Epsom NH News

November 25, 2009


Bring your child to a special eye-screening by Epsom-Chichester Lions at the Epsom Public Library on: 12/3 at 3:30 p.m., 12/8 at 2:00 p.m., or 12/09 at 10.30 a.m. Details: Call Lion Judi at 736-9942.

5th Sunday Celebration

Gloria Beachy (from Chichester) will be giving a Christmas Concert at Park Street Baptist Church on Sunday, November 29th at 6:00 p.m. Gloria will be performing some of her own songs, as well as leading us in praise and worship and Christmas carols. There will be refreshments following. Everyone is welcome! No cost, but a love offering will be taken.


Santa Claus Is Coming To Epsom!

Santa Claus is Coming to Epsom on  Saturday, December 5th at 10:30 a.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall!

This is a Christmas Charity Event. Have your photo taken with Santa Claus. Enjoy crafts for children. There will be a movie with Santa at 1:00 PM.

Take a chance on winning one of our Trees in the Christmas Tree Raffle.

All proceeds will immediately benefit local holiday outreach projects. Come to the Historic Odd Fellows Lodge Hall, 1198 Short Falls Road, Epsom on Saturday, December 5, 10:30 AM. to 1PM to Support a Great Holiday Event! Refreshments will be served.

Proudly Sponsored by Evergreen Lodge # 53, Ivy Green Lodge #36 and Friends.

100% of Proceeds go to Local Outreach, raised from Digital Photos with Santa, the Tree Raffle, and Refreshments. Suggested Donation: $3 per Printed Photo.

For More Information, please call Gary Benner at 736 4707.

Evergreen Lodge #53 wishes to thank everyone who helped make this yearís Variety Show such a great success. Special thanks to Director, Elizabeth Lent, the cast and crew members, and all our loyal advertisers and businesses who support our show each year!




To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, & Pittsfield:
This week my committee voted on the bills we had retained. I was disappointed that HB 42, the meat inspector program, was tabled because startup costs were too high and it would take too much of the State Veterinarianís time. Itís possible the Farm Bureau or other interested organizations will find a way to fund the startup costs for this worthwhile program.

The other bill I worked on, HB 410, was passed unanimously to create a new category of health care professional who deals with drug and alcohol abuse and the commonly co-occurring mental illnesses. HB 268, transfers from the judicial branch to the executive or legislative branches of state government, and HB 510, on the director of vital records, have settled the issues that kept them from passing during the session and were passed unanimously.

The committee voted to kill HB 617, permitting private employers and others to join the state health insurance program, and HB 673, on allowing towns to withdraw from the New Hampshire retirement system. Both were interesting ideas but much too complex to implement as a committee.

HB 401, on the retirement system board of trustees, was the only really contentious bill. It will replace eight employee board members (2 teachers, 2 state employees, 2 police, 2 fire fighters) with two, one from police/fire and one other. After some debate the committee voted 11-6 to recommend it; I voted for it because the board needs better balance between employees and the people of the state whose taxes largely fund these pensions.


The full House will vote on these bills in January. Anyone interested in whatís going on at the State House is invited to email or call me.

Representative Carol McGuire




Bruce Coutu

Epsom - Bruce Lee Coutu, 73, of Epsom died Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, at Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association Hospice House.

Mr. Coutu was born Oct. 21, 1936, in Haverhill, Mass., the son of the late Paul E. and Eva M. (Dickenson) Coutu.

He was raised and educated in Manchester and was a graduate of Central High School, Class of 1954. In 1952 he was an Eagle Scout with Troop 94.

Mr. Coutu enlisted in the Air Force from 1954 to 1960, was stationed at Vance Air Force Base and then served his country in Japan for a brief period. He later worked at Grenier Field.

Mr. Coutu worked as a branch manger for the American Automobile Association in Portsmouth, in claims and underwriting for several companies in the Manchester area, and for the U.S. Post Office, where he worked for 20 years until his retirement in 1992. Mr. Coutu also owned and operated Copper House Lighting Store in Epsom.

He was a member of the American Legion of Epsom and the Edmund Rick Society and had attended Grace Episcopal Church in Manchester. While living in Portsmouth, he was active in community organizations.

His family includes his daughter, Michelle L. Coutu of Miami, Fla.; two brothers, Alan B. Coutu of Londonderry, and Paul D. Coutu of Florida; and a niece.

