NH could be reduced by 100,000 with
• Medicaid expansion in other states reduced the number of citizens
who faced catastrophic medical expenses out of pocket.
• Yes, expanded Medicaid will initially cost the state money, but we
are spending that money now for uninsured healthcare. The feds have
pledged to pay 100% of Medicaid expansion costs for 3 years, 93-95%
for the next 3 years, and at least 90% after that. The issue was
studied by an independent firm; it concluded the program would bring
NH 2.5 billion dollars through 2020, over and above any cost to the
state. This extra money from the feds will create jobs and improve
access to primary care, preventive services, mental health care, and
substance abuse programs.
The NH House and Governor approve Medicaid expansion. The Senate
wants further study. The issue has been studied and is working well
in other states. Delay past 1 January 2014 will reduce the benefits
to NH. Let’s put pressure on our legislators to do the smart thing
for NH - sign on to Medicaid expansion now. Find your legislators at
gencourt.state.nh.us and let them know how you feel.