Bruce had been blessed with a lifetime of many friends and fond memories.

A memorial service was   held Tuesday, November 17, 2009, in the Goodwin Funeral Home, Manchester. Arthur H. Reublinger officiated. Inurnment followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, Manchester.

Memorial donations may be made to the Concord VNA, 250 Pleasant St., P.O. Box 1797, Concord 03302-1797; or David's House, P.O. Box 660, Lebanon 03766, in memory of Todd Young.

More information at goodwinfh.com.



Albert L. Grandmont

Epsom - Mr. Albert L. Grandmont, 81, of Kingstowne Park died Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, at Concord Hospital.

Born on Sept. 21, 1928, in Manchester, Mr. Grandmont was the son of Elie and Armandine (Levesque) Grandmont. He spent most of his life in Epsom, except for about 20 years living and working in Florida.

Mr. Grandmont had been employed as a form carpenter for Perini Bros. Construction and worked on major construction projects, such as the Hopkinton Dam and the Hurricane Breakwater in New Bedford, Mass.

He was an Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War and served with the 82nd Airborne. He was a member of the John J. Maguire American Legion Post 28.

The pastime he enjoyed the most was the leisurely walks he took with his dog.

Members of his family include his wife, Margaret (Childress) Grandmont of Florida; four children, Richard Grandmont of Dunbarton, Michael Grandmont of Bradford, David Grandmont of Barnstead and Anna Marie Bomaleer of Clearwater, Fla.; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a sister, Rita LaFleur of Epsom.

A Mass was celebrated Tuesday, November 17, 2009, at St. John the Baptist Church in Allenstown.

Burial with military honors was held Wednesday, November 18, 2009, at  the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.

To sign an online guestbook, visit petitfuneralhome.com.



Merrill Gerard Harper

Merrill Gerard Harper, 83, of Epsom, died November 14, 2009, at Concord Hospital.
He was born in Whitehall, NY, on December 19, 1926, the son of the late Merrill C. and Rose M. (Kerin) Harper.

Raised in Whitehall, he was a graduate of Whitehall High School, Class of 1944.

He enlisted in the US Navy and was a decorated World War II Veteran, serving in the Pacific Theatre. He attended Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY, and was employed for thirty years as a radiation protection specialist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, retiring in 1992.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing, listening to classical music and photography. He also loved playing cards, especially Contract Bridge where he was an American Contract Bridge League Master.

Family members include his wife of 50 years, Thelma (Hauber) Harper; three sons, Michael Harper of Epsom, Merrill Harper of Pembroke, and John Harper and his wife Doreen of Concord; four granddaughters, Haley, Kelsey, Melissa and Sarah; a brother, Norman Harper and his wife Joan of Wolfeboro; a sister, Norma Sheehan of Hilton Head, SC; and nephews; nieces; and cousins.

There will be a private memorial service held at the convenience of the family.

The Cremation Society of NH is in charge of arrangements.

To view an on-line obituary, sign a guest book or for more information, go to www.csnh.com.



Kathryn E. Saltmarsh

Epsom - Kathryn "Kate" Saltmarsh, 66, died Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, at Concord Hospital, following a lengthy battle with cancer.

She was born June 5, 1943, in Concord, graduated from Concord High School in 1961 and lived all her life in the area.

She worked for many years at the (now) Lincoln Financial, retiring this past June.

Kate was very health conscious with a sincere love of nature and could be seen walking, hiking, bike riding or kayaking all over the local area. She had been involved with a local seniors group taking many trips including one to Ireland in 2006.

Kate had a special kindness about her. No one ever met her who didn't immediately like her.

She is survived by her partner, William Schoonman of Epsom; sisters, Nancy Woodman of Concord and Maryjane Thibodeau of Penacook; a brother, Michael Woodman of Weare; her children, Shawna Mitchell of Henniker, Brian Saltmarsh of Concord and Gregg Saltmarsh of Pembroke; and grandchildren, David and Ben Saltmarsh of Concord, Tasha Desmond of Henniker and Sarah Saltmarsh of Pembroke.

A gathering of remembrance for friends and family was held Thursday, November 19, 2009,  from 4 to 6 p.m. at West Congregational Church, Concord.

Memorial donations may be made to the International Myeloma Foundation (myeloma.org).












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